The Barista has Trouble with Authority

Maybe we're oversensitive because we've been reading Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America," in which the U.S. becomes a fascist state after the election of Charles Lindbergh to the presidency in 1940. Or maybe...

Counting a Problem in Bloomfield

If you can believe what you read over at NJ.com's Bloomfield forum, the Bloomfield Board of Ed and its administrators need some remedial math. According to one post, Bloomfield has miscounted the number of...

Check, Checkmate, Stalemate?

The latest move in the Marlboro Inn saga: developer Steve Plofker asks the court to throw out a lawsuit blocking his demolition permit. The decision is supposed to be tomorrow. UPDATE: No wait. the...

Be Afraid, Be Very Sort of Afraid

You can relax the perimeter around your piggy bank. The Department of Homeland Security has downgraded the alert on financial institutions in northern New Jersey from orange to yellow. What? They don't need us...

Tunnel to China?

It looks like they were digging straight through to the other side of the world, but it's just drain pipe work to correct the flooding that sidelined the Glen Ridge Public Library's children's...

Discover Exurbia!

Do we have to? Everybody's talking about David Brook's Times column alerting the Democratic Party to -- get this! -- the exurbs! Brooks has a cute reference to "Mayberrys with Blackberrys," the must-have tool for...

900-Lb. Gorilla

  Rumors have swirled for months that a new Walmart store is planned for the old Westinghouse property in the Bloomfield's Watsessing neighborhood. The Watsessing Heights Neighborhood Association has been surveying Bloomfield residents about...

Catching up on the Sunday Papers

This will be old news to Star-Ledger readers, but people who only get The New York Times may have missed Sunday's Ledger story tracking the controversial sexual proclivities of Jim McGreevey over many years....

More Flu Shots in Bloomfield

We have early word from the town manager's office in Bloomfield that there will be a new lottery to distribute a new batch of flu shots. No details yet available.

Back in the Fray

Here's one good thing about the election: it's got Montclair resident Dierdre Day McLeod blogging again. After a morning of considering relocation to Canada, Mexico or New Zealand, McLeod decided, instead, to return to...