Pleasant Ave Residents Fight to Stop Tear Down, Subdivision of Aubrey Lewis House in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Feb 27, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

44 Pleasant Avenue, the one-time home of the late notable Montclair resident Aubrey Lewis. Image courtesy of Google.

Last year, the Montclair Planning Board voted in a tie of 4-4 failing to designate 44 Pleasant Avenue as an historic designation. Tonight, at the Montclair Planning Board meeting, an application to have the house demolished and the property subdivided into 8 lots is on the agenda for approval.

The house, designed by local architect Dudley Van Antwerp in 1906, was recommended for its unique style in comparison to Van Antwerp’s many other houses in the area but for also being the home of Woolworth executive Aubrey Lewis, one of Montclair’s esteemed black residents and the a member of a 1962 FBI agent training class, the first to admit blacks.

According to the Lewis’s family Real estate agent Laurena White, the family objected to the designation because it would complicate efforts to sell the property, both for themselves and prospective owners.

Board member Martin Schwartz forcefully argued that the historic designation should be forwarded to the council because the recommendation met two criteria and that the decision had to be based on historic value and not economics. Board member Carole Willis disagreed, saying that the Lewis family should not accept an historic designation they neither asked for nor wanted. Her reasoning prevailed, as the motion to forward the Lewis house recommendation failed by a 4-4 tie, with Councilor McMahon abstaining. Joining Willis were Barr, Ianuale, and Craig Brandon; Schwartz was joined by Loughman, DeSalvo and Keith Brodock.

Residents of the neighborhood are upset and are pushing for the designation in order to stop the tear down and development in its place.

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Championship Season in Full Swing for Montclair YMCA Dolphins

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Amy Chen qualified for the NJ YMCA Silver Championships in the 200 back.

For the past several weekends, the Montclair YMCA Dolphins have been competing in championship meets that provide swimmers with additional opportunities to qualify for the 2017 NJ YMCA State Championships.

The NJ YMCA Bronze Championships took place at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy on February 11-12. At the Bronze meet, 87 Dolphins competed to achieve qualifying times for the NJ YMCA Silver Championships. Fifteen of the swimmers made one or more Silver cuts. Five of those swimmers qualified for the Y Silvers for the first time this season: Fifi Amanuel (12) of West Orange, Amy Chen (16) of Montclair, Santiago Galvan (12) of Clifton, Zubin Kremer-Guha (14) of South Orange and Gabriel Remache (13) of Nutley. Tina Pavlidis (13) of West Orange qualified for the Silver championships in an impressive four additional events at the Bronze meet: the 100 free, 100 & 200 breast and the 200 IM. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Shoplifting, Theft, Stolen Cars, Arrests

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


02/13/2017-Police dispatched to Franklin Street Apartment Building on a reported package theft. The theft occurred at 5:00pm in the hallway of the building. Police investigating incident.

02/14/2017- The Family Dollar Store located at 600 Bloomfield Avenue reported a shoplifting incident that occurred at approximately 8:00pm. The suspect was described as a black male wearing royal blue coat. The suspect stole (2) bottles of laundry detergent and walked out of the store. Continue Reading

“The Chocolate Entrepreneur,” Tuesday, 2/28 at the Montclair Women’s Club

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Enjoy a talk with local entrepreneur and Montclair Women’s Club member, Susan Fine of The Chocolate Path, this Tuesday, February 28, at 7 p.m., 82 Union Street, Montclair. Continue Reading

Montclair Synagogue Hosts Live Israeli Radio Show – Roomies: Stories of Living Together

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Roomies: Stories of Living Together

Bnai Keshet will present The Israeli radio show, Roomies: Stories of Living Together — presented by the Israel Story Podcast and New Israel Fund and inspired by public radio’s This American Life — live on Wednesday, March 1.

On its first-ever tour in the U.S., the show features seven storytellers and their host. Roomies, Israel Story’s first-ever collaboration with NIF, promises a show “that deepens the conversation with moving stories of what it means to live together in a shared society.”

The award winning Hebrew-language radio show and podcast, created by four young Israelis smitten by the Ira Glass-hosted public radio program, hit the airwaves in Israel five years ago. Glass calls it “the Israeli This American Life.” In 2014, creators Ro’ee Gilron, Mishy Harman, Yochai Maital and Shai Satran began making the show available for English speakers, too.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Feb. 26

BY  |  Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

More than 50 open houses in Baristaville this weekend.

205 Fernwood Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $1,995,000
Taxes: $49,041
Acreage: 0.43
BRM/BTH: 6/4.2

Restored 16-room colonial mansion with custom kitchen, millwork paneling & crown molding; formal rooms with broad archways, mantels and built-in cabinets. Commercial grade kitchen has herringbone floors, custom crown point cabinetry and high-end appliances. Home features marble & stone bathrooms and home entertainment & music system throughout the first & second levels. Open 2-4 p.m.

218 Christopher Street, Montclair

List Price: $1,259,000
Taxes: $29,072
Acreage: 0.57
BRM/BTH: 5/3.2

Colonial on 1/2 acre of level lot featuring leaded glass French doors and windows, built-ins, Brazilian cherry floors, and mouldings, gourmet eat-in Kit with SS appliances, and radiant heated floor. Large living room with fireplace and beamed ceilings, sun/family room has Palladium windows overlooking the blue stone patio and private yard. Open 1-4 p.m.

44 Union Street, C0005, Montclair

List Price: $199,500
Taxes: $6,752
Acreage: Not available
BRM/BTH: 1/1

Updated second-floor condo near downtown Montclair. Living room/dining room, hardwood floors, plenty of closet space. Kitchen has SS appliances, tiled floor and breakfast bar. Maintenance includes heat and hot water. Overnight parking in building lot for 11 cars. Additional permit parking on Union St., Pets allowed. Open 2-4 pm.

26 Morton Street, Bloomfield

List Price: $369,000
Taxes: $9,947
Acreage: 0.14
BRM/BTH: 4/1.2

Renovated side hall with vinyl siding, huge deck, above ground pool, four bedrooms, hardwood floors, brand new kitchen w/white cabinets, granite counters, SS appliances, first floor powder room. Second floor has three bedrooms, new full bath with tub/shower, third floor has open den/office area and bedroom. Partially finished basement with powder room. Open 2-4 p.m.

35 Montclair Avenue, Cedar Grove

List Price: $725,000
Taxes: $11,268
Acreage: 0.23
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1

Reconstructed five-bedroom with gourmet kitchen featuring high-end appliances, nine-foot center island. Kitchen opens to great room with 16-foot ceilings and gas fireplace. Second level has five bedrooms with 2.5 baths. Home has fenced in yard with paver patio. Open 1-3 p.m.

33 Ferris Drive, West Orange

List Price: $589,000
Taxes: $20,428
Acreage: 0.32
BRM/BTH: 5/3

Mid-century colonial on on a quiet street in Pleasantdale section of West Orange featuring five bedrooms and three full baths. Modern kitchen with island and breakfast area opens to patio. Large second floor deck in back of house. Open 12-3 p.m.

Sponsored: Countdown to YMCA of Montclair Summer Camp Registration

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 3:45pm

YMCA Of Montclair Summer Camp Registration

Here’s a Quick Pop Quiz

Do you know what adventure awaits your camper at YMCA of Montclair summer camps?

Are you wondering which of the many YMCA of Montclair summer camps you should send your camper to?

Do you know when YMCA of Montclair summer camps registration opens?

If you don’t know the answers to any of these questions, it’s worthwhile to keep reading.

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5) Learn about the YMCA of Montclair summer camps available for youth and teens, ages 3-15. Campers enjoy sports, active games, swimming, arts, nature, special field trips and events, leadership development and more. Complete details about camps, fees, financial assistance, and registration can be found on our website Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Jennifer Grisafi

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jennifer Grisafi

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Jennifer Grisafi

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 2004 from NYC

Where did you grow up? Nashville, TN. It’s much cooler now than when I was growing up!

How do you make a living? I’m the marketing and public relations manager for the Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair. I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I love for an organization that does such important work in our community. It’s a special place.

Coffee, tea or…? Coffee, coffee, coffee! I’m already thinking about it before I get out of bed in the morning.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Sleep late, brunch with my family, watch my sons perform somewhere (they play the guitar and drums), a nap and then dinner with friends in town.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Ani Ramen for pork buns, The Corner for avocado toast and Diesel and Duke for burgers. Continue Reading

Beyond Borders, a Film by Glen Ridge Filmmaker, Takes a Look Into the Life of Undocumented Mexican-Americans

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Beyond Borders

The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge will host a screening of Beyond Borders: Undocumented Mexican-Americans, a timely film about undocumented Mexican-Americans produced by Glen Ridge resident Micah Fink, on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 pm. Amanda Harberg, also a Glen Ridge resident, scored the film.

Beyond Borders: Undocumented Mexican-Americans carefully explains the history of the relationship between the two countries – Mexico and America – some of which may be unfamiliar to viewers. In telling the stories of several undocumented Mexican-Americans, the film reveals the reasons why millions of Mexican workers have settled in the US over the past four decades instead of returning home. It also illuminates the remarkable networks that connect the film’s characters with the families they left behind, and the very real human impact of the anti-immigration backlash now sweeping the country.

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Letter to the Editor: Very Pleased about the Watchung Deli’s New Management

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair resident John Levai shares a shout out to Watchung Deli:

I am typing this letter expressing how pleased I am about the Watchung Deli, especially since Pete Von Jr bought the place. Whether if it is purchasing food, relishing on the nostalgic scenes of Montclair, or just talking to the staff, I have had no shortage of great times being a customer.

The food at the Watchung Deli is amazing! I am happy to go to a shop like this because every type of deli item is offered on the menu. The quality of the food is fresh, especially the pastrami sandwiches. If you live in Montclair or any of the surrounding towns, you don’t have to go too far to find a delicious pastrami sandwich that costs a lot of money when you have this classic staple on your block. I also enjoy the wide selection of drinks.

I enjoy the fact that the interior of the Watchung Deli hasn’t changed much. I enjoy looking at the old pictures of Montclair. The booth and stools where customers sit also help contribute to the classic deli feel. I enjoy looking at the advertisements on the walls.
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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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