December 2018
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Public Safety News
This Holiday Season, don't just make your home festive, make it safe from fires. Having large trees and electrical chords in close proximity can be dangerous if you don't follow these basic safety tips.

The Police Department is now fully equipped with body cameras that officers wear during their entire shifts.

In another exciting technical upgrade, the Bloomfield Police and Fire Departments, and emergency medical services are now equipped with a $2.8M state of the art radios and a system interface that can hold up in the event of an unexpected radio blackout.

The Police Department is having a Toy Drive and are requesting new, unwrapped toys for the holiday season by Sunday, December 16.
Any family in need, please contact our Youth Aid Division at 973-680-4159. The Police are also collecting hats, gloves, socks, and scarves for the Homeless, by Friday, December 21. Thank you all for joining us in spreading the Holiday Cheer!

Also, 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.
Join the Bloomfield Senior Club!

The Bloomfield Senior Club is open to all residents 55 and older, and meets on the third Friday of every month (except January and August) at 12:00pm at the Civic Center. This month's special event is the annual Senior Citizen Holiday Party on Friday, December 21 from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the Bloomfield Civic Center.
FREE for Members - $10 for Non-Members. Please RSVP to Dana Morton by December 15 by calling 973-743-9074 or emailing

The Bloomfield Recreation Department will be providing lunch and entertainment for all members of the Bloomfield Senior Association.

You can register for Bloomfield Senior Citizen Programs online at, by phone 973-743-9074, or in person at the Civic Center – 84 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ. They include:
Mondays: Tai Chi for Seniors 11:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Senior Exercise 10:00 – 11:00am
Thursdays: Qigong 6:00 – 7:00pm
Fridays: Zumba Gold 10:00 – 11:00pm
Seniorcise | Channel 35, for Verizon Fios tune into Channel 30 - Monday – Friday 10:30am and 3:30pm. A new class each day.

The Senior Bus Program, Dial-A-Ride, and the Bloomfield Shuttle are around to transport residents Monday-Friday, rain or shine. If you need assistance or an accommodation with any of The Township of Bloomfield’s Transportation services, call 973-566-7194 or email

Come along for shopping trips to Walmart December 4 and 11. On December 4, you can get picked up at the following locations and times:
Felicity – 9:45am | Troy Towers – 9:50am | Heritage Village – 9:55am | Return – 12:00pm.
The December 11 trip picks residents up from Kinder Tower at 9:45am and returns at 12:00pm.
Recreation for All Ages

Registration for Winter Recreation programs begins Wednesday, December 5. Register Online any time at or Monday - Fridays 8:30am-4:30pm and Wednesday Nights 6:00-8:30pm.

Co-Ed Adults 18 years old and up (no longer in high school) are able to shoot around, play pick-up games etc at Bloomfield High School on Thursday Nights from 8:00 to 9:45pm from January 3 through February 28, 2019. Season passes are $40 each and can be purchased at the Civic Center, Online or in person at the gym. All participants must be a Bloomfield resident and show proof of residency.

Men 18 years and older (no longer in high school) are being called upon to form teams for an adult basketball league. The league will begin in mid-January and run through mid-March. Games will be played at the Bloomfield Middle School at 8:15 or 9:15pm Monday – Thursday. Full teams are required and there is a $325 team fee. Please email Tom DeSiervo .

We are kicking off the Martin Luther King Day of Service with a 6 Week Holiday Food Drive. Please bring non-perishable food with you at the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, December 3 at 6:30pm outside Town Hall, 1 Municipal Plaza! If you are unable to attend our programs and still want to help out, keep an eye out for donation bins at municipal buildings, schools and local churches. Suggested Items are; Cereal, Pasta, Canned Goods, Tomato Sauce, Soups, Peanut Butter, Jelly, etc…We will have a professional Ice Sculpture Artist that will be shaping two ice blocks into a snowman and a snowflake!

The Children's Holiday Party will be Saturday, December 15 at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad St. from 12:00-3:00pm. This FREE program includes refreshments, arts & crafts, face painting, movies, story time presented by the Children’s Library, and pictures with Santa. Please bring you own camera for pictures.

The House Decorating Contest is open to all Bloomfield residents. To enter, please send a photo of your decorated home, along with your name, phone # and address to Gabriela Guida at by December 21 . The winner will receive a family dinner (for 4) at Angelo’s Pizzeria! Winners will be notified by December 28. For more info or to enter, contact:

Let the Bloomfield Recreation Department’s energetic, fun and responsible staff watch your children while you get your holiday shopping done on Friday, December 7 and/or Friday, December 14 from 6:00–9:00pm.

Special Needs Offerings
The CARE Station is an after-school program for special education students. Dedicated employees provide a balance between academic and recreational opportunities geared toward each participant. Each after school session begins with academic support or remediating any skills that a student may need additional instruction.

Anyone with questions about the CARE Station, Horizons, or Friday Night Canteen is encouraged to contact Director John Baltz at or  973-725-4485.
Join the Historical Society!

The Bloomfield Historical Society leads nature walks, museum trips, and more throughout the year. Learn more by visiting or emailing

An article by Councilman Rich Rockwell on improvements to the Morris Canal Greenway was recently published in the Canal Society of New Jersey .

Need a special holiday gift for that Bloomfielder who has everything? Consider one of the beautiful books or NEW T-Shirts available from the Historical Society of Bloomfield (HSOB):
  • Bloomfield through Time by Richard Rockwell
  • Bloomfield by Jean Kuras, Fred Branch & Mark Sceurman
  • Bloomfield Revisited by Jean Kuras & Fred Branch
  • One Hundred and Fifty Years Around the Green: A Brief History of Bloomfield, New Jersey 1812-1962 by Rachel F. Diamond [Limited First Edition from 1962]
  • The Mill on the Third River: A History of the Davey Company, Makers of Binders Board since 1842 by Helen Baker Cushman

The Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center has been providing community-based programs in the areas of historical interpretation, arts programs and education, horticulture and gardening, and recreation and cultural events for over 30 years. On Sunday, December 9 , at 1:00pm, enjoy a A Victorian Tea of finger sandwiches, tea cakes, cookies beautifully presented in a beautiful Victorian-era living room, followed by a tour this historic home, decorated for Christmas. This event will feature music by Gerard and Diane Barros. Then, On Saturday, December 15 , join us for a visit from Mrs. Claus. For more information, or to make reservations for either event, please call 973-429-0960.
Council Meetings, New Website and FREE Parking

The Bloomfield Council will meet twice this month:
December 3 (Conference Meeting) at 7:00pm in Room 205 of the Law Enforcement Building.
December 17 ( Conference with Regular Meeting Immediately Following) at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

The Township has rolled out a brand new website layout, which is cleaner and more user friendly, based on feedback gathered from residents via public forums and a survey. T o ensure all residents can provide feedback on the website and appropriate structural changes can be made, the Mayor and Council will host a public forum on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00pm at the Bloomfield High School Media Center.

New street signs are being installed in Downtown Bloomfield and the Historical District this month!

Free 2 Hour Holiday Parking will be offered on the following streets from Monday, December 10 to Wednesday, January 2, 2019: Baldwin, Broad, Dodd, Franklin, Fremont, Liberty, Orange, Osborne, Pitt, State, Warren and Washington Street, and Bloomfield and Glenwood Ave., and Waverly Terrace, Molter Place, Municipal Plaza and Westinghouse Plaza.
View special parking maps for the Downtown, North Broad, and Watsessing areas.
Department of Public Works

No garbage pickup Tuesday, December 25 (your
next garbage day will be on Friday, December 28).

Commingled recycling and biodegradable bags will not be picked up on Tuesday, December 25, and will be picked up on Wednesday, December 26. There will be no other changes to the recycling schedule for the week.

Our Fall 2018 Leaf Collection Program is still underway and we want to remind you of a few guidelines and helpful hints to assist us in being as efficient and effective as possible in keeping our streets clear of debris.

  • Bulk garbage is always your second garbage day of the week.
  • Metals and appliances (not electronics) are picked up every Tuesday. For metal pickup, please call 973-680-4127 by 3:00pm the Monday before.
  • Drop off Electronic Items every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm.
  • Plastic bags are no longer considered recyclable. Please do NOT put them in your recycling container.

For more information, visit the DPW Facebook. Their hardworking staff tries to respond to messages 7 days/week. From our family to yours, we wish you a blessed and peaceful Holiday Season!
Shop Small, Shop Local, and Conserve!
Greener Bloomfield wants to share some tips on how to have a sustainable holiday season. L earn more tips, attend meetings, and become active in conservation efforts by emailing and visiting Like Greener Bloomfield on Facebook .

The Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) would like to remind all residents to  SHOP SMALL this holiday season! Continue to support, small independent business even after  Small Business Saturday. For a complete list of Bloomfield Center shops, services, and restaurants, visit the BCA website.

The BCA is holding its 3rd annual Downtown Bloomfield  Holiday Window Design Contest ! Local residents and visitors are invited to help determine winners via social media. For information on how to vote for your favorite holiday display ( windows are to be completed by Friday, December 7 ), please visit the BCA website .

The Bloomfield Environmental Commission provides assistance and vision to the Planning and Zoning Boards, Township Council, and township agencies by advising on actions and policies of sustainability. They are also looking for new commissioners. Their next next meeting is on December 19, at 7:00pm in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the second floor of the public safety building. All meetings are open to the public; additional information can be found on the township website.
The Recreation Department is seeking a part-time bus driver

This job is Monday through Friday, 5:00-9:15am. Responsibilities include transporting
commuters to the Bloomfield Train Station. Applicants must possess a valid NJ driver’s license with a good driving record. If you think you qualify, forward resume and cover letter with copy of credentials to: Michael Sceurman, Director of Recreation: or call 973-743-9074 during regular business hours.
Health and Human Services is Here for all Bloomfield Residents

The Nursing Unit works extremely hard to provide excellent services to residents of all ages. Specifically, the Department is proud to hold Blood Pressure, TB Screenings, and programs for Women and Children. View the entire December calendar here.

The Health Department is sponsoring a Blood Drive Wednesday, December 19, from
3:30-7:30pm at Town Hall. All Do nors will receive the following free health screenings: Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Temp, Iron, Pulse and Blood Type. You can make a difference, and even save a life, with just a few minutes of your time. Please give!

The Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition (NJBWC), has installed "job clocks" throughout the township in anticipation of the January 15 launch of the Million Clicks for a Million Hearts campaign, which is funded by a $10,000 AARP grant. For more information on the program, contact Maya Lordo at  973-680-4022 or .

Social Workers will screen residents for eligibility in dozens of programs. Resources available in Spanish and English. Call 973-680-4017 to make an appointment.

Bring your child and join your fellow parents of teenage children for the second annual Night of Conversation' Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm at Bloomfield Middle School to start conversations about substance use.

The Health and Human Services Department and Township Engineer recently joined the Mayor, Council and Township Administrator in a public forum aimed at sharing critical information on how to prevent lead build up.

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.
Bloomfield Library Has Fun and Academic Resources for All Ages
The library has a full schedule of events, featuring:
  • Monday Book Club - Skipping Christmas by Grisham December 3 at 6:45pm
  • Dance Storytime, December 5 at 11:00am
  • Mandolin Orchestra Holiday concert, December 15 at 1:00pm
  • Non-Fiction book Club - Born Both by Hida Viloria, December 18 at 6:30pm

...Plus Tutoring, Tues & Weds, 4:00-7:00pm, Kids under 12 must be supervised by a parent as well!

The library will be closed December 25 and will be closing early on December 24 (at 1:00pm) and December 31 (at 3:00pm).

View our  Adult Programs and   Children’s Programs. Click through to the Library website for more information on these programs and more! Follow the Bloomfield Public Library on Facebook and Twitter .
Make Music in Bloomfield
Founded in 1943, the Bloomfield Federation of Music is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, a collective of five musical ensembles — the Civic Band, Chorale, Mandolin Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Youth Band — that serves musicians of all ages and experience levels, presenting up to 20 concerts each year.

The Bloomfield Chorale is having performing Songs of Joy From Around the World on Saturday, December 8 at Watchung Presbyterian Church at 3:00pm.

The Bloomfield Civic Band, conducted by Frank Ortega, will present its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 16 at 3:00pm at the Bloomfield Middle School. This family- friendly program will feature popular and traditional holiday favorites, including modern takes on “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” and medleys from the movies “Frozen” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra , under the direction of Maestro Enrico Granafei, will present a Holiday Concert in the Little Theater of the Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street, on Saturday, December 15 at 1:00pm . Admission is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, please contact Orchestra President Kristine Massari at 973-444-0357 , or email .

The Bloomfield Youth Band , under the direction of Patrick Burns, will present the first performance of its 33rd concert season on Saturday, December 8, 8:00pm at BMS. The program, entitled, HERITAGE, will feature clarinet soloist Aidan Carroll (a junior at BHS, and BYB member.) Visit the Youth Band's Facebook page for more information.
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