Montclair Master Plan Historic Preservation Element to Undergo Update

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 2:19pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair Master Plan Historic Preservation Element to Undergo UpdateMontclair’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and Planning Board are preparing to update the 1993 Historic Preservation Element of the Township Master Plan. The update will help guide future township historic preservation efforts and strategies. The project will be funded by a 2015 Certified Local Government Grant-in-Aid from the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office.

The Historic Preservation Element will be discussed at length at the Commission’s regular meeting on July 28 and at the regularly-scheduled Planning Board meeting on October 17. Both meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in Municipal Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair. Community attendance is encouraged to learn about this preservation effort and to contribute comments and ideas.

Historic preservation is achieved by listing specific homes, districts or streetscapes as local landmarks. The Township’s Historic Preservation Ordinance helps protect and preserve historic properties and districts through a local landmark process. When a property is designated as a local landmark it is protected by the ordinance to ensure it continues to contribute to Montclair’s historic fabric. Continue Reading

Women’s Empowerment Week: Intrepid Gym Fundraiser for SAVE of Essex

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 2:19pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


In support of Women’s Empowerment Week, Intrepid Gym of Montclair will be fundraising for SAVE of Essex at all 7 p.m. classes from July 25-28 and July 30. SAVE of Essex, a program of Family Service League, is the state’s designated rape care center for Essex County and is in danger of closing from an acute funding shortage. Intrepid Gym, located on Bloomfield Avenue, offers high intensive training and spin classes.

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Play Pokémon GO This Thursday in Montclair Center And #CatchThemAll

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 9:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

We told you all about Pokémon GO. Don’t forget to #catchthemall tomorrow (Thursday, July 21) when Montclair Center will be filled with Pokémon! The Montclair Center BID will bait the various Pokéstops with lures throughout the district to attract as many Pokémon as possible. Level up and catch rare Pokémon as you shop!

Get special offers when you #catchthemall in Montclair Center, Thursday, July 21 from 4-7 pm!! @montclaircenter

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Montclair To Host Clear the Shelters Event, Saturday, July 23

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) will team up with NBC 4 New York / WNBC and Telemundo 47 / WNJU to host Clear the Shelters – the second annual nationwide pet adoption drive. In an effort to find new homes for homeless pets, MTAS will waive adoption fees on animals over six months old on Saturday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will take place at Basement WRX, the custom furniture refinishing shop and gallery located at 101 Walnut Street, Montclair (across the street from the Animal Shelter building). Basement WRX — whose motto is “We like our furniture like we like our dogs. Rescued” — generously offered their location for the event.

“When the fire in April destroyed much of our building, all of the animals were saved and fostered but they are now in need of permanent homes,” said Shelter Kennel Attendant Chris Morello. “Adopting an animal during Clear the Shelters is not only a savings on the adoption fees, it provides a loving home to a pet.”

The Animal Shelter’s adoption costs are normally $160 for dogs and $120 for cats and cover the pet’s spaying/neutering, vaccines, micro-chipping and other essential veterinary services. Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team to Hold Tryouts for 2016-2017 Season

BY  |  Monday, Jul 18, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Summer Sunshine Meet (provided by I Hara)

The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team will hold tryouts for its 2016-2017 season.

All tryouts will be held at the YMCA of Montclair’s Park Street Branch, 25 Park Street in Montclair.

The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team offers a year-round opportunity for swimmers ages 6 through high school to participate in both YMCA and USA swimming competitions. More than 200 athletes train with the team each year. They compete at all levels, based on their skill set. Tryout times below: Continue Reading

Jonathan Alter to Discuss Presidential Election at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

jonathan-alterJonathan Alter, Montclair resident and award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television analyst, will speak following the Erev Shabbat service at Temple Ner Tamid (936 Broad Street, Bloomfield) on Friday, July 22 at 6:30 pm.

With the Republican National Convention just ended, Alter will deliver a first-hand report from Cleveland and a look ahead to the Democratic National Convention the following week in Philadelphia. He will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the competing tickets going into one of the most important elections of our lifetimes.


The 2016 Montclair Jazz Festival: Amazing Lineup, Pre- and Post-Event Festivities, and More!

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Jazz FestivalThe No Tickets Required Montclair Jazz Festival is back, BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Montclair will once again transform into a destination for thousands of elated music fans as the 7th Annual Montclair Jazz Festival produced by acclaimed Jazz House Kids kicks off nine hours of world-class jazz on Saturday, August 13 in Nishuane Park. And again, it’s all free!

Artistic Director Christian McBride, Mistress of Ceremonies actor S. Epatha Merkerson,  and WBGO’s Gary Walker will lead the stage action for the Festival.

This year’s all-star headliners include the Dee Dee Bridgewater Quintet; A Christian McBride Situation; George Coleman Organ Quartet and Louis Prima, Jr. The world-class artists perform on the same stage with more than 200 multi-generational performers including festival favorites The Jazz House Faculty Collective directed by Ed Palermo celebrating the music of David Bowie and Prince; Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba; and nine award-winning Jazz House Kids’ student ensembles and vocal groups ranging in age from 8 to 18.

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Two Local Dads Open Yukōdit, A New Center Teaching Kids to Code

BY  |  Monday, Jul 11, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)


Two local dads are on a mission to teach kids about coding, design-thinking and entrepreneurship. Their new learning center is called Yukōdit, and its goal is to equip children of all ages and abilities with the technical and collaborative skills to succeed in their futures. After moving from London to Montclair with his wife and twin girls, Mike Halbert, who leads development teams in the investment banking industry, was surprised to learn that most states, including New Jersey, had not yet incorporated computer science into the learning standards that drive curriculum decisions in our public schools.

“Given the array of tech start-ups coming out of places like New York and Silicon Valley, I came back to the U.S. thinking that our education system would be much further along in addressing this need,” says Halbert.

In 2014 he teamed up with another parent, Jamie Pagliaro, who has spent his entire career working in education, including a school he started for kids with autism in East Harlem, and an educational technology company that now supports school districts nationwide in implementing inclusive educational practices. Continue Reading

Creating a Brighter Day for Bullying Victims

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 05, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

From left: Karen Sacks, VLJ executive director; Jessica Limbacher, VLJ staff attorney; Gemma Giantomasi, VLJ Generation Now Young Professionals Group chair; and Marge Chertok, lawyer and 11-year VLJ volunteer.

From left: Karen Sacks, VLJ executive director; Jessica Limbacher, VLJ staff attorney; Gemma Giantomasi, VLJ Generation Now Young Professionals Group chair; and Marge Chertok, lawyer and 11-year VLJ volunteer.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) raised $21,000 for anti-bullying efforts during a June event run by its Generation Now Young Professionals Group. VLJ, based in Newark and Montclair, has been providing pro bono representation to economically disadvantaged adults, children and families for 15 years.

More than 100 business owners, bankers, lawyers, technology and insurance industry representatives, accountants and others turned out for the summer soiree and BBQ at the Essex Fells County Club.

VLJ comes to the aid of some of the most vulnerable members of society. When a child is bullied at school, eight out of 10 times no adult intervenes to help. Families frequently feel isolated and helpless.

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FOUND! Chihuahua Missing From Bonsal Preserve

BY  |  Monday, Jul 04, 2016 6:17pm  |  COMMENTS (6)


UPDATE: Thomas has been found!

This chihuahua went missing from the Bonsal Preserve after being attacked by another dog. Keep an eye out for him. He’s about 8 pounds, has a red harness and answers to Thomas or Tommy.

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Thanks for posting this information. I am a parent to a rising kindergartener, and we did not receive the email. Important, relevant news for all families new to the district. Did any families new to the district receive this email?

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