February 5,2012 (Kearny, NJ) When Kearny Resident Nelson Coelho was involved in a car accident in Staten Island, New York, the New York Police summoned an ambulance but Coelho was not injured and decided not to go to the hospital. That decision and a policy of the New York Police Department not to give accident victims rides from accident scene and a tow truck company's policy to do the same started a chain of events that lead to Kearny Resident Nelson Coelho tragic death. Coelho was just 23 years old and a student at the University of Virginia. He was struck by a car as he walked along a darkened roadway.
According to a report in SILive, Coelho's mother stated that her son sounded frustrated when she spoke with him after his car crash on Victoria Boulevard in Staten Island. Apparently, the car crash was severe enough to cause the air bags on Coelho's car to deploy.
January 23,2012 (Harrison, NJ) Judge Christine Nugent of the New Jersey Tax Court rendered an oral opinion that the Red Bulls must pay property taxes to the Town of Harrison. The Red Bulls had contended that they owed no property taxes to the Town of Harrison because they did not own the land upon which the Red Bulls stadium stands.
Earlier this year, ratings bureau Moody's had lowered the Town of Harrison's credit rating five levels to Ba3 because the Red Bulls had appealed their property tax assessment and the town was facing debt payments on bond payments which it had no new source of income to make payments from. Since the downgrade, the Town has managed to have developers move forward with projects including the Harrison Station Apartment which began renting in September 2011.
November 25,2011 (Kearny, NJ). For those of you who are not out shopping right now and for those who are but are tired of waiting in line, there is a great way to support KOTW and get some bargain shopping done. Please click on our Shop menu item above and explore the specials there from a variety of merchants. By shopping with KOTW's the merchants you will provide financial support of KOTW while saving money with the many specials available on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many merchants also have specials throughout the year so check back during other parts of the year as well. We will be updating the Shop section throughout the weekend with specials we think are especially good.
December 17,2011 (Kearny, NJ) The Town of Kearny and the White House have referred to the lighting of their respective Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees. The Holiday Tree designation started a discussion on KOTW. A following post brought out an interesting point about whether calling a Christmas Tree is an effort to eliminate religion.
"Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America.
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.
November 8,2011 (Harrison, NJ). In the only contested races in Harrison, Third Ward Councilman Francisco Nascimento and former Second Ward Councilman Victor Villalta won their respective races today. Villalta will join Councilman Anselmo Millan in the Second Ward having defeated Councilwoman Maria McCormick. Millan defeated McCormick's husband, Steven McCormick, in his election last year. Today's election put an end to the first husband and wife councilmember team.
The Election Results were as follows:
Harrison Ward 1 Council
Caroline MANDAGLIO 191 98.45%
Personal Choice 3 1.55%