Local Artists Needed To Paint Pianos for 5th Annual “Playin’ Around South Orange”

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 10:10am  |  COMMENTS (0)

South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Village of South Orange, Seton Hall University and South Orange Village Center Alliance are pleased to announce that the application process for visual artists is now open for the fifth annual Playin’ Around South Orange, a public art project that features decorated pianos displayed in various locations throughout the Village. The project is supported in part by Valley National Bank. From Aug. 26 – Sept. 24, 2017 the pianos will be placed in highly trafficked outdoor spaces and will be available for the public to play at their leisure. Professional musicians will be scheduled to play the pianos on various days, encouraging community members to join in the “jam sessions” by playing an instrument or singing.

Local artists, or teams of artists, will paint pianos in or around SOPAC during the month of August. A diversity of styles to inspire the community around the themes of the performing and visual arts is encouraged. An honorarium will be supplied to the artist. The project is open to all artists or design teams, age 18 or over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or the presence of a mental or physical or mental disability. More information about the project can be found http://www.sopacnow.org/community/sopianos. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 25

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 9:23am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


A bumper crop of almost 80 properties available for open house connoisseurs to sample.


1 South Mountain Terrace, Montclair

List Price: $895,000
Taxes: $29,737
Acreage: 0.34
BRM/BTH: 4/2.3

Colonial built in 1940 features chef’s kitchen with laundry room and mudroom. Wet bar leads into family room with doors to screened porch overlooking private patio and landscaped backyard. Master suite has bath and dressing room. Finished basement. Located on quiet street close to NYC transportation. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Reviews Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment Plan

BY  |  Friday, Jun 23, 2017 2:21pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) held a marathon meeting on June 22 picking apart the finer points of the Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment plan.  Chairwoman Kathleen Bennett presided over the dissection of 15 items in the plan that the commissioners felt needed to be reworded or changed in an effort to preserve the historic character of the area as much as possible. Commissioner David Greenbaum made it clear that the HPC was the only public body that had the “gravitas” to integrate historic definitions and recommendations into the plan.

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission

Many of the items in the plan were handled with little more than changes of words or phrases, but some of them took extra time to amend.  The Montclair Township Redevelopment Subcommittee (MTRS) had met to discuss the redevelopment plan, and there had been general agreement among the MTRS’s members that the Lackawanna Plaza plan should acknowledge two themes – one, that the town should hold the developer to a standard of construction that preserves the elements of the old Lackawanna railway terminal and create a new set of buildings that takes the “DNA” of the original 1913 structure, and, two, that the township should find another developer if the current one is not up to the task.  A couple of commissioners asked how that could happen when the developer owns the property.

“Eminent domain,” HPC commissioner Stephen Rooney replied. Continue Reading

Montclair Celebrates Announces Lineup For 67th Annual July 4th Parade

BY  |  Friday, Jun 23, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Celebrates — – a community-based organization formed to preserve the Township’s Independence Day celebrations — announces the 67th annual July 4th parade, promising spectacular performances and entertainment on Tuesday, July 4. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. along a 1.6-mile route traveling west on Bloomfield Avenue to Midland Avenue, continuing to Watchung Avenue, west to Valley Road and ending at Edgemont Park, where the annual Family Picnic will be held.

The annual Montclair July 4th Fireworks display will take place at Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair State University campus. The stadium admission fee is $3 per person or $10 for a family (family = up to 6 people; $2 per person beyond 6), free for kids ages 5 and under. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking will be available at the Carparc Diem deck, adjacent to Floyd Hall Arena and at the Red Hawk parking deck. Overflow vehicles will be directed to other parking areas. (Please note: concessions will be available; no outside food, water or other drinks may be brought into the stadium.)


Weekend Family Highlights: Underwater Archaeology, Rainbow Fish, Theater!

BY  |  Friday, Jun 23, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Summer is finally here and school is out! There are plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in and around town, and we’ve rounded them up for you right here. Have a look!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Rainbow Fish Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Celebrate this modern classic’s 25th year in print with a reading of this story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions. Activities will follow. Continue Reading

Giveaway! The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra at The Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Friday, Jun 23, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra are coming to the Wellmont Theater on Saturday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

The Wallflowers is a roots rock band headed by Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan. Rock to their hit songs “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight” and “The Difference.”

Better Than Ezra is an alternative rock trio based out of New Orleans; you’ll recognize their hit singles “Good” and “Breathless.”

Don’t miss these quintessential 90s rock bands play their hits as well as some unexpected covers. One lucky Baristanet reader can win a pair of tickets — you need to enter by clicking the box below. Continue Reading

Watch Montclair High School Class of 2017 Commencement Broadcast Live

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Watch the Montclair High School class of 2017 graduation broadcast live — coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. tonight on channel 33 for Verizon FiOS and channel 34 for Comcast viewers.

The program will also be streamed live from 6:00 p.m. on the TV34 streaming site: http://montclair.peg.tv

And you can watch on Facebook live – at https://www.facebook.com/2017MontclairGraduation/

This year’s graduation speaker is Benilde Little, novelist, journalist and Montclair resident. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Discussion on Development in Montclair With Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville, 6/27

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting on Tuesday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m. in Fire Department Headquarters, 1 Pine Street.

Development in Montclair will be the major matter under discussion and will include Lackawanna Plaza, the Rectory and Montclairion II, as well as a new application for a seven-unit townhouse development at 360 Orange Road which will require a number of zoning variances.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more and share thoughts and opinions — we want to hear from you.
For additional information please contact Councilwoman Baskerville at 973-477-1146 or by email [email protected]

MontClairVoyant: From ‘Parks and Recreation’ to Montclair’s Parks and Graduation

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)




Montclair High seniors will board buses tonight for a celebratory ride around town before being driven to their much-deserved Project Graduation party. What’s one notable thing about that bus route?

Under the Moon on the 22nd of June

It passes near several parks, which gives me an excuse to make today’s column about Montclair’s great public green spaces. The first person to guess how many blades of grass are in Brookdale Park wins an expired AA battery!



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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: June 22 – 25

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend. From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening this weekend:

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