A life saved, a wish granted, and a future brightens

A life saved, a wish granted, and a future brightens

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Ava Covington, the Bloomfield High School girl who collapsed at Foley Field in March from an apparent heart attack, played holiday melodies on the cello Monday, Nov. 7, to open Macy’s 2016 National “Believe” campaign in New Jersey. The cello was a gift from the “Make-A-Wish New Jersey” which is sponsored, in part, […]

Judge: charges are credible — Chalet headed to trial or plea

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Newark Superior Court Judge Martin Cronin ruled Friday, Nov. 5, that charges will not be dismissed against Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet. Chalet was indicted by a state grand jury in January 2016 on five counts stemming from the proposed purchase, by the township, of a parcel of land. He allegedly had promised the […]

Venezia and Democrats sweep into office

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Incumbent Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and his Democratic slate swept to an easy victory in the mayoral and council elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8. According to the Essex County Clerk’s Office, with 97 percent of the votes counted, the uncertified results have Venezia winning re-election to a second term with 12,113 votes, or […]

Fischman, Rivera, Mancheno win BOE seats

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield voters elected two new members to the Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and ended the two-term incumbency of another. With 100 percent of the votes counted, the unofficial results from the Essex County Clerk’s Office had incumbent and BOE President Jill Fischman receiving 5,787, or 23.8 percent, of the 24,282 […]

MSU athletes promote reading to Franklin students

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Members of the Montclair State University men’s and women’s basketball teams, and several assistant coaches, visited Franklin Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 27. The point they wanted to make with their audience of fifth- and sixth-graders was the importance of reading. The players met with each class in the school library and introduced […]

Dems and GOP optimistic as Election Day nears

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — With Election Day only five days away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the two major-party Bloomfield mayoral candidates were both seeing positive results from their campaigning. Earlier this week, Democrat incumbent Mayor Michael Venezia expressed confidence that he would be returned to office for a second term, while GOP challenger David Tucker said many […]

Teacher arrested for aggravated sexual assault

Charges against the BHS instructor include third degree aggravated criminal sexual contact

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Leo Donaldson, the Bloomfield High School cross-country coach who was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, remains in the Essex County Correctional Facility on $400,000 bail, with no 10 percent option. Donaldson was arrested Oct. 27 after being discharged from a hospital he had […]

Ex-BFD captain charged for child pornography in Wisconsin

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Former Bloomfield Fire Department Capt. Donald Jervis has been been arrested in Kenosha, WI, and charged with four counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child and 17 counts of possession of child pornography. Jervis, 52, was a Bloomfield firefighter for 25 years, according to BFD Chief Joseph McCarthy. He retired Aug. 1, […]

Veterans’ pancake breakfast, parade next week

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Joint Memorial Committee will be hosting its annual Veterans Day breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held at the Newark-Bloomfield Lodge No. 21, located at 296 Bloomfield Ave. in Bloomfield. A donation is requested. The committee has been hosting this breakfast for more […]

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