Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting , a Dine & Dash and Car Break-ins

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield CrimeShoplifting, car break-ins,  DWIs, burglaries and more in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


07-14-2014 – On the 100 block of Newark Avenue a residence was burglarized between Sunday at 9:00 am and Monday at 11:00 am. A rear window screen was cut and found to be the point of entry. A Hewlett Packard laptop computer was stolen.

07-17-2014 – On Donald Street the victim of a burglary reported that he noticed a side window open when he returned home from work at approximately 6:30 pm. A PlayStation 3 and an Apple I-Mac laptop computer were stolen.

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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)

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

Bloomfield Crime: Over a Dozen Arrests

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

CrimeStolen Cars, robberies, and several arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


07-07-2014 – On the lower end of John F. Kennedy Drive South, a front door was forced open and found to be the point of entry in a residential burglary. Proceeds were jewelry and cash .

07-11-2014 – On the 500 block of Bloomfield Avenue, a 12×18 inch hole was cut through the roof of a business and found to be the point of entry in a commercial burglary. Proceeds were reported to be cash.

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Bloomfield Council Approves Appropriation of $10.5 million to Purchase Scientific Glass Property

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

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The Bloomfield Council approved an ordinance on first reading by a vote of 5-1, appropriating $10.5 million to fund the purchase of the former Scientific Glass property (Block 875, lots 55 and 102) for public use.

The ordinance authorizes the issuance of $9.975 million in bonds or notes, with the remaining $525,000 needed as a down payment coming from the township’s Open Space Trust Fund.

The township has been working to purchase the property, which is located at 1 and 8 Lion Gate Drive, since last year. It is currently owned by a developer that had planned to build 104 townhouses on the site.

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Latest Update on Bloomfield’s Water Supply

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 2:36pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

water faucetThe township’s website still has the original water supply warning, which states that E.coli was found and that residents should boil all water before using, but on the Mayor’s Facebook page, he posted the following update, saying that latest results show No E.coli present, but to still continue to boil water or use bottled water:

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Drinking Water Warning in Bloomfield, E. coli Found (Updated)

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 10:02pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

Bloomfield Drinking WaterUPDATE 7/11 7:30 am: Mayor Venezia posted the following update on his Facebook page:

‪#‎BloomfieldNJ‬ here is some more information I’ve received from our Engineer and DEP. 
We do not know what strain it is. DEP and EPA do not discern the strain. Any strain of coliform constitutes the need for follow up sampling and testing. We sample and test our water supply at 50 different locations throughout the town each month. Of the 50 samples, seven contained coliform, out of those, ONE indicated the presence of e coli. Regulations require a re-sample and re-test at all seven locations, plus one upstream and downstream of those. When we received te results of the re-test , only one sample came back positive. We are required by law to issue the boil water notice as a precaution. So far we are no other municipality have indicated any problems. There is a good chance the drenching rains of the past week introduced the bacteria into the system. 

The best means of eliminating the bacteria is through hydrant flushing which will begin this morning. This is a proven method. I would not consider our system contaminated otherwise all fifty samples would have tested positive. 

Please share with as many residents as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call our engineering department or my cell at 201-259-9001


A warning telling Bloomfield residents to boil water was put up today up on the townships website because E.coli was found in the water supply:

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Bloomfield Crime: Stolen Cars, Robberies, and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Stolen Cars, robberies, and several arrests in the week of crime from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


06-30-2014 – On the 200 block of Grove Street a storage unit was broken into between June 5, 2014 and June 30, 2014.

07-06-2014 – On Patton Drive an air conditioning unit was pushed in and an apartment was burglarized. Jewelry was stolen.



07-01-2014 – On the 300 block of Franklin Street a 2000 Mazda was broken into through a rear window. A wallet was stolen.

07-04-2014 – On the 100 block of Franklin Street a 1998 Ford Mustang was broken into. A driver’s side window and a passenger side window was broken.

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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

Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan Presented at Bloomfield College

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Mike DiGeronimo presents update of the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan.

Mike DiGeronimo presents update of the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan.

Members of Together North Jersey presented proposed solutions to five problematic intersections along Bloomfield Avenue as part of an update on the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan on June 26 at Bloomfield College’s Science Hall.

The update was provided as part of an open house/workshop meeting that was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Residents and other interested parties were invited to provide input into the possible solutions offered to improve the five intersections. The goal of the proposed changes is to make Bloomfield Avenue more supportive to everyone who uses it, including pedestrians, bicyclists, commuters and shoppers, as well as drivers. Continue Reading

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