Montclair Mens Varsity Eight Captures National Champion Title!

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MHS Boys 1V gold Nationals

Montclair High School’s undefeated mens first varsity eight-man crew captured the National Championship title this weekend with the team also earning silver and bronze medals at the Scholastic Rowing Association of American (SRAA) National Championship regatta held at Cooper River in New Jersey.

A week following the historic Mounties’ mens varsity eight win at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, Montclair rowers again proved that they are able to compete against the best high school rowing programs in the nation by winning the premiere event of the day, the mens varsity eight national championship. The mens varsity eight rowed by Henry Vecchione (stroke), Kjel Schlemmer (7th seat), Owen King (6th seat), Kenny Coplan (5th seat), Alexander Abuhoff (4th seat), Patrick King (3rd seat), Djoume Traore (2nd seat), George Vrotsos-Rogers (1st seat), and Alexa Greenbaum (coxswain) beat reigning champions New Trier by nearly 3 seconds. The Montclair crowd erupted in cheers as they crossed the finish line, becoming the first mens varsity eight in the schools history to bring home the gold in this event. Continue Reading

Make A Toast To Montclair Teachers and Support Montclair Schools

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Now through June 22, the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) will hold its 21st season of the Toast to the Teachers event series. You can be part of it — choose a special teacher, principal, coach or other person from Montclair Public Schools and host a party (toast!) in their honor. You cover the (tax-deductible) costs of your party and proceeds benefit MFEE programs in Montclair Public Schools. Can’t host this year? Choose one or more Toasts to attend and honor educators while supporting Montclair Schools.

To host, visit to complete registration process or by calling 973-509-4021 at least two weeks before your party. MFEE will create your online Toast Registration page!

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. To Hold Town Hall Meeting, 5/31

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Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 7 -8:30 p.m. at the Montclair Municipal Building.

Congressman Payne, Jr. will take questions from constituents and discuss important issues including health care reform, President Trump’s budget proposal, and the Russia investigation. Members of Congressman Payne, Jr.’s staff will be available to assist residents with any issues they may have dealing with federal agencies. Continue Reading

Remember Those Who Served: Memorial Day 2017

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Happy Memorial Day 2017. Take time today to remember the men and women who died while in military service.

  • Due to weather conditions, the Montclair Township Memorial Day service will be held in the Municipal Council Chambers at 205 Claremont Avenue. It will begin at 10:00 a.m.
  • Bloomfield’s Memorial Day Parade is on as scheduled, starting promptly at 9:30AM. The parade will travel south on Broad Street. Ceremonies will be held indoors at the Bloomfield High School Auditorium.
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A Living History Tour of Newark’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery

BY  |  Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Walk through the splendid 50 foot tall Victorian Gothic gates of Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Broadway in the Newark’s North Ward and you enter the city’s oldest burial ground. The property was conceived in 1843 by jewelry maker Horace Baldwin who envisioned a rural cemetery as a planned oasis on the outskirts of the city. A walk through the 40-acre grounds is a walk though history, a walk back in time.

On Saturday, June 24 from 2-5 pm, the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee and Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association will present a special tour of the cemetery’s historic grounds.

Established in 1844, the Mount Pleasant Cemetery is the resting place of some of Newark’s prominent leaders, industrialists and inventors. The June 24 tour will introduce visitors to those people and their place in our history through volunteers dressed in period costumes enacting some of the cemetery’s famous figures.

Volunteer Mike Sheehan portrays John Dryden, founder of the Prudential Insurance Company, in front of the entrepreneur’s mausoleum in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at a 2016 living history tour.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Thomas A. Edison as he sits on the bench that he designed for the gravesite of his first wife, Mary Sitwell. John Dryden will be seen at his mausoleum where he will tell visitors about the founding of the Prudential Insurance Company. And Peter Ballantine will be there to talk of his immigration from Scotland and his founding one of America’s largest breweries. Samuel Ward, composer of “America the Beautiful”, will sing a verse of his famous hymn, while a deceased Newark firefighter will tell the story of his tragic death and the history of “The Firemen’s Plot”. There will be more stories to hear among the winding paths of this beautiful and historic space. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 28

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This week’s open house column is sponsored by Kate McDonough


You can check out a handful of properties in Baristaville this holiday weekend. So if the weather is crummy, get your beach fix by visiting an open house in a bathing suit and flip flops.


150 Gordonhurst Ave, Montclair

List Price: $849,900
Taxes: $25,943
Acreage: 0.26
BRM/BTH: 6/3.2

Center-hall Colonial with renovated eat-in kitchen and large finished basement close to Watchung Plaza. Four bedrooms on the second floor and two bedrooms on the third. Big playroom connected to two second-floor bedrooms. Large deck and nice landscaping. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Get Ready To Hit The Pavement: Montclair Run Discounted Registration Ends May 29

BY  |  Friday, May 26, 2017 7:41pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On June 4, the YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will host their 35th annual Montclair Run 10K along with a 2 mile family fun run/walk. Proceeds benefit scholarships for community programming. This year’s 10K run lead sponsor is the Bravitas Group Inc.

In addition to the two races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids, and a moonwalk.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.

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Montclair Student Wins 2017 Investors Bank Best Teammate Award at Yogi Berra Museum

BY  |  Friday, May 26, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

For the fifth consecutive year, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center hosted student athletes from each of the 38 member schools of the Super Essex Conference along with their families for a celebration of the qualities that made Yogi a national treasure. Recipients of the Investors Bank Best Teammate Award exemplify the strength of character, sportsmanship and supportive spirit that, though often unheralded, are vital to a team’s success.

Investors Bank Best Teammate Awards, Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. (l. to r.) Beth Gottung, guest speaker at the event and former MSU field hockey coach; Eve Schaenen, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Executive Director; Erin Nicholson, Best Teammate Award Recipient from Montclair Kimberley Academy; Robert Zajac, Investors Bank V.P. & Regional Manager; Alicia Robinson, Investors Bank Montclair Manager. Photo: Steve Hockstein/

“The recipients of the Best Teammate Award display the supportive, respectful dedication to team and sport that defined Yogi Berra as an athlete and a person,” said Eve Schaenen, Executive Director of the Yogi Berra Museum. “The Museum is all about sustaining Yogi’s legacy and the ideals he lived by his entire life, both on and off the field. We’re thrilled to recognize young people who are living up to the high standards he set for us all. And we’re very grateful to Investors Bank for helping make the experience possible for these exceptional student athletes.” Continue Reading

Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination, Sexual Harassment in Glen Ridge Police Department

BY  |  Friday, May 26, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Ridge.pdf”>Rodriquez vs Borough of Glen Ridge, claiming racial discrimination, sexual harassment and a “toxic” work environment.

Police Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta, Police Capt. Sean Quinn and five unnamed employees are included in the civil suit.

Among the claims in the lawsuit is that Byron-Lagattuta would allegedly demand that Rodriguez provide back, shoulder and foot massages. Rodriguez previously worked at Massage Envy in Verona in 2010, where the suit states Byron-Lagattuta first met Rodriguez and became a client of Rodriguez for the next four years. Rodriguez was hired as a dispatcher for the GRPD in 2014 and according to the suit, soon after became Byron-Lagattuta’s assistant. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Festival, Dinosaurs, Storytime, Irises and Memorial Day Paddle

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s a long weekend so there’s extra time for fun! Check out some of the family-friendly events happening in our area this weekend.

The Annual African American Heritage Festival & Parade will be held this weekend in Weequahic Park (450 Elizabeth Avenue, Newark). The festival will have 28 rides, carnival food, and games. Admission to the festival is free. Hours of operation are 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday, and 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The Heritage Parade begins at 12:00 PM Sunday on Broad Street in Newark.

On Saturday and Sunday, celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens with live jazz music, lemonade, and cookies. Duke Lukic Trio will perform from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This event is free.

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