Biggest Local Stories of 2014

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.




Montclair township reduced its gross debt — combined municipal, school, and utility debt — by $8.2 million (down from about $220 million), a series of blasts took down the old Route 3 bridge, Montclair became part of the “Brooklyn Triangle,” After 17 years of operating in Upper Montclair, The Banyan Tree closed.



The Montclair Civil Rights Commission formed and held its first meeting, Yogi Berra’s wife of 65 years, Carmen Berra passed away, Irish and More closed after 30 years in Montclair.


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Montclair Film Festival 2014 opened with a screening of Chef at The Wellmont, we learned more about the upcoming Montclair Hotel, we also learned that Montclair’s Stephen Colbert would replace Letterman on “The Late Show,” a debate over paving on Afterglow Way, and when people let their dogs poop on other people’s lawns.



Tierney’s Tavern celebrated 80 years in Montclair, South Park Street got its own Farmers Market, residents voiced opposition to Montclair’s Master Plan, After 78 Years Bloomfield Electrical Supply Company Closed, we learned about Valley & Bloom, Montcalir Film Festival wrapped up its 3rd annual festival, Montclair Township passed its 2014 budget with a 0 percent increase.



The township enjoyed the 1st annual Make Music Montclair, the tragic murder of Brendan Tevlin, Bloomfield police officers filed a lawsuit against the Township and several officials for discrimination , more talk about a Nishuane well, we got more details about the Montclair MC Hotel, we celebrated the 25th annual Montclair African-American Parade and Heritage Festival.



Montclair protested the Ted Nugent concert at The Wellmont, Montclair Film Festival announced a new Director, a contaminated water scare in Bloomfield, Montclair held its 64th annual Fourth of July parade, Montclair Art Center unveiled its Art Truck, A huge crane loomed over Montclair.



Jazz House Kids hosted another great Montclair Jazz Festival, there was a garbage can sticker attack, the Montclair Planning Board Approves both the MC Hotel and the Montclarion, Montclair’s Former Hollow Day Care Building became a Community Police Space.



Montclair Township Manager Marc Dashield left to do the job in Princeton, Montclair got its first indoor rowing studio, major issues were discovered at the Montclair Animal Shelter.



Montclair High School ParkingGate, MFF brought Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell together again, we may get a Fresh Direct Click & Collect in town, Justin Bieber stayed here, we had midterm elections and Montclair voted in the paid sick leave ordinance.


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Montclair has issues with pedestrian safety, Montclair had a Menorah lighting, Montclair High School’s Cultural Pluralism Class Project is recognized by Nick Kristof, Local Ladies Decorate the White House for the holidays, the redesign of South Park Street Wins an award, After 17 years on Church Street Accents With Flowers will close, Montclair fondly remembers Salvatore Siano, more issues at the Montclair Animal Shelter, Joey D. wants a casino in Essex County.

These are just SOME of the news we covered in 2014. What other local stories of the year would you have included?

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