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HARRISON –

Harrison Mayor James Fife, 73, is spending time in St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, where he is recovering from surgery.

The hospital declined to provide any information but Councilman James Doran, who is serving as Fife’s campaign manager for this year’s municipal election season, said that Fife was experiencing chest pain early last week and went for tests.

“An echocardiogram showed that his aortic valv e was blocked,” Doran said. So Fife had an operation last Thursday to replace that valve, he said.

Doran said Fife was expected to remain in the hospital for five days and then undergo outpatient cardiac therapy for a few weeks.

“He should be a new man in about six weeks,” Doran said.

Until Fife is ready to return to duty, Doran said that Town Council President Michael Dolaghan and the various municipal department heads will look after town business.

NUTLEY –

The state has awarded Nutley $2.75 million in transitional aid this year that Revenue & Finance Commissioner Tom Evans said would somewhat offset the pain of a municipal tax increase triggered by a devaluation of the Roche property.

Evans said that the special compensation corresponds to the diminished share of municipal, school and county taxes that Nutley will realize as a result of demolition at the Roche site, which its owners plan to vacate by sometime in 2015.

Had Nutley not received the aid package, the owner of an “average” house assessed at $314,000 would have faced a municipal tax increase of $109 but, with the aid, the tax impact is reduced to a projected $72 increase just on the municipal portion of the 2014 tax bill, Evans said.

This is expected, he said, despite the fact that overall municipal spending is up by less than 2%.

Because the aid is a “special category” of transitional aid — designed to offer tax relief to a municipality that experiences an extraordinary loss of property value by providing a “partial adjustment” to cover that lost value – Nutley won’t be saddled with the fiscal monitoring by the state that normally accompanies the granting of transitional aid, Evans said.

“The state recognizes that Nutley ranks in the 96th percentile of the state’s Best Practices checklist so for that reason we won’t be included in the traditional fiscal oversight program,” he said. “We’re seen as a wellmanaged municipality.”

Evans said that Nutley would have to reapply in 2015 for the special aid as the township continues to transition to a future without Roche.

The property owners have hired a marketing firm to find a buyer for its property, which overlaps Nutley and Clifton.

KEARNY –

A Franklin School sixth-grader in Kearny faced disciplining in the wake of an incident that happened outside the Davis Ave. school last Thursday.

Sources said that two sixth-graders, best of friends, were waiting for classes to start that morning. After one of them reportedly hid the other’s cellular phone, her friend allegedly removed a kitchen knife from a backpack and displayed it.

At that point, sources said, other students reported the incident to teachers. The Juvenile Aid Bureau responded, but sources said there was no threat made and no one had been injured.

There was no lockdown of the school and police worked with school administrators to calm everyone. Administrators were pleased with the police response. A school resource officer was temporarily reassigned to Franklin from Kearny High.

As rumors spread through the community about the incident – especially with it happening the day after multiple students had been stabbed by another student at a school near Pittsburgh, – phones reportedly were ringing off the hook around town.

– Ron Leir

Nutley Scouts to the rescue

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Photos by Karen Zautyk Nutley Rescue Squad members dismantle ‘wrecked’ automobile.

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Nutley Rescue Squad members dismantle ‘wrecked’ automobile.

 

By Karen Zautyk

Observer Correspondent

NUTLEY –

The temperature was bone-chilling and the rain was falling in torrents, but undeterred by the nasty weather, members of the Nutley Volunteer Emergency & Rescue Squad were out in the storm, turning a Lincoln Town Car into a heap of scrap metal.

They had to, for inside the vehicle, a man was trapped.

For 45 minutes, using the “Jaws of Life” and other extrication devices, they worked diligently at their task, smashing windows, ripping off the roof and doors and otherwise dismantling the auto, until they could safely secure the victim with a neck brace, move him onto a backboard and then gently lift him onto a gurney for transfer to the waiting ambulance.

Even though he had no injuries whatsoever.

It was all part of a simulated heavy-rescue drill, played out before an appreciative audience of Boy Scouts, who watched the entire procedure protected by a large canopy, graciously provided by the squad. (We weren’t kidding about the rain; it was like something out of “Noah.”)

The drill was held the night of April 7 in the lot behind the EMS headquarters on Chestnut St., just east of Passaic Ave.

The Scouts, members of Nutley Troop 142, had volunteered to serve as “victims” for a first-responder training course, and the squad was happy to comply, utilizing a car from an anonymous donor. (Poor car. It went from four-door sedan to no-door convertible in under an hour.)

We had expected that the kids might be lying scattered around on the ground, but if that were ever in the plans, the downpour put an end to any such scenario.

The Scouts, aged 11 to 16, still got to be “victims,” though. Inside the HQ building, they were bandaged and fitted with various splints and braces — and they received instruction on how to use first aid equipment.

Their first lesson was on how to secure someone to a backboard. The Town Car “driver,” probationary Squad member Daniel Randall, still immobile on the gurney, had spent nearly an hour in the car covered head-to-toe by an aluminum blanket — to protect him from glass and sparks during the rescue. But his job wasn’t over.

The boys, supervised by training officer Henry Meola, got busy retying Randall to the backboard, using long strips of heavy cloth and any sort of knots they wanted. (Being Boy Scouts, they know a lot of knots.)

When the task was done, Squad members lifted the board and flipped it over, so that Randall was suspended in air, face down. He remained safely immobile, despite the force of gravity. Good work, kids!

Although the evening’s experiences were fun, the underlying purpose was quite serious.

Troop 142 is trying to earn the “Messengers of Peace” award that will be presented in May at the N.J. State Police/ National Guard Camporee in Sea Girt.

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Photos by Karen Zautyk Scouts from Troop 142 get hands-on lessons in first aid for accident victims.

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Scouts from Troop 142 get hands-on lessons in first aid for accident victims.

 

 

According to the Camporee website, gardenstatescouting. org, “Messengers of Peace,” launched in September 2011, is a “global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women .. . to work towards peace.”

Using social media, “the initiative lets Scouts from around the world share what they have done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities, encouraging the completion of a Good Turn in your community and helping others.”

As their community service project, the local Scouts wanted to help the Rescue Squad.

The Scouts learned much and the Squad members had the opportunity to continue to perfect their already impressive skills.

The drill also provided learning opportunities in other ways. While the Scouts were outside, watching the first responders’ rescue efforts at the car wreck, we heard one of the Scout leaders say, “This is what happens when you drink and drive . . . or when you text and drive.”

Hopefully, that message will be imprinted upon all of them. Forever.

Town has new health officer

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KEARNY –

Kenneth Pincus is Kearny’s new health officer.

Pincus, a resident of Warren, was hired last Tuesday night by the local governing body at an annual salary of $99,500, effective May 1. He replaces John Sarnas, who retired April 1 after a four-decade- plus career in the health department.

Pincus has worked since 2006 as principal registered environmental health specialist for the Westfield Regional Health Department in Westfield. Before that, he was registered environmental health specialist for the Edison Department of Health from 1995 to 2006. And, prior, he was a part-time registered environmental health specialist for the Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission in Green Brook from 2004 to 2010.

This will mark Pincus’s first time serving as a certified municipal health officer.

Still, Mayor Alberto Santos said he’s persuaded that Pincus is a good choice for the job.

“We had nine applicants of whom all but one had a municipal health officer license and extensive experience in local health departments,” Santos said. “We interviewed two with the most experience.”

“We feel Ken is highly credentialed, who, in addition to possessing a license, has other certifications related to the health care field and is a seasoned health professional who will continue the tradition established by John Sarnas during his more than 40 years with the department,” Santos said.

Santos said that Sarnas will make himself available on a volunteer basis to help with the administrative transition.

Pincus’s professional resume lists him as licensed by the state Department of Health as a registered environmental health specialist, lead inspector/risk assessor and certified retail food standardized trainer. He’s also listed as licensed by the state Department of Environmental Protection as a commercial pesticide applicator and a certified community noise enforcement officer.

He has also completed FEMA courses on bio-terrorism modules and he is an adjunct professor with the University of Phoenix’s College of Health Sciences and Nursing, teaching health law.

He has a B.S. degree in environmental management from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I., and an M.S. in health administration from New Jersey City University, Jersey City.

Working in the health field “has been my passion,” Pincus told The Observer last week.

While he has had no prior work-related experience in Kearny, Pincus said he has driven through the West Hudson area many times.

In his previous job, Pincus said he introduced a standardization program for local restaurant inspections in the Westfield region, which took in the communities of Fanwood, Cranford and Garwood, ensuring that appropriate steps were being taken to protect food from potential contamination and, especially, during flood conditions.

– Ron Leir

The long arm of the law

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Photos courtesy KPD
Brian Kinney

 

 

By Karen Zautyk

Observer Correspondent

KEARNY –

Kearny police reported last week that they have closed two cases dating to 2012, “one crime solved through DNA, the other, the old-fashioned way,” said KPD Chief John Dowie.

The latter involved the Sept. 30, 2012, armed hold-up of a liquor store at Seeley and Kearny Aves. At about 8 p.m. on that date, a lone bandit, wielding an automatic handgun, robbed the shop and then fled on foot, running east on Seeley.

The investigating officer, Det. Scott Traynor, reviewed surveillance tapes, noting the type of weapon used and the gunman’s clothing — a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask — and later linked these details to a similar crime in Bayonne, Dowie said. Traynor kept up with the case, working with police in that city and developing information from his street sources. He subsequently identified a possible suspect — 25-year-old Bayonne resident Jonathan Jeffery.

Last month, after evidence was presented to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, warrants were issued for Jeffery’s arrest on weapons and armed robbery charges in Kearny.

The alleged perp, already lodged in the Hudson County Jail in connection with his Bayonne arrest, was brought to KPD headquarters on April 4 for formal processing and was then returned to his secure habitat.

The second case concerned the Nov. 1, 2012, burglary of a gas station at Belgrove Drive and Passaic Ave. The culprit, Dowie noted, had taken advantage of the fact that the station had no electrical power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, broke in through a garage window and absconded with cigarettes, lottery tickets and cash.

Responding to the scene were Det. Michael Gonzalez and Det. Stephen Podolski, who recovered probable DNA evidence. This was sent to the State Police lab for processing, and last month a probable suspect was ID’d, Dowie said.

That suspect, Brian Kinney, 30, of Kearny, had also been linked to a series of robberies at Payless shoe stores in Kearny and Newark, police said, and was incarcerated at the Essex County Jail. On April 4, he was processed there on the additional Kearny charges of burglary and theft.

KPD: ‘Knock, knock’ was no joke

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Photo courtesy Google Images

 

On April 4, at 6 p.m., pursuant to an ongoing narcotics investigation and armed with a search warrant from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Kearny vice detectives paid a visit to an apartment on the 300 block of Kearny Ave.

When the occupants refused to open the door, the officers employed a battering ram (a/k/a “knock, knock tool”) to gain entrance. Police said a search of the premises produced 96 grams of marijuana, a batch of marijuana cookies, a half-dozen psilocybin (psychedelic) mushrooms, 17 Xanax tablets, numerous empty plastic bags, a digital scale and $638 in cash.

Arrested were Christopher Reyes, 36, and Randy Valverde, 25, both of whom were charged with possession of more than 50 grams of pot, possession with intent to distribute, intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school (Kearny High) and 500 feet of a public library, possession of the mushrooms and prescription drug with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition, police said, Valverde had outstanding warrants from East Newark, Belleville and West Caldwell. His bail was set at $10,000; Reyes’, at $5,000.

Other recent reports from the KPD blotter included the following:

April 6

Officer Ben Wuelfing, on patrol at 4 a.m., saw a Jeep make an illegal turn at Kearny and Bergen Aves. and stopped the vehicle at Halstead St. Police said the driver, Max Salazar, 41, of Kearny, was found to have a suspended license. He was also reportedly found to have a strong odor of alcohol about his person and to be unsteady on his feet. While Wuelfing was conducting field sobriety tests, back-up Officer Chris Medina observed an open bottle of beer in the Jeep, police said.

When Salazar “violently resisted arrest,” Wuelfing employed OC spray, to no effect, police said. Salazar then allegedly elbowed Medina in the chest, threw the bottle at him and kicked Wuelfing. When the cops had to wrestle the belligerent man to the ground, which was covered in shattered beer-bottle glass, Medina suffered lacerations to his hand, police said.

Salazar, who reportedly refused to take an Alcotest, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, DWI, driving while suspended, possession of a weapon (the bottle) and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

April 8

Officers Jordenson Jean and John Fabula, patrolling on the 200 block of Brighton Ave. at 3:15 p.m., observed Ruthann Hatfield, 48, whom they knew to be wanted and confirmed she had outstanding warrants from Cinnaminson and Moorestown. She was taken to headquarters for processing and the other jurisdictions were notified.

April 10

At 5 p.m., vice detectives saw Nestor Carr, 25, of Kearny operating a motor vehicle at Wilson and Highland Aves., confirmed that he had a suspended license and also learned he was the subject of a North Arlington warrant, police said. Carr was accompanied by Stacey Perez, 22, of Kearny, who reportedly had a warrant out of Kearny. Both were taken into custody.

–Karen Zautyk

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 »