KPD: It’s deja vu all over again

Axel Rodriguez

If the guy in the photo looks familiar, that’s because his mugshot adorned the Kearny police blotter in our Dec. 9 issue. He had been arrested Nov. 19 after allegedly attempting to shoplift computer equipment from Walmart. Kearny cops caught him fleeing shirtless from the store, the shirt having been… Continue Reading

Suspect didn’t have a prayer of escaping


KEARNY –  When Kearny police, having travelled to Newark on the hunt, apprehended a suspect in two town muggings, he reportedly was easy to identify. Police said he was wearing one victim’s stolen rosary beads around his neck. That suspect, Julio Rodriguez, 25, of Newark, was arrested in the early… Continue Reading

‘Fake cop’ behind bars after pulling over real cop: NJSP


By Kevin Canessa Jr.  Observer Correspondent  HOLMDEL –  When a Nutley man pretended to be a cop by pulling someone over on the Garden State Parkway, he probably couldn’t have chosen a worse target. That’s because on Dec. 21 at 7:15 p.m., Richard Goldrick, 68, of Nutley, a civilian,… Continue Reading

Belleville wrestling program moves forward with new coach Pizzi


The Belleville High School wrestling program is undergoing another transition period, with former assistant coach Joe Pizzi taking over for Junior Nardone, who resigned at the end of last season. In Pizzi’s eyes, the transition has been a breeze, considering he already knew all the kids from his days as an assistant. “The… Continue Reading

Buccaneers look to improve after last year’s struggles


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

Citizen Journalist Program

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

Welcome to the all-new 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


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


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