West Orange High Teacher Arrested For Having a Sexual Relationship with a 15-year-old Student

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 7:43pm  |  COMMENTS (25)

Erica DePalo, a teacher at West Orange High School, has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a student. This just in from the Essex County Prosecutors Office:

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Name That Grilled Peach-Sea-Salt-Caramel Cocktail

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Zip-Bam-Boom another glorious summer is gone (sniff) leaving me melancholy. So, Mr.Summer-that-flies-by-too-quickly, I sing to you in the voice of  the lovely Peggy Lee back in 1969:

Is that all there is? If that’s all there is my friends then let’s keep dancing— let’s break out the booze—- and have a ball. If that’s all—- there is. Continue Reading

What’s New at the Bellevue Ave. Branch Library

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 2:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Public Library’s Bellevue Avenue branch and the Friends of Bellevue group have announced that the operating hours at the library are being extended. In addition to being open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the location will now also be open from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting the week of September 10.

There will also be a host of new products inside the library: desktops have been added, state-of-the-art Early Literacy Stations have been installed, and the popular adult collection has been updated with new books and media.

Furthermore, a variety of special events are slated to begin in mid-September. A Book Discussion Group will be meeting one Monday a month at 7pm (please call 973.744.0500 ext. 2221 to become a member or learn more). There is also a line-up of Thursday night programs with talks on topics such as Separation Anxiety in Children and Seeing Eye Dogs. All events are free and open to the public. For more details, check the Montclair Public Library’s online calendar.


MTV Cancels ‘Jersey Shore’

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Say goodbye to The Situation and company. MTV announced yesterday that it will be cancelling ‘Jersey Shore,’ the inexplicably popular reality show that made Pauly D and Snooki household names.

The show enters its sixth season in October and will not continue after that. The Star-Ledger has a few interesting theories as to why the show was cancelled, and columnist Mark Di Ionno says the show should be applauded as a cautionary tale.

But most are simply applauding the show’s demise, especially the real residents of the Jersey Shore.

“We were on a cruise and as soon as we said we were from the Jersey Shore, everyone was like: ‘Do you know Snooki?’” one resident told nj.com. “We constantly had to explain to people that that is not the real Jersey Shore, and that the shore is actually a very beautiful place. It is terrific that the show is finally going away.”

But the gang is not going to disappear entirely. Snooki and JWoww–and Snooki’s newborn son, Lorenzo–will be starring in the second season of their MTV spinoff show, and Pauly D is working on a new album. Thanks to his reality star fame, the pouffy-haired celeb is apparently one of the highest paid DJs in the country.

And what a country it is.

A House Goes Up on Walnut Street in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (66)

Any thoughts on this new home being erected on Walnut Street in Montclair? I’ll keep mine to myself except to say that I don’t think its style fits much with the rest of the street, or the town. Just look at its next door neighbor, pictured below.

I don’t recall what was on that strip of land before, but looking at this house reminded me of a story I came across on Scouting New York earlier this summer about a beautiful old Victorian that was turned into a house like this. Read the story here, and try not to cry.

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It’s Official: Mitt Romney is the Republican Nominee for President

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (122)

Mitt Romney took the stage last night in Tampa to officially accept his nomination as the Republican candidate for president. In his acceptance speech, he focused on the failure of President Obama to resolve the country’s economic problems, saying “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”

The former governor of Massachusetts also spoke of his own life–his career, his mother, his wife and sons–in an attempt, perhaps, to better connect to a public that has by and large found him out of touch with common folks.

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Breaking: Shooting in New Jersey Mall Kills Three (Updated)

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (1)

An early morning shooting inside a Pathmark store on Route 9 has left three people dead. One of the dead reportedly includes the gunman.

ABC News reported that police responded to shots fired inside the Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge, just before 4 a.m. this morning. There was a confrontation with the alleged gunman, but there’s been no word on his motive.

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NJ Transit Can Help You Leave Work Early Tomorrow

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 5:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

If you are planning to get out of Dodge before the mad rush on Friday to get a jump start on the long weekend, NJ Transit can help with “early getaway” rail and bus service. Here’s the official word:

On Friday, August 31, extra outbound trains will operate on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines starting at approximately 1 p.m. Extra buses will operate from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on more than two dozen bus routes starting around noon. Visit njtransit.com for details.

On Labor Day, Monday, September 3, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all lines. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. Bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.

On weekends, kids ride free on NJT

Every weekend, families riding NJ TRANSIT can save with the Family Super Saver Fare, which allows two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult. For the Labor Day holiday weekend, the program will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday, August 31 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 4.

For schedules and fares, visit njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.

Food Network’s Restaurant Stakeout to Target Nauna’s Bella Casa Next Week

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (21)

Foodie TV addicts, set that DVR, or better yet, tune in Wednesday, September 5, at 10:00 p.m, when one of Food Network’s newest shows, Restaurant Stakeout, airs an episode filmed at Montclair’s Nauna’s Bella Casa last month.

The relatively new show’s concept is to unleash tough-love restauranteer Willie Degel and his hidden cameras, to expose missteps and help restaurant owners improve service and customer satisfaction (though, from where we sit, Nauna’s already scores high on both counts, not to mention its delicious food!).

While the show’s website, in typical breathless reality show fashion, makes things sound worse than they are, Nauna’s owner Tom Moloughney, says he agreed to the project — after turning down several TV overtures — to pinpoint what he could do differently so that his restaurant runs more smoothly when he’s not in the building, in order to “stop working 80 hours a week and work 50 instead.” Continue Reading

Garden Cutbacks at Montclair’s Mt. Hebron School Get Low Grade

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 2:22pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

If Montclair didn’t have a name, some might suggest Gardenville, that’s how much horticultural know how is floating around town, both professionals and accomplished amateurs.

And yet, the Montclair Times is reporting that at Mount Hebron school, a major out-of-season pruning has Cary Africk, former 2nd Ward Township Councilman – and a Master Gardener — upset, while interim Schools Superintendent Clarence Hoover compared the pruning to a haircut that will grow back.

Africk disagrees, and sent along this:

It’s not that simple.

There is skill, and science, behind pruning. College level courses teach pruning theory and skills — there’s a difference between pruning or shearing a boxwood, or a rose bush, or a multi stemmed shrub. Even pruning a simple Hydrangea has complexities insofar as you can’t prune certain types in the summer and expect them to flower next year.

Right now is not the time to do most any kind of pruning.

As for trees, there are proper methods. The Elm that was pruned this week was done improperly. It didn’t need pruning in the first place, and the way it was pruned injured the branches making them susceptible to disease.

The area will be replanted. Even better. But there are lessons to be learned.

The BOE could have turned to the Town. We have a Certified Tree Expert, our arborist Steve Schuckman, and the head of our shade tree department, who actually helped with the original planting, Pat Sexton who is thoroughly trained and also an expert. Either would have helped, if asked. There is also the wonderful Garden Club. And the professional gardeners at Presby, and the extraordinary gardeners at Van Vleck. Or how about Eric Von Hoffman, a premier Landscape Architect in town of considerable expertise who has volunteered much of his time at no cost to the community. And then there’s the dozens of volunteers from Anderson Park, including Scott Kevelson who has tree certification. And of course there are the Master Gardeners.

I agree that the area needed work. But the next time I hope the BOE reaches out for help.

The Times notes that the Mt. Hebron School PTA is already planning fundraising efforts to rejuvenate the school’s garden areas. And when we took a walk past the school at noon today, many beds looked (and smelled!) as if they’d been freshly mulched (perhaps to make bare patches and stumps less noticeable?), and tools strewn about suggested work was still underway.

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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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