Nesto and the DPW are prepared for winter’s assault

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Although it is not in the weather forecast, if it snows this weekend, Bloomfield resident fear not: Anthony Nesto, the director of the Department of Public Works and Parks, has already been visited by the apparition of Old Man Winter. “We’re preparing like it’s going to snow tomorrow,” Nesto said this week. Getting […]

Treasures from town’s history sold

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Historical Society of Bloomfield held its first-ever sale on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Little Theater of the Children’s Library to celebrate the society’s 50th anniversary and to raise funds for its projects. The sale was the idea of trustee Mary Shoffner, a former teacher at Carteret Elementary School, who said any […]

Pumpkin festival on Sunday was the place to be

Pumpkin festival on Sunday was the place to be

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The third annual Freeman Gardens Pumpkin Festival was held on Sunday, Sept. 25. The event began in 2014 and was called a hootenanny. It was held to raise funds for the removal of a dead oak. The tree was estimated to be more than 200 years old, according to Kevin Sherry, the […]

Indicted councilman’s lawyer may have found loophole

BLOOMFIELD, NJ— Newark Superior Court Judge Martin Cronin said during a court hearing on Friday, Sept. 23, that he will determine if the charge of official misconduct against Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet should be dismissed. Chalet was indicted in January 2016 by a state grand jury on five counts stemming from the proposed purchase, by the […]

Church presents talk on solar panels for the home

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A seminar detailing the benefits of residential solar energy was presented at Brookdale Reformed Church on Thursday, Sept. 22. Elvin Frost, the senior solar advisor for Geoscape, delivered the presentation. The church itself had gone solar earlier this year with Geoscape installing the roof panels. The seminar attracted about a dozen people. “If […]

Former Bloomfield teacher sentenced for pornography

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Former Bloomfield School District teacher Nicholas Schumacher, 30, was sentenced in Morris County Superior Court on Friday, Sept. 16, to three years in prison for distribution of child pornography. Schumacher taught music at Berkeley and Franklin elementary schools and lived in Randolph. His sentence was part of a plea agreement. Although the distribution […]

Murray runs for seat on school board

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Independent Press is continuing its profiling of Bloomfield Board of Education candidates in the November elections. Profiled already were incumbents Shane Berger and Jill Fischman, and challengers Djanna Hill-Tall, Laura Izurieta, Lillian Mancheno and Ben Morse. All are running for three open three-year seats. Not yet profiled are challengers Catherine Bumpus and […]

Seniors cut off from shopping, but town promises help

Seniors cut off from shopping, but town promises help

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A stalled Essex County road project in Bloomfield was making life more difficult for senior citizens living in Kinder Towers, but that problem might be lessened due to the intercession of 1st Ward Councilman Elias Chalet. The road project is the replacement of the Hoover Avenue bridge which crosses over the Third River, […]

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