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September 4, 2013 • • Vol CXXVI, No. 15 COVERING: BELLEVILLE • BLOOMFIELD Don’t fret, all will be well in Nutley • EAST NEWARK • HARRISON • KEARNY • LYNDHURST • NORTH ARLINGTON • NUTLEY Pioneers’ legacy lives on By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent NUTLEY – The first time we drove past the township well on Vincent Place, we thought it was a horse trough and, thus, it mystified us, horses being somewhat scarce in these parts. When this was mentioned to Dr. Joseph Scarpelli, Commissioner of Public Works, he sounded slightly appalled. “A horse trough?” he repeated, with just a hint of pity for the clueless person (me) who so described it. Hey! (Hay?) I was new to the area, coming from Brooklyn, where there were no wells at all, as far as I knew. (But it did have more horses). A large rectangular metal bin holding water reminds me of a horse trough. The commissioner’s reaction was indicative of the affection with which Nutleyites hold the well. And rightly so. For it has been producing clear, clean, cold water for the residents’ consumption for nearly three decades. Water that I am told is better than anything sold in stores. And it is absolutely free. At no matter what hour you passed the site, no matter what time of year, it seemed that there was always someone, or several someones, at the pump, filling up containers see WELL page 30 Photo courtesy Phil Johnston Pioneer Boys at “Camp Kearny” in summer 1937. By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – s Kearny – and the nation – prepares to mark the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy that killed nearly 3,000 civil- A ians, public safety workers and the terrorists who staged the attacks, once again, it is the Pioneer Boys & Girls Club of America that is donating the memorial flags for the observance. Those 9/11 remembrance flags will be raised on Friday, Sept. 6, (after a 1:30 p.m. ceremony at the 9/11 memorial at Kearny High School stadium) at the town’s six elementary schools and KHS in memory of the nation’s dead, including the seven victims from Kearny – Antonio Rocha, George Strauch, Antoinette Duger, Patrick Dickinson, Michael Robuthan, Judith A. Reese and Thomas Sullivan – along with the first-responders who perished trying to save others. see PIONEERS page 07 Scorecard needed to track fall changes By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent NUTLEY – Public school students in Nutley may be blinking twice when they start the fall term on Wednesday, Sept. 4 That’s because they’ll be seeing several new administrators and teachers around the district, along with a host of new educational resources – books and technology – designed to strengthen their learning curve. Another surprise in store is the start of an “inclusion preK” program, being launched on a pilot basis, in the district. And, later this month, the entire school community figures to see a new face on the Nutley Board of Education to replace trustee Victoria Flynn, who has moved with her family out of the township. Also: on Aug. 26, the BOE hired a new general counsel, Schenck, Price, Smith & King with offices in Paramus and Florham Park, replacing Frank Pomaco of Belleville. Mark Zitomer and Joanne Butler from the new firm will be assigned to Nutley. 201-991-1300 KEARNY OFFICE 213 Kearny Ave, Kearny, New Jersey Superintendent of Schools Russell Lazovick, beginning his third year of a five-year contract, has spent part of the summer assembling all the pieces of a revised school personnel that includes some 40 new certified instructional and professional staff members. “Some are replacements for see FALL TERM page 12 201-460-8000 LYNDHURST OFFICE Semiao & Associates TO SEECENTURY OUR AD THIS PLEASEMOBILE! TURN TO PAGE 24 23 21WEEK, HAS GONE 761 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, New Jersey Get CENTURY 21 Real Estate Mobile App. Visit

Sept. 4, 2013 Edition of The Observer

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