BELLEVILLE – Three township residents were displaced and one was injured by a fire that heavily damaged a King St. dwelling on Sunday, Jan. 25, according to the Belleville Fire Department. Battalion Fire Chief Martin Lutz said township fire personnel […]
The Kearny Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with the Kearny Police and Fire departments, Kearny Emergency Rescue Squad, Office of Mayor Alberto G. Santos, Town Administrator Michael Martello, the Kearny School District, Kearny Health and Public Works Departments, and […]
Here’s an ongoing list of local closures as of 5:39 p.m., Jan. 26. We’ll update this post as new information is available to us. • North Arlington Public Schools, closed Jan. 27. • North Arlington Borough Hall, closed Jan. 27 […]
The Nutley Public Library will close early Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at 1 p.m., due to inclement weather. Call the library at 973-667-0405 on Tuesday to see if it has reopened. You may also check the library website at nutleypubliclibrary.org […]
State offices will close today at 1 p.m., and will be closed tomorrow, after Gov. Christie declared a State of Emergency for the entire state.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
Mike Goff is in his third year coaching the Lyndhurst-North Arlington High Schools wrestling cooperative and the energetic coach feels much more at home now.
“I’m a little more settled in,” Goff said. “The kids all know me. The team is made up of juniors that I had as freshmen. I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re still a work in progress, but we’re much improved. We’re fighting and going into matches thinking we can win. We’re putting ourselves in situations where we can win.”
That was evident on Saturday, when the Golden Bears/ Vikings defeated Kearny and Orange and battled perennial Group IV playoff contender Livingston down to the final bout.
“I think we’re at the point where we’re starting to break through,” Goff said. “We’re in a good position right now.”
Lyndhurst-North Arlington, which features wrestlers from both high schools, lost close matches to Belleville and Lodi in the last few weeks.
“We were in both matches,” Goff said. “I think that shows the kids that we’re moving in the right direction.”
The interest is definitely there as well. Goff had a total of 31 prospective wrestlers try out for the team last month.
“It’s the most we ever had,” Goff said. “I do like the makeup of this team. There’s good chemistry.”
So much so that they went to a wrestling team camp at The College of New Jersey last summer – despite the fact that the team is comprised of kids from two different neighboring schools that are generally archrivals.
“They all hang out together and get along so well,” said Goff, who took his entire team bowling Sunday afternoon.
There’s another aspect to the team’s camaraderie – namely their hair color. More than half of the team has dyed their hair bleach blond as a sign of unity.
“It’s a close-knit group,” Goff said. “We have a group of juniors who have been doing it (dying their hair) since fifth grade. I didn’t think we’d have that many this year, but 16 kids have done it.”
As long as the Golden Bears/ Vikings continue to win, they could dye their hair green and it wouldn’t matter to Goff.
“It just shows that we’re all on the same page together,” Goff said.
A quick glance of the Golden Bears/Vikings’ roster right now shows a very young team with a good balance of both Lyndhurst and North Arlington students.
Freshman Matt Daub is the team’s 106-pounder.
“He’s doing very well,” Goff said. “He wrestles all year round, so he has good experience as a wrestler. There’s still a big learning curve as a freshman.”
Sophomore Conor Yunis is a fixture at 113 pounds.
“He had a good year for us last year at 106 pounds,” Goff said of Yanis.
Junior Corey Leclerc is one of the team’s top returning wrestlers. Leclerc holds down the 120-pound weight class. “Corey was third in the districts and made it to the second day of the regions,” Goff said. “We’re expecting bigger things from him this year.”
Junior Devin Yunis is the team’s 126-pounder.
“He’s come a long way since freshman year,” Goff said of the elder Yunis. “Now, he’s quick on his feet and picked up from where he left off last year. He’s a tough kid.”
All four of the aforementioned wrestlers attend Lyndhurst High School.
The team’s 132-pounder, Louis Arzuaga, is from North Arlington, so he has to commute daily from NA to Lyndhurst for practices. Now that’s dedication.
“Louis has picked up where he left off last year and he’s part of the junior class I have that is rock solid,” Goff said. “Louis is another tough kid who puts up a fight every time out. He’s a fighter.”
Junior Andrew Fernandez is another North Arlington student. Fernandez is a junior at 138 pounds.
“He’s very strong and very agile,” Goff said of Fernandez. “He uses his strength to his advantage.”
Christien Campana is a newcomer to the local scene. Campana, the team’s 145-pounder, is a transfer from Pennsylvania.
“He’s a very technical wrestler and fits in well with the rest of the team,” Goff said of Campana.
Nick Fernandez, a freshman and the younger brother of Andrew, is the team’s 152-pounder.
“He’s jumping into a tough weight class,” Goff said of the North Arlington freshman. “But he’s holding his own.”
Senior Rocco Russomano is the team’s 160-pounder. Russomano missed all of last year with a foot injury that required surgery.
“He’s back and on the right path,” Goff said of Russomano, a Lyndhurst student. “It helps us a lot having Rocco back.”
The team’s 170-pounder is perhaps the team’s best wrestler in junior Matt DeMarco, who finished second in the District 15 last year and was a qualifier for the Region 2 tournament.
“If we have him healthy, it means a lot to the team,” Goff said. “I’m expecting a lot from Matt.”
North Arlington High School senior Giuseppe Gugliuzza is the team’s 182-pounder.
“He’s a tough kid and a very strong kid,” Goff said. “He knows how to use his strength to his advantage.”
Junior Michael Cooper is the team’s 220-pound student. Cooper attends Lyndhurst.
“He’s improved like five times more than he was last year,” Goff said.
Junior Ryan Smith, also a Lyndhurst student, is the team’s heavyweight.
“He’s a new kid that I got from off the football team,” Goff said. “He fits in well with our lineup.”
Even though Smith is brand new to wrestling, he won all three of his matches Saturday in the tri-meet at Kearny with Orange and Livingston.
“He’s done pretty well so far,” Goff said.
The team holds a 5-6 record, which isn’t good enough to qualify for the NJSIAA team sectional championships.
“We don’t think the idea of being in the state tournament is farfetched,” Goff said. “It can happen. We’ve been in every match this year. There have been no blowouts. We set the goal of competing for a state sectional title. We just need a little patience.”
The team faces Becton on the road Wednesday, followed by a matchup with 13-3 Garfield at the North Arlington gymnasium at 7 p.m. That should be a treat for the North Arlington contingent, getting a chance to wrestle on their home floor.
The team then returns to action Saturday in a quad meet with Vernon, Cliffside Park and Hasbrouck Heights at Hasbrouck Heights. Sure looks like a make or break week for Goff and his young team of blond merry men.
“It’s a big week for us,” Goff said. “There’s no question we have to do well this weekend.”
At least the term winning is being associated with Lyndhurst wrestling once again.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
The Queen of Peace boys’ basketball team continues to work its way through major growing pains, but head coach Tom McGuire is hopeful that the tough times are behind the Golden Griffins.
“Absolutely, our best basketball is ahead of us,” McGuire said. “We haven’t played our best yet. The one thing I appreciate about us is that we always tend to get better as the season goes on. We’re never the same team that started the season.”
The Golden Griffins now own a 5-5 record after soundly defeating Bergen Charter, 73-37, last Thursday night.
McGuire said that the Golden Griffins are still relatively young.
“We’re pretty green,” McGuire said. “We start a freshman and play another one. I didn’t realize how big of a loss that the seniors from last year would be. It’s a chemistry thing right now. We’re still working on the chemistry. We’re working hard in practice and trying to get everything we can out of this team. We haven’t had a signature win yet, so that’s something we need.”
The Griffins are fortunate enough to have 6-foot-3 junior forward Jeremy Joseph back from last year. The talented Joseph is averaging 19 points and seven rebounds per game. Joseph had consecutive games against Dwight- Englewood and Rutherford where he tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds (Dwight-Englewood) and 28 points and 12 rebounds (Rutherford).
“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” McGuire said. “He’s such a team player. You like players who are pass first and shoot second. Well, Jeremy is pass first and pass second. We need him to be more selfish. We’re also trying to establish him more down low, get him more involved in the paint. He’s so strong that he can handle it. He’s starting to get it.”
McGuire knows that Joseph is definitely a college prospect.
“Without a doubt, we’re working on college already,” McGuire said. “He’s a very good student, so that helps. I think playing AAU ball in the summer (with the Wayne PAL) has also helped him.”
Another key contributor is 6-foot senior guard Joe Cook.
“He was the off-guard (shooting guard) last year and this year, he’s playing more of the point guard role,” McGuire said. “He has that point guard mentality. He’s such a tough kid, a tough player. He gets the job done.” Cook is averaging eight points and four assists per game.
Another solid contributor is senior guard Mike Pettigrew. The 6-foot Pettigrew, a standout baseball player in the spring who has already committed to playing baseball at Drew University in the fall, is averaging seven points per game this season.
“He’s our shooter,” McGuire said. “He’s done a good job from the outside. If he’s shooting well, then we’re a better team. He’s also a good defensive player who goes up against the other team’s best player and holds his own against the best.”
One of the key freshmen is 6-foot-3 forward Raphael Castillo.
“He has a lot of promise,” said McGuire of Castillo, who is averaging 10 rebounds per game. “He’s going to be one of the better players in the county. He has a ton of potential.” Castillo is also averaging nine points per contest this year.
Senior James Lia, another fine baseball player, is a 5-foot-7 guard who has been battling an ankle injury.
“We want to make sure he’s healthy before we put him back out there, because he is such a good baseball player and don’t want to jeopardize that,” McGuire said.
Sophomore Dante Small is a 5-foot-11 guard.
“He’s been a little bit of a surprise, because I didn’t know whether he could play,” McGuire said. “I like his athleticism and intensity. It’s only his second year of organized basketball, so he’s still learning. But he’s a very athletic kid who could become a very good player.”
Senior Sammy Tait is a 5-foot-11 guard who comes off the bench. The same for 5-foot-7 junior Jordan Moran. Both add depth at the guard position.
Another freshman who is getting considerable playing time is 6-foot-3 Jasiah Provillion, who had 12 points in the win over Bergen Charter.
“He also has a lot of promise,” McGuire said. “He just needs to develop. He’s starting to get meaningful varsity minutes. He’s extremely athletic and working on all facets of the game with him.”
The Griffins were bolstered recently by the return of former head coach and QP standout athlete Christian Boyce to the sidelines as an assistant to McGuire. A few years ago, the roles were reversed, with Boyce as the QP head coach and McGuire as the assistant.
“Oh, God, yes, he’s helped coming back,” McGuire said. “He’s helped a lot with our post players. He’s a basketball coach and needed to be back coaching.”
The Golden Griffins have an important stretch of games coming up this week, facing off against Leonia, New Milford and Kinnelon. While qualifying for the Bergen County Jamboree might be a little bit of a stretch right now (the Griffins need wins in all three games this week to have an outside shot), the NJSIAA Non-Public B North playoffs are still a strong possibility.
“We want to think we have a shot of playing well this week,” McGuire said. “It is an important week for us. We want to make sure we get into the states.”
If the Griffins keep moving in the right direction – and get that quality, signature win – they should be in good shape.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
The high school basketball season had yet to begin, but the North Arlington boys’ team was in a bit of a bind.
Two key players, Edgar Carranza and Kevin Cerqueira, were sidelined due to injuries.
It left the door open for another junior Tim Ford to step in and make a major contribution.
Ford was a member of the NA junior varsity squad a year ago.
“I learned a lot from being on the JV,” Ford said. “I just kept trying to get better. I knew I had to build up my confidence a little. I learned a lot from dealing with a lot of adversity. I wanted to do whatever I could to help the team.” Veteran coach Rich Corsetto, in his second year at North Arlington, was hopeful that Ford could step in and contribute.
“He proved to me last year that he could help us,” Corsetto said. “Timmy is a football player as well and sometimes it takes time for the football player to get going after their season is over.”
After a little bit of a sluggish start to the season, Ford has picked it up of late, especially in the last week – and especially with his proficiency from behind the 3-point circle.
“He’s unbelievable right now,” Corsetto said. “He’s stepped up tremendously.”
Ford connected on nine 3-pointers last Tuesday in a 63-54 win over Hasbrouck Heights en route to a 33-point explosion. He followed it up by connecting on five long-range shots for 15 points in a win over Wood-Ridge and added five more treys and 15 points in a 61-45 win over Montclair Immaculate last Friday night, helping the Vikings to improve to 7-4 overall.
Not bad for a kid who scored all of four varsity points last season. The three big games gave Ford seven straight con- tests where he reached double figures in scoring.
For his efforts, Ford has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week.
Corsetto said that he’s not shocked at all by Ford’s offensive output.
“I’m really not surprised at all,” Corsetto said. “I knew that he had the ability. He works hard and he’s not a quitter. He’s a gutsy kid who does a lot with heart, desire and determination.”
Ford said that he did put a lot of time into honing his long-range shooting ability.
“I took a lot of shots to help me get better,” Ford said. “Whenever I had the chance to get better, I took advantage of it. Shooting is something that I’ve always been pretty good at. I’m lucky to have teammates who find me and get me the ball. That gives me confidence.”
Corsetto realizes Ford’s contributions to the team and how vital they have been.
“He’s been very important,” Corsetto said. “Because of what we’ve gone through with the injuries, if Timmy doesn’t make those shots, we’re in trouble. He’s really stepped up nicely. He’s also doing a nice job rebounding as well.” Corsetto noted that the undersized Ford, who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs about 160 pounds, also collected seven rebounds against Hasbrouck Heights and six in each of the wins over Wood-Ridge and Montclair Immaculate.
“He’s a nice young man,” Corsetto said. “He’s a hard worker who does everything you ask him to do. No matter what it is Timmy will do it. We haven’t had a full team all year yet, so Timmy has really done a great job helping to lead us.”
Ford is averaging close to 13 points per game as the Vikings’ shooting guard. He said that he just felt comfortable shooting the ball last Tuesday against Hasbrouck Heights.
“I was feeling it,” Ford said. “The coaches told me to keep doing it, so I just kept doing the same thing. My teammates were finding ways to get me open. I was kind of surprised with what I did. It was clearly my best game. It is kind of shocking, but I just kept hitting shots.”
Ford has not stopped since, connecting on 19 3-pointers in the last three games.
“It’s definitely given me a lot of confidence moving forward,” Ford said. “I knew I was capable of doing it. But this now gives me a boost of confidence, which I needed.”
Ford is a fine receiver on the North Arlington football team as well. He can’t decide which sport he likes better or which one he thinks he excels in more.
For now, Ford doesn’t want to disrupt the good thing that’s going on.
“I just knew I had to make those shots,” Ford said. “It feels good right now. It’s good to get recognized for my hard work.”
According to published reports, three suspects in the Jan. 17, 2013, murder of 16-year-old Alishia Colon in Kearny, have pleaded guilty to various charges, and the fourth, the alleged gunman, will stand trial in April for felony murder. Colon was shot dead in her bedroom in her Belgrove Drive home as a result of what authorities said was an ongoing dispute between her family and members of the Latin Kings street gang. The girl herself reportedly had no involvement in that dispute.
The suspected triggerman was identified as Cruz Martinez, 43, of Hazleton, Pa. He faces life in prison on murder, burglary and weapons charges.
Those who reportedly have already entered guilty pleas in connection with the crime were identified as getaway driver Kyeeth L. Smith, 23, of Willingboro, weapons possession and hindering apprehension; Eric L. Shelton, 21, of Orange, burglary and conspiracy; and Lamar D. Farrar, 24, of East Orange, weapons possession and conspiracy.
The Observer has attempted to independently confirm the information with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, but as of press time this had not been possible.
– Karen Zautyk
Michael Angelo Cowley
Michael Angelo Cowley entered into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 12, surrounded by his loving family. He was 57.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.
Born in Jersey City, Cowley was a lifelong resident of Harrison. He worked as a roofer and sider for his family construction business, Cowley Construction, for many years. He was a member of the Harrison/ East Newark Elks B.P.O.E. Lodge 2326. His pastimes and hobbies included playing baseball, basketball, bowling, darts, and karaoke. He was a diehard N.Y. Yankees fan.
He is survived by his loving daughter Samantha Vieira and her husband, Danny, grandchildren, Eann “Little Buddy” and Jenna “Ya Ya” Viera, dear siblings Robert, Gary and Patrick “Pee Wee” Cowley, Carol Sheridan, and George and Edward “Shitter” Cowley. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Joann Villaronga, and his parents, Robert and Agnes (nee Ritchie) Cowley.
In lieu of flowers, for those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049 or at www.heart.org in loving memory of Michael.
Francisco DaSilva passed away on Jan. 13. He was 60.
Born in Azambuja, Portugal, he lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny in 2002.
Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Francisco loved sports and enjoyed being involved with his Portuguese community and especially loved playing soccer for Lisa.
Husband of Rosa (nee Seco), he is also survived by his sons Rodrigo (Michelle) and Danny DaSilva and his grandsons Bryan and Brandon.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in his memory.
Joseph D. Dreisbach
Joseph D. Dreisbach, 49, of Kearny died on Saturday, Jan. 17, at home.
The viewing will be held in the Condon Funeral Home (condonfuneralhome.com), 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Joe was a client of Pathways to Independence, Inc., in Kearny for over 30 years where he enjoyed working with his friends and devoted staff.
Joe was the son of Julia (nee McMillan) Dreisbach and the late Albert W. Dreisbach Jr. He is survived by his siblings Dr. Albert W. Dreisbach, Elizabeth Dreisbach, DVM, Grace Mack (Dave), Jack Dreisbach (Diane) and Rich Dreisbach (Tina). Also surviving are his nieces and nephews Scott, Kate, Megan, Jake, Eric, Skyler, Kyle, Jordan and Riley. He also leaves his beloved caregiver Margaret Flomo.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in Joe’s memory to Pathways to Independence, Inc., 60 Kingsland Ave, Kearny, N.J. 07032.
Margaret E. Fix
Margaret E. Fix, of Kearny, passed away on Jan. 13 at St. Michael’s Hospital, Newark. She was 83.
Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church and followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Margaret was the executive secretary at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, having assisted dozens of priests over many years. She was proud to still be working.
She was an avid sports fan.
Margaret was the sister of the late Charles, Lawrence, John and Edward Fix. She is survived by her sister-in-law Gloria Fix and many nieces and nephews along with their families.
In lieu of flowers, please support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Linda A. Hudanich
Linda A. Hudanich, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Alaris Health Care of Kearny. She was 64.
The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday Jan. 20, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Her interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Olyphant, Pa. Viewing hours will be Tuesday, starting at 9 a.m. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.
Born in Lackawanna County, Pa., she lived in Kearny before moving to Harrison eight years ago. Linda was a devoted teacher with Harrison Board of Education for more than 30 years, retiring in 2013. She was a member of the New Jersey Education Association.
She took post-graduate studies at New York University, N.Y., and she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kean University, Union.
Linda is survived by her loving niece, Juliana Marie Trovato (nee Petrokowitz) and her husband, Andrew, and a sister, Sandra Petrokowitz. She was predeceased by her parents, John Hudanich and Helen (nee Rutkowski)
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Linda.
Malcolm M. McCallum
Malcolm M. McCallum, 86, of Toms River, passed away on Jan. 9 at his home.
He was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Kearny.
Malcolm was the son of William and Margaret (Rainey) McCallum.
The Grand Masonic Lodge honored Malcolm as a Master Mason for 60 years of masonic service.
Malcolm was predeceased by his wife Katherine (Elliot) McCallum and son William McCallum. He is survived by his son Robert McCallum and wife Viviana of Kearny and daughter June Michael and her husband Bill, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Cross Junction, Va.
Francis (Frank) McConville
Frank McConville was born Dec. 22, 1939, and passed away Dec. 21, 2014, in Madeira Beach, Fla.
He was born and raised in Harrison. He lived in Kearny where he raised his family until he moved to Madeira Beach in 2000.
He worked for Supermarkets General before retiring in the late 1990s.
He loved soccer, the beach and, most of all, watching his grandchildren play soccer and run marathons.
Frank was predeceased by his wife Gloria and son Frank He his survived by his daughter Gina Anderson (Allan), grandchildren Alana Kandt (Ben), Brianne Anderson, Ian McConville and sister Cathy Bimble.
Recaredo Munoz died at home on Jan. 12. He was 86.
Born in Cuba, he lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. (www.armitagewiggins. com) A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Recaredo owned Florida Shoe Store and Bostonian Shoe Store, both in Newark.
Husband of Nora (Sanchez), he is survived by his children Nora Delgado and Gabriel Munoz, his brothers Ramon, Juan and Raul and his grandchildren Gabriel, Lauren and Brendan.
John I. Passerella Sr.
John I. Passerella Sr. passed away at 97 on Jan. 12.
A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 23, in the chapel at St. Gregory the Great Church, 4620 Nottingham Way, in Hamilton Square, at 11 a.m. All are welcome.
John was born in Staten Island, N.Y., and later moved to Kearny. He was an active member of the Kearny community for many years. He served as the president of the Italian- American Marconi Club and was the Grand Marshal for the Columbus Day parade back in the 1980s. He even wrote a few stories for The Observer.
In 1984, John retired at the age of 67 from Goodyear in Newark. Two years later, he moved to Stirling, and then to Tucson, Ariz., in 2003 with his beloved wife, son and daughter-in-law where he happily lived out the rest of his days building model ships, attending a senior center where he sang songs, made friends and called bingo numbers, and he loved baking cheesecakes and cookies right until the end. He had an amazing passion for life.
John was predeceased by his cherished wife Angelina (Lee) and is survived by his son John Passerella Jr. and daughter-in-law Josephine (Tucson, Ariz.) and grandchildren Debbie Muscara with her husband Alessio (Hamilton) and John B. Passerella with his wife Karrie (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and his daughter Rita Larkin (Clifton). John also had seven great-grandchildren and two greatgreat- grandchildren.
John always had a joke to tell or a magic trick to show and was loved by everyone who met him. He is dearly missed.
Ruth Polinski (nee Davis) 86, died on Jan. 11 at her home in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. Private interment was in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.
Mrs. Polinski was born in Kearny and raised in Harrison. She had lived in Kearny since 1956.
She was a member of the Rosary Society of Our Lady and St. Anne.
Ruth is survived by her husband Edward, daughter Maria Lockard and her husband Patrick, son Edward N. and one sister Shirley Leckner. She was the beloved grandmother of Sarah Mould and her husband Peter, John Lockard (Camila Rocha), Patrick Lockard (Luisa Colorado), Daniel Lockard (Jess Jutkiewicz) and Kayla McAlinden and her husband Shane. She was the great-grandmother of Connor and Liam Lockard and Landon and Ian Mould.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo announced today that the Nutley Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide, according to reports.
A man and a woman were found dead in the 300 block of Hillside Avenue. Both were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, reports said.
The investigation is active and ongoing, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
By Karen Zautyk
Two feisty service station attendants not only refused to be cowed by an armed robber, they battered him into submission and recovered the money he had taken, Kearny police reported.
The panicked perp high-tailed it down the road, but he was arrested the following day.
Police said the saga began at 11:22 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, when a ski-masked man approached an attendant at the pumps at Steve’s Exxon at Passaic Ave. and Belgrove Drive, pulled a large knife and demanded all the employee’s money.
Still holding the attendant at knife-point, the thug forced him into the station’s mini-mart, threatened to stab the clerk who was working there and demanded the cash from the store, police said.
That’s when the tables turned.
According to police: There was a struggle over the knife. The clerk grabbed a baseball bat and began swatting the robber. The two employees managed to disarm him. The ski mask came off. The employees recognized him as a “somewhat regular” customer. They tried to restrain him and keep him on the premises, but he managed to escape, running east on Belgrove.
Officer John Travellino, Sgt. John Becker and Dets. Scott Traynor and Ray Lopez responded to the employees’ 911 call and were able to identify the suspect, police said. They also recovered DNA evidence — blood from the baseball-batted culprit.
The next day, Traynor, Lopez, Det. John Telle and Sgt. Pete Gleason arrested 25-year-old Charles Lambiase at his Kearny home. He was charged with robbery and weapons possession and was remanded to the Hudson County Jail.
Police said Lambiase had fled empty-handed. The two employees “took back everything he took. There were no proceeds from that robbery.”
Harrison PD believes it has located – with help from the Newark PD – the suspect who broke into a local liquor store during the early hours of the New Year.
At 4 p.m. on Jan. 1, police responded to Fulger’s Golden Liquor Store, Harrison and Davis Aves., where someone had shattered the glass front door with a brickto get inside and removed two cash registers and cartons of cigarettes before fleeing.
Fortunately, the image of the suspect, described as a black man with a hoodie, was captured by the store’s surveillance camera and, according to Harrison PD’s Det. Sgt. Dave Doyle, police quickly sent out a still shot and an account of the break-in as an APB.net, a digital flier, to all police jurisdictions throughout the state.
And, Doyle said, that same day, Harrison PD got a response from Wharton PD in Morris County advising that a man who appeared to be a match of the suspect’s photo was wanted by Roxbury PD, also in Morris.
The man being sought by Roxbury was listed as Keith A. Herbert, 46, of Newark, Doyle said.
“We were also called by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Bergen County Prosecutor and Newark PD,” Doyle said. “They all believed he was a suspect of theirs, as well.”
Police began searching for Herbert at all of his known addresses, but it wasn’t until Jan. 6 that a break came in the case, Doyle said.
“At 6 p.m., we got a call from Newark PD saying that they’d arrested our suspect on a strong-arm robbery somewhere in Newark’s East District,” he said. Newark PD could not be reached for further details on the crime there.
Dets. Joseph Nigro and Corey Karas, accompanied by Doyle, went to Newark “and got a video-tape confession of the liquor store job” from Herbert, Doyle said.
None of the stolen cash or merchandise has been recovered, Doyle said.
Asked whether he’s been linked to the other commercial break-ins that occurred on Harrison Ave. during holiday week, Doyle said: “Based on his account, we don’t believe he’s connected to the other jobs.”
Meanwhile, Herbert is being held at the Essex County Jail, awaiting court appearances related to Newark and other alleged crimes. “We’re waiting in line,” Doyle said.