Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Mar. 1

BY  |  Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 5:26pm

Close to 110 properties are showing this weekend, more than recent weeks. Some notable condos are among the listings.

montclair030165-67 Union St., Unit 2, Montclair

List Price: $299,000

Taxes: $7,265

Association Fee: $435


This first-floor, five-room condo, a corner unit, has hardwood floors, high ceilings, an eat-in kitchen and updated bathroom. Just listed and built in approximately 1923, the unit also has a walk-in closet, a dining room with a coffered ceiling, an in-unit washer/dryer and extra storage in the basement. Cats are OK, dogs need approval.  Open 1 to 4 p.m.

montclair0301_2Also showing in Montclair, 61 S. Fullerton Ave., Unit 31, is the penthouse unit and has 10-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall windows on two sides and an open floor plan. There are two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms. The kitchen has been updated and has a center island; the dining room has a coffered ceiling and French doors that lead to a balcony. The property was just listed at $379,000. Taxes are $8,850; the association fee is $630. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Strong Arm Robbery at Mountainside Hospital Parking Deck

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 7:40pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

Strong Arm Robbery at Mountainside Hospital Parking DeckA Bloomfield man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery yesterday afternoon on the fourth level of the parking structure at Mountainside Hospital (31 Sherwood Street).

According to Lt. David O’Dowd, Detective Bureau Commander, as the victim was walking to his vehicle, he was approached by a male suspect who said “I don’t want to hurt you, I just need cash.” Continue Reading

Local Parties, Carnivals, Spiels, and More for Purim

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 1:30pm

Temple Ner Tamid puts on Purimspiel 2013

Temple Ner Tamid puts on Purimspiel 2013

Purim begins in the evening of Wednesday, March 4 and ends in the evening of Thursday, March 5 this year. It’s a festival that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living throughout the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.

Baristanet writer Brian Glaser says the Jewish holiday is a fun and joyous celebration. “Between the costume dress-up, fresh-baked Hamentashen, and noise-making groggers, Purim more than earns its rep as “The Jewish Halloween.”

Here are some local Purim celebrations where there will be noisemakers, carnivals, costumes, treats and partying aplenty!:


Chabad of Montclair will throw a ’60s style Purim party on Thursday, March 5 beginning at 5 pm! Enjoy a groovy buffet dinner, Megilah reading, a drum circle, magic show, Hamentashen and a wine bar, and more! The Purim party takes place at The Suite Spot at 695 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Tickets are $10 per person / $36 per family. For more information or tickets, call 862.252.5666 or visit online here

purimTemple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove throws a super fun Purim Carnval on Sunday, March 1 beginning at 11 am. There ill be amagician, photo booth, ganes, crafts, food, and more. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. On the Friday before Purim, they have a Megillah reading at the Shabbat evening service, featuring several members of the Temple reading the story with great enthusiasm. Call 973.239.1321 or visit online for more information.

Purim for Grownups

Temple Ner Tamid, known for its elaborate Purimspiels will present “Megillagan’s Island: A Desert Island Purimspiel” for this year’s Purim celebration on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 pm. “What happens when the Purimspiel cast become castaways on a desert island? Will they be so upset at being shipwrecked that they forget about the holiday? Or will they be true to their shul and get inspired to write the best darned tropical-island-themed Purim Play ever? And then, how will they get off the island? Be there Saturday night, March 7, to find out! Families will enjoy the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 8. Call 973.338.1500 or visit online for more information.


purimCelebrate Purim with the Shomrei Emunah Community in Montclair. Enjoy games, treats, a costume parade and much more. The Purim Carnival takes place on Sunday, March 1. On Wednesday March 4, beginning at 5 pm, celebrate Purim with grogger and mask making, a dinner, Megilah reading, a costume parade, a Maariv service, and a Purim Shpiel. For more information call 973-746-5031 or visit online here.


Bnai Keshet in Montclair throws its carnival on Sunday, March 1 at 11 am with hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, a Bounce House/Ball Pit, obstacle course, spin art, face painting, games, and more! It then throws a Rock n’ Roll Purim Schpiel on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:15 pm. There will be dinner (Vegetarian Tacos & Burritos), a Family Friendly Megilla & Schpiel, and dessert. For more information call 973.746.4889 or visit online here.




Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston will hold services on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 pm, which includes the traditional reading of the Megillah (the Book of Esther). Also in celebration of Purim, the Jewish Learning Program of Temple B’nai Abraham will hold their annual Purim Carnival on Thursday, March 5, from 4 – 6 pm at the temple. The entrance fee is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Games and inflatables will be provided by Bounce On In Events. There will be face painting , snacks for purchase and much more. Dressing in costume is encouraged. Open to the community, but children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, please call 973.994.3950. For information, visit online here.


Baristanet Profile: Annicia Adams Durka

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 12:30pm

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

Name: Annicia Adams Durka

Where do you live? In the South End of Montclair on Lincoln Street.

When did you move there? Four years ago.

Where did you grow up? Most of my childhood was spent in California on the central coast and in Southern California, but I was born in Alaska. I lived there until I was 7 years old.

How do you make a living? I’m a textile designer. I love my job!

Coffee, tea or … ? Yogic Chai.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Going to an early yoga class, then working/playing in the garden with my son and husband. Spending time in our yard all day. Then we throw some food on the grill and drink a few of my husband’s homemade beers. To finish off the day my husband and I sit around the fire pit in the back yard after our son has gone to sleep and watch the fire.
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Go Out For the 2nd Annual Detective Carlos G. Wormley Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 11:30am

Detective Carlos G. Wormley Bowling FundraiserOn Saturday, February 28, the Montclair Sentinels 16-87 will host its second annual Detective Carlos G. Wormley Memorial Bowling Fundraiser at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, NJ.

You’ll enjoy music by DJ Hardcore, good food, fun, and fellowship to raise funds for the Sentinels scholarship fund in honor of their departed brother Detective Carlos G. Wormley.

Detective Wormley was a lifelong resident of Montclair, and served his community with great pride. He was known throughout the community to go above and beyond to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Detective Wormley was truly dedicated to his community, and held a special affinity for the youth of the community. He worked tirelessly as a DARE Officer, mentor, and founding member of Project Oasis.
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Seen Around Town: Random Acts of Kindness

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Random Acts of Kindness

We may fight over the PARCC, our school system, our taxes, leafblowers, and our government, but sometimes, the times that count the most, Montclair shows how kind, accepting, and just how damn great it is.

The Human Needs Food Pantry, which provides food, clothing and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring posted the photos above and the following message on its Facebook page yesterday:
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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide To Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 9:30am

Happy weekend! Looking for some fun and exciting things to do with the family? You’re in the right place!

redknitgirlandthereadingtreeWatchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host an Author Storytime with Naoko Stoop who will be reading her third book, The Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree, on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM. In this adventure, the Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends discover a hollow tree and turn it into a magical place they all can enjoy. The story emphasizes the joy of reading and the importance of working together.



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Montclair Health Department “Stoop Time” Program Returns for Second Session

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 9:00am

stoop timesThe Montclair Health Department’s Stoop Time program returns for a second session, meeting Friday mornings, March 16 through April 20, at 10 am. Sessions will be held at the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue.

The Health Department describes Stoop Time as “a place for ‘mature’ women to discuss the ups and downs of life throughout its different phases with a small group of others who are experiencing similar change.” It’s a place for women to discuss their life issues, things such as experiencing a loss of a significant other or loved one, their neighborhood, careers and retirement, health changes, or being empty nesters.

Leah Johnston-Rowbotham, MS, APRN, BC created and will facilitate the Stoop Time group. “My own grandmother often discussed these issues on the front stoop while shelling peas, my mother had the stoop by the clothesline as she folded frozen towels and sheets in the late winter” says Rowbotham.
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Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Stolen Cars, and Many Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 1:30pm

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


On February 22, 2015 a Chinese food restaurant, The Chopstick House located at 2 Bloomfield Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. A 40 year old male employee of the restaurant reported to police 12:08 am, that a dark-skinned Hispanic male entered the restaurant, placed a black handgun on the counter and took three hundred dollars that was near the register. The suspect exited the restaurant and entered the passenger side of a grey or black SUV and fled south on N 13th Street. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and a white scarf covering his face.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.


On February 18, 2015 a 19 year old Ella Street resident reported to police that he interrupted a suspect at 11:41 am trying to burglarize his residence. The victim observed the suspect attempting to open a basement window of his home and when the suspect realized that the victim was home and caught him trying to enter, he fled the area on foot.

12/19/15 The superintendent of an apartment building on the 100 block of Franklin Street reported to police that he discovered an ex-tenant, who had broken into his building, hiding in the basement at 10:24 pm. The suspect fled prior to police arrival.

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Calling All Seniors! Essex County Wants Your Story for the Legacies Writing Contest

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 12:00pm

Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest

Montclair resident Alfred Berutti won for his “68 Years Ago” essay in last year’s annual Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest. And many other local seniors have had their stories awarded. If you’re an Essex County senior, ages 60 and up, now’s the time to begin writing your own original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of your life for the 2015 contest, which has a March 16 deadline.

“Our senior citizens have led interesting lives and I am always impressed by the stories that are submitted. Our Legacies Contest is an opportunity for our older residents to remember their past and share their experiences with family, friends and the younger generation,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said. “It’s never too early to begin collecting your thoughts and writing your drafts. I encourage all our seniors to start working on their entries now,” he added.
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