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Belleville Week in Review

Our Top Stories and Highlights From the Past Week

If you missed some of our top news, don't worry: Here is a recap of Belleville Patch's Top 5 stories from this past week.

Simbang Gabi Begins

Writer Rose Sartaguda reflects on the Filipino tradition of Simbang Gabi, a nine-day series of Novena masses leading up to Christmas that she has celebrated with her family. Masses are taking places through Dec. 23 in churches in Belleville, Bloomfield and Nutley.

Belleville Middle School Honors Anti-Bullying Poster Winners

BMS' Home and School Association gave Target gift cards to the winners. The first-prize entry came from the team of Jaenna Paggao, Maya Philips and Giselle Luna, who earned $20 gift cards for their poster which came with the slogan: “Bullying is lame, don't play the game.”

If you missed a day or two of our top news, don't worry: Here is a recap of Belleville Patch's Top 5 stories from this past week.

Quick Final Council Meeting of 2011 Proves Mostly Civil

A resident continued to question the $600,000 surplus from the $2.335 million bond ordinance passed to pay a successful $1.7 million property tax appeal by Roche Molecular Systems. Meanwhile, Fourth Ward Councilman John Notari presented a Proclamation to fire safety specialist Ralph Castellano.

3 Resolutions Pass in Final BOE Meeting of 2011

Brought forward by Joseph Longo based upon suggestions from the New Jersey School Board Association, the Board of Education passed resolutions opposing both the Opportunity Scholarship Act and giving control of hiring and firing personnel to school principals, as well as tenure reform.

School No. 3 Adopts Families for the Holidays

When the Home and School Association started assisting “Adopt a Family” program last year, its aim was simple and impactful: ensuring that each child on the church's list received at least one thing they requested this holiday season. Through St. Peter's, the School No. 3 HSA received a list and assisted 48 children representing 16 families.

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