November 2018
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Set Your Clocks Back, and Notices from the Township Clerk

This is the time of year to embrace being a morning person, because it gets dark early. Clocks go back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:00am.

The Bloomfield Council will meet twice in November:
Nov. 19 (Conference Meeting) at 7:00pm in Room 205 of the Law Enforcement Building.
Nov. 26 (Regular Meeting) at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

Nov. 6 is Election Day. Polls are open from 6:00am-8:00pm, and you can find your polling place online.

You may email questions to twpclerk@bloomfieldtwpnj.com or call 973-680-4015.
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. They are hosting a gala on Jan. 24, 2019. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit “Bloomfield Federation of Music” on Facebook.com or visit www.bloomfieldfm.org . For questions or to purchase tickets via check, email BloomfieldFedMusic@gmail.com .

Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra , Israel Herman, conductor, will open its 86th Concert Season on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3:00pm in Bloomfield Middle School, 60 Huck Road, Bloomfield. The program will be Carl Maria von Weber Overture to Oberon, Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale). Featured soloist will be violinist Susan Heerema . Tickets (online and at the door) are $15 Adult and $11 Student/Senior. For more information, visit  www.bloomfieldsymphony.org  or 609-273-6869 . Make a donation to support us at   http://www.gofundme.com/57sdzu0 .

The Bloomfield Youth Band, under the direction of Patrick Burns, will present the first performance of its 33rd concert season on Saturday, Dec 8, 8:00pm at BMS. The program, entitled, HERITAGE, will feature clarinet soloist Aidan Carroll (a junior at BHS, and BYB member), and our guest ensemble will be the BHS Band, directed by Natalie Kerr. Visit the Youth Band's Facebook page for more information.
Greener Bloomfield Wants to Help you Compost
Curious about composting? Greener Bloomfield is sponsoring a free, in-depth workshop and demonstration on Nov. 3rd from 10:00am -1:00pm  at Bloomfield College, led by environmental educator Virginia Lamb. If interested in attending, please reserve your spot by emailing  greenerbloomfieldnj@gmail.com.

Visit us at  www.greenerbloomfield.org and like us on Facebook .
Celebrate Small Business Saturday November 24 (& every day!)
The Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) would like to remind all residents to “shop small” this holiday season and make plans to visit the downtown center on Nov. 24  in recognition of American Express’ Small Business Saturday c ampaign. For the third year in a row, the BCA is a designated Neighborhood Champion working to promote our small business community and its various retailers. Small, independent businesses are a vital part of every community and Bloomfield Center has a mix of long-standing and recently opened businesses ready, willing and able to serve local residents and out-of-town visitors. Many of these retailers will have special sales and great discounts throughout the holidays! For more information on  Small Business Saturday  in Bloomfield Center and a complete listing of downtown stores, restaurants, and other attractions, please visit the BCA website .
Department of Public Works

In observance of the Veterans Day Holiday, the DPW and Parks will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12. Garbage and Recycling are on as scheduled. Biodegradable bags will be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

In observance of Thanksgiving, the DPW and Parks will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23. View the full augmented schedule here.

Our Fall 2018 Leaf Collection Program is 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. No more than three large items at one time will be picked up.
  • Metals and appliances (not electronics) are picked up every Tuesday
  • 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.
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 at 12:00pm at the Civic Center. This month's special event is the annual Thanksgiving Party on Friday, Nov. 16 from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the Bloomfield Civic Center.
FREE for Members - $10 for Non-Members. Please RSVP to Dana Morton by Nov. 1, either calling 973-743-9074 or emailing dmorton@bloomfieldtwpnj.com.

You can register for Bloomfield Senior Citizen Programs online at www.bloomfieldrecreation.org, 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
Fridays: Zumba Gold 10:00 – 11:00pm
Seniorcise | Channel 35, for Verizon Fios tune into Channel 30 - Monday – Friday 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM. 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 recreation@bloomfieldtwpnj.com.

Come along for shopping trips to Walmart , Tuesday Nov. 6 and 13. On Oct. 6, 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 Oct. 13 trip picks residents up from Kinder Tower at 9:45am and returns at 12:00pm.
Recreation for All Ages

Try out for Girls and Boys Middle School Basketball Teams on Nov. 5, 7, & 13

Advanced players will be selected to play on the Suburban Traveling Basketball Teams.  All remaining players will be placed on In-Town Basketball teams.
** New this year – 6th grade Suburban Traveling Teams
Pre-registration is required!

Register On-line any time at www.bloomfieldrecreation.org or Monday - Fridays 8:30am-4:30pm and Wednesday Nights 6:00-8:30pm.

Junior Division 1st – 5th Grade or Senior Division 6th – 8th Grade

Practices will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 13 for Jr. Division and Wednesday, Nov. 14 for the Sr. Division. The yearly fee will be $45.00 per participant.

The Bloomfield Joint Memorial Committee will host their Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9:00am . The all you can eat breakfast will be held at Newark-Bloomfield Elks Lodge #21, 296 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield. Each ticket is $10.00. On Sunday, Nov. 11, there will be a Veterans Day Parade at 10:30am. The parade starts at Town Hall will travel down Franklin St. to the Veterans Monument on the corner of Liberty St. and Franklin St. 

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.
  • With the help of a state grant (ROID Grant) recreational offerings have expanded to include Yoga, Karate, Art, Cooking and new for 2019, a Dance component. The program services students ages 7 – 16 and is housed at Carteret Elementary School.
  • Our Horizons (18 years and older) schedule is set for November and includes a movie night on Nov. 2 and dinner at Red Robin Nov 16.
  • Friday Night Canteen (18 and under) will continue on Friday nights in November as we are trying to plan more outside events this year. Download our CANTEEN or HORIZONS permission forms here.

Anyone with questions about the CARE Station, Horizons, or Friday Night Canteen is encouraged to contact Director John Baltz at  jbaltz@bloomfield.k12.nj.us or  973-725-4485.
The Bloomfield Cultural Commission Presents the 6th Annual Bloomfield’s Most Talented Competition Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:00pm, Demarest Elementary School, 465 Broughton Ave. Whether you sing, dance, play an instrument, perform magic, gymnastics or karate,
juggle or recite poetry … all acts are welcome!

The Bloomfield Recreation Department is running its annual trip to New York City to see the Christmas tree and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Friday Fun Nights will continue with a special Wii Sports night on Friday, Nov. 16 at Bloomfield Civic Center from 6:00-9:00pm. Go head to head against your competitors in classic Wii Sports.
Let the Historical Society Bring you Back in Time!

The The Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee, the Bloomfield Recreation Dept. and the Historical Society of Bloomfield are hosting a Morris Canal Hike through town on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 from 10:00am to 4:30pm . The three mile hike will be conducted by Rich Rockwell and Ron Rice, will explore the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield using historic maps and photos. A bus ride is included for an additional two miles, stopping at the newly reclaimed section of the canal at Oak Tree Lane and additional sites where the canal is still intact. Requested cost is $5. Contact morriscanal@gmail.com to RSVP. The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 4.
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 November calendar here.

Catc h up on the latest episodes of Health Beat, a radio show by the Department of Health and Human Services that airs on WBCR Bloomfield College Radio live on the last Monday of every month at 3:00pm.

An Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) representative is located in Town Hall to assist residents with questions and enrollment. Call 973-680-4017 or Click here to learn more about these services.

The Bloomfield Health Department and New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition’s 'Let’s Walk!!' initiative to encourage physical activity with a healthy Veggie Truck has been a big success during the summer and early fall. Don't miss the last two events this calendar year, Tuesday Nov. 6 at Town Hall and Tuesday Nov. 13 at the Library .

Register for Mayor Michael Venezia's Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on Nov. 18 from 10:30am-1:00pm at the back parking lot of 1 Municipal Plaza for eligible Bloomfield Families. To register, please call 973-680-4017.
Keep Our Sewer Drains Clean

Have you seen a storm sewer that looks like the one in the picture ? That causes water to back up on the street when it rains. In Bloomfield, homeowners, business owners, and tenants are required to maintain the sidewalks and street gutters in front of their property so that stormwater can flow unobstructed to the storm drains.

The Bloomfield Environmental Commission wants to remind you that storm drains flow directly into rivers, so they need to be kept clear of trash and other debris. If you’d like more information about streets and sidewalks, please see Township Code
Chapter 497 or attend their next meeting on Dec. 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.
Bloomfield Library Has Fun and Academic Resources for All Ages
The library has a full schedule of events , featuring:

  • Nov. 2 at 11:00am: Police Dept visits Children’s Library
  • Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 14: Young Athletes Program, ages 2-7 years-old. Email YAbloomfieldlibrary@gmail.com
  • Nov. 3 from 2:00-4:00pm: Open House – chat about the library’s future with refreshments and crafts for kids. Please fill out our survey.   
  • Nov. 5 at 6:45pm: Monday Book Club - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stevenson
  • Nov. 13 at 6:30pm: Non-Fiction book Club - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Nov. 17 at 2:00pm: Brady the Therapy Dog
  • Nov. 17 at 1:00pm: Isle of Klezbos – Klezmer (Jewish folk music) Concert
  • Wednesdays at 4:00pm: Writing Workshop, grades 5-7. Register at cpavliv@bplnj.org


Click through to the Library website for more information on these programs and more!
Follow the Bloomfield Public Library on Facebook and Twitter .

The library will be closed Nov. 12 ; will close at 3:00pm on Nov. 21; and will be closed on Nov. 22 and 23.
Public Safety News
Want to get involved in the Bloomfield Neighborhood Watch Program? Learn from Bloomfield’s Finest.
Bloomfield Community Policing 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.

Bloomfield Police Officers will be stationed downtown every Saturday on foot and Segway patrol.

The Fire Department is currently in the process of inspecting all multiple dwelling units throughout the Township, to ensure all buildings are in compliance with health codes. If tenants or owners have any questions about the Certificate of Habitability, they can call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 973-680-5150 .

The Fire Department is also helping families install certified child safety car seats, free of charge. Call the Fire Department at 973-680-4160 any time for assistance.

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 and results are provided free of charge. The Bloomfield Engineering and Water Department greatly appreciate your participation in our sampling program. If you have any questions please contact the Bloomfield Engineering Department at 973-680- 4009.
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