Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Oct. 1

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


The strong market continues with almost 70 open houses in the greater Baristaville area. About 21 properties are in the $400-700,000 range.

116 Squire Hill Road, Montclair

List Price: $579,000
Taxes: $13,627
Acreage: 0.16
BRM/BTH: 3/2.1

Updated mid-century split level featuring living room/dining room combo, family room addition with fireplace. Ground level has full bath, office, den and laundry. Second level has master bedroom, two bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Sliders to deck and landscaped yard. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Come To The Y’s Fundraising Gala And Support Children Like Isiah

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Isiah was a very shy 3rd grader, often alone. In addition to feeling alone, he was struggling with 3rd grade, specifically math and reading. His mom Jacqueline Soto wanted to give her son more confidence and to get a better grasp of the math and reading skills he was missing, so she turned to the YMCA of Montclair and their A.C.E. (Academic Camp Experience) summer camp. Additionally Isiah’s 7-year old sister Iriana is a new reader and Jacqueline knew the summer time was the opportunity to boost her reading abilities.

Through the Y, Soto received financial assistance for both of her children to attend A.C.E. camp. Over the three-week program, they increased their skills and confidence. The camp gave them both the position to start the school year off well and be on a path to succeed academically and socially.

“A.C.E. gave Isiah more confidence about his math and reading skills then he had before,” said Soto. “He not only gained academic confidence, but now he isn’t afraid to open up and introduce himself to others. A.C.E. is like summer school but a lot more fun! The kids keep asking if they can come back next year.”

If it were not for year-round fundraising, kids like Isiah and Iriana would not have the opportunity to go to summer camp. The Y is gearing up for its 1891 Gala on the evening of Friday, November 17. This is the Y’s largest fundraiser of the year and during the event, children like Isiah and his sister are in mind. The funds raised at the Gala equal more than 25% of the Y’s financial assistance budget for the year.

“We raise funds for scholarships for kids, adults and families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the Y’s camps, before and after school age child care, other programs, and memberships,” said Marcia Fusilli, the Y’s Director of Development.

The Y gives out $400,000 annually in scholarships to those with demonstrated need.

To purchase tickets to the 1891 Gala, to make a donation or to become a Gala sponsor visit or contact Desireé Johnson at [email protected] or 973-415-6103.

“When people support our Y, they’re supporting the community,” said Fusilli.

Reel Montclair: Dialogue with the Screenwriter Presents The Deuce’s George Pelecanos

Friday, Sep 29, 2017 2:32pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Reel Montclair, the film conversation series created by the Film Institute at Montclair State, has partnered with the Writer’s Guild of America, East to present Dialogue with the Screenwriter. This monthly, in depth discussion series will feature some of the most fascinating writers working in film and TV today, from award winning, seasoned scribes to new, emerging voices in cinematic storytelling.

The Dialogue with the Screenwriter series will probe, analyze, study, explore, and most of all, celebrate the art and craft of visual storytelling.

All dates for the discussion series are FREE and open to the general public.

Dialogue with the Screenwriter will be held in the School of Communication and Media’s new 197-seat Presentation Hall beginning in October.

The first discussion is October 2 with Screenwriter George Pelecanos. As HBO’s new prestige drama, The Deuce premieres this Fall, join us for an intriguing, in-depth conversation with Pelecanos, the show’s award winning writer and executive producer.

Pelecanos, an acclaimed novelist, was a producer, writer, and story editor for the HBO dramatic series, The Wire, winner of the Peabody Award, the AFI Award, and the Edgar, and he was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on that show. He was a writer and co-producer on the World War II miniseries The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg, and worked as a writer and Executive Producer on the HBO series Treme. Pelecanos has also published 20 novels set in and around Washington, D.C. and has been called “the poet laureate of the D.C. crime world,” by Esquire Magazine.

Dialogue with a Screenwriter will be held in the new School of Communication and Media’s 197-seat Presentation Hall.

Registration is required. Reserve your seat for Dialogue with George Pelecanos

Montclair High School Girls’ Field Hockey: Getting Better Every Day As A Team

BY  |  Friday, Sep 29, 2017 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair High School girls’ field hockey team (3-1-3) has one clear goal in mind this season – to get one percent better each and every day.

“I think that with this group of girls, we’re all trying to be one percent better in every single way possible whether it be with communication or our skills etc.,” senior captain Jen Heath said. “I think that once we put all those things together, we’ll really get better as a team.”

MHS Sosi Korian (#6) and Sam Van Siclen (#5)

Despite graduating a large and dominant senior class last year, the Mounties have proven to be contenders, notching three wins and recording three ties so far this season. Montclair suffered its only loss of the season to the defending National Champions West Essex.

“Our goal is to get better every day,” head coach Mary Pat Mercuro said. “It’s not necessarily winning a certain amount of games or winning a county or state tournament, but it’s getting better. If you just keep getting better, you’ve already won, that’s our philosophy.”

Montclair earned one of its most exciting wins against crosstown rival, Montclair Kimberly Academy on Monday, Sept. 11 in a 2-1 overtime victory.

While the Cougars grabbed the first point of the contest, Mounties junior Sosi Korian put in the tying mark off a feed from senior forward Sam Van Siclen to push the game into overtime. It was the overtime period when Montclair truly shined, dominating the Cougars with shots until Van Siclen fired in the game-winner after beating the defender in a one-on-one situation. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Storytime, Puppets, Castle in The Sky And More

BY  |  Friday, Sep 29, 2017 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There are so many things happening in the area for the family to enjoy. We’ve rounded some of them up right here.

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime continues at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair). This week, author Eric Morse will present his book, What is Hip-Hop? In the follow-up to their acclaimed and beloved hit What is Punk? Author Eric Morse and Artist Anny Yi reunite to celebrate the music that changed their lives and the voices that achieved iconic status along the way. Storytime begins at 10:00 AM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Runny Babbit Returns Storytime at 11:00 AM. This collection of 41 never-before published poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a language all their own.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Pom Pom Pumpkin Banner workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children ages 3 and up can make a quick project. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Cost is $2 and includes supplies.

This weekend, Montclair Film Center (505 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will present Castle in the Sky as part of The Mastery of Miyazaki series. A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. This movie is presented in English (dubbed). Show times are Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Cost is $10. Continue Reading

Glenfield Middle Schooler Produces “Mitzvahpalooza”

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“Mitzvahpalooza,” a benefit concert happening Saturday, October 7 at Studio Playhouse, is completely produced by 12-year –old Ella Freund.

Ella is 7th grader at Glenfield Middle School, and will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah early next year. As part of her studies, each student is responsible for a project that will benefit the community.

She has “booked’ young artists from town to join her on stage performing, all to raise money for a music-based charity helping young people battling cancer. The concert itself is free, with donations accepted at the door.

“This project means so much to me because I love music and I want other kids who are unfortunately ill, to experience the magic of music and hopefully make them feel happier,” says Ella. “Music can turn someone’s day around. It makes people smile, laugh, or cry. To bring happiness to kids who are suffering is what my mitzvah project is about.” Continue Reading

Food News Friday: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Today at Java Love, Hurricane Maria Fundraiser at Cocina Candela

BY  |  Friday, Sep 29, 2017 8:25am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s National Coffee Day today and Java Love has a buy one, get one free deal. Go and get your caffeine on!

Cocina Candela is hosting a Hurricane Maria Relief Fundraiser on Wednesday, October 4. Come for a great meal and support the cause at the same time. Cocina Candela will be donating 100% of all sales to relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Fundraiser is from noon to 9 p.m. with a set menu for $50 per person. Continue Reading

Giveaway: Easton Corbin at the Wellmont Theater

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 3:50pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Country star Easton Corbin, famous for hit songs like “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” brings his classic country sound to the Wellmont on Thursday, October 5.

Give a listen to his new single “A Girl Like You” and enter below to see Easton Corbin at The Wellmont Theater

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MontClairVoyant: When Montclair School Buses Improve, It’s No Longer Route Bier

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (7)



Your last two columns railed against overbuilding in Montclair. So, even as the developer-lovin’ Planning Board predictably okayed downtown’s too-big “arts district” Sept. 25, could you discuss other topics such as school-bus problems?

Route Bier

There were definitely some issues, but 67.8 percent of buses now arrive each morning with wheels.


And there’s talk of reducing Grove Street’s speed limit to 30 miles an hour. Would a speed limit of 25 be even better?

“Slow Down, You Move Too Fast”

Absolutely — on EVERY major Montclair road. And skip the excuses like: “Officer, I was doing 100, but also did 0 miles an hour three times at red lights. Could we average the four?”


Many drivers in Montclair go too fast, tailgate, don’t stop for pedestrians, and commit other traffic offenses. Why aren’t the police giving out more tickets?

Some U2 Tickets, At Least

One of those unexplained mysteries, like Elvis emerging from Toney’s Brook to “cross the bridge” during Montclair High’s 2016 graduation ceremony and then taking a gap year to backpack through Vegas before reappearing in town Tuesday to stand in line for a signed book from Hillary Rodham Clinton.



Eight days earlier, the Sept. 18 Board of Education meeting had some memorable moments. Can you name one?

U2 Sang “One”

After arriving at the George Inness Annex, I turned off the sound on my phone so there wouldn’t be any noise when I got a text, call, or carrier-pigeon visit.



This is NOT about you. At the meeting, the Montclair Education Association said staff morale is low due to last spring’s layoffs, not enough rehiring, inadequate BOE communication, MEA advice not being sought more, etc.

North of Union Street

The BOE responded by saying it is communicating and trying its best. I’m paraphrasing, which reminds me that a lot of para-phasing-out wasn’t necessary because everyone knew retirements would free up money to bring back some paraprofessionals. But wheel-less school buses can’t re-tire.


Retire your pathetic wordplay. What about the latest vile attempt by vile Senate Republicans to ram through another vile version of the vile Trumpcare? Do you partly blame Upper Montclair’s congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen?

I.M. Irked

Rodney’s House vote to replace Obamacare DID help get all that Senate cruelty started. I also blame you, I.M., for using “vile” four times in one question; “villainous” Senate Republicans would’ve been a nice change of pace.


Then there’s the admirable, Trump-targeted Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem to protest police killings of innocent black citizens — costing him his football livelihood and spurring Montclairites and millions of others to think more about racism in America. Your take?

Trump, Focus On Hurricane-Hit Puerto Rico!

People have the right to stand or not stand during the national anthem, to recite or not recite the Pledge of Allegiance, etc. Personally, I stand but don’t recite and don’t hold my hand over my heart. The latter inaction passes what I call “The Tin Man Before Meeting The Wizard Test.”



Any other non-development topics to discuss?

Lacking Lackawanna

Summer turned to autumn Sept. 22 despite the massive data breach at equinox.


That was Equifax, you idiot. Or, shall I say, “That was Equifax, you Brothers Karamazov.”

Crime and Punning Meant

Equifax? Ah, the company that does credit scores (three per course) for Montclair State and credit scores (movie-ending music) for Montclair cinemas.


Correction: You’re a double idiot.

Yes, I’m Two Insulting

Maybe it WAS stupid to ignore overbuilding even for a single week. Some developer just added eight floors to my daughter’s toy Calico Critters house.


Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.





Grant from Investors Foundation Will Help Fund The Montclair Orchestra Inaugural Season

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Investors Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 to The Montclair Orchestra to help fund operations moving into the inaugural season. The grant will help further the Montclair Orchestra’s mission of presenting high quality orchestral music in the Montclair region, utilizing a blend of professional musicians, avocational performers, and students currently in music programs in the regions universities and conservatories.

“We are very appreciative of the support of Investors Bank, demonstrating their commitment both to our local community in Montclair, as well as the ongoing development of cultural programming in northern New Jersey” says Montclair Orchestra President Andre Weker.

Orchestra President Andre Weker and Music Director David Chan.

“The Investors Foundation is dedicated to providing support to non-profit organizations that enrich the communities served by Investors Bank,” said Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank.  “We are happy to help the Montclair Orchestra’s mission of presenting high quality orchestral music in the Montclair region.” Continue Reading

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