Elderly Black Cat Found in Glen Ridge

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 12:16pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

GlenridgecatfoundThis elderly, male black cat was found on Saturday August 23 on Douglas Road in Glen Ridge. He is neutered, long-haired, and on the thin side. Contact pets@baristanet.com if this is your cat.

Bloomfield Council Gives Final Approval on Lion Gate Property, Animal Shelter To Become True “No-Kill”

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 8:08am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Council81114The Bloomfield Council voted to approve on second reading the ordinance appropriating $10.5 million (including the issuance of $9.975m in bonds or notes) to enable the township to purchase the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive for open space and recreational use.

The vote was 5-2, with Councilmen Lopez and Bernard voting no. Councilman Lopez had previously urged the council to put the issue on the ballot as a referendum in the fall. He introduced a resolution to do so at the July 21st conference meeting, but it failed on a vote of 5-2.

Lopez reiterated his desire for a referendum at Monday evening’s meeting. He said that although he is in favor of open space, there are other places in town that could accommodate soccer fields. He said, “This is a tale of two cities: those who are in favor of open space and those who are struggling to pay the bills.” Continue Reading

Afghanistan to Montclair: Living the Humanitarian Village

BY  |  Monday, Aug 04, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Leslie Granda-Hill and Bilal Sharif

Learning photography at the Iris Presby Memorial Gardens *photo courtesy of Leslie Granda-Hill

In the midst of horrific news and events, sometimes it is the most tender human stories that remind us of the good that keeps the world in balance. A Montclair photographer is playing a role in an inspiring story of one boy’s journey to health and well-being. Leslie Granda-Hill, whose work often intersects with humanitarian and charitable causes, has been documenting the story of Bilal Sharif. Continue Reading

Bergen County Humane Enforcement Bids to Manage Bloomfield Animal Shelter

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Petitioners Call For New Volunteer Program at Bloomfield's Bukowski Animal ShelterThe Township of Bloomfield received two bids from Bergen County Humane Enforcement in response to the two RFPs (requests for proposals) that had been issued by the Township for both the animal control and shelter management responsibilities at the Bloomfield Animal Shelter.

Responses to the RFPs were due by 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The bids were opened publicly at that time in the Council Chambers by Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano.

Animal Control Officer Vincent Ascolese from BCHE attended the bid opening on behalf of his organization, which is located in Cliffside Park, NJ. In 2012, BCHE founded Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation and created a no-kill shelter in Cliffside Park under their auspices.

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

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

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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 pets@baristanet.com.

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

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