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November  11

Anyone Feeling Lucky?

Sure, we thought, when we saw the sign for the grand opening of the new Commerce Bank at Pathmark Plaza in Montclair: free food, entertainment, maybe even toasters. Like anybody's going to come out to a grand opening of a new bank. Why don't they give away something really good, like money? Then when we got home and downloaded our pictures, we noticed this. Yowza. $500, that's worth stopping by for.

And speaking of signs, and money, we saw this today outside the liquor store on Glenridge Ave. in Montclair.

November 11, 2005 in Win Stuff | Permalink


NJ MegaMillions Lottery Jackpot is $242M. I think I'll put my $2 towards that instead. Drawing is tonight (Friday Nov 11).

Posted by: Jim | Nov 11, 2005 3:56:18 PM

You guys are totally running out of ideas to write about. Come on its a Friday, I'm sure there's better dish around town to write about!!

Posted by: Silvia | Nov 11, 2005 4:03:33 PM

If I bring in a toaster, will they open a $100 account for me?

Posted by: Bill The Cat | Nov 11, 2005 4:10:09 PM

If it is going to be grand, they will implode that hideous building.

Posted by: kevin Lee Allen | Nov 12, 2005 11:14:45 AM

The agenda that is pushing Montclair economic development is working. We all need to applaud the mayor and council for helping make this happen. That was a wasted parking lot. Now it is a ratable.

Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 12, 2005 6:52:48 PM

I drove by this event today--Let me tell you, this bank knows how to party! I honked for 7 day banking!! Every one was whoopin' it up on the streets. If banking doesn't go so well, they have a future in party planning.

Posted by: grme | Nov 12, 2005 7:58:33 PM

You know, they should go into Home Construction.
I've seen them come up in a few areas now (livingston, west orange, now montclair) and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly their buildings are constructed.

Posted by: Stan | Nov 13, 2005 2:46:16 AM

The agenda that is pushing Montclair economic development is working. We all need to applaud the mayor and council for helping make this happen.

Shill, Shill, Shill,
Sebastian you must blush every time you are summoned to do this; like the court eunuch, or, do you get to dine at the table, too?

Posted by: anonymous | Nov 13, 2005 9:45:19 AM


Are you on the Township payroll? Is there a PR department that you belong to.

I ask this because all we ever hear from you is how good the present adminsitration is- how we shouldn't ask any questions- how we should trust all of the administration- how we should trust you.

I couldn't possibly trust you- a man who applauds patronage instead of hiring the right person for the job...
"Patronage is not illegal. It happens in most small towns and in washington. It is what makes the system work."

A man who champions the firing of town employees for their polictical views...

"The town needs to weed out even more entrenched employees that do not support the agenda."

A man who is avowedly against the small businessowner...

"Please let the junky antique store go out of business next."

And a champion against the poor...

"You get less problems with rich people and more tax revenue."

"The rich towns should not have to carry the poor towns of this county. We should not be associated with newark or their problems"


Posted by: badd_patti | Nov 13, 2005 11:46:26 AM

As a side note: It was truly amazing how quickly the Commerice Bank was able to allocate the land, obtain the various permits and complete the construction of the building.

Perhaps there are lessons to be learned here for the Montclair Township with regard to their present and future building projects!

Posted by: Franklin | Nov 13, 2005 4:32:07 PM

First: WOO-WOO to badd_patti!! There IS someone paying attention!

Second: I understand Commerce Bank can put up a branch in something like six weeks! Speaking of construction, though, did anyone note that the DCH parking lot on Orange Road was finished MONTHS before our own Crescent lot, although they both started at about the same time. The DCH lot is bigger, and has something like 300 more parking spaces. Does this say anything about public vs. private construction? And our lot cost $8.6MM. Does anyone know what the DCH lot cost? I'll be willing to wager much less?

Three: Continuing on the construction line of questioning, today's Star Ledge carries a stuningly depressing article about graft in the School Construction Corporation, including in excess of half a billion in consulting fees. But the interesting number was the number SCC allows for per foot construction costs -- $149. Hey badd-patti, can you research what our new school is costing per square foot?


Posted by: cary | Nov 13, 2005 6:12:57 PM

I would rather be a "shill" on the winning team than an out of power compainer. Times are changing in montclair. I encourage others to join up. Help with all the progress. Montclair is finally moving in the right direction.

Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 13, 2005 10:42:00 PM


Are you implying that anyone who questions your sincerity campained for the current Administrations opposition ("an out of power compainer" ).

At least you're now admitting to being a shill. Who's shill are you? I'd like to know so that I can understand who's opinion we're hearing.

Posted by: exit_151 | Nov 14, 2005 8:32:58 AM

So Sebastian has such solid convictions that all it takes is to be "the winning team" to get not just his vote, but also his enthusiastic cheers and ponpoms. Whee!

Everyone loves a winner, right Sebsy?

Convictions, values and propriety be damned!

Posted by: anonymous | Nov 14, 2005 5:56:18 PM

Complainer was what i said but campaigner would work.

Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 14, 2005 6:32:29 PM


Look above, what you said was "than an out of power compainer."

It may be a typo but it's still what you said

re-writing history is hard to do when there's uneditable copy just above your latest post...

Posted by: badd_patti | Nov 14, 2005 10:13:47 PM

Can we discuss economic development? The commerce bank is evidence of the mayors pro business strategy working. For so many years he dreamed up millions of ideas for montclair as the founder and head of the medc. But most never saw the light of day. Its hard to get much pull with the liberals when running a struggling nonprofit. Now he is in a position of power to make all those shelved ideas happen. Trickle down economics does work. People wouldnt walk after dark in that part of town. Now we have a fancy new bank in that very same area. Montclair is finally open for business. Kudos to mayor ed remsen.

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