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The Week in Review: Crime Rates, Low School Surplus and Doctor Found Not Guilty of Sexually Abusing Patients

Here is a rundown of what happened this week in town.

Bloomfield Doctor Found Not Guilty of Sexually Abusing 12 Female Patients

A Bloomfield doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple female patients was found not guilty by an Essex County Superior Court judge on Friday. 

Report: Bomb Threat at Montclair High School Possibly Came from Bloomfield

A bomb threat referencing Montclair High School and its cross town rival Bloomifeld prompted the evacuation of Montclair students and faculty around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to a school official. 

Good Samaritan Struck in Face with Gun While Attempting to Stop Robbery

A good Samaritan was hit in the face with a gun while trying to interrupt a robbery of three young men at gunpoint, according to the Bloomfield Police Department. 

Low Bloomfield School Surplus May Impact Taxes

The Bloomfield School District budget will end the year in the black, but a lower than usual surplus may end up having an impact on next year’s tax levy. 

A Bloomfield teenager was carjacked at gunpoint last weekend, according to Bloomfield Police. 

Bloomfield Christmas Toy Drive Spreads Holiday Joy

Santa came early to Bloomfield once again this year. 

Hundreds of toys were donated recently to the annual toy drive in town. 

“This is my favorite event of the year!" said event coordinator and Essex County Commissioner Cynthia Toro. 'It lifts my spirit to see children'S faces light up with joy when they sit on Santa’s lap and point to toys they want. I love being a part of such a meaningful cause."

Violent crime increased in Bloomfield in 2011 compared to 2010 while overall crime remained consistent, according to a recent state report.

Visions for Vacancies: What Should Move Into 562 Bloomfield Ave.?

In this installment of Visions for Vacancies, the Bloomfield Patch asks: what do you think should move into 562 Bloomfield Ave., the former movie theater?

Poll: A New Tax for Plastic Supermarket Bags May Be in Your Future

A new Senate bill could have you paying more for plastic bags at the grocery store.  

Essex County Schools Vigilant after Newtown Shooting

North Jersey schools have been barraged by threats and rumors in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., prompting some districts to increase security and reevaluate safety procedures. 

Bloomfield Graduation Rate Ticks Slightly Upward in 2012

The high school graduation rate in Bloomfield ticked slightly upward last year using the new federally-mandated formula. 

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