Stage Mom Edition

The Barista crossed out of the official circulation area yesterday to take her kids to auditions for "Les Miz" in Little Falls. It's the annual joint venture between Glen Ridge High School and Passaic Valley...

I Waited Until 11:54 PM and All I Got Was This Lousy Ordinance Title

Our intern Jake went to the Montclair Town Council meeting last night so you wouldn't have to. This, you may recall, was supposed to be the big meeting where the council would decide whether...

Slant Eyes Not Funny

Anti-Semitic vandalism in Glen Ridge. Vitriolic leafletting in Montclair. Here's another to add to the list. The 7th-8th grade yearbook at Glen Ridge High School. Several parents complained about a picture on page 41 of...

The Cameras are Rolling Again

This time it's a Pizza Hut commercial on Douglas Road in Glen Ridge. Top: homeowner Gene Myers, a professional cartoonist and local actor, watching the chaos. The panel door behind him was made for...

Some People See Dirt Everywhere

Christopher Castellani, who writes over at Montclair Forum for NJ.com, thinks he's spotted a porn production company in Montclair. Look what he found: Female-run production company in Montclair seeks female talent for “grown-up”print and web work....

Marlboro PAWS

Montclair real estate mogul Steven Plofker has abandoned plans to demolish the historic Marlboro Inn and construct custom homes there in a favor of a new plan: turning the inn into a gigantic animal...

Signs of Spring

Our friend Sue, who lives near the Glen Ridge Superfund site, has cousins visting from Atlanta this week. In a last-minute e-mail today, she advised them about the weather. I hope the weather will hold...

Requiem for an Organist

Glen Ridge is mourning the death of organist David Messineo, who had a fatal heart attack on Friday at the age of 43. Messineo was minister of music at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church...

Montclair Farmers Market

For some people, the Barista included, it doesn't get any better than summer Saturdays, when you can bike over to the Montclair Farmers Market on Walnut Street and pick up fresh arugula. Last weekend,...

The Whole World Turned Sepia, We Swear

We saw this a few days ago on Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge. Damn quaint, don't you think? All you'd have to do is get rid of the 973 on the side of the...