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No commitment yet on school occupant

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By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 

HARRISON – 

Holy Cross parish, which has been seeking a new tenant for its former parochial school building on Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard South since the Lady Liberty Academy charter school left last summer, has been attracting a lot of interest lately from neighboring school districts and others.

But, so far, the parish is keeping an open mind, according to the Rev. Joseph Girone, pastor of Holy Cross Church. Two possibilities for renting the facility came to light recently, he said.

One, he said, was a proposal by the Northern New Jersey Hua Zia Chinese School, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 which currently offers Chinese language classes for children and adults, along with karate, Chinese painting, calligraphy and dancing, chess, violin, fitness and singing, at Verona High School.

Harrison may offer the school an attractive alternative location because of its increasing Asian demographics. The 2010 U.S. Census reported that 16.3% of Harrison’s population was Asian and, according to Wikipedia, the 2000 Census had 7.2% of the town’s residents being of Chinese ancestry. “This was the fifth-highest percentage of people with Chinese ancestry in any place in New Jersey with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry,” Wikipedia noted

“They were looking for a space to use on Saturday afternoons, from 1 to 4 p.m.,” Girone said.

However, that may not offer the optimal use of the space, in terms of potential rental revenues, he suggested.

The other, somewhat more enticing opportunity, Girone said, came from a visit a few weeks ago by East Newark Public School Superintendent/ Principal Patrick Martin, an attorney and architect.

“They have no gym and no cafeteria and they had an interest in renting space here,” Girone said. “We toured the school building and we showed them our gym and classrooms.”

But, Girone said, “This is not the first time East Newark has approached us” about the notion of acquiring additional educational space. A few years ago, similar overtures were made, he recalled.

When asked about the visit, Martin told The Observer that, without any coaxing from his school board or municipal officials, he had reached out to the priest and asked to check out the school in the company of attorney Vito Gagliardi, who advises the school board on special projects, and an architect who came as a personal favor.

“This [East Newark Public School] is a wonderful building we’re in,” Martin said, “but it is 118 years old and we make the most of it. We have no gym, no auditorium, no science lab, no media center. So, over the years, the school administration has been looking for additional space and now we’re looking once again.”

Another issue that the school has to deal with, he said, happens at lunchtime, “when we bring children to the borough Rec Center where they can walk around and play a bit but that’s four blocks away and in the cold weather we’ve been having recently, that’s a hardship for our kids.”

Still, Martin said, “We’re nowhere near making a commitment [to rent the Harrison space]. It’s still very much in the exploratory phase. We could end up staying where we are for the next 50 years – we’re just exploring all possibilities.”

Next step for East Newark, Martin said, “is to see if it’s possible if we could fit into the school.” The architect will advise how much it would cost to retrofit the building as a school facility to the most current state standards and codes, as, for example, compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), he explained.

Given the age of the building, that could be an expensive proposition, Martin said.

Some months ago, representatives of the Harrison Board of Education came to the parish to discuss the possibility of the BOE buying the school building and using it as a school for early grades and special needs kids who are currently bused out of district but Girone said, so far, nothing has come of it. In any event, Girone said, “I’m not crazy about the idea of selling the (school) building because we have our own religious education classes there Friday nights and some parish events on other days.”

Harrison and East Newark schools are also competing on another, more significant level, with the borough looking to send its high school age population to Kearny High, instead of Harrison High – where they’ve been going for over a century. A state decision is awaited.

around town

Belleville 

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., holds its monthly breakfast Sunday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for children under age 10; and free for children under age 3. In case of inclement weather, the breakfast will be cancelled. Call the lodge at 973-759-9623 to check if the event is still on.

Bloomfield 

Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts a Book Club meeting Feb. 2, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., in the conference room to discuss “The Shack” by William P. Young. For more information or to request help in locating a copy of the book, call the reference desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 219 or 220. Admission is free.

Kearny 

Presbyterian Boys and Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., hosts its annual winter dance Friday, Jan. 16, 7 to 10 p.m. This dance is for teenagers only and will be supervised by PBGC Executive Director Tom Fraser and board members.

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

Kearny UNICO sponsors a bus trip to the Tropicana Casino Sunday, Jan. 25. The cost is $30 with $25 in slot play back from the casino. The bus leaves from American Legion Post 99, 314 Belgrove Drive, at 8:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served inside the hall at 7:30 a.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409 or lpandolfi@ verizon.net.

 Lyndhurst 

The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., is offering a supply of dog food, both canned and dry, to anyone who cannot afford to feed their dog, due to unemployment, disability or any other financial difficulty. Just stop by or call for more information 201-896- 9300. Hours are: Mondays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The N.J. Meadowlands Commission announces the following events:

  • The Third-Tuesday-ofthe- Month Nature Walk with the NJMC and Bergen County Audubon Society through Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus, is set for Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. Participants are asked to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/ BCAS events year-round. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@ gmail.com or call 201-230- 4983.
  • Join NJMC staffer and veteran rock journalist/author Brian Aberback on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., for “Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Meadowlands.” The slideshow presentation will cover Frank Sinatra’s Hoboken roots and the Jersey City doo-wop scene to present-day hard rock guitar virtuoso/Carlstadt native Marc Rizzo and more. Admission is $6; $5 for MEC members.

Pre-registration for all programs is recommended and appreciated. Register online at www.njmeadowlands.gov by clicking on “Events,” by bringing a registration form to the Environment Center, or by mailing the form to Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, P.O. Box 640, Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071. Make checks payable to Meadowlands Environment Center. Program brochures, which include the registration form, are available at the Environment Center or may be requested by email by visiting communications@njmeadowlands. gov. There is no phone registration.

For more information, call 201-777-2431. T

For more information, call 201-777-2431. Those interested in receiving email alerts about NJMC public programs are asked to email communications@ njmeadowlands.gov or call 201-460-4619.

Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

  • Winter/Spring Storytime, open to ages 3 to 4 1/2, is available for two sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will be offered every Thursday from Feb. 19 to May 14. Registration deadline is Feb. 13.
  • A snowman craft, open to pre-k to grade 3, will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

To register for programs, call the library at 201-804- 2478.

Lyndhurst Health Department will conduct a rabies clinic Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Community Center on Riverside Ave. (behind the Little League fields), 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Township residents can also license their dogs and cats at these clinics. Licensing deadline is Jan. 31. Call the Health Department for more information.

Knights of Columbus Council 2396 has rescheduled a Tricky Tray, originally set for Friday, Jan. 16, to Friday, Feb. 20, at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. The $10 admission includes coffee plus one prize sheet of tickets. No alcohol is permitted. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call Steve Cortese at 201-657-0800 or Sal Russo at 201-446-7244.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3549, 586 Valley Brook Ave., hosts karaoke on Friday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The post hall is available for rental for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-3080.

St. Michael’s Angel Academy, 624 Page Ave., hosts an open house with registration for the 2015-2016 school year for its pre-k-3 and pre-k-4 programs Wednesday, Jan. 21, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Use the Page Ave. entrance, next to the Angel Academy sign. For more information, call 201-438-3809.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, announces the following events:

  • A screening of the documentary “Inheritance”(90 minutes) is set for Friday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m.
  • Story Time, open to ages 2 to 5, is held every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m.
  • PJ Story Time, open to ages 4 to 7, is set for Thursday, Jan.15, at 6:30 p.m. • An Origami class, open to grades 4 to 7, is set for Friday, Jan.16, at 3:30 p.m. (registration required, visit: http://bit. ly/1Kig3jK)
  • The Computer Coding Club, open to ages 8 to 13, meets on Saturday, Jan. 17, 1 to 3 p.m. (Registration is required; visit:http://bit. ly/14sfXpv).
  • Lego Club, open to grades 1 and up, meets Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

No registration is required unless otherwise noted. For more information on library programs, call 201-955-5640.

North Arlington Woman’s Club meets Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 10 Beaver Ave. New members are invited to attend.

Nutley 

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

  • Patrons are invited to play bridge at the library every Tuesday at 1 p.m.
  • Conversational English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meet weekly at 1 p.m. Both beginning and experienced knitters can meet fellow knitters, brush up on their skills, and learn some new techniques. Bring your own supplies.

No registration is required for any of these programs.

For more information on library programs, visit http://nutley.bccls.org, email library@nutleynj.org

Join the Lions & become a volunteer

ShopRite of Lyndhurst, an Inserra Supermarkets store, is hosting a full roster of “New Year, New You” health and wellness events throughout January. Julie Harrington, in-store registered dietitian, will lead each of the LiveRight offerings and provide easy-to-implement nutrition and wellness advice. The following free events are being held for local residents. All programs are open to the public, held at the store and do not require advance registration, unless otherwise noted:

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

• Julie’s Produce Pick fea tures ShopRite’s dietitian mixing the week’s produce pick into a delicious new dish on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Stop by for samples and recipe cards.

• LiveRight with Shop – Rite Kids’ Day Cooking Class allows youngsters age 6 and up to try and create new things while preparing a simple, healthy snack on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

• ShopRite Cooking  Class: Veggie Power Edition invite folks to join Shop- Rite’s dietitian on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 2 to 3 p.m., to learn how to prepare a vegetarian meal while gaining the inside scoop on how going meatless once a week can improve one’s health. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

ShopRite of Lyndhurst is located at 540 New York Ave. In addition to developing a full roster of store-based wellness programs, ShopRite’s retail dietitians can serve as guest speakers/instructors at wellness events hosted by local organizations. For more information or to pre-register for a program, contact Harrington at 201- 419-9154 or email Julie.harrington@wakefern.com.

Bianchi focused on meadows redevelopment, spending checks

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By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 

NORTH ARLINGTON – 

North Arlington selected a group of new professional staffers at the borough’s reorganization meeting Jan. 6.

After the victors in the November election were sworn in – Joseph Bianchi as mayor and Daniel Pronti and Kerry Cruz as Borough Council members – the governing body approved a slew of appointments of new professionals, reflecting the new 4-2 Republican majority. And the council picked Republican Richard Hughes as council president.

Among the changes: Hackensack attorney Randy Pearce, who had served as borough attorney a few years ago, was returned to that post on the recommendation of Bianchi and his fellow Republicans. Pearce, who takes over for Doug Bern, had represented the borough in an expensive lawsuit against the Passaic Valley Water Commission which the borough ended up settling last month.

The borough hired the Saddle Brook law firm of Eastwood, Scandariato & Steinberg to provide the services of municipal prosecutor at $15,000. And it hired Wiss & Bouregy of Westwood as labor counsel and Rogut McCarthy LLC of Cranford as bond counsel.

Lerch Vinci & Higgins of Fairlawn is the new borough auditor.

Brought back as borough engineer was Neglia Engineering Associates of Lyndhurst, replacing Remington Vernick of Secaucus. Neglia had many years of prior borough service. And the Alaimo Group of Mt. Holly was hired as consulting engineer.

In his public remarks – his first as the borough’s new chief executive – Bianchi pledged to make every effort to find redevelopers for the borough’s meadows area, to control municipal spending and to maintain municipal services.

Bianchi also sent kudos to all borough employees and volunteers “for the excellent work they have undertaken over this past year, under very difficult circumstances.”

In the future, to try and tackle “financial problems that we have been left with,” such as rising water rates – resulting from the borough’s sale of its water system – Bianchi said the borough “must be smarter and not play politics” and “cannot continue to push [its] financial problems down the road, from budget to budget.”

The borough, Bianchi said, must find a way “to find new ratables … by using our redevelopment powers while at the same time, keeping the character of the community.” That, he said, means “that we are not planning to build any high-rise, high density or low-income housing” because “that would change what North Arlington is about.”

Borough Council committee assignments were parceled out this way: Hughes will chair Finance; Pronti heads up Public Safety; Cruz leads Recreation; Democrat Al Granell gets Administrative & Executive; Democrat Tom Zammatore leads Health, Transportation & Welfare. The chair for Public Works, Buildings & Grounds is currently vacant.

Still to be determined is who will be picked by the council to fill the unexpired term of Bianchi’s council seat.

Elsewhere, Harrison’s governing body also convened its reorganization meeting last week, swearing in James Fife as mayor and Town Council members Jesus Huaranga, Anselmo Millan, Laurence Bennett and James Doran.

Photos courtesy Borough of North Arlington TOP: Mayor Joseph Bianchi and family members at reorganization meeting. From l., are grandchildren Isabella and Frankie, spouse Kathy and grandson Anthony. ABOVE: From l., are Councilman Dan Pronti, Fire Chief John Inzinna, Assistant Chief Brian FitzHenry, Deputy Chief Robert Kairys and Freeholder Steve Tanelli.

Photos courtesy Borough of North Arlington
TOP: Mayor Joseph Bianchi and family members at reorganization meeting. From l., are
grandchildren Isabella and Frankie, spouse Kathy and grandson Anthony. ABOVE: From
l., are Councilman Dan Pronti, Fire Chief John Inzinna, Assistant Chief Brian FitzHenry,
Deputy Chief Robert Kairys and Freeholder Steve Tanelli.

 

Villalta was picked as the new council president.

Several of the town leaders talked about seeing come to roost much of the hard work by the late Mayor Raymond McDonough in promoting the Harrison Waterfront Redevelopment Area and luring redevelopers to the sprawling site.

As examples, Fife mentioned the Pegasus Group/ Ironstate starting phase 3 of its mixed-use project for more than 1,000 new apartments (studios and one-bedroom units) next to the PATH station; Advance Group preparing for a new A.C. Marriott hotel at Guyon Drive and Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. and Carlstadt developer Ed Russo moving ahead with construction of a 5-story, 400-unit apartment building with 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail near the Red Bull Arena.

In considering its list of professional staff, the town was continuing to review four bid proposals submitted for town attorney: the incumbent Robert Murray of Shrewsbury, who proposed an hourly fee of $165; Cleary/Giacobbe/Alfieri/ Jacobs LLC of Oakland, who bid $150 an hour; DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole of Teaneck, $175 an hour; and Eric M. Bernstein & Associates of Warren, $125 an hour.

The town is also reviewing four proposals for the services of tax appeal attorney received from the incumbent Castano Quigley of West Caldwell, who offered to work at the bid criteria specified by Harrison; William J. Rush of Wayne, $125 an hour; Eric Bernstein, $125 an hour; a

Have you seen this alleged NA shoplifter?

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On Jan. 7  at 5:20 p.m., an individual described as a white man,  approximately 5’10” with short brown hair, wearing a black jacket with blue hoodie, is alleged to have shoplifted from a CVS at 579 Ridge Road. Police say the man fled on foot west on Jauncey Ave. toward River Road.

If you have information to report that could help lead to an arrest in this crime/crime activity, please contact the North Arlington Police Department at 201-991-1400 or by sending an email to napddispatch@northarlington.org.

NA Senior Center being kept open through Thursday for residents who need warmth

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North Arlington Borough Administrator Steve LoIacono announced Thursday, Jan. 8, that, “Due to severe cold and in case certain citizens, including and especially seniors, are experiencing trouble keeping warm, the North Arlington Senior Center, 10 Beaver Ave., is being made available as a warming center.

“The building will remain open through the night tonight (Thursday) for anyone who needs warm shelter. Police officers on patrol will monitor the building during the night and Health Department employees will do so during the day.”

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In other news, the borough announced that Acting Tax Collector Theresa Vola will conduct office hours on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., instead of Tuesdays as previously announced.

Winter haven for Hudson homeless

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By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

If you open it, they will come.

That’s what Hudson County has done for the adult homeless population and they’ve been coming. They are directed to the third floor of the former U.S. Naval Reserve Readiness Center at 53 Hackensack Ave. in South Kearny to accept the hospitality of a “warming center.”

It’s a place where folks with nowhere else to go can come in from the cold and spend the night in a safe environment. It’s safe because it’s monitored/ staffed by the county Department of Corrections.

And while they have no beds or cots, DOC is continuing to collect bunches of recliners that serve just as well for the exhausted men and women who are guests of the facility.

“We feed them, give them toiletries, shower facilities, clean clothing if they need any, and there’s a big common area where they can interrelate or watch TV,” said DOC Director Oscar Aviles.

“We’ve been averaging 50 to 75 every night,” Aviles said.

In the morning, the visitors are taken to the Garden State Episcopal Community nonprofit in Jersey City which is contracted by the county to interview them and refer them to a variety of social services – housing, substance abuse treatment job counseling, etc.

The Hackensack Ave. space has been used sporadically in past years, to take the overflow from shelters on especially frigid nights but this is the first time that it’s being deployed daily through the winter season, to March 15. The South Kearny connection is part of a new approach by the county to its homelessness issue.

Last winter, homeless folks found in the streets by outreach workers would be directed to any of three shelters operating in Hudson – St. Lucy’s Emergency Shelter, 619 Grove St., Jersey City; the Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. (PERC), 108 36th St., Union City; and the Hoboken Shelter, 300 Bloomfield St., Hoboken – but only if the temperature fell to 26 degrees or below.

Since that rule could be pretty cumbersome to enforce, a new policy was put in place to allow shelters to accept as many walk-ins as they could reasonably accommodate regardless of what the thermometer reads, according to Randi Moore, chief of the county Division of Housing and Community Development.

At the same time, Moore said, the county has contracted with Garden State Episcopal Community, a Jersey City-based nonprofit, for $75,000 to send out outreach teams seven days a week on a year-round basis, to work with homeless people ages 18 and older, concentrated in and around the PATH stations at Journal Square and Hoboken, to help get the resources they need to stabilize them and, to work toward becoming self-supporting, if possible.

Members of homeless families, with young children, are directed to a county hotline for referrals to a hotel stay for the night, Moore said.

On his end, Aviles arranges for bus transports, with two corrections supervisors aboard, to make stops at Journal Square at 9 p.m. and at the Hoboken Terminal at 10 p.m. to pick up any homeless adults looking for a place to sleep and bring them to South Kearny where a third corrections officer awaits.

DOC has budgeted $270,000 for the warming center program, Aviles said. No rental fee is being assessed by the building’s landlord for the use of the third-floor space, he said.

The pace of Hudson homelessness has quickened, Hudson County Freeholder William O’Dea asserted. Counts have reached “close to 400 a night physically living in the streets – more than double than a year ago,” he said.

As the problem intensifies, O’Dea said the answer lies in “creating more units” of transitional housing with social service resources to offer those adrift a “bridge to help them back to stability.”

And, Moore said, the county is hoping to set the stage to do exactly that by coordinating continuous care projects for the chronically homeless by applying to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development for $1 million to fund 27 housing units with fund services for two years.

Attention must be paid, Aviles said, “because it appears this is a problem that is not going to go away.”

Town awards PILOT, issues bonds

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By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY –

The tax break for Kearny Point Industrial Park – or, at least, the first in what’s likely to be a series of such financial concessions – is a done deal.

Kearny’s governing body voted in special session Dec. 29 to approve an ordinance granting a 30-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxation) for an existing warehouse known as Building 78 on John Miller Way.

Plans by the Kearny Point principals call for the rehabilitation of the 207,000 square foot warehouse into eight condominium “flex spaces,” each of which would accommodate separate tenants.

When the building is fully developed, the town – which currently collects about $60,000 in taxes for the property – figures to net at least $311,636 for the first year of the PILOT, of which it will pocket $296,064, with the rest going to the county. But the town won’t be seeing all of that at once.

As explained by Thomas Banker, financial adviser to Kearny Point, “The expectation is that construction will begin by mid-January with the earliest occupancy [of the initial flex space] by Hugo Neu Recycling [relocating from Mt. Vernon, N.Y.] by April 2015.”

Banker said the “first PILOT” will “kick in” after the town issues a certificate of occupancy (CO) for the recycling tenant who will be taking over 65,000 square feet of interior space (or 72,000 square feet, counting some overlap of “common elements” of the building).

“The other condominium units will still be subject to conventional taxation,” Banker told the mayor and council, based on a “distribution of [tax] assessments across the entire property. … We hope that you’ll be getting PILOTs as the other commercial units get their COs.”

Banker said that Kearny Point owner Wendy Neu will be filing an application with the state Department of Community Affairs for the proposed commercial condo units “right after” New Year’s and approval is anticipated “in a matter of weeks.”

Sometime during January, Banker added, Kearny Point should be getting word on applications filed with the N.J. Economic Development Authority for a “Grow New Jersey” grant to support the Neu Recycling condo project and with the N.J. Environmental Infrastructure Trust fund to help finance water and sewer main improvements for the entire industrial park site.

So far, no other tenants have been secured for the site but Banker said that the owner is very close to signing leases with at least two prospective occupants.

Meanwhile, in other business conducted at the Dec. 29 meeting, the mayor and council approved a $2 million general improvement bond ordinance proposing to borrow:

• $600,000 for an unspecified number of patrol sport utility vehicles with equipment for the Police Department.

• $400,000 for the acquisition/ installation of fiber optic and computer infrastructure town-wide to tie into police surveillance cameras.

• $350,000 for a dump truck, pickup truck and utility van for Public Works.

• $350,000 for equipment and turnout gear for the Fire Department.

• $300,000 for computer infrastructure and equipment for the Police Department.

Dep. Police Chief George King said the department is looking to purchase up to 12 Ford Explorer Police Interceptors, plus light bars, cages, radio consoles, e-ticket units and computer mounts. And, he said, the department desperately needs to update its computer servers and software. The governing body also:

• Awarded a $1,444,980 contract to Reivax Contracting Corp. of Newark to resurface Midland Ave., between Kearny and Schuyler Aves., and approved a $1 million bond ordinance for water utility infrastructure improvements for Midland.

• Belatedly accepted a memorandum of understanding that sets conditions for the town’s receipt of transitional aid from the state.

• Set a developer’s contribution to the town for flood/ drainage improvements as $33,333 in connection with an approved townhouses project on Tappan St. and $63,333 related to a proposed factory rehab project that was rejected by the Planning Board.

• Agreed to pay an additional $20,626, mostly for new fencing, for the Kearny Public Library Reading Garden project. The original $245,000 contract, partly subsidized by a $150,000 Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund grant, was awarded to Lou’s Landscaping of Wayne. Library Director Josh Humphrey said he’s planning to hold several children’s events and adult music programs in the space in the spring.

New townhomes taking shape

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Photo by Ron Leir

Arlington Village Development Partners LLC is moving forward with construction of 12 townhome condominium units on a former nursery site at 65 Schuyler Ave. in North Arlington. The pre-fab building project will be a combination of one- and two-bedroom units.

A look at probiotics and health

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Unlike the bacteria that cause diarrhea, fever, and many other symptoms, probiotics are live microorganisms that may improve your health and boost your resistance to some illnesses. They may also improve intestinal health for some people.

Your gut is home to trillions of microorganisms. Although few cause illnesses, probiotics may keep the harmful bacteria in check so that you avoid or shorten a bout of stomach upset.

Foods rich in probiotics may enhance your immune system, reducing your risk for some diseases, according to ongoing research. But preventing diarrhea and other digestive problems is an important reason to add probiotics to your diet.

To get probiotics’ benefits, eat foods that contain adequate amounts of the live organisms that have been shown to have an effect. Here are some guidelines:

Head for the market’s refrigerated section. Probiotics are living organisms that must be refrigerated. Fermented dairy products are proven sources you’ll find in the dairy case. The list includes most yogurt, buttermilk, and kefir (a beverage similar to yogurt).

Try soy yogurt if you don’t like or can’t tolerate dairy foods.

Start slowly. Eat small amounts, such as a 2- to 4-ounce serving. Work up to 6 to 8 ounces a day.

Use yogurt or other probiotic products as ingredients in food. Top a baked potato with plain yogurt, use buttermilk in a salad dressing, or add kefir to a fruit smoothie. Don’t cook fermented dairy products. You’ll kill the friendly microorganisms.

Make probiotics a habit. Probiotics don’t become a permanent part of your body flora. That’s why you have to take probiotics every day or every other day.

Talk with your doctor before you take probiotics if you have an illness. Probiotics are generally thought to be safe. But not much is known about the safety of probiotics for people with weakened immune systems or for very young children.

To learn more, stop in and see in-store Registered Dietitian Julie Harrington, R.D., at the ShopRite of Lyndhurst, 540 New York Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071. For information on health and wellness events contact Julie at 201-419-9154 or Julie.harrington@ wakefern.com.