Montclair Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board Review Historic Element For Master Plan

BY  |  Friday, Oct 21, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Slightly less than half of the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission’s October 20 meeting was held as a joint session with members of the Montclair Planning Board to receive representatives of the consulting group Building Conservation Associates (BCA) and hear their of the 2016 Historic Preservation Element of the township’s master plan.  The draft of the historic element, which was completed on September 30, is available for review by the public at the township’s Web site.

BCA representatives Michele Boyd and Emily Rinaldi explained for the benefit of the public as well as the commission that the element was a subsection of the town’s master plan that guide the policies of historic preservation planning  and to provide a framework for preserving historic buildings and for future development.  It also is meant to provide a goal to preserve historic structures and prioritize a plan of action to achieve these goals.

Emily Rinaldi of Building Conservation Associates explains the historic element of the Montclair master plan to the Historic Preservation Commission as Deputy Planning Director Graham Petto listens.

Emily Rinaldi of Building Conservation Associates explains the historic element of the Montclair master plan to the Historic Preservation Commission as Deputy Planning Director Graham Petto listens.

Continue Reading

Please Feed The Bear! (Cuddly) Bear Sighting in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Oct 21, 2016 11:21am  |  COMMENTS (0)


There’s a bear in Montclair Center!!! Not this bear, but a cute cuddly Clair Bear that we want you to feed!

Where is the Clair Bear? Find and feed that bear to win!

Where is the Clair Bear? Find and feed that bear to win!

The Montclair Center BID is holding an adorable food drive!

A giant bear is traveling from store to store in Montclair Center looking for food (he’s a hungry fella!) If you can track him down (follow the clues on Montclair Center’s Instagram and Facebook pages), and feed him a non-perishable food, you’ll get one raffle ticket for a chance to win the Clair Bear! Bring your raffle ticket to the Montclair Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2, to find out if you’re the lucky winner who takes Montclair BID’s Clair Bear home for good!

All the food collected will be donated to Toni’s Kitchen,  Human Needs Food Pantry, and The Salvation Army Feeding Program.

Now go find that bear!





Locals Riding BlueWaveNJ Bus to Trenton to Take a Stand Against Hate in Our State

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


BlueWaveNJ has organized a bus to take locals who are offended by Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s sexual harassment towards women to the Statehouse in Trenton to let NJ Governor Chris Christie they hold him accountable for his defense of Trump.

The call to action event is organized by W.A.S.H., Women Against Sexual HarassmentWomen have always been known for washing things, from clothes to the home with the goal to remove dirt. The term “wash” is often synonymous with the chores traditionally associated with women. That is why close to 100 New Jersey women on an impromptu conference call held last week, decided to embrace this term and call themselves, W.A.S.H., Women Against Sexual Harassment. This informal and growing group of women, are determined to make their voices heard against the derogatory language used and harassment by Donald Trump against women across this nation.

W.A.S.H. is demanding that Governor Chris Christie go beyond denouncing Trump’s comments and immediately resign as chairman of the Trump transition team.

Continue Reading

Montclair Council: Pedestrian Safety, Parking, Speed Limits and…Musical Chairs

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Parking and traffic were two issues that just won’t go away for the Montclair Township Council.   Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors unanimously passed a resolution at their October 18 meeting accepting the responsibility to maintain the extended curb line and perform snow removal for the new bumpouts being installed at Orange Road, High Street and Irving Street.  Although passage of the resolution – part of a consent agenda of items to be passed without debate – was a foregone conclusion, several residents used the public comment phase of the meeting to urge the council to pass it.   They cited the dangers of crossing the street and either they or their children and dogs having too many near misses with motorists.  The Orange/High/Irving issue, though, led to activists asking the council to go further elsewhere in town.

the Montclair Township Council

the Montclair Township Council

Pedestrians Safety Issues in Upper Montclair and on Grove Street

Alex Kent, chair of the Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee, said that her group’s efforts haven’t been effective in achieving positive results.  She said that 40 pedestrians have been hit in Montclair every year since 2003, at least one fatality every year, with 36 pedestrians having been hit so far in 2016.  She zeroed in on the Upper Montclair business district and Grove Street as areas in need of improvement.  Given the large amount of car crashes at the Bellevue Avenue and Loraine Avenue intersections in recent months, Kent proposed eliminating right turns on red lights on weekends at both intersections and giving pedestrians a six-second head start with a “WALK” light that goes on before the green light for motorists.

Kent said that there have been 439 car crashes last four years, with 138 crashes on Elm Street, causing numerous pedestrian injuries, and she recommended lowering the speed limit to 30 miles an hour and painting a median two feet wide as a buffer zone for opposing traffic. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Car Thefts, Stolen Cars, DUI, Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


10-12-2016 (Pleasant Way) Mr. Dwayne Paige, 44yoa from East Orange, was arrested attempting to burglarize residences in the area. Officers located Mr. Paige on the rear porch of one of these residences.

10-12-2016 (Mission Street) Mr. Shaun Brown, 25yoa from Pennsylvania, was arrested on the following warrants: Essex County Sheriff’s Office (no bail), Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office (no bail), Montclair ($350), Ocean ($2,500), and Neptune ($400).

10-14-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Ms. Christina Flores, 33yoa from Elizabeth, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop.

10-15-2016 (Grove Street) Montclair Police received reports of a tractor trailer driving erratically on Route 3 west, exiting onto Grove Street. Officers located this tractor trailer driving southbound on Grove Street and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The vehicle operator, Jason Ferguson (39yoa from Montclair) was arrested and charged with DWI.
Continue Reading

Three Montclair Food Charities Share $15K Grant

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Shown in the photo from left to right are Rotary Club President Alicia Robinson, Rotary Foundation Chairman Stuart Keil, Human Needs Food Pantry’s Executive Director Michael Bruno, Toni’s Kitchen Assistant Outreach Director Tara Chowaniec, Salvation Army’s Major Kevin Stoops, Taste of Montclair Chairman John Lee, and Partners for Health Program Director Kathleen Smith.

Left to right: Rotary Club President Alicia Robinson, Rotary Foundation Chairman Stuart Keil, Human Needs Food Pantry’s Executive Director Michael Bruno, Toni’s Kitchen Assistant Outreach Director Tara Chowaniec, Salvation Army’s Major Kevin Stoops, Taste of Montclair Chairman John Lee, and Partners for Health Program Director Kathleen Smith.

The Montclair Rotary Club and the Partners for Health Foundation jointly presented $15,000 in grants, which were divided equally between the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair, Salvation Army Montclair Citadel and Toni’s Kitchen.

The grants will help fund programs that provide people with reliable access to a sufficient quantity of nutritious food and reduce hunger in the community. The Rotary raised its funds by running a very successful “Taste of Montclair” event, earlier this year.





Candlelight Vigil with S.O.F.I.A. on October 24

BY  |  Monday, Oct 17, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Candlelight Vigil with S.O.F.I.A.

Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) invites the communities of Essex County to take part in a candlelight vigil in honor of loved ones lost and to support survivors, as well as to promote unity throughout the community. On Monday, October 24, they will gather together in Montclair’s Crane Park at 6:30 PM to reaffirm our belief that With Awareness There Is Hope.

Among the speakers will be Gerri Powell, the Domestic Violence Response Team coordinator for the Montclair Police Department. Candle lights will be shared with participants, but attendees should feel free to bring their own candle or light.

Continue Reading

Just Ducky at Edgemont Park Fall Festival and 1st Annual Duck Derby!

BY  |  Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 9:28am  |  COMMENTS (0)




Families flocked to Edgemont Park yesterday and enjoyed Montclair Recreation’s Fall Fest with hayrides, live music and of course, duck racing on the pond with 1st Annual Duck Derby. Proceeds from the Duck Derby went to support Montclair Ambulance Unit. Decorated ducks from areas businesses supporting the event were also on display


img_9763 Continue Reading

Call For May In Montclair Cover Artists

BY  |  Friday, Oct 14, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

May In Montclair

Spring isn’t here for awhile, but the folks who organize May in Montclair — a month-long festival of events, including art shows, concerts, garden tours, fairs and markets and more — are looking for the 2017 cover art for the popular books that are given out throughout the township. One local artist can win the chance to have his/her art work featured.

May in Montclair is an all-volunteer organization, and through the generosity of its Tulip Project Sponsors, they will purchase more than 28,000 bulbs this year, donating them for planting throughout Montclair in parks, schools, streetscapes and houses of worship. Tulips have become the hallmark of May in Montclair. Therefore, since the chosen artwork needs to be easily recognized, the incorporation of tulips on the cover has become a traditional must.

Continue Reading

Sponsored: ZURA – Grand Opening

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 4:09pm


शूर zUra m. warrior for good


This September, Be Evolution Yoga became ZURA Montclair, a beautifully renovated space with new instructors offering an exciting variety of movement classes to complement the traditional hot yoga practice the studio is known for. Peter (Jagadisha) is also continuing to teach his Evolution Series and Hot 26 classes.

Dedicated to providing an open, community-centered yoga studio, ZURA owners Rebecca and Bob Frezza, Cassie and Scott Bollinger, have brought a fresh new look to the 2-studios located at 18 Lackawanna Plaza, featuring original wall paintings by Montclair artist Siona Benjamin.

Zura is pleased to offer new classes such as Xen Strength, Yin Yoga, Pilates, belly dancing, and for the first time in Montclair, bodyART.


Body Art is a popular movement system from Europe which combines, yoga, Pilates, dance and martial arts. Countless US fans recognize that not only is this movement practice progressive and effective, it’s just plain fun to do.

You Are Invited to Zura’s Open House This Saturday!

On Saturday, October 15, from 11:00 am – 3:00pm, ZURA celebrates the brand new studio with live music, class demos, food and more. The entire ZURA community, as well as newcomers, are invited to come tour the space and find out why our yogis already consider ZURA their spa-like home away from home.

Catch a couple of class demos, receive a voucher for a free yoga or movement class and enjoy goodies from our Glenridge Avenue neighborhood bakery – Plum. Come share in celebration of ZURA’s fine teachers in their new favorite space for hot yoga…strength…and movement – ZURA!

Ignite your inner Fire
Awaken your inner Warrior
 Inspire your inner Dance


ZURA Montclair
18 Lackawanna Plaza
Montclair NJ 07042
973 233-0414
Click here for a complete list of classes.
Like us on FB!





Featured Comment

Christie's political career is finished and quite frankly, the state of New Jersey is so over him and his big mouth bully tactics that we're all wishing his replacement was part of the Nov 8 election. Hooking his caboose to the disastrous Trump campaign is his only option.

Tip, Follow, Friend, Subscribe

Links & Information

Baristanet on Flickr