Codey Arena in West Orange Opening as a Cooling Center Today Through Sunday

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 7:40am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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With temperatures forecasted to remain above 90 degrees throughout the week, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced that Codey Arena is available to the public as a cooling center on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 from 6 am to 11 pm, Saturday, August 1 from 7 am to 10 pm, and Sunday, August 2 from 7 am to 5 pm. (All skating activities will not be interrupted.) Codey Arena is located at 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.

Montclair Crime: Assault, Burglary, Theft, and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 8:00am  |  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:

Arrest:

07-22-2015 (North Willow Street) Ms. Katrine Longley, 59yoa from Newark, Was arrested for DWI, after crashing into a parked vehicle.

Assault:

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.

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Montclair Planning Board: Affordable Housing and Building Heights For Phase 2 Western Gateway Redevelopment

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (23)

Keenan Hughes of Phillips Preiss Grygiel

Keenan Hughes of Phillips Preiss Grygiel

With Valley & Bloom under construction and plans to begin the MC Hotel waiting in the wings, the Montclair Planning Board held a workshop to consider the second phase of redevelopment for Montclair ‘s western gateway at its July 27 meeting.  The proposed area under consideration includes six properties on the eastern side of Valley Road, across from Valley & Bloom 1, that, along with the Montclair Motor Car showroom, the Delta service station, and the PSE&G facility, are recommended for rehabilitation.  Most of the discussion, though, involved the area around Portland Place, which was studied as a possible block to be redeveloped.

Kennan Hughes of the consulting firm Philips Preiss Grygiel  and architectural consultant Ira Smith led the board and the numerous residents in attendance, including Mayor Robert Jackson, through their recommendations.  They generally endorsed a mixed-use area bringing together retail and residential development that implements more public spaces and creating more parking with a deck behind Valley Road and Portland Place that would be screened by buildings along the street line.  The proposals also called for the incorporation of affordable housing, new public spaces, and self-storage space above the parking deck.  Hughes said he wanted to take advantage of the central area of the block that was “not conducive” to residential or office use.  It, too, would be screened from view.  The old municipal building, now the police headquarters, would be recycled for a new use once the police moved . . . and possibly have two extra stories.  Kathleen Bennett of the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission later spoke in opposition to that idea.

The Delta station would likely remain, in part to allow Montclair residents to buy gasoline locally and to preserve a sense of openness that would be destroyed by a taller building on that site, creating a possible canyon effect with Valley & Bloom.  A low-rise building housing a cigar store had once stood there, as illustrated in an historic picture shown at the meeting.

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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.

 

 

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.

Montclair Crime: Several Bike Thefts, Burglaries, and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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

Arrest:

07-14-2015 (Forest Street) Mr. Peter Canelo, 69yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI after having crashed into a parked vehicle.

07-17-2015 (Pine Street) Mr. Kaili Richardson, 33yoa from Montclair, was arrested on an open warrant out of Montclair ($500)

07-18-2015 (Church Street) After responding to a report if a disturbance, Mr. Norman Granger, 29yoa from Montclair, was discovered to have a folding knife in his possession. He was arrested and charged with Assault and Weapon Possession.

07-20-2015 (Elm Street) Mr. Daniel Moore, 50yoa from Montclair, was arrested while fleeing after committing a garage burglary. He was discovered to be in possession of landscaping equipment from the garage. He was charged with Burglary, Theft, and Possession of Burglary Tools.

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Montclair Township Council Looks More At Affordable Housing; Leaf Blowers

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson and Deputy mayor Robert Russo at the Montclair Township Council's July 21 meeting

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson and Deputy Mayor Robert Russo at the Montclair Township Council’s July 21 meeting

The Montclair Township Council meeting on July 21 was over and done with in an hour, presumably to leave more time for the executive session on personnel issues that  followed it.  The council was mostly concerned with passing routine ordinances and resolutions. All of the pending ordinances and all but one of the new ordinances passed on a 6-0 vote;  Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, who arrived late, provided the seventh vote on a unanimously passed new ordinance establishing on-street handicapped parking spaces throughout Montclair.  The move to provide on street parking for the handicapped follows the lead of towns like Caldwell, which established on-street handicapped parking in its business district.

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Manny’s Diner Manager Arrested For Video Recording Patrons in Bathroom

BY  |  Monday, Jul 20, 2015 11:56am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Cheeseburger Deluxe Anyone? Manny's Diner Opens, Church Street MontclairThis just in from Lt. David O’Dowd of the Montclair Police Department:

On 07-17-2015 at approximately 2120Hrs, Officers responded to Manny’s Diner, 12 Church Street, on a report of a cellular telephone being utilized to video record patrons in the bathroom. A young juvenile observed the cellphone hidden under the bathroom sink and pointed it out their parent. Detectives secured the cellular telephone and are working with the Essex County Prosecutors Office to view its contents. Restaurant Manager Konstanti Mouritsas, 33yoa from Sayreville, was arrested and charged with Invasion of Privacy. Mr. Mouritsas has been working at that location for approximately three weeks. This investigation is ongoing

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Montclair Planning Board Ponders Proposed Apartment Building, But No Approval Yet

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (19)

The Montclair Planning Board’s long-awaited revisiting of the proposed Rose Aire rental apartment building at the northeast corner of Glenridge Avenue and North Willow Street was held at its July 13 meeting, which ended just before one in the morning on July 14.  Intense cross-examination of the changes made to the design since the board first heard the application on March 23, coupled with a minor site application that Chairman John Wynn chose to hear first – which invited heavy cross-examination of its own – turned the meeting into a five-hour-plus marathon.  And after all that, it still has yet to be approved.

Rose Aire architect Larry Johnson shows the type of brick to be used in the apartment building while attorney David Owen listens.

Rose Aire architect Larry Johnson shows the type of brick to be used in the apartment building while attorney David Owen listens.

Architect Larry Johnson discussed the revisions to his original design, addressing the concern about windowless rooms in the 17-unit building by providing a series of blueprints that depicted windows in all of the living rooms, dining areas and bedrooms, and he also showed color renderings of his design for the building, which employs a façade of red brick, with rows of beige brick separating the floors and anchored by pre-cast stone where the beige-brick rows intersect.  Aware of the need for color after having shown his original plans in black and white, Johnson even showed physical samples of the brick to be used because the colors were inaccurately depicted in the renderings.  A separate, enclosed refuse facility and a bicycle garage are included, as is a fence shielding the parking area from the Geyer YWCA building next door.  Remaining in place is the 1,200-square-foot retail space on the first floor, and panels of art work would be displayed at the ground level. Continue Reading

The Montclair Foundation Names New Trustees

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

van vleckThe Montclair Foundation has announced the appointment of six new members to its Board of Trustees. Lissa Barrett continues her term as Chair. John Butler, Deborah Jeanne Hirsch, Diana Kostas, Richmond Rabinowitz, Betsy Boesel Sagges and Paul Sionas join the board as new trustees.

In 1993 the heirs of Howard Van Vleck made a gift of his property to the Montclair Foundation. Under the Foundation’s stewardship the Van Vleck House was transformed into a center for non-profits. Several New Jersey foundations reside on the second floor of the house, and the ground floor is available for rent to non-profit organizations. The Van Vleck Board of Management, a committee of the Montclair Foundation, oversees the operations of the Van Vleck House & Gardens, including the preservation and transformation of Howard Van Vleck’s private gardens for public enjoyment and enrichment.

The Montclair Foundation Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of the Foundation’s property and the management of its investment funds and its grants program.

The six new Board members are:

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