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Mid-Realty, Inc.

572 Kearny Ave. Kearny, NJ 07032

Phone: (201) 991-5719

Fax: (201) 991-8860


Mid-Realty Inc. on Kearny Avenue has been a staple for real estate business in Kearny for 50 years.

Born and raised Kearny resident, Jarlynn Hyde, became broker and owner of Mid-Realty in 1997 when former owner Sal Viscuso retired. She faced a tough task filling the shoes of her admirable predecessor and has had a successful career for more than 20 years, beginning at Borgos and Borgos Real Estate.

In 2007, Jarlynn completely renovated the building at 572 Kearny Ave., which has been a positive and improved addition to the Kearny Avenue landscape. Some may remember the location as the Evergreen Market. However, the building’s present look is fit for a New York setting. Nonetheless, Jarlynn maintains the building’s history by showcasing its original sign, which has become more than a decorative piece. “The sign has been good luck for me,” Jarlynn said. “I proudly display press releases, pictures, and awards collected throughout Mid-Realty’s history.”

You might have bumped into Jarlynn in the supermarket or during her morning walks; perhaps you read her real estate advice column in The Observer, “Let’s Talk Real Estate.” “I am always surprised of the influence of marketing,” she said. “I’ve had people stop to tell me they read my columnt -the most common line I hear is, ‘Aren’t you the real estate lady?…I see your picture everywhere!” Jarlynn said that her advice column is targeted to educate and help the public make the most of their real estate experience. “I like to help not only buyers and sellers, but also current homeowners who can make their properties more valuable in the ever-changing real estate market.”

Jarlynn’s dedication to guiding sellers and buyers through the selling and buying process is also carried on by her agents who work hard to provide smoother transactions and create lifetime customers. Mid-Realty’s over 45 agents service buyers and sellers throughout the entire state of New Jersey work as a team in a competitive market.

Mid-Realty strives for the highest level of productivity and customer satisfaction. Jarlynn sticks to Mid-Realty’s motto, “Our Success Has Been Built One Satisfied Customer At A Time,” and has dedicated company resources to improve the way real estate business is conducted. She is actively involved with the National Association of Realtors, the New Jersey Association of Realtors, and is president of the Meadowlands Board of Realtors. Nonetheless, this broker’s active role in the business environment only enhances her contributions to her community. Jarlynn serves as a director for the Kearny High School Project Graduation Committee and the West Hudson Family Success Center, and is associated with several women’s counseling groups in New Jersey. “When I renovated the office I wanted to make it welcoming so that on a regular day you can go into Mid- Realty, have a cup of coffee, meet some of the agents, and get the information you need. Without a doubt you can count on Mid-Realty to be ahead of the technological curve while never losing that “old fashioned personal service.”


Gregory F. Ferdinand ‘Furgason’

Gregory F. “Furgason” Ferdinand died suddenly on Aug. 6 at his office in Newark. He was 61.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Greg was a lifelong musician and accomplished audio engineer. He was known by many as Greg Furgason in the music world. He was CEO of Power Play Networks in Newark.

He is survived by his loving wife Marylou Flaherty, loving daughter Lauren “Lori” Ferdinand, his loving mother Anne (nee Bonanno) and brother Dr. Francis Ferdinand. He was predeceased by his brothers Jeffrey and Kevin.

Adele B. Gancarz

Adele B. Gancarz, 90, of Harrison, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Born in Newark, she was a life-long resident of Harrison.

Adele worked for Westinghouse, Harrison, for many years. She was a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens.

She was predeceased by her son, Robert Gancarz and her parents Katarzyna and Bronislaw Szydlowski. Adele is survived by her nieces and nephews. Funeral services were private under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.

To send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Olympia ‘Lee’ Landy

Olympia “Lee” Landy, (nee Angelo), 94, of Harrison, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13. Born in Harrison, she was a life-long resident.

She was a homemaker and was very active in St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark, and a member of St. Anthony’s Rosary Society.

Lee was also a member of the Rodino Society, Newark. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas J. Landy (1986), her daughter Carole L. Pastore (2003) and her son Thomas O. Landy(1999). Lee is survived by her sons Anthony C. and Joseph S. Landy; her grandchildren Theresa Andrade, Maria Bradley, Lisa Della Vecchia (2010), Thomas O. Landy, Pamela McGrath, Danae Noonan, Cristine Greco, Taylor Landy, Toni-Marie Landy, Nicole Landy, Alyssa Landy, and Gianna Landy; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to The Valerie Fund for Children with Cancer or the Multiple Sclerosis Society c/o of the funeral home in memory of Lee.

Will Civil War vet’s name be attached to Wittpenn Bridge?







By Ron Leir


This past spring, Kearny was pushing for the state to rename the Otto Wittpenn (Rt. 7) Bridge, linking the town with Jersey City, for one of its fallen military heroes.

At the time, town officials and local veterans were strongly behind Navy Chaplain Lt. Vincent R. Capodanno – who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after he was killed in Vietnam while tending to wounded and dying soldiers in Sept. 1967 at age 38 – as their best prospect.

Mayor Alberto Santos proclaimed Capodanno to be Kearny’s “only Medal of Honor winner.”

Since then, however, the mayor said he has reconsidered – not at all slighting Capodanno’s sacrifi ce – in favor of another more Kearny-based candidate.

After further discussion with veterans, Santos said he’s learned that the Capodanno family had only a tenuous historical connection to the town and that it turns out he wasn’t the only veteran to have received that unique honor.

The mayor credited a local Vietnam War veteran, Thomas J. Nash, who served with the Airborne Rangers, with coming up with information about a Kearny Civil War Navy veteran, James McIntosh, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Union Naval assault on Mobile, Ala., on Aug. 5, 1864.

His citation reads: “On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, McIntosh performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the prolonged battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the successful attacks carried out on Fort Morgan.”

Listed in his citation as “Captain of the Top,” McIntosh would have been positioned at the top of the highest mast on the Richmond – probably comparable to today’s Chief Petty Officer, according to Nash’s research. Aside from deploying the sails, the Captain of the Top “also had responsibilities for deck guns during encounters at sea,” Nash noted.

Historical records, Nash said, indicate that the Richmond, “a wooden steam sloop,” was first pressed into war service in July 1861 and, the following year, saw action as part of a Union fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David Farragut during an assault on Baton Rouge when the vessel was hit 17 times above the waterline but suffered only minimal casualties because the ship was protected by chain armor. In July 1862, the Richmond also participated in the siege and taking of Vicksburg.

Two years later, Nash said, the Richmond – serving as part of Farragut’s fleet in the Battle of Mobile Bay – was lashed to the starboard side of the Union steamboat, Port Royal, as the fleet proceeded across a sand bar at the mouth of the bay while the Confederates opened fire from Fort Morgan.

After the Union ironclad struck a moored “torpedo” (mine) and quickly sank, the Union sloop Brooklyn “backed into a right angle to Richmond’s bow in order to clear ‘a row of suspicious looking buoys,’ (as an historical account described the situation) … causing the entire line of wooden (Union) ships to fall into disarray,” Nash said.

It was at this point, Nash said, that Farragut is said to have uttered his famous command, “Damn the torpedos … full steam ahead!” and the assault began in earnest with a “steady day and night bombardment” of Fort Morgan, which finally surrendered on Aug. 23.

Nash’s research revealed that McIntosh was one of 31 Richmond crew members to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the War Between the States – “more than any other ship during the war.” He received his award on Dec. 31, 1864.

For Nash, the significance of the Union victory in Mobile Bay was that “it prevented the South from getting re-supplied,” and thereby helped turn the tide in favor of the Union forces.

“Most information concerning McIntosh seems to have been lost to history,” Nash said, “except that we know that he was Canadian (and one of 59 Canadians to receive the Medal of Honor for Civil War service) and that he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in New York City.”

What is also known – and only recently discovered by Nash with help from Arlington Monumental Works owner Peter Malnati – is that McIntosh is buried in the Soldiers’ Circle in Arlington Memorial Park off Schuyler Ave. in Kearny.

“At the time of his death on May 28, 1908, McIntosh was a resident of Kearny, living at the Home for Disabled Soldiers that stood on what is Belgrove Drive today,” Nash said.

Nash said the National Cemetery Administration of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs recently installed a Medal of Honor plaque at the base of McIntosh’s “almost unrecognizable” gravestone.

The plaque lists McIntosh’s date of birth as Nov. 12, 1929, so he was 76 when he died, although the citation gives 1833 as the year he was born. “I’m still trying to resolve that inconsistency,” Nash said.

It was actually “by accident” that Nash made his discovery of McIntosh. “I was president of my Ranger Company Association and I was doing research into Medal of Honor recipients in New Jersey,” he said, and McInosh popped up.

“I put his name in the ‘Find a Grave’ website,” Nash said, and that pointed the way to Arlington Memorial Park. Nash then enlisted the aid of Malnati and cemetery personnel to search out McIntosh’s grave. Next step in the process, Santos said, is to sound out the United Veterans Organization, of Kearny, and its leader, Joseph Frobisher Jr. American Legion Post Commander Anthony Capitti, on arriving at a consensus on petitioning state legislators to name the bridge for McIntosh.

“Hopefully, by next month, we could have a consensus,” he said.

“We may also have to come up with a Jersey City veteran whose name could go on the bridge, in fairness to Jersey City,” Santos said.

‘Hit-man’ case nets guilty plea

By Karen Zautyk

A Lyndhurst woman, accused of attempting to hire a hit man to kill a former lover’s new girlfriend, pleaded guilty to the charges last week at a hearing in federal court in Newark, authorities reported.

The defendant, Nicole Faccenda, 43, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced Nov. 14.

Faccenda was arrested last Oct. 26 by federal authorities after the murder-for-hire plot was foiled by an informant and an undercover federal agent posing as the hit man.

In court last Wednesday, she admitted offering to pay $10,000 for the job.

The identities of the potential victim and of Faccenda’s ex have not been made public, but authorities said the man fathered one child with her and at least one with the other woman.

The longterm relationship between him and Faccenda reportedly ended last summer. According to the original criminal complaint, Faccenda phoned a friend in Florida in mid-October, seeking help in fi nding someone to kill her rival. The friend, however, immediately contacted authorities, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began recording conversations between the two. At one point, the complaint states, Faccenda stated that she wanted to “spit on the casket” of the soon-tobe deceased.

She also allegedly said that she did not want her ex-boyfriend dead but that he could be shot in the foot. The girlfriend, however, had to be shot in the head, “gone, gone to the moon,” the complaint said.

Last Oct. 21, Faccenda reportedly met with the supposed hit man for the first time, in an A&P parking lot in Mahwah. Subsequent meetings with the informant, whom she wanted to act as a go-between, took place in the parking lot of the Red Robin restaurant in Clifton and at an Exxon station on Rt. 3 in Secaucus.

At the Secaucus meeting, which occurred Oct. 24, Faccenda gave her friend an envelope containing a $2,000 down payment and later, via phone and text messages, provided the intended victim’s name, photo and license plate number, the complaint said.

On Oct. 26, the friend phoned her to report the victim had been shot in the head and it had been made to look like a robbery. But it was a ruse. Faccenda was arrested the same day by ATF agents at her place of work in Mahwah.

After the arrest, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman stated, “This was a cold and calculated plan to end the life of another person. It failed because of the actions of a private citizen, who immediately contacted authorities, and the diligence and hard work of federal investigators. Because of their quick action, a life was saved.”

Junior cadets get law enforcement lessons

Photos by Karen Zautyk/ Kids from the Kearny Junior Police Academy get a chance to pat the noses of Sharp Shooter and Commander, ridden by Newark Mounted Unit Offi cers Rafael Rosa (r.) and Luis Camacho.


By Karen Zautyk 

A concerned Kearnyite called The Observer early on Tuesday, July 31, wanting to know why there was a State Police helicopter circling Schuyler School.

He had his eyes on the sky, but if he had taken a land route around to the school parking lot, he would have been even more disquieted, for sitting there were trucks from the Jersey City Police Department Bomb Squad and the Kearny Fire Department.

But not to worry. This, as the caller was assured, was not some scary scenario being played out. It was all part of the fourth annual Kearny P.D. Junior Police Academy, a comprehensive nine-day program designed to familiarize the “cadets” with the work, and challenges, faced by local officers. Or, in the words of Kearny P.O. Jack Corbett of COP (Community Policing Unit), which runs the academy, “to give the kids a broad overview of law enforcement.”

The daylong sessions began July 30 and ended last Thursday evening with a graduation ceremony at Schuyler School for the youngsters who completed the course – and who passed the physical and academic exams given that morning.

During the program, the 11-to-13-year-old enrollees took part in daily PT, but it was the “academic” instruction that played the more vital role, and that entailed the participation of not only of municipal officers but also representatives from county, state and federal agencies.

Along with the aforementioned J.C. Bomb Squad and the N.J. State Police, academy visiting instructors included members of: the Federal Air Marshals Service; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Regional Medical Examiner’s Offi ce (think “CSI”); the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Hudson County Corrections K-9 Unit; N.J. Fish and Wildlife; the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Offi ce; the Hudson County Sheriff’s Offi ce (teaching internet safety); the State Fire Marshal; the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the N.J. Division of Criminal Justice, and State Police Task Force 1 (specializing in urban search and rescue).

In addition, the kids were treated to a four-hour cruise of New York Harbor on a State Police Marine Unit boat, viewing, among other sights, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.

Your correspondent missed that event (drat), but we were privileged (not a term used lightly) to attend the instructional programs conducted by the Kearny Fire Department and the Newark P.D. Mounted Unit at the Schuyler lot. (Rather, we attended part of those programs. Unlike firefighters, we do not handle high temperatures well.)





Photos by Karen Zautyk/ TOP: Sgt. Rick Poplaski (l.), KPD SWAT commander, gives a talk on ballistics at the firing range. At right is Offi cer Jack Corbett. BOTTOM: Kids are mesmerized as KFD members begin perilous climb.

On a blistering hot morning, the KFD showed up, clad in full turnout gear, to give students three hours of lessons in fire prevention and safety, extrication of victims from auto accidents, along with firefighting demonstrations. Before we melted into a puddle, we watched one of the latter, with KFD members precariously climbing a tower ladder to the school roof.

On said roof, by the way, the firefighters found at least half-a- dozen rubber balls, a soccer ball, a basketball and a Frisbee, which they tossed down to the crowd of gleeful kids. “Just one of the services we provide,” noted KFD Capt. Joe Mastandrea, who was conducting the drill’s explanatory lecture. (Note: He was joking. Please do not call the KFD if you lose some bounceable object.)

Another day, we attended the program presented by Newark Mounted Police Officers Rafael Rosa and Luis Camacho, who were accompanied, respectively, by Officers Sharp Shooter and Commander.

The term “officer” for the horses was used by the cops themselves, who consider their mounts to be their partners on patrol. In fact, we learned that outside the stables on Orange St. in Newark, there is a statue of a horse and a monument dedicated to the six mounts that have “died in the line of duty” since the squad’s inception in 1891.

The Mounted Unit at present comprises seven riders and 10 standard-bred horses – former racetrack trotters and pacers, taken under the wings (hooves) of the Standard-bred Retirement Foundation in Hamilton, N.J., and given to the Newark PD free of charge.

Not too long ago, the unit was in danger of being done away with due to city budgetary constraints, but it was (like the racetrack retirees) rescued and, as Rosa put it, “is still kicking.” (No pun intended.)

Aside from daily weekday traffic and anticrime patrols, Camacho explained, the Mounted Unit specializes in crowd control and participates in parades and special events, as well as community- outreach programs. Such as the Junior Police Academy.

The final academy class we attended was last Wednesday at the police firing range, where Sgt. Rick Poplaski, commander of the Kearny P.D. SWAT team, conducted a fi rearms-safety course.

To be perfectly clear, this was an explanatory session. The cadets were not permitted to fi re, or even touch, any of the weapons. And they had to wear goggles and earplugs, even though they were kept at a distance as Poplaski did some target shooting. (“Are you all wearing your ears?” “Sir! Yes, sir!”)

As Corbett told us, “Our No. 1 priority is for gun safety. We want anyone who might come in contact with a firearm at any time to know proper gun safety.”

The kids are also taught that if they ever find a gun (it has been known to happen), “no matter what it is, they should call 911 and not touch it,” Corbett said.

Corbett also emphasized that all the cadets’ parents are told that “if they are concerned (about the firearms demo, for whatever reason), they can come to the range and observe.”

“I’ve never had one parent take me up on that,” he noted.

Over the past four years, Corbett said, the academy has graduated about 120 youngsters.

We offer our kudos to all of this year’s proud graduates. Kudos to all the law enforcement and firefighter representatives who took part. And kudos also to the Kearny COP cops who arranged and oversaw the entire program. In addition to Corbett, these were: Sgt. Peter Caltabellotta, and Officers Jack Grimm, Damon Pein and Steve Montanino.

Fall term will see makeovers at Washington Middle School …

… plus some roster & course additions at high school

Photos by Ron Leir





Photos by Ron Leir/ Workers prepare new cafeteria at Washington Middle School.

By Ron Leir


Students at Washington Middle School figure to see improvements in hygiene, dietary and study habits, beginning this fall term.

That’s because the school, at Fifth St. and Harrison Ave., is getting makeovers that will generate a brand new cafeteria, upgraded boys’ and girls’ bathrooms and a new media center.

Schools Supt. James Doran said the lavatories and upstairs library/computer room should be ready when kids resume classes on Wednesday, Sept. 5, but the cafeteria probably won’t be ready to open until Nov. 1.

During a visit last week to the school – which educates more than 400 youngsters in grades 6, 7 and 8 – a reporter was greeted by the sound of jackhammers demolishing a former library space on the Hamilton St. side of the building.

“We’re putting in a fullservice kitchen with space designed for comfortable seating for 120 kids,” Doran said.

The school will continue its policy of staging lunches at three separately timed seatings, he said.

Since the middle school’s creation in 1962, administrators have provided a makeshift dining area by dedicating a wing of classrooms for that purpose. Pre-cooked food was trucked in on trays from Harrison High School, then re-heated in portable ovens at Washington School and served. Milk and fruit were stored in refrigeration units. Kids ate at desks and tables set up for dining.

But that will change in a few months.

“This has been a pet project of mine since I became superintendent (in 2009),” Doran said. “We wanted to offer the middle school kids a more suitable environment for lunch by preparing food on site and by providing a variety of more nutritious dishes.”

Once the cafeteria is operational, Doran said, kids can expect hot breakfasts on a daily basis – (Lincoln School and Hamilton St. Elementary Schools get them only once a week) – along with a menu that will offer more choices.

Eventually, Doran said, he hopes to do food service improvements at Hamilton and Lincoln.

On the Harrison Ave. side of Washington School, a contractor is nearing completion of new bathroom facilities, which will be bigger and better than the ones original to the 1962 versions, Doran said.

ARCO Construction Group, of Elizabeth, was hired by the district to do both jobs. Doran said the cafeteria will cost in the neighborhood of $480,000 while the bathrooms will run about $410,000. The district is using money from its capital budget to pay for the work, he said.

Rendering courtesy Harrison Board of Education/ Here’s what the new cafeteria will look like when completed.

Doran said the state Dept. of Education (DOE), Div. of Facility Planning, reviewed and approved plans for the projects and the town’s building department is doing periodic inspections.

The other mini-project that middle school students will be treated to this fall is a new media center. “We’ve been prepping that since (this past) Easter vacation, putting in wiring for the computers and air-conditioning,” Doran said.

Observers of the Harrison public schools can expect to see some new faces in administration and some curriculum surprises in September.

The Board of Education recently hired former Jersey City Councilman Steve Lipski as assistant principal assigned to Harrison High School at $121,798 a year and promoted social studies teacher and former Harrison High standout athlete Kimberly Huaranga to assistant high school principal in charge of athletics at an annual salary of $105,858.

Lipski resigned from his most recent job as head of Jersey City’s Economic Development Corp., where he’d been reportedly earning $65,000 a year, to take on his new gig in Harrison, effective July 1.

In 2000 Lipski founded the CREATE Charter School in Jersey City but was forced to shut it down a decade later after the state Dept. of Education declined to renew its charter due to what it judged to be unsatisfactory performance by students and staff.

Still, District Schools Supt. James Doran said he felt both Lipski and Huaranga were “well-fit for their positions.”

In Lipski’s case, Doran said that because of his administrative experience with a charter school operation, “he knows how to use student performance data to assess kids’ weaknesses.” Doran added that certain factors beyond Lipski’s control may have contributed to CREATE’s demise.

Doran said that Huaranga – related to Harrison Councilman Jesus Huaranga through marriage – brings athletic expertise to her new job, based on her having been a girls’ basketball star during her high school student years. She has served the past nine years as social studies instructor.

There were 19 applicants for both positions, Doran said.

Previously, Alan Doffont had served two years as assistant principal in charge of athletics until his retirement June 30.

On the curriculum front, Doran said the district will be piloting an “Eighth- Grade Academy,” that will allow an elite group of students starting eighth grade next month to attend for-credit classes in World History and Computers at Harrison High School.

“We’re in the process of selecting the students,” Doran said. “It’s the start of a long-term project where we’ll be setting up mini-academies keyed to various subjects.”

Additionally, Doran said, the district will be adding courses in Spanish Heritage and Integrated Character Education – which will touch on bullying, texting, computer usage and other “life skills” as part of the social studies curriculum.

“We’ll be using existing staff to teach these courses,” he said.

– Ron Leir

N. Arlington assault leads to ‘Bad Bloods’


Photos courtesy Bergen County Prosecutor/ From l.: Rendell Maldonado, Lorenzo Rosado, Aurelio Valverde and Harold Williams

From l.: Yulissa Liranzo-Guerrero, Jesus Henrique-Marte and Diana Rodrigues



By Ron Leir


An incident in North Arlington ultimately led police on a trail culminating in the arrest of seven individuals who, police believe, are members or associates of the Bloods (Sex Money Murder set) street gang.

The arrests marked the end of a month-long investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Gang and Major Crimes Unit, headed by Chief Steven Cucciniello; the North Arlington Police Dept.; the Passaic Police Dept.; and the Garfield Police Dept., according to Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

Molinelli said it all started on July 1, shortly after 1 a.m., when the North Arlington patrol officers responded to a call about a street fight at Bergen Ave. and Ninth St. and found a pickup truck with its windows broken and a female claiming her boyfriend had been assaulted and kidnapped by several individuals in two vehicles.

North Arlington police detectives and the investigators from the prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit got a description and partial plate number on one of the getaway vehicles – listed as a burgundy Acura – involved in the alleged kidnapping.

They also got a phone number of one of the suspected kidnappers.

Further investigation led detectives to President Ave. in Passaic where they found a 2004 burgundy Acura parked across from 76 President Ave.

At 10:20 a.m. prosecutor’s personnel, joined by North Arlington and Passaic police, went to that address where the vehicle’s registered owner Jesus Henrique-Marte, 30, was listed as living, and his girlfriend, Yulissa Liranzo- Guerrero, 34, and brought them to the prosecutor’s office in Paramus for questioning. Both were booked on charges of kidnapping, a first-degree crime, and aggravated assault, a third-degree offense.

As the investigation progressed, police said they tracked two more suspects in the case to an Outwater Lane apartment in Garfield where, they said, the driver of the second vehicle – a white 2012 Honda – involved in the kidnapping was living. Diana Rodrigues, 28, listed as that driver, and Harold Williams, 29, also living at that address, were both booked at 1 p.m. that same day on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges.

An hour later, police said they found the kidnap victim in Passaic and brought him back to Paramus for questioning. Police said he told them he was a member of the Bloods Sex Money Murder set but had been dodging the gang for several months, trying to extricate himself from the organization.

But on July 1, he told police, several gang members found him in North Arlington, broke the window to his girlfriend’s car, dragged him out of the car, beat him, forced him into another car at knifepoint and drove him to a pier in Hoboken or Jersey City where he was scolded and kicked out of the set. He said he was then driven to Passaic, where he was beaten and let go.

Three more suspects in the case were subsequently implicated: Aurelio Valverde, 30, of Garfield, was grabbed on July 5; Lorenzo J. Rosado, 22, of Clifton, was booked on July 20; and Rendell Maldonado, 24, of Passaic, was picked up on July 25, each charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Bail for Henrique-Marte and Williams was set at $300,000 each with no 10% cash option; bail for Liranzo-Guerrero and Rodrigues was fixed at $200,000 each with no 10% cash option. Bail for Valverde, Rosado and Maldonado was set at $275,000 each with no 10% option. All were held at the Bergen County Jail, Hackensack, pending court action.

Pro Staff Physical Therapy comes to Kearny

Pro Staff’s team members including owner Frank Pavlisko (purple shirt) steady the grand opening ribbon for Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos.







Mike Maffucci explains the new facility’s benefits to attendee Maria Cirasella.

By Jeff Bahr

Pro Staff Physical Therapy, a full-service provider of outpatient physical therapy, recently opened its newest center (the company has additional sites in Bloomfield and Passaic) at the former West Hudson Hospital in Kearny.

Touting “combined experience of over 65 years,” Pro Staff works to restore mobility in post-op patients and treats those suffering from a vast array of physical maladies. A grand opening event, held last Thursday, introduced the operation to the community and vice versa.

Pro Staff “fills a void” that was created when the former hospital shut down and took a physical therapy center along with it, explained Pro Staff spokesman Mike Maffucci.

“A lot of people in the community used to come here (for physical therapy),” said owner and physical therapist Frank Pavlisko. “We’ve seen some referrals from people who’ve said, ‘you’re open again?’ not realizing that a private person bought the building and it’s no longer a hospital anymore, just a private enterprise.”

In keeping with the care theme, that “private enterprise” has now morphed into what promises to be a fullscale medical professional building. In addition to Pro Staff and a handful of individual specialists, the former hospital will soon welcome the Hudson Surgical Center, according to Pavlisko, who adds that the business will likely provide referral service directly to Pro Staff.

“We treat everyone from pediatric to geriatric. Sports injuries, total hip and joint replacements, balance issues, young athletes – most everything from soup to nuts,” explained Pavlisko. “We have a lot of experience. A lot of the therapists here have thirty years experience.” At any given time, two therapists are on hand to provide services, and one full-time receptionist answers calls.

As far as equipment goes, “everything is state of the art,” said Pavlisko. “Nothing is missing. If anybody is in need of something, I’ll get it. (But) I believe I can cover (most) any kind of injury or any kind of problem with the equipment that we have.

At the grand opening ceremony, an extensive and tasty buffet was provided to attendees courtesy of Pro Staff’s marketing manager (and occasional chef) Elisio Rebelo. Afterwards, Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos officially got the enterprise rolling by cutting the tape and welcoming Pro Staff to the community.

A native of Kearny and graduate of Kearny High, Rebelo knows the town better than most. Before the event ended, he summed up Pro Staff’s mission and overall philosophy.

“First and foremost, we’re here to service everyone in this community,” said Rebelo with conviction. “We want to give back. … “Health is truly your greatest wealth.”

Pro Staff Physical Therapy (PSFT) is located at 206 Bergen Ave., 2nd floor, in Kearny. They can be reached by phone at: 551-580-7881, or online at: www.prostaffpt.com. PSFT works with all major medical insurance carriers including Medicare and AARP. They also accept auto insurance and lien cases.

‘Getting Gassed’ by ‘big oil’

“Getting hosed” is a slang term popular in the American vernacular. I don’t suppose I have to explain it, but for those that insist, let’s just say that the term symbolizes a wrongdoing perpetrated upon someone or something.

The oil companies have introduced their own form of this injustice to society, and a nasty one at that. Here it is in a nutshell: They want you and I, John and Jane Citizen, to believe that they really have no control over oil prices; and that they, pray tell, are really struggling despite the fact that their industry continually registers record profits.

They’d also like us to feel sorry for the “hapless” Wall Street speculators that have helped to turn the price of oil into something so volatile, it makes nitroglycerin look like tap water in comparison.

Another older saying goes something like this: “Don’t pee in my face and tell me it’s raining.” This one is self-explanatory, but for those that insist on an explanation, here’s its definition.

The colorful term is used when a scam artist, charlatan, criminal, or other ne’er-do-well is discovered telling outright lies to earn the confidence of their prey before they “take them to the cleaners.”

Sorry about that. I simply couldn’t resist. Definition? Being taken to the cleaners is akin to being bamboozled, lied to, ripped off, made into a chump, etc. Sort of like “big oil” does to us on a regular basis.

Oil prices are on the rise again (surprise!) in the Kearny area. You’ve probably been led to believe that this occurs solely as a result of supply and demand fluctuations. To that, allow me to say to the oil companies, “Don’t pee in our faces and tell us it’s raining!”

The oil industry casts its umbrella over the most profitable companies in the world – companies that reap record profi ts whenever prices are raised at the pump.

In 2011, the big five (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell) pulled in a record profit of $137 billion! During the fi rst quarter of 2012, when struggling families in Kearny, Lyndhurst, Belleville and countless other communities wondered how they’d make ends meet, CEOs from the big fi ve saw their compensation grow by 55%!

Remember, these “struggling” companies also receive $10- 40 billion a year in tax breaks and direct subsidies by the U.S. government. These are monies that are provided by our taxes, even as we wonder how we’ll pay our mortgages.

To use a new catchphrase, I guess you could say we’re “getting gassed” by big oil. What’s that mean? Jeepers, if I have to tell you …

– Jeff Bahr


Belleville Blotter

August 9

Officers responded to the 70 block of Watsessing Ave. at 3:27 p.m. on a burglary call. The victim told police that the back window of his house had been opened. A wristwatch valued at $300 and grocery items were found missing.

August 7

• Police were summoned to the 30 block of Pleasant Ave. at 6:54 a.m. on a burglary and theft call. The victim told police that she had parked her car at 6 p.m. the previous evening, but had forgotten her purse inside. She also forgot to lock the car. When she returned the following morning, she noticed that her purse and a GPS unit had been taken from the car. Police are investigating.

• A burglary and theft was reported at 300 block of Washington Ave. at 9:22 a.m. The victim told police that she’d closed her store on Monday. When she returned on Tuesday, she noticed that someone had entered her store and taken some merchandise. A rear window found unlocked was the likely entry point. Missing were a laptop computer, hair clippers, grooming blades and a leather bag. Police are investigating.

• While patrolling the area of Franklin Ave. and Belleville Ave. at 9 p.m., officers came upon a vehicle with one headlight out. After stopping the car, a female passenger was found to be carrying a $750 warrant out of Clifton, a $500 warrant from Riverdale, and an unspecified warrant from Nutley. The male driver was issued a summons for the broken headlamp. Claire Dotoli, 27, of Nutley, was arrested, the various towns were notified, and she was released.

• Police performed a random vehicle plate check at Washington Ave. and Joralemon St. at 10:27 p.m. They learned that the registered owner of the vehicle carried an outstanding $750 contempt of court warrant from Westfield. Lauren Filipowicz, 22, of Belleville, was arrested and taken to headquarters.

August 5

• A firearm discharge and related property damage occurred in the area of Bridge and Mill Sts. The victim stated that she had left her home on Wednesday morning. When she returned on Sunday, she noticed three bullet holes in the front wall of her home. She also said that her second floor window had been smashed. The woman recovered what she believed to be bullet fragments. Police removed five .380 caliber casings and fragments from the premises and took them into evidence.

August 3

• At 9:59 a.m., police patrolling the area of Eugene and Honiss Sts. were flagged down by a pedestrian who told them that he observed a man on a bicycle who was peering into parked cars. The man was also trying door handles, to see if they were open, according to the witness. Shortly thereafter, officers came upon a man who fit the description and questioned him. A background check revealed an outstanding warrant from the Essex County Sheriff’s Dept. Norberto Montalvo, 62, of Newark, was arrested and turned over to the Sheriff’s Dept.

– Jeff Bahr