Women’s March On Washington – Montclair Edition (Developing)

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 7:36am  |  COMMENTS (1)

This is a developing story. Check back through the day for updates.

1:30 pm ET – Washington, DC.
Montclair protesters joined hundreds of thousands of women this morning near the National Mall.

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The vast scene was a sea of pink hats and banners — many boasting they were “nasty women” — infused with excitement and anger as they listened to an array of public figures advocating for women’s rights.

Among the speakers was actress Ashley Judd, who recited a poem by Nina Donovan, a 19-year-old from Tennessee, that began with “I am a nasty woman …”

The poem, which drew loud cheers, went on to excoriate the new president, his administration with lines like, “I’m not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag” and “I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee.”

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Director Michael Moore told the jam-packed crowd they had to take over the Democratic Party. “We need new young leaders. We need new women leaders. We need new leaders of color.”

Referring to people who believe Donald Trump won’t be in office for his full term, Moore joked,” You have a job to do for the next … let’s just say months. You have to call your Congressional representatives ever single day.”

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Other speakers included Gloria Steinem and Cecile Richard, the head of Planned Parenthood.

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2:50 a.m.: In the predawn hours Saturday, less than 24 hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump, hundreds of local residents boarded a line of chartered buses in front of Montclair High School. The six buses were bound for The Women’s March on Washington, a massive national rally expected to draw crowds five times larger than the inauguration itself.

Women's March On Washington - Montclair Edition (Developing)

Though the morning was still pitch-black, the buses’ headlights illuminated the marchers, some of whom carried signs displaying hopeful and angry sentiments: “I could be at home but you give me no choice” — “No Room for Hate Here” — “Rebellions are Built on Hope.”

Montclair resident Constance Harding was there with two friends, Mallory and John, also of Montclair. “I’m here to support women’s rights and to protest sexual assault,” she said. “I’m a 3-time sexual assault survivor. I’m here to kick some ass.”
Harding, like many of the other women in line, wore a “pussy hat” — a pink knitted hat with cat ears — in reference to Trump’s comments on Access Hollywood about “grabbing women by the pussy.”. Continue Reading

Members of NJ11th for Change Visit Congressman Frelinghuysen’s Office to Oppose the Repeal of ACA

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 10:17am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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(Photo courtesy Bill Lescohier for Morristown Green)

Constituents in New Jersey’s 11th congressional district — which in Essex County includes parts of Montclair, Bloomfield, and West Orange, as well as Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell — visited Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen‘s Morristown District Office on January 13 to show their opposition of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Congressman Frelinghuysen says he supports repealing Obamacare when his Republican colleagues come up with a replacement plan, as well as saying he thinks President-elect Trump will do a good job as commander-in-chief, reports MyVeronaNJ.com.

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Don’t Miss Montclair High School Crew Team ERGATHON, 1/22

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair High School Crew Team will host its annual Ergathon on Sunday, January 22nd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., in the MHS main gym on Midland Avenue.

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In the midst of their tough winter training on the ergs (rowing machines), the team reserves this half-day for racing and raising funds for equipment.

The Ergathon features a silent auction and basket raffle with items range from a 3-day Hamptons yachting excursion for six people (including captain, docking, and use of jet ski), to diamond earrings, spa packages, training packages, designer scarves and accessories, Giants tickets, Alvin Ailey Dance tickets, and much more. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Burglaries, Theft, Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (26)

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

Arrest:

01-09-2017 (New Street) Mr. Eric Buie, 45yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants out of Middletown ($1000.00), Atlantic Highlands ($600.00). Keansburg ($170.00)

01-11-2017 (North Willow Street) Mr. Sonny Cash, 34yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of CDS following an altercation in the street.

01-15-2017 (Park Street) Mr. Erik Robbs, 49yoa from Montclair, was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Newark ($1000), Watchung ($500)

01-12-2017 (Exxon Gas, Bloomfield Avenue) On 12-16-2016, a physical altercation occurred inside the store between two adult males. One subject in this fight brandished a box-cutter, resulting in the other party sustaining a cut to the shin. The victim was treated for his injury. Through investigation, Mr. Sonny Cash, 34yoa from Montclair, was charged with Aggravated Assault and Weapon Possession.

01-13-2017 (Valley Road) Ms. Jacquelin Richards, 34yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction, and Resisting Arrest, following a dispute.

01-14-2017 (Urban Outfitters, S. Park Street) Ms. Jessica Spence, 34yoa from East Orange, was arrested and charged with Shoplifting for stealing a jacket from the store.
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POLL: Should Hillside School Be Renamed For President Barack Obama?

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 9:02am  |  COMMENTS (9)

POLL: Should Hillside School Be Renamed For President Barack Obama?

During the Montclair Board of Education meeting this week, Alexis Dickerson proposed naming Montclair’s Hillside School for President Barack Obama. Earlier this year, Mount Hebron Middle School was renamed for Montclair’s own astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Vote in our poll and tell us what you think in comments. Continue Reading

Books For Bucks To Support Montclair Project Graduation

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Starting this Saturday and for three Saturdays total, you can donate books to support Montclair High School Project Graduation 2017. Then, on Saturday, February 4, come back to buy books. All proceeds go to Project Graduation, a safe celebration for the class of 2017.

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Learn Some Montclair History Tonight at the Montclair’s Women’s Club

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 10:42am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Liz Lynch, professional genealogist, writer, Jeopardy champion, and Montclair Women’s Club archivist will share a bit of history tonight at the Montclair’s Women’s Club (82 Union Street, Montclair) at 7 pm.

Learn who the first club president was, what was the “Quest” magazine, and what montclair was like back in the day. The program is free for members, $5 for guests.

 

 

Montclair Council: Red Cross To Sell Park Street Office, Siena PILOT Ordinance

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

The Montclair Township Council got off to a slow, quiet start for 2017 in its January 10 conference meeting.  Five resolutions, which included the passage for the temporary 2017 budget, a purchase of anti-virus software for the township, and an application for a certified local grant from the New Jersey Historic Preservation funds, passed unanimously.

The one ordinance voted on, a first-reading measure amending the 2008 financial agreement for the Siena condominium apartment building, prompted resident Sandy Sorkin to ask for an explanation of it in public comment.  Mayor Robert Jackson deferred to Township Attorney Ira Karasick, who explained it once the ordinance came up for a vote. Continue Reading

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

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 1:09pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Arrest:

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

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)

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 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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