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The Men and Women Who Made a Memorable Impact on Our Hometown, Nutley, New Jersey

By Anthony Buccino

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lists biographies of the more than 130 Nutley sons who died while in service to our country.

American War of Independence

Manus Brown

 

 War Between the States

James H. Cunningham

John Donaldson

Byron Lawton

 

World War One

John C. Adams

John K. Beaumont

Ray Blum

Julius Bruskin

George Connolly

Claude Daw

Pasquale De Francesco

Stephen H. Dorr Jr.

Stuart E. Edgar

William R. Harrison

George Kalvio

Winan Klesick

Joseph G. Lamb Jr.

Paul Martino

Bertram Townsend

Albert Trazewski

Ralph Zellars

 

World War Two

Arthur Abbott Jr.

Daniel Antonacci

Thomas Ashton Jr.

Souren Avedisian

Norman Bell

Eugene Bellene

Walter Brandenberger

Charles A. Braun

Frank Burak

Sydney Butcher

John Peter Canis

Robert Cary

Dominick Cassera

Theodore Cassera

Malcolm Christopher

John J. Clark

Robert Clendinning Jr.

Samuel Cobb

Charles Coburn

Frederick Comer

William H. Deighan

 Gilbert Davies

John Del Grosso

Joseph A. Des Jardins Jr.

Robert Dickert

Anthony Di Petta

William Donohue

Allen Duke

Cecil Dunthorn

Lothrop F. Ellis

Vincent Fields

William E. Frost

Arthur Garrett

Frank Garruto

John Gervan

Robert Gray

George Haack

Stanley Hand

Charles Haney

John M. Hanley

Carl L. Hansen

James Hare

Howard Harle Jr.

Preston Hastings

Werner Holzhauer Jr.

Anthony Impellizzeri

Maro L.Jahr

Charles W. Katt

Joseph Kirwelewicz

Walter J. Kotwica

Frederick D. Kurz

Arthur Leithauser

Howard Lemperle

Charles Liebau

Emil Liloia

James J. LoFrano

William Louden

C. Hayden Malmstrom

Warren Marks

Thomas Maxham

Herbert Maxwell

Ronald McCormack

Walter Mihalchuk

Halsey Miller

James Murren

John Mutch

William Nutzel Jr.

Charles O’Neill

Edward Oyler

William Pearson

James Pierce

Samuel Powers

Wallace Reed

Francis Schwarzenbek

Percy Shuart

Charles J. Smith

Thomas E. Smith

George Stanford

Frank Stangota

Walter A. Stecewicz

Stanley J. Szczyrek

Gordon A. Tasney

Richard Teeple

Robert V. Turchette

Richard Van Divort

Herbert R. Washburne

Russell W. Wester

Wilbur E. Westfall

Lee O. White

John Windheim Jr.

Donald J. Wood

Thurston F. Woodford

 

Korean War

Robert G. Bliss

Joseph DiNardo

John R. Gorman

Bernard Hafkin

John McConnell

Richard A. Miller

Alex. MacMillan

William W. Nolze

Nicholas S. Pucci

Reed A. Smith

John F. Van Der Linde

 

Cold War

Lawrence DiVuolo

Frank P. Jannarone Jr.

Charles A. Marsh

Salvatore Pillitteri

Pervis Robison Jr.

Dennis R. Schutte

Charles Tillou

Thomas W. Tuttle

Edward Zuczek

 

Vietnam War

Richard Bates Jr.

Robert Brinckmann

Alfred Critelli

David Dinan III

Matthew Dwyer

Richard Greenspan

Michael Halpin

Arthur Rego

Thomas Van Houten


Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War - a brief history

Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War

Agresta, Carolyn 

Carolyn Agresta and Rich Agresta adopted retired racing greyhounds. The greyhound adoption process is simple, but thorough, with prospective adopters vetted through their veterinarian or personal contacts.

Agresta, Rich 

Rich Agresta and Carolyn Agresta adopted retired racing greyhounds. The greyhound adoption process is simple, but thorough, with prospective adopters vetted through their veterinarian or personal contacts.

Allison, Dorothy

Dorothy Allison earned a national reputation for helping many people by using her psychic ability. She also assisted in several well-known cases including the Son of Sam murders, the Etan Patz case, Patty Hearst's disappearance, and the John Wayne Gacy cases.

Andriola, Anthony

Anthony "Andy" Andriola spent decades travelling from school to school sharing many tales of action in North Africa, Sicily, England, France, Belgium and Germany. He was strafed by German fighter planes in North Africa, and faced Gen. George S. Patton in Sicily.


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Banks, Keith Thomas 

Keith Banks began his career in 1981 at Home Insurance Co. In 1984, he joined JP Morgan as an equity research analyst. In 1988, he took on the role of portfolio manager. In 1996, Banks was promoted to head of U.S. equity.

Baratta, Anthony Jr. 

Anthony Baratta Jr., is one of America's foremost leaders of interior designs. Combining his talents with William Diamond, their firm, Diamond Baratta Design, created a design language which is a balance between pattern, color, history, luxury and ultimately what is modern.

Barbata, John

John Barbata is a world-class musician, a drummer, whose extraordinary life began at the age of three, when he met Albert Einstein, to the present and after several years of playing with many of the top bands in America including Jefferson Starship.

Beale, Phelan 

Phelan Beale was married to Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, an American socialite and amateur singer, known for her eccentric lifestyle. She was a sister of John "Black Jack" Bouvier, the father of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill.

Bedford, Ruth 

Ruth Bedford dedicated her life toward supporting local and statewide community organizations, including the Nutley Family Services Bureau, Nutley Senior Citizens Housing, Nutley Volunteer Emergency & Rescue Squad, Nutley Thriving Survivors, Planned Parenthood of Essex County, and the Republican Club of Nutley.

Bedford, Stanley 

Judge Stanley Bedford was appointed to the N.J. District Court by Gov. William Cahill in 1971. He progressed to county court and superior court before retiring in 1986. Over the years, Judge Bedford volunteered his legal expertise to Nutley charitable groups including the Red Cross chapter.

Benko, Cathleen 

Cathleen Benko is vice chairman and managing principal, Deloitte LLP. Benko is a self-made woman who distinguished herself in the Global Business World. She was named a "Frontline Leader" by Consulting magazine.

Berg, Rita 

Rita Berg was the wife of William Berg who lived on Nutley Avenue for more than 30 years. He said that along with his wife, Rita, he "watched the park grow." He was known to walk his dogs and ride his horse along the river bank. Nutley Memorial Parkway came to fruition in 1919, following the end of World War I. 

Berg, William

William Berg left a great sum of money "to preserve a bit of clean country midst a built-up town." Nutley used the sum for improvements to the park.

Bigelow, Julian Himely

Julian Bigelow obtained a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying electrical engineering and mathematics. During World War II, he assisted Norbert Wiener's research on automated fire control for anti-aircraft guns.

Blake, Julian

Julian 'Bud' Blake achieved world-wide recognition as the award-winning creator of the "Tiger" comic strip which was syndicated to about 500 newspapers.

Blake, Robert

Actor Robert Blake was born Michael James Vincenzo Gubitosi to Giacomo (James) Gubitosi and Elizabeth Cafone in 1933, in Nutley, N.J.  He began his film career as one of the Little Rascals, but is perhaps best known for playing Baretta on TV.

Blazejowski, Carol 

Carol Blazejowski served as senior vice president and general manager of the New York Liberty basketball team. She is one of the top players in the history of women's basketball.

Blum, Abram 

Abram Blum was Nutley's first mayor under the commission form of government adopted in 1912. Blum, Richard W. Booth, and others organized the Yantacaw Volunteer Fire Department.

Boffey, Philip Miller

Philip M. Boffey, an editorial board member at The New York Times, was a member of two reporting teams that won Pulitzer Prizes: the first in 1986 for a series on the "Star Wars" missile defense system, the second in 1987 for coverage of the aftermath of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.

Bolcato, Lucio

Town worker Lucio Bolcato, 51, died in July 1975, of a heart attack during a courageous attempt to rescue two young boys in storm-swollen waters of the Third River.

Booth, Enoch

Enoch Booth was wounded in the Civil War, participating in battles in the Petersburg, Va., area, and never fully recovered, passing away in 1879.

Booth, Richard W.

Richard W. Booth was first elected to the school board in 1896, and served as president for 18 years. His foresight is responsible for much of the success of Nutley's schools.

Bouvier, Edith  

Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (October 5, 1895 to February 5, 1977) was an American socialite and amateur singer, known for her eccentric lifestyle. She was a sister of John "Black Jack" Bouvier, the father of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill.

Bouvier, John 

John. V. Bouvier served as a member of the Nutley Board of Education from 1901 to 1904, and as president of the Yountakah Country Club. He organized the Nutley Gun Club. He was a trial lawyer in New York for 40 years specializing in securities, stock transactions and contracts.

Bradbury, John

John Bradbury built a stone house on a knoll south of Kingsland’s Lane.  This house is what we know today as the Van Riper House.

Brancaccio, Larry 

Larry Brancaccio is a champion motorcycle rider, and 1975 Nutley High School graduate. He began breaking records in 1992 and became the AHDRA (All Harley Drag Racing Association) Pro Dragster Eastern and World Champion.

Bronco, Mike 

Mike Bronco has worked as a mechanic with Ralph Scognamillo at his service station on Bloomfield Avenue and lately at J & R Towne Auto to Centre Street and Union Avenue.

Brunell, Roger

Roger Brunell, aka "Uncle Fred" Sayles lived on Satterthwaite Avenue in  Nutley, and is probably best known for narrating the silent Farmer Gray cartoons on Junior Frolics on Channel 13.

Buccino, Anthony 

Nutley-based author Anthony Buccino published more than 20 books including four essay collections and three military history books.

Budine, Jonathan

Jonathan Budine is a director, designer and editor. In 2002, Budine was tapped as one of the editors for Michael Moore’s Academy Award winning film "Bowling for Columbine”. He directed “Town Hall Meetings” for Tom Ridge and Rick Santorum.

Bunner, H.C.

Henry Cuyler Bunner was an American novelist and poet. The editor of Puck the satire magazine, is credited with bringing Mark Twain to The Enclosure and introducing the writer to ice cream at Guthrie's General Store.

Buono, Barbara 

Nutley High School Class of 1971 graduate Barbara A. Buono was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in the 2013 election, but lost to incumbent Chris Christie. Buono served in the New Jersey Senate from 2002 to 2014.

Burgio, Jane Grey 

Jane Grey Burgio was the first woman to become New Jersey Secretary of State. Burgio (1922-2005) was appointed Secretary of State by Governor Thomas Kean and served in New Jersey in that capacity from 1982 to 1990.

Busignes, Henri

Henri Gaston Busignes was working for ITT's Paris Labs on radio direction finders, airplane radio navigation and early radar equipment. With the fall of Paris to Hitler, in 1940, he escaped to the U.S. Over the course of his career at ITT, Busignes was granted 140 patents.

Butler, Frank 

Frank  Butler was married to sharp-shooter Annie Oakley. Between 1885 and 1901, they starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Their  visits to the Eaton Stone Circus quarters here brought her through town on a train where it's said they fell in love with Nutley.


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Canonico, Janet P.  

Janet P. Canonico and Stephen Canonico adopted retired racing greyhounds. The greyhound adoption process is simple, but thorough, with prospective adopters vetted through their veterinarian or personal contacts.

Canonico, Stephen  

Stephen Canonico and Janet P. Canonico adopted retired racing greyhounds. The greyhound adoption process is simple, but thorough, with prospective adopters vetted through their veterinarian or personal contacts.

Carlin, James

James Carlin, an internationally acclaimed Nutley artist, was a master in the watercolor medium. He experimented with oils, black and white graphics and stained glass. He won many prestigious prizes, including the George A. Zabriskie Award.

Castellano, Donna

Donna Castellano's long professional acting career includes TV, film, theatre, musical theatre and cabaret, plus commercials from New York to Maryland and Japan. Castellano appeared regularly in sketch work on "The Late Show with David Letterman." 

Catena, Loretta  

Loretta Catena and Joseph DelGrosso adopted retired racing greyhounds. The greyhound adoption process is simple, but thorough, with prospective adopters vetted through their veterinarian or personal contacts.

Cervasio, Joseph

Joseph Cervasio is author of two books. Bad News On The Doorstep recalls the infamous 'Mud Bowl' between Nutley and Belleville in the 1960s and captures the flavor of life in Northeast New Jersey.

Cervasio, Tina 

Tina M. Cervasio, a 1992 Nutley High School graduate, is an Emmy-nominated New York Knicks reporter on the MSG Network. Cervasio's first job out of college was as the Sports Editor for the Nutley Sun and Belleville Times.

Chalk, Vicky

Vicky Chalk is well known for her weekly column, Over The Back Fence, in The Nutley Sun, which she has written since 1996. Her positive columns about Nutley earned accolades from the New Jersey Press Association.

Chapman, Paul 

Paul Chapman, WPA artist, painted the mural of Annie Oakley in the Nutley Post Office. The WPA, or Works Progress Administration, renamed the Works Projects Administration, was part of the New Deal.

Chenoweth, Harry 

Harry Chenoweth's dedication to community activities has been recognized as evidenced by his election to the office of mayor for 20 consecutive years. He was a member of the AMVETS, the American Legion, Catholic War Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Cirri, Robert

Port Authority police officer Lt. Robert Cirri rushed to help at the burning towers on 911. His remains were recovered four other officers and a woman they had been trying to carry out in a rescue chair.

Cocchiola, Joanne 

Joanne Cocchiola ran for commissioner in 2004 seeking her father's vacated seat. She not only won, but tallied the most votes of all candidates and was named mayor. She traded in her office as mayor and commissioner to accept the position as the town's municipal judge.

Cocciola, Frank A. 

Frank Cocchiola served as a town commissioners for 28 years and on the school board for six years. Cocchiola oversaw the development of park facilities on Park Avenue and River Road. He retired in 2000 and passed away on August 4, 2005.

Connell, Victor

Victor Connell, in photo, was graduated from Class 45-D-SE, on June 27, 1945, having been inducted from Davenport, Iowa

Coppola, Filomena

Crossing guard Filomena Coppola was killed on Nov. 4, 1997, sacrificing her life for the children who were walking in the path of a drunk driver.

Costa, Angelica Vitillo

Capt. Angelica Vitillo Costa served as deputy director of the Navy Nurse Corps from 1966 to 1970. She volunteered for active military duty in 1942, and served in the US Navy Nurse Corps for the next 28 years.

Cristiano, Angela

Dr. Angela Christiano is an associate professor at Columbia University whose major focus of research is in the study of inherited skin and hair disorders in humans. Dr. Christiano and her team of researchers discovered new genes involved in hair growth.

Cuzzi, Phil 

Nutley resident Phil Cuzzi joined the baseball Major League umpire staff in 1999. He had worked as a reserve umpire in the National League from 1991 to 1993. Since 2000, he has worked throughout both major leagues.


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Debany, Michael

Michael W. Debany served as Commanding Officer of "Camp Nutley" during the Cold War. From 1952 to 1957 the U.S. Army antiaircraft gun bases in our area defended the George Washington Bridge from aerial attack.

DeFrancesco, Pasquale

Pasquale DeFrancesco of Newark Place used the name Joseph to join the U.S. Navy. According to his family, 'Joe' was on a ship that was sunk and he spent time in the water before being rescued. He developed pneumonia and died on Jan. 19, 1918.

DelGrosso, Joseph  

Joseph DelGrosso and Loretta Catena adopted retired racing greyhounds. The greyhound adoption process is simple, but thorough, with prospective adopters vetted through their veterinarian or personal contacts.

DeLuca, Msgr. Anthony 

Msgr. Anthony DiLuca served as pastor of Holy Family Church from 1933 until his retirement in 1968. During his 35-year tenure, he raised funds to build two church buildings, a school, convent and youth center.

DeMuro, Theodore  

Anthony Theodore De Muro began his political career in Nutley on the Board of Commissioners in 1932. He served as Director of Public Affairs until 1936, as Director of Public Safety from 1940 to 1944 and as Director of Parks and Public Property from 1944 to 1956 and again from 1960 until 1964.

Denay, Jessica

Jessica Denay is a single mom of Gabriel, and the author of The Hot Mom's Handbook series published by HarperCollins,, and is regarded as a leading 'mom' expert.

DePace, Nicholas L.

Nicholas L. DePace attended Washington School where his sixth grade teacher, John Walker, introduced him to medicine and encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Dr. DePace is clinical professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

DeZarlo, James

Nutley school crossing guard James DeZarlo was killed when he was struck by a car on Harrison Street at Brookline Avenue on Dec. 14, 1964.

Dinan, David

Lt. David Dinan III, was killed March 17, 1969, in Laos, Southeast Asia, after he was forced to bail out of a F105 jet that had been hit by ground fire. Lt. Dinan was a pilot from the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Korat Airbase, Thailand.

Doyle, Jane 

Jane Doyle is the daughter of Bessie Jane Nichols who is a descendant of Thomas Nichols, Sr., who emigrated from England and started the Nichols Hat Factory which led to Nichols Park.


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Erbe, Gary T.

Gary T. Erbe is a self-taught oil painter. The Enclosure artist's Trompe L'Oeil paintings can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world. A Nutley tribute painting "Annie Oakley: Little Sure Shot" toured the nation.

Eulo, Ken

Ken Eulo is the author of The Brownstone, The Bloodstone, The Deathstone, and The House of Caine. He is the author of 13 novels, five of which were national bestsellers and sold over 13 million copies.


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Falduti, William

Lifelong Nutley resident William Falduti had his 20th birthday in France. Two months later, in December 1944, the Army corporal was a Jeep driver with the 82nd Airborne 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment at the Battle of the Bulge delivering mortar shells to frozen Allied outposts defending the crossroads at Bastogne, Belgium.

Fastook, Steve

Emmy award winning television engineer and producer Steven Fastook is senior vice president of technical and commercial operations at CNBC. As a volunteer for OBC-TV during his youth, he engineered relocation of the studios and directed an hour-long nightly newscast.

Feuer, Kathryn B.

Kathryn Beliveau Feuer, a scholar of Russian literature who ruffled the Soviet authorities by befriending dissident intellectuals during the cold war, lived in Charlottesville, where she was a professor at the University of Virginia.

Fowler, Frank

Frank Fowler was an American figure and portrait painter. In the late 1890s, he resided in a home on at 16 The Enclosure Artists Colony. He built a large studio on the back of that house, where he painted.

Francisco, Pat

'Pat' Francisco served in WWII and was wounded in the European Theatre. He had been left for dead by the Germans during the Normandy Invasion. He was named after his older brother who died in WWI.

Francisco, Thomas

Fine photography artist Thomas Francisco was raised in Nutley where he attended Holy Family School and was graduated from Nutley High School. His career spans over 38 years as a creative within the areas of graphic design, photography and the fine arts.

Fraser, Ronald 

Ronald Fraser, nicknamed "The Wizard of College Baseball," never had a losing season in 30 years as head baseball coach at the University of Miami. Fraser retired in 1992 with the most career victories of any active college coach, 1,275 wins against 438 loses.

French, Bevan M.

Bevan M. French joined the NASA  Goddard Space Flight Center, as a planetary geologist and began research on terrestrial meteorite impact craters and the unique and durable shock-metamorphic effects produced in their rocks.

Frobose, Fred 

Fred M. Frobose had a dance studio at 24 Erie Place where he taught most of Nutley how to dance including Martha Stewart. She referred to him on her television show as "Our Local Fred Astaire". 

Frobose, Johann 

Johann Friedrich "Fritz" Frobose arrived from Bremen, Germany, on Sept. 4, 1854. He married Christiana Usaner and they lived in what later became Central Park before moving to their Nutley home overlooking the Mud Hole.

Frobose, Mike 

Mike Frobose is a trustee at Vincent Church and the cemetery is his responsibility. In 2014 Mike was selected as the Nutley Irish Member of the Year and also became a board member of the Nutley Historical Society.


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Gabriele, Michael C.

Author and historian, Michael C. Gabriele joined The Nutley Sun in 1976. He published The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey and The History of Diners in New Jersey.

Geltrude, Mike

Mike Geltrude became the first Nutley High School graduate to receive a varsity letter in collegiate soccer. As a coach and pioneer of Nutley's youth traveling soccer program, he was the first to coach a Nutley team in international competition. 

George, Raquel

Raquel George began writing novels in her early teens. Her published novels include Jill / Until Proven Innocent and Seventeen Days.

Goldberger, Paul

Nutley High School graduate Paul Goldberger,  The New York Times' chief cultural correspondent won a Pulitzer Prize for his architectural criticism.

Goodrich, Frances

Hollywood screenwriter Frances Goodrich grew up in Nutley, won the Pulitzer Prize for co-writing the play "Diary of Anne Frank," with her husband Albert Hackett. The team wrote screenplays for "Thin Man" and "It's a Wonderful Life."

Goodrich, Lloyd

Lloyd Goodrich began writing about the arts and became a preeminent Americanist art historian. He served as director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a leading author and advocate of American art.

Griese, Mary Anne 

Mary Anne Griese is a certified Yoga teacher and has been introducing people to Yoga for three decades, teaching in Nutley Parks and Rec., Nutley Adult School, and elsewhere. She published two books, Who Is She and She Is Me the Book of My Soul.


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Haczyk, Bryan  

Bryan Haczyk played American professional ice hockey. He played forward for the Trenton Titans of the ECHL during the 2012-2013 season. Haczyk attended Seton Hall Prep where he won two state championships and won the Gordon Conference MVP award.

Hawkins, Benjamin 

Benjamin Hawkins, "The Hawk" began his ascent to professional football fame as a wide receiver and defensive end at Arizona State University. He was the first Sun Devil named to a major first team All-America squad selected by Time Magazine in 1965.

Haycock, Christine E.

Dr. Christine E. Haycock pioneered the path for women in the military, especially in medicine, by becoming, in 1952, the Army's first woman intern at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She served as commander of the Army's 322nd General Hospital.

Hirsch, Barbara

Barbara Hirsch, whose volunteer work in the community began while still a youngster about to enter high school, received Nutley's 2013 Dr. Virginius D. Mattia Public Service Award. Hirsch credits her parents for introducing her to volunteerism.

Hirsch, Michael

Michael Hirsch is the preeminent authority on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. He co-produced, researched, and wrote the HBO documentary: “Triangle: Remembering the Fire.” This documentary won the DuPont Award presented by Columbia University.

Hochberg, Faith Shapiro 

Faith Shapiro Hochberg was named U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. President Bill Clinton nominated her to a seat on the District Court for the District of New Jersey. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Nov. 15, 1999.

Hoeber, Arthur A.

Arthur Hoeber was a U.S. painter best known for his writing on art-related subjects.  He was art director for The New York Times for three years and was assistant editor of the Illustrated American for one year. He was also widely known as a lecturer on art subjects.

Holland, John  

John Holland joined the Nutley Police Department in 1972. He attained the rank of sergeant in 1977, captain in 1986, and deputy chief in 1990. He has been active in the Nutley PBA. He served as Nutley Police Chief from 2006 to 2013.

Hopkins, Victor 

Victor Morice Hopkins competed from 1921 to 1934, ten years professionally. He represented the U.S. in the 1924 Olympics in Paris as America's number one road racer. He set an amateur world record at the five mile distance at the age of 17.

Huck, John Lloyd 

John Lloyd Huck joined Merck & Co., in 1958, as director of marketing. He was elected vice president for marketing planning in January 1966, and subsequently president and chief operating officer in 1978 and chairman of the board in 1985. He retired June 30, 1986.


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Iannarone, Anthony 

Anthony J. Iannarone joined Hoffmann LaRoche where he rapidly developed expertise in the regulation of vitamins and dietary foods. Iannarone has been contributing to the Nutley community for more than four decades. He has been a Nutley Public Library trustee for more than 40 years.

Infusino, Thomas P. 

Thomas P. Infusino served as Chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative and the wholesale merchandising and distribution arm for the ShopRite Supermarkets located in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware.


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Jackson, Richard J.

Dr. Richard J. Jackson received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award from President George W. Bush for his outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievement in service to the nation, and, in particular, to improving environmental public health.

Jannarone, John R

Brigadier General John R. Jannarone commanded a Combat Engineer Battalion and later was promoted to Assistant Engineer of the Eighth Army in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan.

Jaret, Maureen

When Maureen Jaret decided she'd help out long-time customer Dennis Paserchia by donating one of her kidneys, little would stand in her way. The National Kidney Registry used the power of technology and large pools of donor/recipient pairs to find better matches through "paired exchange."

Jenkins, Edward 

Tuskegee airman Edward Jenkins was graduated in Class 45-A-SE on March 11, 1945, having been inducted from Nutley, N.J.

Jernick, William III 

William Jernick III continued his family's dedication to Nutley serving as president of the Rotary Club and like his father, as Exalted Ruler of the Nutley Elks Lodge. His volunteer work was distinguished through several organizations including the Family Service Bureau.

Jernick, William J. 

William J. Jernick joined Thomas A. Edison, in Belleville, and rose to Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager of their Primary Battery Division, retiring in 1957 after nearly 42 years. Commissioner Jernick served as Director of Revenue and Finance, Director of Public Safety.


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Kane, Jack

John F. Kane, former commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Stuart E. Edgar Post 493 in Nutley, was named State Commander at the VFW convention in 2014. The Veterans Council and township named him 2014 Veteran of the Year. 

Kelly, John V. 

John V. Kelly was a state legislator, banker, Nutley commissioner, mayor, and humanitarian. He was active in community and charitable affairs, serving 18 years in the state legislature. From 1988 to 1992, he served as Nutley mayor and headed the Public Safety Department through May 1996.

Kingsland, John

Joseph Kingsland purchased about 40 acres of land at a Sheriff's sale on Nov. 22, 1790, for eleven pounds, five shillings. About all that's left of the estate is Kingsland Manor.

Kopiczko, Dorota

Dorota Kopiczko, 26, an accountant at Marsh & McLennan, worked on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center's Tower 1, where she perished on 911.

Kur, Robert Ellis

Journalist Robert Ellis Kur gained attention in the mid-1990s for his coverage of the lawsuits against the tobacco industries. He later became an anchor for MSNBC and was later the White House correspondent.


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LaForgia, Anthony 

Anthony 'Barry' LaForgia launched "Southwest Medical Teams," linking people in need with teams of volunteers, beginning in Mexico, Jamaica and Armenia, and later expanding to 65 countries including the U.S., Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Asia, the South Pacific and Africa.

Lalama, Franco

Port Authority engineer Franco Lalama perished on 911  after he cleared everyone out of the engineering office on the 64th floor of 1 World Trade Center, then turned back to make sure no one was left behind.

Lambert, William

William Lambert was key in shaping the layout of many Nutley neighborhoods and much of the town's character including the establishment of the memorial park.

Lardier, Amuel E. 

In 1947, Amuel E. Lardier opened Lardier Pharmacy at 115 Franklin Avenue, Nutley. Lardier Pharmacy operated at the same location until its sale in 1986. Lardier continued to work as a pharmacist in local pharmacies until age 92.

Lauber, Edward  

Edward C. Lauber started Lauber Imports in his mom's basement on Grant Street in 1980. With his son Mark E. Lauber, they built the fine wine wholesaler into one of the most highly regarded companies in the industry.

Lautenberg, Frank R. 

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1982. After a brief retirement, he won a fourth term in 2002 and was re-elected to a fifth term in 2008. He graduated Nutley High School in 1941. He founded the nation's first payroll system, Automatic Data Processing.

Lenihan, Rita 

Capt. Rita Lenihan, USN, of Nutley, was appointed Director of the WAVES and Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Women on Sept. 1, 1966. Captain Lenihan was commissioned an Ensign in June 1943.

Lenson, Michael

Artist Michael Lenson bought his 'dream studio' at 16 Enclosure Artists Colony and raised his family there for the next 30 years. Lenson headed the NJ WPA mural projects and painted murals in Newark City Hall, Weequahic High School, and elsewhere.

Lewis, Starks  

Starks Lewis is best known for one of the two giant United States flags he's rigged to a giant tree in front of his house since 2002. The flags are 10x15-feet and 10x16-feet, which one you'll see depends on whether he his flying the flag vertically or horizontally.

LoCurcio, Vincent 

Vincent LoCurcio and partner Thomas Infusino joined Wakefern and together operated the Nutley Park ShopRite. The partnership continues today with Lo Curcio's son, Vincent LoCurcio III.

Louden, Flora 

Flora Louden has been recognized as one of the most active women in town civic and club affairs. Louden was an active member of the Rotary Club Auxiliary, the Nutley Girl Scout Council, the Tri-Town Business and Professional Women's Association of Nutley.

Lucy, John  

John Lucy marked his 35th year of service to Nutley's board of commissioners in 1978, the year he was honored with the Dr. Virginius Dante Mattia Community Service Award. He was a member of the Nutley Board of Commissioners continuously for 39 years, from 1944 to 1983.


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Mandour, Diane 

Diane and Mario Mandour owned and operated Santini Bros. Pizzeria and Restaurant from 1989 to 2014. Diane, who was born and raised on Franklin Avenue, began working for the Santini family at the Gondola Restaurant on Franklin Avenue in 1973.

Mandour, Mario 

Mario and Diane Mandour owned and operated Santini Bros. Pizzeria and Restaurant from 1989 to 2014. Mario who had settled here from Sicily, when he met Diane, while both were working for the Santini family at the Gondola Restaurant.

Marese, Dan 

A WWII veteran, Daniel Marese returned to his hometown of Nutley and for more than 50 years assisted, started and succeeded in a variety of community accomplishments. He is especially known for his volunteer work with special education youngsters.

Marmorstein, Malcolm

Malcolm Marmorstein was the head writer for all 82 episodes of "The Doctors" soap opera on TV. When that show ended he moved to the staff of another soap opera "Dark Shadows" where he worked on more than 80 episodes.

Marsh, Reginald

Reginald Marsh was born in 1898. Two years later, his father, Fred Dana Marsh, moved to 16 The Enclosure Artists Colony. Reginald was taught to draw, influenced not only by his father, but also by contemporaries such as Albert Sterner, Ernest Haskell, and George Bellow.

Martin, Donna 

Donna Martin authored legislation having to do with military procurement reform that were enacted into law. She later worked at the Dept. of Defense Inspector General investigating whistleblower reprisal allegations.

Mattia, Virginius D.

Virginius D. Mattia, M.D., served as president and CEO of  Hoffmann-LaRoche. Dr. Mattia's talents and leadership abilities became manifest through his meteoric advancement. He was instrumental in establishing the prestigious Roche Institute.

McGinnity, Bus 

Bernard “Bus” McGinnity ran a speak-easy in the basement of the Kingsland Manor during Prohibition. After Prohibition was repealed, he and his mother, Katherine, ran it as the Colonial Club, and then as the Nutley Private Hospital, a convalescent home.

Megaro, Evan

Evan Megaro is a world-renown classical pianist. The 1999 graduate of Nutley High School, has been studying piano since childhood. He played trumpet, French horn, and percussion in the Nutley Marching Band, Nutley Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble.

Merritt, Arnold

Arnold Merritt was graduated from American Academy of Dramatic Arts and started his career with the TV series "The Other Face of Goodness." He appeared in the Broadway production of the Archibald McLeish play "JB" with Pat Hingle and John Cassavetes.

Mirucki, Pat

Patrick Mirucki, president of VK Media & Internet Services, makes the magic happen behind the scenes. Mirucki became general manager for OBC-TV, a commercial/public access channel in Nutley, N.J., where he developed local programming.

Murray, Catherine

Catherine Murray began her community activities at the age of 14 in 1919, as a Sunday school teacher. She continued that work through St. Paul's Guild.  She became a Red Cross first aider in 1943, and received the special Water Safety medal from the National Red Cross for giving more than 500 hours to the program in one year.


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Nanes, Richard

Richard Nanes is an internationally acclaimed composer and pianist and the recipient of eight consecutive Silver International Angel Awards.  He graduated from Nutley High School in 1946.

Nardone, Angelo

Angelo Nardone operated The Villa Capri, an art salon which had served as a coffeehouse serving local beatniks and bohemians. Nardone's emporium was considered either a work of art or an eyesore from the 1960s until it was torched in 2002.

Narucki, Susan

Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki earned international acclaim as a singer of luminous tone, superb musicianship and distinctive artistry.  She presented more than 100 world opera premieres, enjoying collaborations with the world's leading composers.

Nichols, Thomas, Sr.  

Thomas Nichols, Sr., emigrated from England and was married to Mary Hammell. They had four children, Echan, John, William and Thomas Jr. Nichols Sr. started a Nichols Hat Factory in Newark and relocated it to Nutley.

Nolze, William

Alexander Avenue resident William Nolze was posthumously awarded the Silver Star during the Korean War when he distinguished himself by remaining in his forward post to establish a base of covering fire while his comrades fell back against 'a numerically superior enemy force.' 


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Oakley, Annie

Annie Oakley once wrote that she loved America and Nutley best of all. She and her husband, Frank Butler, lived 304 Grant Avenue. 

Orechio, Carmen 

Carmen Orechio was first elected a member of the Nutley Board of Commissioners in 1968. He served as Mayor during the period 1972-1976, 1980-1984, and 1992-1996. During his 40 year tenure as a commissioner, he headed the public safety department for 28 years.

Orechio, Frank A.

Frank A. Orechio purchased The Nutley Sun in 1958. He later acquired Bloomfield Life, The Belleville Times and The Glen Ridge Voice and these served as the nucleus for what become known as Orechio Communications and included OBC-TV.

Owens, Msgr. James  

The Reverend Monsignor James J. Owens was assigned to Saint Mary's Parish and from October 1922 to September 1965 Saint Mary's grew, adding the rectory, the convent, the church, school, and an auditorium-gymnasium. In December of 1948, he was given the title the Right Reverend Monsignor.

Owens, Ron

Ron Owens, music teacher at Nutley schools, was assistant band director of the Nutley High School Cadet Band. Owens cites his most important achievement in Nutley as his work with "Sing-Out, Nutley!" part of the national "Up With People!" movement. 


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Paris, Jackie

American jazz singer and guitarist Jackie Paris was born Carlo Jackie Paris to Rose and Carlo Paris on Sept. 20, 1926, in Nutley, N.J. As a vocalist, Paris toured with Charlie Parker.

Paserchia, Dennis

Dennis Paserchia needed a kidney match. When Maureen Jaret heard, she decided she'd help by donating one of her kidneys. The National Kidney Registry used the power of technology and large pools of donor/recipient pairs to find better matches through "paired exchange."

Patel, Narenda “Nick” 

Narendra "Nick" Patel has owned and operated Fred's Party Shop since 1987. He's seen generations of children from nearby Lincoln School stop in for their snacks as they grew up and older. His partner Jitendra "Jay" Patel works the early shift.

Pavone, Mario 

Humble barber Mario Pavone supported the Order Sons of Italy orphanage in Nutley. He assisted refugees, collected funds for earthquake victims in Italy, worked with the Red Cross, the Elks, Special Young Adults and the Lions Club.

Pearson, James W.

Capt. James W. Pearson downed his first enemy plane on May 30, 1918. He received credit for two more German fighters in June and July, and his two victories in August qualified him as an "ace." By war's end he'd raised his total victory count to eight.

Pecora, Andrew

Dr. Andrew L. Pecora, chairman and director of the Cancer Unit at Hackensack University Medical Center, is also the senior scientist for biomedical research at the Hackensack center and a professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Medical School.

Petronio, Stephen

Choreographer Stephen Petronio has been awarded choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and company grants from the NEA and the New York State Council on the Arts. He is also received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Poiani, Eileen

Eileen L. Poiani, Ph.D., is a third generation Nutleyite on her maternal side. Dr. Poiani's 45-year career at Saint Peter's University spanned from being the first woman to teach mathematics and be vice president to serving as assistant to five presidents.

Politi, Steve

Steve Politi is a sports columnist for The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. Politi, was twice named as one of the top 10 top columnists in the U.S. by the Associated Press.

Prystowsky, Eric N.

Cardiologist Eric N. Prystowsky achieved international prominence in teaching, research, and patient care in cardiac electrophysiology.  In addition to co-authoring two textbooks, he authored 640 scientific manuscripts and abstracts concerning cardiac arrhythmias.

Prystowsky, Milton

Milton Prystowsky opened his practice for pediatric cardiology in 1951. He was the first pediatric cardiologist in New Jersey. Dr. Prystowsky opened the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


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 Rabinowitz, Ann

The former president and school board member, Ann Rabinowitz authored two young adult novels, Knight on Horseback and Bethie.

Radcliffe, Paul

Paul Radcliffe came to Nutley in 1920, population 9,431, and upon his retirement as superintendent of schools the town had grown beyond 21,000. During his 14-year reign, Radcliffe spent nearly $2 million on school buildings doubling student capacity.

Radziwell, Lee 

Lee Radziwill is the daughter of John "Black Jack" Bouvier, and the sister of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

Reeder, Earl

Earl Reeder was an organic chemist at Hoffmann-La Roche for 33 years and the co-inventor of the tranquilizer Valium. Testing started in 1957, and it was patented in 1961 as Valium, a $1 billion-plus drug. Reeder's and Sternbach's names are on the patent.

Reinheimer, Walter F.  

Walter F. Reinheimer was elected to the school board in 1927, and was a member when additions were added to Yantacaw and Lincoln schools.  He ran commissioner and became mayor and was Director of Parks and Public Property until 1935.

Roberts, Lawrence C.

Rev. Lawrence Curtis Roberts became the first black gospel record company producer in the U.S. His efforts enabled Savoy Record Company to become a totally gospel label.  He worked with Thomas Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, and Cissy Houston and Queen Latifah.

Robison, Pervis Jr.

Nutley resident Seaman Pervis Robison Jr. was one of 129 servicemen killed on April 10, 1963, when U.S.S. Thresher, a new class of submarine sank during sea trials about 200 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass.

Rogers, Steve 

Former Nutley police officer Steve Rogers was in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 23 years and attained the rank of lieutenant commander in the Office of Naval Intelligence. He was a senior military intelligence officer for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Rubel, Ira 

Ira W. Rubel, an American printer, quite by accident discovered a new way to print better than the conventional methods. Rubel discovered in 1901, by forgetting to load a sheet, that when printing from the rubber roller, instead of the metal, the printed page was clearer and sharper.

Rudd, Raphael

Raphael Rudd, a Nutley native, with multiple albums to his credit, was a classically trained international pianist and harpist whose talent led him to collaborate and earn respect of musicians around the world. Rudd first gained fame for his work with music virtuoso Pete Townshend of the Who.

Rummel, Nelson 

Nelson W. Rummel landed Normandy beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The beach was littered with the debris of war and occupied by GIs wounded, dead and ambulatory. The war took him through France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.


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Saltarelli, Bishop Michael 

Most Reverend Michael A. Saltarelli, DD, Bishop of Wilmington, Del., served at Holy Family Church in Nutley from June 1960 to August 1977. In 1984, Bishop Saltarelli was named a Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul II.

Sarles, Richard 

Richard R. Sarles, former Executive Director of NJ Transit is a 1963 graduate of Nutley High School. Sarles was appointed general manager and CEO by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in January 2011.

Sayles, Fred  

Roger Brunell, aka "Uncle Fred" Sayles lived on Satterthwaite Avenue in  Nutley, and is probably best known for narrating the silent Farmer Gray cartoons on Junior Frolics on Channel 13.

Scarpa, Joseph 'The Chief' 

Nutley born Joseph Luke Scarpa of Spatz Avenue was a professional wrestler whose career started in 1947 when he joined the National Wrestling Alliance under the ring name "Joltin’Joe Scarpa." He was a fan favorite and individual and tag team champion.

Scarpelli, Peter 

Peter C. Scarpelli began public service as a commissioner in 1983. In 2000, he had the honor of being elected as the 14th mayor of the Nutley. In 2004, Scarpelli was re-elected to his seventh consecutive term and served until 2008 completing 25 years in office

Scognamillo, Ralph 

Ralph Scognamillo has been in business in Nutley for nearly 30 years. His earlier station was at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and High Street. In 2006, he moved J & R Towne Auto to Centre Street and Union Avenue, forgoing gas sales to concentrate on auto repairs.

Scrudato, Ronald J.

Dr. Ronald J. Scrudato has been the director of New York University's Environmental Research Center at Oswego, New York since 1977 and for the past 10 years has devoted much of his time to dealing with Native American issues.

Simko, John 

Nutley Historical Society trustee John Simko is a historian who has devoted many, many man-hours at the Nutley Museum as its Assistant Museum Director and Nutley Parks/Mills Historian. He conducts a Walk in the Park describing the history of the Third River and the town's development.

Speer, Abraham  

Captain Abraham Speer sold a 27-acre portion of his 80-acre estate, which included the house, to John M. Vreeland, who was not only his brother-in-law but had served as a private in his company during the Revolution. The house is known as the Vreeland Homestead on Chestnut Street.

Stamato, Linda

Linda Stamato is the co-director of the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. She is the author of articles on mediation and negotiation and lectures frequently.

Stanford, George 

Capt. George J. Stanford served as athletic director of Nutley High school for 23 years. Football was his favorite sport and under his guidance Maroon teams made outstanding records in the metropolitan area.

Stecewicz, Ed 

Ed Stecewicz loved Nutley. He loved the nooks and crannies, he loved the history in every inch, he loved to share what he knew about Nutley. In more than 10 years as an active Nutley Historical Society member, he served as president and museum director.

Stewart, Martha Kostyra

Martha Kostyra Stewart grew up on Elm Place, a short walk across the railroad tracks to the frozen mud hole where locals skated on cold winter evenings. She often recalls her days growing up in town in her columns in Martha Stewart Living magazine.

Stockton, Frank R.

Frank R. Stockton became a best-selling author of novels and short stories. He lived at 203 Walnut Street, where he wrote his most famous piece "The Lady, or the Tiger?"

Stone, Eaton

Eaton Stone, one of the best known circus men in the country died Aug. 6, 1903, at his home on Kingsland Road which became the site of Hoffman La-Roche.

Strachey, Alix

Alix Strachey, née Sargant-Florence, a psychoanalyst who, with her husband translated into English of the works of Sigmund Freud. She was born in Nutley, to Henry Smyth Florence, an American musician, and Mary Sargant Florence, a British painter.


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Thomas, Jean  

Jean Thomas adopted retired racing greyhounds. The greyhound adoption process is simple, but thorough, with prospective adopters vetted through their veterinarian or personal contacts.

Troy, Ann

Ann Troy was one of the founders of the Nutley Historical Society in 1945, and was an essential part in creating a museum in which to collect and preserve genetic information, historical objects, museum materials, copies of local and private papers, etc.

Tuers, Laura Mason

In 1912, Laura Tuers leased the Vreeland homestead to the Woman's Club for meetings and social events. The club obtained full ownership in 1923.


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Valli, Frankie

Singer Frankie Valli and his family lived on Friedland Road in Nutley in the 1960s. Born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio in Newark, N. J., he grew up in a public housing project -- Stephen Crane Village.

Van Giesen, Bastien 

Bastien van Giesen was the first to live in The Vreeland House more than 250 years ago. Built of locally quarried brownstone, the home was originally thought to have been constructed for van Giesen by Jacob Vreeland, the first Vreeland to settle in this area.

Van Riper, Juriaen 

Juriaen Thomasse (Uriah, son of Thomas) Van Riper was one of a 13 men who received a grant patent on March 16, 1684, for a tract of land extending from the Third River up the Passaic to the Falls, thence Garret Rock, along the fact of the steep rocks, southwesterly to the present county line, thence to the mouth of the Third River. Before the Revolution, Nutley’s Passaic River front had been divided among five proprietors: Van Riper, Vreeland, Speer, Joralemon and King.

Vermeij, Geerat J.

Geerat J. Vermeij is one of the world's preeminent scientists in ecology, malacology and biology. He taught at the University of Maryland, beginning as an instructor and advancing to Professor of Zoology. He is Professor of Geology at the University of California.

Viola, Lynne

Dr. Lynne Viola, a specialist in 20th century Russian history who speaks Russian fluently, is a 1973 graduate of Nutley High School. Her research interests include women, peasants, political culture and Stalinist terror.  She is the author of four books.

Vreeland, Jacob 

Jacob Vreeland was the first Vreeland to settle in this area and the man who built Bend View, the Vreeland estate on the banks of the Passaic River.

Vreeland, John M. 

John M. Vreeland bought a 27 acre portion of land from Capt. Abraham Speer, who was not only his brother-in-law but under whom he had served as a private in his company during the Revolution. This is the Vreeland Homestead on Chestnut Street.

Vreeland, Warren 

Warren Vreeland, the last direct male in the Nutley line, died in the Vreeland Homestead home in 1909. In 1912, his daughter Laura Tuers leased the property to the Woman's Club for meetings and social events. The club obtained full ownership in 1923.


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Walker, John

John Walker was a beloved educator in Nutley who displayed love and concern for every child. He died in May 2000. The Franklin Middle School was renamed the John H. Walker Middle School in his honor.

Welenofsky, Al C. 

Al C. Welenofsky, a resident of Nutley since 1940, a graduate of Nutley High School, is an adventurer, mountaineer and canoeist, who has canoed more than 11,027 miles, and reached the highest point in 49 of the 50 states, 11 countries and two continents.

White, Phil

Journalist Phil White covered Nutley news for nearly five decades ultimately creating his own hyper-local news outlet NJHometown while assisting community organizations receive more attention.

Willie, Weary 

Weary Willie was a member of a 19th Century traveling circus that visited town every year. According to folk lore, Weary Willie was a sad-sack clown who walked around with a bag of gold coins. If anyone could make him smile, they would get all the gold coins in his bag.

Wragge, Chris 

CBS TV anchor Chris Wragge spent a lot of time here on Whitford Avenue and played all junior football and farm and little league baseball in town. Wragge said he has "tons of long-time friends from Nutley, Rubino's, Piro's, Bevere's, Sorenson's, and DeAngelo's.


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