Bloomfield man arraigned on weapons, drug charges

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A previously convicted felon was arraigned Jan. 8 on multiple weapons and drug charges following his arrest Thursday, Jan. 7, by a law-enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and officers from the Bloomfield and Irvington police departments. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the task force officers, armed with a […]

No fine for demolition of 1700s-era house

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The individual who purchased a Bloomfield residence dating back to the early 1700s, and then demolished it without the necessary permits, will not have to pay a fine to the township for his actions, according to an attorney for the home owner. In a recent telephone interview, Charles Auffant, the attorney for Cesar […]

Chalet returns to Town Hall amid protesters

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — First Ward Councilman Elias Chalet made a dramatic return to his Town Hall council chamber seat on Monday evening, stunning a group of 40 Bloomfield residents who were grouped in the building’s lobby, protesting against his remaining on the council. Chalet was arrested on Nov. 16 for alleged bribery in official and political […]

Altercation in parking lot after reorganization

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — An alleged altercation between Councilman Joseph Lopez and Daniel Chalet, a nephew of Councilman Elias Chalet, occurred in the Municipal Building parking lot Monday night, Jan. 4, according to a Bloomfield Police Department report. It followed the Bloomfield Council Reorganizational meeting during which Lopez asked for Chalet’s resignation from the council. Lopez had […]

GR library BCCLS gives residents variety

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Seventy-seven public libraries throughout Essex, Hudson, Bergen and Passaic counties comprise the Bergen County Cooperative Library System. What this permits is the opportunity for a library cardholder from any one of these libraries, usually the person’s hometown library, to select from a collection of more than 5.8 million books, DVDs, CDs — […]

Bloomfield gets environmental award for contested land

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield has been named the recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Environmental Award for its land conservation effort of the Third River wetland tract on Lion Gate Drive. The township was cited for its “Third River Urban Park and Floodplain Wetlands Creation Project” which proposes to combine a public park and flood water controls, […]

Bloomfield man charged with murder

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield man has been charged with the strangulation death of a Rahway woman, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday, Dec. 16. According to authorities, Roberto Grillo, 36, is alleged to have murdered Yolanda Vega, 35, in her Beacon Street home. Rahway police responded to the scene Monday, Dec. 7 and […]

Bloomfield PD gives gifts to local childrenc

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Police Department held its annual holiday gift-giving event for local children and their families on Monday evening, Dec. 21. But before the sacks of present were distributed — and there were literally sacks — Lt. George Ricci, Youth Aid Division commander, had some advice for his corp of volunteers. These helpers […]

Arraignment made after Bloomfield drug arrest

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Jersey City suspect was arraigned Dec. 16 on multiple drug charges following his arrest Dec. 15 by Essex County Sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield police. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that as part of a series of ongoing drug investigations in Bloomfield, a task force of detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics […]

Live Nativity

Photos Courtesy of Church on the Green BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Church on the Green in Bloomfield holds its second live nativity story Friday, Dec. 18. The event includes an outdoor narrated walk and follows Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, making several stops on the church grounds and ending up at the Carriage House for a […]