The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from August 1, 2013

'13' May Just Be the Lucky Number for Black Sabbath
Ozzy Osbourne isn't sure whether his first studio album with Black Sabbath in 35 years marks a rebirth of the band that created heavy metal or represents a fitting conclusion to its historic legacy. Either way, he couldn't be happier."I'm up for [more...
Administrator Sues Emerson
EMERSON -- Borough Administrator Joseph Scarpa has filed a complaint against the borough, alleging that officials failed to resolve allegations of wrongdoing against him despite a report clearing him of such acts.Scarpa said in court papers filed in...
Allendale Company Buys 38 Applebee's in Florida, Georgia
Allendale-based restaurant group Doherty Enterprises Inc. has bought 38 Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in Florida and Georgia, extending its restaurant reach beyond the New York metropolitan region for the first time.Doherty Enterprises...
Building Life Skills, One Piece at a Time
Call it a model for life."I am the product of a single-parent household, and I have a sister who occupied my time as a kid by buying me model cars to build," says the Rev. Ron King of Paterson. "So I started building them. It gave me an attention to...
Buono, Allies Slam Gop Leader's 'Sexist' Remarks
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono, a group of Democratic women leaders and a Bergen County Latino organization are calling on the Hudson County GOP chairman to resign for comparing Buono's running mate to a secretary.Buono, a Middlesex...
Buono Details Education Goals
NEWARK -- Barbara Buono, the Democratic nominee for governor, pledged during a campaign event Wednesday to better fund public schools, blaze a path for state-managed districts to return to local control and develop plans for universal pre-kindergarten...
Catfish Will Eat Anything
You spent the spring chasing trout. July was all about landing some bass.Now it's August, and that means it's time to step up and show a little love for those ugly, but oh so tasty scavengers, catfish. This is National Catfish Month, and there's no better...
Christie Catches Eye of Republican Base
Craig Robinson, an Iowa Republican operative who runs a conservative blog, has tracked the career of Chris Christie without much enthusiasm -- until the New Jersey governor picked a fight with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the libertarian firebrand from Kentucky."Frankly,...
Christie Collects Endorsements from Secaucus Mayor, Council
SECAUCUS -- Governor Christie returned to Hudson County on Wednesday to meet diner patrons and pick up the endorsement of the Secaucus mayor and council -- all but one of whom are Democrats.The meet-and-greet at Legends Diner came six months after the Harrison...
Councilman Seeks State's Help
PATERSON -- City Council President Andre Sayegh said he is asking the state to investigate Paterson's payment of more than $100 million on long-expired insurance contracts for employee health benefits.Sayegh said he would be calling Thomas Neff, director...
Damaged Tide Gate Will Be Replaced
MOONACHIE -- After years of delay, a decaying tide gate designed to protect the borough's business district and Teterboro Airport from flooding will be replaced beginning this fall, state officials said Wednesday.The $1.1 million overhaul of the West...
Dean's List
To better accommodate the large volume of dean's list students, we will be publishing lists on more days throughout the week in the Local section, not only Saturday and Sunday.We accept only names submitted by colleges and universities or by parents...
De Leon Declares Her Arrival
The Senior Spotlight is a look at 50 rising seniors who could make an impact in the 2013-14 school year.Taryn De Leon can do it all and wants to see it all.The Old Tappan senior track star is with her family on a tour of colleges throughout the East...
Ex-Mayor Got $73,996 Payout
PATERSON -- On his last day, former Mayor Joey Torres received a city payment for $73,996 for unused vacation and sick days he said he had accumulated in 20 years as a public official.Many city officials, including Mayor Jeffery Jones, asked how Torres...
Freeholders Seek Probe of Donovan Ex-Adviser
The Bergen County freeholders voted Wednesday to ask their attorney's advice on whether they have the power to investigate the role that County Executive Kathleen Donovan's former campaign manager Alan C. Marcus served to her administration and at Bergen Community...
Gop Senate Hopefuls Offer Similar Views
In their only debate before the primary, the two candidates seeking the Republican primary nomination to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday extolled their conservative bona fides, but they drew few distinctions between themselves."I don't think there's any...
Hackensack Transparency
CHANGE, IT seems, keeps coming to Hackensack. Mayor John Labrosse and the newly sworn-in City Council have wasted little time in implementing some of the wholesale changes they promised in the run- up to the June election, when their "Citizens for Change"...
Hefty Fine in Liquor Sting
The agreement by a TGI Fridays franchisee to pay a $500,000 fine to settle charges that eight of its New Jersey restaurants sold low- priced liquor as premium brands means five of its other locations -- including one in Clifton -- are off the hook.But...
Helping Injured Birds Helps Us, Too
Last month, I took a little road trip with a belted kingfisher from Oakland, a baby American robin from Hasbrouck Heights and an eastern phoebe from Tuxedo Park, N.Y. It didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted, but I am a richer person for the opportunity.I...
Hudson City Quarterly Income Dives 33%
Income at Hudson City Bancorp Inc., the largest New Jersey-based bank, declined 33 percent in the second quarter as low rates remained a disincentive for the lender to make fixed-rate mortgage loans -- despite an uptick in rates and an improving housing...
Judge Refuses to Overturn Bergrin Verdict
A federal judge has rejected a battery of post-trial motions, setting the stage for the sentencing this month of Paul W. Bergrin, the once-prominent defense lawyer found guilty in March of plotting to murder government witnesses and other charges.U.S....
Kale, the Dining Scene's Current Hottest Vegetable
Tune out the ice cream trucks this summer and channel your inner green goddess with one of the dining scene's hottest vegetables: kale. Most people think of kale as a fall and winter vegetable, but lately the leafy green has become so popular that many...
Mets Quiet on Trade Front
MIAMI - A few minutes before the trade deadline, when it became clear there was no conversation that could pry away a coveted piece at a reasonable cost, Sandy Alderson put down his phone and let the hour pass.For the second straight year, the Mets general...
Model Living a 'Top'-Sy Turvy Life
Living with seven men and eight women for the latest season of The CW's "America's Next Top Model" is nothing but "drama, drama, drama," said contestant Chris Hernandez of North Bergen. "Oh man, so much drama." The reality competition hosted by supermodel...
Montvale Votes to Disband Its DPW
MONTVALE -- The Borough Council voted to dissolve its Department of Public Works and hire River Vale's DPW, despite the protests of more than 100 people at a 4 1/2-hour meeting on Tuesday.In a 3-2 vote, the council approved an ordinance to disband the DPW...
N.J. Job Numbers Lagging, but Improving
The economies of most states -- including New Jersey -- have recovered from the 2007-09 recession.But jobs? That's a different story, a Rutgers report said Wednesday. The U.S. has replaced only four out of every five jobs lost in the recession, according...
Old Barn to Become New Ambulance Base
MIDLAND PARK - A new two-story ambulance corps headquarters expected to open on Godwin Avenue in November will offer a more central location and much-needed training space for its members, according to a trustee of the foundation that has donated $1.7 million...
Out of Touch, out of Time
There was a small window of normalcy in the Yankees' universe on Wednesday afternoon, or at least what passes for normal these days. The 4 p.m. trading deadline was approaching and the Bombers were nearing a deal for Michael Young, a respected veteran...
Palisades Park May Expand Drinking Hours
PALISADES PARK -- Patrons who bring wine and beer to restaurants and karaoke sites would have a few more hours to drink under an ordinance being discussed by borough officials.Borough Attorney Joseph Mariniello Jr., at the request of officials, recently...
Passaic Set for Rodeo
PASSAIC - An old city of concrete and steel should look a little like a dusty town in the Wild West when the rodeo comes to town on Sunday.The vacant lot on Dayton Avenue where Beth Israel Hospital once stood will be transformed into the rodeo grounds,...
Penn State Justice
THE JERRY Sandusky scandal rocked Penn State University in the fall of 2011, resulting in Sandusky being convicted of multiple sexual abuse charges and forcing the resignation of the late Joe Paterno, the university's iconic football coach.That was not...
Plan Your Week
MUSICWednesday* GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERSHe's still bad to the bone. Singer-guitarist Thorogood (pictured) has been performing in his blues-rock growl since the 1970s and continues to pay homage to the greats who paved the way for him; on 2011...
Play Tackles Beethoven 'Mystery'
Ah, the Beethoven mystery. Not "How did he write all that great music when he was deaf?" or "Why did they name that big sheepdog after him?"No, the Beethoven mystery in "33 Variations" by Moises Kaufman, being staged Friday to Aug. 18 in Hackensack by...
Preserving History
PLANS TO preserve the Naugle House in Fair Lawn are inching forward, and its next-door neighbor, the Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. house, may be rescued from the bulldozer, too.If both houses remain standing, that would be a double coup for the borough, for historic...
Pse&g Pole Forum Angers Many
RIDGEWOOD -- Residents of Hope Street and Spring Avenue went to a Public Service Electric and Gas workshop on Wednesday night expecting to air their concerns and ask questions about the recent installation of 65-foot-tall utility poles.What those 60-plus...
Rally Urges Christie to OK Tighter Restrictions on Guns
Standing in a Linden park situated between an industrial plant and an airport, gun control advocates showed off a disabled .50- caliber firearm on Wednesday and urged Governor Christie to sign bills on his desk that would impose new gun restrictions."This...
Red Cross to the Rescue
LITTLE FERRY -- The American Red Cross on Wednesday awarded $600,000 in new aid to two county-based recovery groups to help residents who still need assistance rebuilding after October's Superstorm Sandy.The Volunteer Center of Bergen County will receive...
Rex Still Trumpets Wildcat
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan plans to use the Wildcat formation more often this season.And no, this is not a reprint of a story from last year.Ryan's grandiose predictions in March 2012 that the Jets might use the Wildcat as many as 20 times a game after...
Riding High
The mysterious postcards would arrive randomly in the mail, tucked in envelopes addressed to Doug Parcells.The same Florida State Seminole mascot would stare back at him each time from the front. The back would remain nearly blank.The anonymous author...
Rollout of Police Stun Guns Cheered
After years of frustration, Tasers are in the hands of the first police officers in Bergen County, a move applauded by both law enforcement and civil rights groups as long overdue and a potential lifesaver.New Jersey has been behind the rest of the world...
Somerset Teen in Familiar Spot
FLORHAM PARK - On the outside, Alexandra Hershberger seemed so calm on the golf course, holding her high finish for a few seconds after every shot and staring down her approaches with a steely resolve that exuded confidence.Internally she was sweating...
State Faults Medicaid Hmo
One of the four private insurance companies that manage the care of the state's Medicaid patients was criticized in an audit released on Wednesday for not having enough investigators to root out fraud and waste.The Office of the State Comptroller's audit...
Sterling Forest State Park
From the rear of the parking area, go around the gate and proceed south on a woods road marked with the blue-on-white blazes of the Sterling Ridge Trail, the teal diamond blazes of the Highlands Trail and the yellow blazes of the Sterling Valley Trail....
Tallying Consumer Gripes
Issues involving automobiles, home improvement, and credit and debt were what consumers complained about most last year according to the Consumer Federation of America's latest survey of state and local consumer protection agencies.The complaints were...
Wine Rack: Spain -- beyond Rioja and Tempranillo
There's no question that the tempranillo grape reigns king in Spanish winemaking. Just as Bordeaux has cabernet sauvignon and Barolo has nebbiolo, Rioja, Spain's long-revered wine-producing region, has tempranillo. But like France and Italy, Spain's...
Wynonna Back after near Tragedy
Wynonna Judd had been married to drummer Scott "Cactus" Moser for two months when they went out riding their motorcycles in South Dakota last August -- and she saw her husband's bike collide with an oncoming car. Moser survived, but was badly injured...
Yankees Quiet at Deadline
LOS ANGELES -- For better or worse, these are your New York Yankees.After letting Wednesday's trade deadline expire without swinging a deal, general manager Brian Cashman pointed to the players in his clubhouse -- along with those coming off the disabled...
Your Views
Paul makes more sense than ChristieRegarding "Christie's clash with Rand Paul highlights GOP debate over security" (Page A-1, July 27):Governor Christie now joins former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the ranks of 9/11 alarmists who use the...
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