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• The Presbyterian Boys- Girls Cub, at 663 Kearny Avenue, will be open during July and August on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM. Most members and guest are between the ages of 8-15. The summer program offers basketball, dodge ball, wiffle ball, kick ball, gymnastics, bowling, bumper pool, air hockey, foozball, arts & crafts, ping pong and electronic games. Summer trips have been scheduled Tornadoes vs. NJ Jackals – baseball (July 25), Bowcraft Amusement and Miniature Golf (Aug. 1), Pro Wrestling (Aug. 17). All trips are chaperoned by Kearny teachers. The club will be supervised this summer by a professional staff including Tom Fraser, former Lincoln School Guidance Counselor and members of the P.B.G.C. Board of Directors. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Presbyterian Boys – Girls Club at any time.

• The Kearny Public Library will be showcasing several young and talented local musicians on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. on the lower level of the Main Library. The lineup will include three bands, which have each been associated with Kearny High School and the Battle of the Bands: Stonehenge, Madison 22 and Invisible Monsters. This special teen music event, which will be free of charge and open to anyone interested. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and admission will be on a first come-first serve basis. The Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., in Kearny. For more information on this or other programs, please call (201) 998-2666 or visit our website at www.kearnylibrary.org.

• The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., Kearny, is running a bus trip to Harrah’s Casino, Atlantic City, on Thursday, July 26. Cost is $10. The bus will leave from the corner of Bergen Avenue and Ivy Street at 9 a.m. Parking is available in the lot on Ivy Street. For seats and information, call, Lucille at 201-997-3781 or Jean at 201-991-4732.

North Arlington

• The Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a bus trip to QVC studios on Saturday, September 29th, 2012. The cost is $79.00 per person. Included in the price is transportation to the QVC studios, a one hour tour of the studio, and a four course Chicken Marsala dinner at Buco Italian restaurant. You will also have the opportunity to shop for one hour at the QVC outlet and purchase items of your choice. We will meet at the Knights of Columbus Council Hall parking lot located at 194 River Road, North Arlington. The bus will be leaving at 10:00am. We will be returning home at approximately 7:30pm. Due to limited seating, reservations must be paid for by August 25th. Please contact Nicholas Cerchio at either 201-998-0626 or 201- 230-3428.

• The North Arlington Woman’s Club will host an Applebee’s Flapjack fundraiser breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.., at 175 Passaic Ave., Kearny. Tickets are available by calling 201-889-2553. The cost is $10. Proceeds will be used for charities, our troops and local school scholarships and other causes.

• Calling all Autism service providers – Putting the Pieces Together/Special Angels Recreation, a non-profit organization serving families of children with autism, are making a basket for an upcoming Tricky Tray, filled with services for one lucky child to win. The organization is looking for anyone providing home programming, art therapy, music therapy, speech, social skills groups – any therapy at your place or in the home – to donate a day or two of services. This is a great way to not only advertise your business or organization but to make one child lucky enough to sample all the great programs that are out there and see what best fits them. The Tricky Tray will be held in a few weeks. For more information, contact Deborah Wertalik, ASAP, at 201-966- 8738 or 201-679-0569. For more information on Putting the Pieces Together and Special Angels Recreation, visit www.puttingthepiecestogether.org.


• The Humane Society of Bergen County 2231 Stuyvesant Ave. Lyndhurst, NJ has a supply of Dog food, both canned and dry and also Iams and Canin special diets available to anyone who due to unemployment, disability or any financial problems cannot afford to feed their dog no charge. Just stop by or call for more information 201-896-9300 Hours Mon & Sat 10-4pm, Tues-Fri 10- 5:30pm, Sun 11-2pm.

• The Lyndhurst Elks #1505 and the Lyndhurst Emblem Club # 72 Presen Flood Disaster Recovery Fund Drive, Saturday Sept. 22 7pm “La- Cage” nightclub Review. Featuring female impersonators and “Bette Midler” as MC. Tickets are $40.00 which includes dinner, dessert, coffee, beer, wine and soda (included in ticket price from 7-11pm ). Performers to include “Bette Midler, Peggy Lee, Judy garland, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Liza Minelli, Michael Jackson and Wyonna Judd”. Tickets will NOT be available at the door advanced sales only. Please call the Lyndhurst Elks 201- 507-1505, or Liz at 201-955- 1177

• NJMC Pontoon Boat Tour 5 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 2. $15 per person. Get an up-close view of the Meadowlands District’s spectacular scenic beauty and wildlife with a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes. Experienced NJMC staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way. Pontoon boat cruises depart from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. For ages 10 and up. Pre-registration required. For a complete schedule, directions and to register visit www.njmeadowlands.gov or call 201-460-4640.

• Pirates of New Jersey, an international program for seniors and children, will take place on July 26 at 7 p.m. Bring your favorite young child to the MEC for a pirate adventure! The Valhalla Pirates are a Walking/Talking History Lesson! Learn about the Golden Age of Piracy through this interactive evening that teaches about life on the high seas, manner of dress, speech, weapons, tools and ships’ crew organization during the years 1670-1730. Limit of one child per adult. The event will take place at Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst. Pre-registration required: 201-777-2431.

• See a time capsule of birds that lived here more than a century ago! Learn how several endangered and almost-extinct birds such as the Osprey, Bald Eagle and Peregrine now nest here as the region makes a remarkable recovery. Jim Wright of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, author of the upcoming book “The Nature of the Meadowlands,” shares this fascinating slide show and talk for the first time. The event will take place at Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst. Pre-registration required: 201-777-2431.

• A flea market, collectible show and big-swap bonanza will be held on Sunday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., outdoors, at N.J. Transit lot, New York Avenue (off Ridge Road), Lyndhurst. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by Lyndhurst High School Athletic Boosters.

• A veteran’s ward party will be held on Tuesday, July 31, at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic, starting at 2:30 p.m. The party is sponsored by the Harry Bretchtbill family and the Brugaletta family in memory of all veterans who have served their country especially during War time. To sponsor a party and more information, please call John Deveney at 201-438-2255.

• Knights of Columbus Communion breakfast will be held on Sunday, July 29, at the Lyndhurst Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave., Lyndhurst. Breakfast will be served from 10-11 a.m. Tickets are $7 each. No tickets will be sold at the door. Pick up tickets at Sacred Heart Rectory, 324 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, or call (201)-438- 1147 or contact Sal Russo at (201)-446-7244


• A Teen Video Game tournament will be held at Nutley Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. No registration is required. • The library will host an Angry Birds Life-Sized Game on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m.

• Adult Scrabble Night will be held at the library on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. Prizes awarded for first and second place scores – No registration is required.

• Friday, August 3 at 2 p.m. – Tween Video Game Tournament will be held at the library on Friday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. No registration is required. Registration is required for the following upcoming library programs: Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. – Preschool Story Time; Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m. – Second Grade Reading Club and on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. – End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party. For more information on library programs, call 973-667-0405 or visit http://nutley.bccls.org

Cooper scores twice with his head in Red Bulls’ win over Philadelphia

Photo by Jim Hague/ Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper (back), who scored two goals in the 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, battles with Amobi Okugo of the Union for the ball during Saturday’s game at Red Bull Arena.

By Jim Hague


After getting off to a blistering start in his first season with the New York Red Bulls, scoring seven goals in the first five matches, Kenny Cooper tailed off a bit recently, failing to score a single goal in seven straight contests.

As the Red Bulls played their third home game in a week, Cooper knew he had to do something special, especially after the team decided to honor the memory of Jack Reyna, the 13-year-old son of former Red Bulls and U.S. National team captain Claudio Reyna, who died Thursday after a battle with cancer.

The team all donned black armbands with Jack Reyna’s name on it to pay tribute to the fallen teen.

Cooper wanted to do more.

“Claudio has always been a personal hero of mine,” Cooper said. “It’s obviously a very sad situation. I wanted to do something to pay tribute to Claudio’s son. Hopefully, I was able to honor him.”

Cooper did exactly that last Saturday, scoring two goals, his first scores since May 23, leading the Red Bulls to a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, a win that catapulted the Red Bulls (11-5-5, 38 points) into first place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings.

Cooper scored one goal in each half in a span of 15 minutes, both by using his head, something he rarely does.

“I don’t recall the last time I scored with a header,” said Cooper, who has 13 goals now, second in the MLS to San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, who has 17. “But I have to give credit to my teammates. I was right outside the goal and the quality of the passes was perfect.”

The win also enabled the Red Bulls to remain undefeated at home this season, improving to 7-0-3. New York is the lone MLS team without a loss at home. Before the season, Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe said that he wanted to make sure his team held fort at home. They’ve done exactly that – and then some. It’s quite a feat to be unbeaten in your own building at the end of July.

“We had three games in eight days and came away with positive results,” Backe said. “We played those three games with basically the same team. I was very concerned and was waiting for the team to run out of gas. But they didn’t look out of shape. They were in good condition and only allowed one or two chances. I was very impressed with their shape.”

Photo by Jim Hague/ Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry (r.) moves with the ball against Amobi Okugo of the Philadelphia Union during the Red Bulls’ 2-0 win, a win that put RBNY into first place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings.


Cooper, who did not start in Wednesday’s game against Chicago, knocked home a header off a pass from rookie Connor Lade in the 43rd minute, then added another header off a fine feed from Thierry Henry in the 58th minute.

Cooper was asked if he started to question himself, going so long without a goal. His last goal came in a 1-1 tie with Chivas USA, a span of seven matches prior to Saturday.

“It’s something that I obviously was aware of,” Cooper said. “But I had to keep believing that it would eventually come. With this team, you have to remain confident that your teammates will create chances. I think it’s important to stay positive throughout with so many quality teammates around me. You saw the opportunities they created for me today.”

Backe wasn’t overly concerned about Cooper’s scoring drought. After all, the Red Bulls’ other top scorer, namely Henry, scored his first goal since April 28 when he scored the lone goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Chicago.

“With strikers, there are always going to be phases of the season when they don’t score,” Backe said. “But they’re on the pitch to score and they’ll get their chances. For Kenny to score two on headers is remarkable.”

Lade had two assists to aid the Red Bulls’ cause.

It was the second straight shutout victory for Bill Gaudette, who made two saves in place of injured starter Ryan Meara. Gaudette has started the last three RBNY matches and has recorded two wins and a tie.

The Red Bulls controlled most of the first half action, led by the diminutive, pesky Lade, who was all over the field, making his presence felt on both ends, despite his 5-foot-3 frame. Lade was causing havoc, throwing his tiny body all over the place and it was that relentless approach that led to the team’s first goal.

“I’m a small guy, so I’ve been a fighter all my life,” Lade said. “I try to work hard all the time. If that gets the other team ticked off, then so be it. I just try to come in and play tough. I’m still learning how to play midfield. It’s a relatively new position for me, so I’m just glad to contribute.”

Lade took a pass from Joel Lindpere and moved up the left flank. He then uncorked a perfect left-footed cross to Cooper, who headed it past Philadelphia net minder Zac MacMath for the 1-0 RBNY lead in the 43rd minute. It was the second assist on the season for the rookie Lade. Lindpere also received an assist on the goal. Cooper’s goal came one minute after he had a clear chance at a scoring opportunity, but was taken down in a collision with Union defender Carlos Valdes. However, no call was made.

Cooper had two prior chances to score. In the 20th minute, his right-footed blast from 25 yards out was stopped by MacMath and Sebastien Le Toux, playing against his former club, followed the shot, but his rebound attempt sailed over the crossbar.

In the 28th minute, Cooper had a left-footed try, but it was stopped by MacMath.

Philadelphia’s best scoring chance in the first half came when Josue Martinez got behind Red Bulls rookie defender Jonathan Borrajo in the 40th minute. Martinez exploded past Borrajo, making his first-ever MLS appearance, entering the game in the 16th minute when Brandon Barklage suffered a right hamstring strain, and fi red a shot that Gaudette stopped with his right arm.

Losing Barklage further hampered the Red Bulls’ back line, considering that All-Star Heath Pearce was out with a hamstring injury, along with Rafa Marquez and Jan Gunnar Solli.

Cooper extended the lead to 2-0 in the 58th minute, when he headed home a cross from Henry. Cooper got behind two Union defenders who thought he was offside, but no call was made. Lade was also an integral part of the second scoring play and received an assist, his second of the game and third of the season.

Backe was asked if he was pleased with his team’s standing.

“I still think we need to get better,” Backe said. “If we can keep our home record, then we’ll defi nitely get in the playoffs. We still need to be better defensively. That will happen when we get some people back.”

The Red Bulls return to action next Saturday night against the Montreal Impact in Montreal. They don’t return to Red Bull Arena until Friday, Aug. 10, when they take on Houston. They came through the three-game home stand with flying colors, winning two and tying one, collecting seven points and moving up the Eastern Conference standings. It’s turning into a season to remember with the Red Bulls, maybe the best in the club’s history.

Former QP grid great Torchia returns to talk to youngsters

Photo by Jim Hague/ Former Queen of Peace football standout Joe Torchia, who went on to play at the University of Virginia and signed with the Washington Redskins, spoke at the Queen of Peace football camp last week. Front row, from l., are Anthony Gennarelli, Soufi ana Kaba and Faraad McCombs. Back, from l., are QP head coach Steve Romano and Torchia.


By Jim Hague

It had been almost a decade since Joe Torchia first stepped onto the field outside Queen of Peace High School, but it seemed as if it was yesterday.

“Being on this field brings back a lot of great memories, some good war stories,” said Torchia, who returned to North Arlington Saturday to speak at the Queen of Peace Football Camp. “Football is always a passion, but it’s always good to get back to your roots, where it all began. If I can help the younger kids get a better perspective, then that’s a great thing. It’s all about hard work and dedication. It’s about putting in the time and the effort. If I can pass that along to these kids, then that’s the message they need to hear.” Torchia was a standout tight end/defensive end with the Golden Griffi ns, helping to lead QP to the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 2 state title in 2003 and a return trip to the title game in 2004.

Torchia then went on to have a fi ne career as a tight end at the University of Virginia and signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins, before a shoulder injury forced him to retire.

Torchia, who now lives in Fair Lawn and does finance work with Indigo Payments, was glad to return to his alma mater and share his experiences with the younger kids.

“It’s always good when you see people helping young kids,” Torchia said. “Football is always going to be a part of my life. I can’t play the game anymore, but I love to be able see other kids play. It was fun while it lasted. That ship has passed me now. But I wouldn’t have ever made it if it wasn’t for being at Queen of Peace. I can honestly say that coming to Queen of Peace was the best decision I made in my life. I had good times at Virginia. I have nothing but positive feelings about football. I have no regrets.”

Added Torchia, “But it all began for me here at Queen of Peace. I’m glad to see my alma mater revitalized under Coach (Steve) Romano. It’s a great school with a great administration and people who really care. I like seeing Coach Romano working with the younger kids. It’s always positive seeing people doing good things for the community.”

More than 100 youngsters participated in the camp, headed by Romano, who will begin his third season at QP this fall.

He was impressed that Torchia was willing to come back to QP and speak to the youngsters, even if Torchia didn’t play for Romano back then.

“It only took one phone call,” Romano said. “He said, `Whatever you need, I’m there.’ A guy like Joe Torchia is important because the kids can easily relate to him. He was one of them and he did it on the same field as they were playing on. I don’t think when he was younger, he’d ever get signed by the Washington Redskins, but he proved that dreams can come true. He proved it.”

Romano said that he was encouraged by the turnout.

“It’s exciting to see so many kids wanting to play football,” Romano said. “Obviously, I coach because I love it. Football is football and you have to have kids learning the proper techniques. Honestly, no one wants to do that anymore. They just want to put kids on the field and let them run. We need to get back to coaching football properly. I always remember my first coaches and the impact they had on me. Maybe I can have an impact on them.”

Romano made sure that the youngsters heard one important message.

“You can’t get it done on the field unless you get it done in the classroom,” Romano told the youngsters. “It’s not one or the other. It’s both. You have to do both.”

The youngsters were taught proper conditioning techniques by former Nutley football standout Dom Scillieri, then went through a series of different stations headlined by Romano and the QP coaching staff.

This was a camp that was filled with teenagers who came far and wide to attend it.

Chris Watkins is a 13-yearold aspiring quarterback from Totowa.

“I want to learn more about being a quarterback and I feel like I’m getting better every day,” Watkins said. “This absolutely inspires me to be a better player. I’ve worked on my footwork and that’s helped.”

Maasai Maynor is a 12-year-old quarterback who traveled from North Brunswick.

“I know that I have to go to camps to become a better football player,” Maynor said. “It meant a lot for me to be at this camp. I learned how to keep my head up, my eyes up.”

Fraize Andrews is a 12-year-old from Newark who was a little familiar with the surroundings. His older brother, Oba Jabari Andrews, was a standout running back and track and field participant at Queen of Peace three years ago. Oba Andrews rushed for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year with the Golden Griffins. The younger Andrews participated in the camp while wearing his older brother’s QP football shirt.

“I want to get the same chance that he had,” the younger Andrews said. “I’ve worked on my foot speed and balance. I feel like I’m getting better and my brother is encouraging me to be better.”

Zyeiar Miller is a 10-year-old from Newark who is a running back and cornerback.

“This was a lot of fun,” Miller said. “I know I’m a better player now.” Torchia doesn’t know if coaching is in his future, but he knows that kids respect him and where he’s gone after his QP playing days were over.

“If they work hard, continue to improve and get better, anything can happen,” Torchia said.

He should know better than most.

He’s living proof of that motto.

Basketball camp, just for girls, helps to develop sport, friendships

Photos by Jim Hague/ The Kearny girls’ basketball camp, held recently at Schuyler School, got together for a group photo. Camp coordinator Jody Hill (center with basketball) was impressed with the great turnout


By Jim Hague

Usually, summer basketball camps offer a lot of things. The camps allow the students to work on their individual skills, learn something to take home with them and give the campers the guidance to continue their development on their own.

There’s also another aspect to the summer camps. Most of them are co-educational, meaning that the boys learn right alongside of the girls.

But that’s not the case at the Kearny Girls’ Basketball Camp, which was held recently at Schuyler School. It’s for girls and strictly for girls. Sorry, no boys allowed.

Having a camp strictly for girls is a great approach, because it enables the girls to not have to worry about trying to keep up with the boys, compete with the boys or even impress them. They’re on their own.

“I like to see the girls playing with girls, because it gives them the feeling like they are the best,” said Jody Hill, the Kearny High School head girls’ basketball coach and coordinator of the camp. “They get a sense of what it’s like on the high school level, where they only play with and against girls. When you look around, most of the camps are co-ed. I’m a big believer of giving the girls a chance to shine on their own.”

Kearny High School girls’ basketball coach Jody Hill (far right) works with some
of the campers on their shooting. From left are Gianna Hoch, Maryvit Luna,
Savannah Iverson, Lorianne O’Connor, Chloe St. Laurent, Vanessa Lusquinhos,
Taylor St. Laurent and Hill.


Almost 100 young ladies participated in the week-long basketball bonanza. They received T-shirts, courtesy of Applebee’s and basketballs. They also received instruction from Hill and her staff of counselors, which included the last two Observer Female Athletes of the Year, Janitza Aquino (2011) and Stefanie Gomes (2012).

But they also had a chance to bond, make new friends. Not all of the girls came from Kearny. A good group came from the same team at Sacred Heart School in Lyndhurst. Others came from surrounding towns, so it was a good chance to make friends and acquaintances that were never made before.

“Word is definitely being spread,” said Hill, who has coordinated the camp for the past decade. “We got girls from Lodi, Harrison, Lyndhurst. It’s nice to be able to get girls from all over. They realize that it’s a nice local way if they want to improve their game.”

Hill said that she came away impressed with the talent level in the camp.

“I saw a lot of seven and eight-year-olds who showed me a lot,” Hill said. “The 12 and 13-year-olds are close to either playing in our seventh and eighth grade program or getting ready to play in high school. By getting them to play at a younger age, it gets them ready for the future, because some of them are the future players in our program.”

Unfortunately, some of the campers play at other schools already.

Rayven Lucas, the talented guard-forward from Harrison High School, attended the camp once again. Lucas’ father, Ray, and Hill were friends and classmates from their days at Harrison. The elder Lucas is the former Rutgers and New York Jets quarterback who now does analysis on the SNY television network.

The younger Lucas is entering her senior year at Harrison and has already declared that she will follow in her father’s footsteps and attend Rutgers next fall. But Rayven has one last season with the Blue Tide and attending the camp will help her improvement.

“It really does help,” Lucas said. “I’ve worked on my dribbling and skill set. I’ve learned how to handle the ball, going behind my back and through my legs. I’ve been working all summer long, non-stop, to get ready for this year. From where I started to where I am now, it’s unbelievable. I cannot wait for the start of the season. I wish it was tomorrow.”

Lucas’ younger sister, Kayla, age 9, also attended the camp.

“I love the idea I can share this with her,” Rayven Lucas said.

Fabiana Sotogallego is an 11-year-old from North Arlington who is part of the Sacred Heart of Lyndhurst program.

“It’s been a lot of fun coming here,” Sotogallego said. “It’s defi nitely helped me improve as a player. I’ve gone to other camps, but this has been the best one because it’s strictly for girls. I feel like I’m a better player now.”

Gianna Nigro is a 10-yearold who will enter sixth grade at Schuyler School in September.

“I was really looking forward to coming to the camp this year,” Nigro said. “Having only girls here makes it easier to learn and better for all of us.”

Nigro said she became a better shooter after the week of camp.

Jaime Lynn Connors is a 10-year-old who also attends Sacred Heart School.

“Basketball is my favorite sport and this camp gives me a chance to play with friends and new people I just met,” Connors said. “I went to the camp last year and wanted to come back. I’ve been working on my shooting. Usually, that’s the hardest thing for me.”

Francesca Petrullo is another 10-year-old from Sacred Heart who lives in North Arlington.

“This was my first time coming to the camp, but I plan on coming back,” Petrullo said. “I had a really good time. The coaches help you a lot. I learned how to dribble with my left hand. I could never do that before.”

Danielle Silva is a 12-yearold who attends Washington School in Kearny.

“This was my first time coming to the camp,” Silva said. “My sisters went to the camp when they were younger and they told me they learned so much. I learned how to dribble, how to make layups. It was a lot of fun and I made new friends. I think that’s important.”

Ten-year-old Christina Alberti, another product of Sacred Heart in Lyndhurst, learned how to shoot with her left hand for the first time.

“I used to not be able to shoot with the left at all,” Alberti said. “Now, I can and I’ll be practicing it more and more. Everything I’ve learned here, I’m going back to practice on my own. I wanted to learn and I did. I also had a lot of fun.”

Vanessa Lusquinhos is an 11-year-old who goes to Washington School in Kearny.

“This was my fi rst time here,” Lusquinhos said. “I heard from others that it was a lot of fun and it was. I feel like I’m a better player now. It’s good that it’s all girls, because boys would make it too competitive. This made me want to play more.”

Hill was overjoyed with the turnout and the response.

“My goal was to do something for the girls, to make them feel good about themselves and give them the opportunity to learn a little,” Hill said.

“I tell them that they now have to go home and practice on their own. You don’t become a special player doing it for five days. It was a nice surprise to have such a great turnout.”

Part two on beneficiary designations


By Randy Neumann

Last week’s column was about beneficiaries on a life insurance policy. This column is about other types of beneficiaries.

Let’s begin with “qualified” retirement plans. Qualified means that the plan meets the government standards; therefore, it receives (in most cases) a deduction on the contributions and a deferral of earnings until withdrawals are taken. Most of these plans begin with the letter P —pension plans, profit-sharing plans, etc. or with the number 4—401(k), 403 (b), etc.

Last week, I received a phone call from an employee of a company for which we recently set up a 401(k) plan. She asked me if she could name her daughter as a contingent beneficiary. I told her that she could, but that it would not be a good idea. A contingent beneficiary is the person who will receive the benefit if the primary beneficiary is deceased. While it is always a good idea to name a contingent or secondary beneficiary, it is not a good idea to name a minor.

A minor, in New Jersey, is anyone younger than age 18. The reason you do not want to name a minor as a beneficiary to a retirement plan is that the legal system will not allow them to receive the money. You can name a minor if you have a trust or guardianship set up, neither of which is fun or cheap. If you have neither, the legal system will keep and manage the money until the child is 18 years old. Need I say more?

Another thing to avoid is using your will as a beneficiary form. As an example, let’s say that two years ago, after your divorce, you named your daughter as the beneficiary of your company retirement plan in the new will you had drawn up.

Unfortunately, a beneficiary designation in a retirement plan precedes anything that is distributed by a will, so the ex-spouse you named as the beneficiary of your retirement plan in 1992 will receive the money in the event of your demise. That’s right, so scramble around right now, and check all of your beneficiary designations!

Normally, people name their spouses as the beneficiary of their retirement plan for two reasons. Number one, if you don’t name your spouse, you need written permission from them to name someone else. Number two, spouses receive an additional benefit to being a beneficiary than do other people.

Only a spouse can treat an inherited qualified plan as if it were their own, everyone else gets to treat them as being inherited. So what’s the difference? Here are examples:

Mama is the beneficiary of papa’s qualified retirement plan. If papa was not 70 1/2 years old and not taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs), mama can rollover the proceeds into her own IRA and not take RMDs until she becomes 70 1/2. Everyone else must treat the proceeds as an inherited IRA and begin making withdrawals based on their life expectancy.

But don’t complain! Up until a few years ago, you had the choice of cashing in the account at the death of the owner and paying the taxes, or waiting five years to cash in and pay the taxes. Under the new rules, if the money is taken out based on life expectancy, a 30-year-old would be required to take an RMD of $1,904 on an inherited IRA with a market value of $100,000, or just $9,578 out of a $500,000 IRA.

Now that we’ve shown the clear advantage a spouse has in inheriting a qualified plan, let’s get to the other options everyone has.

You can withdraw the assets as a lump sum. Uncle Sam would love this. He would get all of the taxes due on your regular income plus whatever you inherited. Don’t forget, we have a progressive tax system, so the more you earn, the more you pay.

You could also disclaim some or all of your inheritance within nine months of the original account holder’s death. Why would you do this? Well, if you don’t need the money, you could disclaim some or all of it and let it flow to the contingent beneficiary.

When you disclaim, the law deems you dead, therefore you cannot “steer” the money, i.e., and direct who should receive it, but, since you know who the contingent beneficiary is, you know who will get it. Again, naming beneficiaries is very important.

Lastly, you may be able to leave the assets in the retirement plan.

This option is seldom chosen, but it can be an option. 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.


Lucy Boryszewski

Boryszewski, Lucy (Lucjanna) (nee Grodzki) Entered into eternal rest suddenly on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 her home in Harrison. She was 80 years old.

The funeral was conducted by Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, NJ 07029. A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Poland, Lucy lived in Harrison for the past 46 years. She was a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. She retired from Yale Hook and Eye, Newark after 10+ years of service in 1994.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Henry (2005) and her daughter-in-law Annette (1998), she is survived by her loving children Zenon and his wife Alice, Witold and Celina Pereira and her husband Pedro; cherised grandchildren Mark, Matthew, Andrew, Brian, Timothy, Monica, Christopher, Christian and Kaitlyn, dear siblings, Helen Mlynarski, Henry, Mietek, and Irene Grodzki, and a sister-inlaw Henrieta Grodzki. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church Restoration Fund, care of the funeral home in loving memory of Lucy.


Joan “Chickie” Simpson


Joan “Chickie” Simpson (nee Denning) passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Born in Jersey City, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison.

She worked at Western Electric in South Kearny for 25 years until the plant closed in 1984. She was a board member of the WE Kearny Club.

Joan was an avid dancer preferring to dance than sit still. She had won the Harvest Moonball in 1968 for her foxtrot and later appeared on th Ed Sullivan Show.

Wife of the late Alvin A. Simpson, she was pre-deceased by her loving parents Frieda and Thomas Denning and her beloved sister Janice L. Dearie.

She is survived by her loving nephew David Dearie and his girlfriend Lori Williams; her Godsons David Borer and David Bolzau; and her many cherished cousins and treasured friends and extended family. She was a member of David Memorial U.M. Church for over 60 years where she had served on the board of Trustees and numerous committees.

Private Funeral Services were held under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison, NJ 07029. For information or to send condolences to the family please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org. Cremation was private.

Donations in memory of Joan can be made out to the World Wildlife Fund at www. worldwildlife.org (search Panda Pages) or by calling 1-800-960-0993 or by mailing to World Wildlife Fund P.O. Box 97180 Washington, DC 20090-7180

Jose “Pepe” Rodriguez

Jose “Pepe” Rodriguez died July 17, 2012 at home. He was 83. Born in Spain, arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church. Entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum.

Pepe is survived by his loving wife Maria with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage this past June 22.

Father of Pepe (Michelle) Rodriguez, brother of Amelia Rodriguez and brother in law of Angelina, Sor. Lidia and Aurora. He is also survived by his granddaughters Brianna, Gabriella and Adrianna.

Mary “Mame” Bubenas


Mary “Mame” Bubenas (Nee Musikevicius), 95, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Bayside Manor in Keansburg, NJ. She was born in Harrison and lived most of her life in Kearny before moving to Keansburg three years ago.

Mary worked for Seton Hall University and later worked for Marshalls Mill in Kearny. Mary was a great cook and worked for the LCCC Club, Kearny, for over 20 years. She loved gardening, was a devout Catholic and parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, where she was a member of the Golden 60’s Plus and the Rosary/St. Ann Societies.

Wife of 72 years of the Late Joseph John Bubenas; devoted and loving mother of MaryAnn (Robert “Chick”) Williamson and Joseph (Late Sandra) Bubenas; sister of Vlada Yarubauiciene and the late Biruta, Joseph and Wiiliam Musikevicius; sister-inlaw of Virgina Musikevicius; dear grandmother of Robert (Sandra) Williamson, Tammy (Gregory) Deo and Kimberly (Anthony) Pandullo; great grandmother of Kailtyn and Alyssa Deo and Alexis and Anthony Pandullo; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by the Shaw-Buyus Home for Services 138 Davis Ave., at Bergen Ave Kearny. A funeral mass was held in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. Entombment in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations to Our Lady of Sorrows Church 136 Davis Ave Kearny, NJ 07032 would be appreciated. Visit www.buyusfuneralhome.com D/O/B – 3/17/17

Peter J. Ferriero

Peter J. Ferriero, 80 of Gouldsboro, PA and formerly of Harrison, NJ died Friday July 6th, 2012 at Regional Hospital of Scranton shortly after admission. His wife of 58 years is the former Joyce Livoisi. Born October 8, 1931 in Harrison, NJ, he was the son of the late Peter and Bridget (Polo) Ferriero. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Scranton Plumbing, Inc. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow, PA.

He was also a member of the Father Barrett Knights of Columbus Council 6050 of Moscow, PA. Surviving in addition to his wife are (3) sons: Peter J. Ferriero of Belleville, NJ, Steven C. Ferriero of Smithville, NJ, and Joseph W. Ferriero of Colonia, NJ; (2) daughters: Karen Williams and husband David of Galloway, NJ, and Theresa Bradley and husband James of Galloway, NJ; (2) brothers: George Ferriero of North Arlington, NJ, and Joseph Ferriero of Clifton, NJ; (2) sisters: Marie Mondaro of Harrison, NJ, and Dorothy Rigg of Bricktown, NJ; (13) grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Ashlyn Ferriero in 2006 and brother Michael Ferriero, and his sister Frances DeRosa on January 27, 2012.

Arrangements were by the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA. Interment was at St. Catherines Cemetery, Covington Twp., PA. For online condolences and directions go to www.duffyandsnowdon.com

A message from W.H.A.T.

On behalf of the Executive Board and Founding Committee of the West Hudson Arts and Theater Company (W.H.A.T.), I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for a spectacular inaugural season!

It is hard to believe that only a few short months ago our small group of arts-minded residents and business people with a mutual goal of bringing live theater back to our community began this journey. Since that time we have produced two plays, a children’s performance, a musical, enjoyed several sold out nights along the way, and even launched our first youth theater education program!

How could we possibly thank everyone who made this possible? We have so many talented, hard-working, dedicated people that it is almost impossible to put our gratitude into words.

All we can say to that committee, all our volunteers, our actors and actresses, civic groups and sponsors – is simply, thank you. Each and every one of you had a hand in helping us begin “acting on our dreams.”

W.H.A.T. is growing into a wonderful, caring, passionate family who are truly committed to bringing our community entertaining, thoughtprovoking theater to audiences of all ages. I am quite frankly overwhelmed by how much we have grown and what we have accomplished in such a short time.

Our biggest thank you, however, must certainly be to our audiences. W.H.A.T. is demonstrating that West Hudson is ready, willing and able to embrace quality community theater. We are truly thankful for all the support we have had fostering this artistic pursuit. By attending our shows and donating to W.H.A.T. you have helped us begin to reach our goals.

As we look to our second season, we hope that support will continue. Please visit www.whatco.org, like us on FaceBook and sign up to receive our newsletter to stay in touch and find out ways you can get involved.

Keep an eye out for news on our 2012-2013 season announcement when we will present another amazing season of theater in West Hudson with such productions as “Steel Magnolias,” a return of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, “Stuart Little” and our spring musical “Godspell.”

Thank you once again for your support. We live in an awesome community!

Sincerely, Gerald Ficeto, President

West Hudson Arts and Theater Company


The immortal Jay Costello: A loss for us all

By Jim Hague

West Hudson soccer lost perhaps its biggest fan last week, when Jay Costello died at the age of 62.

Jay Costello was more than my brother-in-law. He was a friend who became more like a blood brother, even more than my own. He was a gigantic part of my life, a slice of brilliance, comedy and flair all rolled into one.

Although he was born in Jersey City and died in Kearny, Jay was Harrison. He epitomized Harrison, the townís gruff, yet close-knit personality. He was cut from the same cloth as many others from Harrison, a true native son.

And Harrison embraced Jay as well. There were so many times that I would introduce myself to someone in Harrison and those

people would quickly retort: ìAre you related to Jay?î

Everyone seemed to know him and love him.

Jay Costello also epitomized one thing. He was soccer. He was the sport. Especially in West Hudson, especially in Harrison. Jay Costello was soccer.

If there was a local soccer game going on, chances are Jay was there. If the annual Harrison-Kearny tussle was taking place, Jay would be a fixture, donning his patented English gentlemanís cap, windbreaker and larger-than-life stature.

ìHe went to every game under the sun,î said Hudson County Sports Hall of Fame member Hugh OíNeill, a long-time close friend of Costello. ìIt didnít matter the level. Recreation, high school, college or pro, he was there. I was amazed how many games he would attend. He was a lover of the game. He loved the beautiful game of soccer and he knew so much about the game.î

When I first started writing about soccer in 2000, covering the MetroStars for Associated Press, then later writing about soccer on these pages of The Observer, Jay was one of the first to offer his help to me and his give me advice about the sport.

After all, Jay was the expert and I was clearly the novice, so I needed all the assistance I could get.

At one point, Jay even offered to write my column for The Observer for me when it came to soccer.

ìI can be sort of your ghost writer, Jimbo,î he said. ìNo one would ever know.î

There was only one problem with that idea. I would know.

Or Jay wanted to know if there was room in our section for an article or two utilizing his expertise on the game.

ìI can write about soccer from a fanís standpoint,î he said. ìWrite soccer from all over the world.î

It was a novel idea, but one that really couldnít take flight in a local weekly newspaper.

Jayís help to me has gone a long way, because thanks to our hours and hours of conversation about soccer over the last 17 years, I have a better understanding of the sport _ and was eventually appointed as a voting member of the United States National Soccer Hall of Fame committee. Jay gets the credit for teaching me a lot about soccer.

Yes, a kid from Jersey City, whose only knowledge of soccer came from serving as a busboy at Giants Stadiumís club restaurant and dealing regularly with the members of the New York Cosmos.

As for the Cosmos, Jay was so in tuned with that team that he actually had friends like David DíErrico and Santiago Formoso who played for the Cosmos.

Jay was always thinking of ideas, simply because he was always thinking. A crossword puzzle fanatic, Jay knew anything about everything. I marveled at all the different things he knew, from movies and television to American history and western civilization. His range of knowledge was uncanny. He was worldly in his knowledge and would bring out that knowledge from time to time, to the astonishment of most.

I canít begin to count the times Jay would make me shake my head in amazement with what came out of his head.

On a trip to Notre Dame in 2005 to see a football game with an assortment of family and friends, Jay waxed poetically with a taxi cab driver about different American Indian tribes and their origins. Jay could identify well with the cabbie, because he also drove a hack for a number of years, among his assortment of different jobs.

The way Jay would recite historic facts off the cuff was astounding. He was a human Internet with his vast source of knowledge about everything. He never needed the use of a computer to get his information. It was stored in his fascinating brain. The way he would just spew out facts about a certain topic or issue made you wonder at times if he was making it all up, but as it turned out, he was right on target all the time.

I know _ because after he would say something totally ridiculous and seemingly implausible, I would go to look it up on the Internet and more often than not, Jay was right.

His sense of humor was one-of-a-kind. He could go from doing a dead-on Elvis Presley impersonation to firing off a quick witted jab or a metaphor, using names and places. He constantly made everyone laugh.

ìHe was witty and funny,î said OíNeill, who became one of the first American soccer players to play top-division soccer in England and Scotland during his playing days. ìI said that God must have needed an impromptu master conversationalist, so he called upon our best and took Jay. He was like a big brother to me, always by my side every step of the way. He was always so supportive of me and I tried to do the same for him. He spoke fluent Harrison-ese. He would come up with things and say things no one even dreamed of saying. He was a genius, a worldly guy.

Added OíNeill, ìHe was a ray of sunshine and he let everyone get a piece of him. We all got a little bit of that spice. I loved him and I will miss him terribly.î

So will I. There was only one Jay Costello and I was proud to have him as my brother-in-law and overjoyed to have him as a friend. He had a heart the size of Harrison and itís a downright shame that it was that heart that finally gave out last week and took him from us all too soon.

LPD graduates students from one-of-a-kind leadership program

This past spring the Lyndhurst Police Department joined forces with the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department to form a program, the Advanced Leadership Initiative, designed to prepare students to set positive examples for their peers and help them prepare for the myriad of challenges that they are sure to face as they advance in life. The Advanced Leadership Initiative is a unique, cooperative effort between the Hasbrouck Heights and Lyndhurst Junior Police Academies designed to provide leadership, character education, and content-specific training to select members, who will then turnkey their knowledge and skills back to the community.

Eligible candidates from both towns were required to have successfully completed their townís respective junior police academy.  Participants were then selected based on a rigorous application process that included an interview and letters of recommendation.  When the process was complete, there were 11 students that were determined to be worthy of the challenge.

The program is designed to be an extension of the junior police academies, which are conducted during the summer. Advanced Leadership participants met every Thursday evening for two hours from April through their graduation on June 21.  They addressed such topics as case studies, public speaking, and the characteristics of good leaders. They also portrayed the role of police officers in lifelike scenarios based on the instructorsí experience.  In the final class, the students and instructors switched places, and the class members presented lessons on bullying, which they researched and developed.

ìIím proud of the fact that our police department continues to recognize the importance of building relationships with the youth of our community, especially at a time when some departments are cutting back or eliminating their community outreach programs weíre able to see ours expand,î said Mayor Robert Giangeruso.

Lyndhurst Police Chief James OíConnor, echoed Giangerusoís sentiments. ìWeíve been wanting to do something like this for a long time ñ to extend what the kids experience in their junior academies. Now with our first one completed and we see how the kids have grown, I can see a lot of potential for the future.î

While instructors from both towns have presented at each otherís summer junior police academies, this is the first joint program ñ but, it wonít be the last. Both  OíConnor and Hasbrouck Heights Chief of Police Michael Colaneri hope to see the future Junior Police Academy graduates participate in this program.

ìNow that weíve given these kids the tools to take more of a leadership role, Iíd like to see them put their skills into practice ñ in school and in the community,î OíConnor said.

ìOur graduates are role models for the younger kids coming up,î Colaneri said. ìHopefully, this institute has prepared them to go out and set a positive example for their peers and made them more ready to handle the challenges they will face as they get older. I know it has given them a deeper appreciation of the challenges faced by law enforcement every day.î

The students were honored for their accomplishments with dinner and a graduation ceremony, which was held at Michaelís Riverside Restaurant, Lyndhurst.

Kearny names Kauffmann Deputy Fire Chief; contracts out fire dispatch service

By Ron Leir

It took just a dozen years for Bruce Kauffmann to rise through the ranks and win promotion to deputy fire chief of Kearny.

Since April 1, Kauffmann, 37, has been doing the job in an acting capacity. But protracted negotiations between the Fire Superior Officers Association and the town led to an agreement for a new labor contract and for naming Kauffmann to the deputy position permanently at an annual salary of $141,521.

His appointment took effect July 1.

The council also formalized the appointment of Firefighter Darrell Szezypta following his successful completion of his probationary period. A Hudson County Community College graduate, Szezypta spent six years in the National Guard and served in reconnaissance patrols between 2005 and 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Surrounded by his wife Lisha and the coupleís three children, Gavin, 4, Colin, 2, and Calla, 2, Kauffmann was sworn in last Tuesday by Mayor Alberto Santos in the Town Hall council chambers.

ìIím excited about the challenges in my new position,î Kauffmann told the governing body and an audience of relatives, colleagues and well-wishers. ìYou can expect my very best.î

Kauffmann is the third generation of a Kearny Fire Dept. legacy: his late maternal grandfather, Luigi, served as a firefighter for about 18 years; father, Bruce Sr., put in more than 31 years until his retirement as chief fire inspector in 2004, and Bruce Sr.ís uncle put in 35 years with the department.

A Kearny High School alumnus who earned his B.A. at Seton Hall University, Kauffmann was promoted to fire captain in 2007.

Given his druthers, Kauffmannís preference was to be a cop, according to Bruce Sr.

ìHe wanted to be a state trooper but I always told him being a firefighter was a better job and thank God, he took the (state Civil Service) test (for firefighter),î said Bruce Sr. ìI didnít have to push him. He just ran with the football.î

On the test for deputy fire chief, Kauffmann ìcame out No. 3 in the state and No. 1 in Kearny,î his dad said. ìAnd he got a perfect score in the oral (part of the exam). ìWeíre pretty darned proud.î

Fire Chief Steve Dyl is proud of both Szezypta and Kauffmann. The chief credited the rookie for his recent work at a ìtough fireî on Beech St.  where ìhis training showedî in how he conducted himself. And, Dyl said, Kauffmann was ìput to the testî two months ago during a Belleville fire to which Kearny responded as part of a mutual aid group where, as acting deputy chief, Kauffmann successfully coordinated a command post involving 1,000 feet of hose extending over three blocks to attack a fire in a four-family residence.

Kauffmann, who becomes the departmentís fifth deputy chief, thereby filling out the Table of Organization for that rank, will be what Dyl characterized the ìadministrativeî deputy who will fill in for other deputies when needed and who will handle training activities.

Five deputies are justified, Dyl said. ìWe try to maintain a chain of leadership by having a deputy available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.î

In another fire-related development, at Dylís recommendation, the council voted to authorize contracting with the City of East Orange to provide shared fire dispatch services, conditional on East Orange ratifying the agreement.

If that happens, Santos said the contract calls for a three-year deal, with Kearny to pay East Orange $90,000 the first year, $91,350 the second year and $92,720 the third, with an option for Kearny to end the agreement after the first year if the town feels the service isnít working.

Under the contract, Kearny would spend an additional $6,500 for the installation of dedicated phone lines and software, the mayor said.

Santos said that until recently, the town had assigned four uniformed members of the Fire Department to handle dispatching duties ìand the cost, including benefits, had been in excess of $500,000, so we should realize a savings.î Currently, rank-and-file department members are handling dispatching, ìsometimes on overtime,î he said.

It is estimated that it would take ìfour to eight weeksî to implement the shared service, Santos said.

After the first six months of the new service, Santos said the town would look to have East Orange expand the service to channel calls for ìbasic life supportî directly to Kearnyís Volunteer Emergency Rescue Ambulance Squad, instead of alerting the Kearny Police, who would then send for an ambulance, as they now do.

Under the new system, Kearny residents wishing to report an emergency situation or fire would call 911 and the Jersey City-based 911 emergency center would then determine whether to call in MONOC, a private ambulance service certified by the state to respond to ìadvanced life supportî cases; or to call the Kearny volunteer ambulance; or to call the East Orange shared-dispatch center.

In case the 911 personnel canít reach East Orange, Santos said they have the capability to call Kearny Fire Dept. personnel or another first responder.

Santos said that the East Orange dispatch unit currently provides service for East Orange and ìa second townî and ìis currently negotiating with a third, so if that happens, weíd be the fourth.î

Santos said Kearny had considered going to the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for shared dispatch but ìbecause of their ongoing restructuring with Rutgers University, they are currently not entering into any new agreements.î

Other than Kearny contracting with Bergen County to provide restaurant inspections, the proposed fire dispatch arrangement would be the only other municipal shared service, Santos said. The Kearny volunteer ambulance squad currently provides emergency services for Harrison but Santos said thatís done under a contract between the squad and Harrison.

In two other fire-related moves, the council appointed John Donovan as acting fire official/chief fire inspector pending a Civil Service exam and authorized filing a second application with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for grant funding to hire four firefighters. The town is still waiting to hear from the federal agency on a previously filed application, also for four new firefighters.