The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from October 6, 2016

Attorney General Orders Anti-Bias Training for Cops
Police officers throughout New Jersey will be required to take continuing-education courses aimed at reducing deadly confrontations with blacks and other minority group members, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said Wednesday.The directive acts...
Bank Offers Aid to Minority Home Buyers
BUFFALO -- M&T Bank, which completed its purchase of Paramus- based Hudson City Savings Bank last year, said Wednesday that it had started a mortgage subsidy program aimed at qualifying African- American or Hispanic home buyers who are acquiring or refinancing properties...
Bennett Gets Shot on Devils' Top Line
NEWARK - That Taylor Hall will start the season on the Devils' top line with center Adam Henrique, his former junior hockey linemate, seems a foregone conclusion. Who plays right wing for that trio is still to be determined.But former Penguin Beau Bennett...
Bergen Tech Looking to Regroup in States
Bergen Tech coach John Yselonia will be the first to admit his girls tennis team hasn't lived up to expectations this fall.The Knights started the season ranked No. 1 in North Jersey but today are No. 6 with an 8-3 mark. They recently posted a sixth- place...
Birding Film Has Long-Term Ripple Effect
Five years ago next week, a movie called "The Big Year" opened.The premise was shaky for a major Hollywood comedy/drama: Three die-hard bird-watchers compete to see who can see the most bird species in the continental United States in one calendar year.In...
Boys Soccer: Ten Things to Watch for in the Bergen County Tournament
The Bergen County boys soccer tournament continues with first- round games today and Friday. The round of 16 will be Sunday with two games each at Dumont, Emerson, Fort Lee and Ramapo. The quarterfinals will be Oct. 16 and the semifinals will be Oct....
Bummed Out
NEW YORK - After a fantastic season that gave Mets fans plenty of reasons to cheer down the stretch, the team ran off the field for the final time in 2016 to a chorus of boos.After an epic pitching performance between Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner,...
Cermack Strikes Twice for Maroons
ORADELL - Ridgewood senior Hannah Cermack has been more of a ball distributor and creator than goal scorer throughout the first half of the girls soccer season.But before the Maroons faced rugged River Dell on Wednesday in a showdown of two of Bergen...
Chemical Firm to Pay $165M for River Plan
One of the nation's largest chemical companies will pay $165 million to design the cleanup plan for the lower Passaic River under an agreement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, officials said Wednesday.The settlement with Occidental...
Clowns Menace Hawthorne Driver
The creepy-clown phenomenon has produced its first North Jersey case of bona-fide trouble, as police say a pickup truck filled with teenagers, some wearing frightening clown masks, followed and taunted a female motorist for 20 miles, resulting in a summons against...
Coal-Fired Power Plants to Close
PSEG Power has decided to close its two remaining coal-burning power plants in New Jersey, a move that could help improve the state's chronically bad air quality and reduce respiratory and other illness among residents.The two plants - on the Hackensack...
Defending Odell
FLORHAM PARK -- Jets receiver Brandon Marshall criticized the Giants on Wednesday for their handling of mercurial receiver Odell Beckham Jr.Giants coach Ben McAdoo called Beckham's outlandish behavior a "distraction" earlier this season. On Tuesday,...
Eager for Another 'Miracle'
As they anxiously awaited the start of the National League wild- card game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday evening, Mets fans overwhelmingly said this year's patchwork roster fought adversity, and just getting to the postseason was something...
Familia's Failure Erases Syndergaard's Success
NEW YORK - Noah Syndergaard did his part.Amid the highest stakes, under the most intense pressure, the Mets' young starter did his part to keep this unlikely postseason dream alive, taking his wild-card game start Wednesday night at Citi Field and turning...
Fetty, Just like Us, Pays Petty Fine
With wads of cash literally falling out of his pockets Wednesday, Paterson hip-hop artist Fetty Wap had no trouble paying $370 in motor-vehicle fines and other costs stemming from a tinted-window stop in Cedar Grove in July."A hundred-and-seventy-five-thousand...
First Impressions
NEW YORK - James Loney starting over Lucas Duda was expected.Duda not making the roster at all, however, was not.Duda's exclusion from the roster was the biggest surprise among the moves the Mets made for their first ever wild-card game at Citi Field....
Giants Notes
Defending BeckhamOpponents have spent two seasons and four games trying to defend Odell Beckham Jr.The Giants are now doing their share of defending Beckham, who's become the target of criticism due to his emotional behavior on and off the field, most...
Girl's Death 'No Accident'
As a white van rolled up on Rosa Parks Boulevard near Warren Street in Paterson, three young men ran after it and fired several shots.The street was littered with shell casings by the time the bullets stopped flying. The van drove off, and the three...
Glover Blanks Comets
Goalkeeper Gino Glover and the Lyndhurst defense pitched a shutout in the first round of the Bergen County boys soccer tournament as the 19th-seeded Golden Bears upset 14th-seeded Hackensack, 2-0, on Wednesday.Glover registered eight saves in the win.Vincent...
Graveyard Vandals Cause 'Tens of Thousands' in Damage in Wyckoff
WYCKOFF -- Someone knocked over nearly 50 headstones at the historic Wyckoff Reformed Church Cemetery this week, breaking about half of the grave markers and causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage, church officers said Wednesday.The toppled headstones,...
Jets Notes
Pryor to appeal fineCalvin Pryor's first NFL penalty was a costly one. Pryor said he was fined $25,000 by the NFL for his Week 4 hit on Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin -- an amount he believes is excessive."I don't know if it was a clean hit or not,"...
Knicks Not Panicking after Blowout
In the dreams of just how good this incarnation of the Knicks can be, the attention has been on the offensive talents of Derrick Rose joining forces with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. And in the preseason opener they saw signs from the trio...
Marshall Says Better Days Ahead for Jets
FLORHAM PARK -- If the Jets are going to turn their season around, things must change.Immediately.And star receiver Brandon Marshall believes that they will, starting Sunday afternoon when his 1-3 team faces the Steelers at Heinz Field."We will have...
Mcadoo Returning to the Frozen Tundra
EAST RUTHERFORD - Mike McCarthy formed his first impression of Ben McAdoo in the lobby of an Indianapolis hotel more than a decade ago.They had spoken on the telephone the previous night - McCarthy, then an assistant with the Saints, was at the 2002...
Mets Notes
Pitching alignmentBartolo Colon was slated to start a potential Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cubs unless he pitched Wednesday against the Giants. If Colon was used, then Robert Gsellman would start a Game 1.If neither was used, Colon would start Friday...
Mets Notes
Surgery for WilmerInfielder Wilmer Flores will undergo surgery on the hamate bone in his right wrist later this week, general manager Sandy Alderson said. Flores had been attempting to swing for three weeks, but experienced discomfort. He last played...
Murphy Gains Endorsements
Phil Murphy, a Democrat running to succeed Governor Christie next year, will collect a series of coveted endorsements from party officials across North Jersey today - making him the front-runner for his party's nomination.Bergen County Democratic Chairman...
N.J. Home to 5 of Forbes' Richest
Five New Jerseyans -- including an Alpine hedge-fund manager -- are on Forbes magazine's latest list of the 400 wealthiest people in the U.S., the business magazine said Wednesday. Four of the five work in finance.Alpine's Larry Robbins, the 46-year-old...
N.J. Proposes Moves to Help Charter Schools Find Sites, Hire, Expand
TRENTON -- State education officials unveiled a host of proposed changes Wednesday to give more flexibility to charter schools to expand, hire staff and get access to facilities.Governor Christie, a vocal supporter of charter schools, first announced...
NJ Transit Revises Rule for Hoboken Terminal
Under investigation on multiple fronts for its train safety practices after a fatal crash at Hoboken Terminal last week, NJ Transit has issued new instructions to its rail employees, requiring that two members of the train crew be in the front car of...
One Defense That's Always on the Move
MONTVALE - Louis Acceus is one of the most feared linebackers in North Jersey. He leads St. Joseph with 35 tackles, delivers hits on the field with incredible ferocity, and has a slew of scholarship offers from big-time Division I programs.But the senior...
Opposition Stalls Gas Tax Vote until Friday
Governor Christie's plan to raise the gas tax by 23 cents hit a roadblock on Wednesday after the state Senate failed to muster the 30 votes needed to pass it as an emergency measure.But senators did approve key amendments that advanced Christie's plan,...
Paterson Heroes
FIRST RESPONDERS are described that way for good reason. Most times, they are first on the scene: first to arrive at an automobile accident, a train wreck or perhaps a situation involving an armed and dangerous suspect. Often, these responders arrive...
Poison Ivy Still Active during the Fall Months
Pardon the pun, but have you noticed a rash of poison ivy cases among your outdoor buddies this fall?I've come across at least eight people over the last week or so who came up on the short end of their confrontation with that vile vine, including a...
Price to Pay for Crossing Christie
Governor Christie and top members of his staff froze out local officials who were deemed to have crossed him, a former administration official told jurors Wednesday at the George Washington Bridge lane-closure trial in Newark.Christopher Stark, a lobbyist,...
Probe of Paterson Gas Explosion under Way
PATERSON -- As an excavation crew Wednesday morning picked through a mound of debris where three houses had stood a day before, Mahmoud Hamad and his wife, Karam Awad, leaned over from a neighboring lot to try to catch a glimpse of four specific bags.They...
Rabbi Describes Night of Attack
Fire danced across the foot of a sleeping rabbi's bed, scorching a section of his white-and-pink-striped comforter, after a firebomb came crashing through his bedroom window in the middle of the night, he told jurors Wednesday in the terrorism trial...
Rules Weighed for Auto Disablers
Auto lenders and dealers have a tool to pressure delinquent borrowers to pay: remote-controlled automobile disablers that enable them to shut off a customer's car, wherever it might be, when a payment is late.The starter-interruption technology, which...
Skin Condition Hits Victims with Double-Barreled Blast
TV series of the current age sometimes center on fictional characters with very real-life illnesses, illuminating not only an extra dimension to the actor's role but useful information about the medical condition to the television audience.There is Claire...
Smooth Sailing to a Silver
Yes, the medal is heavy. And no, Dr. Ricky Doerr doesn't mind.Doerr, a Clifton resident and assistant lacrosse coach at Bergen Catholic, recently returned from the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he and his partners Hugh Freund and Bradley Kendell...
Street Video Concerns Lawyer for Suspect in Drive-By Slaying
A Paterson man pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges on Wednesday in the killing of a man who was gunned down last weekend in the city's 4th Ward.Authorities said Jamal Wade, 32, and at least one other unidentified suspect waited in a car late...
Teacher of the Year Uses Music to Alter Lives of Her Students
Argine Safari remembers vividly a moment from her childhood watching the opera "La Traviata," feeling goose bumps rise as the music hurled toward its tragic end.The experience inspired in her a sense of awe and wonder that she hopes to pass on to her...
Team Thought It Had an Answer with Yoenis
NEW YORK - Terry Collins is typically loathe to designate any one player as the Mets' savior, and that goes back to Matt Harvey in his pre-injury prime in 2013, or Jacob deGrom during his breathtaking triumphs in 2015, or Yoenis Cespedes as he was delivering...
The Joys of Canning
In a recent sweltering Saturday, the Grifonetti family of Old Tappan assembled in their winding driveway, surrounded by a dozen massive wooden crates filled with red, juicy plum tomatoes. A handful of family members sat hunched over in a circle of mismatched folding...
Thor Still the Essence of a Never-Quit Team
NEW YORK - With blond locks flowing out the back of his baseball cap and electricity crackling out of the tips of his fingers, Noah Syndergaard embodies the ethos of his nickname namesake, a Thor in Mets pinstripes, the superhero of their 2016 season.When...
Ticket Box
On-sale dates for upcoming events:FRIDAY* At 11 a.m., The Hit Men, 8 p.m. April 29 ($29 to $59) and Glen Burtnick's "Summer of Love Concert," 8 p.m. June 3 ($29 to $49) at Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood. Bergen pac.org.STILL ON SALE* Speaker...
Toxic Waterway
NO ONE is going to be able to clean up more than a century of industrial pollution in a few years, but you have to start somewhere. And that beginning came Wednesday when federal officials said Occidental Chemical Corp. would pay $165 million toward...
Waiting for Yoenis to Flip That Switch
NEW YORK - Terry Collins is typically loathe to designate any one player as the Mets' savior, and that goes back to Matt Harvey in his pre-injury prime in 2013, or Jacob deGrom during his breathtaking triumphs in 2015, or even Yoenis Cespedes as he was...
Working to Close Gap between Cops and Community
PARAMUS -- Amid unrest across the country over police shootings, leaders of law enforcement and minority communities in Bergen County gathered Wednesday to take stock of progress that has been made here and work that still needs to be done.The daylong...
Yanks Firmly Focused on Next Year
NEW YORK - Yankees general manager Brian Cashman began 2016 with "high hopes" for October baseball.But the club's underachievement compelled him to make "a strategic decision for the present and the future" by selling off key assets at the trade deadline."We're...
Your Views
Raising New Jersey's gasoline taxThe one thing missing from the plan to raise the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon in New Jersey is a simple additional measure to offset most, if not all, of the hike: the introduction of self- service gas sales.The prohibition...
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