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06cover_mimartMay in Montclair kicks off today. Two gals we love -- Adriana O'Toole and Mary Tetzloff (chairperson of May in Montclair) will be at Watchung Plaza today at 12:30 pm for the Opening Ceremonies. For a May in Montclair events schedule, click here. If you haven't gotten your May in Montclair book (cover art shown here by Marilyn Dupre), look for it at Watchung Booksellers or drop by 258 Park Street and Adriana will give you one.

Meanwhile, today is also the reopening for Amazing Hot Dog, after a fire shuttered the shop.

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How is the iris garden doing?

Posted by: Jim | May 1, 2006 9:18:42 AM

We're letting 6 of our windows be "painted" by children / thru the Montclair Art Museum


Posted by: JT | May 1, 2006 9:22:34 AM

We went by the Iris Gardens last night...no irisies yet, probably due to the cool spring we had.

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 1, 2006 9:28:16 AM

forget the irises...i'll be doing the Dog.

Posted by: Iceman | May 1, 2006 9:35:44 AM

Does everybody know what May day is all about?

I propose that on the first of May some prominent private property be siezed by the mob and the owners be sent to a gulag.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 1, 2006 9:46:24 AM

isn't mayday what you scream before the plane crashes?

Posted by: Iceman | May 1, 2006 9:48:45 AM


Interesting...I'd be up for protesting the 8-hour workday. Sounds good to me. In which speakeasy should we convene?

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 1, 2006 9:51:52 AM

I thought the original May day festivities were based on pagan rituals celebrating the arrival of spring. Is the mob seizure of property part of a pagan ritual?

Posted by: BeanCounter | May 1, 2006 9:56:13 AM

I haven't read any reviews from our community 'communists' about their Saturday anti-war rally. Whadd up?

Posted by: Iceman | May 1, 2006 9:58:32 AM

Yes! so it's no coincidence that
illegal alliens have called for a Nationwide walkout / demonstration today!

Posted by: JT | May 1, 2006 10:00:33 AM

Only in America can people who are here illegally stage a protest for their benefit. You can't make this stuff up!@

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 1, 2006 10:02:32 AM

Miss Martta: Yes and
an urban rumor going around is that
once these demonstrations are started
the Feds are going to come & round up all these people.

Posted by: JT | May 1, 2006 10:12:29 AM

Miss Martta, you say "only in America" like it's a bad thing. Would you rather we lived in a country where people didn't have the freedom to assemble?

Posted by: htb | May 1, 2006 10:52:59 AM

Speaking of protests, how the "stop genocide in Darfur" march on Washington go? Were there enough postcards to go around?

And today is the "day without illegal immigarants" which is supposed to bring the contry to a standstill.

They'd better hope it does, or the conclusion will be "no big whup". Then the next question will be, "how much do social services cost for illegals - whose 'absence' was no big whup?"

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 1, 2006 10:55:57 AM

Freedom to assemble is a good thing.

If illegals wish to do so, it could make arrest and deportation that much easier!

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 1, 2006 10:57:53 AM

No, HTB, I just find it strange that people who are here illegally are protesting their situation. They act with surprise that most Americans don't embrace their cause. Come here, work here, live here, but do it legally.

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 1, 2006 11:00:49 AM

"If illegals wish to do so, it could make arrest and deportation that much easier!"

While I agree that even illegals have the right to assemble, the right to free speech and the other personal rights guaranteed in the Constitution, I do not agree that they have the right to services they do not contribute to funding.

And RoC is correct, it speaks volumes about the dysfunctionality of the Department of Homeland Security that these protests have not been used as a means to identify and deport illegal immigrants.

Cordon off the protesters and release those who have valid ID.

Posted by: Kevin Lee Allen | May 1, 2006 11:05:34 AM

I wonder if Native Americans had passed judgment on what constituted legal immigration, if Miss Martta or my family would have been allowed to live in North America? Or if my ancestors who settled Elizabethtown as the first English town in New Jersey back in the 1600s had set restrictions on new arrivals, if her family would have been allowed in? Is a Mexican's passion to better his or her life any less than our ancestors'?

Posted by: buycopy | May 1, 2006 11:20:10 AM

We must stive to live consistently with the mores of the past, buy?

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 1, 2006 11:24:18 AM

Buycopy: My grandparents came here legally, learned English, worked hard and aspired to fit into American life and culture. So, your point is...?

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 1, 2006 11:25:03 AM

I should add that there's no comparing the America of the 1600s to the America of 2006, for reasons that should be obvious.

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 1, 2006 11:35:51 AM

At some point it became illegal because politicians realized it gave them more power. I thought you were a libertarian and believed that the least government is the best government?

Posted by: buycopy | May 1, 2006 11:59:59 AM

I have as much respect for today’s protests and boycotts as I would if all the pedophiles were going to boycott their jobs and march in the street until child porn is suddenly legal.

What happened to getting a green card if you want to be legal? Why are we even discussing changing our laws? This is a waste of time for the government to be dealing with.

I saw swarm in, make arrests, and screw it, lets deport a few citizens by 'accident' if they get in the way.

(this is where my liberal parents and boyfriend gasp, and glare at me wide eyed as I chant pack 'em up and ship 'em out!)

Posted by: hrhppg | May 1, 2006 12:06:36 PM

I believe in less government but I don't believe in total anarchy.

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 1, 2006 12:15:46 PM

And, to all you liberals who support labor unions, let me ask you this: Do you support undocumented workers working without the benefit of a union? This is what I find the most hypocritical, the people who support workers' rights but have their heads in the sand when it comes to illegals working for sub-standard pay and no health benefits. How do you reconcile this?

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 1, 2006 12:32:01 PM

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