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Bloomfield Fire Captain Attains Prestigious International Certification

September 25, 2022

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield Fire Captain Carl Mercado was recently recognized for his professionalism, educational and technical achievements, as well as his community service efforts by attaining the designation of Fire Officer from the distinguished Center for Public Safety Excellence. This esteemed title is shared with only 660 other Fire Officers internationally.

“I am ...

North Caldwell Fire Department Celebrating 100th Anniversary on Saturday, 9/24

On Saturday, September 24th, the North Caldwell Fire Department will celebrate a century of service to the residents and Borough of North Caldwell. Formed on April 22, 1922, as the North Caldwell Engine Company No. 1, the fire department began serving the growing community of North Caldwell, following the destructive mill fire the previous year.

Saturday’s event will feature a private ...

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter September 12, 2022 to September 18, 2022


09/12/2022-Officers responded to the area of Conger Street on report of a catalytic converter theft. The owner parked her vehicle on 09/03/2022 and when she returned to it on 09/06/2022, she heard a loud noise coming from the vehicle. Upon further inspection, she noticed that the catalytic converter was cut from underneath the vehicle. This incident is under ...

Shot Fired, Three Teens Arrested, One From Bloomfield, Following Incident Near Hillside High School

HILLSIDE, NJ — Three teens were arrested following a large fight near Hillside High School on Monday, September 19, 2022. At least one shot was fired.

The incident happened at 3:00 p.m. at Liberty Avenue and Ryan Street. Police locked down the school because students were inside. The lockdown was lifted roughly two hours later.

Hillside Police detectives detained two teenagers and ...

Bloomfield Fire Department Offers Pink Cancer Awareness Shirts to Support Local Residents

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Over the past few years, members of the Bloomfield Fire Department have started to wear special  T-shirts during the month of October to show support and awareness for those battling breast cancer. Proceeds from the shirt sales were distributed to Bloomfield residents who were battling illness. 

Due to the popularity of the program and numerous requests by ...

Strong-arm Robbery Arrest: 122 Bloomfield Ave 7-11 Gas Station

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield Police Detective Bureau investigated an incident of a strong-armed robbery that occurred at the 7-11 convenience store/gas station located at 122 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield. NJ 07003.

On Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at approximately 0520 hours, an African American male and female exited a stolen 2010
Mercedes E350 out of Little Falls.

Hoboken PD: Bloomfield Man Stole Cell Phone, Spat In Officer’s Face

HOBOKEN, NJ — A 28-year-old Bloomfield man is facing charges after Hoboken police say he stole a cell phone from a customer at McDonald’s and then spit in the face of an officer who was processing his arrest Sunday afternoon.

Around 1:10 p.m., police officers Ramon Estrella and Christopher Barral spoke with the victim, who reported that his cell phone was swiped while he was eating ...

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter August 29, 2022 to September 4, 2022


08/29/2022-Officers responded to 206 Bloomfield Avenue (The Grove) on report of a package theft. The resident was notified that a package from Guess valued at $150.00 was delivered on 08/25/2022 to the apartment building. When the resident went to retrieve the package, she noticed it was missing. This incident is under investigation. 

08/30/2022-Officers responded to 225 ...

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter August 22, 2022 to August 28, 2022


08/22/2022-Officers responded to the area of Garner Avenue and  Lindbergh Boulevard on report of a theft from auto. Residents parked  their vehicles overnight on 08/21/2022 and when they returned the next  morning, the catalytic converters were cut from their vehicles. The  vehicles were both Honda Accords. This incident is under ...

Bloomfield CARE Unit Helps to Serve Residents in Specialized Cases

 BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield Township’s CARE (Creating a Resilient Environment) Unit is a collaborative approach to addressing social service needs within the township between the Department of Human Services and the Police Department.

The CARE Unit is still a relatively new initiative, created in the Fall of 2021. While there are many models of police human ...


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NJEDA To Open Food Security Planning Grant Program Application September 27

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food ...

NJEDA to Host Main Street Micro Business Loan Program Virtual Information Session

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is hosting a webinar for one of its new programs -- the Main Street Micro Business Loan -- to provide low-cost financing to New Jersey micro businesses in need of working capital to support future business operating expenses.

The Main Street Micro Business Loan will offer financing of up to $50,000 to eligible micro businesses in New ...

New Jersey's Reintroduction to Regional Rail

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton.

The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA).

Over the decades, I had taken the regionals ...

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia Hosts Donation Drive for Hurricane Fiona Relief

September 27, 2022

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Township of Bloomfield is holding a donation drive this Saturday, October 1, at Fire Headquarters to support residents of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic who have been impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona. 

“Thank you to all the residents who have already donated to support this important cause,” said Mayor Michael Venezia.

North Caldwell Fire Department Celebrating 100th Anniversary on Saturday, 9/24

On Saturday, September 24th, the North Caldwell Fire Department will celebrate a century of service to the residents and Borough of North Caldwell. Formed on April 22, 1922, as the North Caldwell Engine Company No. 1, the fire department began serving the growing community of North Caldwell, following the destructive mill fire the previous year.

Saturday’s event will feature a private ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, September 30, 4:00 PM

St Thomas the Apostle School, Bloomfield

Bloomfield Food Truck & Music Festival


Sat, October 1, 10:00 AM

237 Lorraine Ave., Upper Montclair


Sat, October 1, 12:00 PM

Van Riper House, Nutley

Van Riper House Fall Fun Fest


Thu, October 6, 7:00 PM

Wellmont Arts Plaza, Montclair

Boogie Night @ The Wellmont; A Silent Headphone ...


Sat, October 8, 7:30 AM

Orange Reservoir, West Orange

Sea Turtle Recovery's 5K Cold Stun Run/Walk

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Printer to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives.

This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston ...

'Scab' Deals with Race Relations and More

UNION, NJ - “Scab” takes a tough, emotional look at working class life in a factory town near the ‘Mexican border. Edward (John Anthony Torres) has been hired to be trained as a foreman for a factory that is moving its location to Mexico.  Gilda (Monica Wyche), the current foreman, is assigned to train him… and replace her, no doubt, for less ...

Dr. Laurie W. Newell selected as the 2023 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region I

September 23, 2022

Trenton, New Jersey -- Essex Regional Educational Services Commission Superintendent, Dr. Laurie W. Newell, has been selected by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) as the 2023 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region I; she is one of three Regional Superintendents of the Year for 2023. This distinction honors leadership in school administration whose commitment to ...

Plane Veers Off Runway at Essex County Airport Friday

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- A propeller plan piloted by an elderly male from Queens, N.Y. ran off the runway at Essex County Airport late Friday morning.

Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna reported that at approximately at 11:32 a.m., the Fairfield Police Department was notified of an airplane crash at the Essex County Airport. Police, fire and EMS were immediately dispatched to the ...

Murphy: NJ is Repairing and Preparing One Year after Tropical Storm Ida

September 1, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Shawn Lipani welcomed Gov. Phil Murphy and other federal, state and local officials on the first anniversary of Tropical Storm Ida to assess progress made since the devastating storm crippled New Jersey, killing 30 people and causing an estimated $95 billion in damages to homes, businesses, schools and infrastructure.

Two people died in Hillsborough during the ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019.

It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth. (Wild Blue Press, 2020).


Memorial Day Weekend, 1969. Two college girls from Pennsylvania had spent a typical “down the shore” mini-vacation in Ocean City, NJ, a beach mecca for South Jerseyans and Philadelphians. Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry enjoyed breakfast at the Somerset Point Diner at 5:00 a.m. before leaving ...

As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling

As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling by Ane Serling (Commonwealth, 2021)


In her memoir, As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, Anne Serling sets out to accomplish three goals. First, she needs to confront her grief regarding the early death of her beloved father. Second, she desires to learn more about the professional “dimension” of her father’s remarkable life as a ...

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson. (Naval Institute Press, 2022)


Cats in the Navy is one of those unusual little gems  that has appeal for several types of people. If you are a cat lover, check! This book is for you! If you enjoy historical photographs, check! You might want a copy of this volume. If someone in your family is in the Navy or has a nautical background, check! ...

The Hotel Nantucket

 The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown, 2022)


Ladies,  the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel to tuck into your beach bag has arrived. It is The Hotel Nantucket.  Although this is Hilderbrand’s 27th book about her beloved island, this charming novel has a more whimsical tone than many of the others and will provide a few hours of pleasant romance and ...


September 28, 2022

Englewood, NJ -  bergenPAC continues its mission of diverse programming by adding an eclectic lineup in 2023 that starts with Freestyle Flashback on January 14 at 8:00 p.m., a special concert event that features some of the best pop-dance and Freestyle artists of the 80s and 90s like George LaMond, Judy Torres, Brenda K Starr, and more.

“Trekkies” can enjoy a screening of ...

Masters of Illusion Live starring magicians Dan Sperry, Wayne, NJ’s own Michael Turco, and Naathan Phan

Masters of Illusion Live starring magicians Dan Sperry, Wayne, NJ’s own Michael Turco, and Naathan Phan is coming to the bergenPAC October 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Believe the impossible!  The hit television series on The CW, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into bergenPAC. Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person and this one serves up the time-honored art ...

Empower The Village Honored Successful Black Entrepreneurs with ‘North Star’ Awards and Hosted ‘Power Hitters’ at Inaugural Power Swing Classic Golf Event

A celebration of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship was in full swing last month when Empower The Village, Inc. (ETV), a New Jersey-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a 25-state footprint, hosted its inaugural Power Swing Classic & North Star Awards golf tournament and fundraiser at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ.  Over 140 golfers and ...