Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Feb 1.

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 9:26am

It’s a not-so-super open house Sunday in terms of volume, with only around 42 properties showing.

montclair0201768 Valley Rd., Montclair

List Price: $299,000

Taxes: $12,301

Acreage: 0.13


Just listed and “ready for renovation,” this six-room colonial has hardwood floors, a fireplace in the living room, an enclosed porch, a walk-up attic that could be converted into an office or den and a new gas boiler. There is an unfinished basement and a one-car detached garage. The house, which was built in 1922, is situated on a corner lot. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

UPDATE: Winter Rabies Clinics For Montclair and Cedar Grove

BY  |  Friday, Jan 30, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Rabies Clinics

According to the American Humane Society, it’s important to keep your pet’s rabies vaccine up to date. Puppies and kittens should receive their first rabies vaccination at 12 weeks of age. Pets must be vaccinated again in one year, and then a three-year rabies vaccine is generally administered during the rest of your pet’s life.

The Montclair Health Department has scheduled winter 2015 rabies clinics for the dates below:
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Baristanet Profile: April Hussar

BY  |  Friday, Jan 30, 2015 12:00pm

April Hussar

April and her daughter

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: April Hussar

Where do you live? Verona

When did you move there? In 2004, just before our daughter turned one. We were scared of the Montclair taxes and in love with the Verona town pool!

Where did you grow up? Petaluma, California — also known as the “Egg Capital of the World,” and birthplace of the World Wrist-Wrestling Championships. Sorry to make you all jealous.
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Local Chef Shares a Winning Super Bowl Sunday Recipe

BY  |  Friday, Jan 30, 2015 10:30am

pork belly chili recipe

Looking for a winning Super Bowl Party recipe? Local Chef and restaurateur Ryan DePersio (Fascino in Montclair, Nico Kitchen + Bar in Newark, and Battello in Jersey City) shares his recipe for Pork Belly Chili with Cilantro & Sour Cream in a new webisode called “Just Add Fire” on It’s sure to be a hit at your Super Bowl Sunday party. Get the complete recipe here.



Weekend Highlights: Your Guide To Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jan 30, 2015 10:00am

It looks like this weekend is going to be another cold one, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying some of the wonderful family-friendly events happening in our area.

monster truck jam

Monster Jam is coming to the Izod Center in East Rutherford on Friday, January 30th (7:30 PM), and Saturday January 31st (2:00 PM and 7:30 PM). This event will feature eight monster trucks performing stunts and maneuvers that will captivate the audience with non-stop excitement. There will also be a Pit Party on the floor of the arena before the show (separate ticketing required). Kids tickets are actually $10 all weekend long! Parking fees apply. See the Izod Center website for more details and ticket purchasing.
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Councilor Hurlock Addresses Historic Preservation and Public Safety At Community Meeting

BY  |  Friday, Jan 30, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (21)

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock addresses constituents at his January 29 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock addresses constituents at his January 29 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock held his first community meeting of 2015, where he took questions and made comments regarding issues concerning issues specifically relating to Upper Montclair, along with a few general issues affecting the whole township. The biggest issue discussed at the January 29 meeting was NJ Transit’s interest in de-listing the Upper Montclair railway station from the state and national historic registers because of the February 2006 fire that destroyed most of the original building.

Councilor Hurlock explained that the issue first came up in February 2011 when the township Historic Preservation Commission first received the de-listing request, with two letters sent by Barton Ross of the HPC and Mayor Robert Jackson in September 2012 saying that, based on conversations with the HPC, the town didn’t oppose the de-listing.
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Gas Lamp Players To Present “Shrek The Musical”

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 2:30pm

shrek 2Gas Lamp Players brings everyone’s favorite green ogre to the Ridgewood Avenue School stage! Bring the whole family to see “Shrek The Musical” with performances on Friday, February 6 at 7pm , Saturday, February 7 at 2 & 7pm, and Sunday, February 8 at 2pm. Continue Reading

6th Annual Concert for Haiti

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 2:00pm

Concert for Haiti

The Montclair community will once again come together for an evening of music, community-building, and support for Haiti at the Sixth Annual Concert for Haiti on Saturday, February 7. The annual event is hosted by Outpost in the Burbs.

The 2015 Concert for Haiti, a fundraiser for Edeyo Foundation, Lamp for Haiti and the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), will feature Steve Forbert who broke into the national music scene in 1978 with his debut album, Alive on Arrival and Bohio Music, composed of Riva Precil and Monvelyno Alexis presenting a seamless fusion of Racine/Roots, World Music, Jazz and African tones

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HomeSharing, Inc. Expands Housing Options for Montclair Seniors Who Want to Age in Place

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

homesharingA creative avenue for expanding housing options for individuals of all ages is now available in Montclair and neighboring communities, with a particular focus on helping Township seniors to “age in place.” The effort will be spearheaded by HomeSharing, an organization with more than 30 years of experience. It is being funded by a three-year grant totaling $227,000 from the Partners for Health Foundation.

HomeSharing adds to Montclair’s affordable housing stock by matching “providers,” residents who wish to share their homes or apartments in order to keep them, with “seekers,” individuals searching for affordable housing in their communities. HomeSharing also assists its clients in locating and utilizing other resources such as area food pantries, low-cost medical care, and other support services. The organization’s services are provided free of charge.
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Let Us All Drink Mead!

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

mead2Mead: you’ve probably never heard of it, never tried it, or never think about it. It’s fermented honey that turns into a strong, sweet wine, and while it’s rarely on bar menus or in liquor cabinets, Melovino Meadery in Vauxhall is aiming to change all of that.

Last weekend I went to a tour and tasting at Melovino, which is tucked behind the Staples and Walgreens at the Millburn Village Mall, and was surprised to find that mead was something I wanted to hear about, try, and think about more.

A little background: mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world, with evidence that people were tipping it back 8,000 years or so ago. The core ingredients are honey, water, and yeast—though you can get fancier about it, and the folks at Melovino do.

But they had to get fancy about bringing mead to NJ at all. Melovino claims to be the first and only meadery in Jersey. They know this because when they approached the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control for a license to make and sell mead in the state…no such thing existed. Meadmaker Sergio Moutela had to go to the ABC offices and make an in-person presentation to convince the agency to create and issue the license. I’m guessing they let the ABC folks have a few sips, too, because who wouldn’t issue a license to have more of this stuff in NJ?
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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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