What is a Barista?

We asked our intern Brendan Scher to do a feature journalists traditionally call a "Man on the Street" story. We told him to go up to random strangers and ask this question: "What is...

Big Day … in Maplewood

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps marched in Montclair's Independence Day parade. But if you want to see gay people dancing in the streets today, you have to go to Maplewood. That's the...

Hot Hot Hot

Guess who's performing tonight for free in Montclair? The star formerly known as Buster Poindexter. See our Thrills page for details.

Oh Sue, Fuggedaboutit!

The legendary Soprano Sue -- self-appointed unofficial webmistress to the Essex County-based HBO series -- told us she was turned down yesterday to appear in the VH1 TV show, "Totally Obsessed." We are stunned. "I'm not...

Take That, Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge resident Pamela Johnston, who operated a PR firm from her house on Ridgewood Ave., was snagged last year by town rules against running a business out of her home. So she...

A Certain Crowd of Kids

They're not jocks, if jocks are defined as guys who play football and other team sports. But they are athletes. Extreme athletes. And, they say, they're as much entitled to a place to practice...

Except for That, Mrs. Lincoln, How Did You Enjoy the Play?

Water quality in Montclair is pretty good. If you don't mind the lead. Thanks to Cary Africk for the tip, and the headline.

Just Make Sure to Bring Wet Naps

Just learned over at e-gullet that the NJ State Barbecue Championship is this weekend in North Wildwood. Mouth watering ribs, chicken, brisket and pork, masterfully marinated and seasoned, then smoked for hours to the point...

Eight-Ball Zucchini

Our very own Cat Morris went to the opening of the Bloomfield Farmer's Market today. She spotted scapes -- called Garlic Curls in Bloomfield -- but was utterly charmed by the Eight-Ball Zucchini offered...

Zimmer Misses the Bench

Former Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer dropped by the Yogi Berra Museum today on his way to the Bronx, where the Yankees will be playing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays tonight. Zimmer, who signed...