Bloomfield Council Amends Two Ordinances to Address Specific Concerns

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


In the first regular meeting of the year, the Bloomfield Council amended two ordinances on first reading related to specific concerns, one pertaining to business hours and the other to land management.

The first amendment was to Chapter 159-9 of the Township Code, which specifies that certain types of retail establishments within 200 feet of a residential neighborhood shall not be open between 12 midnight and 6 a.m.

The list of designated types of retail stores in the original ordinance included those that “sell food,” without further detail. The amended ordinance adds a parenthetical explanation after the word “food” in the ordinance, spelling out that it includes “retail food establishments, restaurants, fast food, etc.”

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Bloomfield Kicks Off the New Year With Annual Reorganization Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Councilmen Eli Chalet, Nick Joanow and Carlos Bernard (pictured above) were sworn in on Monday night at the annual Reorganization Meeting of the Bloomfield Council.

The festive event was held in the Council Chambers, which were full to capacity with dignitaries, township officials, family, friends, supporters and members of the public.

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FREE Women-Focused January Workshops from SOFIA

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

SOFIA workshop

True to its commitment to provide advocacy, support, and to help develop life skills for those who need it in the Essex County community, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) is offering FREE workshops all through January aimed at building focus and purpose for the whole family.

As Baristanet mentioned last week, SOFIA is offering the popular “I’m a SUPERHERO!” workshop for children (6-12) and their caregivers on Saturday. However, the remainder of the community workshops are geared towards adults seeking motivation and focus in the new year. All events are free and held at the Community Services building at 11 Pine Street in Montclair, NJ. To confirm attendance, send an email with your name to Please put the name and date of the workshop(s) in the subject line.

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A Colorful and Cozy Exit for Montclair’s Modern Yarn

BY  |  Friday, Dec 12, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Modern Yarn

For the past five years, Modern Yarn on Glenridge Avenue has made the Baristaville knitting and crocheting landscape more colorful and cozy. Sadly, for locals who have enjoyed the variety and quality provided by owner Kathleen McWilliams, the store will close its doors for a final time on December 21st. Continue Reading

East Orange Fire: Helping Hands to Those Left Behind

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Lanore Carter-Love

Breiona Love and her 6-week old daughter Lanore Carter-Love perished in the fire with three other family members.

House fires are always a frightening possibility, and this time of year is the beginning of a dangerous time. Sadly, this Sunday morning brought horrific news to the family and friends of the Horton Family of East Orange. Four adults and a six-week old infant, all from the same family, perished in a fire that ravaged three homes and brought over 80 firefighters to the area. Those who have experienced a house fire know the long-term devastation and lasting repercussions of an event such as this. In this case, it is all the more tragic because multiple generations of a family have been affected.

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Bloomfield Holds Annual Tree Lighting, Passes Rental Good Neighbor Act on Final Reading

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 02, 2014 3:47pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

treelightingRain did not deter a crowd of Bloomfield residents from turning out to the township’s annual holiday tree lighting on Monday night.

The event, accompanied by Christmas carols sung by local Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Middle and High School choirs, featured Santa Claus arriving via fire engine, to much applause.

After the tree lighting, the Bloomfield Council held their regular council meeting in the council chambers.

Rental Good Neighbor Act

The Rental Good Neighbor Act, which requires landlords of properties with four or fewer rental units to post a bond if their tenants cause two or more incidents involving the police, passed on second reading by a vote of 6-1.

Councilman Joe Lopez, who voted against the ordinance, spoke at length against it during the discussion period, saying it discriminates against landlords with four or fewer rental units and favors “big business” by not holding owners of larger rental properties to the same standard. Lopez Continue Reading

SOFIA Earns Award from The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

This past September, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) assembled a fundraising team that participated in a special Allstate Foundation program to support domestic violence services. This public awareness program and grassroots fundraising effort was launched to return the power of raising money directly into the hands of organizations like S.O.F.I.A.

To facilitate and solicit donations, Allstate provided online and organizational resources for domestic violence organizations nationwide. They created The Purple Purse Challenge to motivate organizations to earn additional money from the Foundation based on their fundraising efforts.

S.O.F.I.A., a Montclair-based organization focused on offering support for women and families affected by domestic violence, raised $10,546 through Purple Purse team-member efforts, and The Allstate Foundation awarded an additional $3,500. Last week Allstate Agent Neil Greco presented the funds to S.O.F.I.A. team members, as well as longtime S.O.F.I.A. supporter Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin. Continue Reading

Agreement With Brookdale Gardens Announced at Bloomfield Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

confmeeting11_17_14Mayor Venezia announced at Monday’s conference meeting that an ordinance prohibiting overnight parking on Broad Street between Sunset and Johnson Avenues, which was deferred at the last regular council meeting, would not be pursued due to an agreement that was reached between the township and Brookdale Gardens.

Brookdale Gardens has agreed to allow residents to park in the complex’s parking lot during snowstorms to enable the township’s plows to get through on Broad Street, which is a Snow Emergency Street. Residents of the apartment complex have not been allowed to park on the property due to planned construction, which has now been postponed until spring. In view of the upcoming winter weather, the original ordinance was designed to ensure that Broad Street remain clear during the snow season. However, many residents came to the last council meeting and pointed out the hardship this would cause the residents, as well as homeowners on neighboring side streets where Brookdale Gardens residents would have been forced to park if they were not allowed to park overnight on Broad Street.

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Bloomfield Council Passes Rental Property Good Neighbor Act

BY  |  Friday, Nov 07, 2014 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

IaccobacciJoeLopezThe Bloomfield Council passed the “Rental Property Good Neighbor Act” by a vote of 4-1 at the council meeting held Wednesday evening at Watsessing School.

Councilors Pomares and Davis were absent due to schedule conflicts. The meeting was held on Wednesday, rather than the usual Monday, due to the election on November 4. Councilmen Bernard, Joanow and Chalet were all reelected.

The new ordinance holding landlords responsible for the behavior of their tenants, which was passed on first reading, will require owners of rental properties with four or fewer dwelling units to post a bond if their tenants have engaged in disorderly conduct such that police were called to the scene and arrests and convictions occurred, on two occasions in a twelve-month period.

The Community Development Director will be required to send a written notification to the landlords after the first such incident for the penalty to be imposed after the second incident.

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Bloomfield Council Approves Developer’s Agreement for 110 Washington Street

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Council approved a developer’s agreement for  110 council10_20_14Washington Street, which is located behind the Bloomfield Train Station, at Monday evening’s conference meeting.

Community Development Director Glenn Domenick explained that the property was included in the township’s original plan to redevelop the area around the train station, but the development “digressed.” (The owners, 110 Washington Street Associates, fought the township’s efforts to take the property by eminent domain and were ultimately able to get the property removed from the development area). The owners then planned to redevelop the property on their own. However, Domenick said, there were various hold-ups, and the owners eventually filed a lawsuit against the town, which was settled in 2011 in Bloomfield’s favor.

Since that time, Domenick said he has been working with the minority owners of 110 Washington Street Associates to move ahead with the development, which was initially approved by the Planning Board for 151 units. Originally the plan was for condominiums, but Domenick said after the meeting that banks are not loaning money for condos, and the units would be apartments.

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The less than four inches outside my house this morning would suggest those 16' models were about as accurate as Kate Moss forecasting this "crippling and historic" storm.

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