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Cardenas wins state and national wrestling titles, Kearny-Harrison soccer battles top Observer Top 10 Sports Stories for 2018  The Observer Online

There were a ton of newsworthy stories that captured the attention of The Observer readers for the calendar year of 2018. There were triumphs and tragedies.



'A long time coming' for Kearny High School's latest additions (PHOTOS)  NJ.com

The town high school held a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling its new spaces.



Hudson County's top sports stories of 2018  NJ.com

Hudson County had plenty to cheer about in 2018, but there were also some heartbreaks along the way. There were a lot of interesting and compelling stories in ...



2018 — a year in review  The Observer Online

Like many years, 2018 saw its share of ups and downs — positive news and negative news. Here at The Observer, we did our best to keep readers informed ...



Retired cop coaching hoops at N.J. high school accused of groping girl in gym: authorities  NJ.com

JERSEY CITY -- A retired Kearny cop who coached boys basketball at Kearny High School is facing allegations that he groped a 17-year-old girl at the school ...



Kearny High soccer star won't be back for senior season  NJ.com

Jose Escandon, last season's NJ.com Boys Soccer State Player of the Year, will not be returning to Kearny High School for his senior year. Escandon and his ...



Kearny High School counselor croons on last day  New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Kudos to Dorian Fasciano for ending the school year in style!



Nutley (42) at Memorial (56) - Boys Basketball  NJ.com

Marty Higgins scored 12 points, including the 1,000th of his career, for Nutley in a 56-42 loss to Memorial in the opening round of the Charlie Dolan Holiday ...



Kearny grid program begins anew with energetic alum Andrews  The Observer Online

It's been a little more than three months since Stephen Andrews took over the football head coaching reins at his alma mater Kearny High School and the ...



Bloomfield Wrestling Places 4th in Kearny Tournament; Diaz Wins 285-Pound Class  TAPinto.net

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Bloomfield High School Varsity Wrestling Team placed fourth overall out of 11 schools in the 2018 Kearny Holiday Tournament on ...



Andrews named new Kearny football coach  The Observer Online

Stephen Andrews remembers being in seventh grade in the Kearny schools system and being heavily influenced by a teacher and coach. “Coach (Don) ...



Pavers offered for entrance to KHS  The Observer Online

KEARNY — Wanna buy a brick? As the Kearny Board of Education prepares to tackle the last big piece of its lingering high school improvement project ...



Mullins returns to coach Kearny boys' hoops  The Observer Online

When Bill Mullins stepped away from coaching the boys' basketball program at Harrison High School at the end of last season, he knew in his heart that he was ...



Kearny, New Jersey — a place where stigmas are history  The Observer Online

On this website are two obituaries, one for a young lady, 29, and the other for a young lady, 24. Two local girls, gone in what should be the prime years of their ...



Kardinals begin defense of NJSIAA Group IV state soccer title  The Observer Online

The 2017 high school soccer season was a dream campaign for the Kearny High School boys' soccer team. “Soccertown, USA” once again claimed having the ...



Teen arrested in 'joke' KHS threat  The Observer Online

A 15-year-old Kearny High School student has been arrested and charged with third-degree creating a false-public alarm after the boy allegedly used a photo ...



Kearny's George: A grid star is born  The Observer Online

Jovan George is still just a 13-year-old eighth grader-to-be at Kearny's Lincoln School. But the young Kearny resident has his future already mapped out to detail ...



WATCH: High school counselor ends school year with stunning tune  NJ.com

Kearny High School counselor Dorian Fasciano sang a rendition of Etta James' "At Last" before the final bell on Friday before summer break.



New security protocol for visitors implemented in Kearny schools; Measures follow horrific shooting that took 17 lives in Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla.  The Observer Online

The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., continues to have widespread implications — not just in the Sunshine State, ...



Kearny High School prom 2017 (PHOTOS)  NJ.com

Graduating seniors and faculty celebrated the night with dancing and joy all around.



Shooting 'cartoon' with Monday's date found at Kearny High School  NJ.com

Extra police officers will be at Kearny High School on Monday after "threatening writing" and drawings were found inside the school last week.



Hard work, humility key in Kearny native Meagan McClelland's success at Rutgers  NJ.com

Long before Meagan McClelland ever stepped foot on the pitch at Rutgers, head coach Mike O'Neill heard plenty about the promising young keeper from his ...



Kearny girls' track team wins Hudson County Relays championship  The Observer Online

Kearny High School head track and field coach Al Perez believes that the best meet for his team to attend are relay championships. “I love coaching relays, ...



Kearny gets another state wrestling champion in Cardenas  The Observer Online

It didn't take long for Kearny's last state wrestling champion to recognize the talents of the next one. In 1999, Kearny High School junior David Cordoba won the ...



Kearny, N.J.: Affordable and Ethnically Diverse  The New York Times

A less expensive alternative to Hoboken and Jersey City, Kearny is a mixing pot with a strong sense of community.



Kearny girls' hoops squad tries to rebuild  The Observer Online

The Kearny High School girls' basketball program enjoyed a sensational season a year ago, winning a school-record 22 games, thanks a lot to the play of ...



Former Kearny BOE payroll clerk faces new charges, HCPO says  The Observer Online

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information: On Monday, May 21, 2018, Gina Neri, 50, of North Arlington, was charged with ...



Written bomb threat found inside Kearny High School  NJ.com

A handwritten bomb threat was found inside Kearny High School Tuesday night by a school worker, police said.



NJ DOE says Title 1 money misspent  The Observer Online

HARRISON — The N.J. Department of Education wants the Harrison Board of Education to pay back $60,335.95 in federal Title 1 funds the DOE says may have ...



Kearny High School 2017 graduation (PHOTOS)  NJ.com

The Kearny High School Class of 2017 helped close the book on the 2016-17 school year.



Jersey City Mayor Fulop, Kearny Mayor Santos spar over parking for HCDO chair vote  Hudson County View

Fulop and Santos are sparring over the vote for the next chair of the HCDO, specifically the parking arrangements made at the venue: Kearny High School.



Remembering retired KFD Chief Inspector Charles Kerr, dead at 58  The Observer Online

For many years, Charles D. Kerr — known by most as Chuck — served the Kearny Fire Department as its chief fire inspector. When there was a fire, chances ...



East Newark teachers get new contract … that lasts until June  The Observer Online

After a 3-year wait, East Newark Public School teachers have a new labor contract but before the current school year ends, they'll be back at the bargaining table ...



Kearny High School 2016 Graduation (PHOTOS)  NJ.com

The Kearny High School Class of 2016 celebrated graduation last night at Kearny High School.



Kearny crime rate continues to drop  The Observer Online

KEARNY — The Kearny Police Department has released its Uniform Crime Report Index for 2017, and the stats show a 29.3% decrease in total serious offenses ...



Reunions: Kearny High School alumni to mark 55 years on Sept. 8  NJ.com

KEARNY HIGH SCHOOL Alumni of Kearny High School classes of 1960, '61 and '62 will hold a 55 year reunion on Sept. 8 at Crystal Point, 3900 River Road in ...



KPD: Four TVs weren't enough?  The Observer Online

KEARNY— On Aug. 4 at 3:40 a.m., Officers Christian Medina, Anthony Nunez, Andre Fernandes and Sean Podolski responded to Walmart on a report of two ...



Kearny wrestling team moves forward with Carratura in charge  The Observer Online

The Kearny High School wrestling program suffered a gigantic loss last year, when veteran head coach and wrestling lifer Tony Carratura died after a battle with ...



Cali Carting wins Kearny Little League World Series title  The Observer Online

For more than 30 years, the Cali Carting team in Kearny Little League has been synonymous with one man: Joe Halpin. “He's the staple of the team,” said Cali ...



How one person's needless fear led to an unnecessary death  The Observer Online

Kim Alfieri will never forget the date June 27, 2018. Because it was that day her daughter, Allison Elizabeth Gaynor, took her last breath at the tender age of 24.



Mayor accused of shoving cop won't face criminal charges, officials say  NJ.com

KEARNY -- Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is accused of shoving a cop at Kearny High School Tuesday night during the Hudson County Democratic ...



AN AMAZING 'TWIST' OF FATE  The Observer Online

When Michelle Lynn Kelly was growing up in Kearny, she began trying to solve a mystery — one that would take decades to unravel. “Kelly” is Michelle's ...



KHS construction end in sight, official says  The Observer Online

The Kearny Board of Education is “on target” with the ongoing construction project at Kearny High School. So said Mark Bruscino, director of plant operations for ...



Apologize to the Kearny cop you shoved, Santos says to JC Mayor Fulop  The Observer Online

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop owes the rookie Kearny police officer he shoved last night an apology, at the very least, Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos told ...



Soccer star from Kearny, Hillside man killed in crash  NJ.com

A deadly crash in Delaware that killed two New Jersey teens on Saturday left two other members of the Rutgers University Newark men's soccer team injured.



Kearny High Culinary Team to Compete at National Invitational  Jerseybites

Five culinary students from Kearny High School will be among the competitors at the National ProStart Invitational, April 28 to 30, at the Charleston Area ...



Social-media threat to NAHS ended quickly by NAPD, superintendent says  The Observer Online

UPDATED Dec. 3 at 6:50 p.m., with a statement from NAPD Chief Scott Hedenberg. A threat was made today against North Arlington High School — and police ...



2 men shot, one fatally, in Harrison  The Observer Online

Two men were shot — one is dead — following an early Sunday morning shooting in Harrison near Harrison Avenue and Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard, the ...



DeGise vs. Stack: 5 final facts to know heading into HCDO chair vote in Kearny  Hudson County View

Heading into the long awaited showdown between DeGise and Stack to determine the next chair of the HCDO, here are 5 facts to consider before the vote.



PATH TO THE FUTURE: New transport hub dedicated to memory of late former Harrison Mayor Ray McDonough  The Observer Online

HARRISON — It began seven years ago with much ballyhoo, lurched off-track a bit and has now chugged to the mid-way point. Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Port ...



N.J soccer star, friend killed in Delaware crash are mourned  NJ.com

A standout soccer star and his friend were killed in a horrific car crash in Delaware on Saturday morning. Friends, family, and classmates are mourning the ...



Kearny remembers fallen star Velazquez with pre-game ceremony  The Observer Online

A three-foot high poster of Adrian Velazquez now permanently adorns the wall outside the locker room at Harvey Field in Kearny and Kearny head boys' soccer ...



Kearny's Cardenas wins Junior National wrestling championship  The Observer Online

Jacob Cardenas went to Virginia Beach and the National High School Coaches Association wrestling championships last weekend with one goal in mind.



Harrison girls' soccer: Trying to keep it loose in losing season  The Observer Online

The official record may read just 1-12, but the Harrison High School girls' soccer team is still trying its collective best to keep their heads up and maintain a sense ...



Donald M. Chatellier | Obituaries  The Star Democrat

CHESTERTOWN — Donald Mortimer Chatellier, of Chestertown, Md., died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at the Resorts at Chester River Manor in Chestertown, ...



Obituaries for 12 Sept. 2018  The Observer Online

Giulio Louis DiSerafino. Giulio Louis DiSerafino, 88, of Bonita Springs, Florida, died Thursday, August 30, 2018. He was born in Devon, Pennsylvania, on April ...



Preliminary check-in tallies for the HCDO chair vote in Kearny  Hudson County View

The vote for the next chair of the HCDO is officially underway and here are some preliminary check-in tallies, which appear favorable for Amy DeGise.



Living in ... Kearny, NJ  The New York Times

An affordable alternative to Hoboken and Jersey City, Kearny is a mixing pot with a strong sense of community.



Lyndhurst's Olunlade emerges as all-around track sensation  The Observer Online

After Teslim Olunlade came to the United States from his native Nigeria when he was seven years old, he had no aspirations of becoming an athlete. “I played ...



KPD: Drug deal could have been lethal  The Observer Online

By Karen Zautyk. KEARNY — At 12:52 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, Kearny patrol officers responded to a report of gunfire at Pine and Hickory streets but found no ...



New Jr. High Ready to Go  The Observer Online

LYNDHURST — Looks like all systems are go for Lyndhurst's new junior high school. The township Board of Commissioners voted June 28 to award the ...



Community holds Vigil for N.J. soccer star who died in car accident  NJ.com

KEARNY -- Friends, family and classmates gathered at the Harvey Field on Thursday to honor the memory of Adrian Velazquez, a standout soccer player who ...



Union County, Kearny Teens Killed In Delaware Crash  Westfield, NJ Patch

Union County, Kearny Teens Killed In Crash - Westfield, NJ - Alfahtee Huey, 19, of Hillside​ and Adrian Velazquez, 19, of Kearny were killed. 2 other teens from ...



CLIMBING THE LADDER  The Observer Online

KEARNY Four Kearny Fire Department promotions took effect on April Fool's Day but you'd be a fool if you thought your leg was being pulled. The municipal ...



Half-day preK-3 classes coming in the fall  The Observer Online

KEARNY –. Starting this fall, the Kearny Board of Education will be starting an in-house “half-day integrated program for 3-year-olds” out of Garfield School on ...



Kearny's Escandon earns place with all-time soccer elite  The Observer Online

Jose Escandon was a good soccer player in his native Ecuador, moving up the ranks quickly to earn a spot with the prestigious academy program of Portillo ...



PHOTOS: Kearny High School 2014 graduation  The Jersey Journal

When Rebecca Goncalves began her academic career, she spoke only Portuguese and had to take English as a Second Language classes to catch up with her ...



Kearny hoops awards dinner brings former Net O'Koren to speak  The Observer Online

For all intents and purposes, it was not a season to remember for the Kearny High School boys' basketball team. The final record was lopsided in the wrong ...



Looking back at 2017  The Observer Online

The calendar year 2017, like most years, saw its share of ups and downs. It saw the untimely and shocking death of Kearny Councilman Jonathan Giordano and ...



Cirne still missing  The Observer Online

By the time you're reading this, it will have been nearly two weeks since 51-year-old Vitorino Cirne, a resident of Lyndhurst and an employee at the Kearny Post ...



STATE CHAMPS! Kearny wins NJSIAA Group IV soccer title; 10th overall; first since 2004  The Observer Online

Midway through the first half of Sunday's NJSIAA Group IV boys' soccer championship against Princeton, Kearny's brilliant junior midfielder Jose Escandon ...



Remembering the Rev. Msgr. John J. Gilchrist  The Observer Online

By Kevin Canessa. The Rev. Msgr. John J. Gilchrist, who spent much of his priestly life in West Hudson, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the C.Y.O. Youth ...



Joseph Bianchi, the mayor of North Arlington, dead at 77  The Observer Online

North Arlington Mayor Joseph Bianchi, who spent the last four years as the leader of this small southern Bergen County borough and who was to face re-election ...



Hoop heaven for Kearny boys at basketball camp  The Observer Online

You see, the Schuyler School fifth grader is a distant cousin of former Boston Celtics and Miami Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen. He's also related, in a cousin way, ...



On Starbucks, Santana & more  The Observer Online

This is one of those weeks where I get to do a column for the second time in two weeks. Occasionally, hodgepodge columns present themselves — and this is ...



Amid fanfare, FedEx opens its new North Arlington location  The Observer Online

There was pomp and circumstance in North Arlington last week as FedEx Freight officially opened its new facility here. It was the culmination of years of work ...



AroundTown (online only this week)  The Observer Online

Area. Archdiocese of Newark's cemeteries seek food donations. Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, kicks off its 15th ...



New occupants for old parish schools  The Observer Online

KEARNY –. The moribund parish school campus of St. Cecilia in Kearny will be seeing new life. The Archdiocese of Newark, which controls the property, and the ...



DEVELOPING NEWS: Lyndhurst cops searching for missing 51-year-old man  The Observer Online

The Lyndhurst Police Department is actively conducting a missing-person investigation. Vitorino Cirne, seen in the photo with this post, was reported missing ...



Final chapter of KHS renovations?  The Observer Online

KEARNY –. It's all systems go for what the Kearny Board of Education hopes will be the final phase of the long-delayed multi-million dollar project to renovate ...



Mount Rushmore: Vote to pick Kearny's 4 best athletes/coaches of all time  NJ.com

Soccertown, USA probably deserves some sort of landmark, right? If you haven't heard by now, the first hot bed for soccer in the United States was carved out in ...



Harrison looks to veteran players to lead the way  The Observer Online

The Harrison High School baseball team enjoyed some success a year ago with a roster filled with talented players. Now, a year later, head coach Jairo Mendez ...



Thousands of points, memories as Kearny hoop greats return  The Observer Online

Of all the hundreds of boys' basketball players that have played for Kearny High School over the years, only eight reached the prestigious milestone of scoring ...



DPW chief Kerr prepares to call it a career  The Observer Online

KEARNY —. A loyal Kearny civil servant who will be leaving the town's employ the end of next month bade an early farewell in spirit. At its Sept. 12 meeting, the ...



Kearny volleyball team opening eyes  The Observer Online

The Kearny High School volleyball team is off to a brilliant start, compiling seven wins among their first nine matches. Bill Mullins, who also doubles as the ...



Kearny girls' crew: Keeping a winning tradition  The Observer Online

Veteran Kearny High School girls' crew coach Dave Paszkiewicz knew that his lightweight four boat was good enough to qualify for the Scholastic Rowing ...



Kearny trio headed to RBI Softball World Series  The Observer Online

Three members of the Kardinals continued their softball season by playing for the Hoboken Shockers All-Stars in Major League Baseball's RBI (Rebuilding ...



Kearny honors legendary athletic greats with Hall of Fame dinner  The Observer Online

Michael Millar had attended several Kearny High School Athletic Hall of Fame dinners before. After all, Millar recalls when they honored his grandfather, George, ...



Kearny's Duran a freshman phenomenon  The Observer Online

Before the current high school baseball season began, David Duran was just a bit skeptical. After all, Duran is a freshman at Kearny High School and freshmen ...



Kearny High legend Pace Kivlehan returns as girls' soccer coach  The Observer Online

The legendary athlete, easily the best girls' soccer player Kearny High School ever produced, was appointed last week as the new head girls' soccer coach at ...



Showdown in Hudson County Dem chair fight set for Tuesday  NJ.com

The HCDO will meet for the chair vote on June 12 in Kearny.



Belleville boys' soccer: Movin' on up  The Observer Online

The Belleville High School boys' soccer team enjoyed a great 2017 season, posting a 13-6-1 record and winning the Colonial Division championship of the ...



BREAKING: 3 arrested in Kearny home invasion  The Observer Online

By Karen Zautyk. Evin Ferman-Argueta. KEARNY — The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office on Saturday announced the arrest of three men — one from ...



Journal Entries  NJ.com

Kearny High School senior Rebekah Paszkiewicz, who was awarded a place at the Girls' Career Institute, spoke to the Woman's Club of Arlington at their ...



High expectations as always for Kearny boys' soccer  The Observer Online

A year ago, the Kearny High School boys' soccer team enjoyed a memorable season, winning the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV championship for ...



Kearny girls' tennis team captures Hudson County crown  The Observer Online

When Rob Kelly became the girls' tennis coach at Kearny High School earlier this year, he knew he was inheriting a solid squad. “I walked into a good situation,” ...



Lyndhurst's Rodriguez breaks school scoring record with 51; McClelland returns for Kearny; wrestlers advance  The Observer Online

Lyndhurst sophomore John Rodriguez scored 51 points in a 71-50 win over Harrison last Thursday night, breaking the long-standing single game scoring record ...



Man dies from burns sustained in Kearny fire  The Observer Online

Fire Chief Steven Dyl said Kevin Olsen, 65, was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital's Burn Unit in Livingston. Dyl said the first call of fire came in at 11:50 ...



Blood gets merit raise, passes on it  The Observer Online

KEARNY —. Kearny's top public schools' administrator is now earning $196,584 for the 2017-2018 school year, as prescribed by a July 17 vote of the Board of ...



East Newark officials say Harrison High too pricey, aim to send kids to Kearny  NJ.com

East Newark officials hope to send the first class of borough students to Kearny High School in September.



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