Tempers Flare Over NJ Transit Summer Train Schedule

BY  |  Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Everyone is angry and bitter about the announced summer reroutings to Hoboken for NJ Transit’s Morris & Essex trains—even the announcements about the reroutings.

The official news release from NJ Transit about the planned six-week shuffling of all M&E trains scheduled for Penn Station begins on a pissy note: “NJ Transit rail customers have been forced to deal with delays, derailments and unreliable service because Amtrak, which owns the tracks our service relies upon, has neglected the maintenance of its critical infrastructure for years.”

The announcement goes on to say, “Long overdue Amtrak track repair work will significantly disrupt travel this summer for customers who normally travel on the Morris & Essex Midtown Direct service to and from Penn Station New York.” (All Midtown Direct trains on the Montclair-Boonton Line will operate on regular weekday schedules with minor time changes to/from PSNY.)

And NJT’s approach was actually more civil than the one taken earlier on Tuesday by Gov. Chris Christie. The New York Times reported that Christie said, “We know we can’t trust Amtrak,” in an article that added, “Mr. Christie expressed no faith in Amtrak’s ability to keep any trains running on time. He said that he agreed with Mr. Cuomo that the long-term solution to the frequent disruptions and derailments at Penn Station is to replace Amtrak as the station’s operator, ‘given Amtrak’s duplicity, their dishonesty and their inability to keep this infrastructure in a state of good repair.’” Continue Reading

Maplewood Restaurant Week 2016

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 1:00pm

Maplewood Restaurant Week

Check out the vibrant restaurant scene in Maplewood during the town’s annual Maplewood Restaurant Week, beginning on Monday, March 7 and running through Sunday, March 13.

Restaurants participate in one of two ways: by offering a prix fixe dinner with a number of courses or by offering a special discount on items of their choosing. This year, participating restaurants showed their creativity and you’ll find some really exciting and interesting offers.

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Rent Party Rocks Its New Maplewood Home

BY  |  Monday, Oct 20, 2014 2:30pm

RP2After 5 years of both fighting hunger in the community and creating a local music scene from scratch, Rent Party turned up the volume at its new home in Maplewood, The Woodland.

The Woodland is the former Maplewood Woman’s Club, which recently underwent a tip-to-tail refurbishment and is now a primo event venue in downtown Maplewood. The large, proscenium stage, high ceiling and capacity for 300 or so local music fans was a big change after the dozens of events Rent Party presented at the smaller South Orange Elk’s Lodge. (Heck, there was even a small art gallery at the back of the hall.) Continue Reading

Senators Gillibrand and Booker Share Inspiration #OffTheSidelines in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 6:08am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sunday night’s Adult School of Montclair (ASM) and Watchung Booksellers free community event in the Montclair High School auditorium brought over 800 attendees to listen to Senator Gillibrand of New York and New Jersey’s Senator Booker share personal and professional stories meant to inspire as well as entertain. Gillibrand has been making the rounds on behalf of her new book Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

Dr. Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University, gave a warm and welcoming introduction to the Senators replete with reasons why Senator Gillibrand’s book is important as an inspiration and push to get more girls involved in their communities.

The conversation between Gillibrand and Booker revealed the great respect and friendship between the two senators. Touching on topics related to Senator Gillibrand’s new book, Off The Sidelines, the conversation covered work/life balance, mentoring, role models, and the importance of a varied and consistent female voice in politics. Continue Reading

Afghanistan to Montclair: Living the Humanitarian Village

BY  |  Monday, Aug 04, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Leslie Granda-Hill and Bilal Sharif

Learning photography at the Iris Presby Memorial Gardens *photo courtesy of Leslie Granda-Hill

In the midst of horrific news and events, sometimes it is the most tender human stories that remind us of the good that keeps the world in balance. A Montclair photographer is playing a role in an inspiring story of one boy’s journey to health and well-being. Leslie Granda-Hill, whose work often intersects with humanitarian and charitable causes, has been documenting the story of Bilal Sharif. Continue Reading

SOFIA to Hold its 4th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence – “From Surviving to Thriving”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:30am

SOFIA 4th WalkEvery nine seconds, a woman in the USA is assaulted or beaten, and the vast majority of these abuses are between intimate partners. Every month in the USA, at least 46 women are shot to death by their former or current intimate partners. In New Jersey, on average, there are 70,000 domestic violence calls every year. Those who work in law enforcement and victims’ services know that many abuses go unreported. The numbers are staggering, shocking, disheartening, and all too real.

In our area, Montclair’s own Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) helps victims of domestic violence to move on, and the organization also educates young people about how they can avoid the cycle of violence altogether. Check out the various programs SOFIA offers here.

This September, SOFIA will hold its Fourth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in beautiful Canterbury Park. Last year’s walk was a resounding success, with a big crowd of survivors and supporters as well as several eloquent speakers. This year the Grand Marshal is the Reverend Simone Oliver, one of the presenters at last year’s event. Continue Reading

A Little Monet in Maplewood

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 1:00pm

monet1On Saturday, June 28, the Maplewood Garden Club cut the ribbon on the new footbridge over the Hilton Library Rain Garden. It was a beautiful day and it’s a lovely bridge — but the reason it exists at all is a bunch of muddy footprints.

As the MGC’s Kathy Kohlman explained in her speech at the dedication ceremony, the rain garden had been built amidst the big weather events of 2011, and when the last snows cleared there were tons of muddy footprints tracking back and forth across the garden. It was meant to be a community space, but the club wanted to keep the community’s feet from trampling on the garden’s plants and flowers. Continue Reading

One Dead, Another Seriously Injured After Building Collapse at Coda Kitchen and Bar in Maplewood

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 11:35am  |  COMMENTS (1)

rp_codaMaplewood-300x225.jpgOne person is dead and another seriously injured after an internal building collapse at Coda Kitchen and Bar on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood this morning, sometime after 9 am, CBSLocal.com reports.

The building was under construction. Crews were installing a staircase inside the restaurant into the basement when the stairs and part of the floor gave way:

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Pitty Rescue, Inc. to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser, May 31 and June 1

Friday, May 09, 2014 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (4)

pittyPitty Rescue, Inc., a charitable nonprofit rescue organization, will hold a yard sale to raise funds for the dogs currently in their care on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1 at Paradise Pet Store in Bloomfield.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. Pitty Rescue is asking for donations of clean, functional, and appropriate items for resale prior to the yard sale. Donated items can be dropped off at Paradise Pet Store during regular business hours.

Jeff and Diana Coltenback, owners of Paradise Pet Store and founders of Pitty Rescue, are internationally by dog lovers as rescuers and skilled dog trainers.

“Since we are very familiar with each dog and know their personalities, we want to make sure the dog is comfortable with the prospective candidate,” said Jeff Coltenback, who has worked as a trainer for more than 20 years. “The dogs are really the ones who choose the family. We facilitate the process by watching the dogs’ signals, visiting the potential owners’ homes, and holding sessions for both the dog and human to become more acquainted with each other.”

Currently, the no-kill Pitty Rescue, Inc. has seven dogs available for adoption – three females and four males. Five are Pit Bull terriers or terrier mixes, one is a Great Dane mix, and the other a Dogo Argentino mix.

Pitty Rescue, Inc. can always use more blankets, towels, supplies, and funds to help care for the animals in the Coltenbacks’ care.

#MFF14: Montclair Film Festival Holds Free Ticket Contest to Thank Montclair

BY  |  Friday, May 02, 2014 9:30am

What Is Cinema?

The Montclair Film Festival has been having a fantastic week! Between a delicious opening night with Chef, family activities, and a packed and energetic room for The New Golden Age of Television, the half-way point for the festival promises a fantastic weekend for all involved!

To thank the community for its support and enthusiasm, the Montclair Film Festival is running several flash contests on its Facebook page and through Twitter for FREE tickets to five different screenings over the weekend. All it takes is answering a (pretty darn easy) question about movies or the film topics to enter.

Each of these five films will have a Q&A, so these are special opportunities to get into the mind of filmmakers and behind the scenes of the films themselves. Music, College, Black Culture in Photography, Rebellious Art, and Defining Cinema are all included. For more information and schedules of films, click on film titles below. Winners will be randomly chosen every hour!

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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