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

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

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

SOFIA to Hold its 4th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence – “From Surviving to Thriving”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

SOFIA 4th WalkEvery nine seconds, a woman in the USA is assaulted or beaten, and the vast majority of these abuses are between intimate partners. Every month in the USA, at least 46 women are shot to death by their former or current intimate partners. In New Jersey, on average, there are 70,000 domestic violence calls every year. Those who work in law enforcement and victims’ services know that many abuses go unreported. The numbers are staggering, shocking, disheartening, and all too real.

In our area, Montclair’s own Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) helps victims of domestic violence to move on, and the organization also educates young people about how they can avoid the cycle of violence altogether. Check out the various programs SOFIA offers here.

This September, SOFIA will hold its Fourth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in beautiful Canterbury Park. Last year’s walk was a resounding success, with a big crowd of survivors and supporters as well as several eloquent speakers. This year the Grand Marshal is the Reverend Simone Oliver, one of the presenters at last year’s event. Continue Reading

Cat Lost from North Mountain Avenue in Montclair

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 5:27pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

losttabbyA woman from North Mountain Avenue in Montclair writes that her cat, Nicholas, never came home on July 4th and she has not been able to find him since. He may have gotten trapped in a garage because it rained on the 4th or may have been frightened by fireworks. He is a male gray tabby with a little white under his chin and on his paws. He weighs 14 pounds. If you’ve seen Nicholas please contact

Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan Presented at Bloomfield College

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Mike DiGeronimo presents update of the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan.

Mike DiGeronimo presents update of the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan.

Members of Together North Jersey presented proposed solutions to five problematic intersections along Bloomfield Avenue as part of an update on the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan on June 26 at Bloomfield College’s Science Hall.

The update was provided as part of an open house/workshop meeting that was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Residents and other interested parties were invited to provide input into the possible solutions offered to improve the five intersections. The goal of the proposed changes is to make Bloomfield Avenue more supportive to everyone who uses it, including pedestrians, bicyclists, commuters and shoppers, as well as drivers. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Police Officers File Suit, Claiming Discrimination

BY  |  Monday, Jun 16, 2014 11:22am  |  COMMENTS (3)

bloomfieldpolicecarThree current Bloomfield police officers and one retired officer have filed a lawsuit against the Township and several Bloomfield officials, claiming they were the victims of discrimination and retaliation due to their status as veterans.

Plaintiffs Michael McCracken, Hector Cartagena and Anthony Argento are all veterans of the Iraq War. The fourth plaintiff, Michael Frazzano, who retired from the force in February of 2013, is a Vietnam veteran.

McCracken and Cartagena were suspended without pay late in 2013, based on allegations of misusing their military leave time. They were later reinstated with back pay, and all charges were dropped in March of 2014.

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Montclair’s Pine Street Arts Festival Turns Two, Saturday, June 14

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Photo: Yvel Clovis

Photo: Yvel Clovis

On Saturday, June 14, a free all day-arts festival will take place from 1-9 pm at the 73 See Gallery in South Montclair. Celebrating the talent and spirit of the Pine Street community, the Second Annual Pine Street ArtsFEST features live music, poetry, hands-on activities for children and a huge street chalk event. The fest is free. Continue Reading

Former Yankees Join Yogi Berra For Celebrity Golf Classic

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 6:01pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

AMOR1658(1)-1It’s a busy summer for some former Yankees, with Bernie Williams playing concerts around the country, Joe Torre being inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in July, and Tino Martinez soon to be getting a plaque in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium.

But all three found time to participate in the Yogi Berra Museum Celebrity Golf Classic yesterday at Montclair Golf Club, and helping honor our own local legend, Yogi Berra. The annual event supports the Museum’s mission and year-round education programs. Continue Reading

Montclair Center’s Farmers Market Opens Today!

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Farmers Market Comes To South Park StreetWe told you about a second Montclair Farmers Market on South Park Street. Today, is opening day for the market, beginning with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair Art Museum Celebrates Centennial with June Toast & Taste Fundraising Event

BY  |  Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

centennial toast 2In the mood to express your Inner James Bond or one of his, um, female colleagues, and sample a variety of wines, microbrewed beers and spirits while chomping on good food on the grounds of New Jersey’s first public museum?

Two Aston Martins (Mr. Bond’s preferred mode of transportation) will join the Montclair Art Museum’s 12,000-plus works of art on Friday, June 13, 2014 as part of the institution’s Centennial Toast & Taste fundraising event from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at its 3 South Mountain location in Montclair. The outdoor event (weather permitting) is a part of the Museum’s year-long series of celebrations marking its 100th birthday.

Attendees will be able to check out Aston Martin’s Rapide S (MSRP: $215,000) and Vantage V8 (MSRP: $128,000) parked in front of the museum, courtesy of sponsor Aston Martin of Summit/Short Hills (future test-drives at another site may be available.)

They will also sample wine, beer, scotches and bourbons and food from sponsors Amanti Vino, New Jersey Beer Co., Upstairs Restaurant & Bar, The Hunger Construction food truck and MBDelicious Home Baked Goods. Elements Therapeutic Massage (another sponsor) will offer massages. Tickets are $75 for members and $85 for non-members (attendees must be 21 years old) and can be purchased on MAM’s website. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Council Votes to Expand Historic Review Board’s Jurisdiction

BY  |  Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:10pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

(UPDATED with correction on vehicle auction information. See third to last paragraph).

The Bloomfield Council voted unanimously at Monday night’s conference meeting to amend the historic preservation ordinance governing the regulation of historic properties in Bloomfield.

Councilman Carlos Pomares introduced the measure, explaining that the change would lead to the Historic District Review Board becoming a Historic Preservation Commission, allowing the Board to oversee other historic properties in the township beyond the Bloomfield Green Historic District’s boundaries. Currently only properties within the Historic District undergo review by the HDRB. Continue Reading

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