Food News Friday: Al Sogna, Kimchi Smoke Barbecue, Ani Ramen, Chateauberfest

Friday, Sep 22, 2017 3:56pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

A new Italian restaurant, new menu offerings, the return of a ramen eating contest and more in Food News Friday:

Al Sogna

Al Sogna, an elegant new Italian restaurant, has opened at 38 Valley Road, Montclair, taking a first floor space in building 2 of Valley and Bloom. The menu emphasizes steaks and seafood along with entrees such as homemade porcini ravioli in a light brandy cream sauce, veal sorrentino and pappardelle with lobster meat.

Al Sogna, 38 Valley Road, Montclair, (973) 337-6669

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Enter The “Dream Big” Raffle

BY  |  Friday, Sep 22, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Support the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge and the many projects and services they offer the local community by entering the “Dream Big” raffle.

Purchase a ticket for $50 for an opportunity to win a gift card in the amounts of $250, $750, and $1,500. Only 200 tickets will be sold!

The drawing will occur on November 15 — just in time for holiday shopping!

Three easy ways to purchase:

Online at
By phone with credit card, M-F 9 am – 12 pm, 973-748-5459
In person at the club, 219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, M-F 9 am – 12 pm

Weekend Family Fun: Crane Park FamilyFest, Thomas the Tank Engine and More!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 22, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fall is here and so is the weekend! There are plenty of fun activities happening in our area as we usher in the new season, and we’ve rounded them up right here. Have a look!

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime continues at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair). This week, author and illustrator Mike Malbrough will present his book, Marigold Bakes a Cake. Fans of Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon… series will enjoy this story about Marigold the cat who loves to bake cakes on Mondays, until one finch, two pigeons, and three loons get involved. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host two evets this Saturday. First up is Big Words for Little Geniuses Storytime at 11:00 AM. In this clever picture book by James and Sue Patterson, each letter of the alphabet provides an impressive new word for children to learn. Activities to follow. Then, at 1:00 PM, stop in for B-Fest, the second annual teen book festival featuring writing workshops, trivia, games, prizes, and sneak peeks of upcoming books. Events include B-In the Know, B-Super, B-Part of the Fun, and B-Creative.

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host Lego Day on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Stop in to build with the library’s huge Lego collection and create something cool.

Montclair Familyfest at Crane Park (corner of Glenridge and Greenwood Avenues, behind Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair) will be held on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Vendors and kid-centric activities for children and adults alike. Activities include face-painting and tattoos, scavenger hunt, Minecraft Mania open play, brain bending puzzles, cupcake decorating, sidewalk chalk drawing, healthy snacks and more! You can also celebrate the 10th birthday of the YMCA of Montclair’s Geyer Family Branch! This event is free.

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MPL Announces Indie Author Day For Local Writers and Book Lovers

BY  |  Friday, Sep 22, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Join Montclair Public Library (MPL) to celebrate local writing communities on October 14, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main library auditorium. Indie Author Day, a nationwide event sponsored by BiblioBoard, is designed to bring local emerging writers together to meet and learn from each other.

The public is encouraged to attend and meet dozens of local aspiring authors, poets and graphic novelists, and to discover new talent. Local writers will be selling their materials on-site for visitors to pick up their next favorite book. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to create a tiny book with assistance by The Creativity Caravan, a local arts organization.

“Montclair and its surrounding towns have vibrant writing communities and avid book lovers.” said John Daquino, Adult Services Librarian at MPL and event organizer. “We are thrilled to provide a space where local emerging writers can connect with readers and each other.”

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Glen Ridge Brothers with Life-Threatening Illness Work to Change the Future for People With Type 1 Diabetes

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jaime and Andy Norris, two Glen Ridge brothers with Type 1 Diabetes, are using their time and talents to change the future for people with the life-threatening autoimmune disease.

The boys on Saturday participated in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Saratoga Springs, New York, with the goal of raising more than $15,000 for research to find a cure. And this summer, Jaime, a freshman at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, and Andy, a 6th grader at Montclair Kimberly Academy, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional leaders as volunteers for JDRF Children’s Congress.

The two, supported by their parents, Alisa and Toby Norris, have also raised funds to support JDRF through the JDRF One Walk in Jersey City for the past eight years. The family has worked to raise awareness of the disease and has raised nearly $200,000 through the JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter.

Both boys were diagnosed with the disease in 2008 — Jaime at the age of four and Andy at the age of three. T1D occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. While its causes are not entirely understood, scientists believe both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is no cure.

Both boys must check their blood sugar as often as 15 times a day and they require precise injections of insulin throughout the day to stay alive. Yet even the most vigilant efforts to keep blood sugar at normal levels can fail to prevent T1D complications, such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease. Sleep can be anxiety-filled for parents of children with the disease because that’s often when dangerous, potentially catastrophic low-blood-sugar episodes can occur. Continue Reading

Look Who’s Bagging at ShopRite To Fight Hunger in Bloomfield and Newark

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

ShopRite customers were treated to some special baggers when Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, along with Councilman Nick Joanow, bagged groceries Wednesday at Brookdale ShopRite as part of ShopRite’s “Help Bag Hunger” initiative for National Hunger Action Month.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka also helped bag hunger at ShopRite of Newark, to the delight of customers. The local officials helped ShopRite with its goal to raise awareness for the issue of hunger.

Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, suffering from food insecurity. Twenty percent of the value of all the groceries bagged by the guest baggers went to benefit the company’s Partners in Caring program.

MontClairVoyant: Open Space, the Final Frontier; Pave Over Every Montclair Park?

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)



I’m troubled — feeling so bad for developers. When they finish grossly overbuilding downtown in a few years, what’s left for them to do in Montclair? Their reason to wake up in the morning?

To Dream the Grim-Possible Dream

They could pave over and develop every inch of our town’s beautiful parks! Julia Alvarez wrote “In the Time of the Butterflies”; the Planning Board could write “In the Time of the Variances.”


Destined for bookstore horror sections everywhere. But what would happen to Edgemont Park’s geese?

Quack to the Future

Don’t worry — developers could set aside 10 percent of that park’s new housing for waterfowl. Well, maybe 5 percent…or 1 percent. Heck, the geese could move to Watching Plaza and live in UPS Store mailboxes.


Awful! Surely Glenfield Park wouldn’t be built on, too?

Never a Staple Near Maple

With a middle school next door, what better place to erect housing too pricey for teachers? I envision 5,000 units, with minus one of them affordable. Developers have hearts — well, 13 of them if they buy a deck of cards.


Also, Anderson Park could get stores, offices, and restaurants! With the Upper Montclair Business District just beyond the park, why travel a few more inches if you live on a street such as Princeton Place?

For Whom the Bellevue Tolls

Buzz Aldrin left Princeton Place decades ago, so the 66 and 33 DeCamp rockets no longer go to Bellevue Avenue. If they did, they’d be mistaken for Tinga’s burritos.


After The MC opens downtown, Brookdale Park could be the site for a second new hotel: The BP. That Pentagon-sized hostelry would be filled to capacity, right?

Mary Ott and Sue Pereight

The lobby would certainly be packed with angry rec-soccer players after the park’s turf field was destroyed to build The BP. Developers could autograph the kids’ shin guards.


How about an oversized “arts district” (to go along with the planned Seymour Street-area one) in Nishuane Park?

I’m Not Well, Mont

People could admire murals of a paved-over Nishuane Pool rather than swim in it, saving money on goggles.


What about Mountainside Park?

Slope Springs Eternal

That partly hilly expanse of green space could be completely flattened for showy homes, with kids sledding down the two “n’s” in “McMansions.”


Montclair’s lovely parks wouldn’t really be developed, would they?

It’s Not Queasy Being Green

The only open space left in Montclair would be between this column’s questions and answers.



Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.




Montclair Crime: Aggravated Assault on Police Officer, Arrests, Burglary/Theft

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 12:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The week in crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


09/13/17 (Maple Avenue) Montclair Police received a BOLO from Bloomfield Police regarding a vehicle that had fled on their officers for motor vehicle offenses.  Montclair officers located the suspect, Chase Carter (27yoa from Montclair) in the fleeing vehicle.  Mr. Carter exited his vehicle and confronted the officers, shoving one of them.  These two officers attempted to arrest and handcuff Mr. Carter, to which he resisted.  Additional officers responded and were then successful in handcuffing this individual.  During the arrest, one of the officers sustained a hand injury. Bloomfield Police issued motor vehicle summonses based on the initial event.  Montclair Police charged Mr. Carter with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. Continue Reading

Studio Montclair Takes Street Level Retail Space at The Montclarion at Bay Street

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Studio Montclair, a non-profit organization that hosts exhibits of professional and emerging artists, has signed a lease to occupy a 1,100 square-foot studio in the ground-floor retail space at The Montclarion at Bay Street Station, according to Richard Polton, a member of the development team. The Studio Montclair space, located at 127 Bloomfield Ave, will feature a gallery, meeting facilities, workshops and offices for Studio Montclair. There will also be eight large street front windows programmed for public art displays.

For two decades plus Studio Montclair has promoted culture and education in the visual arts in northern New Jersey through events, community programs, development workshops, lectures and talks, as well as curated art exhibits.

“We’re delighted Studio Montclair has decided to call The Montclarion at Bay Street Station home,” Polton says. “This is a wonderful fit for both the organization, the neighborhood and residents of the building. This growing arts organization will unquestionably enliven the Eastern Gateway area of Montclair and bring a range of activities to the neighborhood. We’re excitedly looking forward to a variety of openings, displays, sales and other art related activities that will engage a wide audience.” Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: September 21 – 24

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 9:00am  |  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:
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