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Bloomfield residents can report potholes and hazardous sidewalk conditions by filling out a Citizens Request for Service Form online
Township of Bloomfield

Bloomfield library has telehealth iPads available to borrow for virtual doctor visits and mental health services in multiple languages
Bloomfield Public Library

New subvariant of COVID’s Omicron strain known as BA.2 now accounts for 1 in 5 new infections in N.J. as officials say it is harder to distinguish and spreads faster than original with changes to severity yet unknown

Pfizer asked FDA for emergency authorization of second COVID vaccine booster shot for all adults age 65+ as booster protection wanes over time, U.S. health officials expect annual boosters will be needed
The New York Times

Local News

Hardened latex-based paint containers must have lids off to be picked up on trash day in Bloomfield but oil-based paints must be brought to Essex County’s hazardous waste collection days
Township of Bloomfield

AAPI Montclair is hosting a Color Run in Brookdale Park Apr. 3 to celebrate the festivals of Holi and Songkran with online registration required
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Public notice: Bloomfield seeks bids to provide fireworks services through 2022 with a submission deadline of Mar. 24
Bloomfield Public Notices

The Claridge in Montclair is hosting a special screening of the “The Godfather” for the movie’s 50th anniversary beginning Mar. 18

Bloomfield’s Girl Scout Troop 20340 will be selling cookies outside the Quick Check on Broad St on Mar. 18 and the Dunkin’ Donuts on Broad St on Mar. 19
Girl Scout Troop 20340

Bloomfield police building lobby is a designated “Safe Exchange Zone: for those buying or selling items online using services like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist
Bloomfield Public Safety

Essex County Environmental Center will host family dinosaur discovery field trips Mar. 23, Apr. 27, and May 25 for children age 4+ with preregistration required
Essex County Environmental Center

Essex County Parks has extended the deadline for their “Why Branch Brook Park is Important to Me” essay contest for students in grade 4, “Cherry Blossoms in Bloom” poster contest for those in grade 6 to Mar. 18
Essex County Parks

University of Orange, a free, people’s university in Orange, is hosting a 10-week virtual memoir class starting Mar. 18
University of Orange

Other News

Rutgers classrooms, libraries, and buses will keep masking requirement as school to lift mask mandate at indoor games and events Apr. 4 but will still require proof-of-vaccination or a negative test from visitors to campus
New Brunswick Patch

N.J. students who were deprived of special education services while incarcerated between 2015-2020 are eligible to receive up to $8k per year in compensatory education benefits following a class-action settlement this month
NJ Spotlight News

852 more incarcerated people were released Mar. 13 in N.J. under state’s pandemic-era early release policy that has almost halved state’s prison population and recidivism rates since 2020
New Jersey Monitor