The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from February 5, 2017

Allendale Oks $14 Million Bond Ordinance for Purchase of Land
ALLENDALE - The Borough Council has approved a $14.35 million bond ordinance to purchase nearly 10 acres on West Crescent Avenue, where senior affordable housing, borough offices, and recreation or park space are planned.The town will borrow the money...
A Man Who Had a Huge Heart Gets a New One
Through fires and floods, blackouts and whiteouts, heatwaves and cold snaps, Walter Porto has been there for the city of Passaic.As the city's emergency management coordinator, he's a jack-of- all-trades first-responder who does whatever needs to be...
A New Life for 1926 Bank
The People's Guaranty and Trust was built in 1926 as a 10-story monument to American finance, standing tall over downtown Hackensack's glory days. Over the years, the rigid-steel high-rise was home to a succession of banks, ending up as a Bank of America, until...
Appraiser Defends Impact of Franklin Lakes Senior Home
FRANKLIN LAKES - A proposed 88-unit assisted-care facility would not reduce the value of nearby single-family homes, a real estate appraiser has testified before the borough's Zoning Board of Adjustment.Sunrise Senior Living wants to construct a two-story,...
Bergen Architectural Firm Seizes Big Opportunities, Thrives on a Challenge
Architect Lloyd Rosenberg was undaunted when plans for a nearly $1 billion commercial development in Ridgefield Park had to be dramatically reconfigured to accommodate Al and Alice, a pair of bald eagles."We had to redesign the whole project," said Rosenberg,...
Bogota Impresses at State Sectional Meet
TOMS RIVER -- Cole Geraghty stood with his two cross-country teammates after the North 1, Group 1 state sectional meet at the Bennett Center and proudly proclaimed, "We're still here, at least for 11/2 more seasons."Saturday night, Geraghty and his more...
Bulldogs Aiming for Bigger Things after Rallying to Beat Ridgewood; Teaneck Is Next
ALLENDALE - Tyson Etienne said he and Teaneck senior guard Leondre Washington used to go at it in his driveway growing up."Oh man, he is like my big brother," said Etienne, a Dwight- Englewood sophomore. "We used to battle it out. It was fun for us."They'll...
Byrne Helps Maroons Win 2nd Straight Title
TOMS RIVER - Billy Byrne returned for his senior year with the same talent he had flashed through his distance running career, but with a new confidence and determination.Everybody has noticed. And as a result, his distance double at the North 1 Group...
Call for Caution: Couple Praying for Refugees
Ned Clausen met his wife, Elfriede, one afternoon in 1966 on Rockaway Beach in Queens and promptly asked her on a date. Later, he learned her story: She was 17 when she escaped Communist rule in East Germany, a repressive country lacking in opportunity,...
Clothing Overboard
Clothing-optional cruise.At first I couldn't picture it.Then I could.Either way, it didn't seem pretty. I mean, the mere sight of some supersize tourist in a Speedo can make me lose my appetite.But sans even Speedo? A whole cruise ship full of sailors...
Despite Talk of Trade, Gardner Still Starter
Brett Gardner spent another winter hearing his name tied to trade talk, and it wasn't just from anonymous sources.Before exiting the Baseball Winter Meetings, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that "it's unlikely for us to make any changes on...
Devils Put It All Together for Victory in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Devils have insisted all through this up- and-down season that when they play the right way, with a tenacious identity, they can play with the best teams in the NHL.On Saturday night, they did.Solid goaltending, solid defense in...
Eli, Fitzgerald Co-Winners of Payton Award
HOUSTON - Giants quarterback Eli Manning has won two Super Bowl MVP awards, hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy twice in an illustrious NFL career that includes the league's third-longest streak of consecutive starts with 211 and counting.Near the top...
Englewood Breakfast Bridges Gap between Cops, Community
ENGLEWOOD -- Building stronger relations between residents and the city's police force was the goal of a gathering at a downtown bagel shop on Saturday, the first in a series of breakfasts officials are planning in light of a recent spate of gun violence.The...
Falcons Can't Lose Mind Game
HOUSTON - Four hundred twenty-one minutes and 54 seconds of game time have passed since Malcolm Mitchell danced into the end zone after catching an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady that beat the Jets at MetLife Stadium 70 days and seven games ago.Mitchell...
Family Had to Conquer Sticker Shock
Buying a Dutch colonial in Ramsey was only the beginning of a moving-up journey for the Ross family.They had to look hard to find the older home with character they dreamed of, and that home has inspired not only many new renovation projects but also...
Family Turned Away after Years of Vetting
President Donald Trump has justified his temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries by saying people coming into the U.S. have not been properly vetted.That's baffling to Jihad Makhoul; his wife, Nawal; and their three...
Fire Raises Call for Change to Building Codes
MAPLEWOOD -- A roaring blaze tore through an apartment building being constructed in Maplewood by AvalonBay Communities Inc. early Saturday, two years after fire leveled a large AvalonBay complex in Edgewater.Saturday's blaze spotlighted safety advocates'...
For Teens, Sexting's Normal
There was a time when one teenager showed romantic interest in another by passing a note during class, visiting where the other one worked or sending a friend to find out if the "like like" feeling was reciprocated.Today, for many teens, nude photos...
He Couldn't Stand the Heat - So He Created His Own Kind of Kitchen
A rising young Broadway actress. A chef managing celebrity- studded Manhattan restaurants. A budding filmmaker and TV producer. This is the first in a three-part series looking at three artists from different disciplines who found an unexpected new venue...
How Trump's Immigration Ban Hit Home
President Donald Trump's weeklong ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries splintered families and brought opponents to the streets and airports to protest.The government suspended enforcement of the ban on Saturday, a day after...
Hynes Calls Blue Jackets Coach Tortorella a 'Mentor'
COLUMBUS, Ohio - They were opposing coaches on Saturday night.But John Hynes does not hesitate to call the Blue Jackets' John Tortorella a "mentor" after their experience together with Team USA in this fall's World Cup of Hockey.The 41-year-old Devils...
Iha Keeps Its Composure, Tops Nv/old Tappan in Ot
FAIR LAWN - As soon as she saw the ball fall through the net, Jackie Kelly jumped and pumped her fist. Her teammates on NV/Old Tappan's bench erupted in celebration.After trailing Immaculate Heart by 16 points, the Golden Knights had climbed back.Kelly's...
Keeping a Hard Line between Church, State
Part of the nation's tax code, and an important line separating church and state, is a fairly obscure provision known as the Johnson Amendment. It was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, in 1954.The premise of the law is...
Lebron Bothered by Carmelo's Ordeal
NEW YORK - When Carmelo Anthony made his way to the Knicks six years ago this month, he believed that he would be what his friends were in other cities. Beloved by the organization like LeBron James in Cleveland. Adored by the fans like Chris Paul. He...
Lebron Has No Answers for Carmelo
NEW YORK - When Carmelo Anthony made his way to the Knicks six years ago this month, he believed that he would be what his friends were in other cities. Beloved by the organization. Adored by the fans. A superstar in the biggest market in the NBA.It...
Librarian Turns to Online Fundraiser to Fight Cancer
ENGLEWOOD - In the nine years since she first found a lump in her breast, Monica Sanchez has battled cancer with the support of her husband, son, family and friends. Now, she is reaching out to the community for more help."There's little angels everywhere,...
'Matisse and American Art' at the Montclair Art Museum
The history of modern art is filled with hilarious misjudgments by art critics. So it was in 1908 when Henri Matisse exhibited for the first time in New York City.One writer described "female figures ... of an ugliness that is most appalling and haunting."...
Met Outfield Crowded, but Cespedes a Given
The failure to move an outfielder has left the Mets with a crowded outfield, but there is no confusion when it comes to who will play left field: their $110-million man, Yoenis Cespedes.Cespedes has done nothing but produce since arriving with the Mets,...
Non-Profit News
EVENTSThe Verona Rescue Squad will hold its fifth annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Ave., on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. $7; free for children under age 5. Pancakes, bagels, bacon, ham, eggs,...
North Girls Bowling Champs Get a Case of the 'Blues'
HACKENSACK - Though it was not her original intention, Samantha Conklin represented the color of the day in the North sectional girls bowling tournament Saturday at Bowler City.Blue-uniformed teams secured three of the four group titles and five of the...
Pascack Hills and D-E Winners at Jamboree
ALLENDALE - Every point was precious, and Pascack Hills' Nick Guillemain treated each shot with great care each time he stepped to the foul line.The Cowboys squeezed out a 39-33 victory over Ramapo in Saturday's Round of 16 of the Bergen County Jamboree...
Paterson One of 22 N.J. Police Depts. to Turn Down State Body Cam Funding
PATERSON - State officials say the city is among 22 New Jersey municipalities that have declined state funding to buy cameras that police officers would wear on their bodies while on duty.Asserting that the equipment would promote accountability and transparency,...
Paterson's Crackdown on Art Factory Complex Hits Snag
PATERSON -- The city's attempted crackdown on the Art Factory commercial complex hit a speed bump on Friday.Municipal Court Judge Giuseppe Randazzo opted to delay the proceedings involving 145 summonses issued to the owner of the old industrial complex...
Patriots' Belichick in Elite NFL Company
Any conversation about whether the Patriots' Bill Belichick is the best coach in NFL history needs to take some of these coaches, if not all, into consideration.Like Belichick, they have multiple Super Bowl championships and impressive postseason records:VINCE...
Reign Continues for Rutherford
LYNDHURST - Andrew Reimon knew it was only a matter of time.His records are starting to fall. His little brother has finally caught up to him.Rutherford's Alec Reimon set four NJIC championship records on Saturday, as the Bulldogs won the boys swimming...
Ridgewood Firefighters Cooking the Healthy Way
It's not every day that Stacey Antine of Healthbarn USA has a group of kale-chopping, salad-prepping, brown-rice-stirring firefighters in her kitchen.But on Friday morning, a FEMA grant brought Platoon A of the Ridgewood Fire Department to Healthbarn,...
State Rejects Plan to Ease Hiring at Charter Schools
The state Board of Education has rejected a controversial plan to ease restrictions on standards for teachers, principals and business administrators in select charter schools.Gov. Chris Christie and charter school advocates, who pushed for the plan,...
Student Aims to Save Lives with Drug Prevention Program
ALLENDALE - Growing up, Brianna Bulkley never felt comfortable in her own skin. By 14, she had turned to heroin to numb the pain of being sexually abused. She overdosed five times in 13 years before detoxing for what she said was the last time in September,...
Syrian Works Hard to Help Her Family Join Her in U.S
Sandy Khabbazeh worked three jobs last year - as a sandwich dresser at a fast-food chain, as a concrete inspector and as an engineer - saving as much money as she could to bring her brother to study in New Jersey.Her brother George, young, handsome and...
Terror Victim's Kin See Need to Guard against Attacks
As Tom and Josephine Acquaviva of Wayne watched television reports last week of protests nationwide over President Donald Trump's new immigration rules, another image came to mind: the World Trade Center collapsing on Sept. 11, 2001 - killing their son,...
There Are Two Christies on Immigration Reform
What a difference nine years make. In 2008, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie said immigrants living in the United Sates without valid documentation were not in violation of the U.S. criminal code.In 2013, when running for a second term as governor, Christie supported...
The Tragedy of Emmett till Still Reverberates
These early days of Black History Month have me thinking a lot about Emmett Till.Why he died, the way he died, the fact that he had to die at all.I've been thinking about that summer of 1955, when Emmett, who was black and only 14, and was down from...
Time for a Real Conversation about Islam
Several years ago, I embarked on a bizarre journey to a hellish place. I spent several months studying radical Islamist theology on suicide bombing.I did not do this willy-nilly. At the time, I was researching a book on terrorism, and I felt I needed...
Travel Ban Reversal
The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, honoring a federal court order, dismantled President Donald Trump's travel ban on Saturday even as the president derided the ruling as "ridiculous."U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart,...
Westwood's Kyle Scatliffe Gets Chance to Show His Range
Kyle Scatliffe, who grew up in Westwood and began his performing life in the borough's high school, has had a notable start to his musical-theater career.He made his Broadway debut in 2014 in "Les Miserables," as Enjolras, the charismatic leader of the...
When Your Heart's in the Big Game but Your Team Isn't
Today we will address one of life's age-old questions - one that is right up there with: Truth or dare? Batman or Superman? Buy the cow, or get the milk for free?As I am sure you know, our lives are filled with these and other vexing, everyday dilemmas....
With Fiancee Stranded, Wedding in Jeopardy
With his March wedding day approaching and his fiancee more than 5,000 miles away, Sean picked out a reception venue in Oakland, ordered maroon and white flowers, hired a photographer, booked a honeymoon and prepared his two-bedroom condominium for his...
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