The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from November 19, 2014

Applicants for Jobless Pay Must Be Told of Legal Right
Applicants for unemployment benefits will now be advised of their right to seek legal counsel after an agreement that ended a lawsuit that claimed the state Department of Labor was concealing this right -- and in some cases, pressuring people not to...
A-Rod's Help Now Rings Hollow
LITTLE FALLS -- Alex Rodriguez used to be the closer, surprising an auditorium full of high school or middle school students at the conclusion of Don Hooton's sermon against steroids."They'd go crazy," Hooton said. "But he had an effective message."That...
As a Friend Moves to Florida, the Rest of Us Shiver
Last Wednesday, I broke out the ski caps, the winter hoodies and - - eek! -- the lumpy, down-lined coats.(I can wear caps and hoodies all year long. But nothing brings me down like down.)For some reason, though, I still haven't located my gloves.Where...
Boys Soccer State Tournament
Group 1 semifinalsToday at Indian Hills, OaklandWaldwick (19-3) vs. Harrison (22-3), 5Players to watch: (W): Andrew Hymson, F; Chris Cameron, F; Dan Walsh, G; (H): Ali Lakhrif, F; Cristian Marquez, F; Nick Araujo, G.Story line: Waldwick enters with a...
British Teens Come Apart under Pressure of Exams
We've come a long way from "The Breakfast Club," the uplifting 1985 movie about a group of high school students who bond as they realize that they're much more than the stereotypes that each has been labeled."Punk Rock," which opened Monday night at...
Coffee with the Chef: Joshua Bernstein
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, CliftonJoshua Bernstein always knew he wanted to be a chef. The 39-year- old executive chef at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton always enjoyed cooking, and wanted to attend the prestigious Culinary Institute...
Drug Bills Make Quick Progress
A package of 21 bills aimed at stanching the "epidemic" of addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers could reach the governor's desk by the end of the year, the legislation's sponsor said Tuesday.The package, introduced in September, is moving...
Fewer Volunteering to Combat Ebola, Aid Groups Report
The mandatory quarantine of travelers and health care workers who come in contact with Ebola patients while in West Africa is impacting recruiting efforts for volunteers to fight the deadly disease, some aid groups said Tuesday.The U.S. Agency for International...
Football: State Playoffs
North 1, Group 1Saturday: No. 3 Becton (8-2) at No. 2 Verona (9-0), 1 p.m.Story line: Second-seeded Verona will put its undefeated record on the line against the upset-minded Wildcats after RB Frank Ferrari rushed 22 times for 272 yards and four touchdowns...
Fund Questions in Bergenfield
BERGENFIELD - Nearly $100,000 worth of beams, siding, ceiling tiles, lights and other hardware -- all purchased in 2011 with money donated for a now-scuttled community center -- sat in Whittaker Park for almost two years, some of the components in a...
Garnett: Kidd Deserves Cheers Tonight
NEW YORK -- Tonight, Jason Kidd will once again step into the center of the Nets' universe, reminding us all that there's no easy way to identify his rightful place in this franchise's lore.He is undoubtedly one of the best and most accomplished players in...
Girls Soccer State Tournament
Group 1 semifinalsToday at Indian Hills, OaklandKinnelon (18-5) v. Glen Ridge (17-6-1), 7:30Players to watch: K: Casey Gray, M; Sam VanZile, F; Sarah Rosenberg, M; Julia Kleczkowski, M; Emily Kapr, G. GR: Tomison Kennedy, F; Sam Sikkerbol, M; Colleen...
Health Premiums Flat, If You Shop Around
The most popular types of coverage for New Jersey residents on HealthCare.gov, the marketplace created by the federal Affordable Care Act, will cost virtually the same in 2015 as they did this year -- a remarkably flat line after years of unrelenting...
How Magic Floats
In a quiet, workaday Bergen town, down a nondescript, industrial park road, there stands an average-looking warehouse where magic is quietly being created -- and secrets are being revealed.Beneath all that glitters lies a thorny logistical reality, dozens...
In the Kitchen: An Easy and Elegant Scallop Dish
Scallops never used to be one of my favorites. For the longest time, they languished far behind many of their seafood compatriots, including shrimp, tuna, mussels and, of course, lobster. As a result, scallops weren't often on my dinner menu -- until...
Jail Inmate Accused of Murder Plot
A 41-year-old Teaneck man in the Bergen County Jail on burglary charges is accused of conspiring to have one of his co-defendants in an alleged burglary ring murdered.William "Christopher" Collins appeared briefly Tuesday before state Superior Court...
Jerusalem Horror
JERUSALEM, a city with such sacred importance to a number of the world's religions, has seen its share of extreme and murderous violence over the years. That violence reared its head again Tuesday, with the horrible, bloody attack by two Palestinian...
Klitschko Made Strong Statement in Win
If Wladimir Klitschko fought as aggressively and angrily as he did Saturday, boxing fans and historians would remember his eight- year reign as heavyweight champion more fondly.The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Klitschko clearly wasn't interested in winning another...
Knicks Fail to Finish Their Rally
MILWAUKEE -- A year ago, Jason Kidd was going through his growing pains in Brooklyn, starting the season 10-21 with rumblings inside the organization that a shakeup was needed. And in Milwaukee the Bucks were worse, winning just 15 games all season long.While...
Leonia Company Recalls Product
Solgar Inc. of Leonia has voluntarily recalled a dietary supplement after a fungus was found in the product and a premature baby died after consuming the supplement.The product, ABC Dophilus Powder, was found to contain the fungus rhizopus oryzae, which...
'Melo Says Left Knee Is Hurting
MILWAUKEE -- Carmelo Anthony limped off the court and down the tunnel to the Knicks' locker room midway through the second quarter with the Knicks trailing the Milwaukee Bucks by one point. And as he made his way down the hall he kept hearing the same...
Memo to Rex: Pay Your Fine, Keep Tight Lip
Rex Ryan expressed indignation Monday over his third fine for a profane outburst as Jets coach, saying he was "stunned" by the NFL's decision to take $100,000 from his wallet for him being caught on camera cursing as he walked off the field following...
Mike Lewis, 89, a Sailor with an Artistic Streak
His artistic sensibilities served Mike Lewis as a sailor -- he drew cartoons for the military newspaper on Guam -- and in retirement as leader of the Belskie Museum of Art & Science in Closter."If not for Mike, the Belskie could be just another dusty...
Mixed Signals Sent on Reservoirs
Residents who attended a meeting in Paterson on Monday night hoping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would delay the controversial Garret Mountain reservoir project left disappointed. But they did get assurances from state and federal officials...
Parents Upset by Canceling of Class Visits
WYCKOFF -- Parents may no longer visit their children's classrooms at public elementary schools on a scheduled day each school year, after complaints from teachers and building administrators reached Superintendent Richard Kuder.The change -- made unannounced...
Paterson's Bars
PATERSON OFFICIALS' solution to reducing crime appears to be to slowly shut down the city. First, a limited curfew. Now, a proposal to reduce the operating hours of city bars and liquor stores. How this curbs the number of shootings that often occur...
Paterson Seeks More Time for Flood Buyouts
PATERSON - In an effort to avoid losing some of the $5.6 million federal officials awarded the city for buyouts of flood-prone properties, city officials have asked for an extension of the spending deadline.So far, officials said, the city has closed...
Paying the Price
Adrian Peterson and his personal roster of lawyers were ready Tuesday, ready to file an immediate appeal to the NFL for the decision to suspend Peterson without pay for the remainder of the season, ready to stand up and fight for what they believe is...
Petrenko Glad to Trade Skates for Tennis Racket
When Victoria Petrenko was 10, she did a skating solo in a show at Rockefeller Center. Over the loudspeaker, she explained that her father was an Olympic champion and said "it is my dream to be as good as him someday."When Petrenko decided to give up...
Ridgewood Residents Pressing for Ways to Limit Development
RIDGEWOOD -- Age-based restrictions on housing planned for the downtown. Open space. A referendum.All were suggestions floated by residents hoping to find ways to limit proposed high-density, multifamily housing developments in Ridgewood's downtown if...
Riding Wave of Achievement
In the same way Mike Saalfrank loves soccer for the intensity and the camaraderie, he loves surfing for the relaxation and the solitude.Just don't ask him to choose a favorite between the two.Saalfrank, Ramsey's senior goalkeeper, has helped lead the...
Seeking Consistency
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Less than 24 hours after calling the Rangers' latest inconsistent performance a "total disaster," coach Alain Vigneault was still agitated."Our execution, our commitment, our attention to detail, as a team, needs to get up a notch,"...
Setback for Nypd on Open Records
The New York Police Department cannot use a rare judicial defense to escape its obligation under public-records law, a judge has ruled in response to a lawsuit filed by a Paramus resident who contends he was the target of police surveillance.Samir Hashmi...
Shorter Field, Short Stints
NEW YORK - In their attempt to make Citi Field more hitter- friendly, the Mets again have moved in the fences, unveiling Tuesday the new walls in right-center.As much as the smaller dimensions may help, a bigger boost to the team's playoff chances will...
Short-Handed Boonton Proving Critics Wrong
BOONTON -- Joe Norton sensed Josh Smith was about to do something special.Norton ordinarily would've handed off to Smith in the fourth quarter Friday night, but Boonton's senior quarterback hasn't been able to play his usual position on offense for over...
Shrinking Dumont Looking for Change
DUMONT - The numbers say Dumont High School's enrollment is shrinking, which means the Big North Conference - and number of Thanksgiving Day football games - could shrink, too.Dumont athletic director Mike Oppido has approached his Board of Education...
Snooki on Her Wedding, Final Season with Jwoww
SNOOKI & JWOWWAt first glance, Nicole Polizzi and Daisy Buchanan have little in common.One woman is a reality star not exactly known for refined behavior, who famously shared an MTV party house in a honky-tonk section of the Jersey Shore. The other's...
Soccer Duo Rolling into the Ncaas
Kaila Fasano, Westwood, and Stef Scholz, South HackensackKaila Fasano and Stef Scholz are doing their best to extend their women's soccer careers.Fasano, a senior from Westwood, scored her 15th goal of the season with 51 seconds remaining in double overtime...
Teaneck and Smokers
THE DANGERS of smoking are widely known, but a free society still gives adults the right to decide whether they want to light up.New Jersey considers 18-year-olds to be adults in a number of ways. They can marry, vote or join the military; if they get arrested,...
Teaneck Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Break-Ins
A 26-year-old Teaneck woman is accused of helping her boyfriend and two others in a burglary wave that included 30 break-ins across four counties.Janay Cole, dressed in a green jail-issued jumpsuit, was brought in shackles before Superior Court Judge...
Thanksgiving Food Drives Seek Donations
The woman handed him $500 and drove away before Sheridan Ogden felt he could properly thank her. He was incredibly grateful but not completely surprised. Ogden has gotten used to these kinds of moments over the years. Heartwarming acts of kindness are...
The Folks Who Make Up Their Own Laws
They believe they are exempt from paying property taxes and have special license plates, special rules and, sometimes, even special names.And according to local and federal officials attending the New Jersey League of Municipalities' annual conference...
Torres Donor Set for Contract
PATERSON -- City officials are planning to award a $200-per-hour consulting contract next week to a Middlesex County engineering firm that contributed $1,750 to Mayor Joey Torres' inaugural committee.The proposed resolution to award the contract to Excel Environmental...
Transit Panel Chief Maintains Bold Stands
The way he sees it, John Wisniewski's quixotic effort to fix New Jersey's broken transportation system comes down to three big "ifs." If state leaders can raise gas tax revenues by $1.25 billion a year, and if they spend that money on only the most important...
Two College Students Charged in Sex Assault
Two Ramapo College students are charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a dorm room, on a campus already grappling with controversy over a school counselor's remarks that critics interpret as blaming women for being assaulted.The arrests, announced...
United Hopes to Make Newark Fare the Tastiest
United Airlines and its new concessionaire at Newark's Terminal C threw a cocktail party for the press Monday evening in a Meatpacking District loft, showing local media why frequent fliers and foodies from Manhattan may soon find the airport on the...
Westwood Seeks Break in Road Work
WESTWOOD - The Borough Council wants Public Service Electric and Gas Co. to suspend work on its "Energy Strong" project in Westwood's residential areas for two weeks during the holiday season.On Monday, multiple members of the council expressed concern...
Woman Stole Nearly $90K from Theater
A former production manager for the theater department at New Jersey City University -- who was responsible for safeguarding box- office receipts from student performances -- has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $90,000 over more than nine years, authorities...
Worst May Be Yet to Come
This may not be the popular opinion right now, and I'll admit it's a bit of seeing the forest through the trees on my part.But here goes: Tom Coughlin deserves to stay as head coach of the Giants.Despite a five-game losing streak during which there have...
Your Views
Retailers and Thanksgiving DayThanksgiving was once the greatest of all holidays. Its purpose was simple: Honor, respect and be thankful for the truly important things in life like health, family, friends, a job and living in this great nation. Its currency...
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