Bloomfield playgrounds reopen Aug. 1

Bloomfield playgrounds reopen Aug. 1

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Eight Bloomfield Township playgrounds reopened Saturday, Aug. 1, after being closed as a precaution against COVID-19. The playground equipment will be disinfected every morning, and social distancing and facemasks will still be required.  “Ensuring that our families are safe and limiting their exposure to COVID-19 is our No. 1 priority, which is […]

Watsessing Park gets synthetic grass on soccer and lacrosse field, lawn bowling green

Watsessing Park gets synthetic grass on soccer and lacrosse field, lawn bowling green

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — On July 21, county and municipal officials joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. to celebrate that the lacrosse and soccer field and lawn bowling green in Watsessing Park were resurfaced with a new synthetic grass surface. “The improvements to the soccer and lacrosse field and the lawn bowling green exemplify our […]

Residents grow increasingly frustrated with spotty USPS

Residents grow increasingly frustrated with spotty USPS

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — No post on Sundays … or most other days, according to many frustrated U.S. Postal Service customers. Many residents from towns throughout Essex and Union counties have reached out to the newspaper in the past few weeks to complain that their mail is arriving late — if at all. A woman […]

CASA’s back-to-school drive

CASA’s back-to-school drive

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County CASA is currently holding its back-to-school drive. Even if it is still unclear whether students will be learning in-person or virtually, one thing is certain: Students need the proper supplies to support their learning. To make a donation, visit https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/28M8VW1TL8BEI/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist. Please order supplies by Aug. 22 to ensure timely […]

Bloomfield officials discuss inequities in health care

Bloomfield officials discuss inequities in health care

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield continued its community conversations on July 15, hosting a Zoom meeting about race and health equity with Michellene Davis, the executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer for RWJBarnabas Health. Moderated by Mayor Michael Venezia and Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Davis talked about inequity in the health care system that disproportionately […]

Body armor donated to Sheriff’s Office K-9s

Body armor donated to Sheriff’s Office K-9s

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Sheriff Armando Fontoura HAS expressed his gratitude to nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s for its donation of body armor for the Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Unit. Officer K-9s Buzzard, Chex, Hanner, Joe and Marko will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to the charitable donation. The vests are sponsored by […]

Archdiocese of Newark ordains area deacons

Archdiocese of Newark ordains area deacons

NEWARK, NJ — On Saturday, July 11, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, ordained 22 permanent deacons for service in the Archdiocese of Newark. The ordinations were celebrated during two Masses that were livestreamed at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on the archdiocesan YouTube […]

Jewish program inspires college students to make change locally

Jewish program inspires college students to make change locally

BLOOMFIELD / MONTCLAIR, NJ — Quarantined at home, 50 budding activists from Bnai Keshet in Montclair and Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, as well as a few unaffiliated young adults, jumped at the chance in early May to participate in a new social justice internship program named for Ner Tamid member Fred Pressman, who died […]

New Jersey freeholders say the time has come

New Jersey freeholders say the time has come

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s black county elected officials stand united to remove the term “freeholder” from the state’s governmental and political lexicon. The state’s 19 black freeholders together established an alliance that will address key issues and needs of black communities within their counties and the state. “The origin of the title runs afoul […]

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