Lost Dog in Bloomfield (FOUND)

BY  |  Friday, Feb 05, 2016 9:50am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lost Dog

Update: Ruby has been found

A reader writes in:

Our 4 year old beagle, Ruby, got out around 9am yesterday morning (Feb 4) without her collar on. She is about 20 pounds, extremely friendly, and microchipped. She also has a tattoo (like a serial number) inside her right ear (we adopted her from a school). We are in Bloomfield (corner of Maolis and Clinton).

If you could please post/share this, we would really appreciate it.



Bloomfield Council Appoints Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, Tables Local Ethics Commission

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 6:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

council2_1_2015 In back-to-back conference and regular meetings held in the Council Chambers Monday evening, the Bloomfield Council members caught up on numerous board and commission appointments and passed resolutions to award professional service contracts for the year.

Animal Shelter Advisory Committee

Mayor Venezia announced the appointment of six out of seven members of the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, which was created by ordinance in December of 2015. A seventh spot remains open.

The committee members are Karen Banda, Jerry Blasi, Cathy Carfagno, Mimi Michalski, Diane Myer, and Charina Schott. After the meeting, Mayor Venezia said he would attend the first committee meeting and swear the members in at that time.

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Bloomfiled Councilman Chalet Indicted By State Grand Jury on Bribery Charges

BY  |  Friday, Jan 29, 2016 1:38pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Elias-ChaletBloomfield Township First Ward Councilman Elias N. Chalet of Bloomfield, 53, was indicted today by a state grand jury for allegedly soliciting and accepting a bribe of $15,000 from a business owner, promising the owner that he would use his position on the council to ensure that the township went ahead with its planned purchase of the man’s commercial property.

Chalet was indicted today on charges of official misconduct (2nd degree), bribery in official and political matters (2nd degree), acceptance or receipt of unlawful benefit by public servant for official behavior (2nd degree), tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (4th degree), and hindering apprehension or prosecution (4th degree). Chalet was arrested on Nov. 16. The charges are the result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption North Unit and the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.

“Chalet had the power to influence a decision by the township council that he knew would have a big financial impact on the businessman he allegedly solicited for a bribe, and we charge that he tried to parlay that into a big, crooked profit for himself,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “This case represents local corruption at its worst.” Continue Reading

Look Who’s Moving In: Glenwood Village in Bloomfield and Valley & Bloom in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (13)

glenwood villlageThe newest buildings in Bloomfield and Montclair are getting new tenants, retails shops, and more:

Glenwood Village, the mixed use project on a triangular shaped property, consists of 3 mid rise buildings housing 224 apartments and 65,000 square feet of retail space. The Village has many open businesses, with some exciting upcoming additions:

  • Jack’s Super Foodtown at 296 Glenwood Avenue opening in November.
  • Villa Italiana Restaurant & Pizzeria is open at 68 Washington Street.
  • Tilted Kilt is open at 80 Washington Street
  • Essex Junction at 90 Washington Street will open next week.
  • AKI Asian House at 70 Washington Street is opening soon
  • Buy Rite Liquors at 35 Lackawanna Place will open soon
  • Urgent Care at 322 Glenwood Avenue will open soon

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Bloomfield Police Officer Sentenced to 5 Years in Dash Cam Case

BY  |  Friday, Jan 22, 2016 5:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Trinidad talking  with ABC’s Sarah Wallace, 2014.

Trinidad talking with ABC’s Sarah Wallace, 2014.

Orlando Trinidad, 34, of Bloomfield was sentenced to a five-year prison term, with a five-year period of parole ineligibility, by the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.

On Nov. 5, 2015 two Bloomfield police officers – Trinidad and Sean Courter, 35, of Englishtown – were convicted of conspiracy to commit official misconduct, official misconduct, tampering with public records, falsifying public records and false swearing as a result of events that occurred during a June 7, 2012 traffic stop on the Garden State Parkway. Continue Reading

Snow Storm 411: Local Preparations, Closings, & Information to Know (UPDATED)

BY  |  Friday, Jan 22, 2016 8:21am  |  COMMENTS (3)

With the impending storm and gas at $1.55/gal for regular, there were long gas lines at Costco yesterday. (Photo by Michale Reitman)

With the impending storm and gas at $1.55/gal for regular, there were long gas lines at Costco yesterday. (Photo by Michael Reitman)

UPDATE: Snow is expected to hit NJ sooner than previously expected.

Montclair Township writes:

The storm has moved farther north with possible accumulations of 8” to 15” in our area. Wind gusts of up to 35-45MPH expected, with blowing, drifting snow. Forecasts show the storm hitting our area between 10:00 p.m. tonight and 1:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Snow accumulations

Tonight: 3” to 6” possible by daybreak

Daytime tomorrow: 4” to 8”

Tomorrow night: a total of 8” to 15” accumulation with snowfall ending around midnight.

There is a blizzard warning in effect for our area starting on Saturday morning through noon on Sunday. Our area may experience strong winds with sustained wind speeds of 25-30 MPH and gusts up to 50 MPH — creating the potential for downed wires — and snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches.

Locals are running out to buy bread, milk, and lots of wine — we hear Whole Foods was out of organic milk yesterday, but Brookdale ShopRite got rave reviews for being well-stocked and orderly, despite long lines. Many are filling up their cars with gas and waiting in lines lines to score a great deal.

The Montclair Office of Emergency Management is getting prepared and will declare a state of emergency should heavy snowfall forecasts continue. At the Montclair council meeting this week, we learned that salt will not be an issue this year:

Here’s more from the Township…

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Montclair Remembers MLK

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pastor Paula Olivier

Pastor Paula Olivier of The First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Montclair.

The 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Montclair interfaith celebration took place yesterday, January 18, at Union Baptist Church in Montclair with a theme of “Advancing the Dream in 2016…Going Back is Not an Option!” It was a coming together by The Montclair African American Clergy Association, the Montclair Clergy Association, the Montclair NAACP, and Montclair Councilwoman Dr. Baskerville and the Montclair 4th Ward Collaborative.

Pastor Jevon Caldwell-Gross, of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church of Montclair, delivered the keynote address. Through interfaith music, dance, and sermons, the service celebrated the life and message of Dr. King.

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Bloomfield Council Takes No Action after Councilman Requests Legal Representation

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 17, 2016 10:34am  |  COMMENTS (1)

councilconference1_11_16At last Monday evening’s conference meeting, the mayor and council did not act after Councilman Joe Lopez requested the mayor and council to provide legal representation to defend him against charges stemming from a confrontation that occurred in the parking lot between him and members of the Chalet family after the previous week’s council meeting.

Lopez described the incident in detail prior to making his request. He stated that after the last meeting when he had made his argument regarding the charges against Councilman Chalet for allegedly accepting bribes, he, his wife and 70-year-old father had left the building and were in their car when the car was surrounded by several people. He said one of them held his phone camera to his face, shining a blinding light, and he couldn’t see who was outside the car.

When he realized there were several people around the car, he said, “At one moment I thought I was being carjacked.” He said he then realized it was “members of the Chalet family.” Lopez said he felt “threatened, harassed, intimidated, terrorized,” and was concerned about his wife and father’s safety.

He said he felt this was retaliation for his having taken a position against the charges against Councilman Chalet. “I have every right to request that… for him to step down…,” he added, “just as everyone else has the right not to accept it.”

He went on to say that his family feels threatened, because he said he had learned that the Chalet family member who approached his car “is a career criminal.” “You can look him up, see all the charges, the mugshots,” he added.  Lopez was referring to Daniel Chalet, who was convicted in 2014 of a scam to defraud Home Depot out of almost $500,000 and is currently on probation.

According to police reports obtained by PolitickerNJ, Lopez said that he had opened the car door and knocked the phone from Chalet’s hand in self-defense, whereas Chalet claimed Lopez had purposely knocked the door into his knee and punched him twice in the face, a charge Lopez denies. Continue Reading

Montclair and Bloomfield Food News: Vino Van, New Restaurant, and Specials

BY  |  Friday, Jan 15, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Your latest Montclair and Bloomfield restaurant and food news:

The Upper Montclair railway station. Image courtesy of Google.

  • Montclair may soon have a Vino Van, delivering wine to you at the train station on your way home. Amanti Vino sent out the following message in its newsletter:

After a long day at work, there is nothing better than enjoying a glass of to help you relax. But after a 10+ hour day and a long trek home, who wants to spend another hour getting wine? That’s where the Vino Van comes in. We are in the process of launching this project but need a little help for YOU. Let us know:

1) Which train station do you use?

2) What time do you get in?

Your answers will help us get a better idea of when to park the Vino Van at your stop! Email here to share your input.

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Local MLK Day Services and Events

BY  |  Monday, Jan 11, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 18, we will mark the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. That day is the perfect opportunity for Americans to honor King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

In 1994, Congress designated the holiday a day of service, asking Americans to observe it as a “day on–not a day off” in honor of King’s words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

You can find ways to serve on the Day of Service website here, and below are local services and events to attend:

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