Weekend Family Highlights: Goldilocks on Trial, Peking Acrobats, Little Mermaid and More!

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President’s Day Weekend is here! Here are some of the best events happening in our area.


This weekend, Studio Playhouse will present Goldilocks on Trial, a fun show for the entire family. Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Judge Wallabee will decide her fate after hearing testimony from Goldee, the Three Bears, Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, and other familiar fairy tale characters. Performances will be at 1:30 and 3:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person.


On Saturday, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Peking Acrobats at 1:00 PM. Hailed as China’s most gifted tumblers, jugglers and gymnasts, these performers will amaze audiences with their bravery and dexterity. Tickets are $29-$59 per person. Continue Reading

Montclair Property Tax Revaluation Info Session to be Held March 8

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Property Tax RevaluationThe Township of Montclair will host a Property Tax Revaluation informational presentation on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 pm in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue.

The Township recently contracted Professional Property Appraisers, Inc. (PPA) to provide a revaluation of all Montclair properties as mandated by the Essex County Board of Taxation and the State of New Jersey. PPA will provide an informative presentation about all stages of the tax revaluation process – from initial assessment by a field inspector to procedures for discussing one’s valuation with a PPA representative. Company representatives will be on hand to answer questions from the public.

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MontClairVoyant: The Snow Was Whiter Than the Spines Some Politicians Lack

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Wintry weather closed Montclair schools Feb. 9 and caused delayed openings Feb. 10 and 13. Were white supremacists thrilled to see our wonderfully multicultural town become so white?
Flake News!

Yes, after which diversity-minded residents dropped to the ground to color the snow while reading “As I Lay Dyeing.”

Hmm…Faulkner-like book title in a Montclair with a Faulkner system of government. Also on Feb. 10, hardworking NJ 11th for Change members presented Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Morristown office with printouts of the petition asking the Republican congressman to host a town hall. Were 10 million of the 2,700-plus signers from Montclair?
A. Rithmetic

OMG — you’ve been snorting ground-up Pearson math worksheets again.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Shoplifting Incidents, Burglary, Stolen Cars, and Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)


The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


02/06/2017-Dennis Tompkins age 59 of Bloomfield NJ was arrested at 4:30 and charged with Theft. Mr. Tomkins shoplifted (10) bottles of Nexus shampoo and conditioner valued at $232.89 dollars. He was issued a summons and released.

02/08/2017-Venus Hannah age 53 of Newark was arrested at 1:10pm and charged with shoplifting. The incident occurred at sally’s Beauty Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. Ms. Hannah shoplifted (2) soap containers valued at $19.00 dollars. Police located Ms. Hannah walking through the parking lot. A further check revealed (6) active warrants for Ms. Hannah issued by the Township of Bloomfield. She was issued new court dates and released.

02/08/2017- A shoplifting incident was reported at 6:38pm, occurring at the Marshalls Store located at 8 Franklin Street. The suspect described as a black female shoplifted merchandise valued at $262.00 dollars. The suspect fled the store prior to police arrival.

02/09/2017- Alterese Davis age 47 of Newark was arrested at 2:23pm and charged with shoplifting. Police located Mr. Davis in the area of Bloomfield Ave and Broad Street after he shoplifted towels and candles from the Family Dollar Store located at 600 Bloomfield Avenue. He was issued a summons and released

02/09/2017-John Russo age 39 of Brick NJ was arrested at 8:39pm and charged with shoplifting. Mr. Russo attempted to exit the Marshalls Store with unpaid merchandise. Mr. Russo was also arrested on 02/11/2017 at the same location for shoplifting. Mr. Russo was charged and released on both incidents. He presently has two shoplifting charges with a pending court date.

02/10/2017- Police were dispatched to a Hoover Avenue residence on a report of a theft. The homeowner reported (2) white males came to his residence stating they worked for the water department. Both were allowed inside and escorted to the basement. One of the males went upstairs to run the water. Homeowner advised of a repair cost of $1,500.00 dollars at which time homeowner became suspicious and asked both to leave. Suspects left in a silver pickup truck. Homeowner later discovered money missing from his bedroom. Detectives actively investigating incident.
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Little Dolphins Make Waves at NJ YMCA 8 And Under Championships

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Melanie Dripchak medalled in each of her three events. Photo: Izumi Hara

Thirty-three young dolphins, ranging from ages 6 – 8 competed in the New Jersey YMCA 8 & Under Swimming Championships on February 5th at the Raritan Valley Community College pool. Nineteen little Dolphins finished in the top 20 in their races including 9 who had one or more top 10 finishes. They are: Bowen Brownstein (7), Kyle Dripchak (8), Melanie Dripchak (8), Maeve Rodgers (6) and Noah Rodgers (8) of Montclair, Caitlin Hood (7), Charles Loeb (8) and William Pearce (7) of Glen Ridge, and Maya Zidziunas of West Orange.

M. Dripchak medalled in each of her three events with a silver in the 25 free and the 100 IM and a bronze in the 25 fly. Her brother, K. Dripchak, took bronze medals in two events; the 25 free and the 25 back. Loeb also received a bronze medal in the 25 breast.

Matt Garifo, Head Age-Group coach said, “This was a great opportunity for our youngest swimmers to get experience at a big championship meet. Their hard work showed in their results and we are very proud of them!” Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: February 16 – 19

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Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to film and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening this weekend:
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Presidents’ Day Fun For Kids

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YMCA of Montclair offers a full-day Staycation program for President’s Day, Monday February 21, for kids grades 1 to 6, with activities including gym time, games, swimming, crafts and more. Register by February 18.

President’s Day for Kids at Montclair History Center

Bring your kids to the Crane House and Historic YWCA and through hands-on activities and crafts, they’ll discover how our past presidents (and their wives and children) lived. Activities include an interactive timeline with artifacts, making a log cabin, hearth cooking, play-acting George Washington’s Rules of Civility by the hearth fire, making your own money, and a Symbols of Our Country scavenger hunt.

When: Monday, February 20, 10 am – Noon
Where: Crane House and Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair
Cost: $10/child
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Second Annual SOMA Film Festival at SOPAC: More Films, More Days

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SOMA Film Festival

The 2nd annual SOMA Film Festival returns to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) from March 9 – 12.

After the success of its inaugural launch in 2016, SOMA Film Festival has added an additional evening of films and an opening night party on March 9, which will combine local film fans with filmmakers who will be in attendance. The event promises to be rich with movie magic from filmmaker Q & A’s, along with a presentation of the inaugural “SOMA Film Festival Short Script” competition. A prize of $1,000 to help fund a short film, along with a debut at the next SOMA Film Festival will be awarded to a talented writer whose work made an impact on the panel of judges.

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Local Coffee Creates The Baristanet Drink

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

the baristanet coffee drink

We love coffee and love that Montclair has so many great coffee options. And we love that Watchung Plaza’s newest coffee spot, Local Coffee, also loves Baristanet.

“We ❤️ Baristanet so much that we created a drink that was inspired by their team. Enjoy!” says owner Robert Genovese.

Here’s how they showed their love with a drink that’s got caffeine, chocolate and a little salt to balance out the sweetness. Cheers!

Introducing a special drink for our friends @baristanet #coffee #chocolate #yum #grateful

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New Jersey Audubon Invites You to Follow the Winter Migration of a New Jersey Egret

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Egret

For most of the year, you can spot “Edward the Egret” hanging around the Arthur Kill. He’s an urban bird, hatched in the New York-New Jersey harbor, and that is where he feels most at home.

But New Jersey Audubon can tell you, with 100 percent pinpoint accuracy, that Edward also likes to head down to Hilton Head, S.C. for parts of the winter, and has some favorite towns he makes sure to visit.

That’s commonly known because New Jersey Audubon caught Edward in June of 2015, placing a transmitter on him. Researchers are now using GPS and a solar-powered device to track Edward wherever he goes for the rest of his life, said Nellie Tsipoura, Ph.D., a Senior Research Scientist for New Jersey Audubon.

Every day, New Jersey Audubon gets texts from Edward’s transmitter, at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., letting Dr. Tsipoura know where he is. His route is easily viewable to the public through njaudubon.org or at https://tinyurl.com/za9uwso.

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I was assigned to chimney security today at middle school in the State of Washington, to prevent Betsy DeVoss from trying to climb in that way when she couldn't get in the front door. Protesters abounded below while I rode shotgun on the roof. We're with Montclair all the way. Glad you're here MontClairVoyant!

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