The Dream: 4,000 flags on BHS lawn

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield High School teacher is attempting to raise $4,000 in order to cover the high school lawn with 4,000 American flags by Memorial Day. With the help of one Bloomfield elementary school, she is about halfway there. Peggy Sullivan, a BHS history teacher, said she got the idea for the display […]

Bloomfield HS Hall of Fame to induct 8 new members

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Bloomfield Educational Foundation (BEF) will hold its 2019 Annual Gala Dinner on May 3, 2019 at the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield.  A sellout crowd is expected as eight athletes will be inducted into the Bloomfield High School Hall of Fame that evening. Tickets are $100 each and $50 for […]

County collects more than 13.5 tons of food to donate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 88,397 visitors, the 12th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo collected more than 13.5 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the Holiday Lights Spectacular to assist the less […]

New county surrogate discusses his job, values and vision

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Alturrick Kenney is 37 days into a five-year term as the Essex County surrogate, and has hit the ground running at the Essex County Hall of Records. Winning the elected position with 80 percent of the vote in November, Kenney heads the county court division that probates wills, adoption papers, trust […]

Dancer shows and tells the roots of modern dance evolved

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Public Library presented a one-hour program of African and European influences on American music and dance on Saturday, Feb. 2. The venue was the Little Theatre, located in the basement of the Children’s Library, and the performing artist was Shireen Dickson. The program was held in observance of Black History Month. […]

Local business bans animal acts from its nursing homes

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield corporation managing 21 senior living residences in four states has banned animal acts from performing at its facilities. The decision was prompted by a complaint by the organization PETA — People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. In a statement, PETA said Jupiter Communities, located at 400 Broadacres Drive, agreed to cancel […]

Residents speak out: trash, traffic, parking

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Councilwoman Jen Mundell presented a community meeting for her 1st Ward constituents on Monday, Feb. 3. The one-hour meeting attracted about 20 people to the Franklin Elementary School library. Representative from the Bloomfield Police Department, Department of Health, the Bloomfield Public Library, Department of Information Technology, Department of Recreation, as well as Township […]

Woman’s Club: helping others since 1920

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — It may not be generally known that there is a club for women in Bloomfield, but there is, and it has been around for a long time. Organized in 1920, the Woman’s Club of Bloomfield has a history of community service and accomplishments. Federated the year it was organized, the club is a […]

Attorney: Trial of four BPD officers to start Monday slated to get under way next week

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — According to an attorney representing four Bloomfield Police Department officers, a long-delayed jury trial is scheduled to begin in Newark Superior Court this coming Monday. “The trial is definitely on for Feb. 4,” attorney Catherine Elston informed The Independent Press in a Jan. 22 email. The trial involves four active or retired Bloomfield […]

Essex County declares Code Blue

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the county’s Code Blue procedures are being activated because extreme cold weather in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect from Wednesday, Jan. 30, to Saturday, Feb. 2. “Providing our homeless residents with a […]