Montclair Councilor Hurlock Discusses Public Safety, PSE&G, Repaving at First Ward Community Meeting

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Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock meets with constituents at his August 27 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock meets with constituents at his August 27 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock hosted a community meeting on August 27 at the Bellevue Avenue branch of the Montclair Public Library, although the attendance was light, a myriad of issues were discussed.

Disruption at Aug. 10 Bellevue Library Event

Residents Ilmar Vanderer and Cordelia Siporin asked about an incident that occurred at one of the free Monday evening concerts held at the Bellevue Avenue library.  Two individuals who claimed to live nearby disrupted the August 10 performance by trying to steal a microphone and later they trashed the donations table. The police responded quickly and dismissed the offending couple, but did not get their names. Siporin said she hoped to have them identified. However, the use if an off-duty policeman at a subsequent concert cost the library $200, and she wanted to know why the attending officer couldn’t have been supplied as a matter of course. Vanderer added that Americans “live in uncertain times” when anyone could be a threat to others at an open event.

“No amount of precaution, in my opinion, is too much when it comes to the interest of public safety in any kind of event,” he said.

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UPDATE: Marquee Fire at Bellevue Theatre in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 28, 2015 7:42am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bellevue Theatre

A fire broke out on the Bellevue Theatre marquee early this morning. Photographer Eric Delmar was on the scene. The alarm sounded about 6:04 am and the Montclair Fire Department arrived a minute or two later. They quickly controlled the fire, which appeared limited to the sign.

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Eagle Scout Project Rejuvenates Montclair Animal Shelter’s Dog Area

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

 Clifford LindholmHere’s a great story from the Montclair Township Animal Shelter of a kid doing good:

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) relies on volunteers to help with a number of tasks throughout its two-story building – from walking dogs, to painting walls to doing laundry. While these chores are done by a series of volunteers every day, there are longer-term projects that require continuity in leadership and a longer commitment. One such project was the restoration of the yard and the outdoor dog runs.

Stepping up to take on this challenge was 17-year old high school senior and Eagle Scout candidate, Clifford Lindholm. After meeting MTAS Director Niki Dawson, Clifford thought the shelter and its canine residents would benefit from a revitalized yard.

“What the shelter does is important and I thought there was a need to help them,” said Clifford.

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Montclair Crime: Theft, Burglary, Indecent Exposure, and Carjacking

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Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


08-24-2015 (Park Street) Mr. David Blakely, 25yoa from Montclair, was placed under arrest for being intoxicated and disorderly in public.


08-20-2015 (Lloyd Road) A Mazda CX-7, parked in the street, was stolen.

08-21-2015 (Franklin Avenue) A bicycle was stolen from the rear yard of a residence.


08-22-2015 (Walnut Street) Burglary to an apartment. Jewelry and loose change were taken.


On 08-24-2015 at 1340Hrs a black BMW 650i was carjacked in the area of Prospect Avenue, north of Claremont Avenue. The victim was walking to his vehicle when approached by a subject who was gesturing that he had a weapon in his waistband. The suspect then demanded the keys to the victim’s vehicle. This suspect took the victims vehicle and fled southbound. It appears that this suspect had exited a silver Mercedes, which was also observed fleeing the scene. This Mercedes struck a street sign on Harrison Avenue, flattening and tire and becoming disabled. This vehicle was recovered, unoccupied, in the south end of Montclair and was discovered to have been stolen out of Saddlebrook. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’10” in height, approximately 25-35yoa, with a slim build. No injuries were reported in this incident.


08-18-2015 (Nishuane School) A small fire near the dumpsters at the rear of the school. The small fire was extinguished by school staff. No damage was reported. The fire was discovered at 1600Hrs.

08-20-2015 (Valley Road) Two vehicles were vandalized in the rear lot of an apartment building. Both vehicles had their side window smashed. Nothing was taken in these incidents.

08-23-2015 (Pine Street) A male was observed exposing himself standing in the parking lot of an apartment building. The suspect is described as a white male, 5’8” tall, approximately 40yoa, wearing khaki shorts and a black shirt.


Latest Update on Gateway Phase 2 Redevelopment Shared at Montclair Planning Board Meeting

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Architect Ira Smith presenting status of redevelopment areas of Montclair.

Architect Ira Smith presenting status of redevelopment areas of Montclair.

Updates to the latest draft of Montclair’s Gateway Phase 2 Redevelopment Plan were presented to the public at Monday evening’s workshop Planning Board meeting.

Gateway 2 comprises a number of properties at the intersection of Valley Road and Bloomfield Avenue, which have been declared areas in need of redevelopment or rehabilitation by the Township Council. Monday evening’s discussion focused on the area on the northeast corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Valley Road, which encompasses part of Portland Place. The plan currently includes townhouses on the south side of Portland Place, with a parking deck and a 60,000 square foot self-storage facility behind them. The current Police Department Building on the corner of Valley Road would be retrofitted and be converted into mixed-use retail and residential use.

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley opened the meeting by explaining that the Board’s subcommittee had met with representatives from Portland Place since the previous workshop held on July 27th, and they had made changes to address some of their concerns, as well as other concerns raised at the July meeting.

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R.I.P. JR Sangiuliano, Montclair Mounties Assistant Football Coach

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JR Sangiuliano

Photo of Coach JR from the Mounties website.

JR Sangiuliano, an assistant coach for the Montclair High School Mounties football team, passed away suddenly on Monday, August 24. On the Mounties Football website, Coach JR’s photo with the message “Our great coach, friend, and Brother has Passed away, he will be missed,” has been posted in his honor.

Services will take place at the Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Rd., Clark, on Saturday, August 29 at 9 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John the Apostle Church, Clark at 10 am. Entombment will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Visiting hours will be on Friday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm.

Below is Sanguiliano’s obituary:

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Art of Eric Carle, Music, Food, and More at the MAM Lawn Party

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MAM Lawn Party

Montclair Art Musuem (MAM) is throwing a Lawn Party on September 12 and you’re invited!

The day-long celebration will highlight the opening of the Montclair Art Museum’s exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends and include a special Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM. Join MAM and Parents Who Rock outside on the Museum’s lawn for performances by over 20 local bands, bring the kids for family-friendly activities, see MAM’s brand new exhibitions, enter to win exciting raffle baskets, and enjoy delicious fare from a variety of food vendors. And all for free!

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Montclair Featured in a Talk Stoop Commercial Series

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Cat Greenleaf, the host of, NBCNewYork’s Talk Stoop, has been doing a commercial series for Ford called “Where to Now?” which showcases great day trips in the Tri-State area. This week Montclair was featured.

Greenleaf says Montclair has “old school charm,” and is a town for walking. Van Vleck House & Gardens and Montclair Art Museum are highlighted.

Watch the spot below:

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Montclair Mayor, Council Express Frustration Over Delayed Infrastructure Projects

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Director of Community Services Steve Wood and Township Engineer Kim Craft at the August 25 Montclair Township Council meeting

Director of Community Services Steve Wood and Township Engineer Kim Craft at the August 25 Montclair Township Council meeting

The Montclair Township Council’s August 25 meeting was relatively short, with only half an hour needed to pass the the six pending ordinances, the new ordinances and the eight resolutions on the agenda.  But it lasted for another half hour after that when Mayor Robert Jackson brought up the matter of delays on infrastructure projects, especially the work on Park Street and the area around Montclair High School.  Township Engineer Kim Craft and Director of Community Services Steve Wood had been in the gallery since the meeting formally started, indicating that they knew Mayor Jackson wanted to press the issue, as it was not on the agenda.

The mayor asked Craft and Wood when new intersection lights at Park and Chestnut Streets would be installed, and Craft said she would have to meet with the contractor the following day for an answer.  She also conceded that the new signals may not be installed in time for the first day of school on September 8, but she noted that the foundations are in and that the work should produce only minor disruption when it is undertaken.  Craft said that she talked to the police department about the phasing of the new lights, with plans to have a phase for pedestrians during arrival and dismissal times.  The phasing would otherwise remain the same as with the old signals.

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Water Conservation Alert from the Montclair Water Utility

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 7:20am  |  COMMENTS (0)

waterThe Montclair Water Utility has issued an end-of-summer Water Conservation Alert to all customers. Due to a dry summer season, even though we are not yet in a drought emergency, we need to reduce excessive water use outside our homes.

Residents are asked to only water lawns and gardens when absolutely necessary: if it hasn’t rained in one full week, residents should water just once per week, in the early morning or early evening (never mid-day), for an hour. Watering deeply but less frequently builds a stronger, healthier, drought-resistant root system.

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Thank you for this story!!! I must admit I was never a fan of this wall and always wondered about it when I drove by. Now that I know the story behind it, I think I will admire it when I drive by. I am sorry for Dr. Bloom's loss and hope that his work on the wall will continue to provide him some measure of solace.

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