KEARNY, NJ – On Monday, July 4, 2011, the Town of Kearny held its annual Fireworks Celebration and Show at Veteran’s Park. Each year, the July 4th Fireworks Celebration becomes larger and more spectacular. An estimated 10,000 spectators enjoyed the festivities this year, which included a performance by the Garden State Concert Band, activities for children including a magic show, pony rides and face painting, as well as a 30 minute fireworks show.
The Town of Kearny recently adopted stricter requirements for dealers of secondhand precious metals and jewelry. These requirements enhance the ability of law enforcement to identify and retrieve stolen precious metals and jewelry in a timely manner. Recommended by the Kearny Police Department, the new law applies to all secondhand dealers, which includes not only pawn shops but all businesses that purchase secondhand precious metals and jewelry.
At its April 26, 2011 meeting, Mayor Alberto G. Santos and the Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the preservation of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Inter-Municipal Tax Sharing (ITS) program. Under the ITS formula, municipalities with development in their Meadowlands district pay a portion of tax revenues from development into the tax sharing fund and municipalities where there is less development receive payment from the fund.
On April 16, 2011, the Town of Kearny held its annual river cleanup at Riverbank Park in Kearny. Led by Councilwoman Carol Jean Doyle, numerous volunteers showed up at the park’s Frank A. Vincent Marina to help remove litter and debris from the banks of the Passaic River. Many school children participated as did volunteers from the Woman’s Club of Arlington, the Optimist Club, the Kearny Chapter of UNICO and Pathways to Independence.
The Department of Defense POW/ Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
On Sunday, March 13, 2011, the Town of Kearny celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by participating in the 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade organized by the United Irish Association of West Hudson, Inc. The Parade began in Harrison and traveled along Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard in Harrison and East Newark and Kearny Avenue in Kearny with a closing ceremony at Town Hall.
On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the Town of Kearny held its 2nd Annual Recreation Volunteer Appreciation Night to thank volunteers for their commitment to children involved in sports and recreation in the Town of Kearny. All volunteers received a Certificate of Appreciation and a Cardinal Recognition Pin from the Recreation Department and soda and appetizers courtesy of Applebee’s.
I am pleased to report that the Town of Kearny reached agreements with all its municipal labor unions that contain concessions on salaries while avoiding all layoffs and demotions. These agreements will generate savings of $3.8 million in 2011, thereby strengthening the Town’s ability to meet the requirements of the new State law limiting property tax increases to 2% a year.
The agreements are as follows: