Montclair’s S.O.F.I.A. Raises Over $13,000 At 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) held its 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in Montclair’s beautiful Canterbury Park. Walk participants and sponsorships raised over $13,000 to support S.O.F.I.A.’s programs. This year’s Grand Marshall was Lena Cohen, a domestic violence survivor, speaker, life coach, author, and CEO of You’re Beautiful Honie, LLC. Ms. Cohen gave an inspirational and uplifting speech and led the Walk in style.

S.O.F.I.A. is grateful to this year’s PLATINUM sponsor The Allstate Foundation and especially the office of Neil Greco in Roseland, NJ. The Allstate agents who attended presented S.O.F.I.A. with a check representing an additional grant of $11, 000 (photo attached), over and above their sponsorship of the 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence. This generous support will directly impact our community with services, education, and awareness raising events. SOFIA also thanks our GOLD Sponsor, Supreme Energy, Inc., which has been a longtime sponsor over the years.  

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Montclair Public Library & Foundation’s Open Book/Open Mind Series Presents Katy Tur in Conversation with Tom Johnson, 10/13

BY  |  Monday, Sep 18, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017, Katy Tur will discuss current political events and her latest book Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in History with executive news editor Tom Johnson.

Katy Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC. She was the recipient of a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Unbelievable is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of being on the campaign trail. She details what it was like to be there as it all happened; inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited.  Continue Reading

Bloomfield Township Raising Funds to Assist Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 11:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Township of Bloomfield is helping to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In conjunction with the Bloomfield Police Department, Bloomfield Fire Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Bloomfield has partnered with the Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN) to raise funds for the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF). A letter (attached) has been disseminated to all municipal Department Directors, and the Department of Health and Human Services has sent the letter to local faith based organizations and daycare centers, while Bloomfield Police Officers have distributed the letter to all local schools.

“Bloomfield has, and always will be a community of civic minded people who want to assist areas in need, whether local or far away,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “We have identified the Greater Houston Community Fund as one of the organizations making a big difference due to their assistance after previous natural disasters, and we are encouraging Bloomfield residents to consider making tax deductible contributions to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.” Continue Reading

R.I.P. Alberto Romilo Comini

Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Alberto Romolo Comini, 76, died on September 12 surrounded by his wife and best friend, Kathleen Giuffra Comini, and by his three treasured children.

Born in 1940 in Imperia, Italy, the oldest of three children of Gesualdo and Iris Comini, Mr. Comini lived the years of his youth in Rome. In 1960, he boarded a boat to New York City to start his life as an American, first in Arlington, Massachusetts, then in New York City, and finally in Montclair, New Jersey, where he and his wife of 55 years have resided ever since. Continue Reading

Montclair Woman’s Body Image Journey Chronicled in “Shed the Shame”

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair’s Junie Moon Schreiber hit a low point about 15 years ago. She was afraid to the leave the house or put on a bathing suit because she felt such self-hatred and self-shame toward her body.

That’s why Schreiber even shocked herself when she agreed to let renowned painter Andy Golub paint her naked body and then turned the experience into a film called “Shed the Shame” for everyone to see.

“(The film) is my journey as a woman, in this culture, hearing the lies about what beauty is and isn’t and getting injured by those messages and how I’ve done a lot of healing of myself and transformation,” Schreiber said. “In this film I share the journey and I get naked and body painted… to get that message out there that healing is possible, we don’t have to hold onto our shame, those messages are lies and women are beautiful in all shapes and sizes.”

Schreiber released her nine-minute mini-documentary on YouTube last year and recently debuted it at the Newark Independent Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 8. Continue Reading

Indie Arts Montclair Logo Design Contest!

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The newly formed collective made up of local artists, musicians, and community activists, Indie Arts Montclair (I AM), is in need of a logo that represents their mission. A logo design contest is being held and is open to all local residents who would like to participate.

Contestants are invited to create a logo using the medium of their choice. The logo must include the words “Indie Arts Montclair” and artists should keep in mind that the design will be used in print, website, and social media formats. Full contest rules and details can be found at www.facebook.com/IndieArtsMTC/ Continue Reading

Upper Montclair’s Sweat & Strut Hopes to Re-Open In Mid September

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sweat & Strut, Upper Montclair’s athletic-wear boutique, was forced to shut its doors on August 13 due to a strong smell that occurred during remodeling work being done in a space next door. Sweat & Strut needed to ensure that its space was healthy for customers and employees and hoped that after a week of airing out the space they would be able to reopen. However, owner Melissa Sowa-Legters is working diligently to correct any lingering issues and plans to reopen the doors very soon. Continue Reading

Upper Montclair Sidewalk Sale and Fine Arts & Crafts Fair in Anderson Park, 9/16!

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Shop Upper Montclair this Saturday and enjoy the biggest sales of the year at the 41st annual Upper Montclair Sidewalk Sale. There will be face painting, tag sales, terrific bargains and fun events like The Little Daisy Bake Shop’s 2nd Annual Pie-Eating Contest at 1pm (on the front lawn at St. James Church, Valley Road & Bellevue).

The Montclair Board of Education will have a table at the Upper Montclair sidewalk sale, from noon to 4 p.m. The table will be located near the corner of Bellevue and Valley. Members of the BOE will be present to answer questions; the District will also make information materials available. The BOE hopes people who can’t make the nightly BOE board meetings can stop by to ask questions and have their voices heard.

In addition to the Sidewalk Sale, scope out more than 160 artists and crafters displaying their work in Anderson Park on both Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 16-17) during the Fine Art and Crafts Fair, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Motor Vehicle Crash on South Mountain, Drivers Charged with DWI

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 3:47pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Arrest

09-07-2017 (Pine Street) Mr. Darryl Brandon, 37yoa from Montclair, was arrested on multiple open warrants out of Montclair, West Caldwell, Passaic, and Bloomfield.

09-10-2017 (South Mountain Avenue) Officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle crash in the area of South Mountain Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue. Upon arriving, officers observed two car wheels laying in the street. The vehicle in question was located, rolled over onto its roof, in a yard on South Mountain Avenue. MFD responded and extricated the two occupants of this vehicle, which had become entrapped during the crash. Both occupants were transported to area hospitals for evaluation. The driver, Mr. Anthony Singh (46yoa from Montclair) was charged with DWI. The passenger, Mr. Argirios Karydes (34yoa from Montclair), the registered owner of the vehicle, was charged also under the DWI statute for permitting an intoxicated person to operate his vehicle. Continue Reading

Gubernatorial Town Hall on Racial Justice, 9/16

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Africana Institute of Essex County College (ECC), the Anti-Racist Alliance of Northern NJ and the Undoing Racism Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair (UUCM) will be hosting a Gubernatorial Town Hall on Racial Justice. The 2017 candidates for Governor of New Jersey have been invited to discuss how they plan to address racial disparities in the state at a Gubernatorial Town Hall.

Confirmed to attend are Gina Genovese, Seth Kaper-Dale, Matthew Riccardi, and Peter Rohrman. Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy have been invited, but have not confirmed as of this date. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions for the candidates. Dr. Akil Kokayi Khalfani, Director of the Africana Institute of Essex County College and Dr. Janice Johnson-Dias, President of GrassROOTS, will serve as co-moderators.

The Town Hall will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Essex County College, Smith Hall, Newark. The doors open at 3:30 pm, and the program will run from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Continue Reading

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