Bloomfield Council to Ponder Choice of New Slogan for Welcome Signs

BY  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (7)


Photo credit: John Lee/Black Tie and Flip Flops

DPW Director Anthony Nesto announced at last Monday’s conference meeting that results had come in from a contest to choose a slogan to grace new “Welcome to Bloomfield” signs that will be put in place to greet motorists entering the Township on several major thoroughfares.

The contest was initiated by Nesto two months ago with the help of Parks Director Mike Sceurman, Bloomfield High School Principal Chris Jennings (who agreed to invite the high school students to participate in the contest), and the Bloomfield Educational Foundation, which authorized a $500 prize for the winning slogan. The final choice is to be made by the Mayor and Council.

On Monday evening, Nesto thanked Sceurman, Jennings and the BEF for their contributions, as well as Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano and the seven Department Heads for helping him narrow the field. He said they had received 124 submissions from the students. The most popular among the students was #62, he said, which was “Our Unity Makes Our Community.” He said he and Palagano had each picked their 15 favorites, and had only one overlapping choice. “A perfect married couple,” quipped Mayor Michael Venezia. “Mine were better,” Palagno responded. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


5/11/15 – An apartment was burglarized on the 300 block of Franklin Street between 9:30 am and 2:00 pm. Pry marks on the door indicated forced entry and 7 watches valued at approximately $11,000.00 was reported missing by the victim.

5/13/15 – A resident from the 100 block of Newark Avenue reported to Police that a shed on his property was burglarized between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on 5/12/15. A blue woman’s NEXT bicycle, valued at approximately $150.00 was taken. The victim also reported that he believes someone attempted to gain entry into his home, as a screen on his sun room was found cut. No entry is believed to have been gained to the sun room or residence.

5/14/15 – Two steel contractor’s boxes were broken into on a construction site located on the 300 block of Franklin Street. A padlock on a gate was cut to gain entry to the site. A total of approximately $14,000.00 worth of tools was taken from the boxes.

5/17/15 – On Ella St. the victim of a burglary that reported that he discovered a basement window open and then noticed that several items including: 2 televisions, a X-Box game system and a Dell laptop computer had been stolen from his residence. The incident was pinpointed through video evidence to have occurred at approximately 8:50 pm when a male was captured on tape opening the side door of the victim’s residence. A short time later 2 other males can be seen leaving the residence each carrying a television.

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Historical Society of Bloomfield Presents Story About Bloomfield’s Environmental Activists of 1907

BY  |  Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Historical Society of Bloomfield

The Historical Society of Bloomfield will present a program titled TIA: An Inspirational Story about Bloomfield’s Environmental Activists of 1907 on May 26 at the Bloomfield Civic Center.

The program will feature a digitally enhanced presentation of original magic lantern slides of Town Improvement Association (TIA) sites in Bloomfield. Original sites will be shown, along with what the site looks like in 2015.

The TIA was created in 1907 with the goal of beautifying Bloomfield and was a predecessor of the federal Work Projects Administration (WPA: 1935-1943), which was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.Members and Officers over the years are a who’s who of prominent Bloomfield families including Mrs. Harry E. Richards, Mrs. David Oakes, Mrs. Frank Oakes, Mrs. Allison Dodd, Mrs. John Dodd, Mrs. Edward Baldwin and Mrs. William R Broughton.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Thefts, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


5/05/2015 – On the 100 block of N. 15th Street a witness reported a burglary in progress at 1:15 pm. The witness observed an individual going through a window on the north side of the building and entering a first floor apartment. By the time police arrived the suspect had already entered the apartment, rummaged through a jewelry box and fled through a rear door as an alarm was sounding. The suspect used a BBQ grill from the rear yard to boost himself up to the window where he entered the apartment. The suspect was described as being a black male, tall, a lot of hair pulled back into a bun, wearing black khaki pants, dark colored sweatshirt and boots.

5/05/2015 – On the 200 block of Ampere Parkway a resident reported that a snow blower and a Ryobi Table Saw were stolen from his garage. A red Chevy Equinox SUV was seen in the area.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries and Many Arrests

BY  |  Friday, May 08, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


4/28/15 – on the 100 block of N. 15th Street a resident reported to Police that she pulled into her driveway at approximately 2:30 pm and noticed a male in her backyard. The victim described the suspect as being a black male, thin build with braids and wearing light blue and dark blue plaid pajama pants and a black hoodie. The victim also told Officers that she believed that the suspect was turning his head to talk to a second suspect that was not in plain view. The victim remained in her vehicle until the suspect or suspects were gone and then called police. A rear kitchen window is believed to be the point of entry for the burglary however the victim was relatively sure that nothing was taken from the apartment. The victim also told investigators that she noticed an older model red BMW at the time of the incident, driving slowly past her house twice.

4/28/15 – On the lower end of Grace Street a resident reported that a vehicle parked in her garage was broken into by a suspect or suspects unknown sometime during the night. The victim claims that nothing was taken from the vehicle nor was there any damage but that he suspects had entered through the garage doors to get to the unlocked vehicle.

4/29/15 – On the 200 block of Montgomery Street a resident reported that her apartment had been burglarized sometime between 7:00 am and 7:45 pm. A Mac Book Pro Laptop valued at approximately $1,200.00, and a jewelry box filled with various types of jewelry valued at more than $5,000.00 had been taken from her apartment. A point of entry could not be determined.

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Bloomfield Art League to Host The Town Paints Art Show on the Green

BY ,  |  Wednesday, May 06, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Town Paints Art Show

Bring a blanket, a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of the Arts in Bloomfield at The Town Paints Art Show on Saturday, May 9.

The fun event sponsored by The Bloomfield Art League and The Bloomfield Recreational Department will be art projects, face painting, ballooning artistry, drawing and pottery demonstrations, music, info on the Morris Canal Greenway/Collins house restoration designs, and a spectacular art show! There will be prizes for kids and adults along with giveaways.

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Bloomfield Crime: Bomb Scare, Laundromat Robbery, Theft, and Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


On April 26, 2015 The Bloomfield Police Department Communications Center received a call at 4:50 pm, from a male who stated that there was a bomb, placed in Bloomfield College. The caller gave no specific location of the bomb other than it was in a building located on the 400 block of Franklin Street. Officers responded and a command post was set up. Liberty Street was shut down from Austin Place to Broad Street and College Security was notified of the call and in turn directed all students back to their dorm rooms. The Bloomfield Fire Department, Bloomfield EMS, Essex County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit were all called in. A search of the grounds and of the building was conducted which proved to be negative in finding an explosive device. Upon further investigation of the audio tapes of the call the team went back a second time to the college and further checked a location on Franklin Street and again did not locate a device. Investigators are continuing the multi-jurisdictional investigation and if anyone has information regarding this crime they are asked to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

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Bloomfield’s Finest Restaurants Showcased Their Food at A Taste Of Bloomfield

BY  |  Monday, Apr 27, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Many of Bloomfield’s finest restaurants showcased their menus at A Taste Of Bloomfield, held Sunday at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center.

Chefs set up tables inside the historic mansion and under a tent in the Rose Garden. The variety of tasting items included international favorites, American cuisine and delicious desserts. El Matador Mexican Deli, Spice Thai Cuisine, Zi Zia Pizzeria and Senorita’s Mexican Grill brought the flavors of their home countries to the event. Anthony’s Cheesecake served their famous “Slice of Heaven” and also brought Pulled Pork Sliders & Potato Salad from Anthony’s Cafe. Brookdale ShopRite was there with ten items from their catering menu and Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna Roll & Rainbow Roll from the Shoprite Sushi Bar.

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Bloomfield Singer & Educator Corinna Sowers Adler Nominated for a TONY Award

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Corinna Sowers Adler

New York Cabaret Singer and Bloomfield resident, Corinna Sowers Adler, recently received a nomination for the first ever TONY Award’s Excellence in Theatre Education Award!

Corinna, who is currently the Founding Artistic Director of NiCori Studios and Productions housed at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, is a graduate of Wilkes University and has been directing productions, teaching theater classes and providing vocal instruction to students for the past 15 years.

Corinna is also the Executive Director of Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts, in Glen Ridge. Her latest brainchild is a new project entitled “Starting with Me,” a cabaret of new musical works to be performed at Oakeside on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. and Don’t Tell Mama in New York City on Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. The show is part of the Teen Project for Gas Lamp Academy.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Theft, Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


On April 16, 2015, a 51 year old Bloomfield woman had her pocketbook stolen from her as she stood waiting for the bus on 1st Avenue. The victim reported to police that at approximately 3:21 pm, she was approached from behind by the suspect, who forcefully removed the pocketbook from her shoulder. The suspect, described by the victim as being a white male in his mid 30’s, approximately 5’6”-5’8” tall and last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue baseball cap fled on foot to a small blue vehicle then drove away from the scene north toward Bloomfield Avenue. A multi-jurisdictional search was conducted but no suspect or vehicle was located. If anyone has information regarding this crime they are asked to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at; 973-680-4084.

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