Montclair Police Blotter: Delivery Man Robbed, Homes Burglarized

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 9:00pm  |  COMMENTS (18)

A driver for Golden River restaurant was robbed on Union and Prospect on March 26 around 11:15 p.m. The driver went to the location to deliver what turned out to be a fake order and was punched by the person who confronted him taking $392. The suspect fled on food foot until police found him on Hawthorne Place. The suspect at the time of the robbery was wearing a hood over his face. He was later identified as a current worker at the restaurant that knew how much money the driver was carrying.

During the preliminary investigation, police found that the suspect’s girlfriend was identified as an accomplice who made the phone order and drove the suspect to the location where the robbery occurred. She was also arrested on Hawthorne Place.

If you’re a heavy sleeper make sure to lock all your doors and windows. Two homeowners found that out the hard way this week when their homes were robbed while they were sleeping.

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ATONEMENT Opening At Montclair’s Gallery U

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Gallery U, Montclair’s newest contemporary artspace, presents “ATONEMENT – Reconciliation, New Beginnings and Resurrections.” This group show brings together influential emerging artists from around the world. New York City artists include performance artist Gio Black Peter, legendary downtown photographer Christopher Stribley, NY Press gossip columnist Gerry Visco, Robert Ordonez, German photographer Robert Torres, mixed media artist Rheeka from Paris, Ryan Edward Scott from San Francisco, Romeo Vita from Italy, Gregory Moon from Portland, celebrated local artists Joe Lurato, Robert Greco, Robert Langdon, Richard Gessner, Stan Sudol and a host of others.

This exhibition opens tomorrow night, April 1 with a reception from 6-9 pm, and the public is invited. Gallery U, 179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair.

Police Officer Charged With Arson, Insurance Fraud

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (11)


East Orange police officer Kareem Spence, 34, of South Plainfield was arrested and indicted on charges of arson, insurance fraud, and attempted theft by deception, Essex County Prosecutor’s office announced.

Spence was arrested today, March 31, at approximately 10:30 am at East Orange Police Headquarters after a three-count indictment was unsealed on March 30, 2010.

The indictment charges that Spence, who has been with the East Orange Police Department for approximately six years, set his 2002 Cadillac Coupe DeVille on fire on May 2, 2009 in Irvington to collect insurance money. Allegedly, gasoline soaked towels were discovered in the trunk of the vehicle, where the blaze started.

If convicted of all the charges, Spence faces up to 25 years in prison. Bail was set at $25,000; Spence is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility.

And in other police news, a grand jury said Caldwell police officer Darryl Elder, 37, was justified in shooting and killing a man who had just stabbed his girlfriend.

NJ Imposes Higher Fines For Drivers & Pedestrians

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

Starting tomorrow, April 1, NJ drivers who don’t come to a full stop for pedestrians in crosswalks will be subject to fines of $200; pedestrians caught jaywalking will get slapped with a $54 fine.

Do you think the fine will make the streets of Baristaville safer for pedestrians?

Council Meets Early To OK MSU Sewer Deal

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

The Montclair Town Council held a special meeting today at 8 am, officially blessing a project to improve sewer lines for Montclair State. But the odd timing of the meeting and the lack of a public input had some residents concerned.

Resident and MSU neighbor Cyd Caillerac told Baristanet after the meeting, “I’m not comfortable with this. It’s too rushed, and I’m not sure the public has all the information on the benefits and risks. There’s been no public hearing.”

This morning’s special 8 am council meeting was called to discuss Montclair township’s budget, which apparently is getting leaner and leaner. Last Friday, a discussion of Montclair State University’s proposal to improve a section of the municipal sewer system in the first ward was added as the first agenda item. Last week, MSU formally reached out for a confirmation that the work would be done, Mayor Fried said.

The project, which will replace 100-year-old pipes, described by town utility engineer Gary Obszarny as “leaking, root and groundwater infiltrated” is prompted by the university’s construction of campus residences that will house 2,000 students. The expanded on-campus population is anticipated to produce an extra 211,000 gallons per day of sewage waste.

Mayor Jerry Fried began by stating that the project is not under council jurisdiction. “The work itself is the purview of the head of the Montclair Sewer Utility, which responds to all requests for sewer hookups. It is essentially the same as if a new business or single family residence were to need new service,” said Mayor Fried. “I feel it’s important for residents to understand the position of the council on this.”

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Woman In Charge: Glen Ridge Chief Of Police, Sheila Byron-Lagattuta

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 11:05am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Sheila Byron-Lagattuta’s police career in Glen Ridge consists of “firsts.” She was the first woman to be employed by Glen Ridge PD when hired as a dispatcher 28 years ago. Now the borough welcomes her as its first female Chief of Police. Congratulations to Chief Byron! The full story, on

Handcrafted Soaps, Lotions, & Candles Produced In Montclair

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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Two young entrepreneurs from Bloomfield recently opened an artisanal soap, lotion, and candle boutique at 570 Bloomfield Avenue, taking over the old Rocktec digs.

The nameless black awning over the store has kept this new business under the radar in Baristaville. Owners Ingrid Sauer and Andrea Cassar are taking it slow as they build up stock of scent-sational products for their store, InsaniTea.

In the front window, there’s a beautiful display of pies, tortes, cakes, and pastries. They smell absolutely heavenly; they’re diet-friendly at zero calories priced at $6-$9 per slice. I loved “Grandma’s Apple Pie” and the blueberry cupcakes – and, you guessed it – they are examples of Cassar’s whimsical take on soap crafting.

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Bloomfield Police Blotter: Jewel Thieves

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Bloomfield’s police blotter this past week features numerous break-ins and lots of missing jewelry.

March 28: When returning home, a Rogers Place resident noticed a rear window open in their home. The resident went upstairs to the bedrooms and found that both were ransacked. Missing at the time was a variety of jewelry.

March 25: After being a way for a couple of days, a Jersey Street resident returned home to find his apartment burglarized. The resident told police that someone entered his apartment through a window near the fire escape. Jewelry, a laptop and two digital cameras were missing.

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Watsessing Tracks Closed

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 4:50pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Clever Commute tips are coming that the Watsessing tracks were closed due to flooding around 3 p.m.

Later trains may be affected.

Let’s Talk About Sex

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 4:25pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


At what age should you have “the talk” ? I never had the talk, that was the one thing a public school education was useful for.

Go to Barista Kids for some advice on probably the most uncomfortable conversation you’ll ever have.

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