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By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
When legendary Belleville High School wrestling coach Joe Nisivoccia decided to retire at the end of last year, he thought of no one better to fill his shoes than perhaps his most talented pupil ever.
Emilio “Junior” Nardone is perhaps Belleville’s most successful wrestler, having won two NJSIAA state championships in 1991 and 1992. Nardone then went on to wrestle at Rutgers and later Seton Hall before moving on to become a New Jersey state trooper.
“When I left, I was a little angry at the sport,” said Nardone, who had to retire as a state trooper after getting injured on duty. “I then realized I had some unfinished business. The sport reminded me of the things I wanted to do. I had something to give back. I had so much to offer.”
Nardone had been working privately with wrestlers who attend The Edge training school in Kenilworth, then joined the coaching staff at his alma mater as a volunteer, as a favor to his former coach.
“I had the keys to success in wrestling and I had the keys to success in life,” Nardone said. “I’ve always been a student of the game. I’m still learning.”
Nisivoccia approached Nardone at the end of last year.
“He called me and said he was stepping down,” Nardone said. “He said that there was no one he would have trusted more in turning over the program to. He said, ‘You’re Belleville through and through.’”
Nardone was exactly that, embarking on a wrestling career that legends are made of.
During his junior year at Belleville, Nardone suffered a knee injury that required surgery.
But after undergoing that surgery, Nardone developed a serious staph infection that almost cost him his leg.
“I was in the hospital for Christmas through the New Year,” Nardone said. “Doctors told me that if the infection didn’t get better, then they were going to take my leg.”
Nardone somehow recovered in time to wrestle in the districts. He had only one match under his belt, but won the District 14 and Region 2 tournaments.
“It was quite a journey,” Nardone said. “Not even my closest friends thought it was possible, but I said anything was possible.”
In 1992, Nardone was undefeated, posting a 30-0 record in winning his second state championship at 125 pounds, leaving his mark forever as a Belleville High School immortal.
He’s so revered as a two-time state champ that his name actually appears on the mats at Belleville, along with the school’s other state champs.
It’s on the mat as Emilio Nardone, not Junior, so it confused some of the current Belleville wrestlers.
“They see that and say, `Is that you?’” Nardone said. “Then they react to it.”
Nardone didn’t hesitate when Nisivoccia turned over the keys to the Belleville wrestling room.
“I had to do it,” Nardone said. “I love the wresting community and I had some success. That translates into coaching here at Belleville. It’s important to me. I had to do whatever I could to help the program.”
Nardone knows that the Buccaneers can’t be successful overnight. But he’s optimistic.
“I want them to learn that every time they take the mat, they’re not only wrestling for themselves, but for their teammates, their school and their town,” Nardone said. “Every so often, I see little rays of sunshine. It’s not about wins and losses right now. I just want them to give their all. That’s important to me.” The Bucs’ 106-pounder is sophomore Tommy Graziano, whose father, Tom Sr., was a Belleville wrestler.
“Tommy knows what he’s doing technically,” Nardone said. “He’s just a little outmanned right now, wrestling kids who are bigger. But he’s a good kid and he’s working hard. He’s good to have on the team.”
Sophomore Luis Ovondo is the team’s 113-pounder. “The one thing this kid has is that nobody can beat his work ethic,” Nardone said. “He’s the most dedicated kid on the team. He’ll find success. It’s inevitable because he works so hard.”
Ovondo is part of a dedicated group that Nardone calls “the Breakfast Club.”
“They come to school every day at 6:30 in the morning to work out, lift, watch videos, whatever it is,” Nardone said.
Senior Kenny Nicosia, junior Anthony Jett and sophomore Joe Buonnano are sharing the duties at 120 pounds.
Junior Ronald Smith is perhaps the most improved Belleville wrestler. He won just three matches a year ago, but has already tripled that number this year. “
He embodies what we’re trying to do here,” Nardone said. “He’s intense. He hustles. He pushes himself the most. He’s given a true commitment to this program.”
Junior Michael Vergera and freshman John Centanni are the 132 pounders, with junior Carmine Centanni, senior Hugo Pando, freshman Adam Nguyen and senior Chris Nguyen sharing the time at 138 pounds.
Jefferson Renard, a sophomore, is the 145-pounder, with senior Peter Meggali at 152 pounds.
The team is hoping to get the services of senior Jose Vergera soon. Vergera has been out of action due to academic difficulties, but he was a competitor at Region 4 last year.
Junior Jordan Greene is perhaps the Buccaneers’ best wrestler. The 160-pounder worked diligently throughout the offseason and finished second in the recent Essex County Tournament.
“He’s come along leaps and bounds,” Nardone said of Greene. “He has such a great attitude. I think he’s just breaking out of his shell.”
The Bucs have three wrestlers vying for time at 170 pounds, namely juniors Tyler Lugo and Chris Rodriguez and sophomore Joe Nguyen.
“Lugo is just coming back from injury and Rodriguez is a transfer from Paterson Eastside,” Nardone said.
Senior Chris Bunay is the team’s 182-pounder.
“He’s solid there,” Nardone said.
Junior Nick Nardachone is the team’s most successful wrestler. Nardachone finished second in the District 14 tourney last year and recently took fifth in the ECT. Nardachone was also second at the Edison Tournament earlier in the season.
Junior Elijah Gaines is the 220-pounder. Gaines was second in the Edison Tournament and third in the Bloomfield tourney this season.
The heavyweight is junior Tien Le, who is new to the sport.
“We call him ‘Godzilla,’ because he’s very agile and pinning people,” Nardone said.
The Bucs have a 6-6 record after suffering a loss to rival Nutley Friday night.
“I’m pretty encouraged,” Nardone said. “We beat Union, so that was a good win and gave us a little slice of hope. We just have to keep up the intensity.”
With Nardone in charge, people in Belleville could not expect anything less than intense.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
Nutley High School head wrestling coach Frank DiPiano knew that this was going to be a tough season, as he had to rebuild his program, losing a host of talented wrestlers to graduation. But then, DiPiano was hit with the unforeseen transfers, guys who DiPiano was counting on for the new season. “It’s been tough,” DiPiano said. “I was in a little bit of a shock when we lost the transfers. But I preach to our kids that we can only control what we can control. If kids want to leave, there’s nothing you can do about it. We just have to work on getting better every day and work with the kids who we had in the room.” Because DiPiano believed he was going to have a strong season, he scheduled the Maroon Raiders to face some of the toughest teams in the state. “It’s one of the toughest schedules we’ve had since I’ve been here,” DiPiano said. “I told the kids that’s not going to change. We’re still going to face the best.” So the Maroon Raiders have a 9-13 dual meet record after defeating neighboring rival Belleville Friday night, facing the Buccaneers for the first time in five years. It was a special night at Nutley, as former wrestlers from both schools were asked back for the festivities, were introduced during a prematch ceremony and got together for a postmatch celebration. “It was a great night,” DiPiano said. DiPiano said that the program has been fortunate to keep some wrestlers in the fold, some with strong familiar ties, guys like Steve Scuttaro and Joe Ferinde, who had older brothers who wrestled for DiPiano. “It helps to have these guys who had seen it and been around it as we started to change the perception of the program and decided to stay home,” DiPiano said. “The fact that they believe n the system means a lot to me. They know that we can compete with anyone.” Another key returnee is sophomore 106-pounder Robert Duxbury, who has already won 20 matches this season and recently won the Essex County Tournament championship. “He’s just a hard-nosed kid,” DiPiano said of Duxbury. “He’s a very hard worker who is on the verge of becoming a great leader. He’s already set some lofty goals.” DiPiano said that Duxbury reminds him a lot of former Maroon Raider great Bobby Trombetta, the school’s alltime victory leader who is now wrestling at Bloomsburg University. “That’s the type of kid Robert is,” DiPiano said. “He and Bobby share a good relationship and talk a lot.” Ferinde is the team’s 120-pounder. The younger brother of former Maroon Raider standout Michael, Joe Ferinde has an undefeated record (26-0) thus far and also won the Essex County tourney last week. “I’m not surprised with what Joe has done,” DiPiano said. “I’ve watched him improve. He was third in the Region (4) tourney last year and he’s spent so much time on the mat. He’s all business in the classroom and on the mat. He doesn’t let anything get in the way.” Ferinde is a junior with bright promise. Kenny Pena is a junior at 126 pounds. He’s also very improved, considering that he won only three matches last year and has nine wins this season. Sophomore Darwin Pena, Kenny’s cousin, is the team’s 132-pounder. Darwin has 13 wins this season. Freshman C.J. Haddock is the team’s 138-pounder. It’s a tough weight class for a freshman, but Haddock is hanging tough. “He has a lot of promise,” DiPiano said. “He’s in an extremely tough weight class.” Senior Scuttaro has a 22-4 mark after finishing second at the ECT last weekend. Scuttaro is the team’s 145-pounder. “I expect big things from him,” said DiPiano of Scuttaro, whose brother Vinnie was a Nutley standout wrestler. “Steve is a two-time District (14) champion and is a solid team leader. Hopefully, he’ll get to Atlantic City (for the state championships) this year.” Junior Andrew Aiello is the team’s 152-pounder. Junior Jason Castellanos was solid at 160 pounds, but he just recently broke his hip and is lost for the season. Sophomore Lou Long will move into that slot at 160. Sophomore Gerard D’Allessio has won 10 matches at 170 pounds. Senior Santino Gabriele is a first-year wrestler who is learning more about wrestling. “Santino is a soccer player who knew we had some holes in the lineup, so he came out,” DiPiano said. “He’s holding his own as someone who just came out for wrestling.” Freshman Sabino Coppola is another newcomer with a lot of promise, holding the fort at 195 pounds. Senior Rob Spagnuolo is the team’s 220-pounder who has had some varsity experience, while junior Adam Touah is a first-year wrestler at heavyweight who has won 12 matches as a rookie. Needless to say, DiPiano is hopeful that the Maroon Raiders continue to improve. “I’m definitely encouraged,” DiPiano said. “We have a great group of kids who work hard and understand their roles. We have some new kids who are going to take their lumps a little. But we’re just trying to get better every day. That’s the goal.”
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
Marc Estevez looked at it as a perfect opportunity. The Lyndhurst High School junior welcomed a new head basketball coach in Paul Palek, so it meant a brand new start, which is what Estevez was hoping for throughout the offseason.
“I knew with the new coach coming in, there would be a chance to prove myself again,” Estevez said. “I knew he ran a guard-oriented system, so I hoped he would give me a shot to make things happen. Coach Palek said early on that he wasn’t looking for anyone to be the main scorer, so I thought I could get the chance to step up and help the team.”
Coming over from Wayne Hills, where he coached last season, Palek had no idea what kind of a player Estevez was.
“I knew that he played a little last year, but not much more,” Palek said. “I really didn’t have big expectations.”
Estevez saw considerable playing time last season for the Golden Bears, but didn’t have a high scoring average, perhaps scoring six points per game.
But Estevez was ready for the chance.
“To be completely honest, I’ve been a confident kid my whole life,” Estevez said. “I was confident I could make some noise this year.”
However, no one could have anticipated the volume of the noise that Estevez would create.
Estevez has been nothing short of brilliant for the surprising Golden Bears, who own a fine 8-7 record thus far in Palek’s first season. He’s been averaging better than 18 points per game, including some fine performances of late.
He had 23 points in an upset win over Dwight-Englewood last Saturday, including the game-winning shot with eight seconds remaining. Estevez also had 23 in a close loss to Midland Park. He had 17 points, including 10 straight free throws, most of which came in overtime, in a clutch win over Harrison and tossed in 13 in a tough loss to Secaucus.
For his efforts, Estevez has een selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week.
Palek has been impressed with the way Estevez has taken charge of the offense late in close games.
“He’s been able to make the plays down the stretch in some big wins, like Rutherford, Harrison and Dwight- Englewood,” Palek said. “He’s been coming up big in the fourth quarter. What’s most impressive is that everyone knows that we’re going to give him the ball and he still finds a way to score. I wasn’t expecting him to be the go-to scorer like this.”
Estevez didn’t expect it either.
“I guess it’s a little surprising,” Estevez said. “To go from sophomore to junior year like this with such a scoring improvement. I guess I’ve been trying to be more aggressive with the ball, taking the ball to the basket, creating off the dribble. I’ve also been getting some calls and when I get to the free throw line, I make the foul shots.”
Estevez likes having the role of being the Golden Bears’ main scorer.
“Of course, with the game on the line, I want the ball to be in my hands,” Estevez said. “I count on my team getting me the ball. When it comes down to the final minutes, I’m able to grind it out and make plays.”
Estevez said that he spends a lot of time working on his free throw shooting.
“I shoot a lot of free throw shots in practice,” Estevez said. “I’ve done that all my life. I was taught early on that free throws and defense win games. So I do take more free throw shots than anything. I know how to get my points. When the crowd is roaring and the game is on the line, I’m in a zone, knowing I have to make those shots.”
Palek counts on Estevez to make the free throws.
“He’s a very good free throw shooter and he gets to the line quite a bit,” Palek said. “When we need a basket, he’s able to get them.”
Palek believes that Estevez has become more relaxed as the season moves on.
“He’s much more comfortable in the system,” Palek said. “He knows now that he’s going to be our best scorer and we’re going to him. He’s going to get the ball. When we need something, Marc’s going to have the opportunity to do it. He’s expecting it now. He’s grown with the role and become the lead guard we need.”
Palek also believes Estevez is improving.
“He’s been shooting from the perimeter, but he’s getting better driving to the basket first,” Palek said. “He has great body control and balance. And our guys know where we’re going to make a play at the end of a game. We’re getting the ball in his hands. I have confidence in him being able to get us a good shot at the end of games. As long as the ball is in his hands, I know we’re going to get a decent look.”
Palek believes that Estevez has just begun to become a complete player.
“We’re working with him defensively,” Palek said. “We’re working on him being more of a creator. He knows he has to set the other guys up. He’s a great kid. He’s extremely coachable. He wants to be very good. Every conversation we have, he lets me know that he wants to be held accountable. He’s a very good player.”
Estevez hasn’t stopped working on improving his game.
“I’m a one-sport athlete,” Estevez said. “I only play basketball, so I work all year round. I’m in the weight room a lot of the time. I take a fitness class during the season and do light lifting. I’m working on my ball handling and my 3-point shot.”
There’s a reason for the hard work.
“I want to play college basketball,” said Estevez, who has an older brother, Jake, who is on the team. “It’s something I have always wanted to do, something I’ve dreamed about since I was a little boy, so it’s a goal of mine, but that’s down the road a bit. Right now I’m pretty happy with the way I’m playing. I don’t want to get too over confident. I just want to keep it going.”
Estevez said that he enjoys playing with his brother, as well playing for new coach Palek.
“I think it’s awesome that I get the chance to play with Jake,” Estevez said. “It’s the last thing I’ll ever get to do with him. I do like playing for Coach Palek. He’s tough on me, but he wants me to become a better player and a better person in life. I appreciate that.”
Just like the way Palek and the rest of the Golden Bears appreciate the way Marc Estevez is playing these days.
By Anthony J. Machcinski
Starting from the bottom of the food chain in 1998, Robert DaSilva knows the restaurant business.
With a passion for great food and even better service, DaSilva took over the former Bensi restaurant on River Road in North Arlington and hit the ground running. On Oct. 11, 2013, Centanni was born.
“I worked for the company and knew the environment,” DaSilva said. “I just started investing into it.”
Rebranded Cenntani, (which means 100 years in Italian),DaSilva strived to make his restaurant a new and improved restaurant choice.
“The food quality is better,” DaSilva said on what has changed with Centanni “Better service, better quality of food.”
While reasonably-priced food and better service topped DaSilva’s priority list when it came to changing the restaurant, small but still important details like the restaurant’s appearance also have changed.
“We have a new color, a new theme, even new tablecloths,” DaSilva said.
The changes to the restaurant have not only made it a more enjoyable experience for customers, but for employees as well.
“Everybody is happier to work,” DaSilva said. “I was just tired of working for other people and not getting anything in return.”
DaSilva credits the newfound success of Centanni to his two chefs, Edgar Madrid and Executive Chef Roberto Garcia.
“It’s Italian food freshly cooked on the premises,” DaSilva said. “We cook to the order. Nothing’s made ahead of time. Everything is cooked to be fresh.”
With Garcia specifically, DaSilva said that his focus is on the weekly specials.
“He is a very intelligent guy in terms of making specials,” DaSilva said. ‘You could tell him, ‘This is what I’ll give you’ and he would make you a great plate.”
DaSilva said Centanni has become known for its great Penne dishes, Penne Vodka and Penne Bensi – Penne pasta served with chicken, broccoli, fresh grape tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.
“It’s all made from scratch,” DaSilva explained. “The penne is imported from Italy, all of our pasta is. We use extra virgin olive oil for everything.”
The better service and higher quality aren’t lost on the customers, who drifted away from Bensi because of the lack of those characteristics.
“(The customers) say it’s good to be back,” DaSilva said. “With people coming back, it was very comfortable for people to return. Everybody keeps saying that it’s good and they’ll have to come back.”
One item that DaSilva believes separates Centanni from other restaurants in the area is its take out menu.
“We have a large clientele for orders to go,” DaSilva explained. “Most restaurants don’t have that. It’s the same food, same quality, just people have the option to order in and go home.”
DaSilva said that when he took over the restaurant, that was one aspect that he never wanted to change.
“I was not going to change the take out,” DaSilva said. “Bensi did well with that. No changes were made except for the better food.”
For DaSilva, his biggest goal is to see the enjoyment of a good meal on a customer’s face.
“My goal is to make people happy,” DaSilva said. “I want to see people enjoy their food. I want people to tell others, ‘Go to this restaurant, because its really good now.’“
DaSilva realizes that his business will only go as far as the customers’ approval.
“I don’t own the restaurant; the people that own the restaurant are my customers,” DaSilva said. “Without them, I don’t have a restaurant.”
Centanni is located at 35 River Rd. in North Arlington and the restaurant provides take out as well as accepts reservations. For more information, call 201-246-0100 or visit their website at centanninj.com.
Manuel A. De Almeida
Manuel A. De Almeida passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 27. He was 96.
Born in Oliveira do sul, Portugal, he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny in 1968.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.
Mr. De Almeida was a member of the Portuguese Continental Union of The U.S.A. and he was a retired blacksmith from P.S.E.G. in Newark.
Husband of Irene (nee Vieira), he is survived by his daughters and their husbands Elissa and John Del Monaco and Dolores and Filipe Silva. Also surviving are his grandchildren and their spouses Eric and Lindsay, Brandon and Diana and Marc and Stacey and his great-grandson John.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The St. Stephen’s Sanctuary Fund.
Ian S. Doris
Ian S. Doris, 75 ,died on Jan. 29, 2014.
The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, at 10 a.m. Cremation will be private. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Mr. Doris was born in Paisley, Scotland and came to this country in 1963 settling in Kearny. While in Scotland, he served in the British Royal Army.
He was a pipe fitter for Merck in Rahway before retiring in 1998. Prior, he worked in the same capacity for Maxwell House in Hoboken for 23 years.
Ian was a member of the Scott’s American Athletic Club of Kearny.
He is survived by his children Lorna Henry (Joe) and Ian C. Doris; siblings Mary Welsh, Alex, Jim, Anthony and Eddie Doris and three grandchildren Ryan Henry and Kaliegh and Connor Doris.
Billy Farnham, of Newark, passed away on Jan. 18.
He was the son of William and Betty Farnham. He is survived by his daughters Coleen and Kelly, his son Dustin, two grandchildren Kayla and Gene, a sister Mary and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., in the chapel. Please omit flowers. Arrangements are by Eternal Cremations in Florida.
Donna Marie Lineer
Donna Marie Lineer, (nee Wiedemann), entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the VA NJ Health Care System at Lyons. She was 58.
Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Born in Newark, Donna Marie lived most of her life in Schooley’s Mountain, before enlisting in the U.S. Military. She graduated from West Morris Central High School in 1973. She was medically retired from the U.S. Army on May 1, 1978, after serving her country during peacetime in the post-Vietnam Era. She was a member of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association. Most recently, she lived in East Orange. She was raised Catholic and her strong faith in God brought her peace and comfort throughout her life. In her spare time she greatly enjoyed crocheting. Donna was an organ gift donor to the Sharing Network of N.J.
Predeceased by her parents in 2006, Vincent and Margaret (nee DeRocker) Wiedemann, Donna is survived by her loving siblings and spouses: Robert and his wife, Prudence; Joann Donlan and her husband, Daniel; Michael; Paul and his wife, Lucy; and Marybeth Wiedemann; a beloved son, Cory Allen Kent; cherished niece and nephew, Kristin Torres and her husband, Jean and Kevin Donlan and his wife, Olivia. Donna is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Lyons VA Hospice, VANJHCS/ Attention: Voluntary Service (135LY), 151 Knollcroft Road, Building 2, Lyons, N.J. 07939, In the memo, please state: For Palliative Care unit-7B or to: Make-A-Wish Foundation P.O. Box 6062 Albert Lea, Minn. 56007-6662 in memory of Donna Marie.
Anthony T. LoFasso
Anthony. LoFasso, formerly of Niagara Falls, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15. He was born Dec. 13, 1924.
Mr. LoFasso owned the Ke- High Luncheonette of Kearny for 14 years before moving to Frederick, Md.
He is survived by two daughters, Kim Mullen of Kearny and Cara Fritz of Frederick, Md., and by loving grandchildren Blake and Julie Mullen of Kearny and James, Abby and Khloe Fritz of Frederick, Md.
Joseph Thomas Mascellino
Joseph Thomas Mascellino, 77, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. His entombment took place in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.
Born in Newark, Joseph was a lifelong resident of East Newark. He worked for the Newark Sanitation Department for many years, retiring in 2001.
Predeceased by his wife, Ruth Ann (nee Murray) and his son, Joseph Jr., Joseph is survived by his loving sons, Mark and his wife Liz, Anthony and his wife Regina, and Gerard and his wife Michelle, cherished grandchildren, Danielle, Vincent, Kerry Ann, Amy, Ashley, Anthony, and Tyler, dear great-grandchildren, Robert, Leah, Anyiah and Mia Bella, a brother, Thomas. He is also survived by nieces and cousins. Joseph was predeceased by his sisters, Josephine and Pamela and his daughter-in-law, Rosie.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to a charity of choice in loving memory of Joseph.
Evelyn L. McKinnon
Evelyn L. McKinnon died on Jan. 29 at Care One in Wall Township. She was 89.
Born in LaGrande, Ore., she lived most of her life in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at Grace United Methodist Church, Kearny, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.
Evelyn, a World War II veteran, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 through 1946. She was an accounting clerk for Prudential in Newark for many years and often helped in the family business, McKinnon Bakery. She was an active member of Grace Church, serving as the treasurer. Evelyn was also a member of the Salvation Army and was a volunteer at West Hudson Hospital.
Daughter of the late James and Eveline (nee Lawrie) McKinnon, she is survived by her cousin Betty Holt, her nephew and niece Sandy and Jennifer Holt and their son Alexander McKinnon Holt. She was predeceased by her brother Jack and his wife Shelia (nee Scotland) and her cousin George Holt.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Grace Church.
Kathleen Wilma Neal
Kathleen Wilma Neal, (nee Sprague), 48, passed away at home on Jan. 12.
Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Irvington.
She worked for as a crossing guard for Irvington; prior to that she was a bus driver for the Irvington Senior Citizens. She was predeceased by her parents Earl and Arlene Sprague.
She is survived by her brothers Robert, Patrick and Dennis Sprague, and her aunt Ann Marie Ricciardelli. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins.
Private arrangements were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. The family kindly requests donations to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312.
Joe Pereira, 56, died on Jan. 26 at his home in Kearny after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Joe was born to Albano and Maria (de Jesus) Pereira on May 25, 1957 in Newark.
Mr. Pereira worked at G.M.A.C. in Linden then FAPS, Inc. in Newark, and also owned several businesses in his short life.
He was an active member and coach for Kearny Recreation. For many years Joe coached the Kearny Generals Peewees, the Kearny Rec. Wrestling team and the major minor Cali Carting team. He was very active in the Kearny Booster Club while his children attended Kearny High.
Joe is survived by Lorie (Rebelo); his children Christian, Calla Marie and Chad; one granddaughter Alyara; and his sibilings Roy, Jay, Lisa O’Neil and Amelia Saraiva. He also leaves behind his in-laws and many nieces and nephews.
Joe touched many lives and will be remembered by those who knew him as a loving friend that always put others ahead of himself.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Camp Sunshine 35 Acadia Rd. Casco, Maine 04051 or at www.campsunshine.org.
Jorge Quiroz, of Kearny and formerly of Harrison, passed away on Friday, Jan. 31 at the age of 85 due to heart complications at JFK Hospital, Edison.
He was the husband of Ana Llerena, father of Isaias, Juan, Maria and Giovanni, father-in-law of Bertha, Mimi; grandfather of Joseph, Mike, Maria, Evelyn, Joshi, Stephanie, Fabian; uncle of Margot Rugel, Kike, Raul, Gladys, Maria, Carlos Pescoran.
A funeral service was held at the funeral home, following by a private cremation.
Donald A. Wojciechowski
Donald A. Wojciechowski, 55, of Palm Bay, Fla., formerly of Kearny, passed away on Jan. 13.
Private cremation was handled by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, Fla. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Lacey United Methodist Church on Lacey Road in Forked River.
Donnie leaves behind a wife, three children Melissa, D.J. and John, and one grandchild Mason. Also surviving are a sister Pat Cosgrove (Joe), brothers Eddie (Monique), Gary (Dana), Mark and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Don was predeceased by his parents Ed and Jane.
Donald was a bartender at the family-owned Terrace Tavern in Kearny before moving to Florida.
For information or to send condolences to the family, please email email@example.com.
Because of a possible storm Sunday into Monday, the Observer’s deadlines will likely change this week — and our office will most likely be closed Monday.
We’ll produce next week’s newspaper Friday instead of Monday, and as such, the deadline for classifieds this week will be 4 p.m., Friday. If you need to place one, please be sure to call us or visit our office at 39 Seeley Ave., Kearny, by then.
If anything else is to change, will announce it right here online.
Thanks, one and all.
The Hudson County Division of Planning, through a Together North Jersey Local Government Capacity Grant Program, is exploring the feasibility of implementing a bike-share system throughout Hudson County. We want to hear from you!
We are a holding a public open house on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hudson County Administration Annex Building (Freeholder’s Chambers, third floor, 567 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City).
To learn more about the study, take a brief survey or suggest a station location, please visit the study’s site at: hudcobikeshare.com.
By Ron Leir
A,development team, reportedly backed by Chinese investors, is floating a concept for a multi- million dollar mixed-use Belleville project that would include a rail connection.
Representatives of that team behind closed doors with Mayor Ray Kimble and members of the Township Council at the Jan. 14 meeting. Kimble said the public could be excluded because the discussions involved real estate negotiations.
What the governing body did reveal, however, was that the talks concerned the disposition of the “Jacobs Property,” site of the old ice house on the west side of Washington Ave. near the Nutley border.
And, during the meeting’s public portion, the council voted to ask the Planning Board to undertake an investigation to determine whether the property at 630-632 Washington Ave., listed as owned by Belleville Development, of New York, and a portion of Little St. owned by Conrail, can be designated as “areas in need of redevelopment.” Read more »
By Karen Zautyk
On Sunday, New Jersey Search & Rescue (NJSAR) presented an informational program at the Meadowlands Environment Center, explaining how to survive — and get yourself found — if you ever get lost in the woods.
At one point, team member John Rovetto asked the audience of adults and children, “Where’s the best place to get water and food?”
And a small voice in the back piped up: “7-Eleven?”
(Smart kid. Although I was thinking White Castle.)
The correct answer is “from your pack.” If you’re going into the woods, you should have a small pack or pouch containing a snack and water. Just in case. You never know. Hikers and such don’t expect to get lost, but that’s why it’s called “lost.”
At minimum, the pack should also contain a head covering; a brightly-colored cloth that can mark your whereabouts; a metal signal mirror (you can make one out of cardboard and aluminum foil); a whistle (three blasts is the universal signal for “Help!”); and a large plastic trash bag (tear a hole in the top for your face and put the thing over your head; it can act as both a rain parka and a tent).
Wouldn’t a cell phone make all this moot? Not necessarily. You can now get a “Glympse” App with a GPS that can help searchers find you, but suppose you lose the phone, or the batteries die, or there’s no signal, or, or . . . ?
As the Boy Scouts say, “Be prepared.”
Even in our techno-savvy era, people are still getting lost. Read more »