Belleville man guilty in Newark assaults

BELLEVILLE –  A 21-year-old Belleville man faces up to 30 years in prison following his conviction last week for two armed assaults in Newark in 2014. Last Wednesday, Jan. 20, after two hours of deliberation, a Superior Court jury sitting in Newark found Freddies Cresporios guilty of robbery, aggravated assault… Continue Reading

An old school doctor dedicated to profession

Former Harrison Health Officer Karen Comer, who retired after more than 25 years on the job in December 2011, remembered Dr. Stanley Siwek as “the only doctor we knew [at the then-municipal health clinic] who would do house calls.” Comer, among those attending last week’s ribbon-cutting for Harrison’s new health center… Continue Reading

One team, three schools, three names on sweaters

Eight Lyndhurst hockey players and coach remain dedicated to one goal It’s definitely the most unique athletic team in New Jersey. There are three schools that comprise the hockey cooperative that includes Lyndhurst High. Students from Hackensack and Paramus also make up the triumvirate that is Lyndhurst-Paramus-Hackensack hockey, the… Continue Reading

Belleville struggling to keep head above water

The record may read just 3-8, but Belleville High School boys’ basketball coach Jim Stoeckel believes that the Buccaneers are a better team than they have been in the past. “We’re so much further along than we have been,” said Stoeckel, who is in his third year as the head coach… Continue Reading

Nutley’s Watson named to McDonald’s All-American team

When Blair Watson enrolled at Nutley High School a little more than three years ago, she had no idea what the future held. Watson was a basketball player with an extremely bright future. She was also a goalkeeper for the girls’ soccer team, but Watson abandoned those plans once… Continue Reading

Work begins to expand parking lot


HARRISON – Municipal and school workers began rebuilding a faculty parking lot next to Harrison’s Washington Middle School last week. James Doran, director of personnel/human resources for the Harrison Board of Education, said: “We’re in the process of expanding our parking lot and moving [the adjoining] Shields Park to the high school.”… Continue Reading

Free long-term care seminars at Job Haines

Job Haines Home, 250 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, is offering three free educational seminars that will cover what is involved with planning for long-term care. Recent studies indicate that people are living longer and as a result, healthcare for the aging population is a special concern. Larger numbers of the aging population will require special… Continue Reading

They are appreciated

KEARNY –  Kearny’s newest police recruits, with tutelage by veteran cops, are undertaking patrol duties on local streets after having successfully completed their Police Academy training and taken the oath of office at last Tuesday’s meeting of the town’s governing body. The 13 rookies are: Officers Jose Castillo, Alan Stickno, John Donovan,… Continue Reading

Esposito quits as manager to prep for reval as assessor

BELLEVILLE –  An order by the Essex County Board of Taxation to Belleville to conduct a municipal-wide revaluation has triggered the resignation of Kevin Esposito as interim township manager and his replacement by Nutley Township Commissioner Mauro Tucci. At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Belleville governing body, Esposito — who has been… Continue Reading

He’s a star in T-Bone’s universe

HARRISON –  Inside children’s book author Lisa Funari-Willever’s latest book, “T-Bone Takes A Stand for Public Schools,” part of the Nicky Fifth Series, kids from Harrison’s Hamilton School will find a familiar name. Right there, on page 143, T-Bone and other characters are talking about David Dias, one of their… Continue Reading

Despite mishap, water still ‘safe to drink’: DEP

BELLEVILLE –  Belleville residents may have been wondering about a certain notice “about your drinking water” posted on the township website on Jan. 8. It advised that, “Our water system violated drinking water requirements over the past year,” but sought to ease fears by adding “these were not emergencies.” And,… Continue Reading

Bostonian may have stolen Nutley resident’s credit card information: NPD

A Nutley resident’s credit card was used to make several purchases in Massachusetts, including at a Target just outside Boston’s Fenway Park, the Nutley Police Department said. At the Fenway Target, one purchase was made for $1,665; at another Target in Massachusetts, four purchases were made totaling $3,657; at a Family… Continue Reading