April 2017

Health Dept. conducts study on Bloomfield pedestrian safety 
       The Bloomfield Health Department is auditing streets in downtown Bloomfield to determine the level of comfort and safety experienced by pedestrians who use the m. The program is aimed at improving resident access to physical activity. Read more.
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Help clean Brookside Park
       Greener Bloomfield is sponsoring an Earth Day clean-up of Brookside Park on Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring sunscreen, a hat and appropriate clothing. Helpers also will install new plants.  
       Part of the effort will be cleaning the Third River. You may get a chance to help out in high waders. The event will be cancelled if there's heavy rain. Details at (973) 748-6462 or on the Greener Bloomfield Facebook page.
'Take me home!' says Holly
      Holly is a 4-year-old terrier mix who became a stray after being neglected. With TLC from th e Bloomfield Animal Shelter, she's now healthy, knows several commands and is ready f or adoption. She's still learning boundaries and will do best with an experienced owner who can teach her manners or hire a trainer. Holly loves walking and enjoys socializing with people and other dogs. She is spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Meet her between noon and 5 p.m. daily (until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays) at the shelter, 61 Bukowski Place. Details at (973) 748-019 4.  
Form a habit with reusable bags
       Buy one bag to get started. Take it to the grocery store, the drug store, the liquor store. Soon you'll be buying more because reusable bags hold more and they're way stronger than flimsy plastic bags. Read more.
Educational Foundation holds annual gala, raffle
       More than $1 million! That's how much money the Bloomfield Educational Foundation has raised over the years to benefit the educational experience of all students in the Bloomfield public school system. Now, two upcoming initiatives will continue the success and all residents are invited to participate.
       * The BEF Annual Gala will be held Saturday, April 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell.
       * Two $5,000 travel gift certificates will be raffled during the gala. Tickets are on sale now.  Read more.
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Bloomfield Recreation Events
 
Coaching safety certification offered
Volunteer coaches are urged to sign up for this important course offered Monday, April 3, from 6-9 p.m. at the Civic Center. $40. 
 
Easter egg h unt - April 8.  More than 10,000 eggs will be hidden at Pulaski Park for the community Easter egg hunt and other activities from 10 a.m. to noon. Here's the required pre-registration fo rm.

Baseball/Softball opening day ceremonies will take place in April.

See 'Moano' under the stars.  The animated Disney film "Moana" will be screened at the Bloomfield College Quad on Monday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Entry is free.

April 7, Friday Fun Night. Bloomfield Recreation's once-a-month three-hour child-watching service includes games, movies and pizza - plus, for April, Easter egg decorating.

Donate to Bloomfield's sports equipment exchange.
Your donation of lightly used sporting goods could be a windfall for a family that can't afford to buy them new.  
 
Spring program registration continues.
Many programs have begun, but don't miss out on those with later start dates.  
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Go fish!
       Bloom fi eld Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #214 will host its second annual Trout Derby on Sund ay, April 23, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Clarks Po nd (behind the Middle School). More than $800 in prizes will be awarded, including first fish caught, longest fish and any trout caught. Bloomfie ld boys and girls up to age 16 are welcome. Registration starts at 7 a.m. on event d ay.
Multicultural Food Festival coming April 29
       Celebrate Bloomfield's ethnic diversity by tasting the signature dishes of town residents from many heritages. Join the fun on Saturday, April 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Park United Methodist Church at 12 Park Street in Bloomfield. Tickets are $5; $2 for kids 12 and under. Family recipes will be collected in a cookbook compiled and sold as a fundraiser by the Bloomfield Cultural Commission. The Mayor and City Council members will prepare and serve dishes as well. To submit your recipe, or for more information, e-mail Roy Yokelson.
Ferrara to be remembered at Civic Band concert
       Dominick Ferrara III will be remembered at the April 9 concert of the Bloomfield Civic Band. Ferrara, the band's conductor for 43 years, passed away on Feb. 13, 2017. In his honor, the band will perform some of his favorite pieces, as well as "Armed Forces Medley," which he arranged. Read more.
Buy flowers and help fund the Bloomfield Chorale
       Get a butterfly garden mat, a humming bird mix or the perfect salad garden. Dozens of spring garden options are available from the Bloomfield Chorale between now and May 1. The town's community chorus is holding a flower seed sale to help fund its June 10 concert. For every sale made, Bloomfield Chorale will get 50%. An order of $25 or more will be recognized in the group's concert program; $50 or more will bring recognition plus two complimentary show tickets.  Here's how to order.
       For more about chorale membership and other fundraising, click here
Paper shredding & electronic recycling days coming up
Paper Shredding Day will be Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Board of Education parking lot (155 Broad Street, across from the high school). For residents only.
Big Truck & E-Recycling Day - DPW's fourth annual Big Truck & Electronics Recycling Day will take place Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Mark your calendar. More details in the May E-Buzz.
 
Y ard Waste Pickups Continue
On your scheduled recycling days you can also place yard waste in brown paper biodegradable bags only. Keep bag weight under 50 pounds. Cut tree branches into three-foot lengths and tie in bundles of no more than 25 pounds each. Do not pile bags and branches atop one another. Instead, stack items side-by-side. 
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Public health screenings offered
The following health screening events are offered by appointment at the Bloomfield Nursing office. To learn more, call (973) 680-4058.
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Blood Pressure Screenings
(free) 
* April 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at Town Hall. 
* April 13, 10 a.m.-noon, at Brookdale
  ShopRite. 
* April 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the
  Civic Center.  

Diabetes Screening
(free) - April 27, 10 a.m. to noon, at Brookdale ShopRite.
 

Prostate Screening
(free) - Blood test and digital rectal exam, April 20, 10 a.m. to noon. 
Osteoporosis Screening (bone density), wrist ultrasound for men and women, April 24, 10 a.m. to noon.
Fee: $12.  

Blood Chemistry Screening
- includes blood chemistry, CBC, lipid panel and T4. April 25, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Fee: $35
 

Downtown Events, Bloomfield Center Alliance
www.BloomfieldCenter.com     (973) 429-8050

Cormier vs. Johnson: Catch the action downtown
      Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fights Anthony Johnson in a much anticipated rematch on Saturday, April 8. Watch it on screen with a live audience at two Bloomfield restaurants:  Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar (90 Washington Street) or Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (80 Washington Street)
Have a night on the town . . . at discount
       It's a natural pairing of theater and dining. Go to Westminster Arts Center for the NJ Musical Theater Composers Showcase on April 1 or the musical stage show "Dream Girls" (six April dates). Save your ticket stubs and bring them to a participating "Dinner and a Show" restaurant for a same-night discounted dining experience. Read more.
Celebrate Cinco DeMayo
       Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar will host a three-day festival of food and music from May 4 to 6. On hand will be the old gang from Senorita's restaurant.

Save the Date: BCA Block Party
      May 20 will be the outdoor celebration of Bloomfield restaurants, complete with food, drinks, music and raffles. Mark your calendar now! Details to come.


Behind on your PSE&G bill?
       People from moderate and middle income households can get assistance paying energy bills. Read more.
Drum your way to joy - at the library
       Celebrate rhythm at Richard Reiter's "Spiritual Drum Circle," a free workshop on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Bloomfield Public Library. Experience joyful stress release and empowerment through rhythm. Use Reiter's drums or bring your own. No musical training is necessary.

      Other April library events include:
      * Adulting 101: Basic Car Maintenance, April 1, 11 a.m.
      * De-Stress Seminar, April 18, 6 p.m. and April 22, 11 a.m.
      * Ongoing events for children and adults.

Learn more about all. Click here.
Victorian Tea, Bunny Brunch and Taste of Bloomfield
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center is hosting a trio of cultural events in the month of April.
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Victorian Tea and "Songs from the Heart" performed by Corinna Sowers Adler, April 2 at        1 p.m. Tickets $30.   Brunch with the Easter Bunny - April 8 at noon. Tickets $15 for children, $12 for adults.  Taste of Bloomfield - Sunday, April 23, from  4 to 6 p.m., enjoy an evening of sumptuous sampling, with tastes from fine restaurants in Bloomfield and the surrounding area. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. 
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For details on all three events, click here.   
Seniors, don't miss these events
       * Fraud Prevention Seminar, Friday, April 21, at noon at the Civic Center (84 Broad Street) - Bloomfield Police will present tips on avoiding diversion burglaries, IRS scams, telemarketing fraud, phone scams and more. Details at (973) 680-4096.
       * Senior Recreation Opportunities. Fitness classes, shopping excursions and a senior club meeting are available each month through the Bloomfield Recreation Department. For more on April offerings, click here.
       * Annual Senior Dance, Friday, May 5, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 190 State Street in Bloomfield. Residents age 60 and older will enjoy an afternoon of food, music, dancing and fellowship. Limited transportation will be available. Call (973) 680-4017. 
Berkeley 5K coming April 30
       The 6th annual Berkeley School 5K Run/Fitness Walk will be held Sunday, April 30 on school grounds at 351 Bloomfield Avenue. Prizes will be given in eight age categories, from 9 and younger, to 60 and older. Start time will be 8 a.m. Entry fees rang e from $5 to $25. For information, call (973) 440-8084. All participants must sign an official waiver. Click here for the form and further details. 
Rockwell and Rice lead 3-mile canal tour
       Join The Historical Society of Bloomfield on April 29 for a three-mile hike along the Morris Canal, plus a bus ride to the Oak Tree Lane section of the canal. Rich Rockwell and Ron Rice will guide the tour from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will get historic photos and color maps. The tour is co-sponsored by HSOB, the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Recreation Department. Reservations are required; a $5 donation is requested for bus costs and handouts. To reserve, e-mail here.   

Sign up for junior and high school police academies
       The Bloomfield Police Department is offering two levels of its popular youth police academy this summer. The Junior Police Academy will run
July 17-28. The High School Police Academy will  run July 31 to Aug. 11. The registration deadline is June 2.  
Come to community garden opening day  
       Pulaski Park Community Garden officially opens on April 1. Visitors are welcome starting at 10 a.m. Just know, you will be put to work! Projects include building a picnic table and shoveling dirt. Details here or send an e-mail inquiry.   
Primary election deadlines  
April 3 - last day to file petitions for the June primary.
April 12 - last day to declare a party for the June primary.  
April Town Council meetings  
April 3, 7 p.m., conference meeting, Law Enforcement Building, room 205.
April 24, 7 p.m., regular meeting, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, second floor.
Free Easter weekend parking 
       Enjoy free parking at any meter or permit-only lot on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15. The Bloomfield Parking Authority will be closed. 
E-BUZZ Editor Robin Patric  |  908-823-9001  |  rpatric@comcast.net