Making Murals at Brookdale Park’s Chalk Walk

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Chalk Walk

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (third from left) and the Brookdale Park Conservancy President Mollie Smith (second from left) watch as artist Greg Betza from Bloomfield creates a sidewalk chalk mural about the Brookdale Dog Park during the Chalk Walk in Essex County Brookdale Park on Saturday, September 27. Also watching is artist Dan Zimmerman who worked with the Conservancy to organize the event. During the Chalk Walk, artists drew pictures on the pathways that highlighted the history, activities and wildlife in the park.

(Photo by Glen Frieson)


Bloomfield Crime: Several Car Break-ins, Stolen Cars, and DUI Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 crimeSeveral Car Break-ins, Stolen Cars, and DUI Arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


09-22-2014 – On the lower end of Dodd Street an unlocked garage was burglarized. A Craftsman chop saw and a Craftsman shop vac were stolen.

09-25-2014 – On the lower end of Berkeley Avenue a rear door was found to be the point of entry in a residential burglary where a Dell laptop computer was stolen.

09-25-2014 – On Lindbergh Boulevard a residential burglary occurred between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. A front window was determined to be the point of entry. A silver chain and a Toshiba laptop computer were stolen.

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Update (Found): Lost Dog in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 9:27am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lost Dog in Montclair

Update: great news, Daisy has been found!

A reader writes in:

Daisy has been missing since 8:30 am this morning in Upper Montclair near Lacordaire. Please call 301-928-2298.

Montclair to Join Global Dinner Party Movement The Feast Worldwide

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Feast Worldwide

Good food, drinks, and community conversation. It all happens at the first Montclair The Feast Worldwide on October 11 at 7 pm.

The Feast Worldwide sparks independent dinner events in 40+ cities to “rally around the change makers moving the world forward. Each city is invited to present their own vision for the future and curate the most inspiring entrepreneurs making it happen. Guests choose one to sit with over dinner — and instead of talking about problems, they talk about ways to support each other, collaborate, and make the world work better.”

Montclair resident Helene Richman, of brandhelene and co-founder of Montclair Pop-Up, is organizing The Feast Worldwide in Montclair. After being inspired at a Feast she attended in New York, she knew she wanted to bring one to her community.

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Montclair Crime: Disturbance on Mission Street, Suspicious Male on Warren Place

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Crime: Disturbance on Mission Street, Suspicious Male on Warren PlaceThe week in Montclair crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Detective Bureau Commander, Montclair Police:

On 09-28-2014 at 0204Hrs, Officers assigned to the Mission Street post observed a large disturbance mid-block in the center of the street. Upon responding, they located approximately eight individuals huddled around two males who were physically fighting. One of the males who was fighting was identified as Justin Davis (18yoa from Montclair), disregarded Officers orders. He continued to act in a combative and aggressive manner. Mr. Davis was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.

On 09-29-2014 at 0738Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Warren Place on a report of a suspicious male walking through the rear yards of homes. Arriving Officers observed this suspect, James Aguiar (23yoa from Montclair) walking on Warren Place. After conducting a canvass of the neighborhood, numerous witnesses observed Mr. Aguiar walking through the rear properties of homes in the area. It was discovered that Mr. Aguiar had rummaged through at least one vehicle in the neighborhood, ripping open parcels, which were on the rear seat. Mr. Aguiar was placed under arrest and charged with burglary and theft. He was held on $7,500 bail. Continue Reading

Senators Gillibrand and Booker Share Inspiration #OffTheSidelines in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 6:08am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sunday night’s Adult School of Montclair (ASM) and Watchung Booksellers free community event in the Montclair High School auditorium brought over 800 attendees to listen to Senator Gillibrand of New York and New Jersey’s Senator Booker share personal and professional stories meant to inspire as well as entertain. Gillibrand has been making the rounds on behalf of her new book Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

Dr. Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University, gave a warm and welcoming introduction to the Senators replete with reasons why Senator Gillibrand’s book is important as an inspiration and push to get more girls involved in their communities.

The conversation between Gillibrand and Booker revealed the great respect and friendship between the two senators. Touching on topics related to Senator Gillibrand’s new book, Off The Sidelines, the conversation covered work/life balance, mentoring, role models, and the importance of a varied and consistent female voice in politics. Continue Reading

It’s Unanimous – Princeton Votes To Hire Montclair Town Manager

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 7:04pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Photo: Planet Princeton

Councilwoman Jo Butler, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO, joins Dashield at a meet and greet after the vote. Photo: Planet Princeton

Tonight, Princeton town council, in a unanimous vote, hired Marc Dashield as town manager. Continue Reading

Spin at SoulCycle in Short Hills To Help Support Domestic Violence Victims, 10/8

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

soulcycleDo you spin or know someone who does? Take a spin at SoulCycle Short Hills and help raise funds for Partners for Women and Justice programs.

Partners for Women and Justice empowers low-income and abused women to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice by offering quality legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters. Continue Reading

Montclair Seeking To Hire Full-Time Animal Control Officer UPDATED

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 10:41am  |  COMMENTS (13)

Montclair Animal Shelter

Update: We emailed town officials to inquire about these postings. Communications director Katya Wowk replied that “The ACO post is for someone to replace the ACO who became the shelter vet tech. The kennel helper [position] is new.”

Montclair announced today that it is looking to hire a full-time animal control officer, as well as a part-time kennel helper, news that can’t come soon enough for many residents concerned about reports of dangerous conditions and practices at the shelter. Continue Reading

RIP Herman Lew 1955-2014

BY  |  Monday, Sep 29, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

When Herman Lew died suddenly and unexpectedly driving home from karate a week ago Saturday, word spread quickly, and people naturally were stunned. It wasn’t only that he was young, it was that he was so full of life. Even if you only knew him as a neighbor who drove a convertible and had a ready smile, you could sense his vitality. Lew directed the undergraduate film and video program at City College of New York and was a cinematographer in his own right. His wife, Janice Yamanaka, designed the original Baristanet website, in 2004. She and their three children survive him. They were longtime residents of Glen Ridge.

Longtime Glen Ridge resident, filmmaker and professor Herman Lew, who passed away Sept. 20, 2014.

Longtime Glen Ridge resident, filmmaker and professor Herman Lew, who passed away Sept. 20, 2014.

Hundreds of friends and neighbors showed up for a memorial service Sunday afternoon at the Glen Ridge Women’s Club, and the same remarks were heard over and over again. It was tragic. A shock. It was amazing, people said, how much the girl’s lacrosse team had pulled together to support Herman’s daughter, Galen Lew, a star midfielder on team: How they spread the word, coordinated food for the event. Even people who had no use for organized sports had to acknowledge it. The mourners, people noticed, represented the artsy side of the town and the jock side of town, all of which were present in Herman, the family, and indeed the town. Continue Reading

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