BCPO: 4 Belleville cops arrested in North Arlington

Four Belleville police officers were among five men arrested Monday, Dec. 5, in the aftermath of a fight at a North Arlington bar on Oct. 21. Police Officers John Clarizio, 32, of Nutley, was charged with simple assault and hindering apprehension; Marco Zarfino, 24, of Belleville, was charged with two counts of simple assault; Jesse McKeough, 28, of Belleville, was charged with simple assault; and Giovanni Casillo, 39, of Wayne, was charged with simple assault. Vasilios Theofanidis, 39, of Lyndhurst, who is not a Belleville cop, was also charged with simple assault. Continue Reading

A look back at 2015

As we do every year, here’s a look back at the top stories that made headlines in 2015. The first six months — January to June — were recounted by Kevin Canessa Jr.; July through December, by Ron Leir. Click the headline to read on. Continue Reading

Earn transferable credits from BCC in January

Students from four-year colleges who are coming home for winter break have an opportunity to earn transferable credits from Bergen Community College in just 13 days this January. Classes offered include general education staples such as English Composition I and General Psychology, ideal for transfer to other institutions. Registration for the winter and spring slates of… Continue Reading

Don’t text yourself into a traffic stat

You’ve heard of distracted driving. How about distracted walking? We had our first encounter with the latter a couple of weeks ago, when a young man, gazing intently at his cellphone, ignored the red light and stepped off the curb into a usually busy intersection. Luckily, traffic was light at the… Continue Reading

Local grid stars have one last game to remember

Strange twist of fate reunites Banks, Urgola OAKLAND –  Kearny native Keon Banks and Lyndhurst’s Peter Urgola had a fateful encounter on the football field when both were freshmen at their respective schools – Banks at St. Mary’s of Rutherford and Urgola at Lyndhurst. “Keon broke my nose,” Urgola said. “I… Continue Reading