Monday, May 20, 2013
The weekly update from Bloomfield High School Sports.
The following update comes courtesy Bloomfield High School Athletics. ----------------------- Golf had a very successful week besting Montclair, Nutley and Belleville. Boys Tennis swept both Orange and Technology. Softball topped West Orange, Montclair and Columbia before being knocked out of the County semis by eventual Champion Livingston. Baseball also registered three wins-defeating Verona, Kearny and Nutley. Mike Carter is two hits from tying the school record. Boys Volleyball avenged an earlier loss by overcoming Belleville and also thumped North Bergen. Alumni News and Notes Temple shortstop Sarah Prezioso was selected to the All-Northeast Region Softball Team.
Planning a vacation or just a day trip? Patch has all the information on the Shore's best beaches.
More than six months after superstorm Sandy caused unprecedented damage to the Jersey Shore, the beaches will be open in time for Memorial Day weekend. However, certain access points and facilities may be closed as municipalities continue to work on restoration. So as you prepare to stick your toes in the sand, are you wondering what will be accessible after Sandy? Need to know how much it will cost to buy badges to your favorite beach? Curious on where to park, if your dog is allowed on the boards, if you have to head back to the car for food and drink? All the answers are right here. Just click on the beach names below or on the right for full information on the Jersey Shore's beaches. Barnegat Light Barnegat Light sustained much less …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Local elementary school students enjoy dinosaur educational trip.
Despite the pouring rain, 2nd graders from Brookdale Elementary School made the most of their field trip to Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus last Thursday, May 9.
A look at the stories that Patch will cover this week in Bloomfield.
On Monday’s Bloomfield Township Council meeting, Councilman Nick Joanow is slated to introduce a resolution concerning the Transco Pipeline running through Bloomfield near the Nutley border. The pipeline’s owners want to build new pipe sections, a compressor station and modify existing compressor stations. Residents are concerned about the effects increased pressure on the pipeline. Resident Jane Califf spoke against the pipeline’s expansion at last week’s Township Council Conference meeting, repeating concerns she expressed in an editorial for Bloomfield Life, saying the 50-year-old pipe couldn’t handle the increased capacity and that it could harm residents living nearby. The Bloomfield School Board meets on Tuesday for their third …
Nearly 4,000 people attended 11th annual event at Turtle Back Zoo.
Nearly 4,000 people attended the 11th Annual Essex County Open House at the Turtle Back Zoo on May 11, County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced. The family-friendly event combined games and activities to entertain participants as well as provide information to make the public aware of programs and services the county provides. The event featured carnival games, a drum demonstration, karaoke, prize wheels and trivia tests and involved every Essex County department, division and office, including county-related agencies and authorities. Each group shared information on their functions and featured directors and employees in attendance to answer questions.
The stories that mattered this week in Bloomfield.
The Problems with High Stakes Testing in our Public Schools Bloomfield BOE member Dan Anderson blogged this week about the increased emphasis on high stakes testing in public schools, saying the tests are unreliable indicators of quality and do not necessarily reflect higher quality teaching and learning. He said the exams do not and cannot evaluate and reveal real learning and give the wrong idea to our students that by filling in the correct bubbles one must be learning and achieving. Sheriff Offers Reward for Armed Robber The Essex County Sheriff's Office posted a $5,000 cash reward on Thursday for information leading to the arrest of two men wanted in connection with eleven armed robberies of convenience stores, liquor stores and gas …
Other top stories this week include a Newark High School student shot and killed on his way home from school and a man busted on pot-growing charges after he called police to report his wife's death.
A homeless hitchhiker who gained internet fame earlier this year was arrested at a Philadelphia bus station and charged with the murder of a Clark lawyer last Sunday. Englewood police are stepping up their presence at a public senior housing complex after complaints led authorities to arrest two residents on drug and prostitution charges, authorities said. An 18-year-old Newark High School student was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon minutes after leaving school grounds, officials said. A Rockaway Township man was charged with maintaining a drug production facility Tuesday when he called police to his Sanders Road home after finding his wife dead inside, authorities said A Delaware man has been arrested and charged in connection with a…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Swearing study ranked the most and least courteous states in the country.
Third place? We couldn’t do better than #&@$ing third place? New Jersey residents were beaten out by Ohio and Maryland in a survey ranking individuals most likely to drop swear words on a complete stranger during a phone conversation. On the flip side, analysis by the Marchex Institute found that Washington, Massachusetts and Arizona topped the list of state residents least likely to lose their cool. Marchex examined more than 600,000 calls over a year that were placed by consumers to businesses in 30 different industries. The mobile advertising company also ranked the most courteous states: South Carolina, North Carolina and Maryland. And the least courteous states: Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Indiana. Some other findings from the report…
Also in Essex County news Infant Dies After Being Found in Bathtub at Foster Home; Community Outcry Prompts District to Cancel Principal Swap; Belleville Council Cuts School Budget Tax Levy by $760,000 and Livingston Taxes Jump 5.7% in $44.5M Budget.
Authorities recovered a gun at the scene and say there is no threat to the community after man and woman were found dead late Thursday. "I think that it really does go to show the power of the community," father of three Raj Shah said, about the cancelled proposal that would have switched Hazel Elementary's principal with Edison Central's. Little girl's death appears accidental, police say Man identified as suspect in Maplewood incident believed to be involved in other armed robberies in area. The pair allegedly stole $150,000 from grandmother's bank account and sold more than $15,000 of her jewelry, Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced. The Township Council reductions bring the average homeowner's tax increase down from $270 to …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Local woman uses personal tragedy to bring attention to issues that are often kept hidden.
Chloe Malfitano’s mother Wanda took her own life the day before Chloe turned 19. Malfitano said that while in hindsight, she recognizes signs that her mother was struggling, her suicide came as a tragic surprise. Her mother, she said, always tried to be strong for her family and kept her inner conflict hidden. “She seemed like any normal person,” Malfitano said of her mother Wanda. “She suffered her own demons. She had this darkness inside her that no one knew about.” The Nutley native wants to help people let people who are feeling consumed by depression bring their feelings into the light. Working as a hairdresser at Bloomfield’s Jag Salon, Malfitona has had opportunities to hear from people working through depression. Upbeat and …