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December 4, 2013 • • Vol CXXVI, No. 28


Santa will help light tree

Finding the ‘joy’ of life

Kearny will kick off the holiday season this Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the annual KUEZ Holiday Tree Lighting Festival outside Town Hall on Kearny Ave. Please note: Kearny Ave. will be closed between Liberty St. and Quincy Ave. throughout the event. The evening will open with a concert on the steps of Town Hall featuring the Washington School Chorus (under the direction of Scott Burzynski); Franklin School Chorus (under the direction of Denise Mitchell); West Hudson Arts & Theater Co. Singers; Kearny High School Brass Ensemble (under the direction of Ed Garguilo), and a preview of W.H.A.T.’s March production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” At 6:30 p.m., Santa arrives to help Mayor Alberto G. Santos and members of the Town Council light the Kearny Holiday Tree. “Santa’s arrival is certainly one of the highlights of the night,” said Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone coordinator John Peneda. “You can feel the excitement of the children build as we approach that moment when he steps out the front doors of Town Hall and joins the mayor to light our tree.” The festivities then move immediately to Town Hall see TREE page



Photo courtesy Grace United Methodist Church, inset photo by Karen Zautyk

The initial “Recovering Joy” service last month. Inset: Pastor Nicholas J. Connolly

By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY – his Sunday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., will be holding its new celebratory service


with the theme “Recovering Joy.” Regular services continue to be held on the other Sundays, but the second Sunday of each month is now focused not only on prayer and but also “healing, singing and

laughter.” In other words: joy. From the interview we had recently with Grace Church Pastor Nicholas J. Connolly, we think he is the perfect person for such a ministry, considering we spent a great deal of time laughing. (Not at his work! Rather, at your cor-

respondent’s initial discomfort when she learned she was interviewing a former Jesuit. In my mind, Jesuits are the intellectual ecclesiastical equivalent of astrophysicists. Some of them

More intrigue behind the blue wall By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

NUTLEY – Another police superior has lodged a legal beef against Mayor/Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco and the police union continues to vent its displeasure with

the internal workings of the department. Police Sgt. Christopher Lamond, a 21-year member of the force, has allleged in a lawsuit filed Oct. 15 against the township and Petracco that for the past two years, “and strictly for reasons of politics, malice, self aggrandizement

and vicious intent, [he] has been subjected to ridicule, harassment, retaliation, civil rights violations and purposeful abuse ….” And Nutley PBA Local 33 President Gerard Tusa, in a Nov. 12 letter to the township commissioners, griped that, “… here we are [following Chief

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KEARNY – ceremonial groundbreaking was held nearly five months ago. Hopes were high that now, after two years of waiting and planning, the Hudson County chapter of Habit for Humanity International was ready to move forward with its first project in Kearny. Occupancy was projected for mid-September. And then … nothing further happened. The project actually took two steps backward: First, the chapter’s co-director Greg Strid resigned for personal reasons, thereby placing oversight responsibility on the remaining co-director Tom Bruning. Then, the project’s construction manager David Tillou became ill and couldn’t work. Now, however, Bruning told The Observer, the project is ready to take the next great leap ahead, following the May demolition of the old county TB clinic building at 41 Kearny Ave., the targeted site for a threeunit, three-floor residential condominium. “We’ve sent a [construction] schedule to the county,” Bruning said. “We should be putting in the foundation and frame by mid-December. Then we’ll be closed in for the winter and, hopefully, we’ll finish [with utilities and interior work] by March.” Habitat still plans to install one disabled-access two-bedroom apartment on the first floor and two threebedroom flats, one on the second floor and another on the third floor.


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Habitat has been allocated $350,000 by the Hudson County HOMES home ownership assistance program, to be supplemented by $120,000 from the Hudson County chapter of Habitat, for the project, Bruning said. Asked whether the delay on the job could end up pushing costs for construction materials above the already tight project budget, Bruning said that the reverse was more likely. “Prices are down because of the slump in stock since [Superstorm] Sandy,” he said, “so the project will actually be less expensive.” Bruning said Habitat will begin soliciting applications from prospective buyers after New Year’s. How much the apartments will sell for isn’t yet fixed, Bruning said. Buyers will also be responsible for payment of municipal taxes and condominium fees, he said.

Habitat hopes to have completed vetting the applicants by March so they can expeditiously move into the new units, Bruning said. “The criteria here is whether they can afford it, do they qualify income-wise; do they satisfy the need criteria: are they currently living in sub-standard housing or overcrowding conditions? Also, they must be first-time homebuyers and Hudson County residents.” Buyers will get an interest-free mortgage loan, repayable over 30 years. Buyers’ household income must be less than 80% of the regional median family income level as fixed by the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development; the buyers must have a good credit rating; and they must provide volunteer service to Habitat during construction. The county deeded over the property a token $1 con-

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Guilty plea in local robberies A

suspect arrested by FBI agents earlier this year in connection with the armed robbery of a Belleville convenience store has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Newark, to that crime and 16 additional hold-ups -- including another in Belleville, one in Kearny, and two at the same deli in Bloomfield, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. The defendant, Bobby Dawson, 30, of Newark, was charged with conspiring to commit robberies Feb. 2 at the Shoppers Express in Belleville; Feb. 10 at Krauszer’s Deli in

Kearny; Feb. 13 and March 29 at Krauszer’s in Bloomfield, and April 17 at Belleville News and Food. The other crimes occurred between Dec. 29, 2012, and May 20 of this year in Newark, Linden, Paramus, Maplewood, West Orange and Verona. Most of the targets were delis, groceries or convenience stores, but gas stations, pharmacies, fast-food restaurants and a liquor store also were among the businesses hit, authorities said. Dawson and his conspirators (who were not named in the announcement from Fishman’s office) reportedly

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A fire on Thanksgiving night gutted the kitchen in an apartment at 564 Devon St., but firefighters contained the blaze before it could spread to the rest of the six-family home, authorities reported. Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl said the fire, which he described as “cooking-related,” was reported at 7:40 p.m. in a second-floor apartment. The kitchen was “destroyed,” he said, and there was smoke and water damage to the rest of that apartment, but the dam-

age was reportedly limited to the one unit. Dyl said one female occupant suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Tenants were allowed to reoccupy the building, the chief reported. The Kearny Fire Department was assisted at the scene by firefighters from Harrison, and the Jersey City FD provided back-up coverage for the town. – Karen Zautyk

robbed the establishments at gunpoint, stealing cash, cigarettes and other items. In 15 of the 17 robberies, zip ties or duct tape were used to restrain the victims. In his Nov. 21 court appearance, Dawson also pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm, a .380 semi-automatic handgun, during the Maplewood hold-up, firing at a store clerk.

Authorities said the clerk was not injured. In addition, the defendant admitted involvement in an armed carjacking, Fishman reported, but no details were provided as to when and where that crime occurred. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2014. The carjacking is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison; the

robbery conspiracy, by a maximum of 20 years, and the firearms offense by a term of 10 years to life. The Belleville Police Department, Kearny Police Department and Bloomfield Police Department were among the law enforcement agencies cited by the U.S. Attorney for their work on the case. – Karen Zautyk



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ifty-seven Lyndhurst teens went into “lockdown’’ mode in the high school gym for 12 hours and couldn’t have been happier about it. And many, if not all, can’t wait to do it again. Their adventure, enthusiastically endorsed by the local school district, was dubbed the “Lock-in Palooza” by Maryann Mulé, a student

assistance counselor and anti-bullying specialist, who created the event as a way to inspire “acts of kindness” among students. The experiment, which included dinner, seems to have worked, judging from kids’ reactions. “Students can be impulsive, nasty, insensitive,” Mulé observed. “For example, a girl may tweet another girl, ‘I can’t believe you wore such an ugly sweater,’ and with the profusion of social media today, once you make a mistake like that, there’s no way of taking

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the target of a spiteful remark, to say to themselves, ‘You don’t need to respond,’ ’’ and, thereby, avoid an escalation of hostilities. Instead, Mulé said, “If we can train our students to be more kind to each other, then they aren’t going to engage in bad behavior.” To that end, Mulé – with the backing of Schools Superintendent Tracey Marinelli and LHS Principal Nicholas Cofarro – invited students from grades 9 to 12 to volunteer for an all-night commitment – where they’d be confined to the school gym, from 5 p.m.

Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 22-23), to participate in a series of staff-supervised exercised designed to promote teamwork. As a way of eliminating outside distractions, once they entered the gym, it was “goodbye, cell phones,” which had to be surrendered to staff for the duration, Mulé noted. Kids had to fill out an application and get parental consent to attend. Several participating students managed to find time for the “overnight” even with see LOCK-IN page

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Finances, test scores alarm school chief By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – chools Superintendent Frank Ferraro sounded two alarms – one about the district’s finances that he’d previously mentioned in March – and one about its students’ performance – at the Nov. 18 Kearny Board of Education meeting. A recently concluded audit of the BOE’s spending blueprint found that the district “has used $1.9 million from our reserves to balance the [ever-climbing $80 million] 2013-2014 budget,” Ferraro observed. “Using money from our reserves is similar to using a savings account to pay for your mortgage. Eventually these funds will be exhausted and our district will face some very harsh choices: to substantially raise taxes to make up for the lost revenue or substantially cut instructional programs and extra-curricular activities,” he said. Ferraro is hoping to get some rescue strategies from “Vision 2018,” a five-year plan being developed with input from members of the school community. One option likely to be more thoroughly explored is creating a middle school program. While it’s trying to figure its way out of the fiscal morass, the BOE also needs to reverse a flatering academic performance by its students. Piggybacking on a public presentation by Assistant Superintendent Debra Sheard, also at the Nov. 18 BOE meet-


ing, Ferraro said: “The data shows that five of our seven schools did not meet [the district’s] performance targets [as measured by 2013 state standardized tests]. “This is a major issue for Kearny schools because the information illustrates our administration and staff must work diligently to improve the instruction…,” he said. Of the district’s six elementary schools, only Washington School, school-wide, met the progress targets for Language Arts Literacy and Math, as set by the state, as did Kearny High, school-wide, according to the data collated by Sheard. For each of the schools that failed to meet the performance benchmarks, test scores by Hispanic students and economically disadvantaged (those qualifying for free or discounted school lunches) students lagged behind whites. (Interestingly, Washington School has the highest number of economically disadvantaged students in the district.) A school-by-school breakdown of the test results can be found to going to www., clicking on the link for Instruction and Programs and then clicking on “Progress Target Presentation.” Sheard said that, beginning this year, with a new statemandated evaluation system in place for administrative and instructional staff, part of a teacher’s evaluation will be based on assessment of his/ her students’ performance. And, for better accountability, if a student transfers to another school in the district

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Remembering the eulogy to JFK O

ur Nov. 20 issue of The Observer noted the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and the rest of that week was filled with television documentaries, panel discussions and replays of actual news coverage from 1963. I found myself as transfixed as I had been all those years ago -- even though things learned in those ensuing decades have diminished my opinion of JFK as a person, if not as a President. But back then, Jack and Jackie were still the romanticized golden couple, and who am I to judge? On Nov. 25, as I was watching a replay of the funeral, words I had heard spoken 50 years ago -- and never since -- suddenly came drifting up,

unbidden, from the deepest caverns of memory: “And so she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his hands.” I realized immediately it referred to Jacqueline, but who had said it? And in what context? I found the answers. It was from the eulogy delivered by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-Montana) while JFK’s coffin lay in state under the Capitol Dome, where an estimated 250,000 people came to pay their respects. I do not know if Mansfield actually witnessed the incident of which he speaks. I have heard different versions of the story. I have also heard that it is apocryphal. But that really doesn’t matter. I like to think it’s true. Here is the Mansfield eulogy, in its entirety:

“There was a sound of laughter; in a moment, it was no more. And so she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his hands. “There was a wit in a man neither young nor old, but a wit full of an old man’s wisdom and of a child’s wisdom, and then, in a moment it was no more. And so she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his hands. “There was a man marked with the scars of his love of country, a body active with the surge of a life far, far from spent and, in a moment, it was no more. And so she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his hands. “There was a father with a little boy, a little girl and a joy of each in the other. In a moment it was no more, and so she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his

hands. “There was a husband who asked much and gave much, and out of the giving and the asking wove with a woman what could not be broken in life, and in a moment it was no more. And so she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his hands, and kissed him and closed the lid of a coffin. “A piece of each of us died at that moment. Yet, in death he gave of himself to us. He gave us of a good heart from which the laughter came. He gave us of a profound wit, from which a great leadership emerged. He gave us of a kindness and a strength fused into a human courage to seek peace without fear. “He gave us of his love that we, too, in turn, might give. He gave that we might give of ourselves, that we might

give to one another until there would be no room, no room at all, for the bigotry, the hatred, prejudice, and the arrogance which converged in that moment of horror to strike him down. “In leaving us -- these gifts, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States, leaves with us. Will we take them, Mr. President? Will we have, now, the sense and the responsibility and the courage to take them? “I pray to God that we shall and under God we will.” That is more than a eulogy. It is poetry. – Karen Zautyk Addendum: One more quote to remember in relation to Nov. 22, 1963. “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” Now that would be a perfect final eulogy.


A Nov. 27 story on the Red Bull Arena in Harrison incorrectly reported that skybox patrons pay extra for alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are included in the skybox fee but club box customers are charged for alcohol, according to Red Bull spokesman Robert Pastor. For more information, call Pastor at 973-268-7128. The Observer regrets the error.

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U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Union City) has named Nutley resident Steven Sandberg as his press secretary. Sandberg, who moved to Nutley four years ago, started his assignment Dec. 2. For the past nine years, Sandberg was a general assignment reporter for

all-news radio station 1010 WINS-AM in New York City, primarily covering New Jersey. Before that, Sandberg was the New Jersey-based national correspondent at Metro Networks and was often heard on WABC-AM and WOR-AM. “In the nearly 15 years that I have known Steve, he

Garfield School academic honors Robert Wasilak, of Garfield School, Kearny, announces the Super Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the first marking period: Super Honor Roll: fourth grade-Gianna Gomez and Abigal Crispin; fifth gradeAndy Mao, Maryom Rahman, Nora Bouayad and Samantha Herrera; sixth grade-Briana Barros, Barbara Bellini, Nicole Cohen Perez, Gabriel Dos Santos, Sara Faria, Kayla Fitzgerald, Esmeralda Garcia, Sharyn Gonzalez, Sophia Gonzalez, Emilio Heras, Sonia Lopez Gonzalez, Victoria Niedbal and Sarah Wolenski. Honor Roll: fourth gradeAlyssa Franco, Alexandra Guerrero, Nicholas Queiroz, Kasper Szymczak, Lucia Beltran, Amy Guaman, Brandon

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nother relatively routine arrest on an outstanding warrant led Kearny cops to uncover a more serious crime, this one involving stolen meat slicers, Police Chief John Dowie reported. Apparently, there’s a market for everything. This saga started at 6 p.m., Nov. 19, at Kearny and Locust Aves., where Dets. Scott Traynor and Michael Farinola apprehended 48-year-old David Murphy of Kearny on an active warrant out of Sparta, Dowie said. Subsequently, police learned that Murphy had conducted a recent transaction at a local pawn shop. The item sold to the shop was a brand-new meat slicer, still in the box, for which Murphy reportedly received a “minimal amount

of money,” although it had a manufacturer’s list price of $1,300, police said. Investigators also learned that Murphy was employed by a South Kearny company that is the sole supplier for that particular make and model of slicer -- and that, on five separate occasions, he had sold slicers or meat grinders to the same shop, Dowie reported. Murphy,  rearrested Nov. 21,  reportedly admitted that he and another employee, not yet identified, had a scheme whereby they would secrete the devices on company property, then return after hours to remove them. He has now been charged with theft. The investigation is continuing. Other recent  reports from the KPD blotter included the following:

Nov. 21 At 1:15 p.m., Officer Steve Hroncich and Sgt. Paul Bershefski responded to Walmart, where one customer had allegedly threatened another with a pair of scissors. Neither the alleged assailant (female) nor the victim (male) was cooperative with the cops, but a review of the store’s security tapes showed the two engaged in a verbal altercation and the woman then threatening the man with scissors she had removed from a counter, police said. According to the report, the two were complete strangers. Apparently this was a case of “shopping rage.” Toni Jones, 35, of Newark, was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

At 3 p.m., at Kearny and Garfield Aves., Officer John Fabula stopped a motorist for simultaneous violations, including running a crosswalk as pedestrians were attempting to cross and while she was talking on a cell phone, police said. As Fabula approached the car, the driver, a reportedly “very irate” Glenia Dasilva, 47, of Rutherford, began waving three traffic tickets out the window. (Editor’s note: Why she did so is not known, but it proved very helpful to the police.) Examining the summonses, the officer found  they had been written in Lyndhurst  within the previous hour for using a phone while driving, driving without a license and driving with a suspended license, police said. Dasilva was arrested, taken to headquar-





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ters and charged in Kearny with driving with a suspended license, failure to yield to pedestrians, and a driving/cell phone-yapping offense. At 5 p.m., Vice detectives arrested a motorist, Richard Zulla, 25, of North Arlington, at Beech St. and the Belleville Pike after confirming his driver’s license was suspended, police said. During a search incident to the arrest, Zulla was allegedly found to be in possession of a cellophane wrapper containing suspected marijuana. He was charged on the MV violation and with possession of pot and paraphernalia. Nov. 25 Officer Luis Moran responded to Walmart at 3:30 p.m. on a report of a customer attempting to pass bad checks. The individual also tried to pass himself off as a Newark PD special officer, police said. The suspect, Anthony Jenkins, 48, of Belleville, was reportedly in possession of 11 checks, six of which had been used to try to purchase electronics. According to police, Jenkins admitted he had printed the checks himself on a home computer using a different name. He allegedly was also in possession of a burnt glass pipe, a vial of suspected crack, and a Newark PD special officer’s badge. see KPD page




Logged on the Lyndhurst Police blotter Nov. 29 At 1:41 a.m., police said they stopped a 2003 Toyota traveling north on Riverside Ave., near Rutherford Ave., after the driver, Pedro Lopez-Gomez, 37, of Bloomfield, allegedly made an improper lane change. Lopez-Gomez was ticketed on charges of DWI, careless driving, no registration and no insurance and was released pending a court date. At 9:52 a.m., police responded to 240 Chubb Ave., where the Newark owner of a 2001 Chevrolet van told them someone had removed

his i-Phone, valued at $650, from the parked van. Police said the vehicle had been left unlocked. Nov. 28 At 7:31 p.m., police were called to Medieval Times on Polito Ave. on a report of a person acting in an unruly manner who was observed driving out of the entertainment facility’s parking lot. Police ended up issuing the driver, Donald Goodman, 22, of North Plainfield, summonses charging him with DWI, careless driving and having

an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Goodman was released pending a court appearance. In another development, The Observer belatedly learned of a traffic mishap that happened on Nov. 7. Police said the incident occurred at 7:49 p.m. as three teenage girls were crossing Fern Ave. at the intersection of Lincoln Ave. as a vehicle, operated by Luann McLaughlin, 40, of Lyndhurst, was traveling east on Fern Ave. All three girls, two listed as 13 and one as 14, all of Lynd-

Honor Society inducts new members Fifty-seven seniors were inducted as members of the McNally-Sinnott Chapter of the National Honor Society at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City during a recent ceremony, recognizing excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Speakers included incoming chapter president, Andrew Mauro of Bloomfield, who spoke on leadership. Among the inductees were these area residents: Declan Berutti, Andrew Mauro, and Christopher Pulmano, all of




of pain to her left knee and leg; and the 14-year-old complained of pain to her right ankle. All three girls were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment, police said. McLaughlin, who has pleaded not guilty to MV charges, failure to yield to a pedestrian, no insurance and uninsured vehicle, faces a court hearing Dec. 17. – Ron Leir

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hurst, were struck by the vehicle, police said. The driver told police she didn’t see the girls until it was too late. After her vehicle made contact with the pedestrians, she stopped immediately, McLaughlin told police. Police said that the driver told them it was very dark and that a street light near the intersection wasn’t operating. Police said they notified PSE&G about the light. Police said that one 13-yearold girl complained of pain t her right leg and back; the other 13-year-old complained

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with the First United Methodist Church of Arlington, formerly at 601 Kearny Ave. astrophysicicts. Hence, the earlier referConnolly, though, while obence to a “new congregaviously intellectual, proved tion.” down to earth. (No pun inAfter the merger became tended.)  And all clergy official Oct. 26, Connolly isshould be blessed with a sense of humor like his. And sued this statement: “Two respected congregawith his sense of purpose. The new service, he notes, tions in Kearny stand poised represents “a new direction” for a new future. The First United Methodist Church . . that a “new congregation” . for 139 years has provided is taking -- an outreach “to rich and diverse ministry to those recovering.” From what? From “any addiction or Kearny, especially the Arlington section, and North codependency.” From “guilt and shame due to religion or Arlington. “For 112 years, Grace upbringing.”  “From grief.” United Methodist Church Et al. “We’re all recovering from has offered ministry in the something,” Connolly told us. center area of Kearny. “For decades, these two “Recovering Joy” also is a churches have been relatservice “for all faiths, those ing in ministry -- feeding struggling with faith or who the hungry, common Bible have no faith.” And Grace Church welcomes “all sexual Studies, Holy Week Services together, dinner and felloworientations.” ship activities.” Grace Church, which has And for one of those decbeen serving Kearny for over ades, they have had a coma century, is, in the 21st cenmon pastor: Connolly. tury, continuing to celebrate He noted that, although inclusiveness and “the joy there had been talks of a of the Lord.” And breathing merger in the past, those even more new life into its mission is the recent merger deliberations had indicated CHURCH from

“it was not yet time.” But now, “The time has come.” The congregations have had what you might term an informal merger since 2011, when they began worshipping together at Grace Church during the winter months. First United has since offered its own building to New Canaan United Methodist Church. As part of the merger, Connolly arranged for what he cleverly calls “an organ transplant.”  The beautiful 1910 Moller pipe organ, dedicated and housed  at First United since 1912, was moved in November 2012 to Grace Church. The pastor, noting that the wood of the organ and that used in the construction of Grace Church are similar, commented, “It looks like it has always been here.” The pipe organ, he said, “was the musical heart of First United, so to have it live on is a great comfort.”    It is comfort, fellowship and support -- a sense o family, if you will -- that Grace Church will offer. Along with

“a joyous expression” of faith though music and “the power of singing.” “The emotional expression is important in worship,” Connolly said. In his statement on the merger, the pastor also noted that “the new congregation offers inspirations for fresh initiatives,” especially ministry to children and families. He is a family man himself, married to his wife Georgina for nearly 30 years. “We really want to reach out to the community to meet its needs,” he emphasized. As for Grace Church’s “recovery” mission, Connolly brings to it decades of experience as a professional drug and alcohol counselor. Currently, he works with the Inter-County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (ICCDAA). The private nonprofit, which serves Hudson, Essex and Bergen counties, has offices at 480 Kearny Ave. Connolly, born in Newark and raised in Kearny, is, as noted earlier, a former Jesuit.  When he decided to leave

the priesthood in 1984, he became involved in counseling thanks to a network of friends, including other expriests, working in the field of recovery and addiction. “I never thought about becoming a minister,” he recalled, but one day he went to see a Methodist bishop about doing counseling. “And he [the bishop] said, ‘What about taking a pulpit?’” Now, Connolly noted, he is “technically retired” as a minister, but continues to serve part-time. “Retired” or not, he has lost none of his devotion to his  calling. “There is a need for people to feel welcome in a faith setting, even if they don’t have faith,” he said. Many people are searching, and it is important to “find a place to express that search and find thecomfort of being accepted.” And the foundation of it all is “the joy of the Lord.” (Information about Grace Church services along with two blogs -- one for families, one for children – written by Connolly can be accessed at


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News from the Nutley Police blotter Nov. 28 A fraud victim told police someone attempted to use the routing numbers of their two checking accounts to withdraw about $3,300. Detectives are investigating.

on Frank St., police said they came across a stolen vehicle. Police said the vehicle’s side door lock, ignition, glove compartment and middle console had been damaged. There was also some body damage but police said they weren’t sure Nov. 27 when that occurred. Police At 12:57 p.m., police respond- notified the owner. ed to a Prospect St. home on a call about an activated alarm. Nov. 25 The homeowner told police At 4:54 p.m., police respondthat after arriving home, they ed to a Franklin Ave. business got a notification from their on a theft report. A patron alarm company and noticed in the store told police that pry marks around the frame they’d walked away from their of the inner porch door. Police shopping cart momentarily said they saw paint and wood and, upon returning, noticed shavings on the floor. Pothat the cart and purse inside lice said it appeared that the the cart had been moved. intruder didn’t get inside. A Police said a store employee witness told police they saw a located the missing items in man described as about fivethe back of the produce aisle, feet-10, 200 pounds, wearing a about 100 feet from where the tan jacket and carrying a soft patron had left them. After briefcase walking hurriedly looking through her purse, the near the house. Detectives are patron told police that it was investigating. missing $100. Store security A fraud victim told police personnel were reviewing surthat someone had made three veillance footage, police said. transactions involving their At 11:45 a.m., police arrested checking and savings acMurray Giardelli, 54, of Nutley, counts, withdrawing a total of following a suspicious person $6,455, in person from a bank. report. Giardelli was charged with five counts of possesNov. 26 sion of drugs and possession At 5:53 p.m., police respond- of drug paraphernalia. He ed to an accident at Kenzel was taken to Essex County and Kingsland Aves., resulting Jail after failing to post bail in the arrest of Brigette Lyons, of $25,000 with a 10% cash 71, of Allendale. Police issued option. Lyons summonses charging her with DWI, refusal to subNov. 24 mit to an Alcotest and failure At 2:41 p.m., police were to exhibit insurance card. She called to a Centre St. location was released pending a court where a motorist told police date. they were traveling east on At 11 a.m., while on patrol Centre near Monroe St. when

an unknown object struck their windshield, causing two cracks in the upper right corner. The motorist told police the object may have come from a large truck with a tarp traveling west on Centre at the same time. At 10:56 a.m., police responded to an E. Centre St. location where the superintendent of a building showed

them a crack in the glass of the lobby door. Police said the damage, estimated at $300, happened overnight. Surveillance video is being reviewed for possible clues, police said. Nov. 23 Police are investigating a possible fraud originating at an Evergreen Ave. location. Police said the victim paid,

by check, $4,000 to an individual offering to repair large dents in the fender over the front passenger side tire and scratches to the bumper. After investigating, police said it appeared that the front fender had been hammered out and was full of ripples and looked to have just been spray-painted. – Ron Leir



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The event will include over a dozen vendors and a free raffle giveaway. Tickets are $5 per person. Call Denise Hasenfus at 201-997-3521 or 201-428-8572. The West Hudson Arts Theater Co. will present an Bloomfield adaptation of Charles Dickens’   Bloomfield Public Library, “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, 90 Broad St., announces the Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, following programs: Dec. 7, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri• Friday morning Knitting day, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. Club meets weekly at 11 a.m. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the W.H.A.T. • Get it Write writing workTheater, 131 Midland Ave. shop meets on the second and Tickets are $12;  seniors and fourth Saturdays, Dec. 14 and students, $10.  28, at 2 p.m. They are available online at • Neighbors Helping Neighbors Job Support Group meets or by calling 201467-8624.  Tickets also may be on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. purchased at The Angry Coffee • Monday and Thursday Bean Cafe, 85 Ridge Road, Movies – Thursdays: Dec. North Arlington. 5 – “A Country Christmas” Mary’s Theater Parties and (PG) (Kevin Pollack); Dec. 12 – Tours, Kearny, offers Woody “Christmas Kiss” (NR) (Laura Breckenridge); No movies will Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” on March 19 at 8 p.m. be shown on Dec. 19 and Dec. Price is $157 per person with a 26. Mondays: Dec. 9 – “Stingideposit of $100 per person with est Man in Town”(NR) (Basil reservation. Balance is due Feb. Rathbone). Films start at 12:15 p.m. in the 15. Price includes: orchestra seat and dinner at 5 p.m. at San library theater for both proCarlo Restaurant, Lyndhurst, grams. Admission is free. transportation, tax and tip. The library will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and Seats are limited. Call 201-9981030. will be closed on Dec. 25 for The Ancient Order of HiChristmas. Brookdale Reformed Church, bernians, Division 7, Hudson 16 Belleville Ave., holds an Ad- County, meets on the second vent candlelight prayer service Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Association, 95 Kearny Ave. For more information, call the A flea market will be held at church at 973-338-7676 and St. Cecilia Church, 114 Chestnut ask about the Advent Prayer St., in the school building, Dec. Service.   7 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. For more informaKearny Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, tion, call 201-991-1116. Vendors are welcome. All proceeds 663 Kearny Ave., hosts its anbenefit the parish. Donations nual carnival on Friday, Dec. 6 are kindly accepted. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The club encourages the Lyndhurst entire community to attend. Lyndhurst Health DepartKearny UNICO meets on ment, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. 1, hosts a blood screening on Those interested in attending or learning more about Kearny Friday, Dec. 6, in the recreation room. Appointments begin at UNICO are invited to contact 8 a.m. The screening includes Chapter President Lou Pana chemistry profile, cholesterol dolfi at 201-368-2409. level, blood count, and thyroid First Baptist Church of level.  This service is available Arlington hosts a bake sale to Lyndhurst residents ages 18 and bizarre on Saturday, Dec. and older for a $20 fee. To pre7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flea register, call 201-804-2500. Paymarket vendors are invited. ments can be submitted in cash For more information, call the or by check, payable to Medical church at 201-991-7669. Laboratory Diagnostics. Kearny High School PTA The Health Department is presents “Shop ‘til You Drop collecting new, unwrapped toys Night” on Dec. 6 from 6 to 10 on behalf of Sebastian Saraiva’s p.m in the high school gym. Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., sponsors a Saturday Storytime and Craft on Dec. 14 at 11 a.m.

third annual toy drive for families and children spending Christmas in the hospital. Donations can be dropped off at the Health Department on Dec. 6. Donations will go to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Newark Beth Israel. Any donations collected after Dec. 6 will benefit children and families of the Lyndhurst Food Pantry. If you’ve tried to quit smoking or are thinking about it, join Roland Romano, LPC, CTTS, RRT from the St. Barnabas Lung Cancer Institute to get advice on how to stay smokefree, at the Health Department on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m.   Call the Health Department at 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat. Coffee will be served. Lyndhurst Public Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events: • Santa Visit: Children can take a picture with Santa on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:45 p.m. Registration is required. • Holiday Stocking Craft for children in grades 1 to 4 will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. • Fit4Kids Magic Show: Muscle Man Mike presents a magic/puppet show for children ages 3 to 10, on Monday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 201- 804-2478. The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is collecting non-perishable food items, plus turkeys, hams and lasagne, along with gift cards for ShopRite or Stop & Shop, as part of a food drive for the local Food Pantry, 253 Stuyvesant Ave. Monetary donations, payable to the Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst, can be sent c/o Diane Cichino, 481 Roosevelt Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071. The club will also sponsor a pizza contest on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Many local pizzerias are donating pizzas to be judged. Cost is $5 per person. The winning pizzeria will receive a banner to display in their front window. Money raised for this event will benefit the club’s charitable projects. For tickets, call

Janet Ricigliano at 201-935-3796. For more information on membership in the Woman’s Club, contact Marilyn Falcone at 201-933-6459. “Mapping Out Meadowlands History,” presented by Meadowlands Museum Trustee Frank Godlewski, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, Two DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. This program is geared towards adults. Godlewski will demonstrate how to use maps to help understand the evolution of the Meadowlands through time. Admission is $5 per person; $4 for MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go ec. For more information, call 201-460-8300.

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Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, will hold a National Night of Prayer for Life on Sunday, Dec. 8, following the 5:30 p.m. Mass until 10 p.m. with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. There will be quiet time and prayers recited as follows: 6:45 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet; 7 p.m., Joyful Mysteries; 8 p.m., Sorrowful; and 9 p.m., Glorious. For more information, contact the rectory at 201-997-0700. North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., announces the following: • Storytime for ages 2 to 5 will be held on Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, at 11:45 a.m. • Bedtime Story Time for ages 4 to 6 is held on Thursdays, Dec. 5 and 19, at 6 p.m. • Girl Scout Recruitment will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. for girls in grades K-3. Come make a craft. Craft project for grades K to 5, sponsored by the Tootharium on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Call 201-955-5640, ext. 126, to register. Registration is recommended for the above programs.


The annual Holiday Treasure Chest Adopt A Family Program to provide gifts to Nutley families in need continues through Dec. 18. Individuals, civic organizations and clubs are encouraged to

get involved by adopting a family. Local businesses have adopted families in lieu of purchasing individual staff gifts. Gift cards from local stores will also be accepted. Residents interested in adopting a family or making a contribution are asked to call Annmarie Nicolette at 973284-4975. Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., announces the following programs: • “The Great Gatsby” will be shown on Friday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. • Joe Fischer’s Holiday Magic Show for all ages is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. No registration is required. • Read to Dogs – Improve your literacy skills by reading to certified therapy dogs on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This is recommended for independent readers ages 6 to 11. Registration is required online. Participants may attend one or more sessions. Questions? Call Children’s Services Desk at 973-667-0405 x2623 or email michelle.albert@bccls. org. • P.J. Story Time is open to children of all ages. Put on your pajamas and meet in the children’s room on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Registration is not required. • Babygarten – For township residents only on Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Registration is required. • Play Bridge at the library on Tuesdays, Dec. 10 and 17. No registration is required. • Pop Up Teen craft session will be held on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. for grades 7 to 12. •Pre-School Storytime will be held on Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required. • Conversational ESL is held on Wednesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, at 10 a.m. No registration is required. • Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meet at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18. • Two-year-old Storytime, for township residents only, will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Registration is required. For more information on library programs, visit http:// or or call 973-667-0405.


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QP dedicates practice field to legendary grid coach Borgess

Renewing Thanksgiving tradition with a cause Jason Luzzi and Bill Mbua are long-time friends who grew up together in Belleville. “We used to live on the same block,” Mbua said. But then, Mbua’s family moved to neighboring Nutley. When Mbua joined the football team at Nutley and Luzzi was on the squad at Belleville, it meant one thing – instant rivals. The childhood friendship had to go out the window, especially when the two teams met on Thanksgiving in 2004. Since Mbua was a wide receiver, he never got a chance to tackle his friend during that game, which was won by the Maroon Raiders, 27-0. Luzzi, a running back and safety at Belleville, went on to play football at Lackawanna Junior College and eventually baseball at Bloomfield College. Last year, Luzzi’s family summer home in Ortley Beach was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. One day last year, with buddy Mbua nearby, Luzzi had a brainstorm. “I started thinking that maybe there was a way we could help raise money,” Luzzi said. And his thought

was to bring back the Thanksgiving Day football game between Belleville and Nutley, which was discontinued three years ago. The two rivals now open their seasons against each other instead of finishing off the year. “A lot of people were not happy about the game not being played on Thanksgiving,” Luzzi said. “I was one of them. I was not at all happy.” “We were all very disappointed,” Mbua said. “We didn’t understand why they didn’t play. It was something that should have gone on. It was a chance to get together, see old friends coming back from college. It was a fun time.” So Luzzi thought that maybe he could bring back the Thanksgiving Day rivalry, but with a twist, sort of an Old Timer’s Day. “It just hit me,” Luzzi said. “I thought it would be fun. I was sure that a lot of people would want to come.” Luzzi posted a message on Facebook, proclaiming the renewal of the Belleville-Nutley Thanksgiving Day game, albeit in a flag football setting. “We got 250 confirmations in 24 hours on see VIEW next page

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The field at Queen of Peace was renamed last week in honor of the late Ralph Borgess, who spent 26 years at the school as a coach and assistant athletic director.

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or most of his adult life, Ralph Borgess was synonymous with Queen of Peace High School. Sure, the late Borgess was a Kearny native who starred as a multi-sport athlete at Kearny High. And yes, Borgess spent a good portion of his life as the head football coach at Harrison, leading the Blue Tide to their lone football state championship, the North Jersey Section 1, Group II title in 1986. And after all, Borgess spent an astounding 52 years coaching high school football in New Jersey, earning Hall of Fame honors all across the board. But deep down, Borgess was

as much a part of Queen of Peace as the Golden Griffin itself. Borgess served as the head football coach for two different stints, including his final go-round that lasted until he was past his 80th birthday. He was also the assistant athletic director at the school and maintained a constant presence until his untimely death following a stroke in 2006. Ever since Borgess’ passing, the school wanted to find a way to memorialize him, to make sure that people remembered “Coach” for perpetuity. That tribute took place last week, when QP officials finally dedicated the practice field outside the school as the Ralph Borgess Field. There

was a ceremony with speeches remembering “Coach.” The field house was newly painted with Borgess’ name in bright gold letters and a plaque was unveiled, featuring Borgess’ achievements and accomplishments at the school for 26 marvelous years. While the weather wasn’t exactly balmy, nothing could dampen the spirits of the people who attended, who came to remember and honor “Coach.” “It was wonderful,” said Ruth Borgess, the coach’s widow. “He knew that the school wanted to do something like this before he died. He said that they wanted to do it, but it never came to pass. I never see BORGESS page





VIEW from Facebook,” Luzzi said. “It was amazing. I knew it would go over big.” “I started to try to recruit players,” Mbua said. “But we also had to get approval from the elected officials and athletic directors.” But Luzzi, Mbua and friend Mike Perinotti of Belleville had to go to work. They worked to get sponsors to help defray the cost of insurance, permits, uniforms, you name it. “We also required each

player to donate $50,” Luzzi said. “The response was so positive. We had so many people interested in playing that we had to turn some people away. We didn’t want to have too many people.” “It was definitely not an issue getting players for either team,” Mbua said. The first game, played at Belleville, was a rousing success. There was a solid turnout and they raised $7,000 for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. “We charged admission,”

Luzzi said. “We had raffles and got donations. We had food donated from a lot of businesses. It was a great success, so much so that we figured we would do it annually.” “We got a lot of support,” Mbua said. “It really turned out great.” The second annual Belleville-Nutley game, played last Sunday at the Nutley Oval, took place under tough conditions. “It was absolutely freezing out,” Luzzi said. “It was 25

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degrees and windy. I think the weather kept a lot of people away.” But in the end, Belleville prevailed, winning 27-26. It helped that Belleville had a new recruit in Maurice Jones, the former Temple standout who spent a good portion of last summer in the Chicago Bears’ training camp. Adding a pro player to the roster definitely helped the Buccaneers’ cause. “We always had good skilled people,” Luzzi said. “We had so much fun.” “Mo Jones is a great guy and a big help in getting the game together,” Mbua said. “It really was a lot of fun. It’s always a great time to get together with childhood friends and raise some money for a good cause.” This year, the funds raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. “There will be a decent donation,” Luzzi said. “It was still a good thing.” Next year, the plan is to play the game earlier, say in October, with the game

moving of course to Belleville. “You can never predict the weather in November,” Luzzi said. “It definitely means a lot to me that we got this going. There was a lot of work that went into it.” Luzzi thanked businesses like ShopRite of Belleville and Nutley, Franklin Steak House, Ritacco Brothers Pizzeria, Midtown Bar and Grill in Nutley and Jersey Dogs in Belleville for donating food for the event. “As far back as I can remember, there was always Belleville-Nutley on Thanksgiving,” Luzzi said. “Part of the reason why I went to Belleville was that game. It was very important to me.” “Tradition is the one thing we need to keep alive,” Mbua said. “There was never really bad blood between us. It was always a great rivalry. We get to see people we don’t usually see. We really want to encourage all generations of Nutley and Belleville football players to get involved. It really is a great thing.”




thought it would take so long, but a lot of people all got together and pushed for it to happen.” Ruth Borgess was moved by the ceremony and presentation. “It was a very nice reception,” Ruth Borgess said. “I never expected anything like that. I think it’s great that kids are going to look up, see his name and say, `Who’s that?’ And they’re going to mention his name for a long time.” Borgess said that her great grandson, also named Ralph, keeps the name alive. Her son, Ralph Jr., who also coached at Queen of Peace, passed away two years ago. The family has another son, Rich, who also was a coach. Christine Borgess Riccardi is Coach Borgess’ granddaughter. She has such fine memories of her grandfather. “He made such a lasting impression on me,” Riccardi said. “I can remember being an 11-year-old kid and driving through the streets of Harrison, looking for kids who broke curfew. I remember waiting for him after games and I had pockets full of M&Ms to give to him, win or lose. I can never forget those moments.” Riccardi sang her grandfather’s praises. “He was truly amazing,” Riccardi said. “He taught me so much about life. No one could compare to him. There was no better person.” Riccardi was also impressed with the ceremony. “It was an amazing tribute to him,” Riccardi said. “And it’s well deserved. I’m thrilled that it came to pass and that they recognized his iconic status, not just at Queen of Peace, but throughout northern New Jersey. He was the most amazing man I’ve ever known.” Riccardi said that she had only one wish. “I think the only thing I regret in life is that I wasn’t a boy,” Riccardi said. “Because being a girl, I didn’t get the chance to play for him.” Tony Riposta, the highly respected North Arlington-based attorney, did get the chance to play for “Coach.” A graduate of

QP in 1970, Riposta still holds his days playing with Borgess in reverence. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this than Coach Borgess,” Riposta said. “He put in so much time there. He loved the place and loved the players. This was so appropriate, because he loved QP more than anyone.” Riposta, who was asked to be one of the speakers, said that the ceremony was special.

“It was a great feeling,” Abromaitis said. “His family was here. Friends, former players, so many people. It was one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had. It’s such a fitting tribute. It’s perfect for him.” And a perfect way for the school to keep Ralph Borgess’

name alive for the many years to come. “It came almost seven years to the day since he passed,” Riccardi said. “It’s a nice time of year to remember him. It was Thanksgiving, being with family. It was very emotional for all of us.”


Anyone who ever knew Ralph Borgess knew that he loved Queen of Peace, loved the kids, loved being active even into his 80s. The only bad thing was that “Coach” wasn’t around to enjoy the day and the festivities with everyone else.

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The plaque honoring the late Ralph Borgess was put on the wall near the field that will forever bear the name of the beloved “Coach.”

“It absolutely brought back great memories,” Riposta said. “No one loved coaching high school football more than Coach Borgess. He was the consummate high school football coach and he was great at it. I was so lucky to have him as a coach. I don’t know where I’d be today without him. I would have done anything for him.” Queen of Peace athletic director Ed Abromaitis was one of the driving forces to get this tribute for Borgess. After all, the two shared an office together in the basement of the school for the last 10 years of Borgess’ life. “It was so important to Coach, having this field,” Abromaitis said. “It’s not a beautiful field, but it was his. It was his idea to build it. Before the field, the team had to practice in the cemetery. This field was his own little thing, so naming it after him is just right. It’s perfect.” Abromaitis said that there was a certain amount of pride that came with the day.

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St. Mary’s heads to state title game, thanks to Kearny trio Woupes, Banks, O’Sullivan give Gaels fighting chance By Jim Hague Observer Sports Writer


hen they were little kids, just learning about the sport of football, Kevin Woupes, Keon Banks and Evan O’Sullivan were friends and teammates, playing on the Pee Wee level of the Kearny Generals program.

“We were all like brothers,” Banks said. “We were all very close from the beginning.” “We all started out on the same team,” Woupes said. “We made the playoffs together our first year. I’ll always remember that.” When it came time to choose a high school, O’Sullivan was the first to select St. Mary’s of Rutherford.

“I kind of knew I was going there,” O’Sullivan said. “My father and mother both went to St. Mary’s, so I was continuing the tradition.” O’Sullivan’s two buddies followed suit a year later. “I wasn’t so sure that Kevin and Keon were going to come here,” O’Sullivan said. “But it worked out great.” “My friends all wanted me

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than 1,500 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns this season. Woupes and O’Sullivan are linebackers on defense, Banks a defensive back. And the long-time friends will get one final chance to play together this weekend, as the Gaels face St. Joseph of Hammonton for the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 1 state championship Saturday afternoon at the College of New Jersey in Ewing. “It’s great because we’ve been together for practically my whole life,” said Woupes, who does a lot of the blocking for Banks from his fullback slot. “It’s pretty cool that we’re doing this together.” Veteran St. Mary’s head coach Mike Sheridan credits the efforts of all three Kearny natives. “They’re all major parts,” Sheridan said. “They’re a big reason why we’re in the position we’re in.” Sheridan said that the coaching staff was looking for a way to get O’Sullivan more involved this season. “We were looking for a spot for Evan, because he works so hard,” Sheridan said. “We hon-

estly couldn’t figure out how to use him. But he changed his body in the offseason. He put on about 15 pounds of muscle and had good strength. He got in there at middle linebacker and filled gaps and made plays. He’s done a great job and he’s a big part of our defense.” Offensively, O’Sullivan gives Woupes a chance to get a little rest as his backup at fullback. “It’s almost like fate that I got my chance this year,” O’Sullivan said. “I think fate really had something to do with it.” Woupes has been a mainstay at outside linebacker. “I’m back to my old position and that has made me feel like I’m more of a bigger component this year,” Woupes said. “I feel like I’ve made a bigger impact. And I love blocking for Keon. It means a lot for me to spring Keon and if I’m not doing it, Evan is.” Sheridan has nothing but praise for Woupes. “Kevin is the best all-around athlete we have,” Sheridan said. “He’s just a great football player. He’s constantly around the ball. He’s a tough guy. He’s a silent leader who lets his ac-

tions speak for themselves.” Sheridan remembered the day last season when he realized Woupes was the real deal. “I let him get on the field last year as a sophomore and he made two interceptions against Queen of Peace,” Sheridan said. “I could see the athleticism in him right away. He’s the best all-around player we have.” Banks’ story is remarkable. At 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, Banks is not the biggest kid in the world. No one knew whether he could handle the grind of being an every down tailback. Banks likes when people question his size. “I use that as motivation,” Banks said. “People used to tell me all the time I was too small. That just makes me run harder. Sometimes, it’s good to be small, because the other teams can’t see me at first. I’ve heard teams saying, ‘Damn, I can’t even see that kid.’ That just makes me go.” Sheridan had somewhat of an idea that Banks could be his go-to guy. “He’s a powerful kid who is put together well,” Sheridan

said. “With that low center of gravity, he’s tough to bring down. He drove our defense crazy last year when he was part of our scout team, so I knew he had potential.” But to gain 1,500 yards and score 25 touchdowns? That puts Banks in an elite category. “Yeah, not to that extent,” Sheridan said. “No doubt, he’s been a pleasant surprise.” “It’s definitely been a big surprise to me,” Banks said. “I gained a lot of confidence, working hard in the offseason. My linemen have been a big help. So are my friends Kevin and Evan. Without them all, I wouldn’t have had the season I’ve had.” Needless to say, it’s been a season to remember for the Gaels, who have posted a 9-2 record this season. Now, they just need one final win for the big prize. “It’s a great feeling,” O’Sullivan said. “We’re one of the few teams left still playing. It’s great to know that we have another game left.” The Gaels took part in Rutherford’s Thanksgiving parade last Saturday. “I got to march in a parade,”


O’Sullivan said. “How great is that?” O’Sullivan is the chauffeur for both Woupes and Banks, going every day to school together. That will soon end when O’Sullivan heads off to college. Woupes and Banks will have to find their own mode of transport next fall. “This game is important, because I’m not going to see Evan much after he goes to college,” Woupes said. “He’s been a big part of my life. It feels great to be able to play with them and share all of this with them. I never thought I’d get this opportunity.” Sheridan said that it has been a joy coaching the Kearny trio. “It’s nice to watch them develop as young men,” Sheridan said. “The whole camaraderie they share. I watched them grow up together, see their maturity and their friendship. They’re never going to forget these times. They got all they could get out of high school, three league championships and three trips to the state finals.” And perhaps, one shiny state championship to go with everything else.

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Assessing Newark’s health care needs NEWARK – St. Michael’s Medical Center recently completed its annual Community Health Needs Assessment in an effort to identify Newark’s most pressing healthcare needs, so the hospital can better address those needs. The assessment indicated that there is a great need within Newark and some of the surrounding areas to help the uninsured gain better access to affordable and quality health coverage. To help accomplish this goal, St. Michael’s Medical Center has partnered with the Greater Newark Health Coalition to host a special Health Insurance Registration Event on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Admissions Department, at the hospital. Local residents can schedule an appointment with a certified application counselor, who will help them navigate the

Healthcare Insurance Marketplace, review insurance options, and register for an insurance plan. According to a survey the hospital conducted among 163 respondents, 55.9% of those uninsured said they had difficulties getting healthcare when they needed it, compared to only 13% who have private insurance and 14.6% who had Medicaid. When asked to identify the greatest barriers to accessing healthcare, lack of health insurance (54.2%) and the cost of healthcare (48.4%) were the top two reasons provided. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2011), significantly fewer Newark residents have some kind of health insurance (72%) compared to the New Jersey state average (87%). Uninsured individuals who qualify can now sign up on the new Health Insurance Marketplace via its new

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one-on-one to help answer questions, compare different options, and walk them through the process. Some individuals may be eligible for subsidies to help offset some of the plan’s costs. All insurance plans must offer the same essential health benefits, including doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity and newborn care, preventive care, and pre-

scriptions. “As a healthcare provider for the greater Newark community, it is imperative that we do all we can to ensure our community has access to quality, affordable health care,” says David A. Ricci, President and CEO of Saint Michael’s Medical Center. “When people have access to better health coverage, they can feel more at ease in seeking the care they need to live more healthy and fulfilling lives.” Individuals interested in this community service can schedule an appointment with a St. Michael’s counselor to help sign up for new health insurance by calling 973-465-2792. The full report of St. Michael’s Medical Center’s 2013-2014 Community Health Needs Assessment is available on the hospital’s website.

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Clara Maass hosts global surgical workshop Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, is opening its doors to plastic surgeons on a global basis, by welcoming Dr. Alfredo Hoyos, world-renowned plastic surgeon from Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Hoyos will lead a live surgical advanced body contouring workshop for other plastic surgeons from around the world, on Sunday, Dec. 8. The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the hospital, 1 Clara Maass Drive, Belleville, and is open to all plastic surgeons. The VASER Hi Def ® 4D Liposculpture workshop at Clara Maass offers a unique opportunity to learn about advanced body contouring techniques which give patients a naturally sculpted appearance with defined and sculpted muscle groups. Utilizing the state of

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On Nov. 27, Queen of Peace Elementary School, North Arlington, held its annual Thanksgiving Day Prayer Service. Amy Triano’s second grade class performed some prayers for the classes. Mrs Jennifer Belichak’s Kindergarten class dressed as Indians, from l.: Paul Romblon, Matthew Cappelluti, Cara Adamski, Lauren Czupak, Sarah Iorio and Emma Estrada.

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serious consequences could result. The state [Department of Educapicked because of its tion] could, basically, high percentage of come in and give us lower-income populadirectives.” A more paltion, Sheard said. “We atable option, he said, chose Lincoln with the is for Kearny to develop intention that, if we its own solutions. go to a middle school, In other business: most likely the Lincoln District Plant OpSchool elementary staff erations Director Mark would be redistributed Bruscino reported prothroughout the district [and] this would help to gress on the resumption of construction work at expand the program at Kearny High. He said a quicker pace ….,” she that a newly hired conadded. tractor is ready to begin Eighteen staffers at Lincoln and 23 at Wash- work on the KHS’s ington are being trained South Building, that the board will be seeking at a cost pegged at bids soon to complete $36,000, Sheard said. demolition of the old The district is also pool area and will be paying LoTi, a Califorbidding out work on nia-based consulting firm, about $200,000 to the North Building by make teachers aware of January. He said that what’s expected of them the field houses would get new roofs and that in terms of how they can work with students staff were “reviewing quotes” for stadium to create a win-win outcome for their evalu- lights. Board member Cecilia ations. Lindenfelser said that Other instructional the public wouldn’t be tools that, Sheard said, the district is deploying permitted to tour the high school work site include: the Fountas & because of safety conPinnell benchmarking cerns. Instead, she said, system in K-5; Achieve “we will shoot a video,” 3000, a differentiated narrated by the project’s instruction system for elementary students; Go supervisors, to show how work is progressMath, an instructional ing. “This is the best system designed to meet the Common Core way to go,” she said. “We can’t have people standards; Ticket-toRead, an online reading traipsing through with construction going on.” program for K-6; LarFerraro said he plans to son’s Big Ideas, a math “post work schedules” program for middle on the district website schoolers; and more to keep the public in the frequent, “three-to five loop. minute” classroom obAs the BOE continues servations by principals to await an accountant’s and vice principals. Given that only a few review of how much has been spent so far parents or staff at the Nov. 18 meeting probed on the KHS project, it learned from its busiSheard further about the test results, Ferraro ness administrator Michael DeVita that it has told The Observer he exceeded its contractual felt “there wasn’t any obligations to Piscatasense of concern” drivway construction maning the school commuager Epic Management nity on this issue. “People don’t seem to and to New York arunderstand the implica- chitect Sen Architects. tions [of failing to meet Epic, originally hired on the KHS Aircraft Noise progress targets],” he said. “We’re accountable Abatement & Renovations part of the job for to the state and some TESTING from

$970,918, is now billing for a new total of $1,745,968 and Sen, initially hired on the same job for $300,000, is now up to $964,000. DeVita told The Observer both had to perform additional work after the original contractor was terminated “for convenience.” A delegation of Roosevelt School parents asked Ferraro to look into what one parent spokeswoman described as “a serious issue affecting the wellbeing of our children.” Several sources said the parents’ concern focused on allegations of inappropriate behavior by a school employee. Later that week, Ferraro told The Observer that after reviewing the situation, he was persuaded there was “no danger – not any issue of children being in harm’s way … based on what we know of our personnel [at the school]. Nothing credible was brought to our attention.” The BOE agreed – conditional on approval by the Kearny Education Association – to hire an additional KHS track coach, at a stipend of $4,955, to be assigned to work with disabled student athlete Stephen Koziel, a varsity member of the KHS cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams and a 2013 USA Paralympics High School Track and Field All American. Koziel told the BOE that under Section 504 of the federal Disabilities Act, he was entitled to a “track aide to help me navigate” – with use of a javelin, discuss and 3-wheel racer – for safety reasons. Ferraro later told The Observer that Section 304 provided for “adaptive technology for special needs students.” He said the school track coaches “came to me to get him more [human] support.”


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dren and adults can sign up for library cards. • Sandy Candy Art sponsored by Midtown Pharmacy. Youngsters can make tubes of sand art with a twist -- it’s edible!  Midtown staffers will also be at the booth with an assortment of holiday gifts and goods for sale. • Magic Reindeer Food sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington. Create reindeer chow to sprinkle outside for Rudolph and his friends to nibble while Santa is making his deliveries! • Snowman Photo Cut-Out sponsored by West Hudson Arts & Theater Co.  Pop your head through the cut-out and voila, you are a snowman! Fun holiday photo op for the whole family! W.H.A.T. will also be selling tickets to its next production, “A Christmas Carol,” which opens Dec. 6. • Magic Show sponsored by the West Hudson-South Bergen Optimist Club.  An amazing show for the entire family! • Spa Fun sponsored by Sajonia D’Light Spa. The staff

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will be offering free manicures for children and mini back massages for adults. • Frosty’s Dance Party sponsored by River Terminal Development and the Rosa Agency. Forget “Dancing With the Stars”; kids can be “Dancing With the Snowman”! • Fire Safety sponsored by the Kearny Fire Department. Members of the KFD will be

on hand distributing coloring books, children’s fire hats and more. With the firefighters, kids will be able to explore a spectacular KFD pump and ladder truck that will be parked on Kearny Ave. Also participating in the Festival will be the Salvation Army, providing cups of hot chocolate; The Observer newspaper; H&R Block; the

Kearny Police Department, and the Kearny Emergency Rescue Squad. Members of the Kearny High School ERASE club will also return as volunteers in a variety of roles at the Festival. And don’t forget that Santa’s sled will be parked in front of the park throughout the evening for photo ops

with visitors! “The Tree Lighting Festival is always a wonderful start to the season,” said Santos.  “I encourage all residents to come out and enjoy the holidays here in Kearny.” The event is sponsored by the KUEZ and Mayor and Council.  Visit for more information or like the KUEZ Facebook page.

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West Milford- $299,000 1Fam. - 3Bdrms - 1.5 Baths- EIK- LR w/ Fireplace- DR- Deck- Attached 1Car Garage



UNDER T C CONTRA Belleville-$234,900 Kearny-$225,000 1 Fam-3 Bdrms-1.5 1 Fam.-3 Bdrms-1.5 BathsBaths-EIK-Full Bsmnt- LR/DR-Sun Porch-EIK-Full BaseFin Attic-Sliding Doors ment-Detached 2 Car to Deck/Patio-Must See! Garage-Driveway for 3-4 Cars

Kearny-$269,900 1 Fam.-4 Bdrms-2 Baths-LR/DR-Sun Room-Full Fin Basement w/ Bath-Storage


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Kearny- $319,000 1 Fam.- 3 Bdrms- 2 Full baths- MEIK- Laundry- Lg. Lot- Deck&Jacuzzi- Garage

Bloomfield $285,000 Belleville-$290,000 No. Arlington-$449,000 2 Fam- 6 Bdrms- 3 Fbaths1 Fam-3 Bdrms-2 Full 1 Fam.-4 Bdrms-2 Full Full Fin. Bsmnt- Lots of clos- Baths-Kit-LR/DR-Full Attic- Baths-LR/DR-Fam Roomets! Finished Basment-DeFull Fin Basement-Att. 2 Car

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Kearny- $269,000 2Fam. - 4Bdrms- LR- LRG. Kitchens– 2 Full BathsLaundry hook ups- Full Basement.

Kearny- 295,000 2Fam. - 6 Bdrms- 2.5 BathsLR- DR- EIK- Encl. PorchSemi-Fin. Basement w/ half Bath & Laundry Rm. LOTS OF STORAGE!

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Kearny Exclusive- Our office has just listed this lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Modern Ranch Home. A finished basement, driveway & garage are included. Very reasonable asking price of $289,000. LYNDHURST - 2 bedroom one family colonial - 100 yards from train and bus transportation and Ridge Road. Living room, dining room and kitchen on 1st, fl., The 2 bedrooms and extra special tile bath above. Gas heat. Yearly taxes $5,000. Estate sale. We have the key. Asking $199,000

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Kearny-$272,000 Kearny-$226,000 Commerical/ Lease-2 Bdrm1st Floor Condo-Newly 1 Full Bath-1st floor Office Renovated! 2 BedroomsSpace w/ half bath-4 Modern EIK-Full Bathroom Garages Washer/Dryer-Large Closets

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Kearny- $700- 3rd FL - Studio Apt. Includes Heat, Hot water, & Electric. No. Arlington$1,050- 2nd FL 1 Bedroom- EIK- 1 Bath- Includes Heat, Hot Water, & Parking.

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Harrison- $1,500- 2nd FL- 3 Bedrooms- LR/DR Combo- Kitchen- 2 Full Baths

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MANOR SECTION- Traditional 3 bedroom colonial, lovely chestnut trim with 1 1/2 baths and 2 car detached garage. Sunporch, living room, dining room & kitchen on 1st. floor. The 3 bedrooms and full bath above. Gas heat, relatively new roof. Taxes under $10,000. per annum. Better be quick! EXCLUSIVELY LISTED. REDUCED TO $269,000. SIDE BY SIDE - 2 Family with 2-4room (2 bedrooms) apartments. Both having updated kitchens & baths. Each apartment has separate entrances and have both 1st and 2nd floors. Finished basement. 3 garages for offstreet parking. Conveniently located. Sorry Saturday appointments only. Special offering. Call now. Asking $359,000.

8 Year Young Kearny Two Family Home Both apartments feature three bedroom, two baths, central air. Off street parking. Immaculate. Reduced for quick sale $519,000.

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STARTING MARCH 2012, HARP 2.0, a new program presented by the Federal Government, allows homeowners to refinance regardless of the equity they currently have in their house (even if you are upside down!) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have adopted changes to Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) and you may be eligible to take advantage of these changes. If your mortgage is either owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you may be eligible to refinance your mortgage under the enhanced and expanded provisions of HARP. You can determine if your mortgage is owned by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac by checking the following websites: For Fannie Mae: For Freddie Mac: ROB PEZZOLLA • NMLS# 266181 NORTH ARLINGTON • NJ 07031

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2 Family-Well Kept Home. 1st Floor w/2 Bedrooms, Living Rm, Dining Rm, Eat in Kitchen & 1.5 Baths. 2nd Floor w/2 Bedrooms, Living Rm, Eat in Kitchen & Bath. Finished Basement. Short Walk to PATH Train & Red Bull Stadium. Asking $329,000



2 Family – 1st Floor – Large 1 Bedroom Apartment, 2nd & 3rd Floors w/ 3 Bedrooms & 2 Full Baths. Basement w/ Full Bath. Fenced In Yard w/ Driveway. Asking $339,000

2 Family – 1st Floor w/3 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Living Rm, Dining Rm & Bath. 2nd Floor w/2 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Living Rm & Bath. Sem-Finished Basement. 2 Car Garage. Large 62 x 100 Lot. Asking $389,000

Large 3 Family – 1st Floor Apartment w/3 Bedrooms, 2nd Floor Apartment w/2 Bedrooms & 3rd Floor w/1 Bedroom. Large 62 x100 Lot w/ Driveway & 2 Car Garage. Asking $475,000

1 Family – Manor Section- Colonial w/ 3 Bedrooms, Living Rm, Dining Rm, Beautiful Modern Kitchen, Sun Room, Den & 2.5 Baths. Finished Attic. Finished Basement. New Deck w/ Above Ground Pool. Asking $395,000



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LYNDHURST 1 Family Renovated $339,000


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2 Family – Both Apartments Have 2 Bedrooms, Living Rm, Dining Rm, Eat in Kitchen & Bath. Separate Utilities. Short Walk to Bayonne Medical Center & Light Rail Trains. Asking $219,000

1 Family – Colonial w/ 3 Bedrooms & 1.5 Baths. This Home Needs Some Work. Great Location. Oversized 2 Car Garage. Asking $175,000

1 Family – Large Custom Built Home w/5 Good Size Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Large Living Rm, Dining Rm & Large Eat in Kitchen w/New Stainless Steel Appliances. Finished Basement w/Rec Rm, Summer Kitchen & Laundry Rm. 2 Car Garage. All Hardwood Floors. Asking $549,000




SOLD 2 Family – Arlington Section – 1st Floor Apartment w/ 2 Bedrooms. 2nd & 3rd Floors Used Together Have 3 Bedrooms. Modern Kitchens & Baths. All Separate Utilities. Reduced $279,900

2 Family – 1st Floor Apartment Has 5 Rooms w/2 Bedrooms. 2nd Floor Apartment Has 6 Rooms w/3 Bedrooms. Semi-Finished Basement. Modern Kitchens & Baths. Hardwood Floors Throughout. Driveway w/1 Car Garage. Private Yard. Asking $372,000

2 Family – 1st Floor w/2 Bedrooms, 2nd Floor w/3 Bedrooms, Finished Basement & Finished Attic. Driveway w/Carport for 2 Cars. Asking $349,000

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Elsa Alvarado Elsa Alvarado died Nov. 24 in Newark. She was 77. Born in Ecuador, she lived in Newark for 45 years. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service and burial was held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at Elsa is survived by her children Victor, Luis, Breny and Alex, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Hegliluz Appleton Hegliluz Appleton, (nee Hernandez), 44, died on Monday, Nov. 25. Mrs. Appleton was born in Newark, lived most of her life in Kearny and was a resident of Mine Hill for the past 18 years. She was a 1987 Queen of Peace High School graduate. She worked as an analyst for Fiserv, Morris Plains for 15 years.


She was predeceased by her father, Helibert Hernandez Sr. in 2009. Hegliluz is survived by her beloved husband, Richard Appleton Jr., by her loving children, Richard III, Angelina and Alyssa, by her dear mother, Felicia Hernandez and by her brothers, Helibert Hernandez, Jr., Herbert Hernandez and Helmi Hernandez. Arrangements were by the Nazare Memorial Home, Inc., 403 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

cremation. Mabel was a retired Kearny postal worker.  Wife of the late Julius Borys, she is survived by her children Ann Fink, Julie Luty and Alan and Roger Borys. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Alzheimers Research. 

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stayed by her side until the end. Her family will cherish all the good memories they have from traveling and spending holidays with Lena. She will be sadly missed by her longtime friend George Dreker. She will also be missed by her friends John and Li and Michael Golad. She was the dear friend of the late Marge McIvers. Lena was blessed with caring and dedicated caregivers. Special thanks goes to our friend Lucy Castillo, who lovingly cared for Lena for many years and who will be blessed in heaven someday for all the good she has done. Lena also found dedicated caregivers in Ceil, Norma, Jennifer, Luisa and Miguelina. Our family will never forget you.

Also surviving are her grandchildren Danny, Tami, Ryan, Tom, Jennifer, Allison and Lauren and 16 greatgrandchildren. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The PBGC., Box 79, Kearny, N.J. 07032.

James Fucetola James Fucetola, 85, of Belleville, died Nov. 29 at St. Angelina Di Tano Michael’s in Newark. Angelina Di Tano died on Private arrangements are Nov. 23 in her home. She was by the Armitage and Wiggins 85. Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Lena was born on April 5, Dr. Kearny. To leave an online 1928 in Harrison. She moved condolence please visit www. to Kearny at the age of four Mabel E. Borys and resided in the same Mr. Fucetola was a disabled Mabel E. Borys (nee Monahouse since her childhood. naval veteran. He fought in ghan) died Nov. 27 in Kearny. She graduated from Kearny the Korean Conflict and is a She was 89. High School and retired from member of the Fleet Reserve Born in Jersey City, she lived Prudential after 38 years of Association. most of her life in Kearny. service. She was very active Ethel Fraser Brother of Genevieve Arrangements were by the in programs at The Benstead  Ethel Fraser (nee Anderson), Cugini, Joseph Fucetola and Armitage and Wiggins FuSenior Center. Arrangements 95, of Kearny, died peacefully the late Minnie De Trolio, neral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., were by the Armitage and at home on Nov. 27 and she he is also survived by many Kearny. A funeral Mass was Wiggins Funeral Home in joined her beloved husband nieces and nephews and their held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Tom for their first Thanksgiv- families. Kearny, followed by a private  Lena was predeceased ing together in Heaven.   In lieu of flowers, please by her parents Joseph and Arrangements were by the make a donation to The Frances and her sisters Mary Armitage and Wiggins FuWounded Warriors Project. and Rosie Di Tano. She is neral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., survived by her loving famKearny. The funeral service Patricia Gocklin 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison ily: Margie and Kenny Jordan, was at the First Presbyterian Patricia Gocklin died Nov. Licensed Funeral Directors serving your needs include: Megan, Mandy and Kenny Jr., Church of Arlington, followed 26 in Clara Maass Hospital. Frank X. Mulligan III, Manager, NJ Lic. 4221 all of whom took care of her by a private cremation. To She was 68. Frank X. Mulligan, Jr., NJ Lic. 2953 during her long battle with leave an online condolence Born in Newark she lived Alzheimers Disease and who please visit www.armitagewigmany years in Kearny. ArPrivate Parking at 10 Frank Rodgers Blvd. North rangements were by the Ethel was a cashier for many Armitage and Wiggins FuPrayer to St. Jude Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend years at RCA in Harrison. She neral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., visit us at: of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you univervolunteered at West Hudson Kearny. A funeral Mass was sally as the patron of difficulty and of desperate cases, Hospital and for the PBGC. held in St. Stephens Church, of things almost despaired of Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use, I implore you, of that She was a very active memfollowed by burial at Holy particular privilege given to you to bring visible and ber of the First Presbyterian Cross Cemetery. speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Church and the Salvation Pat was a head counter at Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my Army Home League. The Meadowlands Arena in necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularlyBeloved wife of the late East Rutherford.  She was very (make your request here)-and that I may bless God Thomas H. Fraser, she is active with local and Hudson with you and all the elect throughout all eternity. I promise you, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful survived by her sons Thomas County P.T.A. and the Elks in of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you A., and Richard along with his Harrison/East Newark. as my special and powerful patron and do all in my wife Joanne. Sadly, she was Wife of the late Frank and power to encourage devotion to you. Amen. H.A.B. predeceased by her daughter daughter of the late Irene and Diane. John Murphy, she is survived FUNERAL HOME by her children Linda Lau and Mark G. Wiggins, Manager N.J. Lic. #3916 Frank, Brian and Mark GockMARIO TEIXEIRA, JR., #2542 DIRECTOR-MANAGER John W. Armitage, Director N.J. Lic#2642 lin. She was the sister of DoYou will feel as if friends of family have taken over when you entrust lores Heim, Margaret Vance, funeral arrangements to the Wilfred Armitage Funeral Home. The Bill Murphy, Dennis Murphy, family-owned firm has been in business for 75 years, serving generaMary Bonanno and the late tions in West Hudson and South Bergen. Its beautiful facilities, in a Rev. Jack Murphy. She is also setting reminiscent of a colonial mansion, reflect the graciousness and survived by eight grandchiltact of its understanding personnel. dren. She was predeceased by Wilfred Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home her grandson Drew. 596 Belgrove Dr. • Kearny, NJ 07032 In lieu of flowers kindly

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house for saLe FOr sALE 6 UNITS IN HARRISON. GROSS $71,800, NET $56,900. MONTH TO MONTH LEASE. BEST RESIDENTIAL AREA IN TOWN. ASKING PRICE $649,000. 201-998-2153 OR 201-951-2868

KEArny 4 family. (4) 3 room apts. All brick house w/garage. $249,000 2 family Brick and Siding. 5 rooms and 4 rooms. To be built side by side duplex. O’hArA AGEnCy (201)997-6300

north Arlington 2 New Mother/ Daughter homes to be built. 6 rooms & 2 baths plus bonus 3 room apt in basement. Come in to see Architect drawings, pick your own colors. Great location call for details. O’hArA AGEnCy (201)997-6300

Business forsAle Hair Salon for sale in Kearny on Kearny Ave. Open for 8 years. 6 Hair stylist station and 2 complete pedicure sections. Asking price $35,000. Call (201)719-0459 Hair Salon for sale operators will stay. Owner looking to retire. Caldwell area. Call for information (201) 207-7263. Grocery Store for Sale. In the Heart of Harrison. All merchandise included. Month to Month Lease. 241 Harrison Ave. Harrison. Best offer. Daytime number 973900-9094 After 6pm call 973-420-0793.

Business forrent HARRISON: Harrison Avenue. Pizzeria Restaurant for rent or lease, full equipment. Ideal for BBQ. Available now. (973)714-2368



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Kearny Garage, Storage & parking Available for personal belongings, cars, truck, boats etc. 201-955-2400.

KEArny 1 bedroom $850. Small Studio $675. HT/HW included 1-1/2 months security. Call Super between 11am-8pm (201)998-9006

KEArny 2 bedroom apt., LR/DR, kitchen & bath. No pets. $1050/month. 1 month security. Credit check required. Call (201)889-5733

KEArny 2nd floor, 4 rooms, storage space, $1100/month + Utilities. 1-1/2/months security. Call Jay (646)678-2729

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.

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.



KEArny 2 Family home. Ivy St. 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, LR, EIK, W/D hook-up in kitchen, large deck, Hardwood Floors. $1200/month. 1-1/2 months security. Available now. (973)820-8338

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space for rent For lease 7,000 sq ft of refrigerated space USDA approved with 70ft enclosed dock and 1/2 acre of parking with 1,500 sq ft office. Call (201)997-1500. Harrison Office Space Available. Modern furnished office suites. Starting at $350. (973)481-3996 •Currently Available 1700 sq.ft., 5 offices w/bath & reception area at 564 Union Avenue, corner of Greylock, in Belleville. Call (973) 202-8580

ApArtments forrent Kearny KEArny Small 2 bedroom apt. EIK, LR. HT/HW included. $1250/month. Available after 12/15. No pets. Please call Phyllis (973)224-2911 Kearny Studio Apt. HT/HW included. 2nd floor. No pets. $835/month. 973-393-4703. KEArny 2 BR Apt. LV, DR, Kitchen. 1st floor. Plus Parking. $1250/month. 3 BR Apt. LV Kitchen, Bathroom. 1st floor. $1350/month. Hardwood Floors, Central Air. Available Dec. 1st. 973-8203452.

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KEArny 1 bedrooms, HT/HW included. 139 Laurel Avenue. Mint Condition. 1 month security. Available December 1st. Call (917)270-1090 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 Arlington Section. 1 bedroom, All new appliances/flooring. $1000/month + utilities. No pets/smoking. Security Deposit 973-309-0903. KEArny 3 LArGE rOOMs. (1Br). BELGrOVE APts. 111-117 BELGrOVE drIVE. $915 InCLudInG ht/hW. nO PEts. sECurIty. LEAsE. LAundry rOOM. 973-493-7868 KEArny- 1 bedroom apartment, L/R, kitchen. One month security. Utilities separate. No pets. No Smoking. (551)486-1488 KEArny Apartment for rent, 1 bedroom, Living Room, Kitchen. Separate Utilities, No pets. For More info. Call: 201-726-4603. KEArny Ground Fl., 1 BR, Kitchen/LV. Utilities included. 1 month security. Available Now. 973-741-8768. KEArny 2 bedrooms. Hardwood floors. HT/HW included. $1050/month. 1 month security. No pets. Available December 1st. (201)207-5160 or (201)991-8846

KEArny 5 room Apt. $ 1,200/ month + Utilities. 1 month Security. No pets. Available Dec. 1st. Call 908-896-4397 KEArny 2nd floor 5 rooms. Plus Sunroom. No Pets. HT/HW included. $1400 + 1-1/2/month security. Available 11/1 (201)998-1120. KEArnyArlington section 4 rooms, 2nd floor, HT/HW supplied. No Pets. Referencesneeded. $1200/month + 1/month security. Call (201)991-5968. 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 2nd floor, 4 rooms, 2 bedrooms, Renovated. Hardwood floors. No pets. $1075/month. 1 month security. 201-997-1914. KEArny 2nd Floor, 2 bedrooms, DR, LR, office room, washer/dryer hook-up. $1200/month. Separate utilities. 1-1/2 months security. Available January 1st. (718)915-7606 Leave message KEArny 2 Family home. Ivy St. 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, LR, EIK, W/D hook-up in kitchen, large deck. $1200/month. 1-1/2 months security. Available now. (973)820-8338 KEArny 1 FAMILY HOUSE, 7 ROOMS + LAUNDRY ROOM, CLOSE TO SCHOOLS & TRANSPORTATION. AVAILABLE DEC. 1ST 201-968-6344. KEArny 3 rooms, heat/hot water supplied. one month security.$900/month (201)991-4888

KEArny apartment available 2 family house, 3 bedrooms(2nd floor & attic) Near schools & transportation. Separate utilities. Available November. (347)735-3299

KEArny 1st floor, Available Dec. 1st or 15th, 6 rooms, 2 kitchen, bedrooms, LR/DR, Office/3rd BR. Bath. H/W Floors, Driveway for 5 cars, Laundry in basement. Near Franklin school. 100 Hoyt St. $1,500 + 1 month security. Call 201-315-4108. KEArny 2 Bedrooms, LR, Kitchen. 1st Floor. $950 + Utilities. 1-1/2 Month Security. Near NYC Transportation. Immediate (973)868-8660.

KEArny Laurel Avenue. 2nd floor. 4 rooms, 2 bedrooms, big storage in attic. Separate utilities. 1 year lease. $1200/month. 1-1/2 months security. Credit check. (973)202-6662 KEArny 3 rOOMs (OnE BEdrOOM) On FOurth FLOOr: 12 GrAnt AVEnuE. $800 PLus utILItIEs. LAundry rOOM. nO PEts (973)493-7868

BeLLeviLLe BELLEVILLE $1050/month. 1 BR, 1 bath. Utilities included. W/D. Available. 973-902-7203.

KEArny Apartment Renovated building. Wood kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, stove, ceramic tile floor, hardwood floors throughout. Laundry on-site. No Pets. Near NYC transportation. 11/2 months security. Arlington Section. $880 + utilities. (908)2445847

E.nEWArK 2nd Fl. 4 ½ rooms. HW included $950/month. No Dogs. 1 month Security. Available Jan 1st. 973-484-1088. Leave Message.

KEArny ELM COurt Kearny’s 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.

hArrIsOn Big 3 BR Apt., 3rd floor. $1,200/month + 1 ½ month security. Tile Bathroom & Kitchen. Plus Utilities. 973-390-3684.

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 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



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: 5 large rooms. new house, 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, kitchen appliances. Central AC/ht. smoke-free environment. no pets. Plenty of parking. 1-1/2 months security. Available. Call (973)481-1721

hArrIsOn 5 rooms, renovated. Available Dec. 1st. No pets. $1275 + Utilities. 1 month security. 973-202-9145 (973)497-2171 hArrIsOn 2 bedrooms walk-thru apartment. EIK, backyard. Very clean. $1,250 plus util. Available Nov. 1st. (914)497-5489

43 hArrIsOn Cleveland Ave. 1 BR. pays Tenant Apt. utilities. No Smoking. No pets. Excellent neighborhood. Available Dec. 1st. 954-448-3339. hArrIsOn: 3rd floor, 1 bedroom, heat supplied. No pets. No smoking. Close to PATH. 1 month security. $975/month. Available Now. (973)484-9694 hArrIsOn: 3 bedroom apt., 3rd floor. 97-99 Hamilton St. $1200/month + utilities. Available November 1st. Call Norma (201)921-3954 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 2nd floor, 2 bedroom, Kitchen, LV, DR, Bath. W/D, Close to Path. $1300/month. 1 month security. Available Jan. 1st. 973-420-8694.

Lyndhurst 2 bedrooms, LR, EIK. $1200/month + utilities No pets. Walk to train, bus & shops. (201)452-4158 or (201)507-8817 Lyndhurst

* 4 rooms, renovated 2 bedrooms, hardwood floors, parking space, heat included, new kitchen, $1300/mo. Available 12/1 * 3 rooms, $850, LR, kitchen and bedroom.

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Lyndhurst Just renovated. 1 bedroom plus den. New kitchen cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floors. Hardwood floors throughout apt. Near NYC train/bus. Laundry on site. No pets. $995/month + heat. 1-1/2 months security. Credit check required. (908)217-9047 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 2 bedrooms. Includes AC, kitchen w/granite & all appliances, laundry facility, parking. $1195/month plus utilities. No pets. Smoke Free Building. Close to NYC transportation. (201)970-3210

hArrIsOn 1 bedroom apt. 211 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. Central HT/AC. 1 month security. $850/month. AvailableDec. 1st. 201-341-9765.

Lyndhurst 3 large rooms, Full Bathroom, Nice Kitchen. W/D hook up, Close to NYC Train, Available Dec. 1st. $1,100 plus utilities, 1 month Dep. Please Call (201)306-4337.



KEArny Studio Apartment in Modern Garden Apartment BLDG., Dressing Alcove, built in vanity dresser, walk in closet, vanity bath, free parking, Available December 1st, Rent $735.00, Plus Utilities. Call 201-991-6261



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

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Lyndhurst 2nd fl. Newly Renovated. 2 BR’s. $1,000/month. HT/HW included. No Pets. No Smoking. 1 month security. 201-935-5234.

montcLair MOntCLAIr 2 BR’s, EIK, LV, Stove, Refrigerator, Blinds. Near Bloomfield Ave. Bus, Bay St. Train & Pathmark, Shopping. W/D Basement. Rear parking. $1375 + Utilities. Available Immediately. Call 973-746-7305.

neWarK nEWArK 1 BR $865 & 2 BR $1,100 Vailsburg/Near Seton Hall HT/HW included. Safe/Secure. Brick Historic Bldg. Extra Large BR’s. Newly Renovated. Kitchen, Bath, H/W Floors, Refrigerator, Ceiling Fans. 1 mo security. Section 8 ok. No fees. No pets. 973-216-9470 nEWArK 4 rooms close to path & bus. Avl. Jan 1st. No smoking. 1 month security. $650/month. 862-754-8160 after 3pm.

n. arLinGton n.ArLInGtOn 1 & 2 Bedroom Apts. HT/HW included. Parking space. No pets. 201-342-2206. n.ArLInGtOn • 3 rms, $950, 1 bedroom, LR, kitchen, off-street parking, heat included • 3 rooms, 1st floor, $950, LR, bedroom, kitchen off-stree parking, heat included. O’hara Agency (201)997-6300

n.ArLInGtOn 2 Apartments for rent. Renovated, 2 bedrooms, C/A, washer/dryer hookup, 1 car parking, $1450/month. Renovated 1 bedroom, LR, FCTB, new kitchen, $1100/month. Call (201)376-7200 or (201)893-7913

n.ArLInGtOn 5 rooms, 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms. HT/HW included. 1 month security. No pets. No smoking. Available December 1st. (201)997-1459 n.ArLInGtOn 2 Apartments for rent. Renovated, 2 bedrooms, C/A, washer/dryer hookup, 1 car parking, $1450/month. Renovated 1 bedroom, LR, FCTB, new kitchen, $1100/month. Call (201)376-7200 or (201)893-7913 n.ArLInGtOn 1st floor, 2 BR’s, kitchen, Big LV, 1 car parking, space for W/D, & Little space for storage, $1150/month. 1 month security. No Pets. Utilities not included. 201-997-7552. n.ArLInGtOn 2 Bedrooms, Hardwood Floors, A/C Central, Bus Close, Schools Close. 973-202-6662 or 973-699-6658. n.ArLInGtOn 1 BR, 4 ½ rooms. Walking Distance NYC Transportation. No pets. $1,000/month + Utilties. 1 mo security 201-407-1928. n.ArLInGtOn 2nd floor. 2 bedrooms. Ceramic tile kitchen. Livingroom. H/W included. 1 month security. Must pay utilities. NO PETS. Available Now. 201-991-7647 or 201-563-1230.

n. neWarK •n.nEWArK Section 8 approved, 1st floor, 3 bedrooms. Available. Call (973) 202-8580.

rutherford ruthErFOrd 3 Room Basement Apt. $885. HT included, 1 bedroom parking space included. O’hArA AGEnCy 201-997-6300

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BELLEVILLE Nice area. Room for rent. $400. 1 month security. Call after 4:00pm (973)336-5335 (862)215-9440




E.NEWARK Room for rent. No smoking, utilities included. Available now. (973)868-7999 (973)481-0344

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Cook - Grillman Experienced. Also Host, Hostess/Cashier. Part or Full Time. Apply at Livingston Diner 360 E. Northfield Road Livingston, NJ (862)222-3808 George


Kearny Room for rent. Utilities, cable and internet included. Available now. (201) 898-3527

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HARRISON Room for rent. $415/month. No smoking. No drinking. Cable included. Private entrance. (973)489-6668 KEARNY 1 BR. Shared bathroom. HT/HW included. $600/month. 1 month security. Available. No pets. No smoking. (201)955-1075

personaLs Nice looking man, looking for nice woman. Must be over 60 w/no children. (973)715-9586

empLoyment Daycare employment: Caregiver Full Time/Part Time positions available. Nurturing, caring person, experience required, references required. College students welcomed to apply. Email Resume to childrensstudio102 Fax resume to 973-485-4099

Light assembly & warehouse work. Company located near Mill St., Belleville. Must speak Both English & Spanish. $8.50/hr. to start. Call 973-482-8603 CDL Class A driver for 24 person bus at Kearny daycare. Monday-Friday pick up and drop off for schools in local area. Kindly contact daycare Director, Ms. Josephine. Hours and pay rate will be discussed upon interview. Call 201-998-7384. Construction Restaurant in Livingston need one or two people to finish basement. Must know carpentry, tile and some plumbing. We supply all tools and materials. Work may take 1, 2, or 3 months. Please call (862)222-3808

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631 Schuyler Ave, Kearny, NJ Bilingual (English/Spanish) Medical Assistant needed for busy Pediatric office. Must be able to commute between two office locations and be proactive and responsible. One or 2 years experience a must. Please fax resume to (201)998-0021 Bus Driver wanted w/CDL Class B, passenger, Air Brake, zero points, FT/PT Bus Driver Needed for Adult daycare center. No weekends or nights, competitive wages. CAll (973)751-6000 or fax resume to (973)751-1190 Hat Female Models Online hat store need young female models. • Pictures will be use on catalog and online for product presentation purpose. • Please send in your pictures to • Question, call Alex 646-479-9340


Help Wanted Dental office manager with experience. Call for more information (201)246-1400 real Estate Agents Call for a confidential interview or if interested in taking a local real estate course to obtain your license CALL Mid-Realty, Inc. (201)991-5719

Medical Assistant To work for medical office. P/T position, 30/hrs. Must have experience and be bilingual Portuguese-English Fax resume to (973)350-0885

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


“Fair Deal Dan” Painting, Sheetrock, plastering, Odd Jobs, Flooring, Windows and doors, Plumbing, replace water heater, Leaky Faucets, Tile work for floors, Bathrooms, Kitchen, Counter Tops and Granite. Lic#V203575. 201-448-1563.


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

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

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Machine Shop Helper/ Machinist Helper Knowledge of Manual Lathes - Helpful - Overall Manufacturing Tasks - Clean Driver’s License Apply: 75 Arlington Ave. Kearny, NJ Fax: (201)98-5650

LIBrAry AssIstAnt – PArt tIME The Lyndhurst Public Library is seeking a parttime Library Assistant. Up to 24 hours per week including possible evenings and Saturdays. Basic computer and internet skills are required. Rate is $10/hr. Please mail or e-mail resume to Donna Romeo, Director, Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook A ve., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071, Application forms are available at the Library's Circulation Desk if a resume is not available.


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ArMIn CLEAnOuts Rubbish removal, garages, basements, attics, demolition. We’ll match any price (973)460-2963

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cleAninG services Annie’s Cleaning service Homes, offices. Move in-out cleaning. Gift Certificates Avail. Excellent references 973-667-6739 862-210-0681

Couple from Poland will clean houses, apartment, offices. References. (201)997-4932 leave message

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

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

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Drunk driving enforcement crackdown Law enforcement officials from Kearny will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning Dec. 6 and running through Jan. 2, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated. A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools. Last year in New Jersey, 19% of all motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related. Nationally, during the combined months of December in 20072011, there were 4,169 people killed in drunk driving crashes. Law enforcement agencies participating in the 2013 Drive

Sober or Get Pulled Over Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice: • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home. • Spend the night where the activity is held. • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

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Michael J. Stanziola, (Hansen), of Harrison, formerly of Jersey City, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, Nov. 28. He was 46. Born in Jersey City, he lived there most of his life, moving to Harrison three years ago. Michael worked at Shop Rite in Kearny and was a Little League coach for the Washington Park Men’s Club, in which his team won three championships. He was a diehard Dallas Cowboy and Yankee fan, and loved playing bingo, horse racing at Meadowlands Park, and volunteering at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Michael is survived by his mother, Elizabeth (Davin) Miele and her husband John Miele, his children; Aaron, Inamarie and Daniel Dempsey; his brothers and sisters Elizabeth Munoz, Maureen Malinowski, Kathleen Severino, Bryan Hansen, Dana Hansen, Thomas Kalisak, and Aaron Kalisak; and his granddaughter Nataliz Torres. Michael is also survived by his former companion Mary Dempsey, one uncle and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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President, CEO of Barnabas Health named to Becker’s ‘Leaders to Know’ Becker’s Hospital Review has named Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and CEO of Barnabas Health, as one of its “300 Hospital & Health System Leaders to Know for 2013.”  The annual list recognizes men and women across the nation from a wide range of hospitals and health systems -- for-profit, nonprofit, public, and academic medical centers and community hospitals. The editorial team at Becker’s Hospital Review states that these men and women are considered to be some of the most prominent healthcare executives to watch as healthcare reform unfolds.  Barnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest integrated healthcare delivery system annually providing treatment and services for more than two million patients. Ostrowsky leads the system’s initiatives ensuring the highest quality healthcare for patients, and is spearheading a system-wide endeavor to promote healthier living for employees and the communities it serves. Barnabas Health includes six acute care hospitals (three are teaching hospitals), two

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