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Gas station settles Sandy suit for 25G LYNDHURST – A Lyndhurst gas station is among eight New Jersey businesses that have agreed to pay penalties for alleged price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Acting N.J. Attorney General John Jay Hoffman announced last week. In arriving at the settlements with the state, made public July 23, the businesses made no admission of liability, Hoffman’s office noted. Pursuant to the settlement reached by the Office of the Attorney General and state Division of Consumer Affairs, S&D LLC, doing business as Exxon, 555 Riverside Ave., Lyndhurst, will make a payment of $25,000, authorities said. The total represents $22,980.37 in civil penalties, $1,627.50 in attorneys’ fees and $392.13 in investigative costs. In a civil lawsuit filed in November by the Christie administration, the Exxon station was accused of raising the price of regular fuel from $3.42 per gallon to $4.13 per gallon, an increase of 21%, during the state of emergency declared by the governor in late October after the superstorm devastated N.J. The station also allegedly raised the price of supremegrade gasoline by 14%. The Division of Consumer Affairs said it received more see GOUGING page



New team at helm of S.A. Kearny Corps By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY –


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Maurice and Sherry Moukouangala, the new leaders of the Salvation Army Kearny Corps.

t’s been one heck of a journey. She’s originally from Oklahoma. He was born in the Congo and raised in Marseilles, France. They met in Atlanta, got married in Houston and now – after a two-year sojourn in Pittsburgh – they’re together in Kearny. They are Sherry and Maurice Moukouangala, the new Corps officers/ pastors for The Salvation Army Kearny Corps Worship and Community Center, 443 Chestnut St. “We love Kearny,” said Sherry, “with all the different cultures.” And, Maurice added, “it’s very family oriented.”

The couple can relate: They have two young children, Elise, 4, and William 2. “People here have been very welcoming and gracious,” Maurice said. The Moukouangalas reported for duty July 3, taking over for S.A. Majors Alberto and Brenda Suarez, who were reassigned to Allentown, Pa., after a four-year stay in Kearny. Sherry, 42, is a captain in the Corps, and Maurice, 44, a lieutenant. Before his ordination as pastor/officer, Maurice – a longtime brass player – was the Divisional Music Director for The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division in Pittsburgh. see LEADERS page


Dive demo goes swimmingly By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent

murk of River Mile 10.9, the most polluted portion of the infamoulsy polluted Lower LYNDHURST – Passaic. Recently, on one of the Lt. Nicholas Haggerty and most brutally hot mornings Lt. Mike Cerbo are certified of the summer, two guys from divers and members of the Lyndhurst decided to take a Lyndhurst Fire Department plunge in the Passaic River. Dive Team, and they were This was not as foolhardy taking part in a demonstraas it sounds, even though they tion of newly acquired “dry were swimming around in the suits,” which will permit the

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classrooms, a five-story it would take to finish the atrium and a new cafeteria project, Ferraro said: “We’re has been delayed by disputes trying to get the south buildKEARNY – between school board staff ing done by the end of the and the contractor, who was calendar year and get the y a 5-4 majority, the “terminated for convenikids [those who’ve been takKearny Board of ence” last year, and by the ing classes in outdoor trailEducation voted last town Construction Departers] back in the building.” He Monday night to hire a ment’s enforcement of rewas reluctant to look beyond New York auditing firm for vised building and fire safety that. a fee capped at $75,000 to codes. The school board also Ferraro said that the New undertake a “construction ended up firing the original York auditing firm was the risk assessment” of the $44 architect on the project. only company that respondmillion Kearny High School Ferraro, who wasn’t hired ed to the district’s Request Façade and Noise Abatement until after the project was for Proposals. He said he’d Capital Projects. alerted the firm to the soAs the district prepares for well under way, said: “It’s my understanding that over- licitation and asked if they’d the opening of the fall term, aside from the audit, it will have a new assistant superintendent of schools aboard for the first time in years and it will be undertaking a new state-mandated evaluation procedure for teachers and administrators. Referring to the high school project audit, Superintendent of Schools Frank Ferraro told The Observer that D’Arcangelo & Co. of Rye Brook, N.Y., is, essentially, being asked to “confirm whether what we’re doing is right.” He said the company’s fee averages out to about $220 per hour. Photo by Ron Leir The job, which began in BOE okays ‘audit’ for Kearny High project 2010 with the expectation it would take three years to sight could’ve been a little be interested, only because complete, is only 18% combetter. This audit will give he’d previously worked with plete with an estimated $7 million expended, according us another set of eyes on the them when he was an adminproject.” istrator for the Greenburgh to Ferraro. The project is Asked if there was a time(N.Y.) Central School Disbeing funded by grants from trict 7 on a student transporthe Federal Aviation Admin- line on the audit, Ferraro replied: “I want to say six to tation project. istration, Port Authority of eight months.” “We ended up saving New York and New Jersey As to the financial viabil$600,000 by switching and N.J. Department of Eduity of the project, Ferraro school bus vendors and docation. said: “We’re going to make ing some re-routing,” Ferraro While the façade and sure that the grant funding said. window portion of the job will continue. At this point, “The work they did in has proceeded well enough, I have no reason to think Greenburgh should be very an ambitious but daunting similar to what they’ll be interior construction project that’s not going to happen.” Asked how much longer doing here,” Ferraro said, in aimed at creating additional


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terms of evaluating protocols and controls applied by the district in the project. As part of its 21-page proposal submitted to the board, D’Arcangelo & Co. said it would “determine whether proper procedures were observed” during the project and “determine that anticipated funding for the project is still available and the total amount of funding for the project [and] assess whether the school district complied with the terms of grant(s).” D’Arcangelo will also “consider whether the available funding to be used to complete the project is in accordance with the revised scope specifications as proposed.” The board, which is now serving as its own general contractor (in consultation with Epic Management, its construction manager), is expected to advertise for bids for completion of work in the high school’s south building by early August. As part of its audit, D’Arcangelo will “verify that costs incurred on the project to date are accurately supported and documented” by reviewing billing, change orders and the grant budget for the job. When it’s done with the work, the company will “provide detailed findings of any unusual, unnecessary, or unexplained cost variances” and “recommend improvements for internal controls over capital projects.” Board member Cecilia Lindenfelser, who cast one of the four votes opposing the auditor’s hiring, told The Observer she voted “no” because “we only had one comsee ASSESSMENT page


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‘Hospital’ use ruled out for Roche site By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

that, “Medical offices of a wide variety as well as doctor’s offices are the most logiBELLEVILLE – cal land use activities near a hospital like Clara Maass; with ust like the commercial the ever increasing advances jingle says, “Like a good in gene therapy and bio-scineighbor,” Belleville “is entified businesses, [the site] there.” could well become a mixed Township officials have practiced aggressive listening use center of research facilities and laboratories, same day in agreeing to amend a proposed redevelopment plan for surgery facilities and doctor the Roche Diagnostic Systems and dentist offices. There is an unmet demand for modern property at 11 Franklin Ave. office facilities for medical Roche continues ownerpractitioners in the area and ship of the property but, with adoption of the plan, Belleville serving Clara Maass, as many of these professional are conwill have input into what befined to using older, outmoded comes of the land in future. buildings.” The 52-page plan, prepared


Clara Maass President/CEO Mary Ellen Clyne, who appeared at those hearings with the hospital’s attorney, to learn more about the institutional rationale for its position on the redevelopment plan, but hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Moore said that it was the hospital’s preference that the media seek out a township and/or Planning Board tape or transcript containing Clyne’s

remarks. Unfortunately, the Township Clerk’s office hadn’t time to work on the tape for the council meeting to find the desired commentary and the Township Construction Code Official didn’t return a phone message requesting permission to listen to the tape from the Planning Board session. In any case, respecting the wishes of Clara Maass, Mayor

Ray Kimble and the Township Council obligingly voted to remove the objectionable proposed uses, namely, “hospital,” “ambulatory healthcare center,” and “ambulance services” from the plan. The governing body also deleted a separate proposed use for a “medical helicopter landing pad.” see ROCHE page





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for the township by John Madden of Maser Consulting of Red Bank, was approved by the Belleville Planning Board July 11, one month after the Township Council had voted to designate the 18.7-acre area at the southwest corner of Franklin Ave. and Mill St. and opposite Essex County’s Branch Brook Park as an area in need of redevelopment. In the plan, Madden recommended a variety of possible principal land uses for the site, chief among which, is a “medical services district,” since the site “is uniquely situated [just north of] the Clara Maass Medical Center, one of the few remaining regional hospitals, making it a likely ‘anchor’ for a variety of land use activities focused on medical services that gravitate to a location near a prominent hospital.” Madden goes to suggest

Other supportive uses envisioned by Madden included a “pharmacy with a drivethrough facility,” home health agencies, a fitness center, a health spa, restaurants, a hotel, retail shops, banks and a 1.5acre park in the center of the site near Franklin Ave. Among other permitted uses listed by the plan are: hospital, ambulatory healthcare center and ambulance services. These three notions, however, rankled representatives of Clara Maass who spoke at the public hearings on the plan held by the Planning Board and the Township Council, according to Township Manager Kevin Esposito. They were “not interested” in those particular suggestions, Esposito said. “They didn’t want competing hospitals coming into the area.” The Observer tried to reach

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treatment – by Aug. 2, and daily bridge openings expected on average six nights per week, as of Aug. 4, according to CPG spokesman Jonathan Jaffe. The mobilization and subsequent barge transport are keyed to the daily opening of 10 bridges that cross the Passaic River, including the Bridge St. Bridge linking Newark and Harrison (via Harrison Ave. in Harrison), but the Bridge St. span hasn’t operated properly since superstorm Sandy damaged its two motors. New motors were due for delivery by the end of July but, whether they arrive on time or not, it appears that the CPG is committed to proceeding with the project, regardless. Stanton’s letter to Bergen County Engineer Joseph Femia, Hudson County Engineer Demetrio Arencibia and Essex County Engineer Sanjeev Varghese says that, “Consistent with ongoing conversations with your staff

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Library Director Kristin Nelson, the resume program began July 9 and the service is being offered, at no cost to NORTH ARLINGTON – residents of North Arlington ennie Fitzgerald has and surrounding communiheld a variety of jobs ties, every Tuesday, from 6 to 8 since graduating from Kearny High School in 1985 but p.m., through Labor Day. As a sort of companion he’s never felt the need to put piece, the library will renew them down on paper. beginner computer classes Until last week, that is. once school resumes in SepFitzgerald happened to be tember. at the North Arlington PubThe library started offering lic Library with his 9-yearhelp with resumes after Nelold daughter, Mackenzie, a son began hearing informally fifth-grader at the borough’s from folks who were looking Jefferson School, helping her to get back into the job market find reading material when he but lacked the skill set needed learned that the library was to format or revise an employoffering help on creating and/ ment resume. or updating resumes. “So far, it’s been pretty “I’ve never done a resume quiet,” Card said. “We’ve had before,” Fitzgerald said. two people, both from North A borough resident for the Arlington, but now that we’ve past two decades, the 46-yearplaced an advertisement about old puts in long hours as the superintendent for the sprawl- the program, we’re hoping to get more.” ing Riverview Gardens apartOne is a man laid off from a ment complex. manufacturing job looking for “These days, though, the way the economy is, not many work and the other is a woman jobs are secure today,” Fitzger- who has done part-time work in the Orange and North Arald said. “I know one woman who worked 30 years for Hoff- lington schools as a substitute teacher and para-professional man-LaRoche who got called down to the office one day and for special needs but is now was told, ‘Your project’s done, seeking full-time employment, Card said. that’s it.’ No severance, no “She heard about our sernothing. And that’s a 30-year vice and she came because employee.” she lacks the computer skills So Fitzgerald hunkered needed to update her resume,” down with Maisy Card, a Card explained. library part-timer who works Since the national recession evenings and weekends when set in in 2008, the job marshe’s not at her regular gig, ket hasn’t been kind to area teaching English Language residents, statistics show. The Arts/Creative Writing/Basic most recent unemployment Skills at Jersey City’s Kenmare figures for May researched by School, an alternative high Card listed a 7.5% jobless rate school for adult women run by for Bergen County and 10.1% the York St. Project. for Kearny, for example. With encouragement from


in describing the type of work I’ve done, since that’s what an employer will be looking for,” he said. “So, for example, I can say that I coordinated work orders for so many apartments and I’ve scheduled contractors for the different jobs.” That’s an important lesson to learn, Card noted, because “some people tend to undersell themselves by not being descriptive enough about the work they’ve done.” Fitzgerald said he found it “very hard to put into words Photo by Ron Leir my credentials but Maisy’s Library aide Maisy Card helps Dennis Fitzgerald create a resumé. showing me how to word it.” load a copy that way.” Card does what she can to As examples, he can list as Meanwhile, after spendprovide patrons with a re“special skills,” the awards he’s ing some time together at the source to add to their toolkit. won for coaching the borcomputer desk, Fitzgerald “Our computers are set up ough’s girls’ recreation sports credited Card with giving good teams. with Microsoft Word which guidance on how to structure has a resume template so that Now armed with his first-evhelps,” she said. “We can print his resume. er resume, Fitzgerald is feeling “I’ve learned to use acout a hard copy of the resume a bit better about his standing but the patron can also access tion words, like ‘assisted’ and as a potential force in the job ‘conducted’ and ‘coordinated’ the file by e-mail and downmarket.



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ulling possible topics for this week’s column, I first thought of Anthony Weiner. But the man is such an egotism-warped, morally/ethically/truthiness-challenged fool, writing about him would be too depressing. Instead, I am writing about the Black Death. Also known as the bubonic plague. The Black Death, carried by fleas that were infesting the rats that were infesting merchant ships, is thought to have originated in Asia in the 14th century. According to Wikipedia, by the mid-century it had spread to Europe, first via the Silk Road and then into multiple ports on the aforementioned ships. The peak plague years were 1348-1350. An estimated 75 million to 200 million people died. By other estimates, the plague killed 30% to 60% of Europe’s total population. I have often wondered why the disease just disappeared. Well, guess what? It didn’t. It’s still around. Right now, it’s apparently up

in the hills above Los Angeles, where four campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest were closed last week after a plague-infected squirrel was found dead in a trap. (I have warned you, my readers, before: Camping--indeed any outdoor activity in spooky, woody places--is not wise. There are bears out there. And serial killers. And now, plagueinfected squirrels.) I had to learn about the squirrel from Craig Ferguson since the local news channels, at least the ones I watched, did not see fit to report it, being more concerned with interminable weather reports. At first, I was frightened. But then I learned something extraordinary: The Black Death is now readily curable. Thanks to antibiotics. Provided the victim is treated within 24 hours of the appearance of symptoms. I find that amazing. I mean, I am aware of all our wonder drugs (by which I mean ones that actually work and don’t end up causing more problems than they cure), but to think that something that killed millions is now easily

treated with some pills does astonish my small brain. Info on plague symptoms and everything else you might want to know is available from the Centers for Disease Control’s Frequently Asked Questions About Plague website. I am not making that up. Check out And if you have a strong stomach and want to know what bubonic plague looks like, you can check Google images and see why it was also called the Black Death. As for plague in the modern era: “Plague was first introduced into the United States in 1900, by rat-infested steamships that had sailed from affected areas, mostly from Asia,” the CDC says. “The last urban plague epidemic in the United States occurred in Los Angeles [!] from 1924 through 1925. Plague then spread from urban rats to rural rodent species, and became entrenched in many areas of the western United States.” According to the CDC, five to 15 cases of plague in humans are recorded annually in the western states. Specific areas detailed on the FAQ

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WE’VE GOT MAIL To the Editor: On July 23 on the news, Gov. Chris Christie clearly stated, “There will be other storms. Hopefully, not as severe as Sandy.” He was addressing those down the Shore. What,

if anything, have you seen done from the Newark Basin up river to Harrison, Kearny, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Rutherford? The state can build sound walls up and down every road in New Jersey but they can’t build a retaining wall along the Pas-

website. Reuters reported that the Los Angeles County Department of Health last week assured the public that “there have been only four cases of human plague in Los Angeles County residents since 1984, none of which were fatal.” As for the Angeles National Forest, squirrel burrows are reportedly being dusted for

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Protect us from the Passaic saic River. The sound on the highways wasn’t going to destroy peoples’ lives or cause the loss of belongings, family pictures, everything they worked for all their lives. Federal, state and county government had no problem

selling us down the river by allowing every form of contamination seep into our lives and for unknown reasons they refuse to save us from the river. The Jersey Shore was a onetime issue and every agency ran to its rescue and continues

to – we in this area have been hit four times primarily due to the lack of due diligence. With a wedged 30-foot boat, blocked channels, and much, much more, the erosion has gone unchecked. Marie Cush Lyndhurst

Thank you from Lyndhurst Health Department The Lyndhurst Health Department would like to thank the following groups and businesses who helped make its first annual Senior Health Fair a great success:

AAA, Al Ferrara of BCHS, Audiology and Hearing Aid Solutions, Clara Maass Medical Center, Dave Mihlon of Park Financial Group, Gentle Dental, Haley Chiropractic,

JFVS, Kessler Rehabilitation Center, King’s Court, Rite Aid of Rutherford, Senior Helpers, Specialty Medical Services, Walgreens of North Arlington, Woman’s Club of

Lyndhurst, and YMCA Area Meadowlands. The Health Department would also like to thank the Lyndhurst Pastry Shop and Shop Rite of Lyndhurst for the generous

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KPD blotter: Somebody needed a swift kick On July 21, at 2:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the Quick Chek on Kearny Ave. after it was reported that someone had kicked in the front door. Why? Who knows? The place was open at the time. Officer Chris Levchak, the first to arrive, was told that the culprit was among a group of about 10 people who had just left the store. He searched the area and found them at Chestnut and Boyd Sts., police said. One of the individuals who fit the description provided by the caller was taken back to the store, and the rest of the little mob followed. After viewing the security video, Levchak determined that the kicker was actually someone else – but someone who, conveniently, happened to be in

the group that had returned, police said. Arrested on a charge of criminal mischief was James Hems, 21, of Kearny. This was not the end of the saga. Police said the others in the crowd refused to disperse and swarmed the patrol cars that had reported to the store, taking photos of the vehicles. And one of the arrestee’s buddies, Reynaldi Domenech, 18, of Kearny, was taken into custody by Officer Jose Resua after allegedly trying to release Hems from the police car in which he was being held. Domenech was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the administration of law. There was a third arrestee: Jazmeen Rivera, 22, of Harrison, who reportedly

refused Officer Jay Ward’s orders to leave the area, refused to “cease and desist her disorderly and profane behavior,” and resisted being handcuffed, police said. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included:

July 21 Officer John Fabula was on patrol at Belgrove Drive and Afton St. at 7:30 p.m. when he saw a man engaged in a “heated argument” with a female. While quelling the dispute, police said, Fabula did a warrant check and confirmed that the man, Tristen Sanchez, 21, of Kearny, was wanted by North Arlington. Sanchez was arrested ,taken to headquarters and held for

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At 11:30 p.m., Officer Mike Santucci was dispatched to an apartment building on the 100 block of Kearny Ave. after a tenant had a disturbing encounter with someone who was not a resident. The tenant said he had left his flat briefly to let his dogs into the yard and returned to find a stranger inside talking to his 5-year-old daughter. The tenant coaxed the other man back into the hallway, where the stranger became confrontational and pulled a knife, police said. The sudden appearance of the tenant’s dog persuaded the knife-wielder to leave, but not before identifying himself as “Cuppy” from Jersey City “and nobody to mess with.” He was last seen walking

north on the avenue, drinking a beer. The KPD is following up, working with Jersey City authorities to find out who uses the street name “Cuppy.” July 22 Following up on a burglary at a business on the 100 block of Kearny Ave., Officer Vanessa Sevillano and Sgt. Michael Cardella went to the premises at 9 a.m. to interview an employee, Kristina Schumm, 27, who has addresses in both Kearny and West Orange. Schumm was found to be wanted on a Kearny warrant, was arrested on that and, following a search pursuant to arrest, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.


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LEADERS from Maurice described himself as “third generation” Salvation Army loyalists. “My grandparents were pastors, as were my parents, both in the Congo, and now I am, as well.” But he came belatedly to his calling. More about that a bit later. First, there is Capt. Sherry’s story: Her first exposure to the S.A. came at age 11. “My mother was a single parent raising three girls in Bartlesville, Okla., [longtime home to Phillips Petroleum] and we got assistance from the Salvation Army,” she said. “It was during the summer and the woman [from the S.A. thrift store] helping us pick out fall clothing had a daughter who went to the same school as I did – we were both in the sixth grade – and we became good friends.” After high school graduation, Sherry said she “did many jobs but they brought no joy.” The S.A. did, however, and in 2003 she went to the S.A. College for Officer Training in Atlanta to begin a two-year training program. It was at the college that the future couple’s paths crossed for the first time. However, Maurice’s path to the S.A. was by no means as straight-forward as Sherry’s. “Being a Salvation Army officer is a calling. You have to be a friend to those with no friends,” he explained. And, although he was certainly involved with S.A. activities through his family, he admits he was “not ready” to fully embrace it as his life’s work. “I wanted to experience the world,” he said. “I moved to England to learn English. I was living at Oxford. I started with a job in London teaching and traveling around Europe. The money and benefits were good but something inside me was feeling guilty. Deep in my heart, I was feeling something was missing.” So, in 2001, he applied to become an S.A. pastor/officer trainee and, as part of that mission, he traveled to the U.S. to work in a S.A. summer camp in the Garden State, in Pittstown. However, still feeling the tug of secular comforts, Maurice traveled to Raleigh, N.C., to take a job with the French Consulate teaching French at private schools. “But then I thought I had to get more serious about what I

would be doing with my life,” he said, and he took a Future Salvation Army Officers Fellowship in Atlanta in 2003. During an orientation weekend, Maurice met Sherry and “fell in love.” “We kept in touch for a year, we broke up, and I moved back to England and got my teaching job again,” he recalled. In 2005, however, Maurice persuaded Sherry to fly to London to meet him. From there, they went to France where Maurice introduced her to his family. The following year, they were engaged. Then it was back to the U.S. where Maurice worked as a S.A. trainee in Texas while Sherry got an assignment as an S.A. officer in South Carolina. Maurice asked his superiors if they could arrange to transfer

Sherry to a job in the Lone Star State and they did. But, given the size of Texas, the couple were still separated by a commute of more than three hours. Then, in 2008, Maurice broke both legs in a car crash and spent a month recuperating in an intensive care unit. That’s when the couple decided to tie the knot. The ceremony was held in a Houston rehabilitation center, Maurice said. “For a year, I was in a wheelchair.” Then Sherry got pregnant, ultimately taking a leave from the Army, while Maurice held two teaching jobs. But after landing a third job as music director for the S.A.’s Western District in Pittsburgh – he bade farewell to the classroom and the couple set up shop in Pennsylvania for the next two years.

At that point, Maurice took the big step, enrolling in the Army’s officer training college in Suffern, N.Y., and Sherry was accepted as a member of the faculty. Now, two years later, the couple have their first assignment as pastors/officers together in Kearny. “We look forward to being of service to the community,” Maurice said. “We are happy to be here and ready to help with all aspects of the local organization, from youth and community programs to pastoral care.” As part of its mission of service to all, the Kearny Corps is providing weekly English as a Second Language classes for 45 adults and children; a “Senior Surfing” Internet computer class equipped with five ter-


minals; staffing an emergency food pantry servicing some 30 families; and offering Sunday School for 25 youngsters and worship services for 55 attendees. For the fall, Maurice said he’s exploring the possibility of starting a brass band, with which the Army has traditionally been associated. “I play brass instruments and a brass band for me is like a second life. So, I’d like to start a brass band here. We have some instruments – tubas, cornets, horns – so we’ll see what the Lord has in store for us.” In the meantime, Maurice said the couple will be meeting with various community representatives to introduce themselves and to deepen their understanding of the needs of the community.

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KPD from July 23 At 5 p.m., Officer John Fabula and Sgt. Charles Smith were on Alexander Ave. when they stopped a car driven by a woman they knew to be wanted on a warrant from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, police said. Arrested on that warrant, and also charged with driving while suspended, was 42-year-old Kearny resident Susan Mazol. She was processed at HQ and held for the HCSO.

a customer had stolen a $40 bottle of liquor after telling the proprietor, “Don’t try to touch me, man, or I’ll knock you out.” He was last seen running north on Kearny and then east on Quincy Ave. Police are reviewing security videos in an attempt to ID him.

July 24 A 14-year-old Kearny boy lost his cell phone to two bicycling bandits on the 300 block of Schuyler Ave. shortly before 4:30 p.m. Officer John Travelino responded to the report and broadcast a description of the robbers, Officer Giovanni Rodriwho were spotted by Officer guez responded to HollyJay Ward near Schuyler and wood Liquors on Kearny Ave. Tappan St. at 9:25 p.m. on a report that Travelino brought the

victim to the area, and the boy ID’d the suspects. Two 16-year-old males from Newark were charged with the robbery. Police said the phone was not in their possession but KPD Juvenile Unit detectives are attempting to recover it. At 7 p.m., Officer John Fabula responded to a “heated dispute” between two individuals in a Brighton Ave. building. A warrant check showed that one of the two, Edward Pancaro, 43, of Kearny, had a criminal warrant out of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, a drug-related warrant from Howell Township, and another warrant from Lyndhurst, police said. He was

Seabra personnel, 31-year-old Kearny resident Matthew Genovesi was charged with robbery and possession of July 25 hypodermic needles, police At 6:45 p.m., HQ received said. He was booked and sent several calls regarding a shoplifting that had escalated to the Hudson County Jail on $25,000 bail. into a robbery at Seabra’s on Schuyler Ave. The thief At 9:40 p.m., the Vice had assaulted store personnel and fled on foot, north on Unit spotted a trespasser at Schuyler. Responding Officer Midland and Passaic Aves. Pat Becker broadcast the de- and followed and confronted scription of the suspect, who him at Kearny and Midland was spotted by Officer Frank Aves. Ulises Rebozo, 39, of West at Bergen and Schuyler Kearny, was allegedly in possession of 16 glassine folds of – but then disappeared. heroin, 14 stamped “Satan,” Following his police intwo stamped “Payback.” He stincts, West surmised the guy had gone into CVS to try was charged with possession to blend in with the patrons. of heroin and paraphernalia. Proving once again what The officer found him in a payback is. store bathroom. – Karen Zautyk After being identified by processed at HQ and held for the HCSO.

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ies and a Hispanic soap opera called “Padres con Poder” and now a self-published author. His greatest secret of all was his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In prison, he found God and his ordained minister wife, Dharma, who came to minister to 700 inmates there. While in a coma, he had his second Christian spiritual experience with God, his first being in the juvenile hall years earlier. “The Suffering of Chasing Dreams” may seem like fiction or something out of a movie script. However, the truth is that 95% of what people will read in this book is true. All of the names have simply been changed to protect the innocent. Duran has shared his story so that other suffering people out there may learn from his example. He says, “If you really and truly want God in your life, you owe it to yourself to read this book.”



ASSESSMENT from pany put in a proposal – we [James Doran Jr., Sebastian Viscuso, Bernadette McDonald and Lindenfelser] wanted to send [the solicitation] out again.” She also felt it was wrong to spend so much money for the audit because “we don’t have an unlimited checkbook” and, since “it’s really a money question – looking at the in-and-out match – we could just have our regular auditor and business administrator look at the numbers.” Meanwhile, Ferraro will

look to his new No. 2, Assistant Superintendent Debra Sheard, an 18-year educator, for help in coordinating the new staff evaluation protocol, among other duties. Ferraro said the district is paying LoTi, a Californiabased educational consulting firm, around $120,000 to train Kearny teachers and administrators in the new system. In other school developments, the board has authorized Mark Bruscino, director of plant operations, to prepare bid specifications for the installation of lights at the Franklin School athletic field

as a potential backup play site for the town’s environmentally compromised Gunnell Oval recreational complex off Schuyler Ave. Sheard came to Kearny this month from Hunterdon County where she worked the past year as interim superintendent for the tiny (pre-k to grade 8) district of Califon with an enrollment of 153. “My smallest class was eight,” Sheard said. “My biggest had 21.” For two years before that, Sheard was director of secondary education for the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional

School District which had 4,500 students spread among seven schools. Her most lengthy tenure was at Franklin Township where she spent five years as director of social studies and technology in a district with 8,000 students. Part of the new evaluation system for public school instructional personnel very specifically factors in student “readiness” in English language arts, math, social studies and science in grades 3 to 11, as measured by standardized tests, which, in turn, are aligned with the district’s achievement goals for each


grade, Sheard said. Thirty percent of a teacher’s evaluation will be based on a student’s performance, Sheard said. Teachers will be evaluated three times during the school year and will end up with one of four possible ratings: highly effective, effective, partially effective and ineffective. Teachers who get an ineffective rating two years in a row cannot continue. Anyone hired as a teacher after July 1, 2012, can attain tenure rights after working in good standing for four years and one day.

Let Captain Jack be the light of your life Captain Jack (ID#89437), an adult, senior Jack Russell terrier, is seeking his forever home while at the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 100 United Lane, Teterboro. This sweet 8-year-old pooch was given to the shelter because his original family didn’t trust their grandchild around him. Captain Jack is looking for a calm, patient home with no young children, especially since the owner claimed he is now frightened of children due to her grandchild. When you lay eyes on Captain Jack, you will instantly feel his sorrow and want to take all his pain away. Sadly, Captain Jack is a fitting name since this unfortunate JRT mix appears to have only one eye. But that doesn’t stop him from exploring the world around him. However, the shelter advises that he is quite hesi-

Even though he’s 8 years old, he still has a lot of spunk and will still need plenty of walks and mental stimulation for energy release. Helping him stay active not only helps provide him with physical stimulation, but it aids in the bonding process as well.

For more information, call 201-229-4600. Hours for adoption are 1 to 5 p.m. every day except Monday, including weekends. The shelter is open Thursdays from 1 to 7:30 p.m. There are also many other adoptable animals that can be seen at the shelter’s website shelters/NJ29.html. In addition, many local towns have a Patch website where the shelter’s animals are featured. The shelter also has a page on Facebook. Please visit and “like” the Bergen County Animal Shelter.


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tant when first introduced to people and will probably need to acclimate to his new home before socializing him with the public. The more time spent trying to bond, the more outgoing he will probably become and light up your life.

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"Night Fever: A Tribute to the Bee Gees," will capture a full history of the Bee Gees as part of Essex County’s free SummerMusic Concert Series on Friday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Essex County Brookdale Park, Watchung and Bellevue Aves. Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., will run a bus trip to Caesar’s Casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The bus will depart Oakeside at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Participants will enjoy a bagel and juice on the bus and receive $25 in slot play at the casino. The cost is $30 per person. Oakeside will sponsor a trip to Broadway to see the musical “Kinky Boots” on Thursday, Oct. 10. After a buffet dinner at the Oakeside Mansion at 4:30 p.m., participants will board a bus to the theater. The $156 per person cost includes dinner, round-trip bus transportation, mezzanine seats, taxes and tips. Oakeside will sponsor a bus trip to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, a 35-acre sculpture garden with over 270 sculptures on Sunday, Oct. 13. Participants can take a selfguided tour or join a docentled tour at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Lunch is available at several venues on site or participants can pack a picnic lunch. After the sculpture garden, the bus will stop at a nearby Cracker Barrel restaurant and gift shop and will leave at about 6:30 p.m. The $55 per person cost includes the bus and admission to Grounds for Sculpture, but does not include meals. Reservations are required for all events and must be paid within five days of booking to ensure a place. There are no refunds on paid reservations. Call the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960.


The Harrison Public School District will participate in the 2013 Summer Food Service Program through Aug. 8 (Monday to Thursday only from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.).

The Summer Food Service program, sponsored by the USDA’s Food And Nutrition Services, provides all children up to age 18 with the same free meal.


The Presbyterian BoysGirls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., remains open this month on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and offers members and guests ages 8 to 15 basketball, dodgeball, wiffleball, kick ball, gymnastics, bowling, bumper pool, air hockey, foozball, arts and crafts, ping pong and electronic games. Summer trips are scheduled: Bow Craft Amusement and Miniature Golf (Aug. 7) and the Jersey Jackals vs. Newark Bears in baseball (Aug. 14). All trips are chaperoned by PBGC directors. Mary’s Traveling Seniors of Kearny are organizing a trip to Wildwood Sept. 8-12 (five days, four nights). Price includes: four nights, accommodations in Wildwood, four breakfasts and dinners, three nights of entertainment, a dolphin watch cruise, visit to Cape May and Atlantic City, with a bonus rebate, transportation, all taxes, gratuities and luggage handling. Package price is $475 for double occupancy; single occupancy is $90 extra. A $150 deposit is required. Seats are limited. Call Mary at 201-998-1030. Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., has preschool play and story time for ages 3 to 4 1/2 on Tuesdays (except for Aug. 13) from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave. Baby Steps story time with music and bubbles is offered for ages up to 2 Wednesdays at the Main Library from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave., will have play group on Thursdays, Aug. 1 and 8, at 11 a.m. and preschool story time from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 15, 22 and 29. Children ages 5 and older are invited to art class at the main library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The library

will provide the art materials. Registration is not necessary, but space is limited. The main library will have four shows for children ages 4 and older in August: Fantasy Puppets presents “Jack and the Beanstalk” puppet play at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1; “Sciencetellers: science experiments tell a story” at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2; and Gizmo Guys Comedy Jugglers at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5.


Good Shepherd Medical Adult Center, 725 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, invites the community to its first annual health fair on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes fun, food, music, arts, entertainment, games, prizes and more. For more information, call 941-565-0861. Lyndhurst Food Pantry, on the first floor of the Municipal Annex, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., is re-stocking. This pantry, which currently serves more than 140 Lyndhurst families in need, welcomes donations of canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, applesauce, condiments, and paper products. No expired items will be accepted. All donations can be dropped off at the pantry. Anyone interested in holding a food drive for the pantry is invited to contact Sarah Anderson with the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2421. Lyndhurst Youth Roller Hockey League is seeking boys and girls of all ages and levels. Beginners are welcome. The following divisions are available: Mites (grades K-2), Midgets (grades 3-5) and Juniors (grades 6-8). Registration fee is $45 for Lyndhurst residents ($55 after Aug. 1) and $55 for non-residents ($65 after Aug. 1). Applications are available at www. Mail or drop off completed applications to: Lyndhurst Youth Hockey League, c/o Lyndhurst Parks Dept., 250 Cleveland Ave., Lyndhurst N.J. 07071. For more information, visit or email lyndhockey@ymail. com.

The Lyndhurst Elks will host an Elvis tribute on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Polish National Home, 730 New Jersey Ave. Donation is $20 and includes a light dinner and show. Advance tickets are $20 and $25 at the door. For tickets or more information, call Julie at 201-424-2659 or Chris at 201-438-2750. Bring a canned good for the Lyndhurst Food Pantry. Join the NJMC and BCAS for its First Sunday-of-theMonth Bird Walk on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. outside the Meadowlands Environment Center. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute weather updates. Participants must sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/ BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201-2304983. 
Note: Sunday, Aug. 4, is also the rain date for Butterfly Day. Get an up-close view of the Meadowlands District’s spectacular scenic beauty and wildlife with a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes on Aug. 6, 8, 14 and 16 at 5:30 p.m., on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. and on Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. The cruise departs from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. Pre-registration is required. NJMC staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way. Admission is $15 per person. The event is designed for ages 10 and up. For a complete schedule, directions, and to register, visit tours.html, or call 201-4604640. Children in grades pre-k to 2 are welcome to Lyndhurst Public Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., for a walk-in story time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Besides a story, there will be coloring time. No registration is required. Children of all ages can join the library for a screening of “Despicable Me!” on Monday,

Aug. 5, from 2:15 to 4 p.m. Registration is required. Popcorn will be served. Register now for the library’s scuba diver craft for children in pre-k to grade 3 on Monday. Aug. 12, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Registration is open for the library’s Sea Creature Mobile Craft on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., open to children in kindergarten to grade 4. To register for library programs or for more information, call 201-804-2478. The Lyndhurst Health Department is collecting donations for students in need. Items of interest are backpacks, dividers, and 3-ring binders.  Donations can be dropped off at the Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Aug. 31. Anyone with children in need of school supplies is asked to contact the Health Department at 201804-2500 to schedule a pickup of the needed supplies. 

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The Angry Coffee Bean hosts a creative writing meeting group on the second and fourth Monday of each month. An open mind and notebook are required. For more information, call 201772-5554. American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37, 222 River Rd., will hold its monthly meeting on Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. All veterans are invited. For more information, call 201-214-8253. North Arlington Woman’s Club is sponsoring a breakfast at Applebee’s Restaurant, Kearny, on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $10. For tickets, call 201889-2553. Takeout orders are available. Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled a trip to the Taj Mahal Casino on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The cost of the trip is $25. Participants receive $25 in slot play. Call Florence at 201991-3173 for information or reservations. North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., see AROUND TOWN page






prising 70 companies that the Environmental Protection Agency considers responsible for the river contamination. Working together, the EPA and the CPG have been investigating pollution along the 17 miles of the Lower Passaic, from the Dundee Dam in Garfield to Newark Bay. River Mile 10.9, off the shores of Lyndhurst, has been called the most polluted stretch, patricularly within the mudflats, the parts of the riverbed exposed at low tide. Work on dredging,  and eventually capping, the sediments is set to begin in early August. (See story p. 4) But meanwhile, as they have for the last 20 years, the LFD Dive Team goes about its courageous business, braving a river that is not only contaminated but notorious for its dangerous currents. Not to mention all the junk that has accumulated in the urban waterway over the decades. When the Lyndhurst divers, who provide search-rescuerecovery assistance to communities up and down river and also along the Hackensack, enter the water, they never know what they might encounter: an old sunken boat, a car, a shopping cart, storm-downed trees. To make things even more difficult, underwater flashlights or searchlights are useless, team member and former Lyndhurst Fire Chief Andrew Marmorato told us. All the light does is reflect off the  murk. “The search is not visual,” Marmorato said. “They do everything by feel.” (Try to imagine that for a moment--making your way in darkness, deep underwater, in a swift tide. And while wearing about 50 lbs. of gear, including the 20-lb suit and weights around your ankles.) For security, the divers are each tethered to a “tender,”  a fellow team member on shore or in a boat, with a “com line.” Short for “communications line.” We thought these were merely ropes, but Marmorato explained that, through them, the men underwater can literally talk to those above. If the “mic” in the diving mask stops functioning, communication can continue with a series of tugs on the line.

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Lyndhurst Fire Department divers Mike Cerbo and Nicholas Haggerty suit up and brave the polluted Passaic.

There are 19 members of the LFD Dive Team: 10 divers and nine “tenders,” all of whom undergo rigorous training. The team captain, Lt. Haggerty, has been a member for eight years, but has been SCUBA diving for 13, having started when he was in the 7th grade. Marmorato has been an LFD member for 20 years and a diver for 18. (We would have liked to have chatted with Lt. Cerbo, too, but before we could, he was already swimming with the fishes.) The other team members are equally aquatically inclined, and they all train at least once a month. “We also use the town pool to keep our skills up,” Haggerty said. Search/rescue/recovery calls are answered year round (add ice to the hazards divers might encounter). A very recent one was a request to aid Nutley police and firefighters in the rescue of a kayaker whose craft was flipped over by the current near the Lyndhurst bridge. Mission accomplished. The divers save lives, human and otherwise (dogs have been rescued after taking a plunge). They also have the sadder task of recovering bodies of drowning victims. And they’re ready to respond

whenever and wherever, even All this, you might note, for at risk to their own lives. no pay.

Lyndhurst’s is an all-volunteer Fire Department.

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Red Bulls pull victory out of jaws of defeat HARRISON – Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborio had just scored his third goal of the game Saturday night, with two coming in a span of two minutes, and the New York Red Bulls went from having a commanding 2-0 lead to now trailing 3-2 with just eight minutes remaining in regulation. At that point, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke decided that going for a tie wasn’t nearly enough. “We didn’t want to settle for a tie at home,” Petke said. “We wanted to get the win.” It seemed like a lofty goal, considering that Real Salt Lake owned the best record in Major League Soccer at 11-6-4. Down a goal with eight minutes left and seeking a win was a lot to ask for. But when Fabian Espindola scored his second goal of the game, both on penalty kicks, with two minutes left in regulation, tying the game at 3-3, the Red Bulls had hope. Four minutes into added injury time, the Red Bulls got the gamewinner. Dax McCarty headed home the game-winner off a feed from Brandon Barklage and the Red Bulls had the improb-

able 4-3 victory. It capped a furious final 10 minutes, where Real Salt Lake scored twice to take a 3-2 lead, only to see the Red Bulls score twice to earn the win. The Red Bulls are now 10-7-5 overall, gaining ground in what is a tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The top five teams in the conference are separated by a total of seven points. Undermanned Real Salt Lake, who had only four regular starters, dropped to an MLS best 11-7-4, sitting atop the Western Conference standings. Petke was pleased with McCarty’s contribution. “Dax is still coming back (from injury),” Petke said. “He’s not satisfied where he’s at right now. He’s obviously not terrible. We have high hopes for Dax. Once he embraces what I want from him, he’s going to be a big player for this club.” McCarty, who was struggling recently, was ecstatic with his gamewinner. “It was one of the craziest games I’ve ever been a part of in my MLS career or my basically my entire career,” see VIEW page


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Natalia Buscanan of Nutley East Little League was the lone girl to compete in the New Jersey Little League state championships in Wallington last weekend.

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gency room and I heard the call for the device to bring her back,” said Chris Buscanan, Natalia Buscanan was a little Natalie’s father. “I just hapmore than a week old when she pened to be there. We had two had to endure the first obstacle choices, either bring her to of her life. New York or Philadelphia for “It was the most traumatizing surgery. With all the medical moment of my life,” said Roe advances they had, we made Buscanan, Natalia’s mother. sure she was in New York.” “She had stopped breathing Both Roe and Chris imagined and was given last rites.” the worst. Young Natalia was suffer“We thought we were going ing from a critical coarctation to have to amputate her limbs of her aorta and hyplastic left to save her life,” Roe Buscanan heart syndrome, a condition said. “You name it. We went that required open heart surthrough every sort of emotion. gery, even at that age. It all ran right through me.” “I walked out of the emer“We were ready to let the

professionals take over, but we were told that there was a possibility she wouldn’t make it,” Chris Buscanan said. “I was so positive that she was going to be fine. I just wanted to make it through this.” Fast forward six years and young Natalia had to endure yet another heart surgery. “She was doing gymnastics and started to complain about a shortage of breath,” Roe Buscanan said. “We took her to a cardiologist and they did a stress test.” This time, Natalia suffered from a sub-aortic membrane see BUSCANAN next page




weekend in the New Jersey State Championships. which stopped the blood flow Yes, Natalia – a girl – playto her heart. ing on a boys’ 12-year-old “We were driving to NYU All-Star team competing for Hospital and Natalia asked a state championship, with me, ‘Mommy, am I going to a chance to perhaps go to die?’” Roe said. “Inside, I was Williamsport and the Little hysterical, but I told her she League World Series. was going to be okay. She Natalia’s love for baseball then asked for a puppy.” started five years ago, when Natalia made it through the she used to watch her older second surgery with flying brother Christian (headed for colors. Seton Hall Prep in the fall) “It was such a relief,” Chris play. Buscanan said. “It was like a “Honestly, it was all about ton of bricks being taken off Chris,” Natalia said. “I my chest. I had a feeling she wanted to be like Chris. I would come out fine. I knew watched him play and he was it. I just knew it wasn’t going a good player. I started to like to be a problem. I was pretty baseball better.” confident.” Natalia wanted no part of Fast forward another six playing girls’ softball. She years and Natalia is now a wanted baseball and the healthy and happy 12-yearchance to be like the boys. old. She can’t compete in a “Baseball was more challot of sports that have conlenging to me,” Natalia said. tact, but she is able to play “I felt more comfortable.” baseball – and play it well. Natalia is the lone girl to So well, in fact, that Natalia play Little League baseball in was selected to the Nutley all of Nutley. She was also the East Little League All-Star lone girl at the state champiteam that competed last onships.


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Survivor of two major open heart surgeries, Natalia Buscanan has contributed to the Nutley East Little League All-Star team that played in the New Jersey Little League state championships last weekend.

Unfortunately, Nutley East lost two games in the state tournament in Wallington,

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getting eliminated by perennial state power Toms River East American, 7-4, Saturday night. Both of Nutley’s losses were heartbreakers. Their win of 14-1 came over Wayne National on Friday. Natalia said that she was somewhat apprehensive when she started playing with the boys at age 9. “I was kind of afraid playing, especially the first year, because I wanted to be able to compete,” Natalia said. “I was afraid of what people might say. If I made a mistake, they’d say, `Ah, she’s a girl. She should be doing something else.’ I think that forced me to want to become a better player. I work harder to prove that I belong.” When Natalia was selected to be on the Nutley East AllStar team, she was shocked. “I didn’t know what to say,” Buscanan said. “People picked me and I was flattered. I thought the other kids were good and I wasn’t.” Buscanan played second base and the outfield for the All-Stars. She contributed with two doubles against Bloomfield and a double and single against Newark in the District 8 tournament. “I felt like I was one of the boys,” Natalia Buscanan said. “The other players are accepting of her,” said Chris Buscanan, who serves as one of the coaches for the Nutley East All-Stars. “The issue of her being a girl was never

addressed. The other kids on the team call her ‘Tank.’” Oh, sure. Every girl would want that name, right? “I like the name,” Natalia Buscanan said. “I guess it’s because I have power and I’m tough.” Tank, it is. “Most of the time, people don’t realize she’s a girl,” Chris said. So does Buscanan like the fact that she’s a trailblazer, a one-of-a-kind? “I do like it,” Natalia said. “I have a little bit of pride. I’m still nervous a little.” Buscanan hopes that she serves as a positive role model, for someone who overcame two open heart surgeries and still competes in Little League with and against the boys. “I like that it might motivate other girls,” Buscanan said. “I feel very fortunate to have this chance. I’m very lucky that I’m alive and lucky that I can play sports. I know that there are others who can’t do it, so I’m lucky to be here.” Natalia reluctantly realizes that her baseball playing days are probably over. She will more than likely have to move to softball next season. “I think that’s in her best interest,” Chris said. “I think it makes the most sense moving forward. But I still can’t believe what she’s accomplished. She never stops. She gets up early on Sunday morning and goes to a baseball hitting clinic with the boys. She’s not tired and not afraid of the drills. She’s comfortable showing people what she’s all about. I always tell her and others, once they step onto the field, they’re All-Stars.” Added Chris: “She’s overcome so many challenges in her life. But she always gives 100% in everything she does. She’s tough.” Like a tank. “I’m still nervous about anything she does, but I can’t believe all she’s capable of doing,” Roe said. “After all the surgeries and all the battles she’s been through, she’s able to play and that’s great.” It’s actually a miracle that Natalia Buscanan is healthy and happy and playing Little League baseball with and against the best boys in New Jersey – a miracle that came true.


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McCarty said. “You go from literally shooting yourself in the foot, asking yourself how you let them back in the game. To give up those two goals within three minutes was a gut punch. It was really tough to take. But we have character, a lot of character. Fabian Espindola was fantastic tonight. You can’t write it up any better than that.” Added McCarty, “My immediate thought was I never heard Red Bull Arena that loud before. It was unbelievable, what a great feeling. This is a game that only happens once every couple of years in this league. You don’t get many games where it’s that back and forth, that wide open, with as many good opportunities in the last 10 minutes. You know, when you score the gamewinner in the 90th minute or whatever, you feel a little bit of redemption. I’m just glad I was right there at the right time.” Espindola didn’t want to think like he was gaining revenge against his former

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Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill (17) moves through Real Salt Lake defenders Ned Grabavoy (l.) and Sebastian Velasquez (r.) during Saturday night’s 4-3 wild win for the Red Bulls.

club. He played for RSL last season. “It’s always important to score to help the team,” Espindola said. “It’s special against these guys because I still care for them. It’s good

that I scored the goals, but not because it was against them. It was doing my job.” Espindola was shocked that captain Thierry Henry gave him the chance to take the first penalty kick in the first half. “I have to say ‘Thank you,’ to Henry for letting me take the kick,” Espindola said. “He said, `Go ahead, take it, good luck.’ I think he did that because it was against my former team.” Petke was a little lost for words after the match. “I’m still a little lightheaded now after what went on,” Petke said. “It was the agony and the ecstasy with nothing in between. I’m thrilled one second and agonizing the next. But it was a great game to watch and to see it unfold like that is remarkable.” The Red Bulls continued to dominate at Red Bull Arena, improving to 7-2-2 at home. Tim Cahill recovered from a knee injury suffered early in the game to score the other goal for the Red Bulls. In the fourth minute, Cahill was taken down from

behind by RSL midfielder Yordany Alvarez, falling to the turf in what appeared to be excruciating pain. Alvarez drew a yellow card for the hard foul, but Cahill remained on the ground for at least five minutes, getting medical attention. He later walked off the field on his own, but with a noticeable limp. He remained out of action for four minutes, then returned to play. “It was the worst tackle of my life, 17 years of playing,” Cahill said. “I just watched it again and I don’t know how I got up. I took a nasty knock, but for me, it’s all about playing. I guess the adrenalin got the best of me.” After the game, Cahill had a knot on his knee that was the size of a grapefruit. The injury was so severe that it will keep the Australian hero out of this week’s MLS AllStar game. In the 12th minute, Cahill got his redemption. Henry placed a perfect feed off a direct free kick from 25 yards out to Cahill’s head and the Australian native had his sixth goal of the season.


“We knew we had to get the win at home and we had to make something happen,” Henry said. “We know we’re playing well and expect to win.” Henry had a golden chance to make the score 3-0, eluding two defenders to get a shot that bounced off the right goalpost. The rebound came right back to Henry, but the shot was stopped by a diving Nat Borchers in the 38th minute. “We never gave up and kept coming back,” Henry said. “We knew we still had a chance. Dax came through and we got the win.” “We have strong character, strong at home,” Espindola said. Cahill was pleased with the win, especially against RSL. “They’re a brilliant team, one of the most complete teams I’ve seen in the MLS,” Cahill said. “We want to be competing well against the best teams. That’s what it’s all about.” And the Red Bulls move on, right in the middle of a heated playoff push.



Strong turnout for first-ever Kearny football camp By Jim Hague Observer Sports Writer

and e-mails, Edwards put together the three-day camp and remarkably had almost 50 ick Edwards became participants. the new head football “I’m extremely excited, coach at Kearny High because this was all about School last month and he word of mouth,” Edwards said. wanted to do something right “I got in touch with some of away to spur some interest in the coaches from the Kearny the program. Generals (the town’s youth “I had all these ideas of football program) and they got things I wanted to do once I the kids to come out. I’m very got the job,” Edwards said. “I pleased and happy. I never wanted to show the commuthought we would get that nity and especially the kids many kids.” what I’d like to do. The kids During the first day of the are where I have to start, espe- camp, held at Kearny High cially with the little ones.” School, the kids learned all So Edwards decided to about offensive skills. organize a football camp for “We taught them how to get Photo by Jim Hague kids ages 7 through 14. Basiin a proper stance,” Edwards New Kearny head football coach Nick Edwards shows 6-year-old Alick Krcally through getting the word said. “We taught them how zanowski how to throw a football during the Kearny football camp held last out with phone calls, texts to properly hold a football


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coaches, but also his returning varsity players. “We made sure they were there,” Edwards said. “The players have to be ready to be adults in real life. They have a responsibility with the younger ones. I go back to my younger days and I remember watching my brother play and looking up to him. The little kids had fun with all the big kids around.” One of the bigger kids was former Kearny player Wenner Nunes, who has a chance to be a starting offensive tackle at Lehigh University this fall. “Wenner is a great kid and I have a great relationship with him,” said Edwards, who was an assistant coach under Oscar Guerrero when Nunes played for the Kardinals. “It was great to have him here. I knew Wenner would be a good college player.” Kyle Griffin, who is headed to Springfield College to play football, was also on hand to help the youngsters. “Those are two kids that the little ones can look up to,” Edwards said. Edwards was impressed with the level of talent that participated in the camp. “There were a lot of kids that opened some eyes,” Edwards said. “Some play for the Generals, so I can see a kid who has the fundamentals already and perhaps someday can help us. It’s a reason to get excited for the future.” One of the most impressive youngsters was sevenyear-old Vincent Richard, who played flag football last year and will join the Mighty

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LEFT: Jacob Platero shows off his kicking skills during the Kearny football camp. RIGHT: Seven-year-old Vincent Richard throws the football during the Kearny football camp.

Mites this season. Richard was throwing the football 35 yards in the air with regularity in almost stunning fashion. “I like playing football,” Richard said. “I learned how to throw the football the proper way. It’s definitely going to help me when I play.” Obviously, Richard is a quarterback – and his favorite player is Eli Manning. “I want to be like Eli,” Richard said. Jacob Platero is a 13-yearold defensive back who plays for the Generals. Platero was one of the better competitors in the placekicking competition. “It’s really not a position I want to play,” Platero said. “But I gave it a try.”

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Local residents were named to the Dean’s List at the following schools: Rikako Nishimura of Nutley at Beloit College, Beloit, Wis.

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at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn. Randa Barsoom and Cynthia Montalvo of Belleville, Sabrina Fruci and Michael Tavarone of Nutley and Tania Pimenta of Kearny, at Drew University, Madison. Genevieve IIg of Bloomfield at Providence College, Providence, R.I. Jessica Benacquista of Belleville at Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I.

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Reflecting on those actions, Councilman Michael Nicosia said: “While it’s not our duty to help any one entity on preventing any competition, still, the hospital came before the council and expressed their concerns. And the council agreed that a hospital was not a good use.” Moreover, Nicosia added, “it’s not likely that the state [Department of Health] would grant a certificate of need for another hospital so close [to Clara Maass].” And, he said, allowing a chopper pad would be “burdensome on residents” who live nearby. Northwest of the Roche site are single-family detached homes along Montgomery Place, as noted in

Madden’s plan. What will happen now? “The next step is, hopefully, we’ll have a developer,” said Esposito. Asked if the township would solicit a Request for Proposal from prospective developers, Esposito said: “We’ll see what the mayor and council have to say about that.” When the same question was put to Nicosia, the councilman said he presumed the township would “go back to Roche [as the property owner] to find out their final intentions for the property. We’ll probably decide what to do next by September.” Roche Diagnostic (now known as Roche Molecular Systems, headquartered in California) spokesman Bob Purcell said the company has “had discussions” with Bel-

leville “regarding the next steps for the property.” Purcell said the company has been kept current on the newly amended redevelopment plan. “At this point,” he said, “no decisions have been made. We will provide more information as this process comes closer to resolution.” Roche acquired the land from the Andrew Jergens Co., which produced lotions, hand/ face creams and detergents from 1939 to 1975. Before that, the site was occupied by the Copper Rolling Mills. During its Belleville tenure, Roche did research and development, manufacturing, packing and repairing diagnostic kits until shutting down operations in 2008 and demolishing several on-site buildings in 2010.

One year prior, it initiated investigation of compromised soil and groundwater on the site. Between 2010 and 2012, the property’s assessment declined from $19.2 million to $2 million and taxes fell from about $520,000 to about $65,000. Meanwhile, Roche is continuing deliberations with members of the Joint Repurposing Committee on the disposition of the company’s 119-acre property on Rt. 3 West that straddles Nutley and Clifton “to determine the best [redevelopment] options for that site,” said Roche spokeswoman Darien Wilson. The Committee has picked international architects Perkins Eastman to help develop those options. Nutley is counting on the passage of state legislation to


help compensate for the loss of tax revenues upon the final phase-out of Roche operations there. “We’re still downsizing at the Nutley/Clifton site,” Wilson said. “We’re down to about 500 employees and we plan to slowly decrease those numbers through the end of December. Our goal is to sell the property by 2015. We are still doing remediation of the site.” The company plans to send its findings and a plan for cleanup to the state Department of Environmental Protection by May 2014 and to carry out that plan between then and 2015, Wilson said. In April, Roche provided a $300,000 grant to the Committee to help pay for remediation costs, she added.

Bloomfield’s second annual Restaurant Week More than 20 local eateries are expected to offer budgetfriendly pricing on prix-fixe menu selections during the Township of Bloomfield’s second annual Restaurant Week, Sunday, Aug. 4, to Saturday, Aug. 10. After the event, the Township will conduct a random drawing for a $100 gift certificate to be redeemed at the participating restaurant of the winner’s choice. To enter the drawing, log onto Bloomfield Restaurant Week’s Facebook page at pages/Bloomfield-RestaurantWeek and join the mailing list. “If you’re a foodie, Bloomfield is the place to be during our second annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week. You will get to see what our talented chefs have to offer,” promises Anthony Lauro, owner of

Anthony’s Cheesecakes, and a Bloomfield Restaurant Week committee member. The organizing committee is optimistic that this year’s event will yield an even greater turnout. Francesco Palmieri, an original committee member and owner of The Orange Squirrel, a top-rated restaurant pick by The New York Times and New Jersey Monthly, predicts, “With last year behind us, it will help us with a stronger progression for this year’s event. During Bloomfield Restaurant Week’s first year, we were 60% to 70% busier. Now that we’re going into year two, we’re excited that this is the first opportunity to use customer comments and feedback to grow. That’s the point of doing something annually.” Andres Quesada-Cascante, founding committee mem-

ber and owner of Señorita’s Mexican Grill, sees Bloomfield Restaurant Week as an opportunity to create awareness of Bloomfield’s dining scene. “We want to highlight all of the variety and different ethnic restaurants in town – there seems to be a misconception that there isn’t that level of diversity in Bloomfield. People were very happy with last year’s event -- with the price point, the great food selections and the level of customer service they received.” Bloomfield Restaurant Week’s extensive mix of participating eateries includes American, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Philippine, French and more, according to Quesada-Cascante. Rodgee Cao, owner of Spice Thai Cuisine, is equally enthusiastic about this event

and the opportunity to interact with the dining community. “For me, food is universal and that’s what excites me about Bloomfield Restaurant Week. As a restaurant owner, I get to meet all types of people from different backgrounds. During the first annual event, I met some new customers who had never eaten Thai food before and now they are regular customers.” Extensive advertising for Bloomfield Restaurant Week will reach local residents as well as the neighboring communities of Montclair, Nutley, Glen Ridge, Belleville, Clifton, East Orange, Newark and beyond. Palmieri commends Bloomfield’s local government, particularly Councilman Michael Venezia, for directly supporting Bloomfield Res-

taurant Week and encouraging restaurant growth in the community. “Restaurants are the driving force of a township because people go into a town to dine or for shopping. They’ll get a visual experience of a town as well – see what the town has to offer . . . it’s cross-promotional.” According to Palmieri, that’s why many Bloomfield businesses other than restaurants are getting involved with financial sponsorship and promotion of Bloomfield Restaurant Week, including individuals, small local businesses and larger corporations. Additional Information on Bloomfield Restaurant Week is available at; email inquiries can be sent to Bloomfieldrestaurantweek@

KPL has summer reading ebooks The Kearny Public Library announces the expansion of its eLibraryNJ collection of digital ebooks accessible through the library’s website,  With a valid Kearny Library card, library patrons can use the site to download ebooks and audiobooks to a PC, laptop, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iPod / iPad and many other devices.

 The library continues to build its own Overdrive Advantage library within eLibraryNJ, which will be available to only Kearny Library patrons.  The library has focused on the Kearny schools 2013 summer reading lists.  The library is offering at least one ebook option per grade for grades 4 to 12.  Titles that may be checked out include: • “The Miraculous Journey

of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo (4th grade) • “All the Lovely Bad Ones” by Mary Hahn (5th grade) • “Masters of Disaster” and “Lawn Boy” by Gary Paulsen (5th grade) • “The Giver” by Lois Lowry (6th grade) • “Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan (6th grade) • “Crash and Milkweed” by Jerry Spinelli (7th grade) • “Ties That Bind, Ties

That Break” by Lensey Namioka (7th grade) • “My Brother Sam is Dead” by James Collier (8th grade) • “Thirteen Days to Midnight” by Patrick Carman (8th grade) • “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom (9th grade) • “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon (10th grade) • “The Book Thief” by

Markus Zusak (10th grade) • “Kindred” by Octavia Butler (11th grade) • “Animal Farm” by George Orwell (12th grade) • “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin (12th grade)  Click on the eLibraryNJ logo at and sign in with your card to explore the new collection.  For more information, visit the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., or call 201-998-2666.




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Wonderful Kearny Two Family with drive and garage. Two bedroom apartments. Gas heat. 37X100 lot. First $299,000 takes it. 8 Year Young Kearny Two Family Home Both apartments feature three bedrooms, two baths, central air Offstreet parking. Immaculate. Asking $539,000. KEARNY - ARLINGTON SECTION - A LITTLE GETS YOU A LOT -Three bedroom Colonial with hardwoord floors. Natural trim. Two extra rooms on the third floor plus a drive and garage. $219,000. We have the key

PERFECT SETTING - PERFECT HOUSE - PERFECT PRICE- Everything has already been done to the deceivingly large brick Cape Cod. 3 bedrooms, two full baths, extremely deep lot. Truly move in condition. $339,000 For more details visit 137 You better call soon.

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James Clifford Brierley James Clifford Brierley died on July 4. He and his family had celebrated his 95TH birthday last April. James was born and grew up in Harrison but lived most of his life in Kearny; he recently moved to Vermont to live with his daughter. He leaves behind, Helen his beloved wife of 70 years, his son, James Clifford; his daughter Carol Moore; three granddaughters, Kimberly and her husband Timothy Nolan, Melissa Brierley and Kaitlyn Brierley, and a new great-granddaughter, Colleen Nolan. James was a World War II veteran and was awarded a Bronze Star in addition to several other citations. He retired from the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York after more than 30 years of distinguished service. He was known and respected as a compassionate man; he will be greatly missed. A family service was held in Massachusetts.

Mathematics from Manhattan College and later earned his M.A. in Industrial Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1963. Bob was an industrial engineer for many years at several pharmaceutical companies. He later was a driver for Barney Limousine in Kearny for many years before retiring in 2004. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years Ellen (Seremba); his sons Robert Jr. (Linda); Joseph (Kellie) and Peter (Grace); siblings Mary Bryden, Richard (Ronnie) and Thomas (Maureen); grandchildren Reanna Bryden,Grant Bryden and Tommy Mongno. Bob also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Noriko Bryden; mother-in-law Irene Seremba; sisters-in-law Margaret Seremba; Seton Brown (Jim), brother-in-law Tom (Jessa) and many nieces and nephews and dear friends.   He was predeceased by his son James Bryden and his parents Thomas and Winifred (O’Neil) Bryden.

Robert Edward Bryden Robert Edward Bryden, 79, of Kearny, died on Saturday July 20, at Christ Hospital, Jersey City. Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, on Wednesday, July 24, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at Born in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Bob lived in Kearny for the last 25 years. He graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan, N.Y., received his B.A. in

Angela Staniewicz Angela Staniewicz, 88, passed away on July 20. Arrangements were by the Condon Memorial Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held in Holy Cross Church, Harrison, with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Mrs. Staniewicz was born in New York City and resided in Harrison for 77 years. She worked for many years at Engelhard Industries in East Newark, in the precious metals department. She attended Holy Cross School, Harrison High School, and Drake Business School in Newark. She was a member of the Holy Cross Senior Citizens, and the

Rosary and Vincention societies of Holy Cross Church in Harrison. She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Staniewicz. She was the mother of Ted J. Staniewicz (Mary), Peggy Wolfe (James), and Sharon Rygiel (Anthony); also surviving are her grandchildren, Jennifer Rygiel Boyd, Courtney McShane, Keith Rygiel, Jamie Onnembo, Craig Rygiel, Daniel Staniewicz, Kristin Staniewicz, and James Staniewicz, and her great-grandchildren, Sean Boyd, Kayla McShane, and Mackenzie Boyd.

Robert Titterington Robert Titterington 75, of North Arlington, died on July 26 at Clara Mass Medical Center, Belleville. Visiting will be at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.   Religious services will be at 7 p.m. Born in Belfast, Ireland, Mr. Titterington lived in North Arlington for the past 45 years.   Before retiring, he worked at Worthington Pump as a heat treater/blacksmith for 35 years. He was also a longtime member of Kings Court, Lyndhurst.  He is the father of Derek Titterington  (Louise), grandfather of Luke and Sophie. Condolences may be sent to  


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Town of Harrison Fire Department for many years. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (neeTighe) (married 63 years), he issurvived by his loving children, Margaret Diaz and her husband Tino, Teresa Davis and her husband Rich, Catharine and James V. Turro Jr.; Dear siblings, Cecilia Rosamelia, Stephen and Michael Turro; cherished grandchildren, Kelly, Rob, Kira, Shannon, Nicholas, Catherine and James, III; great-grandchildren Evan and Peyton; and many nieces and nephews. He was

predeceased by his siblings Ralph, Charles, Peter, Antoinette Kondek and Claire Stanzione. Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church in Harrison. His entombment took place at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family. please visit The family kindly requests donations to Harrison Fireman’s Relief Association in care of the funeral Home In loving memory of James.

Mulligan Funeral Home 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison

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James V. ‘G.G.’ Turro Sr. James V. “ G.G.” Turro Sr. entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 24, surrounded by his loving family. He was 82 years old. Born in Newark, James was a lifelong resident of Harrison. He was a fire captain for the


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2 Family House for Sale in Kearny. Seven parking spaces, shed. 2 bedrooms on 1st floor. 3 bedrooms on 2nd floor. $229,000 (201)998-8429 (201)283-4051

HARRISON House for sale by owner, 2 Family, 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, LV, Kitchen, bath, Large Backyard. Near schools & Transportation. $350,000. Call 973-820-3452.

North Arlington: 2- Mother/Daughter homes, to be built. Call for details.








KEARNY AVE Office/Store for rent. Supply own utilities. One month security. Available Now. (201)997-0026.

N.ARLINGTON Newly renovated Near schools, close to bus stop, Spacious 2 bedroom apt. Central Air, Hardwood floors, 1 month security. (973)699-6658 or (973)202-6662 Please Leave message.

KEARNY 1 Bedroom Apartment on Liberty Street. Hard-wood floor. HT/HW Included. $900 Rent Plus 1 month Security. No Pets. For More Information Call (201)306-2994

KEARNY 2nd floor, kitchen/LR combo. 2 bedrooms. HT/HW/Electricity included. 1-1/2 months security. $1100/month (201)832-0303 KEARNY 3 bedrooms, LR, kitchen, bath. 2nd floor. No pets. No smoking. Available August 1st. (201)279-8427 (201)819-7064 KEARNY 3 rooms, 1 bedroom, 3rd floor, HT/HW supplied. Refrigerator, stove. No pets. No smoking. References required. 1-1/2 months security. $875/month. Available Immediately. (201)970-2435 (201)913-7295 KEARNY 3 rooms, one bedroom. $850 & $900/m. $750 Efficiency Apt. HT/HW included. 1-1/2 months security. Call Super between 11am-8pm (201)998-9006 KEARNY 3 SMALL ROOMS (ONE BEDROOM) NEAR WEST HUDSON HOSPITAL. $820 INCLUDING HEAT/HOT WATER. LAUNDRY ROOM. (973)493-7868 KEARNY 355-357 Kearny Ave. •2 Bedrooms, LR, Kitchen $1000/month. HT/HW included. •1 bedroom, $850/m LR, kitchen, HT/HW included. (201)283-4591 (973)465-0166 KEARNY 4 rooms Ceramic Tile Kitchen, bath, hardwood floors, garage. 1-1/2 months security. $1300/mo. Laundry Available. Separate utilities. August 1st. (908)209-8265. KEARNY 611 Elm St. 1 BR apt. Central Air. Available August 1st. No Pets. $900 + utilities, 1-1/2 months deposit. Month-Month lease. (201)993-4665 Jack KEARNY 1 bedroom, 3rd floor, 3 rooms. No Pets/Smoking. $900 + Utilities. 1 month security. 201-755-2269.

KEARNY Apartment for rent, Studio Apartment with a basement for storage in nice location, heat and hot water included, available August 1, 2013, $780.00/per month rent, 1 1/2 month security. No pets. If interested, please call Joanne 973-699-3146.

Kearny: 1 bedroom Apt. $900/month Heat & Hot water included +1 off street Parking space. N.Arlington: Garden apt. 4 room, $1300 Heat Included. & 3 Room Apt. $1150 HT/HW Included.

HARRISON 1 bedroom apt. Clean, quiet and comfortable. W/fridge. No pets. Lease & security. $775 plus utilities. (862)223-9974



Office Space fully furnished - single room office, Heat, A/C & Electricity included. Close to Path. $350 per month. Other larger offices Available. Build to suit 2,000 SQ./FT. Available. (973) 481-3996


N.Newark: like new. 2 family house by Belleville Border Area. 3 bedrooms on each floor, garage and offstreet parking. $359,000 call for details

Storage Space 20X20 + One off street parking apply in person at Mace Brothers 512 kearny Ave., kearny.

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KEARNY 1 bedroom condo. $925 + utilities. Laundry facility on premises. Parking space available with a fee. 529 Kearny Ave. Call Sophia for appt. (201)998-3516.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Business For Sale Full Hair Salon/Spa. Located in Belleville NJ. Contact 908-338-0283.

Lease for sale Cafe/Barbecue Located in Ironbound Newark. Contact 908-327-7798.


Rental • Affordable • A/C • Nice Setting

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KEARNYArlington Section. 2 bedrooms, laundry, EIK, LR. $1300/month 2 months security. Separate utilities. Available Now. (201)240-6513


HARRISON Modern 2 Bedroom apt on 2nd floor located 8 blocks from Path station $1,250 plus 1-1/2 months security deposit. Call (201)618-3988



KEARNY KEARNY 2nd floor Apt., 3 bedrooms, LV, DR, bathroom & Kitchen. Please call 862-755-2927 KEARNY 2nd Floor, 2 family House, 2 bedroom 1 bath, LV DR. Kitchen. $1200 1-1/2 month Security. 201-991-3223. KEARNY Arlington Section. 3br, Newly Renovated, 2nd fl. 1-1/2 baths, LR/DR, 1 parking. $1500 + Utilities. 1 month security. No pets/smoking. NYC view. Available August 1st. 201-450-3979 or 862-400-5049. KEARNY 2 BR, 2nd floor, LR, DR, kitchen and bath, 2 half rooms, sunporch. $1250/month utilities separate, Available now for viewing, (201)726-2397

KEARNY Arlington Section

1st Floor, 5 Freshly Painted Rooms. Lg. LR. Formal DR., Mod. EIK & Bath. 2 BDRMʼs. Hardwood Floors No pets. Available Aug 1st. $1350 + utilities. (732)859-9957

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KEARNY 1 bedroom, L/R, kitchen and bathroom. heat/hot water included. Near public transportation. No pets. Please call (973)992-5488 KEARNY 1st floor 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, washer/dryer hook-up. 1-1/2 Month Security. Utilities not included, No Pets. Available September 1st. (973)670-5726 KEARNY 1st floor, 3 bedrooms. Renovated, excellent location, 2 blocks from transportation. Laundry room. No pets. Utilities separate. 1-1/2 months security $1400/month. (201)991-0396 (201)637-4429 KEARNY 2 bedroom apartment. 2nd floor. $950/month. 1 month security due at signing of contract. No pets. (973)735-8778 after 4pm. KEARNY 2 bedrooms, 2nd floor, near school and transportation, utilities not included, 1 month security, available August 1st. (201)991-0527 (973)368-7601 (862)368-5873 KEARNY 2 bedrooms, airy 2nd floor, newly decorated, washer/dryer hook-up. Garfield school area $1250/month plus utilities. 1-1/2 months security. 1 year lease. No pets. No smoking. (917)232-1642 KEARNY Large Studio Apt. for rent utilities included. $850/month. Available Now. 1 1/2 month Security required (973)527-3719.


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KEARNY Arlington Section. 1 bedroom $800 + security, Heat & Hot water included. (908)696-1866 KEARNY Beautifully redone 3 bedroom apartment. Arlington section. New Kitchen New Bathroom. 1 car garage. Must see. $1650 plus 1-1/2 months security. No pets. (908)227-8747 KEARNY Clean 2nd floor, duplex. 3 bedroom apart, 1 bathroom, EIK, LR, 2 walking closets & Laundry Room, separate utilities, no pets, $1400, available August 1st. (201)647-6963 KEARNY EXTRA LARGE APT. 4 BEDROOMS. IDEAL FOR LARGE FAMILY $1650/MONTH SHOWING BY APPTS. (732)602-4043 (201)674-1473 KEARNY Harrison Border, 1st floor apt., 2 bedrooms, LR, kitchen. $975. Utilities not included. No Pets. (201)998-2153 (201)951-2868 KEARNY Newly renovated, hardwood floors. Laundry onsite.HT/HW included. 2 BR start at $985. 1 BR start at $825. Jr.1 BR start at $750. (201)289-7096

KEARNY Top Floor, 3 bedrooms. Large LR. No smoking. No pets. Separate utilties. $1150/month. 1 month security. Available September 1st. Credit check required. (201)998-5502

KEARNY Studio Apartment, In Modern Garden Apartment bldg., dressing alcove, built-in vanity dresser, walk-in closet, vanity bath, free parking, Available August 1st, rent $735.00 plus utilities. Call (201)991-6261

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BELLEVILLE BELLEVILLE 1 bedroom apartment located in nice area. Heat and Hot Water included, 1 parking space and Laundry facilities on site. $925 per month 1-1/2 months security, No pets. Available Now August 1st, If interested please call Joanne (973)699-3146. BELLEVILLE 1 BR Available Now. $884 H/HW Inc. No Pets. Call 201-450-1370.

BELLEVILLE 360 Washington Ave. 1 bedroom, LR, kitchen. HT/HW, refrigerator and stove included. Parking, laundry, AC wall unit. (973)932-6848 (732)493-1165




E.NEWARK E.NEWARK 5 bedrooms, 2 baths. $1500/month + Utilities. LV, DR, EIK, washer/dryer hook-up. Call Danny at (201)240-9304 E.NEWARK 3 bedroom apt. & 1 Bedroom apt. utilities included apartments for rent. Call (862)588-1340.

HARRISON HARRISON 213-215 Harrison Ave. 1 new 1 bedroom apt. 1st floor, $925/month, 1 1/2 months security + utilities, super on premise. For rent by Landlord. Available Now. (973)578-4599. HARRISON 3 Family home, 3 bedrooms, LR, Bathroom, Kitchen. 1st floor.1 mth deposit. 973-482-9450

HARRISON 1 Bedroom apt. Utilities not included. 1 month security. $975/month. Available September 1st. (973)992-3580 HARRISON 2 & 3 bedroom apts. Harrison Ave., Walking distance to Path. Available September 1st. 973-714-2368. HARRISON 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, EIK, $1050/month. 1-1/2 months security. No Pets. Separate utilities. (973)380-9007 HARRISON 2 bedrooms, Sussex st. LV, DR, Kitchen, Full Bath, Hardwood floors, freshly painted, W/D hook up. Available Aug. 1st. Bill 973-390-0763. HARRISON 26 KINGSLAND AVE. 2nd floor 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, kitchen. $1200/month. 1-1/2 month security + utilities. No Pets. Available August 1st. (973)477-4797 HARRISON 2nd floor 1 bedroom apartment. No pets. 1-1/2 months security. Available August 1st. (201)998-3722 (201)991-8453, day. HARRISON 3 bedrooms, LR, DR, kitchen. C/A. 2nd floor $1,400 + utilities. 1 month security. Available August 1st. Call after 6:00pm (201)704-6228 HARRISON 3rd Floor Harrison Ave. 2 bedroom, LV, DR,. $1000/month + utilities. 1 month security. No pets. Call (973)481-2241 HARRISON 3rd floor. Efficiency plus, kitchen. Available immediately. 1-1/2 months security. Pay own utilities. $800/month. NO PETS. (201)955-5325 for appointment HARRISON 617 Sussex St. 2 bedrooms, LR, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room. Close to PATH train. Separate utilities. $1225 Plus 1 month security. Available September 1st. Call Cell. (973)420-8694


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HARRISON Brand new, just built, 1200 sq.ft. 5 min to PATH. Two full baths, 2 bedrooms, 3rd floor. •3 bedrooms, 1 LR, 1 family room, 3 full bathrooms, duplex apt., stainless steel appliances. (917)346-7736 (917)776-9915

HARRISON 1 bedroom apt on ground floor of newer home, close to PATH. L/R, small kitchen w/stove & refrigerator, air cond., ceiling fans & new carpeting. Available September 1st. Rent $775 Utilities Seperate plus 1-1/2 months security. Non Smoker, No laundry hook-up/No pets. Call (973)482-2628 leave message.


HARRISON Cleveland Ave. 3rd floor. 2 bedrooms, kitchen, LR. Good condition. $1000/month. Separate utilites. One month security. Available September 1st. No pets. (201)618-6984 HARRISON Frank E. Rodgers. Blvd. N. 3 bedroom apt. 2nd floor $1050 + 1 month security, utilities not included. No Pets. No smoking. Near transportation, schools, and stores. (973)483-1067 HARRISON Modern 1 Bedroom, 1st floor Close to Path, off street parking available $975 monthly, Furnished. (973)481-3996 HARRISON Newly renovated large 3 bedroom apt. 2nd floor. 10 minute walk to PATH Washer/Dryer in unit. $1400/month + Utilities, 1 1/2 months security deposit. 1 year lease. Available 8/1. 307 Harrison Ave. (862)222-4204 HARRISON Renovated 3 bedroom, railroad style apt., LR, EIK. 1st floor. $1100/month. Separate utilities. Available September 1st. Call Carlos at (201)274-6698 HARRISON- 5 large rooms, newer house, 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, Kitchen Appliances, central Air/Heat. Smoke-Free Environment. No Pets. Plenty of parking. 1-1/2 mo. security. Available August.1st. (973)481-1721.


HARRISON/East Newark, Quiet & Clean 2 family home, 2nd floor, 3 bedrooms, livingroom, kitchen, central air. $1350/month. Close to Path. 1 min. walk to laundrymat. 1 month security. (973)454-3281.


LYNDHURST 3 bedroom Apt Large LV, EIK, 1 bath . $1350/month + utilities. Available Sept. 1st. 602-604 New Jersey Ave, Lyndhurst.


N.ARLINGTON 1 bedroom, garden style apt. available. New kitchen, bath & windows. HT/HW included. Please call Lisa (973)330-2874. N.ARLINGTON 2 room apartment. Available now. Freshly painted. (201)997-0009 N.ARLINGTON 2nd floor. Big 2 bedroom apartment. No pets. No smoking. $1100/m. Utilities separate. (201)955-1322 Call after 6pm N.ARLINGTON 4-1/2 room, 2 Bedrooms, LR, kitchen. 2nd floor. Freshly painted. Garage. No pets. $1200 + utilities. (201)889-0105 N.ARLINGTON Three large modern rooms 2nd floor. 700 sq.ft. Hardwood floors. Tile kitchen, Laundry facilities. HT/HW supplied. Close to NY trans. No dogs. Available Aug 1st. (908)240-9302




BRICK PAVER DESIGNS SANTOS CONSTRUCTION CO. FREE ESTIMATES. Family Owned For Over 30 Years Fully Insured and Licensed Call Our Office: 973-589-2712


NUTLEY 4 Rooms. 2 Bedrooms. 2nd floor. Mint Condition. Available September 1st. No pets. No smoking. Close to NY Transportation. $1100/month (973)517-7517 NUTLEY Apartment for rent, 1 Bedroom Apartment nice location, Parking on site, $975.00/per month plus utilities, 1 1/2 month security. If interested, please call Laurie 973-284-0901. NUTLEY Large 1 Bedroom apartment, EIK, large LR. 2nd Floor, private house $1100 + Utilities. No pets. Call Steve (201)341-7825

EMPLOYMENT Driver Part time Class A Hazmat Lic 1-2 days a week Retirees Welcome Call Mike @ 201-939-1644

Driving Instructor Full Time & Part time & Driving Agent Part Time. Must have NJ license for 4 years, clean driving record and pass background check. Reliable. Call Lisa 201-246-8000

Kearny Collection Agency seeking Collector. Detailed, energetic, hard worker with people skills. Experience a plus. F/T $30k+

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KEARNY Room for rent. (201)725-3088

FURNISHED ROOM Belleville furnished room for rent. One month security. Call (973)450-9457 after 5:00pm. Se Habla Español/Ingles. KEARNY Furnished room for gentleman. Kitchen privileges. No smoking. No drinking. Everything included. Security required. (201)991-3289

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Challenge yourself at 5K run

Hospital staff and walkers enjoyed the day at the Lifeline Challenge for Healthy Living in 2012, also held at the Turtle Back Zoo. Mary Ellen Clyne, president/CEO of Clara Maass Medical Center, is in center.

Put your best foot forward at a run and a walk to combat obesity and promote healthy living as part of the Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living program sponsored by Clara Maass Medical Center at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange on Sept. 29. This year’s fundraising event, featuring a 5K Run at 9:30 a.m. and a 2K Fun Walk at 9:45 a.m., will be hosted by WABC-TV Eyewitness News Anchor Ken Rosato. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. is the honorary chairman. The Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living sponsors afterschool activities for third- and fourth-graders throughout Essex, Bergen and Hudson counties, summer programs, community health lectures and screenings, and supports the Weight Loss Institute at Clara Maass Medical Center. “We at Clara Maass Medi-

cal Center want to encourage everyone to lead healthier lives through good nutrition and exercise. This familyfriendly walk and run at the Turtle Back Zoo is a fun way to get active and enjoy the outdoors while raising money for a great cause,” said CMMC President/CEO Mary Ellen Clyne. According to the American Heart Association, which classified obesity as a disease this year, up to one-third of Americans, including children, are overweight or obese, a condition that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. CMMC is battling childhood obesity locally. Through the Lifeline Challenge for Healthy Living, students in 14 local elementary schools danced Zumba, learned martial arts, ran relay races and grew their own vegetables, as part of learning to make

healthy nutrition choices and incorporating exercise into their lives. This year’s program took place at schools in Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Nutley, Montclair, Kearny, Lyndhurst, Harrison and North Arlington. Lifeline Challenge for Healthy Living also provides Automated External Defibrillators on-site at schools and other health-related initiatives and equipment. Visit: to register for the walk or run on Sept. 29, or to become a corporate sponsor of Lifeline Challenge for Healthy Living. Registration is $25 per adult and $5 per child, which includes zoo admission. The first 500 people to sign up receive a free T-shirt. Participants who raise $500 and above will be eligible to win prizes that include an iPod shuffle, an iPod nano, and a mini iPad.



Safe deposit boxes now even safer at Kearny Federal Kearny Federal Savings Bank and its division, Central Jersey Bank, have entered into an agreement with Safe Deposit Box Insurance Company (SDBIC), which can provide its customers with safe deposit box insurance. This easily obtained add-on product insures all property stored in a safe deposit box for the coverage amount selected, without disclosure of the contents or need for expensive appraisals, preserving the box holder’s confidentiality and privacy. “With the number and intensity of natural disasters

on the rise, our customers may now elect to insure their valuable personal property inside a safe deposit box at a practical low cost. Knowing that box contents are insured for specified coverage amounts protects our customers, and provides them with an alternative to storing valuable items in their home, perhaps not insured and vulnerable to a catastrophe. Providing an insured box option is consistent with our core mission of growing and protecting our customers’ assets,” Erika Sacher-Parisi, SVP and branch administrator at

Kearny Federal, said. Insured safe deposit boxes are now available at all Kearny and CJB Division branches where boxes are offered. Insuring against floods, fires, terrorist attacks, burglaries, robberies, and virtually all other man-made and natural disasters; covering all property in the box including precious metals, cash, gem stones, diamonds, and even personal documents, SDBIC’s patented product offers the most comprehensive, convenient insurance solution available, at an affordable rate Erika Sacher-Parisi, senior vice president/branch administrator of Kearny with no deductible. Federal Savings Bank.


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The purple painter has left his or her mark on Lyndhurst. Police are investigating three incidents of criminal mischief, all involving the application of graffiti in the form of splotches of purple paint by an unknown perpetrator. The defacements occurred within a six-day period, one at a retail business and the other two at a public school, according to police, who presume it’s the same suspect in each case. Police said the first case of the mysterious prankster came to light on July 19 when they received a report at 9:48 p.m. that someone had painted purple lettering on the rear wall of the Dollar Tree store in the Lyndhurst Town Centre in the 400 block of Valley Brook Ave. Then, on July 20, the vandal apparently struck again. This time, police were called to Lyndhurst High School, at 3:05 p.m., to check on some lettering scrawled in purple paint on the sidewalk on the west side of the high school field house and on a dumpster in the rear of the school. The most recent occurrence was reported on July 24 when police were again called to the high school, at 11:07 a.m., where officers found more purple paint outlining the shape of a phallus on the school field in the end zone. Police Capt. John Valente said that detectives were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in hopes of gathering visual clues that would lead to the suspect or suspects. “It’s still under investigation,” he said last week. In other matters logged during the past week, Lyndhurst Police logged the following incidents: July 22 The Lyndhurst owner

of a 2005 Buick told police that someone entered their car while it was parked in the 200 block of Tontine Ave., went through the glove box and removed some personal documents. Police said the vehicle was left unlocked. At 8:46 p.m., police responded to a report of a street fight involving juveniles at Lincoln St. and Fern Ave. At that location, police said they found two individuals, ages 16 and 19, scuffling. Police said they separated the pair and, after the combatants declined to file complaints, police released the younger teen to a parent and let the older one go. However, police said a third individual who allegedly interfered with officers was detained. Waldemar Rozalski, 19, of Kearny, was issued a summons charging him with disorderly conduct and released pending a court appearance. At 4:24 p.m., police said they recovered a 1998 Volkswagen, reported stolen from Nutley on July 20, from the 200 block of Tontine Ave. where it was partly blocking a resident’s driveway. Police returned the auto to its owner. At 10:47 a.m., police received a report of criminal mischief from the Lyndhurst owner of a 2007 Toyota who told them that someone had scratched up the vehicle while it was parked in the 300 block of Page Ave. July 20 Police said they stopped the driver of a 2013 Toyota who, they said, was observed traveling south on Polito Ave. going 45 mph in a 25 mph zone at 1:14 a.m. Frank Algozzini, 28, of East Rutherford, was ticketed on charges of speeding and DWI. July 18 Police are investigat-

ing a report of theft of services from a Bayonne taxi driver. The cabbie told police he’d picked up a fare whom he described as a woman in her mid20s with dark hair who wanted to go to a location on Orient Way. As he neared the destination, shortly before midnight, the cabbie said the woman began yelling that he’d taken her to the wrong place, then abruptly opened the door, got out at Rutherford Ave., and started walking south on Orient Way. The cabbie told police he exited the taxi to follow her and called police on his cellular phone, only to have the woman turn on him, grab the phone and throw it to the ground, breaking it. The woman was last seen entering a residence on Orient Way, police said. The cabbie told officers he’d been stiffed on the $25 fare. When officers arrived at the scene, police said they tried to gain entry to the house but no one answered the door. The matter remains under investigation, police said. A motor vehicle theft was reported at 12:15 p.m. Police said that someone stole a 1999 Chrysler registered to a Passaic resident while it was parked in the lot at the apartment complex at 601 Riverside Ave. The theft happened sometime after 10 p.m. the previous night, police said. July 17 At 1:10 a.m., police said they pulled over a 1991 Toyota with a non-working brake light in the 600 block of Riverside Ave. The driver, Douglas Richardson, 22, of Belleville, was issued summonses charging him with a brake light violation, possession of marijuana and possession of a drug inside a vehicle. – Ron Leir


News from the Nutley Police blotter July 26 At 1:26 p.m., police responded to a home alarm call at a Whitford Ave. location and found the basement door open. After securing the premises, police said they determined that nothing appeared to be disturbed or missing. Detectives canvassed the neighborhood and are continuing to investigate. At 1:52 p.m., an apparent victim of identity theft came to headquarters to report that their accountant, while trying to file for an extension of their tax return, was advised by the IRS that the victim had already filed through E-file system, using their social security number, and that a refund had already been processed. At 1:04 p.m., a Bloomfield Ave. resident reported that their fence and lock had been damaged, apparently by a motorist who was getting out of a parking space. The damage was estimated at $200, police said. July 25 At 5:52 p.m., a Raymond Ave. resident called police to report that someone had apparently used a pair of hedge trimmers to remove a heavy duty extension cord to a generator in their garage. The items were valued at about $200, the resident told police. July 24 A Whitford Ave. resident alerted police to an apparent incident of fraud. The victim told police they’d been

contacted by someone purporting to represent a credit card company about a personal loan application they hadn’t applied for. Checking their personal account, the victim told police they found more than $15,000 in unauthorized charges. They also discovered that someone had opened an additional account in their name without their authorization. The victim canceled the account and notified their bank about the charges. At 1:34 p.m., officers on patrol on Bloomfield Ave. noticed an individual for whom there was an outstanding warrant out of Bloomfield. Police then took into custody Ralph Adubato, 49, of Kearny, and later turned him over to Bloomfield P.D. At 7:31 a.m., police were called to a Holmes St. location where a resident reported that their vehicle’s front tires, valued at $250, had been slashed overnight.

told police. They were valued at $10 each. At 11:28 a.m., a Walnut St. resident reported the theft of jewelry from their dresser drawer at home. Police said they found no sign of forced entry. Detectives are following up. At 8:26 a.m., a Centre St. resident came to headquarters to report a theft. The resident told police that they’d just arrived back home from a vacation and, while carrying their belongings inside, noticed that a small black suitcase, containing clothing and shoes, had been taken from behind their car. July 21 After receiving a complaint about someone parking overnight in a private lot, police arrested Haysam Farrag, 33, of Nutley, on a warrant out of East Rutherford. After posting bail and being advised to contact East Rutherford for a new court date, he was released after being issued several motor vehicle summonses.

July 23 At 9:19 p.m., a Passaic Ave. resident reported a home burglary. The resident told police that upon returning home, they found their home ransacked and several items missing.

July 20 At 9:35 a.m., police were alerted to a burglary to an auto on William St. Nothing was taken from the vehicle but it had been rummaged through, police said. Several leads are being July 22 pursued, police said. At A Harrison St. resi9:42 a.m., police got a dent called police, at report of another vehicle 7:24 p.m., to report that burglarized on the block. someone had removed They said it had been two identical ornamental rummaged through and lawn gnomes from their a GPS unit and change front lawn. Both had red had been taken. Deteccaps, white beards, green tives are investigating. coats, brown pants and held mallets, the owner – Ron Leir








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