WNYC Town Hall Tracker Helps You Locate Your Representatives’ Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Congress is in recess this week for the first time since President Trump’s inauguration. The break is an opportunity for members to get out in their communities to meet with constituents and hear their concerns. The WNYC Town Hall Tracker offers a tool for New Jersey residents to search by their address and find any town halls that are scheduled by their congressional representatives.

Here’s how it works: 

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Don Miller “The King Mural” Dedication at Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Don Miller

On February 1, Montclair Public Library hosted a short screening and presentation on Montclair Artist Don Miller and his “The King Mural.” The mural, painted in his studio in Montclair, was installed at the National Library In Washington, D.C. On August 27, 1985, many of Dr. King’s closest associates and historic civil rights figures came to visit Miller to participate in an extraordinary taping for Montclair resident and TV personality Gil Noble’s ABC TV show, “Like It Is” with a special episode, “The Making of the King Mural,” using the mural as a backdrop.

Several of the historic figures portrayed in the artwork came to Montclair for the mural: Rosa Parks, the heroine of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as did Dr. Caroline Goodman, the mother of the slain CORE worker Andrew Goodman, Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy, Mrs. Dorothy Cotton from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta’s Mayor Andrew Young, Rev C.T. Vivian and Rev Wyatt Tee Walker. The great American pianist Don Shirley’s elegant music often served as an inspiration for the artist for the creation of this monumental tribute to Dr. King.

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MontClairVoyant: The Snow Was Whiter Than the Spines Some Politicians Lack

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Wintry weather closed Montclair schools Feb. 9 and caused delayed openings Feb. 10 and 13. Were white supremacists thrilled to see our wonderfully multicultural town become so white?
Flake News!

Yes, after which diversity-minded residents dropped to the ground to color the snow while reading “As I Lay Dyeing.”

Hmm…Faulkner-like book title in a Montclair with a Faulkner system of government. Also on Feb. 10, hardworking NJ 11th for Change members presented Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Morristown office with printouts of the petition asking the Republican congressman to host a town hall. Were 10 million of the 2,700-plus signers from Montclair?
A. Rithmetic

OMG — you’ve been snorting ground-up Pearson math worksheets again.

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New Jersey Audubon Invites You to Follow the Winter Migration of a New Jersey Egret

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Egret

For most of the year, you can spot “Edward the Egret” hanging around the Arthur Kill. He’s an urban bird, hatched in the New York-New Jersey harbor, and that is where he feels most at home.

But New Jersey Audubon can tell you, with 100 percent pinpoint accuracy, that Edward also likes to head down to Hilton Head, S.C. for parts of the winter, and has some favorite towns he makes sure to visit.

That’s commonly known because New Jersey Audubon caught Edward in June of 2015, placing a transmitter on him. Researchers are now using GPS and a solar-powered device to track Edward wherever he goes for the rest of his life, said Nellie Tsipoura, Ph.D., a Senior Research Scientist for New Jersey Audubon.

Every day, New Jersey Audubon gets texts from Edward’s transmitter, at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., letting Dr. Tsipoura know where he is. His route is easily viewable to the public through njaudubon.org or at https://tinyurl.com/za9uwso.

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Courage to Create: A Three-Session Workshop at The Creativity Caravan

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Do have half a novel stuffed in the bottom of a drawer? An easel and art supplies but no paintings to show? Or maybe it’s an idea for a new business, a new product or a way to organize the community.

What’s stopping you?

That’s the subject of a three-part workshop, Courage to Create, being offered at The Creativity Caravan (28 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) on three Fridays this March. Continue Reading

Happy Valentine’s Day! Leave a Message of Love

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 10:26am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Valentine's Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow. We love our readers, advertisers and community partners that support Baristanet.

To spread the love, we’re giving you a chance to leave your Valentine message to the one(s) you love, in comments.

Whether it’s a poem, a funny line, a simple “I Love You,” or even a proposal – here’s your chance to be romantic.


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Itzhak Perlman Joins Temple Ner Tamid’s Kabbalat Shabbat Band For Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah

BY  |  Monday, Feb 13, 2017 3:55pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Yitzhak Perlman

(Photo: Michael Reitman)

Itzhak Perlman was a very special guest of Bloomfield’s Temple Ner Tamid Kabbalat Shabbat band over the weekend when his grandson, Gilad Perlman- Greenberg, was to become Bar Mitzvah. He is seen with Cantor Meredith Greenberg.



MontClairVoyant: It Would Be a Pity if We Didn’t Become A Sanctuary City

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (87)



This is your first column for Baristanet after writing “Montclairvoyant” for another media outlet since 2003. Why are you here?
Hound of the Askervilles

Why do any of us exist? Because of God? Evolution? Cat videos? Rec-league sports? Our Neanderthal ancestors “meeting cute” at Caves “R” Us?

I met you at Tuesday night’s Township Council meeting, where the TC was urged to make Montclair a sanctuary city as the vile Donald Trump demonizes Muslim immigrants and refugees. Thoughts?
Passion for Compassion

What a huge turnout Feb. 7! What smart, heartfelt, eloquent remarks by attendees! What a speedy…um…not so speedy vote by the TC, which might make a sanctuary decision Feb. 21. Hopefully that won’t clash with the local galas marking “Exactly Two Months of Winter Day.”

Aren’t at least four of the seven TC members strongly for the sanctuary city idea?
Quadruple’s Scruples

Yes, and a Feb. 21 vote is better than the Feb. 31 vote listed on “The Kellyanne Conway Alternative Facts Calendar,” available at not-so-fine stores everywhere.

Another federal matter with local impact was the dismaying Feb. 7 approval of ultraconservative billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, even though her only exposure to the public schools she hates was watching “Room 222” three times. Not insinuating anything, but isn’t 666 a satanic number?
Nights in White Satan

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Winter is (Finally) Coming: Winter Storm Warning in Effect For Heavy Snow

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 4:40pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

winter storm warning snowThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow from Thursday, February 9 at 12 am through 6 pm with possible accumulations from 6 to 10 inches.

This would be our first significant snowfall of 2017. Are you ready Baristaville? Are you hoping for a snow day or were you enjoying the mild winter and want it to stay that way?

Bloomfield has already cancelled garbage and recycling pick up for tomorrow. And Montclair High School emailed parents that in the event of a snow storm closing school tomorrow, MHS will follow a Thursday schedule (D) on Friday February 10.

And we love this petition for a snow day, started by a Montclair High School student.

Still, it’s hard to believe it could snow tomorrow with such warm temps today — perfect for a last alfresco meal before the big storm.



Dear Alma: Politics at a Dinner Party, Potluck Etiquette and More

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dear Alma,

Most of my friends hold the same or similar political views as I do but, some do not. A friend recently told me about a dinner party she attended during which there were some very awkward exchanges between my friend and another guest who held very different political views. The exchange made everyone at the dinner uncomfortable. I am planning a dinner party and don’t want the same thing to happen to my guests! What should I do??

P.C. (Politically Concerned)
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I was assigned to chimney security today at middle school in the State of Washington, to prevent Betsy DeVoss from trying to climb in that way when she couldn't get in the front door. Protesters abounded below while I rode shotgun on the roof. We're with Montclair all the way. Glad you're here MontClairVoyant!

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