Work off that Pie in Anderson Park this Weekend

BY  |  Friday, Nov 27, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Friends of Anderson Park will spread mulch over the newly planted tulip bed to keep the bulbs cozy over the winter and they need your help. Bring friends, earn community service hours, work off that Thanksgiving pie!

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Sponsored Post: One Savvy Design—Church Street’s Best Kept Secret

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 5:00pm


One Savvy Design Consignment Boutique

Discover the exciting world of consignment

and redefine your style with our new and consigned merchandise.

One stop shopping for you and all your holiday gifts.

One Savvy Design Consignment Boutique offers everything you need from women’s contemporary to luxury clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. This boutique carries a variety of new and consigned merchandise including J. Crew, Anthropologie, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Check out their website to see featured items online. They also offer customers a rewards program where you earn points for every purchase.

Best of all, you can order online and plan to run in and pick it up at your convenience OR if you an out-of-towner, have it shipped free from now until the end of December.

Arlene Carrini worked in the garment industry in NYC developing her extensive background in Sales, Merchandising and Buying. She had been consigning her clothing for years when she decided it was time to open her own store and put her expertise to use.

“I am excited to be a part of the Montclair community for the last 4 seasons” says Arlene. She loves what she does and you know it from the moment you walk in. “We want you to feel comfortable in our store and we welcome you as if you are walking into our home.”

Arlene and her staff can provide a personal shopping experience this holiday season, for you and your gift giving needs.

One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture

Decorate for the holidays with our shabby chic furniture.

We carry an eclectic collection of up-cycled, hand painted furniture and mirrors.One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture originated in 2008 in Arlene’s backyard. She came across an interesting piece of furniture and decided to refinish it herself.

The result of her efforts, and positive feedback, inspired Arlene to continue painting and refurbishing many more pieces, transforming One Savvy Design into what it is today.

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At One Savvy Design, you’ll find a collection of up-cycled, re-purposed vintage dressers, servers, buffets and vanities. All pieces are carefully selected and hand painted with quality low voc chalk paint. In this creative process is the commitment to create a more eco-friendly everyday lifestyle.

In addition to the finished pieces on the showroom floor, Arlene offers custom painting for any unpainted piece in inventory or for a piece of furniture of your own.

Stop by One Savvy Design’s showroom and discover a unique find!

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One Savvy Design

One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture

74 Church Street (One block west of Starbucks), Montclair, NJ


Tuesday-Saturday 10-6

Friday Extended Holiday Hours 10-8

Sunday 12-5






Montclair Township Council Meeting: Town Reduces $40 Million of Debt Since 2011

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Chief Financial Officer Padmaja Rao delivers news on the reduced debt at the November 24 Montclair Township Council meeting while resident Sandy Sorkin (left) takes notes.

Montclair Chief Financial Officer Padmaja Rao delivers news on the reduced debt at the November 24 Montclair Township Council meeting while resident Sandy Sorkin (left) takes notes.

The Montclair Township Council held a brief conference meeting on November 24 at which it hosted the township’s chief financial officer, Padmaja Rao, who presented favorable news about Montclair’s finances.


Rao began by saying that, since the end of 2011, the township had reduced its debt from $223 million then to $183 million in November 2015, which caused Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors to break out in applause.  Rao also reported that the township was able pay down $11.5 million through the budget  in the process.  Mayor Jackson said that the 22 percent reduction in the debt was significant because it allowed Montclair to dedicate less money to the debt while paying it down, providing some financial momentum.  Rao also said that 59 percent of general obligations bonds would come due in five years, the remainder coming due in ten years, which she was favorable toward debt reduction.

In public comment, resident Sandy Sorkin agreed that Rao’s news was wonderful, but he had an issue with the fact that her report had not been posted on the township’s website.  Rao had given hard copies of a slide presentation to the council, and Sorkin said that the public ought to be privy to the information that the council had only just received.  Sorkin added that this was an example of “secret reports” with details that the public couldn’t see.

“I think that you should have the same complaint that I have, that this should have been available before the meeting, so you wouldn’t have to sit here and read it to ask your questions,” Sorkin told the council.  He commended the $40 million debt  reduction but asked how much of it was canceling unissued bonds that were authorized.  Mayor Jackson said that the amount of issued debt went down by about $204 million to $164 million, so it’s the same spread as the drop in debt that was issued.

“I’ve heard this in the past,” the mayor said, “where people have said, ‘You’re not really reducing outstanding debt,  you’re just canceling other debt, and that is absolutely not the case.”

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Gala Goers Clicked their Ruby Red Shoes for CASA!

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Christina Baker Kline of Montclair (center) was honored.

Christina Baker Kline of Montclair (center) was honored.

A ruby red shoe was the only fashion statement guests were asked to make on Friday, November 13 at CASA for Children of Essex County’s Ruby Red Shoe Ball.

The annual event filled the room with 308 guests in ruby red shoes to raise awareness and funds for its local program. Men and women came in all types of red shoes from tennis to stilettos. The evening’s theme “there’s no place like home” speaks to CASA’s  mission of seeing the children they serve placed in safe, permanent homes through the work of its volunteer-advocates for the family courts.

The sold out event honored Montclair’s Christina Baker-Kline and Cathy G. Pinto, Anthony “Chef Tony” Villanueva for their support of CASA and their personal contributions to child advocacy.

This year’s event broke fundraising records for the organization, making it the highest amount of funds raised for a single fundraiser in one night. The organization brought in revenue of nearly $111,000 from tickets, sponsorships, and donations. After final accounting, the organization stands to profit close to $90,000 for the organization’s general fund.




Parking and Redevelopment Again Dominate Montclair Third Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller with constituents at his November 23 community meeting

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller with constituents at his November 23 community meeting

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller held a community meeting on November 23 at the Montclair Library, where he briefed constituents on the latest developments in parking, street improvements, and redevelopment, and their issues.  As always, constituents had their own concerns and their own takes on the issues Councilor Spiller addressed.

The councilor began with a rundown of various ongoing topics, parking being the most pressing of them.  He explained that the Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates was looking at how Montclair’s public parking could be best utilized, saying that the consultants were determining what rates to charge where, how to get more cars off the street through the effort to incentivize parking on the decks (especially the Fullerton deck, which is not widely used) and what rates to charge where and when, depending on how often spaces are used and peak times of use.  Councilor Spiller explained that the findings, due out in early 2016, should enable the township to make the most out of the parking available and possibly create more parking, such as building more decks.  He also informed the constituents in attendance that Montclair was moving aggressively to replace the meters with new, advanced meters that will allow people to pay by means other than coins and will be easy to repair or replace when defective.

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Montclair PD Release Sketch of Suspect in Recent Armed Robbery

BY  |  Monday, Nov 23, 2015 9:31am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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The Montclair Police Department just released this composite sketch of the suspect in the armed robbery that took place on November 11 in Montclair:

11-11-2015 at 1105Hrs – Armed robbery of a pedestrian on Harrison Avenue near Cedar Avenue. The suspect approached the victim, a 39yoa West Orange man, walking northbound on Harrison Avenue. The suspect brandished a handgun and stated “Give me your phone”. This suspect then grabbed the phone from the victim and fled on foot in the direction of Cedar Avenue. This suspect is described as a thin black male with dreadlocks, wearing a red/gray sweatshirt and black/white sweatpants and a black beanie style hat. The victim was not injured in this incident.

Montclair Police Officers Help Put Food on the Table For Thanksgiving

BY  |  Friday, Nov 20, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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L-R: yrone Williams, Jr. (Sentinels President), Deacon Marie Love, Gwendolyn Powell, Jennifer Slaten, Trustee Floyd Slaten, Malik J. Rivers (FOP President), Joel Love, Tim Lee (Trustee/Treasurer), Steven Mateo (Sentinels Member)


Members of the Sentinels 16-87 “Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association” and the Montclair Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #126 donated turkeys to the “Love Food Pantry” of Union Baptist Church. The Sentinels have assisted the pantry for the last four years, this year FOP Lodge #126 also contributed; in an effort to help those that are less fortunate enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving.




Showing Love to the Montclair Public Library: My First Chapter

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

My First ChapterThis essay is part of the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s 4th annual “My First Chapter” series. These essays are in support of the Montclair Public Library. This essay by Elisabeth Schifrin, a senior at Montclair High School, is the first in a six-part series which first appeared in the Montclair Times and is reprinted here with permission.

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Montclair Police Officer Discusses Terrorist Attacks on NPR

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

FrazzanoA Montclair Police Officer was one of the law enforcement professionals interviewed on “The Two-Way” today. The NPR program focused on how prepared American police are for something like the recent Paris attacks.

Lt. Tracy Frazzano of MPD says she has been thinking about a Mumbai-style attack for the last couple of years, both in her graduate studies and during a stint with the counter-terrorism unit of the Department of Homeland Security. Frazzano is an advocate of what she calls “cross-training”: making sure police are trained and equipped to save lives with compression bandages and other paramedic equipment; and to prepare emergency medical services to go into areas that may still be dangerous.

“We’re now talking about law enforcement escorting in EMS and fire [fighters] into what we call ‘warm zone’ areas so they can start medical treatment on victims and save more lives,” Franzzano said.

Lt. Frazzano Decorated was accepted to the FBI National Academy this past March. The 10-week professional development course for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders is held four times a year on the Marine Corps Base in Quanitco, Virginia.

Listen to the full program online here.



Council Spiller to Host Third Ward Community Meeting Nov 23

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sean SpillerThird Ward Councilor Sean Spiller will hold a community meeting on Monday, November 23, 7:30 the main branch of the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. The meeting is open to everyone and will focus on current issues and concerns of the Montclair community.

In addition, representatives from Nelson Nygaard, the consulting firm the Township contracted to perform a comprehensive parking study, will be in attendance to provide information to the public about the work they’ll be doing in town for the study.






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I don't know the suspect, but this is a very good portrait. :-)

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