Organ and choral improv brings silent epic to life

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The music director of the Glen Ridge Congregational Church, Tom Mustachio, will have to be ready for anything Friday night as he improvises the score for a screening of the 1927 silent film epic, “King of Kings” on an organ. Seated behind the screen, he will view the movie on a monitor […]

Mayor dropped from party line in June primary

But Venezia says he’ll run for a second term

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Democratic Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia has been denied his party’s endorsement for the upcoming primary scheduled for Tuesday, June 7. In his place, Bloomfield Democratic Chairman Peter Stromolo has given Councilman Joe Lopez the party line for the mayoral run. Councilwoman Nina Davis and Councilman Carlos Pomares, who, along with Lopez, were part […]

Watsessing students have a black history ‘House of Wax’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Watsessing Elementary School third-grade teachers from left, Laura Salamone, Rachel Mazzetta, and Shannon Alteiri. All 60 third-graders performed in the third-annual Black History Month Museum of Wax. Clockwise from below right are Noeli Brito, as Patricia Bath, educator, inventor and eye doctor; Marian Hess scores as Reece ‘Goose’ Tatum; Londyn Langford is […]

Students are hooked on robotics

NUTLEY, NJ — When you think of robotics, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you imagine the robot in the old television series “Lost in Space” or one of the creepy variations of “The Terminator,” you’d be experiencing entertainment, and not the science-based world of robotics. Robotics combines programming, code-building and mobile […]

Neighbors voice concerns over hospital expansion

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The planning boards of Glen Ridge and Montclair held a joint meeting Monday, Feb. 29, in the Montclair Fire Department Headquarters to discuss the proposed redevelopment project at Mountainside Hospital. Approximately 50 people attended. The purpose of the meeting, according to Glen Ridge Assistant Engineer Michael Zichelli was to draft the language […]

Brookdale celebrates 10th Small World Day

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Brookdale Elementary School held its 10th annual Small World Day festival Friday, Feb. 26. The festival is a celebration of the rich ancestral diversity of Brookdale schoolchildren. Small World Day has evolved over the years. At one time, the gymnasium, where the activity is held, was given a faux-airport terminal feel with announcements […]

Town attorney resigns, and all heck breaks loose

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Michael Parlavecchio, an attorney with Bevan, Mosca and Giuditta, of Basking Ridge, who had been appointed Bloomfield township attorney on Feb. 1, resigned his township position March 1. The resignation was confirmed by Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “It’s procedural,” Venezia said without elaborating. The Township Council had replaced Brian Aloia, who had served […]

After one month on the job, Bloomfield town attorney resigns

Michael Parlavecchio, an attorney with Bevan, Mosca and Giuditta, of Basking Ridge, who had been appointed Bloomfield township attorney on Feb. 1, has resigned, it was confirmed by Mayor Michael Venezia. “It’s procedural,” Venezia said without elaborating. The Township Council replaced Brian Aloia, the township attorney since Jan. 1, 2007, in a 3-2 vote, with […]

OPRA litigant seeks to avoid setting a ‘bad’ precedent

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield resident, who has successfully fought the township through Superior Court and Appellate Court to obtain a 14-hour Town Hall surveillance recording, and will now be required to argue her case before the Supreme Court, is asking the Supreme Court to correct the wording of an Appellate Court opinion. The Appellate Court, […]

Complaints against councilman sent to prosecutor

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The defense attorney for a Bloomfield councilman says an Essex County magistrate has found probable cause against his client on three criminal complaints made by a township resident stemming from a Town Hall parking lot altercation. Attorney Pasquale Giannetta, of Newark, said Judge Anthony Frasca, the presiding municipal court judge in Essex County, […]

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