Bloomfield schools are focused on attendance

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Student absenteeism is an ongoing concern for the Bloomfield school district, according to Margaret Contaldi, the director of professional development and interim director of curriculum for the school district. The district was cited in September by Advocates for Children in New Jersey as being one of 10 Essex County school districts with 10 […]

GRHS basketball team gets ‘The Gun’

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge High School Varsity Basketball Coach Liam Carr — with not one senior-year player on the squad — believes something has come his way that will make his young team better, and that is a gift given in memory of a former GRHS basketball player. The gift is a computer-operated machine […]

Bloomfield teacher is Essex County Teacher of the Year

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education has named a Bloomfield educator its 2015-2016 Essex County Teacher of the Year. Oak View Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jessica Picciuto accepted her award at the Wednesday, Oct. 28, meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In an interview at the school earlier this week, […]

Patented invention parked on Broad Street

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The United States Patent Office must have forgotten to padlock all the windows or pat down its agents at quitting time because on Saturday afternoon, something from its files had escaped and was parked on Broad Street. Er, excuse me? No, a Scootus. That’s right, a Scootus — a first-ever, vehicular rearrangement, which […]

Demarest implements new attendance program

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Demarest Elementary School last week embarked on a new program to improve student attendance, decrease tardiness, and generally, teach students to focus on coming to school, prepared to to learn. Principal Mary Todaro calls the program “Ready Every Day.” She introduced “R.E.D.” in a Nov. 25 assembly. Basically, the program is a friendly […]

New sign creates tension in downtown Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A sign in the downtown area, displaying placards that advertise businesses, has drawn the critical attention of some nearby merchants. Approximately 25 feet high, the sign is wedge-shaped, with one surface facing Bloomfield Avenue traffic headed east, the other surface, Bloomfield Avenue traffic headed west. The names of businesses in the area are […]

Councilman charged with bribery speaks about situation

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — First Ward Councilman Elias Chalet said his attendance at council meetings, under the advice of his attorney, will be taken one meeting at a time. “It’s the same thing for the planning board,” Chalet said Saturday in his Broad Street real estate office. Chalet is a member of the Bloomfield Planning Board, an […]

Former Bloomfield resident remembered

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, Dec. 7, for former Bloomfield resident Marion Crecco, a New Jersey assemblywoman from 1986 to 2001, and the wife of former Bloomfield Mayor John Crecco, who survives her. About 150 people were in attendance for the Mass, the procession to the church […]

Foodtown opens in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Although not everything is in place yet, a new Foodtown opened this week on Glenwood Avenue in the downtown redevelopment project. Its manager, Richard Saus, 53, has been in the food market business for 35 years, 30 of those years with Foodtown. The store is 26,000 square feet, Saus said, with two entrances, one […]

Yogi Berra’s Presidential Medal of Freedom

Perseverance from local family and friends leads to deserved recognition

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It was a closer call for Yogi Berra than people might think. But as to whether the Hall of Fame baseball player, humanitarian and phraseologist was to be considered for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, time nearly ran out. According to his granddaughter, Lindsay Berra, 100,000 signatures had to be collected on […]