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Migraine headaches: a simple solution

Join the NJ Headache Relief Center, 312 Belleville Turnpike Suite 3B, North Arlington, for an informational seminar on migraine Friday, Sept. 5, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Boardcertified prosthodontist Board-certified prosthodontist, Dr. Richard Ekstein will explain the root cause of migraine and demonstrate how to eliminate them without drugs.

With advances in science, it is now possible to non-invasively treat migraine pain and possibly eliminate it forever in less than three months.

For more information or to register for the event, email your name and contact information to head8doctor@ gmail.com. Seating is limited, so please register early.

Around Town


St. Peter’s Rosary Confraternity hosts its annual Communion Breakfast, Sunday, Oct. 5, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, at the Chandelier Restaurant, 340 Franklin Ave. Tickets are $22 and will be available at the rectory.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts a free screening of “ 9/11,” a documentary by Jules and Gedeon Naudet, on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 12:15 p.m. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the Naudets were working on a documentary about a rookie New York firefighter and captured the only existing image of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center. The Naudets then followed firefighters into the heart of what would be known as Ground Zero. The documentary won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational) and a Peabody.

Warning: This film contains strong language and subject matter that may not be suitable for all audiences


The Class of 1964 of St. Cecilia High School is holding a 50th reunion dinner Saturday, Oct. 4, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Mama Vittoria Restaurant, 160 Franklin Ave., Nutley. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Kathy Mc- Court Jackes at kathyjackes@ yahoo.com or 908- 303-9993; Kathy Walsh Vecchio at katvec46@ gmail.com or 973-865- 0402 or Nancy Branin Waller at nancy.waller2@verizon.net or 201-889-6229 by Sept. 25.

Kearny High School’s classes of 1954 and January 1955 host a 60th reunion luncheon on Sept. 19 at the Spring Lake Manor, Spring Lake, at noon. For information and reservations contact Phyllis Glass McCartin at 732-458-5162 or phylpmae@aol.com. Guests are welcome.

New Jersey Blood Services will conduct a blood drive at Comunidade Evangelica Vida Abundante Sede (CEVA), also known as the Abundant Life Evangelical Community Church, 151 Midland Ave., on Sept. 15, from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., begins its annual nine-week St. Jude Novena with Monsignor John J. Gilchrist Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Kearny UNICO hosts these events:

• The first membership meeting is set for Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. If interested in attending or learning more about Kearny UNICO, please contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368- 2409.

• A bus trip to Caesars in Atlantic City departs Sunday, Sept. 14, from the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings, 614 Kearny Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30, with $25 in slot credit back from the casino. For tickets or additional information, contact Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409 or 201-693-8504.

• “Wheels for Vic,” a fundraiser to purchase a power wheelchair for Kearny resident Victor Muniz, will be held Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., in the former Boystown gym, 499 Belgrove Drive. Tickets are $30, which includes a raffle, lunch and live music. Muniz was paralyzed after a tree branch fell on him during a 2008 summer storm. For tickets or more information, contact Pandolfi, Joseph Sgalia at 201- 998-6879, Rossana McLaughlin at 201-407-7262, or Judy Hyde at 201-991-5812. The committee also welcomes both monetary and/or gift donations for this event.

Kearny Lions Club sponsors a bus trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa., Sept. 27, leaving from 60 Kingsland Ave. at 9 a.m. Price is $35. Tickets include $20 for slots and a $5 food voucher. For tickets, call Alvin at 201-997-9371, ext. 18, or Jo Ann at 201-998-3018.

Trinity Church, 575 Kearny Ave., will hold a flea market Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables are available for vendors at a cost of one for $15 and two for $25. Call the church at 201-991- 5894 to schedule your table or Annamarie at 201-998-2360 after 5:30 p.m.

Troop 2 Kearny, Boy Scouts of America, marks its 100th anniversary year of service Sept.10, at 7:30 p.m., at the Beech Street gym entrance of Lincoln School. Troop 2 invites young men ages of 11 to 15 to join. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. throughout the school year.

Pathways to Independence sponsors its 13th annual Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at West Hudson Park, Schuyler Ave. entrance. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit adults with disabilities who attend Pathways programs. For more information, call Pathways Executive Director Alvin Cox at 201-997-9371, ext. 18.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., hosts a new series of free Saturday family film matinees, which will continue once a month throughout the fall and winter. The first matinee will feature “Lego Movie” (PG) on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m.

The library also offers the following free programs for children. Programs take place at 318 Kearny Ave., the main library, unless otherwise noted.

Preschool Art for children ages 3 to 5 will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 11. There will be seating space for 20 adult and child pairs; first-come, first-served.. The library will provide the art materials. Preschool Art will continue to take place on the second Thursday of each month.

School-age Art for children ages 5 and older will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 on Thursday, Sept. 11. The library will provide the art materials. Seating space will be firstcome, first-served.. School-age Art will continue to take place on the second Thursday of each month.

Relaxed Preschool Play and Story Time for age infant to 5 years will begin on Sept. 9. Classes will take place on Tuesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At the Branch library, 759 Kearny Ave., Preschool Play and Story Time for ages infant – 5 years will take place from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 11 and 18.

The Kearny Police Department Traffic Bureau would like to remind the residents that public schools re-open Thursday, Sept. 4.

Parents, guardians and the motoring public are reminded to obey the traffic laws around all schools.

Officers will be assigned to school areas for the enforcement of traffic laws and violators will be summonsed. In particular, the following traffic violations; double parking, parked in prohibited areas, blocking crosswalks, blocking school bus stops, dropping off children in the middle of the street, speeding, will be aggressively enforced by officers on foot, bicycle, and radio cars.

The bureau requests that parents and guardians reinforce with their children the use of intersections controlled with a crossing guard and or safety patrol boys and girls.


Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a presentation by speakers from LetHistoryLive.net on “The Daily Life of the Civil War Soldier” Wednesday Sept. 10, at 6:15 p.m. Space is limited and registration is necessary. To register, call or email the library at 201-804-2478.

The library hosts the following storytimes and crafts for children. No registration is required unless otherwise noted. • Walk-in Storytime: Grades pre-k to 2 are welcome for a story and coloring time every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

• Fall Storytime: Registration is open until Sept. 12 to ages 3 to 4 1/2 for a 45-minute program featuring stories, music and crafts beginning Thursday, Sept. 25. Two sessions are available at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

• Apple Craft: Grades pre-K to 3 are welcome to participate in this craft event Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required.

Kick off the NFL season by joining the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society on a free, 2-hour guided Back to Football bird walk Sunday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, in DeKorte Park. Prizes will be awarded to the first people who see bird species with the same name as a pro football team, such as: cardinal, raven, falcon, eagle, seahawk (osprey), giant (great) egret and giant (great) blue heron. All seven team bird species can be seen in the park. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. Participants are asked to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To RSVP, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at Greatauk4@aol.com or call 201-230-4983.

Members of the community of all ages may join Meadowlands Environment Center educators on a dip netting and seining adventure at low tide to gather shrimp, fish and other marsh critters on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dress for mess: There will be mud! Admission is $5/ person; $4/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go to www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec. The group will meet at NJMC Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza. For more information, call 201-460- 8300.

North Arlington 

Registration is open to meet chaplain/writer/blogger Karen Kaplan as she discusses her book “Encountering the Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died” at North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, Saturday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. Kaplan’s book will be on sale for $15. Call 201-955- 5640, ext. 126, to register or for additional information.

The library also announces these programs for adults:

• Resume Writing is offered on Mondays, Sept. 8 and 22 and Oct. 6 and 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 201-955-5640 to register for this series of courses; space is limited.

• ESL Group Class is held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 9. Visit the library or call for more information. The library also offers the following events for children: • Story Time is offered on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. for ages 2 to 5.

• A special nutrition story time is set for Sept. 17 with registered dietitian Julie Harrington.

• Bed Time Story Time is featured Mondays, Sept. 15 and 29, at 6 p.m., for ages 4 to 6.

• Lego Club meets Tuesdays, Sept. 9 and 23, at 6:30 p.m., for grades 1 and up.

• Girl Scout Daisies Recruiting Event: Girls in grades k to 1 are invited to come to the library Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m., to learn more about Girl Scout Daisies. For more information, call 201-967-8100.

• Young Adults Movie Day for grades 6 and up is set for Friday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37 meets on Monday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at the VFW hall, 222 River Road. All veterans are invited. For more information, call 201-214-8253.

Lyndhurst turns grid hopes to alum Tuero


By Jim Hague 

Observer Sports Writer 

It’s been a few months since Rich Tuero officially took over as the head football coach at his alma mater Lyndhurst High School, so there’s no state of shock involved with anything Tuero does as head coach anymore.

“It’s been a great transition,” said Tuero, who took over for Joe Castagnetti as head coach, but Castagnetti remains on staff as an assistant coach. “I’m lucky to have a great coaching staff with great consistency. We’re all on the same page. I’ve been with these guys my whole life, so that helps.”

The Golden Bears finished 3-7 last season and graduated an astounding 22 seniors from that squad.

Needless to say, the Golden Bears will have a different look this season, with a new head coach and a new roster.

“We can say we’re young and inexperienced, but a lot of these kids were with me on the JV (junior varsity) level,” said Tuero, who was the head JV coach last year. “So it’s like we all just moved up to the varsity together. I told them that they were either all in or all out and so far, they’ve all bought in.”

Tuero has a simple goal in his first season. “We just have to continue to get better every day,” Tuero said. “We can never get satisfied.”

The Golden Bears have a battle right now at quarterback, with three players looking to earn the starting nod.

Senior Jonathan Wartel (5-8, 155) and a pair of juniors George Ryan (6-1, 170) and Pete Guerriero (5-9, 170) are all vying for the No. 1 quarterback slot.

“I still don’t know who the guy is,” Tuero said. “All three bring something different to the table.”

There’s no doubt who the Golden Bears’ top running back is. Junior Matt DeMarco (6-0, 180) returns to his starting running back slot in Lyndhurst’s spread offensive set.

“He’s grown a little and looks good so far,” Tuero said. “He has all the tools. He’s respected by his peers.”

How much so? Well, Tuero turned the idea of a team captaincy to a vote of the players.

“Matt was the top vote getter by far as a junior,” Tuero said. “He’s just a hard-nosed, tough football player. He can run over you or run past you. He’s just a hard working kid.”

Senior Joe Cosenza (5-9, 195) will also see some time at running back.

“He’s a hard-nosed bruiser,” Tuero said. “He’s a north and south runner.”

The Golden Bears utilize four wide receivers in their offense.

Junior Quinton St. Helaire (5- 7, 150), a standout in track and field, gives Lyndhurst a ton of speed on the perimeter. If he’s not the quarterback, Guerriero will move to wide receiver.

Senior Derrick Ruiz (5-9, 165) returns as a wide out. Another receiver is senior Marc Estevez (5-11, 175), the basketball standout who has joined the football team for the first time.

“He’s a good athlete and a good leader,” Tuero said of Estevez.

Senior Jordan Stuart (5-8, 175) is the Golden Bears’ tight end.

The Lyndhurst offensive line has some good size and experience. Sophomore Matt Schnoll (6-3, 310) is a returnee who started every game as a freshman last year.

“He’s a man-child,” Tuero said of the hulky Schnoll. “He has the potential to be a good one. He has great feet.”

Junior Ryan Smith (6-0, 240) is the other starting tackle.

Senior Pete Urgola (5-9, 190) returns as a starting guard and he’s joined by the Lyndhurst version of the eye doctor’s eye chart.

Junior newcomer Oluwayomi Olasehinde (6-0, 205) is a first-year football player who has earned a slot at guard.

“He’s a good football player,” Tuero said.

The center is junior Fred Rivers (5-9, 195). The Golden Bears will play a 3-4 defensive formation.

Schnoll and Smith are the defensive ends with senior George Feurtado (6-0, 260) at the nose guard.

The outside linebackers are Olasehinde (pronounced exactly as it is spelled) and Stuart.

DeMarco heads the inside linebackers, along with Rivers and Cosenza.

Ruiz and Wartel are the cornerbacks, with Guerriero and St. Helaire at safety.

The Golden Bears have to take their young roster into a very tough schedule, facing Waldwick to start the season next Friday.

“This is how it is,” Tuero said. “We have speed, but we’re small. We have to use the speed to our advantage. We need to keep people healthy. We’ve been working on that all throughout the offseason. We don’t have a lot of depth, so we have to keep our players healthy.”

Tuero said that he has been keeping his top personnel out of a lot of workouts to keep them fresh throughout the season.

“We’re doing fine right now,” Tuero said. “We have a lot of great kids who are buying into what we’re doing. They’re doing the right things.”

And has it hit home that Tuero is finally coaching his alma mater?

“I love it, because this is what I wanted,” Tuero said. “I love this team. They’re giving every last effort they have. If they just get a little better every day, that’s all I ask for. We have two mottos. We have to get better every day and we’re either all in or all out.”

Judging by the attitude of the Golden Bears, they’re all in for their new coach.

NA girls’ soccer: New coach Farinola leads the way


By Jim Hague

Observer Sports Writer

North Arlington High School has a new girls’ soccer coach in Dan Farinola, who had previously been the bowling and golf coach at the school.

Farinola takes over the girls’ soccer coaching duties at North Arlington, where he teaches. For the last few seasons, Farinola was the head boys’ soccer coach at Secaucus, his alma mater.

But Farinola bleeds NA blue and white these days and was excited to take over the reins of coaching the Vikings this fall.

“The transition has been really smooth,” said Farinola, who replaces veteran Sharon O’Brien Romer. “We graduated 12 seniors from last year, so we’re still trying to get our numbers up. But I’m excited about the girls we have coming back. When we’re completely whole, we are going to be competitive. It’s just hard right now getting the numbers. We might end up being a little thin on the bench. When school starts, we hope to get a few more girls.”

Farinola said that he’s still trying to implement a system for the Vikings to follow.

“We’re trying to do things a little differently, but I think offensively we can be a threat,” Farinola said. “We have some talented girls.”

Leading the way for the Vikings is junior midfielder Joanna Seca, who scored 12 goals and had 14 assists last year, as North Arlington won eight games.

“Joanna has complete control of the game,” Farinola said. “She’s a great player. She has all the tools to be a topnotch player.”

Senior Sarah Palma is another talented midfielder.

“She played more of a stopper role in the past, but we’ve moved her up to get involved with the offense,” Farinola said. “Her ball handling will help with control of the game.”

Sophomore Callie Evanchick is another solid player in the North Arlington midfield.

“She has a lot of potential,” Farinola said. “She played a lot last year as a freshman. I still think she is a little raw, but she has made a lot of improvement in such a short time.”

Freshman Carlie Mullins is another midfielder with talent and potential.

“She’s very good for her age,” Farinola said of Mullins. “She fits right in with the rest. She’s technically sound for a freshman.”

No question, the strength of the Vikings will lie within the midfield. Senior Taylor Barth is another key returnee. Barth scored 10 goals last year at forward.

“I think she can have a huge year this year,” Farinola said. “She has a nose for the ball and can put the ball on net. She has the ability to get good shots off.”

Freshman Kaitlin Stajek is another forward.

“She’s a product of the (North Arlington) Rec (recreation) program and is an aggressive player,” Farinola said. “She’s going to help us. She can get shots on goal as well and complements Taylor well.”

The Vikings will have to play strong defensively and Farinola is asking a lot of the young group.

Freshman Makayla Cortes has inherited the role as the starting goalkeeper.

“She’s adapting very well,” Farinola said. “She is stopping the ones in front of her. She has to keep improving because she’s never played goalkeeper before.”

Junior Jessica Gilmour is the team’s starting sweeper. Farinola is still working with Gilmour with learning the intricacies of playing the position.

“She’s settling in,” Farinola said.

Junior Kayleigh Lavornia is the team’s stopper. Lavornia is a first-year soccer player, so she is also learning the position.

“She’s a tough girl who is willing to learn,” Farinola said.

Sophomore Melissa Torres is another defender who spent some time in goal last year. Junior Sam Magliori will also play a key role as a defender.

The Vikings are clearly a work in progress along the backline. They will need to develop and learn in a hurry.

The Vikings open their season on Thursday against St. Mary’s of Rutherford, so they will know soon enough how they stack up against the opposition.

The Vikings will eventually get the chance to play on the newly refurbished Rip Collins facility. Some of those games, including an Oct. 23 game against Weehawken, will be played at night.

“The girls are really looking forward to those night games,” Farinola said. “It’s really exciting.”

Maybe the idea of playing night games on a brand new state-of-the-art facility will entice more girls to want to play soccer at North Arlington. One thing’s for sure: It can’t hurt.

“We’re hoping things like that will encourage more to play,” Farinola said. “We want to be able get the program going in the right direction.”

For now, players like Seca, Palma and Barth have to be the beacons, the guiding lights, to lead the Vikings to respectability right away. After that, it remains up to the girls of North Arlington to get involved in a sport that so many girls in the town already participate in.

Blue Tide prepares for second season under coach Gallo


By Jim Hague 

Observer Sports Writer 

When Matt Gallo took over the head football coaching position at Harrison High School, the program was in the midst of an awful 21-game losing streak.

“It was big,” Gallo said. “They hadn’t won a game here in three years.”

But the Blue Tide won one game last season, snapping the streak, then won another. Although the 2-8 record wasn’t going to win any championships, it was good enough to get the ball rolling.

“It showed the kids that the system works,” said Gallo, who will begin his second season as the head man with the Blue Tide Sept. 12 against Park Ridge.

“It was good to see that the kids are buying into the system.”

The Blue Tide lost 10 seniors to graduation after last season, so it means that this year’s team will be filled with sophomores and even freshmen.

“We might have to go through some growing pains,” Gallo said. “But I’m excited about this underclass. Once they get rid of the growing pains, they’re going to be fine. It might be tough to compete this year with a team with 90% freshmen and sophomores, but we have some good talent in our underclass. They are tough kids who like to compete. If they continue to get better, we can do some good things.”

Leading the way will be sophomore quarterback Mike O’Donnell (5-9, 160), who comes from a long line of O’Donnell athletes who graced Harrison’s field of play.

O’Donnell has all the tools to be a very good signal caller for the Blue Tide.

“He’s extremely cerebral,” Gallo said. “He’s an honors student, so there was no problem with him learning the offense. He knows what I want him to run. It’s almost like having another coach on the field and that’s rare for a sophomore. But that’s the way he is. He’s solid there.”

The fullback is another sophomore in Jeff Cisneros (5-11, 170), who will see most of the carries out of the Blue Tide backfield.

“He’s a tough kid who runs hard,” Gallo said. “He does everything we ask of him and doesn’t complain about anything.”

The two halfbacks are both named Rodriguez, but are not related.

Sophomore Jerry Rodriguez (5-9, 165) and junior Rico Rodriguez (5-10, 170) will also get their fair share of carries, as the Delaware Wing-T offense predicates on sharing the football.

“There’s talent back there,” Gallo said. “I like what we have there.”

Senior Justin Castellano (5-11, 150) is the Harrison wide receiver, with sophomore Hector Rueda (5-11, 175) as the tight end. Castellano is one of the rare senior returnees on the Harrison roster.

The offensive line features some size and experience.

Senior Axel Carmona (5- 11, 210) is a returning starter at tackle, with sophomore Johanser Nunez (5-10, 205) at the other tackle. The guards are junior John Di- Costa (6-3, 230) and senior Brandon Perez (5-9, 200).  The center is junior Aaron Velasquez (5-11, 200).

“The strong point of this team is our offensive line,” Gallo said. “We have a lot of faith in them.”

The Blue Tide will utilize a 5-2 defensive formation. Perez and DiCosta are the defensive ends, with Nunez at the nose guard. Carmona and sophomore Adrian Sime (5-10, 190) are the defensive tackles.

Cisneros, Jerry Rodriguez and Rueda are the linebackers. Rueda started at linebacker last year and emerged as a top-notch defensive player.

“We expect a lot from him this season,” Gallo said. “I trust him to make the right calls for us defensively. He’s a tough football player.”

Castellano and sophomore Rafael Santana (5-10, 165) are the cornerbacks, with O’Donnell holding fort at safety.

On paper, it looks tough for a team to compete against others who have rosters comprised with much older players.

But the Blue Tide will try to persevere and hope to gain experience in a hurry.

“I love the makeup of this team,” Gallo said. “We have young kids, but they are competitors. They’re aggressive and want to play. You can’t coach that. You either have that aggressive approach or you don’t. A lot of what will happen this year depends on how these kids develop. I’m excited about that. It should be a good season for us.”

Century 21 Semiao & Associates thanks its clients for highest satisfaction ranking


Century 21 Real Estate, the iconic brand with the world’s largest real estate franchise sales organization, announced that it has been ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction by the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/ Seller Satisfaction StudySM, released today. Specifically, Century 21 Real Estate swept the awards by receiving the highest ranking among national real estate companies across all four customer satisfaction segments in the study, including: First-Time Home-Buyer Satisfaction, Repeat Home-Buyer Satisfaction, First-Time Home- Seller Satisfaction and Repeat Home-Seller Satisfaction.

“Century 21 sales professionals understand that real estate is about developing relationships and building trust with their customers. Customer satisfaction is at the core of everything that they do each and every day,” said Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “Our brand reputation is earned and measured with every customer interaction, and these J.D. Power results showcase the quality of our franchise broker network and their affiliated sales professionals.”

The study, now in its seventh year, measures customer satisfaction among first-time and repeat home buyers and sellers with the nation’s largest real estate companies. Overall satisfaction is measured across four factors of the home-buying experience: agent/salesperson; real estate office; closing process; and variety of additional services. For satisfaction in the homeselling experience, the same four factors are evaluated plus a fifth factor, marketing.

“The feedback from thousands of home buyers and sellers in this study shows that the dedication and commitment of the Century 21 System to caring about the consumer, delivering excellent service and establishing trust as a differentiator in the market,” said Bev Thorne, chief marketing officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “This study comes at the culmination of three years of hard work and dedication to a strategic roadmap that our brokers have embraced since 2011. By focusing on the quality of their affiliated sales professionals, they have raised the bar for customer service.”

The 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study includes 5,810 evaluations from 4,868 customers who bought and/or sold a home between March 2013 and April 2014. The study was fielded between March 2014 and May 2014.

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Luciano Ferreira Jr. 

Luciano Ferreira Jr. died Aug. 24 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 80.

Born in Newark, he moved to Kearny 45 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Luciano was the owner of L. Ferreira and Son Fuel Oil Co.

Husband of the late Mildred (nee Swayze), he is survived by his children and their spouses; Mary and Vincent Abbott, Viola and Rick Diebold, Rosemarie and Alan Masters and Luciano Ferreira III. Brother of Caroline Mikulewiez, Rosemarie Covucci and the late Carmella Ferreira, he is also survived by his grandchildren Annmarie Grenga, Danielle and Vincent Abbott, Craig, Cyndi and Samantha Dieck, Alan, Michael and Kimberly Masters and Kerri Ferreira and seven great-grandchildren.

Samuel Latini 


Samuel Latini, retired police chief of East Newark, died peacefully Aug. 22, surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

A devoted and loving husband and father, Sam was the model of honor and integrity for everyone who knew him. His exuberance for life and vibrant personality made him a well-known pillar of friendship in the community and the symbol of caring in his family. Sam is remembered for his high energy, busy days and pursuit of the things he loved –always at the side of the one he loved, his wife of 65 years, Rosemarie.

Sam was survived by his beloved wife Rosemarie Latini and children Andrea Wasowski (Donald), Marianne Pendlebury (Tom), Sam (Terri) and Thomas (Sharon); sister Gloria Grieco; sistersin- law Catherine Latini, Molly Cancia, Mary Cancia and Alice Belfiore; and brotherin- law Dominick Cancia; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His brothers Adam and Lawrence Latini, brothers-in-law Pasquale Grieco and Sebastian Belfiore, and sister-in-law Lucy Latini predeceased him.

Sam was very active in his career as chief of police with life membership in the N.J. PBA Local 21, the Hudson County Police Chiefs Association and the East Newark Fireman’s Relief Association. He was also a member of the N.J. State Retired Police and Fireman’s Association Local 6 and the Retired and Disabled Police of America.

Arrangements were by Condon Memorial Home, 210 Davis Ave, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Caring Hospice Services, Edison.

Hernan O. Vasquez 

Hernan O. Vasquez, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Aug, 25. He was 55.

Born in Callao, Peru, Hernan lived in Harrison since 1981. He worked for United Construction Weatherproofing, N.Y., for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Vasquez (Donayre), children, Jose, Hernan Jr., Danpierre, Alex, and Daniel, father, Oscar O. Vasquez, eight brothers and sisters and an aunt, Bertila Escudero. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Maria A. Vasquez (Escudero).

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. His interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Then & Now

Photo by Karen Zautyk

Photo by Karen Zautyk


Last time, ‘Then & Now’ featured the Old Soldiers Home on Belgrove Drive in Kearny. This week, we focus on the statue of the Civil War infantryman that graced the property in front of the home’s canteen from 1888 until 1933. The Union Army soldier now stands on the opposite side of Belgrove, between the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. But it’s a duplicate. The original, composed of zinc and white metal, disappeared after the Soldiers’ Home closed in ‘33. Historian Bill Styple found it in 1997, stored in the National Guard Armory in West Orange. As reported in Civil War News, ‘It was brittle and cracked and was missing such pieces as the left hand, part of an arm, musket and accoutrements.’ The Gen. Phil Kearny Memorial Committee raised $35,000 to create a bronze replica. ‘Molds were made of the remaining pieces and were created for missing parts,’ Civil War News said, noting that ‘Styple’s hand, his 1863 Springfield and other items stood in for the originals.’ The new statue was erected, with great ceremony (including Civil War cannons firing from Veterans Field), on Sept. 29, 2007. Today, the soldier views the vista from atop a 7-ton boulder from Gettysburg. 

-Karen Zautyk 

Koppers developer picked


By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 


Hopes by Kearny to secure a developer for the old Koppers Coke Peninsula Redevelopment site have taken one step forward and two steps back. Kearny and Tierra Solutions, the owners of two of the three parcels in the South Kearny meadows area targeted for redevelopment, teamed with the Hudson County Improvement Authority, the third property owner, to jointly market the moribund site for new ratables in hopes of maximizing the future value of the property.

To that end, the HCIA – acting on behalf of all three – invited prospective developers to submit proposals which were eventually narrowed to a short list of two: The Morris Companies and Cleaner/Matrix.

On Aug. 13, the HCIA board of commissioners authorized its representatives to designate The Morris Companies as the prospective developer – but only for the HCIAowned Koppers site – and to proceed with negotiations for 180 days for a sale/purchase agreement.

Morris’s legal representative is Theodore A. Schwartz, a former deputy state attorney general and environmental law pioneer who is now a partner in the Lyndhurst law firm of Scarinci Hollenbeck.

HCIA Executive Director Norman Guerra said that when it came down to adding in costs to remediate the environmentally compromised 25-acre Kearny-owned former Standard Chlorine parcel and the 30-acre former Diamond Shamrock property owned by Tierra Solutions, the developer wasn’t persuaded to buy in to the concept of an all-inclusive project.

By contrast, Guerra said, the county has already invested in extensive cleaning of the HCIA property and “we’ll be raising our portion of the [redevelopment area] 13 feet above sea level in compliance with the latest FEMA flood control guidelines.”

Those improvements to be undertaken by the developer would be expected to serve as a “cap” for the property, he added.

Guerra said that Kearny representatives “did sit with [the developer] on their piece” in an effort – thus far, unsuccessful – to include the town’s property as part of the company’s overall development plan. The town may continue to press its case with the developer, he added.

As for the Tierra parcel, Guerra said that, “there was no offer for that property by any of the [prospective developers].”

If and when the HCIA and The Morris Companies can nail down a deal, Guerra said the 40-year-old company – which has offices in Rutherford and Florida – figures to build “close to 2 million square feet of big box warehousing” on 138 “buildable” acres of the Koppers site.

With additional work like “infrastructure and road access” to be undertaken by the company, Guerra figured that total build-out would “take a good six months,” once the project got off the ground.

Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos, reached on vacation, had this observation on the situation: “We’re exploring with Tierra developing our two sites together. … There is a developer interested but not from Morris. … The town doesn’t oppose the Morris designation; however, it’s in the town’s interest to explore other developer interest for the town-owned Standard Chlorine site. I think the town can achieve better financial terms that way.”

Incidentally, the mayor added, “Any matters relating to utilities or PILOTs (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) on any of the sites, including Koppers, can’t be done without the town’s agreement.”

Asked by The Observer why the HCIA elected to go with Morris over their competitor, Guerra said that while the overall “numbers from both were pretty comparable,” the rival firm’s submission proposed “phased” payments whereas with Morris, “we’d get paid up front.”

Among the completed industrial developments Morris lists on its website are: a 440,000 square foot Barnes & Noble facility, a 420,000 square foot Canon USA building and a 605,732 square foot Proctor & Gamble warehouse, all in South Brunswick; and a 733,688 square foot Wakefern building in Jamesburg.

Looming over the whole situation is a plan by NJ Transit to develop a micro-grid as a power source in the Peninsula redevelopment zone which is pending a federal funding review. And, if the agency gets its way, it’s unlikely that any new tax revenues will be generated from that use.

“If [NJ] Transit wants the property,” said Guerra, “they’re just going to have to take it through condemnation.”

School getting facelift

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By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent


As summer’s clock winds down to the start of classes for the fall term, East Newark Public School is making all kinds of preparations to welcome students and staff back in style.

Newly installed Superintendent/ Principal Patrick Martin recently ticked off a list of improvements that staff and borough workers have done to enliven the century-plus-old building.

“We’ve undergone a huge facelift,” said Martin. Among the improvements he listed were these:

* All classrooms have gotten new window shades. “Many didn’t have any to begin with,” he said.

* The school’s early childhood center, located in the borough rec center, had a new air-conditioning system and a new refrigerator installed.

* A borough maintenance crew was doing some repairs in the school’s boys’ bathroom and came across original floor tiles, Martin said, so that flooring has been restored.

* The school’s kindergarten classroom – whose wall coloring probably has remained untouched for many years – is being painted, along with a staff conference room.

* An ancient cloakroom that had been used for storage for years has been emptied and cleaned, to be converted to a small group instruction area. With all other available rooms occupied, this was seen as the best alternative for the use of this space, Martin said.

* Ninety laptops and mobile carts priced at $120,000 that were ordered months ago – but whose delivery was delayed – have finally arrived.

“These are very important,” Martin said, “because our students will be using them this school year for the new state-mandated PARCC [Partnership for Readiness of Assessment for College & Careers] testing.”

When teachers report on Sept. 2, they’ll have two days of in-service technical training so they will also get oriented to the use of the new computer equipment, Martin said.

The first round of PARCC testing is scheduled in March 2015 and the second round in May. But, to help students acclimate to the computers and to use another measurement to see whether they are achieving state benchmarks, the school will administer an in-house practice run of a PARCC-like test in November 2014 and February 2015.

If there are marked differences between scoring results on the practice tests and the PARCC tests, Martin said school staff will have some basis for making an independent assessment of the results.

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Photos by Ron Leir Superintendent/Principal Patrick Martin and staff are doing what they can to make East Newark Public School more academically successful with new laptops and more aesthetically palatable with student creations and a new coat of paint for an old kindergarten classroom.

Photos by Ron Leir
Superintendent/Principal Patrick Martin and staff are doing what they can
to make East Newark Public School more academically successful with new
laptops and more aesthetically palatable with student creations and a new
coat of paint for an old kindergarten classroom.


Students return for a halfsession of classes on Sept. 4 and, the next day, the fall semester swings into full session for everyone.

But before everyone gets down to the business of education, the school is throwing a welcome-back party for its 200-plus youngsters. “We’re calling it an ‘ice-cream social, ’’ Martin said. “We’ll close off N. Third St., between Davis and Central Aves., to traffic and give the students a chance to enjoy ice cream and music to kick the school year off on the right foot.”

On July 23, the East Newark Board of Education authorized a field trip for 60 students and 15 staffers to the Central Park Zoo in New York as the culminating activity for the school’s summer school program. For many of the kids, it marked the first time they’d traveled across the Hudson River, according to Martin.

For many, it was also their first exposure to a llama, goats, sheep and other animals which they were allowed to feed and pet.

Their journey to Manhattan also took them down Fifth Avenue for an up-close look at landmarks like Tiffany’s, Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library’s main branch and Empire State Building, all of which they’d researched before the trip.

Martin said the school is hoping to expand its offering of field trips during the school year as a way of widening children’s awareness of the world outside East Newark.

As morale boosters, Martin has welcomed public displays of student art work along interior school stairwell walls and has, himself, taken a hand in not only brightening school décor but also adding to students’ cultural appreciation, by posting photos and capsule biographies of such artists as Billie Holiday and Renoir.

And he’s experimenting with subtle ways of prompting youngsters to begin thinking about future careers by hanging in hallways, at kids’ height, small mirrors with printed tags below, reading, for example, “Possible future Attorney.”