Tierney’s Tavern Music Festival Turns Two

BY  |  Sunday, May 31, 2015 6:16pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

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Tierney’s Tavern of Montclair celebrated 81 years of business yesterday with their 2nd Annual Music Festival and a Family Fun Day. There was a dunk tank, games of skill, craft vendors, a beer truck and lots of food booths from local restaurants.

The biggest draw was the music. Three stages served up the sounds of Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Pop, Blue Grass, Punk and more. Photographed on the outside Hill Stage is Brave New Girl, a staple of the NYC music scene since the 1990s. Continue Reading

Montclair Synagogue First in the Area to Provide “Choose Your Dues”

BY  |  Sunday, May 31, 2015 12:14pm


Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Montclair has converted to a new membership system in which each member determines his or her own financial commitment to the synagogue. The switch to the new “Sustaining Share” membership model from the traditional dues system was approved by the congregation at its Annual Meeting on May 27th.

Shomrei is the first synagogue in the area to adopt this model. Nationally, Shomrei joins a small but growing group of synagogues in the United States to try this new approach. However, Shomrei has gone further than other synagogues nationwide, by also replacing its Kol Nidre appeal with the voluntary commitments. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 31

BY  |  Saturday, May 30, 2015 9:03am  |  COMMENTS (1)

A just-listed penthouse on Union Street in Montclair is among the 187 properties showing in Baristaville this weekend. There are lots of new listings as well as some properties with recently reduced asking prices.

glenridge053138 Woodland Ave., Glen Ridge

List Price: $899,000

Taxes: $28,377

Acreage: 0.46


New to the market, this 12-room colonial has lots of architectural details, including high ceilings, hardwood floors, four fireplaces, built-ins, cedar closets and a deck. The electric has been updated and the underground oil tank has been removed. There is an unfinished basement and a two-car detached garage. The house was constructed in 1885. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair High Alum Co-Creates and Stars in New Off Broadway Play

BY  |  Friday, May 29, 2015 2:00pm

Tommy CrawfordMontclair is known as a place that draws an artistic crowd, but it’s also nurtured quite a few artists who grew up here.

Tommy Crawford is one example. A 2005 graduate of Montclair High, where he was the president of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Crawford is making a name for himself in the New York theatre scene.

After graduating in theatre studies at Yale in 2009, where he was the recipient of the Metcalfe Prize for his work on his senior project an essay, Crawford went on to become a member of the resident acting ensemble, The Bats, at the off-off Broadway Flea Theater. He’s also performed in productions and workshops with The Ensemble Studio Theater/Youngblood, NY Fringe, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark and others.

But his biggest project to date happens on June 23 when the first play he co-created and directed the music for opens Off Broadway. Sea Wife is a concert play, which is, as the phrase implies, a mixture of a concert and a play, in which actors are also band members who play music on stage.
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Montclair Photographer Showcases the Town’s Most Picturesque Homes in New Book

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Stately Homes of MontclairIf you’re like me, you have a few Montclair “dream” homes (there is a large white house on Upper Mountain Avenue with gorgeous wrap around porches and balconies that is my favorite). Truth is, so many Montclair homes are beautiful, but some just stand out. Montclair photographer and videographer Andrew Wander has put together a collection of 50 stand out—or what he calls “Stately”—in his coffee table book “Stately Homes of Montclair.”

Stately Homes of Montclair ($59.95) features beautiful photography of the town’s most picturesque houses. Wander started this project seven years ago after moving to town from Bergen County. He came up with the idea after visiting a bookstore and seeing some coffee table books of other great towns and thought Montclair didn’t have anything to showcase its charm.

Wander would drive around town and stop at the homes that struck his attention. “I started knocking on doors telling the homeowners about my project and thankfully 95 percent said sure,” says Wander.
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Councilor Spiller to Host Montclair Third Ward Community Meeting June 3

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Sean SpillerThird Ward Councilor Sean Spiller will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, June 3 to address residents’ concerns on the Township’s area in need of redevelopment study that includes the Seymour Street area. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building second floor conference room, 205 Claremont Avenue. Township Planner Janice Talley and consultant architect Ira Smith will be present to answer questions from the community.

Earlier this year, the Township Council determined that Seymour Street, Glenridge Avenue, and Lackawanna Station meet the legal requirements for “area in need of redevelopment” designation. Another public hearing on the redevelopment investigation is scheduled before the Planning Board on June 22.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns.

Baristanet Profile: Jen Lange

BY  |  Friday, May 29, 2015 10:30am

Jen Lange

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

Name: Jen Lange

Where do you live? Bloomfield, NJ with my husband, two daughters and our cat, Tesla.

When did you move there? May 2005

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, which is in the suburbs, right outside Washington, DC. That is what attracted us to the Montclair area.

How do you make a living? I am the art director for Networked Politics and Cool Dame. We create logos and other brand work, and build websites for local businesses – doctors and therapists, software and insurance companies, food purveyors and farmers markets, and so on. It’s very interesting to learn about their businesses and make a significant contribution to their marketing and growth. Some afternoons and weekends I also spend teaching hands-on STEM enrichment classes and camp at L3 Academy. Aspiring engineers and computer programmers build and program robots. Young scientists get a bang out of class as they use the scientific method to ignite, explode and pop their experiments.
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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, May 29, 2015 9:30am

Who’s ready for the weekend? We have plenty of fun and family friendly events to keep you busy!


On Saturday, the Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host an interactive book-reading with author Betty Larrea at 11:00 AM. The book, Lucinda’s Magical Yoga Adventure, takes children through a variety of poses as they pretend to be the animals and characters they meet in the story. After the reading, join Ms. Larrea for a meet and greet and book signing. This event is recommended for children ages 2-9 and their families.

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Hurlock Discusses Street Improvements, Affordable Housing, Senior Services at Community Meeting

BY  |  Friday, May 29, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock addresses constituents at his May 28 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock addresses constituents at his May 28 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock held his latest community meeting at the Montclair Public Library’s Bellevue Avenue branch on May 28, and the meeting was mostly more settled than previous First Ward meetings due to the biggest bone of contention in the ward – the Master Plan – having been settled itself.  Councilor Hurlock said he was pleased there would be no six-story buildings constructed in the business district, with only the A&P lot left open for possible development in the future.

The First Ward’s streets and avenues remained an ongoing issue, as many residents voiced the need for their streets to be redone. Councilor Hurlock said that the township has been trying to catch up with the backlog of streets that need work.  Councilor Hurlock said that the street projects were on a two-tiered system, with some streets rebuilt through what Montclair Public Works and Parks Superintendent Rob Bianco, who was present at the meeting, called a “design and build” program, with the recently redone Fernwood Avenue and Glenwood Road cited as recent examples, and others where basic curbing and/or paving is being taken care of, such as on Cooper Avenue.  The councilor said that part of the problem was that many First Ward streets have not qualified for community development block grant funding, so resources have not been readily available.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00am

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


5/18/15 – On the 200 block of Belleville Avenue a resident reported a burglary to their apartment which occurred between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. A bedroom window was determined to be the point of entry for the burglary and the victim reported that a jewelry box containing some gold pieces, a diamond ring and a passport were stolen.

On May 19, 2015 at 10:42 am, a 20 year old Bloomfield resident, was sleeping in her bedroom when she was woken up by a noise coming from the living room. When she went to investigate she discovered a man standing in her living room. She described the suspect as being African American, approximately 6’1″ tall, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt (hood pulled up), black sweat pants and a red and black back pack. The suspect became startled when he encountered the victim and fled the residence through the living room window which was also determined to have been the point of entry of the burglary. The victim quickly called 911 and a search was conducted. No suspect was located.

On May 21, 2015 at approximately 10:15 am, a 36 year old Bloomfield resident was home when she noticed a man standing in her living room. The victim screamed scaring the suspect who then ran out of the front door and fled on foot. A kitchen window was determined to be the point of entry in this apartment burglary. The victim described the suspect as being a tall black male wearing a camouflage style hooded sweater, brown shorts and multi colored Jordan sneakers. At the time of the report nothing was reported taken from the apartment.
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I'm struck by how much attention is being paid to the details of a parking lot, as opposed to the attention paid to the future impact of the monstrous projects being planned.

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