The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from February 14, 2013

Andy Had No Doubt He'd Return
TAMPA, Fla. -- This winter, Andy Pettitte had no trouble leaping off the fence between retirement and another season in pinstripes."I had a desire to work this off-season like I was still young in my career," Pettitte said. "It made it an easy decision."So...
Another Guilty Plea in Firm's Campaign Finance Scheme
A Monmouth County woman has become the second former employee of an engineering firm that has been paid millions of dollars in public contracts to plead guilty for her role in a scheme to circumvent state campaign finance laws by disguising corporate...
Around the Rink
* Junior forward Greg Jandoli transferred to Don Bosco last month, when his family moved to the area, allowing him to play right away. Jandoli, who started the season with Sparta, already is making a big difference. In three games he has four goals and...
Bergen Democrats File to Run for Sheriff and Freeholder Seats
Five Democrats will compete for their party's line to run for three seats on the Bergen County Board of Freeholders, and a former county law and public safety director will run for sheriff.Jim Mordaga, brother of the recently appointed Hackensack Police Director...
Buckle Up, Buono
AS THE only major Democratic challenger to Governor Christie, state Sen. Barbara Buono has struggled for attention at a time when the governor is riding high in the polls. Buono finally got some attention this week, but it wasn't the type she wanted.Buono...
Crowd Jeers Call for Gun Control
An Assembly panel approved a sweeping collection of gun control bills Wednesday after a seven-hour hearing where a boisterous crowd cheered, yelled, laughed and at times jeered lawmakers.Two people were ejected by the state police for shouting, one man attended...
Devils Call in Cavalry
Facing the possibility of being without one left wing for up to eight weeks, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello felt an urgency Wednesday to acquire another one.So, Lamoriello followed a familiar pattern and brought back another former Devil, reacquiring...
Fresh Snow, Fast Lessons
Where I learned to ski, at the New Jersey mountain once known as Great Gorge, is long gone, replaced by Mountain Creek South -- an all-mountain terrain park busy with kids spinning tricks and trying out first-time jibs at the 18 parks with more than...
Garfield Top Cop Faulted by State
Garfield Police Chief Kevin Amos violated labor law when he asked a union official to leave a meeting and threatened the officer's employment, a state hearing examiner has determined."I believe the truth prevailed ... I look forward to putting this in...
Growing Taste for Mediterranean
Inside a refurbished two-story warehouse in Paterson's down-at- the-heels Bunker Hill area, a homegrown company is riding the nation's wave of enthusiasm for Mediterranean cuisine.Workers dressed in white overalls operated a mechanized production line...
Gutsy Ramapo Falls Just Short
FRANKLIN LAKES - Ramapo appeared to be in good shape, getting off to early four-point and three-point leads. But Ridge had all the answers in the end, especially in the third and decisive epee round, and the Red Devils prevailed in a thriller between...
Hackensack Stuns Morris Knolls
DENVILLE - Brendon Faison and Myles LeSane-Hunt each recorded pins to rally Hackensack from a nine-point deficit as the fifth- seeded Comets stunned top-seeded Morris Knolls, 36-33, in a North 1, Group 4 wrestling state team tournament semifinal match...
Hiking : Explore Hartshorne Woods Park
FEATURES: This loop hike traverses remote sections of this park, passing through dense mountain laurel and holly thickets.LENGTH: About 5.8 milesDIFFICULTY: Easy to moderateTIME: About 3 1/2 hoursMAP: Hartshorne Woods Park trail map (available from kiosk...
Index Aims to Demystify College Pricing
Students on average pay more to go to Fairleigh Dickinson than Princeton.That may be surprising, but it's the kind of comparison you get in a new national College Scorecard that President Obama is citing as a family-friendly index for weighing the costs...
Indoor Track: State Group Meets
Friday and Saturday, at Bennett Center, Toms River(Top six in each group and six wild cards in each event qualify for state Meet of Champions on Feb. 23) Groups 2 and 3 will appear in Friday's editionsBoysNON-PUBLIC A (Friday, 4 p.m.)Returning medalists:...
Jersey Shore on Rebound, Officials Stress
LONG BEACH ISLAND -- Tourism officials on Wednesday continued to combat the image of a devastated Jersey Shore, urging vacationers from all points to stay at hotels, dine at restaurants and shop at stores along the Garden State's famous shoreline."This...
Judge James T. Murphy, at Age 78
James T. Murphy of Hackensack, who was a judge for more than three decades, died Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. He was 78.Judge Murphy sat in Superior Court in Hackensack from 1984 to 2000. He previously heard juvenile and workers'...
Law on Charitable Ira Distributions Still Applies
Q. I received the required minimum distribution from my individual retirement account (and cashed the check) before the extension of the rule allowing direct transfer of this money to charity. I made my contribution to a charity (by personal check) in December....
Mcbrinn's Night
RAMSEY - Dan McBrinn remembers how the seniors stepped up in pressure situations during Don Bosco's run to the state wrestling title in 2010.So when he got his chance, he wasn't about to let it slip through his fingers.The senior scored seven unanswered...
Mike Farrell's Meadowlands Picks
POST TIME: 7:15 P.M.BEST BET: Yankee Devil (seventh)FIRST -- 1. LA Hollywood. Tackled tougher than these in the Singer series. 2. Monster Luke. Raced better in his Big M qualifier; perhaps he prefers the bigger track. 3. Classified Action. Lands better...
Nets Enter Break Happy after Roasting Nuggets
NEW YORK -- The Nets' first season in Brooklyn has been full of tumult, strange to the point where players and coaches admit openly that they can't figure it out: How can a team be so dreadful one night and so impressive the next?Yet as the All-Star...
N.J. Firms Good to Gop Group
New Jersey-based construction companies, engineering firms, utilities and casinos -- including many that are barred from making direct contributions to political candidates -- gave the Republican Governors Association more than $700,000 last year when...
NJ Transit Hikes Sandy Damage to $450 Million
NJ Transit said Wednesday that more rail cars and locomotives -- 342 -- were damaged by superstorm Sandy than originally thought and that the cost of the storm to the agency has risen to $450 million.Originally, 323 pieces of equipment were reported...
No Guarantees in College Recruiting Game
National Signing Day was over a week ago, and the question I'm still being asked on a near daily basis is what happened with Nickolette Driesse and North Carolina.The simplest answer I can give: The business of recruiting happened. It may be vague, but...
Not Your Basic Cup of Joe
Hold the milk and sugar -- specialty coffee is the latest beverage meant to be savored for its complex flavor notes, mouth feel and aroma.Sound a little like fine wine?Bob Funk of Maywood's Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters thinks so."Depending on the way...
Nurse Got Big Surprise at Her Seat for Address
When Menchu DeLuna Sanchez was shown to her seat at the State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, she wondered who was going to be sitting next to her. All the chairs had name tags except the ones to her immediate right and left.It was only after...
Obama's Speech
A GROWING consensus, sounded by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and others after President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, is that the speech was one of the most liberal or "progressive" in recent memory, perhaps dating back to Lyndon...
Paramus' Manosalvas Sets Tone
LITTLE FALLS -- Brandon Manosalvas wasn't sent to the mat to win. He was sent to survive, and, for a little while, that's all he was doing, surviving.But after fighting off his back twice in the first three minutes, the Paramus heavyweight used a move...
Pascack V. Turning Its Season Around
It was a problem of starting slow for the Pascack Valley hockey team. Early in the season, the Indians didn't come out of the locker room ready to play."It was really the intensity," Pascack Valley coach Ken Del Santo said. "We came out flat, we didn't...
Peppers Draws Many Eyes
All the loose ends for the recruiting Class of 2013 are just about wrapped up, which means the focus is quickly shifting to the current junior class.And when you talk the next wave of football recruiting in North Jersey, you have to start with Jabrill...
Pleas to Save Developmental Centers
Emotions overflowed Wednesday as dozens of relatives of the developmentally disabled tearfully called on the administration of Governor Christie to reconsider a decision to close the only two state institutions in northeast New Jersey devoted to the...
Public's Fishing Opinions Needed
Here's another opportunity to have a say in the future of New Jersey fishing.The Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting its next public forum to discuss freshwater fisheries culture, research, management and recreational angling in New Jersey...
Relief in Sight?
TAMPA, Fla. - There he was, long and lean as a greyhound, delivering one easy toss after another, straight out of a da Vinci ink drawing. There's perfect and then there's Mariano Rivera releasing a baseball, the image of which goes a long way toward preserving...
Rhino Horn Smugglers in 3 Towns, Feds Say
Locations in Little Ferry, Ridgefield and Wanaque provided the backdrop for an international smuggling ring that shipped rhinoceros horns hidden in vases to China, the Justice Department said Wednesday.Three people were charged this week in Newark, Miami...
Some Jobless Waiting for Years
New Jersey resident Jim Chukalas had already been out of work for 20 months in July 2010 when he was among a handful of people invited to the White House to stand behind President Obama as he urged Congress to extend unemployment benefits. Now more than...
Talent Agency Settles State Lawsuit for $400,000
A modeling and talent agency that once operated out of Edgewater agreed Wednesday to pay $400,000 to settle a state lawsuit that alleged it misled parents into paying for pricey photo sessions by claiming it could make their children stars.Industry Model...
Three Inspiring Poems by Readers
One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing this column is that it constantly sheds new light on old things, typically in unexpected ways.So it was with last month's request for poetry from readers.I sort of cringed when I offered the invitation, because...
Tolbert Shows the Right Stuff
NORTH BRUNSWICK - Isiah Tolbert is a young man with big plans. The Passaic Tech freshman seems to have the game to turn those plans into reality.The left-hander seemed to embrace the enormity of the state individual boys bowling tournament, advancing...
Tough Choice for Rangers
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - If rookie center J.T. Miller's best game as a Ranger came with his two-goal performance in this past Thursday's 4- 1 win over the Islanders, his worst was a turnover-prone, defensively-shaky outing in Tuesday night's wild 4-3 shootout...
Toys' CEO to Step Down
Gerald "Jerry" Storch, the former Target executive hired seven years ago to be a game-changer at Toys "R" Us, is stepping aside as chief executive, in a move that likely means big changes are in store for the Wayne-based retailer.The company announced...
Ugly Way to Enter the Break
NEW YORK -- Mike Woodson rose from the Knicks' bench, signaling for a timeout early in the fourth quarter with the crowd at Madison Square Garden using the word the Knicks coach also would have liked to use: booOnly the Knicks' game operations crew that...
Utility Chiefs Indicted in Pollution
Water contaminated with a chemical linked to cancer was illegally dumped into the Passaic River and flowed downstream through Bergen and Passaic counties as part of a scheme by two utility executives to manipulate water quality reports, prosecutors said...
Wilpon's Pockets Deeper
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - There were no parlor tricks this time, no need to peel $5 bills from the pocket of his pants. A year ago, Fred Wilpon resorted to gallows humor, flashing a wad of small denominations to defuse the gravity of his family's financial...
Wine Rack: Pink Bubblies Perfect for Valentine's Day
Chocolate is chocolate, but dip a strawberry in it on Valentine's Day and suddenly you've got romance. Tonight is all about the vibe, setting the stage for love to make an appearance, and what better libation than a pink sparkling wine. As pretty as...
Witness Recounts Stabbing by Minister
Paterson resident Stephanie Flowers said she thought her old friend the Rev. Edward Fairley was just stopping by her house to drop off some paperwork -- until he pulled out a switchblade."She has to die," Flowers quoted Fairley as announcing before plunging...
Yo la Tengo Tweaks Its Concert Lineup, While Holding True to a Love for Variety
WHO: Yo La Tengo.WHAT: Indie rock.WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday.WHERE: The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., Manhattan; Ticketmaster or the-townhall-nyc.org.HOW MUCH: Sold out.FOR MORE INFORMATION: yolatengo.com."We're going to try one of our new songs now," Ira Kaplan, frontman...
Your Views
Manchester and cyberbullyingRegarding "Virtual bullying" (Editorials, Feb. 8):The editorial about a cyberbullying attack on several students who attend Manchester Regional High School rightly commends North Haledon Detective Dave Parenta for his investigation...
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