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Halloween Around Montclair in Pictures

November 5, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Each year, children dress up in costume and go house-to-house to meet neighbors and gather goodies. 

The Montclair Police Department hosted their second annual 'Trunk-or-Treat' event at the Montclair Police Headquarters, Eureka Lodge hosted a Halloween party and then, of course, there's the 'book lady' on Montclair Avenue. The Scholastic Books ...

Sneak Peek at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day 2018 Parade Balloons

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Holiday season anticipation was in the air – literally – as balloons and robotic floats to be used in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were being tested Saturday morning in a parking lot behind Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford.

Christmas magic was made as the balloons came to life in front of an informal gathering of more than 1,000 ...

Improvements Underway at Essex County Riker Hill Art Park

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and accessibility of the entrance at the intersection of Beaufort Avenue and Homestead Drive, are ...

Governor Phil Murphy Thanks Chit Chat Diner for Sheltering Students in Storm

November 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stopped by the West Orange diner that opened its doors and its kitchen to students stranded on school buses during Thursday’s storm.

The Chit Chat Diner, located on Eagle Rock Avenue near the Eagle Rock Reservation, welcomed 11 buses full of West Orange students who were stranded for hours during the storm.

“I’m glad ...

NJ Republican Says State's Tax Increases Blew Newark's Chances for Amazon's HQ2

NEWARK, NJ - The Republican leader of the state Senate said Gov. Phil Murphy's tax plan ruined Newark's chances of being selected for Amazon's second headquarters. 

State Sen. Thomas Kean Jr (R-Union) put the onus of the governor because he signed a budget in July that had businesses bearing the brunt of a more than $1 billion tax increase. The budget was passed after ...

Baraka Says Newark Will Benefit Even If Amazon's HQ2 Goes Elsewhere

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka Monday said Newark has benefited from being in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters -- even if the corporate giant picks a different location.

“It's not over 'til the fat lady sings,” Baraka said today at an unrelated press conference for the opening of a new police precinct. “That's what they say, right?”

The ...

Montclair Schools Switch Course and Abruptly Close Schools for Friday, Nov. 16

November 16, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After announcing on Thursday that Montclair Public Schools would have a 2-hour delayed opening, school district officials decided to close schools for the day.

District officials stated that staffing was te reason for the sudden change. The announcement came around 8:15 a.m. on Friday morning, through the following message:

"An unexpected change in weather conditions in ...

West Orange and Montclair Students Stranded on Buses, in Schools for Hours, Due to Storm

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many West Orange and Montclair students remained stranded on their buses and some at their schools hours after the final bell rang Thursday, due to a powerful Nor’easter that slammed into tri-state area, as schools were being dismissed.

As of 9 p.m. on Thursday, West Orange children were still stranded.

Many school districts in New Jersey called for early ...

Pride Parent Council Wants To “BRING BACK PLAY”

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Pride Parent Council set a huge goal for themselves that will bring great big smiles to the faces of the Pride scholars. Members are working to raise $20,000 to re-build a playground for the scholars of Pride Academy Charter School.  

This goal honors the achievement of past Parent Council members who were able to bring a playground to Pride Academy in 2012.  ...

Rockwell Elected to Councilman-At-Large Seat in Bloomfield

November 7, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Richard Rockwell has officially been elected Councilman-At-Large as the polls came to a close on Election Day 2018.  Rockwell was originally appointed as a Council member at-Large in January after former Councilman Carlos Pomares was elected as a member of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Rockwell ran unopposed in this election.

A ...

Mikie Sherrill Votes in Montclair and Hits the Campaign Trail for Last Election Day Stops

MONTCLAIR, NJ - On Election Day, Mikie Sherrill casted her vote in the 2018 midterm election at Northeast Elementary School in Montclair. Around 10:00 a.m., she spoke to voters and the media about running in the New Jersey's 11th Congressional District.

Sherrill walked into Northeast with her husband and two of her four children. She was greeted by voters with all ...

Today is Election Day: It's Time to Vote

Today, Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day.

The poles are open from 6am to 8pm. If you need to find your polling place and ballot questions, visit these links. 

239 Cases of Pistachios Have Been Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk

November 6, 2018

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - Two hundred thirty nine cases of roasted and salted in shell pistachios have been recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Salmonella said the Barcelona Nut Company. A routine test revealed the health issue, they said.

Salmonella is an an organism that can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others ...

Forecasters Blew It, Rutgers Climatologist Says of The Storm

November 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Thursday's autumn snowstorm hit much harder than weather forecasts predicted, the worst of it when most people would be on the roads for the evening rush hour, said Rutgers University professor and state climatologist David Robinson.

"The weather forecast was incorrect. I'm not a forecaster and I don't like to throw darts, but it was a blown forecast," ...

National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Travel Advisory for Northern New Jersey for Nov. 15

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a 'Winter Weather Advisory' for Thurs. November 15 for Northern NJ.

Snow and sleet are expected to start falling around 1 p.m. and continue into the night. Te chance of precipitation is 100% with accumulations expected to be between 1 and 3 inches. 

Today's high temperature will be just above the freezing ...

Montclair Township Veteran's Day Ceremony: WWII Veteran Gerry Sorell Honored with Bronze Star

November 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Gerry Sorell was a soldier in the 99th Infantry Division of 394th Regiment, where he successfully crossed Ludendorff (Railroad) Bridge over the river Rhine, as part of the historic Battle of Remagen during the closing weeks of World War II. PFC Sorell had fought during the Battle of the Bulge, under heavy artillery fire, according to ...

Former Child Slave to Speak in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Breaking the Chain Through Education (BTCTE), a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to the eradication of child slave trafficking in Ghana, will feature a rescued teen at its Fifth Annual Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, November 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Wilshire Grand. [Tickets are available through the website: https://www.btcte.org]

Founded by Evan Robbins, a ...

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. Says Nov. 15 Forecasts Underestimated Snowstorm

November 16, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. issued the following statement about the Nov. 15 snowstorm: 

Yesterday’s snowstorm created havoc not just for Essex County, but the entire tri-state region.

We relied on several different weather forecasts, all of which grossly underestimated the amount of snow we received. In addition, the arrival of the storm during ...

Jane Fonda Visits Newark, Calls for $15 Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways.

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with advocacy groups and a state lawmaker to support a $15 minimum wage, ...

Montclair Township Veteran's Day Ceremony: WWII Veteran Gerry Sorell Honored with Bronze Star

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Gerry Sorell was a soldier in the 99th Infantry Division of 394th Regiment, where he successfully crossed Ludendorff (Railroad) Bridge over the river Rhine, as part of the historic Battle of Remagen during the closing weeks of World War II. PFC Sorell had fought during the Battle of the Bulge, under heavy artillery fire, according to ...

Police Warn of Increase in Misuse of Catnip Cocktail

November 12, 2018

FAIRFIELD, NJ — After a recent encounter with a 40-year-old Kenilworth man who was found to be in possession eight bottles of “Catnip Cocktail,” the Fairfield Police Department is warning the community about an increase in the misuse of this product.

Police described Catnip Cocktail as a liquid that is should be strictly used to sedate cats and should not to be consumed by ...

Study Shows How Newark's Lead Problem Got So Bad

NEWARK, NJ - It's "not possible" to pin down exactly when lead started dissolving from pipes and into Newark's water because of possible inconsistencies in testing, according to a city-commissioned report.

The city had CDM Smith, an Edison-based engineering firm, investigate what was causing elevated levels after Newark received its first notice of ...

Research at Rutgers Dental School's New Labs Goes Beyond Oral Hygiene

NEWARK, NJ - Researchers at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine will now be able to explore treatments in cancers, autoimmune diseases and oral health issues in new labs that were today unveiled. 

The labs were built with a $16 million grant from the New Jersey Higher Education Bond Fund and took about two years to complete. The research that is done at the new facilities will also be used ...

Police Search for Clues as Identity Released of 41-Year-Old Female Victim of Fatal Stabbing on Greenwood Ave

November 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police
Chief Todd Conforti announced Tuesday, that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal stabbing of a female victim identified as Tameeka Johnson, 41, of Montclair.

Montclair Police discovered ...

Essex County Prosecutor: Maximum Penalty of Life Imprisonment Possible for Montclair Attorney James R. Ray III

NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutors Office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon announcing that the Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 23, has been captured in Cuba.  James R. Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.
 
“We have in custody James R. Ray, III, who is charged ...

Attorney Charged with Killing Montclair Mother is Captured in Cuba

NEWARK, NJ - The Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 22, has been captured in Cuba, police officials announced on Wednesday. According to published reports, James Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.

During a press conference, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens announced, "Today, we ...

Montclair Police Investigate Possible Shooting on Bloomfield Ave.

November 17, 2018

BREAKING NEWS...

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police are investigating a possible shooting that occurred at Finest Cuts Unisex located at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Mission Street on Saturday evening.

TAPinto was at the scene and noticed that police officials had the area sectioned off with crime tape, from the Wood Pit on Bloomfield Avenue to Bright Hope Baptist Church on ...

West Orange and Montclair Students Stranded on Buses, in Schools for Hours, Due to Storm

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many West Orange and Montclair students remained stranded on their buses and some at their schools hours after the final bell rang Thursday, due to a powerful Nor’easter that slammed into tri-state area, as schools were being dismissed.

As of 9 p.m. on Thursday, West Orange children were still stranded.

Many school districts in New Jersey called for early ...

Multi-Town Firefighters Battle Montclair Blaze in the Snow

MONTCLAIR, NJ - As snow is falling in Montclair, firefighters are fighting a blaze at the corner of Walnut St. and Valley Rd. on Thursday evening, according to reliable sources.

Located in the 200 block of Walnut St., the entire 2.5 story home was engulfed in flames. There are no known injuries at this time.

Details have not yet been released by the Montclair Fire Department. 

Story ...

Football: Montclair Falls to Ridgewood in Sectional Final; Unable to Overcome 4 Turnovers

November 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR – Just like last week, Montclair allowed two touchdowns in the first quarter of playoff game. And just like last year, the Mounties were pitted against rival Ridgewood with a trip to MetLife Stadium on the line. 

But unlike last week, Montclair couldn’t recover past those early miscues, and contrary to 2017, couldn’t get past the Maroons. 

No.

Montclair Resident, Jerika Lufrano Named Union Catholic's Wendy's Heisman Award Winner

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Jerika Lufrano, one of the state's top distance runners, has been chosen as Union Catholic's Wendy's High School Heisman award winner.
 
The Wendy's High School Heisman, created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994, recognizes high-achieving seniors who participate in a wide range of sports as well as school and community activities, excel in ...

Football: Crawford Capitalizes on Huge O-Line Performance, Sends Montclair HS to Sectional Final

MONTCLAIR – As if it weren’t windy enough at Woodman Field Saturday afternoon, Josh Crawford provided enough extra gusts with his legs to push Montclair right into the sectional final.

On a windy and cold day like this one, with wind gusts around 40 mph, a team’s passing game can really be neutralized. But when Crawford is in the groove, those conditions don’t hinder ...

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Bloomfield Police, Fire, EMS Upgrade to State of the Art Radio and Communications Systems

November 16, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The entire Bloomfield Police and Fire Departments, and emergency medical services are now equipped with state of the art radios and a system interface that can hold up in the event of an unexpected radio blackout.

These system upgrades, to what is known as a 7/800 mhz digital trunking system, cost approximately $2.8 million dollars, which was paid for with the Township of ...

Missing Mountain Lakes Teen Has Been Found

November 14, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Law enforcement officials have stated that Thomas Kolding, the missing 15 teenager from Mountain Lakes, has been found. According to police, he is safe.

Kolding has been missing since October 30. Law enforcement confirmed that he traveled by train from Denville to Newark – Broad Street Station. From there, he traveled by train from Broad Street ...

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NJ 11th for Change Responds to Mikie Sherrill’s Victory in CD11

November 9, 2018

Montclair, NJ - “We are thrilled to congratulate Mikie Sherrill on her impressive win!

“Throughout her campaign, Mikie Sherrill has displayed the transparency, responsiveness, and accountability we demand from all of our elected representatives. After 24 years of being underrepresented, after years and years of having a representative who refused to hear our concerns, WE ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Juvenile Throws Rock & Breaks Library Window, Car Thefts and More

November 14, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following police blotter was compiled by the Montclair Police Department on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Arrest:
11-06-2018 (Orange Road) Ms. Jessica Delarosa, 27yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants
out of Wayne and Ogdensburg, totaling $3,000.

Burglary/Theft:
11-08-2018 (CVS, Claremont Avenue) Shoplifting of numerous containers of laundry ...

On Great American Smokeout Day, New Jersey Department of Human Services Urges Smokers to Get Help Quitting

November 16, 2018

On Great American Smokeout Day, New Jersey Department of Human Services Urges Smokers to Get Help Quitting

Commissioner Johnson Notes New Medicaid Cessation Benefits Available Under the Murphy Administration

Department to Also Survey Mental Health Providers on Tobacco Cessation and Education Efforts

Nov. 15, 2018

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson ...