October 2016
Harvest Fest coming Oct. 8&9 
Presented by Bloomfield Center Alliance
       A "Harvest Beer Garden" will be among the new features at this year's Harvest Fest, Bloomfield's largest annual celebration, coming Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9. Festival hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Other highlights will be the mile-long marketplace, amusements on the green, and food aplenty. The nonstop entertainment line-up will include:
* Saturday: 11 a.m., Mama's Stew   <>  12:30 p.m., PD Brody   <>   2 p.m., Oxygen Box Band   <>   3:30 p.m., bxxb   <>   5 p.m., Shaunie Walker
* Sunday: 1 p.m., Rockstar Racecar   <>  2 p.m., The Foxfires   <>  3:30 p.m., Trapped in the Shadows   <>  5 p.m., Carnaby Street
Three Days of Free Parking Metered and parking lot spaces throughout Bloomfield     will be free during Harvest Fest. Also, the Bloomfield Parking Authority will be closed      
Monday, Oct. 10 for a third day of free meter and lot parking.
Town offers flu shot on four dates 
Bloomfield Public Health Nursing will administer flu shots on four days in October at the nursing office in Town Hall. Shots will be free for those with traditional Medicare. If you have HMO Medicare or an insurance plan such as Horizon, Aetna, BC/BS or Oxford, the cost will be $25. Dates and times are below. Any questions, call (973) 680-4058.

* Tuesday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Friday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Monday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Monday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New thrills for Halloween!
      Two new Halloween events and a classic Bloomfield community celebration are headed your way this month.
      * NEW! " The Haunted Trail ,"  sponsored by the Bloomfield Recreation Department, will be a spooky walk along the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway. Groups of up to six people will be guided on the wooded trail as they encounter zombies, ghosts, goblins and clowns. The event takes place Friday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Rain date, Oct. 27. 
     The Recreation Department needs donated staging supplies to run the Haunted Trail. Interested? Learn more
     * NEW! " Trunk or Treat "Bloomfield Center Alliance invites families, couples and singles to the Farrand Street parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. for a car trunk decorating contest. Park in the lot, pop your trunk and show off your thematic decorating creativity -- ghosts and ghouls, movie themes, sports, or whatever floats your trunk. The limit is 100 cars and registration is required by Oct. 25.
      * Halloween SpooktacularBloomfield's traditional Halloween event returns on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Town Green and Civic Center. Kids will enjoy trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, costume contest and a magic show. New this year is a screening of the 1966 classic, "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," to be shown on a giant outdoor movie screen. 
Learn more about all three events.
Didn't get a tax bill? What to do?
       Sometimes quarterly tax bills don't make it to their intended recipients. Even so, says Bloomfield Tax Collector Cindy Prochilo, that does not invalidate the tax due. "It is the property owner's responsibility to ascertain from the proper official (the tax collector) the amount due. If you have recently purchased a property, or lost your bill, you should call the office to obtain the amount due and request a copy of the bill," she said.
       Property tax and water billing information can be found on the Township's website, under "tax and water payments." Online payments can be made there. 
Register your bicycle before it's stolen
     Your chance of recovering a stolen bicycle will increase if it's registered with the Bloomfield Police Department. On Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon to 3 p.m., the department will offer free bicycle registration at police headquarters (1 Municipal Plaza). You'll be asked to provide your contact information, plus the bike manufacturer and serial number. Officers will apply a decal to the bike. All information will be stored in a database used by police only.
* The Home Affordable Modification Program lowers monthly mortgage payments for the long-term. Please note, the application deadline is Dec. 30, 2016.
* The NJ HomeSaver Program allows eligible homeowners up to $50,000 in financial assistance to make household monthly payments more affordable by facilitating a refinance, recast, or permanent modification of the first mortgage loan. 

Learn more about both programs.
Struggling with 
mortgage payments?
Get help now!

If you are a landlord or homeowner and can't meet your monthly mortgage payments, you should know about federal and state programs available to put you back on track.
Police hold open house
     The Bloomfield Police Department is hosting its annual open house on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at police headquarters, 1 Municipal Plaza. While touring the facility, visitors can obtain free child ID cards, take photos with officers, get safety tips and give-aways. There will be games for the kids, plus food and beverages provided by Mexi-Flip Taco Truck. For information, e-mail nzepeda@bloomfieldnjpd.com.
October Town Council meetings
   * Oct. 3, 7 p.m., conference meeting, Law Enforcement Building, room 205.
   * Oct. 17, 7 p.m., regular meeting, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, second floor.
Department of Public Works & Parks 
     * Paper Shredding Event and Recycling Day - Saturday, Oct. 8,  9 a.m. to noon, at 155 Broad Street (Board of Education parking lot). Residents only. 
North End Electronic Recycling Day
- Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to noon, at 1350 Broad Street (ShopRite parking lot, across from Brookdale Christian Church). Items allowed for disposal include computers, monitors, wires cables, TV, VCR/DVD players stereos, and small appliances.
Fall Leaf Collection
continues through Dec. 31. On your regular recycling day, collect leaves or other vegetative material in biodegradable bags and place at curbside. Collect branches in bundles no longer than four feet and no more than 50 pounds.
Composting Machines
are available for $55 at the Public Works Yard, 230 Grove Street. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make checks payable to the Township of Bloomfield (no cash). Call ahead to ensure composter availability.

For information, call (973) 680-4127, or check the Facebook page. 
Nine free or low-cost health screenings offered
     The Bloomfield Health & Human Services Department will offer nine free or low-cost health screenings in the month of October, plus three different locales for free blood pressure checks.   Learn More
Native American scholar 
to speak at Civic Center
    Curious about the indigenous peoples who preceded us in Essex County? On  Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Historical Society of Bloomfield will present "Native Americans of Essex County," with author and Glen Ridge teacher Christopher Savio. Savio has received three National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships to study Native American history. His books include "Native American History & Culture" and "Abraham Lincoln & Sand Creek: Abraham Lincoln's Involvement & Native American Policies." The free public program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield Civic Center (84 Broad Street). Refreshments will be served.
Oakeside holds annual tricky tray
     Come to the annual tricky tray fundraiser for Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. Bid on dozens of prizes, including home goods and gift certificates from stores, restaurants and service providers. Admission is $25 and must be paid in advance. Attendees will receive one complimentary sheet of bidding tickets, coffee and Italian pastries. Oakeside is located at 240 Belleville Avenue. For tickets or information, call (973) 429-0960. For online purchase, click here, and go to "upcoming events."
Happening at Bloomfield Public Library
Accl aimed Jazz singer Maggie Worsdale  will perform enduring songs of stage and film from the 1920s to the 1950s during a free performance on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at Bloomfield Public Library. With vocal abilities ranging from jazz, to Broadway, to standards and novelty songs, Worsdale has performed across the country and in Europe.
Halloween Blood Drive - A special Halloween treat will be given to all who donate blood at the library's Halloween blood drive on Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Donors must bring a signed photo ID and must weigh at least 110 pounds. A signed parental consent form (provided by Community Blood Service) is required of donors age 16 and 17. Those 75 and older must bring a doctor's written permission. All donors should eat before donating. For an appointment, call (201) 251-3703. Walk-ins are welcomes but those with appointments will be seen first. 

More library programs:   Click Here
IHOP dinner, Halloween event  for Horizons
     Two October events are planned for people in Horizons, a Bloomfield Recreation program for residents with special needs.
     Dinner at IHOP, Oct. 21 - Meet at the IHOP at 1129 Broad Street in Bloomfield at 6:30 p.m. Please arrange an 8 p.m. pickup. Dinner prices will vary; $20 is estimated.

     Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns, Oct. 28 - Take a bus trip to the Meadowlands to see thousands of hand-carved illuminated jack o' lanterns arranged along a scenic walking path and enhanced by a musical score. Participants should arrive at the Civic Center by 6 p.m. The bus will leave at 6:10, and will return to the Civic Center at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18. Reserve by Oct. 21. Contact Lisa at (732) 261-9055 or lisaforte@aol.com.

Learn more about all special needs programs 
offered by the Bloomfield Recreation Department.
Check out October's senior citizen programs
     Take a trip to the Brownstone in Patterson for lunch and music, hear a state expert on "Fraud and Scams," enjoy a film comedy and pizza, or a take class in senior exercise and movement. There's lots of variety in October's Senior Club activities. Learn more.
General election voter deadlines
     Tuesday, Nov. 8 will be General Election Day. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Related voter deadlines are:
     * Oct. 18 - 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 Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
     *  Nov. 1 - Last day to apply by mail for a vote-by-mail ballot. (Must be postmarked by Nov. 1.) For a form, go to the Municipal Clerk's Office, room 214, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit Greener Bloomfield during Harvest Fest
     On Saturday, Oct. 8 (only), Greener Bloomfield will be in the public library plaza as part of Bloomfield Harvest Fest. Find out what the group is working on and how you could volunteer. Greener Bloomfield advocates for a sustainable community and is part of the statewide Sustainable Jersey program.   Learn More 
Enjoy 'Dinner and a Show'
     Enjoy a staged performance of "Guys and Dolls: In Concert!" at Westminster Arts Center (Bloomfield College), Sept. 30, Oct. 1 or Oct. 2, then bring your show tickets to a selected Bloomfield restaurant for discounted dining. "Dinner and a Show" is an ongoing community initiative of Bloomfield Center Alliance. Check the BCA website or Facebook page for forthcoming dining options. 
November canal hike booked
     The Nov. 5 Morris Canal Greenway hike is fully booked. To be notified of future hikes, 
Recreation now on Facebook, Instagram
     The Bloomfield Recreation Department now has a Facebook page and an Instagram account to update residents about programs. Like Us on Facebook > Bloomfield Recreation, "Not Just Sports" or follow us on Instagram > not_just_sports.
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