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Angelo Feorenzo, father of former Observer Publisher Lisa Feorenzo, dies at 75

Above: Tina Feorenzo, Angelo J. Feorenzo and former Observer Publisher Lisa Feorenzo. Angelo James Feorenzo, 75, of Toms River, died Thursday, Jan. 22, at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born and raised in Hackensack, he moved to Toms River in […]


4th year for CANstruction

By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  Several years ago, Paul Rogers of Kearny visited a unique exhibit in Manhattan. Sponsored by a group called CANstruction, it featured wonderfully imaginative “sculptures” that students created from canned goods. Following the project, the food would be donated to the needy. We’d guess […]

$3.7M deficit confirmed

BELLEVILLE –  Well, now it’s official. An audit of the Belleville Board of Education for the 2013-2014 school year has confirmed what school officials and the district’s state monitor had suspected all along … that the district did, indeed, overspend its budget. As best it could determine from BOE […]


Medical school will be Roche tenant

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  NUTLEY –  Roche USA, the Swiss-based pharmaceutical company that is marketing its 118-acre property straddling Nutley and Clifton, continues to seek a buyer for the site but has inked a tenant for part of the site. Roche spokeswoman Darien Wilson said last week that […]


Fitzhenry picked for vacant seat

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent NORTH ARLINGTON –  Republican loyalist Brian Fitzhenry was rewarded for his longtime service to the party with an appointment to the North Arlington Borough Council last Thursday. Fitzhenry, 50, a Jersey City native and St. Peter’s College alum who has spent most of his […]


Contractor unearths live artillery shell

A contractor excavating on Park Ave. uncovered a live artillery shell at about noon on May 1 and police called in the Essex County Sheriff’s bomb squad to investigate.

Danny Scirica, a co-owner of Sciacca General Contracting, of Lyndhurst, said his workers were grading property at 218 Park Ave., where the company had previously leveled a 2-family house, when they discovered the shell and immediately called in police.

Law enforcement officials described the metal mortar shell as 18 inches long and 4-inches in diameter with a live detonator. In military parlance, the shell is known as a “4-inch smoke round,” said Essex County Sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Lynch.

“Had it detonated,” said Nutley Police Capt. Anthony Montanari, “it would’ve been quite a disaster. The site is within 500 feet of Washington School, it’s very close to a 4-family structure, other houses and a (freight) railroad overpass used by Hoffman LaRoche.”

Lynch said the bomb squad transported the shell to a secure location where it is being held for pickup by the military.

“These things are found on a regular basis,” Lynch said. “We’ve gotten stuff from the (Spanish American War) of 1898.”

U.S. soldiers have been known to bring home war “souvenirs” from time to time, Lynch said.

May 3

Sometime before 5:30 , a vandal broke off the front passenger side mirror from a vehicle parked on Evergreen Ave. Police logged in the incident at 6:50 p.m.

An intruder tampered with the screen and storm window of an Oakridge Ave. home but never made it inside police said.

May 1

A dispute between a man and woman brought officers to Franklin and Chestnut Sts. at 4:47 p.m. After being unable to confirm the man’s identity, police took the man to headquarters where they learned that he was Sydney McDowell, 24, of Irvington, and had an outstanding warrant for $500 from Newark. McDowell was charged with obstruction.

Police said an 11-year-old walking home from school on Chestnut St. at 3:40 p.m. was injured when a classmate threw a large rock that struck the girl in her hand. The township emergency squad provided first aid. Police and the school principal are working together and charges are pending.

Detectives are investigating a 6:45 p.m. report by a King St. resident that several items were stolen from the resident’s home.

April 30

At 6:08 p.m. police received a report of graffiti discovered near the Nichols Park waterfall. Similar incidents of vandalism have been reported on previous days.

A Hopper Ave. resident reported a suspected phone scam to police at 1:27 p.m. after receiving a call that the resident had won money but would first have to send $1,600 before collecting the prize.

A car crashed into a school bus with no children on board at Myrtle Ave. and Centre St. at 12:15 p.m. and the driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-threatening injuries, police said.

At 11:10 a.m. a woman reported to police that someone stole the fog lights from her 2005 Subaru while it was parked in an E. Passaic Ave. lot. Police said surveillance video shows a man at 3:17 a.m. stealing the lights before fleeing north on E. Passaic Ave. Next day, Victor Garcia, 22, of Belleville, turned himself in to police apologizing for the crime, saying he was drunk when he did it. Garcia was charged with theft and released pending a court hearing.

April 29

A Heatherington Ave. resident called police at 10:54 a.m. to report seeing someone taking the resident’s bicycle and fleeing south on River Road.

April 28

At 8:42 p.m. police went to a Washington Ave. home where a juvenile was spotted on the roof. Arriving at the location, police found the 14-year-old inside, angry with the youth’s parents and refusing to eat. Police took the teen to an area hospital for evaluation.

At 8:25 a.m. a realtor notified police that the realtor’s key lock boxes at a Passaic Ave. location had been cut off a gate at the property. The incident is being investigated.

April 27

A loud exhaust system led police to making a motor vehicle stop on Walnut St. at 4:26 a.m. where they arrested Eric Abreu, 20, for two outstanding warrants from East Brunswick and Fanwood. He was issued summonses and released with a new court date.

Police responded to a Kingsland St. home at 8:55 p.m. in connection with a previously occurred burglary. The homeowner reportedly found a garage window broken and items missing from the garage.

An attendant at a Washington Ave. gas station called police at 3:42 p.m. to report that the driver of a Subaru with Tennessee license plates had sped off without paying after fueling up with more than $40 in gas.

-Ron Leir

News from the Belleville Police blotter

May 1

A 2008 Mazda that had been stolen from Belleville on April 18 was recovered at 217 Stevens St. at 10:24 a.m.

At 1:30 p.m., officers patrolling Watchung Ave. noticed three suspicious looking individuals “peering down driveways” in what appeared as an attempt to “case” each residence. When one man stopped at 97 Watchung Ave. to look over a fence, police stopped him and his associates and conducted a field investigation. One of the men initially gave a phony name to the officers. It was eventually learned that he carried a no-bail warrant from the Essex County Sheriff ’s Dept., as well as two $125 Newark warrants. Mustopolis P. Alexander, 36, of Newark was arrested for those warrants and for hindering apprehension by disguising his identity. He was transferred to the county jail where his bail was set at $5000. The other two men checked out okay and were released.

April 30

A rash of thefts were reported at Belleville middle school, 279 Washington Ave. Articles missing from broken gym lockers included a backpack, sneakers, and uniforms. Police are investigating.

A burglary occurred at 35 Reservoir Pl., at 11:34 a.m. Police responded to the scene on a report of an “unfamiliar male attempting to enter residence.” When they arrived, they observed a young male standing inside the rear porch attempting to gain entry via an interior door. They detained him while they investigated. The resident told police that she had made two prior burglary reports on April 26 and 27. Officers asked the woman if she was familiar with the man who they had just intercepted. She said that she wasn’t, and had no idea why he was there. Police found a “gold-colored key” in the man’s possession. It fit the interior door’s former lock, which had been in use during the two prior burglaries. The juvenile, a 15-year-old from Belleville was arrested for attempted burglary.

Belleville School # 7 was burglarized sometime during the weekend period of April 27 – 30 when the building was closed. After a custodian noticed that a motion sensor alarm had been tripped, he found an open window on the school’s second floor and contacted police. When police arrived they conducted a “walk through” and noticed that nothing appeared to be out of place. Later, a teacher found that a Plexiglas bathroom window had been pushed out of its frame, thus providing an entry-point for intruders. Police are investigating.

At 1:11 a.m., officers patrolling the area of Passaic Ave. and Joralemon St. noticed a male coming from the area of Belleville School #7. When the man was asked where he was headed, he answered “East Orange,” which contradicted his direction of travel. He then claimed that he was headed to a friend’s house – also in an opposite direction. The man claimed that he wasn’t carrying identification, but police found a N.J. State Identification card in his wallet that he claimed was “his friend’s.” Further investigation revealed that the card was in fact his and that the man carried an Essex County Sheriff ’s Dept. no bail warrant, as well as warrants from Seaside Heights, $599, and Newark, $200. David Bell, 22, of Bloomfield was arrested for outstanding warrants and charged with hindering apprehension for supplying a false name. He was transported to the county jail.

April 29

Police patrolling the area of 478 Union Ave. observed a man wearing dark clothing walking along the sides of several vehicles. They noticed that he “glided his hand along” each vehicle’s doors in an apparent attempt to locate one that was unlocked. After unsuccessfully trying to gain access into two separate vehicles, he noticed the patrol unit and began to walk swiftly from the area. The man was stopped and questioned. Brian A. Moore, 25, of Belleville was arrested for attempted burglary.

-Jeff Bahr

Running on full throttle

Turbine to bring unconventional energy to Kearny’s Donegal Saloon


Photo Courtesy of Turbinemusic.com/ The band Turbine


By Anthony J. Machcinski

A turbine is commonly used to create energy. When using that name for a band, one might think the band would come out of the heavy metal, punk, or ska genres. However, the band Turbine is far from those musical formats.

“It kind of sounds like a German death metal band,” said Jeremy Hilliard, guitar player from the band Turbine. “It started out as a humorous thing we thought was kind of funny. As we sat with it, we realized it was more than just that. It had energy to it.”

Turbine origininated in Manhattan in 2004 when Hilliard and harmonica player Ryan Rightmire heard each other play in an unconventional way.

“(Rightmire) and I were next door neighbors in Manhattan and we heard each other playing through the wall,” Hilliard explained. “From there, we just ended up forming a duo and that ended up in Turbine’s first album.”

Soon after forming, the duo realized they would need a rhythm section. After what Hilliard described as an “intense audition process” formed through networking, Turbine became a full, well-oiled machine. The band would go on to debut the new lineup at several national festivals including the famous Bonaroo music festival.

“It was nice to be included in that,” Hilliard said of Bonaroo. “It was one of the greatest gigs to get recognized at.”

What makes Turbine one of the most unique bands hitting the scene is the band’s unique style. With an eclectic group of influences that would make many bands crumble from the sheer variety, Turbine continues to purr.

“(The) style is something that I’m proud of as far as the band is concerned,” Hilliard explained. “We have songs that we play, but it’s the style we play in that’s more important – that separates us. “

Besides their style of play, the style in which they write songs is unique in it’s own right.

“We look from a mix of different themes and places to inspire us,” Hilliard explained. “We also try to look at modern songwriters and lands that write songs in our style.”

The band’s style comes off very similar to that of many jam bands seen at music festivals.

“Our style is a little more improvised,” Hilliard said. “We look to more of improvising at our live shows. It’s a take on the jazz approach and the jam band style.”

This unique style of play showcases itself in many of Turbine’s songs.

“Invited”, a four-minute, bluegrass-infused song off the album Reward, is one of the many songs showcasing the band’s range. With an ever-present harmonica and simple lyrics, the song invites you for a nice relaxing time, transporting the listener to a warm summer’s day down on the river. Even for the greatest bluegrass opponent, Turbine’s great play can be easily appreciated.

Moving away from the bluegrass feel, “Eddy the Sea” brings back more of the jam band style. A soft, rhythmic drum beat accompanies Hilliard’s smooth guitar solos. “Eddy the Sea” is a song that, beyond it’s great studio version, can be expected to be taken to a different level at any live performance with several areas for improvisation.

With a steady group of fans and several albums under their belt, Turbine has slowly worked its way into being one of the best live bands in the area. Despite their success, Hilliard still knows that the band has the opportunity to continue growing.

“Bands are like running from a shark, you got to keep going otherwise you’re dead in the water,” Hilliard explained. “We’ve always managed to grow in one way or another.”

Hilliard continued to show examples of their growth, saying, “If you look at the progression of our records, they keep getting better and better. As long as we are working on our live shows and continue to work on our writing, then the opportunity for growth is there.”

While Turbine’s success cannot be measured by the particular venue that the band plays in, Hilliard just looks at one thing.

“(Its unrealistic to) feel like you’ll sell out Madison Square Garden,” Hiliard explained. “You got to be able to enjoy the little things and enjoy the process. It’s never really over. It’s about growing and playing the music.”

Turbine will come to Kearny when they play Donegal Saloon on May 11. To listen to their music or buy their albums, visit www.turbinemusic.com.

Around Town


The Belleville High School Marching Band tricky tray dinner will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at BHS cafeteria, 100 Passaic Avenue, Belleville. Tickets for the dinner and prizes are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Contact Doreen for advance tickets by May 11 at 973-444- 6468 or dorren_agosto@yahoo. com, or Nilda: 973-454-1349.


Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) and Job Haines Home will host a diabetes, nutrition and weight-loss options seminar on Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Job Haines Home, located at 250 Bloomfield Ave., in Bloomfield. The seminar will feature CMMC medical experts, Anu Adlakha, MD, and Naveen Ballem, MD, who will discuss diabetes, nutrition and the various weightloss options available to you, including weight-loss surgery. Light, healthy refreshments will be served. To register, please call Katie Szymona at 973- 450-2393 or email kszymona@ barnabashealth.org.


New York Red Bulls will host a New Jersey Elks Night on Sunday, June 24, during N.Y. Red Bull Vs. D.C. United. Kick off is at 7 p.m. New York Red Bulls and the New Jersey State Elks Association have teamed up to raise money for Elks Camp Moore, which averages 700 handicapped campers per season. Elks lodges in the state bear the responsibility of paying for each camper that attends camp. Elks Camp Moore’s primary function is to enable children to use and further develop recreational, social and leisure skills through activities presented in a positive, enjoyable and appropriate manner and in a real life situation. Tickets are $24. To purchase tickets, call Larry Bennett at 973-865-9990, Larry Kelly at 201-407-9513 or Colin Adams, account executive at 973-268-7126 or email Colin. Adams@newyorkredbulls.com.


Kearny High School Project Graduation Committee is selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go towards funding this year’s Project Graduation drug and alcohol free celebration for this year’s graduates to be held on June 22.

Each book contains 10 tickets for a total amount of $100. A raffle will be held on graduation night immediately following the ceremony. Last year’s winner won over $8,000!

Tickets may be purchased by sending a check to: Project Graduation, P.O. Box 184 Kearny, N.J. 07032 or if you wish to buy in person or have any questions, please contact, Sandy Hyde at (551) 265-8969, Michelle Baeza at (201) 577-2015 or Steve Dyl at (201) 991-7467.

Kearny Public Library will host free art classes with teacher, Mrs. Mills at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., on Thursdays: May 17 and June 14 and at the Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave., on Thursdays: May 24 and June 21. All classes will be held at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit <www.kearnylibrary.org> or call (201) 998-2666 for more program information.

Kearny UNICO is sponsoring its fund-raising spring bus trip to the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, May 20. Cost is $30 per person with $25 in slot credit back from the casino. Bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings on Kearny Avenue in Kearny. Refreshments will be served to participants prior to departure. For tickets, please contact Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will have a flea market on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables are still available at a cost of $15 each or two for $25. For more information, please call the church office at 201-991-5894.

The Salvation Army, 28 Beech St., Kearny, is offering computer classes on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. A $30 fee is charged per 12 hours of instruction. The classes cover basic computer skills (mouse, keyboard, Internet), email, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave., Kearny.

The Kearny Rotary Club meets every Wednesday afternoon at 12:15 at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., in Harrison. Business leaders from Harrison are invited to attend to learn about the work that Rotary International accomplishes around the world and in local communities. For more information about the Kearny Rotary Club or to join them for a meeting, call Joe D’Arco at 201-955- 7400 or Jose Fernandez at 201-991-1040.


Join Clara Maass Medical Center at Lyndhurst Health Department, located at 253 Stuyvesant Ave. in Lyndhurst, on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m., to learn how to best manage living with arthritis and what you can do to help relieve its symptoms. To register, please call 1-888- 724-7123, prompt 4 or visit www.barnabashealthcalendar.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold a breakfast forum hosted by Clara Maass Medical Center. Dr. Eric Thomas, M.D. will be available to discuss and answer questions related to arthritis management. The forum takes place Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department. Please call 201-804- 2500 to reserve a seat.

A benefit is being held for the family of Taylor Dunson, a 13-year-old Washington School student who died suddenly last month, on Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. at DoubleBarrel’s Tavern, 442 Lewandowski St., Lyndhurst. Admission is $12 payable at door. For information, please call 201-390-6820 or 201-926- 2398. Monetary donations/Gift baskets gladly accepted.

Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus #2396 are hosting a chicken dinner in memory of Kearny Firefighter Mike Tortorello on Saturday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Tickets are $25 per person. Donations are expected. Please contact Lisa Docherty at lisa.docherty@aol.com or Michele Rogan at 201-923-8933.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society are sponsoring a special free, two-hour Mother’s Day Walk on Sunday, May 13, at 10 a.m., at the Ridgefield Nature Center. The group will meet at the Ridgefield Nature Center at 10 a.m. (directions are on meadowblog. net in the left-hand column). Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

The NJMC and the Bergen County Audubon Society will host its free, two-hour Third- Tuesday-of-the-Month Bird Walk on Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m., at Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus. The group will meet at Mill Creek Marsh at 10 a.m. (directions are on meadowblog.net in the left-hand column) or at the visitors’ parking lot at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst by 9:30 a.m. to carpool. There will be an optional lunchtime walk at historic Laurel Hill County Park. Secaucus (bring your own lunch.) Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

The Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 Dekorte Park, Lyndhurst, will host The Art of the Hudson River School on Tuesday, May 15, at 2 p.m. The program is about paintings of Hudson River landscapes from the 18th and 19th centuries, presented by art professor and historian Meredith Davis. Admission: $5/person; $4/MEC members.

For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit njmeadowlands.gov/ec

Celestial Navigation: How the Skies Steered the Ships will be presented at the Meadowlands Environment Center on Thursday, May 17, at 2 p.m. Learn how ancient sea-goers used the heavens to navigate to new lands. Admission:$5/person; $4/MEC members

For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit njmeadowlands.gov/ec The

Lyndhurst Historical Society will present a free program on the role of women during World War II at American Legion Post 139 (upstairs), 217 Webster Ave., on Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. The program, presented by Dorothy Dempsey a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II, will cover the historical and personal facts about women serving in the armed forces of our country.

For more information, call 201- 939-7972.

Mary Lou Mullins’ monthly Atlantic City bus trip is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, going to Resorts, leaving St. Michael’s Church parking lot at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25 with a cash return of $25. Please make reservations early. Call Mary Lou at 201-933-2186 for more information.

North Arlington

The meeting of the North Arlington Public Library Board of Trustees, which was scheduled for May 8, has been rescheduled for May 15, at 6 p.m.


American Red Cross Montclair Chapter, 169 Chestnut St., Nutley, is having a blood drive from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Nutley Public Library has art by students from the Nutley High School Fine Arts Department on display through May 31.

Library Patrons are invited to play bridge on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Experienced and nonexperienced players welcomed. No registration required.

Pre-School Storytime is held on Thursdays at the library at 10 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. The program includes picture books and arts and crafts. Registration is required.

Two-Year-Old Story Time, for children 24 to 36 months and their caregivers, is held at the library on Fridays at 10 a.m. The program includes picture books and arts and crafts. Registration is required.

Saturday Story Time is held weekly at the library at 10 a.m. The program includes stories and arts and crafts for children of all ages. Registration is not required.

BabyGarten for infants and toddlers, from birth to 22 months, and their caregivers will be held at the library on Monday, May 14 and 21, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The program includes books, nursery rhymes and playtime. Registration is required.

Pajama Story Time will be held at the library on Monday, May 14 and 21, at 7 p.m. for children of all ages. No registration is required.

The library’s Manga and Anime Club will meet on Monday, May 14 and 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The group will watch anime, read Manga and advise the library on its Manga collection.

News from the Kearny Police blotter

The Kearny Vice squad concluded a drug distribution investigation on April 27. The Vice Squad, with the assistance of Officers Mike Andrews and Neil Nelson, executed a search warrant in the 500 block of Kearny Ave. The Vice squad saw the target leave the residence and confronted him and placed him under arrest. With the warrant, the Vice squad searched the apartment of 28-year-old Taheed Eaton. The search resulted in 21 folds of suspected marijuana, 1 large sandwich bag containing suspected marijuana, one pill bottle of suspected marijuana, $410 cash, numerous drug folds ready for packaging, one digital scale and one marijuana grinder. Eaton was placed under arrest and charged with manufacture and distribution of CDS, distribution of CDS near a school zone, distributing CDS in a public place, and distribution of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $25,000.

On April 28, Officer Neil Nelson was on patrol in the area of Davis and Oakwood Aves. around 6 p.m. when he observed an individual in a parked vehicle known from past investigations and placed him under surveillance. During the surveillance, he witnessed the individual inspect the contents of a plastic bag. As he approached the vehicle on foot, he observed the man in possession of a Dutchmasters cigar and a plastic bag of suspected marijuana. Nelson then placed 28-year-old Chintan Desai from Kearny under arrest and charged him with possession of CDS and possession of paraphernalia. He was released with a summons.

The following morning, Officers Jay Ward and Chris Levchak were on patrol on Schuyler Ave. when they observed a vehicle that had been driven up on the sidewalk near Schuyler and Oakwood Aves. When they approached the vehicle, they found an adult male who appeared to be asleep and saw that the car had collided with a metal pole. that had been driven up and only woke up after Ward nudged him on the shoulder. When the driver woke up, Ward asked him if he was ok, to which the driver replied, “Yeah, sure. Why?’. The vehicle was then put into park and the driver was asked to step away from the vehicle. After several attempts at a field sobriety test, the man was unable to stand under his own power and was placed under arrest. The man, 52-year-old Jacob Hahn from Kearny was taken to headquarters and administered an alcohol test. He was charged with Driving while Intoxicated and Careless Driving.

On May 2 around 4:30 p.m., Officer Neil Nelson saw two individuals in the area of Oakwood Ave. and Devon St. that were known to him from prior investigations and placed them under surveillance. During his surveillance, he saw the two men engage in what he believed to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Nelson went after the customer, a 16-year-old from Kearny. Nelson recovered a small bag of suspected marijuana from the juvenile. He was placed under arrest and taken to headquarters. Later that day, Nelson and Officer Mike Andrews went to the residence of the seller to confront him. After conducting a consensual search of his home, the officers found five plastic bags containing marijuana, one pill bottle containing endocet pills, and two large Ziploc bags containing smaller Ziploc bags. The man, 26-year-old Kevin Buffit, was placed under arrest and charged with possession of CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription drugs, distribution of CDS to a juvenile, distribution of CDS within 1000 feet of Lincoln school, distribution of CDS within 500 feet of Veteran’s Memorial park.

On May 3, Officer Neil Nelson observed an individual pushing a bike in the area of Chestnut St. behind Mandee around 9:45 p.m. who appeared to be peering into driveways and parked cars in the area. Upon seeing Nelson, the man began to move fast out of the area. He was stopped and detained for a field interview. The man gave conflicting stories about his behavior before finally admitting that he was coming from Newark where he had purchased drugs and turned over to Nelson three plastic bags containing suspected marijuana. The man, 43-year-old James Nowac from Kearny was charged with possession of mariju ana and possession of paraphernalia.

Finally, on May 4, Chief John Dowie was on patrol in the 100 block of Kearny Ave. when around 11:30 p.m. he saw an individual in possession of an open bottle of alcohol in public. The man, 45-year-old Michael Sprague of Kearny was then asked for identification for the town summons and after doing a warrant check, it was revealed that Sprague was wanted by Bloomfield and Belleville on three separate outstanding warrants. He was then placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. He was issued a town summons prior to being turned over to those jurisdictions.

- Anthony J. Machcinski

Kearny coaches offer first baseball clinic

Dozens of youngsters learn more about game at no cost


Photo courtesy Frank Bifulco/ Kearny High School head baseball coach Frank Bifulco (c.) works participants at the free baseball clinic at Franklin School Field last week on the proper mechanics of playing the outfield.

By Jim Hague

When Frank Bifulco became the new head baseball coach at Kearny High School last fall, he pitched an idea that he always wanted to do.

“I wanted to be able to bridge the gap between the younger kids in town and the high school,” Bifulco said. “So I wanted to have a free clinic. It’s something I talked about with school officials for about three months.”

Last Sunday, more than 60 young baseball prospects from all different youth baseball levels attended the free clinic run by Bifulco, assistant coach Doug Gogal and several of the Kearny High School varsity players.

“There’s a lot more to learn than the basic things like hitting, fielding and catching,” Bifulco said. “When I first came back to coach as an assistant, I found that I was doing more fine tuning than teaching. Now, we have kids coming up to the varsity who need more teaching than fine tuning and we should be able to do more advanced stuff. It’s all part of a process.”

Bifulco, his staff and players all volunteered their time to help the youngsters, who got an education during their morning session.

“I learned a lot about pitching,” said 10-yearold Jack Michaels, whose older brother Ryan is a member of the Kearny varsity. “I learned how to hold the baseball and how to throw the different pitches. I’m not a pitcher yet, but I have practiced the different pitches already.”

Jack is a catcher now who plays for his father, Andy, for the Kearny VFW Little League team.

“Being a catcher is fun,” Michaels said. “I asked my father if I could be a pitcher and he said I could be next year. Baseball is my favorite sport. I like getting on base and running the bases. It’s a lot of fun and being there made me feel good. Maybe someday, I’ll throw those pitches.”

Jack Michaels aspires to be like his favorite pitcher, CC Sabathia of the Yankees.

Jordan Miranda is a 14-yearold eighth grader who hopes to become a Kearny Kardinal next year. He plays second base on a regular basis.

Photos courtesy Frank Bifulco/ More than 60 youngsters participated in a fi rst-ever free baseball clinic at Franklin School Field, organized by the Kearny High School coaching staff.


“I learned how to do the proper warm-up,” Miranda said. “I also learned how to use different pitches and learned about certain plays in the outfield, like what to do with the ball. If I ever need to now, I know how to pitch. This gave me a taste of what it will be like to be at Kearny High next year.”

That was what Bifulco hoped to have happened by hosting the clinic.

“One day, I hope they want to become a Kearny Kardinal,” Bifulco said. “That idea has to be important to them. It’s something they have to want to do.”

Bifulco said that he was very impressed with the turnout.

“We wanted them to keep their interest in baseball and have some fun,” Bifulco said. “I tell you what. They all had some talent and had some tools to work with. It was really exciting to see. I was glad to see some Little League coaches there, asking questions, like how to run a practice. That was refreshing that they were asking for help.”

The parents thought it was refreshing for their children to receive a chance to learn at no cost.

“You never get anything for free these days,” said Lynn Michaels, who sent sons Adam and Jack to the clinic. “I like the fact that the coaches gave back. I think it’s great. My husband said that they went over every aspect of the game and the kids learned a lot. They really enjoyed it.”

“I thought it was terrific that my sons got to work out with the high school kids,” said Tony Miranda, who sent sons Jared (age 11) and Jordan (age 14) to the clinic. “My kids were in a little awe of the high school kids. I think it was well organized and fun for the kids and I liked that. I also liked that we’re building a relationship already with the high school coaches. The fact that it was free was even better. My kids loved it and raved about it. Coach (Doug) Gogal had all the kids on their toes. It was a lot of fun for them.”

The kids agreed.

“It makes me want to play more baseball,” Jordan Miranda said.

“It was a lot of fun,” Jack Michaels said. “I can’t wait until I get the chance to play for the Kardinals one day.”

Bifulco knows that there is interest in baseball in Kearny.

“I went down to Gunnell Oval in the fall and saw 60 kids playing in a fall baseball league,” Bifulco said. “That’s incredible. I knew we needed to find a way to reach those kids. The light bulb went off to have this clinic. You can see they want to play. If we can get the kids to keep playing and keep progressing as baseball players, then this was well worth it.”

Bifulco said that the turnout keeps him optimistic and that the plans are already in the works to have future free clinics in the future.

“These kids can go right back to their regular practices now from the clinic and take what they learned to those practices,” Bifulco said. “We definitely want to keep this going.”

Red Bulls change course, become defensive

Photo by Jim Hague/ Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty, who has been a stalwart in the team’s two shutout victories over New England and Los Angeles, moves up the field against New England’s Shalrie Joseph last week.


By Jim Hague

So let’s get this straight about the New York Red Bulls, because the turn of events has been truly astounding.

A few weeks ago, the Red Bulls were on a course to becoming an offensive juggernaut. They had the top two goal scorers in Major League Soccer in Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper, both of whom were on pace to shatter every scoring record known to man. They were averaging almost four goals a game, an astounding total for a professional soccer team.

Then, the team was ravaged by injury and suspension. Henry suffered a strained hamstring that will keep him out of action for a month. Midfielder/ defender Rafa Marquez, who was supposed to be a savior when he was signed last year and has been nothing but a disappointment, was hit with a three-game suspension for dirty and rough play. Several other key players have been sidelined with injuries, including practically every member of the team’s starting backline.

So it forced head coach Hans Backe to change his philosophy and strategy.  Instead of coaching an offensive-minded squad, he had to revert to concentrating more on the defensive end.

Midfielder Teemu Tainio is out with an injury (knee), as are defenders Wilman Conde (groin), Stephen Keel (back) and Roy Miller (knee).

Once again, Backe utilized a backline that had very little experience with players like Brandon Barklage, Markus Holgersson, Tyler Ruthven and rookie Connor Lade. They concentrated on collapsing back on defense from the start and it was a strategy and philosophy that certainly worked.

Because the Red Bulls have managed to earn two straight shutout wins, last week, defeating New England at home, 1-0, and on Saturday, shocking the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy, also by a 1-0 score, on L.A.’s home turf.

This is the same Galaxy squad that features superstars like David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and Robbie Keaney, yet the Red Bulls still won, playing an inexperienced backline and a rookie goalkeeper in Ryan Meara.

The Red Bulls (5-3-1 overall, 16 points) won for only the second time on the road this season.

It was only the fourth win for the Red Bulls against Western Conference foes on the road over the last five seasons. Prior to Saturday, the team’s mark against Western Conference teams on the road was a dismal 3-34.

For the second straight week, Meara was outstanding in goal, earning his second career shutout. While Meara wasn’t severely tested in last week’s shutout win over New England, he was tested early and often in Saturday’s win, making four saves in another clean sheet performance.

“It’s such an un-experienced back four, I think they have 20 games together, and it is their second clean sheet,” Backe said. “The whole team just worked their ass off. Normally when you have so many starters out you are forced to defend and they did it phenomenally. It was a definite team effort. They were under pressure but didn’t allow them a real opportunity, a lot of crosses and half chances, and Ryan once again was phenomenal.”

Backe knew that no one expected the Red Bulls to win with an undermanned roster. “There aren’t many people who gave us much of a chance and I can see why,” Backe said. “It’s about minimizing mistakes and being as effective as possible; then you can win these games on the road, too. It’s all about being aggressive in all actions, defending, attacking set plays, then you have a chance.’’

The Red Bulls took advantage of a lackluster performance from the Galaxy (3-5-1), who appeared to be sleepwalking through the first half and only put on real pressure in the late moments of the second half.

In the 19th minute, Jan Gunnar Solli, who returned to the lineup after missing a few weeks due to a calf injury, made a fine run up the left flank, then spotted Joel Lindpere trailing the action.

Lindpere, the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2010, found a seam between three Galaxy defenders and unleashed a left-footed shot that found the back of the net for the game’s lone goal.

“I actually don’t really remember,” Lindpere said of his goal. I think I passed it to Solli and he had some space. I ran with him and he passed it back to me. I had to make it quick because I saw players coming so I tried to chip it in. We have to use these chances against good teams. It was a great attack and a good finish.” It was Lindpere’s first goal of the season and it came on a pass from Solli, who because of the rash of injuries, was moved from defender to midfielder for Saturday’s game. There was other good news that came from the victory. Teenage forward Juan Agudelo returned to action after missing six weeks with a torn meniscus in his knee. Agudelo was the team’s first substitute in the second half and looked solid in his performance. Having Agudelo back will take a lot of the pressure off forward Kenny Cooper as the Red Bulls return home to face Houston in a rare Wednesday night game at Red Bull Arena.

“It will be tougher for us of course with Henry out for a month,” Backe said. “We are going to miss his goals and assists. But I still think Agudelo can be good for 20-25 minutes every game and we will get him in until Thierry is back.”

Meara, the feel-good story of the year, continues to grow in goal. The 21-year-old Fordham grad was all set to take the firefighter’s test in his native Yonkers, but now he’s putting out fires in the Red Bulls’ goal.

“It was a full team effort again and I think it is good to play these tight games,” said Meara, who made four saves, two of which were brilliant in the second half. “Sometimes when our back is up against the wall, we learn how to grind out these victories. It was another great win. The whole team really put in a great performance. It wasn’t always pretty. You got to do what you got to do to win and I think we really grinded it out.”

Two different styles of soccer with almost two totally different rosters, but one thing remains the same. The Red Bulls are winning. And frankly, that’s all that matters.

Harrison’s Ferriero: Another county tourney gem

Defeats defending champ Hoboken with shutout 1-0 win


Photo by Jim Hague/ Harrison senior pitcher/infielder Anthony Ferriero

By Jim Hague

Anthony Ferriero was not enjoying the same success he had a year ago for the Harrison High School baseball team.

“I guess I wasn’t locating my pitches the same way,” Ferriero said. “I was a little shaky. I needed to get it right.”

“He was in a little bit of a slide lately,” Harrison head coach Sean Dolaghan said. “He was struggling a little earlier in the season, but I felt he was coming around.”

But both the coach and Ferriero knew that the setback was temporary. After all, Ferriero’s time of year was approaching, namely the Ed “Faa” Ford Memorial Hudson County Tournament.

A year ago, Ferriero helped to put the Harrison program on the map by upsetting No. 2 seed St. Peter’s Prep in the first round, pitching the Blue Tide to the big win.

So when this year’s tourney began last weekend, Dolaghan knew who was getting the ball, especially with the Blue Tide slated to face defending county champion Hoboken and the Red Wings’ ace pitcher, Kenny Roder, perhaps the best pitcher in the entire state.

“I knew that he was a great pitcher,” Ferriero said. “I knew that coming into the game, he had thrown four straight shutouts and two no-hitters. I knew what kind of pitcher I was facing. I knew they had a lot of confidence in him, but I also knew that I could win the big game.”

Dolaghan had all the faith in the world in his senior right-hander. “He always wants the ball in the big game,” Dolaghan said. “He wanted the ball last year when he beat Prep and when he beat St. Mary’s (of Rutherford). He knew what it takes to win a big game in the county tournament. His attitude comes from within. He’s a quiet leader, but he always wants the ball and wants the pressure situation.”

Dolaghan said that the Blue Tide had a good practice on Thursday in preparation for facing the Red Wings in the county tourney.

“We knew that they weren’t a great hitting team, so we worked on some things, small ball, defense,” Dolaghan said. “But it helped that Anthony was on the mound.”

Ferriero said that he knew that the Blue Tide was not going to get many chances to score against the left-handed ace Roder.

“We knew we weren’t going to score a lot of runs off him,” Ferriero said. “I also knew that they weren’t a good hitting team. So I thought if we scored, then it was up to me to hold them down. We had to get to him early.”

Sure enough, the Blue Tide scored one run in the first inning – driven in by Ferriero with an RBI single.

And the pitcher made that one run stand up, surrendering four hits and striking out eight in the shutout win. Ferriero and Harrison were the giant killers once again, slaying the defending champs, 1-0.

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

Ferriero believes that this year’s performance tops last year’s upset win.

“I think this was even bigger, because we defeated the county champs,” Ferriero said. “And we beat a pitcher of that quality. It was huge. They had a couple of opportunities, but I was able to get the job done. I just was able to bear down and get a lot of big pitches. My defense made the plays behind me. I always get big help from my defense.”

Now, the Blue Tide (10-7) feels like they can take on anyone.

“We really are capable of beating any team,” Ferriero said. “We’ve done things that haven’t been done in Harrison in years. It’s a big deal for us. It didn’t matter how we got the run. We got it and we were able to shut them down.”

The Blue Tide now advances to the tourney quarterfinals, where they will try to beat the odds once again, facing fourth-seeded Marist and another top pitcher in sophomore Matt Littrell, who has pitched two consecutive one-hitters.

If Ferriero’s name is called, you can be rest assured he’ll be ready for the challenge.

“Hopefully, I get the same chance again,” Ferriero said. “But if we can beat Kenny Roder, we can beat anyone.”

Dolaghan knows he has a confident pitcher on his hands.

“He’s erased his struggles,” Dolaghan said. “He really feels he can win every game now and the team plays better when he’s on the mound. He did everything he could last year to help us win and now, he’s done the same. If he’s on his game, he can beat anybody.”

However, the Blue Tide has four scheduled games this week and Ferriero might not get the county game. Felipe Flores has also been pitching well for Harrison.

“To tell you the truth, it was Anthony’s turn to face Hoboken,” Dolaghan said. “I have been trying to stick to the rotation. But Anthony was pretty pumped up and he was definitely ready. It’s pretty amazing that he was able to do it again. I was almost ready to take him out of the game in the seventh inning, but he told me he wanted to finish it. That’s just the way he is.”

Ferriero is more than likely headed to Fairleigh Dickinson- Florham to play baseball in the fall. For now, he’s just going to continue to be Harrison’s resident giant killer.

“It felt great getting the chance to win this game and to beat those kinds of caliber teams,” Ferriero said. “It just continues to put us on the map.”


Embrace Your Loneliness

In today’s society there is a strong trend towards separation. Relationships are breaking, hearts are being broken and more and more people are permanently alone. Not everyone responds to loneliness in the same way. Some may feel happy being single where as a few feel unfortunate. There are also those who are unable to decide on any one side and oscillate between the two extreme ends. Also; it is important to recognize that there are those who may still feel lonely in spite of being in a relationship. Working towards inner happiness can benefit each of us. A human who does some soul searching, meditation and contemplation surfaces from the plateaus of doubt & insecurity as a new person. The ache of loss is difficult to bear and often the worst part is dealing with the fear that nothing else exists beyond that pain. Your entire life still exists. Loneliness can be beautiful if approached with a clear mindset. It provides you with an opportunity to search and connect with your true self. I recommend utilizing your time and core emotions to better use, perhaps through a hobby; and you will be surprised at how you have recovered in a short time. Don’t let loneliness depress you. Use it as a platform to grow. Learn how to move forward with enthusiasm. Force yourself away from the thoughts that bring back haunting memories. Meditate. The way of meditation allows all of our thoughts and feelings to come out. Just observe. Let your feelings be until they settle of their own accord. When you combine meditation with positive thinking, your tensions will resolve and inner happiness will show face. Take inspiration from the Sun; Its ever-bright light and its warm embrace. Surrender yourself to the universe and it will take good care of you. Loneliness is not to be shunned. This suffering will never end, however amidst everything happening in our life, we must choose to sail through it peacefully, gracefully and with all our might to slowly emerge as a wiser being; someone who is more at ease and at peace with our own self.


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How to ‘stretch’ an IRA


By Randy Neumann 

Can an IRA keep growing for a century or more? In theory, it can. Some people are planning to “stretch” their Individual Retirement Accounts over generations, so that their heirs can receive IRA assets accumulated after decades of tax-deferred or tax-free growth. A stretch IRA can potentially create a legacy of wealth to benefit your heirs, and it could also help to reduce your estate taxes.

Usually, this is done by “people of means.” Typically, an individual, couple or family has amassed sizable retirement savings – so sizable that they don’t need to withdraw the bulk of their IRA assets during their lifetimes. However, this is not always the case, it can be done by anyone who doesn’t need income from their IRA. So, how does this work? Simply put, a stretch IRA is a Roth or traditional IRA with assets that pass from the original owner to a younger beneficiary when the original account owner dies. The beneficiary can be a spouse, a non-spousal heir or a “seethrough” trust.

If the beneficiary is a person, this younger beneficiary will have a longer life expectancy than the initial IRA owner, and therefore may elect to “stretch” the IRA by receiving smaller required minimum distributions (RMDs) each year of his or her life span. This will leave money in the IRA and permit ongoing taxdeferred growth – or tax-free growth, in the case of a Roth IRA.

In fact, since you don’t have to take RMDs from a Roth IRA at age 70+, you could opt to let your Roth IRA grow untapped for a lifetime. At your death, your beneficiaries could then stretch payouts over their life expectancies without having to pay tax on withdrawals. What a deal!

Okay, what options do your beneficiaries have after your death? If truth be told, the rules governing inherited IRAs are quite complex. The explanation below is simply a summary, and should not be taken as any kind of advice or guidance. (Be sure to discuss any tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional.)

If you have named your spouse as the beneficiary of your IRA, your spouse can roll over the inherited IRA assets into his or her own IRA after your death. Only a spouse can treat an IRA as if it were their own after your death. This holds some advantages such as: taking RMDs at their own age, not yours, as with other beneficiaries and gives them the ability to create a new “stretch” IRA at their death.

In the case of a non-spousal beneficiary, he or she cannot treat the IRA as his or her own, and cannot make contributions to it or rollovers into or out of it. A non-spousal beneficiary can either take the lump sum and pay taxes on it, or transfer the IRA assets to an IRA distribution account that they can then “stretch.”

Under the one-year rule, annual distributions are based on the life expectancy of the designated beneficiary and must start by December 31 of the year following the original IRA owner’s death. In this way, your beneficiary can stretch out the distributions over his or her life expectancy, which can allow more of the inherited IRA assets to remain in the IRA and enjoy tax-deferred or tax-free growth.

Under the five-year rule, there are no minimum annual distribution requirements, but the beneficiary must withdraw their full interest by the end of the fifth year following the owner’s death.

The beneficiary can be determined even after the original IRA owner dies. If by chance there is no named beneficiary, you have until the end of the year following the death of the primary IRA owner to establish one. But don’t let this happen. It is vital to establish a beneficiary during your lifetime: if you don’t, your IRA assets could end up in your estate, and that will leave your heirs with two choices. If you pass away after age 70+, the RMDs from the IRA are calculated according to what would have been your remaining life expectancy. If you pass away before age 70+, the five-year rule applies: Your heirs have to cash out the entire IRA by the end of the fifth year following the year of your death!

In closing, here are a few things to think about:

The decision to stretch your IRA cannot be made casually. A beneficiary must be selected with great care, and there is always the possibility that you may end up withdrawing all of your IRA assets during your lifetime. A stretch IRA strategy assumes that your beneficiary won’t deplete the IRA assets, and it also assumes a constant rate of return for the account over the years. It’s also worth remembering that stretch IRA planning is based on today’s tax laws, not the tax laws of tomorrow.

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.