Free Friday: Sips, Sweets and Songs at Montclair’s {verdigreen}

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Here’s a trend we like — live music popping up at some of our favorite shops. We loved catching live music this summer outside Watchung Booksellers. Now, on Montclair’s Glenridge Ave., {verdigreen} is hosting a complimentary evening of live music with a little bubbly and some local treats. Dubbed Free Friday, the idea, says owner Azie Shelhorse was “born out of the desire to do those things as a family in our new-ish Montclair neighborhood.” Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Stolen Lexus, DWI Arrests, Car Crashes into Stonebridge Yard

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Montclair Crime: Stolen Lexus, DWI Arrests, Car Crashes into Stonebridge YardResidents still receiving phone calls from scammers posing as PSE&G employees. This week in Montclair crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd:

Vehicle Theft

On 09-19-2014, a Bell Street resident reported the theft of their Lexus SUV. The victim observed a suspect drive away with his vehicle, south on Orange Road. This stolen vehicle appeared to be accompanied by another suspect, operating a dark colored Porsche SUV. The suspect who was operating the stolen Lexus was described as a black male, 30yoa, dreadlocks, with a light colored t-shirt. The suspect operating the Porsche SUV was described as a black male, 30yoa, short hair, with a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham 973-509-4724. Continue Reading

Childhood: What’s Your Earliest Memory of Friendship?

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

(Waiting to pick up her daughter outside of the Hillside School)

(Waiting to pick up her daughter outside of the Hillside School)

Continue Reading

Montclair Planning Board Discusses Density, Bulk in Master Plan Hearing, But No Vote

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 6:36am  |  COMMENTS (11)

Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville addresses the Montclair Planning Board on the proposed master plan as board member Peg Seip listens.

Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville addresses the Montclair Planning Board on the proposed master plan as board member Peg Seip listens.

The Montclair Planning Board held on what some people thought would be the final hearing on the proposed master plan on September 22, but it didn’t even come close to being the last word.  The board spent nearly three hours discussing some of the particulars of the plan, and only then did it entertain public comment.  There was acrimony among the board members and between board members and the public, but no vote on a final plan. Continue Reading

Got Drugs?

BY  |  Monday, Sep 22, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Operation Take backMontclair and Bloomfield Police Departments are both taking part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., to provide venues for people to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Continue Reading

Yogi Berra Museum Presents “An Evening with Lou Holtz,” 9/25

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

holtzFew people in college football are as legendary – and funny – as Lou Holtz. The second-winningest coach in Notre Dame history, behind only Knute Rockne, Holtz is one of the game’s most colorful personalities, a master motivator who has also taken six different schools to bowl games. For the last 10 years, he’s been regaling ESPN viewers with his analysis and humor.

On Thursday, Sept. 25, “Dr. Lou” will be at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center from 6-9 p.m. for “An Evening With Lou Holtz” – a cocktail reception and chat with the man who led the Fighting Irish to their last undefeated season and national championship. Continue Reading

Change in Store for Montclair Township Animal Shelter?

BY  |  Monday, Sep 22, 2014 11:18am  |  COMMENTS (15)

Veterinarian Nancy Katz, left, shows councilwoman Robin Schlager the dogs. In the background is the MAWAC chair Kay Sherwood.

Veterinarian Nancy Katz, left, shows councilwoman Robin Schlager the dogs. In the background is the MAWAC chair Kay Sherwood.

During her tour of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter this past Thursday in preparation for tomorrow night’s 7 p.m. Township Council meeting, when the embattled shelter will be discussed, Third Ward Councilwoman Robin Schlager’s face was crestfallen.

“It’s very upsetting,” said Schlager as she looked at the dogs in their living quarters. “I’ve never seen this many dogs here. These dogs look so sad. It looks like a jail.” Continue Reading

Montclair: Parents Who Rock Jam To Raise More Than $800 For Cope Center

BY  |  Monday, Sep 22, 2014 10:35am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Joan Barrett, (left) a representative from COPE, (counseling, outreach, prevention,  education), with Parents Who Rock founder Alma Schneider.

Joan Barrett, (left) a representative from COPE Center, (counseling, outreach, prevention, education), with Parents Who Rock founder Alma Schneider.

Local musicians, adults as well as kids and teens, jammed from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday in a Montclair backyard to raise more than $800 for the COPE Center, a counseling center in Montclair offering sliding scale services to assist anyone struggling with issues surrounding drug and alcohol abuse, family crises, problems in daily living, and AIDS. Continue Reading

From Montgomery to Montclair: African-American Quilts at Montclair Art Museum

BY  |  Monday, Sep 22, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

wells maskOn July 2, 1964, the United States enacted the Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination against any person based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark act, the Montclair Art Museum is presenting 30 colorful and creatively designed quilts by African-American quiltmakers primarily from West Alabama.

“From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts,” which opened Saturday, showcases 29 quilts on loan from the Montgomery Museum, most of which were made between the mid-1950s and the end of the 20th century.

Quilts are as American as apple pie, but few may realize the prominence they’ve played in African-American communities. Gee’s Bend, Ala., an isolated African-American community founded by freed slaves after the Civil War, became known for its quiltmaking, a skill that has been passed down through the community for generations. Created as a way to support struggling poor families, the quilts have been displayed in art museums throughout the country. Continue Reading

Monday’s Montclair Planning Board Meeting May Include Vote on Master Plan

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 9:05am  |  COMMENTS (7)

Development continues to move forward in Montclair, but tomorrow night, in addition to other business on the agenda, Montclair’s Planning Board, will continue the public hearing from August 25 and its review of the new version of Master Plan, a.k.a. “Land Use and Circulation”.

Resident Linda Cranston, a vocal opponent of the plan, is concerned that during this meeting, the Planning Board will review the 2014 version and may even vote on the Plan, if there is a lack of objections or public outcry.

“It may be the last chance to stop this Plan,” says Cranston. “Signs with opinions do make the difference. And keep groaning, booing and cheering, when appropriate to let the board know what you think. It has to be clear we don’t want this Plan version. Forest Street residents completely halted the rezoning on their street with one big turnout a few months ago.” Continue Reading

Featured Comment

Again, on the Mountainside Hospital re-developement. Please bring in the Glen Ridge Historic Preservation Committee into the planning stages. I fear Montclair will drop the ball.

Tip, Follow, Friend, Subscribe

Links & Information

Baristanet on Flickr