Glen Ridge Crime: Burglaries, Theft, Arrest

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crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo:

Date/Time: 4/19/2015 @ 3:44 AM
Incident: Attempted Burglary
Officer Brendan Sim was dispatched to Willow St. on a report of an attempted burglary. The victim reported that during the night unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter their garage. They also reported that earlier in the evening they observed suspicious males on bicycles in the area. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Det. Ryan Schwartz at 973-748-5400 X119.

Date/Time: 4/20/2015 @ 5:00 PM
Incident: Warrant Arrest
Officer Matthew Perigo arrested Melvin Epps, 32 of Belleville, N.J. for an outstanding warrant on Benson St. He was transported to headquarters for processing and turned over to the Essex County Sheriff on a warrant issued from their jurisdiction.

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Music, Food, and Fun at the Glenridge Avenue GLAM Street Fair on Saturday

BY  |  Monday, Apr 27, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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All of Montclair will be a buzz this weekend with the start of May and the MFF. Glenridge Avenue is really celebrating with its third annual GLAM Street Fair.

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Two Montclair Authors Share Great Works at Watchung Booksellers This Week

BY  |  Monday, Apr 27, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jonah-Kruvant-240x300Two local authors will be presenting their work at Watchung Booksellers in separate upcoming events.

First up is Jonah Kruvant, author of The Last Book Ever Written, a dystopian novel which looks at what could happen if we let technology go too far. Set in a futuristic American society, the story follows Victor Vale, an officer of the law and a family man. He is assigned a case and goes undercover, but then finds himself compelled to write. He learns truths about the world around him and about his own past as he attempts to distinguish between the virtual world of the future and reality itself.

The Last Book Ever Written is the debut novel by Mr. Kruvant, a Montclair native. He is a writer, English teacher and student of the world. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, a Master’s degree in Teaching from Fordham University, and an MFA degree from Goddard College. He has lived abroad in four different countries and currently resides in New York. He is a workshop leader at The New York Writers’ Coalition and on the executive board of Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in Digital Americana and LIMN Literary and Arts Journal.

Kirkus Reviews says of the book, “The entertaining narrative minefield pops with surprises and grim echoes of our present, keeping pages turning.”

Jona Kruvant will be at Watchung Booksellers on Thursday, April 30, at 7:00 PM, to host the launch of The Last Book Ever Written. Continue Reading

Councilor Baskerville to Host 4th Ward Community Meeting, April 28

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Councilor Baskerville to Host 4th Ward Community Meeting April 28Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. at Fire Department Headquarters, 1 Pine Street, Montclair. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the Township’s incoming Deputy Manager, Brian Scantlebury. Mr. Scantlebury, who served on Township Council from 1992 to 1996, grew up in Montclair and has served — and currently serves — on a number of township boards and has extensive experience working for local and state governments. Continue Reading

Bloomfield’s Finest Restaurants Showcased Their Food at A Taste Of Bloomfield

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Many of Bloomfield’s finest restaurants showcased their menus at A Taste Of Bloomfield, held Sunday at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center.

Chefs set up tables inside the historic mansion and under a tent in the Rose Garden. The variety of tasting items included international favorites, American cuisine and delicious desserts. El Matador Mexican Deli, Spice Thai Cuisine, Zi Zia Pizzeria and Senorita’s Mexican Grill brought the flavors of their home countries to the event. Anthony’s Cheesecake served their famous “Slice of Heaven” and also brought Pulled Pork Sliders & Potato Salad from Anthony’s Cafe. Brookdale ShopRite was there with ten items from their catering menu and Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna Roll & Rainbow Roll from the Shoprite Sushi Bar.

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Montclair High’s School of Visual and Performing Arts Presents “Rent” in May

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Rent, the moving rock musical that tells a story of love, friendship, and survival, comes to Montclair High School for the first two weekends in May.

Performed by a cast of 35 student actors and an all-student pit band and crew, Rent allows MHS students a chance to portray a vibrant, yet difficult time, during the AIDS crisis in New York City. Set in the bohemian East Village, Rent is directed by the School of Visual and Performing Art’s Brenda Pepper, with musical director Ken Horn and Technical Director Kenneth Cleerdin. Audiences will be treated to an emotional piece of musical theatre history and, for many parents in the community, a chance to reflect on a time in their own personal history. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Apr. 26

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This week, a look at the most and least expensive properties showing in Montclair and other listings around Baristaville, including a Victorian with a reduced price tag. Approximately 150 properties are open in all.

glenridge042630 Madison St., Glen Ridge

List Price: $535,000

Taxes: $15,138

Acreage: 0.18


New to the market, this circa 1926 cottage-style colonial has original hardwood floors throughout, a wood-burning fireplace in the living room and built-ins in the family room. The kitchen has a new refrigerator and microwave. The nine-room, 1,898-square-foot house also has two bedrooms and a full bathroom on the third floor. The basement is partially finished; there is a one-car detached garage. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Singer & Educator Corinna Sowers Adler Nominated for a TONY Award

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Corinna Sowers Adler

New York Cabaret Singer and Bloomfield resident, Corinna Sowers Adler, recently received a nomination for the first ever TONY Award’s Excellence in Theatre Education Award!

Corinna, who is currently the Founding Artistic Director of NiCori Studios and Productions housed at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, is a graduate of Wilkes University and has been directing productions, teaching theater classes and providing vocal instruction to students for the past 15 years.

Corinna is also the Executive Director of Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts, in Glen Ridge. Her latest brainchild is a new project entitled “Starting with Me,” a cabaret of new musical works to be performed at Oakeside on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. and Don’t Tell Mama in New York City on Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. The show is part of the Teen Project for Gas Lamp Academy.

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Baristanet Profile: Natalie Chitwood

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Natalie Chitwood

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

Name: Natalie Chitwood

Where do you live? On Claremont Avenue, by the Walnut Street Station. I live in a multi-family, with my hubby + two little boys. We live downstairs and my sister, brother-in-law + their two little boys live upstairs. We joke that it’s a commune.

When did you move there? We all moved from Brooklyn about five years ago. Just after my first boy was born we started looking for a more peaceful way of life. My bro (in law) was from Wayne, NJ and he introduced us to Montclair.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in a small town in Virginia on a farm. We moved when I was 12 years old to the suburbs, right outside Washington, DC. I think that’s why I can enjoy playing in the dirt or spending hours inside an art museum.

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A Full Month of Events During “May in Montclair”

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

May in MontclairThere is no other month better than May that showcases and celebrates Montclair.

May In Montclair, a town-wide celebration started in 1979, is a month-long festival of art shows, concerts, garden tours, health and exercise programs, fairs and markets presented to make people feel good about living, working, shopping, and spending leisure time as they celebrate the spirit that is Montclair.

The Montclair Film Festival, Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale, concerts, historic house tours, galas, a Mayfair, Victorian Day, and much more— are all happening this May in Montclair.

You can find the May in Montclair 2015 booklet at local businesses and public buildings. Hundreds of events are listed, along with valuable local information (restaurants, Recreation & Cultural Affairs events and summer pool hours for instance). You can also download it and/or find all the events on the May in Montclair website.





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