September 2018
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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:

Friday, September 14, 7:45pm at Pulaski Park, 24 Mt. Vernon Ave
Each camping group must have a responsible adult (18+)
Residents are invited to a free, family friendly movie ( The Secret Life of Pets ) and overnight camp-out. There will be a campfire supervised by the Bloomfield Fire Department so bring your S’mores supplies! Hot Bagels Abroad will provide juice and bagels the following morning. Pre-Registration will begin on Friday, August 31. 

Summer Concert Make-Up
Tuesday, September 18 (Rain Date Wednesday, September 19), 7:00pm at Brookside Park.
The Bloomfield Recreation Department is happy to announce that The Infernos will be performing at Brookside Park as a replacement show for the Bobby & the Jets Concert that was canceled due to rain back in July.

Saturday, October 13 (Rain Date Sunday, October 14) from 7:00-10:00pm at the Morris Canal Greenway at Demarest School (465 Broughton Ave)
$3 per person OR a group rate of $15 for six people.
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 (Rain Date: October 27), 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. At 5:00pm there will a playing of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on the Recreation Department’s Outdoor Movie

Friday, September 21, 7:00pm at Demarest School (465 Broughton Ave)
Step back into the past with the Bloomfield Recreation Department as we host our 4th Annual Drive-In Movie and screen Back to the Future . All cars MUST PRE-REGISTER between Friday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 18.

9/11 Memorial Service
Bloomfield’s September 11th Memorial Service will start at 6:30pm on the Town Green. Please join Township officials, friends, family and residents on Tuesday, September 11th and remember and honor all those who were lost that day.  Members of the Bloomfield Civic Band will form a Quintet and perform during the ceremony.
On Sunday, September 30, 2018, Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center will host the 3rd Annual Pediatric Cancer Awareness Walk. 100% of the net profit from this event will be donated to a team in the Cycle for Survival event. That team is named Megan’s Miracle Makers, in memory of Bloomfield's Megan Macaluso, who was taken at age 19 by pediatric cancer. Participants who sign up by September 21 are guaranteed a t-shirt on the day of the event. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $5 per pet. For more information about this walk or other upcoming events, visit the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center website, Facebook page, or email
Public Safety Updates--Win a Pizza Party for your Child!
National Night Out, a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, was held Tuesday August 7. Though rain cut the event short, t here were 27 off duty Police personnel--a combination of Officers, Police Aides, Auxiliary Officers and Civilian employees--at Foley Field to honor the mission of the annual event and interact with members of the community, especially the youth. The annual Police vs. Fire Softball game ended with an 18-4 win by the Bloomfield Fire Department.

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.

As the new school year begins, Bloomfield Police are cracking down on unsafe driving, with their 'Cops in Crosswalks' operation all month long.

On September 12 at 7:00pm, the Police Department will be hosting its Community Roll Call. Bring your neighbors, friends and family, and bring your questions and concerns to Bloomfield's Finest.

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 and talk to Theresa Addeo.

For most students, the last fire safety training they received was in grade school. College and independence can be a big transition for young adults, and their families. Be aware of FEMA's Campus Fire Safety, and learn how to protect yourself in the event of a dorm or campus fire.

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.
Bloomfield Library Has Fun and Academic Resources for All Ages
The library has a full schedule of events , including:

  • Roaming Readers will be reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philipp-Sendker on Tuesday, September 4 at 11:00am
  • Monday Book Club will be reading The Plot Against America by Philip Roth Monday, September 10 at 6:45pm
  • Weekly Storytime in the Children's Department begins on Wednesday, September 12 at 11:00am
  • Genealogy Club will meet Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00pm
  • Short Story Writing Workshop & Reading with Kem Joy Ukwu - Saturday, September 15 at 2:00pm
  • Non Fiction Book Club will be reading Killers of the Flower Moon on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30pm
  • Manny's Fiesta Latina (Music Concert) on Saturday, September 22 at 1:00pm
  • Monthly book club for upper elementary grades meets on Saturday, September 29 at 2:00pm
View our  Regularly Scheduled Programs for Adults , including: Bridge Club, Monday & Thursday Midday movies , Genealogy Club, Finance Club, Fiction and Non-Fiction Book Clubs as well as Roaming Readers and Book Clubs for teens and kids.  

Click through to the Library website for more information on these programs and more!
Follow the Bloomfield Public Library on Facebook and Twitter .
Support the Bloomfield Animal Shelter--Find your Best Friend!
The Bloomfield Animal Shelter is hosting two adoption events this month:
Saturday, September 8 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Bloomfield PetValu, located at 192 Bloomfield Avenue
Sunday, September 9 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Clifton Town Square,  225 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ 07012 .

Additionally, there will be a Corporate Charity Event to support SOBAS and the animals it cares for, on Saturday, September 15 from 12:00-5:00pm at 77 River Road in Clifton, NJ 07014 . Please see the SOBAS Facebook page for details and other events and announcements.
Council Meetings, New Facebook Page, Website and Mobile App
The Bloomfield Council will meet twice in September:
September 10 (Conference Meeting) at 7:00pm in Room 205 of the Law Enforcement Building.
September 24 (Regular Meeting) at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

In May, the Township held a public forum where residents provided feedback on how you want the Township to improve communications. That led to the Township developing a Facebook page dedicated to keeping updates from all municipal departments in one place.
Let the Historical Society Bring you Back in Time!
The Historical Society of Bloomfield (HSOB) has a jam packed month! On Saturday, September 15 at 1:30pm , come to Wrights Field to watch Hoboken Nine—a vintage baseball club—play a Vintage Baseball Game like it’s 1864! Free and open to the public! Rain date: Saturday, September 22 at 1:30pm, same location.

On  Saturday, September 29, from 10:00am- 3:00pm the HSOB will hold its Semi-Annual Attic Treasures Sale & Bake Sale at Bloomfield Library Theater,   90 Broad Street . Books, memorabilia, collectibles, artwork, ephemera and all kinds of fun things will be for sale. All proceeds go to support the HSOB. Come and find some cool and nifty collectible items and home-baked goodies! The event is free and open to the public.

For further information on these or other upcoming events, contact the HSOB at ; or 973-743-8844 .
Keep Your Drain Grease-Free, and your Carbon Footprint Light
A Tip from the Bloomfield Environmental Commission:
Most of us use some type of oil for cooking and face the question of what to do with it when we’re done. Pouring it down the drain, even with hot water running, is NOT the answer as it hardens on the inside of the line, ultimately leading to clogs and nasty back-ups. The best approach is to let it cool, carefully pour it into a glass jar and put it in the fridge (covered) where it will harden as it cools. Wipe any remaining grease from your pan with a disposable paper towel and wash the pan as usual. Once full, and after all the fat has hardened, throw the whole jar out in the trash (not recycling). This simple act will help keep your pipes, as well as the town’s main sewer line, clean and free of clogs.

This photo is NOT HONEY, but grease collected by a Bloomfield resident.
Greener Bloomfield wants you to be aware of the ways you can make a difference in securing your green footprint, one of which is to plant a tree . “Plant the right tree in the right place, and you can beautify your environment and increase the value of your property” according to the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation. Proper tree selection and placement enhances your property’s value and prevents costly trimming and damage to your home. Follow these steps when planning to plant a tree.

For further information about tree planting or to be involved with sustainability efforts in town, visit Greener Bloomfield's website or Facebook page .
Health and Human Services is Here for all Bloomfield Residents

An Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) representative is located in Town Hall to assist residents with questions and enrollment. For homebound seniors and disabled residents, benefit screenings can be provided in the home. Call 973-680-4017 or Click here to learn more about these services.

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 September 11 and 25 at the Library , and Tuesday September 18 at Town Hall .

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

The Division of Human Services is providing limited one-time financial assistance for utilities, rent, or mortgage to individuals or families who have fallen behind on their payments due to a situation beyond their control and will be able to pay their bills going forward. For more information call 973-680-4017.
Make Music in Bloomfield
The 75th Concert Season for the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is coming up. Beginning September 11, rehearsals are every Tuesday from 7:30-9:30pm in the Music Room of the Bloomfield Middle School,  60 Huck Road . For more information about the orchestra, contact Kristine Massari at  or 973-444-0357 .

The Bloomfield Federation of Music will have an Info Table at Harvest Fest, October 6.

Weekly rehearsals for the premiere chorus in town, Bloomfield Choral, are held on Tuesdays, starting September 18   from 7:30-9:30pm at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street, 2nd Floor. For more information visit their Facebook page , email ,  or call Ruth Hsu at  973 667-1440 .
Department of Public Works

Biodegradable bags are picked up on your recycling day. When you are filling your biodegradable bags, please put only grass, twigs, leaves, etc. (vegetative waste) into the bags. Please no garbage, papers, dirt, rocks, etc. Also, no bags more than 50 lbs . (tough on the back!).

Bulk garbage is always your second garbage day of the week. No more than three large items at one time will be picked up and if you have any additional questions please call DPW at 973-680-4127 .

Metals and appliances (not electronics) are picked up every Tuesday . Call the Department of Public Works, 973-680-4127 , no later than 3:00 p.m. Monday for a scheduled Tuesday pickup. 

Paper Shredding Day (for residents only) will be Saturday, October 13 , from 9:00am to noon  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 to noon at the Shop Rite parking lot across from Brookdale Christian Church. Discard computers. printers, monitors, wires, cables, keyboards, telephones, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, small appliances.

Plastic bags are no longer considered recyclable . Please do NOT put them in your recycling container.

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 .

Please note: Pickups will be suspended on Labor Day, September 3 , but recycling will be picked up the next day and garbage will be picked up on your next regularly-scheduled day.

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 will also have a Senior Pedestrian Presentation on September 12, which will promote health, and safe walking. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Please RSVP by emailing Gabriela Guida at or calling 973-743-3332 by September 7.

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
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