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

Afghanistan to Montclair: Living the Humanitarian Village

BY  |  Monday, Aug 04, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Leslie Granda-Hill and Bilal Sharif

Learning photography at the Iris Presby Memorial Gardens *photo courtesy of Leslie Granda-Hill

In the midst of horrific news and events, sometimes it is the most tender human stories that remind us of the good that keeps the world in balance. A Montclair photographer is playing a role in an inspiring story of one boy’s journey to health and well-being. Leslie Granda-Hill, whose work often intersects with humanitarian and charitable causes, has been documenting the story of Bilal Sharif. Continue Reading

Bergen County Humane Enforcement Bids to Manage Bloomfield Animal Shelter

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Petitioners Call For New Volunteer Program at Bloomfield's Bukowski Animal ShelterThe Township of Bloomfield received two bids from Bergen County Humane Enforcement in response to the two RFPs (requests for proposals) that had been issued by the Township for both the animal control and shelter management responsibilities at the Bloomfield Animal Shelter.

Responses to the RFPs were due by 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The bids were opened publicly at that time in the Council Chambers by Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano.

Animal Control Officer Vincent Ascolese from BCHE attended the bid opening on behalf of his organization, which is located in Cliffside Park, NJ. In 2012, BCHE founded Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation and created a no-kill shelter in Cliffside Park under their auspices.

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Bloomfield Council Votes Down Resolution to Hold Public Referendum on Lion Gate Purchase

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 5:04pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

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After over an hour of public comment, the Bloomfield Council voted 5-2 against a resolution introduced by Councilman Joe Lopez to hold a public referendum on whether Bloomfield should purchase the site of the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive.

The council had voted to appropriate $10.5 million to purchase the property for use as open space and public recreation (including the issuance of $9.975 million in bonds or notes) at last week’s regular council meeting. Councilman Lopez, who voted against the appropriation, had said at that time that the issue should be on the November ballot as a public referendum. The property is currently owned by a developer who intends to build 104 townhouses on the site.

The motion to hold a referendum was seconded by Councilman Carlos Bernard, who said his constituents wanted a referendum on the purchase. Continue Reading

SOFIA to Hold its 4th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence – “From Surviving to Thriving”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

SOFIA 4th WalkEvery nine seconds, a woman in the USA is assaulted or beaten, and the vast majority of these abuses are between intimate partners. Every month in the USA, at least 46 women are shot to death by their former or current intimate partners. In New Jersey, on average, there are 70,000 domestic violence calls every year. Those who work in law enforcement and victims’ services know that many abuses go unreported. The numbers are staggering, shocking, disheartening, and all too real.

In our area, Montclair’s own Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) helps victims of domestic violence to move on, and the organization also educates young people about how they can avoid the cycle of violence altogether. Check out the various programs SOFIA offers here.

This September, SOFIA will hold its Fourth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in beautiful Canterbury Park. Last year’s walk was a resounding success, with a big crowd of survivors and supporters as well as several eloquent speakers. This year the Grand Marshal is the Reverend Simone Oliver, one of the presenters at last year’s event. Continue Reading

Cat Lost from North Mountain Avenue in Montclair

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 5:27pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

losttabbyA woman from North Mountain Avenue in Montclair writes that her cat, Nicholas, never came home on July 4th and she has not been able to find him since. He may have gotten trapped in a garage because it rained on the 4th or may have been frightened by fireworks. He is a male gray tabby with a little white under his chin and on his paws. He weighs 14 pounds. If you’ve seen Nicholas please contact pets@baristanet.com.

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