MontClairVoyant: A Back-to-School Column That’s Not a Back-to-School Column

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (8)


School starts in one week! Write a column about school starting in one week!

A Touch of Classroom

Ain’t happening. Students want to enjoy the rest of summer break without reading about school, thinking about school, or watching the “Back to School” DVD — currently being flung out of Montclair windows everywhere.

Rodney Dangerfield still gets no respect. What about those now-online-only school forms?

Jen A. Sis

I said no school talk! Fill out those forms on cave walls for all I care and haul them to 22 Valley Road.

Meanwhile, the superintendent search continues…and continues…and continues. Will pigs fly before we have a new one? Continue Reading

Montclair Public Library Goes Back to School!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 12:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Public Library’s Youth Services Staff is ready for school! Staff will be on hand at the back-to-school nights at Montclair Public Schools with information about all the library resources available to support your child’s educational needs.

Family Storytime @ Bellevue Avenue Branch

This program is designed for newborns through five year-olds accompanied by a favorite adult. Share books, stories, finger-plays, rhymes, and music with your children. Enjoy a story session that encourages a love of reading and fosters the development of early literacy skills. Children of all abilities welcome. Family Storytime takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. *Please note that registration is required for each individual storytime.
Registration required
Newborns to 5 year-olds
Wednesdays, September 6 & 20 at 11am
Kids Place @ Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair
*Please note that the Library is not otherwise open during program. Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: August 31 – Labor Day!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


It’s a holiday weekend, but there are still some great local events to enjoy this Labor Day weekend if you’re staying in town. From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:

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Lift Your Spirits in Song. Join The Glen Ridge Chorale Society

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Current events got you down? Join the Glen Ridge Chorale Society and forget your troubles, c’mon get happy and lift your voice in song! There’s a joyful noise on Thursday nights, September thru April, at rehearsals and four concerts a season. Glen Ridge Chorale Society welcomes new singers, and cookies and snacks are served at every rehearsal! You do not need to be a Glen Ridge resident to participate. Good sight-reading ability and previous choral experience is a plus. Please send an email of interest to [email protected] Continue Reading

Sponsored Post: Fusion Academy Opening Soon in Montclair!

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 3:00pm

Fusion Academy is a private middle and high school where all 250+ classes are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. This unique education model was born over 28 years ago out of frustration with the status quo and the passionate belief in the power of positive relationships to unlock academic potential. But Fusion’s school model isn’t solely about the smallest class size possible, it’s about helping kids flourish not only academically, but emotionally and socially, too.

Many of our students feel they don’t ‘fit’ at a traditional school. That sense of not belonging can make school an uninspiring place to be. Fusion serves kids who aren’t flourishing in a conventional environment, and offers them a community where they feel connected, supported, and understood. This creates a perfect solution for kids who have mild learning differences or social anxiety, those who need a customized schedule, and those who are gifted and need to be more challenged.

One-to-One Works
You can’t hide in a one-to-one classroom. You aren’t competing with 40 other students to be heard. You aren’t afraid to speak up or be wrong because it’s just you and the teacher. And there’s no possibility of falling through the cracks. This is why one-to-one works. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Police Make Arrest Minutes After PNC Bank Robbery Tuesday

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Police announce the arrest of Michael Restaino age 58 of Toms River NJ. Mr. Restaino was arrested minutes after committing a Robbery at the PNC Bank located at 2 Broad Street.

The Robbery occurred at approximately 11:25am on Tuesday August 29, 2017. The bank is located on Broad Street, near Bloomfield Avenue. Mr. Restaino entered the bank and approached a bank teller, stating “Give me your money”. The teller handed over money, at which time the suspect fled on foot. No weapon was used in the robbery.

The suspect was shortly apprehended by Officer Bruce Calkin on State Street. The money stolen from the bank, an estimated $1,450.00 dollars was recovered from Mr. Restaino’s sock. Continue Reading

Coffee On The Go and More From Mary’s Happy Camper

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

If you find yourself stranded without your caffeine fix, Mary’s Happy Camper is stocked full with hot coffee, iced coffee and Nitro coffee alongside buttered rolls from Nicolo’s Bakery, Del’s lemonade from Rhode Island and organic ice cream choices. And the best part? She can come right to you.

‘I’m a little off the beaten path,” the owner Maryellen Stadtlander said. “I’m serving the people that are dropped off and dashing (to catch their train).”

Mary’s Happy Camper parks along different streets in Montclair where people can grab coffee and treats easily on the go.

But as her business has grown, Stadtlander has even started taking text message requests from offices who ask her to stop by at a certain time so that employees can easily grab some coffee throughout their day.

“I just wanted to create this really nice approachable venue, not just your typical food truck,” she said. “I love talking to people. I’m not in it to get rich, I won’t get rich doing it, but it will help pay my bills and it’s a good life.” Continue Reading

Montclair Promotes Three Firefighters

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Three probationary firefighters were promoted to firefighter status during a swearing in ceremony in Montclair Township Council Chambers this morning. Township Clerk Linda Wanat presided over the swearing in of Adam Duchinsky, Kenneth Clermont and Peter Albanese.

The three men attended the Essex County Fire Academy after being sworn in last year as probationary fighters. They studied for ten weeks at the Academy, developing a fundamental understanding of firefighting, physical training and conditioning. The three men continued to develop their craft while also learning about the Montclair Fire Department after graduating from the Academy.

Pictured L-R: Chief John Herrmann, FF Kenneth Clermont, FF Adam Duchinsky, FF Peter Albanese, Deputy Chief Robert Duncan

The men used this experience to absorb a wealth of knowledge in numerous areas: department rules, regulations and operational procedures; daily routines and duties; radio protocol; building construction; engine and truck company operations; hazardous material response; rescue and extrication techniques; confined space and trench rescue; and familiarity with the streets of Montclair and Glen Ridge. Additionally, the men received valuable experience in hands-on fire confrontation during recent fire emergencies in the Township.

Montclair Crime: Lewd Act, Bike Theft, School Bus Vandalism

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The week in crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


08-20-2017 (Claremont Avenue) Ms. Kamila Wysocki, 42yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI.


08-21-2017 (NYSC, S. Park Street) Theft of a wristwatch from the men’s locker room. A lock was cut off to gain access to this locker.

08-22-2017 (Windsor Place) Burglary to a residential garage. A bicycle was taken in this incident. There was no sign of forced entry.

08-23-2017 (Watchung Avenue) Theft of a wallet from an unlocked motor vehicle.
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Montclair Public Library Gallery Presents John Monto Exhibit

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, presents an exhibit by acclaimed artist John Monto. The display will be on view during library hours Sept. 1- through Sept. 29, 2017. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 from 6-8 pm in the gallery area.

John Monto is a Montclair, New Jersey artist recently relocated from Minnesota. He is part of a group of artists who were influenced by Willem De Kooning and spent time in his studio in East Hampton, NY. Much of his painting has been nonrepresentational art. The art in the show at the Montclair Public Library is an exploration into cut-outs, flat colors and graphic design.

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