The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from September 14, 2013

A Pair of Truly Big Slots
EAST RUTHERFORD -- When Victor Cruz joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent three summers ago, the job for which he was best suited belonged to then-teammate Steve Smith.Not only did the Paterson native watch and learn from Smith in practice, Cruz...
A Southern Soap Opera by Horton Foote
The esteemed playwright Horton Foote wrote his first version of "The Old Friends" 48 years ago, and revised it off and on over the following decades.It isn't until now, though, that the play, which opened Thursday night at the Signature Theatre Company,...
Barn Renovators Win Green Honor
MIDLAND PARK -- The design and construction team behind the rehabilitation of an old barn that will become the new ambulance corps building and a community center will be honored next month for meeting environmentally friendly standards.The team behind...
Bc Enjoying Trip for Battle in Utah
SANDY, Utah - It's not easy for a high school football team to make a cross country trip.Money must be raised. Flights must be booked. Accommodations must be secured. Elite competition must be located, and willing.Today, Bergen Catholic will play in...
Biron Battling Moose for Spot
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Marty Biron rejoined the Rangers on Friday after missing the first two days of training camp to return home to Buffalo to handle a personal matter only to find he was now competing with ex-Devil Johan Hedberg to be the backup goalie.Biron,...
Blue-Law Petition Stalls
A question about the Bergen County blue laws won't appear on the November ballot unless a grass-roots group succeeds in mounting a legal challenge to the county clerk's decision that it needs at least 55,000 signatures on petitions calling for a referendum.Members...
Bonanno's 3 Tds Lead Ridgewood
Scoring on its first eight possessions, Ridgewood got its football season off to a rousing start, rolling over Kennedy, 53-7, Friday afternoon in a Big North Conference Freedom Division game.Tim Bonanno scored three touchdowns and Jake Sabatini added...
Brodeur and Schneider a Net Gain for Devils
NEWARK - The goaltending matchup for Friday's training camp scrimmage was one of the Devils' gloried past, present and, they hope, long-term future.In one net was 41-year-old Martin Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, and the NHL's all-time leader...
Broncos Defensive Back Following Super Dream
Mike Adams hopes Sunday's game against the Giants marks the Denver Broncos' first of two trips to East Rutherford this season.The Paterson native thinks often about how incredible it would be to play in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, just 15 minutes from...
Bulldogs Rolling
PASSAIC -- The Passaic Tech football team responded to some second-quarter adversity Friday night about as well as head coach Matt Demarest might've hoped.Passaic scored two touchdowns in a game-changing, 14-second span, but the Bulldogs bounced back...
Can't Get Enough of Summertime
I'm not afraid to admit this, and I don't think I will offend anyone by saying it, but I don't want summer to end.With Sept. 22 (the first official day of autumn) breathing down my neck, I want to extend the summer season as long as I can.My "annual"...
Chokehold Ends at Gwb Tollbooths
If you were imprisoned in your own car for two hours or so each morning this week as you tried to cross the George Washington Bridge, you'll be happy to know that the river-crossing gods have finally issued a reprieve.Shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday,...
City Snub of Hispanics Alleged
PATERSON -- A new non-profit group will celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month today, but the group's leader questions why the city doesn't have an official recognition of its own.Eddie Gonzalez, who founded the Latino Service Center, said on Friday...
Cops Raid Alleged Drug Stash House
PATERSON -- Authorities seized a pound and a half of heroin on Friday along with three weapons at a second-floor apartment they described as a stash house, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik said in a news release.Four men were arrested in the inquiry...
Crushing Blow
BOSTON - Champagne will soon flow at Fenway Park, with the Red Sox in full throttle toward an AL East title.And if they should prevent the Yankees from getting a taste of bubbly as a wild-card entry -- well, that would doubly thrill the Boston faithful.A...
Devils Begin Their Balancing Act with Jagr
Jaromir Jagr's tenure as a Devil has gotten off to an inauspicious start.Jagr lasted about only 10 minutes in his first training camp practice Thursday, and didn't skate at all Friday because of what Devils GM Lou Lamoriello called "a little bit of lower...
Game Ball to You, Coach
ALLENDALE - It certainly didn't come easily. But Wayne Demikoff certainly prefers the hard way to no way at all.Wayne Hills' Demikoff, in his debut as head coach, came up a winner as the Patriots earned a 17-14 come-from-behind verdict over Northern...
Halfway House Escapee Gets 45 Years for Murder
A sentence of 45 years in prison -- along with laughs from the man who escaped custody and then killed his girlfriend -- capped the high-profile case on Friday that helped put New Jersey's privately run system of halfway houses under intense public scrutiny.State...
Hidden Worlds
In researching her latest novel, Passaic's Ruchama King Feuerman had a pressing question that she thought a Muslim could answer: Does the Temple Mount have toilets?As an Orthodox Jew, she had lived in Jerusalem for a decade (between ages 17 and 27) but...
Jets Report Card
Rushing offense: B-plusChris Ivory and Bilal Powell rushed for exactly 100 yards on 25 carries as the Jets' offensive line got a good push on the Patriots' defensive front. LG Vlad Ducasse had a pancake block to help spring Powell for a 3-yard touchdown....
John Rowe's 10 Burning Questions
1. Why will Eastern Michigan's staff be smiling regardless of what happens today at Rutgers?Even if the heavily underdog Eagles don't win, they're going home with $850,000 -- the most Rutgers has ever guaranteed an opponent. That's a great payday for...
Jones Vetoes City Council Absence Rule
PATERSON -- Mayor Jeffery Jones vetoed an ordinance that would have docked city council members' pay for unexcused absences, setting up an attempt by the City Council to override his ruling.In a veto letter issued Thursday, Jones said he supported the concept...
Judge Restores Disability Pay to Paterson Official
PATERSON -- The city's suspended law director, Paul Forsman, has been placed on paid disability leave under a court order signed by a workers' compensation judge in Freehold on Friday.After going on sick leave in March, Forsman was suspended without pay...
Judge Upholds High-Rise Zoning
EDGEWATER -- A state Superior Court judge upheld the borough's recent zoning changes after dismissing one woman's complaint that challenged the validity of high-rises in the southern end of town.Late last year, the Borough Council approved zoning amendments...
Kersting Back in the Race Again
MAHWAH -- Her road to recovery hasn't been easy, and she's still not 100 percent, but Holy Angels' Lydon Kersting is in the early stages of proving her doubters wrong.After suffering a mysterious and severe hip injury toward the latter stages of last...
Lagares Fits like a Glove
NEW YORK - Opponents usually shelve their compliments until they spot him on the base paths. On those occasions, after Juan Lagares has reached, some men from other teams have delivered verbal bouquets.This makes for an amusing tableau: an opponent complimenting...
Legrand's No. 52 to Be Retired, for Now
The jersey number hasn't been worn since a fateful October afternoon in 2010, when No. 52 for Rutgers made a football tackle and couldn't get up. As of this afternoon, it becomes official: no one will ever wear No. 52 again.For the first time in the...
Long Life Lived in an Orderly Fashion
During bedtime prayers at her convent in Tenafly, Sister Mary Victor Waters asks the Lord to "take me during the night."But the Lord has other ideas, and Sister Victor greets today as a 109-year-old.If this morning is like all others, Sister Victor will...
Man Admits Role in Id Theft Racket
An Englewood Cliffs man has pleaded guilty in federal court to being part of an identity theft ring that stole millions of dollars before police arrested dozens of its members three years ago, authorities said.Matthew Kang, 44, was part of a Palisades...
Milliner Needs Seasoning
Instant replay correctly overturned New England wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins' apparent 25-yard touchdown catch Thursday night, as it was ruled he used the ground to help him control the ball as he dove.But one other fact was evident as the play was...
Passaic Has Eyes on Growth
PASSAIC -- The city has developed a new master plan that includes improved parks, better parking, more restaurants and upscale apartments designed to attract professionals to the old industrial hub.The City Council last week endorsed the new master plan,...
Paterson Man Receives 6 Years in Knife Death
A Paterson father of three was sentenced to nearly six years in state prison Friday on a guilty plea to reckless manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of a city man he fought with at a house party in 2011.James Tyler, 37, of Paterson will...
Paul Says Gop Needs Diversity to Win Elections
The Republican Party must attract a more diverse group of voters if it is to win important statewide and national elections, Sen. Rand Paul argued Friday.Paul, R-Ky., made his pitch while endorsing former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in his run for U.S....
Pa Unfairly Fast-Tracked Toll Hikes, Report Says Public
The Port Authority fast-tracked the approval of multiple toll hikes -- the third of which is only three months away -- without giving the public enough notice or input, the investigative arm of Congress said in a report released Friday.The study by the...
Prosecutor Nominee a Surprise
Governor Christie's choice of Glen Rock attorney Gurbir Grewal as his nominee for Bergen County prosecutor took county Republicans and Democrats, many of whom had been handicapping the selection, by surprise.The 40-year-old assistant U.S. attorney was...
Strain Sidelines Yanks' Gardner
BOSTON - Brett Gardner became the latest Yankee forced to the sidelines by injury, and the timing couldn't have been worse.The Yankees might have lost their catalyst leadoff hitter and center fielder for the remainder of the regular season due to a Grade...
Strong on the Shore
THE BOARDWALK, iconic symbol of the Jersey Shore reborn in music, myth and memory, has been part of the state's identity for more than a century. When the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights was engulfed in flames Thursday, the loss was felt...
Things to Do
TODAYACTIVITIES* Celebrating Indian Heritage: A Health and Wellness Fair -- 8:30 a.m., Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 350 Engle St., Englewood. Free. 201-894-3893 or englewoodhospital.com.* Caring For Our Caregivers Conference -- 9 a.m., Community Baptist...
Vega Plays Role of Stopper, Saves the Day for Lodi
RUTHERFORD - This was exactly the kind of game Lodi's Andy Vega needed.Just two years after he stepped into the goal for the first time and playing his second game as a varsity keeper, Vega stopped not one, but two penalty kicks in the final minute Friday...
Veterans Find Bicycling a Way to Focus on Now
For retired Marine Edgardo Gonzalez-Chacon, cycling is a way to focus on the good.After three deployments to Afghanistan, during which he suffered injuries from improvised explosive devices, Gonzalez-Chacon returned in December, dealing with post-traumatic...
Vows to Rebuild Heard Yet Again
A day after a raging fire consumed dozens of businesses and more than four blocks of recently reconstructed boardwalk, residents of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights on Friday shook off their initial shock at this latest round of destruction and vowed,...
Yankees' Girardi Never One to Sweat in the Heat
BOSTON - Joe Girardi delivered the news of Brett Gardner's oblique strain with the same, dead-eyed, Texas Hold 'Em expression he's worn all year. You would've never known the Yankees had been slammed by the one millionth injury of the season, or that...
Your Views
Gun-toting guards bad for schoolsI read that the worst kinds of diets are the ones that have you weighing portions and the ones that have you keep a journal of your meals, because they keep you obsessing about food every waking hour.The other day, I...
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