BPD graduates 72 in fourth Junior Police Academy

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Police Department had a graduation exercise at noon on Friday, Aug. 3, for its fourth annual Junior Police Academy. The ceremony was in the Bloomfield High School auditorium. Seventy-two girls and boys, grades six to eight, received certificates of completion for the two-week long camp. In the absence of Public Safety […]

The mysterious case of the hidden license plates

The mysterious case of the hidden license plates

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — A pair of identical license plates from 1922 were recently discovered in the crawl space of a Ridgewood Avenue house that is being renovated. Iwona Purwin, the homeowner, purchased the property in June. A third-floor plaster wall was cracking, so she contracted to have it replaced with Sheetrock. When the old wall […]

Reverend speaks out against gender-based harassment

Reverend speaks out against gender-based harassment

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Rev. Diana Wilcox, of the Christ Episcopal Church of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge, has written a resolution promoting sexual equality that was approved by the Episcopal Church at its 79th annual convention in Austin, Texas, from July 5 to 13. Wilcox was an alternative deputy to the convention, but attended the […]

UTI opens vocational school teaching technicians

UTI opens vocational school teaching technicians

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Universal Technical Institute, a vocational school teaching automotive and diesel technicians, is opening a $12 million facility in Bloomfield on Monday, Aug. 13. The two buildings comprising its campus are located at 1515 Broad St. This is the 13th UTI location in the United States. According to Steve McElfresh, the Bloomfield campus president, […]

Jr. Police Academy camp offers cadets a busy two weeks

Jr. Police Academy camp offers cadets a busy two weeks

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Junior Police Academy, sponsored by the Bloomfield Police Department, is currently under way. This is a two-week camp where 72 boys and girls, all sixth- to eighth-graders, are given the opportunity to learn about police work and mutual-aid practices from Bloomfield, Essex County and State Police personnel. The camp, an activity of […]

Ex councilman has medical episode while out driving

Ex councilman has medical episode while out driving

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A car being driven by former Bloomfield Councilman Gary Iacobacci, 62, crashed into a Broad Street storefront just south of Watchung Avenue during the late morning of Thursday, July 26. According to former Bloomfield Councilwoman Janice Litterio, whose son Brian was a front-seat passenger, Iacobacci suffered a medical emergency involving his heart, but […]

Donaldson gets 7 years for sexual assault

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Former Bloomfield High School teacher and coach Leo Donaldson, 32, received the maximum prison term of seven years from Judge Richard Sules in Newark Superior Court, on Monday, July 30. Donaldson, who was indicted on 37 counts stemming from sexual contact with minors, had pleaded guilty to four counts and must serve 85 […]

Town settles BPD lawsuit with victim for $1.6 million: dashcam reveals the truth

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Township Administrator Matthew Watkins has confirmed that a $1.6 million lawsuit settlement has been reached between all parties and a motorist involved in a 2012 traffic stop with Bloomfield police officers. The incident involved Bloomfield resident Marcus Jeter who, according to court papers, was punched and taken from his car on the Garden […]