The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from September 27, 2016

14 Jurors Picked in Synagogue Attacks
Jury selection continued Monday in the trial of Aakash Dalal, a former Rutgers student who authorities say orchestrated a series of vandalism and arson attacks at Jewish facilities across North Jersey.Dalal, 24, wearing a tan sweater and dress shirt,...
Archbishop Gerety Is Lauded as 'Inspiration'
NEWARK -- Cardinals, bishops, family, friends and women of the Catholic church, whom he championed, were among hundreds of people who bid a last goodbye to retired Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety on Monday at a funeral Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the...
Arrest in Theft of $57K in Cash, Jewelry
WANAQUE -- Police have arrested a 43-year-old Lodi man and charged him with the theft of $57,000 in cash and jewelry from at least five homes where his girlfriend was employed as a house cleaner.Police Capt. Kenneth Fackina said Shawn Kemp was arrested...
Ash Stays Focused on Game
PISCATAWAY - Chris Ash is a coaching lifer with too many miles to count already logged on his career resume. At 42, the first-year Rutgers football coach has bounced his way around the country, professional and personal connections made and left along...
A Temporary Shelter for Abused Seniors
A free room at one of Bergen County's top-rated nursing homes is now reserved for any senior who needs a temporary place to stay to get away from exploitative, neglectful or violent circumstances -- a major step, advocates said, in the effort to protect...
Bergen Catholic Tops Its Archrival
RAMSEY - Miles Franklyn definitely set the tone. And the rest of an amped-up and highly motivated Bergen Catholic team was able to follow Franklyn's great opening act with some excellent work of its own.Scoring on a brilliant individual play in the first...
Carnival to Help Needy Families Keep Their Pets
RIDGEWOOD -- A Bergen County-based nonprofit committed to helping families in distress keep their pets will hold a fundraiser in the village on Sunday.Dubbed the "Carnivale of the Dogs," the event organized by the Hillsdale-based non-profit Companion...
Congress Candidates Pick Up Endorsements
TEANECK -- Democratic Councilman Mark Schwartz crossed party lines Monday to endorse U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, the Republican who represents New Jersey's 5th District."As a Democrat, Congressman Garrett and I don't agree on every issue, but we do agree...
Conspirator Reveals the Twists, Turns of His Bizarre Plot
Clever guy, this David Wildstein.Almost anybody and anything can create traffic delays. Drunks and careless drivers do it. So do parades, potholes, detours and buses like the two that crashed in the Lincoln Tunnel while the former Port Authority official...
Cool to Candidates, but Plugged in to the Election
Among the millions nationwide who tuned in to Monday night's presidential candidates' debate with particular interest were scores of Rutgers students gathered at the Eagleton Institute for Politics.The clash of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump -- in...
Devs Show Life in Test Drives
NEWARK - There's no way to accurately gauge after two split- squad preseason games whether the Devils' off-season maneuverings have improved their NHL-worst offense.Six more preseason games and 17 days remain to work on the improvements before the regular-season...
Expanded Parking Meter Plan Draws Fire
PATERSON -- A "revenue enhancement" plan that would increase the number of city parking meters has drawn criticism from City Council members who say the expansion would affect residential areas.The proposal would add nine new areas where the Paterson...
Feeding Neighbors
IN NORTH Jersey, the giving heart is a big one, especially at this time of year, when the area's 40 food pantries need help replenishing shelves to accomplish their main mission, which is, of course, to feed the hungry. Certainly, people of varied faiths...
Female Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Hughes of Holy Angels
Mackenzie Hughes made such great strides Saturday that her encounter with a couple of quizzical ostriches will be the second- most memorable thing when she thinks back to the Varsity B race at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational in Jackson.It was...
Frelinghuysen Rival Criticizes Focus on Corporate Interests
Democrat Joseph Wenzel, seeking election to represent the 11th Congressional District, is portraying Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen as putting corporate interests over those of everyday New Jerseyans while also ignoring gun violence in the nation...
Haledon Woman Accuses AAA of Sex Harassment
A Haledon woman has filed a lawsuit against AAA North Jersey and its top executives, claiming that she was subjected to sexual harassment while working there since 2013.Shanique Wells, 38, said in the lawsuit filed in state Superior Court in Paterson...
Heavy Hearts
MIAMI - It was right around the time he crossed home plate that Dee Gordon's face started twisting up, the way men often do as a substitute for tears. Except everyone knew Gordon was already crying and why: It was the overwhelming grief from Jose Fernandez's...
Heavy Hearts
MIAMI - It was right around the time he crossed home plate that Dee Gordon's face started twisting up, the way men often do as a substitute for tears. Except everyone knew he was already crying and why: It was the overwhelming grief from Jose Fernandez's...
Jets Take Chance on Troubled Te Seferian-Jenkins
FLORHAM PARK -- On Friday, Austin Seferian-Jenkins was charged with DUI in Florida and released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.On Monday, Seferian-Jenkins became the Jets' new tight end.The Jets claimed the talented, but troubled player off waivers just...
'Larger Than Life' and Dedicated to the Law
Ronald Calissi, who embarked on an administrative career at his alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University, after three decades in law enforcement, most notably as head of Bergen County's police and fire academy, died Friday at Hackensack University...
Male Athlete of the Week: Shawan Gresham of St. Mary
Shawan Gresham started working as a salesman at KicksUSA in Passaic last month, helping customers pick out just the right pairs of basketball sneakers or cross-trainers.And while it might not seem to have a lot in common with the other job he recently...
Man Will Stand Trial in Death of Infant Son
A former Fort Lee man who was charged in the death of his infant son two years ago declined a plea offer Monday and was given a trial date.Michael Marrara, 35, whose last known address was Boca Raton, Fla., appeared alongside his attorney before state...
Mcadoo's Big Test
EAST RUTHERFORD - Ben McAdoo is not afraid of challenges.If he were, he likely would have never come to the Giants as offensive coordinator three seasons ago with Tom Coughlin there to oversee his every move, never mind stepping into Coughlin's Hall...
'Melo: Focus Level at an All-Time High
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony was enthusiastically speaking about how good he felt as the Knicks convened for Media Day in a conference room at the Ritz Carlton hotel when it was pointed out that he will start practices today with the fifth head...
Mets Notes
Plans for ThorNoah Syndergaard returns to the rotation tonight against the Marlins after being scratched Saturday due to strep throat, and this could be his last start of the regular season.Syndergaard is scheduled to pitch Sunday in Philadelphia in...
North Jersey Salutes Palmer
Holding the ropes at the 1960 Masters, Army private Ed Batta of New Jersey and his fellow soldiers watched Arnold Palmer at famed Augusta National Golf Club and were transformed from fans to followers."All the soldiers rooted for Arnie," Batta recalled,...
Police Brutality Plaintiff Wants to Revoke Deal
PATERSON -- The plaintiff in a federal police brutality lawsuit the city agreed to settle for $435,000 said he no longer wants to take the deal.Tariq Alqanawi said Monday that he is dissatisfied with his share of the proposed settlement, asserting that...
Rose Calm on News of Probe
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- It was a day for new beginnings, to turn the page on the past, for Derrick Rose. But it wasn't that easy.The injury history he could put aside. The departure from Chicago and a new start with the Knicks was easy to come to grips...
Safe Haven for Victims of Elder Abuse
A free room at one of Bergen County's top-rated nursing homes is now reserved for any senior who needs a temporary place to stay to get away from exploitative, neglectful or violent circumstances -- a major step, advocates said, in the effort to protect...
Saluting a Legend
Mike Teel remembers the details of the speech 14 years later.Teel was Don Bosco's junior quarterback in 2002. The Ironmen were to play Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public Group 4 championship game at Giants Stadium, but snow forced it to be postponed and...
Schuber, on Pa Board, Denies Being Told of Gwb Lane Closures
The reputation of William "Pat" Schuber, a widely respected commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was dealt a blow Monday when the government's star witness at the George Washington Bridge lane closure trial testified that he...
Sets and Spikes
TIGER-TASTIC WEEK: Tenafly is coming off a 5-0 week, which included a key Big North National win over Pascack Valley that helped it move into The Record girls volleyball Top 20. The team capped things off by winning the 15th annual Tiger Spike Invitational...
Shetler Leads Ramsey to Victory
Senior midfielder Kassidy Shetler scored a goal and added three assists, including her 200th career point, as No. 2 Ramsey defeated Pompton Lakes, 5-1, in field hockey action Monday in Ramsey. Junior Lexi Hawtin added two goals for the Rams (7-1).Boys...
Sign of a Wicked Recovery
Orange is in short supply along North Jersey's retail highways this year, and that's a sign more landlords are in the black.Halloween pop-up shops, which rent vacant storefronts in the fall for costume sales and close right after the holiday, had a frightfully...
Signs of Freedom
THERE MAY be debate over the effectiveness of campaign signs, but there should be no debate over people's right to put them up. Free speech is protected speech, whether it is proclaimed in a pamphlet or on a front lawn.Officials in Wyckoff are coming...
Surprising Europe May Not Be a Team in '20
This wasn't the way it was supposed to happen.Except it still might turn out just as anticipated.The best-of-three title series in the World Cup of Hockey opens tonight at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Team Canada, the heavy favorite in this eight-team,...
The Fans Are the Reason for His Songs
What's a rock-and-roller without a speech impediment?Elton John had B-B-B-Benny and the Jets. David Bowie went through Ch-ch-ch-changes. Billy Joel - bless him - didn't want a house in Hackensack-ack-ack-ack-ack.But George Thorogood may have out-stuttered...
The Healing Process Needed Both Teams
MIAMI - One by one, players and coaches of the Mets and Marlins found each other on the field at Marlins Park, offering hugs and comfort before the toughest game they've ever played.It had to be played, but this night was really about honoring Jose Fernandez,...
Things to Do
TOdayACTIVITIES* GUN VIOLENCE ADVOCATE TELLS: A MOTHER'S STORY -- 1 p.m., Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck. $10. 201-404-8816.* COMPUTER CLASS -- MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 -- INTERMEDIATE -- 1:30 p.m., Lodi Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Drive, Lodi....
Towing Firm's Campaign Gifts Tally $100,000
PATERSON -- The company whose lucrative towing contract was renewed by the city last week has given more than $100,000 in campaign contributions to Passaic County political figures over the past 20 years, including Paterson's mayor, four sitting council members...
Unexpected Path Leads to Glory for Pl Senior
Charlotte Yates had never picked up a racket before that day.She arrived at Pompton Lakes' first tennis practice as a freshman and ready to try something new.It was one chapter in a winding journey that included sailboats and a driving test that steered...
Vasquez, Chavez Make Patriots' Offense Sing
SECAUCUS - Almost incredibly, Dylan Vasquez and Gabriel Chavez hadn't seen each other in almost 10 years, since their days of playing soccer with Secaucus Recreation as 5-year-olds, before Chavez showed up at the Patriots' first practice in August.They...
Vereen Lost for the Year?
Giants running back Shane Vereen declined media requests following Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Redskins, saying he had to see team doctors.As it turns out, Vereen was not avoiding reporters; rather, he was hurt far more than anyone - the player or the...
Waldwick Schools Get $5,000 Donation
WALDWICK -- The Waldwick Education Foundation has come through with a $5,000 donation to the school district, and trustees have approved the money's use in a spectrum of direct benefits to students.District Superintendent Paul Casarico announced at the...
Wayne Man Shot after Arranging a Cellphone Sale
CLIFTON -- A Wayne man was shot Saturday when a cellphone sale he arranged over the Internet went awry, police said.At 10:40 a.m., when Clifton police officers arrived near Lake and Van Winkle avenues in response to reports of gunfire, they found the 18-year-old...
Welcoming Views
LEONIA -- Rutgers researchers will soon ask Bergen County residents how they use their parks and what they hope to see in future park development as one part of a master plan for the nearly 10,000-acre county parks system.County Executive James Tedesco...
Wesley Clark Calls Gottheimer 'Strong-Hearted' Public Servant
MAYWOOD -- Calling Josh Gottheimer a "real public servant," retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark endorsed the Democratic 5th Congressional District candidate on Monday.Clark, wearing a "Josh Gottheimer for Congress" pin, spoke Monday at a campaign event...
Wildstein Says Traffic Plans Weren't Secret
New revelations linking Governor Christie's former campaign manager and an ex-Bergen County executive to the Bridgegate scandal spilled out Monday as the government's star witness took jurors inside the politically motivated plan to paralyze Fort Lee...
Woody Allen on the Small Screen
CRISIS IN SIX SCENESWoody Allen's eagerly awaited, soon-to-debut Amazon comedy series "Crisis in Six Scenes" is the 80-year-old filmmaker's first TV series -- and his first foray onto the small screen in more than half a century. And Rachel Brosnahan...
Yankees Notes
Tanaka time?Masahiro Tanaka (tightness, right forearm) was to begin ramping up for one last start today, but there's a chance he may already have made his last appearance of 2016.This afternoon, Tanaka will be examined in New York by team physician Dr....
Yanks Still Battling
TORONTO - All hope is virtually gone for a postseason bid, but the Yankees kept the fight going in other ways.The benches cleared twice Monday night at Rogers Centre, where the Yankees stung the Blue Jays with two ninth-inning home runs and avoided a...
Yanks Still Battling
TORONTO -- All hope is virtually gone for a postseason bid, though the Yankees kept the fight going in other ways.The benches cleared twice Monday night at Rogers Centre, where the Yankees stung the Blue Jays with two ninth-inning home runs, then withstood...
Your Health: Calendar
* GET FIT BERGEN: STEP AND STRETCH -- Noon today, Saddle River County Park, Duck Pond Area, 1133 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood. Free. 973-461-6621.* QUICK AND EASY WEEKNIGHT MEALS -- 4:30 p.m. today, ShopRite, 17- 17 River Road, Fair Lawn. Free. 201-419-9174.*...
Your Views
An out-of-control Port AuthorityRegarding "Star witness opens political 'goody bag' " (Page A-1, Sept. 24):The headline was no surprise to me. The Port Authority is a cash cow.I am old enough to recall tossing two quarters into a toll basket to cross...
Youthful Secaucus Squad Getting Better All the Time
Secaucus and Bogota have a history of meeting at the William Paterson Rec Center with elevated stakes.Ask Patriots coach and alum Cory Roesing, who won Group 1 titles her junior and senior years at the arena where her team played in Saturday's Mary Ann...
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