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More apartments eyed for Bergen Ave.

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  Carlstadt builder Ed Russo is looking to expand a residential development project already in progress in a Kearny redevelopment area at Bergen and Schuyler Aves. Russo told The Observer last month he has a contract to purchase an additional 2.25 acres of […]

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Local taxes up again in borough

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  NORTH ARLINGTON –  Borough residents should be getting their property tax bills by the first week of December, CFO Steve Sanzari said last Thursday, after the Borough Council finally adopted the 2014 municipal budget. Passage of the budget, introduced back in July, has […]

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Vets’ photos wanted for ‘Wall of Honor’

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  NUTLEY –  This township, which has been in the forefront when it comes to offering support and assistance and recognition to veterans, has launched yet another project to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our nation. This time, going […]

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Carved in stone

    Photo by Karen Zautyk On Veterans Day, the Township of Kearny added this new memorial to Monument Park on Kearny Ave. It will commemorate local members of the armed forces who make the supreme sacrifice in the War on Terrorism. […]

 
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Argument between neighbors turns deadly; suspect in custody

By Anthony J. Machcinski

LYNDHURST–

An argument in the morning hours of Monday, March 5, led to the death of one woman and the subsequent arrest of a neighbor charged with the killing on Tuesday, March 6.

Lydja Mitchell, 59, who lived in Apt. 3 of an apartment complex at 103 Page Ave. in Lyndhurst allegedly quarreled with 49-year-old Stephen Baldino, a resident of Apt. 2 in the same complex. The argument is believed to have occurred in the victim’s apartment, but it is unclear as to why Baldino was allegedly in the apartment in the first place.

After the argument, it is alleged that Baldino brought a knife with him into the victim’s apartment where he stabbed her to death. Lyndhurst Police recovered the knife from the apartment.

Lyndhurst Police responded to the Page Ave. location around 5 p.m. after a concerned resident of the complex had asked for a welfare check of Mitchell, who had not been seen that day and had not answered repeated knocks on Mitchell’s door.

Police entered the apartment with help from the landlord and found Mitchell’s body on the floor, with what appeared to be several stab wounds.

According to a press release from Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, a search warrant was executed on Baldino’s apartment that resulted in the seizure of numerous items of evidence that, authorities say, linked Baldino to the crime.

Investigators alleged that, based on their discovery of clothing and footwear soaked in bleach in the suspect’s apartment, they believed that Baldino had been taking significant steps in an effort to conceal his involvement in the crime.

Baldino was arrested on March 6 and charged with murder of the first degree; a second degree charge of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; and a third degree charge, hindering apprehension.

Baldino’s bail was set at $2 million with no 10% cash option and he is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, Hackensack.

Baldino is currently unemployed and had been an acquaintance of Mitchell’s since living in the same building together for the past year; however, there isn’t any information listed as to a relationship between the two being more than friends.

Hudson County Bar Association meets in Kearny for first time ever

 

Kearny members of the Hudson County Bar Association

 

By Anthony J. Machcinski

A historic event took place in Kearny on March 8 when the Hudson County Bar Association held its New Jersey State Bar Night at the Irish American Association.

The meeting, which had not been held in Kearny before the March 8 affair, is an effort from Bar Association President Brian J. Neary to unite all the lawyers in Hudson County by traveling to the different towns in the county.

“The Hudson County Bar Association is comprised of many single and small firms (that generally serve their towns),” Neary said.

“The overall goal is to bring the lawyers in the county together, that’s how I see it,” said Stephen Mc- Currie, Vice President of the Hudson County Bar Association. “Hudson is one of the few counties in the state where most of the lawyers are solo or in small firms. This is an effort to reach out to some of the local attorneys in other towns.”

According to the Hudson County Bar Association’s website, its mission, “is to promote a professionalism and legal camaraderie within the legal community, to aid in the administration of justice, to enhance the delivery of and access to quality legal services, to educate the public about the legal system, and to actively participate in the success of the community at large.”

Neary helped to create that camaraderie on March 8 when he came to the event in his family’s kilt, doing his best to evoke the spirit of the month of March.

“I used to march in the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day parade every year, but without the parade I had to bring it out this year,” Neary said.

Hudson County Bar President Brian J. Neary (center) with Bar Association Honorees Susan A. Feeny and Paul McCurrie

 

The event, attended by roughly 100 people, also honored one of Kearny’s longest cherished lawyers and town fixtures.

Paul McCurrie, of McCurrie, McCurrie & McCurrie, L.L.C. at 680 Kearny Ave., has been involved in the legal profession for the past 50 years.

 

“It makes me feel very proud (to be honored in Kearny),” said Paul McCurrie, who was born and raised in Kearny and graduated from Kearny High School.

“It makes it more meaningful and really personal that he is being honored in Kearny,” said Paul’s son Stephen McCurrie, who also hails from Kearny.

Paul, a man with strong Kearny roots who has become a fixture in the town, had held several positions both with the Hudson County Bar and with the town itself, becoming the Kearny Town Attorney from 1961 to 1963.

Paul McCurrie was also a U.S. Navy officer, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade during his tenure with the Navy from 1954 to 1958. His service to his country was a time that defined McCurrie’s life.

Paul McCurrie r. shares a moment with his son Steve (center) and President Brian J. Neary.

 

 

“I grew up in the Navy,” McCurrie said. “When I went into the military, I was young. I was a man when I came out of it. I always felt very happy I had that experience.

After returning to Kearny, McCurrie became a lawyer in his uncle’s firm, then under the name of McCurrie and Therring.

“When (my uncle Bob) withdrew, I had the opportunity to become the attorney.” McCurrie explained.

Once in the firm, McCurrie continued to become the town fixture that he has been today. According to a biography posted in the program for the event, McCurrie, “has continuously dedicated his services to better the community and has always enjoyed serving his fellow Kearny residents.”

The Hudson County Bar Association State Bar Night saw more than 100 lawyers come together at the Kearny Irish American Association.

 

However, McCurrie found more significance in the event’s placement than his honoring at the event.

“Two of my children (are practicing) here in Hudson County and I just felt very happy for them,” said the elder McCurrie. “I knew this would help them throughout their years as they go along

Lyndhurst Elks Club rebounds from Hurricane Irene damage

Photo Courtesy of Christine Brown/ Emergency workers converge on Elks Club in the wake of Hurricane Irene

 

 

By Jeff Bahr

LYNDHURST –

Like other lodges that bear its familiar name, the Lyndhurst B.P.O. Elks Club 1505, 247 Park Ave., provides charitable services to the community at large. So it was nothing less than a major blow to the community when Hurricane Irene blew through New Jersey last August and left the lodge looking much the worse for wear.

The storm, which delivered most of its devastation through intense flooding, hit the Elks Club and hit it hard. Seven feet of water destroyed the club’s banquet hall, lounge, kitchen, boiler room, bathrooms and storage garage, among other areas.

“Our first sight of the lodge was that Sunday morning after the storm,” said Lodge Chaplain Christine Brown. “A block away was as close as emergency workers would let us be. The water was all the way up to the top step of the lodge building – it seemed surreal, like something from a bad movie. I just kept thinking, how would we ever rebuild? It kept going through my mind, also our neighbors… We lost a building – they lost their homes. I knew we needed to rebuild so we could also help our community.”

Julie Murtha, the club’s Esteemed Leading Knight, wondered what, if anything, might be salvaged from the lodge. “(Our) first thoughts were once the water recedes we can see what can be salvaged,” said Murtha. “We have been through flooding before but never this bad. We are in for the long haul. And looking at the neighboring houses and the American Legion up the street from our lodge in complete shock at the damage, (we were) hoping everyone got out safely. Material things can be replaced but people cannot.”

Murtha also expressed frustration with the laborintensive precautions that members took when they heard that Irene was coming. “We sandbagged for two days in preparation – all for nothing,” said Murtha, whose exasperation at the utter hopelessness of guarding against such an event was apparent.

Head Lodge Trustee Steve Robinson, a past Exalted Ruler at the lodge, spoke about the unprecedented level of damage that came as a result of the storm. “We survived the flooding a few years back. It was only about three feet (deep). This was a total shock. It didn’t happen during the storm – it was the storm surge,” said Robinson.

With the Passaic River a short distance away, the lodge and surrounding homes were affected not only by the intense rainfall, but also by a severely rising water table.

Photo Courtesy Christine Brown/ Sandbags stacked at the Elks’ entrance failed to keep out the surge from the storm.

 

“We received phone calls earlier in the morning that we only had maybe three feet in the building, then the surge came. And the calls came in that we lost the lodge and the neighborhood was under water. Two members were in the building when the surge came and were thankful that they got upstairs and out of harm’s way,” Robinson said.

Realizing that they had a Herculean job on their hands if they were to return the lodge to its original state, lodge members from Lyndhurst and members of assorted Elks clubs from across New Jersey banded together in solidarity to restore the damaged facility. According to Brown, the lodges included Nutley, Belleville, North Arlington, Kearny, Harrison, East Newark, Newark, Bloomfield, West Orange, South Orange, Orange, Cedar Grove, Brick, Paramus, Bayonne, Mahwah, Ridgewood and Garfield. Boy Scout Troop 97 and Emblem Club 72 also helped in the restoration effort. There were about “50- 60 people in total,” said Brown. “Including our own membership.”

Steve Robinson and Julie Murtha “spearheaded the demolition, cleanup, and rebuild,” explained Brown who added that the two put in more hours than all of the help combined. “Bill Wirth, our Exalted Ruler-Elect, also handled all the contracts, contractors and rebuild,” he added.

The volunteers gutted portions of the building that were beyond help and repaired those that showed structural integrity. It took six long months and well over $100,000 to make the necessary repairs. On Friday, Feb. 24, the lodge officially reopened and was once again put to task in serving the community.

Fearful of hurting anyone’s feelings by forgetting to mention them by name, Brown stressed how important all of the volunteers were in their efforts to bring the lodge back. She also sent out a “special thanks to Joe and Terry” for letting their Double Barrel Tavern act as “1505’s home away from home.”

Despite its triumphant return, the lodge isn’t quite out of the woods yet. “We need some help keeping up the good works,” said Brown in describing the lodge’s need for money and continued help from the community. If people could remember that when looking for a hall to rent for a special occasion, the Elks is now open and available,” said Brown before cataloguing some of the many things that Elks Club 1505 does for the community.

“We will continue to sponsor and continue to help throughout the community with things such as Student of the Month; Our Americanism Committee holds an annual essay contest throughout the school system; Our Special Children’s Committee offers scholarships for special needs children looking to go to college – we would like to extend this into the Lyndhurst school system as we know there is a need,” said Brown.

“Our Veteran’s Committee not only visits the veterans in hospitals, we have them to the lodge for barbeques and dinners and they always leave with a much-needed bag of supplies.”

“Lyndhurst Elks also offers an Antler Program. (Anyone) 12-20 looking to discover what the Elks are about, make new friends, help the community and Elks programs, or gain needed community service hours is welcome.

The Antlers have their own officers, treasurer and president so they can also gain leadership experience which will help them later in life. Many past Antler members have received scholarships through the Elks for college,” Brown said.

“But we can only do all these things with help not just from within the lodge, but by getting the word out about the good work the Elks do and stand for. Again, that goes back to the community. It is a special circle of life.”

Upcoming events at the lodge include the following:

The Lyndhurst Emblem Club is holding a Vendor’s Night on April 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. It will feature new and used items for sale. Fee is $25 if you bring your own table or $30 to rent one. Call Pat at 201-355-8522 or email lyndhurstemblemclub72@ gmail.com for more information.

The Emblem Club is sponsoring a Ham Dinner and Shoot on March 28 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for dinner, coffee and dessert. Call Pat at 201-355-8522 or buy tickets at the door.

A WORD WITH THE PUBLISHER:Revisiting Japan’s disaster

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I had intentions to write about changing the clocks ahead and the joy of it being brighter longer. But this past Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of last year’s earthquake and tsunami that killed some 19,000 people in Japan. As it is now well known, the nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima suffered a meltdown as a result of the massive earthquake that measured 8.9 on the Richter scale and the subsequent tsunami that engulfed it. When looking at the photos, it still looks lifeless and the repercussions are yet to come. On Sunday morning sirens blared across Japan and mourners bowed their heads in respect for those who were killed. Survivors dressed in black visited many of the ravaged areas to lay flowers where loved ones had died. After a year of massive destruction over 300,000 people are displaced. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.

Respect for family’s grief outweighs ‘getting the story’

On March 2, Jeff Bahr and I conducted easily one of the hardest interviews we’ve ever had to conduct. Scheduled to write a tribute piece on the late Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca for the March 7 paper, Jeff and I had the challenge of talking to the mother of the man, just two years my junior.

After conducting the interview, which was made easier by Osbrany’s mother Miriam having the most composure of any person I’ve ever met, I couldn’t help but think how happy I was to have the opportunity to do that interview.

As I continued thinking, however, I couldn’t help but think of the response we got at the Observer for not writing the article the minute we found out Osbrany had passed. Many readers called, e-mailed, and reached out via our website to ask us why we hadn’t done anything. One even said that we had, “a lack of journalistic spirit.”

I couldn’t believe what we had been accused of. A lack of journalistic spirit? Looking at our writing staff, which besides me, has many years in the business, a lack of journalistic spirit is certainly not something that we have.

I would like to say that maybe we just have a sense of compassion.

When I was in college, we were trained for many situations that we could be in as reporters. Whether it be as simple as covering a town hall meeting or as complex as asking about President Obama’s election, we had many different experiences, but not once did we have to ask a family member, a mother especially, about her young son’s passing.

I know about all about the shady side of journalism, where breaking information means money and the ruthless aggression it takes to succeed in this business, but personally, take a minute to think about your own mother.

Osbrany was only 20 years-old. Jeff, Ron, or myself, would have had to interview a mother the day of her son’s burial to get a word with her? I can’t speak about anyone else’s life experience, but I couldn’t imagine thinking about the death of friends of mine in the military, let alone elevating that to being personally related to them and trying to do the same thing.

Sure, its easy to sit back and watch as other papers got the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Osbrany’s sad passing, but did we need to be the gloom and doom added to this family’s already tough situation? I don’t think so.

The Observer did sit back, but only to give the mother time to heal, and ultimately, leading to a great article written by Jeff, giving great honor and personal touch to a story which needed to be told. A story that no other paper even bothered to try and obtain.

So for those of you who look at us and expect us to be the heartless “journalists” that you see in other places, I’m sorry to disappoint you. That’s not the kind of people we were, are, or ever will be.

On another note, Jeff and I wanted to make sure that we properly thanked Anthony Baez, a former Marine and close confidant to the Montes De Oca family for all his help in obtaining and conducting the interview with Miriam, Franklin, and Rosa Matos and translating two of the interviews for us. Without your help, we would not have been able to fully honor the life of one of our fallen Marines.

-Anthony J. Machcinski

WE’VE GOT MAIL

To the Publisher:

I was christened by Father John Washington at St. Stephen’s Church in May of 1939. As you are well aware, he was one of the four chaplains who gave their life jackets to others. They perished as the ship, Dorchester, sunk due to German torpedo in February 1943. I feel blessed and honored to have been christened by this good man who both lived and died his faith.

James J. Capobianco Sr.

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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

NEWARK–

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.

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