Montclair Fund for Women Awards Grants Totaling $104,500 to 11 Community Organizations

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The Montclair Fund for Women recently awarded grants totaling $104,500 to eleven area nonprofit organizations.

Grants to organizations based in Montclair include:

Interfaith Hospitality Network: $10,000 to support the Home for Good Program, providing case management for families in transition to permanent housing.

Jazz House Kids: $10,000 to support ChiCa Power, jazz education workshops for girls.

Montclair Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: $5,000 to support the Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, providing academic enrichment in science, math and technology to middle school girls of color.

Partners for Women and Justice: $5,000 to support legislative and judicial advocacy surrounding domestic violence in New Jersey.

The Side Door at Union Congregational Church: $8,000 to support the Friday afterschool drop-in program for Montclair middle school students. Continue Reading

Want to Volunteer at Outpost in the Burbs? Come to An Open House, May 1st

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Outpost in the Burbs wants YOU! Come to an open house on Monday, May 1st, at 7:30 p.m. to find out more.

Montclair Council Passes 2017 Municipal Budget

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Township Council approved at its April 25 meeting the 2017 municipal budget.  The final vote, though, was temporarily delayed when Mayor Robert Jackson asked about a line-item issue.

the Montclair Township Council

Bob Benecke, a financial analyst who has advised the township in the past, and Padmaja Rao, the township’s chief financial officer, gave an overview of the 2017 budget and cited the highlights.  They started out by explaining for the benefit of the council and the residents in attendance that  the budget and tax caps have had an impact on how money is budgeted.  The budget must comply with previously set rules that make establishing spending priorities more rigid and leave less room for discretionary spending.  Nevertheless, Montclair’s 2017 municipal budget includes items that were sure to please the council and residents alike.  The library will get $3.4 million, an increase of $116,000 over 2016, while the code enforcement office adds six new employees – two full-time, four part-time – to handle the growing amount of construction in town.    There is also more funding for public safety, with an emphasis on the township’s community policing program. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Council Adopts 2017 Budget, Hires Planning Director

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 7:29am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Council voted 6-0 to adopt the 2017 Municipal Budget at Monday evening’s council meeting.

The resolution adopting the $80m budget was passed unanimously by the council members present. Prior to the vote, the floor was opened for a public hearing. No members of the audience spoke. Councilman Carlos Bernard was absent.

Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano read into the record the first paragraph of Section 2 of the adopting resolution, which stated that the budget includes $58,845,456.08 for municipal purposes, $311,717.68 in the open space, recreation, farmland and historic preservation trust fund levy, and $1,447,929.22 for the minimum library levy.

The mayor and council also passed a resolution appointing Bonnie Flynn to the new position of Planning Director for the Township. According to her profile on the American Planning Association website, Flynn received her Masters of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Planning & Zoning Administrators, the Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey and the NJ Association of Floodplain Management. She is a Professional Planner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Her previous position was Director of Community Development in Stafford Township, NJ, where she had broad responsibilities pertaining to planning and zoning, CDBG grants, affordable housing, and more. Flynn will officially begin her new position on May 15, 2017 at a salary of $96k.

During the public comment period, Susan Hebert of Greener Bloomfield thanked the mayor and council for supporting their organization and working with the group to renew the township’s bronze certification with Sustainable Jersey. She also provided an update on the recent Brookside Park Cleanup/flower planting sponsored by Greener Bloomfield. She thanked the High School Key Club, the Scouts, Hot Bagels Abroad and O’Boyle/Brookside Garden Center for their support.

Heather Nolan also thanked the council for its continued support of Greener Bloomfield, and said they hoped to hear soon about a grant they had partnered with the town to submit, which would help increase composting in the town and fund a feasibility study.

Michele Mickle, accompanied by her two young grandchildren, spoke about her son, Quenzelle Mickle, who was murdered two years ago, and urged the town not to forget about his unsolved homicide. “Where there is no justice there is no peace,” she said. She asked that anyone who has any information to call 1-877-847-7432 and ask for Jessica Mazzola.

Appointments

  • Municipal Judge Vincent A. Pirone was reappointed to his position.
  • Thomas Heaney and Mike Salinas were appointed to the Bloomfield Parking Authority.
  • Flint Kinkade was appointed as an alternate to the Environmental Commission.
  • Damaris Hicks was sworn in as a member of the Rent Leveling Board.

Damaris Hicks is sworn in.

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Brookdale Park Oval Could Be Renamed “Essex County Tom Fleming Athletic Complex”

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glen Ridge Councilman Dan Murphy, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Tom Fleming posed for this picture at the 2017 Essex County Cherry Blossom 10K Run on April 9th. Fleming died suddenly on Wednesday, April 19.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced yesterday that he is proposing an ordinance to dedicate “The Oval” in Essex County Brookdale Park in Bloomfield and Montclair as the “Essex County Tom Fleming Athletic Complex” in honor of the late Tom Fleming (right), an iconic professional runner and coach. The complex includes a state-of-the-art, quarter mile, rubberized running track and a multi-purpose football and soccer field with a synthetic grass surface. Fleming was a two-time winner of the New York Marathon and finished second in the Boston Marathon twice. The ordinance was submitted to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for its consideration. With the County Executive and Mr. Fleming at the 2017 Essex County Cherry Blossom 10K Run on April 9th is Glen Ridge Councilman Dan Murphy. Continue Reading

Montclair Planning Board: Lewis Court, Master Plan Revision, Seymour Street Engineering

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (30)

The proposed house on the southwest corner of Pleasant Avenue and the proposed street Lewis Court, facing Pleasant Avenue.

The Montclair Planning Board made its way through three topics at its April 24 meeting, approving one application, continuing another, and making a change to the master plan.

The bulk of the meeting was dedicated to completing and approving the application for the new subdivision to be built off Pleasant Avenue on the property occupied by the house of the late Aubrey Lewis, an accomplished athlete and FBI agent.  The street, to be named Lewis Court in his honor, is to feature eight new houses designed to fit in with the neighborhood, but some residents and even a couple of Planning Board members had their reservations – especially those who had sought to preserve the Lewis house as an historic landmark.

The proposed house on the southwest corner of Pleasant Avenue and the proposed street Lewis Court, facing Lewis Court.

Engineer Michael Lanzafama of the Millburn firm Casey & Keller presented a revised version of the plan for Lewis Court, explaining that the two corner lots on Lewis Court and Pleasant Avenue, Lots 1 and 5, would be set back 25 feet from the new street, with the house on Lot 1 set back 40 feet from Pleasant Avenue and house on Lot 5 set back 53 feet from Pleasant Avenue.  The two houses would be lined up together as closely as possible to preserve the character of the neighborhood, and would shield the two farthest lots on the southern side of Lewis Court (Lots 3 and 4) both condensed in size, from the perspective at Pleasant Avenue.  This would allow the two houses on Lots 3 and 4, as well as those on Lots 7 and 8 (the two farthest lots on the northern side of Lewis Court) to be built with front-facing garage doors rather than with garage doors facing the side, if customers for the houses so desire.  Lanzafama said this would give the developer flexibility to build what customers want.  Any house with front-facing garages would require a variance.

A couple of board members did not like the idea of the Lewis house itself being demolished, a 1906 building designed by noted Montclair architect Dudley Van Antwerp, but board member Martin Schwartz noted that the board could have saved the house.   “It’s important to point out that this board had the opportunity to vote to preserve that home,” he said, “and the majority of members did not choose to vote for that, unfortunately.”   He also pointed out that Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) had lobbied for its preservation as well, without the support for the Planning Board.

“That ship has already sailed,” Schwartz said. Continue Reading

Montclair Police Partners with Lycored for Autism Awareness Month Event

BY  |  Monday, Apr 24, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On April 22, 2017, Montclair Police Department partnered with Lycored (an international wellness organization, www.lycored.com) for Autism Awareness Month. During the event township residents were able to register with Montclair Police Department’s “Take Me Home” registry. The registry assist the police department to promptly return/reunite township residents with special needs/disabilities home if they are separated from family or lost. Additionally, giveaway items from Lycored and Montclair Police were plants, seedlings, bags, coloring books, badges, etc. Monetary donations were matched by Lycored, and will be presented to two local charities. Chief Conforti and Deputy Chief Frazzano, were present with the Community Service Unit and Patrol Officers for the event.

Montclair Free Shred-Fest: Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling Private Documents

BY  |  Monday, Apr 24, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Shred-FestStart gathering your private documents that can be thrown away (check out these guidelines from USA.gov) and head to the Montclair Free Shred-Fest on Sunday, April 30 between 9 am – 1 pm. The event is hosted by the Montclair office of Environmental Affairs and is free for all residents.

Montclair residents doing some spring cleaning can now celebrate Earth Day and enjoy the peace of mind from seeing their confidential documents securely shredded, while saving money and boosting recycling.

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Montclair Police Need Info: Grove Convenience Store Robbery

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 4:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On 04-19-2017 at approximately 1228Hrs, a male entered the Grove Convenience Store and leaned over the counter, removing cash from the register. This suspect then brandished what witnesses believed to be a knife and threatened to stab a store employee should he attempt to intervene. This subject fled the store, entering an older model blue vehicle, and headed eastbound on Oxford Street. This suspect is described as a black male, light complexion, thin build, cross eyed, short haircut with a goatee, wearing a gray zip down hooded sweatshirt, and light blue jeans. He is approximately 6’5” in height and 40-50yoa. There were no injuries reported. An unknown amount of cash was taken. This incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information, please contact Montclair Police Detectives at 973-509-7543

Fire on Montague Place in Montclair

Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On April 20th, at 1:42am the Montclair Fire Department received a call reporting a house fire on Montague Pl. Units arrived to find heavy fire coming out of the soffit area on the left side of the house. All residents had already evacuated the house prior to Fire Department arrival. The fire was under control in less than an hour. Fire damage was complete to the 3rd floor attic area and contents, water damage to the 1st & 2nd floors, and a hole was cut in the roof for ventilation. Mutual aid units from Clifton, West Orange, Bloomfield, and East Orange responded to the fire scene while units from Orange, Verona, and Cedar Grove covered the town. The house is uninhabitable, the Red Cross was called to the scene to support any residents in need. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Deputy Chief Robert Duncan,
Montclair Fire Department.

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These houses look like McMansions that were in the dryer too long and now have shrunk to 3/4 size. The flaccid one at the top of the thread looks like the elastic is all stretched out, too.

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