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MontClairVoyant: This Column’s On-Ramp Is Lackawanna and DeCamp

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Board have some issues with the Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment as currently proposed. Can you name a significant issue? Sincerely, What HPC and PB See Time magazine's January 13, 1947,...

MontClairVoyant: News About the Town (Ours) That MLK Visited

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Our town marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past Monday in a variety of ways, including recollecting the laudable Dr. King's 1966 appearance at Montclair High. Comment? Sincerely, A Knight to Remember ...

MontClairVoyant: Petition a Good Addition Against Size of Lackawanna Rendition

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, A petition urging a less tall and less bulky Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment began circulating a few days ago. Glad? Sincerely, Signatures Moment Yes! The proposed LP plan has several good elements, but the buildings...

MontClairVoyant: A 2023 Wish List Is This Column’s Gist

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The New Year is in gear. What would you like to see in 2023? Sincerely, Jan U. Ary I'd like livestreaming of ALL Township Council meetings to become a permanent thing. But...

MontClairVoyant: Hooray! Howe House Has Historical Hope

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Your reaction to Friends of the Howe House successfully bidding to buy the historic Claremont Avenue home in which freed slave James Howe lived nearly two centuries ago? Sincerely, A Bid for Abode ...

MontClairVoyant: A Futile Fight to Keep Things Light

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, December is a month filled with holidays -- including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa -- plus our schools are about to go on winter break. So, can we keep this week's column light for...

MontClairVoyant: ‘Unofficial Santa Claus’ Was Coming to Town

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Santa Claus will be traveling around town this Saturday, December 17. What if a different, cynical, unofficial Santa had already done that this month? As in red-suited, white-bearded me! Sincerely, Satan...um...Santa Ooh,...

MontClairVoyant: Looking at the Latest on LGBTQ+ and Lackawanna

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Your thoughts on Montclair being one of five New Jersey towns to receive a perfect 100 score -- as a great place for LGBTQ+ people -- in the Human Rights Campaign's...

MontClairVoyant: It’s a December to Remember When You Shop Local

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, With the Holiday Tree Lighting at Church Street Plaza scheduled for this evening, December 1, it feels like the 2022 holiday season is officially starting. What two festive words come to...

MontClairVoyant: An Edge-ucation About the Edgemont Bridge Delay

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, I hear the Edgemont Park bridge, closed since Hurricane Ida damaged it during the summer of 2021, might not be replaced until the summer or fall of 2023 -- if then....

MontClairVoyant: The Midtown Deck and More Council Dreck

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, There's plenty to say about the Township Council's seeming attempt to become even MORE secretive, but can you first discuss the Midtown parking deck being finally in operation -- nine months late....

MontClairVoyant: School Bond Is Even More Popular Than James Bond

. DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Yay!!! Voters overwhelmingly approved the $187.7-million bond referendum to fix and upgrade our aging schools. How would you rate that much-needed result on a scale of 1-10? Sincerely, The Grateful Gatsby An...

MontClairVoyant: November 8 Is the Date to Decide Our Schools’ Fate

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, I know you'd like to start this column with more on the township manager who was sued for allegedly creating a hostile workplace for women, AND THEN SUED AGAIN, but... Sincerely, Focus...

MontClairVoyant: The Crackle of a Governmental Debacle

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, During the placed-on-leave township manager's tenure, Montclair has had a bad renewed fire-services deal with Glen Ridge, allowed unfairness in firefighter-promotion exams, left several important administrative positions unfilled, seen a delay in...

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