Category Archives: Excellent Local People

Vital Dining: Great for Vegans and Foodies Who Love Them

For those of us in culinarily mixed-families, something usually has to give. That’s why it’s such a joy to find a restaurant like Vital Dining with lots of options for everyone from carnivore to vegan. And with a vegan chef in … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Hot Chocolate (NSFW)

Dolce Federica chocolates are rich. And beautiful. And they make the perfect indulgence. They were featured at the Montclair Pop-Up in December and recently at the Montclair Food and Wine Festival. The intense and delicious Dolce Federica chocolates have a boutique … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Syrniki

So really, this isn’t Glad I Saw It, but Glad I Ate It. Although, I was glad to see part of the process used in creating these delicious cheese pancakes from Russia: Syrniki. Mostly ricotta, these pancakes have a slightly … Continue reading

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Montclair’s Hala Ghanem Hosts a Fundraiser for Syrian Refugee Family

Montclair’s Hala Ghanem couldn’t stand by during the refugee crisis; she had to act. Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: I See You

It’s a few weeks into the school year, and for many students it feels like class and friends and expectations are getting settled. For other kids and their families there are stubborn wrinkles in academic and social circles that cause … Continue reading

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No Peace of Mind at the Trader Joe’s

Who can measure the despair and sorrow of an innocent caught in the tangle of a heartless throw-away text? I can be quite literal at times. Perhaps it comes from being all too sincere and dewy-eyed in a cynical world … Continue reading

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What is Love?

I can’t wait to see how she turns out.

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Family Photographs from Leslie Granda-Hill at Umbrella Arts

Leslie Granda-Hill is a socially conscious photographer with a long history of helping to bridge gaps in our understanding of the world around us. She has trained her lens on wounded veterans, orphanages, sick children from far away, and many … Continue reading

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Intimate Live Performance by Felicia Moss: No More Tears

Last night, I was honored to be in the audience of an intimate performance by Felicia Moss-Eaton, cousin to Whitney Houston, at the 73 See Gallery on Pine Street in Montclair. As an utterly secular person with an appreciation for church and … Continue reading

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PARCCing in Moderation: A Discussion

My friend Eugene Stern, who is pretty good with Mathematics and stuff, asked me to have a public discussion about some of the issues surrounding the Common Core and PARCC. In our neck of the woods, it feels like there are … Continue reading

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