Biggest Local Stories of 2015

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Biggest Local Stories of 2015

Here’s a look back at the biggest local stories of 2015 brought to you by Baristanet:

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The Weekend: Music, Museums, and More in 2016

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 8:00am

There are many great ways to ring in 2016 this New Year’s Eve weekend.

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening this weekend:
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Discussion on Racism and Criminal Justice at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 1:00pm

Racism and Criminal Justice

Paul Fishman (US Attorney for the District of New Jersey), Udi Ofer (Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey), Chris McNabb (New Jersey Organizer National Religious Campaign Against Torture), and Rabbi Miriam Grossman (The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights), will be part of a discussion titled Racism & Criminal Justice: A Jewish Response at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield on Wednesday, January 6.

Rabbi Rachel Hertzman and Doni Remba will moderate. More on the panel speakers below:

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Un-Decking the Halls: Christmas Tree Curbside Collection

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

Christmas Tree Collection

I love to deck the halls, but boy do I hate undecking them. My tree and decorations stay up until the day after the new year, but they start to lose their luster the day after Christmas. They taunt me with the task at hand.

My artificial tree gets packed up in its box and stored in the garage, but if you have a real tree, you’ll need to leave it curbside for pickup.

Here’s the 411 on when and how to get rid of your tree:

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Welcome to the first weekend of 2016! We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly activities to participate in before the kiddos head back to school on Monday.

eric carle

Join the Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) for its final weekend of Eric Carle: Animals and Friends. This exhibition includes more than 60 collages, studies, and book dummies/mock-ups by the acclaimed children’s book illustrator Eric Carle. This exhibit is included in museum admission ($12 Adults, free for kids under 12). The museum is open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

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My Favorite Workout: Locals Share Where to Get Fit

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


Looking to get fitter, lose weight, and feel better in 2016? Locals share their favorite places:

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Get Cooking in 2016 With These Local Classes

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 1:00pm

Perhaps your New Year’s resolution was to learn how to cook or improve your skills. Maybe you resolved to do more things for yourself. Either way, these local cooking classes will satisfy both goals:


Montclair Culinary Academy will offer a few fun classes for adults in the next couple of months at Designer Appliances (208 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair). Learn how to make classic French dishes, transport to Italy with the Italian cooking class where you’ll make your own pizza and spaghetti and meatballs, or learn how to roll up perfect sushi.

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Montclair Crime: Front Door of Just Kidding Around Smashed In, Several Thefts, and Arrest

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 12:00pm

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


12-25-2015 (Elmwood Avenue) Officers responded to a physical disturbance in the street. Ms. Lena Haley (25yoa from Montclair), Mr. Richard Chinn (26yoa from Montclair) and Ms. Asia Best (25yoa from East Orange) were arrested. Ms. Haley was charged with disorderly conduct. Mr. Chinn was charged with Aggravated Assault on Police Officers and Obstruction. Ms. Best was charged with Aggravated Assault on Police Officers, Terroristic Threats, and Obstruction
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Synagogue Hosts Welcoming Jewish Christmas Syrian-Refugee Dinner

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and organizers Melina Macall and Kate McCaffrey welcome 50 members of 10 Syrian refugee families at Jewish Christmas Dinner of Chinese. (Photo: Sarah O'Leary)

Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and organizers Melina Macall and Kate McCaffrey welcome 50 members of 10 Syrian refugee families at Jewish Christmas Dinner of Chinese.
(Photo: Sarah O’Leary)

Bnai Keshet welcomed 10 newly arrived Syrian Muslim refugee families with a Jewish Christmas Day Chinese dinner. More than 130 adults and children, including translators, congregants and Montclair residents, attended and got to know one another.

Conceived of to counter the anti-Muslim rhetoric of absentee NJ Governor Chris Christie, the event went beyond breaking bread. Guests eagerly asked about potential job contacts, ways to learn English as a second language and how best to advocate in the public schools.

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Anderson’s 1949 Montclair to Close in January

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Louis Antonio (barista/apprentice) with Sherry Grimes (chef/owner) at Anderson's 1949.

Louis Antonio (barista/apprentice) with Sherry Grimes (chef/owner) at Anderson’s 1949.

Fans of the delicious food at Anderson’s 1949 (Oh, that Elvis Waffle) will be sad to learn that Chef Sherry Grimes will be closing the Montclair restaurant at the end of January.

Our area may be disappointed, but for Grimes, the move is an exciting new opportunity.
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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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