Showing Love to the Montclair Public Library: My First Chapter

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 3:00pm

Penny MacCormackThis essay is part of the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s third annual “My First Chapter” series. These essays are in support of the Montclair Public Library. This last installment, which first appeared in the Montclair Times and is reprinted here with permission, is from Penny MacCormack, Superintendent of Schools in Montclair.

“Information helps you to see that you’re not alone. That there’s somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who’ve all longed and lost, who’ve all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you’re not really any different from everyone else.”

— Maya Angelou

Often when I am asked to describe in words something I am passionate about, I look to Dr. Angelou for inspiration. Since reading this interview in a 2010 conversation with the New York Public Library, her words have stayed with me.

Libraries for me have always served as an anchor of stability in each of the communities where I have lived and a personal sanctuary where I can explore, learn and study without judgment and in peace.
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The Year in Food 2014

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Year in Food 2014

2014 was another fast-paced year for the Montclair area restaurant scene.

Here, we take a look back at the biggest openings, closings and notable food news of 2014:
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Found Cat in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 1:12pm

Found Cat in Montclair

A reader writes in:

This cat has been under my deck near Watchung Plaza on Fairfield Street for more than 24 hours. It appears well taken care of and believe it is declawed so not used to being outside. I would like very much to find the owner. Would appreciate any way you can communicate in hopes owner will see. Thank you. My number is 973-650-8475 to claim the cat.



Childhood: New Year’s Eve Traditions

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

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(In front of Red Mango on Church St.)

“When my mother and father were living, we’d all open presents and sit down at the table together and eat.”

Baristanet: You opened presents on New Years?

“Yes we did. My mother, father, grandparents, and sister. It was beautiful when they were alive, but now they’re no longer with me. We stayed up late, my parents had Champagne, and kids had ginger ale. I think it was a lovely thing that they did, you know. It was beautiful then.”



Boy Scout Donates Coats to Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular Collection

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 11:51am

Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (seventh from left) welcomed Boy Scout Sean Quinlan (sixth from left) from Lincoln Park, a member of Handicapped Boys Scout Troop 364 in Belleville, to the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo on Sunday, December 21.

A Boy Scout for over 20 years, Quinlan collected over 100 winter coats as part of his Eagle Scout project and donated them to the collection at the Holiday Lights Spectacular. He worked with the ShopRite supermarkets in Nutley, Belleville and Lincoln Park to serve as collection locations.

Joining the County Executive are (from left) Sean’s sister, Barbara Tudda; Troop Leader/Committee Member Mary Ann Bergamini; Scouts Sergio Ciccolella and John Bergamini; Scout Master Richard Gagnon; Scout Michael Dowd and Gino Pesci.

(Photo by Glen Frieson)



Biggest Local Stories of 2014

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 10:30am

The MC Hotel, Master Plan, MAM’s Centennial Birthday, Tierney’s 80th, 3rd annual Montclair Film Festival, parades, jazz festivals and more…

Here’s a look back at the biggest local stories of 2014:




Montclair threw a Big Game Winter Festival in honor of the Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium,  Christie’s Reelection Campaign was subpoenaed By U.S. Attorney and Montclair resident Paul Fishman, discussion of the historic designation of Watchung Plaza business district, Montclair residents have had a lot to say about a new version of the Master Plan, Montclair Art Museum celebrated its Centennial Birthday, Bloomfield got a new Mayor — Michael Venezia.
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Bloomfield Crime: Burglary, Thefts and Many Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 10:00am

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


12/22/14 – 100 block of Orange St. Construction Site Burglary.
The construction site contractor reports that between 12/19 at 3:45 pm 12/22 at 6:45 am unknown actors burglarized the site. 700 feet of copper cable was taken from different locations at the site including locked rooms. Proceeds: Copper cable valued at $6500.

12/25/14 – 100 block of Harrison St.
At 5:50 pm a witness/victim interrupted 6 male suspects rummaging through a residence.
The suspects fled the scene. Proceeds: Red leather quilted jewelry box with assorted jewelry, and 3 pairs of basketball sneakers.
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Free Art Friday Scavenger Hunt This Friday in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (11)

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This Friday, January 2, keep your eye out for art hanging in the most unusual spots in Montclair. Perhaps you’ll see a painting on a bench in Anderson Park. Or a photograph hung on a lamppost. Maybe a collage leaning against a storefront on Church Street. There will be random, beautiful works of art in places you wouldn’t expect. And they will be yours for the taking, because it’s Free Art Friday.

A Free Art Friday event is an art scavenger hunt started about 10 years ago by a British artist named My Dog Sighs, which then started popping up in cities around the world, and now, thanks to Jennifer Ley, it will happen in Montclair this weekend.
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Montclair Crime: Slashed Tires, Cars Broken Into, Burglaries

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 2:30pm

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


On 12-28-2014 at 1111Hrs, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a white Mazda 4 at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Midland Avenue. The vehicle operator, Mr. Frank DeRosa (48yoa from Newark) was found to have a no-bail warrant from Woodland Park. He was arrested and held on this warrant.

On 12-29-2014 at 1416Hrs, Officers responded to Upper Mountain Avenue on a report of a male stealing packages off a front porch. A subject matching the actors description was located riding a bicycle on North Mountain Avenue near Claremont Avenue. This suspect, Terrell Morris (48yoa from Boonton), was observed discarding a package as Officers approached. Mr. Morris was found in possession of packages stolen from two different homes in town. He was arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property.
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I’m a SuperHero! Workshop for Families

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 12:00pm

Free SuperHero Workshop For KidsSave the date for a great family bonding experience! Families are invited to join Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) on Saturday, January 10 for the “I’m a SuperHero! Workshop.”

In this self-esteem building exercise, facilitated by certified creativity coach Gioya McRae, you and your child will form a super hero team and write a story highlighting your actual strengths and desired powers, and demonstrating how you will help others. You and your child will laugh together and learn things about each other you never knew.
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