Montclair Planning Board Begins Seymour Street Arts District Application Deliberations

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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

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

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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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:

Arrest:

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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Montclair PD Coffee with a Cop “Senior Edition”

BY  |  Monday, Feb 13, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair PD Coffee with a Cop

On February 7, members of the Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU), along with Chief Todd Conforti and Deputy Chief Wilhelm Young, held another successful “Coffee with a Cop” at the South End Gardens. Based after the popular Coffee with a Cop held at local coffee houses, the “Senior Edition” brings officers to the senior’s residence. Montclair Police Officers were able to speak one on one with the residents about any concerns or questions over a cup of coffee. Community outreach events such as this allow the officers to speak to residents in a relaxed atmosphere. Continue Reading

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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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