October 2018
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HarvestFest 2018
Join your neighbors and neighborhood businesses this Saturday, October 6 from 11:00am-7:00pm for a community celebration for Fall. There will be a petting zoo, family amusement rides, and more. Download the HarvestFest flyer here .

The following Saturday, October 13 come down to the first block of Glenwood Avenue and join the Bloomfield Center Alliance for the first  Bloomfield Station Eats and Beats Festival from 12:00-7:00pm . A day of cool DJ “beats” and great “eats” from local restaurants, including  Braun’s Tavern and Dining Room Mangia Organica , and  The Wooden Spoon Southern Kitchen and Saloon . Sponsored by the  Shops at Bloomfield Station  and  Jack’s Super Foodtown. For more information, please visit www.bloomfieldcenter.com .
Police Open House and Other 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, contact Lt. Zepeda or Officer Aponte.

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

Register your bike with the Police Department to help recover them if stolen. Just email your information to Lt. Zepeda at Nzepeda@bloomfieldnjpd.com or Officer Aponte at Yaponte@bloomfieldnjpd.com .

The Community Policing Unit will be hosting a town wide Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00pm at the Civic Center. For questions about this event, or the Community Policing Unit, email Lt. Zepeda.

The Bloomfield Police Department is holding an Open House on Thursday, October 18 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Halloween is a great time of year, and the Bloomfield Police Department wants you and your family to enjoy it safely by following these Halloween Safety suggestions.

To honor fallen Firefighters, Bloomfield will Light the Night every dusk until dawn from October 1-7 at the Fire Department Headquarters, 375 Franklin St.

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. Owners not in compliance will be fined and penalized. 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.

Bloomfield has many charming old homes. But these old homes have been found to contain lead, and often times, have lead-coated faucets--especially if your plumbing hasn't been upgraded in the past 40 years, when the NJDEP and other authorities officially banned lead-based products. 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.
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. Many physical activities are available to Senior Club members, including:
Tai Chi for Seniors, Mondays 11:00am – 12:00pm  
Senior Exercise, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00am – 11:00am
Qigong, Thursday Evenings  6:30pm – 7:30pm 
Zumba Gold, Fridays from 10:00pm – 11:00pm
Seniorcise ,   Channel 35, for Verizon Fios tune into Channel 30 -  Monday-Friday 10:30am and 3:30pm . A new class is provided each day.

There will be a special Senior Halloween Party on October 19 from 12:00-3:00pm. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Please RSVP by emailing Gabriela Guida at gguida@bloomfieldtwpnj.com or calling 973-743-3332 by October 15.

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.
Council Meetings, and Important Voting and Tax Dates

The Bloomfield Council will meet twice in October:
October 15 (Conference Meeting) at 7:00pm in Room 205 of the Law Enforcement Building.
October 29 (Regular Meeting) at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

October 16 is the last day to register to vote or transfer your voter registration. To accommodate residents, the Clerk's Office, located in Room 214 of Town Hall, will remain open from 8:30am-9:00pm this day.
October 30 is the last day to apply by mail for a Vote by Mail Ballot.
November 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.

Urgent message from the Tax and Water Collection Department : A reminder to make sure all property taxes, water charges and maintenance liens still past due from 2017 are paid by Friday, October 12 to avoid the Tax Sale List. Bloomfield is scheduled to conduct its tax sale on November 29. Call the Tax Collection office 973-680-4049 for further information.
Department of Public Works

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 . Call the Department of Public Works, 973-680-4127 , no later than 3:00pm Monday for a scheduled Tuesday pickup. 

Paper Shredding Day (for residents only) will be Saturday, October 13 , from 9:00am-12:00pm  at the Bloomfield Board of Education parking  lot, 155 Broad Street .

North End Electronics Recycling Day (for residents only) will be Saturday, October 20 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Shop Rite parking lot across from Brookdale Christian Church.

Drop off Electronic Items (TV’s, Computers, etc.) and Recycling Items at the Department of Public Works Recycling Depot 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.

Important Garden State Parkway update : the automatic coin machines are being removed from the mainline barrier toll plazas on the Garden State Parkway. The coin lanes are being replaced with Full Service or E-ZPass Only lanes. Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions about this change.
Support the Bloomfield Animal Shelter--Find your Best Friend!
<<-- Please help Bando. Bando is the longest resident dog at the Bloomfield Animal Shelter. He spent months in a nearby shelter before arriving in Bloomfield in April.  Read more about him.

You can meet Bando during daily adoption hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 2:00-5:00pm, Wednesday 2:00-6:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00pm.
The shelter is located at 61 Bukowski Place, Bloomfield . Please see the SOBAS Facebook page for details and other events and announcements.
Recreation for All Ages

All Township Parks are open, and meant to be enjoyed by all. Click here  for park hours and rules.

The Recreation Department has organized several community event for people of all ages this Fall, including:

Saturday, October 13 from 7:00-10:00pm at the Morris Canal Greenway at Demarest School (465 Broughton Ave). Brace yourself for Zombies, Ghosts, Goblins, Ghouls and the funk of 40,000 years! Every participant will receive a free flashlight! Come out for a good scare, IF YOU DARE…

Saturday, October 20 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Town Green and Civic Center
Be sure to bring the kids for trick-or-treating, the pumpkin patch, bean bag toss, costume contest and magic show.

  • Spooky Arts & Bats!
Friday, October 12, Bloomfield Civic Center from 6:00-9:00pm . Create fun Halloween arts & crafts and make delicious s’mores!
  • Wii Sports
Friday, November 16 at Bloomfield Civic Center from 6:00-9:00pm . Go head to head against your competitors in classic Wii Sports.

Bloomfield Recreation Special Needs 2018-2019 Programs   --  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 .
CARE Station                   Community After-Care Recreation Experience  is a program that coincides with the traditional school year. The program provides academic support (homework), snack time and recreational opportunities that may include physical and occupational therapy, karate and yoga. Meets Monday-Friday 3:30pm-6:00pm
Friday Night Canteen              This program is for children under 18 and is more of an open-gym environment where students are allowed to participate in supervised free play in the gymnasium at Carteret Elementary School.  Download the permission form here.
Horizons                This program is for adults 18 and older and is a community outreach program. It also follows the school calendar and distributes its own calendar of activities on a monthly basis. Activities include night at the races, movie night, dinner, theatrical plays and bowling to name a few – all activities encourages life skills. The program meets Friday nights from approximately 6:30-8:30pm, dependent on the activity.  Download the permission form here .
The Recreation Department is proud to also offer community trips to IHOP and Bowl-O-Drome on consecutive Friday nights, October 19 and 26 . If you have further questions regarding events please contact Lisa at 732-261-9055 or  Lisaforte@aol.com.  
Let the Historical Society Bring you Back in Time!

 On October 23 at 7:30pm, l earn about the 150 year history, milestones and accomplishments of Bloomfield College from Nicole Quinn, Director of Donor Relations and Campaign Manager, Institutional Advancement at Bloomfield College.

Register online to Walk the North End of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield on Saturday, October 20 . Morris Canal enthusiast and Bloomfield Councilman Rich Rockwell will lead participants on an exciting walk along the Greenway. This walk is a joint effort between the Morris Canal Greenway Committee and New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition’s "Let’s Walk” initiative.

The HSOB will host another Morris Canal Hike through Bloomfield on Saturday, November 3, from 10:00am to 2:30pm . This three mile hike will be conducted by Rich Rockwell and Ron Rice. To register, email morrisCanal@gmail.com .
The excursion is co-sponsored by The Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Recreation Department. For further information on these or other upcoming events, contact the HSOB at www.hsob.org info@hsob org ; or 973-743-8844 .
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 October 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. This photo was taken during the latest episode.

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 has received a $10,000 grant from AARP to help build healthier communities through a program that will feature fob technology. The grant is a collaboration with NJ Bike and Walk Coalition and the health department. The Program walkers must register for the program by emailing Liz Brady at liz.brady@njbwc.org . Registration will kick off at HarvestFest on October 6 at the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition table.

Learn about the Bloomfield Health Department and New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition’s 'Let’s Walk!!' initiative to encourage physical activity with a healthy Veggie Truck coming to Bloomfield Town Hall and the Bloomfield Public Library Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm June through November, including Tuesdays October 16 and 30 at the Library , and Tuesday October 23 at Town Hall .

Register for Mayor Michael Venezia's Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on November 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.

The Bloomfield Municipal Alliance has organized a Positive Parenting Project , a four part series addressing the challenges of raising strong teens in the digital age. All are welcome to join these meetings, which will be held at 7:00pm on September 25, October 2, October 16 and October 23 in the Bloomfield Middle School. RSVP to info@tametheteen.com.
Bloomfield Library Has Fun and Academic Resources for All Ages
The library has a full schedule of events , featuring:

  • Monday Book Club will be reading Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka on October 1 at 6:45pm
  • Roaming Readers will be reading Shelter by Jung Yun October 2 at 11:00am
  • Storytime Boogie at Shooting Star Dance Center, October 3 at 1:00pm
  • Community Storytime at Lovlee Art Studios, October 9 at 1:30pm
  • Genealogy Club will meet October 10 at 6:00pm
  • Knitting Club meets October 11 and 25 at 12:00pm
  • Reluctant Reader Program with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs - for elementary school students. Registration required: email cpavliv@bplnj.orgOctober 13 at 11:00am
  • Non Fiction Book Club will be reading October 17 at 6:30pm
  • Bloomfield Fire Department visit, October 17 11:00am
  • HAUNTED LIBRARY! Spooky Storytime October 20 at 11:00am, special crafts to follow
  • How to Become a US Citizen" Naturalization Seminar by the USCIS on October 22 at 5:00pm
  • United Way of Bloomfield Healthy Eating Storytime with Spooky Snacks to make and eat, October 30 at 11:00am
  • Halloween Blood Drive on October 31 from 3:00-7:00pm in the Bloodmobile
  • Finance Club will running a workshop on Understanding Stocks for beginners on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm

The library will be closed on October 6 and October 8. Please take our survey to help improve our services at www.bplnj.org/survey.
View our  Regularly Scheduled Programs for Adults , including: Bridge Club, Midday movies, Genealogy Club, Finance Club, Book Clubs for adults & kids.  Children’s Department Programs  include: Storytimes & Crafts at 11am on Tuesdays & Fridays (Toddler Time), Wednesdays (Preschool) and Thursdays (Baby & Me – no craft).  Click through to our website for more information on these programs and more!

Click through to the Library website for more information on these programs and more!
Follow the Bloomfield Public Library on Facebook and Twitter .
Make Music in Bloomfield
On Sunday, October 28, at 3:00pm , the Bloomfield Civic Band, led by conductor Frank Ortega, will present its fall concert “Winds of Autumn - Sounds of the Season” at the Bloomfield Middle School. The program will feature classic and contemporary band favorites. Tickets purchased at the door cost $15 for regular admission, and $10 for seniors and students. Children under 12 years old are free.
ATTN: Bloomfield Environmentalists:
Greener Bloomfield wants to help you understand the DOs and DON'Ts of composting , especially during Fall.

The next meeting for Greener Bloomfield is Thursday, October 4 at 7:00pm in the Civic Center, 84 Broad Street (All meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00.)

For further information or to be involved with sustainability efforts in town, visit Greener Bloomfield's website or Facebook page .
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. In addition, the Commission will collaborate with businesses, residents, and neighboring communities on environmental issues of regional importance. The Commission strives to foster a sustainable community, which meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future through the effective and efficient use of natural ecosystems, social systems, and financial resources.
The Environmental Commission studies and makes recommendations to the Township Council, board and agencies on issues that affect the natural and built environment, including: open space preservation , smart growth , wetlands and water resource protection green infrastructure , recycling and litter, environmental cleanups, wildlife habitat, energy efficiency , conservation, and transportation. The Commission will actively:

  • Review and comment on development proposals, township ordinances, and state mandates.
  • Identify important environmental goals for the township.
  • Support education of the public and the local government regarding environmental issues and pertinent regulations.
  • Encourage development to include maintenance and conservation of green space, open space and wetlands throughout the township.

Does this sound interesting to you? The Environmental Commission is looking for new commissioners. Come to our next meeting, listen in and contribute to the conversation. Our next meeting is October 17 at 7:00pm in the Mayors Conference Room. All meetings are open to the public; additional information can be found on the township website .
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