Community News

March 28, 2013 (West Hudson County, NJ)Some may have not noticed but Kearny On The Web's Discussion Board was offline for two days as a stop gap measure to stop spammers from flooding the discussion board. The Board returned however in time to allow discussion on two important topics, the Harrison Frank E. Rodgers Blvd fire and the Kearny Board of Education Member and Former Mayoral Candidate John Leadbeater's federal indictment related to mortgage fraud.

KOTW installed a new captcha which requires Members and Guests to complete a simple picture puzzle in order to be able to post to the board. The change stopped the flood of spammers who were inundating the Board with posts which contained links to other websites. Spammers were not able to get their posts to the board but KOTW had been spending a lot of time deleting spammer posts.

February 1, 2013 (East Newark, NJ) Governor Chris Christie greeted and shook patrons hands at Tops Diner in East Newark. Christie who kicked off his campaign for re-election was in East Newark to pick up the public endorsement of Harrison Mayor Raymond McDonough.

Photograph courtesy of Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger

Endorsements from members of your own party are not unusual but what makes this endorsement newsworthy is that McDonough is a Hudson County Democrat and the Governor is a Morris County Republican. It is not clear what ramifications there will be from the Hudson County Democratic Party as a result of McDonough's endorsement of the Republican Governor. Hudson County Democrats are good at reading the writing on the wall and it is clear that the Democratic party is having a hard time finding a viable candidate to run against the popular Governor Chris Christie.

January 19, 2013 (Kearny, NJ) The Kearny Police are seeking the public's cooperation in obtaining information on the shooting death of sixteen year old Kearny resident Alisha Colon.

Colon was shot in the head in the second floor bedroom in her Belgrove Drive home. Police arrested earlier in the day Edwin Mendez, Jr, from Belleville, for unlawful possession of a weapon, a machete, and terroristic threats after he was involved in a street fight across the street from Colon's apartment. Colon was not involved in the fight but other family members were.

Kearny police are asking that anyone with information to please call the Kearny Police Detective Unit at (201) 998-1313 or the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Squad at (201) 915-1345. All information will be kept confidential.

January 30, 2013 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny Police have charged Cruz Martinez Jr., 41, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania with the fatal shooting of Alisha Colon, 16, in her Belgrove Drive apartment. Martinez is currently in the Wilkes-Barrie Jail in Pennsylvania awaiting a court hearing in his hometown of Hazelton, Pennsylvania on an unrelated theft charge. Martinez is expected to be extradited to New Jersey after the court hearing which is now scheduled for February 13, 2013.

Neighbors of Martinez were surprised to hear that he was the suspect in the fatal shooting. Martinez has confirmed that he was a former member of the Latin Kings. It is unknown what the motivation for the fatal shooting was and police authorities have not commented on or discussed details of the shooting with the media.

November 6, 2012 (Kearny, NJ) The following are the results of the Kearny Board of Education Election

James DORAN Jr. 2,396 19.41%

Deborah LOWRY 1,843 14.93%

Cecilia LINDENFELSER 1,830 14.82%