September 2015
No need to stop drinking the water
    Bloomfield drinking water is SAFE. No fecal coliform or E. coli are present in the Township water supply.
    Please Note: This is not a new notice, but a follow-up to an Aug. 20 press release issued by the Bloomfield Engineering Department, which reported that five of 59 water samples taken in July had indicated the presence of coliform bacteria, but not the harmful fecal or E. coli types.
    The public notice, which may have caused alarm, was required by federal reporting standards, but residents were not and are not at risk. Read more

September Town Council meetings
     * Sept. 8 (Tuesday), 7 p.m., regular meeting, Oakeside, 240 Belleville Avenue.
     * Sept. 21,  7 p.m., confer- ence meeting, Law Enforce- ment Building, room 205.

Mayor offers two ways 
to discuss local issues
Bloomfield Mayor Michael J. Venezia invites you to:
     * Coffee with the Mayor  
(mini groups, local venues)
     * Mayor's Community Meeting in Your Home
(larger groups)

S obriety checkpoints           in force now
     Bloomfield Police are continuing their "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign through Sept. 7. Local and state officers are manning sobriety checkpoints as part of a national awareness campaign that began Aug. 21.

Police to auction 'found' bicycles
     The Bloomfield Police Department will hold a public bicycle auction on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Building (#1 Municipal Plaza). "Found" bicycles will be auctioned in "as is" condition. Advance examina-
tion will be permitted starting at 3:30 p.m. Read more  

Police programs                    for you to know about
     * Coffee with a Cop
     * Neighborhood Watch

Bloomfield corner stores pledge healthier kid snacks

       Want your kids to eat better after-school snacks? Three Bloomfield corner stores located near elementary schools have pledged to offer healthier snacks to students who shop there. Read more

Calling all civic groups!
       Civic, sports, school, faith and other community groups are invited to sign up now for the second annual Bloomfield Civic Showcase on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bloomfield High School gymnasium.
      The event is an entrée to greater community involvement and many residents will be seeking opportunities for local volunteerism. Each group will talk about its current programs, display educational material, and encourage new memberships. The cost is $10 for participating groups and free for attendees.
      To learn more, call (973) 303-8884 or e-mail

Bloomfield Recreation Events
9/11 Memorial Service
The annual service on the Town Green will start at 6 p.m. Join Township officials, friends, family and neighbors as we remember and honor those who were lost that day.

  Movie Night and Family   
     Join friends and neighbors at Pulaski Park on Friday, Sept. 18 for a free, family-friendly movie and overnight camp-out. (Rain date Saturday, Sept. 19.) Each camping group must include a responsible adult (18 or older). The Bloomfield Fire Department and FMBA local #19 will supervise a campfire, so bring your s'mores supplies. Hot Bagels Abroad will provide juice and bagels the following morning. Pre-registration begins Sept, 1. Call (973) 743- 9074 or come to the Civic Center. You must have a registered campsite to camp overnight. 
Come to an old-fashioned   
drive-in movie
     Park under the stars with your arm around your honey to enjoy an al fresco screening of "The Wizard of Oz."
     Bloomfield Recreation offers its first annual Downtown Drive-In Movie on Friday, Sept. 25 in the Bloomfield College parking lot. Catch shorts and cartoons at 7:30 p.m., and the feature film at 7:45 p.m. And just like the good 'ol days, tune your car radio to hear the sound.
      Reserved parking can be arranged, or pick a spot in the blanket / lawn chair viewing area. Cars must be pre-registered by Sept. 22. Read more
Boost your entertainment options -- at the library!

     Psychic Marie Rubinetti Cappiello, a Carol King tribute duo, a renowned humorist who talks about clutter and organization, and live salsa to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month . . . It's all happening at your public library.
Animal license renewal - FINAL NOTICE
       Bloomfield pet licenses expired on June 30. The deadline for renewals was Aug. 25 (as announced in the August E-BUZZ and other publications). Renew before Sept. 7 to avoid a court summons for failure to obtain a 2015-2016 pet license.
      The late fee is $45. The license renewal fee for spayed/neutered pets is $22, for non-spayed/neutered pets, $25. Click here for the online license renewal application.
      If you no longer have an animal, call the Bloomfield Clerk's Office at (973) 680-4015 to update your record. 
Sept. 2015
Show the town your talent!
      Got a special talent? Then sign up for the third annual "Bloomfield's Most Talented Competition." This year's three-round contest begins with initial auditions during Harvest Fest, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27. Sign up at the Bloomfield Cultural Commission booth outside the library for an instant audition between 11 a.m. and         3 p.m. either day.   Read more
Kick off fall at Harvest Fest, Sept. 26-27
      Bloomfield's biggest celebration of the year returns Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27. The 23rd annual Harvest Fest includes a mile-long outdoor marketplace with more than 100 craft and retail vendors, plus two stages for nonstop entertainment, children's rides, games, activities and food. Learn about civic and community groups at street-side booths. Catch the Bloomfield High School Marching Band as it parades the area at noon on Saturday.
      The festival is managed by the Bloomfield Center Alliance. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, rain or shine. All events are free and take place on Broad Street between Belleville Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue. This year, the fun will extend down Glenwood Avenue. For information, call (973) 429-8050 or visit .
84 vintage fire boxes to be auctioned
       The Township will be auctioning 84 Gamewell brand fire boxes on Saturday, Oct. 3. Buyer inspection will start at 8 a.m., bidding at 9 a.m., closing by noon. Money orders, cashier's checks or cash will be accepted. (No personal checks or credit cards.) Buyers must remove fire boxes upon purchase.  
      The minimum bid for wall pole boxes will be $100; for pedestal boxes, $150.
      The sale will take place at the Public Works & Parks Yard, 230 Grove Street, in Bloomfield. (This information is also posted here.)
Friends of the Library to celebrate 80 years
      It was 1935 when the Women's Club of Bloomfield and the American Association of University Women sponsored the first Friends of the Library association in the eastern United States.  Now, the Bloomfield FOL invites you to attend the group's 80th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center (240 Belleville Avenue). Enjoy music, refreshments, and a brief history of the FOL's role in the library. Learn more about the organization at .
Sign-up soon for 2015 Fall Recreation programs
      Pre-registration (required for all fall programs) will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Bloomfield Civic Center, and will continue through the fall. In-person sign-ups will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. You may also sign up online at New this fall will be Intro to Chess, Civic Engineering, Chef It Up Healthy Snack Prep, and Lego Robotics.
E-BUZZ Editor Robin Patric  |  908-823-9001  |