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Nutley police looking for missing 57-year-old man



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



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.

Block Watch, Helping Hands meeting in Belleville is Thursday night at 7 at Senior Center


The Belleville Police Department and Mayor Ray Kimble invite the public to a “Block Watch Formation and Helping Hands” public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Belleville Senior Center, 125 Franklin Ave.

Slideshow: May 28 Harrison Fire


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ALERT: Schuyler Avenue closed southbound at Park Avenue in NA for gas leak



Schuyler Avenue is closed southbound at Park Avenue in North Arlington because of a gas leak, North Arlington police said in an email alert.

PSE&G crews are on scene, working to fix the issue, police said.

The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

We’ll update this story as soon as more information becomes available.

The intersection of Schuyler and Park avenues in North Arlington.

The intersection of Schuyler and Park avenues in North Arlington.

Video shows overturned ambulance in Lyndhurst

Many thanks to Steven Greco for allowing us to use his video. We’re grateful.


BREAKING: Ambulance involved in crash in Lyndhurst



An ambulance was involved in a crash earlier today on Ridge Road, according to reports.

The ambulance was a Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad rig.

There were several injuries, according to reports, and one EMT had to be pulled from the ambulance to be rescued. None of the injuries are life threatening, according to the LPES’ Facebook page.

We’ll bring you more details as soon as they’re available.

Harrison police seek suspects in two armed robberies



Police are seeking suspects in two armed robberies that happened a little more than a half-hour apart in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, in Harrison.

Police said the first incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. at Cross St. and Davis Ave.

As a man and woman were walking to the front door of the woman’s residence, police said the male was pushed to the ground from behind by one suspect while a second tried to grab the woman’s bag. Police said the man wrestled with his attacker who hit him in the mouth with a black handgun while the apparent accomplice grabbed the bag and ran away.

Police said the first suspect also fled and both suspects entered a black SUV on Cross St. and drove away. Read more »

The Observer: 127 years of news coverage

Photo by Anthony Machcinski

By Anthony J. Machcinski 

Observer Correspondent 

For over 127 years, The Observer has been the leading resource for news in the area. From Harrison to Lyndhurst, from Kearny to Belleville. During that time, The Observer has sought to bring the latest and most in-depth news coverage.

The Observer began publication on March 14, 1887, when Philip E. Brockway and brothers Bernard and Edward Fredericks put out the first copy of “The Arlington Observer.”

As it evolved over time, The Observer transformed from a four-page, five-column sheet to the 32+ page newspaper distributed throughout the area today.

“The paper has a very good reputation throughout the area,” said Classified Supervisor Natalie Rodriguez. “Try not delivering the paper on time and you better believe that the calls come in. Readers really want that paper.”

While news has remained, well, news, nearly every other aspect of the business has changed, and The Observer changed with it. Brockway and the Fredericks brothers would not be able to fathom the ability to produce a 32-page paper in just a few short hours.

Easily the most telling change has been the integration of new technology, including the internet.

“In regards to our future, the internet has been a hard hit for newspapers all around, but we continue to strengthen our website to reach younger generations,” Rodriguez said.

Continuing to expand its online coverage while not changing the feel of the paper, The Observer recently began running its “e-edition,” which posts on Wednesdays, the same day the print edition hits newsstands.

“Our readers still pick up our print edition,” Rodriguez explained. “We believe the e-edition is just another way for us to reach our younger generations.”

While the readers have certainly reaped the benefits of being well informed about the current events in the area, those who have advertised with the paper have also benefitted from the paper’s popularity.

“We always have returning customers for classified advertisements,” Rodriguez said. “When it comes to larger print ads, there are several customers that have advertised with us for decades. Their loyalty towards us has only benefitted the paper’s reputation.”

Photo by Anthony Machcinski

Photo by Anthony Machcinski


The advertising aspect of the paper has changed throughout the years as much as the paper itself.

“Our promotions are constantly changing to meet the needs of the customers,” Rodriguez said.

The paper has featured a variety of promotions throughout the years, including seasonal promotions.

The addition of the e-edition has also benefitted these advertisers.

“If an advertiser has their website featured on their ad in the paper, online readers will be able to click on the website and be redirected to that customer’s webpage,” Rodriguez added.

While The Observer has changed throughout the years, including several changes in location throughout Kearny, one thing has remained the same – the paper’s reputation for in-depth reporting and quality service and readership throughout West Hudson, South Bergen and East Essex counties.

“We have a strong staff and a strong reputation that has allowed us to continue to service the area for generations,” Rodriguez said.

With a stable presence as the backbone of journalism in the area – and the readership to prove it – Rodriguez believes advertising in the paper is one of the best opportunities for local customers.

“It’s important to advertise with us because we can help them gain customers,” Rodriguez explained. “If people don’t know you are open, they can’t go to your shop. I believe it’s important to keep your name out there. As the saying goes, ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’ ”

The Observer is located at 39 Seeley Ave. in Kearny and is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Observer services Harrison, East Newark, Kearny, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Belleville and Nutley.

For more information, visit the paper’s website at www.theobserver.com or call the paper at 201-991-1600.