HomeSharing, Inc. expanding housing options for Montclair seniors who want to Age in Place

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

HomeSharingA creative avenue for expanding housing options for individuals of all ages is now available in Montclair and neighboring communities, with a particular focus on helping Township seniors to “age in place.” The effort will be spearheaded by HomeSharing, an organization with more than 30 years of experience. It is being funded by a three-year grant totaling $227,000 from the Partners for Health Foundation.

HomeSharing adds to Montclair’s affordable housing stock by matching “providers,” residents who wish to share their homes or apartments in order to keep them, with “seekers,” individuals searching for affordable housing in their communities. HomeSharing also assists its clients in locating and utilizing other resources such as area food pantries, low-cost medical care, and other support services. The organization’s services are provided free of charge.

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Vote Essex County in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards

Discover Jersey Arts has released its nominations for the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards and organizations in Essex County have garnered many well-deserved nominations. (Sev The polls are now open and ballots are prepped for arts lovers statewide to vote for their favorite New Jersey arts organizations through February 19.

For the second year in a row, a record-breaking number of nominations were received in 16 categories. From favorite theater to see a play to favorite dance company, favorite art gallery to favorite choral group, it’s the public’s turn to decide who’s who among the Garden State’s cultural community.

The People’s Choice Awards take place annually to honor the work of NJ’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. More than 100 organizations and downtown arts districts were nominated this year—the largest amount of nominees the Awards has received since its creation in 2008:

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Montclair Township Council Considers Parking . . . Again

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson (right) and  First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at the January 27 Montclair Township Council meeting

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson (right) and First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at the January 27 Montclair Township Council meeting

The Montclair Township Council conference meeting on January 27 was relatively informal, as indicated by the casual-Friday look sported by Mayor Robert Jackson and a few other council members, likely because of the snow. Its small agenda was made even smaller due to the postponement of two first-reading ordinances and five resolutions to be voted on during the meeting.  But there was still plenty to talk about, as evidenced by the game of whack-a-mole that is setting street parking rules.

Residents of Oxford Street, learning that residents of nearby Cambridge Road had gotten the council to consider an ordinance limiting parking on Cambridge Road to two hours, appeared before the council to express dismay over the proposal in light of the fact that Oxford Street residents had asked for two-hour parking limits but had had to accept four-hour limits instead because of the recommendations of the Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC). That ordinance, in fact, was one of the postponed measures originally on the night’s agenda.

Resident Kate Lemmer said that employees of nearby businesses on Grove Street have been parking their cars on Oxford Street for four hours have been moving their cars from one space to another, just as Cambridge Road residents have noted about parking on their own street. Lemmer was afraid that the problem on Oxford  Street would be exacerbated if Cambridge Road got two-hour limits, and she her neighbors wanted the council to reconsider their request for Oxford Street to have the same limit.

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Mental Health Association of Essex County Launches new Life Transitions for Seniors Program: Aging-in-Place Initiative

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mental Health Association of Essex CountyThe Montclair-based Mental Health Association of Essex County (MHAEC) is launching “Life Transitions for Seniors,” a new program benefiting seniors and soon-to-be seniors with guidance and support as they navigate many of the challenges of their retirement years. The venture, which will begin this month, will be operated using MHAEC staff, is being funded by Partners for Health (a Montclair foundation), and will be available to Montclair residents over age 60 without charge and without income restrictions or limitations.

Marvin Gorsky, senior director of MHAEC, in announcing this program stated: “As seniors move from the work world into retirement, they are on one hand feeling liberated, yet on the other hand, facing new and significant challenges – often, for example, about financial realities, family tensions, housing options, medical care situations and transportation choices. Whatever the cause or the issue, this program is designed: to empower seniors, to offer them assistance and support; to lower personal anxiety, and to provide the information and resources sufficient to help them move toward resolution. It is our hope to be part of a broad support community which will enable seniors to age in a positive manner.”

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Montclair Crime: Arrests, Burglaries, Vandalism

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 27, 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:


01-20-2015 (Pathmark, Lackawanna Plaza) Troy L. Johnson, 46yoa from Irvington, arrested for shoplifting. Recovered proceeds were $30 in hygiene products.

01-25-2015 (Cedar Avenue at High Street) Mr. Jerson Guardado, 20yoa from West Orange was arrested and charged with DWI.

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Blizzard of 2015

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

rp_falling-snowflakes-free-stock-vector-pattern-350x228.jpgThe historic blizzard of 2015 wasn’t very historic after all. Not for our area at least.

Schools and many businesses will remained closed as scheduled, but the travel ban has been lifted in New Jersey—State Police have asked motorists to stay off the roads whenever possible throughout the day so that transportation and public safety officials may continue their work to clear the roadways. Currently, NJ TRANSIT remains suspended, but says it hopes to resume service by 11 am.

Montclair Municipal Non-Emergency Offices will remain closed today, Tuesday, January 27—township offices will re-open Wednesday, January 28.

Are you relieved that we didn’t get 24+ inches of snow, upset because you love snow, or just angry with the meteorologists and media who overreacted?



UPDATED: Blizzard Closures, Cancellations and Travel Information

BY  |  Monday, Jan 26, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

blizzardUPDATED: 1/26 at 3 pm:

There’s a blizzard coming our way. According to Accuweather, a blizzard warning remains in effect from 1 pm Monday afternoon through midnight Tuesday. Expect heavy winds and accumulations of 18 – 24 inches, with snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour expected tonight and Tuesday morning.

Here is your list of closures, cancellations, and travel information (School info here). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more information) Check back often, as we’ll continue to update:

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How Much Snow? (UPDATED)

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 10:35am  |  COMMENTS (24)

How Much Snow?

UPDATE: Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Montclair Schools call early dismissal in preparation for tomorrow’s snow storm.

There’s more snow coming, but how much?

Nixle subscribers in Montclair have already gotten the alert below, suggesting 1-2 FEET (not inches) and blizzard like conditions. is reporting that according to one European model, something meteorologist Rob Reale says “we can’t rule out,” also suggests the possibility of a foot of snow. Will we really get a foot or more of snow? Make your predictions in comments.

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ProPark PARCS System at Bay Street Station Parking Deck: Practical or a Pain?

BY  |  Friday, Jan 23, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

proparkA few months ago, Propark installed a PARCS (Parking Access and Revenue Control System) at the Bay Street Station Parking Deck in an effort to provide a “user-friendly, efficient, and expedient system for commuters.”

However, according to resident Steve Cohen, a PARCS user, the machines have malfunctioned twice in the last week during the evening rush hour and several times in the morning (keeping drivers from entering).

Calling it “chaos” Cohen says “an attendant is never on the premises until a problem occurs and an angry driver calls. The whole idea of a gate…not sure what the town was thinking.”

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Montclair Police Capture Armed Bank Robbery Suspect

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair Police Capture Armed Bank Robbery SuspectAt 9:30 a.m. this morning a robbery took place at Bank of America, 441 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect entered the bank and handed a hand-written note to the bank teller. The note stated that he was in possession of a gun, and would shoot the teller if they did not hand over money. The teller emptied the drawer into a bag supplied by the suspect. The suspect then walked out of the bank, eastbound on Bloomfield Avenue. Continue Reading

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The less than four inches outside my house this morning would suggest those 16' models were about as accurate as Kate Moss forecasting this "crippling and historic" storm.

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