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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 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.

March 10, 2014 (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.

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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 tradition of holding the St. Patrick's Day parade through the streets of Harrison, East Newark and Kearny continues this coming Sunday, March 16, 2014 starting on Harrison and North 3rd Street in Harrison NJ starting at 2 p.m.

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.

March 8, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos and Hudson County officials have accused NJ Transit of derailing plans the Town of Kearny and Hudson County had for South Kearny. Specifically, Mayor Alberto Santos is upset that NJ Transit's proposal to build a backup power generation plant in South Kearny has derailed plans to redevelop the Koppers (Seaboard) Koke Redevelopment Area. Mayor Santos in cooperation with the Hudson County Freeholders have been trying to redevelop the area to boost ratables for the town and county.

New Jersey Transit Train. Photo courtesy NJ Transit

The Koppers (Seaboard) Koke Redevelopment Area is located in industrial section of South Kearny. The Area consists of two former industrial properties totaling approximately 227 acres and is owned by the Town of Kearny and the Hudson County Improvement Authority.