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Delivery of The Observer will likely be delayed Tuesday; no trash pickup in NA Tuesday

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Because of the pending storm, delivery of The Observer will likely be delayed tomorrow, Jan. 27. We will do our best to get the newspapers to all of our locations as soon as is possible, but they may not be in stores, etc., at the usual times tomorrow. We will, however, be sure to post our e-Edition on Tuesday for all to read. Be safe, one and all, and thank you for your understanding and patience.

Meanwhile, North Arlington has announced there will be no trash pickup Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Be sure to check back with The Observer for other storm-related announcements.

Angelo Feorenzo, father of former Observer Publisher Lisa Feorenzo, dies at 75

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Above: Tina Feorenzo, Angelo J. Feorenzo and former Observer Publisher Lisa Feorenzo.

Angelo James Feorenzo, 75, of Toms River, died Thursday, Jan. 22, at Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Born and raised in Hackensack, he moved to Toms River in 2003.

Angelo and his brother, Anthony, owned Feorenzo Brothers in South Hackensack. He also worked for University Publishing in Rutherford for many years and enjoyed traveling and trips to Atlantic City.

Surviving are his loving wife of 39 years, Nancy; daughters Tina Feorenzo of Montvale, and former Observer Publisher Lisa Feorenzo of Kearny; a brother, Anthony Feorenzo and his wife, Mary, of Paramus; and cousin Judy Anderson and her husband, Edwin, of Toms River.

Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 25 from noon to 4 p.m., at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Road, Toms River. A funeral service will be offered at 4 p.m. Cremation will be private.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.quinn-hoppingfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center at 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, N.J., 08015

Nutley police, Essex prosecutor, investigating apparent murder-suicide

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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo announced today that the Nutley Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide, according to reports.

A man and a woman were found dead in the 300 block of Hillside Avenue. Both were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, reports said.

The investigation is active and ongoing, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Have you seen this alleged NA shoplifter?

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On Jan. 7  at 5:20 p.m., an individual described as a white man,  approximately 5’10” with short brown hair, wearing a black jacket with blue hoodie, is alleged to have shoplifted from a CVS at 579 Ridge Road. Police say the man fled on foot west on Jauncey Ave. toward River Road.

If you have information to report that could help lead to an arrest in this crime/crime activity, please contact the North Arlington Police Department at 201-991-1400 or by sending an email to napddispatch@northarlington.org.

NA Senior Center being kept open through Thursday for residents who need warmth

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North Arlington Borough Administrator Steve LoIacono announced Thursday, Jan. 8, that, “Due to severe cold and in case certain citizens, including and especially seniors, are experiencing trouble keeping warm, the North Arlington Senior Center, 10 Beaver Ave., is being made available as a warming center.

“The building will remain open through the night tonight (Thursday) for anyone who needs warm shelter. Police officers on patrol will monitor the building during the night and Health Department employees will do so during the day.”

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In other news, the borough announced that Acting Tax Collector Theresa Vola will conduct office hours on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., instead of Tuesdays as previously announced.

Clerks tied up, shots fired at Belleville Radio Shack armed robbery Sunday morning

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BELLEVILLE —

The following report was issued by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday (Dec. 21):

At 11:22 this morning, officers from the Belleville Police Department were summoned by a 911 caller to a possible armed robbery at the Radio Shack on the 400 block of Main St.

As officers approached the scene from the rear, the two robbers were leaving the establishment. The suspects’ vehicle rammed the officer/vehicle .

The officer fired several shots, striking the getaway car. It has not been confirmed if the suspects were shot.

The suspects had pistol-whipped one of the three employees and tied them up. The suspects then fled south on Main St. and remain at large.

The officer, a 10-year veteran who will not be identified for safety issues, was evaluated at an area hospital.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s tip line, 877-TIPS-4-EC (877-847-7432) or the Belleville police at 973-450-3333.

Have you seen this alleged Nutley burglar?

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NUTLEY —

Police say they are investigating a diversion burglary that allegedly occurred on Fischer Ave. on Dec. 9.

An elderly resident told police that a man banged on her front door at 3 p.m., Dec. 9, claiming there was a chemical spill a block away. Police say the man produced an identification card and asked to enter the resident’s basement. After allowing whom she believed to be an actual contractor downstairs, he turned on water, creating a noise distraction, police say. He then radioed someone saying all appeared to be in order. At this point, police say, a second man entered the home and ransacked the bedroom.

Police investigating the incident learned two men ran from the residence carrying hand-held radios and entered a black SUV parked on Hickory, containing two more men.

The New Jersey State Police, with the help of the victim, created a composite description of the man who is alleged to have come to the door (see above).

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Nutley Police Department’s Investigations Unit at 973-284-4940.

Take precautions if you’re expecting a delivery, HPD says

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The Christmas Grinch has been busy in Harrison this season.

Police said that during the last five weeks or so, they’ve received reports of more than 20 package thefts from town residents.

Here’s an accounting of days and locations: Read more »

Nutley PD: Beware of Yuletide scammers

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NUTLEY –

It may be holiday time but gremlins are out to spoil the festivities of the season.

Mayor/Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco and Police Chief Tom Strumolo are cautioning Nutley residents to be wary of scammers posing as government agents, utility workers or whatever, out to plunder families’ hard-earned cash.

On Dec. 9, a Fischer Road resident contacted police with this hard luck story:

At 3 p.m., a man who, the elderly woman resident believed to be a construction worker, pounded on her front door and told her there was a chemical spill the next block over and he needed to check her basement water supply. Read more »

Police seek help locating woman last seen in Belleville

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The New Jersey State Police needs help locating a missing Belleville woman.

Mildred Soto, 52, was last seen in Belleville on Oct. 2, police said. Police said she suffers from paranoia and may be in the area of Midtown Manhattan or Bergen and Hudson counties.

If you have information that can assist in helping to safely locate Soto, please call 9-1-1 or the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, ext. 2895.