Demarest implements new attendance program

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Demarest Elementary School last week embarked on a new program to improve student attendance, decrease tardiness, and generally, teach students to focus on coming to school, prepared to to learn. Principal Mary Todaro calls the program “Ready Every Day.” She introduced “R.E.D.” in a Nov. 25 assembly. Basically, the program is a friendly […]

New sign creates tension in downtown Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A sign in the downtown area, displaying placards that advertise businesses, has drawn the critical attention of some nearby merchants. Approximately 25 feet high, the sign is wedge-shaped, with one surface facing Bloomfield Avenue traffic headed east, the other surface, Bloomfield Avenue traffic headed west. The names of businesses in the area are […]

Councilman charged with bribery speaks about situation

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — First Ward Councilman Elias Chalet said his attendance at council meetings, under the advice of his attorney, will be taken one meeting at a time. “It’s the same thing for the planning board,” Chalet said Saturday in his Broad Street real estate office. Chalet is a member of the Bloomfield Planning Board, an […]

Former Bloomfield resident remembered

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, Dec. 7, for former Bloomfield resident Marion Crecco, a New Jersey assemblywoman from 1986 to 2001, and the wife of former Bloomfield Mayor John Crecco, who survives her. About 150 people were in attendance for the Mass, the procession to the church […]

Foodtown opens in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Although not everything is in place yet, a new Foodtown opened this week on Glenwood Avenue in the downtown redevelopment project. Its manager, Richard Saus, 53, has been in the food market business for 35 years, 30 of those years with Foodtown. The store is 26,000 square feet, Saus said, with two entrances, one […]

BDH becomes first NJ accredited health department

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Department of Health was notified Friday, Nov. 13, that it had been accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, a nonprofit, national health organization attempting to standardize public-health services. According to the PHAB, 45 percent of the United States population is currently provided health service by a PHAB-accredited health department. According […]

Bloomfield seniors enjoy Key Club Thanksgiving lunch

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield High School Key Club held its traditional Thanksgiving luncheon for local seniors on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The event appeared to be a popular success with the noisy crowd. Music was provided by the singing Madrigals and a small ensemble of musicians, and the meals were provided by a local eatery. But […]

Activity around Chalet allegations continue

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield Police Director Sam DeMaio confirmed to the Independent Press last week that Bloomfield police responded to a terroristic threat at Sanj’s Smoke Shop on Sunday evening, Nov. 22. The shop is on Broad Street. The police response had been heard on a police scanner by a resident who informed this newspaper. DeMaio […]

Bloomfield High School play review of ‘Almost, Maine’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — “Almost, Maine,” a play of nine vignettes about falling in and out of love, on the same night as an aurora borealis, was performed last week by the Bloomfield High School Thespian Society under the direction of BHS drama teacher Brandon Doemling. Written by John Cariani, the school’s fall production was seen last […]

Reactions begin for councilman’s bribery charge

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia has indicated that he is prepared to move forward following the arrest of Councilman Elias Chalet on bribery charges last week. “Obviously, within this situation, we’re going to act swiftly,” Venezia said in a Monday telephone interview. “At the next conference session, I want an ethics board in the township […]