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MontClairVoyant: School-Reopening Debate Is Heated During a Cold Winter

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Montclair's 11 public school buildings met via Zoom to discuss whether they should reopen for families who want that. Can those brick-and-cement structures now ask you some questions, going alphabetically by school...

Watchung Booksellers Hosts Mystery Writer Valerie Wilson Wesley

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Watchung Booksellers will host award-winning mystery writer Valerie Wilson Wesley to celebrate the release of “A Glimmer of Death,” the first book in her new cozy mystery series. She’ll be in...

MontClairVoyant: Rent Control Gets a New Lease on Life

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, A Superior Court judge last Friday struck down the Montclair Property Owners Association's attempt to kill the rent control measure passed by the Township Council last April. Your reaction? Sincerely, A. Partments Yay!...

Watchung Booksellers Hosts Bestselling Author Gabrielle Glaser in Conversation with Musician/Author Zara Phillips

Watchung Booksellers will host bestselling author Gabrielle Glaser upon the release of her new book American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption. She’ll be in conversation with author and...

MontClairVoyant: Montclair Isn’t Quiet About Trump’s White Riot

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, There's been lots of Montclair reaction to a far-right white mob of Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. Your reaction? Sincerely, N. Surrection At maximum, Trump should be removed from office...

Team Behind Bellevue Theater Now Look To Revive Bradley Beach ShowRoom Cinema

If the cold weather has you thinking about the beach, you're not alone. Luke Parker Bowles, Patrick Wilson, Brandon Jones, Andy Childs, Vincent Onorati -- members of the team, who until recently were planning to...

MontClairVoyant: A Parking Lot Controversy Is ‘In the Books’

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The MPL was to be closed to cars for about a year starting Monday, January 4, before pressure forced a brief postponement. Thoughts? Sincerely, Mo Ter-Vehicle I had no idea cars were allowed inside the...

MontClairVoyant: Misery Aplenty in 2020 — and Some Bright Spots

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, It was an ultra-depressing year because of the pandemic, but it's December 31 and thus time for you to do a 2020 retrospective. One Q&A for each month. Ready, Teddy? Sincerely, New Year's Eve/Old...

MontClairVoyant: Through the Prism of Optimism, Not Schism

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, I was shocked to hear about your plan to make today's column mostly positive, but I took the news in stride -- fainting only 205 times. Comment? Sincerely, Being Upbeat Causes Falling Down There are...

MontClairVoyant: In Montclair, Acronyms Accrue Accordingly

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Planning Board voted 8-1 on Monday to incorporate the Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) plan into our town's Master Plan. Reaction? Sincerely, 'Plan' Is the Word of the Week I favor any measure that...

Holiday Cheer In Times of COVID: Taking An Annual Cookie Celebration on the Road

Community activities, summer camps, family milestones, and everyday life at work and school have all been affected by COVID adaptations. Holiday traditions will also look different, but they don’t need to be less joyful....

MontClairVoyant: Twas the Write Before Christmas and All Through the Town…

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The start of the hybrid plan that includes some in-person learning was delayed again -- to January 25 for Montclair's elementary and special-needs students, and to February 8 for grades 6-12. Is...

MontClairVoyant: Mayor’s Ambition, Schools’ COVID Condition, 200th Edition

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, This is your 200th column for Baristanet after 648 columns for a newspaper with the same initials as Montana's postal abbreviation. Glad you decided to switch? Sincerely, Running on MT Yes! There were only so many...

Where To Get Christmas Trees: Cut Your Own or Find Your Perfect Tree Close...

Christmastime is here! If only a real Christmas tree will do, we’ve got you covered with a variety of cut your own and pre-cut tree lots. Bundle up, load up the car, and go...

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