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MontClairVoyant: Will This Be the Summer of Our Discontent?

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, As June approaches during a grim pandemic year, thoughts turn to what Montclair households with school-age kids will do this summer. How many day camps may not happen? What about municipal pools? Family...

MontClairVoyant: Will Spiller Rule the Montclair Roost After Big Money Boost?

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Sean Spiller was leading Renee Baskerville for mayor by a small margin -- 5,445 to 5,250 -- when votes were certified by the county on May 18. Are you glad Dr. Baskerville is...

MontClairVoyant: Montclair Election Mailer Barrage Loomed Large

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Early election returns showed Sean Spiller leading Dr. Renee Baskerville for mayor, and three other incumbents on Spiller's slate winning Township Council seats. Final results tomorrow, May 15? Sincerely, Tally & Doom I think so. All...

MontClairVoyant: It’s Mayoral in Montclair!

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Some education "reformers" who wrongly allege that teacher unions have too much power are actively opposing the mayoral candidacy of Councilman Sean Spiller, vice president of the New Jersey Education Association. Comment? Sincerely, NJEA in...

MontClairVoyant: Mayor Weighs In and Ballots Go Out

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Mayor Jackson endorsed Sean Spiller as his successor this past Tuesday, April 28. Your reaction as voters mail back their ballots for Montclair's May 12 election? Sincerely, Chose a Choice Given that I enthusiastically endorsed Spiller's...

MontClairVoyant: More Than One Selection for Montclair’s May Election

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Before you discuss Montclair's May 12 election, are you angry that the recently formed Montclair Property Owners Association got a Superior Court delay of the rent-regulation measure passed this month by the Township...

MontClairVoyant: During Pandemic, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Is More Than a Movie

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Does the coronavirus pandemic raging in our town and elsewhere have any silver linings? Sincerely, Or Bronze Linings Some, but it's not right to discuss the bright side of a scourge that's hurting so...

MontClairVoyant: Before Adjourning, Council Satisfies Rent-Regulation Yearning

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Township Council voted 5-0-2 this past Tuesday, April 7, to pass a rent-regulation measure. Your three-letter reaction? Sincerely, Road to Dwellville Actually, I wrote three texts rather than three letters after the remote Council meeting,...

MontClairVoyant: C’s the Day – Column Covers Coronavirus Crisis

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, As of April 1, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Montclair sadly hit 102 -- with 13 people tragically dying (many with prior health issues and in long-term-care places). Which two numbers...

MontClairVoyant: Crossing the (Story) Line with Montclair Plots in Famous Novels

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Many Montclairites are finding some solace by reading more books while mostly staying home during the daunting coronavirus pandemic that's brought illness and death to our town and countless other places. With that...

MontClairVoyant: Social Media Group Offers Solace Amid Social Distancing

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The coronavirus has infected four Montclair residents; caused our schools to start remote learning; temporarily closed parks, the library, and many other places; postponed events; and had numerous other impacts. Anything to say...

MontClairVoyant: Candidates, Coronavirus, and Other Things to ‘C’

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Before discussing how the coronavirus is affecting Montclair, let's focus on our town's May 12 municipal election. How many candidates filed to run by the March 9 deadline? Sincerely, The Gist of the List One...

MontClairVoyant: Cease in Police Gives March 4’s BOE Meeting More Peace

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, You attended the Board of Education meeting last night, March 4. Was there an on-duty police officer -- aka, an armed "man in blue" -- in the room again? Sincerely, Edgar Allan Podium No, thank goodness...

MontClairVoyant: From the Mayor Race to a Policeman in the BOE Space

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Before you discuss February 19's turned-tumultuous Board of Education meeting, your take on the candidates who've announced for mayor? Sincerely, 'May in Montclair' Election I greatly admire how hard Township Council member Dr. Renee Baskerville works...