Bloomfield Council Discusses “Predatory Booting” of Vehicles, Makes Appointments

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Councilman Nick Joanow brought up the issue of “predatory bootings” taking place at private parking lots at Monday’s brief conference meeting.

Photo credit: Maria Probst

Photo credit: Maria Probst

Joanow explained that “booting” a car meant attaching a mechanical device to a vehicle that immobilizes it. He said a lot of residents had told him that they had been booted when parking in private lots and had had to pay $100 or $200 (depending on location) in cash in order to get the device removed. While emphasizing that the residents had parked illegally and should not have done so, he said, “I’m offended by a company that would prey on our own residents. It’s like killing a flea with a sledgehammer.”

He reiterated to residents, “Do not park in private lots; they will do what the sign says they will do…They are aggressively enforcing.” Joanow went on to say, “My charge to the Administrator is to look at the county level. There is ‘predatory towing.’ Let’s not gouge the residents.” He explained that the agencies booting residents’ vehicles are “waiting for you – that’s the predatory part.” He asked the administration to see what leverage the town may have to protect the residents. Joanow mentioned that the McDonald’s on Broad Street is one of the locations where residents are being booted for parking illegally.

The council voted to create a cap bank to give the administration flexibility for future appropriations as needed. Township Administrator Watkins explained that this does not raise taxes, but simply protects money that the township has already saved. According to the NJ Department of Community Affairs, a municipality may bank (for up to two years) the difference between its final appropriation subject to the budget cap, and 3.5%.

Finance Director Robert Renna announced the township had held a successful sale of bonds totaling $24.4 million at a net interest rate of 1.15%.

The mayor and council also voted to approve members to numerous boards and commissions. Leo Sceurman and Jessica Alfreds were promoted from alternate to regular members of the Zoning Board, and new member Greg Moormann was appointed as an alternate. Thess Prince and Trevor Munson were reappointed as alternates. On the Planning Board, Greg Babula was reappointed and Zeke Harvey appointed as an alternate. Denise Seabay was reappointed to the Board of Health, and Nicole Williams was reappointed to the Parking Authority.

Other Business

The council also passed a number of other action items awarding contracts for various township functions, including Township Attorney. They also voted to reject and rebid for the purchase of a truck cab with chassis.

Councilor Wartyna Davis reported on the upcoming Martin Luther King Day events. Saturday, January 14, will be the MLK Day of Service, to be held at Berkeley School. Check-in time for participants is 8 a.m. Monday, January 16, will be the MLK Day Celebration, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the New Light Baptist Church.Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams will be the key speaker. In addition, Davis said, they will be presenting service awards.

The next meeting will be a regular meeting, to be held on Monday, January 23, 2017, in the council chambers at 7 p.m.

Montclair Crime: Hit and Run & Weapon Arrest, Burglaries to Residences, Car Thefts, Car Vandalism

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Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


01-04-2017 (Grove Street) Mr. Frank Bagley, 49yoa from Montclair, was arrested on an open warrant out of Bloomfield ($500)

01-04-2017 (Claridge Theater, Bloomfield Avenue) officers were dispatched to reports of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance. Ms. Nicole Levenchuck, 30yoa from Belleville, was arrested for open warrants out of Montclair ($2,500), Cedar Grove ($2,600), Atlantic City ($1,500), Glen Ridge ($500), Cranbury ($172)

01-04-2017 (Maple Plaza Lot) A hit-and-run accident occurred on Watchung Avenue in which a green Toyota Sienna struck a black Volkswagen and then fled the scene. The occupants of the Volkswagen followed the fleeing vehicle to the Maple Plaza Lot. Mr. Joseph O’Neill, 26yoa from Rutherford, then exited the Toyota, brandishing a baseball bat, and proceeded to threaten the occupants of the Volkswagen. O’Neill was arrested and charged with Possession of a weapon, Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, Terroristic Threats, and Obstructing Administration of Law. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for the hit-and-run accident.
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Marksmen Return To South Mountain For Annual Essex County Deer Management Program

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Essex County Deer Management Program

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. has announced plans for the 2017 Essex County Deer Management Program in Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation. This is the 10th year of the program, which is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer.

“Controlling the population by removing deer from South Mountain and Hilltop has proven to be very successful in helping to preserve the forest habitat and maintain our reservations as viable resources for recreation and open space. Each year, we have updated our program to address current conditions, reducing the number of days and transitioning into a ‘maintenance mode’ to maintain the population at a manageable level,” DiVincenzo said. “This is just one facet of our comprehensive Deer Management Program that also includes creating seed banks to accelerate the re-growth of the forests and installing reflectors and lights to enhance traffic safety by keeping deer from entering the roadway,” he added.

The program will be held on the afternoons of Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 17 to February 16. When the program is held, the reservations will be closed to the public to maximize safety. For the first time, make-up days have been scheduled in case the program is cancelled because of inclement weather. If there are no cancellations, then the program will not be held on the make-up days. The days in South Mountain Reservation are Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19t. Make-up days are Tuesday, January 24t and Thursday, January 26. South Mountain Reservation is located in Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange, and Hilltop Reservation is in Cedar Grove, North Caldwell and Verona. The program will not be held in Eagle Rock Reservation.

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Montclair PD Hosting a Mitten Tree to Collect Winter Wear For MESH

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mitten treeThe Montclair Police Department will host a “Mitten Tree” charity event from January 9 through February 1.  A “tree” will be located in the lobby of police headquarters for officers and residents to drop off and donate scarves, mittens and hats, which will be donated to MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) for those in need during this cold time of year.  Donations can be either new or gently used.  

Donations may be dropped off at any time at 647 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair Police Headquarters.  Contact Ofc. Robert Anderson at 973-509-4752 or  Ofc. Paul Rusiniak at 973-509-4776 with any questions.






To Add Balconies, Or Not To Add Balconies? That Is The Question of Montclair’s The Vestry

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The Montclair Planning Board began 2017 with a whisper more than with a shout.  The board members had two subdivision applications on the agenda for their January 9 meeting, one being a continuing hearing of the major application for the property of Luther Flurry and Jarmila Packard on Madison Avenue and the other being a minor subdivision to create two lots from a property on Alexander Avenue.  Neither application was pursued; Flurry and Packard requested a postponement until March 13, and at the last minute, attorney Alan Trembulak said that a witness was unavailable for the Alexander Avenue application.  That hearing was postponed until February 6.

Those applications out of the way for the time being, the Planning Board had only one significant order of business at hand – a vote on the resolution to approve the Vestry apartment building at the current site of Mount Carmel Holy Church on Bloomfield Avenue.  But the vote was delayed when attorney Neal Zimmerman came before the board to ask for clarifications to the resolution.

The Vestry

The Vestry

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Brendan Gill Re-Elected Vice President of Essex County Freeholders

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bgFreeholder Brendan W. Gill was re-elected Vice President of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders during the Board’s Annual Reorganization Meeting held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the Hall of Records.

“I am honored to be sworn in tonight as the Vice President of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders,” said Gill. “It is an honor and privilege to serve the residents and my neighbors each and every day. I remain committed to bringing good government forward while ensuring that everything the Board presents will benefit the residents of the entire County, including the County’s youth, seniors, and many other citizens.” Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Jan. 8

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Forty-plus properties for viewing in the Baristaville area this weekend. Today’s first property is straight out of Downton Abbey. You’d expect the wily Gladys Denker to pop out of the kitchen during the open house.

316 Highland Avenue, Montclair


List Price: $885,000
Taxes: $22,643
Acreage: 0.40
BRM/BTH: 4/3.2


Tudor-style colonial, featuring handcrafted woodwork throughout, beamed ceilings, mouldings, leaded glass windows many with stain glass features, an English fireplace mantle shipped from England, amazing doors and so much to offer. Landscaped gardens give you color all season. Close to the bus and train station, the downtown shopping area, parks, and places of worship. Open 1-4 p.m.

216 Lorraine Avenue, Montclair


List Price: $769,000
Taxes: $21,064
Acreage: 0.32
BRM/BTH: 5/2.1


Five-bedroom Colonial in Upper Montclair with family room on first floor, spacious dining room and large modern eat-in kitchen plus level fenced-in yard, two fireplaces, central air conditioning and two-car garage. Open 1-4 p.m.

24 Elm Street, Unit 4C, Montclair


List Price: $489,000
Taxes: $14,349
Acreage: 0.27
BRM/BTH: 3/2


Three bedroom, two bath condominium with hardwood floors, gas fireplace, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Elevator building. Assigned two-car parking. Walk to NYC train, bus, shopping and dining. Open 1-4 p.m.

36 Morely Lane, Bloomfield


List Price: $406,900
Taxes: $12,655
Acreage: 0.12
BRM/BTH: 4/3

Solar-powered split-level freshly painted with finished hardwood floors, two master suites, three-season room with view of yard. Eat in kitchen, family room and media room with tech bar. Master suite has full bath. Second master suite on third floor has two double-door closets and full bath. Open 2-4 p.m.

26 Laurel Place, Glen Ridge


List Price: $389,700
Taxes: $14,050
Acreage: 0.11
BRM/BTH: 4/2

Cape Cod with hardwood floors, new galley kitchen with granite counter tops and custom backsplash, formal dining room, living room and four bedrooms. Corner property with beautiful tiered fenced yard. New paver patio, detached garage. Open 1-3 p.m.

41 Ridge Road, West Orange


List Price: $999,000
Taxes: $19,947
Acreage: 0.89
BRM/BTH: 6/5.1

New construction features six bedrooms, 5.1 baths, open floor plan, living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room and eat in kitchen. Two first-level bedrooms, one with an en suite bath. Sliders open from kitchen to patio and level backyard. Master bedroom on second level has two walk-in closets and spa like master bath. Second level also has three more bedrooms, full bath and laundry room. Open 1-4 p.m.

Winner of PLANETCIVIC’s Montclair Altruist Award Splits Prize Between Library and MFEE

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Passionate school volunteer Cara Moroze, winner of PLANETCIVIC’s first Montclair Altruist Award, has opted to split her $500 prize between the Montclair Public Library Foundation ($250) and the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence ($250). Ms. Moroze also won a $150 dinner at one of her favorite Montclair restaurants, MishMish Café. PLANETCIVIC’S purpose in creating the Montclair Altruist Award was to give the Montclair community an incentive to thank the legion of volunteers who do so much for our community. Local members of the public made the nominations and voted for the nominees in PLANETCIVIC, a social platform designed to engage residents of Montclair in making the community better.

Alison Bauer, Montclair Public Library Foundation Chair, Cara Moroze, Montclair Altruist Award Winner, and Javier Guardo, PLANETCIVIC founder.

Alison Bauer, Montclair Public Library Foundation Chair, Cara Moroze, Montclair Altruist Award Winner, and Javier Guardo, PLANETCIVIC founder.

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Actor Frankie Faison to Receive Honorary Degree From Montclair State University

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Frankie Faison is LearTony-nominated actor and longtime Montclair resident Frankie Faison with receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at Montclair State University’s January Commencement ceremony at Newark’s Prudential Center on January 23 at 7 pm.The television, film and Broadway performer will also deliver the keynote address at the ceremony.

“Frankie Faison has entertained us in a career spanning nearly four decades, but it is because of his impact as a citizen of Montclair that we found him to be a worthy recipient for this honor,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “His charitable endeavors make him an example of what our graduates should strive to become: successful professionals who serve as role models in their respective communities.”

With more than 100 film and television appearances, Faison’s career has included roles in the movies The Silence of the Lambs, Mississippi Burning, Hannibal and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. He also starred as Commissioner Ervin Burrell in the prominent HBO television series The Wire, and has most recently appeared in the Netflix original series Luke Cage and the hit Cinemax series Banshee. On Broadway, Faison’s turn as Gabriel in the production Fences earned him Best Supporting Actor Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations.

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Montclair Offers an Expanded Seniors in Taxis Program For 2017

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Seniors In TaxisMontclair’s Seniors in Taxis (SIT) voucher program for Montclair residents 62 and older has been renewed for another year offering vouchers for reduced fares.

New this year, the vouchers can be used for destinations outside of Montclair. Use the vouchers to attend medical appointments, to grocery shop, or to meet a friend for lunch or a movie. Vouchers can also be purchased as “insurance” in case of car trouble, or if you do not want to worry about finding parking.

Visit or contact the Montclair Health Department on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building (205 Claremont Ave) to purchase your vouchers and pay $15 for $30 of rides. You will need to provide proof of age and residency.




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Montclair is relatively heterogenous and, it could fairly be said, takes pride in its diversity. Has Montclair named a street or school after Dr. King? Why is that?

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