SOFIA to Hold its 4th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence – “From Surviving to Thriving”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

SOFIA 4th WalkEvery nine seconds, a woman in the USA is assaulted or beaten, and the vast majority of these abuses are between intimate partners. Every month in the USA, at least 46 women are shot to death by their former or current intimate partners. In New Jersey, on average, there are 70,000 domestic violence calls every year. Those who work in law enforcement and victims’ services know that many abuses go unreported. The numbers are staggering, shocking, disheartening, and all too real.

In our area, Montclair’s own Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) helps victims of domestic violence to move on, and the organization also educates young people about how they can avoid the cycle of violence altogether. Check out the various programs SOFIA offers here.

This September, SOFIA will hold its Fourth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in beautiful Canterbury Park. Last year’s walk was a resounding success, with a big crowd of survivors and supporters as well as several eloquent speakers. This year the Grand Marshal is the Reverend Simone Oliver, one of the presenters at last year’s event. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Crime: Burglaries, Underage Drinking Arrest, Theft

BY  |  Monday, Jul 07, 2014 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Underage drinking arrest, burglary, warrant arrests and more from Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo, Glen Ridge police:

Date/Time:6/30/2014 @ 7:21 PM
Description: Officer Anthony Rivera was dispatched to headquarters to take a report of a burglary from a Carteret St. resident.  The complainant reported that sometime during the day unknown suspect(s) entered their residence and removed an Apple IPad.  There were no signs of forced entry.  Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Det. Michael Medico @ 973-748-5400 X120.

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Cat Lost from North Mountain Avenue in Montclair

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 5:27pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

losttabbyA woman from North Mountain Avenue in Montclair writes that her cat, Nicholas, never came home on July 4th and she has not been able to find him since. He may have gotten trapped in a garage because it rained on the 4th or may have been frightened by fireworks. He is a male gray tabby with a little white under his chin and on his paws. He weighs 14 pounds. If you’ve seen Nicholas please contact

Glen Ridge Crime: Theft, Shoplifting and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Last week’s crime blotter from Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo:

Date/Time: 5/17/2014 @ 3:13 PM
Incident: Warrant Arrest
Description: Officer Charles Roberts arrested Gary Clark Jr, 34 of Montclair, N.J. for outstanding traffic warrants on Baldwin St.  He was transported to headquarters for processing and later released.

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36th Annual Glen Ridge Eco-Fair and Arts Festival on Saturday

BY  |  Friday, May 09, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glen Ridge Eco-Fair and Arts Festival

Artist, craftspeople, and local businesses will be showing and selling their crafts and art at the 36th annual Glen Ridge Eco-Fair and Arts Festival this Saturday, May 10.

Each year participating artists and crafts people display their work at this show, which is put on by the Glen Ridge Art Patrons Association to raise money for community art programs and  to provide scholarships for students going on to study Fine Art at the college level.  The Festival is also held in conjunction with the Glen Ridge Eco-Fair.

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Pitty Rescue, Inc. to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser, May 31 and June 1

Friday, May 09, 2014 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (4)

pittyPitty Rescue, Inc., a charitable nonprofit rescue organization, will hold a yard sale to raise funds for the dogs currently in their care on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1 at Paradise Pet Store in Bloomfield.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. Pitty Rescue is asking for donations of clean, functional, and appropriate items for resale prior to the yard sale. Donated items can be dropped off at Paradise Pet Store during regular business hours.

Jeff and Diana Coltenback, owners of Paradise Pet Store and founders of Pitty Rescue, are internationally by dog lovers as rescuers and skilled dog trainers.

“Since we are very familiar with each dog and know their personalities, we want to make sure the dog is comfortable with the prospective candidate,” said Jeff Coltenback, who has worked as a trainer for more than 20 years. “The dogs are really the ones who choose the family. We facilitate the process by watching the dogs’ signals, visiting the potential owners’ homes, and holding sessions for both the dog and human to become more acquainted with each other.”

Currently, the no-kill Pitty Rescue, Inc. has seven dogs available for adoption – three females and four males. Five are Pit Bull terriers or terrier mixes, one is a Great Dane mix, and the other a Dogo Argentino mix.

Pitty Rescue, Inc. can always use more blankets, towels, supplies, and funds to help care for the animals in the Coltenbacks’ care.

#MFF14: Montclair Film Festival Holds Free Ticket Contest to Thank Montclair

BY  |  Friday, May 02, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

What Is Cinema?

The Montclair Film Festival has been having a fantastic week! Between a delicious opening night with Chef, family activities, and a packed and energetic room for The New Golden Age of Television, the half-way point for the festival promises a fantastic weekend for all involved!

To thank the community for its support and enthusiasm, the Montclair Film Festival is running several flash contests on its Facebook page and through Twitter for FREE tickets to five different screenings over the weekend. All it takes is answering a (pretty darn easy) question about movies or the film topics to enter.

Each of these five films will have a Q&A, so these are special opportunities to get into the mind of filmmakers and behind the scenes of the films themselves. Music, College, Black Culture in Photography, Rebellious Art, and Defining Cinema are all included. For more information and schedules of films, click on film titles below. Winners will be randomly chosen every hour!

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DeCamp Bus Lines Slammed With Complaints From Riders At Community Forum

BY  |  Thursday, May 01, 2014 6:34am  |  COMMENTS (25)

DeCamp Bus Lines Vice President Jonathan DeCamp (right) listens while DeCamp Comptroller Erwin Pantel (center) addresses the DeCamp community forum.

DeCamp Bus Lines Vice President Jonathan DeCamp (right) listens while DeCamp Comptroller Erwin Pantel (center) addresses the DeCamp community forum.

Responding to increasing criticism of its commuter service to and from New York, DeCamp Bus Lines participated in a community forum in Bloomfield on April 30 to get feedback from dissatisfied riders on a myriad of problems including but not limited to canceled buses, delays, insolent drivers, and surly dispatchers. 

The meeting, held at Watching Presbyterian Church, was arranged  in part by Bloomfield Second Ward Councilman Nick Joanow after receiving complaints about DeCamp and learning that New Jersey State Senator Ronald Rice and State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (both D-28th Dist.) had also heard from constituents about the issue.  Senator Rice was at the meeting, which was well-attended by DeCamp riders despite heavy rain,  while Assemblyman Caputo sent Rich Ferrugia, his deputy chief of staff, in his stead.  Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia also attended.

Jonathan DeCamp, vice president of DeCamp Bus Lines, read a statement in which he had heard the complaints from riders and said he heard them loud and clear.

“If there is one thing I want you guys to take away from this tonight, ” he said, “it’s that we care, we really do.  Our passengers are extremely important to us, and we want to try to get things corrected.” Continue Reading

Live SunSmart Aims to Raise Awareness About Sun Safety

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

As the winter sweaters and snow boots get put away (hopefully!), and boogie boards and beach umbrellas replace ice scrapers and rock salt in our cars, it’s time to start thinking about sun protection as we spend more time outdoors.

May has been designated Skin Cancer Protection and Prevention Month by the American Cancer Society as a way to raise awareness about melanoma and other types of skin cancer. The goal is to encourage early detection through self-examination and yearly skin checkups by a board-certified dermatologist.

Locally, Teri L. Festa and her family created the Live SunSmart Foundation in 1993, which grew out of a tribute to her father, Ray, a lifelong resident of Montclair and owner of Ray’s Luncheonette on Walnut Street, a popular hangout for locals and those who worked in Montclair. Ray Festa died of melanoma at age 53 in 1992. The mission of the Foundation is to raise awareness about skin cancer and to encourage “sun smart” behaviors, which include applying sunscreen daily. Continue Reading

Cat Missing from Montclair

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 7:49pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

izzyA reader from Montclair, who lives on Brookfield Road, between Edgemont and Anderson Parks, writes that her indoor cat, Izzy, got out on April 13. Izzy is a medium-length haired dilute tortoise shell female with a distinctive tan stripe down the bridge of her nose.

If you see Izzy, please write

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