Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Package Thefts, Arrests, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


On December 10, 2014 on the lower end of Chester Avenue, a 25 year old Bloomfield resident reported that his home was burglarized during the night while he was home. The victim reported to police that at 12:48 am, he heard a noise coming from his bedroom and when he went to investigate he witnessed a suspect climbing out of a window. The victim grabbed on to the suspect’s leg however he escaped, leaving a sneaker behind. Officers began an area search and shortly after, Officer Fabian Rojas located a suspect matching the description given by the victim. The suspect, missing one sneaker was identified as 36 year old Quaram J Armstrong of East Orange. Mr. Armstrong was placed under arrest and charged with burglary, theft and trespassing. The Honorable Judge John Paparazzo set a full no cash option bail at $50,000.00 and a court date of 12/18/14 is scheduled.

12/09/14 – On the 100 block of Glenwood Avenue, a 2nd floor attempted residential burglary was reported. The victim found her front door window broken but does not think that entry was gained to her home.

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Bloomfield Council Meeting: Honors Football Team, Six Points intersection, And More (Updated)

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)


The Bloomfield Mayor and Council issued a proclamation honoring the members and coaches of the Bloomfield 7th Grade Junior Bengals B Squad at Monday’s council meeting.

The team and coaches were recognized for their achievement in advancing to the Super Bowl of the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League after beating Chatham 19-18 in a playoff game.

The Mayor and Council also recognized the United Way of Bloomfield for over 55 years of service and urged community support for the organization.

The Council met in back-to-back meetings on Monday night. A conference meeting was held at 6 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in the Law Enforcement Building, followed by the regular meeting held in Council Chambers at 7:30.

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A Colorful and Cozy Exit for Montclair’s Modern Yarn

BY  |  Friday, Dec 12, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Modern Yarn

For the past five years, Modern Yarn on Glenridge Avenue has made the Baristaville knitting and crocheting landscape more colorful and cozy. Sadly, for locals who have enjoyed the variety and quality provided by owner Kathleen McWilliams, the store will close its doors for a final time on December 21st. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Carjackings, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimein in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


On December 1, 2014, at 8:46 pm, on the 100 block of Franklin St. witnesses observed 3 males in the basement of an apartment complex stealing a garbage can full of approximately 100 lbs. of copper piping. Based on information received from witnesses, Officer Robert Kish responded to the area of Wrights Field, where he located one of the suspects on Montgomery St. near Orchard St. The suspect, identified as Frank Campione age 50 of Belleville, was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and conspiracy. The Honorable Judge Vincent Pirone set bail at $50,000.00 with a 10% option available and a court date of 12/11/14 is pending. Officer Matthew Rubbinaccio also responded to the area and located a 16 year old male suspect from Belleville, who was positively identified as one of the participants in the burglary. He was taken into custody and turned over to the Youth Aid Unit where he was charged with burglary and theft.

12/04/14 – At 4:58 am officers responded to a burglar alarm at a business on Arlington Ave. When the officers arrived on scene, they discovered that a glass front door was smashed and was the point of entry for the burglary. A list of proceeds has not yet been comprised.

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East Orange Fire: Helping Hands to Those Left Behind

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Lanore Carter-Love

Breiona Love and her 6-week old daughter Lanore Carter-Love perished in the fire with three other family members.

House fires are always a frightening possibility, and this time of year is the beginning of a dangerous time. Sadly, this Sunday morning brought horrific news to the family and friends of the Horton Family of East Orange. Four adults and a six-week old infant, all from the same family, perished in a fire that ravaged three homes and brought over 80 firefighters to the area. Those who have experienced a house fire know the long-term devastation and lasting repercussions of an event such as this. In this case, it is all the more tragic because multiple generations of a family have been affected.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Stolen Cars, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


11/26/14 – Locust Ave. A victim reported that her storage unit was burglarized. There were no signs of forced entry. Proceeds were a McCullen GPS, Cannon camera & some files.

11/25/14 to 11/30/14 – On Park Ave. an unknown suspect or suspects entered the apartment by prying open a kitchen window.

Proceeds were 2 passports some jewelry, 2 cameras and $100.00 in cash.

11/29/14 – On Cambridge Rd. between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm an unknown suspect or suspects broke a rear the rear window of a residence and entered.

It is unknown what if anything was stolen at this time.

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Bloomfield Holds Annual Tree Lighting, Passes Rental Good Neighbor Act on Final Reading

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 02, 2014 3:47pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

treelightingRain did not deter a crowd of Bloomfield residents from turning out to the township’s annual holiday tree lighting on Monday night.

The event, accompanied by Christmas carols sung by local Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Middle and High School choirs, featured Santa Claus arriving via fire engine, to much applause.

After the tree lighting, the Bloomfield Council held their regular council meeting in the council chambers.

Rental Good Neighbor Act

The Rental Good Neighbor Act, which requires landlords of properties with four or fewer rental units to post a bond if their tenants cause two or more incidents involving the police, passed on second reading by a vote of 6-1.

Councilman Joe Lopez, who voted against the ordinance, spoke at length against it during the discussion period, saying it discriminates against landlords with four or fewer rental units and favors “big business” by not holding owners of larger rental properties to the same standard. Lopez Continue Reading

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:


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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