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3 arrested in Nutley robbery

NUTLEY — At 12:50 a.m., Jan. 18, a Nutley police officer noticed three young men fleeing a Whitford Ave. location. Police said the three entered a black Subaru, which the officer felt was suspicious and stopped the vehicle. It was […]


3 displaced, 1 injured in Belleville fire

BELLEVILLE – Three township residents were displaced and one was injured by a fire that heavily damaged a King St. dwelling on Sunday, Jan. 25, according to the Belleville Fire Department. Battalion Fire Chief Martin Lutz said township fire personnel […]

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From Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos … RE: the snow emergency

The Kearny Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with the Kearny Police and Fire departments, Kearny Emergency Rescue Squad, Office of Mayor Alberto G. Santos, Town Administrator Michael Martello, the Kearny School District, Kearny Health and Public Works Departments, and […]

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Closures for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 26 & 27 (ongoing list)

Here’s an ongoing list of local closures as of 5:39 p.m., Jan. 26. We’ll update this post as new information is available to us. • North Arlington Public Schools, closed Jan. 27. • North Arlington Borough Hall, closed Jan. 27 […]

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Nutley Library closing today at 1 p.m.

The Nutley Public Library will close early Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at 1 p.m., due to inclement weather. Call the library at 973-667-0405 on Tuesday to see if it has reopened. You may also check the library website at nutleypubliclibrary.org […]


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Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., holds a Saturday craft program, open to all ages, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.

Belleville High School’s Music Department presents its 2014 winter concert series, starting with the instrumental music program, featuring the BHS Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, on Thursday, Dec. 11, and the vocal music program, with the BHS Concert Choir and Acapella Chorus, on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Both concerts start at 7 p.m. in the Connie Francis Theatre at the high school. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free but donations are accepted at the door.

For more information, email band director Anthony Gotto at Anthony.gotto@belleville.k12.nj.us or vocal music director Carol Lombardi at carol. lombardi@belleville.k12.nj.us.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces the following:

  • The Book Club meets Monday, Jan. 5, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., to discuss “Riders of the Purple Sage” by Zane Grey. For more information or for help in locating a copy of the selection, call the reference desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 219 or 220.
  • Food for Fines will be collected Dec. 15-31. Bring in a can or box of non-perishable food and each donation will reduce up to $1 in fines, no matter how old, but cannot be applied to pay for lost books. Food products must not be expired.


On Sunday Dec. 14, the Harrison Lions Club will hold its annual Winter Wonderland shopping bazaar from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 401 Warren St. Over 30 vendors will offer their merchandise for area residents to start their holiday shopping. Admission is free. First 50 shoppers will get a special gift. Former NFL quarterback Ray Lucas will be signing and selling copies of his book “Under Pressure” from 10 a.m. to noon. Children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and have their picture taken from noon to 3 p.m. Lions Club members will be available at different stations to help children with writing letters to Santa Claus and assist in the making of their own personalized stockings, ornaments, and holiday hats. For more information, go to http://eclubhouse. org/sites/harrisonnj/ or visit them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ harrisonlionsclub.


A cat food drive is being conducted through Dec. 12 for Kearny’s TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) program. Drop off cat food donations at K-9 Corner, 169 Midland Ave. at Elm St.

Trinity Episcopal Church of Kearny and Christ Church of Harrison will co-sponsor their monthly flea market at 575 Kearny Ave., Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. for set-ups. Vendors are invited. Tables are one for $15 and two for $25. Call Trinity Church at 201-991-5894 to schedule your table or call Annamarie at 201-998-2368 after 5:30 pm. Walk-ins and new vendors are welcome.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., hosts a Christmas spree and supper Dec. 12, 5 to 8 p.m. The sale includes handcrafted Christmas ornaments and decorations, candies, cookies and more. The $7 cost for the meal includes soup, sandwich and dessert. For more information, call the church at 201-991-1132.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., hosts a holiday marbleizing workshop Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m.

Marbleizing is the preparation and finishing of a surface to imitate the appearance of polished marble.

Using silk scarves, instructor Renee Johnson will lead participants in this ancient art, widely used in Pompeii and in Europe during the Renaissance.

Just in time for the holidays, the finished product, free to all registered attendees, will make a beautiful gift. This program will only be open to a limited number of adults. Call the library at 201-998-2666 for a reservation.


The Lyndhurst Historical Society is showcasing a sampling of the many businesses that contributed to the community and beyond in its newest exhibit, “Lyndhurst Business: Building a Community,” which runs through August 2015 at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 400 Riverside Ave.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, but a small donation to the Society is appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum is open on the second and fourth Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, leave a message at 201-804-2513 and your call will be returned.

For more information about the Lyndhurst Historical Society, readers can visit www.lyndhursthistoricalsociety.org. Like them on Facebook.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., announces the following events for children. Registration is not required unless otherwise specified. To register, call the library at 201- 804-2478.

  • A reindeer craft program, open to pre-k to grade 3, is set for Thursday, Dec. 11, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Children in grades 1 to 4 can make a holiday wreath on Thursday, Dec. 18, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required.
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game Night, open to grades 6 to 9, takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 7:15 pm. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited and registration is necessary. To register, call the library or email referencelyndhurst.bccls.org.
  • RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello, an intuitive medium/ healer, hosts a brief session of audience spirit readings followed by a discussion of her new book “Speaking From Spirit” Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. Space is limited and registration is necessary. No walk-ins will be allowed. Call the library or email romeo@bccls.org to register.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission hosts Watercolor Pencils for Kids, open to ages 5 to 12 (accompanied by an adult) Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at the NJMC Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza. All art supplies are provided. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 (no fee for adults).

To register, go to www. njmeadowlands.gov/ec. For more information, call 201- 460-8300.

Knights of Columbus Council 2396 sponsors a Tricky Tray Friday, Jan. 16, at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. The $15 admission includes coffee plus one prize sheet of tickets. No alcohol is permitted. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call Steve Cortese at 201-657-0800 or Sal Russo at 201-446-7244.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Police Department Crime Prevention and Community Relations Unit is conducting a holiday toy drive. New and unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the Police Department through Dec. 11. Toys will be distributed to area hospitals, local families and others in need.

North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a holiday celebration Friday, Dec. 12. Bingo starts at 10:30 a.m., lunch is served at noon and dancing begins at 1:30 p.m. For more information and reservation, call 201-998-5636.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, hosts the following programs:

  • Carol Erickson performs jazz standards and some holiday tunes Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. There will be light refreshments. The Friends of the Library sponsor this event. (The program on Colonial and Victorian Christmas, which was set for Dec. 13, has been canceled.)
  • Computer Coding Club, open to ages 8 to 13, meets Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. Registration has been completed for this event. The library will be closed to the public at 1 p.m. on this date, as usual, and open only for this special program.
  • A holiday pageant, for all ages, is set for Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:45 p.m.
  • An origami class, open to grades 4 to 7, is set for Friday, Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m.
  • The Woman’s Club sponsors a craft session, open to K to grade 5, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tween Book Club, open to grades 5 to 7, meets Thursday, Dec. 18, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sing-along Story Time, open to ages 2 to 5, is set for Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11:45 a.m.

Queen of Peace Church presents its annual Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. The event features the church’s choir, the Queen of Peace Schola Cantorum and the Chopin Singing Society along with soloists. There is no admission charge but a free will offering is requested.

News from the Nutley police blotter

Dec. 1 

A Hillside Ave. resident reported a case of identity theft. Police said someone had opened a utility account in Massachusetts using the resident’s personal information and the resident was billed $221.94 for the period from Oct. 20 to Nov. 18.

Dec. 2 

Coming home from work, a Hillside Ave. resident found that some of the upstairs rooms had been disturbed. Officers who responded found pry marks on the back door which, they surmised, was forced open. Detectives are investigating.

• • •

A resident told police their credit card had been compromised and two purchases totaling more than $500 had been charged on it at a Walmart in Bergen County. Another resident reported that while reviewing their checking account, they noticed two unauthorized charges for about $125.  Dec. 3 Someone made an unauthorized withdrawal of $500 from a resident’s account from an ATM in North Arlington, police said.

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A Park Ave. resident reported that someone made two unauthorized charges on their Visa account at Bed Bath & Beyond and Publix in South Carolina. The resident was so advised by their financial institution, police said.

Dec. 4 

Someone stole a music mixer from a Passaic Ave. business. The owner told police that when their employee came to work, they noticed that a bucket had been positioned under a window and that there were footprints in the snow. Detectives are investigating.

Dec. 5 

Someone broke into a transport bus for one of the township’s Senior Citizen Home Care facilities, police said. The intruder damaged its passenger side door lock and punched the ignition and removed some paperwork from the vehicle, police said.

– Ron Leir 

Vikings look to build on huge first-season under coach Corsetto

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By Jim Hague 

Observer Sports Writer

After being away from the game of high school basketball for a few years, veteran coach Rich Corsetto had no idea what to expect from his return to the sidelines, taking over the North Arlington High School program.

Corsetto, a veteran of coaching on the high school and more prominently the collegiate ranks, inherited a good squad when he arrived last year and the Vikings rewarded their new coach with a 20-win season.

The Vikings finished the season with a 20-8 record a year ago in Corsetto’s first campaign.

But can Corsetto expect more of the same success in his second go-round?

“It’s definitely a challenge,” said Corsetto, a member of the National Junior Colleges of America Hall of Fame. “We lost two starters and our sixth man. But we did go to the William Paterson team camp over the summer, played in the Kearny summer league and the Bloomfield fall league.”

Corsetto made his mark as the head coach at Hudson County Community College from 1990 through 1996. When that school dropped basketball, he moved on to become the head coach at Passaic County Community College from 1996 through 2010.

In 20 years as a college coach, Corsetto won 435 games. He also owns a gaudy 255-91 record on the high school level, so Corsetto has won a total of 690 games as a basketball coach over 33 years. With a little luck, Corsetto might reach the magical 700-win plateau this season.

However, luck hasn’t been kind to Corsetto thus far.

First, Mike Paolello, who was penciled in as the Vikings’ point guard, suffered a serious knee injury during the football season and will be lost for the season after undergoing knee surgery.

“That was a big loss,” Corsetto said.

Then, senior Edgar Carranza, who had some big moments for the Vikings last season, will start the season on the side lines for academic reasons.

“He has to clear some things up before he can come back,” Corsetto said. “He was a key rebounder for us last year.”

Corsetto doesn’t know how long Carranza will be out. He could be out until Jan. 1 or even longer.

“We’re hoping it’s sooner than that,” Corsetto said.

One of the key returnees is senior forward Jose Checo. The 6-4 Checo averaged eight points and 10 rebounds per game last year, but those numbers need to improve this season.

“He’s worked very hard in the offseason,” Corsetto said. “I think he’s ready to step up. He’s definitely improved. I’m expecting a lot from him. I’m hoping to see better production.”

Junior Kevin Cerqueira is a 5-11 forward with a lot of promise.

“He did a nice job for us last year,” Corsetto said. “He’s a good defensive player. He’s going to have to be more of a scorer this year. He’s worked very hard over the summer.”

Junior Stephen Velez is a 6-1 forward and strong inside player.

“He works hard on the glass,” Corsetto said. “He’s a good rebounder and he’s good around the basket.”

Junior Joe Morales is a 6-1 forward.

“Joe is a banger on the boards,” Corsetto said. “He’s an aggressive kid. He’s a garbage man in a good way.”

Senior Jonathan Hurley is another solid performer at guard. The 5-11 Hurley possesses a nice touch from the perimeter.

“We need him to make shots,” Corsetto said.

Timmy Ford is a 5-8 junior guard who can play either guard slot.

“He’s in good shape physically from playing football,” Corsetto said. “We have a number of kids who also played football. He’s a tough kid who helps us in a lot of different ways. He can also shoot the ball.”

Corsetto is very excited about freshman Isaac Aguilar, who stands 6-foot-5.

“I’ve been in basketball a long time and I haven’t seen many like this kid,” Corsetto said of the freshman. “He’s going to grow more. I think he’s going to get a chance to start right away. He can block shots and rebound. I think he’s a big-time player.”

Senior Anthony Rotondo is a solid 5-8 guard.

“He does some nice things for us and he can shoot the ball,” Corsetto said.

Dylan Brown is a 5-9 junior guard who also possesses a nice shooting touch from the perimeter.

Junior Darien Nogueras is a 5-9 guard who adds depth to the Vikings’ bench.

Corsetto believes that his team is a work in progress.

“I don’t think I’ll ever change my strategy as a coach,” Corsetto said. “If it works, don’t mess with it. We’re going to press and trap and try to run up-tempo. I’m a strong believer in defense. I think defense creates offense. That’s the reason why we won 20 games last year. I’m looking to do that again this year. We’re still going to press and we’re still going to play up-tempo. That’s what I’m familiar with.”

The Vikings tip off the season against St. Mary’s of Rutherford Dec. 19. The Vikings will also host the William Ferguson Holiday Classic Dec. 29-30, with Trinity Christian, Lenape Valley and Hoboken Charter in the field.

NA’s girls’ hoop squad looks to new coach Lado


By Jim Hague

Observer Sports Writer

Rob Lado has enjoyed a smooth transition in taking over as the girls’ basketball coach at North Arlington High School.

“I think things have gone pretty well,” Lado said. “They’re adjusting well to a new routine and a new system. We’ve had nothing but a positive attitude. We’re improving every day and I think we’re going to have a good season.”

Lado introduced the Vikings to a faster paced, up-tempo style of play. “They’re catching on with my system,” said Lado, who was an assistant coach on the high school level and head coach on the AAU level before taking the North Arlington job this season. “They weren’t familiar with up-tempo play.

We want to get out on the fast break. We are going to be built on the pick and roll on offense. There are a lot of things I’m implementing that they’ve never done before. But they’re interested and asking questions.” Lado said that he has been helped by JV coach and assistant Karissa DePena, as well as Stephanie Sinclair, who was brought in to work with the program’s freshmen.

“The girls are all really working hard,” Lado said. “I’m encouraged.”

The Vikings have two seniors on the roster in 5-10 forward Brianna Cappuccino and 5-8 forward Samanta Quinones. Both saw limited action last year.

“Brianna is going to get solid minutes and help us with our rebounding,” Lado said. “Samanta is also good with rebounding, but she’s also defensively quick. She can go after the ball well. She’s doing all the dirty work.”

Junior point guard Denaijah Gainza will play a prominent role in Lado’s system.

“She’s a good ball handler,” Lado said of the 5-5 Gainza. “She also can be a big-time scorer. She’s a good shooter and will control a lot of what we do with the ball in her hands. She’s also a solid defender. I expect big things from her.”

Junior Marissa Piscal is a 5-9 forward with good skills.

“She’s our starting power forward,” Lado said. “She’s also a good offensive threat. She’s very strong and moves her feet well to get into good position on the floor. She’s going to be a solid player for us on both ends of the floor.”

Junior Samantha Veloso is a 5-9 forward.

“She’s also a very good athlete who has a nice little offensive touch,” Lado said.

Junior Theresa D’Errico is a 5-3 guard.

“We’re going to count on her defensively,” Lado said. “She’s not afraid of anything. She’s not afraid of mixing it up. She’s the fastest player on the team and she has a nice little shot.”

Junior Victoria Namnama is a 5-4 guard.

“She’s another great athlete who can get after it,” Lado said.

Sophomore Danica Krawczyk is a 5-7 forward who plays both the small forward and shooting guard roles.

“She has a very nice shot and is good defensively,” Lado said. “I’m going to count on her a lot.”

Sophomore Melissa Torres is a 5-7 versatile performer who can play a variety of positions.

“She’s a tremendous athlete, one of the best athletes we have,” Lado said. “She does a little bit of everything. She’s going to play a pretty important role.” Junior Mariah Moreno is a 5-3 guard who will also see playing time.

“She’s fearless and goes well to the basket,” Lado said. Lado likes the depth that he has with his team.

“Because we’re going to play up-tempo, we will have nine or 10 girls who will play,” Lado said. “I’m definitely happy with the turnout. We have a lot of girls who are interested in playing. They’re very energetic. They just have to get used to the up-tempo approach.”

The Vikings open up the 2014-15 season against St. Mary’s Dec. 19. They will also host the Ferguson Holiday Tournament Dec. 29-30, with local rivals Queen of Peace and Lyndhurst in the field, along with Trinity Christian. The Vikings will face nextdoor neighbor Golden Griffins in the opening round.

“I’m looking forward to at,” Lado said. “I think it’s going to be an interesting season.

” Sure looks that way.

Lyndhurst looks to improve in second year under Palek


By Jim Hague 

Observer Sports Writer 

It’s the second year of Paul Palek’s tenure as the head boys’ basketball coach at Lyndhurst High School and he can already tell the difference.

“You could tell in the first week of practice that it was a lot easier,” said Palek, who guided the Golden Bears to a 10-13 record in his first season. “We had a lot of our offense in already and the kids all knew the drills. They’re learning things a lot quicker and it’s remarkable how much you can do after you have a year under your belt. It makes a big difference.”

The Golden Bears also spent the entire offseason together, playing in the Bloomfield summer league and attending open gyms together.

“We graduated six off the team last year and three of them started,” Palek said. “So this is the first time in my coaching career that I had no idea who is going to start. It has made preseason to be very interesting.”

One player who has to be in the mix is 5-10 senior guard Marc Estevez, who averaged 18 points per game last year for the Golden Bears.

“He broke his hand in February and missed the last seven games of the season,” Palek said. “You could see the drop off. We just weren’t the same without him. I expect him to have a big season.”

Palek will expect Estevez to play a lot more at point guard this season.

“It is what it is,” Palek said. “He has to have the ball in his hands. It puts added pressure on him, but he’s our best player and we’re going to rely on him. The others have to find their roles.”

Another key contributor will be 6-1 senior forward Brandon Karlok, who played a lot last season.

“Brandon is very athletic, but he needs to step up,” Palek said. “He needs to get his 10 points per game and he needs to get to the foul line more. But he’s a very good athlete and he’s an excellent defender.”

Junior Vinnie Dorio, a 5-foot- 9 guard, will also get a chance to make an impact this season. Dorio, a baseball standout like his older brother Anthony, saw some time with the varsity basketball team last season, especially after Estevez got hurt.

“He got his feet wet and had some experience,” Palek said of Dorio. “He’s a good shooter. He’s going to have to score for us.”

However, Dorio is also coming off an injury.

“He suffered a back injury that shut him down in July and August,” Palek said. “He wasn’t able to do anything, so he’s still catching up a little. But he’s a good athlete and an excellent piece to the puzzle.”

Sophomore Peter Lazeris is a 5-10 forward who has some promise.

“He’s still learning the game a little bit,” Palek said. “But he plays hard and is going to get his opportunity.”

Junior Ryan Brown is a 6-0 forward.

“He didn’t play basketball last year, so we’re trying to see where he fits in,” Palek said. “We’re looking for him to make a contribution to this team.”

Junior Justin Smith is a 6-2 center.

“He’s a physical presence close to the basket,” Palek said. “He can defend well and rebounds.”

Junior Nick DiTommasso is a 5-8 guard who will see time coming off the Lyndhurst bench.

“He can really shoot the ball,” Palek said of DiTommasso. “He’s a legitimate 3-point threat.”

Senior Joey Cosenza is another contributor.

“He helps us inside by being a physical presence,” Palek said. “He makes a big difference defensively.”

What hurt the Golden Bears’ chances this winter was the loss of Peter Guerriero, who suffered a severely broken hand during the football season. The injury required surgery, so Guerriero has been subjected to life on the sidelines.

“If he was healthy, I think we might have had the best backcourt in the league,” Palek said. “We need everyone to step up. I think it’s a transition year, because we lost so much to graduation. We have so many roles available right now. It’s like putting together a puzzle, trying to fill the different roles.”

The Golden Bears open up the 2014-2015 season at New Milford. They then have a week off before facing Hasbrouck Heights.

“I think we have a chance to get better,” Palek said. “The kids have to rely on each other and play hard, which they’re doing.”

Whether that translates into results remains to be seen.


John R. Hodnett Sr.

John R. Hodnett Sr. died Nov. 28 in Fort Laurderdale, Fla., He was 87.

Born in Jersey City, he lived many years in Kearny and the past five years in Pompano Beach.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Mr. Hodnett was a coowner of Bibb’s Auto Parts in Kearny.

Husband of the late Christine (nee Pantozzi) he is survived by his children John «Jack», Patrick, Michael and James Hodnett and Linda Reilly. Also surviving are his grandchildren Candace, Jody, Jessica, Kyla, James, Alyssa, James and Colleen.

Michael J. Tallent 

Michael J. Tallent, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong Harrison resident. He was employed as a time keeper in the payroll department of Worthington/Ingersoll Rand in Harrison for five years before retiring in 1993. Previously, he worked as a bartender at Dunphy’s Bar in Harrison for many years.

Michael was a member of the Elks Club of Harrison and the Holy Cross Church Honor Society.

He was the beloved son of the late Mary (nee Murray ) and James Tallent, the dear brother of James “Sonny” Tallent and the late Alice Aquino; and the cherished uncle of Anthony and John Aquino, Maureen Rogers, James Jr. , Stephen and Sharon Tallent.

Arrangements were by the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Street attack & more: HPD blotter

A man reported that he was assaulted by two men on Dec. 1, shortly after 6 p.m., at Harrison Ave. and Third St., police said.

The victim gave this account of the incident to police: He said he was walking south on Third St. when he was approached by two men who asked him about the shoes he was carrying. After informing them they were newly purchased, one of the men demanded, “Give me them shoes.”

But he refused and pushed the man in the chest.

At that point, the second man pulled out a small silver automatic handgun and said: “Now run your pockets.”

The victim, holding his shoe box and cellular phone, then assumed a fighting stance and replied: “Let’s fight like men.”

In response, the gunman hit the victim in the mouth with the firearm causing bleeding and swelling and the second man punched the victim in the back of the head.

Both assailants then ran north on Third St. towards Harrison Ave. where the victim lost sight of them.

Nothing was taken from the victim.

The man with the weapon was described as Hispanic, between 20 and 25, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, with dark brown hair and wearing a black baseball hat and dark colored jeans.

The other man was listed as Hispanic, between 20 and 25, 5-foot- 10, , 200 pounds, with dark brown hair, wearing a beige jacket and blue jeans.

Harrison PD also logged these incidents during the past week:

Dec. 2

At 8:45 a.m., police were dispatched to the 500 block of Hamilton St. on a report of a stolen vehicle. The owner’s son told police they just discovered their vehicle was missing and, upon checking their home’s surveillance tape, they found that two males had broken into the driver’s side door of their silver 2002 Chrysler minivan while it was parked in their driveway and, once inside, started the vehicle and drove westbound on Hamilton St. out of the camera frame. One of the thieves appeared to be while with short hair, police said.


Police responded to the 500 block of Cross St. on a report of a lost package. Police said the resident told them that on Nov. 24, he’d ordered a $120 Garmin GPS and was told that it would be shipped to him via UPS and was expected to arrive by Nov. 28. When the resident called UPS to ask about the package, he was told that it was delivered on Nov. 28 and left on his front porch, police said.

Dec. 3

A resident in the 100 block of Cross St. reported that a new iPhone valued at $749.99 delivered to her was believed to be stolen from the front steps of her residence. Police said she’d placed the order on Nov. 8 with AT&T but never received the phone and, after checking with AT&T, was advised that delivery was made on Nov. 13.

– Ron Leir 

Then & Now




Top Photo: KPD

Bottom Photo by Karen Zautyk

With our ‘Then’ pictures, it is often difficult to determine what year they were taken. That’s not the case this week. We have not only a year (1936), but also an exact date (Aug. 11) and even a time of day (2:25 p.m.). We even know the identity of the photographer: Kearny Police Sgt. George Carlisle. That’s because this photo is part of a KPD murder file. 

The victim, Theodore Zetterlund, owned that butcher shop/grocery on the northeast corner of Davis Ave. and Tappan St. and was killed there Dec. 7, 1935, during a botched robbery. He and his wife, Kathryn, had lived in the apartment above the store. 

Today, the site is occupied by the Schuyler Savings Bank, but the building to the right, on the south side of Tappan, remains. 

For more on the Zetterlund story, and the recent, fascinating turn of events, see p. 1

– Karen Zautyk 

Police seek help locating woman last seen in Belleville


The New Jersey State Police needs help locating a missing Belleville woman.

Mildred Soto, 52, was last seen in Belleville on Oct. 2, police said. Police said she suffers from paranoia and may be in the area of Midtown Manhattan or Bergen and Hudson counties.

If you have information that can assist in helping to safely locate Soto, please call 9-1-1 or the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, ext. 2895.

Driver in fatal crash found, is cooperating, officials say


Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Nutley Police Chief Thomas J. Strumolo have announced that the driver of the black Ford Econoline van believed to have been be involved in a Nov. 15 accident in which  a 77-year-old woman was killed has been located.

The man, whose name is not being released at this time, is cooperating with authorities. As of Wednesday, no charges had yet been filed.

The victim, Ernesta Fernandez of Nutley, was crossing Centre St. when she sustained fatal injuries. The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is available at this time.