Milling and Paving Work in Montclair on May 5

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Montclair: Tell Us Your Worst Streets In Need Of RepavingPortions of the following streets will be milled and paved beginning on or about Monday, May 5, weather permitting. The project is expected to take approximately four weeks to complete. During this construction period the following streets will be closed at various times throughout the duration of this project.

  • Lincoln Street — Maple Avenue to Glen Ridge Border
  • Upper Mountain Avenue– Claremont Ave. to Bellevue Ave. (Northbound Only)
  • Highland Avenue– Edgewood Road to Little Falls Border

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Historic Walking Tour of Upper Montclair With a 21st-Century Twist

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Historic Walking Tour

With just a smartphone you can travel back in time in Upper Montclair.

Hold your phone in front of the Bellevue Theater to see a photograph of what stood on that spot a century ago. (A building that resembled a giant trunk.) Or hold your phone toward St. James Episcopal Church and see what it looked like before the bell tower.

Dozens of sites in the Upper Montclair Historic Business District can now be viewed in this “then and now” fashion, thanks to a collaboration among Montclair State University communications students, the Montclair Historical Society and Friends of Anderson Park. The students used a website called to build a map of numerous Upper Montclair historic spots, charting the district’s evolution from a rural community in the 1880s to a burgeoning suburban town into the 1930s.

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Blood Drive For Local Little Girl on May 10

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 2:00pm

Blood DriveKatelyn, a 21 month old little girl from Glen Ridge, was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer). There is a shortage of blood in this area and Katelyn will require blood during her treatment. Her family has a blood drive scheduled for Saturday, May 10 from 9 am – 2 pm at Forest Avenue School, 287 Forest Avenue in Glen Ridge.

If you can donate you can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED  CROSS and mention Katelyn or sign up online and enter sponsor code: KatelynMay10. Appointments are preferred but not necessary.





Belleville Mayoral Candidate Allegedly Caught on Tape in Racist Rant

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 1:20pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling‘s lifetime ban from the NBA for racist comments made in a conversation may be all the national news, however a similar situation is occurring closer to home. Marie Strumolo Burke, who is running for mayor in Belleville, NJ, was allegedly caught on tape making a racist statement in which she said she didn’t want her village to become a “f*cking n—– town,”  according to

In the recording above, which was posted to YouTube, a woman’s voice that is allegedly Burke’s can be heard yelling the racist statement in the background of a voicemail left on Councilman Kevin Kennedy’s answering machine.

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Have a Fiesta at a Local Cinco de Mayo Celebration

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Cinco de Mayo originated with Mexican-American communities as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States on May 5 as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

There are several local celebrations to enjoy:

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Taqueria Autentica is collaborating with Yellow Plum in Bloomfield for a Cinco de Mayo party.  Enjoy TA’s killer Mexican food and drink Yellow Plum’s amazing cocktails.

Taqueria Authentica & Yellow Plum Cinco de Mayo Party
Yellow Plum, 1099 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Monday, May 5 from 4 pm – 10 pm

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Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti Headlines May 1 Benefit for Autism at Montclair State

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 12:00pm

Laura Benanti Tony award winner Laura Benanti will headline Montclair State’s third annual concert to benefit Autism New Jersey, set to take place in the University’s Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, May 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The event will also star comic Sunda Croonquist, 11-year-old musical prodigy Jodi DiPiazza, stage performer Gia McGlone, and students from Montclair State’s Musical Theater program. Tickets are available on eventbrite for $15. Montclair state alumni and students can purchase tickets for $10  at the door.

Hosting the show will be students from both of the Montclair State and Fairleigh Dickinson Public Relations Student Society of America chapters.

The money raised from the evening will help Autism New Jersey provide education and support for teachers and other professionals responsible for educating and caring for children and adults with autism.

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Montclair Crime: Several Pine Street Crimes

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 11:40am  |  COMMENTS (2)

The week in Montclair crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department, Pine Street had three separate instances of crime — two robberies and a theft.


On 04/25/2014 at approx. 0215Hrs, a 29 year old Montclair man reported that he was the victim of a Robbery in the area of Pine Street at Glenridge Avenue.  The victim stated that he was walking on Pine Street when approached by the three actors.  He identified the first as a twenty-year-old black female, with dark skin, of average height, with a heavy build wearing a blue coat.  The second subject was described as a twenty-year-old black male with short dreadlocks, approximately 5’6″ in height with brown skin.  The final subject was described as a twenty-year-old black male, with light skin, and very tall.  He further stated that one of these actors punched him in the face, while another removed $10 from his person.  The three actors then fled on foot in an unknown direction.  The victim suffered a cut lip.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 4/26/2014 at approx. 1558, a 29 year old, Jersey City man was the victim of a Robbery on the corner of pine Street and Glenridge Avenue.  A lone actor removed a pair of headphones from the victims head.  He then struck the victim, causing him to fall to the pavement.  This victim suffered serious injuries in this incident.  As a result of their investigation, Detectives charged a juvenile with this robbery.  This juvenile was apprehended by patrol units.

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#MFF14: Let Them Know Me as a Person

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

One: A Story of Love and EqualityOn Tuesday night at 9 pm the documentary One: A Story of Love and Equality, directed by Montclair’s own Becca Roth made its NJ Premiere at the Bellevue theater as part of the Montclair Film Festival. The film chronicles Roth and her partner Melina Marini’s efforts to understand both the supporters and opponents of North Carolina’s 2012 amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage in the days leading up to the vote.

Roth used interviews to paint a very human picture of gay and transgender couples in North Carolina—some together for decades—as they mobilize to fight the passage of the amendment and deal with issues that all couples face, such as preparing for the birth of a child or caring for a partner struggling with dementia.

Her earnest efforts to profile proponents of the amendment are initially thwarted by one organization’s email blast to amendment supporters warning of an “unfriendly media person named Becca Roth.”

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Brighten a Child’s Rainy Day With Zoubaby Personalized Monogrammed Rain Boots

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 10:00am


It’s the last day of April, but springy showers continue and bright, fun rain boots always bring some sunshine on a cloudy day. That’s why I’m loving these personalized monogrammed rain boots for kids from Zoubaby, which were provided to me for review. My girls love them too, because they were able to design them from the color choices and monogram style. My 6 year old chose bright pink and orange trim and my 10 year old went “cool” with black and white trim. They both liked the Copperplate font for the monogram the best out of the five choices.

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Well Options, Library Funding Dominate Montclair Township Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

 Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller and Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville at the April 29, 2014 Montclair Township council meeting.

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller and Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville at the April 29 council meeting.

Continued hearings for the 2014 Montclair Township  budget were all but relegated to the background at the April 29 Montclair Township Council meeting by Water Director Gary Obszarny’s presentation on the findings and recommendations regarding the potential development of the well in Nishuane Park.

Obszarny explained in a 51-minute presentation that while Montclair supplies a large amount of water through its wells, which provide at least 23 percent of the township’s water, the Wanaque Reservoir, it uses 867,000 gallons more than it takes in at peak when in a “firm capacity” situation. Firm capacity is defined as the “adequate pumping equipment and/or treatment capacity (excluding coagulation, flocculation and sedimentation) to meet peak daily demand, when the largest pumping unit or treatment unit is out of service.”

In other words, when a well pump doesn’t work, there isn’t enough water coming into the system to compensate for that 867,000 gallons used daily when demand is highest. To that end, the state would not allow any further development projects with a large water demand.

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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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