By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – A proposal by NJ Transit to build a backup power system in South Kearny to run its trains in cases of emergencies like another Superstorm Sandy threatens to derail a redevelopment plan […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent HARRISON – James Fife, who taught history to a lot of Harrison High School students over the years, is now in the official Harrison history books. Fife, who will mark his 73rd birthday on […]
By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY– A man who was severely burned in a Feb. 12 house fire at 131 Schuyler Ave. succumbed to his injuries last week at St. Barnabas Medical Center, authorities reported. The victim, Manuel Lampon, 66, […]
By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Seven persons were displaced last week when a three-alarm fire left their Dukes St. home uninhabitable, authorities reported. As of press time, the exact cause of the blaze was still under investigation. […]
A10-month multi-agency investigation culminated Thursday in the arrests of 23 New Jersey men in connection with an international carjacking ring, one of whose alleged leaders is a Belleville resident, authorities reported. At a press conference, state Acting Attorney General […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Three more firefighters will be added to the rolls of the Kearny Fire Department later this year – assuming they make it through their training. But it still won’t be enough to make […]
In this week’s edition of The Observer, our Ron Leir takes a look at how the Lyndhurst Public Schools are getting ahead with technology.
Also, it’s Bergen County’s turn to buy back illegal guns. Find out where and when they’re doing it.
Also — are you a victim of cyber-fraud? Find out how you can fight back.
You’ll find all of this, more news and sports with Jim Hague, only in this week’s edition of The Observer.
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By Ron Leir
After more than two years of stop and start work, the Kearny High School (KHS) Noise Abatement and Exterior Renovation project has come to a grinding halt.
Last Monday, March 20, the Kearny Board of Education voted unanimously (Trustee John Leadbeater was absent) to fire the general contractor, Brockwell & Carrington (B&C) of Towaco.
The firm was “terminated for convenience,” which, according to the website Business Dictionary.com, is a “standard clause in government contracts which gives [a government entity] the right to unilaterally terminate [a] contract at any time with or without giving a reason. The contractor is generally entitled to a negotiated settlement for an equitable recovery of costs and losses incurred.” Read more »
By Ron Leir
The vice president of the Kearny Board of Education A Kearny school has been linked to a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud enterprise which, federal law enforcement agents allege, used fake documents and “straw buyers” to extract profits from Jersey Shore condominiums.
John Leadbeater, 54, a former town councilman, is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
A federal grand jury sitting in Camden issued an indictment dated March 20 alleging that Leadbeater and Daniel Cardillo, 49, of Wildwood, conspired with others to profit from the sale of waterfront condominiums “overbuilt by financially distressed developers in Wildwood and Wildwood Crest … by obtaining mortage loans for unqualified borrowers, using fraudulent loan applications, HUD (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development)-1 Settlement Statements, and other documents” between May 2006 and August 2011. Read more »
By Ron Leir
Kearny homeowners who are dedicated local shoppers may soon be getting a break on their property taxes.
Because every ka ching heard on a retail register will – if the town governing body approves – signal a discount on a property owner’s local tax bill.
That’s the premise of a “Kearny Tax Reward” program being cooked up by John Peneda, who doubles as town Tax Assessor and Coordinator of the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program. Read more »
Former Lyndhurst High School football coach Scott M. Rubinetti has pleaded guilty to two counts of a five-count indictment charging him with having inappropriate relationships with a female student. A spokeswoman for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said that Rubinetti entered the plea March 4 before Superior Court Judge Patrick Roma, sitting in Hackensack. He was represented by Hackensack attorney Raymond Flood.
Assistant Prosecutor Catherine Fantuzzi is handling the case for the state.
Rubinetti, 40, of Nutley, pleaded to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl and witness tampering. Under the law, he could face imprisonment for up to 10 years on the sexual assault charge while the tampering charge carries a possible maximum sentence of five years, the spokeswoman said. Read more »
By Ron Leir
Kearny can expect to see its public safety complement built up a bit later this year.
So predicted Mayor Alberto Santos, who told The Observer last week that the town “has asked New Jersey Civil Service to certify [appointment] lists for police and fire [departments] – the first of several steps that have to be taken” toward eventual new hires. Read more »
By Karen Zautyk
What could be better than dinner and a show? How about a free gourmet dinner and a free Broadway-caliber show? And without the hassle of having to trek into New York?
Last Tuesday, March 19, nearly 150 Kearny senior citizens were treated to both at Kearny High School, thanks to the school’s accomplished culinary students and the talented cast of this year’s school musical, “Once On This Island.” Read more »
By Karen Zautyk
That pesky mulch pile in the meadows that went up in flames March 4 — and at least twice before — caught fire yet again March 14, Kearny fire officials have reported.
The alert for the latest blaze at the Nature’s Choice Corp. property at 1 Baler Blvd., just off the Belleville Pike, was called in by an observant driver passing by on the N.J. Turnpike, said Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl.
Units from the Kearny and North Arlington Fire Departments responded to the 8:50 p.m. alarm, and the blaze was declared under control at 11 p.m. Firefighters remained at the scene, however, until 2:10 a.m. The Jersey City Fire Department provided coverage of the towns while the local units were on site. The incident commander at the scene was KFD Deputy Chief Joe Viscuso. Read more »