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MontClairVoyant: When Hybrid Is Debated, Don’t Wanna Be Sedated

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Last week you first discussed the Montclair Property Owners Association's kill-rental-control efforts and then discussed plans for in-person learning in our school district. Can you radically change things up this week? Sincerely, New Street Yes! I'll...

MontClairVoyant: Martians Atop The MC Hotel Almost Seems Normal These Days

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, 1) Montclair Property Owners Association. 2) Hybrid-learning plan. 3) Partial library reopening. 4) Great Montclair travel softball team. 5) Martian spaceship landing atop The MC Hotel. Which of the five is not legit? Sincerely, Five...

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...

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