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Easing the way over

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent LYNDHURST – State officials are still pondering what to do about the century-old DeJessa Bridge which links Lyndhurst and Nutley across the Passaic River but, in the meantime, Bergen County has done its part to try and relieve congestion there. At the urging […]

Last chance to sound off on dog park

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent KEARNY –  The town is preparing to let the dogs out but first it wants the owners in. For a public meeting, that is, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the second floor Town Council chambers at Town Hall […]

Ice storm took its toll on local roads

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  By the time you read this, we all may be trapped inside by a blizzard — if the current weather forecasts are correct. But it doesn’t necessarily take heavy snow to create havoc. Sometimes, a coating of ice is sufficient. […]


Bracing for funding shift

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  For the past 37 years, the Kearny nonprofit Pathways to Independence Inc. has helped those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently in their communities. Currently, from its 3-level, 18,000 square foot headquarters at Kingsland and Bergen Aves., it offers on-site […]


A new ‘acquisition’

Tim Bixler, of The Bixler Group Real Estate and Insurance and his wife, Charissa Bixler, welcomed their daughter, Addison Paige Bixler, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 1:20 p.m. Big brother Brayden is beyond excited. Only a few more years until […]


Around Town


• The next meeting of the Bloomfield Public Library Book Club will be on Monday, June 4, at 6:45 p.m. in the Conference Room. The group will discuss Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.” Although known mainly as a poet, Sylvia Plath wrote one novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a bright college student who has a nervous breakdown and attempts suicide. Hospitalized, she undergoes electroshock therapy, medication, and psychoanalysis. For further information or to request help in locating a copy of the book club selection, please call the Reference Desk at 973-566-6200, ext 502.

East Newark

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. The group will provide an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for patients and family. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa 201-246- 7750, Fatima 973-485-4236 or email emidura2@yahoo. com. Together we will fight this disease.

• East Newark Mayor Joseph Smith, Borough Council and American Legion Post and Auxiliary #36 will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony at the East Newark Borough Hall, 34 Sherman Ave., East Newark, on Wednesday, May 23. Participants will assemble at the East Newark Borough Hall at 6:15 p.m. Wreaths will be placed at the Veteran’s Monument by Mayor Smith, members of Borough Council and Post #36 Commander Frank Acuna and Past State President of Unit #36 Shirley F. Becker. Following the ceremony, participants will march to St. Anthony’s Church for 7 p.m. Mass, officiated by Father Joseph Girone.


• Mid-Town Pharmacy, 581 Kearny Ave., Kearny, invites all Kearny, North Arlington, Harrison and East Newark residents to visit the Horizon N.J. Health Care-A-Van, which will be offering free health screenings at the pharmacy on Thursday, May 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• American Legion Unit 99 Ladies Auxiliary of Kearny is hosting a Memorial Day benefit softball game and concert in memory of Army Staff Sergeant Edward Karolasz, of Kearny. All proceeds will be donated to the Edward Karolasz Scholarship Fund for Kearny High School students. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, with softball from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, barbecue from 1 to 2 p.m. and music from 2 to 4 p.m. at American Legion Unit 99, 314 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets, call 732-687- 9314. Active duty veterans and their spouses will be admitted free and all other veterans for halfprice. Ticket price includes softball game, barbecue lunch and a concert by local band Gimme the Jack! The event will be held r ain or shine and will be alc oholfree. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.

• The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Davis Avenue, Kearny, presents “Tea for Three,” starring Emmy Award-winning Elaine Bromka, who re-imagines Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. The play will be presented on Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at the LCC, 6 Davis Ave., Kearny (handicapped accessible). Tickets are $22, which includes light refreshments. For tickets and information, call Linda at 201-991-3870, Jean at 201- 991-4732 or the Rectory at 201-998-4616 (from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.). No tickets will be sold a t the door.

• Pathways to Independence, Inc. is having a Giant Raffle – and three lucky winners will share a percentage of the total proceeds (25%, 15% and 10%). Just call Pathways at 201-997-6155 or stop in at 60 Kingsland Ave. (Corner of Schuyler and Bergen Avenues) to pick up your tickets. Pathways to Independence, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides life skills, job training and work for developmentally disabled individuals. Pathways has been providing quality services to our consumers for over 30 years in Hudson, Bergen and parts of Essex County. For additional information, contact Alvin Cox, Executive Director of Pathways to Independence, at 201-997- 9371 ext. 18.


• The Lyndhurst Health Department will host its bi-annual blood screening on Wednesday, June 6. Appointments begin at 8 am. This blood screening will include a chemistry profile, cholesterol level, blood count, and thyroid level. This service is available to Lyndhurst residents over the age of 18 for a small fee of $20. Pre-registration is required and appointments can be made by calling 201- 804-2500. Payments can be submitted in cash or checks may be made payable to Medical Laboratory Diagnostics.

North Arlington

• North Arlington Travel Soccer will hold a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. Donations are $5 per vehicle. The car wash will be held at Zadroga Soccer Field, 300 Schuyler Ave,, in North Arlington. The fundraiser benefits equipment and warm-ups.

• The Borough of North Arlington will have its Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca. Complimentary food, drinks and a live band will follow behind Borough Hall after the parade and ceremony.

• The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled a trip to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday, June 12. Please call Flor ence at 201-991-3173 for information. Membership in the club is not necessary to attend.


Nutley Public Library’s Monday Night Book Club will meet on June 4 at 7 p.m. This month’s book is “In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving” by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins. The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome.

News from the Lyndhurst Police Blotter

May 14

Eduardo Dacosta, 51, of Rutherford, was arrested on a shoplifting charge after he allegedly swiped two pairs of reading glasses without paying for them at the Lyndhurst ShopRite on New York Ave. He was detained by store security until police arrived.

May 13

Someone broke the driver’s side rear window of a 2004 Honda while it was parked on Summit Ave. but nothing was reported missing. The incident was logged at 10:47 a.m.

May 12

The driver’s side rear window of a 2002 Jeep was shattered while it was parked on Summit Ave. but no entry was gained, the vehicle’s owner reported to police at 2:26 p.m.

May 9

Police went to Lyndhurst High School at 11:52 a.m. to break up a fight between a 17-year-old Lyndhurst resident and Peter Deluca, 18, of Lyndhurst. Both were charged with disorderly conduct.

A 33-year-old Belleville man reported the theft of his wallet, containing $90 and credit cards, from his jacket left hanging in an unsecured locker at the Kings Court health club on Riverside Ave. The victim reported the incident to police at 10:45 a.m.

May 8

Police attempted a motor vehicle stop on Polito Ave. near Wall St. West of a 2006 four-door Honda reportedly clocked at 46 mph in a 25 mph zone but, according to police, the driver, Michele Rojek, 37, of Somerset, proceded onto Rt. 3 and then to the N.J. Turnpike before being pulled over. Rojek was charged with DWI, speeding, careless driving, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle and failure to maintain lane and released to a family member pending a court date.

Police charged Yusi Zhang, 53, and Zhen Zui, 49, both of Flushing, N.Y., with operating as unlicensed massage therapists at First Health Spa, 603 Ridge Road, after police entered the business at 4:13 p.m. Police had previously closed the business a few weeks ago for operating without proper credentials but went in on May 8 after noticing that neon lights advertised it was open.

May 6

Responding to a report of a fight at the Lyndhurst Diner at 1:15 p.m., police arrived and learned that a customer who had a dispute with a waiter had left the diner on foot. Police tracked the patron, Richard Vicente, 34, of Lyndhurst, to the DeJessa Bridge and placed him under arrest on a simple assault charge. The waiter was treated at the scene for a shoulder injury.

Nutley’s Purcell makes return trip to golf Tournament of Champions

Photo by Jim Hague/ Nutley resident Kieran Purcell earned a second straight trip to the NJSIAA Golf Tournament of Champions with a fine performance last week at the state sectionals at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield.


By Jim Hague

The truth be told, Kieran Purcell was first a baseball player.

“I played baseball until I was 13,” said Purcell, the standout golfer from Nutley who is a sophomore at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City.

In fact, Purcell was a member of the Nutley American Little League All-Stars that won the overall state championship as 10 year olds and was on the Nutley American team that went to the 2008 12-yearold All-Star Section 1 finals, before losing to North Bergen. Purcell was a left fielder on that team.

“It was exciting to be part of all that,” Purcell said.

But Purcell soon found out that golf was the lifeline that flowed through his veins – and for good reason.

After all, it helps that Purcell comes from a family of golfers. His father, Pat, is an accomplished golfer, but his uncle Kevin is a golf professional and was once the supervisor of golf in Bergen County.

“I am really close to both my Dad and my uncle,” Purcell said. “If I listen to someone more, it’s probably still my Dad, but my uncle helps me through my problems with putting. Anytime I’m either hitting it bad or I’m in a bad mental stage, I can go to both for advice. It’s awesome to have both.”

Purcell made history last year, when as a freshman at St. Peter’s, he qualified for the NJSIAA Golf Tournament of Champions, becoming only the second Hudson County golfer to ever earn a berth to the T of C, joining former Prep golfer Andrew McGlynn, who qualified in 2008.

So the pressure was definitely on Purcell to head back to the T of C, considering now as a sophomore, he’s bigger, stronger and a much better golfer.

Plus, it also helped Purcell that the NJSIAA Non-Public A North state sectionals last Monday were held at the Forest Hill Field Club, which is Purcell’s home course.

“Because it was at my home course, I sort of got myself too excited,” Purcell said. “I should have just stayed calm. I was just too tight.”

For a while Monday afternoon, it looked as if Purcell’s fi ne round of 78 was not going to be good enough to move on to this Monday’s T of C at the Hopewell Valley Country Club just outside of Princeton.

And during that time frame, Purcell was upset that he let a golden chance slip through his hands.

“The pins were in some tough spots and I couldn’t get close enough to get a birdie,” Purcell said. “I hit one fairway the whole day. The pressure was on me a little. I knew I couldn’t live off what I did last year.”

Purcell had a previous best score of 70 at Forest Hill, so his score of 78 was just a little bit off. He also played Forest Hill on the Saturday prior to the state sectionals and felt like he played well.

“I got a round in and hit a couple of tee shots to get ready,” Purcell said. “This is a disappointment and a good learning experience.”

However, when all of the players’ scores were tabulated and totaled, Purcell’s disappointment turned to joy.

His score of 78 was good enough to finish in a tie for fi fth place and that standing enabled Purcell to indeed qualify for the T of C.

With that, Purcell became the first Hudson County golfer to ever qualify in back-to-back Tournament of Champions.

“The whole thing changes in a second,” Purcell said after he learned he earned a berth to play with the state’s elite golfers for a second straight year. “I knew it was going to be pretty tough, especially with a score like that. I thought I needed maybe 76 to make it. I really wasn’t playing well. I just kept plugging along. I even hit one ball completely out of bounds. I thought that was it.”

But Purcell’s persistence paid off and he was able to make it with what he fi rst believed to be a heartbreaking score. It’s almost like the old ABC “Wide World of Sports” intro, with the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” all rolled into one fleeting moment.

“It’s great,” Purcell said. “I’m not going to stop here. I want to make it all four years.”

Purcell had a fine opening to the season, winning the Fairleigh Dickinson Invitational in the first few weeks of the spring, besting a solid fi eld that included several golfers from Bergen Catholic, perennially one of the finest golf programs in the state.

“From that point, I never really threw out a crappy round,” Purcell said. “I was able to stay consistent.”

After shooting a 78 at Forest Hill Monday to qualify for the NJSIAA T of C, Purcell went out on Tuesday with some bigger fish to fry, namely the overall New Jersey State Golf Association Amateur Championship.

At the second of four qualifying rounds for the NJSGA’s 111th state amateur, Purcell shot a 73, good for a tie for third among all of the amateurs in attendance, most of whom were much older than Purcell.

With that score, Purcell earns the right to compete in the NJSGA’s state amateur June 5-7 at the historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield. Not a bad accomplishment at all.

“I gave up baseball and I guess I made the right choice,” Purcell said. “I don’t want to say that I expected to make the T of C again. But I am glad that I was able to back up what I did last year. It’s a good feeling.”

A historic feeling at that.

The second season begins for local baseball, softball teams

Photo by Jim Hague/ Kearny right-hander Dave Bush will lead the Kardinals into action in the state playoffs. The Kardinals will face Roxbury in the opening round of the NJSIAA North 1, Group IV playoffs.


By Jim Hague

The local high school baseball and softball regular seasons are just about over. Believe it or not, the spring athletic season has dwindled down to a few precious games, events, days. The spring season seems to be the one that flies by the fastest. You just get settled into the nice weather and the string of games and it’s over in a flash.

It means that the NJSIAA state playoffs are set to begin and a handful of local teams have begun what is truly called the “second season.”

When the state playoffs begin, the slate is wiped clean and even the teams that might have struggled a bit in the regular season have hope to make amends during the states.

Among the local baseball teams, Nutley will hope to bounce back from the heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Montclair in the Greater Newark Tournament championship game Sunday night and refocus on the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III playoffs, where the Maroon Raiders are the fifth seed.

Nutley is slated to face a young Morristown squad, a rematch of their state playoff showdown of two years ago. Morristown has played much better of late and looms as a formidable foe for the Raiders at the famed Nutley Oval.

Since Michael Garcia pitched the GNT title game for the Maroon Raiders, look for Joe Feraco to pitch the first round state playoff game. If the Raiders win, then Garcia will be ready for the winner of South Plainfield-Warren Hills in the second round Friday.

Lyndhurst also received a No. 5 seed in its section, the North 2, Group II bracket. The Golden Bears have been getting stellar pitching of late from Max Hart, who tossed a no-hitter against North Arlington and a onehitter against Secaucus.

But veteran coach Butch Servideo will counter with either right-hander Rob Nichirico or lefty Joey Catena, both of whom have been pitching lights out all season. Nichirico owns a nifty 1.74 earned run average, while Catena, battling back from off-season illness, has a 2.14 ERA. That 1-2 pitching punch could go a long way in the state playoffs, like it did in 2008, when Lyndhurst won the overall Group I state title.

If the Golden Bears win their opener in the states, they take on the winner of Fort Lee- Newark Tech, so their first two playoff games are extremely winnable.

The Blue Tide of Harrison makes a return trip to the North 2, Group I playoffs, earning the No. 9 seed and facing University Charter of Jersey City in the opening round. While coach Sean Dolaghan’s squad should be able to handle the opener, especially with Anthony Ferriero on the mound, the Blue Tide will have to topseeded Dunellen. Felipe Flores, who has had a few games this season with 10-plus strikeouts, might get the call in either state playoff game.

Kearny returns to the state playoffs and it is head coach Frank Bifulco’s first venture to the state playoffs as a head coach. Bifulco knows all about the state playoffs, because as a player, he helped to lead the Kardinals to the overall Group IV title game in 2002.

The Kards received the No. 12 seed in the North 1, Group IV bracket and will travel to face Roxbury in the opening round. Bifulco will more than likely give the ball to right-hander Dave Bush, who has enjoyed some moments of brilliance this season, including firing a one-hitter against perennial local power St. Peter’s Prep.

The last local team making a trip to the state baseball playoffs is Queen of Peace, which earned the No. 11 seed in the Non-Public B North bracket. The Golden Griffins don’t have to worry about playing their first round game until Friday when they face Eastern Christian of North Haledon, with the winner getting a tough Newark Academy team.

In softball, the top local seed belongs to Lyndhurst, which secured the No. 4 seed in the North 2, Group II bracket. Pitcher Casey Zdanek will lead the Golden Bears to action against Parsippany. If the Golden Bears win, they will face the winner of Madison- Hackettstown later this week.

Kearny received the No. 9 seed in North 1, Group IV and the Kards will face Bergen Tech in the opening round. Do-everything slugger Sarah O’Neill has been swinging a hot bat for the Kardinals, who will get to see top-seeded Livingston if they can get by the first round.

Nutley, which has a history of doing well in the state playoffs, can shock some people in North 2, Group III, where coach Luann Zullo’s squad got the No. 9 seed. It hasn’t been a traditionally strong season for the Maroon Raiders, but slugger Eileen Purcell can maybe post some post-season magic.

Nutley faces Rahway in the opening round and the winner gets top-seeded Newark East Side. The Maroon Raiders have two very winnable games and like they’ve proven in the past, anything is possible in the state playoffs. They made it all the way to the Group III finals in Toms River two years ago, when no one believed they could.

The Golden Griffins of Queen of Peace have earned a berth in the Non-Public B North playoffs, earning the 13th seed. They will face Eastern Christian in the opening round on Thursday.

What are the odds that both the QP baseball and softball teams would face the same school in the states? That’s what has happened: a QPEastern Christian showdown on successive days.

The final local team to play in the states is Harrison. The Blue Tide managed to secure the 15th seed in the North 2, Group I bracket and will face University High of Newark in the opening round. It hasn’t been a great season for coach Dave Nankivell and the Blue Tide, but maybe a win in the state playoffs could give the girls something to hang their hats on.

So the second season is set for the locals. It should be interesting to see what will transpire over the final few weeks of the spring season. Maybe there is a little bit of magic in the air. Stay tuned.

North Arlington’s Fego gets right at right time

Photo by Jim Hague/ North Arlington junior pitcher/third baseman Ryan Fego


By Jim Hague

North Arlington High School head baseball coach Paul Marcantuono knew that something was wrong with his standout junior pitcher/third baseman Ryan Fego.

After all, Fego hit .333 as a freshman. A year ago, as a sophomore, Fego batted an even .500 with 36 hits, flirting with the school record for hits in a single season.

“It’s pretty hard to top that,” Marcantuono admitted.

But as the 2012 season progressed, Fego wasn’t anywhere near the player he was during his first two years of high school.

“Ryan is a team guy first and he wanted to try catching,” Marcantuono said.

However, that wasn’t a good move, because Fego injured his knee while catching, suffering from a severe bout of tendinitis.

“I knew the knee was bothering him, but he never let on,” Marcantuono said. “He was basically playing on one leg. He was hobbling around and it definitely affected him at the plate.”

“I wasn’t at full speed,” Fego said. “It was definitely frustrating. I knew I was a better player. I hit .500 last year and wasn’t doing the same thing.”

In fact, it wasn’t even close, as Fego’s batting average dipped to under .200.

“I didn’t want the season to end that way,” Fego said. “It’s been a really disappointing season. I really thought that I would come around. I just had to try to get healthy.”

“You could see it in his face that he was really struggling,” Marcantuono said. “I dropped him in the lineup to take some of the pressure off him. Ryan absolutely loves baseball and when you see a kid love the game so much, then everyone on the team is rooting for him to come around.”

A week ago, Fego said that the pain in his knee subsided considerably.

“I woke up one morning feeling great,” Fego said. “I just wanted to go out and give a good performance.”

It wasn’t going to be easy. The Vikings were facing tough NJIC Meadowlands Division A foe Secaucus.

Everything came into form for Fego.

“My slider was working and my fastball had movement,” Fego said. “I was focused on throwing the first pitch for strikes. I didn’t realize how well I was pitching.”

Fego pitched a gem, allowing just three hits and not allowing an earned run, striking out an astounding 14 batters, leading the Vikings to an upset 6-1 win. At the plate, Fego had three hits, including a double, and two RBI.

As the week progressed, Fego’s production at the plate continued. He had two hits, including a double, and four RBI in a win over McNair Academic and against Queen of Peace, a game played on his birthday, Fego blasted a home run, the first of his career.

For his efforts, Fego has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week.

“It was definitely more than what I could have expected,” Fego said. “The homer against Queen of Peace was to centerfi eld (at Rip Collins Field) and it felt pretty good to finally get one.”

Fego doesn’t believe he’s fully recovered from the knee problems.

“I guess I’m about 75 percent,” Fego said. “I’m not at full speed. I was just looking to catch up with what I lost. I defi nitely want to feel good about the way I fi nish this season, feel confi dent going into my senior year.”

Marcantuono is happy that his standout slugger is playing like he knew he could.

“We’re now back to doing normal stuff,” said Marcantuono, who guided the Vikings to three wins in their last five games after a rough start.

“We’re playing much better and of course, a lot of that is because Ryan is playing better. We knew he would turn it around once he got healthy. When he’s in the lineup or on the mound, everyone is feeling pretty good. Even though he’s a junior, he’s shouldered a lot of the load for the team. He’s showed the younger guys the way. He’s truly taken that next step as a leader.”

Marcantuono also praised Fego for trying to play hurt. “He never complained,” Marcantuono said. “He never said anything was bothering him. He just tried to play and hit with one leg. He’s such a team guy that he wanted to play, wanted to do anything to help us.”

Fego loves the game of baseball so much that he hopes that he can play on the collegiate level.

“That’s the goal,” Fego said. “I defi nitely want to try to do that. I just have to continue to work hard and work on staying healthy. I defi nitely don’t want to have the same performance I had at the beginning of this season.”

Fego will continue to play baseball for a town travel team this summer with the hope of getting spotted by some college. At the very least, Fego will have a head start this summer because he will fi nally be healthy. And a healthy Fego can produce a week like the one he enjoyed last week.

How you own and designate your property makes all the difference

By Randy Neumann

We live in a large country, about two and one half times the size of our European founders’ landmass. France (211,000 square miles) is between Texas (269,000 square miles) and California (164,000 square miles) in size. Austria (32,000 square miles) has almost exactly the same area as Maine.

Because of the mass of our country, we have a morass of laws. We have common law, statutory law, regulatory law, constitutional law, and the language of choice is often Latin! We have 41 (common law) states that treat marital income one way, and 9 (community property) states that treat it another way.

However, this column is not about the difference between common law states (of which we are one) and community property states. It is about the best ways to own and pass property to others.

Under English common law (upon which our laws are based), you can own property in several ways. Let’s begin with individual ownership. If you own an asset in your sole name, without any other joint owners with rights of survivorship, or a pay on death designation, the asset will need to be probated after you die. This is because once you die, no one will have the legal authority to access your account: Only you had the legal authority, but now you’re gone.

Your property shall be distributed according to your will. What’s that, you say you don’t have a will; sure you do. If you didn’t prepare a will yourself, the state of New Jersey has one all made up for you. Under the law of “intestacy” (Latin for not having a will), the state in which you used to reside will dictate where your property goes. Since you may not like the state’s will, you might want to get your own.

Alternatively, you can have payments made directly to individuals upon your death without having joint bank and/ or brokerage accounts. Having a joint account allows the joint owner access to the funds in the account while you’re alive.

Although you may not want this, you might want to pass these accounts to specific individuals at your death. Setting up a pay on death designation such as Payable on Death (POD) will allow you to accomplish this. These accounts are also known as Transfer on Death, or TOD, accounts, as well as in trust for, or ITF, accounts and Totten trusts.

A drawback to this type of transfer is that they can only be made to one person. The way to resolve this problem is to open several accounts and designate a different beneficiary for each. These accounts are also known as “poor man’s trusts” because they pass assets directly to individuals without the need for probate or any other type of legal proceeding.

You can also own property (real estate, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, etc.) jointly. If you are married and make no other provisions, you are tenants by the entirety. The good thing about this type of ownership is, in a simple situation such as a young couple with children, the money goes directly to the surviving spouse, which is usually the desired outcome.

However, in the situation where there is a fairly large estate and the surviving spouse has other assets that will allow them to continue living the lifestyle they are accustomed to, you might not want to pass an asset to the surviving spouse. Instead, you might want that asset to be put into a trust that is set up by the will (a testamentary trust).

Unfortunately, if the asset is under the tenants by the entirety ownership, the surviving spouse will receive the asset(s) and not the trust. This is because assets travel by the rule of law first and the will second.

The way to solve this problem is to change the ownership to tenants in common. This way, at the death of a spouse, one half (or whatever portion is owned by the survivor) goes to the survivor, and the balance can go into the trust.

So, for proper estate planning, you need a will that contains the right provisions, and you have to check each of your assets to make sure that they are properly owned.

The next topic is beneficiaries. Qualified accounts, IRAs, 401(k)s, etc. have beneficiary designations. These designations are very important. Large amounts of capital in these accounts can be preserved if they have the proper beneficiaries. One mutual fund company has a brochure entitled, Pass on More Than Your Good Looks.

The scenario is as follows. Grandpa made a good living, saved, and invested well. He has a $250,000 IRA which generates an average return of 6 percent per year. He does not need the income from the IRA, so he just withdraws his Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) after age 70 1/2. For 10 years, grandpa withdraws his RMD yearly. Upon grandpa’s death, grandma inherits the IRA and she collects RMDs for 10 years. At grandma’s death, their daughter inherits the IRA and she takes out RMDs based on her life expectancy. She takes payments for 25 years. Upon her death, her son receives payments for 7 years and the money runs out.

This program shows how a $250,000 IRA generated $1,225,765 in income (before taxes) over 52 years and 3 generations. That’s good planning!

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® is a registered representative with and securities and insurance offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/ SIPC. He can be reached at 600 East Crescent Avenue, Suite 104, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458, 201-291-9000.


Patricia A. Percoskie

Patricia A. Percoskie (nee McGowan) died on May 19 in Mountainside Hospital. She was 72. Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to Cedar Grove 40 years ago. Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. a t St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Patricia is a retired district manager from AT&T in Bedminster. She is survived by her brother and his wife James and Ann McGowan, her nephews James, Brian and his wife Denise and Steven McGowan. Also surviving are her great-nephews Shane and Ryan and great-niece Alicia.

Kearny Police Blotter- May 16

On May 5th at 8 p.m., Kearny units were alerted to the possibility of a pedestrian struck in the 100 block of Kearny Ave. between Wilson Ave. and Hoyt St. Police Chief John Dowie arrived on the scene and did confirm that a pedestrian was struck and that the accident was serious in nature. Officers Dave Rakowski and John Fabula with Sgt. Anthony Limite all arrived on the scene along with the emergency squad. The woman, 79-year-old Ann Walsh had gotten head trauma after she was hit by a 24-year-old Union City female who had been attempting to back into a parking space. Through investigative work from Fabula and Rakowski, they were able to confirm that Walsh was behind the car, struck, and knocked onto the ground where she sustained head injury. Walsh was taken to University Hospitial where she was pronounced dead overnight. During the course of the investigation, it was found that the Union City female had been driving on a suspended lisence and was arrested and charged. The case is being followed up by the Hudson County Prosecutors Office as well as the Medical Examiner and the Kearny Traffic Bureau.

Here are other cases from the Kearny Police blotter this week.

On May 4, the Kearny Vice Squad in the middle of a distribution investigation observed and interrupted a hand-to-hand drug transaction around 5:30 p.m. in the area of Kearny Ave. and Duke St. The intended customer, 49-year-old Michael Alvez from Kearny, was intercepted n the process of buying a controlled substance from the alleged distributer, 45-year-old Horacio Reis from Harrison. During the course of the investigation, Kearny Police searched Reis’s residence and confiscated a signifigant amount of marijuana and cocaine along with a safe containing documentation that led them to believe he was involved in a drug distribution scheme. In his apartment, they found a glass jar containing 15 ziploc bags of marijunana, 1 sandwhich bag of cocaine and $600 cash believed to be from drug transactions. Alvez was charged with minor possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Reis was charged with possession of cocaine, distribution of cocaine, distribution of cocaine within 1000 feet of St. Cecilia’s School, distribution within 500 feet of a park, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of Holy Cross, possession of marijunana, distribution of marijuana, distribution of marijuana within 1000 feet of St. Cecilia’s School, distribution within 500 feet of a park, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of Holy Cross. Bail was set at $60,000.

The following day, Officer John Fabula was dispatched to the 600 block of Elm St. after receiving reports of people smelling marijuana in the air. Fabula followed his nose that led him to a ground level window to where the smell was the strongest. As he peered into one of the windows, he was observed by one of the occupants who ran and closed the blinds. Fabula walked to the front of the residence and is let into the building. The odor continues to get stronger as Fabula went into the kitchen. In the kitchen, he finds a garbage bag where he observed marijunana cigars in plain view. A 17-year-old male admits to Fabula that he did in fact purchase it. He was brought to headquarters and released to his parents. He was charged with possession of marijunana and possession of paraphernalia.

On May 6, Officer Jay Ward responded to an accident on John Hay Ave. and on his arrival, a concerned citizen sees a vehicle in a driveway and said it was the vehicle involved in the accident. Ward conducted an investigation and concluded tha the car was heavily damaged and was missing the front license plate. Ward then sees a man in the area who seems very concerned about what was going on. Ward then went up to the man, who had very bloodshot and watery eyes, admitted he was the owner of the car and produced the paperwork. The man, 68-year-old Manuel Costa, admitted to driving the car from the club. Ward then had Costa perform field sobriety tests, which were eventually stopped for safety reasons. He was taken to headquarters where he was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, driving with a suspended license, failing to surrender a drivers license, and improper display of license plates.  He was also found to have an active Kearny warrant for $150.




By Ron Leir 


The township’s chief executive is stepping down from the captain’s bridge but will remain part of the crew.

With a year remaining in his term on the Township Board of Commissioners, Mayor Richard DiLascio plans to turn over the helm to fellow Commissioner Robert “Bobby” Giangeruso by month’s end.

But – for now – Di- Lascio will continue as a member of the Board of Commissioners; he’ll be switching departments with Commissioner Joseph Abruscato; DiLascio will take over fi nance and Abruscato, public works. Giangeruso will stay with public safety.

The restructuring will be cemented at the governing body’s reorganization meeting on May 31 at noon at Town Hall Park when Giangeruso is expected to be sworn in as mayor.

However, in response to a resident’s question at last Tuesday’s township meeting, DiLascio said: “I will not be seeking re-election (as a commissioner) in 2013. I will not be an elected official.” But, pointing to some 30 years of public service (with the school board and commission), he added: “I will not disappear.”

“Personally, I don’t think anything is forever,” DiLascio said in an interview last week. “And Bobby is ready for it. As a matter of fact, he was ready when he was the high vote-getter (in the municipal election) seven years ago.”

DiLascio, 57, said that the selection of his successor has been discussed among the commissioners and that a formal vote will be taken at the May 31 reorganization meeting. No opposition is expected. And, in fact, tickets are already being sold for a $100-a-plate gala in Giangeruso’s honor at the Venetian in Garfield that night. The Infernos and The Cameos will perform.

DiLascio said he’s vacating the mayoralty now because, between the hours he devotes to his law practice and following through on township projects, he feels he can’t continue being the public face of the community.

“I just can’t get to all the public (ceremonial) functions (that invite a mayor’s participation),” DiLascio said, “while Bobby’s out there every day. This (demand on public time commitments) doesn’t work well for me. I’m best suited for the nuts and bolts work.”

At a township meeting last Tuesday, DiLascio elaborated on that theme, saying that Lyndhurst “needs a little bit of a change, someone with heart” at the top. “I’m not a social butterfly.”

And, he added, chuckling, “I’m not being indicted. … I’m not moving to Nutley.”

From a strictly legal standpoint, DiLascio said, the Lyndhurst mayoralty “isn’t a powerful position under the township commission form of government. The mayor has no veto power. Under our form of government, the mayor is, essentially, an agenda setter.”

And there’s no doubt that during the seven years he’s served as mayor, DiLascio has labored mightily to set Lyndhurst’s agenda by working to remedy the financial duress inflicted by the EnCap bankruptcy, pushing forward an expensive but necessary infrastructure improvement plan and advocating for a new middle school as a key part of his “Project Tomorrow” program.

As his legacy, DiLascio sees the township-wide reassessment that has “trued up values of property taxation” as his “biggest success.” And he expects the long-running tax dispute with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission over the 300 acres of EnCap properties to be resolved by month’s end.

Taking pride in upgrading the township’s sagging infrastructure, DiLascio points to the completion of 50,000 feet of new water mains and 1,100 revamped water service lines and increasing the number of fire hydrants from 425 – “of which only 300 were working when we came into office” – to 475.”

There is also the milling and paving of local streets, which DiLascio characterized as “probably our biggest challenge because after we did water and sewer repairs, we had to let the streets settle.” DiLascio said he understood residents’ frustrations but said the township had no choice but to wait before repaving.

“We’ve also done new curbs, sidewalks, driveway aprons and now we’re planting new street trees,” DiLascio said. “We’re replacing our pear trees because, unfortunately, they tend to split and they can fall onto cars and people. We’ve still got about 80 of them left.”

“Not building a new middle school,” as a result of voters defeating a 2011 referendum, was what DiLascio called “my biggest disappointment.”

Project Tomorrow, the mayor’s vision for a future Lyndhurst keyed to tearing down a century-old Lincoln School, putting up a new school for grades 6 to 8, and bringing in commercial development, “was all about stabilizing our community,” DiLascio said, “and particularly our schools, which are as integral to a community as anything you can name.”

Other priorities, such as upgrades to Lyndhurst’s two train stations and a possible sale of the township’s water utility, remain works in progress, he said.

When he gets to the Finance Dept., DiLascio said he’ll be focused on preparing a transition for the October retirement of Finance Officer/ Tax Collector Debra Ferrato and achieving certain “administrative” changes, such as ensuring that commissioners can get “real time” line item budget spending patterns for the past two years and changing the physical layout of the department to provide a working space more conducive to business.

Attrition will force closure

By Anthony J. Machcinski


Financial cuts that have weakened Kearny over the past couple years have finally started to “cut into the bone,” Fire Chief Steve Dyl said.

At the May 8 Town Hall Meeting, Chief Dyl announced that the Kearny Fire Department would not be hiring anyone to replace the 14 fi refi ghters who will have left the department via retirement by July 1 and, as a result, would be closing one fire company.

“I don’t like it,” said Chief Dyl. “It puts us in a dangerous situation.

” The idea to not fill the vacancies created by the retirements was raised during budget hearings earlier this year.

Some of the options being discussed are shutting down the Davis Ave. fi rehouse where Engine 1 is located; or shutting down one of the ladder companies stationed at the Kearny Ave. or Midland Ave. firehouses.

What would happen to the equipment in a fi rehouse that’s closed hasn’t yet been determined.

Asked how the cutbacks would impact fire protection services in town, Chief Dyl said that there would have to be some adjustments.

“It’s going to be one less company to the fires and there’s going to be less men on duty,” Dyl explained. “It’s a long time for backup, and it increases our reliance on mutual aid. It’s going to affect our ability to keep small fires small.”

Jeff Bruder, president of Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association Local 218, which bargains for Kearny firefighters, offered this take: “The effect is that there are going to be less men on the street. The service will not be the same the day before the cut as it is the day after the cut.”

While none of the officers are being replaced, at this time, there are no layoffs planned.

“No, I hope not,” Dyl said when asked about future layoffs. “We’re cutting bone right now. I don’t know what 2013 is going to be like.”

As the FMBA contract nears its end on July 1, according to Bruder, the recent cuts will, “have no affect on the negotiations.”