Actor Frankie Faison to Receive Honorary Degree From Montclair State University

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Frankie Faison is LearTony-nominated actor and longtime Montclair resident Frankie Faison with receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at Montclair State University’s January Commencement ceremony at Newark’s Prudential Center on January 23 at 7 pm.The television, film and Broadway performer will also deliver the keynote address at the ceremony.

“Frankie Faison has entertained us in a career spanning nearly four decades, but it is because of his impact as a citizen of Montclair that we found him to be a worthy recipient for this honor,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “His charitable endeavors make him an example of what our graduates should strive to become: successful professionals who serve as role models in their respective communities.”

With more than 100 film and television appearances, Faison’s career has included roles in the movies The Silence of the Lambs, Mississippi Burning, Hannibal and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. He also starred as Commissioner Ervin Burrell in the prominent HBO television series The Wire, and has most recently appeared in the Netflix original series Luke Cage and the hit Cinemax series Banshee. On Broadway, Faison’s turn as Gabriel in the production Fences earned him Best Supporting Actor Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations.

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Montclair Offers an Expanded Seniors in Taxis Program For 2017

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Seniors In TaxisMontclair’s Seniors in Taxis (SIT) voucher program for Montclair residents 62 and older has been renewed for another year offering vouchers for reduced fares.

New this year, the vouchers can be used for destinations outside of Montclair. Use the vouchers to attend medical appointments, to grocery shop, or to meet a friend for lunch or a movie. Vouchers can also be purchased as “insurance” in case of car trouble, or if you do not want to worry about finding parking.

Visit or contact the Montclair Health Department on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building (205 Claremont Ave) to purchase your vouchers and pay $15 for $30 of rides. You will need to provide proof of age and residency.




Montclair Crime: Home Burglary, Theft from Unlocked Cars, Arrests

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


12-31-2016 (Heratij, Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Khari Bradley, 20yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. He was found to have stolen clothing items in his possession.


12-30-2016 (Clarewill Avenue) Residents discovered that while they were home, an unknown person had entered their kitchen through a rear door and stolen the contents of a purse. This suspect had also entered their vehicle, parked in the driveway of the home. Cash was taken in this incident.

12-30-2016 (Park Street) An unlocked vehicle, parked in a residential driveway, was entered. An attempt was also made to enter the rear door of that residence. Nothing was noticed missing at this time.

12-31-2016 (Maple Avenue) theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. A pocketbook was taken in this incident.

12-31-2016 (Christopher Street) Police responded to a report of a male walking through backyards in that area. (This was reported during the timeframe of the burglaries on Clarewill Avenue and Park Street) Callers on Lorraine Avenue also reported seeing this subject walking through back yards. This suspect was described as a light skin black or Hispanic male, approximately 5’9” in height, wearing dark clothing, having facial hair and possibly wearing a red beanie style hat. Essex County Sheriff K-9 was requested in an effort to locate this subject, with no findings.

01-01-2017 (Miller Street) A parked motor vehicle was entered by breaking a side window. Unknown on any proceeds at this time.





Montclair Crime: Burglary, Theft and Arrests

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


12-20-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Nelson Carroll, 19yoa from Bloomfield, was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS, as a result of a motor vehicle stop.

12-22-2016 (North Fullerton Avenue) Mr. Michael Johnson, 35yoa from East Orange, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Weapon. Mr. Johnson was reported to have been acting suspiciously in the area. He was found by police to be in possession of kitchen knives.

12-22-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Derek Hyppolite, 32yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS, as a result of a motor vehicle stop.
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Buzz Aldrin to Appear at Trump’s Inauguration

BY  |  Friday, Dec 23, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (11)

BuzzAldrin02Montclair native Buzz Aldrin will appear at Donald Trump’s Inauguration ceremony, reports

Others to appear are The Rockettes (although some dancers aren’t happy about it), Jackie Evancho, a former “America’s Got Talent” contestant who is set to sing the national anthem, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.








Montclair Pastry Chef’s “Icing Smiles” Cake Brings Big Smiles to Local Family

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Icing Smiles

Earlier in the year we did a story on the fundraiser for Daniel, a Glen Ridge boy who has been fighting Medulloblastoma at Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia. We’re happy to report that Daniel has been doing really well with treatment and is  currently in Philadelphia doing 7 weeks of proton radiation therapy, which will hopefully be the end of his active treatment.

His mother wanted the community to know how blessed they have been to have a ton of support from the community and other foundations and offer her thanks.

Daniel is turning 4 on Wednesday and his family celebrated his birthday with his older brother at home on Sunday. He had the most beautiful birthday cake provided by Icing Smiles and his volunteer “sugar angel” Frienschetta Chinn, a local baker who lives in Montclair.

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Montclair Councilor Spiller Fields Questions about Development, Vacant Store Fronts and Parking at Third Ward Meeting

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sean-Spiller-11-24-14-350x262When it comes to residential parking around the Wellmont Theater, Montclarians in the Third Ward are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Parking and development were some of the big issues discussed at a community meeting held from 7:30-9 p.m. on Monday, December 19 at the Montclair Public Library on Fullerton Avenue. Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville, Officer Bart Guthrie from the Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit and Montclair Business Improvement District Executive Director Israel Cronk, were also at the meeting.

Spiller kicked off the meeting by briefing the audience on what’s going on around town.

Seymour Street: Last week the Historic Preservation Committee reviewed plans for this development that includes the area around the Wellmont Theater and Social Security building. The committee reviewed what the structure should look like and what materials should be used. The design then goes before the Planning Board and back to the Historic Preservation Committee. “If you’re interested, make sure your voice is heard,” said Spiller. The councilor reminded the crowd if they feel strongly about the plan they need voice their opinion at a Planning Board meeting. Sending an email to him or Planning Director Janice Talley is not an effective way of communicating on this issue. By law, residents need to make their opinion known at a public meeting so the Board can discuss it. Councilor Baskerville seconded Spiller’s point by saying it was very important for residents who are concerned about overdevelopment and density to voice their opinions at Planning Board meetings. Continue Reading

Montclair Council Approves 545 New Parking Meters

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Montclair Township Council wrapped up its business for 2016 in just over an hour at its December 20 meeting.  Twenty-four out of 25 resolutions were passed unanimously, along with three ordinances on second reading.  The three ordinances in question, respectively, were fixed salary ranges for various township offices, created new offices and fixed salaries for those new offices, and refunded a township bond ordinance providing for the advance refunding of all or a potion of general improvement bonds and school bonds with an appropriation of $19 million.  All three had been passed on first reading on November 29.  Chief Financial Officer Padmaja Rao said that adoption of the bond ordinance does not mean that the township has to forward any funding but, rather, it will put it in a position so that if market conditions are favorable, they can act quickly and provide necessary funding.  In an unrelated observation later in the meeting, Mayor Robert Jackson spoke of Montclair’s financial health, stating that the township’s debt was $179 million going into 2017, down from $183 million from a year earlier and down from $223 million when he and the council’s current members all took office in 2012.  The mayor added that Montclair remains one of the few municipalities in New Jersey to have an AAA bond rating.

Also passed unanimously were two first-reading ordinances, one adopting a new zoning map and the other assigning construction code and sub-code enforcement duties to the Department of Community Services.  Councilor-at-Large Robert Russo was especially supportive of the latter measure, calling it a good-government imitative aimed at making local government more responsive to township residents.

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

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Montclair Crime: Glen Ridge Man Arrested For DWI With Son in Car, Hit Several Parked Cars and Attempted to Flee

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Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted Burglary

On December 12, 2016, Montclair PD report that Mr. Patrick Dwyer, 37 yoa from Glenridge, was arrested and charged with DWI after striking several parked cars along Bloomfield Avenue, then attempting to flee the scene. Mr. Dwyer’s 4 yoa son was discovered to be an occupant in the vehicle. The juvenile was evaluated by medical personnel. Mr. Dwyer was also issued multiple motor vehicle summonses. This incident is still under investigation.

More in the week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department below:

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Additional Homicide Charges Filed Against Khalil Wheeler-Weaver in Connection With Death of a Newark Woman

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeFrom the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office:

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray has announced that murder charges have been filed against Khalil Wheeler-Weaver in connection with death of Joanne Brown, age 33, of Newark. Brown’s body was discovered on December 5, 2016 in a vacant house in the 300 block of Highland Avenue in Orange, NJ. The cause of death was asphyxiation and the death was ruled a homicide.

After an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force, Wheeler-Weaver was charged with one count of Murder and one count of Disturbing Human Remains. Wheel-Weaver was charged earlier this month with Murder in connection with the death of Sarah Butler, age 20, of Montclair, whose body was discovered in Eagle Rock Reservation on December 1, 2016.
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