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Classmates in court

By Karen Zautyk  Observer Correspondent  KEARNY–  The three young men, pictured above in their Kearny High School yearbook photos, had their whole lives ahead of them. Who knew where the future would take them? No one would have guessed that, a bit more than a decade later, it […]

Serial robber guilty

TRENTON – An accused serial robber has admitted to playing a role in 11 robberies, primarily of drug stores, in Harrison, Newark and Jersey City over a period of eight months, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. On July 21, Christopher Mojica, 23, pleaded guilty to […]

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Blue ranks get reinforcements

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent LYNDHURST – Talk about parallel life paths: Joseph White and Matthew Giunta went to pre-school (St. Michael’s) together, then to Franklin Elementary School, then Lyndhurst High. And, last Friday, they entered the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah to begin […]

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Slow-paced developments

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  BELLEVILLE –  It’s been a year and two months since Gov. Chris Christie presided at a ballyhooed groundbreaking for Franklin Manor, an age-restricted 137-unit apartment complex for those 55 and over – the first such senior development for Belleville in more than three decades. […]

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Still waiting for wall’s restoration

By Ron Leir  Observer Correspondent  HARRISON –  A property dispute between a longtime Harrison business and some neighbors that has been simmering for a few years now appears to be coming to a boil. Smack in the middle of the controversy are Bergen St. homeowners Victor and Eleanor Villalta […]

 
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Nutley East Little League repeats as District 8 champions

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By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer 

It’s one thing to win a District 8 12-year-old All-Star Little League championship.

It’s another thing altogether to win that same district crown, one of the most competitive in New Jersey, for a second straight year.

Considering that you have to totally turn over the roster from one year to the next, it’s almost next to impossible.

But that’s what the Nutley East Little League All-Stars did last week, successfully defending the New Jersey District 8 championship the league captured a year ago.

“I’ve never seen it,” said Nutley East Little League 12-year-old manager “Tiny” Latino, a veteran of coaching Little League for almost 40 years. “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen it. It’s a big accomplishment.” Read more »

Then & Now

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Photo by Karen Zautyk

Yes, there it is. Eagan’s. Long a landmark at the northeast corner of Schuyler Ave. and the Belleville Pike. While just over the border in North Arlington, the restaurant/watering hole was the home-away-home for many a Kearnyite. And Harrisonian. And whatever you call people from Lyndhurst. This particular photo is labeled as being from the 1940s, although the car in front looks at least a decade older. In any case, Eagan’s later greatly expanded and for decades flourished.

Then it disappeared, to be replaced with a CVS, which doesn’t serve french fries. If anyone can tell us when Eagan’s closed, we would appreciate it. We were not living in N.J. when it vanished and, believe it or not, no one has been able to provide a date.

A favorite source of accurate info on such matters is kearnyalumni.com, and we found an Eagan’s post from Joan Csedrik (Dvoranchik) dated April 2002 which reads: “My youth is officially gone. No more frenchies & gravy. No more onion rings. No more rice pudding.  Oh my!”

But all the responses are dated 2004. Did it take everyone else two years to answer? When did Eagan’s close?

–Karen Zautyk 

Madeira rejoins Century 21 Semiao & Associates

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Century 21 Semiao & Associates announces that one of their long time affiliates, Emily Madeira, has returned as a full-time agent at the company’s Lyndhurst branch. She has lived for over 30 years in the Hudson, Essex and Bergen County areas.

“Emily has helped many families fulfill their dreams and it’s great to have her back at our company full time,” stated Fernando G. Semiao, the company’s broker.

Madeira said: “I am excited to be back in real estate with the company that I did exceptionally well for many years. I have been licensed since 1995, having helped numerous homebuyers and sellers reach their goals. Real estate is one of the most exciting investments one can make. It would be my pleasure to bring to you my professional, ethical, and experienced approach to meet all your real estate needs. To me, one of my biggest joys is when a seller or buyer says thank you for all you have done for our family. That is why I provide quality services to my clients by listening well, approaching all parties with respect, and treating them the way I expect to be treated. Being detailed-oriented, I follow up, and more importantly, I speak with my clients regularly.”

Madeira is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish, and can be reached at the Lyndhurst office located at 761 Ridge Road, or via her cell at 201-726-8278.

Obituaries

Frances Chiariello 

Frances Chiariello (nee Del- Guerrcio) died peacefully at home on July 6. She was 87.

Born in Kearny, she moved to Nutley 25 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Wife of the late Joseph, Frances is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Kaminski, her sister Mary Rose and her husband Jim, her granddaughters Kari Hamburger and Kristi Delacruz and her husband Charlie and her great-grandchildren Ella, Jacob, Sidney, Lea and Jason. She was predeceased by her sister Anna Weber and her husband Elmer.

Marie Del Colle 

Marie Del Colle passed away peacefully at home on July 3. She was 97. Born in Jersey City she moved to North Arlington 30 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Marie was the wife of the late Vincent Del Colle; mother of Bernadette Sammartino (the late Al), Adrienne Tator (Dave), Vincent Del Colle and Doreen Terletzky. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to American Heart Association.

Joseph E. Klein 

Joseph E. Klein died peacefully at home on July 5. He was 89.

Born in Newark, he lived in North Arlington since 1951.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Joe was a World War II Navy veteran and was a truck driver for Anheuser-Busch in Newark. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the North Arlington Bowling League.

Husband of Eleanore (nee Lachance), he was the father of Arthur, Garry, Raymond and Thomas Klein and Joanne Moorhead, brother of Mary Malczynski and the late John Klein, Betty Ference and Tony Klein. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jean L. Metcalf 

Jean L. Metcalf (nee Laidlaw) died peacefully on July 3 at home. She was 89.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., she lived in North Arlington and Lyndhurst before moving to Hackettstown five years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 8 at the funeral home. Private cremation followed. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jean had been a para mutual clerk at the Meadowlands Sporting Arena for many years.

She is wife of the late James Metcalf; mother of Frank (the late Karen) Augustine, John (Janice) Augustine, Harriet (Larry) Raymond, James (Barbara) Metcalf and William Metcalf; sister of Margaret Lower, John Laidlaw and the late Thomas Laidlaw. She is also survived by her grandchildren Cara, Katie-Rose, JR, Stacey, Kelly, Kyle, Rebecca, Alyson, Brittany and James and her great-grandchildren Trevor, Jesse and Brody.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, in Kearny.

Krzysztof Noga 

Krzysztof Noga, 60, of Kearny died on Saturday, July 12, at his home surrounded by his family. T

he funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa, Harrison at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visiting will be on Tuesday, July 15, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Born in Poland, a son of the late Stefan and Jadwiga Noga, Krzysztof came to this country in 1980.

He was a foreman at Gateway Demolition Corp. in New York City and while employed there, was a 9/11 responder.

He was a fishing enthusiast.

Mr. Noga is survived by his beloved wife Maria (nee Kuczabo); his four cherished daughters Monika Glazewski and her husband Jarek, Agnieszka Glazewski and her husband Leszek, Ewa Dorozala and her husband Lukasz and Magda Noga and her fiancé Jorge Estrada; seven grandchildren Mateusz, Sebastian, Damian, Natalia, Weronika, Anthony and Claudia.

Krzysztof was a caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. Most importantly, he was a friend to all and will forever remain in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to meet him.

Donald A. Reiser Jr. 

Donald A. Reiser Jr., 65, died on July 10.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, on July 14. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mr. Reiser was born in Passaic and lived in Bloomfield and then Kearny before moving to Warren 35 years ago.

Donald served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era.

He owned and operated Hudson Electric in Perrineville for many years and was a proud member of IBEW Local 164.

Donald is survived by his wife Joanne (nee Kanetomo); two children Melissa Reiser Mosca and John P. Reiser; his siblings Donna Heal, Robert, William, Jon, Mark and David. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Luka, Cole and Jade Mosca and Cassidy, Kellen and Brennen Reiser.

He was predeceased by his sister Linda Bonassi.

Nutley police looking for missing 57-year-old man

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NUTLEY —

The Nutley Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing “at risk” person.

William Barthel, 57, is, 5’10″, 140 pounds, has brown eyes, brown hair and a scar on right side of neck. 

Barthel was last seen at 3 Adams Court, 2B, Nutley, on June 25. There is no clothing description available and no known possible destinations. It is not known if Barthel used any type of transportation. 

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Barthel, call 9-1-1 or contact the Nutley Police Department at (973) 284-4940.

Harrison police: Scammers posing as town workers in burglary try

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On June 30, shortly before 5 p.m., police responded to an apparent attempted scam by people claiming to be town employees at a residence in the 700 block of William St.

The homeowner told police she was cutting her rose bushes when a man she described as white, heavyset, 6 feet, between 45 and 50, with brown hair, wearing a white T-shirt, approached, produced an unknown ID card and said he was with the Harrison Water Department.

Asked why he was there, the man reportedly led the woman into her open garage and told her he needed to check the water in the basement bathroom. He then led the woman into the bathroom and told her to sit down and wait until he could check the other faucets throughout the house. Read more »

State VFW picks Kane

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By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent 

NUTLEY –

In 1969, when John F. Kane Jr. returned to his hometown following his tour of duty in Korea, his father, John Sr., a Nutley police sergeant, encouraged him to enroll as a member of the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“I asked him why,” recalled Kane Jr. (whom everyone knows as Jack), “and he said, ‘Because someday you might need the VFW.’” Read more »

Old church now local landmark

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By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  BELLEVILLE –  For the 13th straight year, as part of the Independence Day holiday observance, the Belleville Historical Society paid tribute to the Revolutionary War dead interred in the old Dutch Reformed Church cemetery and all the sons of Belleville who made the ultimate sacrifice in combat since then. This year, township residents were treated to a twopart celebration: On July 4, the Belleville Historic Preservation Commission designated the old church building – whose origin as the Reformed Dutch Church of Second River dates from 1697 – as a local landmark. Cemetery ceremonies were deferred to July 5 because of weather vagaries. Read more »

Industrial park on road to renewal

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

A long-derelict commercial site along the Belleville Turnpike is on the path to a rebirth as a “state-of-the-art” industrial park now that the Kearny Planning Board has cleared the way for a subdivision of a tract of land off the Pike.

Attorney Donald Pepe, representing the applicant, said the board’s approval marked “the first step in our redevelopment plan” for the 22-acre site formerly known as Jeryl Industrial Park that stretches up to Schuyler Ave. and borders on Arlington Park Cemetery.

Pepe told the board that granting the subdivision “provides an expedited path to redevelopment and remedial action …. We’re doing cleanup on a piece-by-piece basis to move the project along.” Read more »

Still working budget numbers

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

NORTH ARLINGTON – 

After a lot of partisan wrangling, much of it behind closed doors, members of the North Arlington governing body walked away from their June 30 meeting, having failed even to introduce the 2014 municipal budget.

And, when the smoke had cleared, Mayor Peter Massa had scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss estimated tax bills and budgetary issues, according to borough Business Administrator Stephen LoIacono.

Borough spokesman Tom Ammirato said that the administration’s proposed 2014 municipal budget stands at $21.3 million, of which $16.62 million would be raised by local taxation. Last year’s municipal budget stood at $20.18 million, supported by $15.15 million in local taxation. Read more »

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