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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 […]


Near the End

Lisa Pezzolla/ publisher@theobserver.com


By Lisa Pezzolla

We are coming close to the end of accepting donations for Kentucky Care.
We have extended the closing of the truck to Sept. 29 and that will be the last day to accept any further donations. Please do not leave any boxes or bags under the truck after the closing date.
This year, Kentucky folks are in much need of furniture so if you have large items, please contact me directly at 201-991-1600, ext. 13, to arrange for pick-up.
If you miss our deadline, then call local churches in your community and find out if they are collecting for flood victims or you can bring items to the Salvation Army at 443 Chestnut St., Kearny.
Once again, thank you for reading The Observer and for all your help and generosity. This year has been a tremendous turnout, compared to donations in past years.  Your caring will bring many smiles to those in need.
God bless you all.

The warning signs are all there

If Monday were not production day at The Observer, I might have just turned around and gone home.
Something was trying to keep me from getting to the office.
First, the Belleville Pike bridge decided to close to cars just as I approached it from the west. (Why, by the way, is it ever closed?  What sort of vessel is coming up the river? The Intrepid?)
From past experience, I knew this would not be a short delay.
So I turned right and tried to wend my way to Washington Ave., Only to encounter red flashing lights and clanging warning bells at a gateless RR crossing on a side street.
I didn’t want to take a risk, so I stopped. And waited. No train. Lights and bells eventually ceased and I headed for Rt. 21-N, exiting at the Lyndhurst Bridge.
My intention was to take Riverside Ave. through Lyndhurst and into North Arlington.
Riverside was closed. Barricaded.
I started up Kingsland Ave.,
Kingsland Ave. was closed. Barricaded.
Finally, and nearly a half-hour late,  I arrived at the paper.
I logged onto my computer, and when I checked my email, this is what I saw:
Messages in Inbox: 666.
See ya next week.  I’m leaving now.
— Karen Zautyk

We’ve got mail

To the Publisher:
Sept. 11 reminds all firefighters of the loss of 343 members of the brotherhood of firefighting. A small example of the family of the fire department brotherhood is shown in just the small town of Belleville.
They are brothers: James, Charles and Thomas Murphy; George and Mike Sebarra, Ralph and Carman Castalano, Tom and Joe Lamin, George and Harry Scott, Robert and John Willie, and Stanley and Andrew Depczek.
Fathers and sons:  John and John Baldwin, Joseph Sr., Tom and Joe Lamin Jr., Robert Sr., John and Robert Willie Jr., Joseph and Mike Cancellire, Ralph Sr. and Ralph Castellano, Patrick and Patrick Dunn Jr., William and William Hand, Mike and Tom Sebarra, John and James Zaccone, William and Timothy Buckley, Joseph and Frank Thalhimer, and Mike and Ed Carr, Ken and Scott Langlands.
Grandfathers and grandsons: Walter and Walter Bersford, and  James and James Salmon.
And last, my family: Grandfather Harvy Ziggler, great uncle Mike Carr, Uncle Ed Carr, and myself Firefighter Vincent Abbott.
All were and are a family and brotherhood protecting and serving Belleville. This is just a small sample of how firefighting is in the blood.

Vincent Abbott
Retired firefighter



A story in the print edition of  last week’s Observer about a proposal to  create a redevelopment agency in North Arlington inadvertently misstated the positions of the political parties.  The Democrats are opposed to the plan; the Republicans support it.



The photo, as submitted by the Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade Committee, that ran in last week’s paper was of Deputy Grand Marshal Al Dorso. A photo of the Grand Marshal, Joseph Cervasio, will be on our online edition this week. Click here.


Wanna play hide-and-seek?

By Karen Zautyk

As you may know, there is a TV show called “World’s Dumbest Criminals.” We are often tempted to utilize that title in connection with local police reports, but that would be copyright infringement, plus, as is oft stated, all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Therefore, we introduce you to one of the “World’s Dumbest Suspects.”
The person in question is a 24-year-old Kearny man who managed to get himself arrested twice within an eight-hour period last Thursday.
He was first nabbed at 7 a.m. at Belgrove Drive and Oakwood Ave. According to Police Chief John Dowie, the man was “barely able to speak or stand,” but when approached by P.O. Wayne Shivers, he clenched his fist.
The officer grabbed said fist, which allegedly was found to contain 10 wax envelopes of heroin, stamped “The Messenger.”
The man was charged with being under the influence of and in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Processed and later released with his summonses, the suspect returned to headquarters at 2:30 that afternoon to pick up his property (by which we do not mean the heroin).
However, before entering HQ, he “decided to hide his Newport box containing two more bags of heroin” on the fender of one of the cars parked in the police lot, Dowie said.
One of the vice detectives reporting for duty “noticed him acting strangely in the lot and discovered the box and its contents,” Dowie said.
The suspect was rearrested and provided with accommodations at the Hudson County Jail.
Heroin arrests bookended the KPD blotter, the first occurring at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 9, when, at Midland Ave. and Belgrove Drive, Vice Squad detectives spotted a car whose driver was known to have an outstanding no-bail warrant out of Bergen County.
The wanted man, a 35-year-old from Kearny, was allegedly found to be in possession of oxycodone and drug paraphernalia, was charged and then turned over to the Bergen County Sheriff‘s Office.
The car also contained approximately 25 folds of suspected heroin and one baggie of suspected cocaine, police said. This led to drug and paraphernalia-possession charges against the passenger, a 26-year-old Kearny man.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10:30 a.m., Officer Mike Andrews was on patrol on Ann St. when he noticed a man fumbling through the trunk of a 1991 Honda, Dowie reported.
Upon seeing the patrol car, the “visibly nervous” individual said, “Oh, s–t” and started to walk away.
Andrews ran the Honda’s plate number, and the vehicle came back as stolen, Dowie said.
Confronted, the fumbler allegedly gave a phony name, but after being fingerprinted at HQ, he was identified as a 27-year-old Johnston Ave. resident who was wanted on 10 outstanding warrants from three jurisdictions, police said.
The bulk of the warrants, six totaling more than $15,000, were out of Trenton. There were also two from Hamilton Township and two from Lawrenceville.
The suspect was charged in Kearny with receiving stolen property and hindering apprehension and was turned over to Trenton authorities.
Also on the 10th, P.O. T.J. Hernandez responded to a report of an overnight burglary at a Chinese restaurant at Kearny Ave. and Halstead St. The culprits had smashed the front door, and the cash register was found in the backyard. Det. James Torrado is conducting the follow-up investigation.
At 8 that night, Dowie and P.O. Jay Ward encountered two women who said they had been accosted and verbally abused by a man in Garafola Park. In the park, the chief and the officer found the suspect, who turned out to be a 23-year-old Kearny resident who was recently paroled from prison and was wanted on a $20,000 outstanding burglary warrant from Kearny, Dowie said. The parolee is now in the county jail.
On Sept. 13, at 2:30 p.m., at Oakwood Ave. and Elm St., P.O. Andrews saw a 20-year-old Kearny man whom he knew to have a $300 outstanding township warrant. The man was also found to have a bag of marijuana in his shoe, police said. He was arrested on the warrant and for possession of pot and drug paraphernalia.
Another sought-after Kearnyite, this one 24 years old, was nabbed at 2 a.m. Sept. 14 when Officers Ben Wuelfing and Chris Medina pulled their patrol car into the QuickChek lot on Kearny Ave. and its headlights illuminated him as he was urinating against the store wall. Police said he was found to have two outstanding warrants from East Newark, one from North Arlington and one from Belmar. He also got a summons for public urination.
At 4 a.m., Officers Tom Pontrella and Kevin Canaley were on patrol in South Kearny when they received a report of a possible theft in progress on Hackensack Ave. There, they encountered a 36-year-old Jersey City man allegedly attempting to walk from the scene pushing a shopping cart containing two large generator batteries. He was charged with theft and defiant trespass.
Also on the 14th, at 8:10 a.m., P.O. Pete Jahera recovered a stolen Audi that had been abandoned on Hoyt St. Witnesses told the officer the vehicle, reported missing from Englewood, and been left there by two individuals, who then fled the scene in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee. The witnesses had obtained the plate number, and that vehicle appears to have been recently stolen from Chatham. The investigation is continuing.
Finally on the 14th, at 10:45 p.m., Officers Patrick Walsh and Jay Ward responded to a report of two men screaming in the intersection of Devon St. and Oakwood Ave. Apparently, they were attempting to incite a third man to fight, but he was having none of it.
The screamers, one 18 and one 19, and both from Kearny, were charged with disorderly conduct. The younger of the pair allegedly tried to wrestle with Ward, and was also charged with resisting arrest. Both youths also face (surprise, surprise) alcohol-related charges.
The story ended at HQ, where the 19-year-old reportedly became belligerent toward another man who was being booked in a separate incident; additional charges of harassment were filed.

News from the Nutley police blotter

Incident reports from the Nutley Police Department for the week ending Sept. 14 included, but were not limited to, the following:
Sept. 9
9:49 a.m. –  A Stratford Drive resident reported the front license plate stolen off their 2007 Toyota that was parked in their driveway.
12:22 p.m. – A truck traveling on Washington Ave. lost its load when a cable broke, causing the shipment (another cable) to fall onto the roadway. Traffic was slowed in both directions as township workers assisted in getting the heavy load back into the truck. No one was injured.
1:17 p.m. –  Police responded to Hastings Ave. where an individual identified as Michael LaTorre, 21,  allegedly assaulted a friend with whom he was staying. LaTorre was charged with simple assault and was later released.
7:56  p.m. – Joseph Randazzo, 23, of Nutley turned himself in to police to settle a $691 warrant out of New Brunswick. He posted the required bail and was allowed to leave without incident.
7:59 a.m. – A contractor who parks his vehicles on Park Ave. reported two of his trucks vandalized and burglarized. Police are investigating.
Sept. 11
1:42 a.m. –  A 16-year-old was allegedly punched in the face by an 18-year-old while walking through Yantacaw Park.  The victim was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. Parents of the juvenile were advised of their rights to sign a complaint.
6:48 a.m. – Police stopped an auto on Park Ave. for a motor vehicle violation and found the driver, 29-year-old Andrew Catala of Nutley, to have an outstanding Nutley warrant.  Catala was arrested and posted the $200 warrant amount. He was also issued several summonses, including driving with a suspended license, improper maintenance of lights and not having a valid insurance card in his possession.
7:48 a.m. –  A Weston St. resident reported someone had drawn lewd pictures on his driveway in chalk. Police are investigating.
3:57 p.m. – Police responded to a report of an ill juvenile in a local park.  The youth reportedly had smoked what he believed to be synthetic marijuana, causing him to become sick. He was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.  The juvenile reportedly could not recall where he obtained the marijuana.
Sept. 12
7:28 a.m. – Police took a report of graffiti sprayed all over the dugouts at the Hancox Ave. Little League field. Police are investigating.
8:13 a.m. – A report of a suspicious person on Whitford Ave. resulted in the arrest of Cesare DeSantis, 31, of Elmont, N.Y., on  an outstanding warrant out of Edison. Edison officers assumed custody.
11:41 a.m. – A traffic stop of a motorist using a cell phone while driving on E. Centre St. resulted in a 1999 BMW being impounded as an  unregistered vehicle.
10:40 p.m. –  A motor vehicle stopped on Franklin Ave. with no headlights turned out to have expired registration and was impounded.
Sept. 13
5:24 a.m.  – Police responded to Passaic Ave. and Centre St. in response to a trapped animal in a storm drain. The officer heard yelping but was unable to determine what type of animal was stuck. The Fire Department responded two times and eventually located and rescued a pet cat that was wedged in a storm line. The animal has been returned to its owner.
10 a.m. – A Franklin Ave. establishment reported a burglary by someone who gained entry through a rear door and stole money.
Detectives are investigating.
1:30 p.m. – Another Franklin Ave. business reported that a side window had been shattered. Police are investigating.
Sept. 14
5:12 p.m. – An officer checking vehicles parked on Passaic Ave. ran a plate that came back as being suspended. The owner on the scene also had a suspended license. The vehicle was impounded.

North Arlington resident fights bullying with song

Photo courtesy of karleeroberts.com


By Anthony J. Machcinski

Ever since the events of Columbine High School 12 years ago, the efforts against bullying have been continually increased. These efforts have mostly been led by parents, concerned about their children in school. However, one young North Arlington resident is looking to change that.
Karlee Roberts, a 12-year-old performer, has taken it upon herself to promote anti-bullying in schools.
“In 6th grade, I had to do a ‘no name-calling’ contest and I had to write a poem about no name-calling,” explained Karlee about the evolution of her song “Call Me Whatever.” “From there, I decided to juice it up a bit and turn it into a song because I had experiences with bullying and saw people who got bullied, so I thought that we should do something about it.”
In the song, Karlee goes through a series of wardrobe changes based on the stereotypes children  see in school, including cheerleader, glamour queen, geek, jock and goth.
The lyrics in particular send a message that many children today do not follow.
“Call me whatever you want, I don’t care. I’ll show you what I got. This is the way I’ve always been. Can’t you see, we’re all the same within?” Karlee sings to a melody evocative of her favorite singer, Lady Gaga.
“Call Me Whatever” is not the first successful music Karlee has produced. With the help of her older sister, Marlee, Karlee recorded a holiday album. All profits from the album raise money for the charity Comfort Zone Camp, a non-profit organization for grieving children.
While Karlee has had success as a singer, her main success has been in theater. Roberts has performed in several shows – some on Broadway, some off Broadway, and some touring – including, “Once Upon a Time”, “High School Musical 2”, “Rugrats-Live”, “The Sound of Music” and “The Wiz.”
Karlee has also made her presence known on television, where she made several appearances on “Jack’s Big Music Show,” on the television channel Noggin.
“I love TV and I love singing,” Karlee said. “I love everything equally.”
In her young career, Karlee has been able to showcase her love for everything by doing just about everything a child can do at a young age. As mentioned before, Karlee has been able to get plenty of opportunities in both theater and on television, but Karlee’s career began working in photography.
Within all of her success, Karlee has remained true to herself. Using her success, she has helped work with Pop Beats Bullying.
Pop Beats Bullying is a charity that “uses the Power of Music to combat bullying.”
One big goal of Pop Beats Bullying is trying to create a Bullying Awareness Year in 2012. The Bullying Awareness Year aims to help those affected by school-bullying by providing them with opportunities to share experiences and come up with solutions and ideas to combat bullying.
Karlee has teamed up with Pop Beats Bullying and is working on what she called “a surprise” that should debut in October or November.
Karlee is also working on a second original song, which will debut in February and a third original song that will debut sometime in spring 2012.
Even with all this on her plate, Karlee still does many things normal 12-year-olds do, such as figure skate, play soccer and cheerlead. All that and she is fluent in Portuguese and is in the process of learning American Sign Language.
Keep tabs on this 12-year-old. You might soon find her on your local radio station.

Around town

Bloomfield Public Library is collecting packaged toiletries and non-perishable food for the needy and flood-impacted local families. Please drop off your items between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at the administration office, located on the second floor of the library.
The library will be part of  Saturday’s Harvest Fest on Sept. 24. The library will give free tarot card readings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will raffle off an iPod Shuffle to library cardholders. Visit the library’s table to enter. At 2 p.m., a jazz concert by Broadway and cabaret veteran Rosemary Loar and critically acclaimed jazz pianist Frank Ponzio will be held in the library’s Little Theater.  For more information on this event or upcoming programs please call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
The next meeting of the library’s book club will be on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6:45 until 8 p.m. in the conference room.  The topic of discussion will be “The Stranger” by Albert Camus.
While waiting to be executed, a convicted murderer reflects on his life. The library owns critical books that can help explain this unusual novel. Readers may ask one of the reference librarians for more information. For help locating a copy of the book club selection, call the reference desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 502, or email reference@bplnj.org. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. To join the book club email notification list, please contact Linda Esler at lesler@bplnj.org.
A new installment of the Music at the Mansion concert series will be held at Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield. Performers will include Bloomfield native Mark Szep, Abe Olman Award-winning songwriter Ilene Angel and New York Cabaret duo Rich Flanders and Celia Berk. Music at the Mansion, hosted by New York Cabaret singer Corinna Sowers-Adler, is a series highlighting talented performers from New York and New Jersey.  Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door.  Seating begins at 2:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact Corinna at info@corinnasings.com or call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.

A Tricky Tray will be held at the Harrison/East Newark Elks Lodge, 406 Harrison Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.
Harrison Health Department will be giving flu shots for all Harrison residents at the Harrison Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. No appointments are necessary. For more information, call the Health Department at 973-268-2441.

A “Blessing of the Animals” to mark the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. on the lawn at Sacred Heart Church Chapel, 499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.  For information, call:  201-998-0088, ext. 4154.
Kearny High School Class of ‘71 will have its 40th reunion on Oct. 8 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Newark Airport. The event will include a DJ and hot and cold buffet. The cost is $75 per person. Rooms are available for overnight stay at $69 per night.  For mailing information, contact Stephanie Barnard at 201-489-2863 or Deborah Iverson at 732-985-1691. Makes checks payable to: Kearny High School 1971 Reunion.
A Geek Flea, sponsored by Unwinnable.com, will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave, on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Collectibles, comic books, video games, toys, arts, crafts – relevant to Geek culture – will be available as well as board game demos and Baby Castles independent video game arcade. Event is free and for all ages. Food and drink will be available.
First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., is hosting a wine and cheese tasting on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Call 201-991-3513 to reserve your seat.

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.
Lyndhurst Historical Society presents local historian Rob Leith speaking on the Rutherford family history at the American Legion Post 139 Hall, 217 Webster Ave., Lyndhurst, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The Rutherford family’s estate encompassed Lyndhurst and 1/3 of Rutherford. Admission is free. For more information, please call 201-939-7972.
Lyndhurst VFW Post 3549, 524 Valley Brook Ave., will host a Karaoke night on Friday, Sept. 23, starting at 7:30 p.m.  The VFW hall is also available for rentals for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-3080.
The Lyndhurst Library is 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.  The library will accept new and gently used coats for all seasons, fall/winter clothing, and shoes in all sizes from adult to infant. The drop off boxes will be located at the main entrance of the library beginning Monday, Sept. 26.  For more information, please call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7.
The Lyndhurst Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The book to be discussed will be “City of Falling Angels” by John Berendt. Please contact Diane Montefusco at 201-804-2478, ext. 2 for more information and to obtain a copy of the book. Space is limited and registration is necessary.
The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 139, Lyndhurst, will host its fifth annual Clam Lovers’ Barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. This year’s Octoberfest will be dedicated to Lyndhurst residents affected by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. The Sons of the American Legion will be inviting two family members from each home in the flooded neighborhood to this year’s annual clam lovers’ barbecue, free of charge. The event will include clams, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, music and more. Tickets are $30 and you can save $5 if purchased in advance at the Legion Post, 217 Webster Ave., Lyndhurst. Proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Irene Relief Fund for Lyndhurst residents.
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.
The Lyndhurst Health Department holds child health clinics on the second Tuesday of every month to provide free immunizations for Lyndhurst children who do not have health insurance (or who are underinsured). Please call for an appointment. Dates: Oct. 11, Nov. 8, and Dec. 13 (9 to 11 a.m.).
Starting Friday, Sept. 30, a new six-part health lecture series will be held Fridays, from 10 to 11:15 a.m., at the Lyndhurst Health Department. A free breakfast will be served. Medical professionals from the community will address current health topics. Each session will conclude with questions and answers from the audience.  Afterwards, participants are invited to join the chair yoga classes, which start at 11:30 a.m. Residents of Lyndhurst and surrounding towns are invited to participate. Pre-registration is required. Call 201-804-2500 to reserve a spot. Following is a schedule of topics: Sept. 30 – Prevention of strokes, Oct. 7 – Safeguarding against falls in your home, Oct. 14 – Medication safety, Oct. 21 – First aide for seniors, Oct. 28 – Medicare and Nov. 4 – Medicare Part D.
Lyndhurst women (age 18 and over) can obtain a free breast and gynecological exam at a Women’s Health Clinic, scheduled for October (date pending). Participants will also be provided with the opportunity to meet with a health educator from Clara Maass Medical Center who will teach the correct method of breast self-examination. Please call 201-804-2500 to schedule an appointment.
A Women’s Breast Health Dinner Forum, held in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, will be held on Wednesday, Oct 12, at 5:30 p.m. The evening begins with a free dinner, followed by a seminar on breast health, conducted by a panel of medical experts and a question and answer session with the audience. Reservations are required. Please call at 201-804-2500 to reserve your spot. Residents of surrounding communities are welcome to attend.
The Celiac Support Group’s monthly meetings begin on Oct. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Lyndhurst Health Department, 253 Stuyvesant Ave. The group’s goal is to provide education, support and outreach to those living with issues related to Celiac Disease. Pre-registration is required. Please call 201-804-2500 to register. Residents from surrounding towns are welcome.
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church is sponsoring a fall Tricky Tray set for Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the Senior Citizen’s Building on Cleveland Avenue, Lyndhurst. Tickets are $10. Admission includes one sheet of chances plus tea, coffee and dessert. For more information, call 201-304-9172 or 201-438-5668.

Celebrate the autumnal equinox this Wednesday, Sept. 21,  at  7 p.m. with a screening of the documentary “A Sidewalk Astronomer: John Dobson” at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. The viewing will be followed by a talk with filmmaker Jeffrey Fox Jacobs and a chance to view the stars at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s William D. McDowell Observatory, weather permitting. $5; MEC members $4.
“The Music of Star Wars, The Planets and the Rest of the Universe” is scheduled  at the MEC Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m.
The North Jersey Concert Band will perform selections from John Williams (“Star Wars,” “E.T.”), Gustav Holt’s “The Planets” and other pop and classical pieces inspired by the stars. $5; MEC members $4.
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. Karen Slote Olsen from the Thomas Edison Historic Site in West Orange will discuss the site’s recent restoration and the role Edison played in New Jersey history. This event, co-sponsored by the Meadowlands Museum, is free.
For more information on any of the NJMC programs, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.

North Arlington
The Friends of the North Arlington Library will hold its annual Attic Treasures Sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Senior Center (behind the library). Proceeds from this event will benefit the library. For more details, visit: http://northarlington.bccls.org/AtticTreasures2[1].pdf.
An author visit and book signing is scheduled at the library for Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. C. Marina Marchese will sign copies of “Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper.”  Copies of the book are currently available to check-out at the library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information about C. Marina Marchese, visit: http://www.redbee.com. Registration is not necessary, but suggested. Please call 201-955-5640.
The Knights of Columbus Council #3428 of Queen of Peace will kick off its 60th anniversary with its annual picnic on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the council hall, 194 River Road, North Arlington.  The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for kids from ages 6 to 14 (children under 6 are free), and $25 for a family of four. A 20% discount on all tickets bought before Sept. 25!  For tickets, call 201-988-0183. The picnic is open to non-members.

“Movie Under the Stars” is coming to Nutley thanks to Spencer Savings Bank and Mayor Joanne Cocchiola and the Board of Commissioners. On Friday, Sept. 23 (rain date Sept. 24), grab your blankets and head over to the Nutley Oval for a relaxing family night with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and the rest of the toys, who find themselves mistakenly donated to a daycare center. There will be raffle prizes, refreshments and freshly popped popcorn. The movie will begin at dusk, which will be around 7 p.m.
Nutley Public Library offers Saturday Story Time and crafts for children of all ages every Saturday at 10 a.m. Registration is not required.
A jewelry workshop with Deborah Ambrosio will be held at the library on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Create a beaded necklace to take home. Since materials will be included, registration is required and is limited to 15 people.
The library’s Manga and Anime Club will meet on Monday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. The group will watch anime, read Manga and advise the library on its Manga collection.
Pajama Story time for children of all ages will be held at the library on Mondays, Oct. 3, 17 and 24, at 7 p.m.  Registration is not required.
Experienced and non-experienced players are welcome to play bridge at the library every Tuesday at 1 p.m. No registration is required.
The Tuesday Evening Knitting Club will meet at the library on Oct. 4 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Please bring your own supplies. This group meets every the first Tuesday of every month.
The Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Club meets every week at the library from 1 to 3 p.m. Please bring your own supplies.
Adult Scrabble Night is set for Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the library. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place scores.
The library shows films on Fridays at 2 p.m. The dates this month are: Oct. 7, 14 and 28. Please check the monthly calendar flier or Facebook for the titles of the films.

Lyndhurst girls’ soccer off to flying start

Photo by Jim Hague/ The Lyndhurst girls’ soccer team is off to a fine 4-0 start in the early going. Front row, from left, are Tori Barnaskas, Amanda Torppey and Bianca Fata. Back row, from left, are Nina Motichka, Caitlin McCrone, Nicole Baratta and head coach Kim Hykey.

Golden Bears look to repeat as league champs

By Jim Hague

It was a glorious first season for Kim Hykey as the head girls’ soccer coach at her alma mater Lyndhurst High School, guiding the Golden Bears to a 14-5-1 record and the New Jersey Interscholastic Conference Meadowlands A Division championship, the first league championship for the program since 1994.
Now, Hykey, the school’s all-time leading goal scorer who went on to have a fine career at Seton Hall, has the Golden Bears primed and ready for another go-round.
“I think they’re all hungry for more,” Hykey said. “We want to do more. We haven’t won a (Bergen) County game since my senior year (2003) and we want to go further in the state tournament. I know they’re all disappointed the way the season ended last year and they never want to feel that way again. They’re all into it.”
Hykey said that she’s blessed to have a senior class that has been together since they were toddlers.
“We have 12 seniors who have been together since they were six years old, playing so much together since they were little kids,” Hykey said. “That says a lot.”
Hykey also has a year of head coaching under her belt.
“It definitely helps having that year,” Hykey said. “I’m definitely more comfortable and it’s definitely different being the head coach. But I think we’re all excited about this season.”
It shows, as the Golden Bears have exploded to a 4-0 start in early stages of the season.
“I’m definitely pleased,” Hykey said. “We told the team early on that we expected them to be better this year; that we wanted to build on what happened last season.”
Having a veteran team will enable Hykey to do that.
Senior captain Amanda Uhlick, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee, requiring surgery last April, has made the move from the midfield, where she scored five goals last season, to goalkeeper to remain part of the team as the knee continues to heal.
“Amanda used to be a goalie when she was younger,” Hykey said. “So she has the background.”
When Uhlick can’t mind the net, then sophomore Bianca Fata steps in and handles things well.
It also helps to have a veteran back line returning.
Senior Nicole Baratta is the team’s sweeper and another captain. Baratta, a four-year starter for the Golden Bears on defense, earned All-NJIC honors last year.
“She absolutely has to be our vocal leader,” Hykey said of Baratta. “She’s our leader.”
Baratta also has another top distinction. She’s currently ranked No. 1 in her senior class, so she’s a leader in the classroom as well.
Sophomore Dina Ingenito is the team’s stopper. Hykey calls Ingenito “the most natural player we have on the team.”
Seniors Nina Motichka and Amanda Torppey are the other defenders. Motichka has been a varsity player for four years like Baratta. Torppey is a tough defender and adds to a very solid and experienced back line.
“It’s important, especially with our goalie situation, to have that kind of experience back there,” Hykey said. “It takes a lot of pressure off the goalies. We have a solid four in front of the goalie and that helps everyone out and gives me a little piece of mind.”
In the midfield, the Golden Bears look to senior center midfielder Kristin Raimo to lead the way. Raimo is Lyndhurst’s do-everything and controls the game when she’s on the field.

Photo by Jim Hague/ Kristen Raimo

“She’s our go-to player,” Hykey said. “We go as she goes. She wants to be in control and I love that.”
Sophomore Amanda Nowak is another midfielder who possesses a booming leg.
“She takes all our direct kicks, because she has such a strong leg,” Hykey said. “She scored one goal already this year from 35 yards out. She has a very powerful leg.”
Junior Dana Halligan and sophomore Angela Sammarone are also quality midfielders for the Golden Bears.
The forward line is headed by sophomore Grace Tomko, who has absolutely exploded out of the box. Tomko has scored eight goals thus far, including four in a recent win.

“I couldn’t ask for more from her,” Hykey said of Tomko, who scored eight goals all of last season as a freshman to lead the team in scoring. “I made her a forward last year because I felt we didn’t have anyone aggressive enough to get to the ball. I told her before the season that I expected her to score at least 15 goals this season and she’s on her way. She wants the ball and she’s a good goal scorer up front.”
Junior Alexandra Crujeiras is the other Lyndhurst forward. Crujeiras has also been a major plus for the Golden Bears this season, scoring five goals in the early going.
“She’s a good goal scorer,” Hykey said of Crujeiras, who scored two goals in the Lyndhurst win over Harrison last week.
Needless to say, things are going according to plan for the Lyndhurst girls’ soccer program.
“I’m very pleased with the start,” Hykey said. “We’ve won all four games so I couldn’t ask for more. I think we’ll know more next week how good we really are.”

Queen of Peace girls’ soccer looks up after tough year

Photo by Jim Hague/ The Queen of Peace girls’ soccer team will look to improve this season, thanks to the play of their defense. Front row, from left, are Isabella Mansilla, Michaila Mastrofilippo and Lauren Mocik. Back row, from left, are head coach Mike Flynn, Nikki Sammartino, Angel Cintron, Kayla Oliveira and Lia Rodriguez.


By Jim Hague

The Queen of Peace girls’ soccer program had been perennially strong and competitive over the years, but the Golden Griffins hit a little bump in the road last year, when they won only four games.
However, veteran QP head coach Mike Flynn sees some promise with the Golden Griffins this season, especially with the youth of the squad.
“I would like to be at least .500,” Flynn said. “I know we’ve struggled the last few years, but I feel like we have a good group this year.”
One of the reasons why Flynn feels good about his team is the emergence of senior forward Christina Mastrofilippo as a leader.
“I have to give her a ton of credit,” Flynn said. “During the offseason, she organized everything. She got everyone to the workouts, to lift weights. She’s usually really quiet and for three years. I never heard her say a word. But now, this year, she’s in charge and I’m really happy with her. She’s really a nice player.”
Mastrofilippo is one of three sisters on the current QP roster, joining freshman twins Michele and Michaila.
The elder Mastrofilippo had five assists in one recent win over North Arlington.
The Golden Griffins goalkeeper is sophomore Lia Rodriguez, who is totally new to the game.
“I’m simply amazed how quickly she’s picked up the game,” Flynn said of Rodriguez, who had a fine basketball season as a freshman last winter. “She’s still learning the rules of soccer, but it’s coming together, because she’s so athletic and so smart. She’s punting the ball very well.”
Rodriguez had to make 20 saves in a recent loss to Secaucus, so she’s getting tested right away.
The team’s sweeper is Michaila Mastrofilippo, who has impressed Flynn with her knowledge and discipline.
The team’s stopper is sophomore Angel Cintron, who Flynn said is “a little rough around the edges, but she makes up for it with strength.”
“I’d say she’s a little bit of a work in progress, because she’s never played the position before,” Flynn said. “But she’s tough and strong and that helps here.”
Senior Lauren Mocik, whom Flynn refers to as “the backbone of the team,” is another defender.
“Lauren never misses a minute of practice,” Flynn said. “She’s a hard worker.”
The other defender is freshman Natalie Nagroni, who has already also seen time at forward and midfield, so Nagroni earns the tag as being the most versatile member of the Golden Griffins.
Sophomore Nikki Sammartino also sees action in the back line.
“She played soccer when she was younger and she’s just a good athlete,” Flynn said of Sammartino.
The midfield is headed by sophomore Marissa Dundas, who recently had the game of a lifetime.
In a win over North Arlington, Dundas scored all six of her team’s goals.
“We fell behind by two goals in that game and I was worried whether we had the firepower and skill to come back,” Flynn said. “Marissa saw to that. She has come a long way. She plays for a couple of good travel teams and that has helped her. I’d have to say she’s right there with the best players we’ve ever had. She’s just as talented and she’s only a sophomore. She’s going to get better and stronger. If we’re going to be decent this year, we need more games like that.”
But six? In one game? Even Dundas was shocked.
“I never had a game like that ever, even when I was younger,” Dundas said. “I really don’t care how many goals I score, as long as we win. I was really nervous, because it was the start of a new season. I hope this means we’ll have a great season. Scoring six is pretty amazing. I know it doesn’t happen a lot. I’m very happy about it.”
The other midfielders are sophomore Maria Ruiz and freshman Michele Mastrofilippo.
“They are playing well together,” Flynn said. “I like what I see of them.”
Sophomores Gabby Lombardozzi and Stephanie Ruiz (no relation to Maria) are the main threats up front.
It’s only been a handful of games, but Flynn knows that the Golden Griffins will be better than last year’s team that struggled.
“We’re a young team coming of age,” Flynn said. “I like the way we’re coming together. We have to see what happens, but there’s promise.”