A Falling Tree Gets Its Closeup

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 4:30pm

Amid the gunshot-like sounds of branches snapping on Saturday, there was one noise that sounded more like a cannon. Turns out it was a giant oak tree falling on my block — and one of my neighbors, Rick Gearhart, managed to capture it on videotape, which he shared with Eyewitness News.

Luckily no one was injured, but the street tree smashed straight into the house across the street from Gearhart, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage. It’s amateur video, but no less astonishing to see devastation in action. Watch it here.


Montclair: More Options For Warmth, Power

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 3:50pm

Feeling powerless and need a place to go for a few hours? Montclair Public Library main branch is open until 6 p.m. today and the Bellevue branch until 8 p.m. Tell us your favorite power outage haunts in comments.


BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 3:26pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

A freak October snowstorm didn’t stop folks from getting their freak on at the Boooristanet ball. Want to see the party pics?
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Anger Over Canceled Halloween

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 3:19pm  |  COMMENTS (41)

Cancel Trick or Treating? Postponing it until November 4 or to November 7 in West Orange? What a bummer.

Despite the decision to move Halloween to Friday, some families will not be stopped from getting their trick or treating on. They’re getting their costumes on, going out for candy and breaking the law damnit!

Angry families are tweeting, making videos and posting their sadness, anger and disbelief on Facebook and starting a new movement–should we call it Occupy Trick or Treat?:

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Montclair’s Danger Zones and Traffic Light Outages from Snoctober

Monday, Oct 31, 2011 12:53pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Montclair Police Department provides below a list of some of the areas in town that may be dangerous to pedestrian and vehicular traffic:
• 35 Central Avenue – Live wire across the roadway still arcing
• Eaglerock at South Mountain – Live across the roadway still arcing
• Willowdale at Linden- Live wire across the roadway still arcing

The traffic signals out at:
• Park and Claremont
• Valley at Claremont
• Watchung and Grove
• Alexander and Grove Tree limbs that have partially broken from trees still present a risk and should be avoided as well.

Day Two: School Closures

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 12:43pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Yep, that’s right. Schools are starting to call another closing.

The following schools will be CLOSED on Tuesday, November 1:

Bloomfield Public Schools
Livingston Public Schools

Belleville Public Schools
Chatham Public Schools
Summit Public Schools
West Orange Public Schools
Millburn Public Schools
Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools
Montclair Public Schools
Verona Public Schools
Nutley Public Schools
South Orange – Maplewood Public Schools
Cedar Grove Public Schools
Clifton Public Schools

Delayed Opening

Glen Ridge Public Schools (2 hour delay)

Private Schools:

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What’s for Dinner? Chicken Chili with Chocolate and Barley

Monday, Oct 31, 2011 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Or is that Chocolate Chili Chicken? Or Chocolate Chicken Chili? Or even Chili Chocolate Chicken???

I know – it sounds like a Dr. Seuss story,  but trust me: the result is far from child-like. This is one dark, delicious, sophisticated and sultry stew.

As fall winter? approaches, friends have been asking me for “Crockpot” recipes and this great, one-pot dish is perfect for feeding hungry Trick-or-Treaters (If they can go!) on Halloween.

That said, slow cooking is not quite as easy as just setting and forgetting—there is a little bit of work to be done first but it is well worth the effort. With a soupcon of forward planning, you can have a hearty simmering dinner waiting for you.

Here are a few hints to get that perfect slow cooked meal:

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Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Cedar Grove Saying “No Treats for You”

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 11:53am  |  COMMENTS (38)

Update: 2 p.m. Montclair becomes more definite in discouraging trick or treating today.

Due to remaining dangerous conditions in a number of areas of town, the Township of Montclair recommends that parents postpone home-to-home trick-or-treating until Friday, November 4 and NOT participate in trick-or-treating today, Monday, October 31.

The Township also encourages those who will postpone home-to-home trick-or-treating to keep porch lights off to let October 31 participants know that they will NOT be participating this evening.

Update: Montclair, Bloomfield join Glen Ridge, Cedar Grove in discouraging trick or treating today.

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Montclair Council Chambers Open As “Warming Center”

Monday, Oct 31, 2011 11:35am

If you’re still without power, head over to Montclair’s Council Chambers.

The Montclair Township municipal building Council Chambers will be open to the public as a “warming center” today, Monday October 31 and Tuesday, November 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 pm. for all those who may be without power. The Municipal building is located at 205 Claremont Avenue between North Fullerton Avenue and Park Street.

The Glen Ridge Train Station is also open as a warming center and device recharging station today and tomorrow from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Continue Reading

The Long-Term Health Effects of 9/11

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 11:26am

From asthma to post traumatic stress disorder, the events of 9/11 have had a persistent long-term effects on survivors’ health.   This will be the topic of a lecture by Steven D. Stellman, director of research for the World Trade Center Health Registry, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State.

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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