Nutley, New JerseyPage OneDecember 20, 2014

Professional Study Aimed at Attracting New Restaurants and Stores

Effort Underway to Strengthen Business Community

- Nutley is about to launch a six-week comprehensive market analysis designed to attract and strengthen existing businesses throughout the town while identifying specific opportunities designed to attract new stores and restaurants to the community.

"Purpose of the professional study will devise a plan to strengthen Nutley's appeal as a modern shopping destination while retaining the existing businesses and recruiting new retail opportunities," Commissioner Tom Evans explained.

Coordinating the program's day-to-day development will be Jack Barry, Nutley's code enforcement and information technology officer.

The professional study will involve a field team from the consulting firm of JGSC that will be visiting stores in town and documenting the types of existing retail establishments, the level of commercial vacancies and the general overall conditions of the district.

Commissioner Evans said the study also will include interviews with merchants, property owners and key stakeholders with an interest in Nutley future. "Additionally, a detailed consumer survey will assist in providing a better understanding the needs of our community."

The overall plan detailed by Evans and Barry has been reviewed by all five Nutley Town Commissioners.

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Commissioner Tom Evans

Nutley Students of All Ages Commended for Volunteer Work

The Nutley Board of Education Monday night joined with the town's Public Affairs Dept. in honoring and thanking students at all grade levels for their volunteer community service.

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" Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"

Increased Police Patrols Watch For Impaired Drivers

- The Nutley Police Department is cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign.

Beginning today and continuing through January 2, 2015, Nutley Police and state law enforcement officials are conducting saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national "Drive Sober or Get

Pulled Over" effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education.

"This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," Chief Thomas Strumolo said today.

"Nutley Officers will be out in force enforcing drunk driving laws and

motorists are advised to use a designated driver when drinking the Chief stated.

Patrols will conducted throughout the town as well as along highway Rt. 21.

Mayor Alfonse Petracco says the initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them."

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Nutley's Irish-American Parade Benefits Veterans

  •  Substantial Gift to VFW Presented at Christmas Event

- Nutley's Irish-American Association presented a substantial monetary gift to Nutley Veterans this week during VFW Post 493's annual Christmas Party. The gift represents funds raised before and during last year's annual Irish St. Patrick's parade in Nutley.

"The Nutley Irish is grateful for the service our veterans have provided to our country," Tom McEnery, president of the association said in making the presentation.

"In behalf of all our members, we thank the VFW for continuing to care for and assist our veterans, our nation's heroes."

Post Commander John McGuire joined the Nutley veterans at the holiday celebration in applauding the gift. The veterans are continuing to visit servicemen at local homes and at hospitals during the holiday season.

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Mary Ellen Clyne Cited for Hospital Leadership

  •  Expansion and Upgrades at Clara Maass

- Township Commis- sioners in Nutley are applauding an expansion program presently underway at the nearby Clara Maass Memorial Hospital in Belleville, citing the facility "for the v.i.p treatment given to Nutley residents" and crediting the leadership of its director, Mary Ellen Clyne.

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Congratulatory proclamation is awarded at Town Hall.

Essex GOP Honors Steve Rogers and John Kelly

  •  Republicans Praise Nutley Leaders at Holidiay Party

- The Essex County Republican Committee Thursday honored Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers as its "Elected Official of the Year" and John V. Kelly as "Republican of the Year." The announcement came during the county's annual holiday party in Cedar Grove.

"Commissioner Rogers is one of the most hardest working officials I know," County GOP Chairman Al Barlas said. "And John V. Kelly has worked very hard for the people of Nutley and is a credit to that township and our organization."

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Commissioner Steven Rogers, Essex GOP Chairman Al Barlas and John V. Kelly III

Fake Chemical Spill Paves Way for Burglers

  •  Home on Fisher Road is Victimized

- Police are investi- gating a "diversion burglary" that victimized a Fischer Road resident this past Tuesday. A man, who the the lady at home believed to be a construction worker, pounded on her front door saying that there was a chemical spill on the next block over and he needed to check the water

supply in her basement.

The actor displayed a fictitious ID and was led to the basement where he let the water run. He also radioed a discrete "all clear" to an accomplice who entered the home and ransacked upper floor bedroom.

The time of the incident was approximately 3 p.m.

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Anthony Buccino: A New Book on Nutley

  •  "The Men and Women Who Made an Impact on Our Town"

- Announcement came today that Nutley writer and author Anthony Buccino has published "Nutley Notables, the Men and Women Who Made a Memorable Impact on Our Home Town, Nutley, New Jersey."

Buccino has now published more than 15 books including four essay collections, three military history books and seven full-length poetry collections.

He has been called "New Jersey's 'Garrison Keillor" and his poem "At The Vet" has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

"The township of Nutley, New Jersey, has accumulated a wealth

Anthony Buccino

of celebrated and eccentric people who over-shadowed the salt-of-the-earth folks who lived here.

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United Soccer Celebrates a Victorious Season

  •  Best Year Since Program Started in 1976

- The Nutley United Soccer Club has just completed one of his most victorious years since its was established in 1976. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro Tucci reports that just under 300 Nutley youngsters competed in over 14 different levels of play his season.

"Three teams were deemed victorious taking home the distinct title of Conference Champions in the Northern Counties Soccer Association," Tucci reports.

Just under 300 Nutley youngsters this season competed in over 14

different levels of play. Three teams were deemed victorious as they took home the championship title of Conference Champions in the Northern Counties Soccer Association.

The Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation prides itself on providing quality programs that help youngsters flourish. "It is truly the dedication and community spirit of these hard working coaches and players that make our reputation second to none," Commissioner Tucci said.

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Health Dept. Meets All State Rules

  •  Inspection by Trenton Officials Made in Nutley

- Commissioner Rogers announced today that the New Jersey Department of Health last week conducted an audit of the Nutley Health Dept. and found the department in full compliance with all state laws, rules and regulations.

State officials examined record keeping, vaccine storage, health services, documention procedures, uninsured compliance records,

eligibility criteria and immunization procedures.

"I am very pleased that we have met all of the criteria required by the State of New Jersey," Rogers said.

. "Our Our nursing staff, under the direction of our town Health Officer, Mr. Tom Restaino, continues to work very hard to provide the citizens of Nutley the best possible health care services we have."

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Santa' Arrives by Helicopter on Park Oval

- The helicopter carrying Santa Clause circled the Park Oval several times before making a perfect landing in front of the Nutley High School score board. Santa and Mrs. Clause were greeting by more than a thousand cheering fans and Santa spent more than an hour shaking hands and listing to the holiday wishes of children along the perimeter of Nutley Park Oval.

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Santa is surrounded by Elves who cheered his arrival in Nutley.

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Thanksgiving Service at Holy Family Church

- Nutley's annual Thanksgiving ecumenical service this year was hosted by Father Joseph Ferraro at Holy Family Church. The 90-minute service featured music by choirs from eight Nutley churches including a Hymn of Reflections by the Wesley Ringers of Vincent Methodist Church. Other music featured the choirs of Holy Family and St. Paul's Congregation, under the direction of Susan Loricchio and James Sorrell, and

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Nutley Volunteer James Paulson, 73

  •  Longtime President and Member of Nutley Rescue Squad

- James H. Paulson, 73, one of Nutley's most active community volunteers died on Saturday. A dedicated member of both church and community, he was a longtime member and past president of the Nutley Rescue Squad, Nutley Elks Lodge, St. Mary's Knights of Columbus and retired I.T. director at Roche.

He and his wife, Joanne, who died earlier this year, received the community's Dr. Virgineious D. Mattia Award in 2010.

Joanne and James Paulson

Elaborate remembrances are published on NJHometown today from a wide variety of townspeople including Mayor Alphonse Petracco. Funeral services are this Wednesday.

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Military Medal Presented to Mrs. Fuschillo

- The love of a wife and family was expressed Saturday morning as Commis- sioner Rogers had the honor of presenting the Nutley Military Distinguished Service Medal to Mrs. Eleanor Fuschillo, the widow of American Hero, U.S Army PFC,Tony Fuschillo, a WWII Veteran.

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Strict Regulations for Nutley Following Storm

  •  No On-Street Parking Until Snow Has Been Removed

- Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo and Mayor Alphonse Petracco urge residents to use caution when traveling in poor weather conditions. As with any severe weather advisory, residents should avoid unnecessary travel. This will help alleviate congestion, disabled vehicles, and accidents. Additionally Public Works equipment will be able to safely and

efficiently remove snow from streets which will allow accessibility for emergency vehicles. As a reminder, after a snowfall, residents have 36 hours to remove snow from side- walks and walkways. Additionally, vehicles cannot be parked on the street until the snow has been removed. Residents and contractors are reminded that it is a violation to shovel or place snow into the street.

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Here Are Rules to Comply with New Recycling

  • NOTE! Black Plastic Bags Are No Longer Acceptable

- Many homeowners and Nutley businesses have discovered that solid waste and recycling pickups have not been made because new regulations are

now in effect.

Black plastic bags, for example, are no longer acceptable and are being left at the curb. A detailed list of what's permitted

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Military Honors Awarded to Nutley Veterans

  • Inspiring Ceremony at AMVETS Center

- Nearly two hundred residents packed the AMVETS Hall on Park Avenue Sunday afternoon to witness the presentation of 100 Nutley Military Distinguished Service Medals to Nutley veterans and family members.

Commissioner Steven Rogers presided over the cere- monies that included several inspiring musical performances by the Nutley Abundant Worship Center.

Nutley's Public Affairs Military and Veterans Affairs Bureau last year awarded medals to veterans of World War II.

Korean War Veteran James Lyon (left) and Joanne Conway, holding a photo of her father, Mario Digori, at Sunday afternoon's military tribute to Nutley veterans serving in the Korean War.

Next year's program will award medals to those who served in Vietnam.

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Lacrosse Season for Grades 3-8 Now Open

  •  Registration Meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11

- Registration for the 2015 Lacrosse season for grades 3-8 is now open, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro Tucci announced today.

A registration meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Recreation Department (Room 300), 44 Park Ave.

"Along with learning the basic fundamentals of the sport,

youngsters will also begin to develop develop speed, coordination and agility."

Program director and head coach Cory Slicklen played attack with some of the best teams in the world.

Slicken has been running the Nutley Recreation Lacrosse program since its inception 25 years ago along with several other seasoned assistants.

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Nutley Irish Announce 2015 Parade Dignitaries

  •  Charles E. O'Mara Is Named Grade Marshal

- Charles E. O'Mara, a third generation Irish American, has been named the Grand Marshal of Nutley's 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for next March 7. Announcement came at a Town Hall press conference at Town Hall attended by the five "parade dignitaries" who will be lead the march. Anne E. Morris was named the parades' Deputy Grand Marshal.

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Ceremonies staged at Nutley Town Hall.

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Great Murals and of Nutley Continues

  •  Artistic Achievements and Sights of our Town

- The Nutley Public Library exhibition of photographs created in partnership with the Historical Society, "Great Murals and Muralists of Nutley," continues thru December 31.

On view through are photographs of murals created by prominent Nutley artists that can be seen in New York, Newark, and elsewhere.

"Everyone in town has seen "The

Return of Annie Oakley" by Paul C. Chapman, a New Deal era mural that can be seen in our Post Office," Barry Lenson, art director of the Nutley Museum notes.

"I grew up looking at mural but only later realized the central role that murals have played in Nutley's history. I made some amazing discoveries while preparing this exhibition.

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Eleni Pettas - Nutley's New Municipal Clerk

  •  She Joined Town Hall Staff 10 Years Ago

- Eleni Pettas, Nut- ley's new Township Clerk, won high marks from Commissioners at the close of her first meeting Oct. 7. Pettas succeeds Evelyn Rossario who resigned last month to accept a similar position in Fort Lee.

"We welcome Eleni and congratulate her as she completes her first meeting without skipping a beat," Mayor Petracco said as he joined the full board in applause.

Although Pettas is new to the Township Clerk's position, she already has held a full-time position for the past 10 years with 50 percent of her time spent with township clerk responsibilities, 30 percent as an administrative assistant to Finance Commissioner Tom Evans, and 20 percent with handling matters

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Eleni Pettas

relating to human resources.

Pettas joined the Revenue and Finance staff at Town Hall in October 2004. She became a licensed municipal clerk after passing the state exams in April 11, 2008.

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Volunteers Ready to Rake Leaves for Seniors

  •  RAKES Program Now In 5th Year

- Nutley seniors and others disabled or unable to rake their leaves this fall are taking advantage of the town's RAKES program (Random Acts of Kindness). The program now in its fifth year involves a volunteer effort by workers from Nutley schools, civic and business groups and neighborhood organizations.

"Last year with the help of more

than 100 volunteers we were able to clean and bag the leaves from more than 50 properties of senior citizens," Commissioner Dr. Joseph Scarpelli said today.

The program will peak on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 28-29) when more than 100 volunteers again are expected to clean and bag leaves from the properties of senior citizens.

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New Book Captures Images of Local Trees

  •  Margaret Parker: Photographer and Artist

- Trees are like people," Margot Parker of Nutley writes in the introduction to her new book, called "Trees." The 140-page book collects her personal interpretation of trees in photography and watercolors.

"Every tree has its own personality," the author says.

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Dodge Ball Tournament Raises $2603

  •  Funds Will Benefit Gail's Angles

- The first in what's planned as an annual Dodge Ball Tournament took place at the Walker School sponsored by by Parks and Recreation and coordinated by two Nutley High School students, Breanna DeMail and Emily Holden.

Parks and Recreation Commissioners Mauro Tucci reports the event raised $2,603 which was presented to Jim Babai of Gail's Angels, an organization that supports women with breast cancer

who care for children with special needs.

Local businesses also lent support to the tournament including Jim Dandy's, John's Centre Deli, Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes, Rocky's, Petracco's, Ferrulli's, Casa Turano, Scotto's Loue's and Cabrina's.

"It was wonderful to see the entire community pull together for such a wonderful cause," Recreation Commissioner Mauro Tucci. "We're already looking for to another successful event next year."

Veteran William Falduti Celebrates 90th Birthday

- Friends and family met Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of Nutley native William Falduti. He was joined by his 95 year old sister Isabel Merk.

Active with local veterans groups, Falduti fought across Europe in World War II with the 82nd Airborne

beginning with his parachute jump into St. Mere Eglise, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Two Purple Heart MedalsHe earned two purple hearts fighting across France and was one of the "battling bastards of Bastogne" in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Nutley to Share in $4.5 Million Road Project

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr announced that Nutley is among 14 Essex County munici- palities and 36 non-profit community organizations receiving a total of $4.8

million from the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Shelter programs.

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Develop- ment.

Joining the County Executive in photo are (l-r) Essex County Economic Development, Training and Employment Director Anibal Ramos, and Nutley Engineering Coordinator Salvatore Ferraro. (Photo by Glen Frieson)

Now Being Held on $250,000 Bail
Jonathan Matos, 23, of Nutley Jailed for Assault
And Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

- Nutley police have arrested 23-year-old Jonathan Matos of Nutley on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Matos is being held at the Essex County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Formal charges were made Oct. 10 when Nutley formally drafted arrest warrants for Matos after he was apprehended on Spring Street.

Police in Nutley are continuing to work closely with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Record Turnout for Cancer's Candlelight Walk

  •  Festivities Staged Along Franklin Ave. and Nearby Parks

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Among the more than 300 candlelight walkers were (l-r) Nutley Judge Joanne Cocchiola, the event chair Michelle fleitel and Anajanette Bonnie.

- "One of the best turnouts we've ever had," Nancy Greulich said as about 300 women, all cancer survivors, began their candlelight walk lit by luminaria lining Franklin Avenue Friday night. The walk began at the Walker School and continued east through the county and town parklands and eventually back through the business district.

"Any money that was raised tonight goes directly to help families suffering from cancer. Not a penny profit goes anywhere else," Michele Fleitel, said.

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Nutley Health Dept. Warns Against Deadly Virus

  •  NJ Records First Death from Enterovirus

- The Nutley Health Dept. today urged residents to take extra precautions concerning Enterovirus, a respiratory illness that this week claimed its first death.

The most important steps to take immediately, says Public Affairs Director Steven Rogers, is to wash hands often with soap and water, avoid shaking hands or touching people who are sick, and remain at

home when ill.

The virus is transmitted through close contact with an infected person or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.

Parents and care givers should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this illness with symptoms that range from mild to severe.

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Nutley Teachers Applauded at University

  •  Cite Success of Lincoln School Reading Program

- A Boost for Elementary School Readers -- Three Nutley teachers from Lincoln School were applauded at a summer conference Reader's Workshop sponsored by a study-grant from Montclair State University.

Speaking before a standing- room only group of educators, the Nutley teachers highlighted techniques designed to maximize

student reading levels through interactive "reading alouds" and "leveled libraries."

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Same Man Arrested at Least 6 Times

  • Nutley Police Cite Transactions of Crack Cocaine

- Nutley police, along with officers from Newark and Garfield, have arrested the same man at least six times during the past four week. Nutley police escorted the man, 48-year-old Martin Lucas, to the Essex County Jail in lieu of paying $25,000 bail after a drug transaction involving crack cocaine.

This week, Martin Lucas waw arrested again on similar charges -- after banging on a Garfield resident's door at 1:49 in the morning and shouting threats before police arrived only to discover he was in possesson of a crack pipe and other drug para phernalia.

Lucas was arrested again but this time released with a summons and given a court date.

Nutley detectives first arrested Lucas, a resident of Newark, at 10 p.m. Sept. 11 in the area of Vreeland and Hillside Ave. where detectives were conducting survillance involving a woman, known to use narcotics, make a drug transaction involvig crack cocaine. Lucas was arrested, charged with possession and distribution of cocaine, and taken to the Essex County Jail in lieu of bail set at $25,000.

Lucas at the time had three outstaning warramts out of Newark and one from Nutley.

Scarpelli Updates Ongoing Road Projects

  •  Work Is Half-Way Completed

- The last two winters have taken a toll on Nutley streets. This has not gone unnoticed by the Nutley Public Works Department, as can be demonstrated by the numerous street closings due to ongoing paving projects. Nutley Public Works Commissioner Joseph Scarpelli indicates that the scheduled street reconstruction are approximately halfway completed.

Currently being re-paved are Coeyman Avenue (between Bloomfield and Prospect), Elm Street, Newark Avenue, Mt. Vernon Street (between Bloomfield and Corsay, along with Wayside and Blum Lanes), Linn Road, Highfield Avenue (between Passaic and Whitford), Satterthwaite Ave. (from Passaic through North Road), and the short dead end of Lakeside Dr.

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Many Fans Injured After Belleville Football Game;
Future of Night Football in Belleville Questioned

- Nutley High School scored a relatively easy 55-18 football victory over Jersey City's Ferris High School Friday Sept. 20 under the bright lights of Owens Field on Park Avenue.

The move from the Parks Oval to the Parks Department's newest and largest outdoor facility was planned earlier in the week and was not related to the violence that took

place the previous weekend.

But the future of the traditional Nutley-Belleville football contest is still a subject being debated with many, if not most, fans favoring an end to the traditional rivalry or, at the very least, insisting the any future contests not be scheduled at night.

Many fans were attacked and beaten while leaving and on their way home from Belleville.

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Narcotics Arrest on Vreeland Avenue

  •  Woman Escapes Charges; Newark Man Sent to Jail

-Nutley police detectives arrested a 48-year-old Nutley resident who was observed selling drugs to a Nutley woman in the area of Vreeland Avenue. Arrested was Martin Lucas of Newark. The Nutley woman, known as a narcotics user, was not charged "because she was not in possession of drugs at the time," police said.

The incident append at 10 p.m. Sept. 11 while detectives were

conducting and area surveillance for narcotics.

"Detectives saw the woman walk up to the vehicle and make a transaction. Detectives observed a bag containing crack cocaine in "close proximity to the driver."

"Lucas was arrested and charged with possession and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. Arrested, Lucas was taken to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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Educators Applaude Contributions of Third Half

  •  Volunteer Athletic Support Group Marks Its 75th Year

-The Nutley Board of Education opened its formal meeting tonight with ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Third Half Club which for the past 75 years has provided support to athletic and educational activities in Nutley.

Trustee Fred Scalera first became involved with the Third Hall as a youngster in the 1950's.

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Third Half Club members with Nutley school educators including Superin- tendent Russel Lazovick (right).

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World Trade Center Bombing Is Remembered

  •  Mayor Petracco Addresses 911 Gathering at Town Hall

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Mayor Petracco addresses outdoor remembrance on Town Hall lawn.

- Despite the passage of 13 years, there were still tears in the eyes of Nutley residents this morning as the community marked the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and those on the same day in Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Three residents of Nutley were killed when the twin-towers collapsed: Dorota Kopicko, 26; Robert D. Cirri, 39, and Franco Lalama, 45. Family members were seated at today's memorial.

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Health Dept. to Address Alzheimers Disease

  •  New Program Will Provide Resorce for Nutley Residents

- An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, including approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

"These statistics should be a warning sign to health departments across America," Commissioner Steven Rogers said as he announced that the Nutley Health Department is now in the process of establishing a program that will

provide a safety net for Nutley residents suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

"I have spoken with many young couples who have expressed concerns for their elderly parents suffering from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. Many elderly citizens have told me they're aware of some available resources but find the costs prohibitable." Rogers says he intends to provide a lower cost program.

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  • Nutley Irish Already Preparing for 2015 Parade

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Officers for the upcoming 2014-5 year include (l-r) trustees Steve Tucholski and, John Kruse, corresponding secretary Deidre Hollywood, trustees Karen O'Connor and Joseph Milbauer, vice president Judy McIntyre, Tom McEnery and health and welfare officer Mary O'Connell. Officers not pictured are treasurer David Hollywood, recording secretary Shane McClafferty, legal counsel Francis J Costenbader and trustee Brenda Sherman.

Third Half Club Announces NHS Athletic Awards

  •  Santino Gabriele, Grace Montgomery Most Outstanding

-The Third Half Club of Nutley has announced the recipients of Nutley High School's 2014 Athletic Awards. Jack Barry in behalf of the Third Half Club thanked the entire Class of 2014 for all its efforts and sacrifices.

"You will be Maroon Raiders forever!," the Third Half Club said.

The recipients:

Outstanding Male Athlete, Santino Gabriele.

Outstanding Female Athlete, Grace Montgomery.

Katie O'Connell received the Martin Rizzolo Award presented to the senior athlete who best embodies the qualities of leadership, dedication, and excellence in the sport of track and field.

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Arrest Made After Foiled Drug Transaction

  •  Inncident Involved Nutley Woman on Vreeland Avenue

- A Newark man has been arrested and jailed following a foiled drug transaction in the area of Vreeland and Hillside Ave.

The arrest just made public came last Thursday, Sept. 11, while Nutley detectives were conducting surveillance involving a Nutley woman known to have used narcotics.

Police watched as 48-year-old Martin Lucas of Newark, driving a a 1999 Mercury SUV, arrive at the scene. The Nutley woman approached the vehicle and made a transaction.

"A bag of crack cocaine was observed in close proximity to the driver," Nutley police report.

Lucas was arrested and charged with (CDS), control and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. He was taken to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. He also had three outstanding warrants out of Newark and one for Nutley totaling close to $2,000.

The Nutley woman involved was never in possession of the substance at the time of the arrest. She was taken to police headquarters for questioning only.

Professional Acting Classes Now Underway

  •  Kathryn Osborne 's Studio Is Teaching 8-Week Course

- Nutley Little Theatre is offering a series of eight weekly acting classes for adults that began last night, Sept.15, and continuing through November on the theme of perfecting audition skills. Classes are being held at the Franklin Reformed Church, 45 Hillside Crescent. The course runs for eight weeks, through Nov. 3, with sessions scheduled 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays.

The course will be taught by Kathryn Osborne of the Kathryn Osborne Acting Studio in Montclair. Ms. Osborne is a graduate of the University of Texas and a member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA. She has performed in New York and regionally throughout the country in theatre, film, television, voice-overs, and print. Ms. Osborne teaches acting at The Adult School of Montclair.

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International Day of Peace in Nutley Sept. 21

  •  Community Events, Foods and Games 12-4 PM

-Town-wide participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace is planned in Nutley from 12-4 p.m, on Sunday, Sept. 21 Community groups representing all the Nutley schools as sell as church, service organizations, clubs and families will be participating in an afternoon "Chalk Walk." Afternoon activities also include a variety of foods, sports and games.

Sponsored by Mayor Alphonse

Petracco and the Nutley school system, the day's activities also include foods, sports and games from other countries and cultures as well as local bands.

Among the event's organizers are Sam Carella of the Mayor's office, James Riley at Nutley Schools, the Rev. Jill Fenske of the Franklin Reformed Church and several local bands that will be entertaining throughout the day.

New Program Introduces 3-5 Year-Olds to Sports

  •  Sessions Begin Saturday Mornings on Sept. 20

- A new Parks and Recreation program for youngsters 3-5 years of age is being launched starting Saturday, Sept 20, and is designed to introduce children 3-5 years to a variety of sports. Parental participation is required and the Saturday sessions will be held Saturdays at DeMuro Park and, in the invent of bad weather, at the Recreation Annex Building, 65 Bloomfield Ave.

The exact starting time of the

program has not yet been announced but will be on Saturday morning.

Parks Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci calls the program "a sports toddler sampler" as the classes for the young children provide participation in a variety of activities enabling the youngsters to find the sports they enjoy the most. Class sizes will be limited and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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NLT's Fall Season Is Underway

  •  'Lost in Yonkers' Is Benefit for Nutley Rescue Squad

- Nutley Little Theatre opens its 2014-2015 season tonight, Friday, with a production of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," at 8 p.m. in the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place, Nutley. Helen Exel of Nutley is the director and the opening night performance is a benefit for the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad.

Evening performances are scheduled Sept. 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. Matinees are on Sept. 7, 14 and 20. Evening performances have an 8 p.m. curtain and matinees are at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $17. There is a $2 discount (matinees only) for students and senior citizens who show IDs at the box office. Curtain for evening performances is 8 p.m., and for

matinees, 2 p.m.

In "Lost in Yonkers," two teenage boys are forced to live with their eccentric relatives when their widower father heads south to seek work in order to pay a debt owed to a loan shark. Drawing on Simon's own experiences growing up in World War II-era New York, the play earned a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. Many consider it to be the playwright's finest work.

The cast includes Tyler Moscaritola of Nutley, Matthew Gonzalez of Lake Hiawatha, Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls, Celeste Fasone of Woodland Park, Nick Pascarella of Ho-Ho-Kus, David Rieth of Montclair, Joyce Slous of Cedar Grove, and Victor Gallo of Caldwell.

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New Food Delivery Service for Seniors Underway

  •  Shop-Rite and Public Affairs Dept. Announce Plan

- Nutley Public Affairs Commissioner Steven Rogers and the Nutley Park-ShopRite have established a pilot program enabling senior citizens and other residents with disabilities, to shop on-line with their food orders delivered to their homes.

Once a resident with disabilities needing assistance registers with the Dept of Public Affairs at

973-284-4976, "our staff will bring a computer to the home of the applicant and assist him or her in placing the on-line order. Once the shopping list is sent to the store, "Shop Rite will deliver the goods to the person's home," Commissioner Rogers explained.

Participants are charged $10 for shopping fee and $5.95 for the delivery.

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A New Restaurant Soon to Open in Nutley

  •  Two NHS Graduates Are Renovating the Nutley Pub

- Two ambitious businessmen, both graduates of Nutley High School, this week convinced the Board of Commis- sioners this week to approve the opening of a new upscale restaurant replacing a noisy bar that for years has beleaguered neighbors who say they routinely wake up to find scattered beer bottles and other trash on their properties.

"I want this Board of Commissioners and our new neighbors to know we will are making a very positive change for this establishment with high quality food, and quiet background music.

We're not going to have live bands and karaoke nights. Instead we will have piped in background music," Thomas Markolis assured Nutley officials.

The new restaurant, now undergoing extensive renovations, will replace the Nutley Pub at 227-229 Centre Street near the intersection of Ideal Court.

For more than an hour the new owners, Thomas and Dean Markolis, did their best to convince Commis- sioners and neighbors that their plans call for a renovated facility designed more as an up-scale restaurant than as a corner bar.

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Academic Scores for Students Are Improving

  •  Supt. Lazovick Says Higher Marks Reported for All Grades

- Nutley students at all grade levels are performing with higher academic scores than those in previous years, according to a two-year performance evaluation presented to the Board of Education Monday night. The report was

conducted by K. Bania, science coordinator for all 12 grades levels. Bania presented a detailed analysis at the July 28 Board of Education session; the academic report was unanimously applauded by school trustees.

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Tennis Registration for Fall Season Underway

  •  Sessions Offered for 1st Grade thru High School

- Registration is now open for fall tennis lessons offered by the Nutley Parks and Recreation Dept. Sessions are designed for all age groups from first grade youngsters thru high school. Sessions will be directed by Barry Ruback, an accredited

member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and former collegiate champion. Sessions will concentrate on developing skills including technique, stamina, speed, reflexes and imagination. Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Town Hopes to Lease Park Oval for 99 Years

  • Commissioners Say Plan Would Lower Tax Burden

- Plans to repair and upgrade the Park Oval with modern seating, high-intensity lights for night-time activities along with other amenities are close to winning the approval of both the Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners.

The plan -- still opposed by some school board members -- involves leasing the Park Oval on a long-time basis to the Township where state and federal funds unavailable to the Board of

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Mayor and Commissioner Tucci present plan to Board of Education.

Education can be used instead by the Board of Commissioners to finance the upgrade.

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Park Avenue Construction Now Underway

  • Month-Long Project Involves 5-Block Stretch

- A month-long project to upgrade Park Avenue between Washington and Union avenues began on Monday, Aug. 4 and will continue thru Sept. 4. Work will continue through Sept. 4., weather permitting.

"Our goal is to minimize disrup- tion to residents while working as quickly and efficiently as possible," Public Works Commissioner Dr. Joseph Scarpelli said.

The construction work involves

the short five-block stretch along Park Avenue. Cross streets involved are Weston Place, Myrtle Ave., Lafayette Place, St. Mary's Place and Walnut St.

Involved is the upgrading of select curbs, sidewalks, driveway aprons and the milling, paving and striping of the roadway. Work hours generally will be Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Any changes in the work schedule will be communicated in advance.

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New Movie Sound System Purchased for Parks

  •  First Showing: 'Spider Man 2'" on Thursday, Aug. 28

- A brand new screen and sound system equipped for Nutley Parks & Recreation will be introduced to the public at a showing of the movie "Amazing Spider Man 2"" on Thursday, Aug. 28, at DeMuro Park on Margaret Ave. (An earlier reported movie title was incorrect).

"Our goal is to create a family environment for residents to come together and spend quality time with one another," Commissioner Mauro

Tucci said in announcing the second outdoor movie event of the season.

"Similar to a drive in movie, spectators are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch the film.

The movie will be projected on our new large blown up screen. Residents will enjoy this flick loud and clear," Tucci said.

Food items will be available for purchase that night at DeMuro Park.

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Kane Is New State VFW Commander

  •  His U.S. Army Career Began 1967 in Korea

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Jack Kane was honored by the Board of Commissioners on July 15.

- Jack Kane, a lifelong resident of Nutley, was officially honored by the township July 15 as he assumed the position of New Jersey State commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Commander Kane was also honored Saturday, July 12 at a homecoming celebration at Nutley's VFW Post 493.

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Apartment Hearing Delayed Until Sept. 22

- The Nutley Zoning Board took less than six minutes to post- pone the merits of building a proposed 36-unit apartment at the corner of Kingsland Street and Passaic Avenue.

The postponement until Sept. 22

No opposition voiced at initial hearing.

was made at the request of attorney Thomas DiBiasi, representing the developer.

Despite community concerns voiced since the project was first proposed, not a single person raised their hand when Zoning Board Chairman Paul Scrudato asked if there any persons attending last night's session who objected to the postponement.

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Nutley History Series Begins 10:30 AM Aug. 5

  •  Free Weekly Program for Students and Adults

- The first session of a new historical program "Celebrating America, Celebrating Nutley" begins Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Public Affairs Building. Anthony Buccino of the Nutley Historical Society will present the opening session.

Sponsored by Commissioner Steven Rogers, the history series will continue Tuesdays and

Thursdays throughout the month of August.

Nutley students as well as adults are invited to attend and participate in the series which ends on Aug. 28. There is no cost for the program.

"If you plan to attend, please call us at 973-284-4976," Commissioner Rogers asks. There is no cost for the program and refreshments will be served.

July 4th Fun All Afternoon - Fireworks at Night

- Independence Day 2014 introduced a new afternoon "Fireworks Carnival, with boardwalk style games" along Chestnut Street. The fireworks over the Park Oval began as usual after 9 p.m.

Games for youngsters and a celebration along a closed-to-traffic Franklin Avenue added to the fun.

Fireworks in neighboring Belleville and Bloomfield were cancelled because rain had been

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     The Boardwalk on Chestnut St.

threatening - but the skies over Nutley cleared and thousands from nearby towns came to Nutley for the July 4th celebration.

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Smoking E-Cigarettes in Public Places Prohibited

  •  Nutley Food Establishments Are Warned

- Nutley Health Depart- ment today issued a warning that an amended state law prohibits the smoking of E-Cigarettes in retail food establishments. Smoking is also prohibited in most indoor places but not inside private homes.

This week Commissioner Stephen Rogers directed the Nutley Public Health Coordinator to issue advisories to all retail establish-

establishments in town. Nutley Health Coordinator Thomas A. Restaino said he has received several inquiries about smoking the e-cigarettes in public places.

"The smoking of E-Cigarettes in Retail Food Establishments is prohibited by the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006 (amended 2010)," Restaino said.

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Nutley Boys Robbed at Gunpoint

  •  Police Looking for Two Black Males, 18-22 Years of Age

- Two 17-year-old boys were robbed at gunpoint while walking along Brookfield Avenue last night (Monday) in Nutley.

Police today are investigating the strong armed robbery that occurred at 10:48 p.m. when a white care pulled aside the two boys. Two men exited the car, brandished a handgun, robbed the two boys and then assaulted them.

Nutley police are looking for two black males,18-22 years of age and both approximately 5' 10'. One of the men was described as medium built, the other thin. Both were wearing black shorts with hoodies.

After assaulting the two boys, the actors fled east on Brookfield Ave. in the same white car. Anyone with information is asked to contact Nutley Police at 973-284-4940.

Celebrating Nutley & America

  •  A New Summer Initiative for Students and Families

- "Celebrating Nutley and America" is a new initiative for students in grades 6-9 launched today by Commissioner Steven Roger and Dom Tibaldo, president of the Nutley Historical Society. Families of the students are also being invited to join the initiative.

"This program is a fantastic idea and we are thrilled and honored to be asked to contribute," Dom Tibaldo, president of the Nutley Historical Society said. The initiative will highlight the town's history and the contributions residents have made toward the growth of America.

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Second Sizzling Summer Concert Thurs. July 17

  •  'Total Soul' Will Perform 6:30 PM at Memorial Park

- Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci announces "Total Soul" will take the stage at Memorial Park I (Mud Hole) on Thursday for the department's 2nd sizzling concert of the summer. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Rain date for the event is July 28.

"Our Concerts provide free entertainment throughout the summer months, offering a variety of performers in a great outdoor atmosphere" stated Tucci. "In the

spirit of summertime relaxation, these special summer performances emphasize family recreation in a tranquil park setting."

Total Soul plays everything from Motown to today's pop and R&B, to the Jazz/Big Band standards of the 1940's. Total Soul performs with the flair of a well-rehearsed show band, complete with front line choreography, exciting lead singers, hot horns, and a groovin' rhythm section.

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Nutley Wins 2013 Award for Keeping Town Green

  •  Commissioner Scarpelli Credited for Innovative Program

- Nutley has been awarded America's 2014 award for recycling paper– a distinction sponsored by the American Forest and Paper Association. "The Nutley provides a great example for the entire country with its recycling program, a great success story for both creativity and volume," said Tim Crawford, the association's senior vice president.

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Public Works Commissioner (second from left) headed Nutley's "creative recycling program" which was hailed as a "great success story for our nation for both creativity and volume.".

Nutley Wins National Award for Recycling Efforts

  • "A Great Success Story' Says Forest and Paper Assoc."

- Nutley's paper recycling program has been awarded first-place honors in a national survey conducted by the American Forest and Paper Association.

"The town's recycling program started in 1981 is a great environ-mental and success story and this year is being cited nationally for its creativity and volume," said Tim Crawford, senior vice president and head of technology for the national

association. "Yours is a great environmental success story," Crawford said during his visit to Nutley Monday night.

He called the success of the Nutley program "intriguing" as he addressed the Board of Commissioners in presenting the award. Public Works Commissioner Dr. Joseph Scarpelli was especially pleased with the town's selection for the national honor.

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Police Offer An Assist to Young Bicycle Riders

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- New Street in Nutley was turned into a bikers paradise last Sunday morning - especially if you were at a very young age and just beginning to master keeping your two-wheeler in a up-rite position.

"We had a turnout of 183 boys and girls," Nutley Police Chief Tom Strumolo says. The special event was so popular that the program will be repeated next year if not before.

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Apartment Construction 'Strengthens' Town

  •  Evans Sees Little Impact on Nutley School System

- Nutley businessman Jack Magnifico, a frequent speaker at Nutley Commission meetings, says he fears the rapid increase in the number of apartment complexes is destroying the community.

"I am very concerned with the town's future," Magnifico said. I see more and more vacant buildings, a lot of vacant businesses and more and more apartment complexes. How is this helping our town?"

Finance Commissioner Tom Evans, speaking for the board, took issue with Magnifico's assessment

at the June 10 town hall session.

"The increase in the number of apartments actually has strengthened the community.

"In fact just one apartment developer's fees alone has exceeded $1 million in new revenues for the town, and helping soften the effects of the building demolitions at Roche."

Evans also said new apartment construction in Nutley has had "no impact on the school system while proving to create a significant increase in revenues."

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Flag Day 'Retirement Ceremony' First for Nutley

  •  Commissioner Rogers Launches New Annual Event

- Nutley's first "Flag Day Retirement Ceremony" was held Friday, Flag Day, at the Dept. of Public Affairs. Organized by Commissioner Steven Rogers, the event is planned to be held annually.

Participating in the ceremony were members of the Boy and

Girl Scouts, the Nutley High School Patriot Club, Nutley Veterans, and two Yantacaw School students.

"It is my hope that as we bring back the customs and traditions that made our township and country great, that these young people will carry on this effort in their time."

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Commissioners OK Expansion at Owens Park

  •  Adding 300 to Seating Capacity for Day and Nightime Use

- Township Commissioners last night approved a $43,770 expenditure to expand the seating capacity at Monsignor Owens Park, the large recreational facility on the south side of Park Avenue.

Already one of the largest in the Nutley parks system, last night's unanimous vote by Commissioners

will increase the capacity at the park by more than 300 seats.

The improvement was initiated by Parks and Public Property Commissioner Mauro Tucci.

Equipped with professional lighting, the facility is also used by high school sporting events for both day and night inter-scholastic games.

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Store Owner Wants Parade Route Extended

  •  "We Didn't See Even Once Customer..."

- The new owner of Jack's Sweet Shop at 368 Franklin Avenue is blaming the town for a lack of customers. John Batstista said he's been denied permission to but his store's initials on an outside awning or display an American flag.

"People riding up and down Franklin Avenue can't see my store - they wouldn't even know my building exist."

Bastista also urged the town to take better care of the adjacent empty lot, once the site of the Peerless Stationery. The grass

in the lot is five feet tall an littered with "junk,old tires and junk."

Speaking at last week's Town Commission meeting, Bastista also questioned why holiday parades start and end at Chestnut Street. Extending the parade routes would help attract business to his store along with many others including the Park Shop-Rite.

Bastista said his store was well-stocked with a large variety of parade items.

"We didn't see even one customer on the day of the parade."

Third Half Club Announces NHS Athletic Awards

  •  Santino Gabriele and Grace Montgomery Excelled

- The Third Half Club of Nutley announces and congratulates the recipients of Nutley High School's 2014 Athletic Awards. Jack Barry in behalf of the Third Half Club thanked the entire Class of 2014 for all its efforts and sacrifices.

"You will be Maroon Raiders forever!," the Third Half Club said.

The recipients:

Outstanding Male Athlete, Santino Gabriele.

Outstanding Female Athlete, Grace Montgomery.

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Lincoln Parents Lament Teacher's Transfer

  •  Ken Ferriol Moving to Radcliffe in September

- A commitment to avoiding politics to dictate decisions of the Nutley Board of Education was reinforced this week when the board declined to appease a large contingent of Lincoln School parents who opposed the transfer of fourth- grade teacher Ken Ferriol to the Radcliffe School.

Decision for the move came following weeks of faculty discus- sions led by Superintendent Russell Lazovick – discussions that examined the strengths and weak-

nesses of all five elementary schools. One of the results of those discussions was the Ferriol transfer.

"Mr. Ferriol is a tremendous teacher and will continue to be a tremendous teacher," Lazovick said. Board of Education President Charles Kuczinski not only agreed but reinforced the board's commitment not to interfere in decisions that "rightfully are those of the superintendent."

Parents at Lincoln School nonetheless were disappointed.

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Nutley Joins With England in World War II Anniversary

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- Nutley veterans linked electronically for a joint-telecast with soldiers of the Royal British Legion in England this afternoon in ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of World War Two's invasion on the heavily-fortified beaches of Normandy. Inspiration for the dual ceremonies was applauded and embraced by Mr. Albert Weidemann of the Royall British Legion.

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'Adopt A Senior' Program Effective Immediately

  •  Rogers Reacts to Plea for Help ; Students Will Help

- An emotional letter from a Nutley senior citizen this weekend has promoted Public Affairs Commissioner Steven Rogers to create a new "Adopt-A-Senior" program effective immediately. The letter reads: "We have many Seniors and especially middle aged people like myself who are alone and in dire need of friendship, love, care, support, and concern. And I am almost sure that the overwhelming

problems over here is that of depression, loneliness, and isolation which isn't healthy-not the least. I feel that the greatest human need is that of love." Rogers says that as a result of this letter "we are creating an 'Adopt-A Senior Program' that will include not only frequent phone calls to seniors but pen-pal letters as well. The letters will be written by high-school students who have volunteered for the program.

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Town Honors Bravery of Patrolman David Strus

  •  Tackles Knife-Wielding Man in Clifton Coffee Shop

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Patrolman David Strus accepts award with with Mayor Petracco and Town Commissioners at Town Hall.

- An attempted killing of a man wielding a knife was prevented by the quick response of a Nutley policeman who wrestled and disarmed the would-be-killer inside a Clifton business.

"I was just a customer about to leave," Patrolman David Strus said at Nutley Town Hall last night. He told Mayor Alphonse Petracco that he was "simply doing my duty."

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Town Turns Out for Memorial Day 2014 Parade

  •  Perfect Weather for the Veterans' Day March

- The weather was perfect for Nutley's 95th annual Memorial Day Parade presided over by Grand Marshal Edward Tremmel Jr., a Vietnam veteran.

A 12-page booklet prepared by Mayor Alphonse Petracco's office detailed the day's events that began at 8 a.m. with a series of services

accompanied by an honor guard at the several veterans' monuments throughout the community. Grand Marshal Tremmel served in Vietnam and later served with the 82nd Airborne Division. Honorably discharged in 1968, he worked for the American Can Company before joining the U.S. Postal services,

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Favorable Rating for Public Affairs Dept.

  •  Survey Shows 84.4 Percent Like Services Being Provided

- Nutley residents have given the town's Public Affairs Department a 84.4 percent favorable rating, according to an on-line survey that was conducted for the purpose of evaluating the department's response to public needs.

Conducted during the first 10 days of April, the survey mailed approxi- mately 700 questionnaires to residents and received back 340 responses. Cost of the survey was not paid at taxpayers' expense.

Two primary questions were asked:

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NLT Auditions June 22-23 for 'Lost in Yonkers'

  •  Performances Open Nutley Season in September

- Nutley Little Theatre has scheduled auditions at the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place, Nutley, on Sunday, June 22, and Monday, June 23, 7 p.m. both evenings, for one of Neil Simon's finest works, "Lost in Yonkers," which will open the NLT 2014-2015 season in September.

Helen Exel of Nutley will direct this comedy-drama, which begins rehearsals the week of June 30.

The cast requires two adolescent males, one in the 15-17 age range and the other in the 13-15 range. Also needed are two men in the 40-50 age range, and three women, age ranges 35-45, 40-50 and 65-75. Evening performances will be on Sept. 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. Matinee performances are on Sept.7, 14 and 20. More dates may be added within the range.

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St. Mary's Service Honors Nutley Veterans

  •  Civil Air Patrol, NHS Patriot Club, U.S. Marines Participate

- The Nutley Department of Public Affairs and St. Mary's Church of Nutley hosted the townships's first annual Memorial Day Service honoring our veterans on Saturday night at St Mary's Church. Nearly 200 people attended the service that featured a U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol

Color Guard, the Nutley High School Patriot Club and members of the U.S. Marines. During the ceremony Commissioner Steven Rogers awarded the mother of Father Thomas Nicastro, the Nutley Military Distinguished Service Medal in honor of her husband who was a Korean War hero.

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Decoy Pedestrians Will Control Crosswalks

  •  Drivers Will Be Ticketed Who Fail to Stop

- The Nutley Police Department is instituting a pedes- trian decoy program designed to catch drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Police officers in plain clothes will act as

decoys, walking back and forth across intersections and ticketing drivers who fail to stop. Police Chief Thomas Strumolo says officers will enforce the crosswalk law at crosswalks thru-out the community.

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Police Find Missing Girl After 42-Day Search

  •  Runaway Caught After Foot Chase in Paterson

- Nutley Police Detectives said today that a missing Nutley girl has been found following an exhausting 42-day search.

Sixteen year-old Christina Simieonidis was located in good health and unharmed when found in a parking lot on Jackson Avenue in Paterson. The girl has runway from home on at least two previous occasions.

Reported missing by her parents on March 17, her current disappearance was not her first but was the longest of her runaway spans yet. Detectives spent many hours "Many hours were invested looking for Christina, but all worth her safe return," Mayor Alphonse

Petracco, the town's Public Safety Commissioner said.

following leads taking them to areas of Paterson, Clifton, Montclair and Passaic.

Police Chief Thomas Strumolo worked closely with the department's Investigative Division in an overall effort "pursuing every lead possible" in an effort to find the juvenile.

Police were also in close contact with the girl's parents and sisters. At one point an older sister gave chase on foot after spotting Christina in Paterson several weeks ago. The matter has now been turned over to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency DCPP.

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Vitkovsky's Lost War II Records Are Recovered

  •  Retired Nutley Music Teacher Ends Long Search

- After nearly four decades as a music teacher and director of the Nutley High School music program, John Vitkovsky retired in 2012 and with time on his hands he uncovered some of his father's military records. He learned for the first time that his father was a WWII Army veteran who fought in Guam and had been awarded several medals, including the Bronze Star.

But for some reason, his father never received the medals. In search of assistance and aware of

Commissioner Steven Rogers close affiliation with the military, Vitkovsky recently returned to Nutley with the hope that Commissioner Rogers could be of assistance.

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Fine Art Alliance of Nutley Inaugural Reception

  •  New Organization's First Event Is A Success

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- A new organization called the Fine Art Alliance of Nutley hosted a three-hour reception Saturday night featuring the works of local artists in disciplines ranging from the fine arts to sculpting and photography.

"I've been painting in the American Folk Art manner for 40 years, said Warren Godfrey whose paintings have been exhibited and sold at the South Street Seaport, at the Golden Door in New Hope and at the Newcastle Arts Gallery in Delaware and now in his hometown of Nutley.

The formation of the "Fine Art Alliance of Nutley" was organized with the help of the staff at the town's Dept. of Public Affairs Department.

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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.

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."

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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.

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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

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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.

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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."

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Public's Biggest Concern: School Overcrowding

  •  Residents Opposed to Housing at Roche Site

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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."

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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.

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"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

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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.

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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

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."

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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.

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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.

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All Around Town

Free Parking
For Holidays
Now Underway

- Parking meters in Nutley will be "turned off" beginning today, Monday, Dec. 15, and continuing through Dec. 25. The free parking days have become an annal event in Nutley during the Christmas season.

"The two-hour parking will allow ample time for residents to take the opportunity to leisurely walk and "Shop Nutley First," says Public Works Director Dr. Joseph Scarpelli.

"It's also a way for the Nutley Board of Commissioners to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season."

Garbage Pickup Dates
Adjusted for Holidays

-- Public Works Commissioner Dr. Joseph Scarpelli advises that garbage pickups in town are being adjusted because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Garbage and white goods/metal pickups are suspended for both Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Jan. 1. Both those holidays fall on a Thursday. Pickups instead will be made on the day after, on Friday Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

"Also please note that the leaf/vegetation collection has been extended until Wednesday, Dec. 24," Dr. Scarpelli advises. Leaves will be picked up on Wednesdays Dec. 17 and Dec. 24.

Christmas Concert
By doorjam Dec. 21

- A free afternoon concert of Advent and Christmas music by doorjam, the pop "house band," is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Franklin Reformed Church, 45 Hillside Crescent in Nutley.

The group consists of six musicians whose unique arrangements and four-part unusual vocal harmonies shape its trademark sound. Each member's personal experience with traditional church music, gospel, madrigals, folk music, rock music, "show" music, and even marching band, come together to form the distinctive "doorjam sound."

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$15,000 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Gift Adopted by Town

- Commisioners this week took advantage of a $7,500 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" grant made available by the Division of Local Government services in Trenton. A matching amount was appropriated from the town's police salaries and wages account which served to double the Trenton offer.

The overall $15,000 appropriation was coordinated by Mayor Alphonse Petracco.

Police Identify
Hit & Run Killer

- The identity of the hit-and run driver who killed Ernesta Fernandez, 77, on Centre Street Nov. 3 has been identified. The driver's name has not been announced pending completion of an investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office and the Nutley Police Dept.

Fernandez was a resident of the Parkside Apartments on William Street and a former owner of Gina's Beauty Saloon in Belleville.

Town's Dental Plan
At $335,000 for 2015

- Nutley Commis- sioners have approved a 2005 dental service plan for town employees at a cost not to exceed $335,000 annually. The plan reflects a 3 percent increase over current dental costs, Commis- sioner Mauro Tucci said.

The town shopped for lower rates "but none of the quotes were comparable to the benefits the township currently has with Delta Dental, Tucci said.

Pasta Bingo Night
Benefits Relay for Life

- Tickets are now on sale for the Jan. 16 "Pasta/Bingo Fundraiser" to benefit Nutley's 9th Annual Relay for Life. "This is a great family event to help Nutley officially kick off the fundraising season for our 9th Annual Relay For Life,"Parks Commissioner Mauro Tucci said today.

'An event as grand as this takes months of planning, hard work and dedication. We would like to invite the community to join us to be part of an event that will touch the lives of so many individuals now and for years to come." Family Event Friday, Jan. 16

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Nutley Police Blotter
Week Ending Dec. 4

$5,000 Music Mixer
   Stolen on Passaic Ave.

Dec. 4, 2014 -- A Passaic Avenue business reported the theft of a music mixer. The victim states that their employee came to work and noticed a bucket under one of the windows and footprints in the snow. The mixer was worth approximately $5,000.

The Detective Bureau has been assigned to the investigation.

Other police blotter reports for the past week follow:

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Weekly Church Schedules

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Nutley's Princess Ball:
An Enchanted Night
for Nutley's Children

- Photos from Thursday night's Princess Ball at Nutley Parks and Recreation.

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Gentley Used Sports
Equipment Offered
By S.E.E.K. Program

- Sports equipment that's only been "gently used" by student athletes is again being offered by the Nutley S.E.E.K. program for "Sports Equipment Encourages Kids." Families in need of equipment for both high school and Nutley recreation programs are eligible for the program.

Equipment for all grade levels including high school may contact the Department of Public Safety at 973-284-4929. All requests will be kept confidential.

New and "gently used" sports equipment such as gloves, bats, baseball pants, sliding shorts, cleats, soccer shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, lacrosse sticks and many other types of equipment are available at no charge.

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Liquor Licenses
Are Renewed
for Non-Profits

- Liquor licenses for Nutley's five non-profit establish- ments were renewed for a year this week by the Board of Commis- sioners.

Fees of $150 were levied, a considerable reduction from the $1719 fee charged for commercial liquor establishments including package goods and bars.

The five non-profits include American Legion Post 70 at 24 Franklin Ave., Nutley Amvets Post 30 at 184 Park Ave., St. Mary's Knights of Columbus at 150 Chestnut St., Nutley Elks Lodge at 242 Chestnut St., and the Stuart E. Egar VFWPost 493 at 271 Washington Ave.

Video Games in Bars
Raise $2,100 for Town

- Games played on pocket telephones over the internet may be cutting into the town's revenues, at leased based on the number of video game licenses awarded to business establishments in Nutley.

Only five licenses were awarded this year, Mayor Alphonse Petracco said at this week's Board of Commissioners session. All five went to bars in town.

The Old Canal Inn on East Passaic Avenue and the Nutley Pub on Centre Street were the only establishments awarded licenses for two video games.

Establishments awarded single game licenses were Washington Park at 17 Washington Ave., the Park Pub at 789 Bloomfield Ave, and Jim Dandy's at 563 Franklin Ave.

The township collects $300 annually for each video game. Applications are reviewed and inspected by the Nutley Code Enforcement Department.


NY Times Recalls the Town's Pastoral Senerity 30 Years Ago

- The headline in the N.Y. Times read: "If You're Thinking About Living in Nutley....Back in 1983 - Generations of Families, the Town's 'Pastoral serenity..."

NJHometown came across this article somewhat by accident - it's about life in Nutley more than 30 years ago - a rather detailed account of the goings on with stories about still familiar places and local personalities. Enjoy!

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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.

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."

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