BY Kristin Wald | Friday, Dec 13, 2013 9:00am
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Back in March, I attended an anti-violence rally in Elizabeth, NJ as a representative of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It was one of many humbling and heart-breaking moments I would have this past year. At the rally, filled with people talking about what has been done, what can be done, what must be done about gun violence and domestic violence and violence in our communities, a mother stood up to speak. She was raw and angry and unapologetic.
She said that yes, she was sorry for “the babies killed in that Connecticut elementary school,” but that she is hurting too. And, she wondered, where is the attention to her family? Five years ago her son was shot dead on his way home from visiting friends. This mother described still waking up every night just before 1 AM, the time when her son was shot and killed and left on the sidewalk. She half-wailed, “Where is the sympathy for my dead son?” She wondered where was the outpouring of help for the son she still has with her? It was painful to watch and hear. It was honest, unpolitical, furious, and desperate. Five years later the pain was still tender and raw.
It’s the horrific mass shootings — the Tucsons, Auroras, Columbines, Washington Navy Yards, Oak Creeks, Newtowns — that get the most attention. It’s difficult to distance oneself from going to movie, attending religious services, hearing a public official speak in a public place, going to school. So when these massive and public atrocities occur, we are forced to confront — if only for a moment — the reality that it really could have been us in those theatre seats or behind those desks or in the benches of a house of worship.
BY Kristen Kemp | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 6:00pm
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Kristen Kemp blogs about her Christmas wish:
Or maybe I should say that all this mom wants for Christmas is yoga. But it’s true for more than just me. People in our area are obsessed with this ancient-slash-modern practice that moves our bodies and shifts our minds. I mean, we have 10 studios and counting plus our own lululemon. And somehow still, my husband keeps saying I’m difficult to buy for, and he doesn’t know what to get me. Honey, if you’re reading this, yoga would be totally cool. I’d like passes for classes, special workshops and gift certificates for clothes.
But being the good wife that I am, I will tell him about a super special surprise that will make any yogi take a huge Lion’s Breath:
We dream of going to The Yoga Journal Live Conference in New York City from April 24 through 28. This event ain’t cheap ($195 to $225 for one super fun day–more for more days), so a gift like this would be a real treat. What could be better than sneaking away to the city for to take classes from today’s rock stars of yoga? Buying a busy parent some alone time doing the thing he/she loves will always be the perfect present.
BY Joe Hartnett | Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 2:30pm
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When Montclair community leaders issue indictments charging insufficient civilian oversight of the Police Department, just who is it they are indicting?
Under New Jersey law, all Police Departments come under and report to civilian authority. The law refers to this as the “appropriate authority” ultimately responsible for the rules, regulations, and policies of the Police Department. Under Montclair’s form of government, the Township Manager is the Chief Executive Officer over all departments and moreover is specifically named as the “appropriate authority” – i.e., as the civilian authority – over the Police Department. Therefore, anyone who charges a failure in civilian oversight is charging a failure by the Manager and no one else. Continue Reading
BY Jane Eliasof | Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 1:15pm
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One year ago, as Montclair State University Archeology Professor Christopher Matthews and I walked the land that would become the Montclair Community Farm at the Montclair Historical Society, we looked down and saw a piece of 19th century porcelain and an old hand-blown bottle neck. The field was ripe for exploration.
Six months later, Dr. Matthews and his class in MSU’s Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies conducted a shovel test survey at 108 Orange. The goal was to see what they could discover below ground level about the history of Montclair and the old Crane farmstead that stood on this property.
The students spent the first half of their semester researching the property at the Montclair Public Library, the Montclair Historical Society’s library, and the Newark Hall of Records. They then spent 3 days layout out a grid and excavating more than 23 shovel test pits. They found more that 2500 artifacts that tell the stories of the people who lived on this land for hundreds of years. Continue Reading
BY Linda Cranston | Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 5:30pm
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Currently the 2013 Montclair Master Plan Draft approves re-zoning of Upper Montclair village and train station parking lots for condo buildings up to 7 stories. A potential new version reduces zoning to 3-5 but loop holes can allow higher development. (Update: The Upper Montclair Master Plan, as well as other 1 ward topics,will be discussed at the 1st Ward meeting on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 pm at the Bellevue Branch Library.)
The amended Plan is expected out in December on www.montclairnjusa.org. Public questions and comments will be allowed in 2 planning board meetings after.
UPPER MONTCLAIR CURRENT MASTER PLAN REZONING WILL ALLOW:
Friday, Nov 01, 2013 12:30pm
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My dad, Juan Gutierrez, was diagnosed in September 2005 with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The disease was fast and furious: he died 6 months later.
After he died, I was desperate to find help, to fundraise, to change, to feel better (did Kubler-Ross have a stage for that feeling?). That’s when I discovered PurpleStride New Jersey, a 5K walk to support research for pancreatic cancer.
I first participated in the walk in 2009. My team was made up of four members—my husband, my two young children, and me. Dressed in all purple that cold November day, we made our way out to the Mack-Cali business zone in Parsippany. I was overwhelmed when I got out of the car and saw an ocean of purple shirts, pants, balloons and streamers.
BY Guy Kinley | Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 10:30am
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YES – YES on the Hurrell Turf referendum questions are the right votes to make next Tuesday, November 5. It is the right thing for individuals, families, the Council and this Borough to do on multiple dimensions.
YES-YES is the right way to vote in terms of EQUITY and FAIRNESS:
- The town bonded up for the Glen Ridge High School expansion, Library renovation and RAS Auditorium refurbishment at the conclusion of the last debate on turf
- Participation in athletics contributes to the development of well-rounded individuals and student-athletes – Hurrell’s condition limits usage and has an impact on participation
- As a beneficiary of Glen Ridge in many regards, each of us should recognize that a very large segment of our population (the silent minority since they cannot vote) deserves to benefit as well
- The GR education budget increased by $1 million in the past budgetary year (yes, $1m in 1 year!) to support an influx and increased costs of serving a very, very small population of special needs children. That translated into far more of a tax increase than turf installation / maintenance will (or grass replacement / maintenance for that matter). While not denying the moral and legal obligation of such support, the majority of children would benefit from turf
BY Lisa Romeo | Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 8:05am
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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly, destructive, and costly “Superstorm Sandy.” Baristanet’s own Lisa Romeo wrote this beautiful essay, “Not a Shore Thing”, which was recently published in bioStories:
I have been to the Jersey Shore about 25 times, and since I am 53 years old, was born in New Jersey, and have lived here for all but five years, that’s not a lot.
I’m not, strictly speaking, a shore girl.
So why, on October 29, 2012, when coastal New Jersey buckled beneath the brutal winds and steep sea surge of Hurricane Sandy, did I weep and turn away from the television screen? continue reading…
BY Holly Korus | Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 3:15pm
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Sundy night at a bit after 8 p.m. I received word that two men that are near and dear in my life were going to get married at midnight. For next few hours texts and e-mails were flying in and out. At one insane point I was trying to convince my friend Jen to come over and help me make hundreds of origami flowers to create a chuppah. I came back down to earth and remembered that these two men have been together for 22 years. This was not about presents, flowers, rice, dresses, cakes, invitations or cards. It was about commitment, equality and — LOVE.
At 11:30 p.m., the First Congregational Church in Montclair was filled with candlelight, close friends, family and hope. Together at midnight with their twins these partners of 22 years spoke of memories together, remembered loved ones past and then said their vows. I sat in awe of these two remarkable men and cried. This is not the normal cry one has when a new couple embarks on a fresh relationship together. These tears were for my friends who had been for so long denied the rights that so many of us take for granted.
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 9:00am
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Montclair has a well-earned reputation as a desirable place for New York City commuters to live and raise a family. This is due in large part to the town’s proximity to Manhattan and its varied public transportation options, underpinned by six Midtown Direct train stations. So it comes as no surprise that new train station parking permit rules are stirring up controversy among residents.
The Montclair Parking Utility (MPU) has been implementing a new train station parking permit system during the past month. With the new system, a permit holder will no longer receive a plastic hang tag in the mail. Instead, the holder will renew her permit online and print out a document which she will be required to display on her dashboard.