Monday, May 25, 2015 KOTW Community News 1331
May 25, 2015 (Kearny, NJ) The Memorial Day weekend is a time to reflect and honor our soldiers present and past. In past years, KOTW has marked this solemn day to highlight two local residents, Army Staff Sgt. Edward Karolasz and Marine Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes de Oca, who gave their lives serving the United States of America in Iraq and Afghanistan. The passage of time has required that we update or delete broken links in those stories that have changed or been removed completely but the sentiment continues and our sense that we must stop and honor our soldiers and their families has not changed. Kristine Karolasz, 30, accompanied by her 8-year-old daughter, Brianna Lancha, listen to Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the fourth annual “A Time of Remembrance” ceremony on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sept. 26, 2009. Kristine mourns the loss of her brother, Edward Karolasz, an Army staff sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division who was killed in action on Nov. 19, 2005, in Bayji, Iraq.Photograph courtesy of Gerry J. Gilmore. On November 19, 2005, one of Kearny's residents serving in Iraq lost his life as a result of a road side bomb in Baiji, Iraq. Army Staff Sgt. Edward Karolasz gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 KOTW Community News 1296
East Newark Volunteer Fire Department Parade 1941 Fire Engine (Photo courtesy United Irish Facebook page) March 15, 2015 (Kearny, NJ) In October 1973, four clubs: The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7, The Irish American Club, The Four Provinces, and The Friends of Erin came together to form the United Irish Association . The first parade organized by this new association was in 1974. The founding members were: John Evans, Bob Reid, Desmond Boomer, Bob Carney, Dennis Smith, Ike O'Hagan, Frank Morgan and Eugene Docherty. The United Irish Associations of West Hudson, Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation in the State of New Jersey in 1989 in order to perpetuate the work of educating the public about and propagating Irish-American culture. The organization now has ten member organizations: Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7 Kearny , The Cifelli Association, East Newark Volunteer Fire Department, Friends of Erin Kearny, Harrison / East Newark B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2326 , Irish American Association Kearny, Knights of Columbus Council #402 Harrison , Knights of Columbus Council #6928 Kearny , LCCC Lithuanian Catholic Community Club , and the Scots-American Club Kearny . The United Irish Associations of West Hudson is responsible for funding, managing, and presenting the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade through the New Jersey towns of East Newark, Harrison, and Kearny.
Sunday, February 01, 2015 KOTW Community News 1466
Four Alarm Fire on Jacobus Avenue in South Kearny (Photo courtesy NJ.com) February 1, 2015(Kearny, NJ) Kearny Firefighters were called out to Jacobus Avenue in South Kearny to battle a fire at a truck repair facility. The fire was intense because of the stored tires and other chemicals used in the Tire and Truck Repair Business. No individuals were injured as they evacuated the building before firefighters arrived. One firefighter was injured when a door fell onto him while he was battling the fire. Mutual aid was provided by Harrison, East Newark, North Arlington, Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken, as well as a task force from Essex County.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 KOTW Community News 920
January 27, 2015 (West Hudson, NJ) Metrologists had predicted two to three feet of snow and Blizzard like conditions for today. The reality is far more reasonable with only 8 to 12 inches of snow and some winds but nothing extraordinary. What happened? The Blizzard of 2015 went slightly east of West Hudson and Manhattan and went up to New England including Boston and dumped the snow there. We will complain about the weather men but smile as we dodged a bullet. Local metrologist Anthony Mondaro from the Harrison Weather Station had forecasted 12 to 24 inches of snow. Mondaro who has a distain for media hype of snow storms couldn't quite get himself to give a definitive amount of snow and settled for a range. Instinctively Mondaro thought that the storm may not make a direct hit but go to the East of New Jersey. He was right but one would love to have a very precise forecast but only a weatherman can get away at being not so precise and keeping his/her job. The Public Works Departments in Kearny and Harrison were out early and having prepared for the worse were able to clear the major roadways and side streets quicker than anticipated. Tell us your Phantom Blizzard of 2015 Storm Story on our Discussion Board.
Thursday, January 01, 2015 KOTW Community News 438
January 1, 2015. (Kearny, NJ) KOTW wants to wish our members and guests a very Happy New Year. In 2014, Kearny On the Web's (KOTW) Discussion Board continued with discussions about local issues among those the Kearny Board of Education elections and the Harrison General election. The Discussion Board also covered world and national issues including Global Warning (or lack therof) and Christmas time brought a renewed discussion of Christianity. KOTW is proud of our accomplishment and we strive to continue to provide a service to the community we serve.
Sunday, September 14, 2014 KOTW Community News 2082
September 14, 2014 (Harrison, NJ) Harrison's Ray Lucas has written a book entitled Under Pressure which chronicles his football career and the effect it had on him and his family. The book also discusses Lucas' battle with addiction to pain medication after what was believed to be an inoperable neck injury. Lucas went from a local high school superstar in Harrison New Jersey to be a quarterback with the New York Jets. Lucas co-authored the book with David Seigerman. The book also has a foreword by former Giant coach Bill Parcells.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 KOTW Community News 992
Thierry Henry making a move on his former teammates. Photo courtesy NJ.com July 27, 2014 (Harrison, NJ) Over 25,000 fans jammed into the Harrison Red Bulls Stadium yesterday for a friendly game between the Red Bulls and the Arsenal Gunners of the English Premier Leaque. The parking lots were full, the traffic control was stretched to its limits and the scalpers were out doing a brisk business. It was good timing since the New Jersey Appellate Division in June upheld a lower court's ruling that the Red Bulls have to pay local property taxes to the Town of Harrison. Why did so many fans show up to the little town of Harrison? They came to see the game for sure but mostly they came to honor current Red Bull soccer play, Thierry Henry.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 KOTW Community News 1215
Bryan Caputo (left) and Daniel Petryszyn (right) in court to hearing charges against them. July 24, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) The Town of Kearny got some press this week when one of the Defendants in the 1.6 million dollar StubHub ticket, Bryan Caputo, wore a Kearny United Soccer shirt to court. Caputo is a Kearny resident as is Daniel Petryszyn. Both men in their late 20's are accused of assisting in the sale of 3,500 electronic tickets to events with funds from other account holders to the tune of 1.6 million. According to the New York City District Attorney's office, the two Kearny residents were not innocent bystanders but knew that they were aiding two Russian hackers, Vadim Polyakov, 30 years old, and Nikolay Matveyehuk, 21 years old, in hacking into 1,600 StubHub accounts and purchasing 3,500 e-tickets which were then mailed to Bryan Caputo, Daniel Petryszyn, and to Laurence Brinkmeyer. StubHub is a subsidary of eBay . It is still not clear how the two Russian hackers obtained the passwords to the StubHub accounts.
Sunday, July 06, 2014 KOTW Community News 1262
The Element by Westin Hotel in Harrison, NJ. rendering. Photograph courtesy of Starwood. July 6, 2014 (Harrison, NJ) The signage which says "Element by Westin" is lite but the doors are not quite open yet on Harrison's 2nd Hotel. The Grand Opening is schedule for Thursday August 14, 2014 but you won't be able to book a room until November 1, 2014. Element by Westin joins the Hampton Inn on Passaic Avenue as Harrison's second hotel. The Hampton Inn of Passaic Avenue has positive reviews and has been successful.
Friday, July 04, 2014 KOTW Community News 1020
July 4, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) Independence Day July 4th Fireworks Friday, July 4th At Veterans Field on Belgrove Drive between Bergen and Afton Street. Rain date(s) Saturday, July 5, 2014. 2013 Kearny Fireworks Finale courtesy of Michael Braxenthaler and YouTube Starting at 6:30 p.m, — 30 Minute Magic Show by Eric * Balloon Art * Face Painting *Clown Activities Pony Rides * Inflatable Moon Walk * Giant Slide 7:00 p.m. — Performance by the Garden State Concert Band