Local News

Dec. 2 Bloomfield weather: Mostly sunny and clear early in the evening with increasing clouds with a high of 48 F and a low of 39 F.

Bloomfield recreation plans “Drop and Shop” event for children in grades K-6 at Bloomfield Civic Center including dinner, movie, and holiday craft to give parents time to holiday shop Dec. 9 with online registration required
Bloomfield Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs

Bloomfield animal shelter seeks adoptive family for Benny, a male two-year-old Basset Hound Beagle mix, with interested adopters asked to contact the shelter by email
Bloomfield Animal Shelter

Bloomfield town council approves public meeting schedule for 2023 with meetings scheduled twice a month on Mondays, conference and regular meetings beginning Jan. 9
Bloomfield Patch

Bloomfield police to participate in statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Dec. 2 to Jan. 1 with increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for drivers who may be intoxicated
Bloomfield Public Safety

Demarest Elementary School teacher Lora Jean Tice and her family plan 2022 toy drive and visit with Santa, hot chocolate, and music on Dec. 4 at 32 Bolten Pl. in Bloomfield with proceeds to go to Bloomfield Human Services
Demarest Home and School Association

Friends of Watsessing Park reseeded park areas previously cleared of invasive plant species Japanese Knotweed, contributing to erosion and flooding, on Nov. 26
Friends of Watsessing Park

Watchung Booksellers in Montclair plans book signing with author Rossella Rago, discussion of her new cookbook “Cooking with Nonna: Sunday Dinners with La Familia” on Dec. 4 with preregistration required
Watchung Booksellers

East Side Mags in Montclair is hosting a signing of “Necroholic” with writer Brian Lee on Dec. 3
East Side Mags

Montclair’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to support preservation of historic James Howe House, owned by the first Black enslaved person freed in town in 1780
Friends of the Howe House

Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair will receive $1 donation from every “Give Back Where It Counts” reusable grocery bag purchased in December at the Montclair ACME on Valley Rd.
Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair

Other News

Fewer than 300 N.Y. and N.J. households out of nearly 20K impacted by Hurricane Idea received additional housing assistance available from FEMA in underpublicized program

N.J. residents who received FEMA assistance following Hurricane Ida and still need housing assistance can apply until March 2023
Federal Emergency Management Agency