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

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

 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 (16)

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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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Thefts, Arrests, and More

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeBurglaries, thefts, arrests, and more in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

BURGLARY

11/11/14 – Between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm a residence was burglarized on the lower end of Sadler road. Entry was gained through a rear basement window.

Stolen from the home was a Toshiba silver laptop computer, some costume jewelry, a Cannon digital camera, various tools, some loose change, and some identification cards.

11/12/14 – Between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:03 pm an apartment was burglarized on the lower end of East Passaic Avenue. The suspect/s entered by kicking in the victim’s apartment door.

A jewelry box with various pieces of jewelry, the value of which was not known, were stolen.

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Montclair Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Arrests, Vandalism

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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

Arrests

On 11-08-2014 at 1440Hrs, Ms. Charade Jenkins (50yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest for shoplifting from Pathmark. Security had observed Ms. Jenkins placing laundry detergent in a book bag, and walking out of the supermarket. Ms. Jenkins was also found to have an outstanding $1,500 warrant out of town. Her bail was set at $2,500 cash.

On 11-08-2014, Officers responded to Central Avenue on a report of a physical altercation in the street. When officers arrived, they observed a group of males standing around two other males, who were actively fighting. The two subjects who were fighting, Elijah Williams (19yoa from Montclair) and a 17yoa juvenile, were placed under arrest. These subjects were charged with disorderly conduct.

On 11-10-2014 at 2106Hrs, an Officer operating a marked patrol unit was driving north on Elm Street, when a vehicle approached from behind, passed the Officer in the oncoming lane of traffic, and proceeded northbound. The Officer stopped this vehicle, a 2000 Ford Focus, at Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street. The vehicle operator, Mr. Wilson Chery (32yoa from Montclair) was operating a vehicle, knowing it to have no brakes. He was also found to have open warrants out of East Orange totaling $900. He was placed under arrest for these warrants. His vehicle was towed for being unsafe.

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Montclair Environmental Commission Holds First Streetscape Design Review Hearing

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design.  Image courtesy of Google.

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design. Image courtesy of Google.

Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz opened debate on reviewing streetscape policies on November 19 with a hearing attended by residents involved with local planning, design and business issues. Schwartz, who the Environmental Commission’s representative on the Planning Board, said that he wanted the subcommittee to come up with a series of recommendations for improving streets in both residential and commercial districts and work with the township in a collaborative process with township staff, the Mayor and Council, and the Planning Board.

Schwartz explained that the main objective was to take a multifaceted look at facts and deliverables regarding the various components in a streetscape, such as sidewalks and shade trees, and come up with recommendations for what is best for Montclair from an aesthetic and economic standpoint. Sustainability and function are also important factors in determining how a street works for everyone, from homeowners and pedestrians to businesses and motorists.

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Councilor Spiller to Host Montclair Third Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sean SpillerThird Ward Councilor Sean Spiller will hold a community meeting on Monday, November 24, from 7:30 - 9 pm at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue.

The meeting is open to everyone and will focus on current issues and concerns of the Montclair community.

For more information, contact Councilor Spiller at sean@seanspiller.com.

 

 

 

Community Food Bank of New Jersey Collecting Thanksgiving Donations in Glen Ridge This Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Many New Jersey families are struggling to pay their bills and still put food on the table. Some can’t stretch their budgets far enough to purchase the traditional Thanksgiving groceries. With your help, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey will be able to provide that meal.

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Childhood: What Were You Afraid of as a Child?

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (17)

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(At the intersection of Bloomfield Ave. and S. Fullerton Ave.)

“Fire. As a child I experienced being taken down a ladder by New York City firefighters when our apartment caught fire. I don’t remember what started the fire, I just remember the fireman telling me that everything was going to be Okay as he carried us down the ladder five stories. That was in the Bronx. I live in Maplewood now.”

 

 

 

Fresh Direct Wants a Click & Collect in Montclair (Update)

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (16)

Fresh Direct

Fresh Direct’s rendering of a Click & Collect on Willard Place in Montclair

UPDATE: The Zoning Board meeting has been postponed until the next meeting, which is December 17.

Fresh Direct, the online grocery delivery service, wants to open a Click & Collect in Montclair. They will present at the Board of Adjustment meeting tonight, Wednesday, November 19 beginning at 7:30 pm at 205 Claremont Avenue.

Fresh Direct is seeking a change in zoning for 9 Willard Place, which is currently a zoned residential. Their presentation began at an October meeting and continues tonight.

A Click & Collect will allow shoppers to order online and then pick up their groceries instead of waiting at home for a delivery. Shoppers drive up, stay in their cars, while their groceries are loaded into their trunks.

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Agreement With Brookdale Gardens Announced at Bloomfield Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

confmeeting11_17_14Mayor Venezia announced at Monday’s conference meeting that an ordinance prohibiting overnight parking on Broad Street between Sunset and Johnson Avenues, which was deferred at the last regular council meeting, would not be pursued due to an agreement that was reached between the township and Brookdale Gardens.

Brookdale Gardens has agreed to allow residents to park in the complex’s parking lot during snowstorms to enable the township’s plows to get through on Broad Street, which is a Snow Emergency Street. Residents of the apartment complex have not been allowed to park on the property due to planned construction, which has now been postponed until spring. In view of the upcoming winter weather, the original ordinance was designed to ensure that Broad Street remain clear during the snow season. However, many residents came to the last council meeting and pointed out the hardship this would cause the residents, as well as homeowners on neighboring side streets where Brookdale Gardens residents would have been forced to park if they were not allowed to park overnight on Broad Street.

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I think it's great to have another convenient option in the neighborhood. I wonder what size trucks will be going down this partly residential street and how often? It is a moderately quiet street, and will see at least a little more traffic. At least it's certainly prettier than what is there now!

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