The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from May 17, 2013

$100M Project Will Help Keep Sewage out of Rivers
The agency that provides sewage treatment for 27 North Jersey communities along the Passaic River is proceeding with a $100 million project to increase its treatment facility's capacity, aiming to reduce frequent -- and health-threatening -- flows of...
A Deadly Serious Lesson, with Punch Lines
You're going too fast! Watch out for that pedestrian! You can't turn here!I need some air! How do I open this window?If these overheated phrases have spilled out of your mouth, it's likely that you've tried to teach a teen to drive - a task that can make...
Bank Accounts Prone to Attacks
Computer hacking can be a very effective way to rob banks, as demonstrated by a sophisticated global heist that led to recent arrests in New York City. The arrests of low-level cash mules were related to two separate thefts totaling $45 million, stolen...
Bcca Turns Mulligan into Ace with Switch
Congratulations to the Bergen County Coaches Association for reversing field and bringing back separate team and individual championships for high school golf.Bergen produces the most standout teams and players in New Jersey and combining the team tournament,...
Bench Shows Life to Keep N.Y. Breathing
NEW YORK - The Knicks were doing so many things better than they had done all series -- fighting for rebounds, finding unexpected offense, firing smart shots - yet for all the resurgent basketball work on display Thursday night at Madison Square Garden,...
Breach of Trust
AFTER REVELATIONS that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny, President Obama had to do something -- and quickly. He began taking action Wednesday night when he announced the resignation of Steven T. Miller,...
Cicadas Are the Latest Buzz after 17 Years
Sometime in the next week or so, you will be bugged.Bugged by their noise, which can reach 120 decibels -- as loud as a motorcycle.Bugged by piles of their dead carcasses in your driveway and the exoskeletons attached to swing sets and just about everything...
Council Slate Taps Leader for Transition
HACKENSACK -- The team of candidates that swept the City Council election Tuesday has named a Franklin Lakes businessman and GOP figure to head its transition team, while warning the sitting council not to make any big moves in its final six weeks.Anthony...
Cutters in Control
HACKENSACK -- Nick Amos helped Fair Lawn work on its addition Thursday night.The senior middle is one of several top-flight hitters on the Cutters' boys volleyball team, but in the Bergen County final against Don Bosco he also contributed in other ways.As...
Down a Familiar Road
BOSTON - The Bruins kept coming in overtime, a relentless attack that even Henrik Lundqvist ultimately couldn't stop.The Bruins won Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Rangers, 3-2, in overtime Thursday night at TD Garden as...
Eating Out: Cask 171 in Closter
There are a lot of strange things about Cask 171 in Closter. For instance, this restaurant does not have a permanent sign on its building. On our first visit, our GPS took us to what looked like an abandoned site. It was only when we drove to the far...
Edgewater Harbor Developer Seeks to Add 100 Housing Units
EDGEWATER -- The developer of the Edgewater Harbor mixed-use project is seeking to amend its previously approved plans by reducing the amount of retail space and increasing housing.The firm iPark Edgewater LLC received the go-ahead several years ago...
Federal Loan May Help Little Ferry Limit Tax Increase
LITTLE FERRY -- A $2.5 million federal disaster loan may help the borough limit a municipal tax increase to around $100 this year for the average property owner, despite the extensive damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.The borough has already received...
Generation X May Feel the Retirement Crunch
The baby boomers will soon crowd the pension rolls, but it's the generation behind them that could face far more financial worries in the retirement years, a study released Thursday warned.The report by Pew Charitable Trusts looked at how five generations'...
Graduates Cheered,trailblazers Recalled
Bergen Community College celebrated its roots Thursday while sending its newest 700 graduates out into the world.Among the 5,000 friends and family who cheered them on at commencement at the Izod Center in East Rutherford were eight alumni from the first...
Health System Gets Jersey City Hospital
The state's largest health system reached into Hudson County for the first time Thursday, with Jersey City Medical Center signing an agreement to become the seventh hospital in the Barnabas Health system.The non-profit network already includes two major...
Highlanders Turn Light On
MAHWAH - An easy-does-it philosophy really did it for Northern Highlands at the Bergen County Nassar team championship.The Highlanders won Thursday's Bergen Group 3-4-A title with a light-hearted approach, three days after a serious mind-set hurt them...
Hoagland's Blast Leads Dumont
BASEBALLDUMONT 5, PASCACK HILLS 4 (at Dumont): Senior outfielder Anthony Hoagland hit a walk-off, three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday to lead the Dumont baseball team over Pascack Hills. Hoagland had four RBI in the Big North,...
Hope Grows in Garden
NEW YORK -- If the Knicks' season was going to come to an end, if all the good was going to go away, Mike Woodson was going to let it end his way.After a panicked move Tuesday, shifting the lineup, clinging to the names that history told him were meant...
Housing Authority
THANK GOODNESS for Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. He is stepping into the mess in Paterson involving what has become a chronic problem involving the forfeiture of federal housing funds. Money meant to be used to provide housing for low-income residents is being...
H.S. Track and Field
Paul Schwartz's Bergen County championships picksAt Old Tappan High SchoolStart times: 3:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. SaturdayBoysDIVISION A100: Jabrill Peppers, Paramus Catholic200: Jabrill Peppers, Paramus Catholic400: Noah Lartique, Don Bosco800: Ben Malone,...
Indian Hills' Task Not Yet Completed
OAKLAND - As she chases personal history, Nicole Kopyta is also focused on finishing off what has been 10 years in the making - turning Indian Hills into a champion.Kopyta scored nine goals as the Braves opened the girls lacrosse state tournament with...
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...
Lautenberg Says He's Back for Good, but Weakness Lingers
Sen. Frank Lautenberg was all smiles as he was wheeled into a Senate committee room Thursday for a rare appearance that helped Democrats break a Republican logjam on the Obama administration's nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency."I feel...
Mets Can't Hide from the Truth
If ever there was a time for Jon Niese to channel his inner Jerry Koosman - or, maybe Sid Fernandez, if we're being less overheated - it was Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals. Watching Niese was like one giant tease for Mets fans, who must've...
Mets Slam Brakes on Skid
ST. LOUIS - The elixir to this six-game skid relied on two principal ingredients. In fashioning an antidote for the mildew, the Mets paired 7 1/3 quality innings from starting pitcher Jon Niese with a total of six hits from two men nestled near the top...
New on Dvd
In storesCLOUD ATLAS (2012, Warner, R, $29) -- You have to give the Wachowski siblings ("The Matrix") and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") credit for writing and directing a one-of-a-kind movie that spans continents, genres and centuries. But the trouble...
No Pension for Barnes' Widow
PATERSON -- State treasury officials decided that the widow of former Paterson Mayor Martin Barnes, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to federal tax evasion and mail fraud charges, is not entitled to his pension benefits because of the magnitude of his offenses.Trustees...
Northern Highlands Battles, but Falls in 4th Ot
ALLENDALE - Paulina Marino saved Northern Highlands from elimination twice. She couldn't do it a third time.Despite 10 saves from Marino, including two in the first sudden- victory overtime period, sixth-seeded Northern Highlands couldn't hold off the...
Not a King of Overtime
BOSTON - Henrik Lundqvist answered all the questions about another overtime loss, then sat at his stall for a long time alone with his thoughts, his skates still on.He blamed himself for not being able to stop Brad Marchand's winner at 15:40 of overtime...
'Nothing's Changed'
FLORHAM PARK - The much-discussed green headband Mark Sanchez had worn when he spoke to reporters on May 2 was gone, replaced with a similar but clear one.To hear Sanchez talk Thursday, that sartorial change is the only difference since David Garrard...
Notoriety Irks Seniors
ENGLEWOOD -- Residents of the Vincente K. Tibbs Senior Citizen Building lament the nationwide notoriety their beloved home has gotten in recent days, following allegations that drug use and prostitution had been occurring out of two residents' apartments."It's...
Obama Wins the Tea Party Triple Crown
AMERICA loved Ronald Reagan. Even people who disliked Reagan's policies liked the man, if not the president. The Great Communicator gave a great speech. He told folksy stories. It did not matter to supporters whether Reagan fully understood his subject...
Outdated Formula Cuts into Tax Relief
More than a million New Jersey homeowners will get up to $114 less in property tax relief this year because the state is using an outdated formula.A seldom-read and rarely discussed section of the state budget has kept the baseline year for calculating...
Pearson Sheds 19, Cites Shift to Digital
Publisher Pearson Education, which is vacating its 47-acre headquarters in Upper Saddle River, has done some staff trimming this week. Pearson is laying off nearly 20 employees, most of them in Bergen County at the publisher's site at 1 Lake St."Pearson's...
Peterson Set for Challenge
Some junior welterweights wisely have avoided Lucas Matthysse.The hard-hitting Argentine fighter is widely viewed as one of boxing's most dangerous punchers. He has knocked out 31 of his 35 professional opponents and possesses one of the sport's top...
Pettitte Injured in Defeat
NEW YORK -- The little grimace was barely noticeable.Andy Pettitte had just struck out Kyle Seager for the second out of the fifth inning when he stiffened his back and winced subtly as he walked around the mound.But Joe Girardi and a Yankees trainer...
Plan to Purchase Homes Struck by Sandy Is Unveiled
SAYREVILLE -- By next spring, New Jersey plans to buy 300 flood- prone homes along the Passaic River and another 1,000 damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Governor Christie said Thursday.Christie announced the $300 million federally funded program at a town-hall-style...
Plenty of Tears, Cheers for Clifton Seniors
CLIFTON -- On a bright, sunny spring afternoon, 10 seniors took the softball field at Clifton Stadium for their final regular- season game.Senior Day brought a bittersweet farewell for the Mustangs, as it always does. But the way Clifton played on this...
Pop Opera Inspired by 'War and Peace' Will Leave You Satisfied
THEATER REVIEWNATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMETOF 1812New off-Broadway musical at Kazino, West 13th and Washington streets, Manhattan.Score by Dave Malloy.Directed by Rachel Chavkin.With Malloy, Phillipa Soo, Lucas Steele, Brittain Ashford and Amber...
Prosecutors Defend Terrorist Hearing
Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to deny a motion to reconsider the lengthy prison terms imposed on two would-be Islamic militants from North Jersey, branding as false and sensational a defense claim that the bombing attack in Boston the day they...
Recommendations
EDGEWATERRAVAGH PERSIAN GRILL ** 1/2Kebabs are the star at the first New Jersey location of a longtime New York-based restaurant group. The catch is an awkwardly located dining room off busy River Road.Prices: Appetizers $5 to $7, entrees $13 to $23...
Season of Fluke Set to Begin
Inconsistent weather patterns have plagued the striped bass fishing the last two weeks. For example, Saturday was a bust as winds came up hard from the south and kept most boaters off the water. The party boats that went out in the ocean reported struggling...
State's Jobless Rate Dips
New Jersey added 3,300 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate declined from 9 percent to 8.7 percent, the lowest level in four years, according to statistics released Thursday by the state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development.The state added...
Tax Collections for April Meet Christie Targets
New Jersey tax collections are narrowly matching Governor Christie's lowered revenue targets with two months left in the state's fiscal year.State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff is scheduled to give lawmakers a formal revenue update Monday, but tax...
The Record's North Jersey Marketbasket Survey for May 2013
North Jersey food prices continue to hold steady, with most fluctuations from last month and last year due largely to sales at various supermarkets, according to The Record's Marketbasket Survey. One notable exception is ground beef, which is sharply...
Too Much Stock in Power Points?
Power points could dramatically alter the way state and county tournaments are seeded.Even though no plans have been announced by the NJSIAA, the power of, well, power points, gives the state a new way to organize and place teams in state tournaments....
Transit Storm Plan Was Sparse
Within 72 hours of a storm, NJ Transit managers will "meet to coordinate storm preparation and suspension of service."Within 24 hours, key NJ Transit personnel are to report to headquarters. Temporary bunk rooms should be set up and "the break room area...
'Unbelievable' Reina the Can't-Miss Kid for Pct
WAYNE -- If Juan Reina makes five official plate appearances in his next game, he'll have to produce three hits just to keep his batting average from falling.That's how hot Passaic Tech's shortstop has been at the plate throughout his junior season.After...
World Traveler Albert Nejmeh
Albert Nejmeh, a Hawthorne native, environmentalist, musician, world traveler, athlete, mountain climber, seaman and onetime captain of Pete Seeger's sloop named Clearwater, died in the line of duty this week as a firefighter in Tacoma, Wash.Mr. Nejmeh,...
Wplj-FM Goes Live at Summer Blast-Off
Are you ready for the summer?WPLJ-FM's (95.5) Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill will host the station's annual "Summer Blast-Off Live" from Jenkinson's on the Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, from 6 to 10 a.m. next Friday.Now in its 16th...
Your Views
Drug prohibition is the problemRegarding "Suburbia's deadly secret" (Page A-1, May 5):How many more young adults and kids must die before we relearn the lesson that our nation painfully learned between 1920 and 1933? Prohibition doesn't work, it can't...
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