Refurbished organ at Christ Episcopal is unveiled in style

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Christ Episcopal Church in Glen Ridge presented an organ recital Sunday, April 17. Aside from the music, enjoyed by a modest yet appreciative audience of 40, the event was noteworthy for two reasons: It was an opportunity to hear the newly restored Moeller organ belonging to the church played by a first-prize […]

Comasco pleads guilty in fatal car crash

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Nicholas Comasco, 27, the Bloomfield resident behind the wheel of a speeding car that struck a car carrying Bloomfield High School junior Christina Lembo,16, killing her, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide on Wednesday, April 13, in Newark Superior Court before Judge Verna Leith. Charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, Comasco negotiated a prison term […]

Minor injuries as four-alarm fire in 3 buildings displaces 22

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A four-alarm fire involving three Charles Street buildings broke out Saturday, April 16. The location of the buildings are 42 , 44 and 46 Charles St. Bloomfield Fire Chief Joseph McCarthy said the cause was still under investigation. The fire call came in at 6:19 p.m., he said in an email. “All three […]

Trial date scheduled for animal cruelty charges

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — According to Bloomfield Township Administrator Matt Watkins, a tentative trial date of May 26 has been scheduled in Bloomfield Municipal Court for Vincent Ascolese, the former director of the North Jersey Humane Society Shelter located in Bloomfield. Ascolese has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Ascolese appeared in court in early […]

Students to collect funds for Heart Association

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Spring vacation is under way this week for Bloomfield school children. On Friday last week, at Carteret Elementary, the students were visited by a representative of the American Heart Association. She hoped to drum up some enthusiasm from the children to solicit donations during a three-week long fund drive supporting the heart association. An […]

Town resident recalls his years as a German POW

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Some things you cannot forget, and Bloomfield resident Thomas Stivale, 96, a WWII Army veteran, has a diary almost 75 years old to prove it. Stivale kept a diary of his time in military service. Writing sporadically, he highlighted some of the events that immediately surrounded him, the people with whom he lived, […]

Annie Sez project scheduled to open in September

BLOOMFIELD,NJ — The mixed-use redevelopment project along Broad and Liberty streets is nearing completion and its developer, Daniel Mandelbaum, said he expects tenants by the end of summer. “This was my father’s vision,” Mandelbaum said recently of the project. “The work started nine years ago. It took about eight years to go through the Bloomfield Planning […]

Comasco pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in 2012 crash that took the life of Christina Lembo; faces 3 years at June 6 sentencing

Nicholas Comasco, 27, the Bloomfield resident behind the wheel of a speeding car that struck another car carrying Bloomfield High School junior Christina Lembo, 16, killing her, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide on Wednesday, April 13, in Newark Superior Court before Judge Verna Leith. Charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, Comasco negotiated a prison term for […]

School store opens in cafeteria of Ridgewood School

School store opens in cafeteria of Ridgewood School

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Ridgewood Avenue School has opened a student-run store in its cafeteria. The grand opening was last week. The area being used was, until recently, a storage room for pallets and paper. According to Principal Mike Donovan, the transformation was the idea of Jack DeWitt, the director of student services; teachers Christine Coppola, […]

Staged auto accident outside high school delivers chilling message

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge High School staged a roadside accident Thursday, March 31, to show students the tragic consequences of drunk driving. The display was outside the high school and involved police, fire and medical squads; a towing company; high school students; and a hearse from a local funeral parlor. The last time the […]

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