By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent HARRISON – In front of Goodwill Industries’ building on Supor Blvd., there is a brand new sign. “Palisades Regional Academy,” it reads. Has Goodwill moved? Only in the sense of moving forward in its stated mission “to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers […]
By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent HARRISON – The sacred relic of the Holy Cross stolen last month from the church that bears its name has been recovered and returned to its Harrison home, and police believe they have a line on the thief. “It is undamaged, […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent HARRISON/EAST NEWARK – Every weekday morning when the East Newark Public School is in session, some Davis St. commuters enroute to work face an early nightmare just leaving their block. That’s because from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., as children file into the […]
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By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Tired of seeing a plethora of overflow trash cluttering the sidewalks in the town’s retail district, especially after weekend deposits, Kearny is unleashing a new weapon to counteract the unseemly collections. It’s the solar-powered Big- Belly trash receptacle. The town got four […]
As of press time, I am sure controversy will still be whirling around the NFL — i.e. What did the league honchos know about the Ray Rice incident and when did they know it?
That bothers me less than another aspect of the case: The fact that Janay Rice knew everything she needed to know about her then-fiancee, and knew it instantly, as soon as he belted her in the jaw in that Atlantic City elevator.
And yet, she still chose to marry the creep.
And, incredibly, she is defending him, and attacking the media for allegedly ruining her happiness.
I have nothing but admiration for people who counsel victims of domestic violence.
The prime reason for that being that I know I’d be incapable of offering such aid.
And the prime reason for that being that I am incapable of understanding why any woman would remain in an abusive relationship — be that abuse physical or emotional. (Yes, I know men are also the victims of domestic violence, but I am focusing here on my sex.)
I have heard a variety of explanations.
Some women don’t know any better. Having been raised in abusive homes, they think this is the norm. (The U.S. Department of Justice notes: “Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life – therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society’s next generation of victims and abusers.”)
Some women stay with a brutal spouse, or boyfriend, “for the sake of the children.”
Some have been brainwashed in a sort of Stockholm Syndrome manner. Some are completely financially dependent on their abuser. Some are simply afraid to leave. (Again, from the DOJ: Victims who leave their abusers are 75% more likely to be murdered.)
And some insist they still “love” the man who is assaulting them.
These may also be the reasons why such women are reluctant to even press charges against the abuser. New Jersey is one of the enlightened states that no longer requires a victim’s cooperation for the law to be enforced. Gone are the days when the beaten and bloodied victim could plead that the man with blood on his hands not be handcuffed and taken to the pokey.
In N.J., if police are sent to a domestic-violence call, and there is “evidence of an assault, it’s a mandatory arrest,” a source in law enforcement told us.
This is a step forward, but the assailant could still walk free.
“If the victim doesn’t show up in court,” the source told us, “most likely the charges will be dropped.”
I don’t know the statistics, but I bet a lot of victims don’t show up.
Now, I must admit, this column is being written in virtual ignorance. I have not been the victim of domestic violence. Despite the reasons cited above, I cannot comprehend why any woman would stay with a man if he even raised his hand to her. I, or he, would be out the door in an instant.
Also, I have known only one such victim in my life (unless others have kept it hidden). And I met her long after she had left her abusive husband. Left him taking her three children with her. Left him not knowing where she would go or how she would live. Left him having no money of her own to speak of.
But she left. And built a happy life. So happy that it wasn’t until I had known her for years that I learned of her prior situation.
She is one of my heroines.
Janay Rice is not.
Ray Rice knocked her cold and dragged her body out of that elevator as if she were a bag of trash. And she defends him? What kind of message is she sending to other victimized women?
Her Instagram message, posted after the knock-out blow portion of the video was released and hubby was cut by the Ravens, blasts the media and the public for their “unwanted” opinions and ends thusly:
“THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get? If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!”
What don’t you all get?
I don’t get any of it. At all.
But I can hope that the video of her being punched unconscious might just raise the consciousness of some other woman who might gain the will to free herself from abuse.
Help is out there. But you have to want help.
– Karen Zautyk
A North Arlington man, found slumped inside a car in the vicinity of Lincoln School, was arrested last week on drug charges after he was found to be in possession of 14 folds of suspected heroin, Kearny police reported.
KPD Chief John Dowie said Officer Jack Corbett, patrolling near Midland and Kearny Aves., observed Darryl Sarra, 33, asleep in a parked Kia at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. The car was running and its lights were on.
Corbett shut off the engine and removed the keys before rousing Sarra, who reportedly “immediately fell back asleep.” The officer summoned an ambulance and, while awaiting its arrival, noticed a small wax fold on the driver’s lap, Dowie said. A seach incident to Sarra’s subsequent arrest produced 13 additional folds, the chief noted.
Sarra was transported for treatment to Clara Maass Medical Center, where blood and urine samples were taken for evidentiary purposes.
He has been charged with: possession of heroin with intent to distribute, intent to distribute within a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, driving under the influence and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.
Police said he also had an outstanding North Arlington warrant.
Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:
At 10 a.m., Officers Jack Grimm and T.J. Hernandez were dispatched to a South Kearny business, which had reported the misuse of a company credit card by a former employee. They detained Ricardo Barnes, 35, of Queens, N.Y., and a warrant check indicated he had four: two from Ringwood and one each from Maplewood and Millburn, police said. After he was arrested on those, Woodland Park police advised the KPD that complaints had been filed against him for creditcard misuse in that borough, and he was turned over to their custody.
Officer Daniel Esteves, on patrol at Devon and Dukes Sts. at 2:15 p.m., saw a man acting suspiciously near a parked car, police said. The officer conducted a street interview, did a warrant check and arrested Alexis Perez, 32, of Newark, on a warrant out of East Orange.
At Columbia Ave. and Beech St. at 9:30 p.m., Officer John Fabula witnessed a BMW travelling at high speed and passing to the right of other vehicles, police said. Stopping the car at N. Midland Ave. and Alpine Place, he found that the driver, Carlos Monterroso, 30, of Belleville, had a suspended license.
Monterroso was charged with that offense, careless driving and failure to obey a traffic signal.
Officer Christopher Levchak, responding to a two-car accident at Bergen Ave. and Devon St. at 8:30 p.m., reportedly detected the odor of alcohol on one driver. After conducting field sobriety tests, he arrested Marisa Rodriguez, 51, of Newark, who was taken to HQ for an Alcotest and issued a summons for DWI.
At 1 a.m., Officer Chris Medina arrested Marcos Mendez, 36, of Kearny, at a Howell Place residence on a harassment warrant issued by Kearny. Mendez was also reportedly found to be in possession of two hypodermic needles and was charged with that offense.
At 3:45 a.m., Officer Derek Hemphill witnessed a Honda speeding north on Kearny Ave. at Linden Ave. As he followed the car, it reportedly ran two red lights, made a U-turn on Seeley Ave. and pulled into a driveway. Police said the motorist, Angel Henriquez- Dilone, 20, of Kearny, admitted he did not live at that address. So why did he enter that driveway? Police said his response was, “Because I knew you were chasing me.”
Back-up Officer Medina conducted FSTs on the apparently intoxicated man, who was then taken to HQ and given an Alcotest. Henriquez- Dilone was charged criminally with eluding police and received summonses for DWI, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals.
Michael Voss, 46, of Kearny, whom Vice detectives had under surveillance, was seen exiting a bus in Kearny at 8:15 p.m. and was found to be in possession of nine folds of “Bread & Butter” heroin, police said. He was charged with possession of the drug and drug paraphernalia.
– Karen Zautyk
Aside from 37 traffic investigations and 52 medical calls, the Nutley Police Department also responded to these incidents during the past week:
Police found an intoxicated man on the ground in front of a Franklin Ave. fast food establishment. Police said the man was responsive but could not walk and was taken by ambulance to Clara Maass Medical Center for evaluation.
Someone swiped a boy’s bicycle from a backyard on Roma St. The bike was described as a dark blue 20-inch GT Performer BMX style, valued at about $300.
The owner of a truck towed from a local church parking lot told police that the vehicle was damaged during its transport on a flatbed to a residence in Somerset. Checking the vehicle after the tow, the owner said its bed cover was missing, it had several dents and scratches to the roof, front bumper and driver’s side of the vehicle. The tow driver told police the damage likely occurred after the vehicle was delivered.
Police said a counterfeit bill was passed at a Franklin Ave. eatery. The owner told police a man ordered a milkshake and tried to pay for it with a fake $100 bill. The owner told the patron he was going to get change but went to an office to call police. When he returned, the milkshake was left on the counter but the man was gone. Police said the man was described as African- American, 5-feet-seven, 170 pounds, with short black hair, wearing a hooded striped polo sweater, light blue jeans and sneakers. Twice before in the past two months, the same individual had used $250 in counterfeit bills, the owner told police. Police confirmed the $100 bill was fake.
Having been alerted to a burglary on Grant Ave., officers were patrolling in the area of Grant and Washington Aves. when they were waved down by a passerby who told them a “suspicious” man was at Grant and River Road. When police arrived there, they said they found a man matching descriptions given by the passerby and from a witness to the prior burglary walking on River Road. After learning that the individual was wanted on warrants from Harrison, Belleville, Montville and Rutherford, police arrested Raymond Adames, 50, of Newark, who, they said, had a screwdriver on him. After he couldn’t post bail, Adames was turned over to Harrison PD.
The owner of a vehicle parked on River Road reported that after having come out of work and entering their vehicle, noticed that the glove box and center console had been opened with the contents dumped on the passenger seat and floor.
A Bloomfield Ave. business owner reported getting a bad check for about $125. The owner reached out to the check payer who reportedly assured the owner they’d return with the money but never did, police said. Police tried to locate the individual without success.
Police said a motor vehicle investigation resulted in the arrest of Martin Lucas, 48, of Newark, on a charge of possession of a white rocky substance believed to be crack cocaine. During a search of Lucas at HQ , police said they found a partly-smoked cigar that smelled of burnt marijuana and which, upon a closer look, was found to be filled with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. After both substances tested positive for crack cocaine and marijuana, police charged Lucas with possession of marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and one count of drug distribution. Lucas also had five outstanding traffic warrants from Nutley and East Orange. He was placed in Essex County Jail after failing to post bail of $25,000 with a 10% cash option.
A Pauline Drive resident reported someone stole her daughter’s bicycle from the side of the house. It was listed as a ladies’ pink, 10-speed Schwinn bike valued at about $200. The resident told police they saw a late 1990s model black Toyota Pathfinder pulling away from the house with a man and woman, possibly Ecuadorian or Peruvian, inside.
Police responded to a Park Ave. location on a report of an attempted theft. The resident told police that after hearing their dog begin barking loudly, they went to the window and saw a light-skinned male, possibly Latino, wearing a black hoodie type shirt and blue shorts, at the rear of the building near a bicycle parking area, remove the resident’s bike and begin walking toward Park Ave. with it. The victim went outside and found the intruder trying to get the tire lock off the bike. After the resident yelled at him, the stranger dropped the bike and ran to a waiting truck described as a newer style black Ford F-150 with two people inside which drove off. Police couldn’t locate the truck or the occupants.
– Ron Leir
By Kevin Canessa Jr.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. —
Glenn Beck did it when he had had enough with the suits at Fox News.
Sarah Palin is even giving it a try, though we’re not so sure how much success that’ll have.
But for the first time in modern sports-radio history, which technically dates back to 1987 when WFAN launched in New York, a nationally known sports-radio host has started an online-only, subscriber- based sports-radio network he hopes will make him and his investors big bucks — and that he hopes changes the way his fans get their sports radio.
Dino Costa, who spent the last few years with Mad Dog Radio on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and before that, was on numerous terrestrial radio stations throughout the country, launched dinocostashow.com four months ago when he didn’t renew his contract with Mad Dog Radio and the suits at Sirius/XM.
Bringing Costa’s always entertaining — and extremely controversial show — to the Internet has changed the way sports radio shows are conducted now for many reasons, but most notably, not having to deal with the restrictive rules of the Federal Communications Commission.
“There are no rules, so it’s really the Wild, Wild West of sports radio, isn’t it?” Costa told The Observer exclusively. “When there are no rules, we can truly do what we want. And that’s exactly what we do.”
But it was hardly the FCC’s rules that got Costa interested in doing online-only sports radio. Instead, he says it’s because too often, the suits at Sirius/XM refused to realize his potential — and to market his show and talents properly.
“I was thinking of this prior to my departure at Sirius/ XM, however,” Costa said. “And after that, I had an opportunity to meet with the folks at Fox Sports out in Los Angeles. But long story short, an investor who was also a fan contacted me, asked me if I really wanted to do this, and I realized this was as good a time as any to break into the digital platform.
“So I wrote to the folks at Fox, thanked them, and let them know I was going in a different direction. And on May 5, we launched dinocostashow.com.”
Costa says the digital platform has led to the “most fun” he’s had in his 18-year radio career. Each show is broadcast with crystal-clear video of Dino in his studio. It’s also simulcast audio only. If listeners miss a show, each one is archived for later viewing or listening. The show also now has its own app for iPhones and Androids.
But Costa says the new platform can be trying, at times, especially considering there are no commercials.
“It can be mentally fatiguing at times, but there’s an organic flow to the show we never had before now,” Costa said. “And every time I go into that studio, I have go so with the mindset that the entire world is listening to the show. We have fewer listeners now than when I was on Sirius/XM, obviously, but I must treat every show as if the audience was enormous. People are giving us their hard-earned money to listen.
“So it is a challenge in one way, but an absolutely fun and enjoyable way to broadcast.”
While many in radio say Internet-based stations won’t succeed in the long term, Costa says not so fast to all the naysayers.
Since many cars are now coming equipped with 4G Wi- Fi access, and many more will in the future, Costa believes the digital radio platform is not only here, it’s here for the long haul.
“Let’s not forget that there are some digital-only news platforms that are now out performing traditional newspapers,” Costa said. “If those kinds of sites can succeed, why can’t digital-only radio? It only makes sense that it’s more than possible.”
Ideally, Costa says he hopes this is the last “job” he ever has in radio. But he also says he’d be foolish to cast aside any possible future opportunities that might arise.
“If other opportunities present themselves, I’d be foolish not to consider them,” he said. “But I really believe this is the future of radio, the future of sports talk radio. And each day since we’ve launched, we’ve gained more and more subscribers. We’ve never gone backward. That’s a real sign this is going to succeed.”
Matthew Mandel of Kearny has been a huge fan of Costa’s work, dating back to his arrival at Mad Dog Radio. He says having Costa’s show online rather than on satellite or terrestrial radio has made it significantly better.
“He doesn’t answer to anyone anymore,” Mandel said. “When he was on Sirius, he never got the respect he deserved from his bosses. Now, he holds nothing back at all. He tells it like it is. If a team or an athlete ticks him off, he’s going to say so — and he could do that without the fear of potential consequences.
“That has made the Dino Costa Show so much better than it was before.”
Mike Ranford of Belleville agrees — even though he hasn’t always been a fan of Costa’s.
“He says what he means and he means what he says,” Ranford said. “There were times in the past he’s said stuff that just infuriated me. But when you think of it, that’s what sports talk radio is all about. It’s purely entertainment. And with an online platform, Dino entertains while bringing his fans the best sports radio has to offer.
“He is much better off today without Sirius/XM as far as I am concerned. I just hope the online platform takes off and people are willing to pay a minimal fee to get better sports radio than any of the two terrestrial stations in the area (WFAN and WEPN) can offer.”
Contact Dino by sending an email to email@example.com.
By Ryan Sloan
NORTH ARLINGTON —
Though the rules have significantly changed since the sub-prime loan crisis of 2009, one thing has remained consistent: Keypoint Mortgage is still there for mortgage-seekers, or for those seeking to refinance, without the hassle of having to deal with largescale banks.
And perhaps best of all, Keypoint deals with more than 20 different lenders throughout the country, so the chances of successfully securing a loan are much greater with Keypoint than they are with a single bank, thanks to the variety of choices out there.
Mortgage broker Rob Pezzolla has owned and operated Keypoint Mortgage since 2003. When he first opened the business in North Arlington — there’s now also a branch office in Summit — he did so to make the home-loan process easier for clients.
“When you deal with a bank, you’re dealt with what they have to offer,” Pezzolla said. “When you’re with us, we make the process painless and have considerably more options when it comes to potential lenders.”
Indeed, Keypoint does.
But because of the changes to borrowing guidelines that were instituted after the subprime crisis five years ago, while it’s still easier and more convenient to get a mortgage through his Mortgage Broker, it might not be as easy as it was before the crisis hit.
“That’s because there was a time where people were getting mortgages without any documentation,” Pezzolla said. “Places were approving mortgages without a paystub, or without any paperwork, from borrowers. It doesn’t work that way anymore, but as a broker, we offer the flexibility that a large bank can’t offer.
“We deal with 20 or so banks, they underwrite the file and we present the best deal offered.”
Perhaps the best part of dealing with a broker like Pezzolla — there’s no upfront cost to the consumer. Now, just because the rules have changed, that doesn’t mean people aren’t getting decent mortgages anymore. That’s where Keypoint comes in.
Before contacting any lenders, Pezzolla and Keypoint work with individual clients to set reasonable expectations. He’ll conduct what’s called pre-purchase counseling with anyone seeking a mortgage — where he offers sound advice based on the consumer’s income, assets and equity.
If a customer has no shot at a mortgage, he’ll let the person know.
If he can pull off a spectacularly low interest rate, he’ll let the customer know.
You still may be able to refinance a high rate mortgage.
Saving a bad mortgage
One of the most critical things Pezzolla wants people to know about what he does as a broker actually concerns the refinancing of what might be considered predatory loans.
He says to this very day — and this could very well include you — there are 800,000 Americans who have loans with interest rates at 6% or more that can still be refinanced based on the 2009 market meltdown.
There are two main requirements: The loan had to be issued on or before May 31, 2009 — and the loan has to have come from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
“Not only can mortgage holders refinance under those circumstances, we can often get them from interest rates at 6% or more down to as low as 4.25%,” Pezzolla said. “There’s a myth out there that if you’ve got one of these loans, you’re stuck with it and can’t refinance. That’s not the case at all, and I hope people do realize if they’re in this category, not only can we help, we can make it happen.
“And it doesn’t matter if the consumer is under water. It doesn’t matter if the home’s value has dropped. Regardless of equity, the opportunity is there — and we hope more people will take advantage of the opportunities we can offer them.”
The bottom line, however, in dealing with Keypoint is simple. If you want a mortgage or to refinance — and you qualify — the convenience of Keypoint will truly make what could otherwise be an awful process a much easier and comfortable one.
“We’re the neighborhood guys,” Pezzolla said. “We’re not the ‘no-face banks’ people often deal with. We’re not the correspondent lender in Illinois where you’ll never meet the people in person you’re dealing with. We’re local, we give our clients the time and attention they deserve. And we’ll always be honest and up-front right from the beginning.
“You just don’t get that with large-scale banks, and never will.”
Think you might want to refinance a higher rate mortgage? Looking for a new mortgage? Contact Pezzolla by calling him on his mobile phone at 201-805-4999, by sending him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.keypointmortgage.com online.
The Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will hold a Halfway-to-St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Belleville Knights of Columbus on Bridge St. The event will honor the past grand marshals and deputy grand marshals. Admission is $35 for adults ($15 for those under 21). Guests will enjoy corned beef and cabbage, dessert, beer, wine and soda. The Eamonn Ryan Showband will entertain.
The Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., will screen the animated musical fantasy/comedy “Frozen” (PG) Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m.
Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., hosts its monthly breakfast Sunday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under age 3.
Certified school counselor Allen Regar provides information on researching and applying to college at a seminar Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St.
Harrison Downtown Community Development Partnership and Neighborhood Preservation Program sponsors a Flea Market and Collectible Show Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Harrison Ave., between Second St. and Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. Admission is free.
Four exhibitor spaces are available for free to any school or local organization. Call 201- 998-1144 for a reservation.
Holy Cross Church sponsors a bus trip Sunday, Sept. 21, to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, leaving from Holy Cross School, Frank E. Rodgers Blvd., at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the school basement starting at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $30 ($25 returned in slot play.) Call Joan for reservations at 973- 481-2434 (leave your name, phone number and number attending).
The Class of 1964 of St. Cecilia High School is holding a 50th reunion dinner Saturday, Oct. 4, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Mama Vittoria Restaurant, 160 Franklin Ave., Nutley. To attend, contact Kathy McCourt Jackes at kathyjackes@yahoo. com or 908- 303-9993; Kathy Walsh Vecchio at katvec46@ gmail.com or 973-865-0402; or Nancy Branin Waller at email@example.com or 201- 889-6229 by Sept. 25.
St. Cecilia Church, 114 Chestnut St., sponsors a flea market Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are welcome. For more information, call 201-991-1116. All proceeds benefit the parish.
The Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave., in partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, will once again be participating in Operation Take Back Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are asked to use the department’s Forest St. door for the Juvenile Aid Bureau. Turn in expired, unused, or unwanted prescription or over the counter medication. This is an anonymous drop off. No ID required. For more information, call Officer Corbett at 201-998-1313, ext. 2820.
Kearny Lions Club sponsors a bus trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa., Sept. 27, leaving from 60 Kingsland Ave. at 9 a.m. Price is $35. Tickets include $20 for slots and a $5 food voucher. For tickets, call Alvin at 201-997-9371, ext. 18, or Jo Ann at 201-998-3018.
Kearny UNICO hosts “Wheels for Vic,” a fundraiser to purchase a power wheelchair for Kearny resident Victor Muniz, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., in the former Boystown gym, 499 Belgrove Drive. The $30 admission covers a raffle, lunch and live music. Muniz was paralyzed after a tree branch fell on him during a 2008 summer storm. For tickets or more information, contact Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409, Joseph Sgalia at 201- 998-6879, Rossana McLaughlin at 201-407-7262, or Judy Hyde at 201-991-5812. The committee also welcomes both monetary and/or gift donations for this event.
Trinity Church, 575 Kearny Ave., hosts a fish, chicken and chips dinner Friday, Oct. 3, 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and two for $30. Take-out will also be available. Tricky Tray will be held 8 to 9 p.m. For tickets, call Annamarie at 201-998- 2368 after 5:30 p.m.
Pathways to Independence sponsors its 13th annual Walka- Thon Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, at West Hudson Park, Schuyler Ave. entrance. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit adults with disabilities who attend Pathways programs. For more information, call Pathways Executive Director Alvin Cox at 201-997- 9371, ext. 18.
Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Kearny, sponsors a 5K run Sunday, Sept. 28, beginning on S. Midland Ave. at 6 p.m. This run is one of many events being held to raise much-needed funds for the seminary. There is a $25 registration fee. More information is available at www.rmnewark.org or fathermanuel@gmail. com.
The Lyndhurst Food Pantry, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., resumes normal business hours on Monday, Sept. 22. Pantry hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Interested patrons must submit proof of need to the Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1. For more information, call the department at 201- 804-2500.
United Presbyterian Church, 511 Ridge Road, hosts a Victorian tea, sponsored by the Meadowlands Museum, Sunday, Sept. 28, 3 to 6 p.m. The event includes a lecture on the history and preparation of tea, plus live music.
Tickets are $30 and available at the museum, 91 Crane Ave., Rutherford, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New Jersey’s “Bat Man” Joe D’Angeli and his Batmobile will be at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 De- Korte Park Plaza Friday, Sept. 19, 6 to 9 p.m. D’Angeli will present a live bat exhibit. A portion of the proceeds go to bat conservation and rehabilitation groups nationwide. Suggested donation is $5. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec or call 201-257-2231.
The Masonic Club, 316 Riverside Ave., hosts all-youcan- eat crabs and cole slaw (chicken available for nonseafood eaters) Saturday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door. For reservations, call the club at 201-933-1330.
Lyndhurst Garden Club meets Monday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Senior Citizen Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Topics include designed flower beds, gardening in pots, and more, plus a raffle and social hour. For more information, call 201-939-0033.
The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors an indoor garage sale Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Senior Building.
Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts an autumn craft program for grades 1 to 4 Monday, Sept. 29, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478.
Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a karaoke party Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. The VFW hall is available for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939- 3080.
The Lyndhurst Health Department announces the following programs. To register, call the department at 201-804-2500.
• A bi-annual women’s health clinic, arranged through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. The clinic offers education on breast self-examination and a PAP test and is open to township residents ages 18 and over.
• A free meditation course is offered weekly on Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., starting Sept. 16, at the Community Center, Riverside and Tontine Aves. For more information, call the Health Department.
United Presbyterian Church sponsors a vintage marketplace and gourmet food truck fest slated for Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1050 Wall St. West parking lot. Admission is free.
Learn all about the history of newspapers in the United States with journalist Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
The library’s Historical Fact and Fiction Book Club meets Thursday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. and the Friends of the Library Book Club meets Friday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m.
The library’s Comics Club for ages 6 and up meets Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m.
Queen of Peace Church celebrates the 22nd annual International Prayer and Fasting Campaign Monday, Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the LaSalle Center, 200 Ridge Road. For more information, call 201-997-7000.
The Art Workshop program for grades 1 to 6 resumes for an eight-week fall session Oct. 11. Classes will be held Saturdays at the Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave. The fee is $30 per child. Class size is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Online registration is available at https://nutleynj. my.gov-i.com/recreation. For more information, call 973- 284-4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Department of Parks & Recreation is accepting Recreation Basketball registration for the 2014-2015 season. This program is open to Nutley youngsters in grades 3 to 8. Teams compete in a recreational league format and are grouped in divisions by grade. Boys and girls will play in separate leagues. The program seeks to provide ample playing time for all participants, teach the fundamentals of individual and team play and encourage sportsmanship.
Registration deadline is Oct. 17. The fee is $40 per player. For more information, visit www.nutleynj.org or call 973- 284-4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Nutley residents, particularly parents, coaches and child-care providers, are encouraged to attend Heartsaver CPR & AED training to be offered at the Department of Parks & Recreation. A threehour class, taught by Lifesaving Techniques, is available Thursday, Sept. 25, or Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Rec Department, 44 Park Ave.
The fee is $65. Class size is limited. Registration, on a first-come, first-served basis, is available online or at the Rec Department. For further information, call 973-284- 4966, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Children ages 28 months and under and their caregivers are invited to enjoy nursery rhymes, stories and playtime at Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Only Nutley residents may participate. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call the library at 973- 667-0405.
LYNDHURST – George Rosko, who has spent seven years with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Coccia Realty, is the company’s Real Estate Agent of the Month for July in the Lyndhurst office, owner and President John (Jan) R. Kwapniewski announced.
Rosko, the agency’s top rental specialist, has closed 51 agreements to date in 2014, representing the most of any agent locally and the fourth-highest and top 1% of any agent in the region’s 500-plus agencies, according to statistics from the N.J. Multiple- Listing Service (NJMLS).
“His number of transactions are extraordinary,” said Lyndhurst Branch Manager Michael Amoroso. “George is a very hard worker, readily available to his clients. He is ethical and professional, and he works seven days a week. Whatever needs to get done, George gets it done.”
Rosko, a real estate agent for 16-plus years, lives in North Arlington and serves clients from Harrison, Kearny, Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Rutherford.
Rosko says he enjoys his work with BHGRE Coccia not just because of the people, but because he knows his voice is heard.
“I always know that when I have ideas or concerns, I can always bring them to our broker John,” Rosko said. “And he listens. If he believes it’s a good idea, he’ll run with it. If he doesn’t think it’s a good idea, he’ll say so, but he’ll always explain why he doesn’t think it’ll work. That’s very important to me.”
In addition to rentals, Rosko handles residential and commercial sales, leases and property management.
Kwapniewski, like Amoroso, sang Rosko’s praises. “We were very fortunate that George chose my company,” Kwapniewski said. “He’s one of the hardest workers you’ll ever find in this industry, and I am very happy to have him on board as long as we have.”
Rosko is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors, Garden State Multiple Listing Service and NJMLS.
With BHGRE and Coccia’s status as a HUD-registered broker, he has access to foreclosures and REO listings and can also offer relocation services and referrals throughout the country.
To contact Rosko, call his mobile at 201-218-0841 or the Lyndhurst office at 201-939- 8900.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
It’s the second year of Nick Edwards’ regime as the head football coach at Kearny High School and already there’s something new and improved about Edwards’ Kardinals.
They won their season opener.
That’s right, Kearny defeated Newark East Side and won handily, 34-6. The Kardinals own a 1-0 record for the first time since 2011 and only the second time since reinstituting the program in 2004.
The news gets better.
“For the first time in a long time, the freshmen, JV (junior varsity) and varsity all won,” said Edwards, who took over the program in June of 2013. “That’s definitely different from recent years.”
Edwards proudly professes that there are 30 sophomores involved with his program.
Needless to say, things are definitely moving up for the Kearny football program.
Edwards was asked about how things have changed in his second year at the helm.
“It’s definitely easier having a full offseason to work with the players,” Edwards said. “The offseason went well with our speed training and weight lifting. I definitely think having that year is paying off. I think the kids understand me more and understand what we’re trying to do here and what we preach.”
Edwards also believes that the kids know that he truly loves them.
“My door is always open for them and they have that understanding,” Edwards said. “We have a good relationship.” Winning helps, as with the season opening win, the Kards have already matched their win total of last year and the previous year. So things have definitely changed during football season in Kearny.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Edwards, whose team faces Livingston Friday night, then plays four straight home games. “It gives us a boost of confidence going forward.”
Edwards likes the makeup of his team.
“We have a good mix,” Edwards said. “The majority of the team is made up of juniors and sophomores who played a lot last year.”
The Kardinals are using the spread-pistol offense, meaning that the Kards like to throw the ball all over the field.
Leading the way is junior quarterback David Nash (6-1, 160), who enjoyed a solid opening game, throwing for a touchdown and running for another.
“He’s doing pretty well,” Edwards said. “He’s very smart and understands defenses. He knows the game of football.”
Junior Hector Paredes (5-8, 170) is the Kardinals’ main running back.
“He’s definitely one of those guys who just wants to win,” Edwards said. “He’s a hardnosed runner who goes all out in practices and games. Nothing ever changes with him.”
The Kardinals have a host of players to fill the four receiver and slot positions. Junior Sammy Sanchez (5-8, 165) had a great season opener, scoring three touchdowns, including an 84-yard interception return for a score.
Seniors Michael and Chris Benevides are a pair of twin brothers who each stand 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds and provide Nash with solid targets to throw to. Junior Tiago Teixiera (5-7, 160) and sophomore Allen Tejada (5-10, 170) are also excellent speedy route runners.
It certainly makes for exciting times for the Kearny offensive attack.
Senior guard Nick Springer (6-1, 230) and senior tackle Owen Martinez (5-10, 220) are returning starters, as is junior Damien Torres (5-6, 180) at center. That experience has to help Nash run the intricate passing offense.
Junior Michael Amaro (6-0, 190) is the other tackle and sophomore Gabriel Dos Santos (5-10, 220) is the other guard.
Defensively, the Kards utilize a 4-4 front, with senior J.C. Yamba (5-9, 175) and junior Christian Rodriguez (5-9, 185) at defensive end and sophomore Hebber Reyes (5-10, 260) joining Springer at defensive tackle.
The outside linebackers are junior Richard Diaz (5-8, 165) and sophomore Ozzie Cabides (5-9, 165), with a pair of sophomores, Brian Santos (5-8, 180) and Niko Yamba (5-8, 160), at inside linebacker.
The cornerbacks are Teixiera, Chris Benevides and Paredes, with Sanchez and Michael Benevides at safety.
Edwards is fortunate to be able to use as many players as possible, giving a host of youngsters a chance to play. The more kids play, the bigger the interest for others, knowing that they can get a chance to get on the field as well.
“We had a lot of kids who came back,” Edwards said. “So the kids know what to expect. We also have kids who understand the importance of schoolwork. We had 54 varsity kids and only one had to go to summer school. That’s a major accomplishment.”
Edwards likes the way the program is moving.
“The numbers are up,” Edwards said. “I never thought we would have 80 kids in the program, but we do. Coming from 30, which is what we had when I took over, I think it’s all good for the program. We’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing and teaching them the right things.”
So far, so good.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
It’s not every day that a high school soccer team gets a player who could move from forward to midfield with ease, then score 30 goals and add 19 assists in the process.
But that’s what Danny Cordeiro did for the North Arlington boys’ soccer team last fall, en route to becoming the 2013-14 Observer Male Athlete of the Year. Cordeiro is already weaving his magic for the New Jersey Institute of Technology soccer squad.
So when the 2014 boys’ soccer campaign kicked off recently, the Vikings had to learn about life without Cordeiro.
“It’s not easy,” said NA head coach Jesse Dembowski. “We do have a solid senior group this year, but no one who could do what Danny did. As a group, the team is very dedicated and determined.”
That’s already been proven, as the Vikings have marched out to a 4-0 start thus far, including big wins over Saddle Brook and Becton Regional last week.
“We have a lot of younger kids coming up who have a lot of talent,” Dembowski said.
Senior Matt Smykowski is the Vikings’ main man in net. Smykowski became the team starter with roughly 10 games remaining last season. The Vikings ended the year at 9-7-1.
“Matt is a tall kid who was our JV (junior varsity) goalie for two years,” Dembowski said. “He’s very confident in goal and not afraid to come out of the goal to make plays.”
The sweeper is senior Nick Awad.
“He’s a tall, physical player,” Dembowski said. “We used to have him in the midfield, but he naturally gravitated toward the defense.”
The stopper is senior Moises Polanco, who started last year at the position.
The rest of the back line will be made of seniors Ed Lozado and Frank Pace and junior C.J. Burbach.
Senior Vinnie Ribeiro is the top returning starter in the midfield. Ribiero scored eight goals last year.
Fellow senior Jose Ruiz is another returning player in the midfield. Dembowski likes Ruiz’s experience and leadership.
Sophomore Cristiano Neves is another fine player in the midfield. Neves had a goal and an assist in the solid 4-0 win over Becton last week.
Junior Marvin Caballero is another Viking who will give Dembowski stability in the midfield.
“Marvin was a starter last year, but then he got hurt and missed the season,” Caballero said. “He will be big this year.”
Sophomore Hudson Ribiero is a solid forward. The younger brother of Vinnie had two goals and an assist in the win over Becton.
Senior Joe Cappelluti will be the other force to be reckoned with at forward.
“He was a goalie at the beginning of last season, then we moved him to forward and he scored a few goals,” Dembowski said.
Cappelluti scored six goals in his limited time in the forward line for the Vikings last fall.
So the makings are there for a special season for the Vikings, even after the departure of a special player.
“I like our team,” Dembowski said. “I still have big expectations. A lot of them came in and knew that they needed to step up. They have moved up together and they’re getting strong together.”
The four wins to start the season is proof that they can move on with success.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
After finishing the 2013 season with an 18-2-1 record, the best in school’s history, Nutley High School girls’ soccer coach Mike DiPiano is looking for more of the same this year.
“We put a three-year plan into place and last year, we just sped up the process,” said DiPiano, who begins his third year as the head girls’ soccer coach at Nutley. “We beat four teams that played in a sectional final last year.”
The Maroon Raiders graduated 12 players and nine starters from last year’s team, including the 2013-14 Observer Co-Female Athlete of the Year Grace Montgomery.
“We worked on teaching the system to a new group of girls,” DiPiano said. “We have some seniors who have never played before. We have freshmen battling to play every day in practice. The competition has been good. We’re not taking the mentality that we’re rebuilding. We’re going after it again this year. Our goal is to play one more day than we did last year. That’s a reasonable goal with the team we have. We know what we have to do to get there.”
So far, the Maroon Raiders are living up to the challenge of being a state-ranked power.
The Maroon Raiders, ranked No. 20 in a New Jersey statewide poll, have won all four of their games so far, including a 7-0 whitewash of neighboring rival Belleville on Saturday.
“We want to be in the rankings and never come out,” DiPiano said. “It’s good for the entire athletic program at our school.”
The Maroon Raiders have one of the most potent scoring attacks in the state, thanks to returning standouts Victoria Kealy and Zoe Steck.
Kealy, a senior who has already given a verbal commitment to play at Rider University in the fall, scored 34 goals last year and is already on pace to top that number this season.
Kealy had three goals and added an assist in the win over Belleville.
Steck is a sophomore who scored 31 goals last year. She had two goals and two assists in the lopsided victory over Belleville.
“I don’t know of many teams to have that kind of luxury,” DiPiano said of his powerful scoring duo. “We just have to keep finding ways to get them the ball. It’s time for others to step up. It’s going to be a work in progress.”
The Maroon Raiders are utilizing two players in goal, namely senior Rachel Nichols and junior Sarah Roselli, who missed most of last season due to health issues.
The sweeper is freshman Lauren Holden, who has the potential to be a very good player.
“She’s going to have to learn on the fly,” DiPiano said. “She’s played already on some high level club teams, so she has experience. She is as tough as nails and doesn’t play like a freshman.”
The stopper is sophomore Darby Fischer, with senior Julie Fredericks, sophomore Angeli Bossbaly and freshman Jalae Small all seeing time along the back line.
Sophomore Jenny Callaghan is the team’s center midfielder. She’s a transfer who arrived at the school last year during the season, so Callaghan is basically a newcomer.
“She’s the real deal,” DiPiano said of Callaghan. “She has to be our playmaker in the middle of the field.”
Senior Kaitlyn Salisbury, junior Samantha Chimento and freshman Isabella Gonsiewski are also solid midfielders.
The Maroon Raiders will put their entire season on the shoulders of the two powerful scorers, namely Kealy and Steck, who are among the state’s very best.
As are the Maroon Raiders, who are proving that last year was no fluke.
Seniors Kiera Byrnes, Sarah Grueter and Samantha Moynihan will play roles on the team’s attack. Moynihan scored two goals in the win over Belleville.
Freshman Maise Jelley will be the Maroon Raiders’ resident jack-of-all-trades.
“She will play everywhere,” DiPiano said. “She’s done everything we’ve asked of her so far.”
DiPiano likes his team. He should. The Maroon Raiders are for real and will enjoy a great season into November. Whether that leads to a Super Essex Conference divisional title or an NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III crown remains to be seen. But either or both are not out of the question, thanks to having two returning 30-goal scorers.