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

Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Thefts, and Arrests

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


09-04-2014 – A Broad Terrace resident reported that during the evening hours an actor or actors entered her home through a rear window. The victim believes that whoever entered was scared off by her dog. Nothing was reported to be missing.

09-05-2014 – A Daka Court resident reported that his home was broken into between the hours of 7:00 pm and 8:45 pm. Forced entry was gained through a first floor door inside a common hallway.

09-06-2014 – The victim of a burglary reported that sometime between 9/2/14 and 9/6/14 someone cut the lock off of his storage bin located on the 200 block of Grove Street and removed a flat screen television, a dell desktop computer and an HP laptop computer.

09-07-2014 – On the lower end of Belleville Avenue the victim of a burglary reported that someone forced open a storage room door and removed several bottles of liquor.

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Music, Food, and Fun to be Had at the Bloomfield HarvestFest and Eco-Fest

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield HarvestFest

Next weekend, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, the 22nd annual Bloomfield HarvestFest, along with the Eco-Fest, will offer the biggest celebration in town.

Two days of live music, great shopping from local vendors, activities, a Kids Zone, and great food from local restaurants, like El Matador’s delicious tacos served out of their Mexi-Flip Taco Truck:

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Basketball Courts Upgrades at Pulaski Park

BY  |  Friday, Sep 05, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Pulaski Park

The Township of Bloomfield’s Recreation Department celebrated the completion of the basketball court project at Pulaski Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony this week. The $116,350 project consisted of demolition of the existing courts, grading, repaving, installation of 4 glass backboards/rims and color coating to match the existing tennis courts. Funding came from the 2012 and 2013 Recreation Department’s Capital Improvement Budget.

The Clark’s Pond South basketball court in 2005 was refurbished, and saw a tremendous increase in usage.  At any given time you could find residents working on their skills or playing a pickup game.  However, there were also times when dozens of potential players were waiting for their opportunity to play.

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Bloomfield Crime: Homeowner Says $4,500 in Cash Stolen From Home, Burglaries and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

bloomfieldpolicecarA homeowner reported that approximately $4500.00 in cash was stolen from their home, several burglaries, and arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


08-26-2014 – On the 200 block of Grove Street the victim of a burglary reported that her rented storage unit was broken into sometime between the beginning of July and 8/26/14. A 45 inch Samsung TV and 45 pair of shoes were stolen from the unit.

08-27-2014 – On the 100 block of Bloomfield Avenue, The US Security Co. reported that 6 buildings had copper wiring taken from the inside. The thefts occurred sometime between July 15th and August 27th.

08-28-2014 – On the 200 block of Belleville Avenue a construction trailer was broken into and approximately $2000.00 worth of tool were reported stolen.

08-29-2014 – On Pitt Street the victim of a burglary reported that 2 bicycles, valued at approximately $300.00, were stolen from the basement sometime between 10:00 am on 8/27/14 and 11:00 am 8/29/14.

8-30-2014 – On Locust Avenue the owner of a local truck rental business reported that someone had syphoned approximately $105.00 worth of gas from one of the company’s rental trucks. The incident is under investigation and a review of local video surveillance is being utilized.

8-31-2014 – On Prospect Street a rear basement window was determined to be the point of entry in a residential burglary that occurred sometime between the 1st week of August and 8/31/14. At the time of this report it is unknown what if anything was stolen from the home.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries and Over a Dozen Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


08-20-2104 – On the 300 block of Broad Street, the victim of a burglary reported to police that a suspect or suspects entered onto his property and broke into a garage. The burglary occurred between 6:00 pm on 8/20 and 7:00 am on 8/21. 3 – RedMax trimmers, 1 – Stihl trimmer, 1 -Stihl chainsaw, 1 – Mikita demo saw, 1 – Pole saw and 1 RedMax edger were stolen from the garage. A RedMax blower was also stolen from a work truck on the property.

08-20-2014 – On Willet Street the victim of a burglary reported that a suspect entered her apartment by forcing open the apartment door. The a painting and a safe containing several pieces of jewelry were stolen.

08-21-2014 – On the 100 block of Birch Street  the victim of a burglary reported that a pad lock was cut off of a garage and the suspect or suspects removed 1 – Ryobi reciprocating saw, 1 – Sears power washer, and a drill. The burglary occurred between 8/19  and 8/21.

08-23-2014 – On the lower end of Hoover Avenue the victim of a burglary reported that a shed was broken into. A Craftsman power washer was stolen.

08-25-2014 – The victim of a burglary reported that sometime between Friday afternoon 8/22 and Monday morning 8/25 tool boxes were broken into and 1 – Demo saw, 1 – TC gun, 2 screw guns and 1 – generator were stolen.

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Elderly Black Cat Found in Glen Ridge

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 12:16pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

GlenridgecatfoundThis elderly, male black cat was found on Saturday August 23 on Douglas Road in Glen Ridge. He is neutered, long-haired, and on the thin side. Contact if this is your cat.

Bloomfield Council Gives Final Approval on Lion Gate Property, Animal Shelter To Become True “No-Kill”

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 8:08am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Council81114The Bloomfield Council voted to approve on second reading the ordinance appropriating $10.5 million (including the issuance of $9.975m in bonds or notes) to enable the township to purchase the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive for open space and recreational use.

The vote was 5-2, with Councilmen Lopez and Bernard voting no. Councilman Lopez had previously urged the council to put the issue on the ballot as a referendum in the fall. He introduced a resolution to do so at the July 21st conference meeting, but it failed on a vote of 5-2.

Lopez reiterated his desire for a referendum at Monday evening’s meeting. He said that although he is in favor of open space, there are other places in town that could accommodate soccer fields. He said, “This is a tale of two cities: those who are in favor of open space and those who are struggling to pay the bills.” Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Robbery, DUI Arrests and More

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield CrimeBurglaries, Robbery, DUI arrests and more in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


08-06-2014 – On Irving Terrace a homeowner reported that their residence was burglarized between 6:30 pm and 6:00 am. A rear door was found to be the point of entry and the victim reported 5 to 7 gold rings were stolen.

08-06-2014  - On Division Street a homeowner reported that a door was pried open and that money and cigarettes were stolen from his home.

08-10-2014  - On the 100 block of Montgomery Street the victim of a burglary reported that an unknown suspect entered his home through a sliding glass door and stole an Apple laptop computer.

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