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Blood appointed

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  Take away the “acting” title: the Kearny Board of Education has formally installed Patricia Blood as its official superintendent of schools. The board took the action at a special meeting held last Thursday night at the Lincoln School. The vote was […]

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Kearny unveils new monument

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  On May 27, 1922, an estimated 25,000 people gathered in the streets around the small park where Kearny Ave. and Beech St. meet, to witness Gen. John J. Pershing personally dedicate the towering granite monument honoring the Kearny men who died […]

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Nutley cops hunt driver in fatal hit-run

A photo (above) of the suspect van was released Nov. 19 by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.   NUTLEY –  Nutley police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the motor vehicle that struck and killed a 77-year-old woman on Centre St. on […]

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School is more than books for these kids

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  HARRISON –  At Washington Middle School in Harrison, nearly 75% of the more than 400 enrolled are just as busy with school-related projects after 3 p.m. as they are during their regular day of classes. And that’s partly by design of the school […]

 
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Little Shop of Horrors at Kearny High School

Photos Courtesy of Kathleen Astrella/ A scene from Little Shop of Horrors

 

By Jeff Bahr

Kearny High School will be staging the “Little Shop of Horrors” musical in the school’s auditorium beginning March 22. The first “Horrors” musical of 1986, written by Howard Ashman and composed by Alan Menken, was based on its first incarnation, a black comedy of the same name that debuted in 1960.

The musical has proven itself immensely popular since its first curtain raising, a fact evidenced by the countless theater companies that continue to perform it.

The plot is nothing short of fantastical. It looks at a down-and-out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation after discovering an exotic plant with a craving for fresh blood. Dubbed “Audrey II,” the ill-tempered, foul-mouthed R&B-singing carnivore offers the man fame and fortune in exchange for regular feedings. To his great dismay, however, the man soon learns that Audrey II is in fact an alien creature (do you suppose?) with one overriding objective: It’s greatest thirst is for global domination.

The idea to perform this particular show came about much as it always does, explained Brian Toal, the play’s director. “We always try to choose a show that we think the students will enjoy performing in, as well as one that will be perceived well by the potential audience. We wanted to find one that was a little upbeat and humorous this year, and felt that ‘Little Shop’ really fit everything we were looking for.”

John Bednarczyk serves as the scene and lighting director, Ed Garguilo as the music director, and Kathy Astrella ties up loose ends as the business manager.

“The ticket sales go directly to supporting the show,” said Toal. “We are completely self-funded, so all the money we make goes into securing the rights for next year’s show, buying the costumes, paying the orchestra, etc.”

All performances will be held in the Kearny High School Auditorium on March 22, 23, and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.

W.H.A.T. sends ‘Love Letters’ to Kearny’s Arlington Players Club

Photos by Jeff Bahr/ Mary Costello and Jim Hague in “Love Letters.”

 

By Jeff Bahr

To love someone and to somehow lose that love is a sad circumstance nearly as common to the human existence as our very need to breathe. This divine heartache, as it has often been described by romantics, can attack without warning and it cares not whom it thrashes in the process. Left lying in the vast heap of love’s debris are members of every race, religion, creed, nationality, social stratum; the list goes on. The wrenching heartache that comes after Cupid’s arrow snaps knows no boundaries. And the residual effects of a love unrequited can last for a lifetime.

So, it stands to reason, it is that rare and lucky person who has managed to make it through life without being taken in by this beguiling force. For who really wants to be just another loser in the love sweepstakes; just another fallen warrior in love’s pathetic army? Would it be you, you, or you perhaps? What sort of masochist wishes to spend every waking day mourning a love that just couldn’t be?

It turns out the answer is a great many of us because reasoning has precious little to do with the pursuit of love. In fact this make-it-throughlife- unscathed theory, as reassuring as it may sound, holds about as much water as a kitchen strainer. Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson understood love’s contradictions at a level like no other. In his celebrated 1850 sonnet, In Memoriam, one now famous verse is as noted for its depth as it is for its lyrical beauty.

I hold it true, whate’er befall/I feel it when I sorrow most/ ‘Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all.

Here, Tennyson’s meaning is simple yet profound: Despite the indescribable pain and emptiness that gush forth like a geyser when a love held dear suddenly ceases to be, it is within the former condition that we have truly lived to the highest; that we have transcended, if only for a spell, the mundane, the ordinary, the mortal.

In “Love Letters”, a play written by A.R. Gurney and performed at the Arlington Players Club by members of the West Hudson Arts and Theater Company (W.H.A.T.), childhood friends Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner sample such fl eeting love. And lucky members of the audience get to watch their story unfold while nibbling on truffles and sipping on wine. W.H.A.T.’s not to like?

In the two-person play directed by Mark Morchel and produced by Gerald Ficeto, Ladd, played with aplomb by The Observer’s own sportswriter Jim Hague, is a wealthy young man with high ambitions and a sense of charitable purpose. Living happily under his father’s controlling thumb, he believes he can change the world if given half a chance. Gardner, played just as masterfully by Hague’s reallife partner Mary Costello (who functions as a Hudson County Superior Court Judge when not acting) isn’t nearly as rigid or uptight. A freespirited girl of even greater means, she has money to burn and a family life she’d just as soon forget. Brought together by their families as youngsters, Love Letters follows the two for a 50-year span as their love blossoms, wilts, retreats and blooms once again, with each step of the saga recorded in pen and mailed back and forth to each other in the form of – you guessed it.

A natural wit, Hague, as Ladd, is at his finest whenever a line calls for humor and precise timing. But he’s equally impressive when he works his way through the play’s more subtle passages. In the acting business this is commonly referred to as “range” and it’s something that Hague has in spades. Costello, as Melissa, provides the perfect counter balance to Ladd’s booming presence, particularly when he gets up on his high horse. It is then that her rapier-like wit cuts him to ribbons and brings him back to earth.

Producer/emcee Gerald Ficeto sets the stage for “Love Letters” at the Arlington Players Club.

 

As the play progresses it becomes obvious to the audience that these pen-pals love each other, even if it’s something that they themselves aren’t always aware of. When the stars align and they become one for the very first time, the audience is on board with their budding romance and cheering them on from the sidelines. Unrealistic expectations and the force of gravity, however, conspire to make this first physical “outing” a disaster. Luckily, there will be a second act.

The chemistry between Hague and Costello is undeniable and infectious. A good chunk of this must be attributed to the duo’s acting prowess, but the ease that comes from their real-world relationship probably factors in as well. It’s a best-of-bothworlds scenario that adds even more validity to the crisp dialogue.

When the play moves into its final moments and Hague’s voice begins to crack with sadness, only the strongest souls will be able to force the rising lump back down into their throats. In all honesty, it was a feat that this reviewer couldn’t quite manage. Love letters is a beautifully written play that’s brimming with wit, irony, happiness, sadness, and a few unanticipated plot twists. Hague and Costello are wonderfully entertaining actors who – working in tandem as a skilled team – pull spectators in. By show’s end one can almost hear a collective “if only” coming from audience members who, along with the star-crossed lovers are betting against the odds. As plays go, it doesn’t get much better than that.

‘Mediterranean with a soft Asian touch’

Photo courtesy of yelp.com/ Sushi tower

 

By Anthony J. Machcinski

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Years of decay and decomposition plagued one former Portuguese watering hole on on Ferry St. in Newark. The once glorious Ironbound icon Roque and Rebelo had become a shell of its former self, with the building showing more years than it had been in existence. Since May 2011, Carlos Pinto has taken that dried up watering hole and created an oasis in Newark.

“It was one of the oldest restaurants in the area,” explained Pinto. “Basically, when the Portuguese immigrated into the area, this was one of their stomping grounds and it became a focal point of the community.”

For Pinto, the restaurant has some history. As a teen, Pinto worked at the restaurant and grew to love the place.

“There is definitely a kinship with the establishment,” Pinto said of the restaurant he would eventually own. He promised himself that one day, if he had the wherewithal, he would make the place something special.

Despite his years of working in the restaurant in various positions, becoming a member of the restaurant business was not something he’d planned on doing.

“I like design and architecture,” said Pinto, who now works as a power plant builder in Latin America and the United States. “This was my opportunity to do something special (for the restaurant).”

While the restaurant had become a fi xture in the area, Pinto wanted to add his own touch to the menu, creating the unique Tapas and Sushi combination that Manu’s currently uses.

“I’ve toured the world quite a bit and I took little ideas of different parts of the world to create a soft fusion,” Pinto said. “Believe it or not, there is a lot in the sushi kitchen that is in the tapas kitchen. I just wanted to create a new experience for the community.”

Manu’s and its unique menu has created a restaurant that has something for anyone, even if you’re not in love with tapas or sushi.

“(Manu’s) is Mediterranean with a soft Asian touch,” Pinto explained. “However, we have traditional dishes as well. The idea was not to own a restaurant – it was to make something special.”

Even the eatery’s name highlights this restaurant’s diversity.

“In Portuguese, Many is a slang term for brother,” Pinto said, referring back to his own history. “My sister used to call me that. It’s short, simple, and not very Portuguese, but I’ve been told people think it seems Spanish or even Asian, so it seemed like the appropriate title.”

While the restaurant has been revamped, Pinto and Manu’s has fought a social taboo familiar to others in his neighborhood.

“There’s a certain stigma that sushi in Newark can’t be good,” Pinto explained. “We can’t buy better fi sh and created our own reputation for good fish. We had to do it right.”

Keeping with the traditions that distinguished the old restaurant, Pinto wanted to keep the comfortable, family environment that had existed with the previous establishment.

“It’s a very family feel type of environment,” Pinto explained. “I wanted to create a cozy, comfortable, and familiar feel to the place.”

The unique challenge for Pinto is carrying the responsibilities of both the restaurant he owns, and his day-to-day job.

“The establishment is operated by my sister and other people who have been here since the beginning,” explained Pinto. “I wish I could have opened it earlier, but it was just a timing thing.”

The recently refurbished Manu’s, with its unique cuisine and comfortable environment, is located at 90 Ferry St. in Newark and is open until late seven days a week. It has a full bar and serves lunch on weekdays.

Around Town

Belleville

Registrations are being accepted by St. Peter’s School, in Belleville, for the upcoming school year, from pre-k 3 to 8th grade. Pre-care and after-care are available, as well as fullday kindergarten. Please contact the school office (973-759-3143), between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information and to arrange for a tour of the school, located at 149 William St., in Belleville. You can also visit www.stpeter-school.org.

Kearny

Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will hold its annual St. Patrick’s dance on Friday, March 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear green and get into the Irish spirit! Guests are restricted to teenagers only. The dance will be supervised by Thomas Fraser, Lincoln School guidance counselor and members of the Board of Directors.

The Presbyterian Boys- Girls Club will hold a Tricky Tray on Saturday, April 14. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and admission is $10. Please purchase tickets in advance, by calling Vanessa Vieira at 201-334-8336 or email v_vieira@yahoo.com

A Newark Museum representative will be the guest speaker at the Evening Membership Department of the Woman’s Club of Arlington’s regular meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrietta Benstead Center.

The Kearny Public Library Children’s Room announces free events for children in March: At the Main library, 318 Kearny Ave., Preschool Play/Story Times will continue on Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. – noon and on Thursday mornings from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

At the Branch library, 759 Kearny Ave., Preschool Play/Story Times will continue on Thursday mornings from 10:15 – 11 a.m.

The Children’s Room invites children ages 4 and older to an art class from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. Children will paint watercolor pictures while listening to different types of music. The library will provide the art supplies.

Can you imagine a flying house? Enjoy a showing of the movie “Up” on Wed., Mar. 21 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library. Registration is not needed for any program. For more information, visit the library on the web at www.kearnylibrary.org or call 201-998-2666.

Calvary United Methodist church, 342 Elm St., Kearny, will host its 120th anniversary celebration on Sunday, March 25, beginning with a church service at 11 a.m., followed by a buffet luncheon.

Lyndhurst

The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst has a supply of both canned and dry dog food, free of charge, available to anyone due to unemployment, disability or any other financial situation that can not afford to feed their dog, Many brands are available, plus treats. Just stop by or call 201-896-9300. Open seven days a week.

American Legion Barringer. Walker, Lopinto Post 139, Lyndhurst, will host its annual St. Patty’s corned beef dinner on Thursday, March 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $15 to eat in or $10 to take out. All tickets should be purchased at door. Dinner includes corrned beef, cabbage, potato and rye bread. Beer, wine, soda, dessert, coffee and tea will be included with in-meals only. For further info, please call the post at 201-933-4120,

Coping with a gastrointestinal disorder can present a number of daily challenges. Join Annette Cozzarelli, M.D., Medical Director of the Women’s Health Center, located within the Health and Wellness Center at Clara Maass Medical Center, along with a GI specialist on Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at Lyndhurst Health Department, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst. They will discuss and answer your questions about debilitating chronic illnesses, as they relate to stress and diet.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold a Food for Thought Forum hosted by Clara Maass Medical Center. Annette Cozzarelli, M.D., Medical Director of Women’s Health at CMMC, along with a Gastro intestinal specialist, will be available to discuss and answer questions related to gastro intestinal illness, upset stomach, and the importance of regular cancer screenings. The forum takes places Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department. Dinner will be served. Please call 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat.

To register, please call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4 or visit www.barnabashealthcalendar.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold its bi-annual Women’s Health Clinic on Thursday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m. This free event, made possible through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, includes education on breast self-examination and a pelvic exam. The clinic is open to all female Lyndhurst residents aged 18 years and over. Please call 201-804-2500 to make an appointment.

H2Olympics!, a family festival of games, activities and projects all about water for ages 6-12, will be held on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Admission is $5/ person; $4/ MEC members. For more information, call 201-460- 8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.

The Meadowlands Environment Center will host “Water on Other Planets” on March 22 at 2 p.m. Join astronomer John Sloan as he explores the existence of water around our solar system, and the possibilities of it supporting life forms in space during Water on Other Planets. Admission is $5/person; $4/members of the Meadowlands Environment Center. For more information, call 201-460- 8300 or www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec

The Lyndhurst Girls’ Association will host its annual Palm Sunday pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lyndhurst Senior Center on Cleveland Avenue in Lyndhurst. Monies raised are used to maintain and operate the Libbie Lindsay Little House as a meeting place for the Girl Scouts of Lyndhurst and their leaders. Donation is $5.00 and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Mary Lou Mullins’ monthly bus trip to Atlantic City is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, going to Resorts. This month’s trip will feature a special Easter party bus. The cost is $25 with $25 cash return. The bus will leave St. Michael’s Church parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served and Bingo will be played on the bus. Call Mary Lou at 201-933-2186 for more information.

The Lyndhurst High School Class of 2013 and the LHS World Language Honor Society are sponsoring a children’s Tricky Tray for grades pre-k through 4. This event will be held at the Senior Citizen Building on Cleveland Ave. in Lyndhurst on Saturday, March 31, beginning at noon. Numbers will be called starting promptly at 1 p.m.

The cost of admission is $5 per person. Children as well as their parents will require an admission ticket. This price will include a full sheet of tickets for the small prize category. Food and drinks will also be served. Therefore, outside food will not be allowed.

Please call Janet Ricigliano at (201) 935-1208 for further information.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst announces its annual fundraiser, “Spring Into Fashion” Sunday brunch and fashion show, on Sunday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Graycliff, 122 Moonachie Ave., Moonachie. There will also be a tricky tray and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $35. For tickets, please call Rosemary at 201-935-4836 or Marge at 201-694-5976. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold a free eye screening on Wednesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. This exam will screen for vision acuity, visual field, and glaucoma. Please call 201-804-2500 to make an appointment.

VFW Post #3549 of Lyndhurst, 527 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, will host a “Vegas for Veterans Casino Night” on Saturday, April 14, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 201-939- 3080 or email vfw3549@ aol.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

North Arlington

North Arlington Elks Lodge #199, 129 Ridge Rd., will have a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Friday, March 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. Cost of a dinner is $10 and a sandwich is $7.

The Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus is running a bus trip on Tuesday, April 10, to the Mt. Airy Casino. The initial cost is $32. Upon arrival at the casino, you will receive $25 in Slot Play and $10food voucher. The bus will leave the Knights of Columbus Council Hall parking lot, 194 River Rd., North Arlington, at 10:30am and arrive at the casino by noon. Departure from Mt. Airy will be at 6 p.m. and arrival back to North Arlington by 7:30 p.m.

Please bring Photo ID, which is needed to get the Slot Play money. For tickets, please contact Nicholas Cerchio at (201) 230-3428.

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled a trip to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday, April 10 and a trip to Mt. Airy on Tuesday, May 15. Call Florence at 201-991- 3173 for information. Membership in the club is not necessary to attend.

Nutley

Good Shepherd Academy, Nutley, is hosting lunch with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m. Bring cameras to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Admission is $10. Adults will be admitted free. The luncheon will begin after the 10 a.m. children’s liturgy Mass.

The Pen to Prose Writers’ Group will meet on Monday, March 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Nutley Public Library. The group was formed to read works-in- progress, share accomplishments, critique works, give writing instruction, and provide encouragement and inspiration to aspiring authors. The group is free and open to the public.

BabyGarten for infants and toddlers, from birth to 22 months and their caregivers is held at Nutley Public Library every Monday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The program includes books, nursery rhymes, playtime. Registration is required.

The library’s Monday Night Book Club will meet on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson. The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome.

Author Brian Haggerty will lead a discussion on his new book, “Professional and Life Skills” on Marcy 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Lyndhurst Public Library. Haggerty will offer a one-hour PowerPoint lecture to explain the basis of valuable skills to help make the best impression on others as well as a demonstration of modern dining etiquette. The lecture is open for people of all ages. Copies of his new book will be available for purchase as well as a Q & A and book signing at the end. To register, please call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7 or email romeo@bccls. org.

Kearny boys’ swim team enjoys record-breaking campaign

 

Photo by Jim Hague/ The Kearny High School boys’ swim team enjoyed a solid 13-3 season, the best in the school’s history. Front row, from left, are head coach Scott Fuchs, Luke Miller, Matt Amar and John Stahl. Middle row, from left, are Patrick Carbajal and Mateo Caceres. Back row, from left, are Sid Naik, Adam Coppolla and Gabriel Zanandrea.

 

By Jim Hague

Before the 2011-2012 high school swimming season began, Kearny High School head coach Scott Fuchs set a goal for his boys’ team.

“We made 13 wins our goal,” said Fuchs, who recently completed his 10th year as the coach of the swim team. “We predicted that from the first day. I knew that this team overall had our best swimmers, our fastest swimmers. The whole team is made of standouts.”

True to form, the Kardinals posted a 13-3 record, the best mark in the program’s history. The only matches that the Kardinals lost this season were to teams that have club swimmers, competitors who swim all year long.

“It’s a credit to our three captains who provided great leadership,” Fuchs said of seniors Luke Miller, John Stahl and Wesley Rivera. “They had such good work ethic and it carried over to the rest of the team. They’ve been the dominant forces for the last four years and everyone had the desire to be like them. We developed a winning swim program because of them.”

Fuchs spoke of how difficult it is to have a competitive team facing squads that are able to swim all year long.

“We start racing right as the season starts and we had a bunch of new kids,” Fuchs said. “So a lot of the kids started working on their own, going to the pool on their own in the fall. It’s definitely not easy.”

But Fuchs had a sense it was going to be a fine season, when the Kardinals started to shatter school records from the outset.

“In the first meet, we broke a school record,” Fuchs said. “That showed me how ready they were and how determined they were. The first day they were competitively in the water, they set a record. It showed me how much work they put in on their own.”

The Kardinals went on to finish second in the Hudson County Public School championships to Union City and fourth overall. They won the Urban Relays and the Kearny Carnival Invitational team titles. They defeated teams like Union, Plainfield and Elizabeth that the Kardinals were never able to compete with in the past.

And when the smoke cleared, the Kardinals broke a total of eight records this season, an almost unconscionable thought.

Junior Matt Amar shattered four records – the 500-meter freestyle, the 200-meter freestyle and was part of both the 200 and 400-meter freestyle relays.

“He has a very bright future and college coaches are going to want to come and see him,” Fuchs said.

It was only the second year that Amar has been swimming. He joined the team after his older brother, Samy, a former Kearny standout, encouraged him to try the sport.

“Samy was the one who pushed me,” Amar said. “He broke a lot of school records, so when I joined, I wanted to be able to be better than him. He’s one of the best swimmers ever at Kearny, so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to beat him. But I’ve already broken four records and that’s amazing. I’m really happy about that. I’m also happy with the way I’ve improved. I wasn’t that good of a swimmer last year. I think my teammates helped to push me through to get better.”

Amar knows that his future is very bright.

“I now know that I can be a very good swimmer,” Amar said. “I want to get better. I’m going to continue to work. Now that we have a good swimming program in Kearny, I want to keep it going.”

Miller was part of both the 200 and 400-meter freestyle relays that set new records.
“He’s definitely the most determined and the most disciplined swimmer we have,” Fuchs said. “He was always able to pull the others through everything.”

Miller was pleased with his performance and the rest of the team as well.

“This was the best season I’ve ever had,” Miller said. “We’ve all grown together and the depth of the team now is really great. We never had that when I started. It’s a great lasting memory to have that we did so well. It’s always good to have those memories. It’s something that’s always there. But I hope someone comes along and takes those records away from me.”

Stahl set records in the 200-meter medley relay and the 200-meter intermediate, breaking the records of Samy Amar.

“In all my years swimming, I just wanted to make it a better team,” Stahl said. “We were able to get others to push themselves this year and that’s very rewarding. It feels good to know that this was just the beginning to make this program bigger and better.”

Others to break new school records this season include Adam Coppolla, who broke the 100-meter backstroke; Mateo Caceres, who broke the 100-meter freestyle and was part of both freestyle relays; Gabriel Zanandrea, who was also part of both freestyle relays, as well as Patrick Carbajal and Sid Naik.

Fuchs knows that this team was a trailblazer for future Kearny swim teams to follow.

“They raised the bar, no question,” Fuchs said. “They set the standards that will make Kearny stronger and better in the future. We’re a team, a force to be reckoned with now. These kids helped to put Kearny swimming on the map.”

Basile named new Nutley football coach

Photo courtesy of Tom Basile/ Long-time assistant coach Tom Basile has been appointed as the new head football coach at Nutley High School, replacing Steve DiGregorio, who resigned at the end of last season.

 

By Jim Hague

When Steve DiGregorio stepped down as the head football coach at Nutley High School at the end of the 2011 season, ending a sensational eight-year reign as the head coach at his alma mater, he made no bones about who he wanted to fill his shoes as head coach.

DiGregorio, who resigned to spend more time with his family, recommended his defensive coordinator and good friend, Tom Basile, to take over.

Last week, the Nutley Board of Education agreed with the former coach and appointed the 50-year-old Basile as the new head coach.

Basile has spent the last eight years as an assistant coach under DiGregorio and knows the kids, the program and the system.

“I’m just going to try to continue where Steve left off,” Basile said. “We want to keep the program going and keep all the hard work that Steve instilled into the program. He was the one who took the program to the next level.”

Basile, who has previous head coaching experience at Bergenfield, Boonton and Barringer, before coming to Nutley to join DiGregorio eight years ago, was happy to know that he had the backing of both DiGregorio and athletic director Joe Piro.

“It was very rewarding to know that they had that kind of confidence in me,” said Basile, who was the head coach at Barringer when they snapped a 56-game losing streak in the late 1990s, ironically defeating Nutley to snap the slide. “Just knowing that they were in my corner meant so much to me.”

Basile has enjoyed a rich coaching career that spans almost three decades. A native of Fort Lee and a graduate of Fort Lee High School, Basile started his coaching career at the now-defunct Paul IV High School in Clifton, then moved to Hoboken High.

From there, Basile went to become an assistant coach at Hasbrouck Heights, where he also became the head wrestling and baseball coach. As a wrestling coach, Basile had incredible success, winning four NJSIAA District and two state sectional championships.

Basile then started his head coaching career on the gridiron, leading Bergenfield for two years, Boonton for two and finally Barringer for four. Basile remains a teacher at Barringer.

“I was pretty proud of what we were able to accomplish at Barringer, having two 4-6 seasons my last two years,” Basile said. “I think that’s what prompted Steve to ask me to come to Nutley and join him.”

Basile was a major part of the rebuilding of the Nutley program, as the Maroon Raiders qualified for the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III playoffs five times in eight years and advanced to the state championship game in 2010.
Now that the Maroon Raiders are established as a solid program, Basile wants to make sure it remains that way.

“We’ve virtually kept the same staff that we’ve had the last couple of years,” Basile said. “The kids are very happy about that. We’ve had kids who played a lot of playoff football in recent years, but we also have a lot of inexperienced players. A lot of them will play varsity football for the first time this season. But we have a good program and we’re fully capable to keep things going.”

Basile said that he never dreamed he would become a head coach ever again.

“I was happy being an assistant coach,” Basile said. “I didn’t think I’d ever be a head coach ever again. But I have to admit, it’s a little exciting. I’m enjoying a little bit of a rebirth. I really wanted this, but I probably wouldn’t want to coach anywhere else.”

Basile is not about to upset the cattle cart and institute new strategies for offense and defense. He knows that the Maroon Raiders, who finished 6-4 last season, have won 22 games and lost only 11 over the last three seasons. No need to change anything.

“Everything is going to continue to be the same,” Basile said. “We’re going to have the same spread look offensively, with the no-huddle look. I might infuse a little more option, but that’s about it. I don’t anticipate having many changes.”

Basile knows that this challenge will be different than his last three head coaching stops, where he had to rebuild entire programs.

“It’s the exact opposite now,” Basile said. “We have an established program here. We’re not starting from Ground Zero. I think we all have a feeling of confidence, because of where we’re starting from. It takes away a lot of the stresses and the interior pressure.”

Athletic director Piro is happy with the appointment of Basile.

“Tommy is a proven head coach and he’s been a big part of our success for a while,” Piro said. “He was a big part of turning this program around and a big part of the success. We interviewed some great candidates, but Tommy stood out. We’re excited about what he’s able to bring to the table. I think it was the right decision for a lot of reasons. Our program didn’t need to be rebuilt. It’s not like it had to be torn down and built up again. We expect Tommy to continue the success we’ve had. He’s a quality guy with good character. He’s the kind of guy we want to have around our kids.”

Basile definitely has a challenge ahead of him. Because of the Maroon Raiders’ success in recent years, they have been moved to a different division of the Super Essex Conference, as the lone Group III school facing Group IV powers like Livingston, East Orange, Montclair and parochial power Seton Hall Prep.

“It’s definitely a challenge, but I told the kids up front that we’re going to be ready for it,” Basile said. “There are a lot of challenges coming up.”

Another challenge will be no longer facing Belleville on Thanksgiving Day. The rivalry will continue, but will kick off the season this season instead of being played on Turkey Day. So Basile’s head coaching career at Nutley will begin against the neighboring rival. Losing the Thanksgiving Day game might hurt the traditional football fanatics, but it’s more than likely better for the players involved.

That might be the only big change that will take place in Basile’s tenure as head coach. The rest, hopefully, will remain status quo. If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it. Basile knows that better than anyone.

After all is said and done, Seton Hall is out

Miss March Madness, will head to NIT in rare home game instead

 

Seton Hall senior point guard Jordan Theodore was all smiles and hopeful before the season that the Pirates could qualify for the NCAA Tournament this season, however, that didn’t happen as the Pirates learned their fate Sunday night that they’re headed to the NIT instead.

By Jim Hague

Ever since the Seton Hall Pirates lost their last two regular season games to Rutgers at home, then a 28-point shellacking at the hands of DePaul on the road, there was all this speculation about the Pirates’ chances of earning a berth into March Madness, namely the NCAA Tournament.

The Pirates defeated Providence in the opening round of the Big East Tournament, then lost to eventual champion Louisville in the second round. The speculation continued. Are they in? Are they out? In? Out?

Two expert bracket predictors, Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, had the Pirates in all week. So that had to bring some hope to the Pirate faithful, who have not experienced the NCAA Tournament since 2006. It also had to bring hope to the Pirates themselves, especially seniors Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore, who never got a chance to experience March Madness during their time in South Orange.

So the Pirates waited and wondered. As the other leagues were holding their respective tournaments, the Pirates had to hope some of the other so-called “bubble” teams lost in order to secure a clear path to the Grand Dance known as March Madness.

Sunday night, the bubble burst.

The Pirates did not receive an invitation to the Dance. They were once again left on the outside looking in. They were not as secure in their place, even with a 20-12 record, as the bracket experts believed.

“Of course, I’m very disappointed that we’re not going to the NCAA Tournament,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said Sunday night in a conference call. “We thought we had a legitimate chance. The (NCAA Tournament) committee has a very tough job. It’s hard to go through everything and make sure the right teams are in.”

Willard said that he felt especially bad for the Pirates’ seniors.

“They took it hard,” Willard said. “They took it really hard. And it was tough to console them. It was really an emotional time for them. Both of them gave so much to us and this program. Both overcame tremendous obstacles. I wanted it for them more than anything.”

It’s really not a consolation prize, but the Pirates will now move on to the National Invitation Tournament, where they will get a rare treat.

The Pirates will face Stony Brook in the opening round, but the game will be played at the historic Walsh Gym on the South Orange campus. Only the Seton Hall women regularly play at Walsh.

“We’re excited to still be playing basketball,” Willard said. “I’m really looking forward to playing in Walsh. I love the Prudential Center (in Newark). It’s one of the main reasons why I took the job here. It’s a great venue. But for us to get an on-campus game is tremendous. I love Walsh Gym and the history of it. I’m excited about being in Walsh.”

Willard was asked what he can do differently to prevent another NCAA Tournament snub.

“I seriously think we have to change the way we do scheduling,” Willard said. “We’re not going to play away games and stay at home until the conference (Big East) games begin. We put together a good non-conference schedule this year and I thought that would work out for us. But playing tough non-conference games hasn’t helped. We only lost one game out of conference to a good Northwestern team, but that competition didn’t help us. So I’m going to take a look at it to see if we don’t have to leave the state of New Jersey until the Big East schedule starts.”

There was another slice of irony. It appears as if the at-large bid that Seton Hall was battling to receive went to Iona instead. Willard left Iona to come to Seton Hall two years ago.

“I’m ecstatic for them,” Willard said. “It’s incredible for them to get an at-large bit. Four of those guys I recruited there, so for obvious reasons, I’m happy for them. It’s tremendous for their program.”

Willard was asked if he could determine why the Pirates were left out.

“Unfortunately, they looked at the last two games of the season (losses at home to Rutgers and on the road to DePaul) and not the whole season,” Willard said. “It’s tough to play on the road in this league. It’s almost impossible to win.”

However, losing and getting humiliated by the league’s worst team by 28 points are two totally different things.

“After struggling in the middle of the season, we came back and beat Pittsburgh and Georgetown,” Willard explained. “We went to the RAC and beat Rutgers, which isn’t easy. But I guess they looked at the last two games and decided that’s who we are, when obviously, it’s not who we are.”

The Pirates will now get a chance to prove the NCAA committee wrong with a solid performance in the NIT, but that won’t lessen the sting that players like Theodore and Pope are experiencing right now. There’s nothing like March Madness and they once again won’t get that chance.

Tuning your internal recorder

A determined mind is the biggest asset of all. A mind that knows what to do and where to go cannot be stopped or deterred from its path. It is to be considered an asset. Not everyone is blessed with a personality and a mind to know and do always the right thing. However, the good news is that this is a skill which can be acquired with some effort and patience from your end. In many cultures, including India, it is believed that our body has an internal memory, which works similar to a recording machine. If you have ever tried waking up at a particular time without an alarm clock to aid you, then you probably know what I am talking about. For others, I recommend you try this little exercise at home. Tell yourself with a sincere heart that you would like to be up at a certain time the next morning or perhaps be reminded of something important later in the day. Shut your eyes, visualize yourself making a mental note, and you will be amazed at how your internal recorder remembers to perform as instructed by you. Once you have mastered this act of using your own abilities to maximize your gains, you can then start working towards more intense acts such as training your mind to think and act assertively even in matters that usually get your blood pressure to go sky-high. You can achieve this by simply instructing your mind to stay calm, weigh the options that you may have before you in any given situation and act in the most feasible manner. You need to train yourself to be clear in your thoughts. It is important to learn to compartmentalize emotions, people and situations, so that your reactions are not an outcome of a combination of these factors, but instead they must be so for their true purpose and nature. Once you are successful at this, you will realize that it is not such an effort after all. This training will come back naturally to you in subsequent acts. Always know that your body remembers everything. It understands and stores every performance as a memory, especially those which are appreciated and respected. You will see yourself living a better life when you clear all doubts and know what to do and that is reason enough for you to train yourself, and your mind to living a more peaceful life.

 

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Finding a good tax shelter

By Randy Neumann

One of my columns was about someone still working after having reached his “full retirement age.” Full retirement age, in Social Security speak, is that time in your life when you are eligible to collect your “full retirement benefit” without any offsets while maintaining a full-time job.

For those born between 1943 and 1954, the full retirement age is 66. So, although up to 85 percent of his Social Security benefit can be taxed, he avoided the tax by contributing his entire Social Security benefit into his company’s 401(k). The icing on the cake was the 3 percent match made by his employer that also went into the plan and was not taxable to him. Needless to say, he was a happy camper.

With all the brouhaha generated by the deficit ceiling “crises” looming in a few weeks, there is some interesting information regarding government tax and spending.

Below is a shortened version of the 2011 “Index of Economic Freedom” published by The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal that shows government tax and spending.:

Belgium: Tax burden percentage of GDP is 41.2 percent; government expenditure percentage of GDP is 50 percent.

Cuba: Tax burden percentage of GDP is 46.5 percent; government expenditure percentage of GDP is 78.1 percent.

Singapore: Tax burden percentage of GDP is 14.2 percent; government expenditure percentage of GDP is 17 percent.

United States: Tax burden percentage of GDP is 26.9 percent; government expenditure percentage of GDP is 38.9 percent.

“Gimme Shelter” was the opening track of the Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let It Bleed. And the “Taxman” was written by George Harrison for the Revolver album when he discovered that Harold Wilson’s Labour government established a 95 percent super tax in 1966 and that the Beatles would be subject to the tax.

Obviously, we all need some shelter from the taxman!

Here’s how another client did it: A gentleman was referred to me towards the end of 2010. He was in his late 50s and had enjoyed a successful business career. He came to see me because he’d retired and wanted to put the various pieces of the puzzle together. Having spent most of his time on his career and his family, he hadn’t gotten around to some of the tenants of financial planning such as tax and cash flow planning, investment planning, retirement, risk management and estate planning. This is not unusual as one has only so much energy, time and focus.

In our initial conversation, he mentioned that he’d earned about $100,000 as a consultant in 2010. A light bulb went off in my head (of course it was a government compliant CFL compact fluorescent lamp and not one of those evil incandescent bulbs), so I asked him, “Do you need the $100,000 to live on?” His answer was, “No.” I responded, “Would you like to stash a chunk of it away in a retirement plan?” His answer was a resounding, “Yes.”

It was near the end of the year, so we had to get the document signed to establish the plan before Dec. 31. Funding for the plan could wait until April 15, 2011 or, if he filed an extension, until the date of the extension. Funding was not a problem for him because his portfolio was large and liquid.

I immediately contacted Charles Rosenberg, a principal at INTAC Actuarial Services here in Ridgewood, to determine the best plan for my new client and to get everything done by the required year-end deadline. To use the jargon of the industry, we set up a Solo 401(k). Solo or individual 401(k) plans came from the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) signed into law in 2001. This legislation enabled and encouraged selfemployed people to enjoy the advantages of 401(k) plans without the administrative costs and burdens that typically accompany 401(k) plans.

So, without a lot of administrative headaches and government red tape, my new client was able to contribute $22,000 as an employee and $20,000 as an employer for a total of $42,000. Although his taxable income was $100,000, after the 401(k) contribution, it was reduced to $58,000. The money can be invested in a myriad of investments, and it will grow tax-deferred until it is withdrawn. If he continues to work as a consultant, he can continue to make contributions in the future, but what if he doesn’t.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that the $42,000 contribution compounds at 7 percent. In five years, it will be worth $58,907. In 10 years, when he is in his late 60’s, it will be worth $82,620. In 12 years, it will be worth $94,592, and because he will be 70 1/2 years old, he will have to take a required minimum distribution RMD. That amount is $3,452. Big deal.

If he dies before his wife, he can pass this along with his other IRAs to her and she can treat them as her own. Then his wife can pass them on to their children who can hold them as beneficiary IRAs and take out withdrawals based on their life expectancies.

This was the first step in his financial plan because it had a deadline. There will be many more.

This is a hypothetical example and is not representative of any specific situation. Your results will vary. The hypothetical rates of return used do not reflect the deduction of fees and charges inherent to investing.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for the individual.

Randy Neumann CFP (R) is a registered representative with securities and insurance offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC. He can be reached at 600 East Crescent Ave., Upper Saddle River 201-291-9000.

Obituaries

Mildred A. Breheny

Mildred A. Breheny (nee: Butler), 77, lifelong resident of Harrison, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 9.

Millie was born in Newark, the daughter of the late William and Mildred. She had worked for the Harrison Board of Education for 20 years, and was honored with the privilege of being the only mother to give birth to triplets, Ann, Millie, and Frank, at West Hudson Hospital in Kearny.

Millie was the loving mother to six children Thomas Raczynski and his wife Patricia, Ann Czyzyk and her husband Richard, Millie Falkner and her husband George, and Frank Raczynski and his wife Barbie, and the late William Raczynski and Dr. John Racine, Phd.; cherished grandmother to Michael, Carl and Noelle Raczynski and Katelyn and Steven Czyzyk, and loving aunt of Mary Glancy and Tom Woods Jr.

Millie was predeceased by her first husband John Raczynski, second husband James Breheny, and her sister Mary Woods.

Friends may call at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, March 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A 10 a.m. funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday March 14, at the Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery North Arlington. For directions, information or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Aubra Brett

Aubra Brett (nee Winder) died on March 7 in Milford Manor Nursing Home in West Milford. She was 90.

Born in Kearny, she lived most of her life in North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by burial at Arlington Cemetery.

Aubra was a supervisor at Prudential in Newark for 40 years before retiring.

Wife of the late Jack Brett, she is survived by her sister Betty J. Christie along with many dear nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Robert and Theodore Winder.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the North Arlington Volunteer Fire Dept Company c/o the funeral home or Alzheimer’s research. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

Athanasios Efstathiou

Athanasios Efstathiou died on March 3. He was 96.

Born in Lidorikion, Greece, he lived in New York City before moving to Kearny in 1957.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home.

Mr. Efstathiou was a physicist with RCA in Princeton. He was very active in St. Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church in Union and was a member of The Order of A.H.E.P.A.

He is survived by his wife Bess, his daughter Penny and her husband Kevin and his grandson Athan.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Dimitrios, 721 Rahway Ave., Union, N.J.

Arthur W. Fucetola Sr.

Arthur W. Fucetola Sr. died on March 7 in Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Pa. He was 86.

Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny and Roseland before moving to Emmaus, Pa.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. Fucetola was a Shriner and served in the Army during WWII and is a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He owned Fucetola Brothers Builders and Developers and was the building administrator for G and S Logistics in Harrison.

He is survived by his wife Diane (nee Hevey) and his former wife Marie (nee Nafus), his children and their spouses Arthur W., Jr. and Linda Fucetola, Robert A. and Donna Fucetola, Carl and Donna Fucetola, Carla and Kyle Brock, Daniel Fucetola, Donald and Nickole Fucetola and Doree Fucetola, his step children Paul and Jill Howarth and Roxanne and Barry Kinder and his brothers Joseph, Ralph and Fred Fucetola. Also surviving are 17 grand and 12 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to PSPCA, 350 East Erie Ave. Philadelphia, Pa., 19134. www.PSPCA.org/support.

Stanley Eugene Gorski

Stanley Eugene Gorski, 41, of Lavallette, died on Monday March 5.

Born in Belleville, he lived in Harrison, before moving to Lavallette seven years ago.

Stanley is predeceased by his wife Carol. He is survived by his parents Patricia and her husband Tom, and Stanley J. (Tex) Gorski and his wife Lucy; his daughter Tiffany, sons Jacob and Kyle. One step-son Shawn Mowla; his sister Patricia Deosaran (Harry), Cassandra Sgro, and brother Jarrod Gorski (Irene). He was brother-in-law to Ted Guis (Robbin), uncle to Michaelena, Elizabeth, Liliana, Jaclyn, Joshua, Zachary, Brandi, Samantha and Kimberly, also a great uncle to Gabriel and Bryant. He has numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and his lifelong best friend Jack Valente.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, March 11, at the Union Church of Lavallette. Arrangements were by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 706 Rt. 35, Lavallette. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for Stanley’s children, make donations payable to The Gorski Children’s Fund, and mailed to Gorski Children’s Fund, c/o Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River, NJ 08755. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com

Theodore J. Granda

Theodore J. Granda died suddenly at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital on March 9. He was 83.

Born in Jersey City, he lived many years in North Arlington before moving to Weehawken two years ago. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in The Christian Apostolic Church, 77 Wallace St., Belleville. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Ted was a retired manager from Star Expansion in Mountainville, N.Y. and was very involved with the Christian Apostolic Church.

He is the husband of the late Stella (Leonardo) and is survived by his daughters Elizabeth Granda-Argianas (Christopher) and Stephanie Granda. He also leaves behind his beloved granddaughter Lili Mei.

Lena Elizabeth Hayes

Lena Elizabeth Hayes (nee Bender), 72, passed away on Thursday, March 8.

Mrs. Hayes was born on June 13, 1939, in Orange. In the 1970’s, Lena and her late husband Joseph Hayes moved to Kearny, where she remained a long-term resident. She enjoyed spending time with family, going to the movies, long walks around town and attending church functions.

She is survived by her brother George Bender of Kearny; son John Hayes of Kearny; son and daughterin- law Michael and Kimberly Hayes of Lyndhurst; and by her two loving grandchildren Michael and Anthony Hayes.

A Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., Kearny.

Betty Ann Moore

Betty Ann Moore, 70, of Wall and Kearny, passed away Monday, March 5, at her Wall home with her family by her side.

Betty Ann was born and raised in Jersey City, graduating from St. Mary’s Grammar and High School in Jersey City. She lived in Carteret for a few years before moving to Kearny in 1977. Betty was a communicant of St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. She was a teacher’s aide in Lincoln Middle School and a member of the PTA at Roosevelt Elementary School both of Kearny. Betty Ann liked to garden, read, travel and taking care of her pets.

Betty Ann was predeceased by her parents Anthony and Anna DeGregorio and a brother Salvatore DeGregorio. She is survived by he r husband of 42 years Eugene Moore; a son Anthony Moore of Hoboken; a brother Emmanuel DeGregorio and his wife Virginia of Wall. Her cousin Bina Kistulinec and her husband Edward of Hillsborough; three nieces Deana and Pete Campisi and their son Christian, Renee Burkett and Gina and Robert Leete and their children Robert and Hannah. Betty Ann’s dear friends Jimmy Freda and Kim of Lyndhurst and her Kearny Coffee Clutch Donna Parry, Carolee Petti, Roseanne Lucarelli and Marlene DePasquale.

Arrangements were by Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. A funeral Mass was held on Thursday, March 8, in St. Rose Church, Belmar, followed by interment at St. Anne’s Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 650309 Dallas, Texas 75265-0309. To send condolences to the family, visit www.orenderfamilyfamilyhome.com.

Virginia C. Rizzolo

Virginia C. Rizzolo died on March 5 in Mountainside Hospital. She was 66. Born in Newark she lived in North Arlington the past 17 years.

Visitation was at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Virginia was a choir member and Eucharist minister at Queen of Peace. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Lucy Battista. She is survived by her husband John A. Rizzolo and stepmother Josephine Battista. She was the mother of Lucille M., John F., Joseph A. and, Michael L., Rizzolo and sister of Louis Battista and the late Rocco; also surviving is her grandson Nicholas.

Elizabeth H. White

Elizabeth H. White (nee Wetmore) died on March 8 in The Hackensack Hospice. She was 78. Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Betty was a human resource manager for Valley National Bank in Kearny and Wayne before retirement. She is active with the Woman’s Auxiliary V.F.W. Post 1302 in Kearny.

Wife of James D. White, she is survived by her children and their spouses James E. and Victoria, Glenn W. and Edith, Donald and Linda and David J. and Leigh White. She was the sister-in-law of Carol Wetmore and is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her brother Ben Wetmore.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to John Theurer Cancer Center, 92 Second Street 2nd floor Hackensack, N.J. 07601 or e-mail jshah@humed.com

Dorothy A. Wetzel Wills

Dorothy A. Wetzel Wills, 91, of Cedar Grove, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 3, following a long illness.

An funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, March 7, at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave. , Harrison. Dorothy was laid to rest with her parents at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Dorothy was the daughter of the late Joseph and Clara Wetzel, she was born and raised in Harrison and was the youngest of eight children. She resided in Jersey City with her late husband Robert and was active with the Retired Senior Volunteers and the Hudson County Mental Health Association Senior Volunteers.

Dorothy was predeceased by her loving husband Robert T.; her brother Frederick Wetzel and her sisters: Matilda Gerlach, Gertrude Woods, Theresa McCann, Agatha Jacobus, Marie Dolan and Agnes Bulger. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Please kindly omit flowers and make donations to the Hudson County Mental Health Association, 3000 Kennedy Blvd., Suite 305, Jersey City, N.J. 07306. For directions, information, or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

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