Montclair Crime: Hit and Run, Lewdness, iPhone Snatched

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 3:20pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

The week in crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department


On 4/13/2014 at approx. 1407Hrs, a motorist witnessed a hit and run accident at Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street. Motorist followed hit and run vehicle into Glenridge while notifying police. Glenridge Officers stopped 49 year old Glenridge resident Patrick Dignan who was detained for Montclair Police arrival. Montclair Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests and placed Mr. Dignan under arrest. Dignan was charged with DWI in a school zone. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to possess liability insurance.

On 4/14/2014 at approx. 1638Hrs, motorist Beverly McDowell of West Orange was stopped for having a suspended registration. Ms. McDowell was discovered to have outstanding warrants out of Irvington and East Orange totaling $970. She was arrested and held on these warrants.

On 4/20/2014 at approx. 0230Hrs, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Bloomfield Avenue. The operator of this vehicle, Tyron Smith of Maplewood, initially provided Officers with false pedigree information. Once his true identity was discovered, he was found to have an outstanding warrant for $1000 out of Irvington. He was arrested on this warrant and also charged with Hindering Apprehension for providing false information to Officers.

On 4/18/2014 at approx. 1705Hrs, Ruben Gonzalez, a 28 year old from Newark, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Persons and Lewdness. He was found by Officers in the area of Park Street and Chestnut Street, intoxicated and yelling profanities at passing motorists and pedestrians. Mr. Gonzalez’s was observed by witnesses with his pants down around his ankles exposing his genitals. Mr. Gonzalez was also found to have an outstanding No Bail warrant out of Essex County Sheriffs. Continue Reading

Montclair Hotel: Big Reveal Coming Soon

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (23)

Montclair will have a luxury hotel -- again.

Montclair will have a luxury hotel — again.

Brian Stolar of Montclair Acquisition Partners, won’t say which one, but tells Baristanet that Montclair will be getting the “luxury brand of one of the major international hotel companies.”

However, while we all guess who is coming to town — Stolar says it’s not IHG, parent company of the Intercontinental Hotel — here’s some more scoop from a chat with Stolar last night.

Stolar will be an owner of the hotel, as a franchisee, partnering with a major real estate investment company from New Jersey. Continue Reading

R.I.P. Patsy “Coach” Quarto

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

patsy quartoPatsy Quarto, beloved Mountie Football coach, longtime Montclair public schools physical education teacher, as well as an MHS golf coach, passed away on Saturday due to heart complications. Known as Coach Q, he was a great teacher and role model to his players and students. Funeral will be held on Saturday, April 26th, 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Church. Continue Reading

Architectural Walking Tours of Montclair’s Historic Town Center and Upper Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 4:16pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Photo: Montclair Historical Society

Photo: Montclair Historical Society

The first weekend in May offers two chances to explore Montclair history by foot.

Discover a building in Upper Montclair that displays the words of a 17th-century mathematician chiseled in stone and a parking lot designed by the Olmsteds on a two and half hour walking tour of the historic Upper Montclair Business District. The tour will chronicle the development of the area from rural settlement in the 1880s to burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s.

Reservations required. $5 suggested donation. Saturday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. (Raindate, Sunday, May 4, one hour later, at 11:30 a.m.) Meet at the Upper Montclair Train Station south porch, 275 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair. Sponsored by the Montclair Historical Society & Friends of Anderson Park. Reservations: (973) 744-1796; raindate confirmation or day-of-event queries: (973) 495-9589.

Then, on Sunday, May 4, The Montclair Township Historic Preservation Commission, in association with the Montclair Historical Society and the Montclair Center Business Improvement District, is hosting a free architectural walking tour of Montclair’s historic Town Center. The tour will be held Sunday, May 4, from 1 – 3 p.m. (meet at the corner of Church Street and Bloomfield Avenue). Continue Reading

RIP Sharmain Jenkins

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 2:56pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

SharmainReaders may remember the April 11, 2014 story about Montclair State University sophmore Sharmain Jenkins, 20, who was struck with Guillaine-Barré syndrome, a rare illness in which a person’s immune system attacks its nerves.

Montclair State University spokesperson Suzanne M. Bronski just contacted Baristanet with the news that Sharmain passed away on Friday, April 18:

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Ken Doctor, Eric Newton and Jeff Jarvis To Speak At MSU Media Conference

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Speakers from BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Boston Globe will be Montclair State University for the Center for Cooperative Media’s first-ever annual conference, “Innovating the Local News Ecosystem,” April 24 & 25. Continue Reading

Nishuane Well, Afterglow Way Paving Dominate Montclair 3rd Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (28)

rp_Spiller-4-16-14-800x600-350x262.jpgMontclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller held a community meeting ion April 16 at the Montclair Inn on Hillside Avenue, during which he fielded questions on a  variety of issues.  Ongoing issues that got special attention included the Nishuane Well  and the proposed energy aggregation, along with continued concern over the Afterglow Way paving controversy.

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RIP Rosemary Leone

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Rosemary LeoneRosemary Leone,  founder of Leone’s Restaurant in Montclair, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Leone was born and raised in Newark, N.J., before moving to Bloomfield 30 years ago. Leone was best known for her Montclair restaurants, Mexicali Rose and Leone’s with her son. We got to see Leone’s personality on an episode of Kitchen Nightmare’s with Gordon Ramsey in 2011.


Baristanet offers its heartfelt condolences to the Leone family and loved ones.


Sometimes it Snows in April

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 7:54am  |  COMMENTS (5)

snow in april

A beautiful spring snowy morning. You know what they say — April snow showers bring frozen May flowers — or something like that.

(Photo: Robyn Myhr)



Upper Montclair Got A Lift From First Ward Clean-Up Day

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 7:41pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Montclair's First Ward Councilor along with volunteers, including many Montclair State Students,  participated in the First Ward Clean Up Day.

Montclair’s First Ward Councilor along with volunteers, including many Montclair State Students, participated in the First Ward Clean Up Day. Photo: Montclair State University

Upper Montclair got a lift this past Saturday, with over 170 volunteers filling 200 lawn and trash bags with a wide variety of, well, trash, including a hub cap scored at the Montclair Heights Train Station. They also painted and repaired park benches, spread mulch in Yantacaw Brook Park, and weeded the grounds of the Mount Hebron School.

“I am extremely pleased with the level of turnout and participation,” said 1st Ward Councilman Bill Hurlock, founder of the 1st Ward Cleanup Day. Continue Reading

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