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15 January 2020

Vol. CXXXII, No. 36

MORE ON THE INSIDE A parental must-see, ‘Hidden in Plain Sight,’ comes to Lincoln Middle School Jan. 15 @ 7 p.m. Page 4



77 years after they perished, current Army chaplain will celebrate annual remembrance Mass Feb. 2 at St. Stephen’s


hen the Parish Community of St. Stephen’s gets together Feb. 2 at noon for the annual Father Washington Mass, also known as the Mass of the Four Chaplains, a special celebrant will be on hand for the liturgy. The entire local community is invited to meet the Rev. Matthew Pawlikowski, a graduate of Jesuit high school St. Peter’s Prep, and an Army chaplain, who will celebrate the Mass that marks the 77th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.S. Dorchester, in which four chaplains died, including the Rev. John Washington, who at the time was a parochial vicar (assistant pastor) at Kearny’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s.

Father Matt is the youngest of seven children — five boys and two girls. He was raised in New Jersey. He graduated from West Point in 1986 and was commissioned an Infantry officer. He served at Ft. Benning, Georgia; Uijongbu, Korea; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina (home of the 82nd Airborne Division). He transferred to the Reserves upon entering ImmacSee CHAPLAINS, Page 17

On Feb. 2 at noon, the Rev. Matthew Pawlikowski, a chaplain in the U.S. Army, will be at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, to preside at the annual Father Washington Mass. The Four Chaplains died 77 years ago aboard the U.S.S. Dorchester. They were, in the top photo, from left, Rabbi Alexander Goode, the Rev. George Fox, the Rev. Clark Poling and Father John Washington. Inset photo: Pawlikowski. Story by Kevin Canessa; photos courtesy of the Rev. Joseph Mancini

In his 17th full year, DeGise sees active times ahead for West Hudson By Kevin Canessa


t’s hard to believe it, but Tom DeGise (in photo at right) has been the Hudson County Executive now for 17 years. He first occupied the seat late in 2002, a little

more than a year after former Executive Robert C. Janiszewski resigned — just around the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — in disgrace following a scandal. And here he is — all these years later — having just begun his fifth term in office. To say the very least, time and age have

not slowed him down one bit. In fact, DeGise sees the beginning of this term as one that will offer a lot of noticeable action here in West Hudson. “In the first six months of the year, we expect the old Kopper’s Coke site to be sold to a very reputable developer,”

DeGise told The Observer in a one-on-one the day after he was re-sworn into office. It’s going to happen, by June.” DeGise says the redeveloped land in Industrial Kearny will eventually offer millions of See DeGISE, Page 13


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HCPO names new chief of detectives By Kevin Canessa


udson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced the promotion of Keith Lamont Stith (seen in photo at right) to the position of Chief of Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Stith brings more than two

decades of accomplishments and experience in law enforcement to the position and he will become the first black Chief of Detectives in Hudson County history. He has served the past three years as the Deputy Chief for the Prosecutor’s Office with responsibilities that included managing the day-to-day investigative operations of the Criminal Investigation Division


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tor’s Office and he was assigned to the Homicide Task Force. Under Stith’s leadership, the HTF achieved and maintained a homicide clearance rate of more than 80%. “I am grateful that Prosecutor Suarez is giving me the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Hudson County,” Stith said. “Also, I am blessed and honored to become the first African-American promoted to Chief of Detectives in the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.” Stith is a graduate of Wagner College and also earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Jersey City University. Among his many professional development accomplishments, Stith is a proud graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy. He is also a graduate of the Mentoring Potential Chief Executive Officers Program sponsored by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Cedarville University.

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3 Man questioned in suspicious incident with Observer staffer

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t was a harrowing day for an employee of The Observer on Tuesday, Jan. 7, but it’s one that fortunately ended with a suspect being questioned for his actions and getting the help he needs. At approximately 2:30 p.m., Jan. 7, an employee of The Observer, was visiting Kearny Wine and Liquors, at Kearny and Seeley avenues. While there, she noticed a man peeking inside the store’s large front window from the Kearny Avenue sidewalk. She and the clerk were perplexed by the guy peeking in the window, but at that point, nothing really happened. The man neverleft the front of the store, but she eventually decided she had to get back to the office. When she exited the store, with another customer, she began to cross Kearny Avenue to return to The Observer’s office, when suddenly, the suspect took off from his position, rapidly chasing her into The Observer’s 39 Seeley Ave., office. At first, it was believed the man ran into the building’s basement — but we

else has to either. But I am very glad he’s getting the help he needs.” She filed a report with the Kearny Police Department through Sgt. Kevin Canaley and Officer Renee Crawford. The next day, Kearny detectives located the suspect, whose identity was determined through video surveillance footage at several Kearny Avenue businesses — including Kearny Wine & Liquors. The suspect was questioned by detectives and it was determined he was in need of help for several mental disorders from which he suffers. Surveillance image

Because of this surveillance image, police were able to identify the person of interest in this case. It was captured just a few moments afterward from a Kearny Avenue business located north of Seeley Avenue. later learned he took off north on Kearny Avenue toward Ridge Road, North Arlington. “It was very frightening,” she said. “At first, I kept wondering, ‘what is this guy looking at me for?’ Then it was a matter of why he was chasing after me?

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I never met him, I have no clue who he is — and he legitimately tore off from where he was standing and ran at me, across the street, onto our front lawn, right up to the main door of the office. This is not something I’d want to experience ever again — and I hope no one

A source told The Observer that he actually didn’t even remember the incident happening in the first place. According to police, after consultation with the man’s parents, he was taken to a specialty hospital for proper treatment of his illnesses. As no crime was committed, no charges were filed or levied against the man.


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A parental must-see: ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’

By Kevin Canessa



hether you’re a parent, guardian, an older sibling or, for that matter, any adult who has young children in the family, you’re going to want to be at Lincoln Middle School, Kearny, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. That’s because that day, a drugawareness program called “Hidden In Plain Sight” will be presented thanks to a joint effort of the Kearny Elks, the Kearny Prevention Coalition, Kearny Cares and the Kearny Municipal Alliance. The nationally-renowned program tackles teenage drug use in terms of everyday household items. How many times do you walk by your child’s bedroom and not pay attention? Is that book you see really for reading? What’s in the garbage can? What about that soda can that’s been sitting there for a few days? By attending, adults will learn how everyday items may be indicators of drug use. They’ll see what items, potential signs of drug use, might just be “hidden in plain sight.” In most “Hidden in Plain Sight”

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This is a ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ mock bedroom used in previous presentations. In it, there are more than 30 items that are directly related to a teenager’s potential drug abuse. Can you find them? Find out how to spot the indicators Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., at Lincoln Middle School.

programs, a mock bedroom is set up and attendees are invited to walk through the exhibit with a guide who points out items of interest in the room. Other informational and display

materials may be positioned outside the exhibit for review and inspection. Following the program, participants will have learned when and how parents should start talking to their

children about drugs; key times youth are at risk for substance abuse issues; risk factors of youth substance abuse; signs and symptoms of substance abuse; common ways/places drugs are hidden; paraphernalia used in the processing and use of illicit drugs; law enforcement’s experiences in combating alcohol and drug abuse; what youth are saying about substance abuse issues in the communities; local and National resources for those seeking help and information and more. This program is open to the public —Kearny residency is not required to attend — and it is designed for adults only. The Kearny Teen Prevention Coalition will have activities on hand for school-aged children so parents and guardians may attend the program whilst the kids are occupied. Use Lincoln Middle School’s 121 Beech St. entrance. Have questions? Send an email to Kathy Santos at

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5 School district says it acted ‘swiftly’ in case of racist video

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Group of concerned alums ask for open responses from superintendent & others By Kevin Canessa


week after word broke of a Snapchat video involving three Nutley High School freshmen girls using racially charged language, it appears to be business as usual at the high school — for the most part. On the Nutley School District’s social media pages, there is absolutely no mention of the incident to be found. And, generally speaking, the district has remained rather quiet in the time since Superintendent Julie Glazer released a statement a week or so ago, save for a statement released by a spokesperson when The Observer attempted to discover what’s being done to remedy the situation. The Observer sent an email to Nutley High School Principal Denis Williams Friday, Jan 10, at 10:13 a.m., and received a prepared statement in response from Karen Greco, the district’s director of communication. “We have no additional comments at this time, but as our superintendent stated earlier this week, administration, staff and students have acted swiftly to

continue to promote a culture of inclusivity and a positive climate,” the spokeswoman said on behalf of the district. A parent of a Nutley High School student, who asked for anonymity, told The Observer that he was informed the three girls were suspended from school for an undisclosed amount of time and they’ve been banned from participating in any athletic activity. He also told The Observer that last week, on the school’s public address system, someone says “We will get through this.” The district did not confirm this. Meanwhile, The Observer has obtained a copy of a letter sent to the school district that was signed but more than 100 alumni of the school. It is included below. Dear Dr. Glazer and members of the Nutley community, past and present: We are a coalition of Nutley High School alumni writing in response to the recent news that Nutley High School freshmen broadcast a Snapchat video featuring racist language and sentiments. We are dismayed to have learned of this event, but we are hopeful

NUTLEY SCHOOLS that the school system and community more broadly will work to improve awareness and education within our school system about both systematic and systemic racism. Thus, to address the ramifications of this video, we submit a request that concrete steps be taken to mitigate the presence of overt and implicit racism in our public school system. We acknowledge the statement of Superintendent Julie Glazer, that she hopes

to use this incident as an opportunity “to highlight cultural responsiveness and sensitivity within our district, curriculum and community.” However, we request that specific plans to address this incident, such as a school assembly or, preferably, a series of assemblies dedicated to educating Nutley students on cultural, ethnic, racial, religious and other forms of diversity, will be revealed to the community alongside plans for preventing similar incidents from occurring in the future. We hope that any such action is predicated on prioritizing the needs of students of color who were affected by this

incident. In a story so focused on the reprehensible actions of some students, it is possible to lose sight of those who were harmed. As such, we strongly support any action that will give a voice to those students of color. We respectfully submit this letter with the intention that future Nutley High School alumni will be better equipped to pursue their academic and/or career endeavors in increasingly diverse and interconnected local, national and global communities. Kathryn Montalbano, a member of the Nutley HS Class of 2005, was the lead signer of the letter.

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here’s a crisis these days, regardless of whether anyone is willing to admit it. Our country is divided, perhaps worse today than it was 56+ years ago when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his epic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., in 1963. We saw it in our own backyard when three Nutley High School girls offered their opinions in a Snapchat video on how they view the black community. We see it on television, almost daily lately, in the way the Jewish community has been targeted in New York City and elsewhere, simply for their beliefs. We hear about it in England when soccer (football) fans taunt black players on the pitch in the Premiere League by screaming monkey-like sounds. We could go on here, ad infinitum, but won’t. You get the picture by now, we hope. We really could use Dr. King today. Sure, there are some who fight for equality — but unfortunately, most of those civil-rights “leaders” are more divisive than they are unifying — and that is an utter shame. Dr. King literally gave his life for his cause. He died in 1968, perhaps one of the most polarizing years in American history, one where not only he was assassinated, but one where Robert Francis Kennedy, a civil-rights champion in his own way, was murdered — and where civil unrest was the word of the day almost every day. What would Dr. King think of today’s world? Would he believe his mission was accomplished? Or, would he scratch his head wondering where we all went so wrong? As we mark Dr. King’s birthday, now is as perfect a time as any to reflect on all the wrongs he sought to make right ... all the injustices he worked to turn into equal justice. Boy could we ever use someone, like King, to answer whether the progress made has been enough.

Keep Christmas with you all through the year, ‘Santa’ says

As “Auld Lang Syne” fades into memory, Another Christmas done. Fond memories to hold dear (Oh, what fun!) I disenchant the Christmas tree, Stow the decorations with care, I put the pine, At the bottom of the stair. The smell of fresh pine gone from the air, The anticipation of a special moment, No longer there.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Take down the lights, Pack the garland away. How easily it becomes, Just another day. Tho’ lights may be dark, Carols no longer sung. The Spirit of Christmas, Meant to last all year long. But the Spirit prevails! Whenever a hand reaches to help another,

That is Christmas. Whenever a person speaks a kind word, That is Christmas. Whenever frustration is set aside in order to understand, That is Christmas. Tho’ the traditional trappings are no longer near, The Spirit of Christmas must shine brightly through me, For the rest of the year. May the Spirit of the Holiday live in you the rest of the year! Love, Santa & Jack Satter, Kearny

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KPD: Mother won’t take son, 16, home By Karen Zautyk


n Jan. 3 at 1:11 a.m., Kearny Police Department Officer Matthew Knighton was patrolling the parking deck at 194 Bergen Ave. when he came upon a silver Dodge van with a shattered driver’s-side window. Approaching to investigate, he found a 16-year-old Jersey City boy asleep in the vehicle. Police said the van was registered to a business and the officer learned that the boy was not authorized to be in it. According to the KPD, the boy, taken into custody for criminal trespass, explained “that his mother had thrown him out of her Jersey City home two weeks before and he had nowhere to stay.” Police then contacted the mother, “who refused to take the boy back, claiming that his grandmother in Florida had legal guardianship.” The State Department of Children and Families was contacted and reportedly informed officers that the boy’s mother actually did have legal custody of him. Said the KPD, “The mother still refused to do her parental duties, even after a discussion with a family-service specialist.” The boy was then turned over to the specialist, who took over the custody aspects of the case. *** Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following: Jan. 3 At 9:27 p.m., Det. Mike Andrews responded to a Belgrove Drive address on a citizen’s complaint of someone smoking marijuana outside. Upon arrival, Andrews saw Keshaun T. Grey, 22, of Kearny, and two women walking away from the building and down Belgrove. Andrews, joined by Sgt. Chris Levchak and Officers Jean-Paul Duran and Darwin Paulino, approached the group and immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from Grey, who admitted to having smoked, police said. Andrews directed Grey to

POLICE BEAT place his hands on a wall to facilitate a search, but he reportedly refused. “One of the women,” a KPD source commented, “insisted on helping the police by filming the offense on her cellular phone, but then left the area before her film could be given a proper red-carpet premiere.” Grey was handcuffed, and a search reportedly uncovered a plastic bag of marijuana in his jacket pocket. He was charged and released on summonses for possession of pot and paraphernalia, being under the influence of CDS and obstructing the administration of law. Jan. 4 At 2:10 p.m., Officers Alan Stickno and Anthony Nunez were dispatched to Walmart, where security reported having witnessed Yuchanya K. Maxwell, 43, of Newark, conceal $343.94 of assorted merchandise in her personal tote bag and try to leave the store without paying. She was charged and released on a shoplifting summons. *** At 6:46 p.m., Officer Ryan Stickno responded to the 300 block of Chestnut Street on a report of a dispute and attempted to detain one of the parties, 33-year-old Kevin V. Buffit of Kearny, who allegedly ran. Stickno gave chase on foot as Buffit climbed a fence and continued to flee through residential yards, police said. Now joined by Officer Mat Lopez, Stickno, “a former St. Joseph’s University rugby player, made an open-field tackle near King and Elm streets.” Buffit was then handcuffed and hauled off to Kearny PD headquarters. Other officers interviewed the other party to the dispute, who reported that the two had only a verbal argument and no crime was committed in that respect. However, alleged runner See KPD, Page 18

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Lyndhurst wrestling: It’s more than just the Weaver family The Lyndhurst/North Arlington co-operative wrestling team just suffered through a lost weekend, dropping four dual meets, three on Saturday to quality programs like Roxbury, Hopewell Valley and Emerson/Park Ridge, coached by the legendary Stan Woods, now in his incredible 53rd year of being the program’s head coach. But nothing is going to deter the drive of Lyndhurst’s once, present and future head coach in Scot Weaver, a legend in his own right. Weaver was the head coach of the Golden Bears in the 1990s, during their golden days, back when they had people like Darius Hughes, Dennis McSweeney and the immortal Donnie Pritzlaff, the three-time state champion and NCAA All-American currently serving as an assistant coach to Scott Goodale at Rutgers. Weaver also had a stint coaching at places like Pequannock and Brearley Regional, before returning to the scene locally as the two-time head coach at Queen of Peace, eventually settling back at his high school alma mater of Lyndhurst, where he still resides, last year. The Lyndhurst/North Arlington program isn’t where Weaver would like it to be. His competitive drive fuels the fire to demand

excellence of his wrestlers. He just can’t expect the greatness right away, coaching at a public school that has struggled to be competitive in recent years. The Golden Bears are now 2-4 after the setbacks. That’s not a Weaver-like record. “I got into them a bit about their toughness,” Weaver said. “And we wrestled pretty tough on Saturday. The disappointing part is that all the kids who should be on the team are not there. But everyone we have is working hard. The beginners are starting to improve. We have some good coaches training with them.” A trip to the quaint wrestling room, tucked in a little corner of the Lyndhurst Recreation Center, last week featured a myriad of Bruce Springsteen tunes blaring during the workout. It was refreshing to see that today’s teenagers are grooving to New Jersey’s musical king, a.k.a. “The Boss.” It also recognized the familiar faces drilling with the current members of the Golden Bears’ program, namely former Nutley legend Bobby Trombetta, a former Observer Athlete of the Week; Nick Lospinoso, former Queen of Peace standouts Andrew Polidore and Mike Scaravelli and former Lyndhurst great See VIEW, Page 10

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The Kearny High School girls’ track and field team captured the Hudson County Track Coaches Association Relays championships last week in the Jersey City Armory, winning the county relay title for the first time.

Kearny’s girls win Hudson County Relays title for first time ever By Jim Hague


he Hudson County Track Coaches Association Relays championships were held last week at the Jersey City Armory and Kearny High School head coach Al Perez started to pump up his girls’ team. “I felt like we have a really strong team,” Perez said. “I thought we had a chance to win.” So Perez put that idea in the heads of his senior leaders. “It was definitely a huge goal,” said senior Julie Castillo, one of the team’s most versatile performers. “Perez talked about it and that we had a good chance to win if we perform our best.” “We were all stressed out about it the day before,” said fellow senior Abigail Rosas. “It’s our senior year and we would never have another chance. Me, Julie and Melissa (Waters) all talked about it as our last chance. We’ve gone through it all together.” But here was an interesting fact: Kearny never won the HCTCA Relays before. Like in ever. That’s an amazing idea, when you consider that Kearny has

had such a rich and storied history in track and field. But these were the HCTCA Indoor Relays, a new challenge for a historic program. Perez likes competing in relay events, because it’s a team event and there’s a lot of strategy involved. “We really enjoy it as a coaching staff,” Perez said. “We take a lot of time putting together a game plan, looking to the events where we can score the most amount of points. It’s really like putting together a puzzle. We also do a little research on the competition to see where we can get points. We don’t want to overload our runners. We ideally want to get as much as we need to win and use the big dogs in the right spots.” Perez certainly has one main “big dog,” namely junior Maria Laverde. The reigning Hudson County champion in cross country is competing strong during the indoor season and at the HCTCA Relays, Laverde competed in four events – the distance medley relay, the sprint medley relay, the 4x800-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. Of those four relays, Kearny won three (the 4x400, the 4x800 and the sprint med-

ley) and finished second in the other, the DMR. That’s an impressive day, three golds and a silver. “We had Maria run harder in some and run easy in others,” Perez said. “We tried to keep her legs fresh, because even at 75 percent, she’s better than most. In order for that plan to work, we needed the others to pick it up. But having someone like Maria gives you a lot of flexibility. She is very dominant right now and the way we set it up, if we put her in a race, she gave us a chance.” Laverde gave the Kardinals more than a chance. She gave them 38 points out of a possible 40 in the events she ran. “It was not a bad day at all,” Perez laughed. Led by Laverde, the Kardinals defeated the closest competition, being Snyder of Jersey City, winning 63-56, with North Bergen finishing third and St. Dominic Academy placing fourth. It gave the program the first county relays title ever. The victory was not all Laverde by any stretch of the imagination. Just like Perez said, it’s a team event and the Kardinals See KEARNY, Page 10


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and tried to make sure that we beat our rivals, like Snyder and North Bergen. We just tried to Continued from Page 9 get in front of them. Since the three of us (Waters, Castillo needed contributions from and Rosas) are seniors, we everyone. wanted to win and give us a “Melissa Waters is a stud in chance to run track in college.” her own right,” Perez said. Rosas had a memorable day, Waters was part of the shut- running the 4x200-meter tle hurdles, which finished relay, the 4x400 and the sprint third; 4x200-meter relay, medley. which finished third and the “We don’t win without her,” winning sprint medley relay. Perez said. “She’s come on “It was pretty important to the most of anyone. From last us,” Waters said. “Perez was re- year to now, she’s improved so ally motivating us. We wanted much. She’s worked really hard to go in and win.” during the summer and cross Waters had no idea that country and it has transformed Kearny never won it before. her into another fine runner.” “That’s pretty cool,” Waters Rosas vividly remembers her said. “We wanted to go in and days as a freshman, when she win. Every race, I tried my best wasn’t as fine.

“Perez used to make fun of me because I was a crybaby after races and practices,” Rosas said. “The practices were so hard sometimes that I would cry. He made fun of me because I cried. But now I don’t cry. My times are getting better and the team is getting better.” Castillo also competed in four events – the shuttle hurdles, the 4x200, the 4x400 and the 4x800. “It’s incredible what she can do,” Perez said. “She’s very versatile. She’s a good hurdler outdoor, but we had to work with her running the short hurdles just for this meet.” “It was definitely a big challenge for me,” Castillo said. “He (Perez) always wanted me to run the shuttle hurdles, so

this was a good change.” Perez has to train the runners outdoors, even in the winter months, because there is no local indoor facility. “We have to make adjustments according to the weather,” Perez said. “We make it work.” Two weeks ago, the team faced major adversity. “Just as we were getting going, we had that snow squall that dumped about two inches of snow on us in 20 minutes,” Perez said. “We don’t complain. We make the most of it.” Perez was also impressed with the efforts of the shot put relay of seniors Bianca Sanchez and Victoria Populim. “They both stepped up and got us third there,” Perez said.

The high jump relay of junior Katelyn Millar and sophomore Raquel Reyes finished second. “Both of them exceeded expectations,” Perez said. Junior Cassandra Jovellanos (4x200, sprint medley), senior Rayanna Lima (DMR), and sophomore Marianna Martins (shuttle hurdles) also contributed to the big win. “It really was a big win for us,” Perez said. “I’m really proud of them.” And maybe there’s more to come. “We’re the best of friends, so it’s a really good feeling,” Rosas said. “Hopefully, we’ll get other chances,” Castillo said. “Whatever happens, happens.”

they competed a little tougher,” Weaver said. “It’s baby steps, but we’re getting everyone ready. I Continued from Page 9 think we can be competitive in the Group (NJSIAA North JerMatt DeMarco. That’s some sey Section 2, Group II). Taking lineup of former high school these four losses will only make and college grapplers for the us better. I think we can do it. current group to learn from and I think we can make the state actually train with. playoffs.” “Of course, I challenged Weaver knows that such an them on their toughness and

appearance would be a major step for his actually-fledgling program. “I don’t want to be overly pushy,” Weaver said. “It’s just trying to get the team a better opportunity.” And of course, it means one other thing. It will give his two incredibly talented sons extra chances to compete at a high

level. We’ll have more on Dylan and Damian Weaver in a bit. A look through the Golden Bears’ lineup: At 106 pounds is freshman Alex Yadimarco, an undersized beginner from North Arlington. “Alex is working hard, but he’s brand new to the sport,” Weaver said. “He goes out and takes his lumps and keeps coming back.

His best wrestling is ahead of him.” At 113 pounds is returning starter Grayson Jurado, a junior who made it to the District finals last year despite having a record under .500. “He performed well at the end of the season,” Weaver said of



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of Maryland tournament One last thing about in December. Damian took Dylan Weaver: He recently Jurado. third there. gave his verbal commitment At 120 pounds is returning “He’s very technical and to wrestle at Rutgers and be starter Eddie Ortiz, a sophomore very tough,” Weaver said united with Lyndhurst icon from North Arlington who was of his younger son. “He’s Pritzlaff in two years. the Golden Bears’ 106-pounder always been extremely sucAt 160 pounds is junior last year. cessful. He’s been all over Anthony DeMarco, who “He put his work in last year and won tournaments in won 24 matches last year as and this year,” Weaver said of Or- Tulsa, West Virginia, Marya sophomore. Photo by Jim Hague tiz, who has won seven matches land. He won the Kearny “I really believe he’s got The Lyndhurst/North Arlington wrestling cothus far this season. “He’s battling Tournament (to start the a shot for Atlantic City,” operative looks for leadership from veteran well.” season). He doesn’t shy away mat coach Scot Weaver (center). From left Weaver said. “He’s a physiAt 126 pounds is junior Isaac from competition.” are seniors Juan Lozano, Justin Diller, Weaver, cal kid who sometimes gets De La Cruz, a first year wrestler Freshman Michael Simelost in himself. But Saturday, Brandon Vitacco and James Blake. in a very tough weight class. De one is the Golden Bears’ he had three pins, all in the “No doubt about it, his goal is La Cruz is learning fast and has 145-pounder. first period. He’s a great kid and a to get back on the podium and won five matches already on the “He’s done fairly well, placsuper athlete.” possibly stand atop the podium,” junior varsity level. ing in the Kearny Tournament,” At 171 pounds is freshman his proud father said. “He almost “He’s coming around and Weaver said. “He won some Tommy Montillo, who is in a got it last year. He’s driven and pretty athletic,” Weaver said of matches in Elizabeth.” brutally tough weight class for a he’s physical.” De La Cruz. However, Simeone suffered a freshman. And like his little brother, At 132 pounds is senior return- shoulder injury over the weekend “He’s been doing pretty good,” Dylan Weaver owns a 12-1 record ee Brandon Vitacco, an excellent and might be sidelined for a bit, Weaver said. “He’s had some right now as the No. 1-ranked student of the sport. so junior Alex Castro, a returning wins. His father (John) and uncle wrestler in the state at his weight “He’s a four-year starter,” starter from last year, or freshman (Joey) both wrestled for me at class. Weaver said of Vitacco. “He has Gabe Torres will fill in. Lyndhurst so there are good “His lone loss was in Maryhis days where he does well. At 152 pounds is Weaver’s other genes.” We’re trying to get more consist- son, namely junior Dylan Weaver, land,” Scot Weaver said. “It was a At 182 pounds is sophomore good learning tool, because he’s ency out of him. But he’s a good who finished third overall at the Danny Martinez and senior Juan been extremely driven since the leader.” NJSIAA State Championships in Lozano. Both are newcomers. loss.” The first of Weaver’s two sons Atlantic City last season. Weaver, At 195 pounds is another sits at 138 pounds. Freshman an Athlete of the Week honoree Damian Weaver is an excellent last season, won 40 matches last talent who has already wrestled year en route to a place on the the globe in tournaments. He’s podium. He was a tough loss in posted a 12-1 record with his only the semifinals away from possibly loss coming in the semifinals at wearing the state crown. the extremely tough Madness Continued from previous page

newcomer in Dachi Sulava, who is learning like the rest of the first-timers. At 220 pounds is senior Justin Diller and at heavyweight is football hero James Blake, the All-County defensive lineman from the Lyndhurst state championship grid squad. Blake is giving wrestling a try for the first time. “He’s done okay so far,” Weaver said. “He placed in the Elizabeth tournament and won two of three Saturday.” The Golden Bears are missing a key member of the squad these days in senior Aidan Stetzer, who won 25 matches last year, but is currently academically ineligible to compete. Needless to say, Weaver is enthused to be coaching a team that features his sons. “It’s a fun challenge,” Weaver said. “It’s a little exasperating at times, but we have a family atmosphere in the room with my two sons, the coaches. We have a good group of kids who are showing good promise. We’re going to be pretty damn good someday.”

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Harrison’s Rodriguez: Senior leader for the Blue Tide By Jim Hague The sound of basketballs bouncing inside the Harrison Recreation Center before the early morning rush hour is nothing new, especially when Uli Rodriguez has his way. “I’m in there every day before 8 a.m.,” said Rodriguez, the Harrison High School senior guard. “I’m trying to take 200 shots a day. I just love shooting the ball. I just go and shoot.” It’s something that has become a ritual for “U-Rod” since he was a little boy. “I always had a basketball hoop in my backyard,” Rodriguez said. “I would shoot all the time.”

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Continued from Page 1 square feet of new, modern office and warehouse space — and it will all be made possible by infrastructure improvements. “We’ll build new roads so companies like FedEx and Amazon, which keep growing, see the space in South Kearny — they’ll know it’s ideally suited for them,” DeGise said. “When this is all said and done, it’s going to be major source of tax revenue for the town and county.” DeGise says the developers of the site will likely be granted a PILOT — or, a payment in lieu of taxes. PILOTs are offered to developers when a site is in need of fixing, but that otherwise


The Observer | might not be as attractive to developers without such a break. Still, DeGise says he is most excited about what the Kopper’s Coke site will do down the line. “It’s going to be incredible for job creation for West Hudson,” he said, projecting at least 1,000+ new jobs, many of which he says are filled by West Hudsonians. Meanwhile, DeGise says there’s a lot more happening in the county of which he is proud. He spoke very highly of East Newark’s new mayor, Dina Grilo, who was sworn in a week-anda-half ago as the county’s thirdever female CEO and the very first in East Newark’s treasured history. “Dina was in my office right after she won the primary,” DeGise said. “She’s going to

be a tremendous asset to East Newark and the county itself. She has so many ideas on how to develop the borough — very specific ideas — and we’ll be here to help her as best as we can.” DeGise says he’s also very proud of how Harrison continues to grow. “Mayor (James A.) Fife really has capitalized on what Raymond (McDonough) and Peter (Higgins) first envisioned,” DeGise said. “I know they want to see the 280 exit ramp taken care of and we’ll work with them on that. It may take a little longer than six months — but we’ll get there. But the bottom line is Harrison has done great development and they have a great structure in place with the

mayor and Jimmy (Doran.)” The county executive says he also envisions a new parking structure near the PATH station with about 600 new parking spaces. “People are using the PATH there at unprecedented levels, so the parking is needed there,” DeGise said. He also says he was very proud of how Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos handled the Keegan Landfill crisis over the last year. “Al did a fantastic job getting the landfill closed,” the county executive said. “But the way the people of Kearny banded together — that was something special.” Kearny Council President Carol Jean Doyle, who herself just commenced her 23rd year

as a representative of Kearny’s Third Ward, took time to praise the county exec for his hard work and dedication to the people of West Hudson. “I congratulate County Executive Tom DeGise and applaud the interest and concern he has for Hudson County,” Doyle said. “He has earned the respect the office deserves with his hard work and fairness. I am so impressed that he and Freeholder Al Cifelli have Kearny’s interests in the forefront. The improvements in West Hudson Park, the soon-tobe-sold Kopper’s Coke site and the widening of Passaic Avenue are just a few important changes we experience through county government.”

Obituaries Transit later) and then DeCamp In lieu of flowers, kindly conBus Lines until his retirement in sider a donation to St. Stephen’s Francis “Frank” W. Polo Sr. died 2003. During his time as a bus Roman Catholic Church in peacefully at his son Frank’s home driver, he drove across all the Frank’s memory. in Toms River, surrounded by his United States and Canada. loving family, on Jan. 7, 2020. Wayne Ploghoft He was a member of the VFW He was 92. Wayne Ploghoft died tragically A funeral Mass was celebrated Post 1302, American Legion Post on Jan. 2, 2020 in Florida. 1000 and the Marconi Fraternal at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. He was 63. Association. Entombment was in Holy Cross Memorial visitation will be Frank was an excellent chef Mausoleum, North Arlington. Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. The Armitage & Wiggins Funeral who took great pleasure in preto 1 p.m. at the Armitage & Wigparing fantastic meals (traditional Home, Kearny, was in charge. gins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Italian Sunday dinners) for his Frank was a lifelong Kearny Drive, Kearny. There will be family. resident. He was the loving funeral prayers at 12:30 p.m., folhusband of 66 years of the late Dolores C. Polo (nee Galladay.) He is survived by his cherished children Sharon Polo, Frank Polo Jr. and Marianne Rutzler; his loving grandson Eugene Rutzler; Mario Teixeira, IV, Manager, NJ Lic. #3757 his most precious great-grandMario Teixeira, Jr. Director, NJ Lic. #2542 • Monique Teixeira, Director, NJ Lic. #4048 children Tara, Cheyenne, “CJ” Newly renovated family owned and operated funeral home with multiple locations. Christopher Michael Jr., Jakob Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Handicapped Accessible. George and Rowan Leigh Rutzler. He is also survived by his brother 138 DAVIS AVE. • KEARNY, NJ 07032 Michael (Mary Lou) and his sister (201) 991-2265 Mary Polo. Frank has many loving nieces and nephews. Frank was also predeceased by his cherished daughter Deborah Anne Fergie, his beloved grand“Your Family’s Lawyer” son Christopher Michael Rutzler Sr., his loving sons-in-law Jack • Matrimonial & Municipal Courts Fergie and Gene Rutzler, his par• Home and Business Sales ents Charles and Stella Polo, his • Wills and Estates sister Anne Torella and his broth•Labor and Criminal Law ers Charles and John Polo. Frank was a Seabee in the U.S. Experience • Compassion • Results Navy station in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at the end of World War II. After being discharged from 334 Harrison Ave. • Harrison, NJ the Navy, he worked for Harrison (973) 482-1180 or (800) 303-7716 Supply Company then as a bus Fax (973) 482-0223 driver for 52 years. He worked for Public Service (which became NJ

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KEARNY 5 rooms. 3rd Floor Walk up, Eat in kitchen, Spacious living room/dining room, Washer hook-up. No pets. No Smoking. Utilities separate. Full use of yard, small outside porch, street parking only. Easy commute to NYC and less than 2 miles to 2. NO FEE. Rental by owner, 1 year lease, $1490.00/month, 1 month security. Credit check and references required. Available 2/1/20. call (917)282-1691 36W03

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a pilgrimage to Poland (once) and hiked a personal pilgrimage on the final 70 Continued from Page 1 mile portion of the Camino de Santiago de Campostella in ulate Conception Seminary at Spain. Seton Hall University in New At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he Jersey. As a co-sponsored was the command chaplain chaplain candidate, he worked and senior priest for the post; with Seton Hall’s ROTC he led soldiers in 60 mile program. He also did summer pilgrimages to Pilsen, Kansas military training in Bamberg, – the hometown of chaplain Germany; Fort Monmouth; the (Capt.) the Rev. Emil Joseph US. .Disciplinary Barracks (i.e. Kapaun, a Medal of Honor federal military prison) at Fort recipient from the Korean War Leavenworth, Kansas; and as and currently being considered a deacon at Most Holy Trinity for canonization. Parish at West Point, New Since June 2015, he has York. been assigned to West Point Ordained a priest in 1997, he as the senior chaplain, the was assigned for three years first Catholic to ever hold to St. Thomas the Apostle the position. He also serves Parish in Bloomfield, a vibrant there as chaplain to the Army and active parish of 4,000+ Football Team. registered families. There he Father Matt has been was chaplain to the awarded the Bronze parish grade school Star, is a senior of 400+ kids, parachutist and the high school ranger qualified. youth group, the The Rev. Joseph “September Club” Mancini, pastor for senior citizens of St. Stephen’s and the Filipino Church, and Prayer Group. the reason why He also served St. Stephen’s as chaplain to the is America’s Bloomfield Police Sanctuary to the Department and Four Chaplains, liaison to the is very excited Rev. Joe Mancini town’s Ecumenical to have Father Pastors Association. He Matthew presiding at this created and taught a yearyear’s celebration of the Four long course called “Catholic Chaplains Mass. Basic Training,” giving an “Our parish is very overview of the entire Catholic happy to welcome Father faith, covering Biblical Matthew Pawlikowski as history, church history, the the celebrant and homilist documents of Vatican II, and of the annual Mass in honor the Catechism of the Catholic of Father Washington and Church in its entirety. the Chaplains,” Father Joe He re-entered active duty said. “He is a faithful servant of as an Army chaplain and God and country. The men and immediately returned to women who have been called Fort Bragg. While serving in to protect the freedoms that Sinai, Egypt, as part of the we enjoy in this country are Multinational Peacekeeping blessed to have Father Matt as Force, he led over 50 a spiritual father. pilgrimages to Mount Sinai, “It’s important to our Cairo and Israel. parish that we never forget He was an ethics instructor the bravery and sacrifice of and regimental chaplain at Father Washington and the the Military Police School at Chaplains. This annual Mass Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; is one way we carry out that a Catholic pastor at West challenge. Having priests Point, New York; assisted with and bishops from outside our Operation Unified Response community come to celebrate, after the 2010 earthquake in preach and give witness to the Haiti; and he participated in Chaplains’ heroism is another a NATO training mission in way. All of us, no matter our Kabul, Afghanistan. age, our beliefs or our situation While assigned to in life, can still learn much Kaiserslautern, Germany, from the Four Chaplains.” he led congregations to The Observer’s Kevin the International Military Canessa may be reached at kc@ Pilgrimage in Lourdes (twice),



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Continued from Page 8 Buffit was charged with obstructing the administration of law, resisting arrest and defiant trespass. He was later released with his summonses. Jan. 5 At 12:07 a.m., Officers Lopez and Stickno (the rugby one) were sent to Tappan Street on a report of a man trying door handles on parked vehicles and were met by a citizen who had kept an eye on the suspect and pointed him out. The officers then stopped the man, identified as Danny Morales, 41, of Newark, who reportedly had a $500bail Newark arrest warrant for theft. After further investigation, Morales was also charged with criminalattempted burglary for allegedly attempting to enter the witness’ vehicle. He was remanded to the

Hudson County Jail. *** At 6:04 p.m., Officers Chris Medina and Zach Latka responded to a report of people trespassing inside an abandoned house on the 100 block of Chestnut Street. Police said they found the front door damaged and ajar and heard the footsteps of people running out the back door. Back-up officers arrived and detained four Kearny boys — ages 15, 16, 17 and 17 — in the backyard. (One of the quartet claimed they were using the abandoned house as a short cut to get home.) When the boys were told that they were being taken into custody for trespass, police said, the 16-year-old began to resist and grabbed Officer Lopez’s handgun but could not remove it from its holster. The boy was subdued and handcuffed. All the boys were charged on juvenile-delinquency complaints with criminal trespass. The 15-year-old was additionally charged with possession of drug


paraphernalia — a cigar wrapper and two empty plastic baggies that reportedly smelled of marijuana. The 16-year-old was additionally charged with disarming a lawenforcement officer, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. (The weapons charges were for his allegedly grabbing and jointly possessing the handgun in the officer’s holster). That boy was remanded to the county juvenile detention facility. The other three were released to their guardians. Jan. 9 At 10:22 a.m., Officers Anthony Nunez and Kyle Plaugic responded to a report of a verbal dispute at an apartment building on Belgrove Drive and arrived to see Tyree Stephens, 27, a party to the dispute, fleeing out a basement window, police said. Authorities said the officers were aware Stephens had

been stopped by KPD Officer Sergio Nobre three days earlier for an outstanding Hudson County Superior Court contempt warrant and had evaded capture by allegedly giving a false name. Because of that incident, Stephens was now also the subject of a Kearny warrant for hindering apprehension. On Jan. 9, Stephens reportedly fled through a backyard, scaled a fence and ran toward Shop-Rite, where he attempted to blend in with shoppers. Police noted: “Officers Nunez and Ruben Rivera caught up to him and, not fooled by his shopper subterfuge, placed him under arrest.” Stephens was charged on a warrant with resisting arrest, on the original Hudson County warrant (contempt, no bail) and on a Jersey City warrant (assault, $3,500/10% bail). He was sent to the county jail. The original verbal dispute for which the officers were called was found to have been non-criminal and did not produce any charges.








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Stk#20-1264, VIN#L6186867, Auto, FWD, 4-Cyl, Side Curtain Air Bags, OnStar, T/Gls, Keyless Entry, P/S/ABS, Backup Cam, Satellite Radio, A/C, TC, Forward Collision Alert, Lan Keep Assist, MSRP: $28,695. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at inception $3,804 (includes $2,995 down, 1st months payment, $650 bank fee, $0 sec dep) +tax. Total payments $6,201, Residual: $17,503.95. Includes $1500 Lease Conquest if qualified.




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Stk#20-1301, VIN#LJ190091, Auto, FWD, 6-Cyl, Side Curtain Air Bags, OnStar, T/Gls, Keyless Entry, P/S/ABS, Backup Cam, TC, Bluetooth, WiFi, 8-Pass, A/C, MSRP: $34,095. Based on 36 month closed end lease. Total due at inception $3,854 (includes $2,995 down, 1st months payment, $650 bank fee, $0 sec dep) +tax. Total payments $7,524. Residual: $20,116.05. Includes $1500 GM Lease Conquest if qualified.



27 MPG





Stk#20-1212, VIN#LS572415, Auto, FWD, 4-Cyl, Side Curtain Air Bags, OnStar, T/Gls, Keyless Entry, P/S/ABS, Backup Cam, Satellite Radio, TC, Bluetooth, WiFi, A/C, MSRP: $33,495. Based on 36 month closed end lease. Total due at inception $3,884 (includes $2,995 down, 1st months payment, $650 bank fee, $0 sec dep) +tax. Total payments $8,604. Residual: $20,767. Includes GM Lease Loyalty if qualified.


Stk#20-175, VIN#LB039745, Auto, FWD, 4-Cyl, Side Curtain Air Bags, OnStar, Keyless Entry, P/S/ ABS, Backup Cam, Satellite Radio, TC, Alloy Whls, A/C, WiFi, Bluetooth, MSRP: $25,595. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at inception $3,794 (includes $2,995 down, 1st months payment, $650 bank fee, $0 sec dep) +tax. Total payments $5,811. Residual: $13,053.45. Includes $2500 Lease Loyalty if qualified.

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STK#17339, VIN#HF189289, BLUE VELVET METALLIC, 1.5L, 4-CYL, FWD, AUTO, 28,348MI.






Stk#19-1804X, VIN#KG256882, Auto, RWD, V6, T/Gls, Keyless Entry, P/S/ABS, Backup Camera, TC, A/C, MSRP: $32,050. Includes $4500 Factory Rebate, $1,151 Dealer Discount & $1500 Lease Conquest if qual.






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STK#17280, VIN#H6121057, PATRIOT BLUE METALLIC, 2.4L, 4-CYL, FWD, AUTO, 27,417MI.

Stk#17264, VIN#H9188109, Siren Red, 3.6L, V6, FWD, Auto, 8,996mi.



Stk#A1245, VIN#LD015545, Auto, FWD, 4-Cyl, P/ Sts, Side Curtain Air Bags, OnStar, Lthr, T/Gls, Keyless Entry, P/S/ABS, Backup Cam, Satellite Radio, WiFi, Remote Start, A/C, MSRP: $35,190. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at inception $3,890 (includes $2,995 down, 1st months payment, $650 bank fee, $0 sec dep) +tax. Total payments $9,555. Residual: $20,059. Includes GM Lease Loyalty if qualified

Stk#20-155, VIN#LJ169717, Auto, FWD, 6-Cyl, P/Htd Sts, Side Curtain Air Bags, OnStar, Lthr, T/ Gls, Keyless Entry, P/S/ABS, Backup Cam, Satellite Radio, Lane Change Alert, 7-Pass, A/C, MSRP: $43,690. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at inception $3,984 (includes $2,995 down, 1st months payment, $650 bank fee, $0 sec dep) +tax. Total payments $13,221. Residual: $24,466.40. Includes $3000 GM Lease Loyalty if qualified.



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Stk#16966, VIN#HJ241596, Siren Red, 3.6L, V6, AWD, Auto, 20,913mi.

Stk#17004, VIN#G1299102, Cyber Gray, 3.6L, V6, 4WD, Auto, 30,091mi.

Stk#17133, VIN#GZ363341, Deep Ocean Blue, 5.3L, 8-Cyl, 4WD, Auto, 24,565mi.



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