Montclair Municipal Building Closed For Rest of Day

BY  |  Monday, Nov 24, 2014 3:12pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

rp_Montclair-municipal-bldg-300x223.jpgThe Montclair Municipal Building (205 Claremont Avenue) is closed for the remainder of the day due to a plumbing problem which required water to be shut off in the facility. Department heads have set up office in Fire Headquarters at 1 Pine Street to conduct emergent government business. They may be reached at their regular phone numbers.

DUE TO THE WATER SHUT-OFF, TONIGHT’S PLANNING BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED. The meeting will be rescheduled to a later date. Notices will go out announcing the new date and time and the information will be posted on the township website.

It is anticipated that the Municipal Building will be open for business tomorrow during normal hours.

Glen Ridge Crime: Burglary Alert & Safety Tips

BY  |  Monday, Nov 24, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

rp_handcuffs-350x281.jpgThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo:

Date/Time: 11/14/2014 @ 6:53 PM
Incident: Fraud
Description:
Officer Ryan Walsh was dispatched to a Bloomfield Ave. business on a report of a fraud. The complainant reported that man, described as a black male, in his twenties wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and red sweat pants, attempted to pass a counterfeit bill. When confronted the suspect ran from the business.

Date/Time: 11/14/2014 @ 11:42 PM
Incident: Warrant Arrest
Description:
Sgt. Daniel Manley arrested Michael Walker, 46 of Montclair, N.J. for outstanding traffic warrants on Bloomfield Ave. He was transported to headquarters for processing and later released.

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Montclair Planning Board Exploring Possible Areas in Need of Redevelopment Tonight POSTPONED

BY  |  Monday, Nov 24, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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DUE TO THE WATER SHUT-OFF, TONIGHT’S PLANNING BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED.

We posted the public notice last week, but now the Township has elaborated on tonight’s meeting investigating the need for redevelopment of various properties in three areas in Montclair Center:

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Lost Cat in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Nov 24, 2014 9:26am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lost Cat

A reader writes in:

Buster was last seen on Saturday 11/22 on Alexander Avenue between Park and Grove Streets in Upper Montclair. She is a black and white tuxedo cat, about 9 lbs., with a lustrous black coat. She is very friendly and may come up to people’s doors or come to be petted (that’s how we got her). She has all of her claws but is exceedingly gentle; she has all of her shots and she spends most of her time indoors—she does not have a collar or microchip. She also may not answer to her name. If you see her, please try to befriend her and call Stephanie at 973-509-7618 or Al at 973-953-2377.

 

Turkey Ride Donates Over 250 Birds to the Human Needs Food Pantry

BY  |  Monday, Nov 24, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Turkey Ride

The Montclair Bikery’s second annual ‘Turkey Ride” netted over 250 frozen turkeys to benefit The Human Needs Pantry of Montclair. The 20 mile route included a stop at the Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield where cyclists could purchase a 10 to 14 pound turkey and donate it to the Pantry. ShopRite generously discount the turkeys by 10% for all Turkey Riders. About 150 cyclists participated in the ride and many purchased two or more birds for the cause.

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SOFIA Earns Award from The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

This past September, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) assembled a fundraising team that participated in a special Allstate Foundation program to support domestic violence services. This public awareness program and grassroots fundraising effort was launched to return the power of raising money directly into the hands of organizations like S.O.F.I.A.

To facilitate and solicit donations, Allstate provided online and organizational resources for domestic violence organizations nationwide. They created The Purple Purse Challenge to motivate organizations to earn additional money from the Foundation based on their fundraising efforts.

S.O.F.I.A., a Montclair-based organization focused on offering support for women and families affected by domestic violence, raised $10,546 through Purple Purse team-member efforts, and The Allstate Foundation awarded an additional $3,500. Last week Allstate Agent Neil Greco presented the funds to S.O.F.I.A. team members, as well as longtime S.O.F.I.A. supporter Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin. Continue Reading

Showing Love to the Montclair Public Library: My First Chapter

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Public LibraryThis essay is the second in the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s third annual “My First Chapter” series. These essays are in support of the Montclair Public Library. This installment, which first appeared in the Montclair Times and is reprinted here with permission, is from resident James Johnson, a lawyer, who was born in Montclair and received his first Montclair Public library card in 1968:

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Nov. 23

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10:01pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

About 80 properties are open this weekend, including a few interesting fixer-uppers in Glen Ridge and Millburn.

montclair1123174 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

List Price: $679,000

Taxes: $19,366

Acreage: 0.53

3BR/3BA

Featuring marble floors and wood molding, this eight-room ranch also has hardwood floors, new central air, a fireplace in the living room and a patio. The basement is finished, and there is a two-car attached garage. The house, which was built in 1964, has been on the market for just over a month. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

montclair1123_2Also an eight-room ranch, 144 Summit Ave., Montclair has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a foyer with skylights and radiant heat, a fireplace in the living room, a partially finished basement and a two-car attached garage. The circa 1956 house, which is new to the market, is listed at $769,000; taxes are $23,426. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Marathon Man Runs Again — Help Him Raise Funds For Library

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

 Dr. Ed Gold

Montclair orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold won’t stop running. For the past few years he has run marathons and raised thousands of dollars to support the Montclair Public Library.

On Sunday October 12, Dr. Gold completed the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon (his third marathon).

“It was an absolutely beautiful day and perfect for a marathon. Keeping the library and all of my supporters through the years in my thoughts helped me cross the finish line and even qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hrs 29 min and 18 seconds,” says Gold.

This Sunday, November 23, Dr. Gold will be running the Philadelphia Marathon continuing to raise money for MPL.

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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Approves One Façade Improvement and Rejects Another

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (19)

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens.  The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens. The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

One change to an historic façade was recommended by the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), and another change to another façade was not, at the HPC’s meeting on November 20. Dick Grabowsky, whose plans to replace windows and redo the Bloomfield Avenue frontage of the Hinck Building for a prospective restaurant were originally brought up in October, returned with revised drawings of his plans, which were amended to include the second floor in the renderings. The plans, which would replace the windows in the three arched bays to the left of the Claridge Theater entrance  with six opening window panels for each bay and provide an entrance in the easternmost bay, were submitted by Rachael Grochowski and Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design.

Torris said that the firm looked at an alternative to keep the look of the affected frontage consistent with the rest of the building. She explained that a three-window-panel setup for each bay, with each individual window four feet wide, was considered, but that each window panel would have to have running posts in between to support the weight and would produce difficulty in looking out. No other alternatives seemed feasible to meet the prospective restaurant tenant’s requirements.

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Great article baristanet! The email chain really sheds light on how this all developed. They are right to ask for clear rules, good communication and fair enforcement, but the demand to eliminate fees is unreasonable. It is not outrageous to pay $70 for 4-5 months of parking. That works out to less than a dollar a day.

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