Therapist indicted for Medicaid fraud

Stephanie Fleming

LYNDHURST – A Lyndhurst woman, employed as a professional counselor to children with autism was indicted last week on 43 criminal counts for allegedly submitting false reimbursement claims to Medicaid for in-home counseling and therapy services she did not provide. The indictment against Stephanie Fleming, 38, was handed up Tuesday, Sept. 29, by… Continue Reading

Harrison harriers marching to a different drummer in Kartanowicz

Photos by Jim Hague
TOP: The Harrison boys’ cross country team competed at the Shore Conference
Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park Saturday for the first time. Front row,
from l., are Joshua Vinanzaca, Jorge Moreno, Luis Vivaldo and Nestor Guzman.
Back row, from l., are head coach Paul Kartanowicz, Alexis Vinanzaca, Michael
Mendez, Russell Kennedy, Brandon Alves and assistant coach Carlee Sobotka.
BOTTOM: The Harrison girls’ cross country team gets together after finishing
the course at Holmdel Park. Kneeling, from l., Yeisy Rojas, Ashley Cisneros and
Salma Mohamed. Standing, from l., are head coach Paul Kartanowicz, Kimberly
Merino, Andrea DeOliveira, Olivia Bredamus, Ashley Otoya and assistant coach
Carlee Sobotka.

Although he’s an accomplished musician and drummer for a jazz band that played all sorts of venues in Manhattan, Paul Kartanowicz always envisioned himself as being a cross country coach. “I still race competitively, but I wanted to be able to coach kids,” said Kartanowicz, who still gives private… Continue Reading

NA boys’ soccer: Heading to Bergen tourney

Photo by Jim Hague
The North Arlington boys’ soccer team will play Mahwah this week in the
opening round of the Bergen County Tournament. Kneeling, from l., are Joel
Silva, Ulises Jaramillo and Diego Correa. Standing, from l., are Eric Pace, Ali
Timur, Moises Polanco and head coach Jesse Dembowski.

Jesse Dembowski has been the head boys’ soccer coach at North Arlington High School for seven years now. He’s been able to lead the Vikings to some impressive heights, including last season, when the Vikings won 15 games. But this was supposed to be a trying year, a rebuilding year for… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst’s Guerriero more than your average quarterback

Photo by Jim Hague
Lyndhurst senior quarterback Petey Guerriero.

Petey Guerriero spent the first two years of high school at St. Mary’s of Rutherford, but decided after his sophomore year to make a change. “I wanted to help my Mom (Staci) out financially,” said Guerriero of his transfer back to Lyndhurst High School. “Plus, I knew a lot… Continue Reading

Students celebrate 9/11 heroes

Photos courtesy Michael Landy
N.J. State Police Sgt. Bill Fearon, a former Kearny resident, shares his 9/11 experience with Washington School students.

HARRISON –  Most of the eighthgraders at Harrison’s Washington Middle School weren’t yet born when the 9/11 tragedy unfolded in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. But now, they’re beginning to understand all the ramifications as a result of a unique learning experience that began not long after returning to school for… Continue Reading

Town’s lone movie house is history

Photo by Ron Leir
The Lincoln Cinema property on Kearny Ave. Fate of the property is unknown.

KEARNY –  That’s all folks! The closing credits have rolled at Kearny’s remaining movie theater, leaving West Hudson communities without any such entertainment spots. As if in mourning, black cellophane covers poster advertisements for coming attractions intended for the Lincoln Cinema, Kearny and Elizabeth Aves., and a handscrawled notice in the cashier’s window… Continue Reading

A garden grows

Photos by Chris Brooks
Maintenance personnel found a way to get Gator vehicle (for loading and
transporting dirt and macadam) through a school hallway (top) to the Lincoln
School courtyard where planter boxes (center) were assembled and
4H students busied themselves in the rain garden (above).

KEARNY – The transformation is pretty much complete: Lincoln Middle School’s courtyard is now fully equipped with an outdoor “green infrastructure” classroom. It’s a place where students will explore “how rain gardens, rainwater harvesting systems and other ‘green’ technologies can reduce flooding and other hazards ….,” according to a Passaic Valley Sewerage… Continue Reading