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Smile & Implant Center welcomes Dr. Mendia

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The Smile and Implant Center in Kearny announces that Dr. Jonathan Mendia, dental anesthesiologist, has joined the practice, offering IV sedation and general anesthesia to pediatric, special needs, anxious and dental-phobic patients. Mendia aims to minimize patients’ dental fears, ensuring that anxious children and adults are comfortable during their dental care.

Mendia obtained his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He then completed a two-year residency in dental anesthesiology at the school and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The Smile and Implant Center is a full-service dental office with a board certified periodontist and oral surgeon on staff. To learn more about dental anesthesia and the sophisticated dental services offered by the center, call Alexis at 201-991-1055 or email alexis@ thesmileandimplantcenter.com for a free consultation. For more information, visit www.TheSmileandImplant- Center.com and www.SedationNJ.com.

Feds say Kearny doc sought to torch his offices

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By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent

KEARNY —

A Kearny doctor has been indicted in Pennsylvania for allegedly attempting to hire a Philadelphia man to burn down the Kearny Ave. building housing his medical practice.

The motive, authorities said, was to destroy his patient files.

The doctor is also accused of illegally dispensing prescription painkillers. The indictment was handed up last week in Philadelphia against Dr. Mudassar Sharif, 40, who owned Garden State Primary Care at 711 Kearny Ave., it was announced by Zane David Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Read more »

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‘Heightened’ prep

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY – 

It’s only his second time on stage at Kearny High School, but senior Alex Vazquez is rising to the task of tackling a lead.

So says Michele Samoski, who is directing Alex and a cast of 33 in the high school’s spring musical, “In the Heights,” opening March 19.

The show, which focuses on a low-income neighborhood in the Washington Heights section of New York City whose residents rally round each other, features as many as 25 songs – mostly ensemble-based – and six big dance numbers, all done to rap and hip hop stylings. Read more »

Monitor will stay for now

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

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The Town of Harrison, which has received special state aid for the past five years – and, with it, the special attention of a state fiscal monitor – recently tried to disengage itself from that arrangement.

Sorry, not yet, was the state’s answer, according to Mayor James Fife.

“We asked to have our transitional aid shifted to our regular state aid,” Fife told The Observer last week, and, in so doing, have the state end its role of financial overseer. Read more »

OK to build but be careful driving

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent

KEARNY – 

Carlstadt builder Ed Russo can expand his residential project at Bergen and Schuyler Aves. now that the Kearny Planning Board has signed off on the proposal.

The board, on March 4, voted – despite some reservations about traffic flow – to greenlight the project’s expansion to 311-337 Bergen Ave. with the demolition of several commercial properties and construction of two 3-story buildings with a total of 70 apartments plus 106 parking spaces.

During the board’s hearing on the application filed by Wal Park Associates/Schuyler Crossing Urban Renewal LLC, several board members and a member of the public, Lawrence Handlin, voiced concerns about traffic going in and out of the development. Read more »

Scammers at work: NPD

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A phony utility representative tried to get cash from a Washington Ave. business but was thwarted, according to Nutley PD.

The incident was reported to police March 2 by the business’s office manager, who said they’d received a call from someone claiming to be from PSE&G and advising them they had an outstanding balance of more than $1,000.

To avoid a power shutoff, the caller advised, the manager should pay cash immediately at a nearby location that the manager would be provided with. Read more »

KPD: What day is it? What day IS it?

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Hump Day became Booking Day for a 62-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed a co-worker in the arm during a dispute at a Kearny manufacturing company last Wednesday, authorities reported.

At 11 a.m., March 4, patrol units, under the direction of Sgt. Paul Bershefski, responded to the business on the 900 block of the Belleville Pike on the report of an argument-turned- attack.

Officers Cesar Negron, T.J. Hernandez, Dave Rakowski and Stephen Hroncich arrived to find a 31-year-old male employee bleeding profusely from a knife wound in the upper right arm, police said. Medical assistance was summoned for the victim, a Belleville resident. Read more »

Woman struck by ‘flying’ sign: LPD

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A Lyndhurst resident was injured in a freak accident Saturday, March 7, police said.

Det. Capt. John Valente said the resident, a 47-year-old woman, was walking south on Ridge Road, shortly before 10 a.m., as the driver of a 2007 Ford pickup was traveling south on Ridge, approaching Lake Ave.

Valente said the driver, 42, of Wallington, apparently was taking an aspirin and began choking, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and swerve into a snow bank at the intersection. In the process, Valente said, the vehicle plowed into a pedestrian crossing sign which was dislodged from its support and thrown into the air, striking the pedestrian on the left side of her head. Read more »

Learn good nutrition with Julie at ShopRite

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ShopRite of Lyndhurst, an Inserra Supermarkets store, is hosting a series of nutrition and wellness events for March led by Julie Harrington, in-store registered dietician.

The programs are free and are being held at the Lyndhurst store, 540 New York Ave., for local residents. All programs are open to the public and do not require advance registration unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the list: Read more »