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MontClairVoyant: Settlement Means April Will Be the School-est Month

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Montclair School District (MSD) and Montclair Education Association (MEA) reached a settlement March 9 for elementary schools to reopen April 12 for hybrid learning. Comment? Sincerely, Post-March Demarche A bit of a tight deadline...

MontClairVoyant: Teacher Vaccinations and Luxury Rental Escalations

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Starting March 15, New Jersey will FINALLY expand COVID vaccine eligibility to teachers and school staff -- which could have a big impact on ending all-remote instruction in Montclair. Why was NJ...

MontClairVoyant: Rent Control in Jeopardy, and That’s No Game Show

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Before you get into today's main column topic -- a judge's dismaying rent-control reversal -- what's your reaction to the news that a small number of Montclair parents sued the school district...

MontClairVoyant: Lawsuit Against Teachers Is Regrettable and Not Forgettable

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Was a judge correct to deny the Montclair School District's attempt to force remote-teaching educators to return to classrooms during COVID? Sincerely, Jonathan Livingston Legal Yes. It's still uncertain if buildings are safe, and many...

MontClairVoyant: This Column Features Support of Teachers

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, As debate rages over whether Montclair schools should partly reopen in hybrid mode during COVID, are you troubled by the anti-teacher words and actions we've been seeing from some in town? Sincerely, I.M....

MontClairVoyant: Lackawanna and Lack of a…School Agreement

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Montclair School District reportedly filed a lawsuit against the Montclair Education Association on Tuesday, and news broke that same February 2 day of Lackawanna Plaza being sold. Which will you discuss...

MontClairVoyant: School-Reopening Debate Is Heated During a Cold Winter

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Montclair's 11 public school buildings met via Zoom to discuss whether they should reopen for families who want that. Can those brick-and-cement structures now ask you some questions, going alphabetically by school...

MontClairVoyant: Rent Control Gets a New Lease on Life

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, A Superior Court judge last Friday struck down the Montclair Property Owners Association's attempt to kill the rent control measure passed by the Township Council last April. Your reaction? Sincerely, A. Partments Yay!...

MontClairVoyant: Montclair Isn’t Quiet About Trump’s White Riot

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, There's been lots of Montclair reaction to a far-right white mob of Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. Your reaction? Sincerely, N. Surrection At maximum, Trump should be removed from office...

MontClairVoyant: A Parking Lot Controversy Is ‘In the Books’

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The MPL was to be closed to cars for about a year starting Monday, January 4, before pressure forced a brief postponement. Thoughts? Sincerely, Mo Ter-Vehicle I had no idea cars were allowed inside the...

MontClairVoyant: Misery Aplenty in 2020 — and Some Bright Spots

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, It was an ultra-depressing year because of the pandemic, but it's December 31 and thus time for you to do a 2020 retrospective. One Q&A for each month. Ready, Teddy? Sincerely, New Year's Eve/Old...

MontClairVoyant: Through the Prism of Optimism, Not Schism

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, I was shocked to hear about your plan to make today's column mostly positive, but I took the news in stride -- fainting only 205 times. Comment? Sincerely, Being Upbeat Causes Falling Down There are...

MontClairVoyant: In Montclair, Acronyms Accrue Accordingly

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Planning Board voted 8-1 on Monday to incorporate the Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) plan into our town's Master Plan. Reaction? Sincerely, 'Plan' Is the Word of the Week I favor any measure that...

MontClairVoyant: Twas the Write Before Christmas and All Through the Town…

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The start of the hybrid plan that includes some in-person learning was delayed again -- to January 25 for Montclair's elementary and special-needs students, and to February 8 for grades 6-12. Is...

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