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Business Review: Ken Davie’s there when you need him

Photo by Anthony Machcinski

Photo by Anthony Machcinski


By Anthony J. Machcinski

Observer Correspondent

As rock superstar and New Jersey native Bon Jovi once wrote in a song, “Who says you can’t go home?”
“I’m from Kearny – born and raised,” attorney Kenneth Davie said. “I always wanted to practice (law) in or near my hometown.”
Davie said that becoming a lawyer had been a dream of his since he was a boy growing up on Quincy Ave. and Elm St.
“I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 8 years old,” Davie said. “I’ve never felt like this wasn’t for me. I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer.”
Davie, now a general practice attorney who serves the West Hudson community from his Harrison office, started on his path to the law by earning an undergraduate degree in political science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. In 1970, Davie was admitted to the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh.
In 1973, Davie served as law clerk to Judge Joseph Hanrahan, the criminal assignment judge in Hudson County. It was his time with Hanrahan that Davie believes benefitted him the most.
“A good clerkship can really benefit a young lawyer,” Davie said. “Hanrahan would take me into his chambers after a case and tell me what people should have done differently or what they failed to do.”
After completing his clerkship, Davie then began working as a general practice attorney before partnering with fellow West Hudson attorney and current Hudson County Freeholder Al Cifelli in 1978.
“My partner is an absolutely brilliant lawyer,” Davie said of Cifelli. “I can’t say enough about him. He’s one of the most genuinely funny people I’ve ever met and a really great lawyer.”
Davie said what distinguishes him and Cifelli from other attorneys is the personal service and attention they give to their clients.
“What separates us is our personal service,” Davie said. “We’re here many long hours because my clients can’t always see me during the week.”
He added, “I believe we’re more sensitive to people’s needs and our responses to them and helping them through difficult periods of their life. We give lots of good personal service and I return all phone calls before I leave. This is what you do when you try to help people.”
It’s the desire and determination to help people that drove Davie to becoming an



“I believe that the role of a lawyer is to help people solve problems,” Davie said. “I love to help people solve problems and I can do that here.”
Davie said that while not everything has been easy for him, his determination has allowed him to persevere those tough times.
“Nobody outworks me,” Davie explained. “I work very hard. That’s the way you get through challenges. You work hard. If you’re prepared, you’re better than everybody and I’m prepared.”
Davie’s services aren’t just limited to his private practice. For years, he has served as an attorney for multiple municipalities. He has served as the assistant town attorney for Kearny since 1997 and is also currently a special counsel for Bayonne.
However, it is the attachment Davie has for the West Hudson area that has inspired him to continue to live and practice in that area.
“I’ve been blessed because I’ve been able to represent my hometown,” Davie said. “I love walking down ‘the [Kearny] Avenue’ and being able to get fish and chips, or Columbian food, or maybe Mexican. This town has been blessed with good government as well. I’ve always loved this town.”
As for the future, Davie hopes to continue his practice and serve his community.
“I’ve been blessed,” Davie said. “I can’t think of doing anything else. I love what I
The law offices of Cifelli and Davie are located at 334 Harrison Ave., Harrison. For more information, or to  contact Kenneth Davie, call 973-482-1180.

Around Town

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., hosts its monthly breakfast on Sunday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for ages 3 to 10; and free for those younger than 3.
Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., holds a Teddy Bear Tea Party for children on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Registration closes April 28.
New Jersey Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) hosts its annual Diversity Luncheon on Tuesday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nanina’s in the Park, 540 Mill St. This year’s theme is “Communicating Across Differences.”
To reserve a seat, register online at www.whoscoming.com/njawbo-region2 or contact the NJAWBO State Office at 609-308-2530. Questions? Contact info@ njawbo-metroeast.org. and for more about NJAWBO MetroEast, visit www. njawbo-metroeast.org.
For more information, contact Deb Martin at deb4426@me.com or 973- 953-7768 or Suzanne Buggé at Suzanne@AFocusedAdvantage. com or 973-951-6258.
Belleville UNICO sponsors a bus ride fundraiser to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Sunday, May 4. A donation of $30 prepaid or $35 at the door is requested. Before departure at 8:50 a.m., a continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. at the Belleville Senior Citizens Center, 125 Franklin Ave. Call 973-759-9259 ASAP to reserve seats. No last minute cancellations are permitted. Mail checks, payable to Belleville UNICO, to: Gene Antonio, 436 Joralemon St., Belleville, N.J. 07109.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., hosts a Tricky Tray fundraiser on Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, available only in advance, are $25. To purchase tickets, call 973-429-0960.

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus American National Catholic Church hosts “Friendship Sunday” April 27 at 12:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 100 Frank E. Rodgers
Blvd. North. Come together to celebrate a festive Easter season Eucharist with conversation and refreshments following. For more information, see www.SacredHeartANCC.org.

The Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave., in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, hosts a drug take back on April 26, from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Turn in unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions or over the counter medications. This is a no questions asked turn-in. For more information, call Police Officer Jack Corbett at 201-998-1313, ext. 2820.
Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., announces:
• Preschool Play and Story Time for ages 2 1/2 – 4 1/2 is held Tuesdays from 11 to
11:45 a.m.
• Preschool Play and Story Time is offered Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Baby Steps Story Time with play, music and bubbles for kids up to age 2 is available Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
• At the Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave., Preschool Play and Story Time is conducted from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays.
The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., meets May 1 at 7 p.m. in the church hall. The Rev. John Wassell, church administrator, will speak.
Kearny High School’s Project Graduation sponsors a Volleyball Tournament Friday, April 25, in the school’s gymnasium, 336 Devon St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the games begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Melissa Dyl at
201-978-8257. There will be a 50/50 raffle Friday, June 20, after graduation ceremonies.
The winner need not be present. Tickets are $10. To purchase or sell tickets,
contact Sandy Hyde at 551- 265-8969.
Kearny UNICO sponsors a fundraising bus trip to the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City 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 calling Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.

American Legion Post 139, Lyndhurst, hosts a veterans ward party on Tuesday, April 30, at Chestnut Hill Passaic Extended Care Facility, starting at 2:30 p.m. The family of Ronald and Cynthia Settembrino will sponsor the party in memory of Cynthia’s father Michael Liparulo, a U.S. Marine and Post 139 member who served in World War II, fighting in two major battles in the Pacific, at Okinawa and Ryukyu. For more information on sponsoring a ward party, call John Deveney, rehabilitation chairman, at 201-438-2255.
Registration is required for a Ladybug craft program for grades 1 to 4 to be held
at Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., Monday, April 28, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Call the library at 201-804-2478 to register.
Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Avenue, Suite 1, hosts a free Women’s Health Clinic, in partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, April 25, at 9 a.m. The clinic, which will provide education on breast self-examination and a pap smear, is open to female township residents ages 18 and older. For appointments, call 201-804-2500.
Dr. John Favetta will conduct a free eye screening Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m., at the Health Department. He will test for vision acuity, visual field and glaucoma. Call for an appointment.
A senior health fair will be held at the Health Department Friday, May 9, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This event will offer free screenings, free promotional items and opportunities to learn about estate planning, long-term care planning, and Medicare fraud. For more information, contact the Health Department at 201-804-2500.
A free chair yoga session immediately follows the fair.
Polish American Citizens Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., presents a Polka Mass dinner dance Saturday, April 26, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For tickets,
call Alice at 201-935-3830 or Loretta at 201-438-3513.
Lyndhurst Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a karaoke party Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. The VFW hall is available to rent for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201- 939-3080.
Lyndhurst Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in Operation Take Back New Jersey, allowing local residents to dispose of unused, expired and unwanted prescription medications Saturday, April 26, at a command post, which will be set up in the shopping plaza parking lot at 425 Valley Brook Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, contact the Lyndhurst Police Department at 201-939-2900, ext. 2770, or consult the Operation Take Back NJ website: www.Operation-TakeBackNJ.com.

North Arlington
North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, hosts these upcoming programs:
• YA Movie Day for grades 6 and up will be held Friday, April 25, at 3 p.m.
• Saturday Afternoon Poets celebrate National Poetry Month April 26, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a poetry reading and music performance. All ages are welcome.
• Origami for grades 4 and up is held Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m.
• Comics Club for grades 6 and up meets Wednesday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m.

North Arlington Health Department, in conjunction with Clara Maas Medical Center and the Lyndhurst ShopRite, hosts a lecture by a registered dietician on “Tips on How to Eat a Healthier Diet” Wednesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the borough Senior Center (next to borough hall). A light dinner will be served.

North Arlington Cares About Schools, a newly formed parents organization,
invites the community to a public meeting on education on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall, 194 River Road. Learn about common
core standards and its impact on students, teachers and schools, PARCC testing technology costs, and more.

Nutley Police Department holds its next Neighborhood Watch meeting April 24 at
7 p.m. on the third floor of the Municipal Building. This meeting will focus on dentity theft and learning about common scams.
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, April 26,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Nutley Police Headquarters, 228 Chestnut St., as part of Operation Drug Take Back, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., will hold a Friends of the Library book sale, April 24 to 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Stock up on hardcover books, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs. Donations will be collected April 21 to 23.

North Arlington Sports Hall: A family affair

Photo by Jim Hague Former Observer Male Athlete of the Year Michael Gross will be one of 16 individuals honored at the 2014 North Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner May 2 at the San Carlo in Lyndhurst.

Photo by Jim Hague
Former Observer Male Athlete of the Year Michael Gross will be one of 16 individuals honored at the 2014 North Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner May 2 at the San Carlo in Lyndhurst.

Former Observer Athlete of Year Gross heads stellar list of inductees

By Jim Hague
Observer Sports Writer

It will be a family affair of sorts when the 2014 North Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner takes place at the San Carlo in Lyndhurst on May 2.
Sixteen former Viking greats will gain induction to the Hall of Fame, which will hold its first induction ceremony in three years.
Andrea Sprague Jennings will gain induction, much like her sister, Dana, did a few years ago. Her brother, Bobby, is a Hall of Famer at Queen of Peace High School.
Andrea Sprague was a three-sport standout (volleyball, basketball and softball) during her time at North Arlington, graduating in 1991.
“Softball was my best sport,” Sprague Jennings recalls. “I was so honored to be thought of and I can complete the Sprague clan. I have to thank (committee chairman and former longtime girls’ basketball coach) Joe Spaccavento for thinking of me. It came as a total surprise to me. This is a huge honor.”
It’s also a family event for the Marck family.
Kim Nelson Marck was a basketball and softball player during her heyday, graduating in 1987.
“It was many years ago,” Nelson Marck said. “I was surprised by it. I definitely
thought that everyone had forgotten about me.”
Kim Nelson said that she’s “not the attention getter.”
That title would probably better fit her husband, Anthony, who is the current North Arlington head football coach.
“I’m definitely the football wife,” Nelson Marck said. “I learned all the plays and watch the films with him.”
It’s a family thing for Nelson, because she joins her brother, Keith Nelson, brother-in-law Danny Marck and husband in the Hall of Fame.
“It’s a little different, because Anthony said that we’re the first husband and wife in the Hall. It’s a big deal for Anthony.”
Although the two were students and athletes together at North Arlington, they were not high school sweethearts.
“I was already working as a teacher,” Kim Nelson Marck said. “We met somewhere in town.”
And one of the Marck’s children, six-year-old Mason, is excited about the event.
“He’s saying, ‘I’m going to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Kim Nelson Marck, who said that she keeps in touch with her former coaches Spaccavento and John Galante, who still coaches the softball team.
Dr. Peter Velardi (Class of 1970) is one of the older inductees. At age 61, Velardi, a Lyndhurst-based dentist, was also a little surprised by the honor.
“Rip Collins was a patient of mine,” Velardi said of the North Arlington legend whose name graces the township’s athletic facility, currently under reconstruction. “He kept bugging me to get my stuff together to give to the Hall of Fame. I know a lot of guys on the committee.”
Velardi was a standout track and field participant and cross country runner during his days at North Arlington.
“I still ran competitively as I got older,” Velardi said. “I ran five-milers and 10Ks. At the time, I was at the top of my age group. I ran in the Spring Lake (5 mile race) for many years. I remembered that they gave mugs out to the top 125 runners. I got a mug almost every year. I ran all the local races, including the North Arlington race on the Fourth of July. But then my legs couldn’t take the pounding anymore.”
Velardi was asked if the honor makes him think about his high school days.
“It definitely makes you look back,” Velardi said. “We had like 60 guys on the track team back then. We had four or five sprinters when I was there. We competed against all the biggest schools. North Arlington always had some of the greatest athletes.”
Velardi has kept his practice in neighboring Lyndhurst since 1982.
“I have had a lot of the old timers come in as patients,” Velardi said. “I’m really excited about this. I’ll get to see my other buddies. I’ll enjoy seeing all those guys.”
Katie Mallack is one of the younger inductees. A member of the Class of 2006, Mallack was a standout soccer and basketball player during her days in North Arlington.
“I guess my biggest memory will be the night I scored my 1,000th point in basketball,” Mallack said. “A lot of people came out for that game. It was a special night.”
Mallack is only 25, working for an advertising agency as an account manager.
“I was surprised by this, because when you think of Hall of Fame, you think it might come years down the line,” said Mallack, who went on to play club soccer and rugby at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. “I see Spacc (Spaccavento) all the time and he always said to me that I deserved to be in the Hall of Fame. Talk about flashbacks. It’s all been part of a great memory for me and I’m looking forward to it.”
The youngest of the honorees is former three-sport standout Michael Gross, who was named The Observer Male Athlete of the Year in 2008. Gross, who played football, basketball and baseball at North Arlington, had a fine football career at the University of Rhode Island.
Other inductees that night include Michael Hoffman (Class of 1985), Terry Iavarone (2006), Sara MacNiven (1996), Ronnie Parmakis (1997), Paulo Prata (1989), Danielle Romero (2005), Kaitlyn Schaefer (2008), Larry Venancio Jr.
(1993), Michael Wendell (1997), Nicholas Mazzolla (Coach), and Bart Bradley (Honorary).
Two teams, the 2001 state sectional champion girls’ basketball team and the 2004
Group I state volleyball champion, will also be honored that evening.
One more irony that involves this Hall of Fame class: There is an art show, the George Miller Art Show, named after a three-decade art teacher at the school, that honors young artists in the district. That art show is chaired by Andrea Sprague Jennings and Danny Marck.
“We’re all still giving back to North Arlington,” said Sprague Jennings, whose
husband Chris, is a former NA athlete who became vice-principal and is now the principal of Bloomfield High School.
Much like many of the inductees being honored May 2.
For further information about the Hall of Fame dinner, log on to www.narlington.k12.nj.us/Hallof Fame.htm.

Kearny’s Uebbing earns berth in Boston Marathon

Photo by Jim Hague Kearny resident Annemarie Uebbing trains last week to prepare for her first Boston Marathon, competing in the marathon a year after the deadly bombing that terrorized the finish line.

Photo by Jim Hague
Kearny resident Annemarie Uebbing trains last week to prepare for her first Boston Marathon, competing in the marathon a year after the deadly bombing that terrorized the finish line.


By Jim Hague

Observer Sports Writer

Annemarie Uebbing found running late in life.
In 2003, the Kearny resident just began running as a form of exercise.
“I saw that there was a race in Bayonne and thought it was a good idea to try it,” Uebbing said. “The race was for a charity, so I thought it was good. As it turned out, I had so much fun.”
Little did she know that it would become a major part of Uebbing’s life.
“I started to do other races,” Uebbing said. “I liked getting the goody bags that they gave to runners. It was also a good way to meet others.”
At that time, Uebbing never dreamed it would eventually lead to her running marathons.
“When I first started, I never thought I would run a marathon,” Uebbing said. “I just did the 5K races. Now, I hate 5Ks.”
She wanted longer distances.
“I think it was part physical and part mental,” said Uebbing, who qualified to compete in the Boston Marathon for the first time last Monday. “I just started to like the longer distances.”
In 2005, Uebbing ran a half-marathon in Jersey City. She also competed in a 10-kilometer race in her native Buffalo.
“It’s the oldest Turkey Trot in the country,” Uebbing said of the Thanksgiving Day race. “My nephew was running track at that time, so I did it with him. It was a lot of fun and found out that there were a lot of other races.”
Soon after, Uebbing began training seriously to run marathons.
In 2007, Uebbing ran the New York Marathon for the first time and finished in 4:11.33.
“Once I started running marathons, Boston always became the goal,” Uebbing said. “But I needed to have a better time. I also needed to be older. I needed to be 50. I needed to cut my time and get two years older.”
But the marathon bug had definitely bitten Uebbing. She ran the Berlin Marathon in 2008 and competed once again in New York, still pining to run Boston.
In 2009, she married her husband, Sergio Cano, who was also a competitive runner.
“He never runs with me during races,” Uebbing said. “He’s so much faster than me.”
She was hoping to cut her time enough to qualify for Boston, but she suffered a knee injury that sidelined her for almost a year.
“With the knee and not training, I never thought I would get it,” Uebbing said. Uebbing returned to running regularly in 2010 and competed in the Chicago Marathon.
“It was extremely hot that day,” Uebbing recalled. “I don’t like the heat.”
In 2011, Uebbing and her running club, the Clifton Roadrunners, ran together in the Baltimore Marathon, still looking to get a time worthy of competing in Boston.
A year later, Uebbing competed in a marathon in Amsterdam.
“I trained well and there were good conditions,” Uebbing said. “The one thing I like about running in Europe, it’s all kilometers and not miles. But I still never thought I’d get into Boston. They made the qualifications tougher and tougher. It was just getting harder and harder to get in. I trained hard during the summer. I ran the race a little ahead of my pace and finished in 4:07.33. I didn’t know if that was a qualifying time. There was no guarantee.”
She watched the 2013 Boston Marathon on television. She watched in horror as the bombs went off near the finish line, killing four people and maiming hundreds of others.
“That was so upsetting,” Uebbing said. “There are tons of people at the finish line,
cheering. It’s such a huge event. Running had given somuch to these people. To see all these people terrorized, it was just such an affront to something I love. I couldn’t believe that it happened to Boston like that.”
Last year, Uebbing received word that her time in Amsterdam was good enough to qualify for Boston.
Needless to say, Uebbing was determined to run the Boston Marathon this year.
“I’d say it really inspired me,” Uebbing said. “I wanted to show that running is stronger than the bombing. I don’t know if things are normal, but we’re going to
try. We’re going to prove that we’re stronger than what happened.”
Uebbing will be running with three members of her running club, all competing in the Master’s division.
“It’s going to be amazing,” Uebbing said.
The director for community planning and development for the federal Housing and Urban Development office in Newark, Uebbing trains by running home to Kearny from her Newark office daily.
For Uebbing to make her Boston Marathon debut on the year anniversary of the bombing is almost surreal.
“I think I’m going to be an emotional wreck when I reach the finish line,” Uebbing said. “I hope I’m not dehydrated from crying. In some ways, it’s not believable for me, to be able to run in this one. This race means so much to the running community. I have friends who didn’t get in and others I know will never get in. But I got in this year.”
Needless to say, it will be an emotional day for Uebbing, seeing a quest that took more than a decade to become reality at the world’s most famous road race.
“I’m going to just enjoy it,” Uebbing said. “There will be so much to take in. We’re going to prove that we are better than the bombers.”

QP’s Pettigrew erupts at right time

Photo by Jim Hague Queen of Peace junior shortstop Mike Pettigrew.

Photo by Jim Hague
Queen of Peace junior shortstop Mike Pettigrew.


By Jim Hague

Observer Sports Writer

The struggles at the plate were getting to Mike Pettigrew.
After all, the Queen of Peace junior shortstop did all the right things in the offseason to prepare for this season, after struggling somewhat as a sophomore.
But Pettigrew wasn’t seeing any results of his hard work.

“I wasn’t hitting the ball well at all,” Pettigrew said. “I definitely did a lot of offseason work, lifting weights and working out. I knew I had to improve over last year. I had to make an adjustment.”
Queen of Peace head coach  Steve Mancinelli had faith in Pettigrew.
“I knew he had the ability,” Mancinelli said. “He worked hard on his own. He played the outfield last year. I thought moving him back to shortstop, his natural position, would help him. I expected him to step in and be the starting shortstop. I knew he could field. I was a little skeptical about his hitting.”
Then, almost magically, something clicked inside of Pettigrew.
“He really started to crush the ball,” Mancinelli said.
“Once he got his timing down, he really started killing the ball.”
“I changed a lot of things at the plate,” Pettigrew said. “I think I started to see the ball well lately. The beginning of the season, I was sloppy. But not recently.”
Over the past week, Pettigrew has been downright mashing the baseball.
In the past week alone, in Golden Griffin wins against St. Benedict’s Prep, Leonia and Saddle Brook, Pettigrew has been almost unconscious with the bat.
Pettigrew had 11 hits in those wins, including four doubles, two triples, one homer and nine RBI.
For his efforts, Pettigrew has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week.
“He really brings a lot of speed and power to the bottom half of our batting order,”
Mancinelli said. “We had him batting fifth at the start of the year, then dropped him to seventh and now he’s back up to sixth. He’s also taken control of the infield. Now that he’s the shortstop, he’s stepped into the lead role, talking and communicating with his teammates. It’s great.”
Pettigrew doesn’t know what triggered the hot streak, but he’s certainly not complaining.
“I’m pretty surprised,” Pettigrew said. “I just feel locked in right now. I feel like I’m going to hit the ball hard every time out. Based on what I was doing at the beginning of the season, I’d have to say I’m surprised.”
Pettigrew’s explosion has enabled him to get his season average back over the .400 mark to .409.
Pettigrew was asked if moving back to shortstop had anything to do with his recent surge.

“It might have,” Pettigrew said. “I feel comfortable at shortstop. It’s the position I
always played my whole life. But wherever the team needed me most, that’s where I was playing. I’ll do whatever is best for the team.”
Pettigrew said that he’s not planning to complain about anything these days.
“Whatever is going on right now, I’m not going to argue with it,” Pettigrew said. “As for now, I just want the team to win and I’ll do whatever it takes for us to win.”
Pettigrew is the same way as a starting basketball player. He was the one who hit the game-winning shot for the Golden Griffins at the buzzer to give QP a gigantic upset win over St. Joseph of Montvale in the semifinals of the Bergen County Jamboree last month.
“When it first happened, people told me that they saw it on the Internet,” Pettigrew said. “It was one of the craziest moments of my life. I just had to put it up and the shot went in. It was nuts. When I think about making that shot, it was just insane. I guess people just like seeing buzzer beaters.”
“I’m a proponent for athletes to play as many sports as possible,” Mancinelli said. “We try to help out the other varsity teams. Mike is one who helps everyone, including the opponent. He plays off the competitiveness of the other sports. I think it really helps him.”
Pettigrew isn’t sure about what sport he likes more.

“I can’t say which one is better,” Pettigrew said. “I know I’m improving in baseball a lot. I know I just want to win and help our team make the state playoffs. That’s my No. 1 priority right now.”
Mancinelli believes that Pettigrew’s torrid week is just a start.
“I really hope that he does,” Mancinelli said. “I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t continue. He’s just seeing the ball well and hitting it hard. He’s just a fun loving kid, who is bit of an instigator at times. But he’s a smart kid with a high baseball IQ. Mike has just managed to come on huge for us. He’s putting the barrel of the bat on the ball and hitting it hard. You can’t ask for more than that.”
“I just definitely hope things continue to go well,” Pettigrew said. “I’m comfortable now. We’re winning (the Golden Gophers moved to 5-4 with the 13-12 win over Saddle Brook last Saturday) and I just want to win for my team. That’s the No. 1 priority right now.”
The win streak now stands at 3, with the victory over Saddle Brook.
“The whole team has been hitting,” Pettigrew said. “It’s almost contagious.”
As for the shortstop who has seen his batting average improve by nearly 200 points, Pettigrew will take that kind of sickness any day of the week.


Frank Dombrowski
Frank Dombrowski, 90, of Harrison and Toms River, entered into eternal rest on April 17.
The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison at 11 a.m. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Born in Harrison, Frank lived there most of his life before retiring to Toms River.
Frank was the owner of Walter’s Bar and Grill in Harrison. He was a decorated World War II veteran, serving with the 42nd Rainbow Division in Europe, and was a member of Sgt. Wm. Sawelson VFW Post 340, American Legion Post 282 and Knights of Columbus #402 all in Harrison. He was a founding member of the Young Men’s Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Czestochowa, a longtime member of the Gilford Park Yacht Club, the Old Guard of Gilford Park, Toms River and the OLC Seniors and the Holy Cross Church Seniors.
He is survived by his loving children Teresa of Toms River and Walter and his wife Ellen of Long Beach Island. He was the loving grandfather of Mark and P.J. Dombrowski and dear great-grandfather of Jackson and Declan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in loving memory of Frank (see www.stjude.org).

Harry L. Nell
Harry L. Nell died April 15. He was 88.
Born in California, he lived in Newark. Private cremation services were provided by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.
Harry served in the Navy during World War II and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a retired welder from Boeing Aircraft.
Husband of the late Mary, he is survived by his current wife Marli and his children Lillian Para, Virginia Peckham, Patricia Nell-Pinto, Rose and Lu Carvalho, Ilda Cavalcanti, Elizabeth Bolger and the late Sylvia Flowers. Also surviving are four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tin Can Sailors.

Lawrence Paznek
Lawrence “Larry” Paznek, 84 passed away on Sunday, April 13.
Born in Jenners, Pa., Larry lived in Kearny for the last 60 years.
He served in the Navy for 10 years.
Larry was a guidance counselor and English teacher at Essex County Vocational School in Newark for 25 years.
He was a member of the Friendship Harmony Club at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center in Kearny as well as an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Harrison for 68 years.
Mr. Paznek is survived by his wife of 61 years Catherine “Kay” (nee Lutot) Paznek; his children David Paznek and his wife Marian and Lydia Wojcik and her husband Paul.
He also leaves behind his sisters Irene and Sister Evelyn Marie and his grandchildren Lauren, Daniel, Carolyn, Christopher and Kevin.
He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Ann (Masis) Paznek and siblings Pete, Lucille, Al and Mike.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday April 15, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mary Taylor
Mary I. Taylor (nee Ovens), 96, died on April 14 in the Waterview Center, Cedar Grove.
Mary was born in Barrhead East Renfrewshire, Scotland, and immigrated to this country in the early 1950s.
She lived in Kearny for many years first on Johnson Ave. then later on Forest St.
She moved to North Arlington 15 years ago. Wherever she lived her neighbors would refer to her as a great gardener and a “kitchen goddess.”
Ms. Taylor also worked as a clerk in the seafood section at ShopRite in Kearny for several years.
Private arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral
Home, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Abdo named 5-year top listing associate

Maggie Abdo

Maggie Abdo


Maggie Abdo, sales associate with Century 21 Semiao & Associates Lyndhurst office, was named top listing associate for 2008 to 2013.
“Century 21 Semiao & Associates is pleased to recognize Maggie with this honor.
She is a leader and innovator, empowering local homebuyers and sellers with valuable information, helping them to make informed real estate decisions,” said Fernando Semiao, broker/owner of Century 21 Semiao & Associates.
“Abdo has nine years of experience in the real estate industry and has been with the Century 21 System from the start of her career. She has obtained her Graduate Realtor Institute 2012 GRI designation. She is also SFR and CDPE Certified Short Sale and Foreclosure Recourse 2008-2013,” Semiao said.
“Maggie has also been honored by New Jersey Association of Realtors with the 2010- 2012 Circle of Excellence Bronze Level Award and with 2013 Circle of Excellence Silver Level Award. Century 21 Corporate awarded Maggie with the sales production Diamond award 2010 and Emerald Award 2011 and 2012.
In addition, Abdo has earned her Commercial Designation in 2005 and recently earned the Century 21 System’s Centurion Producer Award following her 2013 sales success.  The Centurion Producer award honors Century 21 System sales associates that earn $199,000 in sales production or 58 closed transaction sides within a calendar year,” Semiao said.
Semaio added that, “Performance-based training is necessary to assure that Century 21 associates maintain their competitive edge and offer the best service possible to their clients.”
“Maggie’s competitive intelligence, professionalism and dedication has made her a valued and trusted real estate resource for the Bergen, Hudson and Essex county market area and a major contributor to the overall success of our office
and the Century 21® System as a whole,” Semiao said.
Located at 761 Ridge Road Lyndhurst, Century 21 Semiao & Associates is a full service brokerage specializing Residential, Commercial, and New Construction properties.
Abdo can be reached by calling 201-460-8000, ext. 110, or her cell at 201-892-9933.

Then & Now

Photo courtesy George Rogers Collection

Photo courtesy George Rogers Collection


Photo by Karen Zautyk

Photo by Karen Zautyk


Except for the red brick building on the far left, the houses in this nearly century-old postcard view of Devon St. at Wilson Ave., Kearny, are the same today as then. But what used to be a small green space is now a parking lot. Call it ‘progress.’ The card is postmarked 1915, so the name of the site was still Devon Circle. It would later offi cially become McMahon Circle, named in honor of Army Capt. Christopher C. McMahon, a World War I veteran.
A plaque had been placed on a boulder in 1926, a year after his death, and luckily the town kept it on site, although now in a block of concrete, when the parking lot was built in the 1980s. It reads:
In memory of Christopher C. McMahon. Husband, Father, Soldier, Hero. Captain, 113 U.S. Inf., A.E.F. Enlisted 1st N.J. Inf. N.G.N.J. Jan. 14, 1902. Honorably Discharged June 30, 1919. Died June 13, 1925.
We have tried to fi nd out more about McMahon, to no avail. If any history-minded reader knows his story, we’d appreciate a call. We admit that we never even knew the circle had a name, or a monument, and we thank the posters on kearnyalumni.com for noting these facts.
– Karen Zautyk

Coccia’s Hughes wins NJAR award

Carol Hughes

Carol Hughes


Jan R. Kwapniewski, president of Coccia Realty, with offices in Northern New Jersey, announced that Carol Hughes has been recognized by her peers at the New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) as being recognized as being among the “Best in the Business.”
Carol J. Hughes of Coccia Realty’s Rutherford and Kearny offices has been inducted into the NJAR Circle of Excellence Award 2013 Bronze Level.
Hughes has made a significant contribution to the real estate industry and has been a consistent “Top Producer” at Coccia Realty and is a highly skilled negotiator and real estate agent, the NJAR said.
Initially licensed in 1984, Hughes has been involved in more than 1,000 transactions in her illustrious 30-year career. Applying her experience in valuation and sales in the West Hudson-South Bergen area, she has helped countless individuals and families realize their goal of selling a property or attaining homeownership.
Hughes continues as a full-time realtor and sales associate with Coccia Realty’s
Kearny and Rutherford offices. “She is a wonderful and giving individual and a truly great agent,” said Kwapniewski. “I really have enjoyed working with her all these years and look forward to seeing Carol continue to excel in this business for many more years to come.”
Her manager Randolph Wine said: “I really enjoy working with Carol. She is a top pro and I love her style – she is really good at what she does”.
Hughes is a member in good standing with the Eastern Bergen Board of Realtors, the New Jersey Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors, and is an active member of the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service and Garden State MLS system. Hughes resides in Kearny and continues to enjoy sales, her
children, Christopher, Jonathan and Jeffrey, as well as her daughters-in-law and grandchildren. She can be reached at 201-997-7000 or by visiting her profile page at cocciarealty.com.

Nutley police blotter: MV stop leads to drunken-driving arrest


April 12

A motor vehicle stop at a Franklin Ave. location, at 1:54 a.m., resulted in the arrest of Sergio Landeros, 26, of Garfield, who was issued summonses charging him with DWI and careless driving and released pending a court date.

April 13

At 4:06 a.m., police were alerted to an unknown man allegedly detonating fireworks in front of a Franklin Ave. residence. Police said the man, who was described as wearing a gray shirt and shorts, was reported seen running west on Sargent St. and driving away in a dark colored SUV. Police searched the area but found no one. Read more »