Bloomfield Police Invite Residents and Families to an Open House

BY  |  Monday, Oct 27, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

bloomfieldpolicecarOn Wednesday, October 29, Bloomfield Police Director Samuel DeMaio, along with the BPD, will host an Open House from 7 pm – 9 pm. Director DeMaio will be on hand to meet with the community. Continue Reading

Forum On DeCamp Issues Yields Frustration, Suggestions

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (15)

The DeCamp forum of October 22 at the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield was sparsely attended.

The DeCamp forum of October 22 at the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield was sparsely attended.

It was raining heavily outside the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, while a public meeting addressing problems with DeCamp Bus Lines went on inside with residents expressing anger over DeCamp’s substandard service, just as with the previous meeting on April 30. But the October 22 meeting, meant to follow up on the concerns about DeCamp raised nearly six months earlier, unfolded very differently. For one thing, representatives from DeCamp refused to show up. Also, few members of the public showed up as well. Bloomfield Second Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow explained his frustration with DeCamp by pointing out that he had asked the company to send someone for the meeting, only to be told that there was a schedule conflict and that DeCamp had nothing more to say.

Joanow praised his fellow panelists at the meeting, State Senator Ronald Rice and State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, both Democrats from the 28th Legislative District, for their willingness to have a dialogue with DeCamp to address riders’ concerns and improve service.  He added that a vibrant, efficient bus service like DeCamp was “a critical component” to enhance the quality of life in Bloomfield  by providing access to New York City.

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Bloomfield Council Approves Developer’s Agreement for 110 Washington Street

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Council approved a developer’s agreement for  110 council10_20_14Washington Street, which is located behind the Bloomfield Train Station, at Monday evening’s conference meeting.

Community Development Director Glenn Domenick explained that the property was included in the township’s original plan to redevelop the area around the train station, but the development “digressed.” (The owners, 110 Washington Street Associates, fought the township’s efforts to take the property by eminent domain and were ultimately able to get the property removed from the development area). The owners then planned to redevelop the property on their own. However, Domenick said, there were various hold-ups, and the owners eventually filed a lawsuit against the town, which was settled in 2011 in Bloomfield’s favor.

Since that time, Domenick said he has been working with the minority owners of 110 Washington Street Associates to move ahead with the development, which was initially approved by the Planning Board for 151 units. Originally the plan was for condominiums, but Domenick said after the meeting that banks are not loaning money for condos, and the units would be apartments.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Burglaries and Arrests, and IRS Agent Scam

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeSeveral burglaries, arrest, and an IRA agent scam in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


10/13/14 – On the 500 block of East Passaic Avenue a bicycle was stolen between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm from the garage of a residence.

10/13/14 – On the 200 block of Grove Street a self-storage bin was broken into and some personal papers were stolen. It has been a long time since the renter has been in the storage unit and a time frame for the burglary was not able to be reasonably determined.

10/15/14 – On Orchard Street between 10:50 am and 1:30 pm entry was made into a residence through an unlocked porch side door. Once inside the porch, the actors broke a small front door window and reached inside to unlock the door.  Proceeds are an X-Box game system, a Mac Book Pro lap top computer, and a coin jar containing $10.00 in change.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Thefts, Stolen Cars and DUI Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

crimeSeveral Thefts, Stolen Cars and DUI Arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


10-03-2014 – On the 900 block of Broad Street, the victim of a burglary reported that she returned home around 3:00 pm and noticed several bags were overturned in her apartment. The victim also reported that 3 pairs of earrings, two necklaces and $300.00 in cash was missing.



09-29-2014 – On the lower end of Thomas Street a 2006 Honda was broken into and $10.00 in cash was stolen.

09-29-2014 – On Lombard Street an unlocked 2003 Ford was entered. The vehicle owners ID, credit cards, and cellphone were stolen from the vehicle.

09-29-2014 – On New Street an unlocked 2010 Ford was broken into. A Pioneer radio was stolen from the vehicle.

09-29-2014 – On New Street an unlocked 2008 Chevy was entered and the interior of the vehicle was ransacked. The vehicle owner does not believe anything was taken.

09-29-2014 – On the 200 block of Franklin Street, a 2002 Honda and a 2012 Chrysler were broken into between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:30 am. Passenger side windows were smashed on both vehicles to gain entry. It is unknown what if anything was stolen from either vehicle.

09-29-2014 – On the 100 block of N 16th Street a 2013 Honda was broken into between 5:30 pm 9/29 and 8:00 am 9/30. The vehicle was entered through partially open window and cash was reported to have been stolen.

09-29-2014 – On the 100 block of Washington Street an unlocked 2013 Nissan was entered. A debit card and a driver’s license were stolen.

10-02-2014  - On Beach Street a 2004 Chevy was broken into between 6:00 pm on 10/2 and 7:00 am on 10/3. There were no signs of forced entry and $20.00 was reported to be taken from the vehicle.

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DeMaio Approved as Acting Director of Police by Bloomfield Council

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Council

The Bloomfield Council approved a resolution appointing former Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio Acting Director of Police at Monday’s council meeting, which was held at Oakview School.

The resolution was approved by a vote of 4-3, with council members Wartyna Davis, Nick Joanow and Carlos Pomares voting no.

Davis said that her reason for voting against the appointment had nothing to do with DeMaio’s abilities or qualifications. She stated that she objected to it on the basis of procedural issues. She said she thought the council should have conducted additional interviews for the post. Pomares and Joanow stated similar positions, with both expressing their support for DeMaio and praising his qualifications while voting no. Joanow pointed out that between DeMaio and Township Administrator Ted Ehrenburg, a former police chief, the township had 50 years of police experience to draw on.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Car Break-ins, Stolen Cars, and DUI Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 crimeSeveral Car Break-ins, Stolen Cars, and DUI Arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


09-22-2014 – On the lower end of Dodd Street an unlocked garage was burglarized. A Craftsman chop saw and a Craftsman shop vac were stolen.

09-25-2014 – On the lower end of Berkeley Avenue a rear door was found to be the point of entry in a residential burglary where a Dell laptop computer was stolen.

09-25-2014 – On Lindbergh Boulevard a residential burglary occurred between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. A front window was determined to be the point of entry. A silver chain and a Toshiba laptop computer were stolen.

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Bloomfield Crime: Stolen Cars, Burglaries and Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeStolen cars, burglaries and several arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


09-18-2014 – On Church Street a victim reported a rear window broken, possibly the point of entry in a residential burglary. Although nothing is being reported missing by the victim a neighbor reported seeing two people walking around the exterior of the residence prior to the report of burglary.

The two possible suspects were described by the witness as being:

  1. A black male, 16 to 18 years of age, 5’8” tall, wearing a grey hooded jacket and blue jeans.
  2. A black female 16 to 18 years of age, 5’0” tall with long hair.

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Baristanet Profile: Jennifer Siembab Bernal

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jennifer Siembab Bernal

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Jennifer Siembab Bernal

Where do you live? A quiet cul-de-sac in the Oak View section of Bloomfield.

When did you move there? I’ve lived in Bloomfield my entire life. My grandparents and my mom moved here from Kearny and built their house in 1974, and have been here since.

Where did you grow up? I actually grew up across the street from my grandparent’s house, and now live in my grandparent’s house! We’re a tight-knit family and I was lucky enough to always be surrounded by loved ones.

How do you make a living? I began working at Park Street Academy, a private preschool in Montclair, when I was a sophomore in high school. I started as a teacher assistant, and became a full time teacher after college. Currently, I’m a stay-at-home mom to my 1½ year old daughter, Karina.

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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

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