What To Know For Your Afternoon Commute Due to Earlier Amtrak Train Derail

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NJ Transit train

Photos from Danielle Raymond Neff, a Montclair resident and a passenger on the train at the time of accident.


NJ TRANSIT is preparing a service plan for the afternoon peak period following an earlier Amtrak derailment at New York Penn Station. As a result of that incident, NJ TRANSIT will operate limited outbound service due to track constraints from New York Penn Station beginning at 4 p.m. There also will be hourly service into New York from Trenton and Long Branch with stops at Newark and Secaucus. A schedule will be posted this afternoon. MidTOWN Direct trains will continue to operate in and out of Hoboken Terminal.

Cross honoring will remain in effect with NJ TRANSIT bus, private carrier bus, NY Waterway and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd St.

Hoboken services will also be impacted due to the additional trains in the terminal. Because of track limitation in the terminal some Summit-bound trains will be impacted.

Due to the circumstances, customers are asked to be patient and give themselves additional travel time.

Please check njtransit.com for updates.

A NJ Transit Train was sideswiped by an Amtrak Acela train carrying 248 passengers when it derailed as it was leaving NY Penn Station Friday morning at approximately 9 am.

Danielle Raymond Neff, a Montclair resident who was a passenger on the NJ Transit Montclair Boonton line 8:17 am from Walnut Train Station told Baristanet as the train was pulling into Penn, she felt a big bump. “I was sitting on the upper level, just above where this first window is. And then I got off and saw the damage. We definitely collided with the Acela train that was pulling out as we were pulling in. Everyone was OK, so that’s good. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t rattled after the fact.”

NJ Transit tweeted the following after the accident:

At this time, rail service is still suspended in and out of NY. MidTown Direct trains are being diverted to Hoboken Terminal and cross honoring is in effect.

Sponsored: Three Outside The Box Summer Camps

Friday, Mar 24, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Summer is around the corner. It’s time to plan ways to keep your kids occupied. The YMCA of Montclair offers several great outside the box camps for ages 6-15. For more options, visit our website.

Summer Sparks STEM Camp —If you have a child entering 1st-6th grade, this is a camp where your child can tinker, make, build, code, invent and so much more. Taught by teachers and other subject matter experts, programs range from Intro to Coding, Make It Fly, Gooey and Gross and Green to Math Mayhem. In addition to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, kids can take programs in Theatre, Movie Making, Dungeons and Dragons, Wood Works and lots more. You can view the schedule of offerings here. Choose morning or afternoon sessions or sign your camper up for a full day.

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Voyagers A camp for teens ages 12-14 with a sense of adventure! At Voyagers, teens go on thrilling excursions, make an impact in the local community and choose their weekly camp activities such as drama, art, sports, cooking and more! Day trip opportunities are Wednesday-Friday and include Fireball Mountain (outdoor laser tag), Hurricane Harbor, Turtle Back Zoo Treetop Adventure Course, Dorney Park and more. 


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Quest —Trains teens ages 14-15 how to be effective leaders and prepare for the working world during this four-week program. Quest teaches teens the skills necessary to earn their first paycheck and helps them get real job experience. It’s the perfect balance of activities for those wanting to join the workforce and have fun. During the first two weeks, teens participate in activities and workshops where they learn how to write a resume, interview for a job, dress for an interview and more. During the second two weeks, teens expand their leadership skills by interning at a YMCA of Montclair camp or facility to start them in the right direction. There’s also a field trip on the second Friday of the program.


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Financial assistance for YMCA of Montclair camps is available to those with demonstrated need who live in Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona.


Montclair State University’s Peak Ambassadors Believe Arts Matter

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Peak Ambassadors

Local arts organization aren’t the only ones worried about the possible elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), as proposed in President Trump’s 2018 budget plan. Students at Montclair State University care deeply as well.

Locals know that Peak Performances on the campus of MSU brings a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists and productions to the Alexander Kasser Theater for the community to enjoy. What you may not know about is a group of student arts advocates called Peak Ambassadors who help to promote the program and bring awareness of the importance of the arts on campus to the student and wider community.

Peak Ambassadors are volunteers for the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming, the hub of Peak Performances. Since 2015, this small group of student arts lovers, have created campaigns to promote the performing arts. On Monday, they joined with others across the nation to celebrate Arts Advocacy Day, with a community banner. The group  reached out to other arts groups to co-sponsor the event. They wanted to assemble the campus community to speak out. They made a banner and asked the community to sign it. As students came to participate they shared info on NEA and why this year’s it’s particularly important to support the agency.

Waverley Leun, a Peak Ambassador member and Sophomore majoring in Dance, shares the impact her arts education and experiences at MSU have had on her. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Cara Moroze

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cara Moroze

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

Name: Cara Moroze

Where do you live? Montclair in the ’43

When did you move there? New Year’s Day 2014

Where did you grow up? Canton, Massachusetts

How do you make a living? These days I seem to collect part-time gigs (b’nai mitzvah tutoring, marketing/events management for a music/art school, and freelance writing), then fill the spaces in my calendar with a lot of volunteering.

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Essex County Women’s History Month Celebration

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Essex County Women's History Month Celebration

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., (center) with (l-r) Carmen Morales, Margie Heller, Dasia Edmond, and Autumn Turner. (Photo by Glen Frieson)

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., hosted the Annual Essex County Women’s History Month Celebration at the Essex County Hall of Records on Wednesday, March 22. During the ceremony, the 2017 Essex County Althea Gibson Leadership Award was presented to Margie Heller, Administrative Director of Community Health and Outreach at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; Carmen Morales, Vice Principal of Essex County Newark Tech Campus; and Autumn Turner —Montclair resident, ice skating teacher at Essex County Codey Arena and a contestant on “The Voice.” In addition, special recognition was presented to 11-year-old Dasia Edmond, author of the children’s book “Uniquely Made: Girls Don’t Play Football.”

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Weekend Family Highlights: Story Time, Mystery Hunt, French Fun and NJ Makers Day

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It’s the first weekend of Spring! We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly events for you to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

On Saturday, Belleville Public Schools will host its 1st Annual Family and Community Health, Wellness, and Safety Fair at Belleville High School (100 Passaic Avenue, Belleville) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This free event will feature balloons, a DJ, face painting, art, dancing, and other fun kid activities. There will be health screenings, fire safety, healthy living information, free giveaways, snacks, and more. Chair yoga will be held at 10:15 AM and 11:45 AM and Zumba will be held at 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will present a story time for children on Saturday at 11:00 AM. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Book, create your very own Little Golden Book to take home. Classic stories will also be read, such as The Monster at the End of This Book.

Also on Saturday, the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host a Family Spring Mystery Hunt at 11:00 AM. Get outdoors and follow the numbered clues on the trails to find a surprise box. Anything more than a slight drizzle will cancel this program. Dress warmly. Advance registration is required by calling 973-228-8776. Fee is $10 per adult and $8 per child. Continue Reading

Montclair PAL/Montclair Recreation 8th Graders Participate in 1st Annual Ron Epp All-Star Game

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On March 11, 2017, our Montclair PAL/Montclair Recreation 8th Graders participated in the 1st Annual Ron Epp All-Star Game at Cedar Grove High School. Congratulations to the 8th Graders selected to represent Montclair. Representing 8th Grade Boys were Denver Anglin and Cole McGonial; representing 8th Grade Girls were Brianna English and Ruby Scott. Continue Reading

MontClairVoyant: Montclair Residents Have The Reduced-School-Budget-News Blues

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What was your main takeaway from March 20’s Board of School Estimate meeting?

First Night of Spring Thing

With our school budget hurt by Gov. Christie’s tax-hike cap and state-aid underfunding, “The Waste Land” poem should be revised to call March the cruelest month.


You’ve lamented the planned firing of approximately 50 paraprofessionals. What about other sad plans such as laying off three deans and three student assistance counselors, and having Nishuane’s assistant principal work for several schools?

March Mad at This

Reminds me that some school librarians travel between more than one Montclair school — spreading those valued professionals thin, shortchanging students, and getting people hooked on the TV series “Librarians in Cars.”

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Sponsored: Sweet Dreams for You and Your Pet at Morris Animal Inn

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Morris Animal Inn

Morris Animal Inn is a family owned and operated business. At Morris Animal Inn we are committed to providing compassionate, kind, and professional care for your pet in a healthy and natural environment.  We offer various levels of care and pampering!

Sweet Dreams for You and Your Pet!

We all want to leave our pets in good hands – especially overnight. How can we be sure? Asking these important questions will assure your pet is receiving the best care!

  1. Does your veterinarian recommend the pet care provider? 
  2. Are vaccines required to protect all the pets in their care?
  3. Is a veterinarian on call 24/7?
  4. How many years has the provider been in the pet care business? 
  5. Is staff knowledgeable, experienced and trained animal professionals?
  6. Are cat and dog accommodations separate?
  7. Each pet has different needs. Can you customize your pet’s stay? 
  8. Can you select private or group play depending on your dog’s preference?
  9. Is the location specifically designed for your pet’s safety? Clean, safe and free of odor?
  10. Is there well-maintained fencing and security? 

We would ask similar questions for our children. Pet professionals expect and are prepared to answer these questions as well as provide facility tours. 

Looking for a home-away-from-home for your lovable furry family member? 

At Morris Animal Inn we have

  • 50+ years experience
  • a beautiful garden-like facility (arrange a tour) 
  • highly qualified, dedicated staff
  • transportation for your pets. 

Give us a call and ask us these questions at 973-539-0377 and anything else that is on your mind. We welcome your thoughts and look forward to putting you and your pet’s mind at ease so everyone has sweet dreams. Morris Animal Inn understands every pet is unique and has different needs.

Morris Animal Inn now offer private dog and cat chauffeur service to and from Morris Animal Inn. The highest quality lodging, daycare and grooming services are now just a quick ride away!

Morris Animal Inn
120 Sand Spring Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
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Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Theft at the High School, Stolen Car, Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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


03/14/2017- Raveena Naidoo age 20 of Belleville was arrested at 5:15pm and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Super Fresh Store located at 19 Belleville Avenue. Ms. Naidoo concealed 3 bottles of skin lotion and attempted to return the items for a cash refund. She was issued a summons with a pending court date.

03/15/2017- William Vega age 49 of Newark was arrested at 9:14am and charged with Shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store. Loss Prevention provided police with a description of the suspect who fled the store on foot. Police located the suspect later identified as Mr. Vega, walking on Grove Street. Mr. Vega was also found to be in possession of a glassine envelope containing suspected heroin. He was additionally charged with Possession of CDS.

03/17/2016-Orlando Christmas age 53 of Newark was arrested at 1:12pm and charged with Theft. The incident occurred at the Staples Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect stole a heater and was last seen walking on Bloomfield Avenue. Police located the suspect on Grove Street sitting on a bench. The suspect identified as Mr. Christmas was in possession of the stolen merchandise along with a glass pipe used to inhale a CDS. He was charged accordingly and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

03/17/2017-A students IPad was reported stolen from the High School gym locker room. The IPad is valued at $700.00 dollars. The incident was reported to the High School Security.

03/19/2017-Jeffrey Workman age 49 of East Orange was arrested at 4:32pm and charged with Shoplifting. Police were dispatched to the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street on a shoplifter in custody. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Workman rip open a package and place the items in his pocket. He was charged accordingly and ROR.
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