Pit bull from town’s shelter attacks boy who receives 80 stitches to close wounds

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — According to Mayor Michael Venezia, an 11-year-old boy has been injured by a dog adopted from the Bloomfield Animal Shelter. “All I know is he got 81 stitches,” Venezia said earlier this week. In an email, Bloomfield Police Department Director Sam DeMaio confirmed that the dog was a pit bull named Derrick. The […]

Husband and wife to receive community-service award

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the United Way of Bloomfield presented its first-ever “Cornerstone of Excellence Award” to a husband and wife for their generous contributions to the township during the years. The event was held at The Manor, in West Orange. The honorees, John and Gerry Generazio, are the owners of Generazio Associates […]

GOP mayoral candidate challenges Venezia to a debate

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Republican mayoral candidate Dave Tucker, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, emailed a letter to Mayor Michael Venezia challenging him to a debate. Tucker had originally issued the challenge for a one-on-one debate at the council meeting Monday, Oct. 17. Venezia asked to have the challenge emailed to him. As received by The Independent Press, […]

Judges rule Joanow had conflict of interest

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — An Appellate Division court ruled in favor of four Bloomfield residents who alleged that 2nd Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow had a conflict of interest when he voted for a $10 million bonding ordinance to finance the purchase by the town of property contiguous to his own. This ruling reversed a lower court decision […]

Track in Watsessing Park is named for Ashenfelter

Track in Watsessing Park is named for Ashenfelter

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — County and local elected officials, on Friday, Oct 14, dedicated a track in the East Orange portion of Watsessing Park to 1952 Olympic gold medalist and Glen Ridge resident Horace Ashenfelter. The track, at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Boyden Street, was named “Horace Ashenfelter Track” at a well-attended event that […]

Columbus Day tradition: student essays and pancakes

Columbus Day tradition: student  essays and pancakes

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield UNICO, the Italian community-service organization, held its 21st annual Columbus Day observance Monday morning, Oct. 10. The event took place on the Green, at the sculptured relief of Christopher Columbus. An award ceremony was held for fourth-grade essayists followed by a pancake breakfast in the Civic Center. The Columbus Day ceremony is […]

OPMA violations might void a 2014 town bond ordinance

BLOOMFIELD, NJ  — The appellate judges who will rule if whether of not a Bloomfield bonding ordinance is void because of a conflict of interest claim will also determine if the same ordinance is void because of a Open Public Meetings Act violation. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, a three-judge panel heard from an attorney representing four Bloomfield […]

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