Montclair Public Library Director David Hinkley to Retire at Year’s End

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Public Library (MPL) board president Wilfred Adkins told the board at this evening’s meeting that library director David Hinkley informed him of his decision to retire, as of December 31, 2016. Adkins told board members that Hinkley’s decision was due largely to family considerations, and Hinkley would be relocating to his home town of Poughkeepsie, New York. Hinkley assumed directorship of the MPL in 2006.

Montclair Public Library Director David Hinkley to Retire at Year’s End

“David has led this institution for the last decade with commitment and vision, to say nothing of terrific results,” Adkins said. “Under his leadership the library has grown enormously, every year setting new records in the number of visitors who pass through the doors and the number of items in circulation. David spearheaded many significant initiatives, including an increase in online resources and expanded use of technology, incorporation of the Adult School into the MPL, and extensive building refurbishments at both the main library and the Bellevue Avenue library.” Continue Reading

Montclair Planning Board: Master Plan Re-Examination Report, Eastern Gateway Redevelopment

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 9:05am  |  COMMENTS (6)

The Montclair Planning Board had a light schedule at its September 26 meeting, hearing no new or pending applications.  Instead, the board had some brief discussions about the master plan and the Eastern Gateway redevelopment area.

Montclair Planning Board attorney Arthur Neiss and Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley

Montclair Planning Board attorney Arthur Neiss and Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley

The board went over its working draft of its re-examination report on the master plan, with an emphasis on recommendations for conservation and sustainability and the historic preservation element.  Planning Director Janice Talley said she received recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Committee in the interest of planning a new parks and recreation element in the master plan.  She urged a focus on that going forward, noting the committee’s observation that Montclair parks are being used more heavily for both passive (relaxation) and active (sports-related) uses. Continue Reading

MSU Teams Up For Yogi Museum and Soldiers

BY  |  Monday, Sep 26, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Hundreds of people celebrated the life and legacy of Yogi Berra at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on Sunday, one year after the baseball legend’s passing. Continue Reading

Montclair PD Investigating a Possible Hit and Run Incident

BY  |  Friday, Sep 23, 2016 12:02pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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On Thursday, September 22 around 5:30 pm, a bicyclist was hit by a motor vehicle at the intersection of Mount Hebron Road and Park Street. This just in from Detective Sergeant James Milano of the Montclair Police Department:

On 09-22-2016 at 5:34 PM the Montclair Police Department responded to the intersection of Mount Hebron Road and Park Street on a reported motor vehicle accident. The accident involved a bicyclist, 59 yoa male from Bloomfield, and a motor vehicle described as a: white or gold SUV, with possible damage to the right side of the vehicle. There is no driver description at this time. It is believed that the bicyclist and the motor vehicle were traveling east on Mount Hebron Road when the accident occurred. At this time the incident is being investigated as a possible hit & run accident. The bicyclist was transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson via ambulance. At the time of this press release the bicyclist’s medical condition is listed as: “Stable.” There is no further information at this time.

 

 

SaveMontclair Coalition Forms to Lobby Preservation and Responsive Development

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (8)

SaveMontclair Coalition For Preservation and Responsive Development A broad coalition of residents concerned with over-development, historic preservation and quality of life issues in Montclair has formed to directly influence township planning policies. Their goal is to provide more effective lobbying over redevelopment and zoning ordinances that impact all important local land use decisions.

The new group – SaveMontclair Coalition For Preservation and Responsive Development — encourages residents to join them today by visiting the website and becoming a linked member of the Coalition. The site will help people stay quickly informed and provide occasional email updates to members about complicated planning and current zoning issues. It will show local leaders just how many people care about growth and future development in Montclair.

“Until recently, most new development allowed has been out of character and inappropriate” says Linda Cranston, lead organizer and founder of the original 174 member strong SaveMontclair and previously Save Upper Montclair. “Developer-driven concerns dominated township decision-making with resident’s interests secondary,” she says. “Density, congestion and parking are central issues. Yet, developers try to work behind the scenes to build bigger than our original, small-town footprint supports and without providing required parking.” Continue Reading

Montclair: Students Want Terry’s Serendipity Cafe Meeting Space Back, Mayor Wants Redevelopment Consultant

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

A discussion of Terry’s Serendipity Café was not a scheduled topic at the September 20 meeting of the Montclair Township Council,  but its recent expulsion from the boathouse at Edgemont Park prompted students and adult staffers and volunteers to bring it up with Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors.

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

Terry’s Serendipity Café, a non-profit, music institution run by local students, hosts monthly music shows and gives young people an opportunity to demonstrate their musical talents, was forced to relocate by recreation department staffers from its longtime meeting space at the Edgemont boathouse to a meeting room at the Clary Anderson Arena, which café supporters say is not easily accessible and is susceptible to loud noises from elsewhere in the arena.  Many speakers noted how the café was instrumental in the growth of local bands which recently played the Clearmountain Festival in August.  The café was organized after a carjacking and the Watchung post office massacre, both in 1995, to provide a safe space for young people under 21.

Students who spoke expressed dismay over the forced relocation.  Rory McLeod said that the group went for over six months while the boathouse interior was being remodeled, only to be kicked out once the boathouse’s new amenities were installed.  Lucy Albright said that Terry’s Serendipity Café supported her musical endeavors and gave her a place to play her songs in a safe environment.  “It’s like an inspiration to improve my own music, and to practice for upcoming shows,” she said.  She noted Pinegrove, a local band that played the Clearmountain Festival, made it a point to single out Terry’s Serendipity Café helped them attain their success.   Pinegrove are now touring Europe and released their first LP on Run For Cover Records in January 2016.

“We still have spaces to do our concerts,” she said, “but what we really need is space to organize stuff.”

The most impassioned plea came from Troy Bynum, whose brother Terry Bynum-Copeland was a student founder of the café that assumed his name after Terry died.  Bynum reminded the council of the café’s role in providing a safe place for young people, and how it encourages them to be themselves in a supportive, safe environment. Ed Carine, an adult adviser to the café, made it clear that the group members have always been respectful of the boathouse facility whenever they used it for meetings on Wednesday nights.  He added that they never stole or damaged anything and would always replace something if it broke by accident.

Troy Bynum, whose late brother Terry Bynum-Copeland co-founded Terry's Serendipity Café, speaks on behalf of the café at the Montclair Township Council's September 20 meeting.

Troy Bynum, whose late brother Terry Bynum-Copeland co-founded Terry’s Serendipity Café, speaks on behalf of the café at the Montclair Township Council’s September 20 meeting.

The council was overwhelmingly supportive.  Councilor-at-Large Robert Russo lamented that the council couldn’t tell the staff that runs the boathouse what to do, but he said that the café has done great things in the past 21 years.  Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville said it was important to keep the café meetings in the boathouse to provide a sense of consistency to young people at a time when their lives have little consistency.  Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, who worked in the music business and even toured with the Grateful Dead, said she wanted to work something out with the Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department to continue allowing the café to use the boathouse.  (Edgemont Park is the Second Ward.)  Acting Township Manager Tim Stafford said he would reach out to Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Pat Brechka to find a solution. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Several Arrests, Thefts, Burglary

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Sgt. James Milano, Montclair Police Department:

Arrests:

09-14-2016 (Amelia St) A report of a suspicious individual led to the arrest of Carlton Brown, 29 yoa from Montclair. Mr. Brown was charged with the following criminal offenses: Criminal Trespass, possession of marijuana, under influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

09-16-2016 (Whole Foods Market) Officers investigating an incident of shoplifting resulted in the arrest of Harry McDevitt, 60 yoa from Montclair, for shoplifting $160 worth of merchandise.

09-16-2016 (Pine St) Saif Bembry, 34 yoa from Montclair, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Mr. Bembry was also found to have a no bail warrant out of Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
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Another Garage Fire in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Sep 19, 2016 11:38am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Another garage fire broke out in Upper Montclair on Friday, September 16. Just a few days after one which occured on Norwood Avenue. Deputy Chief Robert Duncan reports:

On September 16, at 9:31pm the Montclair Fire Dept. received a call reporting a garage fire on Oakwood Ave. Units arrived to find a detached 1 car garage fully engulfed in flames. The FD noticed that an arcing primary power line had fallen onto the garage, and was fueling the fire. Firefighters protected the surrounding exposures (buildings/cars) from damage until PSE&G could respond and cut power to the power line; firefighters were then able to extinguish the fire. There was heavy fire damage to the garage and contents. Units cleared the scene at 11:10pm. No injuries were reported.

 

S.O.F.I.A. Walk Against Domestic Violence Raises Funds and Awareness

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 8:41am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Some 250 attendees walked, danced, hugged and honored those affected by domestic violence at Canterbury Park in Montclair on Saturday, September 10. The annual event, organized by S.O.F.I.A., raised $15,000. There were 24 team including “Baskerville Moving Montclair 4-Ward” who pre-registered for the walk.

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Buzz Aldrin Lands In Montclair! Astronaut Honored With A Middle School In His Name (VIDEO)

BY  |  Friday, Sep 16, 2016 4:35pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Apollo 11 astronaut and Montclair native Buzz Aldrin at the ceremony of the renaming of Mount School in Montclair for him

Apollo 11 astronaut and Montclair native Buzz Aldrin at the ceremony of the renaming of Mount School in Montclair for him

It finally happened.  Mount Hebron Middle School was officially re-named for Apollo 11 astronaut and Montclair native Buzz Aldrin in a formal ceremony at the middle school’s front entrance on September 16.

Interim  School Superintendent Ronald Bolandi officiated at the ceremony, talking about how he had been up earlier in the morning and seeing the full moon in the sky, thinking to himself how he’d be in the the presence of the man who walked on the lunar surface.  He stressed the importance of Aldrin’s contributions to the country not just as an astronaut but as a serviceman and as a distinguished citizen.  Noting the many combat missions Aldrin flew in the Air Force during the Korean War, Superintendent Bolandi said that Aldrin protected our rights and our freedom.  It was later observed that one can see the full moon later tonight from behind the school, with the moon appearing to just touch the roof, as if giving its blessing to the name change.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the ceremony of the renaming of Mount Hebron Middle School for Buzz Aldrin.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the ceremony of the renaming of Mount Hebron Middle School for Buzz Aldrin.

Mayor Robert Jackson said that the moon landing back in 1969 gave him and his friends the idea that anything was possible.  “I always hear about the great people who live here and how lucky we are to have such a great citizenry,” he said to Aldrin, “and I couldn’t be more proud, sir, to say that you are one of us, and you represent us so well.”  The mayor said that Montclair residents were “incredibly grateful” to Aldrin for his achievements.  Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill, as co-chair of the Man On the Moon Committee, also spoke, saying that he hoped that the successful effort to re-name the school would inspire its students to go on and do great things.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, a Montclair resident.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, a Montclair resident.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, a Montclair resident, provided some comic relief in his remarks.  He talked about how he was looking for a commonality with Aldrin, even though his children are middle school students who live nearby and love math but in fact attended different middle schools.  Fishman also joked that the closest connection between office and the space program was overseeing proposed regulations for drones.   His remarks turned serious, however, when he noted that both he and Aldrin are public servants who give their talents for the benefit of the common good.

“It always sticks in my craw when people denigrate who government workers are and what they do,” Fishman said.  “But speaking for myself, there is one thing my public service is not – it is not dangerous.”  He went on to note the risks Aldrin took of his own free will not just in the space program but in joining the military and flying combat missions in Korea, and that policemen and firefighters choose to serve in similarly dangerous ways.  Fishman said that Aldrin has shown how “noble and gratifying” public service can be.

Buzz Aldrin addresses the dedication ceremony for the renaming of Mount Hebron Middle School in Montclair in his honor.

Buzz Aldrin addresses the dedication ceremony for the renaming of Mount Hebron Middle School in Montclair in his honor.

The man of the hour, Buzz Aldrin himself, spoke after receiving an American flag from the Annin flag company. The flag had flown over Omaha Beach on the seventieth anniversary of D-Day in 2014.  Aldrin recalled how Mount Hebron Middle School shaped his life by giving him a sense of maturity and awareness.  He admitted to having been a less-than-serious student at the start, but he said that Mount Hebron had given him a sense of purpose and prepared him for high school and that it inspired his ambitions to be an airplane pilot.  He recalled taking an English class in the eighth grade and being inspired by science fiction to write a term paper on the subject.

Robert Caggiano of the Annin Flag Company presents a flag that flew at Omaha Beach in France on the 70th anniversary of D-Day to Buzz Aldrin.

Robert Caggiano of the Annin Flag Company presents a flag that flew at Omaha Beach in France on the 70th anniversary of D-Day to Buzz Aldrin.

“Not very popular,” Aldrin admitted to appreciable laughter.  “But this school prepared me for a very dedicated, accelerated accomplishment at Montclair High, and I‘m so honored that this school was influential.  And now, you’re going to change the name of Mount Hebron.”   He said that he’s had schools named for him elsewhere, but he said that the honor of seeing Mount Hebron re-named for him was “particularly warming, because this is my hometown.”

The unveiling of the new Buzz Aldrin Middle School sign

The unveiling of the new Buzz Aldrin Middle School sign

“This town will continue to make the Buzz Aldrin Middle School the best school and make me proud, and I will do everything I can to help you,  he said to great applause.

Aldrin later met with reporters, saying that he hoped that students would be inspired to pursue space exploration and talking about his efforts to promote a program to inhabit Mars.  “That’s an awful lot to ask the nation’s leaders to do that and individuals to make such a dramatic commitment in their lives,” he said.  He added that the nation’s leaders can and should commit to two more decades beyond the moon landing’s fiftieth anniversary in 2019 to lead international efforts to the Mars colonization effort, hence he hoped for a Martian colony  settlement to be established before 2040.   He said he wasn’t concerned by the private-enterprise efforts to explore space, noting that the space shuttle program had been a poorly managed compromise and that the shuttle was not a safe craft and did not allow the crew to abort the shuttle in emergencies.  He was also dismayed that there was no adequate program to replace the shuttle for trips to the International Space Station upon the shuttle fleet’s retirement.

“It left us having to buy rides from the Russians, and of course the price kept going up and up and up,” he said.  “And still that‘s how we get to the space station.”  He added that people in the government failed to realize that there are much better things to do in space than just “bring a rock back.”

Buzz Aldrin salutes the crowd after the unveiling of the sign showing the new name of the former Mount Hebron Middle School as Montclair Interim  School Superintendent Ronald Bolandi stands alongside him.

Buzz Aldrin salutes the crowd after the unveiling of the sign showing the new name of the former Mount Hebron Middle School as Montclair Interim School Superintendent Ronald Bolandi stands alongside him.

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