Local business bans animal acts from its nursing homes

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield corporation managing 21 senior living residences in four states has banned animal acts from performing at its facilities. The decision was prompted by a complaint by the organization PETA — People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. In a statement, PETA said Jupiter Communities, located at 400 Broadacres Drive, agreed to cancel […]

Good crowd, good food at annual GR Antiques Show

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — An estimated 1,000 people attended the 73rd annual Glen Ridge Antiques Show held this past Friday and Saturday at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church, according to Debbie Turi, the dealer manager of the show. “I have a lot of happy dealers at the moment,” she said. There must have been happy diners, too. […]

Residents speak out: trash, traffic, parking

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Councilwoman Jen Mundell presented a community meeting for her 1st Ward constituents on Monday, Feb. 3. The one-hour meeting attracted about 20 people to the Franklin Elementary School library. Representative from the Bloomfield Police Department, Department of Health, the Bloomfield Public Library, Department of Information Technology, Department of Recreation, as well as Township […]

Woman’s Club: helping others since 1920

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — It may not be generally known that there is a club for women in Bloomfield, but there is, and it has been around for a long time. Organized in 1920, the Woman’s Club of Bloomfield has a history of community service and accomplishments. Federated the year it was organized, the club is a […]

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 […]

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