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Ed Abromaitis, former QPHS Athletic Director, dead aged 62 By Jim Hague ogsmar@aol.com

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proof just how important Ed Abromaitis was to Queen of Peace High School over the last 40 years, just see the thoughts of some of his friends and colleagues. “He was 24/7 Queen of Peace sports,” said Abromaitis’ childhood friend and later colleague Mike “Rocky” Jones. “Queen of Peace was his life,” said local chiropractor Dr. Jimmy San Fillippo, a childhood friend of Abromaitis. “He had green and gold in his blood,” said Rich Borgess, a former head football coach at the now-defunct school and the son of the legendary coach Ralph Borgess. “He loved the place so much.”

Former Queen of Peace High School Athletic Director, Ed Abromaitis, seen here in a 2012 photo, died last week at 62. Jim Hague photo

Abromaitis, the man who was the do-everything, the lifeline for 38 years at the

school that he once attended, died suddenly last week at home. Abromaitis was just

a few days shy of his 63rd birthday. The cause of his death was

not immediately known. Abromaitis was truly a jackof-all-trades at his beloved Queen of Peace, where he once played football and baseball, graduating in 1974. After he graduated from college, Abromaitis instantly returned to QP and served as the head baseball coach for nearly 30 years, becoming the school’s all-time leader in baseball coaching victories and one of the top winners among baseball coaches in Bergen County. His uniform No. 9 (worn for his all-time hero Roger Maris) was retired when Abro stepped

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Kearny awarded $2.66M for full-day pre-K 4; Belleville also gets big award By Kevin Canessa kc@theobserver.com

district’s pre-K 4 program expanding from half-day to full-day classes for the 2019-2020 academic year, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Blood said. Blood and Flora Encarnacao, director of curriculum and instruction for the district, sat down with The

The Kearny School District has about 2.7 million reasons to celebrate. That’s because the State of New Jersey has approved funding for the

Observer last week to discuss how the funding, which was announced and disbursed too late in the game, to get the expanded pre-K 4 program set up for the start of the new academic year. Until the new program kicks off, students will continue in their assigned pre-K AM or PM classes.

It was Encarnacao who was responsible for applying for and receiving the $2,661,354 funding from the New Jersey Department of Education — the second-highest award to any single district in the entire

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Center is now offering free screenings for lead for Belleville residents in its diagnostic laboratory at 5 Franklin Ave., the Professional Building, Mayor Michael Melham announced last week. The screenings come after several residents voiced health

concerns regarding Belleville’s water supply after lead was detected in the tap water of homes in neighboring Newark. When following the EPA’s recommendations, Belleville water continues to be safe to drink, but Melham pushed for the free screenings to assuage residents’ concerns. “The most at-risk residents can immediately be tested, free of charge,” Melham said. “Those include children under

the age of 6, pregnant and nursing women, the elderly and infirmed. To give our residents peace of mind, it was important to push to get these screenings available for our residents. Although Clara Maass will test all Belleville residents, we are prioritizing the most at-risk for the first round of testing. However, no Belleville resident will be refused.” The lab is located on the

ground floor in Room G-8 and will be open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Appointments are not necessary, but to obtain a screening, residents should bring a photo ID and insurance card (if applicable), although health insurance is not required. “As a partner in health for our community, Clara Maass Medical Center is here to support the community by offering screenings for those who may have concerns about exposure,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, president and chief executive officer of Clara Maass Medical Center. For questions or for more information, residents are urged to directly contact the diagnostic lab at 973-450-2166. Meanwhile, Belleville officials continue to monitor the township’s water quality. Recent tests show there is no pollution, contamination or lead in the water received from the Pequannock Reservoir.

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mmersed in the grandeur of regal trees, precious flowers and emerald fields of grass, visitors occasionally discover birdhouses installed throughout Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in North Arlington, and no two birdhouses are alike. The unique designs, colors and personal attributes surface from the imagination of local teens who give up a week of their summer vacation to volunteer in soup kitchens, parishes and bird sanctuaries for Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark. “I love this week. It’s such an awesome time for the teens of our archdiocese to give back to the parishes and sites right here in their own backyard,” said Tom Conboy, director for the Archdiocese of Newark’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “Seeing the smiles on their faces each morning as they left, really pumped up to go out and help make a difference, was exciting to see.” This year, the Archdiocesan Summer Work Camp Week hosted 85 teens and an additional 16 adults who volunteered for a weeks’

worth of service. Youth groups came from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood, St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, Holy Trinity and St. Helen parishes in Westfield and St. Michael in Cranford. Some teens came as far away as St. Eleanor in Collegeville in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Teens arrived on Sunday afternoon and started work Monday morning. They attended daily Mass, and enjoyed social and community building time in the evenings. Wednesday night, while sitting in adoration, the teens were given the option of going to confession. Teens volunteered each day from 9:30 a.m. to around 4 p.m. at eight different locations including St. Ann Soup Kitchen in Newark, Catholic Charities sites in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson, the St. John Paul II Youth Retreat Center in Kearny, Sacred Heart in Bloomfield, St. Michael Parish in Cranford, St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newark and Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. They gathered each evening to unpack their

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Blood: Gov. Murphy, the health of our children can no longer be ignored Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Gov. Phil Murphy by Kearny Superintendent of Schools Patricia Blood. It is reprinted here with her blessing. Dear Governor Murphy: As the Superintendent of the Kearny School District, providing a safe and healthy environment for Kearny’s students is of the utmost concern to me. I am writing to implore your assistance regarding the high hydrogen sulfide content readings that have been registered at the Keegan Landfill located on Bergen Avenue in Kearny; this is a major health concern for all residents of Kearny. The Keegan Landfill abuts Harvey Field, the home field of both our awardwinning boys’ and girls’ soccer teams. In the past month, excessive hydrogen sulfide readings have forced the closure of Harvey Field on three occasions — July 23, July 24, and July 25, 2019. Furthermore, the high reading of H2S on Aug. 14 necessitated the cancellation not only of the teams’ soccer practices, but also of the high school’s band practice taking place in the Kearny High School stadium, which is located three short blocks from the Keegan Landfill. As our Fall sports season is about to begin, we are struggling to provide alternative sites in the event our fields

GUEST COMMENTARY are closed due to H2S concerns. Additionally, the recently-enacted law requiring 20 minutes of outdoor recess presents further trepidation. Franklin Elementary School, which houses 900plus students in pre-K through grade 6, is located just one block from the Keegan Landfill, and its fields, frighteningly, are even closer to the Keegan Landfill. Now, in the interest of safety and health, students will not be permitted to use their school’s outdoor play areas whenever an exceedance reading of H2S is recorded. As a parent, I share the understandable concerns of the Kearny community regarding the unacceptable readings and noxious odors emanating from the Keegan Landfill. It is a known fact that levels above 30 parts per billion could have a serious impact on the health of individuals exposed and can exacerbate existing health conditions such as asthma. This creates the potential of a serious disruptive effect on the educational process for every student attending Franklin Elementary School and Kearny High School. This situation is not something that can be ignored or put on hold. The

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KPD: Road rage? No, parking-lot rage By Karen Zautyk kzautyk@theobserver.com

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n Sept. 2, Kearny Officers Kevin Matos and Sean Kelly responded to PetSmart on Passaic Avenue on a 4:25 p.m. report of a dispute over a parking space. Upon their arrival at the store lot, a 25-year-old Kearny woman told them that another female -- later identified as Jennifer Villafane, 32, of Newark – had banged on the victim’s car window while shouting at her. When the victim exited her vehicle, she said, Villafane pulled a stun gun out of a purse and directed it toward her. Within arm’s length of the victim, Villafane allegedly activated weapon, but apparently did not touch her with it. [Today’s weapons lesson: Unlike a Taser, which can fire prongs/electroids from a distance, a stun gun must make direct contact with the target’s body.] When the victim stated she was calling the police, Villafane reportedly left the scene, walking towards the nearby shopping center. With the suspect’s vehicle still parked two spots away,

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Aug. 30 At 3:03 a.m., Officer Giovanni Rodriguez responded to the area of Devon Street and Stewart Avenue on a report of a 2008 Mercedes E-350 taken without the owner’s permission. Police said the victim, a 44-year-old Kearny man, stated he left for vacation Aug. 26 and allowed his nephew, Sean Santamassino, 29, of Kearny, to stay at his home during his absence. Now back in town, and looking for his car, the victim said he observed it passing his

Devon Street residence, with the nephew -- who did not have permission to drive it -- behind the wheel. Minutes later, family members reported that Santamassino was running on foot in the area of Chestnut Street and Stuyvesant Avenue, where he was located and arrested by Officer Christopher Montes. Police said the arrestee was in possession of the Mercedes’ keys. The vehicle was found parked nearby and was returned to its owner. Santamassino was charged on a warrant with unlawful taking of a means of conveyance and was later transported to the Hudson County Jail. *** At 1 p.m., Officers Janitza Aquino and Alan Stickno responded to Shop-Rite, where management had detained Denise Wilkins, 52, of Belleville, for allegedly

concealing seven cans of Red Bull, five packages of deodorant and three packages of Dove handwash inside her purse [big purse?] and attempting to leave without paying for the merchandise, total value of $48.92. Wilkins was arrested and charged on a warrant with shoplifting. Police said she also had an active warrant out of Belleville in the amount of $750 for loitering in a public place. She was transported to the Hudson County Jail.

Sept. 2 At 12:57 p.m., Officer Luis Moran responded to Walmart on a report that two shoplifters were being detained. According to loss prevention, Terriona Everson, 21, of Newark, and a 16-yearold female, also from Newark, brought three shopping carts full of merchandise to the self-

checkout register, paid for the items in only one cart and then attempted to leave with all three. The juvenile’s shopping cart reportedly contained $294.30 worth of unpaid-for goods, including various grocery items (salmon, Sofrito, Chef Boyardee, Ramen noodles, etc.), clothing and personalhygiene products. Everson’s cart was said to hold $821.76 in unpaid-for merchandise, which included various grocery items (milk, cookie dough, straws, bacon, etc.), clothing and personal-hygiene products. Everson was charged on a summons with shoplifting and released. The 16-year-old was released with juvenile delinquency charges pending. Editor’s note: Please read the entire KPD blotter at www.theobserver.com.

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The development of the dog park transforms an underutilized section of the park into a vibrant location where community members and their canine pets can gather and socialize,” DiVincenzo said. “This is an example of how we are continually looking at opportunities to expand our recreation facilities and adapt our parks to meet the current needs of our residents.” The 30,000-square-foot dog park is located along the roadway in the Northern Division of the park near the Parks Department Maintenance Facility. It is accessible from the Heller Parkway entrance to Branch Brook. The dog park is divided into two sections — one for small dogs that is about 11,000 square-feet and one for large dogs that is about 19,000 square-feet. The area for larger dogs has 12 stations on which dogs may run and climb and the area for small dogs has nine stations. Drainage at the site has been improved and water fountains for humans and canines have been installed. The entrance to the dog park consists of a double fence to prevent unleashed

dogs from running way. A designated crosswalk was created at the entrance to enhance safety for dog owners and their pets who park and cross the street. Trees were pruned and dead trees were removed; trash receptacles, dog bag dispensers, dog washing stations and park benches were installed. Mott MacDonald, of Iselin, was awarded a contract for $42,700 to design the dog park. Picerno Giordano, of Kenilworth, was awarded a public bid for $589,159 to construct the dog park. The Department of Public Works monitored the project to ensure delays were avoided. The Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Board awarded a grant to fund the project. Construction began in May and was completed in three months. The Branch Brook Dog Park will host its first public event — Strut Your Mutt Canine Costume Parade — on Saturday, Oct. 19. Branch Brook Park opened in 1895 and was the first park in the Essex County system. At 359.72 acres, it is the largest park in Essex County. — Kevin Canessa

Annual ‘15-W’ picnic upcoming The 8th annual Exit 15-W picnic is slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Doyle Pavilion at Riverbank Park, Kearny. Sharon Dock and her com-

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call, several weeks ago, that The Observer announced that the intersection of Main and Rutgers streets in Belleville would soon be getting a much-needed facelift, thanks to the intervention of Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. Well, the state got wind of that idea — it wasn’t happy about it — and still, not a second’s worth of work has been done to the intersection, despite the state claiming it would live up to its responsibilities. And now, Belleville Mayor Michael Melham has reached a boiling point — and he wants action. Like, yesterday. For longer than anyone cares to remember, that corner — Main and Rutgers streets — has been dangerous for motorists and pedestrians. Township officials are fed up since the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has yet to schedule a date for the necessary paving. Essex County officials are trying to schedule a

meeting with the state to hash out a Jurisdictional Agreement so that work can finally commence. At the moment, the project appears to be at a standstill, according to Melham. Essex County paved Rutgers Street, but did not do any upgrades to the intersection, which county and local officials say is the state’s responsibility. “The state originally claimed that Main and Rutgers streets wasn’t its responsibility, and refused to fix or pave the dangerous amounts of potholes riddling the intersection,” Melham said. “Our police chief has called it a severe public safety concern and we have had residents nearly killed attempting to change tires in the intersection.” Because of the horrid condition of the intersection, DiVincenzo stepped in to say the county would make the necessary repairs and then deal with the state. A press conference even took place at that location to make the grand announcement that work was finally

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Belleville and all those who travel State Highway Rt. 7 “But then the DOT stepped still await a DOT update,” in and said it would take re- Melham said. “Personally, sponsibility for the intersec- I’m still awaiting a reply tion and pave it, changing from my latest correspondthe county’s construction ence to the state, dated on plans,” the mayor said. “So Aug. 19.” the county milled and paved This has also got a lot of Rutgers Street, without doBelleville residents up in ing the intersection, as the arms, to boot. state had promised to do.” Denise Miller says this But DOT officials have work should have been done yet to sign an agreement, years ago — and there’s leaving the heavily travelled no excuse for as to why it intersection unpaved and hasn’t been done yet. more dangerous than ever. “We deserve better than “The residents of this,” Miller said. “Someone

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Nutley girls’ soccer: Keeping with tradition THE NUTLEY HIGH SCHOOL but at home Friday at the

Oval at 4 p.m. against rival Montclair. The Maroon Raiders have three goalkeepers to call upon in juniors Sara Cortese and Gianna Zoppi and freshman Catalena Robson. DiPiano said of his team Cortese has the most exthat finished 14-6-1 last perience, having played in season. “They were very every game last season. big parts to our team. But “It’s a solid competition,” at times, we had as many as DiPiano said. “We tell them seven freshmen on the field every day that they have to and I have to say that I am compete against each other now pretty happy with that. for playing time.” Those girls gained experiThe Maroon Raiders are ence. They also play all starting the season with a year round. We have great new-fangled defensive apprograms in town now with proach with three defendNutley United, Nutley Rec- ers, a 3-across backline. reation and NESA. We have Senior Kristina Lopomo, over 20 teams and 800 kids a team captain and a starter playing, so there’s soccer since she was a freshman, going on all over the place.” anchors the backline, along DiPiano makes the goals with junior Kaitlyn Gavidia very easy for his players. and sophomore Rachel “We want to be playEchevarria. All three were ing one more day than we significant players along played last year,” DiPiano the defensive line for the said. “Everything with us is Maroon Raiders last seaone more. One more set of son. sprints, one more drill, one “I’ve never done it bemore round of shots. That’s fore,” DiPiano said about our mantra, one more. And playing three defenders. it’s great, because when we “I feel like I have a good practice, no one wants to scoring punch up front and go home.” I want to take advantage of DiPiano also made it our midfielders.” clear to his players. So DiPiano will employ “We don’t want to travel five players in the midfield in the state playoffs,” DiPiamong a deep and talented ano said. “We want to play bunch. He may elect to home (at the Nutley Oval). shuttle the midfielders in We can’t have that travel, and out until he finds the going an hour on the bus. right combination. We want to win to have The majority of the home games in the states.” players in the midfield for The season started with the Maroon Raiders are tough losses in the Super sophomores, including Essex Conference to Mount Olivia Real, who is already St. Dominic and Livingston, drawing the attention of but the Maroon Raiders plan to bounce back See VIEW, with games at West Essex,

girls’ soccer team suffered some big losses to graduation, but that doesn’t deter energetic and vibrant veteran head coach Mike DiPiano. “We lost our center midfielder and our sweeper,”

Photo by Jim Hague

The Lyndhurst girls’ soccer team should once again be one of the top teams in the area. Front row, from left, are Alexa Tortorello, Tara Kibbe, Keilani Gomez and Gia Estrella. Back row, from left, are Julia McCann, Alex Shapiro, Claudia Lapinski, Kaitlynn Benjamin, Maggie Fodera and head coach Kim Hykey.

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“She’s been taking on players and getting to the goal by herself,” Hykey said of LYNDHURST – In years past, Yallo, who scored a goal in the the Lyndhurst girls’ soccer victory over Belleville. “It’s team featured perhaps one not about being a ball hog. or two main goal scorers. It’s about her ability to slice Well, in 2019, in the 10th year through people. She’s aggresof head coach Kim Hykey’s sive and confident.” tenure as the head girls’ socAnd there’s more than one cer coach at her alma mater, Yallo to contend with. There’s the Golden Bears have a host senior midfielder Karlee of capable players who can Yallo, who has declared that find the net, which should this is her final season playcause major headaches to oping soccer. ponents. “She definitely taken on a The Golden Bears, who leadership role,” Hykey said. were 18-4 last season, obvi“One of the best abilities is to ously count a lot on junior find others. She also has the midfielder Kaydee Yallo, who strongest leg on the team.” is the most skilled of a talentKarlee Yallo scored two ed bunch of performers. Yallo goals in the win over Secauhas already committed to cus, one coming via a penalty NCAA Division I Northeastkick. ern in 2021. Yallo had 13 goals The Golden Bears had a and 15 assists last season. different look this season than Hykey is certain those numthey had over the previous bers will improve this year. four seasons.

That’s because they no longer have Isabella Castagnetti as their goalkeeper. Castagnetti is already making her mark as the net minder at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. It obviously wasn’t easy replacing Castagnetti in goal. In fact, Hykey hasn’t decided on one true goalie to take over for Castagnetti. “You don’t replace her,” Hykey said of Castagnetti, the most successful goalkeeper in Lyndhurst girls’ soccer history. “There was only one Izzy. It’s not fair for someone to have to live up to that standard. Maybe we can find the next one who will be the starter.” In the preseason, Hykey was using junior Alex Shapiro, sophomore Claudia Lapinski and freshman Kaitlynn

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Benjamin in equal fashion. But Lapinski was in net for the first two games, surrendering one goal in the win over Belleville and posting a clean sheet shutout of rival Secaucus. It may be a sign of what to look for the rest of the way. The Golden Bears’ defensive alignment is solid, with two returning starters at center fullback. Juniors Maggie Fodera and Gia Estrella are the returning starters and form the backbone of the Golden Bears’ 4-across setup. “They hold down the fort very well,” Hykey said.

The Golden Bears are using three different players for the two remaining defensive slots. Senior Julia Carrino and juniors Julia McCann and Alexa Tortorella are sharing time at outside fullback. That crew will help to make the goalies’ job much easier. But the Golden Bears have a host of skilled and talented performers in the midfield. The Yallo sisters have already been mentioned. The Golden Bears also can count on juniors Dierdre Kearns, Joelle Montillo and Jessa Dell’Aquila for solid play in the middle of the field. Kearns and Dell’Aquila both had a goal in the rout of rival Secaucus. Sophomores

Meghan Docherty and Francesca Castagnetti, Isabella’s younger sister, are also key members of the midfield. Either one of the sophomores can put the ball in the net with either foot. The forward line is also loaded with youth and skill, proving that the Golden Bears’ future also looks very bright. Senior Julia Brubaker is the most experienced of the forwards, but sophomore Alia Keith and freshmen Lexi Augustyniak and Madison Weaver are dominating players and have promising futures. Keith scored five goals last season as a freshman and had

two assists in the win over Secaucus. Augustyniak is very impressive. “She has a lot of potential,” Hykey said of Augustyniak. “She has speed and goes to goal very well.” Weaver is the daughter of wrestling head coach Scot Weaver and the younger sister of standout wrestler Dylan Weaver, who was the district and region champion and finished third in the state at 138 pounds. All four forwards have untapped and unlimited potential to score goals. “We have seven freshmen who are going to help us,” Hykey said. “They have to mesh with the returning play-

ers. I’m just going to take a deep breath, relax and watch them play. They have room for growth.” The Golden Bears have a very interesting upcoming contest. They will face neighboring opponent Nutley at the Lyndhurst Recreation Center field Sept. 21 under the lights at 7 p.m. When girls play night games, it becomes a big game and gets them prepared for the chances to play in the NJSIAA state playoffs. The Golden Bears will almost certainly qualify for the North Jersey Section 2, Group II bracket. It should be a sensational season for the Golden Bears, one of the top local teams to watch.

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college recruiters. “She has been getting looks,” DiPiano said of Real. “She has a powerful leg. She wins the ball a lot and controls the midfield.”

The Maroon Raiders also feature sophomores Natalie Rufino, Sydney Hess, Rebecca Echevarria (Rachel’s twin sister) and Isabella Bianchi, another player with a powerful leg. It’s also an extremely strong sophomore group, so there’s definitely a bright future in Nutley. Senior Maria Marucci and junior Anna Contini are in the mix in the midfield as well. “I like having that depth,” DiPiano said. “I’m going to try to overload the midfield area and control the ball. I think we can be a strong possession team. So they’ll all get shuttled in and out. They all can play in the middle of the field or out wide.” The Maroon Raiders also have talent and depth up front. Senior captain Samantha

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The Nutley girls’ soccer team will try to contend with a solid group of defenders and goalkeepers. Front row, from left, are Kaitlyn Gavidia, Rachel Echevarria and Jenna Hughes. Back row, from left, are head coach Mike DiPiano, Kristina Lopomo, Sarah Cortese, Gianna Zoppi, Catalena Robson and Allison Huelbig.

Gabriele returns for her final season. Gabriele has been one of the most consistent scorers in the Super Essex Conference, especially dishing off for assists. Gabriele has already decided that she will attend Montclair State University in the fall. The Maroon Raiders also have sophomore Mackenzie Albert to contend with up

front. Albert had 15 goals and eight assists last season as a freshman. “She’s a special player,” DiPiano said. “She can change the game. She’s very

good one-on-one.” DiPiano likes the 1-2 punch of Albert and Cabriele. “I don’t know how you can defend both of them,” DiPiano said. Sophomore Mikayla Schoch is also a talented player at forward for the Raiders. “She came off the bench for us last year and gave us big minutes,” DiPiano said. DiPiano also calls upon junior Jenna Hughes and sophomore Allison Huelbig to give the Raiders quality minutes off the bench at defender, especially if the Maroon Raiders are protecting a lead. “We can switch formations easily with those two,” DiPiano said. “They’re going to be asked to give us solid contributions.” The Maroon Raiders are playing in the top division of

the Super Essex Conference, the American Division, with teams like Montclair, Livingston, Millburn, Glen Ridge, Columbia and West Orange. That’s definitely one of the toughest divisions in the entire state. The Maroon Raiders will have a big non-conference independent game Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., when they cross the Passaic River to take on Lyndhurst at the Lyndhurst Recreation facility. So can the Maroon Raiders contend with such competition? DiPiano thinks so. “We’d like to be in the (Essex) county final and would like to compete in the states,” DiPiano said. “Our schedule is a beast.” It’s already proven to be a tough obstacle, but count on the Raiders to bounce back with style the rest of the way.

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administrator, he would do other things, like coach the power lifting team. Weight lifting and weight training was a major part of Abro’s life. Despite his short stature, he was a competitive state champion power lifter in several different competitions throughout his life. When the weight room, affectionately called “The Alamo” by Abro, needed an overhaul a few years ago, Abromaitis was the one who did all the work to fix the room so the student/athletes could get bigger and stronger. The weight room was fitted with a special rubberized safety surface. The building received a spiffy new paint job (of course in Kelly green). And for most of the reconstruction and restoration, it was Abro laying down the floor in stifling heat

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like family.” Borgess recalled the later days of his legendary father’s life, when Ralph Borgess was the head football coach in his 80s and assistant athletic director under Abromaitis. “Eddie had a lot of respect for my father,” Borgess said. “He knew my father was the start of Queen of Peace. He and my father would go back and forth with stories. Eddie was the perfect assistant coach. He made sure the kids were respectful and clean cut. He was the perfect example of how to behave.” Stinson, who was the legendary head coach at Hoboken before heading to QP, also recalled his brief stint with Abromaitis. “He was absolutely great,” Stinson said. “He was all about Queen of Peace. Of course, there were many challenges there, but Eddie was there for all those years. He drove the bus to the games. He loved the kids. He loved the school. And he wanted to win. He spent so many hours in the weight room with the kids. He got the art class to paint the (Golden) Griffin on the side of the

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Former Kearny Councilman Manuel Trueba died Sept. 6, 2019. He was 73. Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny before moving to Lanoka Harbor. Visiting will be Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, beginning at 9 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, at 11 a.m. Entombment will in Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, North Arlington. Manny was a retired longshoreman with Local 1235 in Port Elizabeth. He was a member of the Democratic Club in Kearny and served honorably as Second Ward Councilman in the 1990s. He was a member of the Kearny Zoning Board of Adjustment and had been an aide to Assemblyman Anthony Impreveduto. Manny was the beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (nee Adamo). Loving father of Tina Trueba, Tricia Mattia (Phil) and Tracey Mursko (Jerry), he was the brother of Michael Trueba (Anita), Maria Rodriguez (late Kiki) and the late Chris and Candido Trueba. Also surviving are his grandchildren Anthony Manuel, Matthew Joseph and Matthew Manuel along with many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Sharing Network of New Jersey.

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Edward T. Hearn died Sept. 1, 2019. He was 84. Edward was born in Newark, lived in North Arlington for many years and then moved to Bayville 24 years ago. “He was dealt lemons as a child with a tough childhood, growing up very poor in Newark and spent the rest of his life turning them into lemonade,” son John Hearn, retied NAPD chief, said. But he spent his childhood with his brother, friend and right hand man, Bob, and that support and relationship continued for as long as one could remember. He met June, the love of his life, in 1952 — she was 16 and he was 17. In 1956, they married and were together for 68 years, 63 as husband and wife. In 1958, he would go on to serve his country as a member of the U.S. Army. In 1962, they moved to North Arlington, and raised four children together and passed on all their good values to their kids. “He was the most loving, caring father and husband, who lived for his wife and children and always had our back,”

John Hearn said. He put himself through William Paterson College, earning a degree in criminal justice while working full time, overtime and side jobs and raising four kids, always with the support of June. He served his community for 23 years as a North Arlington Police Officer, ultimately rising to the rank of captain. He became a true leader, who had the love, respect and admiration of his officers, even more than he knew. He was a true hero, and almost made the ultimate sacrifice in 1979, when he was shot in the line of duty while saving a kidnapped child. Upon return to work, he never avoided danger and was always there with his police officers. “Fortunately that was not his time and God gave him back to us and gave us another 40 years with him,” John Hearn said. He inspired his son John and two of his grandsons to follow in his footsteps as law enforcement officers. Upon retirement from the NAPD, he moved to Bayville, where he and June built a home and kept adding on to it so the entire family could come and spend time together — and did they ever. “He hung on to life until every member of his family

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full time grandfather. He was the husband of the late Betty (nee DiModungo) and father of Lewis C. BatLEWIS T. BATTISTA tista (Patricia), brother of Lewis T. Battista of the late Rocco, Joseph and Kearny died at home on Sept. Carl and he is also survived 5, 2019. by his grandchildren Joseph He was 100. (Melissa), Kathleen and Visiting was at the ArmitMichael along with his greatage & Wiggins Funeral grandson Joseph Thomas. Home, Kearny. Mass was In lieu of flowers, kindly celebrated at St. Stephen’s consider a donation to the St. Church, Kearny. EntombStephen’s Roof Repair Fund. ment was in Holy Cross CHARLES J. CARPENTER Cemetery Mausoleum, North Charles J. Carpenter died Arlington. suddenly at home on Friday, Mr. Battista was a technical sergeant in the Army Air Sept. 6, 2019. A funeral Mass will be Corps during World War II. He was a licensed electrician celebrated at Our Lady of and held N.J. license number Sorrows Church, Kearny, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 79. He worked in the family a.m. Burial will follow in business, A. Battista and Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sons Wholesale Bananas, Arlington. in Newark and then worked Born in Newark, Charles as an electrician for Myles “Chuck” grew up in Kearny Electric in Kearny. and lived briefly in East After his years of work Rutherford. After graduating with Myles, he returned to Kearny High School, he folthe family business until he lowed his passion at Lincoln retired and became a loving Technical Institute, Union, for automotive technology. He worked for Apple Chevrolet in Paramus and Fire-

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BIRDHOUSE from 3 volunteer experiences and shared how building birdhouses, and preparing and serving food at the soup kitchen for the homeless changed their perspective on life. “Look around and you see how happy everyone is. My first time [volunteering] I didn’t know a single person,” said Cranford High School graduate Josh Furer, who has volunteered in the work program for the last four years and plans to join the youth group when he attends Seton Hall University in the fall. “When I was a [high school] freshman I was shy. By the end of the week, I was high-fiving

PRE-K from 1 State of New Jersey, Blood says. “This funding is 99.9% because of the work of Flora Encarnacao,” Blood said bluntly. “She lived and breathed this and we can now fund full day pre-K 4.” What does it all mean? Beginning next month, the district will offer 16 classes of pre-K for 4-yearolds. Each class will have 15 children. Each section will have one teacher and one teacher’s aide. “We are extremely excited for this wonderful opportunity,” Encarnacao said. “It will better prepare our students for academic success as they grow older.” In the first year, 15 of the 16 sections will take place in Kearny’s elementary schools — Franklin, Washington, Garfield and Schuyler schools. One will take place at the local Head Start program, which is housed at Grace United Methodist Church. The decision to work with Head Start was made by the district. However, while it might seem on the surface this is a blow to privately owned daycare centers that work with 4-year-old children, it’s not, Encarnacao and Blood say. Next year, it is likely the program will expand to include public-private partnerships, where wellestablished daycares will be invited to participate in the state’s program and thus, the private centers will be eligible for state funding to pay for costs there.

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everyone from the kids to the staff. “That’s just the social aspect. When you go into the cemetery, although you don’t see the difference you make at first, the more times you come back, the more you realize you’re making a difference.” As the teens glued and painted the wooden sections of their birdhouses into different architectural styles and shapes, many reflected on who they would commemorate by adding a name plaque to the birdhouse. For Maeve Kahora, an upcoming 10th-grader at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, it was more than just her first volunteer experience for her Confirmation

service project — it was an opportunity to connect deeper within her faith and with a former art teacher. “When she died it was a really bad time,” Kahora, who dedicated her birdhouse in her art teacher’s memory, said. “I was really young but I still remember it. That was like the first funeral I ever went to. But everybody was lively. Nobody was sad. Everyone was focused on being joyful. Everyone was singing and being happy. We bonded over arts and crafts. She was always calm and collected. I really liked that about her.” While the birdhouses were given time to dry before their final coats of paint, the teens and their chaperones were

given a tour by sales manager John Derienzo from Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark, to discover the natural beauty of Holy Cross Cemetery, and the inspiring artwork of the award-winning mausoleum. At one of the entrances, everyone marveled at the 15-foot marble Pietà Rondanini imported from Italy and inspired by Michelangelo’s final sculptural masterpiece — a statue of the Virgin Mary mourning over the emaciated body of her son, Jesus the Christ. Holy Cross Cemetery and its 25,000 square-foot mausoleum provides over 35,000 burial spaces for loved ones and features six mosaic murals

depicting the Book of Genesis, and 90 major works of art valued at over $5 million, making it the largest Catholic mausoleum in America. Meanwhile, no one understands the profound impact the youth volunteer program has on teens and the community more than Andrew Schafer, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Newark. As the father of three daughters, he and his wife Teri have instilled the values of faith, service and the environment in their own children and Schafer is grateful to the students, their parents and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for their volunteering.

“We’ve spoken with some of the local private owners and we’re excited and encouraged to work with them in the future,” Encarnacao said. The program is expected to kick off on Oct. 1. New teachers who were interviewed and “hired” for the extended program were somewhat in limbo since the hiring process took place months ago, whilst their hiring was contingent upon receiving the state funding. Encarnacao says she was confident the district would get the funding, but it didn’t become official until Sept. 3, when the state announced the disbursement structure. The children who will participate in the extended pre-K have already been chosen, Encarnacao says. “We have an extensive application process,” she said. In the time leading to the program’s kickoff, teachers and teacher’s aides will set up classrooms, arrange the furniture and there will be an orientation. This is one of a number of programs Blood says she’s “extremely proud” to tout. The Observer will feature stories about some of the other programs, including a robotics course, a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses and a new journalism and broadcasting class in the coming weeks. “We are extremely proud of all that’s happening in the Kearny School District,” Blood said. “There are so many wonderful offerings and so many dedicated teachers and staff. With

so many good things happening, we really want the public to know all about it.” And in the coming weeks, the public will, indeed, know.

Blood said. “But we have to be ready. Everyone has to know what to do and what not to do. We saw this need in (the) Parkland (Florida) shooting.” Blood did, however, note that the district already had plans for dealing with such situations — this is hardly the first time the district has discussed or planned for this awful reality. However, the recent presentation offered real-life, historically based scenarios — and offered tips on the best way to handle such situations were they to ever happen here. “One of our custodians stopped me and said, ‘Thank you. We needed to know this,’” Blood said. Meanwhile, the Belleville School District also received nearly $893,000 in funding for its pre-K program. State Sen. Teresa Ruiz, who represents Belleville in the Trenton, said she was pleased Belleville received its award. “Research shows that high-quality early-

childhood programs have a lifelong impact on a child’s academic and economic achievements. I am energized and excited about the continued expansion of our state’s pre-K program, particularly here in Essex County,” Ruiz said. “Universal preschool has been a cornerstone of my legislative career, a point that rings particularly true today because it was my daughter’s first day of pre-K. “For the past three years, we have been making an investment in earlychildhood education and I am proud that one of this year’s recipients, the Township of Belleville, is right here in my home district. We worked aggressively with the Department of Education, the Board of Education and the mayor to find ways to expand this critically needed resource to all our families. This is the first step toward ensuring access to this fundamental education for the children of Belleville.”

A ‘new’ reality To start off the school year, the entire faculty, along with every single district employee, parttime, full-time, union, nonunion, took part in a special presentation on handling drills, active-shooter situations, intruders and the like. It’s a “new” reality in schools — teachers and staff members must be extremely well-prepared to deal with potential violence, perhaps even involving guns. The presenters “offered examples of all types of events schools might one day see,” Blood said, and they offered “best practices, protocols and procedures” for such moments. “They reminded us we may never — hopefully — be faced with such events,”

A Message from the Harrison Water Department: The Harrison Water Dept. will flush hydrants throughout Harrison beginning the week of September 9th 2019. Crews will work Monday through Friday between 9pm and 1am to minimize customer inconvenience. The flushing program is expected to last for about 6 weeks. Ending October 18th 2019. Flushing removes harmless minerals that collect in the water mains. The project is part of the Town routine maintenance program to assure high water quality. Flushing hydrants help to maintain the integrity of the distribution system by keeping the water lines clean. It is also necessary for fire protection because flushing ensures that the hydrants are working properly. During the flushing process, customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water. While the water is safe to drink, customers may prefer to wait until it runs clear before drinking or washing clothes or dishes. Residents with questions or problems can call the Harrison Department of Public Works at 973-268-2468. Visit our website at www.townofharrisonnj.com.


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Continued from page 14 in for adjustments,” said San Fillippo, especially after Abromaitis had neck fusion surgery a few years ago. “We’d talk about different things, especially the Yankees. I’m still numb and in shock over this. I just can’t get it. It’s hard to swallow.” Mike “Rocky” Jones spent many an hour in that QP weight room with Abromaitis, preparing for power lifting competitions. The two were weight lifting aficionados since they were teenagers together. “He had such passion for what he did,” Jones said. “He put his heart and soul into that school. He treated everyone with respect and he had such a great relationship with the kids. He bled green and gold. He had such an impact on so many kids. He was a good role model.” Jones got a little emotional talking about his friend. “My Mom and Dad called Eddie their third son,” Jones said. “I feel like I lost my younger brother.” Jones did lose a younger brother, Richard, who was also close to Abromaitis, two years ago. That loss hit Abromaitis hard. “That’s how we got started with the weights,” Jones recalled. “It was me, Eddie and my brother. We were the nucleus and others started. We called ourselves, ‘The Three Musketeers.’ We always did things together. I can’t think of a time where he wouldn’t help out. He was there, no matter what you needed. I really don’t know what I’m going to do during Yankee games. We texted each other during every Yankee game.” Jack Rodgers, the former Harrison High School athletic director, also had a good relationship with Abromaitis. “He was a loyal guy who always cared about the kids,” Rodgers said. “No one was more loyal to Queen of Peace. He believed in Queen of Peace. He was great with sharing stories about coaches, stories that you didn’t know. He really knew what he was doing and what was going on. He had an impact on our program. He was a good coach with a motivational technique.” No one knew Abro

“As a father, he was always putting us first,” Alexandra Abromaitis said. “No matter what, he was there. He left practices and games for us. He came across as being a tough man, but to us, he was a loving and caring father. He came to my dance recitals. He once painted my fingernails. Somehow, he did whatever I said. Added Alexandra, “He was an all-around great guy with an amazing sense of humor. So far, this is the toughest thing I’ve gone through in my life. I can’t begin to tell you how many people in the QP family who said to me that they will be there for us the way that Dad was there for them. I’m so grateful that he touched so many people. I learned how to ride a bike on the field. I lost my first tooth in the Alamo. So many of my firsts were there with him.” And Alexandra summed up her father’s life with one line. “If I called him and said I needed him, he would be there at my feet,” Alexandra Abromaitis said. “That’s just the way he was.” And Ed Abromaitis was that way for anyone who he considered a friend, present company included. It’s a sad day for everyone in Kearny, in North Arlington, for anyone who remembered Queen of Peace High School. Because the heartbeat that was QP is now gone too soon. And we all grieve and mourn his passing.

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The Abromaitis family spends a great moment together at Ed’s retirement party from Queen of Peace in 2017. From left are son Mike, holding granddaughter Aria, daughter Alexandra, holding his grandson Nico, Abromaitis, daughter-in-law Victoria and Dave.

like his three children, sons Mike and Dave and daughter Alexandra. All three were athletes at QP, with Alexandra ending her softball career at North Arlington. “I played for my Dad my whole life,” said Mike Abromaitis, who graduated from QP in 2000. “He even coached me for two summers in North Arlington travel ball when I was 13 and 14. He was an old school kind of coach. He preached hustle and enthusiasm. He would say that it didn’t take a lot of talent to run hard. He played to bunt, to hit and run. It was a great time, being able to play for him. He knew that I knew the game. I was more of a cerebral player. “As a father, we would watch games together,” Mike Abromaitis continued. “He’d say, ‘The more you watch, the more you learn. With my Dad, there was always a story about growing up in Kearny. He was a big fan of movies and TV. Everyone thought that our house was 24/7 QP sports, but it really wasn’t. He was big on me being the older brother to my brother and sister.” How did Mike Abromaitis want his father to be remembered? “His loyalty,” Mike Abromaitis said. “He was almost loyal to a fault. The amount of people who came to the wake is a true testament of how people felt about him.”

Dave Abromaitis, QP Class of 2002, played three years for his father in baseball and two years in football. “But he was my coach for as long as I can remember,” Dave Abromaitis said. “He was my coach from when I could walk. Playing for him was awesome. He didn’t treat me any differently. I just played harder to try to impress him. And recently, he told me it was a joy coaching me and my brother. I was like a coach on the field, but it was all him. I wanted to be that type of player for him.” Dave went on to play college baseball at Caldwell College. “I just wanted to be like him,” Dave Abromaitis said. “It was my drive, my passion. And he said that he always wanted me to be better than him. I think he wanted to see a chance where my brother and I coached with him at QP, but that never happened. He like a father to thousands of kids. I don’t think he ever realized how much of an impact he had on kids. He was preparing boys to become men. I learned everything from him, his love of the Yankees, the Giants, the history of Queen of Peace. Added Dave Abromaitis, “I got my sarcasm and jokes from him. He loved to make people laugh.” Dave and his wife Victoria have two children, daughter Aria, age 7, and son Nico, age 4. “He was Pop Abro to

them,” Dave Abromaitis said. “They were his everything, the bond he had with his grandchildren.” Nico Abromaitis played a T-Ball game Sunday, two days after his grandfather’s funeral service. Sure enough, he wears No. 9 like Pop Abro. “Nico wanted to be like Pop Abro,” Dave Abromaitis said. “He was a great coach, a great father and a great mentor. He was my coach. I had other coaches, but I never wanted to disappoint Dad.” Alexandra Abromaitis is the baby of the family, five years younger than brother Dave.

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