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COVERING: BELLEVILLE • BLOOMFIELD • EAST NEWARK • HARRISON • KEARNY • LYNDHURST • NORTH ARLINGTON • NUTLEY

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By Kevin Canessa kc@theobserver.com The actual title of the classic Christmas show is “Miracle On 34th Street.” But for our purposes, the real miracle will be on Kearny Avenue as the West

Hudson Arts and Theater Company puts on a weekend of performances of a stage adaptation of the show beginning Thursday, Dec. 12, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. There will be three more shows — at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 — and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, all at W.H.A.T.’s new theater-

in-residence at Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave. Jerry Ficeto, W.H.A.T.’s founder and president, says W.H.A.T. chose this classic for the theater group’s annual Christmastime production

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nnually, around this time of year, Kearny High School’s senior actors put on a play. And, because of the hard work of all of the teen thespians, all of the money raised from ticket sales goes to the senior class for activities like the prom. This year is no different as at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 & 7, at the Kearny High School auditorium, the seniors will put on “Just Another advertising@theobserver.com 201-991-1600 High School Play,” which was

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ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL PLAY’ Continued from previous page work together. And, it’s the one and only time there are no underclass actors — everyone with a role in “Just Another High School Play” is a soon-tobe-graduating senior. Additionally, the behindthe-scenes participants, like the stage crew, are also only seniors. “They’ve been working very hard,” she says. Now, aside from all in the show being seniors, just about everything else related to the show is the same as all others. Each had to try out. And it was up to Milly Gonzalez, the show’s extremely talented director and teacher at Kearny High School, to choose who got what role. “Some have more than one part,” Gonzalez says. “These kids are very talented — and we really hope to see a nice crowd at the shows. They won’t be disappointed.” And when folks come out to the show, here’s who they’ll see, along with the role(s) they’ll be playing: Maria Pereira is the stage manager; Nicolle Gongora is the assistant director; Agatha Nunes plays Female Jo and Noel; Alexis Pastas plays Alexis, Barkeep and Male Amy; Alyssa Rios plays an extra, and is also the narrator and a Cop; Amaya Kelly is

a Grad Student and Juliet; Ashley Ramos plays Ashley; Betsybell Sanchez is another Narrator and an Announcer; Bianca Sanchez plays Female Meg, an Announcer and a Puppeteer; Camilla Marrero is an Announcer and Narrator; Indira Ramaii plays the Drama Teacher; Jan Patino takes on the roles of Logan, Christopher Marlowe, Male Jo and Tiny Tim; Jimena is an Announcer and Puppeteer; Katherine Chalaco is an Actress, Narrator; Kayla Fitzgerald plays Plant 2, Female Lead, Emily; Madison Fadeski play Teena, Female Amy, Announcer; Michael Bradow is Craig, William Shakespeare, Male Meg and Scrooge; Nikki Martinez plays a Female Thespian, Male Beth, Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future and a Puppeteer; Stephan Mendoza is a Stagehand, Male Lead, David Copperfield, Puppeteer and a Cop; Tyler Fitzsimmons plays a Male Thespian, Hamlet, Male Beth, George and Romeo; and last, but certainly not least, Sophia Gonzalez and Jessy Hartman also have roles. Behind the scenes, aside from the aforementioned Astrella and Gonzalez, John Bednarczyk handles the set design and lighting and David Caravella is in charge of the sound.

Now you may have noticed some of the actors are playing roles with characters of the same name. That’s because this show allows for the director to take poetic license and use unique character names — and locations that are personalized locally.

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HOLIDAY EVENTS Toy Drives North Arlington PD | ongoing Now through Dec. 23. Drop off toys at the N.A. Police Department. Unwrapped toys will be distributed to area hospitals, local families and others in need. Call Dispatcher George McDermott with questions at 201-991-4400.

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needs the children’s last name and addresses to answer all the letters, so make sure it is included before putting it in the mailbox. He was very sad that he couldn’t answer some letters last year. Also note that since Santa will be getting much busier closer to Christmas, the mailbox will get transported back to the North Pole on the morning of Friday, Dec. 20. North Arlington Tree Lighting | Dec. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., at Borough Hall, 214 Ridge Road. In addition to the tree lighting, there will be musical performances, a visit with Santa (bring your own camera), crafts in the library and reading of “T’was the

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with Santa and the members of Nutley’s police, fire and EMS. Photos will be taken with Santa and a police officer, a firefighter or an EMT. Pets are also welcome to join in the fun. The event is open to Nutley residents and will be on rain or shine. Please RSVP to Petracco’s Office at 973-2844929. Concert @ NA Senior Center| Dec. 12

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We’re ready to work with the NJSEA to drop the appeal proposal, but are they?

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he NJSEA says it is committed to closing the Keegan Landfill. It said so in an October statement on its website and a commissioner made a parliamentary point of order at the November meeting of that governing body to add to the permanent record. “For the record, after last month’s meeting, this authority came to the conclusion that we want to be committed to permanently closing the Keegan Landfill — at some point,” Commissioner Robert B. Yudin, who grew up in Belleville and who now lives in Wyckoff, said. “We are committed to permanently closing it. Now, a statement went out but it wasn’t picked up by any publications. It is on our website. I just wanted to make that point so that it is on the record.” Let’s break this statement down. The statement was, indeed “picked up” by this newspaper a few weeks ago, contrary to the commissioner’s statement. But here’s where it all gets so confusing. They’re saying committed to closing the landfill “at some point.” But let us not forget — the landfill is already closed! And it has been for months. It was all made permanent last month when Judge Jeff Jablonski ordered it so. So how could a governing body be committed to closing the Keegan Landfill if

it is already closed? Does this make any sense at all? If the commitment to close is truly there, “eventually” or at any point, the NJSEA can make good on that “commitment” very easily — but dropping its request to appeal Jablonski’s decision. So clearly, the key word in the statement is “eventually.” NJSEA Chairman John Ballantyne told this newspaper the NJSEA is appealing to correct inaccuracies in Jablonski’s decision. Why would an appeal be necessary to clarify the record? All the NJSEA would have to do is issue a statement that lists what it believes to be inaccurate. This newspaper even agreed to work with the governing body to disseminate that information. But to do so, the NJSEA would need to first drop the appeal. Needless to say, that didn’t happen and because it didn’t, we can only surmise that it’s not just about “clearing the inaccuracies.” What is becoming more clear is that the NJSEA wants the landfill reopened so that it can collect dumping fees until it reaches 100 feet in height. That could be years

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After Harrison attorney John M. Pinho spoke at the November meeting, it is becoming clearer that the NJSEA needs the Keegan Landfill to reopen so it might make good on the bonds issued to pay for part of the American Dream megamall at the Meadowlands sports complex. Under no form of logic would it be necessary for a closed landfill to reopen only to close it. And so, to the NJSEA — this newspaper once again says, if you want to clarify the record, in relation to Jablonski’s decision, call us at 201-991-1600. Send us an email to editorial@theobserver.com. We will get the ball rolling on clarifying the record. Other media outlets will surely follow suit. If this is really the reason for the appeal, drop the appeal and let’s get to work. Otherwise, we can only presume there’s a lot more to the NJSEA’s desire for reopening Keegan. And still, for once, the NJSEA can prove it truly does care about the health of the people of West Hudson. The ball is now in your court (again) Mr. Ballantyne. We’re standing by for your phone call or email. The time is here. The solution is ready. Are you?

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KPD: Exx-cellent help from Exxon

By Karen Zautyk kzautyk@theobserver.com This week’s lead item for the Kearny police blotter involves an incident dating back to the afternoon of Oct. 11, when a load of wooden pallets reportedly fell off a pickup truck and onto another customer’s parked vehicle at the Passaic Avenue Exxon station. Instead of sticking around for an accident report, the truck’s driver allegedly “explained” that he had “bad insurance” and had to leave. Immediately. However, thanks to alert and conscientious station workers, he did not escape the consequences. According to police, the station attendant on duty recorded the hit-andrun pickup’s registration number, which was used to identify the driver as Tony C. Groves, 61, of Newark. KPD Officer Ben Wuelfing investigated the incident and mailed tickets to Groves for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, driving an uninsured vehicle and for a “load vehicle allowed to spill.” On Nov. 22 at 1:58 p.m., Officers Wuelfing and Anthony Nunez were dispatched to the gas station, where an employee was on the phone with the station mechanic, who had just spotted the pickup truck in question and was following it near Franklin School. Officer Jack Grimm located and stopped the truck, driven by Groves, in the Seabra’s parking lot on Schuyler Avenue. Police said a computer check indicated the registration had expired at the end of October and the Kearny Municipal Court had issued a warrant ($600 bail) for Groves’ arrest for not responding to the October tickets. Upon taking Groves into custody, police reportedly found on him three cut straws with white residue, one wax fold stamped “Power” and one plastic bag containing CDS residue. He was additionally charged

with possession of drug paraphernalia and operating an unregistered vehicle. He was remanded to the Hudson County Jail. *** Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:

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Nov. 20 Officer Sergio Nobre was driving a marked police car on Harrison Avenue at 9:31 p.m. when a Lexus SUV passed him “obviously far in excess of the 35 mph speed limit.” Nobre caught up to the vehicle and a computer check of its plate showed that the owner’s license was suspended, police said. Nobre stopped the Lexus and returned to his police car to double-check the driver’s credentials. At that time, back-up Officer Matthew Knighton arrived and reportedly found driver Corey D. Scott, 45, of Jersey City, standing outside the Lexus, urinating on the car and the ground. Scott was arrested for driving with a suspended license and was later released with summonses for that, for careless driving, failure to surrender a suspended license and urinating in public.

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Belleville officials say last week’s active threat exercise was invaluable because it revealed ways the township can work to keep its employees safe in the event of an active shooter scenario. The exercise started at about 10:30 a.m., with the sound of gunfire echoing throughout the hallways of the municipal

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room, checking for gunmen and assessing “injured” municipal employees. The exercise was called off at about noon and Town Hall was soon re-opened. There was no interruption to police, fire or EMT emergency services during the exercises and a few municipal employees were stationed outside the building to take the names and phone numbers of residents who went there for various services only to find it closed. Those residents were contacted after the exercise concluded. The exercise was organized not only out of an abundance of caution in the event of an active shooter situation, but also at the behest of the township’s insurance carrier. Members of Essex County Sheriff’s Department and the State Police also participated, as did representatives from the Clara Maass Medical Center. The exercise was coordinated by Deputy Fire Chief Martin Lutz and Police Capt. Nick Breiner. Mayor Michael Melham said it became immediately evident that the exercise would yield valuable information that may someday save lives.

He said plans will soon be put in place to rectify some of the issues. The first fire alarm pulled did not engage and the second one fell apart — although it worked. Some of the radios did not work properly, so fire department personnel did not hear the all-clear call. Melham said township officials will have to create a standardized set of floor designations inside the municipal building to avoid confusion. People who enter Town Hall through the main entrance may not realize they are actually entering at the second floor. “So when we were upstairs on what would be the third floor, I heard the radio call out, ‘Shooter on the first floor,’” said Melham, who was an official observer meaning he was invisible to active participants. “We went down one level because we’re accustomed to the main level being the first floor. We actually had to go down to another level, to the basement.” Melham said there were several positive takeaways from the drill, including municipal

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couple of Halloweens ago, Rich Budinich had an idea. A lot of kids came through the Nutley complex where he lives — Cambridge Heights — for trick-or-treating. So he thought, why not do something for the kids during Christmastime? And, why not give back in more ways than one? So last year, for the first time, he set up a winter wonderland of sorts for the young ones while raising awareness and money for the Cure Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood foundation at the same time. At the celebration, which takes place Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 315 Wilshire Drive, Nutley (you’ll have to go through a security checkpoint first when arriving at the Cambridge Heights complex), Santa Claus, Mickey and Mini Mouse, a princess and superhero will all be on hand for the kids. (Bring a camera to take photos.) Homemade hot chocolate and snacks will be available. A DJ play music and a dance company will put on a performance, as well. And, all children will leave with a goody bag. So there will be plenty for the young ones to do. But there’s much more to the event than just keeping the children entertained. And it’s all because of a hideous disease from which a

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friend’s relative suffers. He chose Cure AHC as the beneficiary of the event because a neighbor’s grandchild suffers from it. “One in 800,000 children get it,” Budinich says. According to cureahc. org — which Budinich hopes you’ll consider donating to sometime this holiday season: “AHC is a complex, ultrarare neurological disease. The majority of cases (approximately 80%) are caused by mutations in the gene ATP1a3 (though there are other potential genetic root causes, which Cure AHC funds active research to discover/confirm). The hallmark of this disease is bouts of temporary paralysis that alternate from one side of the body to the other (or sometimes engulf the entire body), lasting anywhere from minutes to days at a time.” The organization says

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S P O R T S & R E C R E AT I O N Kearny co-op set to take SPORTS VIEW the ice as a varsity squad Lyndhurst’s Joining forces with North Arlington, Secaucus to field competitive varsity contingent By Jim Hague ogsmar@aol.com

IT HAS TAKEN MORE THAN 10

years, a decade filled with countless presentations and pleas, endless patience and perseverance – not to forget the assistance of two other school districts. But history is set to be made later this week, when the Kearny High School ice hockey co-operative program will take the ice for the first time ever as a varsity squad, when the Kardinals travel to face Edison on Thursday night. Once again this season, Kearny has joined forces with the North Arlington High School district and that of Secaucus to field a highly competitive varsity team. That is a familiar trend among New Jersey high school varsity programs that don’t have enough players to field a competitive squad, so they send their straggling participants to the more established program in order to find that perfect union. For example, the Lyndhurst co-op, a established and successful union, gains assistance from the Paramus and Hackensack districts. With this program, a strong majority of the team comes from Kearny, some nine of the 22 who lace up their skates to form the Kearny Kardinals co-op. Opening day is just a few days away, so the excitement abounds with the Kardinals. “It’s quite exciting,” said Tim Firth, who has served as the head coach of the Kards since 2009, when a group of Kearny High hockey fanatics got together to see if they could actually field a team. “It’s been a long time coming. A lot of people have put in a lot of time to see this through. The team is a culmination of a lot of hard work to finally make it.” Firth was asked if the

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The Kearny/North Arlington/Secaucus co-operative program features nine players who hail from Kearny. Front row, from left, are Dan Alves, Owen Logue, Dominick Orrico, Jack Logue and Jacqueline Narucki. Back row, from left, are assistant coach Megan Neer, head coach Tim Firth, Conor MacConchie, Joseph Drefko, Nicholas Solinski, Patrick Waters, Owen O’Callaghan, Greg Drefko and Jason Gyuro.

formation of the varsity co-op was a painstaking ordeal. “I’d say it was just more of a slow process,” said Firth, a native of West Windsor, N.J. who has taught in the Kearny district for 13 years, teaching science at the elementary school level. Firth played hockey at Princeton Day School and Hofstra University, so he has an extensive background in the sport of ice hockey. Yes, this perfect union is of the ice hockey variety, complete with skating and full body checking. It is not like street hockey, which is feverishly played competitively at the Kearny rink on Passaic Avenue, nor like the roller hockey variety which also graces the Kearny rink from time to time. This is definitely the real thing at the highest level now. Ever since a group of Kearny High students got together to form a team, they have played at either the club hockey level or at the junior varsity level. The Kardinals were a JV program for the last three seasons, waiting to develop a

program that could actually compete at the varsity level. That time has arrived. “As the program grew, we did much of the fundraising,” Firth said. “We did the fundraising wisely, knowing that we had to do it the right way.” So Firth and his organization raised money that helped to buy equipment and uniforms, ice time and funding to field competent officiating. When it came to fundraising, the team did it – from canning at strategic traffic stops and shopping areas, as well as sales of candy and snacks, not to mention raffle tickets to win 50/50 cash prizes and vacation destinations. “We had to reach out to the community to receive help,” Firth said. “Believe me, the generosity of the community was tremendous. To grow as much as possible, we needed help and the help was tremendous.” Major assistance came three years ago, when the Kearny township council heard the

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dream season ends with loss in MetLife

EAST RUTHERFORD – It’s hard to be a much feared assassin when there’s no ammunition in your weapon. That’s what happened to Lyndhurst’s resident “Polish Assassin” Saturday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, when Piotr Partyla, a.k.a. “The Polish Assassin” tried valiantly and desperately to play on a severe high ankle sprain in the Golden Bears NJSIAA “Super Bowl” showdown with Verona. Just three plays into the game pitting Lyndhurst, the NJSIAA’s North Jersey Section 1, Group II sectional champion against North Section 2, Group II title winner Verona in the first of six games played at the Mecca of all New Jersey sports facilities, Partyla just couldn’t give it a go any longer and walked gingerly over to the sidelines and Lyndhurst head coach Rich Tuero. Partyla, the state’s rushing champion with more than 2,300 yards and 33 touchdowns this season, gained 14 yards on his first carry of the game after the Hillbillies marched down the field and started their onslaught. But things soon went wrong for “The Polish Assassin” soon after. He lost three yards on his second carry, gained one yard on his third and then threw an ill-fated interception from the Wildcat formation that led to Verona’s second score of the day, pushing the lead to 14-0 with 2:43 left in the first quarter. Partyla suffered the ankle injury in the

NJSIAA North 1 Group II semifinal game against Mahwah last week. For an offense that relied so much on the fleet feet of Partyla, the injury was a crushing blow. “Ever since he suffered the injury, he has not been right,” Tuero said. “He gave it all he had all week and it just wasn’t getting better. He spent three days a week in physical therapy. Pete and his parents were all in on getting healthy. It was heartbreaking, watching the kid try to give it a go. All he wanted to do was play and he couldn’t do it. I just felt so badly for him.” After Partyla went to the sidelines to receive treatment and get re-taped again, senior Anthony Lembo went back to the position he held for most of the season, namely conventional quarterback. But Lembo also gave the Wildcat a whirl, but to no avail. Verona was just bigger, stronger and faster on this day. The Golden Bears were invited to the Hillbillies’ party, but were not permitted to participate. “Lembo was so upset after the game,” Tuero said. “At that point, it wasn’t about winning or losing. It was all about the kids.” And it was about to get far worse unfortunately for the locals. It was 34-0 at the half and became 41-0 in the third quarter. Still, nothing could dampen the achievements of the Golden Bears, who won their first 11 games of the season and captured the North Jersey

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team. We’re in a pretty good spot as we start the season.” The Kardinals have a lot pleas of the coaches and of depth in their goalkeeping students and decided to position. fund the majority of the The Kards have two program out of the municipal experienced net minders in budget and not the Board of juniors Richard Robinson, a Education budget. Secaucus native, and Kearny It was a move that certainly native Dominick Orrico. Both helped the process move along young men have manned the – all the way to the historic net for the Kardinals for the puck drop that will take place last three seasons and will this week. share most of the duties in goal The Kardinals play their home games at the Buchmiller this season. Robinson is the son of Cory Park facility in Secaucus, with Robinson, who was the head their home opener slated for coach of the Hudson Catholic Monday, Dec. 16 against the program when the Hawks Frisch School at 7:30 p.m. The won the NJSIAA Tournament next home game after the first one will be played Friday, Dec. of Champions title in 2000. 20 against Johnson Regional of Robinson is currently the athletic director at Fair Lawn Springfield. “This is our time,” Firth said. High. “Those are the two starters “We had tryouts and formed a who will share the bulk of team with 22 varsity players. All three towns have been able the time in goal,” Firth said. “They’ve put in a lot of offto pull together to form this

season time to get ready for this season.” The future lies with sophomore Jack Logue and freshman Morgan Iachetta. “Usually, we like to ease the newcomers in,” Firth said. “There is a developmental period to get used to the speed of high school. These guys represent our future. They’ve taken the reins and holding the fort.” The Kardinals’ defensive unit also has some quality experience. Senior John Maurin (Kearny native) is one of the Kards’ top defensemen. “He’s pretty explosive,” Firth said. “He can play either forward or defense. He is skilled enough to play anywhere.” Senior John Golon (North Arlington) is a solid defenseman. “He’s more of a stay-at-home

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defenseman,” Firth said. “He’s a zone guy whose duty is to clear the front of the net. His job is to make sure everything is cleared.” Senior Greg Drefko (Kearny) is a solid stay-at-home style defenseman. “He is a good shot blocker who has a long reach,” Firth said. Junior Sean Moloughney (Secaucus) is a physical player. “He’s like our wrecking ball,” Firth said. “He’s a strong, physical force. He wanted to play defense with us and he’s been a force at defense.” The Kardinals’ top line is comprised of all North Arlington natives, which is a total rarity. It just worked out that way, but it also helps that the three young men have familiarity with each other and a strong bond. Senior Eddie Walters is one of the team’s captains and the center on the team’s top line. Walters scored 23 goals and had nine assists as the team’s top scorer last year. “He’s our scoring leader in every scoring category,” Firth said. “He’s our leader through and through (Walters is also a

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gravy game and we got to play in it. How many other teams were playing Friday? Interscholastic Conference When we lost, it was like playoff championship and ‘Whatever.’ We’re still state the NJSIAA state sectional champs. I refused to add a title along the way. “It was a magical season,” negative memory. The kids were getting upset later in Tuero said. “It was an the game and I had to do awesome ride. To see these something for them.” kids so happy all season So with approximately everywhere they went. four minutes left in the Everywhere I went, I had game, Tuero called time out people saying, ‘Way to go, and called his seniors to the Coach,’ and ‘Go Get ‘Em, sidelines. Their careers as Coach.’ The people were Lyndhurst football players, thanking me for reviving as Golden Bears, were over. football in the town, for “It made sense,” Tuero reviving the town. I had said. “Everyone cheers for guys come up to me and tell their team as they come off me that they couldn’t wait the field in a win. Well, why to put on their Lyndhurst couldn’t I get these great varsity football jacket again seniors one last cheer from and see if it fits. It was so cool to see that and hear that our fans? It was a great moment for these kids. They again.” deserved that moment. It The Lyndhurst football team received an escort from was the greatest season in Lyndhurst football history.” town fire trucks to MetLife Tuero was asked how he Stadium with the sirens would best remember his blasting and the lights senior class. The question blaring. got Tuero’s voice to crack “If you get an escort to with emotion. the stadium, who cares “I love them so much,” if you win?” Tuero said. Tuero said. “I had these kids “It was awesome. It was a

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a program.” Tuero made sure that his players know their place in Lyndhurst history. “The one thing people keep saying to me is, ‘You guys are legends,’” Tuero said. “It’s etched in Lyndhurst history forever. They’re legends.” The young coach of the legends, the guy who wasn’t even born the last time Lyndhurst was a state champion before last week, made sure he soaked it all in one last time. “My father had his arm around me as we walked out,” Tuero said. “I stopped and took one last look all around. I took it all in one more time. I may never

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Rutherford’s young life where he felt like he was earmarked for greatness – or at the very least, an NCAA Division I basketball scholarship. When he was a student/ athlete at Harrison High School, Rutherford was a superstar scorer. As a junior with the Blue Tide, Rutherford was averaging 25 points per game, tops in Hudson County and among the very best in New Jersey. But then Rutherford transferred out of Harrison, first going briefly to Marist in Bayonne and later at Eastern Christian in North Haledon.

Rutherford went from “Coach Alexander and I had being the big fish in a very an excellent relationship,” small pond to being just Rutherford said. “He being another guppy. recruited me to come to So when it came time to Rutgers-Newark and I select a college, Rutherford developed a strong bond thought of academics over with Coach (Joe) Loughran.” hoops. Loughran, the veteran “I wanted a place head coach at R-N, knew where I could excel in that Rutherford was a both academics and special talent. basketball,” Rutherford Photo courtesy of Rutgers-Newark “I knew Quincy through athletic communications said. “I had chances to go his high school coach Bill Rutgers-Newark junior forward other places, but the other Schoener,” Loughran said. and Kearny resident Quincy schools wanted me to go to “He’s a unique guy for us Rutherford has taken the quantum a prep school for a year.” in that he’s 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4 leap from little-used reserve to But that’s not what who can really handle the the team’s leading scorer this nearby Rutgers-Newark ball. So we could play him season. wanted. in a multiple skill set and “They wanted me right different positions. He could from the start, right off the association with R-N assistant get to the rim and score.” bat,” Rutherford said. basketball coach Derryck However, once again, Rutherford developed a solid Alexander. Rutherford’s basketball career hit a bit of a rough patch at R-N. Rutherford didn’t get to play much as a freshman, averaging just 3.2 points and Doctor of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2.0 rebounds in 20 games, seeing the floor approximately • Prenatal Care 12 minutes per contest. • Family Planning Rutherford had flashes of transferring once again from • Basic Infertility one school to another. • Sterilization “At first, I was a little frustrated,” Rutherford • Irregular Menses said. “But I talked to Coach • Fibroids, Cysts, etc. (Loughran) and he told me that I had to wait my turn. I kind of Major Insurances Accepted accepted it.” Now also taking United Community Health Plan “He had to work at it,”

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Loughran said. “He’s gotten better at it.” Last year, as a sophomore, Rutherford’s production more than doubled, averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 27 games, mostly coming off the Scarlet Raider bench. “He improved greatly,” Loughran said. “We said to him that as long as he had a good look at the basket that we wanted him to shoot.” Once the Scarlet Raiders’ upperclassmen graduated, Rutherford knew that the opportunity for playing time was greatly enhanced. “I kind of had it posted in my head that it was my turn now,” Rutherford said. “Once they left, it was my chance. In order for us to win, I had to be able to score.” Loughran had little doubts. “We knew that Quincy would be able to take the next step up,” Loughran said. “If a kid puts the time in, chances are that things will usually work out.” Six games into the 20192020 season, things have more than worked out for the junior swingman. The 6-foot3 Rutherford is averaging 12 points and 5.7 rebounds per

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She attended Pathways to Independence in Kearny and was a graduate of Milburn Regional Day School in Milburn. Marlene is survived by her parents, Fernando Alves and Maria de Alves and one brother, Nelson P. Alves and his wife, Paula. She was the beloved aunt of Olivia, Delia and Adelaide Alves. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Pathways to Independence, 60 Kingsland Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032 or at www.pathwaysnj.org.

MARLENE PEREIRA ALVES

Marlene Pereira Alves, 32, died Nov. 23, 2019 in St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark. The funeral was from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com. Marlene was born in Newark and was a lifelong Harrison resident.

JAMES L. DYE

James L. Dye died Nov. 26, 2019. He was 79. Born in Jersey City, he was

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a lifelong Kearny resident. Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Cremation was private. Jim served in the U.S. Army and was a retired projects manager, designing oil refineries. He is survived by his loving was Rosemary (nee Bergen), his children and their spouses; James L. Dye Jr. and Anastasia and Briana Groff and Andrew. Brother of Robert Dye, he is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lung Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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The PBGC’s annual carnival, at 663 Kearny Ave., takes place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The club encourages all community members to attend. It will be under the direction of Tom Fraser, executive director of the PBGC and former Lincoln School guidance counselor, Paul Vieira, chairman of the board and other board members. More than 50 kids will participate in 30+games of skill. Some of the popular games are goldfish toss, spin the wheel, feed the clown, go fish and more. There will also be a giant table of arts & crafts, stuffed animals and baked goods. For more information, call Fraser at 201-991-6734.

East Newark, Mujeres Valientes, help women get much-needed mammograms For the past 14, years, East Newark Mayor Joe Smith has been spearheading efforts here not only to encourage women to avail themselves of mammograms for early detection of breast cancer, but he has also made it possible for those who are uninsured or underinsured to get these much-needed tests. Each October, the Mayor and Council join in the nationwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on Oct. 28, the Brave Women of West Hudson (Mujeres Valientes), the Metropolitan

Health Center and Smith were present at Borough Hall and were able to refer five women for evaluation for mammograms and offered several others vital information on the necessity for early detection of the horrid disease of breast cancer. Smith said every day is breast cancer awareness day and the East Newark Human Services Department has the necessary information and forms for mammogram evaluation year round. Smith said that during his many terms in office, the health and well-being of all residents has been a paramount priority.

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rs. Julia Mendes of Kearny died Nov. 14 at Columbus Hospital in Newark. Mrs. Mendes, who turned 92 three days before she died, was the mother of Mario Mendes, who you so often see riding his bike on Kearny Avenue. Mrs. Mendes was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and came to Newark in 1967, with Mario and several of his siblings. In 1972, the family moved to Kearny. She loved to cook, especially soups. She was a devout Catholic and attended Our Lady of Fatima, Newark, and St. Cecilia, Kearny. “She was a wonderful woman, not just because she was my mother,” Mario says. “I will miss her, I love her and she loved all of us. She taught us to respect everyone.” Mrs. Mendes was laid to rest in November.

PATRICIA CRAWFORD

Patricia Crawford, 60, passed away on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 in Morristown Medical Center, Morristown. The funeral was from the Thiele-Reid Family funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com Miss Crawford was born in Newark, and lived in Kearny for many years. She moved to Pompton Lakes in 2007 and later moved to Warren in May 2019. She is survived by

her mother, Eileen (nee Mulholland) Crawford and her siblings, James Crawford (Brigid), Joseph Crawford (Mary), Mary Greenhalgh (Russell), Eileen Ann McQuilkin (Allan), Kathleen Foster-Moore (John) and Kevin Crawford (Patricia). Patricia was the aunt of 14 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, James Crawford and her nephew, Russell Greenhalgh III. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Bethesda Lutheran Communities, 220 Hamburg Tpk., Pompton Lakes, N.J. 07442.

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Junior Owen O’Callaghan is the center of the “Red Line.” “He’s a big, strong jack-ofall-trades,” Firth said. “He’s developed a nice shot and is doing a good job of drawing the puck in.” Junior Conor MacConchie is the left wing. “He’s done a lot of off-ice work in the offseason and it’s showed,” Firth said. “He’s come in much stronger this year.” Freshman Owen Logue is the right wing on the Red Line. Owen is the younger brother of goalkeeper Jack. “We put Owen on the same line with the other two and it’s worked well,” Firth said. Other players who will get ice time include junior defenseman Jason Gyuro, who has impressed Firth with his improvement and scored the unofficial first goal of the varsity era when he tallied the team’s first goal in a scrimmage against High Point; freshman Joseph Drefko of Kearny; junior Nick Solinski of Kearny; sophomore Sam Francisco

of Kearny; senior Bryan DeJesus, a transfer from Newark East Side who now resides in Kearny; sophomore Patrick Waters of Kearny and freshman Dan Alves of Kearny. There’s one more player to mention on the squad. Sophomore forward Jacqueline Narucki has earned her spot amongst the boys on the varsity. This isn’t for show. Young Jacqueline had to bust her tail to make the varsity roster. She’s a skilled skater and good distributor. When Jacqueline scores her first goal, there should be fireworks flying over Kearny Ave. So the team is set, the squad which may read Kardinals and have a nice picture of the Kardinal across their chests, but they affectionately call themselves “KNAS,” for, you guessed it, Kearny, North Arlington and Secaucus. Everything is neatly in place. “We’re ready to go,” Firth said. There’s only one thing left to say: Drop the puck.

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game. His defense has also picked up, as Rutherford has contributed five steals and five blocked shots. He has also contributed 12 assists in six games, of which the Scarlet Raiders have a 4-2 record. Rutherford’s high game was the season-opening win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), a game where Rutherford had 20 points and eight rebounds. Needless to say, Rutherford has gone from little used reserve to main scoring cog in just two seasons for the Scarlet Raiders. He’s paid his dues nicely and he’s paying the rewards of his patience. “We’re going to need that if we are expecting to win,” Loughran said. “We are relying on him to do that regularly. He has more of a responsibility now. He still needs to get better defensively, but he’s working on it and he’s improving on it.” One major aspect to Rutherford’s game is his ability to communicate with his coaches and fellow teammates.

“No question, Quincy is gotten about 10 times better in that category,” Loughran said. “He knows that if he wants to get better, he has to listen and learn. If you don’t listen, you don’t get better and you don’t play. If you listen and learn, chances are that you play better. I think Quincy is seeing that these days. He’s definitely maturing and has come a long way in that area.” Rutherford knows that going from a seven-pointper-game scorer to 12 points per outing is a dramatic improvement. “It is a huge jump,” Rutherford said. “What I’m trying to do is let the game come to me. I’m still missing too many easy shots. I could have easily scored 20 points per game. Coach Loughran has the faith in me and we have a good supporting cast. I can’t be selfish on this team, because we have other guys who can score. When the other people get it going, it’s a good feeling, because I know we can play well together.” Rutherford said that he doesn’t want to take advantage of the offensive

freedom Loughran has provided him. “I try not to abuse that,” Rutherford said. “Sometimes, I’ll be on, so I’ll take the shots. I just have to find a balance. I still have to be aggressive, but I also look for others. I’m definitely getting used to it.” Rutherford now calls Kearny home after recently moving with his family. He’s an accounting major in the R-N’s prestigious business school with hopes of eventually becoming a certified public accountant. “My parents put the thought in my head that I always needed good grades above everything,” Rutherford said. “I love basketball, but it’s not something I hope to pursue after college.” Needless to say, Rutherford’s gradual improvement has become a staple in the R-N basketball program. “His teammates respect him,” Loughran said. “He’s well liked. He’s a hardworking kid in the classroom. He’s always in the gym, working on his game. I think that helps his improvement a lot.”

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employees remaining calm and recalling their training when the mayor pulled the fire alarm. “That was a little curveball that we threw into the exercise,” Melham said. “They are trained to stay in place during an active shooter situation, even though the fire alarm instructs people to evacuate the building. Some shooters have used the fire-alarm activation as a way to get people to come out into the open.” After the exercise ended, Belleville Police Chief Mark Minichini said there would be a meeting with members of the police and fire

departments and EMT personnel. They would begin the process of analyzing the results of the exercise. “We will sit down and ask ourselves, ‘Did we do this right? Can we do this better?’” Minichini said. “There is no right or wrong answer on the first try. At the end of the day, this was meant to educate and learn. We are quite pleased with how it went. This is the first time that I know of that a municipality this size has staged this exercise. Considering that, I think things went very well.” Melham has posted a live video of the exercise on his Facebook page. It’s available at facebook.com/ michaelmelham.

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Alzheimer’s. Imagine being a child and suffering from all of these afflictions? Imagine being a parent with a child with AHC? And of course, what’s worse — there is no cure and according to Budinich, very little money is spent on AHC research.

But that’s where AHCcure.org comes in. By bringing neighbors and families together for a fun Christmas event for the kids, Budinich hopes to raise a good deal of money for the organization with the end result one day being a cure. We can only hope that happens much sooner than later. Collection boxes will

be available at the event and cash and checks made payable to AHC Cure will be accepted. You may also donate online at www.ahccure.org or you may also bring or mail donations that will be forwarded to Budinich to The Observer’s office, 39 Seeley Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

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that he was going to park farther down the block near his house, ignoring their commands not to move his car. Police said Rosabal drove off again, with the detectives in pursuit, through West Hudson Park to Schuyler Avenue, onto Radley Street, and then onto Harrison Avenue. A supervisor then ordered the chase terminated since the driver’s identity was known and he was allegedly driving through STOP signs and red lights. The detectives lodged a criminal complaint against Rosabal for eluding in the second degree, accompanied by a baker’s dozen traffic of tickets for infractions during the pursuit. On Nov. 21 at 2 p.m., Andrews saw Rosabal seated in the passenger seat of a vehicle at Devon and Duke streets and arrested him on the eluding warrant. He was then remanded to the county jail. *** This report, too, had a prelude: On the night of Oct. 23, an Elm Street man reported to Officer Ellesse Ogando that he had double-parked his unlocked Ford Focus in front of his house while he went inside

to retrieve something. When he returned, he saw that a backpack containing his laptop computer, books, medications and checkbook were missing from the car. Ogando secured neighborhood video surveillance footage that showed three males approach the Ford. Two entered it and stole the backpack while the third acted as lookout. Det. Tim Castle took over the investigation, securing additional video footage that reportedly identified the trio as Harkufhem-Re Sudan-El , 18, of Kearny; a 15-yearold Kearny boy, and a 15-year-old Newark boy. On Nov. 21 at 5 p.m., Dets. Castle and Cesar Negron spotted SudanEl and his two alleged accomplices near Kearny Avenue and Afton Street. Sudan-El and the Kearny juvenile were taken into custody immediately. The Newark boy walked down a side street, but was apprehended by Dets. Neil Nelson and Jordenson Jean. All were charged with burglary, theft and conspiracy. The boys were remanded to county juvenile detention, while Sudan-El was lodged in the county jail.

Nov. 25 Last month, the Street Crimes Unit arrested Antonio S. Rodriguez, 22, of Newark, who was reportedly selling and delivering illegal narcotics to customers in Kearny. On Nov. 25 at 7:15 p.m., Rodriguez drove to the Shop-Rite parking lot in Kearny, allegedly to complete a drug transaction. Upon his arrival, he was confronted by several detectives and was arrested.

Besides his driver’s license being suspended and an odor of burnt marijuana inside the car, police said, the detectives reported that they recovered from Rodriguez a cellophane wrapper containing 20 wax folds of heroin and 10 vials of crack -- along with $1,028 cash, apparently the proceeds of drug sales. Police said Hudson County Sheriff’s K9 Nico was called out to the scene to perform an exterior sniff of Rodriguez’ BMW at the direction of his handler, Officer Bart Lore, and alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, so the BMW was seized pending application for a warrant to search for further drugs. Rodriguez was charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute (PWID), PWID within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued traffic tickets for driving with a suspended license and operating with CDS in an MV. Under bail reform, Rodriguez was not sent to the county jail, but was instead released with his summonses. [Editorial comment: No comment.]

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because it’s a great time of year for family-friendly productions. “We always want to do something that way around the holidays,” Ficeto said. “In the past, we’ve done ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ and ‘A Christmas Carol.’ And this was a good choice for this year.” Ficeto says this particular version of “Miracle” is very closely related to the 1940s, 20th Century Fox film of the same name. It was written and adapted by the Mountain Community Theater, Ben Lomond, California, in 1982. “It’s the closest version to the movie,” Ficeto said. Aside from the major characters in the movie — there are 28 in total — there are 22 minor characters who will be played by just eight actors. Some have been casted, therefore, for multiple roles. Ficeto says this is sometimes necessary for community-theater productions. “The stage just isn’t big enough for that many actors, so the director can cast them for multiple roles,” he said. “It’s possible so long as the characters don’t have

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“It would have cost us a lot of money,” he said. “We can’t thank them enough.” Jack Haefner directs the show, a classic holiday story that was first brought to the silver screen in 1947 from the story by Valentine Davies, and starred a young Natalie Wood as Susan Walker, Maureen O’Hara as her mother Doris and

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KEARNY Schuyler Ave, Modern 6 room HARRISON 110 Passaic apartment , 2nd Fl ,3 BR’s, Ave. 1st fl. 2 BR, Kitchen, LaundryNo Pets Available (973)204-8022 LR, Bathroom. Good Now. Condition. $1400/ 28W03 month + utilitites. 1 1/2 months security. Avl. Dec 1st. (201)814-8074 or KEARNY 2nd floor. 3 (973)704-4246 28W03 BR. LR. EIK. Laundry/ Dryer Hook up. $1750 + 1 months security. HARRISON 1st floor. Utilities separte. No Pets/ 2 BR. LR. EIK. access to Smoking. Avail Now. backyard. $1800 + 1 Se Habla Espanol. Call month security. Utilities (201)424-4686 or After separte. No Smoking. 4:30PM (201)424-5067 Pets welcome. Available Now. (201)655-8653 30W03

KEARNY 1st floor 3 rooms. H/HW included. Close to transportation, HARRISON/E.NEWARK No pets. No smoking. 1.5 apartment on 2nd floor mths security (201)997in new home with 3 3757 29W03 bedrooms 2 baths Living room Dining room and kitchen. Hardwood KEARNY With 1 Large BR, Floors, Central AC and LR, kitchen, bathroom. parking for one car. Recently remodeled on Utilities Seperate. No Kearny Ave. Bus stop at Pets. Available Now front door. 3rd floor. NYC (201)725-1212 30W01 views. $1,300/month. Available Dec 15th. Call 201-679-0761 28W03

HARRISON Newly Renovated. 2nd floor. 2 BR.LR.EIK. DR. $1750 + 1.5 Months security. H/ HW Included. Utilities not included 1 block from PATH. No Smoking/Pets. (201)889-2164 30W03

CLIFTON CLIFTON

Great Location. 3 bedrooms plus den. Townhome-2 1/2 Baths, Formal Dining Room, 2 car garage, pool & tennis courts. Bus to New York right outside of door. Newly renovated $3,250 plus utilities If interested call (973)2168729 29W03

HARRISON 11 Kingsland Ave Harrison/Hudson County. 2nd floor, 3bd $1600.00 plus 1 mth security. Large eat in kitchen, living room. Heat included. Avail Jan 1st Will be showing 12/9/19 Monday at 6pm 973-445-9231 Mario or Nelson 973-801-0079

KEARNY 1 br , large LR - 1 large EIK, Central AC / Heat , Laundry hook up , $1100/month + utilities. 1 month security. W/D hook-up. Avl. immediately. 201-

KEARNY Newly renovated. Studio apt. nice, clean, neat, Private entrance. $1000/month + 1 months security. No Pets/Smoking Avl. December 1st. (201) 955-0897 Call after 6pm. 30W03

KEARNY 2nd floor. 3 BR. DR. LR. EIK. C/A. Wood floors. Laundry. $1800 + 1.5 Months security. Utilities separate. No Pets/Smoking. Avail. KEARNY 2nd Floor January 1st (973)901New Apartment, Owner occupies. 3 BR’s. 2 Baths. Kitchen. DR. LR. Finished Attic. Laundry Hook-up. $2150 + 1.5 months deposit Parking for 2 Cars. No Pets/Smoking. Avail. Now. Please call (973)820-8338 29W03

KEARNY Newly Renovated 1 Bedroom, 1st floor. LR/DR, One Parking Space. Utilties Seperate. No Smoking No Pets. $1,500/mth. Available Now. (201)991KEARNY 38 Highland 3608 or (201)889-4655 Ave Kearny 5 rooms 1 bath 1st floor $1800 plus 1 month & 1/2 Security No Smoking. No KEARNY 1 Bedroom. Pets. Reference Checks LR. EIK. $1250 + 1-1/2 Required Call 201 283 months security. HT/ HW included. Owner occupied. cats ok. Avl. KEARNY First floor. 2 NOW. No smoking. BR. LR. EIK. Near TRANS/ quiet residence. 3rd School and shopping. Floor. (201) 424-1846 $1400 + 1.5 months (201)998-0297 30W03 security. No Pets/ Smoking. Avail Now. (347)735-3299 29W03 KEARNY Brand new 3 beds, 2 bath. Walking KEARNY 4 Large rooms, distance to Franklin Supermarket, modern kitchen and school, bath. Washer/Dryer laundromat and NYC All hook-up. $1,200/mth. transportation. Call (732)742-1843 or Hardwood and tile floors throughout. Duplex set (908)310-7024 30W03 up 2nd floor has 2 beds, 1 bath, outdoor porch and EIK. The 3rd floor is KEARNY 2-3 BRs a master suite, his/her starting at $1,400/mth closets with full bath. in apartment builiding Private entrance and on on Kearny Ave. No street parking. $1950/ Pets. Steps to Bus mth plus 1 mth security. Stop. Leave detailed Background check message (973)951- and tenant application 7385 30W03 required. Call 201-538-

N.ARLINGTON Newly renovated 2 bedroom apartment on 1st floor. EIK, LR. Near Transportation. Off street parking. Laundry on premise. $1550/mth plus 1 1/2 mth security. Utilties Seperate. No Pets. Available Now (973)8959552 28W03

N. ARLINGTON

1 Bedroom 3 room in garden apartment complex. 1st flr. $1200/mth plus 1 mth security. Credit Check Heat included No Pets. Available Now. Single or couple preferred 1 parking space available Laundry facilities onsite (201)997-2341 between 10am-7pm only 30W03

LYNDHURST LYNDHURST 2 XL BR on quiet street, 1st floor, XL LR, DR, EIK, 1 parking space, h/w floors, close to NYC transp. W/D hookup, rear deck, access to yard, no pets or smoking. $1,850 (utilities included) + 1 mo/security. Available 12/15//19 Call Jackie @ 862-579-1265 after 6 PM Mon-Fri, Call anytime on the weekend. 28W03

KEARNY Room for rent. Men preferred. No kitchen. We speak Spanish. Available Now (201)388-2156 28W03

NEWARK

N. ARLINGTON

Brand new luxury apartments. 1 BR’s available some with Den/Office options. Modern Kitchens. Parking for 1 car per unit. Laundry on premise. No pets. Close to transportation. Call for further details! (201)997-2341

NORTH ARLINGTON 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, First floor unit, Kitchen, with a large Living Room /Dining Room Combo . Heat and hot water included and 2 Car parking spots in driveway, Washer and Dryer Hook Up, Close to shopping, schools, and transportation. No pets and no smoking...Rental application, credit check and proof of ability to pay rent. 1 month security. For rent by owner no broker fee (201)486-

KEARNY

NEWARK

51 Highland Ave Newark/Essex County 1st floor, 2 bd $1100.00. Large eat in kitchen, living room. 1 1/2 month security Separate utilities. Use of backyard, laundry in basement. Avail Jan 1st Will be showing 12/9/19 Monday at 6pm.973-725-5490 Carlos or Nelson 973-801-0079. 30W01

RUTHERFORD RUTHERFORD 1 BR Garden apt Includes Heat/Hot water $1200/ month. No pets. Call (201)628-4071 28W03

KEARNY Take one bus straight to NYC or walk to Path Station. 1st floor bedroom. Kearny Ave. Share bathroom, kitchen, living room, backyard. Utilities/internet included. $800/month, 1.5 month security. No smoking. Call/text 646441-1534. 28W03

KEARNY room for rent Ideal for single person, no smoking. no kitchen. se habla espanol. (201) 424-7465 or (201)2121837 29W03

FURNISHED ROOM FOR RENT KEARNY furnished Room for rent, excellent neighborhood. Close to Transportation, supermarket and gym. Female prefered, no smoking. $125/week. Call 201-991-4633 Hablo Espanol 29W03

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LYNDHURST 2nd floor. 3 BR’s. 1 Bath. EIK. LR.DR. $1800 + 1 months security. Utilities separate. No Pets/Smoking. Avail. December 15th. call (201)531-0455 28W03

N.ARLINGTON Newly renovated 2 BR. LR.DR. EIK. Laundry, Parking, and use of yard/Deck. Close to TRANS. $1850 + 1 months security. Utilities not included. No Smoking. Avail. 12/01 (201)303-2266 28W03

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NORTH ARLINGTON 2 story Duplex. 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, LR, DR, EIK. 2 parking spots. $2,100/mth plus 1 month security. Utilties seperate. Laundry Hook-up. Available 12/1. (646)372-9709

SPACE FOR RENT

CLEANING SERVICES

HALL FOR RENT

Couple from Poland will clean houses, apartments, offices. References. (201)364-5859 Leave message.

Hall Available Family Affairs Mid week special. Call for info

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KEARNY 1 FAMILY HOUSE, 7 ROOMS + LAUNDRY ROOM, Pets conditional. $2200 month. Franklin school area. (201)968-6344

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Hall Rental

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

Affordable•AC Nice Setting

11x17 Movie Posters. Horror Movies $5.00 each. $1.00 display listing. Edward Bigelow P.O Box 5019 Passaic, NJ 07055 or call (201)398-6660 29W03

201-805-9023

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FREE TO A GOOD HOME

Studio upright Piano, newly tuned. Perfect conditon (201)998-6569 30W01

Mary Ann 28W06

2 Commercial parking spaces available in Nutley up to 24 ft. (201) 390-1729 30W03

OFFICE FOR RENT KEARNY Prime location on Kearny Ave. Perfect for office or retail $1100 + 1 months security. Call for details (201) 997-2341 Between 10am - 7pm Aval. Jan 1st 30W03

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT LYNDHURST

3 rooms. Immediate occupancy 155 Park ave. located in Park Avenue Proffesional Building. $750 month Call (201)939-1112 28W03

BELLEVILLE, NJ 135 Main Street Pricing from $500- $800 All Utilities Included: Internet Access/ Desk/ Filing Cabinets/ Parking

Classified employment/Business Ads deadline 2 PM FRIDAY To place an ad, e-mail classified@theobserver.com or call us at 201-991-1600

HOUSE FOR RENT

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GUTTERS

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HANDYMAN Do all types of home repair at reasonable costs. Free Estimate Call Augie (201)667-8745 29W03

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CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

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HEATING & COOLING Courageous Plumbing HVAC LLC LIC .#11103 • Air Conditioning • Hot Air Furnaces • Central Air, Humidifier, UV Light, Duct Cleaning,Visa & Master Card, Finances offer with up to 24 payments, no interest (201) 206-4845

D.FITZGERALD SEAMLESS GUTTERS INSTALLED LLC Gutters Cleaned & Repaired Roofs Repaired 800-479-3262 21W12

PLUMBING & HEATING Courageous Plumbing HVAC LLC LIC. # 11103 • Plumbing • (town inspections), violations corrected, steam boilers and hot water boilers, oil to gas conversions, Sewer Drain Cleaning, excavations. Visa & MC, Finances up to 24 payments, no interest (201) 206-4845

JOSEPH V. FERRIERO Plumbing & Heating Kitchen and bath remodeling. Carpentry. Hot Water Heaters. Fully Ins. Lic# 165

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EMPLOYMENT/ HELP WANTED

TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVER

Busboy/Busgirl Must be 16 years of age or older with experience. Part time, weekends Host/Hostess, Part time, weekends. Must be bilingual and have experience. Please apply in person at Don Pepe Restaurant 844 McCarter HWY Newark, NJ

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CITY BARREL INC CORDIER ST I RVINGTON, N.J. MONDAY TO FRIDAY 7:00 TO 4:00 SOME TIME ON A SATURDAY 28W03

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HIRING WAREHOUSE WORKER. FULL TIME. PICK AND PACK . APPLY IN PERSON at 260 SCHUYLER AVE. KEARNY, NJ 07032 29W03

$$Now Hiring$$ Sales, Property Inspectors FT/PT in your area. Free Training provided. msangelabove@comcast. net

(732) 766-4425 ask for Mel. 29W06

OFFICE ASSISTANT/ ACCOUNTING CLERK 8am-5pm MondayFriday Computer literate, QuickBooks Knowledge Bilingual preferred Please email resume to silvasmech171@gmail.com 29W03

Harrison Fast Food Restaurant needs full-time helpers: Chef. Chef Assistant Cashier Helper Delivery. person with car & clean driving license Please call or text to Maggie 201-889-0291

NEED A MATH TUTOR? •Summer Math Packets •Precalculus •Algebra l •Algebra ll •Calculus •Geometry

Degree in LOOKING FOR Mathematics & A SALES Education EXECUTIVE TO Contact JOIN OUR TEAM Nikki 201-889-0757 Responsibilities or nikkihelenesam@ include gmail.com servicing ALL LEVELS OF existing MATH 29W06 accounts, calling inactive accounts, generating Private Math tutor ready to teach basic new business Algebra & Calcilus all and growing levels elementary & up. Reasonable price. territories & Text only building new (973) 393-3063 28W03 leads. Background check. Aprenda Ingles! Conversacion Send resumes Pronuncia, Gramatica with a cover Basica a partir de la letter of primera clase! introduction to Primera clase es jobs@ Gratis! Contactame Ms. Maria theobserver. (862)596-4986 com

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AFTER SCHOOL CHILDCARE WORKER Well established school age child care program is looking for a child care worker to join our team. This is a part-time position working 3:00pm to 5:30 or 6:00pm, Monday-Friday (min. of 3 days). Possible Summer Camp employment available as well. Applicants must enjoy supervising and interacting with children ages 5-12. Applicants must also possess a High School Diploma and have good oral communication skills. To apply please call: 201-955-1695 28W03

Good Morning Lisa, Just wanted to let you know that since I’ve moved out of NYC to NJ, every apartment I’ve rented was through your Classified Section of The Observer. I still commute from NJ to NY for work but it’s hassle-free because I know I’m going home to a comfortable space. Thank you so much for providing this very simple and straight forward format which does help most of us with limited time on our hands. We can navigate through this paper with ease. Best regards. Sheronne Hassan

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Conversation, Pronunciation, Basic Grammer Starting with the first class! First Class is Free! Contact Ms. Maria (862)596-4986. Classes Mon-Sun Flexible hours & locations. I also teach conversational Portuguese & Spanish 30W01

SERVICES NEEDED Elderly couple on Rutherford Pl., N.Arlington, needs someone to shovel snow. 201-997-9173 30W03

as Toy/Teen Driv m t s i r e Ch FOR CHILDREN OF AGES NEWBORN TO 17 YEARS WHO RESIDE IN KEARNY

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Arlington Section 3 bedrm 2 bath colonial with driveway. Liv rm w/fplce, dining rm, kitchen w/sliders to deck and finished basement. Gas heat.

4 bedrm, colonial on 40’ x 119’ lot w/driveway.. 3 short blocks to the Train Station. Needs work- worth the effort!

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Single family (right side duplex) w/1 car garage. Great starter home & condo alternative! Features 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath,Dining Rm, Living Rm. Full unfinished basement.

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Charming Colonial in the Manor Section with 2 car garage & long driveway. Home features 3 bedrms, 1.5 baths, kitchen, living & dining rm. Fireplace & hardwood floors.

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Gorgeous builders home with 7 bedrooms, 5 baths on huge 50 x 221 property! Custom built in 2002 w/nearly 3,400 sq.ft of living space, 2 car heated garage and long wide driveway for parking 6+ vehicles off street.

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