Nutley Female Athlete of the Month

Anna Contini NHS indoor track, sophomore “Anna is a 3-sport athlete at NHS, plays soccer in the fall, and has been the top sprinter on the girls’ team since her first meet as a freshman. As a freshman, she medalled in the 400-meters at the SEC Championships and was first team all SEC Liberty Division […]

Remembering our veterans

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Belleville High School’s Class of 2018 Jordan Polite, left, and Nutley High School’s Class of 2018 Frank Gabriele, right, commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the arrival and encampment of Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army in Second River — Belleville/Nutley — on Nov. 22, 1776, during the army’s retreat from Fort […]

Special-needs playground coming to Watsessing Park

Special-needs playground coming to Watsessing Park

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A press conference heralding the construction of the first Essex County playground completely accessible to special-needs children was held at Bloomfield Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 18. The 12,000 square-foot facility will be located in Watsessing Park between Conger Street and Troy Towers. It will have parking and sit adjacent to a new […]

Service recalls the life of Lillian Ashenfelter

Service recalls the life of Lillian Ashenfelter

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Family members and friends gathered to remember Lillian Ashenfelter at a memorial service Jan. 19, at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church. Ashenfelter died Dec. 11, at the age of 94. She was recalled as a devoted mother, wife and Glen Ridge teacher, who had far greater influence on her family of four […]

MLK celebrated, service awards given

MLK celebrated, service awards given

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration was observed at New Light Baptist Church on Monday, Jan. 21. The event attracted a larger audience than in recent years with more children attending, too. The program was hosted by Councilwoman Nina Davis. “It’s fitting that we do this here,” she said […]

BFD brass going back to the basics

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Forty-five members of the Bloomfield Fire Department attended professional development workshops last week at Fire Station No. 3, located near St. Valentine’s Roman Church. Taking the 16 hours of workshops were Fire Chief Lou Venezia, all captains, deputy chiefs and firefighters who fill-in for captains. The classes were given by Frank Viscuso. According […]

Shutdown affects local theology student

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — A theology student assisting at Christ Episcopal Church who is also a furloughed federal worker, Christopher Dwyer, said on Sunday that he was starting to feel the pinch. He said that on the twenty-third day of the shutdown. Barring a “miracle,” today is the twenty-seventh day. A full-time theology student at Drew […]

Carteret students in training for ‘Challenge 24’ 24’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Carteret Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade students were puzzling their brains in the school media center last week in preparation for an intramural mathematics competition. The competition is called “Challenge 24” and is played with cards having four numbers. Students are required to factor the numbers — add, subtract, divide or multiply […]

Numbers don’t lie: Crime is down

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield crime decreased 17 percent last year, according to Safety Director Sam DeMaio in an interview earlier this week. DeMaio, who began his tenure as head of the Bloomfield Police Department in January 2015, said during the last four years, Part 1 offenses decreased 50 percent in the township. Part 1 offenses are […]

Town loses: Jury says developer gets $1.6M, not 440K

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Newark Superior Court jury verdict determined Wednesday, Dec 19, that the township must pay $1.6 million for a piece of land it had acquired through eminent domain. The town had argued that an appraisal it had commissioned said the land was worth $440,000, a figure it thought was a fair price. This […]