Ease On Down To Bloomfield High School To See THE WIZ

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Gemma Eshelman as Evillene, center. Kneeling left: Keijon Davis. Cowering, right: Nick Perez, Amir Brown, Nina Cutchall, Camille Aquino.

Come on and ease on down the road to Bloomfield High School on the first weekend in March, as the curtain rises on the BHS Winter Musical production of THE WIZ, with a special preview performance for senior citizens on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

THE WIZ is produced and directed by Brandon E. Doemling, with musical direction by Michelle Digaetano, choreography by Tracey Turner Turano, and orchestral direction by Claire Schlegel. More than half of the musicians providing live musical accompaniment will be Bloomfield High School student musicians, with 34 actors and a dozen crew members rounding out the company. Continue Reading

James Harris Will Be Black History Month Speaker at Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 8:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

James HarrisJames Harris, long-time civil rights activist and advocate for educational access, will be the Black History Month Guest Speaker at Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Montclair on Sunday, February 26 beginning at 10:40 am at 27 Monroe Place.

Harris, a resident of Montclair, is the first vice-president of the Montclair NAACP. He is a former president of both the Montclair chapter and the New Jersey State NAACP. He retired from a 42-year career at Montclair State University, which included 21 years as associate dean of students and 6 years as university ombudsman. Continue Reading

School of Rock Montclair Faculty Member Wins SOPAC’s “Blues In The Loft” Competition

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair

Vin Mott, who teaches drums and vocals at School of Rock Montclair, recently won the “Blues In The Loft” Competition, a presentation of the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), the New Jersey Blues Alliance, and Hat City Kitchen.  The contest’s preliminary rounds, which attracted participants from across New York and New Jersey, were held on eight consecutive Sundays at Hat City Kitchen, with the final battle presented at SOPAC to a sell out crowd.

“Winning the competition was completely unexpected,” says Mott, who was a crowd favorite at the event.  “The other competitors were all friends of mine and really talented, so I figured it was anyone’s game.  So when I won, it was pretty exciting.”
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YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch Announces Spring Programs

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Try a class at the YMCA of Montclair’s Park Street Branch! It’s a great way to learn something new, achieve your fitness goals, and meet new people. Plus, the Y’s lineup has something for everyone—fitness, sports, swim, wellness lectures and more! Continue Reading

New Jersey Audubon Invites You to Follow the Winter Migration of a New Jersey Egret

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Egret

For most of the year, you can spot “Edward the Egret” hanging around the Arthur Kill. He’s an urban bird, hatched in the New York-New Jersey harbor, and that is where he feels most at home.

But New Jersey Audubon can tell you, with 100 percent pinpoint accuracy, that Edward also likes to head down to Hilton Head, S.C. for parts of the winter, and has some favorite towns he makes sure to visit.

That’s commonly known because New Jersey Audubon caught Edward in June of 2015, placing a transmitter on him. Researchers are now using GPS and a solar-powered device to track Edward wherever he goes for the rest of his life, said Nellie Tsipoura, Ph.D., a Senior Research Scientist for New Jersey Audubon.

Every day, New Jersey Audubon gets texts from Edward’s transmitter, at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., letting Dr. Tsipoura know where he is. His route is easily viewable to the public through njaudubon.org or at https://tinyurl.com/za9uwso.

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Eve Schaenen Named Executive Director of Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning CenterThe Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center has announced that Montclair resident Eve Schaenen has been appointed the Museum’s new Executive Director.

A specialist in non-profit management and communications, Schaenen brings to the Museum over fifteen years of experience helping mission-based organizations develop and implement strategies that are solidly based in their values and goals. Most recently, as lead consultant for Rabinowitz Partners LLC, she worked with such institutions as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, and Edible Schoolyards NYC, offering customized consultancy that ranged in scope from big-picture strategic planning to systems for daily operations.

“We’re extremely excited for Eve to lead us in this next phase of the Museum’s story,” says Mark Markowitz, President of the YBMLC’s Board of Trustees. “We’re more committed than ever to sustaining Yogi’s legacy, but also to addressing relevant topics and concerns of today for a new generation of learners and leaders. Eve’s experience, creativity and passion for our mission will allow us to engage a whole new audience in our work.”

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Civics & Government Institute at MHS To Host 12th Annual African-American Achievement Dinner

BY  |  Monday, Feb 13, 2017 3:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Civics and Government Institute (CGI) on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00-8:30 pm in the George Innis Annex. The annual dinner honors African-Americans who are dedicated to working actively to better the Montclair community.

This year CGI will be honoring Wilhelm Young, Deputy Chief of Montclair, and Nedra Clark, a recently retired MHS guidance counselor. All attendees will be treated to a night of good food donated by local businesses, entertainment from The Passing Notes & The MHS Madrigal Choir, and poetry readings, as well as a community celebration of African-American achievement in Montclair. The cost is $5 for children and students and $10 for adults. All proceeds will go towards The CGI Minority Scholarship Fund. If you have questions, please email [email protected]

Montclair PD Coffee with a Cop “Senior Edition”

BY  |  Monday, Feb 13, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair PD Coffee with a Cop

On February 7, members of the Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU), along with Chief Todd Conforti and Deputy Chief Wilhelm Young, held another successful “Coffee with a Cop” at the South End Gardens. Based after the popular Coffee with a Cop held at local coffee houses, the “Senior Edition” brings officers to the senior’s residence. Montclair Police Officers were able to speak one on one with the residents about any concerns or questions over a cup of coffee. Community outreach events such as this allow the officers to speak to residents in a relaxed atmosphere. Continue Reading

Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville to Host Feb 28 Community Meeting

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Councilor Baskerville to Host 4th Ward Community Meeting April 28 Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm, in Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street. Councilor Baskerville will share updates on matters of importance to the community. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, development, parking and enforcement, and traffic calming. Township Engineer, Kim Craft will be on hand for a traffic calming work session.

The meeting is open to the public and community members are welcome to contribute to the discussion.







School of Rock Montclair House Band to Raise Funds for Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair House Band, 14 of the School’s best teen musicians, will perform at Rock Therapy, a benefit for Dance Therapy, a program that was created by professional dancer Maurice Chestnut (“Dancing With the Stars” “Happy Dance 2”). The event will be held at Sharron Miller’s Academy of Performing Arts, which is located at 14 South Park Street in Montclair, on Saturday, February 11 at 7PM.

The Dance Therapy program aims to provide tap, ballet, and hip hop dance lessons to underprivileged children around the United States who don’t have access to such training, and who would embrace the therapeutic emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits that dance can provide. The money raised at the benefit event and via the Dance Therapy Go Fund Me page will be used for tap shoes for students, a portable wood floor, and a sound system.

School of Rock Montclair House Band students who will perform at the benefit event are: Continue Reading

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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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