The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

A daily newspaper serving the Bergen County, NJ area. Stories cover local news, politics, business, entertainment, and sports, with additional stories of significance from around the state, nation, and world.

Articles from December 25, 2015

Big Blue Move on without Beckham
EAST RUTHERFORD -- Once Odell Beckham Jr.'s suspension was upheld, reality set in for the Giants.Against the Vikings on Sunday night, they'll be without their top playmaker, and quarterback Eli Manning will be without his top target.Yet the rest of the...
Breaking Bread with Deserving H.S. Coaches
The qualifying rules are simple and never change. Coaches invited to our ninth annual mythical holiday dinner must be of the high school variety.No pro or major college coaches whose paychecks are bigger than the budgets of some Third World nations....
Charles Dickens Discovered at the Lost and Found
THE LOCATION of the Lost and Found for the Long Island Rail Road is a bit Dickensian. The office is sited toward the end of one of the lesser concourses on the lower level of New York Pennsylvania Station, near a dank, sketchy back corridor that years...
Community Agency Hosts Holiday Party for Children
PATERSON -- A raucous, jubilant crowd of children from across the city packed into a community center to spring in bounce houses, color snowman cutouts and pose for photos with Santa, before going home with three wrapped Christmas presents.The New Jersey...
Elmwood Park Will Pay Builder $450K, End Suit
ELMWOOD PARK -- The borough has ended a long-running court battle by agreeing to pay $450,000 to a construction official who contended in a lawsuit that his 2010 firing was related to a conflict of interest.The settlement, signed in October and approved...
Enjoy Warmth While You Can
About the only thing to be seen in North Jersey that had anything to do with "snow" was spotted by 8-year-old Graciela Fajardo, who paid a visit on Christmas Eve to one of her favorite animals, the snowy owl, in the Bergen County Zoo in Van Saun Park.Even...
Entrepreneurs Find Success
When Tom Olsen and Kristine LaGuardia took over Lobster Life Systems in Lodi in July, they thought they knew everything about seafood tanks."When we bought the business, we thought we knew everything," said Olsen, who has nearly 30 years of experience...
Ex-Pat Catches on with Jets
FLORHAM PARK - Jets wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was asked if Sunday's game against New England has any special meaning for home."It's just a game," Thompkins replied.Once a Patriot, always a Patriot. At least in terms of dealing with the media.Thompkins...
Giving and Receiving
Bertha Cooke had the Christmas tree decorated, the candy dishes filled and a plate of cookies at the ready for when her "girls" arrived.She was waiting for four young women with autism. They have become the 84-year-old woman's social lifeline even as...
Home-Grown Talent
Omar Minaya was no different than most fathers, slipping a baseball into the hand of his children when the boys' hands weren't even big enough to grasp it.But unlike most, Minaya's children would move from the crib to the green grass fields at Citi Field...
Hospital Execs Team Up to Make Difference
Christmas arrived a little early for a daughter of Paterson this week, a retired seamstress in need of some hope after another grueling year of financial struggles and so much loss.At 56, overwhelmed by the death of her fiance and on disability because...
Informal Dining: Where Noodles Step Up
What cozier way to explore two of North Jersey's many ethnic cuisines than by enjoying a bowl of noodle soup? Two small Asian restaurants offer bowls that can warm you up, ease the sniffles or just provide a filling meal. And both have other treats worth seeking,...
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...
Lauren Vande Vaarst, Englewood City Clerk
ENGLEWOOD -- City Clerk Lauren Vande Vaarst, who had waged a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, has died, officials said Thursday.Ms. Vande Vaarst died Wednesday night. Today, Christmas, would have been her birthday, officials said."Words simply...
Murphy Takes His Bat South to Nats
The Mets will see Daniel Murphy quite often in the years to come.Their postseason hero has agreed to terms on a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the rival Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports.The Mets will receive a compensation draft...
Nearly Made It Home for Christmas
Bill Mullen has carried a simple dream in his heart for months. He just wanted to wake up on Christmas morning in a new home on the same spot in Ortley Beach where his old place was washed away by Superstorm Sandy more than three years ago.He'll have...
New on Dvd
PAN (2015, Warner, PG, $30) -- After overseeing stunners like "Atonement" and "Hanna," director Joe Wright takes on the origin story of Peter Pan and fails to deliver the necessary magic. This adventure saga about Peter (Levi Miller) defending Neverland...
New Tension in Gwb Case
Two key figures in the George Washington Bridge scandal can't get a fair trial, their defense lawyers now say, because federal prosecutors are not pressing Governor Christie to turn over documents, including materials produced during an internal investigation...
Parental Metrics
WHAT MAKES someone a good parent may be hard to explain, but what isn't complicated is this: Money isn't it. Yet money -- or a lack of it -- may have played a big part in how one indigent mother lost custody of her daughter.The state Supreme Court announced...
Recommendations
WESTWOODTISHA'S MAIN INGREDIENT ** 1/2This eclectic neighborhood spot fuses the owners' native Thai cuisine with American and French dishes, all flavor-rich and served in an endearingly cheerful atmosphere.Prices: Appetizers $6 to $14; entrees $14 to...
Season of Joy
MILLIONS OF Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus today. In the United States, as in many other countries, it is a secular holiday rooted in a particular religion. While that may prove an obstacle for strict adherents to a firm separation of...
Some Early Gifts for H.S. Winter Teams
Christmas came early for all the New Jersey high school winter sports coaches eager to give the gift of teaching to their athletes.Sports such as basketball and wrestling received the official green light to open the preseason a week earlier, after schools within...
Speziale Could Also Get Pa. Job
PATERSON -- The police director, Jerry Speziale, said on Thursday that he has agreed to take on part-time duties as interim police chief in a Pennsylvania city about two hours west of Paterson.Speziale said he would continue his full-time work overseeing...
Student Says Add Muslim Feasts
CLIFTON -- A city high school student is hoping to persuade the Board of Education to adopt two of the most sacred Muslim holy days as public school holidays, a request that school officials have rebuffed twice in recent years, but that has gained traction throughout...
Warmth Prolongs Bass Bite
A Christmas gift of record-breaking temperatures will continue to give anglers an opportunity to fish in comfort as the striped bass bite continues.Water temperatures are still in the 50-degree ranges at 53-54 instead of in the upper-40 degree ranges,...
Wins Taps First All-Digital Reporter
WINS-AM (1010) reporter, West Long Branch native and Hoboken resident Rebecca Granet will become the station's first full-time digital reporter, focusing on original content for 1010WINS.com on Jan. 1.Her reports will include audio, video, text and blogging....
Writer-Editor Alexander Kaplen Dies at 56
Alexander Kaplen of Englewood, who founded and edited a homespun literary magazine that blazed a luminous path across the media landscape a quarter-century ago, died Dec. 16 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 56.The cause was cardiac...
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