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MontClairVoyant: After the Tropical Storm, a Topical Swarm (of Topics)

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Sadly, Montclair this week was still feeling the impact of August 4's Tropical Storm Isaias. Lingering power outages, downed trees, fallen branches, etc. Were you affected? Sincerely, Wan With the Wind Less than many other residents....

MontClairVoyant: Where Students Will Decamp, and DeCamp’s Uncertain Future

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, You began your last two columns with commentary on what school might look like in Montclair this fall as the pandemic continues. Surely you won't do that for a third consecutive week? Sincerely, Condoleezza...

MontClairVoyant: Will Montclair Say Hi to Hybrid Instruction?

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, After surveying families during this pandemic time, our school district announced a proposed hybrid plan for the fall. If implemented, what would be the schedule? Sincerely, See You in September The specific days that hybrid...

MontClairVoyant: School Planning for the Fall Is Part of This Column’s Sprawl

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Montclair school district's current possible plan for this fall is to offer the options of both remote and in-classroom instruction. What do you think? Sincerely, Pair of Pedagogical Picks I think remote students will have...

MontClairVoyant: New Jersey’s Primary Is Today’s Primary Topic

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Anything to say about New Jersey's July 7 primary as mail ballots have continued to be counted this week? Sincerely, Long Tall Tally Pinocchio first appeared in a story published on July 7, 1881; that puppet's...

MontClairVoyant: Many Hot Topics Despite Montclair Not Being in the Tropics

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Hi! This is a DM (Direct Message) from New Jersey's DM (Democratic Machine) and Montclair's DM (Developer Moguls). Stop the DM (Damn Mocking) of Montclair's election and the effort to kill rent regulation....

MontClairVoyant: New Council Seated After Many Votes Deleted

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The new Township Council was sworn in yesterday, July 1. Are you still irked that the not-counting of many votes may have helped Sean Spiller maintain his super-close mayoral lead over Dr. Renee...

MontClairVoyant: Montclair High’s Class of 2020 Went Through Plenty

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, I realize your deadline was yesterday afternoon, but any reflections related to last night's virtual commencement for Montclair High's Class of 2020? Sincerely, Brad the Grad Much respect, admiration, and sympathy for those seniors. During 12th...

MontClairVoyant: Reflections on Two Elections

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Dr. Renee Baskerville's Superior Court challenge to last month's super-close mayoral election apparently won't be heard until after the new Township Council takes over July 1. Is there anything that can stop her...

MontClairVoyant: Black Lives Matter in a Montclair That Cares

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, What a weekend in our town! Two impressive rallies/marches protested devastating police violence against black citizens such as George Floyd and drew attention to other forms of racism everywhere -- including Montclair. Can...

MontClairVoyant: Minneapolis and Montclair, News Amid the Despair

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, A white police officer killed yet another African-American citizen -- this time, Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis. How depressing is it to live in such a sickeningly racist country? Sincerely, No Pride in...

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...