The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from January 5, 2012

2012: Ring in the New Deals
If your New Year's resolution is to ski more or just learn to ski, you are in luck. As part of a national push called Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM), mountain resorts in the Tri-state region are offering deals that make skiing look downright...
2 Charged in Burglary Spree
A vehicle stop in Wayne has led to the arrests of two men suspected in recent burglaries or attempts in Wanaque, Oakland, Allendale and Ringwood, police said Wednesday.The bust netted handguns, jewelry, a laptop computer and video game consoles, police...
A Daughter's Allergy Inspired Moms to Sell Nut-Free Baked Treats
We've evolved as a society where it's perfectly acceptable -- if not encouraged -- for moms to put down their cake pans and aprons and buy store-made baked goods for their kids' events. But for parents whose children have food allergies, baking at home...
Anglers Break the Ice
That first real blast of winter chill has been sweeping over us the last few days, and that means North Jersey anglers may be able to start turning their thoughts to ice fishing.The Knee Deep Club of Lake Hopatcong is optimistic, scheduling its first...
Armagno Evens the Score as Passaic Valley Wins Big
LITTLE FALLS - Passaic Valley junior Nick Armagno knew his 145- pound match against West Milford's Kyle Silvestri wouldn't have an impact on the Hornets' team result. They had secured a win long before Armagno stepped on the mat and his result wouldn't...
Around the Rink
* DePaul sophomore Kyle Scancerella is in the midst of the testing program required by the state when an athlete is returning from a concussion. Scancerella suffered the concussion Dec. 23 at The Ice Vault in a game against Wayne Valley. He was taken...
Autopsy Finds Shot to Back Killed Man
PATERSON -- Jacobe Hyatt, the New Year's Eve reveler fatally shot by Paterson police, died from a single bullet wound to the back, authorities said Wednesday.Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Latoracca said the autopsy revealed that a single bullet penetrated...
Birder, 23, Shatters State's Big Year Record
What better way to kick off 2012 than to celebrate an amazing achievement for 2011?Tom Reed, a 23-year-old birder from Cape May County, just shattered the record for a Big Year in New Jersey. As of last Thursday, the recent Rutgers grad had seen 362...
Bogota Set to Take Up Selection of Officials
BOGOTA -- The Borough Council will try again tonight to appoint eight professionals -- some of whom made political contributions to the Democrats in November's election -- after the selections were removed from the agenda at the reorganization meeting...
Boley Focused on Playoff Win, Not Revenge
EAST RUTHERFORD -- Michael Boley did not forget the benching.And the Giants linebacker did not forget how the Atlanta Falcons made it clear after the 2008 season that they did not want him back when he became a free agent.But he says those old wounds...
Bosco Lb Shumate Enjoys Busy Day Off
Five North Jersey football players will play for the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday in San Antonio. Each day leading up to the game, a different player will do a diary. Today, Don Bosco linebacker Elijah Shumate talks about...
Bulls to Buck at the Garden
WHAT: Professional Bull Riders Madison Square Garden Invitational.WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday.WHERE: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan; Ticketmaster or thegarden.com.HOW MUCH: $15 to $205.FOR MORE INFORMATION: pbr.com.A little bit...
Business Committee Looks for New Home in Downtown Rutherford
RUTHERFORD -- The Rutherford Downtown Partnership may have a new home by week's end, but board members are baffled about the borough- mandated move after more than a decade in the Borough Hall basement.The new mayor, Joe DeSalvo, said the RDP doesn't...
Can Pascrell Win Bergen Hearts before the Election?
Bill Pascrell jolted the droning Bergen County Freeholders reorganization meeting with a dose of drama Tuesday night, but not star power.Newly minted Freeholder Chairman John Mitchell nearly forgot to mention him in the obligatory recitation of the "dignitaries"...
Convention Trip Cost Taxpayers $14,000
Paterson has again run afoul of its overseers in Trenton by failing to obtain approval before sending 24 employees and officials to an Atlantic City convention, a trip that cost taxpayers upward of $14,000 for hotel rooms and meals.But authorities suspect...
Cuomo 'Trumps' Christie
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorsed a plan Wednesday to build several more casinos in that state -- an announcement that both impressed and frustrated New Jersey supporters of expanding gaming to North Jersey."I think Cuomo's idea is brilliant," said...
Devils Are Outclassed by Bruins
NEWARK - The Devils saw the class of the NHL on Wednesday night at Prudential Center and how wide a gap they need to cover to catch up.The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins scored six unanswered goals in cruising to a 6-1 victory over the...
Errico Boosts Old Tappan
OLD TAPPAN - Junior forward Melissa Errico had a double-double, finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds, to lead Old Tappan to a 45- 30 victory over rival Demarest in a Big North National Division girls basketball game Wednesday.Errico scored eight...
First Step toward Athletic Merge?
Gerald Glisson might be the busiest athletic director in North Jersey. He definitely is the only one with two offices.Glisson oversees the Kennedy and Eastside athletic departments -- keeping offices in both schools -- and has his hands full."It's fun,...
Freeze Frame
Success hasn't spoiled the Ammerman sisters.After leading Wisconsin to the NCAA women's hockey national championship last season, the River Vale duo have been major players as the Badgers have held on to the No. 1 ranking in the country this season.Wisconsin...
Garden State Reunion
WHO: Jon Herington, Dennis Espantman and Frank Pagano.WHAT: The Harmonious Five and The Jon Herington Band.WHERE: Mexicali Blues, 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck; 201-833- 0011 or mexicalilive.com.WHEN: 8 tonight.HOW MUCH: $12.FOR MORE INFORMATION: jonherington.com.Jon...
Harry Maisch Iii, Nursing Home Administrator
Harry Maisch III held dear the values instilled in him as an Eagle Scout.Community service, for one. As a 22-year-old fresh out of Fairleigh Dickinson University, he won election to the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council."Harry had that helpful attitude...
Hidden Agenda
EAST RUTHERFORD -- A bank of TV cameras were trained on Eli Manning as he stood relaxed behind the lectern, balancing his left leg on his toes.Reporters fired question after question at him. But all they got was his aw-shucks monotone and answers that...
Home Contractor Sting Nets a Dozen
Five local contractors are among a dozen facing either criminal charges or civil violations as the result of a sting by state and Bergen County authorities.The undercover investigation targeted home-improvement contractors who weren't registered with...
Iowan Dreams
IF IOWA is a field of dreams, two Republicans were rudely awakened on Tuesday. The remaining GOP presidential candidates continue to dream on.Tuesday's Iowa caucuses were the first official contest in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination....
Jets Backup QB Blasts His Teammates
Mark Sanchez didn't want to discuss the Jets' chemistry issues with reporters this week, saying he preferred to keep such talk "in house."One of his backups wasn't nearly as reticent Wednesday.Greg McElroy, a seventh-round draft pick who spent his rookie season...
Knicks Are Going Backward
NEW YORK - The Knicks got closer to being whole Wednesday, but they're not half the team they keep saying they can be.Amar'e Stoudemire returned after missing two games with a sprained left ankle and rookie Iman Shumpert was back from a four- game absence...
Margaret Rodie, 91; 'Founding Mother' of Bergen's YWCA
Margaret Rodie, a "founding mother" of the YWCA of Bergen County and benefactor of its child-care center, has died. The former Ridgewood resident was 91.Mrs. Rodie's involvement with the YWCA, formerly the Ridgewood Y, dates to her teenage years. As...
Mayor, Council Pledge Calm
DUMONT -- In the aftermath of a heated reorganization meeting, Mayor James Kelly and council members said they would work to put aside history and politics and work for the town.Council members said they met with Kelly in an informal closed session immediately...
Mayor Owes Property Taxes
LITTLE FALLS - The tax collector's office has released its annual list of tax delinquents, and one of the names is the township's top elected official.Little Falls Mayor Michael DeFrancisci owes $4,367 for his home at Brookhill Place, according to the...
More Injury Woes as Nets Again Fall Short
BOSTON -- The Nets keep trying to find rock bottom. It's proving to be an elusive target.Even with starters Deron Williams and Kris Humphries out of the lineup, the Nets somehow managed to keep up with the Celtics into the second half.But with this team,...
New & Noteworthy
Music* Allman Brothers Band plans "The Year of the Peach": The band will honor the 40th anniversary of the iconic 1972 live album "Eat a Peach" in a big way -- hailing 2012 as "The Year of the Peach." The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will start...
N.J. Car Sales the Best since 2007
New Jersey auto dealers sold an estimated 430,000 new cars and light trucks last year, an increase of 7.5 percent from 2010 and the highest volume since 2007, when the tally was 490,000, a statewide trade group said Wednesday.The second straight year...
N.J. Drug Firms See Impact Waning
A trade association that represents New Jersey's drug companies reported Wednesday that its annual survey showed "a slowing of economic activity" among organization members.A summary of the annual survey released by the New Brunswick- based Healthcare...
N.J. Icon Moving On
If a man's life can turn on saying "yes" or "no," Burt Ross may be the perfect example.Almost four decades ago, as mayor of Fort Lee, Ross faced a decision: Should he accept a $500,000 bribe from mob-linked developers to approve a controversial high-rise...
Opponents of Light Rail Holding Strategy Session
TENAFLY -- The borough's lead group opposing establishment of passenger rail service downtown will meet today at borough hall to discuss key arguments to raise at hearings on the proposal later this month, local officials said.Tenafly officials are crafting...
Panels Weigh Fates of Dozens of Proposals
With two legislative sessions left, state lawmakers braced for a flurry of committee hearings today on bills ranging from education reform to expanding wine sales.In all, 11 committees will consider nearly 100 bills and appointments, and the successful...
Pascrell Touts Endorsements
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. released a list Wednesday of about 65 public officials who he said have endorsed him in his primary battle with Rep. Steve Rothman for the redrawn 9th Congressional District.The list includes former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio;...
Ramapo Saber Squad Thrusts into Spotlight
FRANKLIN LAKES - Skill, speed, strength; all of those vital items Ramapo's saber squad possesses in abundance. But most importantly, the Raiders have a huge amount of depth.Sparked by its tradition-rich saber line, Ramapo, the No. 1 team in the North...
Rest Assured, Staal Wants to Play Here on Out
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - One game into his return from a concussion and with his ice time still limited, Marc Staal doesn't foresee anything keeping him out of the back-to-back games the Rangers begin tonight."No reason," Staal said after Wednesday's practice,...
School Breakfast Program Pushed
Saying "you can't learn if you're hungry," acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf promised Wednesday to encourage districts to make it easier for needy children to eat a free breakfast at school.About 18 percent of the roughly 19,643 children in Bergen...
Sick Pay Out
THE END of the Legislature's lame duck session draws nigh, Governor Christie bangs the drum of abolishing sick-time payouts, and after putting two and two together -- or in this case one and two -- a bunch of Elmwood Park police officers hand in their retirement...
Social Media Propelled Political Uprisings
A clever analysis of last summer's earthquake in Virginia posted by Harvard University's Complexity and Social Networks blog suggests an apt metaphor for the burgeoning influence of Twitter and other social media.Within 60 seconds of the 5.8 magnitude...
State Clarifies Ot Rule for Confused Coaches
When Hackensack and River Dell went to overtime last week in the opening round of the Housley Classic, it sparked a debate about what the exact overtime rules are for hockey in New Jersey.Did River Dell officially get a win after scoring a goal in the extra...
Stolen Dog Back Home
BLOOMINGDALE - Sugar, the pit bull stolen Tuesday morning from the borough animal shelter, appeared excited to be home Wednesday afternoon."She went right to her usual spot, circled in her bed and grabbed her bone," said Lisa Perry, the borough's animal...
Super-Charged
EAST RUTHERFORD - Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, 8 a.m.Tom Coughlin took to the stage in the auditorium of the Timex Performance Center, and the captive audience in his sights prepared for the worst. Not 36 hours after their most disappointing performance...
'The Mayor' Is Back
CLIFFSIDE PARK -- Gerald Calabrese made history Wednesday as the state's longest-serving mayor when he took the oath to officially start his 49th year in office.The Democratic powerhouse, who turns 87 next month, received two standing ovations and was...
Torres Triggers Garfield
GARFIELD - Charlie Torres would have done anything to get into the varsity lineup at Garfield.So when he got his chance, the junior made the most of it.Torres scored a late escape in his first varsity bout Wednesday night to score a huge 3-2 victory...
Tortorella Fined 30k by the Nhl for Comments
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - John Tortorella apologized, then paid.The NHL fined the Rangers coach a whopping $30,000 Wednesday for his comments after a 3-2 win over the Flyers in Monday's Winter Classic at Philadelphia that the league and broadcast partner NBC met...
Where the Chef's a Seafood Expert
A restaurant marketed as a seafood establishment should have a solid relationship with its seafood wholesaler. Alfred Ianniello, a longtime seafood distributor for many fine restaurants, has removed the middleman and recently opened his own restaurant...
Wins and Losses Take Back Seat with Nets
Outright disaster. That's just about the only way to classify the Nets' start to the season.Crippling injuries? Check. A ridiculously tough schedule? Affirmative. A rapidly growing collection of losses? You betcha. The Nets have had to deal with everything...
Wyatt, Temple Shock Duke
Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 to help Temple knock off No. 5 Duke, 78-73, on Wednesday night at Philadelphia.Using tough, man-to-man defense that limited Duke's long-range shots, the Owls (10-3) grabbed the lead midway...
Your Views
Welcoming Garrett to LodiRegarding "3 size up facing Garrett" (Page L-1, Dec. 30):There is a great likelihood that Lodi will see a shift in its representation from Rep. Steve Rothman, a Democratic Obama progressive from Fair Lawn, to Rep. Scott Garrett,...
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