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YMCA of Montclair elects two new board members

The YMCA of Montclair has elected two new board members to its board of directors: Lisa Indovino and Risa Cretella. The new board members will serve a three-year term. “Our board serves a key role providing governance and oversight for the organization,” president and CEO of the YMCA of Montclair Buddy Evans said in the announcement. “We are fortunate to have two leaders in their fields who will help expand our reach and engagement to better serve all in our community.”
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Car strikes Bellevue Avenue residence after being hit in intersection

A two-car collision at the intersection of Grove Street and Bellevue Avenue on July 21 ended with one car striking a Bellevue residence, police said. A 70-year-old from Bloomfield was driving a 2007 Hyundai Sonata eastbound on Bellevue Avenue when she was struck by a 2007 Dodge Caravan heading southbound on Grove Street, police said. The Sonata left the roadway from the southeast corner, traveled through bushes and hit the front porch of a Bellevue Avenue residence, police said.
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Rehab designation for Bellevue Theatre could delay reopening

Montclair will embark on an investigation to see if the block of the Bellevue Theatre should be deemed an area in need of rehabilitation. “It gives some flexibility in creating a plan to enable them to develop the property and save the theater,” Township Attorney Ira Karasick said, adding that tax incentives could also be granted.
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Montclair takes on Climate Action Plan

Over the last decade, Montclair has taken several green initiatives and aimed to reduce its carbon footprint. Now it will create a Climate Action Plan in response to New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act Report, issued last year. The township has joined an energy aggregation program through which residents can...
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The goal: A laptop for every student in Montclair schools

The Montclair school district will start what officials are describing as a “one-to-one” technology initiative in the fall — aiming to eventually provide every student with a school-issued laptop. Christopher Graber, the district’s technology director, told Board of Education members at a July 14 “retreat” meeting that includes 3,700 devices...
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Two bikes stolen this week in Montclair, police say

Two bikes were stolen on July 13 in Montclair, one from a Bloomfield Avenue bike rack and one from a Valley Road residence, police said. A woman reported she locked her bicycle to a rack on Bloomfield Avenue overnight. When she returned to it, the bike and bike lock were gone, police said. The bicycle was described as a red Scorpio AL 200 valued at $150.
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Skaters want your help planning a permanent park at Rand

Skate Essex will hold a planning session for a new permanent skate park at Montclair’s Rand Park on Tuesday, July 20. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. On July 14, the Township Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution supporting a permanent skate park at Rand Park. The resolution does not set aside township funds for the park, but sets a path to allow the township and Skate Essex, which has been maintaining the temporary park, to seek grant funding.
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Obituary: George ‘Red’ Gilruth

George “Red” Gilruth, 92, of Palm Coast, Florida, a former longtime resident of Montclair and a lieutenant on its police force, died on July 13, 2021. He was 92. Mr. Gilruth was born in Montclair in 1929 and was a resident of Upper Montclair until 1987, when he and his wife, Judy, moved to Palm Coast. He was a graduate of Montclair High School, where he was a standout athlete in both football and baseball.
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Plans for Montclair’s first biking, walking path put off

A plan to seek funding for what would have been Montclair’s first designated bike and walking path has been postponed. On July 13, the Township Council discussed a resolution drafted by Councilman Peter Yacobellis that would have allowed Montclair to apply for a grant through the state Department of Transportation to create a “shared-use path” along Glenridge Avenue, connecting the Bay Street Station to just before Lackawanna Plaza. Council members had expected to vote on the resolution at a July 20 meeting, as the grant deadline is July 31.