Are Hawk Crossings Apartments At Montclair State Really Haunted?

Overlooking the Montclair State University campus, high up on a hill, sits the historical landmark known as the Van Reyper-Bond House. Built in 1872, and kept well preserved since, the house’s American gothic architecture, is historically beautiful, yet rather eerie looking.

Below that hill rests the campus of Montclair State University, GO RED HAWKS! Yes we all have school spirit here, but with all that pride, let us not forget the spirits who, for lack of a better word, were crushed when our campus was built. Legend has it that MSU was constructed on top of an old Indian burial ground. Many have reported odd noises from many different buildings and strange sightings in the woods surrounding the campus after dark.

Perhaps the most haunted part of the campus is Hawk Crossings Apartments. The three buildings making up this upperclassmen resident hall were built in the 1970s and previously known as the Clove Road Apartments. Since then, reports of flickering lights, shaking doors, shadow like apparitions, and “unearthly” noises all contributed MSU landing a spot on many lists naming “Haunted College Campuses.”

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Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen in Montclair

Enjoy the tastes of land and sea at Fin, stationed in the heart of Montclair’s shopping district.

Just in time for the warmer months ahead, Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen is opening up their third New Jersey location. This seafood restaurant first opened in October 2011. It is now thriving in both the Montclair and Summit locations, so much so that a Fin on the beach is in the works. This new location is set in Long Branch with expectations to open in summer 2017. So what about this local seafood restaurant is yielding so much success?

Affordability. Prices at Fin certainly keep patrons’ wallets in mind. Menu items range from around $10 – $30, which is reasonable for an upscale seafood restaurant in a prime location. Fingenerously offers half price oysters every Tuesday; so be prepared for the dinner rush on certain days. Aside from the dinner menu, a large selection of bottled wines is available, starting at less than $20 a bottle.

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Nauna’s Brings Italy to Montclair

Nauna’s Bella Casa has been serving homemade pizza and Italian cuisine since 1986!

From quick grab it and go items like pizza, to fine dining, Nauna’s Bella Casa serves it all to perfection. Guests are invited to have a taste of homemade Italian cuisine locally and affordably. No matter what the occasion, Nauna’s Bella Casa provides the food and location for a deliciously, memorable evening.

Nauna’s Bella Casa has an extensive menu with over 15 types of specialty and artisan pies. Aside from pizza, there are endless pasta and dinner options. There is truly something for everyone as Nauna’s serves both gluten-free and vegan options. The chefs are proud to announce that they now fry with zero trans fat oil. All menu items are available for in-house dining or for delivery.

“They have such a large selection and their food was really good,” said customer, Melyssa Laycock. “Their pizza was nice and crisp and not too oily.”

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Amanti Vino: Local and Affordable Artisanal Wine

Reward your palate with the fine taste of artisanal wine, beer and spirits for sale in your own backyard with Montclair’s Amanti Vino.

Nothing beats the selection of affordably priced wine, beer and spirits atAmanti Vino. With over 200 bottles under $20 and over 900 wines from all different countries, the boutique is sure to have a flavor that will satisfy every palette. Proprietor Sharon Sevrens opened Amanti Vinoteca in 2005 and since then, it has received a surplus of media attention.

Why all the hype? Amanti Vino is not your typical spirits store. Here, customers can take classes, participate in wine tastings, attend special events and so much more. Amanti Vino is located right in front of the boutique and offers outdoor seating for customers to sip their wine or beer while enjoying the artisanal cheeses and crackers sold at Amanti Vino.

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Bala Natural Skin Care: Organic, High Quality and Local

Give your skin what it really needs to feel rejuvenated with Bala Natural’s facial and threading services in the great town of Montclair.

Bala Natural Skin Care is a family-owned salon stationed locally in Montclair. Looking for some much needed relaxation? Facials are the perfect way to rejuvenate your body and give you that glowing look you desire. Bala Natural Skin Care offers packages for exfoliating, moisturizing and toning your skin. Visitors are guaranteed to leave feeling refreshed!

“The salon is very high end,” said beauty expert and threading artist, Sonal Parekh. “All of our products are organic.”

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10 Reasons Why You Should Work At A Haunted Attraction This October

Looking for a job? Consider applying to be a scare actor!

1. Professionals do your hair and make up for you before work.

Relax as very talented make up artists transform your face into that of the undead with the use of prosthetics and air brush guns. There’s nothing like having a personal stylist; whether they’re pampering you in glam make up, or FX make up! The time spent in that chair is dedicated to you and making you look your best.

2. You have permission to take your anger out on guests.

What better way to unleash your built up stress and anger than by screaming? Even better, screaming at someone! Stomp, growl, grunt, yell, do what you please to release that frustration. There’s no other job where “angry resting face” is welcomed.

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An Open Letter To My Little Sister Graduating High School

It takes a special kind of person to do what you do.

Two years ago today, I walked across our high school’s football field, diploma in hand, ready to embark on the next chapter of my life. As I reminisce on my own high school career, graduation, and first two years of college, I cannot help but wish for time to slow down. You may not feel that way now, but trust me, if you feel like high school flew by, college will be over in the blink of an eye. Live in the moment and appreciate each minute of it because there’s no going back.

Watching you graduate the other day was such a proud big sister moment! As they called your name, surprisingly pronouncing it correctly, I had to prepare myself. By preparing myself I mean I had to open Snap Chat and take a deep breathe in order to be the loudest cheerer in the crowd. I’d say that feat was accomplished as you shot me the dirtiest of looks for my banshee call before continuing to walk across the field. At that moment, I realized my job was accomplished. I had successfully annoyed you for 18 years. I picked on you, stole your clothes, ate your leftovers, made you cry…and hopefully made you smile. Most importantly, I watched you grow into the beautiful and strong young woman you’ve become.

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Review

Longtime Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans were let down by the second installment of the resurrected phenomenon.

Succeeding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Out of the Shadows, directed by Dave Green is sure to leave both fans and critics alike in utter disappointment. While it was named one of this summer’s blockbuster films, reviews show that Out of the Shadows will most definitely not go down in history as a successful comic remake. Longtime Ninja Turtles fans seemed to rush and see opening night premieres, but soon enough are likely to completely forget the movie ever happened.

Being that the proceeding film told the backstories of characters Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael, Out of the Shadows conveniently was able to dive right into the action. A little too much action. With lines few and far between from the scarcely dressed news reporter, April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman, Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), the majority of the movie is just CGI fighting. This easily makes it seem like you are watching someone play a video game.

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