Montclair Crime: Stolen Bikes From Unlocked Garages, Theft, and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


06-23-2015 (Pine Street) Mr. Isaiah Boatwright, 25yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($1658), and Teaneck ($225)

06-23-2015 (CVS, Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Gary Bennett, 54yoa from Montclair, was arrested for shoplifting.

06-24-2015 (Exxon, Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. William Estelle, 21yoa from Montclair, was arrested for robbery and hindering. While in the commission of a shoplifting, Mr. Estelle struck the store employee. He then provided false information to arresting officers.

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Montclair Residents, Officials Continue Discussing Redevelopment of Lackawanna Plaza Area

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley at the June 30 Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment community meeting

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley at the June 30 Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment community meeting

The June 30 meeting on the plans for redeveloping the Lackawanna Plaza area, hosted by Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville, was meant to address concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation into the area that the township of Montclair is hoping to revitalize.  There was some of that—Laura Torchio, project coordinator of Eat . . . Play . . . Live . . . Better, and Township Engineer  Kim Craft were on hand to provide suggestions and proposals—but Dr. Baskerville and her panel were also confronted with  questions about the possible costs of a new municipal complex and the need to preserve local stores.  The panel, which included Torchio, Craft, Planning Director Janice Talley, Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon and architect Ira Smith, who is consulting the township on the redevelopment process,  also had to reassure residents that the Pathmark grocery store would remain in place.

Talley opened the meeting with a recapitulation of the process so far.  She noted that the participants in the public meeting on the Lackawanna Plaza area earlier in the month identified numerous areas for improving it, and she cited the five basic areas of interest identified—housing and land use, architectural design, mobility, sustainability and community amenities—that she says will be factored into any final plan.  She said she hopes to produce a first draft of a plan by September, with a final plan based on community input by the end of the year.  Talley also made it clear that she doesn’t want the process to go on too long.

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Montclair PD’s Community Service Unit Served On Panel for “Today’s Man Expo II”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Officer F. “Rikki” Cook of Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU) served as a panelist for the “Today’s Man Expo II” hosted by Mr. Charles Dixon held on Jun 20 at Trinity Temple Church located at 115 Greenwood Avenue. The event was well attended by men (20 – 85 years of age). Officer Cook fielded law enforcement questions, as well as how the CSU works to build positive police/community relations.



Montclair Community Meeting on Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment, June 30

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lackawanna Plaza RedevelopmentFourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting to continue the dialogue on the Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment plan. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street and will focus on traffic, transportation, noise and maintaining the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Township Planner Janice Talley, Township Engineer Kim Craft and local architect Ira Smith will be present to answer questions. In addition Eat Play, Live Better Project Coordinator Laura Torchio will be on hand to lead a discussion on incorporating “smart growth” principles into the plan to ensure safe and convenient transportation choices for walking, bicycling, transit and driving.

The Township designated the plaza as an area in need of redevelopment earlier this year and is now in the process of creating a redevelopment plan.



Montclair Crime: Landscapers Arrested For Fighting, Vandalism, and Burglaries

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


06-16-2015 (Cedar Avenue) Two landscapers engaged in a physical altercation in the street. Both were brandishing landscaping tools. One of the actors sustained a broken ankle in the incident. Mr. Kayton Sinclair (35yoa from Orange) and Mr. Saqueo Mejia (22yoa from Orange) were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and weapon offenses.

06-17-2015 (35 Lackawanna, Pathmark) Mr. Kaili Richardson, 33yoa from Montclair, was arrested for shoplifting.

06-18-2015 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. David Blakely, 25yoa from Montclair, entered a restaurant and engaged in a physical altercation with staff. Mr. Blakely was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($2075) and a No Bail warrant out of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.

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Fourth of July Fundraiser Party at DLV Lounge Thursday

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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This Thursday, June 25, head to DLV Lounge (300 Bloomfield Avenue) for drinks, music, and merriment to raise money for Montclair’s 65th annual Fourth of July celebrations.

The Brandstetter Group and Schweers Technologies, both based in Montclair, wanted to do something for the community and decided that since they love the 4th of July parade, they wanted to support the celebration. Entrance is $20 and there will be door prizes. It’s a cash bar, but DLV will offer beer specials and specials drinks.

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Montclair PD’s Community Service Unit to Host “Coffee with a Cop” Meet Ups This Summer

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Coffee With a CopThe Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit (CSU) continues its highly-successful “Coffee With A Cop” program with two events scheduled for June and July:

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Montclair Planning Board Endorses Properties for Montclair Center Redevelopment . . . With Conditions

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (24)

Elizabeth McManus of the planning firm Clarke Caton Hintz

Elizabeth McManus of the planning firm Clarke Caton Hintz

The Montclair Planning Board went over recommendations from a study conducted on possible redevelopment of key properties in Montclair Center by Elizabeth McManus of the planning firm Clarke Caton Hintz at its June 22 meeting, although Board Chairman John Wynn, Planning Director Janice Talley, and board members Rich McMahon and Carole Willis were absent.   McManus studied sixteen properties centered around the Lackawanna Plaza vicinity and recommended that they all be included in a redevelopment area.  One property in particular, the Plymouth Street surface parking lot, generated a great deal of concerned feedback from residents of the Fullerton condominium apartment building who preferred to see the lot undeveloped.  The board did agree to recommend McManus’s report to the council, but with conditional changes.

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Montclair PD Searching for Men Who Robbed Woman on June 18

BY  |  Monday, Jun 22, 2015 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (10)

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The Montclair Police Department is searching for two masked men who robbed a woman of her cell phone and purse on June 18. Lt. David O’Dowd offers the following information:

On June 18th at approximately 1149 hrs. , a 46 year old female was approached by a black male wearing a dark mask, in the area of Eagle Rock Way. The suspect grabbed her cell phone from her hand and then demanded her purse, before fleeing in a silver Acura with temporary tags. The vehicle was occupied by a second male wearing a black mask. The victim is a local house keeper, who resides in Kearny. No injuries were reported. Proceeds are a cellular phone and a purse containing credit cards.



Essex County Announces Start of $1.2 Million Playground Project in Brookdale Park

BY  |  Friday, Jun 19, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Brookdale Park playground project

Yesterday, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced the start of a $1.2 million project to replace the existing playground in Essex County Brookdale Park with state-of-the-art equipment and a rubberized safety surface. The new playground is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015

The original playground was opened about 14 years ago. Because of its age, it has been difficult to find parts to repair broken apparatus and several play attractions have been removed.

“The playground in Brookdale Park is one of the most heavily used facilities in our Parks System and the area has become a place for children and their parents to meet and socialize. Partnering with the Brookdale Park Conservancy, we were able to redevelop the playground and create a unique experience for our children that integrates the history and natural features of the Park,” DiVincenzo said.

“We conducted an on-line survey to find out what the community wanted to see in the new playground and over 500 people responded. I am thrilled to say that so much of their comments have been incorporated into the design,” said Mollie Smith, President of the Brookdale Park Conservancy. “We appreciate all the support that we have received from the County Executive and the Parks Department and we look forward to a playground that is modern and safe for our children,” she added.

“I am very appreciative of all the things that the County Executive has done to revitalize Brookdale Park. And as a new father, I look forward to bringing my daughter here to play,” Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia said.

“We recently were here after the track and soccer field were resurfaced, the exercise course was completed and the historic lights installed. These are all things that bring energy to the park and contribute to our quality of life,” Glen Ridge Mayor Peter Hughes said.

“When my children were younger, we lived at the Brookdale Park playground. We look forward to the new one opening so new generations can enjoy it,” Montclair Councilor William Hurlock said. “This is another example of the great partnership between Montclair and the County,” he added.

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