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October 23, 2013 • • Vol CXXVI, No. 22


The coolest ghoul of them all


Embattled coach won’t step down By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent

LYNDHURST – He’s frail now, a bit unsteady on his feet and sometimes has difficulty hearing. All of which is to be expected in someone who turned 95 a month ago. But to the Baby Boomers who packed American Legion Post 139 on Webster Ave. last Wednesday night, he is still “The Cool Ghoul.” Zacherley (real name John Zacherle) was welcomed by the standing-room-only crowd who had fond memories of the years when he hosted “Shock Theater,” a late-night, horrormovie TV program, back in the late 1950s. Those who never saw the show might wonder how someone who has not been on TV in decades could generate such longterm affection. It is because, although he played a creepy character, he still came across as being a genuinely nice guy underneath the scary makeup. That, and the fact, that he was a pioneer in his brand of bizarre humor. No one would blink an eye at it today, but back then, in a TV industry still taking its baby steps, it was innovative. Zach did more than just introduce the films; he did hilarious comedy bits in his character’s crypt-like “home,” see ZACHERLEY page


abuse aimed at players. The commission took the action, despite the KEARNY – Kearny Little League executive board’s decision to ohn Leadbeater, a stick by their coach. longtime Kearny Little Leadbeater was afforded League coach, has run the opportunity to appeal afoul of the town Recreathe commission’s finding tion Commission over his at a public meeting last coaching approach, despite Wednesday, Oct. 16, but being backed by the the commission voted not league’s governing board. to rescind its prior action Last month, the commiswhich stops short of sussion issued Leadbeater, the pension or removal. current Board of Education Leadbeater, who plans vice president and former to continue coaching, Town Councilman, a writsays he plans to sue the ten warning for the alleged commission over what he violation of the Town of characterized as a political Kearny Recreation Volvendetta, “trying to get me unteer Code of Conduct to quit, which I’m not gorules. ing to do.” Specific alleged infracWhat first set things in tions listed were: engaging motion was a June 1 letter in unsportsmanlike conaddressed to Little League duct with a player, engagPresident Tom Witt from ing in the use of profanity and engaging in verbal see LEADBEATER page


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‘Unsafe’ playground to reopen soon By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – A recently improved municipal playground in Kearny is currently off limits to children because of what officials characterized as a safety issue involving a play structure. Bell Playground, on Stewart Ave., between Chestnut

and Devon Sts., was ordered closed some two weeks ago but Public Works Superintendent Gerry Kerr is optimistic that it can reopen by month’s end. In another recreation-related development, the town is reviewing several conceptual plans for the reconfiguring of the environmentallty compromised Gunnell Oval municipal

recreation complex – all tied to the artificial turfing of all existing playing surfaces. No official timetable has been set for moving ahead with any of those plans, pending a determination of how the project will be financed, according to Councilman Michael Landy, liaison to the Kearny Recreation Commission.

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Teens go extra mile to give student slant By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

position was opening up and asked if I was interested.” After accepting the offer, Marco KEARNY – said Gilson then left it up to hey’re only 17 but him to find someone to fill they’re almost as busy the second liaison slot. as adults with family So Marco turned to Tiffany, and job responsibilities. who serves as vice president They are Marco Matos of the Class of 2014, and she and Tiffany Gonzalez, both agreed to step up to the chalKearny High School seniors, lenge. who are currently serving as Both students have pretty student liaisons (non-voting) impressive resumes, even to the Kearny Board of Eduwithout counting the new cation. liaison responsibilities. Both After getting brief orientaare members of the KHS tions from BOE members, Honor Society (Tiffany is the they attended their first high school chapter presiboard meeting on Sept. 16 and dent) and both are KHS crew will continue to sit in on all team captains. regular monthly BOE meetBut that’s just part of the ings. picture. Superintendent of Schools Never mind being academic Frank Ferraro came up with whizzes: Tiffany also found the idea of having student time to volunteer as the representation on the board junior class representative on to ensure further transparthe Kearny Municipal Alliency, as a way of students ance and is a current member getting school-related inforof the KHS fishing club. mation to other students and “I’m excited to be part of as a way of students relaying the new liaison program,” she their concerns to the board. said. “It was interesting seeMarco has been assigned ing how the board interacts the job of collecting input with the community publicly. from his mates at the high It kind of gave me a window school while Tiffany has been into how they run their meetasked to learn what’s on the ing.” minds of kids in the district’s Asked how she planned to elementary schools. make contact with children So far, both appear up to in the lower grades, Tiffany the task. said she was looking to send Since Marco happens to be out a “mass e-mail” to the president of the KHS Student principals’ offices at each of Government, he’s already tied the district’s six elementary into the official pipeline for schools to solicit students’ the collective KHS student needs. “And some schools voice so he’ll tap that rehave class officers so I would source to report back to the expect to work with them, board. also,” she said. Asked how he landed in Marco, meanwhile, has the liaison slot, Marco said been flexing his political musKHS Principal Al Gilson cles and he can now claim “approached me and said the some bragging rights, having


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served as a summer intern as part of the election campaign team for Democrat Cory Booker, the Newark mayor who last week defeated Republican nominee Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senator for New Jersey. “In June, I heard Booker speak at Boys’ State [where he was a Kearny delegate],” Marco said, which inspired him to serve as a summer campaign volunteer and in September, he secured a campaign fellowship to organize volunteers for Booker in Essex County. After graduation, Marco is

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aiming for a collegiate course of study leading to a career in “politics and/or government service.” For current reading, he recommends George Packer’s “The Unwinding,” which describes how big money has displaced many of America’s traditional strengths and Americans’ pride in their country. As for Tiffany’s goals, she admits to being “torn between a health-related career and politics.” For now, though, both will be focused on deciphering the machinations of the Kearny BOE.

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Nutley Irish name parade honorees By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent

of Hibernians. Accepting his appointment as Nutley Parade Grand MarNUTLEY – shal, Gill told the NIAA membership that for many years, here are still several he came to town to watch the months to go before the parade. world turns green, but “I know this parade has a the Nutley Irish American proud history,” he said, “and I Alliance has announced its am beyond honored to become honorees for the 36th annual part of that history. I’m humNutley St. Patrick’s Parade, to bled. I don’t even know if I’m be held March 1, 2014. worthy.” At the organization’s meetThe 2014 Deputy Grand ing last Thursday night, PresiMarshal is Carl Thunell, builddent Tom McEnery introduced Photo by Karen Zautyk ing inspector for the Town of the dignitaries, noting that 2014 Nutley St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal Brendan Gill (2d from l.) with Nutley, who also noted that he “every year, it’s a very hard other honorees (l. to r.) Carl Thunell, Alyson Ridings and Mike Frobose was “honored and humbled.” decision.” That’s because so “This is a great honor,” he Glen Ridge and Montclair. versity with a B.A. degree in many worthy names are alsaid, “especially after growing Since 2007, Democrat Gill political science and went on ways put forth. But after much up in Nutley and going to the was a top adviser to Sen. Frank to serve as District Director deliberation, the group’s trusparade every year.” Lautenberg and served as his for U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell and tees have made their choices. Selected as NIAA Member State Director until the senaSteve Rothman and chief of The Grand Marshal is of the Year was Mike Frobose, tor’s death this past June. staff for Assemblyman Peter Brendan Gill, Essex County who noted that his family has A lifelong resident of Essex Eagler. freeholder. Gill, elected to County, Gill lives in Montclair. Gill is also active in the Irish- been in Nutley for six generahis first term in 2011, repreHe graduated Magna Cum American community and is a tions. sents District V, which covers “I’m so honored, I’m speechLaude from Seton Hall Unimember of the Ancient Order Nutley, Belleville, Bloomfield,


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Arrested in trio of burglaries KEARNY – olice last week arrested a local man in connection with three residential burglaries – two in Kearny and one in North Arlington. The suspect was nabbed by Kearny cops within hours of the last break-in, KPD Chief John Dowie reported. The first crime was reported at 7 p.m., Oct. 8, on the 500


block of Devon St., where the burglar had used the homeowner’s ladder to gain entry to the property. A TV set and some currency were taken. One week later and one block away – on Oct. 15 on the 300 block of Chestnut St. – a burglary to another home was discovered at 3 p.m. In that incident, police said, the thief had pushed in a window air condi-

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Kearny Dets. Scott Traynor and Michael Farinola, having been briefed on the crimes, observed Ronald Kaduscwicz, 34, of Kearny, entering a business at Midland and Kearny Aves. carrying a laptop. Confronting him, Dowie said, they found that the screen name on the computer and the name of the Chestnut St. victim were “very similar.” After viewing other computer contents and questioning the suspect, the detectives arrested Kaduscwicz and, in a search incident to that arrest, found him

to be in possession of a bag of suspected heroin, police said. Questioned at KPD headquarters by North Arlington detectives, he reportedly implicated himself in the burglary in that borough. Kaduscwicz was charged in Kearny with two counts of burglary and theft and with heroin possession. The Bergen County charges were pending. He was remanded to the Hudson County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. – Karen Zautyk

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Time to turn in your unwanted meds By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent


ack in 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration launched Operation Take Back, a nationwide program offering citizens a way to safely and legally dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired medicines. The DEA termed the results “overwhelmingly successful” and has repeated the effort on a regular basis since then. This Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Operation Take Back will be held once more, and during those hours the public can drop off their meds -- anonymously, no questions asked -- at police departments across The Observer area. One of the participating agencies is the Kearny Police Department, which will have a collection box at its Juvenile Aid Bureau on the Forest St. side of the Laurel Ave. Police Headquarters. Officer Jack Corbett of the KPD noted that any expired, unused or unwanted medications will be accepted -- prescription or over-the-counter. “We even accept pet meds,” Corbett said.

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The exception: No needles. Repeat: No needles. Corbett noted that, during four prior collections, a total of more than 300 pounds of meds were turned in to the KPD. To put it in perspective: How much does a pill or tablet weigh? Next to nothing. It takes a tremendous number to add up to 300+ pounds. Which just goes to show you how much unneeded medication is lurking in home medicine cabinets. The DEA started Opera-

tion Take Back in an effort to curb illicit drug use after stats showed that a significant number of the individuals who were abusing prescription drugs obtained them

from friends or family -- often without the knowledge of those friends or families. The abusers -- and, authorities say, this includes “a growing number” of juveniles -- simply take them out of someone’s medicine cabinet. Over-the-counter drugs are now accepted, too, by Operation Take Back. All the meds collected are turned over to the DEA for safe, secure disposal. And that does not mean flushing them down the toilet, which is a nono for many RX drugs. So, between now and Saturday, check your medicine chests and clean them out. Corbett emphasized that the collection is “completely anonymous.” “There will be a box by the door. Just drop them in and leave. “But you can say ‘hello’ if you want.”

The other collection sites in Observer towns are: Nutley Police Headquarters, 228 Chestnut St. Harrison Police Headquarters, 318 Harrison Ave. (East Newark residents welcome, too.) North Arlington: Borough Hall/Police HQ , 214 Ridge Road; also, HB Pharmacy, 98 Ridge Road Lyndhurst: Police mobile command post, 425 Valley Brook Ave. Shopping Plaza parking lot. Remember, the hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No exceptions, except: Belleville: The Belleville PD now has a drug-collection drop box in the lobby of its HQ , 152 Washington Ave., available “at all times.” “That’s year-round, 24/7,” said a spokesman. If you haven’t paid it a visit yet, Saturday would be a good day to start.


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ince Halloween is fastapproaching, I believe the topic for today’s column is completely acceptable. If you disagree, stop reading now. The topic for today’s column is: Headless deer. By this I don’t mean deer unfortunately born without a head (if that ever happens), but rather deer that are beheaded by weirdos after they (the deer, not the weirdos) are hit by cars. According to news reports, there have been numerous roadkill-deer beheadings in Bergen County in recent weeks. The decapitated carcasses are being found along streets and highways, traumatizing passersby, and the supposition is that the heads are being taken as trophies. Channel 12 News even interviewed the owner of a taxidermy shop who said, “I think it’s a fascination with antlers.” Okay.

The sight of a headless deer would traumatize me, but what scares me even more is the thought that there are people driving around carrying in their cars the means (axe? machete? broadsword?) to behead a deer carcass. Can you imagine getting into a road-rage incident with one of these individuals? And what do they do with the head once they get home? “Hey, kids! Look what Daddy brought you!” Since it’s illegal (there actually is a law; $500 fine for a first offense) to behead a dead deer in New Jersey, I doubt the headhunters are taking them to professional taxidermists. And amateur taxidermy can stink. Literally. This is deer-mating season, so the bucks and the does are on the move, seeking true love. Blinded by romance, they tend to wander into the roads, especially at night. Keep your eyes open. While deer are not a com-

mon sight in Observer towns, they have visited. There was one running around Kearny awhile back, at midday, eluding all efforts to catch it and finally disappearing down the old railroad cut off Beech St. I have seen dead deer on Rt. 21, and a couple of months back, there was a very large deer carcass on Main St. in Belleville, where the power lines are. I have been told that the deer come down the power-line cut from the northern Jersey woods, probably seeking new territory since their habitat is rapidly disappearing. Poor things don’t realize that Belleville, Kearny and surrounding communities are not conducive to any wildlife larger than a groundhog. And that’s pushing it. Now, although it is against the law to behead a dead deer in Jersey, I have learned it is legal to “harvest” the entire corpse for personal consumption. According to the N.J. Divi-

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sion of Fish & Wildlife: “Deer accidentally killed by motor vehicles [only deer; no other roadkill] may be possessed only for private consumption by obtaining a free permit from the local police department or from a Fish & Wildlife regional law enforcement office. The permit authorizes only possession of the meat for consumption and is valid only for 90 days. The possession of all other parts such as antlers, under terms of this permit, are expressly prohibited. Wrapped venison packages must be labeled with the permit number.’’ Regarding that permit from local police, I’d suggest calling them first. Such permits may be common in the hinterlands, but when I asked a couple of local law enforcement types about this, they laughed at me. I’d also suggest trying to find out how to determine if a roadkill deer is still edible. Unless you saw the actual fatal encounter between deer and

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car, you’ll have no idea how long the thing has been lying there. Not a very appetizing thought. If you find all this distasteful (I warned you) note the following from, which states that “for a growing number of freegans, foragers, back-to-nature lifestylers, and for those with budgetary constraints, eating roadkill can be a great source of nourishment . . . .” I’d prefer the old Kraft Road Kill Gummies, but the company had to stop producing them after animal-rights groups protested. (I am not making this up.) Road Kill Gummies are again available, online, but they all appear to be made in China, and I refuse to consume anything made in China. As someone (was it Stephen Colbert?) said, “Everything in China is made of lead. Except their lead, which is made of cardboard.” – Karen Zautyk

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Franklin School connects with Senegal KEARNY – ercussionist Tony Vacca, a former Kearny resident, returned to his hometown recently and delivered some samples of the music of West Africa to a student audience at Franklin Elementary School. Vacca, who attended Garfield Elementary School in Kearny before his family moved to the Jersey Shore, visited Franklin School on Oct. 11 at the invitation of Principal Yvonne Cali to help relaunch a celebration of its year-round Positive Behavior Support program. The program’s motto is “Look SHARP!,” which represents the idea that students are “Sucessful when we are Helpful, Aware, Responsible, and Polite.” Sponsored by the state Department of Education, the program focuses on “randomly rewarding” children’s attendance/achievement in the belief that “schools with a positive social climate are associated with fewer occurrences of conduct problems


and better student performance outcomes,” said school psychologist Michael Emmons. It seems to be working, at least on one level, said Emmons and Cali, as evidenced by the fact that last school year, there was a 30% drop in the number of “bad behavior” cases referred to the principal’s office. As part of the program, Emmons said, teachers are trained to affirm students’ positive behavior, teach social skills, meet the needs of diverse learners and use “multi-setting interventions” to promote a positive school climate. Vacca, who has studied music in West Africa, is the leader of the World Rhythms Ensemble. He has recorded and/or performed with pop icon Sting, jazz trumpeter Don Cherry and Senegalese Afro-pop star Baaba Maal. He also performed as a percussionist in the American opera, “Truth,” about Sojourner Truth, an African-American abolitionist of the 1800s.

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Ave., injuring five Jersey City firefighters, displacing 17 residents and destroying two restaurants and a church hall. Harrison Fire Official George Kondek said an investigation by the state Fire Marshal’s office, FBI and Harrison Fire Dept. concluded that the March fire started accidentally as a restaurant kitchen cooking fire. He said the

flames and smoke activated a fire suppression system “but there was too much fire to contain it” and the fire “got into the vents and went from there with whatever grease had built up,” inside the walls. The owner/developer of the new structure is listed as Rain Man RE, LLC, of Kearny. –Ron Leir Photo by Ron Leir

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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. invites children and their families to celebrate the Halloween season at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, for “Spooky Zoo” on Friday, Oct. 25 (rain date Saturday, Oct. 26) and “Howl-O-Ween” on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 9 p.m. “Spooky Zoo” will feature animal presentations, games, crafts and themed train rides. Not-so-scary train rides will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and scary train rides will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Parental guidance is suggested for the scary train ride. “Spooky Zoo” will be held at the zoo’s Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex.

Admission for “Spooky Zoo” is $3 for Zoological Society members; $5 for nonmembers. Space is limited and registration and payment must be received prior to the event. For information, call 973-7315800 or visit Children are invited to come in costume and trick or treat at the zoo for “Howl-O-Ween.” There will be 30 stations where trick or treaters can collect candy, a not-so-scary train ride and free refreshments. Turtle Back Zoo will be closed on Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. to prepare for the event. Admission to Howl-O-Ween is $3 for Zoological Society of New Jersey members and $5 for non-members.




Hollywood comes to Kearny

By Anthony Coelho Observer Correspondent

interact with the locals by posing for pictures. Mayra Hopson, the KEARNY – owner of the film-featured home, received a letter two t’s not often you see a months ago stating that the block full of 1960s vinfilm crew was interested tage Fords with a film crew commanded by Clint in using her living room as a spot for a scene. Hopson Eastwood, but last week said the crew replaced her the residents of Kearny front door and screen door, were blessed with such a sight, as the movie adapta- and even put more shrubs tion of the jukebox musical in the front yard. By 7:30 p.m., the crowd “Jersey Boys: The Story of of Kearny residents had Frankie Valli & The Four depleted, and the film Seasons” was filming on crew was just about wrapElm St. between Stuyveping things up after a sucsant and Seeley Aves. cessful day of shooting. Earlier this year, IMDb Among the parade of (Internet Movie Database) people on Elm St. that reported that the producday was the front man of tion would begin in the summer of 2013, stretching The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, who was also sharing until the start of 2014. some laughs and moments The Broadway hit with the fans. “Jersey Boys” (book by Valli, who scored a total Marshall Brickman and of 29 Top 40 hits with The Rick Elice; music from Four Seasons, was most faBob Gaudio and lyrics from Bob Crewe) has been mous for his grand falsetto voice. running since 2005, and In the movie, Valli is in 2006 it won four Tony played by John Lloyd Awards, including the one Young, the actor who for Best Musical. The plot originated the role on of “Jersey Boys” recreates Broadway and won the the rise and fall of 1960s 2006 Tony for Best Perforrock & roll group The Four mance by a Leading Actor Seasons, which was born in a Musical. just across the river in BelOther cast members leville. are: Christopher Walken The film crew had as Gyp DeCarlo, Vincent everything set in place the Piazza (who was also in day before the scheduled Kearny last Wednesday) shoot. Make-up and hair as Tommy DeVito, Freya were being done out of two trailers parked in front Tingley as Francine Valli, of St. Stephen’s Church, at and Kathrine Narducci as Frankie Valli’s mother Kearny and Laurel Aves. Piazza and Narducci Eastwood, the director were also featured in the (whom some might think hit television show “The a surprising choice for a Sopranos,” of which most musical), arrived on the Kearnyites are well aware scene at about 11 a.m. on since scenes were often Wednesday. By nightfall, shot in Kearny and the surfilming was well underway rounding areas. in front of Matson’s Bar The release date for the & Grill, as well as inside a “Jersey Boys” movie had resident’s home. not been announced, but Eastwood was present whenever it does premiere, throughout, directing “Oh What a Night” that’s actors and props, even sure to be. salvaging some time to


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Clint Eastwood chats with Kearny resident Emma Quintana as actors and techies evoke echoes of the ‘60s during filming.



Reports from the Kearny Police blotter A middle-aged man wearing two ponytails and a long black trench coat might well arouse suspicions in any case, but when he’s also reportedly making inquiries of strangers about

a teenage girl, the suspicion meter goes off the chart. Around 3 p.m. on Oct. 10, just as Kearny High School was letting out, Officer Melinda Esposito was on Kearny Ave.

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Dowie said. Esposito got a complete description and issued a BOLO. At about 6:45 p.m., Officer John Fabula spotted the man at Kearny Ave. and Afton St., detained him, got his ID and found he was wanted by Branchburg authorities, Dowie said. Arrested on that warrant, 36-year-old Christopher Celusak of Montclair was brought to headquarters and questioned by detectives. Celusak reportedly told them he was looking for a girl he had met on another day in Montclair. He was advised that his advances were not welcome and he should cease and desist, Dowie noted. The Kearny COP unit and Juvenile Aid Bureau alerted local schools to the incident. “He had done did nothing overt,” the chief said. “We headed it off.” Other recent reports from the KPD blotter included the following: Oct. 11 At 9 p.m., the Vice Squad, advised that the subject of an ongoing investigation was believed to be bringing drugs from Newark to Kearny, set up surveillance and observed the suspect exit a car at Oakwood Ave. and Chestnut St. and apparently attempt to hide a plastic bag. A search reportedly revealed five additional bags of suspected marijuana in his backpack. Justin Paz, 22, of Kearny, was charged with possession of pot and paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute. Oct. 13 At 7:30 p.m., a juvenile advised Officer Luis Moran that his bicycle had just been stolen from the Burger King parking lot on Passaic Ave. A short time later, Det. Michael Gonzalez saw it in the possession of another juvenile in the ShopRite lot, police said. Moran brought the victim there to ID the suspect, and a 15-year-old Newark male was charged with theft. His parents were notified and summoned to pick him up. Oct. 14 Pursuant to an ongoing investigation, Vice had 22-yearold Kearny resident James Hamilton under surveillance at 5:15 p.m. when they saw him engage in an apparent drug transaction at Devon St. and

Midland Ave., police said. Six bags of suspected marijuana were allegedly stashed in his waistband. Hamilton was charged with distribution of pot, distribution in a school zone and a park zone, and use of a paging device (a cellphone) to facilitate the commission of a crime. Oct. 16 At 6 p.m., police were alerted to a suspicious individual in a garage on Devon Terrace. Officers Melinda Esposito and Luis Moran and Sgt. Anthony Limite responded and detained Antonio Dematos, 44, of Pittstown, who was found to have an outstanding Kearny warrant for robbery and harassment, police said. He was taken to HQ and charged. Oct. 17 Officer Brian Wisely and Sgt. Peter Gleason responded to the 590 industrial tract east of Schuyler Ave. at 6:45 p.m. on the report of a suspicious tractor-trailer cab. There have been several thefts of trailers from that area, police said. The cops found the cab, without license plates, in a private lot and Wisely was told by its occupant that he was just trying to make a U-turn. Which still did not explain the lack of plates. Inside the cab, police said, Wisely spotted one plate – and a large machete on the driver’s-side floor. Daniel Diaz, 36, of North Bergen, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, defiant trespass and criminal attempted theft. His bail was set at $2,500 and the trailer cab was impounded. Oct. 18 Responding to a report of a 3:20 a.m. accident at Woodland and Highland Aves., Officers Tom Pontrella and Tom Sumowski arrived to find a 2003 Acura, which had apparently hit several parked cars, overturned in the intersection. The driver, Luis Familia, 25, of Kearny, was standing next to the vehicle, and police reportedly detected the odor of alcohol. The officers summoned Kearny EMS, which treated Familia at the scene and then took him to St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, where blood was drawn. He was subsequently charged with DWI and careless driving. – Karen Zautyk



Highlights from the Lyndhurst Police blotter Oct. 17 Someone walked away with a jackhammer valued at $1,400 from the Ridge Exxon station, which is under reconstruction, police said. The theft was reported at 1:37 p.m. by a representative of the Linden-based construction company. Police said a gate to the construction site, at Ridge Road and Kingsland Ave., was left unlocked. Oct. 16 At 12:53 p.m., police received a report of a bicycle theft. Police said a 52-year-old Lyndhurst man told them he’d parked the two-wheeler, described as a woman’s style red mountain bike, in front of the Municipal Building and went

inside to pay a bill. When he returned, the bike was gone, the man told police. The missing bike was valued at $250. Police went to the ShopRite on New York Ave., at 11:42 a.m., on a report of shoplifting. Police said store security detained Christine Varcadipane, 48, of Union City, after she allegedly tried to leave the store without paying for five bottles of liquor priced at $289 after concealing the bottles in her black shoulder bag. She was issued a summons charging her with shoplifting. At 9 a.m., police responded to a report of a burglary and theft from 9 Polito Ave. A representative of an Elizabeth construction company doing

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work at the site told police that someone had apparently used bolt cutters to pry the lock off a container and had removed a cement mixer, a gas-powered blower and hammer drill, all valued at more than $1,000. A motor vehicle accident, reported at 3:37 a.m., brought police to the 500 block of Summer Ave. where Endeavor Warrick, 19, of Lyndhurst, had driven a 2002 Toyota into a parked 1998 Jeep and then tried to flee, according to police. Warrick was caught by police after a brief foot pursuit and was taken to an area hospital for treatment of what police described as minor injuries suffered in the crash.

Warrick was then charged with DWI, unlicensed driver, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident and was held at Bergen County Jail after failing to post bail of $4,000 with a 10% cash option.

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“the parents of J&L Atwell Little League Baseball Team,” with 14 signatures attached, stating that they “have lost confidence in our head coach, John Leadbeater and feel he should no longer be able to coach our children or anyone else in the Kearny Little League.” The letter criticized the coach for allegedly “cancelling all practices and “not showing up for games.” Among other things, it alleged: … that the coach “humiliated our children” by having “placed one of the boys in a garbage can [during a practice] ... to teach him how to hit,” … that, after another practice, the coach told the players, “Don’t bring your bats to practice or I will shove them up your ass,” … that on May 6, after a game, the coach announced, “We are not going to practice anymore because we only get worse,” and that the team hasn’t played since then.

Witt, however, advised the commission and the parents that, after its own investigation, the League board could find no reason to condemn Leadbeater. “We don’t feel he’s violated any coach’s code of conduct rules,” he said. Given the closing of two fields at the Gunnell Oval and the competition for playing space, “you can’t fault coaches” for not having practices, Witt said. Morever, Witt said that Leadbeater missed only a couple of games and had assistants to fill in for him then, that using a trash can was an accepted practice to “help a child keep his feet together hitting,” and that his team has, in fact, played seven games after May 6. Witt conceded that Leadbeater’s language, in at least one instance, was “very harsh,” but he wondered why the parent involved waited a month before registering a complaint about it. Given “many inconsistencies” contained in the parents’ allegations, and given Leadbeater’s many

years of volunteer service to the League, the board felt he should be given “the benefit of the doubt” and not be admonished, Witt said. For his part, Leadbeater defended his garbage can hitting technique which, he said, he and others have employed for years. “It’s a method we used to stop kids from stepping ‘in the bucket,’ ’’ he said. As for the parent who griped about his son’s treatment, Leadbeater said: “That parent’s other son was put in the can by another coach,” but no complaint was filed. Acknowledging his use of off-color language and telling kids and adults what’s on his mind, Leadbeater told the commission, “I made some mistakes this year,” such as missing three games – although he pointed out that he has two assistants to help him. Still, the coach said, the parents complaining about him “should be kissing my butt” for giving their kids more playing time. His team’s poor performance can’t be blamed solely on him, Leadbeater

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said. “I call a practice and three kids showed up.” One boy quit because he preferred to devote his time to skateboarding, he said. On March 22, Leadbeater said, two hours after he was arrested on federal charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and wire fraud in connection with an alleged $13 million mortgage fraud scam, one of the parents called the league president to try and get him removed as coach. The case has yet to come to trial. “I’m tired of people stabbing me in the back,” Leadbeater said. The coach added: “I understand that [some] people hate me [because] I have my own way of doing things.” But, despite the parents’ letter urging that “our children be released” from Leadbeater’s team to play for another team next season, Leadbeater insisted: “I’m not releasing any kids.” In a phone interview, Leadbeater told The Observer that one possible reason for the commission’s action is this: “Back in late February or early March, I asked the mayor about naming the fieldhouse [at the Oval] after me,” in recognition of his longtime volunteer service, his organizing a baseball travel team and other municipal achievements during his time on the council. This pitch, Leadbeater said, may have stirred the pot against him. At last Wednesday’s meeting, the commission heard from two Leadbeater defenders: Chet Evanchick, a 15-year Little League coach, said he’s “never had a problem” with his fellow coach. “Maybe he’s old school,”

Evanchick said, but that system works. “You should all be ashamed of yourselves.” And Kevin DeMauro, who was coached by Leadbeater as a boy and now plays baseball for New Jersey City University, said: “I’ve been stuffed in a can by coach and I’m still grateful for it.” Reportedly, during closeddoor deliberations, Commissioners Joanne O’Malley, Lewis Battista and Colleen McClelland voted to rescind the notice against Leadbeater while Commissioners Lyla DeCastro, Amelia Rendeiro, Stephen Amadeo and Nelson Rodrigues voted to maintain it. Rendeiro told The Observer: “I felt that Mr. Leadbeater was wrong. He admitted to having spoken inappropriately and the parents confirmed that. So I felt justified in voting that way.” Witt said he was still waiting for the commission to inform the League board of its decision. If the vote was against Leadbeater, Witt said he would ask to “meet with the mayor and them and see if we can resolve this thing. The commission is there to help, not hurt us. They’re there for us to lean on. But I don’t think that they are supporting us with this action.” DeCastro, who chairs the commission, was asked about the League board’s stance. “That’s their opinion,” she said. “That’s what they found and the [majority of the] commission members were not happy with that determination – and rightfully so. … There needs to be an answer to the allegations which, if true, won’t be tolerated.”

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PLAYGrouND from covered by a parks employee during a routine inspection. Kerr elaborated, explaining that the problem was a “hairline crack in the main post” and a support clover leaf for a climbing structure which was one of the new pieces installed by the vendor GameTime some four years ago when the playground was upgraded with county Open Space Trust

Since the playground was closed, youths have been observed climbing the perimeter fence to get inside the play area after 4 p.m., he said. Meanwhile, there is the Gunnell Oval to consider. Earlier this month, some 35 representatives of youth sports groups met with various Town Council members and Michael Neglia, the town’s consulting engineer, to review various strategies for preserv-

The next step, Landy said, is for the council to “allow Neglia to speak with our environmental consultant about an appropriate cap for the Oval, get a price for turfing it and find a way to pay for it.” “This is not a done deal yet,” Landy said, “but for now at least, we’re trying to get the people who are going to using these fields involved in the

process of deciding how best to do this.” While the town tries to work out a solution to all the issues, Landy said it will be trying to persuade the county to allow Kearny an extension for a $220,000 Open Space Trust Fund grant it was awarded to revamp the walking path around the Oval. Next season at the Oval


will likely see a repetition of the current situation, with two Little League fields and the smaller soccer field closed due to contamination, Landy said. Little League will continue playing at the one usable Oval field and at Veterans Field while some soccer teams will probably play at Harvey Field and elsewhere, he added.



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TOP: Plywood cover missing clover leaf support. BOTTOM: Older boys climbing on play structure captured by town’s public works camera.

Fund financing. Described by njplaygrounds. com as “a little gem snuggled in the middle of the homes of Kearny,” the new and improved Bell Playground – which previously accommodated a roller hockey rink – now features two climbing structures, one designed for pre-schoolers, the other for ages 5 and older, with slides, ladders, a rock wall and tunnel; and two swings, one for tots, the other for bigger kids. Kerr said a replacement post has been acquired from the manufacturer and it is covered by warranty, although there will be an installation cost of about $850, while the clover leaf support was expected to be shipped by Oct. 23 from California. “We’re not able to determine if the damage is attributable to vandalism,” said Kerr, but noted that older boys have been seen climbing on the structure, which could have compromised it.

ing – and possibly expanding – the complex off Schuyler Ave. One scenario plotted out by Neglia proposes rearranging the several Little League fields in a clover leaf configuration “so the home plates for each field are kind of back to back to each other, and buildings with announcer booth and storage area in the middle,” said Landy. Other plans call for the Pony League field to be moved east toward the meadows and turning the larger of the two soccer fields into the space now occupied by one of the Little League fields, he said. “The thinking is we’d get two full-size soccer fields instead of the current one and a half which we could then divide into half fields as needed.” Another plan is to “re-do the softball area and add in a girl’s softball field,” he said. Installing a synthetic turf surface throughout the complex “almost doubles or triples the potential playing area of the Oval,” Landy said.

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201-998-0662. Centro Romeu Cascaes Portuguese American Community Center, 308 William St., hosts a Zumba Halloween Party, a special 90-minute class, followed by a party, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for best costume. For more information, call Donny 201-463-1169 or Maria 201-401-0826 or e-mail

interactive story and leave with lots of treats. This special walk-thru event takes about 15 minutes. For more information, visit Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., hosts a free screening of “Monsters University” (Rated G/104 minutes) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. The West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps Kearny League invites all former and Trinity Episcopal Church, active duty Marines and FMF 575 Kearny Ave., hosts a fish Corpsmen to attend an open and chips dinner and silent house every Friday from 7 to auction on Friday, Oct. 25, 10 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Drive, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are Kearny. $20; children’s dinners are St. Stephen’s Seniors of two for $20. Reservations are Kearny holds its annual fair on recommended but tickets will Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to be sold at the door. Takeout 2 p.m. in the church basement is also available. For more in(Hedges Hall), 141 Washingformation or reservations, call ton Ave. A Tricky Tray, bake 201-991-5894. sale, jewelry sale, gift certifiKearny High School Basecates, George’s Kitchen, and ball Booster Club hosts a a special raffle for $100 gift comedy night fundraiser on certificate from Shop Rite will Bloomfield Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at be offered.   The seniors will Bloomfield Public Library, no longer host a flea market. 90 Broad St., sponsors a blood Copestone Ophir Masonic Lodge, 225 Kearny Ave. Tickets For more information, call Pat drive on Saturday, Oct. 31, are $30 (BYOB and snack). For at 201-991-4771. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., For 30 The Kearny High School or more donations, the library tickets or to make a donation, contact Carolyn Girdwood at Class of 1983 will hold a 30receives a $300 “Save a Life” 551-208-6227, Sandy Hyde at year reunion on Nov. 30.  For Recognition award from the 551-265-8969, Clarence Hicks more information, contact ReBlood Center of N.J. and $50 at 201-283-0515 or Wayne Wal- union Central at 888-333-6569 for each additional 10 donaley at 201-376-4882. or kearny83@reunioncentral. tions. Our Lady of Sorrows com. Church, 136 Davis Ave., hosts Kearny Crew hosts a ZumEast Newark bathon with a bake sale and West Hudson Brave Women a 10-part series, “Catholicism prizes on Oct. 29, from 7 to Fighting Breast Cancer meets 101.” There will be two sessions, held on Thursdays, from 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 on the last Friday of every 1:30 to 3 p.m. The first session p.m.), at Schuyler School gym, month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the will run from Nov. 7 to Dec. 5; 644 Forest St. Admission is $15 East Newark Senior Center, the second, from Jan. 9 to Feb. at the door, $10 in advance and 37 President St. The group 6. Contact Linda at 201-991$5 for students. For advance will provide an atmosphere 3870 to register or to get more tickets, contact Kellie at 201of warmth and comfort for information. 232-0378 or Cindy at 201-926patients and family. For more A Halloween costume party 3475. Donations are welcome. information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa at 201-246- fundraiser for Cub Scout Pack Proceeds go to Kearny Crew. The Presbyterian Boys-Girls 7750, Fatima at 973-485-4236 or 305 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Club, 663 Kearny Ave., hosts email at Hedges Hall at St. Stephen’s the following events: Church, 676 Kearny Ave. This • Halloween arts and crafts Harrison event is for ages 18 and over lesson on Thursday, Oct. 24, Harrison American Legion (BYOB). For advance tickets, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Children hosts its 75th anniversary may register at the club or call celebration and awards dinner call Beth Young at 201-600201-991-6734. on Nov. 9 at the Harrison-East 1740 or e-mail • Halloween dance on FriNewark Elks, 406 Harrison West Hudson Christian day, Oct. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. Ave. Mayor Raymond McDonGuests are restricted to teenough, Elks Exalted Ruler Larry Center, 557 Kearny Ave, hosts a free Halloween alternative agers. Costumes are optional. Bennett and Councilman Victor Villalta will be feted for event, for ages 4 to 12, from 4 Lyndhurst the work they do for veterans. to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. Lyndhurst Public Library, 31. Interact with Bible-time For information or reserva355 Valley Brook Ave., sponcharacters, explore a No-Fear tions, call Ed Marshman at High School bands, motorcycle clubs and all civic associations interested in participating in Belleville’s Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., are invited to contact Bill Steimel at 973-7594692. Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., will hold a Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. Youngsters are encouraged to dress in costume. There will be games and refreshments. The event is designed for grades 4 and 5. The Township of Belleville celebrates Halloween with family-friendly festivities on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Belleville High School fields. Free events include: pumpkin patch, horse-drawn hayride, bouncy castle, music, treats and much more. All children are encouraged to come in costume.

sors the following children’s programs: • Fit4Kids Anti-Bullying Show: Muscle Man Mike and his Super Hero Friends perform for ages 3 to 10 on Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. Registration is required. • Halloween Craft: Kids in grades 1 to 4 can 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. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or e-mail • “Fact, Hoax or Something Else”: This event is for grades 6 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is necessary.  To register, e-mail or call 201804-2478, ext. 4. The Polish American Citizens Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., hosts its 90th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $65. For more information, call 201-438-9723. Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., hosts a stroke, aneurysm, osteoporosis and vascular disease screening provided by Life Line Screening on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Price varies with each screening. Pre-registration is required.  For appointments, call Life Line at 1-888-653-6450 or visit Mention this press release and receive a $10 discount off your package. A drawing nature beginner/ refresher course for adults and teens will be held at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take-home supplies are provided. There is a fee of $20; $15 for Meadowlands Environment Center members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

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Harrison wins Hudson County boys’ soccer tourney

Nutley girls’ soccer: League champs

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Nutley High School girls’ soccer coach Mike DiPiano knew that the competition would get much tougher in the second half of the current season. “I knew that teams would be packing it in on us defensively,” DiPiano said. “We knew that people would try to knock us around. It was all about us staying composed.” It also meant that the Maroon Raiders had to play tougher defensively. “I think we’re still playing the same way that we did early in the season,” DiPiano said. “It’s just that our defense has gotten better. We’re playing a little better soccer. We knew that this could happen when you’re playing teams a second time. We still have the dynamic scoring up front, but our defense is much stronger.” The Maroon Raiders are getting solid play from defensive whiz Brittany Currie along the back line. “She’s doing a great job of leading and keeping everyone composed,” DiPiano said. The other defenders are all seniors, so that experience helps. Grace Montgomery, Katherine Calitsos and Alyson

Zeiher are all steady defenders, giving the Maroon Raiders a solid line of defense. Junior Rachel Nichols has been a godsend of late. Nichols stepped into the starting role at goalkeeper when starter Meghan Montgomery dislocated her thumb. Montgomery will be out of action for another two weeks, so Nichols has to lead the way – and she has, collecting two shutouts among her three victories in goal. “Rachel has done a fantastic job in goal,” DiPiano said. “The girls in front of her are making her job much easier, but she’s been steady.” The result: A historic moment in Nutley girls’ soccer history. For the first time ever, the Nutley girls’ soccer program has captured a league championship. They clinched the Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division championship last week. “It’s a really big deal,” said DiPiano, who inherited the Nutley program after the Maroon Raiders posted a 4-17 record just three seasons ago. “It’s the first time in the school’s history that the girls’ team won a league championship. It means a lot to the girls.” see VIEW page


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The Harrison High School boys’ soccer team celebrates after defeating Memorial, 2-0, to capture the Hudson County Tournament championship, the school’s first since the initial HCT in 2009.

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season to show us what he could do,” said veteran Harrison head coach Mike Rusek. ose Neto hasn’t had the “We’ve been real fortunate this easiest of high school soccer year that he hasn’t missed a careers. The Harrison High game. He was determined to School senior had to endure have a great senior year and knee surgery after a torn ante- really stepped up his play.” rior cruciate ligament and the Neto is definitely saving his extensive rehabilitation that best for last. comes with the operation. Neto With standout defender and also had to deal with his share team leading scorer Modou of ankle injuries over the years. Sowe on the sidelines with a “The rehab was tough, but I knee injury, Neto took it upon kept going,” Neto said. “I knew himself to lead the Blue Tide that anything could happen.” in the Hudson County TourAs it turned out, Neto renament championship game turned to form for his fourth Sunday against Memorial at and final season with the Blue Caven Point Cochrane Field in Tide. Jersey City. “He never really had a full


Neto scored two first half goals and that was enough to propel the Blue Tide to a 2-0 victory and to capture the Hudson County championship for the first time since the initial tourney in 2009. What made the Blue Tide’s championship more rewarding is that they also knocked off local archrival Kearny, 1-0, in the semifinals last Wednesday. Sowe had a spectacular defensive game against Kearny. “He must have cleared away 25 balls with headers,” Rusek said. “He was so solid.” However, doctors determined that the ball hitting see HARRISON next page





Sowe’s head so many times caused a slight concussion. “He said he was feeling dizzy a little after the game, so doctors said that he’s out for a week,” Rusek said. “I was a little nervous playing without him.” There was also the emotional letdown effect after having such a huge win against the arch nemesis. “I wondered whether we

got up too high for the semifinal,” Rusek said. “After all, it was an emotional game, a rivalry game. I started to think that maybe we played our best against Kearny and didn’t have anything left for the championship game.” Rusek said that there was a sense of emptiness to go that long without a county title. “Sure, we had been disappointed,” said Rusek, whose team lost in the second round last year to Union

City and in the semifinals to St. Peter’s Prep in 2011. “But I think last year was a surprise group. No one expected us to go far. This year, we had a good group of juniors and seniors coming back. After we beat Kearny, I knew we had a good shot.” Neto recalled both goals. “The first one came off a corner kick by Kevin (Villanueva) and I was able to head it in,” Neto said. “The second one, Kevin hit a


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Jose Neto, who scored the game’s lone goals, dribbles past two Memorial defenders. Neto carried the Blue Tide to a 2-0 victory, ending a drought in the Hudson County Tournament.

through ball to me. I got it, shot it and it hit the post and went in. It was crazy. I was lucky enough to score both goals.” Neto also worried that there would be an emotional letdown after beating the Kardinals. “Beating Kearny was such a big accomplishment for us,” Neto said. “It’s our biggest rival. The coaches told us that we had to treat this one as a bigger game than Kearny, because this was for the championship. Winning this was one of my dreams. I love being around my teammates so much that I wanted this for them. Added Neto, “It’s overwhelming for me to score two goals in the county championship game. It’s a really big accomplishment. For me to be the one to come through is amazing.” “I’m so happy for Jose,” Rusek said. “He really stepped up for us and led us. Kevin now has 18 assists this season. You never hear of anyone getting 20 assists in a season, but Kevin’s right-

there.” Nick Araujo stepped up as well. The junior goalkeeper turned aside nine shots to record his 12th shutout of the season in 15 games. “He’s coming into his own,” Rusek said. “We knew Nick was going to be good for us. We didn’t expect this good. He’s surpassed our expectations.” The Blue Tide continues to exceed everyone’s ideas, because they are now 14-0-1 on the season. “This team has definitely surpassed our expectations as well,” Rusek said. “We have everything we could have asked for and more. It’s pretty remarkable. I hope it carries into November for us. We just beat the No. 1 seed (Kearny) and No. 2 seed (Memorial) in Group IV and we’re Group II. I think we’ll be in pretty good shape for the state tournament.” As long as Neto keeps finding the net and as long as Sowe gets healthy, the Blue Tide should keep rolling along.

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team. “It’s a great group, a special The Maroon Raiders were group,” DiPiano said. “It’s ranked 19th in the state last a once-in-a-lifetime group. week, before falling to LivThey do everything together. ingston in the Essex County They have breakfast together. Tournament semifinals, fall- They went apple and pumping to 11-1-1 overall. kin picking together. They “I am surprised how fast go to watch the boys’ games we turned things around,” together.” DiPiano said. “It’s a testaDiPiano knew that he had ment to the girls. They a close-knit contingent last bought into the change in week, when the entire team philosophy and they trusted went to watch a recreation me. They stepped up the im- under-9 girls’ soccer game. provement process with their “They were all there tohard work.” gether, cheering on the little DiPiano still has three ones,” DiPiano said. “That forward players on track to shows how special they rebe among the state’s leading ally are.” scorers. The Maroon Raiders still Freshman Zoe Stack has have four regular season scored 20 goals. Victoria games remaining. Their Kealy has added 18 goals and standing in the NJSIAA Natalie Melillo has knocked North Jersey Section 2, in 12 goals and added an out- Group III bracket is still at standing 18 assists. stake. They’re on pace to score 25 “We want to get as many goals each this season. home games in Nutley for “That would be an amazing the state tournament as accomplishment,” DiPiano possible,” said DiPiano. “We said. want to play in Nutley as DiPiano just enjoys the long as we can. That’s what camaraderie on the entire we’re shooting for.” VIEW from



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The Nutley High School girls’ soccer team celebrates after clinching the Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division championship last week, the first-ever in school history.

For now, the Maroon Raiders achieved a slice of history. A league championship can now be added to the banner on the wall of the school’s gymnasium.

“The only thing there is a county championship in 1991,” DiPiano said. “So it will be nice to add the league championship to the banner.” And it’s a title that no one

can ever take away. It will remain there through the ages for posterity, the first-ever league champion in girls’ soccer. Quite an achievement indeed.

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Make it five straight county titles for Kearny girls’ soccer team Kards defeat Bayonne, 2-1 By Jim Hague Observer Sports Writer


hen the girls’ high school soccer season began in earnest in August, there were some doubts about the Kearny High School squad. There were a ton of losses to graduation, not to mention the other losses to illness and injury. “It was difficult to find the proper mix and chemistry,” Kearny head girls’ soccer coach Vin Almeida said. “We had to have a lot of the young girls mesh together in a hurry.” “So many people doubted us,” said senior midfielder Photo courtesy Stephanie Kelly Nicole Kelly. “So many people The Kearny girls’ soccer team celebrates winning the Hudson County Tournament championship Sunday afternoon in got injured. It was tough.” Jersey City, giving the program five straight tourney titles. Kearny is the only school to win the tourney in its five-year It might have looked as if history.

the Kardinals’ four-year reign as Hudson County Tournament champions would come to an end. Guess again. Thanks to goals from Barbara Paiva and Amber Crispin and solid goaltending from Laura Vilar, especially making clutch saves down the stretch, the Kardinals defeated Bayonne, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Caven Point Cochrane Field in Jersey City to capture their fifth straight Hudson County tourney title. The Kards defeated Bayonne just two weeks after playing to a 1-1 tie in Bayonne. “It’s such a relief and so satisfying,” said Kelly, who had the three-goal hat trick in story continued next page


the tourney semifinal win over Union City last Wednesday. “You would think that after winning three in a row, we’d get used to it. But it keeps getting better and better. To end my career with the county championship is so gratifying. We had so many people step up and contribute.” Almeida said that he always believed the Kardinals had the makings of a fifth straight title. “I had a lot of confidence in them,” Almeida said. “We have a lot of girls with great ability. It was just a matter of them believing in themselves and establishing some sort of rhythm together as a team.” Almeida said that the prior tie with Bayonne got the Kards prepared for Sunday. “I think we used that first game as motivation,” Almeida said. “But they were really motivated on their own. They were very strong minded.” The Kardinals scored the two goals in the first half, which enabled them to play

smart, yet aggressive soccer in the second half. “It’s always great to go up early,” Almeida said. “We could establish a nice playing style. But give the girls from Bayonne credit. They always fight to the end and took us to the limit.” The Kardinals managed to hold on, with Vilar making five saves in the second half to protect the lead. The coach and his co-captain both agreed that this county title was a special one. “It’s honestly so crazy to think we’ve won five in a row,” Kelly said. “Definitely, as a senior, being this is the last one for me, it’s very special. It feels so much better.” “They’re all special,” said Almeida, who has been the head coach for each of the five titles. “This one may be a little more special considering all that went on. I knew that this team had great work ethic and that work ethic definitely paid off.” Almeida said that the win

St. Peter’s Prep honors James C. DeAngelo, principal of St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, announced that students were awarded honor pins for the school year 2012-2013 as well as gold and silver medals in various subjects.  Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and no grade lower than a B, received pins.  The following area residents were recognized: Belleville:  Arley Giraldo, ‘14, Ryan Villadarez, ‘14, and Joshua Yanicak, ‘16 earned honor pins.  In other news, Giraldo and Villadarez were selected to serve on the Campus Ministry Team. Bloomfield:  Jason Mallonga, ‘14, Andrew Mauro, ‘14, Christopher Pulmano, ‘14, James Sause, ‘14, Kenneth Creer, ‘15, Patrick Deleon, ‘16, and Daniel Okoh, ‘16 earned honor pins.  Pulmano won the Gold Medal in French II and Mathematics and the Silver Medal in

History. Mauro received the Silver Medal in Latin III.  In other news, Pulmano and Sause were named members of the Campus Ministry Team. Kearny:  Jonathan Bannon, ‘14, Michael Battista, ‘14, Andrew Capobianco, ‘14, and John Fearon, ‘15, earned honor pins. Lyndhurst:  Rishi Kumaran, ‘15, and Augustus Burkhardt, ‘16, earned Honor Pins. James Clark, ‘14, earned the silver medal in Music. North Arlington:  Matthew Manley, ‘14, Ryen Pezzolla, ‘14, Matthew Rodriguez, ‘16, and Robert Wisowaty, ‘16, earned honor pins.  Wisowaty earned the silver medal in History.  Nutley:  Brendan Boardingham, ‘14, Matthew Capobianco, ‘14, Perry Zirpoli, ‘14, Kyle Bowes, ‘15, Nicholas Cozzarelli, ‘15, Benjamin Halligan, ‘15, Sean Johnson, ‘15, Anthony Sabia, ‘15, and Michael Fogle, ‘16, earned honor pins.

over Bayonne will help the Kardinals as they prepare for the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV playoffs, where they hope to be among the top seeds. “It definitely helps,” Almeida said. “This takes one goal off the plate. One of the goals we had was to win the county championship again. We’re very fortunate. There aren’t many programs in New Jersey that can say they won their county five straight years. It’s great to have.” And chances are that the

well hasn’t run dry. Most of the key players return. The Kardinals graduate only three seniors. “The prospects look good,” Almeida said. “But every year, the county gets more difficult and the teams get better. Bayonne really battled us to the end this year. It’s good to see that there’s a rivalry. It’s never easy to win.” But five in a row? “It’s something we hoped for,” said Almeida, whose team prepared to face state-ranked Nutley in an independent game

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Ryan’s Recruits ready to walk

Join Kearny’s Ryan Thiele as he leads his team Ryan’s Recruits on his seventh walk in the fight to cure Type One Juvenile Diabetes (T1D). The outpouring of support and love he has received since being diagnosed in 2006 is beyond words. Event takes place this Saturday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

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turing Zacherley himself. He noted that all these old films which he shared with his bride were brand-new to him since, as a child, his parents never Isabel/”My Dear,” who lived in a coffin and was never seen let him go to horror movies. by the audience. Last week, he Zach’s appearance at the AL explained the reason for this: Post was sponsored by the “They [the producers] wanted Lyndhurst Historical Society as a pre-Halloween treat. characters you didn’t have He spoke for nearly an hour, to pay.” Which also explains why the couple’s son, Gasport, answered questions from the audience and graciously posed lived in a burlap bag. “Shock for photos with and gave Theatre” also introduced autographs to as many fans as clever bits, such as cutting into the featured flick (classics requested them. The talk covered his perlike “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” sonal and professional life.  et al) with live “scenes” fea-



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Zacherley in his heydey, and Zach (r.) sharing memories with a fan in Lyndhurst

Conducting the interview was Brian Haggerty, a former Lyndhurst commissioner, who led Zach on the trip through the past. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Zach earned a degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he said he also “majored” in ROTC. And that, he said, “saved my life when I joined the Army in 1944.” He entered the service as a second lieutenant and was honorably discharged with the rank of major after World War II. “I volunteered for the infantry, but I never saw the infantry,” he said. Instead, he was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps. Stationed behind the lines and responsible for ensuring the combat forces got the necessary supplies, he “never saw any fighting.” He recalled being in Naples, visiting the Opera House, “eating good meals,” riding a Jeep on an outing up Mt. Vesuvius, “and 50 to 60 miles away, they were fighting.” “We weren’t fighting. We were making sure they had clean underwear.” Lest anyone think he was making light of the war, he was not. He talked about a cousin who was killed at Anzio and another, serving with a tank division, who died in France. “He got the order to ‘Button up,’ which means to close the tank lid, and as he was doing that, he was hit with an artillery shell and died instantly.” As for himself, he was in an Army hospital once. “I had the flu,” he said, shaking his head. While so many others died in the war, he survived it, and, with a sense of wonderment, he noted, “I have no idea what I’m doing here.”

Regarding his current age, he said, “I had no intention of being 95 years old. It never occurred to me.” It was during this part of the evening that he was somber, at times almost moved to tears, and repeatedly saying, “terrible, terrible,” as he talked about the casualties of war and the fact that wars are still going on. After returning to the States, he recalled, he got involved in a little theater group in Philly called Stagecrafters and then landed a very minor role in a weekday TV western, “Action in the Afternoon,” which was broadcast live. The plots, he noted, were all the same. “Some stranger would come into town on Monday, and by Friday, he’d have been chased out or hanged.” “My job,” Zach noted, “was to hold a horse and look like I belonged there.” But that led to a speaking role, when one day the makeup lady told the director, “That guy holding the horse looks so forlorn. Give him something to say.” Thus, his career in the stillnascent television industry was launched. So was his wardrobe. He was eventually given a bit part as the town undertaker, clad in a long, black frock coat -- which became horror-host Zacherley’s classic costume. After “Action in the Afternoon” was cancelled, he was approached by Philadelphia station WCAU, which was planning to air the old horror films and John Zacherle became just Zacherley (the “y” added so people wouldn’t mispronounce his name as “Zach-earl”). He later brought his talents see ZAChERLEY page



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Gustavo Barco Gustavo Barco died on Oct. 16 in Trinitas Hospital. He was 72. Born in Peru, he lived in Kearny before moving to Roselle. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, followed by a private cremation. Mr. Barco is survived by his wife Bertha, his children Cecilia, Frank, Veronica, Claudia, Jessica and Gustavo along with 16 grandchildren.

Oct. 19 at The Villa Marie Claire in Saddle River after a brave battle against breast cancer. She was 67. Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. She was employed at Kings Supermarket in Mendham. Ellen Jane is the wife of the late Gene N. Puszkarczuk and the late John Capello. She is the mother of Stephanie Russell, Sherry Puszkarczuk and the late Rinske Williams. Also surviving are six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mary M. Bernisky Mary M. Bernisky, 95, of Sewaren, formerly of Kearny, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 19. Born in Sagamore, Pa., she lived most of her life in Kearny before moving to Sewaren seven years ago. Mary was predeceased by her husband Joseph Sr. in 2002 and by her sister Susan Mehl. She is survived by her son Joseph Bernisky Jr. of Sewaren; her four grandsons and four great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends may attend visitation on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Mulligan Funeral Home 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Frieda Frerichs Frieda (nee Stoveken) Frerichs, 65, of North Arlington, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Emerson Health Center. Frieda was born in Jer-

Ellen-Jane Capello Ellen-Jane Capello died on

sey City and later moved to Kearny, where she lived for many years. Frieda was employed as a bank teller, retiring last May. She is survived by her loving husband, Eddie, a son Billy, daughter Tina, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, Andy, John and Eugene. Frieda is predeceased by a brother George. Arrangements were made by Condon Funeral Home, Harrison. Thomas J. Merchant Thomas J. Merchant passed away peacefully on Oct. 5 at the Van Dyke Hospice in Toms River. He was 67. Born in Kearny, he lived there most of his life before moving to Lanoka Harbor 14

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years ago. It was in Lanoka Harbor where Tom really began to enjoy fishing on his boat, like another of his passions, his love of hunting. Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Maryann (nee Dos Santos), his beloved daughters and their husbands Kelliann and David Wilson and Allison and Kyle Sica. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Hanna and David Wilson and Kamryn and Thomas Sica, along with his sister Mary Edmiston and her family and his brother Robert and his family. Sadly, Tom was predeceased by his beloved son Tommy, 24 years ago. His loving wife Maryann

laments: “We have lost a wonderful and very special man. He was a great dad, he loved his sons-in-law. He was a good friend to all who knew him and will especially be missed by his best buddy Artie. Those who knew him, knew he was most content at Sunday dinner when he had all his family together. Now he is at peace and with his son, Tommy. He has joined those, whom he loved, that have made their journey over the bridge. Rest in Peace Tommy. I will love you forever.”  A beautiful service was handled privately at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

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Gracious Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, 80 Mr. Moises Santa Cruz, 80, of Belleville, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. There was a funeral service celebrated at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Ave. on Friday, October 18, at 10:00 a.m. The interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Mr. Santa Cruz was born in Lima, Peru and resided in Belleville. He was a Police Officer in Lima, Peru before retiring. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-five years Celestina (Cuchice) Santa Cruz, his devoted children, his precious grandchildren and cherished great-grandchildren. Mr. Santa Cruz was such a wonderful human being. He will always be remembered by his family and friends.

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


KEARNY: Large 2 Family. 6 over 6. Fin. basement. Two car garage. Fenced yard. $459,900. Nicholas Bissell Realtor (973)751-3311 or (201)997-8208 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.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Hair Salon for sale operators will stay. Owner looking to retire. Caldwell area. Call for information (201)207-7263 Ask for Vince.


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



Belleville House for rent . 7 Wallice St. Newly Renovated, 2 full Bathrooms. W/D included. $1800/month. 2 months deposit. 917-856-2481.

HARRISON 2nd Floor, 2 bedroom Apt. Large Kitchen/LR $1400/month + Utilities. 1 1/2 Months Security. No Pets. Available Nov. 1st. 973-484-5076.



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CLASSIFIEDS APARTMENTS FOR RENT KEARNY KEARNY 2nd floor, 2 level Apt. $1,100/month + Utilities. 1-1/2 month Security. No Laundry. No Pets. Quiet Location. Credit Check Required. Available January 1st. (201)997-2113






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 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 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 ELM COURT Kearnyʼs Best Kept secret 732 Elm St. 1 BR for $850 NYC Commuter Bldg Call Alan (201)955-4334 or PJ (973)922-1555 ext 1 Affiliated Mgmt.


KEARNY 1 bedroom $950 & $850, Efficiency apt. $750. Small Studio $700/mo HT/HW included 1 1/2 month security. Call Super between 11am-8pm (201)998-9006

KEARNY 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. Arlington Section. $890 + utilities. (908)2445847 KEARNY 1 bedroom on 2nd fl. steps to bus stop on Kearny Ave, separate utilities (973)951-7385 KEARNY 1 bedroom, office room. Freshly painted Hardwood floors. HT/HW included. $1000/month. 1 month security. No pets. (201)403-5889 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 1st floor. 3 Bedrooms, Livingroom, Kitchen. Available November 1st. 5 minutes away from Seabras. Around Oakwood Avenue. (201)259-0689 (973)578-4443 KEARNY 2nd floor, 4 rooms, storage space, $1100/month + Utilities. 1-1/2/months security. Call Jay (646)678-2729



North Arlington: • 3 Rooms w/ heat & parking $1050. • 3 Rooms w/ heat & parking $875. • 3 Rooms w/ heat & parking $900.

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KEARNY 2nd floor 5 rooms. Plus Sunroom. No Pets. HT/HW included. $1400 + 1-1/2/month security. Available 11/1 (201)998-1120. KEARNY 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, modern kitchen, HT/HW included, No Pets. Professional People preferred. $1250/month +1 month security. Available Nov. 1st. (973)224-2911. 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.

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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 2BR Condo. $1260 + util. AC, wash/dryer, dshwshr, deck, new paint, carpet, appliances, garage. No pets. Available Nov. 1. THE APARTMENT PEOPLE. Call/Text Frank Perry 973-568-6226 Patrician Assoc. Realtors

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 apartment available 2 family house, 3 bedrooms(2nd floor & attic) Near schools & transportation. Separate utilities. Available November. (347)735-3299 KEARNY Arlington Section, 2 bedrooms. Modern kitchen with island, dishwasher, granite countertop, tiled bath. Hardwood floors, basement for storage. Cental A/C & Heating. Washer/dryer hook-up, backyard, No pets. $1425. (201)697-0541 KEARNY Arlington Section. Attractive 1 BR $850 & 2 BR $1050 + security, Heat & Hot water included. (908)696-1866 KEARNY Arlington Section. Attractive 1 BR $850 & 2 BR $1050 + security, Heat & Hot water included. (908)696-1866

KEARNY 4 rooms, 2nd floor. Six family house. Good location. $1100/mo plus utilities. 1-1/2 deposit security. Refrigerator & stove included. washer/dryer hook-up. Carpets. No pets. Available now. (201)998-2615

KEARNY Arlington section. 1st floor. 2 Bedrooms, LR, EIK, bath. Washer/dryer hook-up & storage in basement. Separate utilities. $1025/month. Available December 1st. No pets. (201)725-1212 KEARNY Arlington Section. 2 Bedrooms, Kitchen, DR, LR, & Bath. $1200. HT/HW Included. No Pets. (201)998-8138 KEARNY One bedroom. Close to transportation. Utilities included. One month security. No pets. Available now. (201)694-5824



KEARNY 3 rooms, heat/hot water supplied. one month security.$900/month (201)991-4888 KEARNY 355 Kearny Ave. 1 Bedroom apartment $850. HT/HW included. (201)283-4591 (973)465-0166

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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

KEARNY Harrison Border, 3rd floor apt., 3 bedrooms, LR, kitchen. $900/month. Utilities not included. No Pets. Available Nov. 15. (201)998-2153 (201)951-2868 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 New 3 bedroom apt, 2 full baths, L/R, kitchen, central AC/HT, hardwood floors. Basement storage with washer/dryer hook-up. Off street parking. Yard. No Pets. $1575.00 month + utilities, 1-1/2 Security + good credit. Close to NYC transportation. Call (201)998-8226, 6am-3pm, M-F for appt. KEARNY Newly renovated, hardwood floors. Laundry onsite.HT/HW included. 2 BR start at $985. 1 BR start at $825. Jr.1 BR start at $750. (201)289-7096 KEARNY Studio apt. Arlington Section. Newly Renovated. Laundry on Premises. HT/HW Included. Near Transportation. No Pets. $795/month + security. (201)998-4972

KEARNY- 1 bedroom apartment, L/R, kitchen. One month security. Utilities separate. No pets. No Smoking. (551)486-1488 KEARNYArlington section 4 rooms, 2nd floor, HT/HW supplied. No Pets. Referencesneeded. $1200/month + 1/month security. Call (201)991-5968.


BELLEVILLE $884 H/HW for 1 BR Garden Apt. Availbale Now. No Pets. Call 201-450-1370. BELLEVILLE 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, kitchen, Porch. Close to NYC train, $895. Available Now. (407)569-6602 Leave message BELLEVILLE 3 bedrooms, 5 rooms, updated apartment, 2nd floor, 2 family duplex, parking. W/D hook-up, no pets, available. December 1st, $1100 plus utilities, 1-1/2 months security (201)689-9088 or (201)697-7593 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 4 rooms, 2 bedroom, newly renovated. HT/HW included, Carpeting, AC, Convenient to NYC Transportation. $1150/month. 1-1/2 months security. NO Pets. (973)964-7105 BELLEVILLE Condo for rent. $1200/month. 2 bedrooms, refrigerator, stove w/w carpeting. HT/HW, gas & garage included. No pets (973)284-0904 Ask for Al. BELLEVILLE1 bedroom on 2nd Fl. Available. No pets. Call Mike 9am-6pm (201)994-5056 or (201)991-9857





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20X20 Space for Storage Includes One off street parking spot. Apply in person at Mace Brothers 512 kearny Ave., kearny, NJ.


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HARRISON 3 room apt. Private entrance w/fridge. Clean, quiet environment. No pets. $750 plus utilities. Security & lease (862)223-9974 HARRISON 3 rooms (1 bedroom). Bergen Street. Near PATH. No pets. Pay own utilities. 1-1/2 months security. References required. Available now. Phone: (973)483-3682 or (973)809-2035 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 Completely renovated. 2 Bedroom apartment, dishwasher. Utilities not included. 1-1/2 months security. $1300/month. Close to transportation. Available Now. No pets. (973)992-3580 after 5pm. HARRISON Newly renovated 2 bedroom, DR, LR. Utilities included. Nice area, close to PATH. 1 month security. Available November 1st. (973)483-3401

LYNDHURST 1 bedroom Plus Den Just Renovated in small Apt. building residential area. New kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Blocks to NYC train/Bus. Laudry on site. No pets. $1050 + heat/utilities. Security $1,575. Credit check required. (908)217-9047.

LYNDHURST-Large Mod 8 rooms, 2 Floors, 2 baths (1 with Jacuzzi). D/W. W/D hook-up. Off-street parking 2 cars. Use of yard. Close to transportation. $2,000 months security. $1,650/month plus utilities. Avaible Nov. 1st. (973)900-0350.

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

HARRISON 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 2 bedrooms walk-thru apartment. EIK, backyard. Very clean. $1,250 plus util. Available Nov. 1st. (914)497-5489 HARRISON Brand new high quality 2 bedroom apt, Near High School and 15 min to NYC Path Train. (973)772-2882/3883. HARRISON New Renovated 2 BR, 1LR @ Sussex St. ground Floor. $850/Month. Pay own utilities. P: 646-267-4201 HARRISON 1 bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, 3rd floor. $800. 973-412-1279 or 973-437-7019. HARRISON 1st floor. Studio apt., kitchen, bath & bedroom. Heat included. Close to PATH. 1 month security. Available November 1st. No pets. (973)454-4536 HARRISON 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, EIK, $1050/month. 1-1/2 months security. No Pets. Separate utilities. (973)380-9007 HARRISON 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1st floor, $1300/month. Walk to PATH. Separate utilities. (973)985-9177



LYNDHURST 1 bedroom $1200, 3 bedroom $1650. Section 8 OK. (973)227-1851 or (973)760-4877. LYNDHURST 1 bedroom, large LR, kitchen. Near transportation & shopping. No pets. Smoke-free building. Credit check required. $1075/mo. HT/HW & cooking gas included. Available December 1st. (201)406-0353




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LYNDHURST 1 bedroom. HT/HW included Clean. Private entrance. Near NYC transportation. Available now. (201)438-2761 LYNDHURST 2 bedrooms, LR, EIK. $1200/month + utilities No pets. Walk to train, bus & shops. Available 11/1 (201)452-4158 or (201)507-8817 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 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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Physical rehab at Theraphysical

Just 13 months old, a new Lyndhurst enterprise featuring physical rehabilitation is settling in, offering walk-in emergency care to those in need. Located on 518 Stuyvesant Ave., Theraphysical is a patient facility specializing in post-surgical treatment, athletic injuries, and any type of muscle/joint tension. Magdalena Buczek and Ewelina Taszyniec founded Theraphysical, opening up offices on Sept. 4, 2012. Buczek graduated from William Paterson University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences, before enrolling at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Rutgers University, where she later received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Her prior experience and training took place at New York University and Hackensack Medical Center. Taszyniec is a li-

censed physical therapist assistant who received her schooling at Union County College and Kean University. Her work experience dates back six years, mostly at the Kessler Rehabilitation Centers. “I was always helping as a kid,” Taszyniec stated. “I was enrolled in ballet school in Poland, which directed my awareness to the human body and it’s movements.” Both women decided to base the principles of Theraphysical on hands-on, manual techniques, insisting that the rapid advancements in technology are taking away from the therapeutic experience, causing a lack in human care. Craniosacral therapy, for example, is one of the many treatments offered at Theraphysical and involves light touches on the bones of the skull, spine and pelvis, releasing tension and stress. Despite the more practical approach, Theraphysical still manages

to offer cold laser treatment and kinesio taping (typically for athletes). “We like to be directly involved with our patients, rather than having them sit on a machine for 45 minutes,” Taszyniec said. “Our methods in turn allow the patient to become more involved, too. It’s a learning experience.” Buczek and Taszyniec have a bright future planned for Theraphysical. They regularly attend seminars and meetings, and are looking to host a few of their own to educate those undergoing physical therapy in the area. Theraphysical is also looking to expand its offices into new locations, even opening up a pediatrics center exclusively for children. Theraphysical will be hosting guest speaker Ninette Jackson on Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. for the “Keep Your Family Naturally Healthy During Winter 2014” event. Refreshments will be provided. To R.S.V.P call 201-340-4656.


Then & Now

Photo courtesy of Kearny Museum


ZACHERLEY from to New York, hosting “Shock Theater” first on WABC and later WOR and then “Chiller Theatre” on WPIX. His popularity grew tremendously, and he began making live appearances, first at local movie theaters, and then on shows like “American Bandstand,” hosted by an old friend from Philly, Dick Clark. (Zach had also launched a recording career, specializing in spooky tunes.) In the mid-’60s, he hosted his own “Bandstand”- like show, “Zacherley’s DiscO-Teen,” which was broadcast from the Mosque Theatre in Newark on a UHF station, Channel 47. Subsequently, Zach turned to the radio and had a healthy career as an FM disc jockey. Talking music, Zacherley made an observation that was like a blinding light--something

that had not crossed my radar screen before. When he first heard groups like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, he said, he couldn’t “remember being that excited about the Big Band music that came before this revolution in instrumentation.” What had changed? “They had gotten rid of all the brass instruments.” So THAT was what made the sound so, so different. Thank you, Zach. Looking back over his long, long career, Zacherley told his audience, “I feel like I never had a job. I just had a lot of fun.” “It’s been a wonderful life. I can’t imagine what else I would have done with my life. It’s been like a dream.” And then he serenaded his fans with a --dare I say “haunting” -- little ballad, “Come With Me to Transylvania.” Your correspondent was so


transfixed, she neglected to jot down the lyrics. Something about “coffins side-by-side,” “100 years to share,” and “cobwebs in your hair.” It was lovely. And romantic. And so was The Cool Ghoul, gentleman John Zacherle. And now, a personal confession: When I was a kid and other little girls were swooning over Elvis or Fabian or Frankie Avalon, I had a small crush on Zacherley, ghastly makeup and all. I’d rush home from our grammar school dances to see his show. I told this to a coworker and showed her his old photo, and she said, “You were perverse even then, weren’t you?” Why, yes. Yes I was. (Editor’s note: For those who’d like to meet Zach in person, he is scheduled to appear this week, Oct. 25 -27, at the Chiller Theatre Expo, being held at the Sheraton in Parsippany.)

W.H.A.T. brings ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ to West Hudson Photo by Karen Zautyk

Last week’s Then & Now finally had a year (or at least a circa) for the older Kearny photo:1905. This week’s has an exact date: Aug. 8, 1922. The view is looking north on Kearny Ave. between Johnston and Woodland Aves. In 1922, the town had a population of approximately 26,700. And Aug. 8, 1922, was a Tuesday -- presumably a workday. So where is everybody? Visible are (l.-r.): one automobile, one trolley car, one horse-drawn wagon and one female pedestrian. Peeking out from behind the trolley is a second auto, barely visible. Note the street itself: Cars may have been restricted to the far lanes, since it’s only those that are paved; the remainder is all cobblestones and trolley tracks. Re the new photo: The population of Kearny is now approximately 41,400. The picture was taken at 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 21, a workday. So where is everybody? – Karen Zautyk

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The West Hudson Arts and Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) brings the campiest cult classic of all time to West Hudson just in time for Halloween. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be shown one night only, Saturday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 7 p.m. Film starts at 8 p.m. at the W.H.A.T. Theater, 131 Midland Ave. “This fantastic freaky movie musical is the probably greatest cult film of all time,” says Gerald Ficeto, W.H.A.T. president. “And the showing at W.H.A.T. will deliver the complete experience to our audience!” Richard O’Brien’s 1975 film, based on his hit London stage show, stars Tim Curry as crossdressing mad scientist

Frank ‘N Futer, Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss and O’Brien as Riff Raff. It tells the story of a loving couple, a few lost monsters and a “sweet transvestite from transsexual” Transylvania singing and dancing through a campy salute to horror movies. The movie spawned a huge cult following and tradition of raucous, audience-participating costume-dressing showings. Many believe the audience participation is the essence of the Rocky Horror experience, and the film itself simply an excuse for this mayhem. “The W.H.A.T. screening will feature everything you need for all the audience participation you’re ready for!” said Ficeto. Audience participation kits will be on sale

for $3. Moviegoers are also encouraged to come in costume and get ready to sing along, dance in the aisles and shout callbacks at the screen! So throw on your finest fishnets, cram yourself into that corset, and get ready to do the Time Warp again! It’s going to be most outrageous, riotous, kitsch, wonder romp ever! Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online at or by calling 201-467-8624. Tickets can also be purchased at the theater; however advance purchase is strongly recommended. This movie is rated R. Children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian. Bring your sense of humor. And some toast.











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BradY, BradY & reillY

Experience. Expertise. Success. no Fees unless You recover damages. For 45 Years, BradY, BradY & reillY

has provided outstanding legal representation to citizens of North Jersey. Firm attorneys are committed to their clients, their profession and their community. They have demonstrated expertise in handling complex legal issues and high-value claims. Practice areas The firm has a strong focus on personal injury cases including motor vehicle and construction accidents, medical malpractice and criminal defense. The attorneys are expert litigators and are known for their success in the courtroom. LegaL Leaders The firm is pleased that partners Lawrence P. Brady and Kathleen M. Reilly have been selected for inclusion on the 2011 Super Lawyers list.*

Brady has 45 years of experience in representing clients who have suffered injury as a result of others’ negligence. Since 1982 he has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also certified him in a civil trial advocacy. His practice is concentrated on plaintiffs’ personal injury, products liability and toxic torts. Reilly has 30 years experience in handling personal injury claims. She has numerous successfull verdicts including a recent $6 million verdict in a construction case and a $1.2 million verdict on behalf of a bicyclist. She is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney. *No aspect of of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of NJ.

377 Kearny ave., Kearny, nJ 07032 T: 201-997-0030 • F: 201-997-7150 •

October 23, 2013 Edition of The Observer  
October 23, 2013 Edition of The Observer