Montclair Center Celebrates With Oktoberfest at Pig & Prince; Montclair Fashion Show at Wellmont

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Saturday’s Oktoberfest at Pig & Prince in Montclair Center was a huge success with perfect weather and some 3,000 people enjoying live music, entertainment and local and regional food vendors.

The previous weekend, Montclair Center was the most fashionable spot to be, with another dazzling runway show featuring local designers and boutiques. From aerialists starting off the show with awesome acrobatics to adorable pups stealing the show on the runway, Montclair Fashion Show was an incredible event for fashion and a great way to raise both funds and awareness for S.O.F.I.A. and SAVE of Essex County.

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Montclair Man, Soldier in Bloods’ Sex Money Murder Street Gang, Sentenced to 22 Years For Racketeering Conspiracy

Monday, Sep 25, 2017 2:08pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

A soldier of the Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods street gang was sentenced today to 264 months in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy that involved attempted murder and conspiracy to distribute heroin, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Laquan Reed, 28, a/k/a “Drama,” of Montclair, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to Count Two of a 14-count superseding indictment charging him with racketeering conspiracy. Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The Bloods street gang is organized into subgroups, called “sets,” that operate in specific geographic locations. Sex Money Murder is the set that operates primarily in Essex County, New Jersey. Reed, a ranking member in Sex Money Murder, admitted that from 2007 to 2011 he committed a series of violent crimes to advance the gang’s objectives. He admitted that he conspired with set members to murder a rival gang member on Aug. 3, 2011, identified in the indictment as “Victim 6.” Reed admitted he and others engaged in a shootout in an effort to kill the rival gang member in and around Newark. Reed also admitted conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin in and around Newark. Continue Reading

Montclair Women’s Club To Host Open House and Free Workshop, 9/27

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 1:38pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Women’s Club is preparing for an exciting year of events in its 103rd year serving the Montclair area.

On Wednesday September 27th, the Club will be hosting an Open House at 7 p.m., followed by a workshop, led by Beth Taylor Hart at 7:30 on “Women in Transition: Accessing Your Innate Wisdom.” The open house, held at the 82 Union Street clubhouse, offers an opportunity for community members to learn about joining the Montclair Women’s Club.

Founder of The Insight Project, Ms. Hart will explore how to tap inner reliance to find clarity, peace, resilience, and joy through wisdom latent within. In addition to leading workshop for various individuals and community groups, Hart has authored the upcoming book Hidden In Plain Sight: The Truth About Your Life. Ms. Hart has also enjoyed a vibrant career in the arts and arts management, including being one of the founders of the Montclair Film Festival, now in its 6th year.

The topic of “Women in Transition,” has resonated with many Club members as many have transitioned into or out of careers, transitioned in their family/spousal relationships, or transitioned to becoming an empty nester (or near empty nester) in addition to other life transitions. The Montclair Women’s Club has become an important source of community, enrichment, support and nourishment to this generation of women as it has to those who have gone before us.

The Montclair Women’s Club offers programs free to members every other Friday afternoon as well as monthly evening and weekend programs. Its mission is to engage actively in the community with a focus on educational, artistic, environmental, and charitable endeavors while also preserving our historic institution.

The Montclair Women’s Club avoided closure in 2015 with the dedication of several longtime Montclair Women’s Club members joined by a number of new members who shared a dedication to saving and revitalizing both the historic building and civic organization. The club’s facilities have been newly renovated and are available for public rental. For a full list of programs, to become a member, or for more information about the Women’s Club, go to

MPL Announces Indie Author Day For Local Writers and Book Lovers

BY  |  Friday, Sep 22, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Join Montclair Public Library (MPL) to celebrate local writing communities on October 14, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main library auditorium. Indie Author Day, a nationwide event sponsored by BiblioBoard, is designed to bring local emerging writers together to meet and learn from each other.

The public is encouraged to attend and meet dozens of local aspiring authors, poets and graphic novelists, and to discover new talent. Local writers will be selling their materials on-site for visitors to pick up their next favorite book. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to create a tiny book with assistance by The Creativity Caravan, a local arts organization.

“Montclair and its surrounding towns have vibrant writing communities and avid book lovers.” said John Daquino, Adult Services Librarian at MPL and event organizer. “We are thrilled to provide a space where local emerging writers can connect with readers and each other.”

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Montclair Crime: Aggravated Assault on Police Officer, Arrests, Burglary/Theft

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 12:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


09/13/17 (Maple Avenue) Montclair Police received a BOLO from Bloomfield Police regarding a vehicle that had fled on their officers for motor vehicle offenses.  Montclair officers located the suspect, Chase Carter (27yoa from Montclair) in the fleeing vehicle.  Mr. Carter exited his vehicle and confronted the officers, shoving one of them.  These two officers attempted to arrest and handcuff Mr. Carter, to which he resisted.  Additional officers responded and were then successful in handcuffing this individual.  During the arrest, one of the officers sustained a hand injury. Bloomfield Police issued motor vehicle summonses based on the initial event.  Montclair Police charged Mr. Carter with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. Continue Reading

Studio Montclair Takes Street Level Retail Space at The Montclarion at Bay Street

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Studio Montclair, a non-profit organization that hosts exhibits of professional and emerging artists, has signed a lease to occupy a 1,100 square-foot studio in the ground-floor retail space at The Montclarion at Bay Street Station, according to Richard Polton, a member of the development team. The Studio Montclair space, located at 127 Bloomfield Ave, will feature a gallery, meeting facilities, workshops and offices for Studio Montclair. There will also be eight large street front windows programmed for public art displays.

For two decades plus Studio Montclair has promoted culture and education in the visual arts in northern New Jersey through events, community programs, development workshops, lectures and talks, as well as curated art exhibits.

“We’re delighted Studio Montclair has decided to call The Montclarion at Bay Street Station home,” Polton says. “This is a wonderful fit for both the organization, the neighborhood and residents of the building. This growing arts organization will unquestionably enliven the Eastern Gateway area of Montclair and bring a range of activities to the neighborhood. We’re excitedly looking forward to a variety of openings, displays, sales and other art related activities that will engage a wide audience.” Continue Reading

Toni’s Kitchen To Celebrate 35th Anniversary with Gala Dinner & Auction

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Toni’s Kitchen, the food ministry of St. Luke’s Church and Montclair’s vital hunger relief and prevention program, will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with a Gala Fundraising Dinner and Auction. The event will take place at 7:00 PM, on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Upper Montclair Women’s Club, 200 Cooper Ave. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.

The Gala’s theme, “35 Years of Tending Our Community”, speaks to Toni’s Kitchen’s and St. Luke’s unwavering mission to provide food and services to neighbors in ways that respect their dignity, improve health and foster independence.

Toni’s Kitchen has served meals without interruption since its inception in 1982, despite challenges to resources and operations.   Almost 70,000 meals were provided on-site and through its outreach programs in 2016; a 32% increase over the prior year. It’s a statistic that doesn’t surprise director Anne Mernin. Continue Reading

Montclair Council: Edgemont Park Improvements, Waste Receptacles, Private Streets, Mitochondrial Disease Awareness

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 8:06am  |  COMMENTS (7)

The Montclair Township Council had a light agenda for its September 19 meeting, passing eight pending ordinances and six resolutions, as well as the bill list.  One resolution that got much commentary from members of the council was the one awarding a contract to Abraham General Construction for improvements to Edgemont Park.

The Montclair Township Council

Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville said the improvements that members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee proposed for the park were “outstanding,” and she said that committee members hope to be more involved with the council in all issues regarding parks and open spaces.  Deputy Mayor / Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager said that the Friends of Edgemont park group was also supportive.  But Dr. Baskerville asked if the money was left over from a previous source for park spending, or “reprogrammed.”

Acting Township Manager Tim Stafford explained that funds were in fact reprogrammed from Green Acres funding for Edgemont Park. He said there was more funding possible through the state Green Acres program, and he added that Montclair has sent a letter to the state asking to be kept informed of such funding.  Mayor Robert Jackson has a sent a letter to the state endorsing such funding. Continue Reading

Montclair’s S.O.F.I.A. Raises Over $13,000 At 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) held its 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in Montclair’s beautiful Canterbury Park. Walk participants and sponsorships raised over $13,000 to support S.O.F.I.A.’s programs. This year’s Grand Marshall was Lena Cohen, a domestic violence survivor, speaker, life coach, author, and CEO of You’re Beautiful Honie, LLC. Ms. Cohen gave an inspirational and uplifting speech and led the Walk in style.

S.O.F.I.A. is grateful to this year’s PLATINUM sponsor The Allstate Foundation and especially the office of Neil Greco in Roseland, NJ. The Allstate agents who attended presented S.O.F.I.A. with a check representing an additional grant of $11, 000 (photo attached), over and above their sponsorship of the 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence. This generous support will directly impact our community with services, education, and awareness raising events. SOFIA also thanks our GOLD Sponsor, Supreme Energy, Inc., which has been a longtime sponsor over the years.  

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Montclair Public Library & Foundation’s Open Book/Open Mind Series Presents Katy Tur in Conversation with Tom Johnson, 10/13

BY  |  Monday, Sep 18, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017, Katy Tur will discuss current political events and her latest book Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in History with executive news editor Tom Johnson.

Katy Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC. She was the recipient of a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Unbelievable is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of being on the campaign trail. She details what it was like to be there as it all happened; inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited.  Continue Reading

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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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