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Serial robber guilty

TRENTON – An accused serial robber has admitted to playing a role in 11 robberies, primarily of drug stores, in Harrison, Newark and Jersey City over a period of eight months, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. On July 21, Christopher Mojica, 23, pleaded guilty to […]

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Blue ranks get reinforcements

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent LYNDHURST – Talk about parallel life paths: Joseph White and Matthew Giunta went to pre-school (St. Michael’s) together, then to Franklin Elementary School, then Lyndhurst High. And, last Friday, they entered the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah to begin […]

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Slow-paced developments

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  BELLEVILLE –  It’s been a year and two months since Gov. Chris Christie presided at a ballyhooed groundbreaking for Franklin Manor, an age-restricted 137-unit apartment complex for those 55 and over – the first such senior development for Belleville in more than three decades. […]

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Still waiting for wall’s restoration

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  HARRISON –  A property dispute between a longtime Harrison business and some neighbors that has been simmering for a few years now appears to be coming to a boil. Smack in the middle of the controversy are Bergen St. homeowners Victor and Eleanor Villalta […]

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Beware the river crabs!

Despite repeated warnings from the Department of Environmental Protection, some anglers seem determined to harvest crabs from the Lower Passaic River. One more time: DON’T! It is illegal. And hazardous to your health. Note also, that there are consumption limits on fish caught in the river. The blue claws that dwell […]

 
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Nutley blotter: snatched infant found

By Karen Zautyk

NUTLEY –
A custody battle resulted in an infant’s  being snatched from her Centre St. home Oct. 22, but the 3-month-old was returned unharmed to her mother two days later, police reported.
According to police, the mother alerted them at 7:18 p.m. that evening that  the mother and aunt of her estranged boyfriend had taken the infant, put the child in a car and fled the scene at a high  rate of speed – with the child unsecured in the vehicle.
Nutley officers, with the assistance of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, launched an investigation, which led to the the baby’s being returned by family members at around 2 p.m. Oct. 24, Det. Anthony Montanari said.
Other than the report that the infant had not been in a car seat, “there was nothing to lead us to believe that the baby was in danger in any way,” Montanari said. Still, as a precaution, EMS was called to check her condition.
The detective said the child had a cough and some congestion when returned, “but I’m sure this was unrelated to the incident.”
No kidnapping charges were filed against the family members who took the baby. However, the former boyfriend, who is the infant’s biological father, was charged with simple assault for allegedly grabbing his ex’s arm during a custody argument. He turned himself in to the Nutley PD the day after the baby was brought home.
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Other reports from the Nutley police blotter for the week ending Oct. 27 included, but were not limited to, the following:

Oct. 21
3:23 p.m. –  Police arrested 18-year-old Steven Nemec of Nutley in Kingsland Park when an anonymous source reported Nemec was there and wanted by authorities. Transported to headquarters, he posted $500 bail and was released.
8:07 p.m. – Police observed what they believed to be a drug transaction at the intersection of New St. and Franklin Ave. Detectives reported that an SUV had stopped and the driver had handed something to a female, later identified as Stephanie Jankin, 21,  of Nutley. Jankin was allegedly found in possession of two bags of marijuana; she was charged and released pending a court hearing. Police are seeking the driver.

Oct. 22
2:13 a.m. – After a license plate check determined that a passing vehicle was unregistered, police initiated a traffic stop on Park Ave. and found the driver, 44-year-old Myrick Shaundry of Newark, to be wanted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle was impounded and Shaundry was taken to the Essex County Jail.
2:23 a.m. – Police stopped a white Land Rover that was travelling on Bloomfield Ave. with its headlights off and found that the registration had expired. The driver was issued a summons and the vehicle was impounded.
7:03 a.m. – Police responded to a call from a local eatery when a customer became enraged that his order was taking so long. He was allowed to leave without paying.
1:32 p.m. – A Centre St resident reported that a tenant was having a satellite dish installed on the property without permission. Police advised both parties how to proceed.
4:50 p.m. – An officer attempting to initiate a motor vehicle stop on Bloomfield Ave. engaged in a brief pursuit when the 2006 Jeep refused to stop, but he lost sight of it on the Garden State Parkway. Newark police also attempted a pursuit. Police are following up with an investigation into the Hackensack-registered vehicle.

Oct. 23
5:13  a.m. – A burglary was reported  at a Passaic Ave. business where the front window was found smashed.
7:34 a.m. – Police were alerted to be on the lookout for 2008 white Mercedes Benz that Clifton police were trying to locate  in connection with a carjacking out of Harrison. Nutley officers observed it traveling at a high rate of speed south on Rt. 21, pursued it but relinquished the chase to the Belleville PD near Exit 5. The pursuers eventually lost sight of the vehicle in Newark.
8:58 a.m. –  PSEG workers checking a power outage at a Burnett Place home found that  someone had broken the outside electric meter with a blunt object. Police are investigating.
5:54 p.m. – A Rt. 21 speeder was stopped and found to be suspended as well as having a $750 active warrant. Ruben Rosario, 24,  of Riverdale,  who  was able to post the required bail, was  summonsed and released.

Oct. 24
12:52 a.m. –  Police stopped a speeding car on Rt. 21 and found the driver,  31-year-old Wilson Gonzalez of North Bergen, to be wanted by  the Department of Immigration. He was issued several summonses, held in lieu of $1,000 bail and turned over to ICE officials.
6:20  – A Union Ave. store owner reported that several individuals had entered the establishment and roamed around as if they were casing it. Two females left, but  a man remained and attempted to purchase a pack of gum using a $100 bill. The manager declined the sale and notified police.
6:04 p.m. – A patron reported that he had lost a prescription bottle of Oxycodone while dining at a local eatery. He told police that he had just refilled a prescription and the bottle contained more than 100 pills.

Oct. 25
12:35 a.m.– Police were summoned to a noise complaint in the area of Kingsland and Darling Aves.  Contractors at the site said  the bank would not allow them to work during business hours and they were forced to work at night. Officers shut down the noisy part of their operation.
10:32 a.m. – A Harrison St. homeowner who had given a company a $5,000 deposit to have a fence installed said work has yet to commence. The homeowner wanted to document the incident in the event legal action was necessary.
11:03 a.m. – A resident reported that his car had been egged while parked on parked on Centre St.

Oct. 26
2:16 a.m. – Police responded to an Albany Ave. address when a tenant reported that her landlord was entering her apartment in her absence without permission. She was advised of her right to sign a complaint.
4:22 a.m. – What started out as a stabbing investigation, ended with criminal mischief charges. Police responded to Chilton Hospital in Pompton Lakes to talk with the alleged victim, 28-year-old Thomas Kerstner of Wayne. It was later determined that Kerstner had been patronizing an establishment in Nutley, when he was asked to leave. Detectives concluded that he had  shattered a neighboring storefront window, leaving a blood trail behind. He was charged with 4th degree criminal mischief for the window, which was valued at $1,700.
8:44 a.m. – A Clover St. resident that reported that an inflatable lawn ornament was stolen from his property overnight.
1:51 p.m. – A Bloomfield Ave. business reported that two actors had stopped in front of the building and taken a satellite dish that was in a box. The business owner felt that the actors may have thought the dish was trash and he only wanted incident documented.
7:46 p.m. – A Prospect St. resident reported Halloween lawn ornaments stolen from in front of their home.
11:13 p.m. –  A random license plate check on a 1995 Chevy on Washington Ave. revealed that the registered owner was suspended and wanted for outstanding warrants out of East Orange and Lyndhurst. Travis Dunn, 23,  of East Orange was arrested and was later released after posting bail and receiving summonses.

Oct. 27
2:48 a.m. – A broken side-view mirror on a passing vehicle caught the attention of a patrol officer who initiated a traffic stop on Park Ave. The driver, Christoph Nazzaretto, 23,  of Nutley, turned to have an active warrant out of Maywood.  He was transported to headquarters where he posted bail and was issued a summons.
10:23 a.m. – A Nutley resident reported that 57 fraudulent charges, totaling more than $2,600, had been  placed on their credit card within the Nutley/Clifton area from September through October. Police are investigating.
2:24 p.m. – A Nutley florist almost became a victim of fraud. He said he had been advised that a shipment of flowers, due from a distributor, were on hold at JFK Airport after a scanning device discovered $4.1 million inside the box. The florist was then sent an email from an alleged FBI agent requesting him to contact them. Police are investigating.

Dukes St. robbery suspect nabbed

By Karen Zautyk

KEARNY –
After a week of lying low, one of the suspects in the Oct. 20 armed robbery on Dukes St. resurfaced in town last week and was arrested, police reported.
The alleged bandit, a 21-year-old Kearny resident, was apprehended at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday after KPD vice detectives spotted him at Belgrove Drive and Woodland Ave. He is being held on $100,000 bail on the robbery charge. In addition, police said, he was also wanted by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office on a no bail warrant for a drug violation.
The suspect and a cohort allegedly accosted a man walking on Dukes near Chestnut St. the afternoon of Oct. 20 and held him at gunpoint, relieving him of about $200 in cash and his BlackBerry.
The other robber, who reportedly was the gunman, is still being sought.

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In other Kearny police news, two 18-year-old women — one from Bridgewater, one from Raritan–were arrested on alcohol-related charges Oct. 21 after Officers Derek Hemphill and Ben Wuelfing and Sgt. John Becker responded to complaints of a large group of individuals drinking in the area of Devon St. and Quincy Ave.
When the officers arrived on the scene just before midnight, they witnessed the women emerging from a parked car, one of them carrying an open bottle of vodka, Police Chief John Dowie said. When questioned, the two reportedly admitted they had been drinking.
Both were charged with underage possession and consumption of alcohol. In addition, the driver was charged with DWI and careless driving. As she was attempting to park her car, she had hit another one, Dowie said, noting that her explanation was that the “space was too tight.”

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At 1:30 a.m. Oct. 22, Sgt. Becker and Officers Jay Ward and Dean Gasser responded to reports of a fight at a Kearny Ave. watering hole. “Apparently,” commented Dowie, “it was quite a donnybrook.” Inside the tavern the cops found “broken glass and people bleeding.”
One of the patrons, a 28-year-old Kearny man, was suffering a head wound and reportedly told the officers that another man had attempted to provoke him into a fight and hit him in the face with a bottle. Dowie said witnesses confirmed the account and gave police the name of the alleged attacker, who they said had headed north on Kearny Ave. on a motorcycle.
A short time later, Capt. Thomas Osborne spotted a man with bloody clothing standing next to a motorcycle at Kearny and Laurel Aves. The 23-year-old Kearny resident reportedly admitted to being involved in a fight and was arrested for aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon (the bottle) and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.
But the tale does not end there.
A review of the tavern’s security tapes showed that the victim, despite what he and the witnesses had claimed, had actually instigated the battle. He was charged with simple assault and hindering prosecution by lying.
Also, police said, a number of underage patrons were found in the bar, this information being turned over to the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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On Oct. 23, an attendant at Tullo’s gas station in South Kearny finished pumping gas into a car and informed the driver that he owed $55. At which point, Dowie said, the driver, instead of paying, pulled a Glock automatic from the center console and relieved the attendant of $150 before fleeing down the Old Lincoln Highway.
P.O. Mike Santucci and Ray McEachern were the responding officers and Det. Jim Torrado is handling the follow-up investigation.

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Oct. 23 also brought an incident that resulted in a charge with which your correspondent was heretofore unfamiliar.
At 8 p.m., Officer Wayne Shivers went to Garofola Park to secure an unattended bicycle that had been reported there. Upon arriving, he saw a man he recognized get onto the bike and begin to pedal away, Dowie said, but when the 38-year-old Kearny resident saw the cop, he jumped off, dropped the bike on the street and lit a cigarette. According to the police report, he “spontaneously” explained, “The bike’s not mine. I found it in the park,” and claimed that “Gabe” had told him to take it. Unfortunately, “Gabe” was not around to corroborate the story.
The alleged bicycle thief was charged with unlawful taking of a means of conveyance.

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Speaking of charges that are new to us:
At 9 p.m., Oct. 25, Officer Brian Wisely was on patrol when he came upon a 17-year-old Kearny male standing in the middle of the street at Kearny and Bennett Aves. When Wisely slowed his patrol car to urge the youth to move, the teen allegedly stuck his head through the open driver’s side window and began screaming.
He was charged with interference with transportation, for having blocked the intersection.
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Also on Oct. 25, a pharmacist at Pathmark called police HQ to report that a customer was attempting to fill a prescription with a stolen Rx blank. The pharmacist became suspicious when she noticed the form, from the office of a doctor in Randolph, lacked a DEA serial number. She contacted the physician, who reportedly confirmed that a blank had been stolen.
When the customer returned to pick up the Rx, vice detectives were waiting. The 33-year-old Newark woman was charged with attempting to obtain prescription medication by fraud.

Around town

Belleville
Clara Maass Medical Center is offering free Chi Kung classes for women who have or have had breast cancer.  Two eight-week sessions are being offered: Tuesdays, beginning Nov. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Education Room at 50 Newark Ave., Belleville, and Thursdays, beginning Nov. 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Center for Healthy Living, 292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.
Chi Kung uses breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to promote healing of the body and mind. To register, or for more information, call Anabela Cunha-Almeida at 973-844-4173.

Bloomfield
The Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services is collecting clean, wearable coats (and scarves and gloves) to be distributed to needy residents.
If you have an extra coat (any size) in your closet, you can drop it off in the collection box in Room 213 at 1 Municipal Plaza from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, call (973) 680-4017.
Bloomfield Public Library announces the following films will be shown as part of its Thursday Noon Films program: Nov. 3 – “Everybody Sings” (NR) (Judy Garland), Nov. 10 – “Say Anything” (PG-13) (John Cusack), Nov. 17 – “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” (NR) (Doris Day), Nov. 24 – Library closed for Thanksgiving.
The following films are scheduled as part of the library’s Monday Afternoon at the Movies program: Nov. 7 – “Morning Glory” (PG-13) (Rachel McAdams), Nov. 14 – “Destry Rides Again” (NR) (James Stewart), Nov. 21 – “Finding Neverland,” (PG) (Johnny Depp) and Nov. 28 – “Holiday Affair” (NR) (Janet Leigh).
Admission is free. Each film begins at 12:15 p.m. For information or directions, call 973-566-6200.
SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, will present a free workshop on financing your small business at the library on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. SCORE will return to the library on Dec. 14 to discuss social media and the Internet for your small business at 6 p.m. For more information, call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
A writing workshop for teen girls will be held at the library on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., presented by Carol Forbes, an award-winning screenwriter with an MFA in film from Columbia University. Find her blog online at http://pagesofmybook-carolforbes.blogspot.com.  Follow her blog on twitter @carolftwin. This workshop series is for girls ages 12 to 18 to help them start writing a first novel. For more information on this event or upcoming programs please call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
A trip to Mt. Airy Lodge Casino is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m., leaving from the Knights of Columbus, 190 State St., Bloomfield. Cost is $30. Please make checks payable to the Knights of Columbus, ATTN: Nick Lucivero, 190 State St., Bloomfield, N.J. 07003 or call 973-743-1688. Please leave a message or email lucive9@aol.com.
The Knights of Columbus, Bloomfield, announce a trip to Hershey, Pa., on Saturday, Dec. 10. Price is $55 per person. The trip includes a free chocolate making tour in Hershey Chocolate World, a visit to Hershey Park Christmas Candylane and the Hershey Sweet Lights Spectacular.  Please make checks payable to the Knights of Columbus, ATTN: Nick Lucivero, 190 State St., Bloomfield, N.J. 07003; or call 973-743-1688 or email lucive9@aol.com.

Harrison
The Harrison/East Newark Elks request the community’s help to help defray the cost of flood damage repairs to the Lyndhurst Lodge. All donations are tax deductible and would help support the Elks charities such as the veterans, special needs, scholarships given to high school students, etc. To make a donation, call 201-507-1505 and leave a message.
Essex County College will be offering free classes at Harrison Public Library for job seekers  to improve their computer and job search skills. The classes will focus on the basic computer skills needed by every job applicant today. All courses will be delivered at a basic user level, are four hours and built around workforce development skills.
Classes are scheduled as follows: Nov. 15 – Word, Nov. 22 – Email, and Nov. 29 – Internet. All classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Includes certificate upon completion. To register for the classes or for more information, call the library at 973-483- 2366.
Harrison Cancer League is having a Thanksgiving pie sale fundraiser with fresh-baked 10” deep dish pies by Harvest House Brick Oven Bakery. Choice of apple, cherry, blueberry, lemon meringue, three berry, peach, key lime, pumpkin and coconut custard. (All fruit pies are available with crumb topping). Pies are $12 each. All pie orders and payments must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Orders sent in by mail must be marked by Monday, Nov. 14.) For more information, call Maria Bradley at 973-485-5143 or 862-763-0047. Pies will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Harrison Senior Citizens Center, 221 Harrison Ave., Harrison, from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Kearny
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.
Library patrons can now set-up a one-on-one half-hour session with professional librarians for help with putting together and typing a resume and applying for a job online. The sessions will be held at the main library. To sign up, call (201) 998-2666.
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.
Kearny Rotary is sponsoring a flea market and collectible show on Saturday, Nov. 5, outdoors, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Frank V. Marina, 205 Passaic Ave., Kearny (next to Applebee’s and Burger King). Admission is free.
St. Stephen’s Seniors announce its annual Everything Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Hedges Hall (lower church).  There will be a tricky tray, bake sale, attic treasures, jewelry table, gift certificates table, book, tapes and CD sale, and refreshments.  Please call Tom for further information, at 201-998-8258.
The West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all former and active-duty Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend an open house, which will be held every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Guests are welcome.
Kearny High School Booster Club and Kearny Generals Football and Cheerleading will host an adult dance on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Scots American Club, 40 Patterson St., Kearny, starting at 8 p.m. Cost will be a $25 donation. For more information or for tickets, contact Christine Nee at 201-965-4258, Robin Esteves 201-805-3546, Tom Witt 201-314-4924, Maureen Witt 201-314-5182 or Tony Esteves 732-299-5042.
Tables are still available at a cost of $15 each or two for $25 for a flea market at Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-5894.
First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will host its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair features baked goods, pictures with Santa at 11 a.m., Tricky Tray, Christmas crafts, lunch from 11:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Call 201-991-3513 for more information.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop at First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., announces the opening of its special Christmas room on Nov. 5, featuring a good stock of quality fall and winter clothing. The shop is open Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use upper Laurel Ave. door.
Cecilian Seniors announce a trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa., on Nov. 9, leaving at 9:30 a.m. from in front of St. Cecilia’s Church. If interested, call Johnnie B. at 201-997-9552, after 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $30.

Lyndhurst
The Lyndhurst Health Department is having a Holiday Food Drive, collecting frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned/boxed potatoes, stuffing mix, and frozen lasagna. Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are a Lyndhurst resident in need, please bring proof of Lyndhurst residency and proof of need. Food Pantry hours are Monday through Thursday, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Lyndhurst Food Pantry is staffed by the Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst. Please call 201-804-2500 for further information.
The Health Department collaborates with Clara Maass Medical Center to provide free health dinner forums at which residents have the opportunity to ask questions of medical experts in the field. The next dinner forum, Heart Healthy Cooking, will be held on Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and will include a cooking demonstration, meal, and question and answer session.  Pre-registration is required; call 201-804-2500 to reserve your seat.  Residents of surrounding towns are welcome to attend.
The Health Department will offer assistance with food stamp applications on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. A representative from Bergen County Board of Social Services will offer individual support with completing the applications. For further information about Bergen County social services, please call 201-368-4200.
The Lyndhurst Public Library has joined Library Ideas’ network of Public Library websites that offer access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.
Under the terms of the agreement, registered cardholders can download a select number of Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via www.lyndhurstlibrary.org.   The library will underwrite the purchase of the music. For further information please call or email Library Director Donna Romeo, 201-804-2478, ext. 7 or romeo@bccls.org.

North Arlington
H.E.P.  (Helping Exceptional People) is having a Big Band Dance on Friday, Nov. 11, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 194 River Road, North Arlington.  Come and enjoy swing music and the sounds of the big bands for only $20 per person. For tickets, call 201-997-2086 .
North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Ave., announces a blood pressure and health risk assessment are held on the second and fourth Tuesday every month, from 1 to 2:45 p.m.  No appointment is necessary.
A Child Health Conference, free immunization and Well-Baby Care, for infants and pre-school children, will be available by appointment on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Health Department. Required school-age immunizations are available for those without health insurance coverage. For appointments, call 201-955-5695.
The health department is hosting a free three-part series on diabetes, beginning at 10 a.m. on three consecutive Thursdays, Nov. 3, 10, and 17, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, covering important topics such as diabetes detection, blood sugar control, and medication management.  A light breakfast will be served.  Open to surrounding communities.  Registration required by calling the health department at 201-955-5695.
The department will also host, Dealing with Holiday Stress, a free program in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, Wednesday, Nov. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. A light dinner will be served.  Open to surrounding communities.  Registration required by calling 201-955-5695.
On Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society will host a free two-hour guided nature walk at the legendary Harrier Meadow  in North Arlington. The 70-acre site, usually off-limits to the public, features ponds and tidal impoundments and birds aplenty. Meet at 10 at the entrance to Harrier Meadow on Disposal Road. You can also meet at the visitors’ parking lot at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst at 9:40 a.m. and carpool. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute updates and weather advisories. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.
The American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37, 222 River Road, North Arlington, will meet on Monday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. All veterans are welcome. For more information, call 201-214-8253.

Nutley
Saturday Story Time and crafts, for children of all ages, is held at Nutley Public Library every Saturday at 10 a.m. Registration is not required.
The library’s Manga & Anime Club will meet on Mondays, Nov. 7 and 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., to watch anime, read Manga and advise the library on its Manga collection.
Pajama Story Time. Story time for children of all ages is held every Monday at the library at 7 p.m. Registration is not required.
The Strange World of Reptiles, a live animal show, is scheduled at the library for Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. No registration is required.
Nutley Fit Kids and the Mayor’s Wellness Initiative present “Little Giants,” a family friendly football movie, at the library on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus #2346 will host a Big Band Swing Night, featuring the Studio 312 Big Band on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 150 Chestnut St., Nutley. Admission is a $30 per person donation and includes a buffet dinner with beverage and dessert. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, contact Rob Ciocco at 973-667-6760. Proceeds will support the St. Mary’s Council Charity Fund.

Red Bulls drop home contest to Beckham, Galaxy

Need a win in California to advance in MLS playoffs

Photo by Jim Hague/ Red Bulls forward Dane Richards breaks free of a tackle from an unidentified Los Angeles Galaxy player to get the ball in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Galaxy at Red Bull Arena.

 

By Jim Hague

HARRISON –
After doing everything possible over the last month to get into the Major League Soccer playoffs, then defeating FC Dallas in the first round to advance, the New York Red Bulls now have their collective backs against the wall as they try to keep their 2011 season alive.
After falling, 1-0, to the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls now have to go to the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., this week and have to do something no other team managed to do all season – beat the Galaxy on their home field.
Former Red Bulls forward Mike Magee scored a goal in the 15th minute, giving the Galaxy a leg up on the Red Bulls in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinals.
Magee scored the lone goal of the match, off a long cross from David Beckham, enabling the Galaxy to head home needing only a tie or a win to advance to the conference finals. The two-game series is based on aggregate goals between the two teams. The Galaxy is unbeaten at home this season, posting a 12-0-5 record.
While the Red Bulls have their work cut out for them, head coach Hans Backe doesn’t believe it’s an impossible chore.
“I think Los Angeles started the game better and played the first 15 minutes a little better than us, but after that, we totally controlled the game,” Backe said. “It’s not the result we wanted, but it was one of our best performances by far. We controlled the game and had four huge chances to score in the second half. We played Los Angeles in a tough one before (a 2-1 win Oct. 4) and we can do it again. If we can stay on this level, we can win the game.”

Photo by Jim Hague/ Los Angeles Galaxy superstar David Beckham (back) gave this young Red Bull fan a thrill by standing with the youngster during the National Anthem Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

However, Backe knows that his team cannot do two things that they did Sunday _ allow an easy goal, then fail to capitalize on their solid scoring chances.
“We can’t give away a goal like that,” Backe said. “We have to be more confident. It’s a tough goal to give away. We had about seven guys call for the offside and I believe (Robbie) Keane was offside. Magee came in as a late runner and he made the play. You have to keep playing.”
Added Backe, “It’s frustrating, because we need to take advantage of the chances we have, even more so in the playoffs. The first three chances we had to tie the score were really big.”
Magee, who began his career with the Red Bulls franchise, played six seasons with the team as both the MetroStars and Red Bulls and then was traded to the Galaxy in 2009. He got past the defense on a 45-yard pass from Beckham.
While most of the Red Bull roster stood and watched, thinking the play was offside, Magee pushed it past Red Bulls keeper Frank Rost for the lone goal of the match.
“The ball was a perfect pass,” Magee said. “I was 100 percent not offside. Besides, it wasn’t called, so then it wasn’t. I was just glad to get it.”
“I thought everyone stopped, thinking it was offside,” Red Bulls defender Carlos Mendes said. “Everyone stopped, except Mike. It was a great finish on his part.”
“Mike is a good player who for the majority of his career has always been good around the penalty area,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who also coached Magee with the MetroStars and engineered the trade that brought Magee to Los Angeles. “As he’s matured as a player, he’s been able to handle a variety of roles and did it all for us this year. He’s a very diverse player.”
Josh Saunders made five saves to earn his ninth shutout in 19 matches this season for the Galaxy, who beat the Red Bulls for the first time in 2011, after a 1-1 tie in May and a 2-1 loss earlier this month in New Jersey.
“We seemed very comfortable playing here,” Saunders said. “It’s great to get a win right off the bat. We now just have to go out and try to win again.”
The Red Bulls’ best chance to score came in the 49th minute, when Dane Richards swerved through two defenders to put a pass across to Luke Rodgers. But Rodgers’ point-blank shot was deflected by Saunders’ right hand and the ball sailed over the crossbar before Rodgers could get to it.
“I was just trying to see the play,” Saunders said. “It was a quick reaction more than anything, ball to hand. I was lucky to get a hand on it. It came off very quick.”
“We have to keep our heads up a little,” Richards said. “It’s really frustrating to play well and not get the win. But we have to just put it behind us and get ready for the next one.”
The Red Bulls had an opportunity to tie the match with under 2 minutes remaining in regulation, but Mendes’ header off a corner kick from Rodgers went over the crossbar.
“We just didn’t put any of our chances away,” Mendes said. “I thought our attitude was good. We fought hard. We just gave up the early goal and that’s never good. It’s going to be difficult, but it’s not over.”
In stoppage time, the Red Bulls came close again, when Rafa Marquez sent a shot from 25 yards out that Saunders made a diving stop on, with the rebound attempt sailing wide right.
It marked the first time the two teams met in the MLS Cup playoffs since the 2001 quarterfinals, a series won by the Galaxy in three games.
The game was marred by a post-game incident involving four players, two from each team. Donovan apparently said something to Marquez, who then took the ball and fired it at Donovan. In the scrum that ensued, Galaxy midfielder Juninho threw a punch at Red Bulls defender Stephen Keel.
Referee Alex Prus issued post-game red cards to both Marquez and Juninho, suspending both for the next game.
So the odds may be against the Red Bulls. After all, the Galaxy, with the glitter and glamour of having players like Beckham and Donovan, has an undefeated home record. Can the Red Bulls do what no other MLS team has done?
“I feel better about our chances going to L.A.,” Backe said. “The way we played was proof. I’m happy about the way we played. They’re a good defensive team and tough to break down. We’ve done it before. We have to win the game and I don’t care if we win in 90 minutes or win by a shootout. But we’re going to win.”
Strong words from a coach holding on to all hope of finally giving the franchise the long-awaited MLS Cup. It won’t be easy.

Nutley earns win in snow after less than eight minutes

 

Photos by Jim Hague/ Nutley has been receiving solid performances from running back Matt DelMauro (top) on offense and linebacker Mike Hovan (bottom) on defense.

By Jim Hague

The Nutley High School football team earned a win on Saturday and with the victory, the Maroon Raiders earned their fourth straight NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III playoff bid.
That should be enough to celebrate for the Maroon Raiders and head coach Steve DiGregorio, collecting a slice of history, accomplishing a feat that no other Nutley football team ever achieved.
But DiGregorio is a little upset, considering the bizarre set of circumstances that surrounded the win.
“It’s not the way you want to win,” DiGregorio said. “It’s not what the kids believe in. They work hard and deserve the chance to play. I think it’s a bad thing for our kids.”
Here’s what transpired. Despite the treacherous snowstorm that blanketed the area on Saturday, Nutley and Barringer began its regularly scheduled game at Schools Stadium in Newark.
Things started out well for the Maroon Raiders. Mike Hovan intercepted a pass to start the game and it led to a 6-yard touchdown run from Matt Delmauro.
Delmauro then broke off a 65-yard touchdown run, giving the Maroon Raiders an early 14-0 lead.
The Maroon Raiders then recovered a fumble and were all set to score again, with the ball at the Barringer 2-yard line, when the officials heard thunder through the snow.
The game was suspended at that point and the teams had to wait the mandatory 30 minutes until the thunder passed.
“It got really bad,” DiGregorio said. “Once they stopped the game, they tried to determine whether they could continue and they conceded that they couldn’t.”
So the Maroon Raiders played football for less than eight minutes on Saturday. It was declared an official game with Nutley earning a 14-0 win, even though the two teams didn’t even play one full quarter of football.
“It’s 7:57 to be exact,” DiGregorio said. “The bottom line is that we’re all guaranteed 10 games and that’s it. Now, we don’t have that. Our kids put in a lot of hard work. They were coming off a three-game losing streak and had a positive feeling going into the game. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
DiGregorio said that the snowstorm caught everyone by surprise.
“No one was prepared for what happened,” DiGregorio said. “It wasn’t supposed to be that bad for all of Essex County.”
DiGregorio feels like his players were cheated, even in victory.
“The bottom line is that you prepare to play a game and you prepare to win, but not this way. Football is difficult, because it’s not like baseball or basketball, where you get a lot of games. You only get 10 games and that’s it. This wasn’t a full game. It wasn’t even a tenth of a game. I’m not happy with how it happened. We don’t play football for eight-minute games. It was totally bizarre.”
But there is good news. The Maroon Raiders did clinch a berth in the state playoffs for the fourth straight year and the fifth in the seven years that DiGregorio has been coaching at his alma mater.
“That is a good thing,” DiGregorio said. “I’d rather be in the playoffs than out. It was our goal before the season and I’m not going to begrudge that. We had a tough three game stretch that we had to get through.”
The Maroon Raiders had a lead against West Essex late, then ended up losing. They also lost standout running back Lou Meggliolaro to a broken collarbone in that game. The Raiders came from behind against Livingston, only to fall, 22-21 in overtime. Then they had a halftime lead against Shabazz, only to lose again.
So the Raiders desperately needed the win Saturday. It just wasn’t the way anyone planned it.
The Maroon Raiders have been getting solid play from DelMauro, who now has 13 touchdowns for the season. Defensively, Hovan has been solid, leading the team in tackles. Defensive end Nick Rodriguez has been collecting sacks and Andre Hamlin is clogging up the middle. Greg Palma, who missed most of the beginning of the season due to injury, has returned. Things are definitely looking up.
“Anything can happen once you get into the state playoffs,” said DiGregorio, who guided his sixth-seeded Maroon Raiders to the state sectional championship in the Meadowlands last December. “You never know.”
Who knows? There could be another excursion to MetLife Stadium in the future.
“It could have been very easy for this team to pack it in after losing three straight,” DiGregorio said. “It’s a credit to them for believing and sticking to the plan. The kids believe in the things we teach and they are things that are being passed down from team to team. Five out of seven years is a credit to the kids.”
It’s definitely become a tradition in Nutley, earning a berth in the postseason.
Just how they got the latest one will always be a sore subject.
“We’ll just have to put it behind us and move on,” said DiGregorio, whose team will face Irvington this week before learning their fate in the state playoffs. “We just have to keep playing.”
And hopefully, this weekend, there will be no snow and no partial games to contend with. The weather forecast already calls for 60 degrees and sunny. Snow will not be an opponent this time.

Lyndhurst’s Uhlick overcomes major obstacles to shine as netminder

Photo by Jim Hague/ Lyndhurst senior goalkeeper Amanda Uhlick.

 

By Jim Hague

Amanda Uhlick had a perfect life before last March. She was a happy-go-lucky junior at Lyndhurst High School, a standout girls’ soccer player and versatile member of the Golden Bears’ track and field team. She had it all going for her.
That was, until that one fateful day last March, practicing the long jump for the track team.
“I don’t know what happened,” Uhlick said. “I sort of landed funny. I can’t even describe the feeling.”
Lyndhurst head girls’ soccer coach Kim Hykey, who also serves as an assistant track coach, was standing nearby when Uhlick went down.
“I heard her scream and I remember thinking that it didn’t look good,” Hykey said. “She was screaming in pain. Amanda’s a very tough kid, but when I heard her screaming, I knew it was serious.”
Uhlick kept the faith that the injury wasn’t too severe.
“I was hoping it was maybe an MCL and that I wouldn’t need surgery,” Uhlick said. “But the doctors said that I tore my ACL bad. When I was told I needed surgery, I thought it was one of the worst days of my life.”
Unfortunately, for Uhlick, it would get worse before it would get better.
Two weeks after having the first surgery, Uhlick developed a serious staph infection in her leg, an aggressive infection that left Uhlick with a high fever. She needed another emergency surgery to clean up the infection and basically save the leg.
“I had the fever, the chills, everything,” Uhlick said. “I was scared. After the first surgery, I thought I was getting better, but as it turned out, I was getting worse.”
For six weeks, Uhlick received care from a visiting nurse, complete with intravenous antibiotics.
But in June, while undergoing physical therapy, Uhlick’s knee locked and a third surgery was needed to remove scar tissue.
At that point, doctors informed Uhlick that her soccer career was more than likely over.
“I was still hoping to play, but I really didn’t know what was going to happen,” Uhlick said.
“Anything that could go wrong did go wrong,” Hykey said. “I felt so bad for the kid.”
Hykey didn’t know what to think about Uhlick’s future. The player and coach kept contact over the summer, but there were no guarantees – except one thing. Uhlick was not going to be able to continue as a goal-scoring forward, where she played the last two seasons for the Golden Bears, collecting 19 goals.
“I wasn’t ready to count on her to be ready for the season,” Hykey said. “I had to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. She was second on our team in goals last season. It was going to be hard to replace that goal scoring. But we all wanted Amanda to come back.”
“If I wasn’t going to be able to play soccer, I was going to be frustrated beyond belief,” said Uhlick, who understood that regular rehabilitation for a torn ACL is usually anywhere between six-to-nine months. “I couldn’t do anything at all about the time frame. I knew I needed to run and I couldn’t even walk. I really thought that I wouldn’t be ready in time for the season.”
Hykey had an idea.
“I think after talking to her and her doctor that it was going to be that Amanda would have to be a goalie or nothing,” Hykey said. “Because she was a goalie before, I thought she could do it.” Hykey recalled when Uhlick was a freshman, she played half in net and half in the field.
“She was great then in goal,” Hykey said. “It wasn’t like she never played there before and had no experience in goal. It wasn’t like we were going to teach her a totally new position.”
“My coach told me that I should try to be a goalie,” Uhlick said. “We needed a goalie. Our goalie last year had graduated. It wasn’t a bad idea. I played goalie all my life before high school. I was definitely ready for it. I knew that if I tried to run even a little bit, there would be some discomfort. But I could play goalie.”
Uhlick continued to rehabilitate her knee with drive and determination. Nothing was going to stop her from returning to the soccer field. She spent tireless hours strengthening the knee that she almost lost.
“At first, I was a little shaky,” Uhlick said. “It took a while for me to feel confident again to dive after balls. But a lot of it came back naturally.”
Now, one would wonder if Uhlick ever played another position.
Last week, Uhlick collected three more shutouts in games against Queen of Peace, Rutherford and Waldwick, giving her 11 on the season, tying a school record in the process. She made a total of 25 saves in those three games, including several of the diving variety to keep the Waldwick game a scoreless deadlock after two overtimes, enabling the Golden Bears to improve their seasonal record to 15-3-1. Uhlick had 11 saves in the Waldwick match.
And for her efforts and her tremendously inspirational story, Uhlick has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week.
Uhlick also creates a little slice of history at the same time, becoming the first brother/sister tandem to ever earn Athlete of the Week honors. Her older brother Chris, a former baseball standout at Lyndhurst, earned similar honors back in 2006. Chris Uhlick went on to Pace University.
Hykey is amazed with the way Uhlick is playing in goal.
“You would never know she went through anything by the way she’s playing,” Hykey said. “She’s able to do things that most goalies cannot. She’s not going to make any excuses because of her knee. She just wants to play. She wanted this more than anything. Soccer has always been her thing and she didn’t want to lose her senior year. She’s done everything right in order to play and she’s proven to be a true competitor and a true athlete.
Added Hykey, “She also has a heart that most kids don’t have. She has a passion and a desire to play. I knew by the type of kid she is that she would be willing to handle it and compete. She’s really proven herself to be a good goalie. She’s always been aggressive and you can’t teach that. She has a natural instinct. But I don’t know if every kid could have gone through what she has and made it. She’s absolutely someone who is special.”
Uhlick is somewhat surprised with what she’s been able to achieve, through all the adversity and hardship.
“I am amazed,” Uhlick said. “It’s been great. I actually asked if I could go on the field for a bit, just to see how I could do. But I know my importance to the team right now is in goal. That’s where I play.”
Uhlick plans to attend William Paterson University next fall and begin the school’s highly respected nursing program.
“So I don’t know if I’ll be able to play in college,” Uhlick said. “We’ll see. But if I do, it will be as a goalie.”
Regardless, it’s been a remarkable comeback for a young lady who almost lost her leg just six months ago.
“I’m blessed to be able to play,” Amanda Uhlick said. “It’s been a miracle.”

Navigating retirement plans

 

By Randy Neumann

These days, there are many choices when it comes to retirement plans.  Do you have the right plan?
Let’s begin with some history.  The granddaddy of pension plans is generally considered to be ERISA.  It was signed into law, on Labor Day, in 1974.  Although it is the first comprehensive pension-plan legislation, there were preceding forays.
President John F. Kennedy created the President’s Committee on Corporate Pension Plans after the Studebaker Corp. closed its plant in 1963 and was unable to pay its retirees.  In 1967, Sen. Jacob Javits of New York proposed legislation that would address funding, vesting, reporting and disclosure issues, but the bill was opposed by business groups and labor unions, both of which sought to retain the flexibility they enjoyed under pre-ERISA law.
ERISA was the first federal pension law.  Prior to it, employers could move across state lines and stiff their employees by not making pension-plan payments to their retirees.  This was similar to bank robbers in the 1930s.  Back then, if you robbed a bank in Kansas and drove across the state line to Missouri, you could not be arrested for robbing the bank in Kansas.  This changed when the federal Bank Robbery Act of 1934 made it a federal offense, so no matter where you robbed a bank, you could be arrested in any state.  Similarly, ERISA federalized the pension laws so employers were responsible to employees in whichever state the employers operated.
There have been many amendments to the ERISA legislation over the years. So, as the ad said, “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.”
One example is the Uni-K.  Using this tool, if you make $100,000, are self-employed and over age 50, you can make a pension contribution of $42,000.  This contribution will reduce your taxable income to $58,000 ($100,000 minus $42,000).  It puts $42,000 into a trust that will not be taxable until you make a withdrawal; furthermore, you can do this annually.
A more traditional 401(k) works as follows.  You can contribute up to $16,500 a year (plus an additional $5,500 if you’re over age 50) on a pre-tax basis. Pre-tax means that if you contribute $16,500 a year, it doesn’t cost you $16,500 because you get an income tax deduction on your contribution.  For example, if you are in the 30% tax bracket and you contribute $16,500 to a retirement plan, your out-of-pocket cost is $11,550.
Nowadays, there are several variations of a 401(k) plan.  The Safe Harbor 401(k), a byproduct of the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996, combines the best features of the traditional 401(k) and a SIMPLE IRA, making it very attractive to a business owner.  With a Safe Harbor plan, an owner-operator can avoid the big administrative expenses of a traditional 401(k) and enjoy higher contribution limits.
The Safe Harbor plan allows for employers to make matching or non-elective contributions.  Employers typically match contributions dollar-for-dollar until the employer’s contribution equals 3% of an employee’s compensation.  Past that, an employer may optionally match employee contributions at 50 cents on the dollar until the employer’s contribution equals 5% of the employee’s compensation.
The SIMPLE 401(k) is designed for small business owners who don’t want to deal with retirement plan administration or non-discrimination tests, and it is available to businesses with fewer than 100 employees.  Like a Safe Harbor plan, the business owner must make fully vested contributions (a dollar-for-dollar match of up to 3% of an employee’s income, or a non-elective contribution of 2% of each eligible employee’s income).  For 2011, the maximum pretax employee contribution to a SIMPLE 401(k) is $11,500, and employees with a SIMPLE 401(k) can’t have another retirement plan with the same company.
The new kid on the block is the Roth 401(k).  Imagine a Traditional 401(k) fused with a Roth IRA.  Here’s the big difference: you contribute after-tax income to a Roth 401(k) and, when you reach age 59, your withdrawals will be tax-free (provided you’ve had your plan for more than five years). The annual contribution limits are the same as those for a Traditional 401(k) plan.
Another fairly new addition to the retirement plan lineup is the DB(k) plan, which is a defined benefit retirement plan with some of the features of a 401(k). Companies with fewer than 500 employees are starting to implement them.  They offer plan participants a retirement savings plan with the potential for a small income stream in the future, mimicking the pensions of years past.  The pension income equals either 1% of final average pay times the number of years of service, or 20% of that worker’s average salary during his or her five consecutive highest-earning years.
As my drill sergeant said to his troops at the end of a training session, “Well, there you have it.”  The above-mentioned are just a few of the ideas available when setting up a retirement plan.  If you are an employer or employee, you might want to revisit what you currently have and compare it to what is now available.

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 securities and insurance offered through LPL Financial.  Member FINRA/SIPC.  He can be reached at 12 Route 17N, Suite 115, Paramus, 201-291-9000.

Obituaries

Joan Jurczak
1956 – 2011
Joan (Joni) Jurczak (nee Sedorowicz), 55, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Kearny, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Broward General Medical Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Joni attended Kearny schools. A graduate of Berkeley Secretarial School, she worked as a legal secretary while residing in New Jersey. She lived in Binghamton, N.Y., and in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., prior to relocating to Florida 24 years ago. She was employed as an executive assistant for 14 years with LaSalle National Bank Brokerage Division in Boca Raton, Fla.
Joni was active in water sports. She was a member of the Cabana Bay Condominium Association and served as vice president.
Joni was dearly loved. Predeceased by her father, Walter Sedorowicz, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy Sedorowicz, many loving family relatives and life-long friends.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at a Mass on Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Donations may be made in Joni’s memory to a Humane Society of your choice.

Mary Sarafina (Rinaldi) Peters
Mary Sarafina (Rinaldi) Peters, 89, of Brick, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Meridian Hospice of Ocean Medical Center in Brick.
She was born, raised and lived most of her life in Kearny  and lived in Vincentown, before moving to Brick three years ago.
Mrs. Peters was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Marconi Club of Kearny and loved to cook, sew and spend time with her family.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 58 years, Joseph Charles Peters Sr. in 2004 and by her sons, Charles in 1953 and Kenneth in 1988.  She is survived by her son, Joseph Charles Peters Jr. and his partner, Margaret of Brick; a brother, William Rinaldi of North Arlington; a sister, Virginia Pastorino of Nutley; two grandchildren,  Susan Peters and Carolyn Lindstrom and her husband, Patrick; four great-grandchildren,  Olivia, Collette, Corinne and Christian; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by Colonial Funeral Home, Brick.  A funeral Mass was held at St. Dominic’s Church in Brick, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in her honor to Meridian Hospice – 1345 Campus Parkway, Suite A-2, and Neptune, N.J. 07753.

Joan Marie Zarnowski
Joan Marie Zarnowski, 72, of St. Augustine, Fla., passed away on Oct. 19 at the Bailey Family Center for Caring.
Born in Jersey City, she grew up in Harrison and had been a longtime resident of Tyler Hill, Pa., before moving to St. Augustine in 1976.   She worked as a secretary for the St. Johns County School System for nearly 30 years, mostly at the Yates Exceptional Student Center and at Webster Elementary School.  She was an avid NASCAR fan, who especially followed Jeff Gordon’s career, and enjoyed watching NFL Football on television.
Joan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, affectionately known as “GG” to her grandkids.  She was most happy when she had a house full of family and friends on holidays, or any day for that matter. Her cooking never failed to draw a crowd because of the love that she poured into it.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony “Woody” Zarnowski; a son, Richard John Bellini; and a brother, Daniel Christy.  She is survived by her daughters, Toni Marie Bellini and partner, Dawn Hale, Beth Ann Sullivan and husband Phillip, a son, John Michael Bellini and wife Melinda, all of St. Augustine; a sister, Barbara Jackson and husband Russ of Lyndhurst; sister-in-law, Dolores Christy of New Jersey; grandchildren:  Candace, Anthony, Ashleigh and Devin; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Madison and Kylie and her bff Eleanor Nerbonne.
Funeral services and interment were held in St. Augustine. Donations in her memory may be made to: Bailey Family Center for Caring, c/o Community Hospice of N.E. FL., 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32257.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred “Sis” Carmen
Mildred “Sis” Carmen, 87, died on Oct. 28 at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Lifelong resident of Clifton, she moved to Kearny four years ago. Before retiring she worked for Imperial Laundry for 63 years in Ramsey. She also worked at Deluxe Cleaners in Clifton.
She is survived by her sister Pat Rauche, and her niece Melissa Lasiw-Shah.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Leaf collection on Essex Co. roads

Belleville residents whose properties are on Essex County roads are  advised that the county has scheduled leaf pickups on those streets on the following dates: Monday, Nov. 14, to Friday, Nov. 18; Monday, Dec. 12, to Friday, Dec. 16; and Monday, Jan. 9, to Friday, Jan. 13.  (The last pick up will be made only if needed).

Residents are asked to coordinate their fall cleanup activities with the county and rake or place leaves at the curb the weekend before the scheduled pickup. They may place their leaves in biodegradable bags or sweep the loose leaves into piles at the curb.

In Nutley and Bloomfield, the county has entered into shared-services agreements, with the towns collecting the leaves. If your property is located on a county road in one of these communities, consult your municipal Public Works Department for more information or to obtain a schedule.

Residents who have general questions about the leaf collection may call the Essex County Department of Public Works at 973-239-3366, ext. 2220.

 

 

 

‘Side Man’ jazzes up Nutley Little Theatre

Capturing the golden age of jazz at Nutley Little Theatre are Nick Pascarella, Jim Simpson, Anne Kenny Simpson and Pat Little.

 

Nutley Little Theatre will open its next production, “Side Man,” an award-winning drama by Warren Leight, on Friday, Nov. 4, at the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place.

Winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play, “Side Man” is a personal-memory play about the turmoil in the family of a jazz musician as his career crumbles at the dawn of the age of rock ‘n roll. This play contains adult language and themes and is not suitable for children.

Evening performances of “Side Man” will be at 8 p.m. on Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Matinees are at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6, 13 and 19.

Tickets are $15, with a $2 discount for senior citizens and students. Patrons can order tickets by calling 1-877-238-5596, or online through the NLT web site at www.nutleylittletheatre.com (click on the “Click for Tix” icon).

The opening night performance is a benefit for Franklin Reformed Church of Nutley.

Directed by Penny Potenz Winship of Montclair, the cast includes Marie Blado of Bloomfield, Frank Blaeuer of Hewitt, Patrick Little of  Montclair, Nick Pascarella of Ho-Ho-Kus, Anne Kenny Simpson of Bloomfield, Jim Simpson of Bloomfield and William Vonroth III of Nutley.

The NLT Barn is located off Brookfield Ave. (one block east of Franklin Ave.) in the heart of the Erie Place Historic District. For directions, please see www.nutleylittletheatre.com.

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