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Logged on the Nutley police blotter

Aug. 2 

At 3:29 a.m., police responded to a call of a motor vehicle crash on Franklin Ave. near Vreeland Ave. Upon arrival, officers saw a tree and other items lying in the road along with a vehicle on its side on Franklin. The driver, Geraldo Vaccalluzzo of Nutley, was charged with DWI and careless driving and was released to a family member.

At 6:54 p.m., police were sent to Monsignor Owens Place on a report of a motor vehicle theft. The victim told police that his white Buick was stolen while it was parked on the south side of the block, sometime between 9 p.m. Aug. 1 and 6:54 p.m. Aug. 2. Police said they observed broken glass next to the curb where the vehicle was last seen.

Aug. 4 

Nicholas Stefanelli of Clifton was stopped for a motor vehicle check in front of 100 Franklin Ave., at 4:18 p.m., when police learned that Stefanelli was wanted on a warrant from Montville. Police turned Stefanelli over to Montville PD for processing.

Aug. 5 

At 12:19 a.m., polilce were called to Yanticaw Park on a report of an assault. At the scene, officers said they located a Bloomfield man with facial and head injuries. The man told officers he was assaulted by five Latinos. He was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, for treatment. Police referred the matter to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department for investigation since the incident happened in a county park.

Police arrested Andrea Delvecchio of Newark while she was walking on Prospect St., at about 1 a.m., after learning that she was wanted on a warrant from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. She was taken to Essex County Jail pending a court date.

At 2:13 p.m., a Wilmington Drive resident reported getting a call on his cellular phone from someone stating that his father was being held at gunpoint and that he needed to send $460 via Western Union to Rochester, N.Y., to get his father freed. The resident told police that he sent the money before realizing he was being scammed. Police said someone picked up the money in Rochester, N.Y., before the transaction could be canceled.

Aug. 6 

At about 12:40 a.m., police said they observed Daniel Cloban of Nutley banging on street signs on Chestnut St. and, after being approached by an officer, Cloban ran into Memorial Park and continued to bang on objects along the way. Police said they finally caught up with Cloban in the park and issued him summonses charging him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released pending a court appearance.

During the night, police responded to six separate calls reporting criminal mischief involving slashing of vehicles’ tires. Police said four of the incidents took place on Alexander Ave., one occurred on Coeyman Ave. and the other on Overlook Terrace. Detectives are investigating.

Aug. 7 

A River Road resident reported that someone had scratched her vehicle on the hood, truck, lights and both doors sometime between 1 and 10 a.m.

A Warren St. resident reported that someone bent the antenna on his vehicle during the night.

 – Ron Leir 

Police probing attack at local night club

LYNDHURST – 

Police reported a stabbing incident at the Rivas Blue night club, 525 Riverside Ave., Lyndhurst, early Monday.

The victim, identified only as a 21-year-old man from South Orange, was listed in stable condition at University of Medicine & Dentistry Hospital, Newark.

Det. Capt. John Valente of Lyndhurst said police were called to the scene, inside the Kings Court Fitness Center, at 1:55 a.m., on a report of a fight with injuries in the parking lot.

Upon arrival, officers found a large pool of blood in the parking lot but no one there, Valente said. Inside, however, on the second floor, officers found a man lying on the ground with puncture wounds to his chest and side, he said.

Valente said that detectives surmised that the victim was involved in a fight in the parking lot and, after being wounded, that he rushed back inside to get assistance. Valente said that a special event of some kind was being held at the club that drew a big crowd, possibly several hundred people.

As of Monday, detectives were reviewing surveillance footage from the club in hopes of picking up additional information as to what happened.

Police had no suspect as of Monday, Valente said.

– Ron Leir

SMMC urges cataract awareness

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St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, advises community members to take control of their eye health and know the signs and symptoms of cataracts during Cataract Awareness Month in August.

Cataracts affect more than half of Americans age 65 and older. The leading cause of blindness in the world, cataracts cloud the lens of the eye, resulting in vision impairment.

“Cataracts are most often caused by our normal aging process,” said Dr. Matthew Marano, chief of ophthalmology, SMMC. “Other contributing factors may include too much exposure to sunlight, trauma, certain medications, or genetics.”

A cataract may not impair vision noticeably at first, but as it continues to grow, it can impact vision in any of the following ways:

• Fading or dimness of colors

• Cloudy or blurry vision

• Difficulty reading small  print

• Difficulty seeing while driving— especially at night

• Seeing halos or auras around  lights

• Frequent changes in eyeglass  prescriptions.

“Cataracts tend to develop slowly, but will start to interfere with one’s vision over time,” Marano said. “Patients often describe their vision as looking through a fogged-up window. This impaired sight can become frustrating, as it begins to affect people’s daily activities, in which case surgery is needed.”

Since the only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery, those with cataracts usually wait to seek treatment when their daily activities become limited, affecting their quality of life. “Each  case is different,” said Marano. “It is important that each individual speaks with his or her eye doctor to weigh the benefits and risks of cataract surgery and determine if and when to intervene.”

At SMMC, Board-certified eye-care physicians and surgeons treat patients with cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and other conditions. For more information about ophthalmology services at SMMC or to schedule an appointment, call 973-877-5000.

September meeting on backups

NORTH ARLINGTON – 

The borough has completed a jet cleaning of the Geraldine Road sanitary sewer line and a camera inspection of the line, undertaken to assess the condition of the pipes, officials said. Borough Engineer Tom Lemanowicz said he’s waiting for a report on the camera inspection, which was conducted by the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission before making any recommendations to stop sewer backups into residents’ basements.

“Once the engineer has time to review the report in depth, and present some recommendations for further action to the council, then we will have a meeting with residents to discuss this ongoing problem with sewer backups,” said Borough Council President Al Granell.

Meanwhile, a volunteer committee appointed by Mayor Peter Massa will be conducting a door-to-door survey of homes in the impacted area to review the frequency and extent of the backups and the frequency of wet basements unrelated to sewage backups.

Lewanowicz has speculated that the intrusion of water into basements could be the result of any number of things including water infiltration through cracks in the sewer pipes, leaky manhole covers, water from roof drains and basement sump pumps or by the drainage system installed by the developer of the residential area decades ago.

“Once we have some solid information to share with the residents, we will call for a special meeting of the sewer committee and the people living in the area to discuss an action plan and answer people’s questions,” Massa said.

Massa said he expects that meeting to be scheduled sometime in mid-September.

Sarlo, Sweeney to meet with Giangeruso, press to discuss DeJessa Bridge traffic issues

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State Sens. Paul Sarlo and Stephen Sweeney will be meeting with Lyndhurst Mayor Robert Giangeruso and the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners for a press conference concerning the problematic traffic issues around the DeJessa Bridge on Tuesday, Aug. 12th at 3 p.m., in the parking area of 601 Riverside Ave., adjacent to the bridge.

Highlights from the Harrison police blotter

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July 29

At 1:08 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence on the 100 block of Grant Ave. on a report of a burglary.

The occupant told police she’d left home at about 9:15 a.m. and after returning in the afternoon, found the front door unlocked and the basement rear door broken, a window-sized exhaust fan in the door pushed in and a metal bar removed from the window.

She said the intruder ransacked a downstairs bedroom and removed five Fossil watches and a checkbook or debit card, ransacked a first-floor bedroom and took an 18-carat gold chain bracelet, an 18-carat gold plain finished ring with a small diamond set on it, an 18-carat gold wedding band with three diamonds inlaid, an 18-carat gold three chain bracelet, an 18-carat gold Omega watch and a 36-inch Sony flat panel TV.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Detective Bureau at 973-483-4100. Read more »

Duprees concert in NA cancelled tonight

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North Arlington’s Concert featuring the Duprees  that was scheduled for tonight at Riverside County Park, has been postponed until Aug. 25 because of predicted heavy rain this evening.

Mounds keep growing

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

Those piles of trash being dumped in the Keegan landfill in Kearny keep growing and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission just approved a proposal to allow those mounds to ascend even more.

On July 23, the NJMC agreed to amend its solid waste management plan “to increase the final elevation of the site from 60 feet to 100 feet, providing additional capacity from an original projected closure of June 2016 to a projected capacity date of December 2019.”

A public hearing the NJMC held on the proposal July 10 drew no opposition so the commission anticipates moving ahead with its plan. Read more »

5 seek 3 seats on BOE

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

Five candidates, including two incumbents, are seeking three seats on the Kearny Board of Education in the Nov. 4 election.

The filing deadline for the election was July 28 and five people submitted nominating petitions to run for three-year terms, according to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office, which has the statutory authority to register candidates.

Incumbents John Plaugic, a detective in the Kearny Police Department, and retiree Sebastian “Zibbie” Viscuso are seeking re-election to their seats while incumbent John Leadbeater, slated to go to trial in December for his alleged role in a $13 million federal mortgage fraud case, opted not to run. He has asserted his innocence in the matter.

Two challengers – Mercedes Davidson and James Hill – will be running as a “team” with Viscuso, according to Davidson. Neither Viscuso nor Hill, who sits on the Kearny Zoning Board of Adjustment, could be reached last week. Read more »

School brass roster shifting

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

Looking ahead to the September schools opening, the Kearny Board of Education has undertaken a reshuffling of top-level district personnel, implementing an administrative reorganization recommended by Acting Superintendent Patricia Blood with an eye to cutting costs.

As part of that reorganization, the school board eliminated the position of assistant superintendent of schools. Debra Sheard had served in the post last year.

Sheard was appointed director of personnel and evaluation in the Perth Amboy school district at an annual salary of $120,000 on July 24, according to the Perth Amboy Board of Education website. Read more »