The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from February 12, 2016

2nd Man Pleads Not Guilty in 1 of 2 Warehouse Slayings
A Paterson teenager pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a murder charge in a double homicide at an after-hours party at a warehouse in December.Quincy Franklin, 18, is the second suspect arrested in the Dec. 27 incident in which Fernando D. Irby, 24, and...
5 Held in Holiday Tavern Robbery
HAWTHORNE -- Four men and a Waldwick teen have been charged with robbing a bar on Christmas, police said. Three of the men are also accused of kidnapping and carjacking a taxi driver several hours later in a crime spree that began in Ridgewood and ended...
7th Arrest in String of Crimes
A seventh person has been charged in connection with a string of armed robberies across Bergen County over almost two years that ended last month after three people -- allegedly on the way to committing an armed robbery in Carlstadt -- were arrested, authorities...
Biagioli Thrives under Pressure
WAYNE - Their magical season came down to one event.The math was simple. But the pressure was on.The scoreboard showed Northern Highlands tied with Roxbury entering the 400-yard freestyle relay with the winner of the race ultimately becoming the North...
Big North Cup Ice Hockey Tournament Guide
For the next week, Big North Cup tournament hockey will be taking over nights at the Ice Vault. Three separate championship streaks will be on the line, with Ramsey looking to claim its fourth straight Liberty Cup title, Glen Rock seeking its fourth...
Child Prodigy Graduating to Virtuoso
Patricio Molina was famous before he knew it. When he was 3, he showed up to a TV studio with a pacifier and captivated a national audience, playing the piano with a fluency and poise that belied the sight of a tiny boy whose shiny black shoes didn't...
Christie's Intrigue Strictly a Jersey Issue
Governor Christie on Thursday was not traveling for a national political organization, not delivering a policy speech at a special- interest forum, and not away in New Hampshire fighting for a chance to become president.Now the intrigue of Christie becomes...
Comfortably Yum
North Jersey's long list of fabulous meatballs just got longer. Hiding in a modest little luncheonette in Totowa called Cyndia's are some fried beauties made of veal, pork and beef -- super-soft, super- light, packed with herbs and smothered with mozzarella,...
Day-Care Worker Held on Child-Abuse Counts
WOODCLIFF LAKE -- A day-care employee was arrested this week and charged with child abuse and endangerment, accused of pushing and throwing plastic blocks at infants and toddlers who were in her care, authorities said Thursday.Shara R. Goldstein, 27,...
Dealing with Your Enemy
NEW YORK - If the Yankees and Red Sox are in trade discussions this summer, chances are that one of the ancient rivals has unexpectedly fallen on hard times.And the other is pushing for a pennant."Can we? Yes," said Dave Dombrowski on the possibility...
Dukakis in a Tank, Christie in a Hug
MICHAEL DUKAKIS driving a tank. For younger readers, Dukakis is a former governor of Massachusetts and was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988. He lost to George H. W. Bush. And in 1988, Dukakis looked a lot like the comic actor Eugene Levy....
Electricity Bills to Rise Come June
Electricity bills will tick upward again in June across much of the North Jersey following approval Thursday by state regulators of new prices for power purchased by utility companies.The average residential bill is expected to rise 3.5 percent, or $3.95...
Ethnic Zoning Strife Worsens
PATERSON -- The zoning board voted Thursday to compel the City Council to remove three members who have been boycotting meetings in protest of alleged discrimination and harassment.The five members present voted to hire attorney Carmine Campanile to...
FBI Eyes Fugitive's Reputed Email
The FBI is looking into an email supposedly from Afzal "Bobby" Khan, the Ramsey luxury car dealer who has been a fugitive for 16 months, that was sent to The Record and other media outlets.Khan has been wanted since October 2014 for allegedly fleecing the...
Ferguson Lessons
IT WASN'T Montgomery, Detroit or Newark. The scenes of fire and mayhem were not archival images from the 1960s. This was 2014. This was Ferguson, Mo.In the wake of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, this small city near St. Louis, became ground...
Four Characters Try to Negotiate Racial Divide
"Smart People," which opened Thursday night at the Second Stage Theatre, is a patchwork quilt of a play, a melange of scenes about race in America without a distinctive through-pattern.Much of it is quite diverting, although it falls short of compelling.Playwright...
Gas Up the Buses, as Long Trips Await
The state outdoor group meets and Meet of Champions will require trips of at least 90 miles one way for most North Jersey schools in June with the end of an era: There are no state meets to be held at South Plainfield High School for the first time in...
Goodbyes Costing N.J. Income
New Jersey lost about $18.4 billion in adjusted gross income from 2004 to 2013, a period in which hundreds of thousands more people left the state for elsewhere in the U.S. than moved in, according to a report released Thursday.The lost income would...
Hubert C. Vickerilla, Totowa Mainstay
Hubert C. Vickerilla's 33-year run on the Borough Council is a Totowa record. The business he founded, the Red Kettle Deli on Union Boulevard, is going strong after 46 years.Mr. Vickerilla, a World War II Army veteran and a popular figure in Totowa,...
Hungry Hackensack
HACKENSACK - Maybe MJ Richardson should come off the bench more often for Hackensack.One of North Jersey's leading scorers checked in late in the first quarter and led the Comets to a spirited 70-57 victory Thursday night over Ramapo that snapped an...
Ic Denied Chance to Defend Sectional Title
No one at Immaculate Conception is pointing any fingers. Except, of course, at themselves.The Blue Wolves learned Thursday that they will not get an opportunity to defend their North Non-Public B basketball title because they are ineligible for the state...
Inspections
Restaurant and food establishment inspections published in The Record include only the establishment's name and evaluation. Evaluations are received from local health departments; however, not all departments issue reports. Readers seeking more information should...
Jersey Commute Gets More Irritating
Suspicions confirmed. Commuting in New Jersey is getting worse.Those who drive the Garden State's 39,000 miles of roadway have known this for years, but leave it to AAA Northeast to quantify the obvious this week at a Trenton conference with leading...
Jones Said to Weigh Pascrell Challenge
PATERSON -- Many political observers were caught by surprise this week when social media began buzzing with an image touting former Mayor Jeffery Jones as a candidate for the congressional seat held by longtime Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr."No comment," Jones...
Judge Says Ferriero Can Put off Start of Prison for 30 Days
Former Bergen County Democratic Organization Chairman Joseph A. Ferriero was granted a second, brief reprieve Thursday by a judge who agreed to allow him to remain free for an additional 30 days before he must begin a nearly three-year sentence for corruption.In...
Judge Says School Needs Approval for Lights
ALLENDALE -- Northern Highlands Regional High School must get local approval for its new stadium lights, a Superior Court judge said last Friday.The decision comes as a partial vindication for three residents who live on a woodsy drive near the school....
Key Dem Panel to Aid Gottheimer against Garrett
Congressional candidate Josh Gottheimer got a boost to his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Garrett on Thursday with his inclusion in a program intended to give him financial support and help him with fundraising.Gottheimer was one of 16...
Knicks' Failures Lay with Jackson
After Monday's 24-minute news conference left too many questions unanswered and the critics barking at Phil Jackson's feet, he took to social media to get the last word a day later.But, as usual, the last word was nearly indecipherable: a screenshot...
Looking for Answers
PISCATAWAY -- As Eddie Jordan spoke to reporters after practice Thursday, one could see a banner in the distance over his left shoulder bearing his name, honoring some of his achievements as one of Rutgers' most legendary players. To the right of the...
Lower Bail for 4 Held in Robbery of N.Y. Teen
A Superior Court judge on Thursday lowered bail for four people charged in connection with the killing of a Spring Valley, N.Y., teen.Kevensky Lubin, 18, Calim Gaspard, 23, Richard Jean-Pierre, 18, all of Spring Valley, and Mirleny Tremols, 33, of Nyack,...
Mahwah's Glicini Nets Shot in Pros
When Mark Glicini took a bus ride from New Haven, Conn., to New York City on Jan. 22, the former Mahwah High School lacrosse star learned he would be a professional athlete.The Yale senior midfielder's phone buzzed with news from his coach that the Chesapeake...
Mets' Degrom Eyes Long-Term Deal
Mets starter Jacob deGrom told the New York Post he would entertain the idea of signing a long-term deal with the team.The Mets have not agreed to contract extensions with any of their young starters, and deGrom, 27, is not eligible for free agency until...
Mlb Network Gets Dish OK
Secaucus' status as a mini-hub for TV sports production received a boost Thursday when the MLB Network won approval to install a large satellite dish to help it handle programming from its new partner, NHL Network.The New Jersey Sports and Exposition...
Montclair State Physicist Reflects on 'Big Milestone'
Given the extensive light pollution from Manhattan and nearby suburbs, Elmwood Park doesn't have the sort of star-studded night sky likely to foster a kid's fascination with astronomy.In fact, "it was not the stuff you see in the sky, but the ideas behind...
New on Dvd This Week: Feb. 12
Available:SPECTRE (2015, Sony, PG-13, $30) -- It delivers less of an emotional wallop than "Skyfall" but "Spectre" is tops in all other departments. From the ridiculously propulsive opening, which is set in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, to a plot...
No Keeping Pace with Chucaralao
HACKENSACK -- As his wrestlers sprint by, tagging the walls at either end, Hackensack wrestling coach John Stallone calls out."Our heavyweight is winning the sprints again."It's not an indictment of the talented Comets as they prepare for their sectional...
No Timeline on American Dream Bonds
Neither the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority nor the state Economic Development Authority has imposed a deadline on Triple Five, the developer of American Dream Meadowlands, to complete the 2.9-million-square-foot shopping and entertainment complex.Triple...
Pair Deny Fraud Charges
A divorced Park Ridge couple, accused of stealing more than $3 million in a scheme to bill their employers for bogus or undelivered consulting services, denied any wrongdoing at their arraignment Thursday on federal conspiracy and mail-fraud charges.Barbara...
Paterson School among State's Best
PATERSON -- HARP Academy this week accomplished something no other Paterson school has done -- it made the state's list of top- performing schools.Fewer than 60 schools in the state earned the honor, including many from districts known for their academic...
Paterson Schools
SUSTENANCE COMES in small, often bittersweet doses to the Paterson public schools. Unfortunately, that's the way it has been for years, and the way it will continue to be.This week came the announcement from Trenton of a breakthrough that no doubt caused...
Rangers Winning, and Having Fun Doing It
Henrik Lundqvist was talking about fun again and that's a good thing for the Rangers, who are looking more and more like a team that will solidify a playoff spot, not squeak in at the buzzer.As in, he had "fun" making 34 saves and blanking the Sidney Crosbys,...
Recommendations
ALLENDALENIRVANA INDIAN KITCHEN ** 1/2 This spacious Indian restaurant offers an array of Indian dishes and delightful renditions of classics such as chicken tikka masala.Prices: Appetizers $7 to $18, entrees $14 to $29.Recommended dishes: Chicken tikka...
Ridgewood Council Agrees on Garage
RIDGEWOOD -- The Village Council moved forward Wednesday night with an agreement that would allow county money to finance construction of a municipal parking garage downtown.The vote, a 3-2 split, approved a leasing agreement with the Bergen County Improvement...
Ru's Longa, Carroo Will Attend Combine
Former Rutgers stars Steve Longa and Leonte Carroo have accepted invites to the NFL Combine, which begins Feb. 24 in Indianapolis.Longa is an outside linebacker from Saddle Brook; Carroo, from Edison and who played his high school ball at Don Bosco,...
Senate Approves 'Smart Gun' Technology Bill
A bill meant to encourage the use of "smart gun" technology passed the state Senate by a 21-13 vote Thursday.Sponsored by Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, the bill would require gun shops in New Jersey to display and sell "smart guns." Supporters say...
Showdown Looming on Fixing State Pension Fund
A constitutional amendment to mandate quarterly payments to the state's public pension system could have "potentially cataclysmic consequences" on the quality of life in New Jersey, requiring more than $3 billion in tax increases by 2022, according to...
Sigh of Relief from Workers as Pay Is Ok'd
PATERSON - After enduring two days of uncertainty over whether they would get paid this week, Paterson's municipal employees were able to rest easy Thursday night.In a hastily scheduled emergency meeting, the City Council approved the monthly budget...
Stockton Study Shows Risks of Reverse Mortgages
While reverse mortgages are sold as safe ways for older homeowners to unlock their homes' value, more than 1,250 New Jerseyans with these loans have lost their homes to foreclosure over the past decade, according to a report released Thursday from Stockton...
Storm after the Storm
Democratic lawmakers -- questioning why New Jersey received only $15 million from a $1 billion federal competition intended to help protect states from disasters like Superstorm Sandy -- said Thursday that they will seek subpoena power to get answers...
Study Requested for Sussex County River with 'Intersex' Fish
Federal scientists are recommending that a portion of the Wallkill River in Sussex County be studied in greater detail to find out why some male fish have developed female sexual traits, officials said Thursday.The Wallkill is one of six national wildlife...
Suspended Cop's Lawyers Seek Review of Mordaga
HACKENSACK -- Lawyers for a suspended city police captain who claims she was targeted for pointing out departmental problems have cited alleged misconduct by the civilian police director and have asked the Bergen County prosecutor to investigate.Wolodymyr...
Tapia Gives Back to His Hometown
PASSAIC - If not for the Jersey Boy Boxing Club, Eduardo Ortega and two of his five siblings wouldn't have anything constructive to do every day after school."This place has kept me away from trouble," said Ortega, a freshman at Passaic High School....
The Idec Index
Here is boxing writer Keith Idec's inside look at the sport:FEATURED FIGHT: Andre Ward vs. Sullivan Barrera. Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will fight for just the third time in 3 1/2 years when the former super middleweight champion battles Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs)...
Things to Do
* Have a patriotic Presidents Day with an AMERICAN PRIDE LASER SHOW at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Road, Morristown. The light show commemorates the history of the United States and is set to...
Time to Change H.S. Indoor Track Venues
The biggest problem with the winter track season is that it takes place in winter.It snows, and meets get canceled. And when meets get canceled, problems multiply.In a nutshell, that is why two of the biggest meets on the North Jersey calendar -- the...
Valentine's Dayplaylist to Love
Sunday is Valentine's Day and love is in the air.In honor of Cupid, today's column starts off with a few requests.I asked several area on-air personalities what their favorite romantic song is of all time.Here are their responses:* "There are so many...
Your Views
No sympathy for ChristieGovernor Christie accused Marco Rubio of being the "boy in the bubble," which better describes Christie himself. Only someone in a bubble with a terrible record as governor would talk about it in glowing terms and see himself...
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