Forget Tiny Houses – Colectivo Workshop Has A Tiny, But Mighty Montclair Mobile Office

BY  |  Friday, Sep 08, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lately, the streets of Montclair have been visited by a big open box truck equipped with desk space, a projector, television, lights, internet access and windows that’s parked in different spots around Montclair throughout the day.

That’s the Colectivo Workshop, designed and owned by local resident Alex Nunez, to be a collective workshop space for any artists to come by and use free of charge.

Nunez uses the truck as his personal office and welcomes anyone to use the space for their freelance projects in a collective setting where the different artists can collaborate amongst each other, trade ideas and network. Continue Reading

R.I.P. Allen Scott Feldman, Known to Decamp Riders As “Big Al”

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 07, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

“Big Al” Allen Scott Feldman, 57, of Montclair, passed away in Los Angeles, CA suddenly on August 10, 2017. Al was born on June 23, 1960 in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Brooklyn Automotive High School in 1978. He is survived by his wife Briena, and daughter Bardot, who currently reside in Los Angeles. He is also survived by his brother Norman of Poughkeepsie and sister Cynthia and brother-in-law Steven, his niece Katherine and nephew Samuel of Metuchen. Al was a dedicated and much loved Bus Driver at DeCamp Bus Lines in Montclair for 24 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2015. Those he was close with knew he loved spending time with his family, riding motorcycles and fixing cars. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Donations in Al’s name to the American Red Cross are kindly appreciated.

Local Collective Formed to Support Independent Arts in Montclair

Thursday, Sep 07, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

In an effort to provide support to independent and DIY arts in Montclair, a new collective has been formed by local artists, musicians, and community activists.

Indie Arts Montclair, aka I AM, aims to increase visibility to local alternative arts through networking and collaborations.

This Sunday, 9/10, at The Creativity Caravan (28 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair), Indie Arts Montclair is holding an informative reception and free screening of “We Jam Econo”, a great documentary on the legendary DIY/Punk band “The Minutemen”. Seating is limited and snacks will be served at this all-ages, inclusive event. Doors open at 5pm and the movie starts at 5:30.

Future I AM projects include more film screenings, podcasts, music performances, art installations, skillshares, a directory of DIY and community focused arts spaces, and much more!

Montclair Township Council Reviews Temporary Alcohol Permits and Abandoned Properties

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 06, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council breezed through yet another 20-minute meeting on September 5 in a conference meeting that dealt with a pending ordinance, three resolutions, and one comment from the member of the public.

The pending ordinance was an amendment to allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed on public property through a temporary permit for what Township Attorney Ira Karasick referred to as “narrow circumstances” such as social events like the food and wine festival, or if a license holder wants to extend his or her permit for such an event.  The amendment allows the township to give such permission, although it would not necessarily have to.

Deputy Mayor / Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager said she was very pleased with the amendment to the ordinance because it had always been a gray area for people who wanted to plan a public event using Montclair parks or parking lots at which serving alcohol would be expected.  She noted that the council had listened to residents asking for clarification in the ordinance.  “I’m pleased we did this,” she said.

One member of the council who was not pleased was First Ward Councilor William Hurlock.  He first asked Karasick if he had discussed this with the police in terms of enforcement and in terms of patrolling.  Karasick replied that he’s discussed it with deputy chiefs, and Acting Township Attorney Tim Stafford interjected that any such application for a temporary permit of alcohol consumption on public property would have to be reviewed and approved by Police Chief Todd Conforti before the township would even look at the request.   Despite that assurance, Councilor Hurlock pressed further, asking about responsibility for liabilities.  Karasick explained that there would still be a requirement for insurance.  Then Councilor Hurlock asked about his biggest concern – the township’s liability under the “Dram Shop” rule, the rule that holds a bar liable for serving alcohol to an individual who later cause a car accident. Continue Reading

Montclair Community Drive to Support Harvey Victims

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 06, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair community is conducting a week-long food and supplies drive to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The drive is being coordinated by local food support organizations in collaboration with the Montclair Public Schools. Toni’s Kitchen, the Human Needs Food Pantry, the Salvation Army, MESH and First Seventh Day Adventist Church will be coordinating efforts to get basic food and supplies to those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Texas area food banks are requesting shelf-stable foods, diapers, cleaning supplies and toiletries as their most-needed items. The local community is encouraged to donate these items beginning on Monday, September 11th , the National Day of Service. The drive will continue through the week and end Sunday, September 17th. Donations will be gathered at the sites listed below. They will then be transported to the Community Food Bank of NJ. CFBNJ is coordinating with the Houston Food Bank and other Texas food banks and delivering these critically essential items.

Drop-off sites include: the Montclair Public Schools (for enrolled students only); Toni’s Kitchen at St. Luke’s Church, 73 So. Fullerton Ave.; the Human Needs Food Pantry, 9 Label St.; the Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Pl.; MESH at Hope Baptist Church, 6 Mission St.; and First Seventh Day Adventist Church, 15 Elmwood Ave. See individual websites for more drop-off information and hours. Continue Reading

Gelotti And Other Montclair Area Businesses Raising Funds For Texas Relief

Tuesday, Sep 05, 2017 3:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair and the rest of the country have watched the heartbreaking coverage from Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. Now area businesses want to send support. Gelotti of Montclair (and Gelotti locations in Totowa and Caldwell) will donate $1 for every pint sold during the month of September to the American Red Cross. Gelotti will also match each customer donation by $1.

In addition, Gelotti (including the Guerriero and the Sigona Family Gelotti Ice Cream all locations) with co-organizer Juzdan Gear, a shirt printer, have teamed up with these other area businesses — to create a “United for the Lone Star” T-shirt that will be sold for $15 with 100% of the sale proceeds being donated to the Red Cross for Texas.

Stuffed Burger
Dough Artisan Pizza
Cloverleaf Tavern
Falafel Hut
Passaic Park Motors
Kimchi Smokehouse
Park Street Auto
Daves Delicious Deli
Sunshine Sam

Gelotti and Juzdan gear are providing up to $1000 worth of donations and services and each business has pledged $150-$350 to sponsor the shirts. Gelotti is also serving as a drop off spot for donations.

Gelotti of Montclair, 571 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, 973-509-1607

Montclair Burglary Suspect Caught On Camera

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 05, 2017 3:24pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Police are looking for this man, photographed during a burglary. On Friday, (9/1) Montclair Police Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress involving a residence on Watchung Ave. The suspect gained entry by breaking the home’s front door glass pane and subsequently reached in an unlocked the door. Upon entry, the suspect attempted to remove a television but was unsuccessful. The suspect was then confronted by an occupant; which resulted in the suspect fleeing out the front door where he got into a vehicle and fled east on Watchung Ave.

Suspect description: black male, 30-40 years old, long curly black hair pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, and yellow and black work gloves

Suspect vehicle: older model burgundy Honda with possibly a rear NJ Temp Tag.

The above photograph depicts the suspect while he was inside the residence. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Montclair Police Department Detective Bureau: (973) 509-7543 Case Detective: Detective Joseph Anderson; Case Supervisor: D/Sergeant James Milano.

Here is the rest of the week in crime from Montclair Police Department, by Detective Sergeant James Milano: Continue Reading

Montclair Senior of the Month: Adriana O’ Toole

Tuesday, Sep 05, 2017 1:34pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Meet Adriana O’Toole, Montclair Senior of the Month for September:

How old are you? 85

Where were you born? Weehawken, NJ

When did you move to Montclair? 1964

Why did you move to Montclair? I was newly married, and it was convenient for my job in White Plains and my husband’s in Newark. We rented a 3rd floor apartment on Walnut Street for $95 per month.

Are you currently employed? If so, doing what? If you had a career, what was it? I worked as a recruiter and speaker for Berkeley Secretarial School in East Orange and White Plains. I have a BA and MA from NYU. I have been working full time as a Realtor since 1975, now at RE/MAX Village Square. I had my own office for 5 years – Montclair Realty.

How have you been engaged in the community? I’m on the board of the Northern New Jersey Victorian Society, having been a cofounder of the group in 1975. I’m also on the board of South End Gardens; secretary of the Friends of Barnet (we are a sister city with Barnet, England) conducting student and adult exchange programs; member/past president of the Montclair Lions Club; member/past president of the AAUW, Montclair College Club; past class president of Douglass College Alumnae class of 1954; vice president/charter member of UNICO in Montclair; past president of the Montclair Chamber of Commerce; member/past president of Le Tip of West Essex (business networking group); past president of CRS of NJ (Realtor group); board member of West Essex Board of Realtors; past member of the Montclair Planning Board and Board of Adjustment; past League of Women Voters board member; past member of YWCA; College Club book sale volunteer. Continue Reading

Montclair Candidate Mikie Sherill Gets Noticed By Glamour Magazine

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 05, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glamour Magazine profiles Montclair’s own Mikie Sherill in an article “Mikie Sherrill Once Flew Helicopter Missions in the Navy — Now She’s Running for Congress” “Mikie Sherrill Once Flew Helicopter Missions in the Navy — Now She’s Running for Congress”.

Sherill tells Glamour how she had planned to go into criminal justice reform. That was before the November 2016 elections. Continue Reading

Montclair Promotes Three Firefighters

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Three probationary firefighters were promoted to firefighter status during a swearing in ceremony in Montclair Township Council Chambers this morning. Township Clerk Linda Wanat presided over the swearing in of Adam Duchinsky, Kenneth Clermont and Peter Albanese.

The three men attended the Essex County Fire Academy after being sworn in last year as probationary fighters. They studied for ten weeks at the Academy, developing a fundamental understanding of firefighting, physical training and conditioning. The three men continued to develop their craft while also learning about the Montclair Fire Department after graduating from the Academy.

Pictured L-R: Chief John Herrmann, FF Kenneth Clermont, FF Adam Duchinsky, FF Peter Albanese, Deputy Chief Robert Duncan

The men used this experience to absorb a wealth of knowledge in numerous areas: department rules, regulations and operational procedures; daily routines and duties; radio protocol; building construction; engine and truck company operations; hazardous material response; rescue and extrication techniques; confined space and trench rescue; and familiarity with the streets of Montclair and Glen Ridge. Additionally, the men received valuable experience in hands-on fire confrontation during recent fire emergencies in the Township.

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