WNYC Town Hall Tracker Helps You Locate Your Representatives’ Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Congress is in recess this week for the first time since President Trump’s inauguration. The break is an opportunity for members to get out in their communities to meet with constituents and hear their concerns. The WNYC Town Hall Tracker offers a tool for New Jersey residents to search by their address and find any town halls that are scheduled by their congressional representatives.

Here’s how it works: 

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Don Miller “The King Mural” Dedication at Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Don Miller

On February 1, Montclair Public Library hosted a short screening and presentation on Montclair Artist Don Miller and his “The King Mural.” The mural, painted in his studio in Montclair, was installed at the National Library In Washington, D.C. On August 27, 1985, many of Dr. King’s closest associates and historic civil rights figures came to visit Miller to participate in an extraordinary taping for Montclair resident and TV personality Gil Noble’s ABC TV show, “Like It Is” with a special episode, “The Making of the King Mural,” using the mural as a backdrop.

Several of the historic figures portrayed in the artwork came to Montclair for the mural: Rosa Parks, the heroine of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as did Dr. Caroline Goodman, the mother of the slain CORE worker Andrew Goodman, Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy, Mrs. Dorothy Cotton from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta’s Mayor Andrew Young, Rev C.T. Vivian and Rev Wyatt Tee Walker. The great American pianist Don Shirley’s elegant music often served as an inspiration for the artist for the creation of this monumental tribute to Dr. King.

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day! Leave a Message of Love

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 10:26am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Valentine's Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow. We love our readers, advertisers and community partners that support Baristanet.

To spread the love, we’re giving you a chance to leave your Valentine message to the one(s) you love, in comments.

Whether it’s a poem, a funny line, a simple “I Love You,” or even a proposal – here’s your chance to be romantic.


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Winter is (Finally) Coming: Winter Storm Warning in Effect For Heavy Snow

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 4:40pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

winter storm warning snowThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow from Thursday, February 9 at 12 am through 6 pm with possible accumulations from 6 to 10 inches.

This would be our first significant snowfall of 2017. Are you ready Baristaville? Are you hoping for a snow day or were you enjoying the mild winter and want it to stay that way?

Bloomfield has already cancelled garbage and recycling pick up for tomorrow. And Montclair High School emailed parents that in the event of a snow storm closing school tomorrow, MHS will follow a Thursday schedule (D) on Friday February 10.

And we love this petition for a snow day, started by a Montclair High School student.

Still, it’s hard to believe it could snow tomorrow with such warm temps today — perfect for a last alfresco meal before the big storm.



Dear Alma: Politics at a Dinner Party, Potluck Etiquette and More

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dear Alma,

Most of my friends hold the same or similar political views as I do but, some do not. A friend recently told me about a dinner party she attended during which there were some very awkward exchanges between my friend and another guest who held very different political views. The exchange made everyone at the dinner uncomfortable. I am planning a dinner party and don’t want the same thing to happen to my guests! What should I do??

P.C. (Politically Concerned)
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Groundhog Day Prediction by Essex Ed Means Six More Weeks of Winter

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 2:21pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Essex Ed, resident groundhog at Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo, saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, Thursday, February 2nd. The Groundhog Day legend states that if the groundhog sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter weather. In addition, Essex Ed predicted the Atlanta Falcons would defeat the New England Patriots in this year’s Super Bowl. Continue Reading

Shop Books for Bucks Saturday and Support Project Graduation, 2/4

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

This Saturday, head over to Montclair High School auditorium and shop for books! There will thousands of children’s and adult books for sale and the proceeds go to benefit Project Graduation 2017, a safe, fun celebration for Montclair High School’s graduating class.

Books for Bucks to Benefit Project Graduation
Saturday, February 4, 9 am to 3 pm
MHS Auditorium, Park Street

Montclair TV34 Gets New Station Manager and Programming

BY  |  Friday, Jan 27, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair TV34 has a new station manager and new programming. Frederick Gearhart was hired in December, when he left his job at Princeton Community Television. Prior to that, he worked at Bloomfield’s government access station WBMA-TV. Gearhart is originally from Glen Ridge and graduated from Bloomfield College in 2010.

Gearhart says viewers can expect to see an up-to-date bulletin board (updated daily) featuring government and non-profit community events — there are currently slides from the Montclair Public Library, Montclair Art Museum, and Edgemont House,  to name a few. There will also be live streams of the Planning & Town Council Meetings.
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Dear Alma: Hiding The Guest List, Dealing With Inedible Dinners and More

BY  |  Monday, Jan 23, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dear Alma

Dear Alma,

My wonderful boyfriend surprised me by making dinner last week. It was very thoughtful as I’ve just started a new job and haven’t had much time to decompress. However, it was nearly inedible. He told me he was making a meat sauce so I had an expectation of what it would be like, but it was not quite the bolognese I had in mind. My question for you is what do you do when someone you care for goes out of their way to make you something nice, and you’re very thankful, but just can’t eat it?! I didn’t handle the situation well. I appreciate what he did but don’t understand how he could have messed it up so badly!

The Mean Girlfriend Who Refused to Eat Her Boyfriend’s Meal

Dear The Mean Girlfriend Who Refused to Eat Her Boyfriend’s Meal,
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