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Post 99 is 95!

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY -  Ninety-five years ago this week — Aug. 19, 1919 — 13 veterans of the Great War, as World War I was then known, gathered in the Kearny home of Fred E. Portz to organize a local chapter of the American Legion. […]

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Pressing for bridge funding

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  LYNDHURST –  Lawmakers from all levels of government, led by State Sen. President Stephen Sweeney, assembled for a press conference on the banks of the Passaic River Aug. 12 to declare their support for a replacement for the 109-year-old DeJessa Memorial Bridge that links […]

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Facing a new gun charge

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY – A Kearny man, who two years ago accidentally shot himself in the jaw with a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, was arrested last week in Newark on weapons charges. This time, authorities said, he was in possession of an AR-15 assault rifle. […]

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New spin on house party

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY– A house-party host got a bit more than he bargained for when he hired a disc jockey for the festivities and an “associate” robbed him at knifepoint, Kearny police reported. Thanks to some determined detective work, the alleged assailant was tracked (pun intended) down […]

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Cops nab suspects in stabbing, theft

LYNDHURST – The Lyndhurst Police Department last week announced the capture of suspects wanted in connection with a stabbing at a local entertainment spot and with a residential theft. On Monday, Aug. 11, at about 2 a.m., police were called to the Riva Blue night club, 525 Riverside Ave., […]

 
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Obituaries

Frances Chiariello 

Frances Chiariello (nee Del- Guerrcio) died peacefully at home on July 6. She was 87.

Born in Kearny, she moved to Nutley 25 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Wife of the late Joseph, Frances is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Kaminski, her sister Mary Rose and her husband Jim, her granddaughters Kari Hamburger and Kristi Delacruz and her husband Charlie and her great-grandchildren Ella, Jacob, Sidney, Lea and Jason. She was predeceased by her sister Anna Weber and her husband Elmer.

Marie Del Colle 

Marie Del Colle passed away peacefully at home on July 3. She was 97. Born in Jersey City she moved to North Arlington 30 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Marie was the wife of the late Vincent Del Colle; mother of Bernadette Sammartino (the late Al), Adrienne Tator (Dave), Vincent Del Colle and Doreen Terletzky. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to American Heart Association.

Joseph E. Klein 

Joseph E. Klein died peacefully at home on July 5. He was 89.

Born in Newark, he lived in North Arlington since 1951.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Joe was a World War II Navy veteran and was a truck driver for Anheuser-Busch in Newark. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the North Arlington Bowling League.

Husband of Eleanore (nee Lachance), he was the father of Arthur, Garry, Raymond and Thomas Klein and Joanne Moorhead, brother of Mary Malczynski and the late John Klein, Betty Ference and Tony Klein. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jean L. Metcalf 

Jean L. Metcalf (nee Laidlaw) died peacefully on July 3 at home. She was 89.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., she lived in North Arlington and Lyndhurst before moving to Hackettstown five years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 8 at the funeral home. Private cremation followed. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jean had been a para mutual clerk at the Meadowlands Sporting Arena for many years.

She is wife of the late James Metcalf; mother of Frank (the late Karen) Augustine, John (Janice) Augustine, Harriet (Larry) Raymond, James (Barbara) Metcalf and William Metcalf; sister of Margaret Lower, John Laidlaw and the late Thomas Laidlaw. She is also survived by her grandchildren Cara, Katie-Rose, JR, Stacey, Kelly, Kyle, Rebecca, Alyson, Brittany and James and her great-grandchildren Trevor, Jesse and Brody.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, in Kearny.

Krzysztof Noga 

Krzysztof Noga, 60, of Kearny died on Saturday, July 12, at his home surrounded by his family. T

he funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa, Harrison at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visiting will be on Tuesday, July 15, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Born in Poland, a son of the late Stefan and Jadwiga Noga, Krzysztof came to this country in 1980.

He was a foreman at Gateway Demolition Corp. in New York City and while employed there, was a 9/11 responder.

He was a fishing enthusiast.

Mr. Noga is survived by his beloved wife Maria (nee Kuczabo); his four cherished daughters Monika Glazewski and her husband Jarek, Agnieszka Glazewski and her husband Leszek, Ewa Dorozala and her husband Lukasz and Magda Noga and her fiancé Jorge Estrada; seven grandchildren Mateusz, Sebastian, Damian, Natalia, Weronika, Anthony and Claudia.

Krzysztof was a caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. Most importantly, he was a friend to all and will forever remain in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to meet him.

Donald A. Reiser Jr. 

Donald A. Reiser Jr., 65, died on July 10.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, on July 14. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mr. Reiser was born in Passaic and lived in Bloomfield and then Kearny before moving to Warren 35 years ago.

Donald served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era.

He owned and operated Hudson Electric in Perrineville for many years and was a proud member of IBEW Local 164.

Donald is survived by his wife Joanne (nee Kanetomo); two children Melissa Reiser Mosca and John P. Reiser; his siblings Donna Heal, Robert, William, Jon, Mark and David. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Luka, Cole and Jade Mosca and Cassidy, Kellen and Brennen Reiser.

He was predeceased by his sister Linda Bonassi.

Nutley police looking for missing 57-year-old man

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NUTLEY —

The Nutley Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing “at risk” person.

William Barthel, 57, is, 5’10″, 140 pounds, has brown eyes, brown hair and a scar on right side of neck. 

Barthel was last seen at 3 Adams Court, 2B, Nutley, on June 25. There is no clothing description available and no known possible destinations. It is not known if Barthel used any type of transportation. 

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Barthel, call 9-1-1 or contact the Nutley Police Department at (973) 284-4940.

Harrison police: Scammers posing as town workers in burglary try

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On June 30, shortly before 5 p.m., police responded to an apparent attempted scam by people claiming to be town employees at a residence in the 700 block of William St.

The homeowner told police she was cutting her rose bushes when a man she described as white, heavyset, 6 feet, between 45 and 50, with brown hair, wearing a white T-shirt, approached, produced an unknown ID card and said he was with the Harrison Water Department.

Asked why he was there, the man reportedly led the woman into her open garage and told her he needed to check the water in the basement bathroom. He then led the woman into the bathroom and told her to sit down and wait until he could check the other faucets throughout the house. Read more »

State VFW picks Kane

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By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent 

NUTLEY –

In 1969, when John F. Kane Jr. returned to his hometown following his tour of duty in Korea, his father, John Sr., a Nutley police sergeant, encouraged him to enroll as a member of the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“I asked him why,” recalled Kane Jr. (whom everyone knows as Jack), “and he said, ‘Because someday you might need the VFW.’” Read more »

Old church now local landmark

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By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  BELLEVILLE –  For the 13th straight year, as part of the Independence Day holiday observance, the Belleville Historical Society paid tribute to the Revolutionary War dead interred in the old Dutch Reformed Church cemetery and all the sons of Belleville who made the ultimate sacrifice in combat since then. This year, township residents were treated to a twopart celebration: On July 4, the Belleville Historic Preservation Commission designated the old church building – whose origin as the Reformed Dutch Church of Second River dates from 1697 – as a local landmark. Cemetery ceremonies were deferred to July 5 because of weather vagaries. Read more »

Industrial park on road to renewal

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

A long-derelict commercial site along the Belleville Turnpike is on the path to a rebirth as a “state-of-the-art” industrial park now that the Kearny Planning Board has cleared the way for a subdivision of a tract of land off the Pike.

Attorney Donald Pepe, representing the applicant, said the board’s approval marked “the first step in our redevelopment plan” for the 22-acre site formerly known as Jeryl Industrial Park that stretches up to Schuyler Ave. and borders on Arlington Park Cemetery.

Pepe told the board that granting the subdivision “provides an expedited path to redevelopment and remedial action …. We’re doing cleanup on a piece-by-piece basis to move the project along.” Read more »

Still working budget numbers

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

NORTH ARLINGTON – 

After a lot of partisan wrangling, much of it behind closed doors, members of the North Arlington governing body walked away from their June 30 meeting, having failed even to introduce the 2014 municipal budget.

And, when the smoke had cleared, Mayor Peter Massa had scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss estimated tax bills and budgetary issues, according to borough Business Administrator Stephen LoIacono.

Borough spokesman Tom Ammirato said that the administration’s proposed 2014 municipal budget stands at $21.3 million, of which $16.62 million would be raised by local taxation. Last year’s municipal budget stood at $20.18 million, supported by $15.15 million in local taxation. Read more »

3rd grade ‘campus’ due this fall

By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

LYNDHURST – 

Third-graders in Lyndhurst public schools will be on the move when classes resume for the fall term in September.

They are being consolidated into one school – with a detached addition to Jefferson Community School at New York and Second Aves. – to reduce class size and to provide departmentalized instruction.

“We’re viewing this as a model pilot program,” said Schools Superintendent Tracey Marinelli.

The thinking among Lyndhurst educators was to reestablish a kindergarten, first and second grade “culture” and to set third-graders apart as a separate collective unit, the superintendent said. Read more »

Reports from the Kearny police blotter

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June 26 

At about 6 p.m., at Chestnut St. and Wilson Ave., Officers John Fabula and Daniel Esteves arrested shoplifting suspect William Ferguson, 49, of Newark, who allegedly had just fled on foot from Rite Aid on Kearny Ave. Ferguson was found to have warrants from Kearny, Maplewood, North Arlington and Union — all for shoplifting. He was remanded to the Hudson County Jail.

Richard Stevens, 28, of Kearny, who was wanted by Lyndhurst, Newark and Stafford Township, managed to call attention to his presence at Tappan St. and Davis Ave. at 8:45 p.m. by urinating in public, police said. He was taken into custody by Officers Jordenson Jean and Frank West, was issued a town ordinance violation and turned over to the Lyndhurst PD. Read more »

News from the Nutley police blotter

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June 29 

At 7:12 a.m., police responded to an activated burglar alarm at a barber shop at Centre St. and Bloomfield Ave. and noticed that the rear door was open. In the rear of the shop, police discovered a man holding a container of orange juice and a bottle of water. He was very wet and appeared to be highly agitated. Police also found a puddle of water and broken glass on the floor and the exterior basement doors open. Entering the basement, police saw water spraying from overhead copper pipes, the basement in disarray and extensive damage to both storefront rear entrances. Police said the man, identified as Joseph Deforge, 52, of Manville, was arrested on a warrant from Hillsborough. He was also charged with burglary, criminal mischief, two counts of burglary tools, theft and attempted burglary. He was held at the Essex County Jail after failing to post $75,000 bail. Read more »

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