Biggest Stories of 2017

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Biggest Local Stories of 2017

Here’s a look back at the biggest local stories of 2017 brought to you by Baristanet:

These stories are just SOME of the news items we covered in 2017. What other local stories of the year would you have included?

January

Biggest Local Stories of 2017

Montclair women (and their supportive families) Marched on Washington; Montclair resident Bobbi Brown Launched ‘Bobbi Unplugged’ at 18 Label Studios after stepping down fomr her cosmetics company; There was drama, Real Housewives-style, at Montclair Boutique Envy; Montclair resident Brendan Gill was re-elected Vice President of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Montclair Filmmakers Receive Oscar Nomination for Joe’s ViolinMontclair Gets A New Sister City — Aquilonia, Italy; Montclair shared food and friendship with Syrian Refugees Settled in NJ.

February

Biggest Local Stories of 2017Peter Coyl is named Director of the Montclair Public Library;  Montclair Food & Wine Festival hosted a fantastic Speakeasy; Montclair rallied in favor of making Montclair a Sanctuary City, but votes to remain an open and welcoming community. ; Montclair gets Local Coffee; Patrick Wilson and Stephen Colbert Wow Crowd At Montclair Film Festival’s “I Want My MFF” Party; There was a Don Miller “The King Mural” Dedication at MPL; Pleasant Ave Residents Fight to Stop Tear Down, Subdivision of Aubrey Lewis House in MontclairThe Orange Squirrel closes it’s doors in Bloomfield.

March

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Discovered at South Mountain Reservation; Bloomfield Council Approves Township Designation as “Welcoming City”; local businesses speak out against a Township ordinance requiring them to post prices for services; Montclair residents want brighter streets; Montclair Film Festival changes its name to Montclair Film, because the organization has become so much more than a festival; Montclair journalists create Red For the Blue Newsletter, bringing conservative news to liberals; Developers Receive Approval for The Vestry, a New 46-Home Montclair Rental Building; A New York Times Essay About Montclair causes mixed emotions; The community lost a beloved doctor, Dr. Jan Huston, Medical Director of the Breast Center at HackensackUMC; Montclair Film gets new digs.

April

Biggest Local Stories of 2017A piece of Montclair history goes on the market; The Crosby opens in Montclair; Mayor Jackson reappoints Anne Mernin and Jessica de Koninck to the Montclair Board of Education; Jack’s Seafood Shack opens in Montclair; The community mourns the death of running legend Tom Fleming; The 5th annual Montclair Film Festival opens.

May

Biggest Local Stories of 2017A DeCamp Bus Driver writes a musical ode to Montclair; Fourth Ward residents address concerns of the lack of a supermarket at Lackawanna Plaza; Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet Pleads Guilty To Soliciting, Taking $15,000 Bribe;  Mikie Sherrill announces run against Rep. Frelinghuysen; Presby Memorial Iris Gardens celebrates 90 years of bloom; Developer Plofker presents plans for Diva Lounge Project; Justin Bieber is all over Montclair.

June

After 70 years in Montclair, Hampton House closes its doors; MFEE raises $97,000 with it Amazing FundRacer event to support the Montclair Public Schools; The Montclair Planning Board continues to talk about the Seymour Street Redevelopment Plan;  Broughton Grill and Kimchi Smoke open in Montclair; The Montclarion at Bay Street Station opens to offer 40 upscale rental apartments; The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission reviewed the Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment Plan; The YMCA of Montclair named Tim Weidman as the Interim President and CEO by the Board of Directors.

July

Chris Christie closes state beaches and then gets caught catches some rays with his family on Island Beach State Park; He then gets called out by Mike from Montclair; The community enjoys Montclair’s 67th annual 4th of July Parade; Plans announced for redevelopment of Diva Lounge; The Montclair Spy House finally sells.

August

Bivio Panificio opens on Pine Street in Montclair; Montclair Planning Board Approves Seymour Street Development Project; Jazz House Kids hosts an amazing Montclair Jazz Festival; Montclair Planning Board Approves Diva Lounge Project; We view the Solar Eclipse.

September

The Montclair and Bloomfield communities held a week-long food and supplies drive to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey; Locals mourn the loss of “Big Al”Indie Arts Montclair forms; Nearly 3,000 people partied at Montclair Center’s Oktoberfest; Montclair Planning Board passes Seymour Street Arts District Resolution; Over thousands of Montclair locals went to Watchung Booksellers to meet Hillary Clinton at her book signing.

October

biggest stories of 2017Montclair residents voice concerns about crossing Grove Street; More press about Justin Bieber in Montclair; Vanillamore opens in Montclair, bringing sweet and savory treats; Marcel Kitchen & Bakery, Chef Vaknin of MishMish’s 2nd location, opens in Upper Montclair; Katy Tur talks Trump and politics in Montclair; Wyclef Jean visits too to promote his upcoming tour; Montclair Bread announces the upcoming opening of another location in town for doughnuts; Jazz House Kids turns 15, celebrities with a Gala; We try out Wooden Spoon in Bloomfield and we love the country comfort food; Outpost in the Burbs turns 30; Montclair Orchestra performs its inaugural concert;

November

Montclair Township gets a new website and starts collecting #5 plastics for recycling; Cafe Giotto opens on Church Street; Phil Murphy gets elected as Governor of NJ;  Chef Natalie Colledge, owner of Plum on Park, competes on Food Network’s Chopped; Montclair’s ionic Bellevue Theater closes; The Pie Store opens The Tea Store in Montclair; The Montclair Arts Alliance hosts a 4-day Montclair Arts Festival; Playa Bowls moves to a new Montclair location and Sweetberry Bowls opens in its spot.

December

Montclair Library celebrates its 125th Birthday with a 2018 Historic Image Calendar; Montclair Mounties win 35-14 to complete a perfect season at MetLife StadiumStephen Colbert and Samantha Bee talk politics and more at the annual Montclair Film fundraiser; The recently opened Dairy Air ice cream faces criticism for its logo; Toros opens in Montclair; Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. kicked off his re-election campaign; Bivio stops baking bread, but starts making pizza; The Montclair Township Council announces the winner of the poster contest for Montclair’s 150th anniversary celebration.

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