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MontClairVoyant: Another ‘Clash’ as the Council Seeks…’Complete Control’?

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Most members of Montclair's Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC) have resigned following interference from the Township Council. Reaction? Sincerely, No Way to Treat Volunteers Sadly reminiscent of the TC's recent interference with Montclair's...

MontClairVoyant: Slightly Less of a Nightmare on Elm Street

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Last week, you fantasized about an "Alternate Universe Montclair" with small development rather than the too-big development we keep getting. The Planning Board subsequently approved a slightly downsized 10 Elm Street project....

MontClairVoyant: In ‘Alternate Universe Montclair,’ Small Is All

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, It's alternate-universe time again, but first let's start in our real universe. What do you think of the three-story, 750-unit storage facility being proposed for a Grove Street site? Sincerely, Stuff and...

MontClairVoyant: Many a Topic During Weather Not Tropic

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, I was so puzzled about two Montclair things that I stepped into the water in my apartment building's flooded basement last week. Dumb of me? Sincerely, Wet It Be, Wet It Be Not...

MontClairVoyant: Meditating on MLK and Montclair

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Was Martin Luther King Day celebrated this past weekend with various events in and near Montclair? Sincerely, Local Locus Absolutely! Not sure if all area towns had events honoring MLK, but the closest...

MontClairVoyant: Hybrid Has Motored Back to Montclair

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, What do you think of our school district's hybrid compromise as the Omicron variant distressingly roars through Montclair and elsewhere? Sincerely, Both Sides Now Odd to teach some students as they sit in...

MontClairVoyant: Seeing COVID with 2021 and 2022 Vision

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, In Montclair and elsewhere, COVID cases are soaring due to Omicron, many students might not immediately return to in-person learning next month due to Omicron, some businesses have temporarily closed due to...

MontClairVoyant: A Vote for the Mask. And a Building Ask

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Approaching fast are the winter school break, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and more, but Montclair news keeps on coming. Did it ever stop? Sincerely, Boring Isn't Alluring Only once, in 1492 -- just before Christopher...

MontClairVoyant: Remember the Drain! (Of Taxpayer Money)

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Ira Karasick, who left the township attorney job in disgrace this month after making a racially charged remark, will reportedly receive about $75,000 from Montclair through mid-2022. Reaction? Sincerely, That Dinero Isn't...

MontClairVoyant: News to Remember in the Month of December

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Montclair Property Owners Association is threatening to sue after the Township Council extended the COVID-caused rent freeze through March 2022. Comment? Sincerely, Court and Snark For an organization pleading financial struggles...

MontClairVoyant: The Issue of Rent Makes a Dent

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, A November 30 appellate court ruling might send Montclair's rent-control measure -- blocked by the Montclair Property Owners Association (MPOA) since 2020 -- to a referendum next year. Comment? Sincerely, Working the...

MontClairVoyant: Things ‘to Be or Not to Be’ Thankful for in Montclair

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Today is Thanksgiving, so can you make this week's column positive? Sincerely, The Cranberries I can partly do that, but some negative things are roaring through town, too. As the band 10,000 Maniacs...

MontClairVoyant: Greenlighted ‘Greenway,’ and Library Treated in Mean Way

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Does the way some Township Council members have been treating our library remind you of a Stephen King novel? Sincerely, Lots of Carrie-ing On I wouldn't go that far. Maybe more like an...

MontClairVoyant: About a BOE — Greater? — Nine Days Later

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Can you do a post-mortem on the welcome results of the November 2 referendum that will change Montclair's Board of Education from appointed to elected? Sincerely, Autopsy Minus an Auto The "for" vote...

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