Montclair in Miniature at the Montclair Art Museum

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Families and friends from all over Baristaville came to the Montclair Art Museum on Sunday afternoon to create a miniature Montclair using just LEGO and their ingenuity. Given photographs of historical buildings around town, teams of up to four people built Montclair from the tabletop up.

Designed by Livingston architect Stephen W. Schwartz, and co-sponsored with the Montclair Historical Society and Building Blocks Workshops, the annual Build Montclair in LEGO event was sold out. The full house created a bustling room of participants digging through over 60,000 LEGO building blocks looking for just the right size and color pieces. Sometimes creative license was called in to assist, and the results were fantastic and fun.

Check out the creativity in our slideshow of the event!:

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Dads Rock!—The Blastaways

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

March1This is the latest installment of an ongoing series, “Dads Rock!,” talking to otherwise responsible and upstanding local fathers who have grown up without outgrowing their desire to rock.

Most of the Baristaville dads I’ve talked to for Dads Rock! have a similar backstory: In their 20s or so, they played in semi-ambitious bands that never went much of anywhere, and now they’re a bit older and perfectly happy to rock locally. Montclair’s The Blastaways also have moderate ambitions, but at least one member brings a very different history: drummer Kevin March is a professional musician who has played on some of the biggest stages around.

March, who lives in Montclair with his wife and 6-year-old daughter, is an instantly recognizable figure for fans of a certain era of indie-rock bands—he’s drummed for Guided by Voices, Shudder To Think, The Dambuilders, Mind Science of the Mind and A Camp (with Nina Persson of the Cardigans), among others; he’s opened for Pearl Jam and performed on Austin City Limits; his rhythm work can be heard on the soundtracks to School of Rock, The Messenger, Boys Don’t Cry, Velvet Goldmine, Choke and Traitors (due in 2014).

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Montclair Schools are Honored for Safe Routes to School Efforts

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Schools in New Jersey are about to welcome students back for a new school year, and students all over The Garden State are getting ready to settle into the routine of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic all over again. In preparation for getting to the academics safely, three of Montclair’s Elementary schools—as well as the township as a whole—were honored on Monday with plaques commemorating their accomplishments in establishing Safe Routes to School. Mayor Jackson, Superintendent MacCormack, Edgemont’s Principal Hopper, Bradford’s Principal Kirkman, and Bullock’s Principal Kuwabara were on hand at Edgemont Montessori School to accept the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, respectively.

“I’m extremely proud of our school system for these accomplishments,” said Mayor Jackson, who was happy to help celebrate the emphasis on adding safe physical activity into the school day. “Safety for all our kids is a priority in our schools.”

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Justin Canha Creates Whimsical Art for Children

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Artists often face challenges and roadblocks when they want to make a living with their art. Justin Canha, a Montclair-based artist with autism is no different. And like any artist with a true passion, he is willing to pursue different avenues to expose his artwork to as many audiences as possible. Late last year, Barista Kids told you about his wall calendar that helped raise money for the wonderful Montclair Developmental Learning Center. Now, thanks to local business Pigtails & Crewcuts, we have a chance to admire and buy his art for children right in town!

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Montclair High School Class of 2013 Graduates and Has a Blast at Project Graduation

BY  |  Friday, Jun 28, 2013 7:04am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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Photo Courtesy of Eliana McCann Smith

The evening of June 26, 2013 will be an evening Montclair High School Class of 2013 graduates will remember for the rest of their lives; because yesterday evening was the evening they graduated high school and kissed the public school system, that had been such a integral part of their lives, goodbye.

“Graduating is so bittersweet,” says graduate Leo Poggie. “It’s great to be moving on, I’m really excited to go to college, but at the same time I’m sad to leave my high school experience behind. I really did have such a great time with all my friends and participating in all my sports and other activities.”

A lovely was ceremony held in the amphitheater, at the Montclair High School main building. The class of 2013 had the privillege of having a commencement address delivered by Montclair’s mayor, Robert D. Jackson; whose daughter Taylor Jackson was graduating along with the class of 2013.

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Barista Kids Diaper Drive For the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Barista Kids Diaper DriveThe  Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair has been serving the Essex County community for over 30 years and Barista Kids has set up its second Diaper Drive to give help families in need.

The pantry relies on donations from local citizens, civic groups, church groups, and other charitable organizations. Much of their food however is bought from the Community Food Bank in Hillside, NJ. The pantry itself purchases the rest of the food given out from local supermarkets or produce vendors.

“This year for the month of May, the food pantry served a total of 3,154 people. Our numbers seem to be on the increase as last month alone we added forty-eight new people,” says Human Needs director Mike Bruno.

Human Needs typically serves supplemental groceries, and while the pantry could always use pasta, canned goods, new or gently used bedding and clothing,  school supplies, etc..; one thing they will consistently need are diapers.

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Montclair High School Seniors Get Ready For Prom

BY  |  Monday, Jun 17, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

MHS seniors at junior prom last year

MHS seniors at junior prom last year

For Montclair High School seniors the end of the year brings quite a few exciting events, one of which is the Senior Prom; the kick off to all the thrilling things ahead for the class of 2013, which includes graduating, and the subsequent festivities of Project Graduation.

This year the senior prom will be held at the Westmount Country Club on Thursday June 20. Prom tickets have already gone on sale and despite fundraising, the cost of prom this year is $95 per person.

Some students find the cost of prom ridiculous.

“Ninety-five dollars for prom is way too much money,” says senior Phoenix Herring. “Not everyone can afford to pay that much for one night.”

Prom is a pretty expensive event. It might not have been so pricey back in the day, but today it’s quite a pretty penny. The ticket, dress (or suit), corsage, jewelry, hair, make-up, and shoes can rack up to be a small but potent fortune.

However, many seniors will still shell out the money because prom, despite the cost, is something they’re excited about.

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Montclair High School CIP Spotlight: Nora O’Leary

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Since getting out of school on May 17 many Montclair High School seniors have been participating in the high school’s Career Internship Program otherwise knowing as “CIP” or “Senior Option.” During CIP the participating seniors are required to do an internship in their field of interest and report back to the school for weekly check ins and seminars. The program runs from May 20 to June 14.

MHS senior Nora O’Leary decided that for her senior option she would make a documentary with a local media company. O’Leary will be attending Middlebury College in Vermont in the fall where she may possibly major in English. O’Leary will spend the rest of her summer life guarding at the Montclair Golf Club where she will also coach their swim team.

O’Leary took the time to tell me a little bit about what she’s been doing since their CIP began.

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Montclair High School CIP Spotlight: Jason Thinger

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Photo courtesy of Jason Thinger

Since getting out of school on May 17  many MHS seniors have been participating in the high school’s Career Internship Program otherwise knowing as “CIP” or “Senior Option.” During CIP the participating seniors are required to do an internship in their field of interest and report back to the school for weekly check ins and seminars. The program runs from May 20 to June 14.

MHS senior Jason Thinger chose to do his CIP at the high school where he will be directing a musical production of Hair with fellow SVPA students. Thinger will be attending New York University next year and studying Theater Design and Production at NYU’s performing arts school- Tisch. When his senior option ends, Thinger plans to use the summer to relax and prepare for college.

Thinger took the time to tell me a little bit about what he’s been doing in the city since his CIP began.

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Montclair High School CIP Spotlight: Emma Fishman & Moriah Engleberg

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 08, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Photo courtesy of Emma Fishman

Since getting out of school on May 17 many Montclair High School  seniors have been participating in the high school’s Career Internship Program otherwise knowing as “CIP” or “Senior Option.” During CIP the participating seniors are required to do an internship in their field of interest and report back to the school for weekly check ins and seminars. The program runs from May 20 to June 14.

MHS seniors Emma Fishman and Moriah Engleberg chose to forego an internship and instead create a project on a cause that was meaningful to them—Rwandan genocide. Fishman will be attending Mount Holyoke College next year and Engleberg has deferred admission to Bard College so she can take a gap year to explore her interests and figure out what she wants to do. Both Fishman and Engleberg plan on continuing their work with this project over the summer.

Fishman and Engleberg took the time to tell me a little bit about what they’ve been doing since their CIP began.

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