In Memoriam

BLOOMFIELD, NJ  — Bunting hanging last week at Bloomfield Fire Department Headquarter due to the off-duty death of Firefighter Lou DeFalco. A township resident, DeFalco was a Bloomfield firefighter for 24 years. Chief Joseph McCarthy remembered him as very bright, and with a sharp wit. ‘He enjoyed off-the-wall banter with the guys and was a big […]

Historical Society turns 50

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Historical Society of Bloomfield celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. The HSOB is an outgrowth of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of 1962 and was incorporated in 1966. The museum, located on the third floor of the Bloomfield Children’s Library at 90 Broad St., is also celebrating 50 years, having had its grand […]

Watsessing students have a black history ‘House of Wax’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Watsessing Elementary School third-grade teachers from left, Laura Salamone, Rachel Mazzetta, and Shannon Alteiri. All 60 third-graders performed in the third-annual Black History Month Museum of Wax. Clockwise from below right are Noeli Brito, as Patricia Bath, educator, inventor and eye doctor; Marian Hess scores as Reece ‘Goose’ Tatum; Londyn Langford is […]

East Orange, Bloomfield praised for raising minimum wage to $15

EAST ORANGE /BLOOMFIELD, NJ — As state legislators consider gradually raising New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, workers and advocates praised local elected leaders in the city of East Orange and Bloomfield Township for keeping their communities at the forefront of the fight for worker rights by guaranteeing a living wage for their […]

Brookdale celebrates 10th Small World Day

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Brookdale Elementary School held its 10th annual Small World Day festival Friday, Feb. 26. The festival is a celebration of the rich ancestral diversity of Brookdale schoolchildren. Small World Day has evolved over the years. At one time, the gymnasium, where the activity is held, was given a faux-airport terminal feel with announcements […]

DiVincenzo announces $4.5 million distributed through CDBG and ESG programs

DiVincenzo announces $4.5 million distributed through CDBG and ESG programs

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced on that about $4.5 million will be distributed to 16 Essex County municipalities and 39 non-profit community organizations through the Community Development Block Grant program and the Emergency Solutions Grant program on Tuesday, March 1. The CDBG and ESG programs are funded through […]

Town attorney resigns, and all heck breaks loose

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Michael Parlavecchio, an attorney with Bevan, Mosca and Giuditta, of Basking Ridge, who had been appointed Bloomfield township attorney on Feb. 1, resigned his township position March 1. The resignation was confirmed by Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “It’s procedural,” Venezia said without elaborating. The Township Council had replaced Brian Aloia, who had served […]

After one month on the job, Bloomfield town attorney resigns

Michael Parlavecchio, an attorney with Bevan, Mosca and Giuditta, of Basking Ridge, who had been appointed Bloomfield township attorney on Feb. 1, has resigned, it was confirmed by Mayor Michael Venezia. “It’s procedural,” Venezia said without elaborating. The Township Council replaced Brian Aloia, the township attorney since Jan. 1, 2007, in a 3-2 vote, with […]

OPRA litigant seeks to avoid setting a ‘bad’ precedent

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield resident, who has successfully fought the township through Superior Court and Appellate Court to obtain a 14-hour Town Hall surveillance recording, and will now be required to argue her case before the Supreme Court, is asking the Supreme Court to correct the wording of an Appellate Court opinion. The Appellate Court, […]

Complaints against councilman sent to prosecutor

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The defense attorney for a Bloomfield councilman says an Essex County magistrate has found probable cause against his client on three criminal complaints made by a township resident stemming from a Town Hall parking lot altercation. Attorney Pasquale Giannetta, of Newark, said Judge Anthony Frasca, the presiding municipal court judge in Essex County, […]

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