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Eyesore will soon be gone

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent

 KEARNY – 

At the top of the Oval, there’s a small square which, in about a month, should be flat.

Yes, the fenced-off, vacant two-story house at 484 Schuyler Ave. surrounded by overgrown vegetation, with a shed in the backyard, is coming down.

The building – next to the entrance of Kearny’s Gunnell Oval recreation complex – has been sitting empty for at least a decade, according to town Public Works Director Gerry Kerr, and now that the town is aiming to make over the environmentally compromised Oval, it will be removing the adjacent eyesore.

Its last owner was listed in Kearny tax records as Matilda Dorothy Horn. Read more »

Kearny ‘Night Out’

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Photos by Karen Zautyk

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the Kearny Police Department sponsored its annual National Night Out Against Crime event on Belgrove Drive. The popular program drew scads of kids and adults and featured everything from a Jaws of Life demo to a classic car show to a visit from a State Police helicopter. And much more. All packed into two hours and one block!

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.

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.

NAPD seeks man who allegedly passed 4 fake $100s

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The North Arlington Police Department  is currently investigating an incident involving use of counterfeit $100 bills at a 7-Eleven on Ridge Rd.

A man, approximately 6′  in height, 150 lbs., wearing a baseball cap  with a Seattle Mariners logo, a white tank top, black/white basketball shorts, white socks, black sandals and black backpack entered the 7-Eleven July 20 at 6:37 p.m. The suspect purchased a Green Dot MoneyPak for $350, giving the counter person four, $100 bills that were counterfeit.

If you have seen or are able to identify the individual pictured in the photo, contact the North Arlington Police Department at  201-991-4400.

All calls will be kept confidential.

W.H.A.T. presents ‘The Addams Family’ July 30-Aug. 2, including preview tonight at Angry Coffee Bean

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KEARNY —

Teen Drama, a theater company for teens celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer, in association with the West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) presents the modern classic Broadway musical “The Addams Family” this summer. The smash-hit musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life.

Performances of the musical, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, are July 30 to Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance Aug. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the W.H.A.T. Theater, 131 Midland Ave., Kearny (the former St. Stephen’s School).  General admission tickets are $10. A $7 senior citizen discount ticket is being offered at the Saturday matinee.

The cast will make a special appearance on Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. for a special preview of the show at The Angry Coffee Bean Café, 89 Ridge Road, North Arlington. (201) 772-5554.

The Teen Drama production features:

Dennis Oliveira (Gomez Addams), Maggie Spector-Williams (Morticia Addams), Faith D’Isa & Rachel Spillane (Wednesday Addams), Abigail Stokes (Pugsley Addams), John McCullough (Fester Addams), Joana Marmelo (Grandma Addams),James Berko (Lurch), Michael Oliveira (Lucas Beikeke), Samantha Armenteros  (Alice Beineke), Tyler Bremner (Mal Beineke), Briana Dickinson, Alyssa Fink, Jillian Fitzpatrick, Lauren Gold, Melanie Hill, Stefanie Pancaro, Spencer Roda, Valentine Rojas, Alyssa Schirm and Julia Truskolawski  (Addams Family Ancestors).

“The Addams Family” is being produced by Michele Sarnoski, who is co-directing with Joe Ferriero. Scott Burzynski, music director; Dana Mannie, choreography (Mary Berko, assistant choreography); Maximo Grano De Oro, crew chief; Matt Lepore, stage manager; and Vincent Venziano and Alex Palomino, stage crew.

Tickets for The Addams Family are $10 and can be purchased online at www.teendrama.org, by phone 1-800-838-3006 or at the door 30 minutes before performances.  Teen Drama can be reached at 973-498-8336 or info@teendrama.org.

Check next week’s issue of The Observer for a full preview of the upcoming shows in our Entertainment section.

Ridge Road closed 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today from Pike to Jauncey Ave.

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Ridge Road will be closed today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the Belleville Turnpike to Jauncey Ave. for the funeral of Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago, the NAPD says. Limited local traffic may be permitted along Ridge Road up to Sunset Ave. at certain points, but the NAPD suggests motorists take alternate routes during this time frame to avoid any confusion.

Nutley police looking for missing 57-year-old man

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NUTLEY —

The Nutley Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing “at risk” person.

William Barthel, 57, is, 5’10″, 140 pounds, has brown eyes, brown hair and a scar on right side of neck. 

Barthel was last seen at 3 Adams Court, 2B, Nutley, on June 25. There is no clothing description available and no known possible destinations. It is not known if Barthel used any type of transportation. 

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Barthel, call 9-1-1 or contact the Nutley Police Department at (973) 284-4940.

UPDATE: Eva Simon, 14, of Nutley found safely

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NUTLEY —

The Nutley Police Department says 14-year-old Eva Simon has been found safely and unharmed. An investigation continues, police said.

‘Joshua’s Day’ is June 25 in North Arlington; proceeds from fundraiser will benefit 6-year-old’s medical costs

The North Arlington Woman’s Club is proclaiming Wednesday, June 25 to be “Joshua’s Day.” In March of this year, 6-year-old North Arlington resident Joshua Piperato was involved in an accident that resulted in the amputation of part of his leg. The North Arlington Woman’s Club is planning a fundraiser to help with any uncovered medical bills or treatments to help cover the unexpected costs his family faces due to his injury.

Participating businesses in our area will have a Joshua’s Day flyer displayed in their window. Simply mention “Joshua’s Day” and a percentage of your bill will be donated to the fundraiser. Please come out and show your support.

Any local organization or individual who wishes to participate is invited to send checks made payable to the N.A.W.’s Club, PO Box 7274, North Arlington, NJ 07032. In the memo, please write “Joshua’s Day.”

For more information, please call Christine at 201-577-1088.