The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from July 6, 2012

A Bad Bet
GAMBLING GOES hand in hand with running a racetrack, so it's not a shock that Monmouth Park plans to defy federal law and become the first in New Jersey to offer sports betting, probably in time for this fall's football season.Dennis Drazin, the park's...
A Comeback Tougher Than Any Triathlon
The seconds it takes to go from freedom to free fall are impossible to measure, speeding up more than seems possible yet slowing down at the same time, an illogical combination in which our brains have no time to think, yet can process an entire life flashing...
Apartment Rents Rising in Both U.S. and North Jersey
Apartment rents in North Jersey averaged $1,511 in the second quarter, up 3.2 percent from a year earlier, a New York-based real estate research firm said Thursday.Nationally, rents jumped 3.5 percent, as the lowest vacancy rate in a decade allowed landlords...
Calls for Police Merger Increase
The bipartisan chorus of officials and candidates calling for the Bergen County Police Department to be merged into the Bergen County Sheriff's Office added two more members to its ranks Thursday: Democratic freeholder candidates Steve Tanelli and Tracy...
Cops Want to Squelch Councilwoman
CLIFTON -- City police unions want a councilwoman who was arrested last year in an alleged assault to remove herself from votes having to do with police matters.The Police Benevolent Association Local 36 and the Superior Officers Association in Clifton...
County Plans Paving Projects
Passaic County plans to embark on a widespread road work program this summer, paving 40 miles of county roadway and installing handicap-access ramps at street corners and resetting and repairing manholes, among other tasks. The construction is expected...
Devils Sign Barch; Rangers Lose Feds
The Devils gained a bottom-six forward in rugged Krys Barch, the Rangers lost one in Ruslan Fedotenko and both local teams had a defenseman file for salary arbitration on Thursday.The Devils' Mark Fayne and the Rangers' Anton Stralman were among the...
Eating Out: Mausam in Secaucus
Mausam is the best empty restaurant I have ever encountered.During two dinners at this Secaucus Indian restaurant and banquet hall, my friends and I ate in a big, dim dining room, listening to a random soundtrack of pop and country. Our company: servers...
Fighting HIV
GETTING an HIV test can be scary and nerve-racking. Now that the federal Food and Drug Administration has approved an HIV test that can be done at home, some of the fear factor can be reduced.This should make it easier psychologically for people to find...
Frank Ocean Discovers the 'God Particle'
WHEN Anderson Cooper came out Monday, I said, "Who cares?" When Frank Ocean came out Wednesday, I said, "Who is Frank Ocean?"That one of the whitest men in media, the son of a Vanderbilt and a prince of CNN, announced he was gay after years of most folks assuming...
Fresh from the Rooftop
Paul Lightfoot is a self-described "food zealot" who helps retailers make their supply chains more efficient. Now he's combining his passion and his professional background as chief executive officer of BrightFarms Inc., a company that wants to change...
Great Run on Stripers Finally Over
The big striped bass run ended at the end of last week as boaters working over the pods of bunker had very few or no bass at all. Bunker are still stretched from the Shrewsbury Rocks south to Manasquan, but snagging and dropping in the pods was unsuccessful.Water...
How Sweet It Is
Peach season has come a month early to New Jersey thanks to a mild winter and warm spring.Workers at Demarest Farms in Hillsdale began harvesting peaches last week, one of the earliest starts in the farm's history."The month of March was big for everyone,"...
Inspections
Restaurant and food establishment inspections published in The Record include only the establishment's name and the evaluation it received. Evaluations are received from local health departments; however, not all departments issue reports. Readers seeking...
It Can't Stay This Hot Forever
Amid Thursday's 96-degree temperatures, and the 95-degree day on July Fourth, something might have gotten lost. After 16 straight months where the average temperature exceeded the norm, June looks as if it may have been something unusual on the weather...
Kidd Knicks' Newest Passing Fancy
One day after missing out on a 38-year-old point guard and hours before learning they might lose their 23-year-old star, the Knicks agreed to terms with 39-year-old Jason Kidd to a reported three- year deal.The Knicks struck out on their chase of Steve...
Mike Farrell's Meadowlands Picks
TODAY - 7 P.M.BEST BET - MAVEN (TENTH)FIRST - 1. Mistresstothestars. Rallied to win in the Poconos. 2. Rocknrollnitemare. Promising filly won a pair of qualifiers. 3. Nikki Beach. Sliced almost three seconds off her qualifying time.SECOND - 1. Win B...
Mini-Reviews
EAST RUTHERFORDCANDLEWYCK DINER **This institution has been remodeled and outfitted with a vast, modern menu. Dressed-up diner choices are your best bet.Prices: Appetizers $3 to $12, entrees $7 to $26 (the vast majority are less than $20). Hours: Open...
Mirrors Can Offset Stiff Necks
Whenever I'm asked to cite a health condition that might help gauge whether a driver should consider giving up his license, I often mention some older motorists' inability to crane their necks when changing lanes.Is swiveling your head left or right...
New on Dvd
In storesGOD BLESS AMERICA (2012, Magnolia, R, $28) -- A very violent film about the need for more kindness in the world, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait's latest black comedy refuses to pull any punches. "Mad Men's" Joel Murray brings a world-weary...
Norwood Plant Cited for Safety Violations
Earth Friendly Products, which makes plant-based cleaning products, faces a $124,000 fine for 23 alleged safety and health violations at its Norwood facility, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Thursday.In response to a complaint,...
Oakland Board Expected to Extend Petition Deadline
OAKLAND - The deadline for a petition -- to get a question on the November ballot asking whether school board elections should be moved from April to November -- will likely be extended to July 31.The Board of Education is expected to vote on a resolution Tuesday...
Overpaying Lin a Knicks Necessity
Glen Grunwald doesn't speak to the media often, but the last time he did, on draft night, he was very open and clear.He wanted Jeremy Lin and the rest of the Knicks' free agents back. And he wanted more -- not naming names, but letting it be known that...
Paterson Puts off Official's Penalty
PATERSON -- The city business administrator will begin a two- month unpaid suspension later than scheduled after the City Council granted a request from state officials seeking a delay.Charles Thomas is now set to leave office on July 16 to fulfill a council-issued...
Recommendations
Here are three other restaurants that serve vividly flavored dishes:CLIFTONCHENGDU 46 ** 1/2A landmark Chinese restaurant that opened in 1983, Chengdu 46 still appeals to those willing to pay its high prices for friendly service, superior ingredients...
Road May Get Safety Enhancements
NORTH BERGEN -- Additional road signs and traffic lights may be erected along sections of Tonnelle Avenue to reduce speeding along the road, where a pedestrian was fatally struck early Wednesday -- the second such death there in the last four months.Police...
School Traffic Is Being Studied
CRESSKILL -- Concerns about traffic and safety around the Edward H. Bryan School have spurred local officials to action.The mayor, borough engineer and police are gathering with school officials over the next two weeks to implement changes in traffic patterns...
Senior Housing Advances in Pal Park
PALISADES PARK -- A nine-unit affordable housing complex for seniors is one step closer to becoming reality.On Monday, the Board of Adjustment unanimously approved the project, using about $1 million collected from developers as part of the borough's...
Stars and Stripes Forever? Not Quite
On the most patriotic day of the year, Peter and Ruth Adler looked out from their Fort Lee apartment on Wednesday expecting to see Old Glory waving from the George Washington Bridge, a vision that had inspired feelings of national pride every Fourth...
Suspect Bolts across Rte. 17
MAHWAH -- A man wanted for a New York parole violation after serving 12 years in prison led Mahwah police on a chase that included a dash across Route 17, authorities said Thursday.Paul G. Samwell, 38, of Beacon, N.Y., ran across six lanes of traffic...
Sweeney Sticks to Guns in Duel over Tax Relief
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said that when he learned a crew from ABC's "Nightline" was taping Governor Christie's speech on tax relief, he knew the governor wasn't aiming that talk at lawmakers."It was theater," Sweeney, D-Gloucester, told...
Things to Do
* Art for Seniors -- 1 p.m. today, Englewood Public Library, 31 Engle St., Englewood. Visual artist John L. Merlino, who taught in the Englewood and Englewood Cliffs schools for more than four decades, will offer a series of classes, titled "Summer Art...
Two Charged with Smuggling Heroin into N.J
Two men have been arrested in Fairview on narcotics charges after federal agents intercepted a shipment of 4 kilograms of heroin that was being transported from California to New Jersey, authorities said.Bassim Fardos, 33, of North Bergen and Alfonso...
Wake-Up Call Arrived on Four Wheels
TEANECK -- Steve Shayne and his wife, Roni, were in a deep sleep when, they said, they were jolted awake by what sounded like an explosion in their Fycke Lane home early Thursday morning.The couple jumped out of bed and Steve ran downstairs, where he found...
Wright's Night
NEW YORK - The mock injury report - delivered with a knowing smile - included sore ribs and a headache, the perils of striking the game-winning hit and then colliding with a tidal wave of teammates."They were giving it to me pretty good," said Mets third...
Yankees Always Wary of Red Sox
BOSTON - There's an opportunity for the Yankees to deliver a serious knockdown punch to the Red Sox this weekend.Fresh off being swept three games at Oakland, Bobby Valentine's club now must confront the Yankees in a four-game series over three days...
Your Views
Remembering Andy GriffithRegarding "Life lessons from America's sheriff" (Page A-1, July 4):Probably just like so many other Americans of my generation, I felt this sudden and inexplicable emptiness when I heard the sad news that Andy Griffith had passed...
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