Opinion: Committee For A Healthy Montclair Writes in Support of Earned Sick Leave (Updated)

BY  |  Friday, Oct 31, 2014 3:06pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

sick leave 2You’ve heard from those against. Now, Cary Chevat and a long list of others write in support of the Earned Sick Leave resolution on the Montclair ballot next Tuesday. The letter also appears on the BlueWave NJ website

(Read the proposed ordinance here)

On Tuesday, November 4th, voters in Montclair will have the opportunity to join a growing number of New Jersey municipalities that allow private sector workers to earn paid sick days. A local ballot initiative would allow nearly all private sector workers to earn 3-5 days per year to care for themselves or their families when illness strikes. For voters who want to keep Montclair’s families, workplaces and local economy healthy, our top priority can be found at the bottom of the November 4th ballot.

For people with paid sick days, it can be easy to take them for granted. But nearly one quarter of adults in the United States have either lost their job or had their job threatened because of a family illness. For the over 40 percent of Montclair workers who lack paid sick days, every cold becomes a crisis and every child’s fever could spell economic catastrophe.

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Flirting with French" href="https://baristanet.com/2014/10/meet-author-montclair-william-alexander-flirting-french/" rel="bookmark">Meet the Author in Montclair: William Alexander, Flirting with French

BY  |  Friday, Oct 31, 2014 2:30pm

Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart

William Alexander, best-selling author of Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart, will visit FIAF Montclair on November 7 to take a playful look at learning a language.

The author of three critically-acclaimed books, a frequent NPR guest, and occasional NY Times op-ed contributor, in Flirting With French, Alexander shares his latest challenge of fulfilling a life-long dream — learning French as an adult.

From Rosetta Stone software, to French pen pals, to local meet-ups, to getting an MRI of my brain on French, I leave no stone unturned in my quest. Do I succeed in becoming fluent? Readers will be as surprised as I was to discover that, in a bizarre twist, studying French may have had a far greater impact on my life than actually learning to speak it ever would.

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Fall Back With Fire Safety

BY  |  Friday, Oct 31, 2014 1:00pm

fall back fire safetyThis SundayNovember 2, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. We will “fall back” one hour and it will get darker sooner. If that part depresses you like it does for me, do somethign to make yourself feel better — check your home smoke detectors and change the batteries. The preventative measure will make you feel better. Trust me. It’s also a great time to go over fire safety recommendations.

Below are tips from the National Fire Protection Association and the Montclair Fire Department on Fire Safety:

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Montclair Schools To Require Criminal History Check, Fingerprinting For Some Volunteers

BY  |  Friday, Oct 31, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

fingerprintThis month, in a letter sent out to prospective volunteers by Dr. Felice Harrison, Montclair acts on a 2007 law (PL 2007, c. 82), signed by Acting Governor Richard Codey, permitting schools to require criminal history record checks for individuals, who on an unpaid voluntary basis, providing services that involve regular contact with pupils. Per the law, Montclair Board of Education says it will be responsible for all fees associated with fingerprinting process/background check for these individuals. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Robyn Myhr-Goulart

BY  |  Friday, Oct 31, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (13)

Robyn Myhr-GoulartThe latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Robyn Myhr-Goulart

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? Moved from Park Slope almost two and a half years ago

Where did you grow up? Minnesota.  The weather in NJ is balmy in comparison.

How do you make a living? Family Photographer and Mindfulness Teacher (The Mindful Tribe)

Coffee, tea or … ? Was a coffee drinker for years but now a tea convert…. a delish hot cup of Genmaicha green tea with honey makes my day complete.

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Your Local General Election Day Voting Guide

BY  |  Friday, Oct 31, 2014 8:00am

General Election

Tuesday, November 4 is the day to exercise one of the most powerful tools offered to Americans — Election Day for the General Election 2014.

Every vote counts especially in midterm elections. Ballot issues effect your everyday life. They have a huge impact on the legislation that passes through Congress. So get out and vote on Tuesday! 

Here is your local general election day voting guide:

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Glen Ridge House Hosts Spooky Family Fun for Halloween

BY  |  Friday, Oct 31, 2014 8:00am

via Ryan Hughes and Makezine.com

via Ryan Hughes and Makezine.com

Carving a pumpkin and hanging up a skeleton is plenty of decoration for many area families, but there are several houses that go above and beyond using their own creativity and hard work. In Clifton, the yearly display of horror at Dr. Gangi’s home office is back in all its glory, and various homes along Grove Street, Bellevue Avenue, and Orange Road are glowing with creative and spooky decorations.

For a slightly-scary, but mostly fun and family friendly trick or treat, locals should take a look at the fantastical gathering of pumpkin scarecrows, lorded over by a Pumpkin King. Ryan Hughes, a Glen Ridge dad and lover of all things Halloween, created this display after his wife nixed the more gory display he used to set up. The last few years have been about tweaking the pumpkin horde display with lights, sounds, and new looks for the Funkin faces. This year, the older of the Hughes children even created his own pumpkin, and he proudly poses with it for visitors.

pumpkin king in glen ridgeThis year, Hughes said the biggest new thing is customized lights he created himself. Each pumpkin has its own Arduino controlled LED circuit board which synches the lights and color sequences to music. How did he learn how to do all this? Hughes explains, “I took an “Arduino” class about two years ago at the Adult School of Montclair to get started and joined up with HacknCraftNJ which has been a great resource.” The lights, which dance inside the pumpkin heads to the Halloween music, help make the atmosphere fun and spooky and complete.

Visitors have been enjoying the display since early October, and Hughes expects to keep it up for a week or so after Halloween. Stop by on October 31st for Trick or Treating and to experience the extra treat of a fog machine and lots of company!

Visit the Pumpkin King and his minions for Halloween at 68 Benson Street in Glen Ridge. Want a taste of what you’ll see? Check out the video here. Leave your favorite Halloween haunts in comments.

Childhood: What Was Your “Trick?”

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 6:46pm

(In the parking lot of Montclair Art Museum)

(In the parking lot of Montclair Art Museum)

“I have a specific memory of Trick-or-Treating. I would go up and down the same block in different costumes. In the same Halloween I would have three costumes, and I’d go up and down the blocks. I would collect the same amount of candy and come back with like four pillowcases of candy… Hey, it was an easy way to not have to be travelling everywhere… just put on different costumes… in Montclair, Nutley, all the rich houses.”

Opinion: Residents Form Committee for a Responsible Sick Leave Ordinance (UPDATED)

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 5:29pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

Residents Form Committee for a Responsible Sick Leave Ordinance

Update:This post previously listed names of persons named as committee members by the author. Harvey Susswein and Jerry Kapner have stated that their names were included erroneously. All names other than the author have been removed Baristanet will only add names that have been confirmed by email.

On November 4th, Montclair will vote on a proposed ordinance requiring all private sector employers in Montclair to provide sick leave to their employees. While universal sick leave is a laudable goal, we have significant questions regarding this ordinance. While we are generally in support of passage of a sensible local or state law to address this important topic, the proposed ordinance is not sensible. Instead it is a canned version of an ordinance that the proposers have been seeking to enact in various jurisdictions throughout New Jersey as a precursor to the passage a state wide law. Montclair is being used as a pawn in a larger political game and this proposed ordinance is a part of that effort.

• Montclair residents have not had any input into the creation of the ordinance. It was proposed at the last minute by its drafters to the Council which did not act in time to prevent a legal loophole from placing the ordinance on the upcoming ballot. Most Montclair residents likely have not read the ordinance and are unaware of its existence nor of the fact that the Council cannot amend it for three years. Is this backdoor approach the way to pass legislation that will impact so many people? Wouldn’t it be better to allow the Council to study the bill, have public comment and then enact it if necessary?

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Montclair Police Apprehend Inwood Avenue Burglary Suspect

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 3:04pm  |  COMMENTS (18)

We tweeted this yesterday:

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