ALDI Supermarket Open in Bloomfield

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (18)

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.



Bloomfield Woman Killed in Car Crash on Garden State Parkway

BY  |  Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey State Police identified the woman killed in a crash last Sunday morning on the Garden State Parkway as Alexis Simpkins, a 25-year-old Bloomfield resident, reports.

Simpkins lost control of her car while driving northbound early on Sunday morning on the Garden State Parkway, state police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams said. Simpkins was not wearing a seat belt and the road was wet from rain.



Bloomfield Township Council Passes “Historic” Rent-Control Ordinance

BY  |  Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

In a move that rent-control activist Kevin Lindahl called “historic,” the Bloomfield Township Council passed a new rent-control ordinance on second reading at its May 16 meeting.  The ordinance, which was the result of months of negotiations involving landlords, tenants, and civic leaders, passed with the votes of Mayor Michael Venezia and for of the six council members present.  (First Ward Councilman Elias Chalet and Third Ward Councilman Carlos Bernard were both absent.)

The new rent-control rules, designed to help residents stay in place at a time of numerous redevelopment projects producing high-rent apartments, caps annual rent increases at 3 percent for an available apartment or at the percentage or difference between the Consumer Price Index (CPI) three months before the end of a lease and three months before the commitment to the lease term, whichever is greater but not to exceed 5 percent.   It also penalizes landlords who are caught harassing or deceiving tenants to get higher rents from more lucrative tenants.

The Bloomfield Township Council

The Bloomfield Township Council

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Lost Rembrandt Painting Found In Bloomfield, Headed For Getty Museum

BY  |  Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)


Self-Portrait of the artist

When the small, slightly damaged painting showed up at an auction house at Nye & Co. auction House in Bloomfield, NJ, no one expected that it would be worth over $1 million, reports The LA Times. In fact, the auction house estimated that the work would sell for $500 to $800.

The painting came from an Essex County estate and had been stored in a basement with other items that had been passed over by the heirs. After the painting was put up for sale at the auction, a bidding war erupted among three in-the-know art dealers. It turns out, the painting is believed to be part of a series done by the 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn when he was a teenage student around 1625. “The Unconscious Patient (An Allegory of Smell)” sold for nearly $1.1 million. Continue Reading

Bloomfield to Celebrate Opening of Township’s Newest Park, Morris Canal Park at Oak Tree Lane

BY  |  Monday, May 09, 2016 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Morris Canal Park at Oak Tree Lane

The Township of Bloomfield along with the Recreation Department and the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee will celebrate the Twonship’s newest park, Morris Canal Park at Oak Tree Lane, with a ribbon‐cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

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whatever they do, could they at least let us park there in the meantime?

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