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Thursday, December 2, 2010
SPECIAL REPORT: THE YAY-NAY DIVIDE
Is there room for dissent in local government? Diversity?
CARLSTADT • Republican mayor • All Republican council EAST RUTHERFORD • Republican mayor • All Republican council
LYNDHURST • Democrat mayor • All Democrat commissioners NORTH ARLINGTON • Democrat mayor • Republican-Democrat council RUTHERFORD • Republican mayor • Republican-Democrat council WALLINGTON • Democrat mayor • Republican-Democrat council WOOD-RIDGE • Democrat mayor • All Democrat council
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By John Soltes Editor in Chief The similarity of the small white clock in Rutherford Borough Hall and the refurbished antique clock in Carlstadt Borough Hall is that they can both strike midnight — that perfect time when the hands are uniformly vertical, indistinguishable from each other. The difference between the clocks, besides their age and appearance, is that Rutherford’s mayor and borough council many
times are in the room when the hands strike 12. In Carlstadt, Mayor William Roseman and the council are likely sleeping in their beds, having completed their borough business hours before. So goes the story of local governance in the municipalities of the Meadowlands: when both political parties are represented on the governing body, like in Rutherford and North Arlington, meetings tend to go longer and are chockfull of discussion. In the other municipali-
ties, such as Lyndhurst, East Rutherford, Carlstadt and WoodRidge, agendas take some time to get through, but for the most part they are approved unanimously with enough time to catch “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS. With the most recent election complete, and nearly every single incumbent winning in the local area, The Leader presents a special report on the voting habits, governing styles and presence (or absence) of dissension in South Bergen.
Case study: Rutherford
To make some electoral headway in the Meadowlands is difficult. Challengers have an incredibly large mountain to climb. Incumbents, at least lately, have had a leg up on the competition. In several towns, one political party has been represented for years. For Rutherford Mayor John Hipp, his borough’s history of bipartisanship (at times cutthroat) is evidence of a vibrant community. “I think it helps,” Hipp said
recently. “You like diversity whether it’s diversity within the parties or between the parties. You get the different perspectives.” In Rutherford, Republicans and Democrats have had representation for many years. Hipp, a Republican, took over after the tenure of Bernadette McPherson, a Democrat. But Hipp was no GOP stalwart among a council of fellow party members. His coun-
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Police: Janitor Commission urges closing of racetrack sexually assaulted 11-year-old in NA By Chris Neidenberg Reporter
By John Soltes Editor in Chief NORTH ARLINGTON — A 33-year-old elementary school janitor was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 23 for allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with an 11-year-old female resident of North Arlington. Dennis Mitchell, of York, Pa., was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. His arrest came about as a result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and North Arlington Police Department. The alleged abuse took place in North Arlington, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli. Mitchell’s bail was set at $250,000 with no 10-percent option. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family. He Leader-SprReg2011-1110 11/15/10 was remanded to Bergen
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EAST RUTHERFORD — A state advisory commission exploring the future of the Meadowlands Racetrack supports closing the site, while at the same time, somehow letting it keep hosting one event. The mixed signals on the 34-yearold facility, long considered one of horse racing’s premier venues in North America, came in a threepage “supplemental report” released Nov. 14 by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission. The five-member body evaluated the future of the East Rutherford site, as well as Monmouth Park. It called for transferring regular harness racing (standardbred) operations from the Meadowlands to Monmouth, which now only holds thoroughbred racing. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority owns both. But the commission wants the authority to sell Monmouth to private interests some time next year. “The property at the Meadowlands Sports Complex is simply too valuable to be occupied by a moneylosing business,” the commission states, citing estimated annual losses of $11 million at the local track and $6.6 million at Monmouth. “This
plan allows for both breeds of racing to continue while allowing the state to pursue the maximum return from the value of public assets, including Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands.” After examining “numerous models,” the group maintains, “there is no viable, self-sustaining model based on two government-operated racetracks.” The report calls for taking “regulatory and legislative initiatives” to make all this happen “as soon as possible.” Yet, for the Meadowlands, the group is willing to make one important exception. “To preserve the heritage of The
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Hambletonian in August,” its report says, “we suggest a super six-day standardbred meet to be held at the Meadowlands in August.” The Hambletonian, one leg of harness racing’s Triple Crown for trotters, moved to East Rutherford in the early 1980s. While calling for the state to issue a request for proposals to sell off Monmouth in 2011, the commission offers no target date for doing the same at the Meadowlands. Nor does it indicate just how long the annual six-day meet should continue at a site that would, presum-
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POLICE BLOTTER By Susan C. Moeller Senior Reporter The information below is compiled from local police blotters, as that information is made available, and is not intended to give a full description of every criminal incident in the local area.
Cars stolen CARLSTADT — A 2005 Acura was reported stolen from a Gotham Parkway parking lot Nov. 15, some time between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Broken glass was found in the lot, according to police. WALLINGTON — A 2000 Nissan Maxima was reported stolen from a Stevens Road residence, Nov. 13.
Criminal mischief WOOD-RIDGE — Karen Flynn, 48, of Lake Hopatcong, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief Nov. 19 for allegedly throwing a brick through the rear window of a vehicle while it was parked at a Hackensack Street business. Bail was set at $2,500. Flynn posted bail and was released. WOOD-RIDGE — Eggs were thrown at a Sussex Road home and a vehicle, Nov. 14.
Child found WALLINGTON — A 3-year-old child wandered away from home during a nap-time Nov. 8 and was seen by a passerby who notified police. The officers took the child back to headquarters. The child’s father panicked when he went to wake the child and found only an empty crib and open door. The father was hysterical and in tears when he contacted police,
who were able to immediately reassure him that the child was safe and waiting to be picked up.
Drugs and alcohol WALLINGTON — Andrzej Jakubik, 61, of Wallington, was arrested Nov. 12 at approximately 2:30 p.m. and charged with DWI, following a motor vehicle accident. Jakubik allegedly left the scene of the accident. But, a witness to the crash followed Jakubik, eventually causing Jakubik to stop his car. The witness called police, who took Jakubik into custody. In addition to the DWI charge, he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, refusal to submit to a breath test and lack of insurance and registration.
Graffiti WALLINGTON — Graffiti was discovered spray-painted on two Main Avenue buildings and a box truck, Nov. 10.
Stolen items WALLINGTON — A snowplow, valued at $6,000, was reported stolen from a Curry Avenue property, Nov. 11. A chain had been cut off a fence in order to gain access to the plow, according to police. It was last seen Nov. 4. CARLSTADT — A New Jersey State PBA shield was reported stolen from a 2001 Toyota Corolla while it was parked at the Meadowlands Diner, Nov. 15. The vehicle belongs to a Union City resident. CARLSTADT — Theresa Negro, 50, of Nutley, was arrested and charged with theft of movable prop-
erty, making a false sworn statement and giving false information to law enforcement officers. The arrest and charges were made Nov. 22, but the alleged offense occurred in 1999. According to police, Negro told police officers in 1999 that she tossed a gun belonging to her ex-husband into the Passaic River. Attempts to find the gun in the river were unsuccessful. The weapon surfaced again in 2006, as part of an investigation by the Passaic Sheriff’s Department. The gun was returned to Carlstadt at the conclusion of that investigation. Then, Carlstadt officers determined that Negro had not thrown the gun into the river and additionally, had taken it unlawfully. Negro’s bail was set at $10,000, no 10-percent option. She posted bail and was released. CARLSTADT — A Carlstadt resident notified police Nov. 16 that 12 fraudulent accounts had been opened in her name without her permission or knowledge. The resident learned of the accounts when a collection agency contacted her about money owed. The first of the accounts was opened in 2007. The incident is under investigation. WOOD-RIDGE — A business owner notified police Nov. 11 that his business had received a bad check. The incident is under investigation. WOOD-RIDGE — A Hackensack Street business owner notified police Nov. 15 that he had an unpaid bill for $10,610. The bill was reported as a theft of services. WALLINGTON — A woman notified police Nov. 9 that a pocket book was missing from her closet. The woman suspects that it was taken Nov. 5. — All persons are presumed innocent until proved otherwise.
Permit parking to begin in Rutherford By Susan C. Moeller Senior Reporter RUTHERFORD — The borough is preparing to unveil a new permit-parking requirement for the area surrounding Orient Way, a busy path for New Yorkbound commuters. The plan has been in the works for a while, but the borough’s police department is preparing to begin enforcement as soon as signs are posted and residents have an opportunity to complete and return permit applications, according to Patrolman William Gumbman, the borough’s traffic coordinator. The permit requirement will stretch north from Barrows Road to Summit Cross, and east from Ridge Road to Route 17, Gumbman said. Approximately 571 households are in the permit area. Permits will be required from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, with a three-hour parking limit for all nonpermitted vehicles. Permits will be available from the police department, and they will be distributed in the affected neighborhoods. To be eligible for a permit, applicants must show
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Commuters into New York City will soon need to show permits if they wish to park on the streets of Rutherford around Orient Way.
proof of Rutherford residence, vehicle registration and insurance. There will be no limit on the number of permits allocated to each household. The area where permits
will be required was identified by a traffic study, said Councilwoman Kimberly Birdsall. The study showed that a large percentage of cars in the permit area were there from out of town.
Residents, frustrated with not being able to park on their streets, also asked for some sort of permit requirement, Birdsall said. People pay enough taxes to live in Rutherford, with its close commute to New York City, Birdsall added. They should be able to park in front of their homes. The 190-bus line runs on Orient Way, making regular trips between New York City and Paterson. Approximately 2,000 people board in Rutherford every weekday, according to Courtney Carroll, spokeswoman for New Jersey Transit. The 76 bus line between Hackensack and Newark extends down Ridge Road, and the Rutherford train station and Lyndhurst’s Kingsland train station are also within walking distance of the permit area, for people who don’t mind a bit of a walk. If the pilot program is successful, it could be expanded to other parts of the borough. Mayor John Hipp expressed a preference for a broader permitarea when the plan was first discussed. E-mail SMoeller@ LeaderNewspapers.net
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Ex-Candlewyck owner ‘brightened’ dining pleasure By Chris Neidenberg Reporter EAST RUTHERFORD — To the late Emanuel “Manny” Logothetis, original Candlewyck Diner owner, America represented the best. And in serving food for a living in the South Bergen region for many years, his son said, “the best” is exactly what he himself strived to be. Logothetis, 81, died Nov. 10 on the island of Karpathos in his native Greece, where he eventually returned after retiring from the diner in 1995. He was surrounded by his wife, family and friends. Logothetis arrived in the United States shortly after World War II. He established the Paterson Avenue institution in 1969, after running other North Jersey restau-
rants with his brothers, including the nowdefunct Park Diner in East Rutherford, as well as the Bergen Restaurant in Rutherford and Clifton Diner. The family tradition continues. His son, Jimmy, and a nephew run The Candlewyck, a favorite stop of local celebrities and campaigning politicians, ranging from Bill Clinton to Chris Christie. The diner, which has expanded its menu in recent years, plans soon on expanding the business as well; it is currently undergoing a major renovation. “My father was a tremendous inspiration to me, and I continue to work hard in providing the best food and service in the area,” Jimmy Logothetis, 50, said shortly after returning from the funeral. “I started learning the business here by watching him,
37 years ago, when I was only 13.” His son credited his father’s unrelenting pursuit to “high quality” with making the diner a popular stop, located at the intersection of Paterson Avenue and Hackensack Street. He also cited Logothetis as inspiring a number of employees to stay with the diner, from its earliest years to this very day. “Believe me, my father stressed offering the best — the best and freshest ingredients, used to make the best food, and the best service,” the younger Logothetis said. “That commitment is the major reason we’ve been able to build upon The Candlewyck’s success, and why we expect to be in East Rutherford well into the future, with an even bigger and better diner.” Now, Logothetis will not be able to attend the christening of his son’s expanded busi-
ness as he had hoped. Yet Jimmy assures he will be there in spirit. The current owner maintained The Candlewyck would have never reached that stage — 41 years after its founding — without his elder’s rigorous work ethic. “He never went to baseball or soccer games to pass the time, because he was here, always working to make the diner better,” his son explained. “He was a very hard worker. And that left quite an impression on me, as a kid watching him at work. I am proud to carry on his legacy.” Contributions in Logothetis’ name can be made to the Pan Gregorian Foundation of America, 629 Springfield Road, Kenilworth, N.J., 07032. E-mail CNeidenberg@LeaderNewspapers.net
Honoring tradition, engineers choo-choose nostalgia By Kyle Orlowicz Reporter CARLSTADT — The New York Society of Model Engineers, based at 341 Hoboken Road in Carlstadt, opened its doors recently for its biannual model train exhibition. Piquing the interest of train enthusiasts and curious bystanders alike, the show ($5 for adults, $1 for children) aimed to remind the community at large of a bygone era when trains ruled the world. The group, founded in 1926, claims to be the oldest club of its kind, and its headquarters houses what is certainly the finest model train-scape in the area. The club has been holding exhibitions for decades. Each spring and fall, the NYSME allows the public to view the fruits of its hard work and round-the-clock dedication. When spectators step into their unassuming building, they are immediately subject to an age-old adage: This book certainly cannot be judged by its cover. Inside is a spectacle: a miniature world that is allat-once surreal and didactic. One is instantly transformed
into a giant, peering in at a sprawling landscape where trains from the ’50s run side by side on tracks with those from the 21st century. Among the group’s leaders, there is an ongoing debate about which end of the model train hobby is most important. While the operation of the trains at the NYSME is impressive, attendees find the tour-deforce attention to detail displayed in the landscapes — from mountain crags and viaducts to shrubbery and pollution — truly stunning. Rich Martin, a member and house painter by day, said he believes each step of the process is necessary; however, when he spoke to The Leader he stressed the scenery. He spoke at length about the landscapes and miniature cities that the trains glide past. “The trains play a small part considering the scope,” Martin contended. “That small train is nothing compared to the vista that you create.” He said the NYSME was a wreck when he arrived; but time and careful consideration eventually led to results, and soon Martin’s changes improved the
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The New York Society of Model Engineers will hold an exhibition in Carlstadt Dec. 3, 4 and 5.
society’s displays. The first change he instituted was a move from a summer to a fall theme — in terms of the shrubbery, grass and trees. After that, it was as easy as paying attention to the details. “Just scenic details: the rock walls, the telegraph poles. Basically all you have to do is pay attention to real life and replicate it,” Martin said. Robert Lavezzi was more apt to talk about the electric
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Andy Brusgard, a senior member at the NYSME, has been in love with trains since his childhood. Growing up in Jersey City, watching trains was one of his earliest past-times. He said that there was only a short period of his life, during high school and college, when his enthusiasm for trains went dormant; however, in his 20s he found the society of engineers and was instantly returned to his passion. A member since 1969, he is now a spokesperson for the group. Brusgard discussed building trains throughout his childhood and even up until now. He said that he has spent up to six months building train cars from scratch. In other words, Brusgard would purchase
wood, metal and other necessary materials and sculpt trains using visual aids rather than directions. Like the others, though, Brusgard said he believes in the inherent value of all the skills that go into building model trains, the tracks the ride on and the landscapes they intersect. For him, it is about preserving a tradition. There was a time when model trains were popular, but it is certainly not what it used to be. “We’ve seen a decrease in popularity,” Brusgard said. Why? “In the last 15 years: computers.” He added that the club does have some interest from young men, but most hobbies today are moving digital and online. To Brusgard, this is a shame, because those hobbies do not turn tangible or valuable results. “You play that computer game for six hours and you get up to the top, what do you have to show?” he asked, challenging younger individuals to try a real hobby. “I have models that I built in high school and they’re still running.” The current exhibition in Carlstadt continues Dec. 3, 4 and 5. On Friday night, the model trains will be on display from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibition hall will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. E-mail KOrlowicz@ LeaderNewspapers.net
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
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Local cancer survivor runs the big race By Danielle Elliot SPECIAL TO THE LEADER NEW YORK — Bobby Bloor is a two-time cancer survivor. But if you ask him about his greatest accomplishment, he might not even mention the battle with cancer. He’s more likely to talk about the ING New York City Marathon, which he recently completed in an impressive 4 hours, 14 minutes. It’s a feat that seemed nearly impossible less than two years ago. On Nov. 11, 2008, Bloor, then 23, received a stem cell transplant. It was a second attempt at beating acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer that develops in the bone marrow and can turn fatal within months. Bloor, a 2003 Rutherford High School graduate, was first diagnosed in February 2008. After undergoing chemotherapy, his cancer went into remission in April of that year, only to return five months later. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 12,330 new cases of AML diagnosed in 2010, leading to 8,950 deaths. The average age at diagnosis is 67. Bloor was 22. He says he was “angry” when diagnosed, annoyed that he was stuck in a hospital bed while his friends were out enjoying their 20s. Upon receiving a clean bill of health, he jumped at the fresh start. “Before I got sick I kind of wasn’t in a rush to do everything that I wanted,” he said. “Now if I want to do something I’m going to go out and do it because you never know when. … I don’t know how much longer I’ll be around.” The marathon was at the top of his list. A cross country and track athlete at RHS and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bloor entered but was denied in the 2007 lottery. In 2009, he was living in Los Angeles, earning his master’s degree in computer science at the University of Southern California (he is one class shy of completing the program). This year, he signed up to run with Fred’s Team, a charity group raising money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the hospital where he was treated when his cancer relapsed. He aimed to raise $3,000, an amount he surpassed on the day before the race. Bloor’s family and friends were impressed — though not surprised — when he told them his plans.
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Rutherford High School graduate Bobby Bloor finished the New York City marathon this year with a time of 4:14:29.
“I was really skeptical because of what he went through,” said his mom, Alice Bloor. “But I know this kid. When he puts it in his mind to reach a goal, he does it. I knew it was his dream to run the marathon, so I just went along with it. And I prayed.” “Considering what he’s gone through over the last couple of years, it just shows how determined he was,” says lifelong friend and Rutherford councilman, John Parnofiello. “This is incredible, that people can bounce back so quickly. It’s unbelievable.” Looking at Bloor, one would never know what his body has been through. The 5-foot-9-inch runner has tacked 45 pounds — most of it muscle — onto his now 170-pound frame in the past two years. Bloor approached the race with his trademark calm. There was no fourmonth training program for him. The longest training run he did was 11 miles; the longest race he completed prior to the marathon was a 10K. “After battling cancer I feel like I can do anything,” he said. “I’m going to be thinking about everything I’ve been through the past couple of years and try to remember that I’m out there having fun.” Less than an hour before the start, he wasn’t thinking about the cancer at all. “40 min til the start and I only got one thing in mind ... I hope I don’t have to poop,” he posted on Facebook. He kept posting throughout the race. As he crossed the VerrazanoNarrows Bridge into Brooklyn, he was enjoying the day. His Facebook wall flooded with “good luck” messages that he read as he ran. “I was feeling pretty good. I was run-
ning along the sidelines, high-fiving kids, having fun with it,” he said. Averaging a 9-minute mile for the first 11 miles, he was ahead of his goal of 4:15:00. His legs started feeling heavy as he crossed the Queensboro Bridge, but a bit of adrenaline kicked in as he entered Manhattan. He was still going strong as he passed MSKCC on 85th Street. One of his doctors, Dr. Farid Boulad, was in the crowd cheering him on. Prior to the race, Boulad — himself a former marathoner — encouraged Bloor to “enjoy it, take it easy, and don’t push yourself too hard.” By mile 18 his quads were starting to tighten up; at mile 21 he couldn’t handle the cramping any more. He slowed to a powerwalk. As he crossed the 25-mile marker, he saw that he had somewhere between 10 and 12 minutes to finish the final 1.2 miles. “When I saw that, I just booked it.” He found his legs again, finishing strong. With a final time of 4:14:29, he beat his goal time by 31 seconds. Seeing him finish brought his mother to tears. When she met him afterward, she said, “I was just so happy to see him. I’m happy that his dream came to a reality.” About a dozen family members and friends were there to greet him after the race. “I think everybody is amazed,” said Parnofiello. “Not only that a friend of ours ran a marathon, but that he overcame everything he has in such a short period of time and still had that determination to do it.” With the marathon behind him, Bloor is ready to move on to the rest of his bucket list. “Basically I feel like if I got through today, I don’t have any excuses anymore in terms of being held back because of what I’ve been through, in terms of being sick.” His final Facebook post of the day was a shout-out to the friends and family who have supported him throughout. “Words can’t express how thankful I am for all of the support everyone’s given me with doing the NYC marathon today,” he wrote. “I reached my fund-raising goal, I ran/jogged/ walked the course in 4:14:29, the weather was perfect, and I didn’t have to stop to poop! Today was a great day. Thank you all again.”
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Opinions, Real Estate, Sports, Calendar, Arts LETTERS, CARTOON & CRAIG RUVERE We’ve lost all control
Thanksgiving is one of America’s most treasured holidays — and for good reason. Besides its historical implications, the fourth Thursday of November is traditionally set aside for families, turkeys, football and good memories. Yes, there are the headaches of traffic, meeting family members you’d rather not, the inevitable napping and the overt gluttony. But Thanksgiving is the real deal — a solitary day for the family and friends, a chance to offer thanks. Somehow, in this strange society of ours, we follow arguably the best day of the year by the worst. The socalled Black Friday is a true abomination, if you think about its implications. It’s essentially a day set aside where we find our inneranimals and unleash them. We take all of the goodwill from the day before and trash it, instead choosing the materialism of shopping malls and outlets. This is not to say that shopping is somehow un-American or even un-human. It’s not. It’s admittedly a fun way to part with our disposable income, and buying gifts is of course a great way to show thanks to a fellow family member or friend. But, enough is enough. Just as we stuff our faces with turkey on Thanksgiving, we turn to gluttony on Black Friday. You don’t need that TV. You don’t need that game console. You don’t need that pair of jeans. You don’t need that DVD. You don’t need anything that is only on sale from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. If half the energy put into strategically shopping on Black Friday were placed in other, more fruitful areas of our society, we may be headed in the right direction. But year in and year out, Black Friday earns its spot as the shopping day of the year. The craziness has become so out of control that Thanksgiving is itself a prime shopping day. Rather than spending time watching the parade on television
and enjoying loved ones’ company, we are heading to the store. Ask yourself one question: do you remember what you waited in line for five years ago on Black Friday? Probably not. But do you have fond memories of holiday meals and good times sitting on the couch with the people who matter the most in your life? Probably yes — chances are you even have some old video footage of these great holiday moments. In December, whether you partake in the religious side of the holidays or not, try to live a life of temperament, giving thanks as much as you can. Only after completing this first task can you wait in line for an iPad. Oh, and by the way, if you have disregarded this entire editorial as a soapbox rant, please turn to Pages B2-B3 for The Leader’s 2010 Gift Guide. We cater to all interests.
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TO THE EDITOR: Great leaders are not born, they are made by those who serve under them and those who serve under them are only as great as their leaders. On Feb. 12, a fire burned through a building built in 1880 originally named the Carlton Hill Hotel and Bar. Although it was the last day it would stand, a great thing happened: a few heroic people from our departments saved several good men. A Vietnam veteran who was stuck on the third floor and ready to jump was saved by Kevin Felton. Even though he was off duty, he went into the burning building, without gear, to save this man. I will be forever thankful to all of our departments, our mayor and council, DPW and local residents for letting me conduct my business for 17 years at Rocco’s. Something sad had happened that day, but through the smoke, emerged the lives of eight people, which made it a great day. Rocco Pasquinucci East Rutherford
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TO THE EDITOR: The Rutherford Public Library trustees, staff, and I are elated that it was possible to expand library hours. It was through the untiring advocacy of the Friends of the Library, our library champions, numerous residents, library users, local clubs and organizations, and municipal officials that monies were restored to the budget, which has enabled us to offer hours of service that better meet the needs of
SOUTH BERGEN SOUNDS OFF 12/02/10 our community. We are appreciative of everyone who attended or spoke at the borough council meetings to demonstrate their concerns for the drastic cuts, to those who wrote letters to the editors of the local newspapers and to Mayor John Hipp, Borough Administrator Corey Gallo and Chief Financial Officer Ed Cortright for their efforts. We truly value our patrons’ applause for our dedicated staff and their recognition of our library as a community center for all ages and groups. Although we are working with a reduced staff, we will continue to strive to serve the public well. Margaret Mellett Interim Director Rutherford Public Library
MCALLISTER SOUNDS OFF TO THE EDITOR: I am very grateful to all the residents who voted for me and especially grateful to those of you who opened your door and discussed our town with me while campaigning. I chose to seek public office as a call to serve our community as I have in the past in the United States Navy. I am flattered by the reception and the depth of concern we share for the condition of our borough. The words politics and politician have become synonyms for insincerity, lies or liar. Honor and dignity mean more to me than simply saying whatever someone wants to hear in order to get their vote. The Fecanin/Boyle campaign
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The places we call ‘home’ The term “walkman” refers to a portable audio cassette player, which was immensely popular in the 1980s. Though now considered a relic and inferior by modern day standards, at the time it allowed music lovers to enjoy their favorite tunes just about anywhere you traveled — as long as your AA batteries were fully charged. An avid music lover myself, I prolonged purchasing the latest portable audio technology for several years, while I tried to justify the cost versus the need. But eventually I succumbed to desire — aided greatly by a gift card I received for Christmas, which thankfully covered much of the financial burden. Within days of the purchase, I found myself in musical wonderland. With storage rated at a staggering 1,000 songs, I had little trouble transferring hundreds of tracks into the tiny computer no bigger than a pack of chewing gum. But even with so many songs available at one’s fingertips, I still sometimes find myself listening to the same track over and over again commuting back and forth to work. “Home” by singer/songerwriter Vanessa Carlton was one of those songs I just couldn’t stop listening to when I first heard it. I played it relentlessly. But as with anything else, repetition eventually breeds boredom and before long I found a new tune to listen to. I would say the better part of a year had elapsed since the last time I played that song. But when I stumbled upon it again quite by accident, I was reminded of why I first fell in love with the haunting lyrics to begin with. “Some people live in a house on the hill, and wish they were some place else. There’s nobody there when the
evening is still, secrets with no one to tell. Some I have known have a ship where they sleep, with sounds of rocks on the coast. They sail over oceans five fathoms deep, but can’t find what they want the most. Even now, when I’m alone, I’ve always known with you I am home.” The places we call “home” cover a wide spectrum. There was a time when homes were more about the relationships we fostered inside of
THE VIEW FROM HERE BY CRAIG RUVERE them, rather than socially defining the people who lived there. Houses have become showplaces and today many find living without such amenities as gourmet kitchens, home theatres or “man caves” and master bedrooms with walk-in-closets undesirable living conditions. Take my 1930s side-hall colonial, which was constructed in the same decade that the Empire State Building was completed, Parker Brothers released the now famous “Monopoly” board game and Amelia Earhart made her historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean. At almost 80 years old, the structure
has held up miraculously well for its age, though not without its share of necessary improvements and repairs. But one thing has remained unaltered since its inception and that’s its ability to provide shelter from the elements and refuge from the problems outside your front door. And yet some feel their dwelling is not complete without more square footage, granite countertops and 60-inch flat screen televisions — materials that will never make a house truly a home. Many years ago I had a conversation with my grandmother regarding the smaller room size and lack of closet space many older homes such as mine share in common. She looked at me funny for a moment before saying, “You forget, we didn’t have as many things as you kids have today and we were better off for it. You went to your bedroom to sleep, your kitchen was just for preparing food and with only a handful of dresses, your closet never needed to be that big.” My grandmother and many others from her generation lived their lives with far less than many of us could ever imagine — in a word “simplicity.” They worked harder for what little they had and therefore developed a greater appreciation for the possessions we often take for granted. For them, a house was just a place you lived, but it was those who lived there who made it feel like home. Carlton’s song closes with the following stanza: “For me it’s a glance and the smile on your face. The touch of your hands and an honest embrace. For where I lay it’s you I keep, this changing world I fall asleep. With you all I know is I’m coming home.” “The View from Here” runs every other week, alternating with guest columns.
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Scalera exits Assembly for private-sector job By Chris Neidenberg Reporter NUTLEY — Citing a lucrative job offer from the private sector, Democrat Frederick Scalera has immediately resigned as 36th District state assemblyman. Scalera, a seven-year Assembly veteran, officially notified Speaker Sheila Oliver of his decision Monday, Nov. 29. The act forced party officials in three counties to immediately start scrambling to try appointing a successor. He also steps down as chairman of New Jersey’s Homeland Security and Preparedness Committee. His replacement would serve through 2011. The three-term Democrat joined the
lower chamber in 2003, replacing current state Sen. Paul Sarlo. Sarlo moved to the Senate in replacing Gary Furnari, also of Nutley, who left to become a state judge. Assemblyman Gary Schaer of Passaic holds the district’s other seat. “Thanks to the residents of Nutley and my district for having given me the opportunity to serve in what, I feel, was the most trusted position I have ever held in my life,” Scalera, 52, said in prepared remarks. Scalera, a longtime volunteer firefighter in Nutley, promised to remain active in civic affairs in his hometown. He did not rule out a future run for public office. On why he’s leaving for now, Scalera noted in his statement that an unidentified “global company” offered a position
enabling him to “globally” promote two issues he has championed while chairing the preparedness committee: nationwide “interoperability among emergency services,” and bringing “public safety broadband service” to all 50 states. “Never have I placed myself in front of public service,” said Scalera, who conferred with his wife. “But I made a decision that this was an exciting opportunity.” Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-20) praised him for being one of the state’s more effective legislators. “Assemblyman Scalera had more than 100 bills signed during his tenure,” he said in a statement. “That’s an impressive output.” E-mail CNeidenberg@LeaderNewspapers.net
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cils have been split, seeing Republicans like John Genovesi, Rose Inguanti and John Sasso win election, and also Democrats like Kimberly Birdsall and John Parnofiello. Even members of his own party have criticized Hipp’s actions. This most recent election saw fairly even results. Both Democrats — Jack Boyle and George Fecanin — claimed victory, but their margins over Republicans Joseph McAllister and Todd Hennessey were minimal. Boyle won with 26.8 percent of the vote, while Fecanin turned in 26.1 percent. McAllister was a fairly close third at 24.5 percent. Hennessey earned 22.6 percent. But just because Hennessey came in last doesn’t mean Rutherford is a Democrat town. It was only one year ago when Hennessey virtually tied his Democrat opponent. The winds of political change in Rutherford blow back and forth all the time, and because of this the local parties are involved, invigorated and influential. In other towns, the opposing political parties, because of years of losses, are virtually non-existent. But Hipp cautioned not to think of everything on the municipal level as strictly political. “It is a community effort at the end of the day,” he said. “There are some fights, but most of them are based on differences of philosophies or approach.” The mayor added that in most towns there is fighting, whether visible or not. “Fighting goes on all the time,” he said. “We do our fighting out in the open. But trust me there is fighting within the parties, between the parties. It happens every day.” But although the mayor’s sentiments may be true, sometimes there are no visible signs of disagreement in municipalities where the entire governing body comes from the same party.
In Wood-Ridge, where the local Democrats have claimed victory after victory for several years, local governance is different. In Rutherford, “nay” votes are commonplace. In Wood-Ridge, the borough hasn’t seen a council member vote “no” in months (perhaps years), according to a review of the official minutes of the borough council. W o o d - R i d g e Councilwoman Catherine Cassidy, who recently won
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her fifth term, objected to the assertion that measures are simply adopted with no consideration. “We really don’t just pass things through,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Leader. “Of course questioning of ordinances and resolutions is important. We always ask the borough attorney, administrator and clerk regarding them. We don’t just vote on them; we call someone or talk about it at the meeting in order to make an informed decision.” Cassidy said that although Wood-Ridge boasts all Democrats, “every individual sees things differently.” Although the councilwoman has not logged a “nay” vote in some time, she said that her voting record shows some dissent and that she has “never felt pressured or been pressured to vote a particular way.” The picture that Cassidy paints is in stark contrast to the one Forrest Elliott portrays. Elliott is a former Rutherford councilman who has lived in Wood-Ridge for many years. He has tried unsuccessfully over the past few elections to win a seat on the borough council. In each of his races, he has lost. He is a Republican, which may have something to do with it. When running in this recent election, the political machine pummeled Elliott. Fliers were sent to all of the residents in Wood-Ridge warning them (in bright red letters) against the pending election of this Republican challenger. The flier claimed that Elliott, as a Rutherford councilman, “raised taxes and nearly bankrupted the town.” He allegedly did this by raising residential taxes more than 50 percent; increasing spending nearly 20 percent; raising debt more than 70 percent; and running up a $300,000 deficit. Elliott refutes the charges and the apparently funny math that was used in the pre-election material. The flier was paid for by a group known as Bergen Vision, Inc. Although immediate details on the organization were not available, some tea leaves appear to have emerged. For one to make these allegations against Elliott, and thereby keep Republicans off the local governing body, one would likely have had to check Rutherford’s records. Cassidy told The Leader that her campaign has no connection to Bergen Vision, and she only knows of the fliers because they were delivered to her home. But on Sept. 13,
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Wood-Ridge Borough Administrator Christopher Eilert filed an Open Public Records Request Form (colloquially known as an OPRA form) with the Rutherford Borough Clerk’s Office. In addition to serving as a part-time administrator for Wood-Ridge, Eilert serves as the chief of staff for state Sen. Paul Sarlo (who also is the Democrat mayor of Wood-Ridge). In the OPRA request, obtained by Elliott and given to The Leader, Eilert asks the Rutherford clerk to view documents that include the municipal budgets for 1987-1991; council meeting agendas and minutes for 1987-1991; council reorganization minutes, resolutions and records pertaining to council committees and liaisons for 1988-1990; and any records pertaining to “Forrest Elliott’s salary, health benefits and pension enrollment — he was a Rutherford councilman from 1988-1990.” The clerk reported on the OPRA form that Eilert reviewed these files on Sept. 21. A few short weeks later, Wood-Ridge residents received their fliers in the
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mail, depicting Elliott as a former councilman who raises exorbitant taxes. Although no clear indication has been made between Eilert and the fliers, there appears to be a cloaked political machine in WoodRidge that comes after Republican challengers. Having a borough administrator take part in the political election process is rare in other area towns. Efforts to contact Eilert proved unsuccessful.
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In East Rutherford, where Republicans have run borough government for several years, Mayor James Cassella stressed the personalities of public officials over political parties. “Are they good for the community,” Cassella said is the barometer of a good candidate. “There is always going to be the normal politics when it comes to appointments and the budget process. Sometimes when it’s one party, you have some inner fighting.
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In North Arlington, perhaps the fiercest of the Meadowlands towns when it comes to politics, voters gave approval to a Democrat for mayor (Peter Massa) and Republicans for council (Richard Hughes and Joseph Bianchi). The governing body in this most southern of South Bergen towns is one similar to Rutherford’s, with Democrats and Republicans disagreeing on issues. Split votes are common, and thus every election matters. One partisan loss, and the council may sway in the other direction. Al Granell, a Democrat who once served as councilman, unsuccessfully ran for election this year. His platform was one of political diversity, claiming that the Republican voices need to be tempered with Democrat voices. “A public official from a particular party might have a different way to do a particular item or have a different way to manage a situation,” he told The Leader. “That’s a good thing to have, a difference of opinion on an issue. Because good public policy doesn’t have a party.” For a borough that at times can be cutthroat on the local governing body, Granell stressed the needs of the community over political gain. “You have in North Arlington seen in the past Republicans and Democrats vote yes on budgets created with (a) Democratic majority of zero and 3 percent,” he stated. “But you have also seen Democrats and Republicans vote yes for a bond sponsored by Republicans to purchase borough vehicles, fire trucks and additional municipal items even in this tough economy. … The key is to find common ground and build on those items for the betterment of the community.” The ultimate question is whether the community is better served with political strife or political uniformity. Does Wood-Ridge’s slate of Democrats get more done than Rutherford or North Arlington’s form of
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One shining example of uniformity is the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, which has zoning rights over the wetlands in the region. The commission, made up of six citizens from Bergen and Hudson counties plus the commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs, is a group that relies heavily on the work of its executive director and full-time staff. Meetings among the commissioners, who represent both parties, are the end result of collaboration and research. But with that prework comes a sense that the meetings are simply rubber stamps. According to NJMC officials, there has not been a “nay” vote recorded in recent memory. It has apparently been years since a commissioner has leaned forward to his or her microphone and objected to a measure put up for vote. Some have abstained, some have been absent, but all actions have made their way through the meeting with sweeping approval. The only visible form of dissension is at the public portion of the meeting when a few residents offer remarks. But the faces of these frequent questioners are familiar, and the votes go unchanged. The NJMC is not a borough council. They are different bodies with different methods of voting. In Wood-Ridge, for example, Cassidy said she has actually changed her vote after hearing more details at a meeting. “I recall one time a council member had made a passionate speech about something and that changed the
way I voted on that item,” she told The Leader. “He made me think and I agreed with his logic. But I went to the meeting thinking I was going to vote the other way.” Going to meetings already knowing what the votes will be can present legal issues. In Rutherford, Hipp has sued some council members for allegedly convening outside of regularly scheduled meetings and deciding important borough issues. “If everyone meets outside the meeting process,” he said, “the meeting becomes a rubber stamp. That is the evil behind the backdoor-deals kind of governing.” Hipp clarified that council members can talk outside the chambers, but they shouldn’t talk and formulate policy. “The public then doesn’t have the right to participate,” he asserted. In the end, dissension in local politics is in the eye of the beholder. Rutherford and North Arlington, on the surface, have more diversity among their ranks. Conversely, the opposition in other Meadowlands towns appears to be relegated to the rare angry resident speaking at a microphone. The local issue has a national scope as well. Rasmussen Reports recently released a study that showed 35 percent of likely voters preferred one political party running both the White House and Congress. Approximately 39 percent thought two parties should split the branches of government. Essentially, America is split. For the immediate future, it appears the winds of political change will continue to blow in North Arlington and Rutherford. In many other Meadowlands towns, there isn’t a cloud in the sky, or a “nay” vote to be found. E-mail JSoltes@ LeaderNewspapers.net
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RUTHERFORD — The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford presents a special afternoon of music on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. The concert, entitled the “Joy of Christmas,” features selections from Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, beautiful settings of the ancient chorales In dulci jubilo and How Brightly Shines the Morningstar, carols from France, Germany, England, Poland, Ukraine, a calypso carol, O Holy Night and contemporary carols as well. Free. The concert will be held in the candlelit sanctuary immediately followed by an intimate reception in the chapel. A freewill offering will be taken. The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Ridge Road in Rutherford. Visit www.fpcrutherford.org or call 201-438-3569. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
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Community briefs in South Bergen EAST RUTHERFORD — The East Rutherford Seniors organization will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Bingo and socializing follows meeting. The senior Christmas party will take place Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Landmark from noon to 4 p.m. NORTH ARLINGTON — American Legion Alexander Post # 37, located at 222 River Road in North Arlington, will hold its monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. Come join us. New members
are welcome. RUTHERFORD — The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford will hold a special “Blue Christmas” service Sunday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. The service, entitled “A Light in the Darkness,” is designed to provide a sacred place for grieving for those in the community that may be dealing with the loss of a loved one, illness, divorce, broken relationships, unemployment, loneliness or other burdens that make the Christmas season a less then joyful experience.
As part of the service, participants will be invited to light a candle in memory of a loved one or as a special prayer request. The service will be held in the chapel located at the corner of East Passaic Avenue and Ridge Road in Rutherford. For more information please visit www.fpcrutherford.org or contact the church office at 201438-3569. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend and share in God’s gift of healing and peace.
Festival of Trees RUTHERFORD — The Kip Center will hold its 16th Annual Festival of Trees, Wreaths, and Centerpieces beginning this weekend until the raffle on Dec. 11. The beautiful holiday decorations will be on display Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raffle chances are 10 for $5 and 26 for $10. 55 Kip Ave., Rutherford • 201 460 1600
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East Rutherford council approves Vesta liquor license By Chris Neidenberg Reporter EAST RUTHERFORD — In a split vote, the borough council has approved a controversial liquor license transfer to interests wanting to open Vesta’s Italian restaurant off Hoboken Road, waiving a rule barring two liquor establishments within 500 feet. Acting on the advice of Mayor James Cassella, a majority of the all-Republican council decided it would likely lose a potential challenge from the owner, using the legal name 64 Hoboken Road LLC, to the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control. Council members voted 3-2, with one abstention, for the license. The group has been making alterations to the old Sonoma Grill building off Route 17 South. Granting the permit marked completing an important missing link to Vesta’s eventual opening. Supporters were Councilmen Thomas Banca, Joel Brizzi and George Perry, while Councilmen Edward Ravettine and Sam Stallone voted “no.” Councilman Jeffrey Lahullier abstained. He cited a possible conflict through his longtime friendship with a lawyer representing Stefano Stella, a former Sonoma Grill owner testifying on Vesta’s behalf. Approval was conditioned on Vesta’s agreeing to strict terms and conditions, in a letter to the council, barring it from running a “nightclub-type” operation. Vesta’s initially sought the license transfer last October, but Ravettine, a persistent opponent, swayed his colleagues to delay the final vote by a month in alleging the company was trying to rush the application through with little public notice. The councilman wanted to provide an opportunity for other license holders, concerned
with granting the exemption, a chance to speak. Representatives of the Park Tavern and Al Di La addressed the council. Al Di La faces a direct impact as neighbor to the pending restaurant. In more technical terms, the council approved both a “person to person” and “place to place” transfer of a “pocket (inactive)” license via sale to Vesta’s from the Kayasan Restaurant off Paterson Avenue. Ravettine opposed the “place to place” aspect of the transfer, holding to his position that Vesta’s failed to prove there were exceptional circumstances as required via ordinance to gain the exemption. He has maintained the council had an obligation to respect the interests of other license holders, as well as residents who could be concerned with multiple liquor establishments coming to their neighborhoods. Stallone stressed he was opposed on the grounds that the group earlier violated a municipal zoning ordinance, preventing renovating vacant apartments in the same building, without approval from the zoning board. Stallone said the council should have reviewed Zoning Officer Richard Pappas’ report in verifying Vesta’s claim that the matter resulted from “a misunderstanding” and was rectified. According to Ravettine, this is the first-ever exemption granted under the current ordinance, though, he acknowledged to one of Vesta’s attorneys, other situations exceeding the distance requirement exist. One case is the Park Tavern operating next to the Blarney Station on Park Avenue. Ravettine, however, noted such situations were legally “grandfathered” before the most recent ordinance. But the majority, most vocally
Brizzi, seemed satisfied the zoning matter has been resolved and felt it was time for the council to promote economic development by paving the way for the new business. “I don’t think his type of establishment will hurt anyone,” Brizzi said, before casting his affirmative vote. “If you’re going to open, have pizza, Italian food and a drink, that’s great. But just don’t have any new problems develop.” Ravettine insisted the borough has a valid ordinance designed to protect residents in controlling a fixed number of licenses for the community, as well as respecting the territorial rights of other holders. But Vesta attorney David Crook of Rutherford countered the ordinance has no validity since it wasn’t relevant to the issue at hand. “In this case, the council is acting similar to the zoning board,” Crook, one of two lawyers representing Vesta’s, explained. “You’re not creating precedent. You’re dealing with an issue that needs to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. It’s not a place opening up new. It’s a place that has had a license before (as the Sonoma Grill).” “This is a slap in the face,” Crook said, arguing Ravettine’s claim that the ordinance follows ABC guidelines, in allowing municipalities to restrict licenses using distance, is irrelevant in Vesta’s case. “My client purchased a ‘pocket’ license from the holder of that license. In this case, we had a location (Kayosan) that had a license which is now in a pocket. We just want to purchase a liquor license.” At one point, Crook even conceded, “I’m not sure what the point of the ordinance is.” He maintained the “exemption in extraordinary circumstances” clause was somewhat nebulous.
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LYNDHURST — A holiday bazaar will take place Sunday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Girl Scout house, 238 Livingston Ave., Lyndhurst. Proceeds to benefit the Girl Scout troops. LYNDHURST — The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst has a limited supply of dog food available to anyone that is having problems feeding their dog. We have both canned and dry on a first-come basis. For more information, call 201-896-9300.
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EAST RUTHERFORD — Tessie M. Kresiak (née Concodora), 84, of East Rutherford, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Kresiak. Loving mother of JoAnn and her husband John Wesolowski, and Charles “Butch” and his wife Barbara Kryzsiak. Devoted grandmother of Lisa and her husband Richard Fallon, Holly and her husband Michael Perry, Joseph and his wife Dorianne Kryzsiak, Charles Kryzsiak and Victoria Kryzsiak. Cherished great-grandmother of Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Ryan and Liliana. Caring sister of Angie Iapichino and Lee Scancarella. Kresiak was a member of the Senior Citizens of East Rutherford. Arrangements by the IppolitoStellato Funeral Home, Lyndhurst. Funeral Mass offered at Most Sacred Heart R.C. Church. Entombment Holy Cross Mausoleum. Send condolences to stellatofuneralhomes.com.
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Ravettine, who stressed his opposition was not personal and even said he looked forward to being a customer, disagreed. While not opposed to the “person to person” part of the transfer, the councilman said his objections were based on the “place to place” aspect. He insisted the borough’s ordinance stands on strong legal ground, in seeking to protect East Rutherford residents, by preventing “overcrowding of liquor licenses in one area.” “If you were looking to put a liquor license in there, it would have been prudent of you and your group to research to see if it was legal to put one back in,” said Ravettine, a former bar owner, chiding Vesta’s for “not doing your homework before spending all this money.” Leonard J. Carafa Jr., a Lodi attorney representing the owners of Park Tavern, concurred with Ravettine. He argued that municipalities can regulate “place to place” transfers based on distance, and thus the issue was not irrelevant in this case. The lawyer claimed approval would set “a bad precedent, a dangerous precedent.” Ironically, Carafa’s clients, operating a longtime borough business, are grandfathered in operating right next to the Blarney Station. “I really believe you are setting a dangerous precedent when you start pulling away at 500 feet,” Carafa said. “You open a Pandora’s Box with these other pocket licenses.” “The problem, is, if the exception is (within) 300 feet or 350 feet, where do you draw the line?” he asked. “Do we next go down to 250?” Cassella, who admitted in October he wanted to help get the restaurant started for the borough’s sake, sided with Crook.
RUTHERFORD — Theresa, Leone, 78, of Rutherford, passed away suddenly Nov. 21, 2010. Theresa was born Aug. 25, 1932, in New York City to Alphonsus and Frances Avagliano (née Lozito). She was a guidance assistant for St. Mary’s High School in Rutherford for 17 years and retired in 2003. She was an active member of the Kipp Center, Friends of the Rutherford Library, associate of the Sisters of Caldwell, Starr Fish and was a long time parishioner of The Church of St Mary’s. Theresa was predeceased by her husband Anthony (1986). She was a devoted mother to Donna Schaetzle and husband Ray, Marie Leone and Dave McKeon, Janet Leone Albern and husband Robert and was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Diverio (1993). She also is survived by her sisters Marie Avagliano and Margaret Bergen; her brother Frank (Sonny) Avagliano and their spouses; her loving grandchildren, Jacquelyn Marie, Amanda Elizabeth, Stephanie Marie, Abigail Nicole, Ryan Michael, Rene Pansela and Matthew Joseph; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by the CollinsCalhoun Funeral Home, Rutherford. Mass of Christian liturgy offered at Church of St. Mary’s, Rutherford. Interment: Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst. Donations may be made to Nancy Leone Diverio Scholarship at St. Mary’s High School, 64 Chestnut Ave., Rutherford or Kenmare Alternative High School, 89 York St., Jersey City 07302
Debra Ann Hemhauser
LYNDHURST — Debra Ann Hemhauser (née Wolsteholm), 54, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at her residence. Debra was born and raised in Kearny for 16 years, and has been a resident of Lyndhurst since 1972. She was a beautician, permanent cosmetician and owner of Paladium Palace, Lyndhurst, for 28 years. Debra is survived by her beloved husband, Thomas C. Hemhauser, her loving mother, Mildred (née DeLuca) WolsteholmSmith, her dear sisters, Sandra Valeri and Diane Vass and her husband, Robert, her nieces and nephew, Laura Molina and her husband, Christin, Lisa Vass and Anthony Valeri, and her grand-nephews and niece, Alex, Daniel and Olivia. Arrangements by the Nazare Memorial Home Inc., Lyndhurst. Funeral Mass offered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lyndhurst. Entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Please visit us at www.nazarefuneralhome.com.
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NORTH ARLINGTON — Bernard J. Siebel, 79, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he lived in North Arlington for the past 53 years. He was a 1949 graduate of St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a photo engraver for the New York Times in New York City for five years before retiring in 1993. Earlier, he worked in the same capacity for Sutton Engraving in New York City for more than 20
years. He was the beloved husband of Margaret R. (née Reuther), the devoted father of Elizabeth D’Andrea and her husband Jack, Margaret M. Siebel, Barbara Benson and her husband Shawn, David Siebel and his wife Lisa, Amy Jakimas and her husband Thomas and the late Bernard J. Siebel Jr., the cherished grandfather of Jaclyn, Mark, Matthew, Daniel, Siarra, Bernard, Erin, Thomas, Julia and Katherine. Arrangements by the Parow Funeral Home, North Arlington. Funeral Mass offered at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. The family would appreciate donations made to the Queen of Peace Church Restoration Campaign, 10 Franklin Place, North Arlington, N.J. 07031 in his memory.
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS — Gloria C. Iorio (née Chiodo), 90, of Hasbrouck Heights, for 59 years, on Nov. 22, 2010. Before retiring, she was a receptionist for the New Jersey State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Hackensack. Gloria was a parishioner of Corpus Christi R.C. Church in Hasbrouck Heights and a member of its Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Contemporary Club, the Leisure Club, the REACH Program and a former member of the Women’s Club all in Hasbrouck Heights. Pre-deceased by her husband Samuel V. Iorio, Sr. and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include one son, Samuel V. Iorio, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Lyndhurst; one grandson, Daniel Iorio; one sister-in-law, Florence Hinlicky; and her loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum. Mass said in her honor at Corpus Christi R.C. Church in Hasbrouck Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1505 247 Park Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071 for its Handicapped Children’s Fund would be appreciated.
In conducting research on the borough’s regulations, which began in the early 1930s, Cassella explained they originated after the end of Prohibition, when the United States resumed allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages. At the time, he said, “There was a rush to acquire liquor licenses,” and municipalities wanted to exert authority to protect the interests of their neighborhoods. “The ABC has said distance requirements that are unreasonable will prevent competition,” the mayor claimed. “They cannot be used to prevent competition. ... It can be based on (preventing) a public nuisance.” Perry seemed convinced by the mayor’s argument. “I’ve been back and forth on this a few times. ... I think we need to take things on a case by case basis and I think the town has to support this,” he told the audience. “We want to see our businesses succeed.” Edward Bortz, Vesta’s other attorney from Englewood Cliffs, did not return a call seeking further comment. E-mail CNeidenberg@ LeaderNewspapers.net
Tree lighting NORTH ARLINGTON — The North Arlington Public Library will hold its third-annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. After you help us light the tree inside the library, stay for a night of festivities. We will have a visit from Santa Claus, music from the community chorus and Marley and Carly, refreshments and a memorable evening of holiday cheer.
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Sports, Real Estate, Opinions, Calendar, Arts WALLINGTON, ST. MARY’S ADVANCE Panthers, Gaels headed to state football finals By W.L. Bill Allen Jr. Special to The Leader In case you hadn’t noticed, this is a pretty good year as far as local football is concerned. Even though perennial power Becton and upstart North Arlington were both edged out of the post-season by just a handful of power points, a very healthy three of the eight gridiron contingents from The Leader coverage area reaped postseason play positions and two of those three have now advanced to the state finals. In North Jersey Section 1, Group 1, second-seeded Wallington got a late-game field goal to clip Cresskill, the third seed, 41-38, on Saturday, Nov. 20, at WHS. That result propels the Panthers into the North 1, Group 1 title tilt, where the 10-1 WHS pigskin players platoon will face top-slotted, 10-0 Mountain Lakes, at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the New Meadowlands Stadium. In what many would call the
unfairly merged Non-Public Groups 1 and 2 bracket, No. 4 St. Mary High of Rutherford, a Group 1 school, upset the top seed, Holy Cross, a Group 2 member, 32-22, on Friday night, Nov. 19, in southern New Jersey. That outcome gives the Gaels a 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, crown clash date at Rutgers Stadium against the third seed, Saint Joseph of Hammonton, a Group 2 gang which embarrassed the second seed, St. Anthony of Jersey City, 50-8, in the state semifinals round. Unable to make it a clean sweep, previously unbeaten Rutherford ended a fine 2010 campaign at 10-1 when the thirdslotted locals lost to second spotted Madison, 34-25, on Saturday, Nov. 20, at MHS. The Dodgers will face the top-spotted James Caldwell High Chiefs in the North 2, Group 2 title tilt on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at Kean University Stadium. E-mail NJSportAction@aol.com
Flu clinics to be held Dec. 14 LYNDHURST — The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold flu shot clinics Tuesday, Dec. 14. These clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Since doses are limited, you must call 201-804-2500 to schedule an appointment. You are eligible to receive this free flu shot if you are a Lyndhurst resident aged 36 months and older. You must bring proof of Lyndhurst residency or proof that you work for the Lyndhurst Board of Education. Medicare cards must be presented by anyone who is on regular Medicare. Please let us know if you have Medicare Advantage. Do not take the flu shot if you have a severe allergy to eggs; have had Guillain Barre Syndrome in the past; are allergic to a substance in the vaccine; or have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous flu shot. Please ask you private physician if you have any questions about receiving the flu shot. For more information, visit www.lyndhursthealth.org or call 201-804-2500. If you are not able to Photo by Bill Allen-NJ Sport/Action attend this clinic, please call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 9/29/10 Wallington senior Chalie Vellis and the rest of the second-slotted Wallington Panthers will face top-slotted MounPSE&G_5.75X10.5_Rates_2C_Jon_FINAL:Paperless_Billing_5.75X10.75 12:00 PM signal-caller Page 1 201-804-2500 after Dec. 15 to see if we have any remaining doses. tain Lakes in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 1 state championship game at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
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It’s time for some ‘Pop Culture Shock Therapy’ By Andrew Segedin Reporter There’s an inebriated Jiminy Cricket, Aquaman being given a Viking’s funeral in a toilet bowl, and Hobbes of Calvin and Hobbes depicted as a throw rug under an adult Calvin’s feet. These are three examples of the unique, off-beat, and, yes, sometimes crude humor of cartoonist Doug Bratton who exhibits hundreds more in his new book “The Deranged Stalker’s Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy.” The book is a collection of some of his favorite works from his popular web-comic. First introduced to comics as a young boy, reading about and drawing characters from his older brother’s superhero comics — Bratton became increasingly interested in comic strips such as “Calvin and Hobbes,” “Bloom County” and “The Far Side” — many of which he lampoons to this day in his panels. “I don’t do it out of disrespect,” he said while crediting cartoonists such as Bill Watterson and Gary Larson for having a large impact in his life. “The same way I would poke fun at a friend, I poke fun at these comics.” While comics and illustrating were always among Bratton’s interests, he admits it was never anything he pursued in college or something he thought of as a career path. “I figured it’d be something I’d do after I retired,” he said. “But then I started thinking ‘Why wait?’ ” Bratton began developing comic ideas and applied for jobs at various publications before conceiving “Pop Culture Shock
Therapy” in December of 2002. “It occurred to me that I, and really anybody else applying for these jobs, were applying for a job that we’ve never done before,” he said. So he decided to do it himself — holding to his own daily deadline. First, he tried to compile all the movie, TV, comic and pop music references he could think of (he, an admitted pop-culture junkie, came up with more than 2,000). Then he began churning out daily installments of his onepanel comics. “Single panels just fit me more,” he explained while crediting Larson for popularizing what was once a style unique to magazines. “I like to go for the gut — no set of recurring characters.” The New Jersey resident’s original goal was to compose 200 comics — enough to publish a collection. A year later he had already exceeded that amount and was approached by The Daily Targum, Rutgers University’s daily newspaper. Today, “Pop Culture Shock Therapy,” in addition to being published daily online, appears in more than 60 college papers and alternative weeklies. Bratton now finds himself among some of his idols. He is currently featured in New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and “The Deranged Stalker’s Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy” was published under Andrews McMeel — the same publisher as “Calvin and Hobbes,” Bratton’s boyhood favorite. “I was really excited when I found out that Andrews and McMeel wanted to do this book,” Bratton recalled, but his agent let it be known that the publisher
wanted to stay away from a typical comic collection — that’s when the idea of the fictional stalker came into play. “They didn’t want to do a standard collection. They wanted to do something creative and package it differently. I was out to dinner with my friend Dan (Andriulli) and he said ‘Why not make it like your sketch book, only you’re crazy?’ I really liked the idea of writing like a madman, so we changed it a little and made it about some guy who collects the comics and stalks me,” explained Bratton. “Since the book’s come out I’ve had about six friends and family members call me thinking that I was really stalked.” The book is formatted like an actual lined journal, with Bratton’s comics taped in on the inside and the stalker (also written by Bratton) commenting in between. As a nod to that fateful dinner, the stalker’s name and resemblance is that of Andriulli who also serves as “Pop Culture Shock Therapy’s” Web designer. “I love this,” Bratton said smiling, opening up to the goofy picture of Andriulli toward the back of the book. Bratton has a lot to smile about these days. With his book out and “Shock Therapy” featured in more and more publications, his dreams are coming to fruition decades earlier than he had planned. “The Deranged Stalker’s Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy” is now available in stores and online. To follow Bratton’s work, visit popculturecomics.com. E-mail ASegedin@ LeaderNewspapers.net
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Doug Bratton recently released “The Deranged Stalker’s Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy,” a collection of his favorite works from his popular web-comic.
Mark de Mos to premiere in Lyndhurst LYNDHURST — The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s flyway gallery will host an exhibit of watercolors and pastels by local artist Mark de Mos and his students during December and January. The show, “Mark de Mos and Friends,” runs Tuesday, Dec. 7 to Jan. 28. A reception for the artists is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. “My goal, as an artist, is to produce art that is alive, not static and that creates a
drama, a feeling, a slice of life,” said De Mos, a Morristown resident. “As I paint I react to what is on the paper, and I can see the interesting color and tonal elements that will make it come to life.” The exhibit features works by De Mos and his students — Anita Adelman, Keiko Matsuura, Tomoko Sugihara, Myrle Scott, Dottie Glen, Jane Stein, Erola Pellegrino and Joy Xie. The gallery is located in the Meadowlands
Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. DeKorte Park encompasses 1 square mile of wetlands, nature trails and water views — framed by the New York City skyline — and is a great place for bird watching and enjoying nature in general. Visit www.njmeadowlands.gov, or call 201460-8300.
Rylance commands the stage in comedic revival By John Soltes Editor in Chief NEW YORK — “La Bête,” currently playing The Music Box Theatre in New York City, is a hoot and a half. David Hirson’s intermissionless play hasn’t won over everyone. Its initial Broadway run was, by all accounts, a dismal financial failure. Some critics have lampooned the piece as a dressed up tale of burps, banter and misguided verse. But David Hyde Pierce, Joanna Lumley and the exquisite Mark Rylance are injecting some adrenaline into the play, and the results are comic genius. Pierce plays Elmoire, an anagram of Molière, a playwright with a comfortable patronage from the local royal family. He is an artiste, rather than an artist.
Then, there’s the hilarious Valere, the polar opposite of Elomire. Rylance plays this dirty, disgusting, lowest-of-the-low clown as a patchwork of horrible traits. Of course this makes Valere a complete pleasure to watch. He’s a perpetual accident waiting to happen, yet he’s completely unaware of his external image, burps and all. He is, quite simply, comfortable in his own, dirt-riddled skin. The first 30 minutes of the play are a sequence where the audience gets to know Valere personally — very personally. Rylance speaks for the complete half hour, one more streamof-consciousness line after another. Rylance’s sheer courage and determination to deliver the soliloquy are almost
breathtaking. He is in command of the character and knows how to play the laughs to their full comedic effect. He’s a monkey swinging around the stage, hanging on to each cleverly placed quip and aside. The feat is all the more astounding because Hirson puts all of the dialogue in verse with rhyming couplets. Once Rylance takes a breath, and the audience stops laughing, Pierce, Lumley and the rest of the motley crew of characters are able to come into focus.
Lumley, of “Absolutely Fabulous” fame, plays the princess who requires Valere and Elomire to work together in the same dramatic guild. Elomire, of course, wishes to have nothing to do with the foul-mouted Valere. But the princess insists, and so the play and its conflict is born. Although it’s tough to stand in the shadow of Rylance’s brilliance, Pierce and Lumley excel in their own right. The princess in particular is given some ample time to carve out a
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Eating good in Wallington THIS WEEK: By Andrew Segedin Reporter
WALLINGTON — Back from Scotland, this week “No Passport Required” ventures to Adam’s Food Market in Wallington, the center of our community’s Polish population. “Polish immigrants began settling here just before World War II,” says Dorothy Kostecka-Wieczerzak of the Association of the Sons of Poland, a Polish heritage organization located in Carlstadt, speaking of the wave of Polish immigrants that came to the area. The Sons of Poland was originally established in 1903 to help provide benefits to Polish immigrants coming to the United States during the Industrial Age and help those immigrants provide for their families still living in Poland. Today, ASOP serves as a center of Polish heritage and patriotism, offering language classes and holding a presence in a variety of charities, cultural celebrations and publications. The association is one of many places and organizations keeping Polish culture alive and vibrant in our community. At Wallington’s Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, where Kostecka-Wieczerzak is a parishioner, some Sunday Masses are conducted in Polish. “Poles have a strong relationship with their religion and the community thrived around the church,” says Kostecka-Wieczerzak before rattling off several restaurants and markets specializing in Polish cuisine — one being Adam’s Food Market at 168 Maple Ave. in Wallington. From the outside, it looks like your typical small grocer — deli counter, basic groceries, some produce — that is until, next to the Heinz, you find Kotlin Ketchup Pikantny. After that everything seems a little different at Adam’s, Polish mustards and sauces, Polish candy bars, and even Polish magazines and tabloids coming in hot off the press and from more than 4,000 miles away. “People like to read and find out what’s going on where they’re from,” explains Adam’s co-owner and butcher Teddy Krystyniak, so caught by a Thursday morning rush and preparation for the rest of the day’s work that
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he continues trimming a slab of beef from behind his counter. Adam’s hasn’t always been able to provide its customers with the tastes and gossip of home. When Adam Krystyniak first opened the store in 1945, it was a Polish meat market and deli on one side and a typical, American grocery and convenience store on the other and it stayed that way for nearly 50 years. In 1971, Krystyniak adopted Teddy and his brother Andrzej (who currently serves as co-owner and butcher at the market) from Radomysl Wielki, a town located in the southeastern portion of Poland. The brothers immediately took to their adoptive father’s business and learned the trade. “You learn by doing things,” says Krystyniak while trimming off every access on several cuts of veal — some of which will be sold as is while others will be ground into Adam’s Polish hotdogs. “Supermarkets, they don’t have the time to do this, there’s just too much. Here, we cut every thing off.” Adam’s and the local area changed rather drastically in the early 1990s as Polish immigrants, free to leave
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a newly democratized Poland, began making their way into towns such as Wallington, Garfield and Passaic. “When you don’t know anybody, and you’re looking for a job — you tend to look to go to where there are people like you and who can help you with the language and find a job,” explains Krystyniak, citing southern Bergen County’s already established Polish community as the primary reason so many new immigrants decided to settle here. The fall of Communism in Poland in 1990 also allowed Adam’s to offer customers some comforts from home, an effort Teddy and Andrzej continued on with after taking over the store in 1996 — following Adam’s death. “Obviously, under Communism it was hard for people to come over here and there was no way to get (groceries and tabloids) from over there. In the 1990s, Poland became free to export,” says Krystyniak who purchases his Polish items from five different warehouses in New York that receive shipments from Poland daily. “A lot of immigrants look for the Polish (items) to remind them of home.” Such warehouses have made it possible for other Polish food markets to open as well, offering their customers a similar selection of Polish groceries. Yet Adam’s remains the most wellestablished. “We’ve been here the longest, for one,” says Krystyniak. “Two, it’s the Polish kielbasa.” Made from marinated pork, grounded, salted, freshly cased and smoked over wood — Krystyniak claims that there is no secret to Adam’s kielbasa, it’s just simple perfection. The kielbasa, like many Adam’s products ranging from sausages to head cheese, are made fresh and among the most popular items on Saturday mornings — typically Adam’s busiest day of the week. “They’re busy every day, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, it doesn’t matter,” interjects a local police officer coming in for a cup of coffee. “He (Krystyniak) lives in that one spot.” That spot is right behind the deli counter, preparing Polish delicacies for locals wanting a taste of home and for others wanting to know what home is to other people.
TETERBORO — Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-38) introduced new legislation Nov. 12 that looks to address the concerns that the business community has regarding the ongoing efforts of merging not only Teterboro, but other localities throughout the state. In an interview with The Leader, Wagner said the plan is meant to complement the previously introduced consolidation legislation that aims to merge municipalities, like Teterboro, with neighboring towns for cost-efficient purposes. The newly introduced legislation will protect businesses from the inevitable tax increases that would come as a result of a merger, according to Wagner. “If two towns or three towns consolidated, the town that you are in would be the rate that would still be in effect,” Wagner said. “It’s making a general statement to pave the way for consolidation … the same thing we promised residential homeowners will now apply to businesses.” This legislation came about when Wagner saw how local businesses grew concerned over consolidation because of the non-residential tax hikes that would have likely come into play. Wagner’s Chief of Staff Chris Hillman offered further details. “A3539 was introduced today (Nov. 22) and will be referenced to a committee when we return to Trenton in December,” he stated in the e-mail. “The bill, which will amend current law which allows for residential property tax relief in the case of consolidation, will add some nonresidential properties to current laws put on the books in 2007. Vacant land would not be considered for tax relief unless it is in the process of being built.” Wagner is a sponsor and strong supporter of a plan that will split up Teterboro, a community of little more than 1-square-mile and with a number of residents that barely reaches 100. The municipality would be shared among four neighboring towns: South Hackensack, Little Ferry, Moonachie and Hasbrouck Heights. Portions of South Hackensack may meet the same fate in the land legislation, with extra land going to Wood-Ridge. Though the consolidation plan has received much criticism, especially from those who feel their local identity will be stolen by merging with neighboring municipalities, Wagner fully stands firm backing the measure. “I honestly think our voters don’t want to lose the identity of their towns,” Wagner said. “But they are also struggling with property tax relief. … I don’t think (they are losing their identity) because your town and your neighborhood is your town and your neighborhood. I think people are looking for what is the most efficient way of delivering government services.” Adding, in a press release, the assemblywoman stated that “if we cannot find a sensible way to consolidate a tiny place with a handful of residents such as Teterboro, then we have little hope of promoting local government efficiency throughout the rest of New Jersey.”
Racetrack: What about E. Rutherford’s payments in lieu of taxes? Continued from Page A1 ably, be demolished if sold. As for any timeline on the Meadowlands’ future, the commission only says, “There will be a period of time during which transitional operating support for harness racing operations is required. Such continued support is acceptable in our view — only if it is part of this longer plan to achieve a privately-operated horse racing venue for New Jersey.” Other recommendations include: • Establishing an off-track wagering facility either in a converted front paddock at the Meadowlands, or at Xanadu, which the commission believes “would be the most
profitable off-track wagering site in North America.” • Holding harness racing events at Monmouth Park for a 30-day meet in fall 2011, and a 70-day meet in other years. • Having throughbreds annually run during a 59-day meet at Monmouth. Asked when Christie wants to see the recommendations implemented, Deputy Press Secretary Kevin Roberts, replying in an e-mail, stated now’s not the time to lay out such details. “It is premature for us to offer comments,” he said. “The supplemental report contains numerous recommendations that may one day form the basis of a policy proposal, but we are not yet at that point.”
Right now, East Rutherford receives a “payment in lieu of taxes” for hosting the state-supported harness track and other sports venues. Despite that, Mayor James Cassella expressed his preference to retain the track, rather than have the borough play host to 5,000 new housing units. He maintained the idea has been seriously floated as a potential replacement. “These 5,000 units, I’m absolutely against it,” said Cassella, whose municipality would be required to provide new school and police services to meet the increase. “To arbitrarily close it ... Why not give the property to someone who wants to run it?” the mayor asked. “I’m not sure they (state) have thoroughly investigated everything to
turn the track into a profitable entity.” The report could put Bergen County Executive-elect Kathleen Donovan on the spot. Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney, her defeated opponent, ripped her for not opposing Christie’s desire to close the site, thus, costing jobs and shifting harness racing to Monmouth County. During an Oct. 7 candidates’ debate at the Williams Center, Donovan said, “Quite frankly, if we can keep the racetrack open as a viable entity, I think it’s a great idea, but we (state) can’t pour more money into it.” For this story, Donovan did not return phone calls seeking comment. E-mail CNeidenberg@LeaderNewspapers.net
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Continued from LETTERS on Page A5 mailed out a flier stating I was a handpicked candidate of Mayor John Hipp. They also claimed in this same flier that the mayor is responsible for the cuts in service and higher taxes. First and foremost, the only people that I consulted with regarding a run for office were the members of my family. I never sought permission, support or advice of the mayor. This was a blatant fabrication on the part of the Fecanin/Boyle campaign. As president of the council, the direct responsibility for the budget increase, tax increase and garbage fiasco of 2010 lies with Joseph DeSalvo in my opinion. I share the opinion of many in town that “Republican” DeSalvo was not only a supposed campaign strategist but also a chief supporter of the Democrat Fecanin/Boyle campaign. I personally asked DeSalvo to display a campaign support sign on his property but he declined to do so. However he did display a Fecanin/Boyle sign on his property. He is also the architect of the once-aweek garbage pickup and elimination of commercial garbage pickups. DeSalvo is on record as supporting and moving forward both issues despite recommendations by the public to do otherwise. We were told by the Fecanin/Boyle campaign that we soon will enjoy the following: 1. Borough employees will be back to a full work week come January. 2. We will have twice-a-week garbage pickup (this is in opposition to their council supporter DeSalvo). 3. We will have newly paved roads. 4. We will have a new police chief, which will trigger three additionally department promotions. All these promises will be made while respecting a 2-percent cap in our taxes. We also have a police/fire pension increase of more than 20 percent for 2011 that must be funded by the taxpayers. Exactly where can Fecanin/Boyle point with certainty and say yes we can fund these promises? Joseph F. McAllister Rutherford
No to robotic pickup TO THE EDITOR: Regarding the robotic garbage truck that will cost $3.5 million to implement, as a stockholder in that great corporation known as Rutherford, I must vote nay on this proposal. While the prospect of a new toy sounds appealing, we the people of Rutherford must abide by two rules: we must live within our means and we must not allow anything to further raise our taxes next year. Thank you for your time. Vincent Spinella Rutherford
Burns sounds off TO THE EDITOR: I want to thank the people of North Arlington who participated in the Nov. 2 borough council election and those who supported my mayoral candidacy.
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet many people during my door-to-door campaign. North Arlington is a terrific community full of hard-working people who take pride in their town. It remains my belief that these people deserve a first class government that manages our town well. I congratulate Mayor Peter Massa on his reelection victory and hope that he works with the Republican council majority — including our re-elected councilmen Richard Hughes and Joseph Bianchi — to make the best decisions for the people of the borough. I will proudly offer whatever help I can to our mayor and council in order to improve the lives of our residents. Finally, I want to address the political bitterness that has existed in the borough for too long. My running mates and I ran an honest and positive campaign that addressed the issues that people care about. I am proud that we avoided the dirty smear campaigns that have become too frequent in North Arlington. We know people are tired of political bickering and care only about the positive results that the government can make to improve their lives. I hope that going forward, Democrats and Republicans can learn to disagree in a civil fashion and — despite our differences — work for the betterment of the borough. Gary Burns North Arlington
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TO THE EDITOR: I would like to thank the voters of North Arlington for allowing me the privilege of serving the community for another four years as mayor. It is a humbling experience to receive such gratitude and support and I thank you all on behalf of myself and my family. I would first like to thank the Democratic organization here in North Arlington including the Democratic Committee and Democratic Club for all of their hard work in this campaign. I could not have been successful if not for the party’s commitment to my candidacy as well as my running mates, Al Granell and Bob McClintock. I would also like to thank Councilman Steve Tanelli as well as Councilman Mark Yampaglia for their hard work and confidence. It takes a collective effort to run a campaign as well as manage a municipality. I would also like to acknowledge my opponent, former councilman Gary Burns. Gary has been involved in the community for decades. He has my respect and I look forward to working with him. Congratulations are also in order to my colleagues Joe Bianchi and Rich Hughes. I’ve had the pleasure of serving with both members for the last three years and while we’ve had our differences, I believe we all have the same ultimate goal of providing the borough with the best possible services at the lowest possible costs. I want to publicly acknowledge my wife Val for all of her help as well as my sons Rich and Steve, my daughter-in-law Emerita and my sister Donna. Mayor Pete Massa North Arlington
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SPOTLIGHT INFO 15th-annual coat drive
• The Rutherford Community Band will present a holiday concert Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Rutherford High School auditorium. The high school is located at the corner of Mortimer Avenue and Elliot Place. Free. Visit www.rutherfordcommunityband.com or call 201-939-2325. • The Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell will present “The Joyful Sounds of Christmas,” featuring Tim Janis and Ensemble with the Saint Dominic Academy Dominoes Choir. The concert will take place Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Mount Saint Dominic Academy Performing Arts Center, 3 Ryerson Ave., Caldwell, on the Caldwell College/Mount Saint Dominic Academy Campus. Donations are $25. For ticket information, please call 973-403-3331, ext. 19 or 20. All proceeds will benefit the Sisters of Saint Dominic “Beyond These Doors” Project.
•The GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Rutherford’s 16th-annual Snack with Santa will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Rutherford Elks Lodge (48 Ames Ave.). There are two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets cost $9 per child and $7 per adult, and include a photo with Santa, crafts, snacks and stories. Seating is limited. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Please mail your session request and a check payable to the JWCR to 291 Orient Way, Rutherford, N.J. 07070 and please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for tickets to be mailed to you. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities. Visit www. RutherfordJuniors.com. • The MSH Columbiettes are sponsoring a bus trip to Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday, Dec. 4. The bus will leave the Knights of Columbus Hall, 67 Hathaway St., Wallington, at 9 a.m. and leave the casino at 5 p.m. The cost is $30 ($20 free play and $5 food credit). Call Barbara Ann at 973-916-1957, or Caroline at 973-471-9425. Payment of a check or money order made payable to MSH Columbiettes may be mailed to 150 Hayward Place, Wallington.
• The Williams Center art/photo Christmas party reception will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The art/photo show runs through Jan. 3. Guests are welcome. • The Polish American Club of Lyndhurst, 730 New Jersey Ave., will host “Lunch with Santa” Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Donations are $7 for adults, and $5 for children. Call 201438-9723 or 201-927-0833.
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• The Board of Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford have partnered with Jersey Cares in support of its 15th-annual coat drive. New or “gently used” winter coats for men, women, children and infants may be dropped off with the church office through Dec. 15. Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New Jersey Cares is a nonprofit organization that is part of the HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the nation helping individuals, churches and corporations answer the call to serve and create meaningful change in communities. The organization’s goal for 2010 is to distribute 50,000 warm coats to those in need in the State of New Jersey. For more information visit www.jerseycares. org or www.handsonnetwork.org. The First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Ridge Road in Rutherford. For more information visit www. fpcrutherford.org or call 201-438-3569.
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• The William E. Dermody Free Public Library, 420 Hackensack St., is offering a pass to the American Museum of Natural History. The pass is good for one family of two adults and up to four children. The borrower must be a Carlstadt resident, must have a valid library card and be over 18 years of age. Call 201-438-8866 or e-mail email@example.com.
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• The Rutherford Chamber of Commerce’s “Super Saver Bag” with more than $170 in coupons and fliers is now available for $10 a bag. Expiration date is Dec. 31, 2011. Participating members include A Doghouse Bakery ($5 groom service), AIS Kae Driving School ($25 off), All Clear Plumbing (10 percent off), Ames Computer (15 percent off), Correct Shoe Fitters (10 percent off), Dolin Insurance ($5 gift coupon), Lanni Appliance ($25 off over $399), Park Cleaners (10 percent off), Red Basil (15 percent off $30 purchase), Rutherford Animal Hospital (new client gift), Rutherford Pancake House (15 percent off), Saladworks (free drink), Station Square Liquor ($2 off $10 wine), Strategic Financial Group (1/2 hour consultation), The UPS Store ($15 off mailbox rental), Wallington — Rutherford Self Storage (10 percent off). Bags are sold at these locations: A.W. Van Winkle *& Co., Country Whimsey (10 percent off), Goffins Hallmark ($2 off), The Leader and YMCA (free class). Visit www.rutherfordchamber.com for more information.
• Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will host a Christmas
Bird talk, Dec. 6 LYNDHURST — The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will host a free talk and slide show presentation Monday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. by prize-winning nature author and public speaker Scott Weidensaul. The talk, “Against All Odds — Miracles of Bird Migration,” is at the Meadowlands Environment Center Auditorium in DeKorte Park. Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Living on the Wind,” about bird migration. His talk will explore the wonder and mechanics of migration, and the simple ways that humans can help at a time when the populations of many migratory birds are in drastic decline. Weidensaul writes for such publications as Smithsonian, Audubon, Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds. Wiedensaul’s talk is the latest collaboration between the NJMC and Bergen County Audubon Society. The two organizations sponsor free twice-monthly nature walks at various Meadowlands parks and natural areas, as well as such other free events as the annual Butterfly Day in July and Kevin Karlson Shorebird Day in August. Seating in the 270-seat auditorium is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Check meadowblog.net for details or contact Don Torino of the BCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-6364022.
spree and supper Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. $7. Call 201-991-1132. • The Rosary Confraternity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Wallington will host a holiday excursion to the Mt. Airy Lodge and Casino Wednesday, Dec. 15. Enjoy a scenic ride to the Poconos, $35 casino bonus and matinee production of “Halos and Holly,” a heartwarming story in which angels are sent to rescue a mother-and-daughter scam artist team from their dead end road just days before Christmas … a holiday classic filled with all your favorite Christmas songs. The price of $55 includes bus transportation, a $30 slots play bonus, a $5 food bonus and the matinee ticket. Special luncheon discounts are also offered to seniors 55+. The bus will depart from in front of the church at 10 a.m. For reservations, call Ginny at 201-715-2087.
• “EXPRESSIONS: An Evening of Art for the Whole Family” will take place Thursday, Dec. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Williams Center. The holiday art fair will feature 20 talented local artists displaying/selling their work including oil paintings, acrylics, charcoal, mixed media, fashion illustration, handbags, pottery, jewelry, candles, childrenswear, knitwear and sweets. Art classes for children throughout the evening (as well as face painting for the kids, too). Free. Portion of proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd Church and the Rutherford Food Bank. The evening’s event will include live music as well as live art performances. The Williams Center for the Arts is located at 1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford. Call 201-321-6024.
• The Little Red Schoolhouse located on Riverside Avenue and Fern Avenue will open Sunday, Dec. 12, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
• North Arlington Police Chief Louis Ghione and the North Arlington Police Department
• Registration is now open for Rutherford Recreation Department’s basketball and wrestling programs. Basketball is for all children in kindergarten to eighth grade and the fee is $35. Wrestling is for children in second to eighth grade and the fee is $60, which includes a uniform deposit. For more information please call 201-460-3015. • Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington will sponsor a program titled “Healing the Broken Heart Seminar” on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the La Salle Center, our parish center at 200 Ridge Road in North Arlington. The seminar will be led by members of the “Growing in Holiness Ministries” in Basking Ridge. The seminar is designed to assist in spiritual healing of past hurts. If you feel separated from God, family members or friends and may be dealing with painful memories from past hurts, please participate in the day of prayer and reflection. Learn how to remove the pain of resentment, anger, rejection, lack of forgiveness, fear, shame and other memories without the need to discuss embarrassing details. The cost of the day is $15 per person if registering by Nov. 30. Late registrants must call the ministry office to confirm seating, cost $20/per person. Register with credit/ debit card at www.growinginholiness.com or by phone (see below). By mail make check payable to “Growing in Holiness Ministries” and include name, address, e-mail and phone number. Mail to address as follows: Growing in Holiness Ministries, PO Box 244, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Queen of Peace Church is located 10 Franklin Place, North Arlington, and may be reached by calling 201-998-0700.
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• “The Outfit” by Darwyn Cooke is the graphic novel of the year. The illustrated continuation of Richard Stark’s Parker series is quickly becoming a classic. Retail price is $24.99 (Amazon.com is selling it as of press time for $16.49).
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“The Outfit” follows on the heels of “The Hunter,” Cooke’s immensely successful and critically-acclaimed adaptation from summer 2009. This latest installment, which runs 160 pages and is published from IDW, is like a violent “Mad Men” with swank hotels, incriminating evidence and really bad bad guys and good guys who are also really bad.
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• Artist Aurelio Grisanty has been painting the beachscapes of the United States for several years. The result of his hard work is Beach Town Posters, an original company that sells Grisanty’s art-deco posters via the Internet.
• Yes, Barbie is a blonde. Yes, she may have a history of being a little ditsy. Yes, there are more jokes about Barbie and Ken then there are about most politicians (see “Toy Story 3” for a perfect example).
Visit www.beachtownposters.com for more information. Pricing is reasonable: $30.95 for the poster, or $135 for the poster and a custom frame. All posters come signed by the artist.
But, in the end, every little girl loves to receive a Barbie on Christmas. And there’s no need to go with the usual offerings. Mattel offers the Computer Engineer Barbie through its successful “I Can Be” dolls. For only $12.99 your daughter can live vicariously through everyone’s favorite blonde bombshell. She’s dressed in a funky tee with binary code design, plus she comes with a cell phone headset, laptop bag and pink laptop (it has to be pink, of course). A special code inside the package unlocks career-themed content online.
Nearly every single beach in the United States is included. From Laguna Beach to San Diego to Cape May and Long Beach Island, Beach Town Posters offers a chance for local residents to remember the sandy stretches of their youth. Each poster features iconic art work with distinctive lettering. For more information on the company, check out www. LeaderNewspapers.net to access The Leader’s article on the business from last year. You won’t be disappointed.
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• Don’t know who Dan Zanes is? You obviously don’t have children. If you did, you’d know Zanes and his unique style of family entertainment. For a crash course for you and the family, try some of his successful CDs like “Family Dance,” “Catch That Train” and “Rocket Ship Beach.” For a more detailed idea of who Zanes is, check out www.LeaderNewspapers.net for Chris Neidenberg’s profile of the singer (it’s located under the Entertainment tab). The family entertainer recently played a gig at Montclair’s Wellmont Theatre, and it won’t be too long when he comes around again.
• When you think Apple, you usually think computers and electronics, not necessarily televisions. But they’ve made their mark in this realm as well. For only $99, you’ll get the small TV that promises to be “big on entertainment.” As is the case with all Apple products, it has great compatibility with companies like Netflix, YouTube and others. Buy an Apple for your teacher this Christmas!
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• If you liked “Seabiscuit,” you’ll probably appreciate this tale of survival, resilience and redemption during World War II. Laura Hillenbrand is an author to follow. The price is $27, though Amazon. com is selling the 496-page hardcover for only $13.99. It could be the book of the season.
For good, wholesome and surprisingly expert music, try Zanes this holiday season. Most of his CDs are less than $13.
• Here’s President George W. Bush’s epic tome about his years in the highest office of the land.
• If computer science was never your field, what about news reporter Barbie? (left)
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• President Barack Obama’s latest book is a story for his children (and the children of the United States). It runs a slim 40 pages and includes illustrations by Loren Long. The price for “Of Thee I Sing” is $17.99 ($8.99 at Amazon.com).
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• If you’re looking for some holiday cheer this year, try “Elf” at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. The musical adaptation of the popular Will Ferrell movie plays through Jan. 2. Tickets run from $39 to $352. If a performance is sold out, and you don’t mind going without a seat, try the standing room only tickets for only $32. The key for this show, if you’re interested, is to get your seats early. The closer that Christmas comes, the steeper the ticket prices go up and the more crowded it gets. Take, for example, Thanksgiving week. “Elf” did more than $1 million in business, and the sky seems to be the limit on sales for the coming weeks. If “Elf” was never your thing, try other holiday fare like the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” the New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” or Donny and Marie Osmond’s holiday show on Broadway. All holiday shows look to sell out in the few short weeks leading up to Christmas, so act early. Visit www.telecharge.com for tickets to “Elf.”
• The iPhone 4 is supposed to change everything, and it’s difficult to argue with those sentiments. The screen is 3.5 inches and has 960-by-640 resolution — i.e. the definition of sharp. There is HD video recording available, plus video calling. Check with your phone service provider to see whether the iPhone is an option.
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This 1 bedroom condo in park-like setting is totally updated. Refinished floors and freshly painted. Short walk to NY bus. H/HW included in maint. fee. Call today! AD#-2951867
This large 5 BR 2 bath colonial has a wrap-around porch, new vinyl siding, a newer roof, fireplace, finished attic, a front & back staircase, deep lot and much more. Walk to bus, train, downtown. AD#-1019157
This 4BR 2.5 bath Burke built colonial is on a great street. Extra large eatin kit, LR w/ FPL, Formal DR, FR, fin base w/ home theater & office, cent a/c, garage, deck, sec sys & more! AD#-1030031
sold $470,000 RUTHERFORD $335,000 $549,000 WALLINGTON LIGHT INDUSTRIAL LOVELY HOME
This former machine shop has driveway from 2 streets. 6,720 sf. Building is expandable. Zoned light industry. Call for details! AD#-1001740
Location, location, location. This building with 6 2BR apts is located 1 block from Crist Hospital, 5 minutes from Lincoln Tunnel. Separate utilities. Good rental income. AD#1001442
RUTHERFORD $137,000 RUTHERFORD $1,095,000 JERSEY CITY $299,000 RUTHERFORD $214,900 RUTHERFORD $399,000 NUTLEY 1ST FLOOR CO-OP MAGNIFICIENT HOME WESTERN SLOPE SECTION FIRST FLOOR CONDO LARGE COLONIAL Why rent when you can own this affordable 1 BR unit in park-like setting. Short walk to NY bus. 1 dog or 1 cat OK. Call for details!! AD#1009077
This younger 4 BR 3.5 bath home is located on quiet tree-lined street. Features large modern kit with granite countertops, 1st fl FR w/ FPl, Master bath with Jacuzzi tub, hardwood floors throughout, 2 car garage & more. AD#-1042894
$199,900 RUTHERFORD $335,000 RUTHERFORD $320,000 JERSEY CITY 2 BEDROOM HASTINGS 6 FAMILY ATTENTION BOATERS
This 3 BR colonial needs some updating but it’s situated on a 145’ deep lot on a quiet residential street. Located near bus, school and park. Call for details!! AD#-1025452
This beautiful updated 2 BR 2 bath condo is only a short walk to train and NY bus is at your front door. Approx. 1300 sf. Gleaming hardwood floors, stainless appliances & cherry cabinets in kit. Don’t miss this one. AD#-1043064
This 2 family has 5 BRs and 3 baths in 1 apt and 2 BRs & bath in 2nd. Main apt has gas FPL, 1st fl FR and fin basement. Features new windows, newer heat & hot water, 2 zone ht, sep utils, & 2 car garage. AD#2010060
This 3 BR, 1.5 bath colonial with finished basement and 2 car detached garage has an updated kitchen, 1st floor study and fenced-in backyard. It is located in a convenient area near schools, bus and train. AD#-1018261
$440,000 RUTHERFORD $519,000 LYNDHURST $474,900 LOVELY COLONIAL MINT CONDITION 2 FAMILY
This 5 BR 2 bath colonial is located on a quiet tree-lined street. Features new kitchen, 1st floor family room, 1st floor bedroom, sliders to deck, master BR with cathederal ceilings. hardwood floors and more. Near Transportation, shopping & schools. AD#-2938886
This 4 BR 1.5 bath colonial is a true Rutherford home. Features beautiful chestnut trim, pocket doors, hardwood floors, enc. porch, parlor, fireplace, walk-up attic, 2 car garage & more. Short walk to everything!! AD#1022439
Mint condition 2 family with 2 BRs in each apt. 1st floor features hardwood floors, newer kit w/granite counters, newer bath. 2nd floor has newer kit & bath. Beautifully fin base, nice yard with above ground pool & deck. Many upgrades. AD#-1024283
RUTHERFORD $75,000 RUTHERFORD $199,900 RUTHERFORD $599,900 PASSAIC $825,000 RUTHERFORD $19,000 RUTHERFORD $134,900 NUTLEY $229,000 RUTHERFORD $299,900 AUTO REPAIR BUSINESS COMMUTER’S DELIGHT TOTALLY RENOVATED INDUSTRIAL BUILDING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FIRST FLOOR CO-OP STARTER HOME AFFORDABLE Great opportunity to own your own business. Lond established mechanic shop in heart of Rutherford. 2 bay, office & 2 rest rooms. Parking for 14 cars. Established 40 year. AD#1023616
This 1 bedroom Orient Manor unit is only a short walk to NY train and downtown, NY bus at door. Features central a/c, elevator, 1 car garage. Call for details and private appointment. AD#-1028609
This 6 BR 3 Bath colonial features modern eat-in kit w/ center island, new deck, inground pool, 3 season room. features fireplace, central a/c and so many upgrades. Walk to bus, school, park. AD#-1025843
This 3,500 sf building on half acre was previously used a construction yard. 2 overhead doors, extra office space in basement plus 2 BR apt. on 2nd floor. Call for details!! AD#1026778
Nail and hair salon in busy downtown area. 8 stations, 3 shampoo sinks, 1 pedicure, 1 manicure, wax room, kitchette area, lg storage room, bathroom, extra storage in basement. Washer & other equiptment included. AD#-1023546
This 1 BR unit is totally updated. Freshly painted w/ new kit & bath. Near NY bus. 1 dog or cat OK. Many upgrades!! AD#-1028794
This 3 BR home is on a 176’ deep lot. Located on a beautiful street near everything. 2 car garage. Needs some updating, but good value. AD#-1014557
This 3 BR colonial is conveniently located just a short walk to NY bus, train, and downtown. Featues spacious rooms, nice back yard. Call today to see this affordable home. AD#-1030503
$250,000 NUTLEY $279,900 NORTH BERGEN $795,000 RUTHERFORD $485,000 RUTHERFORD $369,000 WEST NEW YORK $439,000 RUTHERFORD RUTHERFORD $750,000 RUTHERFORD GREAT VIEW BEAUTIFUL CO-OP RETAIL STORES LOVELY HOME - DEEP LOT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MOVE RIGHT IN MIXED USE BUILDING This building consists of 2 retail stores and a 2 BR apt. Also 6 garages.Located in the heart of rutherford’s downtown. Call for details! AD#1031140
This tastefully updated 3 BR colonial is loaded with charm. Features hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen with stainless appliances & granite counters, garage, walk to bus. ERA Warranty included! AD#1035003
This property consists of 5 stores on busy Union Ave. Approx. 4500 sf. 2 of the stoes could be subdivided to make 7 stores. Good income. Call for details!! AD#-1031171
This 4 BR 1.5 bath true Rutherford colonial is the home you have been waiting for!! Features open 1st floor, front porch, finished attic, landscaped 150’ lot and much more. Short walk to NY bus. AD#-1021398
This building which consists of a large garage and offices was used as a auto repair shop. This has no street frontage. Access is through 2 driveway easements. Approx 4800 sf Call for details. AD#-1031143
$399,000 $119,900 RIDGEFIELD PARK $415,000 RUTHERFORD $285,000 BELLEVILLE LYNDHURST $459,000 BLOOMFIELD QUIET DEAD-END COLONIAL SUNNY 1 BR CO-OP GREAT HOUSE ON LARGE LOT HALCYON PARK DISTRICT BEAUTIFUL COLONIAL This 3 BR 2 bath home is located on a great street and features many updates. Features central a/c, hardwood floors, skylights, beautiful deck & 2 car garage. Near NY transportation. AD#-1036716
This 3 BR 2 bath home features enc front porch, LR w/FPl, DR, mod kit, 2 BRs, den & bath on 1st and BR & sitting area on 2nd. Fin base w/ bath. Hardwood floors, newer drive, fenced yard. Near evertthing. Seller with pay $2,500 closing costs. AD#-1028990
RUTHERFORD $479,000 LYNDHURST LARGE COLONIAL DEEP LOT 5 BRs, 2 baths on beautiful tree-lined street. 1st floor features heated porch, hardwood floors, fireplace & modern eat-in kit w/ granite counters. 4 BRs on 2nd floor & BR on 3rd. Central a/c, finished base, lg yard. AD#-1000013
This 1 BR ground floor unit is located in the Arbor Hills complex. Pool and exercise room in complex. Off street parking. Near NY bus. Park-like setting. 1 cat OK. AD#-1038519
This 4 BR 2 bath colonial boasts nice LR, DR & eat-in kit plus family room on 1st floor, large fenced in yard with above ground pool, driveway. Near NYC bus. AD#-1039654
This Charming 4 BR 1.5 bath home is located at the end of a quiet deadend street. Features enclosed front porch, gleaming hardwood floors, security sys, Very private yard. Short walk to bus & schools. AD#-1040229
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This 2-3 BR 1.5 bath colonial is situated on a deep 150’ lot. Features central a/c, large deck and more. Near NYC bus and train. AD#-1025835
This large 4BR colonial with 3 full baths and 2 half baths features mod kit w/ granite counters, finished attic and basement, all large rooms, inground pool and much more! Short walk to NY bus, train & downtown. AD#-1012949
Beautifully decorated 1 BR Rutherford Manor unit. Features gleaming hardwood floor, new bathroom sink & floor, assigned parking, coin-op laundry. Short walk to NY bus. AD#1002719
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Very large 2 BR 2 bath unit with new baths, kitchen has new appliances & granite counters, 2 parking spaces, great views and wonderful transportation to NYC. This is a great unit. AD#-1034965
Exquisite waterfront 1 BR condo only 7 years old. Features Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, stainless appliances, granite counters, California closet, patio facing NYC. Great river and NYC view. Near ferry, bus, light rail. AD#-1001136
This spacious 2 BR co-op is in mint condition. Features lots of closets, balcony, 2 parking spaces. This gated community has 2 pools, clubhouse & gym. Minutes to NYC transportation. AD#-1036383
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BELLEVILLE 1BR updated apt. with parking .....$725 + utils. BLOOMFIELD 3 BR 2 bath home, fireplace, nice area ........... ............................................................................. $2,000 + utils CARLSTADT 1 BR garden apt. Near bus, heat included $975 CARLSTADT 2BRs, hardwood floors, fresh paint, parking, laundry hook-ups, storage .................................$1,200 + utils CARLSTADT Large 3BR, use of yard, washer/dryer hookups in unit, freshly painted, use of yard 2 car parking, small pet OK .......................................................................$1,500 + utils CARLSTADT 2 BRs & fam. rm., 2 baths, 1st floor, laundry hook-ups, ht incl ............................................................ $1,600 EAST RUTHERFORD Studio apt, renovated, cent a/c, use of yard, near bus & train............................................. $795 + utils EAST RUTHERFORD Studio apt., completely updated, cent a/c, steps to NY train .............................................$965 + utils EAST RUTHERFORD 3 BR 1.5 bath duplex. 2 blocks to NY bus & train, use of yard ...................................... $1,600 + utils GARFIELD 2 BRs, new kit & new bath, share yard & basement .................................................................... $1,200 + utils GARFIELD 2 BRs, 1st floor, new kit & new bath, share yard & basement ............................................................$1,250 + utils JERSEY CITY 1 BR, walk to Journal Sq & PATH, H/HW incl.. ........................................................................................... $875 JERSEY CITY1 BR, walk to Journal Sq & PATH, H/HW incl. . .........................................................................................$1,000 JERSEY CITY 2 BR, walk to Journal Sq & PATH, H/HW incl. .........................................................................................$1,250 LYNDHURST Spacious 3 BR, HW floors, refrig incl., parking, near everything ................................................... $1,325+ utils. LYNDHURST 3BRs, beautiful 2 family, 1st floor, ultra mod kit, central a/c, laundry hook-up ..............................$2,300 + utils NORTH ARLINGTON 1 BR, 1st floor, 3 large rooms, coin-op laundry, H/HW included NO FEE TO TENANT & 1 MONTH FREE RENT .......................................................................$950 RUTHERFORD Studio garden apt. in park-like setting, H/HW incl, near NY bus............................................................... $850 RUTHERFORD Lovely 1BR w/ private rntry, coin-op laundry,
H/HW incl., NY bus on corner. .........................................$875 RUTHERFORD nice 1 BR with den on west end, 1 block to NY bus ..................................................................$950 + utils. RUTHERFORD 1BR full furnished, near NY bus & train, H/ HW incl., This is a short term rental until 5/11 .............. $1,100 RUTHERFORD 1BR, freshly painted, near NY bus & train, H/ HW incl. .......................................................................... $1,100 RUTHERFORD 2 BRS 1st floor, laundry hook-up, 2 car garage, NO FEE TO TENANT .............................$1,400 + utils RUTHERFORD 2 spacious BRs, 1st floor, use of yard, parking, laundry hook-ups, small pet OK ..................$1,475 + utils RUTHERFORD 2 BR 1.5 bath in young building $1,550 + utils RUTHERFORD 2 BR 5 year old 2 floor apt., fireplace, laundry hook-ups in apt., near everything. ......................$1,600 + utils RUTHERFORD 2 BRs, 1st floor, large rooms, updated kit, near bus & train, use of yard & driveway ............$1,650 + utils RUTHERFORD Lg 2 BR, near everything, DW, W/D, refrig ... .............................................................................$1,800 + utils. RUTHERFORD 3 BR 2 bath house, hardwood fls, fam rm, fenced yard, garage............................................ $2,500 + utils SECAUCUS 2Br, 2.5 bath townhouse in Harmon Cove on the water ................................................................... $2,300 + utils WALLINGTON 2BRs, recently cleaned, painted & carpeted, new refrig, parking for 2 cars. OWNER WILL PAY HALF FEE.. $950 WOOD-RIDGE 2 BRs, freshly painted, 2 parking spaces, walk to schools, laundry hookup in base ...........$1,450 + utils CARLSTADT 600 sf office, central a/c, many professional uses ................................................................................$1,200 CARTARET 185 seat diner, great location, plenty of parking, triple net .........................................................................$7,000 PASSAIC 3,000 sf retail store in busy downtown area, OWNER WILL PAY HALF FEE ...................... $3,000 triple net PASSAIC 4,000 sf retail store in busy downtown area, OWNER WILL PAY HALF FEE ...................... $4,000 triple net RUTHERFORD 410 sf retail 1st floor busy area . $750 + utils. call us - we have many more!!
* #1 in annual Rutherford pending and closing sales. Fractional numbers rounded. Each office independently owned and operated. * Certain Seller Security Plan conditions apply.
The Leader 12.2.2010