Residency of BOE winner questioned

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Two unsuccessful candidates in the recent Bloomfield Board of Education elections are questioning the eligibility of one of the winners. Incumbent Shane Berger and challenger Ben Morse, who polled the fourth- and seventh-highest totals, respectively, in a race for three seats, are questioning the residency status of the candidate with the second-highest total, […]

ECPO to host information session on procedures for officer-involved fatal shootings

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will hold an information session on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. to provide an overview of what happens in Essex County when an officer is involved in a fatal shooting. The 40-minute presentation will provide statistical data and other information and allow members of the […]

BHS Key Club fetes seniors at a Thanksgiving tradition

BHS Key Club fetes seniors at a Thanksgiving tradition

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield High School Key Club hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for seniors on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the high school cafeteria. Helping out with serving dinners and beverages was the Builders Club, the Bloomfield Middle School version of the Key Club. Both groups are sponsored by the Bloomfield Kiwanis Club. The Builders Club […]

Lawyers battle jurisdiction in deerslayer case

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Vincent Ascolese, the former Bloomfield animal-control officer charged with allegedly euthanizing a fawn by slitting the animal’s throat, had a hearing in Bloomfield Municipal Court on Nov. 23 with Chief Municipal Court Judge John Paparazzo presiding. A casually dressed Ascolese was in the courtroom seated on a bench with unidentified individuals while the […]

Supreme Court denies resident access to security video

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld a township of Bloomfield decision to refuse a township resident a copy of a recording taken by a Municipal Building security camera. The 4-2 decision, made public Nov. 22, reversed an Appellate Division ruling that would have permitted Bloomfield resident Patricia Gilleran the right to obtain […]

The Bloomfield Choral plans concert at Watchung Church

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Chorale will present a festive concert of traditional and contemporary holiday music on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Watchung Presbyterian Church, 375 Watchung Ave., Bloomfield, near Broad Street. Light refreshments follow the show. Admission is charged. For more information email the chorale at, or call 973-204-3054. […]

Local businessman owns a dinosaur park

Local businessman owns a dinosaur park

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield resident and 1978 Glen Ridge High School graduate Guy Gsell puts on a really big show. Combining live performances with animatronic dinosaurs, Gsell is the creator and operator of a dinosaur-theme park in Leonia, named “Field Station: Dinosaurs.” “I went to the World’s Fair in 1965 and saw dinosaurs,” he said recently […]

Town may petition top court to overturn Lion Gate decision

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The attorney representing four Bloomfield residents who successfully blocked the acquisition of open space land has been notified that the township will petition the NJ Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision. Mark Maryanski, attorney for Bloomfield residents Russell Mollica, James Wollner, Chris Stanziale and former Mayor Raymond McCarthy, said he […]

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