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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

 
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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

NORTH ARLINGTON – 

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 »

Fighting for veterans

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

NUTLEY – 

A delegation of the region’s veterans convened at the Nutley VFW to cheer news of the Senate’s passage of a bill designed to facilitate returning GIs’ access to health care, as announced by Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez.

The Senate voted 91-3 to move the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability & Transparency Act in the wake of stateside veterans’ long wait times for treatment at V.A. hospitals and falsification of records at the V.A.’s Phoenix, Ariz., facility.

According to a joint release by Menendez and Booker, the bill will fund $10 billion “to establish a Veterans’ Choice Fund to pay for eligible veterans [those living more than 40 miles from a V.A. clinic or those who have to wait more than 30 days for an appointment] to get private [non-V.A.] medical care,” $5 billion to hire more doctors and medical staff to expedite delivery of care to veterans, and authorization to build or expand 27 V.A. care centers in 18 states, including one in Brick, and Puerto Rico. Read more »

Hoping to extend access to riverfront

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

HARRISON – 

It may not compare with the breezes from the Jersey Shore but the Passaic River – albeit polluted – still offers some partial relief to urban grit.

But industrialization and development are obstacles blocking Harrison residents from getting to the riverbank, so the town is hoping to do something about that.

To that end, the mayor and Town Council have scheduled a public hearing for Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. in the assembly chambers at Town Hall, 318 Harrison Ave., on a proposed application for state Green Acres cash to acquire land targeted for a “public access waterfront walkway and park consistent with the Harrison Waterfront Development Plan.”

Mayor James Fife said that although the submission deadline for this cycle of Green Acres funding has passed, representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) “have told us that if we have our public hearing by at least Aug. 15, we can still apply for this cycle.”

The area the town is looking to acquire is a 5.8-acre portion of what is listed on the tax map as Block 86, in part of the area designated as the Harrison Waterfront Redevelopment Area. The town owns a small section of land in the northwest corner (Lot 1.01) of Block 86 and the desired 5.8- acre vacant tract – owned by Hartz Mountain Industries – lies just south and east of it. Read more »

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