Christie Visit Tops Montville Patch's February Headlines

Intercepted alleged burglars and stolen cars also make headlines.

1. Christie Coming to Montville

Gov. Chris Christie made his way to Montville Wednesday as he hosted a town hall meeting at the Pine Brook Jewish Center.

2. Police Intercept Alleged Burglars in Pine Brook Road Neighborhood

Joel Batista, of North Bergen, was charged with burglary and theft, after Montville police found him on Pine Brook Road while investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle and an attempted burglary in the neighborhood, police said.

3. Cars Stolen From Pine Brook Driveways

Two new-model cars were stolen from Pine Brook residences leaving Montville Township police to investigate whether the vehicle thefts are connected.

4. 4th of July 'Will Not Be 3-Day Event' in Montville

The fireworks show will go on, but the extended celebration Montville Township has been used to celebrating around Independence Day for the past several years will be limited in 2013.

5. Lazar Time Change Proposed Under 2013 School Budget

The Montville Township Public Schools administration is proposing to move the time of the school day at the Robert R. Lazar Middle School up and eliminate midterm and final exams, with the exception of two subjects in the eighth grade level, as part of the district's 2013-14 budget initiatives.


An attorney from Montville and her partner pleaded guilty to structuring client funds through attorney accounts to avoid obligatory reporting to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

7. Phish Fans' Foundation Grants $5K to Montville Group

Pathways for Exceptional Children is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from a foundation formed by a coalition of Phish fans, the Mockingbird Foundation announced.

8. Fire Taxes Totaling $1.76M Up for Vote in Montville

Montville Township residents voted on their respective fire district's 2013 budget and elected members to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

9. Teachers Contract Settled With Montville BOE

After more than a year of negotiating, the Montville Township Board of Education voted to ratify a new contract with the Montville Township Education Association (MTEA).

10. Car Smashed Into Vacant Pine Brook Building

A driver was transported to St. Clare's Hospital after Montville Township police Capt. Rudy Appelmann said he crashed into the building at 55 Route 46 in Pine Brook.


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