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October 9, 2013 • • Vol CXXVI, No. 20


Suspects run but can’t hide


Colossal crunch coming

By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent

KEARNY – Township police dealt with two shoplifting cases in recent days, both of which ended in arrests, each under somewhat bizarre circumstances. In the first, Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said, the suspect was apprehended after she exited a moving vehicle on Rt. 21 -- with an infant in her arms. In the second, the alleged thief had to be rescued from a water-filled ditch in the meadows, into which she jumped while reportedly fleeing the cops. On Friday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m., Officer Sean Kelly responded to the Street Smart store on Passaic Ave. where employees reported that a woman suspected of shoplifting had just fled in a gray SUV, last seen travelling north on Passaic. The vehicle was spotted at Midland Ave. by Sgt. Peter Gleason, who tried unsuccessfully to stop it and then followed it east down Midland to Schuyler Ave., with the SUV reportedly ignoring traffic signals along the way. The pursuit, which other officers had joined, continued north on Schuyler, east on the Belleville Pike, through the meadows area to Harrison Ave., west on Harrison and see SHOPLIFT page


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By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – othing less than disaster. That’s what one South Kearny business leader sees ahead from the partial closure of the Pu-


laski Skyway, starting in March 2014, when the state Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to shut down all northbound traffic for two years to replace the 80-year-old deck of the elevated highway that carries 67,000 cars daily. Trucks are banned from the Skyway,

which links Newark and Jersey City and is used as an express route to the Holland Tunnel. Alan Lambiase, president of the South Kearny Industrial Association, said his members “have great cause for concern that the closing will push additional traffic

volumes onto Truck Rt. 1&9 and will negatively impact the ability of employees to get to and from work during the day.” The association got some backup from the town on Sept. 24 when Kearny Mayor see SKYWAY page


Temporary truce in police conflict By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

Nutley Department of Public Safety, said he’s ready to appoint Capt. Tom Strumolo NUTLEY – as “provisional” chief of the Have the two rival warriors department upon the retireturned True-blue partners? ment of Chief John Holland on Will there be peace behind Oct. 31. the Blue lines? Maybe for now, But the mayor managed to but who knows how long the interject a little Halloween truce will last? scare into his assurance when Mayor/Commissioner Alasked if he intended to call phonse Petracco, who runs the for a state Civil Service test to

pick a permanent chief. “I don’t think I’m headed in that direction,” he said. Petracco has previously talked about exploring the idea of naming a civilian director to run the Police Department as a way of economizing since a uniformed chief can command an annual pay well in excess of $100,000. It’s unclear how much

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and humility, and it was for those qualities that the current Pope chose his name. KEARNY – One of the legends surrounding Francis tells of omething new and a time he was journeying lovely has been added through the Italian countryto the front lawn at side when he and his comSacred Heart Church on panions found the roadside Belgrove Drive: a statue of lined with trees filled with St. Francis of Assisi. noisy, chirping birds. FranOn Saturday morning, it cis stopped to preach to was dedicated and blessed our feathered friends, and by Msgr. John J. Gilchrist, they all fell silent and none as a small, fluffy and furry congregation watched. The of them took wing until he was finished. dogs--and one cat--were That story is one of the there to be blessed, too, reasons the saint is frein the annual ceremony quently depicted – as in the marking the feast day of St. new statue -holding a bird Francis, the patron saint of in the palm of his hand. animals. After the blessings, the The pets were all respectmonsignor and Sister Doris fully silent as they were DeLotto gave us a preview sprinkled with holy water of another addition to the and the monsignor led their Belgrove Drive property. humans in a prayer to Our Hidden behind the shrubs Heavenly Father: is a work-in-progress: a “Give us the grace to see new garden, expected to all animals as gifts from You and to treat them with be officially opened next spring. respect, for they are Your “It will be a place of creation. Be praised for givrepose for people to come ing us the animals that fill and quietly meditate,” GilYour world. christ said. “We pray for all animals. Stations of the Cross are May we think of You and already in place, but major thank You when we care landscaping remains to be for our pets. done. Walkable pathways “We ask you, Lord, that (replacing the uncomfortwe may be good to our pets always, so that they may be ably stony ones previously happy also. Help us always on the site), flowers and to take care of them so that shrubbery, benches and a fountain are to be installed. they will be healthy. . . .” St. Francis’ feast day is of- And, Gilchrist noted, landficially Oct. 4, but churches scapers will be donating grass. Located atop the cliff -- both Catholic and Protestant -- usually mark it on overlooking the Passaic, it promises to be a place of the weekend closest to the 4th. Along with his respect special beauty. Said Sister Doris: “It for animals and all nature, will be like a little oasis of Francis is celebrated (a peace.” word he might not like And who couldn’t use a used in conjunction with bit of that? himself) for his simplicity


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State seeks to revoke Nutley doc’s Rx rights NEWARK – physician who had a practice in Nutley is among a dozen New Jersey doctors whom the Division of Consumer Affairs is seeking to strip of their ability to prescribe Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS), including highly addictive painkillers, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced last week. Michael Durante, 59, an internal medicine specialist who wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone, was convicted in Federal Court earlier this year of criminal conspiracy to distribute, and unlawful distribution of, the drug. In total, Durante, who resided in Montclair, provided prescriptions to co-conspirators for more than 70,000 oxycodone pills, which he knew would be resold on the streets for a profit, authorities said. According to allegations in the criminal complaint, Durante accepted cash and other items, including “gold” Fra-


ternal Order of Police cards, in exchange for prescriptions between 2009 and March 2011. In 2011, the Board of Medical Examiners had obtained Durante’s agreement to cease and desist the practice of medicine pending the resolution of the criminal proceedings. The actions filed last week by Consumer Affairs Director Eric Kanefsky seek to permanently revoke the CDS registration of Durante and the other doctors who were convicted in federal or state courts for offenses related to illegally prescribing controlled substances. None of the 11 others practiced in this area. Physicians obtain their medical licenses through the state Board of Medical Examiners, but no licensed physician may prescribe a CDS without a CDS registration, which is granted by the Consumer Affairs director, the AG’s Office explained. Revocation of a CDS registration provides an extra layer of protection to the public

should a doctor ask for a reinstatement of his or her medical license. The doctor would be required to make a “clear and detailed demonstration as to why restoration of his or her CDS registration would be in the public interest,” the AG said. Said Kanefsky, “When a doctor is found to have abused the privilege to prescribe CDS by making drugs available to abusers or dealers, our default position should be that the doctor will never again be able to prescribe these medications.” He added that, if such doctors want to practice again, “they will need to demonstrate that they can be trusted with the responsibility they once abdicated.” Kanefsky issued show-cause orders that require each doctor to provide a written rationale in advance of a hearing, as to why their CDS registration should not be revoked. – Karen Zautyk



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to Nutley Police, Alvaro Seclen, 39, of Bayonne, was driving south through the Nutley section of Rt. 21 at 6:23 p.m. when NUTLEY – his sedan was in collision with A Bayonne motorist was a minivan and both vehicles charged with DWI, assault by overturned. auto, reckless driving, leaving Of the seven people in the the scene of an accident, speedminivan, three were treated at ing and uninsured vehicle in the wake of a two-car crash on Clara Maass Medical Center Rt. 21 last Sunday night, Sept. and one to University Hospital 29, police said. in Newark, all for what police According to an Oct. 3 report characterized as minor injuries. on attributed NEWARK – A Belleville man waiting to be tried in connection with the CertifieD Civil triAl AttorNey killing of a 2-year-old boy in member N.J., N.y. bAr December 2011 in Newark was found dead in the Brick City 48 yeArs experieNCe last Thursday, Oct. 3, according PERSONAL INJURY BUSINESS LAW to published reports. Corporations • Insurance Coverage Automotive Accidents • Wrongful Death The Essex County ProsecuTax Law & Planning • New Business • Litigation Medical Malpractice • Slip & Fall • Unsafe Products tor’s Office told The Star LedgREAL ESTATE ESTATE • WILLS • TRUSTS er that Newark police officers Estate Planning • Elder Law Buy • Sell • Refinance • Residential & Commercial came across the lifeless body of Probate Will • Adoption • Contests Land Use • Litigation • Tax Appeals Wakir Bryant, 29, at about 1 a.m. EMPLOYMENT LAW BANKRUPTCY at Peshine and Renner Aves. Discrimination • Harassment • Litigation Chapters 7 & 13 The prosecutor’s office said Contract Negotiation Bryant had been shot. 713A Kearny Avenue An Essex County grand Kearny NJ 07032 jury had previously indicted Bryant on charges of reckless manslaughter, endangering the Family Owned & Operated Since 1988. welfare of a child, hindering apSUPER STORE prehension and two weapons offenses for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of the child in a Newark apartment and Bryant had asked the court to dismiss the indictment on the basis of insufficient evidence, it was reported. The prosecutor’s office is asking anyone with information on the Bryant shooting to call its tips line at 1-877-8477432.

BELLEVILLE – A single-car accident on Rt. 21 in Belleville last Tuesday, Oct. 1, killed a Belleville man, police reported. Police Det. Robert Kane said Jose Pinero, 59, was traveling southbound at 6:25 a.m. when his vehicle hit the divider close to the highway’s Main St. exit. As a car behind Pinero’s slowed up, that car was struck in the rear by a third car but no one was seriously hurt, Kane

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HARRISON – Thirty-seven people have applied for the job of executive director of the Harrison Housing Authority as of the Sept. 30 cutoff date for submissions, according to HHA Interim Executive Director Zinnerford Smith. “Applications were submitted to the search consultant who began a criteria match of candidates’ experience relative to the advertised requirements,” Smith said. After a preliminary screening of the applications, the consultant and interim director recommended 10 applicants to the HHA Board of Commissioners’ search committee, who will “receive and review the defined list plus the remaining 27,” Smith said. “The Board search committee will recommend a group of three to five applicants for full board review,” Smith said. The HHA has been without a permanent administrator since LYNDHURST – its board fired Michael RodgDredging of the top two feet ers in summer 2010. Rodgers of a 5-acre portion of the Lynd- subsequently sued the board, hurst mudflats along the PasMayor Ray McDonough and saic River at River Mile 10.9 has the town, claiming he was a resumed, now that the Bridge whistleblower victim for havSt. Bridge, linking Newark and ing refused to retain an HHA Harrison, has been repaired. employee, related by marriage Jonathan Jaffe, a spokesman to the mayor, with an alleged for the Lower Passaic River drug problem. Rodgers ultiStudy Area Cooperating Partmately settled his suit out of ners Group, which is financing court for a monetary settlethe cleanup of contaminants in ment whose terms were kept the mudflats, said the contracsecret. tor hired by the CPG will soon The HHA board has underfinish the removal of 20,000 taken previous searches for cubic yards of the tainted sedi- a new boss but each ended ment and will then begin the unsuccessfully. process of capping the dredged The board is next scheduled area. to meet on Oct. 9. It’s unclear Jaffe said the project should whether any action will be be completed by year’s end. taken on the director search.



‘Lofty’ notions on the waterfront By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

Board on Sept. 24. Advance developer Peter Cocoziello proposes to put up HARRISON – five buildings, three of which halk up another water- will contain residential loft apartments, one with a fitness front redevelopment center and restaurant, and one project approved for that will be a parking garage. Harrison. Some retail space, a courtAdvance at Harrison LLC yard pool and basement-level of Bedminster proposes to parking will also be part of the build a mixed-use project on mix. a three-acre vacant lot at 1100 Assuming full build-out, S. Fifth St. – also known in within nearly four years, the the redevelopment district as project would be valued at Parcel D – that sits just west of between $160 million and $170 the Red Bull Arena. million and, factoring in the Plans for the four-phase deabatement agreement already velopment were green-lighted approved by the town, would by the Harrison Planning


generate between $1.3 million and $1.4 million in annual payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT), according to Mayor Ray McDonough. A total of 345 rental apartments spread among three five-story buildings, 5,400 square feet of retail confined

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‘Indomitable courage and unswerving devotion’ Last Friday evening, a 96-year-old man passed away at Englewood Hospital. Everyone in his immediate family had predeceased him. But he was not alone when he died. Veterans and active-duty service members from around the country had traveled to New Jersey specifically to ensure someone was with him. There were some two dozen standing watch on Friday. Others had been there every day since he had entered the hospital earlier in the week. And none of them knew him personally. The gentleman who inspired such devotion from complete strangers was Nicholas Oresko of Cresskill, America’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient. When Oresko was admitted for an operation to repair a broken leg (he died of complications from the surgery), one friend sent emails to inform others of his condition. They posted notices on social media

sites, the word soon spread to other veterans and to U.S. Army bases around the world, and the visitors started arriving in Englewood. “The kids held his hand and prayed with him,” a friend told reporters. Because of something that happened decades before they were born. On Jan. 23, 1945, near Tettingen, Germany, during the Battle of the Bulge, Oresko -armed with only his rifle and grenades and despite being seriously wounded -- singlehandedly took out two enemy machine-gun nests, saving his platoon. The official commendation for Oresko’s Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, reads: “Master Sgt. Oresko was a platoon leader with Company C [302nd Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division] in an attack against strong enemy positions. Deadly automatic fire from the flanks pinned

down his unit. Realizing that a machine gun in a nearby bunker must be eliminated, he swiftly worked ahead alone, braving bullets which struck about him, until close enough to throw a grenade into the German position. “He rushed the bunker and, with point-blank rifle fire, killed all the hostile occupants who [had] survived the grenade blast. Another machine

gun opened up on him, knocking him down and seriously wounding him in the hip. “Refusing to withdraw from the battle, he placed himself at the head of his platoon to continue the assault. As withering machine-gun and rifle fire swept the area, he struck out alone in advance of his men to a second bunker. “With a grenade, he crippled the dug-in machine gun defending this position and then wiped out the troops manning it with his rifle, completing his second self-imposed, one-man attack. “Although weak from loss of blood, he refused to be evacuated until assured the mission was successfully accomplished. “Through quick thinking, indomitable courage and unswerving devotion to the attack in the face of bitter resistance and while wounded, M/Sgt. Oresko killed 12 Germans, prevented a delay in

the assault, and made it possible for Company C to obtain its objective with minimum casualties.” Jan. 23, 1945, was just five days after the Bayonne native’s 28th birthday. In a 2012 interview published in The Record, Oresko recalled that before launching his solo attack, “I looked up to heaven and I said: ‘Lord, I know I am going to die. Make it fast, please’.” And of his actions 67 years before, he said, “I think about that incident every day. It never leaves you. When you kill somebody, even though it’s combat, you remember it, or it remembers you.” A funeral service for the man whom American troops and veterans never forgot is scheduled Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bergen County Community College in Paramus. Interment will be at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. – Karen Zautyk


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WE’VE GOT MAIL Rev. Michael certainly deserve the accolades given to them. We were truly blessed to have To the Editor: both priests as our spiritual leaders for so many years. Yes, This is in response to an ar- they did build up our church ticle recently appearing in The and helped to make St. CeObserver: “St Cecilia feeling cilia’s what it is today. pastoral gap.” Rev. Yuvan and However, we need to go for-

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Welcome new priest ward and welcome with open arms our new pastor, Father John. His background is extensive, some of which includes working with troubled youths in group homes, serving as a lay missioner in Mexico for six years, and working as a pastor of Holy Rosary – St. Michael’s

Church in Elizabeth for 13 years, all very admirable and commendable works. We have to remember what to be Catholic means – one, whole, universal. If we are truly Catholic, we will come together as one Spanish, Portuguese, English parishioners

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Reports from the Kearny Police blotter Sept. 29 At 9 a.m., Officer Jay Ward was on patrol on Schuyler Ave. when he found a vehicle stopped in the road near Dukes St. with the motor running and the driver apparently asleep at the wheel. Police said Ward awakened him, the man went back to sleep, Ward awakened him again and conducted field sobriety tests, and Jonathan Duenas, 20, of North Arlington, was charged with DWI and reckless driving.

of suspected pot packaged for sale, a ledger book listing customers and money owed, a digital scale and $976 in cash. Kearny resident Janet Sobota, 43, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, and intent to distribute in a school zone and a park zone.

Officer Chris Levchak, responding to a 9:20 p.m. report of a dispute at Kearny Ave. and Afton St., was flagged down by a group of juveniles who said that a man leanSept. 30 ing against a nearby car had Pursuant to an investigation nearly run them down. Police into the sale of marijuana, the said the man was swaying, Vice Unit executed a search had a strong odor of alcohol warrant at 4:30 p.m. at a home and admitted he had been near Woodland Ave. and involved in an altercation Chestnut St. The officers rewith the youths. Levchak portedly found 13 plastic bags conducted field sobriety

tests, and Mahendra Sawh, 63, of Kearny was taken to headquarters and charged with DWI. Police said he also had two outstanding warrants from Newark. Oct. 1 At 5 p.m., at Kearny and Pavonia Aves., Officer Brian Wisely spotted a man who he was aware was the subject of outstanding warrants. After confirming these, Wisely arrested 43-year-old John Duffy, who was wanted by Kearny and Woodbridge. Officer Wisely, checking the parking garage at Bergen Ave. and Elm St. at 7:30 p.m., saw two individuals -- known to him from what police called “numerous past encounters” -- running from the prem-

ises. After a foot pursuit, he overtook one, Brandon Tice, 19, of Elizabeth, who was charged with defiant trespass and resisting arrest. Police said Tice was also wanted on a disorderly- conduct warrant out of Seaside Heights. Wisely had recognized the second runner as Scott Huaman, 23, of Kearny, who later conveniently phoned HQ to ask if he could come in and pick up a cell phone he had dropped, police said. When he arrived, he was arrested on charges of defiant trespass and resisting arrest. Oct. 2 Officer Pat Becker responded to the report of a suspicious person at Morgan Place and Bennett Ave. at 9:30 p.m. Becker, along with backup

officers Giovanni Rodriguez and Chris Medina, searched the area, and a suspect fitting the description was found at Stuyvesant and Kearny Aves. Detained for questioning and checked for warrants, 41-yearold North Arlington resident Richard McKoy was found to be wanted by Jersey City, police said. Oct. 3 At 4:30 p.m., on Devon St. near West Hudson Park, Officer John Fabula encountered Arthur Smith, 49, who has no known address but was known to have warrants. After confirming that there were four issued by Harrison, Fabula held him at the scene and turned him over to Harrison police. – Karen Zautyk

Nutley kids invited to enhance dramatic skills Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci announces that registration is now open for the fall session of an Advanced Theater Workshop.

The program is open to Nutley residents in grades 8 -12 with prior acting experience. Participants will study

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be reviewed. A six-week session will be offered, beginning on Monday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Department offices, 44 Park Ave., in Room 201. A fee of $35 per participant is payable at the time of registration. Online registration

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‘Booked’ for long-term stay as library head By Anthony Coelho Observer Correspondent

2010, before being hired as director at Rose Memorial Library in Stony Point, N.Y. After an 18-month stay in ast Wednesday, Stony Point, Puccio then Bloomfield Public took on the job of direcLibrary hosted a weltor for the Caldwell Public come reception for their Library. newly appointed director, “I was very much inAdele Puccio. Residents volved with the commuenjoyed baked goods and nity of Caldwell,” Puccio other refreshments and said, “developing programs some one-on-one time with the local college as with Puccio in a comfortwell as after-school proable setting. grams for the elementary Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Puccio moved to schools, too.” Puccio—who is now Bayonne after attending making $85,000 annuRutgers University where ally as Bloomfield Public she received her Bachelor Library’s new director—is of Arts in English in 1992, focused on bringing a and her Master of Library handful of changes to the Sciences in 1994. She then went on to work several li- table that would further brarian jobs in South River, benefit the library’s curWoodbridge, and Hoboken rent state. “I want to organize from 1994 to 2005. a foundation that will Puccio is no stranger financially support the to the director’s position, library with fundraisers, or the town of Bloomand establish a strong field. She worked as the partnership with Bloomsupervising librarian for field College,” Puccio said. Bloomfield Public Library “I also want to work on from May 2005 to January


developing and expanding the staff.” The library recently suffered a series of layoffs in 2012, as a result of a budget crunch. Puccio hopes to acquire capital funding that would be applied to the repair of two library buildings that date back to 1920 and 1960 (which suffer from roof damage, HVAC system failure, and a broken elevator). “It would be extremely beneficial, not only for the library, but for the community as a whole,” Puccio said. Puccio hopes to settle in as as director at Bloomfield Public Library for the duration. With her new approach, familiarity with the area, and plethora of experience, she seems to be the perfect fit. “Bloomfield feels like home and I’m really glad to be back. I don’t see myself relocating anywhere else, anytime soon.”

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Adele Puccio takes stock of her new surroundings at Bloomfield Public Library.



Highlights from the Lyndhurst Police blotter A township man stands accused of stealing jewelry from a neighbor’s apartment. Shane Beddard, 38, was arrested last Tuesday, Oct. 1, on charges of burglary, theft and possession of burglar tools.

Police gave this account of the incident that led to the collar: On Monday, Sept. 30, police were called to the 400 block of Fern Ave. on a report of a residential burglary within a

multi-family dwelling where officers interviewed a 53-yearold woman who told them that when she came home, she found a man whom she recognized as a neighbor, standing in her kitchen.

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When she asked him what he was doing there, the man reportedly told her he had chased an intruder out of her apartment. When the woman informed him she was going to call the police, the man ran from the apartment. Acting on the suspicion that the man had retreated to his second-floor apartment, responding officers set up a perimeter around the building and then conducted a search, to no avail, police said. By the following day, however, police said Det. Lt. Patrick Devlin and Det. Vincent Auteri had tracked the suspect – who police identified as Beddard – to a location in Belleville where he was taken into custody. Police said the woman who’d found Beddard in her apartment told them that $3,700 worth of jewelry was missing and detectives later tracked the missing gems to a New York City pawn shop where the stuff had already been melted down. Beddard was ordered held at Bergen County Jail after he was unable to make $15,000 cash only bail. In other incidents logged by Lyndhurst P.D. during the past week:

At 6:15 p.m., police received a report from a 47-year-old Lyndhurst resident that someone had taken a portable DVD player from his 2011 Mazda while it was parked in the 100 block of Summit Ave. The owner told police he may have left the car unlocked. At 3:10 p.m., police issued a summons to Gayle Racanati, 52, of Rutherford, charging her with shoplifting. Police said Racanati had been detained by store security at the ShopRite on New York Ave. after the woman had allegedly tried to walk out the store with various items she had concealed in a ShopRite bag without paying. Oct. 2 At 9:52 p.m., police approached a man loitering around some parked cars in the 700 block of Second Ave. and asked him what he was doing there. The man told them he was waiting for someone. Becoming suspicious of his account, police searched the man and found a hypodermic needle and eight tablets of amitriptyline. The man, identified as Ronald Kaduscwicz, 34, of Kearny, was charged with possession of a hypo and possession of prescription legend drugs.

Sept. 28 At 3:13 p.m., police responded to the parking lot of the Kings Court health club on Riverside Ave. where the 68-year-old Paterson owner of a 2005 Honda told them that someone had removed $250 in cash, a cellular phone and his wallet with a credit card from the center console. He told police he’d left the car locked but police said they found no sign of forced entry. At 10:53 a.m., police responded to the grounds of Lyndhurst High School on a Oct. 3 report that someone was sick. At 7:16 p.m., police were Upon arrival, police said they called to the 300 block of Watfound two individuals being son Ave. where the 19-yeartreated by Lyndhurst EMS old Lyndhurst owner of a personnel. One told officers 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck they had been “huffing” fumes reported that someone had enfrom a dust removal spray can. tered his vehicle while it was Police charged Endeavor Warparked in that location and rick, 19, and his 14-year-old removed his wallet containing companion, both of Lyndhurst, his license and credits. Police with being under the influsaid the vehicle had been left ence of a controlled dangerous unlocked. substance.


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of 99 during Phase 1, 72 additional spaces for Phase 2, 72 more for part of Phase 3 and 60 more during Phase 4. Each phase is expected to take 13 to 15 months to complete. Tenants who choose to use those off-site spaces will be charged a fee for that parking, separately from their monthly apartment lease, according to an addendum to the Advance application filed with the Planning Board. Phase 1 will see construction of the first residential building with a total of 139

apartments: 45 studios, 81 one-bedrooms and 13 twobedrooms, plus 49 basement and courtyard parking spaces, various retail shops, a fitness center just for residents, a leasing office that may later be converted to retail space, and a courtyard pool. With Phase 2 will come a second residential building of 103 apartments, comprising 30 studios, 63 one-bedrooms and 10 two-bedrooms, plus 31 basement level parking spaces. Under Phase 3, a third residential building, also of 103 apartments, will be built, with the same unit breakdown as

Phase 2, and 31 basement level parking spaces. Finally, Phase 4 calls for construction of a 305-space parking garage and a two-story building that will contain a public fitness center and a restaurant that will accommodate both indoor and outdoor patrons. In another real estate development, Jeff Milanaik of CrownPoint Group LLC and Jon Hanson of Hampshire Real Estate Cos., both of Morristown, are partnering to develop the former cookie factory property at Bergen and Second Sts.

St. Lucy’s marks Feast of St. Gerard The St. Gerard Committee of St. Lucy’s Church, National Shrine of St. Gerard, 118 Seventh Ave., Newark, is preparing for the Feast of St. Gerard Maiella. St. Gerard is recognized as the patron saint of expectant mothers. The observance draws thousands to the National Shrine every year. Although the feast of St. Gerard is Oct.

16-20, St. Lucy’s began the celebration with a novena on Oct. 7, continuing until Oct. 15. The feast ends with a procession on Oct. 16, 19 and 20. All novenas begin at 7 p.m.: Oct. 9 for armed forces; Oct. 10 for annointing of the sick; Oct. 11 for women praying to conceive; Oct. 14 for expectant mothers; and

Meet the Great Pumpkin Children ages 3 to 9 can meet The Great Pumpkin on Saturday, Oct. 26, at noon, at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event includes snacks, games and a scarecrow craft project – bring an old shirt and pants and Oakeside will provide straw. Children can have their pictures taken with the pumpkin. Admission is $15 per child and $10 per adult.

A “Ghost of a Chance: A Comedy Mystery” dinner presentation is set for Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at Oakeside. Tickets are $64.95 per person (dinner, show, tax & gratuity). Reservations for both events are required and must be paid within five days of booking. There are no refunds on paid reservations. For information and reservations for these events, call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.

Literacy volunteers needed Literacy Volunteers-West Hudson, Inc. seeks volunteers to train as tutors for its Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language programs. An orientation session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Kearny Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave. Training sessions will be held on the following Saturdays: Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2.

Following training, tutors will be matched with adults who wish to improve their reading/writing or conversational English skills. It is not necessary to know a foreign language. Tutors are asked to commit to two hours per week for one year. For more information, please or call 201-998-3336.

The joint venture, known as Bergen St. Urban Renewal LLC, closed on the site in August. A former purchaser of the site who had intended to build townhomes there walked away from the project after the national recession killed the for-sale market. Milanaik said the development team is preparing to submit a site plan application to the Harrison Planning Board for a residential complex comprising 104 rental apartments spread equally between two four-story buildings, with a combination of studios, one-bedrooms and


two-bedrooms, and on-grade, on-site parking for 104 vehicles. Milanaik said that efforts were made in the project’s design to try not to overwhelm the Bergen St. neighborhood of largely single-family homes. In between the two residential structures will be a third building housing a fitness room for residents and other amenities, including a roof deck, he said. This project is to carry with it a PILOT agreement but the financial information related to that arrangement wasn’t readily available.

Oct. 15 for blessing of newborn babies. St. Lucy’s Parish is rich in Italian traditions, heritage and culture and will celebrate a Mass honoring the many Italian American organizations in New Jersey on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

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Adaptive Signal System for Traffic Reduction) program Alberto Santos and the Town at Jacobus Ave. and 1&9 in Council passed a resolution an effort to prevent backups, petitioning the DOT Task Lambiase said that timed Force that is drafting a Skyway traffic signals “will be of traffic mitigation plan “to fosome help but until [the cus its attention on the Town shutdown] actually happens, of Kearny.” these are all estimates at Lambiase said that aside best.” from the traffic spillover Also worth considering, onto 1&9, there’s probably Lambiase said, is bus sergoing to be a “ripple effect” vice – which some South from additional diversions Kearny employees rely on to to Rt. 7 in Kearny and the get to and from their jobs. N.J. Turnpike, where the Given the likelihood that it state Turnpike Authorwill take longer for routes ity has agreed to open the like NJ Transit’s No. 1 line eastbound shoulder of the [which links Newark’s Penn Hudson County Extension Station and Kearny] to get (Rt. 78) as a third lane to where they’re going, “emaccommodate the expected ployees who work in South crush. Kearny are going to have While the N.J. Meadowto make alternate [travel] lands Commission plans to plans.” expand its federally-funded While the Hudson TransMASSTR (Meadowlands


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fic flow of 12,000 vehicles alone, he said. If, for example, the South Kearny exit ramp is closed and northbound traffic is rerouted via a circuitous loop through South Kearny’s back roads, that could be a “frightening” prospect for travelers, Lambiase said. One of the alternate detour options reportedly under consideration by the DOT, according to Lambiase, would pass along Central Ave. near the Second St. grade crossing for the Norfolk-Southern freight line, known as the “garbage train,” which uses the intersection as a staging area, typically in the late afternoon, often snarling traffic. If northbound traffic is diverted from the Skyway onto Central, that traffic could end up backed up onto Truck 1&9 North. “That would be crippling,” Lambiase said. “I think the first couple of months [after the Skyway’s closure] are going to be painful.” Federal legislation protecting the railroad’s right-of-way makes it tough to change the railroad’s behavior, he added. “It’s going to be a stressful two years,” Lambiase warned. “You can’t take the Pulaski off the grid and not feel the impact.” Then, along Rt. 7 – where some of the displaced traffic will likely go – there’s the matter of the Hackensack River Bridge which, Lambiase said, “goes up, unannounced, every day,” posing further delays for motorists. Given all these potential travel pitfalls, Lambiase said, “there’s going to be a tremendous learning curve for business owners here as to what their best alternatives will be.” Some, seeing the handwriting on the wall, have already decided what to do, he said. “A couple of companies whose leases are expiring – one with about 60 employees – and who occupy between 50,000 and 80,000 square feet, are going to move out of the area.” Meanwhile, Lambiase noted, on Truck 1&9 in Jersey City, a company is building an 800,000 square foot warehouse that will be sub-leased to Peapod Online Groceries and Imperial Bag & Paper Co. “You’re looking at a minimum of 400-plus employees and 100 truck

trips a day. It won’t come on line until late 2014 or early 2015 but when it does, that will be added to the belly of the beast.” Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said the Police Department is “certainly sympathetic” to the association’s plight, from a public safety standpoint, given that Kearny P.D. responds to traffic disruptions from the Rt. 7 bridge and stalled trains, along with emergencies along the South Kearny stretch of the Skyway. “If the State Police are going to take over some stretches of roadway, so be it,” Dowie said. “But we’ve got to know what happens if there’s an accident [on the Skyway] and we can’t get to it. We’ve got to know if we can shut things down and have emergency vehicles go up the [South Kearny] ramp against traffic – assuming the ramp is going to be open – there are a lot of open questions.” Lambiase said he’s not about to bash the state for shutting part of the Skyway. “We realize the repairs are necessary,” he said. But, he added, “there could’ve been more outreach to businesses in this area and better dialogue” to come up with alternate traffic solutions. For example, he said, no one from the state has brought up the idea of South Kearny businesses entertaining “flex hours” so that traffic volume may perhaps be spread out more each day, although that may hard to square with the Port Authority maintaining its Port Newark and Port Elizabeth operation hours on a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. However it comes out, coping with the roadway detours is “going to be a challenge,” Lambiase said. State DOT spokesman Joseph Dee declined to discuss travel options currently under discussion. “The plan is to make a comprehensive report public in about a month,” Dee said. “We’re not going to [provide] a prospective plan. We feel it’s much better for us to get our ducks in a row and not to throw something together that’s just a draft. We feel it’s better to provide information when we have a plan that’s ready to be announced.”




– all the more surprising given that Strumolo – who is first on a Civil Service list for deputy police chief – on April 11 filed a notice of tort claim against the township, the Police Department and the mayor, seeking $2.5 million in damages for having “steadfastly refused to promote [him] to Deputy Chief ….” And, on Oct. 11, Strumolo – by law – would be entitled to proceed with a formal law suit against the township. But now, Petracco seems intent on offering the olive branch to the unhappy captain. How did that come about? “The captain and I have met privately over a cup of coffee,” Petracco said, then interjecting the thought that a PBA rally held this summer outside Town Hall that supported Strumolo and attacked alleged political interference by the mayor – a demonstration the mayor characterized as a “dog and pony show” – needlessly fueled the conflict between him and Strumolo and “took on a life of its own – only for lack of communication.” “[Strumolo] reached out to me in August,” Petracco continued, “and, at this point, he’s kind of won me over. I feel he’s kind of a good guy.” Still, Petracco hedged on whether he liked Strumolo enough to install him as a permanent police chief. “I want to see how he does and observe him [as provisional chief] first,” the mayor

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Mayor Alphonse Petracco (l.) and Capt. Tom Strumolo.

said. “The chief speaks for the members of the Nutley Police Department. I represent the interests of some 30,000 Nutley people. I’ve got to make sure we put the right person in there and I think we’re on our way.” Asked if he’d continue to pursue plans to change the Table of Organization for the Police Department by eliminating a deputy chief rank while adding a captain slot, Petracco, again, was noncommittal. “I’ll take it day by day,” the mayor said. “I want to stay on this track. There are always options. Right now, I’m not entertaining any other options. It’s my obligation to make sure we’re doing the right thing for our residents and our Police Department.”

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However, when asked if would promote someone from the ranks to fill the vacancy that will be created by the soon-to-be promotion of Strumolo to the rank of provisional chief, Petracco was clear. “I do expect to replace the captain,” he said. “And,” he added, “I will still take a hard look at our T.O. and at possibly restructuring

our department.” Strumolo declined comment on the sudden turnabout but one of his Chatham lawyers, Kara MacKenzie, said: “We are open to a total resolution of the matter. Capt. Strumolo would like to move forward.” Asked if that meant that Strumolo would drop his lawsuit, MacKenzie wouldn’t

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answer. Here’s what Civil Service rules, 4A:4-1.5, say about provisional appointments: “A provisional appointment may be made only in the competitive division of the career service when all of the following conditions are met: 1. There is no complete list of eligibles, and no one remaining on an incomplete list will accept provisional appointment. 2. The appointee meets the minimum qualifications for the title at the time of the appointment, and, 3. The appointing authority certifies that failure to make the provisional appointment will seriously impair its work.” If an exam is called for a position occupied by a provisional employee and that employee fails to take the exam, that employee “shall be separated from the provisional title” within 30 days by the employer. If an employer/ municipality fails to comply, it can be fined by the state. Provisionals can generally stay up to a year in their titles.


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The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will provide free counseling and claim filing assistance to all veterans and their families at the DAV Belleville Nutley Chapter 22, 612 Mill St., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Nicholas Bernardi at 973-297-3378. Belleville Elks Lodge, 254 Washington Ave., hosts its monthly breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under age 12. Children under age 3 are admitted free. Breakfasts are held the third Sunday of every month. High School bands, motorcycle clubs and all civic associations interested in participating in Belleville’s Veterans Day Parade are invited to contact Bill Steimel at 973759-4692. The parade is set for Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. The Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade kicks off Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m., starting at Belleville High School and proceeding down Joralemon St. to Franklin Ave. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Pasquale Megaro Jr. For more information or to participate, call Frank Russo at 973-941-3543 or e-mail columbusparade@


Bring your clean, gently used Halloween costumes to Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., to receive a ticket for a costume swap (one swap ticket per child). Bring your tickets to the library to choose a costume from 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19. No costume to donate? You can select a costume from 4 to 5 p.m. for a donation of $3. Leftover costumes are donated to Goodwill. For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 507. The library announces the following schedule for its Monday and Thursday Afternoon at the Movies: – Thursdays: Oct. 10: “Hangover Square” (Laird Cregar); Oct. 17: “Absolute Power” (R) (Clint Eastwood),

Oct. 24: “Roxie Hart” (Ginger Rogers); and Oct. 31: “Dracula” (NR) (Bela Lugosi). -- Mondays: Oct. 14: Library closed for Columbus Day; Oct. 21: “Arabesque” (NR) (Gregory Peck); and Oct. 28: “My Gal Sal” (NR) (Victor Mature). Films for both programs start at 12:15 p.m. Admission is free.

3578, for A.C. call Peg at 201998-9443 and for condolences call Vicki at 201-991-8345. Kearny High School’s Class of 1964 celebrates its 50th reunion on Oct. 14 at the White Sands Hotel, Point Pleasant Beach. For more information, contact Richard Pachucki at Visit the Kearny Fire Department, 109 Midland Ave., on Oct. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. East Newark for Fire Prevention Week. The Senior Club of East Come see the apparatus and Newark meets Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. meet the firefighters. This at the East Newark Senior event includes demonstraCenter, 37 President St. Mem- tions, free handouts, educabership is open to ages 55 and tion, smoke detectors and over. light refreshments. Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will hold a book Harrison sale on Saturday, Oct. 12, from Harrison American Legion 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donated and hosts its 75th anniversary celebration and awards dinner discarded hardcover and on Nov. 9 at the Harrison-East paperback books will be available for a quarter each or 5 Newark Elks, 406 Harrison for $1. Ave. Mayor Raymond McWest Hudson Christian Donough, Elks Exalted Ruler Center, 557 Kearny Ave, hosts Larry Bennett and Councilthe following: man Victor Villalta will be • Donations for a women’s feted for the work they do for and children’s clothing veterans. For information or reservations, call Ed Marshdrive will be accepted at the man at 201-998-0662. church at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Kearny at 10 a.m. on Sundays. DonaThe Ancient Order of Hitions will be available to the bernians, Division 7, hosts a community for free on SatScotch Whiskey Tasting Fun- urday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to draiser on Saturday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m. For more information, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Irishcall 201-997-7762 or visit whcAmerican Association, 95 Kearny Ave., featuring Peter • Auditions for a Christmas O’Connor, of Spike TV’s “Bar play will be held Saturday, Rescue.” Tickets are $40 per Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m., and Sunperson. Mail reservations and day, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m., for payments to: AOH Division ages 5 to 12. Practices will be 7, 227 Highland Ave, 1st Floor, Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Kearny, N.J. 07032. Proceeds in October and November. benefit the AOH scholarship The play will be presented fund. For more information on the second weekend in visit: aohdiv7hudson@gmail. December. For more inforcom or call 201-889-5930. mation, e-mail the church at St. Stephen’s Seniors nounce the following events: • A membership meeting Lyndhurst will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, Lyndhurst Public Library, in Hedges Hall, 141 Washing355 Valley Brook Ave., sponton Ave., at 1 p.m. A board sors the following children’s meeting will be held at 10:30 programs: a.m. Membership is open to • Fit4Kids Anti-Bullying anyone age 50 and older. Show: Muscle Man Mike and • A trip to New England is his Super Hero Friends preset for Oct. 20-24. sent a discussion on strategies For more information, call to prevent bullying, for ages Tom at 201-998-8258.  For trip 3 to 10, on Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 information call Joan at 998p.m. Registration is required.

• Halloween Craft: Kids in grades 1 to 4 are invited to make a witch’s cauldron on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. • Halloween Parade: Children in grades pre-k to 3 can wear their costume and collect treats on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. • “Street Smart”: A new class added as part of the adult ESL program reviews managing banking, expenses, and dealing with different types of vendors begins Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Space is limited and registration is necessary. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or e-mail The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst and the Giving Tree co-host a Tricky Tray for children on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m., at the Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. The cost is $5. Doors open at noon. Refreshments will be served. For tickets, call Janet Ricigliano. For more information on becoming a member, call Marilyn Falcone at 201-9336459. A free two-hour ThirdTuesday-of-the Month Walk with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry. Participants must sign a standard liability release. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201230-4983. Adoniram Lodge 80, F&AM, 321 Second Ave., hosts an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the Masonic Temple at 201-438-2662 or David Ramirez at 201-456-4343.

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The North Arlington Woman’s Club hosts a pasta night on Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, 10 Beaver Ave. (behind the Health Department). Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under age 12. For tickets, call 201-997-8915.

The Rosary Society of Queen of Peace Parish, North Arlington, sponsors a Tricky Tray and luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 4 p.m., at San Carlo Fine Caterers, 620 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, for ages 18 and older only. Admission is $40 per person. For tickets, call Carol at 201-991-6454 or Pegeen at 201246-1030. The North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., hosts a Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and reservations, call 201-9985636. The North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., offers these events: • Story Time for ages 2 to 5 is held every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. • Halloween Craft for grades K to 5, sponsored by the NA Women’s Club, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. • Bedtime Story Time for ages 4 to 6 is held Thursdays, Oct. 10 and 17, at 6 p.m. • Spooky Spectacular Workshop for grades K to 5 is slated for Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. Mad Science presents bubbling potions, wicked brews, and really cool special effects. To pre-register, call 201-955-5640, ext. 126. • Origami Club for grades 4 and up meets on Friday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. The Ironbound Irish-American Association presents “Finnegan’s Wake” on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 194 River Rd., North Arlington, from 7 to 11 p.m. The Michael Byrnes Band is featured. The cost is $45 per person. For tickets, call Ted Edwards at 201-6282069 and 973-900-3160 or Mike Batty at 201-317-6200.


Nutley residents can safely discard unused prescription medication by bringing it to Nutley Police Headquarters, 228 Chestnut St., on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the Nutley Police Department’s “Operation Take Back.”



sports&recreation THE OBSERVER | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013

Kearny girls’ tennis: Doubles trouble

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Lyndhurst boys’ soccer: Finding their way through growing pains Lyndhurst High School boys’ soccer coach Rob Kost is trying to find some continuity with his team. It’s not easy. “We’ve had our share of injuries and red cards,” Kost said. “It’s tough to compete without a full team. We’re maneuvering a lot. I’m impressed with the effort.” Recently, Kost added a freshman to the lineup and Doug DaSilva has provided a bit of a boost. “It seemed as if he lit a fire under everyone,” Kost said of DaSilva. “I think that’s the spark we needed to get going.” DaSilva scored a goal and added an assist in his varsity debut. “It’s just what we needed,” said Kost, whose team now has a 4-5 record this season. “He was all over the field. Being shorthanded, we didn’t have much up top, but we’ve definitely evolved since we put him in.” The Golden Bears’ goalkeeper is senior Matt Lemke, who Kost called “the emotional leader of the team.” Lemke missed some time at the beginning of the season due to a sprained ankle, but he’s returned to maintain

stability in goal. Kost has been juggling players at the sweeper position, using players like versatile senior Giuseppe Pollicino and sophomore Andrew Cosman at the spot. “Giuseppe has been the backbone and solidifies the back, so we move him around,” Kost said. The stopper is senior Erik Marulanda, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, but has returned this season entirely healthy. “Getting him back was a big help to us,” Kost said. The other defenders are seniors Danny Zerboni and Devin O’Donovan and promising sophomore Montana Thungasson. Senior Anthony Cardaci, who started last year as the Golden Bears’ goalkeeper, then moved to midfield, has returned to his midfield slot. Cardaci gives Kost the option of playing him in either spot. Cardaci has scored two goals this season. Another key midfielder is senior Anthony Giaquinto, who only played two games last year due to an injury. “We’re so glad to have see VIEW page


Both Kardinal doubles teams win Hudson County championships

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Both the Kearny High School girls’ tennis first and second doubles teams won Hudson County Tournament championships recently. Front row, from l., are first doubles champs Gabriella Robles and Jessica Martinez. Back row, from l., are second doubles champion Mallory McBride, head coach Amy Lasker and second doubles champ Monica Shenoda.

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There’s also the strategy behind pairing one player with another. For example, on the erhaps the toughest asKearny team this year, sophopect of the game of tennis more Mallory McBride and is playing doubles. junior Jessica Martinez were With a singles player, you first-year members with the just grab your racket, take to varsity. Both girls had to find the court and go. their own bearings before worIn doubles, there are a lot rying about the proper pairing of factors to consider. There’s for doubles. teamwork, camaraderie and to“I think the key is being supgetherness. There’s timing and portive of each other,” McBride chemistry. There’s communica- said. “We also worked hard.” tion at the highest level. “Honestly, there was a little “It takes patience,” said bit of doubt whether we could Kearny High School head girls’ do it,” Martinez said. “We tennis coach Amy Lasker. “You didn’t know each other well, need someone who is a good so we didn’t know if it would listener, someone who is trust- work out.” worthy. It takes a lot of teamBut Lasker saw something in work and trust in each other. her doubles teams. It’s one of the most difficult Lasker paired senior returnee positions to be in tennis.”


Gabriella Robles with Martinez for the first doubles team and then placed senior Monica Shenoda with McBride for second doubles. The strategy worked out brilliantly, as both Kearny doubles teams won their respective flight in the recent Hudson County Tournament championships. It was the first time ever that Kearny won both doubles county titles. “They all had great teamwork,” Lasker said. “I think it helped that there was a senior with the younger girls to help with their confidence. Gabriella has a champion’s attitude. She doesn’t like to lose and she’s always working. Jessica has the same attitude, so it’s see TENNIS next page





good that they’re together. They work well together. Added Lasker, “Monica and Mallory are both a little softspoken and less emotional, so it’s good that they’re together. They’re both a little more strategy oriented.” It also helps that the Kardinals have had incredible success this fall. They are currently undefeated in dual matches, winning all nine of their contests. “They all have a little bit of confidence now, playing together,” Lasker said. The Kardinals just defeated Belleville, 4-1, in the opening

round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV state playoffs and will now face Ridgewood in the second round. By virtue of that undefeated 9-0 team mark, the Kardinals were the No. 6 seed in the bracket. “It’s the highest seed Kearny ever received,” Lasker said. First singles player Valeria Siquenza qualified for the NJSIAA state tournament in first singles. So it’s been a great year all around, capped by the two doubles teams winning county crowns. “It feels really good,” said Shenoda, who attends High

Tech in North Bergen and has to shuttle back and forth in order to play tennis in her home school district. “Going into the season, I think some of us were a little hesitant, but now that we’ve won, it’s an amazing feeling.” Shenoda was asked what it was like to worry about getting from North Bergen to Kearny in time to practice and play in matches. “Sometimes, it gets pretty hard,” Shenoda said. “I have to leave school early in order to get to Kearny in time for a match. But I love this sport and I love this team. I wouldn’t want to play with anyone else other than the

girls from Kearny.” Martinez knows what the most important aspect is of being a successful doubles partner. “Communication is the key,” Martinez said. “You really have to be able to get along. It’s all set in now that we won, set in, but in a good way.” Shenoda believes that the county title is the culmination of a lot of effort. “This is something I’ve wanted for a long time,” Shenoda said. “It’s our biggest goal and it’s still a little hard to believe that we did it.” “It took a lot of hard work to get here,” Robles said. “We all became friends on and off

the court. I think that helps. We were all very positive and I’m very proud of that.” The Kearny girls had reason to be proud. They achieved a slice of history, both earning county championships at the same time. Lasker said that there’s another reason for the girls to be proud. “A lot of them never played tennis before high school,” Lasker said. “I think it shows that hard work and determination can pay off. They’re all finally seen by everyone as being successful.” Not just successful – but successful Hudson County champions.

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Harrison (a 3-0 loss), so that helped us. For now, it’s all about building character. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we have in us. I’m hoping we can roll off a couple of wins.” Kost knows what the Golden Bears have to do. “We have to play our game,” Kost said. “We have to possess

the ball better and mount a counter attack. We’re getting better.” Luckily for the Golden Bears, the season is only half over. There is time for recovery – and thanks to the spirit of a freshman, Lyndhurst has apparently found that opportunity to be an improved team in the middle of the season.

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ueen of Peace head football coach Robert Kearns has been around the game of football for more than three decades,

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Griffins’ 49 points. Between his rushing and receiving achievements, Momnohin combined to gain an unfathomable 474 yards of total offense on his own. For good measure, Momnohin collected eight tackles on defense and sealed the victory with an interception. Is there any doubt that Momnohin would be selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week? Momnohin earns the distinction of being selected as Athlete of the Week for the third straight year, one of only a handful of athletes to be honored three times. For good measure, Momnohin had 205 yards rushing, 102 yards receiving and four touchdowns in the Golden Griffins’ 37-30 win over neighboring rival St. Mary of Rutherford on Saturday, pushing the Golden Griffins’ record to 3-1. In four games this season, Momnohin has now scored 15 touchdowns. After the Becton explosion, Momnohin said he was surprised to learn of the incredible totals he see ATHLETE page









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reached. “To be honest, I didn’t know until the game was over,” Momnohin said. “I then said, ‘Wow, it was a big game for me.’” A lot of people joined Momnohin in their astonishment. “Well, it was definitely a career high,” Momnohin said, still laughing. It was actually a Queen of Peace single game school rushing record. “I said that during the game that it had to be a school record,” Kearns said. “I was actually getting tired watching him run. He just kept going and going. It was like he ran 17 miles in the game. It was almost like running a marathon. I told him that I understood if he was a little tired, but he stayed in there. ” A year ago, Momnohin might have had a tough time

staying around late in a game to set a school record. He battled a string of injuries and spent a good portion of last season on the sidelines nursing those injuries. “It was definitely a goal this season,” Momnohin said. “I had to stay healthy. I spent a lot of time in the weight room to get stronger and to work on conditioning. I had to stay strong and I had to stay healthy.” Momnohin said that he likes the idea he’s no longer just a running back, that he’s catching passes as well. “I was a receiver before I became a running back,” Momnohin said, “I had to be convinced to accept the fact that I was a running back. But it definitely opens up things when teams try to key on me and it definitely does make me more of a double threat.” What also makes Momnohin more dangerous are

the players around him. His twin brother, Keith, is a fine back and receiver in his own right. Quarterback Villano has amassed more than 700 yards passing and eight touchdowns in the first four games. Fullback Tajier Jefferson has eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in each of the last two games. “The biggest difference now is that we can spread the ball around,” Kearns said. “But Kevin is the one who makes everyone look good.” “My brother, Tajier and Anthony can give me a break,” Momnohin said. “It’s opened things up for those guys to also make big plays.” Incredibly, there was a point last summer where it looked as if the Momnohin brothers were not going to return to QP for their final year of high school. There was a change in football coaches, with Steve Romano leaving and Kearns returning. The Momnohins

were almost headed to Orange High School. “But I started at Queen of Peace and wanted to stay at Queen of Peace,” Momnohin said. “I wanted to finish what I started.” Kearns just adores Momnohin – and deservedly so. “I can’t stop talking about him,” Kearns said. “He’s just amazing. The biggest thing that stands out about him is his personality. He’s smiling all the time. When I look at him, he’s smiling and all he says is, ‘just give me the ball.’ He’s the kind of kid that a father would want for a son.” “He said that about me?” Momnohin asked. “I’m speechless about that. For him to give me such a high compliment like that is amazing and means a lot.” Although he’s collected more than 1,000 yards in total offense and scored 15 touchdowns in four games, Momno-


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and PC students are $3. Tickets for all others are $5. Students must show valid PC/DBP ID to use a student ticket. Big North and NJSIAA passes will not be honored at the gate, so as to control crowd size. No other passes will be accepted. These passes will only be honored by presenting a valid pass for a ticket at PC only while supplies last. Only accredited

media with current NJSIAA certification who have advised the school in advance, will be issued a media pass and be admitted. Once the school lots are filled, overflow parking will be at Bergen Community College with free shuttles provided to those with game tickets. Fans are urged to carpool. PC is grateful for the outstanding as-

sistance of Bergen Community College. The Paramus Police Department and Bergen County Sheriff Department Honor Guards will present the colors before the game. Bosco fans will sit on the bleachers on the north side closes to the school. PC fans will sit on the south side closest to the woods.

Area residents featured in ‘Twentieth Century’ James Pecora of Kearny and Lou Pipon of Lyndhurst are part of the cast in Teaneck New Theater’s (TNT) production of “Twentieth Century,” a comic farce, running Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway. Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Friday night audiences can get two $15 tickets for the price of one. For reservations and infor-

mation, call TNT at 201-6920200. Visit TNT’s web site at for directions to the theater and for credit card ticket purchases. “Twentieth Century” premiered on Broadway in 2004 with Alec Baldwin and Anne Hecht in the roles portrayed by John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in the 1934 Hecht/ MacArthur movie version. The setting: A train trip from Chicago to New York on the luxurious Twentieth Century Limited in the early 1930s. That’s the backdrop for a hilarious encounter between

Lily Garland, the glamorous, temperamental actress, and Lily’s former lover Oscar Jaffe, the flamboyant producer/director. Jaffe, all but bankrupt, is desperate to get Lily “on board” in order to obtain financing for his next Broadway production, whatever that might be. Persuading a very suspicious Lily that he’s riding high, however, is a monumental task requiring him to be at the top of his inventive game. Helping and hindering Oscar’s quest and Lily’s rejection of him are a cast of eccentric characters.

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Participants in “Twentieth Century,” In front row, from l., are: Estaban-Messina (Union City), Leslie Lello (Ridgewood) and Lori Milchman (Fair Lawn) second row, from l.: Mark Gordon (Paramus), Jack Bachner (Lodi), Elliot Pollack (Teaneck); and in back row, from l., are: Ted Cancila (Hoboken), Ray Parker (Maplewood), James Picora (Kearny), Lou Pipon (Lyndhurst) and Michael Burdick (Linden).

NLT Readers’ Theater offers ‘Incorruptible’ Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Pl., will perform a reading of Michael Hollinger’s dark comedy, “Incorruptible” on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Admission is free. The Readers’ Theater Series features actors reading scripts of new and established plays, supplementing NLT’s regular, fully staged performances. Sunday’s reading, will feature, among others, Alex Oleksij of Nutley and Marie Blado and Harlene Golden of Bloomfield.

“Incorruptible,” described as “a dark comedy about the Dark Ages,” imagines the troubles and travails of the village of Priseaux, France, circa 1250. Not only are the townspeople dealing with the typical problems of medieval life, but the local monks suddenly face competition from a rival church. They get help from an unexpected source. For directions, visit www. For information about this or other productions, call 973-667-0374.

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Come see the best Arlington Ridge has to offer. Townhouse style condo. Two bedrooms, two baths, garage. This desirable end unit will not last at just $219,000. Wonderful Kearny Two Family with drive and garage. Two bedroom apartments. Gas heat. 37X100 lot.$299,000. 8 Year Young Kearny Two Family Home Both apartments feature three bedroom, two baths, central air. Off street parking. Immaculate. Reduced for quick sale $519,000.

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‘Sunflower’ supporters feted

These early childhood teachers at Queen of Peace Elementary School, North Arlington, received the third annual Sunflower Awards on Sept. 27 in recognition of support to the school community. From l.: Rosemary Assissi, Sharyn Archibald, Jennifer Belichak, Nancy Ritter and Amy Triano. Other awardees this year were Police Chief Louis Ghione, the Rev. Jeivi Hercules, Rosemary Rodriguez, Pat Ruccatano and Ed Civiniskas.

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Harrison – 3 Bedrooms, Living Rm, Kitchen & Bath. Rent $1350 Harrison – Riverpark Condo w/2 Bedrooms & 2 Baths. 1 Car Garage. Rent $2050 Kearny – 1 Bedroom, Living Rm, Kitchen & Bath. Rent $850 Kearny – 2 Bedrooms, Living Rm, Dining Rm, Kitchen & Bath. Rent $1100 Kearny – 2 Bedrooms, Living Rm, Dining Area, Newer Kitchen, Bath & Laundry. Rent $1250 Kearny – 4 Bedrooms, Driveway & Use of Backyard. Rent $1600 Kearny – Arlington Section-Storefront w/1200 Sq Ft. Rent $1350 Kearny –Office Space w/Approx 1200sf - Reception Area, 3 Private Offices . Rent $1700

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Halloween on the Horizon More Creative Decorations A great idea for a porch decoration is to create a wicked witch using just a pumpkin and a few tools. Grab yourself some green spray paint, a pumpkin, tempera paint and brushes, two marbles, a carving knife, a small set of nails, and glue. Begin by coating the pumpkin in green spray paint. Once dried, apply facial features to the pumpkin with the tempera paint.

Next, carve out eye sockets and lodge the two marbles inside to form a set of glowing eyes. Break off the stem of the pumpkin and reattach it to the face with glue for a nose. Once finished, fix the black wig in place with small nails, add a large cape, set the pumpkin accordingly and add the hat. You now have yourself a witch! All you’ll need for this project is a plastic gallon

container, a black permanent marker, a utility knife, and a set of 50 clear lowwattage holiday lights. The rest is simple, all you need to do is draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs, (leave the cap on to avoid denting), and cut a hole in the back of the jugs to allow for the string of lights to be placed. Once the hole is cut and the lights are placed and turned on, you now have yourself some spirit jugs!

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onto the westbound lanes of Rt. 280. At that point, due to heavy traffic, the police deemed the chase too dangerous to continue and terminated it, Dowie said. However, Officer Kelly, who was already on 280, observed the SUV exiting the highway onto Rt. 21-North and then pull onto the shoulder and slow down. It was, however, still moving. Kelly saw a woman passenger try to leave the vehicle, tumble and fall to the ground. As she got up, Dowie said, Kelly could see she was holding a baby. The SUV fled up the highway, and when the officer

approached the woman, she reportedly tried to tell him she had been hit by a car. After Kelly explained he had seen exactly what happened on the road, she admitted her involvement in the Kearny theft, Dowie said. But, he noted, she was “very uncooperative” and would not provide the name of the SUV’s driver. Dowie said neither the woman nor the baby was injured. Meanwhile, Officer Leroy Bibbs, who had seen objects being thrown from the vehicle during the chase, collected these and took them to Street Smart, where the employees identified them as store property, police reported. Charged with shoplifting and tampering with evidence

was 39-year-old Newark resident Shawnique Hill. The child, whom police identified only as a male infant, was turned over to another family member. The second shoplifting report came in at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, from Walmart, where security said they had a video image of a woman they suspected of theft. They said she had fled the store and was seen running toward Harrison Ave. Officer Rich Pawlowski, who had alerted other units of her description and began to search the area, spotted the suspect on the avenue. She again began to run, police said, and Pawlowski, along with Officer Derek Hemphill, witnessed her flee into a swampy

area and then jump into a watery ditch behind the U.S. Postal Service facility near Walmart. Confronted by the cops, who tried to render aid, the woman “began to scream and curse” and started dumping a bag of merchandise into the murky depths, Dowie said. She also reportedly threatened to sue the KPD, alleging the officers had thrown her into the ditch. Det. Ray Lopez, who was now at the scene, got a large tree branch and extended it to woman to help her get out of the water. But once rescued, she disregarded orders to submit to arrest and had to be forcibly subdued, police said. A female officer, P.J. Hernandez, had been called to

the scene to assist, and police also summoned an ambulance since murky water in meadowlands ditches could pose who-knows-what health hazards. It would have been needed anyway, since, once at headquarters, the suspect complained of a host of medical issues, Dowie said. Accompanied by Hernandez, she was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where she was served with her criminal complaints and left in the hospital’s care. Those complaints were for shoplifting and resisting arrest. And the anti-heroine of this story is identified as Moewett (no pun intended) Conway, 34, of Newark.

World-class dermatology group makes Kearny its home Residents of Kearny and its surrounding areas no longer have to travel to New York City for the best dermatologic care. Metropolitan Dermatology, a group practice with locations in Clark and Teaneck, moved into the former Kearny practice of Dr. Ira Gouterman at 752 Kearny Ave. The space was recently renovated. The dermatology providers there include Dr. Alexander Doctoroff who is an assistant clinical professor at the worldrenowned Columbia University in New York City and the former president of the New Jersey Dermatological Society, and two superbly trained physician assistants, Jalpa Patel, PA-C and Amanda Tirado, PA-C. Dr. Alan Cohen who has long been practicing in Kearny will continue treating patients


at the same location. The practice provides a wide variety of services in all areas of cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology. The providers of Metropolitan Dermatology are experts in the management of acne and rosacea, rashes, psoriasis, skin cancer, moles, warts, excessive sweating, hair, and nail diseases and many, many other conditions. Among the new services introduced into the Kearny location is Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. This method involves taking small layers of tissue until all the “roots” of a skin cancer have been removed. Mohs surgery has the highest reported cure rates for any form of skin cancer. Dr. Doctoroff is the Mohs surgeon



in the practice. Dr. Doctoroff, Jalpa Patel, PA-C, and Amanda Tirado are experts in dermoscopy (epiluminescent microscopy), which is an advanced method of skin cancer detection. Dermoscopy involves using a small hand-held microscope, and allows for more accurate detection of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, and a decrease in the number of unnecessary biopsies. Another dermatologic treatment newly available in the Kearny facility is photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT is a combination of topical medication and light. It is used to treat sun damaged skin, precancerous skin conditions (actinic keratoses), and acne. Extended allergy testing is


also available in the Kearny office for those patients who suffer from long-term rashes and skin irritations. Dana Smeragliulo, an experienced aesthetician is also available at the facility. Trained in clinical procedures and certified in microdermabrasion, she customizes treatment programs to address each patient’s unique skincare needs. She specializes in chemical peels and microdermabrasion for rejuvenation, as well as selecting customized effective skincare treatments based on the patient’s needs and skin type (acneprone, mature skin, supersensitive, dry or oily). She assists teens and adults with acne by doing extractions and introducing salicylic peel treatments into their regular acne

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Joshua Gonzalez Joshua Gonzalez, 20, a lifelong resident of Kearny, died Sept. 28 at his home in Kearny. He worked as a retail associate for AT&T in Morristown for the past year. He is survived by his beloved son Liam Joshua Gonzalez, his cherished girlfriend Nicole Picon, his loving parents Marykim Greiss and Ruben Gonzalez, his sisters Samantha Gervasi, Ryan Gervasi and Mia Gonzalez, and his brothers Sergio and Owen Gonzalez. He will also be greatly missed by his many loving family members and friends. Visitation was held at the Parow Funeral Home, 185

at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit Anita was a crossing guard in Kearny and then worked in the Ocean County Court House. She enjoyed the recreation at her community club house. Mother of Peter Ianneillo, Patricia Doyle, Joseph Ianneillo and the late Linda, she is survived by her grandchildren Peter, Anthony, Michael Anita Ianneillo Anita Ianneillo died on Oct. and Joseph, her great grandson Nicholas and her dogs 1 at home. She was 91. Born in Harrison, she lived George, Cheyenne, Deezel and Doogie. in Kearny before moving to Toms River 20 years ago. Ricardo Navia Arrangements were by the Ricardo (Julio) Navia died Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., on Oct. 2. He was 75. Kearny. A funeral Mass was Born in Ecuador, he lived in held at Our Lady of Sorrows Kearny for the past 20 years. and entombment followed Arrangements were by Ridge Rd., North Arlington, on Thursday Oct. 3. A Funeral Mass was offered on Friday, Oct. 4 at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. The interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Donations in memory of Joshua Gonzalez may be made to Liam Gonzalez in memory of his father through www.gofundme. com.

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Kearny, where visiting will be Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be officiated on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Mr. Kwapniewski was born in Poland and lived most of his life in Kearny. He was a mechanic with Hook and Eye Company, Newark, for 15 years retiring 15 years ago.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society and usher at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church.  He also served as a Corporal in the Polish Army. see OBITS page


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HOUSE FOR SALE For Sale by Owner 259 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. 3BRs, 1BA, LR/DR, renovated kitchen, high end appliances, hardwood thru-out, fenced in yard. $279,900 (201)920-4514 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. Kearny • Brick 4 Fam., (4) 3 rm apts. Off-st parking & garages • 2 fam., all brick. 5 rms on 1st flr. 4 rms on 2nd fl. Parking & car ports in rear. Can be sold as a package w/a 4 family or by itself. OʼHARA AGENCY (201)997-6300

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KEARNY 1 Bdrm $975/M, Util sep. Coven. Location, Walk to banking, Post office, Laundry, Nails, pizza and deliʼs. Free overnight parking permit avail for town municipal lot. Hardwood Floors. Call 201-955-0001 to see.

KEARNY 2nd floor. Remodeled 3 Bedrooms, LR, Kitchen/DR Combo. Central A/C. $1250. Utilities Separate. Available November 1st. (201)401-9667 (201)246-0712

KEARNY Arlington Section. Attractive 1 BR $850 & 2 BR $1050 + security, Heat & Hot water included. (908)696-1866


HARRISON 3 Bedrooms, Bath, EIK, LR/DR. Walking Distance To NYC Transp. $1450/month 1 1/2 month security. No Pets. Parking for 1 car. Available Nov. 1st. Please Call (973)818-7414

KEARNY 1 bedroom $950/month plus Small Studio $700/mo HT/HW included 1 1/2 month security. Call Super between 11am-8pm (201)998-9006 KEARNY 1 Bedroom Apartment on Liberty Street. Hard-wood floor. HT/HW Included. $900 Rent Plus 1 month Security. No Pets. For More Information Call (201)306-2994 KEARNY 1 bedroom apt., DR, study-area, kitchen. Newly renovated. $1000/month. 1-1/2 months security. Utilities separate. Available now. (551)358-9353 KEARNY 1 bedroom on 2nd fl. steps to bus stop on Kearny Ave, separate utilities (973)951-7385 KEARNY 1 sypialnia bez zwierzat, $1000 + oplaty, 1-1/2 miesieczny deposyt, dzierzawic. 973-309-0903. • 1 bedroom, no pets, $1000/month plus utilities, 1-1/2 month deposit, yearly lease. 973-309-0903. KEARNY 1st floor, 2 bedroom, LR, kitchen, Bath. Completely renovated. Washer/dryer, hook-up, basement, $1050/month + utilities. 1-1/2 months security. 201-991-6690 KEARNY 2 bedrooms, 2nd floor, a block from Kearny Avenue, $1200/month + utilities No smoking. No pets. (201)637-3544

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 KEARNY 2 Bedrooms LR, DR, new kitchen. Corner office. Close to NY transportation. 1 month security. $1150. Separate utilities. Available Now. (201)428-1667 (201)496-4049 KEARNY 2bedrooms, LR, DR, kitchen, bath. Central Air & HT. Half a block from high school $1400/month. Call after 6pm or leave message. (201)991-3896 KEARNY 2nd floor & Attic, 4 Bedroom, walk-in closet, 2 baths, Living room, dining room, kitchen, 1 parking, backyard & shed, basement, space for laundry, 1 block from Schuyler School. $1600 Call 973-908-1600. KEARNY 2nd floor 2 Family house, 2 Bedrooms. LV/DR New kitchen. Washer/dryer Hook-up. $1050/Month + Utilities. 1 month security. No Pets. (201)933-0650 KEARNY 2nd Floor, 2 family House, 2 bedroom 1 bath, LR, DR. Kitchen. $1200 1-1/2 months Security. No pets. (201)991-3223. KEARNY 2nd floor, LR Kitchen, Bath, 1 Big bedroom, separate utilities. Available now. 1-1/2 months security. $850/Month. (201)991-3366 (201)955-2662 KEARNY 3 bedroom apartment, 1 garage and 1 parking space. Separate utilities. 1-1/2 months security. Available December 1st. (201)246-9690



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KEARNY 3 bedrooms, LR, Kitchen. Central AC. Hardwood Floors. Separate utilities. 1-1/2 months security. Parking optional. (973)380-9007. KEARNY 3 ROOMS (ONE BEDROOM) ON FOURTH FLOOR: 12 GRANT AVENUE. $815 PLUS UTILITIES. LAUNDRY ROOM. NO PETS (973)493-7868 KEARNY 4 bedrooms, LV/DR kitchen with storage. $1350/month + Utilities. 1-1/2 security. No pets. Call 201-707-6365 or 201-707-6364

KEARNY 4 BR, 139 Kearny ave 2nd Floor, Front of Bus Station, 1350 SQ.FT $1395 + 1 month Deposit. (917)369-0277 KEARNY 4 room apartment. Arlington section. Private home. $875/month. One month security + utilities. No pets. Available now.(201)998-7953 KEARNY 4 rooms. Heat supplied. 1-1/2 months security required. Immediate occupancy. 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, 2 bedrooms. Modern kitchen with island, dishwasher, granite countertop, tiled bath. Hardwood floors, basement for storage. Washer/dryer hook-up, backyard, No pets. $1425. (201)697-0541

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

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. $1650/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. KEARNY Manor section, 4 Rooms. bath, 1st floor. 1 month security. No pets. Smoke-Free. Utilities not included. Next to trans & Roosevelt School. Call after 3pm. We Speak Spanish. (201)997-7720 (201)532-5561 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

Lyndhurst: 3 Room Apt. $825, Heat included

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Barbara Gerbasio RE Management Co. 201-998-8415 KEARNY

726 Elm St. Lg 1bed room (will hold king size furniture) H/HW supplied, hardwood floors. Laundry in basement close to shopping & transportation $985.00. Superintend Raz 201-889-4047 748 Devon St. (1st fl) 1 bed rm. hardwood fls. H/HW supplied $925.00. Superintend David 908-406-2083

BELLEVILLE 1 bedroom condo for rent. HT/HW, Gas Refrigirator, Stove & A/C included. Parking for 1 car. $1050/month. No pets. Avail. September 15th. (973)284-0904 Ask for Al. 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 BELLEVILLE New House. 3 bedrooms. 2 baths, Kitchen, LV/DR Combo. W/D Hook-up. Off Street parking. No pets. $1650/month + Utilities, 1-1/2 months security. Available now. (201)507-5927



CONSECUTIVELY BLOOMFIELD BLOOMFIELD Renovated 3 bedroom apt., kitchen, LR. $1700/month. HT/HW included. Available Now. (973)818-7028.


E.NEWARK 2 bedrooms. LR, Kitchen. $1,000/month, Heat Included. Available November 1st. Call Carlos at (201)274-6698


HARRISON 1 Bedroom, Kitchen, Bath, LR. Water Included. No Pets. Off Street Parking. Single or Couple Preferred. $950. Available Nov. 1st. (973)517-0479 (973)517-5333

HARRISON 5 Room Apartment. 2 Bedrooms, L/R, D/R, EIK. Separate Utilities. No Pets. 413 Davis Ave (973)268-1008 HARRISON 1 Bedroom, Bath, EIK, LR/DR. Walking Distance To NYC Transp. $950/month 1 1/2 month security. No Pets. Parking for 1 car. Available Oct. 1st. Please Call (973)818-7414

HARRISON 1st floor, 3 bedrooms, LR, EIK, near everything, separate utilities. $1300/m No pets. (973)485-9802 (201)563-9115 Call or text. Se habla español. HARRISON 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, EIK, $1050/month. 1-1/2 months security. No Pets. Separate utilities. (973)380-9007 HARRISON 218 Grant Avenue. 1st floor. 1 bedroom, kitchen, LV. Good Condition. Pay your own utilities. 1-1/2 months security, $850. Available Now or Nov. 1st. (973)704-4246 (201)889-8749 HARRISON 3 bedroom apt. Payown utilities. No pets. $1350/month + 1 month security. Available November 1st. (973)483-5678. HARRISON 3 room apt. Private entrance w/fridge. Clean, quiet environment. No pets. $750 plus utilities. Security & lease (862)223-9974 HARRISON 3rd floor. Efficiency plus, kitchen. Available immediately. 1-1/2 months security. Pay own utilities. $800/month. NO PETS. (201)955-5325 for appointment HARRISON 1st floor. 3 bedroom apt. Hardwood floors. Backyard. 5-10 mins. to PATH. Available Nov 1st. $1350. 1 month security. Separate utilities No Pets. (973)454-3281 HARRISON Newly renovated 2 bedroom, 4 room apartment. Available November 1st $1200 Includes HT/HW. 1 month security. (201)998-6683 HARRISON Newly renovated 2 bedroom, DR, LR. Utilities included. Nice area, close to PATH. 1 month security. Available November 1st. (973)483-3401


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HARRISON- 3 rooms (1 bedroom). Central Avenue. Near West Hudson Park. No pets. Pay own utilities. 1-1/2 months security. References required. Available now. Phone: (973)483-3682 or (973)809-2035

LYNDHURST 4 rooms, 1st floor. Walk to NY bus. HT/HW included. No pets. $1100/month. 1 month security. Available now. (201)939-6081


LYNDHURST LYNDHURST 1 bedroom $1200, 3 bedroom $1650. Section 8 OK. (973)227-1851 (973)760-4877.


LYNDHURST 1 bedroom. HT/HW included Clean. Private entrance. Near NYC transportation. Available now. (201)438-2761 LYNDHURST 2 bedrooms. Includes AC, kitchen w/granite & all appliances., laundry facility, parking $1275/month plus utilities. No Pets. Smoke Free Building. Close to NYC transportation. (201)970-3210. LYNDHURST 3 bedrooms. Bath, Kitchen, LV/DR. W/D hook-up. No pets. $1875/month + Utilities, 1-1/2 months security. Available October 15th. (201)507-5927.

LYNDHURST Newly Renovated 1st floor, 3 bedrooms, High End Luxury Kitchen, LV, 1 car garage and driveway $1,950/month. 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms. LV, High End Luxury Kitchen, 2 car parking. Both include Finished Basement. Laundry Hook up. Backyard. $1750/month.Close to NJ/NY Transportation. Available Nov. 1st. (201)600-1211. LYNDHURST Small 1 bedroom apartment. Renovated building. Wood kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, stove, ceramic tile floor, hardwood floors throughout. Laundry on-site. No Pets. Near NYC transportation. 1-1/2 months security. $865 + utilities. Credit check required. (201)438-6241

LYNDHURST 3 rooms. 1 Bedroom modern apt. heat/hot water, cooking gas dishwasher & parking included. Near Train Station. $1100/month plus 1 month security. Call After 9:00am (201)991-6056

LYNDHURST Small 1 bedroom apartment. Renovated building. Wood kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, stove, ceramic tile floor, hardwood floors throughout. Laundry on-site. No Pets. Near NYC transportation. 1-1/2 months security. $865 + utilities. Credit check required. (201)438-6241



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N. Arlington 4 room (1 bedroom) on 2nd floor, with deck. Pet ok. Availble now. All utilities included. $1250/month. 201-772-8592. N.ARLINGTON 1 bedroom 1st floor. New laminate floor and paint. No pets. No smoking 1-1/2 months security. $1150 + utilities. (646)926-0744. N.ARLINGTON 2 bedroom apt. 1st floor Hardwood Floors. 2 car Driveway included, available now. No pets Please call (973)393-6344 N.ARLINGTON 2nd floor. Large 7 room Apt. Dishwasher & refridgerator, H/W floors and EIK, HT/HW included. Walking distance to NY transportation, school, and supermarket. (201)283-4958.

North Arlington: • 3 Rooms w/ heat & parking $1050.

OʼHARA AGENCY (201)997-6300 NUTLEY 3NUTLEY Large 1 Bedroom apartment, EIK, large LR. 2nd Floor, private house $950 + Utilities. No pets. Call Steve (201)341-7825


N.NEWARK 2 bedroom duplex with deck. 1 month security. No pets. Utilities seperate. $1200/month. Available Nov. 1st. (973)986-8085



BELLVILLE area Room for Rent, single person, mature, resonsible. No smoking No kitchen, share bathroom, se habla espanol. (973)986-7848 E.NEWARK Room for rent. No smoking, utilities included. Available now. (973)868-7999 (973)481-0344 HARRISON Room for rent. Everything included. Share kitchen. Available now. (973)420-7451 Se habla español Kearny Furnished Big Room for rent for one person. Nice Location, $600/month + 1/month security. Everything included + Internet. Female Preferred. Available Now. 201-349-2474. KEARNY Room for rent. Utilities Included (201)279-9251. N.NEWARK Renovated Rooms for rent, Shared kitchen & Bath, LR. $350-450/month. Utilities included. 1 months security. Available October 1st. (973)752-6877

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, w/mini refrigerator, microwave. All utilities included. Great location. $500/month (201)697-0541


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



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 Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On-Bonus Owner Opʼs & Lease Purchase. Home Dalily & Weekends. CDL-A. 3 yrs. exp. w/Haz/Tank end. Bill 855-427-8568 x9208.

Full time Medical Receptionist wanted for a busy Medical Practice in Nutley. Bilingual and medial experience preferred. Competitive Salary and excellent benefits. Apply via email. Send Resume to: Ana.entofnj@ Hairdresser, Manicurist, Massage Therapist and Beautician Wanted. Very Good Commission. Call 973-202-6555. Looking for some extra holiday cash? Seasonal Christmas Employment could be your answer... Christmas Kettle Workers Ages 14+ (working permit required from your school for ages 14-16) $7.25 per hour November 15December 24, 2013 Monday-Saturday Two shifts available. Contacts: Lt. Maurice Moukouangala or Rebeca Escobar. Orientation: 10/3/13 @ 10AM The Salvation Army Kearny 443 Chestnut Street (201)991-1115


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

Real Estate Agents Call for a confidential interview or if interested in taking a local real estate course to obtain your license CALL Mid-Realty, Inc. (201)991-5719

Warehouse shop work 1st and 2nd shift med/heavy duty assembly required. Must be able to lift and carry at least 50lbs. Starting Hourly Rate $10.00. Knowledge of tools helpful. Apply at Precision Escalator 147 N. Michigan Ave Kenilworth, NJ. Side of building.

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ROOFING G & R Builders

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


Roofing + Siding Specialist. Windows,

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

Machine operator & warehouse work in North Newark. Permanent full time position. $8.50 to start. Call 973-482-8603

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




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


To place an ad call: 201-991-1600 HANDYMAN DO IT ALL

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


“FAIR DEAL DAN” Handyman, Painter, Sheetrock and Plastering, Odd Jobs. Basic plumbing, repair leaky faucets, replace faucets, sinks, toilets. Replace windows and door screens. 20 years experience. (201)448-1563


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

(201)939-7308 COPACABANA

LANDSCAPING • Lawn Maintenance. • Fall Clean-up •Clean Gutters • Snow plowing •Tree Service Free Est. & Fully Ins. Eder (201)997-9271

LADYBUG Landscapes Inc.

• Design • Construct • Maintain • Paving • Snow Removal Demolition-Commercial (201)804-0587 (201)655-1938


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

SERVICES OFFERED Appliances & Electronics Reapir. Serving NJ since 1995! Visit or call Mario Santos at (908) 403-0313. Scrap Metal pick up, old computers, fax machines, copy machines, household appliances or scrap auto parts or any type of scrap metal. Lawn furniture & gash grills. Free pick up. (973)943-9348



**MATH TUTOR** Retired Math Teacher available for tutoring. Call for appointment (201)935-3645

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


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

Couple from Poland

Will clean houses, apartment, offices. References

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

Cash Paid (201)920-8875

Top Cash paid Immediately for old Gold & Diamonds. Arlington Jewelers 36 Ridge Road N. Arlington (201)998-5036 Tues.-Fri. 10:30-6pm Saturday 10:30-5pm


Local Company Now Hiring Full time Position with Flexible hours. Hands On Customer Service. Must be able to lift some weight. Incentive Vacations & weekly pay. We train all accepted applicants. Must have car. Call 201-955-1560 today!







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


BASEMENT RENOVATIONS NO MORE WASTED SPACE. Baths, Kitchens, Decks, Painting all types of Home Improvement. Quality work fair prices fully insured. Lic.# 13vh03006100 (201)906-2422

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

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SOV General Construction Carpentry, Roofing, Siding, Painting, Windows, Doors, Kitchen, Bath, Fences, Masonry. Free Estimates. Fully insured and liscenced. (973)313-3113

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


G & R Builders

J. M. Electronics Computer Repair *Free Computer Check-up *We Buy & Sell Computers *TV Repair LCD & Plasma

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


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

502 Kearny Ave. Kearny, NJ 07032 Call Jeff for more information at (201)486-2057



ALEXANDER PAINTING, DECORATING Sheet rock/drywall. Skim coat, tape & spackle Water damage. Wallpaper remove. 15+years of experience. Free Estimates.


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



Complete Home Improvements •Kitchens •Bathrooms •Decks •Replacement windows •Siding •Additions Lic.#13VH03156600 FREE Estimates Fully Insured!



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


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



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


Kearny Garage for Rent, near Belleville Pke., $130/month. Call 908-240-9302.


Moving Sale – Everything must go. Only 1 week. 10/8 to 10/15, 9-5pm, 41 Laurel Ave., Kearny. 201-998-8025


Garage Sale, 179 Stewart Ave, Kearny Something for everyone. 9am-4pm.

Huge Yard Sale 221 Quincy Ave. Kearny. Saturday 10/12 & Sunday 10/13 from 9am-4pm. Funiture, Clothes, Bikes, tools, too much to mention.





2009 Civic LX-S, 35106 miles, 7-year 80,000 miles Honda Care inclusive warranty expire on 3/30/16. Perfect condition, 1st owner, garage kept, gray exterior/black interior, 16" alloy wheels, VIN # 2HGFA16639H331240 $13,500 or Best Offer. Eric 201-538-4132 2000 Volkswagon Jetta, 4 door, silver. Good condition. 87,000 miles. Power, leather, heated seats, sunroof, power trunk & locks. Price to sell. $3000 (973)624-4041


Electronics Training. Affordable, hands-on, realistic. Visit

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Kearny Fire Department to hold Open House The Kearny Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, October 13, 2013, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. The location is Fire Headquarters, Station #3, located at 109 Midland Avenue. The open house will mark the end Fire

Prevention Week. This year’s theme is Prevent Kitchen Fires. The fire department is inviting you to come see the Fire Apparatus, meet the firefighters, see live demonstrations, which will include the “Jaws of Life” in an automobile extrica-

tion. There will be free handouts as well as light refreshments. The event will also help us celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Kearny Fire Department. So get the whole family, come out and learn about fire safety and have fun!

Queen of Peace artists for details

MONTESSORI Full Montessori Educational Program • Engaging & stimulating hands on lessons • Customized curriculum • Advanced context Part/Full Time Schedule Kearny (201)233-1066

ITEM FOR SALE 10-1/2ft aluminum can lock break. 24ft 12inc Heavy duty aluminum scafel and 40ft heavy duty extension ladder. Must sell as set. $1,500 firm. (201)280-7584.


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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 LORENA (201)991-4165 Cell:(201)401-4525 Kearny Fax:(201)997-5783

September winners of North Arlington’s Queen of Peace Elementary School’s Apostle drawing assignment were, from l.: Lauren Asuzano, Aria Acosta, Maria Torraca, Andrew Almeida, Brian Neira, Ciara Ciriaco, Ceara Cherry and Amanda West.

Getting VIP treatment Lyndhurst’s Galina Bello on the VIP backstage red carpet at Taylor Swift’s final USA “Red” tour concert at the Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn. Bello enjoyed meeting and dining with fellow Taylor Swift fans.



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He was the beloved husband of 51 years of Joanna Chmiel Kwapniewski. Brother of Stanley Kwapniewski, sister Dolores of The Dominican Order who resides in Poland and the late Chester Kwapniewski. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews living in the United States and Poland. Archibald R. Nisbet, Jr. Archibald R. Nisbet Jr. ,55, died on Sept. 30 at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Condolences and memories

may be shared at, Archie was born in Newark and lived in Kearny most of his life. He was a carpenter for the N.J. Carpenters Union Local 253 from Hackensack for the last 30 years as well as a member of the N.J. Saltwater Fisherman serving as its web master for several years. Mr. Nisbet is survived by his wife Kathleen (Callaghan); children Melissa, Nancy, Christa and Daniel Nisbet; brothers Alan and Andrew Nisbet; and his parents Archibald R. Sr. and Irene (McGrath) Nisbet. He also leaves behind his in-laws Richard and Marie (Nigro) Callaghan. In lieu of flowers. the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at


Local graduates The following area residents in recently graduated from the following schools: Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Forham, Madison: Christopher Fatone, Dominic Garcia, Laura McKeon, Miguel Vasquez, Victoria Mariconda of Belleville; Amy Fox and Joseph Tauriello of Bloomfield; Jonathan Brandao of North Arlington; Erika Rodas, Joelle De Amorin, Michael Georgetti, Sara Sadowski and Sara Slicklen of Nutley. Fairleigh Dickinson University Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck: Karina Paz, Maribel Reyes-Martinez, Sara Elmiligi and Thais Barbosa of Belleville; Bonita

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Askew, Julio Bramon, Khalif Parsons, Napentha Gray and Rachel Kollar of Bloomfield; Carlos Bartesaghi-Mena and Mark Balsam of East Newark; Alejandra Arango, Danny Palacios, Kelly Gross, Yin Moreno and Zachary Hoch of Kearny; Ashley Woznak, John Novella, Rita Janssen, Robert Dailey and William Peer of Lyndhurst; Deborah Cherichella and Gerard Kerr of North Arlington; Adam Ricci, Anne DiGiacomo, Brian Burkhardt, Mark LaSalle, Matthew Buffardi, Matthew Cunningham, Olga Melnyk and Robert Sbaraglio of Nutley. Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, N.H. – Cheryl Botelho of Kearny.

Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa. – Stephen Polite of Belleville. The College of New Jersey, Ewing – Kyle Greulich Krista Gilchrist, Michael Ryder, Mary Ann Capobianco, Lauren Szaro, Alexandra Patrizio, Danielle Russo, Kevin Reilly and Shaun Field of Nutley; Catherine Rivas Nunez Ryan Gilbert and Lisa Ann Polito of Lyndhurst; Annabelle Vintayen, Adam Lipps, Jennifer DiTrani and Kristina Merced of Belleville; and Charles Carell, Ami Dhaduk, Cara Giordano, John Lenehan, and Eddy Ndichie of Bloomfield. University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Conn. – Christina Canales of Kearny.

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Clockwise from top left: Vicky Villalta hands out book bags and supplies; Exalted Ruler Larry Bennett with some of the local children; Bennett and Youth Activities Chairman and Past Exalted Ruler Larry Kelly; and some of the book bags and supplies donated.

The Harrison East Newark Elks Lodge 2326 recently distributed book bags and school supplies to local school children

from Harrison Gardens and the Kingsland Courts. The lodge also donates book bags to needy children in local

schools. The lodge used a Beacon grant from the Elks National Foundation to underwrite these donations.



Meet Kearny artists & see their work Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., invites the community to view a gallery of Kearny-focused pieces produced by the library’s summer adult painting class. All the artwork will be on display through mid-October. The library will host a public reception and meetand-greet with several of the artists on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. Longtime Kearny High

School art teacher and painter John Bednarczyk taught the summer classes. The artists’ canvasses contain reproductions of local landmarks such as St. Stephen’s Church, West Hudson Park and the Main Library and portraits of such figures as Gen. Philip Kearny and Mayor Alberto Santos. Participating artists were: Maria Brochado, Patricia

Cavalier, Ying Chan, Ian Perry, Mercedes Rosales, Costello, Ralph Confessore, Mona Suvarna and Sandra Kavita Kunder, Debbie McIn- Uhler. erney, Mary Minichini, Helen For more information

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