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The Montclair Public Library Foundation Announces Appointment of Two New Board Members


MONTCLAIR, NJ - Two new board members were recently appointed to serve on the Montclair Public Library Foundation

The new members come to the table with extensive experience in the financial and legal
worlds. Their enthusiasm for the library and connection to the community will further
strengthen the leadership of the foundation board.

“Each of our newly elected Board Members are distinguished, prominent leaders in their
respective fields and I look forward to their insights and contributions,” said Jennifer Bonnell,
MPL Foundation Board Chair.

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Irena Goldstein is a Partner at Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, New York and
West Orange, NJ. Ms. Goldstein’s primary specialty is bankruptcy law and has represented
debtors, creditors, statutory committees and other interested parties in mid-sized cases and in
in many of the largest chapter 11 cases in recent years. Previously she was a Partner at
Proskauer Rose LLP in New York.

She is a founding board member of The Academy for Teachers in New York City. The Academy
honors and supports great teachers by, among things, bringing powerful teachers with leading
experts for master classes.

She loves road cycling, her pets and is an avid reader (everything from mysteries to history
(particularly early American).

Wilfred Adkins brings to the Foundation 25-plus years of experience in the financial,
advertising, package goods and services businesses. He is co-founder of Oasis Capital and prior
to that role served as a senior officer at Commonwealth Associates, a middle market
investment bank.

He currently serves as President of the Montclair Public Library Board of Trustees and recently
stepped down as President of the Montclair Fund for Excellence.

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South Orange Middle School Students Have Photo Op With Rep. Payne in Washington, D.C.

June 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students on a visit to Capitol Hill as part of the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. had the chance to meet with and take a photo with Donald Payne, Jr. on Friday. Payne is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey District 10, which includes South Orange and Maplewood.

Photos of the students with Rep. Payne were ...

New Brunswick Civic League Leader Still Looking for New Challenges After 48 Years at Helm

June 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After 48 years of leading the charge for change in New Brunswick, Dr. C. Roy Epps can still be found quietly working on weekends in The Civic League of Greater New Brunswick offices.

The tireless commitment of the 77-year-old President and CEO of this non-profit has helped provide residents access to a variety of health, housing and education services over the ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, June 18, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

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Mon, June 18, 7:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Trump’s Trade War & Impact of the New Tariff Plan

Mon, June 18, 7:30 PM

Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair

AUDITIONS: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

To the Editor: Labor Unions Have Set Standards for Americans

June 5, 2018

To the Editor:

I want to alert every working American to a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court.  It is called “Janus vs. AFSCME” and it seeks to defund and cripple the same labor unions that, over decades, have raised every American’s standard of living.

Even if your workplace is not unionized, you can thank our American labor unions for locking in higher standards ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Thai Chef Burglarized, Four iPhones Stolen and More

June 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ -  The following police blotter was compiled by the Montclair Police Department on June 12, 2018:


06-05-2018 (Union Street) Burglary to an apartment.  Cash was taken in this incident.  Access was gained through an unlocked rear door.  

06-05-2018 (Union Street) Theft of a scooter from the rear yard of a residence.

06-05-2018 (Elm ...

Kessler Foundation Seeks Volunteers with Spinal Cord Injury for New Study!

June 18, 2018

Kessler Foundation is a research center in West Orange, NJ that specializes in disability research. We are currently seeking individuals with spinal cord injury to participate in a new research study:

Dr. John O'Neill, principal investigator in Spinal Cord Injury research seeks volunteers for a spinal cord injury study. The purpose of this study is to identify ways of enhancing the ...