Second season begins for local soccer teams

Photos by Jim Hague
LEFT: Kearny sophomore forward John Najarro now has 24 goals for the No. 1 seeded Kardinals who begin play in the
NJSIAA North 2, Group IV sectional this week. RIGHT: Lyndhurst junior midfielder Amanda Fulcher is among the top allaround
performers in the state and leads the top-seeded Golden Bears into action in North 2, Group II.

The NJSIAA soccer playoffs kicked off earlier this week and several local teams had high hopes and aspirations of winning sectional and possible state titles in the coming weeks. Six local boys’ teams and five girls’ squads have earned berths in the state tournament, with three local squads, the Kearny boys, the Harrison… Continue Reading

North Arlington’s Neves a goal-scoring force

Photo by Jim Hague
North Arlington senior forward Cristiano Neves.

Two years ago, Cristiano Neves was a defender on the Newark East Side High School soccer team. But Neves wasn’t exactly a happy camper back then. “I really didn’t like playing defense,” Neves said. “I think I’m better as a forward.” Luckily for Neves, his family moved… Continue Reading

SMMC offers free screenings for diabetes, hypertension

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes and 86 million have prediabetes and are at risk for developing diabetes. In recognition of American Diabetes Month, November, St. Michael’s Medical Center, 111 Central Ave., Newark, will host a special diabetes event on Friday, Nov. 13, from… Continue Reading

Township probing BOE
Left: Mayor Raymond Kimble
Right: Councilman Joseph Longo

BELLEVILLE –  Belleville’s municipal government is taking the unusual step of undertaking a very public examination of the township’s Board of Education. But, at the same time, as happens often these days with the township’s elected officials, there appears to be some uncertainty over how to proceed with the initiative.… Continue Reading

Arson reported at bathrooms in township park: NPD

The Nutley Parks Department reported possible arson Oct. 19 in two bathrooms at Booth Park, off Harrison St., according to reports. During their investigation, police said they found significant damage to the bathrooms. A men’s room mirror was shattered, light bulbs were broken, a toilet tank was broken and a… Continue Reading

KPD: Car was infested with roaches


At about 8 p.m. last Wednesday, Oct. 21, KPD Sgt. Charles Smith conducted a motor vehicle stop on Quincy Ave., west of Kearny Ave. While Smith was interviewing the driver, Winicius DeJesus, 22, of Newark, backup Officers Chris Manolis and Daniel Esteves approached the passenger side of the vehicle and reportedly… Continue Reading

New apartments coming to Ridge Road?

Rendering courtesy Gary Bennett
Rendering of apartment building proposed for Ridge Lumber site.

NORTH ARLINGTON – A commercial eyesore on North Arlington’s main drag will be removed and replaced with a functioning ratable if a development team has its way. Kearny attorney Gary Bennett appeared recently before the borough governing body to present a conceptual plan, on behalf of Woodcrest Property Partners LLC… Continue Reading

3 nabbed in shooting outside club: ECPO

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed a published report that three individuals have been apprehended in connection with the fatal shooting of a man outside a Belleville strip club on Oct. 8. Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the ECPO, confirmed as “accurate” a report by Patch that Yanafi Mojica, 31, Armand… Continue Reading

Municipal Alliance gets helping hand

The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (DFC), with help from Partners in Prevention, has been awarded a grant to assist the Kearny Municipal Alliance in combatting youth substance abuse. Michael Botticelli, director of National Drug Control Policy, announced that the coalition is one of nearly 700 agencies to receive… Continue Reading