Crane Park Community Gardening Event Free and Open to the Public, 8/20

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Northeast Earth Coalition, Inc. (NEEC) and Friends of Crane Park will have a community gathering at the park (Glenridge Ave. at corner of Greenwood Avenue) on Sunday, August 20th from noon to 4pm, to celebrate with volunteers and neighbors the completion of the first step of the Crane Park Demonstration Garden.

The objective of this garden project is to make the park appealing and desirable to the community. The garden includes native plants from the Northeast that are beneficial for pollinators and birds. It will be a four-season garden with perennials and evergreens. During the first step of the garden, now in progress, more than 150 blooming summer plants will be planted. Continue Reading

Summer Soiree at Vital Dining – Eat, Drink and Support Teen Safe Dating with S.O.F.I.A., 8/20

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 8:50am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Come out to support S.O.F.I.A. Teen Safe Dating Outreach programs and enjoy delicious food at Vital Dining (387 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair). This Sunday, August 20, from 4-7 p.m., get a girls night out together for S.O.F.I.A. Summer Soiree.

Kick back at an Island themed social to help support S.O.F.I.A.’s Teen Safe Dating Outreach Program. Enjoy wine and appetizers including Vital’s signature hummus and delicious jerk chicken. Special cello performance by Ava Covington.

Purchase tickets ($60) here.
Donation: $60.00

MontClairVoyant: Seymour Gets Nod. This August 10-Themed Column Is Odd

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
With things slower in Montclair during a late-summer month, how will you fill this August 10 column?

Sincerely,
Dez Perado

By using historical events that happened on August 10. For instance, born-that-day author Jorge Amado wrote a novel that includes drinking scenes, so I had a designated driver return that book to the library.

 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
But after you wrote most of this column, the Planning Board voted 9-0 on August 7 for the massive Seymour Street-area “arts center” that will cram our town with more people, traffic, pricey housing, etc. How does that relate to August 10?

Sincerely,
Gilderoy Gridlockhart

Tonight, the Planning Board Fan Club of Montclair will receive the coveted Consistency Prize for 10 consecutive years of having no members other than developers. Continue Reading

MontClairVoyant: Shedding ‘Light in August’ on Charters, PARCCs and Health

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
After you went all trivial last week with your fake-street-names column, let’s catch up on important matters such as charter schools, PARCC tests, health care, overdevelopment, and…

Sincerely,
Topics, Not Tropics

…why fidget spinners are sold everywhere but on Mars. Believe me, I checked.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
On July 26, a spin-soaked New Jersey Department of Education report lauded the awful, time-wasting, enrich-the-Pearson-company PARCCs disliked by so many in high-opt-out Montclair. Will those tests go when Gov. Christie goes?

Sincerely,
Post-Chris Bliss

Hope so. After that, Christie could join Trump’s cabinet as Secretary of Boorish Behavior, and paper copies of the PARCCs could be pulverized for much-needed speed bumps on some Montclair roads.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Next month, it’ll be one year since the charter-school-lovin’ Christie crew thankfully nixed such a school in our town after admirably ferocious push-back from residents. Why have Montclair-based charter advocates been sort of quiet lately? Continue Reading

MontClairVoyant: Read This Humor Column and Become a Roads Scholar

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (37)


 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
When you saw U2 last month, the band sang “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Were they singing about Montclair?

Sincerely,
Josh Yua-Tree

You know the answer, but do you also know how our town’s roads got their names? Read this column and find out! For instance, Appleton Place was named for a 2,000-pound iPhone that was tested before the smaller model was introduced.
 
 


DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,

I don’t buy that. Rather, I didn’t buy that. What about Buckingham Road?

Sincerely,
Tarmac and Cheese

That’s where Buckingham Palace was until 1965, when it got moved to London by the same crew that transported Crane House from Glenridge Avenue to Orange Road. Their truck wore out three pairs of windshield wipers crossing the Atlantic.
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Dodd Street?

Sincerely,
Drove Near Grove

As you can tell from the four letters in that street’s name, it was where 3D printing and “O, The Oprah Magazine” were born. When that magazine was 3D-printed by mistake, it was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for mail deliverers.
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Fidelity Place?

Sincerely,
Hi, Fidelity!

People on that block never stray from their spouses. Things can be different on Afterglow Way.
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Graham Terrace?

Sincerely,
Not Graham Chapman

People toting marshmallows and chocolate bars flock to that street to make s’mores, though the chunks of paving they tear up are hard on their teeth. Dentists can repair those teeth AND plug the s’more-caused potholes with fillings.
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Harrison Avenue?

Sincerely,
Not Lennon-McCartney Avenue

Named after America’s 19th-century presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison, who lived during a time of longer writing but still got banned from Twitter for their 140-million-character tweets.
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
New Street?

Sincerely,
Roads Scholar

With its various older buildings, it was named on Opposite Day.
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Parkside Place?

Sincerely,
Al Greenery

A puzzler. It’s near the side of a park, and it’s a place, but no one has a clue why the street is called Parkside Place.
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Summit Avenue?

Sincerely,
The Summit of All Fears

A no-brainer — the name comes from that street’s inch-high elevation that offers stunning views of tree bottoms.
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Are there any roads in town that should be renamed?

Sincerely,
Moniker Lewinsky

After the July 24 decision to approve the too-big redo of the former Warner building, Lorraine Avenue could become Planningboardcoweredunderthethreatofadeveloperlawsuit Avenue. Might need a variance on street-sign width…
 
 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Ah, I see by that answer that you’re longing to return to more substantive topics next week after today’s rather trivial column reeking of “fake news.” But first…

Sincerely,
Bright Bart

After The House of Windsor (Place) was trucked to London along with Buckingham Palace, that missing-a-home road was no longer one of Montclair’s “Complete Streets.”

 

 
 

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.

 

 

 

MontClairVoyant: Overdevelopment in Montclair: a 21st-Century History

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 12:15pm


DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,

Has it occurred to you that the huge/awful redo proposed for Lackawanna Plaza is distracting many of us from thinking enough about the huge/awful “arts center” planned for the Seymour Street area?

Sincerely,
A. Tention-Span

Great point! Sort of like the latest Trump outrage distracts us from the previous Trump outrage. And Montclair developers didn’t even win the Electoral College.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
The Seymour project won an award from New Jersey Planning Officials, an association of the state’s planning boards and zoning boards. Why honor something that will cram downtown, worsen traffic, cater mostly to the affluent, etc.?

Sincerely,
Surprised at Prize

People in the same field often undeservedly pat each other on the back, even as our town’s spine (Bloomfield Avenue) looks more and more stegosaurus-like. If only the meteor that hit Earth 65 million years ago wiped out variances…

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
And the Lackawanna Plaza and Seymour projects are distracting many of us from thinking about The MC hotel — which will be much too tall, right?

Sincerely,
The Height Club

Let me put it this way: People imbibing at The MC’s rooftop bar will be able to see Manhattan the borough; Manhattan, Kansas; Manhattan Beach, California; and the star of “Where’s Waldo?” when he’s vacationing in Hawaii.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
And the Lackawanna Plaza, Seymour, and hotel projects are distracting many of us from thinking about the ugly, sterile, bulky Valley & Bloom. How do you feel when walking by V&B?

Sincerely,
Mood In-You-Go

Sad, glum, depressed, miserable, melancholy, doomed. At those times of bleak despair, I wonder if I have the strength to carry on. Darkness descends. So…a therapist needs to set up shop in one of V&B’s empty storefronts.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
And the Lackawanna Plaza, Seymour, hotel, and V&B projects are distracting many of us from thinking about The Siena and its still-remembered leaks and mold. Would Leaks and Mold make a good name for a rock band?

Sincerely,
Lu Mineers

I’d be afraid to download their songs.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
And the Lackawanna Plaza, Seymour, hotel, V&B, and Siena projects — which all share the same developer — are distracting many of us from thinking about a different developer’s work. Do you know who I mean?

Sincerely,
O. L’Gark

Ah, yes, the guy who razed The Marlboro Inn to construct the too-dense Christopher Court and is now trying to overbuild, with inadequate parking, on the former Diva Lounge site. His giant collection of variances is destined for the Smithsonian!

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
So what’s the result of all this distraction? Does it affect people’s focus? Their concentration? Their ability to respond?

Sincerely,
Queries Jubilee

Um…did you just ask something?

 

 
 

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.

 

 

 

MontClairVoyant: Presenting…Harry Potter and the Chamber of Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 1:30pm

MontClairVoyant
 

 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
I hear your younger daughter is VERY into “Harry Potter” these days. Can she confirm or deny that she’s now reading book number five?

Sincerely,
‘Phoenix’ in New Jersey

She takes the fifth (wherever she goes).
 

 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Do you recall “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling visiting Montclair Kimberley Academy in 1999?

Sincerely,
Seems Like a Century Ago

Thrilled she was in our town, but many fans were bummed that she spoke at a private school rather than one of Montclair’s superb public schools. At least “He Who Must Not Be Named” (Newt Gingrich) wasn’t at MKA.
 

 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
If you really want to chuckle, look at the Facebook page recently started by the co-developers of the huge, hated Lackawanna Plaza redo. Full of laughably positive “spin,” eh? Continue Reading

Chris Christie and Mike From Montclair Go At It

BY  |  Monday, Jul 10, 2017 6:55pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Mike from Montclair calls Gov. Christie a fat ass. Christie says he loves getting calls from “communists in Montclair.” Give a listen to them go at it on WFAN:

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Montclair Senior of the Month: Carolyn Lack

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 12:30pm

Meet Carolyn Lack, Montclair Senior of the Month for July.

How old are you? 88

Where were you born? Philadelphia

When did you move to Montclair? 1956

Why did you move to Montclair?
Good schools, near NYC, diverse community, beautiful town.

Are you currently employed? If so, doing what? If you had a career, what was it? I was a science teacher in Philadelphia and Bloomfield (and was required to stop when I was 3 months pregnant). I was an interviewer for the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan from 1974-1983, and then worked 24 years at the US Census Bureau, retiring in 2007.

How have you been engaged in the community? League of Women Voters Montclair Area: vice president; moderator for candidates forums; member of State Education committee; active in reform of Essex County and Montclair governments. PTA president, Rand School 1966-68. Montclair Adult School: Board secretary; member of curriculum committee. Montclair Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee 1982-84. NEDAC (North Essex Development and Action Council) Board member and leader of NEDAC Family Communication Workshops 1971-75. Montclair Hadassah Board. Congregation Shomrei Emunah Board of Education 1970-74; Board of Trustees 2000-02. Commissioner, Montclair Redevelopment Agency 1988-95. Tutor, Literacy Volunteers of America. AIM (Aging in Montclair) founding member and secretary.

What are some of the most important lessons you feel you have learned throughout your life? Learning new things is always rewarding, and the satisfying benefits of volunteering and giving are greater than your efforts.

What are your plans for future? How does Montclair fit into these plans? I want to stay in beautiful Montclair to enjoy my family and friends and the many activities here.


If you know of a Montclair senior who should be featured, please call Katie York, Director of Senior Services/Lifelong Montclair, at 973-509-4967

MontClairVoyant: A Parade of Quips About July 4th Parading and GOP Charade-ing

Thursday, Jul 06, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

MontClairVoyant
 

 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Why wasn’t Upper Montclair’s Trump-supporting congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen chosen as grand marshal for our town’s terrific July 4th parade?

Sincerely,
Tom S. Jefferson

Of the world’s 7.5-billion population, Rodney was in the mix as the 7,499,999,999th choice. Better luck next year, Mr. F!
 

 
DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Only Chris “On the Beach” Christie was lower on the list. Meanwhile, I was mailed Frelinghuysen’s Summer 2017 newsletter a few days ago, and now can’t unsee that right-wing Republican’s words. What to do?

Sincerely,
Spin Is a Sin

Try a “Harry Potter” memory wipe, like the one Hermione Granger did on her parents in England — though America’s lack of single payer makes that amnesia procedure quite pricey here. Continue Reading

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