Can You Break Out? Jimmy’s Escape Room Brings Adventure to Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 12:15pm

Jimmy's Escape Room

Looking for an exciting adventure to do with a group of friends or your family? Jimmy’s Escape Room offers that and more. The latest escape room place in Baristaville is located at 372 Broad Street in Bloomfield.

Your adventure begins in one of two themed rooms — Asylum and Lighthouse. You are locked in the room with a group of 2-8 people for 55 minutes. Your mission is to solve a bunch of puzzles and riddles throughout the room until you get the combination for the safe. If you succeed, you escape as champions. If you don’t, no need to worry, they will let you out. Either way you get an hour of fun.

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Love on Midland Avenue

Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 4:55pm

Sure, tomorrow is the first day of spring, but this couple, captured on Midland Avenue, look like they have their love to keep them warm.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

BY  |  Friday, Mar 17, 2017 7:00am

St. Patrick's Day

Whether you’ll be attending the NYC parade or partying at our local pubs,  Baristanet wishes you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

(Top Photo: Flickr / Featured Photo: Chanda Hall)

 

 

Montclair Journalist Partners to Create Red For the Blue Newsletter

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 11:45am

Leslie Kaufman Red for the Blue

Leslie Kaufman

If this election has taught us anything, it’s that we are a divided nation. In a time that many feel their strongly held beliefs and values are threatened, there tends to be unwillingness to try to have a dialogue with those on the other side of the aisle. Without an understanding of how the other side thinks, it’s difficult to make meaningful changes in our political system. We end up living in a bubble.

Leslie Kaufman —a Montclair resident and journalist for over 25 years — joined with Jennifer Bassett — a content marketer and digital strategist — to create Red For the Blue with the goal to help liberals break out of their political “Blue Bubble.” The email newsletter covers right-leaning news for the left-leaning citizen.

The women came up with the idea to create Red For the Blue after a bracing post-election coffee shop lunch at Raymond’s in January.

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FREE Women-Focused March Workshops from SOFIA

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 1:15pm

True to its commitment to provide advocacy, support, and to help develop life skills for those who need it in the Essex County community, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) is offering FREE workshops all through March aimed at building focus and purpose for the whole family:

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Local Ways to Honor International Women’s Day

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)

International Women's Day

Today, March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is also being marked as A Day Without A Woman, an initiative to “highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while calling attention to the economic injustices women and gender nonconforming people continue to face.”

Women, who can, are encouraged to take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses, and/or wear RED in solidarity.

Montclair Bread Company is honoring the day by closing. “Our bakery will be closed to honor all the women who work hard everyday to support themselves and their families along with all the women throughout history who have paved the way to make this world a better place. All of our employees will be paid for their normal hours.”

However you personally choose to honor the day, you can support our local women owned businesses:

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Dear Alma: Men Who Don’t Help Clean Up, Diners Who Pick Their Teeth

BY  |  Monday, Mar 06, 2017 10:15am

Dear Alma,

I make a few dishes really well. How bad is it if I always serve these 3 or 4 dishes when I entertain? I know I can always count on them coming out good. It bums me out to no end when I work all day on a meal and it just isn’t “great.”  Maybe my ego is in the way. I’m not cooking to simply impress although I must admit I love to hear compliments. I’m interested in being with my friends first and foremost, and feeding them well. I know that I love it when they make certain dishes. What’s the etiquette?

Thanks,
Boring But Delicious

Dear Boring But Delicious,

You have answered the question yourself. You are really cooking to be with friends, to enjoy their company and to feed them well. Since your dishes are delicious, I would say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

A word of caution, however. To paraphrase the famous Peg Bracken who wrote The I hate To Cook Cookbook decades ago, “change your guests, not your dishes”. That is, make an effort to mix it up a bit so that you don’t always serve those same guests the same meals. Unless of course they request it.

Enjoy those compliments!

Dear Alma,

I hate when my male guests don’t get up to help me clean. I think it’s chauvinistic. Am I right?

Signed,
Pissed at lazy asses


Dear Pissed at Lazy Asses,

I understand your feeling annoyed, especially if you want and need the help but
as I always say, entertaining is more about making your guests feel comfortable and having fun than it is about anything else. You did not invite the men to work your party.

If you are overwhelmed when you entertain it would be a good idea to hire someone to help. I’m not just talking about a catering company that will charge you a fortune; hire your kids or their friends or bribe them to help. When I was in high school I was a hired hand at a party and I saved the family’s apartment from burning down by catching a candle setting a curtain on fire in a bedroom. Just saying that the host/ess can’t always be on top of everything.

That being said, it’s always polite for a guest to offer to help, whatever their gender. Sometimes there are guests who offer to help to be polite and really would prefer not to, but there are also those who feel more comfortable pitching in. There’s also nothing wrong with a friendly, “would you mind helping me clear these?”

If you really need the help, accept it but try not to judge too much if your guests are having such a great time that they forget their manners. That means your party is a success!

Dear Alma,

What do you do when a dinner guest picks her teeth at your table with one of of those individual plastic dental floss tooth pickers?

Signed,
Grossed Out

Dear Grossed Out,

Excuse me while I dry heave before I answer your query.

This is an atrocious thing to do in public and also unsanitary. Unless your guest is your beloved 98 year old grandmother who has advanced gum disease, necessitating flossing after meals and can’t make it to the privacy of your bathroom because of her unstable knees, I would question how important this person is in your life and consider whether or not to invite them again. Ever.

Montclair Social: A Look At The Study Hall Gang, One Year Later

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Baristanet first wrote about the Study Hall Gang, a social club that came to be as an invitation to meet for drinks, a little over a year ago. In that time, the group has grown to almost 200 members and has become much more than just a group who meets for drinks every Friday night.

The Regular Friday Night Gig with the Study Hall Gang, 9 p.m., at Fitzgerald’s 1928

Not long after we wrote about the Gang, they outgrew their original meeting place — Upstairs in Upper Montclair. After trying out various spots in Bloomfield, Verona and Montclair, the group found a home at Fitzgerald’s 1928 in Glen Ridge, where you can find them every Friday night. And every Friday night, with a rare exception, you’ll find the gang’s founder, Andrew Pincus, who along with his wife Beth, serve as hosts and greeters.

“My job every Friday night — and Beth does it, too — is to make sure everybody gets a chance to meet and connect with other members and to make introductions,” says Pincus, who adds that he’s gotten to know the members well and can often match up different personalities that he thinks might click.

Sometimes that means talking to between 25-40 people on a Friday night. Pincus makes sure to keep an eye out for new visitors. “We’re not like other groups, where you can just join on Facebook. You can’t become a member by pressing a button. It’s all about meeting people face to face,” says Pincus. For people who find out about the club and message Pincus on Facebook, he encourages them to come down on a Friday night in order to join and often offers to buy their first drink. And because it can be hard going up to a group of people who all seem to know each other, Pincus not only tells newcomers to seek him out, but he also designates other members to act as Study Hall Gang ambassadors. He’s ordered little wine glass lapel pins — to make these volunteers easy for people to find and connect with. Continue Reading

The Junior League of Montclair-Newark 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser

Monday, Feb 27, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Junior League of Montclair-NewarkThe Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. (JLMN) has provided support and service to women and children in Bloomfield, The Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Glen Ridge, Irvington, Montclair, Newark and Verona for more than 95 years.

The organization’s trained, enthusiastic members are committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

In order to help support its mission, the JLMN is holding a 50/50 Raffle to continue providing meaningful, hands-on projects which serve at-risk children and young adults in our area.

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Last Chance! Score Hamilton Tickets and Support Project Graduation

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 11:45am

Win two tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway! Support Project Graduation and buy a raffle ticket for $100 each. Seats are Prime 3rd Center Orchestra for the evening performance on July 12th, 2017 Raffle drawing will take place at the PG 17 Exhale Dance Party on Saturday, February 25th. No need to attend the party to win.

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