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Montclair Public Library Open Book/Open Mind Series: Lawerence O’Donnell in Conversation with Tom Johnson, Feb. 4

January 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Public Library & Foundation’s Open Book / Open Mind Series Presents MSNBC host Lawerence O’Donnell in Conversation with Tom Johnson on Sunday, February 4, 2018. 

 O'Donnell will discuss his new book Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation
of American Politics.

The event will take place from 4pm – 5:30pm at ...

Essex County Chapter of Toastmasters International to Celebrate 60th Anniversary this Thursday

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Toastmasters International will hold a special ceremony to commemorate the Essex County chapter’s 60th Anniversary this Thursday, January 11th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ. Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia will give brief opening remarks, followed by Essex Toastmasters President Oscar Marin, Essex Toastmasters ...

New Jersey Olympian Horace Ashenfelter III Dies at 94

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - Glen Ridge resident and 1952 Olympian, Horace Ashenfelter III passed away on January 6 at the age of 94, less than a month before his 95th birthday.

Ashenfelter was an American athlete most known for competing in international athletics from 1947 to 1956. During his tenure, he garnered fifteen national AAU titles and three collegiate national ...

Site Plan for Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine approved by Nutley Planning Board

January 19, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Planning Board unanimously approved the preliminary site plan resolution for Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at the On3 redevelopment project on the former Hoffman-La Roche campus. The plan calls for 465 permanent parking spaces, 55 on-site on-street spaces, with 196 temporary spaces in Nutley.

The Board did a great job in ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Christie Signs Bipartisan Bill to Draw Amazon’s HQ2 to Newark

NEWARK, NJ – Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation Thursday authorizing billions of dollars in state tax incentives to draw Amazon’s second headquarters to Newark.

Amazon's move to Newark could bring up to 50,000 new jobs to the region.

The city was selected by Christie in October as the state’s endorsed ...

Montclair Students Have Received $468K in MLK Scholarships Spanning Nearly Three Decades

January 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Since 1989, 117 scholarships totaling to over $468,000 have been given to graduating seniors from Montclair attending colleges and universities throughout the country.

Awards provided to recipients are in increments of $1000 per year, provided that the awardee continues to meet the requirements as per the award rules and regulations.

On ...

School PARCC Testing Dead? Governor-Elect Murphy Calls for Change

TRENTON, NJ. - He called for its end during his campaign for Governor and now Governor-Elect Murphy places PARCC testing for students on the ropes for real.

This past friday, after the Governor-Elect announced that Asbury Park School District Superintendent Lamont Repollet will lead the State Education Department, he pivoted to ...

Buzz Aldrin Middle School Asking for Community Votes to Win $25,000

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Buzz Aldrin Middle School is currently in the running to win $25,000 through a grant contest.

Buzz Aldrin Middle School has made it to the final voting round for a $25,000 grant the physical education department had applied for. To win this, the school needs to be in the top 4 schools with the most votes by the end of the January. The online vote starts Jan ...

Essex, Passaic, Morris, and Sussex County Democrats Endorse Mikie Sherrill for NJ 11th Congressional District

January 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Tuesday the Democratic county chairs of Essex, Passaic, Morris, and Sussex
counties announced their full support for Montclair resident Mikie Sherrill in the Democratic primary for New
Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.

In a statement released Tuesday, Chairman LeRoy Jones of Essex County said, “Mikie has shown through her
hard work and determination that ...

Montclair Expands Smart Waste Disposal to all Business Districts

January 14, 2018

Montclair, NJ - Showing continued commitment to more environmentally friendly and efficient waste collection practices, the Township installed 30 more Bigbelly smart disposal units this week.

 

The purchase of the 150-gallon solar-powered trash compactors follows the success of the initial rollout of 40 units in Montclair Center last February.

 

Several new receptacles have ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Board of Freeholders are strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation..

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas — 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific region, 12 in the Gulf ...

Fourth Ward Councilor Baskerville to Host Rescheduled Community Meeting, Jan. 30

January 17, 2018

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville will host a community meeting on Tuesday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. at Montclair Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street. Topics to be discussed include:

Lackawanna Plaza and other development projects in town, with an emphasis on the Fourth Ward, looking at density, zoning, maintaining the character of our residential ...

Report: Gov. Christie Won't Sign Cooperative High School Sports Bill Before Leaving Office

TRENTON, N.J. – The proposed bill to allow school districts with multiple high schools to “co-op” in all sports based on participation or financial issues will not be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie will “pocket veto” the bill, by placing it on an “action not taken list” prior to leaving office on Tuesday, according to a report by Greg ...

Essex County Executive Presents Budget Proposal for 2018

NEWARK, NJ – A budget of $725.9 million that will stabilize Essex County’s financial plan and address the challenges due to the ongoing national economic conditions was recently presents by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.

According to DiVincenzo, layoffs have been avoided since 2004 and budgets have been unveiled before the state’s statutory deadline of Jan. 15 ...

YMCA of Montclair Names Buddy Evans As New CEO

January 18, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The YMCA of Montclair has named Buddy Evans as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 5, 2018. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors following a four-month search, Evans will succeed former President and CEO Jo Ann Short and Interim President and CEO Tim Weidman.

“During our nationwide search for a new President and CEO, Buddy stood out ...

Cedar Grove Council Grapples With Prospect of Gov. Elect Murphy's Plan to Legalize Pot

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - With Governor Elect Phil Murphy pledging to sign legislation legalizing marijuana in the state within 100 days of his Jan. 16 inauguration, Cedar Grove Councilwoman Kerry Peterson urged Cedar Grove to prepare for the change and how it may impact the township.

Currently, New Jersey has legalized medical marijuana, which is distributed by six dispensaries, according to the New ...

Water Main Break on Upper Mountain Ave. Affects Dozens of Families

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A water main break, which began as a leak on Monday, lasted into Tuesday’s morning commute on Upper Mountain Avenue.

Nearly 15 Montclair homes were left without service and traffic in the area was rerouted. According to a Montclair Township officials, Upper Mountain Avenue between Watchung Avenue and Berkeley Place, were affected as the water had been shut off for ...

Cedar Grove Council Grapples With Prospect of Gov. Elect Murphy's Plan to Legalize Pot

January 11, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - With Governor Elect Phil Murphy pledging to sign legislation legalizing marijuana in the state within 100 days of his Jan. 16 inauguration, Cedar Grove Councilwoman Kerry Peterson urged Cedar Grove to prepare for the change and how it may impact the township.

Currently, New Jersey has legalized medical marijuana, which is distributed by six dispensaries, according to the New ...

$45 Million Multi-State Settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation

TRENTON -- Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that New Jersey has entered into a $45 million multi-state settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation that resolves allegations the New-Jersey-based company improperly serviced mortgage loans during a four-year period. In addition to New Jersey, the overall settlement involves Attorneys General and state mortgage regulators from more ...

Glen Ridge Police Seek Public's Help Following Hit and Run Accident

January 15, 2018

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - The Glen Ridge Police Department is asking witnesses to a hit and run accident on Ridgewood Ave to contact the department.

At about 7:10 p.m. on Friday Jan. 12, a hit and run accident took place on Ridgewood Ave at Snowden Place. Video footage of the area shows several pedestrians in the area at the time. 

Please call the police desk at 973-748-5400 x 111 ...

Verona Police Arrest Montclair Man for Tuesday Car Break-ins

VERONA, NJ - Verona police arrested Damon Abnathya, 39, of Montclair for breaking into several motor vehicles in the early morning on Tuesday. 

Officer Stephanie Colon saw Abnathya carrying a small red bag around 4 a.m. in the area of Mt. Prospect Avenue and Sunset Avenue.  Given the hour and temperature, and being aware of previous vehicle thefts and burglaries in the area, ...

Local Residents Encouraged to Join the Citizen’s Police Academy

The Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit is seeking support from members of the community, both residents and businesses.  

 

Starting January 24, 2017 and running for 10 weeks, the Montclair Police Department and Bloomfield Police Department will be holding a free Citizens Police Academy.  This program is made available to anyone that ...

St. Paul Baptist Church Hosted International Day to Celebrate Various Cultures in the Community

January 6, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - St. Paul Baptist Church held its annual International Sunday Day on Sunday, December 31. 

This day recognizes those congregants that are from other countries through participation in the procession of countries and the sharing of a cultural dish native to their home land.

Eleven countries from around the world representing the continents of Africa, South ...

Columbia High School Girls Undefeated Swim Team to Play Montclair

January 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second time in three years, the Columbia High School (CHS) girls’ swim team could go undefeated.

But no matter what happens, this year’s team has already done something the 2015-2016 squad that went 14-0 could not do – win the Super Essex Conference (SEC) tournament.

That victory came on Monday when the CHS girls took first ...

Rutgers Men's Basketball Coach Approved for $8M Raise, 3 Year Contract Extension

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University officials have signed off on a three-year extension for head men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell, now set to run through the 2023-2024 season.

The move came at a specially-called Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10.

Pikiell’s initial contract was signed in March 2016 and set to run five years, of which he’d be ...

Giants Sign Former Bloomfield High School Star Kristjan Sokoli

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- With the NFL playoffs heating up, those teams not fortunate enough to make the postseason get a jumpstart on improving their roster for the following season. The New York Giants recently locked down Bloomfield High graduate Kristjan Sokoli, signing him to their  to their practice squad, giving him a futures contract.  

NFL teams use futures ...

Site Plan for Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine approved by Nutley Planning Board

January 19, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Planning Board unanimously approved the preliminary site plan resolution for Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at the On3 redevelopment project on the former Hoffman-La Roche campus. The plan calls for 465 permanent parking spaces, 55 on-site on-street spaces, with 196 temporary spaces in Nutley.

The Board did a great job in ...

$45 Million Multi-State Settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation

TRENTON -- Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that New Jersey has entered into a $45 million multi-state settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation that resolves allegations the New-Jersey-based company improperly serviced mortgage loans during a four-year period. In addition to New Jersey, the overall settlement involves Attorneys General and state mortgage regulators from more ...

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Local Officials Host Essex County Riker Hill Art Park Open Forum

January 19, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston and Essex County officials were enthusiastic about the outcome of a productive public forum held on Thursday at Livingston Town Hall to gather residents’ input regarding the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP).

As mayor in 2016, current deputy mayor Al Anthony worked hard to receive a commitment from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

January 14, 2018

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Board of Freeholders are strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation..

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas — 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific region, 12 in the Gulf ...

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Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

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Sat, January 20, 12:30 AM

Clark Public Library, Clark

North Jersey Aquarium Society Monthly Saturday ...

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Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Nature-Infused Yoga Winter Series

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Montclair High School Swim Teams Place 2nd at Essex County Championships

January 19, 2018

In their best joint performance in 30 years, the Montclair High School girls and boys swim teams both earned runner up trophies at Monday’s Essex County SEC Championship meet.

The MHS Girls edged out West Orange, winner of last year’s County meet, 160.3 – 155.4, and were close behind first place finisher Columbia at 187.2.  Freshman Devon Muldoon was seeded first, and ...