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September  30

For Wine and Football

Lots going on in Baristaville this weekend; check out Thrills and plan your calendar accordingly. Meanwhile, it's grapes in Glen Ridge tonight as the high school football parents are hosting (drumroll please)

From 8pm- 11pm, at the historic Glen Ridge Train Station, Ridgewood Avenue, indulge yourself with a wonderful sampling of expertly selected red and white wines with fine cheeses to complement! $40.00 per person donation.

September 30, 2005 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (4)

Win Free Food Now

Chocoloco_3 Hungry?

We could be feeding you soon. To win, go to Food.

September 30, 2005 in Win Stuff | Permalink

Junk for Katrina

Come see the famous Sopranos cup and see what else the denizens of Hamilton Road in Glen Ridge are trying to get rid of. Block-wide yard sale to benefit Katrina victims tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 1) from 9 am to 3 pm.

September 30, 2005 in Civic Virtue | Permalink | Comments (4)

Pow Wow Tomorrow

Football players in Caldwell just wanna have fun, and part of that fun is doing tomahawk chops before the big game. That may or may not change, depending on whether Superintendent Daniel Gerardi gets his way. From the Star Ledger:

"The war chants, the tomahawk chop, are not respectful or responsible," Gerardi said yesterday. "We don't feel that's appropriate."

Gerardi added that school cheerleaders would no longer use "the reservation cheer," which ends with the words, "Beat those tom-toms, boom, boom, boom."

Parents in the high school booster club, known as the Gridiron Club, are starting a petition to have the decision rescinded, said Kim Sirvan, president of the club. Sirvan said besides disagreeing with the decision, parents and students are angry they weren't consulted before the cheers and songs were taken away.

"Why wasn't this brought to us as a town?" she asked. "Why wasn't it brought to the kids?"

Some parents are so upset, she said, they have threatened to protest the decision by wearing Native American costumes to tomorrow's home game against Montville and by playing the Florida State Seminoles' theme music from the bleachers.

Now that might be worth a trip over to Caldwell. Meanwhile -- what's your take -- is it harmless or harmful?

September 30, 2005 in Controversy | Permalink | Comments (50)

A Day Late And...

If you haven't caught up with the slightly DeLay-ed Montclair Times, you're probably all caught up anyway. There's the story you read here about the disinvestiture controversy over at Central Presbyterian Church. There's also the announcement of the Junior League Showhouse, also announced here, (which for some odd reason is the same house -- radio personality Patty Steele's house -- previously used as the 2000 showhouse. Isn't part of the draw for folks to go and see a house they haven't been to before?).

There's also the cop memoirs story you read here. But do skip ahead to the letters from readers, where you can read these two strange missives. One, smacking of hate mail, complains of gays and potholes in Montclair, the other, takes on the paper's "unabashed liberal slant."

September 30, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (17)

Booker Talk

Corybooker2_1 Cory Booker, founder of Newark Now and former candidate for mayor of Newark, will speak tonight (Friday, Sept. 30) at Temple Bnai Abraham in Livingston. His speech will follow 8 pm services.  More information here.

September 30, 2005 in Buzz | Permalink | Comments (9)

Soho West?

Gallery_51 A little wine, a little cheese, paintings a little over our price range (ok, "Divers," left, at $8,500 is a lot over our price range). Add to that a convivial crowd, a perfect early autumn evening and you had the opening night of Artfull Living, which married artists with local businesses and turned all of downtown Montclair into an art gallery. The cheese is gone but the art will remain on display, and for sale, through November.

September 30, 2005 in Our Favorite Diversions | Permalink | Comments (17)

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September  29

Free Rabies Clinic

And we're not talking about our rabid posters.

Dogs will be vaccinated tonight from 6:00-6:45 and cats from 6:45-7:30 at the Harrison Ave. Firehouse in Montclair. This health department program, open to all, will save pet-owners $74.

September 29, 2005 in Buzz | Permalink | Comments (5)

Don't Make Us Get Tough With You

Dominatrix_2 ROC and cathar, regular posters, seem to have deserted our site. JMo's personal integrity was attacked. This thread (99 comments at this count) is so full of bile and mud-throwing, it's really hard to read.

We're not saying that we all have to join hands and sing "Kumbaya." We throw punches too. And there's some good pungent commentary here on a regular basis.

If you want to attack the editors of Barista, fine, we can defend ourselves. But please refrain from outright nastiness to your fellow posters. We're running a little business here, and we work hard to bring you lots of local news, humor and listings. Please refrain from scaring the clientele.

We don't want to have to vet comments, ban commenters or make users register, but we will if we have to. No shirt, no shoes, no service.

Our apologies to JMo for the uncalled-for attack on his character.

September 29, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (109)

Meet Me at the Washington Monument and Bring Your Second

When somebody insults the honor of the state of New Jersey, even on Fox TV, Congressman Bill Pascrell rises to the bait is ready at our defense.

From today's Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, coverage of yesterday's TV duel between Pascrell and the yappy Patrick McHenry of North Carolina.

The GOP's attack dog-in-training, freshman Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C.), unwittingly took on the entire state of New Jersey on Wednesday when he tried to sink his teeth into Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) on Fox News television.

The two lawmakers were discussing - what else? - the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R) in Texas when McHenry cut Pascrell off, saying he couldn't believe a Congressman from New Jersey had the audacity to talk about ethics. Oooohhh. If you know Pascrell, you know what happened next.

As one TV witness said, "He flipped out." Then Pascrell demanded an apology from McHenry, to all of New Jersey.

"I don't care about me. I'll take care of myself," the tough-talking Pascrell, still fuming, told HOH later. "I told him, 'You insulted everybody in the state of New Jersey.'"

Pascrell delivered that speech to McHenry when the young lawmaker approached the much larger (and seemingly angrier) Pascrell later on the House floor. "He came up and said, 'I wanted to see you before you saw me.' I said, 'Oh, it's you.' He said, 'Look, I apologize.'"

Easy Congressman. Remember what happened to Alexander Hamilton.

September 29, 2005 in Controversy | Permalink | Comments (10)

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