New Lion Gate park is dedicated

New Lion Gate park is dedicated

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Ground was broken on the proposed Lion Gate open space project Friday, March 15. Envisioned on the 18.2-acre site of the former Scientific Glass Co. is a soccer field and park. A floodplain will also be created on four acres. The ceremony, hosted by Bloomfield Township Administrator Matthew Watkins, attracted county and […]

Firefighters learn workouts tailored for their profession

Firefighters learn workouts tailored for their profession

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Members of the Bloomfield Fire Department recently completed a workshop to provide exercising techniques specifically designed for firefighters. Four sessions of eight hours each were held at Fire Station No. 1, Friday, March 8, to Monday, March 11. Because of scheduling, 55 of the 78 firefighters in the department participated. The workshop […]

Plenty of upgrades to see in the borough

Plenty of upgrades to see in the borough

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge will be receiving a $39,200 grant for infrastructure improvements. The funding is part of a $5.5 million package from the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. The borough was one of 12 Essex County municipalities and 33 non-profit community organizations to receive the money. According to […]

Students prepare for fifth- and sixth-grade Challenge 24 competition

Students prepare for fifth- and sixth-grade Challenge 24 competition

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield school district finals for an arithmetic competition among fifth- and sixth-graders was held at the Bloomfield Middle School on Friday, March 15, with nine students advancing to the next round at the county level. Each school held its own preliminary rounds. The competition is called “Challenge 24” and is played with […]

Lieutenants promoted to captains in Town Hall ceremony

Lieutenants promoted to captains in Town Hall ceremony

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Three Bloomfield Police Department lieutenants were promoted to the rank of captain at a ceremony at Town Hall on Tuesday evening, Feb. 26. The officers were captains Patsy Spatola, George Ricci and Anthony Sisco. In his welcoming speech, Mayor Michael Venezia provided the over-capacity audience with some career information about the officers. […]

‘To me, it was just family’

‘To me, it was just family’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Fremont Street resident Mary Shoffner is nonchalant about it when asked, but her father, John Moran, as a long-time Broad Street business owner and chief organizer of township parades, was also an integral part of Bloomfield holidays and celebrations. His store, where he worked for nearly 35 years before a son took […]

Beautiful music for a Sunday afternoon at Glen Ridge Congregational

Beautiful music for a Sunday afternoon at Glen Ridge Congregational

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Glen Ridge Community Concert Series presented Brett Deubner, viola, and Thomas Steigerwald, piano, on Sunday, March 10, at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church. The program offered a sonata by Cesar Franck, 1822-1890, and one by Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873-1943. Duebner is a borough resident and a hometown favorite. He has performed […]

Trial for three officers and one retired officer continues

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A civil trial pitting four current and retired Bloomfield Police Department officers against the township and former superiors for allegedly creating and sustaining a hostile work environment against them, from 2009 to 2013, entered its second week last week in Newark Superior Court. The trial is expected to take another four to […]

Making her way in a tough sport

Making her way in a tough sport

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Garden State Roller Girls, a flat-track roller derby league, will commence its 2019 season on Saturday, March 9, with a Bloomfield resident padded up. Alicyn Gavin will be competing for the Gateway Grim Reapers against teams whose names are not pretty: the Northern Nightmares, the Jersey City Bridge and Pummel, the […]

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