Civics & Government Institute at MHS To Host 12th Annual African-American Achievement Dinner

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The Civics and Government Institute (CGI) on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00-8:30 pm in the George Innis Annex. The annual dinner honors African-Americans who are dedicated to working actively to better the Montclair community.

This year CGI will be honoring Wilhelm Young, Deputy Chief of Montclair, and Nedra Clark, a recently retired MHS guidance counselor. All attendees will be treated to a night of good food donated by local businesses, entertainment from The Passing Notes & The MHS Madrigal Choir, and poetry readings, as well as a community celebration of African-American achievement in Montclair. The cost is $5 for children and students and $10 for adults. All proceeds will go towards The CGI Minority Scholarship Fund. If you have questions, please email

Montclair PD Coffee with a Cop “Senior Edition”

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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

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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.







More Attempted Luring Incidents in Montclair

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On 01-31-2017 at approximately 8:20am, a 9 year old male walking on Harrison Avenue was approached by a male operating a green cargo style van with no rear windows. This subject, described as a white male, having curly hair and a gray/brown beard exited the vehicle and asked the juvenile if he was lost. The juvenile did not interact with this subject and immediately left the area on foot.
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Real Talk, Real Consequences, Real Solutions Series Holds Working Session Saturday

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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

Bloomfield Council Approves BCA Budget, Considers Designation as “Welcoming City”

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The Bloomfield council approved a $590k 2017 budget for the Bloomfield Center Alliance at Monday night’s council meeting.

Ollyn Lettman, Director of the BCA, presented the organization’s plans for 2017. He stated the emphasis in the coming year would be on marketing and advertising the businesses in Bloomfield Center, as well as continuing to hold events to promote the area. Lettman cited last year’s successful block party as an event that they would repeat in 2017. He also said the BCA plans to work with store owners to utilize empty storefronts for temporary “pop-up” shops or galleries in order to entice more people to come to the Center.

Lettman said the BCA plans to initiate a Gateway to Bloomfield project at Parkway Exit 148. He said he was thankful for the help of the township, which provided $70k to pursue this project, allowing them to hire a consultant to design the plan.

The BCA is a non-profit organization that manages and promotes the Bloomfield Center business district. The majority of the BCA’s budget comes from a tax assessment on businesses in the Special Improvement District in Bloomfield Center. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Brick Thrown Through Parked Car Window, Shoplifting, Drug Arrests, and More

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


01/30/2017- A theft was reported at Sally’s Beauty Supply located at 131 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect described as a black male carrying a black backpack stole two flat irons valued at $160.00 dollars. The suspect fled the store prior to police arrival.

01/30/2017-.A car battery was stolen from a 1999 Honda Civic. The vehicle was parked on Willard Street overnight. Continue Reading

Patrick Wilson, Stephen Colbert Wow Crowd At Montclair Film Festival’s “I Want My MFF” Party (VIDEO)

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Everybody who was anybody in the 1980s showed up to Montclair Film Festival’s “I Want My MFF” party last Saturday night at the Wellmont Theater. Guests came as the Material Girl, Robert Palmer girls, even Devo (gotta love those energy dome hats) and danced the night away to music by The Loser’s Lounge with very special guest appearances by Patrick Wilson (that man can sing!), Warren Zanes and Stephen Colbert at the 1980s-themed dance party fundraiser to benefit MFF programming.

MFF board president Evie Colbert, joined by MFF executive director Tom Hall.


Montclair Film Festival (MFF) board president Evie Colbert started the night off, joined by MFF executive director Tom Hall, telling an enthusiastic crowd that completion of its new home at 505 Bloomfield Ave. was both “on time and on budget” and would open April 1. Colbert announced that the organization was in the middle of a 2.5 million-dollar campaign and that they had already raised $2 million. Continue Reading

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

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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

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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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