#MFF17: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

BY  |  Monday, May 08, 2017 9:00am

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities — a documentary that chronicles the history of Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) — was well-received when it showed at the Montclair Film Festival on Friday night.

In our current climate — one in which the Secretary of Education wrongly called HBCUs “pioneers of school choice” and the President is questioning the Constitutionality of federal funding for Black colleges — it seems this film comes at a crucial time.

The strength of Stanley Nelson’s film, lies in the origin story. Using historic documents and photos, the film gives a comprehensive lesson of the struggle of Black people in a Post-Civil War America to get an education and the path that would lead to higher education for a people who were once denied the right to read.

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MPL Presents Open Book/Open Mind Series: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal in Conversation with Dr. Richard Besser

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 9:00am

On April 30, Montclair Public Library & Foundation will present the next Open Book / Open Mind Series: Editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News and award-winning former New York Times reporter Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal in conversation about healing American healthcare with Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and formerly ABC News’s Chief Health and Medical editor and the acting director of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Rosenthal will reveal the dangerous, expensive, and dysfunctional American healthcare system, and tells us exactly what we can do to solve its myriad problems in her new book An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.

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at Watchung Booksellers Event" href="https://baristanet.com/2017/04/jen-sincero-you-are-a-badass-at-making-money/" rel="bookmark">Bestselling Author Talks at Watchung Booksellers Event

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 10:15am

You Are a Badass at Making Money

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero comes the perfect sequel to her over-a-million-copy-sold phenomenon You Are a Badass — You Are a Badass at Making Money. Sincero will share her hilarious personal essays and advice on how to have financial success at a special book signing at Watchung Booksellers on April 19.

In You Are a Badass at Making Money, Sincero goes in-depth on how powerful thoughts shape our income potential and the ways in which our bank accounts are mirrors for our issues about money. She helps readers find clarity on their financial goals, debunks the fear, loathing and guilt people associate with money, and provides manageable tips for staying on the path to financial success, written with the same inimitable sass and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass a bestseller.
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Yum! Score Some Sweet Treats For Your Passover Celebration

BY  |  Friday, Apr 07, 2017 2:45pm

Passover begins at sundown on Monday, April 10 and continues for seven days, and you’ll need desserts for your holiday table. These Montclair bakeries have what you need:


Order this gift box of hand dipped and decorated Belgian dark chocolate Afikoman Set from Dolce Federica for your meal or a delicious hostess gift.

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National Youth Recovery Foundation and YMCA of Montclair Form ASPIRE​ Recovery Program for Young Adults

BY  |  Friday, Apr 07, 2017 1:00pm

ASPIRE​ Recovery Program

National Youth Recovery Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports young people up to age 30 in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Cathie Hartnett, the Executive Director and Montclair resident, established a partnership with the YMCA in Montclair to developed a pilot program called ASPIRE (Achieving Sobriety by Promoting an Insightful Recovery Experience), which is funded in part by Partners for Health Foundation.

ASPIRE is a community based life-skill oriented program for people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have six months or more of recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. What makes ASPIRE different from many recovery programs, is that it is not associated with treatment, aftercare, Alcoholics Anonymous or any other recovery program. Instead, life, health and community are the key components. And since recovery is an ongoing, long-term process, an important element is building a community and a network for recovery that will last a lifetime. Following the three-month intensive ASPIRE program there is a nine monthly meeting follow-up phase.

Harnett says the YMCA has been amazing with their willingness to invite this portion of the community into their organization. Local professionals, many who have been in recovery for years, also have joined to make ASPIRE a success.

“ASPIRE helps participants feel relevant in life,” says YMCA of Montclair CEO Jo Ann Short. “Given the right tools, those in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol, can be set up for success and get back on track to develop sustainable relationships and make their mark. ASPIRE provides these things in a stigma free environment.”

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Inspirational Forum Is Highlight of the Montclair Center Women’s Empowerment Week

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 1:15pm

Women's Empowerment Forum

On Tuesday night at The Wellmont Theater, women gathered for a panel discussion with local women of distinction at the first Women’s Empowerment Forum. The event was part of Montclair Center’s Women’s Empowerment Week, an annual event to benefit SAVE of Essex, the county’s only designated rape care center and a program of the Family Service League.

The Q&A was masterfully moderated by local entrepreneur Donna Miller, founder & president of C3Workplace. Miller asked thoughtful questions and kept the dialogue moving with the five panelists and the audience.

Panelists were WOR radio host Joan Herrmann; nationally recognized career and life coach Laura Berman Fortgang;  producer and activist Peg Cafferty; Executive director of the Montclair Fund for Education (MFEE) Masiel Rodriquez-Vars; and business owner and teacher Omni Kitts Ferrara. Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville was scheduled to appear, but wasn’t on the panel Tuesday night.

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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 6- 9

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 10:15am


Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening this weekend:
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A Piece of Montclair History is on the Market at 140 – 142 Union Street

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 9:00am

140 - 142 Union Street Montclair

Now’s the chance to own a true piece of Montclair real estate history — 140 – 142 Union Street. And it can be yours when it hits the market on April 6 for $1,299,000 by Nick Baldwin & Associates at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group.

One of the most beloved properties in town, it truly showcases the period in which it was built – 1740 by Azariah Crane, son of the first Montclair settler. There are two substantial homes that reside on nearly an acre, with old growth trees and perennials abounding — plus private outdoor living space for each. The original house in front, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and gorgeous original details, has been featured in numerous articles. The charming back house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths can be used as a rental income property, or you can enjoy it all to yourself.

140 - 142 Union Street

140 - 142 Union Street

Inside the beautiful center-hall main house is a gracious 30 ft. long living room with 10 ft. ceilings, many large windows and French doors that open onto a gabled wrap-around porch. The porch is also accessible from the kitchen and spacious dining room through more French doors, 7 pair in all. The front house has the added benefit of a ground floor space with its own kitchen and separate entrance – that can be put to multiple uses. The moment you set foot on this land you feel like you’ve been transported to your own farmhouse. This property cannot be missed by anyone who truly appreciates character combined with modern amenities. But the coolest thing? The driveway used to be Orange Rd.

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Meet the Author at Watchung Booksellers: How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 2:15pm

How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

New York Times bestselling author Jancee Dunn will discuss her hilariously candid book How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids at Watchung Booksellers on Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm.

Many a mother knows that bringing a baby into a marriage changes the dynamic. Dunn writes about having a peaceful, loving marriage—until she had a baby, and found herself filled with rage when her husband wouldn’t help with childcare and housework.

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BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 8:00am

The Actual Dance

A special free presentation of The Actual Dance, an award-winning play of a husband and caregiver and the meaning of love, loss and life, will be performed at Montclair High School’s The Little Theater on Friday, April 7. This performance will star Chuk Obasi, Directed by Kate Holland, and featuring live music with Mike Rosengarten and Kristine Kruta.

This poignant Breast Cancer Awareness event is presented by Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of NJ, Sentinels-16, Montclair H.S. Breast Cancer Awareness Club, NOBLE- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and St. Michaels Medical Center.

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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