The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from May 24, 2016

5th District Hopeful Vows Fight for Access to Oil Train Info
TEANECK - Democratic congressional candidate Josh Gottheimer vowed Monday that, if elected, he would fight for legislation that would make "critical information" about trains carrying crude oil through Bergen County available to local first responders.Gottheimer,...
5 Things to Watch in the Boys Volleyball State Tourney
1. First in, first winNorth 1 sectional play began Thursday with No. 16 Ramapo beating No. 17 Lyndhurst, 19-25, 25-9, 25-13, in the preliminary round. The third-year Golden Bears earned their first tournament bid, and despite falling, finished with their...
Apple Aces Major Test with Big Blue
EAST RUTHERFORD - Eli Manning insisted he was not seeking out Eli Apple when the two Giants teammates were on the field together for the first time Monday.If this was the regular season and not the first off-season training activity practice, the two-time...
Biased Jury
PROSCECUTORS AND defense lawyers have great leeway in picking jurors, but as the U.S. Supreme Court reinforced Monday, race can't be the determining factor.In a strong 7-1 decision, the court overturned the death penalty conviction of a Georgia man,...
Bigica Caps Lodi's Walk-Off Win
Bryanna Bigica hit a walk-off single to lift sixth-seeded Lodi to a 7-6 victory over No. 11 Lyndhurst in a North 2, Group 2 first- round softball game Monday.The Golden Bears scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 6-2 lead, but the Rams scored...
Broadway Actress Paralyzed at Age 2 Tells Her Story Tonight
Broadway actress and Ridgewood native Ali Stroker, who was paralyzed at the age of 2, and her father will share their personal story tonight at the PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick.Ali was paralyzed from the chest down after sustaining...
Chiropractor Faces 7 Years for Accepting Kickbacks
A retired chiropractor whose office was in Passaic has pleaded guilty to taking more than $250,000 in kickbacks from doctors and others over six years to refer patients to their practices and medical imaging centers.Alexander Dimeo, who is 61 and divides...
Christie Vetoes Measures on Pa Reforms, Firearms
Governor Christie vetoed a series of bills on Monday, including a package of reforms for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a measure that would require domestic-violence offenders to surrender their firearms.Lawmakers in New Jersey and...
City Gets a Breather While Prieto Earns Some Political Clout
Governor Christie used to boast how he crafted enduring and bipartisan deals along a "boulevard of compromise."But in the legislative siege over Atlantic City, a furious Christie -- and his allies Senate President Stephen Sweeney and George Norcross,...
Coaching Icon Calls It a Career
Marty Rivard gave everything he could give in 42 seasons as a boys basketball coach.Rivard retired Monday following six seasons as Bergenfield's coach. The longtime Cresskill coach finishes his distinguished career with 769 wins -- the most among Bergen...
Cops Arrest Alleged Peeping Tom at Fort Lee Motel
FORT LEE -- A 54-year-old Rockland County man was arrested Monday and charged with invasion of privacy for peeking into the windows of a Bergen Boulevard motel and trying to snap cellphone photos of naked couples, including a man and a woman having sex,...
Countdown to Capture
For nearly a year, the bank robber authorities call the Countdown Bandit -- a moniker he earned for his menacing habit of counting down the seconds tellers have to gather the cash he demands -- has eluded capture while successfully holding up eight North...
Emerson Shuts 11 Taps after Lead Tests
EMERSON - Two of the borough's schools have joined a growing number of New Jersey public schools that have been found to have elevated levels of lead in drinking water and other water sources, officials said.Superintendent Brian Gatens said Monday that...
Female Athlete of the Week: Julia Pash of Northern Highlands
Julia Pash's athleticism and skill were on display when she scored her fourth and final goal in Northern Highlands' 23-7 victory over Lakeland."I was driving to goal, drew a shooting space, ran it in and put it low past the keeper," the senior lacrosse...
Fort Lee Falls in North 2, Group 1
The Fort Lee boys tennis team came up one win short of a trip to Mercer County Park for the NJSIAA Group semifinals as it fell to West Essex in Monday's North 2, Group 1 final, 3-0. The second- seeded Knights clinched by winning all three completed matches before...
Golden Panthers Want to Keep Moving Along
PEQUANNOCK -- It took a thunderstorm just to temporarily suspend Pequannock's winning ways.Coach Maryann Goodwin's team won five of its last six games to improve to 18-8-1 entering its North 1, Group 2 state softball tournament game Monday against River...
Gwb John Doe Wanted No Public at Appeal
Court documents unsealed Monday reveal how a man suspected of -- but not charged with -- participating in a conspiracy to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge tried to prevent the public from attending his forthcoming hearing before a federal appeals...
Harrison Fulfills Mom's Giant Wish
EAST RUTHERFORD -- Damon Harrison has a long memory.He remembers the doubters who said he would never realize his athletic potential and he proved them wrong.He remembers the high school football coach who insisted he had NFL level talent and he proved...
Harvey Getting Chance at Redemption Tonight
WASHINGTON -- Matt Harvey takes the mound tonight for the first time following the worst outing of his career.Harvey surrendered a career-high nine runs (six earned) in a career-worst 2 2/3 innings Thursday against the Nationals, and enters the start...
Health Dept. Lacks Reports on 3 Incidents
New Jersey health officials only have records for five of the eight alleged cases of workplace violence inside Bergen Regional Medical Center that were detailed in a federal report, the acting health commissioner told lawmakers on Monday.Acting state...
Incumbent Asking for Recount of 19-Vote Loss
PATERSON -- Citing "an infinitesimal margin" of 19 votes, Councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman filed court papers on Monday seeking a recount in the 2nd Ward election he lost to challenger Shahin Khalique.The court filing ensures that the battle for the...
Indian Hills Pulls off Upset vs. Wayne Hills
WAYNE -- Indian Hills scored the first major upset of the state baseball tournament simply by sticking to a plan.Junior Kyle Sears and sophomore Alex Havlicek combined on a two- hitter Monday as the 14th-seeded Braves stunned No. 3 Wayne Hills, 3- 0,...
Lawmakers Cut a Deal to Save Atlantic City
After weeks of feuding, Governor Christie and lawmakers seem to have reached an agreement over the financial fate of Atlantic City, delaying a state takeover and possibly averting the first municipal bankruptcy in 80 years.The Assembly Judiciary Committee...
Legion of Honor Awarded
NEW YORK -- It has been nearly 72 years since Walter Pruiksma boarded a horse carriage with one of his colleagues in the Army military police and escorted a young Frenchwoman and her mother, who suffered a severe foot injury from a grenade blast, seven...
Less Artificial, but How Much Better for You?
You know you're in trouble when you or your kids refuse to eat homemade macaroni and cheese over the Kraft powdered stuff because the real thing somehow tastes synthetic.As upside-down as it sounds, it's understandable, say dietitians. Sometimes our...
Lift Every Voice
The "Young Voices" project began in the U.K. But it sounds pretty American, when you think of it.Our motto might be theirs. E pluribus unum. "Out of many, one."How many? At "American Young Voices," coming to Newark's Prudential Center for the second...
Long Search Begins to Replace Lost Hrs
WASHINGTON - The day started with dreary news that Lucas Duda has a fracture in his lower back, and the Mets said don't hold your breath waiting for him to return. A search party for a replacement has been formed but if you're thinking about David Wright...
Lucas' Back Injury Tough on Lineup
WASHINGTON - The day started with dreary news that Lucas Duda has a stress fracture in his lower back, and the Mets suggest not holding your breath waiting for him to return. A search party for a replacement has been formed but if you're thinking about...
Lyndhurst Transgender Policy Stays Unchanged
LYNDHURST -- The township Board of Education voted on Monday night to keep in place its policy intended to protect the rights of transgender students, which it adopted two years ago, rather than revising it.The school board's action was in response to...
Mahwah Mayor, Top Cop Accused of Plot
Mahwah's mayor and police chief were behind a plot to discredit a public works official and political rival, pressing false allegations that he viewed pornography on a township computer that ultimately led to his death, a lawsuit alleges.The suit, filed...
Male Athlete of the Week: Frankie Richard of Northern Highlands
To use Frankie Richard's best event, the long jump, as a metaphor for his time at Northern Highlands, it was a soaring leap, but he's about ready to splash down into the pit.Four years have gone so fast, and he's been looking all the way to when he was...
Memorial Day Event Plans for 3 Towns
Several southern Passaic County traditions of remembrance remain intact this year as Little Falls, Woodland Park and Totowa each will play host to Memorial Day parades, picnics and ceremonies.Little Falls will hold its parade on Saturday.The parade starts...
NFL Flagged on Concussion Study
The National Football League improperly tried to prevent a federal agency from giving a $16 million grant to a Boston University research team that included an outspoken critic, a report released Monday by the Democratic staff of a House committee said."Despite...
No Duda, No Sweat
WASHINGTON - Shortly after Lucas Duda landed on the disabled list Monday, Terry Collins called for his team to space out the production prior to the series opener against the Nationals.A few hours later, the Mets scored their most runs in 19 days.David...
Now Arriving at Newark: More Security Screeners
Travelers angered by long security lines at Newark Liberty International Airport are about to see some relief.After hearing complaints for months about delayed flights, missed connections and two-hour lines snaking through the terminals, the Transportation...
Nyquist-Exaggerator Duel Belmont Coup
Nyquist is no Affirmed.But neither is Exaggerator a modern-day Alydar.So, if there's a consolation prize for the Belmont Stakes on June 11, after Exaggerator spoiled Nyquist's Triple Crown aspirations with his stretch run in the slop at Saturday's Preakness,...
Pal Park Mulling Name Change for Town Building
PALISADES PARK -- The silver lettering outside the municipal complex that spells out the name of former Democratic municipal chairman Michael A. Pollotta has been there since the building was rededicated in 2009, but could soon be gone.The Borough Council...
Park Ridge Senior Enjoys a Field Day
EMERSON -- Greg Kolaros was not always impressed with his form. But the results in the triple jump and long jump were far from disappointing Monday for the Park Ridge athlete at the second annual Cavo Senior Showcase at Emerson.Kolaros won the triple...
Paterson May Switch to Annual Reassessments
PATERSON - The city is looking to conduct reassessments of all Paterson properties on an annual basis, a move designed to avoid the major shifts in tax burdens that occurred with last year's revaluation.Many businesses and homeowners complained about...
Path Cleared for Consumer Chemical Safety Measure
A sweeping overhaul to safety laws governing chemicals in consumer products, named to honor the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, could be on President Obama's desk by the end of the week now that key House Democrats, including New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone,...
Plans for Passaic Site Hit a Hurdle
PASSAIC -- Congregation Emek Yehoshua's plan to build a synagogue, school and banquet hall on the site of a long-shuttered factory on Brook Avenue has hit a major snag.The state Department of Environmental Protection has declared the site to be contaminated...
Rotation Boosting Bombers
Riding their first genuine surge of positive energy this season, the Yankees arrived home with a renewed outlook on their AL East chances.And that fresh boost of confidence is rooted in their rotation."I think it all starts with our starting pitching,"...
Special Group to Aid Emergencies
PARAMUS -- Most vehicle crashes, house fires and other isolated emergencies can be handled by local first responders, and incidents of greater magnitude are handled with well-organized mutual aid among neighboring communities.But what happens when those...
Speziale to Keep Pa. Police Job into July
PATERSON -- The city's police director, Jerry Speziale, said Monday that he would continue working two jobs, in Paterson and in Hazelton, Pa., as its interim police chief, for two more months.When he took on the role in Hazelton in early January, Speziale said...
The A.C. Compromise
FOR MONTHS, state officials have wrangled over how to rescue Atlantic City from bankruptcy. Governor Christie and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney had agreed on a plan that would give the state virtual control over all city operations, including...
Things to Do
todayACTIVITIES* LIBRARY BOOK SALE -- 9 a.m., Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck. Free. 201-837-4171.* 3- & 4-YEAR-OLD STORY TIME -- 10:30 a.m., Emerson Public Library, 20 Palisade Ave., Emerson. Free. 201-261-5604 or emersonlibrary.org.*...
Three-Peat for Bc
HOPEWELL - Bergen Catholic's Chris Lee, Jimmy Criscione, George Cultraro and Dan Yam achieved legendary status in New Jersey high school golf.The quartet not only gave the Crusaders a third consecutive Tournament of Champions title. They won the NJSIAA...
Toys 'R' Us Names 2 Executives
Toys "R" Us has named its first global chief technology officer and promoted another executive to head its Asia Pacific operations.The Wayne-based retailer said Monday that it had added a new position of executive vice president, global chief technology officer,...
Van Calcar, Ramapo Enjoy Satisfying Victory
FRANKLIN LAKES -- Sushi and states: the only two things Danielle Van Calcar was concerned about following Monday's 3 1/2-hour marathon victory by Ramapo.Like Van Calcar, most of the players and coaches on the third- seeded Green Raiders were hungry in...
Victory by Gottlich-Kim Gives Tigers Sectional Title
DEMAREST - Lined up outside the fence, Max Gottlich's schoolmates gave him a near-endless barrage of good-natured ribbing during Monday's state sectional final tennis match.Somehow, the Tenafly junior managed to keep his concentration."I guess I'm a...
Weather Wreaks Havoc on State Playoff Games
OLD TAPPAN - A year ago, NV/Old Tappan would've been home free.The fifth-seeded Golden Knights were leading No. 12 Pascack Valley, 3-2, Monday in the opening round of the North 1, Group 3 baseball tournament. Pascack Valley had a runner on with one out...
When Shipping Delivers
Sam Roney was looking for a way to reduce shipping costs for his online business in 2009, so he bought a UPS store. He liked the UPS business so much he bought a second UPS store in 2014, and a third store this year, and hopes to add a fourth one later...
Your Health: Calendar
* USING FOOD TO FIGHT PAIN -- 6 tonight, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 350 Engle St., Englewood. A four-part nutritional counseling series devoted to the use of nutrition to combat chronic pain. Topics include: anti-inflammatory diet to combat...
Your Views
Boycotting IsraelRegarding "N.J.-Israel relations focus of anti-divestment measure" (Opinion, May 22):It was with shock that I read your article against the passing of S1923 by Stephen R. Shalom, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace in Northern New Jersey.I...
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