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School Contract Fight, Teacher's Plea Deal in Teen Sex Case Lead The Month in Montclair

Take a look at the most read articles last month.

February was a busy month in Montclair. Here are the top 10 most read stories last month. 

Hundreds Pack School Board Meeting As Mediation Looms

More than 250 Montclair teachers and other staffers packed into a tense and often raucous Board of Education meeting on Feb. 25, as union officials said teachers would not perform any duties beyond the letter of their contract until a new deal is reached with the district.

Former Teacher Of The Year Accepts Plea In Teen Sex Case

A Montclair resident who was honored as the Essex County Teacher of the Year in 2012 pleaded guilty Feb. 19 to endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. 

School Bus Catches Fire on Willowdale Ave.

When Jason Uechi looked out from his living room window onto Willowdale Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. on Feb. 7, the last thing he expected to see was a small yellow school bus engulfed in flames and billowing smoke.

But that is what he saw. 

Top 5 Montclair Restaurants Reviewed on Yelp!

Based on Yelp!'s number of reviews, Montclair Patch counted down from #5 down to #1 the most reviewed restaurants in Montclair. 

Three Montclair Restaurants Among Best In State

Montclair has always been known as a great town for foodies. And recognition of the town's restaurants is not unusual.

This month, New Jersey Monthly released its annual list of the state's 25 best restaurants and three Montclair eateries made the cut: CulinAriane, and Fascino. That number tops those achieved by Bloomfield, Maplewood, and even Hoboken.

Board of Education: Union Demanding Unsustainable Contract

The Board of Education accused the union of demanding excessive salary increases and an unsustainable contract for Montclair taxpayers on Feb. 26, the first day of a "work to contract" tactic in which teachers walked off school grounds at precisely 2:52 p.m., refusing to stay after hours. 

An Upper Montclair married couple was conned out of their wedding bands, thousands of dollars of jewelry and more by two people claiming to be roof repairmen this month, according to Montclair Police. 

The owner of Parsippany's now-closed Ablaze Baseball, and former teacher and coach at Montclair Kimberley Academy pled guilty to having a sexual affair with a 14-year-old girl, officials said this week.

Data Driven Education is Not The Answer

Brian Ford, a history teacher at Montclair High School and a educational doctoral student at Montclair State University, talks about the direction of education and district's teacher/principal observation rubric. 

Capturing the Blizzard in Montclair

Montclair residents share their photos of the February blizzard, also known as Nemo. 

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