MontClairVoyant: There Are 33 or 66 Reasons to Read This Column

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
DeCamp is preparing to resume limited commuter service to New York City in mid-June. Your reaction?

Sincerely,
Ticket to Ride

My reaction hasn’t arrived yet.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Ha ha — I get it. As was often the case with DeCamp buses, your reaction is late. Still, despite everyone’s mixed feelings about that private transportation company, the planned service resumption is a good thing, no?

Sincerely,
Bus Stop and Go

A very good thing. But when I arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal this summer for the first time since early 2020, I will not kiss the floor there. I take my marriage vows seriously.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
What’s the significance of the numbers 66, 33, 1870, and 400?

Sincerely,
Grapes of Math

The first two are of course DeCamp bus lines many Montclair residents rode, the third number is the year DeCamp was founded, and the fourth figure is the hourly fee charged by divorce attorneys representing Port Authority floor kissers.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Speaking of the 19th century, a local family has purchased the 1896-built Shultz House from the Montclair History Center and plans to preserve the 21-room gem as a home. Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Going Forth on North (Mountain)

Sounds promising for a mansion that’s been an appealing but money-draining museum since 1997. And I’ve always loved the “Evergreens” nickname that honors the Shultz House’s unlimited salad bar that rivaled only Sizzler’s back in the day.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
“Evergreens” refers to the trees on the site, you idiot. Meanwhile, June is Pride Month, and a pride flag will be raised at the Municipal Building tomorrow, June 4. Can you mention other very welcome LGBTQ-related developments in Montclair?

Sincerely,
Ticket to Pride

At the Township Council’s June 1 meeting, councilor-at-large Peter Yacobellis introduced a great equality agenda that includes laws that would make Montclair an even better place. (And still Sizzler-free.)

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Yacobellis is also president of Out Montclair. In other news, it was announced that our town’s July 4 festivities next month will not be held for the second year in a row because of COVID. Sad but smart decision?

Sincerely,
Colin Nees Is Not 13

Yes. Even though outdoor gatherings are allowed, things tend to get quite crowded at Montclair’s appealing Independence Day events. I’ll miss seeing antique cars in the parade, but those cars will be a year more antiquated in 2022.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
The Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation will also not have its great parade and festival for the second year in a row due to COVID but will hold a “Car Caravan” this Saturday, June 5, to celebrate honorees. Nice idea?

Sincerely,
Get in the Zone, Auto Zone

Very nice. James Michener’s 1963 novel “Caravans” was more prescient than I thought.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Actually, that book had nothing to do with any Montclair parade. But there are now students parading to classrooms in every grade of our town’s 11 public schools. Pleased?

Sincerely,
COVID-19 and Hybrid-21

Pleased, even though it can be tiring to keep track of all the hybrid arrangements. Heck, middle-school students are so tired that three rotation groups collapsed into two rotation groups. But no one got hurt in that collision.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Except for one shaken-up student who’s temporarily mixing up words and letters. Can you ask him to name most of the 11 schools — including MHS?

Sincerely,
That’s Montclair High School

Sure. He says: “Eastnorth, Fieldglen, Fordbrad, Montedge, Ockbull, Sidehill, Uanenish, Ungwatch, and SMH.” Shaking My Head…

 

 

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

 

 

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