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August 28, 2013 • • Vol CXXVI, No. 14


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By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

NUTLEY – Representatives of the Roche Co. offered apologies to the Nutley community last week for not being as forthcoming as they might have been in drilling test wells outside their property in residential areas. The work is part of an environmental checkup being undertaken – onsite and off – by the company to gauge the extent of groundwater contamination that may be flowing from the sprawling Roche site. Roche, which is in the process of shedding its longtime Essex County operations, wants to complete a cleanup before disposing of the 119-acre property off Rt. 3 which overlaps Nutley and neighboring Clifton by 2015. Roche Diagnostics is looking to leave its 18.7-acre Belleville location. For an hour prior to last Tuesday night’s meeting, members of the township governing body quizzed Roche’s Vice President Tom Lyon, Director of Health & Safety Chandra Patel and Senior Counsel Tom Ruby, along with John Trela, senior vice president of TRC Companies, a national environmental/energy/ infrastructure consulting firm retained by Roche, about the company’s recent actions. see ROCHE page


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USS Juneau at its launching from old Federal Shipyard in Kearny. Among the crew was Harrison’s William Meeker, seen here with his mother (inset), before setting sail on an ill-fated voyage.

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – or nine months, two Harrison neighbors kept up a steady correspondence while one remained stateside and the other was


aboard the USS Juneau, sailing in the Pacific during World War II. The sailor was Seaman 2nd Class William G. Meeker Jr., 18, a product of Holy Cross grammar school and Harrison High School’s Class of 1941, who’d enlisted in the

Navy right after graduation. And the civilian he was writing to was Winefride L. Blohm, who lived on the same block as Meeker on Jersey St. in Harrison. “The last letter she got was dated Nov. 6, 1942,” said her son-in-law, Raymond Testa,

of Royce, Texas, “which was a week before [his] ship went down.” USS anti-aircraft cruiser Juneau was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on Friday, Nov. 13, 1942, in the see JUNEAUpage


Pondering future of Gunnell Oval By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

marsh. Earlier this season, based on preliminary findings by Excel KEARNY – Environmental Resources of The fate of Gunnell Oval, North Brunswick showing Kearny’s largest public recrea- materials containing hydrotion complex, is hanging in carbons at scattered locations the balance as the town awaits where soil sampling was done, a consultant’s report on the the town put three playing extent of pollutants found on areas off limits. the sprawling site which lies As a result, the West and between Schuyler Ave. and the North Little League fields and

Oval 2, the smaller of two soccer fields at the north end of the complex closest to residential rear yards, were shut down. Signs have been posted warning people to stay off the fields which are enclosed by locked gates. Still available for play were the Little League E field at the southernmost point of the complex, the Pony League

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he shine has worn on the yellow tiled wall; all that remains of the benches are the anchor supports; and the doors to the empty metal cabinets swing open. For more than four decades, thousands of students showered and changed in the locker rooms at the thenHarrison High School at S. Fifth St. and Harrison Ave. But, in the fall of 2007, those facilities have sat idle since the Harrison Board of Education opened a new high school on the old Clayton Container site bordering West Hudson Park and the old high school was converted to Washington Middle School for grades 6 to 8. Now, under an initiative by Superintendent of Schools James Doran, the board is taking steps to revitalize the “functionally obsolete” space with a new purpose. On Aug. 1, on the recommendation of its consulting engineers Remington, Vernick & Arango of Bordentown, the board voted to award K&D Contractors of Kenilworth the job of renovating the locker room space for $1,098,000. Documents on file with the board show that K&D was the lowest of four bidders. The other firms that submitted bids were Preziosi Construction Corp. of Short Hills, $1,140,000; Two Broth-

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ers Contracting of Clifton, $1,232,235; and Salazar Associates of Union, $1,352,000. Doran said part of the renovation plan will involve disposing of the smaller set of bleachers stored in the wall of the gym adjoining the old girls’ locker rooms and taking out part of that wall, installing big plate glass windows and doors that will lead to a new weight training room. Then, Doran said, on the other side of the gym, in the wing where the old boys’ locker rooms are located, that space will be converted to accommodate the school child study team members, whose old office was “bumped” by the recent con-

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struction of the new school cafeteria. The contractor is being instructed to salvage as much of the yellow tiles as possible so they can be incorporated as part of the entranceway to the gym, school officials said. Doran said the target date for completion of the project is “by the end of the Christmas vacation period.” Along with the new dining area, the district recently updated the 46-year-old school’s student bathroom facilities. At Hamilton Intermediate School for grades 4 and 5, the district recently upgraded the building’s lower gym space for instructional

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Storm coming? Nutley will be ready had been cleared of all the downed trees and branches and other Sandy debris. There were no reports of injuries in the community. And even the NUTLEY – ast October, when Hurri- lost animals were doing fine. cane Sandy struck, town- “Five dogs that were out in the middle of the storm were resship authorities sprang cued,” Rogers said. “All were into action. That included reunited with their families.” not only, as expected, the So, following a job well first responders, but also, not By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent


preparedness,” Rogers told The Observer. The Corps’ goal is to have “an operational plan in place 72 hours before an expected catastrophic weather event,” Rogers said. And at least 24 hours beforehand, warming/ cooling centers “will be up and running.” Those who shivered through several days without heat after Sandy or

suffered without AC in the recent heat wave can appreciate the need for those, which are especially important for senior citizens and individuals with health problems. “We have cots, food, housing for pets, refrigeration for medicine, charging strips, cleaning stations for babies, and everything needed to adequately supply a warming/

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done under extreme circumstances, is Nutley resting on its laurels? Hardly. The town has just announced a new initiative, the Nutley Public Health Reserve Corps, an organization of volunteers who are “being trained and readied to provide a number of critical services to township residents when a severe weather event disrupts electrical grids, communications and other services.” Its formation is a direct result of the hurricane. “During the storm, there were a lot of lessons learned regarding

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Kudos offered to Auxiliary Police NUTLEY – The Nutley Board of Commissioners paid tribute to former members of the township’s Auxiliary Police at last week’s meeting, thanking them for the volunteer service they provided for many years. The auxiliary force was deactivated by the township Dec. 31, 2012, in favor of special

officers. Nutley Police Chief John Holland said the auxiliary force was founded in the 1940s to assist in Civil Defense-related matters. Later, he said, their duties morphed into responding to emergencies, such as severe storms, and various types of civic events, such as parades and other public func-

tions. As a rookie cop, “I remember them riding around, seeing me and telling me I was wearing my [police] uniform incorrectly,” the chief quipped. Mayor Alphonse Petracco, who heads the Public Safety Department, commended the auxiliaries for their dedication. “And they did it for free

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y now, you have heard that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, pictured here as his alter-ego, and as he is now, to “live his life as a woman.” Named Chelsea. I have no problem with that. He can live his life as a chimpanzeee named Chelsea for all I care. I do, however, have a problem with my tax dollars paying for his hormone treatments. According to a written statement sent to the “Today” show and signed “Chelsea E. Manning,” the convicted WikiLeaker says: “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. . . . I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.” If Manning has felt this way since childhood, one wonders why he/she didn’t pursue his/her transgender goal earlier. And on his/her own dime. But no, he leaks classified documents, is convicted and sentenced to 35 years in Leavenworth, and then announces that he is seeking gender reassignment. While prisoners are entitled to (taxpayer-funded) medical care, a spokesman for the Fort Leavenworth

intended). But because even in so-called liberated society, men have the advantage.

military prison said it “does not offer sex reassignment or hormone therapy for the inmates housed at the facility,” The Washington Post reported. He had better doublecheck; for all we know, sex reassignment might be an Obamacare entitlement. In any case, Manning’s lawyer told “Today” he intends to do “everything in my power to make sure” his client’s wishes are accommodated. The Post also reported that in 2010, while serving as an

intelligence analyst in Baghdad, Manning sent an e-mail to a superior officer describing his “struggles with a gender-identity disorder.” He wrote: “I thought enlisting in the military would get rid of it. . . . “ For an intelligence officer, Manning comes across as pretty dumb. One wonders, though: If he does get the government (us) to pay for gender reassignment, would it (we) also have to then foot the bill for makeup, wigs and clothing? For those of you who

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WE’VE GOT MAIL To the Editor: I am one of the “older folks” who remembers the explosion at the Congoleum-Nairn. I was 10 years old at the time. Both of my parents were employed at the plant. My father worked

there for many years and my mother joined him when the Nairn began war work. Yes, they did make more than camouflage netting. My mother learned how to run a lathe and made the nose cones for bazookas! (Ammunition was filled in elsewhere.) My parents worked opposite shifts day/ evening so one of them could

think I am being crass and insensitive – yes, I am. I am not, however, mocking those with gender issues. They can’t help it. However, they should not expect anyone other than themselves to pay for whatever therapy or surgery they want. Indeed, now that I am approaching my dotage, I am thinking of living the rest of my life as a man. Not because I am attracted to women. I am not. Let’s get that straight (no pun

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Fate spared one worker at Congoleum-Nairn blast be home with me. However, on the day of the explosion I was at the shore for a week as the guest of my aunt and uncle. When the news reached us I realized that one or the other of my parents would have been at work. Our family did not have a phone nor did the bungalow at the shore. It was a great relief when I received a letter a

few days later from my mother stating that my dad – for the first time ever – was assigned to the midnight shift that week. My father was a volunteer member of the Nairn’s emergency squad. I learned that he immediately donned his hard hat and headed down hill from our house on Highland Ave. He was one of those workers

looking through the rubble and debris for bodies. I’m still a Kearny resident and often pass the remaining Nairn buildings. When I do, I thank God my Dad was on the midnight shift for one week of the 39 years he was employed. Joan Miller McCann Kearny



News from the Kearny Police blotter Recently, in the Kearny blotter, The Observer noted that Police Chief John Dowie was reminding people to lock their cars. Some are still not heeding this advice. One of the incidents in this week’s KPD reports involves the theft of items from multiple vehicles, most of which “had been left open.” Overnight. At 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 20, Officer Tom Pontrella responded to a call about individuals apparently attempting to break into cars (the ones not conveniently left unlocked) on Jefferson Ave. He arrived to find a group of youths, who ran down Jefferson toward Passaic Ave. Additional units responded and searched the area, and Officer Chris Medina stopped two teenage males – described as out of breath and covered in mud – coming up from the riverbank at Passaic and the Belleville Pike. Asked to empty their “bulging pockets,” the pair reportedly produced: GPS cords, loose change, a cigarette lighter, a cell phone, an iPod and, the popular accessory for teenage males, a pink change purse. The suspects, described as “very uncooperative,” said they did not know each other, “despite the fact that they were traveling together and wearing the same mud,” Dowie said. Meanwhile, Sgt. Michael O’Neill and P.O. Kevin Canaley had apprehended two other teenagers also in possession of items apparently stolen from cars, including an MP3 player and a GPS unit, police said. The quartet – two 14-yearolds (one from Newark, one from Belleville) and two 15-year-olds (both from Belleville) – all denied knowledge of the thefts, or even knowing each other, police said. However, at KPD headquarters, they started calling each other by their first names. All four were charged with theft, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and curfew violation, and were turned over to their parents or guardians. (Editor’s note: It is not known if any of those adults had wondered where their kids were at 2:30 a.m.) Other recent reports from

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obstruction and failure to surrender a suspended license.

Aug. 15 At 1 p.m., P.O. Joe Vulcano responded to the 200 block of Wilson Ave. on a report that four juvenile males (not the same four in the previous item) had just stolen a bicycle. Other units went to the area, and Capt. Steve Durkin came upon one of the teens fitting the culprits’ descriptions at Schuyler and Garfield Aves. P.O. Adriano Marques found two others, one reportedly in possession of the stolen bike, and, at 2 p.m., the fourth was nabbed on Bergen Ave. by Sgt. John Taylor. Two of the suspects were 15, one was 16, one was 17, and all were from Newark. After being charged with theft, conspiracy and trespass, they were released to parents/ guardians.

At 3:45 p.m., P.O. John Travelino, patrolling near Kearny Ave. and Afton St., got a computer hit that a passing car had an expired registration. The driver, Sergio Molina, 33, of Kearny, also reportedly had a suspended license. And he was found to be in possession

Aug. 16 P.O. Chris Medina, on patrol at Bergen and Highland Aves. at 2:30 a.m., observed a vehicle with an obstructed view “slowly cruising” the area. When he stopped it, he found that the driver, Jose RecobaMorales, 20, of Newark, had a suspended license, police said. The motorist was taken to HQ and issued summonses for that offense and the view

Aug. 18 Yet another bicycle theft was reported at 2 p.m. at Bergen Ave. and Chestnut St., where the culprit had entered an alleyway and then rode north on Chestnut. Within minutes, in front of Kearny

High School, Officers Frank West and Jay Ward detained a suspect who matched the thief’s description and who was subsequently identified by the person who had reported the crime, police said. According to police, the man gave West and Ward a phony name, but P.O. Brian Wisely, see KPD page

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Juneau City Assemblyman Randy Wanamaker is expected to fly in from Alaska as special guest. A Navy color guard and flag officer are also anticipated. Hudson County Freeholder Chairman Anthony L. Romano, chairman of the veterans affairs committee, said: “It’s an honor to be involved with this event, especially as the son of a World War II Navy veteran. The sacrifice of those who served aboard the Juneau is first and foremost why we’re doing this. It’s imperative that veterans of all the different wars be remembered for their sacrifices.” USS Juneau was built at the then-Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. in South Kearny, and Building 77 – now close to the Hudson County Jail – was then part of the old shipyard. Hudson County officials had intended to do the dedication last year but Hurricane Sandy flooded the building, prompting the county to spend several million dollars to repair it. Plans call for using the building for the storage of vehicles and as an emergency planning center by the Office of Emergency Planning and for the storage of records in climate-controlled vaults by the county Prosecutor’s Office. Copies of the 17 letters that Meeker wrote to his Harrison neighbor between February and November 1942, along with copies of photographs of Meeker and the Juneau, were donated to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum in Alaska by Raymond and Mary Winefride Bloom Testa in honor of Mrs. Testa’s mother who died in 1998. Those letters were read aloud at a public ceremony hosted by the museum Nov. 10,

2012, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Juneau’s sinking. In a phone interview, Raymond Testa said that the correspondence between his mother-in-law and Meeker might never come to light if Testa’s wife hadn’t discovered a box of her mother’s that contained the 17 letters that her mother had received from the sailor, plus newspaper clip-

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pings about the aftermath of the Juneau’s loss. In reading the letters, Testa said it was apparent that while the pair had known each other only as slight acquaintances, “you could see, as time went on, a relationship was growing. … I just got chills reading them.” Sensing that the correspondence had an historic significance, Testa said that he and his wife “wanted to find a permanent home where they see JUNEAU page




North Arlington schools open Sept. 4 Four-hour sessions will be held the first three days of public school in North Arlington, Sept. 4-6. No lunches will be served. The schedule for elementary schools is as follows: Grades K to 5: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Roosevelt School: Pre-K: 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Washington School: Pre-K morning session: 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. and afternoon session: 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Regular hours begin Sept. 9:

Roosevelt: (Pre-K) 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.; Washington (Pre-K) 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. (morning session) and 12:15 to 3 p.m. (afternoon session); (Grades K to 5) 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bell will ring at 8:30 a.m. with 11:25 a.m. dismissal for lunch hour at Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt Schools. The bell for the afternoon classes will ring at 12:15 p.m. with dismissal at 3 p.m. After classes, students may be assigned by their teachers to remedial class and/or

homework labs, which will be conducted from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Children must not arrive at school earlier than five minutes prior to the bell, except at Jefferson School, grades K to 2, where parents can drop off children at the Hedden Terrace entrance at 8:20 a.m. Middle School: Grades 6 to 8 will have four-hour sessions Sept. 4-6. (Lunch will not be served on these half days.) Classes will be from 7:50 to 11:50 a.m. Students should not report to

school earlier than 10 minutes before the bell. Beginning Sept. 9, the morning bell at the Middle School will ring at 7:50 a.m. and the dismissal bell at 2:20 p.m. Students may be assigned by their teachers to remedial class and/or homework labs between 2:20 and 2:45 p.m. High School: Students will report directly to their homerooms at 7:45 a.m. where they will pick up their schedules for the year. Classes will be conducted from 7:45 a.m. until

dismissal at noon. Starting Sept. 9 (first full day), the first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. and dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. Lunch will not be served on the first three days of school due to early dismissal. Lunches will be served beginning with a full day on Sept. 9. Any new students in grades 9-12 who haven’t yet enrolled should report to the Guidance Office with a parent/guardian, a birth certificate, transfer forms, immunization records, report cards, and proof of residency.

Don’t be exploited by ‘grey charges’ The N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs has issued a consumer alert to call attention to so-called “grey charges”: hidden credit card and debit card charges that occur when consumers are deceptively signed up for products they never ordered, wanted or intended to pay for. According to a new report by BillGuard and Aite Group, credit and debit cardholders in the U.S. incurred 233 million “grey charges” in 2012, totaling $14.3 billion. Roughly three in 1,000 credit card charges are “grey charges,” averaging $61 per transaction, the report says. “Grey charges” are defined as “deceptive and unwanted credit and debit card charges

that occur as a result of misleading sales and billing practices.” The report identifies the following as examples: • Free-to-Paid Charges, which accounted for 15 million transactions, totaling $6 billion, in 2012. Common Free-to-Paid charges are “free trials” for credit monitoring services that charge consumers monthly fees if they don’t cancel on time. • Phantom Charges: The consumer agrees to a transaction and then receives an unwanted additional product or service that may come from the original seller or a thirdparty seller. • Zombie Charges: A sub-

scription or membership that doesn’t end even after you cancel it. • Unintended Subscriptions: The consumer completes a one-time transaction that turns into an unwanted ongoing subscription. • Membership: The consumer joins a club that offers products/services at a discounted price. In the fine print, the consumer agrees to receive and pay for merchandise periodically unless the club is notified not to send it. • Auto-Renewals: The consumer enters into an agreement to purchase goods or services. If the consumer does not cancel prior to the cancellation deadline, the seller automati-

cally renews the subscription for another term and bills for it. The Division of Consumer Affairs advises taking the following steps for self-protection: • Actively review and validate all credit card and debit card transactions. Review monthly statements carefully. • Pay close attention to any “free” services offered. Make sure to cancel before the free offer becomes a paid service. After canceling, check credit card statements for any charges. • Immediately dispute any unauthorized charges with the credit card company or bank. • Immediately dispute any

unauthorized charges with the company that is charging them. • Keep good records. • Use only one credit card to sign up for services. This will make it easier to track all charges and look for unwanted “grey charges”. • If grey charges continue, ask the credit card company or bank to close the affected account and issue a new one. Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-5046200.

Drinking this weekend? Don’t drive drunk Kearny law enforcement officers are cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2013 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign runs through Sept. 2. Local and state law enforcement officers are conducting sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated. Their effort is part of a

national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, particularly during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period. “Recent surveys indicate that many people harbor the dangerous belief that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the state Division of Highway Traffic

Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.” In 2012, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 19% of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the campaign offer the following advice: If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out. Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home. Spend the night where the activity is held. Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New

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gUNNELL from indefinitely, further draining the town coffers. “The longer we wait [to get results] doesn’t help anybody,” said Mayor Alberto Santos. “A better approach is to turf everything.” That stategy, he added, would provide a safe cap over any contaminants below. And, at the same time, Santos said, “We’re waiting to hear from our Recreation Commission on its recommendations so we can give that to our town engineer to get an estimate of how much we’d need to do a makeover of the Oval.” With a good chunk of empty space between fields, it’s possible that, with a reconfiguration of the existing layout of the Oval, the town could come away with additional playing surfaces, the mayor suggested. The town has already gotten a head start on the proposed makeover: It has been awarded a state Green Acres matching grant of $396,900 and a Green Acres loan of $168,250

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Two Little League fields and a soccer field sit idle after testing revealed pollutants.

to finance the synthetic turfing of one field and an upgrade of the walking path around the Oval. To help the town draft an improvement plan for the Oval, Landy said he’s reached out to the various sports organizations that use the Oval – Little League, Recreation Softball and Soccer – to get their input on what should be done with the site. Recreation Commission members and Assistant Recre-

ation Supervisor Ralph Cattafi are also being brought into the mix, he said. Early next month, according to Councilman Michael Landy, Recreation Committee chairman, the plan is to huddle with Town Engineer Michael Neglia to get a look at some preliminary designs for a re-do of the Oval “and then we’ll see what we can do with the money we can manage to get.” from the environmental conLittle League President siderations, the existing fields Michael Witt said that aside are in need of work. “We have to repair them and now’s the “If you really and truly want God in your life, time to do it,” he said. “You go to other towns to play and you owe it to yourself to read this book.” you see their fields nice and manicured. It’s embarrassing when they come here and see our fields.” “This year we had only one of three fields available at the Oval so we played the rest of our games on Belgrove Drive [Veterans Stadium],” Witt said. “If we lose the entire Oval next season, we’ll have to cram all 12 teams – close to 400 kids – at one field at Belgrove. With a 15-game schedule, we’ll have to play two games every night, five days a week and Saturday TRAYS and Sunday. We’ll just bear TO- GO with it. The [future] rewards VALID ALL WEEK LIMIT 1 DISCOUNT PER are going to be greater than CHECK PER VISIT. NOT COMBINABLE WITH OTHER OFFERS. the time you’re going to lose.” NOT VALID HOLIDAYS. EXP 9/26/13 If the Oval does get reBUY 1 GET 1



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shaped, Witt said he’d like to see the existing concession stand moved to the middle of the complex with the fields positioned around it, to provide easier access from all fields. Turfing sounds like the best solution to field surfacing, Witt said. “When it rains now, we can’t play 6 o’clock games because the fields get all muddy. Turf makes it easier to maintain and it looks nicer. When the fields are nice, you feel nice. We could host tournaments here. They should level the whole Oval and start all over. Then it’ll get done right. Right now, it’s an eyesore.” Landy said this is an opportune time to “take a negative [environmental hazard] and turn the Oval into a state-ofthe-art facility that can be the envy of Hudson County.”

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Highlights from the Lyndhurst Police blotter Aug. 22 At 1:29 a.m., Joseph San Filippo, 50, of Lyndhurst, was stopped by police as he was driving his 2002 Lexus at Riverside and Stuyvesant Aves. He was issued tickets charging him with DWI, unregistered driver and driving with a suspended license. Aug. 21 Store security personnel detained Joseph Rivers, 36, of Lyndhurst, at the ShopRite on New York Ave., at 3:40 p.m., after Rivers allegedly tried to walk out the store with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, priced at $13, concealed in his waistband. Police said Rivers was issued a summons for shoplifting and was held at Bergen County Jail, Hackensack, on an outstanding $419 warrant from Lyndhurst. Aug. 20 At 10:15 a.m., police received a report of criminal mischief to an auto involving a 2003 Mercedes parked in the 500 block of Third Ave. Police said someone broke the passenger side rear view mirror, shattering the glass in the process.

Police said someone removed in the 600 block of Page Ave. a cellular phone valued at $150 Police said they found no sign and keys from a 2012 Nissan reg- of forced entry. istered to a Lyndhurst resident. At 7:05 p.m., the owner of a 1997 Honda told police someAug. 15 one stole an iPhone charger The Lyndhurst owner of a and a GPS, both valued at $250, 1997 Pontiac called police at while it was parked in the 600 1:46 p.m. to report that someone had taken a cellular phone from their 1997 Pontiac while it was parked in the lot of the Valley Brook Ave. shopping plaza. Police said the vehicle was unlocked and its windows were down.

block of Page Ave. Police said they found no sign of forced entry. A residential burglary of twofamily dwelling in the 200 block of Mountain Way was reported to police at 4:09 p.m. Police said a $1,200 laptop and an $800 i-

Pad were listed as missing from a first-floor apartment and a jewelry box and dresser drawer were ransacked in a secondfloor apartment. Detectives from Bergen County BCI were investigating. – Ron Leir


Aug. 12 At 3:16 p.m., police received a report of the theft of a trailer from a property on Clay Ave. owned by NTE. Police said the trailer contained $6,000 worth of copier equipment. According to NTE logs, the trailer was apparently hauled from the property by a yellow trailer at 10:55 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Aug. 11 Michael Mergel, 45, of Brick, was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct at 10:19 p.m. after police said he broke the mirror off a 2003 Acura parked at Green and Aug. 19 Valley Brook Aves. Police said Police said they stopped a Mergel was visiting family in 1999 Ford Taurus at Ridge Road Lyndhurst when he got involved and New Jersey Ave., at 10:10 in an argument. p.m., after determining that At 10:46 a.m., Joy Dempsey, the driver, David Borsky, 28, of 48, of Lyndhurst, was issued Randolph, had an expired rega summons charging him istration. Borsky was charged with shoplifting after police with that violation and was also say Dempsey walked out of charged with DWI, possession the Rite-Aid on Valley Brook of drugs (suspected marijuana) Ave. with $9 worth of drinks in a motor vehicle and posconcealed in her purse. Store session of drug paraphernalia security detained Dempsey (glass pipe and rolling papers). until police arrived. At 2:36 a.m., police observed At 8:45 a.m., police received a several individuals pushing a report of a residential burglary disabled 1994 Toyota minivan and theft in the 200 block of on Polito Ave. After investigatCourt Ave. Police said the ocing, police charged the driver, cupant reported that someone Vicente Mota Gamez, 38, of removed a metal box containing Cliffside Park, with careless $650 sometime between 8:30 driving, DWI and refusal to take a.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 10. an Alcotest. Mota Gamez was released to a responsible party Aug. 9 pending a court date. At 7:14 p.m., police received a report of a theft from a motor Aug. 17 vehicle. The vehicle’s owner At 12:21 a.m., police received a told police someone removed report of a theft from a vehicle $30 in coins from the glove box parked in the shopping center of their 2012 Nissan while it plaza lot off Valley Brook Ave. was parked in their driveway

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Happenings from the Nutley Police blotter A patron who came out of the Nutley Starbucks on Franklin Ave. at 7:19 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, got an unwelcome surprise when they found someone sitting in their vehicle, police said. As the owner approached the car, police said the man inside drove away. After being notified of the incident, police pursued and, eventually, caught up with the

suspect, Kenneth McAteer, 34, of Nutley. McAteer was arrested on charges of criminal mischief for damaging a marked police unit, resisting arrest by flight (running from police), resisting arrest, carjacking (first degree crime) and terroristic threats (third degree crime). He was taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility after failing to make $100,000

bail, with no 10% option. In other incidents logged during the past week by Nutley Police: Aug. 22 The victim of an apparent fraud told police that when their son tried to withdraw money with their ATM card, he was told there were insufficient funds in the account, that money had been with-

drawn from the account in the Dominican Republic. The account has been closed. A Hancox Ave. resident called police at 1:31 a.m. after seeing someone trying to gain access to their vehicle in their driveway. Police said no entry was gained.

another on Poplar Place. At 9:06 a.m., police responded to a report of criminal mischief at a Prospect St. location. Police said pranksters are believed to have placed a chair in the front bushes of a neighboring home.

Aug. 21 At 5:57 a.m., a High St. resident called police to report that their kitchen window was open and some items that had been left on the kitchen table the night before were missing. Detectives are investigating.

Aug. 19 Owners of two homes on North Road and Highfield Lane reported acts of criminal mischief to their properties. Police said that excessive amounts of toilet paper were spread on both properties.

Aug. 20 A Winthrop Drive resident reported that their Apple iPad was missing from their home. Police said there was no forced entry to the house. The incident was logged at 6:50 p.m. Police received separate reports of two light poles being damaged during the night, one on Sylvan Place and

Aug. 17 Criminal mischief to a parked truck was reported at a Warren St. location at 7:25 p.m. Police said all four tires were slashed, eggs had been thrown at the vehicle, and the truck had been keyed with the “FX 4” logo. Police said other vehicles parked nearby were untouched. – Ron Leir


North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Ave., announces upcoming programs for September: A blood pressure/health risk assessment is held on the second and fourth Tuesday every month from 1 to 2:45 p.m. No appointment is necessary. A child health conference, free immunization and Well Baby Care for infants and pre-school children will be available by appointment on Thursday, Sept. 19. Required school-age immunizations are available for those without health insurance. “Healthy Feet,” a free Lunch and Learn program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, beginning at noon at the Senior Center, in back of the health department. Dr. Christian S. Raymond, podiatric medicine and surgery, will offer treatments for bunions, corns, callouses, wound care and vascular conditions. Nail clipping and orthotic fitting is also available. Bring insurance cards. The pro-

gram is open to surrounding communities. Pre-registration is required. “Healthy Aging – Live Stronger and Longer” will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. Dr. Annette Cozzarelli-Franklin, director of Clara Maass Medical Center’s Women’s Health Center, will host and a light dinner will be served. It’s open to surrounding communities. Pre-registration is required. A multiphasic blood screening will be held – by appointment -- on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 a.m. Screening will include a complete blood count with differential, chemistry and lipid profile with CHD risk factor. Fasting is required. A $22 fee will be charged. C-Reactive protein, Homocysteine level tests, Hemoglobin A1C, and Vitamin D level testing are also available at additional cost. For more information and appointments, call the Health Department at 201955-5695.

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Bloomfield Art League announces that membership is open to all local artists and photographers. Lectures and demonstrations are held at the Civic Center, 84 Broad St. The League meets from October to May (except January) and also holds classes for adults, two member exhibitions and an art show. For further information and/ or a membership application, contact the Civic Center at 973-743-9074 or send e-mail to bloomfieldartleaguenj@gmail. com.

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West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. The group will provide an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for patients and family. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa 201-2467750, Fatima 973-485-4236 or email Together we will fight this disease.


A Flapjack Fundraiser for Pathways to Independence will be held at Applebee’s, 175 Passaic Ave., Kearny, on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit adults with disabilities. For more information, call 201997-9371, ext. 18.

Cub Scout Pack 305 of Kearny sponsors a town cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Riverbank Park, Passaic Ave., (across from Stewart’s). Gloves and trash bags will be supplied. All volunteers will be eligible for community service hours. Spruce Terrace Senior Housing Community, 21 Spruce St., will be opening its waiting list on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. Applicants must be age 62 or older. Income limits are $27,000 for one person or $30,080 for two. (Equal Housing Opportunity.) Art created this summer in classes at the Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will be on display on the lower level from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The annual St. Jude Novena with Msgr. John J. Gilchrist will begin Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave. The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church will meet on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. in the church hall. Tables are still available for $15 or two for $25 for a flea market and health screening at Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information, call the church office at 201-9915894. Kearny UNICO will meet on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the meeting and/or learning more about Kearny UNICO should contact Chap-

ter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409. New members are always welcome.


partment is collecting school supplies for students in need. Backpacks, dividers, 3-ring binders, etc., can be dropped off at 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Aug. 31. Anyone with children in need of supplies may contact 201-804-2500. The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is sponsoring a trip to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., on Thursday, Sept. 19. Seats are limited, so call Janet Ricligiano at 201-935-1208 ASAP. Women interested in joining the club should call Marilyn Falcone at 201-9336459 or Delores Perrotta at 201-939-5237. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Senior Citizen Club, Lyndhurst, sponsors a trip to Villa Roma Resort, Calicoon, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 23 to Wednesday, Sept. 25. Cost of the trip: $320 for double occupancy, $290 for triple and $365 for single. Cost includes: transportation, two nights accommodations, meals, entertainment and more. The club also sponsors an overnight trip to Atlantic City, Nov. 20-21, with lunch at the Renault Winery and trips to two casinos. Cost is $135 for double occupancy, $130 for triple and $175 for single. To attend these trips, contact Annette Bortone at 201-438-1852.

Good Shepherd Medical Adult Center, 725 Valley Brook Ave., invites the community to its first annual health fair on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941565-0861. Experienced NJMC staff host a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes on Sept. 4, 6 and 10 at 5 p.m. and Sept. 7 at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $15 per person; for ages 10 and up. Departs from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. Pre-registration required. For a complete schedule, directions, and to register, visit, or call 201-460-4640. Take a three-hour guided tour on a canoe trip exploring the Hackensack River and its marshes with the NJMC on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 8:30 a.m. Paddlers will learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and row past wetlands and down creeks. Admission is $15 per person; ages 10 and up. Departs from Mill Creek Point Park, Secaucus. Preregistration required. For more information or to register, visit Arlington vironment/tours.html  or call The North Arlington Wom201-460-4640. an’s Club sponsors a breakfast The Lyndhurst Health De-


at Applebee’s Restaurant, Kearny, on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $10. For tickets, call 201-8892553. North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., hosts a bingo luncheon on Friday, Aug. 30. For information, call 201-998-5636.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., will host Adult Scrabble Night on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. No registration required. The film “Jack Reacher” will be shown at the library on Friday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. Films are shown on the first Friday of each month. Check the library’s event calendar for list of films. Registration is required for the library’s Back to School Story Time on Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. For all ages. The Book Café will meet at the library to discuss books that have been made into movies on Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m.  Registration is required by Sept. 3 for these library programs: Babygarten, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Preschool Story Time on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; and Two-Year-Old Story Time on Friday, Sept. 27, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. To register or for more information, call 973667-0405. Township residency is required for participation.

Clara Maass Foundation hosts 5K run, 2K walk 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, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, on Sept. 29. This year’s fundraising event , hosted by WABC-TV Eyewitness News Anchor Ken Rosato, includes a 5K Run at 9:30 a.m. and a 2K

Fun Walk at 9:45 a.m. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. is the honorary chairman. Among the initiatives by the Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living are afterschool activities for thirdand fourth-graders in Essex, Bergen and Hudson counties, Community Health lectures and health screenings, and support for The Weight Loss Institute at CMMC. “We at Clara Maass Medical Center want to

encourage everyone to lead healthier lives through good nutrition and exercise. This family-friendly 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 Mary Ellen Clyne, president and CEO of CMMC. Through the Lifeline Challenge, 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 how to incorporate 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 also provides Automated External Defibrillators to schools and other health-related initiatives and equipment.

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and five cruisers protecting transports unloading troops at Guadalcanal when word came of an advancing Japanese fleet, causing the American ships to steam away. Hours later, in early morning, moonless darkness, the Americans were disoriented by the sudden appearance of the Japanese force of two battleships, a light cruiser and 15 destroyers, which trained searchlights on the now-scattered American ships, causing them to fire blindly, at times into their own ships. Within


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Belleville grid squad hopes last year is history The Belleville High School football team suffered through a tough 1-9 campaign a year ago. “It’s completely forgotten about,” said the Buccaneers’ third-year head coach John Dubuque. “That 1-9 is done. It’s ancient history. We’re moving in the right direction.” Dubuque said that the Buccaneers were plagued last year by a variety of issues. “We lost a lot of our focus and a lot of discipline last year,” Dubuque said. “The No. 1 job of this team was getting that focus back. It’s my third year and I finally have my kids on this team. I’m coaching my kids. It’s easy to field a team, but it takes time and patience to build a program.” Dubuque said that he’s counting a lot on his current senior class to lead the Bucs past the troubled times and into the future. “We have an excellent senior class who has been willing to instill the goals that I’ve been teaching,” Dubuque said. “These seniors are leading by example. They had a great offseason in the weight room, with their speed and agility. We constantly had people coming into our weight room, kids putting the time

necessary in the weight room.” There are more kids involved in football in Belleville in recent years as well. “We have 60 kids in the program and another 24 freshmen coming in,” Dubuque said. “There’s no question we’re moving in the right direction. These kids want to leave their mark, leave a legacy. It’s a brand new start. A lot of the other kids are gone.” There’s currently a battle for the starting quarterback slot. Senior Justin Simmons (6-2, 185) is being pushed by sophomore Joe Rivera (5-8, 165). “One is more of a runner (Rivera),” Dubuque said. “Justin is more of a pocket passer. We have stuff in our offense for both of them.” Senior Carlos Ruales (5-8, 185) returns at tailback, where he gained more than 600 yards last year. “He’s quick and elusive,” Dubuque said. “He also has power when he needs it. We’ll go as far as Carlos will take us this year.” The Buccaneers have a host of players at wide receiver, most notably seniors Oscar Rosado (6-0, 180) and Danny see VIEW page


Kearny boys’ soccer: Nothing less than contending for titles

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Kearny will look to improve on last year’s 17-win season that culminated in the Hudson County Tournament championship. Front row, from l., are Michael Diaz, Cort Mantenino and Michael Almeida. Back row, from l., are Michael Barros, Damian Kolodziej, Andrew Quintos, Christopher Smith and Sebastian Ferreira.

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tions are once again high, even though there was a major turnover in the Kardinals’ roster. nother high school “We lost 15 seniors from the soccer season is almost program to graduation,” Galka upon us and it means said. “So it’s almost like havone thing. ing a whole new team. We The Kearny boys’ team simhave some players up from ply has to compete for county the freshman and JV (junior and state championships. varsity) teams that will help us Anything less than being a right away and play important contender is simply not acroles. We lose players every cepted in these parts. year, but we’re fortunate to get The Kardinals were 17-3guys from the lower levels to 2 last season and won the step in right away and help us.” Hudson County Tournament If there is a concern with the championship. At one point Kardinals, it would have to be in the season, the Kards were with their backline. ranked No. 10 in the entire state “We have only one kid who before falling to Montclair in played a lot in the back last the NJSIAA North Jersey Secyear,” Galka said. “It’s basically tion 1, Group IV quarterfinals. a new group. They’re all learnVeteran head coach Bill ing now to play four across Galka knows that the expecta-


(the backline, instead of the sweeper/stopper formation), so we’ve been working on that and hoping they become more comfortable as time goes on.” The lone returning starter among the defenders is senior Michael Dias, who has been a defensive stalwart for the last two seasons. “I’m hoping he gives us a lot of leadership with his experience,” Galka said. The other defenders include seniors Michael Almeida and Christopher Smith, junior Andrew Quintos and sophomores Damian Kolodziej and Cort Mantenino. “They have some talent back there,” Galka said. “They just need a little time together.” see KEARNY next page





One place where the Kardinals need not worry is in goal, where junior keeper Sebastian Ferreira returns. The All-Hudson County goalkeeper was outstanding as a sophomore, collecting 12 shutouts. “He’s one of the top goalkeepers around and we’re fortunate to have him for the next two years,” Galka said. Senior Michael Barros will serve as Ferreira’s backup in goal. The Kardinals appear solid in the midfield as well. Senior Richard Blancos is a steadying force there, but sophomore Marcelo Matta had a sensational freshman year, scoring 11 goals.

Seniors Danny dos Santos and Jordy Arias and junior Alexi Velazquez are also solid players in the midfield. Up front, the Kardinals are fortunate to have top scorer Andres Pesantez back. Pesantez earned Third Team All-Group IV honors last year after scoring 17 goals, including two in the Kards’ win over Hackensack in the first round of the state playoffs. Pesantez got off to a blazing start last season, scoring eight goals in the Kardinals’ first three games. He was slowed a bit by a midseason injury, so Galka is hopeful that Pesantez can remain healthy for the entire 2013 campaign. “We have to keep him on the field,” Galka said. “He’s

that important to us.” The Kardinals also have seniors Kevin Tapia and Arturo Sanchez to play on the forward line with Pesantez. “I think we have a good mix of kids,” Galka said. “I’m very happy with what I’ve seen so far. We’ve seen some good things. I just think we need to find an identity as a team.” The Kardinals open the 2013 season against Memorial Sept. 6, as they begin the quest to repeat as Hudson County champs. “I think it’s something that the kids really look forward to,” Galka said. “I think they want to hang on to that county championship. We’d like to defend the title. We want to win the league and

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with Rosado at the other corner and Bryan Roman at Espinal (5-9, 175), both of safety. The Buccaneers waste no whom started last seatime getting their feet wet in son. 2013, facing neighboring rival Senior Bryan Roman (5-8, Nutley to kick off the season 185), juniors Michael Ramirez Friday, Sept. 13. The days of (6-0, 175) and Dylan Moran the Thanksgiving Day rivalry (5-7, 155) and freshman Brian are over, so local football fans Rivera (5-8, 165) are all in the will have to suffice with the mix to receive playing time in two rivals locking horns to the Bucs’ spread offense. start the season much like Dubuque likes the makeup they did last year. of his offensive line, which The Belleville-Nutley returns in unison. Photo by Jim Hague showdown will take place at “I’m very excited about The Belleville High School football team will be much improved this season, if the offensive line has anything to say the Nutley Oval. the offensive line,” Dubuque about it. From l. are Chris Figueroa, Nick Nardachone, head coach John Dubuque, Jose Gonzalez, Johnny Ramirez and “We have to turn the page said. “They’re all back from Joshua Marte. on last year,” Dubuque said. last year. It makes my job a “We have a new group of up in order to make more (6-0, 220) and sophomore Feliciano (6-0, 215) are the lot easier. They came in and kids. We have new disciplays defensively. Johnny Ramirez (5-9, 220) at starting defensive ends, with knew their responsibilities pline. We have a new sense Ramirez is an inside lineguard and senior Jose GonzaMarte and Gonzalez at defenright away.” of pride. Hopefully, this team backer, along with junior lez (5-9, 250) at center. sive tackle. Senior Joshua Marte (6-3, will pick up a few of my valManny Lascaro (5-9, 185). The Many of the same perEspinal returns at outside 260) and junior Chris Figuerues and turn things around. Bucs look solid at linebacker. sonnel turn around to play linebacker, where he is joined oa (5-7, 200) are the tackles, We lost that focus last year. Senior Hassan Gibbs (5-7, defensively. by Ruales, who was a safety with junior Nick Nardachone We need to get it back.” last year and has been moved 155) is at one cornerback, Nardachone and Jeremy

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ers, then they can become a good unit. The Blue Tide will play a 3-4 defensive set. DaCosta and Perez are the defensive ends, with Martins at the nose guard. The defensive tackles are

senior Mark Isaac (6-0, 220) and Carmona. Huseinovic, Carr and senior Justin Thomas (5-9, 190) are the linebackers, with Sheppard and Hurtado at cornerback and Mendoza and freshman Michael O’Donnell (5-7, 170) at

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Finch Fuel wins championship The girls of Finch Fuel defeated VFW two games to one in the best of three in Kearny Recreation’s fifth/sixth grade championship series. The series was extremely close as both teams traded several leads and the final game was decided in the final at bat. Finch defeated the returning champs, VFW, by a score of 10-0 in game one led by the great pitching of Kaitlyn Aquino and two hits each from Sarah Garrison and Rashelle Del Rosario. Game two was a nail biter as VFW evened the series with an 8-7 win. VFW was led by two hits each from Lindsey Murdoch and Brianna Cruz. Alyssa Baeza had three hits and two RBIs for Finch in game two. With the series tied at one

game each Mother Nature took over and the final game was rained out three times. It was finally played 10 days after the second game. VFW jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Finch battled back with one run in the third after a double by Ayssa Baeza and an RBI ground out by Nicole Landy. VFW answered with four runs in the top of the fourth with two RBIs by Caityln Natosi to take a 7-1 lead. Facing a six-run deficit and a possible end to a great season Finch scored three in the bottom of the inning with five consecutive singes by Allison Dinuzzo, Sarah Garrison, Skylar ‘Scooby’ Matusz, Alyssa Herrera, and Alyssa Baeza making the score 7-4 with two innings to go. The Finch

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Aside from drilling on public streets, Roche is installing test wells on its property to check for toxins.

soil conditions. As for groundwater, Lyon said the company is mid-way through its investigation of sub-surface water,

drilling to a depth of 80 feet. Asked whether nearby residents had anything to fear from water coming into their

Fact Sheet: Trumbull Asphalt (Site 59) Tierra Solutions Inc. is currently conducting remediation related activities at chromite ore processing residue (COPR) Site 59 (known as Trumbull Asphalt) in Kearny, New Jersey under the oversight of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The following information is being provided to inform the public of the currently known nature and extent of environmental contamination at Trumbull Asphalt.

basements, Trela said that water is probably “neighbors’ lawn runoff.” Any groundwater below 50 feet from the Roche land “goes into the river,” he said. As part of its overall effort to trace the direction of groundwater from its property, Trela said Roche would “map out a water table” to chart the flow. Asked by Petracco if those residents who “have their own [water] wells” were in any jeopardy from possible contamination, Lyon said that the levels of toxicity Roche has found so far show no danger. Roche is due to submit its environmental findings to the state Department of Environmental Protection by May 14, Lyon said. “The goal is to clearly delineate the area of [environmental] concern, then put a fix in place.”

Site Information

• Site Name: Trumbull Asphalt • Site Address: 1249 Newark Tpke • Tax Information: Block 287; Lots 67 • NJDEP Case Number: PI# G000008687 • NJDEP Case Manager: David S. Doyle

Sources: Ersi, NAVTEQ, TomTom, Intermap, increment P Corp., GEBCO, USGS, FAO, NPS, NRCAN, GeoBase, IGN, Kadaster NL, Ordnance Survey, Esri Japan, METI, Esri China (Hong Kong), swisstopo, and the GIS User Community.

Site History

Site history prior to 1936 is unknown; From 1936 to 1955 the Site was owned by the Koppers Company, Inc. From 1955 a the Site was occupied by the Lloyd A. Fry Roofing Company prior to the current owner’s acquisition of the property in 1978. Historically, operations at the site have produced a variety of products including asphalt blending stocks, culvert compounds, flux oil, joint filler, paper and bag satch, shingle adhesive and waterproofings. The Site is currently occupied by an active manufacturing facility that produces primarily asphalt-based roofing shingles. For further information, Please contact the following: Office of Community Relations Fill material containing COPR was identified on the Site. COPR is a residue Division of Remediation Support from chromium (Cr) chemicals production. Contaminants associated with NJ Department of Environmental Protection COPR have been found in the soil underlying the Site. Interim remedial 401 East State Street, 6th Floor measures (IRMs) were installed as decsribed in the NJDEP-approved “Remedial PO Box 413 Action Work Plan (RAWP)” prepared by Brown and Caldwell (BC), submitted Trenton, NJ 08625-0413 in June 2002. Its implementation was documented in the “Remedial Action Phone: (609) 984-3081

Contaminant Information and Environmental Media Affected

Report for Site 59, Trumbull Asphalt,” submitted to the NJDEP in January 2006. A remedial investigation (RI) has been completed and the results of the RI were submitted to the NJDEP in the“Remedial Investigation Report and Remedial Action Work Plan Site 59” in June 2002.

OR David Rabbe Tierra Solutions, Inc.’s Representative Phone: (732) 246-5852


Soil impacts have been observed within the property, which is approximately 21 acres in area. The contaminant of concern identified in soils at the Site is hexavalent chromium. It has been measured at concentrations ranging from 0.2 mg/kg to 2,250 mg/ kg. As outlined in a memorandum from the NJDEP Commissioner dated February 8, 2007, the NJDEP has not yet adopted soil remediation standards for hexavalent chromium. Until such standards are developed, the NJDEP uses the following soil cleanup criteria, published September 2008, as guidance for exposure scenarios in non-residential settings: Non-Residential Soil Cleanup Criterion (mg/kg)

Hexavalent Chromium



Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Non-Residential Criterion



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Actions performed to minimize impact to the public Interim remedial measures (IRMs) consisting of layers of asphalt pavement, dense graded aggregate, clean fill, and/or synthetic materials have been installed over contaminated soils and are routinely inspected and maintained to minimize the potential for human exposure, and to protect human health and the environment. Access to the Site is also restricted. These IRMs were documented in the NJDEP-approved workplan ““Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP)” prepared by Brown and Caldwell (BC), submitted in June 2002. The results of the IRM implementation were documented in the “Remedial Action Report for Site 59, Trumbull Asphalt,” submitted to the NJDEP in January 2006.

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on Highfield Lane, and, if needed, John Walker Middle School. Each of the centers will have its own site manager, and on stand-by there will be a nurse and also a behavioral psychologist to help anyone emotionally traumatized by the crisis. The volunteers will also check on residents’ well-being. And the town has been compiling a list of people with special medical needs, such as those who might be dependent on oxygen or whose medication must be refrigerated. “We want to make sure every possible contingency plan will be in place,” Rogers stated.   The commissioner clarified that the weather events the Reserve Corps will address are those “that have not reached the level requiring the activation of the Office of Emergency Management.”  And he reported last week, “I briefed the Office of Emergency Management, and they like the plan. In the event the OEM is activated, we will give them full supervisory control over the operations.” The commissioner and the Health Department have been working on the Reserve Corps idea for a year, in partnership with the Nutley Family Service Bureau and the Montclair Public Health Reserve Corps, which was launched in that town in 2007. In charge of the Montclair group is health educator Erica Abbruzzese, who is training the Nutley vols.  “We want them to know what is expected of them and what is expected of us for

the preparedness of them and their own families,” she said. That family preparedness, by the way, is something everyone might take into consideration before the next storm hits. To that end, Nutleyites can contact the Department of Public Affairs to obtain an informational checklist. Last Thursday evening, the department conducted a tabletop exercise with volunteers and staff personnel, “going over logistics, strategy, and other issues related to providing critical health care and other services to Nutley residents.” Volunteers will be given specific assignments and they will also serve as “our communications link between us and neighborhoods that are without electrical power,” Rogers noted. During Sandy, once the electrical grids failed, “we had no way to communicate with the public,” he said. “Streets were dark, there was no phone or Internet service, and people were scared for lack of information.” What Nutley will use in the event of a repeat crisis, the commisioner calls “an 18th-century method of communication.” According to an Aug. 20 press release, “TheDepartment of Public Affairs is organizing ‘neighborhood points of contact’ (NPOC) on each street.  When a power failure disrupts our township,” the Reserve Corps “will hand-deliver sheets of information to the NPOCs for dissemination in each neighborhood. If people need to be transported to a warming/cooling center, the

Health Department will get them the transportation. If they have needs that require the services of the other commissioners, that information will be passed onto them.” For the communications plan to work, though, literally hundreds of volunteers from all areas of town are needed specifically for that. A list is being compiled, with a target completion date of Oct. 1. Anyone willing to become a “point of contact” in their neighborhood during a power outage is asked to call Ann Marie Nicolette at Rogers’ office,  973-284-4976, or email her at anicolette@ Any resident who wishes to become a member of the overall Nutley Public Health Reserve Corps can contact Tom Restaino at 973284-4976 or email him at trestaino@nutleynj. org. As of last week, 25 Nutleyites had joined the Corps and Rogers anticipated more coming on board. Any Nutley citizen age 18 and older can volunteer for the Reserve Corps; they need not be health-care professionals. In addition to working at the warming/cooling centers, assistance is needed in a number of areas, including, but not limited to:  data entry, copying, filing, answering phones, security, transportation, translation, etc., etc. One other note, harkening back to those lost, storm-frightened dogs: The Reserve Corps is partnering with local veterinarians “in case we have to provide for animals,” Rogers said. Did we mention this plan is comprehensive?

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Officer Fabula encountered a “very agitated” who had initially taken Shaeed Epps, 36, whom the theft report, “recogregular readers of the nized him from past po- blotter will recall as havlice encounters,” Dowie ing no known address noted. Under his correct but who “visits” town identity, Danny Moon a regular basis. While rales, 35, of Newark, was being questioned, Epps charged with obstrucreportedly became more tion and theft as well as vocal and profane and on an outstanding warwas advised to “tone it rant from Newark. down,” as a crowd was gathering. Advised he Aug. 20 was being charged with While quelling a disdisorderly conduct, and pute on the 160 block of on an outstanding warKearny Ave. at 2:30 p.m., rant from Elizabeth, he P.O. John Fabula recogcontinued to be aggresnized one of the parties sive, police said, and it as someone wanted by took three officers to Kearny, confirmed the subdue him: Fabula, P.O. outstanding warrant and Sean Kelly and Chief arrested Miguel Fonseca, Dowie, who had come to 18, of Kearny, on that the scene as backup. warrant. Epps was then additionally charged with reAug. 21 sisting arrest and defiant Responding to anoth- trespass and was sent to er dispute in progress, the Hudson County Jail. this one at Afton St. and Kearny Ave. at 10 p.m., At 9 p.m., Officers KPD from

Brian Wisely and Frank West were following a speeding Chevy Impala on Rts. 1&9 in South Kearny when they witnessed the vehicle jump to the shoulder of the road and pass a tractortrailer on the right, causing the truck to slam on its brakes, police said. The Impala then veered off the highway and pulled into a parking lot off Campus Drive, where it was stopped. The officers reportedly detected the odor of marijuana and saw in the center console an open zipper pouch containing a plastic bag, which in turn contained 13 smaller bags of pot, police said. The driver, Robert Alcaide, 41, of Brooklyn, was charged with possession of pot and paraphernalia and with careless driving.

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Treetop Adventure Course reopens at Turtle Back Zoo Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. reopened the Treetop Adventure Course in the Essex County

South Mountain Recreation Complex, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, on Aug. 23. The original course was T: 11.5 in

closed last year after being severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The new course has been redesigned

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and expanded to include more climbing obstacles and a zip line for adults, and a junior course specially designed for children. “Climbing through the course is exciting and gives our visitors a unique experience 40 feet above the ground. We invite the public to come out and experience our newest adventure at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex,” DiVincenzo said. The original course was the first of its kind in New Jersey when it opened in 2011 and was a popular attraction for adults. The course has a variety of obstacles on which to climb, including rope and wood bridges, barrels, rope ladders and more. The obstacles in the new course are attached to telephone poles, which are expected to be sturdier than having them attached to trees, which was how the original course was designed.  The adult section of the course has 30 obstacles. Adult adventurers must be at least 54” tall and weigh no more than 250 pounds. The junior section of the course has 15 obstacles. Junior adventurers must be at least age 6 and weigh no more than 250 132708_6_v1 1

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pounds. Adventurers who just want to ride the zip line must weigh at least 60 lbs, be at least age 6 and weigh no more than 250 pounds. Admission for the course is as follows: $15 for juniors, $25 for the adult course, $10 for adults who just want to ride the zip line and $30 for adults who want to do the course and the zip line. Hours of operation are seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, the hours will be Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information or to make a reservation, call 973-731-5800, ext. 221. French and Parrello from Wall, designed the new attraction under an existing contract. Shauger Property Services of East Orange received a competitively bid contract for $1,719,131 to perform the construction work. The Essex County Department of Public Works monitored the project. Funding for the new course came from insurance reimbursement that the county received for the storm damage to the original course, the Essex County capital budget and a grant from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund.


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Regina Kowalski Dansker Juilliard Graduate, Retired Music Teacher Regina Kowalski Dansker, 87, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Aug.19. The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 10:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church at 11 a.m. Friends may call on Tuesday starting at 9:30 a.m. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit Born in Jersey City to the late Marion and Kamila Kowalski, Regina was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She graduated from Harrison High School, Montclair State College (1952) and the Juilliard School of Music (1947). Over the years Regina sang at many services held in churches and temples. Besides having a beautiful soprano voice, Regina also played the piano and violin. She taught vocal and instrumental music in the Chatham School district for over 30 years where she was affectionately known as “Miss K”. Regina was a kind, generous person who loved animals and donated to many charities. She will be greatly missed. Predeceased by her beloved husband Herman Dansker, her brothers Anthony, Bernard, Marion and Henry Kowalski, she is survived by her nephews and nieces, Gregory Kowalski and his wife Inez, Constance McDonough and her husband Raymond, Mark Kowalski and his wife Laure, Bernard Kowalski and his wife Shawn, Kenneth Kowalski and his wife Joanne, John Kowalski and Jean Vogt and her husband Gary. Regina is also survived by her great-nephews


and nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Bergen County Animal Shelter, or your local animal shelter or rescue in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Regina.

Thomas E. Leach Thomas E. Leach, of Kearny, died on Aug. 20 at home. He was 67. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, folElizabeth Grace Dittmyre lowed by burial at Holy Cross Elizabeth Grace Dittmyre, Cemetery. To leave an online 83, went to be with her Lord condolence please visit www. and Savior on Aug. 18. Elizabeth was born Aug. 13, Tom, unfortunately, was 1930, to William McDowall afflicted with a skin condition and Elizabeth Logan McDow- called Neurofibromatosis. He all in Kearny. never let this interfere with his Elizabeth was a devoted life. He confidently lived his wife and mother. She worked life with dignity. He worked at for local doctors in Kearny The Good Will in Harrison and where she and her husband prior to that worked at Macy’s Harry raised their family. She in Newark. lovingly crocheted blankets He is survived by his loving for many newborn babies in family, brothers Joseph Leach the community. and Robert Norman Leach In addition to her parents, and his sister Claudia Leach, 11 Elizabeth was preceded in nieces and nephews and eight death by her loving husband great-nieces and nephews, of 64 years, Harry Dittmyre, along with his Calvary Chapel and two sons William and family here in Kearny. His sisRobert Dittmyre. Survivors in- ter Theresa Faull predeceased clude her son Bruce Dittmyre him. (Jilla), daughter Laurie Bonilla If you care to make a me(Carlos), grandchildren morial contribution, please Christine, John and Lauren, consider Calvary Chapel, c/o and a sister-in-law, Selina Wait the funeral home. (George). Arrangements were by Roberto Sanz Hayworth-Miller Funeral Roberto Sanz, beloved Home, Inc., Winston-Salem, husband of Maria Elena (nee N.C. A funeral service was DeArmas), died Aug. 21 in St. held on Aug. 22 at HayworthMichael’s Medical Center, Miller Silas Creek Chapel Newark. He was 83. Born in with James Beatty and Jerry Cuba, he lived in Kearny for 30 Isaacs officiating. A private years. graveside service was held on Arrangements were by the Aug. 23 at Parklawn Memorial Armitage and Wiggins FuPark, Winston-Salem. Memoneral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., rial donations may be made Kearny. A funeral Mass was to Christian Missionaries in held on Aug. 24 in St. Cecilia’s Many Lands, CMML, Inc., P.O. Church, Kearny, followed by Box 13, Spring Lake, N.J. 07762- burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. 0013 or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condoSal Viscuso lences may be made at www. Sal Viscuso, of Kearny, passed away on Aug. 23 just weeks away from his 99th

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birthday celebration. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, and the group will leave at 11:30 a.m. for Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel for the funeral service. Entombment, with his beloved wife Fae, will follow. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins. com. Sal, a prominent Kearny realtor, owned Mid Realty for many years. He was past president of The Arlington Board of Realtors, The Optimist Club and The Lyons Club, of which

he was also a founding member. He was also a member of The Holy Name Society at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Sal was predeceased by the love of his life, Fae (nee Lacara), and is survived by his children and their spouses, Dr. Ronald Viscuso (Kim) and Dr. Nancy Hudanich (Jim), and was the grandfather of Cara Tozour (Tom), Lara Viscuso, Marc Viscuso, esq. (Angie), Dr. Ronald Hudanich (Lori), Micol Viscuso, Elissa Troisi and Jackie Troisi.  Also surviving are nine grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Wounded Warriors Project.

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT N. Arlington 1 bedroom apt. for 1 person. No Pets. $950 utilities included. Close to transportation. Available September 1st. Call 201-998-5476. NORTHARLINGTON5rm apartment, 2nd fl $275/month. plus utiltities 1-1/2 months security. Hardwood floors, freshly painted, upgraded kitchen. 551-580-1492.

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BELLEVILLE BELLEVILLE Updated 2nd floor Apartment. 2 Bedrooms, Kitchen, LR, DR, Plus Extra Room with Many Posibilities. (973)986-7848 If No Answer Leave Message, We speak Spanish. BELLEVILLE 1 bedroom. Available now. Utilities separate. No smoking. No pets. 1-1/2 months security. Please leave message (973)202-1919 BELLEVILLE 1 BR $884 H/HW Inc. No Pets. Call 201-450-1370. BELLEVILLE 3 Bedrooms. 3rd floor. and 1 bedroom on 2nd Fl. Available. No pets. Call Mike 9am-6pm (201)994-5056 or (201)991-9857 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

KEARNY Small Studo $700/month Ht/Hw included 1 1/2 month security. Call Super between 11am-8pm (201)998-9006.

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Busy Lyndhurst Real Estate office seeks professional FULL-TIME Front desk Administrator. Hours are Monday - Friday 9am-5pm Candidate should possess excellent communication and oraganizational skills as well as abiliy to multitask. Heavy phone volume throughout the day. Bi-lingual a Plus. Strong computer skills. MLS experience a Plus! Please e-mail your resume to


CONSECUTIVELY HARRISON HARRISON 218 Jersey Street. 2nd floor 2 bedroom apartment. $975 1-1/2 security +utilities, Parking. Available now. (973)578-4599 HARRISON 26 KINGSLAND AVE. 2nd floor 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, kitchen. 1-1/2 month security + utilities. No Pets. Available now. (973)477-4797 HARRISON 2nd floor 1 bedroom apartment. No pets. 1-1/2 months security. Available now. (201)998-3722 (201)991-8453, day. HARRISON 3rd floor, 1 bedroom, heat supplied. No pets. No smoking. Close to PATH. 1 month security. $900/month. Available September 1st. (973)484-9694 HARRISON 5 Large Rooms. Furnished. $1150 + Utilities. Near PATH & NJIT Shuttle. (973)484-7271 HARRISON Completely renovated. 2 Bedroom apt, dishwasher. Utilities not included. 1-1/2 months security. $1300/month. Available September 1st. No pets. (917)776-0607 after 5pm HARRISON Modern 1 bedroom apt. Private entrance, quiet and clean. Includes refrigerator. No pets. $750 plus utilities. Security & lease (862)223-9974 HARRISON- 1st Floor Apt. 2 bedrooms, LV, Kitchen. No. Pets. $950 + Utilities. 1-1/2/Month Security Deposit. Available Sept. 15th. 973-585-4113.

N. ARLINGTON N. Arlington 4 room apartment on 2nd floor of a 2 family, with deck. One bedroom. Use of backyard. Will accept a pet. All utilities included. Available Sept. 1st. 201-772-8592. N.ARLINGTON Studio Apt. For 1 person. Heat and Hot water Supplied. No pets. 1-1/2 months security. $600/month. (201)401-0488. N.ARLINGTON 3 bedroom, LR/DR. Kitchen, Bath. $1300 + utilities. 1 Month Security. No pets. (201)745-8132 N.ARLINGTON 4 room apt. $1100/month. Pay own utilities. Avail. Oct. 1st. 201-376-1324 or 201-955-0750. N.ARLINGTON Recently Renovated 3 bedroom apt. $1300 + Utilities. Central Air/Heat. 1 parking space. Available Sept. 1st. (201)966-8095 N.ARLINGTON Three large modern rooms, one bedroom 2nd floor. Hardwood floors. Tile kitchen, Laundry facilities. HT/HW supplied. Close to NY trans. No dogs. (973)714-2368

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LYNDHURST 1 bedroom apt. Near NYC transportation. Nice area. $1100/month. 1 month security. No pets. Available now. (201)460-0119.

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FURNISHED ROOM KEARNY Furnished sleeping room for single person. Smoke-free, drug-free. Close to transportation. 304 Chestnut Street. Security required. (201)207-8029 KEARNY furnished room, utilities included, No Smoking, great location 201-697-0541.


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Family owned metal distributor seeks ambitious full time warehouse worker with forklift experience to ship, receive, sort scrap metal, repackage pallets & operate a front end loader(will train). Handy in maintenance of building & equipment. Pay $15/hr with health and pension plan. Fax resume to 201-998-0769 or email: Full time or Part time apply in person Arlington Pizza 25 Schuyler Ave. North Arlington. Foodtown Shopping Center.

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Logged on the Harrison Police blotter Aug. 25 At 2:27 a.m., while on patrol along Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. North at Hamilton St., police said an officer spotted a 2006 Jeep sticking out in the road with a man asleep in the driver’s seat and the motor running. Police said the officer shut off the ignition, grabbed the keys and roused the driver, Luis D. Fangacio, 25, of East Newark. After further investigation, police arrested Fangacio on a DUI charge.

Aug. 24 At 3:08 a.m., while on patrol near the PATH station, police said an officer was flagged down by an individual standing on the north side of the street near what appeared to be a two-car accident. One of the drivers told police he’d stopped for a red light at Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. South and Guyon Drive and, when the light turned green, he started to move forward but, while accelerating, he was hit from behind by the second vehicle, operated by Neicer Cerezo-Macias, 46, of Kearny.

After an investigation, police issued Cerezo-Macias two summonses charging him with careless driving and DWI.

pedestrian, who was carrying a cellular phone, to catch up to them at Warren and Fifth Sts. As he approached, he greeted the trio, saying, “Good evening,” only to be accosted Aug. 23 by one of them, described as Police are investigating an about 5-feet-10, 145 pounds, apparent mugging reported wearing a long white T-shirt shortly after 1 a.m. on Fifth St. and red sweatpants, who said, A witness told police he was walking north on Fifth St., “Give me your phone,” the witcoming from the PATH station, ness told police. As all three men surrounded when he saw three black men him, the pedestrian began to in their early 20s walking behind a pedestrian ahead of him. scream and the three men ran Police said the witness to a dark-colored car waiting told them that the three men for them at Washington and slowed down, waiting for the Warren Sts., got inside and

drove south on Washington St. Police checked the area but found no one.

In an Aug. 23 press release, the Lottery said that Barbara Matta and Karl Herkert quietly claimed their prize on Aug. 2 after producing the winning

ticket purchased at Dollar Subs on Elm St. in Kearny. The winning ticket had a “cash value” of $13 million and a “net ticket value” of more than

visit Atlantic City for some fun. The Lottery contributes at least 30% of its revenues back to the state to support educational programs and institutions.

Aug. 22 At 11:47 p.m., police said an officer on patrol at Harrison Ave. and Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. observed a 2005 grey Dodge with its lights not operating. The officer then stopped the vehicle and discovered that the driver, Juvaughn Bonney, 24, of Newark, had what appeared to be a rolled marijuana cigarette. Bonney was arrested on a charge of possession of drugs. – Ron Leir

Mega Millions prize claimed by Kearny duo A Kearny couple has claimed the $19 million Mega Millions jackpot prize from the July 26 drawing, it was announced by the N.J. Lottery.

$9.4 million. Matta and Herkert, described by The Lottery as a “longtime couple,” plan to get married soon but first, they intended to

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