Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Stolen Cars, and Many Arrests

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crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


On February 22, 2015 a Chinese food restaurant, The Chopstick House located at 2 Bloomfield Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. A 40 year old male employee of the restaurant reported to police 12:08 am, that a dark-skinned Hispanic male entered the restaurant, placed a black handgun on the counter and took three hundred dollars that was near the register. The suspect exited the restaurant and entered the passenger side of a grey or black SUV and fled south on N 13th Street. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and a white scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.


On February 18, 2015 a 19 year old Ella Street resident reported to police that he interrupted a suspect at 11:41 am trying to burglarize his residence. The victim observed the suspect attempting to open a basement window of his home and when the suspect realized that the victim was home and caught him trying to enter, he fled the area on foot.

12/19/15 The superintendent of an apartment building on the 100 block of Franklin Street reported to police that he discovered an ex-tenant, who had broken into his building, hiding in the basement at 10:24 pm. The suspect fled prior to police arrival.

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The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (10)

The Best Local Thing I Ever AteIn our column, The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate, we ask local chefs, restaurant owners, and food lovers to share their favorite dish in the area. These are the kind of meals that you crave, dream about, salivate over. The meals that you order over and over again.


This month, three picks that are sure to satisfy the need for comfort food in the coldest of winters:

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The Weekend: Dancing Queen, Story Slam, Jazz, Film

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Body & soul

It’s the last weekend in February and there’s some great ways to celebrate. We told you about:

And there’s more. Here are your weekend highlights:

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Adopt Your Next Best Friend at Cameron Animal Hospital on Sunday

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

Cameron Animal Hospital

Cameron Animal Hospital, located at 417 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair since 1936, will host its first adoption event of the year this Sunday, kicking off a monthly kitten and cat adoption series throughout the spring.

Kittens and cats will be available for viewing on March 1, between noon and 3 pm. Thereafter, the hospital will host adoption events on the first Sunday of every month.

Adoptions from Cameron Animal Hospital include FELV/FIV testing, vaccination, and spay/neuter surgery. Typical adoption fees are $100 per cat, which helps the hospital provide shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, enrichment and behavioral rehabilitation for adoptable animals.

For a quick view of some of the animals that will be available for adoption, check out Cameron’s pet list on Petfinder and read about one of the cute kitties for adoption below:

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Montclair Crime: Several Burst Pipes, Thefts, and a Couple of Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


02-23-2015 (Talbot Street) Mr. John Martinez, 45yoa from Montclair, arrested for a $500 warrant out of this jurisdiction.

02-23-2015 (Pathmark, Lackawanna Plaza) Mr. Bobby Williams, 41yoa from Irvington, was arrested for shoplifting. Mr. Williams stole $53 in hygiene items and fled on foot. Officers arrested him after a short foot pursuit. Mr. Williams was charged with Shoplifting and Obstruction. He was also charged with criminal mischief for damaging a fence during his attempt to flee from officers.

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Get the Runway Look Locally!

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week officially ended last week and the fall/winter 2015 collections have us wanting those runway looks. From layers of sweaters, to culotte pants, to lots and lots of fur—we want in on the fashion must haves. Two details that were common in the majority of the collections were turtleneck fitted tops and red detailed garments. Since it is still very much winter here in New Jersey and we have no other choice but to cover ourselves with layers of clothing, why not be trendy and ahead of the fashion game?

We have found runway inspired looks right here in Montclair:

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Dr. Baskerville Hosts Talley, Mountainside CEO at Fourth Ward Community Meeting On Redevelopment

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

Dr. Renée Baskerville, councilor for Montclair's Fourth Ward, addresses constituents at her February 2015 community meeting.

Dr. Renée Baskerville, councilor for Montclair’s Fourth Ward, addresses constituents at her February 2015 community meeting.


Redevelopment was on the minds of Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville and many constituents at her February 24 community meeting. The top issue was the newly proposed medical office building across Bay Avenue from Mountainside Hospital, part of which would be in Montclair but most of which would be in Glen Ridge, but proposed redevelopment of the Lackawanna Plaza area and the area around Glen Ridge Avenue.

John Fromhold, CEO of Hackensack UMC Mountainside, addressed the residents on the medical building issue. He said that the new building is meant to solidify Mountainside’s position in the community by allowing the hospital to bring in more physicians, particularly specialists, to be available on campus.  He noted, for example,  that Mountainside has recruited numerous neurosurgeons who are on campus part-time who are awaiting the office building’s completion.  The new building, Fromhold explained would allow a greater presence of such specialists to be on call at the hospital.

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Glen Ridge Crime: DWI, Fraud, Disturbance

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo:

Date/Time: 2/13/2015 @ 11:06 PM
Incident: DWI/Possession of CDS Arrest
Officer Patricia Romaine and Officer Sean Wilk arrested Dana Locks, 23 of Montclair, N.J. for Driving While intoxicated on Ridgewood Ave. A passenger in the vehicle, John Raymond was arrested for possession of Marijuana. Both parties were transported to headquarters for processing and later released.

Date/Time: 2/14/2015 @ 6:16 PM
Incident: Disturbance/Harassment
Officers were dispatched to Mountainside Hospital on a report of a disturbance. A patient had become upset when a doctor would not prescribe medications. The patient voluntarily left the hospital.

Date/Time: 2/21/2014 @ 9:39 AM
Incident: Fraud
Officer Matthew Perigo was dispatched to Hawthorne Ave. on a report of a fraud. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) used their credit card to make online purchases. The matter is under investigation.

During this week the Glen Ridge Police Department investigated (7) motor vehicle accidents which resulted in no injuries. And (1) accident that resulted in minor injuries.



Giveaway: Tickets to the Sold Out Show to See Joan Osborne at Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (11)

Joan Osborne

WINNER: Congratulations to janabeth617!

Outpost in the Burbs will present the Joan Osborne on her Love and Hate Tour Acoustic Duo featuring Keith Cotton with special guest Derik Hultquist on Friday, February 27 and Baristanet has two tickets to give to one very lucky reader to attend the SOLD OUT show!

In addition to being the beloved singer-songwriter and seven-time GRAMMY nominee’s eighth studio album and her eOne debut, the 12-song set is one of the most personally-charged, creatively ambitious efforts of her two-decades-plus recording career.

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The New Jersey Center for Healthy Living in Montclair Celebrates 10 Years with an Open House

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

The New Jersey Center for Healthy LivingFor 10 years, The New Jersey Center for Healthy Living in Montclair has offered holistic care through yoga and meditation, Pilates, T’ai Chi Chih, acupuncture, chiropractic, reiki and healing touch, massage therapy, holistic nutrition, mental health counseling and osteopathic and functional medicine.

On Wednesday, March 11, the center invites the community to a 10th Anniversary Celebration and Open House. The evening highlights will include:

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