Montclair Planning Board Begins Seymour Street Arts District Application Deliberations

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 8:37am  |  COMMENTS (4)

An artist’s rendering of the northern end of the proposed Seymour Street plaza, with the Wellmont Theatre marquee on the right.

The Montclair Planning Board held a rare Wednesday night meeting on February 22 to begin the application for new construction and a new pedestrian plaza in the Seymour Street redevelopment area with the purpose of creating an arts district.  The project consists of two buildings on either side of Seymour Street, one a six-story mixed-use structure with two levels of parking.  The application, spearheaded by Brookfield Property Partners  and Montclair developer Brian Stolar, did not include any testimony on the architecture of the proposed buildings.  Attorney Thomas Trautner, representing the applicants, explained that the details of the architectural design had to be ironed out in a session with the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) at its regular meeting on February 23.  However, the first application hearing did include artistic renderings of what the final product might look like for the benefit of the board members and Montclair residents in attendance. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Police Arrest Two Suspects For Series of “Water Department Diversionary” Burglaries

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

bloomfield crimeOfficer Ralph Marotti of the Bloomfield Police Department reports on the arrest of Wando Delmaro, 58, and Michaelangelo Costello, 31, both of Jersey City, NJ. The arrests were in response to a series of “water department diversionary” burglaries that occurred in the Township of Bloomfield. The suspects were charged with Burglary, Theft and Conspiracy.

Bloomfield Detectives conducting the investigations were able to verify a license plate identifying the vehicle used during the crimes. On Friday February 17th Bloomfield Detectives located the vehicle in Jersey City and after hours of surveillance both suspects were arrested. A knife was discovered during the arrest, which was later identified from a diversionary burglary occurring in Nutley.

The suspects would pose as water department employees asking to check the water pipes in the basements for a possible leak. As the homeowner would escort one suspect to the basement, the second suspect would quickly go through other areas in search of valuables.
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Montclair Council Passes Resolution To Remain Welcoming Community, 4-2

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 7:44am  |  COMMENTS (21)

The Montclair Township Council went through another go-around of vocal support from residents at its February 21 meeting in favor of a township resolution declaring Montclair as a sanctuary city.  The resolution Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors considered and narrowly passed, though, did not use those terms, saying instead that Montclair would continue to commit to equal treatment of all people and to remain an open and welcoming community.

A resident shows support for a resolution welcoming immigrants to Montclair.

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Montclair Goes Smart with Bigbelly Waste Management

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

 Bigbelly Waste ManagementMontclair Township has installed 40 Bigbelly smart waste disposal units throughout Montclair Center. The Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System will help streamline collection operations and keep public spaces clean by keeping waste in and critters out.

With the Bigbelly smart waste disposal system the Township will be able to optimize collection routines, track and measure operations, and show location-based waste patterns (such as volume, fill rate, collection activity). Measurable data from the stations on the street provides real-time reports on metrics such as waste volume, efficiency, and diversion when a recycling stream is present.

Plus, the Bigbelly station compacts waste to hold five times the amount of a standard refuse bin (150 gallons vs. a standard traditional bin’s 30-gallon capacity).

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Montclair Crime: Officers Administer Naloxone for Drug Overdose, Thefts, Burglary, and Arrests

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Miscellaneous:

02-18-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Officers responded to a report of a 21yoa Montclair female who was not breathing and unresponsive. It was determined that this condition was the result of an Opioid overdose. Officers administered Naloxone and were successful in reviving that party. She was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Arrest:

02-15-2017 (Pine Street) Mr. Omar Williams (38yoa from East Orange) was arrested on an open warrant for his involvement in a Burglary on North Mountain Avenue. During his arrest, he was discovered to be in possession of a GPS Unit which had been stolen during a vehicle break-in in James Street. He was additionally charged with Receiving Stolen Property.
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Seen Around Town: “Hate Has No Home Here” Signs

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Hate Has No Home Here

A campaign to spread love and peace has made its way from the diverse North Park Neighborhood in Chicago to all over the country, including Montclair. The Hate Has No Home Here signs and posters were created as a non-partisan public declaration that hate speech and hateful actions against others will not be tolerated by the person or organization displaying the sign.

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James Harris Will Be Black History Month Speaker at Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 8:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

James HarrisJames Harris, long-time civil rights activist and advocate for educational access, will be the Black History Month Guest Speaker at Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Montclair on Sunday, February 26 beginning at 10:40 am at 27 Monroe Place.

Harris, a resident of Montclair, is the first vice-president of the Montclair NAACP. He is a former president of both the Montclair chapter and the New Jersey State NAACP. He retired from a 42-year career at Montclair State University, which included 21 years as associate dean of students and 6 years as university ombudsman. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Crime: Burglaries and Car Break-in

BY  |  Monday, Feb 20, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Capt. Sean Quinn:

Date/Time: 2-10-2017 at 8:21 PM
Incident: Burglary
Description: Officer Patricia Romaine was dispatched to Highland Avenue on a report of a burglary to a residence. Sometime after 6:00pm on February 10, 2017, an unidentified suspect cut a screen on the rear porch and entered through a sliding glass door. The suspect then removed a jewelry box before exiting through the front door. This matter is currently under investigation. Anyone with additional information is requested to contact Det. Sgt. Daniel Manley at 973-748-5400 x 115.

Date/Time: 2-12-2017 at 9:29 AM
Incident: Burglary to Detached Garage
Description: Officer Matthew Perigo was dispatched to Lincoln Street on a report of a burglary to a detected garage. Sometime between January 17th and February 12th, an unidentified suspect entered the garage through an unsecured rear door. Nothing was reported stolen at the time of the report. This matter is currently under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Anthony Rivera at 973-748-5400 x 119.
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Two Pedestrians Struck Friday Night on Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 10:36am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Photo: Mark Jaworski

Two pedestrians were seriously injured Friday night when they attempted to cross Bloomfield Ave. in the middle of the block, away from an intersection or crosswalk. The two pedestrians, a 29-year-old Montclair woman and a 55-year-old Milltown man, were struck by a single motor vehicle just before 11 p.m., traveling westbound, in the area of 401 Bloomfield Avenue, reports Lt. David O’Dowd, Detective Bureau Commander, Montclair Police.

Both were transported to the hospital by emergency medical personnel. The incident is under investigation.

Montclair Resolution Would Commit To Continuing As a “Welcoming Community”

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 8:07am  |  COMMENTS (6)

On the agenda for Tuesday night’s Montclair council meeting is this resolution in response to discussions of Montclair becoming a Sanctuary City.

1. Resolution of the Governing Body of the Township of Montclair reaffirming Montclair’s continuing commitment to equal, respectful and dignified treatment of all people regardless of their immigration status and to remaining an open and welcoming community (R_17_024)

In the proposed resolution, Montclair uses the words “welcoming community,” rather than following South Orange in using the term “Sanctuary City.”

Read the resolution and tell us what you think.

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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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