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Thierry Henry making a move on his former teammates. Photo courtesy

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.

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.

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

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.

Red Bulls Stadium in Harrison, NJ. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia.

June 14, 2014 (Harrison, NJ) The New Jersey Appellate Division has upheld the decision of the Tax Court that the Red Bulls Soccer Team must pay the Town of Harrison property taxes for the Red Bull Stadium. Harrison Tax Assessor, Hudson County Freeholder and Harrison's Public Defender Albert Cifelli had accessed the Red Bulls property taxes in 2010 and the owner of the Red Bulls,Dietrich Mateschitz , contended that the the Red Bulls were not the owners of the stadium property and the lease between the Harrison Redevelopment Agency and the Red Bulls did not provide for a payment of property taxes. A provision in the lease provided for indemnification if someone contended that the property was taxable. Litigation insued and the New Jersey Tax Court found that the Red Bulls effectively were the property owners and owed the property tax. The Red Bulls appealed to the Appellate Division.

At stake are over 1.3 million dollars in yearly taxes. The Appellate Division decision upheld the Tax Court but on separate grounds.