Calling all ‘Citizen Journalists:’ We want your work

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

Official: Crash ‘looked a lot worse than it was’

If you were stuck in traffic on the Belleville Pike, or Kearny Ave., or Ridge Road, or surrounding streets, during Friday morning’s rush hour, this was the reason. At 8:25 a.m., a car and an NJ Transit bus collided on Kearny Ave. near the former Lincoln Theater. Police said there were minor injuries to two bus passengers, but apparently the crash ‘looked a lot worse than it was.’ Not so for the traffic jams; they were as bad as they looked. Continue Reading

4 firefighters injured at recycling-plant fire in Lyndhurst

A Thanksgiving Day fire destroyed the interior of a huge paper recycling plant in Lyndhurst. Both the origin and cause of the three-alarm blaze, which brought out firefighters from the township and eight other area communities, was undetermined at present. Click the headline to read the entire story. Continue Reading

A century of Goodwill

HARRISON –  When we received an invitation to a special event last Wednesday at Goodwill Industries’ Harrison headquarters, we were delighted — because whenever we visit there, we leave uplifted, and impressed, by the work being done and by the people we meet. This time, though, we were also thoroughly surprised: The… Continue Reading