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Kearny girls’ tennis: Doubles trouble

Both Kardinal doubles teams win Hudson County championships

Photo by Jim Hague Both the Kearny High School girls’ tennis first and second doubles teams won Hudson County Tournament championships recently. Front row, from l., are first doubles champs Gabriella Robles and Jessica Martinez. Back row, from l., are second doubles champion Mallory McBride, head coach Amy Lasker and second doubles champ Monica Shenoda.

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Both the Kearny High School girls’ tennis first and second doubles teams won Hudson County Tournament championships recently. Front row, from l., are first doubles champs Gabriella Robles and Jessica Martinez. Back row, from l., are second doubles champion Mallory McBride, head coach Amy Lasker and second doubles champ Monica Shenoda.



By Jim Hague

Observer Sports Writer

Perhaps the toughest aspect of the game of tennis is playing doubles. With a singles player, you just grab your racket, take to the court and go.

In doubles, there are a lot of factors to consider. There’s teamwork, camaraderie and togetherness. There’s timing and chemistry. There’s communication at the highest level.

“It takes patience,” said Kearny High School head girls’ tennis coach Amy Lasker. “You need someone who is a good listener, someone who is trustworthy. It takes a lot of teamwork and trust in each other. It’s one of the most difficult positions to be in tennis.”

There’s also the strategy behind pairing one player with another. For example, on the Kearny team this year, sophomore Mallory McBride and junior Jessica Martinez were first-year members with the varsity. Both girls had to find their own bearings before worrying about the proper pairing for doubles.

“I think the key is being supportive of each other,” McBride said. “We also worked hard.”

“Honestly, there was a little bit of doubt whether we could do it,” Martinez said. “We didn’t know each other well, so we didn’t know if it would work out.”

But Lasker saw something in her doubles teams.

Lasker paired senior returnee Gabriella Robles with Martinez for the first doubles team and then placed senior Monica Shenoda with McBride for second doubles.

The strategy worked out brilliantly, as both Kearny doubles teams won their respective flight in the recent Hudson County Tournament championships. It was the first time ever that Kearny won both doubles county titles.

“They all had great teamwork,” Lasker said. “I think it helped that there was a senior with the younger girls to help with their confidence. Gabriella has a champion’s attitude. She doesn’t like to lose and she’s always working. Jessica has the same attitude, so it’s good that they’re together. They work well together.

Added Lasker, “Monica and Mallory are both a little softspoken and less emotional, so it’s good that they’re together. They’re both a little more strategy oriented.”

It also helps that the Kardinals have had incredible success this fall. They are currently undefeated in dual matches, winning all nine of their contests.

“They all have a little bit of confidence now, playing together,” Lasker said.

The Kardinals just defeated Belleville, 4-1, in the opening round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV state playoffs and will now face Ridgewood in the second round. By virtue of that undefeated 9-0 team mark, the Kardinals were the No. 6 seed in the bracket.

“It’s the highest seed Kearny ever received,” Lasker said.

First singles player Valeria Siquenza qualified for the NJSIAA state tournament in first singles.

So it’s been a great year all around, capped by the two doubles teams winning county crowns.

“It feels really good,” said Shenoda, who attends High Tech in North Bergen and has to shuttle back and forth in order to play tennis in her home school district. “Going into the season, I think some of us were a little hesitant, but now that we’ve won, it’s an amazing feeling.”

Shenoda was asked what it was like to worry about getting from North Bergen to Kearny in time to practice and play in matches.

“Sometimes, it gets pretty hard,” Shenoda said. “I have to leave school early in order to get to Kearny in time for a match. But I love this sport and I love this team. I wouldn’t want to play with anyone else other than the girls from Kearny.”

Martinez knows what the most important aspect is of being a successful doubles partner.

“Communication is the key,” Martinez said. “You really have to be able to get along. It’s all set in now that we won, set in, but in a good way.”

Shenoda believes that the county title is the culmination of a lot of effort.

“This is something I’ve wanted for a long time,” Shenoda said. “It’s our biggest goal and it’s still a little hard to believe that we did it.”

“It took a lot of hard work to get here,” Robles said. “We all became friends on and off the court. I think that helps. We were all very positive and I’m very proud of that.”

The Kearny girls had reason to be proud. They achieved a slice of history, both earning county championships at the same time.

Lasker said that there’s another reason for the girls to be proud.

“A lot of them never played tennis before high school,” Lasker said. “I think it shows that hard work and determination can pay off. They’re all finally seen by everyone as being successful.”

Not just successful – but successful Hudson County champions.

Around Town


The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will provide free counseling and claim filing assistance to all veterans and their families at the DAV Belleville Nutley Chapter 22, 612 Mill St., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Nicholas Bernardi at 973-297-3378.

Belleville Elks Lodge, 254 Washington Ave., hosts its monthly breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under age 12. Children under age 3 are admitted free. Breakfasts are held the third Sunday of every month.

High School bands, motorcycle clubs and all civic associations interested in participating in Belleville’s Veterans Day Parade are invited to contact Bill Steimel at 973- 759-4692. The parade is set for Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m.

The Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade kicks off Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m., starting at Belleville High School and proceeding down Joralemon St. to Franklin Ave. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Pasquale Megaro Jr. For more information or to participate, call Frank Russo at 973-941-3543 or e-mail columbusparade@gmail.com.


Bring your clean, gently used Halloween costumes to Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., to receive a ticket for a costume swap (one swap ticket per child). Bring your tickets to the library to choose a costume from 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19. No costume to donate? You can select a costume from 4 to 5 p.m. for a donation of $3. Leftover costumes are donated to Goodwill. For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 507.

The library announces the following schedule for its Monday and Thursday Afternoon at the Movies:

– Thursdays: Oct. 10: “Hangover Square” (Laird Cregar); Oct. 17: “Absolute Power” (R) (Clint Eastwood), Oct. 24: “Roxie Hart” (Ginger Rogers); and Oct. 31: “Dracula” (NR) (Bela Lugosi).

– Mondays: Oct. 14: Library closed for Columbus Day; Oct. 21: “Arabesque” (NR) (Gregory Peck); and Oct. 28: “My Gal Sal” (NR) (Victor Mature).

Films for both programs start at 12:15 p.m. Admission is free.

East Newark

The Senior Club of East Newark meets Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. Membership is open to ages 55 and over.


Harrison American Legion hosts its 75th anniversary celebration and awards dinner on Nov. 9 at the Harrison-East Newark Elks, 406 Harrison Ave. Mayor Raymond McDonough, Elks Exalted Ruler Larry Bennett and Councilman Victor Villalta will be feted for the work they do for veterans. For information or reservations, call Ed Marshman at 201-998-0662.


The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, hosts a Scotch Whiskey Tasting Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Irish- American Association, 95 Kearny Ave., featuring Peter O’Connor, of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” Tickets are $40 per person. Mail reservations and payments to: AOH Division 7, 227 Highland Ave, 1st Floor, Kearny, N.J. 07032. Proceeds benefit the AOH scholarship fund. For more information visit: aohdiv7hudson@gmail. com or call 201-889-5930.

St. Stephen’s Seniors announce the following events:

• A membership meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Hedges Hall, 141 Washington Ave., at 1 p.m. A board meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Membership is open to anyone age 50 and older.

• A trip to New England is set for Oct. 20-24.

For more information, call Tom at 201-998-8258. For trip information call Joan at 998- 3578, for A.C. call Peg at 201- 998-9443 and for condolences call Vicki at 201-991-8345.

Kearny High School’s Class of 1964 celebrates its 50th reunion on Oct. 14 at the White Sands Hotel, Point Pleasant Beach. For more information, contact Richard Pachucki at Kearnygrad1964@gmal.com.

Visit the Kearny Fire Department, 109 Midland Ave., on Oct. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. for Fire Prevention Week. Come see the apparatus and meet the firefighters. This event includes demonstrations, free handouts, education, smoke detectors and light refreshments.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will hold a book sale on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donated and discarded hardcover and paperback books will be available for a quarter each or 5 for $1.

West Hudson Christian Center, 557 Kearny Ave, hosts the following:

• Donations for a women’s and children’s clothing drive will be accepted at the church at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Donations will be available to the community for free on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 201-997-7762 or visit whccag.org.

• Auditions for a Christmas play will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m., for ages 5 to 12. Practices will be Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. in October and November. The play will be presented on the second weekend in December. For more information, e-mail the church at kids@whccag.org.


Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., sponsors the following children’s programs:

• Fit4Kids Anti-Bullying Show: Muscle Man Mike and his Super Hero Friends present a discussion on strategies to prevent bullying, for ages 3 to 10, on Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. Registration is required.

• Halloween Craft: Kids in grades 1 to 4 are invited to make a witch’s cauldron on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. • Halloween Parade: Children in grades pre-k to 3 can wear their costume and collect treats on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required.

• “Street Smart”: A new class added as part of the adult ESL program reviews managing banking, expenses, and dealing with different types of vendors begins Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Space is limited and registration is necessary. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or e-mail romeo@bccls.org.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst and the Giving Tree co-host a Tricky Tray for children on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m., at the Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. The cost is $5. Doors open at noon. Refreshments will be served. For tickets, call Janet Ricigliano. For more information on becoming a member, call Marilyn Falcone at 201-933- 6459.

A free two-hour Third- Tuesday-of-the Month Walk with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry. Participants must sign a standard liability release. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201- 230-4983.

Adoniram Lodge 80, F&AM, 321 Second Ave., hosts an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the Masonic Temple at 201-438-2662 or David Ramirez at 201-456-4343.

North Arlington

The North Arlington Woman’s Club hosts a pasta night on Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, 10 Beaver Ave. (behind the Health Department). Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under age 12. For tickets, call 201-997-8915.

The Rosary Society of Queen of Peace Parish, North Arlington, sponsors a Tricky Tray and luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 4 p.m., at San Carlo Fine Caterers, 620 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, for ages 18 and older only. Admission is $40 per person.

For tickets, call Carol at 201-991-6454 or Pegeen at 201- 246-1030.

The North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., hosts a Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and reservations, call 201-998- 5636.

The North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., offers these events:

• Story Time for ages 2 to 5 is held every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m.

• Halloween Craft for grades K to 5, sponsored by the NA Women’s Club, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

• Bedtime Story Time for ages 4 to 6 is held Thursdays, Oct. 10 and 17, at 6 p.m.

• Spooky Spectacular Workshop for grades K to 5 is slated for Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. Mad Science presents bubbling potions, wicked brews, and really cool special effects. To pre-register, call 201-955-5640, ext. 126.

• Origami Club for grades 4 and up meets on Friday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m.

The Ironbound Irish-American Association presents “Finnegan’s Wake” on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 194 River Rd., North Arlington, from 7 to 11 p.m. The Michael Byrnes Band is featured. The cost is $45 per person. For tickets, call Ted Edwards at 201-628- 2069 and 973-900-3160 or Mike Batty at 201-317-6200.


Nutley residents can safely discard unused prescription medication by bringing it to Nutley Police Headquarters, 228 Chestnut St., on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the Nutley Police Department’s “Operation Take Back.”

Lyndhurst boys’ soccer: Finding their way through growing pains

Photos by Jim Hague The Lyndhurst boys’ soccer team is showing signs of turning the corner, thanks to the return of senior Anthony Giaquinto (l.), who missed most of last season with an injury, and the solid contributions of senior midfielder Michael Polito.

Photos by Jim Hague
The Lyndhurst boys’ soccer team is showing signs of turning the corner, thanks to the return of senior Anthony Giaquinto (l.), who missed most of last season with an injury, and the solid contributions of senior midfielder Michael Polito.


By Jim Hague

Observer Sports Writer

Lyndhurst High School boys’ soccer coach Rob Kost is trying to find some continuity with his team. It’s not easy.

“We’ve had our share of injuries and red cards,” Kost said. “It’s tough to compete without a full team. We’re maneuvering a lot. I’m impressed with the effort.”

Recently, Kost added a freshman to the lineup and Doug DaSilva has provided a bit of a boost.

“It seemed as if he lit a fire under everyone,” Kost said of DaSilva. “I think that’s the spark we needed to get going.”

DaSilva scored a goal and added an assist in his varsity debut.

“It’s just what we needed,” said Kost, whose team now has a 4-5 record this season. “He was all over the field. Being shorthanded, we didn’t have much up top, but we’ve definitely evolved since we put him in.”

The Golden Bears’ goalkeeper is senior Matt Lemke, who Kost called “the emotional leader of the team.”

Lemke missed some time at the beginning of the season due to a sprained ankle, but he’s returned to maintain stability in goal.

Kost has been juggling players at the sweeper position, using players like versatile senior Giuseppe Pollicino and sophomore Andrew Cosman at the spot.

“Giuseppe has been the backbone and solidifies the back, so we move him around,” Kost said.

The stopper is senior Erik Marulanda, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, but has returned this season entirely healthy.

“Getting him back was a big help to us,” Kost said.

The other defenders are seniors Danny Zerboni and Devin O’Donovan and promising sophomore Montana Thungasson.

Senior Anthony Cardaci, who started last year as the Golden Bears’ goalkeeper, then moved to midfield, has returned to his midfield slot. Cardaci gives Kost the option of playing him in either spot. Cardaci has scored two goals this season.

Another key midfielder is senior Anthony Giaquinto, who only played two games last year due to an injury.

“We’re so glad to have him back,” Kost said of Giaquinto. “He’s doing great. It’s been a pleasure to have him. He’s one of our most skillful players. He always comes determined to play.”

Senior Michael Polito, who also is a fine basketball player in the winter months, is another key contributor from his midfield slot. Sophomore Giovanni Arcelentas is making major strides as a member of the Lyndhurst midfield.

Seniors Matt Lima and Matt Stevens and junior Edgar Bravo are forwards in the Golden Bears’ lineup, joined now by the addition of the energetic DaSilva.

Although the Golden Bears suffered a tough one-sided loss to North Arlington and high-scoring Danny Cordeiro last week, Kost still feels that his team has perhaps turned the corner.

“I think we’re getting better,” Kost said. “Unfortunately, we got off to such a slow start, but now that we have some emotion and passion, we’re a totally different team. We played a strong game against Harrison (a 3-0 loss), so that helped us. For now, it’s all about building character. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we have in us. I’m hoping we can roll off a couple of wins.”

Kost knows what the Golden Bears have to do.

“We have to play our game,” Kost said. “We have to possess the ball better and mount a counter attack. We’re getting better.”

Luckily for the Golden Bears, the season is only half over. There is time for recovery – and thanks to the spirit of a freshman, Lyndhurst has apparently found that opportunity to be an improved team in the middle of the season.

QP’s Momnohin has incredible performance in win over Becton


Photo by Jim Hague Queen of Peace senior running back/linebacker Kevin Momnohin.

Photo by Jim Hague
Queen of Peace senior running back/linebacker Kevin Momnohin.

By Jim Hague

Observer Sports Writer

Queen of Peace head football coach Robert Kearns has been around the game of football for more than three decades, including two tours of duty as the head coach of the Golden Griffins.

So it’s safe to say that Kearns has seen his fair share of games and players over the years.

And although Kearns has only been back at QP for a few months, he didn’t have to be there long to reap the praises of senior do-everything Kevin Momnohin.

“He’s the most sensational player I’ve seen in my 32 years of coaching,” Kearns said. “He just goes right to the top. He’s a coach’s dream. I’ve seen Knowshon Moreno (of the Denver Broncos) and Donald Brown (of the Indianapolis Colts) and he’s right there with them. You can’t teach what he has. He just has another gear. He’s able to cut and turn and once he gets his shoulders squared and going up field, watch out.”

In the Golden Griffins’ recent 49-37 victory over Becton Regional, there were a lot of people – especially the members of the Becton grid squad – who had a chance to watch out for Momnohin, who enjoyed one of the best all-around games in Bergen County high school football history.

Try these numbers on for size.

Momnohin carried the ball 24 times and collected an astounding 322 yards and scored four touchdowns. He also caught eight of quarterback Anthony Villano’s passes for an additional 152 yards and two more touchdowns. Monmohin also scored twice on point after touchdown conversions, giving him 42 of the Golden Griffins’ 49 points. Between his rushing and receiving achievements, Momnohin combined to gain an unfathomable 474 yards of total offense on his own.

For good measure, Momnohin collected eight tackles on defense and sealed the victory with an interception.

Is there any doubt that Momnohin would be selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week?

Momnohin earns the distinction of being selected as Athlete of the Week for the third straight year, one of only a handful of athletes to be honored three times.

For good measure, Momnohin had 205 yards rushing, 102 yards receiving and four touchdowns in the Golden Griffins’ 37-30 win over neighboring rival St. Mary of Rutherford on Saturday, pushing the Golden Griffins’ record to 3-1. In four games this season, Momnohin has now scored 15 touchdowns.

After the Becton explosion, Momnohin said he was surprised to learn of the incredible totals he reached.

“To be honest, I didn’t know until the game was over,” Momnohin said. “I then said, ‘Wow, it was a big game for me.’”

A lot of people joined Momnohin in their astonishment.

“Well, it was definitely a career high,” Momnohin said, still laughing.

It was actually a Queen of Peace single game school rushing record.

“I said that during the game that it had to be a school record,” Kearns said. “I was actually getting tired watching him run. He just kept going and going. It was like he ran 17 miles in the game. It was almost like running a marathon. I told him that I understood if he was a little tired, but he stayed in there. ”

A year ago, Momnohin might have had a tough time staying around late in a game to set a school record. He battled a string of injuries and spent a good portion of last season on the sidelines nursing those injuries.

“It was definitely a goal this season,” Momnohin said. “I had to stay healthy. I spent a lot of time in the weight room to get stronger and to work on conditioning. I had to stay strong and I had to stay healthy.”

Momnohin said that he likes the idea he’s no longer just a running back, that he’s catching passes as well.

“I was a receiver before I became a running back,” Momnohin said, “I had to be convinced to accept the fact that I was a running back. But it definitely opens up things when teams try to key on me and it definitely does make me more of a double threat.”

What also makes Momnohin more dangerous are the players around him. His twin brother, Keith, is a fine back and receiver in his own right. Quarterback Villano has amassed more than 700 yards passing and eight touchdowns in the first four games. Fullback Tajier Jefferson has eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in each of the last two games.

“The biggest difference now is that we can spread the ball around,” Kearns said. “But Kevin is the one who makes everyone look good.”

“My brother, Tajier and Anthony can give me a break,” Momnohin said. “It’s opened things up for those guys to also make big plays.”

Incredibly, there was a point last summer where it looked as if the Momnohin brothers were not going to return to QP for their final year of high school. There was a change in football coaches, with Steve Romano leaving and Kearns returning. The Momnohins were almost headed to Orange High School.

“But I started at Queen of Peace and wanted to stay at Queen of Peace,” Momnohin said. “I wanted to finish what I started.”

Kearns just adores Momnohin – and deservedly so.

“I can’t stop talking about him,” Kearns said. “He’s just amazing. The biggest thing that stands out about him is his personality. He’s smiling all the time. When I look at him, he’s smiling and all he says is, ‘just give me the ball.’ He’s the kind of kid that a father would want for a son.”

“He said that about me?” Momnohin asked. “I’m speechless about that. For him to give me such a high compliment like that is amazing and means a lot.”

Although he’s collected more than 1,000 yards in total offense and scored 15 touchdowns in four games, Momnohin is still without any college offers. He also has the grades to qualify in college right away.

“I’m as amazed as anyone can be,” Momnohin said. “It’s kind of stressful that I haven’t been offered yet. But without a doubt, if I keep putting up numbers like I have been, I would imagine the scouts and recruiters will come. I’m going to go all out. It’s my last year and I’m out to impress the college coaches.”

Momnohin said that he still can’t believe what he did in the Becton game.

“I’ve watched the films and as I play it, it’s still shocking to me,” Momnohin said.

And as for being a Golden Griffin?

“I’m definitely glad I made the decision to stay,” said Momnohin, who plays basketball in the winter and runs track in the spring. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

4th Annual Kearny Yard & Sidewalk KUEZ Sale

Hundreds of sellers registered for this year’s sale!




Shoppers take your mark! The 4th Annual Kearny Town- Wide Yard & Sidewalk Sale returns Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. There is no rain date. Kearny is definitely the place to be that weekend when the town is once again transformed into a borderto- border bargain hunter’s paradise!

The Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone (KUEZ) is sponsoring and organizing the event. Hundreds of residential, business and other sellers (including the Library, West Hudson Arts & Theater Company, and several churches) have registered to host sales. Plenty of local KUEZ retailers and eateries are also ready with special sales and offers for what is expected to be a slew of shoppers setting their sights on Kearny!

“The idea has really taken hold as a community event, energizing the town and bringing lots of new faces into the our office inquiring about the sale,” said KUEZ coordinator John Peneda. According to Mayor Alberto Santos, “The Yard Sale has definitely proven to be a great way of attracting new visitors and shoppers to Kearny.”

“As in previous years, we are promoting the sale not only within Kearny, but also to surrounding communities including North Arlington, Harrison, Belleville, Nutley and other areas.

“Town-wide sales such as these have been tremendously successful in cities and towns throughout the state,” said Peneda. “However, we are proud to say we were the first UEZ to host an event of this type with such positive results. We are looking to capitalize on the success of previous years.”

“Residents have been calling to ask about the Sale for months now,” he added. “People really look forward to this event.”

Items for sale include children and adult clothing, furniture, electronics, housewares, home decor, tools, sports equipment, bikes, toys, jewelry, artwork, photography, vintage items, CDs, DVDs, books and more.



The Kearny Library Main Branch, (318 Kearny Avenue), and the new West Hudson Arts & Theater company (131 Midland Avenue) will also be participating in the Sale (both Saturday only).

“This year, we have even heard of neighborhoods coming together to create more excitement and sellers on their block to attract sellers,” said Peneda. One such example is on Terrace Place. One neighbor rallied several households on the street to join the sale. “There is more desire for shoppers to visit a neighborhood if they know they have more than one stop to shop,” explained resident Kelly Logue. Yard Sale Maps & Google Map Available The KUEZ has created a special Yard Sale map of both residential and retailer sale locations. It will be available in a special pull-out section in the October 8 edition of The Observer newspaper, as well as at several Kearny locations including Town Hall, the Library, and the KUEZ office after Oct. 9.

The map can also be downloaded after Oct. 10 from www.kearnynj.org. The mornings of the Sale (8 – 12 p.m.) the map will also be available at a special Yard Sale information table set up in front of Town Hall, 402 Kearny Avenue the mornings of the sale.

A Google map of the sellers, which will also include information on items for sale at the various locations, can be accessed AFTER Oct. 11 at http://goo.gl/5tfXOU



Peneda reminds residential participants to keep the sidewalks clear and safe for shoppers and passers by. The KUEZ also has provided a list of organizations and contacts which may be able to help with items not sold during the sale. St. Cecilia’s Church will pick up unsold items the day of the sale. Call 201-991-1116 for arrangements. Other organizations are:

Goodwill-Harrison, 973- 481-2300

The Salvation Army, 201- 991-1115

Vietnam Veterans of America, 1-800-775-VETS (8387) or www.vva.org.

“I invite everyone to enjoy the Town-Wide Yard Sale and to take the opportunity to discover all that Kearny has to offer,” said Mayor Santos.

Visit www.kearnynj.org for updates and information or call 201-955-7400 (x8041).

Then & Now



Photo courtesy Kearny Museum (left) Photo by Karen Zautyk (right)

Photo courtesy Kearny Museum                                     Photo by Karen Zautyk (right)

Traffic was virtually nonexistent on Kearny Ave. at Woodland Ave. when the (undated) photo at left was taken. Looking south toward Harrison, one can see only a handful of horses and buggies – and no cars. Which leads us to surmise that the picture dates anywhere from the 1890s to the 19-teens. As for the buildings, surprisingly little has changed. That’s the bell tower of recently closed Knox Presbyterian Church on the left. The building on that corner is still there, minus the awnings, and so are those across the street. The one on the right-hand corner though lost its conical crown – when, how and why are not known. The awning below advertises “Embalming,” which was a relatively new procedure in the U.S. It was not standard; funeral parlors offered it as a special service, and it was initially done in the home of the deceased. – Karen Zautyk (with special thanks to Kearny crossing guard Marian Payne who made sure Zautyk was not run over while standing in the middle of the street.)

Halloween on the Horizon

More Creative Decorations

Wicked Witch Photo

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Spirit Jugs

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Another great idea for a porch decoration is to create a wicked witch using just a pumpkin and a few tools.
Grab yourself some green spray paint, a pumpkin, tempera paint and brushes, two marbles, a carving knife, a small set of nails, and glue.
Begin by coating the pumpkin in green spray paint. Once dried, apply facial features to the pumpkin with the tempera paint.
Next, carve out eye sockets and lodge the two marbles inside to form a set of glowing eyes. Break off the stem of the pumpkin and reattach it to the face with glue for a nose.
Once finished, fix the black wig in place with small nails, add a large cape, set the pumpkin accordingly and add the hat. You now have yourself a witch!
All you’ll need for this project is a plastic gallon container, a black permanent marker, a utility knife, and a set of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights.
The rest is simple, all you need to do is draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs, (leave the cap on to avoid denting), and cut a hole in the back of the jugs to allow for the string of lights to be placed.
Once the hole is cut and the lights are placed and turned on, you now have yourself some spirit jugs!

Millionaire’s Shortbread

Millionaire's Shortbread

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For the shortbread:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
Put a rack in the center of the oven and heat it to 350 degrees. Sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl and whisk in the sugar.
Cut the butter into chunks and add it to the flour, stirring with a fork to make a soft dough. Gently pat the dough into a 9-inch square-baking pan. Prick the dough all over with a fork and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until it is golden and no longer looks at all wet. Set aside to cool while you make the caramel and chocolate topping.

For the caramel and chocolate:

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
5 tablespoons heavy cream
5 tablespoons salted butter, cubed
1 tablespoon crème fraiche
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
Maldon, grey or smoked sea salt
To make the caramel: Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, swirling occasionally until the sugar has melted but without stirring. Simmer for about 10 minutes, swirling the pot every once and a while, until the sugar turns a dark amber color. Do not let it get too dark, or it will taste burnt.
As soon as the sugar reaches the right color, remove it from the heat and carefully add the cream, whisking all the time (the mixture will bubble up as you do this, so use an oven mitt or a long-handled whisk). Whisk in the butter gradually and then the crème fraiche. Set aside to cool for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the caramel is cool enough to touch, pour it evenly over the shortbread, tipping the pan gently and tapping it on the counter to get rid of any bubbles. Put in the fridge to firm up a little.
To make the chocolate: When the caramel has firmed up a bit, bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Off the heat, immediately whisk in the chocolate until smooth and shiny. Let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes, and then pour over the caramel, again tilting the pan and tapping it against the counter to smooth it out. Let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes, until the chocolate starts to firm up a little.
To finish, Sprinkle the top with salt and refrigerate until firm enough to cut into squares, at least 3 hours. Serve quickly, as the caramel will start to ooze quickly at room temperature. Serves 16.

World-class dermatology group makes Kearny its home

Residents of Kearny and its surrounding areas no longer have to travel to New York City for the best dermatologic care. Metropolitan Dermatology, a group practice with locations in Clark and Teaneck, moved into the former Kearny practice of Dr. Ira Gouterman at 752 Kearny Ave. The space was recently renovated. The dermatology providers there include Dr. Alexander Doctoroff who is an assistant clinical professor at the world-renowned Columbia University in New York City and the former president of the New Jersey Dermatological Society, and two superbly trained physician assistants, Jalpa Patel, PA-C and Amanda Tirado, PA-C. Dr. Alan Cohen who has long been practicing in Kearny will continue treating patients at the same location.

The practice provides a wide variety of services in all areas of cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology. The providers of Metropolitan Dermatology are experts in the management of acne and rosacea, rashes, psoriasis, skin cancer, moles, warts, excessive sweating, hair, and nail diseases and many, many other conditions.

Among the new services introduced into the Kearny location is Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. This method involves taking small layers of tissue until all the “roots” of a skin cancer have been removed. Mohs surgery has the highest reported cure rates for any form of skin cancer. Dr. Doctoroff is the Mohs surgeon in the practice.

Dr. Doctoroff, Jalpa Patel, PA-C, and Amanda Tirado are experts in dermoscopy (epiluminescent microscopy), which is an advanced method of skin cancer detection. Dermoscopy involves using a small hand-held microscope, and allows for more accurate detection of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, and a decrease in the number of unnecessary biopsies.

Another dermatologic treatment newly available in the Kearny facility is photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT is a combination of topical medication and light. It is used to treat sun damaged skin, precancerous skin conditions (actinic keratoses), and acne. Extended allergy testing is also available in the Kearny office for those patients who suffer from long-term rashes and skin irritations.

Dana Smeragliulo, an experienced aesthetician is also available at the facility. Trained in clinical procedures and certified in microdermabrasion, she customizes treatment programs to address each patient’s unique skincare needs. She specializes in chemical peels and microdermabrasion for rejuvenation, as well as selecting customized effective skincare treatments based on the patient’s needs and skin type (acneprone, mature skin, supersensitive, dry or oily). She assists teens and adults with acne by doing extractions and introducing salicylic peel treatments into their regular acne regimen.

The practice also specializes in facial rejuvenation and cosmetic procedures. Having more than 10 years of experience in Botox and cosmetic fillers, Dr. Alexander Doctoroff is one of the leading providers of cosmetic services in the New York/ New Jersey metro area, pioneering many advanced aesthetic techniques.

Metropolitan Dermatology has used electronic patient medical records since 2004, being one of the first medical practices in the state adopting this technology. They are excited to bring the newest and most advanced developments in the treatment of skin, hair, and nail diseases to the patients of Kearny and surrounding areas.


Frank Ganopoulos

Frank Ganopoulos, 70, died on Oct. 3.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mr. Ganopoulos was born in Queens, N.Y., and lived in Harrison, for many years. Frank was a wage and hour compliance officer for the state of New Jersey for 25 years, retiring 10 years ago.

He is survived by his brother Athanas Ganopoulos (Carol), his sister-in-law Claudia (Drew) Ganopoulos and his niece Ellen Ganopoulos- Phelan.

Frank was predeceased by his brother Michael Ganopoulos.

Joshua Gonzalez

Joshua Gonzalez, 20, a lifelong resident of Kearny, died Sept. 28 at his home in Kearny.

He worked as a retail associate for AT&T in Morristown for the past year.

He is survived by his beloved son Liam Joshua Gonzalez, his cherished girlfriend Nicole Picon, his loving parents Marykim Greiss and Ruben Gonzalez, his sisters Samantha Gervasi, Ryan Gervasi and Mia Gonzalez, and his brothers Sergio and Owen Gonzalez. He will also be greatly missed by his many loving family members and friends.

Visitation was held at the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, on Thursday Oct. 3. A Funeral Mass was offered on Friday, Oct. 4 at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. The interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Donations in memory of Joshua Gonzalez may be made to Liam Gonzalez in memory of his father through www.gofundme.com.

Anita Ianneillo

Anita Ianneillo died on Oct. 1 at home. She was 91.

Born in Harrison, she lived in Kearny before moving to Toms River 20 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows and entombment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Anita was a crossing guard in Kearny and then worked in the Ocean County Court House. She enjoyed the recreation at her community club house.

Mother of Peter Ianneillo, Patricia Doyle, Joseph Ianneillo and the late Linda, she is survived by her grandchildren Peter, Anthony, Michael and Joseph, her great grandson Nicholas and her dogs George, Cheyenne, Deezel and Doogie.

Ricardo Navia

Ricardo (Julio) Navia died on Oct. 2. He was 75.

Born in Ecuador, he lived in Kearny for the past 20 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Ricardo is survived by his wife Ruth, his mother Elena, his daughter Ruth Notis and sons Abraham and Moises Navia along with four grandchildren.

Adam Kwapniewski

Adam Kwapniewski 83, of Kearny, died on died on Oct. 6.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, where visiting will be Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be officiated on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Kwapniewski was born in Poland and lived most of his life in Kearny. He was a mechanic with Hook and Eye Company, Newark, for 15 years retiring 15 years ago. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and usher at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. He also served as a Corporal in the Polish Army.

He was the beloved husband of 51 years of Joanna Chmiel Kwapniewski. Brother of Stanley Kwapniewski, sister Dolores of The Dominican Order who resides in Poland and the late Chester Kwapniewski. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews living in the United States and Poland.

Archibald R. Nisbet, Jr.

Archibald R. Nisbet Jr. ,55, died on Sept. 30 at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Archie was born in Newark and lived in Kearny most of his life.

He was a carpenter for the N.J. Carpenters Union Local 253 from Hackensack for the last 30 years as well as a member of the N.J. Saltwater Fisherman serving as its web master for several years.

Mr. Nisbet is survived by his wife Kathleen (Callaghan); children Melissa, Nancy, Christa and Daniel Nisbet; brothers Alan and Andrew Nisbet; and his parents Archibald R. Sr. and Irene (McGrath) Nisbet. He also leaves behind his in-laws Richard and Marie (Nigro) Callaghan.

In lieu of flowers. the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

Farewell, faithful friend

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By Karen Zautyk

Observer Correspondent


A treasured part of Kearny’s living history came to an end on Sunday, when Knox Presbyterian Church, founded in the mid-1800s, held its final service.

The church building itself, an imposing red-brick structure, has stood on Kearny Ave. just south of Woodland Ave. since 1881. Today it is covered in scaffolding due to structural damage, and it has not been used for four years.

The MacMillan Chapel next door has been filling in as the site for worship, and it was there that the last service took place on a “bittersweet” afternoon.

That word was used by Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho of the Newark Presbytery, who opened the service with a prayer “remembering with gratitude all who have worshiped here.”

Attending Sunday’s Closing Worship Celebration were nearly 100 people, including clergy and members of other congregations and other faiths — all come to pay their respects.

As the Rev. Frank Benson, Knox’ former — and final — full-time pastor said in his remarks to the attendees, “This, in a way, is a funeral service.” There was, however, not a hint of gloom; rather it was an acknowledgment that, while some things change, others go on.

Benson, who retains a hint of a delightful Scottish accent, noted that “while the foundation of the old Knox Church is crumbling a bit, the foundation of its faith is secure, for you, in Christ, are its foundation.”

Benson provided some humor, too, recalling the time when the church’s bell had broken and a trustee offered to climb the tower, tie a rope around his waist, lower himself from a window and swing from side to side to keep the bell ringing. The offer, needless to say, was declined.

What led to Knox Presbyterian’s demise? The same factors that have played a role in the closing of so many churches of various denominations: declining membership and resultant financial problems.

“It has been a long time coming,” David Boyes, a member of Knox’ Presbytery Committee, told The Observer. “This was once a very vibrant congregation, but there has been a steady decline. People got older; people moved away. If you don’t have the people, you don’t have the funds.”

But, Boyes noted, “even the people who moved away still hold it [Knox Church] with great affection.”

Knox Presbyterian had deep Scottish roots, and it was thriving back in the day, when Kearny was America’s Caledonia. Trustee Bill Mullins, giving a history of the church, noted that in 1960 Kearny had a population of about 37,000, of whom 21,000 were Scottish-born or of Scots descent.

Among the founders of the Knox congregation was Nancy Ward Marsh Halsted (1817-1891), a descendant of John Marsh, who emigrated from Scotland in 1635.

Nancy and her husband, Gen. Nathaniel Norris Halsted — a Civil War commander and personal friend of Gen. Philip Kearny — lived on a 33-acre estate called “Hillside,” which stretched down to where Passaic Ave. is now. (On the east side of Passaic, a bit south of S. Midland Ave., you can see a row of brown boulders along the curb; they are all that remain of “Hillside.”)

According to the N.J. Historical Society, “The Knox Presbyterian Church started in the Kearny homes of several families, including ‘Hillside.’ In 1870, Mrs. Halsted donated property for a church site.”

In 1877, she “was instrumental in establishing a fund-raising program for the church.” The cornerstone eventually was laid, and “on Jan. 25, 1882, the Knox Presbyterian Church was dedicated ….”

(Editor’s note: There is a Halstead St. in Kearny, which one might presume was named for the Halsteds, but for the discrepancy in spelling. Does it honor another family, or is it a misspelling? In any case, the tombstone of Nancy and Gen. Halsted in the First Presbyterian Church cemetery in Elizabeth spells their names without the second ‘a’.)

So what becomes of the church’s buildings now that Knox Presbyterian is officially closed? That decision will be made by the Newark Presbytery, Boyes said.

Near the end of Sunday’s service, there were “Closing the Church Statements.”

From the Rev. Benson: “Today we have celebrated with thanksgiving the life and work of the faith community of Knox Presbyterian Church. It has served as a witness to God’s presence for 132 years. It has provided refuge, comfort and challenges for God’s people. It has served for generations the faithful people of this community.”

From Moderator Laura Phillips: “Now, we send the members of Knox Presbyterian Church out into the world with our blessing to worship and serve God in other places. These buildings, dedicated and named Knox Presbyterian Church, together with the land on which it stands and all objects within them, we commend to Newark Presbytery for other purposes.”

Following were a hymn, a blessing and a sung response: “Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.” And then the congregants filed out, to the plaintive sound of a lone piper — a reflection of the church’s heritage.

Early in the service, there was another, but it was easy to miss for those not familiar with the words. During his reminiscences, the Rev. Benson noted, “I lament those days are gone now, and in the past they must remain.”

This was exceptionally touching, particularly since it was said as a matter of fact, not for dramatic effect, and its source was not noted. Either you got the reference, or you did not.

Any readers who are puzzled should do a search for “Flower of Scotland.”