15 Montclair + Bloomfield News Stories You Missed This Week

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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. Among the local headlines — this week Anthony DeZenzo was named acting Bloomfield Township Administrator, a new eatery specializing in Mediterranean cuisine is opening an eatery called Manouche + Co., Bloomfield will begin enforcing parking regulations again, and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Montclair, Bloomfield, + Essex County:

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Montclair Home to Two New Pizzerias

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Montclair is now home to two new pizza shops: Mosoria and Belgiovine’s Pizza. Mosoria is located in Montclair’s South End, the owners have taken over the space at 322 Orange Road which was previously Amore Pizza, per Baristanet. This new pizza spot opened this week and offers “elevated comfort Italian cuisine Trattoria style” with takeout only. Plans to create a charming garden eating area outside are in the works. As for Belgiovine’s Pizza, it has found its home in a restaurant row near Montclair Art Museum. This pizza spot is actually an expansion of Belgiovine’s Deli — meaning you can now order sandwiches and pizza.


Montclair Allows Youth Leagues in City Parks

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In a reversal, the Montclair City Council has decided to allow the youth baseball and softball leagues to resume playing on city fields, with the understanding that they follow state and county coronavirus protocols, per the Daily Bulletin. An agreement between the city and Montclair Little League allows the use of four baseball fields at Saratoga Park and one at Kingsley Park. The Golden Girls Softball League can use two fields at Vernon Park. The agreements run from Tuesday, March 2nd to Tuesday, August 31st of this year.


Programs to Help Montclair Residents Jump-Start Produce Gardens

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The Montclair History Center’s popular annual Herb and Heirloom Vegetable Sale is back, Thursday, May 6th through Sunday, May 9th. Orders are being taken now through the order form on the History Center’s site. According to Montclair Local News, the sale is known for its wide array of herbs, including 12 different types of basil, six kinds of lavender, and four kinds of sage. The one-of-a-kind selection also features organic vegetable plants such as Pink Berkeley Tie Dye tomatoes which can be very hard to find.


Greenleaf Medical Marijuana Compassion Center in Montclair Reopens as Ascend

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The same afternoon that New Jersey Governor Murphy signed three bills into law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, one of the state’s first medical dispensaries, Greenleaf, reopened under new ownership — as ‘Ascend’ — with an expanded product selection. The location, at 395 Bloomfield Avenue, underwent interior renovations and expanded its offerings, but it is still only accessible to those enrolled in the state’s medical-marijuana program.


Montclair Donated Blood to Red Cross

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While many community activities have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the need for local blood donations hasn’t gone anywhere. Circumstances have only been exacerbated by the pandemic, meaning all blood types are needed, especially Type O, per Patch. The most recent Red Cross Blood Drive was held on Saturday, March 27 from 9AM to 2 PM at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Montclair.


Bloomfield Starts Enforcing Parking Again After Pause

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As of Monday, March 22nd, Bloomfield has started enforcing parking regulations again. Parking enforcement was suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, per Patch, but enforcement was phase din last week with warnings and will be in full effect this week. Enforcement includes street and surface lot parking. Information regarding parking rules can be found online.


Free Training Program Helps Bloomfield Businesses Amid Pandemic

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An effort to provide a boost to Bloomfield businesses during the coronavirus pandemic has been a success – and there’s a chance it may return in the future, according to Patch. The Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) recently launched a new small business initiative dubbed “Accelerate Your Success!”, which offers training and technical assistance in marketing and branding to the local small business community.


DeZenzo Named Acting Bloomfield Town Administrator

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Anthony DeZenzo was named acting Bloomfield Township Administrator in the council meeting this week, per Tap Into. He currently manages animal control services for Bloomfield and shared service agreements and provides oversight of the Bloomfield Parking Utility.

“I Look forward to working with Mayor Venezia and the Bloomfield Township Council, and following in Matt’s footsteps to make Bloomfield a better place to live, work, and visit,” said DeZenzo.


School of Rock Montclair Students Featured Singing for Global P+G TV Ad

A recent Proctor & Gamble TV commercial featured the voices of five music students from School of Rock Montclair as part of an international P&G campaign called “Lead with Love”, per Patch. The students’ performance took place in late 2020 at Magic Door Recording Studio in Montclair. “It only took a couple of hours for the students to record their vocals, and the results – which can be heard in the P&G commercial ‘Emotions’ – are stellar,” said School of Rock Montclair’s General Manager Kevin March. “They worked hard, they were totally professional, and they’re really proud of what they accomplished.”


Credit Cards Stolen In Montclair, Used In Bloomfield

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A woman’s credit cards were stolen from her vehicle in Montclair last week and then used to make purchases in Bloomfield, Patch reported. According to the Montclair Police Department, the following incident was reported on March 16: “The complainant reported that she parked her vehicle on Maple Avenue and momentarily left it unlocked and unattended. When she returned, she discovered her pocketbook was missing. The victim’s credit cards were later used in Bloomfield.”


Public Schools Lose 459 Students During Pandemic

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Montclair Public Schools are seeing students leave in droves over issues surrounding school openings throughout the pandemic. One parent, Heather Weiss transferred her two elementary-aged children out of the Montclair public schools, per North Jersey. When Weiss discovered that St. Catherine of Siena School in Cedar Grove had spots for fall 2021 in their second-and eighth-grade classes, “I was in tears I was so grateful,” she said. Montclair private school officials who would speak on the record say they are seeing increased interest and have filled some of their elementary classes.


Virtual Meeting In Montclair On Proposed ‘Essex-Hudson Greenway’

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On Wednesday, March 31st the New Jersey Bike + Walk Coalition will hold a virtual public meeting to get community input on the proposed “Essex-Hudson Greenway”, per Patch. The meeting will be held at 7PM, those wishing to participate can register here. “The proposed Essex-Hudson Greenway is a nearly nine-mile long, multi-use trail corridor following the abandoned Norfolk Southern rail line between Montclair and Jersey City. When complete, this greenway is expected to create more than 135 acres of new green space and improve options for active transportation {biking and walking} in North Jersey. You can view more details about the greenway and sign up for updates on this website.


Montclair Earns Nod As ‘Healthy Town’

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The Mayors Wellness Campaign recently recognized Montclair as a “healthy town” for the third straight year. The cities honored as such are recognized for coming up with innovative responses to address local needs, this year in particular, created by the pandemic, reported Patch. Montclair is one of eight communities participating in the MWC to be named a 2020 Healthy Town. “Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is always important, but now especially it’s critical that our community members have access to healthful foods, nutrition information, and a variety of options for sports and other exercise activities,” Mayor Sean Spiller said.


Manouche + Co., New Mediterranean Eatery, Coming Soon to Bloomfield

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The Bloomfield and Montclair areas are no strangers to the delights of Mediterranean cuisine, some of the most flavorful food there is. Bloomfield {+ Montclair!} residents will be excited to learn that a new eatery specializing in Mediterranean cuisine is opening an eatery called Manouche + Co. located on Broad Street. Click here to discover what we know so far about this new restaurant opening in Bloomfield.


Rab-Bit Hole: New Speakeasy Opens in Downtown Bloomfield

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Hidden atop Blue Steel Pizza Company on Glenwood Avenue, you’ll find Rab-Bit Hole, an Alice in Wonderland-themed speakeasy with chill vibes and great drinks. With the sliding of a decorated wall, you will be transported into a dream world. Click here for more about this new speakeasy, Rab-Bit Hole, that recently opened in downtown Bloomfield located at 285 Glenwood Avenue.


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With two little ones at home, this North Carolina native has worked remotely for the past five years as a freelance writer. Ainsley moved to New Jersey in 2016 and fell in love with the Garden State. She is always on the lookout for what’s going on in the greater New York area, from new restaurants and businesses opening to can’t-miss events highlighting local culture. Outside of writing and being a mother, Ainsley loves to dive into a good book, practice speaking French, and dream up new ways to decorate her apartment.