Peaceful Rally in Montclair: “Black Lives Matter!”

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 2:58pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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A peaceful rally took place on Bloomfield Avenue and New Street in Montclair this afternoon. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Bomb Scare, Laundromat Robbery, Theft, and Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


On April 26, 2015 The Bloomfield Police Department Communications Center received a call at 4:50 pm, from a male who stated that there was a bomb, placed in Bloomfield College. The caller gave no specific location of the bomb other than it was in a building located on the 400 block of Franklin Street. Officers responded and a command post was set up. Liberty Street was shut down from Austin Place to Broad Street and College Security was notified of the call and in turn directed all students back to their dorm rooms. The Bloomfield Fire Department, Bloomfield EMS, Essex County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit were all called in. A search of the grounds and of the building was conducted which proved to be negative in finding an explosive device. Upon further investigation of the audio tapes of the call the team went back a second time to the college and further checked a location on Franklin Street and again did not locate a device. Investigators are continuing the multi-jurisdictional investigation and if anyone has information regarding this crime they are asked to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

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Could the Montclair Municipal Complex, Police HQ, and School District Office Be Roommates?

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

lackawanna plaza redevelopmentBack in 2013, Mayor Jackson shared his vision for a new, expanded municipal complex for the Township of Montclair in the Lackawanna Plaza area. Jackson believed that both the Police Department and municipal offices could move into a new complex.

Now he’s thinking of a third occupant. According to the Montclair Times, Jackson said that a new Central Office could be part of the future development at Lackawanna Plaza, along with a new municipal facility and police headquarters.

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Montclair Planning Board Reviews CVS Parking Lot ADA Compliance

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

The Upper Montclair CVS.  Image courtesy of Google.

The Upper Montclair CVS. Image courtesy of Google.

A CVS representative and a civil engineer working with the pharmacy chain appeared before the Montclair Planning Board at its April 27 meeting to discuss changes to the parking lot at the chain’s Upper Montclair location on Valley Road to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They faced a board interested in doing far more than that.

Engineer Douglas Grysko of the Toms River engineering firm Dynamic Engineering explained CVS’s plan to replace the two existing handicapped-parking spaces with three new ones, with various other improvements to complement the new spaces. The spaces themselves would be repaved in concrete and feature access aisles and ADA-compliant signs, with two of the spaces van-accessible.  The sidewalk along Valley Road by the entrance is to be replaced and re-graded to facilitate access to the front entrance for the disabled. New medians at the entrance bordering  the new parking spaces  are to be added and landscaped to “channelize” traffic  entering the lot. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Crime: Burglaries, Theft, Arrest

BY  |  Monday, Apr 27, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

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They should go after the building for being U-G-L-Y!! Hell, at least put a mural up on that blank, white wall!!

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