Montclair Public Library Presents Two Author Events in May

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 6:40pm

Montclair Public Library will present the following author talks this May:

Author and photographer Andrew Wander will present his coffee table book Stately Homes of Montclair on May 7 at 2 pm. Baristanet wrote about the book here. The talk will include a DVD screening featuring 50 homes and Q&A follow up.






On May 11 at 7 pm, Noah Lederman will discuss his memoir A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets.

The grandson of Holocaust survivors, Lederman had always wanted to hear his grandparents’ stories. The stories, however, gave their own children nightmares. Thus tales of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and of the concentration camps were off limits to the third generation. Noah Lederman will speak about how he finally gained access to his grandparents’ memories before they disappeared forever. Selected as one of the best books of the year by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lederman’s stories will transport audiences from his grandparents’ kitchen table in Brooklyn to World War II Poland.


With the Author is presented in partnership with Watchung Booksellers to promote local authors with the intent of fostering a love of reading and a love of literature. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended.


Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, April 30

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11:45am

This week’s open house column is sponsored by Kate McDonough



A solar heated pool and spectacular woodwork are highlights of Sunday’s crop of 82 open houses in Baristaville.


63 Highland Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $1,349,000
Taxes: $38,102
Acreage: 0.81
BRM/BTH: 7/3.1

Seven-bedroom Tudor on more that three-quarters of an acre. Year round New York skyline views. Solar heated in-ground pool. Master bedroom with en-suite bath. Four fireplaces, two working wood-burning in master bedroom and living room. Open 1-4 p.m.


175 Summit Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $879,000
Taxes: $26,841
Acreage: 0.46
BRM/BTH: 5/2.1

Victorian on premier street near Upper Montclair village and NYC transportation. Home features wrap-around front porch, elegant quarter-sawn oak woodwork and a yard and patio. Hand-carved egg and dart motif and the unique dining room floor pattern are just some of the highlights. New granite countertops and hardwood floors in the kitchen make it a bright and beautiful. Close to Mid-Town Direct train, NYC buses, the Upper Montclair village, restaurants, shops and Anderson Park. Open 2-4 p.m.


19 Bellaire Drive, Montclair

List Price: $569,000
Taxes: $18,915
Acreage: 0.23
BRM/BTH: 5/2

Colonial fixer-upper with five bedrooms and two baths. Large side yard. Interior details include woodwork, hardwood floors, built-ins, two fireplaces, “sleeping porch.” Perfect location for commuters. Sold As is. Open 1-4 p.m.


30 Davidson Rd, Bloomfield

List Price: $429,000
Taxes: $15,672
Acreage: 0.08
BRM/BTH: 4/1.1

Four bedroom Colonial located on cul-de-sac backing 121-acre Brookdale Park. Close to NYC bus and train station. Freshly painted interior and newly sanded floors. Living room with gas fireplace, updated kitchen with island and view of backyard and deck. Office and half bath on first floor. Basement has finished rec room, large storage room. Updated windows; central air and furnace replaced in 2009. Open 1-4 p.m.


160 Linden Avenue, Glen Ridge

List Price: $799,000
Taxes: $23,974
Acreage: 0.37
BRM/BTH: 5/2

Colonial featuring large rooms, original woodwork, an updated kitchen and big backyard. Good sized living room, dining room with high ceilings and original woodwork. The family room is surrounded with windows. Enclosed patio on the side of the house can be used all year round. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances top off the eat-in kitchen. Open 2-4 p.m.


62 Sunset Ave, Verona

List Price: $799,000
Taxes: $17,857
Acreage: 0.25
BRM/BTH: 6/3.1

Center hall colonial in Afterglow section of Verona featuring hardwood floors and updated kitchen and baths and central air. First floor features living room, formal dining room, family room and true eat-in kitchen with sliders out to large deck overlooking landscape with many perennials. Upstairs has six bedrooms, three full baths including a master suite with en suite master bath. Finished basement. Updated utilities, newer appliances, wood-burning fireplace. Open 2-4 p.m.


Music Experiences in May at Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10:00am

Reynaldo Rincón & Romeria Flamenca

Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
New York based flamenco music and dance ensemble, Romeria Flamenca delivers high-energy, “tablao” style flamenco featuring both traditional and original music alongside mesmerizing dance choreography. The group’s core members include Reynaldo Rincon (guitarist, singer, and artistic director), Willa Bronce (dancer), and Mario Rincon (singer and percussionist). For more information about the group, visit

Registration recommended for this live performance. For more information, call (973) 744-0500 ext. 2235 or visit Continue Reading

MPL&F Open Book/Open Mind Event with Montclair’s own Bobbi Brown and Kristen Dollard.

BY  |  Friday, Apr 28, 2017 2:30pm

On May 9th, 2017 Best-selling author and international makeup mogul Bobbi Brown debuts her new book Beauty from the Inside Out. She will be in conversation with Kristen Dollard, Brand Director of Yoga Journal Digital about wellness, holistic beauty and confidence. First known as a renowned makeup artist and later an international entrepreneur, Bobbi Brown is the former CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Her products are sold in more than 400 stores and 20 countries worldwide. Bobbi is also a New York Times best-selling author and has written nine instructional and engaging beauty and lifestyle books including: Bobbi Brown Beauty, Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty, and Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution. Bobbi’s message to women remains the same today as it was when she launched her brand in 1991: “The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are.”

In her newest book, Beauty from the Inside Out, Bobbi lays the foundation for beauty from within based upon her own health practices and philosophy as well as information from a range of wellness experts. The guide includes detailed nutrition information, healthy food recipes, fitness tailoring, and advice on restorative yoga and mindfulness. New makeup techniques and skincare routines for an inner glow are included, too.

Bobbi will be in conversation about wellness with Kristen Schultz Dollard, the Editorial Director of Brand Strategy and Digital Project Development at Yoga Journal and Digital Content Editor of Vegetarian Times. Kristen launched the successful on-line education program for Yoga Journal offering accessible, digital- first classes with instructors such as Colleen Saidman Yee, Deepak Chopra and other esteemed yoga teachers. Kristen has also been the Digital Director of Conde Nast’s SELF Magazine and co-authored The Yoga Body Diet: Slim & Sexy (Without the Stress), with Ayurvedic Physician John Douillard. After the discussion, the authors will sign their books which will be available for purchase from Watchung Booksellers. Continue Reading

Montclair Fund for Women Awards Grants Totaling $104,500 to 11 Community Organizations

BY  |  Friday, Apr 28, 2017 12:15pm

The Montclair Fund for Women recently awarded grants totaling $104,500 to eleven area nonprofit organizations.

Grants to organizations based in Montclair include:

Interfaith Hospitality Network: $10,000 to support the Home for Good Program, providing case management for families in transition to permanent housing.

Jazz House Kids: $10,000 to support ChiCa Power, jazz education workshops for girls.

Montclair Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: $5,000 to support the Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, providing academic enrichment in science, math and technology to middle school girls of color.

Partners for Women and Justice: $5,000 to support legislative and judicial advocacy surrounding domestic violence in New Jersey.

The Side Door at Union Congregational Church: $8,000 to support the Friday afterschool drop-in program for Montclair middle school students. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Maisy, Pajama Day, Stinky Cheese Man and More!

BY  |  Friday, Apr 28, 2017 10:00am

The weekend is here! There’s so much to do around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling of activities for the whole family.

First of all, check out the family-friendly films at the Montclair Film Festival this weekend (and next!).


This weekend, Good Shepherd Academy (24 Brookline Avenue, Nutley) will present Beauty and the Beast, Jr. with three performances. This student production of the classic story is based on the original Broadway production and Disney’s animated film. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults.


Studio Playhouse (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present The Stinky Cheese Man, and Other Fairly Stupid Tales on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Narrator Jack tries to keep a wild group of storybook characters in line before total chaos or a song breaks out. This show is for adults and children of all ages. Tickets are $8 and are available online.


In honor of Independent Bookstore Day, visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for a special Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. This week’s book is Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore. When you purchase a book after storytime, your child can “pay” for the book (on a very special cash register!), get a “receipt” and redeem it for a Maisy cookie at Tiny Elephant. Continue Reading

MKA’S Green Roof Has Officially Opened for Students and Faculty

BY  |  Friday, Apr 28, 2017 9:00am

To help further its commitment to education, technology and sustainability, Montclair Kimberley Academy has created a one-of-a-kind Green Roof that officially opened earlier this month, perfectly aligning with Earth Day.

The Green Roof features various stations and sections intended for multiple purposes from student engagement and experiments to a community wide weather station and application. Plus, the roof was designed with green principles in mind to ensure insulation and energy conservation within the school’s building. MKA just earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status for the school’s Academic Center, which includes the Green Roof. LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings and is helping to set the standard of how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Continue Reading

Want to Volunteer at Outpost in the Burbs? Come to An Open House, May 1st

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 8:00am

Outpost in the Burbs wants YOU! Come to an open house on Monday, May 1st, at 7:30 p.m. to find out more.

Run or Walk in MKA’s Annual 5K, Now Named The Fleming 5K, on May 7

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 3:00pm

MKA Middle School 8th grade students are coordinating the Fleming 5K Run/Walk/Kid’s Dash in memory of Bloomfield’s own hometown hero and beloved teacher, coach, colleague, and friend, Tom Fleming. All proceeds will go to Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair, New Jersey and Special Olympics New Jersey, a charity near and dear to Tom’s heart. Register to run or walk on Sunday, May 7th at Brookdale Park.

Sponsored: Bradford Bath and Tennis Club Hosts Open Houses on May 7 and 21

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 2:15pm


If this beautiful spring weather makes you long for warm summer nights – we have the perfect summer place for you!

Bradford Bath and Tennis Club will open its doors on Sunday, May 7 and May 21, from 3-5 p.m. Potential members can see our beautiful facilities and learn more about membership.



Bradford Bath and Tennis Club (BBTC) is a member-owned club tucked away on the hilltop edge above Upper Montclair. BBTC has seven sprawling acres of beautifully manicured grounds and provides a spectacular setting overlooking the NYC skyline. BBTC has two large heated pools, a safe baby pool, a newly renovated snack bar, a SportCourt, paddle court and eight clay tennis courts. BBTC offers plenty of options for you and your family to stay active and also cool off all summer.

The best part of BBTC are all the great members and fun things to do:

  • BBTC offers tennis for the beginner to advanced players in your family.
  • There are summer camp options for children 5 years old and older.
  • There is a swim team for school aged children.
  • We even offer a swim program for adults who want to work on their stroke or some good exercise.

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