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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Aldi and Modell's Sporting Goods to Open Bloomfield Locations


Bloomfield, New Jersey: A sporting goods store and a food market will open in Bloomfield. According to Welco Realty, Modell's Sporting Goods and Aldi will open locations at the Hartz site, located at 192 Bloomfield Avenue, near the corner of Watsessing Avenue. Hudson County-based MadRag is also proposing to open a location at the site, according to Bloomfield Pulse. 

Modell's Sporting Goods, which is based in Manhattan, currently operates stores in 9 states and the District of Columbia. The only current Essex County location is within the Livingston Mall in Livingston. A location on Market Street in Downtown Newark closed recently. However, there are Modell's Sporting Goods locations in towns that border Essex County. Union and Elizabeth in Union County, Jersey City and Kearny in Hudson County, Clifton and Little Falls in Passaic County, and Parsippany in Morris County each have a Modell's Sporting Goods location.

Locations of Essen, Germany-based Aldi mostly sell private-label items at discounted prices. This will be the first Essex County location for the international chain, though there are Aldi locations in nearby Union, Union County and Passaic, Passaic County. Aldi competes with supermarket chains like Save A Lot, which operates a location in Newark's Central Ward. 

According to the Township of Bloomfield, the site was once home to a Hartz pet food manufacturing facility. Hartz closed the plant in 2011, and moved operations to Shelby, Ohio. All of the employees were laid off. The area was declared to be an area in need of rehabilitation.

The site is located between the Watsessing Avenue Station on New Jersey Transit's Montclair-Boonton Line and the Grove Street Station on the Newark Light Rail. The area is also served by New Jersey Transit's Go Bus 28 and other local bus routes.

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Photo of the Day 7/29/15


This photo shows the Spingarn Building on Market Street in Downtown Newark. According to the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places registration form for the Four Corners Historic District, the Spingarn Building is a limestone building that was built in 1895 for the Spingarn Men's Outfitter clothing store.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Newark's Bike Exchange Needs Volunteers


Newark, New Jersey: The Boys & Girls Club of Newark is looking for volunteers to help out at the Newark Bike Exchange from 12:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturdays August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. The Newark Bike Exchange is a non-for-profit shop that sells and repairs new and used bicycles and equipment, and hosts community events. According to Newark-based charity Jersey Cares, volunteers can be bicyclists, local residents, groups, families, and individuals. Volunteers are needed to help clean and maintain bikes, greet and help customers, and educate customers about general bike safety. All volunteers should be at least 18 years old. Children who wish to volunteer at the Bike Exchange must be accompanied by a parent. Click here to register. 

The Newark Bike Exchange is located in Downtown Newark at 239 Washington Street. To learn more, call (973) 483-0777 or send an email to bikeexchange@bgcn.org. The shop is open daily except for Monday and Tuesday. There are other Bike Exchange locations in Trenton, Plainfield, and New Brunswick.

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Photo of the Day 7/28/15


This sign high above Market Street in Downtown Newark is what remains of Howard Clothes, which was once a Newark shopping institution.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Restaurant Week Coming to Montclair


Montclair, New Jersey: Several Essex County communities along the Bloomfield Avenue corridor are planning to celebrate their local restaurants, and Montclair is no exception. Over 100 restaurants operate in the Township's several business districts, and customers will be able to enjoy the cuisine at these businesses during the 2015 Montclair Restaurant Week, which will last from Saturday, September 19th to Sunday, September 27th. 

“This is our chance to celebrate the community” said Taste of Montclair Chair John Lee.

Montclair Restaurant Week will be presented by the Montclair Rotary Club, which also runs the annual Taste of Montclair event. The 2015 Taste of Montclair event was held in March, and attracted hundreds of locals.  

“For Montclair Restaurant Week 2015, we tapped the team who made Taste of Montclair 2015 a hit to organize this season’s restaurant week.” said Rotary Club president Paul Metcalfe in a statement. “In one night last March the all-volunteer team raised over $31,000 for charity, so they were the perfect choice to make Montclair Restaurant Week a success. Restaurants gave their time, talent, and treasure to support us so we would like to support them.”

Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus, in addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials. Other businesses are encouraged to offer specials during Restaurant Week as well.

Restaurants that would like to participate in Montclair Restaurant Week should click here to donate $50, which will go to the charities supported by the Montclair Rotary Club. Businesses will in turn receive the festival poster and window sticker.

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