R.I.P. Alexander Booth Patrick

BY  |  Monday, May 22, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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.


Baristanet Profile: Peg Cafferty

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 2:00pm

Name: Peg Cafferty

Where do you live? In Montclair on Edgewood Rd. with a gorgeous view of NYC.

When did you move there? 2000. We bought a fixer-upper and are still working on it.

Where did you grow up? Chicago, IL.

How do you make a living? Producing Film, TV, and concerts. My company Ad Lumen Productions has a full slate of films and TV projects that enlighten, educate and entertain. I am so blessed with an amazing team of people ready to create inspiring content. Our slate is really diverse right now, We have a family film about saving an elephant, a doc, a scripted feature about the first flying female Doctor in Africa and a few others. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Wes Jones

BY  |  Friday, Mar 03, 2017 1:00pm

Wes Jones

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

Name: Wes Jones

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? 10 years ago this summer. Wow. Been awhile.

Where did you grow up? Goshen, IN

How do you make a living? I’m a writer for film and television. Most recently the show Billions, on Showtime

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee, coffee, then more coffee. I can’t get anything done until I’ve had two cups. (And have read articles on the internet for an hour.)

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Montclair Opera Singer Chosen as Seagle Music Colony’s Summer of 2017 Emerging Artist Class

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 3:45pm

Seagle Music ColonyMicaela Aldridge, a Montclair native, has been named as part of the Seagle Music Colony’s Summer of 2017 emerging artist class.

Seagle Music Colony, celebrating its 107 season this year, is the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States and the premier opera and musical theatre producing organization in the Adirondack region of upstate New York.

Aldridge is the daughter of GRAMMY winning composer Robert Aldridge who wrote the opera Elmer Gantry.





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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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