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Moving day is coming

  By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Even Steven Shalom, who has run Discount City in Kearny since 1992, concedes that sprucing up the Passaic Ave. mall with BJ’s Wholesale Club as a new anchor store, will be “a […]

Going out in style with Blue Ribbon

  By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent HARRISON – You could say Ron Shields’ career as a Harrison educator was preordained, given that both his parents taught at Harrison High School. His dad, Fred Shields, a 1936 soccer Olympian, was a […]

For the sake of the Passaic

    By Karen  Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY– Plastic lawn chairs, propane tanks, wrought iron railings, pipes, dead shrubbery, pieces of street signs, and innumerable plastic shopping bags and plastic bottles — but no groundhogs. The groundhogs who burrow along […]

Nothing stops her

  By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent Harrison’s Blanca Alvarez was sick with the flu the morning of the big race. “But I decided to run anyway,” she said. Still, Alvarez had something to brag about: Her time of 1:08:44.96 was […]

Unsung heroes in our midst

  By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent HARRISON – The Harrison American Legion Post 282 salutes Joseph Moscinski as 2013 Firefighter of the Year and Corey Karas as Police Officer of the Year on April 26 at 4 p.m. at the […]

His swift response saved a life

  NUTLEY – An off-duty Nutley cop has been credited with coming to the aid of a stabbing victim at a Clifton shopping mall and thereby saving that person’s life. Nutley Police Chief Tom Strumolo said he was recommending Officer […]


Remembering Our Vets

This weekend we will share in the festivities of Memorial Day, it also marks the beginning of summer.  It’s a sacred day to all war veterans; time to honor those Americans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  While the holiday is a three-day weekend for many workers throughout the country, it should be a time for remembrance and not taking liberties.

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‘Fold him in his Country’s stars’

Elsewhere in this week’s paper, there is a tragic story of a Civil War veteran and a long-ago link to Kearny. As I noted, I learned about it quite by accident while surfing the Net.
That same day, also while searching for something else entirely, I found a Civil War poem I had never read before. Perhaps some Observer readers already know of it, but it caught me by surprise.
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Hunt for new housing chief continues

By Ron Leir

It’s back to the drawing board for the Harrison Housing Authority.
The HHA board of commissioners voted earlier this month to suspend its search for a new executive director.
The commissioners instructed consultant Robert Graham to readvertise for applicants and start all over again, according to interim Executive Director Zinnerford Smith.
Smith said  Graham is in the process of revising the solicitation for the  new housing boss.
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The art of ceramics

Photos by Anthony Machcinski Wall mural of tiles depicting artist’s students graces Harrison Public Library.

By Anthony J. Machcinski

After living in East Hanover the last couple of years, former Harrison resident Lorraine Cicchino returns to her hometown to showcase her work at the public library.

While teaching crafts for the Elizabeth Board of Education, Cicchino started teaching ceramics to high school students. This is where Cicchino fell in love with the art.

“I came to love this medium so much that I began sculpting and doing wheel work in all my spare time,” Cicchino said.
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KPD recovers car in record time

By Karen Zautyk


‘Gone in 60 seconds, returned in 60 minutes,” is the way Kearny Police Chief John Dowie aptly described the case of a stolen car recovered by his officers last week. The vehicle was reported taken from the Walmart lot at 7 p.m. May 16, and by 8 p.m., thanks to some fine police work, was located by the KPD in Newark.
According to the report, a woman who had been shopping at Walmart returned to the parking lot to find her Mercedes Benz gone. When Officer Neil Nelson responded to the call, the victim told him she believed she might have lost or misplaced the car keys somewhere in the store.
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4 arrested in robbery try


Four suspects who allegedly tried to hold up the Exxon station at 22 Passaic Ave. last Thursday night were apprehended by a lone Kearny police officer after they returned to the scene of the crime, authorities reported.
Police Chief John Dowie said the incident began at 8 p.m., May 19, when an auto pulled into the station and the attendant approached the vehicle. The woman who was driving refused to lower the window, Dowie said, and motioned to the back seat. A male passenger sitting there allegedly pointed a large knife at the attendant, who ran into the office and called police. The woman then drove off.
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News from the Nutley PD blotter

Burglaries, including another to an auto, apparent identity theft and an incident involving some particularly pesky children were among those reported by Nutley police. The blotter, ending May 19, included:

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Around town

The Belleville Public Library and Information Center offers English as a Second Language beginner and intermediate classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are taught by qualified teachers from Belleville High School. There is a minimal fee of $5 per class. Those interested may sign up at any time. To register, call the library’s circulation desk at 973-450-3434.
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Lyndhurst boys’ track team repeats as Bergen County champ as Rono wins four

Photo by Jim Hague The Lyndhurst boys’ track team captured the Bergen County Division C championship over the weekend at Old Tappan High School. Front row from left are Thiago Fernandes, Cap Ki Kim, Danny Gaspar, Mike Morreale, Thomas Hayes and Anthony Giaquinto. Back row from left are assistant coach Kim Hykey, assistant coach Ed Tessalone, Andrew Stajek, Erik Quesada, Nick Marino, Patrick Rono, Jimmy Gangi, Matt Pombo, Vincent Acosta, Kyle Jankowski, Thomas Grimmeyer and head coach Tom Shoebridge.

By Jim Hague

It’s one thing to win one Bergen County championship. Just ask the boys’ team at Lyndhurst High School, who in 2010 captured the school’s first-ever county title.
But to win another? It’s almost unthinkable.
However, the Golden Bears did exactly that. After never having won a single county title in the school’s history, Lyndhurst won its second consecutive county title, taking the Division C title over the weekend at two sites in Bergen County, namely Ramsey and Old Tappan.
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New start, new league, new uniforms for Newark Bears

Photo by Jim Hague. From left, Newark Bears general manager Mike Torrez, bench coach Ron Karkovice, partner and CEO Tom Cetnar, manager Tim Raines and pitching coach Jim Leyritz get together to show off the team’s new uniforms at Media Day last week. The Bears begin the 2011 season Thursday against the Rockland Boulders at 11 a.m.

By Jim Hague

The Newark Bears will begin their 2011 season Thursday morning at 11.
It will mark the beginning of a new era for the franchise, as the Bears move from the old Atlantic League to the Can-Am Professional Baseball League, an independent league that features new rules, a shorter schedule and a neighboring rival in the New Jersey Jackals.
The Bears, who played in the independent Atlantic League since their inception in 1999, will feature some familiar faces.
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