Dismayed by delays at Lackawanna Plaza

Thank you for continuing to closely follow the redevelopment (or lack thereof) at Lackawanna Plaza. As a resident of Glen Ridge, I am eager for a new grocery store and whatever else the site ends up having. I am also dismayed at the continual delays with this project.

It seems to me that the developers are at fault in this latest incident. Aren’t they commissioned to do what the town wants? Why should the developers’ ideas about what the space should be trump what residents want (“Looking at options, June 21, 2018)?

I fervently hope that there can be some resolution and that they can move forward soon. I thank the residents and town council-people who have spent so many hours trying to resolve this issue, and I look forward to a project that can meet the needs of everyone in the community - sooner than later!

Sarah Stonbely

Glen Ridge

Street light repair desperately needed

As anyone who lives and/or drives in Montclair knows the intersection below the railroad trestle where Watchung Avenue meets Park Street is dangerous, even in the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, the overhead street light has been out for way more than a month.

I and my neighbors have made any phone calls to Public Service Electric and Gas to report this problem and have repeatedly been told by a human voice that this will be fixed. Absolutely nothing has been done to correct this problem and I doubt that PSE&G would like to be responsible for a major accident at this intersection.

Would anyone reading this letter who has more influence than the average citizen has please have this light replaced. It is the light pole right in front of the Watchung Park sign directly across from the trestle.

Marc Grossberg



Open organic garden tour

On Saturday, July 14, the Cornucopia Network of New Jersey will sponsor a tour of seven organic vegetable gardens at various times of day.

Nick DiMinni at 11 Bruce Road in Montclair has a European inspired vegetable and herb garden with a grapevine-covered pergola and a Zen garden with many perennials. Composting is practiced. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Katie McGhee, Scott Gurian, and housemates at 136 Garner Ave. in Bloomfield have a couple of raised vegetable beds, a rotating vertical planter, and several composts. Their garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Montclair Community Pre-K Garden Project at 49 Orange Road offers a self-guided tour. The MCPK gardens include raised bed learning and herb gardens, a rain barrel, a six-bed edible garden started entirely from seed by Pre-K students, a butterfly garden, three composting bins, a four-season garden, and the berry patch which features two varieties of raspberries and a grapevine. It will be available all day on July 14 and parking is permitted along the driveway to the right of the Board of Education Building at 22 Valley Road.

Mike Roberts and Teresa Frantz have an 18-year old perennial and herb garden at 396 North Fullerton Ave. in Montclair.  Their gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. In the vegetable and herb garden, they grow many varieties of lettuce and micro-greens. In the front, a row of lavender lines the sidewalk and perennial and wildflower beds surround the front and south lawn. Over the front entrance is a rare 15-year old white Japanese wisteria.

Alan Smith’s front-yard garden at 148 Forest St. in Montclair, will be open for a self-guided tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many plants are volunteers, but he buys tomato plants.

The Pine Street Community Garden at 73 Pine St. in Montclair, will open from noon to 6 p.m. In the driveway a surprising combination of containers demonstrate growing abundance in a very tight urban setting.

Pat Kenschaft at 56 Gordonhurst Ave in Montclair, will open her garden from 9 a.m. to 11 am. She has raised most of her vegetables year round (and some fruit) with no poisons, power machinery, or commercial fertilizers for decades.

Pat Kenschaft



‘Hey Schoolgirl’ in the second row...

“...teacher’s lookin’ over, so I got to whisper way down low.” A hit 45 RPM vinyl recorded by Tom & Jerry, the duo that went on to be better-known as Simon & Garfunkel.

When I was in high school or shortly after, I also sang in doo-wop groups and two part harmony duos with two different partners. Donald Petrone from Montclair and Jimmy LaMont from Caldwell. Can’t remember who was singing with me at the Meadowbrook Record Hop in Cedar Grove on this particular Sunday.

Tom & Jerry were also on the same bill, along with two other acts. One was a known vocal group and the other was an unknown singer.

After we performed my partner and I climbed the steps to the balcony seating area and looked down the dance floor stage. We saw Tom & Jerry sitting at a table with two girls. We went over to them to tell them how much we liked their record. They said they enjoyed our performance and asked us to sit.

I seem to remember they were from New York and one or both lives in Pennsylvania.

It was Tom and Jerry’s one and only hit record. They later came back strong as Simon & Garfunkel.

On TV just before I started to write this I saw a promo for Paul’s farewell tour. They showed pictures from different stages during his career. The very first picture was of  him wearing a gray tuxedo jacket from his Tom & Jerry days.

Paul with Art and Paul’s solo career gave us great music that will live forever. For old times sake I say ‘Who-bop-a-loo-chi-bop, let’s meet after school at three.’

Vincent Tango