The Observer proudly salutes Brendan Thiele, of Kearny, who graduates West Point today

The Observer proudly congratulates and salutes Brendan Thiele, of Kearny, a 2018 graduate of St. Peter’s Prep, who graduates today from West Point Academy in New York. (He is also a former Observer Athlete of the Week.) Brendan’s family owns and operates the Thiele Family Funeral Home (parents Helen and Steven) on Belgrove Drive. On behalf of all of us at The Observer — and the entire Town of Kearny — we salute you, Brendan Thiele, on this fine accomplishment. You have done as all very proud. (H/T John Koutsouris.)

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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.