Van Tassel’s hosts annual Pet Memorial Day

Van Tassel’s hosts annual Pet Memorial Day

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — For the dozen or so people who came to mourn a pet at the 4th annual Pet Memorial Day, held Sunday, Sept. 10, at Van Tassel’s Funeral Home, in Bloomfield, the first speaker, Vicky Valvano, of East Rutherford, may have captured the spirit of the day. It was touching, personal and a little […]

Blind resident finds fault with ADA-required curbing

Blind resident finds fault with ADA-required curbing

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — If crossing the street wasn’t tough enough for a visually impaired person, Glen Ridge resident Peter Seymour said ADA curbing makes it downright dangerous. According to Seymour, when the American Disabilities Act eliminated curbs at crosswalks in favor of ramps for wheelchairs, the law took away a landmark that visually impaired people […]

Nutley actress nominated for a Perry Award

Nutley actress nominated for a Perry Award

NUTLEY, NJ — Nutley resident Caroline Ritacco has been nominated for a Perry Award as Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play for her performance as Young Molly in Neil Simon’s “Jake’s Women,” directed by E. Dale Smith-Gallo and staged in late March and early April at Studio Montclair in Montclair. Also nominated from that production […]

Coach works off the field to build players’ character

Coach works off the field to build players’ character

NUTLEY, NJ — While many coaches focus solely on the academic and athletic success of their athletes, JD Vick strives to build the character of his students with annual summer service trips. Vick, who coaches the freshman football, baseball and boys’ basketball teams at Nutley High School, took his students on an excursion to Gatlinburg, Tenn., […]

Field house at Hurrell undergoes restoration

Field house at Hurrell undergoes restoration

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The field house at Hurrell Field is undergoing a transformation, thanks, in part, to the effort of the Glen Ridge Booster Club. It is hoped that all changes will be accomplished in a short time frame, just 18 months, according to Tania Liddy and Ellen Auborn, two “football parents” who are providing […]

Freeman Tennis Courts are now on the upswing

Freeman Tennis Courts are now on the upswing

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Freeman Tennis Courts is having another popular year, according to court manager Peter DeCapua, with Glen Ridge and Bloomfield residents among an increasing membership drawn from all Essex County and New York. “It’s been a great year,” he said in a telephone interview earlier this week. “There’s been an increase in membership […]

Congregational Church has interim pastor

Congregational Church has interim pastor

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Rev. Damien Lake, 43, the interim reverend for the Congregational Church of Glen Ridge, knows about transitions. In addition to having worked with a church undergoing profound change, he has restored vintage cars. But he also acknowledges having “lost the calling” for 10 years. Born and raised in Michigan, Lake’s father […]

Hard work is transforming downtown Bloomfield

Hard work is transforming downtown Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Slowly but surely, according to several prognosticators, Bloomfield Center is moving in the right direction. At the redevelopment project located at Broad and Liberty streets, it is reported that 100 percent of the residences are occupied, although at ground level retail space remains nearly vacant. According to Jonathan Schwartz, a principal of BNE […]

Bloomfield resident donates milkweed to Great Swamp

Bloomfield resident donates milkweed to Great Swamp

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield resident Susan Moseson came to the rescue of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge’s “Monarch Waystation” demonstration butterfly garden in July, donating more than 60 swamp milkweed plants to replace others that had been destroyed. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs only on milkweed plants, whose leaves are the sole source of […]

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