Seeking to keep aid, lose watchdog

KEARNY/HARRISON –  Two West Hudson communities currently receiving transitional state to help offset property tax impact are looking to get out from under the aid’s ties to Big Brother watching. To get the cash, Kearny and Harrison must agree to submit every significant municipal expenditure, whether for issuing bonds, investing… Continue Reading

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