The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from January 23, 2014

Another Money Pitcher?
Masahiro Tanaka had been on the Yankees' minds since 2007, his rookie year in Japan. They scouted him intensely, building a vast portfolio on the dazzling right-handed pitcher and waiting for a chance to put him in pinstripes.That moment arrived in the...
A Shoutout to the Isley Brothers
Without The Beatles, the '60s might not have happened.But without The Isley Brothers, The Beatles might not have happened.Paul McCartney said as much -- according to Ernie Isley, the youngest surviving member of the legendary Teaneck R&B group."One of...
Backers of Sewage Spill Bill Are Baffled
Proponents of a bill to ensure that the public is notified when raw sewage spills into local rivers were at a loss Wednesday about why Governor Christie did not sign the legislation, even though it had been amended to address concerns raised by his administration.The...
'Battle for Ramsey' Tonight
Not only will the Bergen County title be on the line in tonight's much-anticipated hockey final featuring No. 1 Don Bosco and No. 2 Ramsey, but town bragging rights will be up for grabs as well, featuring two schools separated about one mile by Franklin...
Big Snowstorm Provides a Test for a Dreaded Weather Scenario
National Football League executive Eric Grubman said he didn't wish for Tuesday's snowstorm, and he sure isn't rooting for one on Super Bowl Sunday, either.But, he added at a news conference Wednesday at MetLife Stadium, that doesn't mean that the foot...
Bitter Cold Expected to Persist for Week or So
Now that North Jerseyans have dug themselves out of the season's second major snowstorm, they can look forward to a week or so of unremitting, bitter cold, the National Weather Service says.By the time the wind-whipped snow tapered off Wednesday morning, accumulations...
Charges Uncertain in Zimmer Allegation
Former federal prosecutors and veteran defense attorneys said this week that the allegations made by Hoboken's mayor warrant an investigation, but the government will need to find more than just an attempt at political horse trading to make a criminal...
Democrats Unite
DEMOCRATIC LEADERS in Trenton wisely have decided to create a joint committee to investigate the Christie administration's involvement in closing two access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last fall.The Democrats' original idea called for two investigatory...
Dems Say Christie Offering No Advice on Vetoed Legislation
Democrats on Wednesday said they were frustrated that Governor Christie gave no explanation for almost any of his 44 pocket vetoes this week, saying the lack of guidance makes it more difficult to decide whether to reintroduce the bills and fight for...
Essential Books for Sportsmen
Looking for a little light reading to help you cope with this latest dose of crummy weather? The state Division of Fish and Wildlife has issued two of its essential booklets for anglers and turkey hunters.Let's start by talking turkey because Saturday...
Ferguson Acquires Karl's Chain
Karl's Sales and Service Co., a Fairfield-based chain of six appliance stores, including one in Paramus, has been purchased by Ferguson, a wholesale plumbing distributor based in Newport News, Va. Financial terms were not disclosed.Dan Schwartz, president...
Fewer Trains, Web Woes Snarl Commute
NJ Transit customers on Wednesday faced another grueling commute, with fewer trains as a snowstorm pulled away, along with continuing malfunctions on the NJTransit.com website, which raised questions about whether the site would be ready for thousands...
Finding Teams' Jerseys May Be Super Tough
Even though the Super Bowl is in East Rutherford next month, football fans might find it difficult to get their hands on any Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks jerseys at North Jersey sporting goods stores before the big game.Big retailers such as Modell's...
Fred Swallow, 94; Longtime Owner of Ramsey Barbershop
Fred Swallow, an Army veteran who snipped and clipped his way into the hearts of Ramsey, died Sunday.The owner of the fondly remembered Fred's Barbershop at the train station was 94.Mr. Swallow, a Massachusetts native, moved to New Jersey after his World...
Funds Raised in Track Star's Memory
Separate fundraising campaigns working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have collected nearly $25,000 in memory of Madison Holleran, the 19-year-old student athlete from Allendale who leaped to her death from a Philadelphia parking...
Get a Good Workout at Harriman State Park
HIKING: Harriman State ParkFEATURES: This hike climbs to the ridges of Surebridge and Fingerboard Mountains and passes the historic Greenwood MineLENGTH: About 5.5 milesDIFFICULTY: Moderate to strenuousTIME: About 3 1/2 hoursMAP: New York-New Jersey...
Getting Motivated, Being Inspired
New Milford resident Jenna Gorman is a 23-year-old certified personal trainer who trains clients via her "Fit By Jenna" services in her hometown. Recently, she began training individuals at the Lucille Roberts gym in Fair Lawn (she's currently pursuing...
Gop Governors Group Stands Behind Christie
The Republican Governors Association has no plans to ask Governor Christie to step down as its chairman because of controversies clouding his administration and pointed to two upcoming events he'll attend as proof they're standing by him.Ken Cuccinelli,...
Hawthorne Christian Earns Passaic's Third Seed
The progress the Hawthorne Christian boys basketball program has made in recent years was evident Wednesday night at Eastern Christian.Passaic County's coaches seeded the Defenders third in the upcoming tournament, the highest seed Hawthorne Christian...
Hoboken Votes to Hire Lawyer for Federal Probe
HOBOKEN -- The City Council voted narrowly Wednesday night to spend $17,000 to hire a lawyer to represent the council's interests during an investigation into Mayor Dawn Zimmer's allegations that Governor Christie's aides tied Superstorm Sandy relief...
Ideas for Roche Site Feature Tech Centers, Hotels
The three proposed master plans for the 119-acre Roche campus all incorporate a hotel, retail and luxury high-rise residential buildings, but one is specifically aimed at attracting technology and biotech companies, according to a report presented to...
Immaculate Heart in the Top Spot
Immaculate Heart will get to defend its Bergen County title as the top seed.The Blue Eagles were chosen for that honor at Wednesday night's seeding meeting, despite some strong credentials for No. 2 seed Immaculate Conception and No. 3 Teaneck. None...
Knicks Looking Hopeless
NEW YORK -- The Knicks had spent the last three days debating defensive strategies -- perhaps mounting their most strenuous effort of the season to argue that their defense wasn't a problem.Then they took the floor against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers...
Line between Prostitution and Trafficking Blurred
Advocates, law-enforcement officials and even former sex-trade workers disagree on the definition of sex trafficking, whether it's different from prostitution, and whether it increases around the time of the Super Bowl."To me there's no difference: Sex...
Mahwah Tops Web List of 50 Safest N.J. Towns
Mahwah has been named the safest community in New Jersey by a website that provides home security comparisons and reviews.But one of the main reasons cited for the top ranking is a controversial app that is scheduled to be discussed at tonight's Township...
Master Plan Up for Local Comment
ENGLEWOOD -- Community members will have another chance to comment on the city's 2013 master plan tonight as officials set their sights on a more vibrant downtown, neighborhood improvements and being prepared if light rail comes to the city.The hearing...
Nets' Revival Due in Part to Pierce, Kg
When Shaun Livingston signed with the Nets in the summer, he was excited about the possibilities. He was also curious.Livingston had heard the stories about Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Tales of toughness, leadership and a single-minded competitiveness...
New Lawyer for Ex-Christie Aide in Gwb Scandal
The former Christie aide who wrote the now infamous message -- "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" -- has hired a hard- charging and prominent defense attorney to represent her as several investigations move forward.Michael Critchley confirmed...
NFL Alum at Home in College
He cannot camouflage his frame. In any classroom of any size, Kareem McKenzie will not be able to blend into the background.McKenzie is 6 feet 6. At the tail end of his playing career, he weighed 327 pounds. On a football field, this proved useful. He opened...
North Jersey Activities
Here are Super Bowl-related events planned in North Jersey:MaywoodThe Maywood school district will be participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national event that uses Super Bowl weekend to mobilize youth to fight hunger and poverty in their communities....
Olympic Spirit Lives at Lake Placid
As America's first winter vacation destination, Lake Placid has remained a true winter playground offering skating, skiing and Olympic spirit.And as the Olympics get closer, the excitement at Lake Placid and Whiteface is building with the Olympic Passport...
Palisades Park Setting Up Website
PALISADES PARK -- More than a decade after several municipalities across the state made community calendars, agendas and meeting minutes available with the click of a mouse, borough officials promise that this year, they will launch their own website."I...
Pooling Energy
THE COST of living remains high in New Jersey. True property tax reforms seem far off the table among the political class, and the recession that devastated the stock market a few years ago left thousands of people with lesser-paying jobs and some people...
Rangers Trade for Defender
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- General manager Glen Sather and coach Alain Vigneault believe Kevin Klein is the right man for the Rangers' defense corps.The veteran right-handed defenseman, 29, was acquired Wednesday from the Nashville Predators for at-times disappointing...
Reservoir Project Needs Public Input, Activists Say
Opponents of a $120 million plan to drain three Garret Mountain reservoirs blasted a public utility on Wednesday for lack of transparency in planning the project, which would dramatically affect the Great Falls Historic District and two cherished Passaic County...
Sammartino Leading Queen of Peace
Nikki Sammartino is an integral piece of a revitalized and reenergized girls basketball program at Queen of Peace. The Golden Griffins have battled their way up the ladder in the NJIC standings to turn into one of the contenders behind Secaucus, No....
Sex Industry Expected to Heat Up as Big Game Nears
People who work in the sex industry are gearing up for Super Bowl XLVIII, and so are law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and anti- prostitution activists from around the country who are preparing to do battle against its illegal forms.For buyers and...
Ship Comes in for Fdu Star
The basketball lifer leaned back in his office chair, put his feet up on the desk and thought for a moment.Greg Herenda has seen talent slip by college evaluators. High- level players who never received a Division I offer. Junior-college stars who needed...
'Super' Billboards to Woo Ceos
The non-profit organization charged with marketing New Jersey as a business center is targeting the flood of CEOs and executives arriving in North Jersey for the Super Bowl.Choose New Jersey Inc. has put ads on eight billboards along North Jersey highways...
Super Bowl Xlviii Leaves Nothing to Chance: Mobile er Will Tend to What Ails Fans
An emergency room on wheels will be on site at the Super Bowl, staffed with physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists to help fans with almost any injury or illness that might otherwise send them to a hospital.Hackensack University Medical Center...
Teen Praises School Choice at Education 'Summit'
Glisel Aponte says she took her son out of a Paterson school in sixth grade after he got a perfect score on the annual state math test and nobody bothered to congratulate him.She searched hard for options that would give him more academic encouragement....
Ticket Box
On-sale dates for upcoming concerts:FRIDAY* At 11 a.m., Molly Hatchett and Pat Travers Band, 8 p.m. June 13 ($25 to $45), and Hot Tuna and Leon Russell, 8 p.m. June 20 ($35 to $75) at Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood. bergenpac.org.* At 11 a.m.,...
Top-Ranked Eastside Seeded No. 1
The road to the Passaic County girls basketball title will be running through Eastside.The Ghosts (8-2), ranked No. 1 in The Record girls basketball Top 25, were awarded the top seed in the Passaic County tournament Wednesday night at Eastern Christian...
Torres Pay Report Cites Lack of Records
PATERSON - The city's internal report on former Mayor Joey Torres' $74,000 severance payment shows he received compensation for 30 unused sick days even though no attendance records substantiate that accrued time.The report says the city did not start...
Urban-Farming Charity Makes Plans
Although there's snow on the ground, spring is not far away and Passaic County is planting seeds for a major expansion of neighborhood farming in 2014 through a budding partnership with City Green Inc.City Green, the Clifton-based non-profit group, hopes...
W. Hills Duo Supremely Confident
One is a wrestling lifer, the other is a relative newbie.Together, Wayne Hills junior Moe Hamdeh and sophomore Dan Kilroy hope to take the Passaic County wrestling tournament by storm and bring home a couple of gold medals."I've always wanted to win...
Wine Rack: The Difference between Claret and Meritage
If you're a California red wine drinker, you may be familiar with the words "claret" and "meritage." One or the other will sometimes appear on the labels of proprietary blends. So, what's the difference? The answer is simple and probably a bit disappointing: Not...
Yankees Pinching Pennies? $175M Says No Way
Only the most naive among us believed that the Yankees were ready to start clipping coupons. Talk of trimming the payroll to $189 million was like Congress promising to reduce the deficit -- who really took it seriously? The Bombers had to erase that...
Your Views
Port Authority deserves benefit of the doubtAs a former employee of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, it is saddening to listen to media reports calling the authority dysfunctional and at the heart of the problems against the bi-state public....
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