Bloomfield observes MLK Day via Zoom

Bloomfield observes MLK Day via Zoom

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed by the township on Monday, Jan. 17, via a Zoom presentation, with Bloomfield Council members and invited guests participating from their own safe space. The emcee was Councilwoman Wartyna Davis. The first speaker was U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, of the 11th Congressional District, who represents […]

School custodian to retire after 14 years

School custodian to retire after 14 years

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield High School graduate Sal Festa, Class of 1980, will be retiring at the end of this month, after 14 years as a Bloomfield School District employee. Festa, 59, worked as a custodian for the district — for two years at the high school, 10 years at Oakview Elementary School and, finally, […]

Despite struggles, church remains open

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Despite upheavals caused by the pandemic, the Rev. Susan Dorward of the Brookdale Reformed Church was certain about one thing. “I didn’t want the pandemic to close the church,” she said in a telephone interview the last week of December. The pandemic, she said, made her a better listener. But another change […]

Fairview counselor leaves after 12 years on job

Fairview counselor leaves after 12 years on job

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — It came as a surprise to departing school counselor Sybilree Fitzgerald of Bloomfield’s Fairview Elementary School on her last day, Thursday, Dec. 23, when Principal Ginamarie Mignone told her there was a situation on the playground. “I thought I had to talk to a student,” Fitzgerald said. She did not. Instead, she […]

Bloomfield HS counselor to retire after 19 years

Bloomfield HS counselor to retire after 19 years

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Thirty-six years as a district educator came down to one afternoon, Thursday, Dec. 23, for Bloomfield High School counselor Manuela Gonnella. Growing up in Newark’s Ironbound section, attending East Side High School and Montclair State University, Gonnella did her college practicum and student teaching at BHS. And although she was hired as […]

Five more defendants, including from Bloomfield and West Orange, charged in Edna Mahan investigation

Five more defendants, including from Bloomfield and West Orange, charged in Edna Mahan investigation

TRENTON, NJ — On Dec. 15, acting N.J. Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced criminal charges against Department of Corrections Associate Administrator Sean St. Paul and four correctional police officers — a major and three senior officers — related to an incident in which inmates were assaulted and seriously injured at the Edna Mahan Correctional […]

Essex County Correctional Facility policies, procedures to undergo independent review

Essex County Correctional Facility policies, procedures to undergo independent review

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Monday, Dec. 6, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced a joint initiative with the Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force to review operating procedures at the Essex County Correctional Facility. The review will be undertaken by The Ambrose Group LLC, an independent management consulting organization led by […]

After 76 years, WWII soldier is found

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – A World War II U.S. Army sergeant from Bloomfield was identified 76 years after he went missing in Germany, according to a press release from the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Monday, Nov. 22. Larry Wassil was 33 years old when he was reported missing on Dec. 28, 1944, in Hurtgen, […]

Take the Essex County Community Health Assessment Survey

Take the Essex County Community Health Assessment Survey

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. invites Essex County residents to participate in an Essex County Community Health Assessment Survey. The results of the survey will help the Essex County Public Health Office identify health issues affecting the Essex County community and create a public health plan to raise awareness […]

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