After 17 years, French to retire from Watsessing School

After 17 years, French to retire from Watsessing School

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Coleen French, the administrative secretary and self-described “chief cook and bottle washer” at Watsessing Elementary School, will be retiring at the end of this month. French has worked in the school district for 17 years. She started in 1999 at the administrative building where she helped establish the administrative services department. For the […]

Ed Brasseur, thoughtful speaker at council meetings, dies

Ed Brasseur, thoughtful speaker at council meetings, dies

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Ed Brasseur, 84, a township resident who regularly attended council meetings and often addressed the council with a question or opinion, was found dead at his Lindbergh Boulevard home on Thursday, June 15, the victim of an apparent heart attack. A next door neighbor, Dennis Blomgren, said he became concerned after noticing a […]

Public hearing airs proposals for Lion Gate Drive

Public hearing airs proposals for Lion Gate Drive

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A public meeting was held in Council Chambers on Monday evening, June 19, to discuss the proposed recreational and open space project for Lion Gate Drive. The meeting was conducted by Andy Strauss, a designer and planner of open spaces working for the township. Mayor Michael Venezia introduced the presentation, which included site […]

Stinson concludes 25 years at Congregational Church

Stinson concludes 25 years at Congregational Church

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Rev. David Stinson, 67, of the Glen Ridge Congregational Church, will be officiating over his final service this Sunday, June 25. He is retiring after 25 years as pastor. “I’m baptising the children of parents I baptised when they were children,” he said earlier this week in his office. “I feel it’s […]

Project Graduation is ready for big Friday Night bash

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge High School seniors will be attending Project Graduation 2017 tomorrow night, Friday, June 23. The all-night event takes place following graduation. The evening will start with a dinner/dance at the Glen Ridge Country Club at 9 p.m. That will last until 11:30 p.m. At midnight, the real fun begins with […]

Demarest nurse set to retire at the end of June

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Peggy McCarter, the nurse at Demarest Elementary School, will retire this month. She has been a registered nurse for 40 years and a school nurse for 17 years, working all that time at Demarest. McCarter, who grew up in West Milford, attended Caldwell College, where she received a B.A. in biology; she earned […]

Eagle Scouts contribute to the community

Eagle Scouts contribute to the community

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Dylan Blue and Elijah Bushue, two Glen Ridge Boy Scouts from Troop 855, became Eagle Scouts on Monday, June 12, in a ceremony at the Glen Ridge Women’s Club. Both spoke at Glen Ridge High School last week about the community service projects they completed to become Eagle Scouts. Blue, a senior […]

Watsessing kindergartners move up in special ceremony

Watsessing kindergartners move up in special ceremony

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Watsessing Elementary School celebrated Move-Up Day on Friday, June 9. Principal Gina Rosamilia, kindergarten teachers Teresa Foster and Elena Kazoun and their students presented an assembly program marking the children’s passage to first grade in the school gym. This year, 39 kindergarteners moved up in the ceremony, which opened with the song,“The Best […]

Councilman to move on to freeholder post

Councilman to move on to freeholder post

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Unchallenged primary winner Carlos Pomares, a Democrat with no Republican adversary in the November elections, is expected to depart the Bloomfield Township Council on Jan. 1, 2018, to become an Essex County freeholder for the 5th District. The councilman-at-large will represent Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Belleville and Nutley as a freeholder. But there […]

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