New School Of Medicine Opening In Nutley

Photo Credit - Frances Micklow / The Star-Ledger
Photo Credit – Frances Micklow / The Star-Ledger

It’s 2017 and New Jersey has some ‘bigly’ news! In fact, its actually ‘yuuuuuuuuge’ news for those living in Nutley or Clifton. Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health will be opening the New School of Medicine.

This is officially the first private medical school operated in New Jersey for the last 50 years. It is the fifth medical school in the state and will be the only private, non-profit medical school.

No, this is not fake news! This is the real deal and we have the facts to prove it. 

Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health signed a 25-year-lease agreement for the former 16-acre campus of the Hoffmann-La Roche biomedical facility with PB Nutclifl LLC. This is an affiliate of Bloomfield-based Prism Capital Partners LLC, who acquired the property on July 13, 2016. The majority of the property is located in the Township of Nutley.

There are no losers here as negotiations include two new state of the art buildings. The first being the New School of Medicine by Hackensack Meridian Health and Seton Hall. An the second is the College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences, which is relocating to this area from the original South Orange campus. Many are looking forward to the National Health Institute-Designed Clinical Research Center, which will help serve as a research and discovery center.

So what does this all mean? Well, lets take a look at some reactions to this new development project.

Seton Hall – Excited to provide more than 1500 students with the opportunity to gain new knowledge in state of the art facilities and improve healthcare for years to come.

According to the Founding Dean of the new School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, Bonita Staton. “We’re going to make a big impact on the healthcare of the United States. ”We’re gonna start with the impact on the healthcare of the people that are in New Jersey, that are in the area were serving.” She also states, “We will be educators. We will be researchers. And we will be giving top quality care.”

Students from the medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy fields will benefit tremendously in the newly designed state of the art schools. Seton Hall is proud to provide students with the new facilities to improve patient care as it is one of the most important priorities. Students will be able to be engaged in a hands-on approach through operating tables and simulation labs as World-class surgeons are expected to be onsite.

Seton Hall is excited to attract the brightest minds to the field of medicine in New Jersey. This will add to a shortage in physicians that New Jersey and the US currently face. These new facilities are ready for the next generation to improve and pursue their career in the medical field.

Nutley’s Mayor – Thrilled for improving the community and enthusiastic about the future.

Nutley’s Mayor and Commissioner of Public Works, Joseph Scarpelli, issued the statement, “The Board of Commissioners and our residents are enthusiastic about the future of the site and anticipate the new medical school will be a catalyst for continued positive changes in our community. We expect as Prism begins the improvements and repurposing of the property, there will be a boost to our local economy and provide an opportunity for quality employment prospects for our residents. It is indeed an incredible honor to be mayor at this exciting time in Nutley’s history,”

Hopefully, with the addition of the Medical Facility, the other buildings can be rented by corporate tenants, thereby, returning much- needed ratables to the Township.

Residents – Mixed reactions

The majority of residents are excited for the New School of Medicine, as they agree it is a great fit. They are thrilled the currently vacant former pharmaceutical facilities are being turned into a medical school instead of shopping malls. They are no longer nervous about a large increase to their property taxes had the campus remained empty for too many years. Others may have a bit of a hard time welcoming the higher density and new traffic.

Real Estate – Celebrations all around

‘New Urbanist’ is the term for the future property, which will be a mixed site of living, working and playing. The real estate development firm Prism Capital Partners is confident that they will be able to attract corporate and research users to the new location, while uncompromising quality. 

In addition, Prism is marketing three additional, existing office buildings. These buildings totaling more than 700,000 square feet, and are build-to-suit lease and development sites. Prism has attracted noteworthy companies and is continuing to negotiating agreements with users for additional leases on site

Local Realtors® are optimistic that the ‘overflowing’ demand of housing needs will boost the local real estate market.

The Nutley and Seton Hall communities are running on adrenaline, as this news is a great sign of things to come! Some might even say New Jerseyans are… #Winning!

Currently, plans are still being drafted, and more details will be provided in the future; so check back for updates.

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Written by
Ashley Wall
For Team Ellenbogen

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Bloomfield Harvest Fest 2015

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Bloomfield’s two day 2015 Harvest Fest, on September 26th and 27th, heralded the arrival of fall with all the color, flair, and excitement that has come to be expected of this annual treat. Although there was not quite the nip in the air one hopes for when you think of a harvest festival, the beautiful sun filled skies made for perfect family fun days with live music, food, and children running around with painted faces eating cotton candy. Indeed it is an event for the whole family, which is hosted by the Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA).

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This year Harvest fest included over 100 marketplace exhibits, including handmade pottery, art, candles, jewelry and more! While the kids enjoyed the many amusement rides, games and activities offered in the KidZone section, adults perused the many vendors exhibiting the wears. Maybe even getting a jump on some early holiday shopping, which will be here before you know it.

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“I have been coming to the festival every year since the beginning; the first time I came to the festival [my son] was in a stroller,” said Amy, a 30 year resident of Bloomfield. “The very first year it was more for the kids. This year they have more variety, more vendors. It’s been building up. The whole neighborhood is building up.”

“I think it shows the diversity of Bloomfield,” said Eileen Blades. “I have been coming every year since my children were small. I’m from Bloomfield, my mother lived here, and my grandmother lived here.”

The festival, which continues to grow each year, ran the length of Broad Street between Belleville and Bloomfield avenues, and part of Glenwood Avenue.

Blog 4“The first time I came was three years ago with my company Windsor Resort Hotel, based in Parsippany,” said Bernie Begley, one of the vendor representatives. “I love the assortment of people. Everybody is in a good mood and the weather was perfect. I walk the festival every year. Even I get a break now and then to grab a shish kabob.”

“I really love fairs and festivals, I’m go their for the chachkies, food and contests,” said Jacqueline Apicella, event coordinator for the BCA, who expected the bigger turnout for the festival this year. “You meet a lot of people, and find out about so many things in town. Sometimes people just don’t know.”

The Harvest Fest is just one of many events hosted by the BCA, whose mission is to promote the continuously growing commerce of Bloomfield Township. A non-profit community development organization that manages the downtown business district, they work with local businesses, as well as new incoming businesses, to help with their promotion and establishment.

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“This is one of many events the Alliance sponsors annually throughout the year,” said Apicella. “It’s all to bring local businesses and shoppers together in the downtown area. Every [local] business has a little mini webpage on our website. We are really here to help bring the businesses together. You need to help each other and work off each other. “

“In October we are looking to do something with Home Depot, including workshops with the community, in November you will have the high school indoor flea market with the local businesses, and in December we [will be promoting] Shop Small Business with American Express,” said Apicella.

Blog PumpkinsFor more information, call the Bloomfield Center Alliance, located at 2 Broad St., Suite 201, at 973.429.8050 or visit




If you are new to the Bloomfield community, make sure to be on the lookout for the next upcoming events hosted by the BCA. These types of events are what this community is known for and if you’re thinking of purchasing a home here, Bloomfield offers many sponsored events for all to enjoy.

The Glen Ridge Historical Society

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In 1666, a large portion of what we know today as Essex County was part of a territory purchased by Robert Treat from the Lenni-Lenape Indians. This vast expanse of land included present day Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, Nutley and Glen Ridge, a section of orchards and farmland known then only as “the hill” by locals. In the nineteenth century, their economy relied on three water-powered mills and a nearby copper and sandstone quarry. The arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s transformed the pastoral community into a bustling suburb, and in February of 1895, the residents of “the hill” officially seceded from the town of Bloomfield.

Today, traces of Glen Ridge’s storied past can still be found throughout town. It’s home to more than 600 operating gas lamps. Its many dollhouse-like “painted lady” Victorians still stand strong. With so many big, stately homes, it’s hard to imagine Montclair’s quiet neighbor as vast acres of farmland. The Glen Ridge Historical Society takes on the responsibility of preserving the town’s humble roots for generations to come.

This organization states it’s Mission as:
“The purposes of the Glen Ridge Historical Society shall be to bring together people interested in the history of Glen Ridge, New Jersey and its environs; to provide facilities, materials, information, education, and activities to promote the advancement of local history; and to foster the preservation and restoration of local historical sites, documents, and artifacts.”

Founded in 1977, the Glen Ridge Historical Society is run by volunteers who are enthusiastic about protecting and preserving the town’s unique character. In addition to seasonal programs on local history, they host autumn walking tours and hold fundraisers to maintain and beautify Glen Ridge. They are also an invaluable resource to homeowners considering renovation, providing residents with a Directory of Restoration Resources through the Glen Ridge Public Library. History enthusiasts can use this guide to safely restore older homes to their former glory. Of course, the Glen Ridge Historical Society also houses a small collection of original photographs and artifacts in its Museum Room.

To learn more about the Glen Ridge Historical Society, visit their website here.

If you would like to contact them, complete their Contact Us form here.

When you walk down the streets of Glen Ridge, you’ll see modern, split level homes beside stately, towering Victorians. This town can tell a unique story through its architecture alone, and it’s clear that residents are dedicated to maintaining the beauty of their community. For that reason, we believe that this is one of the best places to live in Essex County.

Written for Team Ellenbogen by Nicole Carin