Strong Arm Robbery at Mountainside Hospital Parking Deck

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 7:40pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Strong Arm Robbery at Mountainside Hospital Parking DeckA Bloomfield man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery yesterday afternoon on the fourth level of the parking structure at Mountainside Hospital (31 Sherwood Street).

According to Lt. David O’Dowd, Detective Bureau Commander, as the victim was walking to his vehicle, he was approached by a male suspect who said “I don’t want to hurt you, I just need cash.” Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Annicia Adams Durka

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Annicia Adams Durka   The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Annicia Adams Durka

Where do you live? In the South End of Montclair on Lincoln Street.

When did you move there? Four years ago.

Where did you grow up? Most of my childhood was spent in California on the central coast and in Southern California, but I was born in Alaska. I lived there until I was 7 years old.

How do you make a living? I’m a textile designer. I love my job!

Coffee, tea or … ? Yogic Chai.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Going to an early yoga class, then working/playing in the garden with my son and husband. Spending time in our yard all day. Then we throw some food on the grill and drink a few of my husband’s homemade beers. To finish off the day my husband and I sit around the fire pit in the back yard after our son has gone to sleep and watch the fire.

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Go Out For the 2nd Annual Detective Carlos G. Wormley Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Detective Carlos G. Wormley Bowling FundraiserOn Saturday, February 28, the Montclair Sentinels 16-87 will host its second annual Detective Carlos G. Wormley Memorial Bowling Fundraiser at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, NJ.

You’ll enjoy music by DJ Hardcore, good food, fun, and fellowship to raise funds for the Sentinels scholarship fund in honor of their departed brother Detective Carlos G. Wormley.

Detective Wormley was a lifelong resident of Montclair, and served his community with great pride. He was known throughout the community to go above and beyond to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Detective Wormley was truly dedicated to his community, and held a special affinity for the youth of the community. He worked tirelessly as a DARE Officer, mentor, and founding member of Project Oasis.

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Seen Around Town: Random Acts of Kindness

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Random Acts of Kindness

We may fight over the PARCC, our school system, our taxes, leafblowers, and our government, but sometimes, the times that count the most, Montclair shows how kind, accepting, and just how damn great it is.

The Human Needs Food Pantry, which provides food, clothing and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring posted the photos above and the following message on its Facebook page yesterday:

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Montclair Health Department “Stoop Time” Program Returns for Second Session

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

stoop timesThe Montclair Health Department’s Stoop Time program returns for a second session, meeting Friday mornings, March 16 through April 20, at 10 am. Sessions will be held at the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue.

The Health Department describes Stoop Time as “a place for ‘mature’ women to discuss the ups and downs of life throughout its different phases with a small group of others who are experiencing similar change.” It’s a place for women to discuss their life issues, things such as experiencing a loss of a significant other or loved one, their neighborhood, careers and retirement, health changes, or being empty nesters.

Leah Johnston-Rowbotham, MS, APRN, BC created and will facilitate the Stoop Time group. “My own grandmother often discussed these issues on the front stoop while shelling peas, my mother had the stoop by the clothesline as she folded frozen towels and sheets in the late winter” says Rowbotham.

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Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Stolen Cars, and Many Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

ROBBERY

On February 22, 2015 a Chinese food restaurant, The Chopstick House located at 2 Bloomfield Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. A 40 year old male employee of the restaurant reported to police 12:08 am, that a dark-skinned Hispanic male entered the restaurant, placed a black handgun on the counter and took three hundred dollars that was near the register. The suspect exited the restaurant and entered the passenger side of a grey or black SUV and fled south on N 13th Street. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and a white scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

BURGLARY

On February 18, 2015 a 19 year old Ella Street resident reported to police that he interrupted a suspect at 11:41 am trying to burglarize his residence. The victim observed the suspect attempting to open a basement window of his home and when the suspect realized that the victim was home and caught him trying to enter, he fled the area on foot.

12/19/15 The superintendent of an apartment building on the 100 block of Franklin Street reported to police that he discovered an ex-tenant, who had broken into his building, hiding in the basement at 10:24 pm. The suspect fled prior to police arrival.

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Get a Free Clip On Light at Upper Montclair Train Station Tonight

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Clip On LightLast month, Bike&Walk Montclair gave out free clip on lights at Walnut Street Train Station. Tonight, between 5 – 7:30 pm, they’ll be giving out the freebies at Upper Montclair Train Station.

“We will be greeting arriving passengers at the Upper Montclair train station and DeCamp stop (located at Bellevue Avenue) with a free blinking light to increase their visibility as they leave the station area. There will also be volunteers on hand with additional safety material,” says Norma Tassey, Executive Director of Bike&Walk Montclair.

The free lights easily clip to a bag, zipper pull or belt loop. Free lanyards are also available courtesy of Keller Williams Realty.

 

 

Mayor Jackson On State of Montclair Public Schools

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (49)

Mayor Jackson On State of Montclair Public SchoolsMayor Jackson releases statement on Montclair schools’ budget deficit.

I know that Montclair residents are concerned about the looming budget deficit and leadership changes in our public schools.

First, I want to thank Dr. MacCormack for her service to our community and wish her success in a new career opportunity.

Second, I acknowledge that the prospect of property tax increases and program cuts is anxiety-worthy indeed.

That being said, I want you to know that the Board of School Estimate, in conjunction with the Board of Education, is committed to an open, exhaustive, and dispassionate budget process, as we work together toward a palatable course of action. I also want to affirm that staff, parents, and students are indispensable partners in this endeavor.

There is no panacea. Tough choices and sacrifice will be the order of the day.

Nonetheless, I am confident that if we summon our intellect, person-to-person respect, and fundamental love for our Township, we can see our way through.

I have an abiding faith in the people and the promise of Montclair.

Let’s get to work!

Adopt Your Next Best Friend at Cameron Animal Hospital on Sunday

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Cameron Animal Hospital

Cameron Animal Hospital, located at 417 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair since 1936, will host its first adoption event of the year this Sunday, kicking off a monthly kitten and cat adoption series throughout the spring.

Kittens and cats will be available for viewing on March 1, between noon and 3 pm. Thereafter, the hospital will host adoption events on the first Sunday of every month.

Adoptions from Cameron Animal Hospital include FELV/FIV testing, vaccination, and spay/neuter surgery. Typical adoption fees are $100 per cat, which helps the hospital provide shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, enrichment and behavioral rehabilitation for adoptable animals.

For a quick view of some of the animals that will be available for adoption, check out Cameron’s pet list on Petfinder and read about one of the cute kitties for adoption below:

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Montclair Public Library to Offer RFID Tags: an “E-ZPass-like” Check Out Program

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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RFID tags used in libraries

Borrowing books just got easier in Montclair. On Tuesday, March 3, Montclair Public Library invites the community to help it celebrate being the first library in the state to fully implement radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

RFID technology, used in the familiar E-ZPass tags, provides libraries with a better tracking system and safer security, as well as expeditious loan and return of library materials.

“RFID makes the loaning process easy for borrowers,” said David Hinkley, director of Montclair Public Library. “It also lets our staff spend more time helping patrons find what they want to read, watch or listen to.”

Borrowers can check out multiple items in a single motion and self-return them.

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