Nishuane Tennis Courts to be Named in Honor of Former Coach James A. Firebrace

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

James A. FirebraceMontclair Township will honor lifelong resident James A. Firebrace, Jr. this Saturday, September 20, in a dedication ceremony naming the tennis courts at Nishuane Park after the former tennis coach and school teacher. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 am in the park, which is located between Cedar Avenue and High Street, Montclair.

James Firebrace, who once taught in East Orange public schools, worked as a tennis professional and park attendant in Nishuane Park for nearly forty years — from 1967 to 2006. He was a township employee and longstanding volunteer who maintained the park’s clay courts.

Mr. Firebrace was a mentor to a number of generations of children who played in the park, and served as a father figure to many.

“Naming the tennis courts in James A. Firebrace’s honor is a distinction that this Council proudly bestows upon a tireless supporter of our community,” said Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville. “It is an expression of our gratitude for his many years of unwavering dedication to our park and our youth.”





Parking, Paving, and Pets Continue to be Issue For Montclair Township Council

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller presents a proclamation to Montclair Art Museum Director Lora Urbanelli honoring the museum in its centenary year.

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller presents a proclamation to Montclair Art Museum Director Lora Urbanelli honoring the museum in its centenary year.

The Montclair Township Council held a brief meeting on September 16 in which it approved a resolution authorizing a trial of technologically advanced parking meters provided by Duncan Technologies after having heard some concerns about using one company from Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee(TPAC) Chairman and local photography business owner Phil Cantor, and it heard more feedback in public comment about the ongoing problems at the animal shelter. But the evening began in a celebratory mood with a proclamation commemorating the Montclair Art Museum on its one hundredth anniversary.

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller read the proclamation honoring the museum, citing its collection of American and Native American art, its extensive collection of paining s from Montclair painter George Inness, and the installation of Spencer Finch’s light-box work “Yellow,” which glows softly through four ground-floor windows, along with an exhibition of quilts made by black Americans, which is to open on September 21. Director Lora Urbanelli accepted the proclamation, said she was “delighted” to be a part of the community.  She encouraged people to attend the quilt exhibit, and Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, herself a quilter, said that she  was looking forward to it.

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Drive with Care in Montclair Campaign to Focus on Bike & Pedestrian Safety

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 1:12pm  |  COMMENTS (49)

Pedestrian crossing signMontclair has a new campaign to make the streets safer. “Drive with Care in Montclair” wants all users of the road feel safe whether they are traveling by foot, bike, car, or other means.

Sparked by an idea of Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, the campaign is funded by Partners for Health Foundation and administered through the Township Council’s advisory committee on Pedestrian Safety. The Committee will hold a strategic planning meeting to solicit public feedback on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm at the Fire HQ, 1 Pine Street.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, much of the threat to people walking and cycling safely comes from motorists’ speed. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more likely crash injuries to a person on foot or bicycle will be serious, if not fatal.

When people walking or cycling are hit by a car:

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Montclair’s “End of Summer” ShredFest

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Start gathering private documents that can be thrown away (check out these guidelines from and head to the Montclair End of  Summer Shredfest on Saturday, September 20 between 10 am – 2 pm. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind from seeing your confidential documents shredded, while boosting recycling and saving money and energy.

According to Gray Russell, the Sustainability Officer at Montclair’s Department of Environmental Affairs, Montclair’s recyclable paper is a valuable commodity, earning us as much as $65 per ton. But if thrown out as garbage, the same paper costs us over $85 per ton to burn at the Essex County Incinerator. Paying $85 to burn something worth $100 means we are wasting $150 per ton; as much as 5,000 tons of recyclable paper is thrown out every year in Montclair, so when we do the math, we’re actually burning almost a million dollars of our own money!

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Montclair Crime: Arrests and Thefts

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Burglary on Bellevue Ave, Scaffolding Collapse On Church StreetThis week in Montclair crime from D/LT. David O’Dowd:


On 09/05/2014 at 1908Hrs, Officers patrolling the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Seymour Street observed a subject known to have an outstanding warrant. Mr. David Blakely (24yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest on this open warrant out of Montclair and later released on his own recognizance.

On 09/04/2014 at 1717Hrs, Officers observed a subject in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and New Street, who was known to have open warrants. This subject, Mr. Fard Murray (31yoa from Montclair) fled on foot from the approaching Officers. After a short foot chase, Mr. Murray was arrested on Bloomfield Avenue. During this arrest, Mr. Murray physically resisted the Officers as they were attempting to apply handcuffs. Mr. Murray was also found to be in possession of marijuana. He was charged with Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana/Paraphernalia. He is also being held on open warrants out of Newark totaling $5000.

On 09/02/2014 at 1648Hrs, Officers observed a subject in the area of Pine Street and Glenridge Avenue who was known to have an open warrant. Mr. Richard Chinn Jr. (24yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest and held on a $400 warrant out of Glen Ridge.

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Montclair Township Council: Animal Shelter, Paid Sick Leave, Street Repaving

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson (center) and the Montclair Township Council show their Mounties pride for the start of the high school football season.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson (center) and the Montclair Township Council show their Mounties pride for the start of the high school football season.

The Montclair Township Council covered numerous subjects in a conference meeting on September 9 that lasted fewer than two hours. The main topics of discussion were the animal shelter, the pending paid sick leave ordinance that is slated to go on the ballot on November 4, and the glacial pace of street reconstruction. Planning Director Janice Talley also briefed the council on the redevelopment plan taking shape for the area around Mountainside Hospital, which wants to build a new medical office building on the present site of the nursing school.

Animal Shelter

Kay Sherwood, chair of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, briefed the council on the committee’s recent work regarding priorities for the shelter. She said that the top three priorities for the shelter were getting more qualified management and hiring someone as a shelter director (there is no shelter director at present), hiring a volunteer coordinator (a position expected to be filled shortly, as the shelter reviews applications for it), and, even more important, making improvements in the building at Willow Street.

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Free Cholesterol Screening at Brookdale ShopRite, Tuesday, Sept. 9

Saturday, Sep 06, 2014 12:49pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

shopriteHigh cholesterol is one of the major risk factors leading to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Knowing your numbers can help you live a longer, healthier life. Continue Reading

Possible Water Main Leak on Claremont Ave, Montclair Causes Road Closure

BY  |  Friday, Sep 05, 2014 2:26pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Water Main Break

This just in from the Montclair Township:

The Montclair Water Bureau is investigating a possible water main leak on Claremont Avenue between North Fullerton Avenue and Forest Street. Motorists are advised to avoid the area due to lane closings.




Dogs’ Feet Burned at Montclair Animal Shelter; Alleged ‘Illegal’ Medical Decisions Made

BY  |  Friday, Sep 05, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (52)

Montclair Animal Shelter

On August 18, Carolyn Sikes visited the Montclair Animal Shelter to donate supplies. Immediately, she noticed the strong smell of a cleaning agent in the air.  “It was breathtaking,” said Sikes, a member of the Montclair Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, at the committee’s meeting this past Wednesday, September 3. “Before leaving I went to the back to visit the dogs. Several had blood-red, severely irritated paws and toes, she said.

Sikes’ feet, meanwhile, clad in flip flops, began to burn. 

She told a shelter worker about the dogs’ feet, and, soon after, spoke to a local veterinarian, who told her “it was most likely an inappropriate dilution of a cleaning agent at the shelter,” Sikes recalled.

That educated guess was correct. In an email to Sikes two days later, she said, Township Manager Marc Dashield confirmed  that the cleaning agent wasn’t properly diluted. When she inquired what the agent was, no one returned her emails. 

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Doug Williams Memorial 5000 Meter Run

BY  |  Friday, Sep 05, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Doug Williams Memorial 5000 Meter & Kids Run

Doug Williams

Doug Williams was an avid runner who was tragically killed by a hit and run while walking home three years ago. In his honor, his running club is holding the 3rd annual Doug Williams Memorial 5000 Meter Run on Sunday, September 7.

Proceeds will benefit a Scholarship in his name at Montclair State University, School of Business, where he graduated in 1985.

This special club race to celebrate the life of Doug Williams is being held this Sunday at Tierney’s Tavern in Montclair. The new course will head out on North Mountain Avenue, loop around Anderson Park and return via Edgemont Road.

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