Community News

August 23, 2013 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny's Kuehne Chemical plant has made the news once again. The picture accompanying the article on the dangers of the Kuehne Chemical Plant and its potential to kill a million people has a bunch of teenagers, probably college students, naively standing across the river from the Kuehne Chemical plant trying to get the attention of the media in their effort to avoid a disaster.

Members of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group stand across the river from the Kuehne Chemical Plant. Photograph courtesy of

July 5, 2013 (Kearny, NJ) The Rutgers Street Bridge between Belleville and North Arlington NJ has been renamed the Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes de Oca Memorial Bridge in honor of North Arlington resident Osbrany Mones de Oca who died in the service of the United States of America in Afghanistan in February of last year.

Montes de Oca, 20, was a Lance Corpal with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment , 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Portrait of Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes de Oca with Rutgers Street Bridge in Background. Photograph courtesy of

June 19, 2013 (Kearny, NJ) James John Gandolfini, Jr., who played Tony Soprano, in the HBO Mini-Series The Sopranos, died today while in Italy for the Taormina Film Festival. The cause of death has not been determined but it is suspected that he died of a heart attack. Gandolfini was 51 years old.

Gandolfini's connection to Kearny was the Satriale's Pork Store on Kearny Avenue where the Soprano's was filmed. The Satriale's Pork Store was torned down to build condominiums but the economy and lower housing prices caused what once was the Pork Store to be an empty lot. Tour buses still stop at the location but the building is only a memory now. KOTW extends our condolences to the Gandolfini family. Fifty-one is to young but James accomplished a lot in those 51 short years. Click on the Read More link below for additional photographs and a comment from Mayor Alberto Santos on Gandolfini's passing.

James Gandolfini sitting in front of Kearny Pork Store on Kearny Avenue. Both Are Gone Now. Photograph courtesy of Jersey Journal/


June 30, 2013 (Kearny, NJ) Independence Day July 4th Fireworks Thursday, JULY 4th At Veterans Field on Belgrove Drive between Bergen and Afton Street.

Rain date(s) Friday, July 5, 2013 or Saturday, July 6, 2013

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

June 2, 2013 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos and the members of the Kearny Council took an unprecedented step formally calling out the Mayor of Harrison Raymond McDonough, the Harrison Council and the State of New Jersey Department of Community Services for its reliance on neighboring towns including Kearny in providing fire protection to its residents. In a resolution passed by the Kearny Council, the Town of Kearny reduced the number of Kearny fire companies that will respond to a Harrison Fire Departments request for mutual aid from three companies to two. The Kearny Council threatened to cut their Mutual Fire Aid to one engine next month unless Harrison increases the size of its fire department.

Photograph courtesy of Jersey Journal/