Lost Ring on Church Street, Montclair

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 5:37pm

A reader writes…

My daughter lost a gold signet-style pinky ring last night (Saturday, January 30th) between Manny’s on Church Street and Orange Road.

Text or call MJ at 203-685-8144 if you find a ring.

An Autograph and a New “Yogism”

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 2:00pm

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Even though the grass is buried deep in snow, baseball fans in Montclair can take heart with this Yogi Berra story recently reported by Josh Shaffer at the News & Observer in Nash County, NC.

Back in 1974, Bob Bartosz, a photographer, was covering a Phillies-Mets game for the Courier-Post in Camden, NJ. Before the game coaches were smacking balls to players for fielding practice. One coach whacked an older baseball so hard the ball’s stitched covering came off and fell to the ground. A player picked it up and tossed it to Bartosz. As the photographer walked off the field he noticed Berra, then the Mets manager, talking with some sportswriters. Bartosz called out to Yogi asking him if he could sign a baseball. The genial manager agreed and Bartosz tossed him the skin. Expecting a heavier ball, Berra was surprised, but signed it and said: “That’s the first time I ever signed a baseball that wasn’t a baseball.”

Bartosz, a New Jersey native, later moved to North Carolina and still has the cowhide with Yogi’s signature.

Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit Visits Precious Jewels

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Members of the Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU) participated in a preschool visit at Precious Jewels. During the visit Officers engaged the preschoolers in conversation regarding safety, stranger danger, and respect (obeying their parents and teachers). The visit was held on Tuesday January 19, 2016. Additionally, Officer A. Johnson, and Sergeant Williams discussed emergencies, and using 911. The children also had the opportunity to interact one on one with the officers fostering positive Police/ Youth relations.

Free Tax Prep at Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (1)

tax dayOn Saturday, February 13 and Saturday, March 19, New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) will offer free tax preparation services at Montclair Public Library as part of its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for households earning $54,000 or less in 2015. This service is offered by appointment only. Continue Reading

Trump Debate Dominates The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 8:55am

Trump Steps Out of Presidential Race

Montclair’s Stephen Colbert out foxed Fox News by snagging Donald Trump. Colbert got the Republican front runner to debate himself at the 2016 Top Tremendous All You Can Trump Luxury Presidential Debate. The Late Show host moderated a debate featuring Donald verses Trump (whose celebrity combo name is “Dump”) commenting on Iowa residents, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, his potential cabinet and Megan Kelly.

Montclair: Glenridge Ave. Businesses Closed Today After Fire at Jerry’s Antiques (UPDATED)

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 4:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Early Saturday morning, around 3:30 a.m., a three alarm fire broke out at Jerry’s Antiques in Montclair at 229 Glenridge Ave.

According to Montclair Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Robert Duncan, two residents of the apartments above Jerry’s Antiques were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation. There were no fire department injuries. A total of 16 residents were displaced by the fire, including those in apartments located in adjacent buildings. Some residents made it out onto fire escapes while others were rescued from inside their apartments.

The fire, which started in the basement of the building and was under control before daybreak, was a stubborn fire, says Duncan. “There were pockets that were difficult to reach. Any time you have a fire in an antique or furniture store, there is a high fire load, a lot of stuff that can burn, and a lot of things that get in the way.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There was heavy fire damage to the structure at 229 Glenridge with floor joists and supporting structures burnt completely through. Continue Reading

Family Giveaway: Disney Fantasia Live in Concert at NJPAC

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 12:30pm

Family Giveaway: Disney Fantasia Live in Concert at NJPAC

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Disney FANTASIA – a magical evening for the entire family on Friday, February 19th at 8 p.m.

Disney FANTASIA- a live performance that combines classical music with two beloved Disney movies. Don’t miss The Czech National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ted Sperling, which accompanies scenes from the animated feature films, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.

Disney shares its crown jewels of animation, highlighting a selection of its magnificent repertoire, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite. Other iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage is shown in high-definition on the big screen, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”). Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses Sunday, Jan. 31

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 9:37am

Warmer temperatures over the weekend should help melt snow and make street parking for Open House hunters easier. Realtor legend says if you see your shadow on the Open House Sunday before Groundhog’s Day, you’ll buy a new home in the coming year.

9 Tuers Place, Montclair
131 Tuers Place
List Price: $639,900
Taxes: $14,603
Acreage: 0.28

Three bedroom classic split-level house with an open floor plan, updated kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, custom mahogany built-ins. Sliding doors to an inviting deck overlooking landscaped, deep, level yard. Central air conditioning plus a family room on the ground floor with a walk-out to patio. Near Tuers Park. Open 2-4 p.m.

221 Highland Avenue, Montclair
131 Highland Ave
List Price: $1,075,000
Taxes: $27,433
Acreage: 0.52

1987 contemporary with New York City views. Four levels of living space, plenty of natural light, cathedral ceilings, big lot. Rooms on garden level are framed, but not finished. Lots of privacy and near shopping. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Jazz House Kids Presents Body and Soul: Wine, Dine and Swing at Van Vleck on 2/20!

BY  |  Friday, Jan 29, 2016 3:00pm

It’s the swankiest, swingiest jazz event of the year! Get ready for Body and Soul, a night of fine wine + spirits + superb cuisine + swingin’ jazz, at the beautiful Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair on Saturday, February 20th!


Every year, on a cold night in February, Jazz House Kids heats up the town with a celebration for the senses. This year’s Body & Soul returns to historic Van Vleck House & Gardens, which offers the perfect setting for a journey through the eras.

Jazz House Kids will transform the historic site into three Roaring ’20s music venues including a new tented Winter Garden Ballroom on the front lawn for dancing. Continue Reading

Bloomfiled Councilman Chalet Indicted By State Grand Jury on Bribery Charges

BY  |  Friday, Jan 29, 2016 1:38pm

Elias-ChaletBloomfield Township First Ward Councilman Elias N. Chalet of Bloomfield, 53, was indicted today by a state grand jury for allegedly soliciting and accepting a bribe of $15,000 from a business owner, promising the owner that he would use his position on the council to ensure that the township went ahead with its planned purchase of the man’s commercial property.

Chalet was indicted today on charges of official misconduct (2nd degree), bribery in official and political matters (2nd degree), acceptance or receipt of unlawful benefit by public servant for official behavior (2nd degree), tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (4th degree), and hindering apprehension or prosecution (4th degree). Chalet was arrested on Nov. 16. The charges are the result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption North Unit and the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.

“Chalet had the power to influence a decision by the township council that he knew would have a big financial impact on the businessman he allegedly solicited for a bribe, and we charge that he tried to parlay that into a big, crooked profit for himself,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “This case represents local corruption at its worst.” Continue Reading

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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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