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The Bloomfield Public Library is partnering with Bloomfield resident Gene Nichols to preserve family stories. Nichols, a retired journalist and public relations executive, is offering to videotape community members 65 and older as they recount memories and milestones in their lives.

Life Story Cam sessions will be held free (for those age 65 and over) at the Bloomfield Public library, by appointment (Call Gene Nichols at 347-560-8056). Nichols will conduct an on-camera interview with each participant, which he will format, edit and create a DVD. “If anyone is unhappy with the results, the material will be discarded,” says Nichols. However if people like it, Nichols will instruct them how to upload their “story” to a website that, with proper access codes, can be viewed by friends and family from far and wide.

Samples of the questions he will ask as well as a video explaining the process can be viewed on his website at http://www.lifestorycam. com.

Currently, the sessions are by appointment and will (mostly) take place at the library (90 Broad St.). To find out more information and to arrange an interview time, please contact Gene Nichols at 347-560-8056.

Bloomfield Public Library announces the following schedule for its Thursday Afternoon at the Movies program: Feb. 2 – “The Adjustment Bureau” (R) (Matt Damon); Feb. 9 – “Murder, He Says” (NR) (Fred Mac- Murray); Feb. 16 – “Nothing But a Man” (NR) (Ivan Dixon); Feb. 23 – “The Reader” (R) (Kate Winslet).

The following schedule is for the library’s Monday Afternoon at the Movies program: Feb. 6 – “Rachel Getting Married” (R) (Anne Hathaway); Feb. 13 – “For the Love of Ivy” (G) (Abbey Lincoln); Feb. 20 – “Bridesmaids” (R) (Maya Rudolph); Feb. 27 – “No Name on the Bullet” (NR) (Audie Murphy). Films for both programs start at 12:15 p.m. in the library theater. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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.


Health educators from the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) will conduct a free poison prevention education program, sponsored by Washington Middle School, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 1 N. 5th St., Harrison, at 3:30 p.m. Programs are designed to give New Jersey residents necessary information to adhere to poison safe practices in their home, workplace and community. Interactive activities and a question and answer period are included in each session, which is about an hour in length. Free educational materials are provided to all participants. The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), also known as the Poison Control Center, is a non-profit organization. It is the state’s only poison control center and its free, 24/7 emergency and information hotline (1- 800-222-1222) is answered by specially trained healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses and pharmacists). They can assist callers who speak many different languages.

Molly the Therapy Dog made her first visit to the Harrison Public Library. Over 20 children attended the program. Molly will visit the library every month. Contact the library for future dates at 973-483-2366.


The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., Kearny, will hold its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the church hall. Snow date is Thursday, Feb. 9.

Cecilian Seniors announce a trip to Resorts Casino on Feb. 8. The bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. from in front of St. Cecilia’s Church. If interested, call Johnnie B. at 201- 997-9552 after 6 to 9 p.m.

Mater Dei Academy presents its Annual Raffle Auction on Friday, Feb. 17. On the RED Carpet will be held at St. Stephen’s church hall on Kearny Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are only $15. Thousands of dollars in prizes! You can purchase tickets at the school office. Tickets sell out quickly so don’t wait!


The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst has placed a decorated Valentine box on each floor of the Lyndhurst Public Library. Please support this project by placing a Valentine card in one of the boxes for a veteran.

The library is collecting nonperishable food items for the Lyndhurst Health Department’s Food Pantry. The drop-off box is located inside the library’s back entrance. It will remain there year-round. For questions regarding the Food Pantry, call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, One Dekorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, will host “Mad Science: Wonders of Water!” on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. Marvel as the mad scientist performs wondrous experiments with ice and liquids to illustrate amazing scientific principles in this educational entertainment program perfect for children and their parents.

Admission is $5 per person and $4 for MEC members.

Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus Council #2396 is hosting its third annual Tricky Tray on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Senior Citizens Building, 250 Cleveland Ave., Lyndhurst. Tickets are $10, which includes coffee and cake. You can bring your own appetizers for your table. Doors open 6 p.m. Contact Sal Russo 201-446- 7244, Michelle Rogan 201- 438-2444 or Maria Lesny 201-507-9766.

The Lyndhurst Health Department is hosting a monthly health lecture series, made possible through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center. The next lecture will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, starting at 10 a.m. A light breakfast will be served.

February’s lecture topic will be: Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke. Please call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat.

North Arlington

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Queen of Peace Parish will be conducting a blood drive on Sunday, Jan. 29, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. at the LaSalle Center (located across the street from Queen of Peace Church) on Church Street. Every successful donor will be given a $10 Shop-Rite gift card.

The North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, announces a Valentine luncheon and dance will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A trip to Mohegan Sun Casino with a St. Patrick’s Day show in Mystic Village is scheduled for Saturday, March 17. For more information, call 201- 998-5636.


The Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Club meets at the Nutley Public Library every week from 1 to 3 p.m. Come share your love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters. Meet fellow knitters, brush-up on your skills, and learn some new techniques. Please bring your own supplies. This group meets every Wednesday.

Adult Scrabble Night will be held at the library on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place scores.

Matinee Fridays: Classic Films program will be held on at the library every Friday at 2 p.m. Please check the monthly calendar, flyer or Facebook for the titles of the films.

Saturday Story Time and crafts for children of all ages is held at the library on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Registration is not required

Written in the stars

Horoscope for 2012

CAPRICORN: This is going to be a memorable year for all members of this sign. Finances will improve and income will grow around the fi rst full-moon eclipse. This is also a good year to plan for marriage, kids and/or investing in property. Love life is steady and friends are supportive.

AQUARIUS: This is the year when all your hard work will finally start yielding results. Finances will improve in the fi rst quarter of this year. Consult elders and family members before making any big decisions around Sept.-Oct. of this year. Travel is in the cards. Love life is fulfilling and steady.

PISCES: Prepare for some sudden expenses this year. Do not invest in any joint ventures/partnerships. Watch your health and keep your appointments with the doctor. Travel is in the cards. This year is good for those who are single and looking for love.

TAURUS: This is your time to shine in the limelight. You will be appreciated at work and will be loved by your family. Friends will come to you for advice. Those thinking of investing should do so around the first eclipse of this year. Travel is in the cards this year. Love life will remain steady and exciting.

GEMINI: Your social status and career is once again on a rising path in 2012. You will be assisted by luck throughout the year. Health needs attention, do not ignore any minor symptoms and be sure to keep your doctor’s appointments. There can be reasons for little financial worries, especially after May of this year, so think before making any big decisions.

CANCER: You will see your importance grow and your opinion valued. There could be hurdles in your way, but you’ll taste success by overcoming these. A positive stroke of luck is coming your way around June of this year. It’s a good time for investments. Love life needs attention; spend some quality time with your loved one.

LEO: You need to be careful about making unnecessary expenses. Invest money only after much thought. In family matters, try to be more flexible and understanding. This year will prove to be lucky for those in romantic relationships.

VIRGO: The first half of the year is going to be particularly good for you. Career will continue to grow and there are possibilities for promotions. However, your dominating nature may cause trouble in family matters. Try not to be hurtful with your comments.

LIBRA: This year will usher in significant changes. Your professional life will show great dynamism and you will attain new heights in your career. New business ventures look favorable. Avoid unnecessary expenses.

SCORPIO: There could be some obstacles in your path to prosperity and success during the first half of the year, but you’ll be able to overcome them with flying colors. Watch out for troubles in your love relationships during the last quarter of this year. Be tactful.

SAGITTARIUS: You will be at your creative best and see your efforts rewarded. Income will grow and so will your social circle. Network for better growth opportunities, even migration to another country. Your friendship with someone close has the potential to grow into love.

ARIES: This year may start slow for you but it will get exciting from May onwards. Travelling and family gatherings look favorable. You are somewhat accident-prone this year so watch where you go. Tensions may rise in marital relationships. Think before you act.


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Losing is a good outcome for this cause

Photo by Anthony Machcinski/ Stephen Marette hopes to come out a victor in his personal ‘battle of the bulge.’


By Jeff Bahr

Construction worker Stephen Marette is well known to local residents as a Christian man who practices what he preaches. Often spotted around town lugging an eight-foot-tall wooden cross as a way of demonstrating his faith, it’s no secret that Marette believes strongly in Jesus. He also believes in setting good examples, which brings him to his latest endeavor.

Marette has fought the “battle of the bulge” for as long as he remembers. Like many, his efforts have mostly been in vain; he gains a little, loses a little, but the problem still persists.

A longtime friend of The Observer, Marette saw a golden opportunity materialize when publisher Lisa Pezzolla mentioned that Krank Systems, a Nutley gym, will be holding a Fat Loss Challenge – with half of the proceeds going to the Gail’s Angels Foundation, a nonprofi t organization founded in 2007 to honor Nutley resident Gail E. Babai who died from breast cancer. The foundation is dedicated to providing support to mothers fighting breast cancer who also care for an autistic or specialneeds child.

After kicking the idea around for a spell, Marette decided that it was now or never. It was an easy decision since his efforts will benefi t not only himself, but others as well. But if that didn’t do the trick there is a certain biblical passage about the body as a “temple” that may have sealed the deal in Marette’s mind.

The purpose of the 90- day Fat Loss Challenge is to promote a healthier lifestyle while raising funds for Gail’s Angels. Each participant must pay an entry fee of $20. One-half of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation, and the other half will be given to the group with the most overall fat loss.

Fittingly, The Observer will “observe” our hero Stephen as he endeavors to lose weight in the name of all that’s holy and good. In addition to publishing his weight at each weigh-in, The Observer will also maintain an ongoing video log of Marette’s efforts. The latter will be featured on The Observer’s website: www.theobserver.com.

Registrations for the Fat Loss Challenge are currently being accepted. Krank Fitness is expecting in excess of 100 participants. The Initial weigh-in will be held at Krank Systems’ Nutley facility on Saturday, Feb. 4, at noon. The fi nal weigh-in is scheduled for Saturday, May 5. To apply or to receive more information, contact Pete Islip at 973-320-2600.

Krank Systems is located at 386 Franklin Ave., Nutley.

A fight in East Germany

By Randy Neumann 

In early May, I was reading the Wall Street Journal while on a flight to Berlin for a business trip to Germany. The story in the Journal concerned the upcoming mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. It was written by a college professor, Gordon Marino, whom I boxed in the 1960s. My business in Germany was also related to boxing. I was there to referee a world championship fight between International Boxing Federation Champion Sebastian the “Hurricane” Sylvester and challenger, Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (rhymes with deal).

My readers know that I have been in the financial services industry for some time: I started in 1979 as a banker. However, I got into the business of boxing in 1967 when I was a college freshman in New York City. I went to the West Side YMCA to stay in shape and began what became a 10-year career during which time I was rated as the No. 6 heavyweight contender in the United States and No. 9 in the world. Some of the people rated above me were named Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Quarry, and Young.

In the early 1980’s I began refereeing professional fights. Since then, I have refereed over 1,000 fights in eight countries of which 41 have been for world titles. This column is about the business of boxing, or, as former British heavyweight contender Frank Bruno observed, “Boxing is just show business with blood.”

Boxing and television go way back. After World War II when television was in its infancy, Joe Louis sold a lot of TV’s based on the advertising idea, “Buy a television and watch Joe Louis fight in your home.” In the 1950’s, there were the “Friday Night Fights” from Madison Square Garden hosted by Don Dunphy. In the 1960’s everybody watched “Wide World of Sports” with Jim McKay. In the 1970s, I fought Boone Kirkman on a nationally televised fight from Las Vegas. Today, there’s not much boxing on network TV, but it is on cable and pay-per-view.

On Saturday, May 7, Manny Pacquiao was guaranteed a minimum of $20 million to fight Shane Mosley who was guaranteed a minimum of $5 million. They probably got more, but the final figures are not yet released. Interestingly, the fight was not televised in Germany; instead, they did a broadcast of the Sylvester/ Gaele fight of which I was the referee. For their fight, champion Sylvester was paid $404,253 and challenger Geale received $157,000.

Over dinner the night before the fight, I got some insight on German boxing from matchmaker, Hagen Doering. He said, in a thick German accent, “You will never see Pacquiao fight on German TV. He is too small.” Although Pacquiao fought Mosley as a welterweight (148 pounds), he started as a flyweight (112 pounds). Doering continued, “The smallest division that we put on television in Germany is middleweight” (160 pounds).

I found this very interesting. One of the reasons that the sport of professional boxing is way down in America is that we no longer have the heavyweight champion. Americans will watch smaller divisions, but they prefer heavyweights, especially American heavyweights. Not surprising since America controlled the heavyweight championship for over 100 years.

The storied John L. Sullivan brought the heavyweight championship to America from Europe in 1885 and it stayed here, with a few brief exceptions, until this century. Then the Europeans took over, again, with Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko claiming most of the championships.

There are four major sanctioning bodies recognizing champions today (another reason for disenchantment with boxing). There are 17 weight divisions (there used to be eight), so there are 68 champions floating around the globe. Eight of them are Americans. In the last century, when there was one champion and eight divisions, America had most of them. Unfortunately, boxing has gone the way of manufacturing in America. It will need to get back the broad exposure of network TV in order to make a comeback.

My fight was in Neubrandenburg in what was the old East Germany. The city is 100 miles north of Berlin, 55 miles from Poland and 40 miles south of the Baltic Sea. Neu, pronounced noi, means new, but it’s not really new as it was settled by monks in 1240. The city still has its medieval walls over 20-feethigh and four huge gates. There is also a cool, smoke-filled bar in town with pictures of Lenin, Stalin and Brezhnev.

The fight was held on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in front of 4,000 screaming fans. Fortunately for the “Real Deal,” the “Hurricane” wasn’t blowing too hard. Sylvester started quickly and won the first few rounds with his plodding style. Gaele, the more natural athlete, figured Sylvester out and gave him a boxing lesson for the rest of the fight. I had the best seat in the house and only had to break up the fighters a few times.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for the individual.

Cops find man with loaded gun just 2 blocks from headquarters

By Jeff Bahr

On Jan. at 2:57 p.m., in the area of Williams St. and Washington Ave., police noticed a man as he entered an apartment building where an unknown tenant confronted him. After the conversation, he continued walking north on Washington Ave. and raised his hood over his head. He then slipped down an alleyway at 252 Washington Ave. When he emerged at the other end of the alleyway, police stopped him.

They noticed that the man was covering an area near his stomach with his hands. When he removed his hands from his pockets, at least one of the cops saw that the man was carrying a gun in his waistband. After shouting “gun!” police took the would-be assailant down to the ground. The man, Joshua Rafael Price, 21, of Newark, was subsequently arrested and taken to headquarters. He was charged with possession of a handgun and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He carried a $15,000 warrant out of Newark, and a no-bail-warrant from Essex County. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the county jail.

The retrieved gun, a Smith & Wesson 9mm, was reportedly stolen from Greensboro, N.C. It contained 10 rounds of live ammunition in its chambers.

In other Belleville Police happenings:

Jan. 19

At 8:37 a.m., a motor vehicle was reported stolen at 28 Naples Ave. The owner of the vehicle said that she had started her 2006 Toyota Corolla to warm it up. She then went back inside her house. When she returned, the car was gone. The vehicle also contained her purse and cell phone.

At 11:20 p.m. Police noticed a man pacing back and forth at the 550 block of Washington Ave. They observed the man approach a parked Jeep, stopping to speak with its driver and another occupant. After walking around for a spell, the man returned to the Jeep and the trio drove away. Police stopped the vehicle. Inside they found two bolt cutters, assorted screwdrivers and a metal saw. None of the occupants would admit to owning the tools. After an I.D. check, police discovered that the driver had a suspended license and carried active warrants. One of the passengers was found with marijuana in his possession. He also carried outstanding warrants. The three men, all from East Orange, were arrested and processed.

Kaif Jones, 25, was charged with possession of burglary tools and released.

Juan Kinchin, 19, was found to have a $133 warrant out of Newark. He was charged with possession of burglary tools and possession of marijuana. He was taken to the county jail where his bail was set at $2,500.

Earl Hale, 22, was found to carry a $1,000 warrant out of Newark. He was charged with possession of burglary tools and driving while suspended. He was also transported to the county jail where his bail was set at $2,500.

Jan. 18

At 9:10 p.m., police observed a man lingering near parked vehicles in the Franklin Ave. area. Cognizant of the rash of auto thefts that have occurred there recently, officers approached the man. As they were asking him questions, the man blurted out, “I did time for car (expletive) already… I don’t mess around anymore!”

When it was learned that the man carried a $258 warrant out of Newark, police attempted to arrest him but the man became agitated and began resisting. He swung and struck one officer several times with his fists before he was finally subdued. As a result of the scuffle, the officer sustained a laceration on one of his fingers. Victorio Rios, 30, of Newark, was charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault on police. He is being held at the county jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Jan. 17

A man standing near parked cars at Watchung Ave. and Cross St. was stopped for questioning. He was found to have two outstanding warrants totaling $901 out of the Town of Englewood. Ramadeen Yancey, 37, of Newark, was turned over to Englewood authorities.

At 5:03 a.m., a victim at 24 Lloyd St. called police to report the theft of a 2001 gold Ford Taurus. Like the incident that occurred only two days before, the victim stated that the vehicle had been left unattended while it was warming up.

Jan. 16

At 9:52 a.m., police were driving down Watchung Ave. when they were flagged down by an apartment superintendant. He told police that a man he knew had stolen a coin box from a dryer. He also mentioned a previously unreported burglary of tools from the apartment’s tool room and said he suspected that the same man was responsible. As the superintendent gave his account, the man in question walked past the officers. Orlando Claudio, 41, of Newark, was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. He is being held on $10,000 bail at the county jail.

Jan. 15

When police performed a random plate check on a silver Mercedes Benz near 519 Washington Ave., the plates came back as belonging to a silver Jaguar. When officers pulled the car over and asked the man for his credentials, he replied that he “didn’t have them with him” and supplied police with a name that proved to be false. The man, 38-year-old Terrence L. Jones of Belleville was charged with hindering apprehension. He was also found to be carrying a $500 warrant out of Newark, and a $200 warrant out of Ocean County. He is being held at the county jail on undisclosed bail.

At 12:21 a.m., police pulled over a 2009 Mitsubishi at Newark Ave. and Rocco St. after they noticed that the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt. A background check revealed that the man was driving with a revoked license and that he carried several outstanding warrants. Michael Nobre, 24, of Fairlawn, was arrested for warrants and issued several motor vehicle summonses. His vehicle was released to his girlfriend.

At 2:47 p.m., police were dispatched to the C&A Auto Shop at 127 Belleville Ave. where a burglar alarm had been tripped. When they arrived, they noticed that a garage door window was missing. Inside the building, a closet door and multiple drawers and cabinets had been opened. A window was found shattered, and a jar filled with change was found on the floor. The owner said he didn’t notice anything missing at this time.

At 10:24 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from 23 Brook St. It had been parked there only two hours earlier. The owner eventually found the car in Newark.

Fraudulent check leads to arrest in Lyndhurst

Jan. 18

At 5:14 p.m. police arrested Skye Rivera, 18, of Warwick, N.Y., on charges of trying to pass a bad check and forgery at the Chase Bank on Stuyvesant Ave. Police said Rivera tried to cash a fraudulent check made out to her in the amount of $1,087.82. She was sent to the Bergen County Jail, Hackensack, on $15,000 bail with a 10% cash option, pending court action.

Jan. 17

At 9:50 p.m., police discovered three Lyndhurst teenagers consuming beer while sitting in a car parked in the N.J. Transit lot on Park Ave. Three girls, two aged 16 and one, 17, and one boy, age 17, were charged with underage drinking in a motor vehicle and having open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle. They were released pending appearances in juvenile court. Police said the car was registered to the mother of one of the teens.

Jan. 15

Police were called to the Sidowski Shell station on Ridge Road at 9:13 p.m. where an attendant told them that two males had just taken two cigarette lighters without paying and left. Police said the pair were spotted entering a residence about a block away and were grabbed there. Police charged John Sanchez, 19, of Fairlawn, and his pal, a 15-year-old Paterson boy, with disorderly conduct and shoplifting. They were released pending court action. Police went to the Lyndhurst Diner on Riverside Ave. at 3:51 a.m. to deal with an unruly customer. After she began yelling at the officers, Tiffany Crespo, 29, of Manhattan, was given a summons charging her with disorderly conduct and released pending a court appearance. Police said Crespo may have been intoxicated.

“Music at the Mansion” soars on Sunday, Jan. 29

Sean Harkness


Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, in association with NiCori Studios and Productions, announce a new installment of the monthly concert series, “Music at the Mansion”, on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p. m.  Performers to include January include singer Wendy Lane Bailey, the husband-and-wife cabaret and songwriting team of David Alpher (pianist/composer) and Jennie Litt (singer/lyricist), and solo bass and guitar recording artist with Windham Hill Records (BMG), Sean Harkness!

Wendy Lane’s performances in venues across the country have earned critics’ praises for her versatility and sophistication. She has appeared as a guest artist on multiple recordings including those of pop legend Leslie Gore and Broadway’s Susan Egan.

The cabaret and songwriting team of David Alpher (pianist/composer), an NYU graduate and Jennie Litt (singer/lyricist), a graduate of Harvard, have been hailed “among the premier cabaret acts,” and a “perfect musical ensemble”.   They have delighted audiences with cabaret shows that offer in-depth explorations of the Great American Songbook.

Guitarist Sean Harkness recently garnered both the Outstanding Instrumentalist of 2011 Backstage Bistro Award, and a MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets) for his New York solo shows.  Sean has appeared as an artist and sideman extensively in New York’s finest jazz venues including the Blue Note, Smoke, Small’s, the Jazz Standard, Birdland, Iridium, Feinstein’s, Edison Ballroom, Mile’s Café, the Metropolitan Room, St. Nick’s, and Top Of The Rock at Rockefeller Center.  He has six commercial recordings released to date.

“Music at the Mansion” is a series showcasing talented performers from NYC and NJ.  The series is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers – Adler and features Deborah Martin on piano.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 to make reservations.  Seating begins at 2:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center is located at 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield.  For more information, please contact info (at) corinnasings.com or call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.



Tri-County Camera Club to hold reception for members’ work at Nutley Library

Photos by Tri-County Camera Club members


The Tri-County Camera Club will exhibit members’ work at the Nutley Free Public Library during the month of February, and will hold a reception for the exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Attendees will learn what makes a good photograph, how camera clubs can help you to improve your photography, and how to turn your own successful photographs into coffee table books. They will also learn more about photography at a mini workshop given by a Tri-County member. Finally, members will review and critique single photographs or portfolios that photographers bring to the reception.

Subject matter on the walls of the library throughout the month will include nature images, such as flowers and birds, architectural images, and landscape and close-up images. All photographs have won ribbons in recent Tri-County competitions and provide an excellent sample of current work done in the club.

The reception has been designed to promote the club’s activities during the remainder of the 2011-2012 season, which will feature a series of informational programs designed to help amateur photographers take more creative and more professional pictures. Other meetings will feature regular club competitions.

All meetings begin at 8 p.m. at Nutley High School, and are held in the teachers’ cafeteria. The general public may attend all meetings at no cost, but must be members to compete.

For further information, please go to the club website at tricountycameraclub.com, or call 973-820-7111.


Lyndhurst Kindergarten registration

Superintendent of Schools, Tracey L. Marinelli has announced that Kindergarten registration for the Lyndhurst Public Schools will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and Friday, Feb. 10, at the Lyndhurst High School Auditorium, Fern Avenue from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. respectively.

Students who will be five years of age by Oct. 1st, or up to seven years of age and entering the public schools for the first time, may register for Kindergarten.

 Please note: Students presently in Lyndhurst Township’s program for pre-kindergarten have to register for kindergarten.

Children within these age limits are to be registered and admitted only once during the school year, and then only until Oct. 1.

The following information is needed to register:  Birth certificate, record of immunizations (current physical exam required prior to 9/1/12), custody papers (if applicable), proof of residency (3 DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED): 

1. Deed or proof of mortgage or current lease or rent receipt

2. Utility bill

3. Driver’s license (preferred) or another form of identification showing Lyndhurst residency.

Students entering the Lyndhurst public schools for the first time are required to present documentation of a current medical examination and the required immunizations. Physician’s examination forms are included in the registration packets.  Please check that your kindergarten age child has had his/her last DPT or polio booster after their 4th birthday.  Additionally, every child born after January 1, 1990 will be required to have received three (3) doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine, and every child born on or after January 1, 1998 will be required to have received one dose of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine prior to entry into Kindergarten. 

You will be required to present documentation of the above vaccination requirements and a physical examination by a medical physician in September prior to the 2012-2013 school year.

Registration packets will be available on Jan. 27 online at www.lyndhurstschools.net or at the Board of Education Office, 420 Fern Avenue, 2nd Floor.   Parents are urged to pick up the packet prior to registration dates; however, they will be available at the time of registration.  Packets must be returned in person during registration week (child need not be present).



Vet returns home


Photo courtesy Auri Retana/ From l.: Abrianna Rose, Carlos A. Pinto, Celina Pinto, Carlos M. Pinto and Auri Retana.


By Jeff Bahr

 EAST NEWARK - There is perhaps no day as special as that blessed day when a soldier finally returns from war. Just ask the family of Navy Petty Officer First- Class Carlos Pinto, 28, an East Newark resident who recently returned to his loving brood after various tours of duty, including stints in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.

When Auri Retana contacted The Observer only a few days before her brother’s Jan. 16 return from Afghanistan, she sounded upbeat. Like any concerned and loving sister she was thrilled that her sibling would soon be back, safe and sound with his family.

Auri told me of the many sleepless nights that her mother Celina and father Carlos Sr. spent while their son was serving in faraway and dangerous parts of the world. “It was a nervewracking experience for my parents,” said Auri, whose ebullient tone suggested that the lead weight of worry had finally been lifted from her family’s shoulders.

It’s been a long time in coming. Pinto, who graduated from Harrison High School in 2001, signed on with the Navy just a short time before the occurrence of the 9/11 attacks. After Congress authorized military action in Iraq, Pinto found himself in the thick of things serving aboard the U.S.S. Cowpens, a Ticonderogaclass missile carrier. The vessel, based out of Japan, became the first U.S. Navy ship to fire a missile salvo in the opening stages of the war when it launched 37 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Later in Pinto’s career, he saw his rank rise to E6 Petty Officer First-Class. His most recent deployment was a six-month tour in Afghanistan as a member of the joint U.S. Army/Navy Task Force Paladin where he functioned as a member of the Joint Command Supporting Staff E.O.D. (explosive ordinance demolitions).

Through all of this, Pinto’s five-year-old daughter, Abrianna, and his girlfriend, Emily, patiently waited for that special day when the family would be reunited. Their prayers were finally answered on Monday, Jan. 16 when Pinto returned to them.

When asked his personal feelings about returning home, Pinto, still stationed in Afghanistan, sounded relieved more than anything – not at all surprising given the stress associated with such perilous duty. “I’m just happy to be coming back,” said Pinto with a hearty chuckle.

He then offered up his thanks to his family for their “continued support” as well as the many others who stood by him along the way. “I’d like to thank everyone for all of their support,” said Pinto, “especially Ms. Shirley Becker (a Newark resident) who has sent countless care packages to myself and my military buddies.” Their “care and concern” was truly appreciated, added Pinto.