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Articles from January 19, 2014

49ers at Seahawks: How They Match Up
What's at stake49ers: With two wins, San Francisco would go from Super Bowl loser to Super Bowl champion. That's a rare feat, as the Cowboys (1972) and Dolphins (1973) are the only teams to do it in NFL history. The last team to lose the Super Bowl and...
Array of Events Honoring King
Residents of Bergen and Passaic counties have organized lectures, discussions and marches, and will volunteer to help those in need on Monday to remember Martin Luther King Jr., who would have celebrated his 85th birthday. The federal holiday, held annually...
Christiecrats Who Abandoned Their Party
LAST WEEK I wrote a column in which I criticized Democratic elected officials who had endorsed Governor Christie in his bid for reelection last year. I argued that the perpetrators - and investigators will find out who hatched and knew about this scheme...
Christie, in Florida, Mum on Gwb
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Governor Christie, on his first out-of-state fundraising trip since the George Washington Bridge lane closures became national news, gave a 23-minute speech to wealthy Republican donors in Orlando on Saturday with no mention of the controversy enveloping...
Devils End Trip by Falling
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Devils coach Pete DeBoer had called this "a key game."The Devils had managed to, as DeBoer put it, "scrape and claw" their way to four points out a possible six in the first three- games of their four-game road trip and had an opportunity...
Don Bosco Makes It a Dozen and Counting
RAMSEY -- Don Bosco's quest for an undefeated season continues.The Ironmen, ranked No. 3 in The Record boys basketball Top 25, extended their winning streak to 12 games when they defeated Passaic, 64-41, on Saturday. Don Bosco guard Paul Jorgensen finished with...
Easy Pass?
Super Bowl XLVIII is coming to North Jersey two weeks from today.And regardless of what happens on the field in Denver and Seattle this afternoon and into the evening, there will be two things you can count on, and they're as lock solid as the guarantee...
Englewood Master Plan Gets Final Airing
ENGLEWOOD -- The public will have a final say on the city's master plan at a Planning Board hearing Thursday.The plan, a blueprint of a municipality's future, is updated every few years. The city has engaged in a three-yearprocess. A September 2010 Planning...
Former Highlands Star Dies
Former Northern Highlands 800-meter state champion and soccer star Madison Holleran died in Philadelphia on Friday night.Philadelphia police said the cause of death was an apparent suicide. She was 19.Holleran, an Allendale resident, was in the middle...
Fort Lee Traffic in Need of Real Study
Now that the U.S. senator leading an inquiry into the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge has said there's "zero evidence" that a legitimate traffic study was responsible for clogging Fort Lee streets last September, some of the folks who walk there...
George, Pacers Clock Clippers
Paul George scored 36 points and Lance Stephenson added 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers past the Clippers, 106-92, Saturday at Indianapolis.Indiana (32-7) has won four straight, all by double digits. The Pacers retained the NBA's top record...
Hackensack Learning How to Win Late
ENGLEWOOD -- Sophomore Tommy Smith held on tightly to the final rebound with both hands, and Hackensack held on as well.The Comets survived Saddle River Day, 44-42, at the Public Versus Private Challenge on Saturday at Dwight Morrow after Smith corralled the...
Home Buyer Shucks off Pressure
Pamela Dorsett had to be strong to secure her vision of buying a traditional home in her native Bergen County.Though she and her two poodles are now settled into the type of home she wanted -- one with old-fashioned charm -- in Midland Park, her path...
Ironmen Get a Dose of Reality
BOUND BROOK - Don Bosco has been riding high lately with a huge win in the Virginia Duals and its lineup getting healthy at just the right time.But Saturday afternoon, the Ironmen went into Bound Brook and were brought back to earth - hard - by the Crusaders,...
Is It Bullying or Just Straight-Talking?
TURN BACK the clock to last September. A few weeks after motorists were locked in paralyzing traffic jams that lasted for hours on the streets of Fort Lee just after Labor Day, Chris Christie talked about his reputation as a bully.The governor's comments...
J.R. Doesn't Get the Message from Knicks
J.R. Smith was back in the lineup, back in the -- relatively -- good graces of coach Mike Woodson and Knicks management, the latest benching behind him.So with two games on the bench for Smith and three straight losses for the Knicks, it's time to ask...
Klondike Derby Tests Ramapo Valley District
RINGWOOD -- Freezing rain and snow showers did not faze an estimated 600 North Jersey scouts, leaders and parents participating in the Klondike Derby of the Ramapo Valley District Boy Scouts on Saturday.Spread across Shepherd Lake Recreation Area in...
Locals Star at Yale Event
The Ridgewood boys and Northern Highlands girls all but punched their tickets to the Penn Relays at this weekend's Yale Track and Field Classic in New Haven, Conn.The Ridgewood quartet of Mike Thurston (2:00.3), Brian Collins (2:02.4), Dave Frering (2:01.3)...
Medical Program Takes on New Mission
Its mission is daunting -- to get many of the uninsured Korean- Americans in New Jersey who fly to their native country for medical treatment to buy health insurance or enroll in Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.But the Korean Medical Program...
Morton, Easterling Flex Their Muscle
WAYNE - Kierona Morton and Tamira Easterling are a pair of complementary bookend forwards. On Saturday, the Passaic Tech tandem gave a textbook display of power basketball down in the blocks.Morton and Easterling combined for 22 points and 25 rebounds...
New Charge of Political Retribution
Hoboken's mayor on Saturday became the latest politician to accuse the Christie administration of strong-arming local officials to get what it wants -- this time, alleging top administration officials openly threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy rebuilding money...
New Regulator Digging In
New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, an offshoot of a movement started in the 1970s by Ralph Nader, has found a new ally in the federal government -- the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.NJPIRG recently used the 2 1/2-year-old bureau's growing...
N.J. Law Empowers Electricity Shoppers
Offers to save on your electric and gas bills are appealing, especially when they include frequent flier miles or other incentives.But as some homeowners have discovered, comparing prices can be confusing and, when all the facts are known, the deals...
N.J. Playwright Again Pushes the Boundaries
A middle-aged husband and wife are in bed watching television.Nothing unusual there. Except that what they're watching is their teenage daughter in a porn movie, while discussing ways she could improve her performance.Welcome to the theatrical world...
One for Record Book
HACKENSACK -- Mike Dul had what his coach called "the day of his life." But then, so did the rest of his Lyndhurst teammates.The Golden Bears set a tournament record with their six-game 6,220 series to win the Bergen County boys bowling championship Saturday...
Patience Pays off in Short Sale
In months of house hunting, Carrie Hennessy saw places she liked and places she could afford -- but none that checked off both boxes. Then she found a 30-year-old, three-bedroom colonial in Ramsey on the market for less than $400,000, in a neighborhood...
Patriots at Broncos: How They Match Up
What's at stakePatriots: New England is trying to get to the Super Bowl for the second time in three years. The Patriots lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI two years ago. The Patriots haven't won it all since the 2004 season, as the march to immortality...
Rangers Winning, Bonding
OTTAWA - Cam Talbot skated past the Senators' Cory Conacherafter the second-period buzzer and shouldered him in the face, the rookie goalie's retaliation for being run over behind his crease minutes before.It was just another way the Rangers have stood...
Recipe for Success to Be TV Film
The story of Angela Logan, who saved her Teaneck home from foreclosure by baking apple cakes, had "made-for-television" written all over it.Television apparently agreed.A movie about the mother of three will air April 27 on the UP network, with Kimberly...
Saving New Jersey
WITH A state as populated as New Jersey, open space is fairly scarce. Recent legislation, both passed and stalled, dealt a harsh blow to what's left.There are efforts to preserve and protect what remains of the state's open space by keeping sprawl and...
Secaucus Passes Test
ENGLEWOOD -- Secaucus wants to be more than just the average top- shelf Group 1 girls basketball team. And so, the Patriots have been testing themselves all season with an interesting collection of independent games.Some of those tests were hard, such...
Spine-Care Group Proposes Headquarters
RIVERDALE -- Push to Walk, a spinal injury rehabilitation organization, is proposing to redevelop the publicly owned former Verizon building on Newark Pompton Turnpike into its new headquarters and 46 units designated as affordable housing.About 50 residents...
The Birth of Christie Politics
Lee Uniacke entered the 1983 campaign for student government president at the University of Delaware with confidence and a bit of nonchalance.He had reason to. Popular and deeply involved in campus activities, Uniacke was seen all over campus on a bicycle...
The Zisa Legacy
AS IF being a police officer patrolling a busy city like Hackensack wasn't stressful enough, the unsavory practices of former Police Chief Ken Zisa made the job a nightmare for the ones who didn't go along with his political wishes -- either with their...
Thomas Too Much for W-R
ENGLEWOOD -- When Alex Thomas comes to play the way he performed Saturday, the Hawthorne Christian boys basketball team is capable of beating Big North teams commonly considered better than most squads the Defenders face in the NJIC.The 6-foot-8 senior...
Towns Unite in Effort to Lower Utility Bills
A growing contingent of North Jersey municipalities is looking to use the power in numbers to cut residents' utility bills through large-scale purchasing programs that promise better electricity prices.At least 15 municipalities in the region are at...
Trouble Spots
You know that spot: where restaurants go to die.One year, it's fusion. The next, Italian. Then Chinese. Maybe a barbecue or burger joint will come next, but you start to wonder whether it's worth going inside - will it even last a year?What turns perfectly...
Union at Odds with City over DPW Hiring
PATERSON -- Union officials filed a grievance alleging that the city failed to follow civil service procedures when it appointed Bennie Cook to an $84,000 position as deputy public works director.In an attempt to have Cook's hiring overturned, the union representing...
Vietnam's Hidden Wonder
Just after sunset during our second week in Vietnam, my husband and I found ourselves wandering through the side streets behind the battle-scarred emperor's palace in Hue, the former imperial capital in the center of the country.Everything about the...
West Milford Stuns Wayne Hills in Ot
LITTLE FALLS - One of the toughest things to do in high school hockey is beat a team three times in the same season. Wayne Hills had knocked off West Milford twice already, but that pivotal third opportunity had a lot more meaning than the previous two...
Who Cares Who's Wearing What on the Red Carpet?!
In a blog post that ran on Thursday, hours after this year's Academy Award nominations were announced, feminist film critic Carrie Rickey commented on the inroads women are making in Hollywood.As Rickey proudly noted, three of the best picture nominees ("American...
Writer of Tween Novels Spreads Love of Reading
Growing up in Oakland and Franklin Lakes, tween novelist Cindy Callaghan wasn't a big reader. She read books for school assignments, and only for assignments, straight through her English degree in college.Then one day after graduating, she used some...
Your Views
Governor Christie and the GWBRegarding "Subpoenas hit inner circle" (Page A-1, Jan. 17):I'm ready to design a bumper sticker that says, "Honk if you're sick and tired of the bridge story."The Record's fixation on this story is ridiculous. Most of page one...
Youthful Visions of the Future
PISCATAWAY -- In Whenua Aotearoa, residents traverse the city's roadways in pods powered by hydrogen fuel cells and ride in a superconducting vacuum train running high above the metropolis. Methane is harvested from sheep waste to produce energy. Citizens' health...
Zimmer Called a Fierce Advocate
Described by her supporters as a fierce, but level-headed, advocate for Hoboken, Mayor Dawn Zimmer thrust herself into the national spotlight on Saturday, claiming that Governor Christie's administration -- specifically his lieutenant governor -- threatened to...
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