Three Juveniles Suspected of Throwing Large Rock Off Chestnut Street Train Trestle, Hitting Moving Vehicle

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 7:30pm

Chestnut Street Train Trestle

(Image via Google map)

DSG James Milano of the Montclair Police Department reports that on November 25, a large rock was dropped from the Chestnut Street train trestle and struck a moving motor vehicle causing the windshield to shatter. Soon after, three juveniles believed to be responsible were located and identified.
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Montclair: Now Is “Most Dangerous Time For People Walking,” Asks Drivers to Slow Down

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Photo: Scott Stein

Photo: Scott Stein

Daylight Saving Time has ended and Montclair streets are getting darker earlier, which creates a serious danger for commuters walking home on dark streets.

Late afternoon into evening is historically the most dangerous time for pedestrians in Montclair. According to the Township, in the three years from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015, 45% of pedestrian-vehicle crashes occurred between the hours of 3:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Wednesdays and Thursdays were the days with the highest number of crashes in Montclair and the months of December and January showed the highest reported numbers of pedestrian crashes, according to Township Engineer Kimberli Craft. Continue Reading

Montclair Council: Traffic Woes and Introduction of Salary Increases For Council, Town Manager

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 10:16am  |  COMMENTS (14)

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council spent much of its November 29 meeting talking about traffic issues, and Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors heard from Police Chief Todd Conforti on the issue.

Chief Conforti said the Montclair Police Department was faced with a staffing issue in the traffic bureau when he took over in March.  He said that at the time, there was no one who was exclusively assigned to handle traffic enforcement.  He said that Traffic Bureau Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo – since promoted to lieutenant – has done a good job in the traffic bureau but that there has only been so much she can do. Chief Conforti wanted to staff it effectively and has since assigned two officers to the bureau – one officer dealing with only traffic than the department has had.  The actual enforcement, Chief Conforti said, is largely complaint-driven, and the department goes to certain areas based on the complaints.  He has seen an increase in stops and summonses, but regular officers who have been handling traffic issues have been diverted to other services.  Chief Conforti said that he has had a good rapport with the two traffic officers, and he expects stops and summonses to continue to rise in 2017.  He also credited Lt. Egnezzo with expanding education on traffic issues in the community to foster more responsible driving. Continue Reading

Montclair Police Seek Help To Find Missing Montclair Woman

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 9:32am

Missing Person

D/Lt. David O’Dowd of the Montclair Police Department just sent the following notice of a missing woman from Montclair:

On 11/23/2016, family members of Ms. Sarah Butler (20yoa from Montclair) reported her missing. Ms. Butler was last seen on 11/22/2016 at approximately 8pm.

Sarah Butler is described as a black female, 20 years of age, 5’5 in height, weighing 170 pounds, brown eyes, black/red hair, medium build, and medium to dark complexion. She was last seen wearing a black zip up jacket labeled “Premiere Dance Theater” with orange stripes, large men’s reading glasses, silver hoop earrings, dark blue jeans, a black headband, tall black boots, and a black side bag with a long strap.

Sarah Butler was operating a light blue/gray 2007 Dodge Caravan with yellow scrapes along the rear driver side.



Santa Claus Comes to Montclair Early This Year

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 9:30am

Santa pic

This Saturday, December 3, Santa Claus will visit the Business Districts on a Montclair Fire Department fire truck and will have gifts for all youngsters.

11:00 AM – Walnut St. Business District (Walnut St. Lot)

11:30 AM – Watchung Plaza (Watchung Ave. & N. Fullerton Ave.)

12:00 PM – St. James Church (Bellevue Ave. & Valley Rd.)

12:30 PM – South End Business District (Orange Rd. & Cedar Ave.)

The Montclair Community Band will play at each location, and Santa will have candy and gifts for all youngsters.

Santa’s Mailbox

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Blog: Stephen Colbert and The Syrians

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)


We attended a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival a few weeks ago where Stephen Colbert and Jon Oliver spoke about the state of our country after the election. Many people are afraid for their futures, of not being treated fairly or with kindness and humanity. Mr. Colbert, acknowledging that we cannot control for everything to come, said a few words that I can’t seem to forget.

“Get to know your neighbors.”

We took heed and invited a family of Syrian refugees to our house for Thanksgiving through a local program. We were able to host this family who has been through hell and back; they’ve lost their home, their city destroyed, they’ve had to resettle in a new country amidst a political climate that is increasingly unwelcoming to them.

We wanted our invite to be meaningful. We wanted them to know that there are people who care, people who want to get to know them, people who would be honored to have the opportunity to host them in the most intimate of spaces, their home.

We also wanted to nurture them. To make them feel comfortable, relaxed, cozy on a cold day. And because I am a lover of cooking, I wanted them to be nurtured through the food that I prepared for them. I wanted them to not just receive nourishment without having to worry about the cost of the food, the time it would take to make it or the clean up afterward, but I wanted them to be well fed, to enjoy every bite and to learn about us through the dishes that we chose and planned for them to enjoy.

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Need a Little Christmas? Visit the Annual Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 3:30pm

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour

Glenmont decked out for the holidays. (Photo: Facebook)

The Annual Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour takes place on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 and will showcase 15 Essex County historic sites, which will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public for a weekend tour. The tour also includes Essex County Kip’s Castle and the Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

The self-guided house tours will be held at the following locations:

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Need to Work Off That Turkey? Here’s Where to Get Fitness Apparel in Montclair So You Can Look Good Working Out

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 1:15pm

Indulged too much on Thanksgiving? Ate too much leftover pumpkin pie and packed on the pounds? Check out a few local places that sell cool fitness apparel to inspire you to work out.

Sweat & Strut Fitness Apparel

(Photo: Sweat and Strut Facebook page)

Sweat & Strut (623 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043) is your locally owned place ot get leggings. The shop features over twelve different activewear brands in one place with price points, styles, and personalities to fit every body and every budget. Choose from classic black to the most intriguing prints on the market today: camouflage, floral, tribal, animal print, denim, and faux leather.


The local Gap (629 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043) has a good section for its GapFit line, which offers everything from sports bras to hoodies.


Fitness Apparel

(Photo: Lululemon Montclair Facebook page)

Lululemon Athletica Montclair (520 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042) sells  clothing for yoga, running and most other fitness activities. You can get everything from sports bras to leggings, to hoodies to accessories, like yoga mats and water bottles.


Fitness Apparel

(Photo: DFIT Facebook page)

DFIT Studio now sells fitness apparel from Manduka. You can get sports bras, tops, leggings, and more with or without the DFIT logo.


Urban Outfitters (20 South Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) sells fitness apparel from some major brands, like NIKE, Without Walls, and more.


Fitness Apparel

(Photo: The Bar Method Montclair Facebook page)

The Bar Method Montclair (493 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042) sells tees from Spiritual Gangster, sports bras, leggings, tops, and more at its studio.



2016 Local Tree Lightings and Celebrations

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 11:30am

Montclair Tree Lighting 2013. Photo: Chanda Hall

Montclair Tree Lighting 2013. Photo: Chanda Hall

They may not be as grand as the tree at Rockefeller Center, but they light up our towns with as much joy. Here are some local tree lightings and celebrations:
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CSBK Montclair Banking Center Supports Nishuane Elementary School Thanksgiving Food Drive

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 10:00am

CSBK Montclair donated 35 turkeys to the Nishuane School Thanksgiving Food drive last week. One of the special holiday traditions at Nishuane is the annual Fall Food Drive, where students, families and staff donate a variety of non-perishables, fruits and vegetables so families-in-need in the Nishuane School community can have a healthful and bountiful Thanksgiving feast.

Pictured from left to right: Erica Mitchell – Parent Co-Chair Nishuane School food Drive, Karen Andes – President, Nishuane School PTA, Evan Kozak, Assistant Principal, Nishuane School, Maria Kosmider – CSBK Community Banking Specialist, Luise Young – CSBK Marketing Assistant

Pictured from left to right: Erica Mitchell – Parent Co-Chair Nishuane School food Drive, Karen Andes – President, Nishuane School PTA, Evan Kozak, Assistant Principal, Nishuane School, Maria Kosmider – CSBK Community Banking Specialist, Luise Young – CSBK Marketing Assistant

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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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