Baristanet Profile: Gray Russell

Name: Gray Russell

Where do you live? Lorraine Avenue, Montclair 07043

When did you move there? 1984

Where did you grow up? Fairmount Avenue, LaSalle Road, No. Mountain Avenue, Montclair

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion?

I’m the Sustainability Officer for the Township of Montclair, and I ran their Environmental Affairs Office for the past two decades; I retire on July 1. 

Climate change / clean energy, rock & roll and most popular music, travel, hiking, and (soccer) football are my passions.

Coffee, tea or …? Coffee light no sugar, please. 

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Watching Premier League (soccer) football in the morning, then hiking, preferably on NJ’s Appalachian Trail.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Café Giotto

What’s on your nightstand? Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin

What are you listening to? Lake Street Dive, Jon Batiste, Bruce, new McCartney, Jean Rohe

What are your current indulgences? Making plans for a cross-country expedition, 2022.

What talent you would most like to have? Musical

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept) secret about Montclair? It’s still a cool town.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? “A Renaissance man, who loved living… did you see him dancing at his Centenarian Party?…amazing that he was so healthy at 105!”

 

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