NEWARK – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Friday, April 11, that it plans to undertake the most costly public waterway cleanup in its 43-year history. At a press conference held at Newark Riverfront Park, EPA Regional […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – For more than two decades, it sat – carefully preserved – in a Pennsylvania residence. Next month, however, the Purple Heart medal awarded posthumously to a long-dead Kearny serviceman will be returned […]
Two neighboring West Hudson communities have been shut out in their bids to snag federal funding to hire more firefighters. Kearny Fire Dept. and Harrison Fire Dept. each applied for a share of SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Fred Kuhrt died doing what he loved best – giving of himself to others. His former employer, the Kearny Board of Education, is honoring the automotive technology instructor’s selflessness by establishing the […]
By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent NORTH ARLINGTON – Saturday’s opening ceremony for the North Arlington Recreation Girls’ Softball season took on a political twist. Mayor Peter Massa, a Democrat, complained that he was snubbed by League President Mike Tetto […]
HARRISON – Harrison Mayor James Fife, 73, is spending time in St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, where he is recovering from surgery. The hospital declined to provide any information but Councilman James Doran, who is serving as Fife’s campaign manager […]
By Anthony J . Machcinski
As April arrives, many in the entertainment business are already focused on a stocked summer season of great films and great television. However, with several hit TV shows returning and a couple of anticipated movies about to debut, April can turn out to be the spark that will start the summer’s entertainment firestorm.
With that in mind, let’s review why the entertainment scene in April should command the attention of film and TV fans.
Even with great shows like “The Walking Dead” concluding at the end of March, the small screen scene picks right back up within the first week of April.
The much anticipated return of “Game of Thrones,” now in its fourth season, kicks off April 6. Taken from the series of books of the same name by George R.R. Martin, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has seemingly everything a person could ask for in a television show – action, drama, bits of comedy and fantasy.
Taking place in medieval times, “Game of Thrones” is based on the story of several families who seek to claim their perceived rightful place as the ruler of the seven kingdoms of Westeros.
The following weekend, AMC premieres the final season of its hit show “Mad Men.” In what will be a series of 14 episodes spread over two years, the series showcases Don Draper – a New York City advertising genius – as he copes with a seemingly endless list of trials and tribulations in his life.
While the show is entering its final season, those who haven’t watched the first six seasons can visit Netflix and stream all the previous episodes. Much like the AMC hit “Breaking Bad,” which concluded its final season this fall, “Mad Men” is sure to be worth the watch.
Not to be overshadowed by the established shows this April, AMC’s brand new drama “Turn” will be one of the top new shows of the spring.
Set in the fall of 1778 during the American Revolution, the show documents a group of spies who help turn the tide in the war. The show is based on the book “Washington’s Spies” by Alexander Rose.
April also features the continuation of several contest shows on television, including NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” both of which have begun to amp up the competition recently.
Cinema Although listed as a March opening, the film “Noah” will expose viewers to most of its early story content in April.
“Noah,” a retelling of the biblical story, features an all-star cast including Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson. The film has received good reviews and has achieved a 7.3 rating out of 10 on IMDB, as rated by over 4,000 users.
However, the first real big-budget film to open in April will be “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
While “Captain America” seems like it would be a sequel to the 2011 movie “Captain America: The First Avenger,” it’s really a follow-up to the most recent “Avengers” movie.
In the film, Captain America, played by Chris Evans, warms to the task of stopping world destruction threatened by a new enemy, The Winter Soldier.
Regardless of what movie it follows, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is another film that won’t disappoint – both in theaters and at the box office.
If superheroes and biblical figures aren’t exactly your thing, fear not. “Oculus,” a terrorfilled suspense thriller, is set to scare theater-goers everywhere.
The film is based on the murder of two parents, believed to have been killed by their young son. After their son, Michael, is released from prison 10 years later, the couple’s daughter, Kaylie, becomes intent on proving Michael’s innocence.
Kaylie’s focus becomes a violent, supernatural force embedded in an antique mirror in her childhood home.
While the film may not be as big budget and high profiled as the previously mentioned two films, “Oculus” will achieve its goal – to scare and excite a crowd of April film watchers.
While April may not get the notoriety of the summer showbiz scene, it certainly is a good warmup for what is expected to be a great summer of
A motorist who fell sound asleep behind the wheel sped off in his car when awakened by police, leading them on a chase, authorities reported. But, when they ended that chase because of safety concerns, the driver also stopped. Go figure.
Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said the drama began at 3:30 a.m. last Wednesday, March 26, when Officer Tim Castle noticed that an SUV stopped at the traffic light at Passaic and Bergen Aves. did not move when the signal changed. Castle and Officer Glenn Reed approached the vehicle, which was immobile in the southbound lane, and reportedly found the driver fast asleep.
Their efforts to wake him failed. Neither was he roused when Officer Mike Santucci hit the horn and siren on his patrol car, police said. Castle, who spotted an open can of beer on the center console, began trying to open the door, at which point the man finally awakened, hit the gas and accelerated through the light, which was again red, police said.
The officers tried to overtake him as he traveled down Passaic, running another red light near Kmart, hitting the curb several times and occasionally crossing into the northbound lane, Dowie said.
The SUV continued into East Newark and Harrison, where it made a right turn onto the Bridge St. bridge.
Realizing that it was probably heading to Route 21, the cops terminated the pursuit for safety reasons and began stopping traffic in the area. Then they saw that the driver had, of his own accord, halted on the far side of the bridge.
When Castle approached, the man exited the SUV and fell to the ground, Dowie said.
Taken into custody was 33-year-old Kearny resident Neal Covert, who was issued summonses for red light violations, DWI and refusal to take a breath test. He was also charged criminally with eluding police.
Other recent reports from the KPD blotter included the following:
Officer Luis Moran was on patrol at 5 p.m. when he saw a suspicious individual on a bicycle at Passaic and N. Midland Aves., police said. The man, Howard Morrison, 41, of Newark, was arrested on two outstanding drug-related Newark warrants and was later turned over to Newark police.
Officer Jay Ward, patrolling on the 250 block of Highland Ave. at 9:40 p.m., came across a double-parked car and wrote a ticket. He was approached by an allegedly loud and profane Luis Machuca, 28, of Kearny, who was unhappy about the summons and, though warned that the car would be towed, refused to move it, police said. Machuca was arrested after an inquiry showed he had an outstanding $1,000 warrant out of Newark, police said. He was allowed to contact a friend, who removed the car.
At 3:45 a.m., Officer Glen Reed, assisting the Kearny Fire Department during a reported smoke condition, was evacuating an apartment building on the 700 block of Schuyler Ave. when he encountered Harold Acosta, 39, of Kearny hanging out a window.
Acosta reportedly ignored instructions to leave his apartment, so Reed escorted him out. After the building was cleared, Acosta was again found inside, in a hallway, police said. He said he was cold, but reportedly refused an offer to sit in a patrol car and get warm, began screaming and was then escorted to the car, charged with disorderly conduct.
Sgt. John Becker, investigating a suspicious car inside the closed Arlington Cemetery at 2:20 a.m., saw a group of people sitting on headstones and taking photographs. With Officers Joe Martin and Brian Wisely as backup, Becker approached the group and, at the feet of one, spotted an open backpack containing an unmarked Rx bottle, police said. A metal spoon and four envelopes of Suboxone were also found, police said. Eugienio Pizarro, 32, of Hopatcong was charged with unlawful possession of a prescription drug and drug paraphernalia and was issued a summons for a suspended driver’s license.
At 5:10 a.m., Officers Mike Santucci and Kevin Canaley responded to Quick Chek, where management reported a man had entered the store, did not buy anything but refused to leave. He also refused Santucci’s request to depart, began cursing at both cops, and then resisted being cuffed, police said. Harrison resident Luciano Yuelling, 30, was charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Officers Jordenson Jean and John Fabula, patrolling at Harrison and Bergen Aves. at 2:30 p.m., saw a Pennsylvaniaregistered auto make an illegal turn. After a motor vehicle stop, it was found that the driver, Roman Pavelko, 31, of Hamilton, N.J., had a suspended license and was the subject of a warrant from Hopewell. He was charged on both counts.
At 3:30 p.m., Sgt. Paul Bershefski spotted Ulises Rebozo, 40, of Kearny, walking east on the railroad trestle at N. Midland Ave., police said. Since the trestle is private property, Rebozo was charged with defiant trespass.
Also at 3:30 p.m., Officers Daniel Esteves and Sean Kelly saw an auto being operated recklessly at Johnston and Grant Aves. and followed it to John St., where it parked, police said. A passenger alighted, reportedly holding a glass bong and a small metal container, which police said he discarded on the ground near his feet. Police said the bong was found to hold remnants of a CDS; the container, suspected marijuana. Tyler Jordan, 20, of no known address, was arrested on charges of possession of a CDS and paraphernalia. The driver received summonses for careless driving, a loud muffler and an unclear license plate.
Officers Jean and Fabula encountered 28-year-old Kearny resident Sidnei Antunes at Afton St. and Kearny Ave. at 8:15 p.m. and confirmed that he was the subject of several warrants — one from East Newark and four from Harrison. He was processed at headquarters and turned over to the Harrison PD.
Officer Tom Floyd was called to Walmart at 12:30 a.m. and found that Jason Combs, 25, of Clinton, Iowa, had allegedly attempted to leave the premises without paying for a Starbucks cappuccino and 34 packs of “Magic: The Gathering” cards, with a total value of $138.10. Combs was charged with shoplifting.
– Karen Zautyk
By Anthony J. Machcinski
As the local weather transitions from frigid polar vortexes to sunny spring days, the risk of sun-caused skin damage becomes even greater and the staff at Metropolitan Dermatology in Kearny are looking to use their technology to help prevent that damage.
“If somebody had excessive sun exposure in childhood, they should have a baseline skin check,” said Dr. Alexander Doctoroff, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
Doctoroff founded Metropolitan Dermatology in 2004 after spending two years at a larger practice.
“I felt I had more to offer patients, like newer treatments,” explained Doctoroff, who has been practicing dermatology since 2002.
“Dermatology is a very exciting field,” Doctoroff said. “It’s very intellectually stimulating and it offers a variety of things you can get involved with. It’s very exciting. You don’t have to do the same thing every day.
“You can do medical dermatology, surgical treatments, micrographic Mohs surgery, and cosmetic dermatology,” he said.
When Doctoroff created his own practice in 2004, his goal was to be involved in the many different subspecialties within dermatology providing help to many different patients and solving multiple problems.
“If you do one procedure, you can drum up business, but it wouldn’t be as exciting,” Doctoroff said. “For the business aspect, it might not be the best decision, but this is not just a business. We serve people and we want to make life stimulating and interesting for ourselves, while providing valuable service to our patients.”
That variety has helped Metropolitan Dermatology address a large number of their patients’ problems. Some patients are even referred from other dermatology practices.
“I feel that some dermatologists refer the difficult cases to us,” Doctoroff said. “A lot of times there are some rare diseases that some dermatologists are not comfortable to deal with, and a lot of these cases end up in our office. We always try to bring the latest and newest technology to our office to help our patients with these problems.”
Doctoroff has embraced the newer technology, doing anything he can to better treat his patients.
“Science doesn’t stay in one place,” Doctoroff said. “If you have something that is useful to the patients, I feel it’s my obligation to evaluate it and, if it’s going to increase patients’ quality of life, then I should certainly use it.”
Included in the new technology is a treatment used to aid patients with pre-cancerous lesions.
“We have photo-dynamic therapy that is used to treat pre-cancerous lesions,” Doctoroff said. “It’s a medication used with light therapy and it’s something that is very cutting edge. We see excellent results from these treatments in reversing the damage done to the skin by decades of sun exposure.”
In addition, Doctoroff said Metropolitan Dermatology added an Xtrac laser used for patients with psoriasis.
“A lot of patients have responded well to this treatment,” Doctoroff said. “Whenever something new and exciting comes to the horizon, we try to get it to our practice and implement it.”
Most of the providers in this specialty also use dermoscopy (small hand-held microscope) to improve the detection of various skin cancers.
“I feel that method has improved accuracy of diagnosis, and decreased the number of unnecessary biopsies,” said Doctoroff.
Doctoroff, who serves as a clinical assistant professor at Columbia University in addition to running his practice, said the dermatology field isn’t just a job, but a passion.
“This is definitely something that is fun and pleasurable and stimulating,” Doctoroff said. “I certainly have picked the right occupation for me, and it’s very nice to give back by teaching dermatology residents.” He supervises a monthly clinic for dermatology residents at Columbia University Medical Center.
Doctoroff hopes to continue to grow his business in the future, but most importantly, wants to continue providing great patient care. “I get tremendous enjoyment from helping my patients,” says Doctoroff. “Whether it’s saving a life by removing a melanoma or boosting a patient’s selfesteem by improving their appearance, each day I walk out of the office incredibly gratified.”
“My idea was always, ‘if you try to provide excellent service, your business will succeed,’ and so far, it has been working for us,” Doctoroff said.
Metropolitan Dermatology is located in Kearny at 752 Kearny Ave., with additional locations in Teaneck and Clark. To schedule an appointment in Kearny, call 201-997- 8008. For more information, visit www.metropolitanderm. com.
The elegant looking, dome-crowned, brick firehouse on Midland Ave. at Argyle Place, Kearny, was little more than a decade old when this postcard photo was taken, circa 1908. Stately trees and homes still lined Midland, eastward down the hill, but the trolley tracks are a hint of changes to come. The fenced-in grassy plot on the left may have been a private yard, but that’s just a guess. We do know what that tower is behind the firehouse: a fire watchtower, much like the ones still used in some wilderness areas. This tower was also utilized to dry the fire hoses, which would be hung down its sides. The Kearny Fire Department’s Midland Ave. house was built in late 1896 to replace an 1880s firehouse that was located on Kearny Ave. just south of Midland where Trinity Episcopal Church now stands. Ironically, on Jan. 30, 1896, that earlier wood-frame structure, home to Truck Co. No. 1, had been destroyed by fire. Truck 1 moved to a barn on Argyle Place until the building shown here was opened. It served the KFD until the current firehouse replaced it on the same corner in 1976.
– Karen Zautyk
St. Valentine Church, 125 N. Spring St., offers a Spanish Mass on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. Starting in May, Spanish Mass will be held the second Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. The church offers an evening of reflection and Stations of the Cross in Spanish on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Belleville Irish American Association sponsors a trip to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and Mohegan Sun Casino, June 2-6. Cost is $485 double occupancy and includes transportation, sightseeing, four dinners, four breakfasts and one lunch. For an itinerary or additional information, call Pat at 973-751-5308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., offers Teddy Bear Tea Party for children on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Registration closes April 28.
Free tree seedlings will be available to Belleville residents on April 5, from 8 a.m. to noon, at 92 Montgomery Pl., as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Seedlings, available on a first-come, first-served basis, come with instructions on how to store, care for and plant them. Guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree, while keeping in mind the tree’s future full-grown size. For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at 973-450-3412 or 973-450-3414.
St. Anthony’s Church, 409 N. Second St., hosts a Tricky Tray on Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 (includes one ticket with 26 chances). Children are admitted free, accompanied by an adult. For advance tickets, call 973-525- 5924.
Harrison High School Drama Club performs “Sweeney Todd,” April 3 to 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 800 Hamilton St. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors.
Rite Aid, 432 Bergen St., hosts Wellness65+ Wednesdays, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Wellness65+ Wednesdays are dedicated to in-store senior events and savings, including 20% off almost everything in the store, special activities and a different health topic each month. This week’s topic is spring allergies and the store will provide hand-outs and tips as well as information on new allergy medications.
Harrison Mayor James Fife will address the Harrison business community with an update on Harrison redevelopment projects at a luncheon hosted by Harrison Business Connections at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Harrison- Newark Riverwalk, on April 10 at noon. More information can be found at http://HBCevents.eventbrite.com. Harrison Business Connections can be found online at www.Harrison-BusinessConnections.com and www.facebook.com/Harrison- BusinessConnections.
Comunidade Evangelica Vida Abudante (Abundant Life Evangelical Community Church), 151 Midland Ave., hosts a blood drive on April 14 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Donors must be age 16 (with parental consent) and older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Those who are 75 and older may donate with a doctor’s note.
A pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit the American Diabetes Association will be held at Applebees, 175 Passaic Ave., on Sunday, April 6, from 8 to 10 a.m. Admission for adults is $10 and $5 for children ages 2 to 9. Door prizes are offered. For tickets, contact Janice at 201-362-2958 or by email at email@example.com.
Franklin School PTA hosts Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Applebee’s on April 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased at the door.
Kearny High School PTA presents “Rocking with Rod Stewart,” a performance by Jay Gates, on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Irish American Club, 95 Kearny Ave. The $25 admission includes refreshments, cash bar and a small raffle. Call Denise at 201-428-8572 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Kearny UNICO announces:
• Membership meeting on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.
• Fund-raising bus trip to the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, April 27, leaving from the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings Bank at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 and can be obtained by contacting Lou Pandolfi.
• Super 50-50 Raffle to be drawn May 15. Tickets are $5 each or three tickets for $10. To purchase tickets, contact any member of Kearny UNICO or Lou Pandolfi.
St. Cecilia Church, 114 Chestnut St., announces a flea market on Saturdays, April 5 and 12. For more information, call 201-991-1116. Vendors are welcome. All proceeds benefit St. Cecilia Parish. Donations are kindly accepted.
Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., offers:
• No-Bake Cooking class for ages 4 to 8, Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., beginning April 16. Each class is one hour. The class runs three weeks. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.
• Cooking class for ages 10 to 15 Mondays at 3:30 p.m., beginning April 21. This class meets for three weeks. Each class is 90 minutes. Only 15 slots are available. Both classes are free. To reserve a spot, call the library at 201-998-2666.
• New: Hunger Games series Reading Club. Fifth-and sixth-graders who can attend all four club meetings in April are invited to borrow a copy of “Mockingjay,” Book 3 of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Copies of “Mockingjay” will be available to borrow at the April 3 club meeting. Reading club meetings are from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on April 3, 10, 17 and 24. Participants must have a library card in good standing but borrowers may keep the book for four weeks instead of two. “Catching Fire,” the movie of Book 2, will be shown at the April 3 club meeting.
St. Stephen’s Seniors meet on Tuesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. in Hedges Hall at St. Stephen’s Church. Dues are payable at this time. April 22 is the deadline for signing up and paying for the May 2 anniversary party at the San Carlo in Lyndhurst. For club information, call Tom at 998-8258.
The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst announces that the Food Pantry, at the Town Hall annex, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., is collecting hams, turkeys and lasagna for the holidays and non-perishable food items (dry cereal, peanut butter, puddings, juices, etc.). Donors are reminded to check expiration dates on food. Expired items will be thrown out. Woman’s Club volunteers are at the pantry Monday to Thursday, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Anyone in need of food is asked to contact Sarah at the Lyndhurst Health Center, 601 Riverside Ave. Recipients must show proof of residency and need. Once registered, recipients are entitled to food once a month. Call Sara at 201-804- 2500.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission hosts “Flat Rock Brook Owls” for all ages on Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza. The Flat Rock Nature Center will bring artifacts and live birds and talk about their behavior, physiology, adaptations and natural history. Admission: $5 /person; $4/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go to www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:
• Easter Basket Craft – Children in pre-K to grade 4 make and fill an Easter basket with treats on Wednesday, April 9, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. Call 201-804- 2478 to register.
• Free, drop-in citizenship classes are on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Michele Kelly at 201-804-2478, ext. 5.
Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Avenue, Suite 1, offers:
• Thyroid Health Forum, hosted by Lyndhurst chiropractor Marco Ferrucci, on Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m. A light breakfast and refreshments will be served.
• Women’s Health Clinic, in partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, on April 25, at 9 a.m., providing education on breast self-examination and a pap smear. The event is free and is open to female township residents age 18 and older. For appointments and reservations, call the Health Department at 201-804-2500.
The Borough of North Arlington reminds residents that people who want to hold a garage sale must first secure a permit from the borough. Permits are $6 and available at Borough Hall, 214 Ridge Rd., or on-line at www.northarlington.org.
North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., hosts these children’s programs:
• Story Time for ages 2 to 5 is held on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m.
• Evening Story Time for ages 4 to 6 is scheduled for Thursdays, April 10 and 24, at 6:30 p.m.
• Lego Club for grades 1 and up, meets on Tuesdays, April 8 and 29, at 6:30 p.m. To register, call 201-955-5640, ext. 126. By leaving a message you are automatically registered, Due to the program’s popularity, callers are asked to register for one session per child.
And, for adults:
• Computer Basics is held on Mondays, through April 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 201- 955-5640 to register, Space is limited.
• Knitting Group meets on Thursday, April 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. No registration is needed.
• Friends of the Library Book Club meets on Friday, April 25, at 10 a.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 120 Prospect St., hosts a fish-fry on Friday, April 11. Tickets are $15. Take-out is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dining-in, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are for sale in advance only. To purchase tickets, visit the rectory Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or after any weekend Mass.
Dinner is catered by Thistle Restaurant. For more information, call 973-667-2580, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.olmc-nutley.org.
The Nutley Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for spring session of “Let’s Get Moving,” a high-energy program designed for children ages 3 to 5 to refine motor skills and increase balance. Classes begin April 22 and will run for eight weeks.
Residents may choose between a Tuesday class at 1 p.m. or a Thursday class at 9:15 a.m. Class size is limited to 15 per session. Online registration is available at nutleynj.my.gov-i.com/recreation or at the Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave, reachable at 973-284-4966.
This year, Kearny residents have a great reason to get started on their spring cleaning as the annual Kearny Urban Enterprise ZoneTown- Wide Yard and Sidewalk Sale switches seasons and moves from the fall to Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, from 9 to 4 p.m. Participants will, as always, have an entire weekend to turn their seldom-used or long forgotten goods into some extra cash as part of the rain-or-shine event.
“The Kearny Town Wide Yard Sale continues to grow each year,” said KUEZ coordinator John Peneda. “There is no question that this is among the most popular KUEZ-sponsored events that we host.” Peneda said that each year the KUEZ has received more and more requests to move the sale to the spring.
Peneda is confident the event will continue to energize the town and bring new visitors and shoppers to Kearny. “We are also always working on creative new ways our KUEZ member businesses can jump on board, benefit from the sale, and take advantage of the influx of visitors and shoppers to our town.”
Here’s how it works: Any Kearny resident can host a yard sale that weekend at their home. There is no fee to register, no permits to obtain. Those who register before the deadline of April 16 will be identified on a special Yard Sale printed map that will be distributed to thousands of shoppers. The KUEZ will be aggressively promoting and advertising the sale throughout the area.
Peneda reminds registrants that Yard Sale entry forms must be legible. “We have a lot of registration forms that we simply cannot read; we will not be able to include these sellers in our materials,” he said.
In addition to producing a special yard sale map, the KUEZ will once again provide a special interactive Google Map, which will list not only the sellers’ addresses, but also some of the items they will have for sale.
There is no charge to participate, but participation as a seller is open only to residents and homes in Kearny. Registration forms can be obtained at the KUEZ offices, at Town Hall, or may be downloaded from the Town of Kearny website at www. kearnynj.org. Completed forms may be dropped off at or mailed to the KUEZ Office, 410 Kearny Ave., Kearny N.J. 07032, faxed to 201-955-1827, or emailed to kearnyyardsale@ kearnynj.org no later than April 16. For more information call 201-955-7981.
Longtime baseball coach begins final season
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
After nearly 40 years serving as a coach and administrator in the Lyndhurst school district, Frank “Butch” Servideo has decided to retire at the end of this season.
So this will be the final go-round for the veteran Lyndhurst High School baseball coach, a position that he’s enjoyed through more than 500 victories and several championships, including the overall 2008 NJSIAA Group I state championship.
“I saw this coming one day,” Servideo said. “I’m of the mindset that this will be my last year. My assistant Pat Auteri is more than ready to take over. He’ll be a good one. He deserves the chance. I’m just hoping that we have a really successful year.”
Servideo has his retirement plans all set. Next winter, he’ll spend some time in West Palm Beach, soaking up the sun and working at a baseball camp.
But for now, his job is to guide the Golden Bears for one last campaign. Maybe there can be a repeat performance of a year ago.
When the 2013 season began, Servideo worried that perhaps the Golden Bears would be a .500 club. He entered the season needing 19 wins to get to the 500-win milestone.
“I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll get it next year,’” Servideo said.
But after a 1-2 start, the Golden Bears set a school record with 18 consecutive wins. They ended with 23 wins, including the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference-Meadowlands Division championship and the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group II title.
“We weren’t supposed to do much, but the kids put it together and won the league and state sectional championship,” Servideo said. “It was magical.” Many of those players have now graduated and moved on. There are a few returnees, but Servideo will have to count on some inexperienced kids to make his last season memorable.
“We have great kids who are willing to work hard,” Servideo said. “They are very hungry. They played together in the summer and fall. We are lucky enough to have multiple kids at every position and we have a lot of arms. We have some good arms. Pitching is definitely our strong point this year.”
Leading the returnees is junior right-hander Nolan Kelly, who won four games last year. Kelly gained some recognition last year for overcoming his battles with Tourette syndrome.
“He pitched against the toughest teams in our league last year and did well,” Servideo said. “He’s grown about three inches and got bigger and much stronger. He’s throwing harder this year.”
Senior Paul Minervini is another pitcher who grew in the offseason. Minervini saw quality innings last season.
“He throws hard,” Servideo said. “He’s a good pitcher.”
Junior Jordan Lopez, the standout bowler, is another quality arm.
“We’re trying to make him into a pitcher,” Servideo said. “He’s doing a good job.”
Senior Danny Tallent is a left-hander who played a lot in the outfield last year. Senior Nicholas Romito is a righthander who throws a knuckleball.
“He throws the knuckleball for strikes, so we’re going to give him some innings,” Servideo said.
Patrick Dennehy is a senior righty who also pitched a little during last year’s championship season.
“When you’re playing four or five games a week, you need to have a lot of guys who can throw,” Servideo said. Sophomore Eddie Rivera is another right-hander who is the Golden Bears’ jack-of-all-trades.
“He’s a multi-talented kid,” Servideo said. “He catches, plays the outfield and infield.”
The team will get a huge boost when Jonathan Ferrer becomes eligible to play after the first 30 days of the season. Ferrer is a transfer who played at both St. Mary’s of Rutherford and Paramus Catholic.
“We’re going to give him a fair shake,” Servideo said. “He definitely has talent and has been pretty good with us.”
The catcher is senior Anthony Meeney, whose older brother, Austin, was the starter at catcher the last two seasons.
“He’s following in his brother’s footsteps,” Servideo said. “He’s a good defensive catcher who blocks the ball well.”
Lopez is sharing the first base duties with sophomore Matt DeMarco, who has a ton of promise, and senior Gio Santiago.
Sophomore Vin Dorio, the younger brother of former Golden Bear standout Anthony, is in the mix to play second base.
“Like his brother, he has good baseball instincts,” Servideo said. “He’s a solid left-handed hitter who is a good baseball player.”
Senior Frankie DeLeva returns to his starting position at shortstop. DeLeva was the top hitter in all of Bergen County last season, batting .549.
Junior Brandon Karlok started at third base last year and also returns to his position.
“He’s a solid player,” Servideo said. “He can hit and field well.”
Tallent is the prime contender to play a majority of time in left field, although sophomore Evan Kelly, the younger brother of Nolan, will see time there as well.
Senior Sergio Turelli is another key returnee in centerfield. Turelli batted .350 with 27 stolen bases last year.
“He has good wheels,” Servideo said. “He’ll be our lead-off guy.”
Dennehy is the starter in right field, but senior Sean McChesney will see time there as well. Servideo said that most of his pitchers are good hitters, so they will hit this year.
“Nolan is surprising me as a hitter,” Servideo said. “Minervini can hit. Our pitchers will hit.”
The Golden Bears begin Servideo’s final season this week against Dwight-Englewood, then will face Harrison and Ridgefield Park.
Next week, the Golden Bears will travel to Cal Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md., for a special game against Park Ridge on Sunday, April 13. Servideo has made arrangements for the Golden Bears to play there several times before.
“We’ll see right away how we match up in the first week,” Servideo said. “Our league is totally up for grabs. I think we’ll be a strong contender. We have a good group of kids. I’m really looking forward to this year.”
For one more time.
The North Arlington High School baseball team suffered through some tough times a year ago, posting a 9-15 record.
As head coach Paul Marcantuono begins his seventh season with the Vikings, he knows where the future of his program lies.
“We’re starting six sophomores,” Marcantuono said. “I like being young. Young doesn’t necessarily mean bad. The kids have some talent. They’re challenging me and retaining so much that it’s making me teach new concepts. They also get along with each other so well.”
Marcantuono also has five players who saw significant playing time a year ago, so he has a good mix of talented youngsters with experienced veterans.
“I think this team will only continue to get better and better,” Marcantuono said.
There’s only been one obstacle – finding a place to play and practice. Since construction to overhaul Rip Collins Field has begun, it has forced the Vikings to be a little bit of a vagabond bunch.
“We’ve been all over the place to practice and play,” Marcantuono said. “We’ve been practicing at Matera Field (in Lyndhurst) at night in freezing temperatures. But that’s okay. It’s making them very strong.”
Leading the pitching staff is sophomore righthander Joel Silva.
“He’s gained a little more confidence since last year,” Marcantuono said. “He has good location with his pitches. He moves the ball in and out. He has a lot of poise on the mound. He also has a nice change-up. He has that ‘go get ‘em’ mentality and I like that. It’s only going to help him.”
Fellow sophomore Tim Ford is another key member of the pitching staff.
“He’s showed us a lot so far,” Marcantuono said. “We put him in some tough situations and he’s handled them well. He has three or four pitches he can throw for strikes.”
Sophomore Brian Costello is the lone left-hander among the pitching staff.
“He’s a little bigger and stronger than he was last year,” Marcantuono said. “I expect him to improve this year.”
Brian McKenna, who is one of the team’s lone seniors, is another right-hander who will see time on the mound.
“He throws hard,” Marcantuono said. “He can give us a few innings.”
Christian Castro is another pitcher, but he is also the team’s primary catcher, so it’s tough to get him on the mound.
Freshman Charles Kearney is another pitcher who has shown some promise in the preseason.
“He got people out in our scrimmages,” Marcantuono said. “He has a nice changeup and a nice curveball.”
Castro will be behind the plate, but when he takes the mound, promising sophomore Chris Giaquinto gets the nod.
“Giaquinto is working hard and is more like a work in progress,” Marcantuono said.
Sophomore Stephen Carey is a solid defensive catcher who will also see time behind the plate.
The first base duties will be shared by Costello and freshman Mike Rotondo.
Junior Anthony Rotondo, the older brother of Mike, is the team’s second baseman. Rotondo is one of the Viking captains.
“He has good hands and we’re going to rely on him a lot this year,” Marcantuono said. “He’s also a very smart kid.” Sophomore Manny Mora is the Vikings’ starting shortstop.
“He’s doing a wonderful job in the preseason,” Marcantuono said. “We gave him a few innings on the varsity last year and he handled that well. He makes every play. He may experience some bumps and bruises learning to play every day, but I expect him to do a solid job.”
McKenna is a three-year starter at third base who hit .450 last year.
“He led the team in extrabase hits and RBI,” Marcantuono said. “He’s our cleanup hitter. We need him to produce.”
Ford and sophomore Elias Aguilar are battling for time in left field. Silva is the centerfielder when he’s not on the mound. Giaquinto and Kearney are sharing time in right field.
Senior infielder Danny Yero and senior outfielder Endy Sanchez are key members of the Vikings’ bench.
“I think when you have a young team, you just have to get them on the field and see what happens,” Marcantuono said. “Some of these kids are going to suffer through some ups and downs and that’s expected. But we’re not going to use a designated hitter. We’re going to let the pitchers hit.” So Marcantuono will just wait and watch his young team mature.
“I spoke to my coaching staff about it,” Marcantuono said. “We have a bunch of sophomores and we have to take it in stride. We have to watch them become better. We have to be patient. We have to be positive, so we have to be able to pick them up when they get down. We’re also going to do our best job teaching these kids.”
The Vikings open their season this week against Paterson Charter at Breslin Field in Lyndhurst, which has also received an upgrade with artificial FieldTurf.
The Vikings will also play some night games at Matera Field in Lyndhurst and some in Riverside County Park.
The Vikings will know a lot about themselves after the first week, after facing Becton Regional, Saddle Brook and neighboring rival Lyndhurst at the Lyndhurst Recreation facility Saturday at noon.
“They’re getting better every day and I’m proud of them,” Marcantuono said.
Pride and patience – sounds like the making of a brilliant novel.
By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer
While other teams were struggling to get on any local field to prepare for the 2014 season, the Nutley High School softball team was able to play 11 scrimmages.
That’s because for the 15th straight year, the Maroon Raiders went to the Disney World of Sports in Orlando and played those 11 games, most of which were against fellow New Jersey schools.
“The beauty of being there is that softball is your entire focus,” said veteran Nutley head coach Luann Zullo. “For five days, we were focusing on softball and got a lot of work in there. We had practice for two hours, then played two games. The next day, we had practice in the morning and played three games. It’s a great experience all around. It also helps the team to bond.”
There was an added bonus. Because it was the 15th year at Disney, Nutley was welcomed on the field before an Atlanta Braves preseason game against the Mets. They were right in the batting cages, watching stars like Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward take their swings.
“The Braves were right there,” Zullo said. “It was a big thrill for everyone.”
The Maroon Raiders also went 9-2 in those 11 games in Florida. They lost to Indian Hills and Ramsey early in the week, then came back to knock the two Jersey foes off in a rematch.
Needless to say, the week in Florida gave the Maroon Raiders a leg up on their local competition.
The Maroon Raiders were 22-7 last year, reaching the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III semifinals and the quarterfinals in the Essex County Tournament.
A year ago, the Maroon Raiders were unsure of who their pitcher was going to be. That uncertainty is now gone, ever since junior Carly Anderson stepped forward and cemented her place as one of the premier pitchers in the entire state.
“She still doesn’t claim to be a pitcher,” Zullo said of Anderson. “She believes she’s more comfortable as a shortstop. But pitching is so much of the game. She’s such an accomplished athlete. She now knows that she has the ball. She finished in the top 10 in strikeouts in the state. I asked her, `Are you a pitcher now?’ She knows she can pitch.” Anderson will get the ball for the majority of Maroon Raiders games this season, but Zullo, looking toward the future, got sophomores Breanna DeMaio and Emily Holden and freshman Samantha Echevarria to pitch some in Florida.
“If we have to get the opportunity to give Carly a break, we know where we can go,” Zullo said. “But with our schedule and our league, we have to bring our ‘A’ game every day.”
Sophomore Danielle Pomponio moves from third base to catcher this season.
“She did a phenomenal job at third base last year, so we were a little hesitant to move her,” Zullo said. “But she’s clearly our best catcher. She came in as a catcher and is a good catcher. She stepped behind the plate and it was like she played there every day.
She’s such a student of the game and she keeps getting better every day.” Sophomore Emily Holden is the first baseman. Holden got some playing time last year, first as a designated player, then got the opportunity to play first base late in the season and handled it well. However, Holden suffered a gruesome hamstring injury that required surgery.
“She’s worked real hard rehabbing that injury and is gradually returning to play,” Zullo said. “She’s doing a nice job.” Junior Jenna Saporito is the starting second baseman once again.
“She’s a good hitter and solid at second base,” Zullo said.
Echevarria, the freshman, along with DeMaio and fellow sophomore Stefanie Ziemer are all battling to play shortstop and third base.
“We had Samantha all over the place in Florida,” Zullo said. “We’ll see where she’s most comfortable.”
DeMaio and sophomore Alanis Concepcion are currently sharing time in left field.
Senior Brittany Currie, the standout in soccer, is the team’s starter in centerfield. Currie is a three-year starter who has played a multitude of positions for the Maroon Raiders over the years.
Senior Morgan Gualtieri has been with the Maroon Raiders’ varsity for four seasons. She plays right field. Gualtieri is a standout in volleyball in the fall.
“It’s good to have good athletes in the outfield,” Zullo said.
Zullo likes the potential of the Maroon Raiders. While they are young, with only two seniors, the Maroon Raiders are talented with several of the sophomores already having varsity experience.
“We have a great group of girls,” Zullo said. “One thing about last year’s team was that they had great fight;, even if they fell behind, they kept fighting. They were never out of anything. We had a great year last year and we have a large group of those kids back. If they still have that fight that they had last year, then I’m very excited.”
Zullo knows where the importance lies.
“It all starts with Carly,” Zullo said. “She is the same kid she was last year. We also have seven sophomores that are going to play together for a while. If they just keep getting better, we’ll be fine.”
Count on the Maroon Raiders being just fine come Memorial Day and maybe beyond.
Vincent F. Carchidi
Mr. Vincent F. Carchidi, of Kearny, died on Saturday, March 29. He was 81 and a longtime Kearny resident.
The funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by the interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Condon Funeral Home (condonfuneralhome.com) 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Tuesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Vince was a fixture working the polls in Kearny during municipal and school board elections. He was also a member of the Watchung Amateur Ski Club for 52 years and enjoyed spending time at his home in the Catskills.
He was employed as a general manager and advertising specialist with the Kearny Observer for over 25 years until retiring.
He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Carchidi is survived by his sister, Rose Carchidi; his nieces and nephews Roseanne and Craig Stewart, John and Sharon Carchidi and Christine and Daniel McShane. Also surviving are his great-nieces and nephews Christopher McShane, Daniel and Linette McShane, Jackie and John McNally and Alex McShane. He was predeceased by his siblings Clara A. and Joseph (Jackie) Carchidi.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to Pathways for Independence, 60 Kingsland Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.
Hubert “Frank” Churchman, 92, passed away on March 23 at Newton Medical Center.
Born and raised in Kearny to the late Percy James and Mary (Billingham) Churchman, he lived in Flanders before moving to Sussex County in 2005. Along with his wife, Therese, Mr. Churchman summered in Stuart, Fla., from 1993 to 2004.
He served in the United States Army in the 347th Infantry during World War II and received a Bronze Star and was a member of the American Legion Post 213 in Wantage. He was an assistant coach for Thistle FC of Kearny.
Mr. Churchman was employed as a truck driver and dispatcher for Chasta Motor Transportation in Kearny, retiring in 1987.
He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Therese, on February 16, 2009; his son, Francis “Frank” Churchman on September 10, 2009; and his daughter-in-law, JoAnne Churchman on December 18, 2008. He is survived by his three sons, Brian of Wantage, Mark of Wharton, and James of Wantage; his daughter, Nancy Mary Shaffer and her husband Harry of Lake Ariel, Pa.; and his five grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St., Sussex. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Wantage First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 721, Wantage, N.J. 07461. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.pinkelfuneralhome.com.
Charles E. Ferruggio
Charles E. Ferruggio, 66, died March 24 at the Maple Glen Center in Fair Lawn.
Born in New York, N.Y., he lived in North Arlington before moving to Oakland 12 years ago. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He was an operating engineer with Local 825 in Springfield for 35 years before retiring five years ago.
He was the cherished companion of 22 years of Marietta Galdi, the adored father of Jason C. Ferruggio, the loving brother of Sam Ferruggio and the dear uncle of Andrea Ferruggio.
The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, on Friday, March 28, with a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Joann L. Gorba
Joann L. Gorba died March 12 at home. She was 48.
Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident.
A memorial service was held at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.
Joann is survived by her daughter Ashley and her sisters and brother Julie Kammerer, Sherri MacLeod and James Gorba. She is also the beloved aunt of Julie, Sean and Kristen Clark.
Theresa Kosciuch (nee Paschenko) died March 27. She was 86.
Born in Harrison, she lived in Kearny the past 64 years.
Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.
Theresa is survived by her husband William and her children and their spouses John and Molly Kosciuch and Elaine and William Lombardi. Also surviving are her grandchildren Liza, Sara, Nicole and Michele and her great grandchildren Noah and Dean.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Alzheimers Foundation.
Patrick Francis Murtagh
Patrick Francis Murtagh, 82, entered into eternal rest on March 27.
The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, April 1, at 10:15 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at St. Aloysius Church, Newark, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Tuesday, starting at 9:30 a.m. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Born in French Parp, Ireland, he was a lifelong resident of Newark. He worked as a machine operator for PFAFF and Kendall in Newark for 30 years, retiring in 1994. Prior to Kendall, he worked for Commercial Can in Newark. He was a member of Roscommon Club in New York City, and he was an avid Mets fan and enjoyed playing the lottery.
Patrick is survived by his sister Anna Thompson and his brother Joseph Murtagh, his cousins Margaret ”Jeannie” Brynes, Helen Brennen and Mary Vaughn and many friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Margaret (Byron) Murtagh and his uncle, John Murtagh.
Eleanor M. Nauen
Eleanor M. Nauen died March 23. She was 84.
Born in Paterson, she lived in Florida for many years before moving to Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church and burial followed in Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.
Eleanor is survived by her sister Henrietta Mawhinney, four nieces, one nephew and their families.