Hispanic Heritage Committee proposal discussed

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A proposal by a councilman to create a Hispanic Heritage Committee drew criticism at the Bloomfield Township Council conference meeting Monday night. Councilman Carlos Pomares deferred his proposal, which was listed on the agenda, before any discussion took place, because he said he is still putting together committee members. But two members of […]

BOE considers non-public athletics issues

By Joe Ragozzino and Daniel Jackovino BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Fed up with being forced to play against non-public schools that have the advantage of drawing student-athletes from anywhere in the region, Bloomfield High School Athletic Director Steve Jenkins, in a Dec. 29 letter to Superintendent Sal Goncalves, asked the Board of Education to adopt a policy […]

OPRA request case gets support on both sides

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield resident’s OPRA request for a Town Hall surveillance video recording of the mayor’s parking space is drawing attention from national news organizations and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. The request, by township resident Pat Gilleran, for a 14-hour recording of the Mayor Michael Venezia’s parking space on March […]

Councilman indicted on five charges

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield 1st Ward Councilman Elias Chalet, 53, was indicted by a state grand jury on Friday, Jan. 29, for five criminal charges stemming from a bribery allegation against him. According to grand jury papers, Chalet was indicted for official misconduct, second degree; bribery in official and political matters, second degree; acceptance or receipt […]

Fairview participates in anti-bullying activity

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The alphabet — all 26 letters — met 26 homerooms to spell the “ABC’s of good character,” at Fairview Elementary School, on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The lettering, and the words prompted by them, were for another “Block the Bully Day” — a communal activity, the second of the school year, aimed at reminding […]

Former BPD officer sentenced to five years

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Former Bloomfield police officer Orlando Trinidad was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday, Jan. 21. Superior Court Judge Michael Ravin told Trinidad, who had been found guilty of second-degree official misconduct, that he was ineligible for parole. At the sentencing, Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Berta Rodriguez asked Ravin for a seven-year […]

Bloomfield DPW tackles Blizzard of 2016

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Directors of the public works departments in Glen Ridge and Bloomfield said streets in their respective communities were drivable by Sunday following an all-day snowstorm Saturday, which left the area under at least 2 feet of snow. In Glen Ridge, William Bartlett was prepared for the storm with 12 men on duty and […]

Bloomfield Chorale is seeking new members

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield Chorale seeks singers of all levels and backgrounds, all ages, non-residents and residents alike. The chorale resumes its spring season with rehearsals held on Tuesdays, at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Bloomfield Civic Center, second floor, 84 Broad St. Comprised of people from Bloomfield and the Essex County area, the […]

Bloomfield’s bike champion

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — There is not a lot of money to be made by riding a mountain bike professionally, but there is a lot of passion, according to Watsessing-area resident Kristine Contento-Angell, the 2015 New Jersey state champion in the professional category of cross-country mountain biking. An Upstate New York native with a sports-competitive streak, Contento-Angell, […]

Residents come together for MLK Day of Service

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield residents went to work this past Saturday for their second Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a community-based effort to make a positive difference in the township. Last year, that common effort meant painting the Bloomfield Middle School breezeway and adding murals to stairwells. This year there was a collection of […]

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