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KEARNY – For Matthew Knighton, the choice of law enforcement as a career was a no-brainer. “I came from a military background – (he enlisted in the Army at age 17, served a tour in Kuwait in 2013-2014 with the HHC 2-113 Infantry unit and is now a staff sergeant with the N.J. National Guard) – so the transition will be easy: family-oriented, brotherhood,” he said. Knighton, born and raised in Newark, is one of 10 new Kearny police officers who recently completed their training at the Bergen County Police Academy and were sworn in as members of the KPD at the May 9 meeting of the municipal governing body. Knighton is the sixth AfricanAmerican to join the KPD ranks. “We had seven,” said Police Chief George King, “but we just lost one to retirement.” King noted that Knighton – who studied criminal justice at Essex Photo by Barbara B. Goldberg

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Body pulled from Passaic River is missing postal worker Cirne By Kevin Canessa kc@theobserver.com KEARNY — The body of a 51-yearold Lyndhurst man, a letter carrier with the Kearny Post Office who went missing mid-April, was pulled

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One mom’s ordeal with a son’s fatal overdose overdose. I am alive but I will say I will never be the same. I am forever changed. Even in We’ve heard it so many times moments of happiness, there is over the years — no mother always an underlying sadness.” should ever have to bury her Sean’s story is like so many child. others. He was a great kid. He Ever. had a happy home. He had a And yet, that was the horgreat mother and family. And rid reality for Christine Myles yet, for whatever the reason, Nash, whose son, Sean, died of a he chose to use drugs. And drug overdose on July 13, 2016. somehow, just before he died, it It was a day that has stuck seemed like Sean was reboundwith Nash since — and it’s a day ing. she will never be able to forget. He had just completed a Last week, on Thursday, May rehab program and was living 10, Nash shared her story at a in a sober-living home in Long candlelight vigil at Kearny’s Branch. Bicentennial Park near Town “He was a bike ride from the Hall, a vigil that was sponsored beach and he was working,” by Kearny Cares, the Kearny Nash told the crowd of about Prevention Coalition and the 100 who gathered under skies American Legion. It was the that later opened up and left first of its kind in Kearny, yet in its wake a massive thunderbased on recent history, it likely storm. “I had gone down to won’t be the last. visit him on June 30, two weeks Nash thanked the tri-sponsors before he passed away. He was of the vigil yet in doing so, as handsome as ever — healthy, noted that life as she once knew bright-eyed and seemingly it will never again be possible. happy. “I am living every parent’s “I was starting to believe that nightmare, and sadly, I am not maybe this time it had worked.” alone,” Nash said. “You see, Nash says Sean’s battle with I had a child die from a drug addiction lasted nearly a dec-

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were very few people outside of my family who were aware of what we were living with … my husband, Steve, has been the pillar who, at times, has to hold up crumbling pieces of my heart. “We need resources for parents and loved ones in order to get help for those who are in need and want help. I can’t tell you the number of hours I spent on the phone calling rehabs, hospitals, therapist, you name it — then signing anything that was put in front of me, taking responsibility for what wasn’t covered by insurance just to get Sean into a safe place. I did not want him to die. This has Christine Myles Nash and her son, the late Sean Myles Nee. to change. No one should have to mortgage their house to get ade. Her life, she says, was like a can maybe save lives now and their child or loved one help.” roller coaster ride — a series of in the future … that we can learn While those resources are extreme ups and downs. from this and hopefully save the still somewhat slow to come by, “It was debilitating at times,” life of another child.” it’s groups like Kearny Cares she said. “… Sean Myles Nee and the Kearny Prevention was not just an addict,” Nash It’s time to make changes Coalition that are making them said. “He was a smart, talented, Nash, like many parents and easier to come by. Still, it’s not funny, handsome, sweet, loving, relatives of addicts, says she enough, Christine’s husband, sensitive human being. He was handled her situation differently Steve, says. my son and he mattered. He than she might have today. “I am very proud of my wife will always matter to me. His “It’s time to end the shame and hope this is the beginning life had meaning. Why I am and stigma of drug addiction of positive change in ending the here is the hope that his death and mental illness,” she said. stigma of substance abuse here “More people died in New in Kearny,” Steve Nash said. Jersey from drug overdoses than If the vigil was any indicagun violence and car accidents tion, it definitely is the begincombined. ning of positive — big positive “For years, I kept what was — changes here in Kearny and going on inside my home, inside elsewhere. my home,” Nash said. “There

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Teachers irate over contract, benefit ‘glitch’ By Ron Leir rleir@theobserver.com A group of dissatisfied Kearny public school teachers demonstrated in front of the Kearny Board of Education building on Midland Avenue, Wednesday evening, May 9. Many carried signs protesting the slow pace of contract talks and one periodically tooted a trumpet to capture the attention of passing pedestrians and motorists, some sounding their horns in a show of support. Several shopkeepers have installed window signs backing the teachers whose union – the Kearny Education Association – has gotten their members to turn out in force as silent observers at recent school board meetings. The KEA’s last contract expired June 30, 2017. Some members have taken Teachers picketed Kearny Board of Education offices last week. to social media to express

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their frustration over what they alleged to be a recent interruption of their health care coverage of April 1. One district source acknowledged that several members were “denied treatment” by health care providers because there was no proof of coverage – which the source characterized as a temporary “glitch.” The source said the district has told employees who’ve laid out cash to “re-submit their claims” for payment and the district will honor those claims. H. Ronald Smith, the district’s interim business administrator, attributed the interrupted coverage to the fact that, “we were a little late with our payment (to the insurance carrier).” Asked if there was a shortfall in the account, Smith said, “No, we’ve got plenty of money.”

It’s Click It or Ticket in Belleville, elsewhere Law enforcement officers from the Belleville Police Department will join with cops from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Beginning May 21 and running through June 3, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high-visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the lifesaving value of seat belts. “Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,’ said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2016, it is estimated that more than 14,500 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts.” Poedubicky said a key fo-

cus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front and back seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 94.07%. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate — only 48% in the most recent survey. “For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern,” he said. During the 2017 campaign, 350 New Jersey police agencies participated in the twoweek initiative. As a result of the effort, cops issued 17,792 seat belt citations, 6,363 speeding summonses and made 976 impaired-driving arrests. For more information, contact, Lt. Frank Pignataro at 973-450-3348.

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Overall,’18 taxes should drop, Santos says By Ron Leir rleir@theobserver.com

KEARNY – Good news for Kearny property owners: Less money will be needed to support Hudson County government operations. Mayor Alberto Santos reported at last Wednesday’s Town Council meeting that a growing county tax base, as reflected by increased land values, has helped offset the

county’s need to tap the pockets of municipal taxpayers this year. And, as a result, the mayor said, Kearny ratepayers should see a reduction in the local share of taxes that goes to support the county. To that end, the owner of a property with an “average” assessment of $95,335 can expect to see a reduction of $68 in the local share of county taxes, Santos

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tion of this year’s budget. As of early last week when he was still unclear about the school tax picture, Santos allowed himself a bit of optimism, saying, “This may be the first year in some time where the stars line up perfectly,” to provide taxpayers with a trifecta reduction from all quarters. Alas, it was not to be. Late last week, H. Ronald Smith, interim business administrator for the Kearny Board of Education, shared some relevant financial information keyed to the board’s recently adopted budget for 2019-2019, projecting that the owner of an average home assessed at $95,335 will face an increase in school taxes of $85.81. “These figures are provided by the Kearny tax collector,” Smith’s memo noted. So when the three components of the average tax bill are mixed together, what will the bottom line be? Santos concluded that the average homeowner should still realize an overall drop of $52.19 in their tax bill but he offered a disclaimer, saying he wanted to get a confirmation from the CFO to be sure. Firozvi couldn’t be reached on Friday. In other business at the May 9 meeting, the governing body: • Voted to extend the designation of Sitex as redeveloper of two meadows parcels in South Kearny through Oct. 15, 2018. Santos said Sitex qualified for the latest extension by having satisfied its pledge to “enter into a letter of intent to purchase” the parcel “owned by an Occidental Petroleum affiliate.” Now, Santos said, it remains for Sitex to “execute a redevelopment agreement

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Centre Street bridge Residential fire in Belleville to be shut half-year; detours planned NUTLEY — Expect repairs to start on the Centre Street Bridge in Nutley next month. That’s the word from Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., who reported April 25 that a contract to fix the 122-year-old county span has been awarded to Pillari Brothers Construction Corp. of Farmingdale for $2,879,230. KS Engineers of Newark received a $242,425 contract to design the project which is expected to begin in June and be completed by December 2018. While work proceeds, DiVincenzo said, Centre Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and motorists will be rerouted around the construction site via Joralemon Street and Vreeland Avenue. Pedestrian access across the Third River will be provided via a walking bridge in Yanticaw Park, he said. “Replacing the Center Street Bridge is a complex project,” DiVincenzo said, “because it’s located in the heart of downtown Nutley and provides critical access through the township. Closing the road will be disruptive, but it will enable the work to progress more quickly than if the replacement was done in stages.” The detour route around the bridge was developed in cooperation with the Nutley Police Department, he said. To that end, cars will be directed north along Franklin Avenue, turning into Vreeland and then onto Passaic Avenue

while trucks will be rerouted south along Franklin, turning onto Joralemon and then onto Union Avenue. The bridge was listed as “structurally deficient” and a weight limit of 15 tons was recently posted because of its deteriorating condition, according to DiVincenzo. The original single span dates from about 1896. Reinforced concrete “wingalls” (curved elliptical sections) were added in 1929 and the current concrete parapet and gabion (cage filled with concrete/stone) wall were installed in 1965 after the north spandrel wall and parapet failed. The new structure will consist of a precast concrete arch with precast concrete wingwalls supported by castin-place concrete footings and pedestals. There will be two travel lanes — one in each direction for vehicles — and sidewalks for pedestrians. The new bridge will stretch 42 feet — same as the existing structure — and its roadway will be about 46 feet wide for traffic and a total width of 66 feet to accommodate walkers. Under guidelines set by the N.J. Historic Preservation Office, a stone formliner will be used to construct the arch spandrel walls and parapet walls, the existing ornamental fence will be removed and reset and an interpretive sign detailing the crossing’s history and the Yanticaw-Booth Historic District will be installed. — Ron Leir

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Melham ticket sweeps in Belleville election BELLEVILLE — Former Councilman Michael Melham pulled off a stunning upset in the May 8 municipal election, as he and his Township Council running mates defeated the ticket led by Mayor Raymond Kimble. Lisa Lopez, a third mayoral candidate, ran a distant third. She now figures to keep her seat on the Belleville Board of Education. The voting tallies released by the municipal clerk’s office in Belleville last week showed that absentee ballots played a vital role in the outcome, with the Melham slate outpacing the Kimble contingent by a nearly 6-to-1 margin. Based on a machine-only

tally, Kimble had the edge over Melham, 1,650 to 1,353, but with absentees counted, Melham prevailed 1,826 to 1,736 – a 90-vote plurality. Lopez polled a total of 850 votes, machine and absentee combined. Only 20% of the township’s registered voters turned out to cast ballots. For the rest of the field, the results favored Thomas Graziano and Naomy De Pena, the council candidates aligned with Melham, allowing a clean sweep. Graziano, a member of the Belleville Board of Education, and De Pena, a retired Belleville teacher, collected 1,647 and 1,534 votes, respectively, good enough to lock up the

two at-large council seats, while retired deputy police chief Charles Hood and incumbent Kevin Kennedy – Kimble’s running mates – garnered 1,479 and 1,238 votes, respectively. Kimble, a retired township police chief and former township manager, has served as mayor since 2006. Kennedy has served five terms (not all consecutive) on the governing body while Hood was officially on the ballot for the first time. Hood surfaced as a write-in candidate in the previous municipal election after former Councilman Michael Nicosia dropped out at the 11th hour. The second at-large seat was vacated last year after

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the Kimble team returned calls for comment. It is anticipated that Melham would be poised to take political control of the governing body, with a 4-3 advantage. First Ward Councilwoman Marie Strumolo Burke, who did not support the Kimble team during the campaign, would likely side with the Melham team. That would leave the remaining council members – Steve Rovell in the Second Ward, Vincent Cozzarelli in the Third Ward and John Notari in the Fourth Ward – in the minority as Kimble allies – unless, of course, a political realignment should occur. — Ron Leir

Trucks go up in flames KEARNY – In the first hour of Friday, May 12, the Kearny Fire Department was alerted to a blaze in the town’s industrial area off Sellars Street.   Reportedly, the 911 callers included drivers on the Belleville Pike, who could see flames soaring toward the sky.   However, and luckily, the apparently spectacular fire was limited to two tractortrailer cabs; it just looked a lot worse than it was.  KFD Chief Steven Dyl said the department responded to 43 O’Brien Road at 12:40 a.m. and the blaze was under control by 1:09 a.m. He said

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damage was limited to the two truck cabs and did not extend to their trailers.  He also noted that, although the flames were threatening a manufacturing company’s building on the property, firefighters  prevented the fire from entering the structure. Reportedly neither the trucks nor the building were occupied at the time.  Dyl also said the fire did not threaten the meadows area.   The cause of the blaze was unknown and is under investigation.  — Karen Zautyk


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By Karen Zautyk Castle and David Bush kzautyk@theobserver.com passed a double-parked car on Highland AvKEARNY — Last enue and recognized Wednesday, May 9, at the driver — Michael 8:21 p.m., Det. Michael Fernandes, 31, of Kearny Andrews and Officer — who, police said, Timothy Castle were they knew to have a on patrol in an unsuspended license. As marked KPD car when the vehicle began to they stopped for a red pull away, they stopped light at Bergen and it, and Fernandes was Kearny avenues. Police later released on sumsaid a motorcycle apmonses for driving while proached in the leftsuspended, failure to turn-only lane, then cut surrender a suspended the officers off by maklicense and improper ing a right turn in front parking. of them when the light His passenger, howchanged.  ever, was in deeper The cops activated trouble. Police said Elias their lights and siren, Cano, 27, of Kearny, was but, police said, “the found to be in possesmotorcyclist took this as sion of cocaine, maria signal to do a ‘wheelie’ juana (50 grams or less) on Kearny Avenue, pass and drug paraphernalia, other traffic and evade and also to have a $250 the officers.” Newark arrest warrant. Make that “try to He was booked and sent evade,” since the biker to the Hudson County — identified as ClaudiJail. ano Tomaz, 42, of Kearny ••• — made it only as far as  Det. Andrews and Patterson Street before Officer Jonathan he was apprehended.  Dowie, patrolling the Tomaz was subseWalmart/Wawa lots quently lodged in the at 9:48 p.m., observed Hudson County Jail on what appeared to be a warrant charging him a hand-to-hand drug with eluding. He was ad- transaction between ditionally charged with two men. When the driving with a suspended officers approached to license and issued tickinvestigate, police said, ets for reckless driving, both suspects fled on improper passing, an im- foot — one of them, proper turn and having identified as Michael an obstructed license Corpion, 20, of Harrison, plate. reportedly tossing “the • • •  object of the transacOther recent reports tion” down a storm from the Kearny police drain. blotter included the folIt was not recovered, lowing: but Corpion was, and he was charged with May 7 obstructing the adminisAt 7:57 p.m., Officers tration of law, resisting

arrest and tampering with evidence. Officer Chris Manolis, who was nearby, pursued the second suspect, but the runner evaded capture by climbing a fence and escaping into an adjoining property. But, the KPD reports: “Officers have identified the fleeing man, and criminal charges are pending.”  ••• At 10:24 p.m., Officer Matthew Lopez found a double-parked car — its engine running and the driver inside — on Belgrove Drive. Police said a check of the license plate showed that the registered owner’s license was suspended.  Owner/operator Keith L. Jones, 35, of Kearny, showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests, police said. He was charged on summonses with DWI, DWI within 1,000 feet of a school, driving while suspended, failure to surrender a suspended license, obstructing the passage of other vehicles and refusal to take an Alcotest. May 8 Sgt. Jack Corbett Jr. and Officers Harold Azurdia, Ryan Stickno and Jason Rodrigues responded to a 1:24 a.m. report of a white Jeep being driven erratically on the Newark Turnpike. They located and stopped the vehicle, and after a roadside investigation and FSTs, See KPD, Page 11

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By Kevin Canessa Jr. When I was a wee lad, growing up and living in Jersey City, I never really understood how lucky I was — and it took me until I was in my mid-20s to realize that I had a truly wonderful mom. If you don’t mind, I’ll tell you a little bit about her. She had me in 1974, when she was just 21. I think back to when I was 21, and could never have envisioned being a parent. Yet somehow, mom, who was just three years out of high school, gave birth to me. And from the get-go, she did it all by herself. Dad, even back in 1974, was absent. He chose to spend more time at bars, baseball games, you name it. When it came to raising me, he was never anywhere to be found. Eventually in the late ‘70s, mom and dad divorced — I haven’t seen him since 1981. Back then, it was because that’s just the way it was. Now it’s by choice. And I am better for that.

In all those years, from 1974 to 1979 — and beyond as I got older — mom did everything in her power to ensure I had the best life. Every. Single. Year. I always got what I asked for — whether as a younger kid it was high steppers from “Romper Room,” or as I got older, TVs, VCRs, microphones — if I named it, I got it. Looking back, it’s hard to think about what she did and not feel a sense of sadness on one hand, and gratefulness on the other. Because she sacrificed everything for me. And when I say everything, I mean it. I can’t even imagine what my life would have been like in my 20s if I had no other choice but to make sacrifices for a child. Yet that’s what she did — so often. Some of the bigger sacrifices she made involved education. In 1985, mom made the decision to move from the Jersey

City Heights to Kearny. One reason was because the rest of the family was in Kearny. The other was because she didn’t want me to go to Jersey City public schools. Instead, moving to Kearny would open great opportunities to go to Kearny High School. What do I do? I recalled that back in 1984, I had a determination to go to St. Peter’s Prep, because I loved the Jesuits and in particular, the Rev. John Browning, S.J., who, at the time, was the school’s principal. Going to Prep wouldn’t be cheap, either. Still isn’t. But for four years, as she worked like crazy, there I was in September 1988 at Prep in Downtown Jersey City. Then, despite having nearly a full ride at Seton Hall University, I decided I wanted to go to Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., that wasn’t going to be free. In fact, it was the complete opposite. Not a penny in aid or as-

sistance or scholarship. But there I was again, at the university I wanted to attend. All because mom always made sure I got whatever I want. She did it all by herself. And while I know there are countless stories out there about great moms — I wanted to share with you a little bit about my own mom and all she’s done for me throughout my life. Maybe there’s someone in your life who had a similar impact? What better time is there to recall such a person than around Mother’s Day. With ease, I can say I am so grateful for all my mother has done for me my entire life. This year, I say “thank you” in a most public way. Thank you, mom, for being the greatest mother a human could ever ask for. I love you – and am grateful beyond words. The preceding column was adapted from a previous column Canessa wrote some time ago.

‘Officer went above and beyond’ To the Editor: Last week a friend and I were eating at Mona Lisa and in walked an elderly lady. After a short time, we came to find that she was lost or something

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around the neighborhood until she found her house. Her son was notified and everything is good. That’s unselfish dedication and a pure act of human kindness. Thank you NAPD. Officer Zarro – I will

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Typically, Bisig said, a monitor other line items. charges “an average of $650 a Subsequently, a new B.A. day” for his work. – Bisig – was hired and a LYNDHURST — The Lynd• Despite the shaky fiscal new auditor (Lerch Vinci & hurst Board of Education can situation, all school employee Higgins of Fair Lawn) was take as long as a decade to pay labor agreements covering brought in to check the disoff an accumulated deficit that about 245 workers will remain trict’s books. The upshot is has stretched to nearly $3.8 in place but the status of the that the district came up short million but that won’t let local district’s roughly 200 nonfor the 2016-17 school year property owners off the hook. tenured and part-time workers by $1,115,387, it has run up an By the reckoning of district is being re-evaluated. estimated deficit of $2,367,786 business administrator Scott • All school improvement for 2017-18 and it needs to reBisig, a 3.2% increase in the lo- projects as envisioned under imburse the state Department cal tax levy – from $36.86 mil- the $19.8 million referendum of Education’s Office of Fiscal lion in 2017-2018 to $38 million approved by voters in 2016 Accountability & Compliance projected for 2018-2019 – to are proceeding as schedthe sum of $301,224 for a total support a $42.5 million budget uled, beginning with interior deficit of $3,784,397. means that the taxes on an renovations to Lyndhurst High When the state’s expert “average” home assessed at School at the end of June. The comes in next month, that nearly $313,000 will rise by BOE voted May 7 to award Photo by Ron Leir monitor will do a separate au$193.84 this year. a contract for $1,266,500 to Lyndhurst school business administrator Scott Bisig (left) reviews dit, Bisig said, and that audit’s advertising@theobserver.com 201-991-1600 Beyond that, he offered no Vanas Construction of Bogota school budget with finance committee chairman Chris AndrinopouSee BUDGET, Page 25 projections. er: as the lowestClient: of three bidders. los. What township residents News of the district’s can count on this year, accord- financial crisis came late last ing to Bisig, are the following: year after Superintendent • The 2018-19 school budget of Schools Shauna DeMarco will apply “between $500,000 began to unearth disturband $600,000” to begin the ing discrepancies in various debt repayment process. accounts involving the food Advertising: Here is thewill updated with a new photo of Jarlynn Hyde: • The budget containtemplate service enterprise fund, the $100,000 to pay for the cost pre-K program, the district of a state monitor expected to self-insurance program, retro CATERING AND ON SITE CATERING AVAILABLE FOR PARTIES • BYOB arrive next month to oversee pay for the Lyndhurst Educathe district’s fiscal operations. tion Association (LEA) and By Ron Leir rleir@theobserver.com

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Tough to get quorum so BOE contracts By Ron Leir rleir@theobserver.com EAST NEWARK — There’s only one public school in this tiny borough but personnel seem to be coming and going there so fast they’re wearing out the carpet. Two members of the East

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member expiring each year,” the amended ordinance now reads. Under the state statute governing the borough, appointments to the Board of Education fall within the purview of the mayor. The new ordinance was adopted May 9 by the Borough Council and takes

effect immediately. “It’s been pretty hard keeping people on the [school] board,” Smith said last week. There were many instances, he said, “when we needed four [members] for a quorum and we had to get people on the phone to get them to a meeting.” Unfortunately, in the case

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of a public agency like a school board where employees and vendors need to be paid, meetings must be convened regularly to authorize those payments on a timely basis, he said. Now, with a smaller-sized board, “we just need three people for a quorum so that should make it easier,” Smith added. As it happens, the resignations of board members Donna O’Donnell — who has served more than four years – and Samantha Vieira – who has occupied her seat about two years – took effect May 1, according to Smith, so the board as currently constituted has five members. In mid-February, longtime board member Rose Evaristo gave up her seat to accept a mayoral appointment to the Borough Council to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Ken Sheehan. She’s been replaced by Mark Balsam, who has a job with the N.J. Department of State. Similar personnel pressures have been experienced with the borough’s volunteer fire department, Smith said, where “we’ve been running about 50% of our capacity,” so its roster is hovering “between 24 to 28 members.” That’s why, Smith said, the borough agreed some years back, to open membership in the fire department to residents of Kearny and Harrison if they live within a certain distance from the East Newark border. In a number of instances, the mayor said, “you’ve got people working two or three jobs” so volunteering for a public service can become stressful. “It’s a sign of the times,” he said. One of the constant mainstays on the school board has been its president Marlene Smith, wife of the mayor. But it’s not just board members who’ve been under the gun. The board is having a tough time of late holding onto its administrators and its teachers. Cases in point: Both Superintendent/Principal Patrick Martin and Business Adminis See BOE, Page 12


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All-year HHS reunion May 19 An all-year Harrison High Protecting your pets School reunion takes place SatThe Belleville Health urday, May 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. Department sponsors a free at the Harrison-East Newark rabies clinic Saturday, June 9, Elks, 406 Harrison Ave. Light from 10 a.m. to noon at Fire Headquarters, 275 Franklin Ave. refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be availThe department will also be collecting non-perishable foods able. A tour of the “new” high school will take place at 2:30 for a local pantry. p.m. that day. For information on getting tickets and costs, Friday Club heading to Sands call 973-485-9478. Casino The Belleville Senior Friday Annual Poppy Drive kicks off Club sponsors a bus ride to May 18 Sands Casino, Pennsylvania, The Harrison American LeThursday, May 24. A bus will gion kicks off its annual Poppy leave from the Senior Center, Drive Friday, May 18. The camFranklin Avenue and Mill paign runs through Thursday, Street, at 9 a.m. Call Florence May 24. Members of both the at 973-751-3821 for more inforpost and ladies auxiliary will mation and pricing. be soliciting donations around town to benefit the veterans in Harrison V.A. hospitals. Holy Cross going to Caesar’s Kearny Holy Cross Church sponsors a trip to Caesar’s Atlantic City Methodist churches hosting Sunday, May 20. A bus leaves 10 a.m. from Holy Cross School joint spring concert Grace United and Calvary on South Frank E. Rodgers United Methodist churches Boulevard. Coffee is served host a spring concert with the at 9:15 a.m. in the school’s Newark Boys Chorus School basement. For reservations, Saturday, May 19, at 4 p.m., at call Joan at 973-481-2434 (for Grace United, 380 Kearny Ave. English speakers) or Maria A free-will offering will be at 973-481-1799 (for Spanish speakers.) Please remember to taken. For more details, call 908-296-8799 or 201-991-1132. bring a photo ID.

At the library Story time with Girl Scouts Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. Children ages up to 6 are invited to join a local volunteer Girl Scout troop for stories and crafts.      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, May 18 & Wednesday, May 23 at 3:30 p.m. —  “Black Panther”  Children’s Imagination Station Thursday, May 17, at 4 p.m. Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join instructors from BookLinx for a special afternoon of interactive fun. Participants will problem-solve and create a device to escape the castle and rescue themselves from the evil knight.  Children’s sand art workshop Friday, May 25, at 4 p.m. We will have multicolored sand and cool bottles available for children in grades 2 and up.

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Continued from Page 7 Sage Winkler, 23, of Roseland, was charged on summonses with DWI and having an open container of alcohol in a MV.   ••• Officer Kyle Plaugic responded to Marshalls at 2:19 p.m. on a complaint that a man was trying to leave the store with three pairs of unpaid-for sneakers shoved down his pants. Kelvin Speight, 52, of Newark, was charged with shoplifting and sent to the county jail. [Editorial comment: Are those shoes in your pants or are you just glad . . . ?] 

••• At 3:05 p.m., Officer Patrick Becker was called to Kmart, where an employee was reportedly fighting with two suspected shoplifters attempting to flee in a silver Mitsubishi. Police said Becker stopped the car and his investigation led to the arrest of Yassirrah Lyles, 24, of Newark, and Shamecca Franklin, 25, of Philadelphia, on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery of $138.86 worth of children’s and women’s clothing. Both women also reportedly had warrants -- Lyles, Essex County, no bail; Franklin, Linden, $1,000 (full)  -- and were sent to the Hudson County Jail.  •••

Children’s computer coding workshops Children in grades K-2 with a parent or caregiver are invited for an introduction to coding on Tuesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. Children in grades 3 and up are invited to a two-week workshop on Thursday, May 24, and Thursday, May 31, at 6 p.m. Call the library at 201-9982666 to reserve a spot.  Children’s cooking workshop Tuesday, May 29, at 4 p.m. Children in grades 3 and up are invited to join us for a celebration of Memorial Day.  Find time for fishing Kearny Recreation Department and the West Hudson/ South Bergen Optimist Club co-sponsor a Fishing Derby Contest Sunday, May 20, at West Hudson County Park pond. The contest, open to West Hudson-area boys and girls up to age 12, runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration begins at noon. Try your luck at catching the biggest fish. Trophies will be awarded to first- , second- and third-place winners. The derby will take place rain or shine.

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Lyndhurst Summer fun for kids Lyndhurst Department of Recreation/Parks & Public Property conducts its annual Day Camp program from July 9 through Aug. 17 at Lyndhurst High School for Lyndhurst kids in kindergarten through grade 8. Camp hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children of non-township residents who attend Sacred Heart School in Lyndhurst are eligible for the camp. (Youngsters must be entering kindergarten this September and must be age 5 by July 25, 2018.) Registration deadline is June 8. A late fee will be charged after that date and no registrations will be accepted after June 15. Camp activity booklets are available at the Parks Department, 250 Cleveland Ave. Before Care (7-8:30 a.m.) and Aftercare (3-6 p.m.) options are available for a fee. Online registration is available by visiting register.communitypass.net/lyndhurst or by visiting the Parks Department office. Registration fees and fees for activities, T-shirts and the first week of Before Care/After Care must be paid in full when registering. For more information, call 201804-2482.

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Officers Richard Pawlowski and Joshua Lopez traveled to the Essex County Jail to arrest Akim Gibson, 21, of Newark, on a Kearny warrant issued as the result of an investigation by Det. Daniel Esteves into a Jan. 22 complaint by Walmart that two men had entered the store, smashed a cash register and fled with $182.   Gibson was taken to the Hudson County Jail. Police said the second suspect -Joshua Douglas, 21, of North Carolina -- would receive a summons in the mail (apparently thanks to bail reform).  • • •  At 5:22 p.m., Det. Andrews and Officers Dowie and Bush stopped a car with a cracked windshield on Tappan Street

and reportedly found both occupants to be wanted and in possession of drugs. Both also ended up in the county jail. Police said Jorge Fernandez, 21, of Kearny, was charged with possession of pot/paraphernalia, being an unlicensed driver, driving with a suspended license, driving with an obstructed view and with CDS in a MV. He reportedly also had two arrest warrants from Kearny ($500 and $250) and one from Newark ($200).  Jorge Rivera, 22, of Newark, was charged with possession of pot/paraphernalia and on a $550 (full) Harrison warrant.  May 9  Officer Rodrigues, on

patrol at 3:54 a.m., observed a man rummaging through a car near the corner of Chestnut Street and Columbia Avenue, then take off running east on Columbia. The officer caught and arrested suspect Daniel McKeown, 49, of Kearny, who was charged with burglary, receiving stolen property (jewelry) and possession of drug paraphernalia and was lodged on a warrant in the county jail.  NOTE: Police are asking any member of the public who believes an item of jewelry may have been stolen from their vehicle on or before May 9 to contact the KPD Evidence Unit at 201-9981313, Ext. 2827, and reference case No. 18-14923.


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Credit Kearny Navy WAVE as WWII 'pioneer'

KEARNY — She was ahead of her time. Last week, Kearny’s elected officials paid tribute to one of the town’s daughters for service to her country. On May 8, Mayor Alberto Santos was joined by Town

Council members Albino Cardoso, Marytrine De Castro, Eileen Eckel, Carol Jean Doyle and Susan McCurrie for a special flag-raising ceremony in the Public Library’s Reading Garden. The U.S. flag, measuring

111 inches by 51 inches, was furnished by the U.S. Veterans Association in honor of the late Dorothy Halpin Bollinger of Kearny and was, in turn, donated to the town by Bollinger’s niece Wendy Witterschein.

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Relatives of the late Dorothy Halpin Bollinger join town officials and Brownies to honor the Kearny native's contributions as a WAVE during WWII.

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After graduating from Kearny High School in 1941, Halpin Bollinger joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), the WWII women’s branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve. She was assigned to work in Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C., as a Specialist 2nd Class. After the surrender of the Japanese forces on the USS Missouri, a communications officer teletyped the news to the Washington, D.C., Naval Intelligence unit and it was Halpin Bollinger who ripped the message off the teletype, thereby getting the “scoop” before the Secretary of War or the President. With the war at an end, Halpin Bollinger returned to her hometown where she joined the civilian work force at Western Electric (Kearny Works). She later

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trator/Board Secretary David Eichenholtz are leaving June 30. The board voted May 7 to hire Richard Corbett as Martin’s replacement. Corbett, who was the borough’s superintendent/principal for five years, through July 2012, will now be returning to his old stomping grounds. His last job was as superintendent for the Elmwood Park public school district. Under terms of his new 5-year contract which has been approved by the Hudson County Superintendent’s Office, Corbett will start July 1 with a salary of $145,000 his

became a supervisor for N.J. Bell in Newark. Halpin Bollinger passed away in 2001. At the ceremony, Santos said the Kearny resident played an important role as a pioneering woman in history. “At the time of Dorothy’s service,” the mayor said, “the notion of women serving in the Navy was not widely supported. The persistence of several women laid the groundwork for the WAVES, allowing women to serve in the Navy. WAVES like Dorothy left behind a legacy of accomplishment, opening doors for later generations of women to secure a place in all military branches …. Our town is very fortunate that Dorothy was dedicated to the ideals of public service and that she made a lasting contribution to our country and community.” first year, then advance with yearly $1,000 pay increments over the following four years. Corbett will conduct a search for a new B.A. He’ll be stepping into a tricky labor situation with borough teachers upset about going three years without a new contract. They claim to be the lowest-paid public school teachers in the state. The N.J. Education Association, which bargains for the approximately 20 staffers, has gone through mediation and fact-finding, thus far without making any headway with their employer and each year, the district has had to find replacements for a few instructors who leave typically because of economic pressures.


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Nutley advances to GNT championship game When the high school baseball season began, veteran Nutley High School baseball coach Bob Harbison really didn’t know what kind of team he had. Harbison knew that the Maroon Raiders were talented, but he also knew that they were relatively young. There were some bumps along the way, some tough losses, but Harbison’s group grew as the season progressed. “We were down 4-0 early to Columbia in the quarterfinals, but managed to battle back and win, 8-6,” Harbison said. Last Saturday, the young Maroon Raiders found themselves in a tough predicament, facing state-ranked Seton Hall Prep in the semifinals of the Greater Newark Tournament. Seton Hall had only won the last five GNT championships in a row, totally dominating the long-existing tourney that is for Essex County supremacy. And as it turned out, the Raiders managed to collect only one hit in the game against the mighty Pirates. But that one hit was enough, as somehow, someway, the Maroon Raiders came away with a 3-2 victory, advancing

to the GNT title game against Livingston at Doc Goeltz Field in Verona at noon. The Maroon Raiders will be seeking their first GNT championship since 2004, when former Observer Athlete of the Year Steve Armstrong pitched the Raiders to the title at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Since then, Nutley has advanced to the GNT championship game three times, the last being in 2012. Harbison knew that the Maroon Raiders had a chance against mighty Seton Hall. “We played them twice before,” Harbison said. “We lost to them, 2-1, and beat them at home, so I knew that we had a shot. I didn’t know they had won it five straight years. When I read that, I was a little surprised. I thought if we played well, we had a good shot to win.” The Maroon Raiders managed to score three runs with just one hit, scoring twice in the second inning and making those runs stand up. All three of Nutley’s runs came on errors. In the first inning, Pete Lopez reached on a dropped pop-up and See VIEW, Page 15

Gets invite to participate in Team USA camp in Florida

Photo by Jim Hague Lyndhurst High School freshman Alexia Jorge is making history as the first girl to ever play baseball in the Lyndhurst program. She is also getting a chance to play baseball on the national level with the Team USA camp for baseball playing girls in Vero Beach, Fla., later this month.

By Jim Hague ogsmar@aol.com LYNDHURST – Alexia Jorge has been playing baseball for as long as she can remember. “Probably since I was about three years old,” said the Lyndhurst teenager, now 14 years old. “I always played baseball.” Jorge was a baseball player through Lyndhurst Little League, playing shortstop and pitching, before settling into her natural position of catcher. She played baseball with and against the boys, even going up against her older brother Victor a few times. Victor Jorge is an accomplished wrestler at Lyndhurst, having reached the Region 4

tournament in each of the last two seasons. But Alexia has stuck to her guns and played baseball, even when others tried to convince her to play softball with the girls. “I never wanted to go play softball,” Jorge said. “I wanted to keep going with baseball. I’ve played baseball my whole life and I feel it’s more competitive with baseball.” So when the time came for Alexia to enroll at Lyndhurst High School last September, she had one idea in mind. “I was going to play baseball,” Jorge said. “That was always my goal.” Jorge was prepared to reach her goal by playing for a competitive travel club team called Nutley Central.

She regularly plays with and against the boys with that team. “My teammates never had any reaction towards me,” Jorge said. But there was one instance where Alexia was pitching and unleashed her knuckleball. That’s right, the teenager can throw a mean knuckler. Take that, R.A. Dickey. “The rest of the team was really supportive,” Jorge said. And never has there been a mention of the word “softball.” She won’t hear it. She’s a baseball player. Lyndhurst High School head baseball coach Pat Auteri has been very familiar with Jorge’s talents. See LYNDHURST, next page


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Continued from Page 13 “She has come to our camp every year since I became the head coach,” Auteri said. “She was at the camp when Butchie (former head coach Butch Servideo) ran it. I knew of Alexia because she played on my nephew’s Little League team. So I knew all about her.” And when Auteri heard that Alexia was going to try out for the baseball team, he had no qualms. “I’ve seen her play a lot,” Auteri said. “I think because I knew of her and I knew the type of kid she is that I didn’t have a problem. She really loves the game. You see her passion. She goes out there and enjoys every minute she plays.” So Jorge earned her spot on the Lyndhurst freshman squad this year. She regularly plays catcher for the Golden Bear freshmen and sometimes gets a chance to throw that knuckler. “I’ve been able to see some of her games,” Auteri said.

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to play for the national team,” Jorge explained. “So I was invited to the breakthrough series. When I got word, I was excited. I was hitting in the batting cages, when my mom (Tracy) got an e-mail. I didn’t believe it at first. But the next day, it really hit me. I couldn’t stop smiling.” Jorge believes that she can play on the national level. “I’m pretty confident,” Jorge said. “I know it’s not going to be easy. I just hope I do well there.” Jorge said that she has been hitting the ball better of late, which gives her confidence. “I hit some good shots to the outfield,” Jorge said. “I also hit some ground balls pretty hard.” And what’s the reaction from opponents when they realize she’s a girl? “Sometimes, I’m behind the plate and they don’t notice,” Jorge said. “I have short hair, so they can’t tell and they certainly don’t expect that I’m a girl. Then, they realize it after I take off the mask. When they realize I’m a girl, they’re all shocked. I think it’s pretty funny.” Jorge has one more goal in mind. “Absolutely, varsity baseball

is definitely in the future,” Jorge said. “That’s what I want.” And there’s no talk at all about playing softball with the girls. “That’s not what I want,” Jorge said. “I think the world is starting to conform to allow girls to play varsity baseball. I want that. I want to play baseball. I feel baseball and softball are two different sports. I’m better at baseball.” Auteri is willing to give Jorge a shot. “We’re going to give her every opportunity to make the team,” Auteri said. “She’ll be in the mix. The door is always open. She’s a kid who plays the game she loves. She knows the game and loves the game. You can’t ask for more than that.” Jorge is set to play baseball all summer long with her travel team. It will include a trip later this year to the Cal Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, Maryland. Jorge has already played at the Cal Ripken Experience facilities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As for her trip to Florida beginning May 31? “I think it’s going to be fun and exciting,” Jorge said. “I just can’t wait.”

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But Saturday, the Maroon Raiders’ best reliever was sophomore lefty Trevor SanContinued from Page 13 tos – just like he was in the win over Columbia. came around to score when “I brought in Trevor with Marty Higgins’ ground ball the game on the line against went under the first baseman’s Columbia and he got strikeout, glove for an error. strikeout to end the game,” After Seton Hall tied the Harbison said. “That’s what he game at 1-1, the Raiders took does. Trevor just delivers.” the lead for good in the top of Sure enough, Harbison the second inning. needed the young lefty again. With two out, Wayne WittHe called upon Santos to man walked, Josh O’Neill pitch in the second inning was hit by a pitch and Lopez and he responded with five walked to load the bases. scoreless innings, striking out Higgins stepped up with the six, allowing just three hits game already on the line. and walking one. During one

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“They beat us twice already this season,” Harbison said. “We know that it’s tough to beat a team three times. They’re a good solid team. It’s going to be a tall order.” Livingston advanced to the final with a 1-0 win over Millburn in the semifinals. If Millburn had advanced to the title game against Nutley, it would have been an interest-

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“Marty hit the ball deep into the hole at shortstop,” Harbison said. “The shortstop tried to get the force at second base, but overthrew second and Wittman and O’Neill came around to score on the error.” Higgins has been in the middle of many key rallies this season. The junior has enjoyed a sensational season, batting .432 with four homers and 23 RBI. He is headed to St. John’s to play baseball next year. Last week, Higgins had three hits and two RBI in a game against Memorial of West New York, had three hits and two RBI in the win over Columbia in the GNT quarters and had two RBI in a win against a strong Montville club. “He’s been outstanding,” Harbison said. “His best asset is his defense at shortstop.” Higgins has also been a godsend as the Maroon Raiders’ best relief pitcher, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.84 earned run average.

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“I decided to try out the new position,” Nicosia said. “And I ended up liking it. I liked it so much that I ended up taking lessons to become a better catcher.” Belleville head softball coach Chris Cantarella also liked Nicosia as a catcher. “I like the way she handled herself behind the plate,” Cantarella said. “She’s a very cerebral player. She’s a quick learner and learned a lot right from the start. And she’s become a phenomenal catcher.” And Nicosia was always a solid hitter, batting .462 as a freshman, but dipped last year. “I knew I had to do better this year,” Nicosia said. “I worked really hard in the offseason.” Nicosia changed her batting stance a little. “I decided to pick up my elbow a little and that has helped me to hit the ball harder,” Nicosia said. “I went to the batting cages a lot. I did a lot of hitting off the tee and also hit with front toss. And I decided every time I got in the batter’s box this year, I was going to forget about everything else. I was going to see the ball and go for it.” The results have been staggering. While the Buccaneers have had their difficulties, Nicosia has not, hitting a collective .533 on the season with seven doubles and 12 RBI. continued next page


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Last week, Nicosia collected two hits and two RBI in a game against Kearny, two hits and two RBI against Newark East Side, three hits against Newark Academy, two against Montclair and three hits and two RBI in a wild 21-14 win over Newark East Side. In fact, Nicosia had seven straight games where she collected at least two hits. For her efforts, Nicosia has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week. “I’m seeing the ball a lot better lately,” Nicosia said. “I think that’s why I’m hitting the ball better. Nicosia, who is also an excellent volleyball player at Belleville, spends most of the summer months playing travel softball for the program New Jersey Fight, playing for famed softball coach Phil Delgado, who is currently an assistant coach at William Paterson University. Cantarella was excited that Nicosia’s offseason schedule would help the Buccaneers this season. “I was hoping that it would,” Cantarella said. “She plays at a high level all summer. I knew that she was going to have to be one of the girls we were

counting on this year. She really has stepped it up and done a fantastic job.” Cantarella loves Nicosia’s approach as a hitter. “She goes up there and tries to hit the ball where she wants it to go,” Cantarella said. “She can pull the ball if she needs to, but she can really put it anywhere. She’s a good judge of where the ball has to go and making solid contact. I think that all comes from having a great work ethic. Her effort and dedication is outstanding. She’s always looking and working to get better.” Cantarella is also allowing Nicosia to do something no other Buccaneer catcher has done during his coaching days. “I let her call the game,” Cantarella said. “We’re usually on the same page, so I have tremendous faith in her and let her call what she wants. She’s called every pitch for the last two years. I like giving her the freedom to do things on her own. She’s smart enough to handle it and I wholeheartedly trust her. I don’t have to call pitches. I put a lot on her plate from Day One this year and she’s done a phenomenal job. I never have to worry about her.”

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Cantarella totally believes that Nicosia can play softball at the next level. “If someone doesn’t come and snatch her up, then the whole system is flawed,” Cantarella said. “She can definitely play at the next level. It baffles me that she doesn’t have an offer yet. She runs very well for a catcher. She’s not lightning quick, but she runs well and runs smart. And she never takes a play off. She doesn’t know how to do that.” For example, Nicosia is diving all over the place, trying to block balls from going to the backstop, even when there are no runners on base. “She doesn’t have to do that,” Cantarella said. “When I first started, I couldn’t block the ball at all,” Nicosia said. “But now I do it all the time. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m always going to give 100% and go and block the ball. I like getting my body

in front of the ball to stop the ball. I won’t let one get past me.” Nicosia was asked if it’s worrisome that no college has called her in an effort to recruit her. “It is a little frustrating,” Nicosia said. “But I am trying to get colleges to come and see me. Maybe they’ll notice me this summer. I’m always thinking about how much I want to play in college, so I’m always trying to be the best player I can be.” And her future is in softball. “At first, it was tough juggling the two,” Nicosia said. “But now I know I have to focus on softball. That’s my sport. I’m working hard at that and this season, my hard work is definitely paying off.” Cantarella is glad to have Nicosia back for another season in 2019 – hopefully an improved and more Buccaneer-like campaign.

“She’s just a fantastic young lady,” Cantarella said. “She’s wonderful to coach. She’s a great student and in a ton of clubs in school. She’s just not your typical teenager. She’s smart, articulate, very well spoken and very mature. She’s just a great kid and my kids (son age 8 and daughter 5) who just love her. We’ll get better next year and we’ll have Cherylann to lead the way.” Nicosia isn’t focusing on the wins and losses this season. “It’s more about enjoying the time together with my friends and teammates,” Nicosia said. “We’re definitely going to get better. We’re a lot better than our record indicates. It doesn’t show how well we’ve played. I’m just going to make the most of it.” Sure looks like Cherylann – yes, all one word and yes, lower case ‘a’ – Nicosia is making the most of everything.

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UNDER CONTRACT 1 Family - Stunning 3 level open floor plan contemporary house with cathedral ceilings w/ 4 skylights, granite foyer leading to oversized living room and dining room, modern kitchen redone in 2010. New kitchen cabinets w/granite counter tops & island with built in microwave, wine refrigerator, Viking refrigerator and six burner stove. Hardwood floors throughout. 2 level of trex decks. Asking $525,000

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2 Family - Opportunity is knocking. All brick large 2 family in one of the most desirable location on the border of Nutley. Large driveway, 2 car garage, central a/c in both units. 1st floor apartment completely renovated modern large eat-in-kitchen with shaker style cabinets. Stainless steel appliances, large living room and dining room combo. Asking $469,000

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Dennis Paul Bastek Sr. Dennis Paul Bastek Sr., 70, of Newton, died Friday, May 4, 2018, at Newton Medical Center following a battle with cancer. Born in Jersey City on March 22, 1948, Dennis grew up in Jersey City, where he and his family lived for 40 years. He then lived in Kearny until moving to Newton a year and a half ago. A graduate of No. 6 (J.W. Wakeman Elementary School), Dennis was a 1966 graduate of Dickinson High School. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving in active combat from 1968 to 1970 during the Vietnam Era. He worked for the United States Postal Service Distribution Center in Kearny until his retirement in 2002. An active member of the VFW of Kearny, Dennis served as commander from 2006 to 2007. He was a diehard fan of the king, Elvis, and an ardent supporter of the Mets and Jets. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Victor D. and Blanche (nee Keating) Bastek, as well as a brother, Gary. He is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Margaret (nee Dougherty); his son, Dennis Jr. and daughter, Melissa; his brother, Victor, and sisterin-law, Lynn, of Newton; his nephews and nieces, Valarie Bastek and her fiancé, Jon, of Randolph, Kelly (nee Bastek) and her husband, Ben Jones, of Lebanon, Pa., Mark and Pamela Bastek, of Newton, and Robert and Karen Pepsis, of Towaco; as well as two grandnephews and their offspring. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, N.J. 07860. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com. The Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton, was in charge.

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Continued from Page 1 County College – was a platoon leader at the Academy where his peers picked him for the 200 Club Role Model Award. Asked his expectations in the coming years, Knighton responded, “Hopefully, moving up in the ranks and maybe working in the detective division.” King said the 10-member rookie class finished the six-month Academy program with a “100% success rate, in stellar fashion.” Its members are now getting a crash course with the KPD, rotating through different tours and assignments, to get a feel for how the department operates. The rookie class had a second platoon leader in Officer Nicole Williams who now becomes the seventh woman (with the potential for an eighth female now in a separate Academy class) to join the current 103-member KPD (there are a total of five officer candidates in that Academy class). A 2008 Kearny High alumna, Williams is a public-safety legacy: Her dad Glenn is a Kearny Fire Department captain, her grandfather Kenneth is a retired KPD officer and her uncle is a retired FBI agent. Citing her granddad’s past service, Williams said: “I want to keep my town and community safe and secure with the same pride and honor like he did.” Getting through the Academy’s physical demands “challenged me,” Williams acknowledged. To prepare, Williams said she “ran three to four miles every day for about a year.” No slouch on the academic side, Williams served as a middle school teacher in Orange after graduating from Bloomsburg University in Pennsyl-

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vania with a degree in education and minors in math and educational technology. Another rookie with military background is Christopher Montes, a native of Brooklyn, who came to Kearny in 2001 and graduated from KHS in 2008. Three years later, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve in which he continues to serve as a Specialist E-4. He should be especially useful with the KPD motor pool since he holds a vocational degree in auto mechanics from the Wyoming Technical Institute and worked as a certified technician with Mercedes Benz for the past seven years. He’s now pursuing a bachelor’s degree at DeVry University. Here’s some background on the rest of the rookie class: • Officer John HesterFearon is a Kearny resident who attended St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, and took classes at Rutgers University. He worked previously with the Kearny Board of Education and as a hockey camp counselor. • Officer Ryan Stickno is a Kearny resident who also attended St. Peter’s Prep and then St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, graduating with a degree in business administration and a minor in criminal justice. His brother Alan is a KPD officer, his grandfather is a retired Jersey City police sergeant and his uncle is a police sergeant in Harrison. • Officer Matthew Lopez, an 11-year Kearny

resident and a KHS alum, was a lifeguard and ice hockey official after playing through high school. He worked for Rick’s Auto Body, North Arlington, and for MetLife Stadium in security. His dad is a retired Bayonne firefighter;. • Officer Anthony Oliveira, a Kearny resident, has a degree in business management from Rowan University. He was a summer employee with Kearny Recreation and was an intern with Atlanta Sosnoff Capital in Manhattan. His brother Dan is a detective sergeant 1st class with the N.J. State Police. • Officer Joshua Lopez, a KHS graduate where he was a standout wrestler, worked for Tel-Star Electric in Kearny and was a member of the North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad. His cousin Patrick Triano is a member of the Harrison PD. • Officer Harold Azurdia, who lived in Harrison and Ridgefield Park before Kearny, received an associate degree in liberal arts from Bergen Community College. He served as a Class 1 Special Officer in Ridgefield. • Officer Kevin Carvalho, whose parents emigrated from Brazil, was born and raised in Newark. He studied criminal justice at Union County College and was a universal specialist for Columbia Bank. His cousin is an officer with the Newark PD ESU and narcotics team.


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Bisig said he and DeMarco turned up was that the money put aside for the employee Continued from Page 9 union’s retro pay awarded under the last contract had findings will be checked been spent for something against the Lerch Vinci & else, compelling the district Higgins product. to reallocate that amount this Initially, Bisig said, the year – in other words, “pay monitor will likely be a twice” for the same expense, daily presence in the district which totaled $476,009. “until they get a feel for the Another shock came, he district’s finances,” at which said, with the discovery that point “they’ll probably come part-time custodial staff were in two or three days a week.” improperly collecting thouThe monitor will have the sands of dollars in overtime power to veto any major “on a regular basis for years.” expenditures found to be outTo correct that, Bisig said side the budget, Bisig said. the district is laying off all One disturbing surprise 25 part-time custodians and

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Doris Patricia Syphrett Doris Patricia Syphrett, of Bayonne, formerly of Georgia, morial Mass will be celebrated died May 11, 2018. on Monday, May 28, at 10 She was 78. a.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Visiting will be on Tuesday, Church, Kearny. May 15, from 4 until 8 p.m. A lifelong resident of at the Armitage & Wiggins Kearny, Chris worked as a Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove dental assistant with Dr. Peter Drive, Kearny. A service takes Young in Kearny for many place Wednesday morning, years. She was a member of May 16, in Monumental Bapthe St. Ann Society and the tist Church, Jersey City. Burial Holy Rosary Society of Our will be in Grove Cemetery, Lady of Sorrows Church, North Bergen. Kearny. She also was a lifelong Doris was a choir member and avid piano player. and an adviser to the junior She was the beloved wife of choir and was also a church Michael Najuch for 49 years. mother at Monumental She was the dear daughter of Baptist Church. She was an the late Albert and Josephine EKG technician at St. Francis Matalavage. The dear mother Hospital and was active on its of Diane Nunn (Laurence), softball and bowling teams. she was also the sister of Wife of Abraham F. Syphrett George and Al Matalavage Sr., she was the mother of and grandmother of Jake and Franklin “Abe” Syphrett Holly. She is also survived by (Rose) and Deenola Lowery. several niece and nephews Sister of Jack, Elijah, Bobby, and many cousins. Lee, Nora, Lorell, Mathalene In lieu of flowers, donaand the late Lillibell and Jerry, tions to the St. Jude Children’s she is also survived by six Hospital, at www.tinyurl.com/ grandchildren and one greatchristinanajuchstjude, would grandchild.

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posting four full-time custodial positions, each to be paid at the rate of $33,760 a year, the first step on the custodial salary guide. (There will also be provision for benefits, still to be calculated, he said.) The LEA contract runs through June 30, 2019; labor agreements with principals and administrators continue to June 30, 2020; and the confidential secretaries contract runs year-to-year, he said. Because the district’s pre-K program was reportedly left underfunded by $70,000, Bisig said “we will have to raise our rates in January [2019] to make up the short-

fall.” The BOE has made a commitment not to cut the program, he added. “Kids come first.” To deal with the fact that the self-insurance program was under-budgeted by about $1.3 million, Bisig said he has circulated a Request for Proposals on a replacement program. “We’ll have four brokers coming in May 14 with prices,” he said, and take it from there. At January’s BOE meeting, Bisig said he “mandated monthly meetings of the board’s finance committee” chaired by Chris Andrinopoulos to keep members cur-

rent on the district’s financial state. Andrinopoulos credits the new B.A. with turning things around. “When Scott came in, he took control and made drastic changes.” Previously, he said, “we never had any finance meetings at all because we were told everything was fine. Now, we’ve actually been doing weekly meetings to keep up to speed.” Said Bisig: “We now have a very sound budget. Everything is cross-referenced between myself and the back office and it’s county-approved. There are no errors that we can see.”

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avid fisherman, and enjoyed having breakfast with his lifelong friends at The Greeks. He was a lifelong resident of Kearny and he will be missed by many. Viewing arrangements will be on Wednesday from 2 until 7 p.m. at Wilfred Armitage Funeral Home at Belgrove Drive in Kearny, NJ. Private cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation in his memory to St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

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New administrator picked for HCCC Christopher M. Reber has been appointed the next President of Hudson County Community College, William J. Netchert, chairman of the HCCC Board of Trustees announced last week. Reber will be installed July 1.   He succeeds Glen Gabert, who is retiring from HCCC after more than 25 years as President.  Reber was chosen from several candidates in a national search that began in January and was conducted by the Association of Community College trustees. The search committee was chaired by HCCC Trustee Kevin Callahan. HCCC Trustee Bakari J. Lee served as vice chair of the search committee. Staff members of the college, as well as Hudson County community stakeholders, served as committee members.  “The college was looking for an experienced leader with a record of excellence and innovation to continue building upon the framework that has been established during Dr.

Gabert’s tenure, and Dr. Reber is that individual,” Netchert said.   In its search document, the college said it was seeking “an educational leader with firsthand knowledge of emerging trends in higher education and technology, who is also diplomatic, compassionate and capable of overseeing this multi-campus urban institution located in the highly competitive New York City metropolitan area.” Reber has spent his 37-year career in higher education. He is currently President of Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) near Pittsburgh, having assumed office there in July 2014. At CCBC Reber focused on growth and meeting the needs of students and the community. He led new initiatives in support of a student-centered learning environment, strategic enrollment management, regional partnerships, career and educational pathways, diversity, advancement and grant development and con-

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tinuous improvement. CCBC offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of continuing education and workforce development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual-enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017. Before arriving at CCBC, Reber served 12 years as the Executive Dean of Venango College of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he was the chief executive and academic officer. His career also includes 18 years at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, where he served on the senior management team as the chief development, university relations, and alumni affairs officer during a successful $50 million capital campaign; and he was chief student affairs officer during a period of major college growth.

Reber holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Dickinson College, a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a post-graduate certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. The search process involved screening resumes and CVs  and conducting video interviews with more than a dozen candidates selected from several dozen applicants. Then there were a series of community meetings with each of the three final outstanding candidates (where attendees were able to question the candidates and anonymously provide their opinions of the candidates.) Finally, there were formal interviews with the trustees. Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise praised the outgoing and new college leader. “Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with

the freeholders, the Hudson County Community College board of trustees and Dr. Gabert to help grow the college into an award-winning institution with two, state-ofthe-art, fully accredited campuses that have faculty and staff who concentrate on our students and the community,” DeGise said. “We will miss Dr. Gabert — and we wish him health and happiness in his retirement. “Hudson County Community College is one of our greatest assets. Dr. Reber comes to the county with an understanding and appreciation of the people who live and work here, and what their needs are. He is committed to providing the educational resources that will best serve our community, and that is most important. “I hope the entire community will join me in welcoming Dr. Reber. We look forward to working with him to make Hudson County Community College an even greater and more beneficial part of our community.”

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Mayor Alberto Santos presented copies of proclamations to Jack Corbett and Jane Mackesy of the Kearny Prevention Coalition. The proclamations declared April as Alcohol Awareness Month and May 13-19 as National Prevention Week in Kearny. One activity planned for National Prevention. Week is #DearFutureMe, where adults and children are asked to write a letter to their future selves, explaining what they are currently doing to ensure a healthy future. Pictures of the letters can be posted on social media with the hashtag #DearFutureMe and #KearnyPreventionCoalition.

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THE OBSERVER | WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018

Bellavia

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ROUTE 1 7 EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ

“Celebrating Our 45th Anniversary”

AS LOW AS 0% APR FINANCING

Bellavia

41,180 ORIGINAL MSRP - $2,186DEALER DISCOUNT - $2,000FACTORY REBATE - $3,000GM LEASE LOYALTY - $2,500BELLAVIA COUPON $

38 MPG HWY

30,649

=

Buy For

SILVERADO 4X4

Saving off MSRP $9,686

White, Pick-Up, Double Cab, 4WD, V8, Auto, P/S/ABS, A/C w/Clim Cntrl, Dual/Side Curtain Impact Air Bags,Tilt, Sec Sys, Keyless Entry, AM/FM, R/Camera, Nav, OnStar, Stk#17-1325, VIN#H0129675, MSRP: $41,180. Buy for price includes Factory Rebate, Dealer Discount and GM Lease Loyalty if qual. Must have current GM lease. Must finance thru GM Financial.

189

24 MPG

24 Mo Lease*

HWY

NEW 2018 BUICK

ENCORE AWD PREFERRED

2-YEAR FREE MAINTENANCE

NEW 2018 BUICK

ENVISION

24

39 Mo Lease*

Lease per mo/ 39 mos*

Ebony, 4-Dr, 4-Cyl, 1.4L, AWD, Auto, TC, P/S/ABS, A/C w/Clim Cntrl, Dual/Side Curtain Impact Air, Bags, P/Winds/Lcks/Mrrs, Tilt, Cruise, Alloys, Sec Sys, Keyless Entry, AM/FM, Satellite, Nav, OnStar, Rr Camera, Bluetooth, Stk#18-309, VIN#JB602480, MSRP: $25,790. $3,756 due at delivery includes $2,995 down payment, 1st Payment, & $595 bank fee. 10,000 mi/yr excess mi @ $.25 thereafter. Total payments: $6,474. Residual Value: $13,926. Includes Lease Conquest if qualified.

NEW 2018 BUICK

239

$

166

$

EQUINOX LT

MALIBU LT

HWY

MPG HWY

NEW 2018 CHEVROLET

NEW 2018 CHEVROLET

$

34

$

2-YEAR FREE MAINTENANCE

NEW 2017 CHEVROLET

37 MPG

Bellavia

MPG HWY

229

REGAL

24

$

39 Mo Lease*

MPG HWY

279

$

39 Mo Lease*

I4, 4-Cyl, FRWD, Auto, TC, P/S/ABS, A/C w/Clim Cntrl, Dual/Side Curtain Impact Air Bags, P/Winds/Lcks/Mrrs, Cruise, T/Gls, Keyless Entry, Satellite, Nav, On-Star, Rr Camera, Bluetooth, Stk#18-1084, VIN#JF109650, MSRP: $26,000. Based on 24 Month Closed End Lease. $2,779 due at delivery includes $1,995 down payment, 1st Payment, & $595 bank fee. 10,000 mi/yr excess mi @ $.25 thereafter.

White, SUV, 4-Cyl, FRWD, Auto w/OD, TC, P/S/ABS, Dual Side Impact Air Bags, P/Winds/Lcks/Mrrs, Telescopic, Cruise, Sec Sys, AM/FM, Rr Camera, OnStar, Nav, VIN#J6301740, Stk#18-1499, MSRP: $27,795. Based on 39 Mo Closed End Lease. $3,759 due at delivery includes $2,995 down payment, 1st payment & $595 bank fee. 10,000 mi/yr excess mi @ $.25 thereafter. Total payments: $6,591. Residual value: $15,566. Includes Lease Conquest if qualified.

Red, SUV, 4-Cyl, Auto, FRWD, AM/FM/Satellite, On-Star, Tilt Whl, Ltr Int., Alloy, P/Winds/Lcks/Mrrs, Bluetooth, OnStar, Nav, Remote Start, Rr Camera, Stk#18-112, VIN# J160643. MSRP: $ 46,850. Based on a 39 Month Closed End Lease. $3,819 due at delivery includes $2,995 down payment & 1st months payment. $595 bank fee. 10,000 mi/yr. excess mi @ $.25 thereafter. Total payments: $8,931. Residual Value: $20,729. Includes Lease Loyalty if qualified.

Smoked Pearl, 2.0L, 4-Cyl, Auto, FWD, AM/FM/CD/Satellite, On-Star w/4G LTE Wifi Hotspot, Alloy, P/Winds/Lcks/Mrrs, Bluetooth, OnStar, Nav, Remote Start, Rr Camera, Stk#18-147, VIN#J1070608. MSRP: $28,490. Based on a 36 Month Closed End Lease. $3,869 due at delivery includes $2,995 down payment & 1st months payment. $595 bank fee. 10,000 mi/yr. excess mi @ $.25 thereafter. Total payments: $10,881. Residual Value: $14,495. Includes Lease Loyalty if qualified.

2-YEAR FREE MAINTENANCE

2-YEAR FREE MAINTENANCE

2-YEAR FREE MAINTENANCE

2-YEAR FREE MAINTENANCE

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY NEW TO

GET A GREAT CAR! 2015 CHEVROLET

SONIC

8,995

$

2016 CHEVROLET

14,495

$

Jet Black, Stk#16307, VIN #GL142385, 4-Cyl., FWD, Auto, AM/FM/MP3, Bluetooth, Backup Camera, AC, Bkt Seats., Cruise, PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks., Sec Sys, 27,140mi.

2015 CHEVROLET

2017 CHEVROLET

17,995

$

Black, Stk# 16-021, VIN # F6413177, 2.4L, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, 7” Color Touchscreen Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM, CD/MP3, AC, PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks/Htd Mrrs, R/Prk Assist, Sec Sys, TC, T/Gls, 13,499mi.

2017 CHEVROLET

TRAX

Black, Stk#16298, VIN #F4181058, 4-Cyl., FWD, AM/FM/CD, Bluetooth, AC, Cruise Ctl., PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks., Sec Sys, 56,852mi.

EQUINOX LT

HUGE SELECTION OF BELLAVIA CERTIFIED & PRE-OWNED VEHICLES

MALIBU

18,495

$

Red, Stk#16287, VIN #HF169261, 4-Cyl., FWD, Auto, AM/FM/MP3, Bluetooth, Al Whls,, AC, Cruise Ctl., PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks., Sec Sys, 8,207mi.

2015 BUICK

CRUZE

14,998

$

2017 CHEVROLET

COLORADO LT DIESEL

$

BELLAVIACHEVYBUICK.com

2015 BUICK

VERANO

15,495

$

LACROSSE

19,995

$

Ebony, Stk#16284, VIN# FB193307, 4-Cyl., FWD, Auto, AM/FM/CD/MP3, OnStar, Backup Camera, AC, Ali Whls, Keyless Entry, Cruise, PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks, Sec Sys, 15,066mi.

Ebony, Stk#16204, VIN# G4125415, 4-Cyl., FWD, Auto, AM/FM/Satellite, 7” Touchscreen, Nav., Htd. Mirrs, Rr Camera, AC, Ali Whls, Keyless Entry, Cruise, PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks, Sec Sys, 22,236mi.

Dark Chocolate Metallic, Stk#16290, VIN# F188629, V6 FWD, Auto, CD/MP3, 8”Touchscreen, OnStar, RrCamera, AC, Pkg Assist, Cruise, PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks, Sec Sys, 23,956mi.

TERRAIN SLE-2

ENVISION

YUKON SLT

2016 GMC

19,995

$

Gray, Stk#16230, VIN#H1209645, 2.8L, 4-Cyl, Turbo Diesel, 4WD, Auto, Crew Cab Short Box, 8” Touchscreen, AM/FM, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Cruise, P/S/ABS, Rr Camera, Sec Sys, TC, 17,120mi.

199 Rt.17 South, E.Rutherford, NJ 201.939.6800

14,995

$

Stk#16117, VIN#B7126446, 1.4L, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, CD/MP3, AC, Daul Air Bags, P/S/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks, Sec Sys, 7” Color Touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, USB, Rr Camera, T/Gls, 11,541.

33,997

2016 BUICK

ENCORE

Blue, Stk#16067, VIN#G6200185, 2.4L, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, TC, AC, Satellite/MP3/USB, Pioneer Premium Sound, Rr Camera, Rf Rails, Sec Sys, T/Gls, 7” Color Touchscreen, 22,050mi.

2017 BUICK

26,995

2017 GMC

45,988

$

$

Red, Stk#16-125, VIN# HD087684, 2.5L, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, 8” Color Touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apply CarPlay, AC, PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks/Htd Mrrs, R/Camera, Sec Sys, TC, T/Gls, 15,026mi.

Silver, Stk# 16-069, VIN # HR190330, 5.3L, 4WD, Auto, 8” Color Touchscreen Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM, CD/MP3, AC, PS/ABS, P/Winds/Lcks/Htd Mrrs, R/Prk Assist, Sec Sys, TC, T/Gls, 16,617mi.

Financing thru GM Financial. Not all buyers will qualify. See dlr for details. **Free Maintenance includes 2 oil changes within the first 24,000 miles. ^0% APR for up to 72 mos, on select models. *Actual mileage will vary. Lessee resp for excess wear, tear, & mileage charges as stated. All price(s) incl(s) all costs to be paid by consumer, except for tax, title, lic costs, reg fees, dlr fees & optional equipment extra. Other restrictions may apply. Pics are illustrative only. Offers end 2/28/18. ©2017 BOCPartners.com


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THE OBSERVER | WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018

Luxurious 1 Bedroom Apartments Starting at: $1,850. Laundry room, fitness room, community room, and parking available!

235-241 Ridge Road, North Arlington

HOMES WANTED WE HAVE BUYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING: 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Colonial

2-3 Bedroom Ranch Style $350,000-$400,000

$350,000-$650,000

N. Arlington | Kearny | Lyndhurst | Nutley

Rutherford| Lyndhurst | Kearny | Nutley

2 Family with Parking $400,000 - $500,000

2 Family with Parking $400,000 - $500,000

Kearny | North Arlington | Lyndhurst

Kearny | North Arlington | Lyndhurst

AVAILABLE HOMES OPEN HOUSE SUN. 1-4PM

JUST LISTED!

JUST LISTED!

UNDER CONTRACT

Kearny $364,900 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Ranch w/ built in garage & deep driveway on ¼ acre! Hardwood floors. Finished lower level, gas heat & cent a/c.

Kearny $296,900 Quality 2 bedroom 2 full bath colonial/numerous updates and finished basement w/tile floor. Pride of ownership awaits you!

Kearny $450,000 Exclusively listed 2 fam w/garage. 2 bedrms on 1st, 3 bedrms on 2nd. Fin base w/bathrm. 1 car garage & driveway- sep heat!

North Arlington $330,000 2 bedrm, 1.5 bath colonial w/garage & driveway, Well kept home, terrific street- Waiting for you!

Rutherford $879,900 Kipp Farm 5 bedrm, 4.5 bath gorgeous colonial on 130’ deep lot. 2 firepalces, gourmet kitchen, walk out fin basement- too many amenities to list!

Rutherford

North Caldwell $1,448,000 Brand new custom colonial w/6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, fin lower level, amazing kitchen & master bath. Too Many Amenities to list- call for private showing!

48 6TH ST. North Arlington $400,000 NEW LISTING! 3 bedrm, 2.5 bath colonial on large lott w/garage & paver driveway/patio. Mod kitchen, Cent a/c. Wood floors-fin basement

EXCLUSIVE LISTING

Kearny $374,500 Manor section, 3 bedrms, 1.5 baths-Garage-Wood floors, modern kitchen and baths. Fin Basement-DECK

North Arlington $169,900 Clean & comfy 1 bedroom condo w/assigned parking. Low Maint. fee of $214 includes heat & hot water! Lovely place to call your home!

$889,000

HUGE 3 fam w/parking on large lot, Steps to NYC Train and Downtown! 1st fl 4 bedrms 2 baths rented at $2,600, 2nd fl rented at $1,650 3rd fl vacant-Market Rent $1,200. Separate utilities, State Inspected 2016! $$$$ Maker!

CALL US TODAY! Kearny

Lyndhurst

Rutherford

Secaucus

636 Kearny Ave.

424 Valleybrook Ave.

11 Park Ave.

5 Harmon Cove Tower

201-997-7000

201-939-8900

201-939-0001

201-867-2100

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May 16, 2018 Edition of The Observer  
May 16, 2018 Edition of The Observer