The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from July 18, 2015

Bergen Chief Selects Parks Director
Bergen County Executive James Tedesco has tapped a licensed landscape architect to be the next parks and recreation director for the county.James Koth, a member of the Oradell Borough Council, has served since October 2013 as public works director for...
Bergen Mosques Declare Beginning of Eid Al-Fitr
Phone calls, email blasts, text messages and social media alerts went out around 1 a.m. Friday letting people know: Eid is on.The start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, when Muslims mark the end of Ramadan, was uncertain until late into the night as the decision makers...
Bigoted Atticus Doesn't Jibe with 'Mockingbird' Fan
Two of Harper Lee's dear departed gatekeepers -- her "To Kill a Mockingbird" editor and her lawyer sister -- may have been thrashing about in their graves last week with the publication of Lee's "new" novel "Go Set a Watchman."And if Atticus Finch were...
Blast from His Past
NEW YORK -- The ball jumped off Alex Rodriguez's bat with the trajectory of a low-rising missile. A few seconds later, when it landed deep in the right field bullpen, the sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium was already on its feet.All season long, Rodriguez...
Cano Makes Plans for Second-Half Rebound
NEW YORK -- The numbers don't seem to faze him, even though they all point to the same sign.Robinson Cano is in the middle of the worst offensive season of his career, but the 32-year-old second baseman is optimistic. Cano is back in the Bronx for a...
Christie Chastised over Talk of 2 Slayings in Stump Speech
A Connecticut congressman has condemned comments Governor Christie made in a campaign speech in Camden on Thursday in which he detailed his plan for criminal justice reform.Democrat Jim Himes accused Christie of "fear-mongering and thinly veiled racism"...
Christie Team Losing Another Key Adviser
The lawyer who served as Governor Christie's chief counsel in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing controversy is leaving state government at the end of the month to return to private practice.Chris Porrino, a Bergen County native...
City Teachers Fare Worst in N.J. Ranking
PATERSON -- Teachers in Paterson had the worst rankings among local school districts in New Jersey under the state's new evaluation system, according to an analysis of statistics released by officials in Trenton this week.The state report showed that...
Combating Terror
U.S. MARINES represent the best among us: our bravest warriors, our most disciplined minds, our strongest wills. On Thursday, four of those Marines lost their lives, not in trying to take a hill or storm a beach in some faraway land, but while simply...
Construction Firm Agrees to $17M Fine in Bribery Case
Two former company executives also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges related to bribery schemes in India, Indonesia, Kuwait and Vietnam.A New Jersey construction management company admitted paying millions in bribes to foreign officials to get contracts...
Deadline on Water Tanks Set for Feb
The state has set a deadline of Feb. 15 for the Passaic Valley Water Commission to either move forward with its project to replace three open-air reservoirs on Garret Mountain with concrete tanks or introduce an alternative plan.The deadline is contained...
Dean's List
We accept only names submitted by colleges and universities or by parents and students with proper documentation from the school attached. Names and local towns may be submitted via email to deanslist@northjersey.com.Because of the large volume, we cannot...
Family, Friends Remember Officer
WALDWICK -- About 200 people gathered Friday night on the lawn of St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Ho-Ho-Kus for a candelight vigil in memory of Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, who was killed in a traffic accident on Route 17 one year...
Funding of Fall Road Work Advances in Oradell
ORADELL-- Aggressive spending on road improvements is set to continue after the governing body agreed this week to approve a capital budget totaling more than $1 million.Of that, funding for milling and paving five borough streets would bring the total...
Gardener Classes Open to Residents
Do you like plants? If you are reading this column, the answer is probably yes.Would you like to learn about horticulture, the study of plant cultivation and propagation?Then signing up for Rutgers Cooperative Extension's master gardener classes might...
Garrett's Top Donor Backs Gay Marriage
The single-biggest source of campaign contributions to Rep. Scott Garrett in recent years has been the employees of a New York hedge fund whose billionaire chief executive has bankrolled efforts to legalize gay marriage and set up a political action...
Gop Trails Democrats on Assembly Fundraising
The three Republican committees in New Jersey combined to raise, spend and have more money in the bank through the first half of the year than their rival Democratic committees, according to the state's election enforcement watchdog.But the Republican...
Mets Fall Short in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS - The Mets' first half was defined by great pitching and trouble scoring runs, and if Friday was any indication, it will be the same case in the second half.The Mets' rally in the ninth fell short and they wasted a solid outing from Noah Syndergaard...
New Adviser Has Strong Ties to North Jersey
Hackensack City Attorney Thomas P. Scrivo is stepping down to take over as Governor Christie's chief counsel at the end of the month, the governor's office announced on Friday.Scrivo will replace Chris Porrino, who is returning to private practice.Scrivo...
N.J. Foreclosures Soar
New Jersey was second only to Florida in the rate of foreclosure activity in the first half of the year, as the Garden State catches up on a backlog of distressed properties that built up during the housing crash, according to a new report.Foreclosure...
Not Perfect, but Story Challenges Notions of a 'Hero'
"[People] naturally murmur when something that has always been pretty becomes painful," wrote Bernard Shaw in 1897. "But the pain is good for them."Murmuring is a polite word for the reaction to "Go Set a Watchman." The painful re-drafting of "Mockingbird's"...
One Devils' Goal Is to Be More Fan Friendly
Slowly, walls are coming down inside Prudential Center.This is a new era for a Devils organization trying desperately to connect better with its fans during one of its most trying times. It's been three consecutive seasons and four out of five that the team...
Power Play at Transit Pitch
RIDGEWOOD -- Standing outside the village train station on Friday, Sen. Bob Menendez outlined what his office described as a "major transportation policy" address, outlining nine core principles for a new federal surface transportation law that would bring...
Shooting Victim Had Overcome a Troubled Past
PATERSON -- Janet Webb learned that her 24-year-old son had been shot Sunday night when a friend came knocking at the door of her home on 12th Avenue.Someone already had posted an "RIP" tribute on Facebook as Webb headed to the hospital, according to...
Soccer Kick Nets Teen 15 Minutes of Fame
The messages have come pouring in to 13-year-old Roee Maor -- friends, family and random people who have found him on social media, all sending their congratulations on the Demarest resident's big moment and big win on live TV Thursday night.The soccer...
State Extends Gains in Venture Capital
Venture capitalists invested $184.4 million in 13 deals with New Jersey companies during the second quarter, $100 million more than the same period last year, according to a report on venture capital, as the investment climate improved in the Garden...
Super Scoops
We're well into cone-licking, hot fudge-drizzling, triple-scoop season, and the fact that July is National Ice Cream Month is just the icing on the cake - or the whipped cream on the sundae, if you will.Lucky for us, traditional ice cream shops can be...
Teacher Allegedly Reached out to Girl She's Accused of Sexually Assaulting
Wearing a green prison jumpsuit and heavily shackled, a second- grade teacher from Lyndhurst was back in court Friday, charged with violating a judicial order by allegedly trying to contact the 15- year-old girl she is accused of sexually assaulting.Lauren...
There's No Off-Season for Bosco Wrestling Star
For many athletes, the summer months constitute the off-season. It's the time of year when they can practice and train in preparation for the coming season.But for Don Bosco's Kyle Bierdumpfel, the summer is his second season. It's a chance to do things...
Your Views
State must act to protect PalisadesRegarding "Palisades protected" (Editorials, July 14):The Record dismissed the need for state legislation to protect the Palisades. Stating that local government should deal with the protection of the Palisades, The...
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