NJ Transit is Listening — Tonight

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 4:28pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

New Jersey Transit wants to hear what you have to say – really, they do. Tonight at Penn Station, commuters can voice their concerns and frustrations live and in person to senior management at a “We’re Listening” forum. More details below.

Perhaps the execs will get an earful about the delays that occurred both yesterday and today. This morning, Clever Commute posts and tweets were filled with news about how passengers were forced to de-board the 7:57 a.m. train at Bloomfield station and reboard a different train. Delays are par for the course for NJT, but transit police wielding machine guns – not so much.  Continue Reading

African-American Career Day at Glenfield Middle School Inspires

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 4:18pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Last week, more than 60 African-American professionals, ranging from musicians to doctors to lawyers, visited Montclair’s Glenfield Middle School for its annual African-American Career Day. The event was part of the school’s Black History Month celebration.

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Deer Hunt Results Are In

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 2:54pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

A total of 274 deer were removed from South Mountain, Hilltop and Eagle Rock Reservations during the 2012 Essex County Deer Management Program, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced at a press conference today. That is fewer than the 339 deer that were culled from the reservations in 2011.

In a press release issued after the conference, DiVincenzo was quoted as saying: “Our Deer Management Program is a comprehensive approach to addressing the deer population in our reservations. The culling program held in January and February has helped us reduce the herd in our reservations to manageable levels. An aggressive planting program has helped to stimulate the regrowth of plant life in our forests. And, the installation of unique devices that reflect light and emit a high pitched noise along several heavily trafficked county roadways is helping to limit the number of motor vehicle accidents involving deer.”

The County Executive continued: “The goal of our program was not to eliminate deer from our reservations, but to reduce the population to a manageable level. The results from the last five years have shown us that the work we have done to reduce the deer population has worked.”  Continue Reading

Occupy Essex Slams the Pru (Again)

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (23)

Occupy Essex recently released a video to protest New Jersey’s proposed $250 million tax credit for Prudential to build new headquarters in Newark. The group has slammed Prudential before on this issue. In the video, Occupy Essex spokesman Adam Karl calls the proposed tax credit an “outrage” and notes that the company isn’t even eligible for the credit. He goes on to say: “If the pigs at Prudential Insurance want a posh new corporate tower in downtown Newark let them build it themselves.”  Continue Reading

Teacher Needs Donations for Haiti and Dominican Republic

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

“I’ve been to Haiti and The Dominican Republic twice now on mission trips,” explains Northeast Elementary School kindergarten teacher Dana Cornwell, left. “Both times, I came home, sat on my couch and cried at how fortunate I am compared to these people who have literally nothing but are the most wonderful human beings I have ever met.”

Cornwell and her family visited these countries to meet their sponsored children through the humanitarian organization World Vision. This year, though, the family teamed up with two dentists to create their own non-profit called Cheerful Heart Dental Mission and will be traveling March 19-24. Cornwell can’t go due to work, so she’s gathering donations for her friends and family to take with them.

The mission needs toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouth wash, Tylenol and multivitamins. Items can be dropped off at Northeast’s front office now through March 15. Continue Reading

What ‘dat Big Purple Truck?

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Unless you have been living under a boulder, you may have noticed that food trucks have become all the rage. TFQ-The French Quarter in the big purple truck is the area’s newest edition to gourmet food on four wheels. Continue Reading

Flavor Excursions: Patel Brothers Grocery

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (6)

Spending a few minutes in an ethnic grocery store always inspires me to make something new. The exotic fruits and vegetables and unusual herbs and spices instantly trigger my brain to start thinking in different ways. Take Route 46 west to Patel Brothers in Parsippany on this Flavor Excursions trip where you’ll find a grocery store flaunting the flavors of India. Invite a friend to join you and together you can shop, share ingredients and costs.

That’s exactly what my friend Suzy and I did a few weeks ago.

Tiring of the winter meals we’ve been serving our families week after week, we thought we needed to jazz things up a bit in the dinner department. So, we planned a field trip to Patel Brothers followed by an après-shopping cooking date.

We wandered the aisles of this exceptionally clean and tidy market, marveling at the colorful stacks of spices and a refrigerator full of fresh yogurt and cheese (paneer). There’s also a frozen section with an array of breads and bite sized foods, and a pantry stocked with dried beans and lentils of every size and color and jars and jars of exotic chutneys and sauces. The selection is astounding and truly gets our creativity flowing.

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Another MSU Student Arrested for Lying About Assault

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (36)

A Montclair State University student was arrested yesterday for filing a false report of an assault. Campus Police Chief Paul M. Cell sent out this email to the University community: Continue Reading

Athletes Celebrated at Montclair Pop Warner Jr. Bulldogs 3rd Annual Banquet

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Sunday, February 26, over 300 attended the Montclair Pop Warner Jr. Bulldogs 3rd Annual Banquet. It was a wonderful event for the families.

Walter Springer, the Master of Ceremonies, and Garland Thornton, President of the Bulldogs, spoke and handed out awards. Montclair High School Football Coach John Fiore spoke about maintaining good grades on and off the field. He stressed academic success to all of his players. Monclair High School’s own QB,  Khalif Herbin, and Stephaun Marshall, running back and linebacker  spoke about their success on the field with The Mounties, and also maintaining their 3+ GPA in the classroom.

Former NFL player Bobby Brown was the guest speaker. He emphasized rising above one’s socio-economic lot in life. Bobby grew up in the projects, in a “ghetto,”raised by his mother (his father was incarcerated). Brown pointed out these are not crutches, you can rise above all of this if you pass “the mirror” test.  Bobby graduated with a triple major, the first member of his family ever to go to college.

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Bloomfield Crime: Stolen Cars and Robberies

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 9:07am  |  COMMENTS (25)

From the Bloomfield Police Department:

BURGLARY

2-22-2012   100 Block Elmwood Ave.( ATTEMPT) Side door and lock pried but access not gained. Second time attempted at this residence.

STOLEN VEHICLES

2-20-2012  200 Block of Belleville Ave.  2002 Ford (Ga. Reg.)

2-22-2012  100 Block of N. th. 15 St. 2006 Dodge Wagon (NJ Reg.)

2-22-2012  300 Block of Ampere Pky. 2008 Honda (NJ Reg.)

2-27-2012  100 Block of Maple St. 1999 Saturn    Continue Reading

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