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ShopRite of Lyndhurst aids food banks

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ShopRite of Lyndhurst, an Inserra Supermarkets store, recently collected donations to help fill the shelves of community food programs. The “Help Bag Hunger” event, held every September as part of National Hunger Awareness Month, included community leaders and groups committed to highlighting the need for food assistance in their neighborhood.

ShopRite associates and community volunteers partnered to collect non-perishable items and monetary donations for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child-care centers, battered women’s shelters, senior citizens programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after-school programs and other organizations that aid those in need.

“Help Bag Hunger” is part of the ShopRite Partners In Caring program. Since its inception in 1999, more than $27 million has been donated to 1,700 hunger relief agencies in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Around Town


Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., offers the following programs. No registration is required.

• Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is offered, starting Oct. 8, and every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

• Pajama Storytime is held on Tuesdays, Oct. 14, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9, all at 6 p.m.

• Saturday crafts are planned for Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13, all at 3 p.m.

• Children’s computer classes on Microsoft Word and online research skills is available by appointment. To make an appointment, call 973-450-3434.

Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade will step off Sunday, Oct. 12, with special guest Kacy Catanzara of “American Ninja Warrior,” a sports entertainment competition series. Catanzara will kick off the parade at School 7 at 1:30 p.m.

All civic associations, classic cars and motorcycle clubs are invited to participate in the Belleville Veterans Day Parade slated for Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. Those interested may contact Bill Steimel at 973-759-4692 (home) or 973- 955-7211 (cell) no later than Oct. 17.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts a program on hypnosis with certified hypnocounselor Kathy Lindert on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. Oakeside

Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., announces the following events:

• A Garden of Pink Dedication celebrating the center’s “Sponsor a Tulip” program for its Breast Cancer Awareness garden is slated for Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. A one-time $25 fee buys a bulb and assures its care.

• Children ages 3 to 9 are invited to “Party with the Great Pumpkin” and enjoy snacks, crafts and a chance to take a picture with the pumpkin on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Reservations are required. For tickets, reservations or information, call 973-429- 0960.


Mayor James Fife and Harrison Town Council announce its second annual Harrison Community Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the library park and soccer court. The event begins at Guyon Drive and Peter Higgins Blvd. (Red Bull Arena) with a walk for Autism Speaks, starting at 10:15 a.m. Registration for the walk begins at 9:30 am. The event also includes a children’s soccer tournament and a Health and Business Expo.

A rummage sale is slated for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church (lower basement), 16 Church Square.


The Kearny Fire Department will host an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 12, noon to 4 p.m., at Fire Headquarters, 109 Midland Ave. View the fire apparatus and equipment, meet the firefighters and see live demonstrations, including a “Jaws of Life” automobile extrication. A Fire Safety House from The Burn Center at St. Barnabas and the Fire Sprinkler Burn Trailer will also be there. There will be free handouts and light refreshments.

The Woman’s Club of Arlington meets on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. at The Girl Scout House, 635 Kearny Ave.

The Salvation Army of Greater Kearny, 443 Chestnut St., offers classes in basic computer skills plus Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The fee is $30 for 12 hours of instruction. For more information, call 201-991-1115 or Pete at 201- 889-1352.

Good Shepherd Church, 780 Kearny Ave., will conduct a blood drive, in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services, Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., sponsors a turkey dinner Friday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Admission to the dinner is $10 but there is no charge for a live auction beginning at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets may be purchased at the door. Takeout orders will be available. For more information, call 201- 991-1132.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will offer free nobake cooking classes for ages 4 to 8, every Wednesday, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 22. The class will meet for four weeks. Recipes will take food allergies into consideration. Space is limited. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 201-998-2666.

The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., sponsors an Oktoberfest, with live music and food, Friday, Oct. 24, in the church basement. (BYOB). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $25. For tickets, call 201-991-2808 or 201-998-4616.

A Doggie Halloween Parade and Festival, sponsored by the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone program, is set for Saturday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Arlington Depot Park, off Midland Ave., between Forest and Elm Sts. Dogs can be registered for a costume contest. Current dog license and proof of rabies vaccine are required. Forms are available at www.kearnynj.org, the KUEZ office at 410 Kearny Ave., or K-9 corner, 169 Midland Ave. For more information, call 201-955- 7985 or email Halloweenpawrade@ kearnynj.org. All dogs either attending or participating in the festival must be leashed.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1302 and American Legion Post 99, in conjunction with the Kearny Police and Fire Departments, host Octoberfest Saturday, Oct. 18, noon to 6 p.m., at Veteran’s Field, Bergen Ave. and Afton St. Proceeds will be used to send items to send N.J. National Guard soldiers deployed overseas. Bring non-perishable items to send to troops. The event features live music, food and displays from both the Kearny Fire Department and the N.J. National Guard. Vendors and sponsors are needed. Contact the post at 201-991-9645.


ShopRite of Lyndhurst, an Inserra Supermarkets store, 540 New York Ave., hosts the following free programs, each led by in-store registered dietician Julie Harrington, R.D. Advance registration is not required, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to pre-register for a program, contact Harrington at 201-419-9154 or email julie. harrington@wakefern.com. ShopRite’s retail dietitians can serve as guest speakers/ instructors at wellness events hosted by local organizations.

• Walking Club, a one-mile trek through the store, starting at Dietician’s Corner, is held every Thursday at 8 a.m. Membership cards and prizes are awarded to all participants.

• Flu-Fighting Foods, an opportunity to learn and taste foods that will help keep you healthy during cold and flu season and all year-round, is offered on Thursday, Oct. 9, noon to 2 p.m.

• Produce Pick presents Harrington preparing a new dish featuring October’s produce pick on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and 21, noon to 2 p.m.

• Cooking Class with Chef Joe will help you learn how to cook up a healthy dish on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. Recipe cards will be available. Pre-registration is required.

• Fall Harvest Cooking Class teaches how to use fall’s fresh bounty to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

• Scary Facts about Sugar are shared at the Dietitian’s Corner on Thursday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• High Fiber Friday at the Dietitian’s Corner explains how to meet your fiber requirements on Friday, Oct. 24 and 31, noon to 2 p.m.

• Soups and Stocks Cooking Class offers tips on how to make a tasty stock and a new soup recipe on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 353 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

• Fit4Kids Magic Show is open to ages 3 to 10 Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m.

• “Belinda Bumble Bee” author Jennifer Katafigotis meets with children ages 3 to 10 Wednesday, Oct. 22, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required for both events. To register, call 201-804-2478.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors a children’s Tricky Tray Oct. 18, at the Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave., at noon. Tickets are $5. For tickets, call Janet at 201- 935-1208.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., hosts a dinner and osteoporosis seminar Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. Call 201-804-2500 to register.

 North Arlington  

Queen of Peace Rosary Society sponsors a Tricky Tray Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., at San Carlo Fine Caterers, Lyndhurst. The $40 admission includes a four-course dinner and one sheet of small prize tickets. Among the prizes are gift baskets, gift certificates and more. Grand prize values start at $500, which includes an iPad and much more. For more information and tickets, call Betsy at 201-997-3914 or Pegeen at 201-246-1030.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, offers the following programs:

• A lecture on coin collecting will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m.

• An SAT practice test open to grades 9 and up is offered Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.formstack.com/ forms/?1774866-DWur9MjZPt.

Note that the library will be closed to the general public after 1 p.m., as usual and will only be open for students taking the practice test.

• Story Time for ages 2 to 5 is held every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m.

• Pumpkin Decorating is available Tuesday, Oct. 14, for kindergarten to grade 5. Registration is required. To register, call 201-955-5640, ext. 126.

• Music and Craft for ages 2 to 5 is held Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11:45 a.m.

• Young Adult Movie Day features a screening of “The Fault in Our Stars” for grades 6 and up Friday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m.

• Teen Girls Group, moderated by a licensed social worker, is offered for grades 7 to 12 Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m.

• Tween Book Club, open to grades 4 to 7, meets Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m.

• Origami, open to grades 4 to 7, is held Friday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call 201-955-5640.

North Arlington Elks, 129 Ridge Road, hosts a fish fry Oct. 10, 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is $12. Shrimp cocktail and clams on the half-shell will also be available for $5 for a half-dozen and $8 for a dozen.

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington sponsors a trip to Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Tuesday, Oct. 21. Cost of the trip is $25. Attendees will receive $30 in slot play and $5 for food. Nonmembers are welcome. For reservations or more information, call Florence at 201-991-3173.

Woman’s Club sponsors a beefsteak fundraiser Friday, Oct. 24, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus hall, 194 River Road. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit various local charities. For tickets and more information, call Christine at 201-577-1088 or Fran Sardoni at 973-818- 6421.


The Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, offers the following programs.

• For children:

• Drop-In Craft is open to all ages every Saturday while supplies last. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Teen Book Club meets Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

For adults:

• Conversational ESL meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. No registration required.

• Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meets weekly at 1 p.m. Bring your own supplies.

• Play Bridge at the library every Tuesday at 1 p.m. No registration required. For more information, on any program, call 973-667- 0405

The Tri-County Camera Club meets Tuesdays two-to-three times per month in the teacher’s cafeteria at Nutley High School, 300 Franklin Ave., at 8 p.m.Beginners and advanced photographers are welcome. For more information and a full schedule of meetings, visit: tricountycameraclub.com.

Mid-Realty supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Mid-Realty, 572 Kearny Ave., will sponsor a fun-filled family event Oct. 18 to raise funds to support local residents struggling with breast cancer.

The event — including music, entertainment, face painting, a photo booth and much more — will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the agency’s office.

Breast Cancer Awareness merchandise will also available for purchase. All proceeds will go to two Kearny families.

Mid-Realty continues its fight against cancer after losing one of its most valued agents to the disease and lending support to another through her struggle. She is now a survivor.

Good weekend of football for Lyndhurst, Kearny


Tuero earns first coaching win; Kardinals now 3-1


By Jim Hague 

Observer Sports Writer 

The first three weeks of the high school football season weren’t as trying as one might think, as Lyndhurst lost all three times.

“The spirits were high,” said Lyndhurst first-year head coach Rich Tuero. “We were always moving forward. The kids were all about getting Coach Tuero’s first win, but it wasn’t about me. We just had to keep trying, because we were so close.”

The Golden Bears gave undefeated powerhouse Waldwick- Midland Park all it could handle, before falling short in the fourth quarter.

“That was the frustrating part,” Tuero said. “There wasn’t one bit of letdown or giving up. They were always so great.”

At Kearny, the spirits were a little different. The Kardinals were enjoying a fine start to the 2014 season and wanted to continue that positive vibe.

“We have tough kids who want to win,” said Kearny second-year head coach Nick Edwards. “They want to compete and be football players. They fight and do the best that they can.”

So the 0-3 Golden Bears took on Harrison and the 2-1 Kardinals faced Newark Collegiate last weekend. And both local teams emerged victorious.

The Golden Bears were finally able to get new coach Tuero his first win, defeating Harrison, 49-21.

The Kardinals won a tough one, taking a 10-6 decision to improve to 3-1, which are completely unchartered waters for the Kards in recent years. It’s been more than 20 years since Kearny had three wins by the first week of October.

Needless to say, it was a great weekend of football for the Golden Bears and the Kardinals.

Lyndhurst saw its quarterback Pete Guerriero enjoy  a game of a lifetime. Guerriero had 200 yards rushing on 14 carries and three touchdowns and passed for 140 yards and another touchdown. On defense, Guerriero had six tackles, two passes defended and an interception.

“He ran the quarterback trap and was gone in five seconds,” Tuero said of Guerriero. “We knew he had the talent. We just didn’t know what his role was going to be with us.”

Guerriero is a transfer from St. Mary’s of Rutherford, where he only played defense.

Tuero said that Guerriero reminds him of Brian Kapp, the former Observer Athlete of the Year from 2004-2005.

“This kid is a stud,” Tuero said of Guerriero. “(Former Lyndhurst head coach Jim) Vuono told me that he’s the fastest kid he’s ever seen at Lyndhurst. That says a lot.”

The Golden Bears wanted to win for junior captain Matt DeMarco, who suffered a thumb injury and is now lost for the season.

“Matt has been all in and is all about the team,” Tuero said. “He had 90 yards rushing and a touchdown and made 12 tackles before he left. The kid was possessed.”

Tuero said that the victory was big, not only because it was his first ever, but because an 0-4 football team hardly ever recovers for the rest of what becomes a losing season.

“The one thing the win does is give the kids confidence that they can win,” Tuero said. “They now can’t wait to get back into the weight room, get back to practice. They all have their heads held high as they walk around the school and hear all the good stuff.”

Photo by Jim Hague Kearny quarterback David Nash passed for 200 yards in Kearny’s 10-6 win over Newark Collegiate last weekend, pushing the Kardinals’ record to 3-1, the best mark for a Kearny football team since 1994.

Photo by Jim Hague
Kearny quarterback David Nash passed for 200 yards in Kearny’s 10-6 win
over Newark Collegiate last weekend, pushing the Kardinals’ record to 3-1, the
best mark for a Kearny football team since 1994.


Tuero also credited Jordan Stewart, who scored a defensive touchdown for the second game in a row. Stewart, the Bears’ outside linebacker, had a 57-yard fumble recovery for a score after having a 38-yard interception return the week before.

“He’s playing very well,” Tuero said.

The Kardinals are sitting pretty, as they try hard to gain the program’s first-ever NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group IV playoff berth. They’re not there yet, but it’s not too early to dream.

“The defense has definitely stepped up,” Edwards said. “They (Newark Collegiate) had fourth and goal and we stripped the ball. We got lucky there. It’s a big win. All the kids want to do is win.”

Sophomore Niko Yamba Mamba (yes, that is his real name) was all over the field at his middle linebacker slot.

“He’s a special kid,” Edwards said of Yamba Mamba. “He works hard in practice and in the classroom. He’s just a great kid to coach. You want 11 kids like him.”

Thiago Teixiera scored the Kards’ lone touchdown. David Nash, the savvy quarterback, threw for 200 yards and Sammy Sanchez had five receptions for 85 yards.

The Benavides twins, Mike and Chris, keyed a defensive effort which did not allow a single pass completion the entire game.

“They were awesome back there,” Edwards said.

Both teams have tough opponents this weekend. The Golden Bears have to face Garfield, while the Kardinals take on former head coach Oscar Guerrero and the Tigers of Memorial of West New York.

But there’s joy and hope this week on the two local gridirons.

“Our kids aren’t happy about being 3-1,” Edwards said. “We think we should be better. But I’m happy. We’re going forward. We have a good football team.”

When is the last time a Kearny coach said those words?

New coach Jelcic leads Lyndhurst boys’ soccer through tough times


By Jim Hague

Observer Sports Writer

Dennis Jelcic did a fantastic job building the Lyndhurst-Paramus hockey cooperative program, so he believed he could weave some magic in turning the boys’ soccer around at Lyndhurst High School.

It certainly made Jelcic one of the most unique coaches in New Jersey. There aren’t many – if any others at all – that coach soccer in the fall and hockey in the winter. It’s definitely a different mix.

“I don’t know of any others,” Jelcic said.

Jelcic was eager to take on the challenge.

“I’m very excited,” Jelcic said before the start of the season last month. “We have a lot of young players who are doing whatever I ask of them. They’re staying late after practice.”

Jelcic also brought on veteran Ken Van Rye as an assistant coach.

“He’s been nothing short of excellent as an assistant,” Jelcic said. “I’m excited to have a young team that will be competitive for many years to come.”

Jelcic is also optimistic about the plethora of young players participating in soccer in town.

“We have a lot of young talented players coming up,” Jelcic said. “The program is looking up.”

So there’s no way that Jelcic will look at the Golden Bears’ current 3-7 record as a setback.

The Golden Bears showed some promise when they defeated Bergen Charter, 7-4, two weeks ago. But they have lost four of their last five games.

Jelcic has a lot of faith in his goalkeepers, namely senior Thomas Hooper and sophomore Milton Rua.

Hooper is a former cross country runner who decided to switch to play soccer this season. He has collected 41 saves in seven games. Rua has made 19 saves in three games.

“Hooper has been like a fish in water,” Jelcic said. “But he’s tall and athletic and learning as he goes along. Milton is a quality keeper.”

The Golden Bears will continue to use both net minders.

Junior Ryan Brown has returned to Lyndhrrst after a year away. He’s been an anchor to the Golden Bears’ defense and has collected a team-high six assists.

Junior Motana Thungason is a returning starter and is a member of the defender contingent.

Senior Edgar Bravo is another veteran member of the Lyndhurst defensive unit.

Junior Giovanni Arcentales is the key playmaker in the Golden Bears’ midfield. Arcentales scored 10 goals last year and has tallied three goals and added three assists thus far this season. He’s a dangerous offensive threat for the Golden Bears.

Sophomore Nick Pacheco and sophomore Doug DaSilva are also promising members in the midfield, along with returning senior starter Christian Formoso. DaSilva has collected three assists this season.

Sophomore Raymond Valenzuela is the Golden Bears’ leading goal scorer thus far, tallying four goals this season.

Notice the names and the respective years in school. The Golden Bears have a host of sophomores. One after another, they’re all young.

“We’re going through a lot of growing pains,” Jelcic said. “We’re a little inexperienced and rough to start.”

The forward line is also young, with Marildo Mera and Luis Yolinares as sophomores and Adrian Baronowski and Vincent DiTonto as freshmen.

So the Golden Bears’ record might be under .500, but the promise is there for a bright future.

“We’re going to be fine,” Jelcic said. “We definitely have a lot of kids who are interested in playing and who want to play. They practice hard all the time and play hard.”

That attitude will certainly lead to better results in the future. For now, the Golden Bears have to build on the wins they enjoyed against Bergen Charter, Ridgefield and local rival Queen of Peace.

“I like the direction of the program,” Jelcic said. “We’re moving forward.”

North Arlington’s Seca enjoys goal scoring outburst


By Jim Hague 

Observer Sports Writer 

North Arlington’s Joanna Seca will be away from the Vikings’ girls’ soccer team for the next two weeks. She’s off to play at a higher level, joining the Portugal national 17-and-under team play.

“It’s a huge step and a golden opportunity for me,” Seca said. “Hopefully, it will lead to bigger and better things.”

It’s going to be a big loss for the Vikings, who are enjoying a fine 8-3 record thus far. But first-year head coach Dan Farinola realizes that he has to allow Seca to get the chance to play at such a prestigious level.

“It’s unbelievable,” Farinola said. “I can’t even imagine what that must be like for her. We have to change our game plan a little without her and in these five games, we’re certainly going to miss her.”

That’s an understatement, because Seca was in the middle of an incredible season.

In just 11 games, Seca had scored 20 goals and added 18 assists. In the week prior to her departure across the Atlantic, Seca scored nine goals and added six assists.

Seca had an incredible five goals and two assists against Weehawken, added two goals and two assists against Immaculate Conception of Lodi and had two goals and two assists against St. Mary’s of Rutherford.

That’s some offensive explosion and certainly a tremendous sendoff.

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

“It feels awesome,” Seca said. “It shows that my hard work pays off. I had the right hungry mentality to get those five goals. I’m very happy with the way the season is going.”

Seca said that she had a lot of confidence coming into her senior year because she played with the top club soccer team in New Jersey, namely the Player Development Association (PDA).

“It helped with my skills and helped me improve tremendously,” Seca said. “It gave me a tremendous amount of confidence. I was really excited coming into the season, but I didn’t know what to expect. We lost a lot of seniors from last year. I knew I had to step up a little.”

Seca said that she has been holding control of the ball more and finding teammates like Taylor Barth, who has also scored 20 goals thus far.

“I bring the ball up myself,” Seca said. “That takes a little getting used to. I used to pass the ball a lot, but now, I look to take the ball and shoot as well. After a while, that gets natural.”

Seca said that she will miss playing with her team for the next two weeks.

“It’s tough, because we’ve all been working so hard,” Seca said. “I hate to leave. I want to be able to help the team. It stinks that this is taking place now and I can’t be a part of what my team is doing. But this is a once-in-a-lifetime dream.”

Farinola is happy having inherited a talented player like Seca.

“She’s really been like having another coach on the field,” Farinola said. “She has helped me tremendously. It’s a nice gift to have as a new coach. She’s fabulous. She worked so hard in the offseason.”

Farinola said that Seca’s work ethic in the offseason served as an inspiration for the other members of the Vikings.

“She got her fitness level up,” Farinola said. “She worked on her speed. She worked on her feet with the ball. She moves the ball effortlessly. And she can use both feet and can shoot from 30 yards out with either foot. It’s hard to see anyone else with that ability and it’s really cool to watch.”

Farinola heard some good things about Seca when he took the head coaching position.

“But she’s better than I thought,” Farinola said. “I knew she was going to be the center midfielder, but she’s outdone my expectations.”

Farinola said that the attention Seca commands has made her other players, like Barth, better performers.

“Other teams can’t help but to give all the attention to her, so she’s helped the others,” Farinola said. “It wasn’t her team at the beginning of the year, but it is now. And now she knows it’s her team.”

Remarkably, Seca has not received any offers from colleges, despite her soccer prowess and her academic status. Seca is currently ranked second in the North Arlington Class of 2015.

“I’m sure she’ll get some attention soon,” Farinola said. “I think she’s a Division 1 player. If she played any sport, she’d be an All-League player. That’s how good of an athlete she is. She’s a special girl. Someone has to give her a look now.”

“That’s the ultimate dream,” Seca said. “My goal has always been to play at the college level.”

Seca was asked if her 5-foot- 2 stature hurt her chances of getting recognized by colleges.

“No, not at all,” Seca said. “I don’t really think about that. Whenever I hear that I’m too short, I use that for motivation.”

Needless to say, Seca is sitting atop the world. She’s scored five goals in a game, knocked in 20 goals in 11 games and is now headed to Portugal to play for that nation’s top U-17 program. Life is good for Joanna Seca.

“It’s really been a fun year,” Seca said.


Dorothy N. Belbey 

Dorothy N. Belbey of Brick passed away Oct. 1 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

She was born in Long Island, N.Y., and lived in Kearny prior to moving to Brick in 1982. Dorothy was a parishioner of St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church, and a graduate of Georgian Court College.

She was predeceased by her husband John T. Belbey and all of her brothers and sisters. Dorothy is survived by her two sons Jack F. Belbey and Kevin D. Belbey and his wife Donna; she is also survived by her three grandchildren, Kevin, Ryan, and Shaun.

Arrangements were by the Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Road, Brick. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Dominic’s Church, 250 Old Squan Road, Brick.

Donations can be made in Dorothy’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Alice C. Belfiore 

Mrs. Alice C. Belfiore, 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The funeral Mass was offered on Oct. 3 at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, at 10 a.m. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours were held from the Condon Funeral Home (condonfuneralhome.com) 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny.

Mrs. Belfiore was born in Jersey City and has lived in Kearny for many years.

Alice had been the office manager for Arlington Tax and Bookkeeping for 29 years. She was a past president and member of the Ladies of UNICO and the Arlington Woman’s Club. And she was also involved in many other civic organizations over the years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Sebastian (Buster) Belfiore in 1993. Surviving are her children Celeste (Lou) Pandolfi, Bernadette (Tom) Antonelli, Joseph Belfiore and Patricia (Dave) Despotovich. Also surviving are her siblings, Mary and Molly Cancia, Dominick Cancia and Rosemarie Latini as well as her grandchildren, Chris and Jennifer Szpila, Brianna and Michael Antonelli and Alex and Dana Despotovich.

John J. Blevis 

John J. Blevis died peacefully on Oct. 4 in Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 87.

Born in Harrison, he lived most of his life in Kearny.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

John served in the Navy during World War II. He owned Mr. Dry Clean in North Arlington and had been an operator at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.

Husband of Jeanette (nee Amato), he is survived by his sons John and Michael Blevis and his grandchildren Jonathan James, Elizabeth Ann, Michael Charles and Charles Francis. He was predeceased by his daughter June Rose, his son Joseph and his grandson Anthony John. I

n lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.

Dorothy DePaolo 

Dorothy DePaolo died Oct.1. She was 47.

Born in Belleville, she had been living in Seaside Heights. Dorothy was the daughter of June McCain and the late Charles DePaolo.

The arrangements were private. Condolence may be left at www.armitagewiggins.com.

William Kosciuch 

William Kosciuch died peacefully on Sept. 26. He was 90.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny for 64 years. Private arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Bill served in the Army during World War II and was a retired dairy manager from the A & P in Belleville.

Husband of the late Theresa (nee Paschenko), he is survived by his children and their spouses John and Molly Kosciuch and Elaine and William Lombardi. Also surviving are his grandchildren Liza, Sara, Nicole and Michele and his great-grandchildren Noah and Dean.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Alzheimers Foundation.

Patrick J. Manley 

Patrick J. Manley, 68, passed away at Community Medical Center, Toms River, after a short illness on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church. His interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Newark, he lived most of his life in Harrison. Afterwards, he lived in various states due to his work, eventually settling in Toms River in 2011. He worked as a senior underwriter for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for many years, retiring in 1998. He served his country in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged as a 1st lieutenant. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Peter’s College, Jersey City.

He is survived by his sister Sheila Botch and her husband Chester, his three nephews Chester Jr., Brian and Kevin, his great-nephews and nieces Michael, Analyssee and Lea. He is also survived by many cousins and friends.

James A. Ortel 

James A. Ortel died Oct. 3. He lived in Elizabeth before moving to Bloomfield 18 years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jim was a retail sales director for Acosta Sales and Marketing in Hackensack. He was active with Bloomfield Recreation Sports and The Queen of Peace C.Y.O. in North Arlington.

Beloved husband of Joan (nee Smith) he is survived by his loving parents Ramon and Joyce Ortel and his stepmother Maureen Ortel. He also leaves behind his cherished daughter Mary Elizabeth, his brother Ramon Jr. and sister Cynthia McCain, his beloved nieces Erin Smith and Ashley and Brooke Ortel. Also surviving is his mother-in- law Dolores Smith and his brothers-in-law Benjamin and Michael Smith.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the American Heart Association.

Gertrude H. Rush 

Gertrude H. Rush (nee Lyons) entered into eternal rest on Monday, Sept. 29 at Alaris Healthcare, Kearny. She was 97.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www. mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Newark, Gertrude was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She was a keypunch operator for RCA, Harrison, for 25 years retiring in 1976. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church and a member of the following church organizations: Holy Cross Seniors, Vincentian Society and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens. In her free time, Gertrude enjoyed crocheting.

Predeceased by her husband William (1975), She is survived by her children, William J. Rush (Margaret), Marilyn Bruce (Douglas), Judith Noniewicz, grandchildren Tara Brown (Scott), Eric Bruce (Kimball), Rene Forsythe (Michael), William Rush (Meredith), Thomas Noniewicz (Monica), Tracy Proscia (Joseph), Michele Bruce, Laura Rush, Jill Galvin (Timothy) and great-grandchildren Steven, Michael, Chasse, Kiera, Kailey, Josephine, Emily, Timothy, Brooke, Colin, J.T., and Lindsey. She was predeceased by her son-in-law Thomas F. Noniewicz in 2000.

For those desiring, the family requests donations to: The Valerie Fund, 2101 Millburn Ave., Maplewood, N.J. 07040, in loving memory of Gertrude.

Adeline Ryan 

Adeline Ryan (nee Dini) passed away at home on Oct. 2. She was 97.

Arrangements were private. Condolences may be sent to www.armitagewiggins.com.

Adeline was survived by her sons Charles and John Ryan, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Noe Villafuerte 

Noe Villafuerte, of Kearny, died Sept. 26. Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

Noe is survived by his mother Flora, sons Jonathan, Bryan and Antonio and eight siblings.

A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church in Harrison and burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Audrey J. Zeoli 

Audrey J. Zeoli (nee Kluge), 78, died on Sept. 28 in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by interment in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. Zeoli lived in Kearny for most of her life before moving to Rockaway Township 19 years ago.

She was a tube maker at R.C.A. in Harrison for 30 years, retiring in 1975.

Audrey was an avid bingo player.

She is survived by her daughters Diane MacMillan and her husband Thomas and Cindy Davidson and her husband Chris; one sister Carol Whitehead; grandchildren Raymond Waters and his wife Jennifer; Shaun MacMillan and Erin Davidson and one great-grandchild Brennan Waters.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband Charles J. Zeoli Jr. and her son Charles J. Zeoli III and her siblings and their spouses Jack Kluge and his wife Helen and Robert Kluge and his wife Muriel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256.

Harrison police blotter

Sept. 29 

Two shipments delivered by UPS on different days to a residence in the 300 block of Jersey St. were reported stolen, police said. One package containing two pairs of men’s shoes valued at $269 that came on Aug. 29 was reported missing, as was a package with a set of $20 head phones, delivered Sept. 22, police said.

Sept. 30 

At 3:18 p.m., police separated two girls fighting in the 700 block of Hamilton St. Officers separated the two Harrison High School female students, processed them at headquarters and released them to their parents.

Oct. 2 

Police responded to a residential burglary reported by tenants in the 700 block of William St. The tenants told police they’d left their apartment at 11 a.m., and upon returning at 8:40 p.m., they found in the hallway near the door a piece of wood shaped in the form of a small pry bar type tool and discovered that two Lenovo laptops, with a total value of $1,600, had been taken, along with two necklaces, removed from a jewelry box in a bedroom.


Gerald Stewart, 39, of Kearny, was issued three summons for alleged violations of failure of observe a signal, DUI and reckless driving after police say he was observed disregarding a traffic signal at Hamilton St. and Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. North, while traveling east toward N. Fifth St. Police said they detected a strong odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath.

Oct. 5 

At 2:28 p.m., police were sent to the Rite Aid Pharmacy, in the 700 block of Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. North on a report of shoplifting. The store manager told police that he saw a man, later identified as William Ferguson, 51, of Newark, remove six bottles of Lubriderm Moisture Lotion from a shelf and conceal them in a black backpack. When confronted, the manager said Ferguson emptied the contents of the bag on the floor. Police said Ferguson also had two outstanding warrants, $250 from Kearny and $500 from North Arlington. He was arrested on the warrants and issued a summons for shoplifting.

– Ron Leir 

Then & Now

Photo by Karen Zautyk (top photo: Town of Harrison)

Photo by Karen Zautyk
(top photo: Town of Harrison)


This week’s ‘Then’ photo is of Harrison Ave. in Harrison and dates from 1895. We have scant information about it, so we can only hazard a guess, comparing it with similar pictures, that this is a view looking east from somewhere near Second St. Or thereabouts. However, in the distance on the right, at what was then Fourth St., one should be able to see the massive Holy Cross Church, completed in 1888, but we can’t pinpoint it. Note, though, the variety of architecture and the awnings (cloth and wooden). Just barely visible in the street are trolley tracks. The horse-dawn wagon is sharing the road with the trolleys and appears to have crossed within the track line. An eastbound trolley would have approached it from behind. Did wagons have rear-view mirrors? 

– Karen Zautyk 

Goodwill gesture


By Karen Zautyk 

Observer Correspondent


In front of Goodwill Industries’ building on Supor Blvd., there is a brand new sign. “Palisades Regional Academy,” it reads.

Has Goodwill moved?

Only in the sense of moving forward in its stated mission “to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work.”

GoodwilI remains at its Harrison headquarters, but it has moved onward in the realm of education, partnering with Palisades Regional Academy, which serves students in grades 6 through 12 According to the school’s website, these are youngsters who “demonstrate more serious learning and behavioral disabilities,” which might be compounded by psychiatric issues, substance abuse or trauma.

In other words, they need more help than most public school special education programs might offer. Palisades Regional, in operation since 1970, provides that help.

In addition to an academic curriculum, the school offers counseling (on a one-to-one basis) and guidance services and an emphasis on positive-behavior encouragement and reinforcement.

Originally located in Lodi (hence the reference to the Palisades), it moved to Paramus in 1975, and now it has relocated to Harrison, where it will share the Supor Blvd. site with Goodwill.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 16 to welcome the school, which currently has an enrollment of 25 students, each of whom was referred and placed by a local school district, Palisades Regional Executive Director Jeffrey Kahn said. Those districts are in five counties: Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Passaic and Union.

Tuition is $58,000 per year for “an educational and therapeutic environment” designed, as the website notes, to help those enrolled “develop the academic, social, behavioral and life skills needed to become independent and successful.”

Hence, the partnering with Goodwill, which has been devoted to helping individuals become self-sufficient since its founding in 1915. At the ribbon-cutting, William Forrester, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater N.Y. and Northern N.J., cited the upcoming centennial birthday and noted that the organization has always served people with special needs but over time it has branched out.

“We have broadened our mission to now include wounded warriors, the unemployed, the underemployed, the immigrant population and returning veterans,” Forrester noted.

“We’re very happy to have the academy here,” he said. “It fulfills part of our mission.”

Kahn called the new partnering “an amazing collaboration.”

Evelyn Bilal, director of adminstration at Goodwill, said that Palisades Regional students have been coming to the Harrison headquarters for several years for “job shadowing.” This is a way for young people to explore career options by observing the day-to-day activities of employees in various fields.

The academy’s goal is “to prepare students for the life that comes after school,” Kahn said. And since PRA was considering expanding its transitional services, he thought, “Why not bring the school here?”

Kahn purchased the academy in 1977 after working seven years in special education with the New York City Board of Education as a teacher, consultant and administrator.

He explained that the students his school is helping are “socially and emotionally struggling, or depressed, or oppositional to authority or routine.”

Palisades Regional, he said, is an approved private school–approved by the state. “It’s not an experiment. It’s not a pilot program. It’s a fact.”

As for the partnering with and moving to Goodwill, Kahn commented, “This is the best thing I’ve done in a very long time.”

(Editor’s note: For more information about Palisades Regional, visit www.palisadesregional.org. For Goodwill: www.goodwillnynj.org.)