By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – A proposal by NJ Transit to build a backup power system in South Kearny to run its trains in cases of emergencies like another Superstorm Sandy threatens to derail a redevelopment plan […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent HARRISON – James Fife, who taught history to a lot of Harrison High School students over the years, is now in the official Harrison history books. Fife, who will mark his 73rd birthday on […]
By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY– A man who was severely burned in a Feb. 12 house fire at 131 Schuyler Ave. succumbed to his injuries last week at St. Barnabas Medical Center, authorities reported. The victim, Manuel Lampon, 66, […]
By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Seven persons were displaced last week when a three-alarm fire left their Dukes St. home uninhabitable, authorities reported. As of press time, the exact cause of the blaze was still under investigation. […]
A10-month multi-agency investigation culminated Thursday in the arrests of 23 New Jersey men in connection with an international carjacking ring, one of whose alleged leaders is a Belleville resident, authorities reported. At a press conference, state Acting Attorney General […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Three more firefighters will be added to the rolls of the Kearny Fire Department later this year – assuming they make it through their training. But it still won’t be enough to make […]
By Karen Zautyk
An arrest warrant has been issued for the motorist blamed for causing a four-car accident in South Kearny last month that killed another driver, police have reported.
Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said that, based on his department’s investigations, both at the scene of the May 6 crash and afterward, the suspect, George Smith, 38, of Elmwood Park, appears to have been legally intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Additionally, Dowie said, it is believed Smith had been using a cell phone while driving.
The warrant charges the motorist with causing death by auto.
By Ron Leir
As this township struggles to nail down a spending plan for 2012, it has decided to refocus on certain spending patterns within its Fire Department.
On May 16, the Bloomfield Township Council voted to hire Samuel Klein & Co., with offices in Newark and Freehold, “to conduct a forensic accounting of the policies and procedures of the Fire Department,” according to a township press release.
“This report will include the Fire Department’s past practice of the distribution of personal days for services rendered to the town,” the release added.
Township Administrator Yoshi Manale, who issued the release, did not want to elaborate at first but, when pressed, he said that a “preliminary look” indicated that the Fire Department appeared to have logged “an abnormal, excess use of personal days.”
By Ron Leir
It’s a safe bet that members of the Lyndhurst Women’s Club never go anywhere without their pocket calendars.
That’s because they always seem to be busy with one type of community-related event or another.
Talk to former Lyndhurst Board of Education member Annette Bortone, who has led the organization for the past three years, or Marge Russo, her newly elected successor, and you’ll discover they have a never-ending list of the club’s activities and accomplishments.
By Karen Zautyk
In last week’s Observer, which went to press May 27 because of the Memorial Day holiday, we reported that the Kearny police were on the hunt for a suspect in a recent Ivy St. burglary attempt.
Kearny cops nabbed the man May 28 in Newark.
Police Chief John Dowie reported that KPD Dets. Michael Gonzalez and John Plaugic had tracked down the suspect, Jerry Colon, 36, of Newark, and took him into custody at 11 a.m. at a Burger King at Broad and Clay Sts. in that city.
At the time of the arrest, Dowie said, Colon was in possession of jewelry for which he could not account. Kearny police are now working with other PDs to see if that jewelry could be proceeds from a burglary in another jurisdiction.
By Lisa Pezzolla
This column is dedicated to the memory of Anthony C. Tortoreti, who died
June 11, 2002.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The above quote appeared on my dad’s Mass card and those who spent time with my father would remember his big smile or might have had the opportunity to share one of his famous lunches.
The month of June has always been a special month for me. It was the end of the school year and it’s also my birthday.
Nine years ago on June 11, a horrifying phone call from my mom changed our lives forever.
It feels like it was just yesterday when we pulled up to the house to see my mom and dad gardening, not realizing it would be for the last time that we would find them together enjoying what they loved to do.
Our last conversation together was the night before he passed away. We were making plans to have lunch together and his last words to me were: “Love ya, babe.”
So today, I write once again in remembrance of the loss of my dad and to recall special moments with him. We spent many nights watching the Yankee games, worked side by side and he always listened to me — whether he agreed or disagreed.
This week, dad, you will be on my mind and when I am celebrating my birthday I will not forget about the clam bake we were supposed to have. Miss ya!
Don’t forget your dad on Father’s Day, June 19.
While local news stations were busy reporting on Anthony Weiner’s weiner (how can you NOT know if a crotch shot is of YOUR crotch?) and Gov. Christie’s Coptergate, other intriguing things were happening in the world. For instance:
Police in Hampshire, England, were alerted to reports of an “escaped tiger” – a white tiger, at that – lounging in the grass at a golf course.
The cops evacuated the course and a nearby cricket ground and scrambled a helicopter, snipers and exotic-animal specialists. The truth was discovered when a thermal-imaging camera in a copter failed to register any heat from the beast’s body. It turned out to be a stuffed toy.
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To the Publisher:
We just wanted to thank “Darryl” (who informed us that he is a Kearny resident).
We were three stranded ladies on the Parkway on Memorial Day staring in amazement at our tires, which had picked up at least an inch and a half of tar from our brief stop at a rest area.
Darryl stopped, and his entire family, including his “pooch,” waited in his car as he assisted us. Darryl changed our tire and would not accept a small token of our appreciation. We wanted to take his family out to dinner.
We want to say thank you again, and please, if anyone knows who Darryl is, please make sure he sees this and let him know that his act of kindness has not gone unnoticed!!
Debbie Rodriguez, Teena Rae & Tracy Silcox
By Karen Zautyk
Two additional defendants in a scheme to obtain account information from Valley National Bank ATM customers in Nutley and Belleville have pleaded guilty in Newark Federal Court to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Georgi Nikiforov, 25, entered his plea May 26 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz, and last Wednesday, Lachezar Lazarov, 26, followed suit, appearing before the same bench.
Kearny police reported the arrest last week of a Rhode Island registered sex offender who had been staying illegally in this town.
According to Police Chief John Dowie, the KPD had received an anonymous tip that the 60-year-old man was living with a friend at a home on Ivy St. Det. Mike Gonzalez confirmed the offender’s identity and status with Rhode Island authorities, who reported that the man was on probation should not have left that state.
– Karen Zautyk
By Anthony J. Machcinski
A bit of Broadway came to Bloomfield on Sunday as Broadway performer Karen Luschar took the stage at the Bloomfield Public Library before an appreciative audience.
Luschar, a Bloomfield resident since moving from Texas in 1979, is currently touring with pianist Richard Danley performing “Let’s Get Away From It All,” a musical tour of the world. Those performances have led to her debut CD with the same title.
“This CD just kind of happened,” said Luschar. “I had this show and I loved the idea of it. Then we put all these instruments with it and it was a fun CD to make.”
Luschar’s career started at the early age of 2, and it was from childhood that she knew her ultimate goal would be performing on Broadway.