Poll: What Do You Think Of Montclair’s Proposed New Municipal Complex?

BY  |  Monday, Jul 06, 2015 2:18pm  |  COMMENTS (6)


Last week, local officials discussed with residents more plans for the redevelopment of the Lackawanna Plaza area, including a proposed new municipal complex encompassing a maximum of 100,000 square feet for township offices, the police, and the school district offices. Continue Reading

Calling Stephen Colbert: Channel 34 Wants You

BY  |  Monday, Jul 06, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair’s Stephen Colbert is gearing up to take over David Letterman’s Late Night this fall. To prepare, he first shaved his “Colbeard.” Next, he took to public access TV in Michigan to host Only in Monroe, a local 40-minute talk show, last week. Colbert did a few warm-up interviews and then brought on rapper Eminem.

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Sights and Sounds From Montclair’s Fourth of July Parade

Sunday, Jul 05, 2015 9:50am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Rain and unusually cooler temperatures didn’t stop Montclair from holding its 65th annual Independence Day Parade yesterday. This year, many parade watchers brought umbrellas — a handy shield against the kids and adults with Super Soakers — along with beach chairs. There was an unusually long lull in the parade action on Midland near Watchung and many people left, thinking the parade was over. If you did, here’s what you missed, including Elvis!

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Local Police Officers Work Together to Take Down a Major Drug Ring in Essex County

BY  |  Friday, Jul 03, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Operation T.I.D.E.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that 48 individuals, including one juvenile, were arrested as part of a major takedown following the execution of six search warrants; five in Newark and one in East Orange. One of the arrests was for murder and a second was for conspiracy to commit murder.

Dubbed Operation T.I.D.E. (Targeted Integrated Deployment Enforcement), the five-month investigation, centered on violence, drugs, guns and murder in Essex County mainly in the city of Newark. Eleven of those charged remain at-large.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force led the investigation with the assistance of the Passaic, Morris, Bergen, and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Offices along with the New Jersey State Police, the Bloomfield, East Orange, Montclair, Belleville, Paramus Police Departments and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

Acting Prosecutor Murray commended the men and women of the Narcotics Task Force as well as her law enforcement partners who assisted in this operation.

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Montclair Crime: Stolen Bikes From Unlocked Garages, Theft, and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


06-23-2015 (Pine Street) Mr. Isaiah Boatwright, 25yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($1658), and Teaneck ($225)

06-23-2015 (CVS, Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Gary Bennett, 54yoa from Montclair, was arrested for shoplifting.

06-24-2015 (Exxon, Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. William Estelle, 21yoa from Montclair, was arrested for robbery and hindering. While in the commission of a shoplifting, Mr. Estelle struck the store employee. He then provided false information to arresting officers.

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Montclair Residents, Officials Continue Discussing Redevelopment of Lackawanna Plaza Area

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (29)

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley at the June 30 Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment community meeting

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley at the June 30 Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment community meeting

The June 30 meeting on the plans for redeveloping the Lackawanna Plaza area, hosted by Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville, was meant to address concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation into the area that the township of Montclair is hoping to revitalize.  There was some of that—Laura Torchio, project coordinator of Eat . . . Play . . . Live . . . Better, and Township Engineer  Kim Craft were on hand to provide suggestions and proposals—but Dr. Baskerville and her panel were also confronted with  questions about the possible costs of a new municipal complex and the need to preserve local stores.  The panel, which included Torchio, Craft, Planning Director Janice Talley, Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon and architect Ira Smith, who is consulting the township on the redevelopment process,  also had to reassure residents that the Pathmark grocery store would remain in place.

Talley opened the meeting with a recapitulation of the process so far.  She noted that the participants in the public meeting on the Lackawanna Plaza area earlier in the month identified numerous areas for improving it, and she cited the five basic areas of interest identified—housing and land use, architectural design, mobility, sustainability and community amenities—that she says will be factored into any final plan.  She said she hopes to produce a first draft of a plan by September, with a final plan based on community input by the end of the year.  Talley also made it clear that she doesn’t want the process to go on too long.

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Montclair PD’s Community Service Unit Served On Panel for “Today’s Man Expo II”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Officer F. “Rikki” Cook of Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU) served as a panelist for the “Today’s Man Expo II” hosted by Mr. Charles Dixon held on Jun 20 at Trinity Temple Church located at 115 Greenwood Avenue. The event was well attended by men (20 – 85 years of age). Officer Cook fielded law enforcement questions, as well as how the CSU works to build positive police/community relations.



Free Patriotic Portraits In Exchange For Food Pantry Donations in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Jun 29, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Portraits by Michael StahlIt’s hard to feel independent when food for your family is hard to come by. To help out, Portraits by Michael Stahl in Montclair will open its studio for holiday portraits in exchange for groceries to donate to the Montclair Human Needs Food Pantry.

On Saturday, July 4, stop by the studio in your red, white and blue and they’ll create a portrait for you that you can share on your social media sites. The studio at 11 Midland Avenue—right on the parade route.

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Seen Around Town: Gate Down at Bay Street Station

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 9:40am  |  COMMENTS (1)

NJ Transit

The NJ Transit gate at the corner of Bay Street and Glenridge Avenue has been down for the past 4o minutes. According to the officer on site, the gate malfunctioned and is being fixed.

(Photo: Diane Herbst)

Montclair Community Meeting on Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment, June 30

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lackawanna Plaza RedevelopmentFourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting to continue the dialogue on the Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment plan. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street and will focus on traffic, transportation, noise and maintaining the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Township Planner Janice Talley, Township Engineer Kim Craft and local architect Ira Smith will be present to answer questions. In addition Eat Play, Live Better Project Coordinator Laura Torchio will be on hand to lead a discussion on incorporating “smart growth” principles into the plan to ensure safe and convenient transportation choices for walking, bicycling, transit and driving.

The Township designated the plaza as an area in need of redevelopment earlier this year and is now in the process of creating a redevelopment plan.



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