Montclair Groups Sponsor Free Parenting Workshop

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Members of the Montclair chapter of the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omicron Xi Omega Chapter and the Montclair Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. have joined to host a free parenting workshop, “Tips for Raising a Healthy and Happy Child,” featuring educator and social psychologist, Dr. Ansley W. LaMar, to be held at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 51 Elm Street, Montclair on November 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact James Harris at [email protected], Keshia Trotman at [email protected], or Jerry Roberts at [email protected].

Remembering George Miller

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 1:18pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

George H. Miller Jr. of Montclair, at 84 years passed on October 15, 2017. Born in Newark, NJ on August 21, 1933 the son of George H. Miller, Sr. and Anne Twyman. George was the brother of Joan Leister and David K. Miller.

“Big George” as he was known to his many friends was a graduate of Delbarton Prep School and was one of the “Fighting Irish” having attended Notre Dame University. He was a man that was very involved in his faith being a Eucharistic minister and commentator at Immaculate Conception Church and was currently attending St. Cassian’s Church. Continue Reading

Montclair High School Girl Soccer: Anything But A Kick and Run Team

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The Montclair High School Girls’ soccer team might start four or five freshman on the field come game days.

Still, despite their lack of experience, the young squad is dominating with a 10-3 record and won Super Essex Conference American Division Title, going undefeated in seven games.

Now, coming off a 5-0 win over Columbia in their last regular season game, the Mounties are seeded No. 2 in the county tournament with the drive to win it all.

Junior captain Jillian O’Toole. Photo: Mark Keith Adams

“I think we have a lot of talent. We have a lot of young players this year and I think we’re doing well, but at the same time there’s always room for improvement,” junior captain Jillian O’Toole said. “Each game I feel like we’re getting better and we’re connecting more.”

Montclair added two freshmen this year from high level clubs in forward Claire Manning and Sydney Masur in the midfield. The rookie pair has combined for eight goals on the season.

“No one is more persistent than Claire Manning,” head coach Eric Weintraub said. “Sydney Masur knows the game well and will continue to be a huge asset throughout playoffs.” Continue Reading

Jazz House Kids Turns 15! Star-Studded Concert + Gala, October 24 at NJPAC

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Jazz House Kids, Montclair’s nationally recognized arts organization with a mission to transform young lives through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship, is celebrating its 15th anniversary in style with a star-studded gala concert and dinner at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

The evening will feature rising singer-songwriter and 2016 GRAMMY nominee Andra Day, six-time GRAMMY-winning sax legend David Sanborn, GRAMMY-nominated “Queen of Percussion” Sheila E., NEA Jazz Master and nine-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist Kenny Barron, and virtuoso bassist, composer and bandleader Christian McBride. McBride, artistic chair of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, serves as the evening’s musical director.

Hosted by actor Gina Gershon, musical highlights include the debut of the Jazz House Alumni Big Band, a group of talented JAZZ HOUSE KiDS graduates who have continued honing their musicianship through college and beyond. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ mission will come to life as current students hit the stage: keyboardist Matthew Whitaker, a recent winner on “Showtime at the Apollo;” Jazz House Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles; and the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Music Club from the John F. Kennedy School in Newark all will perform.

The evening will feature special tributes to two jazz luminary honorees: legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes and visionary jazz keyboardist McCoy Tyner. The JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Community Champion award will be presented to Montclair residents Janet Shapiro and Phillip Bryd for their longstanding support of the organization’s Give an Instrument program. Two annual student awards also will be announced: the James Moody Jazz Scholarship for New Jersey and the RS Berkeley Musician of Distinction Award.

Tickets to the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Turns 15 celebration can be purchased with a package that includes a pre-concert cocktail reception at 5:30pm hosted by the 15th Anniversary Jazz Orchestra Circle, and a post-concert dinner party with a live auction in NJPAC’s dazzling lobby. For more information, visit or call 973-744-2273. Individual, concert-only tickets are available through NJPAC.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS: Swinging Doors Open for 15 Years

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS returns to its roots in Newark with its stylish, all-star celebration on October 24. The building blocks for the nonprofit organization were formed in the Brick City 15 years ago, against the backdrop of NJPAC and with the help of two key organizations, Prudential and WBGO. According to Melissa Walker, President & Founder of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, “It is especially gratifying to come full circle and celebrate turning 15 and a shared mission with New Jersey’s preeminent Jazz House, NJPAC.” A jazz vocalist, Walker was asked in 2002 by WBGO to conduct a one-time workshop for a group of students and their parents from Newark Public Schools to introduce them to jazz music. “We strapped on imaginary tool belts together and built a ‘jazz house’ – the roof beams and walls raised by adding musicians and instruments one by one,” said Walker. “As a jazz vocalist, the music infused my heart and soul, and the concept of a rich gathering place of musical talent and shared promise resonated with me. A real Jazz House was born.”

Today, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is dedicated to closing the gap in the arts by giving students an “artistic edge” and helping students cultivate the talent, discipline, skills and principles they need to play, sing, and appreciate America’s original musical art form. The four pillars of the organization’s work – music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship – foster tomorrow’s community leaders and global citizens.

Walker and her husband, Christian McBride, are seeing the legacy of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ work through its alumni, many of whom are taking their places as the rising new generation of jazz musicians and engaged citizens. “We are proud that 100% of our students at the Jazz House graduate from high school and go on to college,” Walker said.

Jazz House alumni currently attend or have graduated from top schools including the Berklee College of Music, Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers and The Juilliard School. For the many students who do not major in music, it is often their advanced training at the Jazz House that makes them so attractive to prospective colleges. Many students have earned significant merit scholarships – more than $1.5 million since 2014.

Each year, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS works with thousands of students in the schools, at its Jazz House facility in Montclair, and in the community. The organization provides access to music education with more than 1,000 hours of annual classroom instruction in underserved school districts, and offers 20 instrumental and vocal jazz classes at the Jazz House for ages two through adult. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS also places instruments in the hands of young people who want to play but can’t afford instruments.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS brings music into the community through 80 student performances each year. The family-friendly, “no tickets required” Montclair Jazz Festival is produced each August by JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. New Jersey’s largest, free jazz festival, it attracts 10,000+ people from New Jersey and beyond. Each year, the organization reaches 25,000 people through its events, performances and programming.

“The success of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS lies with the countless people who have contributed and committed to our dream,” said Walker. “It’s an ambitious and obtainable dream: to level the playing field for young people with little access to high caliber arts training; provide a safe harbor that sees diversity and inclusion, which we consider our greatest strength; and transform lives by helping students gain what we call the ‘artistic edge’ through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship. We know that through this commitment, we are poised to continue to grow and flourish.”

For gala tickets + more information, visit or call 973-744-2273. Individual, concert-only tickets are available through NJPAC. 100% of proceeds to support JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Music + Education mission.

Montclair Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Hayes

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Meet HAYES…He’s had a rough life, but he’s a survivor and nothing but a big, bundle of love. He deserves a forever home…Please come meet him at The Montclair Township Animal Shelter, located at 77 N Willow Street.

Montclair SCAC Brings Urban Planning Expert Alan Mallach To Discuss Senior/Retiree Housing Challenges & Opportunities

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On Thursday, November 9, the Montclair Senior Citizen Advisory Committee (SCAC) is holding its 2017 Seniorama Conference “Senior & Retiree Housing – Realities in Montclair: Challenges & Opportunities.” This year, SCAC is presenting a full-day conference on senior/retiree housing, a critical subject for the Montclair community.

Keynote speaker, Alan Mallach, recognized writer, scholar, urban planner and Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress, will introduce creative ideas for rethinking housing. He will then moderate a panel of real estate developers who will share key factors which shape housing development decisions, programs and services.

Panelists are: Cindy Jacques, United Methodist Communities; Edward Martaglio, RPM Development Group; Steven Plofker, Willow Street Partners LLC; and Richard Polton, Value Research Group.

Afternoon workshop sessions will follow and focus on: Continue Reading

MEA Tells Montclair BOE: “We Are Here” And Want A Seat At The Table

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 5:08pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Montclair’s Board of Education meeting was awash in a sea of blue Monday night as teachers and other staff wearing Montclair Education Association (MEA) shirts came out in force to let the board know, during public comment, that they are watching and listening.

The meeting began with interim superintendent Barbara Pinsak congratulating Montclair High School’s Center for Social Justice coordinator Jeff Freeman, as well as students Aja Bussey and Alexis Dickerson, for being honored at the Montclair NAACP Thurgood Marshall dinner.

Weston Science Scholars

The next presentation came from students who participated in Weston Science scholars program, a five-week summer program at Montclair State University. One group of students gave a presentation on the Michelson Interferometer, explaining constructive vs. destructive interference, past applications and their hypothesis and experiments (finding the wavelength of two lasers and measuring the index of refraction of air. A second group discussed RF Smog, the frequencies used for telecommunications, and a project to discern any possible health risks related to RF Smog.
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Montclair Crime: Large Fight On Pine Street, DWIs, Arrest Made in Aggravated Assault Case

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


10-09-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue, Johari) Ms. Esther Calderon, 43yao from West Orange, was arrested and charged with theft of clothing items from the store.

10-09-2017 (Grove Street) Mr. Stephen Lim, 23yoa from Bloomfield, was arrested and charged with DWI.

10-12-2017 (Crescent Parking Deck) Mr. Christopher McKenzie, 47yoa from West Orange was arrested and charged with DWI after striking the automated parking gate in the deck.

10-18-2017 (Grove Street) Ms. Tamika Robinson, 22yoa from East Orange, was arrested on open warrants out of Roseland, Irvington, And Scotch Plains, totaling $1800.

10-15-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Henry Alvarado, 36yoa from West Orange, was arrested and charged with DWI.

10-13-2017 (Pine Street) Mr. Justin Davis, 21yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Conspiracy after being part of a group that assaulted a 47yoa Montclair man. The victim was transported to Mountainside Hospital with a head injury.

Burglary/Theft Continue Reading

NCJW/Essex Lunch and Learn Features Experts in the Field of Transgender Children

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NCJW/Essex is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn – Free to Be He, She, They: Children and Gender Identity – featuring Jamie Bruesehoff, a writer, speaker and mother of a 10-year-old transgender child and an advocate for transgender youth and adults, and Nicole Davis, a licensed Clinical Social Work and Clinical Associate with the Gender and Family Project in New York. The program will take place on Wednesday, November 8, from noon to 2:00 pm.

“Our program will be a unique opportunity to learn about what life is like for families with a transgender child,” explains Shari Harrison, President, NCJW/Essex. “We are thrilled to welcome Jamie Bruesehoff and Nicole Davis to educate and inspire us to look at children and gender identity from different perspectives.” Bruesehoff, an activist mother, and Davis, a family therapist, are leading advocates for transgender children.

Gender identity and expression are central to the way we see ourselves and engage in the world around us. Finding ways for families to support children and knowing where to turn for help can be critically important.

Free to Be He, She, They will be held at Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ. Pre-registration is required. NCJW/Essex members: $20; Nonmembers: $25; includes a buffet lunch. To register, please call 973-740-0588 or visit

Montclair Bread To Open New Upper Montclair Location in Former Warner Building

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Good news for donut fans and commuters! Montclair Bread will join Keller Williams as tenants in the first floor of the former Warner Communicatins building on Lorraine Avenue (opposite Williams Sonoma).

Montclair Bread owner Rachel Crampsey tells Baristanet she hopes to have the new location open by January, if not sooner. The location, near both the Upper Montclair train station and the 66 Decamp Bus route, will offer coffee and of course, yummy baked goods.

“Our space will have a coffee/espresso bar serving our favorite, Stumptown roasts! We will also provide customers with doughnuts, croissants, danishes & other hand held treats,” says Crampsey. “Customers will also have the option of picking up their catering orders at our new location. The rest of our Upper Montclair menu is still being worked out.” Continue Reading

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