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SMMC affiliates with leading N.Y. medical college



St. Michael’s Medical Center (SMMC), Newark, and New York Medical College (NYMC), Valhalla, N.Y., have announced an academic affiliation designating SMMC as a teaching site for NYMC’s medical education program.

Officials said the affiliation provides SMMC with worldclass academic resources and additional medical expertise to support clinical programs and assist in the recruitment of physicians. NYMC, in turn, will have access to a clinical venue in Essex County, expanding the residency options for its students, as well as access to a large group of experienced physicians in a spectrum of specialties.

“This is an exciting time for St. Michael’s Medical Center,” said David A. Ricci, president and CEO, SMMC. “We are proud to collaborate with New York Medical College in an academic affiliation that will continue our long-standing tradition as an academic institution, and enable us to enhance and expand our medical education program, including the addition of an undergraduate program.”

The new agreement sets forth SMMC’s participation in NYMC’s programs of undergraduate and graduate medical education, defines its responsibilities as a site for clinical rotations by medical students and describes how it will support various research activities.

“This partnership, based upon shared values, will benefit patients, promote a pipeline of new doctors and other health care providers to serve Newark and the surrounding cities and contribute to the generation of new knowledge about the causes, prevention and treatment of human disease and disability,” said Dr. Edward C. Halperin, chancellor and chief executive officer, NYMC.

“Our new partnership with New York Medical College will fill a vital need for educational experiences and physician training, and will provide many opportunities regarding collaborative research projects,” added Ricci. “We look forward to growing our academic program for students in the greater New York/New Jersey area.”

Proposed school boundary lines – K to 6


Beech St., south of Oakwood Ave.

Chestnut St., south of Oakwood to Bergen Ave.

Devon St., Elm St. and Forest St., south of Oakwood.

Davis Ave. and Hickory St., south of Midland Ave.

Pine St., Spruce St.

Quincy Ave., King St. and Garfield Ave., east of Kearny Ave.

Kearny Ave., between Afton St. and Bergen Ave.

All streets east of Devon St. and south of Oakwood.


All streets west of Kearny Ave., south of New Lawn Ave., and north of Bergen.

Kearny Ave., south of New Lawn and north of Afton.

All streets west of Belgrove Drive and south of N. Midland Ave.

Passaic Ave., south of St. Anthony’s.

NOTE: All current grade 5 students at Garfield will stay at Garfield for grade 6 regardless of where their new boundaries may be st, unless parents ask to have their child move to the new school.


All streets south of Belleville Turnpike and west of, and including, Beech St. and north of Midland Ave.

New Lawn Ave. Kearny Ave., north of Oakwood. Passaic Ave., north of St. Anthony’s.


All streets south of Belleville Pike, east of, and including, Chestnut St. and north of, and including, Midland and E. Midland. Beech St., Chestnut St., Devon St., Elm St., and Forest St., north of, and including, Oakwood.

NOTE: All current grade 5 students in Lincoln School will be moved as a class to Schuyler School regardless of where their new boundaries may be set, unless parents ask to have their child move to the new school.


All streets west of, and including, Chestnut St., and south of, and including, Bergen Ave.

Devon St., between Woodland and Johnson Aves.


All students in grades 7 & 8 will attend Lincoln School.

Around Town


Toddlers to sixth-graders are invited to participate in the “Fizz, Boom, Read” summer reading program sponsored by the Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave. To be eligible for prizes, children are invited to visit the library during the summer to read books for fun and/or read books from their school’s reading list. Children must keep a log of all books read to show their parents and teachers in September.

A Block Watch meeting will be held at the Belleville Senior Center, Franklin Ave. and Mill St., June 19, at 7 p.m. New members are welcome. For more information, call 973-759-0738.

Belleville UNICO sponsors a bus ride fundraiser to Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Sunday, June 22. The cost is $30 pre-paid or $35 at the door. Those attending will receive a voucher for $35. A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. at the Belleville Senior Citizens Center, Franklin Ave. and Mill St. The bus will leave from the center at 8:50 a.m. Call 973-759-9259 ASAP to reserve seats. (No last minute cancellations.) Mail checks, payable to Belleville UNICO, to: Gene Antonio, 436 Joralemon St., Belleville, N.J. 07109.


Bloomfield historian Rich Rockwell will display and talk about historic photos of houses, dating from the 1880s to the 1920s, Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Parish House at the Church on the Green, 147 Broad St. The program, with then-and-now comparisons, will focus on styles of architecture, building trends, remodeling trends and preservation efforts in Bloomfield’s Historic District and nearby neighborhoods.

Bloomfield Cultural Commission presents traditional Polish singing, dancing and food, plus arts and crafts for children, Sunday, June 29, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 190 State St. Admission is free.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave. offers a children’s summer art camp, beginning June 30. All classes are held Monday to Friday at the air-conditioned Oakeside. The cost for the first session is $250; sessions 2 through 5 cost $275. All materials are included in the cost. Participants may register by calling the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960. Registration forms and class schedules and descriptions are available on the Oakeside website www.oakeside.org.

Oakeside is offering a bus trip to Caesar’s Casino, Atlantic City, on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The bus will leave Oakeside at 9 a.m. and will return at 5:30 p.m. The $30 cost includes round-trip bus transportation and $25 in slot play at the casino.

Reservations are required and must be paid within five days of booking to ensure a place.

There are no refunds on paid reservations. Call Oakeside at 973-429-0960 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.


Harrison Public School district will participate in a summer food service program, open to children age 18 and under, from July 7 to Aug. 7, Monday to Thursday only, at Washington Middle School, 1 N. 5th St., 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture, providing children ages 18 and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu provided by the state agency.


The Salvation Army of Greater Kearny, 443 Chestnut St., will hold a flea market/bazaar Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds go to Salvation Army World Services. Vendor tables are available for $20 each or two tables for $30.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., offers a chess class for children, ages 8 to 15, beginning June 24. The class will run eight weeks on Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., through Aug. 12. The class is limited to only 14 students. Call the library at 201-998-2666 to reserve your spot. Instructors from the Newark Chess Club will teach the classes. For more information, call the library or visit www.kearnylibrary.org.

Kearny High School 60th class reunion for the classes of June 1954 and January 1955 will be held Sept. 19, at noon, in Spring Lake Heights. Admission is $32. For more information or to make reservations, email phylmae@aol.com or call 732- 458-5162.

Vendors are invited to participate in St. Cecilia’s Church flea market June 21 and 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, at the school building, 114 Chestnut St. Proceeds benefit the parish. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 201-991-1116.

Teen Drama, presented in collaboration with West Hudson Arts and Theater Company will begin its summer camp, open to ages 13 to 18, on June 23, ending on Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the West Hudson Arts and Theater Company, 131 Midland Ave. This summer’s show will be the Addams Family. Performance dates are set for Aug. 1 and 2. Tuition is $175. To join Teen Drama, request an application by calling 973-498-TEEN (8336), email info@teendrama. org or register at Teen Drama’s website teendrama.org.


Lyndhurst Health Department’s free meditation course originally planned for Wednesday, June 18, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 2. Led by certified oneness trainer Lyndhurst resident Parbatie Singh, this class will resume regular hours Wednesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the recreation room at 601 Riverside Ave. Enter the doors facing the Passaic River.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will close the Saw Mill Creek Trail in DeKorte Park indefinitely, beginning Friday, June 20, while PSE&G replaces the power line towers on the trail. The trail is expected to remain closed for at least one year.

NJMC’s William D. McDowell Observatory, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, is open to the public every Monday and Wednesday night year-long, weather permitting, excluding holidays. Summer hours are 9 to 10:30 p.m. in June and July, and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in August. The observatory features a research-grade telescope. The observatory also hosts “Let’s Talk Astronomy” learning sessions on most Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. The sessions are $5; MEC members, free. Visitors must be able to climb 25 steps to reach the observatory.

A free Summer Solstice Celebration for seniors will be held at the NJMC Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. Celebrate the light with science by discussing why the Solstice is so long and enjoy sun tea, cookies and a surprise craft or two. Bring your grandchildren. Pre-registration required. Call 201-777-2431 to register.

NJMC hosts Saving the Delaware Bayshore June 23, at 6 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Plaza, with a video screening and discussion on the efforts of a coalition of conservation groups and non-profit foundations to restore the ecologically important beaches of the Delaware Bay following Superstorm Sandy. Registration is recommended and appreciated. Call 201-777-2431 or 201-460- 8300 to register.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a Summer Mobile Craft, for grades 1 to 4, Wednesday, June 18, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

American Legion Post 139 sponsors veteran’s ward parties at extended care facilities, which include games of chance to allow veteran residents to win money to buy treats and personal items. Veterans in failing health in the nursing home section are also visited and given treats and personal items. The next ward party is set for Tuesday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic, and is sponsored by Lyndhurst resident and Navy veteran Stanley Kaminski in memory of his wife Stella. To sponsor a ward party, call John Deveney, rehabilitation chairman, American Legion Post 139, at 201-438-2255.

North Arlington 

The Senior Harmony Club has scheduled a trip to Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, for Wednesday, July 9, and a trip to Mt. Airy Casino in Pennsylvania for Wednesday, Aug. 20. Mt. Airy will give $25 in slot play and a free buffet. For reservations or information, call Florence at 201-991-3173.

North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a Fourth of July Bingo luncheon Friday, June 27. Bingo starts at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at noon and more Bingo games and prizes from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information or for reservations, call 201-998-5636.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., announces:

• Registration is open for the Summer Reading Kick-Off event. Youth Stages will present a special play shop for children ages 3 to 9. The event is set for Wednesday, June 25, at 4 p.m. To register, call 201-955-5640, ext. 126.

• Join local resident Anne Jenkins in a lecture about growing, canning, and preserving food at the library Tuesday, June 24, at 6 p.m.

• Conspiracy theories and mystery still surround the devastating assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Civil War expert Bill Gent will deliver a lecture about the national tragedy Wednesday, July 30, at 1 p.m.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, presents the following programs:

• Explore the founding of the Township of Nutley Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. with Nutley Museum director John Simko. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

• Eighteen important paintings, prints and reproductions of artworks from the late 19th and early 20th century from the Nutley Museum’s collection are on view through June 30.

• Science Tellers and Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: The Science Tellers will perform “Fizz,Boom, Read!” a 45-minute interactive storytelling show, featuring hands-on science experiments, Thursday June 26, at 11:30 p.m. Open to children in grades K to 5, this program is sponsored by Spencer Savings Bank. No registration is required.

Call the library at 973-667- 0405 for more information.

The Nutley Museum and Historical Society, 65 Church St., houses a collection of town artifacts and artworks by former Nutley artists. The museum is open for special events and by appointment. Admission is free. For information or to arrange a visit, call  973-667-1528.

Then & Now

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The southeast corner of Ridge Road and Noel Drive in North Arlington has long been a commercial site, occupied now by a brand-new 7-Eleven. But back in the 1970s, when the ‘Then’ photo was taken, it featured a Dairy Queen, which apparently had a restaurant attached to it. What do you serve in a Dairy Queen restaurant? Cheeseburger a la mode? Later, the property was the longtime home of Jim Dandy’s restaurant, which operated until fairly recently. Locals will recognize that Jim Dandy’s had used the cozy-looking barnlike structure built by DQ, but it was, alas, demolished by 7-Eleven. We don’t know the make and model of that block-long sedan parked at the DQ, but it calls to mind the days when members of a classic car club would gather in Jim Dandy’s parking lot for an impromptu auto show. And, of course, ever present then and now: those electrical power lines.

– Karen Zautyk 

Davie appointed to YMCA board




Kearny attorney Ken Davie, a partner in the Harrison law firm of Cifelli and Davie, has been named a member of the Greater Newark YMCA’s board of trustees, it was announced by Michael Bright, YMCA president and chief executive officer.

Davie is an active, 16-year member of the Y, and is currently assistant town attorney for the Town of Kearny, as well as special counsel for the City of Bayonne and the Borough of North Arlington.

“The Y has always been active in our community,” said Davie. “Many of us either learned to swim through the Y and had our kids learn to swim at Lincoln School in Kearny, went to the Y summer camps at Camp Linwood in Blairstown or enjoyed the Y’s state of the art completely affordable fitness facility, which includes an Olympic size pool.”

“The Y, through its 2013 and beyond Strategic Plan, seeks to focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in our West Hudson communities, and I am extremely grateful that this tremendous organization has allowed me to strive to accomplish these completely attainable goals,” said Davie.

Davie previously served as vice president of the Hudson- Liberty Boy Scouts of America and pro bono counsel for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as a soccer coach for Kearny Recreation, Thistle F.C. and High Tech High School.

Contact www.NewarkYMCA.org for more information about the numerous and varied programs the Y has to offer to all age groups in the West Hudson area, especially its summer camp offerings.

See Riposta for good food — or home deals


By Kevin Canessa Jr. 

Observer Correspondent 


How Frank Riposta, owner of D&F Deli on Davis Ave., gets any sleep might just be one of the great mysteries of life. He and his wife, Diane, have owned the deli since 1983.

But since 2006, Riposta has also served as a real estate agent for Century 21 Semiao and Associates. And during that time, not only has he continued to operate one of the most successful and noted delis in Kearny, he’s also been one of the most successful real estate agents in the area.

And he credits a lot of his real estate track record to the success he’s experienced in 30-plus years of operating D&F.

“It’s really remarkable,” Riposta said. “So many of the people who I’m selling homes to now were kids who were carried into D&F as babies in diapers. Now, here they are, ready to buy their first homes, and they’re coming to me. It’s something special.”

Indeed it is.

Yet he somehow survives on about three to four hours of sleep a day. He’s working in the deli and with real estate clients for about 18 hours on average each day, he says.

Exterior of D&F Deli & owner Frank Riposta

Exterior of D&F Deli & owner
Frank Riposta



A man they can trust 

Riposta says prospective homebuyers and sellers are coming to him because they already know they can trust him — just as they have for decades in the deli.

“The satisfaction I get in helping people is incredible,” Riposta said. “And the beauty of it is they always know where to find me. If I am not at the deli, they can find me at home since I live right across the street from the deli.”

Riposta also says another key to success is how he deals with his clients and customers.

“I’ve always treated customers and clients the way I’d like to be treated,” he said. “On the deli side, I’ve strived to provide my customers with quality food at a reasonable price. I know my customers are from the working class. They don’t want fancy food at fancy prices. But I always strive to give them the best food possible at the best prices possible.”

And because of that loyalty Riposta shows in the deli, it translates into him seeing the same people when they want to either buy or sell a home.

“And never is that more evident than when people need to do a short sale,” Riposta said. “They want to be able to trust their agent because they sometimes have to admit they made a mistake when they bought. And that they’re close to losing their homes. And for me, there’s nothing better than when I can help someone in danger of a foreclosure, avoid a foreclosure.

“It’s the difference in them being able to, let’s say, buy another home again in two years as opposed to a lot longer than two years.”

Riposta also says working in real estate is much more than making money.

“Do I like the paycheck? Sure,” he said. “But being able to help people who are under water get out of that is very satisfying. And I believe that’s been a key to my success.”

Interested in buying or selling a home with Riposta? Contact him at Century 21 Semiao and Associates at 201- 991-1300. Or visit D&F Deli at 396 Davis Ave., Kearny, or call 201-998- 1293. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Nutley PD: Resident’s credit card used improperly on horse-gambling site


May 31

A Howard Place resident reported 16 fraudulent transactions with more than $4,000 in total estimated withdrawals on their bank card. An investigation determined that the account was linked to a horse race gambling network, police said. The account has been closed and the card canceled.  Read more »

Peace & joy


By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent


At the corner of Kearny and Laurel Aves., there stands the magnificent grey-stone edifice of St. Stephen’s R.C. Church, which this year is marking the 75th anniversary of its dedication.

When your correspondent mentioned that to some friends, the reaction was, “It’s only 75 years old? It looks so much older.”

It’s not that the church appears age-worn. Far from it. But the classic Gothic architecture calls to mind those centuries-old houses of worship found across Europe. The soaring structure is reminiscent of a medieval cathedral.

Of course, no one’s going to think a Kearny church dates to the Middle Ages, but what is its history? Read more »

Awards presented by the KFD


By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent 


The Meritorius Acts Review Board (MARB) of the Kearny Fire Department recently held its 1st annual awards ceremony, honoring both firefighters and civilians.

The board, comprising deputy chiefs, captains and firefighters, presented the citations at a dinner at the former Boystown campus, attended by not only the award recipients but friends and family.

Unit Citations, represented by a new uniform bar designed by Capt. Kevin Donnelly, were presented to men who took part in two particular 2013 incidents, their actions judged to be “in the highest tradition of the fire service.”

Cited for their actions during a March 10, 2013, fire at 600-602 Frank Rodgers Blvd. in Harrison were KFD Capts. Jerry Coppola and Rod Nardone and Firefighter Dave Russell. Read more »

Borough gets new school leader


By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 


Patrick W. Martin is the new superintendent/principal of the East Newark Public School. He was hired May 9 at the Board of Education’s annual reorganization meeting after his proposed contract was approved by the executive county superintendent.

Martin, who replaces William Shlala July 1, has been given a three-year contract by the BOE. In his first year, Martin will collect $115,000; in his second year, he’ll make $120,000; and, in year 3, $125,000.

Shlala’s two-year term as interim superintendent/principal ends June 30.

The board is also seeking a new part-time school business administrator. Tom Havlusch is leaving that post to seek another position outside the district. He was earning $30,000 for up to 19 hours a week. Read more »