After 37 years at BMS, John Shanagher retires

After 37 years at BMS, John Shanagher retires

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Retiring after 37 years as a middle school teacher, John Shanagher said he would stay if not for the commute from his Bridgewater home. “In all honesty, it’s killing me,” he said last week in his Bloomfield Middle School classroom. “It’s 40 miles each way. If I lived in Bloomfield still, I would […]

Project Graduation: great night, and a new tradition

Project Graduation: great night, and a new tradition

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Project Graduation, that once-in-a-lifetime chance for graduating Glen Ridge High School seniors to enter a fantasy land of their own choosing, hand-crafted by their parents, was staged Friday, June 15, the night of the high school commencement ceremony. The 2018 edition of an amusement-park world was based on the 2001 Disney animation […]

Benitez has hearing before Judicial Conduct commission

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — An attorney for the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct has requested that Bloomfield Chief Magistrate Wilfredo Benitez be publicly reprimanded for his conduct during his 2016 arrest by NJ state troopers. Maureen Bauman, the disciplinary attorney for the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, made her recommendation at a May 23 committee hearing for […]

Ridgewood School secretary to retire after 18 years

Ridgewood School secretary to retire after 18 years

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — With students always coming by for one reason or another, and the daily contact with parents, and keeping track of student absences, no wonder Ridgewood Elementary School secretary Pam Flippin calls her office “the hub.” Well, Flippin will be retiring from the hub and the district this month. It was her friend, […]

Demarest students reflect on their trip to Philadelphia

Demarest students reflect on their trip to Philadelphia

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Demarest Elementary School students traveled to historic Philadelphia last week for the day. The school’s fifth-graders have been making the journey for years, according to Principal Mary Todaro. “It’s a big trip that takes a lot of planning,” Todaro said. “For instance, getting tickets into Independence Hall. I don’t think a trip to […]

Patricia Carter looks back on 47 years at BHS

Patricia Carter looks back on 47 years at BHS

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — For nearly half a century, the first person students saw when entering the Bloomfield High School guidance department was its secretary, Patricia Carter — the daughter of an Olympian; wife to a former Bloomfield Recreation Department director; and mother of the current BHS football coach. Carter, who retired in December, recalled this past […]

Talent, talent everywhere at display of student artwork

Talent, talent everywhere at display of student artwork

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A recent exhibit at Bloomfield High School had much for which a viewer could commend the instructors of fine arts and their students. On display in two third-floor galleries were works that effectively used practically all media while providing a glimpse into how teachers go about creating a foundation in art for their […]

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