Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Oct. 23

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 9:38am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Close to 70 open houses in Baristaville this weekend, a whopping 32 open houses in West Orange. Check out the kitchen at 38 Glenwood Road in Montclair. Fuzzy white seat covers are a bold fashion statement, just be careful with the tomato sauce.

38 Glenwood Road, Montclair

List Price: $1,249,000
Taxes: $33,239
Acreage: 0.37
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1


Dutch Colonial featuring living room with wood burning fireplace, coffered ceilings and fluted mouldings, formal dining room, open kitchen with stainless steel appliances and marble countertops and family room with vaulted ceiling. Second floor has four bedrooms and two baths. Backyard has a blue stone patio. Half a block away from train and bus. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair Superintendent Search: Here’s How You Can Help

Friday, Oct 21, 2016 3:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Superintendent Search: Here's How You Can Help

Montclair Board of Education wants the community’s help in its search for a new superintendent:

As you may be aware, the Montclair Board of Education has initiated its search for a new Superintendent. To counsel us through this important process, we have retained the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting Boards with the consideration of candidates for Superintendent.

A key step in this process is to identify the characteristics we will be seeking in our new Superintendent. We would greatly appreciate your input and assistance with this important task. We, therefore, invite you to participate in this process in the following ways:

• Attending Open Forums to be held on two dates in November (see below)
• Completing an online survey that will be located on the district website starting October 24, 2016.

The Open Forums, each of which will be facilitated by a member of the consulting firm, will be held as follows:

Dates: Tuesday November 1st , Thursday November 3rd
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Montclair High School George Inness Annex Cafeteria
North Fullerton Ave.

Please complete the online survey by November 11, 2016.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this most important task.

Members of the Montclair Board of Education

Montclair Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board Review Historic Element For Master Plan

BY  |  Friday, Oct 21, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Slightly less than half of the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission’s October 20 meeting was held as a joint session with members of the Montclair Planning Board to receive representatives of the consulting group Building Conservation Associates (BCA) and hear their of the 2016 Historic Preservation Element of the township’s master plan.  The draft of the historic element, which was completed on September 30, is available for review by the public at the township’s Web site.

BCA representatives Michele Boyd and Emily Rinaldi explained for the benefit of the public as well as the commission that the element was a subsection of the town’s master plan that guide the policies of historic preservation planning  and to provide a framework for preserving historic buildings and for future development.  It also is meant to provide a goal to preserve historic structures and prioritize a plan of action to achieve these goals.

Emily Rinaldi of Building Conservation Associates explains the historic element of the Montclair master plan to the Historic Preservation Commission as Deputy Planning Director Graham Petto listens.

Emily Rinaldi of Building Conservation Associates explains the historic element of the Montclair master plan to the Historic Preservation Commission as Deputy Planning Director Graham Petto listens.

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Please Feed The Bear! (Cuddly) Bear Sighting in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Oct 21, 2016 11:21am  |  COMMENTS (0)


There’s a bear in Montclair Center!!! Not this bear, but a cute cuddly Clair Bear that we want you to feed!

Where is the Clair Bear? Find and feed that bear to win!

Where is the Clair Bear? Find and feed that bear to win!

The Montclair Center BID is holding an adorable food drive!

A giant bear is traveling from store to store in Montclair Center looking for food (he’s a hungry fella!) If you can track him down (follow the clues on Montclair Center’s Instagram and Facebook pages), and feed him a non-perishable food, you’ll get one raffle ticket for a chance to win the Clair Bear! Bring your raffle ticket to the Montclair Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2, to find out if you’re the lucky winner who takes Montclair BID’s Clair Bear home for good!

All the food collected will be donated to Toni’s Kitchen,  Human Needs Food Pantry, and The Salvation Army Feeding Program.

Now go find that bear!





Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Aggravated Assault, Stolen Cars, Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


10/10/2016- A shoplifting incident was reported at the 7-Eleven Store located at 122 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect described as a black male wearing a multi colored hood, placed store merchandise in his pockets and exited without paying. The incident was captured on security video and forwarded to police for further investigation.

10/10/2016- A store employee’s wallet was reported stolen from the Brookdale Pet Center located at 1054 Broad Street. The wallet was last seen in the employee’s purse which was hanging on the wall in the rear of the store. The wallet contained personal identifications and bank cards.

10/11/2016- Cedric Brown age 33 of Newark NJ was arrested at 2:15am and charged with Shoplifting. Police responded to the Exxon Gas Station located at 491 Bloomfield Ave and arrested Mr. Brown after he refused to pay for store items and began throwing store merchandise on the floor. He was issued a court date and ROR.

10/12/2016-A bicycle was reported stolen at 4:30pm from the McDonalds Restaurant located at 425 Broad Street. The suspect described as a black male approximate age 15, was seen riding the bicycle in the area of Bay Avenue. Further investigation by the Youth Aid Division led to the recovery of the bicycle and the arrest of the juvenile suspect.

10/13/2016-A theft was reported from a building located on Franklin Street. The caller stated he left a piece of luggage in the hallway of the building to walk across the street to a store. Upon his return the luggage was missing.

10/14/2016- Two female suspects entered a store located at 77-105 Bloomfield Avenue and stole car cleaner from the shelf. The store employee was distracted by one of the suspects, while the second suspect stole the item. Both suspects left in a gray Chevrolet. Incident captured on security video and forwarded to police.

10/15/2016- David Bambrick age 52 of Belleville NJ was arrested at 12:04pm and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Bambrick place razors in his pocket and attempted to exit the store. He was issued a summons and ROR.

10/15/2016-Police responded to the Stop & Shop Store on a report of 4 juveniles in custody for shoplifting. Loss Prevention observed all four juveniles place items in bags and attempted to exit the store without paying. The juveniles were transported to police headquarters. The juveniles all residing in Newark were released to a guardian.
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Neighbors Oppose Proposed Subdivision on Madison Ave. at Montclair Planning Board

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 6:51pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

neighbormadaveOpposition from neighbors sidetracked an application at Monday’s Planning Board meeting to subdivide a 1.7-acre property into three lots in the residential neighborhood of Madison Avenue.

The application was made by the property’s owners, Luther Flurry and Jarmila Packard, who currently live in a house situated behind a former nursing home located at the front of the property.

Prior to the hearing of the application, Chairman John Wynn recused himself due to his home’s proximity to the property, and the proceedings were chaired by Vice Chairman Jason DeSalvo.

The couple’s attorney, David Owen, explained that the property, located at 14-16 Madison Avenue, is the largest property within the block. The front building, he stated, was originally a 2-1/2 story one-family home that had been converted into a nursing home in 1945, when the Board of Adjustment approved that use of the property. In the mid-1990s, the nursing home closed and has been left vacant ever since. Flurry and Packard bought the property in 2002 and eventually applied to the Zoning Board of Adjustment to convert the nursing home back to a one-family house, while living in the existing smaller building behind the larger structure. However, he said, they were unable to complete renovations on the former nursing home and now wish to subdivide the property into three lots.

Owen called Planner Peter Steck to testify further about the details of the application. Steck explained the owners wish to subdivide the existing large lot into three separate lots, with two lots fronting onto Madison Avenue, with the third lot containing the existing smaller home in the back. The former nursing home would be demolished and replaced with two single-family houses. He said the former nursing home had not been used as a single-family home since 1945 and it was in a deteriorated condition, with inside finishes removed. It is located on a rise in the topography, and a driveway is located to the right of the property, leading to the owners’ home in the back.


14-16 Madison Avenue, former nursing home building.

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Locals Riding BlueWaveNJ Bus to Trenton to Take a Stand Against Hate in Our State

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


BlueWaveNJ has organized a bus to take locals who are offended by Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s sexual harassment towards women to the Statehouse in Trenton to let NJ Governor Chris Christie they hold him accountable for his defense of Trump.

The call to action event is organized by W.A.S.H., Women Against Sexual HarassmentWomen have always been known for washing things, from clothes to the home with the goal to remove dirt. The term “wash” is often synonymous with the chores traditionally associated with women. That is why close to 100 New Jersey women on an impromptu conference call held last week, decided to embrace this term and call themselves, W.A.S.H., Women Against Sexual Harassment. This informal and growing group of women, are determined to make their voices heard against the derogatory language used and harassment by Donald Trump against women across this nation.

W.A.S.H. is demanding that Governor Chris Christie go beyond denouncing Trump’s comments and immediately resign as chairman of the Trump transition team.

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Montclair Council: Pedestrian Safety, Parking, Speed Limits and…Musical Chairs

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Parking and traffic were two issues that just won’t go away for the Montclair Township Council.   Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors unanimously passed a resolution at their October 18 meeting accepting the responsibility to maintain the extended curb line and perform snow removal for the new bumpouts being installed at Orange Road, High Street and Irving Street.  Although passage of the resolution – part of a consent agenda of items to be passed without debate – was a foregone conclusion, several residents used the public comment phase of the meeting to urge the council to pass it.   They cited the dangers of crossing the street and either they or their children and dogs having too many near misses with motorists.  The Orange/High/Irving issue, though, led to activists asking the council to go further elsewhere in town.

the Montclair Township Council

the Montclair Township Council

Pedestrians Safety Issues in Upper Montclair and on Grove Street

Alex Kent, chair of the Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee, said that her group’s efforts haven’t been effective in achieving positive results.  She said that 40 pedestrians have been hit in Montclair every year since 2003, at least one fatality every year, with 36 pedestrians having been hit so far in 2016.  She zeroed in on the Upper Montclair business district and Grove Street as areas in need of improvement.  Given the large amount of car crashes at the Bellevue Avenue and Loraine Avenue intersections in recent months, Kent proposed eliminating right turns on red lights on weekends at both intersections and giving pedestrians a six-second head start with a “WALK” light that goes on before the green light for motorists.

Kent said that there have been 439 car crashes last four years, with 138 crashes on Elm Street, causing numerous pedestrian injuries, and she recommended lowering the speed limit to 30 miles an hour and painting a median two feet wide as a buffer zone for opposing traffic. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Car Thefts, Stolen Cars, DUI, Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


10-12-2016 (Pleasant Way) Mr. Dwayne Paige, 44yoa from East Orange, was arrested attempting to burglarize residences in the area. Officers located Mr. Paige on the rear porch of one of these residences.

10-12-2016 (Mission Street) Mr. Shaun Brown, 25yoa from Pennsylvania, was arrested on the following warrants: Essex County Sheriff’s Office (no bail), Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office (no bail), Montclair ($350), Ocean ($2,500), and Neptune ($400).

10-14-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Ms. Christina Flores, 33yoa from Elizabeth, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop.

10-15-2016 (Grove Street) Montclair Police received reports of a tractor trailer driving erratically on Route 3 west, exiting onto Grove Street. Officers located this tractor trailer driving southbound on Grove Street and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The vehicle operator, Jason Ferguson (39yoa from Montclair) was arrested and charged with DWI.
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Glen Ridge Police Offer Project Medicine Drop Box

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 10:40am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Project Medicine Drop


The Glen Ridge Police Department has joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative, and has installed a Project Medicine Drop box at police headquarters allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess, or expired prescription medications.

Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked. Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Below is this week’s crime in Glen Ridge from Lieutenant Timothy Faranda:

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