The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from December 2, 2014

$5,000 Fine in Hussein Gun Deal
A 76-year-old Fort Lee man who admitted conspiring to sell stolen firearms that may have been owned by the family of the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was fined $5,000 on Monday but was spared a prison sentence.Howard S. Blumenthal apologized to...
A Musical 'Elf' Full of Holiday Sparkle and Snark
The 2003 movie "elf" grew a capital "e" somewhere during its transformation into the stage musical "Elf." Happily, that's the only thing about "Elf" that grew up. The title character is still the same lovable, loopy case of arrested development that...
Arrests Shock Students
Just back from their Thanksgiving break, on a day they might have spent swapping stories about food and football, students at William Paterson University grappled with the news that five of their own had been charged in an alleged sexual assault of a...
Befuddled Blue Seeking Answers
The Giants looked like a team waiting to lose, not one on the verge of an easy victory even though the scoreboard at halftime suggested otherwise.The second half of Sunday's 25-24 debacle of a defeat in Jacksonville was a culmination of everything that...
Bosco Mourns Schmitz
Members of his Don Bosco football family remembered Kurt Schmitz on Monday as a caring person and dedicated player who worked beyond hard to earn a college scholarship.Schmitz, 22, died Sunday in Richmond, Va., where the resident of the Haskell section...
Checkups Needed for Healthy Eyes
Dr. Patricia Cucci practices at the same place today where she used to have her routine eye exams growing up: North Jersey Eye Associates in Clifton. But her annual visits weren't the inspiration for her career path."I always knew I wanted to be a doctor,...
Chrebet Earns Place among Green's Greats
EAST RUTHERFORD -- The father carried his youngest son in his arms, sharing the moment together as they took their time walking off the field.This is what Wayne Chrebet most looked forward to Monday night.He and his three boys had MetLife Stadium all...
Committee Rules against Amending Transfer Guidelines
EDISON -- As transfer rules become a bigger issue each year throughout the country -- with high-profile athletes moving from school to school without significant penalty -- Vernon athletic director Bill Edelman and Jefferson AD John DiColo's latest proposal to...
Companies Learn Power of Helping Teach English
Companies that have low-skilled, minimum-wage jobs to fill often hire applicants who speak little or no English. While many of the workers move up the ladder by learning the language on their own, a number of these businesses large and small take an...
Coughlin Preps His Troops
Maybe it was only a fraction of the full message Tom Coughlin wanted to deliver to his Giants on Monday morning, but after a decade-plus of listening to the only NFL coach he's ever known, Eli Manning is proficient in parsing out importance.The fire...
Cresskill Seniors Are on a Mission
CRESSKILL -- Friday's North 1, Group 1 title game between top- seeded Cresskill and No. 2 Verona isn't a championship rematch. But it will sure feel like it for the Cougars.That because there's a history here as fresh as any playing out in the title...
Disturbing Tale Unfolds at William Paterson
Criminal complaints about an alleged sexual assault in a William Paterson University dorm room last week said four of the five students arrested put the woman "in a condition of involuntary servitude," turning off the lights and television and "standing...
Englewood Makes List of Nation's Top Hospitals
Five New Jersey hospitals -- including Englewood Hospital and Medical Center -- have been named to a list of the nation's top hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization that measures and recognizes hospital safety.The five include four...
Female Athlete of the Week: Kristin Kirwan of Immaculate Heart
Kristin Kirwan's season ended with a joyous celebration for the fourth straight year.The senior and her teammates on the Immaculate Heart volleyball squad piled on top of one another after beating rival Demarest, 25- 21, 20-25, 25-20, at South Brunswick...
Football Playoff Profiles: Depaul
DePaul vs. Holy Spirit; Non-Public Group 2 final, Saturday, 4 p.m. at RutgersCoach's take: "I think our kids learned that anyone can be beaten on any given day; that if you don't play well you can be in for a long day. You've got to play four full quarters."...
Henrik Shaky for Rangers
NEW YORK -- Not good enough. Particularly not Henrik Lundqvist's performance."It's obviously not good enough," Lundqvist said. "We're not going to win games when I give up four, five goals. But then, you also have to look at why we're giving up the goals."So...
John Campi of Alpine; Daily News Executive
John Campi of Alpine, a New York Daily News executive who championed the paper's Golden Gloves boxing tournament, died Friday at Hackensack University Medical Center. He was 75.The cause was cardiac arrest, his son, Dr. Jack Campi, said.Mr. Campi retired...
Kean University Says $219K Table Will Make Money
The $219,000 conference table that has brought Kean University into an unwanted spotlight focusing on purported academic excess is way more than a fancy table, the school's executive vice president of operations said Monday in a letter to Kean students...
King: Nets, Coach Must Figure It Out
EAST RUTHERFORD -- The Nets are off to another abysmal start, and general manager Billy King admitted Monday it has been frustrating to watch.But in his first public comments of the regular season, King didn't sound like a man who was looking to fix...
Losing Her Balance
GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCEFor newlywed Lisa Edelstein, tackling the lead in her new Bravo series was the direct opposite of art imitating life.On May 26, she was on her way to Vancouver to play a woman in an unraveling marriage in "Girlfriends' Guide...
Lost Knicks Need Some Wins to Find Their Way
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Each time the lowly Knicks take the court, they're holding on to that glimmer of hope that things are about to turn for the better."Every day we go into the game thinking this is going to be the one," Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony...
Male Athlete of the Week: Nick Degennaro of Dumont
Nick DeGennaro's tackle-breaking touchdown runs can be looked at as metaphors for his future.The years ahead no doubt will be strewn with challenges and obstacles -- think of them as snarling, scowling defenders trying to impede his path to the end zone.But...
Municipal Water Sale Legislation Overhauled
A bill that would make it easier for municipalities to sell their drinking water and sewer systems to private companies got a major overhaul Monday in the state Senate -- the measure no longer applies to any sewer systems or to the water system of the...
N.J. Guys Take Top Awards in Colonial
John Robertson, Paramus, and Mike Reilly, HillsdaleThe best football players in the Colonial Athletic Association are Bergen County bred.Villanova quarterback John Robertson, a junior from Paramus, is the CAA Offensive Player of the Year and Mike Reilly...
Part of the History He Read About
Harold Dinzes was eyewitness to history and, at 88, began studying it at Montclair State University.The veteran of two wars completed 120 credit hours. Last year, the university gave the cheerful lifelong learner not a traditional diploma but a certificate...
Police Chief Quits Ahead of Merger
Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins, a leading opponent of a plan to consolidate his force into the county Sheriff's Office, is stepping out of the fray, announcing on Monday that he is retiring after nearly 25 years with the department.Higgins'...
Rangers Should Loan Duclair to Canada
Hockey Canada released its preliminary, 29-player roster for the World Junior Championships on Monday morning around the same time it became clear Rangers rookie Anthony Duclair would be a healthy scratch later that night against the Lightning.One had...
Rape on Campus
DORM LIFE on a college campus is supposed to be about camaraderie, making friends and enduring the rigors of a college curriculum with some degree of reinforcement from one's peers. It is not supposed to be an atmosphere where young women, in particular, are...
Robert Clifford, 89, Justice Known for Editor's Touch, Dies
Former state Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert L. Clifford, who served on the court for more than two decades starting in the 1970s, died Saturday, the court announced Monday. He was 89 years old.Clifford was born in Passaic and graduated from Lehigh...
Route 80 Sign Calls Attention to Falls Park
For more than three years, there was nothing to indicate to motorists zipping along Route 80 that they were just miles away from the country's newest national park.That changed last week with the state Transportation Department's installation of new...
Rush to Appeal Taxes Slowing in Bergen County
The record pace of appeals inundating tax boards in Bergen County and counties throughout New Jersey for the last few years has slowed significantly this year.After back-to-back years that saw Bergen County's tax appeals soar to their highest levels...
Salaries Soar for Paterson School District
Payroll records show that the number of Paterson school district employees receiving $125,000 or more has doubled in the past five years, reflecting a steady increase for administrators at the central office.There are 66 district employees who are paid...
Sales Picture Bleak - or Is It?
Retail stocks slipped Monday after the news that a National Retail Federation survey of consumers showed that spending fell 11 percent during the long Black Friday weekend. Retail shares were led lower by JC Penney, which slid 5.99 percent; Best Buy,...
Sheriff Ends Bid for Army Vehicles
The Bergen County Sheriff's Office has dropped plans to obtain two armored, mine-resistant vehicles from the military in part because "it was no longer worth the effort," a sheriff's spokesman said Monday.The decision means Sheriff Michael Saudino is...
Short-Handed Devils Giving Gomez a Shot
NEWARK - Scott Gomez's patience has paid off.Hobbled by injuries up front, the desperate Devils signed Gomez late Sunday to a one-year contract, and he might make his season debut in tonight's game in Pittsburgh. Gomez, who will turn 35 on Dec. 23, returns...
State Senate Approves Early Voting Process
Less than six weeks after a report found New Jersey's election system after Superstorm Sandy was chaotic and left voters vulnerable to hackers, the state Senate passed a measure to allow early voting.The legislation is seen by proponents as a more effective solution...
Taking Flight
WESTWOOD -- Leave it to the little brother to set the record straight: Westwood senior Nolan Borgersen is not perfect."He always yells at us," said Ian Borgersen. "He yells, 'Who took my money?' "Exasperated and eyes flaring, Nolan draws a full confession...
Things to Do
TOdayACTIVITIES* T'AI CHI CHIH CLASSES -- 10 a.m., Boys & Girls Club of Clifton, 181 Colfax Ave., Clifton. $40. Smh-nj.org.com.* HOLIDAY TRAIN DISPLAY -- 10 a.m.,Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Road, Mahwah. Free. Mahwahmuseum.org.* STORY TIME -- 10:30...
Top-Flight Former Aviator
About four or five times a month, Kip Vernaglia climbs into his Cessna 182 at Chino Airport in Chino, Calif., and flies into the skies above the backed-up freeways of Southern California.A certified pilot for about eight years, he avoids hours of traffic...
Tossed Away
EAST RUTHERFORD - The Jets wanted to take another look at Geno Smith. And so they did. They watched him hand off. And hand off again. And hand off some more.Smith, making his first start at quarterback since Oct. 26, was given a game plan that seemed...
Voting Rights
WE ARE instantly suspicious whenever we hear plans to take away the public's right to vote.A proposal to do just that is included in the benign-sounding Water Infrastructure Protection Act now pending in the state Legislature. The bill would allow most...
Windows to the Past Shine Again
MIDLAND PARK -- In his outstretched hand, Donald Samick held a piece of stained glass cut in the shape of St. John Paul II's head, letting its warm shades of peach and white gleam in the sunlight streaming through his studio."We're doing two windows...
Worth the Wait for Pc's Spence
PARAMUS -- Marquis Spence patiently waited for his moment, one year, then two, never letting doubt creep into his mind, never letting frustration overcome him.His mother, Rashida, said his moment would come and Spence always believed it.He grinded his...
Your Health: Calendar
* TAI CHI & TEA -- 3 p.m. today, Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Class taught by Donald Madson, certified by the Kung Fu Academy of New Jersey; after class enjoy a cup of tea by tea specialist Grace Grund. Free. montclairlibrary.org.*...
Your Views
The governor's pig bill vetoRegarding "Ban on pig crates vetoed" (Page A-3, Nov. 29):This is another example of why the last place to turn to solve "problems" is government. Liberals pass an unnecessary piece of legislation in an effort to force the...
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