MAM Announces the Vance Wall Education Center and its New Director

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The Montclair Art Museum is reorganizing its education and art school programs, bringing them all under the umbrella of the newly named Vance Wall Art Education Center. The center—made possible by a generous donation by the Vance Wall Foundation—will enable a strategic and ambitious expansion of MAM’s educational profile in the region. Leah Fox has been appointed MAM’s first director of the Vance Wall Art Education Center.

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Montclair Mom’s Memoir Explores Old School Parenting

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Ylonda Gault CavinessYlonda Gault Caviness had no intention of writing a memoir. But four years ago, the Montclair mom of three took part in a Montclair Pitchapalooza event on something of a whim and, to her surprise, won.

The pitch was about her mother and her mother’s old school child-raising values, and the Pitchapalooza organizer, Arielle Eckstut, suggested Caviness turn the idea into a memoir. Caviness, a journalist who has written for iVillage, Essence, Redbook and Parenting, thought, no way.

“I write about other people,” she said. “I’m an objective observer.”

But Caviness thought more about it, mulling over the idea for about a year, trying to figure out how to take a part of her life that was private and turn it into a public document without dishonoring the people who raised her.

The result was Child, Please, a glimpse into her life as a mom and parenting editor “living in a fancy suburb” and an exploration of her stormy relationship with her “straight-no-chaser mama.” The book has already received heaps of praise – including a mention on the New York Times Motherlode blog – for its honesty and wit, and for the lessons about life and childrearing that helped shape Caviness into the person – and mother – she became.

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Montclair Councilor Spiller’s Third Ward Community Meeting Addresses Policing, Development

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (50)

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller makes a point at his April 22 community meeting at the Montclair Inn

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller makes a point at his April 22 community meeting at the Montclair Inn

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller returned to the Montclair Inn for a community meeting on April 22, a year after holding a community meeting at the same location.  The small size of the meeting room did not deter local residents from attending the 90-minute event.

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Five Police Probationary Officers Sworn In at Montclair Police Department

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Officers Corey Graves, Steven Mateo, Shawn McMackin, Brian Klukowicz and David Osborne, Jr. were sworn in on Monday as Montclair Police Department probationary officers by Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat in township Council Chambers.

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Car Crashed into Cars Delivery in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 7:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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For the second time in one week, a car crashed into a storefront window in Montclair. This time it was at Cars Delivery, located at 150 Valley Road. At approximately 12:30 am on Tuesday, a car crashed through the front window of the store. No injuries have been reported.

On its Facebook page, Cars Delivery posted the photo and said, “Our food is so good, it will drive you right through the door! Fortunately, no one was hurt and the Montclair location is still open!”

 

 

NJ Transit Proposing Service Cuts and Fare Hikes

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 6:55pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

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Brace yourself for more transit changes and charges. New Jersey Transit (NJT) announced on Monday proposed service changes and fare hikes, averaging about nine percent, to take effect in September and October 2015.

NJT will hold nine scheduled public hearings and one information session beginning Saturday, May 16 to allow the public the opportunity to learn more about the proposed fare increases and service changes and offer comments before the plan is considered by the Board of Directors on July 8, 2015.

If approved, cuts would eliminate the last train on the Montclair Boonton Line (last departure from Hoboken), according to North Jersey.com.

More information on this service change will be available at the May 19 hearing, 5:30-8:30 p.m., in Secaucus (Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction, County Road and County Avenue) and the May 20 hearing, 5:30-8:30 p.m., in Newark (NJ Transit headquarters boardroom, One Penn Plaza). Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Shoplifting, Theft, Graffiti

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 21, 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:

Arrest:

04-15-2015 – (1 Lackawanna Plaza, Pathmark Supermarket) Mr. Jamison Evans, 45yoa from Newark, was arrested for shoplifting $144.93 of baby formula.

04-15-2015 – (470 Bloomfield Ave, Anthropologie) Ms. Nuria Perez, 23yoa from Newark, was arrested for shoplifting $340 in clothing items.

04-17-2015 – (Windsor Place) Mr. Dorian Dewees, 44yoa from West Virginia, was arrested for open warrants out of Fort Lee and West Orange, totaling $1055.

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Car Backs Into Montclair Toy Store, Injures Girl Scout (Updated)

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 12:22pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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UPDATE: Baristanet has learned that the scout is expected to be released from the hospital today (April 19) with lacerations, some stitches, but no major injuries or broken bones.

A woman trying to parallel park on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair jumped the curb and backed into Just Kidding Around, injuring a young girl who was outside selling Girl Scout cookies.

Witnesses told Baristanet that the driver appeared to hit the gas instead of the brake, causing the car to jump the curb and back into the store, pinning the girl against the glass window.

The girl, who appeared to have bleeding from lacerations but was conscious, was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

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Photos: James Fitzhenry

Montclair 2015 Budget Proposes Municipal Tax Levy Increase of Less Than 1 Percent

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Bob Beinecke presents the 2015 Montclair Township budget at the April 14 Montclair Township Council meeting.

Bob Beinecke presents the 2015 Montclair Township budget at the April 14 Montclair Township Council meeting.

The Montclair Township Council introduced the 2015 municipal budget at its April 14 meeting.  In contrast to the sweeping presentations given by former Township Manager Marc Dashield, the 2015 budget introduction, given by financial advisor Bob Beinecke on behalf of Acting Township Manger Tim Stafford and Mayor Robert Jackson, was shorter and very much to the point.

Beinecke announced a spending plan of $79,996,438, a 2.3 percent increase from 2014, with the biggest portion of the increase — $600,000 — going toward snow removal for the coming winter.  The increases in the budget would be financed from $617,000 in surplus funds  generated in 2014 in addition to $2,408,946 in surplus as anticipated revenue, for a total surplus revenue figure of $3,025,000.  Beinecke recommended that this $3,025,000 be used to support the budget for 2015.

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Montclair Crime: Several Thefts, an Arrest, and Graffiti Vandalism

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 1:30pm  |  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:

Arrest:

04-11-2015 – (Mission Street) Mr. James Reynolds was arrested for an open warrant out of East Orange totaling $1000.

Burglary:

04-09-2015 – (Bloomfield Avenue) Burglary to a commercial building. A glass door was smashed to gain access to office space. $75 in cash was taken.

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