Community News

November 2, 2012 (Kearny, NJ) Electrical power was restored to the Town of Harrison earlier this morning bringing online the last of the communities covered by KOTW. PSE&G had stated earlier that power would not be restored until Monday but the early return of electricity was welcomed by the residents of Harrison.



Harrison's power was disrupted when the power station which provides power to the town was flooded. PSE&G worked around the clock drying and cleaning the electronic equipment. KOTW celebrates the return of power and welcomes comments on its Discussion about how life was without electrical power and what can be done to prevent another outage.

October 30, 2012 (Kearny, NJ) Hurricane Sandy flooded the lower part of Harrison causing the emergency evacuation of the residents of the 100 block of Warren, Sussex and Bergen Streets including the Harrison Riverfront complex. Early on in the storm, electrical power to Harrison, East Newark and parts of adjoining Kearny was lost and has not been restored. Street lights and traffic lights are out throughout the effected areas. There are no temporary lights set up or generators with the exception of a generator for lighting at Town Hall. Only a few stores were open and those stores were using backup generators to provide electricity to their refrigerators and electronics. Update: Power is expected to be out for 5 days per information obtained from the Town of Harrison.



October 4, 2012 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny High School's sports teams were all put on probation for fourteen months and the Kearny High School football team fined $250.00 because it cancelled its scheduled game with St. Peters Prep's on Friday September 21, 2012. The reason given for the cancellation was player safety. The first press coverage of the cancellation stated that the Kearny Board of Education and the superintendent of Kearny's school cancelled the game out of concern for student's safety.

Although Kearny's Athletic Director John Millar stated that the punishment was more than fair, it does not make much sense why the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League made it a condition that the probation applied to all of Kearny's athletic teams. If Kearny isn't competitive enough to survive its current league, as it is evident from Kearny Superintendent of Schools Ron Bolandi's request to have the football team switched to a lesser division at the end of last season then the probationary period will likely cause other Kearny sports teams to be affected during the probation period. The application to other sports teams should be rescinded because it forces the hand of the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools and the athletic directors to have the football team plan even if they are undermanned and ill equipped to handle games against private parochial schools who draw athletes from a wider geographical area.



October 18, 2012 (Kearny, NJ) After a suggestion from one of our Discussion Board posters, KOTW has provided a means by which our Guests and Members can share discussion threads with friends by using Facebook, Stumble Upon, Google+ and other social media websites.

The icons for the social media websites are at the bottom of the Discussion Board thread. KOTW hopes that its readers will in fact share with their friends Discussion Board threads so that the KOTW family can grow and the discussion enhanced by new Guests and Members.



September 28, 2012 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny High School's Football team cancelled its scheduled game with St. Peters Prep's last Friday September 21, 2012. The reason given for the cancellation was player safety. The first press coverage of the cancellation stated that the Kearny Board of Education and the superintendent of Kearny's school cancelled the game out of concern for student's safety.

Kearny who was (0-2) and St. Peters (2-0) were apparently not a competitive match up. In fact, St. Peter's had crushed its opponent Memorial High School the prior week by a score of 77-7. Kearny's Superintendent of Schools was not willing to subject his students to the risk of injury given the overwhelming odds.



According to a news report in the Star Ledger, Kearny superintendent of Schools Ron Bolandi had anticipated the competitive mismatch last year when he wrote to the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League requesting that Kearny be switched to a lesser division, "out of considerable concern for the safe of our student athletes, since there are only 24 players left on the team." In support was the athletic staff, the school board, and the booster club all in agreement that a denial of the request would "not only destroy our program, but put our players in danger." The Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League denied the request. That same body is now considering sanctions against Kearny for its cancellation of the game.