A Colorful and Cozy Exit for Montclair’s Modern Yarn

BY  |  Friday, Dec 12, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Modern Yarn

For the past five years, Modern Yarn on Glenridge Avenue has made the Baristaville knitting and crocheting landscape more colorful and cozy. Sadly, for locals who have enjoyed the variety and quality provided by owner Kathleen McWilliams, the store will close its doors for a final time on December 21st. Continue Reading

East Orange Fire: Helping Hands to Those Left Behind

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Lanore Carter-Love

Breiona Love and her 6-week old daughter Lanore Carter-Love perished in the fire with three other family members.

House fires are always a frightening possibility, and this time of year is the beginning of a dangerous time. Sadly, this Sunday morning brought horrific news to the family and friends of the Horton Family of East Orange. Four adults and a six-week old infant, all from the same family, perished in a fire that ravaged three homes and brought over 80 firefighters to the area. Those who have experienced a house fire know the long-term devastation and lasting repercussions of an event such as this. In this case, it is all the more tragic because multiple generations of a family have been affected.

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Bloomfield Holds Annual Tree Lighting, Passes Rental Good Neighbor Act on Final Reading

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 02, 2014 3:47pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

treelightingRain did not deter a crowd of Bloomfield residents from turning out to the township’s annual holiday tree lighting on Monday night.

The event, accompanied by Christmas carols sung by local Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Middle and High School choirs, featured Santa Claus arriving via fire engine, to much applause.

After the tree lighting, the Bloomfield Council held their regular council meeting in the council chambers.

Rental Good Neighbor Act

The Rental Good Neighbor Act, which requires landlords of properties with four or fewer rental units to post a bond if their tenants cause two or more incidents involving the police, passed on second reading by a vote of 6-1.

Councilman Joe Lopez, who voted against the ordinance, spoke at length against it during the discussion period, saying it discriminates against landlords with four or fewer rental units and favors “big business” by not holding owners of larger rental properties to the same standard. Lopez Continue Reading

SOFIA Earns Award from The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

This past September, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) assembled a fundraising team that participated in a special Allstate Foundation program to support domestic violence services. This public awareness program and grassroots fundraising effort was launched to return the power of raising money directly into the hands of organizations like S.O.F.I.A.

To facilitate and solicit donations, Allstate provided online and organizational resources for domestic violence organizations nationwide. They created The Purple Purse Challenge to motivate organizations to earn additional money from the Foundation based on their fundraising efforts.

S.O.F.I.A., a Montclair-based organization focused on offering support for women and families affected by domestic violence, raised $10,546 through Purple Purse team-member efforts, and The Allstate Foundation awarded an additional $3,500. Last week Allstate Agent Neil Greco presented the funds to S.O.F.I.A. team members, as well as longtime S.O.F.I.A. supporter Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin. Continue Reading

Agreement With Brookdale Gardens Announced at Bloomfield Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

confmeeting11_17_14Mayor Venezia announced at Monday’s conference meeting that an ordinance prohibiting overnight parking on Broad Street between Sunset and Johnson Avenues, which was deferred at the last regular council meeting, would not be pursued due to an agreement that was reached between the township and Brookdale Gardens.

Brookdale Gardens has agreed to allow residents to park in the complex’s parking lot during snowstorms to enable the township’s plows to get through on Broad Street, which is a Snow Emergency Street. Residents of the apartment complex have not been allowed to park on the property due to planned construction, which has now been postponed until spring. In view of the upcoming winter weather, the original ordinance was designed to ensure that Broad Street remain clear during the snow season. However, many residents came to the last council meeting and pointed out the hardship this would cause the residents, as well as homeowners on neighboring side streets where Brookdale Gardens residents would have been forced to park if they were not allowed to park overnight on Broad Street.

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Bloomfield Council Passes Rental Property Good Neighbor Act

BY  |  Friday, Nov 07, 2014 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

IaccobacciJoeLopezThe Bloomfield Council passed the “Rental Property Good Neighbor Act” by a vote of 4-1 at the council meeting held Wednesday evening at Watsessing School.

Councilors Pomares and Davis were absent due to schedule conflicts. The meeting was held on Wednesday, rather than the usual Monday, due to the election on November 4. Councilmen Bernard, Joanow and Chalet were all reelected.

The new ordinance holding landlords responsible for the behavior of their tenants, which was passed on first reading, will require owners of rental properties with four or fewer dwelling units to post a bond if their tenants have engaged in disorderly conduct such that police were called to the scene and arrests and convictions occurred, on two occasions in a twelve-month period.

The Community Development Director will be required to send a written notification to the landlords after the first such incident for the penalty to be imposed after the second incident.

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Bloomfield Council Approves Developer’s Agreement for 110 Washington Street

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Council approved a developer’s agreement for  110 council10_20_14Washington Street, which is located behind the Bloomfield Train Station, at Monday evening’s conference meeting.

Community Development Director Glenn Domenick explained that the property was included in the township’s original plan to redevelop the area around the train station, but the development “digressed.” (The owners, 110 Washington Street Associates, fought the township’s efforts to take the property by eminent domain and were ultimately able to get the property removed from the development area). The owners then planned to redevelop the property on their own. However, Domenick said, there were various hold-ups, and the owners eventually filed a lawsuit against the town, which was settled in 2011 in Bloomfield’s favor.

Since that time, Domenick said he has been working with the minority owners of 110 Washington Street Associates to move ahead with the development, which was initially approved by the Planning Board for 151 units. Originally the plan was for condominiums, but Domenick said after the meeting that banks are not loaning money for condos, and the units would be apartments.

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New Perk-Me-Up Space in Bloomfield: Blend Coffee House

BY  |  Monday, Oct 13, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Blend Coffee HouseI’ve noticed. You’ve noticed it, too. Days are getting shorter, and it’s only going to get worse. It means we all need a little more comfort and pep, and thankfully Bloomfield has a new perk-me-up spot on Broad Street. Blend Coffee House has been serving up caffeine and delicious pastry treats since late August. And if you haven’t tried their cappuccino or delicious chai tea (by our favorite Yogic Chai!), make the trip.

With both table and casual bar-style seating, Blend Coffee House has room to relax, watch a game, or surf with their free WiFi as you enjoy a hot or cold beverage. While the weather lasts, sit outside with a steaming macchiato or chai latte. Of course, you need something to go with that beverage. Tiramisu and slices of red velvet cake are the best sweet treat sellers, but there is also a choice of chocolate sweets, sandwiches, and even oatmeal to satisfy your pre-hibernation needs.

The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the Blend Coffee House space is clean, open, and welcoming. Stop in soon to help alleviate your flagging energy as autumn settles in. We recommend the cappuccino if you’re staying and the soy latte for take away. They go well with any and all of the sweets (some from Gencarelli’s Bakery). Trust us on this one.

Blend Coffee House is at 1033 Broad Street in Bloomfield (next to Taqueria Autentica), and it’s open early to help get you started for the day. Questions? Call Blend at (973) 893-5733.

DeMaio Approved as Acting Director of Police by Bloomfield Council

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Council

The Bloomfield Council approved a resolution appointing former Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio Acting Director of Police at Monday’s council meeting, which was held at Oakview School.

The resolution was approved by a vote of 4-3, with council members Wartyna Davis, Nick Joanow and Carlos Pomares voting no.

Davis said that her reason for voting against the appointment had nothing to do with DeMaio’s abilities or qualifications. She stated that she objected to it on the basis of procedural issues. She said she thought the council should have conducted additional interviews for the post. Pomares and Joanow stated similar positions, with both expressing their support for DeMaio and praising his qualifications while voting no. Joanow pointed out that between DeMaio and Township Administrator Ted Ehrenburg, a former police chief, the township had 50 years of police experience to draw on.

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Senators Gillibrand and Booker Share Inspiration #OffTheSidelines in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 6:08am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sunday night’s Adult School of Montclair (ASM) and Watchung Booksellers free community event in the Montclair High School auditorium brought over 800 attendees to listen to Senator Gillibrand of New York and New Jersey’s Senator Booker share personal and professional stories meant to inspire as well as entertain. Gillibrand has been making the rounds on behalf of her new book Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

Dr. Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University, gave a warm and welcoming introduction to the Senators replete with reasons why Senator Gillibrand’s book is important as an inspiration and push to get more girls involved in their communities.

The conversation between Gillibrand and Booker revealed the great respect and friendship between the two senators. Touching on topics related to Senator Gillibrand’s new book, Off The Sidelines, the conversation covered work/life balance, mentoring, role models, and the importance of a varied and consistent female voice in politics. Continue Reading

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I will really miss their store. It was always so easy and fun to find a fun gift there. Walking into their store made me feel like I was transported into a faraway happy place!

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