Open Thread: Garbage Can Round Up, Springsteen Likes Christie (Really), Vultures and More

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Sure we can talk about all the other horrible things going on in the world right now, but if you’re feeling like I am, a little break from bad news is needed. So here are some light topics to discuss:

1) Montclair resident Peter Kaplan sent in this photo of what he called, “Mass pickup this morning of the illegals.” Did your over 35 gallon size garbage can join the others in the round up?

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Strange Sightings: Waving Hi in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 3:24pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

pick upOutdoors yesterday, a wave from a baby on a pick-up truck on Grove Street near Walnut (yes, the driver actually pulls a string to make the baby’s arm wave.) Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Police Make Arrest in Gunpoint Robberies, More Reports of Fraud Crime

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 3:10pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Montclair Police Make Arrest in Gunpoint RobberiesMontclair Police made an arrest in connection with two incidents of robbery by gunpoint Sunday night. At approximately 0200Hrs, Montclair Police along with East Orange Police located a subject matching the description given by the two victims. This suspect, Almid K. Edwards, 19, East Orange turned over an iPhone 5, which was determined to be proceeds from the Lackawanna Plaza robbery. Edwards was placed under arrest by East Orange Police and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, for having this stolen iPhone in his possession in their jurisdiction. Following an investigation, Montclair Police were able to positively identify Mr. Edwards as being the actor in these two robberies.

On 08-18-2014 at 1445Hrs, Montclair Police Department took custody of Edwards, charging him with: 2 Counts Robbery, 2 Counts Weapon Possession, 2 Counts Weapon Possession For Unlawful Purpose, 1 Count Aggravated Assault. Edwards is being held on $75,000 bail. Continue Reading

UPDATE: Two Incidents Of Robbery By Gunpoint in Montclair Last Night

BY  |  Monday, Aug 18, 2014 12:33pm  |  COMMENTS (33)

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UPDATE – Police Make Arrest in Gunpoint Robberies:

Montclair Police along with East Orange Police located a subject matching the description given by the two victims. This suspect, Almid K. Edwards (19yoa from East Orange) turned over an iPhone 5, which was determined to be proceeds from the Lackawanna Plaza robbery. Mr. Edwards was placed under arrest by East Orange Police and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, for having this stolen iPhone in his possession in their jurisdiction. Through investigative efforts, the Montclair Police Department was able to positively identify Mr. Edwards as being the actor in these two robberies. On 08-18-2014 at 1445Hrs, Montclair Police Department took custody of Mr. Edwards, charging him with: 2 Counts Robbery, 2 Counts Weapon Possession, 2 Counts Weapon Possession For Unlawful Purpose, 1 Count Aggravated Assault. Mr. Edwards is being held on $75,000 bail.

A 22-year-old Newark man was robbed at gunpoint last night, around 10:30 p.m., at Lackawanna Plaza. The suspect, described as a black male in his 20s, 5’9, thin build, with short black hair, approached the victim with a black cloth covering the lower half of his face. The suspect was brandishing a silver colored handgun. The suspect demanded the victim’s money and cell phone. The victim turned over his iPhone 5 in a blue case. The suspect then fled eastbound on foot, according to Lt. David O’Dowd, Detective Bureau Commander. Continue Reading

Beautiful, Musical Day at Montclair Jazz Festival 2014

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 11:12am  |  COMMENTS (0)

IMG_9514Montclair’s Nishuane Park was the place to be yesterday, as gorgeous weather and incredible jazz came together at the Montclair Jazz Festival 2014.

An appreciative crowd grew as the day went on and were treated to amazing performances from young talented musicians from Jazz House Kids, and headliners including an insane set from John Scofield with Christian McBride and later, Chuchito Valdes, who closed the show and had the crowd cheering and dancing.

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Baristanet was proud to be a media sponsor for the Montclair Jazz Festival and we loved meeting old readers and making new ones at our booth, and handing out our Baristanet frisbees and beach balls. Check out photos throughout the day in our Montclair Jazz Festival slide show below and visit Barista Kids to see all the young jazz fans.

Photos: Arthur Kobin

S. Epatha Merkerson looks on as Jazz House Kids founder Melissa Walker singing Nina Simone with Oscar Perez on keys.

S. Epatha Merkerson looks on as Jazz House Kids founder Melissa Walker singing Nina Simone with Oscar Perez on keys.

Jazz House Kids Faculty: Radam Schwartz, Julius Tolentino, Mike Lee, Ted Chubb and Ed Palermo.

Jazz House Kids Faculty: Radam Schwartz, Julius Tolentino, Mike Lee, Ted Chubb and Ed Palermo.

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Tennis Anyone? Mountainside Park Courts in Montclair Are Officially Opened

BY  |  Friday, Aug 15, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The official opening of the Mountainside Tennis Courts took place under gorgeous skies this morning with a ribbon cutting. 

Doing the honors was First Ward Councilor William Hurlock. He was joined by Mayor Jackson, Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, Township Manager Marc Dashield, Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs Pat Brechka, members of the Montclair Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Montclair High School Varsity tennis players, and other guests. 

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Did You Get a Garbage Can Sticker Montclair Residents?

BY  |  Friday, Aug 15, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (52)

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Garbage cans with over 35 gallon capacity will be branded with stickers this week. It’s all due to a new ordinance (292-21), which states:

A suitable receptacle for solid waste collection must be made of metal or rigid plastic and it must have a capacity of no more than 35 gallons. The receptacle must have handles and be solidly constructed to prevent spillage or leakage of its contents. The total weight of the receptacle and its contents must not be more than 50 pounds when placed at the curb for collection. Paper bags and cardboard boxes are not suitable receptacles for garbage. All containers must be tightly covered, tied or sealed to prevent spillage or leakage and the intrusion of rainwater.

A lime green sticker will be placed on oversized and/or overweight containers. Oversized containers will be tagged with the green stickers and emptied — if materials are bagged — until Friday, September 12.

After Friday, September 12, overweight containers will be tagged with green stickers and will not be collected at any time. The resident will have to repack the materials into containers that meet the size and weight restrictions in order to comply with township ordinance 292-21.

On a morning run yesterday from Watchung Avenue to Anderson Park, I counted seven garbage cans with stickers (which look yellow and not “lime green” as the notice states.)

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Montclair Township Council: Paid Sick Leave Debate, Street Improvements, and Plaudits For Planning Board

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Marcia Marley of BlueWave NJ

Marcia Marley of BlueWave NJ

The Montclair Township Council reviewed petitions on August 12 for an ordinance requiring the township’s private businesses to allow workers to earn paid sick time after Township Clerk Linda Wanat and her staff certified them as having 1,106 signatures to ask the council to pass it — eleven more than required. The council had the chance to pass such an ordinance on first reading and put it up for a second vote and a public hearing within twenty days, or it could allow it be placed on the November 4 election ballot.  The council decided not to act immediately, but it did decide to look at the issue more closely. It will still be on the ballot regardless.

Ordinarily, if a municipal council in New Jersey does not act on a petition for an ordinance, a twenty-day waiting period takes place, followed by a ten-day period, and then it goes on a ballot of a general election that is within forty days after that or requires a special election — something the New Jersey Families Working Alliance, which advocated the petitions, already ruled out. But Wanat’s office was so diligent and quick in certifying the petitions — it took her and her staff three days to do so — that  Township Attorney Ira Karasick advised the council that it would go on the ballot regardless of the council’s actions.

“Unless you pass it yourself, it will be on the November ballot,” Karasick said. “The timing will work.”

In order to pass the ordinance on first reading within twenty days, however,  the council would have to have a special meeting within the three weeks following August 12, as the next scheduled regular  meeting isn’t until September 16.

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Montclair Planning Board Approves MC Hotel and Montclarion in Marathon Meeting

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 8:23am  |  COMMENTS (40)

The MC Front View (Revised) Credit BOGZA

The MC Front View (Revised) Credit BOGZA

Montclair Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon, sitting through a meeting of the Montclair Planning Board, opined that August 11 was an historic day for the board, as it had approved one gateway project – the Montclarion II apartment building – and was about to approve another – the MC Hotel.  But a concern about parking at the hotel raised by board member Peg Seip 10 minutes before midnight dragged the meeting past the bewitching hour and into August 12, making it an historic two days for the board.  The board did in fact approve both projects, after a few revisions had been made to the former and  numerous revisions had been made to the latter.

The proposed MC Hotel at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road, before (left) and after architectural revisions

The proposed MC Hotel at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road, before (left) and after architectural revisions

The follow-up hearing on the MC Hotel didn’t get started until 10:30 PM, when architect Michael Maturo of DYAMI Architecture presented a revised version of his original design that greatly impressed board members.   The basic design was the same, but the facade’s red brick walls and silver metallic corner element were replaced by softer, more traditional tones of beige and bronze, with more window space in the cylindrical corner element and Craftsman-style brass shingling at the porte-cochere entrance.  Narrower concentric tubes were used to crate the halo at the rooftop to give it a more subtle look.   Continue Reading

Advisory Committee Calls For New Team at Montclair Animal Shelter After ASPCA Visit

BY  |  Monday, Aug 11, 2014 1:39pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

animalwelfaremeetingAnimals suffering in isolation or kept in cages 24/7 for years, inadequate ventilation, illegally high temperatures and incompetent management are among the concerns Montclair Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (MAWAC) have voiced about the township-run Montclair Animal Shelter, to municipal and shelter officials for almost a year.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5, and previously at a July meeting, committee members say their concerns, and a list of recommendations for town officials and animal shelter staff, have largely been ignored. One exception is the creation of a volunteer coordinator.

“We have animals in our shelter for three years and longer and there is suffering going on,” said Kay Sherwood, chair of the Montclair Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (MAWAC). Continue Reading

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