Four officers: Workplace was hostile

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A civil jury trial involving former and current Bloomfield Police Department officers is currently under way in Newark Superior Court. The matter is being heard by Judge Keith Lynott. The complaint is by four active and former officers who allege they were subjected to a hostile work environment and systematic abuse for […]

Antiques Show takes center stage this weekend

Antiques Show takes center stage this weekend

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The 73rd annual Glen Ridge Antiques Show arrives at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church tomorrow for two days, Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2. According to its promoter, Debbie Turi, 34 dealers will be present and, for the first time, talks by some of them are scheduled. Turi said her work […]

Attorney: Trial of four BPD officers to start Monday slated to get under way next week

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — According to an attorney representing four Bloomfield Police Department officers, a long-delayed jury trial is scheduled to begin in Newark Superior Court this coming Monday. “The trial is definitely on for Feb. 4,” attorney Catherine Elston informed The Independent Press in a Jan. 22 email. The trial involves four active or retired Bloomfield […]

Who knew studying Ancient Egypt could be so much fun?

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The study of ancient civilizations is part of the Bloomfield elementary school curriculum and for the last two months, Watsessing Elementary sixth-graders have been learning about ancient Egypt from their teacher, Elena Kazoun. On Friday, Jan. 25, before moving on to Mesopotamia, the students learned firsthand what it was like being a mummy […]

Plans and activities in the works for downtown district

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — With township organizations gearing up for another calendar year, the Bloomfield Center Alliance has a project in mind that would be transformative. It is called the Gateway to Bloomfield Project and it targets Bloomfield Avenue under the Garden State Parkway. The township would like the area to have a new look and the […]

Special-needs playground coming to Watsessing Park

Special-needs playground coming to Watsessing Park

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A press conference heralding the construction of the first Essex County playground completely accessible to special-needs children was held at Bloomfield Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 18. The 12,000 square-foot facility will be located in Watsessing Park between Conger Street and Troy Towers. It will have parking and sit adjacent to a new […]

Service recalls the life of Lillian Ashenfelter

Service recalls the life of Lillian Ashenfelter

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Family members and friends gathered to remember Lillian Ashenfelter at a memorial service Jan. 19, at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church. Ashenfelter died Dec. 11, at the age of 94. She was recalled as a devoted mother, wife and Glen Ridge teacher, who had far greater influence on her family of four […]

MLK celebrated, service awards given

MLK celebrated, service awards given

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration was observed at New Light Baptist Church on Monday, Jan. 21. The event attracted a larger audience than in recent years with more children attending, too. The program was hosted by Councilwoman Nina Davis. “It’s fitting that we do this here,” she said […]

Storm froze the town, but no damage

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — So what happened with the snow forecast for this past weekend? Was there anything to plow in Bloomfield? And even with the wind howling on Monday, nary a fallen township tree to saw up and haul away. What are they doing over at Public Works anyway? “We got lucky,” said Anthony Nesto, the […]

BFD brass going back to the basics

BFD brass going back to the basics

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Forty-five members of the Bloomfield Fire Department attended professional development workshops last week at Fire Station No. 3, located near St. Valentine’s Roman Church. Taking the 16 hours of workshops were Fire Chief Lou Venezia, all captains, deputy chiefs and firefighters who fill-in for captains. The classes were given by Frank Viscuso. According […]