The Sound and The Fury: Councilor Spiller Hears More Noise Complaints

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller held a community meeting at the Montclair Public Library on July 23, a day after sitting through a township council meeting in which noise from events at parks and public safety issues created by such events were the two predominant issues.  He found himself confronting the same issues again with his constituents, many of whom are directly affected by the annual and biennial events at Nishuane Park.  Part of the Third Ward is directly across Harrison Avenue from Nishuane Park, which is in the Fourth Ward. Continue Reading

Stephen Colbert and CBS’ Late Show To Stay Local

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Colbert Under Fire For Tweet From Comedy Central's @ColbertReportIt’s a win for New York — and Montclair. The good news is local Stephen Colbert sightings will continue, now that concerns over a move of The Late Show — and its new host — to California have been put to rest. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Emily Wittmann

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Emily WittmannThe latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Emily Wittmann

Where do you live? Montclair NJ

When did you move there? Left Manhattan for Montclair in fall of 2003

Where did you grow up? North Ward of Newark, NJ. My dad owned Melody Records in Newark and later throughout NJ

How do you make a living? Entertainment, I’m currently the CEO of three entertainment news websites.  Musictimes.com, MStarsnews.com and Classicalite.com

Coffee, tea or … ? A great French dry rose!

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Are You WaterWise, Montclair?

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

WaterWise MontclairWanting to reduce water consumption in the township, Montclair is embarking on a comprehensive water conservation and efficiency program called WaterWise Montclair.

The first step is offering rain barrels to township residents at a deeply-discounted price. Retailing for around $150, the Township purchased 50-gallon “Ivy”® Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they will be sold for $36, saving residents over $100 on a barrel.

Montclair Sustainability Officer Gray Russell says that by conserving water more effectively, and by using more water-efficient products, our community can save money and energy, help to mitigate the effects of drought, and reduce over-consumption of our most precious natural resource.

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Sponsored Post: Office Space Available In Upper Montclair Historic District

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 11:32am

With the installation of a striking cornice and the opening of the Manhattan Bagel store, to join the already operational Pro Cuts next door, the building at 250 Bellevue Ave. (next door to the movie theater) has completed its transformation from law office building to a ground floor retail space with subdividable office space available on the 2nd floor. Montclair architect Paul Sionas worked to maintain the essence of the building and to improve its appearance and conform it to the historic district in which it sits.

For a detailed description of the property, being marketed by Andree Bertsche at Stanton Company Realtors, Montclair, see 250 Bellevue Details.

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The building is owned by 250 Bellevue Realty, LLC, whose principals are Jeffrey Cooper and Elizabeth Schrero Cooper, the son and daughter-in-law of the late Hon. Peter B. Cooper who, before he was a judge in Essex County, owned and had his law practice in the building. His law firm, which at one point was Bennett, Shepherd and Cooper and then Cooper, Dickson, Merkelbach, Camp and Cass, later became Dickson, Ashenfelter, Slous, Tanner & Trevenen, LLP, which occupied the building from the mid-1950s until several years ago. Continue Reading

Nishuane Park Noise Complaints Dominate Montclair Township Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (20)

Town Council Despite an agenda of mostly trouble-free ordinances and resolutions at the Montclair Township Council’s regular meeting on July 22, controversy was stirred up in public comment over two recent events at Nishuane Park, while a third event is being planned there for August.

Resident Michael Norman of North Brookwood Drive, which is across from Nishuane Park, spoke to complain about recent events at the park, most notably the Montclair High School all-class reunion that took place on July 19.

Norman said he attended a meeting with Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville, Township Manager Marc Dashield, and Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Pat Breschka about the various problems regarding events there, including  traffic control and parking, but especially excessive noise. Norman suggested that there could be temporary measures that could be taken vis-à-vis while an effort was made to come up with long-term solutions to staging events in all of the municipal parks, such as lowering the volume of the music played at the events, re-positioning the speakers to keep the sound away from the neighborhoods, and extra police presence to monitor the traffic. He was afraid that the problems could be repeated when the Montclair Jazz Festival is held in Nishuane Park on August 16. He cited ordinance regulating sound in public spaces that was passed by the council in 1986, when Mayor Robert Jackson was a councilor-at-large, as something that could be built on to make life more bearable for the Brookwood Drives.

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Chef Zod Plans to Close Resturant Blu in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (30)

BluNew Jersey Monthly recently named Blu as one of the “25 Best Restaurants of 2014,” but fans of Chef Zod Arifai’s cuisine, or those who plan to dine there, better make their reservations soon. In the article, Arifai says he has decided to close Blu when his lease expires — no sooner than December 31, but no later than March 2015.

Arifai feels that BYO is the problem for the restaurant, which opened in 2005.

“I’m hugely grateful to my customers, who have supported me all these years,” he said to NJ Monthly, “but younger people, say 25 to 45, are not into BYOs. They want to order cocktails and craft beers. Older customers like to bring their best wines, but they eat out less often. In New York, the idea of high-level food in a super casual space is understood. Here, it doesn’t quite click.”

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Bloomfield Council Votes Down Resolution to Hold Public Referendum on Lion Gate Purchase

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 5:04pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

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After over an hour of public comment, the Bloomfield Council voted 5-2 against a resolution introduced by Councilman Joe Lopez to hold a public referendum on whether Bloomfield should purchase the site of the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive.

The council had voted to appropriate $10.5 million to purchase the property for use as open space and public recreation (including the issuance of $9.975 million in bonds or notes) at last week’s regular council meeting. Councilman Lopez, who voted against the appropriation, had said at that time that the issue should be on the November ballot as a public referendum. The property is currently owned by a developer who intends to build 104 townhouses on the site.

The motion to hold a referendum was seconded by Councilman Carlos Bernard, who said his constituents wanted a referendum on the purchase. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Lewd Male Masturbating, Cat Found in Abandoned Apartment

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

Montclair Crime: Lewd Male Masturbating, Cat Found in Abandoned ApartmentShoplifting, burglary, theft and vandalism in the week in crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

On 07/17/2014, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2002 Mercedes Benz C230 in the area of Union Avenue and Russell Terrace. The vehicle operator, a Brittany Ramirez 22yoa from Montclair, was found to have an open warrant out of town for $500. Ms. Ramirez was arrested and held on this open warrant.

On 07/17/2014, at 1503hrs. Officers were dispatched to 35 Lackawanna Plaza, Pathmark Super Market, for a report of shoplifter in custody. Miss Gwendolyn Colucci, 18yoa from Montclair, was being detained by security for placing items in a large bag and attempting to leave the store without payment. These various items totaled $118. Ms. Colucci was arrested and charged with Shoplifting. Continue Reading

Clifton Police Detective Accidentally Shot In Bloomfield Pit Bull Incident

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 12:01pm  |  COMMENTS (18)

Clifton Police Detective Accidentally Shot In Bloomfield Pit Bull IncidentA Clifton Police detective accidentally shot himself after a pit-bull charged at him in the Township of Bloomfield.

Yesterday, at 3:40 p.m. two Clifton Police detectives were investigating an incident that occurred in Clifton and led them to the 100 block of Harrison Street in Bloomfield. Continue Reading

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