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Clifton Merchant Magazine • Volume 12 • Issue 10 • October 5, 2007

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The Hackensack band performed the pre-game show, but the Marching Mustangs played the national anthem as fans continued to filter into Clifton Stadium just before 7 pm on Friday, Sept. 28, for Homecoming.

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There was something missing from the CHS Homecoming football game this year — the traditional pre-game performance by the world famous Mustang Marching Band. A new rule put in place this year by the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League states that the home team band can only play during halftime, while the away team band can only perform before the game. The Showband of the Northeast has been performing the national anthem on the field since the band’s inception 69 years ago. The band now has to play “The StarSpangled Banner” from the stands. (story continues on page 87)

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History and Heritage: Your August issue was really great. I enjoyed it very much. I sent copies to Margaret Hogan of Orange Park, Fl. and Roy Calligaro of Dallas, both long time Clifton residents. They both told me that they read the magazine from cover to cover and it sparked many happy memories for them. Roy also mentioned that he sent the magazine to another former Cliftonite in a different state, who then forwarded it to yet another person in a third state. Your magazine is travelling the country. Ellie Schimpf Clifton

Retired Clifton Police Officer Gene Sanson of Sherman Pl. called to let us know that he was the driver of the Clifton PBA 36 police car in the Jubilee Parade on page 8 of the August edition. He said he still owns the car.

1967 was a special year in Clifton’s history. It was the city’s 50th anniversary and residents celebrated with a parade the likes of which no one had ever seen before. During that Golden Jubilee year, city boosters also sponsored a beard growing contest won by Bill Peters. Ken Blum came in second, third place went to George Kauppert and an award for the bushiest beard went to Ray Farley. In this month’s issue, we offer readers a timeline of events, from 1967 to 1974. And our cover story on Frankie Lisbona Randall also offers perspective to that era. Enjoy reading our history and nostalgia...

Cliftonite Roger Sudol was immediately able to recognize the man with the Native American headdress on page 86 of the September Clifton Merchant as Arthur Mazowiecki, the former Program Director of the Club from 1971-74. Although Sudol is unsure if Mazowiecki is still with us today, he certainly has fond memories of Mazowiecki, who was also the chief of the Clifton DPW. “Being in charge of the DPW, he was able to get work crews, equipment, carpenters and all sorts of stuff to help us with the cabin in Sparta. It was nothing more than a run down hunting lodge at first,” recalled Sudol. “We got heat and electricity, storm and screen windows. We were able to use it year 8

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Two Beard Growing contestants with Councilman Bill Bate and above, the June 4, 1967 parade passes Clifton Ave. at Sixth St.

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round. Later on, we got a pool—it was even bigger than an Olympicsized pool.” “Stanley Zwier, he was a working class guy, just like Mayor James Anzaldi. He stood up for the people and did a lot for the Club too,” recalled Sudol. “He used to sponsor hot dog nights, with 200 kids coming in to enjoy free hot dogs, soda and movies and stuff like that. This was all around the same time.” “Frank Carlet was instrumental as well. Morris County wanted to start charging us taxes. They said we weren’t a non-profit because we made too much money,” he recalled. “Frank went to bat and attended many, many tax hearings.”

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No Castle for Lakeview

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There will be no castle at the corner of Lexington and Piaget Aves. in Clifton. Developer Fadi Salim of Totowa withdrew his proposal without prejudice for a restaurant and catering hall on a 1.265 acre plot of land at 635 Lexington Ave. “The market is a little soft and the neighbors were very much against the project and we try to get along with our neighbors,” said Salim’s attorney William Sala. Dozens of residents who live in the neighborhood where The Castle was proposed to be located had voiced their concern about the project at past Zoning Board meetings. Their main worry was that the proposed two-story parking garage with 213 spaces would be 66 spots short of the 279 required for a building of The Castle’s size. “We’re very pleasantly surprised they withdrew the application,” said Laure Barrett of 27 Bergen Ave.

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But Sala said his client is still interested in building something on the empty land. “The city’s got to do something with it,” he said. Barrett said the neighbors have held meetings to discuss what they would like to see constructed there. Some of the ideas being considered are a bank, a small professional office building, a funeral parlor, a fitness center or a family style restaurant like Friendly’s or IHOP. “Something that doesn’t need a parking garage so that it wouldn’t look like we lived in a city,” said Barrett. “A place that isn’t open until all hours of the night and that doesn’t serve alcohol.” Clifton Economic Development Director Harry Swanson said any one of Barrett’s ideas, which she submitted to the city, would be satisfactory, but he’d lean towards an office building or a fitness center. Swanson said the city is already in advanced negotiations with Provident Bank to establish a branch nearby at the corner of Lexington and East Clifton Aves. As far as food establishments go, Swanson said Friendly’s and IHOP will not set up another location in Clifton due to territorial agreements with their corporate offices. “We don’t see food establishments as a high priority,” said Swanson. The Hot Grill is right down the street.

Congregation B’Nei Torah of Clifton wants to construct a house of worship at 614 Passaic Ave. The applicant wishes to tear down the home pictured above and build a 35’ by 80’ synagogue. City Planner Dennis Kirwan said the building would require 18 parking spaces but they are only proposing two, which has sparked plenty of opposition from neighbors. The application’s Sept. 26 Zoning Board meeting was postponed to Nov. 7, but an effort is being made to hold it Oct. 17. Other variances include: conditional use; non-conforming lot area and width; lot coverage proposed at 51 percent where a maximum of 35 percent is permitted; side yards proposed at 6’ and 8’ where a minimum of 15’ each is required; and rear yard proposed at 10’ with 35’ required.

Testimony continues in the Garret Pointe Associates application to construct a driveway to service a land-locked lot in West Paterson. The project’s planner testified before the Zoning Board on Sept. 19 under direct examination from attorney Frank Carlet. The planner also briefly answered questions under cross examination from attorney Glenn Peterson, who is representing two complainants in the matter. Garret Pointe insists that Paxton St. off of Mountain Park Rd. in Clifton is the only possible entranceway to service a proposed group of 128 residential units on the West Paterson lot. The next hearing will be Oct. 17 and Peterson made the bone-chilling prediction that this matter could drag on longer than the Brighton Rd. school application.

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Still Searching for a School

Subcommittee rules out Athenia Steel, considers other sites The Clifton Board of Education recently announced that its latest School Site Selection Committee has ruled out Athenia Steel as a possible location for a new building to ease overcrowding in the district. The committee, made up of seven voting community members and Mayor James Anzaldi and BOE Vice President Michael Urciuoli, voted 7-0 to eliminate Athenia Steel from consideration after hearing from environmental consultants on the condition of the property. The committee is now looking at sites that would fit either a sixth to eighth grade school with 600 to 800 students (with some other plan to take care of the additional 400 students at CHS) or a larger eighth and ninth grade school with 1200 students,

depending on what land is available. Those extra 400 kids could be placed in a school at 290 Brighton Rd. if the facility ever gets built. On Aug. 30, Passaic County Superior Court Judge Robert Passero reversed the Clifton Zoning Board of Adjustment’s decision to deny the BOE’s variance for the proposed ninth grade high school annex. Neither intervenor in the case (Van Ness Family Trust or ProLogis 230 Brighton Rd.) has filed an appeal yet, although Van Ness has indicated that it will. Meanwhile, the Board of Ed’s architect has met with contractors and the Board is reviewing what it would take to begin construction now as opposed to waiting.

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But many believe that the high school annex won’t be enough to completely end the overcrowding problem in the district because the problem also exists at the two middle schools. So how long will it take for the search committee to select a satisfactory place for the district to locate a new school, which meets all the needs? Will the members consider building additions to already existing schools? Judge Passero has stated that he considers past additions in Clifton to be failures. WWMS was expanded, but overcrowding still exists in the middle schools. Additions were put onto CHS, but classes are still held in hallways. Is the committee talking about moving the sixth graders back into the grammar schools? School 17 was just built to ease overcrowding in the elementary schools and with the completed implementation of full-day kindergarten, there will be even more kids in elementary buildings. Can these schools efficiently accommodate another whole grade? Will the search group consider Globe Products at 750 Bloomfield Ave. as an option? Some think it’s a great location, but the Board has been told in the past that it’s an environmental nightmare and the owner won’t let district members on the property. Then there are some members of the community that still believe overcrowding doesn’t exist in Clifton

Schools. Some say the last School Board election indicated that a majority of voters disagree with this notion, because the three candidates that were elected are all in favor of building a new school. When will everyone get on the same page with this issue? The answer to all of these questions should be revealed as the search committee’s work progresses over the coming months. Oh, and there’s a new superintendent to find, as well. The BOE announced at its last meeting that they are considering seven different companies that they might hire to conduct the superintendent search. The Board will be analyzing the proposals from the seven companies to decide how they want to proceed. President Marie Hakim said a good superintendent search lasts seven to nine months so the BOE wants to get started as quickly as possible. Each Board member will meet with one of these search companies and will give their input into what they are looking for. The BOE used a search firm in 2002 when it hired former Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice, who resigned his post in Aug., after five years in charge of the district, to take the superintendent’s job in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was replaced on an interim basis by Dr. Anthony G. Barbary, a former Clifton assistant superintendent, who is expected to serve at least a year.

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What Will Tony Do? PC Sheriff Endorses Silva; Latona, the Firefighter who was Almost Mayor, Stands Behind Ward in Clifton Council Single Seat Vacancy by Joe Hawrylko The Clifton Council Special Election on Nov. 6 is starting to capture the attention of everyone, both in and out of the city. The political posturing has only just begun and is sure to get more bizarre. Candidate George Silva—a Republican—has secured an endorsement from Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale, a Democrat also up for election on Nov. 6. The Passaic County Democratic Committee—in an undated letter by Chair John Currie and Freeholder and Municipal Leader Bruce James—solicited party faithful for an Oct. 11, $300 per-plate cocktail party to “change Clifton’s government into a partisan one.” However, Tony Latona, an outspoken and beloved expolitician, could be most influential. He placed second in the ‘06 Council election, then resigned on Oct. 18 of that year due to a court order that limited his power because of a conflict of interest with his paid firefighter’s job. And now, Latona—a Republican—is supporting Democrat Matt Ward. But why? The firefighter sees a man who is willing to stand up for what he believes in. “Partisan government got us into the mess that we have now at the local and national level. We need to get past it and put the people first,” said Latona, stating that James should worry about the county’s $30 million budget gap before attempting to make change here. “Clifton needs to remain non-partisan. The last thing we need is fiscal irresponsibility, corruption and poor leadership,” he added in an email.

He feels such a move would allow for “party puppets,” shutting out independents who want to run with the best interests of the city. Latona believes Clifton needs elected officials who won’t allow Freeholders, party bosses or political groups to influence their decision making or ability to govern. “I guess it’s frustrating for them (political leaders) not having control to ‘cherry pick’ their candidates in Clifton like they are able to do in the other cities,” quipped Latona. “If they feel so strongly for equal representation, I would expect them to request to do the same for Passaic County by going to a ward-style of county government.” “Matt is an independent minded person who is passionate and willing to stand up, not only to the City Council, but also to the County Freeholders,” continued the firefighter, who currently works out of Fire Station #3 on Maher Ave. near Botany Village.

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“He’s there to do the right thing, what’s in the best interest of the residents of Clifton, not to push someone’s personal agenda,” said Latona, continuing: “Ward is one of the few members of the Council that actually understands the real problems that face this city. He has guts to make the tough decisions, to do what needs to be done to save Clifton before we go down the road of our sister cities.” While Latona supports Matt Ward, he concedes that there are other worthy candidates. But Latona says appointing someone else to fill the three years left on the term—which expires in 2010—would be foolish. “Unfortunately, this is a one-seat election and we have a fine candidate in George Silva, who is the only other candidate running that actively stays involved in local politics,” claimed Latona. He said he believes Beverly Carey and Joe Chidiac are not as visible as the other two candidates. “George is a good, honest man, and I feel that there is a seat for him on this Council in the next open election,” he continued. “I just don’t want to take away Matt’s strong voice on quality of life issues at this time. Like me, Matt is outspoken, which makes him Assemblyman Tom Giblin on Oct. 1 said he was ‘broadsided’ by the letter penned by Freeholder and City of Clifton Democratic Committee Municipal Leader Bruce James and Chair John Currie of the Passaic County Democratic Committee. “My credibility is at stake,” Giblin said of the undated letter sent in late Sept. The writers asked party faithful to help “with this initial grass roots effort” to change the form of Clifton government. Recipients were invited to a $300 per-plate cocktail party on Oct. 11, hosted by Giblin and his special guest Senator Richard Codey, “to discuss the importance of this campaign,” the letter stated. “When they asked me to get Codey involved months ago, I didn’t know anything about the Democratic Party taking a position on the change of Clifton government,” said the Assemblyman. “I was the one that did the asking (to invite Codey) and nothing was said then.” “He (James) messed up,” Giblin continued. “The potential for any kind of government change is now tainted as a partisan one, when it should be a broadbased, non-political effort with community people. They are operating off the seat of their pants.” James did not return phone calls for comment.

undesirable to most elected officials because he doesn’t “play the game” and is willing to speak up and stand up for all the residents of Clifton,” concluded Latona, who added that has a new video up about Clifton quality of life issues. “We need someone who will hold the Council and the county’s feet to fire. Matt Ward is that man.”

Candidates Meet, Greet & More Friends of George Silva for Council host a reception at The Valley Regency on Oct. 9, from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets are $50. For info, call campaign manager Dawn Kaiser at 973-478-1185. The Clifton Democratic Club has cancelled its annual pre-election candidates forum after members “voted to endorse Matt Ward for Council in the November election,” according to a Sept. 24 email from Club President John. D. Pogorelec, Jr., Esq. He went on to cite that Ward has been a life-long Democrat and a dedicated member of the club. Assemblyman Thomas Giblin speaks about happenings and events in Trenton on Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 pm at Mario’s, 740 Van Houten Ave. The Clifton Democratic Club hosts the event, which includes free pizza and drinks. Call 973-778-1604.

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Hi, My name is Joe and I am sincerely interested in serving you on our City Council. I have been a Clifton resident for 50 years and a married homeowner and taxpayer for half of those years. I have worked and participated on different City, County, State and Federal Level Jobs with various Labor Unions and contracts, as well as, numerous volunteer organizations, both locally and nationally. My family has kept me active and involved as well; my wife teaches kindergarten in St. Philips, Summer Bible School at the United Reformed Church of Clifton, Girls Scouts, Youth Week and Safety Town. Based on my Educational Training and career experiences, I have the tools to help me relate and represent with understanding and sensitivity. Please consider my Professional Background, Integrity, and Independence when you cast your vote on Nov. 6th. Thanks,

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Beverly Carey

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Jerry L. Holt (R) Joseph Stinziano (R) * Incumbent

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Matt Ward*

When it comes to politics, we Cliftonites are an opinionated and critical bunch. However, once election day comes, it is considered a ‘success’ if more than 20 percent of voters turn out. Apathy still runs rampant. But on Nov. 6, Cliftonites have a chance to make amends. Instead of talking the talk —“Parents will pass the budget, I don’t need to vote” or “This politician will win anyway”—walk the walk. Do your civic duty and take 10 minutes to exercise your voting rights. Clearly the most pertinent issue on the ballot to residents is the City Council Special Election to fill out the remainder three years of Tony Latona’s term. Those running include interim Councilman Matt Ward and challengers Beverly Carey, George Silva and Joe Chidiac. There’s other, more broad issues, too. Are you sick of paying one of the highest tax bills in Passaic County, only to receive next to nothing in return? Do you have a strong opinion on the proposed sale of the County golf course? Or maybe seeing

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Election Day Nov. 6th Polls Open 6am-8pm the ducks wade about the old tires, broken bottles and other trash at Weasel Brook Park—County owned and maintained—makes your blood boil. Your freeholders are responsible for these issues. Democrat incumbents Terry Duffy and Pat LePore have held their posts since 2004 and are challenged by Republicans Jerry L. Holt and Joseph Stinziano. If you’ve got a problem with any State issues— such as the overdue completion of the Rt. 46 ramp on Grove St.—take it up with your Assembly members: Democrats Thomas P. Giblin and Sheila Y. Oliver. Confirm they’ve done their jobs or send them packing in favor of Robert C. Bianco and Clenard Childress, Jr. The County Surrogate oversees the approval of wills and is Cliftonite Bill Bate (D). Jeremias Batista (R) challenges. Running unopposed are County Sheriff Jerry Speziale (D) and State Senator Nia Gill (D). In addition to the open positions, there are five ballot questions. Whatever your political view, be sure to exercise your right to vote.

New Jersey State Assembly 34th Legislative District (Select Two)

State Public Question #1 Do you approve the amendment of Article VIII, Section I of the New Jersey State Constitution to provide for the annual dedication and annual appropriation of an amount equal to the annual revenue derived from a tax rate of one percent imposed under the New Jersey Sales and Use Tax, exclusively for the purpose of property tax reform, through a special Property Tax Reform Account established in the constitutionally dedicated Property Tax Relief Fund?

State Public Question #2 Shall the “NJ Stem Cell Research Bond Act,” which authorizes the State to issue $450 million in bonds for grants to fund “stem cell research projects,” and providing the ways and means to pay the interest on the debt and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof, providing that recurring revenues of the State are certified to be available in an amount equal to the sum necessary to satisfy the annual debt service obligations related to such bonds, be approved?

State Public Question #3 Shall the “Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2007,” which authorizes the State to issue $200 million in bonds to provide moneys for the purchase and development of lands for rec and conservation purposes, the preservation of farmland, the purchase of properties in the floodways of bodies of water such as the Passaic River that are prone to flood damage, and funding historic preservation projects, be approved?

State Public Question #4 Shall the amendment of Article II, Section I, paragraph 6 of the Constitution, agreed to by the Legislature, revising the current constitutional language concerning denial of the right to vote by deleting the phrase “idiot or insane person” and providing instead that a “person who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting” shall not enjoy the right of suffrage, be adopted?


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Thomas P. Giblin* (D)

Sheila Y. Oliver* (D)

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Robert C. Bianco (R)

Clenard Childress, Jr. (R)

Election Day Nov. 6th Polls Open 6am-8pm Passaic County Surrogate (Select One)

William J. Bate* (D)

Jeremias Batista (R)

Passaic County Sheriff (Unopposed)

Jerry Speziale* (D)

State Senate - 34th District (Unopposed)

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Those who served in the military are invited to march in the Clifton Veterans Parade on Nov. 4. The route will be along Main Ave., stepping off at 2 pm from Sylvan, and ending at the War Monument in Main Memorial Park. The CHS Band, the Skyliners, the Denville String Band and the Kearney Bagpipers will perform. Civic groups are also invited to march in the parade. For info, call John Biegel at 973-471-8828 or Keith Oakley at 201-774-6666.

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Running Like a Marine by Jordan Schwartz Anyone can say they support the troops. Paul Hasselberger is doing something to prove it. The three-year veteran of the Clifton Police Department is running in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. on Oct. 28. After running a number of charity 5Ks with fellow officers from the CPD, Hasselberger, 30, considered taking part in longer races. “I’ve talked to the guys about running a marathon and the sense of accomplishment they felt after crossing the finish line,” he said. Wanting to experience that sensation, the Lakeview resident did some research and came across the Marine Corps Marathon’s website ( with a link to several charities. “I learned about the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and immediately knew I wanted to do more than just donate to their cause,” said Hasselberger. The Clifton cop works with a lot of Marines and even attended his brother Pete’s graduation from Parris Island. He said he’s developed a great respect for these soldiers. “I regret not joining when I was younger and I feel that by running this marathon and raising money to help those Marines who have been injured in combat, I can do my part,” Hasselberger said. The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund covers the collateral expenses associated with a soldier that gets hurt. For example, if a mother or father is wounded in Iraq, the fund would pay for the marine’s family to fly out to be with them. The fund

Clifton Police Officer Paul Hasselberger is running the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. on Oct. 28 in order to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. To donate, visit

has also been used to save a couple’s home after a woman was fired for taking time off from work to be with her husband who had been injured. The charity has provided Hasselberger with a website (see caption above) to track donations and to allow others to donate online. His goal is to raise $2,000 and he’s already more than a quarter

of the way there because the Clifton PBA #36 gave $500. Checks should be made out to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and should be mailed to Clifton PBA #36, P.O. Box 1436, Clifton, NJ 07015. Hasselberger has been running at least five times a week in preparation for the marathon. Officer Mike Panepinto, a retired marine, October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


and Officer Bruce VanDerVliet have been helping Paul with his training. Panepinto, along with guys from the Honor Guard Hasselberger is in, and his wife Apryl are all making the trip down to the nation’s capital to watch Paul attempt to tackle the 26.2 mile course. Hasselberger has lived in Clifton for the past nine years, eight of them in the same apartment in the Lakeview Ave. section of town. He grew up in Totowa and graduated Passaic Valley High School, where he played defensive back for the football team, after his parents moved from their first apartment in Richfield Village. Hasselberger’s dad grew up on Fountain St. near the Lexington Diner. Paul’s grandfather, Peter, had an accounting firm named Harvard, Hasselberger and Pearler in the building on Main and Clifton Aves. that was destroyed by fire last year. He did accounting work for the city and the Board of Ed.

Officer Hasselberger with Clifton Police Det. Mike McLaughlin (left) and PBA President Steve Berge (right). The trio stands in front of a plaque dedicated to Officer John Charles Samra, who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 21, 2003. Samra is also recognized on Hasselberger’s fundraiser web site.

“My family’s from here,” said Hasselberger. “I moved back because it’s a nice area to live with a perfect mix of urban and suburban. My parents started their family here, so I wanted to also.”

Now this Clifton Police Officer, with deep roots in the city for which he serves, is giving back. “I can at least say I did more than just say, ‘I support the troops,’” he said.

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The Turzynskis lived in a world of silence. Kazimierz from Poland and his wife Lee Kui Yin of Singapore were both deaf mutes. The couple married in 1985 and Lee gave birth to a hearing impaired daughter named Coleen towards the end of 1988. Soon after, the family moved into a two-bedroom apartment at 176 Ackerman Ave. in Clifton along with Kazimierz’s father Mieczslaw, who was not disabled. Mr. and Mrs. Turzynski attended the Fair Lawn School for the Deaf, where Kazimierz befriended a Pakistani immigrant named Abdul Qudoos, who was also hearing and speech impaired. Qudoos started staying with the Turzynskis from time to time and even began a homosexual relationship with the husband. It’s unknown whether or not Lee knew of the affair, but she and Abdul always argued over the fact that he never paid the family rent for the weeks, and sometimes months, he stayed at their second-floor home. In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, a downstairs neighbor heard a scream and a loud bang like a bowling ball being dropped on the floor of the

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Clifton Police Detective John Barr pours through the sixinch thick file on the 1990 Turzynski murders.

Turzynskis’ apartment. Lee couldn’t speak, but she would sometimes scream when she got frustrated, and so the neighbor didn’t think to call the police. The people downstairs did become concerned, however, when the upstairs tenants weren’t seen for a week. They called the building owner’s father, Salvatore Capriglione, who came to check on the Turzynskis. Capriglione had to use his keys to open the top and bottom locks of Apartment 4. The stench that hit him on the other side of the door was something he would remember for the rest of his life. The owner’s father walked towards the Turzynskis’ bedroom but he never made it all the way in. The sight of blood-soaked sheets and a dead body on the bed terrified Capriglione, who immediately ran out of the apartment. A neighbor reminded him that there was a child living in the home, so he went back in to look for her. Capriglione found little Coleen Turzynski unharmed. She had been spared from the massacre that wiped out her family. Clifton Police began their investigation on March 25. Kazimierz, 36, was found naked on his bed, stabbed once in the chest by a knife that had pierced his heart.

The flow of blood indicated he had been upright when he was killed. Lee Kui Yin, 40, was discovered a few feet away from her husband, slumped in the corner of the room between the bed and the blood-stained wall. She had been stabbed 13 times, suffering numerous defensive wounds on her hands when she tried in vain to stop the ferocious onslaught. Mieczslaw, 62, was found in the adjoining bedroom. He was stabbed once in the chest in his bed and a pillow had been placed over his face, possibly to muffle his cries for help. Det. John Barr, who worked the case, said “skin slippage” on the bodies and the fact that the corpses were starting to decompose indicated that the three victims had been murdered about a week prior — probably on the morning the neighbor heard the noises. It’s believed the baby survived by eating cereal and drinking toilet water. A bottle, a plastic spoon and a pink wash cloth were found in the toilet bowl. Coleen was dehydrated, but she was alive. Qudoos became a suspect a few days later. Barr said interviewing him was difficult due to his disability. The department had to find a translator who could sign in Urdu, the suspect’s native language.

A drawing of the crime scene shows the naked body of Kazimierz Turzynski on the bed with his wife Lee Kui Yin dead in the corner of the room.

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A Small Town Cop Retired Clifton Police Det. Edward T. Snack has written a number of stories about old Clifton cases for a possible book called A Small Town Cop. Snack, who drew the crime scene photo in the Turzynski homicides pictured at left, has documented cases he worked on and others he heard about while on the force from 1959 to 1992. One of his stories is about the infamous Bonnie Haig murder featured in the Sept. edition of the Clifton Merchant Magazine. In it, he writes about how he photographed Mrs. Haig’s body and then arrested her husband Alan at the funeral home where his wife’s body was in repose. Snack tells how he was called to testify at Mr. Haig’s murder trial. He informed the court about the food particles he removed from Haig’ s kitchen sink. “To keep the food particles fresh, I placed them in a plastic container and put them in my freezer at home,” wrote Snack. “My wife did not open the freezer for three days.” Another story entitled “Only One Shot Was Fired” is about how Clifton Police stymied an armed robbery attempt at the Grand Union Super Market at Clifton and Lexington Aves. a few years before Snack joined the force. The assailants carried a .38 caliber revolver and a sawed-off shotgun, but only one shot was fired during the ordeal — from an officer’s weapon, killing one of the thieves. Snack’s longest entry details his time assigned to Car 10, the Accident Investigation Unit. In it, the retired officer, pictured above as a rookie, reports how he once had to help a badly injured driver into his patrol car and transport him to Passaic General Hospital. During his 29 years in the Detective Bureau, Snack, 72, drew more than 400 composites for all types of serious crimes. He also personally arrested people suspected of murder, rape, bank robbery and several other offenses, and he received a number of commendation letters. He now lives in Lincoln Park with his wife of 46 years, Carol. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


Qudoos was living on his own on Eagle Ave. in Paterson at the time of the crime. Police searched his residence and recovered a camera and a camcorder that belonged to the victims, but they didn’t find a murder weapon or any other evidence directly linking him to the killings. The circumstantial evidence, however, was overwhelming. The suspect was described by those who knew him as a violent individual. People at the School for the Deaf said Mrs. Turzynski embarrassed Qudoos there by telling everyone that he owed her rent money. In addition, the suspect’s translator told police that men from Qudoos’ section of Pakistan had a low regard for women. Furthermore, Barr said the suspect had no concrete alibi and his statements were inconsistent. He was also said to be extremely fond of the baby, possibly the reason why she didn’t suffer the same fait as her family. But police couldn’t make a strong enough case to charge Qudoos with the murders. They charged him with the theft of the cameras, he was convicted and served some time in the Passaic County Jail, but he was eventually deported because his visa had expired. Coleen Turzynski was sent to live with family in Poland. She should be turning 19 soon. As for Det. Barr? He’s about to retire knowing that someone got away with murder.

A second drawing of the crime scene illustrates how Clifton Police found the bathroom and hallway area in the Turzynski’s second-floor Ackerman Ave. apartment. A baby bottle, plastic spoon and pink wash cloth were found in the toilet bowl, leading police to believe that baby Coleen survived the week after her parents were murdered by eating cereal and drinking toilet water.

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Dave White’s students think their teacher is a celebrity. Ever since the English instructor announced that he would be publishing his first novel, word has spread through the halls of Christopher Columbus Middle School like a rumor shared on the lunch line.

But this rumor is true. White, who grew up in Clifton and attended the very same school at which he now teaches, released his book When One Man Dies (Three Rivers Press) on Sept. 25. The crime fiction centers around a New Brunswick private detective named Jackson Donne,

Dave White’s students at CCMS couldn’t be more proud of their English teacher, who recently published his first crime novel entitled When One Man Dies.

who’s hired to investigate the hit and run death of Gerry Figuroa. As Donne looks into the crime, the reader learns that there are certain individuals who don’t want the P.I. snooping around. Jackson Donne is a 28-year-old character that appears in nine of White’s short stories. “I wanted to write about a younger private detective,” said the author, who, this month, will turn the same age as his favorite protagonist. “Most of them are in their forties so I wanted to take that P.I. genre and try to make the guy younger.” The Figuroa character also appeared in White’s earlier prose. “So I said, lets see what happens if I kill him.” The writer admits that he’s always been drawn to producing literature with dark themes, but he said it has nothing to do with his personality. “It’s my taste in what I like to read and so I try to emulate that style,” he said. White grew up on Luddington Ave. in Downtown Clifton reading Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes mystery novels. “It was almost like a break from what we were supposed to read,” said White, who attended School 3 and CCMS before graduating in 1997 from CHS, where he was a member of the Mustang Marching Band. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


The teacher didn’t get into creative writing, however, until he took a class in the subject at Rutgers University, where he majored in English. “I wrote a couple of mystery short stories and got them published online.” His stories have been published in Thrilling Detective, Handheld Crime, Hardluck Stories, and Shred of Evidence. His story “Down to the River, a notable entry in StorySouth’s Million Writers Award, was published by SHOTS. “Down to the River,” which takes place on the banks of the Passaic

CCMS teacher and Clifton author Dave White will be holding a book signing for his first novel When One Man Dies at the Wayne Borders on Oct. 18. River, is just one of White’s stories that has a local setting. Another short story entitled “Limp Puppets” references the Burger King on Rt. 46, which is near his home. But White didn’t begin penning his novel until he went to grad school. “It was in 2003 when I needed a break from writing serious stuff,” said White, who got his master’s in Education at Montclair State. He

completed the book in April 2005 and was lucky enough to find an agent through a friend. It took only two weeks to locate a publisher who was willing to take a chance on a young author. “I tell my students they’re very lucky because they get to see someone go through the publishing process,” said White, who has been teaching eighth grade at CCMS for three years. “I try to show them the mistakes I’ve made while revising in hopes that they won’t make the same errors in their writing.” It’s this passion for teaching that White said will keep him in the classroom, no matter how many books he sells. Teaching helps him write. “I’m the kind of person that needs something occupying my mind when I write so my subconscious can work,” said White, who now resides in Saddle Brook. “I don’t see myself leaving teaching.” His students hope he doesn’t go anywhere, either. They like having a celebrity around.

Author Dave White’s family at his mother Carol’s graduation from Jersey City State University in 2005. Carol is with her husband Martin and youngest son Thomas.


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10 Years in the Making Reunion on Nov. 21, 7 pm • RSVP by Oct. 31 Jessica Tucker Farrell knows that no matter how tough times may get, she always has her friends from CHS to lean on. Her husband, Clifton Police Officer Steve Farrell, was involved in a car chase on April 17, 2003 that went into Fair Lawn and turned violent. When it was all said and done, Fair Lawn police officer Mary Ann Collura was dead and Farrell’s husband was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his left leg and right arm. When Clifton cops came to personally notify her of the grave situation, she did the only thing she could think of: call her best friends for support.

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“All of my friends from high school were there the next day, even the ones as far as Virginia,” said Farrell, a special education teacher at CHS. “Kristin Triolo (Garibell), Danielle Reonieri, Beth Minsky, Denise Rembis... they all graduated with me and came here to support me.” For 13 months, Steve was recovering and out of work, complicating life for the young and still unmarried couple. However, through it all, her Clifton girls gave her much needed emotional support. That seems to be the theme for the CHS Class of 1997. Time nor distance can destroy the bonds established within their alma matter.

Some of her Clifton girls: Jessica Tucker Farrell (middle) with her two high school buddies, Beth Minsky and Kristin Triolo. To right is Liz Greco and above her is an unidentified ‘97 graduate. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


Graduation day, back in 1997. Top left, going clockwise is Grace Bednarcz and Daniella Belen, Chris Bania, an unidentified trio of graduates. At right, from left: Irene Greczek, Liz Greco and Meghan Gorman. In the bottom photo is Jill Nigro, and sister Danielle and Jessica Rold.

In the decade that has passed since than, the graduates have matured and evolved into adults, defying the apathetic stereotype that was applied to their generation Kristin Triolo Garibell, Andi Pasquin and Jessica Tucker Farrell plan to mark the ten year milestone with a celebration at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown. Coordinated by the girls themselves, they chose the location for its “Manhattan” vibe. Instead of a formal, sit-down dinner, the reunion will feature a cocktail reception to promote socialization amongst friends that haven’t seen each other in years. Entertainment will be provided by an 11 piece band, Time Machine, selected by the ladies because the band knows the sound of their era. There will also be a slide show and party favors, including a class yellow pages so classmates can network. “The idea came to me when so many former classmates contacted me to help them secure their first mortgage. They always say how



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They plan to sell 250 tickets to the event, at the cost of $100 each. The cost will provide an evening of drinks, food and fun. Kristin Triolo Garibell—now a fourth grade teacher in Montville and Montville HS Varsity cheerleading coach—is collecting the money for the reunion. Checks can be made out to CHS Reunion 97 and sent to Kristin Garibell, 320 Washington Ave., Clifton, NJ 07011 by Oct. 31. For more information, or to help locate a classmate, send an email to

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CHS Classes of 1958 and 1959 host a joint reunion on April 25 at The Bethwood. For tickets, to help locate classmates or to volunteer, call Marie Hakim, who is also the Board of Education President at 973-246-7440 or e-mail The CHS Class of 1947 has its 60th Reunion from 1:30 to 5 pm on Oct. 21 at The Brownstone. Tickets are $30. For more info, call Theresa Andreotta Ahl (201891-0019), June Stickelberger Sluisman (973-9560513), or Dorothy Moorman Meyers (201-652-9353). The CHS Football Booster Club Beefsteak/Tricky Tray has been rescheduled for Oct 20 at the Clifton Elks Lodge on Clifton Ave. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $30. For tickets or info, call 973-772-6288 or make checks payable to CHS Football Booster Club and mail to PO Box 843, Clifton, NJ 07015. The Third Annual Theater League of Clifton Halloween Costume Party Fundraiser is 7 pm on Oct. 26 at the Russian Orthodox Church of the Assumption Hall on Orange Ave. in Clifton. Tickets are $35. Make check payable to Theater League of Clifton. Admission includes a buffet dinner, dessert, coffee, beer, wine, soda and a DJ. Tickets will not be mailed; check-in is at the door. Reservations by Oct. 23. For info, call Mark Peterson at 973-458-9579 or e-mail


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CHS Reunions They were the last class to graduate from the ‘old high school,’ now CCMS or today’s Christopher Columbus Middle School. Clifton and our entire nation was going through extraordinary growth, and the Class of 1962 lived through it. They watched a young John F. Kennedy inaugurated on a snowy January day in 1961, and were introduced to the Nuclear Age as the US and Russia faced off over the Cuban Missile Crisis. Back at home, the Fighting Mustangs, under Coach Joe Grecco, captured the PVC Championship with players such as Al Baldanza, Ron Zimmerman, Bob Havasy and Jeff Gratsky.

CHS 1962 Cheerleaders. First row: C. Kopec, B. Baskinger, R. Graglia, C. Baskinger, M. Stadler, R. Cassata, C. Golinak. Second row: S. Labolistrier, B. Null, C. Autorino, S. Haley, L. Van Lenten, M. Strashinsky.

The class includes recognizable public figures: City Engineer James Yellen and Fred Rembis, a frequent speaker at Council and Board meetings. There’s also sweethearts William Shaughnessy and Marilyn Hazinski, who wed after graduating.

The CHS Class of 1962 will host a 45th reunion on Nov. 24 at the Athenia Veterans Hall, from 7 to 11 pm. Cost is $50. For more info or to reserve a seat or a table, call Georgette Zanetti Niland at 973742-6772, or Carole Klein David at 973-365-2336.

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From Bus Boy to COO Clifton native Rene Bardell has come a long way from his days tending bar at Burn’s Country Inn at the corner of Robin Hood and Valley Roads • by Jordan Schwartz Rene Bardell was barely a teenager when he got his start in the food service business. He would walk south down Grove St. from his home on Gould Terr. to the Montclair Beach Club where he worked at the snack bar. “My fondest childhood and teenage memories are summers at that club,” said Bardell, 52. “It was owned by the Cole family and (CHS teacher) Chad Cole remains my best friend to date.” Nearly 40 years later, Bardell works for a slightly larger eatery as President and Chief Operating Officer of Cafe Tu Tu Tango Restaurants. The Tango Group operates four award-winning restaurants in Florida and California with revenues in excess of $14 million. But there were several stops between Montclair Beach and South Beach. Bardell’s parents were committed to sending their son to Catholic schools, and so he never attended Clifton Public Schools. He went to St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City until he was kicked out for behavioral problems, then transferred to Paul VI on Valley Rd., but was politely not asked back for the same reason. “I was a cut-up, but I wasn’t a dangerous kid,” he said. “Me and Catholic schools didn’t get along.” At age 16, Bardell and his family moved to Little Falls so Rene could attend Passaic Valley High School. That’s where he had his two most successful years of school before graduating in 1973. It was also around the time of the move that Bardell began his long and successful career in the restaurant business. The Manor in West Orange was just a 15 minute drive from his family’s new home. Bardell’s father was a liquor salesman at the time and his dad got him an entry level job. “My first promotion was to bus boy,” he recalled. But Bardell moved quickly up the ranks. After bus boy, he was promoted to waiter then banquet captain. The Manor is also where Rene met one of his first mentors — a man by the name of Ray Foley. “He took me over to a time clock one day and said, ‘You’re going to go down as the youngest bartender in the state of New Jersey,’” Bardell remembered. He was just 18 at the time, but he tended bar at the West Orange establishment for another year until 1974. That’s when he left The Manor and returned to Clifton to 40

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Rene Bardell, his wife LoriAnn and daughter Ava. The inset is Rene’s eighth grade picture from St. Phillip’s in 1969.

bartend at Burn’s Country Inn, which is now the Alexus Steak House at the corner of Robin Hood and Valley Rds. He also worked at The Pub (now Buco’s) and The Penguin (now Rick’s American Bar & Grill). In 1976, Bardell began tending bar at Daphne’s inside the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth. A short time later, Carnival Hotels and Resorts, which owned the Sheraton, recruited Rene into its management training program. In 1980, the company named the 25-year-old Food and Beverage Director at the Sheraton River House, the company’s flagship hotel in Miami. Bardell moved down to Florida, and four years later, he was named Regional Director of Food and Beverage for Carnival, then General Manager of the Sheraton River House, then Divisional Director of Food and Beverage, and finally General Manager of the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Tampa. “I was working 80 hours a week,” Bardell said. “I worked my butt off and I came up through the ranks.” He never graduated college, but by the age of 43, Bardell had 20 years under his belt as a senior exec-

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Now Accepting New Patients A Quarter Century of Dedication to Patients with Hearing Loss and Dizziness We are Audiologists who fit more than hearing aids. Hearing loss can be the result of many things—noise, exposure, ototoxic medications, a family history and, of course, aging. Before thinking about getting a hearing device, have your hearing examined by Audiologists trained in identifying and rehabilitating patients with hearing loss. At Dr.’s Brady and Bhandarkar, getting fitted for hearing aids is just the beginning of treatment. Call Dr. Granville Brady and Dr. Anita Bhandarkar, Audiologists, if you have any trouble hearing, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or dizziness. We accept most insurance plans and Medicare with your doctor’s referral.

utive for one of the country’s top hotel development and operating firms. In 1998, the Montclair Heights kid left Carnival to start his own consulting and executive development and recruiting firm in Tampa called Partnering Concepts, Inc. As President of the company, Bardell worked with several hotels and restaurants, including Shula’s Steak Houses, named after former Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. Partnering Concepts is also how Bardell got involved with Cafe Tu Tu Tango Restaurants. The four locations feature appetizer-sized food portions and spontaneous live entertainment such as artists creating masterpieces while you eat. Bardell continues to serve as President and COO of the restaurant chain. He currently lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife LoriAnn and two-year-old daughter Ava. Bardell has come a long way from the snack shack at the Montclair Beach Club. But he’ll never forget how he got his start — serving french fries to Clifton swimmers in the summers of the late ‘60s.


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Imagine the possibilities of your Clifton Home and to get some ideas, visit Athenia Mason Supply just off Lakeview Ave. where you can choose Cambridge Pavingstones with valueadded ArmorTec for any paving project. An interlocking Cambridge Pavingstones system will instantly improve your home’s appearance and increase its appraised value. With dozens of shapes and colors to choose from, design possibilities for driveways, walkways, patios and pools, sunrooms and other areas are endless.

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Back in 1999, my wife Cheryl and I purchased our dream home on Washington Ave. in Downtown Clifton. We are pictured above on that July move-in date, in the home where we still live and expect to stay for a long time. Ever since that move, we’ve been remodeling and maintaining our center hall colonial. Soon after that purchase, we as Clifton Merchant Magazine did one of our first Home Improvement sections. Over those years since, we’ve had the opportunity to meet, work with and do business with plenty of local remodeling experts. Thus, if you have a home improvement project in mind, I urge you to call upon and consider hiring the trustworthy advertisers found within these pages. I say that because I know most of them personally.

And remember—before beginning any construction project at home or the office, be sure to get the proper city permits. Here are some numbers to help out... The Engineering Department issues permits for curb/sidewalk construction, street excavation, tree planting and driveway widening—973-470-5793. The Planning and Zoning Office can answer questions on pools, decks, fences, additions and new construction—973-470-5808. The Building Department issues permits for plumbing, electrical, fire safety, elevators and other types of construction. The department also issues permits for demolition work, oil tank removal, asbestos and lead abatement—973-470-5809. By Tom Hawrylko


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You’ve done your research and asked all the right questions, and now you’re ready to hire a professional remodeler. However, before you have a contract drawn up, there are still a few more items to consider. This story was provided by the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers Council and National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Estimates Ask for a written estimate of the work to be done based on a set of plans and specifications. This is a time-consuming process for the contractor, so you should be prepared to pay for this package. Tip: Make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples. Estimates from different remodelers need to be based on identical project specs. Conventional wisdom states that you should get at least three bids before hiring a contractor. But its a mistake to let price alone drive your selection. If you like a remodeler and are confident that he would do a good job, don’t automatically switch to another contractor (who may not rank as high in customer service, competence, communication, etc.) if the estimate is more than you can afford. Tip: You may be able to scale down by making a few modifications—using quality stock rather than custom-designed cabinets or selecting less-expensive appliances or fixtures.



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important to make sure that your personalities work well together. If, for example, you want to know every detail as the project progresses, you probably won’t be happy with a remodeler given to one-word answers. The bottom line is: Do you feel comfortable with this individual? A strong rapport and close communication with your remodeler will help make any job go well. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


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Directory of Advertisers Able Hardware: 973-773-4997 AD Woodwork: 973-800-8288 Affordable Home Services: 973-473-4830 Athenia Mason Supply: 973-253-0570 Blessing’s Carpeting & Hardwood Flooring: 973-471-7171 BZ Irrigation: 973-777-7188 C. Genardi Contracting: 973-772-8451 Champion Waste Removal: 973-744-6766 Chem-Dry of Clifton: 973-778-0300

Clifton Aluminum Products: 973-772-1255 Counter Creations: 201-933-1133 Cutter’s Edge: 973-772-6887 Dundee Floor Covering: 973-546-0616 HRH Services: 973-249-9199 Independent Pest Control: 973-764-5332 Jos. A. Majka & Sons: 973-777-8484 K&S Building Supply: 973-473-3118 Mikula Contracting: 973-772-1684 Norwich Builders: 973-851-4366

Precision Electric Motor Works: 973-471-2600 Preferred Tank: 1-800-925-8265 R.E.N. Remodeling: 973-773-1978 RF Knapp Construction: 973-777-1699 Sarge Painting: 973-773-0280 Slavco Construction: 973-478-4848 State Farm Agent Bill G. Elijouzi 973-478-9500 State Farm Agent Thomas Tobin 973-779-4248 Yagins Construction and Landscaping: 973-345-7100

Timing & Schedules The time it takes to complete a remodeling project varies quite a bit depending on the scope of the project and uncontrollable factors like the weather. A simple bathroom remodeling may only take a few weeks, while a two-story addition may take six months or more. To stay on schedule, plan ahead: • Be sure to build time into your schedule for obtaining permits. • Expect to set aside time for telephone calls and regular meetings with your contact person to review progress and discuss the schedule for remaining work. • Ask your remodeler to provide you with a weekly schedule. • Ask your remodeler which product orders require the longest lead times. For custom-made items, it is especially important to make your selections as early in the process as possible. • Realize that changes you make to the project after work has begun may affect the schedule and the budget. Change orders should include prices, full descriptions and authorization in writing before any new work begins.

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Green Doors Molded panel doors manufactured by

Masonite and available at K & S Supply on Colfax Ave. feature highly defined panel profiles and a smooth or textured surface ideal for painting or decorating. While it is a composite wood product, the Palazzo series is manufactured with core reinforcements throughout to have the weight and feel of wood doors, but with more durability. Masonite doors come in a variety of widths and heights. “Best of all, no old growth timber is harvested for their production,” said Ralph Bartik of K & S. “These are green doors.” They are made from byproduct wood-chips and timber from Masonite’s sustainably managed forests with a commitment to recycling and environmentally sensitive manufacturing.

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ferentiated by construction, weather-tightness, weight and related factors that determine whether or not they can survive exposure to the elements, according to Ralph Bartik of K & S Building Supply on Colfax Ave. Weather-tight exterior doors include the front entry door, back door, French doors, glass sliders and patio doors. Lighter-weight interior doors are used between rooms, on closets and in similar applications. A door’s function determines its construction, appearance and operation. If it’s meant for security, it has solid, durable construction and hardware. If, in addition to providing access, it’s intended to permit natural light or views, it incorporates glass—a French door or glass slider, for example.

The door may have a portion that swings open, like the half-acting Dutch door and for dividing rooms, a lightweight, economical hollow-core door is a great solution. All-wood doors are made from softwoods or more durable and elegant hardwoods. Fiberglass-composite doors are made from a core of rigid insulation clad with a fiber-reinforced polymer. Steel doors, made of heavy-gauge, galvanized steel over a core of rigid foam, are strong but do a less convincing impersonation of wood. Steel and fiberglass can simulate the look of wood and offer good insulation value and require little maintenance. For both the interior and exterior, there are a growing number of options of doors made from a variety of products and at various price points, said Bartik. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


Cedar Discovery offers warmth, beauty and low maintenance in a premium siding with the look of hand installed, authentic cedar shingles.

Natural Beauty, Advanced Performance™ Cedar Discovery offers you the warmth and beauty of real cedar while protecting the investment of your home. And, when it comes to value, Cedar Discovery is the natural choice. Not only is it at least 25% less expensive to buy than real cedar shingles, but it also eliminates the maintenance costs of real wood. The superior formulation of Cedar Discovery is unique, making it more resistant to impact, cracking, splitting and shattering.

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Replacement or Removal? $3,000 State Grants Available to Remedy Home Fuel Tanks Aged storage tanks

containing home heating oil— whether they’re located underground, above ground or in the basement—can rust and leak over time, posing a number of environmental and health risks. In an effort to solve the issue before it becomes a problem, the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection offers homeowners site remediation grants and loans of up to $3,000 per site to provide financial assistance for cleanup costs. There are no federal, state or local laws that require the removal of an unused heating oil tank from a residential property. However, mortgage lenders will not make a loan on a property containing an unused oil tank. Lenders are concerned about the potential liability for financial damages if the old oil tank leaks and causes an environmental problem. A leaking oil tank could pollute a neighbor’s property or contaminate your own home. Real estate agents will typically advise sellers to fill or remove the tank to eliminate legal liability, and the existence of the tank must be disclosed to all prospective buyers. Homeowners can address the issue, reduce the contamination risk and solve any issues with a current or

future sale of the home. Information is available at the NJ Div. of Remediation Support, Bureau of Contract & Fund Management at 609-777-0101. In addition, some local contractors can also help homeowners remediate the problem and deal with the bureaucracy and paperwork of getting the state grant. They include: Jos. A. Majka & Sons, Mikula Contracting, Preferred Tank Service and Slavco Construction. When the job is completed, the contractor will provide a certificate stating that the oil tank was removed from the ground and properly remediated.

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Master Craftsman Andrzej Dlugi AD Woodwork 5 Iris Lane, Wallington Call Andrzej to discuss your project: 973.800.8288

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I would like to personally recommend Andrzej to anyone who wants expert woodworking done in their home or office. He and his team have just about completed a big project at my home and his work is unparallel. Andrzej is an artist with wood so if you have a project that requires a Master Craftsman, call him. Peter Zielonka, owner Precision Electric Motor Works Sebago St., Clifton • 973-471-2600

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Cooler days mean maintenance and the fall is a perfect time to check your home for potential problems. Here are some routine tasks that help make the home more energy efficient and comfortable in colder weather without costing a fortune. Check your heating system including filters, pilot lights and burners. Have the system serviced by a qualified professional. Cleaning and servicing now can save you money later. Learn steps to boost your furnace’s efficiency; replace your furnace filter. Clean and vacuum dust from vents, baseboard heaters and cold-air returns. Dust build-up in ducts is a major cause of indoor pollutants and can increase incidences of cold-weather illnesses. Consider hiring a pro to clean hard-to-reach ductwork. Paint interior rooms while it’s still warm enough to open windows. Ditto for shampooing or replacing carpets. Working with existing furniture and accessories, add a new palette of colors to freshen up any room of the home with a splash of new colors.

Now is the time to check the chimney of your fireplace both inside and out. Photo provided by Cultured Stone and Athenia Mason Supply.

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Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Caulking helps keep your house weather-tight and lowers heating and cooling bills. It can also help keep insects and other critters out of your house. When you caulk before painting, it eliminates edges where the paint may start to peel.

Inspect and clean your windows to see if they are winter worthy. New windows can help you save energy during the cold months and even in the summer. Window treatments are another important energy saving product that can help keep your energy bills down.

Protect your home from uninvited critters. Fall is when mice, squirrels and larger critters seek warmer shelter. Cal an exterminator for a series of treatments, to set traps and provide other preventative measures against unwanted guests. For keeping out larger animals such as deer, raccoon and turkey near the mountains, installing grates, securing trash containers and even humane traps may help.

Is your basement or attic cluttered and your backyard stuffed with debris? Are you moving and don’t know what to clean out, throw away or recycle? If so, then call Louis Mauriello of Champion Waste Removal, a family-run business established in 1912. Clean-outs and light demolition work make up the bulk of the business, and for this company, no job is too big or too small. While most waste disposal companies rent a dumpster for a cost, give it to a client to fill and then pick it up when its ready, Champion Waste Removal does all the work themselves. From a home, basement or attic to a backyard, garage, office complex or industrial area, he’s ready to take on any project. So if you need to get rid of that trash that’s been piling up in your basement, call Louis Mauriello, the man who considers garbage his business. Champion Waste Removal offers free estimates.

It’s time to think about the condition of your roof. Be proactive and prevent emergency—and expensive—repairs. Find out about common trouble spots and how to locate a leak from inside. Insulation is one of the most important tasks to conduct. Insulation goes beyond simple weather-stripping and caulking and may be a job for professionals. The money and energy saved will make the job worth it. For Home, Office, or Industry, call Clifton’s Trane Team: Rich DeMarco and Craig Carlson.

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Don’t cut corners with a kitchen renovation. Kitchen renovations are usually the best way to upgrade your home while getting the most for your money. You should only spend about 10 to 15 percent of the cost of your home if you are remodeling your kitchen prior to putting it on the market. Spending more than a quarter of what your house costs on a kitchen upgrade is more common if you plan on staying in your home for more than five years. Kitchen renovations can be pricey so make sure you get plenty of estimates and plan all the work before getting started. Any alterations made after the work has begun could be expensive. But there are ways to save money. Don’t be cheap when it comes to appliances, labor and design because these are the most important things when it comes to kitchen renovations. However, you can decrease your bottom line by utilizing laminates instead of corian, stock cabinets over custom work, and hold onto your existing appliances, if possible. Attempt to maintain your current electrical setup and plumbing, avoid making structural alterations to the room and make the most of small upgrades like new curtains and paint. 24Hr Water Damage





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Counter Space Kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, bars, table tops and shower walls are some areas of the home in which Counter Creations can supply fabricated solid surface and laminate products. The firm, with a new showroom in East Rutherford, also manufactures custom cabinets for bathrooms and kitchens with a variety of styles to choose from. Remember to always leave at least 38 inches between countertops, unless it’s a passage, under which circumstances you should leave at least 64 inches. Countertops, meanwhile, should be two to three inches below the elbow. The standard height is 36 inches, but it can be anywhere from 28 to 45 inches. You should keep in mind, however, that picking one of the extremes could affect the resale value of your home. Countertops are also usually one and a half to two inches thick, depending on the composition. American cabinets tend to be 30.5 inches tall, while European ones are 28 inches. And wall cabinets are situated 15-20 inches from the countertops. These are some tips to remember while renovating your kitchen.

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Imagine this: We may spend as much as seven years of our lives in the privy, according to experts at the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). From simple grooming to luxurious baths, these


Years In the Privy? Make it Time Well Spent most private of rooms have evolved into something more than a bathtub, sink and toilet. So make it nice, real nice. From the fixtures to the tiles to the size of the bathtub or shower stall, consumers today want style, comfort and quality. Want to look up at the stars while you relax in the tub? Home improvers can put skylights and great windows in the bath. Homeowners can select from multiple shower heads with a range of sprays, from massage to pulsating, oversized shower benches and handheld shower heads. Other bathroom luxuries include heated toilet seats and fixtures with spray attachments. Electric heated towel bars and heated flooring tiles are also gaining in popularity. Today’s bathroom offers much in the way of comfort and a place of solitude. Just ask your contractor.

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Before going window shopping it pays to do your homework. Decide why you want new windows, learn what features to look for in windows, and how the right glass can save you money. The contractors or retailers who sell and or install windows can explain how energy efficient windows can cut energy bills and maximize indoor comfort. Today, all windows receive energy-efficiency ratings. Look for a high R-value and a low U-value to signify an energy-efficient window. If it’s a replacement window, a room addition or a remodeling project, be sure the style you select complements your home’s current window system. Windows comes in various styles, shapes and sizes. Your choices can range from the simple double-hung to the bay to the specialty-shaped window. Ask yourself if you ants to add beauty or if

you want just functionality. Remember the windows you select can express your personality and give your home a great new look. Hanging a new window can be tedious and complicated so that’s up

to you. But here in Clifton there are retailers who can sell windows for the do-it-yourselfer. If you feel you need to hire a contractor, ask neighbors, friends or family about those advertising within these pages.

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Inlays & medallions are becoming an increasingly popular trend in wood flooring. Wood floors make a house a home and seem to last forever when cared for in the correct manner. Selecting the most appropriate wood floor can seem

difficult to a homeowner, but after understanding the basic types and analyzing individual needs, choosing the correct one is simple. Laminate wood flooring is bonded layers of veneer and lumber in adhesive. Acrylic impregnated wood flooring is a pre-finished wood-flooring product through which a high-pressure treatment of acrylic and color has been forced into the pores of the wood. Pre-finished flooring is factory-sanded and finished flooring, usually fabricated from wood products, that only needs installation. Unfinished flooring is another fabricated wood product which must be job-site sanded and finished after installation. Solid wood flooring is available unfinished and pre-finished and is the most expensive but also the most durable.

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Your heat and hot water system could be a lifetime investment. That’s why Scott Majka of Jos. A. Majka & Sons suggested System 2000, a hybrid heating system that can produce a great deal of hot water for much cheaper. “Producing hot water represents one third of a typical home’s total heating cost, so it is important to produce it as efficiently as possible,” said Majka, a fourth generation firm serving Clifton since 1932. “System 2000 is the best there is. And the fuel savings will repay your initial investment and then for years to come will provide extra money in your pocket. It’s the best on the market.”

Heating & Cooling Systems System 2000 saves a homeowner money by combining a high capacity hot water storage tank, a low mass high efficiency boiler that produces more hot water per hour, and a hybrid energy recovery system to optimize performance and comfort. “Wash clothes, run the dishwasher and take a shower,” said Majka. “You’ll always have enough hot water with System 2000.” Home heating and cooling systems can improve the air a family breathes and affect the climate of the house. That’s why when selecting a new system, Rich DeMarco of HRH suggests using Trane products.

How much hot water does your family use?

How much money would you like to save? An average family may use 64 gallons of hot water every day and that’s sometimes too much for a typical boiler to produce. But System 2000, offered through Jos. A. Majka & Sons makes as much as eight times more hot water than an electric water heater and 3 to 4 times more than a typical gas water heater. And since producing hot water represents 1/3 of a typical home’s total heating cost, it’s very important to make it as efficiently as possible.

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“Our Trane system provides indoor comfort systems and comprehensive facility solutions for residential needs,” said DeMarco, the general manager of HRH, which is affiliated with Pruzansky Plumbing, a firm with over 90 years of service to the area. “For decades, our customers have relied on Trane for exceptional quality products, high performing systems, reliable service and unparalleled expertise. It is a premium line and we’re proud to offer it.” If you are ready to make an investment in a heating and cooling system, here is a list to consider. 1. Do your heating and air conditioning bills seem too high? 2. Is your indoor unit or your outdoor unit (or both) too noisy? 3. Do you have a problem with humidity in the summer? Dry air in the winter? 4. Are there any rooms in your home that are always too hot or too cold and you cannot find a balance? 5. Do you have problems with lingering cooking odors? 6. Do you have pets or do any family members suffer from allergies? 7. Is your outdoor unit unattractive and not aging well? 8. Does your system seems to run all the time? 9. Does your furnace short-cycle, constantly turning off and on? 10. Is your system difficult to maintain, with a filter that's hard to get to and change? 11. Is your outdoor unit not backyard-safe? 12. Did your system warranty seem to end too soon? Majka and DeMarco said they offer free system analysis for heating and cooling needs. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


Homes with a Fuse Box by Thomas Tobin State

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Chances are, either your home or the home of someone you know, has a fuse box. Fuses function the same way breakers do—to cut off power if an electrical circuit is overloaded. Both fuses and breakers can be very effective in protecting your home against an electrical fire. However, one problem that can arise with fuses occurs when someone inserts a fuse of higher amperage than the circuit is designed for. If, for example, a homeowner gets tired of replacing blown fuses and inserts a 30-amp fuse where a 20-amp fuse should go, the 30-amp fuse allows more current into the circuit than the circuit was designed for. The fuse doesn’t blow when it should, and the wire can become overheated. A fire can result. If you have a fuse box, it’s a great idea to have an electrician inspect it for you to be sure a previous owner didn’t insert the wrong size fuse and to be sure updating isn’t needed. Many older homes contain aged electrical components, inappropri-

ate modifications, or other potentially dangerous hazards. Regardless of whether you have a fuse box or a breaker box, it is a good idea to ask an electrician to advise you of any needed electrical system modifications. In our parents’ day, 60-amp or 100-amp service wasn’t uncommon; but most families today have electrical appliances that demand more service.

It’s smart to get an electrician’s opinion on whether an update is needed since homes nowadays are typically wired for minimum 200amp service. Electrical fires are all too common, and too many homes in the U.S. need electrical updates. Take whatever action you need to in order to make sure yours isn’t one of them.

How Much Homeowner’s Insurance is Needed? Every day people ask themselves, “How much homeowner’s insurance do I need?” The answer varies, depending on each person’s situation. Usually you should insure your home for its whole value, the actual building and all of its contents. In order to find out exactly how much your home is worth, you should have it appraised. You can have an appraiser, builder or insurance by Bill G. Eljouzi agent give you an estimate on its value. However, if State Farm® Agent you ever remodel or add on to your home, its value will increase, and you will then need to purchase more coverage. For any valuable possessions you have, you can purchase extended coverage, to ensure those items are covered as well. The best thing to do is take a room-by-room inventory of your valuables then keep this list somewhere outside the home, for example, a safe-deposit box. To determine if valuable possessions, such as TVs, stereos or computers are covered, or if you have any other questions about homeowner’s insurance, contact your State Farm insurance agent.

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Anyone who makes or sells home improvements with respect to residential properties in New Jersey must be registered with the Division of Consumer Affairs unless exempted under the statute and may not obtain a construction permit unless registered. The New Jersey Contractor’s Registration Act covers individuals or companies that specialize in home remodeling, altering, painting, repairing, renovating, restoring or modernizing. Landscapers who plant flowers, shrubs or trees or lay sod are also affected. Contractors who fail to register cannot conduct business and can face criminal and civil liabilities. Municipalities will be prohibited from issuing construction permits to unregistered contractors. Registered contractor must: • Maintain commercial general liability insurance of $500,000 per occurrence • Display the registration number in the place of business, in all advertisements, in all business documents including contracts and on all commercial vehicles • Put improvement contracts with a purchase price exceeding $500 in writing containing all terms and conditions of the contract including: price; a description of the work to be done; materials to be used; and the dates or time period within which the work will begin and end. The contract must be signed by all parties. • Provide a copy of the certificate of commercial general liability insurance with the contract • Comply with other items of the statute and regulations found at ntractors/contractor.htm.

Licensed Contractors Contractors must fill out an application that includes a disclosure statement, and show proof of liability insurance coverage of $500,000 per incident that provides notice to the NJDCA.

Homeowners can review a NJ Registered Contractors directory at tractors/hicform2.htm. For more on this state law, call the NJDCA at 1-888-656-6225 for info.

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with greens and grass, said Matt Yagins of Yagins Construction. Good design incorporates color, pavers, entrances, trees, shrubs and even lighting. Yagins, who has offices in Clifton and Paterson, began his firm in 1985 as a one-man operation. Since 1989, it has grown into a multi-faceted corporation. Its New Home Division is constructing several homes while doing various renovation projects in Clifton. Services include additions, add-a-level, renovations, masonry work, site work, along with new construction. Most recently, Yagins Construction & Landscaping built and sold four Executive Colonial homes called Valley Road Estates on Valley Rd..

Irrigation systems offer convenience and control for landscaping While many homeowners tend to over-water their lawn or waste water through inefficient habits, irrigation systems keep the yard healthy and beautiful. The key to efficient outdoor irrigation is applying just enough water and only when necessary. Waterwise habits will result in a healthier lawn and landscape, in addition to conserving water. Plus, reducing your consumption will help reduce your water bill. Benjamin Moore Paints and much more...

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Fire Safety October is Fire Safety month, a perfect time to safeguard your home and your family . Fire can spread through your house quietly and quickly. When the smoke alarm sounds, you may only have minutes to escape a fire. That’s why it’s so important that families develop an escape plan. But it isn’t enough just to have a plan—you need to practice it so in case of a fire, everyone knows what to do. Make sure all furnaces and stoves are kept in good condition and located far enough away from combustible walls and ceilings so that they don’t create a hazard. Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time is Nov. 4 this year. In addition to setting your clocks back one hour, you should also check smoke detector batteries and perform other fire safety checks. For more info, call the Clifton Fire Department at 973-470-5801.


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After a Decade at theTop by Joe Hawrylko The massive explosion that destroyed the old P&A Auto Parts Store in 1994 is something Fire Chief John Dubravsky—who retires Nov. 5—won’t ever forget. “My son John was assigned to Engine 6, when an alarm came due to the smell of gas at an auto parts store (now Edible Arrangements) on Van Houten Ave. near Mt. Prospect Ave,” Dubravsky recalled. The fire truck responded to the scene, and the chief’s son—who was just barely a rookie at the time—and the other firefighters checked the building for a gas leak. Just as they crossed Van Houten to continue their inspection, a fireball erupted from the auto store, leveling it while damaging the surrounding structures. “Thank God he was safe,” said Dubravsky, 63. “No matter how many times we practice, you can’t guarantee safety.” Luckily, in the 10 years that Dubravsky has served as Chief, he has never experienced the one thing all top fire officers fear for their staff: the death of one of their own in the line of duty. But his time at the helm of the department has not been without losses.

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Chief—at center—with his family. From left: son Steve, his wife Debra and their child, Kelsey. Behind chief and his wife Dolores is their other son John C. Dolores asked us to print the following about her husband’s retirement: “Today is filled with memories of accomplishments, conviction and resolve for a strong yet caring fire department. Tomorrow is a beginning of a special time so well deserved. Retirement may change many things about your life, however nothing will change the caring and giving person that you are. Wishing you joy, pleasures and rewards that you so much deserve.”

The death of Capt. Gary Michael Bolcar in an offduty motorcycle accident on Oct. 9, 2003 was a loss to all on the job. Being a fireman is like being part of a family: when tragedy strikes, it has an impact on everyone. “(Passaic Fire Chief) Louis Jaffe—I’ll never forget the look on his face,” Dubravsky recalled of his sister city department’s loss. “It was a dreary February afternoon. There was a building collapse in 1971 on Third St. and the Passaic Department lost two guys.” Working his way up the line, Dubravsky himself has had his own brushes with death prior to becoming Chief, both during the late 1970’s. Once, he and others were almost crushed by a refrigerator that fell through a floor above them. And then there was the fire at New York Sash and Lumber. Dubravsky was climbing some 65 feet in the air on a ladder to aim the hose, when the hose was turned on before he was positioned. Dubravsky was pounded in the chest with 80 pounds of nozzle pressure that flung him and left him clinging for dear life by one hand. “Luckily, my parents prayed for me a lot,” he laughed. “I could have been a paraplegic or dead.” Looking back on it all, Chief said he enjoyed “every minute” of his career in Clifton, although it wasn’t what he had imagined himself doing as a kid.

“I was always interested in mechanics as a kid. I eventually got involved with auto body work,” said Dubravsky, who grew up in Passaic. To relax these days, he works on a 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with his son, Steve, a Clifton DPW Employee. However, that potential career in the auto industry was put on hold in 1964 when he enlisted in the Army and was sent to Korea. After his discharge in 1966, Dubravsky returned to New Jersey, moving to Clifton, where his parents had purchased a house in 1960. While scanning the classifieds, he came across a listing that the Clifton Fire Department was hiring to create a fourth platoon. “When was young, me and the other kids used to watch the firefighters work. I just loved the hustle and bustle,” Dubravsky recalled. “But I never envisioned myself doing that kind of work as a kid.” “But being in the service changed my focus,” he continued, adding that friends in the Passaic Fire Dept. urged him to join as well. “There were so many young people with different outlooks.” On July 1, 1968, Dubravsky was inaugurated as a rookie Clifton Firefighter. His hiring was out of necessity due to City Manager William Holster requiring that firefighters double as police officers. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


It was part of an agreement worked out by the Clifton FMBA that altered their working hours. While it was a revolutionary idea that attracted the attention of numerous fire departments across the nation, Holster’s plan infuriated the NJ State FMBA union. “We were the bad boys of the fire serve at the time,” laughed Dubravsky, who was just 24 during the controversy. Eventually, pressure from the NJ FMBA led to the termination of the program and Clifton Firefighters resumed regular duties. Over the years, as he ascended the ranks of the department, Dubravsky has met a number of individuals that he considered role models. “Emil Krompasick, William Kenselaar... there were many mentors along the way,” explained the Chief, who succeeded Walter DeGroot for the top post. Looking back, he says without question, becoming Chief was the highlight of of his career.

Fire Chief Dubravsky with Emil Krompasick, who the Chief identified as a mentor.

“But I’m at the stage in my life where I want to step away and relax,” explained Dubravsky, who said he won’t miss having to get up

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Fire Safety Coloring Books Clifton’s FMBA Local #21, working with Tomahawk Promotions and Clifton Merchant Magazine, are proud to present this year’s fire safety coloring book, featuring Cinder the fire safety mascot. As has been done for past years, copies of the coloring book will be distributed by Clifton Firefighters through the city’s public and private elementary schools. And while October is Fire Safety Month, don’t forget Daylight Savings Time is Nov. 4. On this day, you should also check your smoke detector batteries and perform other fire safety checks in the home. For a free copy of the coloring book, or for fire safety info, call the Clifton Fire Department at 973-470-5801.

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Optimist Hot Dog Night Before Clifton and Passaic take the field on Nov. 22 for their annual Turkey Day clash, they make peace over some franks at the Clifton Rec Center on Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm. They’ve won the last seven battles and own a 38-35-5 record in the traditional Clifton versus Passaic Thanksgiving Day game. But before the Mustangs take on the Indians in a gridiron war next month at home, the two squads will sit down for another annual tradition: eating hot dogs with the enemy. On Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm, the Clifton and Passaic Optimist Clubs will join their respective football teams, as well as their girls volleyball squads, the cheerleaders and the bands in an event designed to forge friendships and instill a sense of respect. Entrance is free for youths of both cities while parents and others are asked to pay $10 in advance to help cover the expenses. The MidTown Grill will cater the event,

CHS football coach Ron Anello and CHS softball coach Cara Boseski will share honors as the 2008 Clifton Optimist Friend of Youth on May 4.

On Sept. 21, the spirit of Jimmy “Mooch” Amoruso—a 2000 CHS grad who died on April 15—was with friends and family on Joe Grecco Memorial Field, when his parents, Frank and Michelle (front, center) accepted a plaque from the Clifton Football Booster club. Also in the photo, from left, is Jeremy MacDonald, Doug Meyer, Kevin Riebesell, Jeff Chandler, his co-captains from the 1999 Fighting Mustangs, and Steve Feliciano, president of the Booster Club. 84

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which is being held at the Rec Center on Main Ave. However, once the hot dogs have been scarfed down by the athletes, there will be no love lost on the gridiron. After defeating the Indians in a sloppy, muddy 14-12 win in Boverini Stadium, the Mustangs hope to stop Passaic’s bid for revenge. The Optimist Cup Trophy will be awarded to the winning team on the 50 yard line. Trophies for the offensive and defensive MVP’s on each squad will be distributed by the opposing coaches. For tickets, call Optimist Club President Ted Munley of Clifton Savings Bank at 973-473-2200, ext. 112 or Chair Tom Hawrylko at 973-253-4400. On May 4, 2008, the man in charge of the Fighting Mustangs, head coach Ron Anello will share the Optimist Club’s Friend of Youth Award with Lady Mustangs softball coach Cara Boseski at the Club’s beefsteak in the Boys & Girls Club

The late Jimmy “Mooch” Amoruso, kneeling in front, among the 1999 Fighting Mustang captains. Rear, from left, is Jeff Chandler, RJ Hammel and Jeremy MacDonald. Kneeling in front at right is Kevin Riebesell.

on Clifton Ave. Fire Chief John Dubravsky, who retires on Nov. 5, will be honored with the Judge J. Joseph Salerno Respect for Law

Award and Ralph Eodice—Clifton’s Santa for the last five decades—will receive the Stanley Zwier Community Service Award. Save the date...

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OurGreatest Game? Was it the greatest game in Clifton Mustangs football history? Many say it was. The Nov. 16, 1957 contest versus Montclair is considered by some as the defining moment of Coach Joe Grecco’s legacy. In the November issue, writer Jack De Vries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic battle with the Mounties through the eyes of the people who were there. If you have special memories or photos of the 1957 game versus Montclair which you would like to share, call the Clifton Merchant office at 973-253-4400 or send an email to At left, the young Mustangs Coach Joe Grecco looms above legendary Mounties Coaches Clary Anderson and Butch Fortunato.


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The Mustang Band, made up of 108 members this year, has also been marching out the letters CHS in script on the field before home games since 1971. That too is now gone. The rule change was made so that both bands could put on a full performance without halftime running longer than the allotted 20 minutes. Despite the break from tradition, Homecoming was still a success as the Fighting Mustangs defeated Hackensack 21-14 at Clifton Stadium on Sept. 28. Senior halfback Kemil Gell’s one-yard touchdown with 31 seconds left capped the dramatic comeback win over the Comets. Gell rushed for 87 yards in the game, while fullback Matt Davella added 95 yards and a score of his own. Coach Ron Anello’s team is now 2-1 after defeating Kennedy 19-2 and losing to Teaneck 20-2.

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Charbonnet Alston and Jeffrey Vazquez. Charbonnet plans on continuing her education next year to further her studies in forensics. She loves to study art and is proud of the fact that she was inducted into the National Honor Society. Jeffrey plans on attending college next year for either athletic training or business management. He would like to one day own his own company.

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Fatima Sankar and Matthew Hunkele. Matt looks forward to studying business next year to attain his goal of working in pharmaceutical sales after college. His fondest high school memory includes the baseball trip to Orlando last year. After Fatima graduates, she would like to stay in New Jersey and attend college. Her fondest high school memory is being part of the Honor Guard.

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The Sept. 10 win at Kennedy was a sloppy game in which the teams combined for 21 penalties. Senior halfback Rafael Polanco carried the ball eight times for 69 yards and a TD. Davella chipped in for 62 yards and a score on 12 carries and Gell added a threeyard touchdown run. Senior Crisjon Moreno had a rough game in his first varsity start under center, completing just one of seven passes for eight yards. In its home opener on Sept. 20, the Clifton football team fell to Teaneck in front of about 2,500 fans and MSG Network cameras. The Mustangs couldn’t stop Teaneck’s Rutgers-bound running back Rashad White, who rushed 30 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns. But Clifton’s most recent win over Hackensack improves the Mustangs’ record to 2-1 as they travel to play Nutley at 1 pm on Oct. 6. The band will even get to perform its pre-game show.

Kathy Rosario and Marc Ortiz were named the King and Queen of CHS – Marc hopes to play baseball in college as well as further his studies in physical education. He would like to one day own his own batting cages. Kathy plans to further her studies in biology, attend medical school and become a pediatrician. Kathy’s fondest high school memory was when the football team won the state championship at Giants Stadium.

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Kelly Savignano and Ritchie Movilla. Kelly would like to attend Montclair State University next year to pursue studies in elementary education. She looks forward to one day traveling around the world. Ritchie would like to go to Stevens Institute of Technology next year to pursue a career in engineering. He has wonderful memories of his Junior Prom weekend which he will treasure forever.

Monique Mariso and Michael Veal. Mo plans on continuing her education next year with studies in speech pathology. She loves watching Disney movies and using sign language to sing and dance. After he graduates this year, Michael looks forward to studying engineering as well as playing football in college. Mike will always remember being on the field when the Clifton Mustangs won the football championship last year. 90

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Project Graduation It’s a tragic epidemic around the nation. Young adults, fresh off the high school graduation field, head out to party afterwards with friends, never to return home again. However, Clifton High School has addressed the issue with Project Graduation. Now in its 19th year, the event gives seniors a drug and alcohol-free environment on one of the biggest nights of their lives so that they may come home safely. Grads are taken on an escorted bus caravan to a nearby resort, where they enjoy food, swimming, dancing, sports, go-karts, an arcade and more. Students come home the following day around 5 am. But volunteer coordinator Maryann Cornett, who has chaired Project Graduation for the past six years, says that attendance and funding has tapered off as of late. “We need more financial support and cooperation from the City Council and the Board of Ed,” said Cornett, an RN who works at the CP High School on Main Ave. “They should want these kids to have a safe graduation night. But it gets more costly and the funding level stays the same.” In its infancy, the admittance to Project Graduation was only $15.


But over the years, costs have skyrocketed the fee to $75 which unfortunately prices out some students, according to Cornett. “More kids are partying at home with their parents supervising,” she said. “After that, they’ll go to their private parties.” Last year, Cornett was able to get the per student cost down to $60, with the help of the Parent Teacher Student Assoc. through fundraisers. To help stabilize costs, the PTSA will utilize a magazine subscription drive—which runs through Feb.— proceeds from the Prom Fashion Show, as well as a raffle from the event to defray costs. In addition to the Board of Ed’s $5,000, several other groups and individuals have contributed: CASA provided $4,000, UNICO donated $500 and the Daughters of the American Revolution and CHS teacher Samantha DeRosa Travia each gave $100. Still, more money is needed and Cornett is calling on residents and business owners. “We need help, we need contributions,” explained the mother of three, whose one child, Joe, is still at CHS. The other two graduated. “Some towns provide this night cost-free.”

Maryann Cornett has coordinated Project Graduation for several years.

Cornett, a Richfield resident, also said more volunteers are needed to help come up with new fund raising ideas. The Project Graduation committee meets on the first Wed. of the month in the CHS Media Center. Members include Judy Bassford, Annette Burnett, Doreen Germain, Darline Anton, Carol Genchi and Rose Gordon. Having a child in CHS isn’t a requirement, as many members had their kids graduate long ago. To volunteer, donate funds or time, or to join the committee, call Cornett at 201-341-4602.

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125Years of Worship Imagine a “Clifton” of one hundred twenty-five years ago, and at the geographical center of the farm community, one would find the Athenia Reformed Church. The original building on Clifton Ave. (pictured left) was built back in 1882. In 1950, parishioners broke ground for a new church (at right) On Oct. 7, they celebrate the church’s 125th Anniversary. by Jordan Schwartz

Richard J. Stier’s day begins around 8 am. That’s when he stops by the Athenia Reformed Church on Clifton Ave. to open up and take in the mail. He’s the man they call if there are any problems at the Sunday School, he conducts meetings of the Consistory (church board) and he even leads services if the pastor can’t make it. Such is the life of the Vice President and Senior Elder of the church — a position Stier has held steadily for the better part of a quarter century.

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trolley to Bloomfield Tech every day where he learned the skills to become a tool and dime maker. Stier joined the Navy in 1941, serving as a Chief Machinist Mate until 1946. He then returned to Clifton in 1950, where he began his involvement in the church. Richard’s two daughters Christine, 58, and Carol, 60, went to Sunday School there and Christine is even a Deacon now at the Athenia house of worship. That’s what happens at the oldest original church in Clifton — religious devotion gets passed down from generation to generation. Ever since Hugh Cheyne, treasurer of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, completed construction of a church at the corner of Central Ave. and Claverack Rd. in the fall of 1882, parishioners have been


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coming to pray at the Athenia Reformed Church. But as the congregation gets ready to celebrate its 125th Anniversary on Oct. 7, the church continues to experience a decline in membership. No one knows that better than Athenia’s longest parishioner Ruth Van Dillon. She took membership in 1934, when she was 13 years old, and the Colfax Ave. resident has continued to attend services nearly every Sunday for the past 73 years. “My family belonged and I stuck with it,” said Van Dillon who is Assistant Treasurer and a Deacon at the church. Her sister-in-law Dorothy Van Dillon painted the picture that hangs in one of the church hallways. The painting depicts the building and the neighborhood surrounding it as they were more than a century ago. A lot has changed since then. About 75 kids used to attend Sunday School at the church. Now, the entire congregation is made up of just 75 people, 50 of which attend services on a weekly basis. “The membership used to be much larger and more active in years gone past,” said Van Dillon, who is one of just four women that continue to attend quilters meetings at the church every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm. This is true for most churches these days, as people become less religious, but the spirit of the Athenia Church has never faded. The church consistory is made up of Elders and Deacons. Back row, from left, is Howard Reenstra, Edna Walsh, Kathleen Mai and Assistant Treasurer Ruth Van Dillon. In the middle row is Paul Baker, Lesley Kropinack, Christine Rottino, Henrietta Kommer and Rev. John W. Horton. In the front is Vice President and Senior Elder Richard J. Stier and Doris Galofaro. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


The church has been serving the community since its founding in the 19th century. Today, the congregation collects food for the needy and offers inexpensive household goods and clothing to its neighbors at garage sales twice a year. Athenia also provides meeting space for Boy and Girl Scout troops and Alcoholics Anonymous. In addition, the church served as the home of Clifton Mental Health from 1974 to 2001, when the mental health organization moved to a new facility on Bloomfield Ave. The church has also supported the mission of the North Jersey Christian Muslim Project, which looks to create understanding and conversation between Muslim and Christian communities in North Jersey. But the church is mainly a place for worship and learning. Sunday School and Adult Bible Class meet Sundays at 9 am from Labor Day to Father’s Day. They are followed by Sunday Worship at 10:30 am, or 9:30 am in the summer. Services are usually led by Pastor John Horton, a contract minister the church has employed since its last steady pastor, Rev. Dr. Steve A. Young, left for Woodstock, Illinois in August 2001. But when Horton can’t make it, Mr. Stier is always more than happy to take his place.

Athenia Reformed Church Timeline May 5, 1882: Hugh Cheyne purchases a deed for grounds to construct a church and a parsonage. Oct. 5, 1882: The Church of Centreville is established after accepting the standards of the Reformed Church in America. Dec. 22, 1882: Hugh Cheyne and Margaret Dundas Cheyne convey the whole property—now the corner of Clifton Ave. and Clifton Blvd.—with a completed church building including an infant classroom and horse sheds, all free of debt to the new Consistory as the Legal Board of Trustees. 1903-1904: The windows are changed from clear to stained glass. Feb. 4, 1909: The Consistory officially recognized the success of the ongoing repairs to the facility. 1910: The church has illuminating gas lights. 1912-1913: The classroom is used temporarily as School 6’s kindergarten. 1916: Electricity replaces gas light. Jan. 1928: A third floor fire resulted in a $574 insurance claim which was recovered. 1932: A Young Peoples Society was organized with Mr. James B. Sharp serving as president. 1943: The church receives new ceilings, walls, pews, lighting fixtures, carpeting and other amenities in an extensive renovation. Dec. 17, 1950: The ground-breaking service for the new church was held. Oct. 13, 1957: The mortgage on the new church building was burned in conjunction with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the church. Feb. 9, 1969: An attempt at a merger between the Athenia Reformed Church and The Reformed Church of Clifton failed. Aug. 1, 1974: A 10-year lease that permitted major interior changes and a separation of use of the wing for each organization was established with the Clifton Family Mental Health Group. Oct. 9, 10, 1982: Celebration of the Athenia Reformed Church 100th birthday through weekend activities consisting of a special worship service; luncheon at the Robin Hood Inn; a Saturday get-together with activities, exhibits and refreshments; and other functions. Oct. 7, 2007: The Athenia Reformed Church celebrates its 125th Anniversary with local dignitaries.

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The Harvest Fest is at Nash Park on Oct. 28 from 1 to 4:30 pm. As always, this year’s Fest will be bigger and greater than last year. While prizes and awards are being distributed, enjoy the food, fun, games, crafts, rides, animals, vendors and much more. Enter the Annual Apple Pie Bake-Off; participate in pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, shopping and more. Visit the Petting Zoo or take a journey on through the park on a hayride. There’s plenty to do for everyone. Games and rides will run between $0.25 and $1 and will include various game booths with fun prizes, Moonwalk, Swings, Fun Slides and more. Food prices will vary. You may pre-purchase $5 bags of tokens at the Rec Dept. Green tokens are for rides and petting zoo only. There are no refunds on tokens, but they do not expire and can be used the following year. For every $5 bag purchased, receive an additional five tokens. Volunteers and vendors are always needed. If interested, or for more info, call the Clifton Rec Dept. at 973-470-5956.

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From Macbeth in Downtown Clifton to an Opera at WWMS, Arts Abound Shakespeare died in the 17th century but Macbeth still wields a sword at Main and Union Aves. in Downtown Clifton, thanks to the ATC Studio’s Conservatory Players. The group will recreate their own rendition of Macbeth. The classic play takes stage at the Pioneer Science Academy at the corner of Washington and Main Aves. on Oct. 26, 27 and 28 and Nov. 3 and 4. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and shortest tragedies. It’s based on the life of King Macbeth of Scotland. The play opens with three witches confronting Macbeth, who is at the time a general, during his victorious return from war between Norway and Scotland. The witches predict that Macbeth will become king and so he kills the current holder of the Scottish crown, Duncan, with help from his wife Lady Macbeth. The couple then frame the king’s sleeping guards before murdering them too. The prophecy comes true as Macbeth becomes king, but Lady Macbeth’s conscience begins to eat away at her until she kills herself. In the end, a nobleman named Macduff murders Macbeth and becomes king. This is the third Shakespearean play that The Conservatory Players have mounted, having performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Spring of 2004 and Romeo and Juliet in Spring 2006. It is a goal of the players to make Shakespeare’s work accessible to a wide, general audience. ATC, located at 68 Union Ave., is filming the making of the

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Kathleen Kellaigh is Lady Macbeth and her husband Joel Robertson plays Macbeth in a modern take on the Shakespearean classic. Produced by the ATC Studios based in Downtown Clifton, performances are on the stage at the Pioneer Academy, located at the intersection of Washington and Main Ave.

show for a documentary entitled At The Conservatory Studios series, which is currently being broadcast on Clifton’s Channel 77 and is in consideration by Time Warner. Friday and Saturday shows will start at 8 pm. Sunday performances are at 7:30 pm.

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There are various other professional courses as well. Acting courses are available for all skill levels, from the beginners to the budding thespian looking to refine his or her skills. Singers can also enroll in classes or schedule private coaching sessions. ATC has been servicing those in the arts since 1990. For more information on any of the courses or upcoming performances, call 973-772-6998 or visit

National Arts & Humanities Month is celebrated every October to raise awareness and the importance of the arts in the community. NAHM stems from National Arts Week, which was founded in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. It became a month-long celebration in 1993. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. For more information about National Arts & Humanities Month, go online to Whether it’s viewing the latest Theatre League of Clifton performance or checking out the Clifton Arts Center galleries, support the arts by exploring what local groups have to offer. On these pages is a guide to some of the arts events going on and the groups that run them.

New Jersey Music & Arts Founded on the premise of offering quality opera productions at an affordable price, the Garden State Opera now enters its seventh season. The GSO is under the auspices of The New Jersey Music and Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization. Both groups are Clifton-based and run by resident Francesco Santelli. While Santelli and his staff produce a number of events, his annual Fall Fest is on Oct. 28 in the

Woodrow Wilson Middle School Auditorium on Van Houten Ave. Clifton contemporary vocalist Karla Yeamans, country singer Mary Lamont, The New Hope Players and Folklore Dance Group are among the acts that will appear. A free pre-performance lecture is at 4:30 pm and the first act takes the stage at 5:30 pm For more information, call 973-272-3255 or visit

On Nov. 18, two, one-act operas—The Marriage Counselor and L’Impresario—will be performed on the stage of WWMS, starting at 5 pm. In the first act, which is written by Francesco Santelli and sung in English, a young couple seeks the help of a marriage counselor to save their relationship. Through him, they realize that the solution is much closer than they believe.

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Francesco Santelli, at inset and conducting the Clifton-based Garden State Opera in an April 2006 performance at CHS.

In L’Impresario—written by W.A. Mozart and sung in German, with English dialogues and projected titles—two Divas display their singing talents in an attempt to become the star of the next Austrian Idol. Tickets to the wheelchair-accessible facility are $20 ($15 for seniors and $10 for students). To get tickets, or for info about the rest of the 2007-08 season schedule, and other activities of NJMA, visit

and two teaching rooms with university upright pianos. Lessons are offered in piano, guitar, mandolin, drums, flute, recorder, clarinet, oboe, trumpet and voice. The goal of the Menconi Music Studio is to enhance the

musical educational experience of young people, as well as foster a renewed interest in music-making amongst adults, said Menconi, a Clifton resident. This past month, Kevin Laverde, a Clifton resident and student

Menconi Music Studio On the corner of Lakeview Ave. and Merselis Ave. is Menconi Music Studio, a small and personalized school where individuals of all ages can go to refine their musical talents. Owner Annamaria Menconi and her talented staff offer instruction for a variety of instruments, as well as vocalists. Students and teachers alike have performed at various venues in the area. The charming space features a grand piano room, as well as private spaces for composition, drums

Annamaria Menconi, with her partner and dad, Steven, now deceased, in 2003 at the opening of the Menconi Music Studio on Lakeview Ave. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


of Menconi Music Studio, performed with The Machaut Men, an early musical vocal group, at the Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park in New York City. Laverde, a fifth grader at School 13, got the spot from his teacher, E. Michael Markwis, who is the founder and director of The Machaut Men. It was the first professional performance for Laverde. Visit the Menconi Music Studio, or for more about classes and programs, call 973-253-7500.

Theater League of Clifton The TLC is a non-profit organization designed to foster appreciation for performing arts. It is their goal to bring quality entertainment for all ages and offer an outlet for creative community involvement. Recent performances include September’s Rogers and Hammerstein’s Musical Revue, A Grand Night For Singing, and the nationally touring Dead Man Walking. Another aim of the TLC is to foster the development of theater arts in Clifton’s youth, specifically by offering scholarships to graduating seniors from CHS. This past year, Christopher Robertson and Kristen Hariton were recipients of the funds for college. The two were also part of past productions by the TLC, which encourages students to join their ranks to experience a professional acting atmosphere. For more info on the TLC, call 973-458-9579 or visit

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Passaic County artsnews Stay Connected is the mantra of the Passaic County artsnews, published monthly by the PCCHC—the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council and edited and designed by Tomahawk Promotions. The goal of the PCCHC is to build community awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts and to network the diverse artists who live or work within the 16 Passaic County communities. The monthly newsletter offers information about arts events, artists, cultural organizations and arts related businesses at no charge. In addition to the newsletter, the PCCHC also publishes the Passaic County Arts Directory. The past edition of this semi-annual directory was a 36-page publication featuring a categorized listing of artists and organizations representing all of the 16 Passaic County communities. The directory lists groups’ and individuals’ names and contact information, and on most pages features a sample of their art. To keep artists connected, these publications are delivered free of charge to those who request one. To be placed on the mailing list, call the PCCHC at 973-684-6555 or mail requests to PCCHC, One College Blvd., Paterson, NJ 07505 or go to The PCCHC also administers the Local Arts Program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, which provides state funds to be granted to Passaic County organizations for arts and cultural projects. Grant writing workshops and technical assistance are offered to organizations at the beginning of each grant cycle to help complete applications for the arts grants.

The Clifton Arts Center, located on the campus of Clifton City Hall, is adjacent to the Sculpture Park

Clifton Arts Center & Sculpture Park Sprawling over 26 acres, the Clifton City Hall Complex contains 14 brick and stone barns that once housed the US Quarantine Station for animals entering the country. In addition to the historic buildings, City Hall is also home to a Sculpture Park. Conceived in 1994, thanks to the late Dr. Jerry Raphael and the Clifton Beautification Committee, the park features diverse works on the sprawling campus. The Clifton Arts Center founded in 2000, is situated in the rear of the property by the well. Offering local artists a professional venue to dis-

play their works, the Clifton Arts Center is managed by Roxanne Cammilleri. The Arts Center showcases several venues a year, which guests can visit during the gallery hours of 1 to 4 pm, Wed. through Sat; admission is $1. Currently, Watercolor Symphony, an exhibit and sale of works by Fernando Santos, is displayed until Oct. 27. For more about the Sculpture Park or the Arts Center, call 973-472-5499.

Cliftonite Lily Vasquez is a Latin singer and songwriter on the rise. She got her big break at an August concert in Amsterdam. It was there that Vasquez performed in front of a massive crowd for the sold out SellaBration Concert. She is now home, working on her first album, to be released in Nov. Vasquez’s music, concert footage and photos can be seen at October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


Clifton Savings Bank opened its doors on Sept. 14 to a group of 16 Japanese bankers who wanted to know what it takes for a small community bank to not only survive, but thrive in America. Above, Clifton Savings Bank Director Emeritus Frank Hahofer (right) shakes hands with Osamu Akatsuka, Team Leader of the Aichi Prefectural Credit Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives.

The Coalition for Brain Injury Research is sponsoring its 8th annual Cure for Traumatic Brain Injury Walk-a-thon dedicated to Dennis John Benigno. Registration for the three-mile walk on Oct. 21 will begin at 9 am at the Clifton City

Hall Complex. Proceeds will benefit the search for a cure. Walkers, sponsors and donations are welcomed. Brain injuries strike without warning causing a lifetime of suffering for victims and families. For more info, call 973-632-2066.

Clifton Police Officers hope to distribute 7,000 Halloween Safety Glow Sticks and Reflector Bags. Now in its fourth year, the campaign is based on a program begun by Fair Lawn Police Officer Mary Ann Collura, who was slain in the line of duty on April 17, 2003. About $8,500 is needed to be raised. For more info, call 973-340-5151. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: Janet Mozolewski has surpassed her goal to raise $10,000 for the upcoming Avon Walk for Breast Cancer she will participate in during the weekend of Oct. 6-7 in New York City. Tax-deductible donations can be made at or you can donate by check payable to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and mail it to Janet Mozolewski, 78 Scoles Ave., Clifton, NJ 07012. The Passaic County Historical Society will hold its fifth annual Beefsteak Dinner on Oct. 16 at 6:30 pm in Paterson. Call 973-247-0085.

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Randy McFadden (at left) is one of the 47 adult clients at the Adult Training Center located on Rt. 46 in Clifton. Above, are student Elise Marcano and Cheryl Pavlicek, a Teacher’s Aide at the High School.

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The Next Frankie Randall? by Jordan Schwartz Kenny Barilari could be on his way to following in the footsteps of Frankie Randall. Like the Clifton crooner pictured below and featured in the August edition of the Clifton Merchant, Kenny likes to sing songs that were written seven decades ago. Unlike Randall, though, Barilari was born in the ‘90s. On July 18, the 12-year-old Clifton resident took home $100 at the Passaic County Fair on Garret Mountain in West Paterson singing “My Funny Valentine.” Then on Aug. 19, he sang the same tune to win New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio’s weekly Talent Show at Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant. All of the weekly winners from throughout the summer returned on Sept. 2 for the Summer Finals. Barilari once again wowed the hundreds in attendance, claiming the top prize and the giant statue pictured at right. “It felt really good,” said Kenny, who sings in the choir and performs in all the plays at St. Andrew’s School on Mt. Prospect Ave. “I was a little shocked when they said I won.” Barilari said he’s been singing since he was three, but he didn’t get “serious” about it until he was nine. But how does a preteen learn a jazz standard like “My Funny Valentine?” “I went to see Wicked on Broadway and I 108 October 2007 • Clifton Merchant

liked one of the lead actresses (Kristin Chenowith),” said Kenny, who lives on Standish Dr. with his parents Ken and Kim and his sister Kayla, 8, who has also begun singing. “I got her CD and the song was on there.”

The seventh grader also likes to sing “Puppy Love,” a Paul Anka hit from only 47 years ago, but he hasn’t performed it in a competition yet. “We’re looking for new contests,” his dad said. “Before his voice changes.”

CHS Class of 1968 grad Sheldon Schwartz (at right and in inset) is pictured with his boss Marc Ecko and Barry Bonds’ historic 756th home run ball. Fashion designer Ecko was the winning bidder in the Sept. 15 online auction for the ball that Bonds hit in August to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home-run record of 755. The final selling price for No. 756 was $752,467, well above most predictions. Ecko posted a web site that let visitors vote on which of three outcomes they thought the ball most deserved. Voters chose to brand the ball with an asterisk before giving it to the Hall of Fame over just giving it to the Hall or banishing it to outer space.

CHS Grad Karla Yeamans is among several performers who’ll take the stage at the WWMS auditorium on Oct. 28 for Fall Fest 2007. Others who will perform include country singer Mary Lamont, the New Hope Players and Art and Folklore Dance Group. Doors open at 4:30 pm for a pre-performance lecture and the first act will start at 5:30. For more info, visit or call producer Francisco Santelli of the Clifton-based New Jersey Music & Arts at 973-272-3255. Take a trip to Dorney Park with the Clifton Rec Dept. during the Halloweekend Celebrations on Oct. 20. Tickets cost $29 for adults, $22 for children ages three and up and $5 for kids ages two and under. The Clifton Sag-A-Bits 30th Annual Reunion is scheduled for 6 pm on Oct. 25 at the VFW, Valley Rd. The group will honor its Sag-A-Bit of the Year and hand out the Willy Zawisha Good Guy Award. To attend, send a $40 check to Bob Motta, Treasurer, 22 Larkspur Ln., Clifton, NJ 07013. RSVP by Oct. 11. If you plan to pay at the door, call Bob at 973-773-4480. 1799

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The Seventh Annual Crafty Kids Day will be held on Oct. 6 from 10 am to 2 pm. The event is open to all kids and will offer a variety of arts and crafts projects. To volunteer, call the Rec Dept. at 973-470-5956. The Clifton Arts Center presents “Watercolor Symphony,” an art exhibit and sale of watercolor art by Fernando Santos. The exhibit runs through Oct. 27. For info, visit Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the neighborhood and people of Dutch Hill at a dinner on Oct. 18 from 6 to 10 pm at the Brownstone in Paterson. Tickets are $25. For more info, call Joan Sanford at 973-778-8337. The Clifton Assoc. of Artists began its 2007-2008 meeting season on Oct. 1 with a demonstration of pastel painting. The group meets on the first Monday of each month from Oct. to May at the Clifton Senior Community Center on Pound Rd. off Linzenbold Dr. The season ends with an Outdoor Art Show and Sale in June in Jubilee Park. For more info, call Pat Johnson at 973-742-2712. Poet James D. Gwyn, the Bard of Dutch Hill, received an Editor’s Choice nod from the 2007 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. He and others winners will read from their work on Nov. 10 at 1 pm in the Hamilton Club Building of PCCC in Paterson as part of the Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center of PCCC.

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CMM writer Jordan Schwartz’s book Memoirs of the Unaccomplished Man is available at, and In this eclectic mix of short stories and poetry, Schwartz takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride as he reveals many of his experiences during high school, college and beyond. The Annual Elmer Goetschius Memorial Fish and Chips Supper is Oct. 20 from 5 to 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church on Maplewood Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and can be purchased at the church or by calling Raymond

Goetschius at 973-773-5825. All proceeds from the event go towards the church. Raymond’s uncle Elmer used to organize the supper until he passed away three years ago. Help raise money for the City of Hope at Nina’s Salon on Valley Rd. Owner Nina Corradino is opening the salon on Nov. 4 at 10 am for the cause. The City of Hope is one of the world’s leading biomedical research and treatment centers. Salon services will be offered at a discounted price and all the proceeds will go to the City of Hope Foundation. Call 973-278-0356 to make an appointment and for additional info and don’t forget to mention it’s for the City Of Hope charity. The Clifton Lakeview AARP Chapter 1995 hosts its Trash and Treasure sale this month. Also at its monthly Social on Oct. 17, the chapter will be making up Halloween bags for the orphans and toiletries for the Women’s Shelter. Call 973-772-4124. The National Council of Catholic Women, Passaic-Clifton District Council, will be holding its annual fundraiser at the Valley Regency in Clifton on Oct. 18. Tickets are $30. Call 973-777-9617 for info.

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Join Hannah Anolik and her team, Hannah’s Bananas, as they Walk for the Cure to Wipe Out Juvenile Diabetes. The 5K Walk will begin at Medco Corporate Headquarters in Franklin Lakes at 10 am on Oct. 21. Registration begins at 9 am. To support Hannah’s Bananas, go to or call Ellen, Hannah’s mom, at 973-779-2875. An NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick Competition was held by the Clifton Rec Dept. at Albion Park on Sept. 15. The first place winners of the local competition advance to the sectional championship at 12:30 pm on Oct. 13 at 20th Century Field in Garfield. Winners include Dennis Lichetenberg, Ryan Pirl, George Balkjy and Alyson Feliciano. Sectional winners may have the opportunity to compete at a Giants or Jets game. St. Peter’s Haven’s spaghetti and meatball dinner is Oct. 6 at 6:30 pm. Following dinner, there will be a fun night of Bingo with great prizes. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. If you reserve a table for 10 or more, you will receive a $25 discount. For more info, call 973-546-3400.

Thirteen Young Professionals Organizations are coming together for an evening of cocktails, dancing and the opportunity to network with hundreds of young professionals. The Multi-Group Mixer will be held Oct. 16 from 7 to 11 pm at the Diva Lounge on Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair. To register, visit or to buy tickets, please visit A Fall Craft Show will be held at Paramus Catholic High School on Paramus Rd. in Paramus on Oct. 28 from 10 am until 4 pm. Since its inception, the event has grown to include more than 125 artisans offering a wide variety of items. Admission is $3. Call 201-907-0448. Having a baby? St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic is offering two free prenatal classes. Spanish classes are being held Oct. 5 and 12 and there is an English class on Oct. 10. All classes are from 5:30 to 8 pm and are

Schweighardt’s Florist on Ackerman Ave. held its grand re-opening ceremony on Sept. 16. Now called Embassy at Schweighardt’s Florist, the Clifton firm, which was founded in 1935, has joined with Embassy Florist of Manhattan which was founded in 1920, and has expanded to New Jersey.

by appointment only. Call 973-4703000 ext. 3881 or 973-470-3526. Classes are held in the cafeteria. The Passaic County Board of Elections is conducting voter edu-

cation sessions on the new voting machines for the public on Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Clifton City Hall. If you have any questions, call 973-881-4527 or 973-881-4528.

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The Family Garage

by Jordan Schwartz

Andy Mooney began pumping gas at his dad’s service garage when he was just 10 years old. More than four decades later, the gas pumps are gone, but Andy’s still there. He’s carrying on the family business that his father Ken started a half-century ago. In 1957, Ken Mooney, who was born in Clifton in the early ‘30s, opened up a repair garage and gas station on Clifton Ave., between Twain Pl. and Kipt St. Like any business owner, Mooney experienced some hard times at the beginning, but his expertise in foreign car repair attracted a good number of customers who were just starting to buy up these imports. The elder Mooney worked from 6 am to midnight to make it all work back then. Today, the shop is open during the week from 7 am to 5 pm and 7 am to noon on Saturdays. The Mooneys rest on Sundays. Ken showed his son the ropes and after Andy graduated Clifton High School in 1973, he came aboard full time. A year prior, the gas pumps were removed from the property due to a nationwide gas shortage, but there was still work to be done inside. 112 October 2007 • Clifton Merchant

Ken Mooney’s Service Garage at 817 Clifton Ave. opened in 1957. The gas pumps out front were removed in 1972. At left, Ken Mooney and his 12-year-old son Andy outside the garage in 1966.

Andy’s 19-year-old cousin Jim began working at the garage in 1983. He learned a lot from his dad who was in the marine repair business. With the two cousins as the

mainstay, the company has thrived over the past five decades as an expert import and domestic auto repair shop, NJ State Inspection Center and emission repair facility.

Some customers have been getting their cars repaired at Mooneys since the place opened. “It’s been 50 years of taking care of the community,” said Andy, 53, who took over operation of the garage when his father retired more than a decade ago. Ken, 75, is living in Florida now, staying healthy and taking the occasional trip out west to tour some national parks.

Three generations of Mooney men. From left, Andy, Patrick and Ken. At left, Andy’s cousin Jim Mooney, who’s been working at the garage since he was 19.

But Andy’s holding down the fort back in Clifton. He’s tripled business by keeping lifelong patrons, while attracting new ones. “My business upbringing has helped,” he said. “If you’re willing to work hard, you should be successful.” That’s the message Andy’s passed on to his three sons: Ken. G Mooney, 23, who’s a business analyst; Ryan,

20, who’s currently looking for a job; and Patrick, 18, who just started school at Morris County College. Patrick, who also works at the garage on occasion, may be in line to take over the business sometime down the road. But the next Mooney to run the shop when Andy retires, will probably be cousin Jim. And the Mooney name will carry on.

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First In NewJersey The Clifton Girls Club began in 1966 thanks to a 17-year old CHS senior and a fellow named Charlie Manella, a father of three girls (and one boy!) When Donna (Aiello) Gaccione was a 17-year-old senior at Clifton High School, she always wondered why boys had a Boys Club, but there was no Clifton club for girls. In fact, in 1966, there wasn’t a Girls Club in New Jersey. So Gaccione did the only thing that made sense—she started one. Rec Commissioner Charles Manella heard about Gaccione’s idea. A WWII Navy veteran, former baseball and football coach, and father of a son and three daughters, Manella knew Clifton girls needed a place of their own and pledged support. In a 1999 photo, Charles Manella’s family includes the MacDonalds, Agens and Szeinbergs. Not pictured is Charlie’s oldest daughter Barbara Christian.

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But making the Clifton Girls Club a reality would take time. Manella resigned his position as commissioner and began devoting all of his spare time to the project. Because he was involved in politics for many years, Manella knew people who would aid a future Girl’s Club. To obtain a charter and a certificate of incorporation, they first needed to form a ninemember board of trustees. State Senator Vincent Hull Sr. was one of the Girl’s Club’s earliest supporters, and worked as the board’s attorney, submitting all

paperwork and correspondence to the state. A charter condition to start a Girls Club said the club had to meet three times a week and have at least 100 girls participating.

Boys & Girls Club Celebration on Nov. 2 The Boys Club, now located on Clifton Ave., offered its facilities. Newspapers threw their support behind the new organization, helping to generate tremendous publicity. After reading about the Girl’s Club efforts, many Clifton citizens said they were interested in helping and some asked to serve on the board of directors. Founder Gaccione also stepped up her efforts. As president of the Girls Club Junior League, she canvassed friends and acquaintances to sign a petition supporting a Girls Club for Clifton. With her mother Mae, she presented her petition of 700 female signatures to the Clifton Board of Rec asking for help. Unfortunately, there was little the board could do, since a Girls Club, like the Boys Club, would not be a city-run organization but a private one. But the project gained momentum after the Corporate Headquarters of the Girls Club of America was contacted. They supplied the needed Constitution and By-laws, as well as a Handbook for Organization and Administration of Girls Clubs. Finally, the certificate of incorporation was ready to be issued. But the state needed an address for the

On Sept. 22, 1966, Charles Manella, chair of the campaign to establish a Girls’ Club of Clifton, presented Mrs. Mae Aiello, the club president, with a certificate of incorporation. In center is Mrs. Aiello’s daughter, Donna, one of the leaders of the movement.

Girls Club. With no place to yet call their own, Manella offered his East First St. address—which became the first unofficial “home” of the Girls Club of Clifton on Aug. 6, 1966. The first Girls Club of Clifton was located at 1241 Main Ave. A total of 148 girls joined, learning about such “Donna Reed” values as sewing, cooking, charm, manners and other handicrafts. The girls also participated in athletics. Annual dues were $2.

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Eventually, enough money was raised, and the Girls Club bought its own building—an old post office on the corner of Van Houten and Mt. Prospect Aves. In 1986, the Girls Club sold its building and the Boys and Girls Clubs consolidated into one organization, located on Clifton Ave. Today, there are more than 5,000 members of the Boys and Girls Club. About 800 kids are enrolled in the elementary after-school program, 52 in the preschool program, and 29 in the kindergarten program. Besides childcare, the Club provides a variety of programs. Annual dues are $35 for the first child, $25 per year for more than one child in a family. Scholarships are provided for income-eligible families. Donna Gaccione, the girl with a dream, lives in Las Vegas now with her husband John. Her sister–in–law Anne Marie is a CHS teacher. October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


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Happy 6th Birthday on Oct. 4 Renee Kimiko Angello & Jeffrey Joseph Angello. Sarah Bekheet . . . . . . . . . . 10/1 Awilda Gorman . . . . . . . . . 10/3 Ashley Messick . . . . . . . . . . 10/3 Charlene Rivera . . . . . . . . . 10/3 Grace Robol . . . . . . . . . . . . 10/3 Frank Antoniello . . . . . . . . . 10/4 John Brock Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . 10/4 Kayla Galka . . . . . . . . . . . . 10/4 Lisa Junda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10/4 Alan Merena. . . . . . . . . . . . 10/4

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Bruce Merena. . . . . . . . . . . 10/4 Rosalie D. Konopinski . . . . . 10/5 Gene D’Amico . . . . . . . . . . 10/6 Nicole Nettleton . . . . . . . . . 10/6 Christopher Phillips . . . . . . . 10/7 Jilian Fueshko . . . . . . . . . . . 10/8 Nick Kacmarcik . . . . . . . . . 10/8 Eileen Patterson . . . . . . . . 10/11 Anthony Shackil . . . . . . . . 10/11 Michael D. Rice . . . . . . . . 10/12 Stepanie M. Palomba . . . 10/13 Kimberly Beirne. . . . . . . . . 10/14 Lil Geiger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10/14 Mary Anne Kowalczyk. . . 10/14 Andrea Kovalcik. . . . . . . . 10/15 Stephen Kovalcik . . . . . . . 10/15 Marianne Meyer. . . . . . . . 10/15 Michelle Dabal . . . . . . . . . 10/17 Devin DeVries . . . . . . . . . . 10/18 Matthew Fabiano . . . . . . 10/18 Jamie Norris . . . . . . . . . . . 10/18 Benjamin Brody . . . . . . . . 10/19

Rebecca Jean Sonta & Joseph Francis Rodenbaugh were engaged on May 11 and set a wedding date of Aug. 8, 2008.

In Loving Memory Daniel Leigh Magaster 4/7/85-10/16/03 Brian James Grace . . . . . 10/19 Kristen A. Hariton . . . . . . . 10/19 Rocky S. Angello (woof!). 10/20 Joan Bednarski . . . . . . . . . 10/20 Jean Chiariello . . . . . . . . . 10/20 Lea Dziuba . . . . . . . . . . . . 10/20 Patrick Michael Doremus Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10/21 Eugene Osmak. . . . . . . . . 10/21 Katelyn Smith . . . . . . . . . . 10/21 Daniel Atoche . . . . . . . . . 10/23 John Bross . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10/23 Allison Beirne. . . . . . . . . . . 10/24 Sandra Kuruc . . . . . . . . . . 10/24 Heather Sito . . . . . . . . . . . 10/24 Paul G. Andrikanich. . . . . 10/25 Matthew McGuire . . . . . . 10/26 Kristofer Scotto . . . . . . . . . 10/27 Nicole Keller . . . . . . . . . . . 10/28 Ashley Gretina . . . . . . . . . 10/29 Lindsay Berberich . . . . . . . 10/30 Raymond Romanski . . . . . 10/31 Josef Schmidt . . . . . . . . . . 10/31

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Visit us in Athenia: 802 Van Houten Ave • 973-473-1997 October 2007 • Clifton Merchant


Mustangs… the next generation The Clifton Junior Mustangs will play a series of home games against East Orange at Clifton Stadium on Oct. 7. Junior PeeWees play at 11:30 am, PeeWees at 1 pm, Varsity Lightweight at 2:30 pm and Varsity Heavyweight at 4 pm. There is no admission fee but donations will be accepted. Come out and support the next generation of the Fighting Mustangs.

Dr. Moore has joined with over 300 professional Athletes & Olympians nationwide, drug-free role models to help kids lead productive lives through Athletes Against Drugs. Led by Stedman Graham, the idea is that simply telling kids to say no to drugs isn’t enough. AAD give kids a place to say yes—offering healthy alternatives, somewhere to go instead of the street, and something to be a part of instead of a gang. To launch AAD here in Clifton and to help parents raise 1576 healthy, drug-free families, during October, Dr. Moore has waived the usual $145 exam fee which includes computer scans and x-rays. New patients will be asked David R. Moore, D.C. instead to make a $20 850 Clifton Ave. • Clifton donation to AAD. Call Dr. Moore for more details.

Stay on Track… …for Life!




Watch Dr. David Moore on Health Talk on Clifton Channel 77 Friday 9:30 pm & Sunday at 8 pm 118 October 2007 • Clifton Merchant





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