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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Found: Gray Tabby Cat in Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 10:33am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Found: Gray Tabby Cat in Bloomfield

A reader writes in:

FOUND- Vocal male gray tabby cat. Small frame. Skinny, likely out and about for a bit. Small kink in the tippy top bone of tail. VERY friendly. Obviously not ferrel. No collar. Found in Bloomfield (Wattsessing area) Glenridge border. Safe & fed for the night…. Taking to get checked for microchip this am.


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Bloomfield Crime: Car Burglaries, Robbery, Arrests and a Warning About a Phone Scam

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield CrimeBloomfield Police warn about recent phone scams:

If you received a telephone call from either PSE&G or the l.R.S. and were instructed to pay them immediately by utilizing a PayPal MoneyPak Card …Stop Immediately! This is a scam!!!! Notify the Bloomfield Police Department. Do not pay these people. Once the transaction is completed we will not be able to return your money. PSE&G does not accept MoneyPak Cards and neither does the IRS. Please contact the IRS or PSE&G at the numbers listed below to verify.

Bloomfield Police Department 973-680-4141

PSE&G 1-800-436- 7734

l.R.S. Treasury Inspector 1-800-366-4484

Car Burglaries, Robbery, and several arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

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Afghanistan to Montclair: Living the Humanitarian Village

BY  |  Monday, Aug 04, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Leslie Granda-Hill and Bilal Sharif

Learning photography at the Iris Presby Memorial Gardens *photo courtesy of Leslie Granda-Hill

In the midst of horrific news and events, sometimes it is the most tender human stories that remind us of the good that keeps the world in balance. A Montclair photographer is playing a role in an inspiring story of one boy’s journey to health and well-being. Leslie Granda-Hill, whose work often intersects with humanitarian and charitable causes, has been documenting the story of Bilal Sharif. Continue Reading

Bergen County Humane Enforcement Bids to Manage Bloomfield Animal Shelter

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Petitioners Call For New Volunteer Program at Bloomfield's Bukowski Animal ShelterThe Township of Bloomfield received two bids from Bergen County Humane Enforcement in response to the two RFPs (requests for proposals) that had been issued by the Township for both the animal control and shelter management responsibilities at the Bloomfield Animal Shelter.

Responses to the RFPs were due by 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The bids were opened publicly at that time in the Council Chambers by Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano.

Animal Control Officer Vincent Ascolese from BCHE attended the bid opening on behalf of his organization, which is located in Cliffside Park, NJ. In 2012, BCHE founded Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation and created a no-kill shelter in Cliffside Park under their auspices.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Car Break-ins, Stolen Vehicles, and Vandalism to Cars

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield CrimeSeveral car break-ins, Stolen Vehicles, and Vandalism to Cars in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


07-23-2014 – On Baldwin Place a small rear window was found to be the point of entry in a residential burglary. Proceeds were reported to be a TV and possibly a computer. There were no know specific brands at the time of this posting.

07-24-2014 – On Wright Court a burglary attempt was thwarted when a homeowner confronted a suspect who had entered an enclosed front porch. The suspect was described by the victim as being: A black male, 5’10” tall, approximately 20 years old and last seen wearing a white sleeveless shirt. The suspect fled on foot through the rear yard.

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Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting , a Dine & Dash and Car Break-ins

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield CrimeShoplifting, car break-ins,  DWIs, burglaries and more in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


07-14-2014 – On the 100 block of Newark Avenue a residence was burglarized between Sunday at 9:00 am and Monday at 11:00 am. A rear window screen was cut and found to be the point of entry. A Hewlett Packard laptop computer was stolen.

07-17-2014 – On Donald Street the victim of a burglary reported that he noticed a side window open when he returned home from work at approximately 6:30 pm. A PlayStation 3 and an Apple I-Mac laptop computer were stolen.

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Bloomfield Council Votes Down Resolution to Hold Public Referendum on Lion Gate Purchase

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 5:04pm  |  COMMENTS (7)


After over an hour of public comment, the Bloomfield Council voted 5-2 against a resolution introduced by Councilman Joe Lopez to hold a public referendum on whether Bloomfield should purchase the site of the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive.

The council had voted to appropriate $10.5 million to purchase the property for use as open space and public recreation (including the issuance of $9.975 million in bonds or notes) at last week’s regular council meeting. Councilman Lopez, who voted against the appropriation, had said at that time that the issue should be on the November ballot as a public referendum. The property is currently owned by a developer who intends to build 104 townhouses on the site.

The motion to hold a referendum was seconded by Councilman Carlos Bernard, who said his constituents wanted a referendum on the purchase. Continue Reading

SOFIA to Hold its 4th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence – “From Surviving to Thriving”

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

SOFIA 4th WalkEvery nine seconds, a woman in the USA is assaulted or beaten, and the vast majority of these abuses are between intimate partners. Every month in the USA, at least 46 women are shot to death by their former or current intimate partners. In New Jersey, on average, there are 70,000 domestic violence calls every year. Those who work in law enforcement and victims’ services know that many abuses go unreported. The numbers are staggering, shocking, disheartening, and all too real.

In our area, Montclair’s own Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) helps victims of domestic violence to move on, and the organization also educates young people about how they can avoid the cycle of violence altogether. Check out the various programs SOFIA offers here.

This September, SOFIA will hold its Fourth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in beautiful Canterbury Park. Last year’s walk was a resounding success, with a big crowd of survivors and supporters as well as several eloquent speakers. This year the Grand Marshal is the Reverend Simone Oliver, one of the presenters at last year’s event. Continue Reading

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