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Washington Ave. crash

Photos by Ron Leir A NJ Transit bus emerging from the company’s Washington Ave. terminal at Hancox Ave. in Nutley and turning south was in collision with a southbound passenger car. Emergency responders extracted a 28-year-old Belleville woman from the vehicle and a Nutley ambulance took her to Clara Maass Medical Center for observation.. No summonses were issued, police said.

Photos by Ron Leir
A NJ Transit bus emerging from the company’s Washington Ave. terminal at Hancox Ave. in Nutley and turning south was in collision with a southbound passenger car. Emergency responders extracted
a 28-year-old Belleville woman from the vehicle and a Nutley ambulance took her to Clara Maass Medical Center for observation.. No summonses were issued, police said.

 

 

 

Photos by Ron Leir
A NJ Transit bus emerging from the company’s Washington Ave. terminal at Hancox Ave. in Nutley and turning south was in collision with a southbound passenger car. Emergency responders extracted
a 28-year-old Belleville woman from the vehicle and a Nutley ambulance took her to Clara Maass Medical Center for observation.. No summonses were issued, police said.

Around Town

Belleville

Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., holds a Teddy Bear Tea Party for children on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Registration closes April 28.

Belleville Irish American Association sponsors a trip to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and Mohegan Sun Casino, June 2-6. Cost is $485. For an itinerary or more information, call Pat at 973-751-5308 or email patn139@aol.com.

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave.. hosts a blood drive on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors must be at least age 17, weigh at least 120 pounds, bring a signed form of ID and know their social security number. For more information, call the New Jersey Blood Center at 973-676-4700.

Bloomfield

Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces:

• Egg Hunt for kids ages 18 months to 5 only on April 16 at 11 a.m.

• Book Club on Monday, May 5, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., to discuss Ha Jin’s novel “Waiting.” For more information or for help in locating a copy of the book club selection, call the Reference Desk at 973-566- 6200, ext 502.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., hosts a Tricky Tray fundraiser on Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, available only in advance, are $25. To purchase tickets, call 973-429-0960.

Harrison

The Peruvians United of Harrison will conduct a food drive on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Harrison Town Hall. All of the food will be donated to Holy Cross Church.

Kearny

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., announces:

• Uncle John’s Puppets performance will be held Thursday, April 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

• There’ll be a screening of a Disney Double Feature of “The Jungle Book” at 1 p.m. and “The Jungle Book 2” at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Registration is not required for these programs, but seating is limited.

• A book sale continues through Thursday, April 17, during normal library hours. Patrons will find a huge selection of donated and discarded hardcover and paperback books. Books are a quarter each or five for $1.

Kearny High School’s Project Graduation sponsors a Volleyball Tournament on Friday, April 25, in the school’s gymnasium, 336 Devon St. Contact Melissa Dyl for information at 201-978-8257. There will be a 50/50 raffle Friday, June 20, after graduation ceremonies. The winner need not be present. Tickets are $10. To purchase or sell tickets, contact Sandy Hyde at 551-265-8969.

Kearny UNICO sponsors a fundraising bus trip to the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, April 27, leaving from the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings Bank at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 and can be obtained by calling Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.

Lyndhurst

The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., meets April 22 at 7 p.m. to elect officers.The public is invited to see the shelter and meet the board of directors. For more information, call 201- 896-9300.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will hold a free Earth Day concert, featuring Spook Handy, Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol. com or 201-230-4983.

Learn how the N.J. Invasive Strike Team is working to address the spread of non-native species that threaten the environment and natural resources on Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the MEC. It’s open to all ages. Admission is $5; $4 for MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.

Registration is required for a Ladybug craft program for grades 1 to 4 at Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., on Monday, April 28, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Call the library at 201-804-2478 to register.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Avenue, Suite 1, hosts a free Women’s Health Clinic, in partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, on April 25, at 9 a.m. The clinic will provide education on breast self-examination and a pap smear. This event is open to female township residents age 18 and older. For appointments, call 201-804- 2500.

Dr. John Favetta will conduct free eye screening Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m., at the Health Dept. He will test for vision acuity, visual field and glaucoma. Call for an appointment.

Polish American Citizens Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., presents a Polka Mass dinner dance on Saturday, April 26, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For tickets, call Alice at 201-935-3830 or Loretta at 201- 438-3513.

Lyndhurst Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a Karaoke party on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. The VFW hall is available to rent for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-3080.

North Arlington

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, offers:

• ESL Group Class on Tuesdays starts April 22. Visit or call for more information. • Historical Fact and Fiction Club meets Thursday, April 24, at 10 a.m.

• Saturday Afternoon Poets celebrate National Poetry Month April 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a poetry reading and music performance. All ages are welcome.

• YA Movie Day for grades 6 and up will be held Friday, April 25, at 3 p.m.

• Comics Club for grades 6 and up meets Wednesday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m.

• Origami for grades 4 and up is held Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m.

• Woman’s Club Craft is available for grades K to 5 Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. Registration is required. Call 201-955-5640, ext. 126. To register, just leave a message.

Senior Harmony Club announces the following trips:

• Sands Casino, Thursday, April 24. For reservations or information, call Florence at 201-991-3173.

• Westchester Broadway Theater to see the musical “Ragtime,” Thursday, May 1. Reservations must be made ASAP. Call Anna at 201-939- 2960.

Nutley

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 120 Prospect St., hosts a Home-made Pasta Dinner Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $6 for children ages 12 and younger. Visit the rectory to purchase tickets. All proceeds benefit the church’s CCD program.

Registration is open for the Nutley Parks and Recreation Department’s “Let’s Get Moving,” for ages 3 to 5, to refine motor skills and increase balance. Classes begin April 22. Two sessions are available: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. or Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. Online registration is available at nutleynj.my.gov-i.com/recreation or at the Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave, reachable at 973-284-4966.

Nutley Police Department holds its next Neighborhood Watch meeting April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building on the third floor. This meeting will focus on identity theft and learning about common scams.

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, announces:

• Earth Day Story Time, Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

• Friends of the Library book sale, April 24 to 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Stock up on hardcover books, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs. Donations will be collected April 21 to 23.

Bixler takes on Oti as new realtor

 

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Scott Bixler, broker of record, is happy to announce that Maggy Oti is now with The Bixler Group.

Maggy Oti provides the highest level of knowledge, expertise, discretion and integrity in the specialized art of client representation and negotiation in real estate, Bixler said.

Oti has been a licensed New Jersey realtor since 1999. “Joining The Bixler Group in 2014 as a full-time professional immediately provided Maggy with a network of real estate professionals. Along the way Maggy has received many awards; however, her biggest accomplishment is the delight of her clients. It is her priority to take care of them in such a way that they are excited to refer their friends, family and business colleagues. Maggy’s prior teaching and business experience in customer service and marketing is a major benefit to her clients. By listening to their needs and focusing on their priorities, she helps her clients invest in their future while developing lasting relationships. Maggy’s fair yet firm negotiating style and her commitment to excellence has gained her respect with colleagues and clients alike. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process, or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Maggy’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you, too, into a client for life,” Bixler said.

Oti grew up in Hudson County and moved to Kearny in 1992 after graduating from Montclair State University and began her life. She has guided families through the home buying process as lead listing agent, sales. She earned the Century 21 Prestige Ruby Award and was given Top Overall Producer of the year 2005.

Maggy also believes in giving back to her community. Throughout her real estate career she has been an integral member of New Jersey MLS, Garden State MLS and The Meadowlands Board of Realtors.

Work progressing at Rip Collins Field

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NORTH ARLINGTON –

Construction of the new Rip Collins Athletic field complex in North Arlington is proceeding on schedule and should be finished by fall 2014, school officials predicted.

In a prepared press release, Schools Superintendent Oliver Stringham said that excavation work is being done to lay the groundwork and foundation for what will be the new athletic field, track and new buildings.

Stringham said construction crews (from Rochelle Contracting of Landing) are on the River Road site doing all the infrastructure work, now that the district has secured approvals from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Joseph Ricciardelli, president of the North Arlington Board of Education, said last week, “I don’t see any reason why we won’t be playing on the new field this fall.”

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“We’ve had delivery of all the irrigation materials and piping,” Ricciardelli said. “We’re putting additional drainage under what will be our new turf field and our new buildings are going to be raised an additional foot higher than what the state asked for” to offset any potential flooding from future storms over overflows from the nearby Passaic River.

Ricciardelli said the school board will, at some point, be purchasing a “Zamboni-like” machine that would be used to vacuum away any excess water and/or debris from the field as needed. “Our staff will be trained how to use it,” he added.

As an added precaution, according to board member George McDermott, the field will be covered with a large tarpaulin during the off-season for protection against the elements.

The project, funded under a $3.3 million public referendum previously approved by North Arlington voters, will provide the school district with a new artificial grass field that it can use for high school football, baseball, track and soccer, plus team locker rooms and bathrooms, a storage facility, a coach’s meeting room, concession stand, press box and scoreboard, public bathrooms, walkways and fencing.

The complex will also be available for use to the borough Recreation Department.

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Ricciardelli said the board plans to “open the facility six or seven days a week for the public to walk or run on the track.” Specific hours for that purpose have yet to be set, he said.

At a special meeting April 11, the school board voted to retain Pennoni Associates, a Philadelphia-based engineering firm, “to provide professional engineering services in connection with the Synthetic Turf Fields and Fieldhouse at Rip Collins Athletic Complex Project.”

Pennoni will receive $30,500 for the work, according to Ricciardelli.

Ricciardelli said the expectation is that the firm would serve as a sort of construction clerk of the works whose representative would be on site “three or four times a week” to check in with the contractor on the status of the project.

– Ron Leir

Lyndhurst police blotter: Man hardly got it his way at BK after drug charges

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April 4

At 7:16 p.m., police went to the parking lot of the Park Ave. Burger King on a report of a man possibly under the influence. They ended up arresting Piotr Maleszewski, 33, of Lyndhurst, after allegedly finding drugs and drug paraphernalia on him and in his vehicle. He was charged with possession of drugs, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia (a glass pipe) and possession of a hypodermic needle. Bail was set at $2,000 with a 10% cash option. Read more »

Harrison police blotter: Man tried to murder his mother, police say

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April 4

Police arrested Carlos Gonzalez, 49, of Harrison, on a charge of attempted murder after Gonzalez allegedly tried to smother his 85-year-old father with a pillow in the family’s home on Cleveland Ave.

Police said they were called to the home at about 11 a.m. by someone at the residence and learned that the alleged assault had happened during a domestic dispute during the night at the residence.

During an arraignment at Hudson County Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City on April 7, the court set bail for the accused at $250,000 and Gonzalez was sent to Hudson County Jail pending action by the county prosecutor’s office. Read more »

Nutley police blotter: Man sat on stoop, got busted on warrant

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April 5

At 5:41 a.m., police responded to an Oakridge Ave. location on a report of an unwanted man sitting on the steps of a residence. Police arrested the man, Eric Perry Jr., 24, of Nutley, after learning he had an outstanding warrant from Saddle Brook. He was later released after being issued a new court date in Saddle Brook.

April 7

At 8:40 a.m., police went to a Park Ave. business on a report of criminal mischief. Police said they found graffiti, written in silver type paint, on the west side of the building.

At 12:34 p.m., a theft victim told police someone took their credit card from the center console of their vehicle while it was parked on Chestnut Place. Police said the card had been used to purchase more than $250 worth of merchandise at different places. Police said the financial institution that issued the card canceled the account and reimbursed the victim. Read more »

Jeff Bahr: An Appreciation

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By Ron Leir
Observer correspondent

In the movie, “The Misfits,” Gay, the cowboy character played by Clark Gable (in what would turn out to be his last film) tries to persuade two buddies to join in a “mustanging” enterprise.

“Beats wages, don’t it?” Gay asserts.

The implication is that you get to keep your freedom by living life on your own terms.

Hearing that phrase echo in my mind, just a few days later, I thought of Jeff Bahr, my former Observer colleague and friend from Bloomfield who was killed April 10 while riding his beloved 2012 Triumph Explorer motorcycle in West Buffalo Township, Pa. Read more »

Former Observer correspondent Jeff Bahr dies in motorcycle crash

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Former Observer correspondent Jeff Bahr, 56, died April 10 as a result of a motorcycle crash in Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Jeff’s entire family.

Our Ron Leir is working on a retrospective of Jeff’s life, and it will appear in the coming edition of our newspaper.

Here is Jeff’s obituary from NJ.com.

Rest in peace, Jeff. We will all miss you very much.

Drug store supplants shop, homes

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent

KEARNY –

Developers had reason to cheer but also jeer in the wake of separate decisions by two of the town’s regulatory boards last week.

Kearny will be getting a new chain drug store on its main business district but the proposed conversion of a vacant box factory to residential lofts won’t be happening.

Last Tuesday, the Kearny Zoning Board of Adjustment voted 5-2 to approve an application filed by Mark Development Co., of New York and Massachusetts, to build a Walgreens Pharmacy at 453-467 Kearny Ave., partly on the site of the old Lynn Chevrolet property.

To make way for the 12,670 square foot, one-story building, including a drive-thru, and 41-space parking lot, the contractor will be tearing down the old auto showroom/ service center, the Irish Quality Gift Shop and the old Teddy’s bar, all on Kearny Ave., along with two houses on Quincy Ave. Read more »