Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 5:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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Montclair Crime: Burglary, Theft, Arrests

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The week in Montclair crime from Detective Sergeant James Milano, Montclair Police Department

11-15-2017 (Bloomfield Ave) Devon Cherry, 20 yoa from East Orange, was arrested for a $500 outstanding warrant out of East Orange.
11-19-2017 (Wilfred St) Brandyn Cooperdavis, 27 yoa from Montclair, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Continue Reading

Over 300 Turkeys Given To Bloomfield Families At Mayor Venezia’s 2nd Annual Turkey Drive at Brookdale ShopRite

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sunday marked Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia’s 2nd Annual Turkey Drive. Residents collected turkeys and stuffing supplies at ShopRite on Broad Street. In total, 335 turkeys were given out to local families to celebrate the upcoming holiday.

“Having lived in Bloomfield my entire life, I understand that community involvement is what makes our town so great, and I am proud to play a role in hosting events like the Annual Turkey Drive to help local families fully enjoy the holiday,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “There are so many people to thank for their financial contributions, as well as for taking to time to assemble and distribute turkeys and stuffing, including Bloomfield Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Bloomfield Police Lt. Naomi Zepeda, Bloomfield Township Manager Matthew Watkins, Bloomfield Police Officer Yesenia Aponte, Assistant to Mayor and Council Diana Aviles, Bloomfield Health and Human Services Director Paula Peikes, Luis Felix Jessica Marney, Ana Y. Rodriguez Kathy Hempstead DeMarino Rodney P.W. Cauthen, and so many members of the DPW and Recreation Department staff.”

Other event sponsors included ShopRite and Neil Greenstein, (fresh vegetables and stuffing); Columbus Hospital (pies); Knock Knock Give A Sock (socks); and KinderSmile Foundation (toothbrushes). The Bloomfield Police Youth Foundation, Neighbor to Neighbor Network, and many residents and local businesses provided monetary contributions.

Montclair Library Friends To Hold Volunteer Expo, Sunday, December 3

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The Montclair Library Friends will hold a Volunteer Expo on Sunday, December 3 to recruit volunteers for the Montclair Public Library. This event will be held in the Main Library auditorium, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. Attendees will learn about volunteer opportunities including a new initiative: a Library Welcome Desk. According to Library Director Peter Coyl, “We are so grateful for our volunteers who have always worked hard to promote and support the Library. They are important members of the Montclair Public Library family.”

Attendees will learn about volunteer opportunities including greeting guests at special events and lectures, reading stories to children, writing articles for the Montclair Library Friends e-newsletter and helping with Library projects. Continue Reading

Pinegrove Cancels Tour; Evan Stephens Hall Addresses Accusations of Sexual Coercion

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 11:35am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair’s indie rock band Pinegrove has cancelled its upcoming tour, following news that its frontman Evan Stephans Hall has been accused of sexual coercion.

In a letter on the Pinegrove Facebook page, Hall writes of being accused of sexual coercion and apologizes for his behavior with women.

“The accusation comes from someone i was involved with for a short but intense period of time. I won’t say more about this person because i want to respect her privacy and I ask anyone reading this to do the same.”

Regarding his behavior with women, Hall writes “I should have more actively acknowledged my position of power as a public figure, and also as a man. i have always tried to approach all of my relationships under the premise of equality, but I see now more clearly that the inherent privilege of my gender and the accumulated privilege of being a recognized performer most certainly impacted this interaction.

In the letter, Hall apologized to the person he hurt and the people he disappointed — his Pinegrove bandmates, friends, family and fans — and said he had begun therapy.

Pinegrove was scheduled to play The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville in December, as well as Irving Plaza in NYC.

Run The Ashenfelter 8K Classic and The Tom Fleming Mile Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Get your run in before you take that first bite of turkey at the 18th running of the Ashenfelter 8K Classic. The annual Thanksgiving Day race, named for Olympic gold medalist Horace Ashenfelter, raises funds for the Glen Ridge Educational Foundation and is a United States Track & Field-NJ Championship Road Race open to everyone — walkers, joggers, runners and racers.

The Ashenfelter 8K Classic will be held on Thursday, November 23, 2017. The 8K (4.97 miles) will begin at 9:00 AM and The Tom Fleming Mile will begin at 8:15 AM. The 2017 application is available here. The Ashenfelter 8K Classic Route Map here.

The Tom Fleming Mile will precede the A8K and will start promptly at 8:15 AM. There will be one first place male and one first place female trophy. All participants will receive a commemorative finishers medal. The awards ceremony will take place promptly after the finish of the race at the finish line. Continue Reading

Montclair Councilwoman Renee Baskerville Named to Governor-Elect Murphy’s Healthcare Committee

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 3:18pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Councilwoman Renee Baskerville, MD, has been named to serve on Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team on the Healthcare Committee. During the course of the next two months, Dr. Baskerville will participate in making recommendations on healthcare policy issues and initiatives as the new administration prepares to take office.

“I am privileged and humbled to have been asked by Governor-elect Murphy to serve on the Health Committee of his transition team,” said Dr. Baskerville. “I am honored to join such an august body of colleagues. I possess three decades of service as a physician, healer, education and wellness advocate and policy shaper at the local, state and federal levels. I am eager to bring to this privileged service, my passion, experiences in providing medical services to infants, children, adolescents and families throughout Essex County, and policy shaping from the vantage of a community activist, school board member, city councilor, state health and wellness policy advocate, and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust for two decades.

Dr. Baskerville stated that her goal is to “build on the good things going on in our state, such as, school boards increasingly moving toward integrating school-based health care and wellness centers, rethinking the quality of the food in cafeterias and vending machines, the amount of exercise students are getting, and to enhance these initiatives using promising practices from across the state and the nation.”

“I want to ensure that in the state of New Jersey every child has what the Children’s Defense Fund has defined as, ‘a healthy start, head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life.’”

Bloomfield Cultural Commission to Host 5th Annual Most Talented Competition

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Cultural Commission (BCC) will host its 5th Annual Bloomfield’s Most Talented Competition on Tuesday, November 21. It will take place at 7:00 pm at the Bloomfield High School Auditorium, and feature a diverse range of performances, including singing, dancing, and stand up comedy performances by individuals or groups. All performers must live, work, or go to school in Bloomfield. This event is open to the public. Category-specific, and overall Winners and Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, and receive trophies.

Last year’s competition selected an Overall Winner, as well as winners and finalists for the categories of Singing, Dancing, and Miscellaneous, which included several stand up comedians, and a Rubik’s Cube challenge. Performing in the Most Talented Competition is no one-off feat. To be featured, performers must be selected during their audition, and be available for a Dress Rehearsal on Monday, November 20th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The two audition dates are Monday, November 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, and Thursday, November 16th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. All acts must be four (4) minutes or less. Performers using recorded music or props must bring provide their own.

The BCC will donate $100 to the library of the Bloomfield Public School that has the largest number of participants in the audition process. Last year Demarest School received this donation. Continue Reading

Montclair Police Swears in Three Officers

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

One Montclair police officer was promoted to full status and two were sworn in as probationary officers during a ceremony held Wednesday, November 2 in Municipal Council Chambers. Officer Scott W. Berry was sworn in to regular status. Matthew T. Graziosa and Sharif L. Webb were sworn in as probationary officers. Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat administered the Oath of Office.

Officer Scott W. Berry As a trainee, Officer Berry will rotate through different instructors and shifts while receiving daily standardized evaluations based on performance. The evaluations are periodically reviewed by the field training program supervisor. Progress is then assessed prior to the officer’s completion of training and final assignment to the Patrol Division by the Chief of Police. Continue Reading

NJ Transit Police To Conduct Emergency Response Drill At Upper Montclair Station Saturday

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 2:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The New Jersey Transit Police Department (NJTPD) Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will conduct a training exercise on Saturday, November 18, at Upper Montclair Train Station in Montclair between 8 a.m. and 12 noon.

The public can expect to see an increased police and first responder presence along the tracks near Lorraine Avenue.

The drill, which will gauge responses to a simulated incident, will take about four hours to complete. NJ TRANSIT personnel will be participating in this training exercise as victims.

Lorraine Avenue will be inaccessible to vehicles and pedestrians between Valley and Braemore roads between 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This drill will have no impact on train service. This is the latest in a series of periodic drills that the NJTPD’s OEM conducts along the agency’s system every year.

New Jersey Transit Police OEM will be working with several agencies, including Montclair Police Department, Montclair Police Department Office of Emergency Management, Montclair Office of Emergency Management, Montclair Fire Department,
Montclair EMS, Montclair Department of Public Works, South Orange EMS, Montclair State University EMS, Glen Ridge EMS, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, NJ EMS Taskforce, and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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