5K Spirit Run benefits Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Oct. 26

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The fifth annual 5K Spirit Run benefiting Mt. Olivet Cemetery was held Saturday morning, Oct. 26. The weather was perfect for running and very much unlike race day last year, when a nor’easter caused a cancellation of the USATF-NJ sanctioned event. According to Nancy Plate, the race director, about 160 people registered […]

Six candidates vie for three seats on Bloomfield BOE

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — At the Bloomfield Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 26, the Independent Press interviewed six of the seven Bloomfield Board of Education candidates competing for three open seats in next week’s election. One candidate was unable to attend due to health reasons. The interviews were undertaken to help determine the three candidates this […]

Bloomfield BOE candidates speak to voters

Bloomfield BOE candidates speak to voters

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — There are seven candidates running for three open seats on the Bloomfield Board of Education. Each candidate submitted a short statement to the Independent Press of Bloomfield detailing their positions and why they should be elected. These statements, which printed in the Oct. 24 print issue of the newspaper, are below:   […]

Municipalities, school districts participate in pooled equipment leasing

Municipalities, school districts participate in pooled equipment leasing

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The municipalities of Irvington, Roseland and West Caldwell and the public school districts in Belleville, Cedar Grove and Livingston are participating in the Essex County Pooled Government Equipment Leasing Program to purchase approximately $11.9 million of new equipment, according to an Oct. 21 press release from the county. This new program […]

Bloomfield BOE candidates debate the issues at forum

Bloomfield BOE candidates debate the issues at forum

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield Home and School Council sponsored a debate last week for the six local Board of Education candidates vying for three seats in the Nov. 5 election. Before an audience of 20 at the middle school, the candidates sat at a table in alphabetical order; they included challenger Dan Anderson, incumbent […]

Watsessing 3rd-grade class becomes a paleontology lab

Watsessing 3rd-grade class becomes a paleontology lab

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Rachel Mazzetta’s third-grade science class at Watsessing Elementary School became a paleontology lab on Monday, Oct. 21, as students learned about fossils. The hands-on lesson required pupils to visit four classroom discovery stations, with two being especially challenging. One required students to uncover the laminated photograph of a fossil, buried inside a […]

Bloomfield firefighters build skills and confidence

Bloomfield firefighters build skills and confidence

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield firefighters trained in five fundamental procedures last week at an onsite facility located at Firehouse No. 3 on East Passaic Street under the guidance of outside instructors and the watchful eye of Bloomfield Deputy Chief Robert Barra. The five procedures practiced were: masked confidence course, forcible entry, ladder placement, roof ventilation […]

Fall Drug Take Back Day in the county on Oct. 26

Fall Drug Take Back Day in the county on Oct. 26

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will hold a Fall Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. Twenty-one police departments in Essex County have free and anonymous collection sites where residents can drop off old and unwanted prescription medications. The event is co-sponsored by the Essex County Division of Community Health, the Federal Drug […]

Columbus Day had awards and pancakes ‘awards and pancakes’

Columbus Day had awards and pancakes ‘awards and pancakes’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield chapter of UNICO commemorated Columbus Day on Monday morning, Oct. 14, on the Green for the 24th consecutive observance of the holiday by the Italian American service organization. UNICO once again recognized the achievement of 13 township fourth-graders who wrote an essay highlighting the character of 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus. […]

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