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2 PDs seek higher rating

Police Departments in Lyndhurst and Nutley will be “graded” on their performance by the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP).
A review team from NJSACOP visited the Lyndhurst Police Department on Sunday, to examine all aspects of its policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Lyndhurst Police Chief James B. O’Connor said.
Said O’Connor: “The Lyndhurst Police Department embarked on a voluntary journey nearly two years ago to achieve professional excellence in law enforcement.
“During self-assessment, we have developed a system that will be examined by assessors from NJSACOP to determine compliance with the … ‘best practice’ standards to achieve accreditation.”
Members of the public were invited to call in comments to the assessment team this past Monday. The public may also submit comments in writing to: New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, One Greentree Center, Suite 201, Marlton, N.J. 08053.
A list of the 112 standards is available at the Lyndhurst Police Department, 367 Valley Brook Ave.

– Ron Leir

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

Around town

Belleville
Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., is offering patrons tutoring on surfing the Internet and setting up an email account. Call librarian Karyn Gost at 973-450-3434.

Bloomfield
The Bloomfield Public Library Children’s Department will show “Star Wars: The New Hope” on Friday, July 29, at 1 p.m. in the library’s theater.
Jazz vocal stylist Carrie Jackson, a native of Newark who became a featured vocalist with Duke Anderson’s Big Band and is now president of her own music companies, will be featured in concert Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. in Watsessing Park,  Bloomfield Ave.,  Bloomfield.
On Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m., tenor Michael Amante, the “Prince of High C’s,” will present a concert ranging from rock to pop to opera at Brookdale Park, Watchung Ave. He will be accompanied by soprano Marissa Famiglietti and the Michael Amante Orchestra.
Both concerts are free and part of the Essex County SummerMusic series. For more information, call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973‑239-2485. TDD # 711.

East Newark
West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. The group will provide an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for patients and family. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa 201-246-7750, Fatima 973-485-4236 or email emidura2@yahoo.com. Together we will fight this disease.

Kearny
Cecilian Seniors announce a trip to Atlantic City on Aug. 10 to Resorts Casino. Cost is $30. The bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. from in front of St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. For more information, call Johnnie B. 201-997-9552, from 6 to 9 p.m. The group’s Wildwood trip has been cancelled due to lack of interest.
Kearny Library patrons can now set-up a one-on-one half-hour session with professional librarians for help with putting together and typing a resume and applying for a job online. The sessions will be held at the main library. To sign up, call (201) 998-2666.
The Kearny Rotary Club will meet every Wednesday afternoon at 12:15 at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., in Harrison. Business leaders from Harrison are invited to attend to learn about the work that Rotary International accomplishes around the world and in local communities. For more information about the Kearny Rotary Club or to join them for a meeting, call Joe D’Arco at 201-955- 7400 or Jose Fernandez at 201-991-1040.
The West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all former and active duty Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend an open house, which will be held every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Guests are welcome.

Lyndhurst
The library is collecting nonperishable food items for the Lyndhurst Health Department’s Food Pantry. The drop-off box is located inside of the library’s back entrance and it will remain there year-round. For questions regarding the Food Pantry, call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500.
A Flea Market and Collectible Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, outdoors, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Jersey Transit Lot on New York Ave., Lyndhurst (off Ridge Road by Shop Rite). Admission is free. The event is sponsored by Lyndhurst Boy Scout Troop 97 and Lyndhurst High School Giving Tee project.
The Full Count Big Band will play on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Elks Lodge, 251 Park Ave. The Full Count Big Band is an 18-piece jazz/swing band that has been playing together for over 10 years.  All of the musicians are professionals who have toured with famous big bands like Tommy Dorsey and Maynard Ferguson. Find a music sample on the web at fullcountbigband.com. Admission is $12 and the kitchen and bar will be open. For tickets, call 201-507-1505 or 201-926-2398.
To encourage more children and families to go birding and enjoy nature, the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society will hold their first-ever summer bird count at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst this Sunday, July 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
 The event is free. Participants will walk the square-mile park, view the species of birds and butterflies and do an informal bird census. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute updates and weather advisories.  Rain cancels. To RSVP, contact Don Torino at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

North Arlington
American Legion Alexander Stover Post # 37, 222 River Road, North Arlington, will meet on Monday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. New members are welcome. For more information, call 201-214-8253.
The North Arlington Woman’s Club holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the North Arlington Senior Center, behind Borough Hall.  Guests are welcome.
Queen of Peace Class of 1981 will have a reunion on Saturday, Nov. 19, at LaReggia in Secaucus. For more information, email qpclassof1981@yahoo.com.
The North Arlington Recreation Department is planning a trip to Atlantic City’s Show Boat Casino on Sunday, Aug. 7. The cost is $30 per person and includes vouchers upon arrival. Refreshments will be served on the bus, which will depart from Borough Hall at approximately 8:30 a.m.
A trip to Yankee Stadium is scheduled for Aug. 11 to see the Yankees play the California Angels in a 1:05 p.m. start. The cost is $30 for bus transportation and soft drinks.  The bus will leave from behind the high school.
For more information, call Mike Kraft at 201-906-4802.

Sometimes hiring a tax preparer is best choice

 

By Randy Neumann

Is preparing your own taxes getting to be more and more of a challenge?  Are you thinking of hiring someone to do it for you?  Are you wondering if it will be worth the cost?
There are times in life when you really should turn to a professional for tax preparation.  In addition to potentially saving you money, that professional can also help you gain a better understanding of your tax situation year after year.
When should you hire someone else to prepare your taxes?  The basic answer is: “When you no longer feel comfortable doing them yourself.”  If you are going to buy a home or invest in real estate, if you are starting a business or entering into some kind of business partnership, you really should have your taxes prepared by a professional.
Are you starting a family?  Are you getting married or divorced?  Are you moving to a new state?  These events can complicate your tax picture, so it may be in your best interest to seek the help of a tax professional.
Instead of hiring a professional, why not just buy some software?  Good question.  Software has no experience.  It can’t replace the life experience, the insight and the perspective of a good CPA.  Some taxpayers think, “Why should I go to a tax preparer?  All he/she does is use the same software that I can buy for $39.99.”
In reality, he/she knows much more than how to use a software program.  They have an understanding of the tax treatment of investments, capital gains, different kinds of business entities, W-2 and 1099 status, and other “fine points.” They have a knowledge base you probably don’t have but may need if the tax software asks you a question that thoroughly confuses you.
They know not to claim a deduction that stretches credibility – the kind that hopeful business owners sometimes take; the kind that the Internal Revenue Service finds very interesting.  They can recommend adjustments to your deductions and suggest ways to save money this year and in the future.
As a CPA will tell you, the do-it-yourselfers sometimes end up being the ones who need the most help, because they get stuck on some kind of question or because of the ambiguity presented by the software or because they realize they are in over their heads.
Yes, software is terrific – so terrific that professionals use it.  And, if your taxes have grown more complicated, you will want a professionally prepared return as a safety precaution.  A tax professional who is an Enrolled Agent can even represent you before the IRS should there be a problem.
An experienced CPA or tax attorney can work hard to save you money and also help you make sense of short-term and long-term financial issues affecting your business and your life.
Here’s the story of a man who could have used some expert advice.  In 2006, the IRS discovered that he failed to pay $34,023 in taxes from 2001 to 2004. It sent him a bill, which he partially paid.  However, when he was informed that he was up for a “big” government job, he quickly paid up the back taxes, as the hearings for the job were but a few days away.
While being interviewed for the position, the candidate said he took responsibility for what he called “careless” and “avoidable” mistakes, while insisting they were “unintentional.”  He testified that he used TurboTax to prepare his 2001 return and admitted that the errors were his own responsibility.
Perhaps the most embarrassing moment was when he was questioned as to why he had only remedied the error on back taxes for years 2 through 4.  Because the statute of limitations had run out on the 2001-2002 tax payments, the job candidate was not legally required to pay them, so he didn’t, until Senate confirmation hearings were imminent.
Based on the no harm/no foul theory, this candidate, Timothy Geithner, was appointed as the Secretary of the Treasury on Jan. 26, 2009.  And part of his job is to supervise the Internal Revenue Service!
So, the moral of the story is, get good advice from a qualified tax professional.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for the individual.  Randy Neumann CFP® is a registered representative with securities and insurance offered through LPL Financial.  Member FINRA/SIPC.  He can be reached at 12 Route 17N, Suite 115, Paramus, 201-291-9000.

Nutley Police blotter: Dog days of summer

By Karen Zautyk

You’d think by now people would know better.
Last week, one of the hottest on record, Nutley police came to the rescue of a small
Maltapoo that had been left in a motor vehicle on Chestnut Place. The report of the
dog came in at 5:43 p.m. July 19, a day when temperatures reached the mid-90s. Even on a mild sunny day, experts tell us, temperatures inside a car can reach 120 degrees – which is why neither children nor pets should be left in them. Officers made entry to the vehicle, removed the dog, and took it to headquarters. An hour later, police said, the owner arrived, looking for the animal.
Police issued a town ordinance summons to the owner and forwarded reports to the
ASPCA for review.
Other incidents on the blotter for the week ending July 22 included, but were not limited to, the following reports:

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

Every day is a new chapter

Photo by Karen Zautyk

By Karen Zautyk

BLOOMFIELD –
This Thursday evening at Oakeside Manor, you’ll have the chance to meet a group of extraordinary teenagers who will be holding an Open Mic and Poetry Reading program to raise funds to support something that has a very special meaning in their lives: a book club.
Teenagers and books? We shamefacedly admit that we were surprised at the connection, having labored under the prejudicial misconception that today’s young people have little or no interest in the written word, unless the words appear on Facebook or Twitter.
But last week, we had the honor of sitting in on a monthly meeting of the Books 4 Life Club, where about a dozen members who had given up a gorgeous summer afternoon to sit around a conference room table spun our brain 180 degrees. These kids not only love reading, they are passionate about it. And about the club itself.

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

Holy Cross gets new tenant

Photo by Ron Leir/Glen Pinder, executive director of Lady Liberty Academy, which will be moving from its Newark quarters to Harrison.

 

 

By Ronald Leir

HARRISON –
It looks like the empty corridors and classrooms of Holy Cross School will be filled once again by children during the coming school year.
But the youngsters expected to occupy the space won’t be the children of parishioners – they’ll be from Newark.
That city’s Lady Liberty Academy Charter School, which serves 471 students from kindergarten to grade 8, intends to lease the old Holy Cross building for at least the 2011-2012 school year.
Holy Cross School was closed in 2009 as part of a consolidation plan by the Archdiocese of Newark, but the local parish continues to use the building, which dates from 1915, for religious instruction classes on Sundays and for weeknight bingo.
In April 2010, the parish opened the doors for the latter part of the school year to accommodate students from Newark’s Wilson Ave. Elementary School, which had to find another space while undergoing an environmental cleanup.

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

 

‘Bump-and-run’ carjackings

 By Karen Zautyk

KEARNY –
Two separate “bump-and-run” carjackings – one at each end of town –  occurred in Kearny within 24 hours July 8-9, police have reported.  In both cases, the stolen vehicles were recovered just hours later in Newark.
Kearny Deputy Police Chief James Corbett said the first incident occurred shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, July 8, on the Belleville Turnpike at Kearny Ave.
The victim,  a 44-year-old North Arlington man, had been driving his 2011 BMW eastbound on the Pike. As he was stopping for a red light  at the intersection, his car was “bumped lightly” in the rear by a black or dark-colored Audi, without its headlights on,  reportedly occupied by four black males.
Corbett said that when the driver got out to inspect his car for damage, two of the Audi passengers exited from the rear, ran past him and jumped into the front seat of  the BMW. Both vehicles then made u-turns and fled west on the Pike.

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

Suspect sought in assault

KEARNY —
Police are actively searching for the suspect in a brutal assault on a 23-year-old Harrison man in a Kearny apartment building last week.
The victim was found in a third-floor unit at Kearny Ave. and Hoyt St. at about 7 p.m. July 13 after Police Officer Jay Ward came upon a group of obviously upset individuals gathered on that corner.
Officer Ward learned that someone inside was injured, went into the building and found the unit’s door ajar, Police Chief John Dowie said. Ward also observed blood on the floor and followed the trail into a bedroom, where he found the man bleeding profusely from the head and face. The victim was also slipping in and out of consciousness, Dowie said.

– Karen Zautyk

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

Wardrobe malfunction leads to arrest

By Karen Zautyk

 KEARNY—
Sometimes, they never learn.
Three weeks ago, a 21-year-old Devon St. man was nabbed for alleged possession of 10 bags of marijuana.
Two weeks ago, he was reportedly involved in a melee on Devon St.
Last week, he got in trouble with the cops again. Twice.
Shortly before midnight July 13, Officers Dean Gasser and Chris Medina were summoned to an accident at Chestnut and Boyd Sts., where one car had hit a parked vehicle and left the scene. Then, Police Chief John Dowie said, they found the alleged hit-run driver, the aforementioned Devon St. resident, sitting in his damaged car about a block away. That car, the chief said, “reeked of marijuana,” and the driver, of alcohol.

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

Harrison FD faces big shake-up

By Ronald Leir

HARRISON –
On the same day this town’s governing body proposed a ramping down of its Fire Department command structure, it also called for the hiring of a civilian fire director.
This came in the form of an ordinance introduced by the mayor and Town Council at a special afternoon meeting Friday, July 8.
Mayor Ray McDonough figures to convene a public hearing on the ordinance “within the next two to four weeks.”
The legislation would also revise the Fire Department’s “Table of Organization” (authorized workforce personnel) by reducing the number of battalion chiefs from four to none, and by cutting the number of captains from 13 to five.
It would also create the new rank of fire lieutenant, “to a maximum of four, at a maximum yearly salary for 2011 of $95,834 (just below the pay level for a police sergeant).”
And it would “add the title of Director of Fire, Director of Public Safety, or the equivalent Civil Service Commission title, part-time, at a maximum yearly salary of $50,000.”

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.