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Pedaling for pantry

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ShopRite of Lyndhurst, an Inserra Supermarkets store, recently partnered with Cabot Creamery Cooperative to raise hunger awareness, with store associates and customers competing to win 200 pounds of Cabot cheese for a local food pantry.

“Pedal Out Hunger” is part of the ShopRite Partners-In- Caring Program. Since its inception in 1999, more than $27 million has been donated to 1,700 hunger relief agencies in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Ferrarro resigns, takes buyout

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

After months of wrangling with his employer, the Kearny Board of Education, Frank Ferraro has tendered his resignation as Kearny superintendent of schools, effective Nov. 1.

Ferraro, who was facing the threat of being fired after the board had brought tenure charges against him, decided to walk away from his $167,500 a year job following a settlement agreement approved by the board at its Oct. 20 meeting.

Ferraro’s contract ran through June 30, 2016, but he will receive no salary for any part of 2015 or 2016.

Under that agreement, in return for voluntarily stepping down from the post, Ferraro will receive nearly $70,000, representing the equivalent of a combined total of about four months’ in salary plus accrued vacation payments.

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New high school VP named

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KEARNY –

A 13-year school employee has been promoted to vice principal assigned to Kearny High School.

Paul Measso, 37, was appointed to his new job Oct. 20 at an annual salary of $128,163 (pro-rated), pending receipt of his principal certificate of eligibility from Trenton. He completed a master’s degree in education leadership at St. Peter’s College.

Measso will be filling one of two vice principal slots left vacant this school year with the retirement of Michael Barbone and the transfer of Patrick Ragnoni to Lincoln Middle School. William Gaydos, formerly science department chairman, is filling the other slot. A third vice principal John Millar is also athletic director.

Until he’s cleared to make the move, Measso will continue working as a high school guidance counselor, a job he’s performed for the last eight years.

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Lottery for senior apts. next month

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

HARRISON –

The town’s first affordable residence for senior citizens at 774 Harrison Ave. is getting ever closer to reality.

As construction of the 15-unit building nears completion, the sponsor, Domus Corp., the housing arm of Catholic Charities of Newark, has begun the process of soliciting applications from prospective tenants.

John Westervelt, CEO of Catholic Charities and Domus president, said that a lottery system will be used to make the final selections from the applicant pool which, judging from interest shown, could reach “over 100.”

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be age 62 or older and must meet U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) income limits.

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Heroin/gun rap for felon

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KPD photos Top: Gilberto Rivera and the treasure trove cops say they found in his car. Bottom: That’s not a dashboard console (l,), it’s a place to stash gun and dope.

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Top: Gilberto Rivera and the treasure trove cops say they found in his car. Bottom: That’s not a dashboard console (l,), it’s a place to stash gun and dope.

 

By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

When Kearny Vice Squad detectives busted a Newark man for drug possession/distribution Oct. 17 on Maple St., they reported recovering 135 folds of heroin. While the suspect was languishing in the Hudson County Jail on $40,000 bail, the KPD obtained a search warrant for his impounded car. The result? A reported 365 additional folds — for a total of 500 — plus a fully-loaded .357 Magnum.

The accused, Gilberto Rivera, 32, is now being held on an added $150,000 bail, cash only, no 10% option. Authorities said he has a record of 11 prior arrests — including charges of kidnapping, drug distribution and gun possession — and eight felony convictions.

Rivera’s latest encounter with law began at 2 p.m., Oct. 17, when KPD Vice observed what appeared to be a hand-to- hand drug transaction in a 2006 Chevy Impala he had been driving on Maple St. near Liberty St.

The buyer, described as a “known drug violator,” was identified as Carol Enright, 37, of Kearny, who reportedly discarded several folds of suspected heroin within the car as the officers approached.

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Borough voters getting school question

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

EAST NEWARK – 

A court ruling has cleared the way – over objections by Harrison – for a Nov. 4 nonbinding referendum asking borough voters, “Should East Newark high school students be sent to Kearny High School instead of Harrison High School?”

Harrison Board of Education argued that the question shouldn’t go on the ballot because the proposal came, not from the borough school board, but from the municipality, which, Harrison said, has no statutory authority to pitch such a school-related issue.

But Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso Jr., in an Oct. 20 opinion, found that the potential shifting of students from Harrison to Kearny can have local tax ramifications borne by the East Newark Board of School Estimate, whose members represent both the borough school board and municipality.

For that reason, the court ruled, “East Newark has the authority not only to take action on the sending receiving relationship within the scope of its budgetary responsibilities but also to proffer the referendum related to it.”

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Halloween Pawrade in Kearny

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Photos by Karen Zautyk

Top r.: KUEZ Among 50+ pups at KUEZ costume contest Saturday were a cat, a cheeseburger, a trio of lobsters, a bumble bee, a ladybug. Shepherd (r.) wore robe and shower cap. One pooch even turned green for the occasion. Top r.: Winners Harry Potter, elephant, hot potato, spaghetti platter.

Once around the park, please

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HARRISON – 

Northbound traffic on Davis Ave. in Harrison has been detoured around West Hudson Park for several months pending completion of work being done in the county park.

Hudson County spokesman Jim Kennelly said the re-routing of traffic is related to a $1,657,395 bridge project in the park which began on May 15.

“The project ran into a problem with a 16-inch gas main on Davis Ave. that needs to be relocated,” Kennelly said.

He said that PSE&G’s contractor Fletcher Creamer is expected to start excavation shortly to install a new pipe.

The county anticipates that the contractor will complete the relocation of the gas main by mid-November, Kennelly said.

Other work remaining to be done as part of the county bridge project includes new curbing, curb wall, sidewalks, pavement and ornamental fencing, he said.

All of that work should be finished before Christmas, Kennelly said.

– Ron Leir 

Around Town

Belleville

Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., hosts a Saturday craft program on Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. For more information, call the library at 973-450-3434 or visit www. bellepl.org or belleplcr. blogspot.com. T

he Woman’s Club of Belleville meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at its clubhouse, 51 Rossmore Place. Prospective members are welcome. For more information, contact Terry Landon at 973- 751-6529.

Bloomfield 

Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., will host a Halloween blood drive Oct. 31, from noon to 4 p.m. All donors must present signed ID, know their social security number and weigh at least 120. For more information, call 973-676-4700, ext. 144.

East Newark

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets the last Friday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa at 201-246-7750, Fatima at 973-485-4236 or email emidura2@yahoo.com.

Borough Council urges residents to sign up for free breast and prostate cancer screenings by filling out an eligibility form at the Municipal Building, 34 Sherman Ave., on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 5 and 7 p.m. Screenings are open to women ages 35 and 64 for mammography, women ages 21 and 64 for pap smear and men ages 50 and 64 for prostate/colon screenings. Eligible participants must have no insurance or indicate that their current insurance will not pay for these screenings. Income limits vary with the degree of insurance, so those with limited or no insurance are advised to fill out an initial eligibility form.

Harrison

Harrison American Legion Post 282, 8 Patterson St., hosts a Harrison Police Department vs. Harrison Fire Department chili cook-off on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Representatives from both departments will bring their best chili to be judged by a few locals. All are welcome.

Kearny 

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Coccia Realty continues a coat drive for the area’s less fortunate, through Nov. 15, at its Kearny, Lyndhurst and Rutherford offices. Drop off gently used or new coats between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends at any of these participating offices: 636 Kearny Ave., Kearny; 273 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst; or 11 Park Ave., Rutherford. For more information, call Randy Wine at 201-939- 0001.

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 663 Kearny Ave., will hold its annual fair on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a bake table, tricky tray, Christmas crafts and more. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Raffle drawings are at 4 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Arlington, 650 Kearny Ave., holds a free clothing giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The church holds worship services Sundays at 11 a.m. with Spanish worship at 5 p.m. and Bible study on Fridays at 8 p.m.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., hosts the following free programs:

  • The movie premiere series continues with a special screening of Disney’s “Maleficent” (PG) featuring Angelina Jolie on Friday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday Family Film Matinees continue on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m., with a screening of “Planes: Fire and Rescue” (PG).
  • An Adult Painting Party, open to ages 14 and up, is set for Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A $5 registration fee helps cover the cost of paints and canvases. Class size is limited. To reserve a spot, call the library at 201-998-2666.

For more information on any library programs, call 201-998-2666 or visit www.kearnylibrary.org.

Trinity Church, 575 Kearny Ave., will hold its monthly flea market on Nov. 8. Refreshments are available. Vendors are invited. Tables are one for $15 or two for $25. Call the church at 201-991-5894 to schedule your table or call Annamarie at 201-998-2360 after 5:30 p.m. Walk-in vendors are welcome.

Lyndhurst 

Lyndhurst Public Library, 353 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

  • Kids in pr e-k to grade 3 will step off in a Halloween Parade Friday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Book Club discusses “The Body in the Library” by Agatha Christie Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Call the library to obtain a copy of the book. Space is limited.
  • LetHistoryLive.net presents “The Real History of Thanksgiving” on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:15 p.m. Space is limited. To register, call the library or email romeo@ lyndhurst.bccls.org.

Registration is required for all of these events. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478.

New Jersey Meadowlands Commission announces the following programs:

  • The Beauty of Gray: Charcoal Still Life with Shells and Skulls, a sketching and drawing class for ages 12 and up (including adults), is offered Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Science Center, 2 Dekorte Park Plaza. Takehome supplies are provided. Cost is $20; $15 for MEC members. Registration is recommended. To register, go to http://mec.rst2.edu/ environment. For more information, call 201-460- 8300.
  • Free First-Sunday-ofthe- Month Bird Walk, held in conjunction with the Bergen County Audubon Society, runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Harrier Meadow, on Disposal Road near Schuyler Ave., North Arlington. Check meadowblog.net for lastminute updates. Walkers are asked to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS or call 201- 230-4983.
  • Art of the Heavens, a program open to all ages on how humans created art as inspiration from the cosmos, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 1 DeKorte Park Plaza. Cost is $5; $4 for MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go to http://mec.rst2.edu/environment. For more 201-460- 8300.

North Arlington 

American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37 meets on Monday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. at the VFW hall, 222 River Road. For more information, call 201-214-8253.

North Arlington Recreation Department’s Halloween costume parade and Trunk or Treat celebration is set for Oct. 30. Participants will assemble in the Boston Market parking lot at Ridge Road and Bergen Ave. at 6 p.m. The parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will end behind North Arlington High School, where the Trunk or Treat celebration will be held.

Donations of candy or snacks are welcome. Parents are asked to bring canned food that the Recreation Department is collecting for the local food pantry.

For more information, call Recreation Director Michele Stirone at 201-852- 0119.

Nutley 

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

Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. To register, call 973- 667-0405:

  • The Monday Night Book Club welcomes author Lisa Gornick to discuss her book “Tinderbox” on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Copies of the book and discussion guide are available at the library. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Conversational ESL takes place every Wednesday at 10 a.m. No registration is required.
  • Wednesday Afternoon Knitters share their love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters every week at 1 p.m. Bring your own supplies.
  • P.J. Story Time, open to all ages, offers songs, stories and a craft, on Mondays, Nov. 3, 10 and 7, at 7 p.m. • Preschool Story Time, open to ages 3 to 5, includes picture books and arts and crafts on Wednesdays, Nov. 5, 12, 19, at 9:30 a.m. aand 10:45 a.m. Registration is required.
  • Two-Year-old Story Time, open to ages 24 to 35 months, offers picture books and arts and crafts on Fridays, Nov. 7, 14, 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required.
  • First Friday Films continue with a screening of “Godzilla” Friday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.
  • A Drop-in Craft Saturday, open to all ages, takes place Nov. 8 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No registration is required. Offered while supplies last.
  • Author Janet Mueller reads and signs copies of her book “Gradie Girl” on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. Create a cat craft and enjoy refreshments.

Chiropractic treatment of auto injuries

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Injuries to the neck and back as a result of a motor vehicle accident can leave patients with serious and permanent injuries when left untreated. The most common types of car accidents are rearend and side impact collisions. The greatest types of injury are to the neck, mid-back and lower back. Pain medications and muscle relaxers are only just temporary solutions to reducing pain and discomfort and do not treat the structural trauma and stress placed on the spine, muscles, nerves and joints. Although initially helpful, these medications eventually lose their effectiveness and the patient realizes that their injuries are more serious than a gentle bruise or muscle sprain/strain. Chiropractic physicians are highly trained specialists experienced in diagnosing and treating traumatic injuries to the spine, muscles, nerves and joints.

When the neck and back are subjected to a traumatic injury, there are usually a combination of factors that contribute to intense pain and discomfort. The doctor of chiropractic treats the body without medication using a “holistic” and natural healing approach. Chiropractic physicians treat neck and back pain, headaches, arm, shoulder and leg pain along with numbness and tingling caused by auto accidents in a gentle and painfree manner. Left untreated, these types of symptoms can lead to permanent injuries and chronic nerve and muscle inflammation causing severe pain and suffering.

The force of an auto accident can also cause injury to the discs between the vertebrae where small tears can develop. If the gelatinous middle of the disc seeps out, it can irritate the nerve endings in this area. Occasionally, the gel material can seep all the way out and press on a nerve root exiting the spinal cord behind the disc known as a disc herniation. A disc bulge, although not as serious, can also cause pressure and irritation to the nerves. A herniated disc can cause pain in the neck as well as sharp, shooting pain down the arm into the hands and neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. A herniated disc in the lower back can cause back pain as well as sharp, severe shooting pain into the buttocks and legs with neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling and muscle weakness into the legs and feet.

One area chiropractor who treats people involved in a motor vehicle accident is Dr. Louis Stimmel, D.C. at Harrison Spine & Rehabilitation Center for a free consultation and evaluation. Stimmel is board certified with over 25 years of clinical practice experience. Stimmel has been board certified as a chiropractic sports physician and in hospital protocols and privileges. He has frequently lectured to orthopedic surgeons and medical physicians on the benefits of chiropractic care. Stimmel says he is highly trained and experienced in treating injuries caused by an auto accident utilizing a variety of safe, gentle and painfree techniques along with the latest physical therapies to relieve your pain and discomfort. Contact our office today at 973-483-3380 for your free consult and evaluation.

– Louis Stimmel, D.C. 

Harrison Spine & Rehabilitation Center