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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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


Kearny boys’ swim team enjoys record-breaking campaign


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


By Jim Hague

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amar knows that his future is very bright.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basile named new Nutley football coach

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


By Jim Hague

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athletic director Piro is happy with the appointment of Basile.

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

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

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

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

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

After all is said and done, Seton Hall is out

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


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

By Jim Hague

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

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

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

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

Sunday night, the bubble burst.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuning your internal recorder

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


Visit Shweta Punjabi at her website solutionsbyshweta.com for more information or email her at magictaara@yahoo.com

Finding a good tax shelter

By Randy Neumann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obviously, we all need some shelter from the taxman!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mildred A. Breheny

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

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

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

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

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

Aubra Brett

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athanasios Efstathiou

Athanasios Efstathiou died on March 3. He was 96.

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

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home.

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

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

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

Arthur W. Fucetola Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanley Eugene Gorski

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

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

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

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

Theodore J. Granda

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

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

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

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

Lena Elizabeth Hayes

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

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

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

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

Betty Ann Moore

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

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

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

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

Virginia C. Rizzolo

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

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

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

Elizabeth H. White

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorothy A. Wetzel Wills

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

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

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

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

News from the Nutley Police Blotter

March 9

Juan Orellana, 23, of Hasbrouck Heights, was arrested for DWI while traveling on River Road at 2:39 a.m. He was taken to headquarters where he was released to a responsible adult.

A 22-year-old West Orange man was found bleeding from the head in Municipal Lot 2 at 1:46 a.m. The man told police he’d been assaulted by an unknown man after leaving a bar near Franklin Ave. and Centre St. The Nutley Rescue Squad examined him. Police are investigating.

March 8

Police are investigating a possible identity theft in connection with the case of a River Road resident who reported getting a mailing from the IRS stating that it was auditing the resident’s tax return and that a refund would be delayed. The resident called the IRS to say that he hadn’t yet fi led his return and was advised to call police.

Someone stole a 2012 motorcycle and other items from an Overlook Terrace resident’s garage. The theft was reported to police at 5:16 p.m. Police are investigating.

Police are investigating the painting of graffiti on the rear of several E. Centre St. businesses facing Owens Park. The vandalism was reported at 4:20 p.m.

Police stopped a vehicle whose trunk was overloaded with scrap metal while it was traveling south on Rt. 21 at 1:17 a.m. Police said they learned that the scrap metal was unlawfully removed from Rutherford and the vehicle and driver were turned over to Rutherford P.D.

March 7

The owner of a vehicle parked on Franklin Ave. returned to the car to fi nd its rear window shattered with a baseball bat lying on the rear seat. The incident happened while the Nutley High School baseball team was practicing in the nearby Park Oval, police said.

March 6

A 22-year-old Nutley man was struck by a motor vehicle while skateboarding in a crosswalk at Bloomfi eld Ave. and Cedar St. at 6:29 p.m. The man suffered minor injuries, police said.

A search for a missing women with Alzheimer’s disease ended happily. Police said the search began at 6:03 p.m. when they were called to a Cortland St. residence where a 79-year-old woman afflicted with Alzheimer’s had been reported unaccounted for. After canvassing the area for several hours, a police broadcast to surrounding communities resulted in police finding the woman safe in a Clifton residence on Dwas Lane. Police the resident invited the woman inside and contacted police.

Intruders broke into a Mapes Ave. home, sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 5:13 p.m., ransacked every room and removed many items. Police are asking anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area to call the Detective Bureau at (973) -284-4938.

A teacher at a local private school not identified by police reported the theft of her cellular phone, valued at $300, from her desk drawer. She reported the incident at 3:50 p.m. Police are investigating.

Someone reportedly opened several postal packages before they were delivered to a River Road resident although nothing was reported missing from the packages. Police advised the resident to contact the carrier. The resident reported the matter at 10:26 a.m.

March 5

Police received a complaint from an Oakley Terrace resident at 7:48 p.m. about a contractor who took a deposit for the replacement of wall tile in a bathroom and hasn’t returned to the job for more than five weeks.

A Prospect St. resident called police at 10:47 a.m. to report that two trespassers entered the resident’s rear yard to take metal scrap. Police couldn’t locate the pair.

A vandal sprayed black paint over the rear door of a Franklin Ave. building owner during the night. The incident was reported at 9:52 a.m. Police are investigating.

Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Franklin Ave. at 3:06 a.m. and arrested Phanrapee Premabhuti, 24, of Nutley, for DWI. He was ticketed, taken to headquarters and released to a responsible adult.

March 3

At 9:59 p.m. police found Frank Ruglio, 24, of Nutley, staggering at Franklin Ave. and Chestnut St. Police said Ruglio was drunk and had an outstanding warrant for $5,000 from Newark. After struggling with cops, Ruglio was charged with resisting arrest and the warrant and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Police are investigating the theft of unknown proceeds from a Mapes Ave. residence. The incident was reported at 2:45 p.m.

An 11:56 a.m. call brought police to the Rite Aid on Franklin Ave. where the manager reported that several pallets had been stolen from outside the store. Police are investigating.

March 2

Three Nutley juveniles in a vehicle parked in Municipal Lot 1 were found to be in possession of marijuana at 11:09 p.m., according to police. All three were turned over to the custody of legal guardians and charges are pending against one of the three – a 17-year-old boy – through the Juvenile Bureau.

Police are investigating possible credit card fraud following the report of a Chestnut St. resident that she had a zero balance on her account and a fraudulent charge on her card. The resident told police that her research disclosed that the card had been used at several area establishments.

Free rabies clinic

The North Arlington Board of Health will sponsor a free Rabies Clinic at the Legion Place Firehouse on Wednesday, March 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

North Arlington residents are urged to make sure that all cats and dogs are vaccinated against rabies.  Unvaccinated domestic animals can contact rabies from wild animals and transmit infection to humans.

Those attending the Rabies Clinic will have the opportunity to obtain a license for their dogs and cats after the pet is vaccinated.

The cost for a dog and cats licenses are $10 if the animal is neutered or spayed and $13 if not.  Licensing fees may be made either by check or money order payable to the North Arlington Health Department or EXACT cash amount.

For further information, please call the North Arlington Health Department at 201-955-5695.

Open house and registration for pre-k program

Lyndhurst Department of Parks and Recreation, 862 Valley Brook Ave., announces a Pre-K Open House and Registration will be held on March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Parents are invited to come meet the staff and view the facility.

The Pre-K Program has two sessions per day – A morning session from 8:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and an afternoon session from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  The program is open to children who are turning 4-years-old by December 15, 2012.  The cost is $10 per day paid weekly.  Aftercare may become available if enough children are enrolled in the program.

Registration for the September 2012 to June 2013 School Year will be taking place at the Parks and Recreation Department, located at 250 Cleveland Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Any questions regarding the program please contact, Theresa Cicero, at the Lyndhurst Parks Department, (201) 804-2482.


Alleged sexual assault of juvenile comes to light

Belleville –


At 10:50 a.m. on March 8, Belleville police received a call from the Essex County Prosecutors Office notifying them of an aggravated sexual assault of a juvenile.  A Belleville Detective was sent to the prosecutor’s office where he spoke with the child’s mother who said the girl had revealed being sexually assaulted in 2010 while staying at 70 Naples Ave. in the care of the mother’s friend. According to the girl, the friend’s brother was responsible for the sexual attack. Based on the daughter’s statement and an interview conducted at the prosecutor’s office, several criminal charges were authorized by that office. After learning about the charges now pending against him, Daniel A. Rombola, 27, of Kearny turned himself over to Belleville authorities on March 9. At press time, his bail was yet to be determined.


In other Belleville Police news:


Police saw a man walk out of the rear yard of 120 Rutgers St. at 2:11 p.m. and peer into several windows on the first floor of an adjacent apartment building.  When the man noticed that police were watching him, he turned and walked in the opposite direction. Police stopped him. Calvin Battle, 53, of Newark was found to have a warrant out of Newark for $264. He was arrested and released on his own recognizance.


March 6


The owner of the Shopper’s Express store at 300 Washington Ave., reported the theft of numerous bundles of Star Ledger newspapers at 3:05 a.m. He told police that he had surveillance video of the crime that showed a man driving a Honda Accord stealing the papers.  A man whose car fit the description was later seen at the store taking newspapers from the site. Sharad Pandya, 60, of Nutley was charged with theft and held on $500 bail.


At 2:33 p.m., police responded to a shoplifting call at the K-Mart at 371 Main St. Store detectives told police that John F. Mosca, 38, of Belleville had swapped his shoes with a pair of new ones and attempted to exit the store. He was detained by security until police arrived, Mosca was charged with shoplifting and released on his own recognizance.


At  1:08 a.m., at the intersection of Union Ave. and Tappan Ave., two officers on a motor vehicle stop observed another vehicle traveling northbound on Union Ave. at a slow rate of speed. They noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and attempted to wave the driver down. When the vehicle came close to striking the command unit, police issued loud verbal demands for the vehicle to stop. The 1998 Grey Mitsubishi four-door pulled over. Police noticed that the front passenger side of the car was damaged and the “tire was pinned underneath the car.” When asked for his credentials, the driver stated, “I live in Belleville, I live in Belleville,” multiple times.  Police noticed alcohol on the man’s breath and conducted several sobriety tests. He was placed under arrest for D.W. I. and transported to headquarters. While underway, the man turned combative and issued death threats to the arresting officers. Ronny Alexander Gomez, 40, of Belleville was arrested for D.W.I., resisting arrest, two counts of terroristic threats, and numerous motor vehicle summonses. His bail was set at $20,000.


March 5

At 4:43 p.m., police were alerted to a shoplifting at K-Mart, 371 Main St. According to store detectives, John W. Cruz, 21, of Belleville was seen concealing a Nook Tablet in his jacket and attempting to exit the store.  He was arrested and charged with shoplifting.  His bail was set at $200.


At 12 p.m., Belleville Police were dispatched to the Paterson Police Dept. to pick up 46-year-old Jennifer Fiore.  The woman carried a $700 active warrant out of Belleville.


While conducting a random license plate check on Washington Ave., it was learned that the registered owner was driving with a suspended license. It was also learned that the woman carried warrants. Geneequa A. Phillips was arrested and taken to headquarters. Her outstanding warrants included: Newark $500; Union $500; E. Orange $500.