Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Theft at the High School, Stolen Car, Arrests

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


03/14/2017- Raveena Naidoo age 20 of Belleville was arrested at 5:15pm and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Super Fresh Store located at 19 Belleville Avenue. Ms. Naidoo concealed 3 bottles of skin lotion and attempted to return the items for a cash refund. She was issued a summons with a pending court date.

03/15/2017- William Vega age 49 of Newark was arrested at 9:14am and charged with Shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store. Loss Prevention provided police with a description of the suspect who fled the store on foot. Police located the suspect later identified as Mr. Vega, walking on Grove Street. Mr. Vega was also found to be in possession of a glassine envelope containing suspected heroin. He was additionally charged with Possession of CDS.

03/17/2016-Orlando Christmas age 53 of Newark was arrested at 1:12pm and charged with Theft. The incident occurred at the Staples Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect stole a heater and was last seen walking on Bloomfield Avenue. Police located the suspect on Grove Street sitting on a bench. The suspect identified as Mr. Christmas was in possession of the stolen merchandise along with a glass pipe used to inhale a CDS. He was charged accordingly and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

03/17/2017-A students IPad was reported stolen from the High School gym locker room. The IPad is valued at $700.00 dollars. The incident was reported to the High School Security.

03/19/2017-Jeffrey Workman age 49 of East Orange was arrested at 4:32pm and charged with Shoplifting. Police were dispatched to the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street on a shoplifter in custody. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Workman rip open a package and place the items in his pocket. He was charged accordingly and ROR.
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Montclair Road Closures on March 25 For Baker’s Dozen Half Marathon

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baker's dozen half marathonMontclair Bread Company will host a Baker’s Dozen Half Marathon on Saturday, March 25. The event is sold out which means 1,500 participants will run the 13.1-mile certified course through many parts of Montclair.

Montclair PD put out the following notice to residents:

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Montclair Crime: Burglaries, Stolen Purse, Arrests

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Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


03-14-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Charles Berry, 46yoa from Montclair, was arrested for being disorderly and refusing to comply with direction from officers.

03-20-2017 (Oak Street) Mr. Lance Smith, 22yoa from Montclair was arrested and charged with possession of CDS.


03-17-2017 (The Fairway) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. A wallet and iPhone were taken in this incident.

03-18-2017 (Graham Terrace) Burglary to an unlocked residence. Cash was taken in this incident.

03-18-2017 (Sutherland Road) Burglary to a residence. Jewelry and a gift card were taken. There was no sign of forced entry.

03-20-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Theft of an unattended purse containing cash and credit cards.


03-18-2017 (Gates Avenue) A silver BMW was vandalized. The trunk of this vehicle was keyed and a quarter panel dented.



Montclair Comes Out For Forum Looking at Workings of Government

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Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville hosting a town-hall forum on the workings of government

Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville hosted a standing room only, community forum on the workings of government on March 21 in the Montclair Municipal Building as part of an educational effort to get people more involved in the workings of state and local government.  The program, co-sponsored by the political action group Mobilizing Montclair, was aimed at showing people how to get politically active in light of the 2016 presidential election and the upcoming gubernatorial and state legislative elections in November 2017.  Dr. Baskerville underscored the effect of action and of strength in numbers with a quote from civil rights activist Dorothy Height, who was recently honored with a commemorative stamp from the Postal Service:  “If I take a finger and touch you, you won’t even know you’ve been tapped. If I take two fingers, you will know that something touched you. But if I bring all of those fingers together in a fist, I can give you a terrible blow!” Continue Reading

MPD Participates in the Special Olympics

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MPD participates in the Special Olympics

On March 18, Chief Conforti and Deputy Chief Young of the Montclair Police Department were accompanied by several of their officers in participating in the Special Olympics, Essex Area 9 Swimming Meet. The event is exciting for both the athletes, and officers. Continue Reading

Montclair Arts Organizations Respond to Threat of Losing the National Endowment for the Arts

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National Endowment for the ArtsYesterday, March 20, was Arts Advocacy Day, a day in which hundreds of arts advocates from across the country come together in Washington, DC for the annual National Arts Action Summit to underscore the importance of  public funding for the arts. This year’s event was more important than ever.

President Trump’s 2018 budget proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Service, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which benefits PBS and NPR).

The NEA budget appropriation is roughly $148 million, and constitutes just .004 percent of the federal budget. Nearly 80 percent of that is given to artists and arts projects through state arts agencies. The elimination of the agency would negatively impact our arts organizations and artists.

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Montclair History: The Montclair Springs

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Montclair Springs

Summer Montclair By George Inness

The famous Montclair Springs were an amphitheater-like field, above South Mountain Avenue at the top of Hillside. Before the train lines that brought development circa 1856, West Bloomfield, soon to become Montclair, was a popular health resort with springs, brooks and pools of fresh mountain water flowing down the mountainside.

Downhill from the rocky ridge of the first mountain, the waters were tamed by stone swale culverts along the roadsides, while brooks and pathways intertwined through the wooded fields towards Eagle Rock, a famous destination for Hudson River Valley School Painters like George Inness and his son.

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Montclair Springs on the 1856 West Bloomfield Map

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Montclair FD Responded to Car Fire on North Fullerton Avenue This Morning

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Early morning on Monday, March 20, the Montclair Fire Department responded to a car fire on North Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Deputy Chief Robert Duncan reports:

At 7:49am this morning the Montclair Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire on North Fullerton Ave. The FD arrived to find a vehicle with its engine compartment fully engulfed in flames. On scene units quickly extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire was the ignition of leaking power steering fluid that came into contact with the exhaust system. Fire damage to the vehicle was extensive.



Glen Ridge Vote to Fund School Purchase and Renovations to Existing Schools on March 28

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Glen Ridge Referendum 17

Former Central School on Bloomfield Avenue.

On Tuesday, March 28, Glen Ridge will hold a vote on Referendum 17 that, if passed, would fund renovations at its schools and purchase the former Central School on Bloomfield Avenue, owned by Wells Fargo, to address its growing class size.

The total costs of the renovations at existing schools and the Central School purchase is estimated at $23,758,854. Continue Reading

NJ Immigrant Advocates and Allies Rally Gathered To Condemn Trump’s Updated Travel Ban

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10:27am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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On March 16, a diverse group of NJ residents — many from Montclair — immigrants, advocates, and members from New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, CAIR NJ, Bluewave NJ, the Union Council for Interfaith Coordinating Council (UCICC) gathered at the Newark International Airport to condemn Trump’s updated travel ban targeting Muslim communities and refugees.

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