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Green Film Series: One Big Home

Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green proudly present the 80th free screening of their 7-year old Green Film Series, on Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Public Library, 50 So. Fullerton Avenue. All events at the Library are free.

In “One Big Home”, we see how a community can determine its own destiny, and explores over-development of communities as a complex cultural issue.

Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character.

Twelve years in the making, “One Big Home” follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

Bring the family, a neighbor, or a good friend for this moving documentary and take part in our open discussion after the film. For further questions, please contact the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or

Compost at Montclair Community Farms!

Calling all apartment-and-condo-dwellers! Did you know that you can bring your compostables to Montclair Community Farms? Drop-offs are behind the Crane House at 108 Orange Road. For more information, please contact


First time compost contributors please come by on a Friday between 10 am and 12 pm and ask for one of our farm staff! If you have composted with us before feel free to drop off during daylight hours. Use the first compost bin on the left, nearest to the chicken coop.

YES: Fruit, fruit rinds, fruit pits, vegetables, leaves of any produce, leaves from the yard, coffee grinds and filters, teabags, flowers, sawdust, hair, dirt, newspapers (non glossy), eggshells, tree trimmings, paper bags, freezer burn items, whole spices, dried up herbs, nut shells, stale potato chips, cooked rice, wood chips, shredded paper, household plant trimmings, lint from dryer, pet hair.

NO: Bread, seafood, oil, cheese, meat, bones, weeds, compostable utensils, compostable containers, takeout containers, tissues, napkins, paper towels, leftover food with oil in it, cardboard, cooked waste, moldy food, gravy, butter, frying fat, potato peels, fish, fish bones, animal waste

Agenda for June

Tonight’s meeting of the Montclair Environmental Commission will be held at 7:30 in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall, 205 Claremont Ave. In the event of a room change, a notice will be posted on the doors. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Agenda: Link

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