Montclair PD to Launch Drug Drop Box Program

Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

prescription drugsThe Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit will launch its Drug Drop Box initiative on Friday, October 9 at 4 pm at Police Department Headquarters, 647 Bloomfield Avenue. The program allows residents to properly dispose of any old or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications by dropping them off at the box which is mounted in the lobby of Police Headquarters. The drop box program was organized in conjunction with the Essex County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT).

Research shows that 70% of individuals who abuse prescription and/or over-the-counter medication get access to them from the medicine cabinet or household of a friend or family member. Raising awareness about prescription and over-the-counter medication abuse and building a safe and healthy community are the key goals of this joint project.

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Community Forum on Montclair Senior Center Tonight

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 12:02pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Aging in MontclairThe establishment of a Senior Center in Montclair is one of the top concerns of older residents. Montclair needs a professionally staffed convenient local venue where seniors can obtain information and referrals for services, as well as a place to learn, meet, and socialize.

Aging in Montclair has organized this forum in order to present the findings of the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee’s year-long investigation of other local programs aimed at improving the quality of life for older adults. Learn what is going on regarding a Senior Center.

Community Forum on Montclair Senior Center
Thursday, October 8 from 7 – 9 pm
Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043



Truck Speeds Down Montclair’s Church Street Wrong Way, Crashes Into Building

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 3:10pm  |  COMMENTS (5)


Crash in Church Street in Montclair when a witness says a Fedex truck sped down Church Street in the wrong direction and crashed into Gallery 51, next door to Yalo & Me. No confirmed details yet, but we hear there were no injuries and that the brakes failed on the truck as it was coming down Church Street passing Starbucks. The driver swerved back and forth to try and slow down the truck and ran into the awnings to avoid hurting anyone.


Montclair Crime: Stolen License Plates, Theft, Vandalism

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


10-04-2015 – (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Evan Taylor, 35yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($750) and Bloomfield ($500)


09-30-2015 – (Hillside Avenue) Burglary to a garage.  Passenger vehicle license plates were taken.   No sign of forced entry.

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Montclair Council: Parking Meter Delays, Need For More Police and Affordable Housing

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council went through its second consecutive conference meeting on October 6, meeting once again with departments as the start of 2016 — a municipal election year —  draws closer.

Police Department

Police Chief David Sabagh addressed the council on staffing and equipment issues.  He said that the current staffing level for the police department is 109 but the current number is 106.  He said he hopes to bring in new hires to bring that back up to 109, but he also noted that special details such as the street crimes unit pull from patrolling levels, and the new scheduling for the officers has resulted in regularly scheduled overtime; more officers, Chief Sabagh said, would get more officers on the street.  The overtime tends to be more for patrols than for supervisors.

Chief Sabagh also addressed the need to hire more local officers who know Montclair, which mayor Robert Jackson hoped to see more of.  With only 13 officers who are Montclair residents, the chief agreed that getting more local officers would be a big help, especially for the community policing efforts.  He said that Sergeant Tyrone Williams and Detective Kim Nelson have been diligent in recruiting by reaching out to young adults and high school seniors to get them to consider a law enforcement career.  He also noted that there was a testing system to recruit more local officers, with exams given to state, county, and local residents on a three-tiered basis depending on residences, but the need for greater diversity resulted in a system of hiring interviews and board reviews that skewed against more local hiring. Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville suggested there might be a way to combine the two methods of hiring to place more considerations on local hires,  and Township Attorney Ira Karasick suggested consulting the labor councils to see if there’s any flexibility on the matter.

Chief Sabagh also expressed interest in acquiring more Segway-style T3 vehicles  to allow police officers to patrol their beats more easily than on foot but still be open and out in the community without having to rely on cars.  He said that the one scooter the police department piques the interest of local residents and helps bring the police closer to the residents.  “They really love it,” the Chief said of his officers.

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Jorge Aguirre Returns With ‘Goldie & Bear’

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

rp_JorgeAguirre.jpgMontclair’s resident kid-toon guru Jorge Aguirre is back with a new animated project that your kids will want to watch: “Goldie & Bear,” which imagines that after Goldilocks was finished messing up Baby Bear’s porridge, chair and bed, the two characters became best friends and set out on adventures together in Fairy Tale Forest.

“As a writer, I’ve always enjoyed taking archetypes and putting a twist on them,” says Aguirre, who has taken a similar approach in the past with his “Giants Beware!” and “Dragons Beware!” books. “Given Disney’s long relationship with the retelling of fairytales, it was a perfect fit.” The new series is part of the Mouse House’s collection of Disney Junior shows that run on TV and online.

Actually, make that online and then on TV. “Goldie & Bear” premiered in September on Disney’s streaming-video app, with episodes going online two months ahead of airing on TV. (The series will be on the Disney Junior channel in November.)

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Montclair PD Invites You to Have Coffee With a Cop

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Coffee With a CopThe Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit (CSU) continues its highly-successful “Coffee With A Cop” program with another event on Friday, October 9, 9:30 am at Trend Coffee and Tea House (411 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair).

The “Coffee With A Cop” program strives to form partnerships with all Montclair residents and businesses. All too often the community only interacts with police in times of crisis. In an effort to foster positive relationships with the police, the Montclair Police Department is proud to continue “Coffee With A Cop.”

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Joe Walsh Rocks MHS at Benefit Concert Saturday

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Joe Walsh delivered on his promise to help Montclair High School at a benefit concert in the school’s auditorium Saturday night, receiving standing ovations for hits such as “Life’s Been Good” and “Rocky Mountain Way.”

His 90-minute set included songs from his solo albums as well as his stints with the James Gang, Barnstorm and the Eagles. The crowd was made up of folks who looked to be in their fifties or older—as well as high school aged fans up in the balcony. Continue Reading

Montclair Planning Board Considers New Restaurant, Mixed-Use Complex, Three New Elm Street Houses

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


The  buildings, an office/retail building (left) and a contemporary residence, in the mixed-use project proposed at the corner of Forest and Walnut Streets in Montclair

The buildings, an office/retail building (left) and a contemporary residence, in the mixed-use project proposed at the corner of Forest and Walnut Streets in Montclair

The Montclair Planning Board spent a good deal of its October 5 meeting reviewing a planned mixed-use complex for the northeast corner of Forest and Walnut Streets that was, well, complex.

A couple from the Towaco section of Montville Township in Morris County is seeking to demolish the vacant automobile service station adjacent to the corner and build two structures, one for personal office space and a store front and the other to live in.  Psychotherapist Michelle Bauer and her husband, Neal Beeber, who own and rent the two-family Victorian house at 91 Forest Street around the corner, are interested in building a two-story building that would house a small store on the first floor and Dr. Bauer’s office on the second, located next to a three-story contemporary house, for their new residence.

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MAM Hosts Landmark Event To Announce The Vance Wall Art Education Center

BY  |  Monday, Oct 05, 2015 12:05pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair Art Museum celebrated its future this past Wednesday with a landmark event officially introducing the Vance Wall Art Education Center at MAM, establishing the footing for enhanced educational outreach and accessible programs for people of all ages.

MAM director Lora Urbanelli. Photo: Andy Foster

MAM director Lora Urbanelli.

Speaking of the generous $5 million gift from Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, MAM Director Lora Urbanelli said it would enable the new Education Center to “make the creative process accessible, desirable and deliverable to our children, students, seniors and everyone in between.” She added, “as schools focus more effort on standards and teaching to the test, many have marginalized or eliminated class trips that stimulate creativity. For adults, the arts can bring fulfillment at any age, including populations that struggle with dementia.” Continue Reading

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