Tuesday, March 26, 2013
What roadways do you think are the worst in town?
Although winter and its slippery roads will soon be — we hope — in our rear-view mirrors, some roads are always a little bit more dangerous no matter what the season. While Montclair was not mentioned in the Tri-State Transportation's 2012 most dangerous roads for walking, there have been fatal and non-fatal accidents on township roadways during the past few years. In the the fall of 2012, Montclair Cooperative School students campaigned to place a four-way stop at the intersection of Chestnut and Forest streets. The students finally got their way in February, but not before a pedestrian was hit on Jan. 2 by a car crossing the intersection and left with a minor foot injury. In October 2012, Arlene Linetzky was hit and killed by a motor …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The first reading of the ordinance nearly brings to an end a student-led effort by Montclair Cooperative School students that began in the fall.
Students rallied to make the streets around their school safer, and the Montclair Council listened. The first reading of an ordinance to place an all-way stop at the intersection of Chestnut and Forest streets was unanimously approved by the township council on Tuesday. The second and final reading will be at an upcoming council conference. The proposal for the four-way stop was endorsed, said 2nd Ward Councilor Robin Schlager, "by the Montclair Cooperative School ... as well as our township engineer, who deem this a necessity on that corner." Montclair Cooperative School, at 65 Chestnut St., is located at the intersection where the stop signs will be placed. In addition, the school's athletic field is located nearby on Chestnut Street …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Students from the Montclair Cooperative School ask Councilor Robin Schlager at the 2nd Ward Community meeting again to place a four-way stop at the intersection of Forest and Chestnut streets.
Some of Montclair’s youngest called on the council once again for safer streets by placing a four-way stop at a precarious intersection in the 2nd Ward. Jonah Zinn, an eighth-grader at the Montclair Cooperative School, stood up at the 2nd Ward community meeting last night and asked Councilor Robin Schlager to situate an all-way stop at the intersection of Chestnut and Forest streets. “It’s a very high traffic area,” said Jonah Zinn, “and the cars come up the hill and don’t see anything.” Montclair Cooperative School is located practically all around the intersection, with the school on one side and the athletic field on another. The intersection is also at the top of a steep hill on Chestnut Street, at the bottom of which run NJ …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has begun a renewed conversation about how to best protect schools.
The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., this month has since triggered a conversation polarizing much of the country: Should teachers be armed in the classroom? In the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 school children and six adults dead, administrators, teachers, parents and students are struggling with how best to address school safety. A week after the shooting, National Rifle Association CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called on school districts to arm their teachers -- among other tactics to increase school security. The effect of the shooting has spread far from Newtown’s borders. Schools across Essex County were on high alert. Many districts reported student incidents, others …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Nishuane School hosted the first ever event this week to coincide with Safety Month.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Safety Month was celebrated at Nishuane Elementary School Wednesday with the first ever Safety Palooza. The event was an opportunity for the parents to get some helpful safety tips. It was put on by the parent-run School Action Team. Guy Whitlock, director of special projects for the district, spoke about the state’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Law. Whitlock reassured parents that although very young children would now rarely encounter many of the harassment issues outlined in the law, it is still important to be vigilant and understand the repercussions of aggressive behavior. Guidence counselor Amillah Williamson suggested parents monitor their children’s computer activity and discuss “stranger danger.” Montclair Fire and …