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By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent Local banks suffered a onetwo punch last week when both a Chase Bank in Kearny and a Valley National Bank in Harrison were robbed within three days, apparently by different bandits. The latest crimes bring to four the number of bank robberies in West Hudson since late December. Last Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 9:48 a.m., an individual wearing a black jacket, gray hat and purple scarf entered the Chase facility at 11 Kearny Ave. and passed a note to a teller demanding money, which he wanted in “large denominations,” Kearny Police Chief John Dowie reported. Tuesday was one of those bone-chillingly cold days, so someone so bundled up that only their eyes were visible would not necessarily arouse suspicion, even in a bank. Dowie said it was initially difficult to tell if the robber was male or female, but it is now believed the culprit was a Hispanic man in his 30s. Police said the robber threatened to shoot the teller if his demands were not met but he never displayed a weapon. There were at least six employees and two customers in the bank at the time. After obtaining see BANKS page



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One person reportedly was able to buy all this alcohol from eight local stores without being asked for identification.

By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent


he legal drinking age in New Jersey is 21. Alcohol is not to be sold, in bars or stores, to anyone younger than that.

According to the rules of the N.J. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC): “If there is any doubt that the purchaser is under 21 years of age, the sale should not be made.” Hence, the practice of ask-

ing for proof of age. On Dec. 30, the eve of New Year’s Eve, when lots of folks were stocking up on alcohol for their celebrations, the Hudson County Coalition for Drug Free Communities (HCCDFC) conducted an

interesting experiment in Kearny, Harrison and East Newark. The results were discouraging. In the three towns are a see LIQUOR page


Sacred Heart Church getting attention KEARNY – The Archdiocese of Newark is undertaking repairs to Sacred Heart Church at the Archdiocesean Youth Center on Belgrove Drive at Quincy Ave. Archdiocesan spokesman Jim Goodness said: “We’re in the middle of a major restoration project. Repairs are need-

ed to the steeple and façade to make sure the structural integrity [is maintained].” Goodness said that private contributions are financing the project. “We’ve known for a couple of years that the work was needed,” Goodness said. “Our property management people, an engineering consultant and

contractor were involved in the planning and execution of the work.” That work, Goodness said, includes “resetting mortar, repairing the bell tower and steeple, some roofing issues, concrete work, basic reparation on the outside of the building.” A building permit appli-

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By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent BELLEVILLE – he union representing Belleville public school teachers is waging war with the Board of Education, claiming that the board is punishing its members for speaking out, failing to negotiate working conditions and spending big money on surveillance instead of on classroom teaching tools. But Board President John Rivera said the board is acting in good faith on all fronts, particularly on investing $2 million over five years in a sophisticated video tracking system that, he says, is designed to keep everyone in the school system safe. Meanwhile, in a puzzling personnel move, only five months after appointing Michael Vezza as board secretary/business administrator at $123,103 a year, the board is seeking new candidates for that job and for an assistant business administrator. Applications were due by Feb. 1. When asked about this development last week, Vezza simply shrugged and referred a reporter to Rivera, who said: “The current business administrator, with all the technological updates that are going on, due to personal obligations, doesn’t have enough time to give the services we need.” As for the assistant B.A. posting, Rivera said: “We had a senior accountant who left us for a job in California. We don’t know if we’ll fill the position but we thought it would be prudent to advertise for one in the meantime.” In any event, Belleville Education Association Presi-


dent Michael Mignone said last week that the BEA, represented by Newark attorney Sanford Oxfeld, has filed two unfair labor practice complaints with the state Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) against the superintendent and board. Mignone said the filings allege that the district “violated our contractual agreement” by unilaterally installing cameras in classrooms and by “lengthening the school day” in asking teachers to “come early and leave early” without negotiating either condition. Another unfair labor practice complaint “in process” will challenge the board’s disciplining of certain BEA members as what the BEA characterizes as reprisal actions for publicly criticizing board actions, said Mignone, who said he has been suspended, with pay, from his job as Middle School math teacher since Jan. 2. Additionally, Mignone said, the BEA has filed a grievance in response to “around 30” involuntary teacher transfers, several of which, he said, were triggered by the district’s moving all sixth-graders to the Middle School last September. BEA members, joined by union members from other Essex County communities and NJEA representatives, crowded into the high school senior lounge for last Monday night’s board meeting to show solidarity. The board abandoned the auditorium for lack of heat. Mignone reminded the board that the BEA has previously complained “about the district’s decision to fund an expensive surveillance

system” instead of providing “basic supplies” such as updated computers “necessary for our students’ success.” He said that Belleville teachers are supported by parents and business owners “united in their passion to secure a bright future for Belleville’s students.” And NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan spoke about an “employee climate survey” conducted by the BEA which, she said, disclosed that “nearly 100%” of those responding claimed they are subject to “intimidation” and about two-thirds of the responders felt that the board was to blame. “You see,” Blistan said, “they watched their union president be brought up on tenure charges – coincidentally just after speaking out against the intimidation tactics at the last board meeting. You see, actions demonstrate that members of the BEA are being mistreated, vilified and denigrated. … This reality is unacceptable. … Bullying is against the law. … Sit down with the [BEA] leadership and our NJEA staff to right these wrongs.” Last week, Rivera responded to some of the concerns raised by the union, saying that the board was doing everything it could to improve the electronic infrastructure in schools by installing new wiring to provide internet service and new phones in classrooms. “This board has spent more on textbooks and supplies in the past three years than any previous board,” Rivera said, to ensure that students have what they need to satisfy the state’s Common Core standards. “As soon as we know what the state

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wants us to do, we’ll do accordingly,” he added. “Each elementary school is getting a bank of 30 computers that can go to any class when needed,” Rivera said. “The Middle School is getting a bank of 60 computers, as is the high school, on top of what we already have in place. “The wiring [for computers and security systems] is pretty much done; our computer banks should be installed in the next 60 days,” he said. Talking up the virtues of the district’s security/ surveillance system, which also has an audio capability, Rivera said that teachers “can hit a panic button” in their classrooms in response to “an emergent situation,” such as “a child having a seizure.” Once the alarm is activated, a security guard can check a monitor showing the classroom and “get an ambulance,” Rivera said. Teachers shouldn’t fear that an eye or ear in the sky is checking in on them because applying the technology that way is “not part of their evaluation process – it’s just for safety,” he said. Similarly, Rivera said, by issuing RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) cards to students, school staff has a better chance of finding a lost child by tracing the card’s radio signals in and out of school. And, he said, if a student complains that a teacher harassed or hit them in class, the system may show that, in fact, the student may have been somewhere else when the alleged incident happened. see SURVEILLANCE page


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Very ‘digestible’ Kearny promotion By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – ow appearing in highway rest areas, area airports, bus depots, train stations, hotels – seemingly omnipresent in northern New Jersey – it’s the Kearny Digest. This year’s new version of the Kearny Magazine, underwritten by the town’s Urban Enterprise Zone board, has been disseminated hither and yon in hopes of getting the attention of the tourist trade expected to pour into the meadowlands area to catch the SuperBowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford and beyond. “We had 100,000 copies printed,” said Kearny UEZ Director John Peneda. Of those, he said, “we kept 2,000 in town” to spread among municipal facilities like Town Hall and local eateries, drug stores and shops. Snapshots from the digest are also posted on electronic bulletin boards at N.J. Turnpike and Garden State Parkway rest areas where commuters can also pick up the free booklets from magazine racks inside, Peneda said. “If we can get 1,000 people visiting Kearny, hopefully, as a result of effort to promote the town, it would be worth it,” Peneda said. “It’s a way to put Kearny on the map.” The campaign didn’t come cheap: Erbach Communications Group of Lyndhurst has billed the board $51,939 for the preparation and printing of the digest and the board is paying CTM Media Group, based in Stamford, Conn., $15,000 for distribution of the booklets over a six-month period, Peneda said. Revenue from some advertising in the digest helps offset part of


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the ‘Sopranos’ bus tours that ran even after the TV series ended.” The Digest also points out that the Irish American Club, next door to the since-demolished Satriale’s, switched its

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those costs, he added. Peneda said the original plan was to send them out now for six months straight to exploit the traffic projected from not only the SuperBowl but also the Formula 1 car race scheduled for June along the Hudson River in Weehawken and West New York. But, after the race was canceled, Peneda said the board reconsidered, feeling that it would be more effective to do a three-month distribution now and then wait for the summer to do another three-month circulation when more people are likely to be traveling through the area for vacation. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event to spend funds to showcase the town,” he said. How does the Kearny Digest “sell” Kearny? Well, the front cover reminds those perhaps not in the know that, “The ‘Sopranos’ Ate Here,” referring to Satriale’s Pork Store, “the fictional butcher shop/deli at 101 Kearny Ave. Part of a two-page Digest spread on the six-season TV series notes that, “… the [Satriale] storefront and the life-size pig that adorned the roof on film days, was one of the most requested stops on

Kearny where Tony’s protégé Christopher “was gunned down by two gangster wannabees.” Superstorm Sandy’s impact prompted the diner’s closing in 2007. Other Kearny locations used in shooting the crime drama, highlighted by the Digest, are: The Boathouse at 927 Passaic Ave., St. Cecilia’s Church at 120 Kearny Ave., Knox Presbyterian Church (now closed) at 36 Kearny Ave., Irish Heritage Park, Stewarts Drive-in (the interior) at 938 Passaic Ave. and the railroad bridge crossing the Passaic River which, according to the Digest, “was featured in all 86 ‘Sopranos’ episodes and appeared in the movie version of “Annie.”

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Hope that town’s value will rebound in ‘14 By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent

absorbed last year by RTL Services at Kearny Point Industrial Park, opposite Hudson KEARNY – County Jail, in South Kearny, n unhealthy combinawhere several of the comtion of Superstorm pany’s tenants vacated flooded Sandy and real estate warehouses in the aftermath tax appeals and settlements of Sandy. dealt Kearny’s total valuation a Tenants would be unable to bad blow in 2013, reports John remain without securing flood Peneda, the town’s tax assesinsurance, the cost of which sor. – given the low-lying condiBut Peneda predicts that tion of their rented facilities – with the beginning of new would be prohibitive, accordconstruction, the town should ing to Peneda. rebound somewhat in 2014. Following a tax settlement Between 2013 and this year, with the company, the town according to Peneda’s calcula- reduced the assessments on tions, Kearny’s tax ratables two warehouse buildings by dropped, from $1,057,904,400 a total of $5.5 million, causing to $1,050,881,600, a roughly $7 a drop of $530,505 in yearly million decline, which, in turn, taxes. translated to a $685,000 loss in Now, after the town’s govtax revenues – enough to pay erning body has put in motion the salaries of 20 new police a proposal by RTL to desigofficers. nate those properties as areas A good chunk of the hit in need of redevelopment, the taken by the town can be atcompany has begun to demoltributed to the loss in income ish them in favor of erecting


to fix the interior, potholefilled roadway that winds through the sprawling site between the Pike and Schuyler Ave. Last year’s tax slump notwithstanding, Peneda sees cause for hope. “Although the short-term looks tough,” he said, “the horizon looks bright,” given future tax revenues that he sees coming from several new two-family homes being built around town, the Photo by Ron Leir mixed-used development at Schuyler and Bergen Aves. Demolition proceeds at Jeryl Industrial Park in Kearny. with an Investors Bank already new structures that will be occupying their crumbling built and a multi-family apartraised above the flood zone buildings. With the reduced ment complex now being conso that new tenants can be assessment, the town is netting structed by Carlstadt developsecured, Peneda said. about $258,000 less in taxes on er Ed Russo, the newly opened Similarly, the owners of the property, Peneda said. Wawa and the Walmart expanJeryl Industrial Park off the The town’s construction sion, both on Harrison Ave., Belleville Turnpike and the enforcement office had waged and a new 7-eleven at the Pike town came to an agreement a running battle with the site’s and Schuyler. on a lower assessment on the prior owners, having denied And the town is keeping grounds that their business certificates of occupancy to its fingers crossed that, soon, income has plummeted beprospective tenants, citing the Hudson County Improvecause they’ve had few tenants code violations. ment Authority, Kearny and But nw, the new managea private owner can successment is in the process of fully market the Koppers Koke ripping down most of the meadows site in South Kearny buildings on the site and has to a private sector developer pledged to build a new, statefor additional tax revenue to of-the-art industrial park and the town.



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‘Capital’ ideas abound at D.C. confab By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – aking music, manufacturing and meeting the vice president were themes that resounded for Kearny’s chief executive during a trip to the nation’s capital. Mayor Alberto Santos was among the participants in the 82nd annual winter U.S. Conference of Mayors, held Jan. 22-24, in Washington, D.C., where municipal leaders learn how federal policies or grant programs may impact their communities. Topping the list of high profile items on the agenda for the winter meeting, Santos said, were panel discussions on combating poverty in the big cities and, in particular, improving the graduation rate for low-income kids in urban schools. On that topic,newlyelected New York Mayor Bill DiBlasio talked about his plan to provide universal pre-school for the city’s public school system. If Santos picked up any tips for helping Kearny’s school system upgrade its testing profile – a goal that Superintendent-on-leave Frank Ferraro has underscored – he didn’t say. But some other notions about what cities can do to improve the quality of life for its residents and businesses attracted the mayor’s attention, one of those being a pitch that was made during a panel session on kick-starting America’s sagging manufacturing base. A federal initiative known as IMCP – Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership – promotes links between the government and the private sector by awarding competitive grants, through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, to communities for site development and job training leading to new and/or expanded manufacturing clusters that would employ skilled labor. Last year, the feds gave out 26 grants, including one to Rutgers University to develop technology to strengthen the food industry. This year, the U.S. Commerce Department has allocated $1.3 billion for 12 projects


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nationwide and has set March 14 as the submission deadline for funding applications. “Our South Kearny industrial area could be a good candidate for such a grant,” Santos said. “While the area has been primarily a warehousing/distribution district, there is still some manufacturing, such as chemicals, that goes on.” Santos said he planned to contact the South Kearny Industrial Association to gauge whether there would be interest among its members to seek funding. Another panel on the arts scene highlighted how Madison, Wisc., adapted a Parisian

concept called “Make Music” by creating a “One Solstice” festival where residents were encouraged to meet their neighbors by playing an instrument at various venues on the longest day of the year. “The key is, ‘do it yourself,’ ’’ the mayor said. “It’s not something where everyone is instructed to play a classical piece of music, for example. Each person picks his or her own selection to play as a way of introducing themselves to the community.” If Kearny chose to try the experiment, Santos said the town would provide a single location to host the event and a website

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where people could go to get more information about how it plays out. “We could start it out at the Kearny Public Library Community Garden, when that project is completed, with time slots allotted for each performer,” he said. An event like that could be instrumental in “generating community unity,” the mayor suggested. Santos said he planned to contact Gerry Ficeto, board president of W.H.A.T. (West Hudson Arts & Theater Co.) in Kearny, among others, to discuss the concept in more detail. During a break in the conference, Santos and his colleagues

toured the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which houses White House staff offices, where they met Vice President Joe Biden and sub-Cabinet officials who briefed the mayors on such matters as types of federal funding programs available and revised FEMA flood zone mappings. Unfortunately, President Obama apparently had other obligations at the time and wasn’t available for a meetand-greet. Santos said he took Amtrak to D.C. and back. “I paid for my fare and my hotel room,” he said, while the town picked up the conference registration fee.

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Now his voice is still; rest easy, noble sir W e live in an era where most politicians and public figures – exceptions noted – flip flop so much, you never know where they stand. Expediency and convenience are, typically, the determining factors that dictate the outcome. Pete Seeger, the folk singer, environmentalist and human rights advocate who died Jan. 27 at age 94, was always consistent. Just when he was breaking into the big time music scene as a member of the Weavers, Seeger wouldn’t sell out his political beliefs and, after refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, ended up unofficially banned from network TV until the Smothers Brothers welcomed him back in 1967. Even so, the network censored his singing of the antiVietnam War song, “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” although, after pressure by the show’s creators, Seeger returned to the show the following year to sing the song for broadcast. Seeger’s purity of vision was

all-embracing: It extended from the simplicity and grace with which he treated family, friends and strangers, to his respect for international musical culture, to his defense of the environment culminating in the creation of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Seeger’s affinity for nature drew him to the upstate New York riverfront community of Beacon where, in the 1940s, he built a log cabin and continued to make that his home. It

was in that setting that Seeger drew inspiration for his campaign to begin cleaning up a polluted Hudson River, using the Clearwater as a focal point for that goal. The ship first sailed in summer 1969 and Seeger and other musicians sang at benefits to heighten awareness of the fouled waterway and to push for action to do something about it. Four decades later, his unflagging efforts – coupled with federal legislation

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Peter, Paul & Mary’s version of Seeger’s anti-war classic “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “If I Had a Hammer” (co-written with Lee Hays) at a Central Park concert. It is said that Seeger was the bridge from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan in folk song tradition, even if Dylan did stray from the fold by playing electric guitar at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Even into his 90s, Seeger continued to sing at benefits for the causes he championed. And while he performed for the high and mighty, such as President Obama’s inaugural, PHOTO COURTESY GOOLGE IMAGES Seeger preferred playing for kids. At a Beacon, N.Y. con– resulted in General Electric dredging PCBs from the river. cert in October 2009, he said: “Singing with children in the An annual two-day Clearwater Great Hudson River Re- schools has been the most rewarding experience of my vival music and environmental festival, founded by Seeger life.” Perhaps he identified with and his wife Toshi (who died in July 2013), continues as part the youngsters’ innocence and saw them as symbols of hope of the couple’s legacy. This for the future. year, it will be held June 21-22 Indeed, the perennial optiat Croton Park in Croton-onmist always felt that, no matter Hudson, N.Y. I never had the good fortune how desperate the struggle, “We Shall Overcome.” to hear Seeger perform but – Ron Leir I was lucky enough to catch

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5 hurt in fight outside strip club, 3 critical T HACKENSACK – hree area residents were arrested in the aftermath of a brutal brawl outside a South Hackensack strip club in the early morning hours of Jan. 27 that left five people hurt, three seriously, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli. A press release issued by Molinelli’s office said that officers responded, at 1:44 a.m., to a report of a fight at the Twins Plus Lounge, 2 S. Main St., where, upon arrival, officers found six men outside the club. Five of them were taken to area hospitals. The prosecutor’s office said that investigators determined that there had been a fight between two groups of men,

intentionally struck Venegas with his vehicle, police alleged. Police said Dziewiatkowski was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center for several broken bones and released; Venegas remains at HUMC for treatment of severe head trauma in critical condition; Pate was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Paterson, where he is in critical but stable condition; Carrion is in HUMC in critical condition with multiple skull fractures; and Colon was treated at HUMC for cuts to his face and leg and released. Brodie is charged with two counts of attempted murder and is being held on $500,000

with one consisting of Ernest Brodie, 19, of Harrison; Jesus Colon, 21, of Lyndhurst; and Anthony Pate, 37, of Belleville; and the other, being Benjamin Venegas, 27, Raphael Carrion Jr., 28, and Lukasz Dziewiatkowski, 32, all of Garfield. The office said the two groups got into an argument inside the bar which spilled outside and, in the street, Carrion was bludgeoned in the head with a hammer and Pate was stabbed once in the body. Additionally, it said, it is alleged that Brodie entered his vehicle, which was parked outside the club, and intentionally drove into Dziewiatkowski on Saddle River Ave. Brodie then turned around, returning to S. Main St., and

bail with no 10% cash option. Colon is charged with aggravated assault on Carrion and simple assault on Dziewiatkowski and is being held on $100,000 bail with no 10% cash option. Dziewiatkowski is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct and has been released pending a court date. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit and the South Hackensack Police Department’s Detective Bureau is continuing and charges are expected to be filed against the other individuals involved in the fight, Molinelli said. – Ron Leir

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KPD: Suspect nabbed in pipe attack assault. The next day, via video link from his cell in the Hudson County Jail, Sweatnam was arraigned in the Central Judicial Processing Court. His bail was set at $50,000. Othere recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:

vehicle. Wuelfing and Officer Michael Santucci managed to wrestle the suspect into a radio car for the farefree ride to headquarters. He was charged with theft of services, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief.

refueled, and now one of its tanks was completely dry, and the other nearly empty, police said. Juan Guzman, 26, of Lodi, and Michael Martinez, 27, of Wallington, were both charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft, criminal trespass and possession of burglar tools.

fled and it was Rodriguez who had exited the SUV after it hit a Nissan. Police said Rodriguez had slurred speech and difficulty standing and that three vials of suspected cocaine were in his vehicle. He was charged with driving under the influence Jan. 26 of a CDS, possession of a At 9:30 p.m., Officer Chris CDS and paraphernalia, Jan. 28 Levchak was on Harrison Jan. 25 operating a motor vehicle At 11 a.m., during a search Ave. when he noticed a At 5 a.m., a cab driver in possession of a CDS, for the Chase Bank robber Volvo truck, occupied by notified police that a hindering apprehension, two men, parked in a private (story on p. 1), Sgt. John passenger, after refusing to DWI, driving with a truckyard, which was closed Taylor and Officer Tom pay his fare, had exited the suspended license, and Bannon observed a vehicle taxi on Wilson Ave. and fled for business at the time. careless driving. on foot toward Schuyler Ave. Questioned by the patrolman near Woodland and Highland Police said he was also Aves. occupied by Oscar RiOfficer Ben Wuelfing located and Dets. Ray Lopez and found to be wanted on a vera, 27, of Kearny, who they $100,000 Harrison warrant. Scott Traynor, the men gave the reputed deadbeat, Jonaconfirmed was the subject than Montoya, 28, of Kearny, conflicting accounts as to what they were doing on the of a warrant out of Little who reportedly refused the At 9:30 p.m., the Vice Falls, police said. Rivera was Squad observed what officer’s orders to halt, strug- property and, in plain view in the Volvo, the officers arrested on the warrant and gled with him and had to be appeared to be a drug saw hoses typically used to also charged with failure forced to the ground. transaction in a known siphon fuel, police said. to surrender a suspended Police said Montoya drug location. The officers The truckyard owner, license. continued to resist, even stopped the three suspects’ after being cuffed, and threw called to the scene, had car at Passaic and Laurel proof that one of his tractor Officer Brian Wisely, trav- Aves. and reportedly saw himself on the hood of a elling near Belgrove Drive trailers had been recently parked car, damaging the inside a glassine fold of susand Woodland Ave. at 5 p.m., pected heroin and a partially came upon what appeared smoked cigar of suspected to be the scene of an accimarijuana. Kearny residents dent: debris in the street and Christian Garcia, 24, George a parked SUV with a man Eager, 25, and John Gross, 21, standing behind it. were all charged with posThe man, Ivan Rodriguez, session of heroin and pot and 30, of Harrison, stated that paraphernalia. The driver, his girlfriend had been drivEager, was also charged with ing and had fled the scene, possession of a CDS in a mopolice said. According to a tor vehicle. Reach out to thousands of potential clients weekly in The Observer. witness, however, no one had –Karen Zautyk Ten weeks worth of advertising during the key weeks leading to April 15th.

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ometimes in the music industry, keeping it simple is the easiest way towards having success. Larry Brinkman and the Wax Darts are hoping that approach leads to their own success. “When we started the band, we said, ‘Let’s be a band that if you showed up at a bar, I’d be really psyched to hear,” Brinkman said. “That was the goal from the beginning. We don’t need to change everybody’s life, but let’s just be a really fun and dynamic band.” The Wax Darts was founded in 2012 with Brinkman and drummer Jahna Rain performing with several bass guitarists before Courtney Thornbird joined the band in 2013. Brinkman founded the band hoping to return to the music industry following a divorce. “I just wanted to start a band that sounded like whatever the hell I wanted it to sound like,” Brinkman said. Brinkman said that his divorce affected the earlier songs written by the band. “The songwriting from some of those early songs its pretty obvious,” Brinkman said about the divorce. “Some of those songs still are really good.” With influences tied to country, blues, funk, 70s pop and the early punk scene, Brinkman and the band had the unique challenge of combining all those different styles into one, a marriage not so easily made. “We started talking about the bands we liked and they were just so weird within themselves that it was impossible to cover them,” Brinkman explained. To try and rectify that problem, the band followed the same mantra, keep it simple. “I don’t write stuff that’s four bars (in tempo),” Brink-

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Wax Darts at a recent performance. Inset, from l., Larry Brinkman, Jahna Rain and Courtney Thornbird.

man said. “So we try to do things different. Sometimes it’s three bars, sometimes it’s seven. We just try to work more with feeling (than structure).” The approach has worked out for the band and can be heard from the first seconds of any of their songs. On the song “Different,” the elements of the early punk movement can be heard moving along with a hard, crunching notes played from Brinkman’s guitar. Adding to the song’s uniqueness is the harmonizing of Brinkman, Rain and Thornbird, a simple quality that the trio has perfected, creating a controlled craziness for the song. The band’s simplicity has been well received by both fans and by local music out-

lets. “It’s been going great,” Brinkman said. “We did a live recording on WFMU (radio) a few months back and it’s been really fun.” Part of the band’s approach to playing live music has been to just play what they like, as opposed to guessing the crowd’s favorite style. “We play exactly what we want and not what we think is going to please a crowd,” Brinkman said. “In the long run, that usually pleases a crowd because we’re not trying to please anybody but ourselves.” “We have a thing we say, ‘If it’s gonna be weird, just make it weird.’ ” As for the future of the band, Brinkman said that he hopes for the band to continue to play more live shows

and to further expand their horizons. “The biggest question is what can we get out of what we have and how can we move forward,” Brinkman said. Brinkman hopes that the band will get a chance to travel more as well. “I love getting out of town,” said Brinkman, a Jersey City

native. “We’ve played Brooklyn once. When you’re a local person, I’d love to go out of town and surprise a crowd (with our performance).” The Wax Darts will play Donegal Saloon in Kearny on Friday, along with The Everymen and Creepoid. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5.





Hollywood director/actor Clint Eastwood also filmed in Kearny last October when part of Elm St. was made to look like a ‘60s neighborhood for the backdrop of a story about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Digest points out. Also on the cover: • Visitors to the area in search of a different culinary treat are led to Kearny as a “Dining Destination [to] Delicious Meals from Around the World,” a reference to restaurants serving “Portuguese, Brazilian, Peruvian, Scottish [and] Italian” specialities, with a detailed list of locations inside. • To catch the attention of sports fans, there is a “Welcome to Soccer Town U.S.A.” and a photo of Kearny native John Harkes, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the first American to play in the English Premier League. • And, entrepreneurialminded newcomers to the area are offered a prompt: “Opening A Business In Kearny? How to reach the KUEZ” for advice on getting started.

Still time to train for Reserve Corps NUTLEY -A second round of training for the Nutley Public Health Reserve Corps has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Department of Public Affairs building, 149 Chestnut St. Nutley residents who previously signed up for the Reserve Corps but have not received training are urged to call 973284-4976 to enroll.     In March 2013, the Nutley Health Department, in partnership with the Greater

Montclair Health Reserve Corps, created a Nutley chapter of the Public Health Reserve Corps. Its purpose is to organize and utilize local volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to respond to public health and other emergencies. “We recognize that during major weather events or public health emergencies, residents are our most valuable resource,” Commissioner Steven Rogers noted.  “While our emergency

plans and infrastructure are in place for these events, we will need trained volunteers to supplement the existing public health workforce,” he said. “Therefore, I am committing our Health Department to join federal and state efforts to recruit and train volunteers from Nutley to serve the needs of Nutley residents during such times.” Nutley residents ages 18 and older can volunteer to become part of the Corps. 

Help Finley find a home Finley (ID#7988), a small, male, adult Bichon Frise Mix, waits for his forever home at the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 100 United Lane, Teterboro. Silly and fun, Finley wasn’t always such a social butterfly. At age 5, he was a bit unsure in the beginning and not really interested in engaging with people. The more the shelter’s staff interacted with him, the more Finley realized,


“Hey, this loving is great.” The shelter suggests a confident handler for Finley who can show him the ropes and not let him get away with certain behaviors, such as the inability to share. His new family will need to work on this with him or his reaction will most likely escalate. But don’t let this deter you from meeting this little guy. Finley was given to the shelter because his owner’s landlord

wouldn’t allow him there. The shelter advises with a lot more TLC, training and socialization, Finley will be the apple to your eye. For more information, call 201-229-4600. Many other adoptable animals can be seen at the shelter’s website http:// NJ29.html. Also, see the website for the shelter’s updated hours of operation. Many local towns have a Patch

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Clara Maass employee wins car Belleville – Sue Basso, R.N., hospice liaison for Barnabas Health Homecare and Hospice, never won anything before but, like many others, she purchased a $100 raffle ticket from the Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) Foundation for a 2013 BMW 128i Convertible, benefitting cancer services. But then, the impossible happened. On Dec.10 at 4 p.m., Basso, a resident of Montclair, was visiting patients in the medical center when her name was picked out of a drum by Michael Monteleone, general sales manager for BMW of Bloomfield. “We’re in the business of taking care of people,” Basso said, referring to her peers who also picked up raffle tickets. “Everyone’s hearts are already in the right place, so I know that many of us purchased tickets with the good cause in mind.” “It’s especially significant to us that an employee won

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the car,” says Mary Ellen Clyne, CMMC president/ CEO. “Our employees are so supportive of philanthropic endeavors and it’s great to see their support rewarded.” As a hospice worker, Basso’s days can be filled with sadness but winning the raffle has been a big rallying

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total of 21 liquor stores. The Coalition said it randomly selected 11 of them and sent a 23-year-old staffer, dressed as a typical college student -- including a New Jersey City University sweatshirt -- to the shops to try to buy alcohol. “Though this HCCDFC member is of legal age, he appears young . . . ,” said Yaisa Coronado, assistant director.  “Based on his appearance alone, his age would be hard to determine.” According to the Coalition, only three of the 11 stores requested identification to ensure the customer was 21 or older.  “The other eight stores conducted the sale without age verification, which is about a 62% rate

on noncompliance,” the HCCDFC reported. It also noted: “While no laws were violated [the prospective buyer was of legal age], these are alarming figures considering this study was carried out just a day prior to New Year’s Eve, a holiday largely associated with excessive drinking.” One of the three exceptions in the test was the Liquor Warehouse in East Newark, whose owner, Dilip Patel, was quoted as stating, “We always check ID, doesn’t matter: New people, those in their 20s and 30s, and all credit card sales, to make sure names match up.”      Patel said he has a strict store policy, with his staff instructed to do the same with all the customers they serve. According to published reports, the Coalition

declined to name the liquor stores that had failed the test, “citing the potential that those stores could now attract more minors.” However, this applies only to a public release of the information. The Observer learned from Karena Malko from Partners in Prevention that the Coalition has reached out to local police departments and has already provided the stores' names  to the Kearny PD. “The Kearny police have been really excellent,” she said. Malko is troubled by the apparent lack of concern by the clerks in the shops that flunked. Many teenagers, she noted, are already more inclined to get into trouble, and fights, than are members of other age groups. “But when you add drinking into the mix

. . . . Why would anyone want to contribute to potentially violent or risky behavior?” “Supplying alcohol to minors is a serious offense that can incur infractions to liquor-license holders who choose to ignore it,” the Coalition noted in its press release, which quoted the N.J. ABC Handbook: “If there is any doubt that the purchaser is under 21 years of age, the sale should not be made. “Licensees have the right to refuse a sale if they believe a purchaser is under the age of 21. “A license which has four such violations (of providing alcohol to a minor) within two years presumptively will be revoked.” The HCCDFC, formed in 2004, says it “has prioritized underage drinking as a

primary public health concern with a high correlation rate of injury and social consequences, including but not limited to: binge drinking, driving while intoxicated, alcohol poisoning, and high-risk behavior.” It is also offering free training to liquor store employees, providing vendors “with the skills necessary for the prevention of illegal sale of alcohol beverages to underage persons.” That includes teaching them how to identify counterfeit and/or altered photo driver’s licenses or photo identification cards. In addition to local police, the Coalition says it will be providing results of the West Hudson survey to local ABC boards and alcohol vendors.

Zoo drive netted tons of holiday donations Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. has announced that 42,601 people visited the seventh annual Essex County Holiday Lights

Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo, donating more than 5.5 tons of nonperishable food, plus clothing and toys for those in need.

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a donation that would benefit organizations dedicated to helping the less fortunate. In addition to the food, collected for the Community FoodBank of NJ, 5,984 toys were given to the Jersey Battered Women’s Services, and 1,778 winter coats were donated to the Red Cross chapters in Montclair and Fairfield. “These donations show the generous spirit and caring that exists in our community and certainly helped make a difference during the holiday season to those who need assistance,” DiVincenzo said. In the Holiday Lights Spec-

tacular, more than 100,000 lights illuminated figures of bears, tigers, elephants, wooden soldiers, stars and winter scenes. The event was sponsored by Covanta Energy, PSE&G, the Zoological Society of New Jersey and the Essex County Parks Foundation. Turtle Back Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Regular admission is $7 for children and senior citizens, $9 for adults and free for children under age 2. For more information, call 973-731-5800 or visit

Football scholarship Paramus Catholic High School announces that Marcus Pantoja of Belleville will be one of nine signees at a ceremony for members of the school’s back-to-back State Championship Football team for full scholarships to division 1 or 2 colleges. The ceremony will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m.

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Belleville Public Library and Information Center’s Children’s Room, 221 Washington Ave., is hosting a Hibernation Party on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. Celebrate this cozy time with a wintry craft, hot chocolate and other treats. Come in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed friend. For more information, call 973450-3434. Belleville UNICO announces a bus ride fundraiser to the Taj Mahal on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 8 a.m. A $30 donation is requested (but participants receive a $35 voucher). The bus will leave from the Disabled Vets hall, 612 Mill St., at 8:50 a.m. To reserve seats, call 973-759-9259. Make checks payable to: IAOVC. Mail checks to: Gene Antonio, 436 Joralemon St., Belleville, N.J. 07109.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts these programs: • The documentary “Alice’s Ordinary People,” about Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement, will be screened on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. Director Craig Dudnick will take questions after the film. The 90-minute program is free. Call the Reference Desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 220, for reservations or information. • A Valentine’s Day blood drive is slated for Feb. 14, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. • The Sankofa Genealogy Group, which provides support for individuals who are researching their family

history, meets Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. and will meet on the third Saturday of each month. • Join Storytime and Craft, for all ages, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m., and Valentine craft, for all ages, at 1 p.m. No registration is required. In case of inclement weather, call 973-566-6200 to check for cancelations.


Arlington Woman’s Club meets on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Arlington Player’s Club, 12 Washington Pl. Peggy and Ed Bixler will speak about the Kearny Community Garden. For more information, call Moira Crowell at 201-997-2781. Kearny UNICO meets on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m.  For more information about Kearny UNICO, contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.  New members are welcome.  Kearny UNICO is a member chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the U.S. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave.   Good Shepherd Church, 780 Kearny Ave., will conduct a blood drive in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services on Feb. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kearny Public Library announces these free programs for children at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., unless otherwise noted. • Valentine Fun for preschool age children will take

place from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 13. • Preschool Play and Story Time for ages 3 to 4 1/2 will take place on Tuesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Another session is held on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. No 11:45 a.m. class on Feb. 13. • Baby Steps story time with play, music and bubbles is offered for ages up to 2 on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. No class on Feb. 12. • A Pre-school Play and Story Time takes place at the Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave., on Thursdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. No class on Feb. 13.


The Great Backyard Bird Count Walk, co-hosted by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society, will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. This free, guided nature walk starts at the entrance to the Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus (directions are on in the right-hand column). Check for last-minute weather updates. Participants are asked to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol. com or 201-230-4983. Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., offers a free stroke prevention forum hosted by Clara Maass Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. Participants receive free blood pressure screenings and a light breakfast. Call the Health

Department at 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat. Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a Valentine craft session for children in grades 1 to 4 on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. Call the library at 201- 804-2478. Lyndhurst Vetertans of Foreign Wars Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts karaoke on Feb. 14, starting at 7:30 p.m. The VFW hall is available to rent for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-3080.

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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. North Arlington Elks sponsors “Beef and Brew” on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, which 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.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., announces the following programs: • Story Times and programs for children are held at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on the following dates: Babygarten (for children up to 23 months) on Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 25; PreSchool Story Time (for ages 3 to 5) on Wednesdays, Feb. 5,


12 and 26; and Two-Year-Old Story Time on Fridays, Feb. 7, 14 and 28. Registration is required and only township residents may participate. • A Special Valentine’s Day PJ Story Time (open to all ages) will be held on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. • First Friday Films presents “Man of Steel” on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. A new film is shown the first Friday of each month. Check the library’s event calendar for a schedule. • Town Historian John Demmer, author of “Images of America—Nutley,” presents “Nutley in 1914” on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. • Warm up on a cold February afternoon with a hot cup of coffee, some fresh Italian pastries, and the classic opera “La Traviata” on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. This 1982 production from the Metropolitan Opera House stars Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas. Call 973-667-0405, ext. 2604, to register by Feb. 7. For more information, call the library at 973-667-0405. Nutley Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for the 2014 Nutley Girls Softball Program for girls in grades 1-8 and Travel Softball for grades 3-8.  The Softball fee is $40; for Travel Softball, $60.  Try-outs are required for Travel Softball.  Register online at recreation or pick up applications at the Rec Department, 44 Park Ave.  Registration deadline for Softball is March 21; for Travel Softball, Feb. 28. For more information, call 973-284-4966.

Considering career in law enforcement? Apply now for Essex summer program Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announces that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is looking for high school juniors to participate in our annual summer internship program. This exciting five-week program is designed to expose high school students to careers in

law, law enforcement and local government. The summer internship program will be held from July 7 through Aug. 8 for students completing their junior year by June 2013. Interns must be Essex County residents. During this unique internship program, interns will be

exposed to a comprehensive curriculum that includes: • Learning about the role and function of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office • Participating in New Jersey State Trooper Youth Weekend, a residential program • Observing a jury trial • Participating in a mock

trial. Interns will learn about other governmental agencies and visit local colleges and universities. Workshops will be held for the interns on business etiquette and making positive choices. Applications for the summer internship program can

be found on our website at under Community Outreach. The application deadline is March 11. For further information, you may contact Nicole GravesWatson, Community Justice Coordinator at 973-621-4317 or nicole.graveswatson@njecpo. org.




Police said the woman handed a teller a note deapproximately $7,000 in cash, manding $3,000 and claiming the robber fled on foot, west she was armed -- but, again, no on Johnston Ave. toward Magun was seen. There reportple St., police said. edly were seven employees The Harrison heist occurred but only one other customer at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, in the bank. at the Valley National Bank, As the teller began to gather 433 Harrison Ave., near S. Fifth the cash, the robber spoke to St. her in Spanish, telling her to Harrison police said the hurry up, police said. The robber fled with $2,700. suspect in that robbery was Harrison police said a Hispanic female, wearing gloves, sunglasses, a hat and a investigation later revealed that she entered a cab several hood. BANKS from

blocks away and was driven to Newark. For the Chase Bank in Kearny, it was the second heist in little over a month, the first occurring on Christmas Eve. Kearny police and FBI agents subsequently arrested suspect Donald Myer, 56, at his Newark home. Myer was said to be a former Kearny resident. Police said Myer had entered the bank shortly after it opened the morning of Dec. 24, demanded $3,000 in $50 bills, and then fled with  the

cash, running west on Johnston. On Jan. 10, at 9:08 a.m., the Valley National Bank at Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. and Sherman Ave. in East Newark was hit, and the robber, described as a dark-complexioned Hispanic man, escaped on foot with $1,100. Police are still hunting him. As in last week’s crimes, both the robbers in the earlier Chase and Valley National incidents said they were armed, but no weapons were

displayed, authorities noted. A sidelight to the Myer case: According to published reports, when he was arraigned by the Central Judicial Processing court via video link from his Hudson County Jail cell, Myer offered to take a lie detector test. His alibi? He reportedly told the judge he could not have committed the Kearny robbery since, on the day it occurred, he did not leave his house until 4 p.m. because he had been in bed with his wife, having sex.

Nutley expands youth baseball The Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation has announced the addition of the Nutley Raiders U14 Elite Baseball Program to its spring lineup.  This program is open to Nutley youngsters in grades 7 and 8 who will be 14 as of April 1, 2014.    “Youth baseball can be one of the most memorable and beneficial activities in which a teenager participates,” said Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci. “We are pleased

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to bring 7th and 8th grade baseball back to Nutley residents.”    Two try-out dates have been scheduled: Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, at 10 a.m.  Both will be held at Owens Field, across the street from the Parks & Rec building, 44 Park Ave. All players will be required to submit a copy of their birth certificate at the tryouts.

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Nutley wrestling: Making most of tough season Nutley High School head wrestling coach Frank DiPiano knew that this was going to be a tough season, as he had to rebuild his program, losing a host of talented wrestlers to graduation. But then, DiPiano was hit with the unforeseen transfers, guys who DiPiano was counting on for the new season. “It’s been tough,” DiPiano said. “I was in a little bit of a shock when we lost the transfers. But I preach to our kids that we can only control what we can control. If kids want to leave, there’s nothing you can do about it. We just have to work on getting better every day and work with the kids who we had in the room.” Because DiPiano believed he was going to have a strong season, he scheduled the Maroon Raiders to face some of the toughest teams in the state. “It’s one of the toughest schedules we’ve had since I’ve been here,” DiPiano said. “I told the kids that’s not going to change. We’re still going to face the best.” So the Maroon Raiders have a 9-13 dual meet record after defeating neighboring rival

Belleville Friday night, facing the Buccaneers for the first time in five years. It was a special night at Nutley, as former wrestlers from both schools were asked back for the festivities, were introduced during a prematch ceremony and got together for a postmatch celebration. “It was a great night,” DiPiano said. DiPiano said that the program has been fortunate to keep some wrestlers in the fold, some with strong familiar ties, guys like Steve Scuttaro and Joe Ferinde, who had older brothers who wrestled for DiPiano. “It helps to have these guys who had seen it and been around it as we started to change the perception of the program and decided to stay home,” DiPiano said. “The fact that they believe n the system means a lot to me. They know that we can compete with anyone.” Another key returnee is sophomore 106-pounder Robert Duxbury, who has already won 20 matches this season and recently won the Essex County Tournament championship. see VIEW page


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The Belleville wrestling program moves forward with new head coach Emilio “Junior” Nardone. From l. are Nick Nardachone, Jordan Greene, Nardone, Chris Bunay and Ronald Smith.

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some unfinished business. The sport reminded me of the things I wanted to do. I had hen legendary Belsomething to give back. I had leville High School so much to offer.” wrestling coach Joe Nardone had been workNisivoccia decided to retire at ing privately with wrestlers the end of last year, he thought who attend The Edge training of no one better to fill his shoes school in Kenilworth, then than perhaps his most talented joined the coaching staff at his pupil ever. alma mater as a volunteer, as a Emilio “Junior” Nardone is favor to his former coach. perhaps Belleville’s most suc“I had the keys to success in cessful wrestler, having won wrestling and I had the keys to two NJSIAA state championsuccess in life,” Nardone said. ships in 1991 and 1992. Nardone “I’ve always been a student of then went on to wrestle at the game. I’m still learning.” Rutgers and later Seton Hall Nisivoccia approached Narbefore moving on to become a done at the end of last year. New Jersey state trooper. “He called me and said he “When I left, I was a little an- was stepping down,” Nardone gry at the sport,” said Nardone, said. “He said that there was who had to retire as a state no one he would have trusted trooper after getting injured more in turning over the proon duty. “I then realized I had


gram to. He said, ‘You’re Belleville through and through.’” Nardone was exactly that, embarking on a wrestling career that legends are made of. During his junior year at Belleville, Nardone suffered a knee injury that required surgery. But after undergoing that surgery, Nardone developed a serious staph infection that almost cost him his leg. “I was in the hospital for Christmas through the New Year,” Nardone said. “Doctors told me that if the infection didn’t get better, then they were going to take my leg.” Nardone somehow recovered in time to wrestle in the districts. He had only one match under his belt, but won the District 14 and Region 2 tournasee WRESTLING next page





ments. “It was quite a journey,” Nardone said. “Not even my closest friends thought it was possible, but I said anything was possible.” In 1992, Nardone was undefeated, posting a 30-0 record in winning his second state championship at 125 pounds, leaving his mark forever as a Belleville High School immortal. He’s so revered as a twotime state champ that his

name actually appears on the mats at Belleville, along with the school’s other state champs. It’s on the mat as Emilio Nardone, not Junior, so it confused some of the current Belleville wrestlers. “They see that and say, `Is that you?’” Nardone said. “Then they react to it.” Nardone didn’t hesitate when Nisivoccia turned over the keys to the Belleville wrestling room. “I had to do it,” Nardone said. “I love the wresting

community and I had some success. That translates into coaching here at Belleville. It’s important to me. I had to do whatever I could to help the program.” Nardone knows that the Buccaneers can’t be successful overnight. But he’s optimistic. “I want them to learn that every time they take the mat, they’re not only wrestling for themselves, but for their teammates, their school and their town,” Nardone said. “Every so often, I see little rays of sunshine. It’s not about wins

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and losses right now. I just want them to give their all. That’s important to me.” The Bucs’ 106-pounder is sophomore Tommy Graziano, whose father, Tom Sr., was a Belleville wrestler. “Tommy knows what he’s doing technically,” Nardone said. “He’s just a little outmanned right now, wrestling kids who are bigger. But he’s a good kid and he’s working hard. He’s good to have on the team.” Sophomore Luis Ovondo is the team’s 113-pounder. “The one thing this kid has is that nobody can beat his work ethic,” Nardone said. “He’s the most dedicated kid on the team. He’ll find success. It’s inevitable because he works so hard.” Ovondo is part of a dedicated group that Nardone calls “the Breakfast Club.” “They come to school every day at 6:30 in the morning to work out, lift, watch videos, whatever it is,” Nardone said. Senior Kenny Nicosia, junior Anthony Jett and sophomore Joe Buonnano are sharing the duties at 120 pounds. Junior Ronald Smith is perhaps the most improved Belleville wrestler. He won just three matches a year ago, but has already tripled that number this year. “He embodies what we’re trying to do here,” Nardone said. “He’s intense. He hustles. He pushes himself the most. He’s given a true commitment to this program.” Junior Michael Vergera and freshman John Centanni are the 132 pounders, with junior Carmine Centanni, senior Hugo Pando, freshman Adam Nguyen and senior Chris Nguyen sharing the time at 138 pounds. Jefferson Renard, a sophomore, is the 145-pounder, with senior Peter Meggali at 152 pounds. The team is hoping to get the services of senior Jose Vergera soon. Vergera has

been out of action due to academic difficulties, but he was a competitor at Region 4 last year. Junior Jordan Greene is perhaps the Buccaneers’ best wrestler. The 160-pounder worked diligently throughout the offseason and finished second in the recent Essex County Tournament. “He’s come along leaps and bounds,” Nardone said of Greene. “He has such a great attitude. I think he’s just breaking out of his shell.” The Bucs have three wrestlers vying for time at 170 pounds, namely juniors Tyler Lugo and Chris Rodriguez and sophomore Joe Nguyen. “Lugo is just coming back from injury and Rodriguez is a transfer from Paterson Eastside,” Nardone said. Senior Chris Bunay is the team’s 182-pounder. “He’s solid there,” Nardone said. Junior Nick Nardachone is the team’s most successful wrestler. Nardachone finished second in the District 14 tourney last year and recently took fifth in the ECT. Nardachone was also second at the Edison Tournament earlier in the season. Junior Elijah Gaines is the 220-pounder. Gaines was second in the Edison Tournament and third in the Bloomfield tourney this season. The heavyweight is junior Tien Le, who is new to the sport. “We call him ‘Godzilla,’ because he’s very agile and pinning people,” Nardone said. The Bucs have a 6-6 record after suffering a loss to rival Nutley Friday night. “I’m pretty encouraged,” Nardone said. “We beat Union, so that was a good win and gave us a little slice of hope. We just have to keep up the intensity.” With Nardone in charge, people in Belleville could not expect anything less than intense.

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the classroom and on the mat. He doesn’t let anything get in “He’s just a hard-nosed the way.” kid,” DiPiano said of Duxbury. Ferinde is a junior with “He’s a very hard worker who bright promise. is on the verge of becoming a Kenny Pena is a junior at great leader. He’s already set 126 pounds. He’s also very some lofty goals.” improved, considering that he DiPiano said that Duxbury won only three matches last reminds him a lot of former year and has nine wins this Maroon Raider great Bobby season. Trombetta, the school’s allSophomore Darwin Pena, time victory leader who is Kenny’s cousin, is the team’s now wrestling at Bloomsburg 132-pounder. Darwin has 13 University. wins this season. “That’s the type of kid RobFreshman C.J. Haddock is ert is,” DiPiano said. “He and the team’s 138-pounder. It’s a Bobby share a good relationtough weight class for a freshship and talk a lot.” man, but Haddock is hanging Ferinde is the team’s tough. 120-pounder. The younger “He has a lot of promise,” brother of former Maroon DiPiano said. “He’s in an exRaider standout Michael, Joe tremely tough weight class.” Ferinde has an undefeated Senior Scuttaro has a 22-4 record (26-0) thus far and also mark after finishing second at won the Essex County tourney the ECT last weekend. Scutlast week. taro is the team’s 145-pounder. “I’m not surprised with “I expect big things from what Joe has done,” DiPihim,” said DiPiano of Scuttaro, ano said. “I’ve watched him whose brother Vinnie was a improve. He was third in the Nutley standout wrestler. “SteRegion (4) tourney last year ve is a two-time District (14) and he’s spent so much time champion and is a solid team on the mat. He’s all business in leader. Hopefully, he’ll get to VIEW from

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The Nutley wrestling team is very young, but has a handful of championshipcaliber wrestlers. From l. are Steve Scuttaro, Robert Duxbury and Joe Ferinde. Head coach Frank DiPiano is in the rear.

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arc Estevez looked at it as a perfect opportunity. The Lyndhurst High School junior welcomed a new head basketball coach in Paul Palek, so it meant a brand new start, which is what Estevez was hoping for throughout the offseason. “I knew with the new coach coming in, there would be a chance to prove myself again,” Estevez said. “I knew he ran a guard-oriented system, so I hoped he would give me a shot to make things happen. Coach Palek said early on that he wasn’t looking for anyone to be the main scorer, so I thought I could get the chance to step up and help the team.” Coming over from Wayne

Hills, where he coached last season, Palek had no idea what kind of a player Estevez was. “I knew that he played a little last year, but not much more,” Palek said. “I really didn’t have big expectations.” Estevez saw considerable playing time last season for the Golden Bears, but didn’t have a high scoring average, perhaps scoring six points per game. But Estevez was ready for the chance. “To be completely honest, I’ve been a confident kid my whole life,” Estevez said. “I was confident I could make some noise this year.” However, no one could have anticipated the volume of the noise that Estevez would create.

Estevez has been nothing short of brilliant for the surprising Golden Bears, who own a fine 8-7 record thus far in Palek’s first season. He’s been averaging better than 18 points per game, including some fine performances of late. He had 23 points in an upset win over Dwight-Englewood last Saturday, including the game-winning shot with eight seconds remaining. Estevez also had 23 in a close loss to Midland Park. He had 17 points, including 10 straight free throws, most of which came in overtime, in a clutch win over Harrison and tossed in 13 in a tough loss to Secaucus. For his efforts, Estevez has Photo by Jim Hague

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free throws and defense win games. So I do take more free throw shots than anything. I know how to get my points. When the crowd is roaring and the game is on the line, I’m in a zone, knowing I have to make those shots.” Palek counts on Estevez to make the free throws. “He’s a very good free throw shooter and he gets to the line quite a bit,” Palek said. “When we need a basket, he’s able to get them.” Palek believes that Estevez has become more relaxed as the season moves on. “He’s much more comfortable in the system,” Palek said. “He knows now that he’s going to be our best scorer and we’re going to him. He’s going to get the ball. When we need something, Marc’s going to have the opportunity to do it. He’s expecting it now. He’s grown with the role and become the lead guard we need.” Palek also believes Estevez is improving. “He’s been shooting from the perimeter, but he’s getting better driving to the basket first,” Palek said. “He has great body control and balance. And our guys know where we’re going to make a play at the end of a game. We’re getting the ball in his hands. I have confidence in him being able to get us a good shot at the end of games. As long as the ball is in his hands, I know we’re going to get a decent look.” Palek believes that Estevez has just begun to become a complete player. “We’re working with him defensively,” Palek said. “We’re working on him being more of a creator. He knows he has

Academic achievers Eleven area residents were recognized for receiving degrees or academic honors from the following schools: Brian Lenehan of Bloomfield graduated from the University of Delaware, Newark, Del., during the winter commencement ceremonies, held Sunday, Jan. 12. Stephanie Mancuso of Bloomfield was named to the Dean’s List at Alvernia University, Reading, Pa. Joshua Budzinski of Nutley achieved President’s List status at Castleton College, Castleton, Vt. Danielle Mulholland of

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to set the other guys up. He’s a great kid. He’s extremely coachable. He wants to be very good. Every conversation we have, he lets me know that he wants to be held accountable. He’s a very good player.” Estevez hasn’t stopped working on improving his game. “I’m a one-sport athlete,” Estevez said. “I only play basketball, so I work all year round. I’m in the weight room a lot of the time. I take a fitness class during the season and do light lifting. I’m working on my ball

handling and my 3-point shot.” There’s a reason for the hard work. “I want to play college basketball,” said Estevez, who has an older brother, Jake, who is on the team. “It’s something I have always wanted to do, something I’ve dreamed about since I was a little boy, so it’s a goal of mine, but that’s down the road a bit. Right now I’m pretty happy with the way I’m playing. I don’t want to get too over confident. I just want to keep it going.” Estevez said that he enjoys


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531 Kearny Ave. Kearny, NJ 07032

201.991.1600 Mid-Realty, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, welcomes its newest sales representatives. From l. are: Sandy Huang, Ivette Badea, Tom Ferrie, Nicole Payne, Nicole Rahmon, Jarlynn Hyde (broker/owner), Kevin Scherba, Nejra Utrera and Diamond Rodriguez.


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LYNDHURST 1 Family Renovated $339,000

LYNDHURST 4 Bedroom 2 Full Bath $455,000

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LET US SAVE YOU MONEY ON YOUR HOME & AUTO INSURANCE HOUSE OF THE WEEK RARE OPPORTUNITY - This modern ranch home contains 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a finished basement and a garage all for less than you would expect. See it soon or miss out. ASKING JUST $289,000. LYNDHURST - 2 bedroom one family colonial - 100 yards from train and bus transportation Ridge Road. C Tonand A R T Living room, dining room and kitchen 1st, fl., The 2 bedN CO ER rooms extra special tile bath above. Gas heat. Yearly N Dand U taxes $5,000. Estate sale. We have the key. Asking $199,000

MANOR SECTION-NOT MANOR PRICE - 3 bedrooms one and one half baths, lovely chestnut trim. Gas Heat. Stop dreaming. Start enjoying the good life. ORIGINALLY $279,000 . - NOW $259,000. See it before the snow melts . Call for an appointment now. SIDE BY SIDE - 2 Family with 2-4room (2 bedrooms) apartments. Both having updated kitchens & baths. Each apartment has separate entrances and have both 1st and 2nd floors. Finished basement. 3 garages for offstreet parking. Conveniently located. Sorry Saturday appointments only. Special offering. Call now. Asking $359,000.

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



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213 Kearny Ave, Kearny, NJ 201-991-1300

Robert Wasilak, principal of Garfield School in Kearny, announces Garfield’s Students of the Month for January: Amanda Shahinaj, Victoria Nadolny, Danny Pardo, Belal Machrik, Erick Villanueva, Steven Aguirre, Keernan Ingles, Sabrina Diamantino, Fabricio Vil-

lafuerte, Genesis Cepeda, Jayden Ramirez, Derek Brand, Natalie Krzysztafiak, Kristine Morocho, Paula Lian, Trayton Witt, Litzy Rosas, Haylen Espiritu, Simon Minase, Carina Lamego, Michael Silva, Amy Guaman, Priscilla Garcia, Joseph Castillo, Kahlan Britt, Jocelyn

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Real Estate & Insurance Since 1891

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3 Bedrooms 1 Full Bath, 2 Half Roosevelt School District Finished Basement & Attic Asking $319,900

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Real Estate & Insurance Since 1891 758 Kearny Ave., Kearny 201.991.0032

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Maggie Oledzki - Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS# 485724 400 Broadacres Drive Suite 100, Bloomfield NJ 07003 824 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032 973- 919-5803 • Fax: 732-301-8328 E-mail: Equal Housing Lender. Sun Home Loans is a division of Sun National Bank, member FDIC. All loans subject to credit approval and programs may change at any time. Pre-approval or pre-qualification is not a commitment to lend; additional information may be required for formal loan approval. Consult a tax advisor for feasibility of tax deductions. NMLS # 429900


businessreview THE OBSERVER | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014

For high quality Italian food, it’s Centanni

By Anthony J. Machcinski Observer Correspondent

anything in return.” DaSilva credits the newfound success of Centanni to his two chefs, Edgar Madrid tarting from the botand Executive Chef Roberto tom of the food chain in 1998, Robert DaSilva Garcia.  “It’s Italian food freshly knows the restaurant busicooked on the premises,” ness. DaSilva said. “We cook to the  With a passion for great order. Nothing’s made ahead food and even better service, of time. Everything is cooked DaSilva took over the former to be fresh.” Bensi restaurant on River  With Garcia specifically, Road in North Arlington and DaSilva said that his focus is hit the ground running. On on the weekly specials. Oct. 11, 2013, Centanni was  “He is a very intelligent born. guy in terms of making  “I worked for the company and knew the environment,” specials,” DaSilva said. ‘You could tell him, ‘This is what DaSilva said. “I just started I’ll give you’ and he would investing into it.” make you a great plate.”  Rebranded Cenntani,  DaSilva said Centanni has (which means 100 years in become known for its great Italian),DaSilva strived to Penne dishes, Penne Vodka make his restaurant a new and Penne Bensi – Penne and improved restaurant pasta served with chicken, choice. broccoli, fresh grape toma “The food quality is better,” DaSilva said on what toes, garlic, basil and olive oil. has changed with Centanni  “It’s all made from “Better service, better qualscratch,” DaSilva explained. ity of food.” “The penne is imported from  While reasonably-priced Italy, all of our pasta is. We food and better service topped DaSilva’s priority list use extra virgin olive oil for everything.” when it came to changing  The better service and the restaurant, small but still higher quality aren’t lost on important details like the the customers, who drifted restaurant’s appearance also away from Bensi because of have changed. the lack of those character “We have a new color, istics. a new theme, even new  “(The customers) say it’s tablecloths,” DaSilva said. good to be back,” DaSilva  The changes to the said. “With people coming restaurant have not only back, it was very comfortmade it a more enjoyable able for people to return. experience for customers, Everybody keeps saying that but for employees as well. it’s good and they’ll have to  “Everybody is happier to come back.” work,” DaSilva said. “I was  One item that DaSilva just tired of working for believes separates Centanni other people and not getting


Photos by Anthony Machcinski

Outside and inside Centanni in North Arlington.

from other restaurants in the area is its take out menu. “We have a large clientele for orders to go,” DaSilva explained. “Most restaurants don’t have that. It’s the same food, same quality, just people have the option to order in and go home.”  DaSilva said that when he took over the restaurant, that was one aspect that he never wanted to change.  “I was not going to change the take out,” DaSilva said. “Bensi did well with that. No changes were made except for the better food.”  For DaSilva, his biggest goal is to see the enjoyment of a good meal on a customer’s face.  “My goal is to make

people happy,” DaSilva said. “I want to see people enjoy their food. I want people to tell others, ‘Go to this restaurant, because its really good now.’“ DaSilva realizes that his business will only go as far as the customers’ approval. “I don’t own the restaurant; the people that own the res-


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Manuel A. De Almeida Manuel A. De Almeida passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 27. He was 96. Born in Oliveira do sul, Portugal, he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny in 1968. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit Mr. De Almeida was a member of the Portuguese Continental Union of The U.S.A. and he was a retired blacksmith from P.S.E.G. in Newark. Husband of Irene (nee Vieira), he is survived by his daughters and their husbands Elissa and John Del Monaco and Dolores and Filipe Silva. Also surviving are his grandchildren and their spouses Eric and Lindsay, Brandon and Diana and Marc and Stacey and his great-grandson John. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The St. Stephen’s Sanctuary Fund.  Ian S. Doris Ian S. Doris, 75 ,died on Jan. 29, 2014. The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, at 10 a.m. Cremation will be private. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at www. Mr. Doris was born in Paisley, Scotland and came to this country in 1963 settling in Kearny. While in Scotland, he served in the British Royal Army. He was a pipe fitter for Merck in Rahway before retiring in 1998. Prior, he worked in the same capacity for Maxwell House in Hoboken for 23 years. Ian was a member of the Scott’s American Athletic Club of Kearny. He is survived by his chil-


dren Lorna Henry (Joe) and Ian C. Doris; siblings Mary Welsh, Alex, Jim, Anthony and Eddie Doris and three grandchildren Ryan Henry and Kaliegh and Connor Doris.

husband, Daniel; Michael; Paul and his wife, Lucy; and Marybeth Wiedemann; a beloved son, Cory Allen Kent; cherished niece and nephew, Kristin Torres and her husband, Jean and Kevin Donlan Billy Farnham and his wife, Olivia. Donna is Billy Farnham, of Newark, also survived by nieces, nephpassed away on Jan. 18. ews and cousins. He was the son of William In lieu of flowers, the family and Betty Farnham. kindly requests that donations He is survived by his daugh- be made to Lyons VA Hosters Coleen and Kelly, his son pice, VANJHCS/ Attention: Dustin, two grandchildren Voluntary Service (135LY), Kayla and Gene, a sister Mary 151 Knollcroft Road, Buildand a number of nieces and ing 2, Lyons, N.J. 07939, In nephews. the memo, please state: For Funeral services will be Palliative Care unit-7B or to: held at Holy Family Church, Make-A-Wish Foundation P.O. 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley, on Box 6062 Albert Lea, Minn. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., in 56007-6662 in memory of the chapel. Please omit flowDonna Marie. ers.  Arrangements are by Eternal Cremations in Florida. Anthony T. LoFasso Anthonhy. LoFasso, forDonna Marie Lineer merly of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Donna Marie Lineer, (nee passed away peacefully on Wiedemann), entered into Wednesday, Jan. 15. He was eternal rest on Tuesday, Jan. born Dec. 13, 1924. 28, at the VA NJ Health Care Mr. LoFasso owned the KeSystem at Lyons. She was 58. High Luncheonette of Kearny Funeral services were under for 14 years before moving to the direction of Mulligan Frederick, Md. Funeral Home, Harrison. A He is survived by two funeral Mass was offered at daughters, Kim Mullen of Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Kearny and Cara Fritz of Her interment took place in Frederick, Md., and by loving Holy Cross Cemetery, North grandchildren Blake and Julie Arlington. Born in Newark, Donna St. Jude Marie lived most of her life in O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles. Near kinsman Schooley’s Mountain, before of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all enlisting in the U.S. Military. who invoke your special patronage in time She graduated from West of need, to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom Morris Central High School God has given such great power to come to in 1973. She was medically my assistance. Help me in my present and retired from the U.S. Army on urgent petition. In return, I promise to make your name known and cause you to be inMay 1, 1978, after serving her voked. Saint Jude pray for us and all who country during peacetime in invoke your aid. Amen. Say three Our Fathe post-Vietnam Era. She thers, Hail Mary’s and Glorias. Publication must be promised. This novena has never was a member of the Women’s been known to fail. I have had my request Army Corps Veterans Asgranted sociation. Most recently, she A.J. lived in East Orange. She was raised Catholic and her strong faith in God brought her Prayer to St. Jude Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend peace and comfort throughof Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you univerout her life. In her spare time sally as the patron of difficulty and of desperate cases, she greatly enjoyed crochetof things almost despaired of Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use, I implore you, of that ing. Donna was an organ gift particular privilege given to you to bring visible and donor to the Sharing Network speedy help where help was almost despaired of. of N.J. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my Predeceased by her parents necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularlyin 2006, Vincent and Margaret (make your request here)-and that I may bless God (nee DeRocker) Wiedemann, with you and all the elect throughout all eternity. I promise you, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful Donna is survived by her of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you loving siblings and spouses: as my special and powerful patron and do all in my Robert and his wife, Prupower to encourage devotion to you. Amen. H.A.B. dence; Joann Donlan and her


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great-grandchildren, Robert, Leah, Anyiah and Mia Bella, a brother, Thomas. He is also survived by nieces and cousins. Joseph was predeceased Joseph Thomas Mascellino Joseph Thomas Mascellino, by his sisters, Josephine and 77, entered into eternal rest on Pamela and his daughter-inlaw, Rosie. Wednesday, Jan. 29. In lieu of flowers, the family Funeral services were under would appreciate donations the direction of Mulligan to a charity of choice in loving Funeral Home, Harrison. A memory of Joseph. funeral Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Evelyn L. McKinnon His entombment took place Evelyn  L. McKinnon died in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoon Jan. 29 at Care One in Wall leum, North Arlington. Township. She was 89. Born in Newark, Joseph Born in LaGrande, Ore., was a lifelong resident of East she lived most of her life in Newark. He worked for the Kearny. Newark Sanitation DepartArrangements were by the ment for many years, retiring Armitage and Wiggins Fuin 2001. neral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Predeceased by his wife, Kearny. A funeral service was Ruth Ann (nee Murray) and held at Grace United Methhis son, Joseph Jr., Joseph odist Church, Kearny, folis survived by his loving lowed by burial in Arlington sons, Mark and his wife Liz, Anthony and his wife ReCemetery. To leave an online gina, and Gerard and his wife condolence, please visit www. Michelle, cherished children, Danielle, Vincent, Evelyn, a World War II vetKerry Ann, Amy, Ashley, Anthony, and Tyler, dear see OBITS page Mullen of Kearny and James, Abby and Khloe Fritz of Frederick, Md.



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



The Observer is not responsible for typographical errors. Credit for errors will not be granted after the next week’s publication. No changes or refunds. Deadline for classifieds is Monday by 4:00 PM.

House for sale North Arlington 2 mother daughter houses to be built.12 Arlington Ave. Call for Details. O’HARA AGENCY (201)997-6300

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

Business forsALe Hair Salon for sale, operators will stay. Owner looking to retire. Caldwell area. Call for information (201)207-7263


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Kearny – Restaurant for sale. Estacion Latina, 866 Kearny Ave. 862-368-7884.

Harrison Modern office fully furnished all utilities included. Close to Path $350. Per month. 973-223-5501.

KEARNY Arlington Section. Renovated 1st fl. 2 family home. Original H/W floors. LV/DR, 2BR, Kitchen has stove, refrigerator and ceramic tiles. Laundry on site. No pets. $1200/month + utilities. Security required $1800. No smoking. Avl. March 1st. Application Fee, Credit and Background check required. 908-244-5847.

KEARNY 2nd Fl. 2 1/2 BR, Big Kitchen, Newly Renovated. $1,200/month.1 month security. Utilities separate. No pets. Available Now. 201-832-5420 or 201-955-2158.

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.


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.

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

Nutley – 250 center St. 600 square feet, busy street, $1400/month Call Frank 973-943-3633.

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Party Hall For rent Affordable A/C Nice Setting 201-889-6677 ApArtments forrent Kearny KEARNY Studio Apt. Utilities included. $700/month. 1 month security. Call after 5pm, 201-927-6608. 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 2 Fl. 2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Kitchen, LR, No pets. No smoking. Close to transportation. Available Feb. 15th. 201-991-6569. 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 fl. Studio apt washer/dryer. 1 car parking. No pets. No smoking. $780/month + utilities. 1 ½ months utilities. Available 3/1. 201-997-6865

KEARNY 2 BR $1,000/mo. Beautiful location near schools and shopping. HT/HW included. Newly Renovated. Kitchen, Bath, H/W Floors, Refrigerator, Ceiling Fans. 1 month security. Section 8 ok. No fees. No pets. Call Super 973-517-0526 or 973-216-9470.

KEARNY Arlington Area. 5 rooms, 1 bath. 1-1/2 months security. $1200 + utilities. No pets. (201)213-1871

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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’s, LV, Kitchen, Bathroom. Central Air. No pets. 1 month security. Available March 1st. (201)991-3794 (908)994-0724 KEARNY 2nd fl, 3 BR’s. DR, Kitchen. Storage Room. Utilities separate. 1 month security. Avl. March 1st. 201-889-4843 or 201-889-4847. KEARNY Arlington section 3R, 1BR, $825/mo. H/HW + security. Also Similar Apt. in Garfield same price. No fee. (908)696-1866

KEARNY 355 Kearny Ave. 2 BR, LV & Kitchen. $1000/month. HT/HW Inc. 201-283-4591 or 973-465-0166. KEARNY Arlington Section. LR, DR, 3 bedrooms. 1 month security. 1 month rent. No pets. $1325/month. Separate utilities. Available March 1st. (201) 991-6619 (201) 877-3999 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 70 Laurel Ave. Near Roosevelt School. 2nd Fl. Apt. 2 BR, LV, EIK, Storage & Laundry in Basement. $1250/month. 1 month security. Avail. March 1st. Small pet ok. (201)926-3886

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KEARNY 2 BR. Clean Apt. 2nd Fl. $1,200/ month + utilities. 1 1/5 months security. No pets. 201-481-0880. KEARNY 168 Windsor St., 2nd fl., 2 BR’s, LV, EIK, Full Bathroom Available March 1st. 704-773-6998. KEARNY (2) 4 room apt. 2nd fl. $875/month + utilities + security. No Pets. Call 201-428-1299. KEARNY 1st or 2nd floor apt. 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, Kitchen and bath. Separate Utilities. $1300 + 1 month security. W/D hook-up. Available Immediately. Call 201-207-8029. KEARNY 280 Wilson Avenue. 2 bedroom apartment. For more information please call (201) 246-0683 KEARNY 12 Radley St. 1st fl. 2 BR, LV, kitchen, $1,000/month + 1 ½ months security. No pets. Shown by apt. only. Call 201-955-9546. KEARNY 2 BR, 2nd fl. 2 family house. $1250/month separate utilities. Laundry Facilities. 1 month security. No pets or smoking. Avl. March 1st. 201-955-2463.

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

KEARNY • 726 Elm ST. 1 bed rm 1st fl. H/HW supplies, Hardwood Fls. Laundry in basement close to shopping & Transport. Superintendent Raz 201-889-4047. • 748 Devon St. (1st fl.) 1 bed rm. Hardwood fls. H/HW supplied $925.00 Superintendent David 908-406-2083

BELLEVILLE 2nd fl. 2 BR’s, Belleville Nutley border. W/D Hook up. HT/HW included $1300/month.Avl. Jan. 1st 862-201-6166.

ApArtments forrent HARRISON Newly renovated. 3rd Fl. 4 rooms. Good Location, Close to path. Coin Operated Laundry. Refrigerator & Stove. Included. $1000/mon. 1 month security. 973-484-6155

BELLEVILLE 16 Howard Place. Off Washington Avenue. 3 rooms. $850/month HT/HW included. (973) 801-5900

HARRISON Studio. Near PATH. Quiet area. Available February 1st. No pets allowed. Please call (973)902-9986 after 5pm

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

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

BELLEVILLE 5 large rooms, 2 bedrooms, LR, DR, large EIK. All remodeled. Close to transportation. $1075/month. Separate utilities. 1 month security. Available Now. (973) 951-6315

HARRISON 1 BR close to path, includes granite countertop. Washer/Dryer, Microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, range, C/A Ample close space. W/W carpet. Window treatments. No pets. Call 732-887-3450 before 9pm.

BELLEVILLE 5 rooms, 2BR’s, LR/DR Kitchen, Newly Renovated. Close to transportation. $1250/month. 1 ½ month security. Utilities not included. Avl. Immediately. 973-985-8188. BELLEVILLE 6 large rooms, 3 bedrooms, DR, large EIK & LR. All remodeled. Close to transportation. $1100/month. Separate utilities. 1 month security. Available March 1st. (973) 951-6315

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 3 Br’s, With Basement, Parking, & Backyard. 1 ½ month security. No pets. Available Now. 973-477-4797

HARRISON 3rd fl., 3 rooms, 1 BR, Newly Renovated, $850/mo + utilities. 1 mo. security. No pets. Available Now. 973-583-7670.

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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 4 large rooms, off street parking 1 car. W/D in basement. 1 month security $1350/month + utilities. No pets. Avl. Now. 973-865-3966.



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BloomfielD BLOOMFIELD 1 bedroom, LR, Kitchen, HT/HW included, 3rd fl. No pets. 1 month security. Available March 1st. 973-8684991 973-879-2124. Se habla espanol.

n. arlington 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 N.ARLINGTON 1 bedroom apartment for rent. $1050/month. Call (201)376-7200 or (201)893-7913




N.ARLINGTON 2 bedroom apt., Central AC/HT, hardwood floors. Close to bus stop and schools. $1400/month. Separate utilities. 1-1/2 months security. (973)699-6658 (973)202-6662 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

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. KEARNY Room for rent. Private entrance. No kitchen. Female preferred. $400/month. 1 month security. Utilities included. (973) 668-8305 HARRISON Private entrance. Available now. Near transportation. No smoking. No pets. $450/month. 1 month security. Male preferred. (650)645-0307 Kearny Furnished sleeping room for single person. Smokefree, Drug-free. Close to transportation. 304 chestnut street. Security required. 201-207-8029.


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Looking for Dental Assistant/ Front Office Receptionist at least 6 months experience, X-ray license a Plus. Must speak Spanish or Portuguese. Please fax resume to 973-465-7878. Clerical Part Time/ Full Time Chemical Company in South Kearny seeks Part Time office help with possibility of Full Time. Computer experience necessary. Fax Resume to 973-589-8444 or E-mail to

LABORER PT laborer needed for Municipal Library to do cleaning, repairs, maintenance, deliveries & other related duties to buildings and grounds. Valid NJ driv lic req. Hours: Mon- Sat 8:30am to 12:30pm, 24.5 hr. wk. $12.18 hr. For complete details and applic, go to App deadline 02/14/14 Town of Kearny EOE/ADA

Dental Assistant and receptionist with experience part time. Please call 201-246-1400.

SHIPPING/RECEIVING: RELIABLE, RESPONSIBLE PERSON NEEDED FOR DYNAMICALLY GROWING MANUFACTURER IN BUSY SHIPPING AND RECEIVING AREA. MUST BE ABLE TO OPERATE A FORKLIFT. Excellent benefits, paid vacation and holidays, and 401K with company match. Qualified individuals should apply at 147 N. Michigan Ave., Kenilworth, NJ.



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HEALTH OFFICER Kearny is currently recruiting a FT licensed Health Officer to manage and oversee a fullservice Health Dept serving approx. 40,000 residents. State of NJ Health Officer License req. Bilingual skills desirable. Salary commensurate with education & exp. For application and residency req, go to Submit application, resume & cover letter to the Town of Kearny, Personnel Office, 402 Kearny Ave, Kearny NJ 07032. Appc. Deadline: Feb 21, 2014 EOE/ADA

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Looking for new blood New York Blood Center (NYCB) serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, is asking the public to roll up its sleeves and donate to make up for blood drives which had to be cancelled because of the recent snowfalls. “This surprise snowstorm forced the cancellation of more than 35 blood drives, which translates to about 1,400 units of blood,” said NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis. “We’re confident of our ability to continue providing our partner hospitals with whatever they need, but we need some help to get back on track.” Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules,

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Geography was the ‘buzz’ at Queen of Peace

Seventh-grader Chris Amaral won the annual Geography Bee held by Queen of Peace Elementary School, North Arlington, on Jan. 15. From l. are runners-up students Brian Neira and Tyara Estrada, Amaral, runnersup Matthew Hernandez and Andrew Bannon; and Coordinator Sandy DeRogatis.



NLT presents ‘Children of a Lesser God’ Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Pl., will open “Children of a Lesser God,” on Friday, Feb. 7. The show will run for three weekends. Evening performances at Nutley Little Theatre will be on Feb. 7, 8, 14, 20, 21 and 22, all at 8 p.m. Matinee performances, all at 2 p.m., are on Feb. 9, 15, 16 and 22. Tickets are $15, with a $2 discount (matinees only) for students and senior citizens who show IDs at the box office. All performances will be interpreted speech to sign and sign to speech. To purchase tickets, patrons may call 1-877-238-5596, go to the NLT web site at and click on the “Click for Tix” icon, or go to For directions, visit Proceeds from the Feb. 7 performance will benefit the Nutley Family Service Bureau. In “Children of a Lesser God,” a naive speech therapist joins the faculty of a school for the deaf to teach

LEFT: Estefania Arias (l.), comes upon Andrew Galuskin (c.) and Michelle Benenati (r.) in a scene from “Children of a Lesser God.” MIDDLE: Victor Gallo (c.), principal of a school for the deaf, reprimands teacher Galuskin (l.), as Benenati (r.) looks on. RIGHT: Galuskin, struggles with the demands of (l-r) Jacqueline Schreiber, Benenati, and Brian Butterfield.

of Kearny and Brian ButterThe cast will also stage the Community College this sumlip-reading. He meets Sarah, production at Bergen County mer. deaf from birth and estranged field of Bloomfield. from the world. Love and the chasms of expectations beTHEME: U.S. PRESIDENTS tween the deaf world and the ACROSS hearing world hold us riveted. 1. Burp Winner of a Tony Award for 6. Flapper’s feathers Best Play, “Children of a Less9. Struggle for air er God” looks at the recesses 13. Wombs of being human, of relating to 14. *Degree common to many Presidents those around us. 15. *Presidential Medal of _____ Local residents working on 16. Show of contempt this production include As17. On vacation sistant Director James Chwa18. Beat the Joneses lyk Jr. of Bloomfield and cast 19. *The first whom women could members Michelle Benenati vote for 21. Perfect world 23. Bit of binary code 24. Bohemian, e.g. 25. Part of T.G.I.F. 28. One from the Magi 30. Feel bitter about 35. Exercise group, pl. 37. Kicker’s field ____ 39. Return the debt 40. Hurry up! 41. Dark organic soil substance 43. Seed cover 44. Cover 46. Agitate 47. Encore! 48. *Peanut farmer 50. Partner of “void” 52. To blemish 53. Dwarf buffalo 55. Bygone bird 57. *First Medicare cardholder 60. *Old Hickory 64. Jelly fruit 65. Rocks in drink 67. Thin mountain ridge 68. “A Doll’s House” playwright 69. Military ___ 70. One of several species of lemurs 71. California valley 72. Bolt’s companion 73. *Presidents call on Congress to do this DOWN 1. *41st or 43rd president 2. Europe’s highest volcano 3. Lecherous look 4. Belief 5. “Now ______” sign in window 6. Cyberspace soliloquy

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eran, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 through 1946. She was an accounting clerk for Prudential in Newark for many years and often helped in the family business, McKinnon Bakery. She was an active member of Grace Church, serving as the treasurer. Evelyn was also a member of the Salvation Army and was a volunteer at West Hudson Hospital. Daughter of the late James and Eveline (nee Lawrie) McKinnon, she is survived by her cousin Betty Holt, her nephew and niece Sandy and Jennifer Holt and their son Alexander McKinnon Holt. She was predeceased by her brother Jack and his wife Shelia (nee Scotland) and her cousin George Holt. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Grace Church.

Joe Pereira

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Camp Sunshine 35 Acadia Rd. Casco, Maine 04051 or at www.



Jorge Quiroz Jorge Quiroz, of Kearny and formerly of Harrison, passed away on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Joe Pereira, 56, died age of 85 due to heart on Jan. 26 at his home complications at JFK in Kearny after a couraHospital, Edison. geous two-and-a-halfHe was the husband year battle with cancer. of Ana Llerena, father of Arrangements were by Isaias, Juan, Maria and the Thiele-Reid FamGiovanni, father-in-law ily Funeral Home, 585 of Bertha, Mimi; grandBelgrove Dr., Kearny. A father of Joseph, Mike, funeral Mass was offered Maria, Evelyn, Joshi, at St. Cecilia Church, Stephanie, Fabian; uncle Kearny, followed by of Margot Rugel, Kike, interment in Holy Cross Raul, Gladys, Maria, Cemetery, North Arling- Carlos Pescoran. ton. Condolences and A funeral service was memories may be shared held at the funeral home, at following by a private Joe was born to Albano cremation. and Maria (de Jesus) Pereira on May 25, 1957 Donald A. Wojciechowski in Newark. Donald A. WoMr. Pereira worked at jciechowski, 55, of Palm G.M.A.C. in Linden then Bay, Fla., formerly of Kathleen Wilma Neal FAPS, Inc. in Newark, Kearny, passed away on Kathleen Wilma Neal, and also owned several Jan. 13. (nee Sprague), 48, passed businesses in his short Private cremation away at home on Jan. 12. life. was handled by Ammen Born in Newark, she He was an active mem- Family Cremation and was a lifelong resident of ber and coach for Kearny Funeral Care, MelIrvington. Recreation. For many bourne, Fla. A memorial She worked for as years Joe coached the service is planned for 2 a crossing guard for Kearny Generals Peep.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Irvington; prior to that wees, the Kearny Rec. Lacey United Methodist she was a bus driver for Wrestling team and the Church on Lacey Road the Irvington Senior major minor Cali Carting in Forked River. Citizens. team. He was very active Donnie leaves behind She was predeceased in the Kearny Booster a wife, three children by her parents Earl and Club while his children Melissa, D.J. and John, Arlene Sprague. attended Kearny High. and one grandchild She is survived by her Joe is survived by Mason. Also surviving brothers Robert, Patrick Lorie (Rebelo); his are a sister Pat Cosgrove and Dennis Sprague, children Christian, Calla (Joe), brothers Eddie and her aunt Ann Marie Marie and Chad; one (Monique), Gary (Dana), Ricciardelli. She is also granddaughter Alyara; Mark and several nieces, survived by many nieces, and his sibilings Roy, Jay, nephews and cousins. nephews, aunts uncles Lisa O’Neil and Amelia Don was predeceased by and cousins. Saraiva. He also leaves his parents Ed and Jane. Private arrangements behind his in-laws and Donald was a barwere under the direcmany nieces and nephtender at the familytion of Mulligan Funeral ews. owned Terrace Tavern in Home, Harrison. The Joe touched many lives Kearny before moving to family kindly requests and will be remembered Florida. donations to: American by those who knew him For information or to Diabetes Association, as a loving friend that send condolences to the P.O. Box 11454, Alexanalways put others ahead family, please email eddria, Va., 22312. of himself.



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A look at Nutley schools in the old days Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., is hosting a historical exhibit on education in Nutley. The exhibit runs through February. Curated by Nutley Museum Director John Simko, the exhibit features photographs, documents, and objects, drawn from the archives of the

Nutley Historical Society, that tell the story of public education in the township. Items on display include: • Graduation programs from as far back as 1892 when Nutley was “Franklin,” classes were held in Town Hall, and the graduating class numbered five,

• A penmanship book from 1853 (“Be always at leisure to do good.”), • A 1902 school bell from Nutley’s first grammar school, • A 1924 high school megaphone, • Old yearbooks, • A handmade booklet for a beloved teacher, and • Historical photographs of students, teachers, and schools, plus an original “laptop.”

The Historical Society has agreed to share its treasures with the library throughout 2014 as part of the library’s Centennial Celebration. Simko has five more exhibits spotlighting Nutley history planned for the library showcases. Watch for announcements about these displays, and consider a visit to the Nutley Museum at 65 Church St.  The Nutley Museum is listed in the National Register

of Historic Places and houses an interesting collection of Nutley historical items. The museum is open for special events and by appointment. Admission is free. For information or to arrange a visit, call 973-667-1528. Call the library at 973-6670405 for more information on this and other programs. A schedule of programs is available at the library and on the library’s web site at http://


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