Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Jan. 25

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 1:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Approximately 90 properties are open this Sunday, including the following five:

montclair01257 Waterbury Rd., Montclair

List Price: $825,000

Taxes: $21,337

Acreage: 0.24


New to the market, this circa 1899 colonial has an updated kitchen with granite; hardwood floors; a family room with a vaulted ceiling, two skylights and a gas fireplace; and a dining room with a wood-burning fireplace. The nine-room house also has crown molding, custom built-ins and a new roof and landscaping. There is a partially finished, full basement and a two-car detached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Gambling For a Great Cause: Casino Night Fundraiser at the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge

BY  |  Friday, Jan 23, 2015 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


On Saturday, February 7, the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge will be hosting a Casino Night fundraiser. The purpose of the fundraiser is two-fold. It will help provide the means for the Women’s Club to continue its good work in our community and to enable the Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad to purchase needed additional communication equipment.

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Tracking Chris Christie: A Conversation with Political Journalists

BY  |  Friday, Jan 23, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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WNYC and Montclair State University present Tracking Chris Christie: A Conversation with Political Journalists on Monday, January 26 at Montclair State University’s The Conference Center.

Whether he’s urging tourists to get off the beach as a superstorm approaches, telling hecklers to “sit down and shut up” or speaking passionately about the ravages of drug addiction, Governor Chris Christie is, by most accounts, the most colorful politician on the national scene. As Christie considers his announcement of a presidential run, we’ll hear from some of the leading journalists who’ve covered him most, since before he was known beyond the Garden State, about his appeal and obstacles on his road to the White House.

New Jersey Public Radio’s Managing Editor Nancy Solomon will moderate a discussion with panelists:

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Letter to the Editor: Montclair Animal Shelter Concerns

BY  |  Friday, Jan 23, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

rp_email-letter1.jpgDr. Nancy Katz VMD, of Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital, shares a letter she sent to the Mayor and the Township Council with concerns about a dog at the Montclair Animal Shelter:

I am writing to you after have been being asked to by several volunteers who are concerned about the way “Luke” a dog at MTAS was treated and cared for.

You will see from the photos below that Luke lost a dramatic amount of weight ( I would guess 10-15 pounds) in the 3 week period the photos were taken. These photos were provided by several different people. He was adopted Sunday looking emaciated.

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ProPark PARCS System at Bay Street Station Parking Deck: Practical or a Pain?

BY  |  Friday, Jan 23, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

proparkA few months ago, Propark installed a PARCS (Parking Access and Revenue Control System) at the Bay Street Station Parking Deck in an effort to provide a “user-friendly, efficient, and expedient system for commuters.”

However, according to resident Steve Cohen, a PARCS user, the machines have malfunctioned twice in the last week during the evening rush hour and several times in the morning (keeping drivers from entering).

Calling it “chaos” Cohen says “an attendant is never on the premises until a problem occurs and an angry driver calls. The whole idea of a gate…not sure what the town was thinking.”

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Blog: Montclair Historic Preservation Protections Dismantled

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (37)

Baristanet-BlogsLinda Cranston is co-founder of the Save Upper Montclair Facebook group:





Montclair’s historic preservation protections dismantled ….protection process has been eliminated, undermined or ignored by this administration…and NJ Transit starts effort to eliminate protection for the one Montclair train station.

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission meets tonight, Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 pm, and this NJ Transit request has been requested to be on the agenda. The public is encouraged to attend and comment if possible.

Bill Hurlock, 1st ward councilor received letter from the State of NJ, as per a request from NJ Transit requesting the removal of the Upper Montclair RR station from both the NJ and National Registry of Historic Places. This would leave the station with no protection from demolition in the future. Bill is organizing a working group to oppose this. Contact Bill here.

In 2006, a fire took most of this Bellevue Ave station. Great pains were taken to rebuild it, replicating the original 1892 station, incorporating the only piece salvaged from the fire, the station’s covered carriage-way. A restaurant currently resides in the station on the tracks and adjacent to a parking lot, still zoned for 3 stories in the new master plan.

Historic towns attract visitors, higher income residents and consequent businesses all over the world. Visitors come and support Montclair’s local businesses now only because of Montclair’s small town historic ambiance. Common sense historic preservation is an economic no brainer.

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Bloomfield Crime: Robbery, Burglary, Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


On January 12, 2015 a 20 year old Bloomfield man was robbed of his BEATS headphones as he walked on 1st Ave. near N 16th St. The victim reported to police that at 5:15 pm he was approached by a group of 5 males wearing face masks as he was walking east on 1st Ave. The group of suspects demanded that he give them his headphones and when he refused they jumped him taking the headphones by force before running away north on N 17th St.

The victim also reported that he recognized one of the suspects and gave investigators what information he could. A 17 year old Bloomfield resident later turned himself in to the Bloomfield Police Department Juvenile Unit. The investigation continues for the other four suspects who could only be described by the victim as being black males wearing black masks.


1/12/15 – A residence on Oakwood Ave. was burglarized between 8:30 am and 10:00 am. There were no signs of forced entry however the victim reported finding the back door of the residence wide open. A large amount of cash was taken from the home and Bloomfield Detectives are following some leads in the investigation.

1/14/15 – On Oak Tree Lane a resident reported a diversionary theft where three males posed as township workers to gain entry into his home. At approximately 12:00 noon the three suspect’s approached the home and told the victim that they were investigating a chemical spill in the area and needed access to the house to check the water. During a forty-five minute period, two of the suspects entered the home and diverted the homeowner’s attention by checking water pipes, and engaging in conversation. It is believed that during this time frame the third suspect entered the home and stole the cash from a lockbox and a safe. Anyone who has experienced similar incidents or anyone that has information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

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Pinnacle Buys Lackawanna Plaza, NY Times Measures Montclair’s Growing Pains

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 9:28am  |  COMMENTS (18)

crane in montclairOngoing conflict over development in Montclair made the New York Times yesterday, in an article entitled Montclair’s City-Suburb Conflict Surfaces in New Development.

The article echoes concerns familiar to Baristanet readers of residents fearful of the impact that MC Hotel and Valley & Bloom “a pair of six-story buildings, an eight-story hotel and a refurbished parking deck” would have on the town. Continue Reading

Montclair Police Capture Armed Bank Robbery Suspect

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair Police Capture Armed Bank Robbery SuspectAt 9:30 a.m. this morning a robbery took place at Bank of America, 441 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect entered the bank and handed a hand-written note to the bank teller. The note stated that he was in possession of a gun, and would shoot the teller if they did not hand over money. The teller emptied the drawer into a bag supplied by the suspect. The suspect then walked out of the bank, eastbound on Bloomfield Avenue. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Shoplifting, Theft, Car Vandalism

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 11:00am  |  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:


01-14-2015 Everette Neal (44yoa from Montclair) and Tequaryn Warren (42yoa from Irvington) were arrested for shoplifting from CVS Pharmacy, 565 Valley Road. Total merchandise recovered $237.37.

01-19-2015 Bobby Williams (41yoa from Irvington) was arrested for shoplifting from CVS Pharmacy, 49 Claremont Avenue, items totaling $48.10 in hygiene products. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Newark for $500.

01-19-2015 a 15yoa juvenile female was arrested for shoplifting from urban Outfitters, 20 South Park Street. Total value of merchandise recovered was $565.

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