While the cool sounds of the Montclair Jazz Festival filled the air around Nishuane Park on Saturday, August 20, Third Ward Councilor Nick Lewis and others circulated petitions to change the municipal election from May to November. From the looks of it, quite a few people were adding their signatures. The issue, as well as the petition itself, has been highly controversial throughout town, but there was no evidence of contentiousness at this summer lawn scene.
Was it the good energy coming from the extremely mellow Jazz House Kids event, or was that particular crowd highly amenable to the change? Were you there? Did you sign? Did the music coax you?
BTW, I’m seeing just a slight resemblance between Alexander and Lewis. Maybe that helped the cause?