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NAPD seeks man who allegedly passed 4 fake $100s

The North Arlington Police Department  is currently investigating an incident involving use of counterfeit $100 bills at a 7-Eleven on Ridge Rd. A man, approximately 6′  in height, 150 lbs., wearing a baseball cap  with a Seattle Mariners logo, a […]


W.H.A.T. presents ‘The Addams Family’ July 30-Aug. 2, including preview tonight at Angry Coffee Bean

KEARNY — Teen Drama, a theater company for teens celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer, in association with the West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) presents the modern classic Broadway musical “The Addams Family” this summer. The smash-hit musical […]


Images from funeral procession for Jersey City police Detective Melvin Santiago

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Farewell to a brother in blue

On Friday afternoon, regular traffic came to a halt on the Belleville Pike and Ridge Road to open the route for the funeral procession of slain Jersey City Police Detective Melvin Santiago. The 23-year-old rookie, promoted posthumously to detective, had been ambushed early Sunday, July 13, when he […]


State eyes raising part of Pike

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  KEARNY – The Rt. 7/Belleville Turnpike corridor which runs through Kearny’s meadows area and beyond is getting a lot of attention these days from state and federal transit agencies. For the past couple of years, contractors hired by the state Department of Transportation have […]


Renovations coming at Washington School

Photos by Ron Leir Long-empty locker room space will be converted to weight room and child study offices.

Photos by Ron Leir
Long-empty locker room space will be converted to weight room and child study offices.


By Ron Leir

Observer Correspondent


The shine has worn on the yellow tiled wall; all that remains of the benches are the anchor supports; and the doors to the empty metal cabinets swing open.

For more than four decades, thousands of students showered and changed in the locker rooms at the then- Harrison High School at S. Fifth St. and Harrison Ave.

But, in the fall of 2007, those facilities have sat idle since the Harrison Board of Education opened a new high school on the old Clayton Container site bordering West Hudson Park and the old high school was converted to Washington Middle School for grades 6 to 8.

Now, under an initiative by Superintendent of Schools James Doran, the board is taking steps to revitalize the “functionally obsolete” space with a new purpose.

On Aug. 1, on the recommendation of its consulting engineers Remington, Vernick & Arango of Bordentown, the board voted to award K&D Contractors of Kenilworth the job of renovating the locker room space for $1,098,000.

Documents on file with the board show that K&D was the lowest of four bidders. The other firms that submitted bids were Preziosi Construction Corp. of Short Hills, $1,140,000; Two Brothers Contracting of Clifton, $1,232,235; and Salazar Associates of Union, $1,352,000.

Doran said part of the renovation plan will involve disposing of the smaller set of bleachers stored in the wall of the gym adjoining the old girls’ locker rooms and taking out part of that wall, installing big plate glass windows and doors that will lead to a new weight training room.

Then, Doran said, on the other side of the gym, in the wing where the old boys’ locker rooms are located, that space will be converted to accommodate the school child study team members, whose old office was “bumped” by the recent construction of the new school cafeteria.

The contractor is being instructed to salvage as much of the yellow tiles as possible so they can be incorporated as part of the entranceway to the gym, school officials said.

Doran said the target date for completion of the project is “by the end of the Christmas vacation period.”

Along with the new dining area, the district recently updated the 46-year-old school’s student bathroom facilities.

At Hamilton Intermediate School for grades 4 and 5, the district recently upgraded the building’s lower gym space for instructional purposes and converted the former child study team space into classrooms.

In another capital improvement move, the district is preparing to replace the roof of its Sixth St. garage which houses its four school buses. The roof has been leaking for some time and “we keep patching it,” one official said. Now the time has come for a more permanent fix to prevent damage to the vehicles.

On Aug. 6, the board accepted bids from five companies ranging up to $171,800 and the lowest apparent bidder was Build Rite LLC of Wayne with a price of $71,200. A contract award is imminent.

Storm coming? Nutley will be ready

Photo by Karen Zautyk Commissioner Steve Rogers and aides, having mapped out emergency plans for Nutley, are preparing for future ‘extreme weather events'

Photo by Karen Zautyk
Commissioner Steve Rogers and aides, having mapped out emergency plans for Nutley, are preparing for future ‘extreme weather events’


By Karen Zautyk

Observer Correspondent


Last October, when Hurricane Sandy struck, township authorities sprang into action. That included not only, as expected, the first responders, but also, not necessarily expected, elected officials. “Every commissioner was out on the road during the storm,” Public Affairs Commissioner Steven Rogers told us last week at an interview in his Chestnut St. office. “And,” he added, “we were here in this building [also housing the Health Department] 24/7.”

Thanks to the team efforts of all the township departments, including Public Safety, Public Works, Parks & Rec, and even Finance, “within 72 hours after the storm left, it was like it never happened,” Rogers said. The streets had been cleared of all the downed trees and branches and other Sandy debris. There were no reports of injuries in the community. And even the lost animals were doing fine. “Five dogs that were out in the middle of the storm were rescued,” Rogers said. “All were reunited with their families.”

So, following a job well done under extreme circumstances, is Nutley resting on its laurels?

Hardly. The town has just announced a new initiative, the Nutley Public Health Reserve Corps, an organization of volunteers who are “being trained and readied to provide a number of critical services to township residents when a severe weather event disrupts electrical grids, communications and other services.”

Its formation is a direct result of the hurricane. “During the storm, there were a lot of lessons learned regarding preparedness,” Rogers told The Observer.

The Corps’ goal is to have “an operational plan in place 72 hours before an expected catastrophic weather event,” Rogers said. And at least 24 hours beforehand, warming/ cooling centers “will be up and running.” Those who shivered through several days without heat after Sandy or suffered without AC in the recent heat wave can appreciate the need for those, which are especially important for senior citizens and individuals with health problems.

“We have cots, food, housing for pets, refrigeration for medicine, charging strips, cleaning stations for babies, and everything needed to adequately supply a warming/ cooling center,” Rogers noted in an Aug. 20 announcement. “We want to make sure the needs of all are met,” he told us.

He said the planned locations, to be opened progressively, will be at Nutley Amvets on Walnut St., Grace Episcopal Church on Highfield Lane, and, if needed, John Walker Middle School.

Each of the centers will have its own site manager, and on stand-by there will be a nurse and also a behavioral psychologist to help anyone emotionally traumatized by the crisis.

The volunteers will also check on residents’ well-being. And the town has been compiling a list of people with special medical needs, such as those who might be dependent on oxygen or whose medication must be refrigerated. “We want to make sure every possible contingency plan will be in place,” Rogers stated.

The commissioner clarified that the weather events the Reserve Corps will address are those “that have not reached the level requiring the activation of the Office of Emergency Management.” And he reported last week, “I briefed the Office of Emergency Management, and they like the plan. In the event the OEM is activated, we will give them full supervisory control over the operations.”

The commissioner and the Health Department have been working on the Reserve Corps idea for a year, in partnership with the Nutley Family Service Bureau and the Montclair Public Health Reserve Corps, which was launched in that town in 2007.

In charge of the Montclair group is health educator Erica Abbruzzese, who is training the Nutley vols. “We want them to know what is expected of them and what is expected of us for the preparedness of them and their own families,” she said.

That family preparedness, by the way, is something everyone might take into consideration before the next storm hits. To that end, Nutleyites can contact the Department of Public Affairs to obtain an informational checklist.

Last Thursday evening, the department conducted a tabletop exercise with volunteers and staff personnel, “going over logistics, strategy, and other issues related to providing critical health care and other services to Nutley residents.

” Volunteers will be given specific assignments and they will also serve as “our communications link between us and neighborhoods that are without electrical power,” Rogers noted. During Sandy, once the electrical grids failed, “we had no way to communicate with the public,” he said.

“Streets were dark, there was no phone or Internet service, and people were scared for lack of information.”

What Nutley will use in the event of a repeat crisis, the commisioner calls “an 18th-century method of communication.”

According to an Aug. 20 press release, “TheDepartment of Public Affairs is organizing ‘neighborhood points of contact’ (NPOC) on each street. When a power failure disrupts our township,” the Reserve Corps “will hand-deliver sheets of information to the NPOCs for dissemination in each neighborhood. If people need to be transported to a warming/ cooling center, the Health Department will get them the transportation. If they have needs that require the services of the other commissioners, that information will be passed onto them.”

For the communications plan to work, though, literally hundreds of volunteers from all areas of town are needed specifically for that. A list is being compiled, with a target completion date of Oct. 1.

Anyone willing to become a “point of contact” in their neighborhood during a power outage is asked to call Ann Marie Nicolette at Rogers’ office, 973-284-4976, or email her at anicolette@nutleynj.org.

Any resident who wishes to become a member of the overall Nutley Public Health Reserve Corps can contact Tom Restaino at 973- 284-4976 or email him at trestaino@nutleynj.org. As of last week, 25 Nutleyites had joined the Corps and Rogers anticipated more coming on board.

Any Nutley citizen age 18 and older can volunteer for the Reserve Corps; they need not be health-care professionals. In addition to working at the warming/cooling centers, assistance is needed in a number of areas, including, but not limited to: data entry, copying, filing, answering phones, security, transportation, translation, etc., etc.

One other note, harkening back to those lost, storm-frightened dogs: The Reserve Corps is partnering with local veterinarians “in case we have to provide for animals,” Rogers said. Did we mention this plan is comprehensive?

Kudos offered to Auxiliary Police

Photo by Ron Leir Members of Nutley Auxiliary Police receive congratulations and plaques from Mayor Alphonse Petracco (r.) and fellow commissioners.

Photo by Ron Leir
Members of Nutley Auxiliary Police receive congratulations and plaques from Mayor Alphonse Petracco (r.) and fellow commissioners.



The Nutley Board of Commissioners paid tribute to former members of the township’s Auxiliary Police at last week’s meeting, thanking them for the volunteer service they provided for many years.

The auxiliary force was deactivated by the township Dec. 31, 2012, in favor of special officers.

Nutley Police Chief John Holland said the auxiliary force was founded in the 1940s to assist in Civil Defense-related matters. Later, he said, their duties morphed into responding to emergencies, such as severe storms, and various types of civic events, such as parades and other public functions.

As a rookie cop, “I remember them riding around, seeing me and telling me I was wearing my [police] uniform incorrectly,” the chief quipped.

Mayor Alphonse Petracco, who heads the Public Safety Department, commended the auxiliaries for their dedication. “And they did it for free – they’re going to be hard to replace,” he said. “They always rose to the occasion.”

The honored auxiliaries, who were given plaques in recognition of their service, were: Director Robert DeLitta, Chief Jack Casale, Legal Advisor Anthony Iannarone, Capt. Raymond Bresko, Capt. Thomas Torrillo, Lt. Ismael Agosto, Lt. David Ervolino, Sgt. Randolph Alfaro, Sgt. Pragnesh Bhatt, Sgt. William O’Donnell and Officers Oliver Allen, Manuel Cepeda, Abby Jacob, Michael Latona and Juan Santiago.

–Ron Leir

‘Never got my OK for work,’ owner gripes

Photo by Ron Leir Len Rosenberg points to unwanted satellite TV equipment attached to his property.

Photo by Ron Leir
Len Rosenberg points to unwanted satellite TV equipment attached to his property.



A landlord is disturbed about a communications company that he says isn’t listening to him.

Len Rosenberg, the owner of a six-family dwelling in the 400 block of N. Third St., East Newark, says he’s given several satellite TV companies written notice that he doesn’t want them doing installations at his properties because he feels it disfigures the buildings.

But they do it anyway, he says.

The latest incident happened July 31 when DirecTV sent a sub-contractor to do a hookup at a first-floor apartment at the N. Third St. location.

According to a police report, the technician drilled a hole through a wall of the apartment that tapped into the main electrical service line feeding the building and, ultimately, knocked out power to the entire structure for several hours.

Members of the borough’s volunteer Fire Department responded as a precaution though no fire was triggered, police said. However, according to Rosenberg, the volunteers had to open up part of the wall in the first-floor unit to see if any electrical wiring had been compromised.

Rosenberg said that a second floor tenant whose child relies on power-supported medical equipment had to rush the child to an area hospital after the 11 a.m. outage occurred.

Despite his complaining, Rosenberg says the company had the technician return a few days later to finish the installation.

Asked for reaction, company spokesperson Meghan McLarty said: “We have an electronic signature (from the “landlord”) on file that was provided at the time of installation confirming we had the landlord’s permission for the installation.”

McLarty provided a reporter with an electronic copy of the tenant’s “work order” form, labeled “Landlord Permission” with a partly legible signature purporting to be Rosenberg’s.

However, Rosenberg countered that, “At no point does [DirecTV] even ask who the landlord is or attempt to get their permission (strategically). In the case of this property, [the company] President has on file a letter which specifically orders that NO installations are to be made.”

And, Rosenberg added, “The signature on [the landlord permission] form is not the landlord’s (mine), I was not present at the time of installation and [DirecTV] made no attempt to contact me to ask permission.”

Rosenberg, who sits on the board of directors of the Property Owners Association of New Jersey, said he’d like to see legislation that would create a “clearing house” that would allow landlords “to put their properties’ addresses on a ‘do not install’ list” and that would provide for penalties against companies “that violate landlords’ rights.”

– Ron Leir

Thoughts & Views: Woke up, it was a Chelsea Manning



By now, you have heard that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, pictured here as his alter-ego, and as he is now, to “live his life as a woman.” Named Chelsea.

I have no problem with that. He can live his life as a chimpanzeee named Chelsea for all I care. I do, however, have a problem with my tax dollars paying for his hormone treatments.

According to a written statement sent to the “Today” show and signed “Chelsea E. Manning,” the convicted WikiLeaker says: “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. . . . I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”

If Manning has felt this way since childhood, one wonders why he/she didn’t pursue his/her transgender goal earlier. And on his/her own dime.

But no, he leaks classified documents, is convicted and sentenced to 35 years in Leavenworth, and then announces that he is seeking gender reassignment.

While prisoners are entitled to (taxpayer-funded) medical care, a spokesman for the Fort Leavenworth military prison said it “does not offer sex reassignment or hormone therapy for the inmates housed at the facility,” The Washington Post reported. He had better doublecheck; for all we know, sex reassignment might be an Obamacare entitlement.

In any case, Manning’s lawyer told “Today” he intends to do “everything in my power to make sure” his client’s wishes are accommodated.

The Post also reported that in 2010, while serving as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad, Manning sent an e-mail to a superior officer describing his “struggles with a gender-identity disorder.”

He wrote: “I thought enlisting in the military would get rid of it. . . . “ For an intelligence officer, Manning comes across as pretty dumb.

One wonders, though: If he does get the government (us) to pay for gender reassignment, would it (we) also have to then foot the bill for makeup, wigs and clothing?

For those of you who think I am being crass and insensitive – yes, I am. I am not, however, mocking those with gender issues. They can’t help it.

However, they should not expect anyone other than themselves to pay for whatever therapy or surgery they want.

Indeed, now that I am approaching my dotage, I am thinking of living the rest of my life as a man.

Not because I am attracted to women. I am not. Let’s get that straight (no pun intended). But because even in so-called liberated society, men have the advantage.

Men can:

• Date someone 20 years younger and not be labeled a “cougar.”

• Faced with hair loss, shave their heads and still look sexy.

• Faced with a double chin, grow a beard. • Own only two pairs of shoes: sneakers and sandals.

• Wear white knee socks with the sandals.

• Wear long, baggy shorts with the sandals and socks. •

Go unembarrassedly to the beach no matter how chubby they are.

• Live on take-out without being judged, because no one expects them to cook.

• Pay someone else to clean the house and not be called lazy.

Chelsea, dear, have you REALLY thought this through?

– Karen Zautyk

P.S. On another matter, my story last week on the 1943 Congoleum-Nairn explosion gave two different times that the blast occurred. The correct time was 5:50 p.m., not 5:05. The latter was a typo.


Fate spared one worker at Congoleum-Nairn blast

To the Editor:

I am one of the “older folks” who remembers the explosion at the Congoleum-Nairn. I was 10 years old at the time. Both of my parents were employed at the plant. My father worked there for many years and my mother joined him when the Nairn began war work. Yes, they did make more than camouflage netting. My mother learned how to run a lathe and made the nose cones for bazookas! (Ammunition was filled in elsewhere.) My parents worked opposite shifts day/ evening so one of them could be home with me. However, on the day of the explosion I was at the shore for a week as the guest of my aunt and uncle. When the news reached us I realized that one or the other of my parents would have been at work. Our family did not have a phone nor did the bungalow at the shore. It was a great relief when I received a letter a few days later from my mother stating that my dad – for the first time ever – was assigned to the midnight shift that week.

My father was a volunteer member of the Nairn’s emergency squad. I learned that he immediately donned his hard hat and headed down hill from our house on Highland Ave. He was one of those workers looking through the rubble and debris for bodies.

I’m still a Kearny resident and often pass the remaining Nairn buildings. When I do, I thank God my Dad was on the midnight shift for one week of the 39 years he was employed.

Joan Miller McCann


News from the Kearny Police blotter

Recently, in the Kearny blotter, The Observer noted that Police Chief John Dowie was reminding people to lock their cars. Some are still not heeding this advice. One of the incidents in this week’s KPD reports involves the theft of items from multiple vehicles, most of which “had been left open.” Overnight.

At 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 20, Officer Tom Pontrella responded to a call about individuals apparently attempting to break into cars (the ones not conveniently left unlocked) on Jefferson Ave. He arrived to find a group of youths, who ran down Jefferson toward Passaic Ave.

Additional units responded and searched the area, and Officer Chris Medina stopped two teenage males – described as out of breath and covered in mud – coming up from the riverbank at Passaic and the Belleville Pike. Asked to empty their “bulging pockets,” the pair reportedly produced: GPS cords, loose change, a cigarette lighter, a cell phone, an iPod and, the popular accessory for teenage males, a pink change purse.

The suspects, described as “very uncooperative,” said they did not know each other, “despite the fact that they were traveling together and wearing the same mud,” Dowie said.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Michael O’Neill and P.O. Kevin Canaley had apprehended two other teenagers also in possession of items apparently stolen from cars, including an MP3 player and a GPS unit, police said.

The quartet – two 14-yearolds (one from Newark, one from Belleville) and two 15-year-olds (both from Belleville) – all denied knowledge of the thefts, or even knowing each other, police said. However, at KPD headquarters, they started calling each other by their first names.

All four were charged with theft, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and curfew violation, and were turned over to their parents or guardians. (Editor’s note: It is not known if any of those adults had wondered where their kids were at 2:30 a.m.)

Other recent reports from the KPD blotter included the following:

Aug. 15

At 1 p.m., P.O. Joe Vulcano responded to the 200 block of Wilson Ave. on a report that four juvenile males (not the same four in the previous item) had just stolen a bicycle.

Other units went to the area, and Capt. Steve Durkin came upon one of the teens fitting the culprits’ descriptions at Schuyler and Garfield Aves. P.O. Adriano Marques found two others, one reportedly in possession of the stolen bike, and, at 2 p.m., the fourth was nabbed on Bergen Ave. by Sgt. John Taylor.

Two of the suspects were 15, one was 16, one was 17, and all were from Newark. After being charged with theft, conspiracy and trespass, they were released to parents/ guardians.

Det. Sgt. John View and Dets. Scott Traynor and John Telle were on assignment at Kearny Ave. and the Pike at 5 p.m. when they observed a vehicle with two occupants make an illegal u-turn, park on the avenue and just sit there “for quite some time.” About 45 minutes.

Approaching the car, the officers asked the driver, Kinny Lewis, 38, of Rutherford, for his credentials and reportedly found that his license was suspended and that he had outstanding warrants from four jurisdictions: Hackensack, Belleville, Clifton and Paramus.

The officers would have let the passenger, Raymond Fraszczak, 37, of Belleville, take the car, police said, but he was found to be wanted by Livingston. Both were arrested on the warrants.

Aug. 16

P.O. Chris Medina, on patrol at Bergen and Highland Aves. at 2:30 a.m., observed a vehicle with an obstructed view “slowly cruising” the area. When he stopped it, he found that the driver, Jose Recoba- Morales, 20, of Newark, had a suspended license, police said. The motorist was taken to HQ and issued summonses for that offense and the view obstruction and failure to surrender a suspended license.

At 3:45 p.m., P.O. John Travelino, patrolling near Kearny Ave. and Afton St., got a computer hit that a passing car had an expired registration. The driver, Sergio Molina, 33, of Kearny, also reportedly had a suspended license. And he was found to be in possession of marijuana, police said. He was charged with the MV and drug offenses.

Aug. 18

Yet another bicycle theft was reported at 2 p.m. at Bergen Ave. and Chestnut St., where the culprit had entered an alleyway and then rode north on Chestnut. Within minutes, in front of Kearny High School, Officers Frank West and Jay Ward detained a suspect who matched the thief’s description and who was subsequently identified by the person who had reported the crime, police said.

According to police, the man gave West and Ward a phony name, but P.O. Brian Wisely,who had initially taken the theft report, “recognized him from past police encounters,” Dowie noted. Under his correct identity, Danny Morales, 35, of Newark, was charged with obstruction and theft as well as on an outstanding warrant from Newark.

Aug. 20

While quelling a dispute on the 160 block of Kearny Ave. at 2:30 p.m., P.O. John Fabula recognized one of the parties as someone wanted by Kearny, confirmed the outstanding warrant and arrested Miguel Fonseca, 18, of Kearny, on that warrant.

Aug. 21

Responding to another dispute in progress, this one at Afton St. and Kearny Ave. at 10 p.m., Officer Fabula encountered a “very agitated” Shaeed Epps, 36, whom regular readers of the blotter will recall as having no known address but who “visits” town on a regular basis. While being questioned, Epps reportedly became more vocal and profane and was advised to “tone it down,” as a crowd was gathering. Advised he was being charged with disorderly conduct, and on an outstanding warrant from Elizabeth, he continued to be aggressive, police said, and it took three officers to subdue him: Fabula, P.O. Sean Kelly and Chief Dowie, who had come to the scene as backup.

Epps was then additionally charged with resisting arrest and defiant trespass and was sent to the Hudson County Jail.

At 9 p.m., Officers Brian Wisely and Frank West were following a speeding Chevy Impala on Rts. 1&9 in South Kearny when they witnessed the vehicle jump to the shoulder of the road and pass a tractortrailer on the right, causing the truck to slam on its brakes, police said. The Impala then veered off the highway and pulled into a parking lot off Campus Drive, where it was stopped. The officers reportedly detected the odor of marijuana and saw in the center console an open zipper pouch containing a plastic bag, which in turn contained 13 smaller bags of pot, police said. The driver, Robert Alcaide, 41, of Brooklyn, was charged with possession of pot and paraphernalia and with careless driving.

– Karen Zautyk

Highlights from the Lyndhurst Police blotter

Aug. 22

At 1:29 a.m., Joseph San Filippo, 50, of Lyndhurst, was stopped by police as he was driving his 2002 Lexus at Riverside and Stuyvesant Aves. He was issued tickets charging him with DWI, unregistered driver and driving with a suspended license.

Aug. 21

Store security personnel detained Joseph Rivers, 36, of Lyndhurst, at the ShopRite on New York Ave., at 3:40 p.m., after Rivers allegedly tried to walk out the store with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, priced at $13, concealed in his waistband. Police said Rivers was issued a summons for shoplifting and was held at Bergen County Jail, Hackensack, on an outstanding $419 warrant from Lyndhurst.

Aug. 20

At 10:15 a.m., police received a report of criminal mischief to an auto involving a 2003 Mercedes parked in the 500 block of Third Ave. Police said someone broke the passenger side rear view mirror, shattering the glass in the process.

Aug. 19

Police said they stopped a 1999 Ford Taurus at Ridge Road and New Jersey Ave., at 10:10 p.m., after determining that the driver, David Borsky, 28, of Randolph, had an expired registration. Borsky was charged with that violation and was also charged with DWI, possession of drugs (suspected marijuana) in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia (glass pipe and rolling papers).

At 2:36 a.m., police observed several individuals pushing a disabled 1994 Toyota minivan on Polito Ave. After investigating, police charged the driver, Vicente Mota Gamez, 38, of Cliffside Park, with careless driving, DWI and refusal to take an Alcotest. Mota Gamez was released to a responsible party pending a court date.

Aug. 17

At 12:21 a.m., police received a report of a theft from a vehicle parked in the shopping center plaza lot off Valley Brook Ave. Police said someone removed a cellular phone valued at $150 and keys from a 2012 Nissan registered to a Lyndhurst resident.

Aug. 15

The Lyndhurst owner of a 1997 Pontiac called police at 1:46 p.m. to report that someone had taken a cellular phone from their 1997 Pontiac while it was parked in the lot of the Valley Brook Ave. shopping plaza. Police said the vehicle was unlocked and its windows were down.

Aug. 12

At 3:16 p.m., police received a report of the theft of a trailer from a property on Clay Ave. owned by NTE. Police said the trailer contained $6,000 worth of copier equipment. According to NTE logs, the trailer was apparently hauled from the property by a yellow trailer at 10:55 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Aug. 11

Michael Mergel, 45, of Brick, was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct at 10:19 p.m. after police said he broke the mirror off a 2003 Acura parked at Green and Valley Brook Aves. Police said Mergel was visiting family in Lyndhurst when he got involved in an argument.

At 10:46 a.m., Joy Dempsey, 48, of Lyndhurst, was issued a summons charging him with shoplifting after police say Dempsey walked out of the Rite-Aid on Valley Brook Ave. with $9 worth of drinks concealed in her purse. Store security detained Dempsey until police arrived.

At 8:45 a.m., police received a report of a residential burglary and theft in the 200 block of Court Ave. Police said the occupant reported that someone removed a metal box containing $650 sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 10.

Aug. 9

At 7:14 p.m., police received a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The vehicle’s owner told police someone removed $30 in coins from the glove box of their 2012 Nissan while it was parked in their driveway in the 600 block of Page Ave. Police said they found no sign of forced entry.

At 7:05 p.m., the owner of a 1997 Honda told police someone stole an iPhone charger and a GPS, both valued at $250, while it was parked in the 600 block of Page Ave. Police said they found no sign of forced entry.

A residential burglary of two family dwelling in the 200 block of Mountain Way was reported to police at 4:09 p.m. Police said a $1,200 laptop and an $800 i- Pad were listed as missing from a first-floor apartment and a jewelry box and dresser drawer were ransacked in a second floor apartment. Detectives from Bergen County BCI were investigating.

– Ron Leir

Happenings from the Nutley Police blotter

A patron who came out of the Nutley Starbucks on Franklin Ave. at 7:19 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, got an unwelcome surprise when they found someone sitting in their vehicle, police said.

As the owner approached the car, police said the man inside drove away.

After being notified of the incident, police pursued and, eventually, caught up with the suspect, Kenneth McAteer, 34, of Nutley.

McAteer was arrested on charges of criminal mischief for damaging a marked police unit, resisting arrest by flight (running from police), resisting arrest, carjacking (first degree crime) and terroristic threats (third degree crime).

He was taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility after failing to make $100,000 bail, with no 10% option.

In other incidents logged during the past week by Nutley Police:

Aug. 22

The victim of an apparent fraud told police that when their son tried to withdraw money with their ATM card, he was told there were insufficient funds in the account, that money had been withdrawn from the account in the Dominican Republic. The account has been closed.

A Hancox Ave. resident called police at 1:31 a.m. after seeing someone trying to gain access to their vehicle in their driveway. Police said no entry was gained.

Aug. 21

At 5:57 a.m., a High St. resident called police to report that their kitchen window was open and some items that had been left on the kitchen table the night before were missing. Detectives are investigating.

Aug. 20

A Winthrop Drive resident reported that their Apple iPad was missing from their home. Police said there was no forced entry to the house. The incident was logged at 6:50 p.m.

Police received separate reports of two light poles being damaged during the night, one on Sylvan Place and another on Poplar Place.

At 9:06 a.m., police responded to a report of criminal mischief at a Prospect St. location. Police said pranksters are believed to have placed a chair in the front bushes of a neighboring home.

Aug. 19

Owners of two homes on North Road and Highfield Lane reported acts of criminal mischief to their properties. Police said that excessive amounts of toilet paper were spread on both properties.

Aug. 17

Criminal mischief to a parked truck was reported at a Warren St. location at 7:25 p.m. Police said all four tires were slashed, eggs had been thrown at the vehicle, and the truck had been keyed with the “FX 4” logo. Police said other vehicles parked nearby were untouched.

– Ron Leir

Around Town


Bloomfield Art League announces that membership is open to all local artists and photographers. Lectures and demonstrations are held at the Civic Center, 84 Broad St. The League meets from October to May (except January) and also holds classes for adults, two member exhibitions and an art show.

For further information and/ or a membership application, contact the Civic Center at 973-743-9074 or send e-mail to bloomfieldartleaguenj@gmail.com.

East Newark

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. The group will provide an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for patients and family. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa 201-246- 7750, Fatima 973-485-4236 or email emidura2@yahoo.com. Together we will fight this disease.


A Flapjack Fundraiser for Pathways to Independence will be held at Applebee’s, 175 Passaic Ave., Kearny, on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit adults with disabilities. For more information, call 201- 997-9371, ext. 18.

Cub Scout Pack 305 of Kearny sponsors a town cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Riverbank Park, Passaic Ave., (across from Stewart’s). Gloves and trash bags will be supplied. All volunteers will be eligible for community service hours.

Spruce Terrace Senior Housing Community, 21 Spruce St., will be opening its waiting list on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. Applicants must be age 62 or older. Income limits are $27,000 for one person or $30,080 for two. (Equal Housing Opportunity.)

Art created this summer in classes at the Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will be on display on the lower level from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The annual St. Jude Novena with Msgr. John J. Gilchrist will begin Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave.

The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church will meet on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. in the church hall.

Tables are still available for $15 or two for $25 for a flea market and health screening at Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information, call the church office at 201-991- 5894.

Kearny UNICO will meet on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the meeting and/or learning more about Kearny UNICO should contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409. New members are always welcome.


Good Shepherd Medical Adult Center, 725 Valley Brook Ave., invites the community to its first annual health fair on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941- 565-0861.

Experienced NJMC staff host a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes on Sept. 4, 6 and 10 at 5 p.m. and Sept. 7 at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $15 per person; for ages 10 and up. Departs from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt.

Pre-registration required. For a complete schedule, directions, and to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/ tours.html, or call 201-460-4640.

Take a three-hour guided tour on a canoe trip exploring the Hackensack River and its marshes with the NJMC on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 8:30 a.m. Paddlers will learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and row past wetlands and down creeks. Admission is $15 per person; ages 10 and up. Departs from Mill Creek Point Park, Secaucus. Preregistration required. For more information or to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/tours.html or call 201-460-4640.

The Lyndhurst Health Department is collecting school supplies for students in need. Backpacks, dividers, 3-ring binders, etc., can be dropped off at 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Aug. 31. Anyone with children in need of supplies may contact 201-804-2500.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is sponsoring a trip to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., on Thursday, Sept. 19. Seats are limited, so call Janet Ricligiano at 201-935-1208 ASAP. Women interested in joining the club should call Marilyn Falcone at 201-933- 6459 or Delores Perrotta at 201-939-5237.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Senior Citizen Club, Lyndhurst, sponsors a trip to Villa Roma Resort, Calicoon, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 23 to Wednesday, Sept. 25. Cost of the trip: $320 for double occupancy, $290 for triple and $365 for single. Cost includes: transportation, two nights accommodations, meals, entertainment and more.

The club also sponsors an overnight trip to Atlantic City, Nov. 20-21, with lunch at the Renault Winery and trips to two casinos. Cost is $135 for double occupancy, $130 for triple and $175 for single.

To attend these trips, contact Annette Bortone at 201-438-1852.

North Arlington

The North Arlington Woman’s Club sponsors a breakfast at Applebee’s Restaurant, Kearny, on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $10. For tickets, call 201-889- 2553.

North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., hosts a bingo luncheon on Friday, Aug. 30. For information, call 201-998-5636.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., will host Adult Scrabble Night on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. No registration required.

The film “Jack Reacher” will be shown at the library on Friday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. Films are shown on the first Friday of each month. Check the library’s event calendar for list of films.

Registration is required for the library’s Back to School Story Time on Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. For all ages.

The Book Café will meet at the library to discuss books that have been made into movies on Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m.

Registration is required by Sept. 3 for these library programs: Babygarten, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Preschool Story Time on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; and Two-Year-Old Story Time on Friday, Sept. 27, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. To register or for more information, call 973- 667-0405. Township residency is required for participation.