Montclair Knitting Circle Friends Stitch Plan To Open Yarnia, A New Yarn Store

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s been close to a year and a half that Montclair has been home to the Montclair Knitting Circle (MKC) — which meets on Tuesday mornings at the Edgemont Field House and Thursday mornings at the Church Street location of Java Love. After discussing the idea at MKC gatherings over several months, two MKC members, Amanda Turcotte and Kathleen Vandervoort, put together a business plan and are opening a new local yarn store in Montclair, Yarnia, on Valley Road (opposite Nauna’s).

Although there used to be as many as four places in town to buy yarn, for more than a year, there has not been any yarn shops in Montclair. With MKC growing and creating a renewed interest in fiber arts, Turcotte and Vandervoort feel the time is ripe for this new venture.

Yarnia will source fine yarns & fibers, and provides a creative space in the community for knitters, spinners, and crocheters. A Kickstarter has launched to help boost community involvement for the venture.

With the funds raised from Kickstarter, Turcotte and Vandervoort will be designing and decorating Yarnia’s space, getting tables big enough for classes, comfortable chairs, and enough lighting for crafters to easily work on projects. Continue Reading

The Tour de Montclair Returns on Sunday, October 1!

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Tour de Montclair returns! The Tour will be held on Sunday, October 1 at 10 a.m.. The Tour will end at the Open Streets Festival to be held this year on Midland Avenue in Montclair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A family-friendly bike ride with 6- and 12- mile options, Tour de Montclair begins on Midland Avenue and takes riders through the four wards of Montclair, highlighting parts of town not easily seen by car. Riders will cruise by the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens and Nishuane Park, pass the Montclair Art Museum and much more. Riders are invited to enjoy the sights at their own pace: fast, slow or anywhere in between! The ride ends back at Midland Avenue where riders can celebrate at the Open Streets Festival. Continue Reading

Montclair Animal Shelter Pet of The Week: Cupid

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 8:28am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Looking for love? Well, you just found it. This spirited girl loves to play and she absolutely adores kittens. Come meet Cupid at The Montclair Township Animal Shelter on 77 North Willow Street, and she’ll steal your heart!

Montclair BOE: New Hires Include Gayl Shepard As Teacher on Special Assignment

BY  |  Monday, Aug 21, 2017 10:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Board of Education meeting started with a presentation by Peter Coyl, director of the Montclair Public Library. Coyl spoke about a partnership with Toni’s Kitchen and Partners for Health that helps produce meals for students during the summer, to fill the gap when the free and reduced school lunch program isn’t available during summer break. Coyl said the program is open to anyone under the age of 18 and there’s no need to prove residency or income. Kids can come and get a free lunch and so far, during the eight weeks that the program has been running this summer, the library has served over 2000 lunches.

Montclair Library director Peter Coyl details special programs for students.

Coyl also highlighted other supports the library offers students, including databases for students to get homework help after school, where they can log in and get help from a certified teacher on in real time, Coyl says.

New Hires And Recall of Paraprofessionals

Following Coyl’s presentation was a report from interim superintendent Barbara Pinsak, who began by mentioning that administrative retreats were underway this week, with staff reviewing goals and looking at next steps for the district’s Undoing Racism program.

Pinsak then listed numerous repairs and upgrades to various school, including floor repairs at Bradford School; carpeting and painting at Hillside School; and replacing of toilets and lockers at Montclair High School, as well as renovations to the high school parking lot.

In addition to sprucing up schools, the district has been busy with staffing, from before end of school year through to September. Pinsak introduced Mr. D’Andrea as business administrator and board secretary and a new district director of special services, Tom Santagato.

“This summer to date, we’ve employed approximately 20 new staff members and we were able to recall nine teachers and one secretary, not because we are adding positions, but primarily due to retirement or resignation,” Pinsak said, pointing out that Montclair has stayed within budget. Pinsak said the district did add some positions — two full time and one half time special education teachers based on student’s IEP needs. A social work position was added for the Academy at Glenfield pilot and one math teacher at Renaissance based on new algebra initiative at the middle school.

“The other good news,” Pinsak added, “is that I’m pleased to report we were able to recall over 30 of our full time and four half time paraprofessionals for the district.” Pinsak said five additional para positions were also added based on new student needs. Continue Reading

Opinion: The Candidates’ Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

BY  |  Monday, Aug 21, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

With President Trump’s controversies consuming most media attention, there has been very little discussion of the gubernatorial race, says Montclair’s Jeff Jacobson. “I’ve been thinking a lot about that race—and, in particular, about the candidates’ fiscal plans, which simply don’t add up. I saw these issues up close while I was in the Attorney General’s office, and I would love to start a local conversation about them.” The following is Jacobson’s opinion piece on three top fiscal problems — property taxes, school funding, and the pension crisis — and why he believes both Ambassador Murphy’s and Lt. Gov. Guadagno’s announced plans to address them fall short of the problems’ magnitude.

New Jersey’s three most critical fiscal problems—high property taxes, a controversial and troubled school funding formula, and the unfunded pension liability crisis—are closely related, and the next Governor’s attempts to solve them could have an outsized impact on Montclair.

Because many Montclair residents will be involved in the gubernatorial campaign, let me try here to provide a short, nonpartisan explanation of these problems so that you know what to listen for when the candidates discuss their proposed solutions.

Property Taxes: Nearly everyone in New Jersey agrees that our property taxes have long been too high. The institution of a state income tax in 1975 was supposed to be the permanent fix, with the constitutional amendment authorizing the income tax dedicating all revenues to property tax relief. Article VIII, Section 1 of the Constitution says that “[n]o tax shall be levied on personal incomes…unless the entire net receipts therefrom shall be…placed in a perpetual fund designated the Property Tax Relief Fund…exclusively for the purpose of reducing or offsetting property taxes.” The Constitution, however, does not say whose property taxes these income tax funds should “reduce or offset.” Continue Reading

Harmony Concert, Created and Performed by Teens in Montclair, To Benefit IHN, 8/25

BY  |  Monday, Aug 21, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Harmony Concert, a local benefit show for charities performed by tweens and teens from Montclair and surrounding areas, has been organized by Maggie Borgen, a rising freshman at Montclair High School, with help from friends, for the past three years. Every year a different charity is sponsored.

“Since there is so much animosity and stress these days, it is inspiring to organize an event that is central to community. We work in harmony, sing in harmony, and want the community to come together in harmony. It is amazing to be part of something that both gives teens a creative outlet and lets them make a difference,” says Borgen. This year’s concert is sponsoring the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), a charity that assist homeless families in the community by providing shelter and other support. Continue Reading

Bnai Keshet Looks Forward To High Holy Days, Continues Open Seating Tradition

Monday, Aug 21, 2017 9:03am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bnai Keshet invites the community to celebrate the High Holy Days with our congregation. In keeping with long-standing Bnai Keshet tradition, non-members are welcome at all services at no charge. Although tickets are not required, non-members who wish to attend are asked to make reservations and may do so online at

“Welcoming non-members to join us at High Holy Day services is a hallmark of our collective identity,” said Bnai Keshet co-president Howard Kerbel, incoming co-president Laura Gelman and outgoing co-president Liz Lipner. “Through egalitarian and participatory services, we seek to include everyone in the spiritual experience.” Continue Reading

Montclair High School Freshmen and New Rowers! MHS Crew Learn to Row Weekend, 8/26-27

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Calling all Montclair High School freshmen and new rowers. MHS Freshmen Crew wants you. Attend a Learn to Row Weekend on August 26-27 at Nereid Boathouse, 350 Riverside Avenue, Rutherford, NJ.

No experience necessary; for information and registration, visit For more information, email Coach Lorna Rundle at [email protected]

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Aug. 20

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 6:39am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


About 54 properties available for your viewing pleasure in the Greater Baristaville area this Sunday.

32 Dodd Street, Montclair

List Price: $539,000
Taxes: $15,084
Acreage: 0.13
BRM/BTH: 4/2

Colonial near NYC bus, train, shops and restaurants at Watchung Plaza and Walnut Street. Easy access to Brookdale Park and Farmers Market. First floor includes living room, sunroom and dining room all with inlay ribbon hardwood floors and original wood trim plus updated kitchen with marble backsplash. Three bedrooms and updated bath on second floor and en-suite master bedroom on third floor. Finished recreation space and storage in basement. Backyard with one-car garage, mature plantings and tree house. Freshly painted inside and out. Open 1-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Eclipse 101, Viewing Events, Glasses and Parties

BY  |  Friday, Aug 18, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Excited about Eclipse 2017? Where will you be on Monday, August 21, 2017 and what will you be doing for the eclipse? NASA’s site dedicated to the event has suggestions for safe eclipse viewing, eclipse parties, activities, and experiments you can do.

Montclair Libray offers a safe, indoor viewing of the Solar Eclipse livestream from 1 to 5 p.m. (Drop in any time to view)

The Newark Museum is hosting a free eclipse viewing event (Monday, August 21, from 1 to 4 pm.) in its Horizon Plaza. Guests will be able to watch the partial eclipse from the outdoor Plaza and we will be providing free pinhole cameras, created with NSA guidelines. Guests of all ages are welcome, and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the eclipse and explain why it is so special. This is the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will pass over the United States. Guests can also watch the NASA livestream of the total eclipse.

Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell is hosting a Solar Eclipse party at lunch with FREE solar Eclipse glasses (while supplies last), $3.50 Southern Tier Lemon Drop Sun Drafts and other drink specials and a featured Solar Eclipse Burger.

Montclair TV34 will broadcast the total solar eclipse stream from Middle State Tennessee University (MTSU) on Monday, August 21.

The solar eclipse program will run on Montclair TV34 (Comcast and FiOS channel 34) on Monday, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. It will also be available online at

The program will include three 10-minute segments from members of the MTSU Physics and Astronomy faculty:

Segment 1 — Ron Henderson (Eclipse Geometry)

Segment 2 — Chuck Higgins (Eclipse Path & Safety)

Segment 3 — John Wallin (Info on what you’ll see)

Still looking for eclipse-safe viewing glasses? Testa Opticians in Upper Montclair and Unique Photo in Fairfield still has them as of press time.

Hosting a cool eclipse event? Write us at [email protected] and we will add!

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