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
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
and are requesting
new, unwrapped toys for the holiday season by
Sunday, December 16.
Also, Bloomfield Community Police Officers want to host a private pizza party for you and your child.
Join the Bloomfield Senior Club!
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
The Bloomfield Recreation Department will be providing lunch and entertainment for all members of the Bloomfield Senior Association.
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
Channel 35, for Verizon Fios tune into Channel 30 - Monday – Friday 10:30am and 3:30pm. A new class each day.
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
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!
Children's Holiday Party
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.
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
. 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
Join the Historical Society!
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.
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:
(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.
o ensure all residents can provide feedback on the website and appropriate structural changes can be made, the Mayor and Council will host a
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.
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
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!
The Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) would like to remind all residents to
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
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
The Recreation Department is seeking a part-time bus driver
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:
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
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
Social Workers will screen residents for eligibility in dozens of programs. Resources available in Spanish and English. Call
to make an appointment.
Bring your child and join your fellow parents of teenage children for the second annual
Night of Conversation'
December 11 at 6:30pm at Bloomfield Middle School to start conversations about substance use.
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
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).
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.
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
, 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.)
Youth Band's Facebook page
for more information.