The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from January 14, 2015

2 Charged in Church Shootings
RIDGEWOOD -- Two cousins, one of them a member of the Marine Corps, were charged by authorities Tuesday in the firing of bullets into an empty church two times late last year, incidents that police said left the community on edge and led to stepped-up...
$600K Grant Earmarked for Passaic River Bridge
Passaic County has been awarded a $600,000 grant to investigate either repairing or replacing the Sixth Avenue Bridge, the antiquated span over the Passaic River that connects the Bunker Hill section of Paterson with Hawthorne and Prospect Park.The original...
Accident Left Invisible Scars
Eight years ago, 6-year-old Gabriel Marusky was sitting on the floor playing with a puzzle at his school when a folding cafeteria table fell out of a wall panel and struck him, crushing his femur and fracturing his skull.Although he made a full physical...
A Closer Look at Christie's Numbers
From property taxes to pensions, Governor Christie delivered a State of the State address on Tuesday that was packed with figures and statistics. In some cases, such as when he talked about New Jersey's falling unemployment rate, he cited those numbers accurately....
A Couple's 'What If.' Story
A woman and a man meet at a barbecue. She has a great pickup line: "Do you know why it's impossible to lick the tips of your elbows?"They chat briefly -- until he says, "I'm in a relationship."The lighting shifts, and the scene begins again. She makes...
Agencies Ordered to Yield Records
Police departments and other public agencies are obligated to promptly turn over documents requested under New Jersey's Open Public Records Act without resorting to unjustified delay or tactics aimed at thwarting the intent of the law, a state Superior...
Arrest in Theft of Cop's Guns
A 34-year-old man accused of stealing about $30,000 worth of jewelry, two handguns and a police badge from an officer's home in Rutherford in July 2013 was arrested Monday night.Nicholas Devenio is charged with armed burglary, two counts of theft of...
Assembly Panel Oks 'Microbusiness' Aid
TRENTON -- A bill sponsored by eight Assembly Democrats -- including three from Bergen and Passaic counties -- that would help provide assistance for microbusinesses in New Jersey was approved by a committee on Monday.The measure would provide funding,...
Bc Excels at Calif. Tourney
Bergen Catholic made quite an impression on its trip out West this past weekend, bringing home one 10-gallon hat, nine medals and a second-place finish at the prestigious Doc Buchanan Invitational wrestling tournament in California.Unbeaten Nick Suriano...
Butler Stops Hall
NEWARK - Sterling Gibbs had an incredulous look on his face. He wasn't complaining about the validity of the call. He simply seemed to be in disbelief over the result.Gibbs, Seton Hall's do-everything junior guard, fouled out with 2:08 remaining in overtime...
Chosen to Coexist as a True Partnership
When Woody Johnson took a seat in a Jets conference room last month and shouldered the blame for another miserable football season, the Jets owner promised he understood the major mistake that left him announcing yet another change in management. By...
Christie Mum on Empty Transportation Fund
Roads are crumbling. Bridges are failing. And New Jersey's fund to fix those problems is out of money.But Governor Christie did not address the state's transportation crisis in his State of the State speech on Tuesday, saying only that New Jersey has...
Christie's Bigger Stage
It was not so much a State of the State speech as an early draft of a Christie for President campaign mailer.For nearly 40 minutes Tuesday, Governor Christie sketched out the slogan, themes and style of his pending pursuit of the 2016 Republican nomination....
Coffee with the Chef: Claude Baills
Chef's Table, Franklin LakesFrench chef Claude Baills has been cooking since age 13 - and today he's 71. So he can be forgiven for forgetting a few of the jobs he's held in his long and impressive career. "Oh it's been so long," Baills says with his...
Co-Pilots
The Jets filled both of their vacancies within a few hours Tuesday night.Hours after the Jets named Houston director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan as their new general manager, they reached an agreement with Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles...
Depaul's Walker Picks National Champs
National champion Ohio State was an underdog before beating Alabama and Oregon, but Kareem Walker always considered the Buckeyes the favorite over those two schools and the other 26 FBS programs that offered him scholarships.DePaul's Walker, one the...
Dumont Court Not at Rest in Haworth
DUMONT -- Dumont court proceedings may move to a new venue yet again after they were relocated to Haworth less than two months ago.Borough Administrator John Perkins acknowledged Tuesday that he had reached out to New Milford's mayor and council to see...
Dumont Trailblazer
DUMONT - Jasmine Rosa swears she is not interesting. But she is a trailblazer nonetheless.The 24-year-old Dumont High School product has returned to her alma mater as a coach of the boys basketball junior varsity team. She has guided the Huskies to a...
Everybody Helping out for Kennedy
PASSAIC - The intimidating numbers the Kennedy boys basketball team encountered early in its road game Tuesday against Passaic didn't deter the Knights.They trailed Passaic, 13-2, midway through the first quarter and played their first game without 6-foot-7...
Ex-Parks Chief Picked to Run County DPW
Bergen County Executive James Tedesco has tapped Raymond W. Dressler as his choice for director of the county Department of Public Works.The appointment is subject to the approval of the freeholders, who are to vote on it today. A county spokeswoman...
Four of Mayor's Cabinet Picks Live outside City
PATERSON - Half of Mayor Joey Torres' nominees to head city departments live outside Paterson, contrary to policy, a fact that is troubling City Council members as they mull confirmation votes.Councilman Kenneth Morris, chairman of the finance committee, said...
Gala to Honor Bergenpac Instructor
From a very young age, Roberta Mathes could barely sit still. Instead of focusing on her piano lessons, she played sports and danced around her living room.Dashing her mother's hopes of having a scholar for a daughter, she became a professional dancer...
Getting Real about 'Superfood' Love
First it was blueberries, spinach and salmon. Then it was wheatgrass, green tea and any kind of nut. Now it's kale, quinoa and pumpkin seeds. Next week -- who knows?If you're confounded by the number of foods that have been named "superfoods" over the...
GM Lou's To-Do List Growing
NEWARK - Lou Lamoriello probably didn't have much time during his day that didn't involve the Devils to begin with.Still, since firing head coach Pete DeBoer on Dec. 26, however, Lamoriello has spent nearly all of his waking minutes on the Devils - and...
Got $1B? Nets Are for Sale
There's another report that the Nets are up for sale.Bloomberg.com reported Tuesday that Mikhail Prokhorov, the team's Russian billionaire owner, has retained a firm to sell the team."As we've said for many months, ownership is always open to offers,"...
Grandson Indicted in 2013 Slaying
More than a year after his arrest, a Lodi man has been indicted on murder and weapons charges in the death of his 85-year-old grandmother, who clung to life for nearly two weeks after she was shot several times in the head.A grand jury in Hackensack...
In the Kitchen: An Easy Greek Soup Fit for the Gods
OK, so where should I start with this soup?Avgolemono (Greek for "eggs, lemon") basically means a mixture of lemon and egg, and the wonderful thing about putting eggs and lemons together is that when you combine them with chicken broth, you get a wonderful,...
John Rowe's College Football Crystal Ball
Fame is fleeting in college football. So as Ohio State celebrates its national championship, let's peek ahead to next season.Here's a look at what teams will challenge the Buckeyes to be No. 1 and what players could succeed Oregon quarterback Marcus...
Lady Bulldogs Find Game Late
NEW MILFORD -- Stella Mayer had the ball in her hands when the game was in the balance. And that's just the way Dwight-Englewood likes it.Mayer scored eight of her game-high 17 points in the final five minutes to rally the Lady Bulldogs past New Milford,...
Mercedes Got $23M Perk
Georgia offered Mercedes-Benz USA an incentive package worth $23.3 million to move to the state from Montvale, according to a letter released Tuesday that says the new U.S. headquarters for the German carmaker will involve a total investment of $74 million.The...
More N.J. Industrial Space on Way and in Demand
As the economy continued to improve, demand for industrial real estate in New Jersey rose in 2014, the commercial brokerage Cushman & Wakefield of New Jersey Inc. said Tuesday.A net 11.7 million square feet of space was absorbed by tenants during the...
No Timetable for D-Will; Garnett Suspended
EAST RUTHERFORD - There's still a pain in Deron Williams' left side - something he's reminded of whenever he sneezes, coughs or breathes deeply."I can laugh right now," Williams said Tuesday, which is better than crying at the Nets' current state.Riding...
Paterson Man Admits Killing Neighbor in 2011 Shooting
A Paterson man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that he fatally shot his neighbor three years ago outside his Park Avenue apartment.Kyle Whilby admitted that he fired at least four shots from a handgun at 29-year-old Rashine Lewis on June 3, 2011,...
Police Say Drug Stops Hint at Local Delivery
TENAFLY -- Borough police say recent traffic-stop arrests may indicate drug dealers are now bringing hard drugs directly into the community rather than waiting for users to come to them, and they're responding to that threat.Police Capt. Michael deMoncada...
Spagnuolo, Giants to Talk Today
Steve Spagnuolo could very well be the last candidate to meet with Tom Coughlin about the defensive coordinator vacancy on the coaching staff when he interviews today.There remains belief around the Giants they're indeed saving the best for last.Spagnuolo,...
Speech Calls for Renewal, but Misses Some Key Issues
There was a call to lower taxes and a pledge to veto any income- tax increases. A push for a bill that would provide vouchers to students in failing schools. And new initiatives to combat the growing problem of drug addiction throughout New Jersey.Governor...
Speech Doesn't Turn Heads in Gop Presidential Race
While representatives of U.S. senators who are considering a run at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination stayed largely silent after Governor Christie's State of the State address Tuesday, several political strategists and analysts beyond New...
State of Christie
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE delivered his fifth State of the State address on Tuesday. If you were expecting an address outlining a bold agenda for the state's future in 2015, you were out of luck. If you were looking for another clue Christie is planning to run...
St. Joe's Mckinless Heats Up in Fourth
MONTVALE - Sean McKinless took many hero/goat shots, and in the fourth quarter he was one of the heroes for St. Joseph.McKinless led the Green Knights to a 59-56 victory over The Record's No. 1 team, Bergen Catholic, on Tuesday night in Big North United...
Supermarket Battle Resumes in Wyckoff with an Appeal
WYCKOFF -- A years-long legal battle between two supermarket giants continues over a new market on a long-vacant lot, as Stop & Shop mounts another legal challenge against the construction of a ShopRite supermarket.Stop & Shop's appeal, filed last week,...
Tapia Preps for First Bout of His 'Big Year'
Staff WriterGlen Tapia anticipates 2015 becoming a "big year" for his boxing career.If the junior-middleweight contender from Passaic is to make that proclamation a reality, he'll have to win impressively in his next fight, Tapia's toughest since suffering...
The Post-Holiday Rush to Return (Almost) Everything
I am usually the first person to complain about our new crop of not-particularly-helpful department store employees who: A. Have no social skills, whatsoever; B. Know almost nothing about the merchandise they're supposed to be selling; and C. Go out...
Veterans Affairs Reaching out to Women
Penny Cleaves left the Army with an honorable discharge in 1986, but it was more than 20 years before the Paterson resident learned that she was entitled to get health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.Like many of her friends who also served...
Watch While Walking
WALKING IS becoming dangerous in Bergen County.Recent statistics from the New Jersey State Police show that 24 pedestrians were struck and killed last year in Bergen County, the most of any county in the state and more than double the number killed just...
Your Views
Obama should have been in ParisIt was an incredible sight in Paris, a march for freedom, a march for humanity, a march for peace.It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share a moment that will be remembered, one that may have the opportunity to change...
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