BOO! Montclair Film October Cinema505 Lineup Includes Horror Classics

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Montclair Film has a spooky lineup in store for filmgoers this October for its Cinema505 screening space located in the Investors Bank Film & Media Center at 505 Bloomfield in Montclair. Continuing its Montclair Film + Classics series, October features SLASHERS!, a retrospective program of the horror genre’s touchstone films, all presented on the big screen, including the 4K restoration of Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, the restored version of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, and more. October also sees the continuation of The Mastery of Miyazaki series, which features the Japanese animation legend’s all ages classic PONYO, presented in English for the enjoyment of younger children.

October will also see runs of the critically acclaimed new documentary releases THE FORCE, directed by Peter Nicks, EX LIBRIS: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, a masterful portrait of the New York Public Library directed by documentary film legend Frederick Wiseman, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s Montclair Film Festival hit SPETTACOLO returns, THE PARIS OPERA, a wonderful documentary about the legendary Parisian theater directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron, and REVOLUTION ’67 directed by Jerome + Marylou Bongiorno features in Filmmakers Local 505 program, a look at the 1967 Revolution in Newark, NJ.

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Montclair Women’s Club To Host Open House and Free Workshop, 9/27

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 1:38pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Women’s Club is preparing for an exciting year of events in its 103rd year serving the Montclair area.

On Wednesday September 27th, the Club will be hosting an Open House at 7 p.m., followed by a workshop, led by Beth Taylor Hart at 7:30 on “Women in Transition: Accessing Your Innate Wisdom.” The open house, held at the 82 Union Street clubhouse, offers an opportunity for community members to learn about joining the Montclair Women’s Club.

Founder of The Insight Project, Ms. Hart will explore how to tap inner reliance to find clarity, peace, resilience, and joy through wisdom latent within. In addition to leading workshop for various individuals and community groups, Hart has authored the upcoming book Hidden In Plain Sight: The Truth About Your Life. Ms. Hart has also enjoyed a vibrant career in the arts and arts management, including being one of the founders of the Montclair Film Festival, now in its 6th year.

The topic of “Women in Transition,” has resonated with many Club members as many have transitioned into or out of careers, transitioned in their family/spousal relationships, or transitioned to becoming an empty nester (or near empty nester) in addition to other life transitions. The Montclair Women’s Club has become an important source of community, enrichment, support and nourishment to this generation of women as it has to those who have gone before us.

The Montclair Women’s Club offers programs free to members every other Friday afternoon as well as monthly evening and weekend programs. Its mission is to engage actively in the community with a focus on educational, artistic, environmental, and charitable endeavors while also preserving our historic institution.

The Montclair Women’s Club avoided closure in 2015 with the dedication of several longtime Montclair Women’s Club members joined by a number of new members who shared a dedication to saving and revitalizing both the historic building and civic organization. The club’s facilities have been newly renovated and are available for public rental. For a full list of programs, to become a member, or for more information about the Women’s Club, go to

Enter The “Dream Big” Raffle

BY  |  Friday, Sep 22, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Support the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge and the many projects and services they offer the local community by entering the “Dream Big” raffle.

Purchase a ticket for $50 for an opportunity to win a gift card in the amounts of $250, $750, and $1,500. Only 200 tickets will be sold!

The drawing will occur on November 15 — just in time for holiday shopping!

Three easy ways to purchase:

Online at
By phone with credit card, M-F 9 am – 12 pm, 973-748-5459
In person at the club, 219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, M-F 9 am – 12 pm

MPL Announces Indie Author Day For Local Writers and Book Lovers

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Join Montclair Public Library (MPL) to celebrate local writing communities on October 14, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main library auditorium. Indie Author Day, a nationwide event sponsored by BiblioBoard, is designed to bring local emerging writers together to meet and learn from each other.

The public is encouraged to attend and meet dozens of local aspiring authors, poets and graphic novelists, and to discover new talent. Local writers will be selling their materials on-site for visitors to pick up their next favorite book. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to create a tiny book with assistance by The Creativity Caravan, a local arts organization.

“Montclair and its surrounding towns have vibrant writing communities and avid book lovers.” said John Daquino, Adult Services Librarian at MPL and event organizer. “We are thrilled to provide a space where local emerging writers can connect with readers and each other.”

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Toni’s Kitchen To Celebrate 35th Anniversary with Gala Dinner & Auction

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Toni’s Kitchen, the food ministry of St. Luke’s Church and Montclair’s vital hunger relief and prevention program, will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with a Gala Fundraising Dinner and Auction. The event will take place at 7:00 PM, on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Upper Montclair Women’s Club, 200 Cooper Ave. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.

The Gala’s theme, “35 Years of Tending Our Community”, speaks to Toni’s Kitchen’s and St. Luke’s unwavering mission to provide food and services to neighbors in ways that respect their dignity, improve health and foster independence.

Toni’s Kitchen has served meals without interruption since its inception in 1982, despite challenges to resources and operations.   Almost 70,000 meals were provided on-site and through its outreach programs in 2016; a 32% increase over the prior year. It’s a statistic that doesn’t surprise director Anne Mernin. Continue Reading

Ying Fang To Perform With Montclair Orchestra

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The Montclair Orchestra will present soprano Ying Fang as featured soloist for its inaugural concert on October 22nd. Ms. Fang will sing the solo vocal role in the finale of Mahler’s 4th symphony on the program.

Ms. Fang is a rising star in the opera world, having performed with th Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Ravinia Festival in Italy, and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. She most recently performed the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th symphony this summer with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Fang will be joining the Montclair Orchestra between performances at the MET Opera in New York, and National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

“Ying Fang is an incredibly talented singer, and brings a caliber of performance to Montclair that will set high standards for our organization from the very start” says Montclair Orchestra President Andre Weker. “Combined with the level of talent presented by our professional orchestra members, student fellows, and avocational musicians, the organization is poised to provide an incredible level of artistry in the inaugural concert, as well as throughout the season.” Continue Reading

Montclair Film Launches 505 Film + Friends Program

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Montclair Film today announced the launch of 505 FILM + FRIENDS, a new, inclusive sensory-friendly screening and socializing group for young people. The program will feature film screenings, discussions for small groups, and opportunities to socialize and meet new friends in the warm, welcoming environment of Montclair Film’s Cinema505. The groups meet twice monthly, with Teens aged 14-18 meeting on Fridays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and Young Adults aged 18-26 meeting on Sundays from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm.

Using the medium of film, students will be provided with the opportunity to explore their own real-life challenges and begin to learn about film and filmmaking. Discussions will integrate film vocabulary such as narrative, theme, main and supporting characters, set design, costume design, continuity, careers, genres, as well as storytelling techniques.

Montclair Film + Education is partnering with Dr. David Steinke, PhD, School Psychologist & Private Practice, Melissa Schaffer, Arts Educator, BFA Theatre Arts, Theatre, Music, Certified Movement Specialist, Playwright, and Dr. Priya Lalvani, Advisor, PhD, Associate Professor of Disability Studies, Montclair State University, who will be providing facilitation and advisory services for all 505 Film + Friends programs.

“Montclair Film always seeks to reach a broad range of audiences through the power of film,” said Montclair Film Education Director Sue Hollenberg. “505 Film + Friends provides a positive, thought-provoking, and welcoming environment for people with and without disabilities to leverage the magic of movies to inspire creativity, develop social skills, build confidence, and make connections.”

To see a complete schedule and register for 505 Film + Friends, visit and select the appropriate age group for your needs.

Scholarships are Available for Qualified Students. To apply, visit

Bloomfield & Newark Mayors to Help Bag For Hunger at Shoprite

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Bloomfield and Newark Mayors will partner with ShopRite to help bag hunger this Wednesday, September 20. In recognition of September’s National Hunger Action Month, ShopRite hosts an annual ShopRite Partners In Caring “Help Bag Hunger” day. Local dignitaries, community leaders and athletes help raise awareness for the issue of hunger by bagging groceries at their local ShopRite stores.

Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, suffering from food insecurity, ShopRite is helping to raise awareness and inspire action within their local communities through its hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring, a year-round, community based program that provides funds to local food banks.

To recognize this special day, Mayor Michael Venezia will bag groceries for customers at the Brookdale ShopRite, on Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka will bag groceries to “Help Bag Hunger” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m., at the ShopRite of Newark, located at 206 Springfield Ave., in Newark’s Central Ward. Continue Reading

Montclair Public Library & Foundation’s Open Book/Open Mind Series Presents Katy Tur in Conversation with Tom Johnson, 10/13

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On Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017, Katy Tur will discuss current political events and her latest book Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in History with executive news editor Tom Johnson.

Katy Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC. She was the recipient of a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Unbelievable is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of being on the campaign trail. She details what it was like to be there as it all happened; inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited.  Continue Reading

Bloomfield Township Raising Funds to Assist Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 11:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Township of Bloomfield is helping to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In conjunction with the Bloomfield Police Department, Bloomfield Fire Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Bloomfield has partnered with the Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN) to raise funds for the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF). A letter (attached) has been disseminated to all municipal Department Directors, and the Department of Health and Human Services has sent the letter to local faith based organizations and daycare centers, while Bloomfield Police Officers have distributed the letter to all local schools.

“Bloomfield has, and always will be a community of civic minded people who want to assist areas in need, whether local or far away,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “We have identified the Greater Houston Community Fund as one of the organizations making a big difference due to their assistance after previous natural disasters, and we are encouraging Bloomfield residents to consider making tax deductible contributions to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.” Continue Reading

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