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

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 8:07am  |  COMMENTS (5)

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.

YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch Announces Spring Programs

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Try a class at the YMCA of Montclair’s Park Street Branch! It’s a great way to learn something new, achieve your fitness goals, and meet new people. Plus, the Y’s lineup has something for everyone—fitness, sports, swim, wellness lectures and more! Continue Reading

Montclair Property Tax Revaluation Info Session to be Held March 8

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Property Tax RevaluationThe Township of Montclair will host a Property Tax Revaluation informational presentation on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 pm in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue.

The Township recently contracted Professional Property Appraisers, Inc. (PPA) to provide a revaluation of all Montclair properties as mandated by the Essex County Board of Taxation and the State of New Jersey. PPA will provide an informative presentation about all stages of the tax revaluation process – from initial assessment by a field inspector to procedures for discussing one’s valuation with a PPA representative. Company representatives will be on hand to answer questions from the public.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Shoplifting Incidents, Burglary, Stolen Cars, and Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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


02/06/2017-Dennis Tompkins age 59 of Bloomfield NJ was arrested at 4:30 and charged with Theft. Mr. Tomkins shoplifted (10) bottles of Nexus shampoo and conditioner valued at $232.89 dollars. He was issued a summons and released.

02/08/2017-Venus Hannah age 53 of Newark was arrested at 1:10pm and charged with shoplifting. The incident occurred at sally’s Beauty Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. Ms. Hannah shoplifted (2) soap containers valued at $19.00 dollars. Police located Ms. Hannah walking through the parking lot. A further check revealed (6) active warrants for Ms. Hannah issued by the Township of Bloomfield. She was issued new court dates and released.

02/08/2017- A shoplifting incident was reported at 6:38pm, occurring at the Marshalls Store located at 8 Franklin Street. The suspect described as a black female shoplifted merchandise valued at $262.00 dollars. The suspect fled the store prior to police arrival.

02/09/2017- Alterese Davis age 47 of Newark was arrested at 2:23pm and charged with shoplifting. Police located Mr. Davis in the area of Bloomfield Ave and Broad Street after he shoplifted towels and candles from the Family Dollar Store located at 600 Bloomfield Avenue. He was issued a summons and released

02/09/2017-John Russo age 39 of Brick NJ was arrested at 8:39pm and charged with shoplifting. Mr. Russo attempted to exit the Marshalls Store with unpaid merchandise. Mr. Russo was also arrested on 02/11/2017 at the same location for shoplifting. Mr. Russo was charged and released on both incidents. He presently has two shoplifting charges with a pending court date.

02/10/2017- Police were dispatched to a Hoover Avenue residence on a report of a theft. The homeowner reported (2) white males came to his residence stating they worked for the water department. Both were allowed inside and escorted to the basement. One of the males went upstairs to run the water. Homeowner advised of a repair cost of $1,500.00 dollars at which time homeowner became suspicious and asked both to leave. Suspects left in a silver pickup truck. Homeowner later discovered money missing from his bedroom. Detectives actively investigating incident.
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South Orange Becomes a Sanctuary City, Will Montclair Follow?

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 9:09am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Sanctuary City

A protester at the Montclair Township Council’s February 7 holds up a sign asking the council to keep the township “on the right side of history.”

Earlier this week, the South Orange Village Board of Trustees voted to make South Orange a Sanctuary City, reports The Village Green. The resolution was modeled on Maplewood’s “Welcoming Community” resolution, which was passed on January 17. Bloomfield is also considering a designation as a “Welcoming City.” Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Several Burglaries to Residences, Officers Administer Naloxone for Drug Overdose, and Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


02-09-2017 (North Fullerton Avenue) Ms. Najee Patron, 18yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($450) and Cedar Grove ($214) following a traffic accident.

02-09-2017 (Union Street) Mr. Sonny Bailey-Lemansky, 22yoa from East Orange, was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS.

02-14-2017 (Orange Road) Mr. Jamari Hall, 19yoa from West Orange, was arrested by Officers and charged with three counts of Burglary, two counts of theft, and Hindering Apprehension, following his involvement in a string of vehicle break-ins in the area of Warren Place.
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Courage to Create: A Three-Session Workshop at The Creativity Caravan

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Do have half a novel stuffed in the bottom of a drawer? An easel and art supplies but no paintings to show? Or maybe it’s an idea for a new business, a new product or a way to organize the community.

What’s stopping you?

That’s the subject of a three-part workshop, Courage to Create, being offered at The Creativity Caravan (28 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) on three Fridays this March. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Park Street Auto Owners Shift into High Gear to Fight Multiple Sclerosis

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Baristanet recently received this message about two local business owners’ efforts to help people with MS.

We are Joseph and Ruth Bollo. We have been the owners of Park Street Automotive and part of the Montclair business community for over 22 years. Ruth was born in Montclair and has many family members living in Montclair. Ruth has multiple sclerosis. It is a difficult disease, something she struggles with each day, but because of her great doctors and loving support from family and friends, she remains positive and leads a wonderful life.

We are blessed that she is luckier than most afflicted with this disease. It makes us want to give back, to do something to help other MS suffers who are less fortunate. We will travel to Los Angeles with loving family members in March to volunteer at the Bike for MS Coastal Challenge Bike Race on March 25, 2017. Continue Reading

Eve Schaenen Named Executive Director of Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning CenterThe Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center has announced that Montclair resident Eve Schaenen has been appointed the Museum’s new Executive Director.

A specialist in non-profit management and communications, Schaenen brings to the Museum over fifteen years of experience helping mission-based organizations develop and implement strategies that are solidly based in their values and goals. Most recently, as lead consultant for Rabinowitz Partners LLC, she worked with such institutions as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, and Edible Schoolyards NYC, offering customized consultancy that ranged in scope from big-picture strategic planning to systems for daily operations.

“We’re extremely excited for Eve to lead us in this next phase of the Museum’s story,” says Mark Markowitz, President of the YBMLC’s Board of Trustees. “We’re more committed than ever to sustaining Yogi’s legacy, but also to addressing relevant topics and concerns of today for a new generation of learners and leaders. Eve’s experience, creativity and passion for our mission will allow us to engage a whole new audience in our work.”

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Itzhak Perlman Joins Temple Ner Tamid’s Kabbalat Shabbat Band For Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah

BY  |  Monday, Feb 13, 2017 3:55pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Yitzhak Perlman

(Photo: Michael Reitman)

Itzhak Perlman was a very special guest of Bloomfield’s Temple Ner Tamid Kabbalat Shabbat band over the weekend when his grandson, Gilad Perlman- Greenberg, was to become Bar Mitzvah. He is seen with Cantor Meredith Greenberg.



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