DeCamp Public Forum Returns This Wednesday

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 7:12am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Decamp Public Forum: The SequelBloomfield 2nd Ward Councilman Nick Joanow will host a follow-up public forum on the topic of DeCamp Bus Lines’ service to Bloomfield and surrounding communities this Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Watching Presbyterian Church.

Back in May, bus riders slammed DeCamp with complaints at the first public forum. One of the outcomes was the promise of a follow-up meeting in six months so that DeCamp’s customers could hear updates to the suggestions and comments that were expressed.

State Senator Ronald Rice as well as Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia will be in attendance again, as will representatives from the office of Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (who is unable to attend due to a schedule conflict). Representatives from DeCamp Bus Lines have also been invited to attend to share with the public the progress they have made on addressing riders’ concerns. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Community Service Unit Hosts First “Coffee with a Cop” Event

BY  |  Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 8:44am  |  COMMENTS (0)

MPD CSULast Friday morning, from 8 a.m. until just past 10 a.m., the Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU) chatted with residents outside Trend Coffee House in the first “Coffee with a Cop” event. All four of the CSU officers were present, as well as Sergeant Tyrone Williams, who commands the CSU. The beautiful weather encouraged locals to peruse the literature available as well as ask questions about pedestrian safety, recent crime reports, firearm safety, traffic policy, and other community concerns.

Officer Cook, the CSU liaison officer assigned to the Second Ward, said that the Montclair PD hopes to hold these casual and community focused events once a month in different areas of Montclair. The goal is to widen the avenues of communication between Montclair residents and the officers charged with protecting and serving the community. Officer Allen, the Fourth Ward CSU liaison, shared that she and other officers who both live and work in Montclair feel a great connection to the community and its residents.MPD CSU School's Open Continue Reading

Getting Around Montclair: Lifelong Commuting Guide For Seniors

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 

Lifelong Commuting Guide For Seniors

The New Jersey Travel Independence Program at the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy has developed the Lifelong Montclair Guide to Public Transportation to help Montclair’s senior citizens understand available transportation resources.

The helpful guide explains the benefits of using public transportation, tips for seniors who still drive, and has all transportation resource information available in on place.

 

Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Reviews Plans From Plofker, Grabowsky

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Janice Talley and Ira Karasick at the October 16 Montclair Historic Preservation Commission meeting

Janice Talley and Ira Karasick at the October 16 Montclair Historic Preservation Commission meeting

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) met on October 16 in its first meeting this year without a consultant. Although there was no hint of when a successor for Peter Primavera might be named, the meeting, facilitated by Planning Director Janice Talley, proceeded smoothly after a stumble or two over approval of minutes.

The highlight of the evening was developer Steven Plofker’s appearance to discuss his plans for the old motor vehicle inspection station on the corner of Forest and Label Streets. Plofker, accompanies by architect Paul Sionas, was visibly excited about the project and was constantly moving back and forth between the renderings and plans, which Sionas had shown to the Planning Board at its August 25 meeting.

Sionas, for his part, reprised his Planning Board presentation for the benefit  of the commissioners. As he noted back in August, the sealed window openings facing Label Street would be opened up and feature windows with metal frames with both pairs of garage door openings converted into windows. Sionas also plans to incorporate the building’s metal trusses into the interior layout and include a second floor.

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Montclair Opens New Bike Depot at Bay Street Train Station

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 3:14pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

The late rock star Freddie Mercury once sang about how he wanted to ride his bicycle and ride it where he liked.  In Montclair, it’s now a lot easier to do that.

A Trek bicycle in one of the two-tired racks in the new Montclair Bike Depot at the Bay Street railway station.  There are spaces for 24 bicycles.

A Trek bicycle in one of the two-tired racks in the new Montclair Bike Depot at the Bay Street railway station. There are spaces for 24 bicycles.

Montclair opened a new bicycle depot at the Bay Street railway station on October 16.  The indoor facility, located at the immediate left of the entrance to the parking garage, has space for 24 bicycles and eighteen lockers for personal items.  Commuters can now leave their bicycles and belongings in a secure storage area, protected from the weather, before boarding the train.  The depot was made possible by grants from PSE&G, Partners For Health, and Sustainable Jersey, a certification program to help municipalities in New Jersey that seek to pursue environmentally friendly initiatives.  Pinnacle, the Montclair real estate development company, has also lent support, in keeping with its focus on sustainable projects.

Mayor Robert Jackson spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which also drew three members of the Montclair Township Council, outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield, and several other local officials and activists.  The mayor spoke of how the bicycle depot was the latest in a series of tremendous innovations that were making Montclair a “cool town,” which he believed portended to building a stronger community in the time to come.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Bike Depot at the Bay Street train station, as outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield listens.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Bike Depot at the Bay Street train station, as outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield listens.

Speaking from her perspective as a physician, Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville said that the new depot, by encouraging more commuters to bike to work, would help cut down on obesity and promote a healthier living pattern.   But she also noted how it was a sign of greater investment for the  Fourth Ward, which includes the Bay Street train station,  and that it would also allow people from other areas who arrive by train to have access to the township’s various attractions.

The principal benefit of the depot is the enclosed design, which Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, says provides an advantage over the open-air bike racks at other NJ Transit stations, where bikes can be vandalized or even stolen, despite the best efforts of owners to secure them with locks.  The new depot at the Bay Street station has a 24/7 security camera, and members gain entry to the depot with an access card.

“Because commuters can now store a bike securely in the Bike Depot,” Steiner says, “a safer,  higher-quality bike can be ridden to the train station, providing alternative transportation options to commuters from a greater distance.  The Bike Depot will serve as a model for other NJ Transit train stations.”

Montclair Township Manager Marc Dashield applauds as Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, cuts the ribbon to open the new Montclair Bike Depot.

Montclair Township Manager Marc Dashield applauds as Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, cuts the ribbon to open the new Montclair Bike Depot.

Randy Solomon of Sustainable Jersey said he was “stoked” about the new depot.  Dressed in business attire and a bicycle helmet, he said he hoped that such a sight would become the norm, and that “the powers that be” could encourage people to believe that bicycle commuting would be accepted as a normal, everyday activity.  Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill (D-5th District) said there was a “renaissance” happening in Montclair, as the township was embracing the sustainable development patterns of the future.  Gill also announced that he’s just joined the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition board.

“Now all I have to do is get a bike,” he joked.

Pinnacle’s Brian Stolar, who is also a New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition board member, said that this facility was just a first step in creating a series of transportation alternatives in Montclair, which include car sharing, bicycle sharing, and shuttles.  He also noted that the Bay Street  garage has a five-year waiting list for commuters to park their cars, underscoring the need for more transit opportunities.  He also credited the Michigan firm Duo-Gard for the depot’s design, as well as SwissTrax for the flooring and Saris for the two-tiered metal racks, demonstrating the complexity involved in building a seemingly simple facility.

Commuters who are interested in using the Bike Depot at the Bay Street station can learn more by going to http://www.njbwc.org/bikedepot/

 

Montclair Center Named Semi-Finalist for Great American Main Street Award

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 7:07am  |  COMMENTS (3)

montclair centerSure, we know and celebrate Montclair, but now even more people will discover how special it is.

The Montclair Center Business Improvement District has been named one of just 10 semifinalists for the National Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street Award.

According to Montclair Center BID’s executive director Luther Flurry, if Montclair wins the award, it will be only the second time that a New Jersey town achieved this honor in the 18 years of the award’s history. Westfield won back in 2004.

Flurry would love for the town to win, but says “it’s a huge honor just to make the semi-finals.”

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Montclair PD Invites You to Have Coffee With a Cop

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Coffee With a CopIn an effort to foster positive relationships with the police, the Montclair Police Department has announced a new initiative called “Coffee With A Cop,” with its first event taking place this Friday, October 17 at Trend Coffee & Tea House (411 Bloomfield Ave) from 8 am – 10 am.

At “Coffee With A Cop” the public will get the opportunity to meet and speak with their local law enforcement professionals in an open and friendly atmosphere. The Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU) says the event is part of its goal “to form partnerships with all of Montclair, including our residents as well as our businesses. All too often, the community only interacts with the police in times of crisis.”

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Montclair Township Council Welcomes New Manager; Looks at CAC, Water Issues, Animal Shelter

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 7:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Tim StaffordThe Montclair Township Council oversaw a change of the guard by recognizing Tim Stafford as Acting Township Manager at its October 14 conference meeting, effective at 12:01 am , October 25.

Outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield is taking accrued vacation time after his last day on the job this Friday (October 17),and a resolution was passed allowing Dashield to appoint him as personnel director and designate him as acting manager while on vacation. Township Attorney Ira Karasick read the resolution aloud for the council.

Stafford, who was present, told the council that he was looking forward to the challenges ahead, but he first had to overcome a challenge to his appointment be Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville, who noted that the township didn’t make an effort to advertise the position and bypassed affirmative action opportunities. She was also displeased that Montclair was choosing another non-resident (Stafford lives in Cedar Grove) as a manager and didn’t give Montclair residents a chance.  But Mayor Robert Jackson said that he was “delighted” with the appointment and was comfortable with the process in hiring him.

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Montclair Crime: Diversionary Theft, Aggravated Assault, Burglary

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

This week in crime from D/LT. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police:

Theft from MV

On 10-03-2014 at 2213Hrs, an Officer was dispatched to Plymouth Street on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim explained that sometime between 09/28 and 10/03 someone had entered their Infinity QX6 and removed a backpack containing soccer equipment. This backpack was found, discarded in the bushes next to their home. It did not appear that anything was missing from the backpack. Anyone with information is asked to contact our juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 10-12-2014, an Officer was dispatched to a report of a theft from a vehicle. The victim explained that between 10/11 at 2230Hrs and 10/12 at 1025Hrs, someone had entered his Nissan 350. The suspect had punched in the driver side door lock in order to access this vehicle. Stolen in this incident was a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-5751.

Theft

On 10-03-2014, an Officer was dispatched to 34 Church Street, The Montclair Antique Center, on a report of a diversionary theft. Employees explained that at 1415hrs a subject described as a middle-aged white male, dark hair, wearing glasses and a blue jacket, entered the store and inquired about purchasing a number of different items. At the same time, two females, described as middle-aged white females, light colored hair, wearing large sunglasses and loose fitting long dresses, entered the store and inquired about purchasing jewelry. While helping the females, employees noticed that a platinum salon sapphire diamond ring valued at $3600 was now missing from the case. When they questioned the females about the ring, the male interjected, stating that an Indian juvenile with a backpack had just left the store, and must have taken the ring. The two females then stated that they too observed this juvenile exit the store. The employees searched the area of Church Street for this juvenile, with no success. It was later determined that no such juvenile had entered the store, and it was actually one of the females who had taken the ring. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 10-08-2014, Officers were dispatched to Grove Street near Watchung Avenue, on a report of a theft from a vehicle. The victim explained that they had left their Honda Accord parked on Grove Street at 1100Hrs, and upon returning at 1430Hrs, observed that it had been entered. The suspect(s) stole the Pioneer stereo head unit from this vehicle. The steering column was also damaged in an apparent attempt to steal this vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

Arrest

On 10-03-2014 at 1844Hrs, Officers assigned to Mission Street observed a physical altercation occurring on New Street near Bloomfield Avenue. As officers approached, attempting to disperse the group of approximately 10 males, they observed a subject, Mr. Quadee Lapread (34yoa from Montclair) actively engaged in a physical confrontation. Mr. Lapread then fled on foot, toward Mission Street. A victim was located, with a laceration to the top of the head. The victim (36yoa from Newark) stated that the subject, who Officers had observed to be Mr. Lapread, struck him on the top of the head with a golf club. This victim was transported to Mountainside for treatment. Mr. Lapread was then located and arrested. He is charged with Aggravated Assault and Weapons Possession. He was held on $30,000 bail.

On 10-04-2014 at 2130Hrs, officers located a motor vehicle accident in which vehicle operator Anne Woodruff (20yoa from Bloomfield) had struck a parked vehicle. Officers detected an odor of alcoholic beverage from Ms. Woodruff. After participating in field sobriety testing, Ms. Woodruff was placed under arrest for DWI. There were no injuries as a result of the collision.

On 10-11-2014 at 1456Hrs, Officers were dispatched to The Bank of America, 441 Bloomfield Avenue, on a report of a motor vehicle theft in progress. This stolen vehicle, a white Acura TSX, was then reported to have crashed into a telephone pole at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Glenridge Avenue. Witnesses observed the actor fleeing the scene on foot, east on Glenridge Avenue. The suspect, a 17yoa juvenile from Newark, was located in the area of Bloomfield Avenue, near Elm Street. This juvenile was found to be in possession of an imitation handgun, and a screwdriver. This juvenile was charged with theft and weapon offenses. He was remanded to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.

Burglary

On 10-06-2014 at 0726Hrs, Officers were dispatched to 146 Bloomfield Avenue, The Herreh Market, on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that between 2030Hrs on 10/05 and 0715Hrs on this date, someone had ransacked their store. It is believed that the actor(s) gained entry through a side window. The suspect(s) moved an ATM machine from the front of the store, to the rear stock area, where they attempted to pry it open. They were unsuccessful in accessing the cash inside this machine. Merchandise was thrown from the shelves all over the floor. Taken in this incident was a large amount of cigarettes and scratch-off lottery tickets. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

On 10-08-2014, Officers responded to an apartment building on Grove Street to investigate a burglary. The victim explained that between 0900Hrs and 1800Hrs, someone had broken into her apartment and stolen numerous items. The officers observed fresh pry marks on the victim’s door. Taken in this incident were an Apple Macbook and charger. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Miscellaneous

On 10-04-2014 a vehicle operator reported that unknown persons had thrown an item off the train bridge on Chestnut Street, cracking their windshield. Officers observed numerous rocks on Chestnut Street, which may have been thrown from the train tracks. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Fraud

On 10-06-2014, a Talbot Street resident reported that they were contacted by a female, claiming to represent PSE&G. This female advised that if they did not purchase a pre-paid GreenDot Moneypak card, and provide her with the redemption code, her power would be shut off. The victim purchased a GreenDot card for $362.66 and furnished this suspect with the redemption information. The victim then contacted PSE&G and was advised that this was a fraud.

The Montclair Times Leaves Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Oct 10, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

The Montclair TimesSince 1877, The Montclair Times has been one of New Jersey’s enduring community newspapers. For the past 137 years, the newspaper offered Montclair news from its offices in Montclair, however that will all change this month as the Times relocates its offices to Cedar Grove.

In yesterday’s paper, editor Mark Porter announced the move, giving limited office space with onsite parking and expensive rentals, as reasons for the move to Cedar Grove where the Times will share office space with five of its “sibling” newspapers: Verona-Cedar Grove Times, Bloomfield Life, Glen Ridge Voice, Nutley Sun, and Belleville Times — all part of North Jersey Media Group.

The Montclair Times tweeted on Thursday:

 

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