Comasco is given 3 years for fatal car crash

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield resident Nicholas Comasco, 27, was sentenced in Newark Superior Court on Monday, June 26, to three years in state prison for vehicular homicide. He had been charged in the death of Bloomfield High School junior Christina Lembo, 16. Comasco was led from the courtroom in handcuffs by Essex County Sheriff officers. “We […]

‘Star Wars’ Party was a big hit

‘Star Wars’ Party was a big hit

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Imaginative parents of some Glen Ridge High School 2016 graduates did their own star turn last week when they created a “Star Wars”-themed party for Project Graduation. The event is an annual celebration in three parts for students following the graduation ceremony. Sandwiched between a dinner-dance at the Women’s Club of Glen […]

Two resign in protest after council fails to reappoint BCC chairwoman

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield Zoning Board member and a Bloomfield Cultural Commission member resigned Monday night at the Township Council meeting to protest the decision of Mayor Michael Venezia and the council to not reappoint Michelle Davidson as the chairwoman of the BCC. Davidson’s five-year appointment ends today, Thursday, June 30. Resigning from the Zoning […]

Guidance counselor Diane Giachetti retired in January

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Watsessing Elementary School guidance counselor Diane Giachetti, one of four Bloomfield School District educators to retire this year, ended her teaching career in January. Giachetti’s decision not to wait until June was helped along by a long commute from Asbury Park, where she lives Giachetti received her BA in social work from St. […]

Retail portion of Glenwood sold to a shopping-center developer

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The retail portion of Glenwood Village has been sold by Bloomfield Center Urban Renewal for approximately $19 million, according to Bill Colgan, a BCUR principal. The buyer was Cedar Realty Trust, of Port Washington, NY. The BCUR is located in the Leo Building, Bloomfield. According to its website, Cedar Realty is an investment […]

Fairview students raise cash in Relay for Life event

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Fairview Elementary School held its second Relay for Life on Friday afternoon, June 17. Relay for Life is a global fundraising event to combat cancer. Communities and organizations raise money through donations which are then contributed to the American Cancer Society. Events are held at various times throughout the year. Fairview Elementary School […]

Renovations now under way at Carteret Park

Renovations now under way at Carteret Park

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Work to remediate the longtime drainage problem at Carteret Park is now under way. According to Councilman Dan Murphy, the multi-purpose field is being regraded. Murphy said the east-side backstop will also be removed to provide for a smaller soccer field. An off-leash area of the park will be created for dogs. […]

Venezia elected Dem’s chair

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Mayor Michael Venezia has been elected as Bloomfield Democratic Party chairman. “I’m excited about the challenge,” Venezia said in a telephone interview. “We’re going to make it a true committee. The former committee and chairman made unilateral decisions.” Venezia succeeds Peter Strumolo who was chairman for 16 years. The house-cleaning began when Strumolo […]

Memorial dedicated to longtime Watsessing office aide

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — On Thursday, June 9, Watsessing Elementary School dedicated a weeping cherry tree to former office aide Rae Kiessling. Kiessling, 80, who died June 12, 2015, had worked as an office aide at the school for 41 years, beginning in 1974. Attending the dedication were two educators whose Bloomfield school-district careers commenced at Watsessing […]

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