Local Coffee Creates The Baristanet Drink

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

the baristanet coffee drink

We love coffee and love that Montclair has so many great coffee options. And we love that Watchung Plaza’s newest coffee spot, Local Coffee, also loves Baristanet.

“We ❤️ Baristanet so much that we created a drink that was inspired by their team. Enjoy!” says owner Robert Genovese.

Here’s how they showed their love with a drink that’s got caffeine, chocolate and a little salt to balance out the sweetness. Cheers!

Introducing a special drink for our friends @baristanet #coffee #chocolate #yum #grateful

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Patrick Wilson, Stephen Colbert Wow Crowd At Montclair Film Festival’s “I Want My MFF” Party (VIDEO)

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Everybody who was anybody in the 1980s showed up to Montclair Film Festival’s “I Want My MFF” party last Saturday night at the Wellmont Theater. Guests came as the Material Girl, Robert Palmer girls, even Devo (gotta love those energy dome hats) and danced the night away to music by The Loser’s Lounge with very special guest appearances by Patrick Wilson (that man can sing!), Warren Zanes and Stephen Colbert at the 1980s-themed dance party fundraiser to benefit MFF programming.

MFF board president Evie Colbert, joined by MFF executive director Tom Hall.


Montclair Film Festival (MFF) board president Evie Colbert started the night off, joined by MFF executive director Tom Hall, telling an enthusiastic crowd that completion of its new home at 505 Bloomfield Ave. was both “on time and on budget” and would open April 1. Colbert announced that the organization was in the middle of a 2.5 million-dollar campaign and that they had already raised $2 million. Continue Reading

It’s National Pizza Day! Talk Pizza and Vote For Your Favorites in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 11:50am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Dough Artisan Pizzeria, Caldwell



February 9 is National Pizza Day! To celebrate — and since it’s hard to drive to our favorite pizzeria on a snow day — we can at least talk about where to get that favorite slice. There are plenty of places in Montclair and nearby that stand out for their pizza. When it comes to something old, we love Star Tavern in Orange, a new Jersey pizza institution, for their thin, crisp, piping hot pies. For something new, check out Dough in Caldwell (they score extra points for their creative pies and lovely outdoor patio in warm weather).



Montclair Pizza — So Many Choices

Montclair has a great new cheesy addition to the pizza landscape in Fiamma Woodfired Pizza. Located on Bloomfield Ave., in the former Greek Delights space, there are plenty of comfy booths and the warmth of a wood burning oven cranking out delicious lightly charred pies. When you go, be sure and try their calamari fiamma. And if you want to feel virtuous, make your pie half arugula. There’s a new pizza spot in Upper Montclair — Tommy Lasagna’s Pizza and Pasta Co. — where we recently tried their decadent Big Easy pie.

Montclair’s newest pizzeria – Fiamma Wood-Fired Pizza


Another favorite is Ruthie’s Bar-B-Q & Pizza, where we love Max’s pie (smoked mozzarella, pesto and marinara) as well as the Texas (smoked mozzarella, Texas sausage, marinara, caramelized onion, jalapeno and pesto).


If you have kids, they probably ask you for a Chicken Bacon Ranch slice or a pie topped with pasta — you can find both of these at Enzo’s on Valley or Da Vinci’s on Bellevue. And when it comes to the pizza I grew up with — the kind of pizza you might find at any typical pizzeria in NYC’s five boroughs — Mr. Dino’s is the nostalgic favorite. Villa Victoria has arguably the biggest slices in town — and we love the dining room with its family-friendly, red checkered tablecloth ambiance. As you can see, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Do you love your neighborhood slice or do you venture cross town for something different? Vote in our poll below — you can pick your top three places to grab a slice or a pie.

Montclair Families Write Letters of Unity and Support To Muslim Friends

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Supportive letters to be delivered to Muslim children and their families at the Islamic Centers in Jersey City and Boonton were created at a letter writing party hosted by the Montclair Cooperative School this past Friday night.

The genesis of the event began when, soon after the election in November, several Montclair families organized on the Friday after Thanksgiving to visit the Islamic Center of Jersey City (ICJC) so their children could draw chalk messages of love and unity on their sidewalks. The ICJC director welcomed the idea and invited us to observe a prayer service where he introduced us and invited everyone to get to know one another. The center’s Imam hosted a pizza party for all the families after we decorated the sidewalks together filled with peace signs, hearts, and messages of support. Organizers recall the experience as “a remarkable day.”

When the Muslim ban became a reality, Rachael Grochowski, Elana Segal and Tiffany Loncar felt it was imperative to demonstrate support again. Organizing quickly, with the help of The Montclair Cooperative School who donated the space, the event last Friday took place, allowing for families in the community to write letters of unity and support to their Muslim friends at the ICJC. The end result was more than 150 letters that will be delivered this week. Continue Reading

Montclair Orchestra Kicks Off Inaugural Season with Performance at Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Public Library will host The Montclair Orchestra as they kick off their inaugural year with an open public session and performance on Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

Orchestra President Andre Weker and Music Director David Chan.

Learn more about The Montclair Orchestra and the inaugural 2017 season at an open public session at Montclair Public Library in the Main Library auditorium. Orchestra President Andre Weker and Music Director David Chan will be on hand to talk about the plans and vision for the orchestra, and Quartet 212, made up of members of the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will be performing. Continue Reading

Move To Make Montclair A Sanctuary City Gains Momentum

BY  |  Monday, Feb 06, 2017 3:56pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair rallied in favor of making Montclair a Sanctuary City on Saturday. The rally took place at the “peace” corner of Church and Bloomfield and was organized by Gretchen MacBryde.

On PLANETCIVIC, support for a proposal to declare Montclair a Sanctuary City is the platform’s #1 initiative.

And tomorrow, (Tuesday, Feb. 7) civic action is planned for the next town council meeting. John Gutierrez has organized a group to attend the Montclair town council meeting (more than 135 have indicated they will attend) to tell Mayor Jackson and the members of the Town Council that Montclair must be a Sanctuary City offering protection to targeted communities. In addition to packing the house, Gutierrez is also encouraging people to speak during public comment. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Secret Gin Joint, The Speakeasy, Was A Smash Hit

BY  |  Friday, Feb 03, 2017 5:51pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Last Saturday, Montclair’s Wellmont Theater became a secret jazz club taken over by flappers, gangsters, and great booze and food at The Speakeasy, presented by Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF).

Some 700 people, many dressed in period garb, partied at The Speakeasy, posing for photos by a vintage automobile outside and dancing to the hot jazz inside by Brass Illusion. Continue Reading

Body & Soul Returns! Here’s How Jazz House Kids Signature Event Came to Be

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It was all about that bass.

That’s how Body & Soul, Jazz House Kids signature annual event to benefit its music and education programs, came to be.

Montclair’s Jason DeSalvo, CEO of Clear Mountain Partners, a general management consultancy, and co-owner of Fodera Guitars, a premium hand-made instrument company out of Brooklyn, is also a passionate electric bass player.

Deborah and Jason DeSalvo.

Deborah and Jason DeSalvo.

DeSalvo first discovered Jazz House Kids over nine years ago when he learned that one of his favorite bass players, Christian McBride, was to be interviewed by Melissa Walker at a free event at the Montclair Public Library.

DeSalvo had always been a huge fan of The Police and subsequently became a fan of McBride through his work with Sting.

At the library event, DeSalvo discovered McBride in a whole new way — as the phenomenal Grammy-winning jazz bassist and luminary.

“The library was packed and I was there with my family in the front row,” recalls DeSalvo. “I was sitting 10 feet from one of my bass playing heroes and I was in seventh heaven.” Continue Reading

Support Local. Become A Friend of Baristanet

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

singing bowl

If you are reading this post, I want to thank you for being part of Baristanet. For more than 12 years, it’s been a privilege to bring 24/7 news, views, food, culture and more to the Montclair area.

Whether it’s giving you up-to-the-minute Montclair bear news, keeping you informed about a possible charter school or issues of development and redevelopment, getting you breaking news or news of a ground breaking, keeping track of the latest restaurants, showcasing new talent or recognizing and remembering special people in our community, Baristanet is always there.

Baristanet supports the community — sponsoring special moments like Bedtime Stories at Montclair Library’s Little Read, and serving as media sponsor for big events like the Montclair Jazz Festival as well as new events like MVAU’s First Annual Duck Derby. We also serve to shine a light on issues that affect the community, such as racial inequity, affordable housing and gentrification.

Baristanet cares about kids — your kids — their accomplishments, issues in their schools and helping their parents, with things like choosing camps or planning for family fun every weekend. We tell you about teens doing amazing things and share the stories that tug on your heartstrings.

Baristanet brings you news you can use — from guides to working out, helpful and humorous advice, homes for sale as well as home sales.

Baristanet hosts a community calendar allowing any community organization or group to post special events free of charge. And to keep you informed, we produce weekly and monthly calendars featuring the music, art, lectures and other cultural events you don’t want to miss. We also get great ticket giveaways that make our readers very happy.

If you have a pet, you know Baristanet is the place to help readers and lost pets reunite. If you are a new business owner, you’ve experienced the power of Baristanet — when our readers read about you and become your customers. If you are a local school, institution or organization, Baristanet supports your events and help drive volunteers, awareness or donations to your cause.

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You can also support Baristanet and local news in your community by subscribing to Baristanet Daily, our free daily newsletter that brings you each day’s stories by headline delivered straight to your mail box. For special events, ticket giveaways and our monthly calendar filled with arts, music and cultural events in the Montclair area and beyond, add your email here.

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Scenes From Women’s March in NYC & Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

BY  |  Monday, Jan 23, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (19)

If you live in Montclair, you either marched on Saturday, or watched your Facebook feed fill up with photos of friends at the Women’s March. Even the New York Times noticed how many women from Montclair were marching (but somehow ended up focusing instead on how the men folk would manage?? It’s ok — they have seen the light after getting much flak.)

Many left by bus at 5 a.m. or earlier to reach Washington, D.C. Others convened at Bay Street for packed trains into Penn Station for the NYC March or packed DeCamp buses to Port Authority.


Groups went to march and posed for pictures like this one, taken by a friendly police officer. Everywhere you went — there were pink pussy hats. Emilie Gustavsen made 38 fleece hats for her friends to wear to the New York March.

pussy hat

There were plenty of mothers and daughters marching, like LaTascha Foster, who posed for pictures with her daughter and scored a selfie with Whoopi Goldberg who spoke at the NYC march.

foster collage Continue Reading

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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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