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 […]

Bridge update

Bridge update

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Replacement of the Berkeley Street bridge continues. Traffic between Newark Avenue to Montgomery Street is being re-routed through West Street. A new bridge is expected to be in place by June 2017. In the background above, the red brick of Fairview Elementary School can be seen.

Former town attorney settles grievance over his dismissal

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Former Bloomfield Director of Law Brian Aloia has settled his grievance with the township. Aloia had filed papers in Newark Superior Court that he had not been replaced legally. Aloia will receive a month’s back pay of $9,015. In an email, Aloia said his grievance was that the township had improperly removed […]

Fairview homeroom wins pizza party for its generosity

Fairview homeroom wins pizza party for its generosity

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Pizza was on the menu last Friday afternoon for the Fairview Elementary School children whose homeroom collected the most loose change in a recent drive to raise funds to support families struggling with the expense of cancer treatments for a child. The collection, which took place throughout February, was the idea of a […]

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