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

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 […]

Shutdown affects local theology student

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — A theology student assisting at Christ Episcopal Church who is also a furloughed federal worker, Christopher Dwyer, said on Sunday that he was starting to feel the pinch. He said that on the twenty-third day of the shutdown. Barring a “miracle,” today is the twenty-seventh day. A full-time theology student at Drew […]

Bloomfield Library releases three-year plan

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The board of trustees for the Bloomfield Public Library has issued a strategic plan outlining proposed initiatives over the next three years. It is all-encompassing and available on the BPL website and offers as its mission statement a goal to make the library the information center for the township. To assist with funding […]

Carteret students in training for ‘Challenge 24’ 24’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Carteret Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade students were puzzling their brains in the school media center last week in preparation for an intramural mathematics competition. The competition is called “Challenge 24” and is played with cards having four numbers. Students are required to factor the numbers — add, subtract, divide or multiply […]