Weather Halts Park Street Construction Work in Montclair Until 2015

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Due to the early onset of winter weather, the Township has directed the contractor to suspend construction on Park Street until 2015.

All curb and drainage work has been completed between Walnut Street and Claremont Avenue. Work will resume in mid-March, weather permitting; however a notice will be delivered to the affected properties a week or so before construction restarts. We anticipate work will resume at Claremont Avenue and proceed toward Bloomfield Avenue and then move to the section between Walnut and Chestnut Streets.

For information purposes only, the section between Chestnut Street and Watchung Avenue has been scheduled for the summer of 2015.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work toward completing these needed infrastructure improvements.

Master Plan, Traffic and Parking Dominate Dr. Baskerville’s Community Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville at her November 25 community meeting

Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville

Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville’s community meeting at the Montclair Fire Department building on November 25 involved concerns about the parking problems and the master plan element relating to the immediate area around Grove Street. The somewhat spirited discussion and cross-talking over the latter issues suggested that, although the master plan is due to be voted on by the Planning Board on December 8, the debate over the plan is hardly winding down; in fact, it may have only begun.

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Montclair Crime: Arrests, Buglaries, and Egg Throwing Vandalism

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 2:00pm

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

Arrest

On 10-31-2014 at 2140Hrs, three juvenile females who were trick-or-treating in the area of Chestnut Street and North Fullerton Avenue reported that they were to victims of a strong-arm robbery. They explained that four or five juvenile males approached them and demanded that they empty their pockets. One of the suspects gestured that he was in possession of a firearm. Another suspect placed one of the victims in a headlock while searching her pockets. Taken in this incident was an iPhone 5c. The suspects are described as juvenile black males in hooded sweatshirts and jeans. On 11-20-2014, our Juvenile Aid Bureau charged four 16yoa juveniles from West Orange and East Orange with this robbery.

On 11-22-2014 at 2018Hrs, Officers were dispatched to CVS Pharmacy (514 Bloomfield Avenue) on a report of a shoplifting in progress. Ms. Almuhadil Younger (29yoa from East Orange) and a 17yoa Newark female were found in possession of 22 hygiene items, totaling $173.81. They had concealed these items in two larger handbags. Both subjects were charged with shoplifting.

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Councilor Spiller Addresses Traffic, Parking and Education at Third Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller at his November 24 community meeting at the Montclair Public Library

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller at his November 24 community meeting at the Montclair Public Library

Traffic, parking and education were the main concerns expressed in a lightly attended community meeting hosted for residents of Montclair’s Third Ward by its representative on the township council, Councilor Sean Spiller. The meeting took place at the Montclair Public Library on November 24.

Montclair Police Officer Christopher Barnes helped field questions from residents concerned about needs for four-way stop zones at the intersections of South Fullerton Avenue and Union Street and Clinton Avenue and Union Street, citing the difficulty of navigating the former intersection and two accidents at the latter in a six-week period. Officer Barnes said that the police department’s traffic bureau will ordinarily survey an intersection to look for violations and consider accident statistics. Councilor Spiller added that such concerns could be forwarded to Township Engineer Kim Craft to study it, with the Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee also studying the matter and weighing the various recommendations from the traffic bureau and Craft’s office, with the findings to be decided by the council.

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Lost Cat in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Nov 24, 2014 9:26am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lost Cat

A reader writes in:

Buster was last seen on Saturday 11/22 on Alexander Avenue between Park and Grove Streets in Upper Montclair. She is a black and white tuxedo cat, about 9 lbs., with a lustrous black coat. She is very friendly and may come up to people’s doors or come to be petted (that’s how we got her). She has all of her claws but is exceedingly gentle; she has all of her shots and she spends most of her time indoors—she does not have a collar or microchip. She also may not answer to her name. If you see her, please try to befriend her and call Stephanie at 973-509-7618 or Al at 973-953-2377.

 

SOFIA Earns Award from The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

This past September, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) assembled a fundraising team that participated in a special Allstate Foundation program to support domestic violence services. This public awareness program and grassroots fundraising effort was launched to return the power of raising money directly into the hands of organizations like S.O.F.I.A.

To facilitate and solicit donations, Allstate provided online and organizational resources for domestic violence organizations nationwide. They created The Purple Purse Challenge to motivate organizations to earn additional money from the Foundation based on their fundraising efforts.

S.O.F.I.A., a Montclair-based organization focused on offering support for women and families affected by domestic violence, raised $10,546 through Purple Purse team-member efforts, and The Allstate Foundation awarded an additional $3,500. Last week Allstate Agent Neil Greco presented the funds to S.O.F.I.A. team members, as well as longtime S.O.F.I.A. supporter Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Marathon Man Runs Again — Help Him Raise Funds For Library

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

 Dr. Ed Gold

Montclair orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold won’t stop running. For the past few years he has run marathons and raised thousands of dollars to support the Montclair Public Library.

On Sunday October 12, Dr. Gold completed the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon (his third marathon).

“It was an absolutely beautiful day and perfect for a marathon. Keeping the library and all of my supporters through the years in my thoughts helped me cross the finish line and even qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hrs 29 min and 18 seconds,” says Gold.

This Sunday, November 23, Dr. Gold will be running the Philadelphia Marathon continuing to raise money for MPL.

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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Approves One Façade Improvement and Rejects Another

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (19)

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens.  The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens. The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

One change to an historic façade was recommended by the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), and another change to another façade was not, at the HPC’s meeting on November 20. Dick Grabowsky, whose plans to replace windows and redo the Bloomfield Avenue frontage of the Hinck Building for a prospective restaurant were originally brought up in October, returned with revised drawings of his plans, which were amended to include the second floor in the renderings. The plans, which would replace the windows in the three arched bays to the left of the Claridge Theater entrance  with six opening window panels for each bay and provide an entrance in the easternmost bay, were submitted by Rachael Grochowski and Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design.

Torris said that the firm looked at an alternative to keep the look of the affected frontage consistent with the rest of the building. She explained that a three-window-panel setup for each bay, with each individual window four feet wide, was considered, but that each window panel would have to have running posts in between to support the weight and would produce difficulty in looking out. No other alternatives seemed feasible to meet the prospective restaurant tenant’s requirements.

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Montclair Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Arrests, Vandalism

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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

Arrests

On 11-08-2014 at 1440Hrs, Ms. Charade Jenkins (50yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest for shoplifting from Pathmark. Security had observed Ms. Jenkins placing laundry detergent in a book bag, and walking out of the supermarket. Ms. Jenkins was also found to have an outstanding $1,500 warrant out of town. Her bail was set at $2,500 cash.

On 11-08-2014, Officers responded to Central Avenue on a report of a physical altercation in the street. When officers arrived, they observed a group of males standing around two other males, who were actively fighting. The two subjects who were fighting, Elijah Williams (19yoa from Montclair) and a 17yoa juvenile, were placed under arrest. These subjects were charged with disorderly conduct.

On 11-10-2014 at 2106Hrs, an Officer operating a marked patrol unit was driving north on Elm Street, when a vehicle approached from behind, passed the Officer in the oncoming lane of traffic, and proceeded northbound. The Officer stopped this vehicle, a 2000 Ford Focus, at Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street. The vehicle operator, Mr. Wilson Chery (32yoa from Montclair) was operating a vehicle, knowing it to have no brakes. He was also found to have open warrants out of East Orange totaling $900. He was placed under arrest for these warrants. His vehicle was towed for being unsafe.

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Montclair Environmental Commission Holds First Streetscape Design Review Hearing

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design.  Image courtesy of Google.

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design. Image courtesy of Google.

Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz opened debate on reviewing streetscape policies on November 19 with a hearing attended by residents involved with local planning, design and business issues. Schwartz, who the Environmental Commission’s representative on the Planning Board, said that he wanted the subcommittee to come up with a series of recommendations for improving streets in both residential and commercial districts and work with the township in a collaborative process with township staff, the Mayor and Council, and the Planning Board.

Schwartz explained that the main objective was to take a multifaceted look at facts and deliverables regarding the various components in a streetscape, such as sidewalks and shade trees, and come up with recommendations for what is best for Montclair from an aesthetic and economic standpoint. Sustainability and function are also important factors in determining how a street works for everyone, from homeowners and pedestrians to businesses and motorists.

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