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21 Montclair + Bloomfield News Stories You Missed This Week

by Ainsley Layland
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If you’re curious to know what you missed this week in Hoboken + Jersey City news, we’ve got you covered. Among the local headlines: Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center has been recognized for excellence with the Ardent Cup, the Newark Museum of Art is inviting local filmmakers to submit work for the 2022 Newark Black Film Festival, Mayor Sean Spiller says he expects Montclair’s 2020 rent control ordinance to go to a referendum, and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City + beyond.

Scarlett Johannson + Colin Jost Filmed Superbowl Commerical in Montclair


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In a Superbowl commercial featuring Scarlett Johannson and Colin Jost, the pair woke up in a Montclair home on Eagle Rock Way. The previous homeowner, Eleanor Walter spoke with Montclair Local about seeing her home on TV saying it was jarring to see the power couple wake up in her old bedroom.

Former Montclair State Captain Posthumously Inducted to Pro Football Hall of Fame

A standout at Division III Montclair State from 1977-80, Sam Mills, who died in 2005 following a battle with cancer, has been nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022. According to Patch, Mills’ jersey number was retired by Montclair State in 1981, one of two numbers in MSU history to be retired.

Montclair Little League to Replace Baseball League

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This spring, Montclair is introducing a new Little League which will replace the old baseball league. The season will run from mid-April to mid-June, with practices beginning at the end of March. According to Montclair Local, the AAA level will be for third and fourth grade players. The Majors level will be for fifth and sixth grade players.

Artist of Rooster Mural in Montclair Dies at 71

Thomas J. Reitter, the artist behind the much-loved rooster mural on Montclair’s Park Street, died on Saturday, February 5th at the age of 71. The Instagram post sharing the sad news said, “Reitter painted the mural in 1980 and has returned about every 10 years with his ladder and paintbrushes, adding splashes of bright color and crisp edges to the decade-faded mural.”

And The Winner of the 2022 Montclair Girl Puppy Photo Bowl Is…

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Although it was an extremely tough decision as all of the pups were cuter than we could handle, our 1st annual Puppy Photo Bowl Contest 2022 has a winner after a long weekend of voting. The winner of this year’s contest is…LENTIL KATZ!

Here is what Lentil Katz’s owner shared with us: “Lentil is extremely food-motivated and uses her skills to sniff out food-portunities at every chance she gets! Her favorite activities include cuddling, eating from puzzle toys, going on sniff walks, and running around with her puppy pal, Barley.” Click here to see pictures of other cute local pups and to find out what Lentil Katz won.

Montclair Literary Festival Calling for Event Proposals

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Succeed2gether’s sixth annual Montclair Literary Festival is calling for event proposals to add to the festival calendar, happening Thursday, May 5th to Sunday, May 8th. According to Montclair Local, anyone with a passion for books and reading may submit an event proposal including writers, publishers, and community groups.

United Community Corp Holds Sixth Housing Workshop

United Community Corp. and Clinton Hill Community Action teamed up to host the sixth housing assistance workshop, per NJ.com. The workshop provided on-site assistance in Newark on Saturday, February 19th from 10AM to 2PM at 404 Hawthorne Avenue. This seminar helps clients who are in a variety of home instability situations.

Newark Museum of Art to Host Newark Black Film Festival

The Newark Museum of Art is inviting local filmmakers to submit work for the 2022 Newark Black Film Festival, per Tap Into. This film festival will also feature the Paul Robeson Awards and this will be the 48th anniversary of the program. The festival will take place in the summer over the course of four days from Thursday, July 14th to Sunday, July 17th. Entries opened up on February 11th and will be open until the deadline of April 1st.

The Montclair Foundation Welcomes Two New Members to the Board

The Board of Trustees of The Montclair Foundation has welcomed two new trustees to the board, according to Baristanet. Lissa Barrett has rejoined the board and Wade Layton is a longtime supporter of the board and is the last new member. “I’m delighted to welcome back long-term volunteer and past Trustee chair, Lissa Barrett. We are happy to welcome Wade, who will bring business techniques and new skills to our Board from his finance background,” said Chairwoman Emer Featherstone.

Historic Bank in Montclair to be Redeveloped

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The building formerly known as the American National Bank in Montclair is being converted to mixed-use commercial space, according to Jersey Digs. This building has been vacant for the past five years and it is being redeveloped by a company named SAF 475 Bloomfield, LLC, which is an affiliate company for Saxum Real Estate. The application was recently approved by the zoning board of adjustment.

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center Receives Award

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Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center has been recognized for excellence with the Ardent Cup, reported Tap Into. The Ardent Cup is the highest honor awarded by Ardent Health Services. The hospital was also honored with the Best Employee Loyalty Award and the CEO of the Year was awarded to Chief Executive Officer Tim O’Brien. 

64-year-old Man Struck and Killed in Vehicle Accident

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A 64-year-old Irvington man was fatally struck by a minivan, per NJ.com. The pedestrian was hit by a Honda Odyssey around 6:30PM on Sunday, February 13th, on Hackensack Street. Emergency medical crews were able to transfer the man to the hospital where he passed from his injuries.

Montclair Art Museum Announces New Scholarship Program

Montclair Art Museum and the African American Cultural Committee at MAM have announced the Ben F. Jones Scholarship Fund, reported Baristanet. This scholarship is in honor of AACC Co-Founder Ben F. Jones, who was also an international artist and an art professor. Ben Jones said, “I feel so blessed to have had a good art education — especially in high school — because I had good art teachers and it really exposed me to the outside world. It helped me to know what’s important in art. I feel so blessed to have had a good art education — especially in high school — because I had good art teachers and it really exposed me to the outside world. It helped me to know what’s important in art.”

New Display at the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University

Ajamu Kojo’s “Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparation” will be on display at the George Segal Gallery until April 23rd, reported Patch. The gallery is located in Montclair State University and this will be Kojo’s first solo museum exhibition. The exhibit features an ongoing series of large-scale paintings that capture the imagined lives of Black professionals in the Greenwood District. Kojo will be joining Galleries Director Megan Austin and MSU faculty in a panel discussion titled “Black Wall Street: A Model for Greatness” on February 2nd from 4 to 5:30PM.

Studio Montclair has a New Exhibit for Black History Month

“Windows Into Black History,” will be on exhibit during the month of February at Studio Montclair in honor of Black History Month, per Montclair Local. This exhibit will feature work by four artists and span over four large windows, which are able to be viewed from the street. The exhibit will also feature work submitted by the Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation.

Montclair Planning Board Discusses New Zoning Laws


Earlier this year, the Montclair Township Planning Board was tasked with deciding on a development that broke the township’s master plan but was allowed under zoning codes, per Montclair Local. Under the township’s master plan, the development would have been one story too tall, so the developer made necessary adjustments and resubmitted the proposal. Further issues were discussed by the planning board and a final decision to change the zoning laws to be more in keeping with the master plan.

Montclair Mayor Expects Referendum on Rent Control

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Mayor Sean Spiller says he expects Montclair’s 2020 rent control ordinance to go to a referendum, per Montclair Local. This comes after talks broke down between tenant advocates and landlords. While both tenant advocates and landlords attempted to come to an agreement, Mayor Spiller said at the meeting, the landlords couldn’t claim they worked out a deal if the tenants weren’t involved in the discussion.

MSU Heads Towards Acknowledging it Occupies Lenape Land

The Montclair State University Senate is recommending the school formally recognize that the campus site sits on the traditional territory of the Lenape people, reported Montclair Local. The recommendation is the first step toward a formal acknowledgment, and the effort began back in 2019 when Susan Cole was the university president. Montclair State University will be joining other institutions in formally acknowledging the land they occupy.

Mass Resignations on Montclair’s Senior Citizen Committee

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Ten of the 12 members of Montclair’s Senior Citizens Advisory Committee have resigned in protest, reported Patch. The committee recently saw mass resignations from its members, including the chair and vice-chair, due to members alleging that the town council’s recent decision to reorganize the committee undermines their role as advocates for seniors. Some town council members are hoping the issues can be worked out.

Glen Ridge Congregational Church Brings Care Packages to Healthcare Workers


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Members of the Glen Ridge Congregational Church made care packages for medical staff at the Clara Maass Medical Center, per Tap Into. The care packages included energy bars, drinks, snacks, and handmade letters of appreciation for healthcare workers who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic since it started in 2020. The medical center released a thank you to the church via a press release.

New Jersey Comfort Partners Program Aims to Save Energy in Montclair

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The Montclair Environmental Commission, Mayor, and Township Council are inviting low-income residents to come and participate in the New Jersey Comfort Partners Program, per Baristanet. This is a program that helps Montclair households in saving energy and money on utility bills. All of the eligible fixes are available at no cost. In order to apply, visit http://njcleanenergy.com/CP.

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