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Montclair Chef Participates in Vegan Fest Cook Off

September 18, 2018


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –All the judges agreed on at least two things at the first ever Vegan Cook Off – the food was delicious and they would order most of it again. In fact, one of the judges (who wasn’t a vegan chef) said, “All the dishes would make excellent appetizers, and I would order ten and make it a meal.”

The judges included two professional ...

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COLTS NECK, NJ: You are Invited: On Saturday, September 22, 2018  it’s ‘Lights! Camera! Action!!’ as many Colts Neck Family and Friends will arrive ...

Newark International Film Festival Opens with Buzz of Excitement

NEWARK, NJ - The Newark International Film Festival kicked of its 3-day festival on Thursday evening with an opening reception and film screening.

The Hahne and Co. building opened its grand lobby to hundreds of attendees for the annual NIFF and an array of celebrity ambassadors. Guests dined, danced and mingled their way through the venue during the opening ...

State Board of Education Postpones Vote on PARCC Rollbacks

September 13, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Commissioner of Education on Wednesday withdrew a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before the State Board of Education members were set to vote on the plan.

The decision by Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet to pull the vote was a blow to Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on eliminating ...

Rutgers raises record amount of donations

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University funding-raising efforts brought in $223.4 million for the 2017-18 academic year, more than $10 million above what was raised the previous year and the largest amount ever collected in a single year, university officials said.

The donations were 6.8 percent above the $209.1 million donated in 2016-2017, which was 11 percent more than in ...

Following Stair Collapse, Montclair HS to Reopen Thursday with 2-hour Delay

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair High School is set to reopen its doors with a 2-hour delay on Thursday, school district officials announced. 

Following a collapse of a portion of stairs on Friday, school officials closed the high school for days thereafter, in effort to implement repairs and safety inspections. 

The following letter was sent to parents:

Greetings ...

Montclair Chef Participates in Vegan Fest Cook Off

September 18, 2018


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –All the judges agreed on at least two things at the first ever Vegan Cook Off – the food was delicious and they would order most of it again. In fact, one of the judges (who wasn’t a vegan chef) said, “All the dishes would make excellent appetizers, and I would order ten and make it a meal.”

The judges included two professional ...

Jazzy Vegetarian Reveals The Secret Of Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin spice, or pumpkin pie spice, is a combination of warm spices originally blended to create the spice blend for pumpkin pie. From time to time a “food journalist” will get their knickers in a twist and write ad nauseam about the final product not containing any pumpkin. ARGH! Keep in mind that spaghetti sauce does not contain any spaghetti and cake frosting does not contain any ...

New Jersey Baker to Appear on Television Bake-Off Show, "Bake It Like Buddy"

UNION, NJ - When Juan Fernando Lopez came to the United States from Honduras, he never dreamed that someday he’d own a renowned, successful bakery.  And he never could have imagined that one day he would be a contestant on a television bake-off show.

But Lopez, owner of Conca D’Oro Pastry Shop on Stuyvesant Avenue, did just that -- and more.  Lopez will appear on ...

Sea Turtle Recovery to Release Four Healthy Sea Turtles at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

September 4, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Sea Turtle Recovery, STR, is excited to announce that four sea turtles are ready to return to the ocean at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, 7 a.m., Sept. 5, 2018.

STR is a nonprofit hospital located inside the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and, since opening in December of 2016, they have rehabilitated and released 23 endangered and threatened sea ...

New Entrance to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to Open in Spring 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Construction on the new Turtle Back Zoo entrance started September 4th.

The Education Center entrance will be the main entrance for the Zoo during construction. Temporary ticketing options may be available on select days.

The new Turtle Back Zoo entrance is set to open Spring 2019.

Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair wants your Nike Footwear and Apparel

September 11, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair wants your Nike footwear and apparel to give to those in need.

In a statement issued by the pantry, the pantry stated that they "do not endorse either side of this controversial issue. but would like to offer an alternative to destroying clothing and footwear items that others are in need of."

The latest controversy ...

Booker, Menendez Condemn Supreme Court Nominee at New Brunswick Church

September 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez joined with Rep. Frank Pallone Monday at Mt. Zion AME Church in the city to press their objections to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the Republicans senators in favor of his confirmation.

Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticized GOP senators for refusing to release documents that ...

Gov. Murphy Uses Elijah's Promise Community Kitchen in $15 Minimum Wage Push

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy stood at a press conference in city Elijah's Promise Community Kitchen on Thursday to once again state his goal of raising the minimum wage in New Jersey to $15 an hour.

"We've seen study after study that shows there is no magic in what is now $8.60-an-hour (the current minimum wage). In Middlesex County, someone working full time for ...

Review, Refresh Your Hurricane Preparedness Plans, Kits State OEM Advises

September 8, 2018

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence, which at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 was located about 1,200 miles southeast of Bermuda. The track remains uncertain but it is a reminder that it is still hurricane season.

The risk of Florence impacting the East Coast has increasing. If and exactly when and where still remains very uncertain at this point.

Montclair Public Schools: Early Dismissal for First School Day, Sept. 6

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Public School District has announced an early dismissal for the first day of school, September 6 due to the extreme heat forecast.

Montclair Public Schools joins dozens of other school districts across New Jersey who made the same decision for the first day.

The following letter was sent to parents:

Dear Families/Guardians and Staff,

Tomorrow, Sept. 6 is ...

8th Annual S.O.F.I.A. Walk Against Domestic Violence, Sept. 8

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The 8th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence will take place on September 8, 2018 in Canterbury Park, Montclair, NJ from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

Organizers are requesting for participants to help raise awareness about domestic violence by either attending the 8th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence or making a small contribution to support ...

Montclair State University Police Come Under Fire After Drawing Gun Following Student Fight

September 7, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair State University officials have come under fire over a recent video that has surfaced of the campus police responding to a call of a fight between students on Wednesday, with guns drawn. 

Students and alumni took to twitter after a video surfaced.

Students and alumni are concerned that this incident could have escalated and state that this is not the first ...

Arrest Made Following Burglary of Local Storage Business in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ – Security footage led to a burglary arrest in Cedar Grove on Tuesday.

According to police reports, Cedar Grove police responded to DonRic Selt Storage at 405 Little Falls Rd. on Saturday to investigate a burglary that had occurred overnight.  Security camera footage showed a man smashing the front glass door with a stone block at around 7:30 p.m.

Montclair Community Mourns the Loss of Wally Choice, Sr.

September 10, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Wallace (Wally) Choice, Sr., longtime Montclair resident, has passed away on Sunday evening.

After word of the sad news broke, many Montclairions immediately took to social media to pay their respects to the man who has devoted much of his life to improving the lives of many people in Montclair.

A former professional basketball player, Choice returned to Montclair ...

Football: Montclair Travels to Massillon to Play Washington (Oh.) in One of Country’s Top Games

September 16, 2018

MASSILLON, Oh. — Montclair High School has established itself as one of the best football teams in New Jersey over the past few decades, with a rich legacy and tradition unlike any other program in the Garden State. 


This weekend, it will lock horns with another team carrying all those same attributes, except on a national level. 


In a move that few ...

Football: Montclair Rebounds, Defense Coaxes 6 Turnovers in 35-0 Dismantling of Nutley

MONTCLAIR — During its season-opening collapse last Thursday, Montclair’s defense faltered in the second half and let a first half shutout turn into 25 points allowed. 

So in practices this week, the Mounties stressed attention to the little things, and in their home opener Saturday, wasted no time displaying their defensive improvement. 

Tariq Jiles came up with a ...

New Jersey Festival Orchestra to Celebrate the American Experience this Season

September 4, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — “This season is about people who came here and were changed by all that embodies the American experience,” David Wroe, music director and conductor of Westfield's own New Jersey Festival Orchestra said.

“Lazarus' poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty cries ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe ...

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Montclair Firefighters Assist in Early Morning Fire in Maplewood

September 18, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a house fire at 10 Nelson Pl. in the early morning hours of Sept. 11, with Maplewood firefighters responding to a report of smoke at the home at about 3:20 a.m., according to a statement from Maplewood Fire Department Chief Michael R. Dingelstedt.

The first arriving engine reported heavy fire coming from the rear of the second floor, with Maplewood police officers ...

Flemington-Raritan School Fungus a $500K Problem

September 13, 2018

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The cost to remediate the fungus problem at the schools in the Flemington-Raritan School District keeps rising as parts of some of its six schools remain closed to staff and students.

Fungus found in the schools prompted the district to postpone the first day of school for students from Sept. 6 to yesterday, Sept. 11.

“We had issues in all six of our ...

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Montclair Police Blotter: Business Window Shattered, Recovered Stolen Vehicle and More

September 5, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following blotter was published by the Montclair Police Department on September 4, 2018:

08/29/2018 (Bloomfield Avenue): Cemeka Skeen, 39 y/o from Montclair was arrested on an open
warrant out of South Brunswick.
08/28/2018 (S. Park Street): Four males were observed shoplifting from a S. Park Street business. They
fled the store with ...

'Age of Innocence' captures Wharton's 1870s New York

‘Age of Innocence’ captures Wharton’s 1870’s New York


PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to author Edith Wharton to decode the lives of staid, wealthy New Yorkers as she does so hauntingly in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Age of Innocence.”

Douglas McGrath adapted the novel for a stirring, 95-minute production at the McCarter Theatre ...

'Brick City' takes on high school angst

‘Brick City’ takes journey through high school angst


UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages at Kean University presents a new play by Nicole Pandolfo. “Brick City” is an exploration of two seniors in high school and their search for meaningful lives, while their teacher/mentor, Veronica, is also turning her life around.

There are a number of loose ends in ...

School of Rock Montclair: Tributes to Tom Petty, “Weird Al”, The Smiths/The Cure, US/UK Punk, Roots of Reggae, Modern Rock, and Led Zeppelin/Heart

September 18, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - School of Rock Montclair is accepting registration for the fall programming. Rehearsals for its fall performance programs begin on October 1. 

Students will take part in weekly rehearsals of their chosen programs through January, and concert presentations of the programs will take place at local live music venues in February.

“Performance programs are the ...