Saturday, August 30, 2014

Photo of the Day: Abandoned in Millburn


This photo was taken near Campbell's Pond at South Mountain Reservation.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Photo of the Day: Presby Gardens


This photo shows the Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coming Soon to Essex County: Hawk Watch, Newstead 5K, Run for Healthy Kids


The Montclair Hawk Watch will open for the season on September 1. Managed by New Jersey Audubon, the Montclair Hawk Watch platform is located off of Edgecliff Road across the street from Mills Reservation. The Hawk Watch has taken place in Montclair annually since 1957, making the township one of America's oldest hawk watch locations. Visitors must climb a large stairwell up the hill in order to reach the platform, where a view of New Jersey and New York awaits them. The Hawk Watch will be open between 9am and 5pm, and will close on November 30.

An annual MAPSO tradition will take place this year on Saturday, September 20. The 12th annual Newstead 5K. The course runs through the Newstead section of South Orange, starting and finishing at the South Mountain Annex at 112 Glenview Road. Most streets in Newstead will be closed on the morning of the event. Advance registration costs $20, and select sponsorship opportunities are available until September 1. The event will start at 9:00am. The Newstead 5K benefits the Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood, which raises funds for programs in the South Orange Maplewood School District. 


"Everyone teams up to support educational excellence and innovation for all nine of our district’s schools", said race founder Helen Dubowy.

The Newstead 5K is not the only race taking place next month in Essex County. On September 14, t
he United Way of Essex and West Hudson and the City of Newark will take part in the Let's Move! Newark campaign by hosting the 10K Run for Healthy KidsIn addition to the 10K, there will be a  fun run for children ages 12 and under. The 10K race will start and finish at Military Park in Downtown Newark. The course passes the Prudential Center, Lincoln Park, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Essex County Courthouse, Rutgers Newark, and NJIT. The race starts at 8:30am, and advance registration costs $32.50. Volunteers are needed for the 10K. Sponsors include Prudential, Horizon Insurance, PSEG, and Deloitte.

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Photo of the Day: The Suburb and the City


This photo was taken in Upper Montclair. The skyline of Lower Manhattan can be seen in the distance.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Winners Announced in Essex County Senior Art Show


31 artists from Essex and Morris Counties won awards today at the annual Essex County Seniors Citizens Juried Art Show at the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove.

"This is an excellent event for us to promote the arts and inspire our residents to use their talents", said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.

All artists ages 60 or older were allowed to enter the contest. All submitted art works were judged on creativity, quality, style, originality, and composition. 

The winners are as follows: 

Bloomfield:


David Fishbein - Second place in the non-professional photography category

Cedar Grove:

Victoria Augustine - Second place in the non-professional watercolor category

Angelo Casarola - First place in the non-professional oil category

Roseann Martin - First place in the non-professional drawing category

Marie Matarazzo - Second place in the non-professional pastel category

Constance Seugling - First place in the professional mixed media category

East Orange:

Lester Johnson - First place in the professional sculpture category

Rudy Martin - Second place in the professional oil category honorable mention in the professional watercolor category

Fairfield:

William Heina - Second place in the non-professional sculpture category

Donald Hults - First place in the professional photography category

Glen Ridge:

Nancy Taiani - Second place in the professional acrylic category

Livingston:

Harriet Hiller - First place in the professional drawing category

Malini Parekh - First place in the non-professional photography category

Marcella Sabo - First place in the professional oil category

Angela Wang - Honorable mention in the non-professional oil category

Sheila Writt - First place in the non-professional pastel category

Maplewood:

Nila Pusin - First place in the non-professional sculpture category

Montclair:

Steadman Ghanner - Second place in the non-professional oil category

Horst Hoyer - First place in the non-professional digital category

Edward Long - First place in the professional craft category 

North Caldwell:

Steve Van Zandt - Second place in the professional photography category

Nutley:

Nina Delcollo - First place in the non-professional print category 

Carolyn Gregor - First place in the non-professional watercolor category

Theresa Ruffo - Second place in the professional watercolor category

Marlene Valdes - First place in the professional watercolor category

Parsippany (Morris County):

Chas Palminteri - First place in the professional acrylic category

Roseland:

Joseph Mango - First place in the non-professional craft category and first place in the non-professional acrylic category

Short Hills:
Shah Nimuben - Second place in the non-professional craft category

South Orange:

Sheila Sugarman - First place in the professional pastel category

Cindy Wolf - Second place in the professional mixed media category

Verona:

Ronnie Horn - Honorable mention in the non-professional oil category

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Photo of the Day: Mills Reservation


This photo was taken at Mills Reservation near the Montclair/Cedar Grove border.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Photo of the Day: Trees at South Mountain



This photo was taken at South Mountain Reservation in West Orange.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

GlassRoots to Hold Glassblowing Demonstration


The first GlassRoots glassblowing demonstration will take place on Tuesday from 12pm until 2pm at the Military Park Farmers Market in Downtown Newark. Visitors to the market can observe the GlassRoots portable glass studio, and learn about hot glass making processes. The portable studio features a furnace which can reach up to 2,100 degrees. 

"The art of glassblowing is too often hidden, available to those who have the time and financial resources to experience it", said Katie Witzig, Chief Operating Officer of GlassRoots. "We are bringing it out into the open air. The creation of a portable hot shop brings the ancient art form of glassblowing to the general public". 

The farmers market takes place at Military Park every Tuesday from 10am until 4pm. Regular programs at Military Park include historical tours, chess, board games, ping pong, tai chi, a reading room, lunchtime poetry, and yoga and Zumba lessons. All programs are free. The park is located at the corner of Broad Street and Park Place.located at the corner of Broad Street and Park Place.

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Montclair Area News Roundup: Poster Contest, Historical Society Events, Restaurant


The Montclair Historical Society will host several events next month. On Sunday, September 14, the Israel Crane House on Orange Road will host a program called 'The Jersey Tomato'. Attendees will learn the history of tomatoes in New Jersey from historian Judith Krall-Russo. The program is free, and will take place between 2pm and 3pm. On Sunday, September 7 and Sunday, September 21, the society will conduct tours of the Charles Shultz House from 1pm until 4pm. Tours cost $8 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens, and $25 for a family. The Shultz House was built in 1896, and was donated to the Montclair Historical Society in 1997. Charles Shultz was a president of the Hoboken Bank for Savings. The house is located at 30 North Mountain Avenue. 

Do you enjoy making posters? If so, this contest is for you. The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) is holding a poster contest. According to the festival website, MFF is "seeking creative designs that showcase our community in a unique way, both to our local patrons and sponsors, but also to the national and international filmmaking community". The winner's poster will be used to advertise the 2015 festival. Plus, the winner will receive two free tickets to the opening night of the festival, plus recognition on the festival website. The deadline for the contest is October 15. 

A new restaurant opened this week in Upper Montclair. De Novo European Pub is located inside the Upper Montclair Train Station at 275 Bellevue Avenue. De Novo serves a variety of salads, flatbreads, pastas, and meats, in addition to brunch. According to the restaurant website, the bar is open until 2am on weeknights and Saturdays, and until 12am on Sunday. De Novo opens at noon every day.

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Photo of the Day: Edison Building



This photo shows the Edison Storage Battery Company Building in West Orange.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Update: Coming Soon to Essex County: Pianos, Chocolate Works, Restaurant


Essex County's second Chocolate Works location will open in Millburn in September. 

"We are so excited to open our chocolate shop in Millburn", said Randy Guttenberg, of Livingston, who will own the franchise along with Rob Weiss, of Short Hills. "It will be a family owned business. We each have young children and, with strong ties to the community, thought Millburn would be an ideal location". 

According to Guttenberg, the shop will sell a variety of chocolate covered items, including chocolate covered, pretzels, cookies, marshmallows, graham crackers, and fruit. In addition, truffles, fudge, and bark will be for sale. The store will also host chocolate themed birthday parties and workshops. The Millburn Chocolate Works will be located next to Red Mango at 321 Millburn Avenue, in the former location of the Bagel Chateau. The other Essex County franchise is located in the Livingston Town Center off of Route 10 in Livingston. Most locations of Chocolate Works, which has been in business for nearly 50 years, are located in New York. 

Do you remember the pianos which were placed throughout South Orange Village Center last year? The pianos will be coming back to the village this week! Six pianos will be placed at the corner of Irvington and West Fairview Avenues. the Sloan Street Gazebo, Spiotta Park, Cameron Field Park, Seton Hall University, and outside of the Gateway building. This Saturday, August 23, from noon until 1pm, professional musicians will play on each of the pianos. Plus, a jam session will take place every succeeding Wednesday from 5pm until 7pm at the Sloan Street Gazebo. Each of the pianos have been painted to reflect a certain theme. Bill Billec, Maeva Fouche, Lawrence Ciarallo, Sarah Walters, and 'Mac' McPeters were selected to be the artists for the project. The pianos will be in the village until October 6, and will be auctioned off in order to raise money for educational programming at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). Until then, the pianos are open for members of the public to play. The pianos are part of the 'Playin' Around South Orange' public art project from SOPAC, the South Orange Village Center Alliance, the Village of South Orange, and Seton Hall University. The project is sponsored by PNC Bank. 

A new restaurant will open in September on Route 46 in Fairfield. Sidelines Bar and Grill will be located at 198 Route 46 East next to Monster Mini Golf and the American Business School. "I want Sidelines to be known for it's amazing food and great customer service", owner Alexandra DiIorio told Essex County Place. "I want everyone to feel comfortable here and feel as if they belong here because they do, wheteher they're stopping by for a quick bite at lunch or hanging out on Sunday watching all of the games, or maybe they are bored on a Tuesday night, they can come shoot a few games of pool and and have a couple beers".

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Photo of the Day: Bird at Eagle Rock



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Update: JAC and Village Nearing Settlement


The Jersey Animal Coalition (JAC) will likely leave its home at a South Orange animal shelter after more than nine years. This will come should a settlement be reached between the Township of South Orange Village and the JAC. As part of the settlement, more than 80 charges against the JAC would be dismissed if the organization and its animals vacate the property off of Walton Avenue near the South Orange Recycling Center.

Deputy Village Administrator Adam Loehner told Essex County Place on Friday that there is settlement in principle, however it has not yet be officiated. "It's coming to an end", said Loehner.

The shelter which currently houses the JAC opened in July of 2005, and remained open until March 12 of this year, when it was shut down and placed under quarantine after a joint inspection between the village and the state. At the time, the village issued more than 50 citations to the JAC, and issued over 30 more citations in the following months. On July 7, the JAC sued the Loehner, in addition to the Village Health Department, the Village Board of Health, Health Officer John Fests, and Village Administrator Barry Lewis, Jr. That afternoon, after reading the lawsuit, New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Dennis F. Carey, III ordered that the shelter be allowed to reopen temporarily. Adoptions resumed that night, and have remained ongoing.

Former volunteers at the shelter, who recently claimed that they were banned from volunteering there, are reacting to the news. 

"Sad ending to what could have been a good shelter", said Nancy Schetelick, a former volunteer coordinator. "This news exonerates all the 'banned' volunteers labeled troublemakers for trying to improve conditions for the animals". Schetelick also questioned what will happen to animals currently living at the shelter. "Will the NJSPCA (New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) finally step up and help relocate some of these animals?", Schetelick asked.

Former volunteer Gale Petrecca called the settlement "bittersweet for the long suffering animals". "We can only hope that JAC finally does the right thing and cleans up this mess entirely before closing the doors", said Petrecca. "They need to fling the doors open, let in the light, (and) allow adoptions at hugely slashed rates". Petrecca added that "it should not be about how much they can make on the remaining shelter pets but on getting every last one of them out of there before the deadline".

According to Loehner, the village has not yet decided what will be done with the shelter should the JAC move out. Officials with the Jersey Animal Coalition did not return requests for comment.

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Photo of the Day: Montclair



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Newark News Roundup: Town Hall Meetings, WBGO Gallery, NWK-TV


The office of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka has announced that five town hall meetings will take place this month at various churches throughout the city. All meetings will take place at 7pm. The schedule is below. 

Friday, August 22 
Providence Baptist Church 
469 South 17th Street 

Tuesday, August 26 
Good Neighbor Baptist Church 
100 Chancellor Avenue 

Wednesday, August 27 
Abyssinian Baptist Church 
224 West Kinney Street 

Thursday, August 28 
Shiloh Baptist Church 
107 Davenport Street 

Friday, August 29 
St. Stephan's Church 
7 Wilson Avenue 

Bus transportation from various neighborhood assembly points will be available for senior citizens or residents with physical disabilities. In addition, child care will be provided for children of parents who are attending the meetings. Those interested in attending one of the town hall meetings should call (973) 733-6706 or email townhalls@ci.newark.nj.us. 

The City of Newark's television station is now producing a new program. Called 'Newark Edition', the newsmagazine show about the city government is hosted by Soraida Peres on NWK-TV. NWK-TV can be seen by cable customers on channel 78 in Newark and South Orange. The first episode featured information about partnerships between the Newark Police and the community, a partnership between the cities of Camden, Newark, and Jersey City, National Night Out, and the Lincoln Park Music Festival. It can be viewed here

A Newark radio station's art gallery will host a free reception for an art exhibition in September. The art exhibition, which features works celebrating Hispanic Heritage, can be seen until September 30 at the WBGO Studio Gallery. The reception will take place on Thursday, September 4 from 6pm until 8pm. According to the WBGO website, attendees can view the exhibit, meet the artists, and enjoy a live performance. The artists are Luis Alves, Carlos Mateu, Fausto Sevilla, Mansa Mussa, Jonathan French, and Gina Rivas Velazquez. WBGO is a popular jazz station which serves New Jersey and New York at 88.3 FM. The WBGO Studios are located next to the New Jersey Historical Society at 54 Park Place, across the street from Military Park. The gallery is open weekdays from 9am until 5pm. 

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