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Ferrarro resigns, takes buyout

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  After months of wrangling with his employer, the Kearny Board of Education, Frank Ferraro has tendered his resignation as Kearny superintendent of schools, effective Nov. 1. Ferraro, who was facing the threat of being fired after the board had brought tenure charges […]


New high school VP named

KEARNY – A 13-year school employee has been promoted to vice principal assigned to Kearny High School. Paul Measso, 37, was appointed to his new job Oct. 20 at an annual salary of $128,163 (pro-rated), pending receipt of his principal certificate of eligibility from Trenton. He completed a master’s degree […]


Lottery for senior apts. next month

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  HARRISON – The town’s first affordable residence for senior citizens at 774 Harrison Ave. is getting ever closer to reality. As construction of the 15-unit building nears completion, the sponsor, Domus Corp., the housing arm of Catholic Charities of Newark, has begun the process […]


Heroin/gun rap for felon

      By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  When Kearny Vice Squad detectives busted a Newark man for drug possession/distribution Oct. 17 on Maple St., they reported recovering 135 folds of heroin. While the suspect was languishing in the Hudson County Jail on $40,000 bail, the KPD […]


Borough voters getting school question

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  EAST NEWARK –  A court ruling has cleared the way – over objections by Harrison – for a Nov. 4 nonbinding referendum asking borough voters, “Should East Newark high school students be sent to Kearny High School instead of Harrison High School?” Harrison Board […]


Kardinals fall short in quest for Group IV state title

Lose to Bridgewater-Raritan via penalty kick shootout


Photo by Jim Hague/ Kearny senior striker Almir “Junior” Batista (left) scored 65 goals in his career, tying Sergio Ulloa for the school record.


By Jim Hague

It’s a hard idea to fathom, but it’s true.
The Kearny High School boys’ soccer team played five games during this year’s NJSIAA state playoffs and did not surrender a single goal in any of those contests.
Yet, the Kardinals did not come away with an overall Group IV state championship.
The Kardinals continued the postseason shutout streak last Tuesday when they faced Bridgewater-Raritan in the overall Group IV semifinals. Kearny earned a berth in the overall state semifinals by defeating Randolph to capture the school’s first North Jersey Section 1, Group IV sectional title since 2004.
In the semifinal game against Bridgewater-Raritan, senior goalkeeper Tyler Anderson recorded 11 saves in regulation and overtime to keep his shutout streak going.
However, the game ended after 100 minutes with no scoring by either team, sending it to the penalty kick shootout.
That’s where Bridgewater-Raritan managed to find the net five times compared to Kearny’s three tallies and the dream of another overall Group IV state title died last Tuesday at Watchung Hills High School in Warren.
“You’re always going to hate to lose by the penalty kicks,” Kearny head coach Bill Galka said. “It has to come down to some way to get a result. We’ve been on both sides of it in the past. It’s not the perfect way to get a result.”
From a personal point of view, Galka has no qualms with the rules to break a tie in the state playoffs.
“I don’t really have a problem with it,” Galka said. “There has to be a winner and if you can’t decide a winner in 100 minutes (80 minutes of regulation, followed by two 10-minute extra sessions), then something has to be done. You can’t keep playing. It definitely hurts when you lose by it.”
The Kardinals knew that they would have to capitalize on their recent defensive prowess if they were going to be successful against Bridgewater-Raritan, which entered the game with 20 wins and only two setbacks during the season.
“It was a very well played game,” Galka said. “They definitely did their homework scouting us, because they did a good job marking Junior (Batista). I thought we had a few more chances to score. We played equal to them, if not better. We went back and forth and had some good possessions, but we just didn’t get the goal.”
Galka knew the formula for winning in the state tournament.
“We needed good defense, a good goalkeeper and be opportunistic with your goal scoring chances,” Galka said. “That’s how you win in the states and that’s what we were doing. Of course, you have to get a goal to win and we didn’t get it.”
But nothing will take away from what was a great season for the Kardinals.
“We won the state sectional and it was my first as a head coach,” Galka said. “It was a great accomplishment to get that far. I’m proud of the kids. They got through some tough games against some good competition. They bounced back after a tough loss (to Union City in the Hudson County Tournament semifinals) and played five good games in the state tournament. I don’t know if there’s ever been a team not to give up a single goal in five straight state tournament games.”

Photos by Jim Hague/ Defender Joao Parreiras emerged as a steadfast defender for the Kearny boys’ soccer team. Goalkeeper Tyler Anderson (back) looks on.


Nicholas Coelho (16) was one of the key contributors in Kearny’s NJSIAA state sectional championship run.


Galka credited his 16 seniors who provided stellar leadership throughout the course of the season.
“We’re going to miss those players,” Galka said. “They contributed a lot. We created a lot of good memories with those guys.”
One of those is striker Batista, who ended his career with 65 goals, tying Sergio Ulloa for the school’s career scoring mark.
“Without a doubt, Junior proved himself to be a fine goal scorer and one of the best we’ve ever had. It’s a sign of a quality player to be able to score that much in just three years.”
Another key contributor was senior center midfielder Abdellah Bouzidi, whose tireless energy was a driving force in the Kardinals’ success.
“He was fantastic all year,” Galka said. “He didn’t play much as a junior, but he was determined to get on the field this year and wanted to give playing center midfield a chance. His energy level was tremendous, chasing guys down all over the field. I told friends and other coaches that you had to see him to believe it.”
The defense was also tremendous. Anderson proved to be an All-State caliber net minder. Sweeper Ryan Wilson was the last line of defense and was almost flawless in doing so.
“We lost Eric Castellanos to an injury and the rest of the team rallied around it,” Galka said. “It’s never easy to lose a good, veteran defender. But guys like Gabriel Frietas, Joao Parreiras and Michael Dias all did a terrific job. It’s a great sign when you can lose a player like Eric and still come back strong.”
Galka also received contributions from a deep and talented bench, playing many of the members on the Kardinals’ roster all season.
“That’s a good thing to have,” Galka said. “We had a good, solid team.”
Galka said that he met with the team after the loss to Bridgewater-Raritan.
“I told them that it was a good year for us,” Galka said. “We had a great run. It was an enjoyable year. We had the great win against Harrison at Red Bull Arena. We won a state sectional title, beating quality teams. We’ll have to rebuild a little, but we’ll be back.”
One thing is for sure: The Kardinals haven’t relinquished a goal in almost a month. But the season still ended. Sometimes, soccer isn’t a fair sport at all.

Best football season in 28 years comes to end for Lyndhurst


Photo by Jim Hague/ Junior Marcus Brandon scored a touchdown in the North Jersey Section 2, Group I semifinals for Lyndhurst last Saturday, but unfortunately, his team lost to Weequahic, ending the Golden Bears’ season to remember at 8-3.


By Jim Hague

Scott Rubinetti tried to rationalize with what went wrong in Lyndhurst’s lopsided 53-14 loss to Weequahic in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I semifinals Saturday afternoon.
“We made some unfortunate mistakes,” said Rubinetti, who guided his high school alma mater to its first state playoff win since 1983 a week earlier against Rutherford. “We fumbled the ball inside the 30-yard line. We fumbled a kickoff. We made some mistakes we don’t usually make.”
And Weequahic played a little uncharacteristically as well.
“They usually play with the philosophy of running the Wishbone right at you,” Rubinetti said. “They try to punch you in the face over and over to see if you can handle it.”
But Weequahic caught the Golden Bears off-guard with some play-action passes early on. Quarterback Will Robinson threw out of the predominately run offensive set, completing 10 passes for 257 yards, three of which went for touchdowns. Robinson also scored a touchdown on the ground.
“It just didn’t work out well for us,” Rubinetti said. “Our kids played hard the whole time. But to be honest, they were bigger, stronger and more athletic. They were the better team.”
A guy with the very unique name of Kadarious Bullock caught three TD passes and also ran for a touchdown. It was not a very pretty event for the locals. They were playing for the chance to end their season at MetLife Stadium next week, playing for a state title and instead, they ended up having the dream all blow up in horrific fashion.
The Golden Bears did get touchdowns from Marcus Brandon and Danny Kesack, but not much else.
In fact, Weequahic did an excellent job of keeping the multi-talented Kesack in check. In the Golden Bears’ upset 38-13 win over Rutherford, Kesack had 153 yards rushing and three touchdowns as well as throwing for two touchdowns. But no such success against Weequahic.
“They came into the game, wanting to stop Danny and they did that well,” Rubinetti said. “They came out and hit him. It was part of their game plan to go after him.”
Despite the setback, nothing was going to take away from the Golden Bears’ highly successful and history making season.
“I’m proud of our kids,” said Rubinetti, who guided the Golden Bears to 3-7 and 4-6 records during his first two seasons as head coach at his alma mater. “To bounce back after a 4-6 season and go 8-3 says a lot about our coaches, but it says a lot about our kids as well. These kids took some lumps over the last two years, but they acquired a boatload of experience in doing so. They jelled over that time as a unit and had a tremendous amount of success, beating some good teams along the way. I’m super proud of them.”
The Golden Bears completed the 2011 season with an 8-3 record, the best mark of any local team. They defeated teams like Becton Regional, Park Ridge, Hasbrouck Heights and finally Rutherford, which entered the NJSIAA North 2, Group I playoffs as the top seed of the section.
“I really think we opened up a lot of eyes this year, not only in Lyndhurst,” Rubinetti said. “They put in the time necessary to have success and the record is a direct result of the hard work. They had the right work ethic in the weight room, in training. They understood the time it takes to have a good team.”
Rubinetti doesn’t want the 2011 season to be a “one-and-done” campaign.
“That’s what we’ve been trying to talk about with the entire team,” Rubinetti said. “We’re talking about the entire program. We talked about how much this senior group did, but we need the program to take the extra step. We’re already motivated for next year.”
Rubinetti has a right to be excited about the 2012 season. The team’s best player, Kesack, returns. So do two of his main targets, Kyle Pollio and Brandon. Standout running back Bobby DeMarco will be back to take over the rushing load that will be left by the graduations of Danny Nahra and Marc Carrier. Ian Cairns, only a sophomore, solidified the defense. Nick Galvez is a standout two-way lineman and has been since his freshman year. Nick Coviello, all 6-foot-3, 295-pounds of him, will return next year as a strong college prospect.
“We have 26 members of our sophomore class and our junior varsity went 8-1 this year,” Rubinetti said. “We have the pieces to keep things going, if the kids continue to work hard. The kids have to be the ones to do it. They have to be the ones to buy into it, buy into each other. We had a great run this year, but we have to keep it going forward.”
Needless to say, Rubinetti is pleased to be able to see the excitement that comes with taking a Lyndhurst team to the state playoffs and winning a playoff game. He’s Lyndhurst through and through.
“My grandfather was part of the booster club and my father (John) was a team captain (in 1963),” Rubinetti said. “All of my father’s good friends played at Lyndhurst. I played here (Class of 1990). I grew up with the history and tradition of Lyndhurst. It’s always been a part of my family. It’s great to see this all happen. I’ve always had a sense of pride about Lyndhurst. I got to be a part of it as a player, now I am part of it as a coach.”
So there was a sense of disappointment that the season came to an end before reaching the pinnacle, but there was nothing to be ashamed of in what turned out to be a season to remember.
“We put Lyndhurst back on the map,” Rubinetti said. “Where it should be.”
And where it should be again next season, provided the program keeps moving in the right direction. With a proud Lyndhurst guy leading the way, it definitely seems possible for more of the same success in 2012.

Lyndhurst senior Colon signs with Marshall University

Baseball standout unfortunately will never play with Golden Bears

Photo by Jim Hague/ Lyndhurst High School senior Jesus Colon (seated, center) signs his national letter of intent to attend Marshall University in the fall. Pictured with Colon are his mother, Mayra Delgado (seated left) and father Jesus Colon, Sr. (seated right). Standing from left are baseball coach and athletic director Butch Servideo and track and field coach Tom Shoebridge.



By Jim Hague

It was a day of celebration for baseball standout Jesus Colon.
The Lyndhurst High School senior was all set to sign his national letter of intent to attend Marshall University last week. Colon’s parents were on hand. So were his grandparents and other members of his family.
The Lyndhurst Golden Bear marquee sign was put into place for Colon to sign the actual letter with Lyndhurst athletic director and baseball coach Butch Servideo and track and field coach Tom Shoebridge, a man with tremendous ties to the West Virginia institution, looking on.
It had been quite a while since Lyndhurst held a letter signing presentation for a Division I baseball player, but this one was definitely a unique setting.
That’s because Colon, who is a premier pitcher and a talented shortstop, will never play a single inning for Lyndhurst.
“It is pretty weird,” Colon said while officially signing his scholarship papers. “It’s really disappointing that I won’t be able to play here.”
The reason? Colon has already celebrated his 19th birthday, which makes him ineligible to play under NJSIAA laws.
Here’s the scenario. Colon, a native of Brooklyn, was shipped to Perkiomen School, a boarding school in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, to begin his high school career. Colon spent three years at the school and earned a reputation as a solid baseball player there.
After three years, Colon transferred to The Knox School, another private school in Nissequogue, Long Island.
“I’ve been all over the place,” Colon laughed.
In September, Colon was all set to transfer to the Bucky Dent Baseball Academy in Delray Beach, Florida, a school/baseball facility owned and operated by the former New York Yankees shortstop and hero of the famed American League East playoff game against the Boston Red Sox, a game that is still bemoaned by Red Sox fans to this very day.
But Colon didn’t find the academy to his liking.
“There were some promises that were made that weren’t kept,” Colon said.
Colon was searching for another place to go to school. So his father, Jesus, Sr., suggested Lyndhurst. The elder Colon has been residing in Lyndhurst for the last three years.
“I knew it was a good school and it was a good place for Jesus to play baseball,” the elder Colon said. “I was looking forward to having Jesus come home and play baseball here.”
So in September, Jesus, Sr. brought his son to Lyndhurst to enroll.
When Servideo heard the news that the younger Colon was a baseball player, he was eager to have him aboard. Servideo then did some research online and found some startling news about his new prodigy. Servideo saw items about no-hitters Colon pitched last spring while at Knox. There were videos of Colon’s appearances at several different talent showcases. There were other videos showing Colon throwing fastballs clocked at 92 miles per hour.
It was only natural that Servideo would feel like he hit the lottery.
“That was on a Thursday,” Servideo said. “On Friday, after he enrolled, I got the bad news.”
It was then that the guidance office pointed out that Colon was not eligible to play high school baseball in New Jersey.
“I was devastated,” Colon said. “I thought I was going to be able to play. I thought New Jersey rules were different. It’s really disappointing. It looked like it was going to be a great place to play.”
“It was a real roller coaster ride,” Servideo said. “I saw him online and thought that he was going to be the one to take us to a county championship. I would have loved to see him pitch against the big boys in Bergen County.”
Soon after Colon enrolled in Lyndhurst, Servideo took Colon on a tour of the school. When they went to the football field, Colon noticed the retired jerseys of former Lyndhurst greats Teddy Shoebridge and Marcel Lajterman, both of whom were football players at Marshall and both were killed in the tragic plane crash in 1970 that inspired the recent film, “We Are Marshall.”
“They were already recruiting me,” the younger Colon said. “I needed a place to play this year for the pro scouts.”
“I told Jesus that we had someone here whose brother played football at Marshall,” Servideo said. “That was the irony of it all.”
Tom Shoebridge has kept a strong relationship with the school, even though his brother perished in that tragedy 41 years ago last week.
“When Butchie called me and told me about Jesus and Marshall, I couldn’t believe it,” Shoebridge said. “We talked about Marshall. I told him it’s a very family oriented place, even as a major university. I know he’s going to do well there, but he had been there long before he ever met us.”
“It’s so wild with Tom’s connection to Marshall,” the elder Colon said. “It worked out well. He was embraced here and welcomed here. It’s really like a family. I just wish he came here years ago.”
“It was definitely a sign for me that I was with family here in Lyndhurst,” Colon said.
So Colon signed his letter of intent to Marshall last week in Lyndhurst, but will never wear the Golden Bears’ blue and gold. He will work out with the team and help the other pitchers, but his contributions will be from the dugout, not the field.
“I just remember all the people who doubted me,” Colon said. “I remember the first school I went to and a coach telling me I would never make it. I’ve used that as a motivation.”
Colon remains a strong possibility of getting selected in the Major League Baseball amateur draft next June.
For now, he will remain the greatest Lyndhurst baseball player to never have played for the Golden Bears.


Bertha C. Arcink
Bertha C. Arcink, 101, died on Nov. 11 at Brighton Gardens Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Born in Paterson, she lived in North Arlington before moving to Port St. Lucie, Fla. four years ago. Before retiring, she was a bookkeeper for McCampbell Industries in New York City.
She is predeceased by her siblings Joseph Ardziuk and Ida Arcink.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, followed by a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Treasure Coast Hospice in Fort Pierce, Fla. Sympathies may be left for the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Lenore Gans Bartner
Lenore Gans Bartner passed away Nov. 13 after 87 years as a devoted and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother in Kearny. She passed as she lived her life – as a benevolent matriarch surrounded by a family based in love, togetherness, laughter and food.
Born on Aug. 1, 1924, in Newark to Louis and Jennie Gans, Lenore was a member and officer of Congregation B’nai Israel of Kearny and an officer of the Temple Sisterhood.
Lenore is predeceased by her husband Milton Bartner (1986) and survived by her sister Irene Lewis of Kearny, daughters Sue-Ann Sullivan of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., (husband Ed Sullivan, children Robert Sullivan and his wife Sarah, Lori Burns and her husband David Burns and their children Moira, Ian, and Claire) and Abbie Griffiths, Brick, (husband Randy Griffiths, daughter Jenna Griffiths), sons Jeff Bartner, Midland, Mich., (wife Cathy Bartner and daughters Lisa, Amy and Jenny Bartner) and Howard Bartner, Colorado Springs, CO (wife Pamela Bartner and daughter Margaret Jane Bartner).
Lenore served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944-45 and was a member the Sanford L. Kahn Post 538 of the Jewish War Veterans and the American Legion, Kearny Frobisher Post 99. Lenore worked at the Louis Schlesinger Realtor Co., L and R Manufacturing, the Motor Club of America, ACT Air Freight, West Hudson/South Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Scandia Packaging Machinery Co.
Services were held at Menorah Chapels, 2950 Vauxhall Road, Union, followed by interment at B’nai Jeshurun Cemetery, Hillside.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Congregation B’nai Israel or the Temple Sisterhood, 292 Belleville Turnpike, Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Helen Orlowicz

Helen Orlowicz, 85, died at home on Nov. 18.
Born in Pennsylvania, she was a lifelong resident of Kearny. Before retiring, she was a bus aid for Cross Country Inc., in North Arlington. She belonged to the Rosary Sodality at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Kearny. Helen loved to go to Atlantic City and was an avid Bingo player.
She was predeceased by her loving husband John Orlowicz. Helen is survived by her cherished children John Orlowicz (Margaret), Edward Orlowicz (Charo), and Lisa Ostroman (Joe). Along with her eight grandchildren John, Joseph, Andrew, Kyle, Sean, Cynthia, David, Edward; also surviving is her loving companion “Ace.”
Private Arrangements were handled by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A memorial Mass will be on Friday, Nov. 25, at 11a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, in Kearny. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Norman A. Martin

Norman A. Martin, 88, formerly of Kearny, died on Nov. 16 at Brethren Village, Lancaster, Pa.  Born in Kearny, he was the son of the late John S. and Florence M. Ferguson Martin.  He was married for 67 years to Elizabeth A. Waugh Martin.
Norman served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He worked as a chemical engineer.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Kearny, where he was a deacon, trustee, and choir member. He was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop #1, Kearny, for over 25 years and received the Order of the Silver Beaver Award.  He was a member of the VFW Post # 8885 in New Jersey and the Birding Club in Ft. Myers, Fla.  Norman enjoyed traveling and playing golf.
Surviving in addition to his wife are: two daughters, Karen E., wife of Robert DeBell of Gaithersburg, Md., Barbara M. wife of George Droz of Lancaster, Pa; two grandchildren, Daniel R. and Dana E. Droz.  He was preceeded in death by his brother, Robert J. Martin.
Funeral Services were held from the First Baptist Church 650 Kearny Ave.. Kearny, on Nov. 16, with interment following in Arlington Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to either the VFW post #8885 or Boy Scouts of America.
For other information or to send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at www.KASnyderFuneralHome.com.

David A. Brown
David A. Brown, 80, died on Nov. 15 at Community Medical Center, Toms River.
Born and raised in East Newark, he lived in Bradenton, Fla., before moving to Toms River two months ago.
He was a past president of the Irish American Club of Kearny, and in the Soccer Hall of Fame in Harrison.
He is predeceased by his wife Betty J. Brown in 1998. Surviving are  his three daughters, Elaine Brown of Newtown, Pa.; Linda Brown of Phoenix, and Mary and her husband Joseph Tunnero of Toms River. His twin brother John and his wife Pat Brown of Freehold, and his younger brother Richard Brown and his late wife Claire of Manahawkin; two grandchildren Connie and her husband Frank Barreto and Joseph and his wife Patricia Alfieri; also surviving is his five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. A funeral service was held at the funeral home with private committal. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Michaeljfox.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.

Mario Micchelli
Mario Micchelli, 91, passed away on Nov. 16 in the University Hospital, Newark.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Mario was born in Newark and has lived in Kearny since 1958. He graduated from East Side High School in Newark in 1938. He served in the Navy from 1940 until 1948. After being honorably discharged, he studied photography and graduated from the Fred Archer School of Photography in Los Angeles. He returned to Kearny in 1950 and opened the “Little Studio” on Halstead Street. In the late 1960’s, he moved the “Little Studio” to Kearny Avenue where worked until his retirement in 1998.
He was an active member of the Kearny Afternoon Optimist Club an served as president in 1977 and 1978
He is survived by his wife Lucy (Attanasio); his children Maryanne Conte (Andrew) Luanne Vigna, Mario R., Jr. (Candace) and William L.; brother Slavatore Micchelli and his beloved grandchildren Cara and Amy Conte, Melanie Micchelli, and Alexander and Rebecca Vigna. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents William and Carmela (Stanzione) Micchelli and his siblings Roslyn Viggiano, Anne Carisi, Louis Micchelli and William Micchelli.

Debi Kazor
Debi Kazor (nee Richmond) suddenly passed away on Nov. 1. She was 56-years-old.
Wife of Robert Kazor, she was the daughter of Doris Richmond; mother of Dwayne and his wife Christine and Peter and his wife Lisa; grandmother of four grandchildren; sister of Darren and Robert, Diane, Denise and Donna.
Private services were held on Friday, Nov. 4, with private cremation by Condon Funeral Home.

Janet E. Eckel
Janet E. Eckel (nee Kington), 82, of Vero Beach Fla., died on Nov. 6 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla.
She was born in Kearny and was a resident of Vero Beach for 40 years after moving from Westport, Conn.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years John A. Eckel of Vero Beach Fla., daughter Karol-Lynn Leiser of Staford Va., son Kurt Eckel of Black Mt., N.C.; son Kent Eckel of Plant City, Fla., sister Doris McCracken  of Barnegat; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren
Private services were by All County Funeral Home and Crematory Treasure Coast, Florida. Donations may be made to VNA Hospice House, 901 37th St., Vero Beach Fla. 32960.

Diane Riedel
Diane Riedel (nee Donohoe), died on Nov. 15 in Clara Maass Medical Center. She was 55.
Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident.
She is survived by her husband Charles Riedel, her children Layla and Casey Riedel and her sister Arlene.
Private arrangements and cremation were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Visit www.armitagewiggins.com to sign the sympathy register.

Andrew Kuklevich
Andrew Kuklevich, 59, passed away on Nov. 10.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, followed by interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
He was born in Newark and was a life long resident of Kearny.
Andrew worked for the U.S. Postal Service in the light package department in the Secaucus Distribution Center for many years.
He is survived by his son Andrew, one sister Catherine Patla and a grandson Michael. He also leaves behind two nieces and one great niece.

Rita M. Melesky
Rita M. Melesky died on Nov. 19 at home. She was 69. Born in Jersey City, she lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny 42 years ago.
Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Wife of Richard Melesky, she was the mother of Nancy Graham (John), Janice Campbell (Randy) and Allison Melesky; sister of Bernard, Thomas and the late Catherine Tuite; also surviving are her grandchildren Adam, Danielle and Erin. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Walter Gerard (Gerry) Mason
Walter Gerard Mason died on Nov. 20 in St. Michael’s Medical Center. He was 51.
Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident.
Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins funeral Home in Kearny.
A graduate of Kearny High School, he attended Jersey City State College. Gerry was a customer service representative for Fischer Scientific for 18 years and the past three years worked in the same capacity for Becton Dickinson.
Son of the late Gertrude (nee Durkin) and Walter Mason, he was also predeceased by his sister Joy and brother James. He is survived by his sister Jill and her husband Paul Wiss of Flanders, and his brother Robert and his wife Dorothy of Tampa , Fla.
He also leaves behind nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Online condolences register may be found at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Alice D. Komes
Alice D. Komes died on Nov. 17 in Manahawkin. She was 89.
Born in New York City, she lived many years in North Arlington.
She owned Tingaling Gift Shop in Kearny. She was also an executive secretary for The Federated Department Stores and worked at The NJ Law Journsl. Alice wanted to acknowledge the kindness and friendship of the Szpila family, Ron and Danette Graham, Mauro Greco, Mary Basner and Dr. Robert Hanlon and his office staff.
Visiting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.  Burial will follow at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y.

Handling an inherited IRA

By Randy Neumann

Recently, one of my clients passed away. Her children, who are also clients, came into my office to take care of business. I told them that the rules of the game had changed, to their benefit. In the old days, before 2005 to be specific, (not really that long ago), a non-spouse (I’ll talk about spouses later) beneficiary of an IRA had three choices when dealing with an inherited IRA:
1) You could take the money and pay the tax in the year that the IRA owner died. Assuming that you did not need the money to buy groceries, this did not produce a good outcome. The proceeds were added to your regular income, and you had to pay tax on the inherited money at your highest marginal rate.
2) You could wait five years from the date of death and then withdraw the money. This outcome is better than the first because it allows you to enjoy five years of tax-deferred growth.
3) You could withdraw the money any time between the first and the fifth year and pay the tax at the time of withdrawal.
Then along came the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, which was signed into law in 2006, and under the new rules, we have much better alternatives. However, to get these benefits, you have to know how to play the game.
First rule: You have to be named the beneficiary of the IRA. If there is no beneficiary form on file, heirs are at the mercy of the IRA custodians’ default policy. Some custodians award the IRA to a living spouse first and then to the deceased’s estate, while others send it directly to the estate. The lesson here is to make sure your IRAs have the proper beneficiaries designated, so they will not get the short end of the stick. To take it a step further, make sure you are named correctly on any IRA of which you are the beneficiary.
Second Rule: Handle the money properly. If this were your own IRA, you could take the money from one custodian and redeposit it with another custodian within the 60 day limit. You cannot do this with an inherited IRA. You can either leave it with the current custodian, and have them name “your” new inherited IRA, “John Smith, deceased, inherited IRA for the benefit of Mary Smith, beneficiary.” Or, you could have one custodian send it to another using a “trustee-to-trustee” transfer naming it as mentioned above.
Now, let’s talk about spouses. Spouses get a better deal than anyone else. They get to treat the inherited IRA as if it were their own. Therefore, they can rollover the IRA under their own name and postpone distributions until they are 70 years old. However, they are subject to the same 10 percent penalty if they withdraw money prior to age 59.
Non-spouses must begin Minimum Required Distributions (MRDs) by December 31 of the year following the original IRA owner’s death. MRDs are not a bad deal. If you are a female age 40, you have a life expectancy of about 80 years, so you can stretch your payments based on 40 years.
Let’s say that you inherited $300,000 and it earned 6 percent in an IRA that you properly rolled over into an inherited IRA as outlined above. If you are 40 years old, you must withdraw 1/40th from the account, which is $7,950 ($318,000/40). If the account continues to earn 6 percent, it will be worth $328,653 the following year. That year, you would be required to take out 1/39th, which is $8,427.
Do you see what is happening here? The account is growing in spite of the annual withdrawals. It is not until older ages that the withdrawals will become greater than the growth. You are preserving wealth for your family through the deferral of income taxes. Additionally, because you can name a beneficiary, the deferral continues when you die. However, please note, the beneficiary cannot use their age for life expectancy when they inherit the IRA, they must continue using yours.
In the trade, these are called S-T-R-E-T-C-H IRAs and you can see why. Additionally, the same rules apply to qualified accounts such as 401(k)s, 403(b)s, 457 plans, et al. However, the same sticky wicket rules apply to rolling over these types of accounts, so be sure to get professional advice prior to completing the transaction.

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.

BREAKING NEWS: Traffic signal retiming scheduled for Nov. 23

Public Safety Commissioner Robert Giangeruso has addressed Lyndhurst safety concerns due to operational issues caused by the new traffic signal at Route 21 at Park Avenue (Nutley) that are spilling back across the bridge to Lyndhurst.

Commissioner Giangeruso called upon the New Jersey Department of Transportation to revisit the signal timing intervals at the new traffic light across the Passaic River that is causing excessive westbound delays on the DeJessa Bridge (Avondale Bridge).

Based on a coordination meeting at the NJDOT field office, and as proposed by Bergen County Engineering staff, the Lyndhurst and Nutley traffic signals will be retimed to better synchronize traffic flow across the DeJessa Bridge.

The signal retiming is scheduled to occur on or about Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Kearny Elks Hoop Shoot at PBGC

The Kearny Elks Hoop Shoot will be held at the PBGC , 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. All Kearny boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, are eligible to participate. Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate.

Ron Pickel, Elks Youth Activities chairman, will supervise the contest.

For more information, please call Tom Fraser, executive director of the PBGC, at 201-991-6734 or Ron Pickel at 201-991-6360.


Seven centers remain open to provide federal assistance in the final two weeks leading to Nov. 30, the deadline to register and to submit disaster loan applications for Hurricane Irene damage in New Jersey.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), in Essex and Passaic counties, and five U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) business recovery centers are still open. All will close Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving, a federal and state holiday, and an SBA center in Bergen County will have a shortened schedule during Thanksgiving week. Most will reopen Friday, Nov. 25.


FEMA’s DRC hours:



Fairfield Community Center

376 Hollywood Ave.

Fairfield, NJ 07004

Hours:  Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Paterson Museum

2 Market St.

Paterson, NJ 07501

Hours:  Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


SBA’s BRC hours:



New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Bergen Community College

355 Main St.

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Hours:  Mon-Tues, Nov. 21-22 − 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Nov. 23-25

Hours:  Mon-Wed, Nov. 28-30 − 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Monmouth County OEM

300 Halls Mills Rd.

Freehold, NJ 07728

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Denville Municipal Building

1 Saint Mary’s Place

Denville, NJ 07834

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Woodland Park Municipal Building

Community Room

5 Brophy Lane

Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.



New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Kean University-Incubator

320 Park Ave.

Plainfield, NJ, 07060

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NOTE: All business recovery centers will permanently close Nov. 30.

Customer service representatives at FEMA’s disaster recovery centers and the SBA’s business recovery centers can issue loan applications; answer questions about the disaster loan program; and explain and assist homeowners, renters and businesses with the application process.

The deadline to register with FEMA for assistance and the deadline to submit SBA loan applications for physical property damage is Nov. 30.

To register or to contact FEMA, go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., ET; multilingual operators are available.

Go to an online video describing the “do’s and don’ts when registering for disaster assistance”: www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6486

Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the federal recovery process.  If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible FEMA assistance. Visit the website at: www.sba.gov, call the customer service center at 800-659-2955 or send an email to: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Those with access or functional needs may call TTY 800-877-8339.

BREAKING NEWS: Only two weeks left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance

New Jersey residents whose homes and properties sustained damage in Hurricane Irene have only two weeks left to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline is Nov. 30.

Even if an insurance settlement has not been determined, individuals must register before the Nov. 30 deadline or face losing the opportunity to be considered for federal assistance. Though FEMA will not duplicate insurance benefits, expenses not covered by insurance may be eligible for federal grants after the claim has been paid.

The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Nov. 30. Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the process.  If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible assistance. Additional information is available at www.sba.gov or 800-659-2955.

To register or to contact FEMA: Go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.

Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register more than once. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.




Kearny captures first NJSIAA sectional title since 2004

Photo courtesy of Christopher Brooks./ The Kearny boys’ soccer team captured the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV championship last Friday by defeating Randolph, 1-0, at Harvey Field in Kearny.



Action photos set by Jim Hague/ Randolph’s Joseph Dobbins (11, left) hops over the ball with Kearny’s Abdellah Bouzidi (2, right) in pursuit during the 1-0 Kearny win that gave the school the NJSIAA North 1, Group IV state sectional championship.



Kearny’s Michael Dias (13) and Abdellah Bouzidi (2) battle Randolph’s Oscar Coreas (21) and James Urban (13) for a loose ball in Kearny’s 1-0 win over Randolph for the NJSIAA North 1, Group IV state sectional title.



Kearny senior forward Junior Batista (9) makes his way past two Randolph defenders during the Kearny 1-0 victory that gave the school its first NJSIAA North 1, Group IV state sectional title since 2004.