NJPAC Moves Sheila E Sounds of The City Performance Inside Tomorrow Night

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 5:11pm

Sheila EKeeping one step ahead of the rain clouds, NJPAC will relocate the Thursday, August 1 free concert by acclaimed percussionist and singer Sheila E. to the  2,800-seat Prudential Hall.  For the first time, NJPAC is moving a Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City performance from the outdoor Theater Square into Prudential Hall, rather than cancel the event due to anticipated inclement weather. You can’t lead the Glamorous Life when you’re drenched in the rain.

All tickets are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 4 pm, Thursday, August 1.  Tickets will be available in front of the NJPAC Rotunda, One Center Street in downtown Newark. All seating will be general admission, and patrons must be present to receive a ticket.  Performances will begin at 5:15 pm, with Sheila E. taking the stage at 6:30 pm.  The opening act will be New Jersey singer and songwriter Joanna Burns.

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Grape Expectations Food and Wine Fundraiser to Offer The Best of Times

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Grape ExpectationsAttention Foodies, Oenophiles and Bibliophiles! You’ll want to save the date for the Grape Expectations Food and Wine event in support of the Montclair Public Library on Saturday, September 28.

The unique wine and food event with a ‘Twist’ will celebrate the works of Charles Dickens with a night of wine, food and fun. Eric Asimov, chief wine critic for The New York Times and the author of “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,” will attend. Amanti Vino work with Mr. Asimov to select an array of interesting wines for the event. Local chefs—Michael Carrino from Pig and Prince Gastropub, Mark Papera of Fricassee, Jennifer Snyder of The Little Daisy Bake Shop, Grace Grund of Terra, 12 West, CulinAriane and more—have signed on to create dishes inspired by the works of Charles Dickens to delight supporters at the fundraiser.

Other local businesses, like Baristanet and Barista Kids, are signing on as sponsors to show their support for our community library which supports our whole town. Volunteers are also joining in to share their energy and talents. If you would like to help at the event, please contact Jennifer Dorr  or Eileen Lundberg.

Ticket information will be released in mid-August. More exciting details to come!

Students from School of Rock Montclair Tour East Coast to Build Awareness About Exoneration Initiative

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 2:00pm

School of Rock Montclair

Nine student musicians representing School of Rock Montclair recently performed concerts at venues in New Jersey, Manhattan, and Washington, DC in support of Exoneration Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance to wrongfully convicted persons.

Stops along the students’ four-day “Rockapocalypse Tour” included shows at The Lincoln Memorial; The Doo-Wop Museum and Fox Park in Wildwood, NJ; and Webster Hall in Manhattan.

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UPDATE: Missing Dog from Brookdale Section of Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 1:31pm

missing dogUPDATE: Pinchu was found at the shelter!

A reader’s dog went missing today from his home in the Brookdale section of Bloomfield:

My dog went missing today from our backyard. His name is Pinchu—he answer to his name (pinch-U)—and he’s an Australian Shepard. He is chipped and a patient of Dr. Cameron’s Animal Hospital.

Email owner here with any information.

Newest Kid on The Block is Old School: Cucina 98 Opens for Weekday Lunch

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Cucina 98Bite Me isn’t going to be enough on Walnut Street any more; you’re going to want to sit down and finish the entire plate. Cucina 98, a cozy eatery tucked in the front of Corso 98’s kitchen, is now open Tuesdays through Fridays for lunch. After a soft opening last week, Lisa Marie and Elio, the power-couple behind Corso 98, are in full swing with sandwiches, salads, detoxifying water, and the deepest, most wonderful iced espresso in town for those who stop in to the tiny but tasty lunch spot.

Those who have enjoyed a meal at Corso 98 will recognize familiar items like the fantastic ravioli and lasagne, homemade with the freshest of ingredients. However, simpler items like a chicken salad wrap and a truly delicious eggplant sandwich are the perfect lunch to stay or take-away. The space is bright and welcoming, but small. Owner and operator Lisa Marie said she’d happily open up the Corso 98 dining room if needed.

On my first visit during Cucina 98’s opening week, I took home the Eggplant Sandwich ($8). I take lunch seriously, and the sweetness of the eggplant together with the tartness of the goat cheese and greens over the crunch of the pine nuts fulfilled my expectations. I meant to save some for my husband to try, but he went without. Next time.

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Smurfs 2: A Great Summer Family Film

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 12:00pm

Smurfs 2

Looking for a great summer family film? Last week, my kids (ages 3, 7 and 9) and I saw an advance screening of Smurfs 2, a family comedy that was a big hit with all three, and as far as kids films go, enjoyable for me, too.  We were lucky to get to view the movie at the Sony Pictures Screening Room  (550 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor) in Manhattan, where I highly recommend seeing a film if you get the chance—oversized comfy seats, plenty of leg room and a huge screen.

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Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robberies, Carjacking, Lots of Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 11:00am

The following Bloomfield crime report  for the week of  7/29 provided by Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


07-26-2013 – On Ella St. a residence was broken into through a rear window. A 40 inch television and a women’s pocketbook were taken.



On July 27th & 28th, between the hours of 10:00 pm and 8:00 am, loose change was stolen from several vehicles on Highfield Rd., Davis Ave., and Haines Dr.



07-24-2013 – On the 200 block of Montgomery St. a 2000 Nissan with N.J. license plates was stolen.

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Reality Bites

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

willThere are so many things my wife and I need to do before we go on vacation. Planning, packing, Organizing the home, eating the food that would otherwise spoil. Hey, it’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it. It’s a lot of work in addition to our full-time jobs. Nice problem to have, I admit. But this time around we have to do even more than normal because we’re not bringing our daughter. We’re fulfilling a promise we made to each other on our honeymoon and going back to Venice to celebrate our tenth anniversary. (Making our way to Paris as well.)

It’s a dream vacation. Once in a lifetime. But before we live that dream, we need to consider a worst possible nightmare. Before we check out of reality, we are faced with a sobering reality check. We realized we needed to update our will. Because God forbid if something happens to the both of us.

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Montclair Jazz Festival: Hear Live Music, See Live Music, Be Live Music

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair Jazz FestivalIn a town that has a film festival and a  food and wine festival, you gotta have a jazz festival. And Montclair has one—an amazing one with the 4th annual Montclair Jazz Festival Saturday. The full day of swinging music happens on Saturday, August 17 in Nishuane Park from noon to 8 pm. — and yes, this is a first — there will be a beer garden!

Produced by Jazz House Kids under the direction of its jazz powerhouse duo—jazz vocalist & recording artist Melissa Walker and with creative direction from bass virtuoso Christian McBride—the Montclair Jazz Festival features world-class artistry in a family-friendly environment.

“It’s been exciting to see how in just a few short years, our festival has blossomed into one of New Jersey’s significant summer music events with more than 3,500 in attendance,” says Melissa Walker, president and founder of Jazz House Kids.  “Montclair, known for its arts scene, now has a jazz festival to add to its cultural offerings.”

The 2013 Line  up includes:

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Goodbye StarPortal: Montclair is Moving Grades Skyward

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (14)

SkywardAs the new school year approaches, students won’t be the only ones showing off their new upgrades. The Montclair School district is mobilizing this summer to bring students and families a new and more comprehensive student data system called Skyward in which they will not only access grades online, but manage assignments, view sports schedules, change emergency contact information, and much more.

Skyward Family Access will be fully operational in September and will replace StarPortal. Students and their parents can continue to track their grades and attendance with Skyward, but its additional features will provide more convenience. The one I’m most excited about? When an assignment or test appears in the grade log and a grade has not yet been entered, a zero will not automatically be factored into the marking period average. (That will save me a lot of stress!) In addition, Skyward has a section in which students can view their current, past and missed assignments that teachers will keep updated daily, acting as a virtual assignment pad. A calendar will also show upcoming tests and major assignment due dates. To aid disorganized families in keeping track of significant writing assignments and projects, a portfolio feature enables users to save digital files of their work in their account for future use.

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