Biggest Local Stories of 2016

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 8:00am

Stories of 2016

Here’s a look back at the biggest local stories of 2016 brought to you by Baristanet:

These stories are just SOME of the news items we covered in 2016. What other local stories of the year would you have included?

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West Orange’s Chris Gethard Stars in Career Suicide, A Hilarious and Honest Look at Depression

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 3:15pm


Sometimes there are those “aha” moments in therapy that can change your perspective on things and help you realize life’s not so bad. You’ll find insights like that and belly laughs in Career Suicide, a one man show by Chris Gethard at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in the East Village. The show tells the story of Gethard’s struggle with depression, alcoholism and self-destructive behavior, adventures—and misadventures with therapists—and his comedy performing and writing career. Act fast, because the performance closes January 8. Continue Reading

Montclair Man Gets the Questions Right on Jeopardy

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

jeopardyTune into Jeopardy tonight on ABC at 7 pm to see the leading champion, Montclair resident Mukund Marathe, try to defend his title.

Marathe, a music teacher and singer, won $21,400 on his first day on the game show. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Maya Stein

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 1:00pm

Maya Stein

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

Name: Maya Stein

Where do you live? Nutley, NJ

When did you move there? Early fall of 2012.

Where did you grow up? Oh gosh, all over the place. I was born in Nova Scotia, lived in Israel until I was 7, Virginia until the age of 9, Central California until age 11, and then rural New Hampshire until I went to college outside of Boston. I usually say New England is the place I grew up, but I also spent 16 years in San Francisco before coming to New Jersey, and I think I did a lot of growing up there, too.

How do you make a living? I co-own The Creativity Caravan with Amy Tingle, whose is also my spouse. We offer workshops, events, and other experiences for all ages designed to spark, engage, and nurture creative expression. Our classes are often a blend of visual art and creative writing – I have a writing and editing background, while my visual art skills are a little, um, experimental, but I think in general our focus is on making creative experiences playful and gently, subtly transformative. Running a business with your significant other offers unique opportunities and challenges, and I I never really tire of our work, though I sometimes not-so-jokingly say that I don’t know where our marriage ends and our business begins (and vice versa.)

Coffee, tea or … ? My new obsession, Bulletproof Coffee (drip coffee blended with a tablespoon of unsalted butter) with a shake or two of cinnamon.
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Say Au Revoir Fricassée French Bistro in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 10:38am

fricaseeSay au revoir to a great french restaurant in Montclair. Fricassée French Bistro, which opened at 6 Park Street in 2013 with great success, has closed.

The owner, Chef Mark Papera, who was also the original owner of Epernay in the same place in 2006, has closed the doors and put up a for sale sign.

Attempts to learn more from Papera have gone unanswered.








Weekend Family Highlights: First Night Morris, FunPlex, Winter Wonderland and More!

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 9:19am

It’s the last weekend of 2016… and the first weekend of 2017! Happy New Year! We’ve found some family friendly fun for you this weekend. Enjoy!


First Night Morris (The Green, Morristown) will mark its 25th Anniversary on Saturday evening. This family friendly event will be host to over 80 performances at more than 24 venues around downtown Morristown. The downtown Morristown event begins at 4:45 PM, with fireworks at 9:15 PM. Admission allows access to all First Night Morris County performances. Tickets are $25 per person and children 4 and under are free. For more details including a full schedule and map of performances, visit the website.

Spend New Year’s Eve at The FunPlex (182 Route 10 West, East Hanover) on Saturday from 7:00 PM to 12:30 AM. Enjoy unlimited indoor attractions, music, buffet, refreshments, and $10 worth of Arcade value per person. Tickets are $49 in advance and $54 at the door. Anyone entering the facility must have a ticket. There will also be a midnight celebration with favors. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Police Arrest 3 in Connection With Robberies in Bloomfield and Belleville

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 2:45pm

crimeBloomfield police arrested 3 suspects (Lee Jones, 23, of Newark; Isaiah Hayes, 21, of Newark; and Worthy Shannon, 18, of Bloomfield) in connection with robberies that took place in Bloomfield and Belleville. Three suspects were charged with two counts of Robbery in Bloomfield (Lexington Ave and Willard) and one count of robbery in Belleville (Harrison Street)

The full report from Officer Ralph Marotti of the Bloomfield PD:

On December 23, 2016 at approximately 6:00pm Bloomfield Police were dispatched to Lexington Avenue on a reported Robbery. The female victim a Bloomfield resident reported she was robbed at the intersection of Lexington Ave and Florence Ave. The victim stated two black males exited a small vehicle and approached her pushing her to the ground. She was choked and robbed of her bag containing money and identification. The suspects fled towards Grove St. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Shortly before the call of the robbery at Lexington Ave, Belleville experienced a robbery at 73 Harrison Street with two suspects and vehicle matching the robbery in Bloomfield. The information from both robberies were relayed to surrounding police agencies with a description of the suspects and vehicle.
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The Weekend: New Year’s Edition

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 10:15am

happy new year

New Year’s Eve and Day are celebrated this weekend, so in addition to your holiday festivities, there are a few events to enjoy.

We told you about:

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Where to Brunch on New Year’s Day

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 9:00am

Brunch on New Year's Day

You stay up late, drink champagne, and wake up wanting a stick to your ribs brunch on New Year’s Day? No worries, there’s plenty open in the area to do just that. Plus, it falls on a Sunday — a perfect brunch day.

Here’s where to brunch on New Year’s Day:

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Mayor’s Wellness Campaign Kicks-off 2017 with a Host of Fitness Activities

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 1:12pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

We told you about Montclair Mayor’s Wellness Campaign. Now, check out the great line-up of activities to jump-start the New Year. The 2017 kick-off event is Monday, January 9, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street. There is a $10 registration fee.

Mayor's Wellness Campaign Kicks-off 2017 with a Host of Fitness Activities

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