Buccaneers look to improve after last year’s struggles

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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

Calling all ‘Citizen Journalists:’ We want your work

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Are you a news hound? Do you take great photos? Are you on the scene of fires often, shooting videos? If so, we at The Observer want to hear from you. With the start of the New Year, we’re resurrecting our old Citizen Journalist program. It’s a very simple process, too. If you’ve captured something newsworthy — and would be willing to share it with us — we want to hear from you. Click the headline to read more. Continue Reading

Welcome to the all-new TheObserver.com

Welcome to the all-new www.TheObserver.com. Please bear with us as we are in the midst of many changes to the website. We hope you’ll ultimately like what you see. With out new look, it’s our hope to be able more for our readers and advertisers. The new site is responsive, so whether you’re viewing on a computer, iPad, tablet or mobile phone, the site will always look orderly and neat. So as we welcome in 2016, welcome to the new Observer website. And as always, thanks for reading The Observer. Happy New Year, one and all! Continue Reading

A look back at 2015

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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

Ready to open health center next month

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HARRISON —  Several years in the making, Harrison’s Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) – which the late Mayor Ray McDonough had pushed to create – is soon to become a reality. Its sponsor, the North Hudson Community Action Corp. has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility, 326 Harrison… Continue Reading

BOE inks 2 union pacts; teachers waiting

KEARNY –  Two more school employee groups were placed in the fold last Monday, Dec. 21, as the Kearny Board of Education made like Santa in delivering new labor contracts to department chairs and educational office professionals. BOE secretary/business administrator Michael DeVita said that checks containing retroactive pay adjustments should be… Continue Reading

Combatting ‘hate rhetoric’ in a big way

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KEARNY – A local industrialist is responsible for a billboard erected along Truck Rt. 1&9 in Kearny that decries anti-immigrant sentiment, as expressed in the recent Republican presidential debates. The billboard reads: “Thank you Mayor Fulop for Fighting the Hate #MakeJerseyGreat.” Wendy Neu, chairwoman and CEO of Hugh Neu Corp., owner… Continue Reading

A lesson on the Holocaust from a survivor

HARRISON –  Seventeen sixth-graders from Harrison’s Washington Middle School journeyed to the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Center in Whippany on Dec. 20 for an eye-opening experience. There, they viewed the premiere of “Be An Upstander: The Fred Heyman Story,” a documentary about Fred Heyman, a Holocaust survivor, who was at the… Continue Reading

5 area creches robbed of Baby Jesus statue

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Baby Jesus statues were stolen from Christmas Nativity displays set up at two churches in Kearny, and from church grounds in nearby Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Clifton, police reported. Kearny Police Chief John Dowie confirmed the thefts from Our Lady of Sorrows, 136 Davis Ave., and St. Cecilia’s, 120 Kearny Ave.,… Continue Reading

Is KHS project ready now for final go-round?

KEARNY –  The Kearny Board of Education has received a new round of bids to complete the long-delayed high school remodeling project and could award a contract by next month. Michael DeVita, board secretary/business administrator, said last week that the board’s consulting engineers and construction attorney were reviewing the prices submitted by five… Continue Reading