November 2019
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Bloomfield Historical and Community Celebrations
The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB) is seeking active members for 2020! Now is a great time to join and learn all about what the HSOB has to offer. Local historical presentations/ meetings are held three times a year, on the fourth Tuesday of March, May and October at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street. Bloomfield Bond Rally during World War II pictured to the right.

Don't forget to visit The HSOB Museum! Dedicated to the culture, people and history of Bloomfield, the HSOB Museum’s collection consists of furniture, clothing & accessories, tools, household articles, paintings, toys, posters, memorabilia, dioramas, maps, newspapers, postcards, letters, deeds, documents, books and much more! Located on the 3rd floor of the Children’s Library at 90 Broad Street, hours are Wed. 2:00pm–4:30pm, Sat. 10:00am–12:30pm and by appointment.
Visit to download a membership form or visit for information about membership and upcoming meetings.
The HSOB is an outgrowth of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of 1962 and was incorporated in 1966.
Bloomfield LGBTQ+ Pride hosts a happy hour from 6:00 to 7:00pm the first Monday of every month (November 4) and the planning committee meets the second Monday of every month (except this month, due to Veterans Day) at the Bloomfield Civic Center from 7:00 to 8:00pm.
The Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center is hosting several great community events this November:
Nov 2 – Bloomfield Art League opening reception at 6:00pm, free admission
Nov 7 – Stately Homes of Montclair – lecture by Andrew Wander at 7:30pm, $5 admission
Nov 10 – Ozzy & Friends cancer awareness program at 2:00pm, $25 admission
Nov 24 – Music at the Mansion at 3:00pm, $10 admission
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 973-429-0960 or visit
Community and Council Meetings
The Bloomfield Council will meet twice this month. 
Tuesday, November 12 and Monday, Nov 25 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.
All Council Meetings are now held in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building .

Tuesday, November 5 is 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 .

The Bloomfield Joint Memorial Committee will host their Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Sunday, November 3 at 9:00am . The all you can eat breakfast will be held at Newark-Bloomfield Elks Lodge #21, 296 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, NJ. Each ticket is $7.

The Veterans Day Parade will step off from Town Hall at 10:30am on Monday, November 11. The parade will travel down Franklin St. to the Veterans Monument on the corner of Liberty St.
Exercise and Trips for Seniors

The Senior Club is a non-profit 55+ group that meets in the Civic Center, Senior Lunch Room, 84 Broad Street, Bloomfield. Gatherings sometimes include music, guest speakers, discussions, lunches and refreshments. There is a yearly fee of $20 to join.

This month’s meeting is November 15 from 12:00-3:00pm and will include a Thanksgiving Party . Please RSVP to Dana Morton by Nov 1 at 973-743-9074 or [email protected].

Come out and join your fellow seniors in an exercise class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. $20 each for (non – members) & $18 each (for members.) The class is geared towards seniors and you work out at your own pace. You will work with weights, large elastic bands and small nerf-like balls. Tuesdays and Thursday from 10:00-11:00am through November 21. 

Zumba Gold Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00-11:00am through November 22) - $20 each (non – members) & $18 each (members) – for 1 class /$30 each (non – members) & $28 each (members) – for both classes.

Tuesday, November 5 – Kinder Towers Trip to Walmart - Pick Up – 9:45am. Return trip will be 12:00pm.
Tuesday, November 12 Felicity Towers /Troy Towers/ Heritage Village Trip to Walmart - Felicity Pick Up – 9:45am, Troy Pick Up – 9:50am, Heritage Village Pick up 9:55am. Return trip 12:00pm.
Public Library Events
Closings: November 1, 11, 28 & 29; closes 3:00pm on Nov 27
Adult Programs:
11/23, 11:00am: Mosaic Dance Theater Company presents Beyond the Image: A look at how a painting comes to life through dance.
Monday & Thursday movies - 12:15pm 
Genealogy – ( email [email protected] )
Book Clubs – Call for topics and dates.
Finance Club – Tuesdays at 6:00pm
Bridge Club – Fridays at 12:00pm
Knitting Club – First & Third Thursdays at 12:00pm.
Poetry Club -Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Cookbook Club – 11/16 at 1:00pm
Check the BPL website often for full schedule and new events as they get added!

Children’s Programs:
Spanish Storytimes: 11/4, 11/18 at 11:00am
Read to Brady! 11/9 at 11:00am,
BPD Storytime - All ages: 11/12 at 11:00am
Book Club for Grades 4-6: 11/23, 3:00pm,
Toddler Time Stories & Crafts: Tues & Fri at 11:00am  
Pre-K Stories & Crafts: Wednesdays, 11:00am
Storytime Boogie at ShootingStar: 11/6 at 1:30pm
Community Storytime at LAS at 11/12, 1:30pm.
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.

Did you know the library has museum passes you can borrow? For more information, visit or call 973-566-6200 .
The Special Olympics Young Athletes Program , for children ages 2-7, is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID). The program introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing and offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.  Registration is required, visit the BPL for details.
Literacy Volunteers of America, Essex & Passaic Counties, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting illiteracy, has a long list of adults waiting for help in basic literacy and English as a Second Language. All we need is you.
Please consider giving up two hours of your time each week to help an adult learn to read, write and speak English. To start, you can register for the following Tutor Training Workshop:  
Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St. – led by Mary O’Connor
Tuesdays, 10:00am- 1:00pm
November 5, 12, 19, 26, & December 3, & 10, 2019
Attendance at all sessions of your workshop is highly recommended. Registration forms can be found through this link For more information, email [email protected] call 973-566-6200 ext. 217 .
Recycling Guidelines and Shredding Days

Our first Townwide cleanup day on October 19 was a huge success!

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. Read the guidelines for bag pick up.
Many residents aren't sure what they can or cannot recycle, so read below, or print this attachment .
The Township of Bloomfield has partnered with Recycle Coach to help residents reduce waste and become better recyclers. The Recycle Coach App is available for FREE download on Android and iPhones.
The next Paper Shredding day is Saturday, November 2 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the BOE Parking lot, 155 Broad St. For residents only.

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 Health

View the November Nursing Calendar. For information on this and all other screenings, call 973-680-4058 , and follow @BloomfieldHDNJ
on Twitter.
The department also has a representative at town hall who can provide residents information and screenings for food stamps (SNAP) benefits. Please contact the Bloomfield Division of Human Services at 973-680-4017 to make an appointment. 
Health Beat, the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services’ radio show, airs at 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
The final Veggie Truck event of the year is November 5 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St.
Mayor’s Turkey Giveaway
The 2019 Thanksgiving Turkey Give-Away sponsored by Mayor Michael Venezia will take place Sunday November 24 from 10:30am- 12:00pm in the back parking lot of Town Hall, 1 Municipal Plaza. Must register by November 15 . Limited slots available. Call Human Services for criteria and to register at 973-680-4017
Morris Canal Greenway Hike
With the help of Local Boy Scout Troop 22, Bloomfield Township Completed a Joint Beautification Project on the Morris Greenway Canal . Video from the ceremony can be found here .

The next Morris Canal Hike will be Saturday, November 2, 10:00am to 2:30pm.
On this three mile hike, conducted by Ron Rice and Councilman Rich Rockwell, we'll explore the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield using historic maps and photos, then take a bus ride for an additional 2 miles stopping at the newly reclaimed section of the canal at Oak Tree Lane. Space is limited - reservations are required. $5 donation requested to cover the cost of the bus and 20-page handout with historic photos and color maps. To reserve a space, email [email protected] .
Sponsored by the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee, Historical Society of Bloomfield, and the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
Basketball and Wrestling Registration Open

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

Boys & Girls grade 6-8 Basketball Tryouts are taking place November 4, 6 and 12 at Bloomfield High School. 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!

Wrestling Registration is now open. 
Junior Division 1st – 5th Grade
Senior Division 6th – 8th Grade
Practices will begin on Tuesday, November 12 for Sr. Division and Wednesday, November 13 for the Jr. Division. The yearly fee will be $45 per child for the entire season.

Join the Bloomfield Art League! 

A $25 membership includes a $5 discount on art classes, open studio access Wednesdays, a 10% discount at Jerry’s Artist Outlet and much more. 

Don’t forget about the Oakeside Art Exhibition November 2 from 6:00-8:30pm.  

Save the date: Children’s holiday party on Saturday, December 14 at Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad St..

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting a trip to Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Sunday December 8 for $100 and another trip Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Presents: “The 3 Scrooges” on Wednesday December 18 . $65 includes transportation and a lunch. RSVP to Dana Morton at 973-743-9074 or [email protected] .

Special Needs Programming
Read about the CARE Station, Friday Night Canteen and Horizons Special Needs Programming here. This month’s events include Monster Mini Golf on November 1 , Bowling at Bowl-O-Drome on November 15 and seeing Cinderella at PaperMill Playhouse on November 22 . Read more about the special needs programming here.

Any questions regarding any of Bloomfield Recreation’s special needs offerings, please contact John Baltz at 973-725-4485 .
Bloomfield Center Alliance Needs your Input

It’s going to be a busy, exciting month in downtown Bloomfield, with our successful Food Tour and Harvest Fest. Earlier this year, the Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) achieved formal designation in the Main Street New Jersey Program (MSNJ). This made the organization eligible to receive technical assistance and financial support from the state. The National Main Street Center (NMSC), an organization dedicated to strengthening downtown commercial districts throughout the country, is being brought in by MSNJ to conduct an “economic strategy” visit with the BCA. The goal will be to help clarify a vision for Bloomfield Center and identify strategic opportunities that can be pursued based on community input, market data, and current trends. The community is invited to assist in ongoing efforts to build a stronger, more viable downtown by completing an online survey (click here) . Feedback from local residents and other stakeholders is critical in helping understand what’s feasible and develop winning strategies that can be pursued going forward. Responses will be confidential and the results collected and analyzed by the NMSC (a summary will be posted on the BCA website). Please note that the survey will close on Friday, November 15 . The BCA thanks everyone who agrees to participate.
Bloomfield Animal Shelter Advisory Committee is Recruiting New Members

There will be three openings on the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee in January of 2020 (two one-year terms and one three-year term). The Committee is looking for new members who are experienced in animal rescue, animal sheltering, and/or have experience in other disciplines related to the tasks of the Committee as listed below, including animal-related legislation, grants, or public relations.
Bloomfield Environmental Commission Updates
The objective of the Environmental Commission is to generate awareness of the impact to the environment of discarded plastic products and ultimately reduce the use of single use plastics in the town of Bloomfield. Single use plastics accumulate in the environment and are not biodegradable, they affect the health of wildlife and ecosystems as well as the expense of trash removal and recycling costs to the township. The Environmental Commission is pursuing initiatives to educate the public and retailers on the negative affects of single use plastic; the benefits of the reduction of single use plastic; and alternative products which are sustainable and biodegradable. The Commission is also seeking partnerships with other town agencies and municipalities in Essex County.
Bloomfield Federation of Music Updates
As autumn transforms the landscape with brilliant colors, join the Bloomfield Civic Band, led by conductor Frank Ortega, on Sunday, November 3, at 3:00pm , for its fall concert “Winds of Change” at the Bloomfield Middle School, located at 60 Huck Road. The program features works portraying change in different contexts, including Transformed Spring composed by lifelong Bloomfield resident, Patrick Burns.

The Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, Israel Herman, conductor will open its 88th season on November 17 with Schubert’s Final Triumph . Beginning at 3:00pm at Bloomfield Middle School, 60 Huck Road, the concert will begin with Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni , followed by Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in K, K. 219 performed by world-renowned violin virtuoso Chris Jones, and Symphony No. 9 in C, D. 994 (The Great C Major). New Jersey native Chris Jones is an active violinist in several NY metropolitan area orchestras and is currently the orchestra director in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District.

The Mandolin Orchestra is having a Celebration of of Italian Culture and Heritage , Saturday November 23 at 2:00pm at the Nutley Public Library . Music conducted by Enrico Granafei.

The Bloomfield Chorale is seeking new members in all voices - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass. For more information visit our Facebook page chorale, email [email protected] , or call Fran Gardella at 848-448-4335 .
The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is looking for New Members! Join the orchestra for the 2018-2019 season.
Tuesdays 7:30 -9:30pm Bloomfield Middle School Music Room, 60 Huck Road. Contact [email protected] .

Public Safety News

Coffee with a Cop brings residents together with members of Bloomfield's Community Policing Division. To sign up, email Lt. Zepeda or Officer Aponte .

Want to get involved in the Bloomfield Neighborhood Watch Program?  Learn from Bloomfield’s Finest.

The Police Department and Fire Department held an open house last month. Watch footage here.

The Bloomfield Police Department has received a 3-year re-accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police for Best Practices (NJSACOP). The initial accreditation was received three years earlier.

Call 973-680-4153 if you would like the Bloomfield Fire Department to come to your home or business and do a safety inspection. We will schedule a time convenient for you and go over fire safety procedures and help identify any potential risks.
E-Buzz Editor: Dan Knitzer | 201-864-0600 | [email protected]
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