April 2016
April 2016
Bloomfield PD hiring auxiliary officers
    Interested in a law enforcement career? As a first step, consider becoming an auxiliary officer. The Bloomfield Police Department will soon hire three auxiliary officers, with training to begin this summer. For eligibility requirements, click here.
New trees coming to Bloomfield
      Our town will become leafier in April. Greener Bloomfield and the Township have been awarded a $20,000 grant from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation to plant new trees in a designated area of town. The grant was one of 10 awarded to east coast cities. Funding includes tree planting, maintenance, and educational activities. To qualify, Bloomfield had to be an already-designated Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA community.
      Planting sites are still being determined. Check www.greenerbloomfield.org or their Facebook page for updated details.
April 2016
Bloo mfield Bike Fest coming May 1
      A day of fun on bikes is planned for Sunday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 4p.m. at Wright's Field.  Activities include bike races for kids age 11 and older, a silly bike race for adults on kids' bikes, an obstacle course and more. Pre-registration is $10; day-of registration will be $15. For details, click here.
Schedule a cardiac or concussion screening  
for your young athlete
      Clara Maass Medical Center is offering cardiac and concussion screenings for young athletes on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to noon at Bloomfield High School. Learn more
April 2016
Jamie Novak
TV organizer and rising folk star at the library
    * TV's Jamie Novak, organizing specialist and author, will present "Keep This, Toss That for a Fresh Start to Spring," on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
    * Singer/songwriter Michaela McClain of Montclair brings her folksy-soul sound - reminiscent of Carol King, Norah Jones and Alicia Keys - to the library on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m.
    * Regina Radomski, adoption author, offers a free talk and book signing, April 4, at 6 p.m.
    * "Kaaterskill Falls," by Allegra Goodman, Library Book Club, April 4, 6:45 p.m.
    * Sports Memorabilia, Free Appraisals, April 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Learn more about all of the above.
Help make Bloomfield a safer community
     Come to the May 12 meeting of the Bloomfield Safety Council and find out how you can get involved in this resurging organization.
     Leonard Roberts has taken the helm of the 77-year-old council whose policies are aimed at preventing accidents and economic loss within Bloomfield. Current projects include working with the Bloomfield Police on a school-based bicycle safety poster contest, and partnering with the Bloomfield Health Department to promote pedestrian safety.
     Meetings are held the second Thursday of every other month, usually at the Civic Center. But the next meeting on May 12 will be at the Mayor's Office at 11 a.m. For more information, email leonard_roberts@bloomfield.edu.
April 2016
Popular canal tour is back on April 30
     Join Rich Rockwell (pictured) and Ron Rice of The Historical Society of Bloomfield for a three-mile hike along the path of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield. The 4.5-hour tour starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 and includes a bus ride to additional sites where the canal remains intact. One newly reclaimed section at Oak Tree Lane highlights the restoration work of Eagle Scout candidate Julian Londono and Troup 22.
     The tour is co-sponsored by the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Recreation Department. Reservations are required; a $5 donation covers bus costs and a 20-page handout containing historic photos and color maps. To reserve, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com.
Police offer two summertime academies
     Bloomfield Police are planning summertime "academies" in two age groups:
     * Junior Police Academy - July 18-29 (grades 6-8)
     * High School Academy - Aug. 1-12 (grades 9-12)
     Each runs weekdays only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instruction will include general education to become an officer, the juvenile justice system, fingerprinting, K9 and bomb detection, gang awareness, boxing defensive tactics, arson and fire safety, first aid, physical fitness, and drill and ceremony.
     Both academies are free. Registration is limited to 70 students for Junior Academy and 50 for High School Academy. For details, email rkish@bloomfieldnjpd.com.
Help us help you with yard waste disposal
     Yard maintenance season has arrived and pickups will occur on your scheduled recycling days. Please bear in mind the following yard waste collection rules from the Department of Public Works & Parks:
1. Place yard waste in biodegradable bags
2. Keep bag weight under 50 pounds.
3. Cut tree branches into three-foot lengths
    and tie in bundles of no more than 25
    pounds each.
4. Do not pile bags and branches atop one
    another. Stack items side by side to avoid
    attracting insects or rodents.     
Warnings will be issued for disposal violations, including placement of bags in Township parks, rights of way, islands (such as Newark Avenue and Ampere Parkway) or other public property.   

Plastic bags filled with yard waste will not be picked up.
Announcing baseball/softball opening day s
The Bloomfield Recreation Department will hold youth baseball and softball opening day ceremonies on April 23 and 24. League play begins in mid-April.
April 2016

Saturday, April 23
* American Little League - 10:15 a.m., Wright's
* Babe Ruth League - 11 a.m., Big Wright's Field.
* National Little League - 12 noon, Vassar Field.

Sunday, April 24
* Peppermint Softball League - 11 a.m., Hank
   Barlow Field, Pulaski Park.
It's a party and YOU are invited!
     Join the Bloomfield Center Alliance at its first outdoor block party on Saturday, May 14, from noon to 8 p.m. (Rain date May 21.) The fun takes place on Washington Street. Enjoy great food and drinks served up by Bloomfield's favorite restaurants, plus music, raffles and more. No admission fee. Details at www.BloomfieldCenter.com or (973) 429-8050.
Get the latest Zika info
    For the latest information on how to protect yourself from the Zika virus, call the Zika hotline at (973) 680-4060.
Enjoy a 'Day at Yankee Stadium'
    Registration is under way for a "Day at Yankee Stadium," hosted by Bloomfield Recreation on Sunday, May 15. Tickets include bus transportation at 9:30 a.m. (from the Civic Center), seats in stadium section 134, and a two-and-a-half-hour, all-you-can-eat picnic inside the stadium before game time. Children 14 and younger will get plastic bats and balls.
    Register in person or online at www.bloomfieldrecreation.org. Please note, the excursion is a rain-or-shine event - no refunds. For information, call (973) 743-9074.
April 2016
Seniors: Sign up for April events
    Here's what the Recreation Department has in store for Bloomfield's senior set in the month of April: bus trips to Mt. Haven, Pennsylvania and the local Walmart, blood pressure screenings, movie day and a senior club meeting. Read more
Be part of Bloomfield's green machine
The season kickoff  party of the Pulaski Park Community Garden (corner of Howard and Mt. Vernon) takes place Saturday, April 2, from 1-4 p.m. Master Gardener Florence Rollino will offer information and take questions. (Rain date Saturday, April 9)
Details on Facebook
Sign Up!
for a garden plot
at Pulaski Park Community Garden. $50 for a 4x8-foot plot. Water on site. Details on Facebook. Or look for a garden contract and  FAQs at Community Garden Initiative 
Join Greener Bloomfield
Help organize Earth Day and other projects to renew Bloomfield's certification with Sustainable Jersey.
Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Civic Center, 84 Broad Street. Details on Facebook 
Two talented Bloomfielders share their latest
"Star Crossed Lovers," a feature film by Bloomfield resident Francesco Nuzzi, will premiere at the Garden State Film Festival on Saturday, April 2 at 2:45 p.m., at Resorts Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. The film is a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Nuzzi also has a role in the film, which was shot on location in several New Jersey towns. In 2014, Nuzzi produced an award-winning short film, "DCI Densworth."

April 2016
James Wollner

James Parker Wollner
Bloomfield resident and Cultural Commission member, will discuss his Vietnam memoir, "The Bamboo Shoot," on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at Bloomfield Library. For details, click here

April Town Council meetings
* April 11, 7 p.m., conference meeting, Law Enforcement Building, room 205.
* April 18, 7 p.m., regular meeting, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2nd floor.
Primary election deadlines
* April 4 - last day to file petitions for the June primary.
* April 13 - last day to declare a party for the June primary.
February 2016

Drivers: Take the pledge and get a magnet
    Sign a pledge to drive safely on Bloomfield streets and you'll get a "Let's Yield in Bloomfield" car magnet to declare your safety consciousness.
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