August 2018
The Division of Public Safety Invites you to National Night Out
National Night Out, a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, will be held on Tuesday August 7 , and will feature a Police vs. Fire Department softball game, among other free festivities. This annual community night is run in conjunction with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

The Fire Department is currently in the process of inspecting all multiple dwelling units throughout the Township, to ensure all buildings are in compliance with health codes. Two inspectors are in the Fire Pre vention Bureau on a full-time basis, using records from the Township's tax department to contact owners of 2+ family units, sending them letters in the mail and hand-delivering notices that the Fire Department needs to check on their properties. Owners not in compliance will be fined and penalized. If tenants or owners have any questions about the Certificate of Habitability, they can call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 973-680-5150 and talk to Theresa Addeo.

The Fire Department is also helping families install certified child safety car seats, free of charge. Call the Fire Department at 973-680-4160 any time for assistance.

The Bloomfield Fire Department is proud to announce Louis Venezia has been sworn in as Fire Chief , after long-tenured Chief Joseph McCarthy's retirement. During the ceremony, several other Bloomfield Fire Department personnel were sworn in to new positions, and seven new Bloomfield Police Officers were sworn in.

Want to get involved in the Bloomfield Neighborhood Watch Program? Learn from Bloomfield’s Finest .
Bloomfield Community Policing Officers want to host a private pizza party for you and your child. Apply online .
Coffee with a Cop brings residents together with members of Bloomfield's Community Policing Division. To sign up, contact Lt. Zepeda or Officer Aponte .
Council Meetings, New Facebook Page, Website and Mobile App
The Bloomfield Council will meet only once in August, a hybrid regular and conference meeting on August 20, in Room 205 of the Law Enforcement Building at 6:30pm, and then 7:00pm.

In May, the Township held a public forum where residents provided feedback on how you want the Township to improve communications. That led to the Township developing a Facebook page dedicated to keeping updates from all municipal departments in one place.

Furthermore, as the Facebook page grows, the Township will also be hard at work on a new website and mobile app, and is looking for local photographers to submit pictures they'd like to be displayed on all forums. Submissions can be emailed to and must be sent by August 31.
Health and Human Services is Here for all Bloomfield Residents

An Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) representative is located in Town Hall to assist residents with questions and enrollment. Appointments can also be made at the Mobile County Welfare Van which is stationed in front of town hall on a monthly basis. For homebound seniors and disabled residents, benefit screenings can be provided in the home. Call 973-680-4017 or Click here to learn more about these services.

Learn about the Bloomfield Health Department and New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition’s 'Let’s Walk!!' initiative to encourage physical activity with a healthy Veggie Truck coming to Bloomfield Town Hall and the Bloomfield Public Library Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm June through November, include Tuesday August 7 and 21 .

Caring for your mental health can be just as important as caring for your physical health. The Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Bloomfield Municipal Alliance to present 'Movies with a Mission' on Wednesday, August 22 , to raise awareness about bullying, depression, and suicide. Please join community members in confronting these issues, and reducing the stigma.

The Division of Human Services is providing limited one-time financial assistance for utilities, rent, or mortgage to individuals or families who have fallen behind on their housing costs or utilities due to a situation beyond their control and will be able to pay their bills going forward. For more information call 973-680-4017. Prescreening will be done Monday through Friday
by appointment only. Funding is limited and will be based upon meeting eligibility
criteria and on a first-come basis. All applicants must be able to prove employment and financial sustainability and be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
Animals and Nature
Interested in sustainability? Greener Bloomfield meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:00pm . The August 2 meeting will be held at Municipal Law Enforcement Building (all other meetings held at the Civic Center). For more information, visit

Greener Bloomfield also wants you to know there are a couple of actions we can all take to eliminate our own immediate parking problems: when you run the next small errand in your neighborhood, try walking or riding a bike. It's a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather while supporting local businesses. In fact, adopting biking and walking into your lifestyle could be the catalyst that makes you feel healthier and happier. Our streets can also be reimagined. Open a dialogue with your councilperson on how to make your neighborhood more comfortable to get around without a car (check out “ Complete Streets”).

Bloomfield Animal Shelter is hosting an adoption event at Bloomfield PetValu, located at 192 Bloomfield Avenue on Saturday, August 11 from 11:00am-3:00pm. Please see the SOBAS Facebook page for details and other events and announcements.

PET OWNERS: Pet licenses expired June 30. If you did not renew yours by July 30, you will be required to pay a $45 fee, in addition to the license fee.
Bloomfield Restaurant Week, Cruise Nights and Dinner Under the Stars
As hot as summer days can be, summer nights are the perfect times to get together for outdoor recreation. That's why the Bloomfield Center Alliance is sponsoring car Cruise Nights and Dinner Under the Stars most Wednesdays and Fridays, respectively. Please be aware that the Friday, July 27 Dinner Under the Stars was rained out, so a special event will be held at the usual time Friday, August 3 !

Wednesday August 1 and August 29 Cruise Nights will have a Parade of Cars with a police escort throughout town.

Bloomfield restaurant week returns August 4-12 . Read about the event history and great lineup here .
Department of Public Works

Biodegradable bags are picked up on your recycling day. When you are filling your biodegradable bags, please put only grass, twigs, leaves, etc. (vegetative waste) into the bags. Please no garbage, papers, dirt, rocks, etc. Also, no bags more than 50 lbs. (tough on the back!).

Bulk garbage is always your second garbage day of the week. No more than three large items at one time will be picked up and if you have any additional questions please call DPW at 973-680-4127 .

Metals and appliances (not electronics) are picked up every Tuesday . Call the Department of Public Works, 973-680-4127 , no later than 3:00 p.m. Monday for a scheduled Tuesday pickup. 

Plastic bags are no longer considered recyclable . Please do NOT put them in your recycling container.

Drop off Electronic Items (TV’s, Computers, etc.) and Recycling Items at the Department of Public Works Recycling Depot every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm .

Please note: Pickups will be suspended on Labor Day, September 3, but recycling will be picked up the next day and garbage will be picked up on your next regularly-scheduled day.

For more information, visit the DPW Facebook. Our hardworking staff tries to respond to messages 7 days/week.
Summer Recreation for All Ages

All Township Parks are open, and meant to be enjoyed by all. Click here  for park hours and rules.

Enjoy a night on the town during Bloomfield Restaurant Week! Let the Bloomfield Recreation Department staff members watch your children at the Civic Center while you dine at some of Bloomfield’s finest restaurants. Pre-registration is required. $20.00. Includes Pizza, Soda, Juice, Games, Arts and Crafts and more.

Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Bloomfield Center Alliance are partnering up for the Summer's Final Cruise Night and Drive in Movie Wednesday, August 29 . After a great parade of cars, the Bloomfield Recreation Department will show 'Smokey and The Bandit' on Broad Street, where viewers can also admire classic muscle cars and antique cars. Pack your lawn chair and blanket in the back of your trunk as this proves to be a great night!

Friday, September 14 --Pulaski Park
Hot Bagels Abroad will provide coffee, juice and bagels the following morning. There will be a supervised campfire by the Bloomfield Fire Department, so bring your s’mores supplies. Preregistration will begin on Monday, September 3. Each camping group must have a responsible adult (18 or older), and you must have a registered campsite in order to camp overnight!

Friday, September 21 --Demarest School
Pre-Registration will begin on Monday, September 3. You must have a registered vehicle in order to enter the Drive-In Movie parking lot! Keep an eye out for more information on and the upcoming September E-Buzz Edition.

We thank our generous sponsors who made this Summer of Fun possible!
There is still time to register for the last two weeks of Sports Clinics, but hurry spots are
limited. Week 7 (August 6 - August 10) has the following great programs:
Co-Ed Intro to Chess--Ages 7-13
Co-Ed Children's Art--Ages 6-13
Co-Ed Hip Hop Dance--Ages 6-13
Bus Trip to Sands Casino (open to all adults)
Sands, Bethlehem, PA-- Monday, August, 13
Meet at the Civic Center – 84 Broad St., Bloomfield. $25 includes transportation, morning refreshments, $20 back in Slot Play from Sands Casino, and a $5 food voucher from the casino. Please make sure you have a valid picture ID with you for the casino.

The Bloomfield Senior Club is open to all residents 55 and older, and meets on the third Friday of every month at 12:00pm at the Civic Center.
The Senior Bus Program, Dial-A-Ride, and the Bloomfield Shuttle are around to transport residents Monday-Friday, rain or shine. If you need assistance or an accommodation with any of The Township of Bloomfield’s Transportation services, call 973-566-7194 or email
Bloomfield Library Has Fun and Academic Resources for All Ages
The library has a full schedule of events , featuring:

  • The Night Before Preschool Storytime sponsored by the United Way of Bloomfield. Ages 3-5. Wednesday, August 1 at 11:00am.
  • Summer Reading Program Finale.  All children and their families who participated in our Summer Reading Program are invited to join us for prizes, food, and fun! Friday, August 3 at 11:00am.
  • Veggie Truck & WALK Bloomfield will be at the library on Tuesday, August 7 and 21st.
  • Monday Book Club will be reading 'The Right stuff' by Tom Wolfe on Monday, August 6 at 6:45pm
  • Genealogy Club will meet Wednesday, August 8 at 6:00pm.
  • More on the Adult Summer Reading program can be found on our website.
  • The Night Before Kindergarten Storytime sponsored by the United Way of Bloomfield. Open to all children entering kindergarten in the fall. Thursday, August 23 at 11:00am.
  • 1st Annual Kids in Bloom activity fair at Shooting Star Dance Center, 403 Broad Street! Saturday, August 25 from 10:00am-2:00pm.
View our  Regularly Scheduled Programs for Adults , including: Bridge Club, Monday & Thursday Midday movies, Genealogy Club, Finance Club, Fiction and Non-Fiction Book Clubs as well as Roaming Readers and Book Clubs for teens and kids.  

Click through to the Library website for more information on these programs and more!
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