September 2016
Tour area gardens, Sept. 17
      The Cornucopia Network of New Jersey is teaming up with Bloomfield and Montclair gardeners to offer free, self-guided tours of five remarkable area vegetable gardens on Saturday, Sept. 17. Bloomfield's Pulaski Park Community Garden is one of the stops and will include a cooking demo and gardening workshop for the novice. To dig into the special features, tour sites and hours, click here.
Sign up for TWO Recreation movie nights 

Sept. 16 - Camping and a movie. What a combo! 
A free, movie and an overnight family camp-out are on tap at Pulaski Park. The Bloomfield Recreation Department invites residents (only) to register for one of 55 camp sites, and see a PG-rated Disney adventure film, "The Good Dinosaur," with free popcorn. Later, gather 'round a supervised campfire. 
Sept. 23 - Watch "The Goonies" from your car.
It's a throw-back to yesteryear, with a modern twist. A 25-foot inflatable movie screen and hi-def sound will enhance the outdoor screening of Steven Spielberg's 1985 hit, "The Goonies." Park your car and your family (residents only) at Demarest School, 465 Broughton Avenue, to enjoy the second annual drive-in movie sponsored by The Bloomfield Recreation Department.

                        LEARN MORE about both events. 

Kids: Have birthday lunch with local cops

    Bloomfield kids celebrating birthdays can register for a Facebook or Twitter shout-out from the Bloomfield Police. Each month this year, officers are randomly choosing one child among all interested first to sixth graders. The winner gets a private pizza party with one or more officers during school lunch. To register, e-mail
'Guys and Dolls: In Concert'
    4th Wall Theater is staging "Guys and Dolls: In Concert" at Westminster Arts Center (Bloomfield College) Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. See the show, 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.

Make Harvest Fest a biz opp
    Looking for an outstanding vending opportunity? Harvest Fest is Bloomfield's biggest celebration of the year, drawing thousands of fair-goers from throughout the region. This year's event will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. If you or your company could be interested in a booth, call Bloomfield Center Alliance at (973) 429-8050 or e-mail The deadline to register and avoid a late registration fee is Sept. 8.
Free parking for Labor Day weekend
    No parking meter or permit lot enforcement will occur during Labor Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3 to 5. All parking will be free, according to the Bloomfield Parking Authority. One exception: Payment will be required at the Glenwood Garage. 
Remember 9-11
    Please join Township officials, friends, family and residents on Sunday, Sept. 11 for Bloomfield's 9-11 Memorial Service at 9 a.m. on the Town Green. Come remember and honor all those who were lost that day.
Walk for pediatric cancer and remember Megan
    Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center will host its first annual Pediatric Cancer Awareness Walk on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. (rain or shine). The three-mile walk will start and end at Oakeside, where walkers will get light refreshments upon their return.    
    Net proceeds will go to Megan's Miracle Makers, a team in the Cycle for Survival event named for Megan Macaluso, a Bloomfield resident who died at age 19 from pediatric cancer. Cycle for Survival has raised over $100 million in the past ten years and every penny goes to the labs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
    To register for the Oakeside walk, go to, scroll to "Upcoming Events" and select the pediatric cancer item. For more information, call Oakeside at (973) 429-0960.
Lavene Gass premiers 'PoeJazztry'
    Take a walk on the "wild" side of poetry and jazz! PoeJazztry is a theatrical production written, directed and produced by Bloomfield playwright Lavene Gass. Original poetry, jazz music and tap/jazz choreography will be infused in a 90-minute production at Nu Majestic Theatre in Paterson on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Gass was inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and the glamour of The Roaring '20s. Tickets are $33, available online at, and will not be sold at the door.
Historical Society to hold Attic Sale
    Interested in nifty vintage hometown items? On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Historical Society of Bloomfield will hold a Museum Attic Treasures Sale (hours to be announced). Historical items from the HSOB museum and other Bloomfieldiana and New Jerseyana will be available for purchase at the museum, located within the Bloomfield Library, at 90 Broad Street. All proceeds will support the society. The event is free and open to the public. Details at,, or call (973) 743-8844.
Acclaimed jazz musician
to appear at Bloomfield Library

    Catch saxophonist, flautist and singer Cecilia Tenconi in a free concert at the Bloomfield Public Library Theater on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. Tenconi's debut album (cover shown here) earned rave critical revues for its display of multiple talents, expressive performance and outstanding original compositions. Tenconi is an up-and-comer.
    The library will show eight great films in multiple genres this month. Numerous programs for adults and children are also on tap. Get more details on the concert and all programs.
Take your coffee with a cop
    Have you long wished you could discuss a burning issue with a cop? Well now you can, in complete privacy. It's Bloomfield's Coffee with A Cop program. Meet in a neutral space, like a diner or coffee shop, for a one-on-one discussion of issues or to simply build a relationship. It's relaxed and informal with no crisis situation to interfere. To schedule a chat, e-mail Sgt. Naomi Zepeda, Bloomfield Community Policing Unit,
Bloomfield Chorale starts new season
    The Bloomfield Chorale, a community singing group for men and women of all ages, welcomes potential members to meet and sing with them as they begin their fall season. Open rehearsals are on Tuesdays, Sept. 20 and 27 at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Previous choral experience is preferred but not required. Tenors and basses are especially welcome, as are non-residents. For details, e-mail or visit the group's Facebook page.
Sign-up time for fall Recreation programs
    Pre-registration for fall programs offered by the Bloomfield Recreation Department starts Sept. 7 at the Civic Center and continues through the fall. Sign up online, or in person Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    New this fall is an "Introduction to Improv" for children in grades 6 to 8, taught by instructors from the NJ School of Dramatic Arts.
Free screenings for diabetes, urinalysis and cardio
    Bloomfield Public Health Nursing offers seven free screenings in September, including four options for blood pressure checks. Click here for details.

    September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. One in three U.S. children is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for health problems once seen only in adults:  type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Avoid such problems by encouraging your child to be active outside, by limiting screen time, and by serving more vegetables, fruits and whole-grain food.

Coming soon to spook you!

    Bloomfield Recreation is gearing up for Halloween. Mark your calendar for these frightful events.
    * The Haunted Trail, a walk along the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway, will take place Friday, Oct. 21. Those who dare can walk the trail in groups of six. Learn more in the next E-Buzz.
    * Halloween Spooktacular returns Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Town Green and Civic Center. Activities will include trick-or-treating, the pumpkin patch, costume contest, magic show, and a screening of the classic film,  "It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." More details in the October E-Buzz.
September events for Seniors
     September events for Bloomfield senior citizens include a bus trip to Stony Hill in Hackensack for lunch, music and dancing. Also enjoy "Seniorize" and Kohl's shopping trips. Learn more.
Need a passport?
     Essex County Clerk's Outreach will be at Bloomfield Public Library from 2 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 taking applications for first-time passports. Please Note: No passport renewals will be taken. For details, call (973) 621-4921 or visit the County Clerk's Office,
September Town Council meetings
* Sept. 12, 7 p.m., conference meeting, Law Enforcement Building, room 205.
* Sept. 26,  7 p.m., regular meeting, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, second floor.
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.
E-BUZZ Editor Robin Patric  |  908-823-9001  |