Finally, funding for firefighters

KEARNY –  The fourth time was the charm for Kearny’s Bravest. It took a lot of persistence, and maybe some luck, but at long last, the Kearny Fire Department hit the jackpot, finally snagging a coveted federal SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant channeled through the U.S.… Continue Reading

2 rescued from burning building

LYNDHURST –  Public safety personnel executed a roof-top rescue of two township residents as a fire raged inside their Willow Ave. house early Saturday, police said. Lyndhurst Police Det. Capt. John Valente gave the following account: Township police and firefighters were sent to 518 Willow Ave. at about 3:51… Continue Reading

Thoughts & Views: Can technology trigger trust?

For many communities today, distrust reigns between minorities and the local gendarmes. We have been focused on outcries from Staten Island, N.Y., from Cincinnati, Ohio; from North Charleston, S.C.; and from Baltimore, Md., among other places, where there have been allegations of uniformed personnel overstepping their bounds. In all these cases,… Continue Reading

Another Nutley resident falls victim to ID theft

Yet another town resident has fallen victim to identity theft, the Nutley Police Department said. The victim came to police headquarters July 25 and told police Credit Karma sent an alert that someone had opened an account in their name with the Dish Network. The resident was told,… Continue Reading

Special aid to 3 area towns

Kearny, Harrison and Nutley are the only communities in The Observer coverage area that were awarded transitional aid by the state for 2015. Kearny received $1.5 million, Harrison is getting $1.6 million and Nutley will see $5.5 million, according to Tammori Petty, spokeswoman for the state Department of Community Affairs.… Continue Reading

Red Bulls now have Wright-Phillips brother act

HARRISON –  Who would have ever dreamed that a simple event like the coupling of New York Red Bulls All-Star striker Bradley Wright-Phillips with his fiancée Leanne would pay major dividends for the club six weeks later? As it turned out, the wedding turned out to be a complete blessing in… Continue Reading

Sanacore takes over as Belleville athletic director

When Tom D’Elia received a promotion to become a vice principal in the Belleville school district, it left a vacancy in the Belleville High School athletic director’s position. Well, the district didn’t wait long to hire a Belleville resident to take over for D’Elia. Dan Sanacore has been tabbed to replace… Continue Reading