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Articles from January 4, 2015

2014 Brought in Plenty of High-Quality Restaurants
New year, new restaurants. But until those new doors open and those new dishes are ready to be sampled, dine-out fans needn't worry about where to eat ... now. Many top-notch restaurants have opened in North Jersey in the past 12 months and, if you haven't...
A Life Moving into Its Seventh Decade (Sob, Sob)
With new years come new wall calendars. The theme of my 2015 calendar is vintage sports cars.Yes, vintage. And I owned two of them. When they were new.Vroom! Vroom!In case you're interested, all sorts of interesting things are supposed to happen this...
All They Wanted for Christmas Was a House
Holiday lists can run the gamut these days from toys to Toyotas, but for a Teaneck couple it was all about getting into a new home for Christmas."We wanted to be in our own place for the holidays and thought an apartment would be quicker," said Anderson...
A Pivotal Year Ahead for Christie
THE BEST THING about teaching - and writing - about politics is that it is always changing. Each day, week and year brings a new set of issues worth discussing and debating. The year 2015 provides no exception.Among the hottest issues we'll be watching...
Bogota Making a Fresh Start
BOGOTA -- An audience of more than 75 people, including state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, gathered Saturday to witness Lisa Kohles and Thomas Napolitano take the oath of office for three-year terms on the Borough Council. Both were surrounded by family members...
Can North Jersey Catch the Wave?
After the worst downturn since the Great Depression, the housing market is expected to continue its recovery in 2015, as a revitalized economy and a brighter job market allow more people to move into their own places. But it won't be a smooth ride, especially...
Change Comes Slowly at the Port Authority
A YEAR AGO this week, a door opened into the bi-state monolith known as the Port Authority. What the world saw was an agency that had lost its way, most notably when it allowed a goofball political hack to stage a series of traffic jams that paralyzed...
Cohen Shining for Bergen Tech
MORRISTOWN - Josh Cohen and Dawson Sieradzky have a good, friendly rivalry going. Saturday it was Cohen's turn to prevail in what has become a see-saw of back-and-forth results on the strip between two of the top fencers in North Jersey.Bergen Tech's...
Coming Together for Syrian Refugees
PATERSON -- Troubled by war and devastation in his native Syria, Mervan Dalko wanted to do something to help the victims who have been displaced, injured or left destitute because of fighting.So on Saturday, he joined about 100 volunteers at the Islamic Center...
Del Gizzo's Hat Trick Sparks the Tigers
HACKENSACK -- It has been a rough start to the season for Tenafly. A team with a good core but limited depth, the Tigers spent much of December looking to find themselves.It didn't help that they lost a game to Madison on a goal in the final minute and...
Despite Storm, N.J. below Snow Average
Despite a blast of wintry precipitation Saturday afternoon that sent some vehicles skidding off roadways, North Jersey is experiencing snowfall totals well below average, and that pattern is set to continue through the coming weeks.But winter will still...
Former Trustee Appeals Ruling
CLIFTON -- A former school trustee filed an appeal Friday of an elections ruling that disqualified him from serving on the board, a move that could shake up how his successor is chosen.Wayne Demikoff resigned his seat on the school board a month ago, after...
Four Local Juniors Start Getting Notice
HACKENSACK -- The winter season of junior year could be the most important season of a varsity boys track athlete's career, especially if he'd like to continue competitive running in college.It's the time to find out how good you are and to get a peek...
Giant-Killers
NEWARK -- Prudential Center security prevented fans from rushing the court after the final buzzer sounded Saturday, making it a little difficult for Seton Hall's players to celebrate with their staunchest supporters in the student section.Yet, like they...
Hollins Putting the Pieces Together
MIAMI -- Since his first day on the job, Lionel Hollins has made it clear that he doesn't like talking about individual players.The Nets' coach doesn't evaluate his players, or his competition, as singular pieces. He evaluates how all those pieces fit...
'Housewives' Star's New Reality: Prison
This past Tuesday -- six days before Teresa Giudice must surrender to federal authorities -- the reality star popped up in a rather surreal video on Glam, a health/beauty/lifestyle channel on YouTube, sharing her New Year's resolutions."Going forward,...
If Carmelo Can Play, He Shouldn't Sit Out
While Derek Fisher tried to backpedal from the notion that the Knicks are considering shutting down Carmelo Anthony right now, there are legitimate arguments for and against putting the star on the shelf.The most important one might be that Anthony and...
If Christie Runs, N.J. Issues Go National
New Jersey's political new year will be shaped by The Big Question: Will the state's 55th governor attempt to become the 45th president of the United States?After courting hog farmers in northwestern Iowa and charming Nancy Reagan in Southern California,...
In the Wilds of Brazil
Speeding toward the setting sun in a small boat, my heart began to race when I heard our guide say that a jaguar had been spotted further downstream.After less than a day in the Pantanal, we were on the verge of an encounter with the big cat, but navigating...
Is 'Downton' Phenomenon Losing Its Edge?
DOWNTON ABBEYWithin the world of "Downton Abbey," a dozen years have passed since we first met Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, along with his family and their devoted downstairs servants.That year was 1912 and, as season five begins on PBS' "Masterpiece"...
Knicks Can't Stop Sinking
The Knicks' injury report was released Saturday for tonight's game and the names read once again like a who's who of the players the team rested its hopes on for this season.Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani were all doubtful. Iman...
Marrone Meets Up with Jets
The Jets' pursuit of Buffalo coach Doug Marrone for their head coach vacancy continued Saturday.A source confirmed that Marrone, who resigned abruptly Wednesday, interviewed with Jets owner Woody Johnson and consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf....
Members of Special Police Can Carry Guns
POMPTON LAKES -- The borough Police Department is eliminating one classification of special officer, switching completely to one that allows such officers to carry firearms.At Thursday's municipal reorganization, the borough named three such Class II...
Mustang Milestone Leaves Lasting Mark
CLIFTON -- Kelly Douglass' game face Saturday morning was a big smile.She put it on during pregame warm-ups and still was wearing it after the game as she mingled in the stands with friends and family. It was a smile that spoke volumes, telling a story...
N. Bergen, Clifton Get Work Done
CRANFORD - The quick shift from wrestling's early tournament season to the dual meet season is a jarring one.Saturday, North Bergen and Clifton, both Top-10 teams in The Record Top 25, made that transition in a tough quad at state power Cranford."To...
New Eateries Set to Join North Jersey Landscape
Food lovers are fickle. They may have their favorite neighborhood joint and their favorite special-occasion place and favorite Italian, Japanese, Korean etc., restaurant. But many can't help themselves: They're always looking for some- place new, something new...
Police Honor One of Their Own
Stephen Petruzzello joined the Cliffside Park Police Department as a special officer about a month ago, saying he wanted to make a difference in his community.His impact on the borough and beyond was evident Saturday morning at his funeral, where hundreds...
'Realigning' Police
JAMES TEDESCO campaigned on combining the Bergen County Police with the county Sheriff's Office. True to his word, he began that process on Day One of his administration.The new county executive signed an agreement Thursday that, if approved by freeholders,...
Rooney Takes over as Wyckoff Mayor
WYCKOFF -- Mayor Kevin Rooney is preparing to draw up the 2015 budget, open a long-in-the-works recreational complex and find ways to draw businesses to town.Rooney, a licensed real estate agent and 2013 champion of a Food Network amateur cooking reality...
Saddle River Day Claims 3rd Annual Benefit Game
SADDLE RIVER - Sophomore center Dani Deoul had a game-high 17 points as Saddle River Day defeated Newtown (Conn.), 58-42, Saturday afternoon in the third annual "3s for Healing Through Sports" benefit basketball game.The two schools have forged a strong...
Scouting in Paterson
KHEMI FREEMAN, a Paterson community activist and certified scoutmaster, knows firsthand the potential for positive growth that could be in store for young people in the city who choose to take the step of joining the Boy Scouts. As reported last week...
Solemn Tribute at Midcourt
Saturday was to have been Nazerah Bugg's first home game with the girls basketball team at John F. Kennedy High School. But instead it was a memorial service for another teenager killed by gun violence, this one held in a Paterson gymnasium with hundreds...
Some Fun and Loads of Fiction
The 2015 high school athletics season will be unlike any other. How do I know? Because that's what always happens.But my other predictions for the 2015 season are not guaranteed, and are not meant to be taken seriously, or twice a day. They are merely...
Tenafly Mayor Sees Need for More Healing
TENAFLY -- In 2014, tensions swelled and erupted over the ultimately failed referendum question to relocate and expand the Tenafly Nature Center.And on Saturday, at the Borough Council's annual reorganization meeting, the issue again took center stage...
The Real Women Behind Creation of Lady Cora
Today, most of their names are, at best, only vaguely familiar.But in their day -- the late 19th and early 20th centuries -- the real-life American heiresses who inspired the fictional Lady Cora Grantham on "Downton Abbey" were true celebrities. These...
Things to Do
TODAYACTIVITIES* DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS PRINCESSES & HEROES -- 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Izod Center, 50 Route 120, East Rutherford. $25. 201-935-3900 or izodcenter.com.* "HOW ABOUT NEVER -- IS NEVER GOOD FOR YOU?" -- 11:30 a.m., Beth Haverim Shir Shalom,...
Tough as Iron
RAMSEY - Don Bosco certainly has the defense to challenge for the Bergen Jamboree title and the final No. 1 ranking in The Record boys basketball Top 25.The Ironmen, No. 6 in The Record preseason rankings, held No. 5 St. Joseph scoreless for two long...
West Milford Library's Goal: A New Facility
WEST MILFORD -- The library's board of trustees has published a new six-year strategic plan with goals that include opening new library facility by 2016."This plan ... spans a period of time that we hope is a landmark in the history of the municipal...
What the Business Community in New Jersey Wants in 2015
New Jersey businesses enter 2015 enjoying the best of times -- and the worst of times.For five years, business has had perhaps the best possible friend in the governor's office in Chris Christie, whose administration pledged to cut red tape, awarded...
Your Views
Liberty State Park fiasco unbelievableRegarding "Hidden threat to state park" (Page A-1, Jan. 1):You have to be kidding me. An amendment regarding Liberty State Park was added to a bill at the last minute and no one is claiming responsibility for it?This...
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