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Harrison Police Blotter

Feb. 7

A vehicle parked in a private lot was broken into and a GPS unit was stolen.

A 2000 Honda Civic was stolen from a private parking lot at Second and Essex Sts.

Three cars were broken into while parked on Bergen St. under Rt. 280. A GPS unit was reported stolen from one of the vehicles.

Feb. 5

A patron passed two fake $20 bills at a local gas station. After paying for gas and leaving the station, the attendant realized that the two phony bills were folded up with two real $1 bills.

A vehicle parked on the 400 block of Hamilton St. was broken into during the night. The intruder got away with a GPS unit and textbooks.

Feb. 4

A N. Fifth St. resident reported that someone entered his unlocked vehicle during the night and removed cash from the glovebox.

Feb. 2

Police arrested Nathan Hulstrum, 24, of Kearny, on DWI charges after his vehicle hit a street light on Frank Rodgers Blvd. South. Hulstrum also received summonses charging him with careless driving and driving while suspended.

At 7:30 p.m. someone skateboarding grabbed the headphones off the head of a juvenile walking in the area of Hamilton St. and Kingsland Ave. and fled. The juvenile was unhurt. The headphones were valued at $350.

Juan Guarnizo, 27, of Newark, was arrested on shoplifting charges after police said he tried to walk out of a local business with eight soccer jerseys without paying. Police said Guarnizo was also wanted by Newark police on an outstanding warrant. Guarnizo was released pending separate court appearances.

Angela Perez, 21, of Harrison, was arrested after police said they discovered a hypodermic syringe and five packets of heroin among items that Perez reportedly left in a relative’s home. She was released pending a court appearance.

Around Town

Bloomfield

Bloomfield Public Library Book Club will meet on Monday, March 12, from 6:45 to 7:50 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “Lake Wobegon Days” by Garrison Keillor.

The book contains a series of linked stories, both funny and poignant, about a rural community where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

For further information or to request help in locating a copy of the book club selection, please call the Reference Desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 502.

New Jersey’s premier business to business directory Corfacts is now available online from the Bloomfield Public Library.

Access more than 64,000 N.J. company profiles and 30,000 email addresses. Locate new customers by company name, city, county, zip code, revenues, employee size, and key description word. Convert any of your results into detailed custom reports or pre-formatted mailing labels.

To utilize this service, connect to www.bplnj.org/ databases.html and click on the Corfacts link. This service is available from within the library and remotely with a valid Bloomfield Library card.

Harrison

Molly the Therapy Dog will be back at the library’s children’s room on the following dates: Thursday, Feb. 23; Thursday, March 15; Thursday, April 19 and Thursday, May 27, each date 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Due to the huge interest in the Paws to Read program, space is limited to the first 25 children each month. Story hour will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. Parents will be asked to wait in the upper level of the library. If you have any questions, email mdunphy@harrison.k12.nj.us or call the library.

Kearny

First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., is holding a Winter Blowout Sale on Saturday, Feb.25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sale items include clothing for the whole family, small household items, books and more.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. art teacher Desiree Mills will host a special art project honoring Dr. Seuss’s birthday for children ages 4 and up at the Kearny Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave. The program will be free of charge. All other sup – plies will be provided by the library. For further information, please call the Main Library at (201) 998-2666. Check the library’s website <www.kearnylibrary.org> for more program information.

Kearny Seniors Inc. has lowered the age requirement for membership. Now, anyone age 50 or older may join the club. The group meets every Thursday morning at the Henrietta Benstead Building, 60 Columbia Ave., Kearny. Meetings start at 11:30 a.m. Hospitality, coffee, rolls and donuts are available, starting at 10 a.m. Members need not be Kearny residents.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, welcomes all members of the community to celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. The menu will feature buffet favorites, beverage and dessert. Following the dinner will be the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, the Mardi Gras procession to New Orleans style jazz, games, prizes and fun for all ages. A free-will donation will help cover the cost of the dinner. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-5894 on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m.

Roosevelt School PTA will host a Tricky Tray on March 22 to raise funds to support the purchase of educational tools, equipment and assemblies for the students, defray the cost of class trips and finance many family activities held at the school.

The PTA is asking local businesses for merchandise, gift cards/certificates or monetary donations to fill the prize baskets. All donations are tax deductible and all contributors will be recognized in a program for this event.

Donations may be sent to: Roosevelt School PTA, 733 Kearny Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032. Make all checks or gift certificates payable to the Roosevelt School PTA.

Lyndhurst

The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, has a supply of both canned and dry dog food available to anyone that due to financial situations cannot feed their dog. Just stop by Mondays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or for more information, call 201-896-9300.

A Great Backyard Bird Count Walk will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst. This free, 90-minute guided walk will include keeping track of the number of species seen and the totals for each of those species, and sending them into the event organizers, the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This familyfriendly event is sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute weather updates. Participants will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@ aol.com or 201-230-4983.

Lyndhurst V.F.W. Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., will host Karaoke on Friday, Feb. 17, starting at 7:30 p.m. The VFW hall is also available for rentals for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-3080.

A veteran’s ward party will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Chestnut Hill Extended Care facility, in Passaic, starting at 2:30 p.m. This party is being co-sponsored by Frances Cantore in memory of her husband James and by Vincent Troncone Sr. and his wife Vera in memory of his father Sabino Troncone If you would like to support these monthly programs, please contact American Legion Post 139, Rehabilitation Committee, Lyndhurst at 201-438-2255.

North Arlington

North Arlington Knights of Columbus, Queen of Peace Council #3428, will host its sixth annual Shrove Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the corner of Belmont Ave. and River Road in North Arlington. The event will feature a traditional pancake meal along with foods representing different cultures from around the world. A video history and presentation on the background of this special day and its roots in the Christian calendar will also take place at the event.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at the Queen of Peace Church rectory during regular operating hours or at the Council’s hall, Wednesday through Saturday after 4p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Nutley

St. Mary’s Rosary Society in Nutley is hosting its second annual fish and chip dinner on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22. The dinner entrees are being prepared by The Thistle restaurant of Lyndhurst and will be served in Msgr. Walsh Hall in the basement of St. Mary’s Church, 17 Msgr. Owens Place in Nutley.

Take-out orders may be picked up between 4 and 5 p.m. that afternoon. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. that afternoon guests may pick up orders or dine in the Hall. A dult portions are $15 and child portions (for those under 14) are $7. Proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Parish.

To place an order, please call the Parish Center at 973-235-1100. Tickets must be purchased before the event.

Nutley Public Library’s first annual Wii Winter Olympics will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. Healthy snacks and juice will be available. This event is for children only. Registration is not required.

Compete in a live action Angry Birds challenge at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Children must be age 12 and up to compete. Registration is required. Feel free to bring in plush Angry Birds. Check the teen website for further details at http://nutleypubliclibraryforteens. wordpress. com.

The Nutley Department of Park and Recreation announces registration is open for spring tennis lessons. The program will be directed under the supervision of Barry Rubach, an accredited member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and former Collegiate Champion. Classes range in age groups starting in first grade to adult sessions. The program will run for five weeks.

Online registration is now available for recreation programs at www.NutleyNj.org or forms may be turned in to the Parks and Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave., prior to the first session on April 13 at Msgr. Owens Park. Class sizes are limited and are filled on a firstcome, first-served basis. All rain dates will be made up at the end of the session.

For more information on this or any Recreation Program, please contact the department at (973) 284- 4966, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Kearny’s Gamero gets chance to play with Puerto Rican national soccer team

Photo courtesy NJIT Athletics/ Kearny’s Franco Gamero, now playing soccer at NJIT, will travel to play with the Puerto Rican national soccer team later this week.

 

By Jim Hague

When Cesar Markovic was hired last year as the new head soccer coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology, he told Kearny’s Franco Gamero that he had connections with the Puerto Rican national soccer team.

“It was the first day I met him,” said Gamero, who was a standout soccer player at Kearny High School before moving on to NJIT. “He asked me if I was Puerto Rican and he told me he had a friend involved with the Puerto Rican national team.”

Gamero’s mother is from Puerto Rico. His father is from Argentina, but he was born in the United States. When Markovic made that statement when the coach met the player for the first time, Gamero didn’t think much of it.

That is, until recently.

“I struck up a friendship years ago with the vice-president of the Puerto Rican Soccer Federation, Dariel Collazo,” Markovic said. “We became good friends. A couple of years ago, I had an opening at Stony Brook (where Markovic coached before NJIT) for an assistant coach and I brought Dariel in. He stayed with me for six seasons, then he went back to Puerto Rico.”

Collazo called Markovic and asked if he knew of any players who were of Puerto Rican descent. Markovic immediately thought of Gamero, a junior at NJIT who led the Highlanders in scoring last fall.

Markovic told Collazo that Gamero would be a good addition to the Puerto Rican national team, so Collazo invited Gamero to come to train with the squad for some international friendly contests against El Salvador and Nicaragua later this month.

“Honestly, when I first heard of this, I thought Coach (Markovic) was joking,” Gamero said. “I never thought I would get this kind of opportunity. But when he said it, then he called the coach and put me on the phone with him, I realized it was for real.”

Gamero leaves later this week for San Juan and will join the Puerto Rican national squad for the two contests and another opponent to be determined.

In essence, it’s like a tryout for Gamero, but it’s coming on the international soccer scene.

“They’re bringing in five or six guys from the United States who are Puerto Rican,” Gamero said. “It’s definitely the biggest opportunity of my life. There is nothing in my life I’m looking forward to more.”

“It’s a tremendous experience for Franco,” Markovic said. “He’s getting a chance and we’ll see where it goes. At the very least, he’ll get an international cap (appearance) out of it and that’s a tremendous experience in itself. No one will ever take that away from him.”

Markovic said that Puerto Rico is trying to develop its national team, so it’s a good situation for Gamero to be in.

“Puerto Rico is a country that is still trying to develop the game of soccer,” Markovic said. “But over the years, they are getting better. They are working their way up the ranks. They’re still a developing soccer country and it’s different than the other Latin American countries. But the growth has been tremendous and they’re developing a good soccer background.”

Gamero was asked if he would be ready to play competitive soccer again. After all, the Highlanders’ season ended in October.

“Coach Markovic has us all in full training mode, like it’s preseason,” Gamero said. “We’re doing workouts at 6 a.m. three times a week. We’re working with a strength and conditioning coach. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we have two-a-days. I feel like I’m in good stamina shape. We’ve also been working outside, because the weather has been nice. I’m pretty sure I’ll be alright, even though I really haven’t been playing.”

Gamero will be gone until the end of the month, traveling to Puerto Rico, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

“This is definitely a door-opening situation, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Gamero said. “I have to take advantage of it. I honestly thought that it was first the U-23 (under 23) team, but it’s the real national team. I’m traveling to Central America with a chance to play internationally. This is the kind of stuff I only dreamed of. I’m thankful it’s happening.”

Markovic believes it’s a blessing for the entire NJIT soccer program.

“It gives us exposure and gives him tremendous experience,” Markovic said. “It gives Franco more of an understanding about international soccer and he can share that with his teammates. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

And definitely a dream come true for a kid from Kearny.

Lyndhurst bowling adds state title to ‘triple crown’

Photo courtesy Michael Rizzo/ The Lyndhurst bowling team celebrates after capturing the NJSIAA North 1-A state sectional championship at Bowler City in Hackensack on Saturday. From left are Lexus Lopez, Paul Ulrich, John Missagia, Carmine Battista, Nyquan Johnson and Jordan Lopez.

 

By Jim Hague

One would never guess that the exploits of a track and field team would serve as motivation for a bowling squad.

But that’s what happened at Lyndhurst High School.

Last spring, the Lyndhurst track team had a season to remember, winning four titles, the Bergen County Relays, the Bergen County individual championships, the NJIC-Meadowlands Division title and the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I state crown. It was the first time in the school’s history that the track team earned all those championships.

Well, Lyndhurst bowling coach Michael Rizzo decided to use what the Golden Bears did on the track as a springboard to try to duplicate the feat on the lanes.

“I told our kids early on that our goal this year was to win the league, the county and the state sectional,” Rizzo said. “I told them that if the track team could do it, that they could win the ‘Triple Crown,’ then we could do it. It was our motivation. They had to step up when the pressure was on.”

The Golden Bears already had two-thirds of the “Triple Crown” in place, namely the league and the county titles. On Saturday, they headed to Bowler City in Hackensack for the third piece of the puzzle, the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1-A championships.
Going into the tournament, Rizzo felt like he had the team to beat. Others believed it as well.

“On paper, we were the favorites,” Rizzo said. “But I had the other coaches breaking my chops, saying that they were all bowling for second place. When you’re expected to win, you always get nervous, because something could happen. You might not have a great day. Some other team could step up and have a great day. Nothing is handed to you.”

As it turned out, the Golden Bears really didn’t bowl up to their capabilities, but they still managed to do well enough to hold off the rest of the competition.

Led by freshman Jordan Lopez’s sensational 278 high game and 675 series, the Golden Bears rolled a three-game series total of 2,853 pins, easily outperforming runner-up Becton Regional and third place New Milford for the state sectional crown.

It was the second state title for Lyndhurst in the last three years.

“We bowled a 1,017 in the first game and were up by 100 pins,” Rizzo said. “We were in good shape. After the second game, we had a 200-pin lead. At that point, we were bowling against the clock. We had a big lead, but the lanes were breaking down. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to, but a win is a win.”

And the youngest of the Golden Bears led the way.

Jordan Lopez began the season bowling the conventional way, as a one-handed thrower. But he then switched over to throw the ball uncharacteristically with two hands.

“It’s really become the new trend in bowling,” Rizzo said. “A lot of kids are doing it now. When Jordan first did it in practice, I thought he was fooling around, but he was serious. You can’t say anything about the success. He’s getting 212 every day, so it’s safe to say he’s mastered it.”

Lopez’s series was seventh in the entire state and he now heads to the NJSIAA individual state sectionals this week at Carolier Lanes in East Brunswick. His 278 high game, rolled in the first game of the series, was the second highest single game total for any individual.

Lopez’s older sister, Lexus Lopez, a junior, also played a big part in the success of the team. She rolled a 546 series and had a high game of 201. It’s a potent 1-2 brother/sister act that the Golden Bears have going for them. Both will head to Carolier Lanes this week to participate in the state tournament, which is quite an accomplishment, but Lexus will get to finally compete with and against fellow girls this week instead of battling with the boys.

Senior Paul Ulrich was also big. He had a 211 in the first game, the second highest game of any Lyndhurst bowler, and ended the day with a 568 series, trailing only Jordan Lopez among the Bears.

“Paul was fighting pain in his wrist, but was still out there,” Rizzo said. “He was hurting, but he still managed to focus and do well. He’s come a long way and I’m very proud of him.”

Senior Carmine Battista, the team’s leader, had a 530 series and senior Nyquan Johnson had a 534 series.

Senior John Missagia and sophomore Connor Sheldrick acted as substitutes and bowled a few frames to get in the festivities.

“It’s tough to win when you’re expected to win,” Rizzo said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

On Friday, the Golden Bears will head to the overall Group I state championships, also at Carolier Lanes.

“Right now, after the ‘Triple Crown,’ anything we get is gravy,” Rizzo said. “The top three would be nice, but I really think we have a shot to win. I’m not bragging or anything, but we have a shot.”

And if Rizzo needs help getting his team ready, he can just turn to the track team for a little touch of moral support.

Kearny’s Bush poised for solid final wrestling go-round

Photo by Jim Hague/ Kearny senior wrestler Dave Bush is looking forward to a fine end to his wrestling career, one that he hopes takes him to the NJSIAA state championships in Atlantic City next month.

 

By Jim Hague

Dave Bush knows that it’s his final season of high school wrestling and the Kearny senior is ready to give it his all down the stretch.

That’s why Bush became more of a dedicated wrestler before this season, religiously attending the NJAC Wrestling Facility, owned and operated by former Kearny state champion Dave Cordoba, currently the head coach at St. Mary’s of Rutherford.
As soon as the high school baseball season came to an end, Bush put the bat and glove down and headed back to the wrestling room with Cordoba, the program’s all-time leader in victories with 141.

“I’ve learned a lot from him,” Bush said of Cordoba. “Right after baseball is over, I go right to wrestling. Even sometimes during the baseball season, I go train a bit, but that can be a little tough.”

But Bush had to make the necessary sacrifice to become a better wrestler.

“I felt like I had to do it,” Bush said. “I wasn’t too happy with the way my seasons have ended in the past.”

In each of the last three seasons, Bush made it to the finals of the NJSIAA District 16 tournament, only to lose in the finals.

“I knew I couldn’t do that again,” Bush said. “I knew I had to do something different. Enough is enough.”

So Bush was determined to become a better wrestler and that meant spending more time training.

“He has all the tools,” veteran Kearny head wrestling coach Tony Carratura said. “He just needed that something extra. He needed to get a little more determined. He works hard after practice, then hits the weight room and then goes to train. He knows that’s what it takes to take it to the next level. That extra work is needed, even though he plays other sports.

Added Carratura, “Dave is a very good baseball player. But to take it to the next level and to get to Atlantic City (in the state tournament), Dave had to put in the extra work. It’s all about what you put into it. Then that’s what you get out of it and that gets you to the next level. He’s put a lot of time and effort into it and it’s shown. It’s put him a step above what he was last year.”

Bush said that he could feel the improvement.

“I went to a lot of summer tournaments and that got me ready,” Bush said. “I felt better. I felt quicker. Since I lifted a lot, I felt stronger. I really felt good about myself.”
Bush was rolling along in fine fashion, holding fort at 160 pounds in the Kardinals’ lineup, when disaster struck a month ago.

“He rolled his knee and that kept him out for a couple of weeks,” Carratura said.

“It started to bother me in practice a little and then I realized it was sprained,” Bush said. “The doctors said I had to sit out for two weeks and that was horrible. I knew that no matter what, I was going to come back and be 100 percent. I worked too hard to have anything happen.”

Bush received medical treatment and did some rehabilitative exercise to get his knee back to full strength.

“It never crossed my mind that I was going to be out for the season,” Bush said. “I was going to wrestle no matter what. It was a little shock to the body to be out, but after a couple days, I got right back into it. I feel good now.”

Bush certainly is showing no signs of the knee injury. He currently has a stellar 23-1 record this season as the long-awaited District 16 tournament approaches next weekend.

Bush also reached an impressive milestone last week. In a match against Union, Bush won via a pin and in the process, collected the 100th win of his career, becoming only the seventh Kardinal wrestler to ever reach the impressive milestone.

“It’s a great honor to be with those guys,” said Bush of a list that includes Cordoba and current Kearny assistant coach Vin Abbott. “It’s actually amazing I’m with that group.”
Others include Jon DGravina, Angel Colon, Brian McDonnell and J.T. Nash.

For his efforts, Bush has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week.

Bush is also acting as a leader for a very young Kardinal team that features an astounding 18 freshmen.

“They all look up to him and mimic what he does,” Carratura said. “Even some of the older guys watch what Dave does. They all look up to him. It’s a different Dave Bush these days. He’s stronger. He has experience. He’s more determined. His technique is better and he has more finesse. He has a good chance to win the Districts and the Regions and move on to Atlantic City.”

That’s another goal. After three close calls, Bush wants to make sure that his season ends in Atlantic City.

“It’s exciting and nerve wracking,” Bush said. “We’re getting down to it, but I’m ready. I think having the nerves help. Right now, I’m in good position to win the Districts and try to win the Regions to get to Atlantic City. That would be a great thing. I’ve always thought of it. It’s always been inside my head. I feel like I’m hitting my peak at the right time.”

And after three disappointments, Bush feels like he’s saving his best for last.

“It could definitely happen,” Bush said. “I can feel it.”

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Harvesting your portfolio

 

By Randy Neumann

Because of the turmoil in the markets these days, it’s a good thing that there is some leeway in planning for Required Minimum Distributions. Let me explain. RMDs are a way for the government to collect taxes. The first Individual Retirement Account (IRA) was created by the ERISA legislation in 1974. Back then, you could put a maximum of $1,500 into your IRA.

Over time, Congress has increased the contribution limits to qualified plans to the current levels: $17,000 for a 401(k), plus a catch-up of $5,500 if you’re over age 50. Ditto for a Roth IRA and $5,000 for a Traditional IRA, plus a $1,000 catch-up if you’re over 50. However, individual Roths still have ceilings. You cannot contribute if you make over $125,000 as a single or head of household, and $183,000 based on a joint return. Additionally, you are allowed to rollover from one qualified plan to another.

In the 1980s, Congress realized that they’d shot themselves in the foot because of rollovers—they wouldn’t get any tax revenue until the account holder died. So they came up with the RMD strategy to get some money now! When the RMDs first came out in 1987, they were complex and nobody understood them. Over time, they were made less onerous and more understandable. However, do not compare simplicity with largess because the penalty for under withdrawal is still 50%!

Furthermore, it is now easy for the IRS to catch under withdrawers because the custodians of the plans must report annually to the government how much you are supposed to withdraw. They no longer have to catch you on an audit, which are few these days; they merely send you a letter of deficiency if your total does match the total provided to them by the custodians.

Now, for the good news. You get to pick and choose how much you want to take out of each IRA. This can be very important and here’s why. Let’s say that you have three IRAs. One is invested in stocks. The second is in bonds and money markets, and the third is in a variable annuity with a guarantee of 8% while in the growth phase.

How much do you have to withdraw? You must take out a percentage of the prior year’s Dec. 31 value. Although there are complicated factors to arrive at the amount, in today’s high-tech world, there are calculators available that will give you the number. Assuming that each account above was worth $100,000 (for a total of $300,000 last Dec. 31 and you are 72 years old, your RMD for this year is $11,718.75. The number is just below 4% of the account value, so if your long-term return on the account is 8%, the account will have a 4%-plus net return after the withdrawal. Not so bad.

But where do you take the money from? That’s a good question. If you have a guarantee on an annuity from a solid life insurance company, you’d want to put that on a backburner. If the stock market is down, as it is now, at year end, you wouldn’t want to take it from there either. In the above example, you have $100,000 in an account made up of money markets and bonds.

Cash is no longer king. With money market rates ranging from 0.10% all the way up to 1%, the choice is obvious. If you subtract the current inflation rate of 3.5% from a 1% money market return, the $100,000 you started with in January will be worth $97,500 in December. However, you have to pay tax on the 1%; therefore, if you are in the 25% bracket, the $100,000 nets down to $97,250. So this is the place to take your withdrawal.

The above is an example. The point of this column is that you should pay as much attention to how you harvest your portfolio as you do to how you grow and maintain it. The second point is—you can take the withdrawal in any amount from any qualified plan that you own as long as the total withdrawal amount matches the number that the IRS has from your custodians.

Good hunting.

(Fixed annuities are longterm investment vehicles designed for retirement purposes. Gains from taxdeferred investments are taxable as ordinary income upon withdrawal. Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing company. Withdrawals made prior to age 59 1/2 are subject to an IRS 10% penalty tax and surrender charges may apply.)

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.

The Perfect Balance

There is one blessing most us take for granted almost all the time and that is breathing. And if we do think about it then it is primarily because we are having difficulty with it. To breathe right means we are allowing our mind and body to grow, to rejuvenate, and to be healthy. Any form of activity or exercise can help you achieve the right balance in life. But there is one form of exercise that is both physically and spiritually rewarding. Yoga, The age-old practice of maintaining a given posture while taking deep, deliberate breaths, helps in cultivating patience, alertness, and energy.  It also keeps the body fit and refreshes the mind. The ancient science of Yoga is an ever-evolving activity that offers innumerable forms and different types of practices to suit every need.

The most important element of Yoga is its meditation. The word “Om” is very common in yogic meditation. Its loose translation is, “the light within me which enlightens my world salutes the light within you.” While chanting this mantra it is equally important to shut your eyes, relax your nerves, breathe right and let go of your worries. This will elevate you above your stresses and bring you mind, body and soul in perfect balance to work harmoniously with each other.

Science has seconded the opinion of the saints and masters who maintain that meditation benefits a person physiologically, psychologically and spiritually – thereby enriching one’s life with the power and knowledge to think clearly and act accordingly.

In India, Yoga is taught to school children from a very early age, because it is believed that this practice promotes flexibility of mind and body through signature body positions, breath and focus of intention – all of which are important in living a balanced life. So whether you are young or old, a seasoned practitioner or a newcomer, I urge you to embrace this process of transformation as you blossom into the best expression of your own self.

Namaste.

 

Visit Shweta Punjabi  at her website solutionsbyshweta.com for more information or email her at magictaara@yahoo.com

Obituaries

Teresita Hernandez

Teresita Hernandez, of Harrison, died on Feb. 8. She was 76.

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

Teresita is survived by her son Ruben and his wife Suly, along with two sisters and five grandchildren.

James C. Kunkel, Jr.

James C. Kunkel, Jr., of Kearny, died on Feb. 6 in the Belgrove Post Acute Center in Kearny. He was 69.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by private cremation.

Jim served in the Army from 1964-66 and was a warehouse manager at Kleer Kast in Kearny.

Surviving are his wife Dottie (Cicchino) Kunkel and his children and their spouses Joseph and Erica Cicchino, Valerie and Gary McCauley, Linda Ford and Daniel and Kathy Cicchino. Also surviving are his grandchildren Cara, Nicole, Gabi, Jesse, Patrick, Joseph, Kaitlyn, Timothy, Matthew, Jack and Gillian.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the D.A.V.

Ismael E. Lafarga

Ismael E. Lafarga, 74, died on Feb. 11 at his home in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral liturgy was held in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by entombment will follow at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Ismael was born in Cuba, moving to the United States in 1962 and has lived in Kearny for the last 37 years. Mr. Lafarga earned his B.A. in Spanish from Montclair State College in 1975. He owned and operated Kearny Business Machines for 39 years retiring five years ago. He was a member of the Elizabeth Cubanos Lions Club as well as the District 6 – E Past Governor and a former member of the Kearny Afternoon Optimist Club.

Ismael is survived by his wife Leysi (Jaume); children Richard Lafarga David Lafarga (Rose) and Karen Matuch (Chris). He was the beloved grandfather of Isabella, Phoebe, Reid and Griffin Matuch and David and Chloe Lafarga. He also leaves behind his beloved dog Sophie.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, 42 Broadway, Suite 1724, New York, NY 10004 or at alsny. org or to the Elizabeth Cubanos Lions Club, 440 Westfield Ave., Elizabeth, N.J. 07207.

Nettie (Kaminash) Lebofsky

Nettie (Kaminash) Lebofsky, 88, died on Jan. 30 in University Hospital, Newark.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held in the funeral home on Sunday, Feb. 12. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Nettie was born in London, England, on Feb. 18, 1923, the daughter of the late Harris and Rose Kaminash. On April 18, 1943, she married her hus – band Alfred Lebofsky and in 1948 they immigrated to the U.S. and lived in North Arlington. They moved to Kearny in 1975.

She was employed as the office manager at Temperature Processing in North Arlington for 20 years before retiring 26 years ago. She was an active and beloved member of the Arlington Players Club in Kearny as well as a member of the B’nai B’rith Sisterhood.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years Alfred, and her two sons Dr. Martin Lebofsky and his wife Ellen R. and Bernie Lebofsky and his wife Ellen A. She was the grandmother of Eric Lebofsky and his wife Jenny, Naomi Lebofsky, Tara Webb and her husband David and Janine Lebofsky.

Alexis Mendez

Alexis Mendez died on Feb 5. He was 28. Born in Newark, he lived his life in Belleville.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at the Basilica in Newark. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

He is survived by his parents and his sister Karina. He was a tow truck operator for Dente Brothers and was an avid Giants fan.

Dorothy A. Millar

Dorothy A. Millar, 86, of Oswego, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 8 at her home.

Born in Kearny, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Doherty) Harte and had attended St. Cecilia’s School in Kearny.

She was employed with the Blue Cross Blue/Shield in Newark for 20 years.

Dorothy was a member of the Catholic Daughters at St. Mary’s Church in Oswego and the Rosary Society at St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny.

Surviving are her three daughters, Kathleen (Bob) Heintz of Tampa, Fla., Mary Kerr of Oswego, Dorothy (Steve) Cole of Kinderhook N.Y.; four sons, Robert Millar of Indian Land, S.C., Kenneth Millar of Oswego, Patrick (Paula) Millar of Gilbert, Ariz., Michael Millar of Houston, 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; and her devoted caregiver, Carol Beach of Oswego. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Millar in 1988 and three sisters, Katherine McDonald, Margaret Bochenko and Marie Bullock.

Funeral services were held in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny on Monday, Feb. 13.

Burial was in Gates of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Arrangements were by the Dowdle Funeral Home, Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Cecilia’s Church,120 Kearny Ave. Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Anna V. Ozzano

Anna V. Ozzano (nee Ruggiero), 94, died on Jan. 24, at her home in North Arlington.

Born in New York, N.Y., she lived in North Arlington since 1948.

She worked for 15 years as a cashier at Thom McCann in North Arlington before retiring in 1974.

She was a member of the Arts and Crafts Club and the Tuesday Senior Citizens Club of North Arlington. She was the president of the North Arlington AARP 3969 from 1993 to 1995, during which time she was happy to have had the honor of presenting the North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad with their first defibrulator and eye screening machine.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph “Joe”; the cherished mother of Dorothy Ford and her late husband, Jerry of North Arlington; Ann Square and her husband, Harry of South Plainfield; the adored grandmother of Lori Matuszek and her husband, Stephen; Doreen Ford-Wilde and her husband, Gary; Edwin Johnson and his wife, Rhoda; Jaime Golda and her husband, Eugene; the loving great- grandmother of Katherine, Joseph, Ryan, Kaitlyn, Dominic and Jake and the dear sister of Dorothy Palella of Florida.

Funeral services were conducted by the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a funeral Mass in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 11 Independence Way, Newark, Del. 19713.

Frances Ross

Frances Ross (nee Cairney), died Feb. 5 at home. She was 73.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Carolina three years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Frances is the wife of the late John “Scotty” Ross. She is survived by her children and their spouses John and Tina Ross, Stephen and Alice Ross, Celene and Kevin Riley and Jacqueline Ross; her brothers Thomas and Hugh Cairney and her grandchildren Amanda, John, Andrew, Alyssa, Cameron, McKenna and Grace.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to University of North Carolina Cancer Center.

 

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Lyndhurst Gas Station Robbery

Lyndhurst Police are looking for two men who robbed a local gas station of about $1,000.

Police said the incident took place at 11:20 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Delta Gas Station on Riverside Ave., just north of Jauncey Ave. off Roosevelt Ave.

Two men entered the station’s convenience store where they ordered the clerk to open the register and turn over the proceeds.

The pair, one of whom displayed a handgun, ordered the clerk to the floor while they searched under the counter for money cash.

Then, the holdup men directed the station attendant, who was in the store at the time, to give them his money.

Both bandits then left the store and sped away in a silver vehicle north on Riverside Ave.

Neither the attendant nor the clerk was physically harmed, police said.

Police described the man with the gun as dark-skinned, medium build, between 5-feet-10 and 6 feet, wearing a black jacket, checked shirt, blue jeans, black gloves, black half-mask and winter fur hat with side flaps.

The other man was listed as dark-skinned, heavy build, between 5-feet-10 and 6 feet, wearing a gray sweatshirt and pants, black gloves, black mask and black winter skull cap.

Police said they are reviewing the store’s surveillance video as they continue their investigation. – Ron Leir