New Group, Montclair Residents Opposed to the Fulbright Charter School, Takes Action

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 5:04pm  |  COMMENTS (33)

Montclair Residents Opposed to the Fulbright Charter School is a newly formed grassroots community activism group dedicated to ensuring that the Montclair Public Schools’ unique all-choice magnet system is not threatened by having significant funds diverted to a French immersion charter school, the Fulbright Academy Charter School of Montclair, which recently received Phase 1 approval from the New Jersey Department of Education.


Founders Claire Kennedy-Wilkins, Trente Miller, Sarah Blaine and Colleen Martinez met near a playground at a local park last Friday, June 24th, to hash out a strategy for turning persistent talk of discontent with the charter proposal into concrete action. In less than a week, they’ve built a Facebook group with over 500 members, begun a letter writing campaign to the local newspaper, The Montclair Times, generated a fact sheet and sample letter of opposition, publicized an online letter circulated by another community group, and secured a table from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd, at a community institution, the Montclair Farmers’ Market, where they hope to reach members of the community who do not participate on social media.

“This charter application affects everyone in Montclair, whether or not that person currently has children in the public schools. If approved, it will force our community to dismantle key programs that attract students to our magnet schools, and by undermining the quality of our public schools, it will undermine the desirability of Montclair,” says founding member Claire Kennedy-Wilkins. Continue Reading

Yo Montclair, NJ – We Got A Dope Theme Song! Check Out “The Clair”

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 2:57pm  |  COMMENTS (4)


Don’t matter if you’re rich or you’re mad broke, always some kind of fun you can have yo
— “The Clair”

If you’ve got high school kids at home, you may have already heard “The Clair,” and like me, you may even got its catchy hook stuck in your head. Hip hop artist Samad Savage raps with love for his hometown of Montclair, NJ. Savage’s video, directed by Lump Shadow, features Montclair Center street scenes and storefronts prominently. The video, with over 9,600 views as of today, caught the attention of Urban Outfitters (one of the businesses that gets a shout out, along with CARS, Leone’s and Takeover ), who then profiled Savage here. Continue Reading

Montclair BID and Kensington to Open Summer Parking Lot on Church St: 100 Additional Spaces, 7 Days a Week

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 11:57am  |  COMMENTS (8)

kensington parking lot

A summer parking lot will soon be available at 63-65 Church Street, offering over 100 parking spaces to visitors and shoppers. The temporary parking lot will be open 7 days a week, from 9 am to 10 pm weekdays, 8 am to 10 pm Saturdays and 8 am to 6 pm Sundays. The parking lot has been temporarily donated by the Kensington, an assisted living community that seeks to develop on Church Street, for use by the Montclair Center BID.

The hourly cost for the temporary lot will be $2 per hour until 6 pm. After 6 pm, it will be a flat rate of $5. On evenings with Wellmont Theater events, the parking will be a flat rate of $10. Monthly passes will be $100 per month.

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MSU Summer Boot Camp Helps Inner City Kids Learn Journalism

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 11:30am

Photo by Thomas E. Franklin

When Professor Kelly Whiteside came to Montclair State University two years ago, she was wowed by two things: the brand new School of Communication and Media, and the university’s diverse student body. Inspired by these two factors, Whiteside and a group of professors came up with the idea of launching a journalism boot camp program for high school kids from less advantaged backgrounds.

The three-day program, which launched on Tuesday and drew 20 students from Paterson and Orange, aims to encourage high-performing students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism, and to foster deeper relationships and expanded civic engagement with the university’s neighboring towns.

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Where’s Waldo in Montclair?

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 10:00am


He’s Back! Kids are invited to participate in the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt in Watchung Plaza for the entire month of July.

Waldo is hiding in 20 shops around the Plaza and it’s your job to find him! Start at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street), pick up your special Where’s Waldo Passport and play the game. Then, celebrate at the Where’s Waldo Party on Wednesday, July 27 from 4-6 pm with prizes, a raffle and maybe even a visit from Waldo himself!
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The Weekend: Fourth of July Edition

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 9:00am

Montclair's Fourth of July in Photos

This weekend is all about celebrating our country’s independence!

Check out our Fourth of July Guide to Parades, Picnics, and Fireworks for info on local celebrations and keep reading for other happenings this weekend:
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Authorities Seek Assistance in Fatal Hit and Run in Verona

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 5:48pm


Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Verona Police Chief Mitchell Stern are seeking assistance from the public in identifying individuals who may have been witnesses to a fatal hit and run that occurred in Verona on Friday, June 24.


Businessman and longtime Verona resident, Matthew BeneduceMcGrath, 59, was crossing, south to north, on Bloomfield Avenue near Hillcrest when he was struck by a motor vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. The victim was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead at 9:58 p.m.


Authorities are looking to identify the individuals in these still photographs who may have been witnesses to the incident. Red arrows are pointing to those individuals. Continue Reading

Early Morning Fire in Montclair’s Erwin Park Under Investigation

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 3:03pm


Montclair Fire Department units, responding to a 4 a.m. report of a smoke condition in the area of Erwin Park Wednesday morning, arrived to find a grill cabana at the rear of a property on Erwin Park fully engulfed in flames. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Several Packages Stolen From Residences, Burglary

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 2:40pm

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:


06-21-2016 (Gates Avenue) Theft of a delivered package. This package contained a laptop computer.

06-22-2016 (Virginia Avenue) Theft from an unlocked vehicle. This vehicle had been parked in a residential driveway. A pair of portable speakers were taken.

06-22-2016 (Lackawanna Plaza) Theft of a bicycle which had been chained to a telephone pole.

06-22-2016 (Inwood Avenue) Theft of a delivered package. The package contained a laptop computer.
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A Lot To Grow Needs Volunteers

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 12:30pm

A Lot To GrowA Lot to Grow, Inc. — a community garden organization that grows chemical free vegetables and herbs for distribution to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and non- profit senior residences in suburban Essex County — is seeking volunteers.

The organization is headquartered in Glen Ridge with six garden sites throughout the county. Volunteers help with light garden maintenance, harvesting vegetables and delivering them to local food pantries. Those interested can email here.




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I'm struck by how much attention is being paid to the details of a parking lot, as opposed to the attention paid to the future impact of the monstrous projects being planned.

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