Democratic Congressional Candidate Mark Dunec Campaigns in Montclair

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Shaking hands at Java Love.

Democratic congressional candidate Mark Dunec visited with business owners, shoppers, and residents in the Upper Montclair Business District this week to discuss his platform.

Dunec is running for Congress in the 11th Congressional District, which includes 54 municipalities across parts of Essex, Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties. Part of Montclair is included. He is challenging Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen.

Parking, Paving, and Pets Continue to be Issue For Montclair Township Council

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller presents a proclamation to Montclair Art Museum Director Lora Urbanelli honoring the museum in its centenary year.

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller presents a proclamation to Montclair Art Museum Director Lora Urbanelli honoring the museum in its centenary year.

The Montclair Township Council held a brief meeting on September 16 in which it approved a resolution authorizing a trial of technologically advanced parking meters provided by Duncan Technologies after having heard some concerns about using one company from Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee(TPAC) Chairman and local photography business owner Phil Cantor, and it heard more feedback in public comment about the ongoing problems at the animal shelter. But the evening began in a celebratory mood with a proclamation commemorating the Montclair Art Museum on its one hundredth anniversary.

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller read the proclamation honoring the museum, citing its collection of American and Native American art, its extensive collection of paining s from Montclair painter George Inness, and the installation of Spencer Finch’s light-box work “Yellow,” which glows softly through four ground-floor windows, along with an exhibition of quilts made by black Americans, which is to open on September 21. Director Lora Urbanelli accepted the proclamation, said she was “delighted” to be a part of the community.  She encouraged people to attend the quilt exhibit, and Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, herself a quilter, said that she  was looking forward to it.

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Montclair Crime: Tree Vandalized At Van Vleck, Multiple Bike Thefts and Recoveries

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 7:18pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Lock up your bikes! The week in Montclair crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd:


On 09-09-2014, a caretaker at Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, reported vandalism to the property. Between 09-05-2014 at 1500Hrs and 09-08-2014 at 0900Hrs, someone had carved four letters into a European Beech tree in the gardens. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751. Continue Reading

Montclair Man, A Former Glen Ridge Registrar, Sentenced To Five Years For Stealing $83K

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Tresor Gopaul

He pled guilty to stealing $83,000 from the borough of Glen Ridge on April 17, but was unsuccessful in a bid to withdraw his guilty plea.

Yesterday, Tresor Gopaul, 30, of Montclair, a former Glen Ridge registrar was sentenced to five years in prison, the Star Ledger reports. Continue Reading

MSU Students Roll Up Sleeves To Honor Day of Service and Remembrance

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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MSU Students Roll Up Sleeves To Honor Day of Service and RemembranceMore than 20 Montclair State University students rolled up their sleeves, along with alumni and others, at Montclair Community Farms on Saturday, September 13. The volunteers cleaned up the grounds at the Farms’ Montclair Historical Society site, harvested food, cleaned chicken coops and worked the garden.

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“Luckiest Man” Exhibit at Yogi Berra Museum Blends Past and Present

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A painting of Lou Gehrig delivering his "luckiest man" speech is part of the Museum's exhibit.

A painting of Lou Gehrig delivering his “luckiest man” speech is part of the Museum’s exhibit.

Baseball (and non baseball) fans have a great opportunity to get the story behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and learn about inspiring leadership, courage and service at the Yogi Berra Museum’s “Luckiest Man” exhibit, open now through December.

The exhibit, which takes its name from Lou Gehrig’s immortal farewell speech, uses photos, video and memorabilia to tell the story of Yankee “Iron Horse” Lou Gehrig and ALS Ice Bucket Challenge originator Pete Frates.

“His [Gehrig’s] legacy is quite remarkable. There’s a great tie in because of the anniversary and with this awareness of ALS because of the Ice Bucket Challenge,” said Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. Continue Reading

Drive with Care in Montclair Campaign to Focus on Bike & Pedestrian Safety

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 1:12pm  |  COMMENTS (49)

Pedestrian crossing signMontclair has a new campaign to make the streets safer. “Drive with Care in Montclair” wants all users of the road feel safe whether they are traveling by foot, bike, car, or other means.

Sparked by an idea of Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, the campaign is funded by Partners for Health Foundation and administered through the Township Council’s advisory committee on Pedestrian Safety. The Committee will hold a strategic planning meeting to solicit public feedback on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm at the Fire HQ, 1 Pine Street.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, much of the threat to people walking and cycling safely comes from motorists’ speed. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more likely crash injuries to a person on foot or bicycle will be serious, if not fatal.

When people walking or cycling are hit by a car:

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Montclair’s “End of Summer” ShredFest

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Start gathering private documents that can be thrown away (check out these guidelines from and head to the Montclair End of  Summer Shredfest on Saturday, September 20 between 10 am – 2 pm. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind from seeing your confidential documents shredded, while boosting recycling and saving money and energy.

According to Gray Russell, the Sustainability Officer at Montclair’s Department of Environmental Affairs, Montclair’s recyclable paper is a valuable commodity, earning us as much as $65 per ton. But if thrown out as garbage, the same paper costs us over $85 per ton to burn at the Essex County Incinerator. Paying $85 to burn something worth $100 means we are wasting $150 per ton; as much as 5,000 tons of recyclable paper is thrown out every year in Montclair, so when we do the math, we’re actually burning almost a million dollars of our own money!

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Montclair Crime: Arrests and Thefts

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Burglary on Bellevue Ave, Scaffolding Collapse On Church StreetThis week in Montclair crime from D/LT. David O’Dowd:


On 09/05/2014 at 1908Hrs, Officers patrolling the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Seymour Street observed a subject known to have an outstanding warrant. Mr. David Blakely (24yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest on this open warrant out of Montclair and later released on his own recognizance.

On 09/04/2014 at 1717Hrs, Officers observed a subject in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and New Street, who was known to have open warrants. This subject, Mr. Fard Murray (31yoa from Montclair) fled on foot from the approaching Officers. After a short foot chase, Mr. Murray was arrested on Bloomfield Avenue. During this arrest, Mr. Murray physically resisted the Officers as they were attempting to apply handcuffs. Mr. Murray was also found to be in possession of marijuana. He was charged with Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana/Paraphernalia. He is also being held on open warrants out of Newark totaling $5000.

On 09/02/2014 at 1648Hrs, Officers observed a subject in the area of Pine Street and Glenridge Avenue who was known to have an open warrant. Mr. Richard Chinn Jr. (24yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest and held on a $400 warrant out of Glen Ridge.

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Creating a Chabad Presence in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

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Rabbi Yaacov and his wife Ita Leaf, along with their two children, are hoping to establish a Chabad presence in Montclair to serve the needs of the local and surrounding Jewish community.

Chabad, a global movement with over 3,000 branches in 65 countries, is a Hasidic movement that adheres to the Orthodox practice of Judaism. According to Rabbi Yaacov, “Chabad advances the goal that every Jew have the opportunity for Jewish discovery within a context of open-minded exploration, regardless of background or affiliation.”

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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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