Jewish High Holidays Services Round Up

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 3:00pm

rosh hashanah
The Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year, starting at sundown on October 2. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends. It is followed by a sacred 10-day period that culminates in Yom Kippur on October 11, the Jewish Day of Atonement, notable for its 24-hour fast.

Here is a round up of local High Holidays services:

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Baristanet Profile: Alexandria Pavel

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 2:00pm

Alexandria Pavel

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

Name: Alexandria Pavel

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? Returned nearly two years ago from living in Chicago for 4 years, and 4 in San Francisco before that.

Where did you grow up? Montclair! Love it here.

How do you make a living? I own Apple Village children’s design and gift shop in Upper Montclair with my husband Dave.

Coffee, tea or … ? I have two young kids — coffee, more coffee, and wine.

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Montclair Charter School: DENIED

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 12:10pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

The application for a Montclair charter school has been denied. The announcement came today — you can read the denial letter here. The charter school was denied based on “deficiencies identified during the charter school evaluation process.”

The letter, addressed to applicant Darryle Bogan, states that a denial summary, detailing why the application was denied will be forthcoming.

Bogan, in a statement today, writes:

“We are very disappointed in the state’s decision to deny the Montclair Charter School application. There were many who helped with this effort. We will respond with a full statement after getting feedback from the entire group over the weekend.”

Proposed location for Montclair Charter School at 151 Forest St. Photo: Google Earth.

Proposed location for Montclair Charter School at 151 Forest St. Photo: Google Earth.

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Dying in Dubai: a Memoir of Marriage, Mourning, and the Middle East by a Montclair Writer

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 12:01pm


Longtime Montclair resident Rosalee Blooston is back in town to share her book Dying in Dubai at Watchung Booksellers on Saturday, October 1.

Dying in Dubai is a memoir of love, loss, reckoning, and renewal, which tells of the sudden death of Blooston’s husband, Jerry Mosier, and how her fifteen day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment, and the inner journey over the next thirteen months through the equally foreign terrain of grief, force her to face wrenching questions about his behavior there.

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Montclair PD Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 10:30am

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOfficers of the Montclair Police Department will show their support of breast cancer awareness by donning Pink badges throughout October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dispatcher Heather Meece and Detective Kim Nelson-Edwards presented the idea to Chief Todd Conforti as a way to raise awareness and show support for survivors.

“We hope that through this initiative our department can contribute to the effort of bringing greater attention to a disease that has afflicted so many,” said Chief Conforti. “Three members of our department are themselves survivors.”

Detective Nelson-Edwards, Detective Lisa Gutauska and Juvenile Aid Bureau Secretary Tangelia Booker battled breast cancer.

Each year, the MPD forms a team to participate in a local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This year’s team – Team Montclair 5-0 – asks for your support in raising funds to help save more lives from breast cancer.

Donate now or join the team




Weekend Family Highlights: The Wiggles, Festivals, Story Time, And More

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 10:15am

The weekend is here again! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in the area.

ellaVisit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. This week’s guest is Mallory Kasdan, author of Ella, a story of a clever parody about a little girl living in a hipster hotel.

Also on Saturday, visit Barnes & Noble (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) for a story time event at 11:00 AM. This week, there will be plenty of engaging activities and fun from Highlights ™ magazine, including puzzles and group activities. At 4:00 PM, kids ages 8 and up are invited to stop in for a LEGO ® Star Wars Rogue One Build Event, where participants can build designs from the new film coming out later this year.


The Wiggles – Wiggle Town Tour will be at the Wellmont Theater (5 Seymour Street, Montclair) on Saturday at 1:00 PM (doors at 12:00 PM). Called “the world’s biggest preschool band” and “your child’s first rock band,” The Wiggles have been making music for children since 1991. Ticket prices range from $20 to $79.50. Continue Reading

Today Will Be Different in Montclair" href="" rel="bookmark">An Evening with Maria Semple to Celebrate Her New Book Today Will Be Different in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 9:00am

Today Will Be DifferentFans of the novel Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple will be thrilled to learn that the author will visit Montclair on October 6 to discuss her latest book Today Will Be Different.

Watchung Booksellers will host a special evening of Coffee, Wine and Conversation at Bluestone Coffee Company with Maria Semple who will introduce to her latest book.

Today Will be Different is a novel about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future. Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret. Today Will Be Different is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

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Sky Zone in Pine Brook: The Joint is Jumpin’

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 2:49pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

130809_sz_foam_146-hVan Halen said it in 1984 and kids know it’s true now: You might as well JUMP. And the Sky Zone trampoline park in Pinebrook is a perfect local way to go ahead and jump.

My 6-year-old son bounced in for a 60-minute session and had nothing but raves (Sky Zone offers 30, 60, 90 and 120-minute options). “The best part is there’s a dodgeball pit with trampolines,” he told me. Ultimate Dodgeball is one of four activities at Sky Zone, along with the Main Court of connected trampolines, the Foam Zone (pits filled with foam cubes) and the bouncy basketball Sky Slam courts. And at each station, the staff members are well-trained and extremely helpful.

All kids are required to wear a pair of Sky Socks, which are $2 but can be reused for future visits. The bright-orange socks have small rubber treads on the soles that help kids do maximum jumping with minimum slips and falls.

(Just in case you’re worried about slips and falls, know that Sky Zone is, too—all parents have to fill out and sign a detailed waiver for each visit.)

As much fun as my son had going to Pine Brook for some bouncing with a buddy, he came back with even ravier reviews when he was invited for a birthday party there. As with many places that offer parties, Sky Zone offers private rooms for post-bounce pizza and cake, and it’s a solid addition to any parent’s list of party place options.

Speaking of parents, Sky Zone can be a full-family workout. Adults can join in the jumping, and the Pine Brook facility even has a calendar of Skyrobics/Skyfit classes that add some bounce to your workout regimen. “Adults would like it,” according to my son, “maybe with their kids.” Continue Reading

Montclair Art Museum’s Free First Thursday Nights Return In October With a Halloween-Themed Experience

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 11:33am

Wheeler Antanabez The Old Asylum and Other Stories

The Montclair Art Museum is excited to relaunch Free First Thursday Nights on October 6 with a special Halloween themed experience.

The spooky Free First Thursday Night will be hosted by Weird NJ co-publishers Mark and Mark. Author Wheeler Antabanez will read a haunting tale from his new book The Old Asylum and Other Stories, inspired by Overbrook Mental Hospital (formerly in Cedar Grove). The reading will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Wheeler, Mark, and Mark.  Copies of The Old Asylum and Other Stories, published by Sagging Meniscus Press of Montclair, and the new issue of Weird NJ will be available for purchase and signing.

Here’s the full lineup:

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Bloomfield Crime: DUI Arrests, Shoplifting, Vandalism, Burglaries

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 11:00am

Bloomfield Police DepartmentThe week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


09/19/2016- Khalid Smith age 39 of Newark was arrested at 2:49pm and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop store located at 8 Franklin Street. Mr. Smith was observed walking around in the store and placing items into a brown bag. Police arrived and transported Mr. Smith to headquarters. He was issued a summons and ROR.

09/20/2016- (2) Bicycles were reported stolen from a garage on Floyd Avenue. The bikes are described as blue Tony Hawk limited addition BMX with orange pegs and mag wheels. The bikes were last seen approximately three weeks ago inside the garage.

09/22/2016- Royal King age 23 of Bloomfield NJ was arrested at 9:45am and charged with Shoplifting. Home Depot Loss Prevention Officer observed Mr. King place several sanding disc’s valued at 169.00 in a bag and attempted to leave the store. Bloomfield Police arrived and transported Mr. King to headquarters where he was processed, issued a summons and ROR with a pending court date.

09/23/2016- Octavian Williams age 37 of East Orange was arrested and charged with Theft. Ms. William’s arrest was a result of an ongoing investigation by Home Depot Loss Prevention. Ms. Williams a cashier employed by Home Depot stole money from the register on several different occasions. The incidents occurred in the months of August and September, which totaled $1,766.00 dollars. She was issued a summons and ROR with a pending court date.
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