Essex Fells Honors Dr. Huston-Pryor With a Pink Ribbon Tribute

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Dr. Huston-Pryor

The community is mourning over the death of Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor who died last week after being hit by a car in her hometown of Essex Fells.

Over the weekend, the town honored her memory and work as one of the leading breast surgeons in the region by tying pink ribbons all over town. Her accomplishments, both in her career and as a mother, are documented in this article in

Dr. Huston-Pryor


(Photos: Frank Gerard Godlewski)




Montclair Mom Gives Back by Creating the Watchung School Wellness Fair

BY  |  Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Watchung School Wellness Fair

Hakika DuBose is no stranger to the wellness industry. She opened Power Stretch Studios in Montclair in 2011, and has made health and wellness her life.

Hakika, known as Kika to locals, has decided to give back to her local Watchung school PTA, by organizing a free Wellness Fair at the school for the public to enjoy. “I wanted to create an interactive event that would encourage both adults and children to look at health and wellness from a fun perspective.” DuBose says. Continue Reading

What To Know For Your Afternoon Commute Due to Earlier Amtrak Train Derail

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 3:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

NJ Transit train

Photos from Danielle Raymond Neff, a Montclair resident and a passenger on the train at the time of accident.


NJ TRANSIT is preparing a service plan for the afternoon peak period following an earlier Amtrak derailment at New York Penn Station. As a result of that incident, NJ TRANSIT will operate limited outbound service due to track constraints from New York Penn Station beginning at 4 p.m. There also will be hourly service into New York from Trenton and Long Branch with stops at Newark and Secaucus. A schedule will be posted this afternoon. MidTOWN Direct trains will continue to operate in and out of Hoboken Terminal.

Cross honoring will remain in effect with NJ TRANSIT bus, private carrier bus, NY Waterway and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd St.

Hoboken services will also be impacted due to the additional trains in the terminal. Because of track limitation in the terminal some Summit-bound trains will be impacted.

Due to the circumstances, customers are asked to be patient and give themselves additional travel time.

Please check for updates.

A NJ Transit Train was sideswiped by an Amtrak Acela train carrying 248 passengers when it derailed as it was leaving NY Penn Station Friday morning at approximately 9 am.

Danielle Raymond Neff, a Montclair resident who was a passenger on the NJ Transit Montclair Boonton line 8:17 am from Walnut Train Station told Baristanet as the train was pulling into Penn, she felt a big bump. “I was sitting on the upper level, just above where this first window is. And then I got off and saw the damage. We definitely collided with the Acela train that was pulling out as we were pulling in. Everyone was OK, so that’s good. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t rattled after the fact.”

NJ Transit tweeted the following after the accident:

At this time, rail service is still suspended in and out of NY. MidTown Direct trains are being diverted to Hoboken Terminal and cross honoring is in effect.

Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Theft at the High School, Stolen Car, Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)


The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


03/14/2017- Raveena Naidoo age 20 of Belleville was arrested at 5:15pm and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Super Fresh Store located at 19 Belleville Avenue. Ms. Naidoo concealed 3 bottles of skin lotion and attempted to return the items for a cash refund. She was issued a summons with a pending court date.

03/15/2017- William Vega age 49 of Newark was arrested at 9:14am and charged with Shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store. Loss Prevention provided police with a description of the suspect who fled the store on foot. Police located the suspect later identified as Mr. Vega, walking on Grove Street. Mr. Vega was also found to be in possession of a glassine envelope containing suspected heroin. He was additionally charged with Possession of CDS.

03/17/2016-Orlando Christmas age 53 of Newark was arrested at 1:12pm and charged with Theft. The incident occurred at the Staples Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect stole a heater and was last seen walking on Bloomfield Avenue. Police located the suspect on Grove Street sitting on a bench. The suspect identified as Mr. Christmas was in possession of the stolen merchandise along with a glass pipe used to inhale a CDS. He was charged accordingly and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

03/17/2017-A students IPad was reported stolen from the High School gym locker room. The IPad is valued at $700.00 dollars. The incident was reported to the High School Security.

03/19/2017-Jeffrey Workman age 49 of East Orange was arrested at 4:32pm and charged with Shoplifting. Police were dispatched to the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street on a shoplifter in custody. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Workman rip open a package and place the items in his pocket. He was charged accordingly and ROR.
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Montclair Crime: Burglaries, Stolen Purse, Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


03-14-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Charles Berry, 46yoa from Montclair, was arrested for being disorderly and refusing to comply with direction from officers.

03-20-2017 (Oak Street) Mr. Lance Smith, 22yoa from Montclair was arrested and charged with possession of CDS.


03-17-2017 (The Fairway) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. A wallet and iPhone were taken in this incident.

03-18-2017 (Graham Terrace) Burglary to an unlocked residence. Cash was taken in this incident.

03-18-2017 (Sutherland Road) Burglary to a residence. Jewelry and a gift card were taken. There was no sign of forced entry.

03-20-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Theft of an unattended purse containing cash and credit cards.


03-18-2017 (Gates Avenue) A silver BMW was vandalized. The trunk of this vehicle was keyed and a quarter panel dented.



MAM Art Talk: Crosscurrents: Native American and American Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MAM Art Talk

The next MAM Art Talk presents Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky and artist Jeff Kahm discussing the cultural exchanges between modern and contemporary American and Native American artists from the early twentieth century to the present at MAM on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm.

Dr. Stavitsky will be providing a sneak preview of an upcoming exhibition exploring the complex relationships between historic, modern and contemporary American and Native American art and culture. Jeff Kahm is Associate Professor in the Studio Arts Department of the Institute of American Indian Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Plains Cree artist, Kahm describes his work as “rooted in indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics.”

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Montclair FD Responded to Car Fire on North Fullerton Avenue This Morning

BY  |  Monday, Mar 20, 2017 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Early morning on Monday, March 20, the Montclair Fire Department responded to a car fire on North Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. Deputy Chief Robert Duncan reports:

At 7:49am this morning the Montclair Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire on North Fullerton Ave. The FD arrived to find a vehicle with its engine compartment fully engulfed in flames. On scene units quickly extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire was the ignition of leaking power steering fluid that came into contact with the exhaust system. Fire damage to the vehicle was extensive.



Glen Ridge Vote to Fund School Purchase and Renovations to Existing Schools on March 28

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Glen Ridge Referendum 17

Former Central School on Bloomfield Avenue.

On Tuesday, March 28, Glen Ridge will hold a vote on Referendum 17 that, if passed, would fund renovations at its schools and purchase the former Central School on Bloomfield Avenue, owned by Wells Fargo, to address its growing class size.

The total costs of the renovations at existing schools and the Central School purchase is estimated at $23,758,854. Continue Reading

NJ Immigrant Advocates and Allies Rally Gathered To Condemn Trump’s Updated Travel Ban

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10:27am  |  COMMENTS (0)

muslim travel ban

On March 16, a diverse group of NJ residents — many from Montclair — immigrants, advocates, and members from New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, CAIR NJ, Bluewave NJ, the Union Council for Interfaith Coordinating Council (UCICC) gathered at the Newark International Airport to condemn Trump’s updated travel ban targeting Muslim communities and refugees.

Developers Receive Approval for The Vestry, a New 46-Home Montclair Rental Building

BY  |  Friday, Mar 17, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (20)

The Vestry

Sterling Properties, in joint venture with Greenwood Development, LLC, has received approval for the development of The Vestry, a boutique collection of 46 upscale rental homes located at 147 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair.

Initial site work is expected to begin in early summer 2017 for the five-story apartment building which will rise on the former site of the Mount Carmel Holy Church, just steps from New Jersey Transit’s Bay Street Station and the myriad of shops, dining, cultural and entertainment venues in Montclair’s award-winning downtown district.

Designed by Montclair-based Sionas Architects, The Vestry’s will boast a striking exterior red brick and glass design. The L-shaped elevator building is being developed in accordance with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) guidelines for LEED® Silver certification. The building will offer a mix of studio, one- two- and three-bedroom homes. Several of the apartments will offer expansive outdoor balconies. Residents will have access to a package of in-building amenities, including a bike share program, zip-car, covered parking and an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge. The Vestry will also offer approximately 1,600 square-feet of ground floor retail space, bringing even more services and conveniences close to home.

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A great looking building for Montclair Center with appropriate height, massing and details. Bravissimo!

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