Montclair State University Earns Carnegie Designation For Doctoral Research

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Merrill Brown Named as the Inaugural Director For School of Communication and Media at Montclair State UniversityThe national Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which is the widely recognized classification of U.S. institutions of higher education, has, for the first time, recognized Montclair State University as a Research Doctoral University.

Montclair State University was previously recognized as a Master’s 1 University (Larger Programs), but in the new classification, it was elevated to the Doctoral classification.

Doctoral universities are ranked at three levels: Research 1, which have the highest research activity; Research 2, which have higher research activity; and Research 3, which have moderate research activity. Among the public universities in New Jersey, only Rutgers-New Brunswick is a Research 1 university; NJIT and Rutgers-Newark are Research 2 universities; and only Montclair State University is a Research 3 university.

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Montclair PD Promotes Nine Officers to Higher Ranks

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Montclair PD

Picured — Bottom L-R: Sgt. Dean Berardi, Capt. Tracy Frazzano, Capt. Emil Dul, Capt. Stephen Graybush, Sgt. Terence Turner Top L-R: Lt. Stephanie Egnezzo, Lt. William Kagan, Lt. Thomas Flynn, Sgt. Christopher Locklear

Nine Montclair Police officers were promoted to higher ranks yesterday during a swearing in ceremony conducted by Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat in township Council Chambers:

Acting Captain Tracy Frazzano and Lieutenants Stephen J. Graybush and and Emil Dul were promoted to the rank of captain.

Acting Lieutenant Thomas D. Flynn and Seargeants Stephanie I. Egnezzo and William M. Kagan were promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Acting Sergeant Christopher Locklear, Offier Dean M. Berardi and Detective Terence S. Turner were promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Watch the swearing-in ceremony on TV34



Baristanet Profile: Nicky Mesiah

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Nicky Mesiah

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Nicolette (Nicky) Mesiah

Where do you live? In the hip, chic Montclair ‘Center’

When did you move there? 30 years ago

Where did you grow up? Buffalo, NY

How do you make a living? Creating/selling only delicious ‘Healthy cookies & Toffee

Coffee, tea or … ? MishMish coffee w/steamed cream please….

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Listening & dancing to Felix Hernandez on WBGO-88.3FM from 10-2 pm.

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Lost Dog in Bloomfield (FOUND)

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Lost Dog

Update: Ruby has been found

A reader writes in:

Our 4 year old beagle, Ruby, got out around 9am yesterday morning (Feb 4) without her collar on. She is about 20 pounds, extremely friendly, and microchipped. She also has a tattoo (like a serial number) inside her right ear (we adopted her from a school). We are in Bloomfield (corner of Maolis and Clinton).

If you could please post/share this, we would really appreciate it.



Montclair Historical Society Announces Price of Liberty Film Series Line-Up

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The Price of Liberty Film Series

For the third year in a row, the Montclair Historical Society will host a film series focusing on Civil Rights and the African American experience with a historical perspective. Each program in The Price of Liberty Film Series consists of excerpts of the documentary plus lively discussion and Q&A with a humanities scholar. 

Mark your calendars for three very important films:

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Seen Around Town: Snowy Day

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This is what Montclair roads look like right now. Schools have a 2-hour delay this morning, but there is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon and an expected 3-5 inches this morning.

Anyone else want to get back in bed?



What You Need To Know Tonight: Fetty Wap at The Wellmont

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Fetty Wap’s first headline show, tonight at The Wellmont, is completely sold out. The Wellmont has arranged for free parking tonight for concert-goers at Lackawanna Plaza, located at 294 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m. There will be staff at the Lackawanna lot to help facilitate parking logistics.

Wellmont marquée

Wellmont marquée. Photo: George Wirt

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Racial Discrimination Depicted in Upcoming Solo Art Exhibit in Newark

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Nina Chanel AbneyProject For Empty Space at Gateway Project Spaces is pleased to present If You Say So… a solo exhibition by artist in residence Nina Chanel Abney on February 10 from 6 pm – 9 pm. A series of limited edition prints created for the exhibition will be released in conjunction with the opening reception.

If You Say So… is an exhibition of large scale paintings and collages created by the artist during a recent trip to Brazil and during her residency in Newark. The works are comprised of brilliantly hued geometries, alphanumeric forms, and androgynous figures. Hyperpigmented blues, blinding oranges, and curvaceous yet precise monochrome silhouettes of faces samba across the giant canvases. And yet, despite the apparent gaiety and vibrancy of Abney’s works, the conceptual genesis of this collection is borne from the nefarious and widespread transnational pandemic of racial discrimination, economics, and police brutality.

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Montclair Township Animal Shelter Staff and Volunteers Save the Day — and Several Lives

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Montclair Township Animal Shelter Kudos to the Montclair Township Animal Shelter staff and volunteers! This news in from MTAS:

A cat was abandoned in the shelter’s wooden donation box some time overnight. When shelter volunteers opened the box to put away donations, they found mom and what appeared to be three stillborn kittens. Mom and the three kittens were rushed to the shelter tech room for an exam.

While examining the kittens, it was noticed that one appeared to twitch, starting a race against the clock to attempt to warm the three ice cold babies.

Rushing into action, volunteers grabbed heating pads, warm fleeces, while staff held the kittens in their armpits to warm them up, frantically rubbing them to stimulate their circulation.

Within twenty minutes, mom had delivered two more kittens and the three kittens who were previously thought deceased were now warm, squeaking loudly and looking for mom!







First Ward Meeting: Coptic Church Project, Historic Preservation, and Parking Discussions

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Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 3 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 3 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock’s 14th community meeting on February 3 was sparsely attended due to bad weather, but there was spirited discussion on a number of issues.

Expansion of Church at Cedar Grove/Montclair Border

The biggest topic at the meetings was the proposed expansion of the Coptic Church on the Cedar Grove side of the border off Bradford Avenue.  Residents of neighborhoods on both sides of the municipal line have expressed concern over the size of the enlargement, which resident and activist Toni Pagliuca described in great detail.  The impacts, she said, would include the clearing of trees, increased traffic, and poor drainage that could lead to possible flooding.  Forty houses would feel immediate impacts, given their proximity to the proposed project, but Montclair residents on Highland Avenue could feel adverse impacts in the form of dynamiting and pile driving near their homes.  Historic Preservation Commission Vice Co-Chair Kathleen Bennett added that she was concerned about the integrity of the nearby Mountain Historic District.  Pagliuca has been working to get people more aware of the Coptic church expansion.

Councilor Hurlock said he, Mayor Robert Jackson and Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager have been working with Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill to address the issue, and he added that one thing they were looking at was getting more information about the process in Cedar Grove and the number of variances needed for such a project.  Pagliuca said that the project would likely require eighteen variances from Cedar Grove’s regulations.  He conceded that it was a “delicate, diplomatic issue” for him due to the fact that it is in the jurisdiction of another municipality.

Pagliuca said she hoped to make the Coptic church expansion a much bigger issue beyond the immediate neighborhood it impacts, given the rippling effects it would have on other areas.  A possibly final vote on the project is set for February 9, and it will be the first time the public will be allowed to comment on the matter. Continue Reading

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