Judge sets date for Comasco trial to begin

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The trial of Nicholas Comasco, a Bloomfield man charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto, has been scheduled to begin March 14. The date was announced in Newark Superior Court on Wednesday, Dec. 9, by Judge Verna Leath. Comasco, wearing a gray suit and tie, was present in the courtroom. It was […]

Bloomfield schools are focused on attendance

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Student absenteeism is an ongoing concern for the Bloomfield school district, according to Margaret Contaldi, the director of professional development and interim director of curriculum for the school district. The district was cited in September by Advocates for Children in New Jersey as being one of 10 Essex County school districts with 10 […]

Bloomfield teacher is Essex County Teacher of the Year

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education has named a Bloomfield educator its 2015-2016 Essex County Teacher of the Year. Oak View Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jessica Picciuto accepted her award at the Wednesday, Oct. 28, meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In an interview at the school earlier this week, […]

Bloomfield resident to perform at Lincoln Center

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers Adler is slated to make her debut in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. She was hand picked to sing on the new series, titled “Music Over Manhattan.” Sowers Adler was a nominee for the first-ever Tony Award for […]

Great character

BLOOMFIELD, NJ  — Bloomfield High School students named Characters With Character for the month of  November are, from left, Laura Mizhirumbay, Jaydin Ortiz, Ashley Amoako and Emmanuel Odekunle. Each month, selected BHS students are recognized for being a positive example to the school community by demonstrating exemplary character traits. These students are ‘Characters With Character.’ The […]

Patented invention parked on Broad Street

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The United States Patent Office must have forgotten to padlock all the windows or pat down its agents at quitting time because on Saturday afternoon, something from its files had escaped and was parked on Broad Street. Er, excuse me? No, a Scootus. That’s right, a Scootus — a first-ever, vehicular rearrangement, which […]

Demarest implements new attendance program

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Demarest Elementary School last week embarked on a new program to improve student attendance, decrease tardiness, and generally, teach students to focus on coming to school, prepared to to learn. Principal Mary Todaro calls the program “Ready Every Day.” She introduced “R.E.D.” in a Nov. 25 assembly. Basically, the program is a friendly […]

New sign creates tension in downtown Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A sign in the downtown area, displaying placards that advertise businesses, has drawn the critical attention of some nearby merchants. Approximately 25 feet high, the sign is wedge-shaped, with one surface facing Bloomfield Avenue traffic headed east, the other surface, Bloomfield Avenue traffic headed west. The names of businesses in the area are […]

Councilman charged with bribery speaks about situation

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — First Ward Councilman Elias Chalet said his attendance at council meetings, under the advice of his attorney, will be taken one meeting at a time. “It’s the same thing for the planning board,” Chalet said Saturday in his Broad Street real estate office. Chalet is a member of the Bloomfield Planning Board, an […]

Former Bloomfield resident remembered

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, Dec. 7, for former Bloomfield resident Marion Crecco, a New Jersey assemblywoman from 1986 to 2001, and the wife of former Bloomfield Mayor John Crecco, who survives her. About 150 people were in attendance for the Mass, the procession to the church […]