Councilor Hurlock Addresses Historic Preservation and Public Safety At Community Meeting

BY  |  Friday, Jan 30, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (18)

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock addresses constituents at his January 29 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock addresses constituents at his January 29 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock held his first community meeting of 2015, where he took questions and made comments regarding issues concerning issues specifically relating to Upper Montclair, along with a few general issues affecting the whole township. The biggest issue discussed at the January 29 meeting was NJ Transit’s interest in de-listing the Upper Montclair railway station from the state and national historic registers because of the February 2006 fire that destroyed most of the original building.

Councilor Hurlock explained that the issue first came up in February 2011 when the township Historic Preservation Commission first received the de-listing request, with two letters sent by Barton Ross of the HPC and Mayor Robert Jackson in September 2012 saying that, based on conversations with the HPC, the town didn’t oppose the de-listing.

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HomeSharing, Inc. Expands Housing Options for Montclair Seniors Who Want to Age in Place

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

HomeSharingA creative avenue for expanding housing options for individuals of all ages is now available in Montclair and neighboring communities, with a particular focus on helping Township seniors to “age in place.” The effort will be spearheaded by HomeSharing, an organization with more than 30 years of experience. It is being funded by a three-year grant totaling $227,000 from the Partners for Health Foundation.

HomeSharing adds to Montclair’s affordable housing stock by matching “providers,” residents who wish to share their homes or apartments in order to keep them, with “seekers,” individuals searching for affordable housing in their communities. HomeSharing also assists its clients in locating and utilizing other resources such as area food pantries, low-cost medical care, and other support services. The organization’s services are provided free of charge.

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Montclair Township Council Considers Parking . . . Again

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson (right) and  First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at the January 27 Montclair Township Council meeting

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson (right) and First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at the January 27 Montclair Township Council meeting

The Montclair Township Council conference meeting on January 27 was relatively informal, as indicated by the casual-Friday look sported by Mayor Robert Jackson and a few other council members, likely because of the snow. Its small agenda was made even smaller due to the postponement of two first-reading ordinances and five resolutions to be voted on during the meeting.  But there was still plenty to talk about, as evidenced by the game of whack-a-mole that is setting street parking rules.

Residents of Oxford Street, learning that residents of nearby Cambridge Road had gotten the council to consider an ordinance limiting parking on Cambridge Road to two hours, appeared before the council to express dismay over the proposal in light of the fact that Oxford Street residents had asked for two-hour parking limits but had had to accept four-hour limits instead because of the recommendations of the Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC). That ordinance, in fact, was one of the postponed measures originally on the night’s agenda.

Resident Kate Lemmer said that employees of nearby businesses on Grove Street have been parking their cars on Oxford Street for four hours have been moving their cars from one space to another, just as Cambridge Road residents have noted about parking on their own street. Lemmer was afraid that the problem on Oxford  Street would be exacerbated if Cambridge Road got two-hour limits, and she her neighbors wanted the council to reconsider their request for Oxford Street to have the same limit.

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Montclair Family Invites the Community to Join the NOMAN Campaign to Fight Cancer

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation

The late Paulette Crowther (third from left) and her children who founded The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation in her honor.

Paulette Crowther, a former Montclair resident and Montclair Kimberley School alumna, was an inspiration to many. In 2010, after passing away following a 2-year battle with Stage IV HPV-related anal cancer, her children Justine, Tristan and Camille, all in their 20s, created the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation.

On Saturday, January 31, the Foundation invites the community to a recruitment event at 3Sixty Cycling Studio and Groove Indoor Rowing in Montclair. Attendees can enjoy either a free spin (2 pm) or rowing (3 pm) class courtesy of the studio and learn about the upcoming NOMAN 2015 events. Reserve your spot here

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Montclair Crime: Arrests, Burglaries, Vandalism

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 11:00am  |  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:


01-20-2015 (Pathmark, Lackawanna Plaza) Troy L. Johnson, 46yoa from Irvington, arrested for shoplifting. Recovered proceeds were $30 in hygiene products.

01-25-2015 (Cedar Avenue at High Street) Mr. Jerson Guardado, 20yoa from West Orange was arrested and charged with DWI.

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Blog: Montclair Historic Preservation Protections Dismantled

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (46)

Baristanet-BlogsLinda Cranston is co-founder of the Save Upper Montclair Facebook group:





Montclair’s historic preservation protections dismantled ….protection process has been eliminated, undermined or ignored by this administration…and NJ Transit starts effort to eliminate protection for the one Montclair train station.

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission meets tonight, Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 pm, and this NJ Transit request has been requested to be on the agenda. The public is encouraged to attend and comment if possible.

Bill Hurlock, 1st ward councilor received letter from the State of NJ, as per a request from NJ Transit requesting the removal of the Upper Montclair RR station from both the NJ and National Registry of Historic Places. This would leave the station with no protection from demolition in the future. Bill is organizing a working group to oppose this. Contact Bill here.

In 2006, a fire took most of this Bellevue Ave station. Great pains were taken to rebuild it, replicating the original 1892 station, incorporating the only piece salvaged from the fire, the station’s covered carriage-way. A restaurant currently resides in the station on the tracks and adjacent to a parking lot, still zoned for 3 stories in the new master plan.

Historic towns attract visitors, higher income residents and consequent businesses all over the world. Visitors come and support Montclair’s local businesses now only because of Montclair’s small town historic ambiance. Common sense historic preservation is an economic no brainer.

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Montclair Crime: Shoplifting, Theft, Car Vandalism

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 11:00am  |  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:


01-14-2015 Everette Neal (44yoa from Montclair) and Tequaryn Warren (42yoa from Irvington) were arrested for shoplifting from CVS Pharmacy, 565 Valley Road. Total merchandise recovered $237.37.

01-19-2015 Bobby Williams (41yoa from Irvington) was arrested for shoplifting from CVS Pharmacy, 49 Claremont Avenue, items totaling $48.10 in hygiene products. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Newark for $500.

01-19-2015 a 15yoa juvenile female was arrested for shoplifting from urban Outfitters, 20 South Park Street. Total value of merchandise recovered was $565.

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Montclair Township Council: Appointments, Parking, Historic Preservation

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council wrapped up business for its January 20 meeting in an hour, passing three ordinances and seventeen of eighteen resolutions unanimously.  Ten of those resolutions, including one pulled at the urging of Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, involved appointments  various committees, boards, and commissions, including the  Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, the Civil Rights Commission, the Housing Commissions, and the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee.  These were all passed together as a consent agenda by voice vote.

The pulled resolution involved re-appointing Craig Brandon as a member of the Montclair Planning Board and endorsing Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon to continue serving with Mayor Robert Jackson to represent the council on the board.  Councilor Schlager reminded the council that it had agreed not to make re-appoint planning board members until early February. Mayor Jackson acknowledged as much, and a vote on the resolution was postponed. Township Clerk Linda Wanat explained that she had included the resolution on the agenda because they were recurring one-year appointments.

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Get a Free Clip On Light at Walnut Street Train Station Tomorrow

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Clip On LightTomorrow night, January 21 from 5 to 7:30 pm, Bike&Walk Montclair will be greeting arriving commuters at Walnut Street Train Station with blinking lights that clip on to clothing or backpacks.

The giveaway is part of the effort of Pedestrian Safety to increase the visibility of commuters as they navigate the streets.

Volunteers from Bike&Walk Montclair will be on hand to demonstrate the use of the lights and offer other safety material.





S.O.F.I.A. Welcomes New Board Members

BY  |  Monday, Jan 19, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) has announced three new Advisory Board Members. At the January 12th board meeting, Kristin Wald of Montclair, Annette Johnson of Newark, and Robin Young of Tannersville, PA joined S.O.F.I.A.’s Board.

S.O.F.I.A. is approaching five years of supporting and serving victims and survivors of domestic violence in the Essex County area and beyond. With the growth in programs and services, S.O.F.I.A. needed expansion and additional input. The three additional members of the Advisory Board offer varied and important skills to S.O.F.I.A. as an advocacy group. Mrs. Johnson is a certified life coach who works with women in transition, Ms. Wald has experience in working with teenagers and dating violence as well as political advocacy, and Ms. Young brings sales and business experience as well as a background in fundraising.

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