March 2018
Make Music in Bloomfield and Literature in Bloomfield
The Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra is currently celebrating its 86th season – its 20th under the baton of music director and conductor, Israel “Buzz” Herman. The Orchestra will be performing Rossini's "Overture to the Barber of Seville" and Mendelssohn's "Violin Concert in E Minor" on March 11th, 3:00pm at Bloomfield Middle School.

The Bloomfield Youth Band will perform a concert on Saturday, March 17th, 8:00pm at the Middle School. Print and save this flyer to save $10.

Bloomfield College's Division of the Humanities is hosting a two-day literary program with poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writing workshops March 22-23. Renowned poet Sonia Sanchez will give the keynote address and host a Q&A session. See the full, free schedule of events online . RSVP by email:
What’s New With Bloomfield Fire!

Get your free smoke detector from the BFD Today
Acting Fire Official Thomas Wilson, Captain Anthony Minervino, Fire Prevention Specialist Derek Hernandez are pictured here installing a 10-year worry-free smoke detector donated by Home Depot for Maryann Scaglione. If you're a senior citizen residing in Bloomfield, please feel free to call the Fire Prevention Bureau at  973-680-4153 to schedule a free installation.

The BFD wants you to be aware of HIDDEN HAZARDS IN THE HOME , such as Glass Fire Doors, 9 Volt Batteries, Clothes Dryers, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, and Water Heater. These helpful tips everyone can keep you and your loved ones and your homes safe. The Fire Prevention Bureau is here for all the residents of Bloomfield to use. Please feel free to stop by 375 Franklin St, or call  973-680-4153 with questions or to schedule a free home inspection.
Important Notices from the Department of Public Works and Parks

  • Bloomfield Township recently purchased a $385,000 state of the art sewer truck at the request of the DPW. It is sent out for four to six preventative maintenances daily. Still, sewer backups caused by grease are most common in the winter, so the DPW advises residents to follow simple safety guidelines that can prevent backups and save money. Download the flyer.
  • Do you have rolled up old chargers, broken TVs, or other electronic waste? Don't throw them away, recycle them at the Department of Public Works yard, 230 Grove St. every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm. 
  • If you see a pothole, please email or call us at 973-680-4127 with the location so the DPW can fix it right away.
  • Biodegradable bag pick up is suspended until the spring season. Should you need a pickup, please contact the DPW/Parks Department at 973-680-4127 to set up an appointment. Other news is available on the DPW Facebook.
  • Please read about the lead levels in tap water, and call the Engineering Department at 973-680-4009 to find out how to get your water tested for lead.
Recreational Opportunities for All Ages

Bloomfield senior citizens are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Friday, March 16th at the Town Pub, from 11:30am-1:30pm. To pre-register, call Gabriela Guida at the Bloomfield Recreation Department, 973-743-9074. The Bloomfield Senior Club is also hosting a Social Security Seminar on Friday, March 2nd.
Softball Registration Now Open

Peppermint and Suburban Softball registration for girls in Grades 3-8 is now taking place. There is a $55 registration fee on or before March 7th. After March 7th the registration fee is $60.  Registrations will only be accepted up until Wednesday, March 14th. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to participate in evaluations/tryouts. All perspective players are urged to attend both evaluations. Please wear athletic clothing, sneakers and bring your glove. Please click here for more information .
March 2016
Bloomfield Spring Programs are available for adults, kids, and seniors. Registration begins March 7th. Click here for listings.

The Recreation Department’s Equipment Exchange Program is open during the Recreation Department's normal hours, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30am-4:30pm and Wednesday Nights 6:00pm-8:30pm. Call 973-743-9074 to schedule an appointment during off hours.

Experience Bloomfield Parks this Spring!
Click here for parks hours and rules.

SAVE THE DATE: The Bloomfield Cultural Commission's Second Annual International Food Festival is on April 28th. For more information on how to participate, click here.

If you own a business and need a visible sponsorship opportunity, consider being
a sponsor of Bloomfield Recreation’s many public programs. Multiple sponsorship levels are available. Email Recreation Director Michael Sceurman today!

For assistance with any township transportation services, please call 973-566-7194 or email
Bloomfield Community Garden Initiative
 Seeking gardeners to join us at the organic Pulaski Park Community Garden . Put your name on the waitlist to rent a 4x8 plot for $50 for the season. We will be pulling from the waitlist after March 1. We endorse practices for growing healthy vegetables that are environmentally-friendly, and host several events during the season. We also have a compost center. Call  973-748-6462 or email More information available online.
Bloomfield Library Offers Free Concerts, Finance Seminars and More!

Celebrate Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss's birthday) with us on March 2nd! March Programs can be found online.

St. Patrick-themed concert by Irish singer and musician Ian Gallagher on March 24th at 1:00pm. Like all BPL events, it is free to attend. Don't forget to wear your Celtic green. Download the event flyer .
Regular meeting times for Writer's Circle, Bridge Club, Midday Movies, Genealogy Club, Finance Club, Book Club and Non-Fiction Book Club are available online. 

As always, call 973-566-6200 or email with questions, and check our website and Facebook page to learn of special events that may not be scheduled yet!
Bloomfield Council Meetings and Election Petitions

The Bloomfield Council will meet twice in March:
March 5 (Conf.) (Room 205 LEB) 7:00pm.
March 19 (Reg.) (Council Chambers) 7:00pm.

Democratic County Committee Petitions and Petitions for the Council-at-Large seat, to fill the unexpired Council term of Carlos Pomares are due on April 2nd. Petitions should be delivered to the Municipal Clerk’s Office, Rm 214, Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ. Councilman Richard Rockwell was appointed to fill the Council-at-Large seat until a successor is elected at the General Election on November 6th, 2018 to complete the unexpired term.
Councilwoman Wartyna Davis, Councilwoman Jenny Mundell and Councilwomen Sarah Cruz, along with the Bloomfield Township Council and Bloomfield Recreation Department, are offering four social and educational events for women to participate in on March 3rd, 10th, 13th and 17th.
What can Bloomfield Health and Human Services do for you?
Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN) is seeking caring individuals to volunteer to assist elderly Bloomfield neighbors in need. At NTNN, we match volunteers to Bloomfield seniors to help them with grocery shopping, errands, or just to provide some conversation and companionship. If you or anyone you know could benefit from our services or would like to volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 973-680-4017.

Bloomfield Human Services now has a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. The Department of Health and Human Services offers benefits screenings to individuals and families. Call 973-680-4017 for an appointment.

The Division of Human Services is hosting its seventh Back 2 School Store event on July 29th for children entering Grades K-5 in the Fall. For more information, call 973-680-4017.

All Bloomfield residents age 60 and older are cordially invited to the Senior Extravaganza. Spots are limited. Call 973-680-4017 for details, or if you need transportation assistance.
Bloomfield Heath and Human Services offers food handling courses and certifications. No one can be employed in the occupation of manufacturing, handling or serving food or beverages intended or suited for consumption without a food handler's certificate from the Board of Health. The next training will be March 22nd from 10:00am-1:00pm at Bloomfield Health Department, Rm 111, 1 Municipal Plaza. The course costs $20. For questions or to register, call 973-680-4024.
Bloomfield Police Department’s Upcoming Events and Trainings
Sign up for alerts and tips from the Bloomfield Police Department on your phone or computer. Download t he app or register online and chose your preferred m eans of contact, email and/or a text.
Be Aware of Package Theft
Following a string of package thefts in Eastern Essex County, the Bloomfield Police Department urges residents to follow a few simple guidelines to avoid being the victim of package theft.
Based on the success of last year’s program, the BPD and Montclair Police Department will host a Citizen/Clergy Police Academy every Tuesday evening from February 13th–April 10th, where residents can learn more about community policing, proper investigation and arrest procedure, and more. This course is free. More details and contact information.
Bloomfield Community Policing Officers want to host a private pizza party for you and your child. Apply online.
Historical Society Gears up for an Exciting Spring

Did you know that the first batting cage, catcher’s mask and even professional baseball itself, originated in New Jersey? On March 27 at 7:30pm in Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad St, the HSOB will present historian Linda Barth speaking about her book “A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone.”

Learn about the New Jerseyans who brought sound and music to movies and built the very first drive-in theater, the vacuum cleaner, plastic and Band-Aids, ice cream cones and M&Ms. Barth's book will be available for sale at the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Contact 973-743-8844 or for information about membership and upcoming meetings.
Bloomfield Animal Shelter Fundraiser March 1st

SOBAS will be holding a "Paint & Sip" fundraising event on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Knights of Columbus, 150 Chestnut St, in Nutley. The class is being taught by Bee 'n Crafty of Nutley, and the tickets are $35 each. All painting supplies are included and snacks will be served. BYOB. You can order tickets online via PayPal . Include "Paint and Sip" in the description. You can also buy tickets at the door on the evening of the event.

Daily adoption hours are:
Monday, Tuesday: 2:00pm–5:00pm
Wednesday: 2:00pm–6:00pm
Thursday, Friday: 2:00pm–5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm–5:00pm
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