KPD: We’re not in Clifton anymore, Toto

Of late, there seems to have been a spate of incidents involving drivers found asleep at the wheel. The latest occurred at Davis and Bergen Aves. at 4:15 a.m., last Thursday, Dec. 17, Kearny police reported. Police said Officer Mina Ekladious was on patrol when, in a parking-prohibited area, he… Continue Reading

Retirements force town to borrow $1.5M

KEARNY –  While Kearny’s municipal payroll is getting a bit lighter from a surge of retirements, the town is still paying on the other end. Last Tuesday, the local governing body passed an ordinance authorizing a special emergency appropriation of $1.5 million to pay “contractually required severance obligations and liabilities.” Those payments,… Continue Reading

News in Brief …

NORTH ARLINGTON/EAST NEWARK –  Residents of two Observer communities will shortly be seeing new faces in the police ranks. North Arlington Borough Council appointed Officer Joseph Zarro as a “lateral transfer” from the Belleville Police Department, effective Dec. 1, at an annual salary of $45,321. Zarro, who lives in… Continue Reading

Santa brings gifts to borough school

Photos by Ron Leir
Kids unwrap holiday gifts donated by employees from Robert Half Intl.

EAST NEWARK –  East Newark Public School was “adopted” Dec. 10 by a global firm whose management has made an annual tradition of playing Santa for nearly a decade. Thirty employees of Robert Half International, an executive staffing search company with regional offices in Rutherford, Paramus, Saddle Brook, Jersey City and Parsippany,… Continue Reading

Maroon Raiders turn up the heat as season tips off

Photoo by Jim Hague
The Nutley High School boys’ basketball team features a host of talented seniors who were eager to institute a new
defensive philosophy. Kneeling, from l., are Devin Merritt, Geoffrey Bevere and Devin White. Back row, from l., are Julian
Chiarieri, Billy Montgomery, Antonio Olivo and head coach Bob Harbison.

Veteran Nutley High School boys’ basketball head coach Bob Harbison knew that he had to make a dramatic change with his program. “I’ve always tried to tinker around with things, trying to make them better,” said Harbison, who coaches both basketball and baseball at Nutley for the last decade. “I… Continue Reading

Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice? Santa Hague knows

Photo courtesy Jim Hague
Santa Hague or Bad Santa Hague (r.) was busy giving gifts to the local sports
administrators and coaches this Christmas.

Well, believe it or not, it’s that time of year, even if the thermometer says otherwise. It’s time for the jingling of bells and the wishing of good cheer. It’s time for caroling and joyous celebrations. It’s time for Steve Harvey to totally butcher the Miss Universe contest, but that’s another… Continue Reading

Family Success Center up & running

Photo by Ron Leir
Waiting to greet visitors, from l., are parent organizer Priscilla Machado, family
partner Melissa Arevalo, site director Dominque Garrett and family partner
Esther Silva.

KEARNY –  Prevention Links’ Liberty Family Success Center, the 53rd such state-funded facility in New Jersey, has begun operating in Kearny. The nonprofit, financed by a $240,000 grant from the state Department of Children and Families (DCF), is a “one-stop resource for families to get connected with other families, looking… Continue Reading

Will Silver Lake firehouse reopen? Stay tuned …

Photo courtesy of BFD
Firefighters battle Heckel St. fire.

BELLEVILLE – Another disastrous fire in Belleville’s Silver Lake section has sparked cries for restoration of the Franklin St. firehouse which has been shuttered for about two and a half years. Earlier this year, the Township Council had authorized bonding for about $250,000 in repairs to the tiny fire… Continue Reading

Kearny native competing for ‘Top Chef’

Photos courtesy BravoTV
Top photo, Akunowicz preparing a Korean dish on a ‘Top Chef’ episode. Bottom
photo, Akunowicz.

Karen Akunowicz remembers making an apron in the seventh-grade at Lincoln School in home economics class back in 1991. “We used sewing machines to make them,” she said. “It was some kind of zebra pattern.” What she somehow couldn’t recall — at first — was that making those aprons… Continue Reading