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By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent NUTLEY – The first time we drove past the township well on Vincent Place, we thought it was a horse trough and, thus, it mystified us, horses being somewhat scarce in these parts. When this was mentioned to Dr. Joseph Scarpelli, Commissioner of Public Works, he sounded slightly appalled. “A horse trough?” he repeated, with just a hint of pity for the clueless person (me) who so described it. Hey! (Hay?) I was new to the area, coming from Brooklyn, where there were no wells at all, as far as I knew. (But it did have more horses). A large rectangular metal bin holding water reminds me of a horse trough. The commissioner’s reaction was indicative of the affection with which Nutleyites hold the well. And rightly so. For it has been producing clear, clean, cold water for the residents’ consumption for nearly three decades. Water that I am told is better than anything sold in stores. And it is absolutely free. At no matter what hour you passed the site, no matter what time of year, it seemed that there was always someone, or several someones, at the pump, filling up containers see WELL page

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By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – s Kearny – and the nation – prepares to mark the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy that killed nearly 3,000 civil-

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ians, public safety workers and the terrorists who staged the attacks, once again, it is the Pioneer Boys & Girls Club of America that is donating the memorial flags for the observance. Those 9/11 remembrance

flags will be raised on Friday, Sept. 6, (after a 1:30 p.m. ceremony at the 9/11 memorial at Kearny High School stadium) at the town’s six elementary schools and KHS in memory of the nation’s dead, including the seven victims from Kearny – Antonio Rocha,

George Strauch, Antoinette Duger, Patrick Dickinson, Michael Robuthan, Judith A. Reese and Thomas Sullivan – along with the first-responders who perished trying to save others. see PIONEERS page

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Scorecard needed to track fall changes By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent NUTLEY – Public school students in Nutley may be blinking twice when they start the fall term on Wednesday, Sept. 4 That’s because they’ll be seeing several new administrators and teachers around the district, along with a host

of new educational resources – books and technology – designed to strengthen their learning curve. Another surprise in store is the start of an “inclusion preK” program, being launched on a pilot basis, in the district. And, later this month, the entire school community figures to see a new face on the Nutley Board of Education to

replace trustee Victoria Flynn, who has moved with her family out of the township. Also: on Aug. 26, the BOE hired a new general counsel, Schenck, Price, Smith & King with offices in Paramus and Florham Park, replacing Frank Pomaco of Belleville. Mark Zitomer and Joanne Butler from the new firm will be assigned to Nutley.

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BELLEVILLE –  n the 1990s, law enforcement authorities report, Essex County led the nation in car thefts. Due to improved vehicle security systems, it has become more difficult for an amateur to steal an unattended car. That’s the good news. The bad news: Because of that difficulty, there has been an increase in carjackings, the number of such crimes growing steadily each year. The Essex carjacking tally for 2009 was just over 200. It now stands at more than 400 per year countywide. In a new effort to deter would-be carjackers, federal, state and county officials have announced a joint initiative “aimed at raising awareness of the serious consequences carjackers face.” At a press conference launching the project, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said, “Carjacking terrorizes victims and the communities in which they live and work. The penalty for these crimes is appropriately tough. Carjackers prosecuted federally can face decades in prison, far from home, in a system with no parole.” Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray noted: “Carjacking is not the same as taking a stolen car for a joyride. When you pull out a gun and demand someone’s vehicle, that is a serious crime and the penalties are severe... “We want to send that message to young people who sometimes seem to view carjacking as nothing more than a theft.”

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To get that message across, there will be billboards and bus placards posted, and flyers distributed. Additionally, local police departments in Essex are being brought on board. Last month, the Belleville PD joined the initiative, along with East Orange and Irvington. Participating departments will have one or more officers serving on the Carjacking Task Force established in 2010 by the county Prosecutor’s Office and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. Fishman and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura were among the officials participating in the awareness-initiative press conference, held in Newark on Aug. 19. Murray’s office maintains a Special Prosecutions Unit focusing on carjacking. It reports that among the suspects indicted in recent weeks were two 19-year-olds from East Orange, one accused of a carjacking in Belleville in October 2012. The other, indicted on knowingly receiving a stolen 2006 Toyota Corolla, is also charged with fleeing when the

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Belleville police attempted to stop him. In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been working with investigators and prosecutors at the federal, state and local levels “to select carjacking cases that are appropriate for federal prosecution.” Fishman’s office cited the tough sentencing guidelines when a carjacking or attempted carjacking is prosecuted on the federal level: a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison; 25 years if serious bodily injury results; and life in prison or the federal death penalty if death results. In Federal Court, using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence carries a minimum consecutive term of five years in prison if a firearm is possessed, seven years if a firearm is brandished, 10 years if a firearm is discharged and a maximum of life in prison. And, as Fishman emphasized, there is no parole in the federal system. The billboards and placards will focus on the “hard time” the convicted carjacker faces. However, although Belleville is

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now part of the initiative, there are no current plans to place a billboard here, a spokesperson for Murray’s office told The Observer. Belleville might take some comfort in that, since, we were advised, the billboards are being placed in the communities “with the highest number of carjackings”: Newark, Irvington and East Orange. Authorities also had words of caution for the potential carjacking victim. A statement issued in conjunction with the initiative’s launch noted: “These crimes [most often] occur in the early morning hours and late at night. Sometimes they involve high-end cars, but very often modestly priced vehicles are targeted.” And Murray commented: “In addition to putting would-be criminals on notice, we want to alert the public to be cautious. “Don’t leave the keys in your car even to run in and drop the baby off at the babysitter’s. “Don’t leave your doors unlocked as you drive around. “Be alert. Be smart.”

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Death knell for postal station? By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY –

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he post office on Kearny Ave., known as the West Hudson Station, has been closed since Aug. 1 as the result of a plumbing mishap from the apartment above and now the U.S. Postal Service is considering shutting it down

seems to contradict the notice posted by the town Construction Code Office which says that the first floor apartment is deemed unsafe to occupy. A separate hand-printed sign placed in the postal station window says the office is closed until further notice. Jeff Murphy, a 26-year postal employee and shop steward for the N.J. American Postal

to do that – although Flood said that the Post Office “has reached out to various companies” for repairs. The landlord didn’t return a phone message. In the meantime, postal customers have been advised, in the letter from Batten, that they can now pick up their mail at the Midland Ave. facility, “located 1.3 miles away,” between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. “No final decision to permanently discontinue the [Kearny Ave.] Post Office has been made; however, the West Hudson Station is being studied for permanent closure,” the Batten letter advised customers. Elaborating, Flood said that Northern N.J. District postal

officials initiated its discontinuance study Aug. 16 and they are expected to take 70 days to complete it. They’ll consider such factors as whether alternate services “are available at a convenient location,” and the volume of “foot traffic” handled by the West Hudson Station, Flood said. Stamps see POSTAL page

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News from the Kearny Police blotter Last week’s Kearny Police Department blotter contained yet another reminder to residents to lock their cars when they park. This week, Chief John Dowie would like to remind them to also turn off their vehicles. At around 9 p.m. on Aug. 27, police said, a 30-year-old Kearny man parked his 2005 Infiniti on Kearny Ave. near Dukes St., leaving it unlocked – and with the motor running – while he went on a personal errand. He returned to find the Infiniti heading north on the avenue. It was last seen making a left on Patterson St. In addition to the car, the thief got a bonus, the owner’s wallet, which had been left in the car. Police searched the area but could not find the Infiniti. It has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a stolen vehicle.

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Arrested was 26-year-old Kearny resident Piero DuilioSoto, charged with: eluding police; resisting arrest; hinderAug. 22 ing apprehension; possession At 4:45 p.m., the Vice Squad of pot; possession of parapherobserved an individual they nalia; reckless driving, and opdescribed as a known offender erating a motor vehicle while apparently engaging in a drug in possession of a CDS. transaction on Woodland Ave. They stopped his car at At 9 p.m., Vice was back on Kearny Ave., but when they the road and had under surveillance another man known exited their own vehicle, he to them, parked in a secluded “took off at a high rate of area near Clark St. When he speed,” heading to Devon St., back to Woodland and then to exited the vehicle and the officers approached to interChestnut St., discarding two view him, he began “fiddling plastic bags along the way, police said. These were found with the gas cap,” apparently attempting to conceal a plastic and reportedly contained bag. In the vehicle, police said, marijuana. they found a plastic shopping Patrol units converged on the area, and the suspect’s car bag containing four “pillowwas stopped by Sgt. Charles sized” plastic bags filled with Smith on Kearny Ave. near marijuana. Grove St. Police said the man Richard Mohammed, 27, of refused to get out, had to be Jamaica, Queens, was arrested removed forcibly and was and charged with: possession of more than 50 grams of the wrestled to the ground.

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Protecting Kearny first-aiders By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – everal underground oil storage tanks that were removed from municipal properties in Kearny years ago are still giving the town conniptions. Town Administrator Michael Martello said that remediation efforts focused on contamination from those tanks – and possibly other sources – are being undertak-

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jobs, Toper said that after several underground tanks were lifted out of the ground outside Firehouse 2 on Kearny Ave., “there was some very minimal [oil] contamination in the soil left behind.” At the time the tanks were taken out and some of the contaminated soil was removed, “the backfill used to fill the holes wasn’t totally clean because recycled concrete was used,” Toper said. That issue was corrected by putting down an asphalt

At the same time, Toper said, “we’re also pumping out groundwater every month or so to help remediate that source of contamination so we’re working on two fronts.” Toper said that traces of perchlorethylene, a dry cleaning fluid, was found in groundwater samples, which, he said, could be traceable to a dry cleaner shop around the

corner on Kearny Ave., “but benzene, an oil derivative, is the main contaminant.” Asked whether members of the squad could have been harmed from fumes from the contaminants, Toper said that from testing air samples from “the occupied portion” of the squad building, “we didn’t get much contamination” and, because the primary environ-

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en by the town’s environmental consultants, Hatch Mott MacDonald of Freehold. That work has been completed at the Kearny Ave. firehouse near the East Newark border but is continuing at the EMS First Aid Squad at Liberty and Maple Sts., according to Dan Toper, a vice president with HMM. Martello said the town knew about the contamination “once it took the 2,000-gallon storage tanks out of the ground” in the late 1990s but, essentially, “sat with it” until the state Department of Environmental Protection came out with new regulations dealing with cleanups arising from the removal of such tanks. Municipalities were required to retain LSRPs (Licensed Site Remediation Professionals) to oversee those cleanups and Kearny designated HMM as its LSRP, Martello said. Elaborating on the Kearny

pavement over the affected areas, he said. While the soil underneath the cap “exceeds the soil cleanup standards for the state,” the asphalt cap suffices for protection so that “everything is safe for the people around there,” Toper said. At the First Aid Squad facility, Toper said that “a little more [soil] contamination and groundwater contamination” was detected. “We had to do indoor air testing and we found that the indoor air had a little bit of contamination over the trigger numbers, causing us to put in an indoor air mitigation system, similar to a typical home radon detection system.” That mechanism, Toper explained, “creates a negative pressure under the building and any soil vapor that may be present gets pulled out by the system and prevents the indoor air from being contaminated from the groundwater below.”

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very day the civilian casualties mount in war-torn Syria, with an estimated 1,000 deaths blamed on chemical weapons, allegedly used by the Assad regime, or so we’re told by President Obama. The President wants to send “a shot across the bow” to show the U.S. means business when we say we’re horrified that a government would gas its own citizens to stay in power. And Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Union City) has got the President’s back, saying that while it’s nice to try and saddle up Congress for the ride, he shouldn’t wait too long for a consensus before firing those missiles. Maybe don’t even wait for the U.N. inspectors to document the deadly deed before

striking, the congressman suggested. Congressional Republicans and many Democrats – recalling how lawmakers were misled by previous administrations into deadly forays into Iraq and Vietnam – are demanding that the President show convincing proof that the Assad government plotted to use sarin gas against insurgents. In Russia, Putin – who has been an ally of Assad – says nothing while the British Parliament rejects the Prime Minister’s call to arms. Meanwhile, the numbers of the dead in Syria continue to rise, with an estimated 100,000 people having been killed in the two years that the country’s civil war has raged. That ugly fact, alone, should rouse the international community into action to stop the

bloodshed and destruction of cities. But this isn’t the first time that empty words have greeted wanton acts of violence and the slaughter of innocents around the globe. Remember Rawanda, the former Yugoslavia, the government-sanctioned indiscriminate sexual attacks on women in Somalia (even Doctors Without Borders have abandoned that country out of fear of lawlessness), the drug cartels’ killings in Mexico and elsewhere, the gassing of millions of Jews, political dissidents and gypsies in Nazi Germany, all the way back to the Crusades. Geopolitical experts predict that any blow struck by the U.S. against Syria could ignite a powder keg in the region, with Iran poised to invade Israel as a retaliatory move and Syria’s neighbors warring

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on ethnic lines. Many Americans, fed up with hopeless and costly military interventions and what they perceive as too many senseless deaths of U.S. military personnel, say that we should give up the notion of being the world’s policeman, that we shouldn’t be sticking our nose into other nations’ business. Of course, with technology making the world smaller all the time, it will hardly be a surprise to Syria’s government if the U.S. decides to send that “warning shot” from one of our carriers in the region. With all the posturing going on by both sides, the whole controversy has taken on the trappings of a promotion for a WBC championship bout. In the end, though, neither side will be a “winner” from more killing; we can talk all

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we want about implanting the ideals of democracy in Syria, Egypt, Iraq or Afghanistan but the roots of ethnic divisiveness seem so deep in that part of the world that American military intervention alone – even assuming the best of intentions – may simply be misguided and lead to even more tragic consequences. If we really want “stability” in the Middle East, is it going to be accomplished through the threat of U.S. military force and the workings of the CIA? Or should we continue to hope for – in the spirit of Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations concept – and work toward global cooperation among nations to achieve world peace? Take your pick. – Ron Leir

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Kearny’s Marty Nystrom, who helps organize the annual event, credits the Pioneers, not only for their steadfast support of the annual event, but for a host of worthy causes to which the organization contributes, ranging from scholarships for Kearny residents to attend Hudson County Community College to donations to the West Hudson Arts & Theatre (W.H.A.T.) troupe. “I was in the Pioneers, myself, as a kid,” Nystrom recalled. “They always emphasized patriotism.” Although the group has been inactive for perhaps the last 15 years, the club’s advisory board still maintains a trust account built up from past dues and property sales – which, according to board treasurer Phil Johnston, is hovering at around $300,000. And, from that closely monitored fund, the seven-member board, headed currently by Ann Lindenfelser, dispenses contributions to charitable and/or civic endeavors. Last year, for example, the club provided the West Hudson Scholarship Committee with a $50,000 endowment designed to give high-achieving Kearny students an opportunity to attend HCCC. A web history of the Pioneers reports that the fledgling organization actually took root in East Newark in spring

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Pioneer boys practice first-aid in October 1940.

1928 at the North Reformed Church Mission Building, affiliated with the Dutch North Reformed Church in Newark, with its focus on organizing activities for kids ages eight to 12, as a prelude to Boy Scouts. The organizers, led by Herbert Brookall, settled on the name, “Pioneer Boys of America.” Boys who became members wore uniforms of khaki pants, brown shirt with white buttons, black tie and sailor hat, and paid five cents a week in dues. At each meeting, they recited an oath and took a pledge to live respect-

able lives. Within a year, the club had expanded to include Kearny and Harrison and, by 1931, its activities were centered in Kearny where the “troops” of

boys marched in the “Decoration Day” (now Memorial Day) Parade, eventually, forming a drum, fife and bugle corps, and participating in other parades in the region.

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In 1931, the Pioneers – whose territory now included North Arlington – set up their first summer camp in an apple orchard in Preakness. Later, the campgrounds moved to Bayshore on Barnegat Bay, and then, to a 52-acre property in Smithsburg where the boys and their adult leaders built a mess hall, concrete swimming pool and administration building. With the advent of World War II, and with so many adult leaders being called for active duty, the Pioneers sold their camp and purchased a twostory building at the Belleville Pike and Chestnut St. in North Arlington that they converted into offices, multi-purpose room with stage, kitchen, dining area and recreation room with a safety rifle range and miniature car track. As the war continued, the Pioneers sold their Youth Center but established a First Aid Emergency Unit for Civil see PIONEERS page

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Cinderella audition location changed W.H.A.T. (West Hudson Arts and Theater Co.) will hold auditions for “Cinderella” on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in St. Stephen’s Church basement, 141 Washington Ave., Kearny, due to construction on the group’s theater. No experience, membership or fee is required to audition. Actors must be at least 16 years old to audition for all but ensemble roles for production. Download

the audition form at whatco. org, complete it and bring it with you when you audition.  Copies of the form will also be available at the audition.  Show Dates: November 8-17 For full character breakdowns, sides, music and vocal ranges, visit whatco.org and download the Cinderella Audition Information Packet. The singing in this show is very simple with ranges barely over an octave.   You may sing a song from the packet

or bring music (1 minute or less). Everyone must read from the sides and sing for this audition – dancing not required. Character Breakdown: Cinderella (F/17+): Requires an actress who can convey Cinderella’s conviction and her inner beauty. Stepmother (F/25+): Requires some light singing, so the group is looking for a stronger actor versus singer. Mice: (each doubles in

Academic merit Local residents achieved academic honors at the following schools: Students who made the Dean’s List at Caldwell College were: Shannon Scariff, Jessica Scarpelli, Gianna Veniero, Joseph O’Donnell, Heather Gebhart and Lisa De Coma, all of Belleville; Ayro Jay Batilaran, Caitlin Miller, Alexandra Hackett, Tiffany Deleon, Bryan Rickoski,

Chistine Cordi, Dana Pezzino, Marina Maret, Nicholas Manning, Debbie Trujillo and Nora Deza, all of Bloomfield; Frank Pavolic, Cynthia Viveros and Catarina Martins, all of Kearny; Burcu Kulaksiz and Lauren Jarvis, both of Lyndhurst; Jessica Amador and Gianna Grilla, both of North Arlington; and Gerard Lambrugo, Kaitlyn Kazalunas, Nicholas Rizzi, Philip Bruno,

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ensemble): Perla (F/16+), Jaq (M/16), Lisa (F/16), Gus (M/16+). Fairy Godmother (F/35+): Must portray the maturity of a maternal figure The King (M/35+): Requires an actor who can portray the stature of a king and the caring of a father. This role doubles in the ensemble. The Prince (M/17+): actor who can portray the Prince’s longing as he searches for Cinderella. This role may

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tunity for young athletes to get a preventative screening at no cost that will help protect them from injury or illness on the athletic field,” said Dr. Frank Mazzarella, vice president of the medical staff at CMMC. Mom Gabriela Costa of Nutley brought her two sons, ages 10 and 11, to the screening on Aug. 17 before they began their fall sports season. Alison Mackey of Verona brought her 9-year-old son who plays recreation football. Other children showed up in their soccer uniforms. At the event, which was held in the Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center, nurses were available to give complimentary blood pressure screenings to parents. Gabriela Costa of Nutley, brought her two sons, ages 10 and 11. Parents who Though the line moved brought their children also got complimentary blood pressure screenings and quickly, light refreshments were given information about concussions and cardiac health. and comfortable seating was available for participating

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FALL TERM from employees on sick or maternity leave, some are filling positions vacated through retirements, and others are reflective of growth in elementary school enrollment,” Lazovick said. The past few years, Lazovick said, “we went, generally, from three sections to four sections in our primary [K to 3] grades at Lincoln, Washington and Yantacaw schools. We had what we thought, was a bubble. Well, it was no bubble. Enrollment has continued to grow.” So, where it was deemed necessary, more teaching staff were hired to accommodate the additional classes to prevent overcrowding in those three schools, Lazovick said. Meanwhile, the superintendent has found new players to take charge of key supervisory posts. At the John Walker Middle School, for example, a new tandem of Tracy Egan as the new principal, and Michael Sullivan, as the new vice principal, take over. Egan, who has been with the district nearly 15 years, served as Middle School vice principal for the past three

years, while Sullivan previously taught social studies for the Colts Neck public school system. Nutley High School gets a new junior (10-month) assistant principal in Alphonso Gonnella, formerly a history teacher for the BridgewaterRaritan Regional School District. James Riley replaces Michael Cundari as coordinator of fine and performing arts (Cundari has relocated to Florida) and Robyn Powell has been named coordinator of health and physical education. And Theresa Schiffenhaus, who was the interim director of special services, is now full-time director, while Helen Doyle-Marino has been upgraded from special services teacher to supervisor of special services. Then there are the new instructional supports: As Lazovick has alerted parents on the Nutley school district web site, “For the coming year, every classroom K-12 will open with new mathematics materials. These were selected by a group of parents, teachers and administrators and members of the Board of Education through a 6-month process of

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Belleville residents can have their confidential and sensitive documents safely shredded and recycled for free on Community Shred Day on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Senior Center parking lot, 125 Franklin Ave. Participants must provide proof of residency. Bring documents in paper bags or cardboard boxes weighing no more than 10 lbs. (limit: five bankers boxes per person). No binders or magazines. Plan to arrive early as this event will end prior to noon if the shredding truck reaches capacity.

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Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces its schedule for its Afternoon at the Movies programs: Mondays – Sept. 2 – library closed; Sept. 9 – “Alice” (PG-13) (Mia Farrow); Sept. 16 – “A Good Day to Die Hard” (R) (Bruce Willis); Sept. 23 – “Cutter’s Way” (R) (Jeff Bridges); and Sept. 30 – “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” (PG-13) (Tony Randall). Thursdays – Sept. 5 – “The Lady Killers” (NR) (Alec Guinness); Sept. 12 – “Lay the Favorite” (R) (Bruce Willis); Sept. 19 – “Killing Them Softly” (R) (Brad Pitt); and Sept. 26 – “The Horse’s Mouth” (NR) (Alec Guinness). Films for both programs start at 12:15 p.m. Admission is free. Attorney Meghan K. Gulczynski conducts a free seminar on domestic violence and restraining orders on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at the library. For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502

Register now for a twohour resume workshop at the library on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. Optional one-on-one sessions will be available after class. You must attend the workshop to sign up for the individual tutoring. To register, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502  

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Parents of children up to 36 months can read, sing and play with their child at Little Ones Learning at Harrison Public Library, 415 Harrison Ave. The program will be held Tuesdays, starting Sept. 10, at 10:30 a.m. No registration is necessary; but space is limited to the first 15 children.

Kearny

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 201-997-9371, 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. Register for Kearny Adult School from Sept. 9 to 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the main office at Kearny High School, 336 Devon St. Brochures are available at The Observer, Kearny Public Library or the Board of Education Office, 100 Davis Ave. For more information, call 201-955-1392.

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. Tables are still available for $15 or two for $25 for a flea market (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and health screening (9 to 11 a.m.) at Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information, call the church office at 201991-5894. West Hudson Detachment, Marine Corps League, 286 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, hosts an SOS Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under age 12.   For more information, contact Al Frater 201-906-1197 or email at teanal@optonline.net. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave.

Lyndhurst

 The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission announces the following events: A two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise will be held on Sept. 6, 10, 12 and 16 at 6 p.m. and Sept.7 at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $15 per person; the event is for ages 10 and up. The cruise departs from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. A three-hour guided canoe trip is offered on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8:30 a.m. The trip, for ages 10 and older, leaves from Mill Creek Point Park, Secaucus. Cost is $15 per person. Pre-registration is

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required. For more information or to register for these events, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/tours.html  or call 201-460-4640. Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., will offer these programs: “Walk-in Storytime,” grades pre-k to 2, every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required; “Fall Storytime,” ages 3 to 4 1/2, Thursdays beginning Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is open until Sept. 13; “Special Craft” to celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, for grades pre-k to 3, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.; registration is required; and “Autumn Wreath Craft,” for grades 1 to 4, Monday, Sept. 30, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. To register, call 201-804-2478. Glenn LeBoeuf of www. newlethistorylive.net lectures on “Failure at Gettysburg: 15 Decisions that Doomed the Confederacy” at the library on Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Registration is necessary.  Contact the library at 201-8042478, ext. 7, or e-mail romeo@ bccls.org to register. The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a two-part program, “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage,” at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 18 and 25, 6 to 8 p.m.  Registration is necessary.  To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 973-586-4300. Clara Maass Medical Center hosts a breakfast forum on vaccination options for adults at the Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave.,

Suite 1, on Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Call 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat. Free chair yoga, hosted by YMCA Meadowlands Area, will resume following the seminar at 11:30 a.m.

Little and Pannella got Bachelors of Science and Perri, a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Alyssa Musso of Belleville received a Juris Doctor Degree from Widener Law Delaware Campus, Wilmington, Del. Sandeena Ahmed of Bloomfield and Palak Patel of North Arlington received degrees from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. Ahmed earned a Bachelor of Arts and Patel

earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Catherine Fitzmaurice of Nutley and Elizabeth Goetzl of Lyndhurst both earned undergraduate degrees from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va. Christopher Hood of Belleville and Alicia Orsino and Carly Quirk of Nutley graduated from Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pa.

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American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37, 222 River Rd., will meet on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. For more information, call 201214-8253.

Nutley

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” will be shown during Nutley’s “Drivein Movie Night” in Municipal Park Lot 1, William Street (east side of Franklin Avenue) on Friday, Sept. 6 (Rain date: Thursday, Sept. 12). Reservations are required. Lot opens at 6:30 p.m. and movie begins after dark. Admission: $15 per car (limited to the first 100 cars). Call the Department of Public Works at 973-284-4959 to reserve a spot. Play Bridge at Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. No registration is required. No registration is required for Conversational ESL classes, Wednesdays at 10 a.m., at the library. Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meet weekly at the library at 1 p.m. Bring your own supplies.  The library hosts Dungeons and Dragons meet-ups on Thursdays, Sept. 12 and 26, at 7 p.m. For more information on library programs, call 973-6670405.

Local residents earn degrees Kevin Lipat of Bloomfield and Radha Shah of Belleville received Bachelor of Science degrees in pharmaceutical and health-care studies from the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. Both will continue on a path towards a doctor of pharmacy degree. Jescy Rodriguez of North Arlington earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and mass communication from Morningside

College, Sioux City, Iowa. Jennifer Young of Bloomfield received a master’s degree in occupational therapy at St. Francis University, Loretto, Pa. Leticia Rivera of Bloomfield earned a B.A. from Dominican College, Orangeburg, N.Y. The following graduated from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn.: Robert Avallon of Bloomfield – B.S. from the Dolan School of Business,

Anne Coyle of North Arlington – B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences, Daniel Hughes of Nutley – B.S. from the Dolan School of Business; Nicholas Rizzo of Bloomfield – B.S. from the Dolan School of Business. Natisha Little of Bloomfield, Alexandra Perri of Kearny and Oscar Pannella of Nutley received degrees from Centenary College, Hackettstown.

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“prepare young men for life,” eventually, embraced girls as Defense. part of its membership. In 1968, a bill signed by thenThe Pioneers were clearly Gov. Richard Hughes permitmodeled after the Boy Scouts ted Kearny to sign a 99-year but differed, according to lease with the Pioneers for use Johnston, in that they were of a property at 600 Elm St. as “less discipline oriented.” its headquarters. The building A Pioneer as a youth, from has since fallen into disrepair 1958 to 1964, Johnston later but contains some of the club’s went on to become a volunteer artifacts. troop leader at Kearny’s WashAdvisory board trustee and ington School. Yes, he said, former board president Ken kids still wore uniforms and Lindenfelser said the Pioneers recited the Pioneers “creed,” “were founded on a strong but the focus at weekly meetbelief in patriotism” and, ings was primarily on “learnwhile its initial mission was to ing skills and recreation.” PIONEERS from

“Our troop did stuff like practicing first aid, semaphoring, knot-tieing, canoeing on the Delaware, camping in Stokes State Forest and at the military base in Washington, D.C., and trips to the Statue of Liberty and the submarine base in Connecticut,” Johnston recalled, smiling. “We’d get 30 kids in three vans and take off.” Starting in the late ‘70s, unfortunately, the club ran into what became an insurmountable problem when “we just couldn’t get adult leaders anymore,” Johnston said, and

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Dedication of new Youth Center at 600 Elm St.

gradually, the troops started to disband. “Now,” Johnston said, “we’re no longer active but we’re still doing good.” The club continues making donations, primarily to youth-oriented programs and services, such as KHS’s Project Graduation, the KHS electronic activity “billboard,” along

with periodic subsidies for high school uniforms, helmets and other equipment, Lindenfelser said. And, he added, there is the financing for the 9/11 flags, which was encouraged by the late Kenneth Russell, “one of our more active trustees, who felt we needed to teach our youth important lessons.”

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The North Arlington Police Department offer free CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes for area residents starting Sept. 17 at North Arlington Fire Department’s Schuyler Engine Co. 2, 550 Schuyler Ave. The classes are free to anyone age 14 and older and will be taught by trained personnel from the North Arlington and Bergen County Office of Emergency Management. Class attendees do not need to be a North Arlington resident. The CERT courses are underwritten by a federal grant and are offered at no cost to the taxpayers. The class schedule is as follows: Classes will be approximately two hours long, beginning at 7 p.m., and will be held on Tuesdays, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8,

15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5. Residents can register by emailing their name and contact number at cert@ northarlington.org, or by calling Police Lt. Frank Guanci at 201-991-4400, ext. 141. Participants will be taught to handle disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and disaster psychology. “As we saw with the last natural disaster, Hurricane Sandy, there is a demand for people with special emergency response training to supplement the efforts of professionals in helping people during emergencies,” said Police Chief Louis Ghione. “This is a great opportunity for residents to get emergency training that is offered nowhere else,” added the chief.

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North Arlington primed for solid football season

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Blue Tide girls’ soccer: Movin’ on up As she begins her third season as the head coach of the Harrison girls’ soccer team, Annemarie Sacco believes that her team will be improved this year, simply because they spent the summer months together. “Our Harrison Recreation program sponsored our team playing in the Kearny Thistle league,” Sacco said. “It showed their dedication to the game.” And in turn, the summer months have led to improvements on the field as the 2013 season begins. “You can definitely see that they move the ball better,” Sacco said. “They have more of a concept of open space and they’re utilizing that. They faced better competition over the summer and that has to help. We were very inexperienced last year, so we’re hoping that the experience they got over the summer together will be a positive thing.” The Blue Tide posted a 4-13-1 record last season, but Sacco feels that it will be a better mark this time around. “We’re definitely looking to improve,” Sacco said. Senior Maribeth Carias was set to return as the goalkeeper, but

she suffered a shoulder injury that seems to be recurring, so sophomore Alexia Garrison has been a capable fill-in as the Blue Tide keeper. The sweeper is junior Gabriella Ortiz, who was a defender last year. The stopper is senior Viridiana Garcia, another defender who has moved into a more important role this year. Freshman Lucy Pinto is also along the back line. Sacco likes Pinto’s potential. “She’s played a lot of soccer and has a lot of experience at a higher level,” Sacco said of Pinto. “I feel very good about her.” Senior Sabrina Aiello is a returnee at defender. Junior Cindy Passos returns to her slot at center midfield. Passos, who has good ball skills, had five assists last season. “She’s our leader and our playmaker,” Sacco said. Anne Doyle, a senior, is more of a defensive midfielder. Junior Chelsea Uribe is an offensive-minded midfielder. “She is a good ball distributor,” Sacco said. “She can make some great runs on the outside.” see VIEW page

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The North Arlington football team looks to be much improved over the 4-6 mark they posted last season. From l. are Ryan Austin, Dominic Reo, Brandon Pipher, head coach Anthony Marck, Matt Karras, Danny Goffredo and Anthony Muriale.

By Jim Hague Observer Sports Writer

together. They work so hard together. They work harder than any group we’ve had. It’s lthough North Arlinga pleasure every day to come ton’s football team to the field and be with these lost a key player in kids. I genuinely get up every A.J. Nocciolo, the Observer’s day excited to be with them. Male Athlete of the Year for They’re a great group of kids.” 2012-2013, veteran head coach And because of that, Marck beAnthony Marck believes that lieves that the Vikings can imhis Vikings can be an improved prove on last year’s 4-6 mark, team this fall. mainly because the Vikings “Don’t get me wrong, we ob- won their final three games of viously can’t replace someone the tumultuous 2012 season, like him,” Marck said of Nocci- one that featured a loss of their olo, who is now at ASA College practice facility at Rip Collins in Brooklyn, a junior college. Field due to the damage caused “He was with us for four years. by Hurricane Sandy. He did so many great things for “We can be better,” Marck us. We can’t replace him, nor said. do we try to do it. But we have Leading the way is senior a different kind of team now.” quarterback Kenny Kuzmuk In fact, Marck likes the char- (5-10, 190). acter of his current team. “Kenny was the backup quar“In my eight years, this is terback the last two years and the tightest group we’ve had,” he patiently waited his turn,” Marck said. “They are so close

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Marck said. “He’s a very bright kid and an outstanding athlete. We’re going to run the ball more this year. That’s the plan and we have to get his athleticism to the outside.” Another key returnee is senior running back Mike Brazzel (5-7, 175). Brazzel rushed for 400 yards and had more than 300 yards in receiving last season while battling an assortment of injuries. Healthy, Brazzel is a very dangerous back. “Mike may be the fastest kid we’ve ever had,” Marck said. “He’s a speed burner. He can get to the outside. He’s a super athlete and we have to line him up all over the place and get him the ball. He’s going to carry more of the load this year. He knows it and prepared well for the season.” Junior Adrian Foote (5-9, 185) see FOOTBALL next page

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“We feel that he can also help us there if he’s the lead is a transfer from East Orange blocker,” Marck said. “We’re who will play right away and a much better team with Nick make his mark. at fullback. He gets positive “He’s another fast kid and yards when he gets it and we athletic,” Marck said. “The one can run behind him.” thing I like is that they’re all Senior Mohammad Jalal (6athletic.” 0, 170) is at one receiver. Perhaps the best athlete of “He’s been waiting in the the bunch is senior Nick Mar- wings for his chance,” Marck tin (6-2, 235), who is a brilliant said. “He’s a hard working kid student athlete and is getting with good hands.” recruited by all of the Ivy Junior Alex Samaan (5-10, League schools – a testament 170) is another quality target to Martin’s excellent academic for Kuzmuk to throw to. standing. “He’s another speed burner,” “He’s what you want in a Marck said. “He’s new to the high school football player,” position (wide receiver), so Marck said of Martin. “We he’s still learning.” recently had Cornell, Yale and Senior Ryan Austin (6-2, 215) Harvard in to see him. He’s in is a capable tight end, making the top 10 of his class.” the Martin move to fullback Martin was a tight end last that much easier. year who caught an astoundThe offensive line features ing 63 passes last year, the top four returning starters. Junior mark for any tight end in New guard Danny Goffredo (5-10, Jersey. But to get Martin even 185) has been a three-year more chances to touch the starter at guard. ball, he’s been moved inside “He’s been a starter since he to fullback. It’s going to make came in as a freshman,” Marck Martin even more of a serious said. threat. Senior Matt Karras (6-3,

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team in tackles last season. The other starter at outside linebacker is sophomore Joe Morales (5-10, 180). Martin is a downright stud at inside linebacker. That might be the position he plays on the next level. The other inside linebacker is one of the best names you’ll find in local football. Junior Giuseppe Gugliuzza (5-10, 190) is a name right off the set of “The Sopranos.” “He’s our most improved player,” Marck said. “He was our best camp player. He can definitely play.” The cornerbacks are Brazzel and Foote, with Samaan at safety. The Vikings open up their season Sept. 14 at Elmwood Park. They get their first chance to play on the new faPhoto by Jim Hague cility in Riverside County Park Nick Martin is one of the best student athletes in northern New Jersey. The on Friday night, Sept. 20. North Arlington senior has a lot of the Ivy League schools recruiting him. Marck believes the Vikings will be better this year. 250) started last year at center, (5-9, 205) is the other starting “The schedule is relentless,” with senior Anthony Muriale guard. Marck said. “We have to get (6-0, 210) and junior Dominic Defensively, the Vikings play off to a good start. But the Reo (5-10, 220) returning at a 4-4 alignment, with Muriale team chemistry is the key. It’s tackle. Junior Brandon Pipher and Reo at defensive end and tremendous. Because of that Pipher and Karras at defensive alone, I feel we can be a lot tackle. better than we were last year.” Despite being a quarterIt should be exciting to back, Kuzmuk is an outside watch. linebacker, where he led the

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is still wearing a bulky knee brace, so her return remains Junior Melissa Carriera is in question. Bento would have another member of the Blue added some needed offensive Tide midfield. punch. Junior Katherin Merino is Sacco knows that her team back to lead the Blue Tide for- will be concentrating on one ward line. Merino was the Blue area this year. Tide’s leading scorer last year, “We have been focusing on finding the net eight times. defense,” Sacco said. “That’s “We need her goal scoring,” what we need to do.” Sacco said. The Blue Tide has also Sophomore Raquel Seebeen focusing on conditionback is another forward, as is ing. Before one early morning sophomore Eva Kiss, whose practice recently, the team was name might make all romantics timed as they ran laps around happy. the Harrison High School comPhoto by Jim Hague The Blue Tide suffered a plex. This was at 7 a.m., before The Harrison girls’ soccer team looks to be improved this season. From l. are crushing blow when senior even the birds were chirping. Chelsea Uribe, Katherin Merino, Alexia Garrison, Cindy Passos, Lucy Pinto and Stefanie Bento suffered a knee But the team was out there, head coach Annemarie Sacco. injury in the offseason. She

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chugging along, under the watchful eye of the head coach and her staff. In terms of dedication, it doesn’t get any better than that. It’s hard to get teenagers out of bed at 7 in the morning, never mind have them run miles under a stopwatch. “We’re really hoping that the experience they got in the summer pays off,” Sacco said. “It’s helping them be aware of what it takes. Now they have experience playing with each other at a high level. It has to help.” The Blue Tide begins the 2013 season with a match against Leonia Sept. 12.

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition in Nutley Nutley Recreation Department hosts its annual free NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Msgr. Owens Field, across from 44 Park Ave.  The competition begins at 11 a.m. and is open to Nutley boys and girls ages 6 to 15. (Boys and girls compete separately).

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Golden Griffins move forward with new coach Kearns By Jim Hague Observer Sports Writer

I would do it,” Kearns said. “I want to see football keep going at QP.” ven though he had been Kearns, who recently was gone from Queen of the defensive coordinator at Peace football for a few Cardinal McCarrick in South years, Robert Kearns never Amboy, was a longtime assisfelt like really left. tant coach at Queen of Peace “I’ve been Queen of Peace under both Andy Cerco and all my life,” Kearns said. “My the late Ralph Borgess. He was brother went to QP. So did my even the head coach for two sons. I coached here for more seasons in 1997 and 1998. than 10 years. My heart is at So there was a sense of Queen of Peace.” familiarity when the school So when the head football brought back Kearns to be coaching position opened the head coach for the 2013 upon Steve Romano’s resigseason. nation at the end of the 2012 “I was very excited,” Kearns season, Kearns made one call said. “I told them that I’m to longtime friend and QP ath- there for them.” letic director Ed Abromaitis. Kearns has been rejuvenated “I said that if there was any- in his return to his old stompthing I could do for the school, ing grounds.

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rumors of a mass exodus upon Romano’s departure. All of the key personnel have returned. Leading the way is senior quarterback Anthony Villano (6-1, 185), who has been the starting signal caller for the Golden Griffins for the last three seasons. Kearns is in amazement when it comes to Villano’s talents. “Without a question, Anthony is the purest passer I think Queen of Peace has ever had,” Kearns said. “I told him early on that he was in charge. When he calls the plays, he has this confidence built in him. He’s like having another coach on the field. I told him that he’s the guy driving the car. Every day, he grows more confident and that’s a pleasure to see.” Top running back Kevin Momnohin has also returned.

Momnohin (5-11, 200) has been the most electric player QP has had the last two seasons and he’s back for his senior year. The only thing that has sidetracked Momnohin in the past has been injury. Other than that, he’s been next to unstoppable. “We have to get him the ball,” Kearns said. “He’s a complete football player.” Another returnee in the QP backfield is Momnohin’s twin brother Keith (5-10, 220). “He’s a quiet kid, but a tough quiet,” Kearns said. “He has that look about him, that presence.” The fullback is senior Tajier Jefferson (5-9, 225), who might be built low to the ground, but he’s deceptively fast. “He’s a bowling ball, but he can go,” Kearns said. “He’s elusive.”

Senior Danny Douelfakar (6-2, 210) is the team’s tight end/wide receiver. “He has great hands,” Kearns said of Douelfakar. “I think he has a great thing going with Anthony. The two work so well together and help each other.” Another wide receiver is senior Justin Thomas (5-9, 175). “He’s the best route runner on the team,” Kearns said. “He is a heck of a receiver.” Senior Michael Akanbi (6-4, 220), the standout high hurdler in the spring track season, is another returning starter at tackle. Akanbi is joined at tackle by senior Shadaun Brown (6-1, 215). Senior Babatunde Ojo (6-2, 240) returns at one guard slot. He is joined by mammoth senior Peter Lorfink (6-7, 350), who moves extremely well for a player

of his stature. Sophomore Maurice Helena (6-2, 220) is the center. “We have nice size up front,” Kearns said. “They’re meshing well together.” Defensively, the Golden Griffins use a 3-4 formation, with Akanbi and Ojo at defensive end and sophomore Chima Dunga (6-2, 210) at nose guard. Thomas and junior Jeraldy Napoleon (5-10, 185) are the outside linebackers, with Douelfakar and Jefferson at inside linebacker. Jefferson is a player to watch on the defensive side. “He’s the heart and soul of our defense,” Kearns said. Keith Momnohin and Villano are the cornerbacks, with Kevin and senior Justin Estevez (5-8, 165) at safety. The Golden Griffins open their season Sept. 14, christening the new athletic facil-

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ity in Riverside County Park. It’s going to be a godsend for the Griffins to play on FieldTurf this season fulltime. The talent is certainly there. Kearns just has to find a way to keep the Griffins healthy. “Any time you deal with a small group, that’s a concern,” Kearns said. “We have to find a way to keep them healthy. We have to be smart with the way we use the players. We have to utilize the others on special teams.” Kearns likes the makeup of his squad. “We’ll see,” Kearns said. “The talent is there. We just have to put them in the right positions. Once we do, we can start moving forward.” If they do move forward, then a berth in the state playoffs once again is not out of the question.

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There will be one class session during the morning and a before,” Kucinski said. “Up to second in the afternoon. now, parents had been sending Children were selected their pre-schoolers to private through a lottery system. community nursery schools.” Parents of the general Now, however, plans call education children will be for “16 children per class,” of charged a $3,000 fee for the whom eight will be general year while the BOE will reeducation children and eight ceive reimbursement for the will be special education special education children youngsters, Kucinski said. from the state Department of FALL TERM from

Education, Kucinski said. “It’s great that we have both groups of kids learning together,” Kucinski said. General education kids will be made “more aware” of their classmates’ situations which will likely work against future “bullying” and, at the same time, special education kids will be aided by learning “socializing skills” sooner.

As for deciding on a new temporary board member to fill the spot vacated by Flynn, Kucinski said he expects that the full board will interview the four contenders for the empty seat at the Sept. 9 meeting and possibly choose someone that night. The four who submitted letters of interest to the board secretary are: Alan Thomas,

an Englewood Cliffs attorney; A. Gerri Budd, an adjunct professor of Women’s Gender Studies at Willliam Paterson University; Salvatore Ferraro, engineer/chief construction project coordinator/recycling coordinator for Nutley; and Patricia Parisi, a guidance counselor for Essex County Vocational School’s Bloomfield Tech.

Studies for budding diplomats Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington, in partnership with Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, has established a new center for International Studies. The program promotes an understanding of the global and international realities of today’s world, with particular emphasis on geopolitics, international economics, human rights, and United Nations studies. Students will take six cours-

es at Queen of Peace, along with a significant service component with an international focus, attend seminars on global studies at Seton Hall, both during and after normal QPHS hours, and participate in Model U.N. Conferences. In their senior year, students are required to produce a capstone project that discusses in detail their practical and theoretical background in geopolitics. The six courses required for the certificate program are:

Western Civilization, Area Studies, US History I and II, Contemporary Issues, and Religion 4: Social Justice and World Religions. The international service requirement may be fulfilled by participation in The Order of Malta’s “Houses to Homes” project in Guatemala, which involves building homes for the poor during a five-day period in August. The trip for high school students is organized and supervised by Queen of Peace.

Graduating QPHS students, who have successfully completed the program and meet requisite SAT/GPA requirements, may apply for admission to Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Students who meet university requirements, including ranking in the top 10% of their graduating class, will also be eligible for in-state tuition at Seton Hall University. The Queen of Peace High School Center for International Studies is governed by

an advisory board comprised of several diplomats and is chaired by retired Ambassador Azmat Hassan, a professor emeritus at Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and a diplomat with 30 years experience. Hassan will serve alongside Ambassador Robert Shafer, Permanent Observer of the Order of Malta to the U.N. Students will learn more about the program at an assembly Wednesday, Sept.18, at 1:15 p.m. in the Sonny Connor Gymnasium.

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The Bard’s corpus -- in less than 2 hours! Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Pl., will open its 2013-2014 season with the madcap “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” on Friday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.

 Evening performances of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be at 8 p.m. on Sept. 20, 27, 28 and Oct 3, 4 and 5. Matinees start at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22, 28, 29 and Oct. 5. Ticket prices are $15. There is a $2 discount (matinees only) for students and senior citizens who show IDs at the box office. Tickets can also be purchased online at SmartTix. com or www.nutleylittletheatre.com and by phone by calling SmartTix at 1-877-238-5596. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a rollicking vaudeville in which three actors do all of Shakespeare’s plays in less than two hours. It has been performed to acclaim all over the world and ran for nine years in London’s West A Federal Trade Commission survey revealed that 8.3 million Americans had been victims of identity theft. Properly disposing of personal documents is a necessary step in safeguarding and protecting your personal information and credit and preventing identity theft.

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Clockwise from top l.: Doing “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” in under two hours requires precision timing and fast-paced scene changes. Shown here in rehearsal for Nutley Little Theatre’s Sept. 20 opening are the cast of three and their dressers: (l-r) Nelson Valentin, Vicky Chalk, Marie Blado, Luke Franklin, Alex Thompson and Nicole Little. Next, from l, are: Striking a pose during rehearsal for Nutley Little Theatre’s Sept. 20 opening of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” are (l-r) Luke Franklin, Alex Thompson and Nelson Valentin. Then, in rehearsal for Nutley Little Theatre’s Sept. 20 opening of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged),” Luke Franklin (left) and Alex Thompson square off, as Nelson Valentin (center) looks on in horror. Sending up the famous Romeo-Juliet pairing are (l-r) Nelson Valentin and Alex Thompson.

End. Directed by Alex Oleksij of Nutley, the cast includes Bloomfield resident Nelson Valentin. Other area residents participating include stage managers Janis Wolfe and Vicky Chalk of Nutley and Marie Blado of Bloomfield.  The opening night per-

formance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is for the benefit of The Oasis in Newark, a non-profit group devoted for social justice or LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual and Transexual). For directions, visit www. nutleylittletheatre.com.

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Deadline for obituaries:

Monday by 10 AM

Ann Sharples Binder

Mrs. Ann Sharples Binder, 80, of Salisbury, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 26, at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. Born in Jersey City, she was the daughter of the late Irene Carey Bowley and Thomas Sharples.

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Mrs. Binder was a graduate of Kearny High School. She was a retired office manager, having worked for medical and dental offices in New Jersey and North Carolina. Mrs. Binder was preceded in death by her husband Samuel “Sam” Binder Jr. Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Dr. Steven Binder (Parker) of Cornelius, N.C., Dr. Michael Binder (Nikki) of Cornelius, N.C.; daughters, Janet McCoy (Dave) of Salisbury, N.C., Nancy Evans (Chris) of Rockwell, N.C.; sisters, Irene Reed, Jane McAllister, Marilyn Bowley, Laura Quegan, Susan Sharples-Zito; broth-

ers, Thomas Wright, Jack Wright, Thomas Sharples Jr., Joseph Sharples, Jack Bowley, Eddie Bowley; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 30, at Summersett Memorial Chapel, Salisbury, N.C., with Rev. Stephen D. Haines officiating, followed by burial at the U.S. National Cemetery, Statesville Blvd. location, Salisbury, N.C. Memorials may be made to the Robert Myer Scholarship Fund, c/o F&M Bank, 420 N. Main St., Salisbury, N.C. 28144. Arrangements were by the

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liam Cooper of Old Bridge, two granddaughters, Ashlyn and Eryn Cooper, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Florindo A. Sousa Harrison. Viewing hours and Florindo A. Sousa, 69, a funeral service were held in passed away on Monday, the funeral home. Cremation Aug. 26, at home in Harrison. was private. For information Born in Portugal, he came or to send condolences to the to the United States in 1981 family, please visit mulliganand lived in Harrison since funeralhome.org. For those then. He was retired from the desiring, the family requests Excavators Local Union Lodonations to: St. Jude Chilcal 731, New York, N.Y. dren’s Research Hospital, Florindo is survived by his 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, Tenn. 38105 (www.stjude.org/ wife of 45 years, Maria Martribute) in loving memory of garida Sousa, his daughter Florindo. Carla and her husband Wil-

Volunteering for a worthy cause Members of the Nutley Fire Department have been working with the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) to build playgrounds as part of the “Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play.” The program was created after Hurricane Sandy devastated the tri-state area, followed by the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn. NJ FMBA President Bill Lavin came up with the concept to build 26 playgrounds in storm-ravaged areas in

memory of the Newtown victims. On Aug. 18, Nutley FMBA Local 44 members Anthony Santoro, Paul Spaguolo and Robert Spagnuolo, along with fellow Nutley resident and retired North Hudson Firefighter and former Nutley volunteer firefighter Alan Ballester, traveled to Normandy Beach to participate in the eighth playground build, this one celebrating the life of Chase Kowalski. Ballester has been involved in the construction of all

eight playgrounds thus far including three in Connecticut. In addition. Nutley FMBA members Dom DiSimone and John Hund have participated in previous builds. The FMBA’s original playground program saw three playgrounds built on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. Children from that Prayer to St. Jude Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of difficulty and of desperate cases, of things almost despaired of Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege given to you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly(make your request here)-and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout all eternity. I promise you, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen. H.A.B.

St. Jude

NJ FMBA Executive Vive President Bob Brower, Nutley Firefighter Anthony Santoro, retired Firefighter Alan Ballester, Nutley Firefighter Bob Spagnuolo, FMBA President Bill Lavin, Nutley Firefighter Paul Spagnuolo and Toni Giordano of Giordano Contracting, the contractor who has been working with the FMBA on the playgrounds.

O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles. Near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need, to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgentpetition. In return, I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. Saint Jude pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Amen. Say three Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s and Glorias. Publication must be promised. This novena has never been known to fail. I have had my request granted R.I.

area collected and delivered a trailer-load of toys to the FMBA to distribute to children in the shore area after Sandy. 

For more information on how to volunteer for the playgrounds project, visit www. njfmba.org or www.thesandygroundproject.org

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WILFRED ARMITAGE & WIGGINS FUNERAL HOME Mark G. Wiggins, Manager N.J. Lic. #3916 John W. Armitage, Director N.J. Lic#2642

You will feel as if friends of family have taken over when you entrust funeral arrangements to the Wilfred Armitage Funeral Home. The family-owned firm has been in business for 75 years, serving generations in West Hudson and South Bergen. Its beautiful facilities, in a setting reminiscent of a colonial mansion, reflect the graciousness and tact of its understanding personnel.

Wilfred Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home

596 Belgrove Dr. • Kearny, NJ 07032 (201) 991-0657

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

For sale: Corner lot, 88x95 w/existing house in developing area of Kearny. Serious inquiries only, by appoinment. Developers welcomed! (201)233-8089

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

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

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N.ARLINGTON 379 Ridge Rd., 600 square feet, full basement, off street parking, directly across from Holy Cross Cemetary. May be used as office (201)674-3995.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT KEARNY 2 sypialniowe mieszkanie bez zwierzat, $1,200 + oplaty, 1 1/2 miesieczny deposyt Telephone 973-309-0903. 2 bedroom apartment No pets, $1200 plus utilities, 1 1/2 months security deposit. Telephone 973-309-0903.

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KEARNY 2 BDRM $1000/m, Util sep. Convenient location, walk to all: bank, post office, laundry, schools, pizza & eateries. Ground level apt. Carpeting throughout. Call 201-955-0001. To see apt. Available immediately.

KEARNY 3rd floor. 2 bedrooms, L/R, EIK. $1000 + 1-1/2 months security. Utilities separate. Available now. No pets. Call (973)743-1551 (973)417-5239

KEARNY Hickory Street. Modern 5 Room Apartment. 2nd Floor, 2 Bedrooms, Laundry. No Pets. $1200. Available Now. (973)344-5670 (973)391-5622

BLOOMFIELD

KEARNY furnished room, utilities included, No Smoking, great location 201-697-0541.

KEARNY 4 Rooms. 3rd floor. Refrigerator. $875 plus utilities. 1-1/2 months security. References. No pets.3 (201)815-6870

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

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.

North Arlington: • 3 Rooms w/ heat & parking $1050. • 4 Rooms w/ heat & parking $1300 Garden Apt.

OʼHARA AGENCY (201)997-6300 KEARNY 6 Family. 2 bedrooms kitchen LV and bedroom, 3rd floor $950 + Utilities. No pets. Call 201-467-1551.

KEARNY Studio for rent with furniture. Available. In good condition. No Pets. (973)219-4725

KEARNY Arlington Section 2nd Floor, Large LR. Formal DR., Mod. EIK & Bath. 2 bdrmʼs. Hardwood Floors. No pets. $1350 + utilities. Available Sept. 15th

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KEARNY Studio for rent $650/month, HT & HW included. 1 month security. No Pets. No Smoking. We also have a room for rent $125/week, Female preffered. Call 201-702-9463. KEARNY 1st or 2nd. floor apt. 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, Kitchen and bath. Separate utilities. $1300 + 1 month security. W/D hook-up. Available Immediately. Call (201)207-8029

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KEARNY 2 Bedroom Apt $1150. 1 month security, 3rd floor, Available Immediately. Call (201)622-8315 KEARNY 2 bedroom apt. 1st floor. EIK, LR, AC. $1125/mo + 1-1/2 months security. Hardwood floors. W/D hook-up. Yard, Basement storage. No pets. Available immed. Close to NYC transportation. Good credit required. Call between the hrs. of 7AM-3PM, M-F (201)998-8226 for appt. KEARNY 2 bedrooms, large DR & LR, hardwood floor, washer/dryer hook-up available. Central Air. 1st floor. $1200/month 1 month security. No pets. Avail. Oct. 1. Call Bruno (973)495-6058 KEARNY 3 bedrooms, LR, Kitchen. Central AC. Hardwood Floors. Separate utilities. 1-1/2 months security. Parking optional. (973)380-9007. KEARNY 3 room $950/month Plus Small Studio $700/month HT/HW included 1 1/2 month security. Call Super between 11am-8pm (201)998-9006.

KEARNY 4 rooms. Heat supplied. 1-1/2 months security required. Available October 1st. No pets. $970/month. Call between 9am-5pm (973)303-7903 (570)746-3702 KEARNY Arlington area. 5 rooms, 1 bath 1-1/2 months security. $1200 + utilities. No pets. (201)213-1871 KEARNY Arlington Section, 1st floor. Modern kitchen & bath. 1 Lg bedroom, LR & DR. Hardwood floors washer/dryer hook up. $1075 +utilities. Call (609)425-3748

KEARNY Arlington Section. 1 bedroom $800 + security, Heat & Hot water included. (908)696-1866

KEARNY 3 ROOMS (ONE BEDROOM) ON FOURTH FLOOR: 12 GRANT AVENUE. $815 PLUS UTILITIES. LAUNDRY ROOM. NO PETS (973)493-7868

KEARNY Brand new Two Family House. 1st or 2nd floor available. 3 bedrooms, LR, kitchen, central AC/HT. Basement storage. Washer/dryer hook-up. Off-street parking. Yard. $1675/month + utilities. Available Immed. Close to NYC transportation. Good credit required. Call between the hrs. of 6AM-3PM, M-F (201)998-8226 for appt.

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KEARNY 5 room, 3 bdrm. $1,200 + month sec. HT/HW separate. No pets. No smoking. Available now Call anytime (201)991-0528. KEARNY 2nd & 3rd floor apartments for rent 4 bedrooms. Separate utilities. Available September 1st. Perfect College students. $1100/month, No security required. Call (862)215-7570.

BELLEVILLE

BELLEVILLE 1 bedroom. Available now. Utilities separate. No smoking. No pets. 1-1/2 months security. Please leave message (973)202-1919 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

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BLOOMFIELD Big 3 bedroom apt., kitchen, LR. Updated & freshly painted. No pets. No smoking. 1-1/2 months security. $1750/month HT/HW included. Available Oct. 1st. (973)818-7028.

E.NEWARK

E. NEWARK- 2 family house, 1st Floor. 2BR, Kitchen, DR, LR and Bath. $1090/month HW included. No pets. Available Sept. 1st. (917)952-3797 (973)951-7304

HARRISON

HARRISON 26 KINGSLAND AVE. 2nd floor 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, kitchen. 1-1/2 month security + utilities. No Pets. Available now. (973)477-4797

LYNDHURST

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

N. ARLINGTON

N. Arlington 2 BR, 2nd Floor. Central AC, Driveway. Large Patio space. $1200/month. Available Oct. 1st. Call 201-686-2912. 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 2nd Floor, 2 bedrooms. Large LV, Formal DR. hardwood floors. No pets. No Smoking. $1200/month + 1 month Security. 201-218-0756. N.ARLINGTON 1 bedroom, LR & kitchen. Heat not included. 2nd floor. $900. (201)998-8429 or (201)283-4051

N.ARLINGTON Furnish apartment for 1 person, living room, kitchen, Dining Room All utilities included, central air/heat, TV, Fios internet, Share entrance Near Laundromat & cleaners $1100 +1 month security Available Now Call (201)955-1627 N.ARLINGTON Studio for rent with Private entrance. For Single Person, $650/month + 1/month security Utilities & AC included. Near Transportation. Available Now. Call 201-668-4743. 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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Kearny Mini Studio for rent in residential area, female preferred. Own bath. Private entrance. All utilities included. No Smoking. No Pets. Small Electric stove allowed. Rent $650 + 1 monthʼs security. Available now. (201)519-3778.

EMPLOYMENT Bus Driver wanted w/CDL Class B, passenger, Air Brake, zero points, FT/PT Bus Driver Needed for adult daycare center No weekends or nights, competitive wages. Call (973)751-6000

CDL Drivers A/B Call Today Start Tomorrow, Great Pay & Benefits. (201)991-1586 Driver Full time or Part time apply in person Arlington Pizza 25 Schuyler Ave. North Arlington. Foodtown Shopping Center.

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

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Drivers: Local Clifton! Home Every Night & Weekends! Start $22.00/hr with opportunity of advancement Union position. Class-A CDL, 5 yrs Exp, Hazmat & Tanker End. Req. CPC Logistics Mike taking applications 9/11/2013, 7a-3p at Benjamin Moore, 203 Kuller Rd. Clifton, NJ 07011. 1-800-274-3749

KEARNY Furnished sleeping room for single person. Smoke-free, drug-free. Close to transportation. 304 Chestnut Street. Security required. (201)207-8029

Experienced movers needed: drivers, helpers doing local moves & packing. Livingston Area. Hiring Immediately (973)255-0621

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Room for rent in Kearny. Female preferred. Cable & utilities included. Share kitchen. (732)859-1968 (347)331-5044

EMPLOYMENT

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 anacoelho79@hotmail.com

Barbara Gerbasio RE Management Co. 201-998-8415 KEARNY 726 Elm St. 3 1/2 Lg rooms H/HW supplied, hardwood floors. laundry in basement. close to shopping & Transportation Adv. Sept 15th $985.

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Full Time and Part Time Days - Evenings Weekends Apply in Person D&F Deli 396 Davis Avenue Kearny

Help Wanted In North Newark Near Mill Street Packing and Light Assembly. $8.50 to start. Must speak both English & Spanish Call 973-482-8603 8:30 to 5 Mon-Fri

New Body Collision Body man for local repair shop with experience. Please call Joseph (201)997-2567

Now Hiring! Property inspectors FT/PT in your area. Full, free training provided. msangelabove@ comcast.net (732)766-4425 ask for Mel

PART TIME School Bus Driver

Approx. 20 hours per week. Must have CDL license with P & S endorsements. Must speak fluent English Please call Lorraine:

(201)998-4800

Trading company in kearny looking for a Driver and Office Assistant with experience. Fax Resume 201-955-9337 or email weesbeyond.office@ gmail.com.

DO IT ALL

Interior/Exterior new & repairs. All types of Carpentry.Reasonable rates,quality work, reliable, experienced. 13VH06620900

(201)991-3223

LANDSCAPING ANDRIELLO LANDSCAPE

• Construction •Design • Maint./Clean Ups • Shrub Trimming • Grass Cutting Lic.13VH04443200

(201)939-7308

MARIO ESPOSITO

ROOFING G & R Builders

All Roofing & Siding. Also Repairs. Work guaranteed. Lic.#13VH02536200 Free Estimates 20% Senior Citizen Discounts (201)893-0656

N&J REMODELERS

Roofing + Siding Specialist. Windows,

Doors, Decks, Kitchen/ Baths. Complete Home Renovation. Quality workmanship. All work guaranteed. Free Estimate. Fully Insured Nick (201)997-7657

Receptionist/ Secretary for buy office in North Arlington. Willing to train capable individual. Pleasant working environment (201)998-6900

• New + Re-roofing • Slate Repairs • Gutters Cleaned • Flat Roofing • Also Do Painting Free Estimates Fully Insured

PAVING

PAVING

(201)998-5153

JAG PAVING CORP.

Commercial & Residential Driveways Parking Lots • Belgian Blocks • Sidewalks • Steps • Pavers • Retaining Walls • All asphalt work Lic By NJ, Member of BBB *Fully Insured * Free Estimates

www.jagpaving.com LORENA (201)991-4165 Cell:(201)401-4525 Kearny Fax:(201)997-5783

MASONRY

HANDYMAN

MASONRY

ALL CONCRETE WORK

SIDEWALKS, PATIOS, DRIVEWAYS, RETAINING WALLS, STEPS

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

“LET US SHOW YOU OUR WORK”

LANDSCAPING LLC Spring Clean-ups Lawn maintenance Top Soil • Mulch Free Estimates (201)438-3991

PERSONALS Nice looking man looking for woman to marry. Must be over 60 & never had any kids. (973)715-9586

RUBBISH REMOVAL A1 Affordable Rubbish Removal Attics, Basements, Yard Cleaning. We Haul or you Can Rent 10-15 Cubic Yard Containers. We Accept Visa/Mastercard (201)998-1262 ANDRIELLO CLEANOUTS

Yards, Garages, Basements, Attics, Real Estate, Rubbish Removal/Demolition Lic.13VH04443200

(201)874-1577

ARMIN CLEANOUTS

CLEANING SERVICES Annieʼs Cleaning Service Homes, offices. Move in-out cleaning. Gift Certificates Avail. Excellent references 973-667-6739 862-210-0681

WANTED TO BUY Estates Bought & Sold Fine Furniture Antiques, Accessories, Gold & Silver.

Cash Paid (201)920-8875 HOME IMPROVEMENT

FM Property Home Repairs & Improvements • Kitchens • Bathrooms • Doors • Floors • Windows • Painting • Decks All types of repairs Lic. # 13VH05674000

Fully Insured

201-428-7160

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G & R Builders

Roofing, Siding, Windows/Doors Decks, Painting, Tiles & Masonry, Sheet Rock All types of Carpentry Lic.#13VH02536200 Free Estimates 20% Senior Citizen Discounts

(201)893-0656

Handyman Star

All inside or outside repairs. Windows, painting, sheetrock, carpentry, masonry, and decks. No job too big or small. Free estimates. Tom (201)424-5042

Rubbish removal garages, Basements, Attics, Demolition Weʼll match any price

Ranne Tile & Home Improvement Ceramic Tile Repairs • Walls & Floors • Big & Small • Regrouting • Caulking • Repair soap dishes • Tile Floors. Free Est. Fully Ins. (201)355-8489

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(973)460-2963

Cut Your Mortgage In Half Maintain Your Current LifeStyle (201)805-4999 Free Call

CONSTRUCTION

Angel Martinez Construccion LLC Chimney Specialist • Relining • Chimney Caps • Leaks • Water Proofing • Dampers • Cleanings • Flashings All types of Masonry: Chimneys • Rebuild • Repairs • Stucco Roofing, Siding & Steps: New and Repairs Gutters Service Fully Ins. and License (201)952-0076

PAINTING & DECORATING

GARAGE & YARD SALE

ANDREAS PAINTING Professional House Painter 165 Interior & Exterior Printing-Plastering-Taping Free Estimates (201)997-0706 Speak slow on answer machine please

Yard sale 314 William St. Harrison, clothes, shoes, ladies, menʼs, childrenʼs, toys, bags, movie, shoes & more. September 7 & 8, 9am-5pm

CHRIS PAINTING

GUTTERS

Interior & Exterior Spray Aluminum siding • Sheetrock • Water damages • Lead safe. Fully Insured! (201)896-0292

D. FITZGERALD

SAL POLIZZOTTO

Seamless Gutters Installed. Gutters Cleaned We-R- Also Dennieʼs Painting & Roofing Slate Roofs repaired. 1(800)479-3262

COMPUTER SERVICES J. M. Electronics Computer Repair *Free Computer Check-up *We Buy & Sell Computers *TV Repair LCD & Plasma 502 Kearny Ave. Kearny, NJ 07032 Call Jeff for more information at (201)486-2057

PAINTING & DECORATING ALEXANDER PAINTING, DECORATING Sheet rock/dray wall. Skim coat, tape & spackle Water damage. Wallpaper remove. 15+years of experience. Free Estimates. (973)985-6644

AN AMERICAN PAINTER

Painting, Decorating interior, exterior, Paper Hanging, ceiling. Full Installation, General Repairs. Over 14 years experience. FREE ESTIMATE

(201)939-8781

PLUMBING Courageous Plumbing HVAC LLC Lic. # 11103 • Plumbing • Heating • Cooling • Sewer • Complete basement pump out & Sump pumps MC/VISA and Finace Available $50 off when mention this ad.

(201)206-4845 JOSEPH V. FERRIERO

Plumbing & Heating Kitchen and bath remodeling. Carpentry. Fully Ins. Free Est. Lic# 165 (201)637-1775

ELECTRICAL SERVICES 25 years experience Twin Electric Quality Work. Good affordable prices. Senior discounts. Fully Insured. Bonded. Lic. 16158 (973)715-4150 (201)562-5985

ITEM FOR SALE

Exterior & Interior Powerwashing & Housecleaning Decks & Siding Refinished FREE Estimates! Senior Discounts! William J. McGuire (201)955-2520

For Sale Excellent Condition Capo Di Monde DR set. Complete Full & Twin sized BR Sets Call 201-988-8978.

ELECTRICAL SERVICES

ELECTRICAL SERVICES

EMERALD ELECTRIC

25 years experience • All types of electrical wiring • 24 hour emergency service. Free estimate 10% off with ad Lic.# 11909 El. Insp.#7566

(201)955-2678

AUTOMOBILES FOR SALE

2000 Buick Regal GS, 4-door, green, V6, super charge engine. 120,000 original very reeliable car. Asking $3500. (201)674-6791

AUTOMOBILES WANTED

J & F TOWING CA$H 4 JUNK

CAR$ $200-$500 PAID ON THE SPOT. FREE TOWING 201-428-0441 ANY CAR, VAN OR TRUCK. NO TITLE, NO KEYS, NO PROBLEM.

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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: mike@kuhlmetals.com

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Lyndhurst scouts earn recognition Boy Scout Troop 97 of Lyndhurst recently attended a week-long summer camp at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, Blairstown. Twenty-nine scouts attended classes achieving a collective goal of 121 merit badges in more than 25 scouting fields of interest, which will help them advance towards the rank of Eagle Scout. The scouts participated in kayaking, cooking, first aid, survival and much more. As a troop, the scouts

Back Row, from l.:  Scoutmaster John Sedlock, Assistant Scoutmasters Jon Veltre, George Rausch, Frank Giordano, Hugh Kavanagh, Rob Ferrara, Robert Ferrara, John Tkaczyk and David Wartel, Third Row, from l.: Michael Conti, Nick Veltre, Daniel Tullio, Jorge Rodriguez, Immer Montalvo, Jonathan Wartel, David Pelle, Luke Giunta Second Row: Stephen Giordano, Dominic Veltre, Jonathan Tkaczyk, George Rausch, Dennis Taras, Stephen Covello, Ryan Sena, Marc BeelerHope, Jeremiah Miragliotta First Row, from l.: Nick Cassella, Dorian Powell, Zak Kandiel, John Caporrino, Brandon Sena, Anthony Lavignani, AJ Vendola, Eli Fitzsimons, Collin Kittredge, Lennon Okun, Sean Murphy, Charles Robert Pelle.

also worked on a camp service project earning the Honor Troop Award, installing a generator and enclosing the pump station to provide water to the kitchen and other areas of the camp during power outages. Troop 97 meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from September to June at the Lyndhurst Fire House, 299 Delafield Ave. For information on joining, contact Scoutmaster John Sedlock at 201-939-9143.

Do you have room in your heart for Bambi? Bambi (ID#88136), a mediumsize, 2-to-3-year-old female pitbull terrier, waits for her forever home at the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 100 United Lane, Teterborough. Bambi came to the shelter as a stray. A delightful, big ball of energy, the shelter suggests plenty of walks and runs for

Bambi for physical and mental stimulation, which will also help with bonding. Bambi is full of life and ready to explore the world. She wants all of your attention and love so the shelter advises she should be the only pet in your home. Bambi introduces herself to everyone and everything, so the shelter recommends

calm and collected behavior be encouraged – no jumping or whining. For more information, call 201-229-4600. Hours for adoption are 1 to 5 p.m. daily, including weekends. The shelter is closed for adoptions on Mondays and open 1 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. There are also many other

adoptable animals that can be seen at the shelter’s website http://www.petfinder.com/ 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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and loading them into their car.  But all this ended in June. The well has been closed since then, much to the consternation of residents. Especially those who may have been away for the summer and are returning to find a “dry” town. The good news? Scarpelli told us that there is an Oct. 1 target date to have the well “up and running” again. And that’s only a month away. The well was shut down, Scarpelli explained, after the underground holding tank began leaking, “causing the pump to pump continually, which kept blowing the fuses.” It was apparent that this would not be a quick fix. The tank predates the public well – just off Chestnut St., next to Town Hall. Before residents were given access to it, about 30 years ago, its water supply had been used to irrigate The Oval. The old tank, located 104 feet below ground, was “larger than what we needed” for its current function, Scarpelli said. So it has been decommissioned and is being replaced. Additionally, the tank and pump were using “old technology,” and that is being replaced with upgraded, modern equipment. The commissioner did not have a final price tag, but the work is being done by the Nutley Water Department, not some outside contractor. Before the well’s reopening, the water will have to be tested, but that’s just standard procedure. The town does monthly testing on all its drinking water, including the well’s, which is double-filtered, Scarpelli said. And where does the well water come from? “Aquifers,” the commissioner said. We thought we knew what that meant – an underground stream or pond or something – but we didn’t. The definition of an

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“aquifer”: “an underground layer of waterbearing permeable rock or unconsolidated materials (i.e., gravel, sand) from which groundwater can be extracted using a water well.” And where does the groundwater come from? Somewhere in the northern Essex County hinterlands.  It flows into Nutley along a southerly below-ground route. As for the popularity of the well, that is indicated by the number of people who have been calling the commissioner to inquire about its being closed. We asked if he had gotten many complaints, and he chuckled. “I’ve gotten so many complaints, I wish it were up and running already,” he said. “There are constant calls.” Part of the reason is that the rehab work has

taken longer than expected, Scarpelli noted. “But I’m glad it took a little bit of time,” he said. “It allowed us to rethink what we were going to do.” Initially, the idea was to expand the underground system, but the town found that putting part of it above ground is more functional. And that, the commissioner said, makes the whole project “less expensive.”  And, he added, “Hopefully, my timetable is correct so my phone stops ringing.” Oh, yes. One more thing. The town is “looking to redesign” that above-ground tank that catches the overflow water. “It should be little more esthetically pleasing,” Scarpelli said. “So it doesn’t look like a horse trough.” Ouch.

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Big Blue checks in The North Arlington Junior Vikings Football team had a surprise visitor during practice on Aug. 15 – New York Giants Assistant Line Coach Lunda Wells. Wells, who works with the likes of David Diehl, Chris Snee and rookie sensation Justin Pugh, took the time to teach the young athletes some of the basic fundamentals that he teaches the pros on a daily basis. The Giants’ coach seemed impressed by what he saw. Noted Wells: “The coaches here in North Arlington are doing the right things for these

athletes. They teach them the very basics of football and sportsmanship. Those are the most important things you can teach young football players.” Wells stressed that even in the pros, basic fundamentals are taught every day. “You need to practice the way you intend to play the game. Don’t just get through practice –mean everything you do. Do it with a purpose.” Wells’ visit was arranged through a local connection with Borough Council candidate Dan Pronti and the Giants coach has commit-

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