Tree Falls On Car on Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair Wednesday Night

Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:18pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

A tree fell across Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair Wednesday night, hitting a vehicle with a passenger inside. A reported the incident to firefighters at Station 2 on Valley Rd. Upon the arrival of Montclair Truck 2, the vehicle with one passenger was found under the fallen tree. Truck 2 requested additional fire units respond as well as the Montclair Ambulance Unit and Police.

The passenger of the vehicle was unable to exit the vehicle. She was removed by the fire fighters through the passenger side of the vehicle. The victim was turned over to EMS. The scene was secured and no other injuries were reported. Numerous cars were damaged. There was also damage to the awning and outside lights of Tinga’s Restaurant. A PSE&G Gas curb box was also displaced when the tree uprooted. PSE&G Gas responded to the scene and checked for gas leaks in the street and the basements in the area. No leaks were found, according to Deputy Chief Robert Duncan, Montclair Fire Department

Montclair Crime: Burglaries and Theft

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

The week in crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


05-11-2017 (South Fullerton Avenue) Willie Brown, 58yoa from Montclair was arrested on an open warrant out of Montclair.

05-11-2017 (North Fullerton Avenue) Mr. Isaiah Gaskin, 35yoa from East Orange, was arrested and charged with DWI.


05-10-2017 (Ward Place) Burglary to an apartment. Cash and jewelry was taken in this incident. There were no signs of forced entry.

05-11-2017 (Park Street) Theft from a motor vehicle. Access was gained by smashing a vehicle window with a rock. Loose change was taken.

05-11-2017 (Claremont Avenue) A parked vehicle had its window smashed and glove box rummaged through. Unknown if anything was taken at this time.

05-11-2017 (Maple Plaza Lot) Theft from a motor vehicle. Cash and sunglasses were taken. No sign of forced entry. Continue Reading

Got Books? College Women’s Club Book Sale Donations

BY  |  Monday, May 15, 2017 5:36pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Here are guidelines for donating books to College Women’s Club Book Sale:

Donors may drop off no more than 15 items each week, either bags, cartons (with maximum dimensions of 10” X 12” X 15”), or a combination.  They may return on subsequent weeks, following the same guidelines. 

LIMITED donations are accepted at Booksale Headquarters on the following Saturdays from 9:30am ’til 11:45am.

May 20, 26

June 3, 10, 17, 24

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

August 5, 12, 19, 26

It’s easier to say what we don’t accept than to list what we do. We DO NOT want Continue Reading

Councilor Baskerville Hosts Fourth Ward Comunity Meeting, 5/16

Monday, May 15, 2017 10:16am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. in Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street. Continue Reading

A Young Montclair Actress Stars in The Miracle Worker

BY  |  Friday, May 12, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

When Ayla Schwartz isn’t busy being a fourth-grader at Watchung Elementary School, she’s performing a miracle—Ayla is starring as Helen Keller in a new production of The Miracle Worker at the Queens Theatre.

At 10 years old, Ayla is getting her first opportunity to be part of a professional production, and The Miracle Worker is putting her to the test. In order to play Keller, who became deaf and blind when she was just 19 months old, Ayla did training with a disability coach and a fight choreographer, and even used a blindfold and earplugs during rehearsals to better understand how Keller experienced the world. Continue Reading

Jazz House Kids Presents 1st Annual Vocal Fest

Friday, May 12, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jazz House Kids Vocal Jazz Academy presents its 1st Annual Vocal Fest on Saturday, May 13 from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Jazz House, 347 Bloomfield Avenue Lower Level, Montclair. Free and open to the public, the afternoon will include interactive workshops exploring the art of vocal singing and harmony, copycat scat and performances by the celebrated vocal quartet, The Royal Bopsters featuring Amy London, Holli Ross, Pete McGuinness and Dylan Pramuk. Come sing with us! For more information, call 973-744-2273.

Former Navy Helicopter Pilot To Take On Rep. Frelinghuysen

BY  |  Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:14am  |  COMMENTS (4)

There’s a new Sherill in town.

That would be Mikie Sherill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and Montclair mother of four, who plans to run against Rep. Frelinghuysen.

Sherill announced her plans in a statement today: Continue Reading

Car Fire on Glenridge & Bloomfield Aves. in Montclair

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:09pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Plenty of smoke, but no one injured in a car fire Wednesday night on Bloomfield Ave. by Glenridge Ave. in Montclair.

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Essex County, Municipalities Partner for Bloomfield Avenue Safety Campaign

BY  |  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mayor Venezia helps kickoff campaign outside Bloomfield Town Hall on Tuesday.

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is partnering with Essex County and six municipalities to launch a multi-town Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety education campaign along Bloomfield Avenue.

Bloomfield Avenue is one of the busiest corridors in Essex County, which creates serious pedestrian safety concerns. From 2011 through 2015 there were 256 pedestrians involved in crashes, resulting in 3 fatalities and 226 injuries. Continue Reading

Montclair Council: Talk of A New Pool in Montclair; Questions About Pace of Lackawanna Plaza Development

BY  |  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Township Council passed only one item in its brief May 9 meeting – the bill list.  It was approved 6-0, with Councilor-at-large Rich McMahon absent.

the Montclair Township Council

The bulk of the meeting was devoted to receiving a committee, responding to residents’ concerns, and the stymied Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment plan.  The council heard from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) with its chair, Adeola Whitney, and three of its members, to keep Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors aware of what the board is doing.  Whitney said that PRAB hopes to communicate with other advisory committees in town and get a better understanding of which ones they can learn from, as well as continuing to confer with the council and engage with it regarding concerns and suggestions.  PRAB also looks to develop short-term goals for the park system in tandem with the council’s terms of office.

PRAB member Linda Bowers added that the board finds itself with unfinished business at the end of the year when it looks back, and she added that she wanted to focus on the goals of the township.  PRAB is looking to pursue greater park safety for 2017, and it looks to improve background checks for recreational coaches and getting more information out to the township for pool passes.  Another PRAB member, William Scott, lauded the township for improvements to the parks in the municipal system, though he said they could always be improved further. He also praised Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville for regularly attending PRAB meetings. Continue Reading

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