Montclair Crime: Officers Revive Man Suffering from Drug Overdose, Theft, Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 12:48pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


08-24-2016 (Valley Road) Mr. Anthony Catanzaro, 66yoa from East Orange, was arrested on an open warrant out of Montclair ($2,500)

08-27-2016 (Walnut Street) Mr. Steven Dorch, 30yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants out of Newark ($10,000), Bloomfield ($500) and Cranford ($250)

08-28-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Michael Romero, 21yoa from Kearny, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop.
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Montclair Public Library Announces “With the Author” Talks

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

"With the Author" Talks

Montclair Public Library (MPL) will show the love to local authors this fall by hosting “With the Author” Talks series. The series, presented in partnership with Watchung Booksellers, promotes local authors with the intent of fostering a love of reading and a love of literature.

Three local authors will be featured:

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Montclair Fire Official Receives American Red Cross Lifesaving Award of Merit Award

BY  |  Monday, Aug 29, 2016 11:55am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pictured l-r:  Gail McGovern (President & CEO of the American Red Cross) -       Fire Official John Thomas -       Jocelyn Gilman (Executive Director of the American Red Cross Northern NJ)

Pictured l-r: Gail McGovern (President & CEO of the American Red Cross), Fire Official John Thomas, and Jocelyn Gilman (Executive Director of the American Red Cross Northern NJ)

On Wednesday, August 24, Fire Official John Thomas, of the Montclair Fire Department was awarded The Lifesaving Award of Merit by the American Red Cross.

“The Lifesaving Award of Merit is the highest award given by the American Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Health and Safety Services course. The certificate is signed by the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross, and the Chairman of the American Red Cross. The award package also includes a citation, medallion and lapel pin.”
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Montclair Public Library Announces ELibrary Drop-in Support and Instructional Workshops

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 3:43pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair-LibraryAre you a new patron of Montclair Public Library (MPL)? Or someone who wants to learn more about using its eLibrary services?

MPL will host eLibrary Drop-In Support sessions at various locations around town in September. Below is the upcoming schedule:

• September 7 at Java Love Coffee Roasting Company (49 Church Street) from 5pm-6pm.

• September 14 at MPL Main Library from 2pm-3pm.

• September 21 at Trend Coffee (411 Bloomfield Avenue) from 1pm-2pm.

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Montclair Parking: Meters to Cost More and Pay Until 9 P.M.

BY  |  Friday, Aug 26, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (23)

parking meters

At the Montclair Township Council meeting on August 9, the council voted on an ordinance to increase parking to a $1 per hour and to extend the operative hours for all parking meters from 8 am to 9 pm, as recommended by the Nelson /Nygaard Parking study. This raise will be up from $.50 per hour in parking lots and $.75 per hour on the street, with and increase of two extended operative hours. The ordinance should be up for a second hearing on September 6. If it passes, it goes into effect 20 days after, says Communications Director Katya Wowk.

Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville opposed it saying she was concerned that the rates were detrimental to people who might park in areas that were underutilized, like the South End parking lot. She voted against the first-reading measure, but it still passed with four votes in favor. Councilor-at-Large Russo and Deputy Mayor William Hurlock were not present.

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Montclair High School Class of 1986 To Celebrate 30th Reunion

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Are you a Mountie Class of 1986? Celebrate your 30th reunion with a full weekend of events.

Between October 21-23, 2016, the Class of ’86 will get together for an unforgettable weekend of reconnecting, reminiscing, and celebrating! The celebration starts with “The Re-Connect,” a Friday Night Happy Hour at Halcyon Brasserie (Passed Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar). On Saturday “The Kick Off” offers a Tailgate and Homecoming Football Game Ticket and “The Reunion Celebration” at Montclair State University Banquet and Conference Center offers an elegant evening of dinner and dancing. Sunday ends it with “The Close Out Brunch” at The Office.
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Montclair Photographer Named Silver Medalist at International Photographic Competition

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Michael Stahl of Portraits by Michael Stahl in Montclair was named a Silver Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition. Stahl’s work will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2017. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, and annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

"I'm Listening" by Michael Stahl.

“I’m Listening” by Michael Stahl.

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Montclair Crime: Robbery at Gas Station, Theft, Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


08-20-2016 (Exxon, Bloomfield Avenue) Daniel Claudio, 36yoa from Belleville, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after grabbing numerous items and attempting to exit the store. He was also found to have an open warrant out of Bloomfield for $558.

08-20-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Justin Conover, 27yoa from Newark, was arrested on open warrants out of Union County Sheriff ($10,000), South Orange ($1000), and Hillside ($1300)

08-22-2016 (Lincoln Street) Mr. Kyle Johnson, 39yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with trespassing after being discovered hiding inside a vacant property.
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Montclair Council: Residents Speak Out on Seymour Street Redevelopment Plan

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

The long-awaited hearing by the Montclair Township Council on the ordinance designating the area around Seymour Street and the Wellmont Theater as a redevelopment area for a new arts district did not happen at the council’s August 23 meeting as scheduled. The hearing was postponed to Tuesday, September 6, because an incorrect version of the ordinance published in the public notice of the hearing. But residents who were planning to speak at the hearing did so at last night’s meeting.

Victoria Ostrer of Roosevelt Place brought up two points about the Seymour Street redevelopment plan.  She said she wasn’t sure why large condominiums in the area were not considered in the collective tax revenue from a large building, and she hoped it would be explained when the impact study is looked at – specifically in terms of revenue from building as and not just their assessed value.  Ostrer also thought it was inconsistent for the master plan specified arts and entertainment district stretching along Bloomfield Avenue from Park Street to Lackawanna Plaza – well beyond the Seymour Street area – while the plan focused on just Seymour Street,  which led her to express concern over another issue.    She said that the developer currently owns the Wellmont Theater and the former Social Security property, while Montclair would allow the developer to use four other lots, and that the developer may acquire the Somerset Tire Service (STS) auto repair shop through eminent domain or other means.

“We’re looking at five additional properties the developer does not own at this time,” Ostrer said. “Even though the Seymour plan is trying to mitigate and limit what the developer can do, I’d actually like to see one property developed rather than six.”  She preferred that all other areas be left alone and that the town concentrate on the rest of the area designated by the master plan as an arts district. Continue Reading

Clearmountain Festival: 8 Bands With Montclair Roots

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Clearmountain Festival

Eight up-and-coming bands with Montclair roots will come together to play the inaugural Clearmountain Festival, a benefit for The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership on Friday, August 26 at the Montclair Women’s Club.

The cool music festival is presented by the longstanding Montclair concert series Outpost in the Burbs and produced with support of Missing Piece Group and Terry’s Serendipity Café, and sponsored by East Side Mags.

“We wanted to do something to celebrate the extraordinary amount of talent that has come out of the Montclair music scene and, at the same time, give back to the community that fostered these artists,” says Stolen Jars frontman Cody Fitzgerald, who organized the festival with Werebears singer Daryl Shelton.

The show will feature the following acts:
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I used to keep dimes in my center console for quick errands - guess I'll need to start saving my quarters. Seriously, is it worth the extra time/gas to go to Bloomfield?

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