Bloomfield High’s Thespian Society’s Fall Play, “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later”; November 16-18

Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield High School’s award-winning theatre program will join a worldwide network of performances to honor the victims of hate crimes with their fall play, “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later”, on November 16-18 at 7:00 P.M. at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College.

In November 1998, University Of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, a member of the LGBTQ community, was severely beaten and tied to a fence. Shepard died six days later and his murder garnered national attention as a hate crime. Shortly thereafter, playwright Moisés Kaufman and members of his Tectonic Theatre Project went to Laramie, Wyoming in search of answers about Shepard’s death. After 18 months, multiple visits and more than 200 interviews with local residents, Kaufman envisioned and wrote the play, “The Laramie Project”, based on the texts of the interviews. Ten years later, Kaufman returned to Laramie to explore the effects of Shepard’s murder and the spotlight it placed on the town. “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” reflects how time and experience affects society’s views on significant events and asks the question, “How does society write its own history?”

Bloomfield HS Thespians – (L-R) Emma Morse, Soula Garcia, Sophie Bell, Tristan Quinones
photo credit: Maria Rivas

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Pop Up Photography Gallery Opens on Broad Street in Bloomfield

Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Department of Recreation has launched a new pop-up art gallery located at 378 Broad Street. The currently empty storefront next to Town Pub now showcases Photography by five local photographers that are on display through the storefront windows, utilizing the space for local artists to display their work to the public at a prominent commercial location.

The storefront is not open to the public, but the artwork is proudly displayed in the windows to add an aesthetic quality to the unoccupied storefront, and the artists’ contact information is displayed beside their works, for interested passerbys. The gallery will rotate in 6 week intervals, with each new exhibit showcasing a different medium, through the Spring. October 23rd marked the start of Photography. December 4th will begin the Art exhibit featuring painting, drawing, collages and more. The third exhibit, focusing on Sculpture and Jewelry, will begin January 15th.
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Bloomfield Police Welcome Students and Families Back to School

Thursday, Sep 07, 2017 2:08pm

On Wednesday, Bloomfield Police officers participated in welcoming back students for the first day of school. Officers were stationed at all elementary schools in town including Saint Thomas the Apostle School to welcome students and parents, as well as assist with traffic. Officers were present from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

“I would like to thank the Bloomfield Police Department for prioritizing community outreach efforts and really being a part of the community,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “The goal of community policing is for residents to think of our dedicated Police Officers as their neighbors, and vice versa. Having our officers welcome students and parents back to school is a core value of this initiative.” Continue Reading

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center To Host 2nd Annual Pediatric Cancer Awareness Walk

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 06, 2017 3:56pm

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center is joining the battle in raising awareness and funds for cutting-edge, life-saving research through Cycle for Survival. Many have been affected by Pediatric Cancer – a family member, friend or neighbor. What better way to bring the community together than by uniting as one passionate force to celebrate the survivors, support the fighters and honor the taken?

On Sunday, September 24, 2017, Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center will host the 2nd Annual Pediatric Cancer Awareness Walk. This will be a 3-mile walk beginning and ending at Oakeside, and 100% of the net profit from this event will be donated to a participating Cycle for Survival team named Megan’s Miracle Makers. This group of family and friends has had teams riding throughout the country since 2013 in memory of Megan Macaluso, a Bloomfield native who lost her battle to a rare pediatric cancer at 19 years old.

The walk is on Sunday September 24,from 9 am-noon beginning at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center 240 Belleville Ave. Bloomfield. Online registration for participants and sponsors at

Bloomfield Police Make Arrest Minutes After PNC Bank Robbery Tuesday

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 1:00pm

Bloomfield Police announce the arrest of Michael Restaino age 58 of Toms River NJ. Mr. Restaino was arrested minutes after committing a Robbery at the PNC Bank located at 2 Broad Street.

The Robbery occurred at approximately 11:25am on Tuesday August 29, 2017. The bank is located on Broad Street, near Bloomfield Avenue. Mr. Restaino entered the bank and approached a bank teller, stating “Give me your money”. The teller handed over money, at which time the suspect fled on foot. No weapon was used in the robbery.

The suspect was shortly apprehended by Officer Bruce Calkin on State Street. The money stolen from the bank, an estimated $1,450.00 dollars was recovered from Mr. Restaino’s sock. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Teen Punched and Robbed; Theft at Glen Ridge Golf Course, Home Depot, Marshalls, Aldi

Monday, Aug 07, 2017 12:15pm

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


07/24/2017- Several marker flags valued at $60.00 dollars each were stolen from the Glen Ridge Country Club Golf Course located at 797 Broad Street. The theft occurred during the overnight hours.

07/25/2017- A black and gold BMX bicycle was stolen from Glenwood Ave & Lackawanna Plaza. The owner discovered the lock which secured the bicycle, broken and his bicycle missing. The bicycle was stolen between the hours of 12pm and 6pm. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Police Need Your Help To Identify Suspect in Armed Robbery of Gas Station

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 2:00pm

From Bloomfield Police:

The Bloomfield Police Department would like your help to identify a suspect in an armed robbery that took place on 7/17/17 at 3:10 am. The Exxon Gas station at 491 Bloomfield Ave was robbed at gunpoint and we need your help to identify the suspect in the video attached to this alert.
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid 40s-50s. 5’10” 150-160 lbs wearing black framed glasses with a pronounced limp in his right leg.

Click to see video of suspect

If you have information, contact:

Detective Sal Cordi, [email protected], 973-680-4089
Lt. Michael Sisco, [email protected], 973-680-4087

Bloomfield Crime: Stabbing During Domestic Altercation; Aggravated Assault on Pizza Delivery Man

Friday, Jul 07, 2017 10:15am

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


06/26/2017- Alexander Walker age 39 of Newark NJ was arrested at 9:08am and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Mr. Walker concealed cosmetic items inside his bag and attempted to exit the store. Store security detained Mr. Walker until the arrival of police. Mr. Walker also had several active warrants issued by Roselle Township, Kearny, East Orange and Bloomfield.

06/29/2017- A gold chain and loose change were reported stolen from a vehicle parked overnight on Waldo Ave. The owner discovered vehicle ransacked the next morning.

06/29/2017- Homeowner on Fulton Street reported a package stolen from the front porch. The delivery was confirmed via a photo of the package on the porch with a delivery time of 10:44am. The items were valued at $82.00 dollars.

07/01/2017- Orlando Christmas age 54 of Newark was arrested and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store. PO Suzanne Looges was alerted by store security of the theft with the suspect running through the parking lot. After a brief foot pursuit the suspect identified as Mr. Christmas a habitual offender was taken into custody at the corner of Magnolia Street and Franklin Street. Mr. Christmas was additionally charged with Resisting Arrest and Defiant Trespass. All proceeds were recovered and returned to the store.

Aggravated Assault

06/27/2017- A pizza delivery driver was assaulted while attempting to make a delivery to a residence on Highview Terrace. The suspect later identified as Enrigue Hernandez struck the victim with a metal object as he approached the residence to deliver the pizza. The victim received injuries to his left cheek and left hand. The suspect continued yelling at the victim, threatening to get a gun and shoot him. The victim fled the area and called 911. The suspect arrived at police headquarters a short time later where he was placed into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose.

07/02/2017- Police were dispatched to a residence on Grove Street on a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and spoke with the victim who stated she had a physical altercation with her husband. The altercation led into the kitchen, when the suspect grabbed a knife and the victim attempted to gain control of it, which led to the laceration on her arm. The suspect then fled on foot. The Essex County Prosecutors Office was notified and approved the charges of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose and Aggravated Assault. Police are actively attempting to locate the suspect. He is presently entered as a wanted person. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Police Seek Help to Locate Missing Teen (FOUND)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:01pm

Update: Bloomfield Police report that the teen is back home with his family.

The Bloomfield Police Department is seeking assistance in locating a missing juvenile. We are asking anyone who has seen or come in contact with this juvenile to contact the Bloomfield Police at (973) 680-4141.

Jack was last seen by his parents on 05/22/2017 at 07:15. Jack is a student at Bloomfield High School but was absent today. No clothing description available at this time. Jack is not in possession of his cell phone, he also deleted all his social media accounts. Any agency coming in contact with Jack please contact the Bloomfield Police Department.

Essex County, Municipalities Partner for Bloomfield Avenue Safety Campaign

BY  |  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:30am

Mayor Venezia helps kickoff campaign outside Bloomfield Town Hall on Tuesday.

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is partnering with Essex County and six municipalities to launch a multi-town Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety education campaign along Bloomfield Avenue.

Bloomfield Avenue is one of the busiest corridors in Essex County, which creates serious pedestrian safety concerns. From 2011 through 2015 there were 256 pedestrians involved in crashes, resulting in 3 fatalities and 226 injuries. Continue Reading

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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