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Real Estate Review: Kearny realtor a success story



Fernando Semiao and his family came to America in 1965. They originally moved into the Ironbound section of Newark and then Kearny when he was 5 years old. His parents are immigrants from Portugal and Brazil. They struggled to work multiple jobs to give their kids a better life in America. Fernando graduated from Franklin School in 1979 and Kearny High School in 1983. After graduating from ITT Technical School in Nutley, he worked at ITT in Nutley for 5 years. During that time his father took both him and his brother down to Florida to buy their first property. It was that start in buying a building lot that excited Fernando and gave him the taste for a career in real estate.

In 1989 Fernando obtained his real estate license and worked selling properties in Florida before settling in with a local realtor for a few years before moving on to work for K Hovnanian Compainies, one of New Jersey largerst new home builders. It was there that he learned about customer follow-up and developing new properties. In 1992, Mr. Semiao obtained his New Jersey broker’s license.

Century 21 Semiao & Associates was franchised in July 1993 and has grown to be one of the most successful and respected real estate brokerage firms in the Bergen, Essex and Hudson County areas. The company grew during the next decade to have five locations and over 300 licensed agents within the organization. In addition, Fernando started a development company that developed many projects that included one family, multi-family and condominium and commercial projects. He currently manages two offices in Lyndhurst and Kearny.



Mr. Semiao currently is the President Elect of The Meadowlands Board of REALTORS® and past president of The Greater New Jersey Brokers Council. He is past president of The Meadowlands Board of REALTORS® and was REALTOR® of the Year in 2002. He also is a State Director for The New Jersey Association of Realtors. Fernando is a part President of Greater New Jersey Brokers Council within The Century 21 International Corporate world. He has served twice as President of Rutherford Rotary Club. Rotary International presented him with The Paul L. Harris Fellowship Award in 2002 for his outstanding community service. Easter Seals of New Jersey has present him with the The Round Table award many times for the Companies generous charity work. Century 21 Semiao & Associates as a company has raised over $100,000 in the last decade.




Stella D. Barnett

Stella D. Barnett (nee Sadowski), 102, of Kearny, died on Friday, Dec. 21 at her home. Born in Jersey City, she lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny 25 years ago.

She was the beloved of the late Thomas Barnett, the devoted mother of Raymond Barnett and his wife Eva and the late Barbara O’Shea; cherished grandmother of Theresa and Cathy Barnett and Kevin O’Shea; the dear sister of Stephen Tenerowicz and the late Anna Nahaczewski, Helen, Sophie, Vincent, Francis and Edward Sadowski and the loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, Dec. 29, in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Burial of cremains followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Arrangements were by the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington.

Janet H. Bergen

Janet H. Bergen, 90, of Sarasota, Fla., and formerly of Kearny, passed away on Dec. 20.

She was born June 19, 1922 in Kearny to William and Janet Trench.

Janet was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary VFW and was their treasurer for over 10 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Bergen. Janet is survived by her beloved partner of 22 years, James Sanfilippo; daughters, Marian Leo of Acworth, Ga. and Barbara Romano (Ron) of Sarasota, Fla.; stepson, Robert Bergen of New Jersey; stepdaughter, Rosemary Dye of New Jersey; grandchildren, Ronald Romano Jr., Mark Leo (Maria), Jennifer Kittredge (William) and Craig Leo (Tiffany); and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at a later date. Condolences may be offered at www.palmsrobartsfuneralhome.com.

Stories that made news locally in 2012

By Ron Leir and Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondents


In the wake of a series of alleged ABC violations, East Newark suspends the liquor license of the Ambatenita Bar & Restaurant on N. Third St., one of two remaining taverns in the borough, for six months.

Kearny’s Board of Education and the mayor and council agree to shift the annual Board of Education election from April to November, the same day as the general election. A $30,000 savings is projected.

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The year in sports 2012: Webster’s passing, Harrison soccer state sectional top Sports Stories

By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer

The calendar year of 2012 brought a wide variety of stories in local sports. Here’s a list of the Observer’s Top Sports Stories for 2012:

1-Kearny native and Giants legend Webster dies at 80

In December 2011, Kearny native Alex Webster was inducted into the New York Giants’ Ring of Honor at MetLife Stadium. He was not only a great player for the Giants for many years, but also became the head coach of the Giants for a few seasons, even earning the Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1970. At the ceremony honoring him, Webster was full of life and was so excited to be approached by someone from his hometown newspaper, a paper he read religiously online every Thursday from the senior citizen complex he lived in during his later years in Florida. Less than three months later, Webster, Kearny’s most famous football player ever, was gone from a heart attack at the age of 80. He is someone who is still revered locally even in passing.

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Probation in bomb hoax

A Kearny man who made a hoax bomb threat to the City of Passaic on Thanksgiving Day 2011 dodged a punitive bullet last week, being sentenced to five years probation.

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Working on school safety

Dear Editor: The tragic events that occurred in Newtown, Conn., the sadness that will continue for lifetimes and the personal, emotional trauma that will need to be treated by qualified professionals have touched America’s soul.

Frequently and justifiably, in the aftermath of such national tragedies, Americans respond and take meaningful efforts to eliminate the potential for similar acts.

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Around Town


Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus Special Holiday Communion Breakfast will be held on Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Lyndhurst Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Breakfast will be served from 10 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $7 each. No tickets will be sold at the door. Pick up tickets at Sacred Heart Rectory, 324 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst or call 201-438-1147 or contact: Sal Russo at 201-446 7244 or Nick Garafolo at 201-893- 2849.

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Real Estate Review: The real estate market is still warming up

After the impact of Hurricane Sandy, many are concerned about a possible drop in the momentum that was building regionally in the real estate market. Though many homeowners were impacted, and some home closings were delayed, we at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are still experiencing activity as home sellers have been quick to remove debris and make repairs.

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Help find Belle a home



Belle, a 4-year-old Sealpoint Ragdoll, with beautiful blue eyes, is available for adoption at the Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst. All of her shots are to-date and she’s been spayed. Belle is very people friendly and would make a great addition to any household. She also loves to be groomed and has a very soft coat. Will sit by your side for hours and purr. Many other cats, kittens and dogs are also available, along with all the supplies needed for their care at the Humane Society’s Store,  Kindness Korner, where all profits go to help the homeless animals. Hours are Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday,  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Nutley’s wish list for Santa

Photo by Ron Leir

Photo by Ron Leir



Santa’s workshop must be operating at full tilt this season – just to respond to Christmas expectations from Nutley youngsters.

That’s evident from the piles of letters penned and/or typed by township tots that have flooded St. Nick’s North Pole headquarters.

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