POLL: Should Hillside School Be Renamed For President Barack Obama?

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 9:02am  |  COMMENTS (7)

POLL: Should Hillside School Be Renamed For President Barack Obama?

During the Montclair Board of Education meeting this week, Alexis Dickerson proposed naming Montclair’s Hillside School for President Barack Obama. Earlier this year, Mount Hebron Middle School was renamed for Montclair’s own astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Vote in our poll and tell us what you think in comments. Continue Reading

Books For Bucks To Support Montclair Project Graduation

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Starting this Saturday and for three Saturdays total, you can donate books to support Montclair High School Project Graduation 2017. Then, on Saturday, February 4, come back to buy books. All proceeds go to Project Graduation, a safe celebration for the class of 2017.

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Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, DUI, Burglary, Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


01/02/2017-Alexandri Thomas age 18 of Bloomfield NJ was arrested at 1:41pm and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Loss Prevention observed Ms. Thomas place store items inside a shopping bag and exited the store without paying. She was detained until the arrival of the police. Ms. Thomas was charged with Theft and released with a pending court date.

01/02/2017- A resident on Glenwood Avenue reported a package was stolen from the front of his house between the hours of 1:00pm and 6:00pm. The package was delivered by US Postal and left at the door. The owner discovered the package opened with the contents missing. The package contained a remote control helicopter valued at $250.00 dollars.

01/04/2017-Mason Yu age 65 of Newark NJ was arrested at 3:11pm and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Yu place store items inside a Nike bag and exited the store without paying. He was detained until the arrival of the police. Ms. Yu was charged with Theft and released with a pending court date.
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Learn Some Montclair History Tonight at the Montclair’s Women’s Club

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 10:42am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair's Women's Club

Liz Lynch, professional genealogist, writer, Jeopardy champion, and Montclair Women’s Club archivist will share a bit of history tonight at the Montclair’s Women’s Club (82 Union Street, Montclair) at 7 pm.

Learn who the first club president was, what was the “Quest” magazine, and what montclair was like back in the day. The program is free for members, $5 for guests.



Glen Ridge Crime: Taxi Dispute, Fraud, Trespassing

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Timothy Faranda:

Date/Time: 12-31-2016 at 12:00 PM
Incident: Trespassing
Description: Officer Grogan responded to the Forest Avenue on a report of a Criminal Mischief and Trespassing which occurred on 12/31/2016 between 12PM and 2PM. The resident reported observing that the fence to her property was damaged by an unknown party who may have tried to climb over the fence. This matter is currently under investigation and anyone with information is requested to contact Det. Rivera at 973-748-5400 x 119.

Date/Time: 1-2-2016 at 11:28 AM
Incident: Fraud
Description: Officer Anthony Re responded to Argyle Street where he met with the victim. The victim reported that an unknown person had opened numerous credit cards in his name without authorization. This matter is currently under investigation and anyone with information is requested to contact Det. Rivera at 973-748-5400 x 119.
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Montclair Council: Red Cross To Sell Park Street Office, Siena PILOT Ordinance

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

The Montclair Township Council got off to a slow, quiet start for 2017 in its January 10 conference meeting.  Five resolutions, which included the passage for the temporary 2017 budget, a purchase of anti-virus software for the township, and an application for a certified local grant from the New Jersey Historic Preservation funds, passed unanimously.

The one ordinance voted on, a first-reading measure amending the 2008 financial agreement for the Siena condominium apartment building, prompted resident Sandy Sorkin to ask for an explanation of it in public comment.  Mayor Robert Jackson deferred to Township Attorney Ira Karasick, who explained it once the ordinance came up for a vote. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Council Discusses “Predatory Booting” of Vehicles, Makes Appointments

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Councilman Nick Joanow brought up the issue of “predatory bootings” taking place at private parking lots at Monday’s brief conference meeting.

Photo credit: Maria Probst

Photo credit: Maria Probst

Joanow explained that “booting” a car meant attaching a mechanical device to a vehicle that immobilizes it. He said a lot of residents had told him that they had been booted when parking in private lots and had had to pay $100 or $200 (depending on location) in cash in order to get the device removed. While emphasizing that the residents had parked illegally and should not have done so, he said, “I’m offended by a company that would prey on our own residents. It’s like killing a flea with a sledgehammer.”

He reiterated to residents, “Do not park in private lots; they will do what the sign says they will do…They are aggressively enforcing.” Joanow went on to say, “My charge to the Administrator is to look at the county level. There is ‘predatory towing.’ Let’s not gouge the residents.” He explained that the agencies booting residents’ vehicles are “waiting for you – that’s the predatory part.” He asked the administration to see what leverage the town may have to protect the residents. Joanow mentioned that the McDonald’s on Broad Street is one of the locations where residents are being booted for parking illegally.

The council voted to create a cap bank to give the administration flexibility for future appropriations as needed. Township Administrator Watkins explained that this does not raise taxes, but simply protects money that the township has already saved. According to the NJ Department of Community Affairs, a municipality may bank (for up to two years) the difference between its final appropriation subject to the budget cap, and 3.5%.

Finance Director Robert Renna announced the township had held a successful sale of bonds totaling $24.4 million at a net interest rate of 1.15%.

The mayor and council also voted to approve members to numerous boards and commissions. Leo Sceurman and Jessica Alfreds were promoted from alternate to regular members of the Zoning Board, and new member Greg Moormann was appointed as an alternate. Thess Prince and Trevor Munson were reappointed as alternates. On the Planning Board, Greg Babula was reappointed and Zeke Harvey appointed as an alternate. Denise Seabay was reappointed to the Board of Health, and Nicole Williams was reappointed to the Parking Authority.

Other Business

The council also passed a number of other action items awarding contracts for various township functions, including Township Attorney. They also voted to reject and rebid for the purchase of a truck cab with chassis.

Councilor Wartyna Davis reported on the upcoming Martin Luther King Day events. Saturday, January 14, will be the MLK Day of Service, to be held at Berkeley School. Check-in time for participants is 8 a.m. Monday, January 16, will be the MLK Day Celebration, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the New Light Baptist Church.Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams will be the key speaker. In addition, Davis said, they will be presenting service awards.

The next meeting will be a regular meeting, to be held on Monday, January 23, 2017, in the council chambers at 7 p.m.

Montclair Crime: Hit and Run & Weapon Arrest, Burglaries to Residences, Car Thefts, Car Vandalism

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 1:09pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


01-04-2017 (Grove Street) Mr. Frank Bagley, 49yoa from Montclair, was arrested on an open warrant out of Bloomfield ($500)

01-04-2017 (Claridge Theater, Bloomfield Avenue) officers were dispatched to reports of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance. Ms. Nicole Levenchuck, 30yoa from Belleville, was arrested for open warrants out of Montclair ($2,500), Cedar Grove ($2,600), Atlantic City ($1,500), Glen Ridge ($500), Cranbury ($172)

01-04-2017 (Maple Plaza Lot) A hit-and-run accident occurred on Watchung Avenue in which a green Toyota Sienna struck a black Volkswagen and then fled the scene. The occupants of the Volkswagen followed the fleeing vehicle to the Maple Plaza Lot. Mr. Joseph O’Neill, 26yoa from Rutherford, then exited the Toyota, brandishing a baseball bat, and proceeded to threaten the occupants of the Volkswagen. O’Neill was arrested and charged with Possession of a weapon, Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, Terroristic Threats, and Obstructing Administration of Law. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for the hit-and-run accident.
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Marksmen Return To South Mountain For Annual Essex County Deer Management Program

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Essex County Deer Management Program

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. has announced plans for the 2017 Essex County Deer Management Program in Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation. This is the 10th year of the program, which is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer.

“Controlling the population by removing deer from South Mountain and Hilltop has proven to be very successful in helping to preserve the forest habitat and maintain our reservations as viable resources for recreation and open space. Each year, we have updated our program to address current conditions, reducing the number of days and transitioning into a ‘maintenance mode’ to maintain the population at a manageable level,” DiVincenzo said. “This is just one facet of our comprehensive Deer Management Program that also includes creating seed banks to accelerate the re-growth of the forests and installing reflectors and lights to enhance traffic safety by keeping deer from entering the roadway,” he added.

The program will be held on the afternoons of Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 17 to February 16. When the program is held, the reservations will be closed to the public to maximize safety. For the first time, make-up days have been scheduled in case the program is cancelled because of inclement weather. If there are no cancellations, then the program will not be held on the make-up days. The days in South Mountain Reservation are Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19t. Make-up days are Tuesday, January 24t and Thursday, January 26. South Mountain Reservation is located in Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange, and Hilltop Reservation is in Cedar Grove, North Caldwell and Verona. The program will not be held in Eagle Rock Reservation.

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Montclair PD Hosting a Mitten Tree to Collect Winter Wear For MESH

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

mitten treeThe Montclair Police Department will host a “Mitten Tree” charity event from January 9 through February 1.  A “tree” will be located in the lobby of police headquarters for officers and residents to drop off and donate scarves, mittens and hats, which will be donated to MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) for those in need during this cold time of year.  Donations can be either new or gently used.  

Donations may be dropped off at any time at 647 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair Police Headquarters.  Contact Ofc. Robert Anderson at 973-509-4752 or  Ofc. Paul Rusiniak at 973-509-4776 with any questions.






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