The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from March 6, 2015

Berm Keeps Jet out of Bay
A plane carrying 125 passengers skidded off a runway and through a fence at La Guardia Airport on Thursday morning, authorities said.Two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, said Pat Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority,...
Brasserie Brandman in Park Ridge
Even the most loyal fans of the former Park Ridge institution Valentino's are likely to be charmed by its new incarnation. Veteran hotel owner Stephen Brandman of Saddle River has transformed the century-old, two-story landmark on Spring Valley Road...
Cervelli Focused
BRADENTON, Fla. - Francisco Cervelli said the swirling attention on former Yankee teammate Alex Rodriguez doesn't concern him now that he's the Pirates starting catcher."I worry about me and my teammates," Cervelli said of Rodriguez's comeback attempt...
Chakonis Strives for Gold
Zack Chakonis grew up rolling around on a mat in the family's basement with his two brothers as his parents played warm-up music and made introduction and championship announcements.As he winds up one of the most successful careers a Bergen County upper...
Christie's Priorities
BUDGETS -- in good times and bad -- are all about priorities. The residents of the state's developmental centers have never been a top priority to the Christie administration. On Wednesday, Christie got an earful in Fair Lawn from parents concerned about...
Circus' Plan to Retire Elephants Not Fast Enough for Some
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has a few more hoops to jump though before satisfying local animal rights activists, who said they will still protest next week's shows at the Prudential and Izod centers despite Thursday's announcement that...
Clinical Lab-Testing Company Posts Profit
Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc., the Elmwood Park-based clinical lab-testing company, said fiscal first-quarter net income more than doubled and revenue rose 15 percent from a year ago, when inclement weather hurt results. Shares of Bio-Reference declined...
Court Help Being Sought to Get Files on Izod
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a critic of the decision to close the Izod Center, said she expects to file a lawsuit today in Hackensack against the state Treasury Department over what she calls a failure to provide documents on the financial state of...
Critics Lack Options to Halt Exxon Deal
Governor Christie's role in what many critics are calling a lowball settlement with Exxon Mobil over environmental damages generated more howls of protest on Thursday, but legislators acknowledged they can do very little to block the deal.The $225 million...
Democrats Balk at Gop-Crafted Pa Compromise Instead, Will Push to Override Christie Veto
Senate Democrats are rejecting a compromise proposed by the chamber's GOP leader and will instead try to convince Republicans to override Governor Christie's veto of Port Authority reforms in less than two weeks.After comparing a bill sponsored by Sen....
Devils' '95 Cup Memories
The Devils will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Stanley Cup this weekend with more than 20 players from their first championship team reuniting for an alumni game Saturday afternoon and an on-ice ceremony prior to Sunday's game against the Philadelphia...
Devils Putting Their Faith in Young Defense
NEWARK - The Devils' plan entering this season was to give their young defensemen a chance to play regularly.Monday's trade that sent 38-year-old defenseman Marek Zidlicky to Detroit pushed that plan to the next level.The future really is now for the...
Harvey Calm for Big Day
VIERA, Fla. -- Matt Harvey sat at his locker in the back of the Mets clubhouse, talking about today's game as if it were any other. Sure, Harvey is going to pitch in a game for the first time in more than 18 months, but the 25-year-old is calm and collected.In...
Harvey: Others More Deserving to Start Opener
Matt Harvey is the only Mets starter who is not under consideration to start the opener, and said the other starters on the staff are more deserving of the honor."I missed all of last year; there are guys who have accomplished more and are more deserving...
Health Costs Key to Pension Repairs
Teachers, police officers, state employees, county and municipal workers and even retirees would have to agree to changes in their health care coverage to free up money that would then prop up retirement benefits under a plan Governor Christie has endorsed,...
Home Builders Offto Robust Start in N.J
Home construction in New Jersey has started strong this year, as builders took out almost 25 percent more building permits in January compared with the same period a year ago.Multifamily construction continued to drive the housing revival, accounting...
In 50 Years, We Went from Selma to Ferguson
IF DARREN WILSON had gone rogue in August of 2014 it might have made U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's report more palatable. Here we are in a nation that talks about its exceptional qualities only to discover that in the 50 years since Selma, Ala.,...
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...
Jets GM Maccagnan Inherits Enviable Salary-Cap Situation
Mike Maccagnan hasn't given much indication of what his philosophy will be since taking over in January as the Jets' general manager. Whenever he has been asked a question in that vein, he has tended to give a vague answer.That's OK, considering there...
Jews Celebrate Deliverance
PASSAIC -- On a gloomy winter day when nature revealed itself to be harsh and unsparing, Jewish children donned masks and bright costumes to celebrate Purim, the ancient feast that gives praise to a loving God who works in mysterious ways.The snowy streets...
Jim Freda's Saltwater Report
BEST BET: Offshore action for cod, pollock and ling is going to be the best bet in the next few weeks when the weather is good and the party boats get out. Cod up to 20 pounds and pollock up to 30 pounds can be expected to make up the best catches. Striped...
Laid-Off Paterson Cop Cleared of Lying
A former police officer in Haworth and Paterson has been acquitted of a charge that he lied about his employment history in applying for a job at the Waldwick Police Department.Anthony Castronova was forced to resign from his job in Haworth in 2004 for...
Little Falls Office Complex Adds 3 Tenants
A multimillion-dollar renovation of the previously struggling Overlook Corporate Center office building in Little Falls apparently is paying off, with three new tenants announced Thursday.Real estate company Colliers International said actuarial services...
Lundqvist Has No Answer on Return
It's the back of his neck.Henrik Lundqvist cleared up at least the location of his sprained blood vessel during a Thursday morning appearance on ABC's "Live Kelly & Michael," though the more pertinent question of when the Rangers can expect their franchise...
Meadowlands Casino Plan Faces Tough Odds, Poll Shows
Supporters of a casino in the Meadowlands or other North Jersey locations face a significant challenge ahead to win over state residents, if a poll released Thursday is any indication.Opposition to expanding casino gambling beyond Atlantic City was expressed...
Nets Seem Unable to Handle Success
The Nets have been inconsistent this season, with one major exception: They don't handle prosperity well.Just when things seem to be going well -- when the offense starts flowing, the defense starts clicking and the fans start believing -- they find...
New on Dvd
FOXCATCHER (2014, Sony, R, $30) -- The latest from "Capote" director Bennett Miller examines one of the strangest crimes in Pennsylvania history. Back in the 1980s, the Philadelphia billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) lured wrestlers Dave and Mark...
No Yank Captain, Says Cash
BRADENTON, Fla. - If general manager Brian Cashman had his way, Derek Jeter would be the last Yankees captain - resigning that designation to franchise history."I don't think it's something that's necessarily important for us to fill," Cashman said Thursday,...
Offshore Fishing a Better Bet
Sunday signaled the reopening of striped bass fishing west of the COLREGS Demarcation Line. That would be waters from inlet mouths back into the bays as far west as you want to go.In March, many anglers start out by fishing the back bay waters along...
Oritani Financial to Buy Back 5% of Common Stock
Oritani Financial Corp., the holding company for Oritani Bank, which raised more than $400 million in a 2010 stock offering, has been buying back shares ever since. In its fourth share-buyback program, the company said Thursday it has authorized the...
Passaic's Tapia on the Rebound
Glen Tapia traveled halfway around the world to prove that he has come all the way back from his technical knockout loss to James Kirkland.The junior middleweight contender from Passaic is scheduled to box Australian veteran Daniel Dawson in a 10-round...
Paterson Considers Tax Hike for Schools
PATERSON - In an effort to close a $25.8 million budget gap, education officials are considering raising Paterson's school property taxes nearly 13 percent. It would be the first tax increase in more than a decade.District officials disclosed the possibility...
Pursuing Perfection
PARAMUS -- The distaste for the feeling of losing, the deep- seated despair and disgust that comes from seeing another wrestler's hand raised in triumph above his is what fuels Bergen Catholic junior Nick Suriano.So all he does is win.The 17-year-old...
Recommendations
TENAFLYAXIA TAVERNA ***Executive chef Alex Gorant deftly bridges Greek and American cultures, creating an upscale modern Greek menu in a sophisticated atmosphere.Prices: Appetizers $6 to $18, entrees $17 to $40. Hours: Lunch noon to 3 p.m. Monday to...
Richardson Is Thinking Ahead for Hackensack
Michael Richardson was thinking like a coach, a smart coach, when he suggested that if he made his first free throw, he should intentionally miss the second attempt.Richardson's ability to make the first foul shot with one second remaining, then miss...
Rutherford Couple Fight Back in Movie Memorabilia Case
A Rutherford couple accused by a business partner of stealing movie memorabilia worth millions of dollars have filed court papers accusing him of fraud.Sean Chatoff and his wife, Celine Hu, say in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Newark that Jerry...
School Board Reconsiders Moving Snow to Stadium
PATERSON - City schools Superintendent Donnie Evans said the district is working on a snow removal plan that would avoid any future dumping at the historic Hinchliffe Stadium.The district came under fire from Hinchliffe advocates who said that using...
Siriusxm Begins Its Mlb Coverage
SiriusXM, the only radio broadcaster delivering live play-by- play of every MLB regular season game from every team, announced its broadcast schedule for its MLB Spring Training Tour, which will run through March 26.SiriusXM's 24-hour baseball talk channel,...
State Won't Get Involved in Ridgewood Coin Probe
RIDGEWOOD -- The state Attorney General's Office has decided not to investigate the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars in quarters from a storage room in Village Hall, it was announced on Wednesday night.Instead, the Ridgewood Police Department...
State Wrestling Tournatment: Atlantic City
152Local qualifiers: Taylor Shay, Don Bosco; Joe Trovato, Paramus; Shane Sosinsky, Northern Highlands; Tyler Tepe, Passaic Valley; Joe Rocca, Queen of Peace; Brandon Kui, DePaul; Christian Dalcais, West Milford.Returning medalists: Gavin Murray, Cranford,...
Stopping Bullies
SCHOOL can be stressful for students -- especially with all the standardized testing -- but kids shouldn't also fear going to school each morning because they know they'll face another day of bullying.Unfortunately, the school bus, hallways or locker...
Strong Memories That Will Never Fade
The last arriving guest to the Devils' 1995 Stanley Cup celebration arrived in the grandest style, touching down in the Meadowlands parking lot in the belly of a helicopter. The Stanley Cup was met by team captain Scott Stevens, whose careful arms carried...
Suh Is Big Prize, but Giants Need a Safety
The billboards have popped up around the Detroit area within the past week or so.They all feature the last name of the NFL's prized free agent on the market -- Ndamukong Suh - with a dollar sign in place of the letter "S."One of the league's best defensive...
Things to Do
* TODDLER TALES STORY TIME -- 10:30 a.m. today, Rochelle Park Public Library, 151 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park. Free.* PULSE CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR -- 11 a.m. today, The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., Manhattan. $10 to $40. Pulse-art.com.*...
United Powers Hit Road
This week, Bergen Catholic became the last member of the five- team Big North United division to release its 2015 football schedule. The five schools will travel to six different states (Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Florida and New York) and play...
Who Says Recycling Can't Be Fun?
Think of "Fish in the Dark" as a special live appearance by the "Larry David" character from "Curb Your Enthusiasm."In (the real) Larry David's new comedy, which opened Thursday at the Cort Theatre, he plays Norman Drexel, a manufacturer of urinals.But...
Winter's Salty Aftertaste
The endless parade of snowstorms this winter has not only raised anxiety and frustration levels for New Jersey residents, it has also raised the levels of sodium in the region's drinking-water supplies.Because of the elevated sodium, some of the region's...
Woman Held in Bank Heists
The mysterious person suspected of hiding his or her gender under a bright-red wig and accused of holding up the Glen Rock Savings Bank last month was arrested in Atlantic City by the FBI on Thursday, authorities told The Record. The suspect is a woman.No...
Wrestling Greatness Beckons at the Shore
Forget the snow on the ground. Beach season is here. And if you want to see two of the greatest wrestlers in the history of Passaic and Bergen counties, it's time to head to the Shore.It's expected to be a balmy 42 degrees in Atlantic City on Sunday....
Yet Another Blast from Old Man Winter Snowy Day Left North Jerseyans Pining for Spring
After a week of winter that just wouldn't quit, North Jersey is ready to welcome the latest forecast from the National Weather Service -- sunny skies today, followed by more sunshine over the weekend and temperatures rising into the 40s by Sunday and...
Your Views
Netanyahu's speech was not politicalRegarding "Netanyahu in D.C." (Editorials, March 4):You state that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech came off first and foremost as a political statement. I strongly disagree.The prime minister came...
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