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Baristanet Profile: Mohamad Al-Kassem

Name: Mohamad Al-Kassem Where do you live? Bloomfield, NJ When did you move there? I moved to Bloomfield in 2016, just before I married my beautiful wife. Where did you grow up? I was born in Syria and raised...

Baristanet Profile: Jessica Phelan

Name: Jessica Phelan Where do you live? Montclair When did you move there? I moved to Montclair almost 9 years ago.  I love Montclair and my location so much that I recently moved to a bigger unit in...

Baristanet Profile: Stacey Angela Williams

Name: Stacey Angela Williams Where do you live? Montclair, NJ When did you move there? I moved here in 1981. Where did you grow up? I grew up in the South End Community on Orange Rd and Franklin Place. How do you...

Purpose and Meaning for Middle Grade Readers in Joel Carino’s BOY FALLING

Montclair’s Joel Carino is keeping his day job, but his recent chapter book, BOY FALLING, reveals his passion: writing books for young readers. He and his wife Emily, children Harry and Liliana, and their...

Baristanet Profile: Autumn Urling

Name: Autumn M. Urling Where do you live? Montclair, New Jersey When did you move there? 1997 Where did you grow up? Montclair How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am the...

Baristanet Profile: Dawn Fitch

Name: Dawn Fitch Where do you live? West Orange When did you move there? 2019 Where did you grow up? Bayonne How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am the founder of Pooka Pure and...

Baristanet Profile: Christiane Agkpo

Name: Christiane Agkpo Where do you live? North Caldwell, I lived in Montclair for 10 years before that. When did you move there? In 2015 when I was expecting my 4th child; we needed more space! Where did you...

Making Virtual Summer Work for Families with Remote Camps, Fun and Learning

Summer vacation is going to be very different this year for everyone, but especially for school age children.  Baristanet has shared lists of activities for breaks before, but summer is a bigger challenge than...

Fresh Air Montclair Fashion Parade Highlights Local Designers with Wearable Art

Despite Sunday's sweltering 90-degree heat, the models and designers looked cool and breezy for the Fresh Air Fashion Parade in Montclair Center. Organized by Cynthia Walker of Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) and...

Baristanet Profile: Deborah Guzmán Meyer

Name: Deborah Guzmán Meyer Where do you live? Montclair When did you move there? 2009 Where did you grow up? Although I was born in New York, my parents — both immigrants — decided to move back to the Dominican Republic...

Baristanet Profile: Leslie Rubisch

Name: Leslie Rubisch Where do you live? Montclair, NJ When did you move there? Six years ago, from Brooklyn, NY Where did you grow up? Medford, NJ How do you make a living? What's is your everyday passion? I’m...

Stories for Children to Honor Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, celebrates the date when Major General Granger and Union troops reached Galveston, Texas with news that the civil war had ended; it represents the end of slavery in...

Baristanet Profile: Karin Carson

Name: Karin Carson Where do you live? I live in Upper Montclair near Brookdale Park and Watchung Plaza. When did you move there? We moved here Memorial Day Weekend in 2002, with a preemie and a 3...

Monclair Teen Releases JUNIPER, A Debut Album That’s Both Nostalgic and Right On Time

Montclair’s Juniper Shelley, 15, is finishing her freshman year at Montclair High School, and like most teenagers, she wishes she could be hanging out with friends, going to the movies, and shopping, like before...