The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from October 4, 2012

A Bad Week for American
Beleaguered American Airlines, operating in Chapter 11 since late last year and embroiled in labor disputes, has had a particularly hard week.Since last Wednesday, passenger seats popped loose on three separate flights, resulting in two emergency landings....
A Banner Night
NEW YORK - As Alex Rodriguez batted in Wednesday night's seventh inning, the Yankee Stadium scoreboard flashed the news that the Rays had defeated the Orioles at Tampa Bay.An arduous battle for the AL East was over. The Yankees were division champs.A...
A Camp Turned the Tide in Her Battle with Weight
Jenn Medeiros, a 17-year-old high school senior in North Arlington, has been battling her weight for much of her life. "Since I was younger, I've never felt I was worthy enough because I was overweight,'' she said. "It really brings me down and I want...
Accident Snarls Turnpike
A dramatic, fiery crash on the New Jersey Turnpike on Wednesday left the unidentified driver of a dump truck dead, shut down parts of Route 195, and left hundreds of drivers stranded in southbound turnpike lanes for so long that some got out of their...
Areas to Address in the Off-Season
When you win finish a season with 74 wins, it's easy to spot the tires that need air."There are a couple of obvious needs that we have," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before Wednesday's season finale. "So it's very possible that we'll be more...
Assemblywoman Wants Tougher Trafficking Laws
A North Jersey legislator wants increased fines for those convicted of human sex trafficking, and says the legislation should be in place before the Super Bowl comes to MetLife Stadium, possibly bringing with it an increase in such crimes.Assemblywoman...
Bergen Police Merger Rejected
The effort to merge Bergen County law enforcement into a mega- department came to a decisive end Wednesday when the freeholders defeated an ordinance to dissolve the county police into the Sheriff's Office.By a vote of 3-2 with two abstentions, the board...
Breakfast Club
VIRTUALLY all of us have heard the old saying about breakfast being "the most important meal of the day." Contemporary research tends to support what some may have considered meaningless advice rooted in the 19th century. Nutritionists say a good breakfast...
Bringing the Beat to Englewood
WHO: MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD.WHAT: Experimental modern jazz.WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday.WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood; 201-227-1030 or bergenpac.org.HOW MUCH: $29 to $59.It's always nice when your co-workers think well of...
Citizens Group Wants Mayor, Official to Quit
NORTH BERGEN - A local watchdog group on Wednesday called for the immediate resignation of Mayor Nicholas Sacco and reiterated its previous demand that Commissioner Frank Gargiulo step down as well.The attorney for the North Bergen Concerned Citizens...
City Crime Sweep Nets 16
A three-month investigation of violent crime in Englewood and surrounding towns has led to charges against 18 people, including one accused of selling drugs from the concession stand at Mackay Park, a popular recreation spot for children and families.The...
Disabled Veterans Group Reaches out to Ensure Benefits
BERGENFIELD -- Navy veteran John Opatovsky will be standing at his new post Friday at Veterans Plaza with a cane in one hand and paperwork in the other, making sure fellow veterans get the benefits they've earned for their service.The event is the annual...
Flood Maps Online
EARLY last year, an advisory commission appointed by the governor released its report on how to lessen flooding in the Passaic River Basin.It was less a document of show-stopping recommendations than a collection of sensible suggestions that had already...
For Asians and Comics, a Complicated Relationship
Long before Internet message boards and Facebook status updates, comic books had a letters page, where fans pined to see their missives in print. On these pages, a public debate began between superfan William F. Wu and writer Doug Moench, then the author...
Giants' Assembly Line
EAST RUTHERFORD - The revolving door between Eli Manning and teammates healthy enough to catch his passes keeps spinning at a record pace this season.Hakeem Nicks, in two weeks ago against Tampa Bay, Domenik Hixon out.Ramses Barden assumes a starring...
Groundwater Pollution Brings EPA Officials to Fair Lawn
FAIR LAWN -- Investigators are still trying to find the source of groundwater contamination that has polluted a section of the borough and has forced drinking water to be filtered for the past 25 years, federal officials said this week.The investigation...
Harassment Claim Leveled against Judge
Passaic County Superior Court Assignment Judge Donald J. Volkert is accused of "harassing and abusive conduct" toward a court administrator in a lawsuit.In the suit, filed Monday, Trial Court Administrator Marie Faber claims she was forced to go on medical...
Hardly Two of a Kind in Metlife
EAST RUTHERFORD - They share a stadium, split a fan base and sport the same 2-2 record.The similarities stop there.The Jets and Giants, both of whom lost last weekend, got back to work Wednesday at their respective practice facilities. But over in Florham...
Highlights
* The 38th Passaic County tournament starts today with fourth- seeded Passaic Valley hosting fifth-seeded West Milford at 4 p.m. In the other first-round game, sixth-seeded Pompton Lakes is at third- seeded Wayne Valley at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. No. 1 Lakeland...
Hitting the Road with Don Bosco's Boosters
SANDY, Utah - A football odyssey brought Greg Toal and his celebrated team from Don Bosco Prep to the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, a trek of more than 2,000 miles through two time zones.Toal's thick Jersey accent cut through the thin air at Rio...
Holmes' Loss Won't Affect Jets' Resolve
FLORHAM PARK - Jason Hill had just finished a tryout for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday when he saw a text message from his agent, who wanted him to get on a plane ASAP because the Jets were interested in signing him.A day later, the newest Jet had...
India Meets China in Edgewater
The name of this new Indian-Chinese restaurant in Edgewater refers to the hybrid cuisine and unique flavors that developed thousands of years ago in an area of India near the Chinese border. Seeking new opportunities, Chinese immigrants moved to India,...
It Takes Two to Carry On
MIAMI -- If they ask - and they will ask - the general manager has a succinct pitch ready for the two men he covets. The Mets expect to have more cash at their disposal this off-season and they would love to throw some of that cash at David Wright and...
Jibjabbers Take on Kids' Line
Evan and Gregg Spiridellis made a name for themselves, and for their online animation company JibJab, with cutting-edge political commentary. Now they are creating a new business that is a commentary on how kids, toys, and children's entertainment are changing.The...
Jumbo Trout Are about to Arrive
If you've packed away your fishing tackle for the season, you might want to reconsider.Another wave of trout mania is about to sweep New Jersey as the state's popular fall trout-stocking program begins Tuesday. This has become one of the most exciting...
Knicks Sounding like Jets with Title Talk
Listen to the Knicks closely and they sound a lot like the Jets.For a team that's won nothing, they spend too much time talking about championships.Sure, you want your team to reach for the stars, but it wouldn't hurt to sprinkle in a little reality.While...
'Lawrence' Gets a Touch-Up for 50th Anniversary
WHAT: "Lawrence of Arabia" 50th anniversary event.WHEN: 7 tonight (1 p.m. matinees at selected theaters).WHERE: AMC Wayne 14, AMC Clifton Commons 16, AMC Garden State 16 in Paramus, Showplace Theatre in Secaucus, Edgewater 16 Multiple Cinemas, AMC Palisades...
Legal Action Could Block Special Vote
Just when it appeared that Paterson's 2nd Ward residents would be electing a new council member soon, ousted Councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman filed a motion to reclaim his May victory, possibly postponing November's special election."What we're trying...
Manhunt in Sex Attacks
PATERSON -- Police continued a search in mid-evening Wednesday for a city man they have charged with two recent sexual assaults of young women and are investigating in at least one more such crime.Rafael Velez, 42, has been charged with sexually assaulting...
New & Noteworthy
Food and dining* Obama triumphs -- in Family Circle cookie contest: First lady Michelle Obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookie recipe narrowly beat Ann Romney's M&M cookies by 287 votes. Family Circle has held the contest during each presidential...
New Senior Moment: Knicks Add Rasheed
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rasheed Wallace officially joined the Knicks on Wednesday morning, signing a contract to come out of his two- year retirement.Within minutes of coming onboard with the Knicks, he was wandering around the practice courts with his jersey...
N. Highlands Still Has Ramapo's Number
ALLENDALE -- The final whistle blew and Northern Highlands just walked off the field. There were smiles, sure, but no surge of excitement or the kind of celebration that used to come along with beating Ramapo.It's as if it's become expected. In some...
No Quit in West Milford's Zimmerman
A day after he had eye surgery, Elmer Zimmerman picked up Tina Lokai for tennis practice. When she got in the car, he confessed, "I'm not supposed to be driving, but we're going to practice."The West Milford girls coach made sure he and Lokai, a junior first-doubles...
Officer Reaffirms Police Coverup Accusations
Hackensack Police Officer Laura Campos stood firm Wednesday in her accusatory trial testimony against two former colleagues accused of covering up an investigation to protect a suspect with ties to former police chief Ken Zisa.Capt. Danilo Garcia and...
Pal Park on an Upward Path
PALISADES PARK -- When Dave Schuman took over the Palisades Park/ Leonia football program, he wasn't transfixed on instant success. He wasn't searching for shortcuts.The idea was to build something for five seasons, and let the program blossom."My approach...
Paterson Feels Pressure Build over Budget
PATERSON -- Racing toward a state deadline Friday, City Hall is under pressure to cut more than $2 million from its budget by tonight in order to persuade the City Council to approve it.Council leaders, in a combative exchange with a city finance officer,...
Poll: Police Merger Has Strong Support
A recent poll commissioned by the Bergen County Republican Organization has found that likely voters favor consolidating the County Police into the Sheriff's Office by a better than 2-1 ratio.The survey, which has a margin of error of 5.6 percent, found that...
Red-Hot Cano Will Be Tough out in Playoffs
NEW YORK - This is a warning to opposing pitchers who'll soon find themselves 60 feet, 6 inches away from Robinson Cano, asked to somehow de-code baseball's hottest hitter and the Yankees' most lethal weapon for the next month. Best bet? Seek shelter.Say...
Senate Hopefuls to Hold First Debate Tonight
Republican U.S. Senate challenger Joe Kyrillos gets a chance to boost his name recognition in his campaign to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez when the two candidates hold their first televised debate tonight at Montclair State University.The...
Showbiz Met Shopping, and Fads Flourished
THEN: Rowe-Manse Emporium, 1065 Bloomfield Ave., CliftonNOW: Dress BarnEven after it expanded in the 1970s and added "Emporium" to its name, Carmen Maggio's Rowe-Manse store in Clifton never billed itself as the store that sold everything.Perhaps, as...
Smart Balance Will Keep Workers in Paramus
New Jersey hates losing corporate headquarters, but it's not as painful if the jobs stay behind. Smart Balance Inc., a Paramus- based food company, is changing its name and moving its headquarters to Colorado, but the company will keep its Paramus office,...
The Boy Behind 'Frankenweenie'
Work with Tim Burton. Check.Work with Woody Allen. Check.At 14, Charlie Tahan, a Glen Rock High School freshman, has already acted under two of the greatest directors of our time. Sure, he's excited to be starring as the voice of Victor Frankenstein...
The Party's over in Lyndhurst
LYNDHURST -- There will be no Discover Lyndhurst Day this year, after an email sent to more than 100 businesses drew just five people to Perkins Restaurant and Bakery on Tuesday for a meeting to organize the fifth annual event.The fair, billed as a chance...
Tiny Parasite Drives Plan for Water Tanks
A tiny, waterborne parasite -- so small that 10,000 of them can fit on the head of a pin -- is driving a $100 million plan to replace three reservoirs on Garret Mountain with concrete tanks.But as the Passaic Valley Water Commission moves the plan rapidly forward...
Toys 'R' Us Launching Movie Website for Kids
Wayne-based retailer Toys "R" Us, which for years has done a big business selling videotapes and DVDs of children's movies, is launching a sales plan for the digital age, a website where parents can rent or purchase more than 4,000 kid-friendly movies...
Westwood Motivated
A dramatic resurgence at Westwood has been fueled by a complete team effort. The Cardinals are rising in the Northeast Field Hockey Conference, sparked by a persistent front line, a skilled midfield and a stingy defense.First-year coach Jaclyn Magliato's...
Where Kosher Is King
The Kosher Nosh has been a Glen Rock municipal treasure since 1976, when Avi Friede and his partner, Haim Peer, opened this traditional kosher restaurant and delicatessen in the same space it occupies today. Friede was born in Russia and lived there...
Wine Rack: The Intriguing Taste of Blended Varietals
The idea of blending grapes is nothing new, especially in Europe. For example, take two of France's great wine regions, Bordeaux and the Rhone. Stylistically their wines are worlds apart, but they share a common thread: Their reputations weren't built...
With Designs and a Dream, 'Project' Alum Hits Pavement
At the end of a frustrating afternoon rolling his black suitcase along the streets of downtown Englewood, Nicholas D'Aurizio decided to try one last boutique.He was still hoping to find an owner willing to sell the handbags he had designed. Despite several...
Young Waldwick Dancers Wow Judges in TV Routine
They're only 8, 9 and 10 years old, but the young girls from the Studio L dance company in Waldwick are old pros when it comes to television performances.Two groups from the company performed Wednesday on Katie Couric's daytime talk show, "Katie."It...
Your Views
First responders deserve utmost supportThis past weekend, I accidentally started a fire in my toaster oven. At the time, I was home alone with two small, sleeping children. Although I knew all my basic fire safety skills, in the moment I was actually...
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