Public Meeting for Construction of 460 New Townhomes on Hilltop in Cedar Grove; Monday, June 1; 7:30pm; Cedar Grove Town Hall, 525 Pompton Avenue
CEDAR GROVE, NJ - This week there will be a public hearing on Cedar Grove's plan for redevelopment on Hilltop. The meeting will be held on Monday, June 1, at 7pm, in the council chambers of Town Hall, located at 525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove. The township has asked residents to attend the meeting so that their opinions on the matter may be recorded.
The development is termed "re-development" because it will be on the site of the now demolished Essex County Hospital between Fairview and Grove Avenues.
The plan calls for the following structures to be built:
The total comes to 460 new housing units.
Recently, a large number of wild animals have been seen around the West Essex area. Besides seeing a high number of deer, residents have been reporting daily sightings of Turkeys, Coyotes, Foxes and on occasion Black Bears. For further reading, see:
ROSELAND, NJ - Noecker School Principal Laura Dacosta was recently informed by the newly hired School Superintendent Lisa Gross that her contract would not be renewed for the upcoming school year. In a show of support for her continued employment, Noecker School parents are expected to turn out en masse to the school's Board of Education Meeting which will include the principal's Contract Renewal Hearing.
The past two board meetings have included open comment sessions during which parents have strenuously voiced their opposition to Dacosta's termination. Signs in support of the principal have sprouted up throughout the Borough and many parents are expected to wear Noecker's school color of red to the meeting. The meeting will take place Monday, June 1, at 7:30pm in the school's Media Center.
"I am hoping for another impressive and vocal turnout of parents to let the Board of Education know that the parents support Principal DaCosta
CALDWELL, NJ - This weekend, Trinity Academy will be hosting an Open House for prospective students and their parents. Anyone interested in attending the school is encouraged to visit the event to learn more about the diverse educational opportunities that the school offers. The Open House takes place on Sunday, May 31, from 12pm to 2:30pm at the school, located at 235 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell.
The Open House will allow attendees to gather important information about the Pre-K through Grade 8 academic curriculum, and will also familiarize them with the school's extracurricular activities, athletic programs, technology, and their nurturing environment that allows every child to thrive. There will also be an opportunity to meet administration and faculty, tour the school, and hear from current students and parents.
For their overall academic excellence, Trinity was recently nominated by the Council for American Private Education for the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Trinity offers small class sizes, a progressive and flexible Pre-K curriculum, a full-day Kindergarten, and Before-and-After-Care. Students achieve honors, scholarships and acceptances to prestigious high schools and consistently score above the national average on the annual standardized Terra Nova tests.
Principal: Mary N. Cassels
235 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
Trinity Academy is a highly regarded Pre-K through Grade 8 school, located in Caldwell. The school's primary mission is to provide students with a challenging academic environment in the Catholic tradition. The academy offers small class sizes, a full-day Kindergarten program, and a nurturing environment that allows every child to thrive. Students achieve honors, scholarships and acceptances to prestigious high schools, and consistently score above the national average on the annual standardized Terra Nova tests.
MONTCLAIR, NJ - This weekend, Mountainside Hospital is hosting a donation drive in support of hundreds of refugees who have fled persecution and are being relocated by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to New Jersey. The event takes place Saturday, May 30, from 9am to 3pm, at the drop-off area located in located in the Radiation Oncology Parking Lot at 1 Bay Avenue, Montclair. The parking lot is located next to the main entrance on Bay Avenue; one should look for event day parking signage.
All donated items will help the IRC provide basic supplies to newly arrived residents who fled persecution in their country of origin.
• Tableware (forks, knives, spoons)
• Pots and pans
• Dishware (plates, bowls, cups)
• Mixing/serving bowls
• Kitchen utensils and can openers
Appliances, Clothing, Electronics and Other Gently Used Items
Must be Fully functional with all working parts and pieces:
• iPods or iPads
• Cell phones, AC adaptors, chargers and computer cables
• Blenders, toasters and toaster ovens
• Alarm clocks
• Clothing (in good shape, especially clothing for men)
• Exercise equipment (weights, stretch bands, jump ropes)
• Books and DVDs
• Folding chairs & tables
Community Organizations Involved
Along with Mountainside Hospital, this drive is a combined effort of:
908-351-5116 ext 116
Superheroes for Hospice Charity Comic Book Sale; Saturday, May 30; 10am to 6pm; Barnabas Health, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange
WEST ORANGE, NJ - In an effort to raise money for the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, "Superheroes for Hospice Charity" comic book sale will take place this weekend. Offering many different types of adult and children's comic books and graphic novels, along with related toys and t-shirts, the sale will also feature comic book creators and sketch artists. The free event will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 10am to 6pm, at the Barnabas Health Office, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange.
Thousands of comic books will be on sale, from Archie to Vertigo, including books for children and adults. Also on sale will be graphic novels, action figures, toys, superhero t-shirts and comics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Scheduled to appear is a variety of comic book creators, sketch artists and caricaturists including Paul Castiglia, Paris Cullins, Stephen Coughlin, Vincent DelVecchio, Jr., Sean Douglas, Darrell "The Nightray" Goza, Michael Grassia, Alex Lowe, David E. McClain, Jonathan Miller, Will Torres, Emilio Velez, Jr., and Neil Vokes.
Superheroes for Hospice Charity
Volunteer Coordinator Spiro Ballas
Caldwell Merchants Association Sixth Annual "Art on the Avenue;" Saturday, May 30; 10am to 5pm; Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
CALDWELL, NJ - This weekend, the Caldwell Merchants Association will host their sixth annual "Art on the Avenue" featuring local artists and fine art crafters exhibiting their works along Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. Additionally, musical selections will be performed on the Caldwell Green throughout the afternoon and winners of the Student Art Show, “Shop Downtown,” will be on display. Some of the local restaurants will also be offering discounts for the occasion.
The widely supported community event allows strollers to view and purchase fine art, photography, sculpture and (juried) fine art crafts while walking along both sides of Bloomfield Avenue. The free event will take place Saturday, May 30, from 10am to 5pm.
Last year fifty-eight artists participated and over $1100 in prizes were awarded in the categories of fine art, photography and sculpture after being chosen by professional judges. While many participants are well known in their fields, Art on the Avenue is open to new artists as well. There is also a student's art contest, open to all elementary through high school age students from schools in the surrounding West Essex towns.
En Plein Air Artists
Fencing is provided for artists to display their work, but several en plein air artists will be painting along the Avenue while the exhibit takes place.
Entertainment on the Green
Local ensembles scheduled to appear include:
Montclair State University
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Caldwell's Modern Music Academy
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Caldwell Merchants Association event sponsors include:
The latest Caldwell, NJ forecast is available here. In case of rain, the event will be held instead on Sunday, May 31, from 12pm to 5pm.
Caldwell Merchants Association
President: June Cowell
328 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
The Caldwell Merchants Association is an incorporated, NJ state registered 501c6 non-profit corporation whose mission is to revitalize the Caldwell downtown through promotions, beautification, historical preservation, economic redevelopment and support for the arts.
Sustainable Verona Hosts Verona's Outdoor Green Fair; Saturday, May 30; 11am to 3pm; Verona Civic Center, 600 Bloomfield Avenue
VERONA, NJ - This weekend, the Township of Verona, along with Verona's Green Team "Sustainable Verona," will be hosting a Green Fair. The public is invited to enjoy the free event located outdoors at the Verona Civic Center. The Fair is aimed towards raising awareness about environmental issues, innovative sustainability ideas and showcasing the steps people and communities can take to sustain their quality of life over the long term.
The event will feature live music, food and craft vendors, exhibitions from green businesses and family activities. The Fair takes place Saturday, May 30, from 11am to 3pm at the Center, located at 600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona.
Entertainment and Family Activities
Health Exhibits, Activities, and Vendors
Environmental Vendors and Demonstrations
Local Organizations and Township Departments
The township of Verona is a Bronze Level Sustainable Jersey certified community; one of only 180 in the state. Certified New Jersey municipalities create environmental programs which aim to help their community improve efficiency, cut waste and stimulate the local economy; steps which propose to sustain their resident's quality of life over the long term. Verona's certification requirements included creating a Green Team made up of:
Essex County Hosting Free Outdoor Movie Night "Little Shop of Horrors" Sing-a-Long; Friday, May 29; 8:45pm; Presby Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair
MONTCLAIR, NJ - Tonight, Essex County is hosting a Free Outdoor Movie Night with the screening of "Little Shop of Horrors" Sing-a-Long version. The event will take place on Friday, May 29, beginning at 8:45pm, at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, located at 474 Upper Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair. The movie is rated PG-13, and is best for older teens and adults.
Van Vleck House & Gardens One of Eight Private Gardens Open During "Roses to Rock" Garden Tour; Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30; 11am to 4pm; 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair
MONTCLAIR, NJ - This weekend, the Van Vleck House & Gardens will be taking part in the Annual Roses and Rock Garden Tour" which offers self-guided tours of eight private gardens throughout Montclair and Glen Ridge. The event is open to the public and tickets are $35. The tours will take place on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30, from 11am to 4pm. The House, formerly a private estate, is located at 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair.
"A weekend of splendor awaits as eight lush and lavish gardens
The Van Vleck Gardens are also open to the public from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year, and are always free-of-charge.
Van Vleck House and Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street
Montclair, NJ 07042