June 2019
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Summer Recreation!

The Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs 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.bloomfieldrecreation.org.

Please remember that 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.

 On Thursday, June 6 at 6:00pm , Bloomfield’s Elementary Schools will join together at Foley Field for the annual Town Wide Track Meet. These school’s top competitors will face off for the Division Championship in track events such as 440m, 100 yd dash, Long Jump, Softball Throw, Shuttle Run and Relay Races.

Four Bloomfield Civic Band Concerts are scheduled on the historic Town Green at 7:00pm . These 4 fantastic concerts take place on Monday Nights in July. Each concert showcases the musical talents of its members.
* In case of inclement weather the concerts will be moved inside Sacred Heart Church.  

We will kick off our traditional Free Summer Concert Series on Tuesday nights at Brookside Park July 9 through July 31 and close out our music series by joining forces with the Police Department and Township Officials for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6th at Foley Field. Mark your calendars for what will prove to be a terrific summer!
Tuesday, July 9
Radio Nashville – Country Music
Brookside Park - 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 16
Jam Stampede – Grateful Dead Tribute
Brookside Park - 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 23
One More Once – Big Band Music
Brookside Park - 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 30
Professional Laser Light Show Set to the Music of Led Zeppelin
Brookside Park - 8:15pm

Many thanks to our sponsors who make these exciting programs possible!

Friday Fun Night – Tie Dye Fun
Friday, June 14 . Learn how to create your own tie dye shirt. Be creative with your design and have fun in the process. Tee shirts will be included for the activity.
1st – 6th grades. Bloomfield Civic Center. $20 - 6:00 to 9:00pm
Limited Space Available---- Includes Pizza, Soda, Games, Movies and Arts & Crafts
*Additional assistance will be provided to children with special needs*


The full day summer camps at Forest Glen and Watsessing School are filling up quickly so don't let your child miss out on a great opportunity to make new friends and have fun over the summer.

If your child doesn't require full day supervision then take a look at the wide variety of Sports Clinics which are offered in one week sessions for two hours in the morning or a different clinic in the afternoon.

Travel Camp is for to teenagers currently in grades 7 – 10 from July 8 to July 19 from 8:30am to 4:00pm. During these two weeks, campers will be transported by air conditioned bus to fun-filled attractions across New Jersey, like Hurricane Harbor, Liberty Science Center, Sahara Sam’s, and much more!

Please call 973-743-9074 , email Dana Morton at dmorton@bloomfieldtwpnj.com , or visit our website at www.bloomfieldrecreation.org for more information.

Station II
Station II, a summer camp for children with special needs from grades Pre-K through 7 strives for full inclusion whenever possible, but we are proud to offer a self-contained component when needed. If your child has special needs, programs are available at BOTH camp sites. Call John Baltz at 973-725-4485 for more information.

Recreation Department Trip--NY Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Meet at the Civic Center – 84 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ at 11:00am . Bus leaves promptly at 11:30am $80  | Includes Transportation

Membership is only $25 and includes: $5 off art classes, Demonstrations by award winning artists, Juried exhibition opportunities, 10% Discount at Jerry's Artist Outlet, Community Events & Celebrations. Open Studio Access on Wednesdays from 12:45 - 3:45pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm through December 31. For Info, contact: Gabriela Guida at gguida@bloomfieldtwpnj.com. ------ L ook out for our Art in the Garden event on July 13 .

Exercise and Trips for Seniors

The Bloomfield Senior Citizens organization members are invited to a Spring Luncheon on June 21 from 12:00-2:00pm in the Civic Center, located at 84 Broad Street. To pre-register, call Recreation Leader, Dana Morton at 973-743-9074 . Contact Dana Morton for more info dmorton@bloomfieldtwpnj.com .

Senior Fitness:
Mondays – Tai Chi for Seniors – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Pre-Registration is required)
Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ Senior Exercise 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Pre-Registration is required)
Wednesdays – Zumba Gold 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Pre-Registration is required)
Seniorcise – Channel 35, for Verizon Fios tune into Channel 30 - Monday – Friday 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM. A new class each day.
Tai Chi is a Chinese form of martial arts that involves slow, controlled and low-impact movements that can be easy for seniors--even those with limited movement.
Zumba Gold boasts all the fun of Zumba, but at a lower paced and a low impact.

Senior Walmart Trips
June 11
Kinder Tower – 9:45am, return – 12:00pm
June 18
Felicity – 9:45am | Troy Towers – 9:50am  | Heritage Village – 9:55am
Return – 12:00pm.
Public Safety News

Bloomfield Animal Control recently purchased a new, state-of-the-art vehicle to help respond to instances involving wild or domestic animals, as well as investigate instances of abuse. Read more here.

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 .

Grilling Fire Safety
Only use your grill outside. Be sure to keep it at least 3’ from any siding, eaves or deck rails. Open the lid of the gas grill before attempting to light it. Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
Call 973-680-4153 if you would like us to come to your home or business and do a home safety inspection. We will schedule a time convenient for you and go over fire safety procedures and help identify any potential risks.
Sunset Classic

The Sunset Classic is back for its 31st running on Thursday, June 27 with Kids Sprints at 6:30pm, the Rick Petersen Mile at 7:00pm and the 5 Mile Road Race through the streets of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge at 7:30pm . For more information and how to register, go to www.thesunsetclassic.org .
Greener Bloomfield's Suggested Summer Reading

The folks at Greener Bloomfield know it’s never easy catching up on what you might want to know more about. Here’s a mixture of reading on the subject of native plants and the insects they support (a good summer topic). In spare minutes when you are on the web, you might click on these sites and see what it’s all about.

A native plant supplier (mail order only) in our area is Toadshade Nursery:
Recycling Guidelines and Shredding Days

The Department of Public Works and Park Maintenance performs biodegradable bag pick up on your weekly recycling day. Remember, biodegradable bags must be placed at curbside the night before.
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.
Bloomfield Block Party, and PrideFest
Make sure to save Saturday, June 1 on your calendar as the Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) kicks off its outdoor event season with the Bloomfield Center Block Party , scheduled for Saturday, June 1 (rain date-June 2). Come on down to enjoy delicious “eats and treats” from local restaurants, along with live music and dancing all day long! Please visit the BCA website for further details and also see dates of other upcoming events, including Summer Cruise Nights Car Show , every Wednesday June 5-July 31 (except July 3) at 2 Broad St. Also, there will be a Parade of Cars on the opening night, June 5, and the finale, July 31.

Also join the BCA for Dinner Under the Stars every other Friday in June and July (and all five Fridays in August) beginning June 14.

Save the date! Join Bloomfield Pride for their 3rd Annual Bloomfield LGBTQ+ PrideFest on Saturday June 15th in Brookside Park from 1:00-5:00pm . This event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with food, refreshments, games, arts and crafts, music, and community! Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blanket or dancing shoes. For more information, check out Bloomfield Pride on Facebook or at http://www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/469/Bloomfield-Pride
Public Library Now Delivers!
Sign up for our new Home Delivery Service . Any resident who is unable to come to the library because of limited mobility, illness or handicap (permanent or temporary) may sign up. For more info, please call the library at 973-566-6200 and ask for Jessica.

View our Adult Programs including Monday & Thursday Movies. Join a club to practice: Genealogy, Knitting, Bridge, 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 11:00am 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!
•   6/1, 9:00am-12:00pm: plant flowers outside the Children's Library
•   6/3, 6:45pm: Monday Book Club
•   6/5, 1:00pm: Storytime Boogie, Shooting Star Dance Center
• 6/8, 1:00pm: Hawaiian Song, Sand, & Sun
•   6/18, 6:30pm: Non-Fiction book Club
•   6/8, 9:00am:  Garden Storytime at Pulaski Park
•   6/8, 3:00pm: Book Club, grades 4-6
•   6/12, 5:00pm: Drag Queen Story Time (Registration Required)
•   6/15, 11:00am: Read to Brady
•   6/15, 12:00-4:00pm: Community Art Show
•   6/15, 1:00pm: Cookbook Club
•   6/25, 2:00pm: Summer Reading Kickoff Event: ScienceTellers presents Aliens: Escape from Earth
•   6/26, 11:00am: PreK Storytime & Craft
•   6/26, 5:30pm: USCIS Naturalization Seminar
•   6/27, 11:00am: Baby & Me
Community Meetings, Pet Licenses and Election Day

The Bloomfield Council will meet twice this month:

Monday, June 17 , Conference LEB Bldg. 7:00pm.
Monday, June 24 , Regular Chambers 7:00pm.

Tuesday, June 4 is Primary Election day. Polls open 6:00am - 8:00pm .

Remember, with our updated website, residents can submit events for the community calendar on our new municipal website . Report an issue, such as potholes or streetlight outage, here .

Pet licenses expire June 30 . The Township has opened the licensing period for the 2019-2020 license year and renewals have been mailed out. If the pet’s rabies vaccination expires before May 1, 2020 the owner will need to get the pet a new rabies shot before the license can be renewed. Late fees will begin to be assessed August 1 for those pet owners who do not renew their pet’s license before that time. Call the Clerk’s Office at 973-680-4015 if there are any questions.
Join the HSOB on an Ice Cream Social and Museum's 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Next Saturday, June 8 , the Historical Society will host an ice cream social in the Children’s Library (3rd Floor, 90 Broad St.) from 11:00am-2:00pm . Free and open to all. This will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the HSOB Museum.

The HSOB Museum opened its doors on May 4, 1969 and has been a constant resource to the community ever since. It is dedicated to the culture, people and history of Bloomfield. The collection consists of furniture, clothing & accessories, tools, household articles, paintings, toys, posters, memorabilia, dioramas, maps, newspapers, postcards, letters, deeds, documents, books and much more. CONTACT: www.hsob.org , 973-743-8844 , info@hsob.org .
Health and Human Services Screenings

View the June Nursing Calendar, including the Osteoporosis Screening on June 18 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Bloomfield Public Health Nursing; 1 Municipal Plaza- Lower Level. For information on this and all other screenings, call 973-680-4058 , and follow on Twitter
and Instagram at

Health Beat, the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services’ radio show, recently began its 3rd season. The show airs on 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 . Last week’s episode can be viewed here .

Would you like to buy farm fresh vegetables?
Would you like to buy directly from the farm?
Would you like to buy them right in your neighborhood?
Our Veggie Trucks are Back, every other Tuesday, starting this one, June 4 outside Bloomfield Public Library from 4:30-6:00pm.

Are you behind in your rent, utilities, or mortgage and getting help will prevent you from becoming homeless? If so, you may quality for financial assistance . Contact the Bloomfield Division of Human Services at 973-680-4017 to learn more about the program.

The annual NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store enables Bloomfield children entering grades K-5 this September in financial need to “shop” for free clothing, sneakers and school supplies in a one-day-only “store” set up just for them on July 28 . Limited slots available. Please call Human Services 973-680-4017 for income criteria and to register. Please fill out this application ASAP.

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 . Also call this number to receive a free Pur water filter.
BFM's Has a Great Series of Summer Concerts Lined up

The Bloomfield Civic Band, conducted by Frank Ortega, will continue its longstanding
evenings . Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy music under the summer sky. The schedule is as follows:

July 1 – “An American Celebration”July 8 –------July 8 -- “Best of the Season” (Part 1)
July 15 – “Best of the Season” (Part 2)-------July 22 – “Back to Broadway!”

The Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, Israel Herman, conductor, will conclude its 87th Season on Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 pm in Bloomfield High School, 160 Broad Street. DK FLYER BSO The orchestra will perform Edvard Grieg Three Pieces from the Incidental Music to Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56, Robert Schumann Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52, and Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 in D Minor (Reformation) Op. 107. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bloomfieldsymphony.org

The Bloomfield Youth Band, led by Founding Director Patrick Burns, will conclude its 33rd Concert Season on Saturday, June 8 at 8:00pm at the Middle School. The program for the evening will include The Black Horse Troop (Sousa), Overture in B-flat (Caesar Giovannini), Held still in quick of grace... (Jack Stamp), Variations on "The Solid Rock" (Jack Stamp), Ancient Flower (Yukiko Nishimura) and Diamond Variations (Patrick Burns). For more information on discounted admission, please visit www.bloomfieldyouthband.org . For additional information, write to patrickburnsmusic@gmail.com .

The Bloomfield Chorale, Ruth Hsu, Director, will conclude its 11th Concert Season with a performance of Memories and Reflections on Saturday, June 8 at 3:00pm , in the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green at 147 Broad Street . The program of beautiful music images will include The Seal Lullaby by contemporary composer Eric Whitacre, Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) a Love Song by Josef Hader, The Road Not Taken by Randall Thompson based on the poem by Robert Frost, and For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter. Buy tickets online at facebook.com/bloomfieldchorale or email BloomfieldChorale@gmail.com. Ticket price includes a reception to be held after the performance.
Pulaski Park Hosts Educational Fun for Children

Garden Story Time Saturday, June 8 9:00am, for toddlers ages 3-5. They will hear a garden-related story, have the opportunity to plant a vegetable in the Neighbor to Neighbor Network Donation Garden Bed and will receive a take home plant to grow this season. Space is limited. To register email clocastro@bplnj.org

Pulaski Park Community Garden's Art in the Garden Saturday, July 13 from 4:00 – 7:00pm with the Bloomfield Recreation Department and the Bloomfield NJ Community Gardens Committee presents the third annual Art in the Garden event being held at Pulaski Park on Saturday, July 13 (Backup Rain Date: July 20).
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