Observer e-Newspaper for Oct. 21, 2020

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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Vol. CXXXIII, No. 24

MORE ON THE INSIDE Be sure to look for our find the pumpkin contest next week and our special for veterans in this week’s edition. See Page 16



An aerial view of Lyndhurst’s new state-of-the-art middle school which is now complete.

Ribbon cut for first new learning center in Lyndhurst in 85 years By Kevin Canessa


ighty-five years after the Township of Lyndhurst built its last school, the new Lyndhurst Middle School, several years in

the making, is ready to change and improve the lives of many youngsters for decades to come. Last week, Mayor Robert B. Giangeruso cut a ribbon with other dignitaries on hand to officially open the school, two years after shovels first dug into the ground.

It all culminates with the mayor’s dream of a new school —funded by the township — coming to fruition, thanks to his incredibly hard work and that of his commissioner colleagues, the Lyndhurst Board of Education and scores of educational collaborators.

“This new Lyndhurst Middle School has been an outstanding effort in every sense of the word. As the mayor and on behalf of the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners today we acknowledge the efforts and hard work of those who See SCHOOL, Page 16

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There are many moments and circumstances in our lives that shake our world. The results of a routine mammogram was one of those moments. The journey of the days, weeks, months and years following my breast cancer diagnosis has led me to many bittersweet experiences. Along this journey, I have met many strong women who fought and fight, some in my own family. Participating in support groups, walks and other events has empowered me as a survivor to encourage others and work on a stronger me! In my years advocating for breast cancer awareness and participating in “Mujeres Valientes,” I have learned that early detection is key. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I urge everyone to prioritize their health. Schedule your yearly check-ups, take time to exercise daily, create opportunities to relax and love others. I am a survivor, daughter of a survivor, cousin of a fighter and I have faith, courage, hope and love that we will win this fight! - Maria Marques


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

W.H.A.T.’s returning to stage with live ‘radio show’

By Kevin Canessa


ive theater is returning to West Hudson. The West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) makes its comeback with an outdoor production of “Vintage Hitchcock — A

Live Radio Play,” by Joe Landry on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. (rain date is Oct. 25) in Arlington Depot Park (between Elm & Forest streets), Kearny. Bring your own blanket, lawn chairs and picnic and enjoy an evening of theater under the stars with spooky stories from the master of suspense.

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“The production is about more than simply a Halloween-timed performance,” W.H.A.T. President Jerry Ficeto said. “It’s really about giving the community a chance to regain a bit of normalcy lost in the pandemic.” W.H.A.T. has put a number of safety measures in place to ensure the health of the actors, crew and audience, Ficeto says. To that end, all statemandated protocols will in place, including masks being required by all audience members. The audience itself will be socially distanced, with up to five people allowed to sit in a prescribed 5- to 6-foot diameter spot. Each spot will be 6 feet apart to maintain social distance and will be clearly marked. Ficeto recommends reserving spots in advance to ensure enough are available for the day of the performance. Brandi-Leigh Miller and Michael Haefner are codirecting the production, which is performed entirely as a 1940s live radio broadcast complete with live jingles, an announcer and three Foley Artists creating most of the sound effects. A cast of 14 local actors portray over 60 different characters, each playing

multiple roles and creating many of the show’s sound effects. The cast includes Jim Miller Jr., seen rehearsing in photo, Rich Dwyer, Addie Boyd, Nelson DePasquale, Rachel Michel Eydlish, Tim Firth, Allyssa Hynes, Adam Larrabee, George Rex, Bernadette Oberndorf, Martin Pfefferkorn, Lauren Proda, Alyssa Schirm, Robert Strauch and Clint Vinacco. About the Show The play is derived from three early Hitchcock films “The Lodger,” a tale from turn of the century London, where a poor couple finds a lodger to rent their spare room so their daughter can return home. Too late, the mother suspects he may be the serial killer. Can she save her daughter in time? The second, “Sabotage,” is a tale of international intrigue. And the final story “The 39 Steps,” is about a man who gets himself mixed up in murder, mayhem and international plots! “All of us right now are having trouble connecting, feeling connected to our communities, feeling connected to each other because we can’t do what we used to,” said Miller, adding that she hopes the show will give people an escape from the current challenges of life. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for a reserved socially-distanced spot for a group of up to 5 and must be purchased in advance. To order, call (201) 4678624 or visit www.whatco. org. Alcohol may not be consumed in town parks, per Kearny Town Code.

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Lyndhurst woman killed in Nutley hit & run, ECPO says POLICE BEAT

By Kevin Canessa


Lyndhurst woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Nutley on Thursday, Oct. 15, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Nutley Police Chief Thomas J. Strumolo said last week.

were crossing the street in the area of Washington Avenue and Rutgers Place in Nutley when Ratz was struck by a car that fled the scene.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Nutley Police Department are investigating the fatal motor vehicle incident that resulted in the death of Roseann Ratz, 75, of Lyndhurst. Well, unless you, like most bears in the cold weather, were hibernating, by now you know there was a loose bear in Harrison, Kearny and North Arlington early last week. The public was never in any real danger, Kearny Police Chief George King said, after the bear visited the Manor Section of town on Monday, Oct. 12. And the decision by the state to allow the bear to make his way home on his own was a good one, the chief said. Had the state attempted to tranquilize the bear when they were in Kearny, the chances were good, King said, that that would have been a death sentence for the bear since he was 50-feet high in a tree and would have fallen into a garage. The day after his spotting in Kearny, the bear was reportedly seen in North Arlington, then in Rutherford and further north. Looks like King and the state got it right.

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She was transported to St. Joseph’s University Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 7:58 p.m. that same day. The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

‘American Bandstand’ star appears on Applause Radio

By JoAnn Barton Special to The Observer


n Oct. 14, Applause Radio Show (ARS) welcomed two amazing guests. Those of you who have always enjoyed “American Bandstand,” “Shindig” and those teenage “Beach Blanket Bingo” movies with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon in the ‘60s will remember Donna Loren. Loren started her career when she won an amateur talent show on “The Mickey Mouse Club” and she would continue to do the show. Who knew she would work with Annette again when she was in her teens? She recorded several singles before she was 10. But before she would hit the beach, she would become the spokesperson for Dr. Pepper and was known as the Dr. Pepper girl. Her singing throughout the Dr. Pepper days would get her noticed

being a musician, loving music now has a podcast called “Love’s and she would sing a song penned and being asked to join one of the A Secret Weapon.” On the by Brian Wilson from The Beach greatest groups of all time? He still podcast, you may listen back to Boys: “Muscle Beach.” pinches himself. her amazing stories about her life That song would be her Morris mentioned that The Four in the entertainment industry. Her introduction to the “Beach Tops are working on new material collaborator, Dr. Adam Gerace, Blanket” movies. and a new CD will be out near the joins her as he delves into her life Her hit was called, “It Only end of 2021 or at the start of 2022 and career and what it means for Hurts When I Cry.” (interesting — and, fingers crossed, depending her today. fact: Donna was the only actor on on the pandemic — they will be Most stories are readings of her the set who was a teenager). touring very soon and coming to book. Her most recent podcast Loren would become a staple New Jersey. was of the book’s Chapter 5: on “Shindig” and “American I am looking forward to the tour “These Are the Good Times.” If Bandstand,” singing with other and meeting Morris. He was a you want to go back to the ‘60s to artists or on her own. One we sweetheart, and we had a lovely hear about her experiences, check touched on was Bobby Sherman, out her podcast. time. who she remains friends with to I also had the pleasure to speak You can have some fun and this day. with The Four Tops’s new lead hear the entire conversation I Loren was also in several Michelle 201-991-1600 singer Alexander Morris. had with both guests at www. episodes of “The Monkees,” Client: and while Morris is a music producer who “Batman” and more in the ‘60s as Newspaper: never really focused on the singing there, check out our calendar for well. upcoming guests. part of his talents but when As a songwriter, she has written Oct. 21 at 8 p.m., rock author approached by The Four Tops to and performed many and released Jude Warne, who wrote “America, join the group, he sang alright. several albums. One that piqued the Band — An Authorized Morris is also a pastor in Los my interest was “Donna Does Biography,” joins me, and she will Angeles at J. Alexander Morris Elvis” in Hawaii. be giving away a copy of her book. Ministries. Could you imagine, Loren remains gorgeous and Advertising: Here is the updated template with a new photo of Jarlynn Hyd

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Belleville police warn of increased senior scams By Kevin Canessa Belleville Police Chief Mark Minichini reminds senior citizens to stay vigilant for Social Security scams and other types of fraud after one Belleville resident recently reported that she received a suspicious call. “The caller said he was from the Social Security Agency,” Minichini said. “Fortunately, she was savvy enough to know this agency would not request a payment and immediately realized she was being targeted for a phone scam. She refused to answer his questions and she hung up without giving out any of her personal information.” Minichini said phone scams like this one typically prey on senior citizens, but they could target anyone. The caller will pose as an employee for the Social Security agency, the local electric company or a credit card company. Other times, they pose as representatives of the lottery, a tech support worker, an official from a charity or any other official-looking organization. What they all have in common is that they go to great lengths to appear or sound legitimate, and even

the information on the caller ID may look official. Elder fraud, as the FBI and other law enforcement officials refer to it, affects millions of seniors each year, costing them tens of millions of dollars. There are several red flags to watch for. Hang up if the caller threatens you, says your Social Security number has been suspended or demands immediate payment via cash, gift card, prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Minichini says if you receive a questionable call, you should hang up and immediately report it to oig. Don’t return phone calls from numbers you don’t recognize, and ask the advice of a friend or family member before making a large purchase or financial decision. “And don’t be afraid or embarrassed to notify officials if you have given out your personal information or realize you have lost money through a scam,” Minichini said. “The safety and well-being of our residents — especially our seniors — is always our priority,” Belleville Mayor Michael Melham said. “By informing law enforcement, you could help prevent someone else becoming a victim of these terrible crimes.”

Get child car seat installed Oct. 24 Lyndhurst Mayor and Police Commissioner Robert B. Giangeruso and Chief of Police Richard L. Jarvis Jr. host a child safety-seat checkup and installation on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lyndhurst Fire Department, 299 Delafield Ave. Anyone interested in having their child seat checked or installed may make an appointment with Lt. Nick Coviello by calling (201) 939-2900, ext. 2625, or by sending an email to


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Please note that due to COVID-19, all participants will be required to wear a mask during their visit. Additionally, participants must agree to have the interior of the vehicle sprayed with a non-toxic disinfectant mist prior to technicians checking any car seats — and have all personal items removed from the vehicle in order to allow technicians to have full maneuverability. — Canessa

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It’s time to make Daylight Saving Time permanent


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

or years, you’ve read, in this newspaper, and elsewhere, of the need to eliminate Standard Time. And, in 2007, following an energy crisis, President George W. Bush changed the system as we know it by extending DST by three weeks — starting it two weeks before it had been (in mid-March) and ending it a week later (first Sunday of November.) This, indeed, was a great start. But now, there’s a greater need to end it completely. Think of it like this. In two weeks, we’ll set clocks back, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at 2 a.m. On Oct. 31, the sun will set here at 5:52 p.m. Then, Nov. 1, it will set at 4:51 p.m. This means people who work a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule will leave the office in near complete darkness. The benefits of keeping DST far outweigh going back to Standard Time. Some of those important factors include: • An extra hour of sunlight for restaurant owners who wish to continue to offer outdoor dining. • An extra hour of sunlight for those who are hurt by the darkness and who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. (The National Institutes of Health reports 6% of the American population suffers from SAD and around 14% suffer mild symptoms of it.) • More sunlight for recreational activities for young people, something that is in dire need these days, especially when one considers how much time kids spend on electronic devices. We could go on here with more examples, but it should be clear by now — it’s time for Standard Time to be eliminated in favor of year-round Daylight Saving Time. It would need to be a federal change — it’s too difficult for states to make the change individually. So whomever it is sitting in the White House after noon on Jan. 20, 2021, we hope that man makes the change forthwith.

Dispelling fiction about Columbus


olumbus Day is here and gone again. And with it came the unfortunate, familiar and sadly growing attacks on one of the greatest individuals who has ever lived. The near miraculous discovery of the Americas is overshadowed by the patently false claims that Adm. Christopher Columbus was a slave trader, murderer and rapist. Those charges against Columbus were first made 500 years ago by his rivals in the New World who sought to exploit the new lands for their own gain. Columbus was cleared of all wrongdoing then and his accusers were condemned. Hopefully history will eventually repeat itself. Columbus forbade the mistreatment or exploitation of the natives. Spanish law forbid slavery. Columbus enslaved no one. Enslavement was permitted in only two situations — the enslavement of enemies captured in battle was permitted (as it was worldwide) and you either killed your enemies or kept them enslaved — and the enslavement of cannibals was also permitted. Columbus has been attacked for sending six “captured” natives to Spain. The six had become close to Columbus and wished to see Spain. One was even the Godson of Columbus. Of the six native visitors to Spain, two were so impressed with the wonders they saw that they chose to stay and became members of the Royal Court. The other four returned, with one dying on the voyage home. Columbus’s native Godson remained with him throughout his life. There were some others who did enslave natives.

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By Michael Perrone But Columbus fought them often. He had ordered two of his own men hung. Yet there were eventually over 1,000 colonists scattered on the islands he attempted to govern 3,000 miles from civilization. The purpose of the Columbus voyage was to find a western trade route to Asia so commerce could be continued — and hopefully to find gold. The search for gold was not motivated by greed. Spain had just ended 700 years of fighting and occupation of their lands by the Moors. The Holy Land was controlled by the Ottoman Turks. Muslims were in firm control and blocked Christian travel. Columbus and the Spanish monarchs wanted gold to finance a crusade to free the Holy Land. That is what all the documents explain, but of course you will never hear that. Columbus was devoted to Christ and believed his mission was to spread Christianity. Columbus was a Third Order Franciscan monk, often wearing his brown habit. The name Christopher means “Christ bearer.” Columbus complained in detail in letters to Queen Isabela about the exploitation of the natives by some Spanish colonists. He made four trips to the Americas, bringing over 1,200 colonists. Critics of Columbus take the complaints of the man out of context to make it appear he was the one doing things he actually See COLUMBUS, Page 8

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Speaking with friends, clients and residents, I realized that many are still not aware that they WILL NOT be able to personally go to the polls on election day to cast their vote. I believe that voting is one of the most fundamental rights we possess as Americans and a way for our voices to be heard. For this reason, I have asked The Observer to publish once again the information from their October 7th issue, the information giving us all options available to us.

Prefer not to mail ballot in? Plenty of drop boxes are available locally Residents who don’t want to mail their 2020 election ballots to theCounty Clerk’s Office have a secondary option for getting the ballots there— drop boxes.

Hudson County has placed drop boxes in numerous locations countywide. Locally, there are boxes at: • Kearny Town Hall, 402 Kearny Ave. • Harrison Town Hall, 318 Harrison Ave., near police department entrance on Cleveland Ave. • East Newark Borough Hall, 34 Sherman Ave. If you’re in other parts of Hudson County, drop boxes are located at: • Bayonne City Hall 630 Avenue C. • Guttenberg Town Hall, 6808 Park Ave. • Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington St. • North Bergen Town Hall, 4233 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Blvd. • Secaucus Town Hall, 1203 Paterson Plank Rd. • Union City City Hall, 3715 Palisade Ave. • Weehawken Township Hall, 400 Park Ave. • West New York Town Hall, 428 60th St.

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There are also several locations throughout Jersey City, including: • The Earl Morgan Library, 1841 John F. Kennedy Blvd. • St. Peter’s University, Montgomery St. and John F. Kennedy Blvd. • Hudson County Plaza, 257 Cornelison Ave. • The North District Police Headquarters, 282 Central Ave. • City Hall, 280 Grove St. • City Hall Annex, 1 Jackson Square. Ballots must be returned to these drop box locations by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

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Continued from Page6 complained about, including unlawful enslavement and sexual exploitation. Columbus discovered America. Up until that time in all of recorded history, there were only three known continents — Europe, Asia and Africa. The known world did not know about the Americas and the natives did

not know about the rest of the world. The Vikings stopped by earlier at some point, but left no maps, no settlements, no dates, no records and went home. (P.S. those Vikings were Catholics sent by King Olaf the saint.) Also, the U.S. mainland (Florida) was discovered by Ponce DeLeon, a member of Columbus’s crew. Twelve years after Columbus died and was

buried in Spain, there was a smallpox epidemic in the Americas — and somehow, the breakout is historically blamed on Columbus. No one knows what the population of the Americas was at that time as obviously there was no census. Warfare, slavery, cannibalism and disease existed in the Americas long before Columbus arrived. Columbus is blamed for all the ills that came to the

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Americas — but why is he not credited for all the good and blessings that his discovery brought to the world? For years, every seafaring nation had turned down Columbus’s proposal to sail across the uncharted Atlantic. Spain was the poorest country in Europe at that time. Columbus’s ships ranged in size from 40 to 65 feet in length. From a logical view, one would have expected anyone but Spain to discover the Americas. The largest navies in the world at that time were Muslim and Chinese. Both had massive navies with some Chinese ships up to 600 feet long. All the experts knew Columbus’s calculations of land being 3,000 miles west were wrong. Asia was 7,000 miles away somewhere, no ship was even large enough to carry enough supplies to make the trip. Columbus understood their arguments, but he nevertheless insisted he would reach land in 30 days — and he did — guided solely with courage and by faith. On Oct. 10, 1492, Columbus’s nervous crew, now a month in an uncharted

ocean, were about to mutiny. Columbus asked that they wait until the feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar, the patron saint of Spain. He promised that if land was not sighted by the feast day, they would turn back home. For the next two days, the wind picked up and the ships picked up surprising speed. Two days later, on Oct. 12, 1492 — the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar — land was sighted. What critics of Columbus fail to comprehend is that if he did not make his voyages when he did, the course of human history would have been dramatically altered. The configuration of nations and populations would be completely different and that most likely, they would not even have been born. In photo above, before the start of the annual Columbus ceremony, the Rev. Francisco Trujillo had the opportunity to host a brief service and bless the flag at the tomb of Columbus in the Cathedral of Seville on Oct. 12 for the Belleville Historical Society. The flag is on its way back to the U.S. The annual event was attended by church, government and military dignitaries.


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With Lyndhurst girls’ soccer team, it’s nice to share It’s certainly hard to argue with the success the Lyndhurst High School girls’ soccer team has enjoyed so far this season. In this crazy year turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Golden Bears have been nothing short of perfect. The Golden Bears have played four games to date. All four have been shutout victories. That’s rare in itself, even when you consider that the goalkeeper is a freshman. But the Bears are also sharing the wealth and obviously sharing the ball. Take for instance a recent 7-0 win over Weehawken. In astounding fashion, seven different girls scored one goal each. One might figure that there would a standout performer who would knock home two, perhaps three. Nope. Seven goals for seven girls. Sounds like a hokey Broadway show in the 1950s that made its way to the silver screen, starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. That one was “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” and none of these Golden Bear teenagers are getting married anytime soon. But it is a soccer rarity,

much like four straight shutouts to start the season, outscoring the competition 20-to-zip. Kim Hykey is the veteran head coach at Lyndhurst, incredibly beginning her 11th season already after having a great career as the all-time scoring leader at Lyndhurst before heading off to play at Seton Hall. Hykey also believes that the seven goals for seven different Golden Bears routine posed a rarity, considering the circumstances of the season. “It’s crazy because we didn’t have a preseason,” Hykey said. “In a regular year, we might have a scorer or two.” So the Golden Bears are also sharing one common goal. “We’re totally focused on the state tournament,” Hykey said. “We’re trying to do something that has never been done before.” It means winning the NJSIAA state sectional championship. “We never won a state sectional,” Hykey said. “So it’s absolutely our goal. I usually try to undersell things like that. But this year, we have to aim high and hopefully that will happen. We have See VIEW, Page 10


North Arlington boys’ soccer team owns two impressive wins By Jim Hague Jesse Dembowski knows that the people who devise the schedules for the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference don’t generally dislike his North Arlington High School boys’ soccer team, but the NJIC schedule makers haven’t been exactly kind to the Vikings in recent years. So when veteran head coach Dembowski saw that the new-fangled slate was totally different for 2020 due to restrictions placed upon New Jersey high school athletics because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dembowski had to just shrug his shoulders. “We want to play our best soccer against the best teams,” Dembowski said. “I told the players that this was their time to shine. The attitudes changed for the better and they worked harder.” Sure enough, the preseason pep talk had to have worked, because despite the horrific schedule, the Vikings have trudged on – and done quite well for that matter. In the early stages of the season, the Vikings have tied powerful Lyndhurst, then managed to knock off perennial soccer powers Wallington and Harrison in successive games. For a team that lost its last six games of last season, this is no small accomplishment. Mind you, these were games dominated by defense, as the Vikings won 1-0 over Wallington and 2-1 over Harrison. In fact, the Vikings have played four games (2-11) and have scored a total of four goals. This is a defensive-minded team. “We are built from the back up,” Dembowski said. “We preach defense over

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The North Arlington boys’ soccer team is off to a fine start, thanks to the defensive backline. From front to back, they are Sean Manzo, Shane Gilchrist, Nicholas Rotondo, Samuel Flores, Martin Ramos, Metin San, Christopher Gilmour and in goal with the ball, Tony Alho. Head coach Jesse Dembowski is in the far rear.

and over.” But getting the win over the Blue Tide was a major accomplishment, because it was the first time since 2006 that North Arlington had defeated Harrison in boys’ soccer. Dembowski doesn’t mind having a defensive minded team, especially with the Vikings’ last line of defense standing in goal. Senior Tony Alho is the Vikings’ net minder and simply put, he has to rank among the top goalies in the entire state. “We’re 100 percent confident with Tony in goal,” Dembowski said. “I know right now he’s at the top of his game.” Still, there aren’t a lot of colleges that are looking at Alho, which is mindboggling. “He’s still looking at some schools,” Dembowski said. “I think Tony has taken it as

a challenge. Right now, he’s the best he’s ever been. He’s fine tuned.” Alho, who is also an outstanding baseball player, collected five saves in the shutout win over Wallington and had an astounding 18 saves in the win over Harrison. The Vikings use three defenders on the backline, spearheaded by sophomore Sean Manzo. “He’s going to be a hell of a player for us,” Dembowski said of Manzo. “He’s fantastic. He’s not the biggest kid in the world, but he’s fearless. He wins a lot of the 50/50 balls. He plays the backline like he’s a pro. Colleges should be looking at him right now.” The other defenders are senior Nicholas Rotondo and sophomore Tomas Custodio. “Nick will go against the See SOCCER, Page 10


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Freshman Declan Hughes has a ton of potential on the forward line. He scored the Continued from Page 9 deciding goal in the win over Harrison. biggest kid on the field,” Junior Shane Gilchrist Dembowski said. “Tomas is adds strength to the backline a young, smart player who when called upon. Senior is going to be a monster. Victor Batista is a skilled goal He has good feet and he’s scorer who sees a lot of time. strong.” The Vikings are missing The Vikings have a host of senior Jared Velazquez, a talented players at midfield. three-year varsity player Junior Ethan DeJesus is an who is dealing with mediattacking midfielder, lookcal issues and his return is ing to score. Sophomore uncertain. Daniel Janosek is a good ball So the Vikings move on handler with good vision of to face another tough foe in the field. Rutherford this week. The Juniors Matthew Muchotri- schedule is unrelenting. go, Tiago Regatao and Tiago “But the win over Harrison Alves (how many teams have has instilled some confitwo players named Tiago?) dence that these kids can join senior Chayse Corplay with anyone,” Demreia in the midfield. Alves bowski said. “They believe has scored three of the four they can win these games.” Viking goals thus far. Alves In that respect, the first also concentrates on soccer battle has been won. all year round.


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Continued from Page 9 everyone back from a talented team.” The Golden Bears were 19-3 overall last year. There will be fewer games this season because of the pandemic, but the Golden Bears will be a tough opponent, much like what’s already been proven. In goal is freshman Mackenzie Sibello. Hykey has a lot of faith in the rookie. “She’s been trained well,” Hykey said. “She has good hands. Her composure is good. The backline plays the ball through her. She’s very good for a freshman.” Backing up Sibello is senior Danielle Dominguez. “She’s a great team player,” Hykey said of Dominguez.



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Lyndhurst senior defender Maggie Fodera. RIGHT: Lyndhurst senior forward Deirdre Kearns.

Junior Claudia Lapinski played all year last year in goal for the Golden Bears. “She’s one of my favorite kids,” Hykey said. “She works harder than most. She’s super intelligent. She does everything we ask of her. She is driven to start. She has good reaction skills and makes good reaction saves.” The center fullback is senior Maggie Fodera, a four-year steady fixture on the backline. “She’s the reason why we have success,” Hykey said. “She does everything for us. She’s so good and

so composed on the ball. She makes everything seem so easy. She knows how to have fun and knows when to compete. She balances both very well.” Sophomore Kayla Carrino is another center fullback. “She’s more of a midfielder in the back,” Hykey said. “We moved her back to the defense because she can handle it. She tracks the ball well. Her work rate made me think she’d be pretty good.” Other defenders include seniors Julia McCann and Continued on the next page



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Kearny’s Horvaht follows in family’s soccer tradition It’s safe to say that soccer is a major part of the Horvaht’s family life. The Kearny family has always played soccer. Father Andre was a great player in

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And Horvaht had one goal in mind. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play college soccer,” Horvaht said. New coach Sylvia had no preconceived notions about Horvaht before he took the position. “I knew she had a little bit of potential,” Sylvia said. “But I knew she had a physical presence. As soon as she steps onto the field, you know she’s there.” Sylvia liked what he saw from Horvaht during the preseason. In fact, it happened during the first practice. “She bodied herself into me shoulder to shoulder,” Sylvia said. “I was happy about it. I knew that we lost a lot of girls to injury and we had to get them into soccer shape.” As it turned out, Horvaht was one of those players. “She was out for about a week and a half with a soft tissue injury,” Sylvia said. “I know she was frustrated, not being able to play. But she was able to work through it.” When the season began two weeks ago, Horvaht was ready. “I was just so focused,” Horvaht said. See ATHLETE, Page 14

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July. Horvaht is unfortunately ineligible for Continued from Page 12 the award this year, considering she’s only In the season opener a sophomore and the against Memorial, award can only go to a Horvaht exploded senior. But athletically, for six goals, a sinHorvaht is a candidate gle game total not in two years, because readily remembered she is also a standout and could more than basketball player. likely be a new school Horvaht was record for goals in a stunned that she game. tallied six goals in a In the first four game. games of the season, “I honestly thought Horvaht has knocked I was dreaming that home a total of 10 I scored six goals,” goals and collected Horvaht said. “Not four assists. only was I shocked, For her efforts, Hor- but I was also proud of vaht has been selected myself. I worked very as The Observer hard to get ready and Athlete of the Week I deserved to score six for the past week. She goals. It’s great that is the first honoree of I’m able to play with the 2020-2021 scholas- my friend Julia. We tic sports season and pushed ourselves so will culminate in the much and to have this presentation of The happen is amazing.” Observer’s Male and Sylvia is not surFemale Athletes of the prised at all with Year next June and Horvaht’s offensive


explosion. “She has such relentlessness,” Sylvia said. “She goes at it pretty hard. She also has the uncanny way of finding open spots on the field. You look up and she’s posting up with the ball, turning around and shooting. She’s making a splash for sure, but honestly, I’m not surprised. I’m thrilled with her success, but it’s not a surprise to me. Added Sylvia, “She’s so coachable. If we make an adjustment, she sees it immediately.” Horvaht knows that the solid start isn’t the end of the road. “For sure, this is just the beginning,” Horvaht said. “It’s just the start. I’m going to continue to improve.” That’s a scary thought for Kearny opponents in the future.

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KPD: Seriously? Tinted front windows? By Capt. Tim Wagner Kearny Police Department On Oct. 8 at 8:46 p.m., Officer Matt Knighton was patrolling the Belleville Turnpike and his attention was drawn to a grey Infiniti because its front windows were tinted. A license plate check against motor vehicle commission records told the officer that the Infiniti’s owner’s driver’s license was suspended. Officer Knighton pulled over the car near Morgan Place. He and Officer Anthony Oliveira approached it to smell the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from within. As the officers spoke with driver, and vehicle owner, Christeena Santana, 32, of Bloomfield, they noted marijuana remnants littering the center console and Dutch Masters cigar wrappers on the floor. Santana was arrested for

driving with a suspended license. Officers seized a makeup bag containing three Ziploc bags of marijuana from the center console. They recovered eight Dutch Masters cigar wraps from the passenger side floor. Santana was charged on a summons with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was ticketed for driving with a suspended license, failure to surrender a suspended license, safety glass requirements and operating a vehicle while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). Santana was later released. On Oct. 9 at 20 past midnight, Officer Sergio Nobre watched a black Honda Accord also with its front windows tinted being driven erratically through the Tullo’s Exxon parking lot in South Kearny. The vehicle pulled out onto Rts. 1 & 9, where Nobre queried

its license plate against state motor vehicle records. He found the license plate was registered to a silver car. Officer Nobre pulled over the black Honda. Driver Christopher J. Hernandez, 23, of Elizabeth, produced his license but not a registration or insurance card. Officer Nobre saw a nearly empty jar on the passenger seat that appeared to contain marijuana remnants and he smelled the odor of the raw vegetation within the car. A package of Backwoods cigar leaf wrappers was inside the center console. Hernandez wore a fanny pack around his waist, which reportedly contained a small jar of marijuana and a pack of Khalifa rolling papers. In the center console, Officer Nobre recovered a pack of Zig Zag rolling papers, a large plastic bag containing marijuana residue, a grinder

containing marijuana residue, a smoking pipe, a rolling tray with marijuana residue on it, a Raw Garden THC cartridge and the aforementioned Backwoods wrappers. Tucked between the center console and the driver’s seat was a machete. Hernandez was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was issued tickets for a host of traffic infractions and later released. On Oct. 13 at 9:20 p.m., Officer Anthony Oliveira, patrolling the commercial district of Passaic Avenue, noticed an Audi Q7 pass him with one headlight burnt out. When he watched it straddle two lanes of Passaic Avenue as it proceeded northbound, he pulled over the SUV. While waiting for driver Nika Johnson, 46, of Newark,

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project, especially to the Di Cara Rubino architects for their inventive and creative design,” Giangeruso said in his remarks. “We thank our finance department and our building department, our

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township attorney for their due diligence and guidance overseeing the daily progress of such a complex project.” Complex project it was. But it results in what can only be described as one of

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if not the most innovative school in the area. Upon entering the new school, students are greeted by a 21st Century learning facility designed to meet the most current educational standards. The building is designed to be a complete learning environment for all. Through a dynamic collaborative design process, abundant innovative learning spaces that support modern teaching methodologies are found throughout the school. Di Cara Rubino architects say almost every space was examined for its potential to serve as a learning environment. Break-out spaces located in corridors outside of classrooms, think tanks and the grand “learning stair” in the central student commons all promote engagement, discovery, group problem solving and the open sharing of ideas. Students will also be able to take advantage of numerous outdoor classroom spaces and inviting shared spaces such as a media center and expansive student commons. The $53 million facility was built on the former Matera Field off Marin Avenue on a 5.4-acre parcel of land. The site offers spectacular views of the New York City skyline. “(And) this new school building alleviates the overcrowding of students at our existing schools and will allow our students to grow way beyond expectations … which features a stateof-the-art classrooms. A culinary arts kitchen. Learning spaces. A media center. Multi-purpose rooms. A cafeteria. Auditorium. Security systems. Radio communications (for public safety) and new play fields,” Giangeruso said. Designed by Di Cara Rubino Architects, the 145,000-square-foot school was made to accommodate up to 650 students for grades 6 to 8. Some of the more notable features of the new school include a three story academic wing, a visual and performing arts theater and a full size gymnasium. Additional athletic amenities include an auxiliary gym, locker rooms, a weight room

and a full-size synthetic turf athletic field with adjoining roller hockey rink. The academic facilities include science labs, a state-of-the-art culinary arts facility and 27 active learning classrooms, many of which will be dedicated to instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Technological amenities may be found all throughout the school, with classrooms boasting the latest AV and IT features, WiFi service and charging stations, and a massive video display screen made up of multiple LED monitors is located in the central student commons. The school is “zoned,” so that when the gym needs to be open, let’s say, at night, the rest of the school does not need to open — thus extensively saving on power costs. It’s a school so beautiful and extensive that it’s likely to make students at other schools jealous. “When our Township of Lyndhurst stepped forward to fund the school, it reflected upon community partnership — a partnership of school administrators, parents, teachers and our local government,” the mayor said of the new school. “To quote, ‘Education is the passport to the future. And tomorrow is for those who prepare today.’ “Here we stand in this beautiful new school completed in time for the new school year, meeting the needs for today and keeping the promise of tomorrow. This new school is symbolic of a community that cares doing what’s needed for our children, our grandchildren and future generations. “Our board of commissioners and board of education have very high standards — and we are working very hard to achieve them. We impress upon our students to enjoy the facility, to work hard for their ultimate success, but also, to be grateful for their new school, with the utmost respect and pride so as to preserve it in its best condition. See photos of the new middle school online at

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Bellavia 31 MPG HWY

OVER 350


31 MPG







Stk#21-1065, VIN#MB032819. MSRP $22,495. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at signing $1,995 down + $179 1st Mo. Payment + $695 bank fee + $0 sec dep + tax, title and MV fees. Includes $1500 Lease Loyalty and $1000 Costco if qual. 10k mi/yr. $.25 thereafter. Total payments $6,981. Residual $12,822.15.




Bellavia 30 MPG HWY

30 MPG



Stk#20-8373, VIN#LB102268. MSRP $26,045. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at signing $1,995 down + $209 1st Mo. Payment + $695 bank fee + $0 sec dep + tax, title and MV fees. Includes $1500 Buick Lease Loyalty and $1000 Costco if qual. 10k mi/yr. $.25 thereafter. Total payments $8,151. Residual $13,282.95.





Stk#17755, VIN#DF145084, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, 47,903mi.

Stk#17581, VIN#HB071929, 4-Cyl, AWD, Auto, 25,355mi.

Stk#17599, VIN#HU13770, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, 30,979mi.








30 MPG















Stk#20-1624, VIN#LL294031. MSRP $28,695. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at signing $1,995 down + $199 1st Mo. Payment + $695 bank fee + $0 sec dep + tax, title and MV fees. Includes $1000 Lease Loyalty or Conquest if qual. 10k mi/yr. $.25 thereafter. Total payments $7,761. Residual $16,643.10.

Stk#20-274, VIN#LD155195. MSRP $35,190. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at signing $1,995 down + $279 1st Mo. Payment + $695 bank fee + $0 sec dep + tax, title and MV fees. Includes $2000 Buick Lease Loyalty if qual. 10k mi/yr. $.25 thereafter. Total payments $10,881. Residual $20,058.











Stk#21-1543, VIN#LB335072. MSRP $22,295. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at signing $1,995 down + $129 1st Mo. Payment + $695 bank fee + $0 sec dep + tax, title and MV fees. Includes $1000 Lease Loyalty or Conquest if qual. 10k mi/yr. $.25 thereafter. Total payments $5,031. Residual $12,708.15.

31 MPG





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Stk#20-333, VIN#LJ316797. MSRP $41,690. Based on 39 month closed end lease. Total due at signing $1,995 down + $299 1st Mo. Payment + $695 bank fee + $0 sec dep + tax, title and MV fees. Includes $3000 Buick Lease Loyalty and $1000 Costco if qual. 10k mi/yr. $.25 thereafter. Total payments $11,661. Residual $22,929.50.






2017 BUICK

EQUINOX LT ENCOREPREFERRED Stk#17565, VIN#H1569028, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, 29,218mi.





2017 GMC

Stk#17453, VIN#HB137493, Stk#17598, VIN#H4167079, Elec- Stk#17590, VIN#H6331114, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, 25,554mi. tric, FWD, Auto, 36,916mi. 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, 21,951mi.





2018 BUICK



Stk#17548, VIN#JD060084, 4-Cyl, FWD, Auto, 29,987mi.







Stk#17630, VIN#HJ344537, V6, AWD, Auto, 31,580mi.

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