The Montclair Bikery Hosts Sandy Hook Cyclists

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Montclair Bikery was bustling on Sunday morning as 26 green-backed cyclists and their crew made a rolling pit-stop in the shop for bagels, coffee, and talk about the gun reforms they are asking of the US Congress. The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW) had arrived!

IMG_1062Herb Jimenez, who rode with Team 26 last year as well, wanted to see if a Montclair stop would be feasible this year. When he reached out to  Dave Adornato, the owner of Montclair Bikery happily offered to host. A team from Montclair Bikery had already ridden a part of the way during last year’s trek, and they cycled with the SHROW from Montclair to Morristown again this year.

While the group of cyclists has some specific goals for Congress, the ride — or “Rolling Rally” — is also about raising awareness and inspiring the public to raise their voices and awareness to encourage action from Congress. Monte Frank, the founder and leader of the SHROW, Herb Jimenez, and Dave Adornato, all spoke briefly about what raising awareness about gun violence prevention and supporting the goals of Team 26 means to them before the group left for Morristown.

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Bloomfield Planning Board and Residents Question Traffic Pattern at Hoover Ave. Site

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 9:35am  |  COMMENTS (14)

Resident Geoff Gove questions applicant's traffic expert at Tuesday evening's meeting.

Resident Geoff Gove questions the applicant’s traffic expert at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

The Bloomfield Planning Board heard testimony from two traffic experts at Tuesday evening’s special meeting addressing the application of 262-268 Hoover Avenue @ Bloomfield, LLC to build a mid-rise multi-family building on the corner of Hoover Avenue and John F. Kennedy Drive.

The application was continued from the Board’s February 17th meeting, when the Board heard testimony by the applicant’s architect and engineer, as well as Ted Gatto, the property owner.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the applicant’s attorney, Michael Piromalli from the Belleville firm of Gaccione and Pomaco, went over the changes that had been made since the meeting in February. Continue Reading

Found Cat in Bloomfield

BY  |  Monday, Mar 23, 2015 5:19pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

found catA reader writes in:

About 6 months or so ago, a lighter grey cat with darker grey markings (swirls) showed up in the back parking lot of an apartment building on Park Avenue in Bloomfield (Glen Ridge border). He would cry all of the time and follow me around. He is definitely someone’s cat. I finally got him in a carrier and took him to the vet. He was neutered previously, but was not micro-chipped. He is shy, but sweet and loves to eat. Please call or text me if this is your cat (973.768.6564)! We’d love to reunite him with his family.

 

 

Bloomfield Council to Introduce Annual Budget at April 13 Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Councilconference3_16_15The Bloomfield Council voted at Monday night’s conference meeting to introduce the 2015 budget at the next regular council meeting on April 13, 2015.

Finance Director Robert Renna announced that the annual budget is coming in with a less than 1% increase, or an increase of just $39 for the average home (currently worth around $277k). This is the smallest budget increase in 14 years. The council voted unanimously to introduce the budget at the next regular meeting.

The township was also able to place $5.1 million into reserve surplus, which now totals $9.6 million, above the $7.5 million surplus recommended by the state.

Renna also announced that a recent bond transaction, which he likened to refinancing a mortgage, resulted in a savings to the town of $413k due to lower interest rates.

Felton Field

Tom Smith, of Remington & Vernick, presented an update regarding remediation of the contamination found on Felton Field. He said that they had completed the sampling process to delineate the remediation area, and had determined that the removal of 300 yards of topsoil would be required to complete the remediation process. They estimate the cost for remediation will be between $100 and $120k, and the actual work would take about two weeks. However, he said the contractor hired to perform the remediation would also be responsible for maintaining the restored playing fields, which will be reseeded with new grass, until the grass has grown in.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglary, Thefts, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

BURGLARY

3/14/15 – A commercial burglary was reported on the 1400 block of Broad St. where investigators discovered that at 4:10 am two suspects broke the front door lock of a local business. One of the suspects entered the building while the other waited outside as a lookout. The suspect who entered ripped the alarm panel off of the wall and stole an envelope containing over $500.00 dollars from the cash register. The suspect entering the establishment was observed wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt on the video surveillance.

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NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman to Visit Bloomfield as Women’s History Month Speaker

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Rev. Dr. Roslyn M. BrockThe New Light Baptist Church (NLBC) in Bloomfield will host Rev. Dr. Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as Keynote Speaker for the Women’s History Month (WHM) program on March 22.

Dr. Brock’s speaking engagement, which is her first in Bloomfield, will be the highlight of NLBC’s WHM programs and will emphasize the theme “A History of Strength through Service.” Dr. Brock made history as the youngest person elected as Chairman of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors. She is the fourth woman to hold the position in the organization’s 106-year history.

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Bloomfield Crime: Robbery, Thefts, And Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

ROBBERY

On March 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm two employees of a local business on Arlington Avenue reported being assaulted by a male, whom they confronted after they witnessed him attempting to shoplift $40.00 worth of merchandise from their store. The victims told investigators that the suspect, a black male, approximately 40 to 50 years old, 5’9” tall, wearing a green coat, dark color hat, jeans and thick glasses, concealed the merchandise and after assaulting the employees fled on foot eastbound on Arlington Avenue. A search of the area for the suspect proved to be unsuccessful and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

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{verdigreen} Expands to Offer More DIY Workshops to the Local Community

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

10981163_10153074635608749_6412470322376249798_nBaristanet was invited in to check out the new {verdigreen} workshop space that expanded when Modern Yarn closed late last year. Just like the original {verdigreen} shop, poking around this larger area is a treat for the eyes, and, with locally made candles burning, even the nose!

Azie Shelhorse, owner of the shop, jumped at the chance to expand so she could offer her customers more workshops and products for home projects. She explains, “We are excited for the chance to host larger community gatherings, local music events, better workshops, and to have a space to comfortable accommodate our local customers’ furniture projects.” Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robberies, Burglaries, and Many Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

ROBBERY

On February 28, 2015 at 7:41 am on the 500 block of Broad Street, a Dunkin Donuts was robbed at gunpoint of approximately $500.00 in cash. The suspect, described as being a 6 foot tall white male, 20-30 years old, wearing a gray sweatshirt, black gloves, black ski mask, black sweatpants, and sun glasses over prescription glasses, approached the counter person and demanded money. The suspect then raised his sweatshirt and displayed what appeared to be a black handgun tucked into his waist band. After the clerk handed over money to the suspect the suspect fled the scene on foot through the back parking lot towards Bay Avenue.A search of the area was conducted with negative results and the crime is currently being investigated by The Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to please call, 973-680-4084.

On February 24, 2015 at 10:21 am, a gas station located on Beach Street was robbed by a suspect who motioned to an attendant as if he was carrying a gun. The victim was approached by the suspect who appeared to be motioning toward what looked like a handgun in his pocket and the suspect said “give me the money”. No gun was actually observed by the victim and he began to fight with the suspect. The suspect fled the scene on foot towards Bloomfield College on Spruce Street. The suspect was described as being a white or Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, 5’5 inches tall wearing blue jeans, and a light green coat with a green hood, and a brown scarf covering his lower jaw. The area was searched unsuccessfully and the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau is asking that if anyone has information about this crime that they contact them at 973-680-4084.

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Bloomfield Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Legislation

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

council3_2The mayor and council unanimously passed an ordinance on Monday night requiring that workers in Bloomfield receive paid sick leave.

Bloomfield is the first town in New Jersey to pass an ordinance of this type in 2015 and the ninth town in New Jersey to do so overall. It is one of only 18 municipalities in the country (including Montclair) that have passed such a law.

The ordinance, which passed on second reading, requires that, with certain exceptions and limitations, all employees in the township will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of time worked. Employers who employ ten or more employees must provide up to 40 hours (five days) of paid sick time in a calendar year. Employers who employ fewer than ten employees must provide up to 24 hours (three days) of paid sick time in a calendar year – unless the employees are child care workers, home health care workers, or food service workers, in which case employers are required to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick time.

In addition to being used when the worker is ill or has a medical appointment, the time can also be used to care for a family member.

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