The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from October 1, 2015

Another Setback for Cruz
EAST RUTHERFORD - Rueben Randle watched as Victor Cruz ran routes and caught passes from Eli Manning during practice Wednesday.What Randle saw was not vintage Cruz, the star wide receiver the Giants need and the one they planned to welcome back to the...
A&p Stores on Block Today
A&P will begin one of the most important sales of its 156-year history today when the Montvale-based supermarket chain starts the auction process for another 128 stores it hopes to sell as part of its bankruptcy process.Fourteen stores in Bergen and...
A Tip for London
FLORHAM PARK - Say this much about Leonard Williams -- he knows how to follow a game plan.The rookie defensive end attended a team meeting Monday in which Jets players received tips from a sleep specialist on how to prepare for their impending trip to...
Atlantic Coast Rigs for Heavy Weather
Rain. Rain. Rain. More rain. And a hurricane coming north -- but maybe not to New Jersey.Certainty about a weather front's effects on North Jersey through the weekend mixed with uncertainty about Hurricane Joaquin's path toward the state as the National...
Bank Deal Ok'd at Last
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday approved the acquisition of Paramus-based Hudson City Bancorp Inc. by M&T Bank Corp., after a grueling three-year review, making it possible for the Buffalo, N.Y.- based lender to take over New Jersey's largest homegrown...
Bergen Leaders Seek Delay in Horizon Health Plan
The Bergen County delegation of state lawmakers as well as the county's executive and Freeholder Board have joined the effort to delay a new health plan anticipated to have a wide and possibly detrimental impact on Catholic hospitals and the uninsured.A...
Big Sigh of Relief for Mets
PHILADELPHIA -- For three innings Wednesday, Mets executives and players had to worry whether Yoenis Cespedes suffered a season- changing injury.The outfielder took an 89-mph fastball off his left fingers and had to leave the game in the third inning,...
Bill Would Freeze Military Promos at Sports Events
The military would face a strict ban on paying sports teams to honor service members, and a portion of all sports-related military advertising would be frozen until that practice is reviewed by the Defense Department under a bill released this week by...
Chemical Leak Forces Closing of Court Building
A chemical leak at the massive Trenton building that houses the state Supreme Court and the Attorney General's Office is putting a freeze on New Jersey's justice system this week, court officials said.The Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex was closed...
Christie Pardons 3 on Gun Charges
For the third time this year, Governor Christie has issued pardons to out-of-state residents charged with violating New Jersey's strict gun laws -- clearing three people Wednesday and again wading into a controversial issue that has dogged him on the campaign...
Congress Acts on Court Vacancy 'Crisis'
Congress moved closer Wednesday to addressing a "state of emergency" caused by vacancies in federal courts in New Jersey as the Senate Judiciary Committee quizzed two judicial nominees, each with connections to Bergen County.The committee did not take...
Cop's Quick Action a Lifesaver for Teen
A Mahwah police officer acted quickly at a hectic accident scene, using a tourniquet to prevent a Ramapo College student from bleeding to death after he was struck by a pickup while crossing Route 17, authorities said on Wednesday.Officer Matt Lombardo...
Deal-Maker or Angry Outsider?
The Republican Party is undergoing an identity crisis and so is presidential candidate Chris Christie.At times, he sounds as if he's joined forces with the angry, no- compromise hard-liners willing to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood...
Dems Pressing Christie to Act on Wind Farms
Democrats from New Jersey's congressional delegation are prodding the Christie administration to finalize a key funding mechanism for offshore wind energy projects in light of an impending federal auction to sell lease rights for wind farms off the New...
Dems Seek Liberty State Park Development Report
Senate Democrats said Wednesday that they will hold a hearing in an attempt to find out details of the Christie administration's plans to bring more private development to Liberty State Park.The Department of Environmental Protection has turned down numerous...
Election Budget Control May Shift
Democrats in the state Legislature have introduced a bill that would rein in the autonomy of the governor-appointed superintendent of elections by shifting the power to control spending to county freeholders.The bill, S-3170, sponsored by state Sen....
Fair Lawn Recalls Heroism of Fallen Officer
The night began like hundreds before it in Fair Lawn, with Helen Collura offering her standard five words. "I love you. Be careful," she told her daughter, and Mary Ann was off to work.It was a caution any parent might employ. The fact that Mary Ann Collura...
Free-Speech Clashes Rise on Campuses
At Montclair State University, a student group was fined and sanctioned for handing out pro-Palestine brochures. At Rutgers University, officials faced a federal complaint alleging they didn't do enough to protect students who were bullied over their...
Game Moved Up to Noon
PHILADELPHIA -- Today's series finale with Philadelphia has been moved up to noon in anticipation of inclement weather.Each game matters for the Mets in their attempt to secure home- field advantage, and there would be no time for makeup games before the...
Heavy Rain Good News for Anglers
Anglers should be jumping for joy over the healthy dose of rain we've received the last couple of days. It might have made for a rough commute and played heck with outdoor plans, but it's going to do wonders for fall fishing.There was a price to pay...
Lakeland Earns Bounce-Back Win
No team's stock took a bigger leap over the last week than Lakeland's. The fifth seed in the Passaic County tournament did suffer heartbreak in the quarterfinals, losing to fourth-seeded Wayne Valley in penalty strokes, but bounced back with a 2-1 victory over...
Leonia Troupe Tackles a Bare-Bones Classic
Invisibility is fun, for superheroes. It's not so great for actors.Invisible baseballs, invisible coffee cups, invisible plates and knives and spoons, are just some of the props that actors are working with -- or to be more precise, non-props that actors...
Long Road to Recovery
RIDGEWOOD - Samantha Halvorsen couldn't understand a joke. She couldn't go to school. She couldn't read a book without falling asleep immediately afterward.And she couldn't run.The issue of concussions is one of the most important topics being examined...
Lopez Provides Emotional Edge
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- It is just the second day of training camp, the time when players are just getting to know each other, coaches are working to teach the new system and teams take their first tentative steps. And that just made what Knicks' coach Derek...
Lyndhurst-Based Laundry Facility Cited over Safety
A Lyndhurst-based commercial laundry company has been cited, again, for workplace violations at one of its North Jersey facilities, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday.The agency cited Prestige...
Manchester Funding Battle in Court Again
The years-long arguments over how to equitably fund Manchester Regional High School continued in a state appeals courtroom on Tuesday as three Passaic County boroughs made their cases for why they each should pay less to fund the district.The Appellate...
Murder Suspect's Cousin Testifies
A cousin of the Paterson man accused of fatally stabbing his ex- girlfriend three years ago said the defendant came to his house with a knife shortly after the killing, and then washed his bloodied hands and changed his bloodstained pants.Bashon Hardy...
New Milford Foursome Wins Wherever They Go
NEW MILFORD -- They've been together for so long, the occasional sister-like fights are almost inevitable."If we didn't fight sometimes, we'd deeply hate each other on the inside," Nicole Garcia said before bursting out laughing in the New Milford gymnasium...
NJ Transit Fare Hikes
MORE MONEY, less service. That could be the new slogan for NJ Transit, the train, bus and light-rail provider to thousands of New Jersey commuters. Effective today, fares increase on average 9 percent. Service cuts already went into effect.Commuters...
Numbers Adding Up on the Mat
Leah Gneco was on a short list when she began her gymnastics career at Northern Highlands.Since then, that list has nearly doubled.The sophomore from Upper Saddle River captured attention in 2014 by winning the North 1 floor championship as an independent competitor....
Officer Probed over Pointing of Gun at Group, Assault of Man in Paterson
PATERSON -- Authorities say they are conducting an investigation of a city police officer who pointed his gun at several men in South Paterson last week, knocking one to the ground and kicking him, while allegedly trying to find the person who had stabbed...
Palmieri Exits with Injury
PHILADELPHIA - The Devils are optimistic right wing Kyle Palmieri will be fine for the start of the regular season after the Montvale native sustained an unspecified injury Wednesday night in the second period of their 4-2 preseason win over the Flyers.With...
Paul, Jaskot Get Message, Lift Mahwah
SECAUCUS -- After the Mahwah girls volleyball team rolled off the team bus and strolled into the gym at Secaucus on Wednesday afternoon, coach Dean Rayside told his team to take a good look around at the walls of the gym.Everywhere you turned, there...
Plan for Artificial Turf Goes Forward
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP -- The Township Council has voted to move forward with a controversial plan to overhaul Memorial Field, including installing artificial turf, after more than a year of divisive debate among residents.The council voted 4-1 on Monday...
Police Remove Molinelli Foe from Meeting of Freeholders
A frequent critic of Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli was removed from the county freeholder meeting late Wednesday night after attempting to play a video of a woman who claims authorities did not impose sufficient penalties on a Teaneck dermatologist...
Prokhorov Relaxed, Optimistic about Nets
Not many people expect the Nets to be good this season. But that doesn't mean they can't be fun, or interesting.Wednesday provided evidence of that, as Nets training camp continued at Duke University -- where owner Mikhail Prokhorov was in attendance.After...
Rangers' Mcilrath Creating Roster Puzzle
NEW YORK - Dylan McIlrath may have finally earned a spot on the Rangers' roster.Maybe. Because the Rangers still have some decisions to make after concluding their six-game preseason schedule with a 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night at Madison...
Retail Vacancy Rate Same as a Year Ago
The retail vacancy rate in northern and central New Jersey held steady during the first half of 2015, with a July vacancy rate of 6.2 percent, the same percentage as at the end of 2014, according to the midyear vacancy survey by Paramus-based retail...
Rex Can't Get 2011 Giants out of Mind
EAST RUTHERFORD - Rex Ryan has not forgotten the last time he coached against Tom Coughlin and the Giants in a game that counted.Preseason Snoopy Bowl affairs between MetLife Stadium co-tenants are not included.Now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills,...
Saddle River Family Gives Univ. of Chicago $100M
A family from Saddle River has donated $100 million to the University of Chicago to establish the first research institute and annual global forum of its kind devoted solely to the study and resolution of global conflicts, the school announced Wednesday.The...
Safe Medicine
NEW JERSEY'S malpractice laws are in need of an overhaul. That much is clear after this week's mix of rulings by the state Supreme Court in a case involving an anesthesiologist who for years performed back surgeries in same-day operating centers in New...
Shifting Focus
NEW YORK -- The Yankees officially lost their chance to win the division before they even took the field on Wednesday.The Blue Jays clinched the American League East with a win over Baltimore in the afternoon.But there still was plenty to play for in...
Small-Town Doctor Was a Giant to His Patients
Dr. Alfred A. Siss, a small-town pediatrician and obstetrician with prematurely silver hair, was so revered that his patients formed a committee and tossed a testimonial dinner-dance in his honor.Seven hundred people came to the Wayne Manor on Sept....
State Girls Tennis Tournament Preview
WHEN: First round: Today, Friday; quarterfinals: Tuesday, Wednesday; semifinals: Oct. 9; finals: Oct. 13.WHERE: All matches at higher-seeded teamNorth 1, Group 1Top seed: Mountain LakesLocal schools (with seeding): Leonia (3), Cresskill (4), Glen Rock...
Still Waiting
NEW YORK -- The day began with all sorts of playoff permutations and plenty of uncertainty.But as the Yankees entered the 11th inning late Wednesday night, the math got very easy: The teams the Yankees needed to lose had done so. They were a win away...
Success Stories
That was the premise behind "Redefining Success," a new book meant to motivate hopeful female entrepreneurs and any woman who wants financial independence and to chart her own path toward her particular version of success.In the book, 11 women from North Jersey...
Ticket Box
On-sale dates for upcoming events:FRIDAY* At noon, Phish, Dec. 30 and 31 and Jan. 1 and 2 at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan. Ticketmaster.STILL ON SALE* Beirut, 8 tonight at Radio City Music Hall, Manhattan. $35 to $39.50. Ticketmaster.* Joe Walsh,...
Walking Dead Told to Take a Hike
WESTWOOD -- A legion of brain-eating zombies will not be shambling through the borough later this month.Without taking a formal vote, the Borough Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal by the Westwood Chamber of Commerce to host a "Zombie Walk" the week...
YMCA Taking Nets' Practice Site
EAST RUTHERFORD -- After almost a century, the Meadowlands Area YMCA is finally getting a home.The YMCA has struck a deal to take over and renovate the Brooklyn Nets' 65,000-square-foot practice facility off Route 17, which the Nets will be vacating...
Your Views
GOP won't follow pope's messageNow that the calendar has turned and our holy father has safely retuned to the Vatican, how long will it take for the "Francis effect" that so exuberantly filled the chamber of Congress to dissipate back into the deafening...
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