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Articles from February 17, 2017

10 Suspended after Audit of School Transcripts
ENGLEWOOD - The Dwight Morrow High School principal and nine other high-level district employees were suspended Thursday night after a review by an independent consultant turned up more than 3,000 graduation credit and grade changes in the previous year.Superintendent...
Bennett Looks to Help Playoff Push
NEWARK - Beau Bennett didn't think he'd miss one game, let alone nine with his latest injury. But now that he is back in the Devils' lineup, the 25-year-old forward just wants to contribute to a successful playoff push."I'm trying to pick up where I...
Bridgegate in a Bergen Courtroom
Bridgegate, the moniker for the illegal scheme to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as political payback to the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, in September 2013, just won't go away. On Thursday, a Bergen County judge, Roy...
Clifton Beats Nv/hasbrouck Heights to Reach the Final
WAYNE - There was a time when Clifton hockey was at the top of the heap in North Jersey. In 2001 the Mustangs were the state public school champions and in 2006 they won a Cup championship.That was the last time the Mustangs carried home hardware, but they...
Coach's Retirement Stuns Football Community
Tony Karcich didn't think this day would come.The St. Joseph athletic director and former football coach never thought Greg Toal would leave the Don Bosco sideline. Toal's relentless competiveness made it difficult to believe he would ever retire as...
Devils Can't Find Net in Loss to Sens
NEWARK - Goals have been scarce for the Devils this season as they've scored the fewest in the Eastern Conference.But if they are to close the gap as they chase a playoff spot, the Devils are going to have to be able to grind out some goals against stingy...
Disabling Safety Devices on Rise
If you've wondered why road crashes are killing more people now than they were 50 years ago, the National Safety Council trotted out many of the same old reasons this week - speeding, texting, booze, pot, and gas prices low enough to encourage us to...
Eastside Hoops Remain in Limbo
The NJSIAA continues to gather information on the Eastside boys basketball team's eligibility issue and did not announce a decision Thursday after officials held a conference call to discuss it."We're working diligently on trying to decide if there were really...
Familiar Feel to Jamboree
The semifinals of the 61st Bergen County Jamboree boys basketball tournament are Sunday at Fairleigh Dickinson's Rothman Center in Hackensack. Here's a look at the matchups (with records through Wednesday.)(3) St. Joseph (20-4) vs. (2) Don Bosco (21-1),...
Fans Barred from Basketball Game
Who would schedule a basketball game between two intense rival teams and bar fans from seeing it? The Paterson School District.Earlier this week, the intra-city rivalry between Paterson boys high school basketball powers Kennedy and Eastside was renewed,...
Fight Night at the Garden Latest Case of Sports Turmoil
The ongoing Carmelo Anthony-Phil Jackson dispute and the Charles Oakley-James Dolan controversy pale in comparison with other sports disagreements. The late Billy Martin would have equated the Knicks' soap opera to a pillow fight. Martin and others fought...
GM Thinks Team Can Contend
TAMPA, Fla. - General manager Brian Cashman allows that the Yankees are a team in transition."But we're not waving any white flag while we're in transition. So, we'll see where it takes us," Cashman said Thursday, adding, "2017 has a chance to be a pretty...
It's Game over for Monopoly Thimble
The makers of the game Monopoly have bad news for the thimble token: It's been voted off the board.The silver thimble, which has been part of the venerable game for more than 80 years, will no longer be passing Go, collecting $200 or doing anything other...
Judge: Case against Christie Can Advance
A Bergen County judge ruled there is probable cause for an official misconduct complaint to proceed against Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal -- but prosecutors still have the right not to pursue the case.Sitting in Central Municipal Court...
Judge Weighs Emails in Trial
MORRISTOWN - A Woodcliff Lake resident's private emails could be used as evidence in a trial to determine whether the borough's $3.95 million tax appeal settlement with BMW of North America was "arbitrary and capricious."State Tax Court Judge Joshua...
Key Witness in Trial May Not Testify
A key witness in the trial of three men accused in the shooting death of an innocent bystander and the critical wounding of a young woman in Paterson gang violence in 2014 fled the courtroom in tears Thursday, saying she did not want to return for more...
Last Call for Jesus in Bergen Town Center
If it were a bar, it would be last call for Jesus. That's how I took the news that the Catholic chapel at the Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus would be shutting down on Ash Wednesday, March 1.As Record Staff Writer Joan Verdon reported, this...
Listeners Get Chance to Be Djs on Wxpk
Want to play deejay for a day?OK, maybe not a day ... how about for 20 minutes or so?WXPK-FM (107.1), The Peak, is offering its listeners a chance to choose three songs that they want to hear back-to-back-to-back 2 p.m. weekdays.Go to www.101thepeak.com,...
Long Week of Waiting Starts for Knicks
"I've seen a lot of things happen in this league over the year. I don't know what's going to happen or what can happen. Obviously we know what can happen over the next week or two. But I guess we'll see when that time comes."Carmelo AnthonyWhen the game...
Mets Hoping Bruce Is Improved
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - You have to hand it to Jay Bruce for an off-season makeover that's nothing short of brilliant. Compared to the bag of nerves who showed up at Citi Field last summer - overwhelmed at the plate, out of place in the big city, miserable from...
My Toal Road from Ohio to Alabama
Life as a sports writer has brought me to countless places with the good fortune of being able to cover plenty of games that have taken on the magnitude of unforgettable events through the years.I have been lucky enough to cover the last five Super Bowls,...
North Jersey's Best Chicken Sandwiches
Chicken sandwiches were not on BBQ expert Daniel Delaney's mind when he was set to open a second fast-casual restaurant in midtown Manhattan. The James Beard Award-nominated brisket wizard "pivoted mid-construction" and opened Delaney Chicken, a fried-chicken/ sandwich-counter...
Nv/demarest Captures Boys Swim Crown
WAYNE - Josh Oh gave a simple message as he towered over the victory celebration.The senior, with a towel draped around his neck, jumped on top of the bench to commend his team after one of the last meets of his high school career."Let's keep the tradition...
Passaic Semis Has Wayne vs. Paterson
The semifinals of the 47th Passaic County boys basketball tournament are Saturday at Kennedy High School in Paterson, and here's a look at the matchups (with records through Wednesday.)(3) Wayne Hills (16-4) at (2) Kennedy (15-5), 12:30 p.m.:Wayne Hills...
Paterson Landlord Hires Security
PATERSON -- A developer who owns more than 300 apartment buildings in some of Paterson's most crime-ridden neighborhoods deployed armed security guards on Thursday to patrol three of his properties.The developer, Charles Florio, hired an Essex County...
Pool Project in Ramsey Advances
RAMSEY - Architectural renderings for a proposed $2 million community-senior center are being drawn up and will be submitted to the Planning Board next month, borough officials say.The Borough Council awarded a $148,500 contract last week to Blueline...
Port Authority Approves $32 Billion Capital Plan
Plans for a new Port Authority Bus Terminal inched forward Thursday when commissioners of the bi-state agency that owns the Manhattan bus station approved a $32.2 billion capital plan that included $3.5 billion for a new terminal.At a board meeting on...
Properties Could Be Removed from Zone
EMERSON - The Borough Council is expected to decide Tuesday whether more than 25 properties should be removed from Emerson's controversial downtown redevelopment zone.Owners of property within the zone have objected to their inclusion, arguing it could...
Public Hearing in Works on Hotel Application
An 18-acre site in North Bergen may be rezoned from environmentally preserved to commercial usage - potentially for a hotel - if a public hearing process leads to final approval from a state agency.On Thursday, the board of the New Jersey Sports and...
Reaction to Toal's Retirement from Bosco
The news on Thursday morning that Greg Toal had decided to retire as Don Bosco's head football coach surprised many throughout North Jersey football. But the common belief was that Toal had elevated North Jersey football in ways no one else had. Here...
Safety Upgrades for Gwb Guards
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will take measures to improve safety for unarmed guards at the George Washington Bridge following an investigation sparked by an article in The Record and NorthJersey.com in January.John Bilich, the Port...
Seton Hall Will Begin Search for New Leader
Seton Hall University will soon begin the search for a new leader after the announcement on Thursday that President A. Gabriel Esteban will take the helm at the largest Catholic university in the nation, DePaul in Chicago.Esteban will become president...
Sherlock Must Solve D'arnaud
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - For all his responsibilities as the Mets' new third base coach, Glenn Sherlock's responsibilities as the catching instructor may be his paramount assignment.Sherlock, who is highly regarded for his work with catchers, is tasked...
Syndergaard Gets Opening Day Start
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - As injuries picked off the Mets starting staff one by one last season, Noah Syndergaard emerged as the lone survivor among the team's young group of aces.His performance and those injuries made him the top choice for the Wild Card...
Teel Accepts New Coaching Challenge
RAMSEY - Mike Teel looked like a man who hadn't slept. He hadn't.The former Rutgers and Ironmen star quarterback assumed the mantle of new head football coach at Don Bosco on Thursday morning, replacing North Jersey icon Greg Toal.While there remain...
Ten Things to Watch at State Group Championships
Friday, 4 p.m.: Groups 1 and 4; Saturday, 9 a.m.: Groups 2 and 3; Saturday, 3 p.m., Non-Public A and B.All sessions at Bennett Center, Toms River1. Can Ridgewood repeat as the Group 4 girls state champion? Only one North Jersey girls team has ever gone...
The Greg Toal Experience
Greg Toal ends his high school coaching career with a 305-55-2 record over 33 seasons.He guided teams to 29 playoff berths and won 16 state/sectional titles in his career. He also won two mythical national championships while at Don Bosco Prep.Here's...
Things to Do
MUSIC9th Annual Heart & Soul Music Festival -- 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 350 Engle St., Englewood. Free. 201-608-2550.Mighty SPECTRUM Band 'The Bruce Show' -- 6 p.m. Feb. 17, Stanhope House, 45 Main St., Stanhope. $18....
Toal Says Bye to Coaching
RAMSEY - In a shocking development that shook New Jersey high school football to its core, Don Bosco announced early Thursday morning that head football coach Greg Toal had retired.Former Don Bosco and Rutgers star quarterback Mike Teel was named the...
Train Filled with Lawmakers and Lobbyists Arrives in D.C
Heralding his record as bipartisan and business-minded, Governor Christie warned hundreds of lobbyists and lawmakers gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night that candidates competing this year to replace him are over-promising what can be delivered...
Ubereats Launches in New Jersey
If you trust Uber to get you and your kids around town, perhaps you'll trust it to deliver your bibimbap and pizza.As of Feb. 16, with a few clicks on their computers or smartphones, some New Jerseyans are able to get their sandwiches, lattes and gelato...
Waldwick Field Could Reopen to Local Teams
WALDWICK - Community sports teams could once again have full access to the high school's artificial turf field, if upcoming tests to determine the surface's condition deem it safe.Borough officials and Board of Education members met Wednesday night to...
Wanaque Addresses Snow-Covered Walks
WANAQUE - Sidewalks in front of vacant properties remained covered with snow following last week's storm and remain an issue for the borough.The borough stepped in after the 24-hour shoveling deadline and cleared many of the sidewalks in front of vacant...
Yankees Preparing for A-Rod
TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez's new assignment begins next week.A-Rod will arrive at Yankees camp to serve as a guest instructor for three days, according to a report by ESPN's Marly Rivera.This morning, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said plans for...
Yankees' Sanchez Ready to Do It Again
TAMPA, Fla. - Gary Sanchez isn't immune to a higher set of expectations.Having already set the Bronx ablaze with a sensational late- season surge as a rookie catcher, Sanchez recognizes the unique spotlight he's created for himself inside Yankees Universe.That's...
Your Views
Nordstrom's wrong to drop Ivanka Trump's clothing lineI am writing in reference to Nordstrom's decision to cancel Ivanka Trump's line of fashion from its stores.I have great doubt that this is based on poor sales and financial loss, but to appease any...
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