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January 22, 2014 • www.theobserver.com • Vol CXXVI, No. 35

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• EAST NEWARK • HARRISON • KEARNY • LYNDHURST • NORTH ARLINGTON • NUTLEY

At last, new boss at HHA

Now superintendent faces investigation

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent HARRISON – Some three and a half years after Michael Rodgers was fired as the chief administrator of the Harrison Housing Authority, the HHA finally has picked a new leader. The HHA Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 8 to hire Roy E. Rogers, of Sicklerville, in Camden County, as executive director and he started work Jan. 15, taking over for interim Executive Director Zinnerford Smith, who has served since December 2010. Rogers, who is a state-certified public housing manager and is certified to manage tax credit developments, will be receiving an annual salary of $100,000 with no contract and no specified time period. In its most recent posting for the job, the HHA had advertised a pay range of $80,000 to $100,000 to be negotiated and one HHA spokesman said that the commissioners placed Rogers at the top of that range in recognition of some three decades of experience in the public housing industry. Rogers spent the last 10 years as executive director of the Gloucester Township Housing Authority where he oversaw 224 housing units see HOUSING page

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Frank Ferraro made his case for returning to his job as superintendent and (inset) Mayor Alberto Santos cautioned the school board against ensnaring itself in what could be a costly legal battle.

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – olitical divisions within the Kearny Board of Education were further evidenced at a special meeting last Monday night over the issue of the

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superintendent’s status. He’s currently on an involuntary paid leave. A bid by the board’s minority bloc, led by Dan Esteves, to reinstate Frank Ferraro as the district’s chief administrator was rebuffed by the majority, whose

members voted to circulate a Request for Proposals for an investigator to review Ferraro’s dealings with the board since he was hired in December 2012. The majority may be looking to build a foundation for possibly firing Ferraro by bringing tenure charges

against him and, ultimately, buying out the balance of his $167,500-a-year contract which runs through June 30, 2016. see BOE page

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4 indicted in local sex trafficking case By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent NEWARK – Four defendants were charged last week in a 35-count indictment alleging they were part of a humantrafficking conspiracy involving a 15-year-old Essex County girl, Acting Essex County

Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced. Authorities said that, from May to August 2013, the girl “was transported from different locations in Belleville and North Bergen to various hotels and apartments where she was forced to have sex with adult men for money.” The Belleville police re-

ferred The Observer to the prosecutor’s office, but, to protect the victim, that office declined to provide details on the Belleville connection. The defendants, all of whom face conspiracy charges including promoting prostitution and money laundering, were identified as: Patricia Munoz, 23, of Jersey City;

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department is taking all the necessary steps to apprehend he Nutley Police Dethe burglars, including adding partment, along with Mayor Alphonse Petrac- extra patrols throughout the township. co, is advising township resiIn addition, residents can dents of a rash of burglaries take the following precauin the community, the most tions to protect their properrecent being Friday, Jan. 17, on ties: Bromley Place, and Thursday, • Interior lights on a timer Jan. 16, on Joerg Ave. when you are not home Police said most have been •Exterior security lighting rear-door break-ins, with the •Deadbolts on all exterior burglar either forcing open or doors breaking the glass on the door •Stopping mail and newsto gain entry. paper delivery when you are Residents are advised to away be vigilant for any suspicious •Trimming shrubs blocking activity, suspicious vehicles windows or suspicious individuals in Petracco and Strumolo their neighborhoods. also encouraged Nutleyites They are asked to get as to view the following Neighmuch detail as possible, such borhood Watch link to learn as the license plate number how to protect a home from and description of the vehicle burglaries. The site includes and description of any suspia home-security inspection cious people, and report it checklist: www.usaonwatch. immediately to police. “If you see something suspi- org/assets/publications/ HomeSecurityBooklet.pdf cious, say something!” the Residents can walk around NPD urges. their home and check all the Nutley Police Chief Thomitems on the list. as J. Strumolo noted that his Home security was one

of the prime topics at last week’s reorganization meeting for the Nutley Neighborhood Watch program, Strumolo told The Observer. “I encourage all residents to take a look at their doors, locks, windows, and interior and exterior lighting,” the chief said. “Just making a few minor improvements can prevent them from becoming a victim.” Strumolo also noted: “If residents are unsure of what measures need to be taken, we can come out and do a

home security survey for them.” Residents are also urged to lock their car when parked overnight and not to leave valuable items visible in the vehicle. “In 2013, we had 80 thefts from parked motor vehicles, and the majority of the vehicles were left unlocked,” Strumolo reported. “This coming year we hope to reduce those numbers by getting help from residents by locking their vehicles.” – Karen Zautyk

Smoke alarms aid KFD at 3 fires KEARNY– A cooking-related fire last week in an apartment at 51 Belgrove Drive forced the evacuation of the entire 12-family building, Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl reported. The accidental blaze broke out at 10:14 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14. Damage was limited to the kitchen of the thirdfloor apartment in which it started, but as a precaution all residents were temporarily removed from the brick structure. The blaze was brought under control within 15 minutes, and no injuries were report-

ed, Dyl said. The occupants of the apartment in which the fire began were relocated with friends, but all other residents were permitted to return to their homes. According to Kearny Police Chief John Dowie, the first person on the scene was KPD Sgt. Robert Maguire, who had been off-duty and at Kmart on Passaic Ave. when the alarm came in. He went to the address and began evacuating the tenants. During the fire, the Harrison FD was on standby, and the Jersey City FD covered

Kearny. Dyl said smoke alarms played a critical role in alerting residents to the danger in this blaze and two other recent fires. “Once again, this emphasizes the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home,” he noted. The other fires both occurred Jan. 9. At 4:30 a.m., there was a one-alarm blaze in a vacant former warehouse/office under demolition at 590 Belleville Turnpike. All Kearny units responded; Jersey City covered the town. At 7:15 p.m., the KFD re-

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sponded to a one-alarm fire in a single-family home at 403 Forest St. Dyl said damage was confined to the basement, with minor extension to the first floor. The residents were allowed to reoccupy the house. All available Kearny units responded, along with Harrison and East Newark. “During this fire, we had units operating at a fire in Bayonne,” Dyl noted. Both of the Jan. 9 fires appeared to be accidental, and there were no injuries in either, the chief said. – Karen Zautyk

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Goodwill: a beacon for those adrift By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

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Trying to keep Kearny tidy & safe By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – d and Julie Kelley are at their wit’s end. They live next door to 47 Morgan Place, an empty house with a garage and outdoor pool, all in questionable condition. Since the disabled owner moved out in fall 2010, the property has turned into an “eyesore,” Ed Kelley said. The bank that has the mortgage has kept up the real estate taxes and has retained a caretaker, but issues keep cropping up, prompting the town’s Public Works Department to come in and assess the situation and, if it’s deemed dire enough, to call in a property management contractor for repairs and bill the owner for the work.

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Clockwise, from l., damaged roof at 61 Dukes St.; piles of debris collected at 144 Kearny Ave.; and exposed pool in rear yard of 47 Morgan Place.

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New CFO, rec leader on board By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

chairman, said he was “looking forward to working with an experienced financial NORTH ARLINGTON – professional who will help the Borough Council chart a he borough has hired two new key employees: course toward fiscal responsibility and accountability.” a chief finance officer GOP Councilman Dan Pronand a new recreation director. ti, who sat in for closed-door On Jan. 14, the Borough interviews with two finalists Council’s three Democrats of the “15 or so” applicants for voted to appoint Eugene the finance job, said: “Gene Leporiere of Scotch Plains as interviewed well but when its part-time CFO at a salary we got to the [public] meetof $25,000 a year, replacing ining, I found out that others terim CFO/Administrator Tom were interviewed as well. So I Kane. The three Republicans couldn’t sit there for the vote abstained. Kane had been filling in for and say [Leporiere] was the best candidate for the job. So I James Mangin, who left last abstained.” year after a dispute with the One matter that came up then-Borough Administrator during the interview process Terence Wall. that Leporiere discussed with A borough press release borough officials was a sixsaid that Leporiere has been month suspension of his CPA CFO for Upper Saddle River in northern Bergen County for license by the state Board of the past seven years, in charge Accountancy, effective March 24, 2006. A complaint filed by of financial activities in a the state Attorney General’s borough of 8,300 residents, Office alleged that Leporiere slightly more than half of North Arlington’s population. “… in his position as Treasurer of the Union County chapter Leporiere will continue to of the New Jersey C.P.A. Sociperform his duties in Upper ety misappropriated … $4,000” Saddle River while putting which he subsequently “rein 10 hours a week in North paid … plus interest … within Arlington. Leporiere previously served six weeks to the chapter.” His license was restored Sept. 24, as CFO of Bergenfield and 2006. Hillside and, before that, was Asked about this matter, controller for the Irvingborough spokesman Thom ton Board of Education and Ammirato offered this exworked in a similar position planation: Leporiere was for Emcore Corp. of Somerset. expecting a loan to pay for his “Mr. Leporiere has dealt daughter’s hospital bill but with municipal and school there would still be a gap to board budgets for nearly 20 make the final payment on the years, which I find a terrific bill so he asked the CPA chapasset for North Arlington,” ter board for an advance and said Mayor Peter Massa, a the board voted to grant him a Democrat. $4,000 loan to be repaid in six And Council President Democrat Al Granell, finance weeks with interest. Nonethe-

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[Stirone’s] resume or anything about her. We didn’t know anything about [her proposed appointment] until the middle of the meeting when her name was revealed. There’s no transparency. It was completely out of line.” Hughes also griped about “last minute” Dems’ nominations of appointees for the Board of Health, Recreation Committee, Planning and Zoning Boards, about whom he claimed to know little or nothing. “They also had an appointment to the Library Board but I knew her because she’s Al Granell’s wife,” he said. Pronti, who coaches recreation softball and soccer, credited Herrmann with doing “a fantastic job … he’s always been on the top of his game.” But he said he seconded the motion to appoint Stirone, “not taking anything away from Jimmy,” because “I believe Michele is a capable candidate.”


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hen I was a kid growing up in Jersey City, we had a single first-run bookstore called Pritchard’s occupying a cramped space next to the old Public Service bus terminal in the heart of Journal Square. Then the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – the same folks who aided and abetted in the recent Bridgegate snafu – built that monstrosity, the Journal Square Transportation Center, and promptly ruined the Square. Their machinations in reshaping the retail space around what we used to call the Hudson & Manhattan Tube ended up hiking rents and displacing longtime tenants – including Pritchard’s – leaving a city with more than 200,000 resi-

dents bereft of for-sale books. Thank goodness, we still had the Public Library and the two college libraries (assuming you had access). But still, no bookstore? Only in the past year did we get one and, sometime this year, we may have two. Glory be! Not that long ago, Hoboken – the city of yuppies that’s been home to now-ex-Gov. Corzine and now-U.S. Sen. Menendez – lost its Barnes & Noble. Now, it appears that Rizzoli Bookstore will soon be gone from W. 57th St. in Manhattan to make way for big-time developers’ projects. This comes in the wake of the B&N at Sixth Ave. and Eighth St. folding its tent. And on and on. In the scheme of things,

does it matter? Does it mean that fewer folks are willing to support the cause of literacy? Or that many of us just can’t afford the price of a hardcover book in this economy? Or that we’ve abandoned the written word for the Kindle reader or the Internet. Maybe we just want instant information from Google; we don’t want to ruminate over a best seller, a spellbinding mystery, a sci-fi puzzler or a tasty biography. When I was a fourthgrader, I remember being so engrossed in the book I was reading (which I’d brought from home), I was oblivious to the fact that our class had begun reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. And I was promptly chastised by my teacher for

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doing so. Well, I haven’t quite shaken the habit of allowing the printed page to take me on an unscheduled adventure of the mind. So all I can say is, please support your local library because it may turn out to be the last resource for a hungry mind.

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Finally, from the Department of What Could They Be Thinking?, there was this development from the Country Down Under: The people running the Australia Tennis Open didn’t suspend play even though the temperature exceeded the 100 Still unconvinced about the degree mark for four days. need for gun control legislaApparently, officials didn’t tion? Well, here’s another remind- feel the conditions that disaer: A 4-year-old kid was fatally bled several players and many shot by his cousin as they were spectators met their “extreme heat” specifications so as to playing in the victim’s Detroit justify closing the roof or shuthome on Jan. 16, according to ting down the proceedings. the Detroit Free Press. Just a little dab of sunscreen, The cousin, a 4-year-old girl, dragged a loaded rifle out from a cap, and you’ve got it made in the shade, right? under a bed, aimed the gun at – Ron Leir the boy and pulled the trigger,

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fficer John Fabula was on patrol on the 200 block of Passaic Ave. on Jan. 13 when he noticed two individuals “huddled” in the corner of a building and apparently attempting to conceal something, Chief John Dowie reported. Approaching them on foot, he reportedly saw one trying to stuff a pair of pants into a backpack that appeared to be already full. The second man initially refused to remove his hands from his waistband and face the officer, but eventually produced two bottles of Dove bodywash from under his shirt, Dowie said. Backup Officers Sean Kelly and Malinda Esposito arrived, but the individual with the backpack reportedly refused to comply with police requests to examine it. Esposito went to Kmart, reviewed security video, and observed the same two individuals stealing bodywash and deodorant, police said. Armed

with an affidavit signed by store security, the officers took the duo into custody and finally searched the backpack, which allegedly was found to contain the same items that had been shoplifted. (Apparently, bodywash and deodorant are favorite black-market items. Either that, or the suspects wanted to smell really sweet and fresh.) Danny Morales, 35, of Newark was charged with shoplifting, summonsed and released. His alleged cohort -- the backpack guy -- faces graver consequences. Bruce True, 28, of Newark, allegedly was found to be in possession of three glassine folds of suspected heroin, labeled “Gravity,” two hypodermic syringes, a crack pipe and wire cutters. Along with shoplifting, True was charged with possession of burglar tools, CDS and drug paraphernalia. The merchandise was returned to the store. Other recent reports from

the KPD blotter included the following: Jan. 10 An arrest warrant was issued for a woman who fled Kmart on Passaic Ave. after security attempted to detain her on suspicion of shoplifting. The “combative” suspect “violently resisted” the guards and assaulted one with her handbag before escaping in a car with Washington, D.C., plates, Dowie reported. Officer Leroy Bibbs responded to the 1:15 p.m. report of the crime, did a plate/driver’s license check, and found a Virginia license for the owner. Police said Kmart security identified the woman in the license photo as the suspect: Jdira Nora, 27, of Washington. Patrol units were alerted to be on the lookout for the car. Officer Jay Ward took a report from a Forest St. resident who believed he had been the victim of a phone scam. The

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at a Hackensack Ave. service station. They arrived to find 23-year-old Plainfield resident Charrod Wilson, who denied knowledge of any assault, but who requested that the officers give him a ride home. Said request was politely refused. People at the station told the cops they did not want Wilson hanging around, but he refused to leave, police said. Checked for warrants, he reportedly was found to be wanted by Woodbridge and finally got his ride in the patrol car, to KPD headquarters, not Plainfield. At 9:30 p.m., in the area of At HQ , he phoned “the Kearny and Johnston Aves., love of his life” to get a ride Vice detectives observed a home from her, Dowie said, car operated by a Belleville “but apparently her love did man whom they reportedly not extend beyond a 10-mile knew to be the subject of an radius because she advised active warrant out of Union him that Kearny was too far,” Township. When they stopped so he remained a guest of the the vehicle, they detected KPD. the odor of marijuana and a search revealed a container of Jan. 12 a substance believed to be the At 3 a.m., Officer Mike drug, police said. Issa WalSantucci responded with the dron, 29, was arrested on the Kearny EMS to a Devon St. warrant and drug charges and address where a 20-year-old also was issued a summons man has been assaulted. The for driving with a suspended victim, suffering a head injury, license. was found in the hallway of the multi-family dwelling and was Jan. 11 transported to Clara Maass Officers Derek Hemphill Medical Center. Following and Tom Sumowski were on inquiries, suspect Reynaldo patrol at 3:30 a.m. in South Fuentes, 29, of Kearny was arKearny when they were alerted to a possible assault see KPD page

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News from the Nutley Police blotter Jan. 16 Someone broke the rear door window at a Kenzel Ave. house, opened the door from the inside, entered and rummaged through drawers in a master bedroom, tossing items on the floor and taking jewelry from jewelry boxes, police said. The incident, logged at 2:14 p.m., happened when the occupant wasn’t home, police said. Jan. 15 At 10:51 a.m., police responded to a report of a dispute at Franklin and Vreeland Aves. One person told police they

were driving south on Franklin as a man was crossing and that second party began shouting at him because he felt the driver wasn’t slowing down for him and then broke his windshield. Police charged the pedestrian, Joseph Mifsud, 54, of Bloomfield, with criminal mischief and released him pending a court date. Jan. 14 At 8:29 p.m., police went to a Prospect St. location on a report of a house burglary. The victim told police that after returning home, they found

that someone had rummaged through a drawer and may have taken some important documents and also rummaged through a closet and jewelry box in the bedroom. Police said it appeared that an intruder got inside through a basement window. Police said a motor vehicle stop on Washington Ave., at 10:20 a.m., resulted in the arrest of Terrell R. Gregory, 28, of Jersey City, for two warrants from Jersey City. He was also issued a summons charging him with driving with tinted windows.

Get a dental checkup this year February has been designated as National Children’s Dental Health Month and is designed to raise awareness about the importance of oral health, The Smile and Implant Center of Kearny reminds us. Here are some salient facts on the topic from the Center’s staff: Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most

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Jan. 13 While conducting a check of Demuro Park at 4:24 p.m., police said they noticed that the backboard attached to one of the basketball stanchions on the west side of the court had been damaged, leaving a large hole in the middle of it. Police notified the Parks Department. Jan. 11 At 4:35 p.m., police responded to a Franklin Ave. service station on a report of theft of services. An employee told police they filled up a customer’s vehicle with gas but in attempting

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BOE from Mayor Alberto Santos reminded the board that, “there is a financial consequence to removing a superintendent” which, if he’s removed “without cause,” could compel it to pay the entire amount remaining on Ferraro’s contract. “That’s tax dollars. It has to come from somewhere. So I want full disclosure,” he said. Board Vice President Cecilia Lindenfelser responded: “We’re not naive about it. Nothing’s been done in regard to that.” Santos said he hoped the board wouldn’t end up in a protracted legal battle with the superintendent comparable to the situation in the Perth Amboy public school system where the board voted twice to dump Superintendent Janine Caffrey who, twice, was ordered reinstated by the state Commissioner of Education but who continued to collect her $177,500 salary in the process. After the board placed her on administrative leave a third time, she dropped her appeal. Board President Bernadette McDonald said she initiated the move to displace Ferraro after the board’s reorganization on Jan. 6 because the board was “getting mixed signals from

the superintendent” in discussions about filling certain school jobs. “At one meeting,” McDonald said, “[Ferraro] tells us one thing, the next meeting he tells us another. I have no confidence in what he says.” As an example, McDonald mentioned the board’s recent consideration of the appointment of a district truancy officer which ended up tabled because, according to McDonald, the superintendent was “wishy washy” on his recommendation for filling the position. A bit later in the proceedings, Lindenfelser, who is an attorney, echoed McDonald’s gripe about alleged inconsistency by Ferraro on proposed hirings. “At least three times, we had discussions about certain appointments,” Lindenfelser said, “and we get to the meeting, and lo and behold, this is a completely different person put up [for the job].” Aside from that, Lindenfelser said, “the superintendent made his own decision to terminate an employee without getting board ratification. … There are a lot of things that sent up red flags for me. … There was a huge lack of trust between the superintendent and the board.” And that, Lindenfelser said, is why the board wants to hire an investigator to

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probe further into the legalities of the superintendent’s actions. But board member John Leadbeater countered that Ferraro’s removal “was totally illegal” and based purely on “politics.” “You stopped every single action [proposed by Ferraro] because it wasn’t the person you wanted,” Leadbeater asserted. “… Because you don’t like the way he doesn’t do business the way you expect it to be done, you want to run him out of town.” McDonald said the board also needs to hire an investigator “to find out more about [Ferraro’s prior work] background. I never saw his transcripts.” Ferraro, sitting in the audience during the meeting, which was held in the Franklin School auditorium, was accorded a chance to address the board and he used the occasion to defend his record in Kearny, citing his having engaged the community in developing a strategic plan for the district, resuming construction work at Kearny High and starting

work at the Midland Ave. building. “My first focus always has been the 6,000 children and 900 employees in the district,” he said. Nonetheless, board member Sebastian Viscuso – who, along with board member James Doran Jr., had sought to have Ferraro removed three months after his hiring on the grounds that he failed to comply with the board’s policy that calls for at least 10 years’ teaching experience on the elementary and/ or secondary level – pressed Ferraro on his elementary/ high school classroom time which, according to Viscuso’s reckoning, totaled “315 days in four [school] years [during the mid to late 1980s].” When Viscuso asked if those numbers were accurate, Ferraro said he couldn’t verify them. “That was 30 years ago,” he added. As the discussion turned to the Jan. 6 appointment of Patricia Blood, district director of curriculum for grades 6 to 12, as acting superintendent, as opposed

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North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a Valentine’s Day luncheon on Friday, Feb. 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with be a free bingo special, followed by lunch at noon, the crowning of the king and queen at 1 p.m.

and bingo at 1:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 201-998-5636. The North Arlington Seniors, Inc. (Tuesday Club) has scheduled a trip to the Showboat Casino on Feb. 6. The bus will leave the Municipal Building at 9 a.m. Trips are also planned for the following dates (these are not yet booked) – March 6, April 3, May 1 and June 5. The group will sponsor a trip to LaGreci’s, Staten Island, N.Y., for a St. Patrick’s Fest. The bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. For information or reservations, call Rose at 201-991-2423. Non-members are welcome to attend trips. The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington sponsors a trip to the Taj Mahal Casino on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The cost is $25. For more information, call Florence at 201-991-3173. All are welcome. The North Arlington Board of Health sponsors a free rabies clinic at the Legion Place Firehouse on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Borough residents are urged to make sure that all cats and dogs are vaccinated against rabies.  Dogs are required to have a borough-issued license by the end of January, but a license cannot be issued if a dog has not had documentation of updated rabies vaccine.  Unvaccinated domestic animals can contract rabies from wild animals, sicken and die, as well as endanger humans.  North Arlington Elks sponsors “Beef and Brew” on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and includes tossed salad, pasta, beef on toast, French fries, dessert, coffee, tea, beer, wine and soda. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, contact Chris Clune at 201-284-8582 or Cheryl Clune at 201-923-3268.

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Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., announces the following programs: • Library Catalog 101 teaches the latest tips and strategies to effectively search for and request items, how to share what you are reading on Facebook and how to manage your online library account on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. 

• The library hosts a discussion of two short stories by Nutley authors, Frank Stockton and Henry (H.C.) Bunner on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. Participants will discuss “The Lady or the Tiger?” and “Love Before Breakfast” by Frank Stockton and “The Pointers” and “The Story of a Path” by H.C. Bunner. Copies of the stories are available at the library. This special event begins a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the library with monthly events and contests. For more information, call the library at 973-667-0405. • Utilizing Yahoo, Y Not? offers a guided tour through the many different services and tools offered by Yahoo, including My Yahoo, Ymail, the blog site Tumblr and the photo sharing site Flickr on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Participants will not have access to a computer. Call the library at 973-667-0405, ext. 2604, to register no later than one week before each presentation. The Nutley Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the winter session of its “Let’s Get Moving” children’s program beginning Feb. 4 and running for eight weeks. The classes, for ages 3 to 5, consist of stretching and balancing exercises, relays, games, karate and dance moves. Parent participation is required. Residents may choose from a Tuesday class at 1 p.m. or a Thursday class at 9:15 a.m. Class size is limited to 15 per session. Register now online at https://nutleynj.my.gov-i.com/ recreation or by application at the Rec Department, 44 Park Ave. Also starting Feb. 4 and running for eight weeks is the “Fun with Music” program for children ages 18 months to 3. Choose between a Tuesday class from 9:15 to 10 a.m. or a Thursday class from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required.  Class space is limited and will be honored on a first come, first served basis.  Register online now https://nutleynj.my.gov-i.com/recreation. For more information on these or other recreation programs, call 973-284-4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


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to fix that?” he wondered. The Kelleys, who recently which the management firm switched from renters to responded by cutting the owners of their property, are grass and propping up the not alone in their frustration. porch. Many other residents around And, in July 2012, the owner Kearny are facing similar was hit with a court summons scenarios. for violations of the town’s Chisari estimated there are property maintenance code probably as many as “several which can be punishable by dozen” properties, including fines of up to $1,000. The some commercial, many of complaint is still pending, them abandoned, plagued by Chisari said. property maintenance isUltimately, the management sues. Among those is a vacant firm ended up taking down one-family house at 61 Dukes the porch structure as unsafe St. damaged in the aftermath last September. of Superstorm Sandy when a Still, there are other worlarge tree fell onto the roof, ries. causing gaps where raccoons The fact that Kelley can have been reported going in “open the house’s cellar door” and out, he said. poses concern that squatAccording to figures supters and/or animals can get plied by DPW’s Kerr, Kearny inside. And there’s the matter spent about $36,000 in 2013 of a “listing” 3-foot masonry for repairs on 49 properties retaining wall that runs along scattered around town. About the northern border of his a third of that total, Kerr property. “If it falls down – noted, went for a cleanup of which, some day, it undoubtmassive amounts of debris edly will – who’s going to pay and furniture covering the FIXUP from

In the groves of academe These area residents were recognized for having attained academic honors: • Alan Stickno of Kearny made the Dean’s List at Widener University, Chester, Pa. • Gabriela Pace of Harrison was named to the Dean’s List at Providence College, Providence, R.I. • Rikako Nishimura of Nutley was included on the Dean’s List at Beloit College, Beloit, Wis. • Alexander Graves of Nutley earned Dean’s List recognition at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. • Jennifer Villanueva of

Bloomfield made the Dean’s List at Messiah College, Grantham, Pa. • Jessica Benacquista of Belleville was named to the Dean’s List at Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I. • Rowena B. Dolot of Kearny earned Dean’s List recognition at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken. • Daniel Yi of Harrison has been named to the Dean’s List at Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio. • Kevin Milla of Lyndhurst was included on the Dean’s List at American International College, Springfield, Mass.

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“if the owners have passed on, there may be complications with the estate in control Year # of properties Total spent of the property.” The other issue, she said, is if a bank 2010 22 $13,554 has foreclosed on a property 2011 25 $14,620 and has assumed payment of 2012 29 $41,979 taxes, “lots of times, institutions don’t follow up on mak2013 49 $36,039 ing repairs” because they’ve *Figures from Kearny DPW already taken a loss on the property. violation notice and imposed grounds of an occupied resiGiven the legal restrictions, a fine, the owners “took care dence at 144 Kearny Ave. Doyle said, “Kearny has done of it,” she said, but it took So far, the town has ineverything we can to try to “three or four months” for curred about $4,100 in fix-up protect the neighbors and to that to happen. costs for 47 Morgan Place, be fair to everyone.” Raccoons were making “mostly for repairs in 2013,” While the numbers of themselves at home at an and the Tax Department has neglected structures to which abandoned house on Oakplaced liens on the property the town has tended in recent wood Ave., off Belgrove for that amount, said CFO years has grown, Mayor AlShuaib Firozvi. Drive, Doyle said. “That prop- berto Santos said he saw “one erty has been a mess for three positive sign” in abandoned Councilwoman Carol Jean years,” she said. “We can put Doyle recalled neighbors properties “slowly going back complaining about “a danger- plywood on the windows but to private hands,” as in the I don’t know how much else ous condition” at a Linden case of a previously boardedwe can do, short of arresting Ave. property where “squirup property on Grove St. bethe [owners] and I don’t think ing restored for rental and a rels were going in and out of we want to do that, particuthe eaves of a garage and the new home being built on Malarly if they are elderly.” structure was ready to blow ple St. behind the firehouse. “In some cases,” Doyle said, over.” After the town issued a “Interest is there,” Santos

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MLB umpire Cuzzi still loyal to local roots His life as an umpire in Major League Baseball has taken him all over the country, but there’s nothing that could pull Phil Cuzzi away from his roots in Essex County. Cuzzi will begin his 15th season as an MLB umpire this season, but he never wanders too far from his native Belleville or his current home in Nutley. “There was never even a question about it,” said Cuzzi, who has resided in Nutley with his wife, Gilda, for the last 20 years. “I came from Belleville and I moved all the way to Nutley. This is my home. This is where I belong.” Cuzzi will host his annual fundraising dinner at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville later this month that will benefit ALS Research and provide scholarships for families grappling with the crippling and fatal disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The fundraising dinner (this year, it’s Jan. 30, but the event is a complete sellout) was set up to help Cuzzi’s childhood friend and Belleville High School teammate Robert Luongo, a standout AllState two-sport athlete at Belleville during his heyday.

“We went to school together since junior high and we were the best of friends,” Cuzzi said. “We were almost related. We shared the same first cousins. We became inseparable growing up through school and sports and were always together at family functions.” So when Luongo was diagnosed with ALS more than 10 years ago, Cuzzi wanted to do whatever he could to help with the situation. “We wanted to buy him a computer so he could communicate with his eyes,” Cuzzi said. “That’s where it all started. His eyes were the only thing he had left, other than his mind. When he first had symptoms, he had problems with his arm and his hands. When he was diagnosed, it was a sad reality. He said it was like receiving a death sentence.” Cuzzi said that he became more educated about ALS since Luongo was diagnosed. “I learned so much about it,” Cuzzi said. “A lot of people don’t know much about ALS, except that it’s called ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease.’ Once you see someone affected by it, like the way Robert see VIEW page

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Lyndhurst/North Arlington senior 138-pounder Joey Morreale might be face first into the mat here Friday night at North Arlington, but the talented Morreale recovered to win via a pin over opponent David Lopez of Leonia/Palisades Park in 3:47. Lyndhurst/North Arlington won the rare match at North Arlington, 46-27.

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term called a “sit pop,” which was foreign even to the most knowledgeable of wrestling folk. It’s like a combination of ike Goff is in his second year coaching the a “sit out” and a “pop-up,” two terms more readily recognizLyndhurst/North Arable. lington wrestling cooperative “I think the kids have picked program and the young coach up on my terms,” Goff said. is finding things easier to come “Like sit pop.” by during his second go-round. Not only is the head coach of “It’s definitely a lot easier,” the program, which combines said the 26-year-old Goff. “The students from both Lyndhurst kids know me and know how and North Arlington, younger my program works. We were than most coaches, the team able to step up the tempo this is comprised of seven sophoyear and progress a lot faster. mores, almost unheard of in a We’re able to do things differently in practices. They under- sport where experience reigns supreme. stand my lingo.” “Half the lineup is made up When Goff took over the of sophomores,” Goff said. “I program last year, he menthink they all have a lot more tioned the understanding of the confidence this year than they “lingo,” like he spoke a different had last year and I have a lot language than most wrestling more confidence in them. I coaches. He wasn’t kidding. “They understand what I say think the year of experience has helped. I think it’s good to and what it means,” Goff said. have a young team. They’ve For example, Goff uses a

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had the time to progress and by the time they are seniors, they will have something to show for their hard work.” The team is already showing major signs of improvement. Lyndhurst/North Arlington owns a 3-2 record in dual meets, after defeating Leonia/ Palisades Park, another cooperative program, 46-27, last Friday night. The match was held at North Arlington High School, the first time that North Arlington hosted a home wrestling match in more than five years. It was held at North Arlington with the hope that it would draw some interest to the sport and encourage more North Arlington students to get involved in wrestling. The wrestling mats were transported from Lyndhurst see WRESTLING next page


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team and that has helped. We have a lot more kids out and High to North Arlington for we basically have everyone the match. A solid crowd atback from last year.” tended. It was a great step for Leading the returnees is the future of the program. senior 138-pounder Joey MorGoff, whose team also reale, who has been a veteran defeated Secaucus last week, of the Lyndhurst Recreation said that he is pleased with the wrestling program since way his team has responded he was a toddler. Morreale this season. already has 12 wins this season “They’ve shown a lot imand he’s well on his way to provement and progression having a spectacular senior campaign. from last year to this year,” “I’m counting on him to go Goff said. “I think they’re all a pretty far this year,” Goff said lot more comfortable. I think of Morreale, who won via a we have a well-conditioned

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day night. Sophomore Corey Leclerc is a fixture at 112 pounds. Leclerc already has 10 wins this season. “He’s been doing pretty well,” Goff said. “I’m definitely counting on him to be a fighter for us. I can count on him to get points to help us. He’s a sound wrestler and he’s very technical.” Senior Frank Mezzina is the team’s 160-pounder. Mezzina, a standout on the Lyndhurst football team, is one of the strongest wrestlers around. He’s won six matches, including one via pin Friday night. “He came into the season in excellent shape,” Goff said. The team is bolstered by the efforts of the Yunis brothers, namely freshman 103-pounder Conor Yunis and 120-pounder Devin. “Devin Yunis is one of the most improved wrestlers we have,” Goff said. “He’s a lot smarter now and doesn’t give up easy take downs. Conor has been wrestling up a little, taking on guys who are bigger than him. But I definitely like his heart. He has a lot of promise.” Conor Yunis won via a pin Friday, while Devin earned a win via forfeit. The middle of the lineup features two wrestlers who are students at North Arlington in sophomore 126-pounder Luis Arzuaga and sophomore 132-pounder Andrew Fernandez. “I like the way Luis is progressing,” Goff said. “He’s just starting to get it. Andrew is a solid wrestler who can get points when we need them.” Fernandez won via a majority 18-8 decision Friday night to improve to 8-5 on the young

season. Shayne Cosme is the team’s 145-pounder. Like most of the team, Cosme is a sophomore. At 152, Miraldo Mora is a freshman who is just learning the sport for the first time. Goff likes the promise of both kids. Junior Rocco Russamano was slated to be the team’s 171-pounder, but broke his foot in the preseason and is just about ready to return to action. “He’s a hard worker who will fit into the lineup nicely,” Goff said. Sophomore Matt DeMarco is the team’s fixture at 182 pounds. DeMarco comes from a long line of wrestlers in his family. “He has a good background in the sport and has a lot of potential,” Goff said. Sophomore Michael Cooper is holding forth at 195 pounds. Cooper is another first-year wrestler who is replacing the injured Shane Reed, a junior. The heavyweight is senior Albert Faiti, another firstyear wrestler. “He has a lot of pure strength,” Goff said of Faiti. “His muscle helps him.” So the young coach with the young team provides a ton of promise for a program that brings two neighboring rivals together for one solid cause. “We were a little injuryprone, but we’re coming around,” Goff said. “Once we get everyone back, I think we have a chance to be a pretty good team.” One that will make some noise by the end of the season – and then the years to come.


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ing and went into sales, but that didn’t satisfy me. Basewas for over five years, then ball was always my love. One you learn how devastating it day, I was with a bunch of friends at Yankee Stadium at really is.” a game and for some reason, I When Cuzzi started the fundraising dinner, he made a found myself focusing on the umpires. I thought to myself, promise to his friend. ‘What a great job that would “I told him that we were be, to be in the big leagues, going to raise money for his working baseball games, being daughter,” Cuzzi said. “I told in charge.’ ‘’ him that she would never Soon after, Cuzzi went to have to worry about her colthe Harry Wendlestadt Umlege education. Robert was a piring School in Florida. Harvard graduate and I said “Once I went, I got the bug,” that if she wanted to follow in Cuzzi said. “I was obsessed. her father’s footsteps, then we That was it. I became obwould send her to Harvard.” sessed and driven.” Dominique Luongo was nine It fueled Cuzzi’s odyssey when her father was diagthat started in the New Yorknosed. Penn League. Cuzzi spent 13 “I’m proud to say that years working games in minor she just completed her first league baseball, hoping for the semester at Harvard,” Cuzzi big break. said. “We know that Robert Cuzzi got the call to work is looking down with pride. his first MLB game in St. There’s no question he has Louis, a game between the something to do with this.” Cardinals and the Dodgers. At Cuzzi said that he began first, he was strictly a National his pursuit of “his dream job” League umpire, but when MLB almost 30 years ago. began moving umpires be“I started out as a school tween both leagues, Cuzzi got teacher in Union,” Cuzzi said. the chance to umpire games “I was a graphic arts teacher, but I just knew there had to be at Yankee Stadium, eventually working some games in the more to life. So I left teachVIEW from

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Belleville native and Nutley resident Phil Cuzzi will begin his 15th season umpiring in Major League Baseball. Later this month, Cuzzi will host the annual Robert Luongo ALS Fund dinner at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville.

American League Championship Series. “It really was unbelievable,” Cuzzi said. “People kept telling me how hard it was going to be to make it, but I thought someone had to make it, so why not me?” During his career, the 58-year-old Cuzzi has worked

four playoff divisional series and presided over the National League Championship Series in 2005. He also worked the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in 2008 and was the first base umpire for the firstever game at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009. During his career, Cuzzi has also worked two no-hit games. He was the home plate umpire when Bud Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals fired a nohitter in 2001 and was the third base umpire when Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants tossed a no-hitter in 2009. Cuzzi has definitely seen his share of controversy in his career, including a call in the 2009 American League Divisional Series between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins that Cuzzi received a ton of criticism over. “I don’t read the papers, because you never read anything about me doing a good job,” Cuzzi said. “It’s only when it’s bad. A controversial call is what it is. (Legendary umpire) Al Barlick was the one who gave me my chance and years ago, he said that if you read

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QP’s Joseph truly coming of age By Jim Hague Observer Sports Writer

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TRAFFICKING from Munoz allegedly befriended the girl and introduced her to Charles P. Torres.  Through manipulation and coercion, the victim reportedly began working for him as a prostitute and was required to turn the money she was paid over to him. Sandler said Charles P. Torres advertised the victim with contacts he already had over the telephone, via text message and online, where he posted ads to sell her body for sex. Charles P. Torres allegedly took photos of the victim in various states of undress and performing sexual acts. These pictures were kept on his cell phone, camera and computer and were distributed via text and posted in the online ads, Sandler said. Additionally, he is charged with sexually assaulting the

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Patricia Munoz

Charles B. Torres

Charles P. Torres

Victor Reyes

victim on at least two different occasions in his home in North Bergen. Charles P. Torres was arrested Aug. 7, 2013, and incarcerated at the Essex County Correctional Facility, but his operation reportedly remained ongoing.

He allegedly continued to collect money from men who had previously had sex with the 15-year-old and at least one other prostitute, an adult. The collection of outstanding payments was facilitated through phone calls placed by the defendant from the jail to his son, Charles B. Torres, and to Victor Reyes, authorities said.   Those illegal proceeds were reportedly shared between Charles B. Torres and Reyes. Charles P. Torres and Munoz face 20 years to life in state prison. Reyes and Charles B.

Torres face 10 to 20 years. The indictment was handed up Jan. 14. The defendants will be arraigned before Essex County Superior Court Judge Sherry Hutchins-Henderson. The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty, authorities noted. “This is our first human-trafficking indictment under the [state’s] new comprehensive anti-trafficking law,” said Murray, noting that it was brought in coordination with the N.J. attorney general’s Human Traf-

ficking Task Force. “We plan to aggressively go after those who would attempt to exploit children and others in this manner,’’ Murray added. “This is a heartbreaking case which starkly illustrates the type of sexual abuse and exploitation of the very vulnerable that our new anti-trafficking law is meant to address,’’ said Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman. Murray lauded the Belleville Police Department, the FBI and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office for their help in the case.

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INVITATION FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the Board of Education of Lyndhurst, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, proposals for the following bids: Replacement of Windows at Washington School, 709 Ridge Road. Contract Documents may be examined or purchased online starting on January 17, 2014 through the following electronic bidding link: http://www.bidset.com/guzzo. Contract Documents may also be ordered via telephone by calling 1-877-4-BIDSET (1-877-424-3738) for assistance with completing your order. Complete sets of contract documents may also be obtained from R.S. Knapp Co. Inc. 1000 Wall Street West, Lyndhurst N.J. 07071 at a disbursement charge. As per the Bid package notice, Bids will be received at the Board of Education- Office of the Business Administrator, 420 Fern Avenue, Floor 2, Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071 until: Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 1:30 P.M. Bids, as noticed within the Bid package shall be made on the Bid proposal forms in the manner designated therein as required by the specifications and supplementary specifications. The Bid must be enclosed in envelopes (outer and inner), both of which shall be sealed and clearly labeled with the words CONTRACT BID DOCUMENTS, project number, name of Bidder and date and time of bid opening, and addressed to David DiPisa, Business Administrator, 420 Fern Avenue, Floor 2, Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071. All bids must be accompanied by a certified check, bank draft, or bid bond and made payable to the order of Lyndhurst Board of Education, in the amount of at least ten percent (10%) of the total bid. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informalities and award contracts, which in their judgment may be in the best interest of the Board of Education to extent permitted by law. All bidders must comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq., N.J.A.C. 17:27 and all other applicable laws. By order of the Lyndhurst Board of Education.


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Then & Now Photo courtesy North Arlington Public Library

The caption accompanying the old photo reads: ‘Eagle Hose Company No. 3 fire trucks, 1940s, North Arlington.’ We believe they are fire engines, not trucks -- yes, there is a difference -- but we might be wrong. In any case, they are pretty nifty-looking vehicles, especially the one with the stylish whitewall tires. As noted in ‘A Place in History’ by Merritt Ierley, Eagle Hose was organized in 1922, the third company of the North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department. It joined Schuyler Engine Co. No. 2 (formed in 1916) and the community’s first fire unit, Hendel Hose Co. No. 1, which was launched in 1910 after the Borough Council adopted an ordinance establishing the Fire Department. That inaugural Hose Co. No. 1, Ierley writes, ‘had to acquire its own equipment -- two well-used pumpers and some hose purchased for $50 from the Kearny Fire Department with the proceeds of dances, raffles and carnivals.’ Currently, the North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department has 85 members, 35 of which are assigned to Eagle Hose No. 3, which is still located behind the Borough Hall on Legion Place east of Ridge Road. – Karen Zautyk

Photo by Karen Zautyk

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Register to be bone-marrow donor NUTLEY – The Nutley Board of Commissioners will sponsor a bone-marrow registry drive on Saturday, Jan. 25, to aid lifelong township resident Anne Rotonda, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. “Operation Anne” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Department of Public Affairs, 149 Chestnut St. Participants may sign up for a convenient time slot (10 a.m.-noon; noon2 p.m., or 2-4 p.m.). The Board of Commissioners is working with the national bone-marrow donation registry, “Be the Match,” in an effort to find a potential donor for Anne. Some 70% of patients do not have a donormatch in their family and depend on kindness and selflessness of others through this type of donor-registry process. Residents from Nutley and surrounding communities alike are invited to join the “Be the Match” registry. All that is needed from a potential bone-marrow donor is that they follow the registry and health guidelines, and on the day of the drive give a swab of their cheek cells so their tissue type can be determined. When you join the “Be the Match” registry, you become part of every patient’s search for a

donor. Anne was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, AML, in October and has relapsed twice since then. Anne has been director of Nutley SYA, Special Young Adults Organization, for 35 years. “She has dedicated her entire life to the well-being of countless youths who would otherwise have nowhere to turn,” the commissioners said in a joint statement. “She not only provides them with somewhere to go, and daily activities, but she showers them in the love and support they deserve. She is completely and unconditionally loved by every young adult that comes though her doors, as well as by everyone that has had the undeniable privilege of meeting or working with her. “The Board of Commissioners is hoping that residents will come out in support of one of our community’s true township treasures.” Registry Guidelines To be a member of the registry, all you need is to: • Be between the ages of 18 and 44. • Be willing to donate to any patient in need. • Meet the health guidelines • Keep your contact

information current. Health Guidelines These conditions would prevent one from joining the registry: HIV or risk of HIV; hepatitis or risk for hepatitis; most forms of heart disease or cancer; chronic lung disorders; diabetes; blood-clotting disorders; recent back surgery; autoimmune/ neurological disorders; being an organ- or marrow-transplant recipient; significant obesity; current sleep apnea. Further information will be available at the drive. To register for the drive, contact either Meredith Blank at mblank@nutleynj.org, or Annmarie Nicolette at anicolette@nutleynj.org. Remember to specify the time slot you are interested in. Walk-ins are welcome. If you have any questions, contact the Department of Public Affairs at 973-284-4976. If you are unable to attend the day of the drive but would still like to participate, there is also an online option. Arrangements can be made for you to swab your cheek cells at home for a fee. Visit http://join. marrow.org/Anne to register and request a kit. For additional information go to BeTheMatch. org.

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ant, assisting in the planning of construction work and in and, according to his resume, obtaining grant monies. “obtained credit financing Rogers has an associate from state and federal sources degree in general accounting and constructed a 75-unit from Illinois Central College, senior building.” and a business administration Between 1997 and 2007, degree and a master’s degree Rogers was executive direcin industrial operations from tor/president of the KeansBradley University in Peoria, burg Housing Authority/ Ill. Church St. Corp., where he He is a national housing “started up a 35-unit tax credit consultant and has taught building” and managed 72 housing policy classes for public housing units and 260 the National Association of Section 8 apartments. Housing & Redevelopment No stranger to Harrison, Officials. Rogers worked for the HHA In a prepared statement, from 1995 to 2010 as its HHA Board Chairman modernization coordinator Laurence Bennett said: “Mr. and management consultRogers brings a vast depth

and push the ball up the floor. I crash the boards, get the ball and play off that fast pace.” Joseph has also become a more confident player. “My mentality has changed,” Joseph said. “I’ve become a lot tougher and more aggressive. I can’t wait for things to happen. I have to make them happen. I just

have to do what I have to do.” The results have been staggering. Joseph has become one of the top players in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, emerging as a two-way force, scoring and rebounding. Joseph is averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Golden Griffins, one of the most improved teams in the NJIC-Liberty

tensive skill and proficiency in public housing, with 15 years’ experience as a Public Housing Authority (PHA) Executive Director. “Additionally, Mr. Rogers has served as management consultant and advised PHAs throughout the nation, on all areas of HUD (U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development) practices, procedures and policies. … “Mr. Rogers was selected after an extensive and exPhoto courtesy royrogersmc.com haustive national search ….” Roy Rogers The HHA has undertaken searches for a replacement of knowledge and decades of director twice. In its most experience to the Harrison recent effort – which culHousing Authority. He has exminated in an application

submission cutoff of Sept. 30, 2013 – it received a fairly wide pool of applicants that its search committee – Irene Almeida, Bennett and Smith – narrowed to eight highly qualified finalists that included candidates from Rochester, N.Y., and New Orleans, and reported its findings and recommendations to the full board, according to one person familiar with the process. As of last week, Rogers was busy on the job, occupied with a walking tour of the HHA’s Harrison Gardens and Kingsland Apartments clusters, checking on maintenance conditions and other duties.

Division. In a recent win over Harrison, Joseph had an astounding 29 points and 22 rebounds. He also had 24 points, 11 rebounds and four steals against Rutherford, added 13 points and 11 rebounds against Lyndhurst, 15 points and 11 rebounds against Secaucus and 15 points and 13 rebounds Sunday night against St. Mary’s of Rutherford in a game played

player.” McGuire realizes Joseph has talent, but there’s a long way to go. “Ultimately, if he grows a little and gets stronger, he can be a legit prospect,” McGuire said. “We’ll see. The potential is definitely there. We haven’t seen the best of him yet. I don’t know where the potential will stop.” There is one aspect to Joseph’s potential that McGuire doesn’t have to worry about. Joseph is an excellent student. “He’s No. 2 right now in his class,” McGuire said. “He’s extremely bright. Anything you throw at him, he understands and picks it up right away. He’s extremely smart on the floor and what he sees on the floor.” Joseph is a native of North Arlington who has always aspired to be a Golden Griffin hoop standout. “I went to Queen of Peace grammar school,” Joseph said. “My brother (Josh) was a varsity basketball player at QP and I used to go to all his games. I knew that when my time came around, I wanted to do the same thing. He inspired me. I feel I’m right on target in being a good player. I can only improve if I intensify my game.” It appears as if Jeremy Joseph is definitely right on target and that the future is bright.

The Hudson County Community College Foundation West Hudson Scholarship Committee Sincerely thank these individuals and businesses for their generous support of our efforts to provide scholarships to local students attending HCCC. Event Sponsor: Johnston Communications ($5,000) Gold Level Donors ($1,000 and above)

• HCCC Board of Trustees • North Arlington Education Association • Pioneer Boys and Girls Club

Silver Level Donors ($500 - $999)

• Continental Food & Beverage Inc. • Optimist Club of Kearny • Mrs. Lillian Russell, in memory of Kenneth E. Russell • River Terminal Development Corporation • West Hudson Optimist Club

Bronze Level Donors ($250 - $499)

• Doran Electric Family • Mr. and Mrs. James Doran, in memory of Frank Cardoza • Neglia Engineering • ShopRite of Kearny • Spectra Color • Dr. Theresa M. Torres and Dr. David E. Konigsberg

Friends of the Committee (up to $249)

• Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home • E.M.D. of the Woman’s Club of Arlington • Kearny Federal Savings Bank • All those who supported our bus trip to Mount Airy Lodge

A special thank you to the donors from the 2013-2014 scholarship recipients: Jennifer Stankus of Kearny Carlos Laborde of North Arlington Michael Goldman of Harrison

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at Felician College. For his efforts, Joseph has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week. “He now has the mentality that he can score,” McGuire said. “His decision making is very good and it’s improving. Once he develops a jumper off the dribble, he will become a better player. He definitely has made me look smart, moving him from point guard. You can only tell someone to do so much. When he does the other little things, he’s very impressive. He even impresses me.” Don’t forget that Joseph is just 15 years old and only a sophomore. There’s a lot of room to grow and improve. “I think he’s doing well, but I still think he can do more,” McGuire said. “He can improve his shooting numbers. He can shoot the three (point shot) better.” “There’s always room for improvement,” Joseph said. “That’s how I look at it.” Joseph is a very driven player. His family originates from Sri Lanka, so he has a goal that is related to his heritage. “I want to become the first college basketball player from Sri Lanka,” Joseph said. “There’s never been one. People from Sri Lanka are usually cricket players. One of my dreams is to become a Division I college basketball

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Deadline for obituaries:

Monday by 10 AM

Jason DeFina Jason DeFina died on Dec. 21 at home. He was 47. Born in Jersey City, he lived in Newark for the past 20 years. Private arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com. Jason is survived by his wife Michelle (nee Santamassino), his children Melissa and Jason, his brothers Tony and Rance and four grandchildren. Charles William Girgan Charles William Girgan, of Kearny and Palm Coast, Fla., 89, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 663 Kearny Ave, Kearny.  Arrangements are by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Charlie, as he was known to his many friends, may be remembered for his successes in business and on the athletic field.  Those who knew him best, however, will cherish most of all, his spirit of humility, honesty, kindness and generosity. A resident of Kearny for 65 years of his 89 years, Charlie was born and raised on Johnson Ave., a street affectionately remembered as “Cooper’s Block.”  He graduated from Kearny High School in 1942 as a member of both the football and baseball teams.  He then enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as Quartermaster 1st Class on the U.S.S. Huse Destroyer Escort (DE) 145 during World War II.  For service to their country, Charlie and his shipmates received four Bronze Stars as well as the Victory Medal. Always a sportsman, Charlie obtained his Bachelor of Business degree from the former Upsala College, East Orange, Class of 1949, where he was captain of the football team.  It was there where he met the great love of his life, Evelyn Kemp and asked her to marry him.  Married on April 1, 1951, they went on to share a marriage of 62 years, which will

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forever be an inspiration to all who knew them. Always with Evelyn by his side, Charlie continued his football career as a kicker for the Jersey City Giants of the American Professional Football League.  Later as a chartered property and casualty underwriter (CPCU), he went on to build a respected career in the insurance industry as partner of Mintz and Girgan (currently Mintz, Girgan and Brightly), a position he held for over 50 years. His love of sport flourished in his passion for golf, which he played alongside lifelong friends at Forest Hills Field Club (FHFC) in Bloomfield, where he served as vice president for many years. He is survived by his cherished wife Evelyn; devoted daughters Jeanne Naughton and her husband Michael and Jan Girgan and her husband Carl Picillo as well as two adoring grandsons, Michael Charles and William Ellis Naughton.  He is also survived by several nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother Jon Girgan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Barnabas Health and Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 95 Short Hills Road, West Orange, N.J. 07052 or charity of choice would be appreciated.    Marilyn Gruchacz Marilyn Gruchacz, (nee McCorry), entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at home in Point Pleasant. She was 71. Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org. Born in Harrison, she lived most of her life in Bloomfield before returning to Point Pleasant in 2008. She worked for Mutual Benefit Insurance Company, Newark, for many years. She was a graduate of Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington. She is survived by her loving children Brian, Kevin and Jill and her cherished grandchildren Elizabeth, Tyler and

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Lucas. She is also survived by her ex-husband Michael Gruchacz. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 381051942 in memory of Marilyn.

and Seton Hall soccer alumni children, Andrew, Christopher associations, attending annual and Wyette Bertan; Patsy’s banquets and being honored sister Martha Robertson, and for his commitment to Kearny Tom’s two sisters, Margaret and Seton Hall soccer. He Lower (Donald), Jean Metcalf, received his executive MBA and his brother John (Helen). from the Massachusetts InstiBurial services will be held tute of Technology. at Holy Cross Cemetery in He served in the United North Arlington on March 15, States Army from 1954 to 1956. at 11 a.m. Thomas Laidlaw, Patsy was born and raised Please view and sign the Patricia Robertson Laidlaw in Harrison.  She raised their online guestbook at www. four children prior to becomblountcurrywest.com. ing the executive secretary for the legal department at Clemente S. Lopez Jr. the American Shipbuilding Clemente S. Lopez Jr. Corp, Cleveland, Ohio, before entered into eternal rest on retiring.  Previously, she was Sunday, Jan. 12, at home in an executive secretary in the Harrison. He was 63. engineering department at Funeral services were under RCA Corp.   the direction of Mulligan Thomas Laidlaw, 82, forShe was a graduate of Queen Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland merly of Kearny, passed away of Peace High School, North Ave., Harrison. A funeral Tuesday Dec. 31, in St PetersArlington, and Washington Mass was held at Holy Cross burg, Fla., and his loving wife, Secretarial College, Newark.  Church, Harrison. Patricia (Patsy) Robertson She also attended Seton Hall Born and raised in Manila, Laidlaw, formerly of Harrison, University and George Wash- Philippines, he lived most of passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, ington University, Washinghis life there before moving to in Clearwater, Fla.  ton, D.C. Harrison, two years ago. He Born and raised in Kearny, They are survived by their worked as a home health aide Thomas married Patricia Rob- loving children, Patricia, for the last two years. Prior to ertson on July 24, 1954, at Holy Thomas Jr. (Cindy), Margathat, he was an auto Cross Church in Harrison.   ret Laidlaw Kelso, and Janet He was the economic develop- Bertan (Bruce); three grandsee OBITS page ment director for Somerset Co., Md., before retiring to MARIO TEIXEIRA, JR., #2542 DIRECTOR-MANAGER Florida with his wife in 1996.  Prior to that, he served as corporate vice president and general manager of Ametek, Odenton, Md., division vice president of Sherwin Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, and director of industrial engineering for RCA Corp., Harrison. Tom was a graduate of Kearny High School, where he was an All-State soccer player and a captain of the Kearny team.  He continued to play in college, being awarded a soccer scholarship from Seton Hall University, South Orange, where he received his undergraduate degree. He maintained ties to the Kearny

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Tel: (201) 991-2265

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

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

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HOusE FOr saLE North Arlington 2 mother daughter houses to be built.12 Arlington Ave. Call for Details. O’HARA AGENCY (201)997-6300 KEARNY MANOR SECtION SINGLE FAMILY COLONIAL. 3 BEDROOM, 1 FULL 2 HALF BAtHS. USEABLE AttIC AND BASEMENt. 2 CAR GARAGE 50x100 LOt. 201-600-2389 BY AppOINtMENtS ONLY.

condo forsALe LYNDHURST 1 Bedroom totally renovated Condo, new carpet Bamboo Floor in dining area. Stainless steel. Appliances in kitchen w/granite counter tops. C.T.B. Garage and parking space included. $169,000.00. Call for details O’HARA AGENCY (201)997-6300

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KEARNY Small 2 bedroom apt. EIK, LR. HT/HW included. $1300/month. Available now. No pets. Please call Phyllis (973) 224-2911

KEARNY Kearny Ave. 2 bedrooms. $975/month. No pets. Separate utilities. 1-1/2 months security. Available February 1st. (201)893-1955

BELLEVILLE Studio, Utilities included. Business For rent. Nice & clean Commercial area 350ft. Any type of Business. 973-7596962 or 973-271-7259

KEARNY 2 Fl. 2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Kitchen, LR, No pets. No smoking. Close to transportation. Available Feb. 15th. 201-991-6569.

KEARNY 1 bedroom apartment, LR, kitchen One month security. Utilities separate. NO pets. No smoking. now. Available (551)486-1488

KEARNY 4 rent By Owner 2 & 3 BR Apts. Newly Renovated. All Units Have W/D Hook up & Basement Storage. Most units have A/C. Rents Range from $950$1475 + Utilities. 1 ½ months security + Good Credit required. Close to NY Transportation. No pets. Call 201-9988226. Between the hrs. 6am-4pm. Monday-Friday for Appt.

HARRISON Three bedroom apt. w/DR, LR, kitchen, 1BTH. Central AC/HT. 1 car space. Available February 1st. No pets. Com. washer/dryer on premises. Walking distance to train. (201)252-7272

Cleaning business for sale with current clients. For more information call Sebastian at (908)422-3027

Business forrent HARRISON: Harrison Avenue. Pizzeria Restaurant for rent or lease, full equipment. Ideal for BBQ. Available now. (973)714-2368 KEARNY tanning salon available for rent looking for equipment value only. For more details call property owner 201-697-0541.

store forrent Small Storefront Kearny Ave. Located near Roosevelt school district. $750/month HT/HW Supplied. Call 732-735-9055.

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KEARNY Residential Area, East Midland Ave. 2nd fl. 2BR Apt. LR, Big Kitchen, Bath, Hook Up Central Air. Separate Utilities. No Smoking. Off Street Parking. $1300/month. 1 ½ months security. Available Now. Call 201-519-3778. Leave Message. KEARNY Studio Apt. Utilities included. $700/month. 1 month security. Call after 5pm, 201-927-6608.

Beautiful KEARNY 2nd fl. 2 bR apt. Modern kitchen and bath. Hardwood floors. LV, Move in condition. W/D hook-up. Storage Bin. 296 Beech St. + $1200/month month 1 utilities. security. No pets. No Avl. Feb. smoking. 1st. 973-202-9769. KEARNY 2 bedroom apt., 3rd floor. Small building on Kearny Ave. Next to bus stop. Separate utilities. (973)951-7385 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 Arlington section, 1 bedroom, all new appliances flooring, $1,000/month plus utilities, No pets or smoking, Security Deposit (973)309-0903 KEARNY 1st or 2nd floor apt. 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, Kitchen and bath. Separate Utilities. $1300 + 1 month security. W/D hookup. Available Immediately. Call 201-207-8029. KEARNY 4 rooms, heat supplied, security required. No Pets. $960/month. Immediate occupancy. 570-746-3702 or 973-303-7903. 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 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.

KEARNY Belgrove Drive. 2nd floor. 2 bedrooms, LR, large EIK, full bath. Separate utilities. No pets. Close to public transportation + schools. $1200/month + 1 month security. Available February 1st. (201)916-3166 KEARNY MODERN 5 ROOMS (USED AS 2 OR 3 BEDROOMS) NEW PAINT, NO PETS, OFFSTREET PARKING, STORAGE. $1200/MONTH + UTILITIES, SECURITY DEPOSIT. 908-771-0762 KEARNY 2nd floor. 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, kitchen. Separate utilities. $1300/month includes parking space. No pets. (201)991-1163 KEARNY 2 BR, LV/DR kitchen. 1st floor. $950/month, separate utilities. No pet’s. 1 month security Avl. Feb. 1st. Call after 5pm 201-998-6959.

KEARNY Large 2 BR Apt. 1st floor. W/D Hook up $1300/month + utilities. 1 ½ month security. No pets. No smoking. Immediate occupancy. 551-580-6306. KEARNY Arlington section 3R, 1BR, $825/mo. H/HW + security. Also Similar Apt. in Garfield same price. No fee. (908)696-1866

KEARNY Apartment for rent, 1 bedroom, Living Room, Kitchen. Separate Utilities, No pets. For More info. Call: 201-726-4603. KEARNY Available Now. 3rd floor 4 rooms, 2 BR, Kitchen, LV, HW Floors. Close to Transportation. $950/month + Utilities. 1 month security Laundry on premises. (201) 362-5028 KEARNY Sunny 5 room apt., 3rd floor walk-up. Washer/dryer hook-up. No pets. $1100/month + utilities. 1 month security. (201)446-9318

KEARNY 1 BR apt. $950/month HT/HW included. No pets. 201-997-0590.

KEARNY Available Now. 2 BR Apt. HW Floors. Close to Transportation. $950/month + Utilities. 1 month security Laundry on premises. (201)362-5028

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KEARNY Studio apartment, in modern garden apartment bldg., dressing alcove, built in vanity dresser, walk in closer, vanity bath, free parking, available February 1st, rent $735.00, plus utilities. Call 201-991-6261.

KEARNY 2 BR. Clean Apt. 2nd Fl. $1,200/ month + utilities. 1 1/5 months security. No pets. 201-481-0880. KEARNY 2 bedrooms, 2nd fl. No pets. No smoking. $1100/month + utilities. Security. Available Feb. 1st. 201-997-0969

BELLEvILLE BELLEVILLE Studio & 1 bedroom apts., $750-$1050/month. HT/HW included. 1-1/2 months security. Available now. Multiple locations. (201)509-8315 BELLEVILLE 2nd Fl. 2 BR’s, Bath, Kitchen, LV. HT included. $1,300/month. 1 month security. 973-454-1002. BELLEVILLE 1 BR apt. 3rd fl. Parking for 2 cars, Utilities not included. 1 month security. $890/month. No pets. No smoking. Avl Feb. 1st. 973-986-8085. BELLEVILLE 5 large rooms, 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, large EIK. All remodeled. Close to transportation. $1075/mo. Separate utilities. 1 month security. Available March 1st. (973) 951-6315 BELLEVILLE 2nd fl. 2 BR’s, Belleville Nutley border. W/D Hook up. HT/HW included $1300/month.Avl. Jan. 1st 862-201-6166. BELLEVILLE 16 Howard Place. Off Washington Avenue. 3 rooms. $850/month HT/HW included. (973) 801-5900

BLOOMFIELD BLOOMFIELD 2 BR. Apr. LV Kitchen, 1 Bath. $1100/month + utilities. 1 month security. No pets. 973-634-6350.

HarrIsOn HARRISON 2 BR Apt. 2nd fl. Good Condtion. 1 mile from PATH. $1200/month. HT/HW included. Avl. Immed. No pets. 973-483-2993 HARRISON One room studio, 1st floor.HT/HW included, refrigerator, stove, parking for 1 car. Available Immediately. $810/month. 1-1/2 months scurity. (973)808-1556 HARRISON 3 bedrooms. Supply own utilities. No pets. (201)998-3554 (551)580-5019 HARRISON 2nd fl. Apt. 4 rooms. Parking available. Walking distance to PATH. Separate utilities. No smoking. No pets. Ref. needed, + 1 month security. Available Feb. 1st. 973-483-4927. HARRISON 1st fl. 2 BR, Kitchen, LV. 1 month rent + 1 month security. Available now. 201-667-1414.

HARRISON Studio. Near PATH. Quiet area. Available February 1st. No pets allowed. Please call (973)902-9986 after 5pm HARRISON 5 rooms. Close to PATH. $1250/month. 1-1/2 months security. Separate utilities. Available February 1st. (973)484-5852 after 3:30pm HARRISON Excellent Location & price. 5 rooms, 1st fl. W/use of yard. Short walk to path. H/W floors. HT/HW included. Call Mary. 973-951-4047 HARRISON Clean 1 BR studio. Just painted, ready to move in 2nd fl. Walk to path or schools to Newark. $875/month HT/HW included. Required 1 ½ month’s security plus 1 month rent. Please call Mr. Rodrigo for showing at 973-445-1098. Avl. Immediately. HARRISON 2 BR apt. EIK/LV & Balcony. 3rd Fl. $1300/month. Available Now. Mulock Pl. Call Leave Message 908-838-7034.

HARRISON 5 rooms. Close to PATH. $1250/month. 1-1/2 months security. Separate utilities. Available February 1st. (973)484-5852 after 3:30pm

HARRISON 2 bedrooms, Large LR, kitchen, bath, balcony. Separate utilities. New Paint. Available February 1st. (201) 803-9148

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ApArtments forrent HARRISON 100 william st. 1st flo. Spacious 2 BR, LV EIK, $1250/month ceramis and wood floors. Includes 1 car parking. Storage and laundry. 1 ½ month’s sec. separate utilities. No pets/smoking. 732-406-7738

LynDHurst LYNDHURSt 2nd fl. 1 BR apt. Private House. H/W floors, $1000/mo + 1 month security. HT/HW included. Small pet ok. 201-575-5270. 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

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LYNDHURSt 2nd fl. 1 bedroom apt. Private House. hardwood floors, $1000/month + 1 month security. HT/HW included. Small pet ok. 201-575-5270.

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 month security. Section 8 ok. No fees. No pets. 973-216-9470

N.ARLINGtON 3rd fl. 4 rooms. $1100/month + utilities. 1 month security. W/D Hookup. Refrigerator included. H/W Floors. No pets. 1 block form NY/NJ transportation. Avl. Feb. 15th or March 1st. 201-618-0316

LYNDHURSt 2 Bedroom apt. Close to transportation. Avl. Now. Small pets allowed. 1-1/2 month’s security. 201-359-5489. LYNDHURSt 3 rooms, 1 BR, Brand new Kitchen with ceramic tile, LV, Bathroom, Walk in Attic for storage, Near Train station & shopping. No smoking. $850/month + utilities. 1 ½ months security. 201-460-0917.

nEWarK NEWARK Spacious 1 bedroom. 2 blocks from Belleville. $875/month. 1 month security. Utilities included. (973)732-2071 (973)484-3746

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ADVERtISING ACCOUNt ExECUtIVE We have an opening for an aggressive energetic self-starter to sell newspaper advertising. Duties include servicing existing account, calling inactive accounts, and generating new business while making friends.

Family owned and operated 126 years. team oriented environment. You have the ambition and we will train. High Commission Must have transportation. Fax resume to: 201-991-8941 or E-mail: jobs@theobserver.com

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NEWARK 2 BR $1,100/mo. 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 month security. Section 8 ok. No fees. No pets. 973-230-7385 or 973-216-9470.

n. arLIngtOn N.ARLINGtON 1 bedroom apartment for rent. $1050/month. Call (201)376-7200 or (201)893-7913 N.ARLINGtON 2 BR apt available. HT/HW included. In Garden style apts. Newly Renovated. Laundry. Close to tramsportation. Call lisa 973-330-2874. N.ARLINGtON 1 BR LV, Kitchen, 1st floor, W/D hook up in Basement. $950/month. 1 month security. Optional single car garage for rent $150. Parking space $60.00 all parking on premises. 201-998-8429 or 201-283-4051. N.ARLINGtON 3 modern large rooms. 1 BR, H/W floors. Modern Kitchen. Laundry Facilities. Close to NY Trains. HT/HW supplied. $1000/month. Call 908-240-9302.

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N.ARLINGtON 1st floor. 5 rooms. Completely renovated. Stainless steel appliances. Central air. Near NY transport. Available now. (732)648-1171

nutLEy NUtLEY 4 rooms, 1 bedroom. 1st floor. Off-street parking. Near transportation. HT/HW included. $1200/month. 1-1/2 months security. (973)235-9492

rOOM FOr rEnt BELLEVILLE Nice area. Room for rent. $400. 1 month security. Call after 4:00pm (973)336-5335 (862)215-9440 KEARNY Furnished sleeping room for single person. Smoke-free, Drugfree. Close to transportation. 304 chestnut street. Security required. 201-207-8029. HARRISON 1 room for rent. Private entrance. One person preferred. $550/month everything included. (973)525-3860 KEARNY Room for rent. Private entrance. No kitchen. Female preferred. $400/month. 1 month security. Utilities included. (973) 668-8305 KEARNY 1 room for rent $550/month, utilities included. Male Preferred. 201-562-6805.

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Looking for Drivers FT/PT Must be reliable. Apply in person. Schuyler Cab 505 Schuyler Ave. Kearny, NJ

PT Instructor Wanted. Must have clean driving record, no points or accidents. NJ Drivers License for more than 4 years A MUST. Reliable & Responsible. (201)246-8000

HOUSE CLEANING MOLLY MAID A BETTER PLACE TO WORK

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

Bartenders and Waitresses Wanted. Bilingual a must English & Spanish. Call after 10am 973-344-0419 ask for Angel.

HAIRDRESSER WANTED for Harrison, NJ. Please call 973-462-4773. Experience Waitress wanted. Monday-Friday. Downtown Newark. 201-667-8692. 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

Centanni Ristorante looking for F/T kitchen staff, dishwasher. P/T Bus boy. Apply in Person 11-35 River Road, N.Arlington or call (201) 246-0100

CDL Class A Driver So. Kearny tank cleaning company has an immediate opening for 2nd shift yard switcher. $12-$14/hr. Holiday & vacation pd. Must have SDL Class A, 2 yrs experience, clean background and verifiable work history. Call Mike C. at 973-589-3300.

F/t Director wanted for Lyndhurst preschool.

Lady’s Hat Trimming and Decorator wanted in Harrison, NJ. Please call (973)485-8000

Education & management experience required. Understand all NJ childcare licensing & regulations. Competitive salary. Email resume: lyndhurstdirector@ gmail.com

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JAG pAVING CORp. Commercial & Residential Driveways Parking Lots • Belgian Blocks • Sidwalks • Steps • Pavers • Retaining Walls • All asphalt work

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Looking for Full Time (M-F 8-5) Professional house cleaner. English/Spanish. Bilingual helpful. Driver’s License Required. Only honest, hard working and dependable individuals apply. Call for Appointment. Charles Phelan 201-246-1900. ENtRY-LEVEL MANAGEMENt pOSItION (NEWARK, NEW JERSEY) Cambridge Security Services is seeking candidates for an entrylevel management position for our 24-hour National Command Center. The ideal applicant will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Candidates for this position must be well organized and capable of working in a fast paced environment.

Candidates must have an untarnished criminal record as well as a high school diploma.

Starting Salary: Between $27,000 and $31,000.

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

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HanDyMan “Chris the Handyman” For your home repairs and Outdoor power Equipment Services (201) 694-0258 “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.

HANDYMAN Painting • Sheetrock • Plastering • Flooring. Reasonable rates. (862)452-7695 Sami. Leave message

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LANDSCApING LLC SNOW REMOVAL Lawn maintenance Top Soil • Mulch Free Estimates (201)438-3991

ruBBisH removAL ANDRIELLO CLEANOUTS

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

WantED tO Buy Estates Bought & Sold Fine Furniture Antiques, Accessories, Gold & Silver.

Cash Paid (201)920-8875 MasOnry Forever Green -Custom Masonry -Snow Removal -Patios & Walks 201-962-0032 www.Forever GreenNJ.org

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

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

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ALExANDER pAINtING, DECORAtING Sheet rock/drywall. Skim coat, tape & spackle Water damage. Wallpaper remove. 15+years of experience. Free Estimates.

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

(201) 893-0656 cOnstructIOn Martinez Chimney • Chimney Liner • Leaks • Cleanings • Building & Repairing • Down Draft Correction • Total Chimney Restoration Fully Ins. and License #13VH06939900

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

Handyman Star All inside or outside repairs. Windows, painting, sheetrock, carpentry, masonry, and decks. No job too big or small. Free estimates. Tom (201)4245042

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

(201)935-1975

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

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

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

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plumbing & Heating Kitchen and bath remodeling. Carpentry. Fully Ins. Free Est. Lic# 165 (201)637-1775 Courageous Plumbing HVAC LLC Lic. # 11103 • Plumbing • Heating • Cooling • Sewer • Complete basement pump out & Sump pumps MC/VISA and Finace Available $50 off when mention this ad.

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CAR$ $200-$500 PAID ON tHE SpOt. FREE TOWING 201-428-0441 ANY CAR, VAN OR TRUCK. NO TITLE, NO KEYS, NO PROBLEM. item forsALe Weslo Pursuit Exercise Bike and D.P.Transport Treadmill #LP-6100 $350.00 Call (201)991-5770. Washer and Dryer For sale $450 the set. Barely Used. Instruction papers included. Call Ana 973-495-0118. English/Spanish.

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Snow alert: Don’t ‘reserve’ spaces with trash cans & don’t block street NORTH ARLINGTON – North Arlington’s government is asking for residents’ cooperation during and after snowstorms to help make the streets passable and permit emergency vehicles to access all homes and businesses in the borough. Mayor Peter Massa asked residents to refrain from throwing snow into the street after the borough has plowed the street. Piling snow in the street is not only illegal but a safety hazard as well, and often results in plows being forced to come back to a street that has already been plowed. “I know many neighborhoods in the borough are crowded and short on space to place snow, but residents cannot put snow back on already cleaned streets,” said the mayor. “We need our streets cleared so motorists can pass safely and so emergency vehicles can respond to calls for help,” said the mayor. Massa also urged residents to avoid parking too close to corners during snowstorms or placing garbage cans or chairs in the street to claim a recently cleared parking spot. “I understand that

people do a lot of work to dig out their cars, but it is illegal to put a trash can or chairs in the street simply to hold on to a parking space,” Massa said. Public Works Director Peter Norcia said the borough handled the most recent snowstorm well. “I think the men did an excellent job with the snow. They were out all night plowing and salting, but it inhibits our effectiveness if people throw snow into streets that have already been cleared,” he said. He also urged residents to move their cars if they know a plow is approaching. Meanwhile, Councilman Joseph Bianchi urged residents to do a better job of getting cars off the streets during a major snowstorm. He said some streets are too narrow for plows to negotiate if there are cars parked on either side of the street during heavy snow events. Bianchi is urging people with driveways to allow their tenants or neighbors to park in their driveways during snowstorms. “I urge people to be a good neighbor, be a responsible landlord and let people use your

driveway if you have the room,” said Bianchi. “If the trucks can plow curb-to-curb on our streets they would be safer and there would be room for to park after the storm has passed.” Councilman Daniel Pronti said he wants to investigate the feasibility of getting volunteers to help dig out cars of the elderly parked on the street since by law, cars must be dug out or the owner will receive a ticket. “I’d like to discuss the possibility of getting some volunteers from the high school or the local scouting program to help our elderly residents during snow storms,” said Pronti. During snowfalls of five inches or more, vehicles must be removed from the following streets named as snow emergency streets: *Beaver Avenue – All *Belmount Ave – Ridge Road to York Road *Canterbury Ave.– Ridge Rd. to Schuyler Ave. * Prospect Ave. – Belleville Turnpike to Sunset Ave. * Ridge Rd. – All * Rutherford Place. – Beaver Ave. to Inman Place (West Side).

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the auto was found by Officer Pat Becker on a grassy area adjacent to the Walmart lot. rested on a charge of aggraPontrella arrived to question vated assault. the driver, Vanessa Casaretto, 30, of Washington Township, At 3:30 a.m., Officer Tom Pontrella responded to the 200 who was taken to HQ for an block of Schuyler Ave., where Alcotest and charged with DWI and leaving the scene a car had struck a parked veof an accident. Casaretto was hicle and then left the scene. While Pontrella was searching also found to be wanted by Maywood, Rahway and Parathe area for the 2003 Saturn with heavy front-end damage, mus PD, police said.

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Cuzzi said. “The season goes fast, but the offseason goes faster. I can’t believe how quickly the time goes. Once we get through these meetings in Phoenix, that’s when I’ll start to get the itch to get back. It gets me antsy and ready to go.” Cuzzi will go to Florida for the month of March and work a series of spring training games there. For now, Cuzzi will concentrate on the last-minute preparations for his annual dinner. In the past, Cuzzi has welcomed such prestigious special guests as Tommy Lasorda, Bob Costas, Larry Holmes, Joe Pepitone and Bucky Dent. Last year,

Tony LaRussa, who recently learned he will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame this August, was the featured speaker. “This year, it will be a blockbuster, but I can’t say who it is,” Cuzzi said. “I don’t know if people come to the dinner because they respect my work. I think it’s that the baseball community is so small and they all rally together for the cause. There are big hearts in everybody. Through my association with baseball, I’m able to tap into those big hearts and bring those people into Belleville.” Robert Luongo passed away five years ago, but his memory lives on through this great fundraising dinner. “Over the years, we’ve been

Jan. 13    At 10 p.m., Vice detectives at Passaic Ave. and Afton St. observed a gray Mercedes speeding, tailgating and travelling erratically, followed it along Afton and Belgrove Drive and stopped it at Devon and Liberty Sts., where the driver was seen discarding an object onto the passenger-side floor, police said. It allegedly turned out to be a vial

of ketamine. During a search incident to his arrest, David Lopez, 31, of North Bergen, was  found to have a sceond vial of the drug in his jacket pocket, police said. He was charged with possession of a CDS and drug paraphernalia and issued a summons for reckless driving.

fortunate to be able to basically get the same 600 people to come to the dinner,” Cuzzi said. “It’s a good cause and it’s our local community that comes out. Every year we’ve had this dinner, it sells out. It’s very comforting to know that so many people care. It’s 10 years

now and it’s still going strong. When we started it, we never thought it would snowball into this.” The Robert Luongo ALS Fund is a 501 C-3 charity. In addition to helping ALS research in Luongo’s name, the funds go to scholarships for victims of

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Esposito responded to the 100 block of Devon Terrace when a resident reported that his home had been burglarized sometime during the day. Dresser drawers were in disarray, and an iPod and Kindle tablet were missing.  Dets. John Telle and Ray Lopez are conducting the follow-up investigation.

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– Karen Zautyk ALS. “It really is a great thing and I’m proud to be a part,” Cuzzi said. It’s definitely a home run for a local guy who never wandered far from his roots. “This is my home,” Cuzzi said. “It’s where I belong.”

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8. Ascetic holy Hindu 9. Form a curve 10. Opposed to 11. Tender cut 12. Small amount of residue 15. *Eurasian winner of 88 medals but no winter ones 20. *Only Olympian to win Gold in summer and winter 22. Nile viper 24. Government system in pre-revolutionary Russia 25. *Keeps neck warm in Sochi? 26. Of an arm bone 27. Chinese bear 29. Persia 31. “Matilda” author 32. Beforehand 33. Waterwheel

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liganfuneralhome.org. Marguerite A. Woods Marguerite A. Woods, (nee McEnroe), entered into eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at home. Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www. mulliganfuneralhome. org. Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She worked as an administrative assistant for Hudson County Schools of Technology, North Bergen. Marguerite was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church and a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens. Marguerite was a very active women who

enjoyed bowling, reading on Chadwick Beach, the outdoors and most importantly, spending time with her grandchildren. She was well known for her impromptu homemade pizza parties. Predeceased by her parents Richard and Julia McEnroe, she is survived by her loving children, Donald, Stephen and his wife Joan, James and his wife Kimberly, Andrew and Patricia and her husband Mark. She was cherished grandmother of Ryan and Conor Woods, Michael and Ashley Woods, and Dakota and Tristan Hatcher. She was the dear sister of Raymond McEnroe, sister-in-law of Carol McEnroe, Harry Woods, Robert and Claire Greene, and James and Elaine Poplaski. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

New chance to enroll on Healthcare Exchange Kearny residents still having trouble navigating through the federal Healthcare Exchange will get a helping hand on Saturday, Jan. 25. That’s when the Town of Kearny in cooperation with North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) will make available trained facilitators to assist folks looking to enroll in health insurance programs. The workshop – the second being offered by Kearny – will be held on the lower level of the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. NHCAC will provide

bilingual certified application counselors to work with residents. And the library will make available a number of computers for attendees to use at the workshop. To complete the exchange application process, residents will need: • Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants), • Employer and income information for every member of the household who needs coverage (pay stubs or W-2 forms), • Policy number for any current health insur-

ance plan, and, • Employer coverage information. “I’m very happy to bring this workshop back to Kearny for our residents,” said Mayor Alberto Santos. “The first workshop in December was well attended and very successful in enrolling residents in appropriate plans. Anyone who needs help in navigating the Healthcare Exchange or help setting up an e-mail account to take advantage of the on-line registration will have access to trained people at the session to get them through the process.”

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