Montclair Called a “Liberal Enclave” In NY Times Article On Presidential Candidacy of Bernie Sanders

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (46)

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Senator Bernie Sanders

In a NY Times article titled, “The Problem for Bernie Sanders: The Narrow Lane to Hillary Clinton’s Left,” about Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy announcement yesterday, Montclair is called a “liberal enclave.”

Sanders, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats, is expected to run to the left of Hillary Clinton. According to the article, “The left wing of the Democratic Party just isn’t big enough to support a challenge to the left of a mainstream liberal Democrat like Mrs. Clinton.” Unless, of course, you’re from “an affluent, secular, well-educated person living along the coasts, in places like Bethesda, Md., Berkeley, Calif., or Montclair, N.J., where the party really is dominated by the uniformly liberal voters who love Elizabeth Warren and harbor at least some reservations about Mrs. Clinton.”

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Montclair Center BID Hosting Workshop for Business Owners

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 11:30am

Today’s Consumer Expectations — What You NEED To Know To Grow Your Business

Montclair Center BID and Main Street New Jersey will host a half-day Customer Experience workshop with Pamela Herrmann at the Montclair Public Library on May 6.

Hosted just steps away from the heart of the 2015 Great Amercian Main Street-award winning Montclair Center, the workshop titled “Today’s Consumer Expectations — What You NEED To Know To Grow Your Business,” will featuring nationally-acclaimed customer acquisition and retention expert Pamela Herrman. Herrman is devoted to helping companies create an exceptional customer experience and then leverage their reputation online to drive more traffic and increase sales and profits. With over 25 years as an entrepreneur, inventor, social media expert, and best-selling author, she melds consumer behavior, business best practices and Internet marketing together into “one perfectly packed stick of dy-no-mite!”
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Essex County Police to Host Community Safety Day at the Livingston Mall

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Community Safety Day at the Livingston Mall

The Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit will participate, along with other Essex County officers, in the Annual Community Safety Day at the Livingston Mall on Saturday, May 2.

The expo, hosted by the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association, will offer safety information and fun activities for families.


See Glenfield School Shine in “Ceremony For This Time,” Saturday, May 2

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 10:00am


The impact of the arts in Montclair’s Glenfield School takes center stage at the Montclair Film Festival this weekend when Ceremony For This Time is screened at the Wellmont Theater.

Familiar faces abound in the film — including students who appear during the filming two years ago at Glenfield School as a follow-up to an earlier film created 20 years ago.

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The Weekend: It’s May in Montclair and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 9:30am

(Photo: Eric Delmar)

(Photo: Eric Delmar)

It’s official! It’s May in Montclair beginning tomorrow. This weekend kicks off the month with fabulous festivities.
We told you about:

And, yes folks, there’s even more! Here are your weekend highlights:
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Countdown To Montclair Film Festival with Tom Hall

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Countdown To Montclair Film Festival with Tom Hall

His official title is executive director, but when it comes to the Montclair Film Festival, Tom Hall is all about being the perfect host, making sure every single person who attends the 10-day festival this year feels welcome.

“The only reason the Montclair Film Festival happens is because the audience shows up in the theater,” says Hall. “We’ve worked really hard to offer something for everybody and make screenings relatively affordable. If everyone in Montclair came to just one movie or free conversation, that would be amazing. And if someone doesn’t feel welcome, I want to know, so we can find out what we can do better.” Continue Reading

Local Award Winning Chef Wins on Family Feud

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Those of us who have had the pleasure of eating at Chef Ariane Duarte’s restaurants (the now closed Montclair restaurant CulinAriane or her new Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona) know that Chef Duarte is a winner. Well, she’s good at game shows too. Yesterday Duarte and her family won on Family Feud.
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Join the Y to Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at the Walnut Street Fair on Saturday

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 1:00pm

Healthy Kids Day

On Saturday, May 2, the YMCA of Montclair will hold its annual Healthy Kids Day celebration at the neighborhood’s Welcome To Walnut Street Fair.

Healthy Kids Day is a free community event to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. The fun day will feature games, information and interactive tables that represent the theme “Mind, Body and Camp Spirit.” There will also be music, face painting, parachute games, and more.

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 Ys across the country, aims to get kids moving and learning, so they can keep them up all summer long–a critical time for kids’ health. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide by providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy, and build friendships.
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Plants, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Sales This Weekend

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 12:00pm

Kick off May with new plants and herbs to decorate your garden and home. Here are several places that will be hosting sales this weekend:

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The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County will hold their annual plant sale on Friday, May 1 from 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday, May 2 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. The sale will continue on Saturday, May 9 at Garibaldi Hall (next to Essex County Environmental Center), 621A Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, NJ. The sale will include specialty tomato varieties including Rutgers & Ramapo. Culinary herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and small trees will be on hand. Many of the plants were grown from seed or cuttings in the Master Gardeners’ own greenhouse, including a wide variety of coleus. Master Gardeners will help guide the experienced and novice gardener on selecting the right plant for the right location with instructions for its care.Educational lectures are scheduled throughout the day on container planting, vegetable gardening, garden lessons, perennials, honey bees, and butterfly gardening.
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Montclair Crime: Burglaries, Theft and Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 11:30am

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


04-20-2015 – (Plymouth Street) Residential burglary through an unlocked door. Cash and jewelry were taken.

04-22-2015 – (Mission Street) Burglary to a residence, which is under construction. A ladder and building materials were taken.

04-22-2015 – (High Street) Burglary to a garage. Numerous pieces of landscaping equipment were taken.

04-22-2015 – (Trinity Place) a snow blower was stolen from an apartment building storage area.
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