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New Deal Allows Montclair Public Library to Continue Full Operations

The Pandemic disrupted the library from providing the community with sought after resources due to finances. Montclair Council granted the Montclair Public Library(MPL) their annual $3 million request to adequately operate both the Main Library and the Bellevue Avenue Branch. The agreement came shortly after MPL shied away from requesting the amount needed to maintain …

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Ascend gets Montclair’s support to expand to recreational marijuana

The Montclair Township Council has given a “resolution of support” to medical marijuana dispensary Ascend to expand into recreational sales, a measure needed to get a state license. On Tuesday, May 3, the council voted on the resolution, but will still require the business to file an application for a local approval after it receives …

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Support Montclair Youth: Donate to Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp’s Project Oasis

Reverend Craig Dunn, head of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation (MNDC) and Councilman Peter Yacobellis announced an online fundraising effort Wednesday to raise revenue to revitalize and restore the Project Oasis summer program for youth. The fundraiser seeks to bring in at least $9,000 to help expand program curriculum and allow more young people to …

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Glenridge Avenue section to be repaved, Montclair’s first dedicated bike path planned for one block

A stretch of Glenridge Avenue from Bloomfield Avenue to Forest Street is getting a makeover, complementing the new Midtown garage and upgrades along Bloomfield Avenue. The garage could open by the end of April, while the Bloomfield Avenue upgrades are expected to be done by the end of May. On April 5, the Township Council …

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NJ town will start mandating ‘native’ plantings on public land

Montclair could soon become the first town in New Jersey to adopt an ordinance designed to help sustain bees, butterflies and other pollinators that live in and pass through the Garden State. According to Montclair Councilman Peter Yacobellis, the measure calls for the municipality to use at least 70% native trees and other vegetation when …

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Montclair Council Advances Rent Control Ordinance, Small-Property Landlords Concerned; New Traffic Rules Voted On

The Montclair Township Council took one step closer to passing the rent control ordinance at its April 5 meeting, but there was some resistance from callers during public comment regarding owners of two-family and three-family houses. They felt that they had been left out of the compromise ordinance that the Tenants Organization of Montclair and …

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Montclair proposes ‘one-of-a-kind’ law to slow the alarming decline of pollinator insects

Montclair may soon approve a “one-of-a-kind” ordinance mandating that only native species be planted on town property.  The Jose German-Gomez Native Species Act, named for a town environmentalist, would “will put Montclair at the forefront of communities working hard to re-populate our local environments with native vegetation so that we can support insects, butterflies, birds and other creatures …

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