Gov. Christie Declares State of Emergency, Schools Announce Closings

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 10:47pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chris ChristieGovernor Chris Christie today declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state.

“Tonight’s storm is expected to produce travel hazards and potentially cause power outages throughout the state,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations. ”

Tonight’s storm is expected to continue through Thursday, bring heavy snow, mixed precipitation including ice, and freezing temperatures throughout the State.

In advance of the storm, Montclair schools notified parents of closure tomorrow just before 9 p.m.

All Montclair Public Schools and offices will be closed Thursday, March 5, due to the anticipated storm. In addition all after-school activities are cancelled, and a determination about holding the BOE meeting will be made tomorrow.

Efforts to Restore the American Chestnut Tree at the Montclair Bird Club, March 11

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The American Chestnut Foundation

On Wednesday, March 11, Clark Beebe of The American Chestnut Foundation, will present a program at the Montclair Bird Club on the story of the American Chestnut, and the efforts to bring this tree back to the American landscape. His presentation will highlight the majesty that was the American chestnut, its range and its importance to wildlife, farmers and industry. It will then describe the blight and the scale of the disaster it caused, and explain the breeding program designed to introduce Chinese chestnut partial resistance into the American chestnut.

According to The American Chestnut Foundation, the tree was once the dominant hardwood tree in eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley. By 1950, an estimated 4 billion American chestnuts that had covered 188 million acres of eastern forests had disappeared, succumbing to a lethal fungus infestation, known as the chestnut blight, during the first half of the 20th century.

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Montclair Council Splits Hares Over Mr. Bunny’s Event Location, Reviews Redevelopment

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

The Montclair Township Council at its march 3 conference meeting.  Councilors Rich McMahon and Sean Spiller arrived later.

The Montclair Township Council at its march 3 conference meeting. Councilors Rich McMahon and Sean Spiller arrived later.

Not since President Jimmy Carter was threatened by a large white rabbit in 1979 has a hare caused so much political controversy.  At the Montclair Township Council conference meeting on March 3, Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville said that the Easter “Mr. Bunny” event, usually held in Edgemont Park in the Second Ward, should be held in different parks on a rotational basis.  A dispute as to whether Acting Township Manager Timothy Stafford was interested in looking into the matter led him to storm out of the meeting in disgust, before Councilors Rich McMahon and Sean Spiller arrived.

Dr. Baskerville said that parks in the Fourth Ward were underutilized, and that many children in her ward were unable to attend the “Mr. Bunny” events  because their parents couldn’t afford the transportation costs to reach the event.  She said that if the event could be held periodically in Glenfield Park, which is a county park, or the municipal Nishuane Park, it could bring more people from different wards together and encourage Montclair residents from different neighborhoods.

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MPL to Hold Presentation on Growing Your Own Food Tonight

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It may not seem like it, given the unending amount of snowfall hitting the Northesast recently, but spring will soon be here. Before you know it, that three foot mound of snow piled up in your front yard will have melted away, revealing some lovely daffodils, a garden that desperately needs mulching, and a raised bed crying out for some new vegetable plantings.

Lucky for us, the Montclair Public Library will be holding a free presentation on how to grow your own food. “Pots to Plots: Growing Food in Your Backyard,” which takes place at 7 pm tonight, will feature three Montclair gardeners whose experience growing a “kitchen garden” is well known in the area.

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Bloomfield Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Legislation

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

council3_2The mayor and council unanimously passed an ordinance on Monday night requiring that workers in Bloomfield receive paid sick leave.

Bloomfield is the first town in New Jersey to pass an ordinance of this type in 2015 and the ninth town in New Jersey to do so overall. It is one of only 18 municipalities in the country (including Montclair) that have passed such a law.

The ordinance, which passed on second reading, requires that, with certain exceptions and limitations, all employees in the township will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of time worked. Employers who employ ten or more employees must provide up to 40 hours (five days) of paid sick time in a calendar year. Employers who employ fewer than ten employees must provide up to 24 hours (three days) of paid sick time in a calendar year – unless the employees are child care workers, home health care workers, or food service workers, in which case employers are required to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick time.

In addition to being used when the worker is ill or has a medical appointment, the time can also be used to care for a family member.

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Curt Schilling Gets Former Montclair State Student Fired for Vulgar Tweets about his Daughter

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

curt shillingFormer major league player Curt Schilling congratulated his 17-year-old daughter on Twitter last week after she got accepted to college where she could play softball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What happened next were vulgar and violent sexual responses from a couple of Twitter users.

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Local St. Patrick’s Day Pub Parties

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Now that you have all your local St. Patrick’s Day parade information, you may want to know where to grab a pint (or two) and some authentic Irish fare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Some of your favorite local pubs are offering celebrations leading up to the big day. Here are some great choices:

St. Patrick's Day

Egan & Sons (118 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) will host its annual full 3-day weekend celebration under the tent for St. Patrick’s Day festivities! The party begins with a kick-off dance party on Friday, March 13 at 10 pm. On Saturday, March 14, the party goes all day. Enjoy music by The Dublin Rebels at 4 pm and Random Test Reggae takes over at 6 pm. Irish Dancers and 1200 lbs of Corned Beef! The party continues on Tuesday, March 17 (St. Patricks’ Day) with Irish fare, live music, bagpipers, Irish dancers and more.

Over at Egans in West Orange (104 Harrison Avenue) , the celebration is on March 15, before, during, and after the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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Open Book / Open Mind Series: Frank Bruni in Conversation with Devon Corneal at MPL

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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In January, the Montclair Public Library launched the Open Book / Open Mind series, which brings together prominent authors and public figures in conversation. The series kicked off with hometown novelists Matthew Thomas and Christina Baker Kline. On March 22, the series brings together local essayist and parenting blogger Devon Corneal to interview New York Times Op-Ed columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni on the subject of his new book,Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to College Admissions Mania.

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“Spring into Motion” at Bike&Walk Montclair’s Dance Party

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Bike&Walk Montclair

Bike&Walk Montclair invites you to shake off the winter blues with an evening of live music at its Spring into Motion Dance Party on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm.

This spring fundraiser will feature live music from The Deep Dig, the side-project of four veteran NYC musicians who put a sultry, funky touch on an eclectic stable of tunes from the modern American songbook. The quartet includes Montclair’s own Scott E. Moore on vocals and guitar, Ray Levier on drums, Hank Skalka on bass, and Rich Tozzoli on electric guitar.

You’ll enjoy wine from Amanti Vino, beer from NJ Beer Co., and hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and raffle items from local merchants— all while supporting the organization’s efforts to make Montclair more pedestrian and bicycle friendly! Sponsors include Partners for Health Foundation, Amanti Vino, NJ Beer Co., Montclair Bikery, Studio 042, and Diamond Cycle.

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Local St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events

BY  |  Monday, Mar 02, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and there are several local parades and events to celebrate:

Parades

Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 7
Parade day will begin with an Investiture Mass at St. Mary’s Church at 10 am. Parade lineup will begin at 12 pm at the Holy Family Parking Lot and Parade Step Off will begin promptly at 1 pm

Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Friday, March 13
Newark’s 80th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will start at the Prudential Center at 1 pm and proceed north on Mulberry Street, past the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Center Street, and conclude at Washington Park. There will be Reviewing Stands located at Mulberry and Clinton Streets as well as Central Avenue and Washington Street.

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