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Post 99 is 95!

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY -  Ninety-five years ago this week — Aug. 19, 1919 — 13 veterans of the Great War, as World War I was then known, gathered in the Kearny home of Fred E. Portz to organize a local chapter of the American Legion. […]

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Pressing for bridge funding

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  LYNDHURST –  Lawmakers from all levels of government, led by State Sen. President Stephen Sweeney, assembled for a press conference on the banks of the Passaic River Aug. 12 to declare their support for a replacement for the 109-year-old DeJessa Memorial Bridge that links […]

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Facing a new gun charge

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY – A Kearny man, who two years ago accidentally shot himself in the jaw with a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, was arrested last week in Newark on weapons charges. This time, authorities said, he was in possession of an AR-15 assault rifle. […]

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New spin on house party

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY– A house-party host got a bit more than he bargained for when he hired a disc jockey for the festivities and an “associate” robbed him at knifepoint, Kearny police reported. Thanks to some determined detective work, the alleged assailant was tracked (pun intended) down […]

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Cops nab suspects in stabbing, theft

LYNDHURST – The Lyndhurst Police Department last week announced the capture of suspects wanted in connection with a stabbing at a local entertainment spot and with a residential theft. On Monday, Aug. 11, at about 2 a.m., police were called to the Riva Blue night club, 525 Riverside Ave., […]

 
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Police probing attack at local night club

LYNDHURST – 

Police reported a stabbing incident at the Rivas Blue night club, 525 Riverside Ave., Lyndhurst, early Monday.

The victim, identified only as a 21-year-old man from South Orange, was listed in stable condition at University of Medicine & Dentistry Hospital, Newark.

Det. Capt. John Valente of Lyndhurst said police were called to the scene, inside the Kings Court Fitness Center, at 1:55 a.m., on a report of a fight with injuries in the parking lot.

Upon arrival, officers found a large pool of blood in the parking lot but no one there, Valente said. Inside, however, on the second floor, officers found a man lying on the ground with puncture wounds to his chest and side, he said.

Valente said that detectives surmised that the victim was involved in a fight in the parking lot and, after being wounded, that he rushed back inside to get assistance. Valente said that a special event of some kind was being held at the club that drew a big crowd, possibly several hundred people.

As of Monday, detectives were reviewing surveillance footage from the club in hopes of picking up additional information as to what happened.

Police had no suspect as of Monday, Valente said.

– Ron Leir

SMMC urges cataract awareness

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St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, advises community members to take control of their eye health and know the signs and symptoms of cataracts during Cataract Awareness Month in August.

Cataracts affect more than half of Americans age 65 and older. The leading cause of blindness in the world, cataracts cloud the lens of the eye, resulting in vision impairment.

“Cataracts are most often caused by our normal aging process,” said Dr. Matthew Marano, chief of ophthalmology, SMMC. “Other contributing factors may include too much exposure to sunlight, trauma, certain medications, or genetics.”

A cataract may not impair vision noticeably at first, but as it continues to grow, it can impact vision in any of the following ways:

• Fading or dimness of colors

• Cloudy or blurry vision

• Difficulty reading small  print

• Difficulty seeing while driving— especially at night

• Seeing halos or auras around  lights

• Frequent changes in eyeglass  prescriptions.

“Cataracts tend to develop slowly, but will start to interfere with one’s vision over time,” Marano said. “Patients often describe their vision as looking through a fogged-up window. This impaired sight can become frustrating, as it begins to affect people’s daily activities, in which case surgery is needed.”

Since the only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery, those with cataracts usually wait to seek treatment when their daily activities become limited, affecting their quality of life. “Each  case is different,” said Marano. “It is important that each individual speaks with his or her eye doctor to weigh the benefits and risks of cataract surgery and determine if and when to intervene.”

At SMMC, Board-certified eye-care physicians and surgeons treat patients with cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and other conditions. For more information about ophthalmology services at SMMC or to schedule an appointment, call 973-877-5000.

Obituaries

Frances Case

Frances Case entered into eternal rest on Monday, Aug. 4.

Born in Kearny, Frances was a lifelong resident of East Newark.

She is survived by her children, Louis Carratura and Nicole Antunes, and sisters Teresa Marion, Patricia A. Tighe (Charles) and Joan Corblies (Thomas. Sr.). Frances is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, on Friday, Aug. 9. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Vera M. Romagnola 

Vera M. Romagnola (nee Cudnik), 97, died in Kearny on Aug. 7.

Born in Kearny, she lived in Jersey City and Kearny before moving to North Arlington 21 years ago. She retired from Mueller’s Macaroni in 1982. She was an active member of the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center.

Vera loved baking and crocheting. She enjoyed providing her friends and family with delicious baked goods including her famous “tossies.”

She was the beloved mother of Judith Ruddy (the late James), Michael Romagnola, Deborah Romagnola and grandmother of David Ruddy, Michele Rollins, Michael Ruddy, and Courtney Meyers. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Michael in 1971 and brothers Anthony, Chester, and Michael Cudnik, and sisters, Stella Faccone, Estelle Keller, Carrie Baranski, and Helen Savoy.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington on Monday, Aug, 11, with a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. The interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Dorothy M. Sommer 

Dorothy M. Sommer (nee Munro), 96, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, at Chelsea in West Milford.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A memorial service was held from the funeral home on Aug. 9. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. Sommer was born on March 27, 1918, in New York City. She grew up in Greenwich Village and remembered standing in the Salvation Army’s food lines on W. 14th St. On some Fridays, she would skip school and attend the Ladies Day N.Y. Giants games at the Polo Grounds for 10 cents.

Dorothy met her husband-to- be William W. Sommer at the Salvation Army’s Star Lake Camp in Butler while they were both counselors working with children from New York City. They were married for 69 years from 1938 until his death in 2007. She lived in Kearny, Little Falls, Monmouth Beach and Beachwood before moving to Chelsea in West Milford.

For many years, she and her husband worked together at the Sommer Badge Company in Newark. Mrs. Sommer was a Salvationist and through the years attended their services in New York, Newark, Kearny, Asbury Park and Toms River. Throughout her life she enjoyed volunteering and helping people.

She is survived by her children William Sommer (Kathy) of Theresa, N.Y.; Nancy Linko (Pete) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Don Sommer (Jane) of Oak Ridge and eight loving grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Dorothy Sommer to the Congenital Heart Defect Coalition at CHD Coalition, 45 Carry Ave., Suite 106, Butler, N.J. 07405 or at www.chdcoalition.org.

September meeting on backups

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The borough has completed a jet cleaning of the Geraldine Road sanitary sewer line and a camera inspection of the line, undertaken to assess the condition of the pipes, officials said. Borough Engineer Tom Lemanowicz said he’s waiting for a report on the camera inspection, which was conducted by the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission before making any recommendations to stop sewer backups into residents’ basements.

“Once the engineer has time to review the report in depth, and present some recommendations for further action to the council, then we will have a meeting with residents to discuss this ongoing problem with sewer backups,” said Borough Council President Al Granell.

Meanwhile, a volunteer committee appointed by Mayor Peter Massa will be conducting a door-to-door survey of homes in the impacted area to review the frequency and extent of the backups and the frequency of wet basements unrelated to sewage backups.

Lewanowicz has speculated that the intrusion of water into basements could be the result of any number of things including water infiltration through cracks in the sewer pipes, leaky manhole covers, water from roof drains and basement sump pumps or by the drainage system installed by the developer of the residential area decades ago.

“Once we have some solid information to share with the residents, we will call for a special meeting of the sewer committee and the people living in the area to discuss an action plan and answer people’s questions,” Massa said.

Massa said he expects that meeting to be scheduled sometime in mid-September.

Sarlo, Sweeney to meet with Giangeruso, press to discuss DeJessa Bridge traffic issues

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State Sens. Paul Sarlo and Stephen Sweeney will be meeting with Lyndhurst Mayor Robert Giangeruso and the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners for a press conference concerning the problematic traffic issues around the DeJessa Bridge on Tuesday, Aug. 12th at 3 p.m., in the parking area of 601 Riverside Ave., adjacent to the bridge.

Highlights from the Harrison police blotter

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July 29

At 1:08 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence on the 100 block of Grant Ave. on a report of a burglary.

The occupant told police she’d left home at about 9:15 a.m. and after returning in the afternoon, found the front door unlocked and the basement rear door broken, a window-sized exhaust fan in the door pushed in and a metal bar removed from the window.

She said the intruder ransacked a downstairs bedroom and removed five Fossil watches and a checkbook or debit card, ransacked a first-floor bedroom and took an 18-carat gold chain bracelet, an 18-carat gold plain finished ring with a small diamond set on it, an 18-carat gold wedding band with three diamonds inlaid, an 18-carat gold three chain bracelet, an 18-carat gold Omega watch and a 36-inch Sony flat panel TV.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Detective Bureau at 973-483-4100. Read more »

Duprees concert in NA cancelled tonight

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North Arlington’s Concert featuring the Duprees  that was scheduled for tonight at Riverside County Park, has been postponed until Aug. 25 because of predicted heavy rain this evening.

Mounds keep growing

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

Those piles of trash being dumped in the Keegan landfill in Kearny keep growing and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission just approved a proposal to allow those mounds to ascend even more.

On July 23, the NJMC agreed to amend its solid waste management plan “to increase the final elevation of the site from 60 feet to 100 feet, providing additional capacity from an original projected closure of June 2016 to a projected capacity date of December 2019.”

A public hearing the NJMC held on the proposal July 10 drew no opposition so the commission anticipates moving ahead with its plan. Read more »

5 seek 3 seats on BOE

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

Five candidates, including two incumbents, are seeking three seats on the Kearny Board of Education in the Nov. 4 election.

The filing deadline for the election was July 28 and five people submitted nominating petitions to run for three-year terms, according to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office, which has the statutory authority to register candidates.

Incumbents John Plaugic, a detective in the Kearny Police Department, and retiree Sebastian “Zibbie” Viscuso are seeking re-election to their seats while incumbent John Leadbeater, slated to go to trial in December for his alleged role in a $13 million federal mortgage fraud case, opted not to run. He has asserted his innocence in the matter.

Two challengers – Mercedes Davidson and James Hill – will be running as a “team” with Viscuso, according to Davidson. Neither Viscuso nor Hill, who sits on the Kearny Zoning Board of Adjustment, could be reached last week. Read more »

School brass roster shifting

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

Looking ahead to the September schools opening, the Kearny Board of Education has undertaken a reshuffling of top-level district personnel, implementing an administrative reorganization recommended by Acting Superintendent Patricia Blood with an eye to cutting costs.

As part of that reorganization, the school board eliminated the position of assistant superintendent of schools. Debra Sheard had served in the post last year.

Sheard was appointed director of personnel and evaluation in the Perth Amboy school district at an annual salary of $120,000 on July 24, according to the Perth Amboy Board of Education website. Read more »

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