$10,000 Stolen At Montclair Skateboard Shop

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007 3:17pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

And now, in other skateboarding news, this just in from the Montclair police blotter…

Burglary: Occurred between 7:30 p.m. on the 28th & 8:30 a.m. on the 29th. Unknown suspect(s) entered the Division East Skateboard shop located on Bloomfield Ave by breaking a glass windowpane to the front door. Once inside, suspect(s) removed approximately $ 10,000 dollars worth of clothing (jeans, shirts, t-shirts, jackets & baseball style hats) and skateboarding equipment. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective James Milano at 973-509-4726.

Another “sports” store was hit in Montclair and suspects were caught on video surveillance…

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Need A Date?

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007 2:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Find one fast tonight.

Geese To Get Their Kix Without Breeding Risk

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007 2:14pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Solution to Baristaville’s geese problem? Certainly not this.
No, Alex MacDonald of North Caldwell, has a much gentler way to decrease the Canada geese population. He wants to put them on the Pill. From The Star Ledger

MacDonald says it’s easy to use. Target the flock of geese you want to control and feed them OvaControl each morning during breeding season — late February to early April. It can be done by hand or by using an automatic feeder Innolytics developed.
“Our product looks, smells, tastes like a bread ball. We have not found a goose yet who has turned it down,” MacDonald said last week at a forum at the Essex County Environmental Center. “It’s a wheat-based product. Semi-soft. It’s the size of Kix cereal. And it’s very palatable to geese.”

The downside? An increased incidence of swinging geese having wild key parties.

Batman!

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007 12:21pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Pow!
Go see the original, campy and kid-friendly Caped Crusader tonight, 8:30 pm at Montclair Art Museum.
Did anyone else want to be Catwoman?

Helping After Tragedy

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007 11:33am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Friends and family of Theresa Reilly are asking for help on her behalf. From the Star Ledger

Family friend Bill Johnson said he initiated the fundraiser with the help of Ken DeGhetto, a friend from Livingston, and is circulating fliers with a picture of the girls and the headline “A Tragedy …. But You Can Help.”
Those who would like to make a donation are asked to address checks to Theresa Reilly and mail them to the Johnsons at 27 Fellswood Drive, Essex Fells, NJ 07021.

More here.

What’s Your Walk Score?

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007 10:19am  |  COMMENTS (20)

From TreeHugger.com via EcoRealty:
Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. It calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. All listings come directly from Google. Business owners can easily add updates.

So how walkable is it where you live? Walk Score “uses a patent-pending algorithm to calculate the walkability of an address based on:
* The distance to walkable locations near an address.
* Calculating a score for each of these locations.
* Combining these scores into one easy to read Walk Score.”
You type in your address and it puts it on a Google map and gives it a score. 70 to 90 is very walkable; 90 to a hundred is a walker’s paradise.

Go here and try it.

Skateboarder Arrest Fuels New Bid for Skate Park

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007 9:01am  |  COMMENTS (151)

Cameron Kennon, a 15-year-old honors student at Montclair High, was arrested last Wednesday for criminal trespass for skateboarding in a bank parking lot on Valley Road. Kennon was handcuffed and taken to the Montclair Police station, where his mug shot was taken and he was put in a cell for about an hour before his mother arrived. His skateboard was confiscated. A friend of Cameron’s, 15, was also arrested.
Cameron’s arrest has inflamed his mother, Sabine, whose Watercooler post (registration required) shortly after the event has spawned dozens of replies. She’s now renewing a campaign to get a skateboard park in town, which died a NIMBY death two years ago.

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The Montclair/Brooklyn Connection

Monday, Jul 30, 2007 4:13pm  |  COMMENTS (20)

Brace yourself Montclair BOE. When public middle schools don’t stack up in Brooklyn Heights, the back-up is Montclair. From the New York Times

The pioneer spirit that drove Melissa Milgrom to enroll her daughter, Sabine, in P.S. 8 four years ago is less strong now that Sabine, who will enter fourth grade this fall, is approaching middle school.
“The stakes are higher,” Ms. Milgrom said. “We’re not just dealing with education but socialization.” Though she took a chance with P.S. 8, when it comes to middle school, she said, she would prefer to base a decision on something stronger than idealism.
“I’m not ready to move to Montclair yet,” Ms. Milgrom said somewhat woefully. But, she added, if no better prospects arise for her daughter’s middle school education, she may decide she has no choice but to leave the Heights.

No-Show Strahan Speculation

Monday, Jul 30, 2007 1:06pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Montclair’s Michael Strahan didn’t show up for training and now his agent is saying he’s mulling over retirement.
If not showing up was a stunt, it’s not working. From the Daily News

“We’re very serious (about moving on),” Reese told the Daily News during yesterday’s afternoon practice. “We can’t sit on our hands waiting to see if the guy is ready to return.
“Do we want him here? Sure. But if he wants to retire, we’ll wish him the best. We can win without him.”

Strahan’s
teammates
aren’t ready to buy him a rocking chair, yet.
Some possible replacements here.
Why Strahan might be too busy to practice.

Glen Ridge and Montclair Share Development

Monday, Jul 30, 2007 11:52am  |  COMMENTS (48)

Move over Lackawanna Plaza. The Glen Ridge Zoning Board has approved an application for a new shopping center where the old Montclair Bloomfield Ford used to be.
The parcel of land is on the border of both Montclair and Glen Ridge, but the approval in GR is a major hurdle crossed for the developers, Glenmont RR Crossing LLC, who had to deal with signage and lighting restrictions.
According to the Montclair Times, the Glen Ridge segment of land will host a bank with parking and three other retailers.

Several types of establishments are prohibited in Glen Ridge’s C-1 (or commercial zone). They include tattoo or body piercing parlors, fast food restaurants and pawnshops. Professional offices, retail stores and gun shops are permissible in a C-1 zone.

Yes, you did read right. Tattoos bad, guns good.
Here’s the rendering of what the GR portion of the development will look like…

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