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Vigil for Newtown, $13.9M School Surplus, Bomb Threat at MHS and Crime Rates

Here is the rundown of what happened in Montclair this week.

Vigil for Newtown, $13.9M School Surplus, Bomb Threat at MHS and Crime Rates

Montclair Lights Candles For Newtown

Residents lit candles on Church Street Thursday for those killed in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and called for stricter gun regulation in America.

Bomb Threat at Montclair High School on Tuesday

A bomb threat referencing Montclair High School prompted the evacuation of students and faculty around 2 p.m. Tuesday.  

Sandy Cleanup Expected to Top $1M

The new estimated costs of cleaning up Montclair after Hurricane Sandy are much higher than originally expected.  

“Quite frankly, it’s a little shocking,” said Business Manager Marc Dashield. 

Montclair School District Nets $13.9M Surplus

The Montclair School District’s balance sheet will end the year well in the black.

A financial audit report presented to the Board of Education on Monday by Nisivoccia LLC, a certified public accounting firm, found that the district will close the year with a surplus of $13.9 million. 

Bloomfield Doctor Found Not Guilty of Sexually Abusing 12 Female Patients

A Bloomfield doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple female patients -- including one from Montcliar -- was found not guilty by an Essex County Superior Court judge on Friday. 

The overall crime rate in Montclair rose about 5 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, according to a state report. 

Power tools and equipment were stolen in two separate burglaries this week in Montclair, according to police.

District Announces School Make-Up Days From Hurricane Sandy

The Montclair District will add school days in the coming months to make up for closures during Hurricane Sandy.

New Year Will Bring Two New Middle School Principals

Two Montclair middle schools will have new principals to begin the new year.  

The Board of Education of Montclair unanimously appointed Jill Sack as principal of Mt. Hebron Middle School, and Barbara Weller as principal of Renaissance Middle School at Rand. Both will begin their tenure on Jan. 2, 2013.

'A Minute at the Montclair Art Museum:' The Art School

In this installment of "A Minute at the Montclair Art Museum," your local Patch editor talks with Gary Godbee, an art instructor at the museum.

Santa Delivers Presents to Montclair Children

When Santa rolls into Montclair, he ditches the sleigh and reindeer for a pickup truck and a police escort. 

Poll: A New Tax for Plastic Store Bags May Be in Your Future

A new Senate bill could have you paying more for plastic bags at the grocery store. 

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