More Attempted Luring Incidents in Montclair

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 4:11pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

On 01-31-2017 at approximately 8:20am, a 9 year old male walking on Harrison Avenue was approached by a male operating a green cargo style van with no rear windows. This subject, described as a white male, having curly hair and a gray/brown beard exited the vehicle and asked the juvenile if he was lost. The juvenile did not interact with this subject and immediately left the area on foot.
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Real Talk, Real Consequences, Real Solutions Series Holds Working Session Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Feb 10, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Real Talk, Real Consequences, Real Solutions

After its inaugural public forum in December, The Montclair Justice Coalition invites the public to join the Real Talk, Real Consequences, Real Solutions meeting tomorrow for a working session this Saturday, February 11 from 10 am – 1 pm. Continue Reading

Patrick Wilson, Stephen Colbert Wow Crowd At Montclair Film Festival’s “I Want My MFF” Party (VIDEO)

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Everybody who was anybody in the 1980s showed up to Montclair Film Festival’s “I Want My MFF” party last Saturday night at the Wellmont Theater. Guests came as the Material Girl, Robert Palmer girls, even Devo (gotta love those energy dome hats) and danced the night away to music by The Loser’s Lounge with very special guest appearances by Patrick Wilson (that man can sing!), Warren Zanes and Stephen Colbert at the 1980s-themed dance party fundraiser to benefit MFF programming.

MFF board president Evie Colbert, joined by MFF executive director Tom Hall.


Montclair Film Festival (MFF) board president Evie Colbert started the night off, joined by MFF executive director Tom Hall, telling an enthusiastic crowd that completion of its new home at 505 Bloomfield Ave. was both “on time and on budget” and would open April 1. Colbert announced that the organization was in the middle of a 2.5 million-dollar campaign and that they had already raised $2 million. Continue Reading

Montclair Council: Residents Say Yes To Sanctuary City For Immigrants, No To Trump

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 7:39am  |  COMMENTS (12)

A proposal to make Montclair a sanctuary city for immigrants was not on the Montclair Township council’s agenda for its February 7 meeting, but supporters of the initiative came out in droves, to make sure their voices heard on the issue.  Though the meeting was a conference meeting, not a regularly televised one, Mayor Robert Jackson and the council held the meeting in the council chambers in anticipation of the overflow of residents they expected.  Even that wasn’t enough.

A protester at the Montclair Township Council’s February 7 holds up a sign asking the council to keep the township “on the right side of history.”

One resident after another got up to voice support for Montclair becoming a sanctuary city, a municipality that has adopted a policy of protecting unauthorized immigrants.  President Donald Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries has sparked similar calls for such a status in various municipalities, which the White House has threatened to withhold federal funds from. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Burglar Wearing Ski Mask Entered Upper Mountain Ave Home, Fled After Seeing Resident

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted Burglary

On February 3, A resident  encountered a burglar entering the rear of the residence. The suspect fled upon observing the resident. The suspect is described as a white male, medium build, approximately 6’0 in height, wearing a black ski mask that only showed the bottom of his mouth. The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, and black or dark gray sweat pants.

More from this week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

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Montclair Planning Board: Application for Lorraine Ave. Warner Building Drags On

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (6)

The Montclair Planning Board spent most of its February 6 meeting on the continuing application from Caldwell developer Michael Pavel to expand his reconstruction of the Warner Building on Lorraine Avenue to run 137 feet behind the avenue, with 8,971 square feet of second-floor office space and ground-level parking at the ground-floor level.

Architect Frederick Kincaid of the Livingston firm Jarmel Kizel offered a revised version of the design with input from the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), but the plan met with skepticism and resistance from board members and residents alike.  Board chairman John Wynn ultimately had to schedule a continuation of the meeting when there was only time for Kincaid’s testimony on the building’s design.  Further testimony on the project will continue on March 13.

A diagram of the proposed extension of the Warner Building on Lorraine Avenue, from the west side

Kincaid said he lowered the height of the building’s cornice and tried to break up its bulk by dividing the western façade into sections, using different colors of brick and recessing some of the sections to avoid a monolithic outer wall.  He presented a corbelling, or overlapping, arrangement on one section to bring the bricks farther out to add to the variety of the façade.   Roof-mounted equipment would be hidden with fiberglass barriers that would mitigate sound coming from the equipment and would match the color of the parapets on the building.  A bulkhead for the elevator would have a color matching the cornice. Continue Reading

Move To Make Montclair A Sanctuary City Gains Momentum

BY  |  Monday, Feb 06, 2017 3:56pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair rallied in favor of making Montclair a Sanctuary City on Saturday. The rally took place at the “peace” corner of Church and Bloomfield and was organized by Gretchen MacBryde.

On PLANETCIVIC, support for a proposal to declare Montclair a Sanctuary City is the platform’s #1 initiative.

And tomorrow, (Tuesday, Feb. 7) civic action is planned for the next town council meeting. John Gutierrez has organized a group to attend the Montclair town council meeting (more than 135 have indicated they will attend) to tell Mayor Jackson and the members of the Town Council that Montclair must be a Sanctuary City offering protection to targeted communities. In addition to packing the house, Gutierrez is also encouraging people to speak during public comment. Continue Reading

Montclair PD “Mitten Tree” Drive Brings Cold Weather Items to Those in Need

BY  |  Monday, Feb 06, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mitten tree

Pictured l-r: Deputy Chief Wilhelm Young, MSU student intern for MESH Joshua McWilliams, MESH Executive Director Gwen Parker Ames, Boiling Springs Bank Branch Manager Diana Dempsey, Chief Todd Conforti, Officer Travis Davis, Officer Paul Rusiniak, Deputy Chief Tracy Frazzano

Members of the Montclair Police Department delivered gloves, scarves, hats and blankets to the Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH) last Friday, February 3. The clothing and other cold weather items were collected during a month-long “Mitten Tree” drive organized by the MPD in conjunction with the Montclair Municipal Court and Boiling Springs Bank.






New Director For Montclair Public Library Announced

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 11:56am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Following a national search, the Board of Trustees has unanimously chosen Peter Coyl to be the next Director of the Montclair Public Library. Mr. Coyl succeeds David Hinkley, who retired at the end of 2016 after ten years in the position.

Coyl is currently a Senior Librarian with the Dallas Public Library, which he has served since 2011. His diverse background includes managing an international school library in Taiwan and, prior to his library career, work as a staff member of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. Coyl receive his undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Michigan and his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Continue Reading

Montclair High’s SVPA Tackles Dark Drama With Production Of “Bad Seed”

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 3:50pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

She seems sweet, charming, the perfect little girl, but her mother becomes worried when tragedy strikes a classmate and little Rhoda shows no emotion…

Montclair High School’s School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) presents “Bad Seed,” Thursday, Feb. 2, Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre at MHS’s George Inness Annex, 141 Park St. Purchase tickets here.

Simone Rembert (left) and Lilli Herrick in SVPA’s Bad Seed

The production is based on the long-running Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson, which was adapted from the novel by William March “The Bad Seed.” The story became famous after a film in 1956 of the same name.

This production is recommended for adults and children 13 and older.

Aidan Joyce and Lilli Herrick in SVPA’s Bad Seed

Valentino Musumeci and Amanda Harris in Bad Seed

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