Are You WaterWise, Montclair?

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

WaterWise MontclairWanting to reduce water consumption in the township, Montclair is embarking on a comprehensive water conservation and efficiency program called WaterWise Montclair.

The first step is offering rain barrels to township residents at a deeply-discounted price. Retailing for around $150, the Township purchased 50-gallon “Ivy”® Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they will be sold for $36, saving residents over $100 on a barrel.

Montclair Sustainability Officer Gray Russell says that by conserving water more effectively, and by using more water-efficient products, our community can save money and energy, help to mitigate the effects of drought, and reduce over-consumption of our most precious natural resource.

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Sponsored Post: Office Space Available In Upper Montclair Historic District

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 11:32am

With the installation of a striking cornice and the opening of the Manhattan Bagel store, to join the already operational Pro Cuts next door, the building at 250 Bellevue Ave. (next door to the movie theater) has completed its transformation from law office building to a ground floor retail space with subdividable office space available on the 2nd floor. Montclair architect Paul Sionas worked to maintain the essence of the building and to improve its appearance and conform it to the historic district in which it sits.

For a detailed description of the property, being marketed by Andree Bertsche at Stanton Company Realtors, Montclair, see 250 Bellevue Details.

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The building is owned by 250 Bellevue Realty, LLC, whose principals are Jeffrey Cooper and Elizabeth Schrero Cooper, the son and daughter-in-law of the late Hon. Peter B. Cooper who, before he was a judge in Essex County, owned and had his law practice in the building. His law firm, which at one point was Bennett, Shepherd and Cooper and then Cooper, Dickson, Merkelbach, Camp and Cass, later became Dickson, Ashenfelter, Slous, Tanner & Trevenen, LLP, which occupied the building from the mid-1950s until several years ago. Continue Reading

Nishuane Park Noise Complaints Dominate Montclair Township Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (12)

Town Council Despite an agenda of mostly trouble-free ordinances and resolutions at the Montclair Township Council’s regular meeting on July 22, controversy was stirred up in public comment over two recent events at Nishuane Park, while a third event is being planned there for August.

Resident Michael Norman of North Brookwood Drive, which is across from Nishuane Park, spoke to complain about recent events at the park, most notably the Montclair High School all-class reunion that took place on July 19.

Norman said he attended a meeting with Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville, Township Manager Marc Dashield, and Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Pat Breschka about the various problems regarding events there, including  traffic control and parking, but especially excessive noise. Norman suggested that there could be temporary measures that could be taken vis-à-vis while an effort was made to come up with long-term solutions to staging events in all of the municipal parks, such as lowering the volume of the music played at the events, re-positioning the speakers to keep the sound away from the neighborhoods, and extra police presence to monitor the traffic. He was afraid that the problems could be repeated when the Montclair Jazz Festival is held in Nishuane Park on August 16. He cited ordinance regulating sound in public spaces that was passed by the council in 1986, when Mayor Robert Jackson was a councilor-at-large, as something that could be built on to make life more bearable for the Brookwood Drives.

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Bloomfield Council Votes Down Resolution to Hold Public Referendum on Lion Gate Purchase

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 5:04pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

After over an hour of public comment, the Bloomfield Council voted 5-2 against a resolution introduced by Councilman Joe Lopez to hold a public referendum on whether Bloomfield should purchase the site of the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive.

The council had voted to appropriate $10.5 million to purchase the property for use as open space and public recreation (including the issuance of $9.975 million in bonds or notes) at last week’s regular council meeting. Councilman Lopez, who voted against the appropriation, had said at that time that the issue should be on the November ballot as a public referendum. The property is currently owned by a developer who intends to build 104 townhouses on the site.

The motion to hold a referendum was seconded by Councilman Carlos Bernard, who said his constituents wanted a referendum on the purchase. Continue Reading

Mountainside Expansion To Be Discussed at Montclair 4th Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting on Tuesday, July 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street, Montclair. Dr. Baskerville has invited representatives from HackensackUMC Mountainside to discuss their strategic plans for expansion in the community and the potential impact that the expansions may have. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Lewd Male Masturbating, Cat Found in Abandoned Apartment

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

Montclair Crime: Lewd Male Masturbating, Cat Found in Abandoned ApartmentShoplifting, burglary, theft and vandalism in the week in crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


On 07/17/2014, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2002 Mercedes Benz C230 in the area of Union Avenue and Russell Terrace. The vehicle operator, a Brittany Ramirez 22yoa from Montclair, was found to have an open warrant out of town for $500. Ms. Ramirez was arrested and held on this open warrant.

On 07/17/2014, at 1503hrs. Officers were dispatched to 35 Lackawanna Plaza, Pathmark Super Market, for a report of shoplifter in custody. Miss Gwendolyn Colucci, 18yoa from Montclair, was being detained by security for placing items in a large bag and attempting to leave the store without payment. These various items totaled $118. Ms. Colucci was arrested and charged with Shoplifting. Continue Reading

Clifton Police Detective Accidentally Shot In Bloomfield Pit Bull Incident

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 12:01pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Clifton Police Detective Accidentally Shot In Bloomfield Pit Bull IncidentA Clifton Police detective accidentally shot himself after a pit-bull charged at him in the Township of Bloomfield.

Yesterday, at 3:40 p.m. two Clifton Police detectives were investigating an incident that occurred in Clifton and led them to the 100 block of Harrison Street in Bloomfield. Continue Reading

SOFIA to Hold its 4th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence – “From Surviving to Thriving”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

SOFIA 4th WalkEvery nine seconds, a woman in the USA is assaulted or beaten, and the vast majority of these abuses are between intimate partners. Every month in the USA, at least 46 women are shot to death by their former or current intimate partners. In New Jersey, on average, there are 70,000 domestic violence calls every year. Those who work in law enforcement and victims’ services know that many abuses go unreported. The numbers are staggering, shocking, disheartening, and all too real.

In our area, Montclair’s own Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) helps victims of domestic violence to move on, and the organization also educates young people about how they can avoid the cycle of violence altogether. Check out the various programs SOFIA offers here.

This September, SOFIA will hold its Fourth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in beautiful Canterbury Park. Last year’s walk was a resounding success, with a big crowd of survivors and supporters as well as several eloquent speakers. This year the Grand Marshal is the Reverend Simone Oliver, one of the presenters at last year’s event. Continue Reading

Montclair and Ted Nugent: The Show — And Protest — Will Go On

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (42)

ted nugentPlenty of commenters weighed in about whether the Wellmont should have booked Ted Nugent to perform.

Tonight, the show, and a planned protest will go on, according to John Atlas, who adds blogged on, that Freeholder Pat Sebold, Freeholder Brendan Gill, who also chairs Montclair’s Democratic Party, and Montclair council member Bob Russo will be joining the protest.

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Yogi Berra Museum Hosts Ultimate Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Yankee Stadium

BY  |  Monday, Jul 21, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

yankee stadiumThe Yogi Berra Museum is organizing a behind-the-scenes tour of the incomparable Yankee Stadium on July 23rd. The tour includes an insiders look at the dugout, the Yankee Museum, the press box, Monument Park and more. Luxury bus transportation, snacks and souvenir complete this VIP experience. Continue Reading

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