Four NJ Transit Train Conductors Arrested for Selling Stolen Tickets

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Four Nj Transit Train Conductors Arrested for Selling Stolen Tickets

Four NJ transit train conductors were arrested yesterday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of stolen train tickets. The investigation was initiated by the NJ Transit Police Department’s Fraud Unit with assistance from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit.

The report from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray:

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Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robbery, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


On July 25, 2015, a 38 year old Bloomfield resident was robbed at gunpoint of his cell phone, by 3 males wearing bandanas over their faces, on the 200 block of Ampere Parkway. The victim reported that he was walking home when the 3 males approached him and one of the suspects was holding what appeared to be a silver semi-automatic handgun. The victim quickly said “the police are coming” which made the suspects hesitate for a moment before they took his cell phone and fled on foot towards Chester Avenue. The victim followed the suspects to N 17th Street, where he witnessed them enter a grey, 4 door vehicle, occupied by a fourth suspect in the driver’s seat. The victim observed the vehicle drive away south on N 17th Street.

The victim was not injured in the robbery and the stolen cell phone was valued at approximately $100.00.

The suspects were described by the victim only as being: 3 black males, one with a grey hooded sweatshirt and red bandana over his face, one with a black hooded sweatshirt and black bandana over his face and one with a white tee shirt and black bandana over his face.

The Bloomfield Police Department is actively investigating this crime and following up on leads generated by their investigation so far. Anyone that has information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.


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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day at Anthony’s Cheesecake

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

National Cheesecake Day

It’s National Cheesecake Day today and Anthony’s Cheesecake in Bloomfield is celebrating. Customers will get free cheesecake bites with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entree. Anthony’s will also give away an eight-inch NY-style cheesecake to one lucky patron.



Codey Arena in West Orange Opening as a Cooling Center Today Through Sunday

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 7:40am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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With temperatures forecasted to remain above 90 degrees throughout the week, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced that Codey Arena is available to the public as a cooling center on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 from 6 am to 11 pm, Saturday, August 1 from 7 am to 10 pm, and Sunday, August 2 from 7 am to 5 pm. (All skating activities will not be interrupted.) Codey Arena is located at 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.

Adorable Kitten at Cameron Animal Hospital in Need of a Family

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cameron Animal Hospital

Looking for a kitten to adopt? An adorable 3-month-old at Cameron Animal Hospital, located at 417 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, is in need of a family:

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Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center to Host New Abstract Art Show

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Mark AJ Szep

Bloomfield artist Mark AJ Szep will present his new art show “Spark of Creation” at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center from August 1 – August 31. An opening reception will be held Thursday, August 13 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm where the public can meet and greet the artist. Light refreshments will be served.

Spark of Creation is a series of black and white abstract paintings that were inspired by that single moment of creation when one drop of paint reaches the canvas and spreads outwards in undulations of expression and creativity.

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Montclair Crime: Assault, Burglary, Theft, and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


07-22-2015 (North Willow Street) Ms. Katrine Longley, 59yoa from Newark, Was arrested for DWI, after crashing into a parked vehicle.


On 07-23-2015 at approximately 10:45 pm, Montclair Police Officers responded to the intersection of Cedar Ave & High St, on a report of a female screaming. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 41 year old Newark resident was assaulted with an unknown weapon inside Nishuane Park. During the assault the female sustained lacerations on her body and was subsequently transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No weapon has been recovered as of yet. The suspect was last observed traveling south on High St in the below noted vehicle. Suspect description: Tall black male in his 40’s. Suspect vehicle: Newer model, red 2-door vehicle.

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Outpost in the Burbs Takes Over Montclair Center Stage Saturday Night

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Outpost in the Burbs

Outpost in the Burbs will take over Montclair Center Stage this Saturday, August 1, offering a free night of great music.

Here is the fabulous line-up:

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Montclair Planning Board: Affordable Housing and Building Heights For Phase 2 Western Gateway Redevelopment

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (23)

Keenan Hughes of Phillips Preiss Grygiel

Keenan Hughes of Phillips Preiss Grygiel

With Valley & Bloom under construction and plans to begin the MC Hotel waiting in the wings, the Montclair Planning Board held a workshop to consider the second phase of redevelopment for Montclair ‘s western gateway at its July 27 meeting.  The proposed area under consideration includes six properties on the eastern side of Valley Road, across from Valley & Bloom 1, that, along with the Montclair Motor Car showroom, the Delta service station, and the PSE&G facility, are recommended for rehabilitation.  Most of the discussion, though, involved the area around Portland Place, which was studied as a possible block to be redeveloped.

Kennan Hughes of the consulting firm Philips Preiss Grygiel  and architectural consultant Ira Smith led the board and the numerous residents in attendance, including Mayor Robert Jackson, through their recommendations.  They generally endorsed a mixed-use area bringing together retail and residential development that implements more public spaces and creating more parking with a deck behind Valley Road and Portland Place that would be screened by buildings along the street line.  The proposals also called for the incorporation of affordable housing, new public spaces, and self-storage space above the parking deck.  Hughes said he wanted to take advantage of the central area of the block that was “not conducive” to residential or office use.  It, too, would be screened from view.  The old municipal building, now the police headquarters, would be recycled for a new use once the police moved . . . and possibly have two extra stories.  Kathleen Bennett of the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission later spoke in opposition to that idea.

The Delta station would likely remain, in part to allow Montclair residents to buy gasoline locally and to preserve a sense of openness that would be destroyed by a taller building on that site, creating a possible canyon effect with Valley & Bloom.  A low-rise building housing a cigar store had once stood there, as illustrated in an historic picture shown at the meeting.

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Bloomfield Mayor In the Finals of Politicker’s Poll For New Jersey’s Most Effective Mayor

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 8:16am  |  COMMENTS (9)

mayor mike veneziaBloomfield’s Mayor Mike Venezia has made it to the final round of Politicker’s contest to name New Jersey’s Most Effective Mayor. Polls opened in June with 13 mayors up for the title.

It’s now down to two—Venezia is up against Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

Politicker says the young mayors deserve props in that they both supplanted older guards to get where they are now.

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