Bloomfield To Get Modell’s Sporting Goods Store and Aldi, “Sister Supermarket To Trader Joe’s”

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 6:58pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Big doings at Bloomfield and Watsessing Avenue. This Loopnet listing confirms rumors we had heard, showing plans for a Modell’s Sporting Goods store and an Aldi supermarket, sometimes called the cheaper sibling to Trader Joe’s (although some feel it’s more like a distant relative). Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Crime: Car Break-ins, Theft, and Arrests

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeUPDATE: Glen Ridge police updated this blotter; new incidents in bold type. From Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo:

Date/Time: 7/17/2015 @ 11:10 PM
Incident: Warrant Arrest
Officer Brendan Sim arrested Jamar Roberson, 18 of Montclair, N.J. for outstanding warrants on Linden Ave. He was transported to headquarters for processing and later released.

Date/Time: 7/20/2015 @ 11:57 AM
Incident: Criminal Trespass Arrest
Det.Sgt Timothy Faranda and Det. Ryan Schwartz responded to Hurrell Field for an investigation of a homeless person staying in the press box. Det. Schwartz arrested Julian Shove, 19 of Glen Ridge, N.J. for criminal trespass. He was transported to headquarters for processing, charged and held on bail.

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A Musical Journey: Montclair’s Jazz House Kids Take Peru!

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Part of Melissa Walker’s mission when she founded Jazz House Kids 13 years ago was to foster talented kids to excel musically as well as become community leaders and global citizens. Recently, that goal was realized when a group of students from the organization traveled to Peru on a cultural exchange.

From June 26 to July 4, 13 students and four adults from Jazz House Kids traveled around the country, covering tourist highlights such as Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima, and more important, serving as cultural and musical ambassadors. The group performed twice a day at various venues around the country, ranging from a jam session at a restaurant in Cusco to a performance at the Japanese Peruvian cultural center to a benefit concert to help children in the Southern part of the country suffering from exposure to severe cold. Continue Reading

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Music Mondays

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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For fans of singer-songwriter Ella McDonald and Rock & Roll cover performers The Abandon Ship Band, last Monday evening meant more than a break in the hot, sticky weather. It meant that the long-awaited Music Mondays performances of both artists would arrive.

Hearts dropped, however, when a technical glitch forced the Bellevue Library to CANCEL the July 20th performances that afternoon. What could have ended up a heart-breaking evening of silent mourning was saved by Montclair chutzpah and hospitality when The Abandon Ship Band, made up of all four members of Montclair’s Horowitz-Stern family, refused to let the music die. A few signs encouraged Music Mondays fans to take a short walk from the Bellevue Library to the Abandon Ship Band’s backyard, and voilà! The newest musical venue in Montclair was born.

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Recognizing Montclair and The 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 10:13am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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Today, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. Locally, Montclair made its own impacy on disability awareness with “I Am Montclair” a short film about community and a call for action to improve acknowledgment, acceptance and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

If you haven’t seen the film, take a moment to view it here. You’ll see plenty of familiar faces — personal interviews including people with and without disabilities, advocates, families and caregivers — in this disability awareness project by, for and about the Montclair community.

Three Alarm Fire in Montclair Blazes Through Claremont Ave. Apartment Building (VIDEO)

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 9:46pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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UPDATE: Red Cross is helping three families (8 people) in need of emergency assistance with temporary lodging and food.

Residents of a Claremont Avenue apartment building are safe, but displaced, after a three-alarm fire. The blaze began in a second floor apartment, and with high heat conditions, quickly climbed up the four-story building at 192 Claremont Avenue, just after 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Multiple fire companies from area towns were called to the scene.

The second floor window where the fire started and quickly spread to third and fourth floor apartments.

The second floor window where the fire started and quickly spread to third and fourth floor apartments.

No residents were reported hurt in the blaze and numerous pets were brought out to the relief of their families, including cats, dogs and two turtles.

Firefighters had the blaze knocked out before 8 p.m.

Laura George, a resident who has lived in the building for 18 years, said the fire could not have been a cooking fire, since no one was inside the second floor apartment when the fire started.

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Video: Dee Billia

Montclair Center Gateway Phase 2 Redevelopment Plan Workshop Meeting, 7/27

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (8)

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The Montclair Township Planning Board will discuss the draft Montclair Center Gateway Phase 2 Redevelopment Plan at their workshop meeting on Monday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Council Chamber of the Municipal Building at 205 Claremont Avenue. The Township’s planning consultant will present the plan along with a fiscal impact analysis. Continue Reading

Montclair PD Searching For Suspect in Assault at Nishuane Park

BY  |  Friday, Jul 24, 2015 2:06pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Crime: Lock Up Your Bikes!This just in from the Detective Sergeant James Milano of the Montclair Police Department:

On 07/23/2015 at approximately 10:45 pm, Montclair Police Officers responded to the intersection of Cedar Ave & High St, on a report of a female screaming. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 41 year old Newark resident was assaulted with an unknown weapon inside Nishuane Park. During the assault the female sustained lacerations on her body and was subsequently transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No weapon has been recovered as of yet. The suspect was last observed traveling south on High St in the below noted vehicle.

Suspect description: Tall black male in his 40’s

Suspect vehicle: Newer model, red 2-door vehicle.

The investigation is currently on-going with no further information at this time.



Goodbye A&P, Hello Acme

BY  |  Friday, Jul 24, 2015 1:19pm  |  COMMENTS (20)


You don’t have to be a super genius to know what comes next for A&P on Valley Road.

Following A&P’s bankruptcy announcement, Pennsylvania-based Acme Markets announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire 76 A&P, Superfresh and Pathmark stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, including Montclair’s A&P at 510 Valley Road. The Pathmark at 1 Lackawanna Plaza was not on the list of supermarkets Acme intends to buy.

Pending regulatory and bankruptcy court approvals of the transaction and other conditions, the stores will be run under the ACME Markets banner.

Is this good news for Montclair area shoppers? Well, it might be a slight improvement. looked to Consumer Reports’ supermarket ratings. Based on a 100-point scale, A&P scored a 64; Pathmark scored a 66; and Acme and Stop & Shop scored a 70. Wegman’s topped the list with a score of 90, followed by Trader Joe’s with a score of 87, Whole Foods at 81 and Shop-Rite at 78. Continue Reading

PBS Newshour Spotlights Graduates from MSU in Segment on Teaching

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 3:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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School of Education graduates from Montclair State University (MSU) were the focus of a segment on the problems new teachers face on yesterday’s PBS Newshour.

Only one of the graduates education correspondent John Merrow interviewed for this seven-minute piece had secured a teaching job for September. Low salaries, tenure under attack and the use of standardized test scores to fire teachers are clouding the future for graduates. One graphic showed there were 5,000 job applications filed for 60 open teaching positions in Montclair, 2,000 applications filed for 28 open positions in West Orange and 3,000 applications filed for 25 open positions in Millburn. Between 2010 and 2012, 555 elementary school teachers graduated from MSU, but only half have found jobs in New Jersey, according Merrow. The segment also explored the reasons behind high turnover.

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Montclair has a Whole Foods. Fairway requires more space then that A&P. Let's get creative and try to get Zabars to open in Montclair. I'd be there daily :)

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