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New supermarket coming to Belleville

Photos by Ron Leir/ TOP: Former Pathmark site awaits rebirth as ShopRite. BOTTOM: Interior space of new supermarket.

By Ron Leir


Dave Owens is a cautious man, having been exposed to the vagaries of the retail business world. So, when Nutley Park Shop- Rite representatives gleefully informed Mayor Ray Kimble and Interim Township Manager Kevin Esposito on April 27 that they planned to open a second store at the long-vacant space at Belleville Center on Washington Ave. early next year, Owens took it in stride.

As a representative of the property’s management firm, Kan Management, Owens said he heard the same commitment from ShopRite a year ago – when legal papers were drawn up for a proposed long-term lease of the space formerly occupied by Pathmark until its closure in mid- October 2010.

But “(ShopRite) backed out,” Owens recalled.

True enough, conceded Vincent Locurcio Jr., vice president of Nutley Park ShopRite. “Circumstances came where we had to withdraw,” he said.

But now, Locurcio insisted, “things changed. We’re back in the mix. … We’ve negotiated an agreement with the landlord so we’re moving forward with bringing a second ShopRite into (the Belleville) location.”

Locurcio, who runs Nutley Park with partner Dave Infusino, declined to explain what factors forced the supermarket company to put the move on the shelf a year ago but this time around, he said, “we got approvals a month ago from our Wakefern (ShopRite) co-op board representing 17 families” to go forward with the deal.

“It’s close,” Locurcio said. “It’s definitely going to happen.”

How close? Locurcio believes the lease with Belleville Center “will be signed in the next month” and the new store should open sometime during “the first quarter of next year.”

Once development plans are submitted to, and approved by, the Belleville Planning Board – (no land use variances will be required, according to Locurcio) – “we’re looking at a nine month build-out,” he said.

Locurcio said the new store will occupy the same footprint as the old Pathmark – more than 40,000 square feet – but will also expand to take over the space now taken up by a liquor store which “will relocate across the hallway so that the whole right side of the store will be ShopRite.”

“We’ll be a little bit smaller than Nutley Park (48,000 square feet) and a little tighter but the new store will, essentially, be the proto-typical ShopRite, with a pharmacy, produce, bakery, all the different departments,” Locurcio said.

Locurcio said “a couple hundred” new commercial and retail jobs would be created by opening the new store. “We’ll probably transfer some people from Nutley,” he said.

On the assumption that Wakefern lawyers sign off on the deal, Owens said that all the existing tenants at Belleville Center, including Kelly’s Liquors, Pizza Hut and KFC, will remain.

“We’re proceeding as if it’s going to happen,” Owens said. “It’s at a point where legal documents are being prepared. … There’s no reason to think there’s not a commitment to go forward. … It appears Wakefield is pursuing it.”

And, Owens added, “We’re going to do everything we can to help.” That means refurbishing the outside of the property by installing new lighting, fencing and landscaping so that “the building will look brand new.” Those site improvements would be undertaken “60 days prior to the anticipated opening of the new store,” he said.

As for the interior, Locurcio said, Shop- Rite is committed to a “multi-million dollar investment” in making ready the new store.

“ShopRite has been in Nutley since the 1950s,” Locurcio said. “We regard Belleville as our sister town. Its people have been a big supporter of our business.”

Pathmark “was struggling” in that location, Locurcio said, “but we feel there’s a need for a supermarket in that area. We’re excited about it.”

A WORD WITH THE PUBLISHER: Happy birthday to us!



This month, The Observer celebrates its 125th birthday. The anniversary date is May 14, 1887. Back then it was called The Arlington Observer and it cost only three cents! The front-page edition still hangs in our front office.

Over the years the newspaper industry has changed drastically. Computers have made our job much easier, especially when compared to the old paste-up days. But some things have stayed the same. The Observer is still maintaining its family tradition by producing a weekly paper that focuses on the community’s needs.

We’re also helping local businesses to prosper via our skilled advertising and marketing strategies.

I want to thank everyone for supporting this paper over the years. It’s been a wonderful journey.

Happy birthday, Observer!

Contractor unearths live artillery shell

A contractor excavating on Park Ave. uncovered a live artillery shell at about noon on May 1 and police called in the Essex County Sheriff’s bomb squad to investigate.

Danny Scirica, a co-owner of Sciacca General Contracting, of Lyndhurst, said his workers were grading property at 218 Park Ave., where the company had previously leveled a 2-family house, when they discovered the shell and immediately called in police.

Law enforcement officials described the metal mortar shell as 18 inches long and 4-inches in diameter with a live detonator. In military parlance, the shell is known as a “4-inch smoke round,” said Essex County Sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Lynch.

“Had it detonated,” said Nutley Police Capt. Anthony Montanari, “it would’ve been quite a disaster. The site is within 500 feet of Washington School, it’s very close to a 4-family structure, other houses and a (freight) railroad overpass used by Hoffman LaRoche.”

Lynch said the bomb squad transported the shell to a secure location where it is being held for pickup by the military.

“These things are found on a regular basis,” Lynch said. “We’ve gotten stuff from the (Spanish American War) of 1898.”

U.S. soldiers have been known to bring home war “souvenirs” from time to time, Lynch said.

May 3

Sometime before 5:30 , a vandal broke off the front passenger side mirror from a vehicle parked on Evergreen Ave. Police logged in the incident at 6:50 p.m.

An intruder tampered with the screen and storm window of an Oakridge Ave. home but never made it inside police said.

May 1

A dispute between a man and woman brought officers to Franklin and Chestnut Sts. at 4:47 p.m. After being unable to confirm the man’s identity, police took the man to headquarters where they learned that he was Sydney McDowell, 24, of Irvington, and had an outstanding warrant for $500 from Newark. McDowell was charged with obstruction.

Police said an 11-year-old walking home from school on Chestnut St. at 3:40 p.m. was injured when a classmate threw a large rock that struck the girl in her hand. The township emergency squad provided first aid. Police and the school principal are working together and charges are pending.

Detectives are investigating a 6:45 p.m. report by a King St. resident that several items were stolen from the resident’s home.

April 30

At 6:08 p.m. police received a report of graffiti discovered near the Nichols Park waterfall. Similar incidents of vandalism have been reported on previous days.

A Hopper Ave. resident reported a suspected phone scam to police at 1:27 p.m. after receiving a call that the resident had won money but would first have to send $1,600 before collecting the prize.

A car crashed into a school bus with no children on board at Myrtle Ave. and Centre St. at 12:15 p.m. and the driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-threatening injuries, police said.

At 11:10 a.m. a woman reported to police that someone stole the fog lights from her 2005 Subaru while it was parked in an E. Passaic Ave. lot. Police said surveillance video shows a man at 3:17 a.m. stealing the lights before fleeing north on E. Passaic Ave. Next day, Victor Garcia, 22, of Belleville, turned himself in to police apologizing for the crime, saying he was drunk when he did it. Garcia was charged with theft and released pending a court hearing.

April 29

A Heatherington Ave. resident called police at 10:54 a.m. to report seeing someone taking the resident’s bicycle and fleeing south on River Road.

April 28

At 8:42 p.m. police went to a Washington Ave. home where a juvenile was spotted on the roof. Arriving at the location, police found the 14-year-old inside, angry with the youth’s parents and refusing to eat. Police took the teen to an area hospital for evaluation.

At 8:25 a.m. a realtor notified police that the realtor’s key lock boxes at a Passaic Ave. location had been cut off a gate at the property. The incident is being investigated.

April 27

A loud exhaust system led police to making a motor vehicle stop on Walnut St. at 4:26 a.m. where they arrested Eric Abreu, 20, for two outstanding warrants from East Brunswick and Fanwood. He was issued summonses and released with a new court date.

Police responded to a Kingsland St. home at 8:55 p.m. in connection with a previously occurred burglary. The homeowner reportedly found a garage window broken and items missing from the garage.

An attendant at a Washington Ave. gas station called police at 3:42 p.m. to report that the driver of a Subaru with Tennessee license plates had sped off without paying after fueling up with more than $40 in gas.

-Ron Leir

News from the Belleville Police blotter

May 1

A 2008 Mazda that had been stolen from Belleville on April 18 was recovered at 217 Stevens St. at 10:24 a.m.

At 1:30 p.m., officers patrolling Watchung Ave. noticed three suspicious looking individuals “peering down driveways” in what appeared as an attempt to “case” each residence. When one man stopped at 97 Watchung Ave. to look over a fence, police stopped him and his associates and conducted a field investigation. One of the men initially gave a phony name to the officers. It was eventually learned that he carried a no-bail warrant from the Essex County Sheriff ’s Dept., as well as two $125 Newark warrants. Mustopolis P. Alexander, 36, of Newark was arrested for those warrants and for hindering apprehension by disguising his identity. He was transferred to the county jail where his bail was set at $5000. The other two men checked out okay and were released.

April 30

A rash of thefts were reported at Belleville middle school, 279 Washington Ave. Articles missing from broken gym lockers included a backpack, sneakers, and uniforms. Police are investigating.

A burglary occurred at 35 Reservoir Pl., at 11:34 a.m. Police responded to the scene on a report of an “unfamiliar male attempting to enter residence.” When they arrived, they observed a young male standing inside the rear porch attempting to gain entry via an interior door. They detained him while they investigated. The resident told police that she had made two prior burglary reports on April 26 and 27. Officers asked the woman if she was familiar with the man who they had just intercepted. She said that she wasn’t, and had no idea why he was there. Police found a “gold-colored key” in the man’s possession. It fit the interior door’s former lock, which had been in use during the two prior burglaries. The juvenile, a 15-year-old from Belleville was arrested for attempted burglary.

Belleville School # 7 was burglarized sometime during the weekend period of April 27 – 30 when the building was closed. After a custodian noticed that a motion sensor alarm had been tripped, he found an open window on the school’s second floor and contacted police. When police arrived they conducted a “walk through” and noticed that nothing appeared to be out of place. Later, a teacher found that a Plexiglas bathroom window had been pushed out of its frame, thus providing an entry-point for intruders. Police are investigating.

At 1:11 a.m., officers patrolling the area of Passaic Ave. and Joralemon St. noticed a male coming from the area of Belleville School #7. When the man was asked where he was headed, he answered “East Orange,” which contradicted his direction of travel. He then claimed that he was headed to a friend’s house – also in an opposite direction. The man claimed that he wasn’t carrying identification, but police found a N.J. State Identification card in his wallet that he claimed was “his friend’s.” Further investigation revealed that the card was in fact his and that the man carried an Essex County Sheriff ’s Dept. no bail warrant, as well as warrants from Seaside Heights, $599, and Newark, $200. David Bell, 22, of Bloomfield was arrested for outstanding warrants and charged with hindering apprehension for supplying a false name. He was transported to the county jail.

April 29

Police patrolling the area of 478 Union Ave. observed a man wearing dark clothing walking along the sides of several vehicles. They noticed that he “glided his hand along” each vehicle’s doors in an apparent attempt to locate one that was unlocked. After unsuccessfully trying to gain access into two separate vehicles, he noticed the patrol unit and began to walk swiftly from the area. The man was stopped and questioned. Brian A. Moore, 25, of Belleville was arrested for attempted burglary.

-Jeff Bahr

Around Town


The Belleville High School Marching Band tricky tray dinner will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at BHS cafeteria, 100 Passaic Avenue, Belleville. Tickets for the dinner and prizes are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Contact Doreen for advance tickets by May 11 at 973-444- 6468 or dorren_agosto@yahoo. com, or Nilda: 973-454-1349.


Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) and Job Haines Home will host a diabetes, nutrition and weight-loss options seminar on Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Job Haines Home, located at 250 Bloomfield Ave., in Bloomfield. The seminar will feature CMMC medical experts, Anu Adlakha, MD, and Naveen Ballem, MD, who will discuss diabetes, nutrition and the various weightloss options available to you, including weight-loss surgery. Light, healthy refreshments will be served. To register, please call Katie Szymona at 973- 450-2393 or email kszymona@ barnabashealth.org.


New York Red Bulls will host a New Jersey Elks Night on Sunday, June 24, during N.Y. Red Bull Vs. D.C. United. Kick off is at 7 p.m. New York Red Bulls and the New Jersey State Elks Association have teamed up to raise money for Elks Camp Moore, which averages 700 handicapped campers per season. Elks lodges in the state bear the responsibility of paying for each camper that attends camp. Elks Camp Moore’s primary function is to enable children to use and further develop recreational, social and leisure skills through activities presented in a positive, enjoyable and appropriate manner and in a real life situation. Tickets are $24. To purchase tickets, call Larry Bennett at 973-865-9990, Larry Kelly at 201-407-9513 or Colin Adams, account executive at 973-268-7126 or email Colin. Adams@newyorkredbulls.com.


Kearny High School Project Graduation Committee is selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go towards funding this year’s Project Graduation drug and alcohol free celebration for this year’s graduates to be held on June 22.

Each book contains 10 tickets for a total amount of $100. A raffle will be held on graduation night immediately following the ceremony. Last year’s winner won over $8,000!

Tickets may be purchased by sending a check to: Project Graduation, P.O. Box 184 Kearny, N.J. 07032 or if you wish to buy in person or have any questions, please contact, Sandy Hyde at (551) 265-8969, Michelle Baeza at (201) 577-2015 or Steve Dyl at (201) 991-7467.

Kearny Public Library will host free art classes with teacher, Mrs. Mills at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., on Thursdays: May 17 and June 14 and at the Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave., on Thursdays: May 24 and June 21. All classes will be held at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit <www.kearnylibrary.org> or call (201) 998-2666 for more program information.

Kearny UNICO is sponsoring its fund-raising spring bus trip to the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, May 20. Cost is $30 per person with $25 in slot credit back from the casino. Bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings on Kearny Avenue in Kearny. Refreshments will be served to participants prior to departure. For tickets, please contact Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will have a flea market on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables are still available at a cost of $15 each or two for $25. For more information, please call the church office at 201-991-5894.

The Salvation Army, 28 Beech St., Kearny, is offering computer classes on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. A $30 fee is charged per 12 hours of instruction. The classes cover basic computer skills (mouse, keyboard, Internet), email, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave., Kearny.

The Kearny Rotary Club meets every Wednesday afternoon at 12:15 at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., in Harrison. Business leaders from Harrison are invited to attend to learn about the work that Rotary International accomplishes around the world and in local communities. For more information about the Kearny Rotary Club or to join them for a meeting, call Joe D’Arco at 201-955- 7400 or Jose Fernandez at 201-991-1040.


Join Clara Maass Medical Center at Lyndhurst Health Department, located at 253 Stuyvesant Ave. in Lyndhurst, on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m., to learn how to best manage living with arthritis and what you can do to help relieve its symptoms. To register, please call 1-888- 724-7123, prompt 4 or visit www.barnabashealthcalendar.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold a breakfast forum hosted by Clara Maass Medical Center. Dr. Eric Thomas, M.D. will be available to discuss and answer questions related to arthritis management. The forum takes place Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department. Please call 201-804- 2500 to reserve a seat.

A benefit is being held for the family of Taylor Dunson, a 13-year-old Washington School student who died suddenly last month, on Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. at DoubleBarrel’s Tavern, 442 Lewandowski St., Lyndhurst. Admission is $12 payable at door. For information, please call 201-390-6820 or 201-926- 2398. Monetary donations/Gift baskets gladly accepted.

Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus #2396 are hosting a chicken dinner in memory of Kearny Firefighter Mike Tortorello on Saturday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Tickets are $25 per person. Donations are expected. Please contact Lisa Docherty at lisa.docherty@aol.com or Michele Rogan at 201-923-8933.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society are sponsoring a special free, two-hour Mother’s Day Walk on Sunday, May 13, at 10 a.m., at the Ridgefield Nature Center. The group will meet at the Ridgefield Nature Center at 10 a.m. (directions are on meadowblog. net in the left-hand column). Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

The NJMC and the Bergen County Audubon Society will host its free, two-hour Third- Tuesday-of-the-Month Bird Walk on Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m., at Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus. The group will meet at Mill Creek Marsh at 10 a.m. (directions are on meadowblog.net in the left-hand column) or at the visitors’ parking lot at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst by 9:30 a.m. to carpool. There will be an optional lunchtime walk at historic Laurel Hill County Park. Secaucus (bring your own lunch.) Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

The Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 Dekorte Park, Lyndhurst, will host The Art of the Hudson River School on Tuesday, May 15, at 2 p.m. The program is about paintings of Hudson River landscapes from the 18th and 19th centuries, presented by art professor and historian Meredith Davis. Admission: $5/person; $4/MEC members.

For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit njmeadowlands.gov/ec

Celestial Navigation: How the Skies Steered the Ships will be presented at the Meadowlands Environment Center on Thursday, May 17, at 2 p.m. Learn how ancient sea-goers used the heavens to navigate to new lands. Admission:$5/person; $4/MEC members

For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit njmeadowlands.gov/ec The

Lyndhurst Historical Society will present a free program on the role of women during World War II at American Legion Post 139 (upstairs), 217 Webster Ave., on Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. The program, presented by Dorothy Dempsey a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II, will cover the historical and personal facts about women serving in the armed forces of our country.

For more information, call 201- 939-7972.

Mary Lou Mullins’ monthly Atlantic City bus trip is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, going to Resorts, leaving St. Michael’s Church parking lot at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25 with a cash return of $25. Please make reservations early. Call Mary Lou at 201-933-2186 for more information.

North Arlington

The meeting of the North Arlington Public Library Board of Trustees, which was scheduled for May 8, has been rescheduled for May 15, at 6 p.m.


American Red Cross Montclair Chapter, 169 Chestnut St., Nutley, is having a blood drive from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Nutley Public Library has art by students from the Nutley High School Fine Arts Department on display through May 31.

Library Patrons are invited to play bridge on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Experienced and nonexperienced players welcomed. No registration required.

Pre-School Storytime is held on Thursdays at the library at 10 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. The program includes picture books and arts and crafts. Registration is required.

Two-Year-Old Story Time, for children 24 to 36 months and their caregivers, is held at the library on Fridays at 10 a.m. The program includes picture books and arts and crafts. Registration is required.

Saturday Story Time is held weekly at the library at 10 a.m. The program includes stories and arts and crafts for children of all ages. Registration is not required.

BabyGarten for infants and toddlers, from birth to 22 months, and their caregivers will be held at the library on Monday, May 14 and 21, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The program includes books, nursery rhymes and playtime. Registration is required.

Pajama Story Time will be held at the library on Monday, May 14 and 21, at 7 p.m. for children of all ages. No registration is required.

The library’s Manga and Anime Club will meet on Monday, May 14 and 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The group will watch anime, read Manga and advise the library on its Manga collection.

News from the Kearny Police blotter

The Kearny Vice squad concluded a drug distribution investigation on April 27. The Vice Squad, with the assistance of Officers Mike Andrews and Neil Nelson, executed a search warrant in the 500 block of Kearny Ave. The Vice squad saw the target leave the residence and confronted him and placed him under arrest. With the warrant, the Vice squad searched the apartment of 28-year-old Taheed Eaton. The search resulted in 21 folds of suspected marijuana, 1 large sandwich bag containing suspected marijuana, one pill bottle of suspected marijuana, $410 cash, numerous drug folds ready for packaging, one digital scale and one marijuana grinder. Eaton was placed under arrest and charged with manufacture and distribution of CDS, distribution of CDS near a school zone, distributing CDS in a public place, and distribution of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $25,000.

On April 28, Officer Neil Nelson was on patrol in the area of Davis and Oakwood Aves. around 6 p.m. when he observed an individual in a parked vehicle known from past investigations and placed him under surveillance. During the surveillance, he witnessed the individual inspect the contents of a plastic bag. As he approached the vehicle on foot, he observed the man in possession of a Dutchmasters cigar and a plastic bag of suspected marijuana. Nelson then placed 28-year-old Chintan Desai from Kearny under arrest and charged him with possession of CDS and possession of paraphernalia. He was released with a summons.

The following morning, Officers Jay Ward and Chris Levchak were on patrol on Schuyler Ave. when they observed a vehicle that had been driven up on the sidewalk near Schuyler and Oakwood Aves. When they approached the vehicle, they found an adult male who appeared to be asleep and saw that the car had collided with a metal pole. that had been driven up and only woke up after Ward nudged him on the shoulder. When the driver woke up, Ward asked him if he was ok, to which the driver replied, “Yeah, sure. Why?’. The vehicle was then put into park and the driver was asked to step away from the vehicle. After several attempts at a field sobriety test, the man was unable to stand under his own power and was placed under arrest. The man, 52-year-old Jacob Hahn from Kearny was taken to headquarters and administered an alcohol test. He was charged with Driving while Intoxicated and Careless Driving.

On May 2 around 4:30 p.m., Officer Neil Nelson saw two individuals in the area of Oakwood Ave. and Devon St. that were known to him from prior investigations and placed them under surveillance. During his surveillance, he saw the two men engage in what he believed to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Nelson went after the customer, a 16-year-old from Kearny. Nelson recovered a small bag of suspected marijuana from the juvenile. He was placed under arrest and taken to headquarters. Later that day, Nelson and Officer Mike Andrews went to the residence of the seller to confront him. After conducting a consensual search of his home, the officers found five plastic bags containing marijuana, one pill bottle containing endocet pills, and two large Ziploc bags containing smaller Ziploc bags. The man, 26-year-old Kevin Buffit, was placed under arrest and charged with possession of CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription drugs, distribution of CDS to a juvenile, distribution of CDS within 1000 feet of Lincoln school, distribution of CDS within 500 feet of Veteran’s Memorial park.

On May 3, Officer Neil Nelson observed an individual pushing a bike in the area of Chestnut St. behind Mandee around 9:45 p.m. who appeared to be peering into driveways and parked cars in the area. Upon seeing Nelson, the man began to move fast out of the area. He was stopped and detained for a field interview. The man gave conflicting stories about his behavior before finally admitting that he was coming from Newark where he had purchased drugs and turned over to Nelson three plastic bags containing suspected marijuana. The man, 43-year-old James Nowac from Kearny was charged with possession of mariju ana and possession of paraphernalia.

Finally, on May 4, Chief John Dowie was on patrol in the 100 block of Kearny Ave. when around 11:30 p.m. he saw an individual in possession of an open bottle of alcohol in public. The man, 45-year-old Michael Sprague of Kearny was then asked for identification for the town summons and after doing a warrant check, it was revealed that Sprague was wanted by Bloomfield and Belleville on three separate outstanding warrants. He was then placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. He was issued a town summons prior to being turned over to those jurisdictions.

- Anthony J. Machcinski

Embrace Your Loneliness

In today’s society there is a strong trend towards separation. Relationships are breaking, hearts are being broken and more and more people are permanently alone. Not everyone responds to loneliness in the same way. Some may feel happy being single where as a few feel unfortunate. There are also those who are unable to decide on any one side and oscillate between the two extreme ends. Also; it is important to recognize that there are those who may still feel lonely in spite of being in a relationship. Working towards inner happiness can benefit each of us. A human who does some soul searching, meditation and contemplation surfaces from the plateaus of doubt & insecurity as a new person. The ache of loss is difficult to bear and often the worst part is dealing with the fear that nothing else exists beyond that pain. Your entire life still exists. Loneliness can be beautiful if approached with a clear mindset. It provides you with an opportunity to search and connect with your true self. I recommend utilizing your time and core emotions to better use, perhaps through a hobby; and you will be surprised at how you have recovered in a short time. Don’t let loneliness depress you. Use it as a platform to grow. Learn how to move forward with enthusiasm. Force yourself away from the thoughts that bring back haunting memories. Meditate. The way of meditation allows all of our thoughts and feelings to come out. Just observe. Let your feelings be until they settle of their own accord. When you combine meditation with positive thinking, your tensions will resolve and inner happiness will show face. Take inspiration from the Sun; Its ever-bright light and its warm embrace. Surrender yourself to the universe and it will take good care of you. Loneliness is not to be shunned. This suffering will never end, however amidst everything happening in our life, we must choose to sail through it peacefully, gracefully and with all our might to slowly emerge as a wiser being; someone who is more at ease and at peace with our own self.


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How to ‘stretch’ an IRA


By Randy Neumann 

Can an IRA keep growing for a century or more? In theory, it can. Some people are planning to “stretch” their Individual Retirement Accounts over generations, so that their heirs can receive IRA assets accumulated after decades of tax-deferred or tax-free growth. A stretch IRA can potentially create a legacy of wealth to benefit your heirs, and it could also help to reduce your estate taxes.

Usually, this is done by “people of means.” Typically, an individual, couple or family has amassed sizable retirement savings – so sizable that they don’t need to withdraw the bulk of their IRA assets during their lifetimes. However, this is not always the case, it can be done by anyone who doesn’t need income from their IRA. So, how does this work? Simply put, a stretch IRA is a Roth or traditional IRA with assets that pass from the original owner to a younger beneficiary when the original account owner dies. The beneficiary can be a spouse, a non-spousal heir or a “seethrough” trust.

If the beneficiary is a person, this younger beneficiary will have a longer life expectancy than the initial IRA owner, and therefore may elect to “stretch” the IRA by receiving smaller required minimum distributions (RMDs) each year of his or her life span. This will leave money in the IRA and permit ongoing taxdeferred growth – or tax-free growth, in the case of a Roth IRA.

In fact, since you don’t have to take RMDs from a Roth IRA at age 70+, you could opt to let your Roth IRA grow untapped for a lifetime. At your death, your beneficiaries could then stretch payouts over their life expectancies without having to pay tax on withdrawals. What a deal!

Okay, what options do your beneficiaries have after your death? If truth be told, the rules governing inherited IRAs are quite complex. The explanation below is simply a summary, and should not be taken as any kind of advice or guidance. (Be sure to discuss any tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional.)

If you have named your spouse as the beneficiary of your IRA, your spouse can roll over the inherited IRA assets into his or her own IRA after your death. Only a spouse can treat an IRA as if it were their own after your death. This holds some advantages such as: taking RMDs at their own age, not yours, as with other beneficiaries and gives them the ability to create a new “stretch” IRA at their death.

In the case of a non-spousal beneficiary, he or she cannot treat the IRA as his or her own, and cannot make contributions to it or rollovers into or out of it. A non-spousal beneficiary can either take the lump sum and pay taxes on it, or transfer the IRA assets to an IRA distribution account that they can then “stretch.”

Under the one-year rule, annual distributions are based on the life expectancy of the designated beneficiary and must start by December 31 of the year following the original IRA owner’s death. In this way, your beneficiary can stretch out the distributions over his or her life expectancy, which can allow more of the inherited IRA assets to remain in the IRA and enjoy tax-deferred or tax-free growth.

Under the five-year rule, there are no minimum annual distribution requirements, but the beneficiary must withdraw their full interest by the end of the fifth year following the owner’s death.

The beneficiary can be determined even after the original IRA owner dies. If by chance there is no named beneficiary, you have until the end of the year following the death of the primary IRA owner to establish one. But don’t let this happen. It is vital to establish a beneficiary during your lifetime: if you don’t, your IRA assets could end up in your estate, and that will leave your heirs with two choices. If you pass away after age 70+, the RMDs from the IRA are calculated according to what would have been your remaining life expectancy. If you pass away before age 70+, the five-year rule applies: Your heirs have to cash out the entire IRA by the end of the fifth year following the year of your death!

In closing, here are a few things to think about:

The decision to stretch your IRA cannot be made casually. A beneficiary must be selected with great care, and there is always the possibility that you may end up withdrawing all of your IRA assets during your lifetime. A stretch IRA strategy assumes that your beneficiary won’t deplete the IRA assets, and it also assumes a constant rate of return for the account over the years. It’s also worth remembering that stretch IRA planning is based on today’s tax laws, not the tax laws of tomorrow.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for the individual. Randy Neumann, CFP® is a registered representative with and securities and insurance offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/ SIPC. He can be reached at 600 East Crescent Avenue, Suite 104, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458, 201-291-9000.

Kearny Police Blotter

On April 19, Officer Brian Wisely was in the area of Chestnut St. and Belleville Turnpike around 5:45 p.m. and found two individuals drinking cans of beer in public. When he asked for identification, a 49-year-old Elizabeth male produced identification and was given a summons. His companion, 21-year-old Newark resident Benito Hernandez produced an identification that was suspicious. Officer Wisely recognized that the identification was phony and placed Hernandez under arrest. He was charged with possession of a false government document and given a town summons for drinking in public. Bail was set at $3,500.

On April 20, Officer Mike Andrews was on patrol in the area of Kearny High School when he observed a teenage male that he knew from prior encounters in the area. While under Andrews’ surveillance, he saw the teenager discard a plastic bag onto the ground. Andrews stopped him and retrieved the bag, which was found to contain a sizable amount of marijuana. The 17-year-old Kearny male was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute near a park, possession with intent to distribute near a school, and possession of paraphernalia.

Later that same day, Officer Mike Andrews was in the area of Kearny High when he observed a vehicle around 7:20 p.m. in the area of Quincy Ave. and Devon St. He observed them on Midland Ave making an illegal turn. After stopping them, he saw one of the individuals attempt to conceal an object in his pocket. Officer Neil Nelson responded as backup and during a search of the vehicle, recovered a cellophane package containing suspected marijuana. A search of the driver found another package of marijuana. Both the driver and passenger were then arrested and taken to Headquarters. The two occupants, 19-year-old North Arlington resident James McEnry and 23-year-old Kearny resident Daryl Krug were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

On April 22, Officers John Fabula and Sean Kelly responded to the Burger King on a report that a man was being attacked inside the premise with his own cane. When they arrived, they found a 65-year-old north Arlington resident who had a signifigant injury to his eye area. He described the situation by saying he had an altercation some females who then took his cane and beat him with it. Kearny Ambulance Squad was summoned to the scene. Detectives Mike Gonzalez and John Plaugic responded to the scene. Based on information gathered from the scene, they responded to Newark where they located a vehicle believed to be the getaway car. They confronted two individuals who admitted they were in the car. Backup arrived in the form of Officers Steve Hroncich, Dave Rakowski, and Captain Scott Macfie. In Newark, they arrested a 17-year-old female and 21-year-old Indira DeSmith and charged them with conspiracy, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon. A third female was issued warrants for her arrest.

On April 24, Sgt. John Becker was on patroin the area of K-Mart where he observed a white box truck back up behind the store. Knowing that the store was closed, he engaged in survalence. With a light from the truck, Becker was able to see the men with a prybar attempt to force entry into the trailer. Becker illuminated the two individuals and held them at gunpoint until backup arrived in the form of Captain Tom Osborne. 33-year-old Patterson resident Luis Frias was charged with criminal attempted burglary, conspiracy, driving with a suspended lisence, and having an open bottle of alcohol of alchohol within the vehicle. The passenger, 30-year-old Nelson Rodriguez, also from Patterson, was charged with criminal attempted burglary and conspiracy.