Baristanet Profile: Jennifer Grisafi

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jennifer Grisafi

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Jennifer Grisafi

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 2004 from NYC

Where did you grow up? Nashville, TN. It’s much cooler now than when I was growing up!

How do you make a living? I’m the marketing and public relations manager for the Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair. I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I love for an organization that does such important work in our community. It’s a special place.

Coffee, tea or…? Coffee, coffee, coffee! I’m already thinking about it before I get out of bed in the morning.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Sleep late, brunch with my family, watch my sons perform somewhere (they play the guitar and drums), a nap and then dinner with friends in town.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Ani Ramen for pork buns, The Corner for avocado toast and Diesel and Duke for burgers. Continue Reading

School of Rock Montclair Faculty Member Wins SOPAC’s “Blues In The Loft” Competition

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair

Vin Mott, who teaches drums and vocals at School of Rock Montclair, recently won the “Blues In The Loft” Competition, a presentation of the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), the New Jersey Blues Alliance, and Hat City Kitchen.  The contest’s preliminary rounds, which attracted participants from across New York and New Jersey, were held on eight consecutive Sundays at Hat City Kitchen, with the final battle presented at SOPAC to a sell out crowd.

“Winning the competition was completely unexpected,” says Mott, who was a crowd favorite at the event.  “The other competitors were all friends of mine and really talented, so I figured it was anyone’s game.  So when I won, it was pretty exciting.”
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Baristanet Profile: Eloiza Jorge

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Eloiza Jorge

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Eloiza Jorge

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 6th grade

Where did you grow up? Newark and Montclair (I went to Glenfield!)

How do you make a living? I’m a counselor and life coach.

Coffee, tea or … ? Both! My grandmother is British so tea is a tradition on that side of the family. Puerto Rican coffee is a daily ritual too.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? A dance class (locally or in Harlem). Visiting and playing with friends. A home cooked meal with my kiddos.

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Baristanet Profile: LeAnne Korbel

BY  |  Friday, Jan 27, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

LeAnne Korbel

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: LeAnne Korbel

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? We moved here in 1997 when our son was 18 months old and I was expecting our second. We were living in a 5th floor walk up in Cobble Hill and the minute I found out I was pregnant with number 2 I hit the panic button.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico and I miss it everyday.

How do you make a living? I have the best job in the world. I have been a Music Together teacher in Montclair for the last 18 years. I am also a Teacher Trainer for Music Together so I get to travel all over the world singing and dancing with families. I can’t imagine anything more delightful.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? A nice slow morning with time to read or knit. A movie with my family and an evening cooking dinner and playing games with friends.
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Montclair Filmmakers Receive Oscar Nomination for Joe’s Violin

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 10:21am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Joe's Violin

Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen

Montclair is so very proud of filmmakers Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen who received a Short Documentary Oscar nomination this morning for their film Joe’s Violin.

The film tells the story of how a violin connected a 93-year old Holocaust Survivor with a 13-year-old hispanic girl from the Bronx. It’s a story of survival, of loss, of struggle, but also one of hope, connection, and kindness. It’s a celebration of the arts as something that bonds us. When it screened at the Montclair Film Festival in 2016, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd.

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Baristanet Profile: Charles Rosen

BY  |  Friday, Jan 20, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Charles Rosen

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Charles Rosen

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? Seeing as my wife was pregnant with our now 12-yr-old, I might want to stop saying, “we just moved to Montclair from the West Village.”

Where did you grow up? Kingston, Canada. (I get asked “when are you moving back,” a lot.)

How do you make a living? There’s an old joke –
Q: How do you make a small fortune farming?
A: Start with a large one. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Doug Hall

BY  |  Friday, Jan 13, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Doug Hall

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Doug Hall

Where do you live? Prescott Ave in Montclair

When did you move there? 1992 (from NYC)

Where did you grow up? Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, and Syracuse, New York (my Dad was a professor at Syracuse University)

How do you make a living? I’m a composer and music producer for television, films, commercials, etc. I also play live music, and teach piano to adults and kids.

Coffee, tea or … ? Yes!

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? It would have to involve music, maybe playing a gig with my band Julie’s Party, which includes my wife, Iris, on vocals.

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Baristanet Profile: Kelly Coakley

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kelly CoakleyThe latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Kelly Coakley

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? May 2008

Where did you grow up? Medford, NJ in South Jersey

How do you make a living? Corporate Recruiter is my 9-5 & a Spin Instructor to keep balance, fun, music & sweat a constant in my life is my passion

Coffee, tea or … ? lots of strong coffee with almond milk or some coconut oil

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? workout at dFIT Studio, post workout treat from dBAR, watching my three sons play in one of their various games, hike in Mills with my husband and the boys, dinner with friends, red wine, belly laughs.

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Montclair Man Gets the Questions Right on Jeopardy

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

jeopardyTune into Jeopardy tonight on ABC at 7 pm to see the leading champion, Montclair resident Mukund Marathe, try to defend his title.

Marathe, a music teacher and singer, won $21,400 on his first day on the game show. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Maya Stein

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Maya Stein

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Maya Stein

Where do you live? Nutley, NJ

When did you move there? Early fall of 2012.

Where did you grow up? Oh gosh, all over the place. I was born in Nova Scotia, lived in Israel until I was 7, Virginia until the age of 9, Central California until age 11, and then rural New Hampshire until I went to college outside of Boston. I usually say New England is the place I grew up, but I also spent 16 years in San Francisco before coming to New Jersey, and I think I did a lot of growing up there, too.

How do you make a living? I co-own The Creativity Caravan with Amy Tingle, whose is also my spouse. We offer workshops, events, and other experiences for all ages designed to spark, engage, and nurture creative expression. Our classes are often a blend of visual art and creative writing – I have a writing and editing background, while my visual art skills are a little, um, experimental, but I think in general our focus is on making creative experiences playful and gently, subtly transformative. Running a business with your significant other offers unique opportunities and challenges, and I I never really tire of our work, though I sometimes not-so-jokingly say that I don’t know where our marriage ends and our business begins (and vice versa.)

Coffee, tea or … ? My new obsession, Bulletproof Coffee (drip coffee blended with a tablespoon of unsalted butter) with a shake or two of cinnamon.
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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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