We told you all about Pokémon GO. Don’t forget to #catchthemall tomorrow (Thursday, July 21) when Montclair Center will be filled with Pokémon! The Montclair Center BID will bait the various Pokéstops with lures throughout the district to attract as many Pokémon as possible. Level up and catch rare Pokémon as you shop!
The Republican National Convention begins today, but Montclair’s own Stephen Colbert already took to the stage, as The Hunger Games’ Caesar Flickerman. A video showing the ‘Late Show’ host taking over microphone on stage in Cleveland has Colbert as Flickerman falling asleep after mentioning Trump’s alliance with Mike Pence and then banging a gavel and saying “It is my honor to hereby launch and being the 2016 Republican National Hungry For Power Games.” Continue Reading
As you no doubt know (and now I do, too), Pokémon Go is an app on your phone that uses the camera, GPS and wireless connections to let you hunt for virtual Pokémon characters all over your house, your neighborhood, your city—heck, the whole world. There have been tons of stories circulating that range from weird to political to grizzly. And there are even reports of people getting some unintentional exercise.
Apparently, just about everyone everywhere suddenly has to #CatchEmAll.
Montclair has tons of Poké Stops all over town (The Wellmont Theater, The Rooster on Park, the Stencil mural by Lululemon) and Gyms (Edgemont Park Memorial, Applegate Farm, Christ Church on Church Street). And calling all Pokemon fans! Montclair Center will be filled with Pokemon to hunt on Thursday, July 21 from 4-7 pm. The Montclair Center BID will bait the various Pokestops with lures throughout the district to attract as many Pokemon as possible. Various shops will also be giving some special offers to trainers that night who show pictures of their captured Pokemon and the Montclair Center BID is sponsoring a contest which encourages players to snap pictures of their Pokemon sightings within the BID district and repost on Instagram. A random winner, chosen after July 28, will receive a gift card to East Side Mags, Pokemon card decks and four single scoop ice cream cones from Chocolate Works. The prizes are courtesy of East Side Mags, Chocolate Works Montclair and the Montclair Center BID.
Montclair also has a Pokemon Go Montclair Facebook group! Join to find out who is hunting and meet up with other players.
Montclair State University has jumped on the Pokemon bandwagon, bragging about its two dozen Poké Stops and creating with a helpful Pokemon GO Campus Map and NJ Monthly’s feed featured a confession that journalists are playing the game at work (and yes, your favorite hyperlocal in Montclair, too). And calling all Pokémon fans! Montclair Center will be filled with Pokemon to hunt on Thursday, July 21 from 4-7 pm. The Montclair Center BID will bait the various Poké stops with lures throughout the district to attract as many Pokemon as possible. Various shops will also be giving some special offers to trainers that night who show pictures of their captured Pokemon and the Montclair Center BID is sponsoring a contest which encourages players to snap pictures of their Pokémon sightings within the BID district and repost on Instagram. A random winner, chosen after July 28, will receive a gift card to East Side Mags, Pokémon card decks and four single scoop ice cream cones from Chocolate Works. The prizes are courtesy of East Side Mags, Chocolate Works Montclair and the Montclair Center BID (more details to come soon).
Of course, not everyone is happy about all the hunting. According to Maplewoodian.com, the Maplewood Police Department said, “As of this time we have not had any incidents as a result of the Pokémon Go application,” but warned citizens to take precautions against being lured into strange places or preyed upon by thieves. The game, according to the cops, “has the potential to be and has been exploited by criminals.”
What’s the best local source for Pokémon Go info? As always, I turned to Montclair’s No. 1 newsman…Stephen Colbert. On The Late Show, Colbert said the game is “revolutionizing the way people get hit by cars while using their phones,” and he introduced some brand-new (and not entirely serious…) characters for people to look for while watching his show. So now we’re looking for “Prawnquistador” while Colbert makes us laugh?
What about you? Are you walking all over Essex County and beyond looking for Pokémon characters? Has your phone led you somewhere shady, or is Pokémon Go proving to be the perfect distraction from election news? Tell us your Pokémon Go stories in the comments!
When Larissa Bonilla found herself out of a job and running out of unemployment benefits last year, she turned to United Way of Northern New Jersey’s free career coaching program for help. Shortly after meeting with a volunteer coach, the Montclair resident and single mother of a teenage daughter landed a job.
“It was a godsend,” said Bonilla about her job, which pays more than her previous one and offers her opportunity for advancement. “I would recommend the career coaching program to anybody.”
Created six years ago, the Career Coaching program offers residents in the Suburban Essex area who are seeking a job due to downsizing or life-transitions, a much needed free resource. Job seekers meet one-on-one with volunteer coaches to learn résumé and interviewing tips and gain access to resources for job training. They also learn skills needed in today’s workforce, things such as setting up and using Linkedin accounts, social media and creating digital resumes. Continue Reading
For the past 25 years, Bobbi Brown — Montclair’s own makeup maven — has been helping women to embrace their own beauty through her philosophy that makeup should enhance, not change your looks. Her books and website are filled with women of all ages and skintones and throughout the years she has created empowering campaigns to help women feel confident, such as “Pretty Powerful” launched in 2010. Yesterday, to celebrate her 25th anniversary, Brown launched the “Be Who You Are” campaign.
“To celebrate this milestone, I’m proud to announce Be Who You Are—our largest campaign to-date featuring women of all ages, races and walks of life. Some of the women are my friends and co-workers. Others are entrepreneurs who I admire. There are also photographers, artists, students, writers, and a few who I spotted on the street and invited to be a part of the campaign. All the women in the campaign have their own unique look and story to tell. They’re confident and comfortable in their own skin—and that, to me, is what matters most,” says Brown on her blog.
Three of the gorgeous women featured are, like Brown, from Montclair.
Protecting against mosquito bites is more important than ever this summer, especially for women who are or may become pregnant, due to Zika virus.
Insect repellent on your clothing and exposed skin is important, but so is keeping your yard as mosquito-free as possible.
The single most important thing you can do to reduce mosquitoes around your property is to eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts more than 4 days. Areas to keep dry are bird baths, clogged gutters, flowerpots, baby pools, outdoor toys, watering cans, and anything that collects water. Do a thorough inspection around your property to check for sources of standing water to eliminate breeding mosquitoes.
Consumer Reports offers great tips to keep mosquitoes (and ticks) away here, including non-traditional methods such as using LED or yellow lightbulbs and plugging in a fan when on your deck.
If, despite this prevention methods, mosquitoes are feasting on you and your family, you may want to call in the professionals. Here are 4 local companies that offer services to help:
UPDATE: With temperatures forecasted to remain above 90, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced that Essex County Codey Arena is available to the public as a cooling center. It will be open to the public Thursday, July 7th from 2-11 p.m. and Friday, July 8th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (All skating activities will not be interrupted.) Essex County Codey Arena is located at 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.
With today’s temperature expected to reach 91° (with a “Real Feel of 104°) and similar temps for the next few days, we’re experiencing our first hot and humid block of weather of the season. It’s not really a heat wave unless it’s three days of 90 degree or higher temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. There’s also a Flash Flood Watch in effect today from noon – 6 pm due to heavy thunderstorms headed our way. The Montclair Office of Emergency Management sent out the following notice:
A Flash Flood Watch is posted for Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Union, Morris, Somerset, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties from noon today through this afternoon. Thunderstorms may produce 1” to 2” of rain with locally higher amounts. Flooding of roads, streams and areas of poor drainage may occur in counties where the Flash Flood Watch is posted.
You’re likely blasting your A/C, and all that extra power adds up. PSE&G sent out the following notice:
Calling all Montclair bike owners! The Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit, Pedal Montclair (15 Midland Avenue, Montclair), and Tracey Diamond Designs are hosting a free Bike Registration program on July 9, from 11 am – 2 pm. Free to Montclair residents — just bring your bike and ID.
Police recover many stolen bikes but have no way to identify the owner. With the bicycle registration service, you can register your bike with the Police Department database and apply the special label you receive to your bike. If your bike is ever stolen, it can be identified and you can prove ownership.
For more information, contact For further information or questions, contact Officer Paul Rusiniak at 973-509-4776 or here.
Don’t matter if you’re rich or you’re mad broke, always some kind of fun you can have yo — “The Clair”
If you’ve got high school kids at home, you may have already heard “The Clair,” and like me, you may even got its catchy hook stuck in your head. Hip hop artist Samad Savage raps with love for his hometown of Montclair, NJ. Savage’s video, directed by Lump Shadow, features Montclair Center street scenes and storefronts prominently. The video, with over 9,600 views as of today, caught the attention of Urban Outfitters (one of the businesses that gets a shout out, along with CARS, Leone’s and Takeover ), who then profiled Savage here. Continue Reading