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Bloomfield

St. Valentine Church, 125 N. Spring St., offers a Spanish Mass on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. Starting in May, Spanish Mass will be offered the second Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. The church offers an evening of reflection and Stations of the Cross in Spanish on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Belleville

Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., offers the following children’s programs:

• Teddy Bear Tea Party – Registration is open April 1-28. The event is set for Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m.

• Story Time and Craft – Saturdays: March 29, April 12 and May 17, all at 11 a.m.

East Newark

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. The group provides an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for patients and family. For more information, call Emma at 201- 998-6828, Rosa 201-246-7750, Fatima 973-485-4236 or email emidura2@yahoo.com.

Harrison

Registration closes March 28 for Harrison Recreation TBall, Minor and Little League at the Community Center, 401 Warren St. Ages: T-Ball, 5 to 6; Minors, 7 to 8; and Little League, 9 to 12 (cannot turn 13 before May 1). For more information, contact the center at 973-268-2469.

The Harrison High School Drama Club will be performing “Sweeney Todd” on April 3 to 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 800 Hamilton St. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for students, children and seniors.

Kearny

A pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit the American Diabetes Association will be held at Applebees, 175 Passaic Ave., on Sunday, April 6, from 8 to 10 a.m. Admission for adults is $10 and $5 for children age 2 to 9. Door prizes will be included. For tickets, contact Janice at 201-362-2958 or by email at shnanny@aol.com.

Kearny High School’s annual Project Graduation Volleyball Tournament will be Friday, April 25 in the school’s gymnasium, 336 Devon St. Contact Melissa Dyl for information at 201-978-8257.

Tickets are being sold for Project Graduation’s 50/50 raffle, scheduled for Friday, June 20, following graduation ceremonies. The winner need not be present. Tickets are $10 each. To purchase or sell tickets, contact Sandy Hyde at 551-265-8969.

Project Graduation meets the last Thursday of each month in the school’s faculty lounge and next meets March 27 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact President Steve Dyl at 201-991-7467.

The Book Discussion Group at Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., meets on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Copies of each book are available at the front desk while supplies last. For more information, call the library at 201-998-2666 or visit www.kearnylibrary.org.

The library is seeking local authors interested in doing book talks. Contact the library for more information.

Kearny High School PTA presents Rocking with Rod Stewart, a performance by Jay Gates, on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Irish American Club, 95 Kearny Ave. Cost is $25 with refreshments, cash bar and a small raffle. Call Denise at 201- 428-8572 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Ladies of the Irish presents “Murder Mystery” on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Irish American Club. Cost is $35 with refreshments and cash bar. Call Mary 201-450-5210 for more information or to purchase tickets.

The Woman’s Club of Arlington presents “Cherry Blossom Mystery Evening” with author Brad Parks on April 6, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Players Club, 12 Washington Pl. Proceeds benefit Family Promises and other charities. The event includes tea buffet, gift basket raffles and 50/50. Tickets are $25. Send checks to: Woman’s Club of Arlington, c/o Julie McCarthy, 25 Columbia Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Kearny UNICO announces:

• Membership meeting on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-24009.

• Fund-raising 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 per person and can be obtained by contacting Lou Pandolfi.

• Super 50-50 Raffle to be drawn of May 15. Tickets are $5 each or 3 tickets for $10. To purchase a ticket, contact any member of Kearny UNICO or Lou Pandolfi.

Lyndhurst

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst hosts a children’s Tricky Tray on Saturday, March 29, at the Senior Center on Cleveland Ave. Doors open at noon. Admission is $5. Lunch is available at a nominal cost. No outside food is allowed. Numbers will be called starting at 1 p.m. For tickets, call Janet at 201-935-1208.

Join special needs teens and adults from Special Angels Recreation, the Lyndhurst Police Department and the SPARK cheer dance squad for a game of basketball and half-time performance fundraiser on Saturday, March 29, at the Lyndhurst High School gym, 400 Weart Ave. Tickets are $5. For tickets or more information, call Debbie or Tara at 201-966-8738. Tickets are also available at the door. Special Angels does all of their own fundraising; they get no public funding and no one takes a salary. All donations go directly to Special Angels programs. For more information, visit www.puttingthepiecestogether.org.

Sacred Heart Home School hosts its annual Calendar Party Tricky Tray fundraiser on Friday, May 2, at the school, 620 Valley Brook Ave. Tickets are $20 and non-refundable. Admission includes sandwich, potato salad, beverage and dessert. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket deadline is April 12. No one under 18 will be admitted and no alcoholic beverages are permitted. For tickets, call Patty at 201-803-9580 or the school at 201-939-4277.

Lyndhurst Fire Department, 299 Delafield Ave., will collect blood/platelets in honor of John Barnas, a Wallington resident with lymphoma, on Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit communitybloodservices.org for details and parental consent form for 16-year-olds. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are available by calling 201- 251-3703.

Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

• Walk-In Story time is held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for grades pre-k to 2. The program includes coloring time. No registration is required. Registration is required for the following programs. Call the library at 201-804-2478.

• Easter Basket Craft – Children in grades pre-k to 4 make and fill an Easter basket with treats on Wednesday, April 9, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

• “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” – Children in grades pre-k to 4 can hop on in for this exciting Easter movie on Monday, April 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Ladybug Craft – Children in grades 1 to 4 are welcome on Monday, April 28, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Avenue, Suite 1, offers a free Women’s Health Clinic, in partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center. Open to female township residents age 18 and over, the clinic includes education on breast self-examination and a pap smear. Call 201-804-2500 to make an appointment on a first-come, first-served basis.

North Arlington

The Borough of North Arlington requires that any one who wishes to have a ‘garage sale’ must first secure a permit with the town before doing so. Permits are $6 each and can be obtained at Borough Hall, 214 Ridge Rd., or on-line at www.northarlington.org.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., announces the following programs: For children and teens:

• Story Time, for ages 2 to 5, every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m.

• Evening Story Time for ages 4 to 6 on Tuesdays, March 4, and 25, at 6:30 p.m.

• Fifth Annual George Miller Art Show on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Note the library will be closed until the beginning of the show for preparations.

In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, Garden State Rollergirls welcomes Bergen County United Way residents to its home opening bout on April 12 at the Inline Skating Club of America, 170 Schuyler Ave. The event includes a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Bergen County United Way. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the whistle blows at 8 p.m. This event is open to all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the door ($15 for adults, $10 for kids under 12) or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/601006 ($10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12).

Queen of Peace High School, 191 Rutherford Pl., along with Make Wine With Us of Wallington, are sponsoring a red carpet event to support the school’s spring musical, “The Sound of Music” on Saturday, March 29, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $40 and include appetizers, wine tasting, raffles and music. Call 201-998-8227, ext. 28, to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Senior Harmony Club announces the following trips:

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

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

American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37 meets on Tuesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. at NAFD Engine Co. No. 2, 550 Schuyler Ave. All veterans are invited. For more information, call 201-214-8253.

Toddler ‘rescued’ by tenant

Photo courtesy Harrison Housing Authority Karina Robredo accepts certifi cate of appreciation from Harrison Housing Authority Chairman Larry Bennett.

Photo courtesy Harrison Housing Authority
Karina Robredo accepts certificate of appreciation from Harrison Housing Authority Chairman Larry Bennett.

 

HARRISON –

A scantily dressed 4-year-old boy wandered out of his Kearny home into the cold but, fortunately, was intercepted by an adult who kept the lad safe until authorities could be contacted, officials said.

Police said the child was returned, without harm, to his family.

The Harrison Housing Authority has credited tenant Karina Robredo, a resident of Harrison Gardens, for befriending the boy.

In a press release, the HHA said Robredo encountered the child, attired only in a T-shirt and short pants, wandering around the Harrison Gardens property on a freezing day on Feb. 24.

Robredo asked the boy his name and where he lived but he would say only that his mother was in the hospital and that he was cold, the release said.

The release said that Robredo brought the boy a sweatshirt and blanket from her apartment and then escorted him to the HHA management office where a call was placed to the Harrison Police Department.

HPD responded and learned that the boy had walked out of his home on Sanford Ave. and crossed Schuyler Ave., a heavily-traveled county road, to get to the Harrison Gardens.

The HPD took care of the boy until he was picked up by Kearny Police who then took him home.

– Ron Leir

News from the Nutley Police blotter

March 15

At 11:17 a.m., police responded to a Park Ave. location on a report of illegal dumping. Police were advised by residents that someone had left an old end table on the sidewalk in front of their home, blocking the front door and that, previously, someone had deposited an old chair cushion in the same spot. Both incidents happened in the late evening or early morning, the residents said.

March 16

Officers on patrol on Hillside Ave., at 2:23 p.m., stopped a Plymouth minivan with its rear passenger window missing. Police said they learned that the driver, Ralph Adubato, 50, of North Arlington, had an outstanding warrant from Nutley. He was arrested on the warrant and then released with a new court date.

March 17

At 1:10 p.m., police and firefighters were dispatched to a house on Burnett Place on a report of water flowing from the building. Upon arrival, police said they observed an open hose spigot with water streaming from it. They shut it off. Police said the side door was unsecured and the house was empty. Police learned that the house is owned by a bank and that a contractor for the bank was at the location.

March 20

Police executed a motor vehicle stop at a Centre St. location, at 1:44 a.m., and arrested the driver, Marvin Torres, 19, and his passenger, Brian Rosas, 19, both of Belleville. Torres was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (a crack pipe), ticketed on a charge of failing to signal a turn and released pending a court appearance. Rosas was charged with possession of suspected cocaine (several small white, rock-like substances which, police said, were found in a small plastic bag in his sock), possession of heroin (five glassine envelopes labeled “Brown Magic” containing brown powder that, police said, tested positive for heroin) and possession of suspected marijuana under 50 grams (the remainder of a marijuana cigar). Both were released pending court dates.

At 5:25 a.m., police went to a Hickory Road location on a report of property damage. There, a resident told police they heard a loud noise in their backyard and, looking outside, noticed that the neighbor’s retaining wall and fence had fallen into their property causing damage to the lawn and part of the rear chain link fence. A Faber Place homeowner told police they also heard a loud noise, and, looking out their window, saw that their entire rear fence and wall were gone.

At 10:05 a.m., police responded to a Bloomfield Ave. location on a report of a theft. Police were told that someone had stolen a stainless steel double sink, valued at $300, from a parking lot. Detectives are reviewing video surveillance.

A fraud victim came to headquarters to report they found three unauthorized charges totaling more than $500 on their bank card, from various locations in New York. Their financial institution has closed the account and is investigating, police said.

March 21

At 11:24 a.m., police received a report of a theft. The victim told police that while shopping at a Franklin Ave. grocery, someone took their wallet from their purse. The wallet contained cash, credit cards and personal items, the victim told police. Security personnel are reviewing surveillance tape for possible clues.

At 11:55 a.m., the manager of a Centre St. business reported criminal mischief to the front door of the property. Police said it appears that someone put something like Crazy Glue in the front door lock. The manager told police that the front door lock to the entrance of the closed restaurant, which is attached to the business, was also “glued.” Police said that surveillance video will be screened for potential clues.

– Ron Leir

Get Skyway-closure info Tuesday at St. Peter’s Uni.

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The state Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will host a Public Information Center (PIC) to promote travel alternatives available when the northbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway are closed on April 12. NJDOT’s project team will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

The PIC will take place noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City.

In February, NJDOT announced the Pulaski Skyway northbound will close on Saturday, April 12 for approximately two years. The existing deck of the 3.5-mile long structure that carries Route 1&9 traffic will be replaced during this phase of the rehabilitation project.   Southbound travel on the Skyway will be maintained during construction.  Route 139, which is just east of the Skyway, will maintain one lower level travel lane east toward New York and two travel lanes west toward Newark at all times (except nights and weekends) while the Pulaski Skyway northbound is closed.

NJDOT created a project-specific website, www.pulaskiskyway.com, which contains a wealth of information about the Skyway project, including construction updates and information specifically about the Hoboken and Conrail Viaduct rehabilitation in Contract 2.

Room for ‘Blue’ in tight budget

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent

KEARNY –

A municipal spending blueprint introduced by the Kearny governing body last Tuesday night will mean that local property taxes on the average house assessed at around $95,000 will rise by an estimated $417, Finance Director Shuaib Firozvi predicted.

Although total appropriations of $76.5 million are up by less than 1% over last year, the municipal tax levy is rising by $4.3 million – a jump of nearly 11% — to $43.9 million, according to Firozvi’s calcuations.

How local school taxes and the town’s share of county expenses will factor into the overall local tax rate has yet to be played out. Read more »

Parents alerted to virus

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LYNDHURST –

The Lyndhurst Board of Education has alerted parents to the recent appearance of a viral ailment known as “Fifth Disease” among several elementary school age youngsters in the district.

A March 6 posting on the BOE website said that some students had been diagnosed with the condition which was described as “a common disease of school children.”

It listed as likely symptoms, “red rash on cheeks, lacey and itchy rash on arms and legs; sometimes mild joint pain or swelling [and] low grade fever.” Parents are advised to contact their doctors for more information.

In particular, the posting said that, “Pregnant women who have come in contact with an infected child should speak with their doctor.” The posting said that a child with the ailment is “contagious two weeks to three days before appearance of rash. Once rash appears, child is no longer contagious and can attend school.” Read more »

KPD focuses on security cameras

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By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent

KEARNY –

Early last year, a malevolent vandal spray-painted graffiti up and down Elm St. between Oakwood and Midland Aves., damaging houses, garages, retaining walls and a car (which was reportedly re-targeted after its owner had it cleaned up).

Authorities said the damage averaged about $500 per property; the damage to the auto, about $4,000.

Thanks to cooperative homeowners with private security cameras, the Kearny Police Department was able to readily identify a suspect and take him into custody.

Now, as crimes go, you might think graffiti is no big deal (unless, that is, you have been a victim faced with a graffiti-removal bill you can ill afford). So, how about murder? Read more »

‘Street’ smart in language skills

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent

LYNDHURST –

Check out the action in kindergarten and first grade classes in Lyndhurst public schools.

Instead of sand creatures and tinker toys, kids are creating reading and writing portfolios and parents and/or guardians are being asked to take an active role in helping their kids mount the ladder of academic success.

School administrators are deploying a language arts curriculum called “Reading Street” to get their young charges on the march to literacy mecca. Read more »

Big tab for Oval makeover; survey next

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent

KEARNY –

It will take an estimated $15.8 million to revamp Kearny’s Gunnell Oval recreation complex off Schuyler Ave., just north of Oakwood Ave., to the town’s specifications.

But unless the town can find outside funding sources to make that happen, it appears that at least the two environmentally compromised softball fields and soccer/T-ball field that remained off limits last summer will stay closed this season as well, forcing those leagues to scramble for alternate sites. Read more »

Serial robber pleads guilty

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A Newark man pleaded guilty last week to his role in 14 armed robberies — including one in Kearny, one in Belleville and two in Bloomfield — U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

The accused, 27-year-old Jamar Darby, a/k/a “Rhino,” entered the plea March 12 before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Darby conspired with others to rob various commercial establishments from Dec. 29, 2012, through May 10, 2013. Read more »