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:
On Thursday, December 2, 2010, the Town of Kearny held its Annual Town Hall Tree Lighting Festival, sponsored by the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone.
On Saturday December 11, 2010 , the Town of Kearny welcomed Santa Claus. Santa made an early visit to town and was escorted along Kearny Avenue, Midland Avenue and Davis Avenue by our Kearny Police and Fire Departments. Santa then made his way on stage at the Kearny High School Auditorium to meet and greet more than 550 children with candy canes, coloring books and crayons. Each child was also given a choice of a toy from a wide selection on stage.
For the past six months I have repeatedly raised the alarm that 2011 will be a very difficult year for balancing municipal budgets throughout New Jersey. As we near the end of 2010, a perfect storm of events has made the outlook even bleaker.