A Falling Tree Gets Its Closeup

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Amid the gunshot-like sounds of branches snapping on Saturday, there was one noise that sounded more like a cannon. Turns out it was a giant oak tree falling on my block — and one of my neighbors, Rick Gearhart, managed to capture it on videotape, which he shared with Eyewitness News.

Luckily no one was injured, but the street tree smashed straight into the house across the street from Gearhart, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage. It’s amateur video, but no less astonishing to see devastation in action. Watch it here.


Montclair: More Options For Warmth, Power

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 3:50pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Feeling powerless and need a place to go for a few hours? Montclair Public Library main branch is open until 6 p.m. today and the Bellevue branch until 8 p.m. Tell us your favorite power outage haunts in comments.


BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 3:26pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

A freak October snowstorm didn’t stop folks from getting their freak on at the Boooristanet ball. Want to see the party pics?

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Montclair’s Danger Zones and Traffic Light Outages from Snoctober

Monday, Oct 31, 2011 12:53pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Montclair Police Department provides below a list of some of the areas in town that may be dangerous to pedestrian and vehicular traffic:

• 35 Central Avenue – Live wire across the roadway still arcing

• Eaglerock at South Mountain – Live across the roadway still arcing

• Willowdale at Linden- Live wire across the roadway still arcing

The traffic signals out at:

• Park and Claremont

• Valley at Claremont

• Watchung and Grove

• Alexander and Grove Tree limbs that have partially broken from trees still present a risk and should be avoided as well.

Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Cedar Grove Saying “No Treats for You”

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 11:53am  |  COMMENTS (38)

Update: 2 p.m. Montclair becomes more definite in discouraging trick or treating today.

Due to remaining dangerous conditions in a number of areas of town, the Township of Montclair recommends that parents postpone home-to-home trick-or-treating until Friday, November 4 and NOT participate in trick-or-treating today, Monday, October 31.

The Township also encourages those who will postpone home-to-home trick-or-treating to keep porch lights off to let October 31 participants know that they will NOT be participating this evening.

Update: Montclair, Bloomfield join Glen Ridge, Cedar Grove in discouraging trick or treating today.

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Montclair Council Chambers Open As “Warming Center”

Monday, Oct 31, 2011 11:35am  |  COMMENTS (0)

If you’re still without power, head over to Montclair’s Council Chambers.

The Montclair Township municipal building Council Chambers will be open to the public as a “warming center” today, Monday October 31 and Tuesday, November 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 pm. for all those who may be without power. The Municipal building is located at 205 Claremont Avenue between North Fullerton Avenue and Park Street.

The Glen Ridge Train Station is also open as a warming center and device recharging station today and tomorrow from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Continue Reading

The Long-Term Health Effects of 9/11

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 11:26am  |  COMMENTS (0)

From asthma to post traumatic stress disorder, the events of 9/11 have had a persistent long-term effects on survivors’ health.   This will be the topic of a lecture by Steven D. Stellman, director of research for the World Trade Center Health Registry, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State.

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Montclair’s Special Debris Collection For Snoctober Storm

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 11:26am  |  COMMENTS (17)

Montclair's Midland Ave. has lots of tree debris.

Got branches and tree debris? Here’s how to handle it in Montclair:


Miscellaneous Tree Debris

Due to the significant amount of tree debris generated by the October 29, 2011 storm be advised that the Township will provide a special collection of these items as follows:

Branches – Branches are defined as any tree, bush or shrub parts less than one (1) inch in diameter. Branches must be cut in lengths of 36-inches or less and must be securely bundled. Bundles cannot weigh more than 25 pounds each. Branches may also be set out in biodegradable paper bags.

Loose piles of branches will not be collected.

Wood Chips/chunks, Tree Bark, Acorns, Misc., Nuts, Tree Droppings, Etc., These items must be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags or rigid containers not weighing more than 50 pounds each.

Logs- Logs are defined as any tree part one (1) inch or larger in diameter. Logs are not normally collected as vegetative waste however they will be collected during this storm cleanup only. Smaller diameter logs must be bundled with no bundle weighing more than 25 pounds each. Logs weighing more than 50 pounds will not be collected. Residents must make their own arrangements for disposal of logs weighing more than 50 pounds. To facilitate collection keep log piles separate from branch bundles.

Stumps – Stumps are not collected. Residents must make their own arrangements for disposal.

All debris must be brought to the curb by the end of the day Sunday, November 6th for collection starting Monday, November 7th. Due to the significant quantity of debris anticipated an accurate collection schedule cannot be determined at this time however it is anticipated that complete removal of debris will take several weeks.

Once a street has been cleared the date of collection will noted and the crews will not return to that street for additional debris.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

How bad is your street?

Joe D. Recommends Against Trick-or-Treating

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 9:50am  |  COMMENTS (6)

County Executive Joe DiVincenzo put out a press release this morning suggesting that families in neighborhoods hard hit in the storm find alternatives to trick or treating tonight.

“This early snowstorm, with its high winds and heavy snow, brought down a lot of trees and electrical wires. Utility companies are working hard to restore electricity and repair broken wires, but in some cases this will not be accomplished before our children go trick-or-treating,” DiVincenzo said. “Adults and children should be extra careful when they go out and should certainly avoid any homes or streets that have fallen trees or power lines. Most important is that everyone should not touch wires that are on the ground because they still might be live with electricity. Halloween is an exciting holiday for children, and we don’t want to see anyone getting hurt because they touched a live wire with their costume or hand.” Continue Reading

Worst. Commute. Ever.

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (16)

How’s the post-storm commute with NJ Transit trains out of business for the day?

Commuter David Hunt — who sent this photo and headline — summed it up this way:

No train, decamp SRO and just heard from Clev-com 495 is closed due to fire. I have 1 foot square to stand in, claustrophobic, and rt 3 is stop and go near la-roche. Help! Stay home if U can

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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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