Showing Love to the Montclair Public Library: My First Chapter

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Public LibraryThis essay is the second in the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s third annual “My First Chapter” series. These essays are in support of the Montclair Public Library. This installment, which first appeared in the Montclair Times and is reprinted here with permission, is from resident James Johnson, a lawyer, who was born in Montclair and received his first Montclair Public library card in 1968:

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Montclair’s Marathon Man Runs Again — Help Him Raise Funds For Library

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

 Dr. Ed Gold

Montclair orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold won’t stop running. For the past few years he has run marathons and raised thousands of dollars to support the Montclair Public Library.

On Sunday October 12, Dr. Gold completed the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon (his third marathon).

“It was an absolutely beautiful day and perfect for a marathon. Keeping the library and all of my supporters through the years in my thoughts helped me cross the finish line and even qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hrs 29 min and 18 seconds,” says Gold.

This Sunday, November 23, Dr. Gold will be running the Philadelphia Marathon continuing to raise money for MPL.

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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Approves One Façade Improvement and Rejects Another

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (19)

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens.  The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens. The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

One change to an historic façade was recommended by the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), and another change to another façade was not, at the HPC’s meeting on November 20. Dick Grabowsky, whose plans to replace windows and redo the Bloomfield Avenue frontage of the Hinck Building for a prospective restaurant were originally brought up in October, returned with revised drawings of his plans, which were amended to include the second floor in the renderings. The plans, which would replace the windows in the three arched bays to the left of the Claridge Theater entrance  with six opening window panels for each bay and provide an entrance in the easternmost bay, were submitted by Rachael Grochowski and Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design.

Torris said that the firm looked at an alternative to keep the look of the affected frontage consistent with the rest of the building. She explained that a three-window-panel setup for each bay, with each individual window four feet wide, was considered, but that each window panel would have to have running posts in between to support the weight and would produce difficulty in looking out. No other alternatives seemed feasible to meet the prospective restaurant tenant’s requirements.

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Montclair Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Arrests, Vandalism

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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:

Arrests

On 11-08-2014 at 1440Hrs, Ms. Charade Jenkins (50yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest for shoplifting from Pathmark. Security had observed Ms. Jenkins placing laundry detergent in a book bag, and walking out of the supermarket. Ms. Jenkins was also found to have an outstanding $1,500 warrant out of town. Her bail was set at $2,500 cash.

On 11-08-2014, Officers responded to Central Avenue on a report of a physical altercation in the street. When officers arrived, they observed a group of males standing around two other males, who were actively fighting. The two subjects who were fighting, Elijah Williams (19yoa from Montclair) and a 17yoa juvenile, were placed under arrest. These subjects were charged with disorderly conduct.

On 11-10-2014 at 2106Hrs, an Officer operating a marked patrol unit was driving north on Elm Street, when a vehicle approached from behind, passed the Officer in the oncoming lane of traffic, and proceeded northbound. The Officer stopped this vehicle, a 2000 Ford Focus, at Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street. The vehicle operator, Mr. Wilson Chery (32yoa from Montclair) was operating a vehicle, knowing it to have no brakes. He was also found to have open warrants out of East Orange totaling $900. He was placed under arrest for these warrants. His vehicle was towed for being unsafe.

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Montclair Environmental Commission Holds First Streetscape Design Review Hearing

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design.  Image courtesy of Google.

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design. Image courtesy of Google.

Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz opened debate on reviewing streetscape policies on November 19 with a hearing attended by residents involved with local planning, design and business issues. Schwartz, who the Environmental Commission’s representative on the Planning Board, said that he wanted the subcommittee to come up with a series of recommendations for improving streets in both residential and commercial districts and work with the township in a collaborative process with township staff, the Mayor and Council, and the Planning Board.

Schwartz explained that the main objective was to take a multifaceted look at facts and deliverables regarding the various components in a streetscape, such as sidewalks and shade trees, and come up with recommendations for what is best for Montclair from an aesthetic and economic standpoint. Sustainability and function are also important factors in determining how a street works for everyone, from homeowners and pedestrians to businesses and motorists.

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Councilor Spiller to Host Montclair Third Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sean SpillerThird Ward Councilor Sean Spiller will hold a community meeting on Monday, November 24, from 7:30 - 9 pm at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue.

The meeting is open to everyone and will focus on current issues and concerns of the Montclair community.

For more information, contact Councilor Spiller at sean@seanspiller.com.

 

 

 

Fresh Direct Wants a Click & Collect in Montclair (Update)

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (16)

Fresh Direct

Fresh Direct’s rendering of a Click & Collect on Willard Place in Montclair

UPDATE: The Zoning Board meeting has been postponed until the next meeting, which is December 17.

Fresh Direct, the online grocery delivery service, wants to open a Click & Collect in Montclair. They will present at the Board of Adjustment meeting tonight, Wednesday, November 19 beginning at 7:30 pm at 205 Claremont Avenue.

Fresh Direct is seeking a change in zoning for 9 Willard Place, which is currently a zoned residential. Their presentation began at an October meeting and continues tonight.

A Click & Collect will allow shoppers to order online and then pick up their groceries instead of waiting at home for a delivery. Shoppers drive up, stay in their cars, while their groceries are loaded into their trunks.

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Montclair’s 2nd Coffee With a Cop Event This Friday

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 7:03am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Coffee With a CopMontclair’s 2nd “Coffee with a Cop” event will take place this Friday, November 21, at Andersons 1949 (39 Glenridge Avenue) between 8 am – 10 am.

In an effort to foster positive relationships with the police, the Montclair Police Department has started a “Coffee With A Cop” program. The idea behind “Coffee With A Cop” is to afford the public an opportunity to meet and speak with their local law enforcement professionals in an open and friendly atmosphere, just like your shop!

The program is already being successfully conducted by over 175 different police agencies in 36 different states. The public gets to have their questions answered or even just say hello and meet the person that wears the uniform, all over a delicious cup of coffee!

 

 

Montclair Councilor Baskerville to Host Fourth Ward Community Meeting, Nov 25

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Councilor Baskerville To Serve as Panelist at Ready to Run ConferenceFourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting Tuesday, November 25, at 7 pm in Montclair Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street. The meeting will provide residents and business owners an opportunity to engage in discussions on several important issues such as the Master Plan Unified Land Use and Circulation Element. A number of residents requested particular attention be paid to the Walnut Street Train Station area, as well as circulation, traffic and safety in and around Grove, Walnut and Oxford streets, among other topics.

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Montclair Township Continues Water Deficit Discussions

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Environmental Commission member and former Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried  addresses the Township Council on the water deficit issue.

Montclair Environmental Commission member and former Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried addresses the Township Council on the water deficit issue.

Water was the issue at last night’s Montclair Township Council’s November 17 meeting. The public meeting lasted only about an hour, with numerous ordinances (first and second reading) and resolutions being passed unanimously, but the public comment was dominated by how Montclair should make up its water deficit. Water Bureau Director Gary Obszarny discussed options for addressing it at the council’s November 10 conference meeting. The Montclair Times reported that Obszarny told Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors that their options included leasing water from Kearny or from the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission’s (NJDWSC) from the Wanaque South Reservoir, the latter option at a cost of $463,404, or make a permanent deal with the NJDWSC to purchase the water at $402,960 annually, with a one-time but-in fee at almost $1 million.

This time, at the regular meeting, which was plagued by technical difficulties in broadcasting it on TV34,  Obszarny was scheduled to go through it in greater detail, which he did — in closed session despite its inclusion in the agenda. Mayor Jackson explained that executive session was required because it involved issues pertaining to negotiating a potential contract with whomever might supply the additional water. After an hour-long executive session, the council decided to consider the matter further, with more information from Obszarny forthcoming.

While the council will continue to deliberate, members of the public offered their input, almost entirely on the Nishuane Well. Former Mayor Jerry Fried, a member of the Montclair Environmental Commission (MEC), said that the commission supported developing the well because it would allow Montclair to use its own water resource rather than depend on an outside source.

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I think it's great to have another convenient option in the neighborhood. I wonder what size trucks will be going down this partly residential street and how often? It is a moderately quiet street, and will see at least a little more traffic. At least it's certainly prettier than what is there now!

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