Join a youth exchange trip to Japan with Rotary

Join a youth exchange trip to Japan with Rotary

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Area Rotary Clubs are looking for 28 students to represent the region in a cultural exchange with Japan. The Short-Term Youth Exchange with Japan, now in its 42nd year, offers students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese students and form friendships that will […]

Former Bloomfield educator reflects on 22 years of service

Former Bloomfield educator reflects on 22 years of service

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — In a recent interview, former Bloomfield educator and personnel director Heather Carr gave a quick rundown of her activities since retiring in 2015 after 22 years of serving the district. She said eight months following her retirement as Berkeley Elementary School principal she was hired as an interim elementary school principal at […]

St. Thomas church appoints new pastor

St. Thomas church appoints new pastor

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The dozen or so fir trees near the altar of St. Thomas the Apostle Church gave the air a fragrance of forest and Christmas last Saturday morning. It was quite a sight to see so many trees in a single holiday setting, Father Larry Fama said. But it is like this every […]

Watsessing Elementary hosts annual winter concert

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Watsessing Elementary School brought holiday cheer to an audience of family and friends with its annual winter concert Friday, Dec. 13. The curtain went up with the sixth-grade band, under the baton of Jeff Dieterle, performing “Winterscape” and “Deck the Halls,” followed by the sixth-grade orchestra playing “Jingle Bells” and “Jolly Old […]

County approves ordinance to create civilian task force

County approves ordinance to create civilian task force

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — An ordinance forming the Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force was recently approved, according to a Dec. 12 announcement from Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Freeholder President Brendan Gill. Creating the ordinance was a collaborative effort and its adoption allows the process of nominating members to the task force […]

Town considers upgrading GSP underpass

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Center Alliance is hoping to change the impression that people have about the township as they travel on Bloomfield Avenue under the Garden State Parkway. The site is an inhospitable no man’s land now being considered as a critical gateway into developing Bloomfield Center. “The overpass divides the eastern and […]

Sheriff’s office to disband K-9 Unit in the new year

Sheriff’s office to disband K-9 Unit in the new year

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — At the start of the new year, the four-legged members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office will be hanging up their leashes. Effective Jan. 1, the Essex County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, which has been in action since 1987, will be disbanded. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the officers in this unit […]

Council withdraws conservation ordinance

Council withdraws conservation ordinance

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Glen Ridge Borough Council withdrew the second reading of an amendment to its landscape watering conservation ordinance Monday, Dec. 9, after a small group of residents complained that it was too restrictive. Had it been adopted, the amendment would have imposed time limits on watering lawns, depending on the method […]