April 2019
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Community Meetings, Property Reval, and Lion Gate Groundbreaking

The Bloomfield Council will meet twice this month:
April 8, Conference LEB Bldg. 7:00pm.
April 29, Regular Chambers 7:00pm.

The very exciting Lion Gate restoration project is now underway, and the 18 acre complex is expected to be open to the public later this year, with multipurpose athletic fields, play space, relaxing hiking trails by Third River, and more! Read about this exciting project here .

In an effort to keep residents informed about the property revaluations going on in town, the Mayor, Township Administrator and more met with residents last week , for the first of five meetings. The next meetings are happening:
  1. Thursday, April 4 11:30am- at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad St.
  2. Thursday, April 4 7:00pm at Watsessing School Gym, 71 Prospect St.
  3. Saturday, April 6 10:00am at Bloomfield High School Media Center, 160 Broad St.
  4. Tuesday, April 9 7:00pm at Fire House #4, 1233 Broad St.

The Petitions for Mayor and Council at-large must be returned by April 1. April 10 is the last day for party declaration for June 4 Primary Election.

Construction of the new Farrand St. Garage will begin next week, adding resident permit parking spaces.

Additionally, there will be a free rabies clinic, for Township residents, sometime during the first two weeks of May – further details to come.
Reminder for pet owners: pet renewal notices for the licensing year 2019-2020 will be going out in late April.

Submit events for the community calendar on our new municipal website . Report an issue, such as potholes or streetlight outage, here .
Bloomfield Public Library Now Delivers!

The Bloomfield Public Library and the Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs are partnering to provide home delivery of Library materials to homebound Bloomfield residents with visual or physical disabilities, those suffering from chronic illness, those with loss of mobility due to aging, and those with a short-term loss of mobility due to illness or surgery.
Delivery began on March 13 and will take place weekly on Wednesdays. Patrons must fill out a brief application from the library's website at www.bplnj.org. All applications must be signed by the applicant (or their caregiver, if necessary.) For more information, please call the library at 973-566-6200 and ask for Jessica.
April events:
4/3 at 1:00pm: Storytime Boogie at Shooting Star Dance Center
4/6 at 11:00am: Read to Brady the Therapy Dog
4/6 at 1:00pm: Cook Book Club - Registration required
4/6 at 9:00am-1:00pm: Citizenship Class. 10 weeks. First class & registration 4/6. Bring Green Card to register.  
4/8 at 6:45pm: Monday Book Club
4/8 & 4/22 at 11:00am: Spanish Storytime
4/9 at 3:00-7:00pm: Blood Drive
4/13 at 1:00pm: Paint & Sip. Registration Required
4/16 at 6:30pm: Non-Fiction book Club
4/16 at 1:30pm: Community Storytime at Lovlee Art Studios
4/23 at 2:00pm: Kids' movie 
4/24 at 11:00am: Come dance with Ms. Katie!
4/24 at 2:00-4:00pm: Open Craft Studio, grades K-6
4/25 at 3:00pm: Scavenger Hunt, grades K-6
4/26 at 3:00pm: Read to Ruby
4/27 at 11:00am: Short Story Book Club

View our Adult Programs including Monday & Thursday Movies. Join a club to practice: Genealogy, Knitting, Bridge and Financial Education. Read with one of our book clubs, adult or childrens, call or check our website for topics. Children’s programs include: Storytimes & Crafts at 11am on Tuesdays & Fridays (Toddler Time), Wednesdays (Preschool) and Thursdays (Baby & Me – no craft). Additional storytimes held on site at Lovlee Art Studios & Shooting Star Dance Center. Click through to our website for more information on these programs and more!
Recycling Guidelines and Shredding Days

Paper Shredding Day, April 27, 9:00am-12:00pm . Available to Bloomfield
Residents at the Board of Education parking lot, 155 Broad St.

Starting on April 1 , the Department of Public Works and Park Maintenance will begin the biodegradable bag pick up on your weekly recycling day. Remember, biodegradable bags must be placed at curbside the night before.
Big Truck Day will be held on May 18 from 9:00am – 12:00pm in the parking lot adjacent to the ShopRite on Broad St. (1409 Broad St.)
Many residents aren't sure what they can or cannot recycle, so read below, or print this attachment .
RECYCLABLE : Bottles coded with #1, #2 or #5 on the bottom; Mixed Paper (Newspapers, Magazines, Junk Mail, Catalogs and Phone Books); Cans (Aluminum, and Steel, Tins Cans and Lids); Glass Bottles and Jars; Cardboard (Corrugated, Cereal Boxes, Clean Pizza Boxes, etc.); Clean Juice and Food Cartons.
NOT RECYCLABLE : Plastic Bags, Dirty/Greasy Pizza Boxes or Containers; Styrofoam; Shredded Paper; Pots, Pans and Small Appliances; and Plastic Contains and Plastic Ware (Bottles coded with anything other than #1, #2 or #5 on the bottom.)

For more information, visit the DPW Facebook Page or call 973-680-4127. Their hardworking staff tries to respond to messages 7 days/week.
Fire Safety Tips and the Return of the Jr. Police Academy for Teens

Bloomfield Fire Chief Louis Venezia was recently honored with the Patriotic Employer Award for supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and reserve force.

Since January 1, Bloomfield Firefighters have been joining EMS teams as first responders to the scene of medical emergencies called into 911, about 150 per month.

Chief Venezia had Bloomfield FireFighters trained by industry experts in the area of functional fitness last month, making sure they’re in tip top shape to protect themselves and other residents. 

Chief Venezia encourages residents to call the Bloomfield Fire Department with questions any time, at 973-680-4153 , and follow these home fire safety tips.

The Bloomfield Jr. Police Academy for current Middle School students, and the High School Police Academy are officially taking applications. Both academies will run three weeks, and teach cadets about Gang Awareness, Self Defense, CSI, and more! Apply now.

Bloomfield Community Police 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, email Lt. Zepeda or Officer Aponte .

Register your bicycle with the BPD , and help keep our communities safe by joining your neighborhood watch .
Health and Human Services Screenings

The Department of Human Services offers Benefit Screenings where Social Workers screen residents for eligibility in dozens of programs. Resources available in Spanish and English. Call  973-680-4017 to make an appointment.

With a $10,000 AARP Community Challenge grant, the township of Bloomfield, partnering with the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, has expanded its walking program by purchasing and installing time clocks that track participants’ strolls. Read more here.

Health Beat, the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services’ radio show, recently began its 3rd season. The show airs at the last Monday of every month 3:00pm on Bloomfield College’s internet-based station, WBCR Radio. It is hosted by assistant health officer Maya Lordo and health educator Lindsay DeStefano. Listen live or access the archive episodes online at http://www.wbmatv.com/media-center .

For April we have the Blood Chemistry Screening on Thursday, April 4 from 8:30-10:00am , Pap & Mammo Screening on Wednesday, April 10 starting at 9:00am and Skin Cancer screening on Tuesday, April 23 from 9:00-11:00am . All screenings require appointments prior to the event! View the April calendar here.
See all Health and Human Services events and public information online.

Lead Testing at Home
The Bloomfield Engineering Department recently sent approximately 120 residents requests to sample for lead and copper. Participation is voluntary. To participate, please contact the Bloomfield Engineering Department at 973-680-4009.
BFM Remembers Carol Franz (1938-2019)

Carol Franz (center) pictured on her induction into the Bloomfield Federation of Music Hall of Fame, during the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra Spring Concert on April 26, 2015.

The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is greatly saddened by the loss of its beloved and longtime member Carol Franz. Carol suddenly passed away at her home in Glen Ridge on Saturday, March 2.  Carol was 80 years old. Carol Franz was a player in the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra's Mandolin II section, served as Orchestra President, and currently served as Treasurer. In addition, Carol and her husband Jack represented the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra at several national Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA) Conventions.

The Bloomfield Civic Band, under the direction of Frank Ortega, will present its Spring
concert, Swing Into Spring: A Celebration of Jazz, on Sunday, April 7, at 3:00pm . Children under 12 years old are free. Discount tickets can be obtained prior to the concert from any Civic Band member or from the Civic Center. Civicband.bloomfieldfm.org.

The BFM’s 75th Anniversary Gala is taking place Sunday, May 2 at 7:00pm at Chandelier, 340 Franklin Avenue, Belleville. To RSVP or place ads for the gala, email BFMgala@gmail.com . The Gala will have a booklet and advertising prices for the event are listed here .

The Bloomfield Federation of Music is seeking donations of goods or services from the public and local businesses, for a Tricky Tray to be held the evening of the Gala. To donate, please contact Eileen Larkin at eileenlarkin01@gmail.com.
Spring Recreation!

The Bloomfield Recreation Department is located at 84 Broad Street, and open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, and Wednesday 6:00-8:30pm. Call 973-743-9074 or visit http://www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/170/Parks-Recreation .

Please remember, Bloomfield parks are 100% smoke-free. Please read through our park rules and hours. To request the use of an athletic facility or park area, please click here for the request form and fee structure.

The Spring 2019 Recreation catalog is ready! New for 2019: American Sign Language, Photography, Bedazzle Your Friends, TEGU Challenge, Ways of Seeing, 7 in 1 Solar Transformer and Healthy Happy Kids Cooking.

For parents, the Recreation Department hosts monthly Friday Fun Nights-- this month's event is Egg Hunt on Friday, April 12 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Bloomfield Civic Center. Open to 1st-6th graders.

Skyline will host their Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13 at Pulaski Park beginning at 10:00am ! Each person must have a ticket to enter. To pre-register for your free ticket, visit www.skylineegghunt2019.eventbrite.com .  Use the code SKYLINEHUNT2019.

Bloomfield is hosting a C.S.I. camp where students will learn state of the art techniques and technology that detectives use to solve real-life crimes. April 22 from 9:00am - 4:00pm and is open to 7th - 12th graders. Read more here.

On Saturday, April 13 watch the official opening ceremonies for Bloomfield Little League and Senior League Babe Ruth Baseball. Team sponsors and players will be recognized and Mayor Michael J. Venezia will throw out the first pitch! 11:00am at Big Wright’s ~ Babe Ruth League 12:00pm at Vassar Field ~ Bloomfield Little League

On Sunday, April 14 we kick off the Bloomfield Peppermint Softball League in similar fashion: 11:00am at Hank Barlow Field at Pulaski Park

Starting in April, Volleyball Open Court for boys on Monday nights will be held at the High School and Tennis Open Court for boys and girls on Tuesday afternoons at Clarks Pond South tennis courts.

Sports Equipment Exchange -- To donate, all items must be in reasonably good condition and proper working order.  
To acquire this free equipment you must be a Bloomfield resident and visit the Civic Center during regular business hours Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Wednesday Nights 6:00 to 8:30pm.

Membership is only $25 and includes discounts on classes, supplies and more. Open Studio Access on Wednesdays from 12:45 - 3:45pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm from January 1 - December 31, 2019. For Info, contact: Gabriela Guida gguida@bloomfieldtwpnj.com

April Art League Events:
1) Evening at the Montclair Museum . FREE for Art League Members. $10 for non-members. Thursday, April 4, 5:00-9:00pm. Pre-registration is required.
2) Art Demonstration - Using Color. Sunday, April 14, 2:00 - 5:00pm

Mark Saturday, May 11 on your calendar for the Bloomfield Art League’s Annual Town Paints event on the Town Green. This yearly event draws dozens of talented artists around the greater Bloomfield area who put their various works of art on display for all to enjoy. 

To support this event Councilman Ted Gamble is hosting a fundraising event on Sunday April 14 from 4:00-8:00pm . All proceeds from this fundraising event will be used to donate professional art kits to elementary school aged children who submit a piece of art at the Town Paints event. 

Bloomfield’s 3rd Annual International Multicultural Food Festival is coming Saturday, April 27 . Mark your calendar for a wide variety of delicacies and more. To sign up to make a dish, please email event chairman Roy Yokelson at antlandprods@aol.com .
Earth Day and Community Gardens

Tips for being sustainable – turn off the car. In two minutes, an idling car burns enough gas to travel one mile and on average, a car emits one pound of carbon dioxide (CO2) every mile it’s driven. During the course of a year, the average motor vehicle emits nearly 12,100 pounds, or 6 tons, of emissions into the atmosphere. Learn more.

Come celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 28 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Brookside Park (corner of Broad and Bay). Children can enjoy the reading corner and more! Be planet friendly: Bring your own water bottle and fill up at our water cooler and walk or ride your bike.
Greener Bloomfield meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Civic Center.

The Bloomfield Pulaski Park Community Garden plots are currently filled for the 2019 season. If interested in joining the wait list, please email the Community Garden Committee at BloomfieldNJGardens@gmail.com with your full name, number, email address, and mailing address to receive an email notification once a plot becomes available for rent.

The official opening garden day and mandatory orientation for all new and returning members will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 am-12:00pm . Visit @BloomfieldCG on Facebook to learn more.
Hike the Morris Canal Greenway and Pet Pictures!

The next Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Hike will be Saturday, April 27 from 10:00am to 2:30pm. On this three mile hike, conducted by Ron Rice and Bloomfield Councilman, Rich Rockwell, we'll explore the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield using historic maps and photos, then take a bus ride for an additional 2 miles stopping at the newly reclaimed section of the canal at Oak Tree Lane.

Reservations are required. $5.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the bus and 20 page handout with historic photos and color maps. To reserve a space, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com . The excursion will be co-sponsored by HSOB, the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Recreation Department.
On April 7 from 12:00-4:00pm the Bloomfield Center Alliance, Supporters of Bloomfield Animal Shelter and the Shops at Bloomfield Station are hosting a Pet Pictures with the Easter Bunny for kids and families. Proceeds benefit SOBAS.
Exercise and Trips for Seniors

The Senior Club is a non-profit 55+ group that meets on the third Friday of each month at 12:00pm (except for January, April and August) in the Civic Center, Senior Lunch Room, 84 Broad Street, Bloomfield. Contact Dana Morton for more info dmorton@bloomfieldtwpnj.com.

Senior Meeting -- Thursday, April 18 (moved from Friday to accommodate holiday)
Bloomfield Civic Center - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Light refreshments will be served.

Senior Walmart Trips
April 2 : Felicity – 9:45am | Troy Towers – 9:50am  | Heritage Village – 9:55am
Return – 12:00pm. April 9 : Kinder Tower – 9:45am, return – 12:00pm

The Bloomfield, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department currently offers several fitness options at the Civic Center including Tai Chi, Senior Exercise, QiGong and Zumba Gold. If you are unable to make it to the Civic Center please tune into WBMATV (Channel 35 Comcast, Channel 30 Verizon) to Senirocise and exercise at home!

Wednesday, April 24-- 8:45 - 9:30am breakfast. Bus leaves promptly at 9:30am, returns at 5:00pm. $25 - Includes transportation, breakfast, $20 back in slot play, and $5 food voucher.
You do not need to be a member to participate.

Bloomfield & Glen Ridge residents 60 & over are invited to a FREE afternoon of festivities,
food & music when Hollywood comes to Bloomfield on May 3 . Read more here.  
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