The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from November 18, 2015

A 'Cat' with Layers of Complexity
The Old Library Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that was made into a star-studded film in 1958, opens on Friday.And as OLT co-producer Brendan Joel Bartlett is quick to acknowledge,...
As American as S'mores and Green Bean Casserole
Last week, I reminded my family of the first (and only) time my mother made pot roast -- in 1966.Remember?"How could I forget?" my mother said. "You all got sick and I had a gall bladder attack. Worst pot roast ever.""Yeah, it was pretty bad," I replied....
Borough's Anti-Hunt Stance Wavers
SADDLE RIVER -- The borough has moved one step closer to allowing deer hunting, after the Borough Council voted Monday night to adopt changes to its firearms ordinance.Hunting has been banned in the small, affluent borough, where officials estimate 300...
Bowles' Decisions Backfire
Todd Bowles is in his first year as a head coach, but in his many seasons as an assistant, he certainly seems to have learned plenty about second-guessing."They're mistakes if they don't work," the Jets coach said of in- game decisions in the aftermath...
Christie among Loudest Voices as Campaign Struggles
Chris Christie has found a new voice in the presidential campaign. And it's got a strident tone.The day after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Governor Christie blasted President Obama as weak, clueless and a liar -- an ad hominem attack that outdid even...
Congressman Supports Moratorium on Refugees
A Republican New Jersey congressman who pressed past presidents from both parties to take in more global refugees said Monday he supports a moratorium on refugees from Syria because he does not believe federal screeners can detect those tied to the Islamic State."You...
Cotto, WBC Are a Middleweight Farce
Miguel Cotto isn't really trying to claim he's the victim in his dirty dealings with the WBC, is he?All Cotto has done since even before he upset Sergio Martinez to win the WBC's 160-pound title 17 months ago is manipulate the very definition of middleweight...
Cresskill to Get Wtc Remnant for Memorial
CRESSKILL -- The borough will receive one of the last remnants of metal salvaged from the World Trade Center for the construction of a 9/11 monument."We're gratified that after waiting for almost 10 years we're finally getting it," said Mayor Benedict...
Daughter of Motoring Pioneer Dies
Alice Ramsey Bruns, who died Friday in Clearwater, Fla., at age 105, was the product of an early Hackensack family prominent in the realms of politics and motoring.Her father, John Rathbone "Bone" Ramsey, rose from Bergen County clerk at the turn of...
Deal with Bus Workers to Raise NJ Transit's Costs $20M a Year
The new contract between NJ Transit and its bus workers will raise labor costs $20 million per year, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday. And although the deal covers five years of retroactive pay increases, it runs only through 2017.That means NJ Transit...
Devils Jinxed in Calgary
CALGARY, Alberta - Strange things always seem to happen to the Devils when they visit the Saddledome.Their jinx continued Tuesday night with a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames that opened their three-game trip to western Canada.Goaltender Cory Schneider...
Downloaded Letter When You've Moved Is Mvc's Latest 'Convenience'
Just when you think you've mastered New Jersey's arcane rules of the road, along comes another unexpected change that's sure to keep us guessing.Starting today, the estimated 450,000 driver's license holders who change their addresses each year will...
Driver Cleared in Cop's Death
A grand jury in Bergen County declined Tuesday to indict a truck driver for vehicular homicide in the death of Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, who was struck as he sat in his unmarked car on the side of Route 17 on radar duty more than a...
Edgewater Developer Strikes Deal
The state Department of Environmental Protection has drafted a settlement with developer Fred Daibes that could bring an end to a 14-year legal battle over a series of projects Daibes completed on the property of Le Jardin, his French restaurant on the...
Ex-Con Ids Suspect in 2012 Purse Theft
A reformed ex-convict and former drug addict testified Tuesday that he chased down a robber who snatched a purse from a 56-year- old woman in Paterson three years ago and held him down until police arrived to make an arrest.In animated testimony in Superior...
Freeholder Who Works in District Promoted
PATERSON - As part of 14 administrative promotions, the city school district last week appointed Passaic County Freeholder Theodore "T.J." Best to a new director's job, a position that will boost his salary by about 27 percent to $101,360.Two veteran...
Glen Ridge Ends Kinnelon's Run
MILLBURN - Glen Ridge's Tomison Kennedy scored the lone goal 7:15 into the opening half, giving the Ridgers a 1-0 win and ending Kinnelon's run in the Group 1 girls soccer state semifinals Tuesday.After being dominated for the first 60 minutes, Kinnelon...
Golden Knights Run out of Time
BERNARDS TOWNSHIP -- The Cinderella run finally came to an end for NV/Old Tappan on Tuesday night. But what a ride it was.Julian Montilus and Troy Browse each scored first-half goals to send Mendham to an 2-1 victory over NV/Old Tappan in a Group 3 state tournament...
Group 3 Football Playoff Preview
NORTH 1FRIDAYNo. 5 Sparta (7-3) at No. 1 River Dell (9-1), 6 p.m.How they got here: Sparta d. No. 4 Garfield, 28-12; River Dell d. No. 8 West Milford, 48-0.Story line: The Spartans have been River Dell's postseason nemesis, eliminating the Golden Hawks...
Herrera Plays the Hero Again
OAKLAND - Garfield coach Mark Pieklo had already seen Dave Herrera come through in these spots before."Any time he's around 25 yards and in and Dave's got the ball with a free kick, he's dangerous," Pieklo said. "He proved it time and time again in the...
Hotel Now Has Texas Ties
A long-vacant Saddle Brook hotel - a cylindrical, 12-story landmark along Route 80 - was bought by a Houston hotel company, which is preparing to reopen it as a Crowne Plaza.The hotel was bought for $10.7 million at auction last summer, but the identity...
Jets (5-4) at Texans (4-5)
At NRG StadiumSunday, 1 p.m.TV: CBSRadio: ESPN-FM 98.7Early line: Jets by 2 1/2This line wasn't available in some outlets Tuesday because of uncertainty about the status of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who didn't practice Monday as he continued to recuperate...
Jobless Benefits Fraud Alleged
Nine current and former U.S. Postal Service employees, including a Paterson woman who worked at the post office in Elmwood Park, have been indicted for allegedly collecting unemployment insurance benefits while they were working, authorities said Tuesday.The...
Joe Morton's Keeping Mum on 'Scandal' Fate
ScandalThings did not look good for Rowan Pope at the end of last week's "Scandal.""I'm being hunted," he told daughter Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who had reluctantly (and improbably) gotten her father sprung from jail. But in last week's "Rasputin"...
King Kristaps
NEW YORK -- In the final minute of the game, as he put the finishing touches on a Knicks win with the performance of his fledgling career, Kristaps Porzingis could not help but hear the loud chants of his name echoing through Madison Square Garden as...
Managing Bears
THE BEAR hunt is not only on again, it's increasing by season and scope.On Monday, the Christie administration formally adopted New Jersey's most robust black bear "management" plan yet, which will broaden the hunting area and potentially extend the...
Mclane Steps Up for Wpu
James McLane, Queen of PeaceJames McLane's patience is paying off.A part-time player who started only 16 games in his first three seasons at William Paterson, the 6-foot-6 forward who played at Queen of Peace has begun his senior season with two outstanding performances.The...
Mets Manager Lands Third in NL Balloting
Mets manager Terry Collins finished third in the NL Manager of the Year voting as voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.Cubs manager Joe Maddon won the award with 124 points, while Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had 87 points,...
Mover to Build Fedex Center
A company owned by moving magnate Moishe Mana expects to start construction next spring on a FedEx Freight distribution center in North Arlington that will bring more than 200 jobs to the borough, joining other businesses that have made the Meadowlands...
Nicks Is Thrilled to Be Back in Blue
The Giants were counting on the return of a former Super Bowl star wide receiver to help in their playoff push.And they are about to get that, just not the one everyone expected.No one could have predicted Hakeem Nicks' Giants comeback would be born...
N.J.'S Favorite, despite Issues
Maybe it should be called the Teflon Bank.Consider: Bank of America, the country's second-largest financial institution by assets, and the top lender in New Jersey by deposits, has paid more than $50 billion in well-publicized fines and settlements since...
N.J. Still Leads in Foreclosures
New Jersey continues to lead the nation in mortgage distress and foreclosure activity, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Tuesday.One in eight -- about 12.7 percent -- of mortgage holders in the Garden State were either late on their monthly payments...
NJ Transit Chief Leaving Agency, Returning to Mta
Just months before NJ Transit enters what may be its most challenging budget fight in a generation, and after less than two years on the job, Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim announced Tuesday that she is resigning as the agency's executive director.Hakim will...
No Records Found to Show Defendant Went to Slaying Site
Three sidewalk security cameras captured Sui Kam "Tony" Tung moving around his Upper East Side neighborhood and then disappearing from view in the hours before he allegedly shot the boyfriend of his estranged wife to death in the victim's Teaneck home,...
One to Remember
BERNARDS TOWNSHIP -- The now-crumpled piece of paper was pulled from her black coat pocket with a smile, as Tara Madigan made the triumphant walk back up to the celebratory Northern Highlands bus. Scribbled on the back of a Highlands roster sheet was...
Parents of Teen Killed Crossing Street File Suit
The parents of Michelle Sous, a North Haledon teenager who was struck and killed by a motorist in 2013 while crossing High Mountain Road, have filed a lawsuit claiming their free speech rights were violated after they were charged with harassment for...
'Patchwork' Repairs Irk Homeowners
CLIFTON - Like checkerboards, the newly reworked sidewalks and curbs of Harrington Road and Woodlawn Avenue are intermeshed with old, faded and crumbling ones.And two dozen residents of the neighborhoods in Montclair Heights let the City Council know...
Paying Dues Pays off for Senior Back
RIDGEFIELD PARK - Elijah Carlos waited his turn.And that, in itself, is worth a headline in this day and age. Instead of pouting or shopping around for a better situation while being stuck behind two 1,000-yard rushers last season, the Ridgefield Park...
Plea Offer Would Spare Teens Jail Time
Four Elmwood Park teenagers have been offered a new plea deal that calls for no prison time if they admit they videotaped themselves having sex with an intoxicated 15-year-old girl, a prosecutor said Tuesday.In return for their guilty pleas to a third-degree...
Pressure? Highlanders Can Handle It
BERNARDS TOWNSHIP -- Kayla Klatt said her secret was to watch the shooter's knees. Eva Hurm said she wasn't going to tell her scoring secret just yet.But it's all in the open now. The Northern Highlands girls soccer team will play for a fifth straight...
Ramapo's Patience Yields Big Dividend
OAKLAND - As the clock continued to wind down in the Group 2 girls soccer state semifinals against Whippany Park, veteran Ramapo head coach Paul Heenehan kept bellowing messages of encouragement to his players."We're knocking on the door," Heenehan yelled...
Records Ruling Appealed
The state's largest newspapers and some of the biggest U.S. media companies are challenging a 2013 ruling by a Bergen County judge that they say gives government agencies in New Jersey unprecedented power to deny requests for public records.Experts call...
Retailers Get Early Start on Holiday Hiring
There were more holiday retail hires in October than ever this year, though the record-setting momentum has likely reached its peak, according to a report by Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc.According to the report, based...
Scrappy Nets Hold off Hawks for Second Win
NEW YORK -- One moment, the Nets got the stop they needed. A few heartbeats later, Thaddeus Young was streaking toward the basket with the ball.He jumped through the air, collided with Kyle Korver and went crashing to the hardwood.Closing time has not...
Students Get Close-Up Parade Preview
MOONACHIE -- Inside a nondescript warehouse on State Street, a castle surrounded by a dragon and bears reaches more than 30 feet tall. Around the corner, a larger-than-life turkey and goose look ready to wade through a cranberry bog, while Snoopy's famous doghouse...
Syrian Refugees
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE and more than two dozen other governors don't want Syrian refugees in their states.We have no doubt that Christie and the other governors are responding to understandable public fears after the barbarity in Paris, and that in many cases...
Teacher Resigns amid Test Scandal
PATERSON - A city teacher accused of helping students at Eastside High School cheat on a standardized test last year has resigned, officials confirmed on Monday.Banmali Banerjee resigned effective Oct. 5, less than two months after he had been suspended...
The Day's Special: Pork Belly
Odds are you've enjoyed pork belly for breakfast and eaten some in a sandwich with lettuce and tomato, but never knew it. That's because bacon is pork belly that has been cured. But many food lovers would argue vociferously that salting, drying, smoking...
Things to Do
TOdayACTIVITIES* LUNG CANCER PREVENTION: LUNCH AND LEARN -- 1 p.m., Holy Name Medical Center, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck. $5. 201-833-3336.* FILM: "COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING" -- 2:30 p.m., Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center, 100 Nicholls Road,...
Warriors Fight Hard to the End
MILLBURN - Waldwick's gallant quest to win a state boys soccer title ended one game shy of the finals for the second consecutive year.The Warriors lost in overtime to Brearley, 1-0, in Tuesday night's state Group 1 semifinal after Andrew Lomnicki scored...
Your Views
Terrorist attack in ParisISIS cannot be defeated by military means. You can't kill every one of its followers.ISIS must be defeated as an idea. A message of hope must replace the ideology of hate that attracts its many followers. Unfortunately, the bombings...
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