School elections back to April

School elections back to April

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Board of Education voted during a special meeting on Friday, Aug. 9, to return its elections from November to April. The vote was 4-1 with Shane Berger, Ben Morse, Tom Heaney and Ralph Walker voting in favor of the move, Ellen Rogers dissenting and board President Jill Fischman abstaining. Board […]

Leading the flock in difficult times

Leading the flock in difficult times

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — In houses of worship across the nation, clerics grappled with what to say to offer moral leadership to their congregants following the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, the weekend of Aug. 3. In Glen Ridge, at Christ Episcopal Church, that responsibility fell to the Rev. Sharon Sheridan […]

Community Garden’s 10th year celebrated

Community Garden’s 10th year celebrated

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Oakeside Community Garden, at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, celebrated its 10th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 4, with a party attended by 100 people. The community garden was started on the former Oakes estate at 240 Belleville Ave. by Sarah Meyer, a 1998 graduate of Glen Ridge High School. The garden’s location had […]

Glen Ridge officers serve up lemonade

Glen Ridge officers serve up lemonade

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Community policing officers from the Glen Ridge Police Department visited Carteret Park on Thursday, Aug. 1, and for the kids it was a lucky thing. The day was a scorcher and the officers, detectives Sgt. Daniel Manley and Patricia Romaine, brought lemonade with them. A canopy and table were quickly set […]

Helping others find a job that fits like a glove

Helping others find a job that fits like a glove

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield resident Karl Hughes has a few aha! moments for you, if you have a minute. A sixth-generation carpenter, the Bronx-born Hughes, 62, has spent 45 years in the trade and more than half of that time was spent thinking about writing a self-help guide, which he says will be beneficial to […]

Board to decide on April elections date

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Seven residents are on the November Election Day ballot for three Bloomfield Board of Education seats and time is running out for the board to decide if it wants to keep its elections in November. At a special meeting Thursday, July 18, the board discussed returning to April elections, but the talks […]

BPD officers awarded $1M in suit against township

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — In a recently concluded jury trial in Newark Superior Court, two Bloomfield Police Department officers were awarded a combined $1 million from a lawsuit against the township and department. Michael McCracken was awarded $75,000 in compensation and $400,000 in punitive damages while Hector Cartagena was awarded $125,000 compensation and $400,000 in punitive […]

All-access playground opens in Watsessing

All-access playground opens in Watsessing

BLOOMFIELD / EAST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County was highlighted at Watsessing Park in Bloomfield on Friday, July 26, as local, county and state officials commemorated the opening of the first all-access children’s playground in the Essex County Parks System, as well as the opening of a new township community center nearby; both facilities are […]

Car shows held at two locations this summer

Car shows held at two locations this summer

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Classic Car Cruise Night, a Bloomfield summer staple on Wednesday evenings at Broad Street and Bloomfield Avenue, is moving uptown for the month of August. Still scheduled for Wednesday evenings, the new location is near the Clifton border at 1515 Broad St. in the parking lot of Universal Technical Institute. The car […]

Beating the heat with a good read

Beating the heat with a good read

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Glen Ridge Community Pool was the place to be last Sunday, July 28. With the heat, it was crowded and half the bodies were in the pool. But some, like Drew Forgione, were on the sidelines reading books.  The sixth-grader at Ridgewood Avenue School, who had “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen […]