Arts & Entertainment

37th Annual Bloomfield Irishman of the Day March 4 at Fitzgerald's

William Coffey
Patrick Shawn Grady
Paul R. Wilson

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Irishman of the Day Committee will be honoring three outstanding citizens who have dedicated their lives to their rich Irish heritage and to the Township of Bloomfield March 4 at Fitzgerald's 1928. 

The 37th annual event will honor William Coffey, Patrick Grady, and Paul Wilson. Starting at noon, the afternoon will include a traditional Irish lunch, all beers, wine and sodas, door prizes, and  Super 50/50 . Proceeds go to Cynthia Carney to assist with her rising medical costs. Admission is $75 per person. 

Meet William Coffey: 

Sign Up for E-News

Born, and raised in Bloomfield to a large extended Irish - American family, I am the only remaining born Coffey still living in Bloomfield. Graduating from Bloomfield High School in 1977, I later joined the Bloomfield Fire Department in May of 1981. Obtaining the rank of Captain, I retired from the department in December of 2011 with 30 years served. Since that time I have been working for The American Red Cross as a part time Health and Safety Instructor teaching life saving practices to corporate, and community classes. I also work for RWJ Barnabas Health System as a Fire Safety Instructor to grammar school children in northern New Jersey.

In 1983 I married a Bloomfield girl Susan Nyman ( BHS class of 1979 ).  We have been married 33 years, living in Bloomfield, raising two sons, Keith ( 27 ), and Connor ( 25 ). Both graduates of BHS. 

I was involved with The Sacred Heart Athletic Association from 1976 through 1984. During that time I served in various positions, from, referee to President, while coaching various boys teams.  I also enjoyed coaching and assisting social, and sporting clubs our boys were involved in.

Being my father Martin Coffey received this honor 35 years ago, I am very honored a second member of our family has been chosen.  

Proud to be an American first, and of Irish descent, I thank the committee, and hope to enjoy this luncheon for many years to come.

Meet Patrick Grady:

Patrick Shawn Grady was born in January 1967 to Richard and Shirley Grady. Patrick is the youngest of three children.

A lifelong resident of Bloomfield, Patrick attended Carteret School and South Junior High.  Patrick played football for Bloomfield High School and graduated in 1985.

Patrick’s first job was working as a landscaper for Martin O’Boyle.  Later he changed fields and was employed by the Bloomfield DPW.  In December of 2002, Patrick began the career he was born to do and was sworn into the Bloomfield Fire Department where he currently serves as a Captain.  Patrick is also a member of the Bloomfield Fire Department Relief Association.

As a child Patrick played for Bloomfield southern little league, Babe Ruth baseball league and currently plays in an over 40 baseball league.  He also trains and competes in Strongman competitions where he went on to win the masters division in New Hampshire in 2015.  Growing up Patrick was a boy scout for many years.  He went on to achieve the highest rank attainable, The Eagle Scout, at the age of 16.

Patrick married his wife, Tracy, 13 years ago and they have two beautiful daughters, Jessica and Taylor.

Meet Paul R. Wilson:

Paul was born and raised in Glen Ridge, NJ and attended Sacred Heart School in Bloomfield, NJ and continued his education at Essex Catholic High School in Newark, NJ. While attending Sacred Heart joined the Boy Scouts of America Troop 14 attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in 1970. Also in 1970, Paul hiked 100 miles in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron NM with his good friend John Pierson. Paul was subsequently awarded Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow for his volunteer work for Tamarack Council, BSA.

Paul and his wife Kathleen moved to Bloomfield in 1983 and had two children, Emma and Evan, both of whom attended and graduated from Bloomfield schools and thereafter both graduated from Richard Stockton College. Paul and Kathy have one granddaughter Scarlett.

Paul rejoined scouting when his son Evan joined Pack 28 at Fairview School in Bloomfield, NJ. Having some experience with the program Paul was elected Cubmaster by the Pack committee and served for four years in that position. While serving as Cubmaster, Paul relied heavily on the great support from Joe Murray who served as Assistant Cubmaster for many years.

When Paul’s son Evan wanted to continue on with Boy Scouts in 1998, he found Troop 22 at St Thomas the Apostle Church Bloomfield, NJ under the leadership of Scoutmaster Karl Hughes. Paul was asked to join the troop committee and has been a member ever since.

Known in the troop as “Mr. Wilson” Paul attended numerous camping trips teaching many of the scout skills he learned as a young man, knots, fire building, cooking, and first aid among others. Mr. Wilson enjoyed cooking the most and always made “something delicious.” Paul has over 1200 miles with the “Hike of the Month Club” within the troop. He has led many yearend trips for the troop including trips to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and to Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Paul attended the weeklong summer camp at Camp Rodney, MD for seven years.  

Paul attended Rutgers University, Newark, NJ and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Paul has been employed in networking industry since the early 1980’s and is currently employed by AT&T as a Cyber Security Engineer.



TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Happy St. Patrick's Day from

March 17, 2018 is a network of more than 70 franchised online local newspapers in New Jersey and New York with more than 7M readers during the last year. We provide original local news reporting 24/7 for the communities we serve, as well as a full-service events calendar, real estate listings, business directory, classifieds, and much, much more. Readers can receive FREE enews at ...

Bloomfield Rec Department To Hold Sendoff for Mac's Latest Journey

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Mac-Adley Hypolite, Jr., better known around town as 'Mac', is at it again. In his eternal search for a trail, path, road or highway to travel with his omnipresent bike, Mac is once again traveling from Bloomfield to Florida to raise money for Children's Specialized Hospital.  Although he's made the 1000 plus mile trip before, ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood

Maplewood Strollers Present John Patrick ...

Arts & Entertainment


Mon, March 19, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness


Tue, March 20, 7:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Martin Luther King, Newark, and the Cool Spring ...

Education Law & Justice Other


Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Understanding Liver Disease

Education Health & Wellness


Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Financial Seminar

Business & Finance


Wed, March 21, 7:00 PM

Hospital Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor), Glen Ridge

Becoming a Parent

Health & Wellness

Bloomfield Police Blotter February 19 - 25, 2018

March 2, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The following police blotter has been issued by Lt. Anthony Sisco of the Bloomfield Police Department.


2/19/18 – Officers dispatched to Modells (224 Bloomfield Ave) on a report of shoplifting. Complainant (Modells employee) observed an Unknown Black Male suspect place (2) “Nike” hooded sweatshirts and batting gloves (total value ...

Six-Year-Old Discovered Sleeping Unattended on West Orange School Bus

March 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When a bus driver employed by the Hunterdon County Educational Service Commission, which performs certain bus runs for the West Orange School District, failed to perform the mandatory inspection of his bus after dropping students off at Redwood Elementary School and returning to the bus depot on Friday morning, the district confirmed that a 6-year-old student had ...

Hundreds of Montclair Students Walk Out in Protest of Gun Violence

MONTCLAIR, NJ - All across the country, there were 17-minute protests, where students exited their classes at 10 a.m. in honor of the children recently shot in a Florida School. This was also in an effort to bring awareness about gun violence, and perhaps put some pressure on Congress to approve gun control legislation.

A recent school massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in ...

Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

Fairytale Marriage Proposal Takes Center Stage at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A surprise engagement took center stage at last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Somerville. In the midst of the March 11 festivities, Piscataway resident Steven Verardi boarded a float and popped the question to his girlfriend Elise Latona, marking the first known engagement to take place at the parade in 27 years.

Since opening The Beauty Bar ...

Belmar’s Treasured Doughboy Statue Soon to Be Heading West for $18,000 Repair Project

March 11, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s beloved “Doughboy” will soon be leaving town.

The 88-year-old statue will be removed from its base in Memorial Field and transported about 45 minutes away westbound to the Seward Johnson Atelier in Hamilton, where it will be repaired — nearly a year after a fundraising campaign was launched to fund the effort.

Through a groundswell of ...

#Enough Nutley High School Walkout: By Students, for Students

March 16, 2018

To the Editor:

Disgusted by federal inaction, devastated by the Parkland shooting, and determined to see real change, students around the country walked out of class at 10 a.m. on March 14th, one month after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Students of Nutley High School also protested, in solidarity with students from over 3000 other schools ...

Parkland What...Parkland Where...Parkland Wow!

Thinking of the 17 angels that lost their lives lost one month ago. Thinking of the injured that are still fighting to heal. Thinking of the #MSDSTRONGstudents, teachers and staff that had their innocence taken from them. Thinking of a community that draws strength from each other as we all try to move forward after the tragic events of Feb 14.

Parkland what...... Parkland where.......

Pro Staff Institute announces partnership with Uber Health

NUTLEY, NJ - Pro Staff Institute is proud to announce their participation in Uber Health, a new transportation program designed to provide transportation to patients. Pro Staff Institute is the first physical therapy center in the nation to leverage Uber Health, and joins over other 100 health care organizations in the U.S., including hospitals, clinics, rehab centers and senior care ...

The Negative Effects Of Prolonged Sitting And Workplace Tips From Pro Staff Physical Therapy

In recent years, media outlets have described sitting as the new smoking. This may seem like a stretch, but once you break that statement down it carries some truth. Cigarettes were not thought to be the cause of lung cancer and other serious diseases until the 1950s. Like the cigarette industry in the 1920s, the effects of prolonged sitting throughout the workday has largely been ignored and ...

Bloomfield Bengals Athletic Update February 19, 2018

Indoor track competed at the Group IV Championships and two athletes advanced to the Meet of Champions. Kaela Edwards broke her own school record in the 55-meter hurdles finishing second. La’Shan White finished an impressive 5th in the 400-meter run outrunning his number 10 seed.  

 Wrestling competed at the District 9 Championship. Two Bengals advanced to the Region ...

Bloomfield Bengals Athletic Update February 12, 2018

 Boys Basketball faced Barringer in a round of 16 match up in the ECT and won by a decisive score of 67-40. Junior Mike Ramos joined the 1000 point club for his career with a 29 point effort.

 Bowling added Essex County Championships for both the Boys and Girls to their already impressive resumes. The Boys County title is their first since the 2002-03 season while the Girls ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 16, 2018


ON THE RAILS - Another commuting mess this morning, as the antiquated Portal Bridge got stuck in the "up" position at 4:22 a.m.  That caused a bunch of rush hour trains to be cancelled between Newark and Manhattan for four hours or so.  Both NJTransit and Amtrak riders were completely screwed. You may recall the proposed Gateway ...

Ten Ways to Be Productive on a Snow Day

March 7, 2018

Another Nor’Easter has smacked us in the face today.  After so many of us lost power for what seemed to be an eternity, it’s a good time to make up for lost productivity and work on the famous Stephen Covey Quadrant 2 Activities.  What are they you may ask?  Those are the activities that are Important, yet not urgent (well some of them can be).  In other ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)


In Cold Blood is, quite simply, the grand-daddy of true crime writing, dubbed by Capote, himself, as the first non-fiction novel (although Norman Mailer argued the point when he published The Executioner's Song in 1979.) The conditions under which I read In Cold Blood for the first time were pretty weird, which was another ...

Ian Hockley Visits New Jersey to Introduce Program to Empower Youth

This week I am taking a departure from book reviewing to share an important program that has been introduced to New Jersey this week by Mr. Ian Hockley, founder of the Dylan's Wings of Change Foundation. On December 14, 2012, Hockley's five year old son, an autistic child named Dylan, was gunned down in his classroom in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Dylan, a shy and adorable ...

Lilli DeJong by Janet Benton

Lilli De Jong by Janet Benton (Doubleday, 2017)


“It's said that every woman's painful labor is God's punishment. Eve ate an apple, and God pours wrath on every mother. So the Bible tells it.” (p.320)

The story of Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden, which is the Biblical explanation for the extreme pains of childbirth, casts women in the role of ...

4th Wall Announces Auditions for FUN HOME

March 16, 2018

4th Wall Theatre, a non-union NJ theatre company, will hold open auditions for all roles in the final production of its 2017-18 season, FUN HOME, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. 4th Wall’s production will be directed by Kate Swan with music direction by Markus Grae-Hauck. The show will be presented at ...

Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc 50/50 Raffle

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. (JLMN) has provided support and service to women and children in Bloomfield, The Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Glen Ridge, Irvington, Montclair, Newark and Verona for more than 95 years.

Our trained, enthusiastic members are committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community ...

Junior Summer Workshops To Be Held at Lord Stirling Stables

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Junior Summer Workshops, which are themed five-day programs focusing on riding and horse care. The Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.

Junior riders may enroll in Summer Workshops beginning Saturday, March 17, 2018 at ...

Zone 2 USHJA Championships To Be Held in NJ and Pa.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The United States Hunter Jumper Association announced the dates for 2018 Zone Horse of the Year, Stirrup Cup and Equitation championships, which provide members with an exciting opportunity to earn Championship Points toward zone year-end HOTY and Stirrup Cup awards. 

The championships are open to all zone competitors who meet the minimum requirements, except the ...


- Mar 14, 2018
Past Deputy Grand Marshall of St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Merchant Marine veteran James J.
Read more
- Feb 28, 2018
John Genitempo, The “Silver Fox”, of Nutley, passed away on Wednesday February 28, 2018 ...
Read more