Political struggle results in Venezia recapturing the Democrat line for the primary election

  BLOOMFIELD — Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia will run in the upcoming June 7 Democratic primary election under the Essex County Democratic Committee banner. Venezia was given the party line by Democratic County Chairman Leroy Jones on Thursday, March 31, according to both men. The party line had originally been given to Councilman Joseph Lopez […]

Girl who collapsed on Foley track is home from hospital

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Ava Covington returned to her Dewey Street home on Friday, March 25. The Bloomfield High School sophomore had collapsed at Foley Field during track practice, Tuesday, March 7, when her heart apparently stopped. Quick-thinking coaches revived her using a defibrillator and administering CPR. The girl underwent open heart surgery on March 22 at […]

Learning to decorate eggs in the old-fashioned way

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — During the past several years, Van Tassel Funeral Home, located on Belleville Avenue and the longest-established funeral home in Bloomfield, has positioned itself as a community center, offering local residents programs that include chanting, grief counseling, aromatherapy and Pet Memorial Day. On Palm Sunday, March 20, Van Tassel had a European Easter egg […]

Bloomfield developer Colgan wins defamation lawsuit

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A defamation case which Bloomfield developer Bill Colgan brought against an attorney representing his interests has been settled. Colgan is the developer of Glenwood Villages in the downtown six-point area. In a statement by Colgan, the settlement was favorable “and closes the book on a series of events involving an attempt to damage […]

Resident files notice of claim against town for slander

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield resident has filed a notice of tort claim against the Township Council stemming from allegations that 2nd Ward Councilman Elias Chalet has damaged his reputation. A tort claim is a lawsuit against a public entity or official. Gary Iacobacci alleges that Chalet used his position as a public figure to […]

Materials, extra work boost Essex Ave. cost by 19%

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Improvements to Essex Avenue will cost Bloomfield and Glen Ridge together about $225,000 more than originally estimated, according to their chief engineers. Bloomfield and Glen Ridge shared the cost of the project because the roadway straddles a borderline with residents of each community living on opposite sides of the street. The added […]

Fifth-grader wins statewide DAR essay contest

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Demarest Elementary School student has been named the statewide, first-place winner in a Daughters of the American Revolution story contest. Fifth-grader Genevieve Reoch won for her story on the DAR-determined topic, “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.” The DAR selected this topic because March 22, 2015, marked the 250th anniversary […]

Proposed school, town taxes total $98 for average home

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield taxpayers may be paying an additional $98 dollars per average-assessed home if the proposed municipal and school budgets are both approved. The proposed municipal budget estimates a tax increase of $16 for the average-assessed home. The school budget estimates a tax increase of $30.60 per $100,000 for the same home. This would […]

Girl saved by coaches on Foley Field track

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A sophomore member of the Bloomfield High School track team collapsed during practice at Foley Field on Tuesday, March 8, when her heart apparently stopped. The girl, Ava Covington, was revived by a coach using a defibrillator and performing CPR. She is now hospitalized at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, in New York, where she […]

Women’s Club hosts the annual Favorite Doll Tea

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Glen Ridge Women’s Club hosted its eighth annual My Favorite Doll Tea on Sunday, March 13. According to Jill Simmons, the club president for the last two years, the tea has become such an integral club event that it seems to have been around for much longer. The tea has been […]

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