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Ring in 2020! New Year’s Eve Celebrations: Disco Masquerade, Gatsby Parties, Hip Hop...

Got 2020 plans? Check out these New Year's Eve celebrations include Gatsby parties and overnight gong immersion; a Disco Masquerade; a cruise around Manhattan, gourmet meals, and much more! Laurel & Sage (33 Walnut Street,...

Montclair Literary Festival: Book Tour – Isabel Allende: A Long Petal of the Sea

Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival welcomes renowned author Isabel Allende to a pre-festival event in Montclair on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, to discuss her latest novel, A Long Petal of the Sea. A masterful work of...

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, December 22

This week's open house column is sponsored by Kate McDonough. Not much on the market this weekend, but there are a few stocking stuffers. We end with a flourish. 31 Cambridge Road, Verona List Price:...

Time To Make The Latkes! Bnai Keshet’s Latkepalooza is Friday, December 27

All are invited to Bnai Keshet’s annual Latkepalooza at 6:00pm Friday, December 27th. The event is free. Expect a celebration you won’t want to miss. Taste delicious latkes made by “The Kitchen Irregulars.” Music...

Montclair Grand Menorah Lighting, Sunday, December 22

Montclair Grand Menorah Lighting presents “Fire on Ice.” Activities include: Lighting of a 6 foot Ice Menorah Fire Truck Gelt Drop Fire Breathing & Juggling Hot Latkes & Delicious Doughnuts Chanukah Goodies & Activities And much more... Open to...

Baristanet Profile: Emily Archer

Name: Emily Archer Where do you live? Bloomfield When did you move there? I’ve lived in the area since 2010. Where did you grow up? Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (or what we called it growing up, Ft. Liquordale!) How do...

Weekend Family Fun: Kwanzaa, Mary Poppins, Storytimes and More

Happy weekend! If you’re ready to have some family-friendly fun, we’ve rounded up some events in and around the area to help you spend your time. Check ‘em out! Van Saun County Park (216 Forest...

Get A Taste Of Vesta Chocolate, Upper Montclair’s New Chocolate Boutique

Need the perfect stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or a sweet treat for yourself? Vesta Chocolate, a new bean to bar chocolate boutique (opening soon at 598 Valley Road in Upper Montclair), will host a...

MontClairVoyant: Tanks Rather Than Thanks for Montclair’s Two Congresspeople

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Their support for Trump's deserved impeachment is much appreciated, but Montclair's two congresspeople joined Republicans and many fellow Democrats in voting December 11 for a much-larger-than-needed military budget that gave the GOP nearly...
With the pieces of the puzzle coming together, Lorraine Arnold, a buildings archaeologist/ genealogist and founder of Legacy Roots, a company devoted to legal, historical, genealogical and biographical research, visited the campus to look over the clues. The BA in Jurisprudence she earned from Montclair State in 2011 has opened a professional career finding missing evidence and people who have gone incognito. This message in a bottle makes for a good mystery, she says. “When you have very little information, that’s what makes the plot intriguing and interesting.” And with a 112-year-old note signed by men with common last names – with possible different spellings of Hanly and Hanley – “we have very little information to go by.” But what seemed like “little information” when the search began turned out to be quite a lot. “By moving beyond face value, gleaning and researching the facts that are listed, multiple doors open that ultimately bring the story to life,” Arnold explains. Census Data Provides a Clue The message in a bottle was found during the restoration of a campus centerpiece – an original mission-styled building erected to train teachers. Concealed in a space within an 18-inch thick wall, the note was meant to remain hidden for a very long time, perhaps forever. The message could only – and then only possibly – be found if and when the wall was torn down. “Back then, blood, sweat and tears went into building this wall. When we found the bottle, a little bit of tears were shed,” Kanaby says. Historians and family members have gathered primary sources, including newspaper articles, birth and death certificates, directory and census records, which point to James T. Lennon, the youngest child of a bricklayer named Thomas, as the most likely Lennon to have worked on College Hall in 1907. Genealogy is not an exact science, but researchers can make reasonable conclusions. “Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith based on the overwhelming documentation that you have available to you,” Arnold says.

Mystery Unfolds As Montclair State University “Message In A Bottle” Goes Viral

A message in a bottle that tumbled out of a 112-year-old wall torn down during renovations of College Hall has proven an irresistible genealogical treasure hunt, leading to the descendants of one of the...

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: December 19 – 22

Your guide to what's happening.

Sold! 800 Historic Street Signs Bought in Bloomfield’s Online Auction

The Township of Bloomfield auctioned off street signs last week, with 800 being sold on an online auction hosted by GovDeals. The Township replaced all street signs in town over the past year, and...

The Montclair Public Library Presents “Encounters, 2020”

The Montclair Public Library’s popular art series continues with the “Encounters, 2020” on view in the Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, during Library hours from January 2 – 30, 2020....

Montclair Residents Speak Out Against Historic Designation For Wheeler Street Neighborhood

Is history about buildings or people and how does a historic designation actually keep that history alive? These were just some of the questions and concerns residents raised during an opportunity to give feedback to...

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