Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, November 19

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


A marvelous mid-century ranch in Clifton, an Estate-section stunner meticulously restored and new construction in Glen Ridge are among the standout open houses this weekend.

55 Melrose Place, Montclair

List Price: $998,000
Taxes: $27,142
Acreage: 89X150
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1

Classic 1912 Estate section colonial respectfully and meticulously restored by architect/designer owners. Reconfigured fabulous floor plan with custom, sparkling kitchen and new baths. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

NJ Transit Police To Conduct Emergency Response Drill At Upper Montclair Station Saturday

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 2:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The New Jersey Transit Police Department (NJTPD) Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will conduct a training exercise on Saturday, November 18, at Upper Montclair Train Station in Montclair between 8 a.m. and 12 noon.

The public can expect to see an increased police and first responder presence along the tracks near Lorraine Avenue.

The drill, which will gauge responses to a simulated incident, will take about four hours to complete. NJ TRANSIT personnel will be participating in this training exercise as victims.

Lorraine Avenue will be inaccessible to vehicles and pedestrians between Valley and Braemore roads between 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This drill will have no impact on train service. This is the latest in a series of periodic drills that the NJTPD’s OEM conducts along the agency’s system every year.

New Jersey Transit Police OEM will be working with several agencies, including Montclair Police Department, Montclair Police Department Office of Emergency Management, Montclair Office of Emergency Management, Montclair Fire Department,
Montclair EMS, Montclair Department of Public Works, South Orange EMS, Montclair State University EMS, Glen Ridge EMS, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, NJ EMS Taskforce, and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Weekend Family Fun: Snow White, New Jersey Comic Expo, The Laurie Berkner Band, Family Art Adventure

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Happy weekend! There are plenty of fun things to do around town and we’ve gathered up a sampling right here. Check ‘em out!

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime on Saturday at 10:30 AM. This week’s guest is author and illustrator, Paulette Bogan. Her book, Bossy Flossy, is about a bossy girl who meets a boy just as bossy as she is who learns to be a friend.

This weekend, New Jersey Comic Expo will be held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison). Enjoy comics and pop-culture icons, cosplay, and kid’s activities with Liberty Science Center. Show hours are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Saturday and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday. Doors open at 9:30 AM to advance ticket holders. Day and Weekend passes are available online (discounted) and at the door.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host “Bear Says Thanks” Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Bear decides to throw a feast for his friends, but his cupboards are bare. What is he to do? Activities to follow the story.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Felt 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.

Visit Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) on Saturday at 2:00 PM for It’s the Holidays with Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats! This lively performance includes original and familiar songs to commemorate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Continue Reading

Montclair Public Library Foundation’s “Love Your Library” Annual Appeal – $200,000 Goal

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Montclair Public Library Foundation launches its “Love Your Library” annual appeal campaign with a goal of $200,000. Letters with appeal information are on their way to all Montclair households.

The MPL Foundation fills the gap between what town funding provides and the resources patrons expect. “The library makes a difference every day in the life of the community,” states Peter Coyl, MPL Library Director. “The library receives public support, but private donations strengthens the library’s capacity to innovate and adapt to change.” Donor’s collective investments make free programs possible, fund new services to help everyone connect to information that will better their lives and enhance library collections.

Wilfred Adkins Montclair Public Library Board President, Jennifer Bonnell, MPL Foundation Board Chair, Peter Coyl MPL Director

Whether you’re a family looking for a story time program, an immigrant in need of language resources, an unemployed individual searching for job help, or a community member who needs to renew their passport, you can all go to one place: the library. Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Pies! Where To Get Them Before They Are Gone

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Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without pie for dessert. From the all-American apple pie to pumpkin and pecan, to more untraditional but very tasty pie options, there is a pie for every taste that will satisfy a sweet tooth after a delicious holiday meal. If you’re looking for pie, you won’t have to go far. There are plenty of pies — what’s your favorite?

The Pie Store’s key lime pie

The Pie Store in Upper Montclair’s Watchung Plaza will be offering up its tasty treats on a first come, first served basis only, with no pre-ordering available. Available pies will be Apple, Raspberry-Blackberry-Apple, Apple-Cranberry, Chocolate Mousse, Key Lime, and Pumpkin. The store will be open until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, but don’t wait too long! Pies from $12.95 to $29.95.

Tiny Elephant

Tiny Elephant, also in Watchung Plaza on Fairfield Street in Montclair, Classic Apple Pie and Classic Pumpkin Pie on their full Thanksgiving Catering menu. Each is $20. Cookie platters are also available. Order by November 19 for pick up on November 22. Continue Reading

Gas Lamp Players Present Legally Blonde: The Musical and Elf Jr.

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Gas Lamp Teens will present Legally Blonde: The Musical with four performances November 17-19, 2017. Gas Lamp Juniors will usher in the holiday season with a production of Elf Jr. with four performances December 1-3, 2017.

“Our aim is for experienced and novice performers alike to get their chance to shine,” says Kristy Graves, Gas Lamp Artistic Director. “Our younger performers will tell heartwarming stories and portray memorable characters, with 12 weeks of rehearsals culminating in live shows with production-value costumes, props and sets.”

In Legally Blonde The Musical, forty-five teens, grades 7-12, will sing and dance the roles of fun and determined Elle Woods and her Harvard law school cohorts. Kristy Graves is director. Continue Reading

MontClairVoyant: After the Bellevue Theatre Closes, Montclairites Feel Lousy and Townhouse-y

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Can you devote two-thirds of this column to the shocking news of the Bellevue Theatre closing, and the other third to developer Steven Plofker’s dismal plan to cram a pair of huge, pricey, two-unit townhouses into a tiny tract of church land near the library?

Dee Pressed

Can’t say it’ll be an exact 66-to-33-percent split. Even if it was, there’s still the 1 percent to worry about. And I do worry about the 1 percent…whose members usually pick profit over community when shutting down or constructing things.


The appeal of the Bellevue cinema?

Twin Peaks

It was in a beautiful, charming, 95-year-old Tudor building many Montclairites could walk to. Of course, Montclairites can also walk from our New Jersey town to see a film in California, but they might miss the previews.


Your experiences with the Bellevue? Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: November 16 – 19

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Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:

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MTAS, FOMTAS Sign Agreement to Further Benefit Shelter’s Animals

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mia, a lovable five-year-old Chihuaua, is running and playing pain-free thanks to support from the Friends of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter (FOMTAS) and shelter staff.

Mia was surrendered to the Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) with her Pit Bull brother Bronson earlier this year. Shelter staff noticed straight away that Mia had a serious problem with one of her hind legs. A diagnosis showed a grade 4 luxating patella, or dislocated kneecap that can cause severe pain and swelling. Mia would need to see an orthopedic specialist and surgery would be required.

Mia, before and after surgery.

“Thanks to the generous support from FOMTAS, Mia was able to undergo surgery,” said acting MTAS Director Liz Morgan. “She followed all post-surgery physical rehab instruction and is once again ‘four on the floor’ and has a pain-free life. What a wonderful gift for this little girl.” Continue Reading

Tonight! Philip and Erin Stead, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine at Watchung Booksellers

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A never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children’s story is brought to life by Philip and Erin Stead, creators of the Caldecott Medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Illuminated by Erin Stead’s graceful, humorous, and achingly poignant artwork, this is a story that reaches through time and brings us a new book from America’s most legendary writer, envisioned by two of today’s most important names in children’s literature.

Philip and Erin Stead, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

Philip and Erin Stead
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine
Wednesday, November 15, 7pm

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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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