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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
To help uninsured individuals gain better access to affordable and quality health coverage, St. Michael’s Medical Center will host a special Health Insurance Registration event on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the center’s Admissions Department, 111 Central Ave., Newark. Local residents can schedule an appointment with a certified application counselor, who will help them navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and register for a plan.
Though uninsured individuals who qualify can sign up on the Health Insurance Marketplace via its website, www.healthcare.gov, St. Michael’s certified counselors will be available to offer one-on-one help, answer questions, compare options, and walk them through the process.
“As a health care provider for the greater Newark community, it is essential that we do all we can to help the members of our community gain access to quality, affordable health care,” said David A. Ricci, St. Michael’s president and CEO.
“When people have access to better health coverage, they can feel more at ease in seeking the care they need to live more healthy and fulfilling lives.”
For coverage starting in 2015, the Open Enrollment Period is Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015. Individuals can schedule an appointment with a St. Michael’s insurance counselor by calling 973-465-2792.
The Job Haines Home, 250 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, reports that staff member Donna McAllister, R.N., was chosen to participate in and has now completed a five-week training course on how to mentor new nurses in taking better care of the geriatric population in long-term care facilities.
“I found the course to be an excellent educational experience that will be a great asset to my profession and to the residents at Job Haines,” McAllister said.
The course, offered by the New Jersey Action Coalition, was funded by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid. Lectures on role-playing, on-the-job experiences and a strong overview of geriatric care were among the topics covered.
The course was developed in response to a 2010 report released by the Institute of Medicine, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The report examined how nurses’ roles, responsibilities and education should change to meet the needs of an aging, increasingly diverse population and to respond to a complex, evolving healthcare system.
For more information or to schedule a tour of Job Haines Home, call 973-743-0792 or visit www.job-haines.org.
Harrison/East Newark Elks sponsor a Hoop Shoot basketball shoot-out contest, open to ages 7 to 13, on Sunday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Community Center, 401 Warren St.
St. Stephen’s Church hosts a coat drive Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the lower church hall (enter via Washington Ave.). Coats, sweaters and sweatshirts will be accepted. Anyone wish to recommend a community member in need is asked to stop by at 11 a.m. For more information, call 732-552-8039 or 201-991-0670.
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.
A motorcycle run/toy drive for St. Claire’s Homes for Children kicks off at the Elks Lodge, 601 Elm St., Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a $20 registration fee and a new, unwrapped toy. No stuffed animals are accepted. The lodge hosts an after-run party for riders.
Those who don’t wish to participate in the run can still drop off donations at the lodge or at Arlington Lawn Mower, 483 Schuyler Ave., between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For more information, call Paul at 201-991-1076 or 201- 726-2315. Visit www.aidsresource.org.
The Kearny Elks Lodge conducts its Hoop Shoot, open to ages 8 to 13, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Presbyterian Boys/Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave. Participants must bring their birth certificate. For more information, call Tom Fraser, executive director of the PBGC at 201-991-6734 or Ron Pickel at 201-463-8447.
The Presbyterian Boys- Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave. hosts its annual Turkey Day dance Friday, Nov. 21, 7 to 10 p.m. Guests are restricted to teenagers. Prizes will be given to the best dancers.
Lyndhurst Public Library, 353 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a screening of “It’s Thanksgiving Charlie Brown,” open to pre-k to grade 4, Monday, Nov. 24, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 201-804- 2478.
Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, holds a blood screening Friday, Dec. 5, at the Community Center at Riverside and Tontine Aves. Appointments begin at 8 a.m. This service is available to Lyndhurst residents ages 18 and older for a $20 fee. Pre-registration is required. For appointments, call 201-804-2500. Payments can be submitted in cash or checks, payable to Medical Laboratory Diagnostics.
Lyndhurst American Legion Post 139 Rehabilitation Committee holds a ward party for veterans at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 2:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Claire Wertalik in memory of James Wertalik who served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, 1949 to 1951. Post members play games of chance with hospitalized veterans and distribute treats to them. Anyone interested in sponsoring a ward party is invited to call 201-438-2255.
The Humane Society, 221- 223 Stuyvesant Ave., invites members of the community to bring children and pets for photos with Santa Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are also welcome. All pictures will be taken by a professional photographer. Proceeds benefit the animals at the Humane Society. Photos with an attractive holiday folder cost $10. A CD of all pictures taken is available for $20. For more information, call 201-896-9300.
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 reservations, call 201-998- 5636.
North Arlington Woman’s Club sponsors a trip to the Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa., on Dec. 6. The bus leaves from Borough Hall at 9 a.m. Cost is $30 with $20 slot return and $5 food voucher. For information, call 201-889-2553.
Children can deliver letters to Santa Claus at the special “Santa Express Mailbox” starting Friday, Nov. 28, at the Park Oval entrance on Chestnut St., in conjunction with Santa’s arrival at the Oval. The last day of collection will be Wednesday, Dec. 17. Children must include their age and return address on each letter. Santa doesn’t always have the luxury of time to look up addresses during the busy holiday season. For more information, contact the Department of Public Affairs at 973-284-4976.
At 12:16 a.m., officers were sent to the 200 block of Manor Ave. on a report of three suspicious males sitting on the porch. Upon arrival, one officer saw the three men smoking and one tossed what appeared to be a cigarette to the ground. As the officer approached, police said he detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana. Another officer recovered the discarded butt containing green vegetation from under the foot of one of the other men on the porch. Two of the men, Mateusz Muchowski, 20, and Pedro Paysan, 27, both of Harrison, were issued summonses for possession of CDS under 50 grams and released pending a court date.
At 4:29 a.m., an officer on patrol at Cleveland Ave. and Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. spotted a white Mitsubishi Galant with a North Carolina registration having trouble staying in his travel lane northbound on Rodgers Blvd. After following the vehicle for two blocks and observing the continuation of the driver’s erratic driving, police said the officer activated emergency lights and siren and stopped the vehicle at the Cross St. intersection. The driver, Abel Gonzalez, 23, of North Carolina, was issued summonses charging him with DWI, DWI through a school zone and reckless driving. He was released to a family member, pending a court date.
At 3:54 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a 1997 Chevrolet Astrovan traveling at a high rate of speed through the intersection of Third and Hamilton Sts. Police said the officer activated lights and siren and stopped the vehicle at Second and Hamilton Sts. The driver, Christian Piedrarojas, 25, of Harrison, was ticketed on charges of DWI, reckless driving and several other motor vehicle violations. He was released to a family member pending a court appearance.
– Ron Leir
Harrison wins third straight state sectional soccer title
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
It was the final time that Jorge Castro was getting a chance to play soccer on his home turf at Harrison High School, so the Blue Tide senior midfielder wanted to make sure it was a memorable day.
“I’ve been here for four years and this was my last time here,” said Castro, who led the Blue Tide into action in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I championship game last Thursday afternoon against Secaucus. “This game really meant a lot to us.” Castro made the most of his last home game, scoring a brilliant goal in the second half, leading the Blue Tide to a 2-0 victory, giving Harrison its third straight state sectional championship.
“Winning three in a row really means a lot,” said Castro, who unleashed a rocket blast from about 35 yards out that eluded stubborn Secaucus goalkeeper Eric Quitiquit for the final score of the game. “I think they kind of figured out who we were, so they were going to be tough to beat this time.”
Harrison (22-3) had defeated Secaucus twice previously in the regular season, winning by 5-0 and 3-0 margins. But the Patriots were a more stubborn opponent this time, not allowing a goal until Ali Lakhrif’s header off a Leandro Gonzales cross went past Quitiquit with 32 minutes remaining in the game.
It was the 35th goal of the season for Lakhrif, who broke the all-time single season school record for goal scoring earlier last week.
Lakhrif was wearing two different colored shoes, one a fluorescent orange and the other a luscious lime green.
“I wanted to do something a little different for good luck,” said Lakhrif, who has now scored 10 goals in the five games that he’s donned two different colored cleats. “I was glad to be able to get the first goal, because after that, the game opened up for us.”
Harrison head coach Mike Rusek realized that Secaucus was a tougher opponent than the first two games this season.
“It was very tough to beat this team three times,” Rusek said. “The coach (Christopher Garcia) knows us well and they played us hard. They had a lot of good, tough kids. You fear that you’re playing against a team like this and you dominate action, but you make one mistake, have one breakdown and the result could be different. We said to them at halftime that they just had to keep coming, that the goal would come.”
Gonzales made a perfect cross and the guy with the two different colored shoes used his head to add to his scoring record.
“We knew that our best opportunity to score was from our midfield,” Rusek said. “Leandro made a perfect pass and Ali made a perfect header.”
The score remained that way until there was 13 minutes left, when Castro made his sensational shot.
“He’s always been capable of doing that,” Rusek said. “It was a great shot. It was perfect timing, because it made us very tough to beat with a two-goal lead.”
As it turned out, the two teams could have played until next August and Secaucus would still be searching for a way to get a goal. The Patriots actually played the ball past midfield only a handful of times and never got off a legitimate scoring opportunity. Goalkeeper Nick Araujo didn’t have to work too hard to collect his 17th shutout of the season. He was credited with making one save, but it certainly wasn’t a memorable one. That’s how dominant the Blue Tide’s play was in the midfield and their back line.
It marked the 10th time in 15 years that the Blue Tide captured a state sectional title under the tutelage of Rusek and his brother and assistant coach John Rusek. The Blue Tide were slated to face Section 1, Group I champion Waldwick in the overall state semifinals Wednesday at Indian Hills High School.
A win there would put the Blue Tide in place to capture the 27th overall state championship in the school’s rich and storied history. The Group I state title game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Kean University, with the scheduled starting time to be approximately 3 p.m.
First things first. The Blue Tide needs to beat Waldwick to move on.
The Blue Tide has fallen short of that overall state title in each of the last two years – something that the players definitely remember.
“This was just the first step,” Lakhrif said. “We want to win it all this year.”
“We’re going to do it this year,” Castro said. “I know it.”
“It’s a good feeling,” Rusek said. “We have 14 seniors on this team and they had not lost on this field since their freshman year in 2011 against Glen Ridge (in the state sectional title game). They enjoyed a lot of success on this field. They’ve been with us a long time. They deserve this.”
At the end of the game, Rusek managed to get his seniors on the field so they could be playing when the final few seconds ticked off.
“Every year, it’s a different feeling, but these kids have worked so hard,” Rusek said. “Things have seemed to fall into place for this team. We’re the last team in Hudson County to still be playing, so we’re very proud of that.”
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
When the high school girls’ soccer season began in earnest last August, Nutley High School head coach Mike DiPiano didn’t know what the future held.
After all, the Maroon Raiders graduated nine seniors from last year’s team that won 18 games and advanced to the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III semifinals.
“I couldn’t let the kids know that I had doubts,” said DiPiano, who began his third season at Nutley. “I did have concerns. We graduated four defensive starters and a goaltender. I knew that we had goal scorers in (Victoria) Kealy and (Zoe) Steck, but I wondered could they score enough for us to win.”
No one could have ever imagined what would transpire in a span of just two months. The uncertainty of August became a championship run in November.
Although the season ended Friday with a tough loss to Roxbury in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III championship game, the Maroon Raiders can walk away with their collective heads held high.
“We went further than any other team in school history,” said DiPiano, noting that the Maroon Raiders had never participated in a state sectional title game before Friday. “They all bought in and came together. They had sleepovers and movie nights. They had cookiebaking sessions, went pumpkin picking, apple picking and go-cart racing. They really made this team into a family. It was great to see.”
The Maroon Raiders finished the season 16-6, but three of those wins came in the state tournament, including a clutch win over West Morris in the sectional semifinals. West Morris was the team that eliminated the Maroon Raiders from the state tournament a year ago.
The team featured standout returnees in forwards Kealy (24 goals and 16 assists) and Steck (17 goals, 13 assists). Everything the Maroon Raiders did offensively was centered around the play of the two standouts.
Kealy, headed for Rider University on a scholarship, was once a defender at Nutley, but was moved up front and her entire life changed.
“She led by example,” DiPiano said of Kealy. “She played out of position as a freshman defender on a team that won three games. She did whatever we asked of her and did a great job as a leader.”
More importantly, Kealy leaves Nutley girls’ soccer with a legacy as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer, tallying an astounding 79 goals during her brilliant career.
“There were a lot of tears Friday and that’s understandable,” DiPiano said. “It was a tough day. But I let her know that she was one of the reasons why we were able to turn this thing around. She really had a great career.”
Kealy became the program’s second NCAA Division I player over the last three years, joining Natalie Melillo, who is at Troy University in Alabama and scored four goals there as a freshman this season.
“We feel we have players coming out of this program who can play at the next level,” DiPiano said.
When the time comes, Steck will become a major college player as well. Only a sophomore, Steck is already getting attention from Division I schools.
“We’re proud of that,” DiPiano said.
However, DiPiano should be most proud of the way his players developed this season.
When the season began, he had a goalkeeper who hadn’t played competitively in almost four years and had a host of underclassmen playing major roles in the defensive back line.
But junior Sarah Roselli emerged as the team’s goalkeeper, replacing last year’s Observer Co-Female Athlete of the Year Grace Montgomery. Roselli, who played tennis her first two years of high school, didn’t receive medical clearance to play soccer after suffering concussions as a middle school player, but DiPiano knew that Roselli could handle the responsibilities if healthy.
“I saw her play when she was younger and I knew if she could play, she would do fine,” DiPiano said.
Lauren Holden is a freshman who was given the responsibilities of being the team’s sweeper.
“I also saw her play when she was younger,” DiPiano said. “She comes from an athletic family (sister Emily is Nutley’s ace pitcher during softball season). Lauren is just a good soccer player. I knew she wouldn’t play like a freshman.”
Darby Fischer is a sophomore who became the team’s stopper.
“She was very tough,” DiPiano said. “Darby and Lauren Holden kept us together.”
Freshman Jela Small played both at defender and in the midfield.
“She’s a dynamic player,” DiPiano said. “She has a bright future.”
Senior Julie Fredericks, a first-year varsity starter, junior Melissa Alvarez and sophomore Angeli Bossibaly all did great jobs assisting the defensive backline that was once a question mark and evolved into the team’s strength.
Sophomore Jennifer Callaghan became a good ball distributor in the midfield. Senior Kaitlyn Salisbury and junior Sam Chimento were also major contributors in the midfield, along with Sarah Grueter and Maise Jelley.
They all molded well with the immense talents of Kealy and Steck up front, as potent a 1-2 scoring attack that could be found in northern New Jersey.
While the Maroon Raiders graduate a host of seniors, especially All-State candidate Kealy, the prospects look very good for the years to come, especially with Steck returning for two more soccer seasons.
“This team was a huge success story for the program, for the school and for the community,” DiPiano said. “I’m very proud of them. We won one state game two years ago, two last year and three this year. We’re moving in the right direction.”
If the progression remains the way it has been over the first three years of DiPiano’s regime, then a fourth win in the state playoffs should finally mean a state sectional title in 2015.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
It had been a brilliant cross country season for the Lyndhurst High School boys’ team, one that culminated in the NJIC-Colonial Division championship and the second straight NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I title.
So when the Golden Bears took to the tough and treacherous course at Holmdel Park last Saturday for the overall Group I state championships, there was hope that the Bears could muster up yet another brilliant performance to move on to the NJSIAA Meet of Champions this weekend.
But it didn’t happen.
The Golden Bears didn’t get the performance they were hoping for and finished fourth, just missing on a berth in the M of C by a total of just nine points.
“We didn’t have our ‘A’ game today,” Lyndhurst head coach Michael Picardo said. “We knew we needed our best today and we didn’t get it.” Stephen Covello was the top Golden Bear runner, coming home in 14th place in 17:15.36. Teammate William Hooper was right behind in 15th place, clocked at 17.16.96. Dylan Stanco was next, earning 17th place in 17:19.14. The trio tried desperately to move up to make more of an impact, but it wasn’t to be.
“In the beginning, I got trapped in the back,” Covello said. “I couldn’t move. Going up the hill, it was pretty hard to get past anyone. I had to run on the edges, between the trees and everything. Once we got out of the woods, we had a lot of ground to catch up and it was hard. I was trying to go for it and couldn’t get there.”
Covello said that he was looking for his teammates as well.
“We tried to run as a pack,” Covello said. “Billy (Hooper), Stanco and I were all together. But I didn’t know where we were. Making up ground in a race like this with so many runners is really tough. We tried to push each other to the end.”
“I think we all got out slow,” Hooper said. “At one point, I was like in 50th place as we entered the first mile. I tried to pass so many people, but it was so hard. I got tripped about five or six times because I’m so tall and have long legs. People were hitting me left and right. Once everyone got out, it was hard to catch up. We just couldn’t get past them.”
Andre Francisco was the next Golden Bear finisher, crossing the line in 30th place. Isaiah Aviles was 58th and Anthony Dell Aquila finished in 61st place.
Despite the disappointing finish, Picardo said that the team had a lot to be proud of.
“I’m very proud of what we accomplished,” Picardo said. “In fact, I’m ecstatic. Sure, this hurts right now, but I’m super proud. This is the greatest bunch of kids I’ve ever coached. I can’t ask for anything more. We’re a true team in every sense.”
The runners themselves realized how great of a season it was.
“I’m very proud of these guys,” Hooper said. “Four years of hard work definitely paid off. It’s not the way we wanted it to end, but we worked so hard to get to this point.”
Covello, the heart and soul of the team, agreed.
“This is heartbreaking,” Covello said. “It hurts. We wanted to go out and win this. But this one race doesn’t dictate what we did all year. I’m unbelievably proud of these guys. It’s been my honor to have run with them. I wouldn’t have changed things for the world. We won back-to-back state sectionals, the first time in the school’s history. I wouldn’t trade any one of these guys for anyone.”
Covello said that there will come a time when the pain of Saturday’s disappointment will fade away.
“I wanted to get one more chance to run with these guys,” Covello said. “It’s really heartbreaking. But we accomplished a lot and I know the guys next year are in good shape to do well again.”
There’s a program at Lyndhurst now. In years past, there were teams led by Patrick Rono, who was a physical presence, a sure-fire stud.
This year’s team wasn’t blessed with a ton of natural athleticism. There were no physical specimens, no physiques that would incite fear in opponents.
But the Golden Bears had a lot of heart and desire. More importantly, they were a team.
“That sums it all up,” Picardo said. “They were a team in the truest sense. I’ll remember this team forever.”
The Golden Bears will be immortalized for helping put the Lyndhurst cross country program on the map, thanks to the diligence of the senior leaders.
Sciatica is a term used to describe symptoms associated with the sciatic nerve as a result of nerve root compression, irritation and/or inflammation. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest in the body running from the base of the spine down into the buttock region and down through both legs. When this nerve becomes pinched, inflamed or compressed, patients can experience a range of debilitating symptoms and pain that vary in intensity and frequency and can last for just a few days to several weeks depending upon the surrounding circumstances.
Sciatica generally occurs on one side of the body but can occasionally affect both sides in the lower extremities. Familiar symptoms may include radiating pain into the feet and legs, burning pain down the buttock and leg, muscle cramping and weakness in the back of the thighs and numbness and tingling along the side or back of the leg and into the feet.
Various disorders can cause sciatic nerve pain including misalignments of the lumbar spinal bones, herniated or bulging discs, slip and fall injuries, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet. Another common cause of sciatica is piriformis syndrome wherein injuries or muscle sprains/strains cause the piriformis muscle to cramp and spasm that causes inflammation and pain.
Chiropractic physicians are one of the primary choices in diagnosing and treating sciatica. In addition to a thorough examination, diagnostic testing such as x-rays, MRI, CT Scan and nerve conduction studies are commonly used to identify the cause of the problem. Chiropractic physicians are highly trained and skilled in treating sciatica using a non-invasive, non-surgical and drug-free approach. Treatment is typically pain-free and usually lasts an average of several weeks in order to reduce inflammation and swelling, muscle spasms, nerve impingement and spinal misalignments. Spinal adjustments used have been proven to be safe, effective and comfortable. Sciatica can also be caused by other disorders beyond the scope of chiropractic practice. If the doctor of chiropractic determines the patient’s disorder requires treatment by another type of doctor, then the patient is referred to another specialty. In some cases, the referring chiropractor may continue to treat the patient and co-manage the patient’s care with the other specialist.
Dr. Louis Stimmel, D.C., of Harrison Spine & Rehabilitation Center, is board certified with over 25 years of clinical practice experience. Stimmel has been board certified as a chiropractic sports physician and is certified in hospital protocols and privileges. He has frequently lectured to orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and medical physicians on the benefits of chiropractic care. Stimmel is highly trained and experienced in treating conditions such as sciatica utilizing a variety of safe, gentle and pain-free techniques along with the latest physical therapies to relieve pain and discomfort. Unique to his office, Stimmel utilizes a revolutionary rehabilitation treatment called cold laser to enhance the treatment of sciatica in a rapid and pain-free approach. Contact his office today at 973-483-3380 for a free consult and evaluation.
– Louis Stimmel, D.C. Harrison Spine & Rehab
Catherine Bradley, 85, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Nov. 11.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, to Joseph and Rose McSherry, she was raised in Scotland and lived in Ireland during World War II. She emigrated to the U.S. and lived in North Arlington before moving to Manalapan in 2011.
Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, www.armitagewiggins.com. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Catherine worked for the Bergen County Senior Citizens program at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a member of The Seniors, both in North Arlington. She loved to bowl and play bingo.
Wife of Bertie Bradley, she is also survived by her children Colleen Courter, Bart Bradley, Catherine Trillo (Louis) and Tina Bradley, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Dennis W. Carbone Sr.
Dennis W. Carbone Sr., formerly of Kearny, died Nov. 12 at his home in Stillwater Township.
Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Dennis was a machinist/ inspector at Reagan Precision Industries in North Arlington. Prior to that, he worked for August Spinler. During his 27 years at Reagan, he had become a manager of a Reagan Nuclear Division and had government clearance. He was also a quality control inspector on the Sea Hawk submarine and oversaw its launch. He traveled to inspect major parts of submarines and aircraft carriers. Dennis loved to do endless projects in his home and yard. He was happiest fixing whatever needed to be fixed.
Dennis is survived by his wife Alana (nee Guertine), formerly Calderone. He was the father of Dennis W. Carbone Jr. (Sherre), Michelle M. Carbone, Joseph D. Calderone (Dawn), Dennis F. Calderone (Stephanie). He is also survived by his twin brother Edward (Betty), 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Thomas P. Cassels
Thomas P. Cassels, of Bronxville, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 7.
He was the son of the late Edward and Margaret Cassels. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Charlotte (née Finnegan); his children and their spouses Ellen and Martin Kenny, Thomas M. and Alison Cassels and Colleen and T.J. Crawford; and his adored grandchildren Maeve and Katherine Kenny, Colin and Nicholas Cassels and Peyton and Avery Crawford. He was the loving brother of Edward and Peter Cassels, Maryanne Costigan and the late Donald and John Cassels.
Arrangements were by the Fred H. McGrath and Son Funeral Home, Bronxville, N.Y. The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church, Bronxville. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be sent to the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library , 201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, N.Y.
Claudette Cataldo, 57, died suddenly on Nov. 15.
Arrangements are by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com
Miss Cataldo was born in Newark and lived in Kearny her entire life. She was a counter clerk at Sunset Deli in Kearny for over 30 years, retiring 5 years ago. Previously, she was a beautician at Teddy’s Bullpen Salon and Carmella’s Salon, both in Kearny.
Claudette is survived by her sister Constance Paglio and her husband Victor and her brother Joseph Cataldo and his wife Marie. She was the aunt of Dena-Marie, Toniann and Victor Paglio III and Ginamarie and Nicole Cataldo as well as the great-aunt of Nicholas Paglio and Hera Haffner.
She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Carmella “Millie” (nee Nigro) Cataldo and her nephew Nicholas Paglio.
Diane Lynn Kenyon
Diane Lynn Kenyon (nee Kolakowski), 60, of 23 Groton Drive, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., 11776, and formerly of Kearny, died on Nov. 5.
Diane was a librarian’s assistant for Norwood Elementary School, Comsewogue School District.
She was the beloved wife of John, loving mother of Jason, Mathew and Ashley; cherished grandmother of Aubrey Rose; dear sister of Henry, John and Stephen.
Cremation services were held at Washington Memorial Park Chapel.
Donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9908.
John C. McCarthy
John C. McCarthy entered into eternal rest on Nov. 10, surrounded by his loving family at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark. He was 62.
Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. His interment was in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union.
For information or to send online condolences to the family go to: www.mulliganfh.com.
Born in Newark, John lived most of his life in Kearny. He worked as a bridge operator for Hudson County for the last 24 years. He was a member of the Harrison/East Newark Elks. He also was a member of Local 1199J, Newark.
John was the beloved husband of Suzanne (nee Vaber) for 27 years. He is survived by his loving children Heather McCarthy and fiancé Lupe Santiago, Lance Cpl. Thomas John McCarthy and his fiancé Ashley Dunwoodie and Steven Jackson; his cherished granddaughter Savannah, the love of his life; his dear siblings Michael, Dorothy, Linda, David, Barbara and Debbie, his brother-in-law Ricky Vaber and his wife Caryn and his best friend Eddie Raimo. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his brother Thomas McCarthy.
(Updated 11/15 @ 11 p.m.) Nutley police need public’s help finding van that left scene of fatal hit and run
On Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11:40 a.m., Nutley police responded to a call of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Centre Street and Ravine Avenue.
The woman was crossing the street and was struck, she sustained serious injuries and later died, reports said.
The vehicle fled the scene and is described as an older model Ford Econoline van, possibly blue or black, police said.
Police are actively trying to identify the vehicle.
Chief Thomas Strumolo says a witness at the scene told police the van took off traveling west on Centre Street and made a right turn on to Franklin Avenue. Anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Nutley Police Department immediately at 973-284-4940.