Montclair Police Need Info: Grove Convenience Store Robbery

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 4:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On 04-19-2017 at approximately 1228Hrs, a male entered the Grove Convenience Store and leaned over the counter, removing cash from the register. This suspect then brandished what witnesses believed to be a knife and threatened to stab a store employee should he attempt to intervene. This subject fled the store, entering an older model blue vehicle, and headed eastbound on Oxford Street. This suspect is described as a black male, light complexion, thin build, cross eyed, short haircut with a goatee, wearing a gray zip down hooded sweatshirt, and light blue jeans. He is approximately 6’5” in height and 40-50yoa. There were no injuries reported. An unknown amount of cash was taken. This incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information, please contact Montclair Police Detectives at 973-509-7543

Fire on Montague Place in Montclair

Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On April 20th, at 1:42am the Montclair Fire Department received a call reporting a house fire on Montague Pl. Units arrived to find heavy fire coming out of the soffit area on the left side of the house. All residents had already evacuated the house prior to Fire Department arrival. The fire was under control in less than an hour. Fire damage was complete to the 3rd floor attic area and contents, water damage to the 1st & 2nd floors, and a hole was cut in the roof for ventilation. Mutual aid units from Clifton, West Orange, Bloomfield, and East Orange responded to the fire scene while units from Orange, Verona, and Cedar Grove covered the town. The house is uninhabitable, the Red Cross was called to the scene to support any residents in need. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Deputy Chief Robert Duncan,
Montclair Fire Department.

Real Talk Working Session, April 22

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Work toward a better Montclair with your neighbors at the Justice Coalition.

Montclair Community Pre-K Announces “Galactic Gala”

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Community Pre-K (MCPK) will host a “Galactic Gala” on May 4. The event will honor the school’s teachers, who give selflessly of their time and energy to prepare every child at the school for success in kindergarten and in life. Given the date of the event, the gala committee chose a Star Wars theme (“May the 4th Be With You”) for the evening which will feature food, drinks, and dancing, plus silent and live auctions. Tickets cost $75 apiece, and proceeds will benefit the MCPK’s Scholarship Program, which ensures that the school is available to every child in Montclair, regardless of the family’s ability to pay tuition.

At the gala, the MCPK will also reveal plans to celebrate its 20th school year starting this fall. The school is planning a year-long suite of activities and initiatives for this milestone occasion, kicking-off with its designation as the Grand Marshal of the Montclair 4th of July parade. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Disorderly Conduct, Burglary, Warrant Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


04-12-2017 (South Mountain Avenue) Mr. Joseph Foster, 28yoa from Union was arrested and charged with Obstruction and Hindering for providing a false identity to police.

04-13-2017 (Marston Place) Mr. Michael Emanuel, 23yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with burglary for entering two unlocked vehicles in the area.

04-13-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Kim Chung, 29yoa from Clifton was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle accident. There were no reported injuries.

04-14-2017 (Pine Street) Officers were called to a disturbance in the street. Ms. Fatimah Leftwich, 36yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Ms. Leftwich punched an officer in the face and tore their uniform during her arrest. Mr. Lander Ceaser, 35yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct.

04-15-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Martin Garcias-Bautista, 34yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle accident. No injuries were reported.

04-15-2017 (Church Street) Mr. Darren Allen, 36yoa from Newark, was arrested on open warrants totaling $1,350.


04-11-2017 (Orange Road) A Hyundai Sonata, reported stolen hours earlier in town, was recovered parked and unoccupied in the area of the South End Stores.

04-15-2017 (Claremont Avenue) Theft from a motor vehicle. A wallet was taken in this incident. A side window was smashed to gain access to this vehicle.

04-16-2017 (North Mountain Avenue) Theft of a purse and cellular telephone from a motor vehicle. There was no sign of forced entry in this incident.

04-17-2017 (South Fullerton Avenue) Theft of a purse from a motor vehicle. A side window was smashed in order to gain entry.

Montclair Public Library Offers Small Business Boot Camp!

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Calling all local small business owners! Montclair Public Library (MPL) invites you to attend Small Business Boot Camp, a series of informative events to help you expand and grow your small business.

Throughout March and June, MPL will host classes led by several local organizations and professional consultants that aid New Jersey small business owners. Below is the upcoming schedule of events held at the Main Library:

NJ Division of Taxation & Small Business Administration

Monday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Instructional workshop designed to educate small business owners, taught by NJ Division of Taxation representatives, Mike Kovacs and Rachel McGovern. Jennifer Krottinger, Business Opportunity Specialist at the NJ District Office of the Small Business Administration, will also be on hand to give a presentation on federal contracting information, requirements, eligibility, and certification for small business owners. Continue Reading

S.O.F.I.A. Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $1000 Grant

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) has been awarded $1000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year.

“We are so grateful and honored to accept this generous grant on behalf of our clients,” said Cynthia Walker, Executive Director of S.O.F.I.A. “Our volunteers and staff members work hard to help those affected by domestic violence move forward and heal from their experiences. When a volunteer or client recommends S.O.F.I.A. for a grant like this, it validates our efforts and ensures the vitality of future programs.” This grant will help fund the financial literacy and business skills programs S.O.F.I.A. offers throughout the year. Continue Reading

Two Fires in Montclair on Sunday

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 1:20pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Firefighters at work on house at Waterbury Road.

On April 16th around 9am, Montclair Fire Department firefighters working at Headquarters noticed heavy smoke coming from a nearby neighborhood. MFD units followed the smoke and arrived at a two family home on Mission St with its second floor engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control within an hour. Units from East Orange, West Orange, Clifton, and Bloomfield responded to the scene, while units from Paterson, Cedar Grove, and Verona covered the town. Fire damage was complete to the second floor, partial to the 3rd floor, smoke and water damage throughout the house. There was also minor damage to the homes on either side of the fire building. No injuries were reported.
Later that day at 3pm the MFD received a call from a homeowner on Waterbury Rd reporting that they saw smoke near their roof. MFD units responded to find a smoke condition issuing from the roof area. Continue Reading

MFEE Hires Communications Director

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) has hired Georgette Gilmore as its new communications director/project coordinator to work closely with MFEE executive director Masiel Rodriquez-Vars to support the Montclair Public Schools.

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Montclair Affordable Housing Forum Offers Help to Residents

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Steven Cooper, Renee Baskerville, Deirdre Malloy and William Scott (L – R).

Al Pelham of the Montclair Branch of the NAACP and Chris Napierala of the Montclair Justice Coalition hosted a Community Forum on Affordable Housing for local residents on April 11 at the Wally Choice Community Center in Glenfield Park.

The forum was sponsored by the Justice Coalition and featured a four-person panel comprising 4th Ward Councilwoman Renee Baskerville, MD; Steven Cooper, Senior Mortgage Banker at Alterra Home Loans in Jersey City; Deirdre Malloy, Property Compliance Manager at HomeCorp; and William Scott, Chair of the Montclair NAACP Housing Committee and Co-Chair of the Montclair Housing Commission.

Councilwoman Baskerville began her comments by discussing the Mt. Laurel decision regarding affordable housing, and saying that Montclair had gone “above and beyond” in their efforts to provide affordable housing. However, she pointed out that with new housing coming into Montclair with rents from $2000-$4000, there is concern about how this will affect people who have historically lived in the township’s low and moderate-income neighborhoods.

She also discussed gentrification, saying that it’s “not necessarily an all-bad thing,” as it sometimes serves a need for economic stimulus.  “Some people feel some types of gentrification can be a positive thing. But people who’ve been in Montclair for decades, and whose families have shaped the township and given their all for generations, they may not be able to afford to live in their neighborhoods.” She questioned whether this trend would “push black and brown people out of their community.” Continue Reading

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