Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Hamilton Place man was sitting in car when a person attempted to open door, police said.
Two new-model cars were stolen from Pine Brook residences last weekend leaving Montville Township police to investigate whether the vehicle thefts are connected. Both of the vehicles were taken overnight from Saturday into Sunday, Capt. Rudy Appelmann said. One of the vehicles, a black, four-door 2012 Acura, was taken from Tudor Place between 11 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Appelman said. The owner of the car told officers the keys were not inside the vehicle, but Appelmann was unsure whether the car was locked. That same night, between 6 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, a grey, 2013 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from the parking lot of the 4100 building at Rachel Gardens. It was unknown whether the Jeep had been locked. In both …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Police said door appeared to be forced open.
Several pieces of costume jewelry were taken from a Pine Brook home in an apparent burglary on Dec. 24, police said. Montville Township Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann said the owner of the Maple Avenue home reported the burglary around 5 p.m. The value of the costume jewelry was unknown, although Appelmann said no other items of value appeared to have been taken from the home. Appelmann said an inside garage door appeared to be forced open at the house, although both overhead garage doors were closed. Police also found a rear door of the home that owners had kept locked was open. The bedroom closets and dressers appeared to have been entered and gone through, Appelmann said. Appelman said the investigation of the burglary is ongoing. Anyone …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Barricades are in place, but committee continues to seek long-term solution to traffic problem.
Temporary barricades have been in place on Maple Avenue, in Pine Brook, for more than a week now. But the township committee has pledged a promise to work toward a permanent solution to dead-ending the road. "Every single week, we have to keep pushing," Committeeman Scott Gallopo said at the July 10 meeting. Gallopo said he wanted to ensure that the committee continues to move forward on the project and not let it fall by the wayside. The township installed the barriers this month as a solution to a traffic issue residents were experiencing where motorists were traveling at allegedly high speeds to cut through the neighborhood between Route 80 and Route 46. A traffic study was presented to the committee by then-Township Engineer Tony …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Petition for Montville Wegmans reaches nearly 500 signatures.
It has been about three months since Pine Brook resident Brent Jerolimic started petitioning to bring a Wegmans to the township. This week, Jerolimic's hopes have come closer to reality with the announcement that Wegmans plans to open its first Morris County store in Hanover Township, pending township approval. "I mapped it out on Google Maps. It's 15 minutes, which is about how long it takes me to get to Whole Foods in West Orange," Jerolimic said Monday. In April, Jerolimic said his family traveled on a weekly basis to two grocery stores out of town to be able to purchase the organic products his family eats. Having shopped at the Wegmans in Bridgewater before, Jerolimic said he is confident he could get all his shopping done in the one …
Friday, June 8, 2012
New owner re-opens Pine Brook deli.
Under new ownership and with a fresh look, The Dugout Cafe Bagels & Deli, formerly known as Donut Dugout, in Pine Brook, is now open. Owner Avram Balasis has been working hard over the last several months to remodel the deli and give it a fresh new menu. The end result is an expanded version of what has been a community hot spot for more than 30 years. "We have an in-house chef who makes everything here," Balasis said. The Dugout has a new menu and fresh mozzarella cheese is made on site. All sandwiches and soups are also made at the deli. Bagels are not yet made at the deli, but delivered twice per day. Balasis is hoping to purchase more space in the plaza to expand and be able to bake bagels as well. As far as the look of the restaurant…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Township committee supports temporary barriers until permanent solution can be reached for traffic issue.
After hearing one neighborhood's concerns for the past several months, the Montville Township Committee agreed that immediate action was better than no action when it comes to a solution for traffic issues on Maple Avenue in Pine Brook, where motorists are, at times, traveling at a high speed to cut through the neighborhood between Route 46 and Interstate 80. The township committee voted unanimously to have a resolution drafted for introduction at the next meeting that would allow for a dead end to be placed on the road and temporary barriers to be used until a permanent cul-de-sac solution is decided on. Barriers could be placed on the roadway by the end of June or beginning of July. Township Engineer Anthony Barile presented two cul-de-…
Monday, April 16, 2012
Master Plan would encourage big retail at former G.I. Auto Salvage site.
Brent Jerolimic already knows the first things he would buy if a Wegmans grocery store opened in Montville: grass-fed beef and "one of their amazing signature fresh baked desserts." Jerolimic, 33, has started a petition in hopes that he can attract the chain store, which has stores throughout the northeast according to its website, to the G.I. Auto Salvage Co. site at Route 46 and Old Bloomfield Avenue where Lowe's was considering placing a store in 2011. Lowe's pulled the plug on the project, which included a 137,000-square-foot store and garden center, in August, the same week as the company announced the closing of seven stores. Jerolimic said reading about Lowe's' decision not to build a store at the site prompted him to consider what …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Relative said Pine Brook resident is staying with her daughter after blaze destroys home.
A relative of the woman whose Changebridge Road home of four decades was burned in a fire Monday said Emma English was released from the hospital Monday afternoon after being transported there for evaluation following the fire. Ali Merbouti, the boyfriend of English's niece, said she was released and was staying with her daughter, but he could not comment on her condition. Volunteer firefighters from several departments worked for about an hour to extinguish the fire which had the home fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on the scene. Police were not available to comment Tuesday on the cause of the fire. Patch will have updates on this story.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Two arrested after undercover investigation brings authorities to warehouse.
Two individuals were arrested in Pine Brook Wednesday after a joint undercover investigation led law enforcement officials to uncover an alleged drug shipment operation where large shipments of marijuana were being sent to a Pine Brook warehouse. Emily W. Holt, 21, of Rumson, and Zachary Ayers, 23, of Montague, were both charged with first-degree possession of marijuana in a quantity of 25 pounds or more with intent to distribute and second-degree conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana in a quantity of 25 pounds or more. According to a press release from Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi's office, a quantity of marijuana with a value that exceeds $250,000 was seized from the warehouse, where officials said the …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Tell us what you think would work well in the vacant storefront.
The former home of Tightlines Fly Fishing is vacant and looking for a renter. It is located on Route 46, near Pine Brook Trattoria and Bonefish Grill. But what would you like to see in the vacant Pine Brook businsess' spot? A new restaurant? A clothing boutique? Tell us what you think in the comments in this continuation of our series, Visions for Vacancies, where each week we ask residents what they would like to see in a specific vacancy in the boroughs. Know of a vacancy you'd like us to highlight? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org