March 2017
Township creating sports equipment exchange
       The Bloomfield Recreation Department is creating an equipment exchange program. Your lightly used items could be a windfall for a family that can't afford to buy them new. Here are the desired items: cleats, shin guards, baseball/softball gloves, bats, helmets (with or without masks) baseball/softball uniform pants, belts, uniform socks, football pads and equipment. All must be in reasonably good condition. To donate, e-mail Recreation Director.
FREE 30-minute parking available at Glenwood garage
       New for downtown shoppers! The Bloomfield Parking Authority is providing free 30-minute parking in the Glenwood parking garage. Whether you're shopping or picking up take-out, use one of the three garage entrances, pull a ticket at the entry gate, then park in a 2-hour space on the first level. Be aware: if you exceed the 30 minutes, you will be charged $1 for the balance of the hour. For details, call (973) 680-8960.
Yard waste pickups begin March 20
    Yard waste pickups on scheduled recycling days will start Monday, March 20. Please keep these rules in mind:   
Place yard waste in biodegradable bags only.
     o Keep bag weight under 50 pounds.
    o 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. 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.
4th Wall mounts comedy by SNL writer + music showcase
       o "Take One" - Three great things in human history had disastrous first versions: the creation of the world, Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma." Former Saturday Night Live writer Jeff Ward explores the vagaries of creation in this new a history-spanning musical comedy. Read More
       o "NJ Musical Theatre Composers Showcase, 2nd Edition" is coming April 1. The concert will showcase selections by New Jersey's best musical theater composers, performed by Broadway and 4th Wall musicians. Watch for details on 4th Wall's website.

'Dinner and a Show' 
       If you're going to Take One or the Composers Showcase, be sure to keep your tickets long enough to take advantage of "Dinner and a Show," the dining deal arranged by Bloomfield Center Alliance. After the show, bring your ticket to one of these Bloomfield restaurants for discounted dining: Aki Asian House, Bloomfield Steak and Seafood, Essex Junction Craft Bar & Kitchen, Italia Pizza and Restaurant, Satis Bistro, or Villa Italiana. Details at the BCA website or Facebook
Downtown Happenings
Bloomfield Center Alliance

    * Celebrate St. Patrick's Day - Go green in Bloomfield. Irish grub, beverages and live music will enliven multiple downtown locations on Friday, March 17. Check out the fun.
     * Bloomfield Center's Bike Depot is opening in March. Get safe, secure storage for your bike. Details here.
     * Save the Date - Foods from your favorite Bloomfield restaurants will be served outdoors at BCA's second annual Block Party, May 20. Details to come.

New enviro commission to run water testing
       Water-quality testing along the Second and Third rivers in Bloomfield will be a primary topic during the first public meeting of the newly formed Bloomfield Environmental Commission. Come to the meeting on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the mayor's conference room, second floor of the police building at 1 Municipal Plaza. Learn More
Edison archivist to speak at historical society event
       The author of the acclaimed new biography "Edison & the Rise of Innovation" will speak on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street. Entry is free. Leonard DeGraff, archivist for the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, will speak about his fresh look at history's most prolific inventor. The book has drawn enough attention that another famous inventor, Bill Gates, has written its foreword. Read More 
Rockwell presents two local history talks
        Richard Rockwell, trustee of the Historical Society of Bloomfield, will lead two upcoming discussions.
        * "Bloomfield Through Time," a discussion of Rockwell's book, at Crane House and Historic YWCA,108 Orange Road in Montclair, Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
        * Morris Canal in Bloomfield, a discussion at Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown - part of the NJ Canals & Local History Symposium on Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details at (973) 292-2755.

Zuko is hoping for a home

        Meet Zuko and get a kiss! The friendly 3-year-old is a staff and volunteer favorite at Bloomfield Animal Shelter, but he needs a permanent home. Zuko knows basic commands, walks well on a leash, is up-to-date on shots, and neutered. He would thrive with people who'd take him on long walks for consistent exercise or provide a yard to play in. To meet Zuko, call the shelter for an appointment at (973) 748-0194. Or stop by during daily adoption hours, noon to 5 p.m., at 61 Bukowski Place in Bloomfield.  
Consider this business sponsorship opportunity
        If you own a business and need a visible sponsorship opportunity, consider being a sponsor of Bloomfield Recreation's many public programs. For example, "Summer of Fun" is a suite of popular events including two outdoor concert series, the July 4th extravaganza, the Hank Barlow Golf Outing, Family Campout and Family Drive-in. Other special events are scheduled in spring and fall. Multiple sponsorship levels are available. For details, e-mail the recreation director.  
Bloomfield Symphony & Bloomfield Chorale on one stage
        The Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra and the Bloomfield Chorale will present a joint concert on Sunday, March 5 featuring the music of Schubert, Balakirev and several contemporary selections. The performance begins at 3 p.m. at the Bloomfield Middle School, 60 Huck Road. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors. Online tickets are available, or purchase at the door with cash or credit card. For information, visit the symphony website. To see the event flyer, click here
See Devils vs. Hurricanes with Bloomfield Recreation
        A group of Bloomfield fans will be in the stands on Saturday, March 25 when the New Jersey Devils take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The 7 p.m. game is at Newark's Prudential Center (25 Lafayette Street). Seating is set aside for Bloomfield fans and tickets are $40. (To keep prices low, transportation is not provided.) Register online through CommunityPass, by phone at (973) 743-9073, or in-person at the Bloomfield Recreation Department, 84 Broad Street. Cash, check, Visa or MasterCard are accepted. 
Tons of spring fun coming! 
 Bloomfield Department of Recreation

       A boxing fitness class for teens and adults and an intro to improvisation for children are new choices among the many programs offered this spring by the Bloomfield Recreation Department.
       Also coming are three more Friday Fun Nights, the department's popular babysitting program for busy parents who need an occasional break.
       Registration is winding down for Girls Softball and Bloomfield Baseball.

Get all the details here.  
Bloomfield actress, novelist featured at March library events
       A prize-winning Gaelic novelist and an actress, both from Bloomfield, will be featured in special presentatio ns at Bloomfield Public Library in March.      
       o "Too Many Questions: An Evening with Virginia Durr" is a monodrama about one of the South's most vocal champions of civil rights. Starring in the play commissioned by Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham, Alabama is Bloomfield actress Ginny Loggins. Showtime is Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at the library.
       o "Celtic, Gaelic, or Anglo-Irish: Which is the Real Ireland?" will be presented by Bloomfield resident Brian Ó Broin, Ph.D., medieval literature professor at William Paterson University, and a prizewinning novelist. Ó Broin will discuss Irish history and Ireland's challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. 
       Learn more about these and other March library events, including club meetings and children's events.
Seniors invited to St. Patty's luncheon
       Bloomfield senior citizens are invited to a St. Patrick's Day luncheon on Thursday, March 16 at the Town Pub, located at 378 Broad Street. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. To pre-register, call Bonnie Triola at the Bloomfield Recreation Department, (973) 743-9074.
       Transportation will be provided for those who live in Bloomfield senior citizen residences only. Pick-ups are as follows: Kinder Towers 11 a.m., Felicity Towers 11:10 a.m., Troy Towers 11:15 a.m., and Heritage Village 11:20 a.m. Return transportation is also provided.
       For more senior events, shopping trips and fitness opportunities click here.
Bloomfield community gardening is a sell-out success!
       All garden plots at the Pulaski Park Community Garden were taken by late February, showing the popularity of the initiative undertaken just three years ago. More beds could be added this season and wannabe gardeners are encouraged to put their names on the waitlist. Also, the public will be invited to several summertime events. The garden is a collaboration between the Bloomfield Open Space Trust Fund Committee, and the Bloomfield departments of recreation, public works and engineering.
March Town Council meetings
* March 13, 7 p.m., conference meeting, Law Enforcement Building, room 205.
* March 27, 7 p.m., regular meeting, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, second floor. 
Multicultural food festival coming in April
       Bloomfield's first annual Multicultural Food Festival is coming Saturday, April 29. Mark your calendar for Italian, Polish, Mexican, Irish delicacies and more. Residents will be invited to showcase their culinary heritage with a recipe for an appetizer or dessert. All recipes will be compiled into a cookbook, with proceeds from sales going to the Bloomfield Cultural Commission. Watch for details in the April E-Buzz. To sign up now as a recipe contributor, e-mail event chairman Roy Yokelson.  
Card Players: Anthony's still looking for you!   
      Bloomfield resident Anthony Grande loves cards! He's gamely seeking fellow residents interested in starting a card club devoted to pinochle and gin rummy. Weekly or bi-weekly sessions are likely. Players would drop in during a three-to-four-hour gaming session. The location will be determined once players come on board. For details, call Anthony at (401) 451-9494. 
Preschoolers learn about their smiles
       How do you get 4- and 5-year-olds to care about brushing and flossing? The Bloomfield Health Department has found a way at local day care centers. The department recently conducted a 10-minute dental education session at Red Carpet Kids day care center on Franklin Street. It went so well, the department decided to partner with the KinderSmile Foundation, a Bloomfield nonprofit that provides free dental care and free oral health education to uninsured/underserved children and perinatal women in New Jersey and abroad. Now day care centers across town can access the program through KinderSmile. To request a presentation, call Maya Lordo at the Health Department, (973) 680-4022.
Dogs just wanna have fun
      Want your dog to have a blast? The best local places for off-leash play are the dog parks at Watsessing Park or Brookdale Park (Essex County park system). In case you didn't know, walking dogs on Bloomfield's baseball fields, tot lots, basketball courts and tennis courts is strictly prohibited by town ordinance. Also, owners must clean up after their dogs whether on public or private property.
When fowl are foul
      There's a lot more of that yucky green stuff near municipal ponds when people feed the ducks and geese. Feeding entices the birds to stick around and make a mess, but feeding them is against town ordinance.
    If you think you're helping ducks and geese by feeding them, know this: "angel wing" is a debilitating condition among water fowl caused by overgrowth from eating too many proteins and high-energy foods (like white bread). The birds' wing joints become twisted, limiting or preventing flight.
    To reduce water fowl populations, the Township hires a company with trained border collies to chase the geese, and park employees oil the birds' eggs to discourage them from returning to prior nesting grounds.
E-BUZZ Editor Robin Patric  |  908-823-9001  |