The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from April 21, 2012

4 Years in Fatal Hit-Run
A Mahwah man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for driving while high on drugs and causing a crash that killed an 80- year-old woman on her way to caring for an autistic son."Today, you will be taken away in handcuffs to jail, where you belong,"...
Amar'e Doesn't Help
CLEVELAND -- In the ice-pack half-full world that the Knicks exist in, at least Amar'e Stoudemire was healthy.That was the lone positive the Knicks could take from Friday night. Stoudemire returned to the lineup, he played and he walked off the court....
Authenticity Defined Levon Helm's Music, Legacy
Levon Helm, the great drummer and vocalist of The Band, was the other kind of successful musician.There are two kinds. One is the self-invented type: People like Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Nicki Minaj. They have backgrounds,...
Birdsall Leaves Gr for Juniors
Glen Rock goaltender Chris Birdsall, the freshman sensation that helped lead the Panthers to the state Public B semifinals in March, has accepted an offer to play for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League.Birdsall, who made...
Bunches of Runs for Midland Park
NEW MILFORD - It seems no one at Midland Park can explain the team's offense.The Panthers can pounce quickly, as their mascot suggests. But they also can go into a bear-like hibernation. Sometimes, like Friday, it happens in the same game.So after scoring...
Carillo Making It Count
WAYNE - Pitch counts don't generally come into play in softball games the way they do in baseball, yet Wayne Valley's Niki Carillo still was amazed at hers in Friday's 7-4 victory over Passaic Valley.The junior threw 174 pitches, many of which were the...
Cool Valentine Starting to Sweat from All the Heat
BOSTON - No one in the Red Sox dugout could've possibly missed the chant - it was too loud, too obnoxious, the payback from a crowd that'd been forced to watch the Yankees smoke five home runs off Clay Buchholz. The 6-2 victory was more like a rout,...
Council Abolishes Zoning Board
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS -- The Borough Council has formally dissolved the Board of Adjustment in a party-line vote that transfers its powers and responsibilities to the Planning Board.The 3-1 vote followed four months of delayed public hearings, debates and...
County Probes Execs' Overtime
Two of the top executives at Passaic County's One Stop Career Center received more than $210,000 in unauthorized overtime, according to state records.The discovery has triggered an investigation by the county prosecutor and demands by the state for reimbursement...
Dean's List
We accept only names submitted by colleges and universities or those submitted by parents and students with proper documentation from the school attached. Names and local towns may be submitted via email to deanslist@northjersey.com.LEHIGH UNIVERSITY*...
Debate Rages over School Dress Code
CLIFTON -- A proposal for a mandatory uniform dress code at city schools has led to heated debate across the district for the second time in three years.The district has received about 4,800 survey responses from parents about uniform clothing, mostly...
Demarest Envisions Being a Top Dog
ORADELL -- Demarest girls track coach Brendan Kenny likes being the underdog."We like flying under the radar," Kenny said.His team, however, doesn't share his sentiment."I feel like people underestimate our team," Demarest senior Allison Tell said. "We're...
Devils Rookie Henrique Eyes Bigger Prize
Adam Henrique wasn't thinking Friday about his chances of winning the Calder Trophy.The 22-year-old Devils center was just thrilled to be named as one of the three finalists for the NHL's rookie of the year award - along with Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog...
Devils Searching for Momentum
NEWARK - The momentum, if there has been any so far in this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Devils and Florida Panthers, has been fleeting.It has changed sides so quickly - from game to game, from period to period and, sometimes, in...
Family Doesn't Suffer Death of Melisa Alone
New Milford has come together to memorialize a seemingly healthy 6 1/2-year-old who went to bed one night last June and never woke up.The cul-de-sac where Melisa Sofia lived now has a sign proclaiming "Melisa Sofia Way."A reading corner in the media...
Fanfare for Fenway Park Fabulous
BOSTON - Most of the former Red Sox entered the field via center field - from Don Aase to Bob Zupcic - to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.A sellout crowd stood and cheered throughout the pre-game ceremonies on a glittering afternoon, but...
Good Old Time
IMEBOSTON - As generations of Red Sox players milled about the field on Fenway Park's 100th anniversary, a healthy contingent of gray- clad Yankees watched the splendid pregame ceremonies from their dugout.And when the Yankees emerged in 1912-style uniforms,...
Hackensack Forum to Focus on Families' Rights
Parents will learn about the workings of the justice system, their rights and their children's rights during a community forum Wednesday in Hackensack.The event, titled "Youth of Color and the Juvenile Justice System," aims to clarify the system's decision-making...
Health Aide Gets 9 Months in Jail
A home health care worker was sentenced Friday to 270 days in jail and five years' probation for feeding sleeping pills to an Alzheimer's patient to make caring for her easier.Nina Powers, 59, of Ridgewood must serve the jail time during the end of her...
Hiring Picture Rosier for Teachers
After suffering two years of dramatic job cuts, not to mention the wrath and budget-slashing zeal of Governor Christie, it turns out the education sector could be among the best bets for job hunters.At least that's one implication of the jobs report...
Iceman Cometh
ORADELL -- When Demarest was finishing in a tie for fifth in last year's Jack Yockers Bergen County Relays A division intermediate hurdles relay, Javier Montalvo was on the Norsemen baseball team, waiting for his turn to play center field.Friday, when...
It's Easy Being Green
What to do for Earth Day? You could spend your green to "go green" with eco-friendly products. Read on for our suggestions.For the home* Method Laundry Detergent: It's plant-based, non-toxic and sold in a container made from recycled materials. $8 at...
Jack Yockers Bergen Relays Notebook
* Old Tappan, Ridgewood and Demarest each have won two events in the Division A boys meet, and the teams are the three leaders after seven of 16 events. Old Tappan won the discus Wednesday and the 4-x- 200 Friday to lead the Maroons, 43-41 1/2, with...
Kalil's Genes Seem Right Fit
Matt Kalil certainly has the bloodlines.His father, Frank, played collegiate football at Arizona and later spent a couple of seasons with the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL.His brother, Ryan, was the Carolina Panthers' second-round draft pick in 2007,...
Killers Accept Deals
As a boy, Victor McKay used to play along West Broadway. Now, he said, he can't even bring himself to walk down it."I grew up on West Broadway. We used to pick apples from the trees. Now, you guys are picking guns out of them," said McKay, fighting back...
Lakeland Bancorp Earnings Rise 25 Percent
Lakeland Bancorp, the second-largest bank based in Passaic County, said Friday that first-quarter earnings available to shareholders rose 25 percent on lower expenses as the lender paid back money received from the government's capital-purchase program and...
Lightning Warning Goes Online
RIDGEWOOD -- A long-awaited lightning detection system is up and running at two of six large sports fields in the village.The system is designed to warn of lightning strikes within a 20- and 10-mile radius and send email and text notifications of strikes in...
Lodi Stuns Pompton Lakes in 8th
POMPTON LAKES -- Sophomore center fielder Nick Smith singled in a run and scored on an error as Lodi struck twice in the top of the eighth inning Friday to hand Pompton Lakes its first loss, 6-4, in an NJIC non-division baseball game.Smith went 3-for-3...
Mike Farrell's Meadowlands Picks
POST TIME -- 7 p.m.BEST BET -- Breakin The Law (first)FIRST -- 1. Breakin The Law. Winner of seven of nine should chalk up another in the Spring Survivor final for pacers. 2. Arts Ideal Hanover. Tops a three-horse entry. 3. Winter Night. Closer will...
New & Noteworthy
Food and dining* Brick House hosts Piedmont wine dinner: Sommelier Maria Scillieri will lead a four-course dinner featuring wines from the Piedmont region of Italy beginning at 6:30 p.m. on May 2. The cost is $60 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity;...
On the Attack
* Fair Lawn boys coach Matt Biello became the second coach in program history to reach the century mark in career wins on Wednesday, joining his current assistant, Jim Beshaw, in the 100- win club.A 6-5 victory over Indian Hills, spearheaded by senior...
Pascack Valley Girls, Boys Defined by 'D'
Last year, the Pascack Valley boys and girls lacrosse teams raised expectations to a new level. This year, they're even higher, and they have two of the top-rated defenses in North Jersey to thank for it.Coming off the first year in which both programs...
Rally in 10th Cut Short
NEW YORK - The chance was there, just waiting for Jason Bay.He stepped to the plate in the 10th inning with runners on second and third, one out and the Mets trailing by a run.The left fielder has struggled in his two-plus seasons in New York, but had...
Rally in 10th Is Short
NEW YORK - The chance was there, just waiting for Jason Bay.He stepped to the plate in the 10th inning with runners on second and third, one out and the Mets trailing by a run.The left fielder has struggled in his two-plus seasons in New York, but had...
Rangers Grab Lunch Pails to Go to Work
NEW YORK - Terming tonight's Game 5 between the Rangers and Senators at Madison Square Garden pivotal with their Eastern Conference quarterfinal tied at two games apiece actually fails to properly convey its importance.Prior to this year, the Rangers...
Ron Wood, the Artist and the Musician, on Display
What ballet dancers were for Degas, and waterlilies were for Monet, so Keith Richards is for another veteran artist: Ronnie Wood."Keith Richards is very interesting to paint," said Wood, who may be slightly better known as the longtime bassist-guitarist...
Schoolkids Getting a Golf Course
PATERSON -- Coming to a school near you: the unfamiliar sounds of "Fore!" and WHAP as golf club meets golf ball.Teaching the city's kids how to play golf may appear as relevant in their urban surroundings as giving fishing lessons in the desert: There...
Sensible Ways to Reduce Garden's Carbon Footprint
I think I give our planet the fair shake it deserves.I'm a proficient recycler; "co-mingle" is my middle name.I shut off unneeded lights; I spend a lot of my evenings scampering around the house hitting the "off" switches.And ... I'm a gardener; I play...
Sheriff, County in Budget Flap
The Bergen County freeholders were presented with two starkly different sets of numbers during a budget hearing for the Sheriff's Office on Friday.There is a $3.7 million difference between the $52.1 million sheriff's budget proposed by County Executive...
Soldiers at Risk
THE sad fact is that a woman soldier still can't feel safe on the base. Any base. Anywhere.Rapes and sexual assaults in the military increased in 2011 from the year before. Only by 1 percent, which is a small amount, but the numbers are going in the...
Sports Authority Faces Suit from Track Bidder
A losing bidder in the competition to take over operation of the Monmouth Park horserace track will take the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to court over the decision, his lawyer said.Paul Josephson, representing Hackensack native John Brunetti, criticized...
Stadiums No Longer Green Monsters
The playing fields aren't the only patches of green at the newest stadiums in the region. There's green everywhere -- from the biodegradable cups to the waterless toilets.And more is coming.At MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, for instance, a "Solar Ring"...
Stewart Gets Better of Nemesis
WAYNE -- Aidan Stewart wanted this win badly.West Milford lost his previous two starts against Wayne Hills, even though the Highlanders' senior right-hander pitched well in both: 7-6 in 11 innings last season, and 2-0 on opening day nearly three weeks...
Student Award Honors Marine
CARLSTADT -- An outpouring of sympathy and charitable gifts six years ago when Michael A. Schwarz was killed in Iraq is keeping the fallen Marine's memory alive.The $500 Michael A. Schwarz Memorial Scholarship will be awarded next month to a Carlstadt...
Things to Do
To be included in this listing, entries must have a ticket price and a telephone number for public inquiries.TOdayACTIVITIES* Rummage Sale -- 9 a.m., First Congregational Church, UCC, 131 Pascack Road,, Park Ridge. Free. 201-391-5800 or congregationalchurch.net.*...
Your Views
Consider disaster of entire flood planRegarding "Flood study stirs up storm" (Page A-1, April 13):The controversy over the Pompton Lake flood gates and the recent state Department of Environmental Protection report on the Passaic River remind us that...
Zisa Jurors First Must Judge Accusers
One after another, the main law enforcement witnesses in Hackensack Police Chief Ken Zisa's misconduct trial have sworn to tell the truth on the stand. And one after another, the officers have endured relentless cross-examination that has sought to portray them...
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