Montclair Road Project Christie Will Shut Down if No Transportation Trust Fund Deal

BY  |  Friday, Jul 08, 2016 10:31am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Transportation Trust Fund

Governor Chris Christie released a list of NJDOT Transportation Trust Fund Construction Projects that will be shut down today at midnight if he and the state senate can’t reach a deal on how to fund the TTF.

The list represents $3.5 billion worth of road and rail projects across the state and Montclair’s Gates Avenue (section 2) project in included.

Township Engineer Kimberli Craft tells Baristanet that the project included construction of granite block curb and paving at a contracted cost of $252,397.31.  “Montclair received a grant in the amount of $221,544.00 and as of now, there are no adverse effects for the Township as a result of the shutdown.  This is because it is the NJDOT’s policy to provide 75% of the grant award (or project cost – whichever is less) to the municipality once the project has been awarded,” explains Craft.
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Bloomfield Under Boil Water Advisory

Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 4:27pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Water Deemed Safe, Boil Water Alert CancelledTownship of Bloomfield in an emergency announcement today stated that a motor vehicle accident has caused severe damage to a water main and, as a precaution, the Township is presently under a boil water advisory. While at this time the presence of e-coli or fecal coliform has not been detected in the water system, watermain breaks of this nature require the Township to sample and re-sample the water to verify that these contaminants have not been introduced into the water system. Therefore, until Further Notice, all water used for consumption, brushing teeth and washing dishes should be boiled for at least 1 minute before use. Use of bottled water is encouraged. Further information can be found on the Township website, or by calling the water department at 973-680-4177. The Township will continue to update residents through the website, our Cables TV Channels 35 on Comcast and 30 FIOS and through further telephone announcements.

Run in the Sunset Classic on Thursday Evening

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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On Thursday night, June 30, join other runners to celebrate the 28th running of The Sunset Classic.

The challenging and picturesque 5 mile USATF certified course begins at 6:30 pm and winds its way through Bloomfield and Glen Ridge ending with a stadium finish on the track at Foley Field/ The Sunset Classic also features the Mile Fun Run and Kids Sprints.

After the run, hot dogs, ice cream, and other summer treats will be waiting for you to enjoy. Plus, music and beer!
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Bloomfield Council Faces Negative Feedback Over Passed Re-Appointment

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Township Council passed numerous first-reading ordinances at its June 27 meeting regarding traffic, including one to place a “Yield” sign for westbound traffic on Washington Street and the intersection with Farrand Street and stop signs for eastbound traffic on Brighton Avenue, East Lenox Terrace, and Carteret Street where they all intersect Cleveland Terrace, as well as resolutions that included acceptance of a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration to assist firefighters and the authorization of water charge overpayments. With Councilman-at-Large Carlos Pomares absent, these items all passed 6-0.  The big controversy of the meeting however, came in public comment.

The Bloomfield Township Council

The Bloomfield Township Council

Michelle Davidson, a member of the Bloomfield Cultural Commission, had been up for re-appointment to that body but Mayor Michael Venezia and the council failed to re-appoint her.  Ms. Davidson herself rose to defend her record of service and said she was “appalled” at the way her re-appointment was “totally disregarded”  for what she said were political reasons.

“In my view, your politically motivated actions were cruel, unprofessional, and in keeping with your own agendas rather than that of the community, she said as Mayor Venezia and the council listened.  Concurrences followed in rapid order; Ms. Davidson’s husband Walter followed, tendering his resignation from the Bloomfield Board of Adjustment in protest.  Resident Madeline Wollner compared Ms. Davidson to the heart of the commission, saying it had been torn out.  But former councilman Dave Tucker,  the 2016 Republican candidate for mayor of Bloomfield, offered the angriest rebuttal. Continue Reading

ALDI Supermarket Open in Bloomfield

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (40)

ALDI Supermarket

ALDI supermarket is now open in Bloomfield (244 Bloomfield Avenue), offering a unique shopping experience and discounted prices.

ALDI does things differently from your typical supermarket. The German grocery chain uses cost-cutting methods to offer discounted prices and sells mostly exclusive brands.

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Bloomfield Primaries: Venezia Wins

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 08, 2016 9:57am  |  COMMENTS (4)


According to results posted on the Essex County Clerk’s website from yesterday’s primary elections in Bloomfield, Incumbent Mayor Michael Venezia beat challenger Councilman Joseph Lopez with 4,588 to 2,166 votes.

Venezia council slate, Wartyna Davis, Carlos Pomares and Ted Gamble, were also all declared victors. They defeated Lopez’s slate Kathy DeMarino, Jo Lewis and Yudi Sobharam.
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Historical Society of Bloomfield Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Ice Cream Social!

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 07, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Historical Society of Bloomfield

Ice Cream! Get your ice cream and history here! The Historical Society of Bloomfield (HSOB) will bhost an Ice Cream Social to commemorate its 50th Anniversary on June 11! There will be free ice cream for all who visit the HSOB Museum at 90 Broad Street (located on the third floor of the Children’s Library) between the hours of 11 am – 2 pm.
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Bloomfield Ordered to Pay $3 Million for Site it Condemned

BY  |  Monday, Jun 06, 2016 3:39pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Ordered to Pay $3 Million for Site it Condemned

An Essex County Superior Court Jury Friday ordered the Town of Bloomfield to pay a property owner $2.9 million for a parcel of land the town has condemned and had previously wanted to include in its redevelopment plan for more than a decade.

The nearly $3 million award to Bloomfield Daval Corporation, a family business led by Howard Haberman, for a property which includes a building that once served as a train station, is almost seven times more than the $440,000 value that the town’s appraiser placed on the property. Haberman had sought to develop the property himself, presenting a plan to build 34 apartments and 12,000 square feet of new commercial space. However the town condemned Haberman’s property via eminent domain in 2012, and the litigation took four years to get to trial. Superior Court Judge Robert Gardner presided over the trial.

Haberman’s property, known as Block 220, encompasses about two-thirds of an acre and includes a historic train station building constructed in 1912. The Haberman family bought the property in 1964 from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. Continue Reading

Report Claims Bloomfield PD Use of Force Up Dramatically With Minorities the Primary Subjects

BY  |  Friday, Jun 03, 2016 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (4)

bloomfieldpolicecarSome two months after Vice News aired a documentary report conducted by Seton Hall Law students concluding that racial profiling and targeting of non-residents is occurring at traffic stops in Bloomfield, a new report claims that the number of instances of Bloomfield police use of force has increased dramatically in the past two years. The report says minorities are the primary subjects of that force. reports that the report, issued by the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, found that in 2015, use of force incidents reported by police officers was up in Bloomfield 87 percent over 2014, from 32 incidents to 60. In the first four months of 2016, there were 23 instances of police use of force, representing a jump of 187 percent over the same time period in 2015.

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Lost Cat in Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 01, 2016 8:03am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Lost Cat

A reader writes in:

Our family lies on Waverly Terrace in Bloomfield, across from the Quick Check on Broad Street. We came back from a family vacation to find our side door nudged open, and our indoor cat Minnie missing. (We were at Disney World, which is a sad irony for a missing cat named Minnie.) She’s been gone for a few days, but I just found out. The kids don’t know yet: they’re sleeping off a seven-hour flight delay.

If anyone sees or knows where she might be, please call Jeff at (973) 902-6826.


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Thanks for posting this information. I am a parent to a rising kindergartener, and we did not receive the email. Important, relevant news for all families new to the district. Did any families new to the district receive this email?

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