The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from June 3, 2015

2 Doctors Get 20 Months in Lab Bribe Case
Two doctors from Connecticut who practiced medicine together in Manhattan were each sentenced Tuesday to 20 months in federal prison for accepting more than $200,000 in bribes in return for referring patients' blood specimens to a New Jersey diagnostic...
A Jersey Boy Nods toward Arts School
Oh, what a night this Friday will be.Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will make their only 2015 appearance in North Jersey -- at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. The original Jersey boy's show -- part of bergenPAC's 10th anniversary celebration...
American Pharoah Arrives
ELMONT, N.Y. -- The conditions were not befitting of a potential king. Nor of a pharaoh, for that matter.But Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah didn't seem to mind the elements Tuesday when he arrived at Belmont Park to prepare for a chance at history....
Baseball, Softball Pushed to Today
Baseball teams with the most pitching depth usually are the big winners this time of year. Recent foul weather could ensure that's the case once again.The NJSIAA decided Tuesday to postpone all public semifinal and non-public sectional final baseball...
Bergen's Shuttle Buses to Have Ads
The buses used by Bergen County to transport senior citizens, college students, veterans and jurors could soon be sporting advertisements.The freeholders voted unanimously last week to seek competitive bids for the right to place advertisements on the...
Builder Lays out Plan for Wayne
WAYNE -- AvalonBay's proposal to build 422 residences on Totowa Road drew skeptical questions and outright objections Monday night from a parade of township residents who said they fear the development would clog roads and schools.And in light of the...
Christie and the Scout
IF GOVERNOR Christie had followed the Boy Scout motto -- "Be prepared" -- before he answered Charlie Tartaglia's question, he might still be able to sell the notion that keeping secret details about how his state security unit is spending taxpayer money...
Christie Backs Guns, Swipes at Obama
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- "OK, have I worn y'all out?" Governor Christie asked the crowd inside a balmy, brick-walled barroom in the city's downtown.A shirt-sleeved Christie had just finished up a wide-ranging, 70- minute, question-and-answer session with Republican...
Christie Touts Skill Coping with Opponents
The hardest thing about running New Jersey is "massive philosophical differences" with state Democrats, Governor Christie told an audience in Florida on Tuesday."Ever since I've been governor, I spend more time with people I can't stand than I can count,"...
Civic Leader Wins Democratic Nod for Englewood Council
ENGLEWOOD -- Charles Cobb won the Democratic Party's nomination Tuesday to run in this year's City Council election, beating out two competitors.Cobb will now advance to the November general election, where he will face off against independent candidate...
Coaches Gather for Parcells
WOOD-RIDGE -- Bill Parcells came home to North Jersey -- this time for one reason and one reason only.It's because Mickey Corcoran asked.Parcells returned Tuesday night to serve as the keynote speaker at the coaching symposium established by Corcoran,...
Costanzo Steps Down at PC
Blake Costanzo stepped down Tuesday as Paramus Catholic's head football coach to again pursue his NFL career.John Westervelt assumed the role of head coach, school president Jim Vail said.Costanzo, 31, was named the Paladins head coach in January, taking...
Cotto Opponent Has Something to Prove
NEW YORK -- When Daniel Geale stood face to face with Miguel Cotto at a news conference Tuesday in Manhattan, it was clear that the former IBF middleweight champion from Australia stands about 3 inches taller than the defending WBC middleweight champion...
Crossing Guard Is out on the Front Lines
The driver who police say demanded a Leonia crossing guard step aside when she tried to make a turn at one of Bergen County's busiest intersections last week apparently didn't know much about the law and even less about the man she allegedly hit with...
Crowd Welcomes Back Library
NORTHVALE -- A steady rain did not stop residents from lining up out the door of the borough's public library on Tuesday to celebrate its reopening and sign up for library cards.The library closed in 2011 after residents rejected a tax increase that...
Fair Lawn Runs into Trouble
SOUTH BRUNSWICK -- Quickness made the difference in the match, though it ended anything but quickly.For the second year in a row, Fair Lawn played a 2-1 marathon in the state boys volleyball semifinals, and the outcome was all too familiar. Bridgewater-Raritan...
Fair Lawn Stalwart Zaretsky Falls Short
WEST WINDSOR -- Freddie Zaretsky committed just two double faults in his entire state quarterfinal match against Millburn's top- seeded Tyler Schick.The second couldn't have come at a worse time.The ninth-seeded Fair Lawn ace was serving for the match...
Final Tough to Watch for Rangers Fans
This is going to be a rough couple of weeks for the Rangers.Losing to the Lightning in a seven-game Eastern Conference Final and missing out on a chance to return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season because the offense went absent...
Harrison Reflects on Historic Season
SOUTH BRUNSWICK -- David and company were faced with too many Goliaths.Harrison captured virtually every boys volleyball championship it could this spring up until Tuesday's state semifinals. That's where it fell victim to the height and talent of two-time...
Help Line for Veterans about to Lose Funding
PISCATAWAY -- A bipartisan group of New Jersey House members and senators is asking the Department of Defense to explain why it plans to stop funding a help line staffed by veterans who field calls from active members of military service.The group, led...
Hire Shows Shero Has the Reins in Newark
NEWARK - As Devils general manager Ray Shero stood at the Prudential Center lectern Tuesday afternoon talking about his new head coach, John Hynes, and their vision for this team, Lou Lamoriello stood in the back of the room watching.There was no spot...
Homeowners Left in the Lurch
Al Payne paid contractor Anthony Pizza of Rutherford $230,000 to do a massive renovation of his North Haledon house -- but almost four years later, the house is still uninhabitable."I look at that house, my stomach turns," Payne said Tuesday.After state...
In the Kitchen: Summery Tomato Basil Hummus
People are always asking me what my favorite recipe is, and after I get finished telling them pretty much everything that includes either bacon or chocolate, the next thing I talk about is my hummus.It's delicious, nutritious and you can make it in about...
Jersey's 'Beautiful Turtles' Struggling
George Reskakis is proud of them, though he concedes they are not much to look at -- scruffy piles of branches that dot Teaneck Creek Conservancy. In fact, Reskakis, who heads the conservancy's Weed Warriors volunteer group, gets asked all the time why...
Medical Billing
THE ROAD to stopping patients from getting surprising and often costly medical bills from health care providers is going to have many twists and turns. That was evident on Monday as industry officials and lobbyists raised objections to legislation designed...
Mumford & Sons Headlines Jersey Shore Two-Day Festival
On the new album "Wilder Mind," folk-rock favorite Mumford & Sons trades in their acoustic guitars for those that plug into amplifiers."We knew ["Wilder Mind"] wasn't going to involve acoustic instruments," singer-guitarist-drummer Marcus Mumford said...
New Coach Seen as a Hard Worker
NEWARK - Devils forward Adam Henrique admitted he knew "nothing" about his new head coach John Hynes before meeting him prior to Tuesday's introductory news conference at Prudential Center.Henrique shouldn't feel bad because of most his teammates are...
New Conference?
For the North Jersey non-public football powers, the options remaining were either separate or join a bigger herd.The idea to merge four of the biggest conferences in New Jersey for football only, creating a super, um, super conference, has taken root...
New Direction
NEWARK -- John Hynes paused, rubbing a hand over his shiny, shaved dome. "What day is this?" he asked, looking up toward the ceiling of Prudential Center.No one could blame the man for being confused. A whirlwind few days had taken their toll, stopping...
One Tag Sale Away from the Man Cave You Crave?
I went with a friend to a tag sale last weekend. This is not really my preferred way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but my radio kept telling me it was going to rain, rain, rain -- even though, as you may have noticed, it didn't, didn't, didn't.Bad radio!An...
Paid Sick Leave Bill 2014's Most Lobbied Piece of Legislation
A proposal to require employers to provide paid sick leave to workers was the most heavily lobbied bill of 2014, according to an analysis by the state's election law watchdog.The sick leave bill, still pending in the Legislature, led all other legislative...
Public Hearings Set on Pse&g Rate Requests
Increases in electric and gas rates to help pay for a $1.2 billion power system improvement plan across northern and central New Jersey are scheduled to be reviewed during public hearings Thursday in Hackensack.The hearings, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and...
Ren Grevatt, Music Journalist, Publicist; Covered Beatles, Elvis
When a 20-year-old from Memphis named Elvis Presley met the New York press corps for the first time, Ren Grevatt was there."I recall Elvis as a mild-mannered, almost shy young man who ended every sentence with 'sir,' " the music journalist and publicist...
'Restaurant Row' Moves Closer
TETERBORO -- Construction on the final stage of Teterboro Landing, a 540,000-square-foot mixed-use development, is expected to begin this fall, with nearly a dozen restaurants -- including a Chick-fil-A, a Panera Bread and the state's first BJ's Restaurant...
Ridgewood Defense Ready to Answer Call
RIDGEWOOD - The huddles are quick. The voices vary. The objective is identical.Though not a unit that grabs headlines the way the midfield and attacking teammates do, the Ridgewood girls lacrosse defense is every bit as talented and important as its...
Ring Not Being Retained at Kennedy
Longtime Kennedy boys basketball coach Jim Ring has been forced from his position, he told The Record on Tuesday.Kennedy principal David Cozart announced to five members of the varsity team and an assistant coach at an impromptu meeting last week that...
Stamberger Just in Nick of Time
MORRISTOWN -- Mike Stamberger's biggest obstacle as he began his quest for a third consecutive New Jersey Amateur Championship was making it to the first tee on time so he wouldn't be disqualified."I didn't think I was going to make it," Stamberger said.The...
Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks vs. Lightning
The Stanley Cup Final opens up tonight at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., as the Lightning try to win the franchise's second title and first since 2004 while the Blackhawks go for their third championship since 2010 and sixth overall. Here are some key...
State Extends American Dream Deadline
Triple Five, the developer of the American Dream Meadowlands shopping and entertainment project, has received a third extension of a deadline to complete an application for a tax break worth up to $390 million.But the board of the Trenton-based New Jersey...
State Lacrosse Preview
Girls Tournament of Champions semifinal(1) Ridgewood (23-0) vs. (4) Summit (19-4), 5 p.m. at Monmouth UniversityPlayers to watch: R: Jordan Ford (80 goals, 61 assists), Hannah Cermack (65 G, 43 A, 46 ground balls), Katie Bourque (32 G, 27 A, 69 GB),...
State Meet of Champions 10 Questions
Today, 2:30 p.m.Frank Jost Field, South Plainfield1. In which events will Kaitlin Salisbury compete?The Hawthorne junior has been the sport's story of the spring. The unassuming superstar is not the best athlete in the state -- that title belongs to...
Tax Break in Maywood
MAYWOOD -- For the third straight year the borough has kept its tax levy flat, and in this year's budget, property owners will get a $44 break on their tax bill.Since 2013, the tax levy for the community of fewer than 10,000 residents has stayed at about...
Teacher Fired in Spitting Case
PATERSON -- A French teacher at John F. Kennedy High School has been fired for allegedly spitting at an unruly female student last year as she descended the school stairs, according to a state arbitrator's decision.The school district also accused the...
Thigns to Do
TOdayACTIVITIES* INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW -- 1 p.m., Bloomingdale's, 400 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack. Free. 201-457-2000.* JUNE MOVIES -- 1:30 p.m., Lodi Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Drive, Lodi. Free. 973-365-4044.* GARDEN STATE INTERNATIONAL...
Tough Challenge at Toys
In choosing David Brandon as their new chief executive, the owners of Toys "R" Us have picked a former Domino's Pizza executive who has delivered results for them in the past. But the task assigned to him will require the onetime high school and college quarterback...
Westwood Mayor Holds off Challenger
WESTWOOD - Incumbent Mayor John Birkner Jr. defeated a challenger for the Democratic Party nomination by a decisive margin on Tuesday night.Birkner received 749 votes, while Gary Conkling, a former councilman, got 118 votes from registered Democrats...
Your Views
Trying to stop those 'surprise' medical billsRegarding "Out-of-network bills a sickening shock" (Page A-1, May 31):That article and others regarding out-of-network medical costs and pending legislation to control same have been very one-sided. The insurance...
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