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: Millburn Deli is coming to Montclair; the historic Charles Shultz house has been purchased by a local family; medical marijuana patients in Nutley speak out against the potential ban; 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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New Scent Shop, Alchemy, Opening in Downtown Montclair
Scent enthusiasts will be happy to learn that a new shop specializing in candles, perfume, and other body products, is opening in downtown Montclair on Church Street. The shop, Alchemy, will offer more than off-the-shelf products: the team will offer an interactive experience for customers that will set it apart from the average lifestyle boutique. Click here to read more of what we know about the Alchemy opening in Montclair.
How to Win a Staycation at The George in Montclair
Tucked away on a quiet street in Montclair is a stunning new hotel that once belonged to a prestigious family in another century. The George is a historic turn-of-the-century property that was completely restored into a 32-room chic boutique hotel owned and created by none other than beauty icon Bobbi Brown and her husband Steven Plofker. Located in the duo’s hometown at 37 N Mountain Avenue, The George is so much more than just a charming, stylish hotel, it’s an experience that everyone should discover for themselves.
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LGBTQ Equality Agenda for 2021 in Montclair Announced
On May 26th, Councilor-at-Large Peter Yacobellis announced the Montclair LGBTQ Equality Agenda for 2021, which seeks to reform several Township policies and laws over the month of June, to be enacted by summer. The proposed ordinances and resolutions are scheduled for initial consideration at June Township Council meetings. Click here to read more about the proposed ordinance that aims to benefit and strengthen the right of the Montclair LGBTQ+ community.
The Millburn Deli is Coming to Montclair
One of New Jersey’s most famous delis, the Millburn Deli, is opening its doors in Montclair. After opening in Morristown during the summer of 2020, its expansion is spreading further into Essex County, specifically Montclair, this fall, according to staff. Click here to read what we know about the Millburn Deli opening a location in Montclair at 256 Park Street.
The Lot: A New Outdoor Event Space in West Orange
This isn’t your average asphalt: The Lot is a newly-opened, 20,000-square-foot outdoor, covered space, available to host parties of 100 to 700 people. It is the first of its kind in the Tri-State area and gives our community a new place to celebrate Covid-safely. Click here to read on about The Lot, a new outdoor venue in West Orange.
Medical Marijuana Patients in Nutley Speak Out Against Potential Ban
At the Nutley Board of Commissioner public meeting on Tuesday, May 18th, community members gathered to share their opinions on the potential ban of Cannabis, per Tap Into. Ordinance #3473 to temporarily ban the operation of all cannabis businesses was introduced at the May 4th public meeting.
League of Women Votes in Favor of Mayor-Appointed BOE
On Wednesday, May 26th, The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area voted in favor of maintaining a mayor-appointed Board of Education, Montclair Local. The vote took place at the League’s 100th annual meeting. Assuming the matter stands as is, local voters will decide on the referendum on November 2nd.
NJ Transit Plans to Invest in 16 Electric Buses in Newark
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Following Governor Murphy’s announcement of $130M going toward clean transportation, NJ Transit is coming through with plans to deploy 16 electric buses in the area, per Tap Into. The Hilton Garage in Maplewood is slated for renovations that will allow it to accommodate 16 electric buses. This is another step toward NJ Transit’s goal to have a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040.
“While we have laid out aggressive plans to achieve this milestone, we are moving forward deliberatively by leveraging relationships with our peer agencies, both nationally and internationally, to learn from their experiences and ensure our success,” said NJ Transit President & CEO Kevin Corbett.
Windstorm Damages Park Trees In Nutley
On Wednesday evening, high winds stormed through Nutley, blowing over trash cans and damaging trees, per Tap Into. One tree in particular, located in Father Glotzbach Park, had a large branch stripped from the trunk. Branches throughout Nutley were scattered on public and private property.
Montclair to Host 2021 Memorial Day Tribute in Edgemont Park
Montclair is scheduled to hold its 2021 Memorial Day tribute in Edgemont Memorial Park on Monday, May 31st at 10AM, per Patch. Social distancing measures will be in place at the event. In the event of inclement weather, a video of remembrance will be aired on Montclair TV34.
Pedlets + Parklets Approved for Montclair Businesses
As of this week, more than 75 businesses have taken advantage of the no-fee sidewalk permits in Montclair, which already exceeds the 67 from last year during the height of the pandemic, per Montclair Local. As of Friday, May 28th, social distancing in restaurants and the ban on ordering and eating/drinking while standing at bars and restaurants were lifted. Capacity limits will be lifted for large venues on June 4th.
180-Unit Affordable Housing Renovation Completed in East Orange
A 180-unit affordable housing building has completed renovations in Essex County, per Patch. Genesis Companies announced the rehabilitation project of Vista Village, located at 70 South Burnet Street, has been completed. The East Orange building is nine stories tall and all units are restricted to households earning 60 percent of the area median income with half restricted further to 50 percent.
Montclair Seeks More LGBTQ+ Protections
Members of the Montclair Township Council are slated to consider a package called the “LGBTQ Equality Agenda for 2021” which seeks to update protections for gender identity. This includes updating protections not only for sexual orientation, but gender identity and expression as well, according Montclair Local. The package would require all single-user public bathrooms to be labeled as all-gender facilities.
New Developer Purchases Former Newark Bears Stadium
A new developer has purchased the former Newark Bears Minor League Baseball stadium, following an amended redevelopment agreement, per RLS Media. The developer, May Newark LLC, has proposed a mixed-use development plan for the site in a nine-phase plan. The final product will house 4,200 residential units, up to 3,000 parking spaces, co-working space, and public green space.
Historic Montclair Estate ‘Evergreens’ Purchased by Local Family
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A local Montclair family has purchased the historic Charles Shultz home from the Montclair History Center, per Baristanet. Charles Shultz built the house in 1896 and the family occupied the home for 100 years, across three generations. The house, carriage house, and two acres of land are now the property of a local family who is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the home.
Memorial Day Parade on Schedule, July 4th Still Debated in Bloomfield
The Memorial Day Parade is back this year and scheduled to take place on Monday, May 31st at 9:30AM, per Tap Into. The festivities will begin at the corner of Broad Street and Warren Street, heading down Broad Street toward Liberty Street.
The annual July 4th celebration is traditionally held at Foley Field but rising concerns over the possibility of thousands of people gathering together may alter plans. No final decision has been made.
Villalobos In Montclair to Close, New Restaurant Coming Soon
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On Thursday this week, the owner of Villalobos, Adam Rose shared that the restaurant will not be reopening. The Instagram post reads, “Dear friends, after a temporary suspension of service mid-May, I have made the bittersweet decision not to re-open the doors of Villalobos. First and foremost, I want to thank all our guests for making our seven years here so incredibly gratifying. Your support, especially during this very challenging time, has shown us what a special place a neighborhood restaurant can be. And our team deserves all my heartfelt appreciation for bringing their energy, their skills, and their sense of hospitality every day.
I love being part of the community here, and I’m excited to be staying. Fortunately, I will be able to bring a new project to life in this space, on this block, with new partners at Montclair Hospitality Group, good friends, and creators of Ani Ramen House. I can’t say anything more about it now—but I can’t wait to open the doors again.”
Montclair University Student Launches Swimsuit Line
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Montclair State University fashion student Brianna Rizzi has launched a swimwear line called B.RizDesigns. Her brand emphasizes body positivity but also offers custom swimwear designs so everyone can feel their best at the beach. Click here to follow and shop her social media.
Edgemont Park Hosts Free Rabies Clinic June 1
On June 1st, the Montclair Department of Health and Human Services will host a free rabies vaccination clinic at 6PM in Edgemont Park at the Shelter House located at 280 Valley Road, per the state website. Dogs are welcome from 6PM to 6:45PM while cats are asked to come from 6:45PM to 7:30PM. This event is by appointment only. You can call 973-744-8600 to schedule an appointment.