Celebrating Pride and Family at North Jersey Pride Week

BY  |  Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:00pm


Prince’s daughter

North Jersey Pride Week runs from Sunday, June 2 through June 8, with events for all ages in Maplewood, South Orange and Montclair. Organizer C.J. Prince, a Maplewood mom, spoke with Mary Mann about North Jersey Pride. Barista Kids shares the interview here:

Q: What came first, North Jersey Pride or the Pride Festival?

A: The Pride Festival came first—although it wasn’t really a festival at the time. There are a lot of us who, when we had our kids and moved to the ‘burbs, felt like we had to give up Pride. It’s hard to navigate down Fifth Avenue with a double stroller. And the nudity involved became a problem for some mothers and fathers who were conflicted about their kids seeing it.

So our suburban Pride began that way in 2011, organically, as just a small, informal BYO picnic in Maplewood Memorial Park. We had a modest stage and John Strauss, a local musician who gives drum lessons, kindly organized musicians to play for free. We thought we’d have maybe 20 people and more than 100 turned out, which was pretty exciting. The following year, South Orange residents really wanted to be included, so we renamed ourselves SOMA Pride, featured some local food vendors and a handful of community sponsors and exhibitors and about 400 people showed up, some from as far as Bergen County.

That kind of growth told me there was a need for what we were providing. So the next year, 2013, I incorporated as “North Jersey Pride” and applied for 501(c)3 status so that corporate sponsors would feel comfortable getting on board. PNC came on as presenting sponsor and we had about 30 other sponsors at varying levels. We had a real stage and brought in some big talent and included a clause in our entertainment contract that requires our performers to make their performances family-friendly so that parents can relax knowing their kids aren’t going to hear any profanity. We expanded our Rainbow Kids Zone so children would have plenty to do, since that’s what we, as parents, are always looking for.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 1

BY  |  Saturday, May 31, 2014 11:49am

There are over 160 properties open in Baristaville this weekend, including the following colonials:

montclair0601191 Montclair Ave., Montclair
List Price: $749,000
Taxes: $21,776
Acreage: 0.27

Just listed, this 11-room colonial, built in 1890 and renovated in 2000, has many original details and numerous improvements. Known as the Marlboro Estate, it has an updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and French doors leading to a patio. All bathrooms have been renovated. Original details include an open porch with a swing, high ceilings, multiple fireplaces and wood moldings. There is a full basement and a two-car detached garage with an attached studio. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag

BY  |  Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:30am

No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag

Turning an old T-shirt into a reusable tote bag is a simple and fun craft. It’s eco-friendly too, since you can reuse the T-shirts that you have out grown, but can’t bear to part with — like summer camp and school tees.

No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag

  • Iron
  • T shirt

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Single-Use Parking Permits For Montclair Now Available Online

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 2:37pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Single-Use Parking Permits For MontclairSingle-use parking permits may now be purchased online on Montclair’s Click and Park website.

Single Use Parking Permit allow visitors, guests, friends, and/or family of Montclair residents who display the permit to park in a municipal parking lot marked ”Permit Parking Only” or in front of the resident’s home until 9 am the following morning. The single-use visitor parking permits may be purchased online and printed at home at a daily rate of $5.




Sorrelli Jewelry Hosts Event to Benefit Salvation Army of Montclair

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 1:00pm

Sorrelli SharesSorrelli Jewelry,  a 30-year-old designer fashion jewelry company which opened on Church Street in Montclair last November, will be teaming up with the Salvation Army for a benefit event called  Sorrelli Shares. Sorrelli hosts a donation drive annually for an organization within the community. Starting this Sunday, June 1, through Saturday, June 7, Sorrelli will be collecting donations to help benefit the Montclair Citadel Salvation Army. And they’ll offer special shopping passes as a personal thank you to the donating customers.

The Salvation Army wish list includes:

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00pm

Berry Season: Where to Pick Your Own

What to do, what to do? It’s another super busy weekend full of family events.

Don’t forget about the St. Catherine of Siena Carnival, the 32nd Annual Montclair 10K and 2 Mile Fun Run, the Montclair Film Festival Summer Series Hairspray sing-a-long — and there’s even 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:

Go berry picking at a New Jersey pick your own farm!

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One Dead, Another Seriously Injured After Building Collapse at Coda Kitchen and Bar in Maplewood

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 11:35am  |  COMMENTS (1)

rp_codaMaplewood-300x225.jpgOne person is dead and another seriously injured after an internal building collapse at Coda Kitchen and Bar on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood this morning, sometime after 9 am, CBSLocal.com reports.

The building was under construction. Crews were installing a staircase inside the restaurant into the basement when the stairs and part of the floor gave way:

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Open Thread

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (53)

It's Your Open ThreadLet’s talk.

I’ll give you some topics:

  • Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, has signed an agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, topping the bids of groups led by David Geffen and LA investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh, and setting a record price for an NBA team.
  • This week, an independent report found that 1,700 veterans trying to get appointments were “at risk of being forgotten” at a corrupt Veterans Affairs hospital.

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Children’s Playground Coming to Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 10:00am

Picnic Pavilion and Paddle Boating

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. yesterday announced that work is underway to develop a children’s playground at the Orange Reservoir in the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. The addition of the playground will provide visitors with another opportunity to enjoy the picturesque landscape and promote wellness. It is the latest project that Essex County is conducting in partnership with the City of Orange to maximize the use of the Orange Reservoir property.

The playground will be located adjacent to the paddle boating area and picnic pavilion that opened last year and will be designed with the same nautical theme. It will have 24 separate pieces of play equipment and a rubberized safety surface. An open area within the playground will have a synthetic grass surface so there is less wear and tear on the turf. The new facility will be circled by a chain link fence to prevent children from wandering away. In addition, stamped concrete pathways will be installed to link the playground to the picnic area, paddle boating and pathway around the reservoir. Work to prepare the site began earlier in May and the playground is scheduled to open by the end of the summer.

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The Hat City Streets Festival Returns to the Valley Arts District Next Weekend

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 9:00am

 Hat City Streets FestivalGet ready to grab your hats and celebrate — the second annual Hat City Streets Festival is almost here, returning to the Valley Arts District of Orange and West Orange with a full schedule of headliner concerts, family-friendly live performances, art exhibitions, and much more on Saturday, June 7.

Presented by ValleyArts, the festival is a day-long celebration of music, visual arts, dance, family activities, delicious food, and non-stop fun that reflects the spirit and diversity of the region while saluting the creativity of Orange. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy live music on two stages, featuring artists like Stephane Wrembel Band,  Mike Griot and Friends, Wedeya, and the Universal Sound Band.

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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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