SOFIA Earns Award from The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

Assemblyman, Sharlene Walker, Allstate Agent Neil Greco, Cynthia Walker, Alicia Robinson.

This past September, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) assembled a fundraising team that participated in a special Allstate Foundation program to support domestic violence services. This public awareness program and grassroots fundraising effort was launched to return the power of raising money directly into the hands of organizations like S.O.F.I.A.

To facilitate and solicit donations, Allstate provided online and organizational resources for domestic violence organizations nationwide. They created The Purple Purse Challenge to motivate organizations to earn additional money from the Foundation based on their fundraising efforts.

S.O.F.I.A., a Montclair-based organization focused on offering support for women and families affected by domestic violence, raised $10,546 through Purple Purse team-member efforts, and The Allstate Foundation awarded an additional $3,500. Last week Allstate Agent Neil Greco presented the funds to S.O.F.I.A. team members, as well as longtime S.O.F.I.A. supporter Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Thefts, Arrests, and More

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeBurglaries, thefts, arrests, and more in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

BURGLARY

11/11/14 – Between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm a residence was burglarized on the lower end of Sadler road. Entry was gained through a rear basement window.

Stolen from the home was a Toshiba silver laptop computer, some costume jewelry, a Cannon digital camera, various tools, some loose change, and some identification cards.

11/12/14 – Between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:03 pm an apartment was burglarized on the lower end of East Passaic Avenue. The suspect/s entered by kicking in the victim’s apartment door.

A jewelry box with various pieces of jewelry, the value of which was not known, were stolen.

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Agreement With Brookdale Gardens Announced at Bloomfield Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

confmeeting11_17_14Mayor Venezia announced at Monday’s conference meeting that an ordinance prohibiting overnight parking on Broad Street between Sunset and Johnson Avenues, which was deferred at the last regular council meeting, would not be pursued due to an agreement that was reached between the township and Brookdale Gardens.

Brookdale Gardens has agreed to allow residents to park in the complex’s parking lot during snowstorms to enable the township’s plows to get through on Broad Street, which is a Snow Emergency Street. Residents of the apartment complex have not been allowed to park on the property due to planned construction, which has now been postponed until spring. In view of the upcoming winter weather, the original ordinance was designed to ensure that Broad Street remain clear during the snow season. However, many residents came to the last council meeting and pointed out the hardship this would cause the residents, as well as homeowners on neighboring side streets where Brookdale Gardens residents would have been forced to park if they were not allowed to park overnight on Broad Street.

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Bloomfield Crime: Robbery at Gun Point, Several Burglaries, and Over a Dozen Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeRobbery at Gun Point, Several Burglaries, and Over a Dozen Arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

BURGLARY

11/3/14 – A vacant residence on the 1300 block of Broad Street was burglarized between 5:00 pm and 9:30 pm. A rear door was forced open and determined to be the point of entry. It is unknown what if anything was taken from the residence.

11/04/14 – On the 200 block of Watsessing Avenue a second floor residential burglary was reported that occurred between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:08 pm. Entry to the residence was possibly gained through an unlocked rear door as there were no signs of forced entry.  Proceeds appear to be 2 pairs of Adidas sneakers, a PS4 gaming console and 2 controllers.

11/04/14 – Sometime between 2:00 pm on 11/03/14 and 2:00 pm on 11/04/14 a first floor residence on the 200 block of Spruce Street was burglarized. An open basement window was determined to be the point of entry. A resident who was home the whole time, was busy and unable to answer the door bell or knocks at the door.  Stolen from the residence some tie clips and pins, various watches and a pocket knife.

11/6/2014 – An apartment was burglarized on the 300 block of Hoover Avenue at approximately 12:30 pm. When the resident arrived home they observed a window screen on the ground and called police. Reported stolen from the apartment was $300.00 in cash and some costume jewelry. A witness reported hearing a knock on the door around 12:30 pm and opened the door to a common hallway to investigate. The witness observed a black male tall, about 5’10”, heavy set 270lbs-290 lbs., wearing a yellow construction safety vest and when asked what he was doing the suspect replied that he was checking for hot water.

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Bloomfield Council Passes Rental Property Good Neighbor Act

BY  |  Friday, Nov 07, 2014 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

IaccobacciJoeLopezThe Bloomfield Council passed the “Rental Property Good Neighbor Act” by a vote of 4-1 at the council meeting held Wednesday evening at Watsessing School.

Councilors Pomares and Davis were absent due to schedule conflicts. The meeting was held on Wednesday, rather than the usual Monday, due to the election on November 4. Councilmen Bernard, Joanow and Chalet were all reelected.

The new ordinance holding landlords responsible for the behavior of their tenants, which was passed on first reading, will require owners of rental properties with four or fewer dwelling units to post a bond if their tenants have engaged in disorderly conduct such that police were called to the scene and arrests and convictions occurred, on two occasions in a twelve-month period.

The Community Development Director will be required to send a written notification to the landlords after the first such incident for the penalty to be imposed after the second incident.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Burglaries, Thefts, and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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

BURGLARY

10/30/14 – a residential burglary occurred on the lower block of Watsessing Ave.  The residence was burglarized while occupants were sleeping.  Proceeds were one television.

Between the dates of 10/13/14 and 10/30/14 – a residential burglary occurred on Broad Terrace. Unknown actors made entry through a rear window of the residence. Proceeds are unknown at this time.

10/31/14 – A residential burglary occurred on Austin pl. Victim reports that unknown actors tried pushing in the AC unit of her residence while she was in the shower.  The Bloomfield College security guard viewed a security camera and saw 12 people with hooded sweatshirts and masks in the area.

10/31/14 – A residential burglary occurred on Maolis Ave.  Victim reports he was upstairs taking a shower and left his door unlocked.  When the victim returned to his front porch, he found his Halloween decorations and a radio were stolen.

Between 10/31/14 at 1900 hours and 11/01/14 – A commercial burglary occurred at 225 Belleville Ave. An Unknown number of suspects entered the construction site then broke the locks on 3 storage containers.  The total amount of stolen equipment is unknown at this time.

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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:

BURGLARY

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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