Montclair Remembers and Mourns Sarah Butler

BY  |  Friday, Dec 02, 2016 2:23pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Remembers and Mourns Sarah ButlerAfter the devastating news that Sarah Butler‘s body was found in an area of Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange yesterday, the Montclair community is grieving for the young woman and trying to support her family, friends and loved ones.

Montclair’s Mayor, Robert Jackson says, “I am saddened beyond words. Of course, the Township will dedicate any resource to offer support and bring some sense of closure to her loved ones. I will continue to lift up family, friends, and our community in fervent prayer.”

Butler was a former lifeguard at the YMCA of Montclair and they are grieving as well. Jo Ann Short, the President/CEO, shared this message she sent to the community with us here: Continue Reading

Housing, Gentrification and Policing Discussed at Montclair Conversation on Race, Culture and Class

BY  |  Friday, Dec 02, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Loss of diversity, housing costs, gentrification and policing concerns were raised at an intergenerational community conversation on race, culture, and class Thursday night, presented by the Montclair NAACP and the First Congregational Church of Montclair.

Montclair NAACP Second Vice President James Harris and the Rev. Ann Ralosky officiated the discussion, the first in series, and were joined by a panel offering their opinions on housing and gentrification.  The Reverend Ann, as Ralosky is known in the community, said she did not want anyone to pass judgment on other people’s statements; instead, she wanted people to replace judgment with wonder, as in wondering about the basis of the other person’s opinions.  She felt that this would be the best way to foster discussion on the issues facing a changing Montclair.

James Harris of the Montclair NAACP at the intergenerational forum on race, class and culture.

James Harris of the Montclair NAACP at the intergenerational forum on race, class and culture.

The panel’s participants discussed the high cost of living in town and the state of law enforcement in America, with housing and gentrification the focus of the former topic.  Matthew Donegan and his daughter Kayla noted that prices for goods ads well as housing were making living in Montclair out of  reach for many families, and the elder Donegan said that the higher cost of housing made it harder for longtime residents to stay in town, a town where even renting an apartment  has become difficult.   An estimated 40 percent of Montclair residents live in rental housing.

Two onetime Montclair residents who both live in major cities – New York and Philadelphia – agreed. John Rogers, an associate pastor with First Congregational,  said he would love to live in Montclair again but has had to reverse-commute from New York City instead of living in town, a situation current Philadelphia resident Naima Tryman said was absurd.   What was more distressing, Tryman said, was the upscale trend of Montclair’s retail sector, citing the fancier stores along South Park Street and even in the South End, a historically black section of town now attracting more upscale and mostly white residents. Continue Reading

Montclair Mourns As Woman, Missing For Over A Week, Is Found Dead in West Orange (UPDATED)

BY  |  Friday, Dec 02, 2016 6:59am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Missing Person

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. Authorities announce that Sarah Butler’s death has been determined to be a homicide. Reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti have announced that the death of Sarah Butler, age 20, of Montclair, New Jersey has been determined to be a homicide by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.  At this point in the investigation, it has also been determined that the victim’s body was placed in an area of Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ.

Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of Ms. Butler.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432. The investigation is active and ongoing at this time.


Family and friends of Sarah Butler, Montclair High School graduate and a talented dancer who attended New Jersey City University, are grieving after learning that her body was found in West Orange.

According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday law enforcement officers located the remains while searching in an area of Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ. Butler had been reported missing to the Montclair Police Department on November 23, 2016.

The exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly. The investigation into her death is being handled by the Homicide Task Force. The investigation is active and ongoing at this time, according to Fennelly.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor’s Tips Line at (877) 847-7432.





Buzz Aldrin Evacuated From South Pole Due To Illness

Thursday, Dec 01, 2016 4:04pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Buzz Aldrin, Montclair’s Man on the Moon, was evacuated from the South Pole today to Christchurch, New Zealand, where he has was transferred to hospital for examination. According to an official statement, Aldrin currently has fluid in his lungs but is responding well to antibiotics and being kept in overnight for observation. His condition is stable and his manager, who is currently with him, described him being in good spirits.

Aldrin became ill while visiting the Pole as part of a tourist group operated by White Desert. Aldrin, accompanied by his manager, was evacuated on the first available flight out of the South Pole to McMurdo under the care of a US Antarctic Program doctor.

Three Juveniles Suspected of Throwing Large Rock Off Chestnut Street Train Trestle, Hitting Moving Vehicle

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 7:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chestnut Street Train Trestle

(Image via Google map)

DSG James Milano of the Montclair Police Department reports that on November 25, a large rock was dropped from the Chestnut Street train trestle and struck a moving motor vehicle causing the windshield to shatter. Soon after, three juveniles believed to be responsible were located and identified.
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Montclair: Now Is “Most Dangerous Time For People Walking,” Asks Drivers to Slow Down

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Photo: Scott Stein

Photo: Scott Stein

Daylight Saving Time has ended and Montclair streets are getting darker earlier, which creates a serious danger for commuters walking home on dark streets.

Late afternoon into evening is historically the most dangerous time for pedestrians in Montclair. According to the Township, in the three years from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015, 45% of pedestrian-vehicle crashes occurred between the hours of 3:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Wednesdays and Thursdays were the days with the highest number of crashes in Montclair and the months of December and January showed the highest reported numbers of pedestrian crashes, according to Township Engineer Kimberli Craft. Continue Reading

Montclair Council: Traffic Woes and Introduction of Salary Increases For Council, Town Manager

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 10:16am  |  COMMENTS (13)

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council spent much of its November 29 meeting talking about traffic issues, and Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors heard from Police Chief Todd Conforti on the issue.

Chief Conforti said the Montclair Police Department was faced with a staffing issue in the traffic bureau when he took over in March.  He said that at the time, there was no one who was exclusively assigned to handle traffic enforcement.  He said that Traffic Bureau Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo – since promoted to lieutenant – has done a good job in the traffic bureau but that there has only been so much she can do. Chief Conforti wanted to staff it effectively and has since assigned two officers to the bureau – one officer dealing with only traffic than the department has had.  The actual enforcement, Chief Conforti said, is largely complaint-driven, and the department goes to certain areas based on the complaints.  He has seen an increase in stops and summonses, but regular officers who have been handling traffic issues have been diverted to other services.  Chief Conforti said that he has had a good rapport with the two traffic officers, and he expects stops and summonses to continue to rise in 2017.  He also credited Lt. Egnezzo with expanding education on traffic issues in the community to foster more responsible driving. Continue Reading

Montclair Police Seek Help To Find Missing Montclair Woman

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 9:32am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Missing Person

D/Lt. David O’Dowd of the Montclair Police Department just sent the following notice of a missing woman from Montclair:

On 11/23/2016, family members of Ms. Sarah Butler (20yoa from Montclair) reported her missing. Ms. Butler was last seen on 11/22/2016 at approximately 8pm.

Sarah Butler is described as a black female, 20 years of age, 5’5 in height, weighing 170 pounds, brown eyes, black/red hair, medium build, and medium to dark complexion. She was last seen wearing a black zip up jacket labeled “Premiere Dance Theater” with orange stripes, large men’s reading glasses, silver hoop earrings, dark blue jeans, a black headband, tall black boots, and a black side bag with a long strap.

Sarah Butler was operating a light blue/gray 2007 Dodge Caravan with yellow scrapes along the rear driver side.



Missing Montclair Woman

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 8:51pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

If you can help or have any information, a Montclair woman is missing:


Feeding The Needy All Over Essex County

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Some 20 pick-up trucks, SUV’s and vans, loaded to the brim with four tons of bulk foodstuffs, hundreds of turkeys and holiday meals by Essex County sheriff’s officers at emergency management headquarters in West Orange, were delivered on Tuesday, November 22nd as part of the sheriff’s Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Needy and Homeless. Continue Reading

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