R.I.P. Alberto Romilo Comini

Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Alberto Romolo Comini, 76, died on September 12 surrounded by his wife and best friend, Kathleen Giuffra Comini, and by his three treasured children.

Born in 1940 in Imperia, Italy, the oldest of three children of Gesualdo and Iris Comini, Mr. Comini lived the years of his youth in Rome. In 1960, he boarded a boat to New York City to start his life as an American, first in Arlington, Massachusetts, then in New York City, and finally in Montclair, New Jersey, where he and his wife of 55 years have resided ever since. Continue Reading

Montclair Chess Player Wins Honors, Cash At 45th Annual World Open

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 1:30pm

Daniel Cruz of Montclair, assistant camp director at Montclair Cooperative School’s 2017 Summer Chess Camp, won 7th Place honors and a cash prize of $600 in the under 1400 United States Chess Federation rated section at the 45th Annual World Open, sponsored by the Continental Chess Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 29 through July 4th.

Daniel Cruz of Montclair is assistant camp director at Montclair Cooperative School

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Dr. Huston Memorial Recognizes Physician Posthumously As Healthcare Heroes Award Finalist

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 3:45pm

Jan Huston-Pryor, M.D., medical director of the Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center Breast Health Program and a Mountainside Medical Group physician, has been named a finalist, posthumously, for Physician of the Year in the 2017 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Awards. The Healthcare Heroes program honors individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.

The announcement was made by John Fromhold, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center, at a memorial service in her honor on May 23, 2017. Addressing her family, team members, patients, and friends, he also said, “Dr. Huston was a pioneer in women’s breast health. Jan’s affiliation with Mountainside Medical Center was a constant source of pride for myself and all of her colleagues at the hospital. Her immeasurable commitment to her family, to her patients and to the community-at-large ensures that while she will be greatly missed, she will never be forgotten. Let us remember that the power of one person can truly change the lives of many.”

Denise Zbar, VP Physician Services, Jonathan Pryor, spouse, John Fromhold, CEO, and Reverend Richard Sommers

Rev. Richard Sommers began the memorial service by reminding everyone how much she loved her husband, family, and profession. While we grieve her untimely death together, we celebrate the privilege to have had known this remarkable woman. Diane Hoffman, a general patient of Dr. Huston’s practice said, “Dr. Huston floated into a room with that huge glowing smile on her face and she made you feel like anything was possible.”

Her husband, Jonathan Pryor, said Jan was an angel on earth. Her patients and friends knew she was always there for them. Having adopted 10 children, taking care of the 170 million orphans in the world was her personal mission. Jonathan ended his tribute to his wife with a quote by Mother Teresa, “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”

In her nomination and selection as a Healthcare Heroes Finalist by an esteemed panel of independent judges, Dr. Huston-Pryor was described as a dedicated physician and an extraordinary person who served as medical director of the Mountainside Medical Center Breast Health Program and as a Mountainside Medical Group physician. She was a beloved colleague, a valued mentor and a strong advocate for women’s health.

Dr. Huston began her career as a nurse, practicing for several years and then attending medical school. She served as a vascular and general surgeon, until her professional calling led to providing diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast disease. In 1999, she founded her own practice to offer patients access to skilled female specialists with a heightened sensitivity to the physical and emotional needs of women with breast health concerns. A leader in her field, Dr. Huston was an early proponent of the evidence-based approach to medicine now being widely embraced by colleagues.

She was a key investigator for a study of the BreathLink test, using chemical biomarkers to evaluate the rapid point-of-care breath test for breast cancer. Known for her kind-hearted communication and genuine enthusiasm for the health and well-being of others, Dr. Huston is remembered for coaxing an easy laugh or a smile from those around her. With skill, care and commitment to her patients, she consistently made a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of her patients, their families and the communities she served.

Dr. Huston also led a personal life of great meaning and purpose. She was a mother of 12 children, from elementary school into adulthood, and a grandmother to four. She and her husband, Jonathan, adopted 10 children from other parts of the U.S. as well as Mexico, Russia, China, Guatemala and Ethiopia.

The Healthcare Heroes Awards recognize health care professionals in nine categories, including Physician of the Year, Hospital of the Year, Innovation Hero, Nurse of the Year, Education Hero, Volunteers, Public Health and Workplace Wellness. The winner in each category is announced at a ceremony held at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey on June 20th.

R.I.P. Alexander Booth Patrick

BY  |  Monday, May 22, 2017 10:00am

Alexander Booth Patrick, 57, of Cape Coral, FL, passed away at his home on May 13, 2017.

Born on March 11, 1960, Mr. Patrick was raised in Upper Montclair, NJ and attended The Mount Hebron School (now The Buzz Aldrin School) in Upper Montclair, Montclair High School, Millbrook Preparatory School, Millbrook, NY and Mitchell College, New London, CT, where he studied Engineering.

Mr. Patrick, fondly known to his family and many friends as “Sandy”, was a member of The Montclair Hockey Club, Bradford Bath & Tennis Club, The Montclair Riding Academy and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He enjoyed ice hockey, horseback riding, skiing, waterskiing, sailing, fishing, parasailing, piano and guitar. He was an extremely gifted pen and ink sketch artist and a fine craftsman and carpenter. Continue Reading

A DeCamp Bus Driver’s Musical Ode to Montclair

BY  |  Monday, May 01, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Riders of DeCamp bus No. 66 between Montclair and NYC might view the trip as a daily necessity, but the bus’ driver, Clifford M. Blackwell, finds it inspirational.

He’s been driving the 66 bus for the last seven years, the latest stop in a 38-year career as a bus operator, and his route drove him to write and record a jazzy local tribute, “My Old Town Montclair.”

The song is four minutes of swinging vocal jazz, and Blackwell says it’s inspired by the people who ride his bus each day: “The song chronicles the great accomplishments, achievements, and popularity of this little extraordinary, diverse community of wonderful professional people.”

Blackwell lives in Union with his wife Marceline (they have four adult children), and for more than 45 years he’s been a church musician and songwriter. “I was surrounded by music throughout my childhood,” he says. “My mom loved and sang opera and grew up in the Greater Bethany Baptist Church of Newark. My father also grew up in Bethany and loved jazz, 40s big bands and pop, and he was an avid listener of WBGO jazz radio.” Continue Reading

R.I.P. Robert Kelly, Owner of Montclair’s Stockpot

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 10:48am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Robert “Bob” Kelly with his mother Bess at the Stockpot in 2012.

Robert “Bob” Kelly, who owned and operated the Stockpot in Montclair, died Monday. Kelly owned the Stockpot, which closed in 2013, with his partner, Robert Penta.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by the funeral services at 12 noon, at The Dangler Funeral Home of West Orange, 340 Main St., West Orange, N.J. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J.

Baristanet Profile: Danielle Raymond Neff

BY  |  Friday, Mar 31, 2017 2:15pm

Danielle Raymond Neff

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

Name: Danielle Raymond Neff

Where do you live? Montclair.

When did you move there? Spring of 2012.

Where did you grow up? Wilmette, Illinois—on the north shore of Chicago, right on Lake Michigan.

How do you make a living? Ever put on some lip gloss and wonder who came up with that shade name? It’s me: I’m the Director, Creative Copy for Victoria’s Secret Beauty—I name fragrances and cosmetics.

Coffee, tea or … ? Fountain Soda: Diet Coke with a splash of Cherry Coke. Preferably from QuickChek. (Don’t judge.)

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Essex Fells Honors Dr. Huston-Pryor With a Pink Ribbon Tribute

BY  |  Monday, Mar 27, 2017 8:25am

Dr. Huston-Pryor

The community is mourning over the death of Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor who died last week after being hit by a car in her hometown of Essex Fells.

Over the weekend, the town honored her memory and work as one of the leading breast surgeons in the region by tying pink ribbons all over town. Her accomplishments, both in her career and as a mother, are documented in this article in NJ.com.

Dr. Huston-Pryor


(Photos: Frank Gerard Godlewski)




Baristanet Profile: Cara Moroze

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 1:30pm

Cara Moroze

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

Name: Cara Moroze

Where do you live? Montclair in the ’43

When did you move there? New Year’s Day 2014

Where did you grow up? Canton, Massachusetts

How do you make a living? These days I seem to collect part-time gigs (b’nai mitzvah tutoring, marketing/events management for a music/art school, and freelance writing), then fill the spaces in my calendar with a lot of volunteering.

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Local Doctor Killed in Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident in Essex Fells

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 10:00am

dr. jan hustonDr. Jan Huston, Medical Director of the Breast Center at HackensackUMC, died at the same hospital on the morning of March 21 after being struck by a car near her home in Essex Fells.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Essex Fells Police Chief William Theilacker sent the following announcement yesterday:

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Essex Fells Police Department are investigating a fatal pedestrian incident that resulted in the death of Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor, 66, of Essex Fells.

At approximately 9:25 am today Dr. Huston-Pryor was struck in the 200 block of Devon Road in Essex Fells.

The driver, who is not being identified at this time, remained at the scene. No one has been charged at this time.

Dr. Huston-Pryor was transported to Mountainside Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 9:45 am.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Prior to joining Mountainside Medical Group, Dr. Huston was the founder and director for Summit Breast Care. Trained as a general and vascular surgeon, she devoted her career to the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Known for her calm and compassionate manner, Dr. Huston was beloved by patients and respected by her peers as one of the region’s leading breast surgeons.

John Fromhold, CEO HackensackUMC Mountainside, released the following statement on behalf of the hospital:


It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Jan Huston, Medical Director of our Breast Health Program and a Mountainside Medical Group physician. Dr. Huston was a beloved colleague and a strong advocate for women’s health throughout the community.  Among her many attributes, Jan was kind-hearted and enthusiastic, always bringing laughter and a smile to those around her.  

Jan positively impacted thousands of lives through her skill, dedication and commitment to her patients.  Her affiliation with HackensackUMC Mountainside was a constant source of pride for myself and all of her colleagues at the hospital.  Jan’s immeasurable commitment to her family, to her patients and to the community at large ensures that while she will be greatly missed, she will never be forgotten.

Dr. Huston or was also the last owner of Rocky, Montclair’s beloved horse, haven taken ownership of the horse after Maurice Mannion-Vanover died. Rocky became quite attached to her when she was a student rider. After a much conversation, ownership of Rocky was transferred to Dr. Huston, but Rocky remained at his home in Montclair. Jan, her husband Jonathan Pryor, and their family of 12 children became a perfect new “herd” for Rocky until his death last June.

Baristanet offers our deepest condolences to the Huston-Pryor family and friends.


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