Let’s go fishing in Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The county’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs invites the public to participate in Essex County’s 2018 Fishing Derbies. The free events will be held in various locations in the Essex County Park System. Each derby is free and open to children ages 15 and younger. All children must be […]

Where are the Republicans in the coming election?

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Republican Party will not have a candidate in the upcoming council primary election. Petitions with 50 signatures were required from candidates by Monday, April 9. Only one council candidate submitted a petition to the municipal clerk’s office and that was Democrat and incumbent Richard Rockwell. Rockwell will be running for a […]

A little harmless fun before the PARCC tests

A little harmless fun before the PARCC tests

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Watsessing Elementary School held its first duct tape fundraiser on Friday, April 13. The event was originated by sixth-grade math and science teacher Athena Giordano. She was assisted by sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher Alexandra Gramescu. Funds were raised from selling strips of tape, and from a bake sale. A yard-and-a-half […]

County to partner with nine local charitable organizations

County to partner with nine local charitable organizations

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced Friday, April 13, that Essex County was participating in nine special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the […]

Taxes increase by $50 for average Bloomfield home in proposed 2018 budget

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield residents will be paying $50 more in taxes on the average assessed home, according to Township Administrator Matthew Watkins. Watkins spoke during a 2018 budget preview at the township conference meeting Monday evening. The total budget is $95 million. The average assessed home in Bloomfield is $270,600. Watkins acknowledged that it was […]

County to repave roads in several towns

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced details of the county’s Roadway Resurfacing Program for 2018 in an April 16 press release. The annual paving contract is part of an initiative to enhance safety on the roads and the quality of life by modernizing infrastructure. “Essex residents and motorists rely on […]

Local NAACP unit celebrates 105th anniversary

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Sunday, April 29, from 3 to 7 p.m., the Oranges and Maplewood Unit of the NAACP will celebrate its 105th anniversary. The 105th annual Freedom Fund event will be held at Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. The evening’s theme is “Freedom is Never Granted but Won. […]

Bloomfield resident returns to the theater in Nutley play

Bloomfield resident returns to the theater in Nutley play

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield resident Ruth Kliwinski, a newcomer to the Nutley Little Theatre, will appear at that venue in the upcoming production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.” The comedy, about a group of discontented bridesmaids during a Knoxville, Tenn. wedding reception, is by Alan Ball, the screenwriter for “American Beauty” and creator of […]

Increase is 1.5% in Board’s proposed budget

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The 2018-19 proposed Bloomfield school budget submitted to county authorities for approval will increase 1.5 percent over last year — and not the allowed 2 percent cap — while beefing up school security. The vote to send the budget to the county was approved 6-3. Dissenting were BOE members Daniel Anderson, Ruth Hidalgo […]

BPD officers practice confronting an active shooter

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — With township schools closed this week for spring break, the entire Bloomfield Police Department, from patrol officer to deputy chief, have been practicing how to react to an active shooter at a Bloomfield school. The drill has been held annually for about 12 years and a different district school is used each year […]

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