O Soleil to Close

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 3:30pm

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Another beloved Montclair store is closing. O Soleil will shutter its doors on July 30, or as soon as everything inside is gone.

Owner Isabelle Lesniak said that after 12 years of running the store, which sold specialty items from France and Europe, “it’s time to begin a new adventure.”

Lesniak, who is French, moved to the United States when she met her American husband at her brother’s wedding. They raised their two children in Montclair.

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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Announces Awards

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

welsh houseThe Montclair Historic Preservation Commission has announced the winners of the 2013 Historic Preservation Awards. They are:

  • Excellence in Restoration: Welsh House, 24 Upper Mountain Avenue. Built in 1901 at the Northwest corner of Upper Mountain Avenue and Claremont Avenue, the restoration of the Welsh House was constructed from the finest available materials and architectural specifications. “This stately nine-bedroom Center Hall Colonial is significant for being constructed as a weekend or mountain resort house for people who had their main residences in New York City,” said Historic Preservation Commission Secretary Barton Ross. “The breadth and care of the restoration work undertaken by the owner during this comprehensive interior and exterior restoration must be commended.” Continue Reading

Searching for the Magicicada (Updated with Reader Photos)

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (47)

magicicadaLike the vast majority of human beings, I am not especially enamored of bugs. But when I first heard about the magicicada way back in mid-March, and subsequently wrote about it for Baristanet, I became intrigued–perhaps even obsessed–by these insects. What other animal has such an fascinating life cycle–one that is spent 13 or 17 years (no more, no less) underground as a juvenile, followed by a mass and precisely synchronized emergence above ground, a loud and active reproductive period and then, a few weeks later, death.

So I’ve been disappointed, after months of eagerly waiting their arrival, to see nary a magicicada appear anywhere near my home. And though some readers have sent us photos of the newly emerged insects, I’m not hearing of many magicicada elsewhere in Baristaville.

Luckily, I happened to catch a sighting last weekend while in Westfield. I was at a playground with my children and happened to look over at a tree. There I saw one, then two, then three, then about fifteen more magicicada perched quietly among the branches. If you didn’t look closely enough, you would easily miss them. But they are a sight to behold with their bright orange eyes and gossamer wings–nothing like the humdrum annual cicadas (sorry, guys).

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Celebrating Jewish Heritage at Yogi Berra Stadium

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 12:09pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

jewish heritage nightLast night, Jersey Jackals Baseball and JCC MetroWest celebrated Jewish Heritage Night at Yogi Berra Stadium.

The evening included Israeli music, Jewish sports trivia, games and prizes. Cantor Meredith Greenberg from Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield sang both the Israeli National Anthem, “Hatikvah,” and the “Star Spangled Banner.”

According to photographer Michael Reitman, who attended the event, there was a Kosher caterer brought in for the game for those who observe strict Kosher dietary laws.

Boy Scout Troop 118, a Jewish contingency of The Boy Scouts of America, lead by Scoutmaster Michael Schatzberg and Scoutmaster Rabbi Lisa Vernon, were also present at the event.

Photo by Michael Reitman

Final Days to Register for Sunday’s Montclair Run

Friday, May 31, 2013 11:50am

There are only a few days left to register for Sunday’s Montclair Run. The June 2 race includes a fun 2 mile walk/run and a 10K. Both races begin and end in front of the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street in Montclair; the 2 mile walk/run starts at 8:30 am and the 10K at 9:30 am. Prizes are awarded after each event. In addition to the races, a moonwalk, refreshments, kids games and sport massages will be available.

The 10K runs through Edgemont and Anderson Parks in Montclair, with splits at 1, 3 and 5 miles. There are 3 water stops.

All proceeds go towards community scholarships. Racers of all ages and abilities are welcome. To register through Saturday, visit Fleet Feet Sports at 603 Bloomfield Ave. (cash or checks only). Same day registration opens at 7:00 am on Sunday at the Y. Online registration is closed.

Jorma Fans Flock to the Outpost

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 9:54am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Jorma at Outpost It was a long time coming, but after decades of determined collective effort, Outpost in the Burbs finally brought iconic American blues/folk/rock guitarist Jorma Kaukonen to Montclair on Thursday evening, thanks to a grant from the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation. The sold-out event showcased Kaukonen’s finger-picking guitar prowess and silky smooth vocals, as well as the incredible versatility of his Hot Tuna band member, mandolin maestro and New Jersey native Barry Mitterhoff.

The concert was as much a tribute to the dedication of  Kaukonen’s loyal fan base — many of whom had traveled hours to get to Montclair for the show — as it was to his outstanding music. Continue Reading

It’s Hot

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

heat waveWe are experiencing our first heatwave of the season, with temperatures expected to reach 90 today. After last weekend’s cold and miserable weather, my first thought is “finally!” but hot weather, of course, does not come without its hazards.

The Montclair Health Department is thus providing a few tips on how to stay safe during excessive heat events: stay cool and hydrated by drinking plenty of water; use air conditioning if you have it–if you don’t have, seek air conditioned buildings during the heat of the day, such as  public libraries and bookstores, movie theaters and malls (if you don’t mind fighting the crowds of others also trying to escape the heat). If you’re a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch customer, it’s a good weekend to check out Museums on Us, when you can get free admission to many museums in the area.

Other suggestions: take a cool bath or shower, minimize direct exposure to the sun and limit your time outdoors. Also, wear loose fitting, light colored clothes and drink lots of water and non-alcoholic drinks (definitely stay away from Holly Korus).

Most important, check on your elderly or ill neighbors, friends and family members, and never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows rolled down, even for a few minutes. (Hopefully, you already knew that.)

How are you planning on escaping the heat? I am going to stay in my air conditioned home and rock out to Martha and the Vandellas and these other heat wave songs.


R.I.P. Eamonn Wholley

BY  |  Friday, May 31, 2013 7:50am  |  COMMENTS (11)

R.I.P. Eamonn WholleyMontclair High School lost Eamonn Wholley yesterday, an 18-year-old MHS senior who, in a few weeks, would have joined his class at graduation. Wholley was killed when he was struck by a train just after 11 a.m. on Thursday near Watchung Station in Montclair.

Friends and fellow students took to Twitter to express remembrances of Wholley as well as sadness and shock at his tragic death. Continue Reading

Montclair High School Student Struck and Killed By Train Identified

Thursday, May 30, 2013 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Update: 5:22 p.m. Eamonn Wholley, 18, of Montclair, has been identified as the young man killed by a train this morning.

Montclair Superintendent Penny MacCormack sent this statement:

I am saddened to confirm that this morning at approximately 11 am one of our Montclair High School students was struck and killed by a NJ Transit train near Watchung Avenue. The police and transit investigations are ongoing. Our hearts and thoughts are with the student’s family, friends, and teachers. Further updates will be forthcoming. Counseling will be available in the days ahead for those in the Montclair Public Schools touched by this tragedy.

NJ Transit’s John Durso, Jr., senior director, corporate communications, says that according to witnesses, Wholley climbed an embankment, walked across one track and positioned himself in front of the ongoing train. The incident remains under investigation by NJTPD.

Wholley had been on the Montclair High crew team.

Seton Hall Evacuated Due To Possible Threat Made on Facebook (Updated)

Thursday, May 30, 2013 5:16pm

Update: Seton Hall University evacuation is over, all buildings searched with K9s from Sheriff’s Department, Montclair and others, negative findings. Residents and essential personnel are allowed back now and the university will run normally tomorrow

South Orange Police Department has evacuated the entire campus due to “unverified threats” of bombs on campus. The threat was made on Facebook. The evacation started on around 3:30 p.m. today. Continue Reading

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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