Montclair PD to Launch Drug Drop Box Program

Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

prescription drugsThe Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit will launch its Drug Drop Box initiative on Friday, October 9 at 4 pm at Police Department Headquarters, 647 Bloomfield Avenue. The program allows residents to properly dispose of any old or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications by dropping them off at the box which is mounted in the lobby of Police Headquarters. The drop box program was organized in conjunction with the Essex County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT).

Research shows that 70% of individuals who abuse prescription and/or over-the-counter medication get access to them from the medicine cabinet or household of a friend or family member. Raising awareness about prescription and over-the-counter medication abuse and building a safe and healthy community are the key goals of this joint project.

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Freeholder Gill Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in County Parks Passes

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Yesterday, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed the Essex County Parks and Building Exterior Smoke Free Air Ordinance he sponsored that would prohibit smoking in Essex County Parks.

“It’s our priority to ensure the children and families utilizing Essex County’s parks have a safe and healthy environment to enjoy, and this resolution takes a significant step in that direction,” said Freeholder Gill. “The dangers that tobacco and second hand smoke pose are well-documented, so we must take every step possible to ensure that Essex County residents have access to the basic right of clean air. I remain committed to working with great organizations like NJGASP to continue creating safe spaces for the people of Essex County to enjoy.”

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Community Forum on Montclair Senior Center Tonight

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Aging in MontclairThe establishment of a Senior Center in Montclair is one of the top concerns of older residents. Montclair needs a professionally staffed convenient local venue where seniors can obtain information and referrals for services, as well as a place to learn, meet, and socialize.

Aging in Montclair has organized this forum in order to present the findings of the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee’s year-long investigation of other local programs aimed at improving the quality of life for older adults. Learn what is going on regarding a Senior Center.

Community Forum on Montclair Senior Center
Thursday, October 8 from 7 – 9 pm
Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043



Layered & Cozy for Fall Fashion

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With the brisk autumn breeze here to stay, it’s time to add a few new pieces to our closets. We shared our menswear picks with you here, now it’s time for the ladies. Women love being cozy and comfortable, yet trendy during the fall. From sweaters, cardigans, pea coats, and boyfriend jeans, we’ve got you covered on comfy layers.

Check out what trendy pieces we found for fall in our local shops:


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Montclair BOE: Technology Initiative, Mental Health Counseling, and More On Buzz Aldrin

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Board of Education held its October workshop meeting on Wednesday, October 7, and the board members were greeted with a presentation from the school district’s technology director, Barry Haines, on his two-year technology plan for the schools.

The Montclair Board of Education at its October 2015 workshop

The Montclair Board of Education at its October 2015 workshop

Haines directed teachers and students who assembled for the presentation to show how computers work in classroom instruction. Language arts teacher Yvette Spicer of Bradford Elementary School said that was able to use computers in her writing and reading class to teach students how to write better by editing compositions online in real time and then conferring with her upon completion of their first drafts.  Spicer noted how they were able to understand the need to edit their work through the use of technology.  She also said that the student’s use of computers that typed out oral expressions helped them gain confidence as writers by overcoming writers’ block and giving them a “jump start.”  This was followed by Montclair High School Mandarin teacher Lei Liang and his demonstration of how students were able to use Google Classroom to obtain their assignments and type Chinese words based on sounds with a Latin-alphabet keyboard,  and how assignments were turned in online for immediate evaluation.  Student Rebecca Gelman helped in the demonstration. Continue Reading

The Weekend: Music, Parties, and More!

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This gorgeous autumn weekend is full of great happenings to enjoy.

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

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Shredding Saturday at Montclair High, 10/10

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shredGet your shred on this Saturday, October 10, when the Civics & Government Institute of MHS hosts Shredding Saturday. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Seeks Temporary Animal Shelter Management in Wake of North Jersey Humane Society Investigation

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

NJHS LogoAt Monday evening’s council meeting, held at the Franklin School, Mayor Venezia read a statement regarding Bloomfield’s animal shelter prior to the public comment period indicating the township is looking for an agency to temporarily take control of the shelter. The shelter is currently managed by the North Jersey Humane Society, with animal control handled by its sister organization, Bergen County Humane Enforcement.

The shelter was investigated on August 19, 2015 by the New Jersey Department of Health, and found to be deficient in a number of areas, including sanitation procedures, failure to provide proper shelter, improper food storage and inappropriate handling of wildlife, as well as for lack of construction permits for ongoing work, structural deficiencies in the building itself and more.

In addition, the New Jersey SPCA had charged the organization’s Director and Supervising Animal Control Officer (ACO), Vince Ascolese, with 14 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the euthanization of an injured fawn that was brought to the shelter at the end of June, according to a NJSPCA press release. Ascolese allegedly slit the deer’s throat to euthanize it via exsanguination (blood draining), according to the charges, which is not a permitted form of euthanasia in New Jersey. Continue Reading

Truck Speeds Down Montclair’s Church Street Wrong Way, Crashes Into Building

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Crash in Church Street in Montclair when a witness says a Fedex truck sped down Church Street in the wrong direction and crashed into Gallery 51, next door to Yalo & Me. No confirmed details yet, but we hear there were no injuries and that the brakes failed on the truck as it was coming down Church Street passing Starbucks. The driver swerved back and forth to try and slow down the truck and ran into the awnings to avoid hurting anyone.


Sibling Cats at Cameron Animal Hospital Need a Family

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cameron Animal Hospital

Looking to adopt a family cat? How about two? Two cute kitties at Cameron Animal Hospital, 417 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, need a family.

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