UTI opens vocational school teaching technicians

UTI opens vocational school teaching technicians

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Universal Technical Institute, a vocational school teaching automotive and diesel technicians, is opening a $12 million facility in Bloomfield on Monday, Aug. 13. The two buildings comprising its campus are located at 1515 Broad St. This is the 13th UTI location in the United States. According to Steve McElfresh, the Bloomfield campus president, […]

Jr. Police Academy camp offers cadets a busy two weeks

Jr. Police Academy camp offers cadets a busy two weeks

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Junior Police Academy, sponsored by the Bloomfield Police Department, is currently under way. This is a two-week camp where 72 boys and girls, all sixth- to eighth-graders, are given the opportunity to learn about police work and mutual-aid practices from Bloomfield, Essex County and State Police personnel. The camp, an activity of […]

Ex councilman has medical episode while out driving

Ex councilman has medical episode while out driving

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A car being driven by former Bloomfield Councilman Gary Iacobacci, 62, crashed into a Broad Street storefront just south of Watchung Avenue during the late morning of Thursday, July 26. According to former Bloomfield Councilwoman Janice Litterio, whose son Brian was a front-seat passenger, Iacobacci suffered a medical emergency involving his heart, but […]

A dream job that any youngster would love

A dream job that any youngster would love

By Daniel Jackovino and Joe Ragazzino Staff Writers GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Glen Ridge Public Library hosted a talk with Bloomfield resident and former New York Yankee batboy Anthony Florio on Monday evening, July 30. Florio, 71, worked for the pennant-winning Yankees as a ball boy in 1962 and as a batboy in 1963 […]

Donaldson gets 7 years for sexual assault

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Former Bloomfield High School teacher and coach Leo Donaldson, 32, received the maximum prison term of seven years from Judge Richard Sules in Newark Superior Court, on Monday, July 30. Donaldson, who was indicted on 37 counts stemming from sexual contact with minors, had pleaded guilty to four counts and must serve 85 […]

Essex County rakes in funding from NJ State Council on the Arts

Essex County rakes in funding from NJ State Council on the Arts

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recently awarded more than $15.7 million in grant funding to support 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout the state. The awards were announced at the Arts Council’s 52nd annual meeting, held at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. “The New Jersey […]

ECPO, EC Bar Foundation sponsor gun buyback program

ECPO, EC Bar Foundation sponsor gun buyback program

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Essex County Bar Association President Raj Gadhok announced July 19 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Essex County Bar Foundation, the related charitable arm of the ECBA, are co-sponsoring a one-day gun buyback program this fall. The initiative is the first time in […]

Town settles BPD lawsuit with victim for $1.6 million: dashcam reveals the truth

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Township Administrator Matthew Watkins has confirmed that a $1.6 million lawsuit settlement has been reached between all parties and a motorist involved in a 2012 traffic stop with Bloomfield police officers. The incident involved Bloomfield resident Marcus Jeter who, according to court papers, was punched and taken from his car on the Garden […]

Good crowd, no rain at Fourth of July fireworks

Good crowd, no rain at Fourth of July fireworks

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Department of Recreation presented an Independence Day celebration at Foley Field on Wednesday, July 4. The sky was overcast the entire day and rain seemed imminent, but did not fall. A good crowd, on blankets and beach chairs, were spread over the field or filing up to the food stands behind […]