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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New Perk-Me-Up Space in Bloomfield: Blend Coffee House

BY  |  Monday, Oct 13, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Blend Coffee HouseI’ve noticed. You’ve noticed it, too. Days are getting shorter, and it’s only going to get worse. It means we all need a little more comfort and pep, and thankfully Bloomfield has a new perk-me-up spot on Broad Street. Blend Coffee House has been serving up caffeine and delicious pastry treats since late August. And if you haven’t tried their cappuccino or delicious chai tea (by our favorite Yogic Chai!), make the trip.

With both table and casual bar-style seating, Blend Coffee House has room to relax, watch a game, or surf with their free WiFi as you enjoy a hot or cold beverage. While the weather lasts, sit outside with a steaming macchiato or chai latte. Of course, you need something to go with that beverage. Tiramisu and slices of red velvet cake are the best sweet treat sellers, but there is also a choice of chocolate sweets, sandwiches, and even oatmeal to satisfy your pre-hibernation needs.

The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the Blend Coffee House space is clean, open, and welcoming. Stop in soon to help alleviate your flagging energy as autumn settles in. We recommend the cappuccino if you’re staying and the soy latte for take away. They go well with any and all of the sweets (some from Gencarelli’s Bakery). Trust us on this one.

Blend Coffee House is at 1033 Broad Street in Bloomfield (next to Taqueria Autentica), and it’s open early to help get you started for the day. Questions? Call Blend at (973) 893-5733.

DeMaio Approved as Acting Director of Police by Bloomfield Council

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Bloomfield Council approved a resolution appointing former Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio Acting Director of Police at Monday’s council meeting, which was held at Oakview School.

The resolution was approved by a vote of 4-3, with council members Wartyna Davis, Nick Joanow and Carlos Pomares voting no.

Davis said that her reason for voting against the appointment had nothing to do with DeMaio’s abilities or qualifications. She stated that she objected to it on the basis of procedural issues. She said she thought the council should have conducted additional interviews for the post. Pomares and Joanow stated similar positions, with both expressing their support for DeMaio and praising his qualifications while voting no. Joanow pointed out that between DeMaio and Township Administrator Ted Ehrenburg, a former police chief, the township had 50 years of police experience to draw on.

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Senators Gillibrand and Booker Share Inspiration #OffTheSidelines in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 6:08am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sunday night’s Adult School of Montclair (ASM) and Watchung Booksellers free community event in the Montclair High School auditorium brought over 800 attendees to listen to Senator Gillibrand of New York and New Jersey’s Senator Booker share personal and professional stories meant to inspire as well as entertain. Gillibrand has been making the rounds on behalf of her new book Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

Dr. Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University, gave a warm and welcoming introduction to the Senators replete with reasons why Senator Gillibrand’s book is important as an inspiration and push to get more girls involved in their communities.

The conversation between Gillibrand and Booker revealed the great respect and friendship between the two senators. Touching on topics related to Senator Gillibrand’s new book, Off The Sidelines, the conversation covered work/life balance, mentoring, role models, and the importance of a varied and consistent female voice in politics. Continue Reading

From Montgomery to Montclair: African-American Quilts at Montclair Art Museum

BY  |  Monday, Sep 22, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

wells maskOn July 2, 1964, the United States enacted the Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination against any person based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark act, the Montclair Art Museum is presenting 30 colorful and creatively designed quilts by African-American quiltmakers primarily from West Alabama.

“From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts,” which opened Saturday, showcases 29 quilts on loan from the Montgomery Museum, most of which were made between the mid-1950s and the end of the 20th century.

Quilts are as American as apple pie, but few may realize the prominence they’ve played in African-American communities. Gee’s Bend, Ala., an isolated African-American community founded by freed slaves after the Civil War, became known for its quiltmaking, a skill that has been passed down through the community for generations. Created as a way to support struggling poor families, the quilts have been displayed in art museums throughout the country. Continue Reading

Felton Field Contamination Spurs Dissension at Bloomfield Council Meeting

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

RVTomSmithTom Smith, a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) from Remington and Vernick, provided an update Monday night on the status of the Felton Field baseball field, which has been closed due to contamination since mid-2012.

His presentation was held early in the meeting, followed by the public comment period, during which residents were able to ask him questions regarding the contamination.

The conference meeting was held in the Council Chambers to accommodate members of the public, who came to speak about both Felton Field and the issue of rent control, which was also on the agenda. Public comment went on for an hour, and the public portion of the meeting lasted until 11:30 p.m.

Many of the residents attended as a result of a public meeting previously held by Councilmen Joe Lopez and Carlos Bernard and former 3rd Ward Councilman Gary Iacobacci at Carteret School on Wednesday, September 10, to discuss the contamination at Felton Field. Continue Reading

Local Businesses Donate to Support Baristanet’s SOFIA Walking Team

BY  |  Monday, Sep 08, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Saturday’s SOFIA Walk Against Domestic Violence was a moving and inspirational day for all involved. Baristanet would like to thank those businesses that helped sponsor our walking team. They helped raise almost a thousand dollars for SOFIA’s good works in Essex County! The following businesses and websites donated generously to the Baristanet team. Continue Reading

Free Cholesterol Screening at Brookdale ShopRite, Tuesday, Sept. 9

Saturday, Sep 06, 2014 12:49pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

shopriteHigh cholesterol is one of the major risk factors leading to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Knowing your numbers can help you live a longer, healthier life. Continue Reading

Elderly Black Cat Found in Glen Ridge

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 12:16pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

GlenridgecatfoundThis elderly, male black cat was found on Saturday August 23 on Douglas Road in Glen Ridge. He is neutered, long-haired, and on the thin side. Contact pets@baristanet.com if this is your cat.

Bloomfield Council Gives Final Approval on Lion Gate Property, Animal Shelter To Become True “No-Kill”

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 8:08am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Council81114The Bloomfield Council voted to approve on second reading the ordinance appropriating $10.5 million (including the issuance of $9.975m in bonds or notes) to enable the township to purchase the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive for open space and recreational use.

The vote was 5-2, with Councilmen Lopez and Bernard voting no. Councilman Lopez had previously urged the council to put the issue on the ballot as a referendum in the fall. He introduced a resolution to do so at the July 21st conference meeting, but it failed on a vote of 5-2.

Lopez reiterated his desire for a referendum at Monday evening’s meeting. He said that although he is in favor of open space, there are other places in town that could accommodate soccer fields. He said, “This is a tale of two cities: those who are in favor of open space and those who are struggling to pay the bills.” Continue Reading

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