Town Crier: Farmers’ market attracts public — and traffic scofflaws

MONTCLARION: November 13, 2015

All I want for Christmas — is tires with a treadwear rating of 600. Finally, there’s something to cheer about on the weather front. Monday’s heavy showers have given us hope that we may, indeed, have a rainy season. Wet weather is forecast for next week as well, prompting the CHP to issue a reminder about driving in rain, fog and snow.

Bottom line? Check your wipers, headlights and the tread on your tires. (Using a quarter, George Washington’s head should be covered by tread.) See more tips at

Around town: The Montclair Village Farmers’ Market is attracting an eclectic mix of customers, along with the occasional traffic scofflaw. A motorist found it convenient to park in the red zone at Mountain and La Salle last Sunday, blocking the crosswalk for 90 minutes. A reader’s photo confirmed the offense, leading us to wonder whether traffic cops even work on Sundays.

Speaking of road hazards, when did gas become so popular? Mash Gas & Food on Mountain near Park Boulevard has seen such an uptick in customers that it’s causing traffic concerns. Montclair chiropractor Pete Lowenberg says it’s a danger when cars from the service station cross into traffic coming and going from the Village Center next door.

Celebrity sighting: Klay Thompson was handing out hugs in the Montclair Subway sandwich shop recently. Well, not really, but he did share the love with 29-year veteran mail carrier Madeline Dinoso, who recognized him immediately as her favorite Golden State Warrior. It was Dinoso’s birthday to boot and she’s now got a picture to show friends and customers along her Carisbrook route.

Food news: Reader Mary Feinberg is a fan of the new Elmwood eatery — The Advocate. She’s not the only one. The place was packed last Sunday night, with the earliest reservation at 8 p.m. The Advocate and its sister restaurant, Comal, have the Meyer sound system, which makes it easy to hear your tablemates — even in a crowded cafe.

Silly stuff: It was fun to see a flash mob break out on Lakeshore for Halloween. The group’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s iconic song “Thriller” was the perfect way to ring in a holiday that’s second only to Christmas in popularity. It does make you wonder, though, if they’ll show up for Thanksgiving to do the turkey trot.

Got news? You can reach Ginny Prior by email at and on the web at


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