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18 LGBTQ+ Focused Books to Read All Year Long

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, and with rainbows and flag-raisings, it seems that support for LGBTQ+ residents is ubiquitous. However, it's important to ensure that the language we use...

Baristanet Profile: Joseph Burgos

Name: Joseph Burgos Where do you live? Montclair, NJ When did you move there? 10+ years ago Where did you grow up? Long Island, NY (Wyandanch) How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion?  My passion begins with my...

Baristanet Profile: Marcia Almeida

Name: Marcia Almeida Where do you live? Montclair, near Applegate Farm When did you move there?  1972 Where did you grow up? Dominican Republic How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am 70+...

Travel to Leola’s Lady Land to Learn Gay History for Straight People

Throughout June, Luna Stage welcomes Leola’s Lady Land for five performances of Gay History for Straight People, a “Gay through Z guide through the complexities of the LGBTQYMCA+ community." The Luna Stage performances will...

Baristanet Profile: Payal Patel

Name: Dr. Payal Patel Where do you live? Montclair, NJ When did you move there? I originally moved to Montclair in 2015.  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, which is an hour North...

Baristanet Profile: Jeffrey Butler

Name: Jeffrey Butler Where do you live? Lewellyn Park, West Orange When did you move there? 2013 Where did you grow up? Egg Harbor City , NJ How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am a Chef...

Baristanet Profile: Kyra Peralte

Name: Kyra Peralte Where do you live? Montclair NJ When did you move there? 2010 Where did you grow up? Richmond, VA (Northside) How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I’m creator of The Traveling Diary,...

Baristanet Profile: Rachael Grochowski

Name: Rachael Grochowski Where do you live? Montclair When did you move there? I moved to Montclair when I was pregnant with my second child. We wanted a community that had other creatives, diversity, and was socially aware. We...

16 Books for Children and Teens that Center AAPI Characters and Experiences

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and there are many official events and tributes happening around the country to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the AAPI community. However, it's also important that...

Baristanet Profile: Jazmine Parker

Name:  Jazmine Parker Where do you live? East Orange Where did you grow up? East Orange. I've lived here all my life. How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I work in social...

Montclair Man Infuses Classical Compositions with Rock & Roll and R&B

With his new album, Modern Sounds in Classical Music, Eric Heilner fully embodies the concept of “coming full circle.” His deep family legacy of classical music, including his father who was a member of...

Leave a Love Note for Dem Two Hands Before it Closes its Doors

When passing Dem Two Hands on the corner of North Fullerton and Claremont, one can’t help but notice the colorful, artistic window displays featuring flowing garments, sometimes accentuated with flowers and lights. Occasionally, locals...

Baristanet Profile: Leslie Keough

Name: Leslie Keough Where do you live? Downtown Montclair, between the Willow Street Partners new builds and Walnut Street. When did you move there? I moved into Fullerton on the Green in 2015. Where did you grow...

The Intersection of Finances and Domestic Violence is Clear

April is National Financial Literacy Month in the USA. It was established to promote and maintain healthy financial habits in the public. Especially in a climate where finances deeply divide huge swaths of the...

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