John Herrmann Named New Montclair Fire Department Chief

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Fire Department Outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield appointed Deputy Fire Chief John Herrmann as Montclair’s new Fire Chief. Hermann, who has served the department for 33 years, will be sworn in to the position later this month.

“After an extensive review of several candidates for the position, Deputy Chief Hermann stood out as someone with outstanding leadership abilities and I am certain Montclair will be well-served with John at the helm,” said Township Manager Dashield.”

“This is truly an honor,” says Herrmann. “Montclair has always taken pride in the work of its Fire Department and I will do my utmost to continue moving the department forward with even greater outreach and superior service to the communities we serve.”

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Forum On DeCamp Issues Yields Frustration, Suggestions

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)

The DeCamp forum of October 22 at the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield was sparsely attended.

The DeCamp forum of October 22 at the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield was sparsely attended.

It was raining heavily outside the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, while a public meeting addressing problems with DeCamp Bus Lines went on inside with residents expressing anger over DeCamp’s substandard service, just as with the previous meeting on April 30. But the October 22 meeting, meant to follow up on the concerns about DeCamp raised nearly six months earlier, unfolded very differently. For one thing, representatives from DeCamp refused to show up. Also, few members of the public showed up as well. Bloomfield Second Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow explained his frustration with DeCamp by pointing out that he had asked the company to send someone for the meeting, only to be told that there was a schedule conflict and that DeCamp had nothing more to say.

Joanow praised his fellow panelists at the meeting, State Senator Ronald Rice and State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, both Democrats from the 28th Legislative District, for their willingness to have a dialogue with DeCamp to address riders’ concerns and improve service.  He added that a vibrant, efficient bus service like DeCamp was “a critical component” to enhance the quality of life in Bloomfield  by providing access to New York City.

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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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Bloomfield Crime: Several Burglaries and Arrests, and IRS Agent Scam

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeSeveral burglaries, arrest, and an IRA agent scam in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


10/13/14 – On the 500 block of East Passaic Avenue a bicycle was stolen between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm from the garage of a residence.

10/13/14 – On the 200 block of Grove Street a self-storage bin was broken into and some personal papers were stolen. It has been a long time since the renter has been in the storage unit and a time frame for the burglary was not able to be reasonably determined.

10/15/14 – On Orchard Street between 10:50 am and 1:30 pm entry was made into a residence through an unlocked porch side door. Once inside the porch, the actors broke a small front door window and reached inside to unlock the door.  Proceeds are an X-Box game system, a Mac Book Pro lap top computer, and a coin jar containing $10.00 in change.

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4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield Presents Broadway Classic She Loves Me

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

she loves me4th Wall Theatre opens its 18th season with a concert version of the romantic Broadway musical classic She Loves Me at the Westminster Center for the Arts this weekend.

The romantic comedy, set in a 1930′s European perfumery, She Loves Me is a romantic comedy, set in a 1930′s European perfumery and tells the story of shop clerks Amalia and Georg, who more often than not don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.

The musical is an adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo. Other adaptions of the story include the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullivan film The Shop around the Corner and the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version In the Good Old Summertime. It surfaced yet again in 1998 as the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature film You’ve Got Mail.

With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joe Masteroff, She Loves Me is considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written. The show was nominated for five Tony Awards when it originally bowed on Broadway in 1964, and the 1993 revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical revival, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival and the Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

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Montclair Township Council Talks About Water Rates, Police Vehicles, Sanitation Trucks

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)

Acting Montclair Township Manager Timothy Stafford (center) sits between Township Clerk Linda Wanat and First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his first Montclair Township Council meeting.

Acting Montclair Township Manager Timothy Stafford (center) sits between Township Clerk Linda Wanat and First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his first Council meeting.

The Montclair Township Council had a short regular meeting on October 21 that  managed to cover a lot of ground. The acting township manager, Timothy Stafford, said little but received the congratulations of council members for his new job and observed the proceedings. He began the meeting by saying he was “very excited” about the job, having found his first couple of days “enlightening” and “chaotic.”

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Montclair Crime: Cell Phones, Cash Stolen From Montclair H.S. Locker Room

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 2:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Cell Phones, Cash Stolen From Montclair H.S. Locker RoomTwo juveniles were arrested in connection with a theft of cash and numerous cell phones from Montclair High School locker room. Police also responded to 20-plus gallon fuel spill on Bloomfield Ave. The week in police activity from D/LT. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department


On 10-09-2014, Detectives from our Juvenile Aid Bureau took a report of the theft of numerous cellular telephones and cash (Total loss approx. $2,600) from the Montclair High School locker room. On 10-14-2014, Juvenile Aid Bureau detectives arrested two 15 yoa Montclair juveniles in connection with these thefts. Detectives were successful in recovering all of the cellular telephones reported stolen in this incident. The juveniles were charged with Burglary and Theft offenses. Continue Reading

Former Bloomfield Mayor to Discuss 1960s Administration With The Historical Society of Bloomfield

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


On Tuesday, October 28, the Historical Society of Bloomfield will present The Administration of Mayor Ralph Conte, a program on the Administration of Bloomfield’s Mayor Ralph Conte, the first Democratic Mayor in Bloomfield’s history. Conte will attend and discuss the programs and policies, successes and disappointments of his administration 50 years ago.

Conte served as Mayor from 1963 to 1966. He grew up in the Ampere Parkway section of town, attended Carteret School, South Junior High, Bloomfield High School (Class of 1947), Seton Hall University and Fordham University School of Law. He was a Partner in the law firm of Rospond, Rospond and Conte and also served as Municipal Magistrate in Roseland.

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DeCamp Will Not Attend DeCamp Community Meeting (Updated)

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (18)

UPDATE: According to Lee Brigham, director of public relations for DeCamp, Councilor Nick Joanow and others have known for two weeks that DeCamp could not attend the meeting, but insisted on having it anyway.

“We told him we would be happy to have a followup meeting when we were ready to announce something. We are not ready. He knew this all along, but sent out information to the public making it sound like we were going to be there,” says Brigham.

“We will schedule our own meeting when we are ready and facilitate our own meeting when we have things to announce. We never said exactly when it should be and don’t want to be told by a councilman when a meeting should be,” says Brigham, adding that DeCamp continues to talk to riders and that a rider committee was set up since the last meeting occurred.

“We have others things in the works but we are not ready to be announce them yet,” says Brigham. She adds that when DeCamp notified Joanow that they would be unable to attend, they thought the meeting would have been cancelled.

We asked Brigham if she thought DeCamp was a political football. “You said that. Not me. Of course, there is an election in two weeks.”

We told you about a follow-up meeting to the May DeCamp community forum that drew a crowd of unhappy DeCampers voicing their frustrations at representatives from the bus company. Now, no one from DeCamp has accepted repeated invitations to appear at the follow-up meeting this Wednesday.

DeCamp Bus Lines Vice President Jonathan DeCamp (right) and DeCamp Comptroller Erwin Pantel (center) were at the last meeting, but no one fron DeCamp has said they would return.

DeCamp Bus Lines Vice President Jonathan DeCamp (right) and DeCamp Comptroller Erwin Pantel (center) were at the last meeting, but no one fron DeCamp has said they would return.

Gregory Babula, speaking for Councilor Nick Joanow, confirms, sending this email: Continue Reading

Rent Party Rocks Its New Maplewood Home

BY  |  Monday, Oct 20, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

RP2After 5 years of both fighting hunger in the community and creating a local music scene from scratch, Rent Party turned up the volume at its new home in Maplewood, The Woodland.

The Woodland is the former Maplewood Woman’s Club, which recently underwent a tip-to-tail refurbishment and is now a primo event venue in downtown Maplewood. The large, proscenium stage, high ceiling and capacity for 300 or so local music fans was a big change after the dozens of events Rent Party presented at the smaller South Orange Elk’s Lodge. (Heck, there was even a small art gallery at the back of the hall.) Continue Reading

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De Camp and the councilman missed the bus on this one.

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