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June 18, 2014 • • Vol CXXVII, No.4


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By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, accompanied by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith Enck, visited a South Kearny Superfund site June 9 to push for a polluter tax to clean the most contaminated industrial sites around the nation. In government jargon, the 15acre Syncon Resins site, 77-89 Jacobus Ave. is classified as an “orphaned” property because no one has stepped up to take responsibility for cleaning up toxins remaining on the site. Syncon Resins, located on the banks of the Passaic River, manufactured paint, varnish and resins until 1982 and the company liquidated its assets a year later, according to Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos. “They have not paid taxes in almost 30 years,” added Santos, “and there is an unpaid tax lien on the books, including interest, that has accrued for about $16 million.” At the time the company stopped operating, it had 13 buildings, many storage facilities including 13,000 55-gallon chemical drums, mostly in poor condition and leaking, plus two unlined wastewater lagoons, according to the state see SYNCON page


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At Kearny Butterfly Garden, David Mach talks to Brownie troop about the plants that attract flutterbys.

KEARNY– ight now, Monarch butterflies are somewhere along the lower Eastern Seaboard on their long annual journey north from their winter home in Mexico. When they arrive in


milkweed, nectar sources and shelter needed to sustain the Monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America.” This is no small matter. The butterflies need all the help they can get. Nature

New Jersey, they will have a certified and registered Monarch Waystation waiting for them in Riverbank Park. As the newly installed sign on the fence of the Kearny Butterfly Garden proclaims, the site “provides

authorities say the Monarch population is at a 20-year low, which should concern us all since the butterflies are an indicator of our general environmental health -- “like a canary in a coal mine,” said see BUTTERFLIES page


Redistricting ‘lesson’ draws big crowd By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Kearny Schools Superintendent Patricia Blood unveiled her proposed redistricting plan for five newly reconfigured kindergarten to grade 6 elementary schools last

in September. Several school trustees, including President Bernadette McDonald and other members of the board’s majority bloc, attended last week’s meeting as observers. Blood spent part of the session outlining the revised school boundary lines – (fli-

Thursday night to mixed reactions from a packed house at Lincoln School. The plan – a by-product of the new middle school program for grades 6 and 7 – was to be presented to the Board of Education Monday, June 16, for final approval before being implemented for the fall term

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Four people from The Observer coverage area, and a relative of a North Arlington elected official, are among 29 suspects linked to what law enforcement officials characterized as “an illegal sports gambling enterprise operating in and around Bergen County.” The arrests of 28 men and one woman were announced by Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli last Friday, June 13. Molinelli said the venture “netted approximately $3 million during a 12-month period by accepting wagers on various sporting events including horse racing, football, basketball, hockey and baseball.” The execution of 42 search warrants in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Morris, Union, Ocean and Monmouth counties and in New York resulted in the seizure of two vehicles and about $800,000, according to the prosecutor. Molinelli said the arrests were the culmination of an investigation, beginning in February 2014, that focused on illegal gambling and money laundering activities taking place in and around Bergen County and targeted suspects Gary Latawiec, 76, of Clifton, and Anthony Pintabona, 72, of Secaucus, as the alleged gambling ringleaders. Latawiec and Pintabona are

both charged with racketeering, money laundering, promoting gambling and conspiracy/promoting gambling. The investigation also concluded that suspects Patrick Caporizzo, 65, of Toms River, and James Roberts, 62, of Clifton, acted as mid-level managers for Latawiec, according to Molinelli. Caporizzo and Roberts are both charged with conspiracy/racketeering, promoting gambling and conspiracy/promoting gambling. Caporizzo and Roberts “had a large network of operatives or ‘agents’ that ran individual gambling ‘packages’ on their behalf. These ‘agents’ were paid a commission, or percentage of the profits made by the organization,” the prosecutor said. The “agents’ met with individual bettors to pay out winnings or collect losses, he said. “The ring used non-traditional ‘wire rooms,’ in the form of off-shore, Internet-based gambling services – such as,,, playhere24/,, betcris. com – used by bettors and agents, to actually place their wagers,” Molinelli said. “It is alleged that members of the enterprise used the off-shore wire rooms to maintain the gambling accounts of numerous agents through the Inter-

net websites in an effort to evade traditional law enforcement detection methods.” Molinelli said that bettors and agents “were given code names and passwords with these off-shore wire rooms” to try and evade detection by law enforcement. It is estimated that bets placed through these wire rooms exceeded $50 million during a year’s period, he said. The area defendants listed as being part of the ring were identified as Kevin Melton, 51, of Kearny; Nathan Howell, 71, of Lyndhurst; Donald DelliPaoli, 53, of Nutley; and Robert Norcia, 77, of North Arlington. All are charged with promoting gambling, conspiracy/ promoting gambling and gambling. Also arrested and similarly charged was Daniel Pronti, 70, of Bayonne, a Jersey City public works employee and the father of North Arlington Councilman Daniel Pronti. The councilman, a retired Montclair police superior, issued a statement saying, “I’m a lifetime supporter and upholder of the law. I have faith in our judicial system as well as in my family. I will support my father through this difficult time and hope for the best possible outcome through due process. I appreciate as much privacy as possible regarding

my family.” Other defendants listed were: Luigi Mele, 72, of Jersey City; Christine Larva, 71, of Bayonne; Kevin Norton, 54, of Secaucus; Nicholas Ferro, 28, of Secaucus; James Tisitsiragos, 64, of Leonia; Lawrence Annunziata, 50, of Glen Rock; Scott King, 53, of Wycoff; Nicholas Mulvhill, 28, of Wayne; Nikitas Logothetis, 61, of Elmwood Park; John Ferrera, 64, of Springfield; Dominic Santaite, 34, of Washington Township; John Lombardi, 55, of Morris Plains; Kevin Kirk, 51, of West Milford; Brian Kirk, 49, of Woodbridge; Daniel Salameno, 53, of Pompton Lakes; Frank Blasso, 60, of Upper Saddle River; Joseph Margiotta, 63, of Morristown; Glen Delrusso, 62, of Wall; Emil Boller, 53, of Wharton; and James Maka, 47, of Flanders. All are charged with promoting gambling, conspiracy/promoting gambling. Bail was set for all defendants with no 10% cash option. Molinelli credited the prosecutor’s offices from the counties of Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Essex, Union, Ocean and Monmouth, along with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and New York Police Department for help in serving the warrants.

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grounds that, after being presion. However, after a brief caucus, sented with his options of accepting the suspension or chalthe governing body came back KEARNY – lenging it, “[Hodnett] consulted calling for a stiffer penalty – a with his attorney and pleaded 60-day suspension – and, after Kearny bar owner who guilty. Unless the ABC has rules conferring with Madden, Hodconsented to a 60-day that defy logic, he shouldn’t be nett said he’d accept that. closure after pleading allowed to withdraw his plea.” Until now. guilty to violations of the state Before all the legalities in Town Attorney Gregory Alcoholic Beverage Control the case get sorted out, Mayor Castano told the mayor and (ABC) regulations has changed Alberto Santos suggested there council that the suspension will his mind. may be an opening for the town now be held in abeyance until John Hodnett, licensee for to attempt to bring out some the state ABC holds a hearing The Gin Mill, Brighton Ave. means of controlling what goes on whether or not to grant a and Afton St., is asking the state Observer file photo on at the tavern. stay of the penalty – a process Office of the Attorney General’s Exterior of The Gin Mill. Next month, Santos said, all that could take up to a month ABC Division to “stay’ the susyears’ experience” to help him such a manner to become a nuibars in town are due to come or so. If the stay is granted, then pension, pending an appeal of keep order and comply with all the state would move to the sance, all on Dec. 21, 2013, and up for local license renewals the violations notice. applicable ABC regulations. * Failing to provide a copy by the governing body and, next step: holding a hearing on The governing body voted Municipal Prosecutor There- the appeal – which probably of a license renewal applicahe added, the law permits the to implement the closure, that sa McGuire told the mayor and wouldn’t happen until sometion, failing to have a complete town “to impose conditions on was to run from 2 a.m. June 5 to council that, following the letter time in 2015. employee list available, failing renewals of those licenses.” So, 2 a.m. Aug. 5, after a public hearof the law, the licensee could to maintain invoices and having in the case of The Gin Mill, “we In the meantime, The Gin ing held May 27. be hit with a total suspension an unlicensed employee, all on could require hiring of security Mill can remain open for busiHodnett pleaded no defense of 127 days on all the charges Feb. 3, 2014. personnel, monitoring of head ness, Castano said. to these charges: combined, but if he agreed not At the May 27 hearing, counts of patrons, for example,” Castano said that Kearny * allowing narcotics activity to contest the charges, she’d Hodnett’s attorney James he said. has filed legal papers with the on the premise on Oct. 8, 2013; recommend a 30-day suspenMadden appealed for leniency, Time will tell. state opposing the stay on the * purchasing alcoholic bevernoting that this was “the first ages from a prohibited (nontime since 2008 that state ABC licensed) source, transporting charges were brought against alcoholic beverages without The Gin Mill.” Madden also proper documents and conmentioned that his client had ducting a licensed business in 200 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 hired a new manager “with 30


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the demolition of the onestory building that housed the former county TB center and construction of a new 3-family home. McPherson said the next step will be framing for the new building which, he said, should take about a month to complete. What follows, he said, will be siding, roofing, installa-



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races, tug-of-war and watermelon slices for all. Families will enjoy a prefireworks show, with a D.J. start playing at 6:30 p.m., a ventriloquist performing at 7:15 p.m. and a magician at 8 p.m. Sand and spin art will be offered for a nominal fee. The holiday’s observance ends with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.


Up in flames By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY– 22-year-old Kearny man was arrested last week on a charge of aggravated arson after he allegedly torched a car on a township street in the predawn hours of Sunday, June 8. Police Chief John Dowie credited residents in the area with helping officers apprehend the suspect. According to police, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a man was seen using a hammer to smash the windows of a parked car near Belgrove Drive and Peden Terrace and then setting the vehicle on fire. Officer Tom Floyd arrived at the scene to find the 2000 Toyota “fully engulfed” in flames, alerted the Fire Department and located witnesses, who said the suspect had fled down Belgrove in a blue Hyundai,


Dowie noted. Police issued a BOLO, and Det. Mike Andrews, who was on patrol duty due to shortstaffing in the KPD, spotted a car matching the description traveling north on Passaic Ave. and “swerving all over the road,” Dowie said. When Andrews attempted to stop the auto, a chase ensued along Passaic and then east on Stewart Ave., police said. The detective finally brought the Hyundai to a halt on Kearny Ave. near Roosevelt School and arrested the driver, Anthony DaSilva, on a charge of eluding. Andrews reportedly detected a strong odor of alcohol and, in plain view on the passenger seat, saw a hammer. During a search incident to arrest, DaSilva was found to be in possession of an aerosol can of deodorant and a cigarette lighter, police said. A follow-up investigation

was conducted by Det. Ray Lopez, who interviewed witnesses and gathered statements, and KFD Chief Inspector John Donovan was alerted to the suspected arson. In addition to eluding and aggravated arson, DaSilva was charged with criminal mischief, possession of a weapon, burglary, possession of burglar tools, and DWI. “My praise to the area residents who were very cooperative and timely in their reporting [of the incident] and who extended their courtesy to us by staying up in the middle of the night and provide statements,” Dowie said. “We rely on our good citizens to be our eyes and ears,” he noted. The chief would not speculate on a motive for the alleged arson, but he commented, “You don’t normally do something like this randomly.”


Be a foster parent to bottle babies The Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 100 United Lane, Teterboro, is bursting with kittens and needs your help to care for them. Most of these kittens are too young to stay in the shelter environment. They need a temporary, loving, safe and quiet home to grow up in until they are ready for adoption. Volunteers are responsible for feeding, cleaning, socializing and possibly medicating animals in their own homes. When the animal is old or healthy enough, he or she will be returned to the shelter for adoption. All volunteers must be at least age 18. The shelter will provide all supplies. No experience is needed. Anyone interested is invited to stop

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o, one day I’m sitting at my desk at The Observer when there came this brief but loud noise from outside followed by a strange chemical odor wafting briefly through the open window. I never did find out what had happened, but at the time, I commented, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” A co-worker laughed, and I said, “I also love that movie.” And she said, “What movie?” Apparently she thought I was just being clever, and I realized that what we had here was a failure to communicate. It occurred to me that many in the younger, social media generation lack a certain cultural context: familiarity with famous movie quotes. When used judiciously, these

enrich our lives. That’s the truth, and if you don’t believe it, maybe you can’t handle the truth. Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get. Consider a recent TV news clip. A reporter on the street, trying to maneuver through traffic, quips, “Hey! I’m walkin’ heah!” That was clever. If you didn’t know the context, you might have laughed anyway, but you’d have missed the whole point of his joke. I don’t buy the “it’s just a generational thing” argument. When we were young, we’d laugh if someone said, “Here’s looking at you, kid.” And believe it or not, I wasn’t alive when “Casablanca” came out. So in the interest of cultural

education, I offer a little quiz about classic movie quotes, what TCM might call “the essentials.” You’re likely familiar with them, but can you identify all the origins? If you’re not familiar with them, you probably spend all your time texting, which is why, in today’s society, Houston, we have a problem. Begin: • “What do you mean, I’m funny? ... Funny how? Funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you?” • “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!” • “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender.” • “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

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WE’VE GOT MAIL To North Arlington High School graduates: I want to congratulate you on your graduation from high school. You have put in a lot of work to reach your goal and you should be proud of your achievements. You are about to embark on an incredible journey filled with unforeseeable twists and turns. Some of you will travel far from North Arlington and take on challenges you never

imagined you could. Some of you will stay close to home and become part of the fabric of your community. Some will go to college, or trade school; others are destined for the U.S. military. No one path is right for everyone so follow the path that suits you best. Choosing the right path in life in not always easy. Be true to your principles; never forget who you are or where you came from. You don’t know it now, but a big part of who you will become someday is already embedded

• “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” • “I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.” • “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” • “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” • “Snap out of it!” • “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Well, I’m the only one here.” • “Round up the usual suspects.” • “The stuff that dreams are made of.” • “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” • “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” • “Oh, no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed

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the Beast.” • “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” • “We rob banks.” • “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” • “The calla lilies are in bloom again.” • “Attica! Attica!” One more: No one knows what movie this quote is from, but you should know who said it. • “What a dump!” If you didn’t get them all, well, nobody’s perfect. And if my critics think this was pointless, frankly, my dears, I don’t give a damn. I’m off now to enjoy dinner: liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. –Karen Zautyk

EXPECT ‘AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY’ deep inside of you. I’m not going to tell you to go out and change the world, because most of you will do that in small, almost imperceptible ways that you will come to appreciate only decades from now. Be honest and forthright. Try new things; test yourself. You will make mistakes, and that’s okay; you will learn more from your mistakes than from your accomplishments. Don’t be afraid to work hard. Don’t sell yourself short and don’t listen to your critics.

Most of all, I implore you to be good citizens. America is at a very pivotal time in its history. We need people of good character to step forward and become doers in our communities, not takers. America has plenty of critics and naysayers. What we need are people willing to roll up their sleeves and make positive contributions to their town, their state and their country. You are lucky to live in the greatest nation on earth – one that allows you to follow

your dreams and set your own measure of success. But remember: America didn’t become great by accident. Many men and women worked very hard to give you the inheritance of political liberty and personal freedom that you now enjoy. Appreciate what this country has to offer and find a way to make it better. If you can do that, you will be a success. Best wishes, Mayor Peter C. Massa North Arlington

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KPD blotter Two motorists were injured in a harrowing head-on collision on Route 7 in Kearny last week, and police charged one of them with driving while intoxicated. Police Chief John Dowie said the impact of the crash, which occurred at 3:20 a.m., Sunday, June 8, near the Harrison Ave. viaduct, “was so violent, the front wheels were sheared off both cars.” Responding Officers Glenn Reed and Jay Balogh determined that the accident was caused by an eastbound driver, Roy Persaud, 30, of Clifton, who apparently crossed into the westbound lanes, his car smashing into an oncoming auto driven by a 24-year-old Jersey City man, police said. Persaud was trapped in his vehicle and was extricated with the assistance of the Kearny Fire Department. Kearny EMS transported him to University Medical Center in Newark, where blood was drawn and he was subsequently charged with DWI.    Persaud was also charged with reckless driving and, criminally, with assault by auto. The other driver, described by Dowie as the “innocent victim,” was also taken to UMC for treatment. No charges were filed against him. Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following: June 6 Officer John Fabula was on patrol on Hoyt St. below Schuyler Ave. at 9:30 p.m. when he saw five men standing in a row, shoulder-toshoulder, and urinating simultaneously. Their pick-up truck was also relieving itself, as Fabula reportedly found beer “pouring out” of the passenger door from overturned bottles. The quintet, two from Newark and one each from Elizabeth, Lakewood

and Kearny, were issued summonses for urinating in public, drinking in public and littering -tossing empty bottles on the ground. (Editor’s note: If the men had been engaged in some sort of competition, it is not known who won.) June 8 At 2:30 a.m., a security guard alerted Officers Jay Ward and Chris Levchak to trespassers on a South Kearny commercial property, where they spotted several people fleeing over a fence. Officer Derek Hemphill joined the search and saw three males and a female entering an SUV in the parking lot of a nearby tavern. In plain view in the vehicle reportedly were a glass jar of suspected marijuana, a marijuana grinder and 19 cans of spray paint. At the trespass site, police said, a trailer was found vandalized with graffiti, the spray paint still wet. Carlo Spina, Christian Sorbara and William Bartley, all 21, and Mary Garcia, 20, were charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Additionally, Bartley and Garcia were charged with possession of a CDS and drug paraphernalia. All four are residents of Hopatcong. Asked what they were doing in Kearny, the answer was that they were here “for an adventure.”  Apparently in Kearny for a nap was Nicholas Nieves, 26, of Meriden, Conn., whom Officer Jose Canela found sleeping on a porch on the 100 block of Devon St. at 8:30 a.m., police said.  After “numerous attempts” to awaken him, Nieves reportedly refused to get up and became loud and belligerent. He was arrested for disorderly conduct. June 9 At 9 p.m., at Passaic and Johnston Aves., Vice

detectives conducted an investigative detention of Terence Williams, 31, of Kearny. Police said Williams admitted having a small amount of cocaine in a cigarette pack, which he turned over to the officers. He was charged with possession of the drug and drug paraphernalia. June 10 At 6 p.m., Officer Brian Wisely, alerted to possible stolen vehicles in a lot near John Hay Ave., reported finding one of those described, a 2007 Peterbilt tractor. A check of the VIN number showed it was reported stolen from New York, police said. Det. Sgt. John View and Det. Scott Traynor responded to the lot, where a second suspect vehicle, a GMC SUV, was also located and where they questioned a Jersey City man, William Quinones, 33. He was subsequently charged with receiving stolen property. Pursuant to an ongoing marijuana-distribution investigation, Vice detectives placed under surveillance Rosa Feliciano, 23, of Harrison and, at 8 p.m., saw her driving near Kearny and Garfield Aves.  Aware that her license was suspended and suspecting drug activity, the officers approached the car and saw her attempting to conceal currency and a plastic container, police said. Among the items reportedly found in the vehicle were a digital scale, eight small bags of suspected pot and $275 in cash. Feliciano was charged with distribution of the drug, distribution within 1,000 feet of a school and 500 feet of a park, and was issued MV summonses for driving while suspended and possession of a CDS while operating a motor vehicle. – Karen Zautyk




News from the Nutley police blotter June 5 A customer tried to pass a counterfeit $10 bill to pay a tab at a local establishment, which wasn’t named by police. The bill was forwarded to the Secret Service for review and further investigation. June 6 A Kingsland Ave. resident’s Honda was scratched along the side of the vehicle while it was parked in the resident’s driveway. June 7 A Montclair Ave. resident told police they were being harassed by a phone scammer. The caller wanted the resident to wire funds via Western Union for a Mega Millions winning but the resident refused, only to receive more than 10 repeated calls. Police reminded residents to never transfer or wire money to anyone without proper authenticity. A Gless Ave. resident reported that a group of juveniles rolled a car tire down a hill, crashing into, and damaging, their Toyota.

Police recovered a broken No Turn on Red sign at Chestnut St. and Hillside Ave. June 8 An intruder reportedly tried to steal a Myrtle Ave. resident’s dog. The resident told police they saw a man described as African-American, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, in her backyard holding her dog’s chain. Police said the man fled north on Myrtle and couldn’t be located. Police are investigating five separate auto burglaries that happened overnight and early morning on Hay Ave. Items ranging from GPS systems to personal items including keys were reported taken from the unlocked vehicles. Police responded to a Centre St. establishment on a report of a fight. Police said one patron reportedly threatened another with a utensil knife but dropped the knife after exchanging words with the other patron. June 9 At 9:15 a.m., an officer separated two enraged motorists at

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reported stolen from Lyndhurst several days previously, abandoned on Villa Place. The car’s back window was smashed out. Lyndhurst PD is investigating. June 11 A Hancox Ave. resident called police to report a man was banging on their door and subsequently ran south on Union Ave. The man was described as white,, wearing a blue baseball cap, a fluorescent yellow T-shirt with blue stripes on the sleeves and white khaki

pants. Police are investigating a theft of services and fraud reported by a Franklin Ave. eatery. A restaurant representative told police a River Road resident ordered a large delivery and paid with a stolen credit card. A Centre St. resident reported their home burglarized, with jewelry and other items taken. The intruder apparently gained entry through a lower floor window, police said. A Bloomfield Ave. resident called police to report seeing two individuals walking around a neighbor’s house in the 500 block. Both were described as white males, possibly driving a black BMW. Police responded to Nutley High School on a report that one female student made threats against another. Police turned the matter over to school officials. June 12 Police are investigating a residential burglary of a Passaic Ave. apartment resulting in the removal of an undetermined amount of jewelry and cash. – Ron Leir


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some that Jeff, himself, wrote. A few years back, Jeff was involved in a contest with Rolling Stone magazine. He was eff Humphrey loved music. interviewed by the magazine, He loved it so much that all and was asked why music was he ever wanted to do was so important to him — and share his love for music with why he was in the contest in everyone he knew. the first place. And to no one’s Humphrey, a longtime surprise — again, it was about Kearny resident, died Monsharing music with others, day, June 9, in a crash along especially those who might not the New Jersey Turnpike in have had an appreciation for Carlstadt. it — or for people who might He was only 43. think music isn’t important Humphrey had an incredible because they don’t play an love for rock ‘n’ roll at a very instrument or aren’t all that young age. When we first met skilled at singing. in 1985, there were countless “I would hope it would times when I’d come to his encourage people to get out house to visit my friend and and sing, and write songs, and his brother, current Kearny Li- be together,” he told Rolling brary Director Josh Humphrey, Stone. “I certainly don’t have when he tried, unsuccessfully, the best voice and you don’t to get me to listen to Led Zep- have to, either, or you can — pelin. but it’s a great experience to I always declined. get out and to share (it) with Finally, one day, while I was people.” at his house on Devon St., he Remarkably, music was only put on “Stairway to Heaven.” a hobby for him. In reality, he And I listened to it in its was a med-tech instructor at entirety. I was hooked. That Montefiore Medical Center in day, he taught me a concept I’d New York City. But the truth never heard of before — split- is, very little mattered more to ting the music. Jeff than his family, his chilPut on a pair of headphones, dren, making people laugh and and in one side, you’d hear the music. instruments. In the other side, When this writer first it was just the vocals. This moved to Kearny in ’85, I was a common practice in the was 12 — and Jeff was 16. He ‘60s and ‘70s, but I had never took me under his wing and known of it. it didn’t matter one bit that I It was the first of many was four years his younger. things Jeff Humphrey taught All he ever cared about was me about music — and so that the people he knew and much more beyond music. loved were happy — and had a Many years later, Jeff would better appreciation for music go on to form the Jeff Humbecause of his influence. phrey Trio, a band, I regret, And while it is absolutely to this very day, that I never true many people’s appreciaheard play live. But they certion for music grew because of tainly played a lot — including Jeff, I can say, without hesitaright here in West Hudson. tion, that my appreciation for They recorded a lot, too, laughter, loving people and including covers of songs loving life, grew exponentially written by other bands — and


because of his incredible influence. He was a gentle soul. He was a great friend. He was a magnificent father. And probably to his delight, he’ll always be remembered as a talented musician. Beyond the music, he knew he was succeeding when he got people to laugh. And Lord knows, he did that better than most others. There was a memorial service for Jeff this past weekend in Kearny at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home and, later, at Photo courtesy Facebook Jeff Humphrey doing one of the thing the Kearny s he loved most in life — playing the guitar. VFW. And while I wasn’t able to be there he wasn’t just a fine musician because of geography, I’m — he was a wonderful human Rest in peace, Jeff. told there was a lot of music being, all the same. Our world will never be the involved. Mourners came West Hudson may not be same again without you. wearing Beatles shirts — and well known for its musical Jeff Humphrey is survived shirts of other musicians and talents — but one thing is for by his former wife, Kathy; two bands. sure: The scene will never be daughters, Madeline and Leah; Stories were told and shared the same again now that Jeff his parents, Linda and Wilabout his love for music — and Humphrey is no longer here. lard Humphrey; his brother, the musicians he loved. The next time you hear Josh Humphrey and his wife, It was as fitting a tribute to “Stairway to Heaven,” think of Jennifer; his nieces Cate and the man as there ever could Jeff. I always do when I hear Anna Humphrey; and many have been. it. But this time, think a little other aunts, uncles and cousJeff Humphrey left this differently. ins. world way too soon at 43. But Because that “Stairway to The family requests donain West Hudson, he leaves be- Heaven” was ready to greet tions be made to www.hunhind a musical legacy that will him a little more than a week, an organizabe hard for others to match, let ago when he died. And when tion that provides instruments alone surpass — and a void no he got on it, though this world to children whose families one will ever be able to fill. was much sadder without him, otherwise couldn’t afford That so many came out to Heaven became such a much them. remember him was a sign that better and happier place.



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MIDDLE from district will be saving money in the process by not replacing all of the 25 teachers who will be retiring June 30 and by transferring multi-certified instructors to fill slots where most needed, Blood said. Even with the enrollment growth anticipated, Blood said that class size should even out district-wide among elementary schools to manageable levels. For K, grades 1 and 2, class size will be “capped” at between 21 to 23; for grades 3 and 4, the maximum will be

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Out of consideration for students with siblings in more than one school, Blood said: “We’re going to ask the [school] board to consider staggered hours for smoother pickups and drop-offs.” If parents believe they have “hardship” situations, they should contact her office, Blood said. When a parent suggested that additional school crossing guards should be secured to ensure kids’ safety, Blood said that the number and location of crossing guards are controlled by the municipal government, not the school board. Asked whether Lincoln School would be equipped with metal detectors, Blood said that there’d be “no detectors” but that the district was “ordering” electronic swipe cards for admission to the building. “I promise you we’re doing everything in our power to keep our schools safe,” Blood said, “but I don’t think you want your kids to be com-

ing to an armed camp.” To this statement, much of the audience responded with loud applause. Blood added that, “Our school secretaries do look at those [surveillance] cameras [mounted at schools’ main entrances] before buzzing in visitors.” Blood said that even she has been challenged by a vigilant secretary – and rightly so, she added. Asked if anything would be done to help youngsters going to different schools adjust to new surroundings, Blood said that all elementary schools would have “summer orientations.” And, at Lincoln, where kids will be grouped as parts of teams of 100 to 110 with four “core subject teachers” assigned to each team, kids will be brought in, “100 at a time,” to see how instructional areas are being arranged, Blood said. Additionally, there are plans for a “social event” the week before school opens, she said.

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Toddlers to sixth-graders are invited to participate in the “Fizz, Boom, Read” summer reading program sponsored by the Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave. To be eligible for prizes, children are invited to visit the library during the summer to read books for fun and/or read books from their school’s reading list. Children must keep a log of all books read to show their parents and teachers in September. A Block Watch meeting will be held at the Belleville Senior Center, Franklin Ave. and Mill St., June 19, at 7 p.m. New members are welcome. For more information, call 973-759-0738. Belleville UNICO sponsors a bus ride fundraiser to Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Sunday, June 22. The cost is $30 pre-paid or $35 at the door. Those attending will receive a voucher for $35. A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. at the Belleville Senior Citizens Center, Franklin Ave. and Mill St. The bus will leave from the center at 8:50 a.m. Call 973-759-9259 ASAP to reserve seats. (No last minute cancellations.) Mail checks, payable to Belleville UNICO, to: Gene Antonio, 436 Joralemon St., Belleville, N.J. 07109.


Bloomfield historian Rich Rockwell will display and talk about historic photos of houses, dating from the 1880s to the 1920s, Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Parish House at the Church on the Green, 147 Broad St. The program, with then-andnow comparisons, will focus on styles of architecture, building trends, remodeling trends and preservation efforts in Bloomfield’s Historic District and nearby neighborhoods. Bloomfield Cultural Commission presents traditional Polish singing, dancing and food, plus arts and crafts for children, Sunday, June 29, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 190 State St. Admission is free. Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave. offers a children’s summer art camp, beginning June 30. All classes are held Monday to Friday at the air-conditioned Oakeside. The cost for the first session is $250; sessions 2 through 5 cost

$275. All materials are included in the cost. Participants may register by calling the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960. Registration forms and class schedules and descriptions are available on the Oakeside website www. Oakeside is offering a bus trip to Caesar’s Casino, Atlantic City, on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The bus will leave Oakeside at 9 a.m. and will return at 5:30 p.m. The $30 cost includes roundtrip bus transportation and $25 in slot play at the casino. Reservations are required and must be paid within five days of booking to ensure a place. There are no refunds on paid reservations. Call Oakeside at 973-429-0960 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.

is $32. For more information or to make reservations, email or call 732458-5162. Vendors are invited to participate in St. Cecilia’s Church flea market June 21 and 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, at the school building, 114 Chestnut St. Proceeds benefit the parish. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 201-991-1116. Teen Drama, presented in collaboration with West Hudson Arts and Theater Company will begin its summer camp, open to ages 13 to 18, on June 23, ending on Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the West Hudson Arts and Theater Company, 131 Midland Ave. This summer’s show will be the Addams Family. Performance dates are set for Aug. 1 and 2. Tuition is $175. To join Teen Drama, request an application by calling 973-498-TEEN (8336), email info@teendrama. org or register at Teen Drama’s website


able to climb 25 steps to reach the observatory. A free Summer Solstice Celebration for seniors will be held at the NJMC Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. Celebrate the light with science by discussing why the Solstice is so long and enjoy sun tea, cookies and a surprise craft or two. Bring your grandchildren. Pre-registration required. Call 201-777-2431 to register. NJMC hosts Saving the Delaware Bayshore
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Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, presents the following programs: • Explore the founding of the Township of Nutley Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. with Nutley Museum director John Simko. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. • Eighteen important paintings, prints and reproductions of artworks from the late 19th and early 20th century from the Nutley Museum’s collection are on view through June 30. • Science Tellers and Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: The Science Tellers will perform “Fizz,Boom, Read!” a 45-minute interactive storytelling show, featuring hands-on science experiments, Thursday June 26, at 11:30 p.m. Open to children in grades K to 5, this program is sponsored by Spencer Savings Bank. No registration is required. Call the library at 973-6670405 for more information. The Nutley Museum and Historical Society, 65 Church St., houses a collection of town artifacts and artworks by former Nutley artists. The museum is open for special events and by appointment. Admission is free. For information or to arrange a visit, call





one expert. The reason for the crisis is the loss of milkweed, primarily because of herbicides, though urban spawl has played a role.    Milkweed is the one and only plant on which Monarch caterpillars can feed. When the milkweed disappears, so do the Monarchs. Those caterpillars, by the way, are striped in the same magnificent orange and black of the butterflies (which remind us of stained-glass windows). If tigers had a larval stage, they’d look like this. Thanks to Jenny and David Mach, who founded the

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cardboard box. It cost only $10 for the entire lot (plus $30 for shipping). An excellent investment, because the ladybugs will protect the vegetables in the adjacent Kearny Community Garden from predatory aphids. Protecting that garden from predatory groundhogs are lots of marigolds. Groundhogs “hate the smell of marigolds,” David Mach explained. “If not for the marigolds, they’d eat all our plants.”  Home gardeners, take note. Mach gave the Brownies a tour of both gardens. The girls planted zinnias and cosmos in the Butterfly Garden, which is truly thriving and truly lovely. As he told the Brownies, “It’s full of flowers the butterflies love.” At the start of their visit, some of the little ones seemed a bit shy and hesitant. But Mach reassured them that butterflies “can’t bite you, they can’t sting you, and if they land on you, that is supposed to be very good luck.” By the end of the program, the kids were vying to answer his quiz questions, calling out spontaneous warnings of “Groundhog!” when one of the critters emerged from the brush, and squealing with laughter as the ladybugs were freed. (We squealed with fright when a Brownie cried, “Waterbug!” We have a waterbug phobia, having seen some in the city that were the size of lobsters, but this turned out to merely be a tiny unidentified insect that had fallen into a puddle. Thanks.) On the Kearny Butterfly Garden Facebook page, you can see a video of the Brownies’ visit.  It’s the one marked “Warning: This video contains maximum screaming

for joy.” Which pretty much summed up the afternoon. That page also has much fascinating info. Such as this: Q. How do butterflies find our garden? A. They can see more colors than we can even comprehend . . . Their eyes have five color receptors, two more than humans, so in addition to seeing two colors we don’t have names for, butterflies can see a massive spectrum of color our brains aren’t even capable of processing. (There are photos illustrating how butterflies can see nectar, which appears to them as a different color from the flower bearing it. Who knew?) But there’s nothing like seeing the garden in person, and you have an invitation. It is open to the public and can be found in Riverbank Park on Passaic Ave. south of S. Midland Ave. Look for the rustic wooden fence.   There’s free parking in a lot just to the south of the nearby auto repair business. If you’d like to start your own butterfly garden at home, lots of information is available at, which is crusading to save the butterflies and which sponsors the Monarch Waystations. You could end up having one of those in your own backyard. However, you will need milkweed, and as we learned in Kearny, milkweed is indeed a weed, and you must tend to it or it can devour your property. Much like a groundhog devours vegetable gardens. Still, what’s a little weed trimming now and then? Especially when you might be saving a spectacular species of butterfly?



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Softball won’t be the same without ‘Coach Mac’ He wasn’t a very big man, but his stature was larger than life. He didn’t serve as a head coach in the sport of softball, but he was the premier coach when it came to the art of softball pitching. If you wanted to improve your pitching skills, you went to Jim MacDonald, affectionately known as “Coach Mac.” The Lyndhurst resident was without question the foremost knowledgeable person when it came to pitching a softball. No one knows the origin of his brilliance, but everyone now knows that if you wanted to be a good softball pitcher, you took lessons from the genius. “He knew so much about softball,” said former Lyndhurst High School standout hurler Casey Zdanek, currently pitching at Drew University. “I learned so much from him. I’ve been going to him since I was 10 years old.” Jim MacDonald died last week after a brief illness that caught everyone who knew him totally by surprise. The obituary about MacDonald’s passing listed his age as 78, but no one

could fathom that idea, because he had more fire in his belly and pep in his step than most men half his age. The litany of successful high school and college pitchers who went to MacDonald for private pitching lessons would astound anyone. Over the last 30 years, it is believed that close to 1,000 prospective hurlers went to MacDonald for pitching advice. MacDonald received a few pence for his private lessons, which were supposed to last just 30 minutes, but more than likely, were extended to an hour. He worked day and night with softball hurlers, teaching them how to mix up their pitches, how to locate pitches, how to dominate in the circle. “Honestly, for me, it’s like losing my grandfather,” Zdanek said. “I can’t even begin to tell you how much I learned from him. Not just only about softball, but about life. He always had these little life tales. No matter what was going on in my life, I could go to him. He knew so much about softball. He also always had little funny see VIEW next page

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over from the classroom to the neighborhood courtyard, where the two would play he friendship began inno- sports. “We were always together,” cently when Nicole Kelly Kelly said. “We’ve always been and Steven Dyl were just in the same class. We would go four years old. to the courtyard to play. I was “I just remember always always with the boys, because being in the same class with none of the girls wanted to be Nicole,” said Dyl, who will athletic. I always went with the graduate from Kearny High boys.” School this week. “We just kind Dyl didn’t mind having Kelly of always got along.” as a buddy, because he had an “If I ever needed a good older sister, Allyson, who was laugh, Steven is always there an excellent athlete. for me to make me laugh,” said “I think it helped that I was Kelly, who will also be part of always around that lifestyle,” the school’s commencement Dyl said of his older sister, who exercises this week. “If I was having a bad day, I would go to was The Observer Female AthSteven. We’ve been friends for lete of the Year in 2008. “Being around my sister was a big so long.” motivation. Whenever I’d play The friendship carried


basketball, I’d watch her. She would never go easy on me. She told me that it was the only way I was going to get better. I always liked that competition. Because, you know, you never want to get beat by your sister.” The two longtime friends went to Kearny High together and sure enough, they found themselves in most of the same classes. “We hang out together in school,” Kelly said. “Steven has always been a good student, the one getting the highest grades.” As it turned out, Kelly and Dyl are both excellent students and were recently honored as see SCHOLARS page





VIEW from stories. He had such a good sense of humor.” Zdanek still uses what she learned from the pitching guru. “The main thing is go after the batter,” Zdanek said. “You have to stay ahead. Show them early that you have a changeup. That’s important to have. He made my changeup so good and taught me how to use it. He taught me to use it as a weapon and to not let them know when it was coming. He told me to face the first batter and throw three changeups in a row, so the other team knows I had a good one. It keeps them off balance. Added Zdanek, “If someone is crowding the plate, throw the screwball, so you let them smell the seams of the ball.” Lyndhurst High School viceprincipal Frank Venezia spent 16 years with MacDonald at St. Mary’s of Rutherford, where Venezia was the head softball coach and MacDonald a volunteer assistant. “We were very close,” Venezia said. “We were close



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who is like Mac, the way he dedicated himself to the game, to the kids, was exceptional.” Bloomfield resident Rob Stern has been coaching softball for the last quarter century, including a long run as the head coach at Cedar Grove. Now helping to run the successful program at Mount St. Dominic, Stern also has fond memories of his relationship with Mac. “I spent many a night taking my girls to get lessons from Mac in Lyndhurst,” Stern said. “I’d watch a few lessons, then a few more. Next thing you know, it’s 9:30 and Mac says, ‘Let’s get something to eat.’ And we’d hang out at the IHOP on Rt. 3 just talking softball.” Stern also learned life lessons from “Coach Mac.” “Mac was always about the kids,” Stern said. “It was all about teaching kids the right way. He just had a way about him that he would give a kid a lesson and always made that kid leave with a smile. He was able to get the best out of people. The knowledge he left me with, just being around him. So many little things, Mac things. He just had that Grandpa feel about him. Everyone loved him. I can’t find anyone who didn’t love him.” MacDonald also coached kids no matter where they came from. For example, he worked with Zdanek pitching for Lyndhurst, knowing that Zdanek would eventually have to face

his St. Mary’s team. The rivalry never mattered. It was all about the kid. “He would stop by my house and sit with me and my parents on my porch,” Zdanek said. “He would drive back and forth to see if we were there. He’d then stop by and give me something to work on, some strategy. No matter what, he always came and talked to me. Even when I did good, he had a little critique to make me a better player.” Zdanek was asked what she will remember most. “His adorable smile and laugh,” Zdanek said. “It really was contagious. His smile would make anyone’s day. I’m very sad.” Stern was also asked what he’ll remember. “He always looked the same,” Stern said. “He didn’t age. He was like Dick Clark. He always pitched and caught with kids. He was doing that three months ago. He was a great guy. He’s always going to be with us. His knowledge, teaching kids about doing the right thing. That’s what I’ll remember.” One thing is for sure. No one will ever know more about softball and pitching like Jim MacDonald. Coach Mac’s legacy will live on with the many pitchers and coaches he worked with over the years. A one-of-a-kind gentleman, Jim MacDonald, a.k.a. “Coach Mac,” will be missed but never forgotten.

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a lot about us to be good in both.” Dyl agreed about the importance of an education. “It’s always been important to me,” said Dyl, who played hockey and baseball this season. “I’ve always been dedicated to my schoolwork. Since I’m not going to a school to play sports, it was very important for me to get a good education.” Dyl is an A student who is ranked 16th in the Class of 2014. He will head to Richard Stockton College in the fall to major in engineering. He also plans

Berkeley College academic achievers Residents in The Observer coverage area have been named to the President’s and Dean’s Lists at Berkeley College for the Winter 2014 Quarter. Berkeley College students who achieve a grade point average of 4.00 with at least 12 academic credits qualify for the President’s List. Students who achieve a GPA of 3.50 or better with a minimum of 12 academic credits qualify for the Dean’s

List. President’s List – Susan Lourenco, Rhiannon Otayza, Jaime Robles, Diana Talavera and Raymond Williams, all of Kearny. Dean’s List – Ashley Castillo and Keshia Wallace, both of Harrison; and Sheila Chagray, Miguel Fundora, Stephany Guzman, Chabely Ortiz, Kendrick Vega and Ruby Zumaran, all of Kearny.

on taking the Civil Service test in the future to become a firefighter, like his father, Kearny Fire Chief Steven Sr. “It’s always an option,” the younger Dyl said. “I’ll take the test down the line, just in case. You never know.” Dyl said that he knew Kelly would be the top female student-athlete in the school. “I just kind of expected it, because she’s just as dedicated as I am in the classroom,” Dyl said. Kelly will go to the University of Tampa to major in sports management. She will

award. She’s been a lot of fun. It’s pretty remarkable.” “I can’t believe it’s all over,” Kelly said. “I’m glad I got to share this with Steven.” Dyl said that he needs to remain friends with Kelly, even though they will be in separate places come late August. “She’s a funny kid who makes me laugh,” Dyl said. “There aren’t too many people around who can remember what happened to us in third grade. That’s always good to have.” As is having a good friend for a lifetime.

play soccer there. Kelly said it’s going to be a lot different in the fall, not having Dyl in her classes. “It’s going to be so different, the two of us being thousands of miles apart,” Kelly said. “It’s going to be weird without him in my classes.” “It’s definitely going to be a little different,” Dyl said. “We’ve been in the same classroom together since we were 4 years old. She’s definitely not going to be in any of my classes now. But it’s been great to have Nicole as a friend. It’s fitting that we both got this

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Belleville native and former Belleville High soccer standout Jim Damiano has been named as the new head coach of the boys’ soccer team at the school, which is at his alma mater.

runner to today’s MLS, Jim Damiano experimented with life in the business world. “I was a partner in a recruiting firm,” said Damiano, now age 45. “But I wasn’t happy doing it. I always wanted to be a teacher and be with the kids.” And with that dream came the hope of also being a head soccer coach. Last year, Damiano returned to his alma mater as a coach and teacher. Damiano coached the freshmen and was an assistant with the varsity under Mike Gaccione. When Gaccione decided to move on to take an administrative position at another school, Belleville Athletic Director Tom D’Elia recommended Damiano to move into the slot. “Tom approached me and basically told me that the job was mine if I wanted it,” said Damiano, who ranks as one of the all-time leading scorers at both Belleville and St. Peter’s. “How could I say no? It’s a no-brainer for me to give

back to where I was from and where I played.” Damiano has become a special education teacher in the Belleville school system. Damiano, whose wife, the former Nadine Gaitka, was the former girls’ soccer coach at Harrison High, before stepping down to concentrate on raising the couple’s two sons, knows that he’s inheriting a program that is on the rise. The Buccaneers won the Super Essex Conference-Colonial Division championship last season and were competitive in the Essex County Tournament and NJSIAA state playoffs. “Of course, this should be my honeymoon year, because we only lost two seniors,” Damiano said. “There are usually big expectations when you win the conference like we did.” Not only has Damiano improved the Buccaneers’ independent schedule, taking on teams like Kearny and continued next page


Ridgewood in non-league matches, but the Bucs will also face a tougher SEC schedule against teams like Millburn, Glen Ridge, Verona and Seton Hall Prep. “We’re going to be tested right from the beginning,” Damiano said. “We should have a good team.” One thing that will change will be the Buccaneers’ approach. “We’ve made a few changes in style and we’re going with a 4-5-1 lineup,” Damiano said. The move was to accentuate the talents of return-

ing senior midfielder Max Correa, easily one of the best returning players in Essex County, never mind the state. “He’s extremely good with the ball,” Damiano said. “He’s exciting to watch.” The Bucs also have talented sweeper Marlon Rodriguez, who will be a senior. Rodriguez made all the defensive moves, leaving the offense to players like Correa.. “When you have a player like Max, you have to do something to get the most of his talent,” Damiano said.

St. Peter’s Prep honor roll James C. DeAngelo, ’85, principal of St. Peter’s Preparatory School, Jersey City, announced that the following local residents have attained honor roll for the third marking period of 2013-2014. First Honors is awarded to students with an average of A or higher (4.0) and no grade lower than a C; Second Honors, to those with an average at or above the midpoint between A and B+ (3.7) and no grade lower than a C; and Honorable Mention, to those averaging B+ or higher (3.5) and no grade lower than a C. Belleville: Arley Giraldo, ‘14, Ryan Angelo Villadarez, ‘14, and Alex Donaleski, ‘15, earned Second Honors. Joshua Yanicak, ’16, made Honorable Mention. Bloomfield: Jason Mallonga, ‘14, Andrew Mauro, ‘14, Christopher Pulmano, ‘14, James Sause, ‘14 and Ian Harnett, ‘17 earned First Honors. Declan Berutti, ‘14, Kenneth Creer, ‘15, Daniel Okoh, ‘16 and Matthew Issac, ‘17, made Second Honors. Honorable Mention was attained by Patrick Deleon, ‘16. and Matthew Fetherman, ‘16. Harrison: Jake Marciniak, ‘14, and Tyler Martino, ‘15.

earned First Honors. Kearny: Ryan Ribeiro, ‘17 earned First Honors. Jonathan Bannon, ‘14, Michael Battista, ‘14, and Andrew Capobianco, ‘14, won Second Honors. Michael Florim, ‘14, and Robert Mahon, ‘15, made Honorable Mention. Lyndhurst: Rishi Kumaran, ‘15, and Luke Giunta, ‘17, collected First Honors. Augustus Burkhardt, ‘16, earned Second Honors. Honorable Mention was attained by James Clark, ‘14, Victor Chirichella, ‘17, and Michael Zdanowicz, ‘17. North Arlington: Matthew Rodriguez, ‘16, earned First Honors. Matthew Manley, ‘14, and Brady Marinho, ‘16, got Second Honors. Alphonso Palacios, ‘16, and Robert Wisowaty, ‘16, made Honorable Mention. Nutley: Michael Fogle, ‘16, Jonathan Ahn, ‘17, Alexander De Martino, ‘17, and Francis Geltrude, ‘17, earned First Honors. Brendan Boardingham, ‘14, Kyle Bowes, ‘15, Nicholas Cozzarelli, ‘15, Benjamin Halligan, ‘15, Michael Marino, ‘15, Anthony Sabia, ‘15, and Cameron Vasfailo, ‘16, got Second Honors. Declan Intindola, ’17, made Honorable Mention.

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what Damiano is looking at as a head coach. “Every day,” Damiano said. “Every single day, we’re looking toward this season. The kids are very responsive to the changes we’ve made.” Damiano said that he has been ready for the challenge ahead. Playing soccer all the time with his two sons, James (age 9) and Nicholas (age 7) has kept Damiano on his toes. It’s safe to say that the Damiano family is definitely a soccer family, with two coaches and two active sons.

The Bucs also returned speed striker Luis Lopez, who scored 28 goals last season. “The talent is there,” Damiano said. “I knew when Mike was leaving that this was going to be a good returning team. The kids knew that when Mike was leaving, they wanted me to take the job. They didn’t want anyone else.” The Buccaneers began their official offseason workout regimen last Saturday, so the players got a sense of


“It’s all the time,” Damiano said. “We’re constantly playing soccer on the front lawn. It’s non-stop.” But the former Buccaneer great is ready to take over the program he once played for. “It’s really a dream come true,” Damiano said. “I thought I might have a chance to coach in three to five years. It’s a real treat for me to be able to coach where I played. I’m excited.” It appears as if the rest of Belleville is equally excited.


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Playing at State Fair Meadowlands State Fair Meadowlands announces its lineup of pop, rock and country groups who will be performing at this year’s fair, which runs June 20 to July 6, at the State Fair Meadowlands Fairgrounds, next to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. All concerts are free with an entry ticket

to the fair. Here is a schedule of upcoming band performances. Information about each performer can be found at www. Friday, June 20 - Kris Aaron, Christina LaRocca (1 set); BAAM! Saturday, June 21 Sirius XM will hold a special concert; details

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The southeast corner of Ridge Road and Noel Drive in North Arlington has long been a commercial site, occupied now by a brand-new 7-Eleven. But back in the 1970s, when the ‘Then’ photo was taken, it featured a Dairy Queen, which apparently had a restaurant attached to it. What do you serve in a Dairy Queen restaurant? Cheeseburger a la mode? Later, the property was the longtime home of Jim Dandy’s restaurant, which operated until fairly recently. Locals will recognize that Jim Dandy’s had used the cozy-looking barnlike structure built by DQ, but it was, alas, demolished by 7-Eleven. We don’t know the make and model of that block-long sedan parked at the DQ, but it calls to mind the days when members of a classic car club would gather in Jim Dandy’s parking lot for an impromptu auto show. And, of course, ever present then and now: those electrical power lines. – Karen Zautyk

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and including, Beech St. and north of Midland Ave. New Lawn Ave. Kearny Ave., north of Oakwood. Passaic Ave., north of St. Anthony’s. SCHUYLER: All streets south of Belleville Pike, east of, and including, Chestnut St. and north of, and including, Midland and E. Midland. Beech St., Chestnut St., Devon St., Elm St., and Forest St., north of, and including, Oakwood. NOTE: All current grade

5 students in Lincoln School will be moved as a class to Schuyler School regardless of where their new boundaries may be set, unless parents ask to have their child move to the new school. WASHINGTON: All streets west of, and including, Chestnut St., and south of, and including, Bergen Ave. Devon St., between Woodland and Johnson Aves. LINCOLN: All students in grades 7 & 8 will attend Lincoln School.

Davie appointed to YMCA board Kearny attorney Ken Davie, a partner in the Harrison law firm of Cifelli and Davie, has been named a member of the Greater Newark YMCA’s board of trustees, it was announced by Michael Bright, YMCA president and chief executive officer. Davie is an active, 16-year member of the Y, and is currently assistant town attorney for the Town of Kearny, as well as special counsel for the City of Bayonne and the Borough of North Arlington. “The Y has always been active in our community,”

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June 11 Alex turns 21 Her busy summer has begun On August 6 Jackie turns 28 Her first year of marriage was really great On June 21, Chris & Danny turn 30 They both earned their Masters from NJCU Indy will be 5 on August 27 Early this year, Danny & Linette said “I Do’!


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Diane Alvarez Diane Alvarez of Kearny died suddenly at home on June 7. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www. Kindly consider a donation to the family to assist with expenses. Diane was a teacher’s assistant at Kids Academy in Harrison. Daughter of Oscar and Silvia Alvarez, she is also survived by her children Jessye, Natasha, Jovan and Tatiyana Echevarria, her brother Oscar Alvarez Jr. and six grandchildren. Alberta C. Bryceland Alberta C. Bryceland, 98, Wall, died peacefully at home on Saturday, June 7. Alberta (Bert) was born and raised in Kearny. She was a graduate of Kearny High School. After marriage, Bert and her husband Maurice lived many contented years in Denville. Bert was a devoted wife, a dedicated homemaker, and enjoyed spoiling the couple’s Labrador retrievers. Following the death of her husband, Bert moved to Wall Township in 1986. She often walked the boardwalk, became a member of the Sierra Club, and was a generous contributor to a variety of charities. A particular joy was frequently dining with family and friends. Bert was kind, funny, laughed easily, welcoming to everyone, and a loyal friend. Bert was predeceased by her beloved husband Maurice, parents Charles and Mamie O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful is the Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this necessity. O Star of the Sea help me, and show herein you are my Mother O Holy Mary Mother of God Queen of Heaven and Earth I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart succour me in this necessity (MAKE REQUEST) there are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein you are Mother O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee (three times) O Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (three times) Sweet Mother I place this cause in your hands (three times) Thank you for your mercy to me and mine. Amen.


Salzmann and her dear brother Walter C. Salzmann. She is survived by her niece, Jane Harris, Wall, and her children and spouses: Kevin and Gina Harris, Laura and Darin Bedle, and Brian and Jennifer Harris; nephew and wife William and Ann Salzmann, Champlain, Ill., and their children, Elizabeth Salzmann, Katharine Salzmann and Peter Salzmann; nephew and wife Walter and Susan Salzmann of Wall and their son and spouse, James and Dehn Salzmann; and also great-great nephews and nieces, Jessica, Charles, Ryan, and Nicole. Bert will be missed by special friends the Kingman family, Mary Doyle and her grandson Christopher Doyle. A private graveside service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bert’s name to the Associated Humane Society, 2960 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls, N.J. 07753 or the Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall St., Eatontown, N.J. 07724. For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit Michael Adam Cicchino Michael Adam Cicchino, 56, died Saturday, June 7. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Arrange-

ments were by Condon Memorial Home, 210 Davis Ave., Harrison. Michael was a diehard sports fan and a big animal lover. He was the marshal for over five years in the New York City Bike Tour as well as a past member of the Harrison Lions Club. He was a partner at Vi’s Florist for over 30 years. Son of the late Anthony Cicchino and brother to the late Diane McEntee, he is survived by his loving mother, Regina Cicchino; his four siblings, Anthony (Maria), Marianne (Roy), Carol (Joe), and Richard (Robin); and his 10 beautiful nieces and nephews, along with his cat. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be made to ASPCA In Memory of Michael Cicchino, 520 8th Ave., 7th floor, New York, N.Y. 10018 or call 1-800-628-0028. Jeff M. Humphrey Jeff M. Humphrey died on June 9. He was 43. Born in Belleville, he was a lifelong Kearny resident. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The cremation was private. To leave online condolences, please visit www. In lieu of flowers, kindly honor Jeff’s love of music and consider a donation to www. This group provides instruments


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to children whose families cannot otherwise afford to purchase.  Jeff earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at New Jersey City University. He had been a professor at Touro College in New York and was currently a medical technology instructor at Montefiore Medical Center, New York. Jeff, a very talented musician, could play many instruments and formed The Jeff Humphrey Trio. Sadly, he died in an accident coming home from work Monday evening.  He is survived by his former wife Kathy (nee Keelty), his beloved daughters Madeline and Leah, his loving parents William and Linda Humphrey, his brother Josh and his wife Jennifer and their daughters Cate and Anna. Allan Kerr Allan Kerr died June 1. He was 66. Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral

Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www. Allan served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He had been a partner with Dave Moran in an automotive tow company. He also owned Al’s Gulf in Freehold. His main occupation, however, was that of building manager and supervisor at the Madison Medical Building in New York. He was a member of Copestone-Ophir, F.&A.M. #108 in Kearny.  Husband of Susana (nee Ottermann), he is survived by her son Yubilan and his fiancé Linda. Brother of the late Marjorie, he is also survived by his brother-in-law Cliff Yaschur and his beloved niece and nephew Carolyn (Brian), and their son Andrew and Jefferey (Elva), and their daughters Marjorie and Marilyn. see OBITS page


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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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HaRRiSoN 2nd fl. Apt. in 2 fam. House. Walk to PATH. 2 BR, LR, DR, EIK, Bathroom, Refrigerator. Separate utilities. $1,200/month + 1 ½ months security. No pets. References. Avl. July 1st or 15th. Call Days & evenings 347-225-2502 or Days M-F 718-808-1459.

HaRRiSoN 3rd fl. 3 bedrooms. Supply own utilities. No pets. (551)580-5019 (201)998-3554

BeLLeviLLe 2nd fl. 2 BR’s, Belleville Nutley border. W/D Hook up. HT/HW included $1300/month.Avl. Jan. 1st 862-201-6166. BeLLeviLLe 2 BR modern apt. With Central air & Heat. Parking Space. 1 ½ month’s security. No pets. Avl. Now. 201-424-0957 BeLLeviLLe 2nd floor. 5 large rooms, 2 bedrooms, DR, large EIK & LR. All remodeled. Close to transportation. $1075/month. Separate utilities. 1 month security. Available July 1st. (973) 951-6315

E. nEWArK e.NeWaRK 1st fl. 6 rooms. No pets. No smoking. 1 month security. Available June 15th. (973)485-7171

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HaRRiSoN 2 bedrooms, kitchen, LR, bathroom. Recently renovated. Close to PATH. Available. (201)376-3184 HaRRiSoN 4 room apt. 2 BR, updated Tile kitchen. Utilities not included. No pets. $1150/month. Avl. July 1st. 973-207-5229. HaRRiSoN Studio apartment near PATH. Available immediately. Separate utilities. $750/month. 1-1/2 months security. (732)381-2443

HaRRiSoN 3 bedrooms, LR, DR, kitchen, refrigerator, laminate wood floors. No pets. $1300/month + utilities. 1 month security. Available July 1st. (201)467-1355

HaRRiSoN Brand New, High quality, 3 BR Apt. Near Path & High School. w/Laundry. Call 973-772-2882 or 973-772-3883.

HaRRiSoN 1 BR apt, 5 min walk to PATH station. Nice Area. Utilities included. Available July 1st. 973-483-3401

HaRRiSoN 5 room apt. 3 BR’s. 1st floor. 6 family home. $1,100 + utilities. Walking Distance to PATH. 973-953-5031.

HaRRiSoN 1BR & 2 BR, LR, Kitchen. Central air, walk to PATH, easy access to all major highways. No pets. No smoking. Pay own utilities. 1-1/2 months security. 2BR Available Immediately. 1 BR Avail. July 1st. 973-481-2453

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HaRRiSoN Modern 1 BR, 2nd Fl. Private Entrance. Clean, Quiet & comfortable. Refrigerator. No pets. $750/month + utilities. Security & lease. 862-223-9974.

HaRRiSoN Studio apt. 2nd floor, HT/HW included. no pets, credit score and proof of employment. $815/month, 1-1/2 months security. Avail. 7/1/14, 973-808-1556

HaRRiSoN 4 BR Apt. LR, DR, Kitchen & Bath. 1st floor. Hardwood Floors, Access to Backyard. Near Schools & Transportation. No pets. No smoking. 1 month security. Available Aug 1st. 973-820-3452 973-820-5213

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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. Close to NY Transportation. No pets. Call 201-998-8226. Between the hrs. 6am4pm. Monday-Friday for Appt.

KeaRNY 2nd Fl. 2 BR, $1,300/month. HT/HW Supplied. 1 ½ months security. No pets. Includes refrigerator. Avail. July 15th. 201-991-5968.

KeaRNY 357 Kearny Ave. 1 BR, LV & Kitchen. $850/month. HT/HW Inc. 201-2834440 or 973-465-0166. KeaRNY Kearny Ave. 2 bedrooms. $1050/month. No pets. Separate utilities. 1-1/2 months security. Available July 1st. (201)893-1955

KEArny 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 1 ½ rooms. HT/HW included. No pets. $850/month 1 ½ security + 1 month rent. (201)997-0590 KeaRNY Convenient Location Large 3R, 1BR, includes HT/HW $925/month + security. (512) 994-4986 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 1st fl. of 2 family house, newly renovated. Hardwood Floors. 2 BR, LR, use of yard, washer/dryer hook-up. $1350/mo + utilities. 1-½ mo sec. 201-920-9308.

KeaRNY 1 BR + small den. Recently renovated. Hardwood floors. Coin laundry on site. No pets. $985/month + HT/HW. Security required $1477.50. $25 application fee. Call 551-226-0566 KeaRNY Arlington Area. 5 rooms, 1 bath. 1-1/2 months security. $1200 + utilities. No pets. (201) 213-1871 KeaRNY 2nd fl. 3 rooms, $875/month. Utilities separate. 1 ½ months security. No pets. No smoking. Available. July 1st. 201-998-3681, if no answer leave message. KeaRNY 43 Woodland Ave. 2nd fl. 2 ½ BR, Large EIK, Laundry Hook-ups. No pets. $1,200/month + 1 ½ months security. Separate utilities. Available July 1st. 201-914-4697


KeaRNY 3 rooms, HT/HW included. Elevated building. Laundry facility on premises. $895/month Call Sofia after 3pm 201-998-3516 or see super after 3pm 654 Elm St. Apt Basement 1 KeaRNY 3rd fl. 3 BR apt. Washer/Dryer Hook-up. $1300/month + utilities. 1 month security. Avail. July 1st. 908-333-7674. KeaRNY 1 room apt. Utilities included. No smoking. No pets. $1,100/month.1 ½ month security. Available July 1st. Call after 5pm 201-600-1863 201-246-9524 KeaRNY Newly renovated, 1st fl. 2 BR, DR, LR Kitchen. Garage, Use of Backyard. HT/HW Included. Basement, Washer/Dryer Hookup. Storage. No pets. $1,650/month 1-1/2 months security. Available July 1st. 201-759-4667 KeaRNY Modern 3 rooms, HT/HW included. $950/month. 1 ½ month’s security. No pets. Avl. Now. 201-991-2806 973-960-3531. KeaRNY 2 BR apt. Kitchen, Living Room. Utilities Separate. $1250/month. 1 year lease. No pets. 201-978-1168.


Barbara gerbasio Re & management co. 201-998-8415 KeaRNY 138 Rutherford pL 1 bdrm H/HW supplied, Hard wood fls. laundry in basement close to shopping & Transportation $965. avl. July. Superintendent Martin 201-762-4420 748 Devon 2 bdrm, Hardwood fls, 1st fl. H/HW supplied, Avl. July 15th. $1025. 1BR Hardwood fl. Laundry in basement close to shopping & transportation $965. 2nd fl avl. July 15th. Superintendent David 908-406-2083

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KeaRNY LaRge 1 BeDRoom, 2ND FL. BeLgRove apTS. (117 BeLgRove DRive). moDeRN KiTcHeN/BaTH. $950/moNTH iNcLUDiNg HT/HW. No peTS. LeaSe. 1-1/2moNTHS SecURiTY 973-497-7868

2nd Floor, Lg. LR, Formal DR, Mod. EIK & Bath. 2 bdrm’s. No pets. 1-1/2 months security. $1350/mo. + utilities. (732)859-9957

KeaRNY Everything brand new. 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, LR, DR, central air. $1200$1250/month. 1 month security. Separate utilities. Available July 1st. (201) 618-4168

KeaRNY Nice 1st fl. 2 bR apt. No stairs! Modern kitchen and bath. Hardwood floors. LV, Move in condition. W/D hook-up. Storage Bin. 296 Beech St. $1200/month + utilities. 1 month security. No pets. No smoking. Avl. July. 1st. 973-202-9769

KeaRNY 5 ½ rooms apt. Avl. July 1st. 1 ½ month security. $1250/month. Brand new house pay own utilities. No dogs or cats. Laundry on premises. 6 family house. Call 201-424-5067 After 5pm. We speak Spanish.

KeaRNY 1 BR, LV, Kitchen & Bath. HT/HW included. 1 ½ months security. Close to transportation. No pets. Avl. July 1st. 973-592-5488.

KeaRNY 1 BR Apt. Located 1 block from City hall. H/W floors. HT/HW included. $900/month. 1 month security. No pets. For more Info. Call Carlos 201-306-2994.

KeaRNY 2 BeDRoomSm RaiLRoaD STYLe apT. 3RD FL. 34 BRigHToN ave. $915/moNTH pLUS UTiLiTieS. No peTS. LeaSe. 1 ½ moNTHS SecURiTY. 973-493-7868


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KeaRNY 6 ½ rooms apt. Avl. July 1st. 1 ½ month security. $1,450/month. Brand new house pay own utilities. No dogs or cats. Washer/Dryer hook-up. Call After 201-424-5067 5pm. We speak Spanish.

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.

KeaRNY 4 rooms, $950/month. 1 month security. No pets. available July 15th or august 1st. (973)229-2786

LYNDHURST 1 bedroom apt. in 2 family. $1000/month. 1 month security. Heat included. No smoking. No pets. (201) 933-3676



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LYNDHURST Renovated 1 BR + Den, in apartment building. Wood kitchen cabinets, stove, refrigerator, ceramic tile floors, H/W floors throughout. Laundry in building. No pets. 1 block to NYC train/bus. $1,100/month + utilities. Security $1,650. Application fee $25, credit check and proof of ability to pay required. Call 551-226-0566.

N.aRLiNgToN 1 bedroom, 3rd floor. Available July 1st. No pets. Close to public transportation. $850/month + utilities. (973)769-4216

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N.aRLiNgToN 1 BR, All Utilities included except cable. Washer/dryer. No pets. No smoking $925/month. Call After 5pm 973-420-4633

N.aRLiNgToN 1 Bedroom Apt. HT/HW included. Parking space. No pets. 201-342-2206.

N.aRLiNgToN 3 rooms, 1 BR, 1st fl. Hardwood floors. EIK, No pets. $1,000/month + utilities. Freshly painted. 201-693-6542

N.aRLiNgToN 5 rooms 2nd fl. Near NY transportation. Newly renovated. HW floors. HT included. $1,400 + 1 ½ months security. 201-935-1951

N.aRLiNgToN 2 & 3 rooms apartments. HT/HW included. Near Transportation. Available now. (732) 648-1171.



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

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

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N.aRLiNgToN Immaculate 2 bedrooms, DR, LR, EIK. 2nd floor. No pets. $1200/month + utilities. Available July 1st. (201)747-4167

2008 Ford Escape 36,050 miles, 4-cyl, auto trans, Good Condition/ Original owner. New Battery. $6,500 Contact 201-991-7188.


750 sq. ft. 2 private offices, Bathroom, High traffic street, 1 parking space. HT included. 201-265-9423 or 201-218-9019

bUsiness forsAle Hair salon, with manicure & pedicure section for sale, Bloomfield area. 201-927-5270 or 973-393-7877

HARRISON New House, 2 BR, 2 Bathroom, Stainless steel appliances. 5 minute Walking distance to PATH. $1,800/month & Driveway. Avl July 1st. 917-776-9915 917-346-7736.

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For sale easy boy sectional, w/clean sleeper & recliner $600. DR w/extension leaf. Protective pads & hutch $1500. Couch, Love seat & chair w ottoman $700. Twin beds mattress & box spring w/frame $200. Hot point 24”stove $450. 30”refrigerator $300. For info call 973-661-4717.

N.ARLINGTON $290,000 2 Family, 3 rooms each floor. 1 car garage. Ideal location. Close to NYC transportation. Call owner (973)284-1056

N.aRLiNgToN 4 1/2 rooms, 2 BR, LV, Kitchen. 2nd fl. Garage. No pets. $1,400/month + utilities. 201-693-6542.

N.aRLiNgToN 3 modern rooms. No pets. No smoking. Parking on property. $925/month + Utilities. Security. 973-779-8851.

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

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N.NeWaRK Section 8 Welcomed. 3 Bedroom Apt. Newly Renovated. New Bath, New Kitchen, 1st fl. 412 Woodside Ave. Call (973)202-8580 (973)925-3812

Party Hall For Rent • Affordable • A/C • Nice Setting 201-889-6677 201-572-1839

N.NeWaRK Totally renovated studio apt. $775/month, 1 month security. Utilities included. Available now. No pets. No smoking. (973)752-6877 call after 4:30pm

AUtomobile forsAle 2013 White Ford Truck, E350 Cargo Ecoline Van Super Duty, refrigerated, extended, 12,000 miles, thermo king V300. Ref. unit, completely insulated interior, power locks, air conditioning, back up sensors, overnight plug. Call Al (201) 889-3114

1990 Dodge Van, 1,600 miles. Asking price $1,200. Please call (201) 991-1788 (201) 362-7475.

HoUse forrent KeaRNY 1 family house. 3 BR’s. 1 ½ baths. Full attic & basement. Nice backyard. close to Kearny High 1,500/mon. 1 month security. available June 1st. (201)726-0176 BELLEVILLE New Construction, 1 Family. Be the first to enjoy this beautiful home. Large open area. Kitchen, DR, LR, ceramic kitchen floor, stainless steel appliance, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths all tiled, hardwood floors throughout, central AC/HT, basement, washer/dryer hook-up, garage, yard. No pets. $2500/month. Available July 1st. (201)697-0541

N.ARLINGTON 4 family house, parking available, on dead end street. $500,000. 201-283-4051 201-998-8429.

lot forsAle LoT FoR SaLe NeWaRK, 33-35 BRooKDaLe ave., ReSiDeNTiaL, 30FT X 100FT, LeveLeD, USeD FoR SiX FamiLY. SeLLiNg pRice $15K, $120K TaX aSSeSSeD vaLUe. caLL 201-615-7960.

officespAce forrent KeaRNY Professional Commercial (2 locations available). Office space on Kearny Avenue. Immediate occupancy. Close to NYC, public transportation, PATH, DeCamp, NJ Transit bus lines. 1,100 sq.ft.(corner) $2500/month + 1-1/2 months security, 1 to 5 year lease. 1,000 sq.ft. $2300/month + 1-1/2 months security, 1 to 5 year lease. Call Silvina (201) 456-2540

Ridge Road Office in N.Arlignton. 1 room office w/parking, great building $550/month. Owner (201)280-7483

N.ARLINGTON 0ffice for lease. High Traffic Area on Ridge rd., previously used for 34 yrs. A1 Location. Avl. 7/1 - 201-933-0364.

PErsonALs Nice looking man, looking for nice woman. Must be over 60 w/no children. (973) 715-9586 Senior educated man, financially & Physically secured looking for nice woman 50+, speaks English with no dependant children. 201-394-8018

room for rEnt KEARNY Rooms for rent Utilities included. No smoking, Drinking. Work and prior references required. Close to transportation, banks and shopping area. 201-997-6141. Call 10am-1pm. HARRISON Room for rent. Big closets. Female preferred. Near PATH & transportation. Share kitchen. No smoking. No drinking. Available Utilities & now. DIRECTV included. Se habla español. (973) 485-9464. BELLEVILLE Large spacious room for rent, HT/HW included. No pets. No smoking. 1 month security required. Avl. Now. 973-759-7077. KEARNY Furnished room for rent. 13x13. Female preferred. Kitchen use. Near NY Transportation. No smoking. Available July 1st. 201-428-7061 or 201-997-2319 KEARNY Room for rent. 3rd floor. $500/month, private room & Bathroom. Utilities included. (201)283-4601


To place an ad call: 201-991-1600 room for rEnt HARRISON Private entrance. Available now. Near transportation. No smoking. No pets. $450/month. 1 month security. Male preferred. Se habla espanol. (201)655-8663 (862)755-4947

spAce forrent Truck parking and/or storage. Secured lot in Belleville. 50x100. Available now. (201)310-4433

store forrent BLOOMFIELD Retail store for lease. Corner store avl. No food Please. Avl. June 1st. 800sq ft. private parking lot available. Call 973-566-0333. KEARNY 842 Kearny Avenue. Store for rent. (973)229-2786 KEARNY 21 Kearny Ave. Small storefront for rent. Formerly a nail & hair salon. $1,200/month. (201)306-4051 Kearny – 21 Kearny Ave. storefront for rent. Basement storage & bathroom. Formerly a nail & hair salon. $1,200/month. 201-306-4051

EmPLoymEnt Permanent P/T Class A Hazmat cert NJ/PA 2 days wk. Retirees welcome. Call Mike. 201-939-1644.

Drivers CDL A/B Call today start tomorrow, Great Pay & Benefits. 201-991-1586. Now Hiring! Property inspectors FT/PT in your area. Full, free training provided. msangelabove@ (732)766-4425 ask for Mel

Stewarts Root Beer Now Hiring for season Cooks.

Apply in person 938 Passaic Ave Kearny, NJ (201)998-0600

EmPLoymEnt Looking for drivers and helpers with moving experience. Livingston area. Call 973-255-0621 Full time Landscaper w/experience. Must have clean drivers license. Call 201-998-1262 Looking for a dispatcher, must have experience. Also looking for drivers F/TP/T, must have clean license and be reliable. Call Schuyler Cab at 201-991-7600

Licensed hairdresser & nail technician needed for salon in Kearny & Harrison. Please call (201)725-6396 or (908)675-6669 Temp Help 1-2 weeks 160 Passaic Ave. Kearny Warehouse Packing & Moving. Call Mr. Chen 201-991-6868

Kitchen help wanted in local restaurant Tues-Sun. 614 Schuyler ave North Arlington 201 997-8778

Presser Wanted, experience needed. P/T work. Please call John (201)310-1625 Harrison Logistics Company Hiring Customer Service and Clerical Must be Full Time & Career oriented Strong computer and communication skills References and experience required. Email resumes to: Drivers: Local Clifton! Home Every Night & WeekendS. Benjamin Moore Openings! Start $22.40/hr + Great Benefits. Opportunity of advancement Union position. Class-A CDL, 5yrs Exp, Hazmat & Tanker End., Clean MVR CPC Logistics: 1-800-274-3749



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EmPLoymEnt Looking for chemical operator for company in South Kearny. Ribbon blender experience helpful. Please mail resume to P.O. Box 401 Kearny NJ 07032. Att: PLANT MANAGER. Midtown Pharmacy seeks evening cashier/shift supervisor for PT/FT position. The position may include alternating weekends. Retail experience necessary, background check required. Apply in person to Midtown Pharmacy 581 kearny ave.

Telemarketers experiences, work from home. Ability To close, Set Appointments for well established Photography company, Doing Corporate head shots. Call Mr. G 1-800-970-1097

services offereD Licensed certified home health aide (home maker) Available for private duty from Monday thru Friday. If interested please call Carmen, cell 862-223-0448 or home 973-481-1090

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cArpet cleAninG Carpet Cleaning Residential & Commercial Deep Steam Cleaning Area rugs & Wall To Wall Free Estimates 201-887-8212

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

annie’s cleaning Service Homes, offices. Move in-out cleaning. Gift Certificates Avail. Excellent references 973-667-6739 862-210-0681

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

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SYNCON from Department of Environmental Protection. In 1983, EPA added Syncon Resins to its National Priorities List of Superfund sites and over the next two years, DEP undertook a remedial investigation that found “extensive contamination in the soil, ground water and buildings, and large volumes of liquid and solid chemical wastes in the various storage vessels and tanks.” Between 1989 and 1993, DEP removed the drums, lagoon liquids and other wastes from the site, decontaminated the buildings and tanks, excavated and removed contaminated soil, built a soil flushing/ground water treatment systems and secured the site with fencing but concluded that more cleanup work remained to be done. In 2003, DEP sued Syncon and other defendants held to be responsible for the pollution under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act and, according to EPA spokesman Elias Rodriguez, $2.69 million was collected through the litigation to help pay for cleanup costs. That amount turned out to be only a fraction of the $21 million which, according to Rodriguez, has been spent so far on remediation but, by EPA’s reckoning, “there’s a need for an additional $24 million to finish the job: digging out 40,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil (containing heavy metals and PCBs) and demolishing the buildings,” he said. At a Capitol Hill public hearing held last Tuesday by the Subcommittee on Oversight (chaired by Booker) within the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Enck and other experts testified on the need to build up the federal Superfund which, according to Booker, “[at] current funding levels would likely not be sufficient to meet the future needs of the … program” to protect the public health and environment” and convert fallow sites into revenue producing properties. At the same time, Booker said he and Menendez would introduce the “Superfund Polluter Pays Restoration Act of 2014” to “reinstate the excise tax on polluting industries to provide funding for Super-

from the Pennsylvania DEP’s website, three N.J. facilities have accepted fracking waste “but do not anymore.” She said the website reported that Clean Earth of North Jersey in Kearny “last accepted drilling fluid waste (‘mud’ – often a mixture of water or oil, clay and chemicals to lubricate the drill bit as the well is drilled) from unconventional wells in the Marcellus shale in 2011.”

The website also reported that Clean Earth of Carteret “last accepted drill cuttings (solid material removed from the borehole as the well is drilled) from unconventional wells in the Marcellus shale in 2011” and that Lorco Petroleum Services of Elizabeth “last accepted drilling fluid waste from unconventional wells in the Marcellus shale in 2010,” May said.

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EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, flanked (to l.) by Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos and (to r.) by Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, speaks at groundwater treatment facility at Syncon Resins site.

fund cleanups.” It’s all the more important to dedicate funds now, Booker said, since, “Nationwide, there are hundreds of Superfund sites that are on the National Priority List where remediation has not even begun. And there are hundreds more sites on the List where remediation is ongoing – but too often at a pace that is slowed by sufficient funding.” Of the more than 1,300 properties on EPA’s National Priority List (NPL), there are three in Kearny: the Syncon Resins site, the Diamond Head Oil Refinery site, 1401 Harrison Turnpike; and Standard Chlorine site, 1035 Belleville Turnpike. The 25-acre Standard Chlorine site, located near the Rt. 7 bridge, has been acquired by Kearny and is being packaged with two other properties as part of the Koppers Koke Peninsula tract in an effort by the Hudson County Improvement Authority to sell the land to a redeveloper. Santos said Tierra Solutions has accepted responsibility for cleanup of the Standard Chlorine site within three to five years. Santos said the Diamond Head site, near the entrance to Rt. 280, has no responsible party assigned for cleanup. There is an unpaid tax lien on this property, he said. Other Superfund sites listed by EPA (not on the NPL), as of Nov. 2013, in Kearny, are: AT&T Corp. at River Terminal, 100 Central Ave.; Belleville Turnpike Drums, 590 Belleville Turnpike, Building 29; Kearny Drum Disposal Area, 993 Belleville Turnpike; Keegan Sanitary Landfill, foot of Bergen Ave.; Kop-

pers Co. Inc./Seaboard Plant, Fish House Road and Harrison Turnpike; St. Johnsbury Trucking Co., O’Brien & Sellers Sts; and Standard Chlorine, 107-113 Jacobus Ave. On another environmental front, The Observer asked Santos about the veracity of a recent published report in an area newspaper that wastes from fracking enterprises in Pennsylvania were being accepted in Kearny and elsewhere in New Jersey. (Fracking is a process of pumping water and chemicals at high pressure below bedrock to release natural gas.) Santos said that when the practice of transmitting wastes across state lines started a couple of years ago, “we opposed it but the governor changed the law permitting [fracking wastes] to come to treatment facilities in New Jersey, such as Clean Earth in Kearny.” Santos said he couldn’t independently confirm that assertion. “We don’t have the resources to monitor chemicals coming into Kearny facilities licensed by the state to take and treat hazardous chemicals,” he said, but in any event, “not knowing what’s in the [fracking] waste stream – some say there could be radon – we don’t want it. There should be full disclosure to make sure it’s properly handled and treated.” The issue, the mayor added, “is part of a bigger environmental debate about whether the fracking process, through wastes or carbon emissions, can compromise the water table.” EPA spokeswoman Jennifer May said last week that according to information




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Claire A. Kerr Claire A. Kerr, 95, of Ocean Grove, passed away on Friday, June 6, at Francis Asbury Manor, Ocean Grove. Born in Paterson, Claire lived in Kearny until 1976, when she moved to the Covered Bridge section of Manalapan, where she lived for 36 years before moving to Ocean Grove in 2012. She was an office administrator for Certified Credit in Newark before retiring. Claire was a past member of the United Methodist Church, Kearny. She was predeceased by her husband Roderick in 1983 and her daughter Donna Adamoli

in 2009. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law James and Kathleen Kerr of Wayne; her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Paul Urban of Columbus; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation and funeral service were held at the Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan. Interment followed at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. To share a memory, offer a condolence, or find directions, please visit Rozalia Pawlica Rozalia Pawlica, 94, of Lyndhurst, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 11. Funeral services were under

the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, on Monday, June 16. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome. org. Born in Poland, she lived in Kearny for most of her life before moving to Lyndhurst recently. She is survived by her loving children Chester Pawlica and his wife Patricia and Lee Fischbach and her husband Heiki, cherished grandchildren Richard and Joseph and great-grandchildren Kathryn and Andrew.

Helen Weidele Helen Weidele of Kearny passed away on June 6 at ManorCare, New Providence. Arrangements were by the McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave., Union. A funeral Mass was offered on June 11 at St. Michael’s Church, Lyndhurst, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Helen was born in Harrison and lived in Kearny for 65 years. She was one of seven children of Theodore and Katherine Piskowski. She was a graduate of Harrison High School and owner of Kent School of Dance, Montclair, and Bunnie’s Beauty Salon, Kearny. She also worked as an executive secre-

tary for the IUE for 30 years. Helen enjoyed traveling and, most of all, Atlantic City. She was a member of St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, and St. Michael’s Church, Lyndhurst. She was the beloved wife of 37 years to the late William Weidele, loving companion of the late Thomas Reilly, dear sister of Josephine Balsamo of Virginia, Irene Rossmell of Florida and the late Jean O’Neal, Stanley Piskowski, Frank Piskowski and Chester Piskowski. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s name to the Raise Your Glass Foundation, P.O. Box 4516, Warren, N.J. 07059.


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