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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.

Former Observer correspondent Jeff Bahr dies in motorcycle crash


Former Observer correspondent Jeff Bahr, 56, died April 10 as a result of a motorcycle crash in Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Jeff’s entire family.

Our Ron Leir is working on a retrospective of Jeff’s life, and it will appear in the coming edition of our newspaper.

Here is Jeff’s obituary from NJ.com.

Rest in peace, Jeff. We will all miss you very much.

Nutley girl missing since March 17; have you seen her?


A 16-year-old Nutley girl was reported missing on March 17, and Nutley police are still investigating her whereabouts. She frequents Passaic and Paterson and has been located in Montclair, S. Hackensack, Wayne and Little Falls as well. It appears that she is avoiding being located, and has spoken to officers on several occasions stating that she is going to return home but has failed to do so as of April 1.

Christina Simeonidis is 5’6” 140lbs, brown eyes and brown hair, fair skin with a tattoo on her left wrist that says “Heaven.”

Anyone with information to her whereabouts is asked to contact the Nutley Police Department at 973-284-4940

Nutley police need help finding missing girl, 17

Judith Hicswa

Nutley Police are investigating the disappearance of 17-year-old Judith Hicswa.

She was last seen Monday, Feb. 17 between 8 and 9 p.m.,  leaving her Centre Street residence, with possibly an older Asian man.

She was wearing a red sweatshirt, with white letters, blue jeans and burgundy Converse sneakers.

She is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds,has  brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding Judith’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Nutley Police Department at 973-284-4940