R.I.P. Tom Fleming, Montclair Kimberley Track Coach and Hall of Fame Marathon Runner

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Tom Fleming, running legend who won both the 1973 and 1975 New York City Marathons and beloved track and field coach at Montclair Kimberley Academy, died suddenly yesterday while coaching at the SEC Track and Field meet in Verona. Fleming collapsed after taking a break from the cold in his car, from an apparent heart attack.

Fleming, a longtime resident of Bloomfield, also coached and founded the three-time USA National Cross Country Champions Nike Running Room in Bloomfield. He also opened the Running Room store in Bloomfield which served runners until from 1978-1999.

Fleming was 65.

Montclair Kimberley closed its Middle School today due to the loss. The school released this statement:

It is with deep sadness that Montclair Kimberley Academy announces the sudden and tragic loss of Tom Fleming, beloved teacher and coach. Tom died of an apparent heart attack while coaching his team at a meet on Wednesday, April 19 in Verona. He was 65. An integral part of our school’s community, Tom had been at MKA for 18 years, most recently holding the position of fourth grade teacher and the varsity boys and girls Head Coach in cross-country and track and field.
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Bloomfield Police Looking For Third Suspect in Robbery at Wendy’s

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Bloomfield Police have arrested Ahmari Gilmore, 21, and Bobby Reed, 23, both of Newark, on charges of robbery and conspiracy, but they continue to look for a third suspect, shown in this photo taken by a witness.

Police were dispatched at 4:13pm on April 17 on a reported robbery occurring in the parking lot of Wendy’s located on Bloomfield Avenue. Witnesses observed 3 males attack the victim. The victim was punched and kicked while on the ground. The victim a 41 year old male was robbed of his Nike sneakers valued at $500.00 dollars. Several witnesses were able to provide descriptions of the suspects. Officers responding located two suspects walking in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Watsessing Avenue. The two males were found to be in possession of one of the victim’s sneaker and a hat.

The third suspect (pictured) is still at large. The 41 year old male victim sustained cuts and facial bruising as a result of the attack. A witness was able to capture a picture of the third suspect running from the scene. Police are actively attempting to identify and locate the third suspect. Anyone having information regarding this individual please contact Bloomfield Police @ 973-680-4100.

Bloomfield Crime: Robbery, Theft From Parked Vehicles

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04/03/2017- The owner of (2) vans reported several tools valued at $2,900.00 dollars were stolen from his vehicles. The suspects gained entry by punching out the door locks. The vans were parked on Broad Street on Saturday 04/01. The owner discovered the theft on 04/03.

04/04/2017- A commercial work van was broken into over the weekend. The vehicle was parked in front of the employee’s residence on Corsi Road. Several power tools were reported missing.

04/05/2017- Two vehicles parked in a driveway on Warren Street were entered by unknown person(s). The vehicle doors were unlocked with the owner reporting a wallet and money missing from the vehicles. The theft is believed to have occurred overnight. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Stolen Car, Shoplifting, Burglary, Drug Arrest

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


03/27/2017- The owner of a 2014 Toyota SUV reported the headlights from his vehicle were stolen while parked on Linden Avenue. The theft is believed to have occurred overnight.

03/27/2017- Donovan Tharp age 32 of Nutley was arrested at 5:35pm and charged with Shoplifting. Police were dispatched to the Super Fresh Food Market on a shoplifter inside the store. Mr. Tharp attempted to exit the store with several boxes of toothpaste. He was issued a summons and released with a pending court date.

03/28/2017- The registered owner of a 2015 BMW X5 reported that unknown person(s) entered her parked vehicle and stole a wallet and loose change. The vehicle doors were unlocked. The theft occurred overnight on Carol Place.

03/28/2017- A package was stolen from a residence on Memorial Parkway. The package was confirmed delivered on Saturday by FedEx. The package is valued at $35.00 dollars.

03/29/2017- A cell phone was reported stolen from the Bloomfield Public Library. The owner left his IPhone 5 with a backup battery charging on a shelf inside the library. The owner returned from the bathroom to retrieve his phone and discovered it missing. Police are actively investigating incident. Continue Reading

Petitions Filed for Bloomfield Council Seats

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According to Bloomfield’s Municipal Clerk’s Office, the following petitions were filed for the ward level seats on the Bloomfield Council:

  • Jenny Mundell – Democrat – First Ward Council Seat
  • Nicholas Joanow – Democrat – Second Ward Council Seat
  • Sarah Cruz – Democrat – Third Ward Council Seat
  • David G. Tucker – Republican – First Ward Council Seat
  • Ciro A. Spina III – Republican – Second Ward Council Seat
  • Pedro Taveras, Jr. – Republican – Third Ward Council Seat

Carlos Pomares, Bloomfield’s councilor-at-large, is running for Freeholder for the 5th District for the Democrats. Currently, there is no opposition for Freeholder spot for primary or  general election.

Independents have until June 6 to file. The primaries will take place on June 6, the General Election will take place in November.



Bloomfield Council Unveils $80m Budget for 2017

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The Bloomfield council unanimously approved a resolution introducing the 2017 budget at their March 27th council meeting.

Prior to the vote, Township Administrator Matt Watkins described the budget as “financially flat” at approximately $80 million. He said the amount was just 0.25% higher than the previous year, resulting in a tax increase of less than 0.5%. Watkins stated that operating expenses will be down -6%. He said that the utility budget included funds for improvements being made to the water system, including water looping, cleaning lines, and exercising hydrants and gate valves in order to ensure good water quality.

Mayor Venezia added that the tax increase would translate into an annual tax increase of just $15.96 for the average homeowner, just under the increase for the previous year. The public hearing and adoption of the budget will take place on April 24, 2017.

Venezia also said there will be a PowerPoint presentation of the budget at the upcoming April 3rd conference meeting, which will be broadcast on Channel 35. In a Facebook post the following day, the mayor reminded residents that the Municipal budget accounts for 38% of residents’ tax bill (County and Board of Education taxes make up the remainder).

The meeting began with the appointment of Firefighter Duncan Arlett, who was sworn in by Mayor Venezia.

Firefighter Duncan Arlett is sworn in.

The mayor and council also issued a proclamation honoring Benjamin Contella for over 40 years of volunteer service in Bloomfield, including 28 years on the Bloomfield Recreation Board of Commissioners. He was presented with a key to the Municipal Park System.

The governing body also issued three other proclamations, declaring the month of April as Autism Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, and the week of April 9-15, 2017 as National Library Week.

Alicia DeLia was appointed to the Civil Rights Commission, and Jody Polidoro to the Board of Health. Damaris Hicks and Suzanne Rogacki were appointed to the Rent Leveling Board.

Alicia DeLia is sworn in to the Civil Rights Commission.

The governing body passed a number of parking and traffic ordinances on first reading.

The council also passed an ordinance on meeting decorum sponsored by Councilwoman Wartyna Davis, which she said would ensure that both the members of the council and the public conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. The rules prohibit exceeding the 5-minute limit for public comment, slanderous or rude remarks, personal attacks, profanity, electioneering for candidates, or generally interfering with “orderly and dignified conduct” of the meeting.

The council also passed on first reading a revision to the Civil Rights Commission ordinance, redefining the membership to nine people in total, with seven voting citizens and two non-voting liaisons, one from the council and one from the Police Department.

Ordinances passed on second reading included the adoption of titles and salary ranges for various positions and a number of parking/traffic regulations.

Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Prostitution Arrest, Weapons Arrest, and More

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Captain Glenn Weigand, Bloomfield Police Department:


03/20/2017-Lourdes Nazario age 38 of Newark was arrested at 5:44pm and charged with shoplifting at the Walgreens Store on Belleville Avenue. The suspect tried to leave the store without paying for three bags of Tide detergent. The arrestee also had three outstanding warrants from Nutley, Bloomfield, and Atlantic City.

03/22/207 -David Bambrick Jr age 33 of Belleville was arrested at 10:57am for shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store. The suspect stole a case of Red Bull drinks and was captured by police a short distance away after a brief foot pursuit. The arrestee was charged with the theft and also had additional warrants from Newark, Bloomfield, and Clifton. The arrestee was transported to the Essex County jail.

03/23/2017- A resident of Dodd Street reported that their unlocked vehicle was entered and property was stolen. The property included a portable DVD player, DVD’s, and a knife.
03/24/2017 -Jewel Soto age 26 of Bloomfield was arrested at 11:54am for theft of movable property and receiving stolen property. A neighbor on Gregory Terrace notified the police that a suspicious woman was in the rear yard of her neighbor’s house. The complainant also stated that the woman had asked her minutes earlier if she had a dog that she could walk for her. Communications dispatched the females’ description and the car she was driving. Minutes later the female was stopped in Nutley several blocks away. Upon interviewing her, detectives observed stolen mail on the front seat of her vehicle. During the investigation, several packages were found in the arrestee’s vehicle which had also been stolen from Gregory terrace.
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Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Theft at the High School, Stolen Car, Arrests

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


03/14/2017- Raveena Naidoo age 20 of Belleville was arrested at 5:15pm and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Super Fresh Store located at 19 Belleville Avenue. Ms. Naidoo concealed 3 bottles of skin lotion and attempted to return the items for a cash refund. She was issued a summons with a pending court date.

03/15/2017- William Vega age 49 of Newark was arrested at 9:14am and charged with Shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store. Loss Prevention provided police with a description of the suspect who fled the store on foot. Police located the suspect later identified as Mr. Vega, walking on Grove Street. Mr. Vega was also found to be in possession of a glassine envelope containing suspected heroin. He was additionally charged with Possession of CDS.

03/17/2016-Orlando Christmas age 53 of Newark was arrested at 1:12pm and charged with Theft. The incident occurred at the Staples Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect stole a heater and was last seen walking on Bloomfield Avenue. Police located the suspect on Grove Street sitting on a bench. The suspect identified as Mr. Christmas was in possession of the stolen merchandise along with a glass pipe used to inhale a CDS. He was charged accordingly and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

03/17/2017-A students IPad was reported stolen from the High School gym locker room. The IPad is valued at $700.00 dollars. The incident was reported to the High School Security.

03/19/2017-Jeffrey Workman age 49 of East Orange was arrested at 4:32pm and charged with Shoplifting. Police were dispatched to the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street on a shoplifter in custody. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Workman rip open a package and place the items in his pocket. He was charged accordingly and ROR.
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Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Burglaries, DUIs, and Arrests

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


03/06/2017- Tawanna Edwards age 47 of Newark was arrested at 6:36pm and charged with Shoplifting at the Marshalls Store. Police were alerted to a female shoplifter who fled the store on foot with the stolen merchandise. The suspect was located a short distance from the store and transported to police headquarters. Ms. Edwards was issued a summons for shoplifting and held on 3 Active Bloomfield Warrants. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Prostitution Arrest at Bloomfield Therapy, Shoplifting, DUI, and Arrests

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:


02/27/2017- Abase Ibiang age 36 of Newark NJ was arrested at 12:59pm and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at the “Buck N Up” Store located at 12 Arlington Avenue. Mr. Ibiang placed store merchandise valued at $79.00 dollars inside a backpack and exited the store without paying. Responding officers located Mr. Ibiang at the Grove Street train platform. The proceeds were recovered and returned to the store. Mr. Ibiang was issued a summons and released with a pending court date.

02/27/2017- Stefan Kosinski age 35 of Jersey City was arrested at 3:13pm and charged with Shoplifting. Mr. Kosinski was observed placing a ratchet tool valued at $79.00 dollars inside his pants. He was released on a summons with a pending court date. Continue Reading

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