The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from March 12, 2016

$1M Offered for Bus Terminal Design
The Port Authority launched a design contest Friday that will pay $1 million to the winner of a competition to replace its overburdened and outdated midtown Manhattan bus terminal.But some transportation experts worry that the bi-state agency is rushing...
2 Motorcyclists Arrested, 2 Flee
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS -- Police arrested two Hudson County men late Thursday after they fled from officers on motorcycles on the Palisades Interstate Parkway, authorities said. A third motorcyclist was issued motor vehicle summonses and released, but police...
3 Dems Say Don't Lose Found Money
Bergen County's three Democratic state senators urged the state Department of Transportation on Friday to ensure that the state does not lose $254 million in federal funds awarded by Congress more than a decade ago but never spent.Sens. Paul Sarlo of...
Bonding over Breakfast
WOOD-RIDGE -- Eggs, coffee and a discussion about body cameras brought law enforcement and religious leaders together Friday in a breakfast meeting that the Bergen County prosecutor hopes will lead to more such gatherings and stronger ties.The clergy...
Boys Basketball State Finals Preview
Non-Public A finalDon Bosco (27-3) vs. St. Augustine (29-1), tonight, 7 p.m., at Pine Belt Arena, Toms RiverStory line: This is Don Bosco's sixth trip to a state final, seeking its fifth title and first since 1970. The Ironmen feature first-team All-Bergen...
Christie Travel Cost Taxpayers $600,000
Governor Christie's extensive travel last year in support of his presidential campaign cost taxpayers more than $600,000 to cover his required security detail, according to administration documents.The bill for state police protection in 2015 brings...
College's Hiring Consultant Has Criminal History
The consultant hired to ensure that Kean University is not racially biased has a criminal history that includes convictions for domestic violence and writing a bad check, a resume that lists a degree from a university that has no record of it and a track...
Common Core
IT IS disquieting that too much of the talk among Republican presidential candidates about education and specifically, the Common Core State Standards, is so uninformed.Front-runner Donald Trump epitomizes that view by consistently saying that education...
Council Bucks Flat Spending Proposal
ENGLEWOOD -- The City Council is moving ahead with a spending plan that ignores the mayor's strong opposition to increased spending and financial "one-shots," which leaves him with relatively few options to exert his influence over the city's taxes.The...
Crevani Key to Success for Nv/ot
OLD TAPPAN - Emily Crevani was pushing the ball down the right side of the court Wednesday night, going full speed when she got all tangled up with a Voorhees defender.The NV/Old Tappan senior point guard never stopped dribbling as she fell to the Ramapo...
Devils Say There's No Way They Will Tank
The Devils surprised many by hanging in the playoff race for most of the first three quarters of the season before fading with a stretch of eight losses in 10 games.They appeared to snap out of it with a 3-0 win in San Jose on Thursday night, but with...
Devils Show Faith in Boucher
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Less than a minute was left in what would end as a 3-0 Devils' victory Thursday night in San Jose, but they had yet to finish off the Sharks, who had goaltender Martin Jones on the bench for an extra attacker and were still pressing...
Don Bosco Grinds Forward
Charlie Bagin returned to the court in a flash in the fourth quarter after being ordered to the bench by a referee because he was bleeding on his Don Bosco uniform.Bagin quickly exchanged his stained No. 12 jersey for No. 21, resumed his role as a defensive...
Fair Lawn Seed Bank Opening Up
Community seed banks and seed libraries are a growing trend among gardeners, farmers and seed-saving advocates.The Garretson Community Seed Bank in Fair Lawn will hold its opening day of the season from 1 to 4 p.m. March 20.The Garretson seed bank stocks...
Feds Promote No-Fee, No-Risk Retiree Plan
With a national study showing only eight states have a lower percentage of full-time working people with access to retirement plans than New Jersey, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is touting the government's new no-fee, no-risk myRA retirement plan...
Feds Say Christie Aides Lied about Gwb Closures
Two former top aides to Governor Christie knew they were engaged in wrongdoing when they closed access lanes to the George Washington Bridge to punish a political rival because they lied about it, federal prosecutors said in court papers filed Friday...
Former City Safety Chief Suing School District
PATERSON - Former Paterson Public Safety Director Glenn Brown has filed a lawsuit against the school district, faulting it for breach of contract for not following through on agreements to hire him for two different six-figure jobs more than a year ago.Brown's...
Free Agent Rgiii Begins His Tour with Gang Green
As the Jets' negotiations with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick continued to stall, they kicked the tires Friday of a former NFL star.Free agent Robert Griffin III visited with the team, according to a person familiar with the situation.However,...
Girls Basketball State Finals Preview
All games at Pine Belt Arena, Toms RiverNon-Public AImmaculate Heart (20-6) vs. St. John Vianney (28-1), today, noonStory line: Immaculate Heart has played some of its best basketball at the most important time. Senior C Megan Swords has been dominant...
Gossage: 'I Lost My Mind'
TAMPA, Fla. -- After going on an old-school baseball rant, Yankees guest instructor Goose Gossage met with general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi to clear the air."Everything is good," the 64-year-old Hall of Fame reliever said Friday...
Hall Stands Tall
NEW YORK - Ryan Arcidiacono leaped over the sideline media table during the second half Friday night trying to save a loose ball.Big deal. He already had soared over the press corps twice during Villanova's victory over Georgetown the previous day.Arcidiacono's...
Haworth School Vandalized
HAWORTH -- Authorities say a 20-year-old borough man who had taken a psychedelic drug was arrested early Friday after he allegedly burglarized the Haworth Public School and pulled the fire alarm, bringing police to the scene.Sehyun K. Lee allegedly took...
Helping 1st-Time Buyers
To smooth the way with regulators for an expansion in Florida, Valley National Bank pledged a year and a half ago to make more loans to those of modest means and to buyers of homes in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.That can be difficult in a...
Iha Is Happy to Follow Wilmoth's Lead
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - Jordan Wilmoth always watched and learned.The Immaculate Heart Academy senior forward played with more experienced teammates for three seasons who were leaders on and off the court. Wilmoth saw the type of attitude they carried.This...
Insurer Happy with Bergen Sign-Ups
Despite billboards and lawsuits in Bergen County in opposition to a new tiered-network insurance plan by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, more than 24,000 county residents enrolled in the plan for 2016 -- the highest number of any county,...
Jackson Is Talking in Circles
The question was about his five-year tenure with the Knicks, his commitment to New York, and Phil Jackson, as usual, rolled through a cryptic circle.Ask him about his commitment to New York and he begins, "Well, I'm in L.A. right now. I'm enjoying it....
Looking Healthy
TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka wasn't taking any bows on Friday, after tossing what appeared to be a sharp three scoreless exhibition innings."I wasn't actually hitting my spots," Tanaka said through an interpreter. Making his second Grapefruit League...
Making Teaneck Tick
The consensus among his Teaneck teammates is that the Highwaymen wouldn't have reached the state Group 3 final without Nick Whitaker.The 6-foot-4 senior forward has played his best basketball of the season since the state tournament started. His value...
Millennials on the March
In the days between last week's Super Tuesday races and next week's pivotal primaries in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri and Illinois, not all of the eyes focused on this year's presidential election needed bifocals.On Super Tuesday, Danielle...
More Woes for Officer Accused of Firing Gun
PATERSON -- The police officer who was arrested last week for allegedly firing a handgun and injuring two men during an off-duty incident outside a downtown convenience store now faces departmental administrative charges, officials said.Dante Gordon,...
Nets Notes
Okafor out for seasonPhiladelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor will miss the rest of the NBA season.In the coming days, Okafor will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a small meniscus tear. The recovery time is six weeks and there...
N.J. Tries to Keep 347 Jobs in Teterboro
New Jersey awarded a tax break of $10.2 million Friday in a bid to help keep 347 jobs at the Teterboro plant of a German producer of flavorings and fragrances, and bring in or retain another 177 jobs in Central Jersey.The New Jersey Economic Development...
Pirates Advance to Final for First Time since '93
NEW YORK - Seton Hall already is on its way to doing something it hasn't accomplished since 2006. Now the Pirates are trying for an achievement the program hasn't managed since 1993 -- a Big East tournament title.The Hall led for most of the game against...
Pseg Hikes Capital Plan
Public Service Enterprise Group, the parent company of New Jersey's largest utility, said Friday that it plans to spend $16 billion on capital improvements over the next five years. That's an increase over the $13 billion plan that the company set out...
Rail Nightmare Averted
Rail union leaders cheered. Governor Christie smiled. And hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans were assured of a routine rail commute to work Monday without an immediate fare hike.After five years of negotiations, NJ Transit and its train workers reached...
Reinforcements on the Way
DETROIT -- Not that the Rangers can relax, not with their upcoming schedule and not in this tight playoff race.But maybe having Henrik Lundqvist back in net and, almost certainly, Rick Nash and Marc Staal back in the lineup as well, will help the team...
Rezoning Could Net $3.5M
TEANECK -- Five potential development projects could yield an extra $3.5 million in property taxes, according to a memo from the township's tax assessor.Council members, pointing to recent zoning changes, have raised questions about how much money the...
Scary Moments in Nets Loss
PHILADELPHIA -- It was another horrible night for the Nets, one of the worst in this season that can't end soon enough.They played uninspired basketball from the start Friday night, helping the Sixers snap a 13-game losing streak with a 95-89 win.It...
Second OK for Golden Hawks
They knew he was there and it didn't matter. All the members of the River Dell distance medley team could do Friday night at the New Balance Indoor National Championships was to run the race of their lives and see if America's best high school miler,...
Second Rejection by Council Ends City's Clinic Plan
PATERSON -- City officials dropped plans to open a mental health clinic after the City Council voted down the contract for the second time in three weeks.Council members who rejected the deal acknowledged there's a need in the city for enhanced mental...
Seton Hall Freshman Enjoys Time in Spotlight
NEW YORK - Creighton coach Greg McDermott was screaming at the officials at one point in the first half Thursday, angry that goaltending wasn't called on a blocked shot by Seton Hall.He was wrong, said the man who made the play for the Pirates. And his...
State Upholds Conviction in Clifton Murders
A state appeals court on Friday upheld the double-murder conviction of a California man who is serving two life terms for the killing of his estranged wife and another man at a Clifton church nearly eight years ago.Joseph Pallipurath had asked an appellate...
Things to Do
TOdayACTIVITIES* PASKACK JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB PRESENTS BUNNY AND BAGELS -- 9 a.m., River Vale Senior and Community Center, 628 Rivervale Road, River Vale. Call for availability. $8. 201-913-9514.* SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m. and Sunday, Garden...
Violent Crime Declines in Passaic
PASSAIC -- The number of reported cases of violent crime in the city dropped 30 percent in 2015, a steep decline that officials believe is the result of more "proactive policing" that has made the streets safer.The number of rapes, robberies, assaults...
Wildcat Offense
NEW YORK - Ryan Arcidiacono leaped over the sideline media table during the second half Friday night trying to save a loose ball.Big deal. He already had soared over the press corps twice during Villanova's victory over Georgetown the previous day.Arcidiacono's...
With Cabrera Hurt, Tejada's Value Grows
VIERA, Fla. - As the projected second backup middle infielder, Ruben Tejada's potential value to the Mets is one of luxury instead of necessity.In the case of an injury, Tejada is more than capable of producing in extended playing time. If the team opts...
You're out, Lawyer Told
The sentencing of a Paterson man who was convicted of causing a fatal crash while driving drunk was postponed on Friday after he told a judge that he wanted to fire his lawyer and asked for a public defender.David Baker has been held without bail at...
Your Views
The downside of full reservoirsRegarding "Reservoirs replenished" (Page A-1, March 8):It's disturbing that The Record would suggest on its front page that water supplies at more than 90 percent of capacity is good news."In fact, the local reservoirs...
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