BY Baristanet Staff | Friday, Aug 26, 2016 9:00am
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At the Montclair Township Council meeting on August 9, the council voted on an ordinance to increase parking to a $1 per hour and to extend the operative hours for all parking meters from 8 am to 9 pm, as recommended by the Nelson /Nygaard Parking study. This raise will be up from $.50 per hour in parking lots and $.75 per hour on the street, with and increase of two extended operative hours. The ordinance should be up for a second hearing on September 6. If it passes, it goes into effect 20 days after, says Communications Director Katya Wowk.
Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville opposed it saying she was concerned that the rates were detrimental to people who might park in areas that were underutilized, like the South End parking lot. She voted against the first-reading measure, but it still passed with four votes in favor. Councilor-at-Large Russo and Deputy Mayor William Hurlock were not present.
BY Announcement | Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 1:15pm
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The Montclair Health Department, along with the Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School S.A.V.E Program (Screening Access of Value to Essex Women & Men) to provide free health screenings.
The program eligibility criteria includes:
BY Baristanet Staff | Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 10:30am
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Are you a Mountie Class of 1986? Celebrate your 30th reunion with a full weekend of events.
Between October 21-23, 2016, the Class of ’86 will get together for an unforgettable weekend of reconnecting, reminiscing, and celebrating! The celebration starts with “The Re-Connect,” a Friday Night Happy Hour at Halcyon Brasserie (Passed Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar). On Saturday “The Kick Off” offers a Tailgate and Homecoming Football Game Ticket and “The Reunion Celebration” at Montclair State University Banquet and Conference Center offers an elegant evening of dinner and dancing. Sunday ends it with “The Close Out Brunch” at The Office.
BY Announcement | Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 3:15pm
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Michael Stahl of Portraits by Michael Stahl in Montclair was named a Silver Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition. Stahl’s work will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2017. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, and annual convention and expo for professional photographers.
“I’m Listening” by Michael Stahl.
BY Baristanet Staff | Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 1:30pm
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The week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:
08-20-2016 (Exxon, Bloomfield Avenue) Daniel Claudio, 36yoa from Belleville, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after grabbing numerous items and attempting to exit the store. He was also found to have an open warrant out of Bloomfield for $558.
08-20-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Justin Conover, 27yoa from Newark, was arrested on open warrants out of Union County Sheriff ($10,000), South Orange ($1000), and Hillside ($1300)
08-22-2016 (Lincoln Street) Mr. Kyle Johnson, 39yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with trespassing after being discovered hiding inside a vacant property.
BY Steven Maginnis | Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 9:00am
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The long-awaited hearing by the Montclair Township Council on the ordinance designating the area around Seymour Street and the Wellmont Theater as a redevelopment area for a new arts district did not happen at the council’s August 23 meeting as scheduled. The hearing was postponed to Tuesday, September 6, because an incorrect version of the ordinance published in the public notice of the hearing. But residents who were planning to speak at the hearing did so at last night’s meeting.
Victoria Ostrer of Roosevelt Place brought up two points about the Seymour Street redevelopment plan. She said she wasn’t sure why large condominiums in the area were not considered in the collective tax revenue from a large building, and she hoped it would be explained when the impact study is looked at – specifically in terms of revenue from building as and not just their assessed value. Ostrer also thought it was inconsistent for the master plan specified arts and entertainment district stretching along Bloomfield Avenue from Park Street to Lackawanna Plaza – well beyond the Seymour Street area – while the plan focused on just Seymour Street, which led her to express concern over another issue. She said that the developer currently owns the Wellmont Theater and the former Social Security property, while Montclair would allow the developer to use four other lots, and that the developer may acquire the Somerset Tire Service (STS) auto repair shop through eminent domain or other means.
“We’re looking at five additional properties the developer does not own at this time,” Ostrer said. “Even though the Seymour plan is trying to mitigate and limit what the developer can do, I’d actually like to see one property developed rather than six.” She preferred that all other areas be left alone and that the town concentrate on the rest of the area designated by the master plan as an arts district. Continue Reading
BY Mimi Michalski | Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 7:38am
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Vice Chairman Jason DeSalvo expressed concerns about vacant storefronts during Monday evening’s brief Montclair Planning Board meeting.
The Board continued the discussion of the Montclair Master Plan re-examination, which was broached at last month’s meeting.
At that time, Planning Director Janice Talley had explained that the purpose of a re-examination is to review the land use policies and development regulations, and prepare a plan of action for the next 10 years based on that review, a process that is required to be done every ten years.
At the July meeting, “point persons” were chosen from the Board members to assess each element of the Master Plan, including Housing, Land Use, Historic Preservation, Transportation, and Economic Development, as well as addressing zoning issues.
At Monday’s meeting, the Board members had an opportunity to bring up questions and issues pertaining to their specific areas of concentration.
Vice Chairman Jason DeSalvo, who had volunteered to address the Economic Development element, said that vacant storefronts on Bloomfield Avenue are a major concern. He said he had taken a long walk, starting at the South side of Bloomfield Avenue by the Montclair Art Museum, all the way down to Lackawanna Plaza, and then returned via the North side of the street. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 3:45pm
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is still fighting to save its parish, but that won’t stop them from throwing the St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival. This year marks the 90th year anniversary. Kaveny Field will be filled with rides, games, food, music, face painting and zeppoles from August 24 – 28.
Festivities end on Sunday, August 28 at 3:30 pm with the Procession of the statue of St. Sebastian beginning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel through the streets of Montclair, where it will arrive at the feast at 6:30 pm.
BY Baristanet Staff | Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 12:30pm
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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:
08/15/2016- A purse was stolen from a vehicle parked on North 16th Street. The owner left the purse on the front passenger seat. She returned to the vehicle five minutes later and discovered the passenger window smashed and the purse stolen.
08/15/2016- 2 packages were reported stolen from the mailbox of a residence on Essex Ave. The thefts are believed to have occurred on 08/08/2016.
08/16/2016- A resident on Broughton Ave reported the theft of a Donald Trump support sign from their front lawn. A dark skin male was observed walking towards the backyard but fled after seeing the homeowner.
08/17/2016- An IPhone 6 was reported stolen from a parked vehicle. The vehicle a 2012 Subaru was parked on Fulton Street. Unknown actor entered the window through an open window.
08/17/2016- Confesor Perez age 42 of Newark was arrested at 5:12pm and charged with Shoplifting. Store employee at 244 Bloomfield Ave witnessed the shoplifting. Mr. Perez fled the store on foot and was located by Police in the area of Willard Ave. Search incident to arrest revealed (2) hypodermic needles and a glass pipe. He was additionally charged with Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe and Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Perez was issued a court date and ROR.