Thursday, March 14, 2013
There were only 112 schools who received the recognition this year.
A Montclair elementary school has been recognized as one of the highest performing schools in New Jersey. Watchung Elementary School was named as a High Performing Reward School by the state's Department of Education this week. Watchung School was one of 112 schools in the state to receive the honor. A Reward School is a school with outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years, according to the DOE website. There are two types of Reward Schools: High Performing, which are the highest-performing in the state in terms of schoolwide proficiency and graduation rates; and Highest-Progress, which have high levels of student growth during the past three years. High Performing Reward Schools are determined by a statewide…
Friday, March 8, 2013
See what bills your state and federal representatives are sponsoring and putting forward.
Friday, March 8
Here is a rundown of what Montclair’s state and federal legislative representatives have been up to in the previous weeks. State Senate challenger Mark Alexander Opens Campaign Office in Montclair Mark Alexander, who is challenging Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) for the Democratic nomination in this year’s 34-District senate race, recently opened a new campaign headquarters in Montclair. Alexander's headquarters are located at 24 S. Fullerton Ave. Early Voting Bill Co-Sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) and Others Advances Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) and other Democratic legislators’ bill to allow early voting in New Jersey in primary and general elections was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel. The bill (A-3553) …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Also in Essex County news Woman, Pets, Rescued in Apartment Fire; Man Arrested in Connection with Heroin Death; Frelinghuysen Defends Spending, Supports Israel at Kushner Academy and Alleged Shoplifter Crashes Car on Bloomfield Ave.
Essex County executive highlights accomplishments, announces litany of 2013 projects during annual speech. Man and woman allegedly distracted Main Street homeowner by soliciting roof repairs. A man and female purported to be representatives of a roof company. A West Orange High School female English teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student pleaded guilty Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office. West Orange Interim Superintendent Jim O'Neill says the county's plea bargain with a high school English teacher for her sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student is too light. Police believe man delivered drug to man who overdosed in 2010. Kitchen fire …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Mark Alexander, of Montclair, is running for state Senate and seeking the Democratic party's endorsement in the primary.
Wednesday, February 20
Recently, former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey endorsed state Senate candidate Mark Alexander in the 34th District Democratic Primary. Harvey was the first African-American Attorney General in New Jersey when he was appointed to the post in 2003, and served as a first assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and as chairman of the cabinet-level New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force. “Mark Alexander is the best choice in the 34th District because of his independence, credentials, and work in the community,” said Harvey. “As a former Senior Advisor to President Obama, I know Mark can bring fresh ideas to break up the status quo in Trenton and get things done for working families in New Jersey.” As attorney …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
In this Open to Debate thread, share your thoughts about the most recent gun buy-back program in town, gun violence, and more.
In a land with the 2nd Amendment, gun violence is something that affects us all. The pervasiveness of guns in our culture has taken a sharp detour to the front of the American consciousness after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. But the Sandy Hook massacre is only one of many shootings, and it is not even the most recent. Montclair has joined the mounting chorus of government officials and citizens from Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine, calling for a solution to gun violence and common sense gun legislation. Soon after the Sandy Hook massacre in December, nearly 100 Montclair residents gathered on Church Street for a candlelight vigil to remember the 20 children and seven adults slaughtered that day. More …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
No charges filed against driver, investigation continuing
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, February 13
A Pearl River, N.Y., man was struck and killed by a car Tuesday night after leaving a New Jersey Devils hockey game at the Prudential Center, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. Thomas Argenti, 18, was hit by car at around 10:30 pm near East Kinney Street and McCarter Highway. He was pronounced dead about a half-hour later. The 28-year-old driver, whose name was not released, remained at the scene, officials also said. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon and the investigation is continuing.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Plans are being formulated at the state level for how to spend Hurricane Sandy relief aid, but the money hasn't come in yet.
The state is developing plans for how and where to best allocate Hurricane Sandy relief aid, writing proposals for putting together lists for its various relevant agencies, from Housing and Urban Development to the Department of Transportation. The money will come, Gov. Chris Christie told a crowd in Union Beach Tuesday, and it will be used to rebuild New Jersey and get residents back into their hurricane-ravaged homes. Be patient, he said, the check hasn't been written yet. Christie joined other local legislators in celebration after a $50.7 billion hurricane relief bill passed in a contentious U.S. House of Representatives in January before heading off to the U.S. Senate for approval and finally to President Barack Obama’s desk for a …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Middletown, Manalapan, Beach Haven, Neptune and Oceanport top the list so far; more money to come from $60 billion federal relief bills just passed by Congress
More than $780 million in disaster assistance has been approved to speed recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy - and some of the chief beneficiaries are some big, and small, Jersey Shore communities. It's not yet clear how the money will be spent - and how the additional $60 billion aid package, which the U.S. Senate gave its seal of approval Monday evening, will be dispersed. In the Jersey Shore counties of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties, for instance, Middletown tops the list of funding recipients so far (see chart below), according to the state Office of Emergency Management. The town has received a total of $2,315,482.91. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, meanwhile, has allocated $4 million in funds to …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Resolution sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck
Monday, December 31, 2012
One of the Jersey Shore's most iconic musicians will be honored annually with a day named after him. Every Jan. 11 will now be Clarence Clemons Day. The state Senate last week passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) that memorializes the legendary saxophonist from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Clemons died last year at the age of 69 after suffering a stroke. “The New Jersey Shore would not be the same without the music of Bruce Spingsteen’s E-Street Band,” said Beck. “And the E-Street Band would not have been the same without the sound of a saxophone played by Clarence Clemons. For me as a resident of Red Bank, where he once owned a rock club, the loss rings ever more true. New Jersey lost an icon last year, an…
Friday, November 30, 2012
Man caught on tape burglarizing a West Orange Chinese Restaurant is also wanted in Montclair, Millburn, Verona and Fairfield.
A man suspected in more than 150 commercial burglaries in four New Jersey counties over the last two years has been caught on surveillance tape by the West Orange Police Department. The video of the serial burglar's last known job, on Nov. 18 at 4:30 a.m., at the #1 Chinese Kitchen on Main Street in West Orange, depicts the man breaking into the restaurant by smashing the lower half of a glass door, crawling through the opening, and rummaging through the cash register. He found the register empty and left 15 minutes later, police said. Once police captured the man’s appearance on tape, they were able to get his face out across state channels, West Orange Det. Edwin Diaz said. "Bergen County Prosecutor's office has him tied to 150 …