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21 Essex County News Stories You Missed This Week

by The Montclair Girl Team
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The holiday season is officially upon us, which means everyone is busy — so we’ve done the work of tracking down the latest news in the Montclair and the greater Essex County + North Jersey area, so you don’t have to. Among the headlines: Newark unveils mural celebrating sister city; Millburn exhibit to showcase work of KISS frontman; Rainbow ABA Therapy opens in Bloomfield; and so much more. Keep reading for all the North Jersey news you missed this week in Essex County and beyond.

Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment Plan in Montclair Moves Forward

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The Lackawanna Train Terminal opened its doors in Montclair back in 1913. Now, a plan to redevelop Lackawanna Plaza has officially been approved by the town of Montclair. The terminal was designed by architect William Hull Botsford, who died in the sinking of the Titanic. The terminal established Montclair as a commuter suburb of New York City as part of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. The terminal’s opening was a pivotal moment in the history of Montclair Township and plays a huge role in the rail transit residents have access to today. Click here to read about this historical landmark right in Montclair.

DLV Lounge in Montclair Announces Closure

DLV Lounge, located at 300 Bloomfield Avenue, has been a staple in Montclair for fifty years. The family-owned establishment is one of the top spots in the area for live entertainment and nightlife. Though it may not have the flashiest exterior, regulars have come to know and love the unique charm DLV has to offer. Now, after over 50 years of business, DLV Lounge has officially closed as of December 1st, 2022. Back in June, we had a chance to learn more about this local favorite from owner, George Marabel, who shared everything about his family’s business. Click here to read about DLV Lounge’s rich history and what we will miss about this beloved Montclair spot.

Proposed Taco Bell + Wendy’s in Bloomfield Denied by Planning Board

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On April 12th, the Bloomfield Planning Board first reviewed an application submitted by Finomus Bloomfield RE Holdings, LLC regarding the previous Friendly’s lot at 1243 Broad Street in Bloomfield. The proposed plan included a combined Taco Bell and Wendy’s that has received a lot of pushback from local residents. Many revisions and meetings later, on December 6th, the board officially denied the plan, citing safety and aesthetic concerns with the property. Click here for all the most recent updates on the proposed Taco Bell and Wendy’s at 1243 Broad Street in Bloomfield.

Rainbow ABA Therapy Opens in Bloomfield


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Rainbow ABA Therapy recently celebrated its grand opening at 300 Broadacres Drive in Bloomfield, per Patch. The Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new therapy practice to the business community. ABA Therapy primarily helps families with children on the autism spectrum, specializing in in-home and center-based services.

Newark Unveils 500-ft Mural Celebrating Sister City


The City of Newark recently unveiled a 500-foot-long mural celebrating San Sebastián, Newark’s Sister City in Puerto Rico. According to Patch, the two cities signed the Sister City agreement in September 2021. The mural features a filmstrip highlighting landmarks, events, and traditions of San Sebastián.

Livingston Christmas Lights Display Honors Life of Local Toymaker

For more than 50 years local toymaker Ernie Camuso set up a holiday display at his home. Since his passing in 2010 at age 89, his family has donated the display to the community to be lit every year. According to Patch, the display opened on Saturday, December 3rd.

Holiday Bazaar to Benefit Montclair High School Graduation

Montclair High School hosted a holiday shopping bazaar on Saturday, December 10th. According to Patch, the event took place from 10AM to 3PM and all proceeds were donated to Project Graduation.

Proposed Law Would Mean Free Tampons in NJ Schools

On Monday, December 5th, a proposed state law made some progress with a unanimous vote in favor of requiring schools to provide free period products. According to Patch, any costs incurred by the school would be funded by the state. If passed, the bill would require products in schools teaching sixth through twelfth grades.

New Terminal at Newark Airport Won’t Open Before Holiday Traffic

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The $2.7B terminal at Newark Airport won’t officially be open before the travel peak of the holidays, Patch reported. While a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in November, with an expected opening date of December 8th, the new terminal is now expected to be open “early January”.

Montclair Public Schools to Partner with Mountainside Medical Center

In a new partnership, Montclair Public Schools and Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center have teamed up to provide health screenings for all Montclair residents. According to Baristanet, after the school day is done residents will be able to receive health screenings, referrals, and vaccines at no charge.

Montclair State University to Create Museum + Learning Center

Montclair State University recently received a $5M gift, which will go towards the creation and operation of a museum + learning center located at the Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, per Patch. A university alumnus, Chuck Muth (Class of 1977)  and his wife are making the donation. The buildings will highlight the history of Negro League Baseball and the stadium’s cultural legacy.

United Community Corporation to Fight Hunger with $20K Grant

A Newark nonprofit organization recently received a $20K grant to support its food distribution program, Patch reported. The program currently reaches 100,000 food insecure individuals by providing staple groceries. Food is provided via food pantries, community refrigerators, a food truck, and nutrition workshops.

Maplewood Fair to Highlight Summer Camp Options for 2023

On Sunday, December 11th a free South Orange-Maplewood camp fair will highlight options for summer camps next year. According to Patch, the fair will take place at The Woodland, located at 60 Woodlands Road in Maplewood, from 1PM to 4PM. Attending camps include South Mountain YMCA camp, day care camps for younger kids, Jeff Lake Day Camp, Wonder Why Science Camp, and more.

Assemblywoman Hosts 5th Annual ‘Covered with Compassion’ Event

In collaboration with local vendors and community partners, Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake hosted the fifth annual “Covered with Compassion” event in which women suffering from health-related hair loss can receive a wig. According to Patch, health issues like cancer, alopecia, and other diseases cause hair loss and can impact self-esteem. Timberlake’s grandmother fought cancer and she would use wigs and makeup to make her happy during that challenging time. Participating vendors included Rita Williams and Deborah Rose from Black Beauty Hair Salon, Kierra Kaiser and Tony Flood of CareWell Health, Pat Jones from Lavender Wisps, and more.

Essex County Fashion Show Paid Tribute to Victims of Pedestrian-Vehicle Accidents

The headline designer for a recent fashion show, Naomi Johnson, honored the memory of her late son who died when he was struck by a bus in Bloomfield. The fashion show was held at the New Jersey Women’s Expo in Edison. According to Patch, a number of celebrities attended the event including Kim Fields, Fantasia Barrino, Teresa Giudice, and Dorinda Medley.

Montclair’s Adopt a Family Program is Back

Montclair Mutual Aid Adopt a Family Program has returned for the 2022 holiday season, Baristanet reported. Interested parties can sign up to “adopt a family” by donating money or dropping off gifts at one of three locations: 68 N Willow Street, 13 Woodland Avenue, and Pine Street Firehouse at 1 Pine Street in Montclair.

Millburn Exhibit to Showcase KISS Frontman’s Fine Art


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Paul Stanley of KISS is showing off his artwork, including hand painted guitars, in an exhibit in Millburn, reported Patch. Located at the Wentworth Gallery at the Short Hills Mall, the art will be available all month long. Stanley will make an appearance on Saturday, December 17th. The artwork is available for purchase.

Body Found in Nutley Park, Investigation Underway

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On Friday, December 2nd a body was found by the Nutley Police Department in the Third River. According to Tap Into, a witness reported a dead body under the waterfall near Kingsland Manor. Due to recent heavy rain, Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo said it’s possible the body was carried downstream from an original location.

Jersey Devils Continue 40-Year Tradition of Visiting Hospitals at the Holidays


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On Thursday, December 8th, New Jersey Devils players, alumni, and staff carried on a 40-year tradition of visiting hospitals across the state during the holidays, Patch reported. After visiting the pediatric cancer ward, the team took a tour through the recently renovated Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Newark Airport Cargo Workers Hold 1-Day Strike

Cargo workers at Newark Airport held a one-day strike from Wednesday to Thursday, according to Twitter. The workers accused Swissport of “wage theft and unfair labor practices”, claims which the company says are unfounded.

Caldwell WWII Veteran + Eagle Scout Passes at Age 99

Caldwell-born Paul Frederick Larsen passed away in his Long Island home last month, just shy of his 100th birthday, per Patch. Larsen received his Eagle Scout as a teen and later served in the Air Force during World War II. In the years following, he ran a business in Montclair where his daughters and several grandchildren still live.

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