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Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event

Essex County will hold a food distribution event on Thursday, May 28 at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair.


WHAT: Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event
DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2020
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Charles H. Bullock School, 55 Washington Street, Montclair, NJ

The food distribution event will be held RAIN or SHINE.


  • Enter on Washington Street from Elm Street
  • Cars should line up along Elm Street and Orange Road before turning right onto Washington Street  
  • No Left Turns allowed onto Washington Street
  • No arrivals before 8:00 a.m.
  • Drivers must keep their windows rolled up and open their trunks.
  • Buses and walk-ups cannot be served.
  • 1,000 boxes to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The Coronavirus has forced an enormous amount of people out of work and created food insecurity among residents who now have limited income or no income at all. We are pleased to present this Emergency Food Distribution Event to help those through these uncertain times.”

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive

United Way of Northern NJ has released their 5th version of their favorite thingsClick here to view.

Lincoln Center Offers Memorial for Us All

“In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, many rituals we hold dear are no longer possible. As we find our footing in this new terrain, faith leaders have enlisted New York City artists and Lincoln Center to offer a weekly Memorial for Us All. Music unlocks thoughts, feelings, and memories that unite and free us. These memorials allow music to begin to heal us all, as it has in so many rituals since the beginning of time.”


Each Sunday at 6:00 pm ET, Lincoln Center At Home premieres a new community remembrance in the form of a short concert honoring and celebrating those who have left us too soon.


 On Sunday, May 3rd, the great Wynton Marsalis led the inaugural Memorial for Us All in the New Orleans tradition. Follow this link to view more Memorial for Us All concerts which are also available on Lincoln Center’s YouTube channel, and Face book page.


Memorial for Us All is a secular community remembrance, welcoming all to celebrate the lives of those who have left us too soon. Community members are invited to submit the names of a neighbor, friend, or loved one to honor here Microsoft Forms.  Names must be submitted by Monday at 6:00 PM EST to be included in the following  Sunday's concert. 

Back Home Safely is offering free virtual home assessments

Click here to email them

Township Passes Temporary Rent Freeze Ordinance

Montclair Township Council passed Ordinance O-20-08 at the May 19 Council meeting, to place a temporary moratorium on rent increases during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency. The moratorium prevents any increase in the amount paid in rent or any additional charges by residential tenants in all residential rental units in the Township. The Ordinance is retroactive to May 1 and will remain in effect until August 1 of this year – the Governing Body also passed a resolution declaring an emergency in order to have the Ordinance take effect retroactively and immediately.

“In light of the ongoing financial hardships, the severe disruption to the economy at all levels, and in the spirit of the moratorium on the execution of warrants of eviction, the Township has determined that the immediate stability of rents is necessary for the public interest and is best served by placing an immediate, temporary moratorium on all rent increases,” reads the Ordinance.

On March 18, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac announced the suspension of all evictions and foreclosures for 60 days. A day later Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 106 to immediately suspend evictions throughout the state. The 90-day rent freeze Ordinance is a township government effort to provide additional relief to residents experiencing housing insecurity and financial difficulties.

Exemptions are:

  1. Rental units in properties that are owner-occupied with no more than one additional rental unit;
  2. Rental units in properties exempt from local rent regulation by state or federal law;
  3. Rental units in which the rent is determined as the function of household income; and
  4. Rental units in hotels.

Download the Ordinance O-20-08.

Notice to All Montclair Parkers

The Montclair Parking Utility management and staff extend our gratitude to everyone for their patience and understanding during this very difficult time. We hope everyone is staying safe and taking all necessary precautions and following safety guidelines put in place.

After a thorough evaluation, we have decided to resume enforcement of parking regulations beginning June 1, 2020. Rule suspensions for meter and permit parking will no longer be in effect as we return to our normal parking regulations:

  • Customers will be required to pay if parked at any parking meter beginning 6/1/2020.
  • Single-Use permits will be accessible online effective 5/22/2020. In addition, permits will be available for pick up at the Crescent Deck from June 1 forward.

Monthly permits will be issued at a 75% discount for the month of June.

  • For any customer enrolled in autopay, please note that a deduction from your account will occur on May 25, as it normally would but will be issued at the reduced cost.
  • Any customer who is not enrolled in autopay will have until June 14 to remit payment online or by check. The municipal building is still closed to the public so if you do have a check payment, please use the drop box located at the front of the Municipal Building at 205 Claremont Avenue, next to the US Postal Service box. The bill payments box is clearly marked. Your check must be in a sealed envelope with your account information enclosed.
  • We urge everyone to access their accounts online to obtain your permit in a timely manner. If you need assistance logging in, please call Parkmobile at 1-866-524-2334. For access to the website please visit Parkmobile or copy/paste the following URL into your browser:

All permits must be printed and displayed.

Any new customer requiring a monthly permit, please send your request to

We thank all our valued customers for your time and patience. The Montclair Parking Utility is diligently working to provide you with the most up-to-date information. Please stay safe and be well.  Enforcement of 1-, 2- and 4-hour on-street parking will remain suspended until further notice. 

Posted by katie.york  On May 26, 2020 at 4:24 PM

Our June/July newsletter is out!

Chrill has removed the home-bound requirement for Meals on Wheels – now recipients only need to be over 60.  To sign up, leave a voicemail at 973-744-0473. 

HOMECorp is continuing their Montclair Housing Series with "Information for Renters During COVID-19"
Virtual Session - Wednesday, May 20th - 3-4pm
This class will focus on:

  • The current eviction moratorium - what that means now and after the crisis
  • What documents should be readily available
  • How renter's insurance can help (now and always)

    Click Here to RSVP

The Port Authority and Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal One Redevelopment Program is hosting their Spring Cleaning Virtual Events:  

1.) Virtual Mock Interview Training with United Airlines on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 10:00am-11:00am 
You will learn and receive feedback on how to improve your interviewing skills and what to expect with United Airlines

2.) Virtual Mock Interview Day on Friday, May 22, 2020 from 10:00am- this event is by appointment and space is limited. 

3.) Resume Building en Espanol on Thursday, May 28,2020 from 10:00am- 11:00am 

All events will be held virtually in the form of a webinar. Please see the attached flyer. To RSVP click HERE. Upon receipt of your RSVP, additional information will be shared regarding access to the webinar.

JCC Metrowest is hosting many live online courses.  Click here for more information.

Comcast Internet Essentials is offering 2 free months of internet service to eligible individuals.  To learn more, call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) or visit

Duke Farms has distance learning opportunities.  Click here for more information.

YMCAs are offering virtual exercise classes.  Click here for more information.

Posted by katie.york  On May 19, 2020 at 10:57 AM
United Way of Northern NJ has a new edition of their favorite resources list: UWNNJ's Favorite Resources 4

Umbrella is launching air conditioner installation.  As with grocery delivery, this service is open to Umbrella members and non-members alike - pricing is $35 per unit for Members and $45 per unit for non-members. This job will be done by paid handy Neighbors rather than volunteers. You can see more information about the program and their safety protocols here or by calling 973-200-4499. 

New grocery options in the Montclair-area:
Posted by katie.york  On May 12, 2020 at 9:24 AM

I can't believe it, but welcome to May!   

2020 is a unique leap year, it has 29 days in February, 300 days ...

View our most recent newsletter:

It will at least help keep all the MILL class schedules straight!

TV34 Schedule of Classes:

A big thank you to Rick Gearhart, the Township's Station Manager, who has been uploading these classes to TV34 and/or YouTube!

11:30 AM - Sit & Be Fit

9:30 AM - Global Current Events with Pierre Fabian

9:30 AM - Renaissance Humanism
11:00 AM - A Taste of Tai Chi

11:00 AM - Work Your Core, Improve Your Balance
2:30 PM – Zen Art

11:00 AM – Watercolor Class
6:00 PM - Art History

Keep in mind that there may be interruptions to the classes if other programming must air (for example, the Governor's daily briefings). All of the classes can also be viewed online at

Advance Care Planning: Preparing for the Unexpected During the COVID-19 Crisis

Presented by Bergen County COYL Task Force and Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM via Zoom

Posted by katie.york  On May 05, 2020 at 12:42 PM

Get to the Edgemont/MILL Youtube channel quickly: go to 

Online classes from Gleeful Wellness (all classes are free - register by emailing

The United Way of Northern New Jersey's Caregivers Coalition shared its 3rd installment of their favorite resources: UWNNJCC Fav Resources 3.pdf 

UWNNJ has also launched The ALICE Recovery Fund.  The ALICE Recovery Fund (#ALICErecovery) was established by United Way of Northern New Jersey in partnership with United Way of Hunterdon County to address emerging needs of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and those in poverty in response to the pandemic. The exciting news is that the fund has officially launched and we are ready to help support our ALICE families, friends and neighbors. 
Eligible households will receive a minimum financial award of $500. The Fund is strictly limited to assisting residents of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Suburban Essex, Sussex and Warren counties. (Suburban Essex includes the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland and Verona.). 
Applicants will need to provide documentation that their household income qualifies as falling below the ALICE Threshold prior to the pandemic. In addition, applicants must show a loss of income due to the pandemic, beginning February 1, 2020. The income guidelines are as follows:
Single adults must have had an annual income below $35,560 without dependents or no more than $88,128 with two or more dependents.
Two adult households must have had an annual income below $52,444 without dependents or no more than $103,836 with two or more dependents.
To complete the application go to
Please check this out for frequently asked questions around the ALICE Recovery Fund.
As the need is great, United Way asks that anyone who can afford to donate, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Fund. The more we raise, the more we can assist ALICE families. Donations can be made to the ALICE Recovery Fund online at  

Posted by katie.york  On May 05, 2020 at 12:41 PM

Important Dates for May Municipal Election:

Tuesday, April 21: Voter Registration Deadline for Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (21 days before elections).  Download a Voter Registration Form or Solicitud de Inscripción de Votante de New Jersey.  For those who may not have a printer available to them, the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area has placed brochure holders containing voter registration forms throughout the community at the following locations: 

South End:
South End Food and Grill – near cash register – 310 Orange Road
7 Eleven – near cash register – 15 Bloomfield Avenue – 973–746–0790
Davis Integrated Medicine – at receptionist stand – 316 Orange Road – 973–783–3606

Main Post Office – near middle clerk window – 125 Glenridge Avenue
CVS Pharmacy – on the table near the pole on the right when you walk in – 49 Claremont Avenue – 973–783–1741
Grove Convenience – near microwave on the table near Grove Street side – 133 Grove Street
Grove Laundromat – on the window sill on Grove Street side – 127 Grove Street – 973–783–7514
Cafe Clair – near cash register to the left of the front door as you walk in – 121 Watchung Avenue – 201–402–4818

Acme – at the customer service counter – 510 Valley Road – 973–746–0058
Kings – at the customer service counter – 650 Valley Road – 973–509–4828

Please visit the locations above to pick up the voter registration forms and mail them in to ensure you will receive a mail-in ballot. It is recommended that you include your email and phone number on the voter registration form in case there are any questions about the information or the handwriting is difficult to read.

Late Night Voter Registration: the Municipal Clerk’s Office will be open April 21, from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. for Late Night Voter Registration for the 2020 Municipal Elections.  You may drop off your registration form through the slot located in front of the building (on the left side) or call the Municipal Clerk’s Office for front door pick up at 973-509-4900.

Tuesday, May 12: Municipal Non-Partisan Elections (second Tuesday in May). MONTCLAIR MAY ELECTION BY MAIL-IN-BALLOT ONLY

Advance Planning Webinar:

Theresita (Tacy) Silverberg-Urian, Founder of Advance Choices, and Caren Martineau, CEO and Founder of Bevival, are hosting a National Healthcare Decisions Day Five Wishes Made Easy webinar event via zoom. The Webinar information is below:

Webinar dates:

April 23 - 8pm

April 28 - 1pm

April 29 - 8pm

Registration required:  

Posted by katie.york  On Apr 21, 2020 at 3:08 PM

Did you know that April 16th is Wear Pajamas to Work Day?  I'm so glad; I've been starting to feel illegitimate.  -Katie

  • Montclair is only over 50% on 2020 Census completion! If you haven't completed the Census yet, please do so at

  • MILL classes still have space available! Go to to register.

  • Zoom assistance for MILL students from the Montclair Public Library:
  • has opened their National Emergency Library: "To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later."

  • Local historian Carol Simon Levin has shared many of her resources on women's history for free:

  • MAM has been working hard to bring the Museum to the community while everyone is at home and is excited to announce Virtual MAM! Now you can learn and create at home with MAM docents, art educators, and teaching artists. 

    Listen to audio guides, join a virtual tour of the galleries, learn more about artists with spotlight essays and podcast discussions, and so much more! In addition, you can follow along with art challenges on the Museum's social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) and, above all, stay connected with your local art museum by visiting the website often.

  • Tune in to TV34 for programming and updates!

  • Anyone interested in AIM's support groups or Phone Friends program should either call the office at 973-707-5058 or email    The phone calls and emails are checked frequently and the messages are referred to the Phone Friends chair and/or the appropriate group  leader.  

  • Montclair Public Library has launched new programs, including a personal curator program! 
Posted by katie.york  On Apr 14, 2020 at 12:26 PM

If you're anything like me, you're having a hard time keeping track of which day it is lately. Information is coming at all of us faster than we can process it, and guidance is changing quickly.  I hope you can find a moment to open a window, take a deep breath, or do something that helps you feel good.  

Oh, it's Tuesday.  Unless you're reading this post on a different day, in which case it's not Tuesday.  - Katie

  • Reminder: if you could use a weekly delivery of an extra bag of groceries, including some prepared meals, please call 973-509-4979.  Lists are finalized on Thursday for delivery on Saturday.  This is an offer for all older Montclair residents; think of it as a token of appreciation (or bribe, if you must) for staying home and staying safe.  

  • Registration for the all-remote Montclair Institute of Lifelong Learning (MILL) spring semester opened yesterday; spaces are still open.  Register at  We will be using Zoom and will be following up with opportunities to practice before the semester begins.

  • Remote Edgemont programming update: 
  • The Montclair Art Museum has plenty of virtual resources:

  • For the four weeks of April, the Montclair History Center is hosting History at Home, Zoom programs where they'll talk about Montclair History. There will be a presentation, with plenty of time for discussion. Here's the schedule. 
  • April 9 at noon*: Badass Women of Montclair, Part I with Jane Eliasof
  • April 16 at 7 pm: Badass Women of Montclair, Part II with Jane Eliasof
  • April 23 at 7 pm: Histories and Mysteries of Mills Reservation with Helen Fallon
  • April 30 pm at 7 pm: The History of Anderson Park with Lisanne Renner

Here's how to join the Zoom programs:
*This week's program is at noon because of Holy Thursday and Passover. The other three programs will be at 7 pm

  • This pandemic brings to light the importance of advance care planning, and is prompting many residents to consider and communicate what matters to them most. The Conversation of Your Life (COYL) initiative of the NJ Health Care Quality Institute has compiled a list of trusted resources, all accessible from home, to help people and their families start thinking about their wishes and how they can comfortably approach these important conversations. 
    Advance Care Planning: Preparing for the Unexpected: 
Posted by katie.york  On Apr 07, 2020 at 2:49 PM

This afternoon! Life Long Learning: Matisse with Janet Mandel, Wednesday, April 1 • 3pm
Live Stream on Zoom or Call: 646-876-9923 • Meeting ID: 136 835 113
Get your creative juices flowing with our Life Long Learning lecture, Henri Matisse: Master of Color, Magician of Modernism, with Janet Mandel.

Free Sirius/XM to 5/15:

"Forever Fit" gentle exercise for seniors from JCC:

"Active Older Adults" exercise from the Y:

Go4Life exercise from the NIH:

Virtual Museum tours:


And, of course, online opera!:

Thank you to one of our Edgemont regulars for sending the above resources!

Additionally, the Montclair Orchestra has videos of their performances online:

Posted by katie.york  On Apr 01, 2020 at 12:29 PM

2020 Census

2020 Census mailings have begun - be sure to respond. Information on how to respond is here:

Montclair Municipal Election

The election will be by mail only. If you’re already registered to vote, you will receive a mail-in ballot (return postage paid). Residents must complete it and get it postmarked by May 12. Residents who aren’t registered voters must register by Tuesday, April 21, according to the Montclair Municipal Election website. You can register to vote by filling out one of the Essex County Voter Registration forms, below:

Essex County Voter Registration Application Form – English
Essex County Voter Registration Application Form – Espanol

Digital and Phone Resources

TV34 will be running some programs from Edgemont instructors. Tune in regularly as content and scheduling may vary.

Age-Friendly Teaneck is hosting Mental Health Dial-In calls:

Thursday, March 26 at 2 PM
Pam Shipley, LPC Clinican at JFCS-NNJ
Tips for Staying Connected
Please dial: (563)-999-1684 to tune in.
You may Click here to listen to a recorded version of call-in program of March 22 led by Susan Greenbaum, LCSW, CEO of Jewish Family & Children's Services of Northern New Jersey: Anxiety, Worry, Fear: We Are All Feeling It, How Do We Cope?

  • The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra plays finale of Beethoven’s 9th with all the musicians playing their parts by video from their homes:
  • AARP has free online
  • AIM is hosting group meetings via telephone and video, and is also launching a Phone Friendsprogram. For more information, email
  • Yale's "Happiness" course is available for free online:
  • Diabetes Patients Assistance with an emergency two week supply of insulin: Apply online to or call 973-849-5344
  • Cope Center in Montclair for help with addiction/recovery: 973-783-6655
  • Free online meditation classes March 30-April 3, 7pm-7:30 with local Reiki master Pam Olsen. To register, call 973-393-2135. When you register you will be given a Zoom link
  • Veterans needing help call NJ Vet2Vet 1-866-838-7654
Posted by katie.york  On Apr 01, 2020 at 9:53 AM
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