Montclair, Glen Ridge Conduct Neighborhood Meeting On HUMC/Mountainside Redevelopment

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Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley and Glen Ridge Director of Planning and Development Michael Zichelli at the HUMC Mountainside Hospital redevelopment neighborhood meeting

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley and Glen Ridge Director of Planning and Development Michael Zichelli at the HUMC Mountainside Hospital redevelopment neighborhood meeting

While March may have just gone out like a lamb, redevelopment in Montclair — and in Glen Ridge — roars on.

Just one day after she held a similar meeting about the Lackawanna Plaza area, Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley and her Glen Ridge counterpart, Planning and Development Director Michael Zichelli, presided over a neighborhood meeting at Mountainside Hospital on March 31 to discuss HUMC/Mountainside’s latest plans for expansion and the need to study whether the area should be declared in need of redevelopment or in need of rehabilitation.  Jessica Giorgiani and Jeff Janota of H2M Architects + Engineers guided residents of the area around Mountainside Hospital through the process of determining how to proceed.

“We talked to Glen Ridge about their zoning and their issues for this area,” Talley said, “and we thought it would make sense to approach this expansion of the hospital from a comprehensive matter, looking at it holistically, and [we] discussed with the hospital officials and felt that perhaps we could explore redevelopment as a means of addressing the existing  issues and future issues with the expansion of the hospital.”

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Many Montclair Residents Skeptical of Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment Project

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 01, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)


Paul Grygiel presenting an overview of the potential plans for Lackawanna Plaza.

Montclair residents spoke up at a public workshop meeting Monday night, expressing their suggestions and concerns regarding the potential redevelopment of Lackawanna Plaza.

Montclair’s Planner, Janice Talley, kicked off the meeting by explaining that the Township had designated the plaza as an area in need of redevelopment, and that the next step is to create a redevelopment plan. She then introduced the Planning Board’s Redevelopment Subcommittee – Planning Board Chairman John Wynn, Vice-Chairman Lanny Kurzweil, and member Peg Seip – followed by architect Ira Smith, and Paul Grygiel of Phillips Preiss Grygiel, LLC, the Township’s planning consultant.

Grygiel then went over the background of the project. He said that they are early in the process and there are no plans yet in place. He then spoke of the advantages for the Township in initiating a redevelopment process for the Lackawanna site. He said the process will give Montclair the ability to exert more control over the project by allowing them to outline very specific redevelopment regulations, designate specific uses for the site and choose the redeveloper.

Grygiel said the first step in the process was the Council’s recent adoption of the Montclair Center Redevelopment Study.

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Baristanet Profile: Rocky the Horse

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rocky the horseThe latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Rocky

Where do you live? The corner of Orange Road and Union Street in Montclair.

When did you move there? 2002

Where did you grow up? On a ranch in New Jersey.

How do you make a living? Giving kids riding lessons—it pays the bills.

Coffee, tea or … ? Neither. Colt 45—works every time.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Sleeping late (standing up), long runs (gotta keep my stallion good looks), dinner at Van Vleck Gardens (they have the best local grass), getting my prance on to some good music, and back to my stable with a nice wool blanket.

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Opening Soon: Playskool for Grown-Ups

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04174a4cfaa45a6abca0e24f610721d4“We welcome this establishment. Montclair needs more sharing and caring,” announced Mayor Jackson at the Bloomfield Avenue lease signing for Montclair’s new All-Grown-Up Playskool last night. This “Adults Only” establishment, the latest Brooklyn export to The Garden State, will focus on stress-relieving activities, trust exercises involving arts & crafts, and practicing caring feedback with playground techniques.

Looking around the newly renovated space at the eastern end of Montclair’s Bloomfield Avenue, Dr. Seuss and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood come to mind. Finger paints, pipe cleaners in a rainbow of colors, bins filled with dress-up clothes, and myriad containers of glitter and glue adorn the play area that spans the entire back wall.

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Montclair Crime: Arrests, Thefts, Burglary

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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:


03-24-2015 – (Mission Street) Mr. Devon Anderson, 24yoa from Montclair, was arrested on a $1000 warrant out of Morristown.

03-27-2015 – (Glenridge Avenue) Mr. Anthony T. Robinson, 23yoa from Belleville, was arrested for open warrants out of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office (No Bail) and Bloomfield ($650)

03-30-2015 – (Kings Supermarket, 650 Valley Road) Mr. Calvin Pierce (22yoa from East Orange) and Mr. Mygasnov Michel (23yoa from Orange) were arrested for tendering fraudulent $100 and $50 bills. They are charged with Forgery, Criminal Simulation, Theft by Deception, and Conspiracy.

03-30-2015 (Grove Street) Mr. David Bjerklie, 60yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI following a hit and run accident. No injuries were reported.

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Get a Free Tree at Edgemont Park in Montclair on Saturday, April 11

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free treesThe Montclair Environmental Commission and Department of Community Services have arranged will give away free tree seedlings to the public at Edgemont Park on Saturday, April 11. Bring your family and celebrate spring and Arbor Day by taking home free trees to green your property!

After last year’s successful giveaway the number of available trees has been doubled to 500. This program is part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. The exact species available have not yet been released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, but all the seedlings will be native tree species. Native tree species will provide beauty and shade, prevent soil erosion and help support our native insects and birds. Check the Montclair Environmental Commission website,, for updates on available species.

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Montclair Food News: Patio Bar, Awards, Bake Sales, “Walk-Out Wednesdays”

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Restaurant ReportYour latest Montclair restaurant and food news:

  • The Corner Cafe and Juice Bar (at the corner of Walnut and Grove) has opened and coffee lovers will love it. Stay tuned for our review this week!
  • De Novo European Pub will open a patio bar outside the restaurant at the Upper Montclair Train Station beginning in mid-April! There will be 30 additional seats under a covered patio, that will feature a custom-designed walnut bar serving a variety of sweet and slushy drinks to enjoy with the warm weather.
  • Michael Carrino, chef and partner at Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge, was recently named a 2015 Local Hero by Edible Jersey Magazine. The Local Heroes featured were selected by readers and chosen based on their local food movement and the positive impact they make in their communities. Along with a passion for cooking, Chef Carrino gives back to his local community. For the past eight years, he has been cooking and donating approximately 500 traditional Thanksgiving meals for the Salvation Army in Montclair. He also participates at the Cooking for Kids fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Children Hospital annually and supports a number of local charities including Toni’s Kitchen of Montclair.

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R.I.P. Christine O’Connor

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 9:32am  |  COMMENTS (0)

christine o' connerChristine Sheehan O’Connor, Montclair born published writer and poet, passed away peacefully on March 28 at her home at Whispering Knoll in Edison, N.J.

O’Connor was born in Upper Montclair in 1917 and lived in her hometown until a few years ago, when she moved in with daughter, Chris, and her husband, Bob. She moved into Whispering Knoll in June of 2014. Tina graduated from Montclair High School in 1936 and attended the New York School of Display. During the hard times following the Great Depression, she and her mother, Elizabeth C. Sheehan, opened Wit’s End gift shop, which was well-known as a place to find wedding and other gifts. The shop’s “Wishing Tree” was a Christmas tradition loved by the community.

Visitation will be at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday, March 31, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Cassian Church in Upper Montclair, N.J., on Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, JFK Hospital, 65 James St., Edison, N.J. 08818.

Baristanet offers our deepest condolences to the O’Connor family and friends.




Playful Cat at Cameron Animal Hospital in Need of a Family

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Looking for a cat to adopt? A playful kitty at Cameron Animal Hospital, located at 417 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, is in need of a family:

Rolly is friendly, cuddly, and playful. He likes to rub noses when he first meets people, and thinks there’s nothing better than a belly rub. He likes to play, but is relatively calm and laid back. While he loves other cats, his litter mates at Cameron Animal Hospital have all been adopted, which has left Rolly quite lonely. He would love to be adopted with a buddy. Rolly is the perfect kitten for anyone looking for a true companion, or a family looking for a new addition. He’s great with kids of all ages, he loves other cats, and he thinks dogs are OK, too.

To see Rolly, please call Cameron Animal Hospital at 973-744-2052 or email here.




Raymond’s in Montclair, Ridgewood To Pay More Than $300,000 in Back Wages

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Raymond's in Montclair, Ridgewood To Pay More Than $300,000 in Back Wages

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Northern New Jersey Wage and Hour District Office found Raymond’s Ridgewood LLC did not pay members of its kitchen staff for overtime and failed to pay tipped workers the proper wage rate, the Montclair Times reports, adding that employees at both the Montclair and Ridgewood locations were affected. Continue Reading

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