Work crew upgrades school buildings throughout district this summer

Work crew upgrades school buildings throughout district this summer

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Even with most Bloomfield children on vacation and classrooms empty, township schools remain busy during the summer as outside contractors and school district employees provide long-awaited repairs and annual upkeep to facilities. Some schools received a little more attention than others, but none were overlooked. According to Joseph Scazafave, the district supervisor […]

New rules on brackets for upcoming school elections

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Several Bloomfield Board of Education members were made aware a few weeks ago of an election practice that strikes them as playing against a stacked deck. According to board member Shane Berger, he was informed by Vicky Guo, the district business administrator, of the impact on ballot positions for candidates running together […]

Third generation firefighter named captain

Third generation firefighter named captain

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield firefighter Joseph Critchley, an eight-year veteran, was promoted to captain Wednesday, Aug. 7, during a brief evening ceremony held in the Bloomfield High School Media Center. A third generation firefighter, the 32-year-old Critchley was joined by his grandfather, a former East Orange firefighter, and his father, a former Bloomfield firefighter. Both […]

Bloomfield BOE resolution to move elections invalidated by county clerk

Bloomfield BOE resolution to move elections invalidated by county clerk

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Board of Education resolution approved Aug. 9, which returned school board elections to April, from November, has been invalidated by Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin. In an Aug. 22 statement, Durkin gave two reasons for his decision. The first was that the deadline for candidates’ petitions for the November 2019 […]

Glen Ridge celebrates Night Out at the pool

Glen Ridge celebrates Night Out at the pool

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge observed National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the community pool. Police Chief Sheila Byron-Lagatutta said the borough has been celebrating the event for at least 28 years. “It’s evolved over the years,” she said. “We look for the best place to get the people together.” Tables were […]

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 […]