June 2016
June 2016
 Her e's help for foreclosed 
        Di d you buy a home during the financial crisis? Are you
  struggling to stay in your home? Now there's help from a
  nonprofit that keeps homeowners in their homes. SUN
  Initiative is coming to Bloomfield Library on June 14 to offer
  avenues to home financial security.
        The Boston-based foreclosure-prevention specialist works to prevent family displacement and the destabilizing effects of neighborhood vacancy and abandonment. They acquire foreclosed properties before evictions occur and resell the homes to existing occupants who get renegotiated, affordable mortgages.  Read more
It's primary voting time!
       Tuesday, June 7 is primary election day and high voter turnout is expected. Bloomfield polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you'll be voting at a grammar school or the middle school, avoid the hours of 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., or 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., to help ensure student safety.
June 2016
Touch screen parking meters being tested on Washington St.
       Drivers, there's something new on Washington Street opposite Roxy's Florist. Seven touch-screen parking meters from Municipal Parking System, or MPS, have been installed. Forget about quarters. MPS meters accept credit cards and operate by touch with bilingual instructions. The meters were installed on May 27 for a 90-day evaluation. Try them out and email your feedback to the Bloomfield Parking Authority.
Street paving schedule announced
        More than 15 Township streets will be resurfaced this year. The Bloomfield Engineering Department has announced its 2016 resurfacing projects. More than half have begun already. Projects not started or completed by year's end will carry into 2017. To see the list, click here.
June 2016
Hooray for our goose chasers!
         In case you haven't noticed, border collies have been coming to Bloomfield parks to help reduce the geese problem - that green gloppy gunk all over the playing fields and picnic areas. Eeew!
       Four city parks and one school have been inundated for years by Canada geese. While addling (oiling the eggs to prevent hatching) has helped, it hasn't been enough. Read more
Summer means live music in Bloomfield
        Weeknights will twinkle with sound this summer! Catch the Bloomfield Civic Band in four family concerts on the Town Green in June and July, and enjoy four shows in the Bloomfield Recreation Summer Concert Series in July and August. All are free. Bring blankets or folding chairs and enjoy snack trucks or bring your own goodies. For the complete schedule, click here.
Grab your friends and countrymen
Let's celebrate Independence Day!
        Essex County's best Independence Day celebration and fireworks will take place Monday, July 4th at Bloomfield's Foley Field. Join us for live music by Bell Bottom Blues (Eric Clapton tribute band), fireworks, rides, games, a flag presentation and awards. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., opening ceremonies start at 7:30 p.m.
June 2016
Get your history-sprinkled ice cream - Yum!
        The Historical Society of Bloomfield will hold a 50th anniversary ice cream social on Saturday, June 11. Adults and children who visit the HSOB Museum at 90 Broad Street (third floor, Children's Library) will get free ice cream between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. More info at www.hsob.org, (973) 743-8844, or info@hsob.org.
June 2016

Cruise Nights + Dinner and a Show  
Cool cars, great deals, and fa m ily entertainment are on tap all summer as the BCA hosts its annual Cruise Nights Series. Rev it up every Wednesday from  6 to 9 p.m., starting June 1, at the inter-section of Broad Street and Bloomfield Avenue. For added fun, check out the "parade of cars" on June 1, 6, and 
Aug. 3 and 31.
BCA's new Dinner and a Show is a classic cultural pairing. Get tickets for 4th Wall Theatre's upcoming presentation of "Big Fish" at Westminster Arts Center (Bloomfield College), then show the tickets for discounts at Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House, Essex Junction Craft Kitchen and Bar, or Italia Pizza Restaurant. Dates, times and tickets at www.4thwalltheatre.org.
Body cameras now in use by Bloomfield Police
       All patrol officers in the Bloomfield Police Department will soon use body cameras to continue improving police accountability and community relations. Upon starting a shift, officers will be assigned one of 22 cameras, to be returned at shift's end. The video will be downloaded to a central database for use and analysis. 
       Body cameras were used in a Bloomfield pilot program that began in March. They are expected to be in use by all on-duty patrol officers starting June 10, after a training session in the previous week.
Summer camp/clinic enrollment update
Bloomfield Recreation Department
Watsessing Summer Camp (grades K-7). Less than 60 spots remain. Sign up today at the Civic Center, 84 Broad Street. Kids enjoy social events and special activities at Watsessing School. Early drop-off and aftercare until    5 p.m. are available.
June 2016
Playgroup and Kinder-garten Preparation Camp (ages 4 and 5, not yet in kindergarten) at Forest Glen School. Kids play and learn with future classmates. Activities include sports, sprinkler parties, story time, arts and crafts, letters and numbers, and plenty of snacks. Extended hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Summer Sports & Clinics - More than 25 affordable sports and special interest clinics are offered this summer, including LEGO robotics, magic, cooking, brain games, hip hop dance and sports clinics galore. Registration began May 25. For a complete listing, prices, and locations, go to www.bloomfieldrecreation.org.
Townwide track meet set for June 7
       The fleet-footed stars of all Bloomfield elementary schools will compete on Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at Foley Field in the annual Townwide Track & Field Event. At stake is the division championship in 440 meter, 100-yard dash, long jump, softball throw, shuttle run and relays. Rain date: Wednesday, June 8. (Thank you Foley Field Foundation, Inc. for sponsoring the first, second and third place medals.)
Resume Writing 101 * Adult Coloring Night
Bloomfield Public Library
      * Applying for jobs and getting no response? Find out what employers are looking for in a one-hour seminar with certified resume writer and career coach Crystal Chisholm, Wednesday, June 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. Reservations required.
      * Coloring is for adults too! Learn beautiful use of pencils and markers on Wednesday, June 8 at 6 p.m. Registration required.
      * Library Bridge Club, Book Club, Children's Programs

June senior events include Father's Day special
       A pizza and movie event for Bloomfield's senior dads will be offered Friday, June 10 at the Civic Center. For details on this and other June senior events, click here.
Check out social opportunities for Bloomfield's
special-needs residents

Art Show - Come see the artwork produced by students in the CARE Station after-school program on Friday, June 17 at the Civic Center (84 Broad Street). Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 
Special Programs - Bloomfield Recreation offers ongoing programs for special needs residents of all ages.  
    * PreK to grade 7, "Station II" -  a summer camp. 
    * Grades 7-12, "CARE Station" - a school-day after-care program. 
    * Adults, "Horizons" - Friday night social and cultural activities to encourage life skills. 
    * Children under 18, "Friday Night Canteen" - Supervised free play at Carteret Elementary School. 
     Learn more about current special needs opportunities.  
June 2016
4th Wall presents 'Big Fish'
       Six performances of "Big Fish," a sparkling musical based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the Tim Burton film, will run June 3 to 12 at Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College. The show is a musical about fathers, sons, and the stories we use to define our identities.
       Evening performances: June 3, 4, 10, and 11, at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees: June 5 and 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets $25; discounts for students and seniors. Reserve at (973) 566-9255. Or buy online at  www.4thwalltheatre.org.
June 2016
Parents: Need time to yourselves?
       If so, staff from Bloomfield Recreation will supervise your children for three hours at the Civic Center on Friday, June 10 while you shop, dine or visit friends.
       Hours are 6 to 9 p.m., for kids in kindergarten through grade 6. Fee: $20 per child, including pizza, games, movies, arts and crafts. (Special needs children accommodated.) Pre-register at the Civic Center or online at www.bloomfieldrecreation.org. Questions? Call (973) 743-9074.
It's not too late to garden with friends
       There's still time to plant and a few garden plots remain at Pulaski Park Community Garden, corner of Howard and Mt. Vernon. Seasonal membership is $50; free for veterans. Learn more, get answers to frequently asked questions, and find the gardener contract at the garden web page. Or call (973) 748-6462.
'All's Fair in Love and War,' June 4
       The Bloomfield Chorale, directed by Ruth Hsu, will present "All's Fair in Love and War," a selection of classical and popular songs, on Saturday, June 4, at 3 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, 216 Liberty Street. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance; $5 for students and seniors. Refreshments will follow. Details here.
Get your guide to summer's best events!
       A dozen great summer events are on tap in Bloomfield throughout the summer season, thanks to the Bloomfield Department of Recreation. To keep track at a glance, click here.
Print and save for your refrigerator.
Don't trash the storm basin
       Rainwater carries everything to storm drains and Bloomfield Engineering reminds us: Don't add to the pollution.
      * Recycle used oil at certified auto facilities.
      * Take your car to the car wash where used water is treated and recycled.
      * Flush pet wastes down the toilet or place in trash.
      * Do not apply fertilizer before rain.
June Town Council meetings
       * Town Council conference meeting, June 20, 7 p.m., Law Enforcement Building, room 205. (June 13 meeting cancelled.)
       * Town Council regular meeting, June 27, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building, second floor.
Help us help you with yard waste disposal
       Yard waste pickups occur on scheduled recycling days. Here are collection rules from Bloomfield Public Works & Parks:
       1. Place yard waste in biodegradable bags ONLY.
       2. Keep bag weight under 50 pounds.
       3. Cut tree branches into three-foot lengths and tie in bundles of no more than 25 pounds each.
       4. Do not pile bags and branches atop one another. Instead, place side-by-side to avoid attracting insects or rodents.
       5. Plastic bags filled with yard waste will not be picked up.
       Disposal Violations include placing bags in Township parks, rights of way, traffic islands or other public property. Warnings will be issued to violators.

Kids to be honored for bicycle safety
      The Bloomfield Safety Council and Bloomfield police will honor winners of the Bicycle Safety Poster Contest on Tuesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. in the Bloomfield Children's Library Little Theater, 90 Broad Street. Winners from grades 4, 5, and 6 will be recognized.
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