Thursday, April 4, 2013
Phone booth inspired piece opens Thursday.
Modern technology may have made pay phones a thing of the past, but an artistic collaboration between Bloomfield College and the Montclair Art Museum is looking to revitalize the phone booth. The project, which opens today, April 4, involves two phone booths; one at the College in the College Library and one at the Museum in Lehman Court, the Museum’s main entrance hall. Users can hear pre-recorded messages based on conversations artists Karina Aguila Skvirsky and Liselot van der Heijden have had with members from each community or leave messages that can be heard by others. “This joint venture brings together two institutions that value art as a way to unite communities,” Marion Terenzio, vice president of academic affairs and dean of …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Union County Prosecuter will ask for 7-year sentence for man who admitted to trysting with a teen in Parsippany and Hoboken.
The owner of Parsippany's now-closed Ablaze Baseball, and former teacher and coach at Montclair Kimberley Academy pled guilty to having a sexual affair with a 14-year-old girl, officials said this week. Robert J. Gervasi Jr., 48, of Bloomfield and a former Union County teacher, entered his plea Tuesday before a Superior Court judge in Elizabeth. He pled guilty to one count of second degree sexual assault and two counts of second degree endangering the welfare of a minor. Union County Assistant Prosecutor David Hummel said his recommendation is seven years in a prison followed by Parole Supervision for life and and will be barred from public employment under Megans Law. Judge John Triarsi is scheduled to hand down the sentence March 22…
Friday, January 25, 2013
Nikkole Salter talks with the Bloomfield Patch about her upcoming play “Carnaval,” an explicit play about the consequences of sexual tourism.
Bloomfield playwright Nikkole Salter will have have her second play, “Carnaval,” produced at Luna Stage in West Orange beginning at the end of January. Salter is coming off her first critically acclaimed coauthored play, “In the Continuum,” which was written in 2005. The Off-Broadway production lasted about five months, and it was also produced overseas. Salter has also appeared in the feature film “Pride & Glory," and received various accolades and nominations. Her most recent written work, “Carnaval”, was selected to be a part of The New Black Fest 2011-2012 season. About the Play, “Carnaval” A year ago in Brooklyn, two young men mourned the untimely loss of their best friend. In his honor they decided then and there that, despite …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Anthony Pucciarello, of Bloomfield, is one of 32 others charged with various crimes related to helping run a Mafia waste management ring in and around NYC
A 77-year-old Bloomfield man was charged Wednesday in a widespread federal sweep targeting a mob-run conspiracy to control the trash-hauling industry in New York and New Jersey. Anthony Pucciarello, known as "Muzzy" and a soldier for the Genovese Crime Family, was one of 32 people in New York and New Jersey charged in an FBI-run takedown that included members of several crime families, US Attorney for the Southern District of NY, Preet Bharara, Assistant Director in Charge of the NY Office of the FBI George Venizelos and Westchester County Police Department Commissioner George Longworth said in a release. Pucciarello was charged along with Carmine Franco, a 77-year-old Genovese Crime Family associate and allegedly the ring leader of a …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Raymond Russomanno, 68, was found guilty of harassment on Friday. He was also tried in 2011 and found guilty of groping a 27-year-old female patient.
A Bloomfield doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple female patients was found not guilty by an Essex County Superior Court judge on Friday. Ray Russomanno, 68, was found not guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of attempted sexual assault, and 12 counts of criminal sexual misconduct. However, Russomanno was found guilty of 12 counts of harassment, which could bring a maximum prison term of 30 days per count. Twelve women alleged they were attending routine medical visits between 2003 and 2007 when Russomanno touched their breasts, buttocks and other areas in a sexually manner, according to Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Katherine Carter. The women who alleged the sexual misconduct …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Three local teams were honored with proclamations on Tuesday night.
Montclair Township Council honored the Montclair High School football team on Tuesday night with a proclamation for winning the state title game. The Mounties defeated the Bloomfield High School Bengals, 16-13, in double overtime on Saturday at MetLife Stadium for the North Jersey Section 1, Group 5 title. On Tuesday, the council recognized that accomplishment -- the first title since 2002 -- by putting a proclamation in the record books. Mounties Coach John Fiore led the team to an undefeated 12-0, the first since 1964. "We could have blown them out," said Fiore with a laugh, "but we wanted to keep everyone in their seats. ... We wanted to add a little bit of suspense and drama." To view the photos from the game, click here. In …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Montclair beat Bloomfield on Saturday to win the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 title.
The Mounties of Montclair beat Bloomfield, 16-13, Saturday night at MetLife Stadium to win the North 1, Group 5 title in a game that took double overtime to decide a winner. The title is the fifth overall for Montclair and first since 2002.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will complete all construction to the new $12 million Watchung Avenue Bridge by the end of the week.
Commuters who pass through the Garden State Parkway's Exit 151 interchange will finally see an end to construction delays. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will complete all work to the new Watchung Avenue Bridge in Bloomfield by the end of the week. The $12 million project, which is an interchange for north- and southbound traffic on the GSP, began in April 2011. The final paving of both east- and westbound lanes on Watchung Avenue was completed this past weekend, and traffic remains open in both directions this week. The project is “essentially completed,” said Jamal Mahmood, resident engineer for the project. He added there is only “minor stuff” to be done, such as lane stripping and putting signs in place. The New Jersey …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Each week Patch highlights some of the top headlines from around Essex County
The Maplewood Township Committee recently adopted a resolution recommending the state Board of Public Utilities and the state Legislature… The Cedar Grove Board of Education finalized and approved a contract with the district's teacher's union during its public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27.… Another Bloomfield gas station is being sued by the state for price gouging following Hurricane Sandy. Jenny’s Shell Station, at 461 Bloomfield Ave., was… A 17-year-old Verona youth was arrested Thanksgiving night when he sped off as police attempted to stop his car for speeding, Cedar… A 23-year-old city man was among nine people arrested on narcotics charges following an early-morning raid in Orange Thursday... Thursday's morning commute into …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Urban grant allows for planting of trees along Bloomfield side of park
Trees company in Brookdale Park. Workers planted 136 young trees throughout the Bloomfield side of the park Wednesday, which also spans Montclair, thanks to a more than $20,000 urban grant. The trees, which came from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Community Forestry and were secured by Essex County and the New Jersey Tree Foundation, were planted along the roadside to supplement the park's already lush landscape. "Just to think, a few weeks ago we had Hurricane Sandy," said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. "We had so many trees down," in other parks, he said, noting that Brookdale Park fared the best out of all county parks. Officials said 25 trees had to be removed from Brookdale Park in …