Community News

May 16, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) The Major Leaque Soccer Leaque has put together a short film entitled Great Scot about John Harkes and his selection along with Tab Ramos and Tony Meola as starters for the 1990 United States World Cup Team. The film traces the roots of a strong soccer tradition in town from Scotland and Scottish workers who immigated to the United States to work in the mills in Kearny. Immigrants continue to this day with the greater West Hudson Soccer Tradition.

The film has scenes in Kearny including a walk with John Harkes and his father Jim Harkes from his home to the Scots Club in Kearny. The Scots Club soccer teams have played and continue to play a role in Kearny's rich soccer tradition and history. The film is directed and edited by Jim Podhoretz for the MLS Insider sponsored by Adidas.

May 10, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) Earlier today KOTW reached a milestone with the 90,000th post to our Discussion Board. It seems like yesterday that KOTW installed a new version of its Discussion Board in late August of 2003. The 90,000 post was in the "The Story Doesn't Make Sense" thread by a Guest poster "Non A-Hole Atheist" who pointed out the following:

Why would anyone bother to Debate with someone who's mind is already closed. Here's a Hint....Referring to Christians as "God Babblers" doesnt exactly make the case that you really CARE what they say. But thanks again for Reinforcing my earlier Posts about You guys. I wonder if you have any Christian Friends...and if you do, if you call THEM "God Babblers" to their faces...or are you just a jerkoff from behind a computer screen?????

March 20, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) The Kearny High School Drama Club will be hosting guests for its version of the Broadway sensation CATS today March 20, 2014 and tomorrow March 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday March 22, 2014 matinee at 1:30 p.m. at the Kearny High School located at 336 Devon Street, Kearny, New Jersey.

Tickets are $8.00 for students and seniors and $10.00 for adults. For those of you who are on a strict budget and don't mind not having an orchestra accompanying the production there is a matinee on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. where children acoompanied by an adult will pay $6.00.

Courtesy CATS Productions.

Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice".

Cats first opened 1981 and then with the same creative team on Broadway in 1982. Cats is the second longest-running show in Broadway history. It has been performed around the world many times and has been translated into more than 20 languages. In 1998, Cats was turned into a made-for-television film.

April 18, 2014 (Harrison, NJ) Newly appointed Harrison Mayor James Fife sustained a heart attack on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and was rushed to St. Michael's Medical Center where he underwent an operation to unblock his aortic valve.

Harrison Mayor James Fife. Photo courtesy Jersey Journal.

Mayor Fife is currently recovering from a successful surgery and will be undergoing rehabilitation in the next 6 to 8 weeks. Council President Michael Dolaghan will be taking over the duties of the Mayor on an interim basis.

Councilman James Doran, who is the chairman of the Harrison Democratic Party, stated “He should be a new man in about six weeks” referring to Mayor Fife.

March 14, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos blames, among other factors, the State of New Jersey shortchanging the Town of Kearny on utility tax receipts for hosting two Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) power plants in South Kearny, for a property tax increase. Mayor Santos stated that per his calculations the Town of Kearny was suppose to receive 28 million dollars but only received 18.4 million dollars in utility tax receipts. The difference is a 9.6 million dollar shortfall.

PSEG Coal Burning Power Plants framed by the Pulaski Skyway in South Kearny NJ. Photo Courtesy

The shortfall is not the only item fueling a property tax hike. A $725,349 hike in employee health insurance; unanticipated overtime for police and fire in the amount of $640,000; cancellation of water contracts with the Towns of Nutley and Cedar Grove in the amount of $482,000 and an increase in sewerage fees to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission in the amount of $125,544.

Mayor Santos is seeking to receive 3 million dollars in state aid. But even with the expected state aid, property taxes will increase $70 for a home valued at $100,000. So a house valued at $400,000 would pay an additional $280.00 in property taxes. The above increase is only for the Municipal portion of the Town's total property tax bill. Increases in the Board of Education and/or County of Hudson will further increase the total property tax bill.