Nutley, New JerseyPage OneApril 24, 2014

Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7 PM Today (April 24)

Mayor Alphonse Petracco and Police Chief Thomas Strumolo urge residents to attend.

Short presentation on Identity Theft and identifying common scams will be discussed. Audience participation encouraged. Session held on 3rd floor at Town Hall. Elevator is available.


John Vitkovsky's Lost World War II Records Are Recovered

Retired High School Music Director Receives Father's War Medals

- "John Vitkosky dedicated 38 years of his life to help shape and build the character of hundreds of Nutley students through one of the nation's finest music programs. He gave all he had to our community when he was here, this is the least we can do for him and his father," said Commissioner Rogers. He was speaking about Vitkowski's father whose war medals apparently had been lost and never presented.

Dan Jacoby, of the relatively new Nutley Military Veterans and Affairs Bureau, and Roger's investigated Vitkovsky's case and after several months of "hard work," Vitkowvsky received word from the U.S. Defense Department that father's his medals had been found.

Ceremonies today presented Vitkowsky with his father's medals including the Bronze Star. The full story inside today's NJHometown.com

Click here for Full Story



Volunteer Work With Students, Christian Values Are Cited

Nutley High School's JD Vick Wins Mattia Award

- JD Vick, a young Nutley High School coach and part-time teacher, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Virginius D. Mattia Award for community service based on his volunteer work and leadership with a group of Nutley High School students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the aftermath of the killer tornado that destroyed much of that city in April 2011.

For the past three years JD Vick has accompanied the group of Nutley students on return trips, continuing to assist Tuscaloosa's recovery efforts. The Nutley High students are now about to begin their fourth yearly journey, only this time the young group of volunteers will be in Haiti to help with rehabilitation efforts under JD Vick's tutelage.

For most months of the year, however, JD Vick's students rally together at meetings held in the Franklin Reformed Church building to reinforce their Christian values through prayer and exercise.

JD Vick received the Mattia Award based on his


three-year commitment and leadership with the students. The Mattia Award presentation comes during ceremonies on Wednesday, May 7, at Nanina's restaurant in Belleville.

Click here for Full Story



Rep. Frelinghuysen Guest Speaker                                 New Fine Arts Alliance of Nutley.

Republican Dinner Is Tonight            Cocktail Reception this Saturday

- Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, April 23 dinner meeting of the Nutley Republican Club. John V. Kelly III, candidate for Essex County Freeholder will also address the event set at the Diamond Spring Pool Club, 35 Evergreen Ave.

Cost is $35 for dinner and drinks.

Reserve tickets by sending checks to Phyllis Coldabella, 8 Hickory Road or telephone Nancy Greulich (973-235-0773) or Ruth Bedford (973-667-0249.)

- A cocktail reception and fine arts show celebrating the creation of the new "Fine Arts Alliance of Nutley" is scheduled Saturday 6:30-10 p.m. at Nutley AMVETS Post 184 on Park Ave. The event is free to participating artists and offers an opportunity for art works to be display with the option of sales to the the public.

Featured will be paintings,sketches,sculptures and photograph. Space is limited and exhibitors a asked to contact Meredith Blank at 973-285-4978 for more information. Space is limited; early registration is advised.

Other Top Stories


5th Annual Police Beefsteak Saturday, May 3

  • Tickets Now Available; Comedians Coming Too

- Police officers in Nutley are inviting townspeople and guests to their five annual Beefsteak Dinner scheduled a week from Saturday, May 3. The 7-11 p.m. event will also feature a show featuring comics Christine Grillon and Vic Dibitetto.

The fun night is being staged at the Nutley Elks Lodge (adjacent to the police and fire ramp on Chestnut Street.) Tickets for the dinner: $50 each. To reserve a spot contact Chris Formato at 973-619-4424. The event is being coordinated by members of Nutley PBA Local #33.



Chamber's 5K Annual 5K Race Sunday, May 4

  •  High School Photo Class Designs 2014 Logo

- The Nutley Chamber of Commerce will host its 16th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk Sunday, May 4.

As in past years, the Chamber has turned to Ms. Linda McDonnell's Nutley High School Digital Photo- graphy students to design the logo.

Out of many, many submissions, the 5K committee chose an image designed by senior Jamie Reilly.

"Over the past few years, we've been trying to get more involved with the school's many business oriented

courses," explained Chamber President Jim McGuire.

"These kids are our future employees and business owners." The Chamber is continuing to expand similar of cooperative programs with the school including a speaker's bureau.

"I have always loved digital photography since I took the class my sophomore year and continued it this year," said Reilly.

"It's my favorite class in school."

Click here for Full Story



At Museum: 100 Years Along the Passaic River

  •  Author Phil Jaeger Reviews History on May 13

- "Do you live along the Passaic River," asks author Phil Jaeger who will present a 100-year review of the waterway in a special program Tuesday, May 13, at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street.

Jaeger is a three-term director of the Canal Society of New Jersey and serves on the Morris Canal gidebook and speakers bureau. The May 13 program is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Click here for Full Story



Trout Fishing Contest at Mud Hole May 3

  • Registration for Youngsters Already Underway

- Nutley's Trout Fishing Derby for the 35th year at the Mud Hole (Memorial Park) is set for Saturday, May 3, from 8:30-11 a.m.

The rain-or-shine event features prizes for the first trout caught, the most trout caught ad the largest trout caught.

Commissioner Mauro Tucci reports that more than 300 fish are

being stocked for the contest.

All children must be pre-regis- tered to prove residency. Registration already is underway at the Recreation Building, 44 Park Avenue (973-284-4966.)

. Co-sponsors of this year's event include Mainiero's Sporting Goods, the Nutley Elks Lodge and C.Walter Searle Insurance.



Nutley Patrolman Prevents A Murder in Clifton

  •  Ptl. David Strus Credited With Saving Lives

- Nutley Patrolman David Strus is being credited with disarming a 61-year-old former employee of Roche who stabbed and killed Clifton resident Paul Baker in the parking lot of the Richfield Shopping Center Monday morning.

Hank Werner, 61, has has been charged with attempted murder and is being held on $500,000 bail in the Passaic County Jail.

Reportedly diagnosed with a mental illness, Werner was laid off

from Roche 14 years ago.

In recent years Werner was a frequent figure at the Richfield Shopping Center which he often referred to as "my home."

Nutley Patrolman Strus was able to disarm Werner without using his police-issued handgun.

Family members say Werner's physical and mental problems worsened recently after he stopped taking his medication. Charges against Werner could result in a prison-for-life sentence.



Little Theatre Suspense Thriller: Sunday, May 4

  •  Reading of 'Dark Matters' on Erie Place

- Nutley Little Theatre will perform a reading of the suspense thriller "Dark Matters" at the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place, Nutley, on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, "Dark Matters" takes place in an isolated house at the edge of a cornfield in the mountains of

Virginia. Bridget Cleary goes missing in the dead of the night.

Her husband Michael and son Jeremy scramble to help Sheriff Egan find her. As suddenly as she disappears, she reappears talking about strange visitations and otherworldly beings.

Is she lying? Or are supernatural forces at work?

Click here for Full Story



John Kelly III Enters Race for Freeholder Board

  •  "My Grandfathers Has Been My Inspiration"

John Kelly III
Will work to lower taxes in Nutley and other Essex County towns.

- John Kelly III, the 29-year-old grandson of the former Nutley Mayor and president of Nutley Savings and Loan, has entered the race for a seat on the Essex County Board of Freeholders.

"My grandfather has been my inspiration and role model," Kelly says.

A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kelly holds a J.D. degree from Seton Hall and is an associate of state Senator Kevin O'Tool's law firm in Verona.

Essex County's high taxes "in comparison with other counties" is another reason Kelly has declared as a candidate.

Click here for Full Story



Charlie Piro Memorial Golf Outing June 2

  • All Day Event at Hendrick's, Reception at Nanina's

- The 25th Annual Charlie Piro Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, June 2, at Hendricks Field in Belleville. The day-long event opens with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and ends with a four-hour open bar at Nanina's In the Park.

Foursomes are now being organized; cost for the event is $130 per golfer which covers

18 holes of golf, use of an electric cart and an awards buffet ceremony.

Deadline for the receipt of paid applications is May 23. All fees must be paid in advance; no money will be collected on the day of the event.

Checks should be mailed to Stephen Searle, 410 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110.



First Step Taken Toward Televising Meetings

  •  Commissioners Unanimous in Supporting Moving Ahead

- Nutley's twice-monthly meetings of the Board of Commissioners may soon be on television.

Town commissioners have been discussing such a possibility among themselves for the past month and Tuesday night a formal resolution to move forward was adopted unanimously.

"The township wishes to broadcast Commission meetings in the most efficient and effective way possible," the board said as it authorized Commissioner Mauro Tucci and the Parks and Public Property Department "to begin gathering information to be presented to the full board for consideration."

Click here for Full Story



Nutley Ranked 10th in On-Line Gambling

  •  Report Based on Websites at Caesars

- Nutley is ranked 10th among the most popular towns in New Jersey when it comes to on-line gambling in Atlantic City.

The revelation came today in a report by Jeff Goldman in The Star Ledger. Statistics for the ranking were compiled by Caesars Inter-

active Entertainment for their three websites between November 21 and February 28.

Topping the list were Toms River, Jersey City and Cherry Hill. The ranking was not based on monies earned or loss, but on the amount of time spent wagering on-line.



First Priority: Find Another Roche!

  •  But Waiting Could Take Many Years, Attorney Says

- Although Nutley commissioners say they've retained one of the country's best consultants in developing three scenarios for the future of the Roche property, "our first priority would be to attract a large pharmaceutical company so that there would be a seamless transition for our community," town attorney Alan Genitempo said today.

"But after consulting with experts, waiting for a large company to replace Roche could take many years, and until then, the site

would remain vacant" Genitempo said, "but most likely with Roche continuing to pay taxes."

Commissioners independently have hired the planning firm of Perkins Eastman that has developed three schemes for the possible "re-purposing scenario for the Hoffman-LaRoche site."

Those schemes were outlined in detail to Nutley residents this past week during a three-hour three presentation attended by 200 persons at the high school auditorium.

Click here for Full Story



Long Delay in Naming Nutley's New Police Chief

  •  Tom Strumolo's Appointment Finally Made by Petracco

- Tom Strumolo is the new chief!

"Welcome Chief Strumolo! It took a long time to be able to say that," Commissioner Mauro Tucci said Monday night referring to the contentious five months that Mayor Alphonse Petracco has kept the chief's position vacant, flirting instead with the idea of appointing a civilian director.

"You have had the support of our community and the police," Tucci said.

New Chief Tom Strumolo actually has had the support of all four commissioners with the

Photo by NJHometown

Chief Tom Strumolo and Capt. Robert Irwin in Town Hall photo following their promotion, Strumolo as Chief of Police, and for Irwin, police captain and second in command.

exception of Mayor Petracco who, as director of Public Safety, was charged with making and evaluating the appointment.

Click here for Full Story



Nutley Survey Underway On Quality of Services

  •  Six Basic Questions Asked of Local Residents

- - An on-line citizens survey asking residents to answer six questions regarding the services of the Nutley Department of Civic Affairs was launched yesterday by Commissioner Stephen Rogers.

"Purpose of the short survey is to help us provide efficient and effective services to our residents. The best way to learn about the wants and

needs of the people is to go directly to them. That is exactly what I am doing," Rogers said."

The six questions require a yes or no answer, with a notation that gives residents an opportunity to add comments. "It takes a resident three minutes or less to answer. And those answers are of great value to us," Rogers said.

Click here for Full Story



Nutley Wins Award for Keeping Town 'Green'

  • Gov. Christi Presents Commendation to Dr. Scarpelli

- The Township of Nutley announced today that Commissioner Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli, director of Public Works, is the winner of the 2014 Garden State Green Award in the category of "Public Official."

The Garden State Awards are granted annually in conjunction with the Garden State Green FestFEst, an expo dedicated to educating, inspiring and empowering individuals

to come together to create a more sustainable planet. The award was presented at the GreenFest on March 15, at Kean University.

"I am proud to accept this award on behalf of Nutley Township," Scarpelli said. "It is truly a team effort by our entire Board of Commissioners' working together with our Greenutley committee to increase and enhance our Green initiatives."

Click here for Full Story



Spring Clean Up Days: March 31-April 11

  •  Public Works Effort Ends With 'Shred It Day''

- Nutley Public Works' Commissioner Dr. Joseph Scarpelli announced that for the fifth year the Department of Public Works will be conducting a Spring Clean-up of household yard waste. The pickup is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31 and end Friday, April 11.

"This is an ongoing effort to increase our recycling efforts and to reduce our garbage disposal costs," said Scarpelli.

In addition to the Spring Clean-up Weeks, the Department of Public Works will conduct "Shred-it Day" on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Click here for Full Story



Public's Biggest Concern: School Overcrowding

  •  Residents Opposed to Housing at Roche Site

Photo by NJHometown

Mayor Alphonse Petracco presides at March 12 hearing.

- About 200 Nutley residents spent nearly three hours Wednesday night at a community forum debating how best to utilize the Roche property once the pharmaceutical giant completely vacates its property – an event expected within the next two years.

But despite the plans for scenic walkways along uncovered brooks, new housing developments, and light industry, the future of the property likely will be decided not by the dreams of Nutley residents but by Roche itself.

An intensive worldwide search is and has been underway by Roche to sell its valuable property which today is being readied for the new owners by a full-time work force charged with cleansing remaining pharmaceutical contaminants both above ground and below.

Click here for Full Story



Roche Development Plan Outlined

  • No Mention Made of Need for Classroom Space

- (The following report focuses on the three "master plan scenarios representing a range of prospective development possibilities for the Roche property.

A "redevelopment scheme" for the now vacant Roche property has been introduced but at the same time, the report's three redevelop- ment schemes have largely been dismissed mainly because of the

surprising number of housing proposed for the site with no mention of Nutley's pressing problem with overcrowded schools.

Except for the large number of single-family homes, the Pekins-Eastman report includes three similar but separate proposals for the Roche property redevelopment. All involve creating a community not unlike today's Nutley.



Face Book Page for Young Women in Nutley

- Commissioner Steven Rogers announced today that the Nutley Young Women's Initiative now has a dedicated Face Book Page providing updates on health clinics, workshops, and other events specifically for women and sponsored by the Department of Public Affairs.

The Face Book page is titled

-Nutley NJ Women's Initiative.

Rogers says women will be able to post ideas, suggestions, and other important topics of interest. Presently the page has information related to Nutley's spotlight on women's health programs, Nutley's Women-to-Women Gleaning Program and the Stepping Back program.

Click here for Full Story



Jail for Nutley Man's Impersonating an Officer

  •  Peter Repoli Flashed Badge to Pizzeria Employees

- Nutley resident Peter Repoli has been found guilty of impersonating an Essex County police officer and now faces up to 18 months in prison. Repoli was found guilty of flashing his badge to workers at the Santini Pizzeria on Franklin Ave. and demanding the address of someone known to to the staff.

Workers became suspicious when they saw Repoli leave the pizzeria and get on a NJTransit bus. Workers then called Nutley Police who arrested Repoli and notified the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Click here for Full Story



7th Grade Girls Travel Team Wins Championship

  •  Undefeated in All 14 Suburban League Games

- The Nutley 7th Grade Girls Travel basketball season just capped off an unprecedented third straight undefeated season (14-0) Suburban League Championship, defeating Bloomfield 42-26 on March 6 at the Walker Middle School.
(Click for larger photo & details.)

Click here for Full Story



School Board Adopts Code of Ethics

  •  "I Will Refuse...To Use the Schools for Personal Gain,"

- Members of the Nutley Board of Education are promising not to use the schools for personal gain or for the gain of friends.

The promise was included in a code of ethics read at the board's Feb. 24 meeting by trustee Ryan Kline and adopted unanimously by

all nine school trustees.

The adoption by the Nutley board parallels a code established by the N.J. School Boards Association. One of the promises is "not to administer the schools, but, together with my fellow board mem- bers, to see that they are well run."

Click here for Full Story



Nutley Woman Assaulted in Nichols Park

  •  Police Looking for 6-Foot Tall While Male

- Mar 7, 2016 - Nutley Police Are investigating an incident in which an unidentified man grabbed a woman in Nichols Park late Thursday afternoon.

The woman told Police that she was walking her dog near the waterfalls in Nichols Park at approximately 4:45 p.m. when an unidentified man grabbed her from behind and touching her inappropriately.

She fended off the man while running from the scene at the same time and calling police for help. Nutley officers searched the area for a Caucasian male, approximately six-feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, and wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information or in the park area around 4:45 Thursday afternoon is asked to contact the Nutley Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-284-4940 ext. 2171.



Higher Fees for Town Events Like Parades

  •  New Rates Coming for Special Police Coverage

- New fees are being proposed by Nutley Commis- sioners for specialized police assistance whenever summoned to assist in such activities as town parades, handling temporary traffic diversions for contractors monitoring activity at carnivals and "other on-street events."

The ordinance introduced by Mayor Alphonse Petracco

tentatively is scheduled for a public hearing. However all five of Nutley's commissioners, including the Mayor, agree that the proposed revisions need further review before final adoption tentatively scheduled for February 21.

As the ordinance presently stands, the "normal" cost for a police at a special event would jump from $30 to $65 an hour.

Click here for Full Story



"Bernie's Club' A Huge Hit With Youngsters

  •  More than 100 Turnout out for Saturday AM Fun Event

- A few more than 100 youngsters had a morning-full of fun with "Bernie," a huge make -believe dog and the mascot of a new children's initiative launched Jan. 11 by Public Affairs Commissioner Steven Rogers.

Accompanied by their parents and some by other relatives, "Bernie's Club" provided a wide variety of games and story-telling and just plain fun for children from the 1st to fifth grade. Several adults including staff members from the Nutley Health Dept. watched over the two-hour

NJHometown Photo

Bernie with Commissioner Rogers

event that will be held twice monthly on Saturday mornings.

Bernie will return for another visit with Nutley youngsters on Saturday, February 8.

Click here for Full Story



Volunteers Needed for Neighborhood Watch

  •  Chief Thomas Strumolo Is Looking for Interested Citizens

- Nutley's new Police Chief wants to expand the town's neighborhood watch program. Interested families and individuals are presently being recruited.

"I believe 'neighborhood watch' is an important part of our township's crime prevention program," Chief Thomas

Strumolo said today.

"Keeping our township safe is a team effort and we need all the help we can get from the community."

Interested citizens may telephone Chief Strumolo at 973-284-4947. He can also be reached by email at tperrota@nutleypd.com.



Rogers Drives to S. Jersey to Honor Turello

  • 'No Nutley Resident Should Ever Be Left Behind...."

- A few days ago Commissioner Steven Rogers learned that a 96-year-old World War II Nutley soldier was not among the 21 former servicemen honored in the town's Veterans' Day ceremonies last month. Yesterday Rogers drove down the Garden State Parkway to Berkeley Township (Toms River) to personally present Nutley's 23 Military Distinguished Service award to Pasquale Turello, a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Rogers says he only recently learned that Mr. Turello was a Nutley resident all of his life and

recently moved to Berkley Township in order for his family to care for him.

"He was unable to attend our veterans day ceremony when we presented 21 Nutley WWII Veterans with medals," Rogers said today. "Therefore, I decided to bring the medal to him."

Click here for Full Story



'Space Age' Water Meter Plan Is Here for Nutley

  •  Bills Will Soon Be Read Wirelessly

- Efforts to adjust charges for homeowners with indoor water meters were adopted tonight after Commissioners agreed to a multi-year space-age plan that reads meters wirelessly. The plan, championed by Public Works Commissioner Dr. Joseph Scarpelli and Nutley Finance Commissioner Tom Evans, was developed as a result of the increasing number of

residents who are not at home during working hours when meters are read.

When access to a home cannot be made, the town estimates the water usage and sends a bill.

"As a result, the arrearages can result in a significant hardship to a homeowner, especially in the current economic environment," Evans said at tonight's Commission session.

Click here for Full Story



Tucci : A Way to Rid Area of Noisy Starlings

  •  'Bird Doctor" Is Guaranteeing His Method Will Work

- Parks and Public Property Commissioner Mauro Tucci says he has has found a "bird doctor" who promises and guarantees to rid the area on and around Romano Street of the thousands of birds, mostly starlings, that nest in the trees above. Although the Nutley Fire Department at times has made daily visits to spray the trees, residents say "the birds merely fly away temporarily and then come right back, and they keep coming back."

Tucci says that sound-making devices costing "just short of $10,000 and powered by batteries" were placed high in the trees" but failed to solve the problem. Tree branches were cut down but that didn't work. "Nothing worked, until maybe, just maybe now."

"We do have proposal from a bird doctor who promises that with five applications of a non-toxic device that creates a fog, our problem will be ended. The bird doctor guaran- tees the fog application will work."

Click here for Full Story



Annie Oakley Painting Unveiled at Museum

Photo by NJHometown Photo

- A late summer afternoon crown witnessed and applauded the unveiling of "Annie Oakley: Little Sure Shot," a large and important new Trmpe I'oeil painting that depicts a variety of scenes including many reflecting the years 1892-1903 when Miss Little Sure Shot resided in Nutley on the Enclosure.

Click here for Full Story



Roche Will Continue to Monitor Wells Thru 2014

  • No Water/Soil Contamination Yet Found in Tests 50-Ft, Deep

- An on-going series of soil and groundwater tests so far have found no contaminants in Nutley originating from the Roche property, Nutley Commissioners were assured this week. Elaborate testing, however, will continue thru May 2014, a commitment repeated several times during a 45-minute meeting between Roche and the five Nutley Commissioners Tuesday night at Town Hall.

"The two main components that we are concentrating on are soil and groundwater contamination," Roche Vice President and site head tom Lyon said.

Soil contamination has been detected but only on the Roche property and nowhere else in the township. Groundwater contamination has been found outside of the Roche property, Lyon said, but only at depths below 50 feet.

"The testing in Nutley is the most comprehensive of soil and water that's ever been done in the state of New Jersey," Lyon said.

Tests are continuing at depths down to 100 feet where water contamination has been identified, not only from Roche but from a variety of other sources.

Click here for Full Story

All Around Town


Library Friends
Book Sale Starts
Thursday-Saturday

- Donations of books are now being accepted for this week's "Friends of the Library" book sale that starts Thursday and continues thru Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Donations of books can be dropped off today and Wednesday at the library. Proceeds of the book sale benefit the Friends of the Nutley Library. Funds help support the library's programs and collections.



Reserve Mattia Tickets
For May Awards Event

- Tickets for this year's Mattia Awards dinner on Wednes- day, May 7, can be obtained by calling Vicki O'Halloran at 973-667-7419 or via mail to her at 25 Florence Street, Nutley 07110. An alternate telephone number for tickets is 973-235-1065.

Phil White, president of the Dr. Virginius D. Mattia Awards also can be contacted at news@njhometown.com

Tickets are $65 for the event that opens with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville. The event honors JD Vick who accompanied several Nutley High School students to on trips to Tuscaloosa Alabama to assist in recovery efforts from the disastrous 20001 hurricane.



NHS Spring Sports

Softball-- -- Ridgewood 13, Nutley 12 yesterday (Tues.) West Orange challenges today 4 pm at Yantacaw Park.

Read More Girls Softball

Lacrosse-- -- With the scored tied 11-11 at the end of regulation play, Nutley's Santino Gabriele scored his fifth goal of the evening to clinch the overtime match 12-11 the winning 12th goal in overtime Tuesday at Governor Livingston High School.

Read More Varsity Lacrosse

Baseball-- --Nutley at West Essex 4 p.m. today (Wed.)

Read More Varsity Baseball

Tennis-- -- Nutley's boys tennis team has a winning season thus far in a highly competitive schedule. As of today, Nutley has won four matches and lost three. Nutley faces West Essex next on Friday, April 25.

Read More Boys Tennis



Cody's Tricky Tray
Thursday, May 1
At Parks & Rec

- Cody's Foundation for abused and abandoned children is hosting its 14th annual Tricky Tray FUN'draiser on Thursday, May 1 at the Nutley Parks & Recreation Center, 44 Park Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. and drawings begin at 7:30 p.m.

Gift cards, gift certificates and baskets featured. Tickets $30, drawings begin at 7:30 with 10 guests per table.

Entry ticket includes meal, beverages, dessert and coffee. Event is BYOB. Contact Sissy 973-667-7149.



Church Schedules

  Sunday Services
  And Weekly Events

A complete listing of churches in Nutley.

Sunday Listing
for All Nutley Churches



Dedicated Health Page
Now on 'Facebook'
For Nutley Women

- Commissioner Steven Rogers announced today that the Nutley NJ Young Women's Initiative now has a dedicated facebook page for all Nutley Women to visit. The page provides updates on health clinics, workshops, and other events offered by the Public Affair Dept. throughout the year that are specifically designed for women.

The face book page has information related to Nutley's spotlight on Women's Health Programs, Nutley's Women to Women Gleaning Program, and the Stepping Back Program. The program is on-going all year long. Coordinating thebprogram is registered nurse Patti Cruz at the Dept. of Public Affairs, 973-284-4976.



Nutley's Vickey Chalk
Directing Political Drama; Excellent Reviews

- Audiences are applauding as exceptional Nutley Little Theatre's production of the classic comedy "Born Yesterday" which opened April 11 at the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place, in Nutley.

Directed by Vicky Chalk of Nutley, the play may may be best known for propelling Judy Holiday's career, through her portrayals of Billie on Broadway, and in an Oscar-winning film performance.

The April 11 performance was a benefit for the Franklin Reformed Church in Nutley.

"The play's theme of unscrupulous Washington politics will ring true to theater-goers in 2014 as much as it did over 60 years ago," director Vicky Chalk promises.

Click here for Full Story



Nutley Police Blotter  

    Identity Theft
   At Home in Nutley
April 11, 2014 - Headquarters received a walk-in report of Identity Theft. The victim stated that after filing their tax return with H&R Block they received a phone call from the IRS stating their Social Security number was used for a tax return in Houston, Texas for 2012 and 2013.

They were also advised that it was used last year and two of the victim's dependents were claimed on the tax return this current year.

The victim completed an Identity Theft Affidavit and was advised to file a report with their local Police Department. The victim was entered into the database as an Identity Theft Victim and was advised to pick up a copy of the report for their records.

Read More Police Reports



April 26 Drop Off Location
228 Chesnut Street



Detective Bureau Investigations
Result in 7 Arrests

- Seven suspects have been arrested in connection with several burglaries occurring in Nutley, Police Chief Thomas J. Strumolo reported this morning, "and there are more to come," he said.

Nutley Police in cooperation with Rutherford officers arrested and charged 61 year-old Steven Benedek of Wayne with burglaries at three separate Nutley residences.

Benedek, who was charged with burglary in other towns as well, had been arrested in Nutley back in 1972 and 1973 for burglaries as well. Nutley police were able to charge him with burglary to an Edison Avenue residence that occurred on December 12, another on Highfield Lane on December 19, a third involving a Highfield Lane residence on December 30, and a burglary January31 on Kingsland Avenue.

Click here for Full Story



Art Show April 26
At AMVETS Hall

"If you are an artist and wish to display your work at this reception, please contact Meredith Blank at the Nutley Department of Public Affairs, 973-284-4976.

Artists will display their works with the option to purchase. The event itself takes place between 6 and 9 p.m., Commissioner Steven Rogers says. "I am in my office every Saturday morning to see residents between 9:30am and noon. No appointment is necessary."



16-Year-Old Runaway
Evades Police Search
In Tri-County Area

- Nutley police continue to seek the whereabouts of 16-year-old Christina Simeonidis who has been missing since March 17.

Police believe the runaway teenager is avoiding being located or caught; she has spoken to Police Officers on several occasions by phone stating that she will return home but so far has failed to do so. Police say she frequents Passaic and Paterson and in the past also has been seen in Little Falls, Montclair, South Hackensack and Wayne.

Christina is five feet 6 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and the tattoo "heaven" on her left wrist.



Spring Garden Wins
Third Half Club's 2014
Basketball Tournament

- Spring Garden School won the three-day Third Half Club Elementary School Basketball Tournament in a hard fought victory over Radcliffe School before a large crowd in the John Walker Middle School gymnasium.

This was Spring Garden's first Championship in the Third Half Club's Elementary Basketball Tournament in over a decade. Congratulations for the total team effort that brought home the Gold Medals.

The Championship game started off as a defensive struggle until Michael Canosa from Spring Garden hit a 3-point shot from the right sideline. This was Michael's first of four 3-point baskets to finish with 12 points. Spring Garden won the contest, 38-28.

It was a total team effort as Cade Harkins, Matthew Jaworski, Daniel Jennings, Jake Lacy, Kyle Manalang, Annabelle Shanley, Lucia Rizzuto and Charlie Contini all made key picks and assists.

Click here for Full Story



Martha Stewart Shares
Nutley St. Patrick's Story
With Her TV Audience

- Martha Stewart celebrated St. Patrick's Day yesterday by recalling her days as a young schoolgirl residing on Elm Place in Nutley. She told her television audience on "Martha Stewart Living" that her interest in the traditional Irish-American meal was heightened by the diversity of families on her street./p>

"There were Jews, Catholics, Episcopalians and other Protestants," she said, along with the Italians, German English and Scottish homeowners.

"This diversity contributed y interest in understanding how people of different religions and nationalities celebrated holidays and rites of passage." She said beside St. Patrick's Day, she was also very interested in all holidays "and was always looking to expand her cooking repertoire."



Township's Bills Total
$8,253,050 for Two Weeks

- Twice each month, Nutley's elected Commissioners pay their departmental bills. The payments approved last night, March 18, totaled $8,253,050.

The breakdown by individual departments: Public Affairs $93,147, Revenue & Finance $6,210,331, Public Safety $154,090 Public Works $837,058, Parks & Public Property $162,118 and town payrolls for the two-week period ending March 14, $796,310.





Parking Meters Collect $20,753 for Month

- Revenues collected from parking meters and parking lots in Nutley totaled $20,753,10 for the month ending Oct. 31.

Monthly parking raised the most monies: $8,850. Street meters accounted for $6,799 while parking lot meters totaled $5,103.



Nutley Library Events
Today thru April 30

A listing of events today and thru the month of April has been provided by head librarian Maria LaBadia.

Tuesday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. – Babygarten. Registration is required. Must be a resident of Nutley.

Tuesday, April 22, 29 at 1 p.m. – Play Bridge. No registration required.

Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. - Preschool Story Time. Must Be a Nutley Resident. Registration is required.

Wednesday, April 23 & 30 at 10 a.m. – Conversational ESL. No registration required.

Wednesday, April 23 & 30 at 1:00 p.m. – Wednesday Afternoon Knitters. Come share your love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters. Meet fellow knitters, brush-up on your skills, and learn some new techniques. Please bring your own supplies. This group meets every Wednesday.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 24, 25, 26) at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Friends Book Sale. Come out and stock up on hardcover books, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs at this semiannual sale! Donations are welcome April 21, 22, 23.

Saturday, April 26, 30 at 3:00 p.m. – Pop-Up Craft Saturdays.

Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m. – Superhero Story Time. Children of all ages and their caregivers come out for run songs and stories and a great craft! Registration is not required.

Monday, April 28 – May 3 – Comic Book Week. Check our calendar for details.

The Nutley Public Library is located at 93 Booth Drive in Nutley, NJ, 07110. The library is barrier free. Telephone 973-667-0405. Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.–9 p.m., and on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.



Alan Fischer Completes
Air Force Basic Training

- Alan E. Fischer, a 2012 graduate of Nutley High School, completed basic military training at the Joint Base San Antonio in Lackland, Texas.

Airman Fisher completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Fisher is the son of Elizabeth Boele of Nutley.

Completion of the basic training course includes earning four college credits toward an associate applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.



Studio 11 on High St.
   Get Your Hair Done Right!

- Start 2014 off right, treat yourself to a make over at Salvatore Angelo Studio 11, a new full service salon, conveniently located at 11 High St.

Click here for Full Story



Fire Department Salary
Agreement Reached

  Details Are Kept A Secret

- A salary agreement with members of the Nutley Fire Department has been reached, Mayor Alphonse Petracco reports. The contract runs for four years with FMBA Local 44, Petracco announced at the last Town Commission session held Dec. 17.

Details of the contract including salary hikes were kept a secret.

The "terms and conditions" of the contract are outlined in a "memorandum of agreement" which has not been released to the public.

Click here for Full Story



New Parking Restrictions
Along Harrison Street

- New parking restrictions are now effective along Harrison Street on days that Nutley schools are in session.

The restrictions limit parking to one-hour on the north side of the roadway between Prospect Street and Bloomfield Avenue.

The new restrictions were announced by Mayor Alphonse Petracco.

Advertise with NJ Hometown

Nutley Olde Towne Centre

Shatter Safe

Diamond Spring

Shawn Thompson

Scarpelli Chiropractic

AIS KAE Driving School