Borough Administrator Michael Rohal retires

Borough Administrator Michael Rohal retires

GLEN RIDGE, NJ  — When Borough Administrator Michael Rohal left his office for the final time on Friday, Jan. 17, a group of residents awaited him in the lobby of the municipal building to say goodbye. Kisses and hugs were exchanged and quiet words of gratitude were heard, while outside a motorcade of first-response vehicles […]

Flames engulf Roxy Florist and eight other businesses

Flames engulf Roxy Florist and eight other businesses

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — On Tuesday, Jan. 21, a fire destroyed a two-story Washington Street building that housed nine businesses, including Roxy Florist at the corner of Glenwood Avenue. According to Bloomfield Fire Department Chief Lou Venezia, the call came in at 7:45 a.m. There were flames inside the walls and ceiling of the second floor […]

Bloomfield celebrates MLK Day

Bloomfield celebrates MLK Day

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the New Light Baptist Church on Monday, Jan. 20. The event, Bloomfield’s 18th annual, was hosted by Councilwoman-at-large Wartyna Davis, who opened the event by noting that the commemoration was established by former Councilman-at-large Bernard Hamilton. Davis said the New Light Baptist Church, or […]

Oak View Avenue School students learn bicycle safety

Oak View Avenue School students learn bicycle safety

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Oak View School students from third through sixth grade attended a presentation about the ABCs of bicycle safety on Friday, Jan. 3. The presentation was given by EZ Ride, a nonprofit organization funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the NJ Safe Routes to School program, and included an animated movie, cycling […]

Park United Methodist Church ponders future

Park United Methodist Church ponders future

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — As the United Methodist Church considers a proposal to split into separate entities, the Rev. Joel Hubbard of Park United Methodist Church on Broad Street may soon have a difficult decision to make. In a statement about the proposal released by the UMC’s Council of Bishops office and shared by Hubbard, the […]

Congregation giving back to community

Congregation giving back to community

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Christ Episcopal Church in Glen Ridge has embarked on a novel way for a house of worship to fulfill its mission of giving back to the community: the Epiphany Project. On Jan. 5, the Epiphany Sunday, checks for $200 were distributed to congregants who had pledged an annual donation, or tithe, […]

Capt. Rannou named 2019 Firefighter of the Year

Capt. Rannou named 2019 Firefighter of the Year

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Fire Department named Capt. Richard Rannou its 2019 Firefighter of the Year in a Dec. 30 ceremony. Rannou, a 20-year veteran and 1988 Bloomfield High School graduate, was chosen by Fire Chief Lou Venezia based on a number of criteria, including valor, customer service, loyalty, dedication to duty, productivity, professionalism […]

Newly-elected Board of Education staffed with veterans

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A group of seasoned board members reorganized into the Bloomfield Board of Education on Thursday, Jan. 2, and were quickly hailed by re-elected president Jill Fischman as an veteran group that will require no training. A reorganization meeting deals chiefly with the swearing-in of newly elected members and annual appointments. Although the […]

Gov. Murphy swears in Bloomfield mayor

Gov. Murphy swears in Bloomfield mayor

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A significant number of New Jersey public officials attended the reorganization meeting of the Bloomfield council in Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 3. So many, in fact, that Township Administrator Matt Watkins at several times intermittently needed to add names to his introduction. The reason for the interest: Gov. Phil Murphy was […]

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