Milling and Paving Work in Montclair on May 5

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Montclair: Tell Us Your Worst Streets In Need Of RepavingPortions of the following streets will be milled and paved beginning on or about Monday, May 5, weather permitting. The project is expected to take approximately four weeks to complete. During this construction period the following streets will be closed at various times throughout the duration of this project.

  • Lincoln Street — Maple Avenue to Glen Ridge Border
  • Upper Mountain Avenue– Claremont Ave. to Bellevue Ave. (Northbound Only)
  • Highland Avenue– Edgewood Road to Little Falls Border

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Historic Walking Tour of Upper Montclair With a 21st-Century Twist

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Historic Walking Tour

With just a smartphone you can travel back in time in Upper Montclair.

Hold your phone in front of the Bellevue Theater to see a photograph of what stood on that spot a century ago. (A building that resembled a giant trunk.) Or hold your phone toward St. James Episcopal Church and see what it looked like before the bell tower.

Dozens of sites in the Upper Montclair Historic Business District can now be viewed in this “then and now” fashion, thanks to a collaboration among Montclair State University communications students, the Montclair Historical Society and Friends of Anderson Park. The students used a website called to build a map of numerous Upper Montclair historic spots, charting the district’s evolution from a rural community in the 1880s to a burgeoning suburban town into the 1930s.

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Belleville Mayoral Candidate Allegedly Caught on Tape in Racist Rant

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 1:20pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling‘s lifetime ban from the NBA for racist comments made in a conversation may be all the national news, however a similar situation is occurring closer to home. Marie Strumolo Burke, who is running for mayor in Belleville, NJ, was allegedly caught on tape making a racist statement in which she said she didn’t want her village to become a “f*cking n—– town,”  according to

In the recording above, which was posted to YouTube, a woman’s voice that is allegedly Burke’s can be heard yelling the racist statement in the background of a voicemail left on Councilman Kevin Kennedy’s answering machine.

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Have a Fiesta at a Local Cinco de Mayo Celebration

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Cinco de Mayo originated with Mexican-American communities as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States on May 5 as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

There are several local celebrations to enjoy:

taqueria autentica

Taqueria Autentica is collaborating with Yellow Plum in Bloomfield for a Cinco de Mayo party.  Enjoy TA’s killer Mexican food and drink Yellow Plum’s amazing cocktails.

Taqueria Authentica & Yellow Plum Cinco de Mayo Party

Yellow Plum, 1099 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ

Monday, May 5 from 4 pm – 10 pm

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Montclair Crime: Several Pine Street Crimes

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 11:40am  |  COMMENTS (2)

The week in Montclair crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department, Pine Street had three separate instances of crime — two robberies and a theft.


On 04/25/2014 at approx. 0215Hrs, a 29 year old Montclair man reported that he was the victim of a Robbery in the area of Pine Street at Glenridge Avenue.  The victim stated that he was walking on Pine Street when approached by the three actors.  He identified the first as a twenty-year-old black female, with dark skin, of average height, with a heavy build wearing a blue coat.  The second subject was described as a twenty-year-old black male with short dreadlocks, approximately 5’6″ in height with brown skin.  The final subject was described as a twenty-year-old black male, with light skin, and very tall.  He further stated that one of these actors punched him in the face, while another removed $10 from his person.  The three actors then fled on foot in an unknown direction.  The victim suffered a cut lip.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 4/26/2014 at approx. 1558, a 29 year old, Jersey City man was the victim of a Robbery on the corner of pine Street and Glenridge Avenue.  A lone actor removed a pair of headphones from the victims head.  He then struck the victim, causing him to fall to the pavement.  This victim suffered serious injuries in this incident.  As a result of their investigation, Detectives charged a juvenile with this robbery.  This juvenile was apprehended by patrol units.

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#MFF14: Let Them Know Me as a Person

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

One: A Story of Love and EqualityOn Tuesday night at 9 pm the documentary One: A Story of Love and Equality, directed by Montclair’s own Becca Roth made its NJ Premiere at the Bellevue theater as part of the Montclair Film Festival. The film chronicles Roth and her partner Melina Marini’s efforts to understand both the supporters and opponents of North Carolina’s 2012 amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage in the days leading up to the vote.

Roth used interviews to paint a very human picture of gay and transgender couples in North Carolina—some together for decades—as they mobilize to fight the passage of the amendment and deal with issues that all couples face, such as preparing for the birth of a child or caring for a partner struggling with dementia.

Her earnest efforts to profile proponents of the amendment are initially thwarted by one organization’s email blast to amendment supporters warning of an “unfriendly media person named Becca Roth.”

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Well Options, Library Funding Dominate Montclair Township Council Meeting

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 Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller and Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville at the April 29, 2014 Montclair Township council meeting.

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller and Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville at the April 29 council meeting.

Continued hearings for the 2014 Montclair Township  budget were all but relegated to the background at the April 29 Montclair Township Council meeting by Water Director Gary Obszarny’s presentation on the findings and recommendations regarding the potential development of the well in Nishuane Park.

Obszarny explained in a 51-minute presentation that while Montclair supplies a large amount of water through its wells, which provide at least 23 percent of the township’s water, the Wanaque Reservoir, it uses 867,000 gallons more than it takes in at peak when in a “firm capacity” situation. Firm capacity is defined as the “adequate pumping equipment and/or treatment capacity (excluding coagulation, flocculation and sedimentation) to meet peak daily demand, when the largest pumping unit or treatment unit is out of service.”

In other words, when a well pump doesn’t work, there isn’t enough water coming into the system to compensate for that 867,000 gallons used daily when demand is highest. To that end, the state would not allow any further development projects with a large water demand.

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Montclair: Yogi Berra House For Sale

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 10:00pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

Yogi and Carmen Berra raised their family at 19 Highland Avenue in Montclair. The home is now listed for $888,000.

Yogi and Carmen Berra lived at 19 Highland Avenue in Montclair. The home is now listed at $888,000.

Legendary sports hero Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen spent many happy years at 19 Highland Avenue in Montclair. The Highland Avenue home, which they purchased in 1974 (they first moved to Montclair in 1958 and raised their kids in a seven-bedroom Tudor-style home) inspired Berra’s oft quoted saying, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Carmen passed away in March at an area assisted living facility, where the couple had been living for some time. Now the home is for sale, listed for $888,000.

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Chef and John Leguizamo Offer First Taste of 2014 Montclair Film Festival

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Photo: Neil Grabowsky/Montclair Film Festival

Photo: Neil Grabowsky/Montclair Film Festival

Last night, Montclair’s Wellmont Theater was filled with nearly 1400 people, who, when they weren’t laughing at the comedy Chef, were salivating over the movie’s nonstop parade of food.

“You people must be starving because that thing [Chef] is like food porn,” said John Leguizamo to the crowd at Montclair Film Festival’s opening night.

Leguizamo, who sat down for an interview with MFF Artistic Director Thom Powers following the screening, stars with writer/director Jon Favreau (Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara and Oliver Platt round out the cast ) in the comedy about a chef who struggles to cook the food he really wants to cook.

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Brookdale Park Gets New Stations of Fitness

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

brookdale fitnessEssex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. wants you to shape up and get fit.

Earlier this month, the county exec discussed recent and upcoming improvements to Essex County Brookdale Park, including the installation of roadway and pathway lighting throughout the park, at a groundbreaking for a new 18-station fitness course around the perimeter walking path of the park. Continue Reading

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Watched a Montclair Animal Control officer pick up an injured red tail hawk a few months back. She made it look easier then picking up a kitten. It was impressive. The talons on that thing were scary.

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