Saturday, May 11, 2013
Xunta to feature Spanish chef Gonzalo Fernandez.
The former chef of Tapastry in Montclair has been hired by the owners of a new tapas restaurant opening in Caldwell later this spring. Prior to Church Street's Tapastry, which is now closed, Gonzalo Fernandez was the chef at Xunta in the East Village for 15 years. The new Bloomfield Avenue restaurant will go by the same name. Co-owners are Alfonso Meneses and Carmen Mendez. Located in the former spot of Pasione de Mexico, Xunta, pronounced "SHOON-TA," will serve tapas and feature live Flamenco music, Mendez said. The 50-seat restaurant, located at 392 Bloomfield Ave., is expected to open in late spring. Read about Xunta Tapas Bar in the East Village in New York Magazine and The New York Times for a taste of what's to come. Did you ever …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
A Montclair State University professor offers advice to parents for how to talk about the bombings.
The Boston Marathon bombings is an event that can be exceptionally difficult for children to understand. With news agencies running images and coverage nonstop, children and teens are easily influenced and can take in the wrong information. To help parents discuss the bombings with their children, Dr. Gerard Costa, director of Montclair State University's Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, offers these tips. • Events like the Boston Marathon bombings can lead adults to become more anxious and vigilant, and these feelings can be transmitted to infants and children through gestures, pacing, interactions and words. Adults need to monitor their own states and help children to feel safe. If a parent is too anxious or …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Choose from more than 20 restaurants during the fifth annual Restaurant Week, running from Tuesday through April 21.
It is the week of the foodie in Montclair. Whatever your taste, you'll find it Monday at the Rotary Club of Montclair's Taste of Montclair. The gastronomical gallery of foods featuring some of the township's diverse restaurants will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in University Hall at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave. Park in the Red Hawk Parking Deck. A free shuttle will be running during the event. Tickets are $50 and can be bought online or at the event. If you have been meaning to try a restaurant in town, here is your chance. The Rotary Club's second event will include: Applegate Farms; Beyond Pita; Bistro 18; Brinley's Gold Rum; Chatni; Comfort Food Kitchen; Costanera Cocina Peruana; CulinAriane; Fairway Market; Fin Raw Bar …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A NJ Transit train collided with a tractor-trailer in Little Falls Wednesday morning and injured 10 people, two of them seriously.
[UPDATED 4:15 p.m.] Updates to include revised information on power outage from PSE&G spokeswoman. A NJ Transit passenger train slammed into a tractor-trailer in Little Falls, Wednesday morning, injuring several people, backing up traffic on Pompton Avenue and cancelling trains along the Montclair-Boonton line. PSE&G crews were originally supposed to disable power in Little Falls around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to work on damaged power lines, but were unable to do so until the damaged tractor-trailer was removed, PSE&G spokesperson Kristine Snodgrass told Patch at 4 p.m. Wednesday. As of that time, the truck had yet to be removed and power had not been disrupted to Cedar Grove or Little Falls because the truck needed to be righted and towed …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Montclair commemorated baseball legend and resident Yogi Berra by naming a street after him on Saturday.
Montclair memorialized Yankee legend and local resident Yogi Berra this weekend by naming a street after him. On Saturday, the township unveiled Yogi Berra Way, the alternate name for Edgewood Terrace. One of the street signs is located at the fork in the road at Edgewood Terrace and Edgewood Road, which preserves forever one of Berra’s famous adages to his friend Joe Garagiola which he said when giving him directions to his Montclair home: “When you get to the fork in the road, take it.” The other two commemorative street signs were placed at the intersections of Edgewood Terrace and Prospect Avenue, and Edgewood Terrace and Highland Avenue. The Montclair Council voted in November to pay tribute to Berra with the street signs. All …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
This "local gem" marks half a century of education and entertainment
The Turtleback Zoo turns 50 in 2013, and the people and animals who live in and love the zoo are celebrating. This year will see completion of a new playground, thanks to Investors Bank, as well as a Sea Lion building, complete with a touch-tank. When ground broke for the new building, in 2010, Essex County Joseph DiVincenzo said, “The Sea Lion Exhibit will be the largest and most ambitious attraction at Turtle Back Zoo. Opening it during the 50thanniversary celebration will be symbolic of how much the Zoo has been transformed into a premiere recreation and education destination. These will both be milestone events in the Zoo’s history,” he noted. There's no need to wait to visit the zoo, of course, as it is open year-round. Winter Zoo …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Montclair resident Daniel Brenner wrote a new song to celebrate the Festival of Lights.
One local resident says there aren’t enough Hanukkah songs, so he wrote his own. Daniel Brenner, 42, recently posted a video of his new song about Hanukkah, titled “A Minor Holiday,” which he hopes will bring major attention to the traditionally lesser festival. “I’ve been, let’s say, recovering from a certain kind of secret jealousy of Christmas my entire life,” said Brenner with a laugh. Brenner, who is a rabbi, recalled that he was one of the only Jewish kids in his community growing up in Charlotte, N.C., and the yearly Festival of Lights would be drowned out by the ubiquitous Christmas season. That is where the opening lyric of the song, “In a forest full of Christmas trees, we lit candles for the Maccabees,” comes from, said …
Greenleaf Compassion Center, at 395 Bloomfield Ave., opened and met with more than 20 patients on Dec. 6.
Marijuana has arrived in Montclair. Greenleaf Compassion Center, located at 395 Bloomfield Ave., opened on Dec. 6 and became the first medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey. “We are excited,” said Joseph Stevens, board member and one of the chief financial officers, about finally opening up the dispensary. “For the patients of New Jersey, they finally are able to procure their medication in a safe environment.” The dispensary had scheduled about 20 patient appointments this morning who came from throughout the state, said Stevens. There are more than 370 patients eligible to participate in the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, with many more in the application process. The nondescript dispensary is located in the heart of …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21 -- just two weeks from now. Do you buy it?
Time for another Patch poll, and it's simple this time: Do you expect the world to end on Dec. 21, 2012? Apocalypse in the house ... Seriously though, even NASA is getting in on the action. The agency created a page on its website devoted to debunking the Mayan apocalypse idea—not least because the Mayans never predicted any such thing. The date is simply the end of one time period that simply starts over. “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA wrote. But maybe they're just fun-haters: there are a number of parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case the Earth explodes, or zombies run amok. With the "long …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The National Weather Service designation affects deductibles on insurance claims and could save property owners money.
Monday, November 19, 2012
The National Weather Service has determined that Superstorm Sandy which caused billions in damages and record floods on Oct. 29 was not a hurricane when it made landfall. Staff writer Richard Degener reports in The Press of Atlantic City that meteorologists have determined that Category 1 Hurricane Sandy was a "post-tropical cyclone" by the time it reached the New Jersey coastline. The designation has an important impact on how insurance companies process claims for storm damage. Read "Sandy's classification as 'post-tropical cyclone' saving homeowners thousands on hurricane deductibles ."