Town Crier: Plan to fix Montclair roads full of potholes

MONTCLARION: April 4, 2019

It’s a lousy time to be a motorist in Montclair. Bikers aren’t fairing any better. Between the closed roads and potholes, our arteries are so clogged, only a miracle can save us. Continue reading

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Town Crier: What you can do about the Oakland hills’ neglected roads

Derrick Agnew with DAAG Installations puts up a security camera recently in Montclair Village. New security cameras have been going up in the Village courtesy of a successful Go Fund me campaign.

MONTCLARION: March 21, 2019

Potholes and parking are making us crabby. And yes, the two are related because they add stress to driving on increasingly crowded Oakland roads. The pitted streets read like a laundry list: Park Boulevard, Thornhill Drive, Valley View, Shepherd Canyon, Tunnel … and on and on. Critics note despite Oakland’s high property taxes that never seem to quench our city’s thirst for spending, streets like Thornhill have been on the repaving list for years. Continue reading

Town Crier: McCallou’s moving into new Montclair digs

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The property owners of the longtime McCaulou’s location on Medau Place in Oakland’s Montclair District and Daniel Swafford, the Montclair Village Association’s executive director, look over plans to convert the building to multiple uses during a recent broker’s open house at the property. Appearing from left are co-owner Ed Hirshberg, co-owner Barry Bennett (in tie), Leeds Real Estate President Angelina Leeds and Swafford.

MONTCLARION: March 7, 2019

The blustery month of March is bringing winds of change to Montclair. McCaulou’s 40-plus-year hillside home is becoming a multiuse space. Doesn’t sound very sexy, but it could be a game-changer for Montclair Village. Longtime landlord Ed Hirshberg attended a broker’s open house last week to discuss plans for the Medau Place landmark that his father bought in 1953. Continue reading

Town Crier: Montclair Parking Garage proves prolific mural canvas

MOP-L-PRIOR-COL-0125-1MONTCLARION: January 24, 2019

An artist once told me that everything is a canvas. Even a drab concrete slab can be transformed into an inspiring art installation. Enter the Montclair Parking Garage, which has rapidly become a kind of open-air gallery. Twelve murals — some up to 50 feet high — now adorn the ramp walls, including the latest piece by Shannon Hood and Victor Garcia. Continue reading

Town Crier: Montclair ‘heartist’s’ work being shown in San Francisco

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MONTCLARION: February 21, 2019

Who says you can’t put a price on love? Eight oversized hearts just raised millions for a Bay Area hospital — and Montclair artist Adele Gilani is pumped. You see, Gilani spent much of last fall painting a 5-by-6-foot, 400-pound sculpture for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s “Hearts in SF” fundraiser. She was chosen from a select group of artists after applying for the honor the three previous years. Continue reading

Winter rains soon to produce upsides in Montclair

 

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The Montclair Lucky store’s newly remodeled floral department is stocked and ready for Valentine’s Day. (courtesy of Kara Piganelli)

Around town: Montclair is for lovers — and the proof is in the high number of flower shops in Montclair Village. From longtime favorites Flowers by Myrna and Montclair Florist to Flower Outlet and Gifts and the local Safeway and Lucky stores, floral Valentines can be found on almost every block. Continue reading