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After all is said and done, Seton Hall is out

Miss March Madness, will head to NIT in rare home game instead


Seton Hall senior point guard Jordan Theodore was all smiles and hopeful before the season that the Pirates could qualify for the NCAA Tournament this season, however, that didn’t happen as the Pirates learned their fate Sunday night that they’re headed to the NIT instead.

By Jim Hague

Ever since the Seton Hall Pirates lost their last two regular season games to Rutgers at home, then a 28-point shellacking at the hands of DePaul on the road, there was all this speculation about the Pirates’ chances of earning a berth into March Madness, namely the NCAA Tournament.

The Pirates defeated Providence in the opening round of the Big East Tournament, then lost to eventual champion Louisville in the second round. The speculation continued. Are they in? Are they out? In? Out?

Two expert bracket predictors, Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, had the Pirates in all week. So that had to bring some hope to the Pirate faithful, who have not experienced the NCAA Tournament since 2006. It also had to bring hope to the Pirates themselves, especially seniors Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore, who never got a chance to experience March Madness during their time in South Orange.

So the Pirates waited and wondered. As the other leagues were holding their respective tournaments, the Pirates had to hope some of the other so-called “bubble” teams lost in order to secure a clear path to the Grand Dance known as March Madness.

Sunday night, the bubble burst.

The Pirates did not receive an invitation to the Dance. They were once again left on the outside looking in. They were not as secure in their place, even with a 20-12 record, as the bracket experts believed.

“Of course, I’m very disappointed that we’re not going to the NCAA Tournament,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said Sunday night in a conference call. “We thought we had a legitimate chance. The (NCAA Tournament) committee has a very tough job. It’s hard to go through everything and make sure the right teams are in.”

Willard said that he felt especially bad for the Pirates’ seniors.

“They took it hard,” Willard said. “They took it really hard. And it was tough to console them. It was really an emotional time for them. Both of them gave so much to us and this program. Both overcame tremendous obstacles. I wanted it for them more than anything.”

It’s really not a consolation prize, but the Pirates will now move on to the National Invitation Tournament, where they will get a rare treat.

The Pirates will face Stony Brook in the opening round, but the game will be played at the historic Walsh Gym on the South Orange campus. Only the Seton Hall women regularly play at Walsh.

“We’re excited to still be playing basketball,” Willard said. “I’m really looking forward to playing in Walsh. I love the Prudential Center (in Newark). It’s one of the main reasons why I took the job here. It’s a great venue. But for us to get an on-campus game is tremendous. I love Walsh Gym and the history of it. I’m excited about being in Walsh.”

Willard was asked what he can do differently to prevent another NCAA Tournament snub.

“I seriously think we have to change the way we do scheduling,” Willard said. “We’re not going to play away games and stay at home until the conference (Big East) games begin. We put together a good non-conference schedule this year and I thought that would work out for us. But playing tough non-conference games hasn’t helped. We only lost one game out of conference to a good Northwestern team, but that competition didn’t help us. So I’m going to take a look at it to see if we don’t have to leave the state of New Jersey until the Big East schedule starts.”

There was another slice of irony. It appears as if the at-large bid that Seton Hall was battling to receive went to Iona instead. Willard left Iona to come to Seton Hall two years ago.

“I’m ecstatic for them,” Willard said. “It’s incredible for them to get an at-large bit. Four of those guys I recruited there, so for obvious reasons, I’m happy for them. It’s tremendous for their program.”

Willard was asked if he could determine why the Pirates were left out.

“Unfortunately, they looked at the last two games of the season (losses at home to Rutgers and on the road to DePaul) and not the whole season,” Willard said. “It’s tough to play on the road in this league. It’s almost impossible to win.”

However, losing and getting humiliated by the league’s worst team by 28 points are two totally different things.

“After struggling in the middle of the season, we came back and beat Pittsburgh and Georgetown,” Willard explained. “We went to the RAC and beat Rutgers, which isn’t easy. But I guess they looked at the last two games and decided that’s who we are, when obviously, it’s not who we are.”

The Pirates will now get a chance to prove the NCAA committee wrong with a solid performance in the NIT, but that won’t lessen the sting that players like Theodore and Pope are experiencing right now. There’s nothing like March Madness and they once again won’t get that chance.

Tuning your internal recorder

A determined mind is the biggest asset of all. A mind that knows what to do and where to go cannot be stopped or deterred from its path. It is to be considered an asset. Not everyone is blessed with a personality and a mind to know and do always the right thing. However, the good news is that this is a skill which can be acquired with some effort and patience from your end. In many cultures, including India, it is believed that our body has an internal memory, which works similar to a recording machine. If you have ever tried waking up at a particular time without an alarm clock to aid you, then you probably know what I am talking about. For others, I recommend you try this little exercise at home. Tell yourself with a sincere heart that you would like to be up at a certain time the next morning or perhaps be reminded of something important later in the day. Shut your eyes, visualize yourself making a mental note, and you will be amazed at how your internal recorder remembers to perform as instructed by you. Once you have mastered this act of using your own abilities to maximize your gains, you can then start working towards more intense acts such as training your mind to think and act assertively even in matters that usually get your blood pressure to go sky-high. You can achieve this by simply instructing your mind to stay calm, weigh the options that you may have before you in any given situation and act in the most feasible manner. You need to train yourself to be clear in your thoughts. It is important to learn to compartmentalize emotions, people and situations, so that your reactions are not an outcome of a combination of these factors, but instead they must be so for their true purpose and nature. Once you are successful at this, you will realize that it is not such an effort after all. This training will come back naturally to you in subsequent acts. Always know that your body remembers everything. It understands and stores every performance as a memory, especially those which are appreciated and respected. You will see yourself living a better life when you clear all doubts and know what to do and that is reason enough for you to train yourself, and your mind to living a more peaceful life.


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Finding a good tax shelter

By Randy Neumann

One of my columns was about someone still working after having reached his “full retirement age.” Full retirement age, in Social Security speak, is that time in your life when you are eligible to collect your “full retirement benefit” without any offsets while maintaining a full-time job.

For those born between 1943 and 1954, the full retirement age is 66. So, although up to 85 percent of his Social Security benefit can be taxed, he avoided the tax by contributing his entire Social Security benefit into his company’s 401(k). The icing on the cake was the 3 percent match made by his employer that also went into the plan and was not taxable to him. Needless to say, he was a happy camper.

With all the brouhaha generated by the deficit ceiling “crises” looming in a few weeks, there is some interesting information regarding government tax and spending.

Below is a shortened version of the 2011 “Index of Economic Freedom” published by The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal that shows government tax and spending.:

Belgium: Tax burden percentage of GDP is 41.2 percent; government expenditure percentage of GDP is 50 percent.

Cuba: Tax burden percentage of GDP is 46.5 percent; government expenditure percentage of GDP is 78.1 percent.

Singapore: Tax burden percentage of GDP is 14.2 percent; government expenditure percentage of GDP is 17 percent.

United States: Tax burden percentage of GDP is 26.9 percent; government expenditure percentage of GDP is 38.9 percent.

“Gimme Shelter” was the opening track of the Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let It Bleed. And the “Taxman” was written by George Harrison for the Revolver album when he discovered that Harold Wilson’s Labour government established a 95 percent super tax in 1966 and that the Beatles would be subject to the tax.

Obviously, we all need some shelter from the taxman!

Here’s how another client did it: A gentleman was referred to me towards the end of 2010. He was in his late 50s and had enjoyed a successful business career. He came to see me because he’d retired and wanted to put the various pieces of the puzzle together. Having spent most of his time on his career and his family, he hadn’t gotten around to some of the tenants of financial planning such as tax and cash flow planning, investment planning, retirement, risk management and estate planning. This is not unusual as one has only so much energy, time and focus.

In our initial conversation, he mentioned that he’d earned about $100,000 as a consultant in 2010. A light bulb went off in my head (of course it was a government compliant CFL compact fluorescent lamp and not one of those evil incandescent bulbs), so I asked him, “Do you need the $100,000 to live on?” His answer was, “No.” I responded, “Would you like to stash a chunk of it away in a retirement plan?” His answer was a resounding, “Yes.”

It was near the end of the year, so we had to get the document signed to establish the plan before Dec. 31. Funding for the plan could wait until April 15, 2011 or, if he filed an extension, until the date of the extension. Funding was not a problem for him because his portfolio was large and liquid.

I immediately contacted Charles Rosenberg, a principal at INTAC Actuarial Services here in Ridgewood, to determine the best plan for my new client and to get everything done by the required year-end deadline. To use the jargon of the industry, we set up a Solo 401(k). Solo or individual 401(k) plans came from the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) signed into law in 2001. This legislation enabled and encouraged selfemployed people to enjoy the advantages of 401(k) plans without the administrative costs and burdens that typically accompany 401(k) plans.

So, without a lot of administrative headaches and government red tape, my new client was able to contribute $22,000 as an employee and $20,000 as an employer for a total of $42,000. Although his taxable income was $100,000, after the 401(k) contribution, it was reduced to $58,000. The money can be invested in a myriad of investments, and it will grow tax-deferred until it is withdrawn. If he continues to work as a consultant, he can continue to make contributions in the future, but what if he doesn’t.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that the $42,000 contribution compounds at 7 percent. In five years, it will be worth $58,907. In 10 years, when he is in his late 60’s, it will be worth $82,620. In 12 years, it will be worth $94,592, and because he will be 70 1/2 years old, he will have to take a required minimum distribution RMD. That amount is $3,452. Big deal.

If he dies before his wife, he can pass this along with his other IRAs to her and she can treat them as her own. Then his wife can pass them on to their children who can hold them as beneficiary IRAs and take out withdrawals based on their life expectancies.

This was the first step in his financial plan because it had a deadline. There will be many more.

This is a hypothetical example and is not representative of any specific situation. Your results will vary. The hypothetical rates of return used do not reflect the deduction of fees and charges inherent to investing.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for the individual.

Randy Neumann CFP (R) is a registered representative with securities and insurance offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC. He can be reached at 600 East Crescent Ave., Upper Saddle River 201-291-9000.


Mildred A. Breheny

Mildred A. Breheny (nee: Butler), 77, lifelong resident of Harrison, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 9.

Millie was born in Newark, the daughter of the late William and Mildred. She had worked for the Harrison Board of Education for 20 years, and was honored with the privilege of being the only mother to give birth to triplets, Ann, Millie, and Frank, at West Hudson Hospital in Kearny.

Millie was the loving mother to six children Thomas Raczynski and his wife Patricia, Ann Czyzyk and her husband Richard, Millie Falkner and her husband George, and Frank Raczynski and his wife Barbie, and the late William Raczynski and Dr. John Racine, Phd.; cherished grandmother to Michael, Carl and Noelle Raczynski and Katelyn and Steven Czyzyk, and loving aunt of Mary Glancy and Tom Woods Jr.

Millie was predeceased by her first husband John Raczynski, second husband James Breheny, and her sister Mary Woods.

Friends may call at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, March 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A 10 a.m. funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday March 14, at the Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery North Arlington. For directions, information or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Aubra Brett

Aubra Brett (nee Winder) died on March 7 in Milford Manor Nursing Home in West Milford. She was 90.

Born in Kearny, she lived most of her life in North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by burial at Arlington Cemetery.

Aubra was a supervisor at Prudential in Newark for 40 years before retiring.

Wife of the late Jack Brett, she is survived by her sister Betty J. Christie along with many dear nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Robert and Theodore Winder.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the North Arlington Volunteer Fire Dept Company c/o the funeral home or Alzheimer’s research. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

Athanasios Efstathiou

Athanasios Efstathiou died on March 3. He was 96.

Born in Lidorikion, Greece, he lived in New York City before moving to Kearny in 1957.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home.

Mr. Efstathiou was a physicist with RCA in Princeton. He was very active in St. Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church in Union and was a member of The Order of A.H.E.P.A.

He is survived by his wife Bess, his daughter Penny and her husband Kevin and his grandson Athan.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Dimitrios, 721 Rahway Ave., Union, N.J.

Arthur W. Fucetola Sr.

Arthur W. Fucetola Sr. died on March 7 in Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Pa. He was 86.

Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny and Roseland before moving to Emmaus, Pa.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. Fucetola was a Shriner and served in the Army during WWII and is a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He owned Fucetola Brothers Builders and Developers and was the building administrator for G and S Logistics in Harrison.

He is survived by his wife Diane (nee Hevey) and his former wife Marie (nee Nafus), his children and their spouses Arthur W., Jr. and Linda Fucetola, Robert A. and Donna Fucetola, Carl and Donna Fucetola, Carla and Kyle Brock, Daniel Fucetola, Donald and Nickole Fucetola and Doree Fucetola, his step children Paul and Jill Howarth and Roxanne and Barry Kinder and his brothers Joseph, Ralph and Fred Fucetola. Also surviving are 17 grand and 12 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to PSPCA, 350 East Erie Ave. Philadelphia, Pa., 19134. www.PSPCA.org/support.

Stanley Eugene Gorski

Stanley Eugene Gorski, 41, of Lavallette, died on Monday March 5.

Born in Belleville, he lived in Harrison, before moving to Lavallette seven years ago.

Stanley is predeceased by his wife Carol. He is survived by his parents Patricia and her husband Tom, and Stanley J. (Tex) Gorski and his wife Lucy; his daughter Tiffany, sons Jacob and Kyle. One step-son Shawn Mowla; his sister Patricia Deosaran (Harry), Cassandra Sgro, and brother Jarrod Gorski (Irene). He was brother-in-law to Ted Guis (Robbin), uncle to Michaelena, Elizabeth, Liliana, Jaclyn, Joshua, Zachary, Brandi, Samantha and Kimberly, also a great uncle to Gabriel and Bryant. He has numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and his lifelong best friend Jack Valente.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, March 11, at the Union Church of Lavallette. Arrangements were by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 706 Rt. 35, Lavallette. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for Stanley’s children, make donations payable to The Gorski Children’s Fund, and mailed to Gorski Children’s Fund, c/o Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River, NJ 08755. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com

Theodore J. Granda

Theodore J. Granda died suddenly at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital on March 9. He was 83.

Born in Jersey City, he lived many years in North Arlington before moving to Weehawken two years ago. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in The Christian Apostolic Church, 77 Wallace St., Belleville. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Ted was a retired manager from Star Expansion in Mountainville, N.Y. and was very involved with the Christian Apostolic Church.

He is the husband of the late Stella (Leonardo) and is survived by his daughters Elizabeth Granda-Argianas (Christopher) and Stephanie Granda. He also leaves behind his beloved granddaughter Lili Mei.

Lena Elizabeth Hayes

Lena Elizabeth Hayes (nee Bender), 72, passed away on Thursday, March 8.

Mrs. Hayes was born on June 13, 1939, in Orange. In the 1970’s, Lena and her late husband Joseph Hayes moved to Kearny, where she remained a long-term resident. She enjoyed spending time with family, going to the movies, long walks around town and attending church functions.

She is survived by her brother George Bender of Kearny; son John Hayes of Kearny; son and daughterin- law Michael and Kimberly Hayes of Lyndhurst; and by her two loving grandchildren Michael and Anthony Hayes.

A Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., Kearny.

Betty Ann Moore

Betty Ann Moore, 70, of Wall and Kearny, passed away Monday, March 5, at her Wall home with her family by her side.

Betty Ann was born and raised in Jersey City, graduating from St. Mary’s Grammar and High School in Jersey City. She lived in Carteret for a few years before moving to Kearny in 1977. Betty was a communicant of St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. She was a teacher’s aide in Lincoln Middle School and a member of the PTA at Roosevelt Elementary School both of Kearny. Betty Ann liked to garden, read, travel and taking care of her pets.

Betty Ann was predeceased by her parents Anthony and Anna DeGregorio and a brother Salvatore DeGregorio. She is survived by he r husband of 42 years Eugene Moore; a son Anthony Moore of Hoboken; a brother Emmanuel DeGregorio and his wife Virginia of Wall. Her cousin Bina Kistulinec and her husband Edward of Hillsborough; three nieces Deana and Pete Campisi and their son Christian, Renee Burkett and Gina and Robert Leete and their children Robert and Hannah. Betty Ann’s dear friends Jimmy Freda and Kim of Lyndhurst and her Kearny Coffee Clutch Donna Parry, Carolee Petti, Roseanne Lucarelli and Marlene DePasquale.

Arrangements were by Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. A funeral Mass was held on Thursday, March 8, in St. Rose Church, Belmar, followed by interment at St. Anne’s Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 650309 Dallas, Texas 75265-0309. To send condolences to the family, visit www.orenderfamilyfamilyhome.com.

Virginia C. Rizzolo

Virginia C. Rizzolo died on March 5 in Mountainside Hospital. She was 66. Born in Newark she lived in North Arlington the past 17 years.

Visitation was at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Virginia was a choir member and Eucharist minister at Queen of Peace. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Lucy Battista. She is survived by her husband John A. Rizzolo and stepmother Josephine Battista. She was the mother of Lucille M., John F., Joseph A. and, Michael L., Rizzolo and sister of Louis Battista and the late Rocco; also surviving is her grandson Nicholas.

Elizabeth H. White

Elizabeth H. White (nee Wetmore) died on March 8 in The Hackensack Hospice. She was 78. Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Betty was a human resource manager for Valley National Bank in Kearny and Wayne before retirement. She is active with the Woman’s Auxiliary V.F.W. Post 1302 in Kearny.

Wife of James D. White, she is survived by her children and their spouses James E. and Victoria, Glenn W. and Edith, Donald and Linda and David J. and Leigh White. She was the sister-in-law of Carol Wetmore and is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her brother Ben Wetmore.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to John Theurer Cancer Center, 92 Second Street 2nd floor Hackensack, N.J. 07601 or e-mail jshah@humed.com

Dorothy A. Wetzel Wills

Dorothy A. Wetzel Wills, 91, of Cedar Grove, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 3, following a long illness.

An funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, March 7, at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave. , Harrison. Dorothy was laid to rest with her parents at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Dorothy was the daughter of the late Joseph and Clara Wetzel, she was born and raised in Harrison and was the youngest of eight children. She resided in Jersey City with her late husband Robert and was active with the Retired Senior Volunteers and the Hudson County Mental Health Association Senior Volunteers.

Dorothy was predeceased by her loving husband Robert T.; her brother Frederick Wetzel and her sisters: Matilda Gerlach, Gertrude Woods, Theresa McCann, Agatha Jacobus, Marie Dolan and Agnes Bulger. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Please kindly omit flowers and make donations to the Hudson County Mental Health Association, 3000 Kennedy Blvd., Suite 305, Jersey City, N.J. 07306. For directions, information, or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

News from the Nutley Police Blotter

March 9

Juan Orellana, 23, of Hasbrouck Heights, was arrested for DWI while traveling on River Road at 2:39 a.m. He was taken to headquarters where he was released to a responsible adult.

A 22-year-old West Orange man was found bleeding from the head in Municipal Lot 2 at 1:46 a.m. The man told police he’d been assaulted by an unknown man after leaving a bar near Franklin Ave. and Centre St. The Nutley Rescue Squad examined him. Police are investigating.

March 8

Police are investigating a possible identity theft in connection with the case of a River Road resident who reported getting a mailing from the IRS stating that it was auditing the resident’s tax return and that a refund would be delayed. The resident called the IRS to say that he hadn’t yet fi led his return and was advised to call police.

Someone stole a 2012 motorcycle and other items from an Overlook Terrace resident’s garage. The theft was reported to police at 5:16 p.m. Police are investigating.

Police are investigating the painting of graffiti on the rear of several E. Centre St. businesses facing Owens Park. The vandalism was reported at 4:20 p.m.

Police stopped a vehicle whose trunk was overloaded with scrap metal while it was traveling south on Rt. 21 at 1:17 a.m. Police said they learned that the scrap metal was unlawfully removed from Rutherford and the vehicle and driver were turned over to Rutherford P.D.

March 7

The owner of a vehicle parked on Franklin Ave. returned to the car to fi nd its rear window shattered with a baseball bat lying on the rear seat. The incident happened while the Nutley High School baseball team was practicing in the nearby Park Oval, police said.

March 6

A 22-year-old Nutley man was struck by a motor vehicle while skateboarding in a crosswalk at Bloomfi eld Ave. and Cedar St. at 6:29 p.m. The man suffered minor injuries, police said.

A search for a missing women with Alzheimer’s disease ended happily. Police said the search began at 6:03 p.m. when they were called to a Cortland St. residence where a 79-year-old woman afflicted with Alzheimer’s had been reported unaccounted for. After canvassing the area for several hours, a police broadcast to surrounding communities resulted in police finding the woman safe in a Clifton residence on Dwas Lane. Police the resident invited the woman inside and contacted police.

Intruders broke into a Mapes Ave. home, sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 5:13 p.m., ransacked every room and removed many items. Police are asking anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area to call the Detective Bureau at (973) -284-4938.

A teacher at a local private school not identified by police reported the theft of her cellular phone, valued at $300, from her desk drawer. She reported the incident at 3:50 p.m. Police are investigating.

Someone reportedly opened several postal packages before they were delivered to a River Road resident although nothing was reported missing from the packages. Police advised the resident to contact the carrier. The resident reported the matter at 10:26 a.m.

March 5

Police received a complaint from an Oakley Terrace resident at 7:48 p.m. about a contractor who took a deposit for the replacement of wall tile in a bathroom and hasn’t returned to the job for more than five weeks.

A Prospect St. resident called police at 10:47 a.m. to report that two trespassers entered the resident’s rear yard to take metal scrap. Police couldn’t locate the pair.

A vandal sprayed black paint over the rear door of a Franklin Ave. building owner during the night. The incident was reported at 9:52 a.m. Police are investigating.

Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Franklin Ave. at 3:06 a.m. and arrested Phanrapee Premabhuti, 24, of Nutley, for DWI. He was ticketed, taken to headquarters and released to a responsible adult.

March 3

At 9:59 p.m. police found Frank Ruglio, 24, of Nutley, staggering at Franklin Ave. and Chestnut St. Police said Ruglio was drunk and had an outstanding warrant for $5,000 from Newark. After struggling with cops, Ruglio was charged with resisting arrest and the warrant and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Police are investigating the theft of unknown proceeds from a Mapes Ave. residence. The incident was reported at 2:45 p.m.

An 11:56 a.m. call brought police to the Rite Aid on Franklin Ave. where the manager reported that several pallets had been stolen from outside the store. Police are investigating.

March 2

Three Nutley juveniles in a vehicle parked in Municipal Lot 1 were found to be in possession of marijuana at 11:09 p.m., according to police. All three were turned over to the custody of legal guardians and charges are pending against one of the three – a 17-year-old boy – through the Juvenile Bureau.

Police are investigating possible credit card fraud following the report of a Chestnut St. resident that she had a zero balance on her account and a fraudulent charge on her card. The resident told police that her research disclosed that the card had been used at several area establishments.

Free rabies clinic

The North Arlington Board of Health will sponsor a free Rabies Clinic at the Legion Place Firehouse on Wednesday, March 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

North Arlington residents are urged to make sure that all cats and dogs are vaccinated against rabies.  Unvaccinated domestic animals can contact rabies from wild animals and transmit infection to humans.

Those attending the Rabies Clinic will have the opportunity to obtain a license for their dogs and cats after the pet is vaccinated.

The cost for a dog and cats licenses are $10 if the animal is neutered or spayed and $13 if not.  Licensing fees may be made either by check or money order payable to the North Arlington Health Department or EXACT cash amount.

For further information, please call the North Arlington Health Department at 201-955-5695.

Open house and registration for pre-k program

Lyndhurst Department of Parks and Recreation, 862 Valley Brook Ave., announces a Pre-K Open House and Registration will be held on March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Parents are invited to come meet the staff and view the facility.

The Pre-K Program has two sessions per day – A morning session from 8:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and an afternoon session from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  The program is open to children who are turning 4-years-old by December 15, 2012.  The cost is $10 per day paid weekly.  Aftercare may become available if enough children are enrolled in the program.

Registration for the September 2012 to June 2013 School Year will be taking place at the Parks and Recreation Department, located at 250 Cleveland Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Any questions regarding the program please contact, Theresa Cicero, at the Lyndhurst Parks Department, (201) 804-2482.


Alleged sexual assault of juvenile comes to light

Belleville –


At 10:50 a.m. on March 8, Belleville police received a call from the Essex County Prosecutors Office notifying them of an aggravated sexual assault of a juvenile.  A Belleville Detective was sent to the prosecutor’s office where he spoke with the child’s mother who said the girl had revealed being sexually assaulted in 2010 while staying at 70 Naples Ave. in the care of the mother’s friend. According to the girl, the friend’s brother was responsible for the sexual attack. Based on the daughter’s statement and an interview conducted at the prosecutor’s office, several criminal charges were authorized by that office. After learning about the charges now pending against him, Daniel A. Rombola, 27, of Kearny turned himself over to Belleville authorities on March 9. At press time, his bail was yet to be determined.


In other Belleville Police news:


Police saw a man walk out of the rear yard of 120 Rutgers St. at 2:11 p.m. and peer into several windows on the first floor of an adjacent apartment building.  When the man noticed that police were watching him, he turned and walked in the opposite direction. Police stopped him. Calvin Battle, 53, of Newark was found to have a warrant out of Newark for $264. He was arrested and released on his own recognizance.


March 6


The owner of the Shopper’s Express store at 300 Washington Ave., reported the theft of numerous bundles of Star Ledger newspapers at 3:05 a.m. He told police that he had surveillance video of the crime that showed a man driving a Honda Accord stealing the papers.  A man whose car fit the description was later seen at the store taking newspapers from the site. Sharad Pandya, 60, of Nutley was charged with theft and held on $500 bail.


At 2:33 p.m., police responded to a shoplifting call at the K-Mart at 371 Main St. Store detectives told police that John F. Mosca, 38, of Belleville had swapped his shoes with a pair of new ones and attempted to exit the store. He was detained by security until police arrived, Mosca was charged with shoplifting and released on his own recognizance.


At  1:08 a.m., at the intersection of Union Ave. and Tappan Ave., two officers on a motor vehicle stop observed another vehicle traveling northbound on Union Ave. at a slow rate of speed. They noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and attempted to wave the driver down. When the vehicle came close to striking the command unit, police issued loud verbal demands for the vehicle to stop. The 1998 Grey Mitsubishi four-door pulled over. Police noticed that the front passenger side of the car was damaged and the “tire was pinned underneath the car.” When asked for his credentials, the driver stated, “I live in Belleville, I live in Belleville,” multiple times.  Police noticed alcohol on the man’s breath and conducted several sobriety tests. He was placed under arrest for D.W. I. and transported to headquarters. While underway, the man turned combative and issued death threats to the arresting officers. Ronny Alexander Gomez, 40, of Belleville was arrested for D.W.I., resisting arrest, two counts of terroristic threats, and numerous motor vehicle summonses. His bail was set at $20,000.


March 5

At 4:43 p.m., police were alerted to a shoplifting at K-Mart, 371 Main St. According to store detectives, John W. Cruz, 21, of Belleville was seen concealing a Nook Tablet in his jacket and attempting to exit the store.  He was arrested and charged with shoplifting.  His bail was set at $200.


At 12 p.m., Belleville Police were dispatched to the Paterson Police Dept. to pick up 46-year-old Jennifer Fiore.  The woman carried a $700 active warrant out of Belleville.


While conducting a random license plate check on Washington Ave., it was learned that the registered owner was driving with a suspended license. It was also learned that the woman carried warrants. Geneequa A. Phillips was arrested and taken to headquarters. Her outstanding warrants included: Newark $500; Union $500; E. Orange $500.

Bloomfield Police Blotter

March 6

George Attys of Orange was arrested for contempt.

Larry Amons of Newark was arrested for contempt.

March 5

A large metal safe was stolen from the bedroom closet of a residence on the 300 block of Broughton Ave.  The safe contained cash and documents.

Rims and tires were stolen off of a vehicle parked at a residence on Walnut St.

A Garmin GPS unit and an I-Phone charger were stolen from a vehicle on Van Winkle St.

Carl Furguson of Bloomfield was arrested for assault.

Donelle Bellot of Bloomfield was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

James Rouse of Newark was arrested for outstanding warrants.

March 4

A 2007 Toyota parked on Donald St. that was possibly left unlocked, was reported with a laptop computer missing from it.

Another vehicle, this one a 2011 Ford was also possibly left unlocked on John St. A Coleman flashlight and $5 in change were reported missing.

Spray paint markings were found on the rear cellar door of a residence on the 200 block of Broughton Ave.

An attempted theft of a 2003 Audi was reported on the 200 block of Berkeley Ave.

March 3

John Plaza of Montclair was arrested for robbery, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. His bail was set at $250,000.

Jordan Hooks of Orange was arrested for robbery and conspiracy. His bail was set at $100,000.

Jose Echievarria-Ortiz of Paterson was arrested for aggravated assault.

A residence on the 300 block of Broughton Ave. was burglarized with no apparent signs of forced entry evident. A 42-inch LCD television was found missing.

A 2010 Chrysler with N.J. plates was stolen from the 900 block of Broad St.

A Honda Civic with N.J. plates was stolen from the 200 block of North 17th St.

March 2

Two men approached a woman as she exited her vehicle on the 100 block of Thomas St. When one of the men pointed a silver handgun at the woman and demanded her wallet, the victim started screaming for help. Startled by the woman’s reaction, the would-be holdup men fled the scene.  With the assistance of Montclair Police Officer Steven Iberer, a suspect was located and Bloomfield Police Officers Mike Moleski and David Lehman were able to get a positive identification that led to his arrest. Further investigation resulted in the arrest of his alleged accomplice.

A first-floor residence on Edison St. had one of its basement window forced open. Various types of jewelry were found missing at the home.

A second-floor residence at the same Edison St. location had its front door forced open. Missing were an Apple laptop computer, a Canon digital camera, and various types of jewelry.

A rear window was broken at a residence on the 300 block of Broughton Ave.  An I-Pad and jewelry items were reported missing.

A 2005 Toyota had two sets of fog lamps removed from it on Birch St.

A 2001 Ford pick-up was found with damage to its driver’s side door and ignition on the 100 block of Washington St. Work tools were missing from the vehicle.

March 1

Two men approached a man on the 100 block of North15th St. After pointing a handgun at the man, the duo relieved him of two cellular telephones and darted off in a white Cadillac. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark. Police are investigating.

February 29

A 1999 Honda Accord with N.J. registration was stolen at Bloomfield Ave. and N. 16th St.

On Carteret St., a shop owner reported the theft of bundles of newspapers.

Harrison Police Blotter

March 7

Jewelry and laptop computers were stolen from three apartments on Frank Rodgers Blvd. South, N. Fifth St. and Harrison Ave. that were burglarized.

Police found a homeless man, identified as Numar Giraldo-Ramirez, 47, sleeping in hallway of a building on Frank Rodgers Blvd. North. He was arrested on a $3,500 warrant out of North Bergen and was subsequently released by North Bergen P.D.

March 6

Burglars broke into a vehicle parked on Warren St. under Rt. 280 and another vehicle parked on Sussex St. beneath the highway. Nothing appeared to have been stolen from either car, police said.

A former Harrison resident, Luis Garcia, 20, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Webster, Mass., charging him with rape. When he was apprehended, Garcia had eight plastic bags of suspected marijuana in his pocket. He was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute. He was also charged with entering the state of New Jersey as a fugitive from justice. Garcia is being held at the Hudson County Jail, Kearny.

March 4

Someone stole a 1998 Honda Civic while it was parked in the 300 block of Sussex St.

March 3

Police are seeking three men who allegedly beat up a 16-year-old male and robbed him of his cellular phone and hat while he was walking on Kingsland Ave. around midnight. Police described the suspects as two Hispanic males and one black male. An investigation is continuing.

A motor vehicle accident on Frank Rodgers Blvd. North led to the arrest of Antonio Rosmaninho, 57, of Newark, for disorderly conduct after police said he created a disturbance. Police said they subsequently arrested Rafael Torres, 37, of Harrison, who was involved in the accident, on charges of assaulting the other motorist involved. Torres was charged with aggravated assault. He was released after posting bail.

March 1

An unknown male stole an undetermined amount of money from a tip cup at Frank Rodgers Blvd. restaurant. However, the theft was captured by the eatery’s security camera and a police investigation is under way to identify and locate the thief.

Someone broke into a vehicle parked on N. Second St. and removed a portable GPS unit.

Feb. 29

A Harrison Ave. resident reported that his vehicle was broken into while it was parked in a private lot on Harrison Ave. Nothing was stolen.

Hugo Martinez, 32, of Kearny, was arrested for an outstanding Newark warrant after he was involved in a dispute outside a Harrison Ave. tavern.

Feb. 27

Eli Cabral, 44, of Kearny, was arrested on a DWI charge after he was observed operating his motor vehicle with a flat tire on Frank Rodgers Blvd. near the PATH station.

Feb. 26

Someone broke into a vehicle parked at Third and Warren Sts. and took a portable GPS unit. And another vehicle parked on Warren St. under Rt. 280 was burglarized and a portable GPS unit taken from that vehicle.

Feb. 24

Jamie Montoya, 23, of Harrison, was arrested for DWI and filing a false police report after he reported that his vehicle was stolen in Harrison when, in fact, he had crashed it on Jackson St. in Newark, police said.

Feb. 23

Donald Carpenter, 29, of Harrison, was arrested on charges of assaulting a woman at a local convenience store after the two became involved in a dispute, police said.

Police arrested Ryan Carson, 29, of Harrison, at Third and Jersey Sts. for an outstanding warrant from Newark for $350.