Archive for the ‘Montclarion Columns’ Category

MONTCLARION: August 15, 2014

In late July, I wrote about a culinary wave headed for Montclair. Make that a tidal wave. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: August 8, 2014

Not many people are named after a pizza. But in the early 1990s, my friend and her husband named their newborn Zachary. It seemed like a no-brainer, being both a popular baby name and the couples’ favorite Rockridge pizzeria, Zachary’s. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: August 1, 2014

It’s been a long time since I’ve checked out Lake Merritt at night. I really need to get out more.

The change is impressive. There are cafés and people everywhere – a beautiful blend of humanity coming together to celebrate the near-perfect weather in Oakland. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: July 25, 2014

For whatever reason, the culinary wave that’s been washing over Oakland has largely missed Montclair. Could that be changing? (more…)

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MONTCLARION: June 27, 2014

This is the tale of two Oakland entrepreneurs. Both are millennials — young, bold and determined to make a difference. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: June 13, 2014

Oakland is the new Brooklyn. I heard it again the other day from two people who live — of all places — in Brooklyn. The food scene, the attitude and Oakland art have created a buzz that’s undeniable. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: June 6, 2014

Is Montclair losing its post office? This is the question David Sarber posed in a recent email. Even though he no longer owns a camera shop next door, Sarber has seen what he calls “a subtle but steady” decline in services at our village postal branch. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: May 30, 2014

The need for caffeine can make motorists do dangerous things. The other day I was sitting in Montclair, grande mocha in hand, watching the traffic patterns of a Village fueled by coffee shops on almost every corner. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: May 23, 2014

I’m going out on a limb with this. I sincerely hope no one’s offended. Of all the Greek wines I tried last weekend, there’s one I will not buy again.

I do not like retsina. I do not like this Greek wine. I don’t like it with Dolmas. I don’t like it with lamb. I won’t even drink it with green eggs and — you get the point. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: May 16, 2014

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.” That’s what Dick Callahan told my students recently at Saint Mary’s College. The longtime public address announcer for the Oakland A’s knows something about dreams — as one of only 30 people in the world who do what he does — announce major league baseball games. (more…)

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