PSE&G to Upgrade Montclair’s Aging Cast Iron Gas Facilities

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 11:30am

PSE&G will begin work on or about May 9 to replace approximately 2.5 miles of older gas pipes in Montclair with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping — ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future.

“These upgrades are part of PSE&G’s three-year program to replace up to 510 miles of aging gas infrastructure throughout New Jersey,” said Joe Forline, vice president of gas operations for PSE&G. “We are working closely with municipal officials and the department of public works to coordinate construction schedules and are committed to keeping customers in Montclair informed about where and when the work will take place.” Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Jason Kirschner

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2016 3:00pm

Jason Kirschner

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

Name: Jason Kirschner

Where do you live? Montclair.

When did you move there? Our kids were 2 so … about 7 years ago.

Where did you grow up? My early years were in Brooklyn, NY and then we moved out to Manalapan, NJ which is about 45 min south of here. I lived there until I left for college.

How do you make a living? By day, I’m a set designer for television. I generally do talk shows these days– most of my career was spent at the Late Show with David Letterman. I’ve also designed for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Meredith Viera Show. By night, I’m an author/illustrator for children’s books. My first picture book, Mr. Particular: The World’s Choosiest Champion is out in the beginning of May. I’m really excited about it.

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Shred Private Documents at Montclair ShredFest on Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Shred-FestDo you, like my husband, have boxes of documents you no longer need? He refuses to listen to me about what we need to keep and what we can shred. If you wonder the same thing, check out these guidelines from, which says you can get rid of bank statements after 1 year, credit card statements when they are paid, and pay stubs after reconciling with W-2 after 3 years.

Then gather anything you can throw away and head to Montclair ShredFest tomorrow, April 30 from 9 am – 1 pm at the Community Services Yard, 219 No. Fullerton Avenue. The event is hosted by the Montclair office of Environmental Affairs and is free for all residents.

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Essex County Jewish Heritage Celebration Honors Montclair Resident

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2016 12:30pm

Jewish Heritage Celebration

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (center) hosted the Annual Essex County Annual Jewish Heritage Celebration on April 27. The festive event recognized the influence and positive impact that Jewish people have had, and continue to have, on the economy and culture of Essex County. During the ceremony, DiVincenzo presented Star of Essex Awards to Nancy Cantor (second from left), Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark, and Donald Katz (fourth from left), Founder and CEO of Audible, Inc. With the County Executive are NJ State Senator and Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz and Chief of Staff Philip Alagia.

(Photo by Glen Frieson)

Bradford School Raise the Roof Fundraiser

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

raise the roofWant to get a backstage tour of the Today Show? Finally get your closets organized? How about a nice, relaxing massage? You can do all of these and support Montclair at the same time. Bradford School is hosting its largest fundraiser this weekend and you can be a part of it!

Bradford is holding its Raise the Roof fundraiser this Saturday, April 30 at The Commonwealth Club. Funds from the night will be used toward a 3 year technology upgrade plan that directly impacts students and teachers. The main source of revenue from the event is Bradford’s silent auction. You don’t need to attend the event – or even be a Bradford parent – to participate in the auction. Among the auction items are:

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2016 9:00am

Happy weekend to you! With so much happening in the area, we wish you the best of luck in choosing your activities!


Don’t miss Bye Bye Birdie Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at Montclair’s Glenfield Middle School. You’ll be amazed by the talented student cast, crew and pit band. Tickets here.

On Saturday, the final concert in the WBGO Free Kids Jazz Concert Series will be held at the Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair). Join Winard Harper and Jeli Possee as they present “Jazz: Food for the Soul” on International Jazz Day.  Doors open at noon and the show begins at 12:30 PM. For more information about this series, check out our full article here.


NYC Butterfly will be at Paramus Park Mall (700 Paramus Park, Paramus) on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Learn about butterflies and feed them inside the butterfly house. The exhibit also includes a chrysalis habitat and exotic mounted species. Admission fee is $5 per person.

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Montclair Student Wins First Place in Essex County Cherry Blossom Poster Contest

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 3:00pm

Essex County Cherry Blossom Poster Contest

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) congratulates Emma Demefack (center), a sixth-grader at Renaissance Middle School in Montclair, for winning first place in the Essex County Cherry Blossom poster contest. Demefack presented her poster at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Bloomfest in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Sunday, April 24. With the County Executive is Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante (left). The Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival was sponsored by Aetna.

(Photo by Glen Frieson)


Montclair Musicians Win Competition at Stone Pony, Earning A Spot as The Opening Act For Stone Pony Summer Stage

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 2:30pm

Left to right: Jake Miller, Vanessa Milanese, Nick Van Leer, Nick Vallese

Left to right: Jake Miller, Vanessa Milanese, Nick Van Leer, Nick Vallese

Atomic Beauty, with Montclair’s Nick Van Leer on drums and Jake Miller on bass, won first place in the Stone Pony Rock To The Top competition on Sunday, April 24, beating out over 50 other bands.

“I feel super elated and surprised, it’s a good feeling,” says Van Leer, 21. “We worked very hard to make it happen.” Adds Miller: “It makes me feel really excited.”
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Baristanet Mother’s Day Dining Guide

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 12:30pm

Forget breakfast in bed! Want to truly make Mom happy on Mother’s Day, May 8? Make reservations and treat her to a great meal with zero clean up. Here are some local suggestions:

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Montclair Crime: Attempted Burglary, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 12:05pm

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:


04-19-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. James Fitzgerald, 44yoa from Orange, was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($350) and Tinton Falls ($900)

04-19-2016 (Fairfield Street) Ms. Susan Vanzoreon, 60yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI

04-21-2016 (CVS, Valley Road) Ms. Asia Shemo, 28yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with shoplifting numerous personal hygiene items.

04-24-2016 (Elm Street) Mr. Richard Chinn, 26yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault. This arrest was the result of an investigation into an incident that occurred on 04-23-2016 on Claremont Avenue. During that incident, a 45yoa Montclair man was assaulted by Mr. Chinn, sustaining facial and head injuries. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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