April  2015

Upcoming Town Council Meetings


April 13,  7 p.m.  

  Bloomfield Pubic Library  

  Theatrer, 90 Broad Street  

  (regular meeting) 

April 27, 7 p.m.

  Law Enforcement Building  

  (conference meeting)  

May 4,  7 p.m. - Berkeley    

  School, 351 Bloomfield Avenue

  (regular meeting)
Check voter deadlines  for June primary


   The statewide primary election will take place Tuesday, June 2,  6 a.m. to  8 p.m.  Related voter deadlines are:


√ April 8 - last day for party  
√ May 12 - last day for new
   registrations and address
   transfers  (Clerk's Office will
   be open until 9 p.m.)
√ May 26 - last day to apply for
   vote-by-mail ballot

     For all deadlines, go to the Clerk's Office, room 214, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Bike racks installed    to encourage cycling


     New bike racks are coming to schools, parks, and other public areas near you. This spring, the Bloomfield Health Department is installing the racks to promote cycling as a means to improved health. Bicycling eases high blood pressure and diabetes and improves heart health by reducing body fat.
     If you'd like to request bike rack placement in front of your business, e-mail Michael Hodges at the Health Department,


DPW adds Monday grass pick-up


     If you normally get a Friday pickup of vegetative waste, now you can expect additional pickup on Mondays. Starting on or before April 6, the Department of Public Works and Parks will be adding a service day to ease the volume of grass clippings and leaves on the Friday route.               Remember, biodegradable bags must be placed at curbside the night before pickup. For Monday pickup, place bags on Sunday after 5 p.m.; for Friday pickup, place bags on Thursday after 5 p.m.
     The change does not affect cardboard and commingled recycling.
7 Bloomfield officers promoted, 9 sworn in


      Seven veteran Bloomfield police officers were promoted and nine recruits were sworn in as new officers on March 11 during a ceremony in Council Chambers. Read more

Don't miss the free Senior Extravaganza on April 17

All Bloomfield residents age 60 and older are invited to the Senior Extravaganza on Friday, April 17 at Bloomfield College. Enjoy
a meal, listen to period music, dance (if you like), and make new friends! Read more
Selling a property? Get a CCO   


    It's spring! That means house-selling season. If you want to sell or transfer ownership of a structural property or vacant lot, you need a certificate of continued occupancy, or CCO, from the Bloomfield Building Permits and Inspections Department.  

    Be aware:  Applications must be submitted within 30 days before the property closing date. Read more 
Kids: Collect 57 Cop Cards and win prizes!     
     You've heard of baseball cards. How about Bloomfield Cop Cards? This spring, your child can collect up to 57 Cop Cards to win great prizes, including one of nine grand prizes - a bicycle and helmet.
     From April 1 through May 27, kids in all Bloomfield district elementary schools, and St. Thomas School, are challenged to collect the full set, either by approaching individual officers, or by stopping into designated downtown businesses. Read more  
Paper shredding day is May 2 

    Bring your old bills, ancient receipts and miscellaneous documents to the town-wide paper shredding event on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Board of Education parking lot, 155 Broad Street. Reduce the opportunity for identity theft and promote paper recycling.

    Shredding day is offered by the Bloomfield Department of Public Works & Parks in partnership with the Bloomfield Recycling Committee. 

Come to Vittles & Fiddles  

     A foot-stomping, guitar-strumming, food-grubbing good time, is on tap for Sunday, April 19. That's when the Bloomfield Cultural Commission and the Woman's Club of Bloomfield will host "Vittles and Fiddles" starting at 5 p.m. at the Oakeside Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Avenue.
     Featured musicians will be "The Ramapo Valley Ramblers," a popular bluegrass band. Chili, wings, cornbread, beer, wine and soda will be served. Entry is $15 per person.
April is recreation sign-up time

     Hundreds of Bloomfield baseball and softball players will gather with their leagues for opening day ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19.
     Adults: You too can begin mustering slow pitch softball teams.
     And, starting April 6, you'll be able to get information on summer camp.
     Read more about all of these programs.
Chamber music, blood drive and crafts at Bloomfield Library

     * The Union City Chamber Players will perform at the library on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m.
     * Make a life-saving donation at the library-hosted blood drive on April 29.
     * Bring new life to an old pair of jeans. Convert them into a denim pouch. Check out the library's new adult craft program offered the second Wednesday of every month.
     Click here to learn more about all of these events.
Get your health checked  
for little or no c ost
      April brings an array of health screenings offered by the Public Health Nursing Office, located at Town Hall. Screening appointments are required. For details, call (973) 680-4058. 

* Free Blood Pressure Screenings

     - April 2 and 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nursing Office.
     - April 17, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bloomfield Civic
       Center, 84 Broad Street.
* Stroke Screening, April 7, 9-11 a.m. Cost: $25 for those 55 and older; $30 for people under age 55. Includes cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and carotid assessment.
* Multiple Blood Tests, April 9, 8-10 a.m.
     - Blood screening, $35 
     - PSA (for men), $35 
     - Blood screening and PSA, $50 
     - Other blood tests available. Call for details.
* Lipid Panel Profile Screening, April 27, 10-11 a.m., $20. Includes cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL.
* Adult Vaccines, Monday through Friday, year-round. One-time registration $15; cost per vaccine $10. Call for details and appointment.
* Child and Adolescent Vaccines, most Wednesdays. One-time registration $10; cost per vaccine $10. Call for details and appointment. 


Landscapers: Want to adopt an island?


     Traffic islands dotting Bloomfield streets become oases of green in the growing season. To help create those touches of beauty, local landscapers volunteer their services in exchange for promotional signage touting their civic contribution.

     Island maintenance includes grass cutting, weed removal, mulching and general beautification.  

     Become a volunteer and your sign will be prominently posted on your chosen island at no cost to you.  ( Click here to see the sign mock-up.)  
     If you are an interested Bloomfield landscaper, call the Bloomfield Department of Public Works and Parks at (973) 680-4127.