Bagpipes & vocalizing amplify reorganizing

KEARNY –  When the Kearny municipal government held its 2016 reorganization last week, they did it in style, with professional musical accompaniment. Mayor Alberto Santos and Town Council members were escorted into the assembly chambers by George Hayes, a member of the renowned St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band. Fitted… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst/NA wrestling co-op gets new coach in Collins


The truth be told, Joe Collins really had no interest whatsoever in coaching the Lyndhurst/North Arlington High Schools wrestling cooperative. Collins, a former head wrestling coach at Bayonne High, was quite content, thank you, as an accelerated program physics teacher at Lyndhurst High. “I had no desire to coach, probably… Continue Reading

NA girls’ basketball: Trying to find right rhythm


North Arlington High School girls’ basketball coach Rob Lado believed that his team would be much improved over last season, his first with the program. In fact, Lado scheduled tougher opponents from bigger schools in his independent schedule with the idea that the Vikings could contend with the better competition. But it hasn’t… Continue Reading

Fischer resigns as Belleville grid coach

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It was the spring of 2014 when Joe Fischer proclaimed his happiness about returning once again as the head football coach at Belleville High School, a place he spent four seasons from 2004 through 2007, leading the Buccaneers from their deepest despair, a horrific 33-game losing streak, to their highest… Continue Reading

Harrison’s Rutherford becoming a complete basketball player

Quincy Rutherford

He’s been called the best basketball talent to come along in Harrison in quite some time, but Harrison High School head boys’ basketball coach Noel Colon still wanted a little more from the sensational junior Quincy Rutherford. “We’re asking him to do a little bit more this year,” Colon said.… Continue Reading

Seeking to keep aid, lose watchdog

KEARNY/HARRISON –  Two West Hudson communities currently receiving transitional state to help offset property tax impact are looking to get out from under the aid’s ties to Big Brother watching. To get the cash, Kearny and Harrison must agree to submit every significant municipal expenditure, whether for issuing bonds, investing… Continue Reading

KPD: It’s deja vu all over again

Axel Rodriguez

If the guy in the photo looks familiar, that’s because his mugshot adorned the Kearny police blotter in our Dec. 9 issue. He had been arrested Nov. 19 after allegedly attempting to shoplift computer equipment from Walmart. Kearny cops caught him fleeing shirtless from the store, the shirt having been… Continue Reading

Suspect didn’t have a prayer of escaping


KEARNY –  When Kearny police, having travelled to Newark on the hunt, apprehended a suspect in two town muggings, he reportedly was easy to identify. Police said he was wearing one victim’s stolen rosary beads around his neck. That suspect, Julio Rodriguez, 25, of Newark, was arrested in the early… Continue Reading

‘Fake cop’ behind bars after pulling over real cop: NJSP


By Kevin Canessa Jr.  Observer Correspondent  HOLMDEL –  When a Nutley man pretended to be a cop by pulling someone over on the Garden State Parkway, he probably couldn’t have chosen a worse target. That’s because on Dec. 21 at 7:15 p.m., Richard Goldrick, 68, of Nutley, a civilian,… Continue Reading

Belleville wrestling program moves forward with new coach Pizzi


The Belleville High School wrestling program is undergoing another transition period, with former assistant coach Joe Pizzi taking over for Junior Nardone, who resigned at the end of last season. In Pizzi’s eyes, the transition has been a breeze, considering he already knew all the kids from his days as an assistant. “The… Continue Reading

Buccaneers look to improve after last year’s struggles


After enduring a tough 6-14 campaign where she graduated seven seniors, Belleville High School girls’ basketball coach Liz Ramirez is taking a different approach this season. “I’ve basically started all over,” Ramirez said. “We have two seniors and the rest are all sophomores and freshmen. So we’re very young. While I’m looking forward… Continue Reading