A Bloomfield carnival turned to panic Friday night after gunshots were fired there. Baristanet reported that two men were shot and that bystanders panicked and fled, leaving a Ferris wheel full of passengers stranded. NJ.com says there was one victim and that police shot and subdued the shooter. No word on what caused the disturbance.
In other news in towns around Verona, Cedar Grove may have found a plan to save the jobs of three police officers. The police union there has offered concessions to the town that could help close a $600,000 deficit. But NJ.com said that even if that issue is resolved, the budget just introduced in Cedar Grove will mean a 14% tax hike.
The tax increase will be far less in Caldwell after that town found $200,000 in savings. But the new budget, which proposes a 2% rise, is premised in part on extraordinary aid from the state. Details on TheCaldwellsPatch.
And finally, if you heard about the stock market’s freefall on Thursday and were wondering what caused it, a Glen Ridge-based economist-poet has an explanation. Here it is, courtesy of Baristanet.