Montclair Woman Discusses Mental Health Issues at This is My Brave Show on Sunday

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 2:30pm

This is My BraveOne in four people face mental health issues. That means that nearly every family in America has been touched by this treatable but challenging issue. Yet, the conversation on the subject still remains muted and the sufferers closeted. Montclair recently became a “Stigma Free” town joining others in spreading awareness.

This Is My Brave aims to make change too. In the theater show, cast members share their stories through essays, poetry and music of being affected by mental illness. The goal is to open the conversation and end the stigma.


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What You Need To Know About Joe Walsh Concert This Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Joe Walsh

The Joe Walsh concert this weekend is sold out, but we’ve just heard there are two FRONT ROW available for $500 each! If you’re interested in purchasing, contact the MFEE at (973) 509-4021.

Here’s some other things to know about the big show this weekend:
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Montclair PD Make Arrest in Nishuane Park Aggravated Assault

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 11:06am

crimeThis just in from the Montclair Police Department:

On 07/23/2015 at approximately 10:45 pm, Montclair Police Officers responded to the intersection of Cedar Ave & High St, on a report of a female screaming. Preliminary investigation indicated that the 41 year old Newark resident was assaulted with an unknown cutting weapon inside Nishuane Park. During the assault, the female sustained severe lacerations to her back and neck. She was subsequently transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

On 09/18/2015, Mr. Anthony Johnson, 37yoa from Belleville, was arrested by Montclair Detectives for this assault. He was charged with Aggravated Assault and Weapons Offenses. Bail was set at $300,000.





Montclair Chapter NAACP: 2015 Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund Dinner and Awards Ceremony

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 11:00am

Montclair Chapter NAACPOn Friday, October 2, 2015, the Montclair Branch NAACP will celebrate the 99th Annual Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund Dinner and Awards Ceremony.  This year the fundraiser is to be held at The Hanover Manor in East Hanover, NJ between 6:30 and 11 PM.

Chapter President Albert E. Pelham announced that “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice,” the theme for this year, captures the plight of the NAACP for more than a century.  Since this event is our most important fundraiser for the year, it marks the time when we reach out to our Montclair area members and friends for support.”  Our Keynote address will be delivered by Richard T. Smith, President if the NAACP NJ State Conference.

In addition to the keynote address by Mr. Smith, the Montclair Chapter will honor a number of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout the township and the greater Montclair community.  The honorees are Rev. A.C. Dunn, MNDC Chairman of the Board of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, Justine Harris,  retired teacher from the Montclair School District; Britnee Timberlake, President of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Legislative, Khalid Branch, Student Achievement, Barry Devone and Te’Niijah Bussey, Community Service, Lifetime Achievement, Jenny Brown, widow of civil rights pioneer and criminal defense attorney Raymond Brown, Randy Graves, Business owner of Sandwiches Unlimited, Charles Nolley and Sam Debnam, Armed Services,.

“The honorees this year reflect a nice compliment of leadership in the Montclair and surrounding community which has existed for many years as well as some very active newcomers and we are proud to acknowledge them for their hard work,” said Beverly Bussey, Chairperson of the Thurgood Marshall Dinner Committee.

The Montclair Branch NAACP relies upon the proceeds solicited from their annual fundraiser to offset operating expenses and to  support a wide range of programs including scholarships for high school students, initiatives to help close the academic achievement gap; student leadership initiatives and other important community organizing events. President Pelham commented that “programs like these are designed to promote leadership, strengthen families and to support the community as a whole.   Our fundraising objective is to secure corporate and private sponsors who are willing to ensure the success of our annual fundraising effort so that we can continue to do this important work.”

Tickets to the event are $100.00 a person; discounts for seniors is $85.00; and students $45.00.  For more information on the Thurmond Marshall Freedom Fund Dinner, and the Montclair Chapter of the NAACP, please contact Cary Chevat at 973-615-9827 or visit our website at





Montclair’s South End Gets Popular New Restaurant with B London

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 10:30am

B London

Benedicta and her children with Mayor Jackson at B London’s Grand Opening.

The “B” in B London is Benedicta Otalor-Sisti. The Montclair resident (via West London), recently opened up a cafe in Montclair’s South End, offering an eclectic menu of all-day breakfast, brunch and lunch — pancakes, omelettes, French toast, wraps, Panini, Baked Potatoes, wings, burgers, alongside British favorites such as Shepherd’s pie and fish ‘n’ chips.

B London has quickly become popular with the neighborhood for good food and reasonable prices. Bendicta is enjoying her own popularity too. She recently was featured on the Dr. Oz Show discussing her Cookie Dough Ball energy snacks for those mid afternoon slumps.

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MCPK Early Learning Institute Hosts STEAM Family Day

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Community Pre-K

Families are invited to join the Montclair Community Pre-K for a day of hands on learning for parents/ caregivers and children at STEAM Family Day on Saturday, October 3.

Go play, learn and have fun with your child! Make music, build something, do yoga, travel to an imaginative world together. And, build your parenting skills too.

Workshop leaders include the Pre-K’s own Mrs. Caputo, Senora Catherine, Mr. Coto, Mr. James, Ms. Maklin, Ms. Maya, and Ms. Stephanie. Representatives from Liberty Science Center, Music Together, Montclair Public Library, the Montclair Public Schools and other local leaders will also lead some workshops.

Workshops and hands on activities include:
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Montclair Township Council Meeting: Parking Issues, Fate of Lackawanna Supermarket

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Montclair Township Council, minus Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon

The Montclair Township Council, minus Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon

The first meeting of the Montclair Township Council in three weeks was a conference meeting in which five second-reading ordinances and five resolutions were passed, a first-reading ordinance was moved ahead, and department directors made presentations on issues concerning them.  The September 29 meeting covered numerous issues and topics over the course of three hours and change.

Lackawanna Plaza Supermarket

The fate of the Lackawanna Plaza area, particularly the Pathmark supermarket, was on the minds of some residents in public comment.  Robin Woods was afraid that several of Pathmark’s customers could be left without an option for grocery shopping and that the employees would be left without jobs, further hurting the local economy.  She found the atmosphere at the Lackawanna Station shopping center spooky, with most of the businesses gone and with Dunkin Donuts about to be forced out.

“You can live without Dunkin Donuts,” Mrs. Woods admitted.

“I can’t,” Mayor Robert Jackson said to laughter.

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A Weekend Event For Book Lovers: Morristown Festival of Books

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 3:00pm

Morristown Festival of Books

Attention book lovers — we have your weekend plans! The 2nd annual Morristown Festival of Books will feature more than 25 authors on the evening of Friday, October 2, and all day Saturday, October 3. Authors will speak and answer questions for one hour at one of several convenient Morristown locations. Book sales and signings, following author presentations, will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion.

The Festival kicks off with award-winning, husband-and-wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof and WuDunn, the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, will be the Keynote Speakers on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, South Street, Morristown.
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Drink Some Wine in the Wild at Turtle Back Zoo

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 1:00pm

 Wine in the Wild

On Saturday, October 10, Essex County and The Zoological Society of NJ will host a benefit Turtle Back Zoo wine tasting — Wine in the Wild.

Raise a glass to wildlife at this unique event! The wine tasting will feature 100+ selections from local and national wineries. Enjoy delicious light food pairings and an array of sweets from some of our finest local establishments. The event will be hosted and tented on the grounds of The Turtle Back Zoo. The curator will be on hand to introduce guests to some of his favorite zoo occupants.
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Giveaway: Tickets to James Maddock at Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)

James Maddock

WINNER: Congratulations to vbarber!

James Maddock, an Outpost in the Burbs favorite, returns to perform this Friday night and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

The best singer-songwriters serve the song. The songwriter’s songwriter, James Maddock, who has earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression. Many albums in his beloved catalog are elegantly spare, conveying his songs and sentiments in the most direct possible way. But for his latest album, The Green, the songs guided him into recording the most eclectic, soulful, and imaginatively produced album in his career. “This is my best album. It’s an upbeat record with really strong songs and a lot of surprises,” the British transplant reveals. “It all happened really naturally. I just listened to where the songs where going and allowed myself the time to give each one a proper sonic home.”

Cariad Harmon

Cariad Harmon will open for Maddock.

Want to see James Maddock on Friday night? Tell us who you’ll bring with you and why in comments by Wednesday, September 30 at 10 am ET and we’ll randomly choose a winner to see the show this Friday, October 2 at 8 pm

Outpost in The BurbsJames Maddock with opener Cariad Harmon
Friday, October 2 at 8 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ
Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door



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