The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:
Name: Chiara D’Agostino
Where do you live? Walnut Street in Montclair
When did you move there? I grew up there.
Where did you grow up? I’m a true Montclair native; born and bred on Walnut Street, Montclair.
How do you make a living? I’m unemployed at the moment as I go through breast cancer treatment. I was an Italian teacher at a local high school before I took time off summer of 2013 to get my Master’s degree in Florence. Currently, I’m blogging about my experience at www.beautythroughthebeast.com and I look forward to continuing a bilingual career in the corporate world when I’m done with reconstruction.
Coffee, tea or … ? Decaf espresso!
What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Strolling the rooms of a museum filled with Italian Renaissance art, wandering the streets of NYC (or any other city) and taking in all the sights, hiking and laughing with a good friend, walking the boardwalk of Cape May or seeing live, outdoor music!
What’s on your nightstand? “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero, “Sexy After Cancer” by Barbara Musser, “Going Gray” by Anne Kreamer and “The El” by Cathy Brown.
What are you listening to? Sounds of ocean waves or the Womanwithin.org CD I bought at their retreat last weekend.
What are your current addictions? Watermelon, coconut milk, dried mango and my friend’s dog Slater.
Talent you would most like to have. To sing!
What’s the worst-kept secret about Montclair? I can’t think of any bad secrets, I love this town!
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? That I am a kind, happy, fun-loving, vibrant, intelligent woman who’s smile lights up a room.