Community News

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.

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

May 26, 2014 (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.

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.

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.