Nutley Female Athlete of the Month

Nutley Female Athlete of the Month

Samantha Gabriele, NHS senior — Soccer What got you interested in playing soccer in the first place? Soccer has been a big part of my life ever since I was little. Growing up having older brothers, we were constantly in the backyard playing sports, and they were involved in their own soccer teams, so of […]

Nutley Male Athlete of the Month

Nutley Male Athlete of the Month

Dante Contella NHS senior, Football team When did you start playing football? What are some of the benefits of the game? I started playing flag football in first grade, then tackle football in third grade and I have been playing ever since. Some benefits are that once you’re on the field you can forget about […]

Glen Ridge residents give to the needy

Glen Ridge residents give to the needy

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Two traditional Glen Ridge acts of community generosity were displayed this past Saturday morning a stone’s throw away from each other. One was the Thanksgiving turkey collection at the train station by the Rotary Club of Glen Ridge while across the street in the high school parking lot was the Kiwanis […]

A childhood spent in WWII Bloomfield

A childhood spent in WWII Bloomfield

Editor’s note: A weekly feature of The Independent Press is “Spotlight on History” in which we look at past editions of the newspaper and republish stories of interest. “Spotlight” occasionally prompts responses from readers, and the story below is based on an interview with a reader following his response to a Nov. 7 story titled […]

‘Matilda’ comes to Glen Ridge

‘Matilda’ comes to Glen Ridge

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Co-directors Erin Dilly and Heather Ballantyne have had their work cut out for them since September, when rehearsals for the Gas Lamp Junior Players’ production of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” began. The show represents the first time the child corps will stage a Broadway-length production, one in which nearly 100 children have […]

Mayer honored for 45 years — and he’s still on the job

Mayer honored for 45 years — and he’s still on the job

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Brookdale Elementary School celebrated “Bob Mayer Appreciation Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to honor the longtime physical education teacher and coach on his 45th anniversary as a Bloomfield School District educator. The entire school came out for the event, with students sitting on the floor of the gymnasium to hear Principal Lauren […]

Veterans Day celebrated in town

Veterans Day celebrated in town

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Veterans Day was observed in Bloomfield on Monday morning, Nov. 11, with a parade from Town Hall to the Miles A. Suarez Post 711 Memorial at Franklin and Broad streets.The weather was almost balmy and emcee Joseph Ellmer, of VFW Post 711, noted that holiday temperatures the previous year had been very […]

Crossing guard retires after 20 years

Crossing guard retires after 20 years

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — For someone whose job was to shepherd countless children and adults across the busy intersection of Bloomfield and Ridgewood avenues, it makes sense that Glen Ridge school crossing guard Valentine Jackson — who retired Friday, Oct. 9, after 20 years at her post — led a peripatetic life. In a recent […]

Prepare to be blown away by BHS thespians this Nov.

Prepare to be blown away by BHS thespians this Nov.

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield High School Thespian Society will present Jean Giraudoux’s satirical fantasy, “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” on Nov. 21, 22 and 23, at 7 p.m., in the school Auditorium. The show is directed and produced by BHS theater instructor Brandon Doemling. Written in 1943 and first produced in 1945, the play tells […]

All hands on deck for Halloween party at Oak View

All hands on deck for Halloween party at Oak View

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Oak View Elementary School held its annual Halloween parade and homeroom parties on Thursday, Oct. 31. Concern about the possibility of spooky or otherwise inclement weather caused the masquerading children to march down school hallways instead of the playground as parents, who dropped by for the spectacle, observed from the sidelines. Teachers […]