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MontClairVoyant: Voltaire’s Tomb, and When In-School Classes Might Resume

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, In his October 9 superintendent letter, Dr. Jonathan Ponds said in-person classes are "on target" to start early next month. Will those students who choose the in-person/remote hybrid really see the inside of...

MontClairVoyant: When Montclair Tilts, Walk on Stilts

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, When some New Yorkers moved here from Park Slope, did they expect "Sloped Park" in Montclair? Sincerely, Brooklyn Dodgers You noticed! Downtown is not only sinking under the weight of big new buildings but tilting the...

MontClairVoyant: MPOA’s Marketing Saturation Strains Our Toleration

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Riddle of the day: Can a Montclair-related marketing campaign be too slick and well-funded for its own good? Sincerely, Ad Nauseam Not sure that question is a riddle, but I'll still answer it with the...

MontClairVoyant: Jane Austen Is Better Than ‘Dense and Densibility’

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Does the Planning Board's recent approval of the too-big MC Residences on Orange Road leave a sour taste in your mouth? Sincerely, In a Pickle So much so that I started an online petition to rename...

MontClairVoyant: When a Judge Won’t Budge, Democracy Holds a Grudge

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Is it accurate to say a Superior Court judge ruled September 11 against counting wrongly-rejected ballots from Montclair's all-mail spring election? Sincerely, Richard Right Accurate except for the word "Superior," because there was nothing "Superior" about...

MontClairVoyant: Hey, MPOA! Go Away, Okay?

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, A judge ruled that the Montclair Property Owners Association can have the cell-phone numbers and email addresses of residents to seek signatures for a November referendum to try killing much-needed rent control. Reaction? Sincerely, Tearful...

MontClairVoyant: A Six-Letter Word (Racism) Is a National and Local Expletive

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Joseph Putrino is no longer principal of Renaissance after showing a video said to be offensive at a September 2 online meeting of school-district staff. Reaction? Sincerely, Ann L. Lyze Racism is a plague on this...

MontClairVoyant: Where the Streets Have Faux Names

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, It's late August in this news-filled summer, so how about a silly change of pace for one week? I have just the thing: a column containing made-up origins of Montclair street names. For...

MontClairVoyant: A Rising Tide (of Angst) Lifts All-Remote (Schooling)

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, During this Covid time, Montclair's school year will start with all-remote instruction rather than a choice of remote or a remote/in-school hybrid. Reaction? Sincerely, Revision Decision I thought the hybrid plan was worth a try, but...

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...