Upper Montclair Frame Store Opens Gallery Space

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Wade Maxx Art Gallery & Framing is showcasing art in Upper Montclair.  The business, which opened its doors about two years ago on Valley Road and has another location on the Upper West Side, hosted its first exhibition of paintings by Loretta Mae Hirsch in its new gallery space on January 17.

“Our goal— our mission — is to make art affordable; not to scare people away with high-priced art,” says Ria Maqsudi, who, along with husband Wade Maxx, own both stores.  “Anybody can buy one-of-a kind original paintings; works on paper by local emerging artists.”

Untitled (Loretta Mae Hirsch)

Untitled (Loretta Mae Hirsch)

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Local Educators Weigh In on Longer School Day and Year

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Longer School Day and YearWhile we wait for details on Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to extend New Jersey’s public school year and hours spent in the classroom (“information will be forthcoming,” said a Christie press rep. when we requested a delivery time frame), we wondered what local educators thought of this initiative (minus the funding issues).

The concept, which President Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan have advocated since 2009, has been implemented as pilot programs in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Tennessee and Colorado, and studied by scores of organizations that have published research citing positive and mixed results.

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Yes, Virginia, Montclair’s First Master Plan Proposal Was Controversial, Too

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

lowbuildingWhile we wait to see Montclair’s revised master plan (a time frame may be discussed at the Jan. 27 planning board meeting), resident Kathleen Bennett presented the first master plan landscape architect and city planning pioneer John Nolen proposed to residents in 1909 at a lecture this past Sunday at the Israel Crane House. The event was part of the Montclair Historical Society‘s Sunday Spotlight series.

“This is a personal quest for me because I’m really interested to see where we’re going, and in order to see where we’re going, we have to see where we came from,” said Bennett, an art historian and educator who is past president of the Victorian Society of America’s Northern New Jersey chapter.  “This is a non-political talk contextualizing the Nolen Plan, where it came from and really what the impulses were nationally and internationally and what Montclair was dealing with at the beginning of the last century.”

By the end of the 19th century, Montclair had a wealth of private residences and civic buildings, public transportation to New York City thanks to the Montclair Railroad (it started operating the Greenwood Lake Railroad line known today as the Montclair-Boonton line in 1873), a public library, the Montclair Water Company, a hospital, YMCA , the Montclair Military Academy and Montclair Club, gas street lamps in certain locations, a trolley franchise, an orphanage, three newspapers, a municipal government that divided the town into four wards with separate town councilman who represented each ward and the Montclair Art Colony.nicehome Continue Reading

Montclair Resident to Travel to Romania to Help Build a Home; Interested?

BY  |  Monday, Jan 20, 2014 1:00pm

Looking for an international adventure where you will help a family, meet new people, peek into another culture and mix cement, dig a foundation or cover walls with Sheetrock?

Montclair resident Sally Fillmore is recruiting volunteers (16 years and older) to help build a home for a family in Radauti, Romania from March 28-April 7, 2014 as a part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program.

“We don’t have the name of the family and won’t know who the family is until a couple a weeks before the trip (the organization is working on several houses.)  We’re going to be an early team as the weather gets warmer,” says the Habitat co-leader, mother of three grown kids, violin teacher, former Peace Corps volunteer, Federal Reserve Bank of New York economist and financial services executive.

Volunteers will travel to Bucharest where they will stay in a hotel for one night and then take the six hour train ride to Radauti where they will work with the family and a construction supervisor on various projects. During their down time,  team members will visit the local cultural hot spots. Continue Reading

Gift Local: Watchung Booksellers

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Baristaville residents love to read (and write), so if you’re still searching for a gift for Mom or Dad, friends or your nieces and nephews, why not share your literary love with others by shopping at Watchung Booksellers?  Here’s the low down on the shop’s most popular books, based on November sales (tell us what you recomend in comments): Continue Reading

Gift Local: Montclair Pop-Up On Walnut

BY  |  Monday, Dec 16, 2013 3:02pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Schmutzerland  Handmade Cocktail Rings from Nutley $22

Schmutzerland Handmade Rings from Nutley ($14-$22)

We love it when community members come together to offer their experience, expertise and talents to help each other.

Helene Richman and Selma Avdicevic used their retail and entrepreneurial backgrounds to create and open Montclair Pop-Up, a temporary Walnut Street retail space where over 150 local artists and small businesses showcase and sell original items.

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Irish and More Celebrates 30 Years in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Dec 13, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Gaeltarra Handknit Aran Wool Sweater $275.00

Gaeltarra Handknit Aran Wool Sweater
$275.00 and Mixed Achill Patch Hat $65.00

Congratulations to Irish and More, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year!  We recently stopped by the Church Street store to check out the goodies owner Anne King has imported to Montclair. Continue Reading

Gift Local Montclair: For The Cook/Hostess

BY ,  |  Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 6:03pm

little daisy apronGoing to holiday parties or family dinners? Show up with something special — from three of our favorite shops in Upper Montclair:

Little Daisy Bake Shop has gorgeous holiday aprons ($20), matching tea towels ($8.50) as well as holiday poppers ($23 a box) and chocolate caramel pretzel bark ($19.50). Continue Reading

Holiday Cheer: Free Tastings, Wine/Beer Clubs and More

BY  |  Friday, Dec 06, 2013 3:15pm

IMG_1047-002As you run around town to finish (or start) your holiday shopping, remember to check out these Montclair wine and beer purveyors to find libations for your holiday table, or to pick up gifts.

Here’s more about free tastings, information on wine, beer and spirits of the month clubs for that special someone who enjoys imbibing and the 411 on deliveries: Continue Reading

Gift Local: Fair Trade Finds

BY  |  Friday, Dec 06, 2013 10:30am

Demur Soapstone Hearts $5.00-$8.00

Demur Soapstone Hearts

We love when we can shop and multi-task, so a trip to pick up books at the library can also be an opportunity to cross off some gifts on your list. Terra at The Isabel Rose, Montclair’s fair trade tea room, cafe and market located in the library, has plenty of stocking stuffers. Pretty soapstone hearts, chocolates from Bolivia and Pukka teas from England are among the thoughtful, fair trade gifts you can feel good about giving. Continue Reading

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