School of Rock Montclair Spring Concerts Raise Funds for NJ and International Charities

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 2:00pm

School of Rock Montclair

Tickets sale proceeds from May and June concerts presented by School of Rock Montclair were donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Jack Brewer Foundation.

The School’s mid-term show on May 5 at St. John’s Episcopal Church and “New Jersey Underground” shows at Just Jake’s in Montclair and Crossroads in Garwood in early June raised a total of $1,500, which will support New Jersey residents who were victims of Hurricane Sandy, through the New Jersey Relief Fund.  The School’s “Tribute to Stevie Wonder” concerts at Mexicali Live in Teaneck and Just Jake’s in Montclair on June 22 and 23 raised $1,000 for the Jack Brewer Foundation, which focuses on the empowerment of women and children living within impoverished and underdeveloped communities around the world.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 10:00am

Parenting TweetsHere are our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:





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Montclair: What’s The Bakery Treat You Can’t Resist?

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 9:46am  |  COMMENTS (13)

Sunday doughnuts from Montclair Bread Company

Sunday doughnuts from Montclair Bread Company

Sure, we like to eat healthy (just check out these radishes), but every once in a while, a seductive baked good sings a siren call we just can’t resist. Montclair is blessed with way too many tempting baked goods, pastry porn, diet busters — you name it — but here are some of our favorites:

If you haven’t heard about Montclair Bread Company’s Sunday Doughnuts, it’s probably because your good friends want to make sure you don’t get addicted (or more likely, they want to make sure the place doesn’t sell out of their faves). These doughnuts (only available on Sunday) will have you dreaming about them all week long. In a word, they are amazing (if you’ve tried Doughnut Plant in NYC, these doughnuts give those a run for their money). Every Sunday, there are new flavors like key lime pie, toasted coconut, and even a maple bacon. Here’s what today’s batch looks like. You’ve been warned.

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Kinky Boots – It’s Not Just Girls Who Want To Have Fun

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 8:17am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Kinky Boots - It's Not Just Girls Who Want To Have FunIt is rare that the relatively new phenomenon of what simplistic critics call a “crowd-pleasing” musical should be legitimately good, and yet Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s “Kinky Boots” is just such a show. From the very beginning of this high-powered show, the audience is a feral beast that cannot be restrained in its manic applause. This is mostly testament to Lauper’s score, which is stellar in places if slightly unprofessional in others, but also to the incomparable performances of the two male leads, Stark Sands and Billy Porter.

Based on the 2005 film, “Boots” concerns Charlie Price (Sands), the heir to a Northampton shoe factory who doesn’t want it, and his eventual conversion, with the help of Lola (Porter) a drag queen with a heart of gold (oh boy), of said factory to an assembly line for sturdy fetish footwear for transvestites, or, as Lola calls them, “two and a half feet of irresistible, tubular, sex.”

The story, by comparison to most of the invigorating score, is rather formulaic—and by extension, so is Mr. Fierstein’s book. Here is the at first reluctant milquetoast who learns to try new things and be open to new ideas (Price), here is the homosexual minority who opens everyone’s mind with his sassy approach to life (Lola), here is the resident homophobe whose mind must be changed by force (Don, a factory worker, played by Daniel Stewart Sherman). (Have you ever noticed that in any musical featuring only one gay character, either only one person is homophobic or everyone is?) Price and Lola are resentful of their fathers (big surprise), as we are ploddingly informed in “Not My Father’s Son,” Ms. Lauper’s worst number and the plot’s weakest point. All the boxes are checked. This is why, in some places, “Boots” can seem uninteresting.

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Hip Shakin' Hula Hooping in Montclair

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 8:00am

Hula Hoop Party

Families did some hip shakin’ hula hooping at Anderson Park in Montclair yesterday at the 3rd annual Hula Hoop Party led by Jennifer Manderichio.

(Photo: Chanda Hall)

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 30

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Most of the 100 or so properties open this weekend are priced in the $450,000 to $650,000 range. Below, three new listings and one major Glen Ridge price reduction.

montclair0630601 Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair
List Price: $559,000
Taxes: $13,721
Acreage: 0.42

Just listed, this eight-room Dutch Colonial has been completely renovated. The house, built in 1924, has a modern kitchen with a pantry, central air, a fireplace in the living room and a deep backyard with a patio. And, there is an unfinished basement and two-car detached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Edgemont Montessori School Followed the Yellow Brick Road

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 11:00am

Yellow Brick Road


Before the school year ended, Edgemont Montessori School students, under the direction of Ms. Regina O’Connor, put on a performance of the Wizard of Oz.  Students and parents enjoyed the excellent acting and singing as well as the beautiful costumes and scenery.  Who needs to go to Broadway when we have such great talent right here in Montclair!

(Photo Credit:  Joy Glenn)

Simply Radishing Ways to Serve Radishes

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

radish openFor most of my younger life, radishes remained one of the odd  bits in my salad that I picked out. They became pals with that odd slice of pickled beet and those freakishly bright yellow, pickled-peppers that I would drop on the floor, hoping the dog would eat (I didn’t have a dog but hope springs eternal). Then one day — hauh, hauh, hauh — I went to the food markets in Paris where the radish is not a plastic bagged bit of red. No, no — there not only do you eat the delicious root, but the leaves as well. I came home obsessed. Continue Reading

Greenleaf Compassion Center Temporarily Closes Due To Poor Crop

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 9:35am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Greenleaf Compassion Center Temporarily Closes Due To Poor CropGreenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, the only medical marijuana dispensary in the state, has shut down for two weeks to try and build up a surplus of quality product. Continue Reading

What I’m Listening To With the Kids: Putumayo American Playground

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 8:00am

Putumayo American PlaygroundJust in time for the 4th of July, summer birthday parties and road trips, Putumayo American Playground offers lively and fresh renditions of America’s treasure trove of classic sing-along songs.

Kicking off the folky fun is the traditional “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain,” from Seattle-based roots artist Johnny Bregar, recorded especially for this album. Texas-based country-Western artist Aaron Watson (with Elizabeth McQueen) delivers a wonderfully sunny version of the classic “Blue Skies.” Other featured artists are my favorites Dan Zanes (with Barbara Brousal who sang with DZ in his Family band years ago) performing the bluegrassy folk tune “Saro Jane,” and Elizabeth Mitchell singing “Keep on the Sunny Side.”

Buck Howdy delivers a cowboy-style “You Are My Sunshine,” Victor Johnson provides a spare and sweet rendition of “This Little Light of Mine,” Randy Kaplan covers Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”(originally written for his own child), and Phil Rosenthal and his band invite everyone to sing along with Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land Is Your Land.” Kids and parents alike will also enjoy singing along with tunes like “Oh Susannah” (Diane Taraz) and “We All Need More Kindness in This World” by Guy Davis, an example of an original song that is sure to be a favorite for its singable, positive refrain.

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