The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A daily newspaper serving the Bergen County, NJ area. Stories cover local news, politics, business, entertainment, and sports, with additional stories of significance from around the state, nation, and world.

Articles from December 12, 2014

10 Banks Fined $43.5M in Toys 'R' Us Case
NEW YORK - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is fining 10 banks a total of $43.5 million, saying they tried to win roles in the initial public offering of Wayne-based Toys "R'' Us by offering the company favorable analyst coverage.FINRA said...
A High-Fiving Farewell
CLIFTON -- Skate punks from all over the country rolled up to the Shook Funeral Home to offer "high-fives and positive vibes" to Noel Korman, the skateboard impresario who died with his girlfriend, Alice Park, on Saturday in a carbon monoxide accident...
Airline Files Complaint about Pa
The biggest airline serving New Jersey blames "unwise choices, inefficiencies and political influences" at the Port Authority for skyrocketing fees that it says make flying out of Newark more than twice as expensive as trips from other major cities such...
All-North Jersey Girls Cross-Country
FIRST TEAMCOLLEEN BUCKLEYImmaculate Heart, seniorPerhaps the most tenacious runner in North Jersey, Buckley moves up from second team on the strength of a win at Big North United, sixth in Lou Molino Bergen Meet of Champions, second at Non-Public A championships...
All-North Jersey Girls Cross Country: Team of the Year: Ridgewood
Ridgewood cross-country coach Jacob Brown was encouraged by a hard workout the Maroons ran at a traditional workout site in October."We call it 'the Glen Rock Hills' and it's a 7 1/2-mile workout with five hills -- it's a hard workout and we usually...
All-North Jersey Girls Cross County; Runner of the Year: Catherine Pegano, No. Highlands
Cross-country hadn't been very kind to Catherine Pagano in her first three years in high school.The Northern Highlands senior had success at 5,000 meters, especially when she finished 15th in the State Meet of Champions as a sophomore. But two seasons...
Assembly Panel Oks Bill on Monitoring of Repeat Stalkers
An Assembly committee Thursday approved a bill that would allow judges to force individuals convicted of multiple stalking offenses to wear GPS monitoring devices to help ensure victim safety.The bill, along with two others aimed at helping victims of domestic...
At 92, Time to Close Up Shop
WESTWOOD -- Every day for more than four decades, Gertrude Gardner has sat in a large white wicker chair, finished at least one crossword puzzle, drunk a cup of coffee and sold antiques and other trinkets to Pascack Valley residents.But at the end of...
Bill to Refine Revenue Forecast Advances
Legislation that's designed to remove politics from the revenue forecasting process that's followed each year in the annual state budget cleared the Assembly Budget Committee on Thursday.Revenues have not met the estimates Governor Christie said they would...
Campus Rapes
THE OUTCRY over sexual assault on college campuses is finally being heard, loud enough so that even in the highly partisan halls of Congress this week, legislators from both sides of the aisle vowed to come together and tackle the issue once and for...
Christie Struggles in Polls, Even in N.J
New Jersey voters do not want to see Governor Christie run for president, but if he does, he should resign and not be a governor and candidate at the same time, a poll released Thursday said.Voters also appear to favor Democrat Hillary Clinton over Christie,...
Dramatic Jump in Heart Attacks Found after Sandy Struck
Superstorm Sandy ripped houses from their foundations, reshaped the Jersey Shore and shuttered countless businesses in October 2012, but now researchers at Rutgers University tell of another devastating consequence: It increased the rate of heart attacks...
Education Nominee Wins Support
TRENTON - Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe moved a step closer to securing the state's top education job, with a unanimous vote in his favor Thursday by a state Senate panel.Hespe, who has held the interim post since March, told lawmakers that...
Englewood Cliffs Fills Council Seat
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS - The Borough Council unanimously chose Lauren Eastwood, an activist and frequent filer of Open Public Records Act requests, to fill the seat of Ramon Ferro, who resigned last month."I am honored to have been selected to serve the people...
Herzlich Protected by Concussion Guidelines
EAST RUTHERFORD -- It started with a headache.Mark Herzlich sat in the Giants' locker room two weeks ago, in the raw moments after their devastating loss to Jacksonville.And something was just not right.A 21-point lead had evaporated. A season of lows...
'I Can't Breathe' Is More Than a T-Shirt
I WAS IN Los Angeles on vacation when a grand jury decided not to criminally charge the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. Local television stations were running amok looking for demonstrations. I had been there before.Too...
Inspections
Restaurant and food establishment inspections published in The Record include only the establishment's name and the evaluation it received. Evaluations are received from local health departments; however, not all departments issue reports. Readers seeking...
Johnson Returning for Busy Nets
The Nets should have Joe Johnson back in their starting lineup tonight.Kevin Garnett, however, might not play as he is listed as questionable on the team's injury report. Mirza Teletovic also is listed as questionable with a right hip pointer.Garnett...
Judges Shouldn't Decide Game Outcomes
An Oklahoma judge was recently asked to decide the fate of a high school football state quarterfinal game after a referee's costly blunder in the final 64 seconds.The request raised an interesting debate regarding high school athletics: Should these...
Khan Focused on Alexander, Not Mayweather
The stakes are extremely high for Amir Khan and Devon Alexander on Saturday night in Las Vegas.With a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight as unlikely to materialize as ever, the winner of the Khan-Alexander 12-round welterweight bout at MGM Grand...
Knicks' Top Problem? Lack of Talent
BOSTON -- When the Knicks had lost another game Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, Samuel Dalembert went to the dry-erase board in the locker room and erased the game plan, the urgings and inspirations put in place by the coaches before the game....
Legislative Roundup
Hardware, cash, body camerasIn a busy day for both houses of the state Legislature, a few notable actions included limiting political contributions for outside pension fund managers, increasing oversight of the military surplus program and studying the...
Leonia Firehouse Assault Suit Settled
LEONIA - A lawsuit filed by the parents of a boy molested at the borough firehouse last year was settled Thursday for $320,000, according to the parents' attorney.The settlement was approved by Bergen County Superior Court Judge Brian Martinotti, said...
Mets Add Righty Bat with Mayberry Jr
SAN DIEGO - The Mets still have an excess of starting pitchers, but they were at least able to fill one roster need during the winter meetings.While failing to trade one of their six starters, the Mets agreed to terms Thursday with outfielder/first baseman...
Music
* William Paterson University will host a musical celebration in honor of LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN'S 244th birthday, 2 p.m. Sunday in Hobart Manor. The event is part of the "WP Presents! Musical Salon Series" and will include performances of Beethoven's...
New on Dvd
AvailableGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014, Disney, PG-13, $30) -- It might be yet another Marvel superhero movie, but writer/director James Gunn ("Slither") manages to tweak the tried-and-true formula with a vengeance. For starters, the main character of...
N.J. Gets $200,000 in Deal over Web Browser Privacy
A digital advertising company owned by Gannett Co. reached a settlement with six states, including New Jersey, of claims that it skirted privacy settings for some Internet users, following an earlier accord with Google Inc. over similar practices.The...
No Buffett on Path
COMMISSIONERS of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey never fail to surprise. In the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, and while former Commissioner David Samson is fighting an external investigation into his possible conflicts of...
Olsen Transfers to Towson
Kevin Olsen's road toward salvaging his college football career has led him to Towson, Md.The former Wayne Hills quarterback revealed on his Instagram page Thursday that he has transferred from the high-profile University of Miami to Towson University,...
Optimistic 2015 Outlook
A large share of New Jersey businesses expect higher sales and a stronger economy in 2015 -- which will lead them to increase hiring and give more raises, according to a survey of more than 1,000 businesses released Thursday.The annual Business Outlook...
Organ Donor Group Puts Girl's Story on National Stage
For the Mercado family of Paterson, their precious butterfly continues to soar in the two lives she's saved and a state organization's drive to have others make the difficult, often grief- stricken decision of organ donation.On Thursday, in a ceremony...
Patience Runs out for Delayed Benefit System
Lawmakers frustrated by five years of delays and more than $100 million in spending to overhaul the state's antiquated system for Medicaid and food stamp benefits want to know when, or if, the system will be brought into the 21st century.The delay to...
Powering Up in Paramus
Mike Purvin may have paid a hefty price for the shiny blue Tesla, which goes for upward of $80,000, but he has no complaints about the price the innovative electric car company charges to fill it up.It's free."I'm just topping it off," said Purvin, 52,...
Recommendations
WYCKOFFCAFE AMICI ***You may have to wait for a table at this popular neighborhood spot that deftly balances exquisite specials with more casual items like pizzas.Prices: Appetizers $7 to $14, entrees $15 to $25 (specials can run higher). Hours: 11 a.m....
Release Brings Holiday Joy to Fairview Family
Christopher, Joseph and Katherine Estrada were never able to decorate their first real Christmas tree last year because after they went to a farm and watched their father cut it down, he was detained by immigration officials before he was able to buy ornaments.But...
Rex Feels the Same as Woody
FLORHAM PARK -- Rex Ryan reacted matter-of-factly Thursday to published comments by owner Woody Johnson, who indicated changes could be coming after the Jets' terrible season finally and mercifully ends later this month."The man is the owner of the team,"...
Santa Gets His Own Iheartradio Show
How "HO" can iHeartRadio go?This holiday season, Santa Claus has joined the network with his very own 24/7 "North Pole Radio."The station is hosted by Kris Kringle himself along with a little help from his elf friends and features a direct line (929-BIG-ELF1) for...
Secaucus' Top Cop Says He Will Resign
SECAUCUS -- Acting Police Chief John Cerny issued a scathing statement this week that he is leaving because he was being denied the title of permanent chief after the mayor disagreed with some of his personnel assignments.Cerny's statement said he was...
Stage
COMEDY* KYLE GROOMS -- 9 tonight, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Bananas Comedy Club at the Holiday Inn, 238 Route 17 south, Hasbrouck Heights. $20. 201-727-1090 or bananascomedyclub.com.DANCE* NEW JERSEY BALLET'S "NUTCRACKER" -- 7:30 tonight, 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday...
Steve Lepage, Noted Wrestling Coach, Dies at 71
A slightly built man who never wrestled, Steve LePage won acclaim as a wrestling coach. He was inducted into the Region 4 Wrestling Hall of Fame for his work at Clifton High School. One of his stars went on to play offensive lineman in the National Football...
Storm May Stir Action for Stripers
Another nor'easter battered our coastline earlier this week and striped bass fishermen are hoping that the storm may be the one to bring about some changes in our end-of-the-season striped bass fishery.Any change along the oceanfront would be welcomed...
Syros Taverna in Englewood
Even in North Jersey's crowded Greek restaurant scene, the fare at Syros Taverna stands out. The supple octopus bears an unusually satisfying crunch from the kitchen's charcoal grill. Chunks of creamy, sharp feta cheese turn an appetizer of shrimp saganaki...
Things to Do
* FRIDAY MOVIE MATINEE -- 1 p.m. today, Riverdale Public Library, 93 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. Free. 973-835-5044 or riverdalelibrary.org.* CHAMPAGNE & CANDLELIGHT EVENING --7 tonight, Hermitage Museum, 335 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus....
Winter Wonderland
SAN DIEGO - I ran into Brian Cashman very late Wednesday night, an hour or so after Brandon McCarthy had accepted a four-year deal with the Dodgers. His defection left the Yankees' rotation in a state of crisis, especially with so many possible replacements coming...
Yanks Working to Fill 3 Big Needs
SAN DIEGO - Waiting outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt for a lift to the airport, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman exited baseball's winter meetings Thursday morning with nothing in tow except a travel bag."I didn't do anything," Cashman said in...
Your Views
The bishop and death with dignityRegarding "What's wrong with the Terminally Ill Act" (Other Views, Dec. 9):The column by Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is consistent with his faith and expected from him. He states that "euthanasia" gives a false sense...
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