Saturday, May 11, 2013
Montclair High School senior Justin Murphy of Troop 13 plans to complete Eagle Scout project this weekend.
Numerous Montclair organizations have a Boy Scout to thank for spiffing up the field house at Edgemont Park. For his Eagle Scout Project, the highest achievement in scouting, Justin Murphy, 17, of Troop 13, chose to work on the interior of the field house. Murphy said his goal for his Eagle Scout project was to have a “lasting affect” on the community. Last weekend, he led a crew of volunteers in painting the interior of the building, which serves as a regular meeting spot for a number of groups, as well as a polling place for the township and the site of Memorial Day and Fourth of July observances. He’ll be back this weekend to finish up painting and install cabinets which will be used to store furniture securely. Murphy estimates 120 …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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 …
Monday, April 8, 2013
With the dredging done, construction of the retaining wall in the Montclair park began last week.
Crews working at Edgemont Park began installing the retaining wall in the pond late last week. On Monday, crews could be seen placing double stacking large grey-colored blocks around the edge of the pond. This base portion of the wall will be different from the slate gray upper portion, according to the township. Construction of the wall will continue in sections. The installation of the wall follows the dredging of the pond, which began in early March. The dredging will make the the pond deeper and is expected to remove sediment clouding the waters. The council approved the approximate $800,000 project in January. Dredged dirt from the pond was also piled in the north end of the park. The township released a statement on its website …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Walking paths and baseball fields will remain open to the public during construction.
Dredging has begun at Montclair's Edgemont Park pond after the water was drained last week. On Wednesday, crews using earth-moving machines removed soil from the pond and transferred it to another area of the park. You can see the progress of the work above in the photo gallery above. Check back for weekly updates as Montclair Patch follows the construction. The parking lot will be closed to traffic at various times while construction is in progress. Walking paths and baseball fields will remain open to the public. Work at the park began on March 4. The township council approved the project in January, which came with an approximate $800,000 price tag. Photos from previous weeks of construction can be seen here: Week one Week two Week …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Construction at the park enters week three.
Edgemont Park's pond was recently drained as construction enters its third week. The pond was emptied for crews to begin dredging and building a new retaining wall. Fish from the pond were removed and relocated to Verona Pond. In addition, men using earth-moving machines could be seen Monday digging up the north end of the park. Soil was piled more than 5 feet around that portion of the park. You can see the progress of the work above in the photo gallery. Check back for weekly updates as Montclair Patch follows the construction. The parking lot will be closed to traffic at various times while construction is in progress. Walking paths and baseball fields will remain open to the public. Work at the park began on March 4. The township …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The work is expected to take at least six months.
Crews proceeded with work at Edgemont Park as the construction effort entered its second week. On Wednesday, a large portion of the northern field could be seen tilled and gravel laid where construction crews will enter the park. You can see the progress of the work above in the photo gallery. Check back for weekly updates as Montclair Patch follows the construction. According to the township, the water-lowering permit for the construction is in place and the township is now awaiting permits to remove and relocate the fish to Verona Pond. Once the permits have been received, the pond will be lowered and construction work can begin dredging the pond and building a new retaining wall around it. Work at the park began on March 4. Photos …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Check out the top stories making headlines in Montclair last week.
Out with the old ways of teaching, in with the new. As Superintendent Penny MacCormack continues her first year leading the district, she unveiled Monday how she will reshape Montclair schools. Looking to next year, the superintendent wants to restructure central office and even rename it “Central Support.” Montclair's teachers union ended its "work to contract" effort Monday as the Montclair Board of Education and union resume contract negotiations. While the NCAA lifted a ban on New Jersey colleges from hosting tournament and championship games on Wednesday, it came too late for Montclair State University who missed out on several games on its home turf this year. When the Montclair Fire Department announced it had handful of openings…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Work is expected to take six months.
Large earth-moving equipment was moved into place and construction work began at Edgemont Park Monday. The equipment could be seen at start of the week as orange and black fencing encircled and closed off the north end of the park. Other paths around the park and baseball fields remain open to the public. Part of the field was already torn up by the afternoon near the intersection of Edgemont Road and Parkway. In addition, dredging of the pond to make it deeper and clear out sediment is also scheduled to be done. The council approved the approximate $800,000 project in January. The parking lot will be closed to traffic at various times while construction is in progress. Take a look at the photos from Monday's work at the park, and check…
Friday, March 1, 2013
Construction is expected to take six months, weather permitting.
Friday, March 1
Construction is expected to being Monday on Edgemont Park to dredge the pond and update other areas of the park -- such as the playgrounds and storm drainage. The dredging will both deepen the pond, and clear out sediment and debris. The work will eliminate the cloudiness and algae growth. The price tag will be about $800,000. The parking lot of the park will be closed to traffic at various times while construction is in progress. Some park paths may be blocked, but baseball fields will remain open at all times. Park-goers and nearby residents can expect construction to last four to six months, weather permitting. If the inspector is not on site, we ask that you do not approach the contractor but immediately call the Montclair …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Toxicity results nix a potential cost-savings plan the township had with Montclair State University.
Tests done in preparation for the dredging of Edgemont Park pond found higher than expected soil contamination levels, forcing planners to scrap an extensive improvement plan. Though the contaminants are believed to be naturally occurring, Business Manager Marc Dashield said the finders were a disappointment for the township. “Those ... unfortunately aren’t the best findings,” said Dashield. “These contaminants ... can normally be in the soil, it is just they are at higher levels than what is acceptable" for residential use. The soil testing was done in anticipation of dredging the pond. The dredging was expected to make the pond deeper and remove sediment clouding the waters. In addition, the retaining walls encircling the pond will be…