As the mystery and media feeding frenzy over Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continue, I have been thinking about another aircraft disaster, this one closer to home and a long time ago. When I was with the N.Y. Daily News, I… Continue Reading
Last week’s story about Barbara Gangi, the beloved North Arlington waitress who was tragically killed while crossing River Road, misidentified the funeral home that handled the arrangements. It was the Parow Funeral Home, North Arlington. The Observer regrets the error.
Students of world history and geopolitics are likely burning the midnight oil these days, following the exploits of Russian President Vladimir Putin as he redraws the world map with the annexation of Crimea in Ukraine. And the map’s contours could… Continue Reading
Uh-oh. I’m in deep trouble. The following letter popped up in my email the other day: Notice of appearance, Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing that will take place in the court… Continue Reading
A story in the March 12 issue of The Observer misidentified Joseph Longo as president of the Belleville Board of Education. Longo is a member of the board. John Rivera is the board president. The Observer regrets the error.
In July 2013 the Kearny Board of Education – spurred on by then-Superintendent of Schools Frank Ferraro – hired the accounting firm D’Arcangelo & Co. of Rye Brook, N.Y., for $75,000 to perform a “construction risk assessment” of the… Continue Reading
As I write this, the snow has begun to gently fall, once again blanketing streets and lawns and turning our world into a magical wonderland. I know what you’re thinking: “She’s now going to turn that observation into some… Continue Reading
So 2016 could see two New Jerseyans vying for the highest office in the land. That would be the current N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, and Sen. Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, a Democrat. As head… Continue Reading
Among the happy events associated with Mayor Raymond McDonough and his beloved Harrison in recent years are, clockwise, from top right, a press conference last summer, attended by Gov. Chris Christie, marking a ceremonial groundbreaking for the long awaited… Continue Reading
Just twice in my life have I been frozen in my tracks because of music — music so unlike anything I had heard before that it was stunning. Later in this column, I’ll get to the first time it… Continue Reading
We live in an era where most politicians and public figures – exceptions noted – flip flop so much, you never know where they stand. Expediency and convenience are, typically, the determining factors that dictate the outcome. Pete Seeger,… Continue Reading
Believe it or not, there are some of us who don’t give a hoot in Hades about the Super Bowl. I mean, it’s nice that New Jersey is getting some national attention for something other than mobsters, political corruption… Continue Reading
To the editor, So soon again, I’d like to commend Chief James O’Connor and the Lyndhurst Police Department, DPW, Commissioner Matt Ruzzo, Parks Commissioner, Tom Di Maggio, and also Superintendent Rich Gress; for their organized efforts on their job well… Continue Reading
When I was a kid growing up in Jersey City, we had a single first-run bookstore called Pritchard’s occupying a cramped space next to the old Public Service bus terminal in the heart of Journal Square. Then the Port Authority… Continue Reading
Even before Gov. Chris Christie’s lengthy pity-party press conference last week on the George Washington Bridge “traffic study,” I was thinking of one of the famous lines from “Casablanca.” The one where Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), the prefect of police,… Continue Reading
A story in last week’s Observer mischaracterized Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos’s length of service as the town’s chief executive. He is beginning his 15 year as mayor.
GIFTS APPRECIATED To the editor, I would like to thank all of the senior citizens and friends of the North Arlington Senior Activity Center for their generous gift donations collected at our center for The Tomorrow’s Children Institute at Hackensack… Continue Reading
On New Year’s Eve, a typewriter repairman in Manhattan hung up his ribbons, so to speak, after spending almost four decades working in the business. A New York Times story, published Dec. 28, 2013, told how Bino Gan, a… Continue Reading