Friday, May 24, 2013
Montclair Township opens public information kiosk in the municipal building.
The Township of Montclair has installed a kiosk in the municipal building in response to the growing number of requests for public information. The kiosk is located on the first floor in the Municipal Clerk's office at 205 Claremont Ave. and will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Users may search the kiosk for information on township ordinances and resolutions, property taxes, zoning codes and building permits. The Township encourages everyone to utilize the kiosk rather than submit a request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) because it saves time by providing instant results.
Montclair High School 12th Grade Career Internship program gives students an opportunity to cultivate skills they will need in working world.
Two Montclair High School students are getting valuable hands-on engineering experience during their month-long internship with the Township. In the process, they’re learning that the position of Township Engineer is definitely not a desk job. Seniors Spencer Haley and Tyler Baisden are working closely with Township Engineer Kimberli Craft monitoring stormwater outfalls and assisting with the Montclair SAFE (Streets Are For Everyone) initiative. “I’m so pleased to have these aspiring engineers helping us and getting some early exposure to the working world and what engineers really do.” says Craft. “Their contributions are a real asset that will help us move both of these programs forward.” Hailey and Baisden are taking part in the …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy.
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. A full itinerary of the visit was not available. More information can be found here.
Democratic candidates will answer questions from League of Women Voters of the Montclair area on May 23.
The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area will hold a forum with New Jersey State Senate candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the June 4 primary. The moderated forum will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium at the Charles H. Bullock Elementary School, 55 Washington St., in Montclair. Incumbent State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) is being challenged by Mark Alexander, a professor of Constitutional Law at Seton Hall University and President Barack Obama’s state director for the 2008 primary. Both candidates are residents of Montclair. At the forum, each candidate will provide a background statement and will answer questions provided by the League. The candidates will then take questions from the public. …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Apollo 11 astronaut will be honored by hometown on June 2.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be honored by his hometown of Montclair in a special ceremony next month. Township Mayor Robert Jackson will present Aldrin with the first-ever "key to Montclair," on Sunday, June 2, Councilwoman Robin Schlager, who helped organize the event, said at Tuesday night's council meeting. A bronze plaque commemorating the Apollo 11 astronaut will be unveiled at Montclair High School, where he was part of the Class of 1947 and a member of the Mounties football team. The community is invited to the special event, which will begin at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the high school. Schlager said she spoke to Aldrin, who is 83 and living in California. “He’s looking forward to coming and seeing everybody,” she said. Schlager …
It was standing room-only at a second public hearing of the Planning Board as residents weighed in on a growth plan for township's next 25 years.
Montclair residents turned out in force Monday night to oppose a plan to allow buildings as high as seven stories in Upper Montclair and up to 10-story buildings in Montclair Center. The longterm proposal is part of an ongoing effort by the township to accommodate growth in the trendy suburb and attract primarily single New Yorkers, along with their pocketbooks. Montclair’s council chambers were filled to capacity for the second public hearing of the Planning Board on an element of the master plan addressing land use. For four hours, residents questioned the board and the three consultants who were hired to create a plan for growth that would guide the township for the next 25 years. Most of the opposition expressed concern over the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Gubernatorial candidate speaks in Newark Monday about the 'scourge' of gun violence
The likely Democratic candidate for governor accused incumbent Chris Christie on Monday of supporting "shallow" gun control legislation in order to avoid alienating conservatives elsewhere in the country. “This governor calibrates every decision he makes with an eye towards 2016. He calibrates every decision he makes with an eye towards making sure it plays well with voters in the cornfields of Iowa, instead of standing up for what’s right for the people and neighborhoods of New Jersey,” state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) said during a press conference held at Good Neighbor Baptist Church in Newark. Buono is expected to win next month’s primary, but is an underdog in the November governor’s race against the popular Christie, who is …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Township attorney to draft ordinance which would prohibit smoking on grounds of public libraries.
Smoking may soon be prohibited outside Montclair’s two public libraries. The Montclair Council agreed Tuesday to have the township attorney draft an ordinance which would ban smoking on the grounds of both the Montclair Public Library on South Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Avenue Branch. Township Attorney Ira Karasick said the Montclair Library Board requested the ban, saying smokers detract non-smokers who may want to spend time on the plaza outside the main library. With smoking already prohibited inside the buildings, the ordinance would make the libraries completely smoke free.
Montclair Council agrees to add cost of replacing roof to list of capital improvement projects.
Wednesday, May 8
Members of the Friends of Edgemont Park told the Montclair Council a new roof for the park field house is a necessity, not an improvement at Tuesday night’s council conference meeting. Montclair resident Tom Nussbaum, a member of the park preservation group, showed the governing body photographs of the decaying roof and described the “desperate need” to replace it. “It’s either pay now or pay later and the pay later is going to be significantly worse,” Friends of Edgemont Park member William Hobbie told the council. “It’s really not an improvement. It’s a necessity.” An Eagle Scout project currently taking place at the field house was also cited as a reason to act sooner than later. Boy Scout Justin Murphy is leading a crew of workers to …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Governor chides reporters for obsessing about 'silly,' 'shallow' subject, says he is not a role model
Gov. Chris Christie reluctantly fielded reporters’ questions Tuesday about his February Lap-Band surgery, but said he would not be providing the public with any news as he heads towards his weight-loss goal, which he pointedly refused to disclose. "This is it. You ask me any more questions about this, I’m not answering,” Christie said during a groundbreaking ceremony at a Newark vocational high school. "I’m not going to be giving you all updates as this goes along. ... I’m not giving people a day-by-day, week-by-week, blow by blow," he said, adding, "I don’t care to be a role model for anyone. This is an intensely personal issue." The governor told the New York Post Monday night he’d had Lap-Band surgery in February because of concerns …