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Black History Month Celebration at Montclair Public Library Today

February 17, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The annual Black History Month celebration will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Montclair Public Library. 

Set to take place from 2-5pm, special invited guests include master tap dancer, Maurice Chestnut and other local talented artists such as Broadway star, Jacqueline Graham, Buzz Aldrin Middle Schooler and Chopped Junior runner-up, Megan Hackett, Hillside ...

Historic Wellmont Theater Sold to Pinnacle Companies

February 13, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Pinnacle Companies have announced their purchase of Montclair's historic Wellmont Theater.

The Pinnacle Companies, along with its institutional investor, a global commercial property company that owns, operates and invests in bestin-class assets, announced that the firms have collaborated to purchase the Wellmont Theater. 

The team is currently ...

Lackawanna Plaza Pathmark Employees Given Termination Letters

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Employees at the Pathmark in Lackawanna Plaza received termination notices on Monday.

This news came as a surprise to some, since the parent company Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company did not list the store as one slated for closure. On July 20, A&P corporate released a list of stores being sold and others slated for closures. However, the Lackawanna Plaza store was not ...

Gov. Murphy: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2024 (VIDEO)

ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

“For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living,” Murphy ...

Montclair Public Schools Have 2-Hour Delay for Feb. 13

February 12, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A two-hour delayed opening schedule will go into effect for all Montclair Public Schools for Wednesday, February 13, officials announced.

As a result of potentially icy road conditions in the morning, school officials have stated the following:

"...all Montclair Public Schools and offices will have a two-hour delayed opening Wednesday, Feb. 13. Your ...

Montclair Public Schools Are Closed on Feb. 12

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Inclement weather forecasts have closed Montclair Public Schools for Tuesday, February 12, officials announced. 

District officials sent the following message to parents, "Due to the Governor's State of Emergency announcement beginning at 12 AM and predicted weather conditions, all Montclair Public Schools and offices are closed ...

Joint NJ Senate Education Committees Hear About Barriers to Teacher Diversity

TRENTON, NJ—Educators from across the state testified in front of the state Senate education and higher education committees on the barriers that public schools face in recruiting and retaining a diverse teacher workforce.
“This issue is an issue that doesn’t solely impact the state of New Jersey, it's an issue that impacts the entire country,” said Sen. M.

Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips Recalled Due to Undeclared Ingredients

February 6, 2019

Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips have been voluntarily recalled by Frito-Lay because they may contain undeclared milk ingredients, announced the company. According to the company, 228 bags of the product were inadvertently filled with another flavor of pita chips, potentially exposing consumers to undeclared milk.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a ...

What Did Turtle Back Zoo's Essex Ed See Saturday Morning?

February 4, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex Ed, the resident groundhog at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, made his annual weather forecast on Saturday.

Ed did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, meaning that warmer spring weather will arrive on time.

According to folklore, if it’s cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow, winter-like weather will soon end. If it’s sunny and ...

Montclair Planning Board Approves the MC Hotel in a Unanimous Historic Decision

February 13, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - In a historic decision Monday night, the Montclair planning board unanimously voted to approve the MC hotel.  In what looked like wasn't going to happen when Peg Seip raised last-minute traffic concerns, thus causing a lengthy discussion to ensue, the board then unanimously decided to approve the MC Hotel.

During the Monday night meeting of the Planning Board that ...

Residents Sound Off on Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment to Montclair Planning Board

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Nearly two dozen residents voiced frustrations about redevelopment during the Planning Board workshop meeting on Monday.   


After seeing presentations from Peter Grygiel and Ira Smith on the proposals for Lackawanna Plaza Development, identical to those presented at the Fourth Ward community meeting on Oct. 21, resident after resident spoke to ...

LiDL Supermarket Chain to Replace Pathmark at Montclair's Lackawanna Plaza

MONTCLAIR, NJ — A new supermarket chain will be coming to Lackawanna Plaza, but not without controversy.

By a 5-2 vote, During Montclair's planning board meeting on Monday, officials approved the application to redevelop Lackawanna Plaza as a mixed-use project. It was also revealed that German supermarket chain, LiDL, will bring a new store to the location.

The two objecting ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 17, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Three Montclair Police Officers Promoted During Ceremony

February 15, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ –Two Montclair police officers were promoted and one achieved permanent status during a swearing-in ceremony held Monday, February 11 in Municipal Council Chambers.

Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat administered the oath of office to Michael DeGrazio, Kevin Webb and Erica Febus.

Promoted to Lieutenant:

Michael DeGrazio joined the Department 2004 before being assigned ...

Montclair Police Search for CVS Robbery Suspect

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police officials are on the lookout for a man who is suspected of robbing the CVS on Claremont Avenue on Wednesday.

According to reports, a man demanded money from a cashier at the CVS store on Claremont Avenue around 1:51am.

He approached the checkout counter wearing a jacket with the hood up and several items from the store.

"As the cashier ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 17, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Montclair Breaks Bloomfield’s Heart 54-51 in Valentine’s Day Buzzer-Beater

February 16, 2019

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Talk about getting your heart shattered on Valentine’s Day.
After Bloomfield rallied from a 14-point deficit to take a 6-point lead with three minutes to play, Montclair senior Charles Murphy hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to propel the Mounties past the Bengals 54-51 in an SEC Liberty Division boys varsity basketball contest on Thursday at Bloomfield High ...

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Baraka Says Newark 'Well Poised' For Amazon After HQ2 Leaves New York

February 15, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka today said that Newark is “well poised” to have Amazon’s second headquarters following the retail giant’s announcement to pull out of New York.

Amazon in November selected Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Va. over Newark for its second headquarters, with a promise to create thousands of high paying jobs. But the company faced ...

Legislation Outlawing Armed Drones Advances in New Jersey State House

February 17, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Assemblyman Jay Webber, has sponsored legislation that would criminalize weaponized drones. The bill unanimously passed the Assembly Homeland Securities Comittee on Thursday February 14.

This is a situation where the law should keep pace with the technology,” said Webber (R-Morris). “While recreational drones have many harmless and fun uses, a weaponized ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 17, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

Sun, February 17, 1:00 PM

Crane House & Historic YWCA, Montclair

Eyewitness to African American History

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, February 17, 2:00 PM

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit


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Montclair Police Blotter: CVS Robbery, Vehicle Theft and More

February 16, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Police Department compiled the following blotter on February 12, 2019:

02-09-2019 (Bloomfield Avenue) Ms. Deirdre McManus (54yoa from West Orange) was arrested and
charged with DWI.
02-06-2019 (Pine Street) Theft of a 2014 white Ford work van from a parking lot.
02-09-2019 (Bellevue Avenue) Theft of a 2015 Volvo V60 from a residential ...

'Little Girl Blue' celebrates Nina Simone

‘Little Girl Blue’ celebrates Nina Simone in words and music

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – George Street Playhouse has brought a heartwarming story to the stage in “Little Girl Blue: the Nina Simone Musical.”

Laiona Michelle, who delivered a powerful performance in “American Hero” at George Street, returns in a play she developed that ...

36th Annual Harambee Breakfast Keynote Speaker

February 14, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - The 36th Annual Harambee Breakfast sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women, Section of the Oranges, will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 9am to 12pm at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 149 Springfield Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.

The keynote speaker will be Doris Young Boyer, author, executive coach and etiquette and protocol professional.

She ...