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21 Montclair + Bloomfield News Stories You Missed This Week

by Ainsley Layland
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Every week we bring you the highlights in the news, so you can stay up-to-date on what is happening in Montclair + surrounding areas. Among the local headlines: Newark’s new courthouse was dedicated and opened this week; Popolari Pizzeria to open in Bloomfield; Montclair Brewery introduces new beer for Juneteenth; and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Montclair, Bloomfield, + beyond in Essex County:

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Montclair Foundation Awards $54K in Grants


Eight local non-profits are now the lucky recipients of $54K in grants awarded by the Montclair Foundation, per Montclair Local. The grants are awarded to support a range of activities that help to improve the quality of life in the community. The announcement said, “These organizations are essential to our quality of life not only because of the valuable programs they provide local citizens but also because of the positive economic impact within our local communities.” Opportunities for grants in the fall will open on August 9th.

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SugaringNYC Coming to Bloomfield


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In an Instagram post this week, Bloomfield Pulse shared, “Sign Coming Soon SugaringNYC Organic Waxing & Lash Salon. Located at The Green where they join Sweetberry Bowls and BGR Bloomfield burgers.”

Dolly Moo Body Donates Proceeds to Newark LGBTQ Center

Dolly Moo Body announced this week 100% of proceeds from its Pride Month campaign, per Instagram. The post reads, “We’ve got a whole lotta love to go around. We are so excited to announce our next Spread Love. Make Magick. Give Back campaign! 100% of proceeds from our Love Wins bath bomb will be donated to the @newarklgbtqcenter The Newark LGBTQ Community Center is a volunteer-run, community-based organization committed to providing safe space, programs, and services that support the well-being of the LGBTQ community and our allies in the Newark, New Jersey area. Help us spread love and give back by purchasing one today! Available online & at the shop.”

Newark Court Building Named After Martin Luther King


Newark is now home to a new court building situated along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, per NJ.com. The building houses 11 courtrooms, a 22-foot statue of Dr. King, and was dedicated and opened on Thursday, June 17th. Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. said naming the structure after King was a natural fit since it’s located next to a plaza and a smaller statue that was dedicated to him in 2015.

Medical Staff Recognized for Excellent Service


Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center holds an annual awards program to recognize nine medical staff for excellent work, per Patch. It recently honored nursing staff and team members who “go above and beyond their normal responsibilities to support the delivery of care to patients” especially given the recent pandemic. The Nursing Excellence Awards program is funded by Partners for Health Foundation.

‘Juliet & Her Romeo’ to be Performed at Shakespeare in Our Parks

American Theater Group will perform” Juliet & Her Romeo” at the Shakespeare in Our Parks event in July, per Baristanet. This abridgment of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will take place July 9-11 and 16-18 at 8PM each evening. The cast includes three teen actors from Columbia High School in Maplewood in addition to three experienced professional actors.

Montclair Bookstore Hosted Lin-Manuel Miranda in Virtual Book Launch Event

Watchung Booksellers in Montclair hosted a virtual book launch event for “In the Heights” with creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter, per Patch. Journalist Katherine Dykstra also attended. The event was held on Tuesday, June 15th.

Minia’s Breakfast and Lunch to Open in Montclair

The town of Montclair is known for its countless popular eateries, and we are excited to share that the list will be growing.  We have confirmed that in the near future Minia’s Breakfast and Lunch, currently in Bloomfield, will be opening a second location in the town of Montclair. Click here to read what we know so far about Minia’s Breakfast opening in Montclair.

Popolari Pizzeria Opens in Bloomfield


Popolari comes from the Italian word meaning popular, and the restaurant will have some of the most popular classic Italian dishes on the menu. Including dishes like pasta puttanesca, chicken Milanese, and shrimp scampi. For Bloomfield residents looking for a new place to enjoy a handcrafted pizza or a classic Italian pasta dish Popolari, a new “retro-chic” (as the restaurant owner describes it) pizzeria and restaurant opened on June 8th. Click here to read more about Popolari, a new unique pizzeria in Bloomfield.

Montclair’s Center Square Flower-Filled Until Fountain Returnsflowers fountain

In place of the fountain that used to be the centerpiece of the circle where Valley Road ends at Church street now blooms a flower garden, per Baristanet. The traffic circle was recently redone and the fountain was taken out, but there are plans for the fountain to eventually return. For now, Montclair Center BID beautified the circle with colorful, flowering plants.

George Floyd Statue Unveiled in Newark

A new 700-pound statue of George Floyd was unveiled at Newark’s City Hall, per NBC New York. The statue was unveiled Wednesday by Mayor Ras Baraka, actor and filmmaker Leon Pickney and artist Stanley Watts. Baraka said he hopes when people walk by and see it, it will inspire them to become active in the struggles happening in Newark and New Jersey.

Montclair Brewery Introduces New Beer for Juneteenth


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In celebration of Juneteenth, Montclair Brewery released a special brew for June, per NJ Monthly.  The new brew is a red wheat ale called Jubilee. It is made with hibiscus flowers, which were originally brought to America during the slave trade. Juneteenth commemorates the freeing of the last enslaved people in 1865. 

Goji Superfoods Opening This Summer in Montclair


A health food cafe is opening up at 427 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair later this summer. Goji Superfoods will specialize in superfood-enriched bowls. The brand aims to meet the consumer mindset that desires quick, tasty, and healthy meals to go, all served in a bowl. Click here to read what we know about Goji Superfoods opening in Montclair this summer.

Montclair Art Museum Recruiting New Volunteer Docents

The Montclair Art Museum is looking for new volunteer docents, ideal for people who want to deepen their relationship with the community, get a deep dive into American art, and learn about Museum exhibitions from curators and artists, per Baristanet. A docent is a person who acts as a guide for the museum. Docent volunteers spend about 80 service hours per year in training, independent research and outreach, field trips, and social gatherings.

Bubbleology Opening Soon in Newark


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Newark Pulse announced this week that Bubbleology will be coming soon to Newark. The Instagram post said, “Coming soon! @bubbleology to corner of Linden and Halsey Streets, featuring sweet treats and bubble tea!” Bubbleology serves a variety of milk teas, fruit teas, and coffee.

Multiple Cars Burned at Tow Yard

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Investigators are looking into a fire in Essex County that destroyed nearly a dozen cars at a tow yard, per RLS Media. The preliminary investigation found that at about 1:05 a.m., firefighters raced to the tow yard located in Irvington Township after receiving reports of the fire. Several cars were already fully engulfed in flames when the firefighters arrived.

Brown Mill Company Now Open in Newark


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Newark Pulse shared the exciting news that Brown Mill Company is now open in Newark following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Instagram post said, “Congrats to @brownmillcompany for their grand opening @onhalsey. Welcome to the block! Video by @melvinsykes if you need a storefront he is the man to call!” The storefront is located at 49 Halsey Street.

Live Performances Return for the Montclair Orchestra

The Montclair Orchestra will be performing live this summer in Morristown, New Jersey, per Baristanet. Since the pandemic, the orchestra has been performing virtually. These upcoming performances will be the first live shows since March 8, 2020. The first concert is on July 25th and titled “Strings of Summer” and the second is on August 1st and titled “Percussive Harmony.”

Eight Companies Cited For Violation of New Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Law

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Montclair newly amended its restrictions on gas-powered leaf blowers to create a quieter Montclair, per Montclair Local. The Township has so far issued nine summonses to eight different landscaping companies for violations of the new law, and the summonses will result in court dates. The law cuts back on the days and hours when gas blowers can be used, and they’re completely banned in the second half of May and all of June.

Nutley Jaycees 2020/2021 Honorees Announced


The Nutley Jaycees are ready to host the annual Distinguished Service Awards Program after last year’s was canceled due to COVID-19, per Tap Into. The 2020 awards dinner was scheduled for April 2021 but was rescheduled to October 2021. The honorees for the awards have been announced and can be found in the Tap Into article.

Nutley Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers Available

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The Nutley Health Department is accepting applications for the 2021 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers at the Nutley Farmers Market, per Tap Into. Applications can be turned in every Sunday beginning June 20th, from 9AM to 1PM. All residents 60 years and older who are income-qualified are eligible to receive the 2021 season vouchers.

Paterson Principal Promoted to Acting Assistant Superintendent


Following 23 years as an educator, Jalyn Lyde is stepping into the role of Acting Assistant Superintendent for Paterson schools, per North Jersey. Most recently she was the principal at Rosa L. Parks School of the Fine and Performing Arts for six years. “I believe in our students,” Lyde said, “I believe in team building, strategic leadership, and servant leadership strategies to help all. As educational leaders, it is our job to pull out the gifts in our students and staff to help them succeed.”

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