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Have you seen this alleged Nutley burglar?

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 […]


Help sought in cold case

By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  Somebody knows something. Six years ago, an 87-year-old man was deliberately run down by a car in a South Kearny parking lot and robbed while he lay helpless on the ground. He died of his injuries the next day. Authorities ruled the death […]

100G for Arena tax case

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  HARRISON –  Now that the state Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the New York Red Bulls professional soccer team should pay taxes on the stadium and the land it occupies in Harrison, the town has hired an outside law firm to […]


Staffing Skyway fire-watch

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY – For the first time, members of the Kearny Fire Department will have a shot at off-duty pay, much like their counterparts at the Police Department have enjoyed for many years, although there is a sunset provision for the privilege. This opportunity […]


New No. 2 has seen it all

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  LYNDHURST –  The Lyndhurst Board of Education has revived the position of assistant superintendent, albeit on an interim basis, with the hiring of 50-year educator Jeffrey P. Feifer. Feifer, who came aboard Sept. 25, was appointed to serve “no more than 120 days,” to […]


S. Kearny robbery suspect nabbed

Photo courtesy KPD Quashon Dobose

Photo courtesy KPD
Quashon Dobose



By Karen Zautyk

Observer Correspondent


Following an extensive investigation, Kearny police identified and last week arrested the suspected gunman in the Oct. 9 hold-up attempt at Tullo’s Truck Stop in South Kearny.

Taken into custody Oct. 28 at his home in Irvington was Quashon Dobose, 23, who is charged with robbery, conspiracy, possession of a firearm for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon and discharging a firearm.

Dobose and at least one as yet unidentified companion have been linked to a series of five robberies, including two in Jersey City and two in Newark, that occurred in quick succession in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, police said.

The incident in Kearny happened at 3:41 a.m., when a gunman, his identity obscured by a hoodie and a T-shirt pulled over his face, confronted a female attendant in a Tullo’s service station booth off the Lincoln Highway.

Although armed with what appeared to be a silver automatic handgun, he failed to get any money from the worker.

He then turned his attention to a trucker at the pumps, and the attendant reported hearing gunfire.

Police said there was no evidence that anyone had been shot, and the truck driver left the scene before he could be questioned.

The gunman, with at least one cohort, fled in a silvergray Dodge Charger heading toward Newark, where two more gas-station heists were reported within minutes, police said.

The same robber, whose image was caught on security video, was also reportedly tied to similar crimes in Jersey City just before the Tullo’s hit.

Kearny Det. Michael Gonzalez, who was in charge of the follow-up investigation, recovered physical evidence at both Tullo’s and, while working with the Newark PD, at one of the crime scenes in that city, KPD Chief John Dowie said.

A car, which had been impounded in Newark, was ID’d by Kearny Det. Ray Lopez as the Dodge Charger seen fleeing Tullo’s.

Dobose was developed as a suspect, and on Oct. 25, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

At 5:30 a.m., Oct. 28, an arrest team comprising Gonzalez, Lopez, fellow Kearny officers Det. Lt. Anthony Gouveia and Det. Bryant Obie, along with members of the Newark and Jersey City police departments, converged on Dobose’s residence in Irvington and took him into custody.

His bail was set at $150,000 and he was remanded to jail, authorities reported.

Police said Dobose has an arrest record involving charges of drug possession and distribution, robbery and assault.

As for the mystery trucker at Tullo’s, Gonzalez tracked him down thanks to surveillance video and gas receipts. He was found in Garfield.

He reportedly told police that the gunman had confronted him and started to check his pockets, but he said he had no money on him.

“Do you think I’m f—— playing?” the robber said, and then proceeded to fire a round into the ground at the victim’s feet. The truck driver was not hit.

As to why he had left the scene instead of waiting for the police, the trucker is quoted as replying, “Time is money.”

The ‘spirit’ of American Legion

Is former Post Commander George ‘Holschuh’ haunting American Legion building? Will 1918 poster produce a reaction from the World War I veteran?

Is former Post Commander George ‘Holschuh’ haunting American Legion building? Will 1918 poster produce a reaction from the World War I veteran?


By Karen Zautyk

Observer Correspondent


I went ghost hunting last week. I even brought the ghost a bit of memorabilia. I tried talking to him. I asked, politely, if he could make his presence known.

All to no avail.

But! The mystery as to why the ghost is haunting American Legion Post 282 in Harrison may have been solved.

In February, your correspondent wrote a feature on the Post’s yearlong celebration in anticipation of its 75th anniversary in January 2014. During an interview, former Post Commander Edwin G. Marshman related the story of another commander, George Holschuh [sic/hint], who regularly visits the AL headquarters at 8 Patterson St., just off Harrison Ave. I was invited to return around Halloween to see if I could “meet” him.

Marshman is an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Holschuh was an Army veteran of World War I who died decades ago. We couldn’t find the exact date, but Marshman believes it was in the 1970s.

When the Post is very quiet, with only one or two people there, footsteps have often been heard coming from the empty former meeting room on the floor above.

Marshman has heard them and says many other members can also attest to the phenomenon.

“They always start at the front [southeast corner] of the building and continue to the back,” stopping near the pool table just before the rear wall, Marshman explained.

“It’s a nice steady pace,” he said.

Of course, when the steps have been heard, someone has checked the room above. But there is never anyone up there.

Post 282’s headquarters is a fairly old structure, having once been the laundry building on the 19th century Peter Hauck estate, so it may be that the footsteps belong to some unfortunate laundress who might have met her demise there (if such a thing ever happened).

But Marshman and the other members are convinced the walker is George Holschuh.

On our earlier visit, Marshman had surmised, “I think he’s trying to tell us to keep doing the job we are supposed to do.” In other words, continuing to reach out to and support returning veterans.

Holschuh had been an energetic Legion supporter and recruiter. During World War II, when draftees were leaving for training, “he’d go down to the railroad station and give $5 to every Harrison guy,” Marshman said.

“No one could figure out how he got all the money. Five dollars was a lot in those days, and Harrison had hundreds of men leaving. But every time there was a draft group going, he’d be there.”

“At the end of the war,” Marshman said, “he made it his business to personally greet them when they came back — and then he’d sign them up for the Legion. We picked up 85 new members just like that – bam!”

Holschuh was also known for his active involvement in the scrap-metal drives the town held to support the war effort.

So why are the members sure that the ghost is George?

Photos of all the past commanders are mounted on the wall. But, after his death, Holschuh’s would not stay put, even though it had been affixed exactly as the others. His picture — and only his — kept falling down.

“The place would be closed up over a weekend, and we’d come in on a Monday, and there would be George’s photo, down from the wall again,” Marshman said.

“We tried a dozen different ways to secure it, and nothing worked.”

Eventually, the photo display was moved to another wall, and a small bracket supporting each row of pictures was added, so falling was no longer an option.

And that is when the footsteps started.

If the ghost couldn’t make his presence known one way, he’d do it in another?

On Friday, the day after Halloween, I revisited the Post with Marshman. For most of the time, we were the only two there. It was very quiet. And I tried talking to the ghost, “George? George? Are you there? Would you make yourself known to us?” Nothing. Then I figured maybe I was being too informal. “Commander Holschuh? Are you there?”


We visited the empty meeting room and I took some photos, most of which came out very blurry, which could be a paranomal phenomenon (or more likely, the result of my having dropped the camera on the street the day before).

I left a “gift” for George — a temporary loan — but it might produce some results.

It is from my collection of WWI posters. It features a stark, charcoal drawing of a helmeted, trench-coated Doughboy (this has nothing to do with Pillsbury, children), sitting in a trench and drinking from a tin cup.

It was printed in 1918 by the U.S. Food Administration, which was the government agency responsible for the Allies’ food reserves, and it reads: “Feed a fighter. Eat only what you need– waste nothing– that he and his family may have enough.”

I picked that one not so much for the message as for the art. Marshman said Holschuh served in France in World War I, so he had to be familiar with the terrible conditions in the trenches. The soldier depicted represented all the Yanks who were “Over There.”

We now await news of anything strange happening to the poster. Will it be moved? Turned around? Dropped on the floor? Or will George just ignore it?

Whatever does or doesn’t occur, it is possible George might soon be making his final visit and at long last stride contentedly into the Great Beyond. Provided something on his photo is changed.

I have been referring to him as Holschuh, which is how his name is spelled on the title under his picture and is the spelling I was given back in February.

But something had bothered me. George’s surname was once fairly common in Harrison and environs. To my knowledge, those families spelled it “Holzschuh.” With a “z.”

On Friday, Marshman and I pored over some old Post programs, and we found George’s name spelled at least three ways: Holschuh, Holschuk and . . . Holzschuh. (My instinct says the last one is the right one.)

No wonder George kept tossing his photo on the floor. He was hoping someone would notice the misspelling and correct it.

We now await word of a correction, and further news.

School district widens peanut ban policy

Photo courtesy Lyndhurst school district The Lyndhurst public schools have advised parents about the newly amended peanut policy.

Photo courtesy Lyndhurst school district
The Lyndhurst public schools have advised parents about the newly amended peanut policy.


By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent


The Lyndhurst Board of Education is going the extra mile to protect children with severe allergies to peanuts.

At a special meeting held Oct. 21, the board voted 7-2 to ban kids in kindergarten through grade 8 from bringing nuts and/ or nut products into school. High school students must limit their consumption of nuts to the school cafeteria.

Prior to the newly amended policy, the BOE had prohibited the presence of nuts and foods with nuts in classrooms for kindergarten through third grade, while students in grades 4 to 8 (Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson Schools) were permitted to eat nuts in one designated classroom at each of those schools which custodians were asked to clean after lunch.

Photo courtesy Lyndhurst school district

Photo courtesy Lyndhurst school district
The Lyndhurst public schools have advised parents about the newly amended peanut policy.

This policy has been in effect since 2007 – about two years after one child known to have a serious peanut allergy had an apparent reaction in an elementary school.

BOE member Jim Hooper told The Observer last week that it was one of his sons who was stricken at the time. He elaborated: “I have two sons who have peanut allergies. We don’t have cafeterias in our elementary schools and sometime during the 2004-2005 school year, one of them who was attending Roosevelt School where, at the time, the kids ate lunch in the gym, had a reaction to something while he was in his gym class.”

The boy was taken to an area hospital and recovered, Hooper said.

“If we had a new middle school and new cafeteria – which we’ve tried to get [through a public referendum that failed] – where we could come up with something that would allow non-allergic kids to eat peanuts, then maybe we could control things better,” Hooper said. “But we don’t. Some kids can go into anaphylactic shock from being exposed to peanuts. So, it’s a safety issue. “I’m not normally a guy who restricts things,” Hooper said, “but we’re trying to protect the kids.” So, in 2007, the board implemented its initial preventive policy of forbidding nuts in primary grade schools, allowing limited nut consumption in grades 4 to 8, arranging with its high school caterer not to prepare any foods with peanuts, but some months ago, a concerned parent approached the BOE and asked that it consider something more stringent to stop the potential exposure of allergic kids to peanuts, said Schools Superintendent Tracey Marinelli.

As Marinelli explained recently in a letter to school parents, “Nut allergies can be life threatening. It takes only the slightest smell, touch, or ingestion of peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil, a product that may contain trace amounts of peanuts or a product that has been processed in a plant that also manufactures peanut products, to cause a potential anaphylactic reaction.

“This can happen so easily – the hands of a friend who has just finished a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a JELLYBELLY jellybean, or cookies from a bakery baked on the same pan as a peanut butter cookie. Again, it takes only the slightest smell, touch, or ingestion.

“That said … we are asking all of you to please, please keep this in mind when sending lunch, birthday treats, or any other snacks to school ….”

Marinelli suggested that parents take the time “to read the labels of any prepackaged product” or visit the district website, www.lyndhurstschools.net, and check under District News for “Food Allergy Information” for a recommended safe snack guide.

A survey of school parents revealed that district-wide, there are 57 children diagnosed as having severe peanut allergies, according to Marinelli.

Board members Christopher Musto and James Cunniff voted against the extended ban.

Musto told The Observer: “I wanted to seek a way to protect our small segment of children with severe food allergies, while providing an option for those children who enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Nutella, Granola or almonds. I was frustrated by the length of time from the issue being raised to an actual vote. I was disheartened that a ban from K to 8 was the only way the other seven members could find to resolve the issue.

“The Lyndhurst schools administration came out against my original plan [keeping the designated classroom in grades 4 to 8 for peanut eating and avoiding a total ban], stating … that they could not guarantee that one classroom would be cleaned effectively following lunch [and] that classrooms are not currently cleaned now. I thought that was completely unacceptable both as a parent and a board member … that we cannot clean 25-30 desks ….

“With that said, I feel that this nut ban provides children and parents with a false sense of security and places an unnecessary and difficult burden on lunch aides, teachers and principals. I already hear the various challenges faced by lunch aides and principals who have no idea what ingredients are in foods or how foods were prepared. This is an incredible liability for the district, being that we are saying that no nuts are allowed. … “

Musto said he felt education about “how to seek out healthy food” and about “the causes of anaphylaxis” is the key to dealing with the issue, both for kids with the allergy and their peers.

“Lastly,” he said, “any ban is a drastic step for government to take, whether it be huge sodas or nuts. I don’t believe government should be weighing in on what kids eat or drink. I believe that is the parent’s responsibility.”

Cuniff told The Observer he favored retaining the old policy which he feels is “well-written.” With the revised policy, he said, “I don’t think we’re serving the whole population. I feel bad for the kids who will only eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”

How vets can defend themselves at home



By Ron Leir

Observer Correspondent


Kearny hosted a regional conference for New Jersey veterans Oct. 26 at American Legion Post 99. Representatives of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state Division on Civil Rights advised the handful of veterans attending, about their legal protections as prescribed by federal discrimination laws. Ana Limo-Magras, conciliator for the state Civil Rights office, and Derek Farthing, an EEOC investigator, offered an overview of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations and Title 7 of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 which covers discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, sex, disability or genetic information.

Also: Debra Adamczyk, team leader for the Vet Center Readjustment Counseling Service, talked about the role played by the Trenton-based center, and Philip Freeman, assistant N.J. Civil Rights director, discussed laws dealing with discrimination against veterans with disabilities and reservists on active duty.

Both Limo-Migras and Farthing said that neither the state nor the feds can “send anyone to jail” for discriminating against a veteran but an employer found to be in violation for terminating or refusing to hire a disabled veteran capable of doing a job can be made to comply and/or fined.

Citing a case illustrative of someone with a disability being denied “public accommodation,” Limo-Magras described a 2009 episode where a blind man escorted by a guide dog was initially denied seating in a Livingston diner. Then, when he finally was allowed in, he was “stuck in the back” and made to feel humiliated so he walked out. The diner owner should have made some type of “public accommodation” for the patron, Limo-Migras said.

Farthing cautioned the veterans that timely reporting of instances of alleged discrimination is key to getting a complaint investigated and into court because there is a 300-day statute of limitations on filing discrimination complaints. He said his office will review job discrimination complaints only where employers have at least 15 employees – or, in the case of age discrimination, 20 employees.

Even if an initial complaint is turned aside by a court, Farthing said that a veteran can still opt to press a “retaliation” or “reprisal” complaint against an employer and often have a better chance of winning that case than the first.

During a break in the conference, Freeman told The Observer that one reason he and his colleagues were doing this outreach work was that “very few complaints are being filed by veterans with disabilities who’ve been denied employment as well as reservists who’ve either been fired or demoted based on service [commitments].”

“Many veterans don’t know about the services offered them by the state and federal governments,” Freeman said, “and that’s why we’re getting the word out at community conferences and informal round-tables hosted by veterans’ organizations like this one.”

In the past two years, Freeman said, “we’ve done a total of 10 visits around the state in places like Paramus, Newark, Toms River, Lawrenceville, Woodbury, Atlantic City and now, Kearny.”

One local veteran who asked not to be named suggested that another reason few complaints have been made is that, “A lot of people are afraid to come forward or it’s too long a process [to remedy the problem]. They need work now. And a lot of reservists and National Guardsmen and women are not getting promotional opportunities because they’re always subject to redeployments.”

Recent reports from the KPD blotter

Oct. 27

At 2 a.m., Officers Luis Moran and Frank West responded to a report of a fight on Sanford Ave. where one resident had complained to another about loud music. The individual who had asked that the volume be lowered was reportedly answered by a punch in the face. He was taken by Kearny EMS to St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. The alleged assailant, Immer Gonzalez, 29, of Kearny, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Fort Lee.

At 4 a.m., Officers Jack Corbett and Tim Castle responded to a home near Rutherford Place and the Belleville Pike, where one woman reported being assaulted by another. According to police, the 46-yearold victim had been in her bedroom when she heard a crash and found that a vase had been hurled through a window. Outside, police said, she found Michelle Skiathitis, 26, of Harrison, who allegedly entered the residence and began kicking and punching the victim. The suspect had left the house but was found near the scene by Officer Ben Wuelfing. Skiathitis was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and simple assault.

At 8:15 p.m., the KPD was advised that a female passenger under the age of consent had been fondled and groped by an adult male earlier that day in a vehicle on Passaic Ave. Based on information provided to him, Det. Ray Lopez developed a suspect, identified as Ivan Morales, 38, of Belleville. Dets. Scott Traynor and Michael Farinola located Morales the next day in Belleville and arrested him on a complaint of criminal sexual contact. His bail was set at $2,500.

Oct. 29

Lt. Anthony Gouveia was on patrol at 8:15 a.m. on the 100 block of Brighton Ave. when he placed under surveillance two men he saw sharing a 24-oz. can of Budweiser while apparently scoping out homes and driveways. When they entered one driveway, Gouveia followed and confronted them in the backyard. One stayed at the scene; one began to walk away, ignoring the officer’s caution to stop and had to be restrained, police said. Charged criminally with defiant trespass and with a town ordinance complaint for public drinking were Angel Quezada, 30, and Julio Sactadriga, 46. Neither of them, police said, could provide a home address.

Oct. 30

Officer Brian Wisely was on patrol on Hoyt St. off Schuyler Ave. at 3:30 p.m. when he saw two individuals, who he knew to be under age, drinking from cans of Coors, police said. They discarded the beer and began walking away, but as Wisely approached, police said, he noticed that one had what appeared to be a hypodermic needle in a shirt pocket. The suspect, Denis Caballero, 19, of Kearny, reportedly was found to have three needles. His companion, Christopher Henry, 19, of Harrison, allegedly was in possession of two more. Both were charged with possession of the hypodermics, underage possession of alcohol and drinking in public.

Officer Chris Levchak responded to Walmart at 4:45 p.m. on a report of an employee allegedly making fraudulent returns of merchandise — gift cards in excess of $500. Arrested and charged with theft by deception was Megan Johnson, 25, of Bayonne.

Oct. 31

On Oct. 22, a chainsaw, hedge trimmer and leaf blower, worth a total of about $1,000, were reported stolen from a landscaper’s truck in a Passaic Ave. lot. On Oct. 30, Clifton police notified Kearny that there had been similar thefts in their jurisdiction.

At 10 a.m., Oct. 31, near the intersection of the Belleville Pike and Kearny Ave., Lt. Gouveia saw a truck loaded with “numerous tools and construction equipment,” including items — reportedly in plain view — matching the description of those stolen in Clifton, police said.

In connection with the Kearny crime, the truck operator, David Benzaleski, 28, of North Arlington, was charged with receiving stolen property. Clifton detectives interviewed him at KPD headquarters, and he was turned over to their custody.

–Karen Zautyk

And in the morning, silence



Next Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, the day dedicated to honoring all American veterans, living and dead. There will be ceremonies in The Observer towns, sponsored by various organizations and with varying programs.

But they should all have one thing in common: a moment of silence at 11 a.m.

Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day, and it marked the exact moment the guns of World War I fell silent: 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Perhaps it is for that reason that I, personally, although honoring all our living U.S. vets — as they should be honored — have always felt a closer bond that day to the fallen. Especially the fallen of the Great War.

Next year will bring the 100th anniversary of the start of that conflict, and I daresay today’s younger generations live in ignorance of the 1914-18 slaughter.

Is it even still taught in schools? Perhaps in the U.K. it is, but I have my doubts about U.S. education. Hell, in the U.K., they’re still writing songs about it. (Search YouTube for “The Road to Passchendaele.”) In the U.K., people will be wearing poppies this week. When was the last time you saw a poppy here? How many people even know what the flower signifies?

In any case, to me, Nov. 11 will always be inextricably bound to World War I, with which I have a, some might say “morbid,” fascination. It can’t be other than morbid, considering the sheer number of dead.

Some perspective: In the last 12 years, some 6,760 American troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to one source, on the first day — repeat, day — of the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916, the British overall casualty toll was about 60,000, “of whom 21,000 had been killed, most in the first hour of the attack, perhaps the first minutes.” (John Keegan, “The Face of Battle.”)

Can you comprehend that? Nearly 21,000 slain? In one hour? Or less?

Entire libraries have been written analyzing the reasons for the terrible butchery of World War I, so I am not about to try to do that here. I merely want to acknowledge the horrific loss of life. Of lives. Of individuals who had their whole lives ahead of them and who were doomed to became part of a lost generation.

The United States, which did not enter the war until April 1917, sent more than 4 million troops to the Western Front, of whom 110,000 died before cessation of hostilities in November 1918. Of that total, an estimated 43,000 were felled, not in battle, but by the Spanish Flu epidemic that was sweeping the globe. They still died as heroes in the service of their country.

So, on Monday, I shall attend a Veterans Day ceremony, and keep the moment of silence, and remember both the living and the dead.

For the living, I can shake their hands and say a sincere, “Thank you for your service.” As I hope you do, too.

For the dead, I can only pray. As I hope you do, too.

–Karen Zautyk


The Veteran

Let us never forget their sacrifices.

It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag.

Oh Lord, grant eternal rest to them and let the perpetual light shine upon them.

Submitted by North Arlington Elks Lodge #1992

Lyndhurst Police blotter

Oct. 30

Police reported three Mischief Night incidents that happened within blocks of each other.

At 7:25 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of Page Ave. called police to report that someone had sprayed shaving cream over their 2013 Honda parked near their home.

Then, a 49-year-old man told police he was walking his dog in the 400 block of Rutherford Ave., at 8:30 p.m. when he was hit in the back of the neck with an egg thrown from a car traveling east on Rutherford Ave.

And, at 8:31 p.m., police received a call from a resident in the 400 block of Fifth Ave. that eggs had been thrown at their house and parked car by several juveniles walking along the block.

Oct. 29

At 7:04 p.m., police said a Nutley resident reported that someone had cut through their 2002 Chrysler convertible while it was parked in the 200 block of Chubb Ave. Items in the center console had been disturbed but nothing appeared to have been taken, police said.

Oct. 27

At 11:45 p.m., police received a call that someone was yelling and kicking parked vehicles at Ridge Road and Sixth Ave. Arriving at a location in the 500 block of Sixth Ave., police said they observed a man standing in the street and shouting. When asked to stop, the man refused, so he was arrested. Carlo Lengua, 22, of Lyndhurst, was issued a summons charging him with disorderly conduct and released pending a court date.

At 4:07 p.m., police received a call from a resident of the 300 block of Maple Ave. reporting that someone had damaged the right rear tail light of their 2012 Kia Sorento while it was parked in front of their home.

At 12:51 a.m., police said they stopped Martin Chavez, 62, of Kearny, as he was traveling south on Orient Way, north of Page Ave., after he was observed crossing the double yellow line. Chavez was charged with careless driving, DWI and refusal to take an Alcotest.

Oct. 26

Police received a report of theft from a location in the 400 block of Fern Ave. at 2:44 p.m. Police said a spare tire with a 33-inch chrome rim from a Lexus Land Cruiser truck was taken from outside a garage. The tire was valued at $300, police said.

– Ron Leir


‘Cinderella the Musical’ at W.H.A.T.



The West Hudson Arts Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) kicks off its third season with Disney’s “Cinderella the Musical,” a classic fairy tale brought to life through song and dance. Performances are Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m., at the W.H.A.T. Theater, 131 Midland Ave., Kearny. All tickets are $8. Tickets for all performances are available online at www.whatco.org or by calling 201-467-8624.

Cinderella is W.H.A.T.’s first family friendly musical. Young theatergoers are encouraged to wear their best Prince Charming and Princess costumes to the performances, said W.H.A.T. artistic director and Cinderella director Joe Ferriero.



The company includes Noelle Haefner (Old Woman/ Fairy Godmother), Michelle Almeida (Cinderella), Michael Antonelli (Prince Charming), Paula Reyes (Stepmother), Joan M. Hemphill (Drizella), Jennifer McCarthy (Anastasia); Robert Strauch (Gus), Jimmy Smores (Jaq), Brianna Dickinson (Perla), Alyssa Schirm (Suzy), Richard Dwyer (The King), and Jonathan Pinto (The Grand Duke).

Disney’s “Cinderella the Musical” is directed by Joe Ferriero; choreography by Michele Sarnoski; music direction by Scott Burzynski; music by Mack David and Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston; original book adaption by Marcy Heisler; music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.




The following special events are planned for “Cinderella”:

*Royal Tea meet – Saturday, Nov. 9, at noon, at the W.H.A.T. Theater, before the 1:30 p.m. show. Tickets for the tea and show are $12. Seating is limited for princesses and princes (must be accompanied by an adult); advance online ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets for the Royal-Tea are available online at www.whatco.org or by calling 201-467-8624.

*Cinderella crafts – A free program held at Kearny Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., for ages 3 to 6, co-hosted by W.H.A.T. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. Children may create their own royal crowns along with either a magic wand or a shield. Register in advance at the library. This activity is limited to 50 participants. Call the library for additional information and registration 201-998-2666.

Then & Now

Photo courtesy North Arlington Public Library Photo by Karen Zautyk

Photo courtesy North Arlington Public Library                                                      Photo by Karen Zautyk


This rustic scene once graced the northwest corner of the intersection of Schuyler Ave. and the Belleville Pike at the Kearny-North Arlington border. The undated photo gives the address of the barn as 19 Schuyler Ave., which is the same address as the bank in the mall that stands there now. This was the grazing land and home for the work horses at Holy Cross Cemetery. The photo is undated, but the horses could have been working there as early as 1905, when, according to the book “A Place in History” by Merritt Ierley, the Archdiocese of Newark began buying land in North Arlington. The 205-acre cemetery site was complete by 1913, but the first burials did not take place until March 1915. When the work horses were replaced by motorized equipment and put out to pasture for the final time is not known.

– Karen Zautyk