Detention hearing for James Ray moved again to Nov. 26

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news The detention hearing for James Ray III has been postponed again, due to a change in his defense attorney and a need to extend the discovery period. Ray's new attorney, Thomas Ashley, also...
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$15 M signal reconfiguration set for Bloomfield Avenue

By Jaimie Julia Winters winters@montclairlocal.news Essex County is planning a $15 million signal reconfiguration project on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, expected to begin next year. The Planning Board has met with the county on the plans and...
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Heavy, early snowfall creates commute from hell for Montclair residents

By Erin Roll and Jaimie Julia Winters erinroll@montclairlocal.news, winters@montclairlocal.news When Montclair Local put out a query to Montclairites on Thursday asking how they were enjoying the early-season snowfall, the responses came pouring in and they weren't pretty. "Go...

Firefighters battle house fire during snowstorm

Fire crews responded to a major fire at a multi-family house on Valley Road and Walnut Street Thursday evening, during a heavy snowstorm. Deputy Chief Robert Duncan said as of 7:45 p.m., crews were still...

Montclair student equity advocate talks first months on job

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Joseph Graham deals with students who say they are victims of racial discrimination, sexual harassment, academic sabotage, HIB (harassment, intimidation and bullying) denial and in student crises. Appointed as the Montclair the district’s...
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James Ray headed to court on Friday

By Erin Roll and Jaimie Julia Winters roll@montclairlocal.news, winters@montclairlocal.news James Ray III is expected in Superior Court on charges of killing his girlfriend and mother of his child, Angela Bledsoe, on Friday, Nov. 16. A hearing, scheduled...
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Montclair BOE sends Watchung HVAC contract back to drawing board

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news The replacement of Watchung’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system may have run into another delay. The BOE approved a contract for the HVAC system upgrades in the school’s annex building on...
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74 units slated for old Hahne’s parking lot

By Jaimie Julia Winters winters@montclairlocal.news A redevelopment plan for a Church Street parking lot, in the works since 2003 and marred by controversy and court battles, is resurfacing. The council is expected to amend the Hahne’s...

Montclair TURN collects diverse children’s books to give to schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Teachers Undoing Racism Now (TURN) is a group of Montclair teachers working to promote equity and diversity in the schools, including adding new books to the schools’ libraries. This fall, the group assembled...
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Crews contain sewage spill at Bonsal Preserve

  By Jaimie Julia Winters winters@montclairlocal.news A woman enjoying a nature walk through the Alonzo F. Bonsal Preserve this past Sunday noticed a bad smell and cloudy water in the brook that runs through the property. She...