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Chiropractic treatment of Sciatica


Sciatica is a term used to describe symptoms associated with the sciatic nerve as a result of nerve root compression, irritation and/or inflammation. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest in the body running from the base of the spine down into the buttock region and down through both legs. When this nerve becomes pinched, inflamed or compressed, patients can experience a range of debilitating symptoms and pain that vary in intensity and frequency and can last for just a few days to several weeks depending upon the surrounding circumstances.

Sciatica generally occurs on one side of the body but can occasionally affect both sides in the lower extremities. Familiar symptoms may include radiating pain into the feet and legs, burning pain down the buttock and leg, muscle cramping and weakness in the back of the thighs and numbness and tingling along the side or back of the leg and into the feet.

Various disorders can cause sciatic nerve pain including misalignments of the lumbar spinal bones, herniated or bulging discs, slip and fall injuries, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet. Another common cause of sciatica is piriformis syndrome wherein injuries or muscle sprains/strains cause the piriformis muscle to cramp and spasm that causes inflammation and pain.

Chiropractic physicians are one of the primary choices in diagnosing and treating sciatica. In addition to a thorough examination, diagnostic testing such as x-rays, MRI, CT Scan and nerve conduction studies are commonly used to identify the cause of the problem. Chiropractic physicians are highly trained and skilled in treating sciatica using a non-invasive, non-surgical and drug-free approach. Treatment is typically pain-free and usually lasts an average of several weeks in order to reduce inflammation and swelling, muscle spasms, nerve impingement and spinal misalignments. Spinal adjustments used have been proven to be safe, effective and comfortable. Sciatica can also be caused by other disorders beyond the scope of chiropractic practice. If the doctor of chiropractic determines the patient’s disorder requires treatment by another type of doctor, then the patient is referred to another specialty. In some cases, the referring chiropractor may continue to treat the patient and co-manage the patient’s care with the other specialist.

Dr. Louis Stimmel, D.C., of Harrison Spine & Rehabilitation Center, is board certified with over 25 years of clinical practice experience. Stimmel has been board certified as a chiropractic sports physician and is certified in hospital protocols and privileges. He has frequently lectured to orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and medical physicians on the benefits of chiropractic care. Stimmel is highly trained and experienced in treating conditions such as sciatica utilizing a variety of safe, gentle and pain-free techniques along with the latest physical therapies to relieve pain and discomfort. Unique to his office, Stimmel utilizes a revolutionary rehabilitation treatment called cold laser to enhance the treatment of sciatica in a rapid and pain-free approach. Contact his office today at 973-483-3380 for a free consult and evaluation.

– Louis Stimmel, D.C. Harrison Spine & Rehab 

(Updated 11/15 @ 11 p.m.) Nutley police need public’s help finding van that left scene of fatal hit and run



On Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11:40 a.m., Nutley police responded to a call of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Centre Street and Ravine Avenue.

The woman was crossing the street and was struck, she sustained serious injuries and later died, reports said.

The vehicle fled the scene and is described as an older model Ford Econoline van, possibly blue or black, police said.

Police are actively trying to identify the vehicle.

Chief Thomas Strumolo says a witness at the scene told police the van took off traveling west on Centre Street and made a right turn on to Franklin Avenue. Anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Nutley Police Department immediately at 973-284-4940.

Marching in March


By Karen Zautyk 

Observer Correspondent 


The Nutley Irish American Association last week introduced to the public the dignitaries who will lead its 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Those among you not of Celtic blood are likely thinking, “Already? But the parade isn’t until March.”

What you should know is that planning for the annual celebration usually begins about five minutes after the previous parade ends. And it’s already more than halfway to St. Patrick’s Day! Selection of the dignitaries is in no way premature.

Leading the line of march will be Grand Marshal Charles E. O’Mara. Deputy Grand Marshal is Ann E. Morris. The organization’s Member of the Year is Joe Milbauer, and the 2015 Parade Queen is Diandra Kelly.

In 2015, for the first time, the Nutley Irish will also begin honoring members of the local uniformed services. The inaugural choice is Lt. John E. Redstone, as Firefighter of the Year.

Grand Marshal O’Mara is a third-generation Irish American whose maternal great-grandparents emigrated from County Wicklow in 1888. His paternal great-grandparents also came a long way, from Tipperary.

O’Mara notes that he also “hails from a long line of Teamsters.” A member of the union since 1976, when he worked for the Wakefern Food Corp., he has served as business agent/delegate for Teamsters Local 863 for the last 10 years.

O’Mara and his wife, Eileen (nee Maher), and their children Charles, Carly and Casey live in Nutley, in the same house where he grew up, the one his parents purchased when they moved to the town in 1963.

Deputy Grand Marshal Morris, who retains a lovely Irish lilt in her voice, came to the United States — and Belleville — in 1961 and is very active in the community. Asked to list her affiliations, she started to name them: “The Belleville Irish, the Nutley Irish, the Giblin Association, the . . . oh, anything Irish!”

She’s originally from Kells in County Meath, the town from which the exquisite medieval illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, takes its name. With Morris’ selection as the parade honoree, Kells can now boast that it was home to two treasures.

Milbauer is a resident of New Providence but is also part of the Nutley business community. He is president of J. Milbauer Solutions LLC, an insurance agency with offices on Franklin Ave.

A member of the Nutley Irish for seven years, he has been a club trustee for the last three and is the 2015 post-parade chairman, which means he will be organizing the extremely popular after party.

Kelly was born and raised in Nutley as one of six siblings — five girls, one boy. She graduated from Mount St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell and received her degree in 2012 from Georgia Tech. She is now a consultant with Deloitte & Touche.

Kelly told The Observer: “I’m honored, and humbled, to have been chosen [as Parade Queen], because my grandfather [John V. Kelly] was one of the founders of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” That was back in 1979, and the Nutley Irish have been the organizers ever since.

Redstone moved to Nutley in 1994 and joined the Volunteer Fire Department the following year. He served as a volunteer for eight years and in 2002 was hired as a paid member of the NFD.

Recently promoted to lieutenant, he is the department’s chief fire inspector and housing inspector.

By the way, he also plays the bagpipes. He’s a member of the Essex County Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, a band comprising police officers and firefighters.

And before you ask (everyone does), he’s 6-foot-10.

 (Editor›s note: The Nutley Irish meet on the third Thursday of the month at 8 p.m. at the VFW on Washington Ave. New members are always welcome. For more information, visit www.nutleyirish.com

Massa out; Fife stays in


By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 

One mayor was displaced and an acting mayor became permanent following municipal elections held in The Observer coverage area last Tuesday.

In North Arlington, Republican Councilman Joseph Bianchi, a Republican, defeated Democratic Mayor Peter Massa, who was seeking his third four-year term as the borough’s chief executive by a vote of 2,211 to 1,737, including absentees. Provisional votes were unavailable at press time.

And in Harrison, Democrat James Fife, who was appointed acting mayor following the death of Mayor Raymond Mc- Donough in February, fought off a challenge from Republican Erik Brachman by a more than 2-1 margin, with Fife collecting 1,388 machine votes to Brachman’s 600.

Fife, who was nursing a bad cold last week was unavailable for comment, but Brachman, who said he spent “about $30,000” on his campaign – versus the approximately $20,000 reportedly spent by the Fife team – said that he planned to remain active politically and was considering a run for the Second Ward council seat now occupied by Victor Villalta next year.

Brachman’s pitch had been “to integrate redevelopment with the rest of Harrison on the other side of [Rt.] 280. Those residents think they’re being ignored.” And while he was “certainly disappointed” in the election results, Brachman asserted that “the numbers at the polls don’t indicate the true undertone of the people of Harrison.”

Fife’s Democratic Town Council running mates, incumbents Jesus Huaranga (256 votes), Laurence Bennett (432) and James Doran (372) in the First, Third and Fourth Wards, respectively, were unopposed; Second Ward incumbent Anselmo Millan outpaced independent Ramon Rodriguez, 373 to 101.

In North Arlington, Bianchi’s Borough Council running mates, Daniel Pronti and Kerry Cruz, also won, ousting Democratic incumbents Mark Yampaglia and Daniel Castro. Pronti polled 2,169 votes and Cruz had 2,132; Yampaglia, 1,742; and Castro, 1,657.

As of Jan. 1, 2015, when the winners get sworn into office, the GOP will boast a 4-2 majority, including the mayor. At that point, the council seat current filled by Bianchi – who was re-elected to a third term last year – will become vacant and the Republicans will have 30 days to recommend a temporary placeholder for the seat. Then, in November, there will be a special election to fill the unexpired term.

Spending by the opposing campaigns was fairly even, judging by reports filed with the N.J. Election Law Enforcement Commission: the Committee to Elect Massa, Castro & Yampaglia garnered $27,195 while the Committee to Elect Bianchi, Pronti & Cruz netted $25,635.

Bianchi told The Observer he was “kind of shocked by the amount of votes I won by. I thought it would be closer. I never dreamed I’d get this many but I think the results show that people want change.”

“As mayor in the next four years, I want to try to turn things around in North Arlington and start getting redevelopment,” Bianchi said, “because if we don’t start moving forward, [property] taxes are going to slowly but surely keep going up and up.”

“On the Kearny side of the meadows, they’re building warehousing and industry and on the Lyndhurst side, they’re putting up townhouses and condominiums,” Bianchi said. “We have nothing in North Arlington.”

Starting in January, Bianchi said he would revive the concept for a North Arlington Redevelopment Board. “We had it years ago but it was dismantled around 2003 when the mayor and council became the redevelopment entity.”

But that’s the wrong approach, he said, because “the mayor and council have enough to do to run the town. You need business people from the town, regular people, former councilmen, real estate people [to serve on a redevelopment board] and that’s their sole job. They would arrange meetings with the [New Jersey] Meadowlands Commission, builders, to reach out to entrepreneurs,” possibly to encourage construction of “solar farms or windmills” on the landfills.

As for the 2014 municipal budget, which has yet to be adopted, Bianchi said he anticipated that the state Department of Community Affairs would shortly appoint a monitor to draft a spending plan that, so far, has eluded feuding Democrats and Republicans.

After the election, Massa posted a statement on the NAToday. net web congratulating his opponent and his running mates. “I have served with Joe for many years and I believe he will do the best he can to make North Arlington a better place for all residents. The campaign is over and now is the time to rally around Joe so that governance comes first.”

Massa thanked his family, running mates, the Democratic Party, borough employees and volunteers for their support over the years.

Longtime retailer bids adieu


By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 


One of Kearny’s few remaining longstanding retailers is closing.

Mace Bros. Fine Furniture, whose showroom has occupied the southeast corner of Oakwood and Kearny Aves. for 62 years, plans to discontinue all sales by year’s end, store owner Diane Miller said last week.

However, Miller added, “We’ll be here for another year” to be available to customers who’ve made purchases with one-year warranties to take care of any issues that may arise in connection with the items they’ve bought.

That’s the kind of service patrons have come to expect from Mace over the years and that’s certainly one of the reasons those patrons or members of their families – even those who’ve moved out of town – have kept returning to shop for that exquisite sofa or dining set.

“In all these years, we’ve never advertised,” Miller noted. “I’d say 85% of our sales resulted from word-of-mouth business.”

So why call it quits? “It’s time,” Miller said. “I’m here 43 years – when my aunt Ruth [O’Connor] retired, I came over.” Miller’s daughter Michele also works at the store. And so does her mother, Lillian Mace, who, with her husband Rich, opened the store in 1952 – with a moving business on the side, run by Rich’s brother Vince – so it’s always been a family-run enterprise.

But a combination of high overhead at the company’s two warehouse properties on the west side of town and local real estate taxes have taken their toll, Miller said.

“We’ve been trying to sell our warehouses for the past four or five years and we’ve had prospective buyers – one was a ceramics company and another repaired motors – but the town has another concept for that redevelopment area,” Miller said. “They’re making houses the preferred use.”

“Small businesses are having a tough time today,” she continued. “And Kearny was built on small businesses but a lot of them are barely making it. There’s got to be a way to help them. We love our governor and he’s trying to do his best but we all have to work to make it better.”

Mace Bros. has sought to buy “mostly American-made” merchandise, Miller said, but the industry has changed in recent years, with a lot of the old North Carolina-based furniture manufacturers having been supplanted by Asian and Canadian markets.

The company, Miller said, is still trying to market its warehouse buildings – a 22,000 square foot facility at Passaic and Johnston Aves. and a 16,000 square foot facility at Lincoln Ave. and Belgrove Drive, while plans for the three and a half-story main showroom on Kearny Ave. are unsettled for the time being.

Of late, she said, the store has been operating with between 20 and 25 employees, including retail sales, billing and bookkeeping, and trucking.

Over time, the store has made a conscious effort “to try to get people from the area” as its work force and, as Lillian pointed out, a good portion of the store’s personnel have stayed a long time.

Mother and daughter both extended thanks “to the people of Kearny” for their loyalty to the store. “And the members of the Police Department and Fire Department have been exceptional,” Miller added.

Lillian, who came to Kearny as a child, remembers when her father, “Pop” Mace, ran a moving business that specialized in relocating folks to New York City and “turned two trucks over to Rich and Vince.”

After her graduation from the Traphagen School of Design in New York, where she studied art, she got a job at the old Western Electric plant in Kearny where she handled payroll and cost accounting duties. “I was always good in math,” she said. “And I’m a good painter.”

A bit later, she brought her layout and business skills to the Mace Bros. furniture showroom and she’s been at it ever since, although now it’s slowed a bit to weekly visits to the store.

“We’ve had a lot of fun here with our customers and employees,” she said.

Water rates going up again

By Ron Leir 

Observer Correspondent 


To plug a deficit in its water utility account, the Town of Kearny proposes to hike water rates for local homes and businesses, starting Dec. 1.

The municipal governing body voted Oct. 19 to introduce an ordinance that would boost those rates, by 8% for residential users to 12% for local industries.

And, barring any major objections, the mayor and Town Council are expected to adopt the new rates at a public hearing slated for Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

For an “average” single-family homeowner who pays about $50 every three months, that water bill figures to go to $54 per quarter, according to Mayor Alberto Santos. That would translate to $16 more per year.

Santos said the fiscal monitor the state assigned to Kearny as a condition for awarding the town $2.5 million in transitional aid for 2014 recommended pushing up the rates as a mechanism for the water utility to balance expenses with revenues.

Reinforcing the monitor’s proposal is a recommendation contained in the town’s 2013 audit – prepared by accountant Steven Wielkotz of the firm Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva – to “take the necessary steps to ensure the water utility operating fund is self-liquidating and to fund the current year’s operating deficit.”

Given the recurring deficits in recent years, the town has been compelled to make up the gap with money from its municipal budget.

Data provided by town CFO Shuaib Firozvi shows that for the past five years, including 2014, the water utility will have been subsidized by the town. In 2011, the utility ended up $463,000 in the red and this year, it will show an imbalance of more than $900,000, he said.

The largest chunk of the utility’s expenses is the town’s contractual obligation to its water provider, the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission, of which Kearny is a member, along with 11 other municipalities and United Water of N.J.

In return for receiving 13 million gallons a day of water from the Wanaque Reservoir, Kearny is paying the NJDWSC an annual fee of $3,763,000. For 2013, the fee was $3,765,000 and for 2012, it was $3,821,000.

However, according to Santos, Kearny only consumes about half the amount of water it gets from the NJDWSC so when the utility sends out its water bills (under a contract with United Water), it invariably lags in revenues for lack of sufficient customers.

Part of the problem, Santos said, is that the town has to deal with an “historical legacy of many local industries that relied on an intensive use of water.” But with a number of those old plants no longer around, Kearny has struggled to find replacement water customers.

For a while, the utility was selling part of its water “surplus” to Nutley and Cedar Grove but when they discontinued using the water a few years ago, that alone accounted for a $500,000 loss of revenue, Firozvi said.

“We were in negotiations with Montclair as a potential water customer,” Firozvi said, “but that never materialized.”

The utility also has to meet other expenses, such as payroll for an engineer and a small staff, billing and collection services, water quality testing and maintenance of water lines. In recent years, the town has undertaken emergency repairs of leaks and breaks in lines and expensive upgrading of aging water mains.

Santos said the town is looking to find a way to renegotiate its contract with the NJDWSC to achieve some type of cost savings and is continuing to explore opportunities to snag other outside water customers.

The town last raised water rates in 2012.

Santos said the utility should receive new revenues from new residential and commercial developments now under way “but that’s still a couple of years away.”

For the record, here’s what the ordinance stipulates what the town proposes to charge residential, commercial and manufacturing water users:

“A rate of $2.43 per 100 cubic feet for use not exceeding 18,000 cubic feet.

A rate of $3.14 per 100 cubic feet for use in excess of 18,000 cubic [feet], but not exceeding 75,000 cubic feet. A rate of $3.64 per 100 cubic feet for use in excess of 75,000 cubic feet.

The minimum quarterly charge shall be $20.

Hydrant or standpipe use shall be charged $78.75 per use.”

Hsieh is Harrison’s top realtor


Rosa Agency Inc. announces that Aina Lin Hsieh has passed $10.5 million sales volume mark for 2014. According to New Jersey Multiple Listing Service, from Jan. 1 to Nov. 8, Hsieh is the No. 1 leasing agent, with 22 transactions, and the No. 1 listing/ selling realtor with over $3.8 million in volume and 11 transactions in Harrison.

“Aina Lin Hsieh is one of the most dedicated and successful realtors in the area,” said Augusto Neno Jr., broker/owner of Neno-Rosa Agency.

Neno credits Hsieh’s loyalty to her customers, market knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile as what sets her apart from the competition.

“Aina is always on the go; she works very well with other realtors and she has an impeccable record. It is an absolute pleasure to have Aina as part of our family for the past 25 years. In fact her son, Brian Hsieh, joined our firm this year. He is doing a great job learning the business and we are pleased to have two generations working side-by- side,” said Neno.

Hsieh has been awarded Salesperson of the Year at Neno-Rosa Agency 10 times since starting her real estate career in 1989. She has won the NJAR Circle of Excellence an incredible 20 times, while being one of the few realtors who won the Silver Award five times. In 2013, Hsieh received the Realtor Spirit Award from Meadowlands Board of Realtors in recognition of services to the community.

Hsieh specializes in sales of residential and commercial properties and rentals in Harrison, Kearny, North Arlington and Lyndhurst. You can preview all her listings at www.AinaLin.com or contact her directly at 201-889-2085.

For information on the Rosa Agency, call 201-997- 7860 or visit www.RosaAgencyHomes.com, Facebook.

around town


Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., continues its Pajama Story Time program Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. This program is open to all ages and no registration is required.

For more information, call the library at 973-450-3434 or visit www.bellepl.org or belleplcr.blogspot.com.

Belleville High School hosts a “Masquerade Senior Fashion Show” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s Connie Francis Theatre as a fundraiser for Project Graduation. The show features senior class students. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance from students. All funds generated will be donated to the senior class to attend Project Graduation, a drug- and alcohol-free school trip held after the graduation ceremony.

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., holds its monthly breakfast Sunday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children under age 10; and free for children under age 3.

Silver Lake Baptist Church, 166 Franklin St., celebrates 100 years of ministry with a special service on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. with refreshments to follow. For additional information, contact areyousure@aol. com or call the Rev. Vincent Milano at 732-947-7766.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces the following programs:

  • Free yoga class is held Nov. 24 at 6 p.m.
  • Financial Book Club meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
  • A Knitting Club meets Fridays at 11 a.m.
  • Book Club meets Monday, Dec. 1, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., to discuss “Time and Again” by Jack Finney.

For more information, call the library at 973-566-6200 or visit http://www.bplnj.org/. For help in locating a copy of the book club selection, call the library and dial ext. 502 for the reference desk.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., offers these programs:

  • The Great American Songbook, songs from Broadway and movies, is slated for Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15.
  • Tea with Mrs. Claus, open to ages 2 to 8, is set for Saturday, Dec. 13, with two seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event features arts and crafts plus a picture with Mrs. Claus. Seating is limited. Tickets are $12 for adults and $15 for children. Payment must be received within five days of reservation. There will be no refunds on paid reservations.

For tickets, reservations or more information on these programs, call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.


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.

A motorcycle run/toy drive for St. Claire’s Homes for Children kicks off at the Elks Lodge, 601 Elm St., Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a $20 registration fee and a new, unwrapped toy. No stuffed animals please. The lodge hosts an after-run party for riders.

Those who don’t wish to participate in the run can still drop off donations at the lodge or at Arlington Lawn Mower, 483 Schuyler Ave., on Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Paul at 201-991-1076 or 201-726-2315. Visit www.aidsresource.org.

The Elks Lodge also conducts its Hoop Shoot, open to ages 8 to 13, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Presbyterian Boys/ Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave. Participants must bring their birth certificate. For more information, call Tom Fraser, executive director of the PBGC at 201-991-6734 or Ron Pickel at 201-463-8447.

First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., hosts a Geek Flea Market Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 40 vendors will be selling comics, collectibles, art and more for all ages. Admission is free.

The Kearny Public Library presents a book signing and sing-a-long led by local author Cynthia Dreeman Meyer at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m.

Meyer shows what goes on the night before Christmas in her book, “Merry Stirring Mice.”

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so guests should arrive early. Call the library at 201-998- 2666 or check out our website www.kearnylibrary.org for more program information.

The Woman’s Club of Arlington meets Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., at the Girl Scout House, 635 Kearny Ave. There will be a baby shower to benefit the Salvation Army. Participants are asked to bring unwrapped gifts suitable for infants or toddlers.


N.J. Meadowlands Commission offers the following programs:

  • Third-Tuesday-of-the- Month Nature Walks continue on Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. The walk is run in conjunction with the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather 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.
  • All About Turkeys, open to all ages, serves up facts and history about the star of Thanksgiving dinner Saturday, Nov. 22, 1 to 2 p.m., at the Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza. This program includes a scavenger hunt for kids (with prizes) and a cranberry sauce demonstration and take home recipe. Admission is $5; $4/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go to http://mec.rst2.edu/environment. For more information, call 201-460-8300.

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

  • Cornucopia Mobile Craft, open to grades 1 to 4, is offered on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Turkey Headband Craft, for pre-k to grade 3, is set for Monday, Nov. 17, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • A screening of “It’s Thanksgiving Charlie Brown,” open to pre-k to grade 4, is slated for Monday, Nov. 24, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required.

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

  • The library now offers free drop-in citizenship classes on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Classes will be held in the ESL Room on the 3rd floor. For more information, contact Michele Kelly at 804-2478, ext. 5.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, holds these programs:

  • A flu shot clinic is set for Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with free shots available to township residents ages 18 and older. Medicare recipients must bring their card. Wear clothes with loose-fitting sleeves. No appointments are needed.
  • A blood screening is slated for Friday, Dec. 6, at the Community Center on Riverside Ave. Appointments begin at 8 a.m. This service is available to Lyndhurst residents over age 18 for a $20 fee. Preregistration is required and appointments can be made by calling 201-804-2500. Payments can be submitted in cash or checks may be made payable to Medical Laboratory Diagnostics.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts karaoke on Friday, Nov. 21, starting at 7:30 p.m. The post hall is available to rent for all occasions. For more information call 201-939- 2080.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a holiday celebration on Friday, Dec. 12. Bingo starts at 10:30 a.m., lunch is served at noon and dancing begins at 1:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 201-998- 5636.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, announces:

  • Historical Fact and Fiction Book Club meets Thursday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Friends of the Library Book Club meets Friday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.
  • Woman’s Club Craft, open to grades K to 5, begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
  • Comics Club, open to grades 6 and up, meets on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tween Book Club, open to grades 5 to 7, meets on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Story Time, open to grades 4 to 7, commences at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.
  • Lego Club, open to grades 1 and up, meets Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

North Arlington Emblems Lodge 1992, 129-131 Ridge Road, presents Comedy Club Night on Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit Elks charities. The show features Moody McCarthy and Dan Shaki. McCarthy has made numerous TV appearances, including “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Shaki was featured on XM radio’s “New Rascal’s Comedy Hour” and was runner-up in Caroline’s World Series Tournament.

North Arlington Woman’s Club sponsors a trip on Dec. 6 to the Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa. The bus leaves from Borough Hall at 9 a.m. Cost is $30 with $20 slot return and $5 food voucher. For information, call 201-889-2553.


The Nutley Health Department, in partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center and the Montclair Health Department, will present a free Diabetes Expo on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr. Free blood glucose and vision screenings will be available. For additional information, call 973-284-4976.

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

(Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. Call the library at 973-667-0405.)

  • Manga/Anime Teen  Club, open to grades 7 to 12, meets Friday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m.
  • An Evening at the  Library, celebrating the library’s centennial, kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Enjoy champagne, gourmet foods, and entertainment. Tickets are $100 per person. Call 973-667-0405 for more information.
  • Babygarten, open to ages  23 months and under, offers books, nursery rhymes and playtime, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required. Must be a Nutley resident.
  • Cook-With-a-Book Reading Club, open to grades 4 to 6, meets on Friday, Nov. 21, at 3:30 p.m. The group discusses a book and cooks up something fun to eat.

Registration is required.

Voters: ‘Yes’ to KHS move

A school-related nonbinding public question took the spotlight last Tuesday in East Newark’s voting booths where residents were asked whether they’d prefer to send their children to Kearny High School instead of Harrison High School, where East Newark kids have gone for more than a century.

And the answer was overwhelmingly, “Yes.” A total of 157 residents (machine and absentees) preferred the Kearny High scenario while 52 wanted to stay with the existing arrangement.

The borough Board of Education is expected now to take the next step: forwarding a legal consultant’s feasibility study in support of the shift to the state Commissioner of Education for final review. East Newark Mayor Joseph Smith has pushed for the change for economic reasons, saying that higher tuition fees assessed by the Harrison school board are driving borough school taxes upwards.

East Newark’s municipal election was a quiet affair – in contrast to the bitterlyfought primary contest – with incumbent Borough Council members Hans Peter Lucas and Jeanne Zincavage reelected to 3-year terms and Kenneth Sheehan, who was appointed to the seat formerly held by Edward Serafin, who resigned, was elected to complete the balance of Serafin’s unexpired term.

Elsewhere, four members of the Kearny Town Council running on the Democratic slate were all voted into office in last Tuesday’s general election. They faced no opposition.

Incumbents Albino Cardoso, Eileen Eckel and Susan McCurrie retained their seats in the First, Third and Fourth Wards, respectively, while newcomer Jonathan Giordano took over for incumbent Laura Cifelli Pettigrew, who opted not to seek re-election.

All four candidates are aligned with Mayor Alberto Santos and the Kearny Regular Democratic Organization.

There was a bit more excitement in the Kearny Board of Education contest, which featured five candidates battling for three seats.

The victors were: newcomers James L. Hill, who led the way with 1,184 votes, and Mercedes Davidson, 1,126; and incumbent Sebastian Viscuso, 1,107. All three were running as a team. Incumbent John Plaugic Jr. polled 941 votes and challenger Oscar Omar Fernandez got 604. Incumbent John Leadbeater didn’t run.

In Belleville, a two-member “team” held sway in the Board of Education race as Patricia Dolan and Ralph Vellon – who were backed by the Voice of Teachers in Education, a political action committee for Belleville teachers – topped a field of five for the two seats available.

The vote, with absentees included, was as follows: Dolan, 2,067; Vellon, 1,759; Christine Lamparello, 1,345; Gabrielle Bennett, 741; and Erika Jacho, 295. Incumbent William Freda didn’t seek re-election and incumbent Joseph Longo resigned after he was elected to the Township Commission.

In Lyndhurst, three candidates running as the “Kids First for Lyndhurst team” won seats on the Board of Education, in the process knocking out two incumbents. James Vuono (1,899 votes, including absentees), Beverly Alberti (1,877) and board president Christopher Musto (1,449) outpaced incumbents Stephen Vendola (1,381) and Josephine Malaniak (1,084) and challenger Jeremy Guenter (443).

And in Nutley, incumbents Lisa Danchak-Martin, Salvatore Ferraro and Frederick Scalera were returned to their seats on the Board of Education with no opposition.

– Ron Leir 

Wellness events at Lyndhurst ShopRite

Throughout November (Diabetes Awareness Month), ShopRite of Lyndhurst, an Inserra Supermarkets store, will host a full roster of health and wellness programs, led by Julie Harrington, in-store registered dietitian.

All programs are free and open to the public and will be held at the store at 540 New York Ave. Unless otherwise noted, advance registration is not required.

• The Weekly Walking Club  continues on Thursdays, Nov. 13 and 20. This one-mile trek through the store begins at Dietitian’s Corner at 8 a.m. Membership cards and prizes are awarded to all participants.

• The CarePoint Health van  will offer free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings Thursday, Nov. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. No appointment necessary.

• On Diabetes Health Day,  Sunday, Nov. 16, free glucose testing and vascular screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment necessary. A Healthy Thanksgiving Cooking Class — explaining how to prep the turkey and stay guilt-free throughout the holiday season — is set for Thursday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m.

• LiveRight with ShopRite  Kids’ Day Cooking Class, for ages 6 and up, teaches youngsters how to prepare a simple, healthy snack. It will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

• Stop by Dietitian’s Corner  all day Wednesday, Nov. 26, for last-minute tips on staying healthy through the holiday season.

ShopRite’s dietitians can serve as guest speakers/instructors at wellness events hosted by local organizations.

For more information or to pre-register for a program, contact Harrington at 201- 419-9154 or email Julie.harrington@  wakefern.com.