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Landmark Montclair School Board Election Nears: What To Know

A landmark school board election is getting closer in Montclair, and the stakes are high, officials say. Montclair voters passed a history-making school referendum in the 2021 general election. The town was one of the last few in New Jersey where mayors appoint members of the local board of education, as opposed to voters electing …

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More N.J. Towns Order Indoor Masking As Holiday Covid Cases Expected To Surge

Montclair and South Orange have become the latest New Jersey municipalities to order indoor mask mandates as COVID-19 omicron cases continue to rise and are expected to soar over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. In Newark on Monday, Mayor Ras Baraka issued an executive order requiring residents and visitors to be masked when in …

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Councilman: Can Montclair Find ‘Common Ground’ On Rent Control?

MONTCLAIR, NJ — “Being neighbors is more important than getting everything we want.” That’s the underlying mindset that needs to prevail if Montclair is ever going to find a common pathway forward when it comes to rent control, a councilman says. Recently, Montclair Councilman Peter Yacobellis wrote a blog about the town’s rent control law, …

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Kiosk Parking To Replace Meters In Montclair Lots By Year’s End

Montclair’s plan to install kiosk parking payment stations at all surface lots — replacing the meters used for individual spots — is expected to roll out in late December. “All of the pay stations/kiosks will be activated after the free holiday parking period is over, at the end of December,” Communications Director Katya Wowk said. …

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Montclair Officials Celebrate Downtown Rebound On Small Business Saturday

What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, there were so many empty storefronts along Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair that the Business Improvement District commissioned artists to install artwork there. This year, those storefronts are filled with merchandise. According to Jason Gleason, executive director of the Business Improvement District, on Church Street for …

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Montclair Officials Celebrate Downtown Rebound On Small Business Saturday

A decade after Montclair officials designated parts of downtown as areas in need of redevelopment and created a master plan for changing the face of Bloomfield Avenue, the 3.25-acre, $135 million Wellmont Arts complex, the final phase of that plan, is complete. The historic Wellmont Theater, now a concert venue, is the centerpiece of the …

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Montclair Library Funding Restored, But Residents Want To Know What Prompted ‘Messy’ Audit

Following a protest and public outcry, Montclair leaders say that overdue funds have been released to the Montclair public library. Still, questions linger over why the money was withheld in the first place; why the council’s finance committee ordered an audit of the library’s finances; and why the committee also proposed an agreement that would …

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For First Time Ever, Montclair Gets Highest Score Possible On LGBTQ Equality Ranking

For the first time, Montclair has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index — the highest ranking possible from the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. The township has seen steady improvement on the index for the last few years, since what Councilman Peter Yacobellis called “abysmal” scores of …

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In Overwhelming Vote, Montclair Chooses To Have An Elected School Board

Montclair voters have approved a move to an elected school board — putting aside the municipality’s long-held practice of mayoral appointments and taking on the process seen in 97% of New Jersey school districts. The referendum question before voters Tuesday (and in the weeks leading up to it, through early voting and mail-in balloting) was …

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