Montclair Musicians Win Competition at Stone Pony, Earning A Spot as The Opening Act For Stone Pony Summer Stage

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Left to right: Jake Miller, Vanessa Milanese, Nick Van Leer, Nick Vallese

Left to right: Jake Miller, Vanessa Milanese, Nick Van Leer, Nick Vallese

Atomic Beauty, with Montclair’s Nick Van Leer on drums and Jake Miller on bass, won first place in the Stone Pony Rock To The Top competition on Sunday, April 24, beating out over 50 other bands.

“I feel super elated and surprised, it’s a good feeling,” says Van Leer, 21. “We worked very hard to make it happen.” Adds Miller: “It makes me feel really excited.”

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Montclair Crime: Attempted Burglary, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 12:05pm  |  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:


04-19-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. James Fitzgerald, 44yoa from Orange, was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($350) and Tinton Falls ($900)

04-19-2016 (Fairfield Street) Ms. Susan Vanzoreon, 60yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI

04-21-2016 (CVS, Valley Road) Ms. Asia Shemo, 28yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with shoplifting numerous personal hygiene items.

04-24-2016 (Elm Street) Mr. Richard Chinn, 26yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault. This arrest was the result of an investigation into an incident that occurred on 04-23-2016 on Claremont Avenue. During that incident, a 45yoa Montclair man was assaulted by Mr. Chinn, sustaining facial and head injuries. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

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Montclair Company Helped to Get Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 9:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Francesca Larson, owner of Montclair-based Mosaic Strategies Group, with Barbara Howard and Susan Ades Stone of Women on 20s.

Francesca Larson, partner at Mosaic Strategies Group, with Barbara Howard and Susan Ades Stone of Women on 20s.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that, for the first time in our country’s history, we will have a woman on our currency. Harriet Tubman, the African-American civil rights icon, was chosen as the new face of the $20 bill.  Montclair-based Mosaic Strategies Group helped make it happen through their work with their client Women on 20s, a non-profit, grassroots organization based in NYC which started a campaign to have a women put on the $20 bill.

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Montclair Planning Board: Lots of Talk About Seymour Street Arts District

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (21)

The Montclair Planning Board spent four hours and change going over the Seymour Street redevelopment plan.  Not a site plan or a specific design – just the basic outline.  But even after so much time on the basics, the board was left with more questions.  Chairman John Wynn proposed that the board members should communicate their questions and concerns to each other before deferring to Planning Director Janice Talley, but the board ultimately agreed with board attorney Arthur Neiss to forward their issues to Talley directly, so she can organize them and prepare for the board’s scheduled return to the Seymour Street project on May 23.

An artist's rendering of a new building on the site of the Montclair Social Security building along Bloomfield Avenue, just beyond the Wellmont Theater on the right.

An artist’s rendering of a new building on the site of the Montclair Social Security building along Bloomfield Avenue, just beyond the Wellmont Theater on the right.

In between, the board members heard a great deal of presentations from the planners and consultants involved so far, followed by a barrage of residents offering public comment.   Keenan Hughes of Priess Phillips Grygiel offered a fine tuning of the general outline, proposing  new arts space, apartments and retail space on the parcels of land currently occupied by the Seymour Street parking lot to the west and the STS tire salon and the parking lot behind it along South Willow Street to the east, along with new development on the site of the Social Security Administration building.  There would be parking garages  included in the buildings constructed on the Seymour Street lot and the property from STS to the paring lot along South Willow Street, with a proposed deck over the Midtown lot between Bloomfield and Glenridge Avenues.  Hughes said that 286 current parking spaces would be replaced, with at least 100 new ones gained.  The mixed-use development would feature 250 residential units, 30,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 extra square feet of arts-related space to complement the Wellmont Theater, and a cul-de-sac at a two-way Seymour Street just short of the street in front of the Wellmont, which would be converted in a 14,000-square-foot plaza. Continue Reading

Giveaway: See The Doors’ Robby Krieger with The Edgar Winter Band at Wellmont

Monday, Apr 25, 2016 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Catch Robby Krieger, the legendary guitarist from The Doors, with special guest The Edgar Winter Band this Wednesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. at the Wellmont Theater. Continue Reading

First Ward Councilor William Hurlock to Hold Community Meeting May 4

BY  |  Monday, Apr 25, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

bill-hurlock-smFirst Ward Councilor William Hurlock will host a community meeting Wednesday, May 4, 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Bellevue Avenue Branch of the Montclair Public Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair. Continue Reading

Free Trees! Montclair Environmental Commission to Host Tree Sapling Giveaway, April 30

BY  |  Friday, Apr 22, 2016 2:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Tree Sapling The Montclair Environmental Commission will be giving away free tree saplings to residents for planting in yards and gardens. The sapling give-away will take place Saturday, April 30 from 9 am to 12 noon on Parkway Road (north side of Edgemont Memorial Park), Montclair.

Saplings will be available on a first come, first served basis. Printed instructions on how to store, care for, and plant the saplings will help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind its full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant saplings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

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Councilor Sean Spiller, Maureen Edelson Debate Issues At League of Women Voters Forum

BY  |  Friday, Apr 22, 2016 6:49am  |  COMMENTS (60)

Incumbent Councilor Sean Spiller and challenger Maureen Edelson fielded more than 20 questions at a debate between the two candidates for Montclair’s Third Ward seat on the Township Council Thursday night. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the debate, held at the Hillside School cafeteria, attracted numerous community leaders, including Mayor Robert Jackson and the other members of the council, all of whom face no opposition on the ballot.   To avoid appearances of partisanship, the League of Women Voters has not sponsored forums for the unopposed candidates.

Edelson, a co-owner of Montclair Physical Therapy, which moved to Cedar Grove in 2014 after 20 years on South Park Street, said in her opening statement that her candidacy offered a clear choice between her belief in lower taxes and smaller government and Councilor Spiller’s philosophy of a more interventionist government and  higher government spending.  Councilor Spiller said he was proud of his record with the Montclair Council, having been instrumental in investing more in local infrastructure and in public safety — particularly the police department, in the interest of providing safer streets.

The candidates displayed their philosophical differences on the first issue by League of Women Voters moderator Michelle Bobrow,  the need for more businesses in Montclair Center.   Councilor Spiller cited the annual festivals, the restaurants, and the cultural venues that draw people and stressed the need for the township to support them.

At the Montclair Third Ward council debate, Sean Spiller listens to Maureen Edelson make a point . . .

At the Montclair Third Ward council debate, Sean Spiller listens to Maureen Edelson make a point . . .

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Black Bear Spotted In Verona, May Be Headed Toward Montclair

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 2:50pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Black Bear Spotted In Verona, May Be Headed Toward MontclairVerona Police Department sent out a Nixle alert today after a a black bear has been spotted in a wooded area behind Pilgrim Plaza on Pompton Avenue Thursday morning. The bear seemed to be moving in a southeasterly direction towards Montclair and West Orange, MyVeronaNJ reports.

Councilor Baskerville to be Honored by National Council of Negro Women

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Renee BaskervilleThe National Council of Negro Women, Inc. will honor Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville at the organization’s 42nd annual New Jersey Bethune/Height Recognition Luncheon on June 4. Dr. Baskerville will be presented with the “Salute to Outstanding Women in Industry.”

The National Bethune Recognition Program is an annual fundraising celebration sponsored in eighteen states by members of forty-two community-based sections of NCNW. The Bethune Recognition Program honors NCNW members and other individuals who support NCNW by giving $300 or more annually and who exemplify the legacy of Mrs. Bethune by making a positive difference in their communities. Those who give or raise funds are called Bethune Achievers. Continue Reading

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