A look back at 2015

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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

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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

Combatting ‘hate rhetoric’ in a big way

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KEARNY – A local industrialist is responsible for a billboard erected along Truck Rt. 1&9 in Kearny that decries anti-immigrant sentiment, as expressed in the recent Republican presidential debates. The billboard reads: “Thank you Mayor Fulop for Fighting the Hate #MakeJerseyGreat.” Wendy Neu, chairwoman and CEO of Hugh Neu Corp., owner… Continue Reading

A lesson on the Holocaust from a survivor

HARRISON –  Seventeen sixth-graders from Harrison’s Washington Middle School journeyed to the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Center in Whippany on Dec. 20 for an eye-opening experience. There, they viewed the premiere of “Be An Upstander: The Fred Heyman Story,” a documentary about Fred Heyman, a Holocaust survivor, who was at the… Continue Reading

5 area creches robbed of Baby Jesus statue

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Baby Jesus statues were stolen from Christmas Nativity displays set up at two churches in Kearny, and from church grounds in nearby Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Clifton, police reported. Kearny Police Chief John Dowie confirmed the thefts from Our Lady of Sorrows, 136 Davis Ave., and St. Cecilia’s, 120 Kearny Ave.,… Continue Reading

Is KHS project ready now for final go-round?

KEARNY –  The Kearny Board of Education has received a new round of bids to complete the long-delayed high school remodeling project and could award a contract by next month. Michael DeVita, board secretary/business administrator, said last week that the board’s consulting engineers and construction attorney were reviewing the prices submitted by five… Continue Reading