Partners In Caring Day “Help Bag Hunger” at ShopRite

BY  |  Friday, Sep 23, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia cutting the ribbon with Neil Greenstein

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia cutting the ribbon with Neil Greenstein.

Wednesday September 21, Tri-State ShopRite stores celebrate Partners In Caring Day – which at the Bloomfield and Newark stores feature guest appearances of celebrity baggers you know, the Mayors and town council members bagging to fight hunger.

Back for a repeat appearance yesterday morning, owner Neil Greenstein welcomed back Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, Councilman Nick Joanow, and rookie bagger Town Administrator Matt Watkins.

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Montclair PD Investigating a Possible Hit and Run Incident

BY  |  Friday, Sep 23, 2016 12:02pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Possible Hit and Run Incident

On Thursday, September 22 around 5:30 pm, a bicyclist was hit by a motor vehicle at the intersection of Mount Hebron Road and Park Street. This just in from Detective Sergeant James Milano of the Montclair Police Department:

On 09-22-2016 at 5:34 PM the Montclair Police Department responded to the intersection of Mount Hebron Road and Park Street on a reported motor vehicle accident. The accident involved a bicyclist, 59 yoa male from Bloomfield, and a motor vehicle described as a: white or gold SUV, with possible damage to the right side of the vehicle. There is no driver description at this time. It is believed that the bicyclist and the motor vehicle were traveling east on Mount Hebron Road when the accident occurred. At this time the incident is being investigated as a possible hit & run accident. The bicyclist was transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson via ambulance. At the time of this press release the bicyclist’s medical condition is listed as: “Stable.” There is no further information at this time.



Bloomfield Crime: Stolen Wheelchair, Car Theft, Burglaries, Criminal Mischief, Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


09/12/2016- A 2007 Ford Van parked behind the owners building on Brookdale Gardens was burglarized overnight. The rear passenger door was discovered pried open and numerous work tools were reported missing.

09/12/2016- A 2012 Ford E250Van parked in the parking lot of 905 Broad Street was burglarized overnight. The vehicle was parked Sunday evening at 6:00pm. The vehicle door lock on the passenger side door was damaged and pried open. The vehicles radio was reported missing from the vehicle.

09/12/2016-A 2011 Ford E150 Van parked on Macy Street was reportedly burglarized during the night. The registered owner discovered the van doors pried open the following morning. The owner reported several tools missing from the vehicle.

09/13/2016- 2 Chevrolet vans parked next to each other in a private parking lot on West Street were burglarized overnight. Several pieces of construction equipment were reported missing from the vehicles. Detective Bureau actively investigating all incidents.
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Glen Ridge PD Holding Community Partnership Meeting, September 29

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Glen Ridge Police Department will hold a community partnership meeting on September 29 at 7 pm. Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta and the members of the Glen Ridge Police Department invite the community to attend.

Glen Ridge Police Station (photo: Glen Ride Police Facebook page)

Glen Ridge Police Station (photo: Glen Ride Police Facebook page)

The Glen Ridge Police Department will hold a community partnership meeting on September 29 at 7 pm. Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta and the members of the Glen Ridge Police Department invite the community to attend.

This meeting will serve to enhance relations and cultivate partnerships between the police department and the community in an effort to improve the quality of life, safety and security of all citizens. Joining will be the Acting Essex County Prosecutor, Carolyn Murray, Assistant United States Attorney Michael Campion, Chief of the Civil Rights unit for the New Jersey US attorney’s office.

The event will be held in the gymnasium of the Christ Episcopal Church, located at 74 Park Avenue in Glen Ridge.

The Glen Ridge Police Department has also unveiled its Official Facebook page, additional information can be found there.


SaveMontclair Coalition Forms to Lobby Preservation and Responsive Development

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (8)

SaveMontclair Coalition For Preservation and Responsive Development A broad coalition of residents concerned with over-development, historic preservation and quality of life issues in Montclair has formed to directly influence township planning policies. Their goal is to provide more effective lobbying over redevelopment and zoning ordinances that impact all important local land use decisions.

The new group – SaveMontclair Coalition For Preservation and Responsive Development — encourages residents to join them today by visiting the website and becoming a linked member of the Coalition. The site will help people stay quickly informed and provide occasional email updates to members about complicated planning and current zoning issues. It will show local leaders just how many people care about growth and future development in Montclair.

“Until recently, most new development allowed has been out of character and inappropriate” says Linda Cranston, lead organizer and founder of the original 174 member strong SaveMontclair and previously Save Upper Montclair. “Developer-driven concerns dominated township decision-making with resident’s interests secondary,” she says. “Density, congestion and parking are central issues. Yet, developers try to work behind the scenes to build bigger than our original, small-town footprint supports and without providing required parking.” Continue Reading

Montclair: Students Want Terry’s Serendipity Cafe Meeting Space Back, Mayor Wants Redevelopment Consultant

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

A discussion of Terry’s Serendipity Café was not a scheduled topic at the September 20 meeting of the Montclair Township Council,  but its recent expulsion from the boathouse at Edgemont Park prompted students and adult staffers and volunteers to bring it up with Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors.

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

Terry’s Serendipity Café, a non-profit, music institution run by local students, hosts monthly music shows and gives young people an opportunity to demonstrate their musical talents, was forced to relocate by recreation department staffers from its longtime meeting space at the Edgemont boathouse to a meeting room at the Clary Anderson Arena, which café supporters say is not easily accessible and is susceptible to loud noises from elsewhere in the arena.  Many speakers noted how the café was instrumental in the growth of local bands which recently played the Clearmountain Festival in August.  The café was organized after a carjacking and the Watchung post office massacre, both in 1995, to provide a safe space for young people under 21.

Students who spoke expressed dismay over the forced relocation.  Rory McLeod said that the group went for over six months while the boathouse interior was being remodeled, only to be kicked out once the boathouse’s new amenities were installed.  Lucy Albright said that Terry’s Serendipity Café supported her musical endeavors and gave her a place to play her songs in a safe environment.  “It’s like an inspiration to improve my own music, and to practice for upcoming shows,” she said.  She noted Pinegrove, a local band that played the Clearmountain Festival, made it a point to single out Terry’s Serendipity Café helped them attain their success.   Pinegrove are now touring Europe and released their first LP on Run For Cover Records in January 2016.

“We still have spaces to do our concerts,” she said, “but what we really need is space to organize stuff.”

The most impassioned plea came from Troy Bynum, whose brother Terry Bynum-Copeland was a student founder of the café that assumed his name after Terry died.  Bynum reminded the council of the café’s role in providing a safe place for young people, and how it encourages them to be themselves in a supportive, safe environment. Ed Carine, an adult adviser to the café, made it clear that the group members have always been respectful of the boathouse facility whenever they used it for meetings on Wednesday nights.  He added that they never stole or damaged anything and would always replace something if it broke by accident.

Troy Bynum, whose late brother Terry Bynum-Copeland co-founded Terry's Serendipity Café, speaks on behalf of the café at the Montclair Township Council's September 20 meeting.

Troy Bynum, whose late brother Terry Bynum-Copeland co-founded Terry’s Serendipity Café, speaks on behalf of the café at the Montclair Township Council’s September 20 meeting.

The council was overwhelmingly supportive.  Councilor-at-Large Robert Russo lamented that the council couldn’t tell the staff that runs the boathouse what to do, but he said that the café has done great things in the past 21 years.  Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville said it was important to keep the café meetings in the boathouse to provide a sense of consistency to young people at a time when their lives have little consistency.  Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, who worked in the music business and even toured with the Grateful Dead, said she wanted to work something out with the Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department to continue allowing the café to use the boathouse.  (Edgemont Park is the Second Ward.)  Acting Township Manager Tim Stafford said he would reach out to Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Pat Brechka to find a solution. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Several Arrests, Thefts, Burglary

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Sgt. James Milano, Montclair Police Department:


09-14-2016 (Amelia St) A report of a suspicious individual led to the arrest of Carlton Brown, 29 yoa from Montclair. Mr. Brown was charged with the following criminal offenses: Criminal Trespass, possession of marijuana, under influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

09-16-2016 (Whole Foods Market) Officers investigating an incident of shoplifting resulted in the arrest of Harry McDevitt, 60 yoa from Montclair, for shoplifting $160 worth of merchandise.

09-16-2016 (Pine St) Saif Bembry, 34 yoa from Montclair, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Mr. Bembry was also found to have a no bail warrant out of Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
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Glen Ridge Crime: Fraud, Credit Card Theft, Packages Stolen

BY  |  Monday, Sep 19, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThe latest crime in Glen Ridge from Lieutenant Timothy Faranda:

Date/Time: 9-15-2016 @ 4:30 PM
Incident: Fraud
Description: Officer Wilk responded to Midland Avenue where he met with the caller who reported that an unidentified party had opened up several bank accounts in his name. This matter is under investigation and anyone with information is requested to contact D/Sgt. Daniel Manley at 973-748-5400 x 115.

Date/Time: 9-13-2016 @ 3:56 PM
Incident: Theft
Description: Officer Matthew Perigo responded to Douglas Road where he met with the victim who reported that several packages were not delivered to the residence on Sept. 3rd, 2016. The shipping company reported that the items were delivered on September 3rd, 2016. This matter is under investigation and anyone with information is requested to contact D/Sgt. Daniel Manley at 973-748-5400 x 115.
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NJ Transit & Glen Ridge Police Investigating Men Seen Near Train Tracks

BY  |  Monday, Sep 19, 2016 1:17pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Police are looking into a group of men seen near New Jersey Transit train tracks, one carrying a rifle and wearing camouflage spotted near Glen Ridge Interlocking between Bay Street and Glen Ridge stations around 3 p.m. on August 8.

At approximately 3:08 p.m. on August 8th, the engineer operating train #6242 on the Montclair-Boonton line witnessed three black males NJ Transit & Glen Ridge Police Investigating Men Seen Near Train Tracks One of the individuals was wearing camouflage military fatigues and carrying what appeared to be a rifle or replica weapon; another was carrying what appeared to be a professional-looking video camera.

The vehicle pictured above is believed to belong to one of the individuals. It is described as a black SUV with unknown plates and was seen travelling from Glen Ridge toward Bloomfield along Bloomfield Ave.

These individuals may not have been engaged in criminal activity, but were filming a video and may have been unaware that they were trespassing. The NJTPD Detective Bureau is asking anyone involved or with knowledge of this incident to come forward. If the subjects involved come forward, no criminal charges will be sought by the New Jersey Transit Police once confirmation of a video / movie project has been established.






Another Garage Fire in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Sep 19, 2016 11:38am  |  COMMENTS (0)

garage fire

Another garage fire broke out in Upper Montclair on Friday, September 16. Just a few days after one which occured on Norwood Avenue. Deputy Chief Robert Duncan reports:

On September 16, at 9:31pm the Montclair Fire Dept. received a call reporting a garage fire on Oakwood Ave. Units arrived to find a detached 1 car garage fully engulfed in flames. The FD noticed that an arcing primary power line had fallen onto the garage, and was fueling the fire. Firefighters protected the surrounding exposures (buildings/cars) from damage until PSE&G could respond and cut power to the power line; firefighters were then able to extinguish the fire. There was heavy fire damage to the garage and contents. Units cleared the scene at 11:10pm. No injuries were reported.


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