Montclair Crime: Disturbance on Mission Street, Suspicious Male on Warren Place

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Crime: Disturbance on Mission Street, Suspicious Male on Warren PlaceThe week in Montclair crime from Lt. David O’Dowd, Detective Bureau Commander, Montclair Police:

On 09-28-2014 at 0204Hrs, Officers assigned to the Mission Street post observed a large disturbance mid-block in the center of the street. Upon responding, they located approximately eight individuals huddled around two males who were physically fighting. One of the males who was fighting was identified as Justin Davis (18yoa from Montclair), disregarded Officers orders. He continued to act in a combative and aggressive manner. Mr. Davis was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.

On 09-29-2014 at 0738Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Warren Place on a report of a suspicious male walking through the rear yards of homes. Arriving Officers observed this suspect, James Aguiar (23yoa from Montclair) walking on Warren Place. After conducting a canvass of the neighborhood, numerous witnesses observed Mr. Aguiar walking through the rear properties of homes in the area. It was discovered that Mr. Aguiar had rummaged through at least one vehicle in the neighborhood, ripping open parcels, which were on the rear seat. Mr. Aguiar was placed under arrest and charged with burglary and theft. He was held on $7,500 bail. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Hosts First Ever October Feast

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 10:00am

October Feast SignageThe first annual October Feast will be held at the Glen Ridge Women’s Club on October 20, 2014. October Feast is a Food, Beer and Wine tasting evening hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge.

Tastings will be provided by 20 nearby restaurants which will include main courses, appetizers, salads and desserts. A beer tasting will be hosted by the Glen Ridge Home Brewers Association and a wine tasting will be hosted by Fairway Markets. A local rum distiller will be present and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

Participating restaurants include Egan & Sons, Fin Rawbar and Kitchen, Fitzgerald’s 1928, Fricassée French Bistro, Greek Taverna, Halcyon Brasserie, La Couronne Restaurant, Mac Attack Gourmet Cheesery, Salute Bistro and Stamna Greek Taverna. Desserts will be provided by Aromi Di Napoli, Jarets Stuffed Cupcakes and Miss Nicky’s Gourmet Toffee Continue Reading

Senators Gillibrand and Booker Share Inspiration #OffTheSidelines in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 6:08am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sunday night’s Adult School of Montclair (ASM) and Watchung Booksellers free community event in the Montclair High School auditorium brought over 800 attendees to listen to Senator Gillibrand of New York and New Jersey’s Senator Booker share personal and professional stories meant to inspire as well as entertain. Gillibrand has been making the rounds on behalf of her new book Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

Dr. Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University, gave a warm and welcoming introduction to the Senators replete with reasons why Senator Gillibrand’s book is important as an inspiration and push to get more girls involved in their communities.

The conversation between Gillibrand and Booker revealed the great respect and friendship between the two senators. Touching on topics related to Senator Gillibrand’s new book, Off The Sidelines, the conversation covered work/life balance, mentoring, role models, and the importance of a varied and consistent female voice in politics. Continue Reading

It’s Unanimous – Princeton Votes To Hire Montclair Town Manager

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 7:04pm

Photo: Planet Princeton

Councilwoman Jo Butler, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO, joins Dashield at a meet and greet after the vote. Photo: Planet Princeton

Tonight, Princeton town council, in a unanimous vote, hired Marc Dashield as town manager. Continue Reading

Spin at SoulCycle in Short Hills To Help Support Domestic Violence Victims, 10/8

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

soulcycleDo you spin or know someone who does? Take a spin at SoulCycle Short Hills and help raise funds for Partners for Women and Justice programs.

Partners for Women and Justice empowers low-income and abused women to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice by offering quality legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters. Continue Reading

Montclair Seeking To Hire Full-Time Animal Control Officer UPDATED

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 10:41am  |  COMMENTS (13)

Montclair Animal Shelter

Update: We emailed town officials to inquire about these postings. Communications director Katya Wowk replied that “The ACO post is for someone to replace the ACO who became the shelter vet tech. The kennel helper [position] is new.”

Montclair announced today that it is looking to hire a full-time animal control officer, as well as a part-time kennel helper, news that can’t come soon enough for many residents concerned about reports of dangerous conditions and practices at the shelter. Continue Reading

Cute Photos: Freeman Garden Harvest Fest

BY  |  Monday, Sep 29, 2014 10:21am

What an amazing fall weekend! Families had fun today at Freeman Gardens in Glen Ridge as kids wandered through a pumpkin patch and selected their own perfect pumpkin. Choosing from over 500 pumpkins was an exciting adventure in itself, but there was more. Paints and decorating kits were available and the children created happy, funny or scary faces on their pumpkins.

Music filled the air as The Foggy Minded Boys, an accomplished, Montclair-based bluegrass group provided a toe-tapping accompaniment to the activities. Adults brought their garden-related questions to local garden writer Elisabeth Ginsburg, who was on duty at the Gardeners Question Table.

Apple cider was served throughout the event.

Montclair Film Festival Hosts “Conversation With Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell”

BY  |  Monday, Sep 29, 2014 9:16am

MFF-Celebrity_Fund-FlyerReunited and it feels so good. Stephen Colbert will team up again with Steve Carell (the pair have a history, working together on the improvisation troupe Second City in Chicago and also as correspondents on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”) for Montclair Film Festival’s annual Conversation series. Continue Reading

RIP Herman Lew 1955-2014

BY  |  Monday, Sep 29, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

When Herman Lew died suddenly and unexpectedly driving home from karate a week ago Saturday, word spread quickly, and people naturally were stunned. It wasn’t only that he was young, it was that he was so full of life. Even if you only knew him as a neighbor who drove a convertible and had a ready smile, you could sense his vitality. Lew directed the undergraduate film and video program at City College of New York and was a cinematographer in his own right. His wife, Janice Yamanaka, designed the original Baristanet website, in 2004. She and their three children survive him. They were longtime residents of Glen Ridge.

Longtime Glen Ridge resident, filmmaker and professor Herman Lew, who passed away Sept. 20, 2014.

Longtime Glen Ridge resident, filmmaker and professor Herman Lew, who passed away Sept. 20, 2014.

Hundreds of friends and neighbors showed up for a memorial service Sunday afternoon at the Glen Ridge Women’s Club, and the same remarks were heard over and over again. It was tragic. A shock. It was amazing, people said, how much the girl’s lacrosse team had pulled together to support Herman’s daughter, Galen Lew, a star midfielder on team: How they spread the word, coordinated food for the event. Even people who had no use for organized sports had to acknowledge it. The mourners, people noticed, represented the artsy side of the town and the jock side of town, all of which were present in Herman, the family, and indeed the town. Continue Reading

Train, Then Try Out A Triathlon at Montclair Y

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 10:30am

triathlonYou know you’ve been wanting to try one. Now’s your chance.

The Montclar YMCA is having a triathlon on October 5 and it’s open to the community, but you need to register by noon on October 1.

Want to do a triathlon, but want to know more? The Y is also hosting a FREE Triathlon 101 Workshop on Tuesday, September 30 at 6 p.m. to help folks learn what to expect from their first triathlon. Continue Reading

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