Outpost in the Burbs Takes Over Montclair Center Stage Saturday Night

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Outpost in the Burbs

Outpost in the Burbs will take over Montclair Center Stage this Saturday, August 1, offering a free night of great music.

Here is the fabulous line-up:

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Montclair Planning Board: Affordable Housing and Building Heights For Phase 2 Western Gateway Redevelopment

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (6)

Keenan Hughes of Phillips Preiss Grygiel

Keenan Hughes of Phillips Preiss Grygiel

With Valley & Bloom under construction and plans to begin the MC Hotel waiting in the wings, the Montclair Planning Board held a workshop to consider the second phase of redevelopment for Montclair ‘s western gateway at its July 27 meeting.  The proposed area under consideration includes six properties on the eastern side of Valley Road, across from Valley & Bloom 1, that, along with the Montclair Motor Car showroom, the Delta service station, and the PSE&G facility, are recommended for rehabilitation.  Most of the discussion, though, involved the area around Portland Place, which was studied as a possible block to be redeveloped.

Kennan Hughes of the consulting firm Philips Preiss Grygiel  and architectural consultant Ira Smith led the board and the numerous residents in attendance, including Mayor Robert Jackson, through their recommendations.  They generally endorsed a mixed-use area bringing together retail and residential development that implements more public spaces and creating more parking with a deck behind Valley Road and Portland Place that would be screened by buildings along the street line.  The proposals also called for the incorporation of affordable housing, new public spaces, and self-storage space above the parking deck.  Hughes said he wanted to take advantage of the central area of the block that was “not conducive” to residential or office use.  It, too, would be screened from view.  The old municipal building, now the police headquarters, would be recycled for a new use once the police moved . . . and possibly have two extra stories.  Kathleen Bennett of the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission later spoke in opposition to that idea.

The Delta station would likely remain, in part to allow Montclair residents to buy gasoline locally and to preserve a sense of openness that would be destroyed by a taller building on that site, creating a possible canyon effect with Valley & Bloom.  A low-rise building housing a cigar store had once stood there, as illustrated in an historic picture shown at the meeting.

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Bloomfield Mayor In the Finals of Politicker’s Poll For New Jersey’s Most Effective Mayor

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 8:16am  |  COMMENTS (1)

mayor mike veneziaBloomfield’s Mayor Mike Venezia has made it to the final round of Politicker’s contest to name New Jersey’s Most Effective Mayor. Polls opened in June with 13 mayors up for the title.

It’s now down to two—Venezia is up against Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

Politicker says the young mayors deserve props in that they both supplanted older guards to get where they are now.

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Bloomfield To Get Modell’s Sporting Goods Store and Aldi, “Sister Supermarket To Trader Joe’s”

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 6:58pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Big doings at Bloomfield and Watsessing Avenue. This Loopnet listing confirms rumors we had heard, showing plans for a Modell’s Sporting Goods store and an Aldi supermarket, sometimes called the cheaper sibling to Trader Joe’s (although some feel it’s more like a distant relative). Continue Reading

Authentic Shanghai Chinese Food in Fairfield

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Shanghai 46

For locals looking for really good authentic Chinese food (and those mourning the closing of Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove) you’ll be happy to learn of a gem of a place in Fairfield, NJ. I had the pleasure of attending a tasting at Shanghai 46 last week and came away with a very full belly and a new love of the cuisine. Tip: Bring a bottle of Riesling!

Shanghai 46, the latest restaurant from Chef-trained/ Owner Kevin Lin who also owns the highly regarded Cheng Du 23 in Wayne, is one of the only truly authentic Chinese restaurants in New Jersey serving Shangai cuisine. The cuisine—the youngest of China’s 10 major food styles—reflects the variety of cultures that have influenced the enormous coastal city-province.

“People are more familiar with heavier, spicier Cantonese or Szechuan style dishes. Home-style Shanghai cooking is lighter and more delicate, with less oil, subtle spicing and saucing and always a hint of sweetness.” notes Lin.

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Music Mondays

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Ella McDonald, singer/songwriter

For fans of singer-songwriter Ella McDonald and Rock & Roll cover performers The Abandon Ship Band, last Monday evening meant more than a break in the hot, sticky weather. It meant that the long-awaited Music Mondays performances of both artists would arrive.

Hearts dropped, however, when a technical glitch forced the Bellevue Library to CANCEL the July 20th performances that afternoon. What could have ended up a heart-breaking evening of silent mourning was saved by Montclair chutzpah and hospitality when The Abandon Ship Band, made up of all four members of Montclair’s Horowitz-Stern family, refused to let the music die. A few signs encouraged Music Mondays fans to take a short walk from the Bellevue Library to the Abandon Ship Band’s backyard, and voilà! The newest musical venue in Montclair was born.

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Locals Host Bernie Sanders Organizing Events on Wednesday

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bernie Sanders

Do you “Stand With Bernie” Sanders for President in 2016? There are two local events happening this Wednesday, July 29, where you can join other supporters to organize and raise funds for Sanders’ campaign:

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Montclair Social Security Building Sold For $2,425,000

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 7:31am  |  COMMENTS (2)

ss-building sold

Montclair’s former Social Security building has sold after an online auction that began on July 13 with a bid of $1,650,000 and ended on July 23 with a sale price that closed the auction at $2,425,000. There were seven bidders on the property and one of those bidders appears to be the The Pinnacle Companies, who announced, along with news of their purchase of the Wellmont Theater, that Pinnacle’s team was also pursuing the acquisition of the former Social Security building. Continue Reading

Euro BBQ Opens in Montclair

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 1:27pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

euro barbeque

If you’re craving Portuguese barbecue, you now have a local option. Euro Barbeque opened this week in the space vacated by Elevation Burger. The restaurant is still casual dining, but has a fresh, attractive new look, with lots of dark wood, granite counters and leafy green walls.


You can eat in or take out. Menu offerings include appetizers and main dishes and feature a Portuguese pulled pork sandwich ($7.50), BBQ chicken or ribs, (beef or pork, half or whole orders), steak and onions ($14.95) as well as seafood dishes including shrimp in garlic sauce ($14.95), Portuguese seafood with rice, clams in white wine ($10.95), codfish cakes (5 for $5.95) and grilled salmon.

Ribs served with choice of two sides.

Ribs served with choice of two sides.

Euro Barbeque, 367 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-509-1177 (delivery – minimum $12). Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Recognizing Montclair and The 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 10:13am  |  COMMENTS (2)

i am montclair

Today, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. Locally, Montclair made its own impacy on disability awareness with “I Am Montclair” a short film about community and a call for action to improve acknowledgment, acceptance and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

If you haven’t seen the film, take a moment to view it here. You’ll see plenty of familiar faces — personal interviews including people with and without disabilities, advocates, families and caregivers — in this disability awareness project by, for and about the Montclair community.

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Montclair has a Whole Foods. Fairway requires more space then that A&P. Let's get creative and try to get Zabars to open in Montclair. I'd be there daily :)

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