The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from September 14, 2016

1 Sink at School Fails Lead Testing
LYNDHURST -- Of 52 water samples at district schools, only one -- from an athletic room sink -- did not pass testing for lead, school officials say.Short-term exposure to high levels of lead as well as long-term exposure can cause a variety of health...
200 Fail Summer School Tests, May Be Left Back
PATERSON -- More than 200 students are in danger of being left back after not passing requisite summer school tests, district officials say.In addition, a district report distributed to the Board of Education two weeks ago said that 175 summer school...
$3M Grant to Protect against Climate Change
Rutgers University has been awarded $3 million in federal money to train about 100 graduate and doctoral students on how to research the risks of climate change for coastal communities, and how to help those communities develop the resilience to withstand...
Act on Prosecutor
GURBIR S. GREWAL has been running the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office since January, overseeing the county's law enforcement apparatus and handling such sensitive issues as the Wyckoff police chief's apparent support for racial profiling.Grewal has...
American Dream Gets Spongebob and Ninjas
SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have signed on with the American Dream Meadowlands project, developer Triple Five announced on Tuesday.The agreement will allow Nickelodeon Universe, which already has a partnership with Triple Five...
Archdiocese Removes Two H.S. Officials
The two top administrators of Paramus Catholic High School were abruptly removed Tuesday by the Newark Archdiocese, a move that comes with no explanation and leaves a trail of unanswered questions.President James P. Vail and Principal Stephanie Macaluso...
Around the Pitch
* Northern Highlands (2-0 entering Tuesday action) dropped to No. 2 in the USA TODAY/NSCAA Super 25 rankings released Tuesday, flip- flopping with Utah's Davis (9-0). Ranked 21st last week, Immaculate Heart (1-1) fell out of the Top 25 following Saturday's...
Around the Pitch
* Fair Lawn coach Matt Cecconi took a trip down memory lane over the weekend when he brought his team to Pennsylvania to face his old high school, Wyoming Valley West. Cecconi said the rare out-of- state soccer game paid dividends in building team chemistry....
Athlete's Assault Trial under Way
Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of Ausar Walcott, a former NFL player and Hackensack High School football star accused of punching and badly injuring a man outside a Passaic nightclub three years ago.Authorities said Walcott punched 24-year-old...
Backman Feels Disrespected by Mets
WASHINGTON - Wally Backman cited a lack of respect as a reason for leaving the Mets organization, and disputed reports he did not comply with front office wishes.Backman, a fan favorite from the 1986 championship team, resigned after spending seven years...
Burger's Interception All the Rage
The setting was a familiar one for New Milford's John Burger.One-on-one, all eyes on him and his opponent. Best man wins.Typically, it's on the mats where this wrestling star, who has reached Atlantic City the past two years, thrives.This time, it happened...
Candidates Differ on Election Fraud
WESTWOOD -- The security of public information and elections controlled by the Bergen County Clerk's Office was the particular focus of questions by both candidates and audience members at a county clerk candidates forum Tuesday night.Incumbent John...
'Color Rush' Passes the League's Eye Test
The NFL isn't colorblind to the concerns of its TV audience regarding the "Color Rush" alternate uniforms the Buffalo Bills and Jets will wear Thursday night.League spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday the NFL consulted with color-blindness experts...
Corpse in Cops' Old Haunt
PATERSON -- The remains of a human body were found inside Paterson's former police headquarters, less than a block from City Hall, during a routine inspection conducted for the building's new owners.The structure at 111 Washington St. has been vacant...
County Says It'll Sue over Shutdown's Extra Costs
The political stalemate between Governor Christie and the Democrats in Trenton over how to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund has dragged into its third month, with most road and bridge repair projects around the state at a standstill.With no end...
Devils: No Deadline on Elias Decision
Patrik Elias may well be around Prudential Center on Sept. 22, skating on his own as he tests his surgically-repaired right knee. But it's a near certainty he will not be among the players reporting for the start of Devils' training camp that day.Which...
Eli Remains Loose after Opening Win
EAST RUTHERFORD - Breaking news out of Hollywood: Peyton Manning no-showed his scheduled meeting with younger brother Eli, quarterback of the Giants.Those watching NFL games this year were aware the Mannings were supposed to get together Tuesday - heck,...
Fort Lee Opts to Downsize Parking Deck
FORT LEE -- A new parking deck at the site of the existing Guntzer Street municipal parking lot will be smaller than initially proposed, keeping the cost of the project "sustainable" and easing parking restrictions at the lot during construction.Rather...
Gagasphere's Where All Ages Go Gaga
Two Glen Rock moms are hoping a popular summer camp game will keep their new business jumping all year round.Leslie Schraer Kossar and Pamela Diamond this month opened the Gagasphere in a former Hallmark store in Waldwick, and have already booked more...
Girardi Limiting Ellsbury
NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury was being rested Tuesday and did not start against Dodgers rookie lefty Julio Urias. And Didi Gregorius did not start for a second straight game, due to a sore right ribcage. But both lefty hitters are expected to be back...
Green Is Good
WE IN North Jersey have enjoyed for decades the general aesthetics and quieter moments of our beautiful public parks and green spaces. But most of us had no idea of the positive impact those green fields might have on our young people.This week The Record...
Help Offered for Loved Ones in Drug Deaths
ALLENDALE -- When Gail Cole's son, Brendan, died of a heroin overdose in 2014, she felt incredibly isolated."You are left with this huge gaping emptiness," said Cole. "There's a lot of guilt and shame. There's a feeling of: 'What could I have done differently?'...
In 5 Minutes, Suspect Is Released and Re-Arrested
WAYNE -- Police say a Paterson man, released after being charged with breaking into a car at the Willowbrook Mall, was arrested again five minutes later for allegedly doing the same thing near police headquarters.Darryl Williamson's troubles began when...
In Helping Flood Victims, Feds Learn from Sandy
The flooding that ravaged southern Louisiana last month has been described as the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy.And as was the case in New Jersey, Louisiana is likely to receive billions of dollars in federal...
Inspiration Easy for Golden Hawks
ORADELL - Junior forward Julie McGovern of the River Dell girls soccer team spent all day in school Tuesday thinking of just one thing."I knew that I had to step it up, because this was the game last year when Rachel [Sorkenn] got hurt," McGovern said.If...
Jacobs, Golovkin Bout Would Be Intriguing
Frustrated fight fans worldwide wish they were preparing this week to watch Canelo Alvarez challenge Gennady Golovkin for middleweight supremacy.They're instead left to determine for themselves whether Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) vs. England's Liam Smith...
Judge out for the Season?
NEW YORK - Jacoby Ellsbury wasn't in Tuesday's starting lineup at Yankee Stadium, though something stirred him to begin warming up by the third inning.Given the Yankees' position in a crowded pennant race and the lateness of the season, "I thought I...
Judge Weeds out Potential Jurors in Gwb Scandal Case
Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni on Tuesday met some of the men and women who, if chosen as jurors, could decide their fates in the upcoming trial over the George Washington Bridge lane closures.Several of those prospective jurors expressed strong...
Langan 'Game-Time Decision'
Bergen Catholic quarterback Johnny Langan will be a "game-time decision" Friday night at DePaul, Crusaders coach Nunzio Campanile said Tuesday.The junior suffered a sprained right ankle Saturday in the first quarter of Bergen Catholic's 44-7 victory...
Laugh Troop
Cpl. Randolph Agarn of "F Troop" fame finally came "home" to the city of Passaic on Tuesday, 49 years after the classic sitcom set in the frontier West went off the air and made the actor who portrayed him, Larry Storch, a living legend.Storch, now 93,...
Lawsuit Faults Wpu on Inquiry into Rape
William Paterson University is again at the center of claims that it mishandled a sexual assault complaint on campus, as the family of a student who hanged herself in a dormitory last year says the school failed to properly investigate her rape at a...
Live with Regis and Rickles
Thirty years ago, I was backstage at WABC-TV's "The Morning Show," interviewing its hosts, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Johnson, and telling them how they really, really should be syndicated.Philbin agreed. "We have something special here," he said....
Milevski Scores 5 for Elmwood Park
Freshman striker/forward Sophia Milevski collected five goals and an assist as Elmwood Park (2-1) defeated Manchester, 8-0, on Tuesday in NJIC girls soccer action in Elmwood Park. Milevski's performance included a hat trick in the second half.The five...
More N.J. Zika Cases Reported
New Jersey reported 127 Zika cases, all of them travel-related, as of Tuesday -- up from 97 cases nearly a month ago. Bergen County has reported the highest number of cases with 25, and Passaic County has the second highest with 21.The increase comes...
Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning
Today's mystery occupation: knocker-up.Not to be confused with "Knocked Up," the very funny Seth Rogen/ Katherine Heigl comedy released in 2007, knocking-up was once a popular profession in Britain and Ireland.It wasn't the oldest profession, but it...
Our Long-Lost 'Son'
Cpl. Randolph Agarn of "F Troop" fame finally came "home" to the city of Passaic on Tuesday, 49 years after the classic sitcom set in the frontier West went off the air and made the actor who portrayed him, Larry Storch, a living legend.Storch, now 93,...
Paralympic Gold Medalist Adds a Bronze
Gold medalist Gianfranco Iannotta of Garfield won bronze Tuesday morning in the 400-meter race at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Iannotta, 22, finished with a time of 1:02.16 in the T52 classification, just shy of his personal best of 1:00.59,...
Paramus Catholic Ousts Top Officials
The two top administrators of Paramus Catholic High School were abruptly removed Tuesday by the Newark Archdiocese, a move that comes with no explanation and leaves a trail of unanswered questions.President James P. Vail and Principal Stephanie Macaluso...
Politics Cast Shadow over Jury Process
Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni on Tuesday met some of the men and women who, if chosen as jurors, could decide their fates in the upcoming trial over the George Washington Bridge lane closures.Several of those prospective jurors expressed strong...
Queen of Peace in Good Hands with New Coach
Wherever Marco Chung goes, major improvement follows.The veteran coach's latest reconstruction job is Queen of Peace - and right on schedule, the Golden Griffins are performing way beyond expectations.Chung, who enjoyed success at St. Joseph from 2007...
Rape Allegations at Center of Wpu Lawsuit
William Paterson University is again at the center of claims that it mishandled a sexual assault complaint on campus, as the family of a student who hanged herself in a dormitory last year says the school failed to properly investigate her rape at a...
Resignation Letter Contains Allegations of Fraud
PATERSON -- The city's former youth services director, who resigned in August after three months on the job, claims that Paterson employees falsified documents to generate funding for the program.The former director, Kimberly Stevenson, also contends...
Revis Downplays Whispers of Decline
FLORHAM PARK -- Darrelle Revis probably would like to forget about his season-opening performance against the Bengals.The 31-year-old lockdown cornerback couldn't slow down Bengals star A.J. Green, and after the Jets' 23-22 loss, waves of panic surged...
Rex's Act Hasn't Changed
FLORHAM PARK - The familiar voice boomed over the phone line just the way it used to cascade from the microphone inside the Jets' practice facility, filled with the same mix of football and fun that once endeared Rex Ryan to his Jets bosses and fans...
Ridgewood Teachers Reach Contract Deal
RIDGEWOOD -- Negotiating teams from the Board of Education and the Ridgewood Education Association signed a memorandum of agreement early Tuesday that could signal an end to the labor dispute that's left district teachers working under an expired contract...
Ridgewood to Reverse Video Rule
RIDGEWOOD -- The Village Council is expected to move this evening to repeal an ordinance requiring citizens to notify the public before they make audio or video recordings of a public meeting.The ordinance was proposed this spring and adopted by the governing...
Rocky Sandy Recovery May Aid Flood-Ravaged Louisiana
The flooding that ravaged southern Louisiana last month has been described as the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy.And as was the case in New Jersey, Louisiana is likely to receive billions of dollars in federal...
Rookie Rescue
WASHINGTON - In the grandest moment of his young career, T.J. Rivera rounded the bases with a certain calmness, suppressing any urge he had to celebrate his first career homer.Rivera doesn't get chances like this often as a reserve infielder, and he...
Rookie Rescue
WASHINGTON - T.J. Rivera is the newest unlikely contributor to the Mets' playoff push.The rookie infielder hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th and drove in three runs to help New York salvage a 4-3 win over Washington on Tuesday night at Nationals Park....
Sabathia's Sparkling Start
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia left to a standing ovation from 32,615 fans after one of his better starts of the year, yielding just three hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Afterward, the veteran lefty shrugged at the pressure on him...
Sabathia Stifles Dodgers
NEW YORK - Aaron Judge exited Tuesday night's game with a strained right oblique, an injury that could signal an abrupt end to the rookie slugger's season.As it happened, Judge's fifth-inning departure set in motion the moves that led to a 3-0 Yankees...
Saints (0-1) at Giants (1-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. at MetLife StadiumTV: Fox, Radio: WCBS-AM 880Early lineGiants by 5. The last time the Giants were 1-0, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul were rookies and Odell Beckham Jr. was in high school considering a scholarship offer from Oregon's...
Smoking Ordinance Up for Vote Next Week
BLOOMINGDALE -- The Borough Council has introduced an ordinance that bans smoking in municipal buildings and vehicles and within a 25-foot radius of all municipal buildings' entrances and exits.The ordinance, introduced last Tuesday, is scheduled for...
State Faces Suit over Shutdown's Extra Costs
The political stalemate between Governor Christie and the Democrats in Trenton over how to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund has dragged into its third month, with most road and bridge repair projects around the state at a standstill.With no end...
Tax Firm Kpmg Adding Building to Montvale Campus
MONTVALE -- Tax and advisory firm KPMG announced Tuesday that it is buying 75 Chestnut Ridge Road, expanding its presence in Montvale.After renovations, the new building will incorporate what KPMG calls "leading-edge design and state-of-the-art technology''...
The Day's Special: Sage
Across the pond in England, sage is considered an essential herb, as are parsley, rosemary and thyme. Ergo, the English folk song "Scarborough Fair." And while it may not be considered a must here, many chefs and home cooks love its earthy, slightly...
Things to Do
TODAYACTIVITIES* GARDEN IN THE MORNING -- 9 a.m., Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood. Free. 201-567-1265.* MOTHER GOOSE TIME -- 10:30 a.m., Saddle Brook Public Library, 340 Mayhill St., Saddle Brook. Free. 201-843-3287.*...
Thor's Thunder a Reason to Believe
WASHINGTON -- The Mets looked up and found themselves in extra innings against the Nationals Tuesday night, rightfully asking how they could've blown up what should've been an automatic ninth and a sanity-preserving 3-1 win against a National League...
Toning Down, Listening Up: John Waite Goes Acoustic
John Waite is turning down the volume on his music, but not the intensity level. "It's amazing what the acoustic guitar can bring to the picture," the British singer-guitarist said."When you're playing rock music to 10,000 people, you almost attack the...
Undaunted Owls Rose to the Occasion
Park Ridge showed its grit by rallying to win its season opener despite losing a player after two yellow cards.The Owls bounced back and defeated Midland Park in overtime, 3- 2, on Friday after being reduced to 10 players in the second half of the NJIC...
United for Guerra
SADDLE BROOK - Everything was looking brighter.David Guerra was practicing with the Saddle Brook boys soccer team on the field just a block from his Oxford Avenue home. The incoming sophomore had trained almost every day in the off-season, and Falcons...
Work on Walkway Nears
WOODCLIFF LAKE -- The borough's plan to install a walking path along the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir is close to starting, officials said.The borough is negotiating with Suez North America, which owns the reservoir and land where the walking path would...
Your Views
Kaepernick and the anthemAs a Vietnam veteran, I do not condemn San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem.E.E. Cummings said it best: "To be nobody but yourself -- in a world that is doing its best, night and day,...
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