“Jazz In Focus” Opens At The Gallery at Hillside Square, Thursday, 7/27

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The Gallery at Hillside Square, Jazz House Kids and the Montclair Jazz Festival present “Jazz in Focus,” featuring the work of three noted jazz photographers — Richard Conde, Patrick Hilaire and the late Ed Berger. In this exhibit, each artist has a slightly different field of vision on jazz artists, either on the stage or at their leisure. The free art exhibition will be open from July 27 through October 27, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 27th from 6-9pm. This show leads up to the annual Montclair Jazz Festival, which is produced by Jazz House Kids with presenting sponsorship by Bravitas and the Silver Family Foundation. Continue Reading

Sixth Annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week Returns August 5-13

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The 6th Annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week (BRW) will showcase “what’s cooking” in Bloomfield’s local culinary scene from Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 13. With more than 20 restaurants sharing their fan favorites and new offerings, the culinary event will give patrons a chance to dine at long-time establishments and explore flavors at Bloomfield’s newest arrivals. Each restaurant will feature their budget-friendly lunch specials, and dinner selections at $30 and under (excluding drinks, tax and tip), which will provide options for every taste and budget.

This past year has seen several new entries onto the Bloomfield culinary scene and a number of those, including Biblian’s Café, Café MoBay, Max’s Restaurant and Sátis Bistro, will make their debuts as part of BRW. Continue Reading

The Montclair Public Library Foundation Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Members

BY  |  Friday, Jul 21, 2017 3:25pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Two new board members were appointed to serve on the Montclair Public Library Foundation Board. The new members come to the table with extensive experience in the financial and legal worlds. Their enthusiasm for the library and connection to the community will further strengthen the leadership of the foundation board.

Irena Goldstein and Will Adkins

“Each of our newly elected Board Members are distinguished, prominent leaders in their respective fields and I look forward to their insights and contributions,” said Jennifer Bonnell, MPL Foundation Board Chair. Continue Reading

Humans, Dogs Invited to Newark Museum Outdoor “Dog Days of Summer” Film Series

BY  |  Friday, Jul 21, 2017 2:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pooches and their families are invited to watch movies under the stars at the Newark Museum’s Dog Days of Summer film series. The screenings will take place Thursdays August 10, 17 and 24 at 8:30 pm in the Museum’s Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden. The Museum is located at 49 Washington St., Newark, and parking is available on site for a fee.

Ubie, pooch of Shunzu Haigler, the Newark Museum’s Membership Director, is excited to attend.

All films in the series are family-friendly. The schedule is as follows: Continue Reading

Montclair’s Buzz Aldrin Named Grand Marshal for 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade

BY  |  Friday, Jul 21, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, will be the Grand Marshal for the 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade. The announcement came this week, the same week Aldrin walked on the moon 48 years ago. In September 2016, Aldrin visited his hometown of Montclair for the dedication of Buzz Aldrin Middle School.

The U.S. Air Force, 70 years old this year, is the featured service for the 99th annual Veterans Day Parade. A Memorial Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 11, with a wreath-laying, flag-raising, 21-gun salute and Taps, at the Eternal Light Flagstaff in Madison Square Park.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 52nd Street. About 40,000 veterans, Active Duty military personnel, marching bands and veterans’ supporters march past 500,000 spectators. The parade is broadcast live from noon to 3 p.m. on WPIX-TV 11, and the American Forces Network. It is streamed on the WPIX website, TaskandPurpose.com and Military.com.

“I’m proud and honored to lead the Veterans Day Parade. I took an oath at the age of 17 at West Point to serve my country and everything I do is in service to our country that to this day,” Col. Aldrin said.

“I think it’s important to remind the world of the value of service and having pride in one’s military career and the value that veterans bring to society. I’m very proud to be a veteran and proud to stand with our vets to get them the credit and support they deserve,” Buzz added.

Aldrin’s mother, Marion Moon, was the daughter of an Army Chaplain and his father, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, was an aviation pioneer. Buzz graduated one year early from Montclair High School and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating third in his class with a BS in mechanical engineering.

He then joined the Air Force where he flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in Korea; shot down two MIG-15′s, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a tour of duty in Germany flying F100′s, he earned his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at
MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous.

Selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, Aldrin was the first with a doctorate and became known as “Dr. Rendezvous.” The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs, and are still used today. He pioneered underwater training techniques to simulate spacewalking. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world’s first successful spacewalk – extra-vehicular activity (EVA), and set a new EVA record of 5 1⁄2 hours. During that mission he also took the first ‘selfie’ in space.

On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world’s largest television audience in history – witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor.

Upon returning from the moon, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous awards all over the world. In 2011 along with his Apollo 11 crew mates Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, he received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Cool Down At New Essex County Watsessing Spray Park!

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Two playgrounds in Essex County Watsessing Park were completed today — just in time for kids to cook down during a week of hot wather. Water spray equipment was installed near Dodd Street and a cargo net climber and other new equipment have been installed at the play area near Prospect Street.

Standing in the Spray Park with Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and children at the official opening are Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, Friends of Watsessing Park President Gouri Sadhwani, Bloomfield Councilman Carlos Pomares, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, Bloomfield Council members Nicholas Joanow and Ted Gamble, Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, Freeholder Cynthia Toro and Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante. The upgrades are part of the County Executive’s ongoing initiative to provide modern facilities to meet the needs of the community.

Photo: Essex County

Bloomfield Police Need Your Help To Identify Suspect in Armed Robbery of Gas Station

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

From Bloomfield Police:

The Bloomfield Police Department would like your help to identify a suspect in an armed robbery that took place on 7/17/17 at 3:10 am. The Exxon Gas station at 491 Bloomfield Ave was robbed at gunpoint and we need your help to identify the suspect in the video attached to this alert.
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid 40s-50s. 5’10” 150-160 lbs wearing black framed glasses with a pronounced limp in his right leg.

Click to see video of suspect

If you have information, contact:

Detective Sal Cordi, [email protected], 973-680-4089
Lt. Michael Sisco, [email protected], 973-680-4087

Montclair Art Museum Receives Program Support From The Montclair Foundation

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is grateful to The Montclair Foundation for its generous program support of ArtLink, a longstanding partnership between MAM and the Montclair Board of Education that invites students in grades 2 and 3 to explore the Museum and make connections to classroom themes, including storytelling and science.

ArtLink is a dynamic, integrative program linking Montclair students and teachers to the Museum. First, a MAM educator introduces relevant themes and art vocabulary in a pre-visit to the classroom, complemented by a comprehensive curriculum packet for further exploration. Then, students partake in a guided tour and inquiry-based conversation at the Museum, followed by a studio workshop where the children respond creatively to their experience. A staff development workshop at MAM for both classroom and art teachers further encourages the practice of making cross-curricular connections. Continue Reading

FREE Outdoor Concert: Oscar Noriega Trio, Montclair Library, 7/25

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Seed Artists and the Montclair Public library present a FREE outdoor concert of cutting-edge jazz and creative music from the Oscar Noriega Trio: three musical explorers taking jazz into the future. Led by Brooklyn-based Noriega (reeds), this all-star trio features alt-rock superbassist Trevor Dunn and Montclair’s own Pheeroan akLaff (drums).

Named Downbeat’s 2017 Rising Star on Clarinet, multi-instrumentalist and composer Oscar Noriega has performed with jazz giants such as Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Dewey Redman and Paul Motian. Beyond his own projects—including Trio Hornitos and Banda de los Muertos–Noriega is a member of the renowned avant-jazz groups Endangered Blood and Tim Berne’s Snakeoil.

Bassist Trevor Dunn rose to fame as a member of the experimental rock band Mr. Bungle, and his impressive list of credits includes Fantômas and Tomahawk, heavy-metal heroes The Melvins, and more than 20 recordings with John Zorn.

Seed Artists founder Pheeroan akLaff became a major figure in the 1970s jazz avant garde, and has played with masters from Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers and Andrew Hill to Pulitzer nominee Wadada Leo Smith and fellow Montclairians Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille. He has also led a Double Duo ensemble with saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Mixashawn, leads percussion workshops around the world, and is a longtime instructor at Wesleyan University.

Kid-friendly, like every Seed Artists event. Grab some chairs, bring the kids, and make the most of your summer nights.

When: Tuesday, July 25th – 7pm
Where: Montclair Public Library plaza, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Cost: Free

Giveaway! Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour at Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

He promises to be extra naughty, so you won’t want to miss Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour this Friday, July 21 at the Wellmont Theater!

Best known for being the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the Scottish-born Ferguson, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominee, is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist.

Enter below to win a pair of tickets: Continue Reading

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It's a shame that this happened. Michael Pavel came up with a plan for Charlie Brown's that worked out great and lived up to his presentations. Following it up with this is like a movie director who makes a movie that wins the Best Picture Oscar and follows it up with a film that gets ten Razzie nominations. :(

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