Brookdale ShopRite Welcomes Watsessing School Students Participating in Young Consumers Program

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Today Brookdale Shoprite welcomed the 4th grade class from the Watsessing School in Bloomfield as they participated in the final stage of the Young Consumers Program. Throughout the school year, students attended classes on health and nutrition. Combining this knowledge with their math skills, the students were challenged to shop for 4 days worth of healthy food for a family of 4 on a $100 budget. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Arrests, Thefts, Burglary

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Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


03-24-2015 – (Mission Street) Mr. Devon Anderson, 24yoa from Montclair, was arrested on a $1000 warrant out of Morristown.

03-27-2015 – (Glenridge Avenue) Mr. Anthony T. Robinson, 23yoa from Belleville, was arrested for open warrants out of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office (No Bail) and Bloomfield ($650)

03-30-2015 – (Kings Supermarket, 650 Valley Road) Mr. Calvin Pierce (22yoa from East Orange) and Mr. Mygasnov Michel (23yoa from Orange) were arrested for tendering fraudulent $100 and $50 bills. They are charged with Forgery, Criminal Simulation, Theft by Deception, and Conspiracy.

03-30-2015 (Grove Street) Mr. David Bjerklie, 60yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI following a hit and run accident. No injuries were reported.
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Get a Free Tree at Edgemont Park in Montclair on Saturday, April 11

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 12:00pm

free treesThe Montclair Environmental Commission and Department of Community Services have arranged will give away free tree seedlings to the public at Edgemont Park on Saturday, April 11. Bring your family and celebrate spring and Arbor Day by taking home free trees to green your property!

After last year’s successful giveaway the number of available trees has been doubled to 500. This program is part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. The exact species available have not yet been released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, but all the seedlings will be native tree species. Native tree species will provide beauty and shade, prevent soil erosion and help support our native insects and birds. Check the Montclair Environmental Commission website,, for updates on available species.

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Montclair Food News: Patio Bar, Awards, Bake Sales, “Walk-Out Wednesdays”

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 10:30am

Restaurant ReportYour latest Montclair restaurant and food news:

  • The Corner Cafe and Juice Bar (at the corner of Walnut and Grove) has opened and coffee lovers will love it. Stay tuned for our review this week!
  • De Novo European Pub will open a patio bar outside the restaurant at the Upper Montclair Train Station beginning in mid-April! There will be 30 additional seats under a covered patio, that will feature a custom-designed walnut bar serving a variety of sweet and slushy drinks to enjoy with the warm weather.
  • Michael Carrino, chef and partner at Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge, was recently named a 2015 Local Hero by Edible Jersey Magazine. The Local Heroes featured were selected by readers and chosen based on their local food movement and the positive impact they make in their communities. Along with a passion for cooking, Chef Carrino gives back to his local community. For the past eight years, he has been cooking and donating approximately 500 traditional Thanksgiving meals for the Salvation Army in Montclair. He also participates at the Cooking for Kids fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Children Hospital annually and supports a number of local charities including Toni’s Kitchen of Montclair.

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R.I.P. Christine O’Connor

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 9:32am  |  COMMENTS (1)

christine o' connerChristine Sheehan O’Connor, Montclair born published writer and poet, passed away peacefully on March 28 at her home at Whispering Knoll in Edison, N.J.

O’Connor was born in Upper Montclair in 1917 and lived in her hometown until a few years ago, when she moved in with daughter, Chris, and her husband, Bob. She moved into Whispering Knoll in June of 2014. Tina graduated from Montclair High School in 1936 and attended the New York School of Display. During the hard times following the Great Depression, she and her mother, Elizabeth C. Sheehan, opened Wit’s End gift shop, which was well-known as a place to find wedding and other gifts. The shop’s “Wishing Tree” was a Christmas tradition loved by the community.

Visitation will be at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday, March 31, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Cassian Church in Upper Montclair, N.J., on Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, JFK Hospital, 65 James St., Edison, N.J. 08818.

Baristanet offers our deepest condolences to the O’Connor family and friends.




Montclair Board of School Estimate: Round Two For the 2015-16 School Budget

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (62)

The  Montclair Board of School Estimate

The Montclair Board of School Estimate

The Montclair Board of School Estimate held the second of three meetings on March 30 to consider the 2015-16 school district budget, with Mayor Robert Jackson presiding.  The two councilors on the board, Sean Spiller and William Hurlock, asked most of the questions following public comment.  Several other local leaders, including school board member Robin Kulwin and Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon, also attended.

Reprising his role as the BoSE’s secretary, Brian Fleischer, the district’s chief financial officer, reported that the staff reductions being considered  — 10 teachers and 23 paraprofessionals — would not affect any of the district’s 221 paraprofessionals under contract through the Montclair Education Association (MEA) and that the reductions could be derived from the number of 39 long-term substitutes serving in eight positions in the district.

He added that seven of the 10 teaching positions being reduced could be eliminated through attrition, and that he was hopeful that the entire reduction still could be achieved with layoffs.

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Playful Cat at Cameron Animal Hospital in Need of a Family

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 9:00am


Looking for a cat to adopt? A playful kitty at Cameron Animal Hospital, located at 417 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, is in need of a family:

Rolly is friendly, cuddly, and playful. He likes to rub noses when he first meets people, and thinks there’s nothing better than a belly rub. He likes to play, but is relatively calm and laid back. While he loves other cats, his litter mates at Cameron Animal Hospital have all been adopted, which has left Rolly quite lonely. He would love to be adopted with a buddy. Rolly is the perfect kitten for anyone looking for a true companion, or a family looking for a new addition. He’s great with kids of all ages, he loves other cats, and he thinks dogs are OK, too.

To see Rolly, please call Cameron Animal Hospital at 973-744-2052 or email here.




When Will Montclair Kids Start School in September?

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 6:19pm

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Making plans for summer vacation and wondering when the kids need to be back at school? Montclair schools do not have a 2015-2015 calendar — yet. Continue Reading

Raymond’s Montclair, Ridgewood To Pay More Than $300,000 in Back Wages

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Raymond's in Montclair, Ridgewood To Pay More Than $300,000 in Back Wages

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Northern New Jersey Wage and Hour District Office found Raymond’s Ridgewood LLC did not pay members of its kitchen staff for overtime and failed to pay tipped workers the proper wage rate, the Montclair Times reports, adding that Raymond’s restaurant employees at both the Montclair and Ridgewood locations were affected. Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival Announces 2015 Conversation Series

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(Photo credit: Myrna Suarez)

(Photo credit: Myrna Suarez)

Ever dream about having a conversation with Richard Gere? (I have) How about Jonathan Demme, Barbara Kopple, Stanley Nelson, Michael Ian Black, Bobcat Goldthwait, Abigail Disney, John Battsek, Patrick Wilson, and Jonathan Alter? You’ll have a chance at one of the Conversation Series presented at this year’s Montclair Film Festival.
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