Montclair: Blue Mercury Coming, Blue Suede Shoes Going

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 4:23pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

blue mercuryThe news is blue today in Montclair. We’re excited to learn that Blue Mercury, the luxury beauty products store and spa destination is coming to 30 South Park Street, where South Park Bar & Grill used to be, (news that will also likely make Siena residents happy, too). Continue Reading

Montclair’s Underdog Film Fest To Screen Oscar Shorts Sunday

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 3:00pm

underdog“Oscar Shorts – celebrate the Underdog” will once again screen all the Oscar nominated short films (live, animated and documentary) on the day of the Academy Awards, Sunday, March 2nd. Continue Reading

Christie Announces Increase of $36.8 Million in State Aid for New Jersey Schools

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 2:32pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

State Aid for New Jersey SchoolsThe NJ Department of Education announced on Thursday the level of state aid  for New Jersey schools that reflect the highest levels of K-12 funding in the state’s history. Direct state aid for education will now exceed the $9 billion mark.

Total state aid for education will increase by $36.8 million, from $8.977 billion this year to a total of 9.014 billion in fiscal 2015.

Governor Christie stated, “Our Fiscal Year 2015 Budget provides the most funding in New Jersey history for education for a fourth year in a row.”

Every K-12 school district will see an increase in aid based on its projected student enrollment. The per-pupil funding – which amounts to an additional $20 for every student – will be added to the amount that each district received last year and would be available through two new aid categories:

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Spin For a Child To Support CASA For Children of Essex County

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 1:30pm

Spin for a Child, an indoor cycling fundraiser dedicated to raising funds to support CASA for Children of Essex County, will take place at 3Sixty Cycling and Fitness Studio in Montclair, NJ on Sunday, March 2.

CASA for Children of Essex County (CASA) is an independent, court-authorized non- profit organization that works through specially trained and supervised volunteers to promote the welfare of children in Essex County who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. CASA serves as a foster child’s “voice in court” working to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child toward a safe and permanent home. Continue Reading

Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 12:30pm


There are some great events to enjoy with the family this first weekend in March.

St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin this Saturday, Read Across America fun happens this weekend too, School of Rock Montclair holds its Open House with The Hold Steady, Mi Casa, Tu Casa plays at Luna Stage, and there is Maple Sugaring fun to be had — and there are more!

To make sure you’re always in the know when it comes to family events, parenting resources and discussion, sign up for our newsletter, which offers a great recap of our best stories, event information, guides and exclusive giveaways. And make sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our  Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:

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Out of Order Improv Comedy Returns to Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 11:10am

Out of Order Improv ComedyAfter last year’s smash hit and near sellout performance, Out of Order Improv Comedy returns to Studio Players in Montclair for one night only tomorrow,  March 1!

Out of Order has been performing for audiences in NJ and NY for over seven years. They’re a troupe made up of actors, writers, designers, illustrators, painters, waiters, soldiers, nerds, marketers, geeks, artists, musicians and comedians. The group was founded by Kym Frank and along with “OoO” veterans Omar Kozarsky and Jess Prekel, it grew to include current cast members Dave O’Neill (of Montclair), Russ Crespolini and Joe Guadara. Years later, long time friend and fan Jason Victor joined the gang, and most recently, the incomparable Tom Wright. On piano for the improv music scenes, Dr. John Pierce.

So what exactly is Improvsational Comedy?  Allow our friends at Out of Order to explain:

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Snow, Public Assets Dominate Montclair Councilor Hurlock’s Community Meeting

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 27 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 27 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock held his sixth community meeting on February 27 at the Bellevue Avenue branch of the Montclair Public Library and fielded questions from the public about various issues, but snow was easily the biggest topic of the evening.  He was joined by Mayor Robert Jackson and Public Works Superintendent Rob Bianco.

Residents expressed frustration with a problem that has become familiar with too many Montclair residents – streets narrowed by snow embankments.  One resident complained that driving through the streets was like going to a maze, and she also expressed displeasure with parked cars taking up too much space.  Officer Frederick Cook, another one of Councilor Hurlock’s guests, said that the police department was working to enforce “no parking” rules along snow embankments, noting that the police have put signs up and have towed several vehicles.  He added that several  of the temporary “NO PARKING” signs have been ignored and even removed. Continue Reading

Mi Casa, Tu Casa Returns to Luna Stage

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 10:00am

Mi Casa, Tu Casa

The Mi Casa Band and stellar storytellers are back to present Mi Casa, Tu Casa at Luna Stage on March 1 and 8 with their vibrant blend of music and stories for the entire family. This special presentation is part of “The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.”

This bilingual play highlights the universal elements of Latin American folklore and opens doors to a wide range of world cultures. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this journey through time, place, and imagination. Even audience members become part of the fiesta in this unique interactive experience.

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Annual Build Montclair in LEGO Event Coming in March

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 8:00am

 Build Montclair in LEGO

If you’re still riding high from the awesome LEGO Movie, you’ll think everything is awesome at the annual Build Montclair in LEGO event on March 9.

On Sunday, March 9 at the Montclair Art Museum, with Montclair Historical Society as program partner, your family can have over 60,000 LEGO building blocks at its disposal, and will be given a photograph of a specific building in Montclair to turn into a LEGO model. Working with architect Stephen W. Schwartz of Building Blocks Workshops, you will take the building models and place them on a 30 x 20 foot map of downtown Montclair.

Build Montclair in LEGO is best for families with children ages 5 – 14, with a maximum of four persons per group, with at least one adult. Space is limited to 50 families for the two-hour event, and a parent or adult must accompany children.

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Indicted Bloomfield Officer On Dashcam Video: “I Was Completely Scared”

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 6:49am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Orlando Trinidad, 33, one of the officers indicted on conspiracy, official misconduct and assault, as a result of a Bloomfield police dashcam video arresting Marcus Jeter, talks with ABC’s Sarah Wallace, saying the video doesn’t tell the real story and that he feared for his life. 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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