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MontClairVoyant: Hard to Hear About Our School District’s Tone-Deaf Hire

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Our school district's hiring of an Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement is unfortunate for several reasons. Can you name them? Sincerely, Multiple Mulling Name "them"? I thought only one person...

MontClairVoyant: Money from the State Is Great to Help Us Educate

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The state has agreed to pay $58.5 million of the cost if Montclair voters this November approve a $187.7-million bond proposal for fixing and improving our school infrastructure. Good news? Sincerely, Money for...

MontClairVoyant: Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci Visit Montclair

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Montclair expected to hear from New Jersey last month about what percentage the state would pay of the proposed capital improvement plan for our schools. Why the delay from Trenton? Sincerely, Slow...

MontClairVoyant: At Summer’s End, the Wrong Way to Spend

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, By the time your next column appears on September 8, our town's 2022-23 school year will have begun. Summer went fast, right? Sincerely, June J. August Not sure how speedy Donna Summer was...

MontClairVoyant: When Spending Is Close to the Edge(mont)

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Township Council finally got the ball rolling on replacing the Edgemont Park pedestrian bridge. Can you believe the contracted cost will be $187,750 for such a small overpass? Sincerely, A Man...

MontClairVoyant: Column Unites a Union and the Municipal Building

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, What do Montclair's downtown Starbucks (whose workers just voted to unionize) and Montclair's Municipal Building (whose future was the subject of a recent Planning Board vote) have in common? Sincerely, Traits Avenue ...

MontClairVoyant: These Swimming Pool Substitutes Don’t Hold Water

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, You often complain about the actions or inaction of local leaders, so why not offer more solutions? For instance, the weather's been HOT yet only one of our town's three public...

MontClairVoyant: Meeting Attendees Waited for the Council Instead of Godot

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, At its July 26 meeting, the Township Council went into a long executive session before hearing public comment from attendees -- a number of whom left in disgust. Any positives to the...

MontClairVoyant: The Blight of Too Much Height

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Planning Board wants four-story limits on future Bloomfield Avenue buildings but the Township Council might be okay with some additional higher structures. Is that your understanding of recent PB and...

MontClairVoyant: The Art of the Squeal About Arts-Related Topics

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Today, can you discuss Montclair's "arts district," Montclair's arts teachers (and other educators), and Montclair's "Art of the Deal" with Glen Ridge to provide firefighters (some possibly named Art)? Sincerely, Thou Art Asked ...

MontClairVoyant: From Three to One Makes Summer Less Fun

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, When town officials said this spring that Essex and Nishuane pools wouldn't open until June 29 due to renovation work in the parks they're in, did you doubt the openings would happen...

MontClairVoyant: Independence Day Not Independent of Weird Humor

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Wasn't it nice that Montclair's great, inclusive Independence Day festivities resumed this past Monday after 4,041 years? Sincerely, Millennia Trumped Um...those festivities were last held in 2019 AD, not 2019 BC. ...

MontClairVoyant: Independence for Women Yanked Prior to Independence Day

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, With our town's Independence Day parade next Monday, do you even feel like celebrating when women now have little independence over their bodies after the far-right Supreme Court's June 24 ruling...

MontClairVoyant: Library and Council Are This Column’s Protagonists

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Our town's library system basically returned to pre-pandemic hours starting Monday, June 20. Comment? Sincerely, New Jersey Woolf, Not Virginia Woolf So THAT'S why Montclair's libraries renamed "The Hours" book "The Pre-Pandemic...

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