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Follow the Bloomfield’s Facebook page to learn more about the township government departments for N.J. Local Government Week
Township of Bloomfield

Bloomfield library plans to host virtual and outdoor workshops with the Bloomfield Community Gardens to promote its new seed library
Township of Bloomfield

Murphy says new N.J. COVID-19 cases are continuing to decline, plans incremental lifting of restrictions if trend continues

Murphy signs laws expanding rights of victims of sexual assault including restorative justice pilot program, improved information access, training for local law enforcement and county prosecutors

Bloomfield will use $26m from American Rescue plan to fill budget gaps, expand COVID-19 vaccinations, avert police and firefighter layoffs, begin lead service line replacement
Bloomfield Patch

Sensory gardening activity for children with autism planned at Milbank Park community garden on Apr. 24
Bloomfield Community Gardens

Bloomfield schools return unused snow days, extend Memorial Day break from May 28 through June 1
Bloomfield School District

Essex County communities feel moment of relief after conviction of Derek Chauvin in killing of George Floyd, urge police accountability push
Newark Patch

New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue declines as N.J.’s third pandemic wave begins to subside amid growing number of vaccinated residents

Local News

Free tree sapling pickup will be at Bloomfield library on Apr. 24, email to reserve a tree
Bloomfield Open Space Trust Fund

Clark’s Pond cleanup event planned alongside town-wide cleanup Apr. 24, no pre-registration necessary
Bloomfield Open Space Trust Fund

Bloomfield school students average SAT score ranks district 226th out of 307 N.J. high schools for performance on the standardized test
Point Pleasant Patch

The Bloomfield Civil Rights Commission is planning a Juneteenth event with Bloomfield College
Bloomfield Civil Rights Commission

Bloomfield resident and harpist Diane Michaels played for people receiving their COVID-19 vaccine at Essex County’s West Caldwell vaccination site
Caldwells Patch

Watch out for baby rabbits and their nests as the weather warms
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Virtual panel will discuss how town councils work in N.J. on Apr. 22, featuring elected officials from Montclair, West Orange
Caldwells Patch

Protest planned in Newark following verdict announcement in trial of Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis police officer charged in killing of George Floyd
People’s Organization for Progress

Essex County Lawn Bowling Club held its annual general meeting, Watsessing Park field cleanup this week, plans to start season in May
Essex County Bowling Club

Essex County releases video of cherry blossom bloom in Branch Brook Park
Essex County Park System

Bloomfield resident and filmmaker seeks decorations that would be found in a young boy’s bedroom for upcoming short film
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Bloomfield ice cream shop Kreme and Krumbs is hiring full-time production associates
Kreme and Krumbs

APEM Creamery reopens for 2021 season Apr. 22
APEM Creamery

Shares are still available through the Bloomfield-Montclair CSA with pick up spots in Montclair, Cedar Grove
Bloomfield-Montclair CSA

Bloomfield recognizes the 50 people working as crossing guards in the township for Crossing Guard Appreciation Week
Bloomfield Public Safety

Exhibit at Montclair Art Museum revisits Norman Rockwell paintings for a modern, more diverse era
Montclair Local

Local outdoor cat welfare organization names new president

Three incumbents, one newcomer win are projected to win election to Newark’s school board with the Moving Newark Schools Forward slate
TAPinto Newark

N.J. is hiring security guards for state government buildings in the Newark area, apply by May 2
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Essex County residents can drop off hazardous waste for the county to dispose on May 1 in Cedar Grove
Essex County

Other News

Update your N.J. driver’s license or photo ID card to make it REAL ID complaint in advance of new federal air travel ID guidelines
Moorestown Patch

Perth Amboy police seized bicycles from “unlicensed” Black and Latino teens

N.J. MVC adds option for drivers who are non-binary, gender conforming, or don’t want to list their gender on their state ID
Marlboro-Coltsneck Patch

Fort Lee has become one of the top gambling hotspots in the U.S.
Basketball News

Nearly half of all COVID-19 hospital admissions in N.J. are among people under 60 years old but elders continue to die at higher rates

Pause on J&J vaccine slows vaccination programs for critical populations in N.J.
NJ Spotlight News

Middlesex County prosecutor, Perth Amboy police investigating seizure of Black teen’s bike by Perth Amboy police officers

Murphy signs 19 bills into law including Narcan prescription requirement for doctors, assistance for LGTBQ+ veterans, expanded sexual assault survivor protections
Morristown Patch