Firefighting fun at Camp New Day

TOP: Kearny Firefighter Ed McKeown, holding hose, has long been a volunteer at Camp New Day, for special human beings. But COVID canceled it last two years and for the first time ever, it was moved to the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny on Belgrove Drive (the former Boystown.) Here, McKeown shows the campers how to operate a fire hose — and to say they enjoyed the experience is an understatement. BOTTOM: The Kearny Firefighters Foundation made a donation to the camp. Photos by Kevin A. Canessa Jr.

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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.