Montclair Councilor Baskerville, Planning Department to Host HUMC/Mountainside Hospital Redevelopment Plan Workshop

BY  |  Friday, Nov 27, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

HUMC/Mountainside Hospital RedevelopmentFourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville and the Montclair Township Planning Department invite you to join your neighbors for a Community Workshop meeting to help plan for the future of HUMC/Mountainside Hospital. The meeting will be held Monday, November 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Fire Department Headquarters, 1 Pine Street. Free parking will be provided in the parking deck. Continue Reading

Montclair Township Council Meeting: Town Reduces $40 Million of Debt Since 2011

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Chief Financial Officer Padmaja Rao delivers news on the reduced debt at the November 24 Montclair Township Council meeting while resident Sandy Sorkin (left) takes notes.

Montclair Chief Financial Officer Padmaja Rao delivers news on the reduced debt at the November 24 Montclair Township Council meeting while resident Sandy Sorkin (left) takes notes.

The Montclair Township Council held a brief conference meeting on November 24 at which it hosted the township’s chief financial officer, Padmaja Rao, who presented favorable news about Montclair’s finances.


Rao began by saying that, since the end of 2011, the township had reduced its debt from $223 million then to $183 million in November 2015, which caused Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors to break out in applause.  Rao also reported that the township was able pay down $11.5 million through the budget  in the process.  Mayor Jackson said that the 22 percent reduction in the debt was significant because it allowed Montclair to dedicate less money to the debt while paying it down, providing some financial momentum.  Rao also said that 59 percent of general obligations bonds would come due in five years, the remainder coming due in ten years, which she was favorable toward debt reduction.

In public comment, resident Sandy Sorkin agreed that Rao’s news was wonderful, but he had an issue with the fact that her report had not been posted on the township’s website.  Rao had given hard copies of a slide presentation to the council, and Sorkin said that the public ought to be privy to the information that the council had only just received.  Sorkin added that this was an example of “secret reports” with details that the public couldn’t see.

“I think that you should have the same complaint that I have, that this should have been available before the meeting, so you wouldn’t have to sit here and read it to ask your questions,” Sorkin told the council.  He commended the $40 million debt  reduction but asked how much of it was canceling unissued bonds that were authorized.  Mayor Jackson said that the amount of issued debt went down by about $204 million to $164 million, so it’s the same spread as the drop in debt that was issued.

“I’ve heard this in the past,” the mayor said, “where people have said, ‘You’re not really reducing outstanding debt,  you’re just canceling other debt, and that is absolutely not the case.”

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Montclair Crime: Burglaries on Cooper and Ardsley; Dog Feces Smeared on Car Windshields

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 2:12pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Burglaries on Cooper and Ardsley; Dog Feces Smeared on Car WindshieldsMultiple parked cards were vandalized on North Fullerton — with dog feces. That and more in a week in Montclair crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police:


11-16-2015 (Glenridge Avenue) Mr. Willie Kearney, 57yoa from Montclair was found intoxicated and in possession of an open alcoholic beverage container. Mr. Kearney was interfering with PSE&G crews working at that location, repeatedly entering their work area, and creating a hazardous condition. He was arrested and charged with disorderly persons. He was also cited for possession of the open alcohol container.

11-18-2015 (Monroe Place) Ms. Nadiay Lamb, 31yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI. Continue Reading

Gala Goers Clicked their Ruby Red Shoes for CASA!

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Christina Baker Kline of Montclair (center) was honored.

Christina Baker Kline of Montclair (center) was honored.

A ruby red shoe was the only fashion statement guests were asked to make on Friday, November 13 at CASA for Children of Essex County’s Ruby Red Shoe Ball.

The annual event filled the room with 308 guests in ruby red shoes to raise awareness and funds for its local program. Men and women came in all types of red shoes from tennis to stilettos. The evening’s theme “there’s no place like home” speaks to CASA’s  mission of seeing the children they serve placed in safe, permanent homes through the work of its volunteer-advocates for the family courts.

The sold out event honored Montclair’s Christina Baker-Kline and Cathy G. Pinto, Anthony “Chef Tony” Villanueva for their support of CASA and their personal contributions to child advocacy.

This year’s event broke fundraising records for the organization, making it the highest amount of funds raised for a single fundraiser in one night. The organization brought in revenue of nearly $111,000 from tickets, sponsorships, and donations. After final accounting, the organization stands to profit close to $90,000 for the organization’s general fund.




Parking and Redevelopment Again Dominate Montclair Third Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller with constituents at his November 23 community meeting

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller with constituents at his November 23 community meeting

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller held a community meeting on November 23 at the Montclair Library, where he briefed constituents on the latest developments in parking, street improvements, and redevelopment, and their issues.  As always, constituents had their own concerns and their own takes on the issues Councilor Spiller addressed.

The councilor began with a rundown of various ongoing topics, parking being the most pressing of them.  He explained that the Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates was looking at how Montclair’s public parking could be best utilized, saying that the consultants were determining what rates to charge where, how to get more cars off the street through the effort to incentivize parking on the decks (especially the Fullerton deck, which is not widely used) and what rates to charge where and when, depending on how often spaces are used and peak times of use.  Councilor Spiller explained that the findings, due out in early 2016, should enable the township to make the most out of the parking available and possibly create more parking, such as building more decks.  He also informed the constituents in attendance that Montclair was moving aggressively to replace the meters with new, advanced meters that will allow people to pay by means other than coins and will be easy to repair or replace when defective.

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Montclair PD Release Sketch of Suspect in Recent Armed Robbery

BY  |  Monday, Nov 23, 2015 9:31am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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The Montclair Police Department just released this composite sketch of the suspect in the armed robbery that took place on November 11 in Montclair:

11-11-2015 at 1105Hrs – Armed robbery of a pedestrian on Harrison Avenue near Cedar Avenue. The suspect approached the victim, a 39yoa West Orange man, walking northbound on Harrison Avenue. The suspect brandished a handgun and stated “Give me your phone”. This suspect then grabbed the phone from the victim and fled on foot in the direction of Cedar Avenue. This suspect is described as a thin black male with dreadlocks, wearing a red/gray sweatshirt and black/white sweatpants and a black beanie style hat. The victim was not injured in this incident.

Montclair Turkey Bike Ride Brings Thanksgiving Birds To Human Needs Food Pantry

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Montclair Turkey Bike Ride Brings Thanksgiving Birds To Human Needs Food Pantry

The temperature was in the low 40s, as hundreds of bike riders, 354 turkeys and more than $900 made their way from Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield, to the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair, this Sunday morning.

Those were the numbers that will make an important difference in the lives of many on our area, having a tough time making ends meet this Thanksgiving.

It was all part of Montclair Bikery’s annualTurkey Ride. The riders we spoke to had huge smiles, after making the 15-mile round trip from the Bikery, to the Brookdale Shoprite to the Food Pantry. Continue Reading

Montclair Police Officers Help Put Food on the Table For Thanksgiving

BY  |  Friday, Nov 20, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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L-R: yrone Williams, Jr. (Sentinels President), Deacon Marie Love, Gwendolyn Powell, Jennifer Slaten, Trustee Floyd Slaten, Malik J. Rivers (FOP President), Joel Love, Tim Lee (Trustee/Treasurer), Steven Mateo (Sentinels Member)


Members of the Sentinels 16-87 “Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association” and the Montclair Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #126 donated turkeys to the “Love Food Pantry” of Union Baptist Church. The Sentinels have assisted the pantry for the last four years, this year FOP Lodge #126 also contributed; in an effort to help those that are less fortunate enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving.




Pedestrian Fatality in Montclair Under Investigation

BY  |  Friday, Nov 20, 2015 11:40am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pedestrian Fatality in Montclair

Baristanet reported on the pedestrian hit last night on Hawthorne Place and Elm Street. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh have just announced the investigation and name of the man killed in the accident.

Shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday Jamie Vuignier, 48, of Montclair was struck by a motor vehicle in the area of Hawthorne Place & Elm Street in the Township of Montclair. He was transported to Mountainside Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:40 pm. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. At this time no charges have been filed against her.

The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is available at this time.



UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck, Seriously Injured Killed, At Elm and Hawthorne, Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 9:28pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Update 11/20 – 11:40 am: The male victim, has been identified as Jamie Vuignier, 48, of Montclair.

UPDATE 11/20 9:15 am: Katherine Carter of The Essex County Prosecutors Office just informed Baristanet that they are handling the investigation and sadly, the person died at the hospital. They will share person’s information (name, age, hometown, etc.) in a release when they can.

A pedestrian was hit by a car tonight, around 7:30 p.m. at Elm Street and Hawthorne Place in Montclair.

According to Breaking News Network, fire department assisted at the scene, extricating the female pedestrian who had been trapped under a vehicle after being struck and suffered serious injuries.

A tipster shares that the victim is a father with two children.

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alex, you failed to notice that the Montclair 2016 campaign has already begun & this is just the latest installment...via the very new Township CFO. Ah, it's nice to be an incumbent.

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