Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 23

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This week’s open house column is sponsored by Kate McDonough


The market is still brisk as we enter the dog days of summer–with over 50 properties for your viewing pleasure. This week we focus on three nicely restored houses in Montclair, Glen Ridge and West Orange.


77 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $1,595,000
Taxes: $47,504
Acreage: 0.65
BRM/BTH: 6/5.2

Victorian with large windows, front and back porches, balconies, sunrooms, natural woodwork and intricate trim and tiled fireplaces, updated master bath and central air. Master bedroom has fireplace, dressing room and office. Fenced, landscaped yard with patio and barbecue. Carriage house has 1-2 bedrooms for additional living space or rental income. New gas fixtures in five fireplaces. Chimneys and other fireplaces “as is”. Game room, wine cooler and pool room in basement. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Montclair State Receives Official Designation as Public Research University

Friday, Jul 21, 2017 4:57pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today signed legislation designating Montclair State University as a public research university. Already classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a research doctoral institution, and classified by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education as a doctoral degree-granting institution, this latest acknowledgement formally recognizes the very substantial transformation that has occurred in recent years at New Jersey’s second largest university.

“The University greatly appreciates the strong bipartisan support for this legislation in both the New Jersey Senate and the Assembly, the support of the legislative leadership in both houses, and the support of the Governor,” says Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “Having our home state officially recognize what has already been acknowledged in the national higher education community is both welcome and appropriate and will further strengthen the University’s ability to contribute to the education of the state’s workforce, to create new knowledge in fields important to the state, the nation and the larger world, and to help fuel New Jersey’s future economic growth.” Continue Reading

The Montclair Public Library Foundation Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Members

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Two new board members were appointed to serve on the Montclair Public Library Foundation Board. The new members come to the table with extensive experience in the financial and legal worlds. Their enthusiasm for the library and connection to the community will further strengthen the leadership of the foundation board.

Irena Goldstein and Will Adkins

“Each of our newly elected Board Members are distinguished, prominent leaders in their respective fields and I look forward to their insights and contributions,” said Jennifer Bonnell, MPL Foundation Board Chair. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Buzz Aldrin Named Grand Marshal for 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade

BY  |  Friday, Jul 21, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, will be the Grand Marshal for the 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade. The announcement came this week, the same week Aldrin walked on the moon 48 years ago. In September 2016, Aldrin visited his hometown of Montclair for the dedication of Buzz Aldrin Middle School.

The U.S. Air Force, 70 years old this year, is the featured service for the 99th annual Veterans Day Parade. A Memorial Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 11, with a wreath-laying, flag-raising, 21-gun salute and Taps, at the Eternal Light Flagstaff in Madison Square Park.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 52nd Street. About 40,000 veterans, Active Duty military personnel, marching bands and veterans’ supporters march past 500,000 spectators. The parade is broadcast live from noon to 3 p.m. on WPIX-TV 11, and the American Forces Network. It is streamed on the WPIX website, and

“I’m proud and honored to lead the Veterans Day Parade. I took an oath at the age of 17 at West Point to serve my country and everything I do is in service to our country that to this day,” Col. Aldrin said.

“I think it’s important to remind the world of the value of service and having pride in one’s military career and the value that veterans bring to society. I’m very proud to be a veteran and proud to stand with our vets to get them the credit and support they deserve,” Buzz added.

Aldrin’s mother, Marion Moon, was the daughter of an Army Chaplain and his father, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, was an aviation pioneer. Buzz graduated one year early from Montclair High School and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating third in his class with a BS in mechanical engineering.

He then joined the Air Force where he flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in Korea; shot down two MIG-15′s, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a tour of duty in Germany flying F100′s, he earned his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at
MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous.

Selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, Aldrin was the first with a doctorate and became known as “Dr. Rendezvous.” The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs, and are still used today. He pioneered underwater training techniques to simulate spacewalking. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world’s first successful spacewalk – extra-vehicular activity (EVA), and set a new EVA record of 5 1⁄2 hours. During that mission he also took the first ‘selfie’ in space.

On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world’s largest television audience in history – witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor.

Upon returning from the moon, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous awards all over the world. In 2011 along with his Apollo 11 crew mates Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, he received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Bloomfield Police Need Your Help To Identify Suspect in Armed Robbery of Gas Station

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

From Bloomfield Police:

The Bloomfield Police Department would like your help to identify a suspect in an armed robbery that took place on 7/17/17 at 3:10 am. The Exxon Gas station at 491 Bloomfield Ave was robbed at gunpoint and we need your help to identify the suspect in the video attached to this alert.
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid 40s-50s. 5’10” 150-160 lbs wearing black framed glasses with a pronounced limp in his right leg.

Click to see video of suspect

If you have information, contact:

Detective Sal Cordi, [email protected], 973-680-4089
Lt. Michael Sisco, [email protected], 973-680-4087

YMCA of Montclair Job Fair

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Do you want to make a difference while earning a paycheck? The YMCA of Montclair is hiring for part-time morning, afternoon and evening opportunities!

Join them at their Job Fair, meet their team and learn about opportunities where your skills, interests and personality can help others recognize their potential.

When: Tuesday, August 8, 6 pm-8 pm
Where: Park Street Branch, 25 Park Street, Montclair, Teen Room

Opportunities available include school age child care counselors, fitness instructors, lifeguards, customer
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Planning Board Questions Parking & Traffic Consultants About Seymour Street Plan

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Traffic consultant Jon Harter’s plan for South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair to accommodate the Seymour Street redevelopment plan

The Montclair Planning Board met again to discuss the Seymour Street redevelopment plan, this time in a special meeting on July 17, but its progress was, as always, slow.  The board heard mostly from traffic consultant John Harter on alternate plans to reconfigure traffic on Bloomfield Avenue and side streets in the immediate area in the event that Essex County does not make improvements to Bloomfield Avenue, which would be mainly in the form of signal re-timing.  Harter based his proposed traffic reconfiguration Bloomfield Avenue, a county highway (Route 506) on ideas he got after consulting the county government, who would have to approve any traffic patterns sought by Montclair. Continue Reading

Montclair Police Make Arrest Following Spate of Multiple Vehicle Burglaries

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Montclair Police officers officers were dispatched to Wildwood Avenue on a report of a subject looking into parked vehicles on Friday. Officers in that area working a construction detail observed a male matching the suspect description. This subject, Danny Gonzalez, 20, from Newark, was in possession of burglary tools and proceeds from recent thefts from vehicles in that area. He was also arrested and processed on a Theft of a Motor Vehicle charge from a Lorraine Avenue incident in 2016.

Through investigation, Mr. Gonzalez was discovered to have been responsible for 22 vehicle burglaries and the theft of two motor vehicles in Montclair.

These burglaries occurred in the areas of Cooper Avenue, Gordonhurst Avenue, Marion Road and Beverly Road. He was subsequently charged with 13 counts of Burglary and 15 counts of Theft. Continue Reading

Man Throws Dog Across Street During Montclair Road Rage Incident (VIDEO)

BY  |  Monday, Jul 17, 2017 9:23am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Update: Montclair Police assisted in identifying the parties involved and NJSPCA is now handling the investigation with Montclair Animal Control. NJSPCA will determine any charges, Detective Lieutenant David O’Dowd tells Baristanet.

Montclair is outraged over a video uploaded on Streamable Sunday that depicts a Montclair road rage incident on Bloomfield Ave. near Gates. The video shows an altercation between two men in the video and ends with one man reaching into the other man’s car and hurling a dog out onto the street. Commenters on Reddit and various social media groups were outraged by the horrific abuse to the dog. Both Montclair Animal Control and Montclair Police are looking into the incident, reports Fortunately, the dog is recovering, reports

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Essex County Women’s Philanthropy Group, Impact100, Reaches Goal of 100 Members

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Impact100 Essex, a local philanthropy collective established by 12 Essex County women in March of this year, has exceeded its goal of 100 members, and now has over $100,000 available for funding of local nonprofit programs.

Impact100 Essex is based on a national model in which 100 women each contribute $1,000 to fund a one-time, high-impact grant to a local nonprofit organization, addressing the needs of underserved populations. The group will begin to accept applications from Essex County nonprofits on September 5.

After a multi-step review process, members will vote on the $100,000 grant at a full membership meeting in early 2018. “Impact grants give groups serving local communities an opportunity to dream big and achieve something remarkable,” said organizer Margo Greenfield. Continue Reading

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