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)

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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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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

Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville to Host Feb 28 Community Meeting

BY  |  Monday, Feb 13, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Councilor Baskerville to Host 4th Ward Community Meeting April 28 Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm, in Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street. Councilor Baskerville will share updates on matters of importance to the community. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, development, parking and enforcement, and traffic calming. Township Engineer, Kim Craft will be on hand for a traffic calming work session.

The meeting is open to the public and community members are welcome to contribute to the discussion.







Real Talk, Real Consequences, Real Solutions Series Holds Working Session Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Feb 10, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Real Talk, Real Consequences, Real Solutions

After its inaugural public forum in December, The Montclair Justice Coalition invites the public to join the Real Talk, Real Consequences, Real Solutions meeting tomorrow for a working session this Saturday, February 11 from 10 am – 1 pm. Continue Reading

Montclair Council: Residents Say Yes To Sanctuary City For Immigrants, No To Trump

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 7:39am  |  COMMENTS (12)

A proposal to make Montclair a sanctuary city for immigrants was not on the Montclair Township council’s agenda for its February 7 meeting, but supporters of the initiative came out in droves, to make sure their voices heard on the issue.  Though the meeting was a conference meeting, not a regularly televised one, Mayor Robert Jackson and the council held the meeting in the council chambers in anticipation of the overflow of residents they expected.  Even that wasn’t enough.

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.”

One resident after another got up to voice support for Montclair becoming a sanctuary city, a municipality that has adopted a policy of protecting unauthorized immigrants.  President Donald Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries has sparked similar calls for such a status in various municipalities, which the White House has threatened to withhold federal funds from. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Burglar Wearing Ski Mask Entered Upper Mountain Ave Home, Fled After Seeing Resident

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted Burglary

On February 3, A resident  encountered a burglar entering the rear of the residence. The suspect fled upon observing the resident. The suspect is described as a white male, medium build, approximately 6’0 in height, wearing a black ski mask that only showed the bottom of his mouth. The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, and black or dark gray sweat pants.

More from this week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

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Montclair Planning Board: Application for Lorraine Ave. Warner Building Drags On

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (6)

The Montclair Planning Board spent most of its February 6 meeting on the continuing application from Caldwell developer Michael Pavel to expand his reconstruction of the Warner Building on Lorraine Avenue to run 137 feet behind the avenue, with 8,971 square feet of second-floor office space and ground-level parking at the ground-floor level.

Architect Frederick Kincaid of the Livingston firm Jarmel Kizel offered a revised version of the design with input from the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), but the plan met with skepticism and resistance from board members and residents alike.  Board chairman John Wynn ultimately had to schedule a continuation of the meeting when there was only time for Kincaid’s testimony on the building’s design.  Further testimony on the project will continue on March 13.

A diagram of the proposed extension of the Warner Building on Lorraine Avenue, from the west side

Kincaid said he lowered the height of the building’s cornice and tried to break up its bulk by dividing the western façade into sections, using different colors of brick and recessing some of the sections to avoid a monolithic outer wall.  He presented a corbelling, or overlapping, arrangement on one section to bring the bricks farther out to add to the variety of the façade.   Roof-mounted equipment would be hidden with fiberglass barriers that would mitigate sound coming from the equipment and would match the color of the parapets on the building.  A bulkhead for the elevator would have a color matching the cornice. Continue Reading

Montclair PD “Mitten Tree” Drive Brings Cold Weather Items to Those in Need

BY  |  Monday, Feb 06, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Pictured l-r: Deputy Chief Wilhelm Young, MSU student intern for MESH Joshua McWilliams, MESH Executive Director Gwen Parker Ames, Boiling Springs Bank Branch Manager Diana Dempsey, Chief Todd Conforti, Officer Travis Davis, Officer Paul Rusiniak, Deputy Chief Tracy Frazzano

Members of the Montclair Police Department delivered gloves, scarves, hats and blankets to the Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH) last Friday, February 3. The clothing and other cold weather items were collected during a month-long “Mitten Tree” drive organized by the MPD in conjunction with the Montclair Municipal Court and Boiling Springs Bank.






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