Every week, we gather the highlights you missed in the news this week in Montclair, Bloomfield, + beyond. Among the local headlines: Cedar Grove Swears in New Mayor; Spirit Airlines adds 16 slots at Newark Airport; Verona calls for new community center playground designs; and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Essex County + beyond.
Deugen Development Breaks Ground in East Rutherford for Meadowlands Submarket Expansion
Deugen Development has broken ground on a project that will bring nearly 50,000 square feet of much-needed, modern industrial space to the Meadowlands submarket. The Hoboken-based firm, which recently closed on the property, is eyeing an early 2023 delivery for the facility at 390 Central Avenue in East Rutherford. The project will repurpose a vacant 2.8-acre lot about a mile west of Route 17, creating a 47,300-square-foot warehouse with 34-foot clear ceiling heights and other Class A design features.
Governor Murphy Signs New Gun Legislation for NJ
On Tuesday, July 5th, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed new gun legislation, making it harder for NJ residents to get a handgun license and high-capacity rifles, per ABC News. The gun safety package includes seven bills requiring gun owners who move to New Jersey from out of state to register their firearms within 60 days, bans .50 caliber rifles, and places restrictions on ghost guns, among others.
5 New Laws Impacting New Jersey Residents
Five new laws will have big impacts on New Jersey residents, per Patch. The first is New Jersey’s child tax credit will allow a resident with taxable income of $80,000 or less to benefit. The second is regarding the upcoming tax holiday for school supplies which has been established as an annual exemption.
A new $28 million grant will support childcare facilities that agree to hire staff with specific degrees and qualifications for child care development. A law passed last year which allowed minors ages 16 to 17 to work up to 50 hours a week with guardian permission. New legislation has made that law permanent. Click here for all the details.
Nami Nori + More are Coming Soon to Montclair Through Seymour Redevelopment
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For anyone out there who loves sushi and Japanese food as much as we do, your options in Montclair are about to grow. Katz & Associates is adding to the already lively downtown Montclair by bringing in new businesses to the Seymour Street redevelopment project located on Bloomfield Avenue, according to the press release. Among the list is the elegant New York sushi spot, Nami Nori, which is scheduled to open in Montclair sometime this summer. Click here for what we know about the redevelopment project and Montclair’s newest Japanese spot, Nami Nori.
The Bonsal Wildlife Preserve Announces Invasive Species Strike Team
Volunteers that are interested in nature will have an opportunity to assist in mitigating an invasive plant series, per Tap Into. The Bonsal Wildlife Preserve Conservancy has announced the creation of an invasive species strike team. They will be tasked with clearing the area of an invasive species to give the natural flora a clear space to thrive.
O’Bagel is Now Delivering to All of Passaic + Essex Counties
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If there’s anything New Jersey does particularly well, it’s a bagel. Whether you take your bagel with cream cheese, butter, lox, or eggs, we have good news for you. In case you missed it, one of NJ’s favorite local bagel shops, O’Bagel, recently opened a new ghost kitchen in Belleville and now has bagel delivery to all of Passaic and Essex counties. This means that lazy Sundays can get even more low-key with bagels and sandwiches delivered right to your door. The new spot, located at 500 Cortland Street in Belleville, also has pick-up options for anyone strolling by — though it’s operating as a ghost kitchen, which means it mainly serves as a kitchen and does not have seating inside. Click here for what we know about O’Bagel and its brand new delivery options for Passaic + Essex counties.
Tinga Taqueria Is Seeking to Reward a Good Samaritan
Tinga Taqueria is seeking to reward a good Samaritan who was able to alert the Montclair Fire Department of the small fire at the establishment during the early hours on Sunday, July 3rd, per Montclair Local. A resident spotted the smoke during a morning walk as well as sparks and was able to contact the fire department. Tinga wants to reward the good samaritan with free Tinga for life.
Spirit Airlines Adds 16 Slots at Newark Airport
More Spirit Airlines jets will be taking off from the Newark Liberty International Airport, per NJ.com. Federal officials reassigned 16 runway slots for the airline late Tuesday. The runway slots were vacated by Southwest.
Comedian Chelsea Handler Claims Abortions Have Kept Her Off Livingston Alumni Wall of Fame
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Livingston Officials are disputing a comedian’s claims that abortion has kept her off the alumni hall of fame, per Tap Into. Chelsea Handler claimed this is the reason she had not been inducted into her high schools hall of fame. Since she had made these claims, fans of hers have reached out to the school district on social media.
Newark Teen Arrested in Drive-By Shooting Incident
A 17-year-old from Newark has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting, per NJ.com. The male suspect will be facing charges of stolen property, resisting arrest, and obstruction. Multiple people were hurt during the shooting, ranging from ages 17 to 68.
Larry Doby Jr. Named a Member of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center Board
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Larry Doby Jr. has been named a member of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center Board, per Tap Into. He grew up with the Berra family and was close friends with them. The announcement came on the anniversary of Larry Doby Sr.’s historic debut.
Humane Society Offers Reward for Information Regarding the Illegal Fox Trap
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for anyone who has information on the person or people responsible for the illegal trapping of red foxes in Montclair, per Baristanet. The crime was called in late June by residents who observed a fox caught in a coil spring trap. If anyone has any information, they should call 973-744-1234.
Hospital Being Sued by Widow of Celebrity Chef
Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside hospital has been sued by the widow of a celebrity chef, per Montclair Local. The lawsuit was filed with Essex County Superior Court by Jensen Law Firm. Barkha Cardoz claims she didn’t hear from her husband’s physician for three days despite her constantly reaching out to the hospital.
Montclair Family Sues School District Over Unaddressed Bullying
A Montclair family is suing a school district for failing to address bullying at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, per Baristanet. Natalie Hackett shared how her daughter was the victim of bullying, harassment, abuse, discrimination and a playground assault by a group of boys. She accused the Montclair School District of negligence.
Verona Calls for New Community Center Playground Designs
Verona will be putting design work on the new community center playground up for bid, per Tap Into. The playground bid will be sent out this summer. This playground will also incorporate adult exercise equipment.
Cedar Grove Swears in New Mayor
Joseph Maceri has been sworn in as the new Cedar Grover mayor, per Tap Into. Maceri took the oath to become the new mayor on Friday, July 1st. He has been a member of the Town Council since 2019.
2 of Montclair’s Pools to Remain Closed This Summer
Two of Montclair’s three pools will remain closed this summer while the construction moves forward in the surrounding parks, per Montclair Local. Essex and Nishuane pools were expected to open up by the end of June, but they currently don’t have a set date for completion. The pools could be open anywhere from August 1st to August 15th.
WOHS Student Designs Selected For Marketing Campaign
The basketball designs of West Orange High School rising junior and Urban Art student Adrien Mere have been selected by AND1, per Tap Into. Adrien is a student with autism in the mixed program at WOHS and his basketball designs were selected for marketing for the public. AND1 is a sporting goods company that focuses on basketball apparel.
Local Organizations to Provide Free Summer Meals to Montclair Students
Local organizations will be providing free meals to Montclair students, per Montclair Local. The Montclair Public Library in collaboration with Toni’s Kitchen will be giving out brown paper bag lunches. These lunches will be given out on Monday through Friday from July 5th to September 6th.
West Orange EMT of the Year Lauded as Hero
The EMT of the year is a real West Orange hero, per Tap Into. The recipient of the award is Anthony Williams, and before serving in the WOFD, he served with the US Navy. Williams was the top vote-getter for EMT of the Year by local EMS partners.