The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from December 9, 2012

A Look Ahead at the Broadway Season's Second Half
The first half of the 2012-13 Broadway theater season was, with several exceptions, about as exciting as receiving a set of place mats for the holidays.In the spirit of optimism, though, let's look ahead to what the second half will bring.First, the...
Any Deal on Deficit Will Slam Area Hard
A payroll tax hike looms. Unemployment benefits could be cut. Medicare and Social Security rules may be changed. Income tax rates might go up.In large numbers, residents and businesses of Bergen and Passaic counties will feel the consequences from the...
Baby Boomers in Need of Buyers
Empty-nesters Dan and Christa Mondoro put their five-bedroom Franklin Lakes house on the market last summer. Since their two adult daughters have moved out, Christa Mondoro said, "it just didn't seem to make sense for the two of us to stay there, as...
Before Santa Had a List, He Had a Very Mean Friend
Lists.We post them in our kitchens. We shove them into our pockets. We struggle to keep them in our heads. (Dopey, Sneezy, etc.) Sometimes, we even get to see them on the big screen.Schindler had his list, of course. And, as a kid, I saw George C. Scott...
Bonagura's Winning Boot Uplifting
UNION - David Bonagura was staring at uprights 48 yards away. He had a backup holder with him, Connor Russo, and was attempting the longest kick in his high school career with a sectional title on the line for Ramapo.He felt no pressure. In his mind...
Dean's List
Because of the large volume, we cannot acknowledge individual requests for when specific names or colleges will appear.We accept only names submitted by colleges and universities or by parents and students with proper documentation from the school attached....
Dems Hang on Booker's Next Move
An empty, plastic food tub and a water bottle sat at the front of Cory Booker's desk in Newark City Hall, tools helping him survive on $4.25 a day in food stamps.The mayor was more than eager to discuss some of the discoveries from his weeklong "food...
Dep Can't Make Company Clean Site without Proof
Q. The state says my business caused environmental contamination. Do officials have to prove it was my operation that caused the contamination in order to make me clean up or pay for environmental cleanup costs?Yes. The state must demonstrate that your...
Double Whammy for Shore Residents
IF YOU TRIED to visit the South Jersey borough of Longport in the immediate aftermath of superstorm Sandy, you would have been stopped by cement barricades that sent you to the single open entry point of the seaside town, where police officers stood...
Families Work Hard to Keep Late Legends in the Public Eye
For some celebrities, there is definitely life after death.Elvis Presley. Bob Marley. James Dean.But in the case of many other talented performers - including comedian Andy Kaufman, Paterson's Lou Costello and Tenafly's Edie Adams - their families have...
Fitting in Stoudemire a Key for Knicks
CHICAGO -- As the Knicks finished up their morning shootaround Saturday at the United Center, Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert remained on the floor doing their own work, a combination of rehab from the knee surgeries each went through and a refining...
Giants vs. Saints: How They Matchup
What's at stakeGiants: The remainder of the regular season promises to be a dogfight as the Giants cling to a one-game lead in the NFC East over Washington and Dallas. Their divisional record is the worst among the three contenders and that is the tiebreaker...
Gifts Ideas for Globe-Trotting Loved Ones
What do you give the traveler who has everything?Nothing. They're already schlepping at carrying capacity. Just kidding. Sort of.This is, after all, going to be a story about what to give the traveler on your holiday gift list. So I can't just say nothing...
His Name Lives On
GARFIELD -- When Cassita Massiah drives by City Hall, she pauses to take in a new addition to the landscape: a street sign bearing the name of her son, Freddie Porter Jr."I didn't think in this lifetime that I would see that. ... I was very honored to...
If Losing, Cruz Isn't Grooving
EAST RUTHERFORD - Victor Cruz got behind the secondary and Eli Manning hit him in stride with 30 yards or so remaining to complete the spectacular touchdown.He found another gear, racing away from former Saints cornerback Tracy Porter and sprinting into...
In Sandy's Wake, New Beginnings Emerge
For many in Moonachie, superstorm Sandy was a punishment. For the Arsi family, it was deliverance, sweeping the family of four out of their cramped but beloved trailer and on to a new life.Domenick Arsi, 53, and his wife Lisa, 36, raised two children...
Jets Trying to Identify Starting QB
When LaRon Landry was 4 years old, he wanted to play on the same Pee-Wee football team as his brother, Dawan, a current Jacksonville Jaguar who is 21 months older than LaRon. The Jets safety admitted Thursday he accomplished that objective by using a...
Jets vs. Jaguars: How They Match Up
What's at stakeJets: For the first time this season, the Jets are facing elimination from playoff contention. A loss today combined with wins by Indianapolis (over visiting Tennessee), Pittsburgh (over visiting San Diego) and Cincinnati (over visiting...
Kinnelon Is Walking Tall
UNION -- As Kinnelon football players, coaches and fans walked off Kean University's field feeling a sensation they've never experienced, Kevin White watched, wearing the proud smile of a man redeemed.White, a former Paramus Catholic player and St. Joseph...
Knicks Take Foot off Pedal
CHICAGO -- In the course of a 48-minute game this week the Knicks went from a nice, hardworking group of elderly overachievers to a team marked as a contender, surfacing in the spotlight in Miami.So when they took the floor against the Bulls on Saturday...
Local Issue: Communicating during Sandy
With power, phone and cable lines down for days -- and in some cases, weeks -- after superstorm Sandy, local officials had to be resourceful to communicate with residents.Officials posted messages on municipal websites, Facebook, Twitter, sent emails...
Loss Doesn't Mar Gaels' Fine Season
EWING -- With his team huddled around him one final time, St. Mary coach Mike Sheridan wanted his players to hold their heads high, and told them they had nothing to be ashamed of despite what the scoreboard indicated.Up against Non-Public, Group 1 Goliath...
Medical Pot in N.J
The long wait for medical marijuana has ended. Thursday marked the opening of New Jersey's first medical marijuana dispensary in Montclair, and it is a moment worth celebrating even as it comes nearly three years after Gov. Jon Corzine signed the bill...
'Melo Back Tonight?
It may have been the right thing to do and the advice of the doctors to sit out Thursday in Miami and again Saturday in Chicago, but that didn't make it any easier for Carmelo Anthony.Anthony, hours after suffering a lacerated left middle finger diving...
Ministry Provides Relief to Sandy Victims
GARFIELD -- Laura Taylor cringed on Saturday as she recalled the bone-chilling cold that spread through her apartment last month and left her children and her shivering, after superstorm Sandy knocked out their electricity. At one point, Taylor admitted,...
More Protection from Storms Seen as Priority for Federal Aid
President Obama's request for $60 billion in relief for areas hit by superstorm Sandy includes investing as much to gird the region against future storms as the federal government spent to fortify the levees around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.But...
New Law Steps Up Oversight of Care Facilities for Disabled
Community-care residences for the developmentally disabled will get more rigorous oversight under legislation signed into law by Governor Christie on Thursday.Tara's Law is named after Tara O'Leary, a disabled woman who died in November 2008 after suffering...
Pal. Park/leonia Reaches Brick Wall
EAST RUTHERFORD - It was an incredible run while it lasted and the memories will never be forgotten. But for Palisades Park/ Leonia, the clock hit midnight and the Tigers' magical Cinderella season came to an abrupt end.Summit surged to a 30-0 victory...
Parakeet Nest Causes 3,400 to Lose Power
LEONIA -- These are tough times for the wayward band of monk parakeets that have nested in the trees and utility poles in and around Edgewater for three decades.Edgewater rousted some of the birds last Monday, when workers hired by the borough cut down...
Pascack Valley Falters, Misses Golden Chances
UNION - A heavy mist fell through the lights as Pascack Valley coach Craig Nielsen began to hug his players. The final seconds had yet to tick off the clock at Kean University, but the Indians already knew their fate.This moment, the one they had worked...
Patience, Persistence Pay off for 'Fussy' Buyer
"I'm one of those more difficult clients," admitted Mary Ellen LaManna, who recently bought a condo in Edgewater. It took her six years, but she finally found the home she wanted.Patience is required when a buyer has particular needs in a limited price...
Pompton Rules 4th, Season
EAST RUTHERFORD - Pompton Lakes played the final 12 minutes of its 12th and final game like a true champion - an unbeaten, repeat champion.The Cardinals repeated as North 1, Group 1 football titlist, coming from behind with a fury in the fourth quarter...
Pumped-Up Kick
UNION -- David Bonagura's head was a bit foggy after he took a few hits in a rough and crazy championship game.And he admitted he was glad he was a bit dazed because it helped ease his fraying nerves.The Ramapo senior kicker trekked out to midfield with...
Sanctuary from Serenity
"It's been a very difficult and eye-opening journey," said Anthony Davis, 41, a Paterson resident who works for a marketing firm in Manhattan. When he and his then-fiancee bought their second home in the Poconos in the late 1990s, he had envisioned happily whiling...
Seller Reduced the Price, Then Raised It by $50,000
The listing: Five-bedroom colonialLocation: Upper Saddle RiverListed by: Barbara Colella of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International RealtyOn the market: Two years overall, 11 months with ColellaAsking price: $997,500, reduced to $849,999.The game...
Small Firms Get Set for Next Round of Cleanup
New Jersey small businesses are putting their best bids forward to supply post-Sandy cleanup services, trying to catch up to big companies that won emergency contracts from the state.In the immediate aftermath of the storm, which hit Oct. 29, the state...
St. Joseph Finishes Its Triple Play
PISCATAWAY -- Triple play complete.St. Joseph accomplished something Saturday it hadn't done since 1999, and it's one of those events that figures to go down as a defining moment in program history. By beating second-seeded Delbarton, 37-9, in the Non-Public...
The Anti-Wheat Crusade
A year after the release of his best-selling diet book "Wheat Belly," Wisconsin cardiologist Dr. William Davis continues to toil away at the intersection of guts and glory.Last month, Davis says, he was invited to appear on the syndicated "Dr. Oz Show"...
The Best Exchange
THE SUCCESS or failure of federal health care reform will have a lot to do with how health exchanges operate. If they do the job they are supposed to do, state residents will benefit. If they don't, residents will not. In the long run, who exactly oversees...
The Reborn Ryland Inn Aims for New Days of Glory
For years, the Ryland Inn was the pinnacle of New Jersey fine dining.And that is probably an understatement.The Hunterdon County restaurant was the first in the Garden State to rise to national prominence. Its chef-owner, Craig Shelton, pioneered farm-to-table...
These Tax Tips Can Help You End 2012 on Sound Footing
April 15 is still more than four months away, but it's only two weeks until another key deadline.I'm talking about Dec. 31, when we close the books on nearly all of our earnings and expenses as they relate to federal and state income taxes. Act by then,...
Things to Do
TODAYACTIVITIES* Holiday Craft show -- 10 a.m., Wayne Valley High School, 551 Valley Road, Wayne. $3. 201-666-1340 or pjspromotions.com.* 4th Annual Holiday Guatemalan Artisan Sale Fundraiser for Limitless Horizons Ixil -- 11 a.m. Sunday, Community Church...
Toys 'R' Us Declares War
Toys "R" Us' holiday rallying cry for the last six years has been: "We're playing to win." This year, they're not playing. It's war -- a dead-serious battle to hang on to market share won over previous years and to show Wall Street it can grow its sales.The...
Troops Getting Taste of Home for Holidays
RIDGEFIELD PARK -- What began six years ago as a simple gesture designed to lift one homesick Marine's spirits once again brought Dan Greco to the second floor of the Westside Village Tavern on a Saturday morning."These are all things we take for granted...
Winning Holiday Parking Turf Wars
This being the season when shoppers spend too many waking hours searching for a 9-by-18-foot patch of real estate, who could argue with Francis Stouter's nomination for yuletide's most beautiful lights?"Backup lights!" said the Wyckoff reader.Yes! Spotting...
Your Views
'Love of violence is the disease'Regarding Gregory Clay's "Yes, it was the right time to bring up gun control" (Other Views, Dec. 6):In discussing Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide case and gun control, Clay states that "the love of guns is America's incurable disease."...
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