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UPDATE: Missing Nutley woman found safely in Newark

Nutley Police have located Juilia Dellaguzzo, the 85-year-old missing woman who wandered off  yesterday. Police say it appears she walked several miles south into Newark, and was found sitting inside a parked vehicle near her childhood home. She appears to […]


Koppers developer picked

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  Hopes by Kearny to secure a developer for the old Koppers Coke Peninsula Redevelopment site have taken one step forward and two steps back. Kearny and Tierra Solutions, the owners of two of the three parcels in the South Kearny meadows area targeted […]

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School getting facelift

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  EAST NEWARK –  As summer’s clock winds down to the start of classes for the fall term, East Newark Public School is making all kinds of preparations to welcome students and staff back in style. Newly installed Superintendent/ Principal Patrick Martin recently ticked […]


Too many birds of a feather flock to Nutley

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  NUTLEY –  Fire hoses didn’t work. Boom-boxes didn’t work. Will “fogging” do the job? Only time will tell. The “job” is to drive the starlings from DeMuro Park, where they reportedly have been roosting in massive numbers. Roosting and pooping. It’s the pooping […]


To catch a raccoon

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  On an early August night, a few weeks ago, Kearny’s Julie Kelley recalls her husband Ed calling her to the window of the couple’s Morgan Place home and inviting her to look next door where the beacon from his flash light was […]


Around town

The Bloomfield Joint Memorial Committee will host a Veterans Day breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. at the Newark-Bloomfield Elks Lodge, 296 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. Tickets for the all you can eat breakfast are $10 each and can be purchased in advance by calling Joseph Ellmer at 973-338-4256.
There will also be a Veterans Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 11 in Bloomfield at the Town Hall at 10 a.m. The group assembled will march to the Veterans Monument at Broad and Liberty Sts. for the ceremony.

The Harrison Health Department will be giving flu shots for all Harrison residents 18 and over at the Harrison Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Please wear a short sleeved shirt to make it easier to administer the vaccine! Call the Health Department at 973-268-2441 if you need further information.
A bus ride, sponsored by Harrison/ East Newark Elks, 406 Harrison Ave., Harrison, to Showboat Casino in Atlantic City is scheduled for Oct. 16. The bus will leave the lodge at 10 a.m. Cost is $30. Make your reservations early. For more information, call Shirley at 973-483-6451, Charlotte at 973-831-1862 or Elks Lodge at 973-485-9478.

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 Kearny Health Department has received its supply of flu vaccine. Vaccine is available to Kearny and East Newark residents, please bring proof of residency and Medicare information. The clinics will be held at the Kearny Health Center, 645 Kearny Ave., on the following dates: Thursday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., age 60 or older, last name beginning with letters A through M and Friday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., last name beginning with letters N through Z. Paperwork can be picked up at the Health Department in advance or completed on the day of the clinic. To maintain order, please adhere to the name schedule. For more information, call the Kearny Health Department (201) 997-0600, ext. 3506.
The Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will hold its annual Fall Fling Dance on Friday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests are restricted to grades 6 to 9. The dance will be supervised by Tom Fraser, executive director and former Lincoln School guidance counselor Rich Wagner and members of the Board of Directors.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will hold a Flea Market on Saturday, Oct. 8,  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.
Kearny UNICO will hold its annual Columbus Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Christopher Columbus statue in Riverbank Park (at the foot of South Midland Avenue).  All are welcome.
Kearny Public 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.
Cecilian Seniors announce a trip to Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, on Oct. 12. Cost is $30. The bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. from in front of St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. If interested, call Johnnie B., after 6 to 9 p.m. at 201-997-9552.
A rummage sale will be held at First United Methodist Church, 601 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of treasures to be found. A bake table with homemade treats will be available.
Kearny High School Higher Education Night  sponsored by the Kearny High School Guidance Department, Harrison High School Guidance Department, and the Kearny Education Association will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13,  from 7 to 9 p.m. Representatives from colleges, universities/vocation/technical/business schools, and the military will be in the gymnasium to answer questions and hand out informative materials. Juniors and seniors from Kearny High, and neighboring high schools are invited to attend. Come and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet with the many college representatives.
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.
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.
A representative from the Red Cross Emergency Preparedness group will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Evening Membership Department of the Woman’s Club of Arlington on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrietta Benstead Center, 60 Columbia Ave., Kearny. A representative from the Gold Store will be present before and during the meeting to purchase any gold or silver from those in attendance.
The United Irish Association of West Hudson, Inc., the sponsor of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, announces the 2012 parade honorees are: Grand Marshal – Harrison Councilman Larry Bennett and Deputy Grand Marshal – East Newark Police Officer Michael O’Donnell.

The Lyndhurst Library is in need of volunteer certified ESL tutors, especially for evening classes.  Please call Michele Kelly at 201-804-2478, ext. 2 or email lyndesl@bccls.org for more information.
The library is once again collecting coats and clothing for the First Cerebral Palsy Center’s Coat Drive to help the homeless of St. John’s Soup Kitchen through the fall. New and gently used coats for all seasons, fall and winter clothing, and shoes in all sizes from adult to infant are being accepted. The drop-off boxes are located at the main entrance of the library.  For more information, please call the Lyndhurst Library at 201-804-2478, ext.7.
The library is collecting nonperishable food items for the Lyndhurst Health Department’s Food Pantry. The drop-off box is located inside the library’s back entrance and it will remain there year-round. For questions regarding the Food Pantry, call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500.
The Lyndhurst Public Library invites the community to join in a continuous program titled “Connecting With Your Inner Self.”  This program is geared for those 50+ years old.  The purpose is to get people to talk about topics such as fears, aging, changing obstacles into opportunities, dealing with problems optimistically and appreciating where you are in life.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  For more information, please call the library at 201-804-2478.
Lyndhurst Masonic Club, 315 Riverside Ave., will host a spaghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., for a donation of $8 per person. For information, please call the club at 201-933-1330.
Personal health consultations are held monthly at the Lyndhurst Health Department to provide township residents with a confidential health assessment, including a review of your health history and medications, along with measurements of blood pressure, height, and weight. Individualized health counseling and education is provided. No appointments are required for the following dates: Thursdays: Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15 (9 to 11 a.m.). For more information on this program, call 201-804-2500. Information about all health department programs can be found at www.lyndhursthealth.org.
The annual Heart Healthy Diner Forum will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department. Made possible through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, the forum will include a cooking demonstration of heart healthy meals with a discussion about healthy diets.  After the meal, Dr. John Fontanetta, chairman of emergency services and Dr. Fadi Chabban, medical director of cardiac services, will join Dr. John Cozzarelli in a question and answer session with the audience. Pre-registration is required. Please call 201-804-2500 to register. Residents from surrounding towns are welcome.
St. Michael’s Leisure Club will have a bus ride to Mt. Airy Casino in Pennsylvania on Oct. 20. The bus will leave St. Michael’s Church parking lot on Page Avenue at 10 a.m. Price is $20 with slot cash back $30. For more information, please call Georgiana at 201-438-7847
The Lyndhurst High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40th class reunion Saturday, Oct. 15, at Michael’s Riverside, 525 Riverside Ave., Lyndhurst. All graduates and guests of the Class of  ’71 are invited to attend. For more details, contact the reunion committee at jhjazz@aol.com or check the class Facebook wall. If anyone knows of a class member’s location/email address, they are asked to forward it to the above email address.
Sacred Heart School, Lyndhurst, has entertainment books for 2012 available, both the North Jersey North Bergen edition as well as the Essex edition. The book offers two-for-one discounts on fine and casual dining, airfare, hotels, car rentals, movies, sporting events, local attractions, dry cleaning, car washes and much more. The book can be purchased at Sacred Heart School, 620 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst. The cost is $30. Other editions can be ordered.

North Arlington
The North Arlington Woman’s Club holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the North Arlington Senior Center, behind Borough Hall.  Guests are welcome.
North Arlington Elks, 129 Ridge Road, will have a Fish Fry on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Price is $10 per dinner. All dinners include fish (fried or broiled) and chips, a bowl of clam chowder, a baked clam and cole slaw. Shrimp cocktail and clams on the half shell will also be available for an additional price of $3 for half dozen and $5 a dozen.
Queen of Peace Class of 1981 will have a reunion on Saturday, Nov. 19, at LaReggia in Secaucus. For more information, email qpclassof1981@yahoo.com.
The North Arlington Health Department will be administering flu vaccine by appointment only on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and Wednesday, Oct. 19.  Appointments will be starting at 9 a.m. for both days. The vaccine is offered free of charge for those covered by traditional Medicare Part B.  Medicare card must be presented at the time of immunization.  There will be a $20 fee for those not covered by Medicare. For appointment or information on an evening clinic, please call the Health Department at 201-955-5695.

Celebrate Italian American Heritage Month with Nutley UNICO and Nutley Public Library with a screening of Pane e Tulipani, (Bread and Tulips) on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. This sweet and hopeful Italian language film with English subtitles stars Licia Maglietta as a bored housewife who is forgotten at a highway café by her family on a bus trip and creates a new life for herself in Venice. Refreshments will be provided by Nutley UNICO. Call the library at 973-667-0405 for more information on this and other library programs. The schedule of programs is available at the library and on the library’s web site at http://nutley.bccls.org

Local soccer rivals set to meet at Red Bull Arena

Kearny-Harrison doubleheader brings tons of excitement to neighboring fans

Photo by Jim Hague/ The Kearny and Harrison boys’ soccer teams get together before their big match at Red Bull Arena on Saturday. Front row, from left, are Jason Cunha of Harrison and Eric Castellanos of Kearny. Back row, from left, are Kearny head coach Bill Galka, Michael Barbosa of Harrison, Ryan Wilson of Kearny, Willie Aguilar of Harrison, Tyler Anderson of Kearny, Joao Conceicao of Harrison and Harrison head coach Mike Rusek.


Photo by Jim Hague/ Members of the Kearny and Harrison girls’ soccer teams pose for a group picture inside Red Bull Arena before their showdown at the soccer palace on Saturday. From left are Kearny head coach Vin Almeida, Ashleigh Amadeo of Kearny, Bianca Martinez of Harrison, Nicole Cunha of Harrison and Harrison head coach Annemarie Sacco.


By Jim Hague

HARRISON– Over the last year or so, there were two other opportunities for local
soccer players to get a chance to actually play at the majestic soccer palace known as Red Bull Arena, but those chances were unfortunately yanked away by the Red Bull team management.
The Hudson County Tournament boys’ and girls’ finals were originally slated to be
played there last October, matches that featured both the Kearny High School
boys’ and girls’ teams, but the Red Bulls decided at the last minute that the high school games would have caused too much damage to the field while the Red Bulls were participating in the MLS Cup playoffs.
Then, matches between the two neighboring rivals, namely Kearny and Harrison, were initially scheduled to open the 2011 season. It was going to be that both the boys’
and girls’ soccer programs from the two local schools would square off in a doubleheader to start the season on Sept. 9.
But just like the first time, the doubleheader was scrapped, due to concerns about the condition of the pitch at Red Bull Arena.

It was getting to become a bad habit, getting the local kids all excited about the chance to play at the $200 million complex, only to have it pulled from under their feet.
“It was so upsetting when I heard that we weren’t going to play there,” said Kearny senior defender Ashleigh Amadeo. “We were so looking forward to it.”
“I was really disappointed by it,” said Kearny senior goalkeeper Tyler Anderson. “I was waiting for four years to play in a Kearny-Harrison game and now I wasn’t going to get the chance.”
For Anderson, it was a personal event, considering his family is originally from Harrison and his father still teaches at Harrison High.
“It’s bigger than any other game,” Anderson said.
Harrison midfielder Michael Barbosa was equally disappointed.
“At first, when I heard the game was off, I thought it was really off for good,” Barbosa said. “I didn’t think we’d get a chance to play the game.”
Well, it sure looks as if it’s going to take place this time.
The Red Bulls announced that they were opening the doors of Red Bull Arena for the Kearny-Harrison doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The girls’ game between the two schools will begin at 1 p.m. and the boys’ match will begin at 3 p.m.
Tickets for the doubleheader are on sale at the Red Bulls’ box office and at both schools.
The game is finally on. The local kids will grace the field at Red Bull Arena.
The Red Bulls welcomed players and coaches from both teams, as well as administrators from both schools, to Red Bull Arena last week to formally announce the doubleheader.
“I got all excited all over again,” Barbosa said. “It’s a big opportunity for us to play Kearny and to play it here is amazing. The last time we played Kearny, it was in the Hudson County final (a match won by Harrison, 1-0) two years ago. Since this is now my senior year, I want to create a lifetime memory.”
“It’s going to be two great teams fighting, giving everything they have,” Anderson said. “I’m getting excited just thinking about being in the goal on this field. It’s going to be the peak of my soccer career. I remember going to watch Kearny-Harrison games as a kid and now I’m getting a chance to play in one. Every kid dreams of getting a chance like this. I’m getting the chance.”
The boys’ showdown will certainly have its share of excitement. Both the Blue Tide and Kardinals are playing exceptional soccer and both are ranked among the top 20 in New Jersey.
The Kardinals are 5-1 and ranked 10th in the state. The Blue Tide is currently 4-0 and ranked 13th, coming off a huge win over NJIC rival Wallington last week. It is a matchup of the state’s very best.
“It’s going to be a great day for Harrison, for Kearny, for everyone,” said Harrison head coach Mike Rusek, who is a native of Kearny and a Kearny High alumnus. “I just think it’s a great way for the Red Bulls to give a commitment to both towns. I know everyone is looking forward to it.”
Rusek was asked if he was personally disappointed when the games were postponed in the past.
“Well, it has to be a good sign that they have us all here today for a picture,” Rusek said. “I still have my fingers crossed.”
Kearny head coach Bill Galka is also looking forward to the showdown.
“It’s a great feeling to finally get a chance to play here,” Galka said. “Everyone is excited about it. It’s a great thing for soccer in this area and for the players, it’s an experience that will sit with them for the rest of their lives. Family, friends, soccer people are all looking toward this game. We both have good records going in. It’s always a good game and it should be this time. It’s always an important game, but it has the added excitement of being in the best professional stadium in this country.”
While the boys’ contest will draw the most attention and excitement, don’t downplay the girls’ contest. The Kardinals have won six straight games since a setback in the season opener and are coming off a solid win over Bayonne last week. The Blue Tide owns a 2-5 record, but has shown promise in the early season.
Kearny head coach Vin Almeida knows that his team is expected to roll over the Blue Tide, but won’t take anything for granted.
“Coming here to play, I really don’t have to say anything,” Almeida said. “It’s great for the girls and it’s for real this time. We’re actually coming here to play. We don’t expect an easy game. Just being on the field, looking up at the people in the stands, will really be like a dream. You might see me suit up and run out onto the field.”
Amadeo is still stunned that the game will finally take place.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Amadeo said. “I keep saying, `Is it really happening?’ I never thought I would get the chance to play at Red Bull Arena. It’s wonderful. It’s what every kid dreams of.”
The Harrison contingent isn’t just showing up to look good.
“We know that they have the experience and the momentum, but we’re going to be ready to play here,” said Harrison first-year head coach Annemarie Sacco. “I actually feel that we have a lot of pressure, because we want to put up a good fight and we’re not thinking like we’re coming into the game to lose.”
Senior Nicole Cunha agrees.
“We’re not coming here to lose,” Cunha said. “We’re ready to come and play.”
“It’s exciting to get the chance,” Harrison senior Bianca Martinez said. “I never thought we’d get a chance to play here. It means a lot, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Since this is my last year at Harrison, it’s a good memory to have.”
Cunha said that she has been playing soccer since she was a little kid.
“I grew up around the game and I never thought I’d get a chance to play here,” Cunha said. “It’s so close to my home. It’s a big deal for me. It’s right here.”
And it’s a big deal that’s definitely going to happen now. Count on it and plan on being there.

NA’s German becomes standout back at William Paterson

Photo courtesy of Larry Levanti and William Paterson athletics/ North Arlington native Dawys German has emerged as the main go-to running back for William Paterson this season.


By Jim Hague

It’s said that persistence and patience are virtues.
If that’s truly the case, then Dawys German is a very virtuous young man.
The North Arlington High graduate wanted to get the chance to play college football, but when his days as a Viking were done, he didn’t have the sufficient academic record to head to a college football school right away.
So German headed to Bergen County Community College for a stint – just long enough to get the necessary grades to move on to a four-year school.
German then went to William Paterson University, but soon found out that there wasn’t a lot of playing time for 5-foot-9, 175-pound running backs.
“My first two years at William Paterson, I just tried to get better,” German said. “I tried to get bigger and stronger. I worked hard, waiting for my chance.”
There was one thing working in German’s favor. He had the faith of Jerry Flora, his head coach at William Paterson.
“I knew Dawys was committed,” Flora said. “I could tell, because he was committed in the classroom, determined to get the good grades. To be honest, I also knew he was going to be a good player for us. I recruited him out of high school because I knew Dawys would help us. His high school coach (Anthony Marck) vouched for him. I knew he was a player.”
German spent the first two seasons at William Paterson as a spot starter and special teams contributor. He did manage to collect 448 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games last season. Seeing that there was an opportunity to make a step up this season, German pushed himself in the offseason, trying to seize that chance to become the Pioneers’ main running back.
“After spring ball, I was told that I now had a chance to be a starter,” German said. “So I basically lived in the gym all summer. I prepared for the chance. I put on more muscle (approximately 25 pounds of muscle) and basically stayed in the weight room. I got a little bigger and I was able to keep my speed. I was excited that I was going to get a chance to be a major part of the offense. I actually dreamed about it.”
“I knew that Dawys worked hard to get ready, but I actually challenged Dawys,” Flora said. “I pulled him aside and told him what we wanted from him. I told him that I saw him taking on more of a leadership role being the full-time back. I told him those responsibilities rested on him.”
German was poised for that chance that he waited three years to get.
“I think it all made me mentally stronger,” German said. “I knew I could do it. I wanted the team to be able to count on me to be able to do it.”
Since the start of the 2011 season last month, German has more than grabbed the ball and run with it. He’s become a legitimate college football standout.
In four games this season (the Pioneers have a 2-2 record), German has rushed for 516 yards and three touchdowns, already surpassing last year’s totals. He’s also caught four passes for 71 yards and scored two more touchdowns.
Recently, German had a game to remember in the Pioneers’ big Homecoming win over Brockport. German had 162 yards rushing on 19 carries and a touchdown and caught two passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the Pioneers’ huge 35-23 win.
Last Saturday, in a loss to Buffalo State, German had 137 yards on 24 carries, including a 69-yard touchdown run.
Needless to say, German’s patience and persistence paid off. He’s arrived.
“I’m happy for him,” Flora said. “He’s developed into a good leader and a great college football player. I think a lot of it has to do with his commitment. He wanted to be successful. He just took the reins and wanted this.”
Flora believes that the bigger and more powerful German has a lot going for him.
“He has a good level of gravity and has good elusiveness,” Flora said. “He also doesn’t go down easily. That’s a credit to him. Anyone who saw him work out over the summer saw his commitment in weight lifting and power lifting. When he came to camp this summer, he shattered everything we might have had expected for him. I can’t say I’m surprised with what he’s done.”
“I can’t say I’m surprised, because I knew I was capable of it,” German said. “I guess I can say I’m happy. It feels good. Now, I’ve proven I definitely can do it.”
German is majoring in criminal justice at William Paterson, with the hope of eventually becoming a police officer, maybe even in his hometown of North Arlington.
“But I still have some time here,” German said.
German said that he still speaks on a regular basis with high school coach Marck.
“We talk at least once every week,” German said. “We go back and forth. He always believed in me and told me I could do it. He told me that I could do it, that I could be a player on the next level.”
And now, because of his determination, German is proof that a little guy from a small school can become a big star on the college football scene.
“It doesn’t matter if you come from a small school,” German said. “If you want something bad enough, you can get it.”

QP’s Villano adapts well to his new surroundings


Photo by Jim Hague/ Queen of Peace sophomore quarterback Anthony Villano.


By Jim Hague

After spending his freshman year as the starting quarterback at Belleville High School, Anthony Villano was faced with a tough decision.
Young Villano had to decide whether to stick it out at Belleville with a new coach or transfer to a different school and start anew.
“I guess it was a little tough leaving my friends,” Villano said. “But I was confident that it would all work out for the best.”
Villano chose to leave Belleville and transfer to Queen of Peace.
“I was fortunate to make new friends at my new school,” Villano said.
But there were no guarantees of being the starting signal caller with the Golden Griffins, especially since the team had its starting quarterback from last year, Marcel Lambert, returning.
“I was worried a little bit at first,” Villano said. “But I knew Marcel wasn’t exactly a quarterback and that he was playing out of position.  I figured that if I went in there and worked hard, if I showed what I could do, then Marcel could go back to his natural position.”
QP head coach Steve Romano admitted that it was a tough call to determine who would be the quarterback, either the incumbent Lambert or the newcomer Villano.
“It was a hard decision for us,” Romano said. “It was hard, especially since Marcel put in so much time and effort to be the quarterback. But we could see right away that Anthony was more of a pure pocket presence as a quarterback. We could see that Anthony could throw the ball. We also thought that he would be our quarterback, today and into the future. Once we put him in there, he was very comfortable and I knew that we made the right decision.”
But Villano didn’t exactly have instant success with his new team.
“Truthfully, he struggled a little the first week,” Romano said of Villano’s performance in the Golden Griffins’ 34-20 loss to Park Ridge to open the season. “It was a new school, a new team. He obviously had a lot of pressure on him. But then we got to see what he’s really made of.”
Villano progressively got better and more comfortable with his new high school home.
“I was really upset with the way I played in the first game, but I got over it and came back and played better,” Villano said.
“He really made some big strides the second two games,” Romano said.
However, those games ended with poor results as well, as the Golden Griffins lost to both Lodi and Emerson Borough. At 0-3, the Griffins were staring at the rest of their season. Another loss and they could pretty much end all hope of qualifying for the NJSIAA Non-Public state playoffs and would have to play solely for pride.
So as the Golden Griffins faced Bogota last Saturday, it was basically a must-win situation.
“It played a big part in getting ready for the game,” Villano said. “I knew I had to go out and play my best game.”
That Villano did.
He completed 14 of 24 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Griffins to a crucial 27-20 victory, saving the season for another week.
And for his efforts, Villano has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week.
Romano had an inkling that Villano was poised to come up big against Bogota.
“I could see there was a little more edge in the way he was practicing,” Romano said. “He had more focus. His passes were sharper. He had it going all week in practice. All we had to do was hope for drier weather.”
The rain held off and Villano led the way.
“The coaching staff all knew that for us to win games, we needed to have big games from Anthony,” Romano said. “Without an effort from him like this, we don’t come back and win this game.”
“I felt a lot more confident,” said the talented sophomore. “I felt like I’ve been throwing the ball well and felt great Saturday. I played three games and had only one touchdown pass. Now, I get four in one game. I was beginning to feel a little discouraged, but not anymore.”
Both Romano and Villano agree that this breakthrough performance is just the start.
“I feel like there are many more bigger and better games in front of me,” Villano said.
“His best days are definitely ahead of him,” Romano said. “I knew what he could do. I wasn’t sure about his leadership, his personality and his demeanor on the field, but he’s been all that and more. On the field, he’s very mature and a leader. Off the field, I can’t get him to say a word.”
‘Added Romano, “But if he continues in this manner and has the tools around him, he’s going to open up a lot of eyes. The sky’s the limit on his potential.”
Villano knows now that opponents are going to be targeting him, trying to stop him and his pinpoint passing prowess.
“I feel that there’s a little bit of pressure on me now, but it’s going to help me to work harder,” Villano said.
And although he’s only a sophomore, he’s already drawing some attention from the college recruiters.
“I like that a lot,” Villano said. “I guess things are definitely working out for me so far. I’m liking it.”
As well Villano should.

Estate tax law gets adjusted


By Randy Neumann

Well, as I live and breathe. Congress finally got around to addressing the estate tax situation; well, at least for two years.
Let’s begin with a little history. In 2000, the Republicans tried to repeal the estate tax or what they called the “death tax.” They couldn’t get the 60 votes necessary in the Senate, so they compromised by creating the Economic Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 which put the estate tax on a roller coaster ride that lasted 10 years.
For those who think that 10 years is an “eternity,” consider this: The first estate tax emerged from the Stamp Act in 1797, which required that federal tax stamps be purchased when transferring property from an estate. The cost of the stamp required to transfer property depended on the value of the estate and the size of the transfer.
Interestingly, this tax was enacted because of the strained trade relations with France that compelled the United States to develop a powerful navy. It was repealed in 1802.
Returning to more modern times (1997): For many years, the exemption from the estate tax was $600,000 and the rate of taxation was 55%. The above-mentioned tax law gradually increased the exemption amount to $3.5 million in 2009 with a tax rate of 45%.
Amazingly, the law eliminated the estate tax in 2010. Nobody in their right mind believed that Congress would let that happen. All the pundits, including this one, predicted that Congress would pass legislation to bring back the estate tax. We were wrong. Therefore, 2010 turned out to be a great year to die for billionaires or, more accurately, their families.
George Steinbrenner’s passing got a lot of ink because of his notoriety. It is estimated that his estate saved $500 million in estate taxes. However, he’s a piker compared with Texas oilman Dan L. Duncan, who died in March 2010. According to Forbes magazine, Duncan’s estimated net worth was $9 billion, so the 55% that would have gone to the government went to his family instead.
Why didn’t Congress reenact the estate tax law in 2010?
Well, I guess you can say that they were busy with things like economic stimulus, health care reform, cash for clunkers, credit card regulation, digital TV, unemployment benefits, et al.
For 2011, Congress finally got around to re-addressing the estate tax in the Tax Relief Act of 2010, and here’s what it looks like.
The federal estate tax rate is now 35% with a $5 million individual exemption. While this is true for 2011 and 2012, after 2012, estate tax rates could change. As Jack Paar would say, “I kid you not.”
The new $5 million exemption  is portable. That is, executors have the option to transfer an unused $5 million individual estate tax exemption (upon the death of one
spouse) to a surviving spouse. Therefore, with this new portability, a married couple could potentially transfer up to $10 million of assets without incurring federal estate tax.
The federal gift tax exemption is set at $5 million through 2012. This is a fantastic tax
break. Wealthy taxpayers can now plan to transfer significantly greater amounts of wealth within their lifetimes without triggering a gift tax. This $5 million exemption is individual and portable, meaning that couples could potentially gift up to $10 million to heirs.
The annual gift tax exclusion is again $13,000 in 2011, so a taxpayer may gift up to
$13,000 each to an unlimited number of individuals this year with the lifetime exclusion of $5 million in mind. (Those gifts can include tuition and payments for medical care.)
The charitable IRA rollover allows an IRA owner age 70 or older  to gift a total of $100,000 in IRA assets to one or more qualified charities or nonprofit organizations
(a move that can count toward his or her annual RMD). It has to be a direct transfer –
the gift must pass directly from an IRA sponsor to the charity. The IRA accountholder
doesn’t get a tax deduction, but he or she can potentially bypass the income tax on the distribution.
Charitable IRA gifts made in January 2011 can count for 2010. The new law says that if you make a charitable IRA transfer in January 2011, you can elect to report the transfer on your 2010 federal return. Additionally, you are free to make another IRA
charitable rollover of up to $100,000 at some other point in 2011 for the benefit of your 2011 federal return.
The GST is back. The generation-skipping transfer tax was 0% in 2010; however,
it returns at 35% in 2011. The GST exemption is set at $5 million for 2011, and it will be inflation-indexed for 2012.
In light of these interesting developments, this is a good time to consult with your financial planning professionals.

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.


Joseph Minnella Jr.
Joseph Minnella Jr., 82, of North Arlington, formerly of Clifton, died on Sept. 26 at home.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.
Son of the late Joseph and Mae Minnella, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Vatert Minnella.  He was the father of Christine (Jay) Durner, Susan (Lou) Testone, Sandra (Dave) Haut and Lisa Minnella; brother of Arlene Carole Nostrame and the late June Minnella; grandfather of seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three nephews and one niece.
Mr. Minnella was a former salesman with C & J Glass, North Arlington, and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  He was an avid hobbyist whose interests included photography, tropical fish and remote control airplanes.  He was a member of the Tropical Fish Club of North Jersey, North Jersey Aquarium Society and Lakeland Radio Control Airplane Association.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Barnabas Hospice, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange,  N.J. 07052, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Robert Edmund Torrance III
Robert Edmund Torrance III, 81, of Encampment, Wyo., and Daytona Beach, Fla., died early Saturday morning, Sept. 24,  at Florida Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1930, in East Orange, to Robert Edmund Torrance Jr. and Gladys Worsley Torrance.  He lived in Kearny, for most of his life, moving to Encampment 15 years ago and spending winters in Daytona Beach.  He graduated from Kearny High School in 1948, attended Farleigh Dickinson University earning an associate’s degree and then graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1956.  He married Carol Louise Schade on June 28, 1958.
Bob worked for many years in the engineering department of Acme Supermarkets, purchasing store equipment.  He then worked in real estate and ran a bookkeeping business from his home before retiring.  He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church in Kearny,  serving as elder, choir member and treasurer. He was a member of the West Hudson Optimist Club for 15 years.  After moving to Wyoming, he was active in the Encampment Presbyterian Church as elder and finance committee chairman.  He enjoyed singing in the Encampment Community Choir, the Lion’s Club and volunteering at the Grand Encampment Museum where he served on its board of directors. His interests included keeping up with current events over morning coffee with his friends at the Sagebrush Senior Center in Encampment. He had an undying love for all things related to airplanes.  A recent highlight of his life was a ride on a WWII B17 Bomber in Rawlins, Wyo.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol, his three children, Robin Wintersen-Stock of New Mexico, Robert E. IV of Ocean, and son John with wife Gina, of Colorado. His grandchildren are Mike Machado, Mamina Cordova, Sidhu Wintersen-Stock and Emmet and Teague Torrance.  He has three great-grandchildren, with a fourth on the way.  His surviving sister, Carol Lundquist, is of Glen Rock.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Grand Encampment Museum, P.O. Box 43, Encampment, Wyo. 82325.

Ernesto Paulino Pita
Ernesto Paulino Pita, 73, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark.  He was born in Murtosa, Portugal, and came to the Ironbound in Newark in 1966 and has been residing in Kearny since 1978.
He was a laborer for Local 472 of Newark for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of the Sport Maritimo Murtoense and Club dos Cacadores, both of Newark.
Beloved husband of Alda Oliveira (Nee Vieira) Pita; devoted and loving father of Fred Pita (Marianne), Jaclyn Pita and Ernie Pita (Kathy); brother of Avelino Pita of Portugal, Deolinda Pita Viuva of Venezuela, Miguel Pita (Deolinda) of Venezuela and Amandio Pita (Silvina); dear grandfather of Bryannah, Zach, Brooke, Julianna; brother-in-law of Carminda Vieira Martins, Maria Vieira Rocha and Alfredo Vieira (Maria); also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements were by the Buyus Funeral Home, 426 Lafayette St., Newark. A funeral Mass was held in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Newark. Entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Dolores Landry
Dolores Landry died on Sept. 27 in Clara Maass Medical Center. She was 64. Born in Newark, she was a lifelong Kearny resident. Dolores was a retired nurse. Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Burial will be at Arlington Cemetery.

Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade

Pictured is Gerard Tolve, co-chairman of the Nutley-Belleville Columbus day parade committee standing with Isabella Mattingly of Belleville in front of the Columbus Parade Calliope, which Mattingly’s father helped build. The calliope is both a music wagon and a bubble machine.

This year’s parade is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Belleville High School. The reviewing stand will be in front of Nutley High School.

The parade will include a dozen bands, half-dozen floats and free flags, balloons and candy will be distributed to spectators.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade, call Mike Perrone at 973-780-7852 or email columbusparade@gmail.com.

Anti-graffiti art project in Bloomfield

Bloomfield Township and its Board of Education are seeking local artists ages 16 and older, to volunteer their services to paint murals over graffiti at various locations around town, including three trailers at Franklin Elementary School.

Paint supplies will be provided by the township and the school board.

“The local artist team will develop a sustainable method to connect community with professional artists and technical assistance to create beautiful, diverse and enduring community-based art projects,” a township statement said.

“The effort will primarily focus on properties that are identified as prime graffiti sites by reclaiming them and turning them into places for community art . . .”

Artists who are interested should submit samples of their work including artwork from art classes, work that has been completed independently, and sketch books. Video tapes are acceptable.

To sign up or for more information, contact Rosemary Brown, at 973 680-4080 or e-mail Rbrown@bloomfieldtwpnj.com.

Arlington Juniors host fifth “Scrap for a Cause”


The Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington is hosting its fifth “Scrap for a Cause” on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Avenue, Kearny.  Scrapbookers and crafters will have nine hours of uninterrupted time, plenty of table space, and ample lighting to work on their projects.

Tickets are $25 (only $15 for JWCA members) and include a full food and beverage service of breakfast, lunch, and snacks – served by the Arlington Juniors.  A variety of vendors will offer the latest scrapbook products, chocolate, cosmetics, jewelry, purses, and more.  All registered guests will be entered into drawings for door prizes.

A portion of the proceeds from the fundraising event will be donated to benefit the NJSFWC-JM State Project – The Valerie Fund / Camp Happy Times.

To participate and support this cause, contact Christine Jablonski at JsNest@comcast.net or 201-618-0538.

Thriving Survivors’ candlelight walk in Nutley

Nutley Thriving Survivors Inc., a support program for breast  cancer survivors who live and work in Nutley, is preparing for its 9th annual celebration walk and brunch.

The Candlelight Celebration Walk will take place Friday, Oct. 7,  starting  at 6 p.m. in front of Walker Middle School, 315 Franklin Ave., and continuing through Yanticaw Park.

Registration will be accepted right up to and including the evening of the walk.  The $15 fee includes a black sweatshirt with pink lettering, candle, water, hot dog and luminaria in memory of or in celebration of a breast cancer survivor. Music by Slipped Disc entertainment will be provided.  Special guests this year are the Guardians of the Pink Ribbon, who will be on hand with their pink fire truck.

The Celebratory Brunch will be held Sunday, Oct. 30,  at 10 a.m. at the Starlight Dance Center Ballroom, 7 High Street in Nutley.  Featured speaker will be Yoga Grand Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with special guest Maryanda Griese.  The brunch is open to all, however, through a grant from Roche, women who live or work in Nutley and who are breast cancer survivors are invited free of charge.  They may also bring one guest, free of charge.  All supporters are welcome at the cost of $30.

In addition to Roche,  Nutley Unico, Montclair Radiology, Mayor Joanne Cocchiola and the Department of Public Affairs are  co-sponsors of  the events.

For information on registration for either event, call 973-284-4975 or email nutleythrivers@gmail.com.