Bloomfield seniors enjoy Key Club Thanksgiving lunch

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield High School Key Club held its traditional Thanksgiving luncheon for local seniors on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The event appeared to be a popular success with the noisy crowd. Music was provided by the singing Madrigals and a small ensemble of musicians, and the meals were provided by a local eatery. But […]

Activity around Chalet allegations continue

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield Police Director Sam DeMaio confirmed to the Independent Press last week that Bloomfield police responded to a terroristic threat at Sanj’s Smoke Shop on Sunday evening, Nov. 22. The shop is on Broad Street. The police response had been heard on a police scanner by a resident who informed this newspaper. DeMaio […]

Bloomfield High School play review of ‘Almost, Maine’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — “Almost, Maine,” a play of nine vignettes about falling in and out of love, on the same night as an aurora borealis, was performed last week by the Bloomfield High School Thespian Society under the direction of BHS drama teacher Brandon Doemling. Written by John Cariani, the school’s fall production was seen last […]

Reactions begin for councilman’s bribery charge

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia has indicated that he is prepared to move forward following the arrest of Councilman Elias Chalet on bribery charges last week. “Obviously, within this situation, we’re going to act swiftly,” Venezia said in a Monday telephone interview. “At the next conference session, I want an ethics board in the township […]

BPD is holding annual toy drive this holiday season

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Police Department will once again be collecting toys for the less fortunate children of Bloomfield. Make a donation or bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Youth Aid Division office of the Bloomfield Police Department by Wednesday, Dec. 16. Additional drop-off locations are Bagels Abroad and the ShopRite in Bloomfield. […]

Bloomfield parents learn English at Fairview School

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — English as a second language is being taught to adults at Fairview Elementary School on Wednesday evenings. The course is a rigorous, 20-week workout for parents with varying degrees of English proficiency who have children enrolled in Fairview. Class begins at 6 p.m. and runs for two hours without a break. Homework is […]

BPD director speaks on recent sentencing

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield Police Director Samuel DeMaio said his department respects the decision of the Newark Superior Court jury which found two former Bloomfield police officers guilty of multiple charges stemming from a June 2012 roadside stop. “It is not a reflection of the hard-working men and women officers doing their jobs,” DeMaio said in […]

Collins House now officially a historic site

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — One of the oldest homes in the township, for years abandoned and now being restored, will be added to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. The Collins House, a dwelling built originally in the 1790s and later enlarged, and the lynchpin in the establishment of the Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield, was […]

New welcome signs highlight unity in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The township has put out the welcome mat at key entry points into the municipality to let travelers, and for that matter, returning residents, know that what makes Bloomfield special is the unity of the people who live or work here. The welcome mats are welcome signs, and they were the idea of Brookdale […]

BHS Thespian Society to present play this weekend

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield High School Thespian Society will present the play “Almost Maine” in performances tonight, tomorrow and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. A comedy written by John Cariani, “Almost, Maine” had its off-Broadway premier in 2006. According to Brandon Doemling, BHS drama teacher and director of the school production, it is currently the […]