Montclair Crime: Arrests, Thefts, Burglary

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 1:00pm  |  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:


03-24-2015 – (Mission Street) Mr. Devon Anderson, 24yoa from Montclair, was arrested on a $1000 warrant out of Morristown.

03-27-2015 – (Glenridge Avenue) Mr. Anthony T. Robinson, 23yoa from Belleville, was arrested for open warrants out of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office (No Bail) and Bloomfield ($650)

03-30-2015 – (Kings Supermarket, 650 Valley Road) Mr. Calvin Pierce (22yoa from East Orange) and Mr. Mygasnov Michel (23yoa from Orange) were arrested for tendering fraudulent $100 and $50 bills. They are charged with Forgery, Criminal Simulation, Theft by Deception, and Conspiracy.

03-30-2015 (Grove Street) Mr. David Bjerklie, 60yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI following a hit and run accident. No injuries were reported.

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Montclair Food News: Patio Bar, Awards, Bake Sales, “Walk-Out Wednesdays”

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Restaurant ReportYour latest Montclair restaurant and food news:

  • The Corner Cafe and Juice Bar (at the corner of Walnut and Grove) has opened and coffee lovers will love it. Stay tuned for our review this week!
  • De Novo European Pub will open a patio bar outside the restaurant at the Upper Montclair Train Station beginning in mid-April! There will be 30 additional seats under a covered patio, that will feature a custom-designed walnut bar serving a variety of sweet and slushy drinks to enjoy with the warm weather.
  • Michael Carrino, chef and partner at Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge, was recently named a 2015 Local Hero by Edible Jersey Magazine. The Local Heroes featured were selected by readers and chosen based on their local food movement and the positive impact they make in their communities. Along with a passion for cooking, Chef Carrino gives back to his local community. For the past eight years, he has been cooking and donating approximately 500 traditional Thanksgiving meals for the Salvation Army in Montclair. He also participates at the Cooking for Kids fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Children Hospital annually and supports a number of local charities including Toni’s Kitchen of Montclair.

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R.I.P. Christine O’Connor

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 9:32am  |  COMMENTS (0)

christine o' connerChristine Sheehan O’Connor, Montclair born published writer and poet, passed away peacefully on March 28 at her home at Whispering Knoll in Edison, N.J.

O’Connor was born in Upper Montclair in 1917 and lived in her hometown until a few years ago, when she moved in with daughter, Chris, and her husband, Bob. She moved into Whispering Knoll in June of 2014. Tina graduated from Montclair High School in 1936 and attended the New York School of Display. During the hard times following the Great Depression, she and her mother, Elizabeth C. Sheehan, opened Wit’s End gift shop, which was well-known as a place to find wedding and other gifts. The shop’s “Wishing Tree” was a Christmas tradition loved by the community.

Visitation will be at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday, March 31, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Cassian Church in Upper Montclair, N.J., on Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, JFK Hospital, 65 James St., Edison, N.J. 08818.

Baristanet offers our deepest condolences to the O’Connor family and friends.




The Montclair Bikery Hosts Sandy Hook Cyclists

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


The Montclair Bikery was bustling on Sunday morning as 26 green-backed cyclists and their crew made a rolling pit-stop in the shop for bagels, coffee, and talk about the gun reforms they are asking of the US Congress. The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW) had arrived!

IMG_1062Herb Jimenez, who rode with Team 26 last year as well, wanted to see if a Montclair stop would be feasible this year. When he reached out to  Dave Adornato, the owner of Montclair Bikery happily offered to host. A team from Montclair Bikery had already ridden a part of the way during last year’s trek, and they cycled with the SHROW from Montclair to Morristown again this year.

While the group of cyclists has some specific goals for Congress, the ride — or “Rolling Rally” — is also about raising awareness and inspiring the public to raise their voices and awareness to encourage action from Congress. Monte Frank, the founder and leader of the SHROW, Herb Jimenez, and Dave Adornato, all spoke briefly about what raising awareness about gun violence prevention and supporting the goals of Team 26 means to them before the group left for Morristown.

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Montclair Center Wins 2015 Great American Main Street Award

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

With superb restaurants, the Montclair Art Museum and galleries, a great shopping district, The Wellmont…Montclairions know that Montclair Center is special. And we’re not alone. Today, the National Main Street Center announced that Montclair Center has been chosen as a 2015 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA) winner!

Each year, the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, recognizes the country’s best examples of comprehensive commercial district revitalization.

Luther Flurry, Montclair Center BID’s Executive Director, accepted the award with pride.

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Montclair Celebrates Committee to Host Annual Beefsteak Dinner Fundraiser

BY  |  Friday, Mar 27, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair CelebratesIt’s time to start celebrating at events that make the Montclair Fourth of July parade and fireworks possible!

Montclair Recreation and Montclair Celebrates — a community-based organization formed to preserve the Township’s Independence Day celebrations — will host the annual Beefsteak Dinner Fundraising on Friday, April 10.

This year’s honorary dinner guest and parade grand marshal is long-time Montclair resident and Immaculate Conception High School President Celia Triggs Honohan.

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The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington to Stop in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington

At 10 am this Sunday, March 29, the Sandy Hook Ride On Washington(SHROW) will be making a “rolling rally” pit-stop at Montclair Bikery (145 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042) to rest, make a call-to-action, and inspire Montclairions and New Jersey to continue acting for common sense firearm reform.

SHROW rides to raise awareness and to honor the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. This is the third time these cyclists will make the 400 mile trek from Newtown to Washington D.C.

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Montclair Crime: Arrests, Thefts, Burglaries

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 11:00am  |  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:


03-21-2015 – (Mission Street) Arrest of Mr. Thomas Hairston, 45yoa from Montclair. Mr. Hairston was arrested on open Burglary, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault warrants out of Montclair. His bail is set at $75,000.

03-21-2015 – (Mission Street) Arrest of Mr. Nadir Ayers, 27yoa from Montclair, for open warrants out of this jurisdiction totaling $260.

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Montclair Planning Board Questions Glenridge Avenue Project

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Unresolved issues related to aesthetics, lighting, living rooms with no windows and affordable housing caused the Planning Board to continue an application to build a mixed-use 17-apartment building on the corner of Glenridge Avenue and North Willow Street to the next Planning Board meeting on April 13.

Attorney David Owen presented the application on behalf of Glenridge and North Willow Construction Company, which has been attempting to develop a vacant lot at 161-167 Glenridge Avenue for a number of years. A previous application to build a mixed use five-story residential/retail building was approved by the Board in 2009. However, Owen explained, due to the Great Recession, the project was not executed.

Owen said that Monday evening’s application was a new application, as changes have been made since the previous plan was approved. He added, however, that all suggestions and conditions that had been imposed by the Board pertaining to the previous application had been incorporated into the new application.

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Manhole Explosion in Montclair Shut Down Bloomfield Avenue

BY  |  Monday, Mar 23, 2015 5:42pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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One eastbound lane of Bloomfield Avenue at North Fullerton Avenue is currently shutdown due to a manhole explosion which occurred earlier today.

Brooke Fisher, a PSE&G spokesperson, issued the following startement to Baristanet:

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Thanks for reporting on this, Steven. I'm looking forward to learning about the Board's vision for the district with the addition of Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog.

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