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Hydrants will be tested Jan. 13 in North Arlington

Water pressure could be low and it could be discolored when hydrants are tested Jan. 13 in North Arlington.

Water pressure could be low and water could be discolored when hydrants are tested Jan. 13 in North Arlington.

The Passaic Valley Water Commission and borough fire department volunteers will be testing fire hydrants in the borough on Jan. 13 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Work is expected to be completed the same day.

In a message to residents, the PVWC assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period, although water pressure may be low and there may be some water discoloration.   Water customers are cautioned to determine that the water is clear before washing clothes.

The hydrant inspections reflect ongoing efforts between borough officials and the water utility to improve the water distribution system, said Council President Al Granell.  The borough reached a negotiated settlement with the PVWC in October in which the utility agreed give the borough $275,000 and help fund fire hydrant inspections.

“I’m pleased to see that the PVWC is living up to its responsibility to inspect and upgrade the borough’s water infrastructure,” said Granell. Read more »

Red Bulls’ GM to address Harrison business network Nov. 20


de Bontin

de Bontin

Special guest Jerome de Bontin, general manager of the Red Bulls, will address the Harrison business community at an upcoming networking event presented by Harrison Business Connections. The event includes a private tour of Red Bull Arena and refreshments on Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at the arena.

Harrison Business Connections is a business organization of Harrison Businesses and those that do business in Harrison. Participants engage in building relationships and exchanging qualified leads. Their interests include the mutual success of their local businesses and the Town of Harrison.

Founding Member of Harrison Business Connections, William Abbott said: “The business opportunities in Harrison continue to grow.  Companies both large and small are making Harrison home and Harrison Business Connections is all about bringing those people together to network, share and grow together.”

Full information can be found at www.HBCevents.eventbrite.com.

Harrison Business Connections can be found online at www.HarrisonBusinessConnections.com and www.facebook.com/HarrisonBusinessConnections.

Election results will be posted on our Facebook page tonight around 9



There are numerous local elections today — and we’ll be posting results on our Facebook page. Not connected to us yet on Facebook? Click here to get to our page — and be sure to “LIKE” us.

Belleville, State police looking for missing 12-year-old boy


Charlie Castillo, above, has not been seen since 7 a.m. Thursday morning in his Belleville home.

The Belleville Police Department and the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing Belleville boy Charlie Castillo.

Castillo, 12, is 5’3″, 100 pounds with black hair, and brown eyes and was last seen 7 a.m. this morning at his home in Belleville.

He suffers from allergies and asthma and is known to wear plastic and thread bracelets.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Belleville Police Department at (973)450-3334 or the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at (800) 709-7090.

KHS’ Project Graduation Committee has lots planned, seeks volunteers for fundraisers

khs-14Kearny High School’s Project Graduation committee is already working on fundraising for next year’s drug- and alcohol-free party for the school’s graduating seniors. The average cost is just under $30,000 and each student pays a small stipend of $15 to reserve a seat on the bus.  That leaves a balance of $24,000 to be raised.

In an effort to raise awareness of the group and activities that are planned, a Facebook page has been set up under the banner Kearny High Project Graduation, where the list of events Steve Dyl, Kearny’s fire chief who also serves as the President of Project Graduation committee, was able to provide.  

The first is a Dec. 8 bus trip to Sands Casino and Outlet Mall in Bethlehem, Pa., which leaves from Kearny Federal Savings Bank, 614 Kearny Ave. at 8:30 a.m., and arrives back about 6 p.m. The cost is $30, and you receive $20 slot dollars and a $5 food voucher.

For tickets or more information, contact Judy Hyde at 201-991-5812 or email jh519@aol.com.

Jan. 30 is the first major meeting of the year where the committee looks to have as many underclassman parents join the parents of this year’s graduates. At this meeting, the various sub-committees are explained and volunteers are sought for each.

There is no requirement to attend every meeting or be at every fundraiser, as we can use people for an hour or every hour — whichever works best. Meetings take place the last Thursday of each month at Kearny High School.

Feb. 23 is a bus trip to Atlantic City.

April 25 is a town wide volleyball tournament, which will see the Town of Kearny defend its 2013 title against teams from the Kearny Police and Fire departments, the Kearny Board of Education and the staff of each of the schools.

The single largest fundraiser is a 50/50, which kicks off mid-December with the drawing on graduation night, June 20.  This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 from the 50/50 which would also give the winner $10,000. Tickets are $10 each.

The 2013 winner received just under $9,000.

Project Graduation is a town-wide event that began in Kearny in 1996 as a safer alternative to private house parties. The idea was been prompted by a serious graduation-night car crash on Kearny Avenue, in which several teens were injured.

For more information, send an email to projectgrad@kearnyschools.com.

Nutley police warn of scammers posing as utility workers



Township residents are cautioned that two suspects are posing as utility company employees asking to look at the homeowners’ water meters in an effort to gain access to homes.

Once inside, the homeowner is distracted while an accomplice rummages through the home for valuables.

The most recent  incident occurred April 11 at 12:15 p.m. on Ravine Avenue.

One suspect is described as a white man, approximately 35, 5’9” with average build and olive complexion wearing a black jacket and a black shiny hard hat. The second suspect is described as a white man, 35, slightly shorter than the other suspect, with average build and olive complexion.

Mayor Al Petracco urges anyone with information to contact the police department at 973-284-4940.

In addition, residents are reminded not to allow anyone into their home without proper verification.

UPDATE: Fire director says woman dies in Harrison fire

By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent


Fire struck again in Harrison this week, this time taking a life.

Harrison Fire Director Harold Stahl said a call came into the dispatch center Monday, April 8, at about 12:30 p.m. reporting a fire in the rear of 209 N. Second St., a two-sto-ry residential structure.

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Three Lyndhurst men arrested, charged with theft-related offenses over alleged mortgage scheme, Bergen County Prosecutor says

Adan L. Cueva

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Adan L. Cueva

Three Lyndhurst residents have been arrested on theft by deception charges, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced today.

Adan R. Cueva, 31, Lyndhurst; Adan L. Cueva, 57, of Lyndhurst; and Angel C. Cueva-Castro, 26, of Lyndhurst, were also charged with other fraud-related offenses, Molinelli said.

The charges are the result of an investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s White Collar Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Steven Cucciniello  of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief John Speirs, Molinelli said.

Reports say members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office White Collar Crimes Unit received information from the Lyndhurst Police Department that Adan R. Cueva, the owner of Time Consulting & Associates, at 298 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, along with his father, Adan L. Cueva, and his brother, Angel C. Cueva-Castro, were involved in an alleged scheme to defraud innocent homeowners who hired Time Consulting to modify their existing mortgages. Read more »

BREAKING: North Arlington police say missing 16-year-old boy has returned home safely

Anthony Coto

Anthony Coto

The North Arlington Police Department says 16-year-old Anthony Coto has returned home safely.

He’d gone missing Friday night.

No other details are available.




DEVELOPING STORY: Kearny Board of Education vice-president John Leadbeater arrested on mortgage-fraud charges

Observer File Photo John Leadbeater

Observer File Photo
John Leadbeater

Updated at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, with comments from Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos.


The vice-president of the Kearny Board of Education, who is also a former town councilman, alleged to be involved in a $13 million mortgage fraud scam that used phony documents and straw buyers to make illegal profits on overbuilt condos at the Jersey shore, has been arrested and charged in connection with the scheme, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced earlier today.

John Leadbeater, 54, of Kearny, who served on the Kearny Town Council throughout the 1990s as a Republican representative of the 4th Ward, along with Daniel Cardillo, 49, of Wildwood, are each charged in a superseding indictment with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

Leadbeater is also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, reports say.

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