Montclair Crime: Theft, Phone Scam, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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:


02-02-2016 (Montclair Police Department) Dawn Ashe, 46yoa from Montclair, was arrested for Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS).  Ms. Ashe was released on her own recognizance.

02-02-2016 (Maple Ave) The following Montclair residents were arrested for possession of (CDS): Nadir Ayers 28 yoa; Gerod Davis 23 yoa; Isaiah Boatwright 26 yoa; Iyonna Boatwright 24 yoa.  A $2,500/10% bail was placed on Mr. Davis, while the other arrestees were released on their own recognizance.

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Montclair PD Community Service Unit Announces New Initiative.

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit has announced the “Conversations, Questions, and/or Concerns” initiative.

The first “Conversations, Questions, and/or Concerns” meeting will take place on Monday, February 15 from 11 am – 1 pm at Walnut and Grove Streets.

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Montclair Planning Board Considers Lorraine Ave Building, Glenridge Ave Master Plan Guidelines

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (15)

A rendering of the proposed mixed-use building ion Loraine Avenue, just west of Valley Road.

A rendering of the proposed mixed-use building ion Loraine Avenue, just west of Valley Road.

After a few scheduling delays, the Montclair Planning Board finally got the hearings underway for Caldwell developer Michael Pavel’s proposed mixed-use building on Lorraine Avenue on the site of the old Warner Communications building at its February 8 meeting.  But the first hearing itself was delayed by ten minutes, as residents wishing to comment on the proposed air-ventilation system for the Park Street YMCA wished to speak.

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Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee Report for 2015 Shows Crashes Down 16%

BY  |  Monday, Feb 08, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

drive with careAccording to the latest report by the Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee, pedestrian crashes in 2015 were down 16 percent. The number of pedestrians hit is still high though — 36 were hit and injured by a vehicle in 2015.

The Pedestrian Safety Committee was formed in 2013 to call attention to the increasing number of pedestrian and bicyclist accidents involving motor vehicles and to develop strategies to reduce those numbers. The committee comprises representatives from the Montclair Safe Routes to School and Health and Wellness Partnership, Montclair Township Police and Engineering Departments, Partners for Health Foundation, Bike&Walk Montclair, Essex County Community Traffic Safety Program and individuals from the community at-large.

Below is the Committee’s full report, shared by member Alex Kent, who is also a coordinator at Drive with Care in Montclair and a community liaison for Montclair Health and Wellness Partnership:

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Police Chase Ends at Montclair Y on Park Street on Sunday

BY  |  Monday, Feb 08, 2016 8:13am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Police Say Upper Montclair Man Threatened Group With Machete on ThanksgivingEarly Sunday afternoon, residents were concerned with large police presence of NJ State troopers and MPD on Park Street in Montclair. It was a police chase that started in Netcong, NJ and ended at the Montclair YMCA. Jo Ann Short, President/CEO of the YMCA of Montclair, sent out the following message to members:

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Montclair State University Earns Carnegie Designation For Doctoral Research

BY  |  Friday, Feb 05, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Merrill Brown Named as the Inaugural Director For School of Communication and Media at Montclair State UniversityThe national Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which is the widely recognized classification of U.S. institutions of higher education, has, for the first time, recognized Montclair State University as a Research Doctoral University.

Montclair State University was previously recognized as a Master’s 1 University (Larger Programs), but in the new classification, it was elevated to the Doctoral classification.

Doctoral universities are ranked at three levels: Research 1, which have the highest research activity; Research 2, which have higher research activity; and Research 3, which have moderate research activity. Among the public universities in New Jersey, only Rutgers-New Brunswick is a Research 1 university; NJIT and Rutgers-Newark are Research 2 universities; and only Montclair State University is a Research 3 university.

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Montclair PD Promotes Nine Officers to Higher Ranks

BY  |  Friday, Feb 05, 2016 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

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Picured — Bottom L-R: Sgt. Dean Berardi, Capt. Tracy Frazzano, Capt. Emil Dul, Capt. Stephen Graybush, Sgt. Terence Turner Top L-R: Lt. Stephanie Egnezzo, Lt. William Kagan, Lt. Thomas Flynn, Sgt. Christopher Locklear

Nine Montclair Police officers were promoted to higher ranks yesterday during a swearing in ceremony conducted by Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat in township Council Chambers:

Acting Captain Tracy Frazzano and Lieutenants Stephen J. Graybush and and Emil Dul were promoted to the rank of captain.

Acting Lieutenant Thomas D. Flynn and Seargeants Stephanie I. Egnezzo and William M. Kagan were promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Acting Sergeant Christopher Locklear, Offier Dean M. Berardi and Detective Terence S. Turner were promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Watch the swearing-in ceremony on TV34



First Ward Meeting: Coptic Church Project, Historic Preservation, and Parking Discussions

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 3 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 3 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock’s 14th community meeting on February 3 was sparsely attended due to bad weather, but there was spirited discussion on a number of issues.

Expansion of Church at Cedar Grove/Montclair Border

The biggest topic at the meetings was the proposed expansion of the Coptic Church on the Cedar Grove side of the border off Bradford Avenue.  Residents of neighborhoods on both sides of the municipal line have expressed concern over the size of the enlargement, which resident and activist Toni Pagliuca described in great detail.  The impacts, she said, would include the clearing of trees, increased traffic, and poor drainage that could lead to possible flooding.  Forty houses would feel immediate impacts, given their proximity to the proposed project, but Montclair residents on Highland Avenue could feel adverse impacts in the form of dynamiting and pile driving near their homes.  Historic Preservation Commission Vice Co-Chair Kathleen Bennett added that she was concerned about the integrity of the nearby Mountain Historic District.  Pagliuca has been working to get people more aware of the Coptic church expansion.

Councilor Hurlock said he, Mayor Robert Jackson and Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager have been working with Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill to address the issue, and he added that one thing they were looking at was getting more information about the process in Cedar Grove and the number of variances needed for such a project.  Pagliuca said that the project would likely require eighteen variances from Cedar Grove’s regulations.  He conceded that it was a “delicate, diplomatic issue” for him due to the fact that it is in the jurisdiction of another municipality.

Pagliuca said she hoped to make the Coptic church expansion a much bigger issue beyond the immediate neighborhood it impacts, given the rippling effects it would have on other areas.  A possibly final vote on the project is set for February 9, and it will be the first time the public will be allowed to comment on the matter. Continue Reading

Pedestrian Struck At Watchung and No. Fullerton Aves., Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 9:22am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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A 62-year-old female pedestrian was struck near the intersection of Watchung and North Fullerton Avenues yesterday, reports Montclair Times.

Sgt. James Milano of the Montclair Police Department said the driver stayed on the scene, and that the victim sustained a small laceration to the left side of her head, which he referred to as “not life-threatening.”



New Montclair Ordinance Prohibits On-Street Parking When it Snows

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

snow-parking-signIf is snows in Montclair, you’ll need to keep your car off the streets. A new ordinance went into effect on February 2, and prohibits parking on snow-covered streets. The Township says it was created “to help facilitate plowing so that streets can be cleared quickly and efficiently to ensure public safety.”

Parking on township streets will be prohibited any time a snowfall has covered a roadway sufficiently to obscure road markings. It will remain in effect for 12 hours after snow has stopped falling and may be extended for a longer period if more time is required to clear the snow.

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