Will Silver Lake firehouse reopen? Stay tuned …

Photo courtesy of BFD
Firefighters battle Heckel St. fire.

BELLEVILLE – Another disastrous fire in Belleville’s Silver Lake section has sparked cries for restoration of the Franklin St. firehouse which has been shuttered for about two and a half years. Earlier this year, the Township Council had authorized bonding for about $250,000 in repairs to the tiny fire… Continue Reading

Kearny native competing for ‘Top Chef’

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Top photo, Akunowicz preparing a Korean dish on a ‘Top Chef’ episode. Bottom
photo, Akunowicz.

Karen Akunowicz remembers making an apron in the seventh-grade at Lincoln School in home economics class back in 1991. “We used sewing machines to make them,” she said. “It was some kind of zebra pattern.” What she somehow couldn’t recall — at first — was that making those aprons… Continue Reading

Feds: N.A. man defrauded investors

NORTH ARLINGTON – A 23-year-old North Arlington man was to appear last week in Newark Federal Court to face charges that he fraudulently obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors prior to high-profile initial public offerings (IPOs) and then used the funds for lavish personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Paul… Continue Reading

Burglary suspect also combative: KPD

KPD
Paul Alva

An East Newark man was remanded to the Hudson County Jail on $15,000 bail last week on charges including burglary and aggravated assault on a police officer — the assault occurring at Kearny police headquarters, KPD Chief John Dowie reported. The suspect, Paul Alva, 26, was apprehended on the burglary count… Continue Reading

Charged in Superstorm Sandy fraud

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Sandra L. Elliott

NUTLEY –  A Nutley woman has been charged criminally by the state for allegedly filing fraudulent applications for relief funds to repair a Jersey Shore property in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, N.J. Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced last week. The defendant, Sandra L. Elliott, 44, reportedly obtained a total… Continue Reading

Selective shoplifters at work: NPD

Maybe it was really Viagra that he needed? The Nutley Police Department announced that a Harrison St. business was the victim of a shoplifting where an elderly black man, who walked with a limp and used a cane, allegedly stole 23 boxes of Trojan condoms. The store’s manager told police… Continue Reading

Can QP’s girls become dominant overnight? Sure looks that way

Photoo by Jim Hague
Queen of Peace has a new girls’ basketball coach in Jiovanny Fontan (c.) as well as basically an entire new roster. From l.
are Jamira Watkins, Sydney Watkins, Fontan, Asonah Alexander, D’Aviyon Magazine and Raven Farley-Clark.

Perhaps one of the biggest and best moves Queen of Peace High School made last spring was hiring former St. Anthony High School and University of Southern California point guard Jiovanny Fontan as the school’s new girls’ basketball coach. Because after the 26-year-old Fontan arrived, an influx of tremendously talented… Continue Reading

Blue Tide girls: Moving on with limited roster

Photo by Jim Hague
The Harrison girls’ basketball team has a shortened roster this year, but will be
a tough out as always. From l. are Alona Ortiz, Shaneida Falcon, head coach Al
Ruiz, Kimberly Valencia and Tabatha Ferreira.

As Al Ruiz begins his sixth year as the head coach of the Harrison High School girls’ basketball team, he finds himself in a bit of a quandary. Ruiz simply doesn’t have the deep bench he once had. Participation numbers in the program are way down. “It’s going to be different,” said… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst boys’ hoops squad welcomes familiar face in McGuire

Photo by Jim Hague
The Lyndhurst High School boys’ basketball team has a new head coach in a
familiar face, namely former Queen of Peace head coach Tom McGuire (standing,
far r.). Kneeling, from l., are Eddie Albuquerque and Nic DiTommaso. Back
row from l. are Justin Smith, Vinnie Dorio, Peter Lazaris and McGuire.

Tom McGuire left the head boys’ basketball coaching position at his alma mater Queen of Peace last spring after four years, knowing full well that his coaching career was far from over. “I was just looking for a new opportunity,” McGuire said. McGuire admitted it was going to be difficult… Continue Reading

Official: Crash ‘looked a lot worse than it was’

Here's an example of a photo a citizen journalist sent us. A car and bus recently crashed in front of the old Lincoln Theater on Kearny Ave. in Kearny. Our dear friend Manny Ventoso Jr. sent us this photo — and two others — from the scene of the crash.

If you were stuck in traffic on the Belleville Pike, or Kearny Ave., or Ridge Road, or surrounding streets, during Friday morning’s rush hour, this was the reason. At 8:25 a.m., a car and an NJ Transit bus collided on Kearny Ave. near the former Lincoln Theater. Police said there were minor injuries to two bus passengers, but apparently the crash ‘looked a lot worse than it was.’ Not so for the traffic jams; they were as bad as they looked. Continue Reading

Chief to leave in ‘16

Photo by Ron Leir
Police Chief Joseph Rotonda

BELLEVILLE –  After more than four decades spent in uniform, Belleville’s highest-ranking cop will be turning in his badge next year. Belleville Police Chief Joseph P. Rotonda will be retiring from active duty after he reaches 65, which is mandatory retirement age for police in the Garden State. Although,… Continue Reading