The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A daily newspaper serving the Bergen County, NJ area. Stories cover local news, politics, business, entertainment, and sports, with additional stories of significance from around the state, nation, and world.

Articles from February 18, 2013

Bergen Catholic Pulls Rank
TOMS RIVER - With their second straight Non-Public A state championship never in doubt Sunday, you couldn't blame some of the Bergen Catholic wrestlers for sneaking a peek at South Plainfield's championship match two mats over.In essence, the Crusaders...
Bergen's Best Girls Will Settle Things in Final
And so, 24 days and 30 games into the Bergen County girls basketball tournament, it all comes down to this: No. 2 Northern Highlands vs. No. 1 Immaculate Heart, Saturday afternoon at Ramapo College's Bradley Center.Truth be told -- and this is coming...
Bob Menendez and the Sausage Factory
MAKING sausage is not an appetizing process. Watching a U.S. senator do it is less appealing. That is the dilemma facing New Jersey's junior U.S. senator, Robert Menendez.For weeks, the Democrat has been the lead in an ethically challenged drama that...
Casino Lincensing May Ease
New Jersey casino regulators -- known for two generations as the strictest in the country -- will soon be evaluating two license applications that could put that reputation to the test.The state Casino Control Commission agreed last week to allow MGM Resorts...
Cognizant Sues Former Executive
Teaneck-based Cognizant Technology Solutions has accused a former company executive of violating non-compete agreements put in place when he sold the company he co-owned to the IT outsourcing giant for $25 million.A lawsuit filed by Cognizant in U.S...
Donors Get Layers of Access to Gop Governors
The national political group that helped Governor Christie win his long-shot campaign against a millionaire opponent four years ago, and could play an important role in his future, is a little- scrutinized heavy hitter that spent nearly $100 million...
Englewood Rejoices in Many Voices
ENGLEWOOD -- First the Englewood Public Library hosted a speaker who said the Bible really tells the history of blacks. That was followed by a concert by a Tenafly clarinet and saxophone soloist.And in between, just blocks away on Engle Street, St. Paul's Episcopal...
Famed Chef Will Head N.J. Wine & Food Fest
Jose Andres is not just a chef and prolific restaurateur.He's a philanthropist passionate about reducing world hunger, an activist who spoke at Davos, a television personality, a cookbook author, and a pioneer in bringing his native Spanish cuisine to...
Figures Delivers for Hackensack
MAHWAH - Hackensack handed the ball to Rashard Figures in the second half and challenged him to lead the way to the Bergen Jamboree final.The junior guard answered the call at Ramapo College and lifted the Comets into the 57th Jamboree final after coming...
Growing Pains for Tenafly Bid
TENAFLY -- Established five years ago to improve the business climate, the Business Improvement District has faced challenges in setting up its own house.Now, both its executive director and president have announced their resignations. Those moves occurred...
Healthy and Rested Johan Tosses Session
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - On a bullpen mound 938 miles from the spot where he threw his last pitch, Johan Santana tugged open the curtains. He did not reveal much Sunday, allowing only a 20-pitch slit of light to slip through, but enough to show his left...
Holiday Toy Preview
Many of those holiday toys are probably still without a final storage place. Some, hopefully, were big hits. Others, no doubt, were great disappointments. But it's time to put the past behind us and think about next season's must-have holiday toys.OK,...
Hunger Drives Invasion from North
North Jersey is in the midst of an invasion from Canada.The feathered intruders -- finches, to be exact -- normally spend winter far to the north but have been arriving here in waves over the past several months, giving birders a rare winter treat.Clouds...
Jeter Carries a Heavy Load for Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter had just finished a half-hour news conference Sunday morning, all but daring the laws of nature to get in the way of his comeback. The shortstop was laughing, smiling, his eyes were like slits. Jeter's confidence was a starburst,...
Kids' Cancer Charity Expands across U.S
When it comes to raising money for charity, David Plotkin takes an entrepreneurial approach.That's not terribly surprising for someone who spent most of his adult life trading on Wall Street.Plotkin was also a star athlete at Newark Academy in Livingston 20...
Looking for Mr. Goldfinch and My Little Chickadee
ENGLEWOOD -- A wind chill in the teens dissuaded most people from spending Sunday afternoon hiking the trails at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center to take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count.But not Bob Ulesky and his wife and grandson.The 81-year-old...
Lost in Jersey: Devils' Spark
NEWARK - A week ago, the Devils were riding high in first place in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division after sweeping a home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.As they head into this afternoon's meeting with the Ottawa Senators at...
New Spin on Cycling at Englewood Studio
Until recently, a toll and a trip across a bridge or tunnel was required to get a seat at one of the most popular contemporary cycling classes to have taken major cities by storm in recent years. But with the newest Flywheel Sports studio in Englewood...
Non-Profit News
EVENTSWalk Now for Autism Speaks will hold an awards ceremony and dinner Thursday at the Brownstone, 351 W. Broadway, Paterson. Reception and expo will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and awards at 7. 609-228-7350 or nnj@autismspeaks.org.The SELLOUT (Serious,...
North Jersey Suffers
AT THE very least, they could have shown up.But two members of the Christie administration "had previously scheduled appointments that could not be changed" last week and opted out of sending someone in their stead.Not OK. The stakes in this case are...
Not Your Typical Snowbird
While North Jersey birders have been celebrating a recent invasion of finches from the north, a confused bird from a different species has somehow found its way to the New Jersey Meadowlands this winter from the complete opposite direction.An American...
Paramus Pulls off Its Own 'Miracle'
WAYNE -- In a season full of painful losses and tough moments, there was no way this was going to be easy for the Paramus hockey team.So in the final minutes Sunday night, with the lead slipping away, coach Denis Jelcic stood on the bench and delivered...
Pointing the Way
NEW YORK - The points are starting to pile up for the Rangers.More importantly, the special teams, particularly the penalty kill, have been solid. So was the defensive effort and patience shown in Sunday night's 2-1 win over the Capitals at Madison Square Garden."I...
Revision Proposed for Teen Safe Rides Program
TENAFLY -- The borough's Safe Rides program, which offers teenagers a way to travel if they are intoxicated, made its debut this year, but may require an adjustment if exemptions aren't granted to teen driving laws.The program, which has volunteer drivers...
Shore Promotion Will Need Waiver
State officials are hoping to use a chunk of federal aid aimed at post-Sandy rebuilding to rebuild the public perception of the Jersey Shore -- but they will need a special waiver to do it.The state Economic Development Authority was working last week...
Spartans Take Champ to the Wire
TOMS RIVER - For four years, DePaul coach Keith Karsen has been leading the Spartans on a steady climb toward competitiveness in North Jersey and statewide. The proof is in Sunday's Non-Public B state championship.Three years after losing to Camden Catholic...
Study Says Housing Complexes Would Ease Village Traffic
RIDGEWOOD -- A study commissioned by the village shows that four high-density, multifamily housing complexes proposed for downtown could alleviate traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety.A major concern for residents opposed to the developments...
Suit Says Police Ignored Sex Slavery
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS -- A New York woman is claiming in a federal lawsuit that Englewood Cliffs police ignored her report of being held in a borough couple's home as a sex slave for a decade, starting when she was a teenager.Bibi Kahn, formerly known as...
Teixeira Seeks Fast Start
TAMPA, Fla. - Mark Teixeira had barely checked into camp when he chastised those doubting the aging Yankees' chances at retaining their AL East crown."It's actually fun when everyone else counts you out," Teixeira said. "Because it just kind of makes...
Things to Do
* Celebrate the winter with a Holiday Hike with leader Geneva Warrick at 2 p.m. today at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood. The hike will be approximately 2 to 3 miles in length depending on the group's pace. Dress for the weather....
Was There Any Doubt?
MAHWAH - It's the game everyone wanted and everyone expected.The 57th Bergen County Jamboree will reach its inevitable conclusion Thursday night when top-seeded Teaneck faces second- seeded Hackensack at Ramapo College. It will be the third meeting of the...
Your Views
Unsavory religious rigidityRegarding "Newtown pastor reprimanded after prayer vigil" (Page A- 11, Feb. 8):I read with dismay that the pastor of a Lutheran Church in Newtown, Conn., was reprimanded by his superiors for taking part in the Dec. 16 interfaith...
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