Jim Axelrod of CBS News to Present Peabody Award Winning Series “Heart of the Epidemic: West Virginia’s Opioid Addiction”

BY  |  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Join Temple Ner Tamid on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 pm when Jim Axelrod, a member of Ner Tamid and a senior national correspondent for CBS News, will present a short film and lead a discussion on the opioid crisis, specifically as it plays out in West Virginia. In a multi-part investigation, CBS News looked at the state with the highest rate of overdose deaths on painkillers. Each year doctors write 1.8 million prescriptions for pain pills in West Virginia — the equivalent of a bottle of pills for every man, woman, and child in the state. In their Peabody-award winning series, CBS News examined the many-layers of the problem — exploring how doctors, pharmacies, wholesale distributors, and law enforcement have all contributed to this hideous epidemic. Continue Reading

Developer Plofker Presents Diva Lounge Project to the Montclair Planning Board

BY  |  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (23)

The Montclair Planning Board spent the bulk of its May 22 meeting considering yet another project from developer Steven Plofker, an apartment building that would employ the existing building on the northwest corner of Bloomfield Avenue and North Willow Street.  A six-story building – five stories plus a ground-level basement along North Willow Street – would be built to connect with the building that once was the Diva Lounge and its existing ground-floor basement, which currently houses the Kos Autocars auto repair shop.  The new project would be across North Willow Street from the site of Plofker’s Glen Willow apartment building, which has yet to be built.

The former Diva Lounge, on Bloomfield Avenue and North Willow Street, which Steven Plofker wants to connect to a new six-story building – a ground level-basement connecting with the current Kos Motorcars auto shop and five stories of new apartments – behind it. Image courtesy of Google.

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Montclair 2017 Memorial Day Tribute

BY  |  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Township annual Memorial Day tribute will take place Monday, May 29, at 10:00 a.m., in Edgemont Memorial Park. Deputy Mayor William L. Hurlock will preside as Master of Ceremonies.

This year’s guest speaker will be Jocelyn Gilman, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. Rabbi David Greenstein, Congregation Shomrei Emunah, will deliver the invocation and benediction; Rev. John Rogers, Associate Pastor, First Congregational Church, will bless the wreaths.

The program includes advance and retiring of colors by the Montclair Police and Fire Honor Guards; Montclair Boy Scout Troop #12 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and local musician Frances Duffy will sing the national anthem. The Montclair Community Band will perform patriotic music and Carl B. Witzig, trumpeter with the band, will play the sounding of taps. Continue Reading

“Pours for Paws” Wine Tasting to Benefit Bloomfield Animal Shelter

BY  |  Monday, May 22, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Supporters of the Bloomfield Animal Shelter in partnership with Montclair’s Amanti Vino are holding “Pours for Paws,” a wine-tasting event, on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 at the Knights of Columbus in Nutley.

The cost per person is $40 and includes a five label wine tasting, featuring two whites, two reds and one rose. Light snacks are included.

Amanti will guide the class through the tasting, providing background information about the wines and discussing tasting notes as the audience tries each wine. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the wine tasting will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Continue Reading

Historic Season For Montclair High School Crew

BY  |  Monday, May 22, 2017 2:03pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s been nothing short of a historic season for the Montclair High School crew team.

So much so that team has dubbed its senior captains of Kjel Schlemmer, Juliette Traylor, Patrick King, Lily Kuhn and Emergy Bergman as the most successful captains in Montclair crew history.

But while Schlemmer is happy to be leaving a legacy behind, he hopes that label won’t last long.

“I would not want us to be considered the most successful captains in Montclair history because I only want to see them (getting better),” he said.

After becoming the first public school in 22 years to win both the boys and girls State Cup points trophies and have both teams become state champions, the squad is continuing to pull off upsets in their championship season.

First-ever Stotesbury championship!

The Montclair Senior Boys Eight stunned their competition, ending a five-year winning streak by Gonzaga at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. The Mounties earned the program’s first-ever Stotesbury championship in the category at the race on the Schuylkill River on Sunday, May 20 Continue Reading

Luke and Tom’s Red Nose Day Bake Sale, Actually To Take Place Thursday, MAY 25

BY  |  Monday, May 22, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair resident Luke Parker Bowles and Montclair Film Executive Director Tom Hall will host a bake sale on Thursday, May 25th from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM, outside of LOCAL COFFEE at 107 Watchung Plaza, Montclair to support Red Nose Day USA, a global non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the conditions of poverty that impact the lives of children.

Baked goods will be provided by THE LITTLE DAISY BAKE SHOP, THE PIE STORE and LOCAL COFFEE, and Luke and Tom will be selling these stores’ baked items – all of which will be specially designed in a Red Nose Day theme/look. Red noses will also be sold and all proceeds from the bake sale will be re-donated to the pair’s Facebook campaign for Red Nose Day USA, which will make it eligible for a match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, doubling the bake sale’s financial support of Red Nose Day USA. Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Significant Concerns About Lackawanna Plaza Development

BY  |  Monday, May 22, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The developer’s plan for Lackawanna Plaza will be presented to the Council for review this Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in the town hall, 205 Claremont St. Here is the proposed development massing perspective at Grove and Bloomfield Avenues. An second view from above is here. It is important for Council members to be reminded what residents have said they wanted in this project.

A proposed plan for Lackawanna Plaza, viewed from the southwest corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Gates Avenue

Lackawanna Plaza is one of several areas in town which were designated “redevelopment areas” while the master plan was being reviewed between 2013 and 2015. The most controversial part of the original 2013 master plan draft was raising zoning heights in all business districts and eventually heights were reduced. However “redevelopment areas” and “ areas in need to development” were designated which allow for deviations from local zoning restrictions.

Many residents expressed concern about these designations. At that time, Mayor Jackson and other officials explained that this designation would allow the town to have more control. Since this is the case, it is the time to remind elected officials what has been already asked for by the public for Lackawanna Plaza during public outreach sessions.

Lackawanna Plaza can be a crown jewel to be proud of. Lackawanna Plaza can be an exciting and beautiful destination as well as attractive gateway to our downtown. Continue Reading

R.I.P. Alexander Booth Patrick

BY  |  Monday, May 22, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Alexander Booth Patrick, 57, of Cape Coral, FL, passed away at his home on May 13, 2017.

Born on March 11, 1960, Mr. Patrick was raised in Upper Montclair, NJ and attended The Mount Hebron School (now The Buzz Aldrin School) in Upper Montclair, Montclair High School, Millbrook Preparatory School, Millbrook, NY and Mitchell College, New London, CT, where he studied Engineering.

Mr. Patrick, fondly known to his family and many friends as “Sandy”, was a member of The Montclair Hockey Club, Bradford Bath & Tennis Club, The Montclair Riding Academy and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He enjoyed ice hockey, horseback riding, skiing, waterskiing, sailing, fishing, parasailing, piano and guitar. He was an extremely gifted pen and ink sketch artist and a fine craftsman and carpenter. Continue Reading

Montclair Has 88 Broken Streetlights. PLANETCIVIC Asks You to Be Part of the Solution

Monday, May 22, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Are you wondering what the smattering of blue dots all over this map of Montclair means?  Every blue dot on this map corresponds to a broken streetlight or unlit location in Montclair  They are 88 broken streetlights and 9 unlit spots. No wonder it gets so dark on our streets, especially in the winter.

A few months ago, Baristanet launched, on PLANETCIVIC, an initiative to improve lighting in Montclair (something Baristanet readers were vocal about here). This proposal quickly became the second most voted on initiative in PLANETCIVIC, with more than 100 votes in favor and only a few votes against, all coming from registered Montclair residents.

Says Javier Guardo, founder of PLANETCIVIC, “From the voting data and comments, we knew there was a problem with street lighting in Montclair, that the darkness made many people felt unsafe, but we really struggled with the question of how to provide actionable information to the town. At PLANETCIVIC, we want to give people tools to get things done.”   Continue Reading

Buzz Aldrin Middle School and Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Collaborate on STEM Skills

BY  |  Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

On May 11 and 12, Buzz Aldrin Middle School and Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center (formerly called Mountainside Hospital) collaborated for an in-school STEM SKILLS program for 6th, 7th & 8th graders.

Daniel Taylor, the STEM Coordinator for Buzz Aldrin, designed the program with the hospitals’ community health and services team, including Grettel Muscato and Florey Cruz-Cerpa. Their goal was to introduce students to the variety of career options available in a hospital environment, and enhance understanding of the educational paths taken to achieve those professions.

Students heard from Dr. Luigi Baretto (family medicine), Nicole Gengaro (radiology technician), Andrea Cohen (registered nurse and diabetes counselor), Margo Murray (occupational therapist), Dr. Marianne Ramos (pharmacologist), Dr. Marybeth Friel (family medicine), Elena Mills (dietician), Dr. Priya Mehta (internal medicine), and Michele Langfield (clinical social worker). Continue Reading

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Another "ground-level basement" (to get around the building height rules)?!

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