Talented students earn spots at Paper Mill Conservatory

MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, has selected students to be a part of the theater’s prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for 2017. Participants range in age from 10 to 18. Members of the competitive Conservatory who earned coveted spots in the Senior, Junior Plus and […]

After 23 years in the district, Saponara has retired

After 23 years in the district, Saponara has retired

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Debra Saponara, the administrative secretary at Fairview Elementary School who has worked in the district for 23 years, has retired. She and her boss, Principal Sal DeSimone, departed at the end of June. Saponara grew up in Bloomfield, coming to the township when she was 2 years old. She attended Demarest Elementary, North […]

Summer work planned for town’s water pipes

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — In new and ongoing work, Bloomfield will continue to improve its potable water system. A section of main along Belleville Avenue will be cleaned and relined in the coming months, according to Bloomfield Township Engineer Paul Lasek. The section is from Woodland Road to the Belleville border. The work will cost the township […]

Youth leaders ADAPT to a healthier way of life

Youth leaders ADAPT to a healthier way of life

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Heading into summer vacation, many parents and guardians become concerned with how their children will fill their time. Unstructured time can be dangerous, especially for teenagers who may have access to drugs or alcohol. Luckily, Essex County parents and guardians can count on ADAPT to help them steer their children in […]

Eighth-graders promoted in dual ceremonies

Eighth-graders promoted in dual ceremonies

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Middle School promoted 474 boys and girls on Wednesday, June 21, in ceremonies beginning 15 minutes apart in the gymnasium and the auditorium. The difference between the settings is remarkable. But tying the commencements together were speakers who addressed both audiences with similar words. The welcoming address was delivered by BMS […]

New street parking rule leaves apartment dwellers searching in vain for a spot

New street parking rule leaves apartment dwellers searching in vain for a spot

BLOOMFIELD, NJ  — Tenants of a Franklin Street apartment building came to the Bloomfield Township Council meeting on Monday, June 26, to ask that a newly imposed parking restriction be lifted because it eliminated overnight parking for apartment dwellers. According to the residents of 165 Franklin St., known as Franklin Towers, street signs were posted Friday, […]

After 18 years at Fairview, DeSimone will step down

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Fairview Elementary School Principal Sal DeSimone will be retiring at the end of this month. He has been principal at Fairview for 18 ½ years, something he acknowledged as unusual in this day and age. DeSimone grew up in Bloomfield, on Charles Street. He attended Sacred Heart Parochial School and Essex Catholic High […]

STEM Club learns to literally walk the dog

STEM Club learns to literally walk the dog

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield High School STEM Club has been working on a carriage to hopefully provide greater mobility for a dog with hind legs that are paralysed. Maria Paladino Fitz, a lifelong Bloomfield resident, BHS Class of ‘73, and township businesswoman, learned that the high school had a STEM/Robotics club, and last month she took […]

Delano plans to retire after 19 years at Oak View School

Delano plans to retire after 19 years at Oak View School

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Clare Delano, a fourth-grade teacher at Oak View Elementary School, will be retiring at the end of this month. She has been in the Bloomfield School District for more than 19 years and has been at Oak View all that time. “I taught fourth grade all except for one year,” she said […]

After 17 years, French to retire from Watsessing School

After 17 years, French to retire from Watsessing School

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Coleen French, the administrative secretary and self-described “chief cook and bottle washer” at Watsessing Elementary School, will be retiring at the end of this month. French has worked in the school district for 17 years. She started in 1999 at the administrative building where she helped establish the administrative services department. For the […]