The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from December 21, 2016

Alpine the Latest Community Aiming to Protect Its History
It has regularly been ranked as one of America's richest communities, with sprawling homes that sport bowling alleys, multiple swimming pools and garages packed with designer cars.But the star-studded enclave of Alpine -- which has drawn the likes of...
Bergen Catholic Storms Back for Win
A battle between two schools in The Record Top 25 went down to the wire on Tuesday, with extra time being needed to settle the score.Down 38-31 after three quarters, Bergen Catholic, No. 3, scored 25 points in the final frame Tuesday to send its game...
Borough, Police Agree on Contract
WALDWICK -- The borough and the police union have reached a new two-year collective bargaining agreement under which top-tier officers, including sergeants and lieutenants, will not receive a raise.Nine lower-ranking officers, however, will see a salary...
Bridgegate Defense Lawyers File Request for a New Trial
Attorneys for two defendants convicted for their involvement in the 2013 lane closure scandal at the George Washington Bridge have asked for a new trial, raising issues about potential problems with jury deliberations, last-minute changes to the prosecution's...
Cruz Looking Forward to Return Trip to Philly
EAST RUTHERFORD - Victor Cruz promises the first thing he will do Thursday night when he steps inside Lincoln Financial Field is go to the spot in the end zone where he was injured two years ago.What sticks in the mind of the Giants' wide receiver when...
Devils Continue Struggles, Lose Their Seventh Straight
NEWARK -- This could only be seen as a regression. A serious regression.The Devils thought they were building toward something positive after the way they played this weekend. But, in a rare home game, the Devils dropped their seventh straight with a...
Devils' Struggles Continue in Seventh Straight Defeat
NEWARK - This could only be seen as a regression. A serious regression."I thought we did a lot of good things in the last two games though, obviously, we didn't get rewarded for them," Devils captain Andy Greene said. "But I thought we were going in...
Don't Let Bureaucracy Trump Compassion
Counting the homeless is an inexact science, mainly because the number of people without shelter in any given area can change from day to day.Still, there are guideposts. Volunteers who fan out throughout New Jersey in efforts to count the homeless every...
Giants Punished for Sideline Walkie-Talkie Use vs. Cowboys
EAST RUTHERFORD - The NFL fined the Giants $150,000 and head coach Ben McAdoo an additional $50,000 for the illegal use of a walkie-talkie on the sideline two Sundays ago during the team's 10- 7 victory over the Cowboys.In addition to that penalty, the...
Giants' Rb Steps Up as (Pass) Pro
EAST RUTHERFORD -- Back in the preseason, Paul Perkins would cringe when the coaches turned on the video to begin a critique of his performance in pass protection."I was doing my best, but I knew I could do better," rookie running back for the Giants...
Hackensack Oks Two Redevelopment Plans
HACKENSACK -- The City Council approved two redevelopment plans Tuesday night that would add storefronts, parking and residential units to the central business district."This is a wonderful asset for the city," Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino said.The...
Hanson Brothers Visit Devils
NEWARK -- Actors and former professional hockey players Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson and David Hanson -- the Hanson brothers from the iconic hockey movie "Slap Shot" -- wandered into the Devils' dressing room Tuesday after the team's morning skate.They...
Holiday Song Has Lyndhurst Roots
The year was 1960. John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for president, and the civil rights movement was gaining traction. Frankie Avalon, Elvis Presley and The Drifters topped the charts. And a crooner from Bergen County released a novelty Christmas...
Holiday Violence Reminds Us to Be Forever Vigilant
The attack in Berlin will heighten concerns in the United States, particularly as Christmas and New Year's celebrations approach. The reaction must be to remain vigilant, while remaining free to go about daily lives.As one event-filled year ends and...
It's about Time
Even baseball's fiercest defenders will admit the sport went in the wrong direction in 2016 - the games ran too long, managers called on too many relievers who took forever. Sitting through nine innings, especially in the postseason, was a test of patience,...
Jet De Disciplined for Snapchat Snafu
FLORHAM PARK -- Sheldon Richardson says it was all an accident. The profanity-laced Snapchat video that upset Jets fans and his coach, was intended for a friend until Richardson hit the wrong button.But that accident will come with a punishment for the...
Making Christmas Work after the Loss of a Parent
Last week, when I called my father to check up on him, he told me, "I picked up your gift yesterday!"A gift for me? How? He hasn't driven for 15 years."Where did you buy this gift?" I asked. "At the Dairy Barn on the corner?""Well, I didn't actually...
New-Look Iha Earns All-Around Victory
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - Immaculate Heart Academy might be young, with three freshmen in the starting lineup. But the Blue Eagles have already taken significant strides just three games into the season.This still is only the beginning."I have a lot of confidence...
New Milford Police Officers Promoted
NEW MILFORD -- Three veteran police officers have been promoted amid a related effort to cut the force's overtime pay.Police Lt. Kevin Kiene was promoted to the rank of captain, Police Sgt. Nicholas DiGenio to lieutenant and Patrolman George Herrero...
North Arlington to Redevelop Site
NORTH ARLINGTON - The borough has forged an agreement to redevelop a 25-acre site along Porete Avenue to bring life to the abandoned industrial corner.Porete Avenue Master Redeveloper LLC, a privately held real estate firm and affiliate of HC Development...
Not Your Grandma's Christmas Cookies
It's that wonderful time of the year. Time to decorate the tree, deck the halls with poinsettias and garlands, and bake (and eat) lots and lots of holiday cookies.Like most everyone else, John Piliouras, a Haworth resident and former executive chef at...
Obama Blocks Oil and Gas Drilling off New Jersey
In a parting gift to New Jersey's Shore-based tourism industry, the Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will indefinitely bar oil and gas drilling in 31 canyons beneath the Atlantic Ocean from the Chesapeake Bay up to New England, a move that...
Older Paterson Grads Gather to Recall Glory Days
The football took a fortuitous bounce. That's how Phil Zofrea recalled the fumble he recovered more than seven decades ago when Paterson Central High School was playing its gridiron rivals from Passaic in 1944."I got it down to the one and then our fullback...
Paramus to Mull Age Hike for Purchase of Tobacco
The Paramus Board of Health wants borough officials to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 from 19.The board decided at its final meeting of the year that next year it would take up an earlier proposal to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco...
Passaic Council Cuts Public Safety Post
PASSAIC -- The City Council on Tuesday eliminated the position of public safety director, returning control of the Police and Fire departments to their respective chiefs and effectively terminating Richard Diaz.The council voted 7-0 to abolish the public...
Petty Feeling Good after Brutal Hit
FLORHAM PARK -- Jets quarterback Bryce Petty had a gift waiting for him at the Jets' practice facility this week. A batch of chocolate chip cookies on the hood of his car.It was an apology from center Wesley Johnson. On the first play of the fourth quarter,...
Poker Pro Ordered to Return $10M to Borgata
Is it cheating if you win at baccarat because you notice an imperfection in the pattern on the backs of playing cards that you then use to your advantage?How about if the game is played at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City -- and you win...
Police Seize Uzi after Reports of Gunfire
PATERSON - City police confiscated a loaded Uzi assault rifle and arrested three men after responding to reports of gunfire near Roberto Clemente Park on Monday night, authorities said.The city's sound-activated gunshot detection system issued an alert...
Power Shift at the State House
Although they debated the cause and extent of the decline, a number of legislators and longtime political observers said Tuesday that Chris Christie's political power as governor has been diminished in an unprecedented way.Not only did Christie witness...
Rose Back as Knicks Top Indy
NEW YORK -- In the opening seconds of the game Tuesday Derrick Rose grabbed the first rebound of the night and on the other end scored the first points, a positive sign that the Knicks' point guard was back.After missing four of the last six games with...
Rumana Sworn in as Superior Court Judge
It was a case of like father, like son at the Passaic County Courthouse on Tuesday as Scott T. Rumana was sworn in as a Superior Court judge.Rumana's father, Thomas, is a former Superior Court judge who sat on the Passaic County bench for 18 years, beginning...
Runner Dailey Keeps Up Fast Pace
HACKENSACK -- Quazier Dailey has always been fast. But he admits his commitment to getting even faster wasn't always there. Until last winter's North Jersey Interscholastic Conference championships.It wasn't a loss at the league meet that propelled Manchester's Dailey...
Simply the Beast
Dave Bell said it's never an easy way to start the year at the prestigious Beast of the East tournament, but the benefits it produces keeps the longtime Bergen Catholic wrestling coach coming back for more.The new-look Crusaders, featuring a roster that...
Stryker Settlements Grow
Patients who have had surgery in the last two years to remove defective Stryker Orthopedics hip replacements are now eligible for settlements of $300,000 or more, according to Stryker.The announcement this week stems from a 2012 recall of the hip- replacement...
Supporting Cast Lifts St. Mary Boys Hoops
PATERSON - Marc Dadika needs support in the scoring column for St. Mary to continue its division dominance.It came in the form of Alex Pena, Justin Dykstra and Colin Hyland.The Gaels, No. 23 in The Record Top 25, withstood the first challenge to their...
Tax Hike for Ridgewood Homeowners
Ridgewood residents will see an increase in tax bills, a result of the November vote to institute full-day kindergarten. The hike is coming sooner than expected because of an old state statute.Revised tax bills are expected to be sent this week, said...
Toys R Us: 3q Sales 'Disappointing'
Toys R Us executives are gearing up for the crucial final days of the holiday shopping season, but they took time on Tuesday to discuss the Grinches that hurt their sales during the third quarter ended Oct. 29.The Wayne-based toy retailer blamed a drop-off...
Trump Expected to Fuel Job Recovery
The Trump administration is expected to fuel job growth in U.S. industries that have struggled during the past few years, including the energy sector and construction, according to a forecast released on Tuesday.In its annual job-market outlook, outplacement...
Trump's Casinos 'Never an Issue'
American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman said Tuesday that it was an encouraging sign for his industry that talk about Donald Trump's casino-related past as he ran for the presidency was based simply on the four bankruptcy filings by Trump's...
USS Ling Could Be Stuck in the Mud -- for Good
HACKENSACK -- The USS Ling has been berthed in the Hackensack River for more than 40 years -- and it might be stuck there.The 312-foot, 2,500-ton World War II-era submarine is the featured exhibit of the New Jersey Naval Museum, which occupies a trailer...
Winners and Losers: Battle of the Christie Book Deal
A late-year effort by Gov. Chris Christie and legislative leaders to rush through a pair of bills that would allow Christie to profit off a book, dole out at least $10 million in raises to political appointees and strip a revenue source from the state's...
Your Views
Christie is channeling 'Tricky Dick'I guess Gov. Chris Christie believes that he has done such an extraordinary job that a book about it is justified. In his memoirs, I do hope he will include a chapter on how to commit a public fraud using a bridge,...
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