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HIGHLIGHTS Kearny PBA Local 21 offering $500 scholarships to two graduating high school seniors. See Page 7

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Four of Kearny’s bravest ascend to Captain & Deputy Chief following recent retirements By Ron Leir rleir@theobserver.com

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our Kearny Fire Department promotions took effect on April Fool’s Day but you’d be a fool if you thought your leg was being pulled. The municipal governing body approved the recommendation of Fire Chief Steven Dyl to elevate Fire Capts. John Degiovanni and Joseph Mastandrea to the rank of deputy fire chief and to upgrade Firefighters Ronald Protokowicz and Michael Janeczko to fire captain. Degiovanni, who ranked No. 1 on the Civil Service test for deputy chief, will collect annual pay of $128,342 as prescribed by the departmental salary guide, Tier 2, Step 1. Mastandrea will pocket a $147,347-a-year salary as per the same guide, Tier 2, Step 6. Protokowicz and Janeczko will each earn $107,000 a year. Photo by Skyler J. Whitehead Dyl said Degiovanni is being assigned as a tour commander Four members of the town’s Bravest were promoted to new positions in the Kearny Fire Depart- while Mastandrea will work in administration, helping oversee ment. With Chief Steven Dyl, from left, are Capt. Ron Protokowicz, Deputy Chief Joe Mastandrea, Deputy Chief John Degiovanni and Capt. Mike Janeczko.

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or Patrick Martin, it was always about the kids. That’s what brought him to the East Newark Borough School July 1, 2014, after having completed four years as the chief administrator of

the Union Township Board of Education with 7,500 students spread among 10 schools. “I was looking to get back into the classroom, to do hands-on work with the children,” he said. “It was wonderful to come to a new place where I could do that again.” But he’ll be leaving that experience behind on

June 30 when he bids a fond farewell to the nearly 300 students occupying East Newark’s only school where he’s presided as superintendent/principal. Martin, whose appointment was only recently renewed for five years, said the district won’t be on the hook for paying him for the additional See MARTIN, Page 25

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Town moves first case v. abandoned housing By Ron Leir rleir@theobserver.com This long-vacant residence at 47 Morgan Place, Kearny, is now targeted for legal action under the 2016 town ordinance prescribing actions for the cleanup and/or disposition of “abandoned” properties. The building has been allowed to deteriorate since its original owner – who left no heirs – died in 2012. Records in the town Construction Office show that First American Real Estate Tax Service, a subsidiary of California-based First American Financial Corp., has been keeping taxes current but apparently has done little else for the building’s upkeep. On April 10, the municipal governing body authorized town attorneys “to institute court action for interior access to [the] property for valuation prior to commencement of an eminent domain action.” As provided by a 2017 town resolution, it now falls to Helix Real Estate LLC of Maplewood

to calculate a “realistic market value” for the Morgan Place property. Additionally, Neves Architecture & Design LLC of Kearny will determine the cost to either fix and reuse the property or demolish it and put up a new structure and Hudson Realty Abstract Co. of Jersey City will research the title to the property. “If the cost of rehabilitation or new construction is higher than the appraised value after rehabilitation, then the cost to the town to take the property will be zero,” Mayor Alberto Santos said. Once the town takes title, then it can offer the property for sale to the highest bidder. As the first phase of its efforts to get rid of unsafe residential buildings, the town placed a total of eight properties – including the one on Morgan Place – on an abandoned properties list published March 15, 2017. Two – 28 Brighton Ave. and 34 Oakwood Ave. – were

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t’s taken some doing but now, finally, Kearny’s “Rewards” program is ready to roll. Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone Coordinator John Peneda, who spearheaded the campaign, said the program is set to launch Monday, April 23. How it works is that the KUEZ, in association with Kearny Bank, is sponsoring a Kearny Rewards Card

And, he added, “if their favorite shop is not part of the Kearny Rewards program, let the business know that they should join.” To access a directory of participating businesses and to see the current discounts available, as well as to register for the Kearny Rewards Card, visit www.kearnyrewards.org. “I encourage Kearny residents to pick up the Kearny Rewards Card and use it at participating businesses,” Peneda said. “Not only are you

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shopper with a rebate, a portion of which would go to Fincredit as an administrative fee for keeping track of all transactions and providing that discount program that offers the cardholder an opportunity for special offers by shopping at participating Kearny businesses. “Simply present the Kearny Rewards Card at the point of purchase and receive the advertised discount,” a news release issued last week by Peneda explained. There are 25 local merchants that have registered so far to offer these special deals and more are expected to sign up, Peneda said. The card is free to any Kearny resident or shopper. Cards may be picked up at Kearny Town Hall, Kearny Public Library and other municipal buildings, plus any branch of Kearny Bank, and the participating businesses. “What a great way to shop at the local businesses and save,” Peneda said. “Kearny residents should take advantage of the special offers to Kearny Rewards cardholders.”

saving on your purchases or services, but you are helping the local economy by shopping at Kearny businesses.” Peneda’s efforts to provide consumers a break on locallyacquired goods and services date back to 2013 when he pitched a “Kearny Tax Reward” program aimed at giving local residents an annual tax/rent credit for purchases made at local businesses. Using the resources of the N.J. State League of Municipalities, Peneda learned that Marlboro Township had pioneered the concept with a company called Fincredit Inc., also based in Marlboro. As proposed, the town would have provided homeowners with a rewards card, “swiped” by a participating merchant through a scanner provided by Fincredit to register the transaction in the resident’s “reward” account. The business was to receive full price for the merchandise or service and provide the

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KPD: Next time, buddy, back off By Karen Zautyk kzautyk@theobserver.com

Hypothetical question: If you had warrants, and no license, would you not drive as carefully as possible, so as not to call attention to yourself? At 10:06 p.m. on April 6, police said, a silver Ford pickup truck, heading west on Halstead Street, began tailgating another vehicle — and revving its engine for good measure. The car it was harassing pulled over to let the truck pass, but the Ford didn’t get very far. Surprise! The car — an unmarked KPD vehicle occupied by Det. Sgt. Michael Gonzalez and Det. Daniel Esteves — brought the truck to a halt at Halstead and Belgrove Drive and reportedly found it operated by Daniel Acosta, 20,

of Kearny. Police said Acosta had a suspended license and three non-suspended warrants: $1,500, Springfield; $1,500, West Long Branch, and $500, Westfield. He was arrested on those and also summonsed for careless driving, being an unlicensed driver and driving while suspended. Police said a family member posted his bail. •••  Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following: April 7  Officers Anthony Oliveira and Mina Ekladious were dispatched to ShopRite at 12:29 a.m. on a report of a shoplifter who had allegedly concealed four magazines in his pants while waiting in a check-out line. (We are

POLICE BEAT aware that you like details, but the report did not I.D. the publications; however, we doubt they included Smithsonian and NatGeo mags. If we are wrong, apologies.)  In a search incident to arrest, Michael Paglia, 51, of Newark, was allegedly found to be in possession of a fold of suspected heroin, stamped “S7ven,” and a small baggie of suspected cocaine. He was charged with shoplifting, failure to surrender a CDS and two counts of possession of CDS and drug paraphernalia, and was released on summonses. ••• At 1:45 a.m., Officers

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More time for feedback on bridge By Ron Leir rleir@theobserver.com The U.S. Coast Guard has extended through April 23 the public comment period for input on the status of the

Bridge Street Bridge linking Harrison and Newark over the Passaic River. The original cutoff date for submission of comments was April 9. The Coast Guard wants to

hear — from mariners and other interested parties — their opinions “as to what marine activity exists or potential future use so as to assist in the determination of what height is needed for boats to travel under the bridge today and in the future along the Passaic River.” Hudson and Essex counties are conducting a

study of the swing bridge which dates from 1913 to improve its structural deficiencies and maintain an important link for residents and commuters who travel to and from Newark’s downtown business district. The span has been temporarily closed in recent years for repairs. Because of its age, routine fixes “can no longer address the

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Getting the truth can be deadly By Ron Leir T’S A DANGEROUS WORLD out there and nobody knows that better than foreign correspondents who’ve covered conflagrations stretching from Syria to Somalia and everywhere in between. Just in the past couple weeks, we were reminded of that peril in the wake of reports by The New York Times that two Ecuadorian journalists and a companion kidnapped March 26 by rebel forces near the Columbian-Ecuador border had been reportedly murdered by their captors. The killings of reporter Javier Ortega, photographer Raul Rivas and their driver Efrain Segarra — reported by President Lenin Morena of Ecuador — were attributed to a breakaway faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (the FARC) who have spurned a 2016 peace treaty that ended a lengthy, bloody war between the FARC and Columbia. El Comercio, the newspaper for which the journalists worked, said the men were investigating increasing criminal activity in Ecuador’s northern province of Esmeraldas, including a police station bombing, which was spilling over into Ecuador when they were abducted. And on March 22, state police in Veracruz, Mexico, said journalist Leobardo Vazquez had been found shot dead earlier that week in the coastal town of Gutierrez Zamora where criminal drug activity has been reported. Vazquez had managed a news website, Enlace Informativo Regional, covering general news and crime in the area. According to Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, 22 journalists have been killed in Veracruz

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since 2000. By the reckoning of The Committee to Protect Journalists, of at least 47 news personnel killed in retaliation for their work during 2017, Mexico claimed the highest total — seven — “putting it just behind Iraq and Syria as the deadliest places in the world to work in media,” reported NPR.com. To try and stop the slaughter, Mexico has implemented a federal protection program that provides bodyguards and “panic buttons” to call for police if threatened, but local media say that’s hardly enough to stop organized crime and corrupt officials from exacting revenge on journalists’ public disclosures. Even scribes who work for big newspapers have not been immune from violence. Take the case of Miroslava Breach, for example, who wrote

about crime and corruption for the national newspaper La Jornada in the northern state of Chihuahua until she was gunned down as she pulled out of her driveway with one of her three children beside her on March 23 last year. Many journalists who have thus far managed to stay alive despite the risks of continuing to report the news still face other pressures, with the International Federation of Journalists reporting, via Aljazeera.com, that an estimated 250+ of their colleagues have been imprisoned world-wide — two-thirds of them in Turkey alone. Here in the U.S., thankfully, working journalists have it easy compared to what much of the world press is up against. Thank goodness, though, for resources like the Open Public Records Act to access information and for shield laws passed by some 40 states to protect journalists from being compelled to testify before a grand jury. Judicious application of OPRA can be a vital tool in helping to fill in the gaps when researching a news story and enlightening our readership. We owe a big debt of gratitude to the Republic’s founders for having included freedom of the press as part of our country’s law and to our military for having defended — many having made the supreme sacrifice — our right to keep it. Let us continue to hold that right dear and to apply it as needed. We well understand the plight of sometimes overtaxed custodians of government records who are called on to handle our requests for information and we thank them for their cooperation in our mutual exercise of good government.

Writer: Cemetery rules are absurd & outdated To the Editor: I am the proud son of a World War II Navy veteran. Much to my sadness, my father is deceased, which brings me to the point of my letter. My father is interred in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. I have, for years, put USA and Naval Flags at his gravesite, and the cemetery keeps removing them. They cite clean up

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The North Arlington Third-Grade recreation basketball team won the South Bergen championship following an undefeated season under head coach Matt Stone (far right) and assistant coach Bobby Crudele (far left.) The team includes, standing from left, Jacob Gwiszcz, Finn Hughes, Daniel Higgins, Justin Acosta and Elijah Zaldivar. Kneeling, from left, are Alex Zaldivar, Liam Stanley, Dylan Stone and Shane Crudele.

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According to witnesses, police said, the accused, once outside, began banging on the window, produced a knife, made a throat-cutting gesture and told her adversary, “I’ll kill you.”  Kiara Duran, 25, of Newark, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and making terroristic threats. Police said she also had a $300 Newark warrant. She was booked at HQ and sent to the

IN THE COURTS He also made personal purchases using creditcard information provided by his customers and others without their authorization. Additionally, he contacted his credit card company and falsely claimed numerous purchases on his account were fraudulent. Spina reportedly admitted he obtained or sought to obtain more than $550,000 in money or goods. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to others, whichever is greater. Sentencing is scheduled for July 23.

POLICE BEAT county jail. April 11 At 8:32 p.m., Officers Fearon and Chris Manolis responded to ShopRite, where security had detained Leonides MoralesCortes, 22, of Perth Amboy, for allegedly attempting to steal items (we don’t know what, sorry) worth a total of $3.08. He was charged with shoplifting and on two $1,000 Perth Amboy warrants, and went to the county jail. Reportedly based on his PSA score.

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Knights’ pasta dinner is April 29 The Belleville Knights of Columbus host a pasta dinner to benefit the council’s charity fund on Sunday, April 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the council hall, 98 Bridge St. The menu includes salad, pasta, meatballs, sausage, bread and butter, assorted desserts, draft beer, wine and soda. At the library The Belleville Public Library & Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., sponsors these activities during the coming week: For Adults: Movie Mondays, April 23, noon-2 p.m. & 5:30-7:30 p.m., in recognition of Autism Awareness Day in April, the library is screening “Autism in Love”, “A Boy Called Po”, “Wizard Mode”, “The Lighthouse of the Orcas” and “Asperger’s Are Us”; SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), April 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m., helps low-income people buy the food they need to stay healthy by providing guidance on applying for assistance; Writer’s Workshop, Tuesday, April 24, 6:15-7:45 p.m., led by local teacher/historian Miguel Ramos; Genealogy 101, Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m., led by Miguel Ramos. Teen Classes & Events: Anime Night, Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m., join in Anime on the big screen; Board Games & Coloring Club, Friday, April 20, 3-4:30 p.m., games, coloring pages & supplies provided; Craft Clique, Wednesday, April 18, at 4 p.m., foil art, registration required. Children’s Events: Kids Coloring Club, Tuesday, April 24, 3-4 p.m., for ages 4-11, supplies provided; Bookworm Bingo, Monday, April 23, 5-6 p.m., ages 5-11 play bingo for prizes; Storybook Friends, Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m., ages 2-6 share stories, songs & crafts; Children’s Reading Club, Thursday, April 19, 5-6 p.m., pick up a new book or bring your own; Saturday Play Day, April 21, 10 a.m.-noon, ages 5-11 play board games & Legos; Toddler Craft: Earth Day, Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m., ages 2-6 create crafts.

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children up to 5 with adult participation Preschool Story Time with adult participation continues through Thursday, May 3. This active class prepares very little learners for the classroom. Listening skills are taught through many activities. Tuesdays from 11-11:45 a.m. and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at the Main Library. Wednesdays from 10:15– 11 a.m. at the Branch Library. Adult coloring class Tuesdays at 6 p.m.  Join us for this relaxing trend that is sweeping the nation. The KPL will provide all materials, along with coffee and light refreshments.  Movie premieres Friday, April 27, at 4 p.m., “Paddington 2.” Children’s yoga classes Wednesdays at 4 p.m., through May 16 Free weekly yoga class for children ages 4 to 11.  There is no cost and mats are provided.  Adult book discussion group at branch library Thursday, April 19, at 1 p.m. All adults are invited to join a book discussion at the Branch library, 759 Kearny Ave. This month’s selection is “Before the Fall,” by Noah Hawley. STEM science workshop Friday, April 20, at 3 p.m. The library hosts a special STEM Science Workshop for third-graders in conjunction with the New Jersey Institute of Technology chapter of Alpha Phi Omega. This youth service day will be filled with activities, including workshops in rocket balloons, bristlebots, lava lamp making and ice cream making. Call the library at 201-9982666 to reserve a spot.  Children’s cooking workshop Saturday, April 21, at 11:30 a.m. & Monday, April 23, at 4 p.m. Children in grades 3 and up are invited to join us for a celebration of Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday. Children in grades pre-K through 2 will mark Earth Day with a culinary project. National Poetry Month Poetry reading Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. Publisher David Messineo will be on hand with approximately 10 feature poets who will read their own published work. An open mic (one poem per person) will follow, if time allows. The reading takes place

in the lower-level assembly room, located down the front stairs. Art with Mrs. Mills … Saturday, April 28 • Children ages 3-1st grade at 9:15 a.m. • Children in grades 2-4 at 10:15 a.m. • Children in grades 5-8 at 11:30 a.m. Woman’s Club meets April 24 The Woman’s Club of Arlington (WCA) meets Tuesday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at the Girl Scout House, 635 Kearny Ave., for the annual close-out meeting. Members and non-members are invited to attend. Maria Palumbo, vice president of Kearny Bank, will educate attendees on protecting personal identity and provide an update on recent scams impacting the area. KPL Director Josh Humphrey will inform attendees on recent happenings at the main and branch libraries. The WCA will present Humphrey with the club’s newest book donations, adding to the club’s collection, about accomplishments of women in honor of National Library Week, coordinated by WCA Education Chairwoman Carolyn Gretchen. Pat Hammond will serve as greeter. Hostesses for the meeting will be Carol Puchyr, JoAnn Carratura and Karen Bell. Earth Day projects, by land and by sea Residents are invited to lend a hand in one of two Earth Day cleanup projects, both scheduled for Saturday, April 21. Choose the 27th annual Passaic River Cleanup, which meets at the Frank Vincent Marina at the foot of Passaic Avenue near Bergen Avenue, and goes from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Or you may opt for the 27th annual Kearny Town Cleanup for which you must register at Kearny Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. This project is sponsored by the Arlington Woman’s Club EMD, the Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington, the Kearny Education Association and AWAKE. Trash bags and gloves will be provided for both cleanups. Students in sixth-grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult. WCA EMD meets April 18 The Woman’s Club of Ar-

lington, Evening Membership Department, meets April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Henrietta Benstead Center, 60 Columbia Ave. Wendy Neu from Kearny Point will be the speaker. The hostesses are chairwoman Debbie Weber with assistance from Diana Miller and Barbara Toczko; ushers for the evening are Karen Babinski and Joan McCann. Board members should arrive at 6:30 p.m. Members are reminded that the annual banquet is May 16. The public is welcome. W.H.A.T. hosting auditions for ‘Little Shop’ West Hudson Arts & Theater Co. hosts auditions for its June musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” April 16 and 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 65 Oakwood Ave. Come prepared to sing a song from the show. The show runs June 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.

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grade 8 and for non-resident kids who attend Sacred Heart School, Lyndhurst. To be eligible, a child must be entering kindergarten this September and must be age 5 by July 25, 2018. Camp activity booklets are available at the Parks Department, 250 Cleveland Ave. To register online, go to register.communitypass.net/ lyndhurst or visit the Parks Department. Registration deadline is Friday, June 8. A late fee will be charged thereafter. No registrations will be accepted after June 15. Get into the swim of things The Spring 2018 Swim America session began at the Lyndhurst Community Pool on April 14 and will run eight weeks. A night session is being added starting Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. Applications are available at the Parks DepartLyndhurst ment. Fees will be accepted in Music with your meal cash, check or credit card. No The Department of Parks & registrations will be taken at Recreation hosts a free lunchthe pool or by mail. Call the eon with entertainment for Parks Department if unable to Lyndhurst senior citizens on visit between 8:30 a.m. and 4 Friday, April 20. Doors open p.m. at 11 a.m. at the Senior Citizen Catch ‘Waitress’ on May 22 building on Cleveland Avenue. The Parks & Recreation DeFor lunch, there will be mixed partment sponsors a trip to see tossed salad, sautéed carrots, “Waitress” on Tuesday, May 22, roasted herb potatoes, boneless at 7 p.m. Tickets include transchicken with roasted artichokes portation to and from the show. and sweet peppers, rolls, A bus will leave the Park’s dessert, tea and coffee. Call Department at 5 p.m. Seats are Parks & Rec at 201-804-2482 to limited and go fast. Call the reserve a spot. Please advise if Parks Department at 201-804you need transportation. 2482 for costs and/or to reserve Catch ‘The Sting’ at Paper Mill seats as soon as possible. Limit Parks & Rec has a limited 4 tickets per person. number of tickets available for “The Sting,” based on the 1973 North Arlington Academy Award-winning film, Eat for vocations at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Queen of Peace Knights Millburn on Wednesday, April of Columbus hosts its annual 18. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Ticket vocations breakfast Sunday, price includes transportation to April 29, at 10 a.m., at the Co& from the show. A bus departs lumbian Club Hall, 194 River from Parks & Rec at 6 p.m. Call Road, North Arlington. The 201-804-2482 ASAP to reserve Knights will honor a seminara seat. There is a limit of four ian, Carlos Penagos, to support tickets per person. his vocation to the priesthood.  Summer camp fast approaching All are welcome to come and enjoy a hearty Sunday morning Registration for Lyndhurst’s breakfast. Tickets are available Summer Day Camp begins at the Queen of Peace Rectory, Monday, April 23. Camp runs the Columbian Club Hall, or from Monday, July 9, through by calling 201-988-0183. The Friday, Aug. 17, at Lyndhurst Knights ask those attending High School. Camp hours are to consider donating a non8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is open only to expired, non-perishable food item for the Food for Families Lyndhurst residents with chilproject. dren in kindergarten through


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Teachers still without contract By Ron Leir rleir@theobserver.com

EAST NEWARK — With an annual budget of just $5.4 million, local school officials in the borough cheered last week’s news they were getting $320,000 more in state aid for 2018-19 – and no school tax hike. But the single-school district was still met with hostility from its embattled teachers – all 22 of them – who now face a third year of working without a new labor contract. Many showed up at the April 10 Board of Education meeting

carrying cardboard signs protesting the board’s inaction at the bargaining table in the face of a starting pay (for B.A. only) of $38,000 – lowest among more than 500 districts in the state. Based on the existing salary guide, it takes a teacher with a B.A. 23 years to reach top pay of $87,215. Edward Lesser, a field representative with the New Jersey Education Association assigned to East Newark, reminded the BOE both sides had been through regular talks, mediation and fact-finding

that had reportedly produced an agreement that, he added, evaporated during the Easter break. As a result, Lesser said, “the next step will be to go to super conciliation” – asking the state Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) to assign a negotiator if fact-finding fails. “They can request round-theclock bargaining, and make you stay at the table until you get a deal,” Lesser said. “And these people [East Newark teachers] deserve a deal.” Several parents and an East Newark School alumna

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appealed to the board to consider the employees plight and take action to produce a new agreement. Also lending support to her sister union members was Karen Pace, head of the Harrison Education Association. BOE members – along with Mayor Joseph Smith, as president of the local Board of School Estimate, which fixes the local school tax rate – caucused privately for about a half-hour to review the newly-submitted fact-finder’s report. An OPRA request was made by The Observer for a copy of the report but, as of press time, no reply had been received. Smith – whose wife Marlene is BOE president – didn’t talk about the contract dispute but he did mention that he and the Borough Council had looked after the district’s best interests by having contested efforts by the redeveloper of the old Clark Thread complex and the developers of the St. George Apartments to extract tax abatements which, if granted, would have deprived the district of tax revenues from those projects. Almost passing under the radar during last week’s meeting was the swearing in of Mark Balsam, a Davis Street resident, as the newest member of the BOE – and its first male member in some time. Balsam, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a member of the East Newark Volunteer Fire Department from 2007 to 2010, told The Observer he works currently as an investigator for the N.J. Department of State. Balsam was appointed by the mayor as a replacement

for longtime BOE trustee Rose Evaristo, who accepted an appointment to the Borough Council, effective Feb. 14, to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Kenneth Sheehan, who resigned on Jan. 24. Evaristo will be seeking a full, 3-year term as councilwoman as the Democratic nominee in the June primary election and then, if successful, in the November general election. Sheehan, a former borough police chief, told The Observer he decided to step down from his council seat due to “political differences” with the mayor. “I walked away on my own terms,” he said, adding that he held no personal animosity against Smith. At the Jan. 24 council meeting, Sheehan was the lone opposition vote on a resolution to hire Peter J. Cipoletta, a Toms River attorney and retired Union City police captain, to perform an analysis of tickets issued by the East Newark Police Department and disposition of same for $135 per hour, not to exceed $3,500. Last week, The Observer asked Police Chief Anthony Monteiro about the status of the analysis. He said he had a 15-minute conversation with Cipoletta in late February mostly about bail reform and its negative impact on local police departments. Then, the chief said, the attorney asked if he knew anything about local cops writing tickets “and I said, ‘we got no quotas.’’’ “And that was about it,” Monteiro said. Since then, he said he’s heard nothing further, either from Cipoletta or from the governing body.


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Nutley baseball: Young guns coming of age

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Rusek, Galante earn NJSCA Hall of Fame honors Being a high school coach is a thankless job. It requires working long hours at ridiculously low wages, sometimes as low as 38 cents an hour. It takes patience and perseverance, guidance and grace, intellect, intensity and ingenuity, determination and drive. Needless to say, it takes a special breed of person to be able to handle all the prerequisites without attaining much personal accomplishment other than satisfaction when an athlete does something well. But last Sunday at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village in Princeton, two local legends received their just due as the newest members into the New Jersey State Coaches Association Hall of Fame. John Galante, the former long-time softball and football coach at North Arlington High School, and Mike Rusek, the long-time boys’ soccer coach at Harrison, were among 18 New Jersey coaches who were inducted into the NJSCA Hall of Fame this year. Galante became one of only five North Arlington coaches to ever receive the award. “Obviously, I never would have been in the position to get into the Hall of Fame unless I had

great players,” said Galante, who won more than 300 games and captured nine BCSL titles, three Bergen County Tournament finals appearances and two NJSIAA state sectional crowns during his stint as softball coach. “I had kids who wanted to be part of something successful. They knew the expectations and wanted to be better or equal to the previous year. Year after year, they all wanted to be part of a champion.” Rusek had no idea he was even being considered for the honor. “I’m not that old,” said Rusek, who is now 44 and just finished his 18th season as the head coach of the Blue Tide. “It really came as a complete surprise. I was raised to be modest and humble and once I got there (to the Westin Princeton), I was grateful to be there with my family and friends. I will remember it for a long time to come.” Rusek said that he was happy to share the award with his two assistant coaches, namely brother John and father Mickey. “Not many people are as fortunate as I am to work with their father and their brother,” Rusek said. “You love doing something and you share it with the people you See VIEW, Page 15

Photo by Jim Hague The Nutley pitching staff is coming of age. From left are Josh O’Neill, Dan Caraballo, Marty Higgins, head coach Bob Harbison, Andrew Budine, John Luberto and Trevor Santos.

By Jim Hague ogsmar@aol.com The Nutley High School baseball team, which suffered through an uncharacteristic losing season in 2017, is making sure there’s no repeat performance this year. The Maroon Raiders are off to a solid 4-2 start, including solid wins this week over Super Essex Conference foes Newark Academy and Columbia. Veteran Nutley head coach Bob Harbison didn’t know what to expect from his young roster this season. “It looked like it was going to be a two-year project,” said Harbison, who also doubles as the school’s boys’ basketball coach. “I thought we would be better than last year, but I didn’t know how much. But there’s no substitute for a year of varsity baseball, which they all received last year.” Harbison said that the Maroon Raiders were helped

tremendously by a trip to Florida a few weeks ago. While many other local teams were keeping busy with snow shoveling, the Maroon Raiders enjoyed the fine weather in the Sunshine State. “We got six scrimmages in during the four days there,” Harbison said. “I think that’s what got us going.” Another reason why the Maroon Raiders have done so well in the early going is a deep and talented pitching staff, headed by junior righthander Josh O’Neill. “He’s our go-to guy right now,” Harbison said of O’Neill, who fired a one-hit shutout in beating Newark Academy, 7-0, last Wednesday, striking out 12 and walking three. “He’s still finding his way a little. He’s a power pitcher. He throws hard. But he’s effortless out there.” O’Neill has a 1-1 record with a 1.91 earned run average thus far with 17 strikeouts in 11

innings. The starting quarterback in football, O’Neill has already given a verbal commitment to attend NCAA Division I Stony Brook for baseball when he’s done at Nutley. Another standout hurler is sophomore right-hander Andrew Budine. “He mixes it up well,” Harbison said. “He has a fastball, changeup and throws his curve for strikes. We knew he was going to be a good one, but he’s really improved so far and has stepped in as our No. 2 starter.” Senior righty Dan Caraballo is a flamethrower who impressed when he struck out four batters in relief against perennial state power Seton Hall Prep. Junior Marty Higgins is the team’s mainstay. Although Higgins makes a solid impression with his glove at shortstop, Higgins has also been a See NUTLEY, next page


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Continued from Page 13 solid pitcher. “We’re going to use him as efficiently as we can,” said Harbison of Higgins, who also has given a verbal commitment early, making his intentions to attend St. John’s known early. “We will use him as a closer, because he’s so valuable in the field. He throws hard, but he also has a little bit of a knuckleball that he uses.” Higgins also carries a huge bat for the Maroon Raiders. He had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI in the 11-5 win over Columbia Saturday. John Luberto is another junior right-hander. “He pitched a lot for us

last year,” Harbison said. “He’s good. He challenges batters. He also throws hard.” Luberto is also a member of the football team in the fall. Senior left-hander Wesley Gardner is a relief pitcher. “He’s the kind of guy who keeps the other team off balanced,” Harbison said. Junior Kevin Zhang is another relief pitcher. Zhang is a righty. Sophomore lefty Trevor Santos is known more for his outfield prowess, but he spends time on the mound as well. “He keeps it down and gets people out,” Harbison said of Santos. Needless to say, Harbison likes the depth of his staff. “I like our pitching staff,”

Harbison said. “We have enough experienced pitchers who know what to do on the mound.” The catcher is freshman Lou Rafaelli, who is getting trial by fire behind the plate. “He’s an athletic kid who is a great receiver,” Harbison said. “He has a bright future if he keeps going.” The first baseman is sophomore Kevin Hogan, who gained some experience last year as a freshman. Senior Wayne Wittmann is another first sacker. “He runs well and has a good glove,” Harbison said of Wittman. “He’s hitting the ball well.” Wittman delivered the game-winning hit against Caldwell in the ninth inning. Sophomore Justin Lucia is the second baseman. Lucia

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didn’t play baseball last season due to injury, so he’s learning as he goes along. Lucia is now healthy and improving. “He’s an athletic kid who runs well,” Harbison said. “He can play a little at third as well.” O’Neill also sees time at second base. Higgins is the shortstop, first and foremost. “His job is to take control of the game,” Harbison said of the talented junior. “He lets me relax; It’s his third year with me, so he knows what to do. People know who he is when we play them.” Higgins is batting .429 with four RBI in the early going. Hogan shares time at third with senior Ryan O’Mara. Santos is the left fielder. “He’s very good out there,” Harbison said. “He’s our No. 3 hitter. He’s the prototypical baseball player. He’s the kind of kid you want. He carries himself well. He’s really a special kid and a special player.” Senior Pete Lopez returns to his slot as the starting centerfielder. “He runs well,” Harbison

said. “He gets on base and makes things happen. He’s a good hitter and has a good arm in center.” Caraballo mans right field. He’s headed to Nicols College in Massachusetts. “He’s a talented kid,” Harbison said of Caraballo. “He does a lot of things.” Junior Jose Abreu has arrived from his native Dominican Republic and joined the Maroon Raiders’ program. “He’s a big kid who can pitch a little,” Harbison said. “If he stays healthy, he’s going to get a chance.” Junior Connor Genitempo is another key player as the team’s No. 2 backstop. So Harbison likes the makeup of his team, even if they don’t know it yet. “We have kids who are ready to go,” Harbison said. “We have to win the games we’re supposed to win. Last year we lost a bunch of those games. If we can pull that off, we’ll have a good year. We have a young roster, but we have a lot of young, good players. They’re also good kids who are fun to be around. They’re setting a good example for everyone.”

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Continued from Page 13 love. And they love it as well. We make a good combination. John loves soccer. Dad loves Harrison and I love winning. It’s perfect.” Added Rusek, “My Dad can sit the whole day away and talk about soccer and Harrison. When I was a kid, I’d hear all of the stories about Harrison. Now, he’s back home and back with his sons. It’s always been about family and that’s the most important thing, having family.” Galante can agree with that. Two years ago, Galante and his wife, Michele, adopted a young boy named Devin and brought Devin into their home. Devin is now 13 years old. Galante’s brother, Nick, was there as well to honor his brother. “Other than my family, teaching and coaching were the blessings in my life,” Galante said. “I think I had a gift. I’m a motivator. I had kids gravitate towards me. We were all on the same page.” Galante was asked about coaching boys in football and girls in softball. “With the boys, it was more physically demanding,”

Left photo courtesy of Nick Galante, right photo courtesy of Lisa Rusek

LEFT: Veteran North Arlington football/softball coach John Galante (left) celebrates his entrance to the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame with his brother Nick. RIGHT: Harrison boys’ soccer coach Mike Rusek (center) accepts his entrance into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame with his assistant coaches, namely father Mickey (left) and brother John.

Galante said. “With the girls, you try to develop more of a finesse aspect. But I treated everyone as an athlete. And I was lucky that all the great female athletes in North Arlington played softball. But I was the same coach to both. I was intense and the kids knew it. I always had the same intensity.” Galante retired from teaching and coaching last year. “It was great to be able to

reminisce with some people,” Galante said. “This brought back so many great memories. It’s such a blessing to have the memories. As an achievement, this is a great feeling.” While Galante’s coaching and teaching careers are over and he’s enjoying life with his wife and son, Rusek continues on as one of the premier soccer coaches in the state.

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“I’m really fortunate to be at a school like Harrison,” Rusek said. “Days like this make you sit back and reflect a little. It was a great day for me and my family and it was a great day for Harrison. We are now connected to Harrison. We get a lot of support from the town and the school.” Harrison principal Mat-

thew Weber was in attendance to support Rusek, as well as athletic director Kim Huaranga. “There were other teachers there as well,” Rusek said. “I’m still smiling from ear to ear about it all.” As well he should. The same for Galante. It’s a great honor that isn’t bestowed on everyone.

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Lyndhurst ace Venezia fires no-hitter in opener against Leonia

softball coach at St. Mary’s in Rutherford, where he won close to 400 games. Frank Growing up, Lyndhurst Venezia was also the athletic High School junior pitcher director at St. Mary’s for 20 Frankie Venezia didn’t have years and is a member of to look far to find the expert the school’s Athletic Hall knowledge about the game of of Fame. Frank Venezia has baseball. been the vice principal at In fact, Venezia found that Lyndhurst High School for expertise sitting in his own the past decade. He was also living room in the form of his an assistant football coach at father, Frank, the long-time Lyndhurst. respected coach and school “I always accepted his administrator. knowledge,” the younger “I wanted to learn a lot Venezia said. “He always from him,” the younger Ven- preached hard work. Everyezia said. “He pushed me to thing he said incredibly was work hard, first and forethe right thing. He would most. I loved baseball from say something and I might the minute I stepped on the have been a little pigheaded field and I have my Dad to and turned away from him. thank for that. He pushed me But later on, I would say to toward baseball.” myself, ‘Wow, maybe he does Although he was never know everything. That’s what a baseball coach, the elder I thought was awesome about Venezia was a long-time him. He knew so much.” By Jim Hague ogsmar@aol.com

The Venezias — father and son, as well as Frankie’s younger brother Adam (a current freshman and teammate of Frankie’s on the Golden Bears’ roster) would all gather in the family living room to watch baseball. “We always watched together,” Frankie Venezia said. “I was always looking to get better, to learn more about the game. Sitting there with my Dad, always watching the game, always paying attention to every detail. I think I watched more than the normal guy, but that was because of my Dad.” Frankie Venezia has been a member of the Lyndhurst varsity baseball team from almost the minute he strolled into the school. There was no doubt he was playing varsity baseball as a freshman and no question he was going to

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how to drive with my legs,” Venezia said. “I had to use my height to my advantage. I grew a lot. I’m lucky that I have a tall Dad.” And Venezia learned to become more of a pitcher than a thrower. “Even when I was younger, I was taught accuracy over velocity,” Venezia said. “Every pitching coach has told me that I should worry about hitting my spots and don’t worry about throwing it by kids. I should put it where I want it. Coach Byron tells me to get a good strike, a pitcher’s strike. He’s a great pitching coach. He taught me a lot.” “He has that big body and shoulders,” Auteri said. “He’s becoming a man now. That’s the biggest thing you can see as he moved from sophomore to junior year. You can notice that he’s bigger.” Auteri noticed another thing. “Frankie is a contact pitcher, pitching to contact,” Auteri said. “He’s able to take a little off pitches and hit his spots. He’s still able to blow it by guys.” In the offseason, Venezia also was a regular at FASST, the prestigious Lyndhurst training center. Venezia went to FASST three times a week. “Coach (Ryan) Marshall and Coach (Paul) Johnson worked with me on my lower body, doing explosive drills,” Venezia said. “It got my legs going. It got me ready.” Venezia also had to make a sacrifice to give up playing football. “It was tough for me to walk away from football,” Venezia said. “But it got me ready to play baseball.” Not done with the rigorous training, Venezia also took batting lessons at Complete Performance Baseball Academy in Fairfield, working with renowned batting instructors Charlie Giachetti and Joe Gambardella, two long-time head coaches like Byron, who is the pitching coordinator at Complete. Giachetti was the head baseball coach at St. Mary’s of Rutherford and Northern Valley/Demarest and Gambardella was at Ridgefield. “I still have to be able to hit and produce runs,” Venezia said. “Hitting is so

important. I want to be a pitcher who hits. I worry about hitting as well. It’s important to me. I try to get the same amount of work in hitting as I do pitching.” Needless to say, Venezia was certainly well prepared and schooled for the 2018 high school baseball campaign. And Venezia was at the top of his game in the season opener against Leonia. Venezia fired a no-hitter, striking out 12 and walking just one. “I just wanted to go out and keep my team in the game,” Venezia said. “I had no idea I was going to throw a no-hitter. I actually didn’t think I had a no-hitter until someone told me after the game. I never thought I’d go out there and throw a nohitter.” In his second start, Venezia struck out eight and walked just one in a 3-2 loss to Dwight-Englewood. He’s struck out 21 batters and walked just two all season while allowing just two earned runs, posting a 1.02 earned run average. At the plate, Venezia has enjoyed three hit games against Bergen Charter and Garfield. Venezia had three runs scored and two RBI against Bergen Charter and two runs and an RBI against Garfield. For his efforts, Venezia has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week. “He’s the whole package,” Auteri said. “He wants it. He works his tail off to get it. It’s embedded into his head that he needs to work and how much he wants to be the guy. He has that swagger you like. He’s not cocky at all. He has a great personality. He’s happy go-lucky. He just has that presence. When he gets on the mound, he has an air about him. He’s a bulldog.” Venezia already has his future mapped out, verbally committing to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, an NCAA Division I program. “There’s a lot of stress off my shoulders, knowing where I’m going,” Venezia said. “But I still want to get better. I want to be one of the best.” No worries there. Venezia already is an elite player, one of Lyndhurst’s greatest players ever.

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KEARNY: : 2 FAM, 2 BR, 2 FULL BATH, WOOD FLOORING AND CERAMIC TILE THROUGHOUT, HEATING BOILER AND WATER HEATER RECENTLY INSTALLED, PARKING FOR 3 CARS, CLOSE TO SCHOOLS, CLOSE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

NORTH ARLINGTON: 2 FAM IN DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOOD, 5 BR, 3 FULL BATH, FULL BASEMENT, DECK OFF FIRST FLOOR KITCHEN WITH ACCESS TO BACKYARD WITH ABOVE GROUND POOL, DETACHED 2 CAR GARAGE, CLOSE TO TRANSPORTATION

NEWARK: 2 FAM, 6 BR, 5 FULL BATH, HARDWOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT, CENTRAL AIR, ATTACHED ONE CAR GARAGE PLUS 2 PARKING SPACES, CLOSE TO MAJOR HIGHWAYS, WALKING DISTANCE TO PATH STATION, CLOSE TO SHOPPING

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1 Family - Beautiful all brick home total of four bedrooms, large kitchen and living room, Plus finished basement in excellent condition Property near all major shopping areas. Asking $379,000

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LYNDHURST: LOVELY 1 FAM, COLONIAL, 4 BR, 1 FULL BATH, DETACHED 1 CAR GARAGE WITH DRIVEWAY, CHARMING BACKYARD, CLOSE TO SCHOOLS, CLOSE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

UNDER CONTRACT 1 Family - Absolutely beautiful renovated home from top to bottom. This home welcomes you with hardwood floors into a cozy living room that boasts a fireplace as a centerpiece. Asking $352,000

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UNDER CONTRACT 1 Family - Large colonial in Manor section - driveway with two car detached garage and one garage built-in deck, modern kitchen, ceramic tiled baths, big rooms, and large basement. Tax records indicate 4 bedrooms on 2nd floor, and 2 1/2 bathrooms SOLD AS IS Asking $486,500

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TAL NEW REN KEARNY: CENTRALLY LOCATED OFFICE, INCLUDES RECEPTION AREA, 8 OFFICES, 2 HALF BATH, TENANT RESPONSIBLE FOR UTILITIES

NORTH ARLINGTON: REMODELED APARTMENT, 2 BR, 1 FULL BATH, LAUNDRY IN BASEMENT, CLOSE TO SCHOOLS, CLOSE TO SHOPPING, WALKING DISTANCE TO NYC TRANSPORTATION

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2 Family - Newer 2 Family built in 2005. Each apartment has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room, dining area and kitchen. Basement with 1 finished room, mechanical room and 2 car garage with storage area for tenants. Asking $329,000

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E.NEWARK New house 2 first fl. each apt 4 BR, 2 parking places; 2 Floor 3 BR , Close to transportation, no smoking, no pets 1 1/2 month security . Avl NOW. Call 646-708-6969.

KEARNY Colonial Home - Ideal Location - Floor 1 1 br / 4 Large rooms hardwood floors Perfect for working couple $1400 + 1 ½ months security Parking spot included. Credit check. Available Now. Call (973)641-4453 or TEXT 49W1

FOR SALE BY OWNER HARRISON Brand New 2 Family home: New 2 family house still under construction: Open floor plan, hardwood and ceramic floors, granite countertop, stainless steel appliances 5 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms . Still in time to choose your colors! For more information call 973-462-2796. No Agents please 47W3

Parking for 25ft. trucks, SUVs or Small vans, Offices Avail. call (201) 997-1500. 47W4

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NEWARK NEWARK 4 rooms, $750/ month. 1 month security. Close to transportation & PATH. Avl. May 1 Call after 3pm. (862) 754-8160. 48W3

KEARNY Newly Renovated. 2 BR, LR, Kitchen & Bath. H/W floors. Close to schools & NY Transportation. No pets. $1,300/ month + Security. Avl. Now 1st. (201) 600-1211. 48W3

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KEARNY 2nd floor, 2 BR, LR, EIK, $1300 + 1 HARRISON 2nd fl. com- month securtiy, No pets, pletely renovated. 1 BR, smoke free. Available Now w/appliances, $1,250/ (201)998-0441 48W3 month + 1 month security. No Pets. Close to KEARNY Newly renoPublic Transportation. Avl. vated, hardwood Now. (973)992-3580 from floors. Laundry onsite. HT/HW included. 2 3pm-8pm. 48W3 BR start at $1250. 1 BR start at $1050. Jr. 1 BR start at $975. (201) HARRISON New house 289-7096 41W12 1st fl. 3 BR, LR, EIK, DR, another 1st Floor 4 BR , Close to transportation, KEARNY 2 BR’s apt, 1 no smoking ,no pets 1 Block from Town Hall, 1/2 month security . Avl HT/HW included $1,200/ NOW. Call 646-708-6969. month. 1 month security. 48W3 No pets. More Info. Call (201) 306-2994. 49W3 HARRISON New 2 BR, 1 Bath, EIK, LR, Stainless steel appliances, Central HT/AC. No pets. No smoking. Utilities separate. $1,700/month + 1.5 months security. Avl. Now 973-985-0764. 49W3

KEARNY 2nd floor 2 BD, kitchen, LR. $1250/ month. Utilities not included. 1 1/2 month security. No Pets. Smoke Free Enviornment. Call 973-634-3927. Leave a message after 5:30 pm. 49W1

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BELLEVILLE BELLEVILLE perfect location, 2 BR apt. 1st FL.$1,095/month + 1 1/2 months security. No pets. No Smoking. Close to Everything. Avl. May 1 (407) 569-6602 Leave a message 47W3 BELLEVILLE 2BR, LR, EIK, access to yard. 1 small dog/cat welcome. $1300 + 1 month securtiy. Available 5/1 (973)780-7295 or (973)873-8322 48W3 BELLEVILLE Mini studio 2 BR’s ,1 Bath, $700/ month , AVL Now. Please call after 201-726-9623 or 201-719-0723 after 5 pm 49W1

Belleville 1 BR, 1 Bath, Garden apt. Call 201-4501370 $1,100/month. HT/ HW included. No pets. 49W1

NUTLEY NUTLEY Two, 3 room apartments for rent. 1 apartement $1150. 2nd apartment $1000. Freshly painted. Move in condition. Close to NY transportation. No pets. No smoking. 973-517-7517 48W3

KEARNY 1 BR . HT/HW N.ARLINGTON included. From $1,150/ month. See Super 6 Woodland Ave. Apt. 1, or N.ARLINGTON 5 Room call after 5pm 917-858apt, $1,600/month + 8246 for appointment. utilities. No pets. Call 20149W3 628-4071. 49W1

KEARNY Modern, Renovated w/ hardwood fl. Apt , 2 BR’S , LR, DR, EIK w/ dishwasher , BATH, W/D Hook up, Quiet st and park in front, $ 1,600+ 1.5 month security , No pets, KEARNY Bright cheery No smoking, Avl. Now basement apt in apart201-998-4336. 49W3 ment building. 2 BR, Kitchen, wood cabinets, refrig, stove, and ceramic KEARNY 3rd floor, 3 BR, tile floor, HW floors in LR 1BA, available May 1, & BR’s. Laundry room on $1,300 + 1 month secu- premise. No pets/smokrity. Call (201) 889-4498. ing. 2 blocks to NYC Bus. 49W3 $1,175 + 1 1/2 month security. Utilities not included. credit check and abilitly to pay $50 Application KEARNY 2 Room Studio fee. Call for apointment to apt. and 1 BR , HT/HW view (908)244-5847 49W3 included. Elevated building. Laundry facility on KEARNY 2nd floor, LG premises. from $995,00/ mordern 1 BR, LR, brand month to $1,175.00/ new kitchen/bath. H/W month . Call Sofia after floors, $1,200 a month. 3pm 201-998-3516 or H/HW incl. Call Carlos at see super after 3pm 654 (201) 988-7536 Elm St. Apt Basement 1. 48W3 49W3

LYNDHURST 1 BR $1,295/month HT/HW included. No pets, no smoking (973) 760-4877

KEARNY Male Preffered. $600/month. 1 month security. Available Now. Utilities & Internet included. (862) 823-3331 48W3

KEARNY Room for rent. Single person. Female preferred. $500/month. 1 month security. Avl. May (862) 368- 7760 or (201) 772-7928 49W3

KEARNY room for rent, Male preferred, Everything included. No smoking, No pets. Available now. 201-279-9251. 49W1

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N.ARLINGTON Apt. fr rent No pets. No smoking. (201) 997-6666. 48W3 N.ARLINGTON 1 Br AP $1,200 and 2 Br’s $1,400 at the Garden Apts. HT/ HW included. Parking space. No pets. 201-3422206. 49W3

N. NEWARK Room for rent, Forest Hill section. $400/month. Shared Bath, No kitchen. Utilities included. 1 month security. No smoking. No pets. Call after 4:30pm (973) N.ARLINGTON 4 Large Modern Rooms Apt , 2 752-6877. 49W3 BR’s, First Fl. Hardwood floors, Tiled Kitchen, H/ HW Supplied, About 900 HARRISON Furnished sq. ft Close to NY trans- Room for rent. For single portation, $1,600/month, person. Cable, Internet & Laundry Facilities, No pets utilities included. Close to , Avl May. Call (908) 240- Path & Stadium 973-5369302. 48W3 6559 49W1

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139 Kearny Ave. in front of bus station. 1,000 square ft. call (917) 369-0277 48W3

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT KEARNY office space on Kearny Ave. $1500 + 1 1/2 months security. 900 Sq.ft. Proximity to PATH call: 201-889-3118. 48W3

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR LEASE KEARNY - Commercial space for lease - 2,000 sq. ft. refrigerator cooler with 1,000 sq. ft. dry and office with 3 loading docks. Call 201-997-1500 47W4

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Hall Available Family Affairs Mid week special. Call for info (201) 991-9865 or (203) 864-8243 Max 80 people. 42W9

Part-time; hourly rate commensurate with experience.looking for experienced person sought with prior legal experience in small office setting. Real estate—manage all real estate matters; Family Law—draft pleadings, manage, calendar, handle phones; Estate Planning—draft Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives; Bankruptcy—prepare bankruptcy petitions; Municipal Court—open files, request discovery and driving history, manage calendar; RESPONSIBLITIES AND DUTIES Client interaction; handle phones; open and manage files; draft documents; keep office running smoothly. Email resume to jobs@theobserver.com 48W3

Hotel Jobs Bartender (Food & Beverage) Restaurant Server (Food & Beverage) Room Attendant (Housekeeping) Banquet Server ( on-call) Driver (Front Desk) HandyMan (Maintenance) House Person (Food & Beverage) Guest Service Agent (Front Desk) Night Auditor (Front Desk) Line Cooks (Kitchen) Positions Listed Above are Full Time & Part Time Apply in Person Wednesday & Fridays from 11am-2pm & 2pm-4pm Crowne Plaza Hotel 50 Kenny Place Saddle Brook NJ 07663 201-8808250 46W4

NURSE RN’s F/T, P/T & PER DIEM Alaris CDL Driver Wanted Health at Belgrove in Kearny - Adult Medical Day Care has opportunities for FT, PT and Per Diem (Belleville) Part REGISTERED NURSES (RN). If you can help Time/Full Time Driver for adult in continuing to provide the highest quality medical daycare of care for our residents while teaming up in Essex county with a talented nursing team and supneeded. A CDL with Class B and port staff, you are encouraged to apply. Endorsement P For more information, feel free to cona MUST!!! Spanish speaking a tact YWulliger@alarishealth.com or apply plus. No nights or directly on line at http://alarishealth.com/ weekends. Competitive Salary. job-listings/apply/137037/ 48W3 EQUIPMENT OPERATOR

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EMPLOYMENT/ HELP WANTED Roofer Mechanics and Laborers needed. Must have prior experience installing shingles and Flat roof. Call 973-759-1467 49W3

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Full-time Auto Body Repair Person Needed Must have experience in small/medium collision repair. Own tools/transportation a plus. Please contact Steph @ 973-744-1021 or email: mntbodyman@aol.com 48W4

DRIVER/WAREHOUSE Reliable, responsible person needed for dynamically growing manufacturing company. Duties include deliveries involving the tri-state area, receiving, shipping and stock room. CDL Class B preferred. Excellent benefits, paid vacation and holidays, and 401K with company match. Qualified individuals should submit copy of resume to hrapp269@ aol.com or apply at 147 N. Michigan Ave., Kenilworth, NJ. Must have copy of driving abstract to be considered. 908 259 9009. 47W4

Licensed nail technician and hairdresser needed. Competitive pay. Please Call (908) 675-6669 or (201) 725- 6396

EMPLOYMENT/ HELP WANTED Full Time Positions Manufacturing firm in Harrison, NJ hiring for several positions: machine operators, shipping, assembly work. 40 HRS/wk. M - F. Paid vacation & holidays, health insurance, 401K, dental, etc. Apply in person at 125 Jersey Street, Harrison. 973-483-3232. Hablamos Espanol. 48W4

PT/FT Bilingual Receptionist for dental office with computer experience and excellent social skills . email resume to gooddentist@hotmail.com If you need to contact us 973-699-2164 47W3

CDL Driver Wanted Adult Medical Day Care (Belleville) Part Time/Full Time Driver for adult medical daycare in Essex county needed. A CDL with Class B and Endorsement P a MUST!!! Spanish speaking a plus. No nights or weekends. Competitive Salary. Call Monday thru Friday only between 10 AM and 5 PM. Call 973-751-6000 or Fax resume to 973-751-1190 49w3

Looking for Room Attendants / Laundry Attendants / Houseman Saddle Brook, NJ 07663 Requirements: · Experience in Hotel Housekeeping · Authorized to work in the US · Job Type: Full-time / Part-time Send resumes to Marinabrooklyn@gmail. com or Call 212-470-8032 49W3

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Former Lyndhurst resident Maura Sweeney has added to her collection of awards with one presented overseas.

will undoubtedly be led by the soul warriors like Maura.” Aside from hosting her “Living Happy: Inside Out” podcast, writing her “Art of Happiness” e-book series and creating an e-course on “The Foundations of Happiness,” Sweeney is a public speaker on topics of personal leadership, influence and vision. She has appeared as a media guest on hundreds of podcasts, radio, webinars and TV shows in the U.S. and Europe. Sweeney got a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College, then entered law school but left midstream to pursue an entrepreneurial path as corporate manager, business co-owner and

home-schooling mother who provides insights into her “living happy — inside out” credo which she promotes as the way to advance the human condition. A student of geopolitics based on visits to 60 countries, Sweeney’s varied background includes an interning stint with the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, volunteering for Concerned Women for America and membership in the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. “I’m thrilled and honored to receive this international honor,” Sweeney said. “The award recognizes my commitment to advance humanity on a global scale and it perfectly aligns with the messages I repeatedly share.”

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Continued from Page 1 time since he’s leaving of his own volition. His starting pay in 2014 was $115,000 and he’s leaving with a salary of $127,500. “A search for a replacement has begun,” he added. So why the change of heart? “This,” he said, “is my 25th year in education,” which he began in 1979 teaching sixth-grade at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in New York City, and which he now ends putting in papers for retirement and a state pension. “And my wife and I have new grandchildren in our life,” he said. And while he didn’t mention another variable as a potential trigger for leaving, Martin’s impending departure comes amid escalating tensions between borough teachers/staffers and their employer over an unsettled labor agreement that now threatens to reach three years. Economics – borough educators are the lowestpaid in New Jersey – has taken a toll on the district as an increasing number of employees conclude they have no choice but to leave to seek higher-paying jobs. Five of the 20+ staffers departed this past year. When Martin assumed control of the district, the financial outlook was pretty gloomy. “My first budget (2014-15) we were $700,000 in the red,” he recalled, due largely to the high tuition costs of educating special needs youngsters with outside placements. But that situation was righted, he said, by bringing back a total of 10 children with the creation of two special needs classrooms, one to handle younger kids and a second for middle-schoolers, in the district. “Now,” Martin said, “we’re very financially secure.” Another factor contributing to the district’s financial health was the settlement of a long-simmering dispute between it and the Harrison Board of Education in March 2015 over the tuition fee charged East Newark BOE for educating 100+ borough residents at Harrison High. Both sides agreed to set

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Outgoing Superintendent of Schools Patrick Martin, center, with students at the East Newark Elementary School (he’s also the school principal.) Martin is departing from his roles despite having several years remaining on his current contract.

the annual fee at $13,000 per student for the 2015-16 school year and increasing at a rate of 2% per year for each of the next six school years. At the time, Martin reckoned the initial savings at about $300,000. Looking back on his East Newark experience, Martin likes to point to such achievements as having “witnessed an overall increase in standardized test scores” by an ethnicallydiverse student population whose parents are largely blue-collar and “initiated a ‘one-to-one’ program where all students received a T-Mobile tablet that allows them to access the internet for classwork, homework and special projects.” And while Mayor Joseph Smith has said there’s no way the borough could afford the cost of replacing the 100+year school, Martin noted the district has managed to keep the building in optimum shape by finding contractors at the right price to upgrade Internet, phone and security systems, maintain a balanced heating and ventilating system, installed tile flooring and repaint the entire structure. Meanwhile, Martin has

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continued to search for ways to connect with students, whether that’s meant running math “bees,” distributing daily morning handwriting sheets, sharing “Word of the Day” and conducting an allschool spelling championship — all inside the building. For activities just outside school, he organized the August “ice-cream social” as a welcome-back to the fall term, the “Trunk-or-Treat” Halloween event, spring egg hunt/bike giveaway, Saturday Academy/soccer play and a field trip to Washington, D.C. No matter the situation, Martin has always seemed to find a way to keep it real. One day last week, while delivering his daily dismissaltime announcements via school intercom, he acknowledged providing an inaccurate spelling for the word “archaeologist” and credited a teacher with tactfully pointing out the error. So noted, Dr. Martin. Proving that even a magna cum laude Fordham University alum is capable of making mistakes.

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training, planning and filling in on tours as needed. Hired by the KFD March 1, 1999, Degiovanni was named captain in March 2013. As part of his prior training, Degiovanni completed arson investigation school in March 2017, attended incident response to terrorist bombings school in New Mexico in 2017 and attended foam firefighting training in College Station, Texas, in 2009. He also got certified as a Level 1 Fire Instructor, Confined Space Train the Trainer and Incident Management System (IMS) Level 3. He participated on committees dealing with the use of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and Thermal Imaging Cameras. Degiovanni has served as Fire Station 2 commander and he oversaw technical rescue training of KFD

members. He serves on the Confined Space Team. He received commendations for his actions in a dog attack in April 2012 and for his work in Superstorm Sandy in 2013. As a union member, he was recording secretary for FMBA Local 18 and for the KFSOA Local 218. Mastandrea, whose cousins are active firefighters in Nutley and Clifton, was appointed to the KFD in February 1999 and promoted to fire captain in June 2009 when he was assigned to training and planning from September to November before being shifted to tours. He returned to training and planning in May 2013 and was named departmental training and safety officer. Training stints included IMS Level 3, Instructor Level 2, instructor in HazCom, bloodborne pathogens and confined space, water rescue and emergency response instructor, water rescue and emergency response

instructor and foam firefighting class in Texas. He worked on committees to design and acquire SCBA, Thermal Imaging Cameras, turnout gear and marine rescue equipment. Mastandrea was credited with helping implement the department’s ComputerAided Design system in 2013, teaming with nowretired Capt. Michael Livolsi to assemble a Dispatch Center and oversee/staff/ train civilian dispatchers, working with Deputy Chief Bruce Kauffman to establish a KFD probationary firefighter program, assist with grant research that netted more than $2 million in funding, create the KFD Narcan anti-opioid program and partnered with now retired Chief Inspector John Donovan to set up the KFD Open House. He received commendations in 2012 for actions during Superstorm Sandy and in 2013 for helping rescue a construction worker at an industrial accident. Protokowicz was

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appointed firefighter Sept. 15, 2008, and took part in FBI training programs in terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and gang awareness, along with firefighter training related to Confined Space Team and IMS Level 1. During his U.S. Navy tenure from 1994 to 1997, Protokowicz was stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and served aboard the aircraft carriers USS George Washington and USS John Stennis. Janeczko, hired as a firefighter in April 2007, has two cousins who are firefighters in Washington Township in Warren

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