The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from May 6, 2016

10 Things to Watch in the Passaic County Lacrosse Tournaments
GIRLSLakeland was awarded the No. 1 seed in the Passaic County girls lacrosse tournament's eight-team field, but it's second-seeded Wayne Hills that enters as the two-time defending champion. First-round games need to be completed by Monday, with the...
5 Charged with Conspiracy in Jan. Teaneck Shooting
TEANECK -- Five men were charged this week with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with a shooting in the township in January, authorities said Thursday.The investigation began around 8 p.m. on Jan. 4 when officers were dispatched to Ayers Court...
A.C. in Limbo
IT'S TIME to stop playing politics and to pass legislation to help Atlantic City. And that's the bill backed by Governor Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney. The bill may not be perfect, but it's the only game in town.That became crystal clear...
Agency to Buy Building in Downtown Paterson
PATERSON -- A downtown office building that the city sold to a well-connected developer 11 years ago in what critics called a "sweetheart deal" is being purchased at a higher price by the Paterson Restoration Corp., a non-profit agency dedicated to spurring...
Bergen Officials Get Closer Look at Rising Health Care Costs
HACKENSACK -- Rising health care costs in Bergen County's $545 million 2016 budget were the subject of a hastily scheduled meeting Thursday among officials in the midst of budget hearings, giving some freeholders answers to questions they've had for...
Bill Would Track Firefighters' Cancers
CLIFTON -- The study of a link between cancer among firefighters and their years of exposure to fumes and chemicals would be boosted through a national registry, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and Sen. Bob Menendez said Thursday.The two U.S. lawmakers gathered...
Bombers Call Up Speedy Of
BALTIMORE -- Lefty-hitting Ben Gamel was called up before Thursday's game, providing manager Joe Girardi with a versatile, speedy outfielder.Brett Gardner was not in the starting lineup after taking a Dylan Bundy fastball off his right elbow Wednesday...
Church Fights Possible Seizure
SOUTH HACKENSACK -- A Bergen County religious congregation and the township are butting heads over a church-owned property that sits in an area the town wants to redevelop, possibly by taking it through eminent domain.The Planning Board on Wednesday...
Depaul's Simon Wins Singles Title
WEST MILFORD - Ryan Simon was confused.DePaul's tennis ace had just watched rival Jake Goldberg's shot sail into the net. The crowd stayed silent, giving no indication anything special had happened."I was like, 'Did I win? Did I win?' Simon said. "Then...
Depaul Upsets Wayne Valley
The DePaul baseball team has found many ways to manufacture runs this season, but the Spartans surprised even coach John Zisa with their ingenuity Thursday in the opening round of the Passaic County tournament in Wayne.While sliding head-first to steal...
Dep Less Aggressive
ONE WOULD think that the very mention of the name, the state Department of Environmental Protection, would be enough to convince the Christie administration and officials in Trenton of one of the agency's given priorities -- protecting the environment.A...
Deputy Chief May Face Claim of Harassment
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS -- A police lieutenant is alleging the deputy police chief and others directed homosexual slurs at him and created a hostile work environment after he reported the harassment.Lt. James Tracy, who is openly gay, alleges in a notice of...
Dreary Weather, with a Mood to Match
For one brief period, the sun was out and it appeared spring had arrived.Then the temperature dropped by 15 degrees, the skies were gray and gloomy, and it stayed that way for five days as North Jersey residents began to wonder when truly spring-like...
Dwight Morrow Baseball Makes Steady Progress
ENGLEWOOD -- Long after the Dumont bus had departed Thursday, a comfortable 8-0 victory to ride home on, Dwight Morrow baseball coach Mario Lugones Jr. was still talking to his team in the outfield.He wasn't animated. He wasn't yelling. He was merely...
Feds Take Aim at Cloud of Doubt around Vaping
The federal government expanded its authority over tobacco products Thursday, for the first time issuing regulations about e- cigarettes, hookah tobacco, pipe tobacco and all types of cigars. The new rules, covering a rapidly expanding, multibillion-dollar industry,...
Firebomb Defense Says State Charges Go Too Far
The attorney for a Lodi man charged with firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home told a jury Thursday that his client was "overcharged" by the authorities who deemed his actions terroristic.The trial of Anthony Graziano, 23, began in Bergen County Superior...
Former Councilman out of Library Job
PALISADES PARK -- Former Councilman Jason Kim resigned as deputy library director on Thursday, saying he had no choice.Kim, the first Korean-American to be elected to the council, received a letter from Borough Attorney John Schettino recently that the...
Franklin Lakes-Based Becton Beats Expectations for Quarter
FRANKLIN LAKES -- Becton Dickinson and Co. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $338 million.The medical device manufacturer said it had net income of $1.56 a share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and restructuring costs,...
Gwb Lawyer Backs Away from Talk of Conspiracy
It promised to be a bombshell in the courtroom saga of two former allies of Governor Christie accused of the politically motivated closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.Instead, it turned out to be much ado about nothing.Michael Baldassare,...
'Heartbreak Building' Sold
Alexander von Summer III, a member of one of North Jersey's best- known real estate families, has a name for the sleek office property his father developed in Montvale around 1980: the "heartbreak building."Two years ago, von Summer, managing partner...
Highlander Right-Hander Tosses a Gem
WANAQUE - All Sean Kelemen needed was one run of support, maybe two, and West Milford provided three, all in the same inning.Kelemen pitched the Highlanders to a 3-0 victory Thursday over rival Lakeland in the Passaic County baseball tournament and into their...
Id Theft Charged in Upper Saddle River
UPPER SADDLE RIVER -- A Toms River woman faces fraud and identity theft charges for allegedly stealing an elderly person's personal identity and using it to buy a $50,000 car and insurance policy.Police Chief Patrick Rotella said in a news release that...
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...
Islanders Need Better Effort in Game 4
The nature of the NHL playoffs is pretty simple beyond the absolute bedrock necessity of good goaltending. In each successive game, a team needs to find a way to improve upon its previous performance.Which is the best - and worst - argument for the Islanders, trailing...
Jets Would Be Wise Not to Rush Future
The newest Jets rookie class was on its way to New Jersey on Thursday, a collection of Twitter timelines filling up with travel updates and expressions of excitement and anticipation for the next step in the respective football careers of those drafted...
Knicks Still a Mystery
The top candidates on the NBA's coaching carousel have been settling into place with new jobs and a new one appeared Thursday morning when Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird announced that the team was parting ways with Frank Vogel.The question for...
Legislative Roundup
Governor Christie on Thursday signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to take pictures or videos of people's private areas under their clothes without their permission or knowledge. Sponsors of the bill said the measure will help prevent such invasions...
Man Gets 10 Years in Deadly DWI
A Paterson man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally striking a pedestrian with his car while driving drunk.David Baker, 59, was "reckless and oblivious to the potential harm his drunken condition could and did cause," Judge Adam Jacobs said...
Mom's in His Corner
A discouraged Glen Tapia sat on the floor of an Atlantic City hotel room, his championship dream destroyed.This was supposed to be the night Passaic's Tapia became a boxing star. His HBO debut against James Kirkland in December 2013 instead turned into...
Newark Archdiocese to Begin Testing Water in Its Schools
Catholic schools in Bergen, Union, Essex and Hudson counties will have their drinking water tested for lead, the Archdiocese of Newark announced.The archdiocese will test the school water in phases, first taking samples from 10 outlets in each location...
New on Dvd
AvailableTHE 5th WAVE (2016, Sony, PG-13, $30) -- If this thriller about a smart, scrappy teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) forced to become a warrior in the wake of an alien invasion existed all by itself, it might be hailed as an efficient action movie...
N.J. Cruz Backers Haven't Quit
Sen. Ted Cruz may have surrendered the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, but some of his troops in New Jersey are not ready to lay down their arms.They, along with many backers of Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, are saying they will not support...
Nouvelle Seoul Food
I stood, horrified, in a tiny Bergenfield shack watching Robert Cho commit unspeakable crimes against two sacred foods: smoked barbecue and Korean fare. He picked up a huge brisket, blackened from half a day in a smoker, and hacked it to pieces. He carefully sawed...
Paterson to Pay $200,000 in Three Legal Settlements
PATERSON -- The City Council this week approved more than $200,000 in lawsuit settlements to three people: a star player for the John F. Kennedy High School Lady Knights basketball team, a city parking-enforcement officer, and a man who claims he was...
Plawecki Receiving His Chance
SAN DIEGO - Kevin Plawecki knew something was amiss.Rookie seasons are challenging enough, but the catcher endured stretches last year when it was hard to concentrate and even to see. He had a sinus infection that he equated to "feeling like you're drunk,"...
Recommendations
HASBROUCK HEIGHTSTOM YUM KOONG ** 1/2Thai neighborhood restaurant delivers traditional delights, courtesy of Chumpol and Somrutai Nuamwaew.Prices: Appetizers $4.95 to $11.95, entrees $11.95 to $24.95. Recommended dishes: Tom yum koong soup, tom kha gai...
Remembering Sportswriter Greg Schutta
I've covered track and field at The Record for most of my 45- year career here, and I've had literally dozens of partners over the years helping me to chronicle the sport.The guy who worked the longest with me was Greg Schutta, who died Wednesday at...
Rent and Aid out of Reach for Some Seniors
Advocates and service providers testified for more than two hours Thursday about the many housing, transportation and caregiving problems that seniors face, but it was one emotional sentence that put the perils of growing old in Bergen County into sharp...
Ridgewood Locks Up Big North Freedom
OAKLAND - It was only fitting that three seniors - Emilie Morse, Julia Suh and Lisa Higgins - paved the way to a milestone victory for Ridgewood softball coach Patti Auger. And also helped the Maroons capture a division championship.Morse (2-for-4) and...
Ridgewood Rocks
RIDGEWOOD -- The piece of white tape featuring faded black marker wrapped around the bottom of his helmet means everything to Dylan Peabody.The initials "NJD" are written across the top. The nickname "Storm" is etched just below.It serves as a meaningful...
Road Map for Bergen Regional Hospital
Bergen Regional Medical Center should remain under county ownership and expand its psychiatric, substance abuse treatment and nursing home care, but a new contract - most likely with a new operator -- would offer more oversight of the facility, officials said...
Rochelle Park Suspect May Be 'Armed, Dangerous,' Cops Say
ROCHELLE PARK -- Police are looking for a man they say may be "armed and dangerous" after he fled the area following a dispute at a residence in which he pulled out a handgun, authorities said Thursday.Jermin Fordyce, 26, a Bergen County resident with...
Rubinetti Clears 12 Feet in Pole Vault, Wins Title
The girls pole vault at the Big North American/Patriot/National meet was suspended from Wednesday until Thursday because of the poor weather at River Dell on Wednesday and NV/Demarest junior Michelle Rubinetti took full advantage of Thursday's improved...
Saddle Brook Finds High Lead
SADDLE BROOK -- The school district reported Thursday that unacceptably high levels of lead had been found in some drinking fountains in the high school-middle school building and all four of its elementary schools.Raymond Karaty, the interim schools...
Seminar Addressing Teen Anxiety Draws More Than 100
MONTVALE -- More than 100 people filled Pascack Hills High School on Wednesday night to attend "Teen Anxiety on the Rise," an event organizers said they hoped would educate parents and students on what they called the epidemic of stress and anxiety disorders gripping...
Stations Planning Summer Kickoffs
There are several guarantees that can be made each year on Memorial Day weekend -- people will head to the beach, barbecues will be lit throughout North Jersey, and WCBS-FM (101.1) and WPLJ- FM (95.5) will have something special planned for their listeners.WCBS...
Tanaka's Sharp, but Yanks Fall
BALTIMORE - A weary, dejected collection of Yankees departed Camden Yards late Thursday night, dazed by the harsh reality of a brutal road trip.They filled a travelogue from Texas to Boston to Baltimore with seven numbing losses in nine games. They even...
Tapia's Career Faces a Final Countdown
There's no sense sugarcoating Glen Tapia's predicament.If Passaic's Tapia doesn't upset David Lemieux in their 10-round middleweight fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, Tapia's career at the championship level essentially will end.Win or lose, Oscar De...
Teaneck School Budget Passed
TEANECK -- The township's school board has approved a $97.1 million budget for the next academic year, an increase of 1.3 percent from this year's budget.The owner of a home assessed at the township average of $377,800 will pay $126 more in property...
The Idec Index
Here is boxing writer Keith Idec's inside look at the sport:FEATURED FIGHT: Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan. Alvarez will defend the WBC middleweight title he won from Miguel Cotto five months ago against Khan on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Their HBO Pay-Per-View main...
Things to Do
* 3rd ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES -- 6:30 tonight, Knights of Columbus, 106 Bergen Ave., Ridgefield Park. $50 to $60. 201-641- 0010.* MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL -- 8 tonight, Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. $14. 973-783-9500.* MARY THERESE ROSE...
Trump's Anti-Muslim Views Are Game Enders
DONALD TRUMP, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has said many vile and false things; one of the worst was this from a November rally in Birmingham, Ala.:"I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey...
Uzelac-Led Hornets Win a Wacky Match
LITTLE FALLS - High scoring, high drama and a high-jumping Hornet all played a part in Thursday's Passaic County boys volleyball quarterfinal.Senior middle Djordje Uzelac amassed 14 kills and five blocks, and outside hitter Troy Gondola had 17 kills...
Verizon Retirees Lose Exec Severance Fight
New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. said Thursday that a proposal from a member of the Association of BellTel Retirees that would have placed additional constraints on executive severance pay was defeated for the fourth straight year."It's a little...
Vote on Plan to Save A.C. Canceled
The impasse between lawmakers and Governor Christie over how to keep Atlantic City from going bankrupt will stretch into next week amid increasing questions of whether a deal can be struck in time to pull the heavily indebted city from financial collapse.After...
Wpu Health Panel Stresses Importance of Hand Washing
WAYNE -- Hand washing is the first line of defense against disease -- including deadly infectious ones -- but proper hand hygiene isn't well observed in restaurants, hospitals and mobile food carts, a panel of public health experts said Thursday.The...
Your Views
Trump as likely GOP nomineeRegarding "Trump's win virtually seals spot on November ballot" (Page A-1, May 4):Can it be that this country deserves Donald Trump as a national embarrassment? After all he is a direct result of "reality" television, portraying...
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