May 2017
Lawn bowling scores in Bloomfield 
       It was a Watsessing Park tradition starting in the 1920s and many a champion was produced there. Now, lawn bowling is available on astro-turf through the newly formed Essex County Lawn Bowling Club, headquartered in Bloomfield. On Monday, May 15, the club's organizers will hold a meet-and-greet at the Civic Center to introduce themselves and the sport. Then, on Wednesday, May 17, anyone interested can go to Watsessing Park to try the sport with club coaches. Learn more
Free Narcan training course offered 
       A free Narcan training course to help reverse an opioid overdose will be offered Thursday, May 18 at the Bloomfield High School media center, 160 Broad Street, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Registration is open to the first 20 people. With enough interest, a second training session will be held Monday, May 22 at Bloomfield Middle School.
      Learn overdose prevention strategies, signs and symptoms of overdose, how to administer Narcan, tips on rescue breathing, and overdose prevention legal rights.
      The Bloomfield Township Substance Abuse Task Force is offering the course. For details or registration, e-mail Phyllis Minicuci or call her at (973) 625-1998, x18.
USAF General Pawlikowski to speak           at Memorial Day celebration 
       U.S. Air Force General Ellen Pawlikowski, a Bloomfield native and BHS graduate (1974), will be the guest speaker following this year's Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. She will march in the parade and speak at the Town Green (across from the Civic Center, 84 Broad Street) immediately afterward.
       Step-off is 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Broad and Warren streets. The parade will head north on Broad Street to the Town Green.  Read more 
Free rabies clinic, May 13 
       The Township's free annual rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at Bloomfield firehouse #3 (124 East Passaic Avenue), across from St. Valentine's Church. For information, call (973) 680-4024.
        o Pet License Renewal notices will be mailed in early in May.   
Big trucks for kids; e-recycling for you 
       Does your child love big rigs of all shapes and sizes? If so, come to the fourth annual Big Truck & Electronics Recycling Day, offered by Bloomfield Public Works. On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, kids can climb all over and inside trucks, tractors, construction equipment and other vehicles that keep our community in shape. The trucks will be at Brookdale Baptist Church parking lot (next to Brookdale ShopRite). At the same time, residents can drop off unwanted computers, TVs, stereos, toasters, telephones and other household electronics.    
Hear the Great American Songbook 
Library Events 
Bloomfield vocalist Carol Erickson and guitarist Jim Ramundo will perform tunes from The Great American Songbook in a free concert on Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. During the show, see how many music trivia questions you can answer and hear short bios of selected songbook composers.

Other library highlights for May:
    * Tarantella Anyone? - Italian folk dance workshop for all ages, May 23.
    * Mid-Day Movies - Mondays and Thursdays.
    * Library Book Club - "Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold," by Margaret Atwood.
Learn more    
Garden tour coming May 6 and 20 
       A free, self-guided tour of nine outstanding Bloomfield and Montclair gardens is scheduled on two upcoming Saturdays - May 6 and May 20 - all sponsored by the Cornucopia Network of New Jersey. Three Bloomfield participants will open their gardens on May 20: Luis Vieira (private home garden), Pulaski Park Community Garden, and the Oak View Elementary School "Giving Garden." Additional tour sites are scheduled on both dates. For details, click here.    
Public health screenings offered 
       The following health screenings are offered by appointment at the Bloomfield Nursing office. To learn more, call (973) 680-4058.
       * Stroke Screening - May 15, 10 a.m. to noon. Includes cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and carotid assessment, conducted by a physician. $30.   
       * Cardiac Screening - May 23, 10 a.m. to noon. A physician assessment. $30.
       * Diabetes Screening (free) - May 25, 10 a.m. to noon, at Brookdale ShopRite.
       * Blood Pressure Screenings (free)
- May 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at Town Hall. 
- May 11, 10 a.m. to noon, at Brookdale ShopRite. 
- May 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.    
Come to a 'Kitten Shower' May 6-7 
       A large group of cats was recently rescued from hoarding. In response, the Supporters of the Bloomfield Animal Shelter are hosting a two-day "Kitten Shower" on May 6 and 7, from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors can meet available kittens and their mamas and apply for the "Foster-to-Adopt" program. Approved adopters will be notified within seven days to arrange pickup of their kittens. During the Kitten Shower, SOBAS will accept monetary donations, food and toys for the shelter.
Bloomfield's biggest outdoor art event coming May 13
       The Bloomfield Art League will hold its annual "Town Paints" art show on Saturday, May 13 at The Town Green (across from the Civic Center, 84 Broad Street). The day's events will include a juried art show, art demonstrations, art projects for kids, and live music. Artist prizes will be given in multiple age categories. For details on entering the art contest, click here.

Upcoming Summer Events!!
Watch for details in the June E-Buzz and the July print Buzz.

    Cruise Nights - Wednesdays, June 7 to Aug. 30, 6 to 9 p.m., between Broad and Liberty Streets. Enjoy classic cars, cool tunes, and summer breezes in Bloomfield Center. Hosted by the Bloomfield Center Alliance.
    Bloomfield Recreation Summer Camps, June 26 to Aug. 4. Teen Travel Camp, a new program of teen-approved recreational day trips throughout the region. Recreation Station (grades 1-7). Playgroup (ages 4-5 and kindergarten). Registration has begun. Learn more.
    Summer of Fun 2017 - Bloomfield Recreation's popular summer programming will include:
          * Independence Day Celebration, July 4 - rides, games, flag presentation, music
              and fireworks.
          * Civic Band Concerts on The Green - June 26, July 10, 17 and 24.
          * Summer Concert Series - July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1. The final night is combined
               with National Night Out.    
Township PD displays capabilities at Police Expo
       The Bloomfield Police Department will display its crime scene mobile lab, mobile command unit, motorcycles, and police mobility vehicle during the Essex County Police Expo at Livingston Mall (112 Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston). The free public event on Saturday, May 6 runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bloomfield officers also will offer child ID fingerprint cards and free give-aways. The expo will include 40 law enforcement agencies from local, county, state and federal jurisdictions. Demos and displays will be set up throughout the mall.  
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: Junior Police Academy, July 17 to 28; and High School Police Academy, July 31 to Aug. 11. The registration deadline is June 2.   
Enjoy Bloomfield's best 'eats and treats'
       The annual Bloomfield Center Block Party will take place Saturday, May 20 from noon to 8 p.m. on Washington Street, between Glenwood Avenue and Farrand Street. I t's a "food truck festival without the trucks!" said Ollyn Lettman, executive director of Bloomfield Center Alliance, the hosting organization. Bloomfield restaurants will set up along Wash ington Street to sell their best "eats and treats." You'll also enjoy music, dancing and other family fun, with free parking in the Farrand Street lot, courtesy of the Bloomfield Parking Authority . Details at (973) 429-8050 or
Morris Canal history presentation comes to Van Fossan
       Come hear the story of Bloomfield's evolving connection to the Morris Canal. A statewide historical symposium presentation has been repurposed for a local audience. On May 23, "The Story of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield: From its Heyday as Freight Transportation System to Modern Urban Greenway," will be presented at the Van Fossan Theatre, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield. The free 7:30 p.m. program will be presented by The Historical Society of Bloomfield, Bloomfield College, the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Recreation Department. For information, visit, call (973) 743-8844, or e-mail
       Note: Do not park in the bank parking lot across from Van Fossan or your car could be booted.  
Thirty way-finding signs like this one, plus nine interpretative panels, are being created by the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway for placement at key sites along the Bloomfield sections of the canal.
Township Dates 'n Deadlines 
    Holiday Garbage Pickup - If your normal garbage day falls on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day), your pickup will be postponed to Thursday, June 1. If your recycling day is Monday or Tuesday (May 29 or 30), your recycling will be picked up Tuesday, May 30.
    Yard Waste Pickups Continue - If you have yard waste for pickup, collect it in brown biodegradable bags only and place it at the curb on your scheduled recycling day. 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.

   Friends of the Library Annual Meeting - The Friends of the Bloomfield Library will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, May 20 at noon in the Bloomfield Library Theater. Membership renewals will be taken.

     May Town Council Meetings 
         - May 8, 7 p.m., conference meeting, Law Enforcement Building, room 205. 
         - May 22, 7 p.m., regular meeting, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, second floor.

    Primary Election Voter Deadlines - In anticipation of Primary Election Day on June 6, related voter deadlines are: 
        - May 16 - Last day for new registrations and address transfers. Go to Municipal
           Clerk's Office, room 214, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Open May 16,  8:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.) 
        - May 30 - Last day to apply by mail for a vote-by-mail ballot. (Postmark by May 30.) 
           Forms available in the Municipal Clerk's Office, room 214, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Free Holiday Parking - Parking at all meters and lots will be free with no parking enforcement during the three-day Memorial Day weekend, Saturday to Monday, May 27 to 29. The Bloomfield Parking Authority will be closed for the weekend.
Seniors, get ready for bowling and Mother's Day
       A senior trip to Brunswick Lanes in Belleville, a Mother's Day luncheon and movie, and a Walmart shopping excursion are on tap for Bloomfield seniors this month. Learn more.   
Friday Fun Night - May 12
       Parents with kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can get a night off from child-rearing. Try Bloomfield Recreation's once-a-month child-watching service, next offered on Friday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Kids enjoy games, crafts, movies and pizza - plus, for May, a Mother's Day jewelry-making class. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $20 per child. Call (973) 743-9074.   
Reminder: Multicultural Food Festival 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.     
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