The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from March 7, 2017

Another Hateful Act Harmful to Everyone
Expressions and terrible acts of hate have become all too frequent in our society in these first months of 2017. The latest case in our region seems to have come over the weekend, with reports of glass-breaking vandalism at the headquarters of Garden...
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Nobody has to remind Jay Wright that Big East basketball tournaments can be as unpredictable as long-range weather forecasts in early March.Take last year, for example. Three weeks before the ultimate euphoria of celebrating a national championship,...
Big Ten Teams Looking to Make a Power Move
Like several other major conferences, the Big Ten Conference has begun moving its men's basketball tournament to new sites almost yearly.This year's stop is the Verizon Center in Washington.This adventure follows a regular season in which the Big Ten...
Blueprint Offered for Modernizing Medicaid Care in N.J
Medicaid, the taxpayer-funded insurance program that covers one in five New Jersey residents, should be modernized and streamlined to deliver better care more efficiently, according to a non-profit group that released 24 recommendations for improvement...
Candidates File for City, School Posts
Candidates for spring school board and nonpartisan municipal elections had to file paperwork Monday to announce they are running. While most municipalities with nonpartisan governments and school districts have moved their elections to November, there...
Catcher's New Swing Early Hit of Spring
JUPITER, Fla. -- In his quest to fix his swing, Travis d'Arnaud returned to his roots.Back in his days at Lakewood (Calif.) High School, d'Arnaud employed a short, compact swing that allowed for a more direct path to the ball.In his professional career,...
Consumer Affairs Director Named
WAYNE - Christina D'Aloia, assistant Bergen County counsel, has been named acting director of the county's consumer affairs division following the suspension of Director Michael R. Bradley, who was arrested two weeks ago in Oakland on drunken-driving...
Delbarton Foils Don Bosco's Bid
MORRIS TOWNSHIP - One turnover turned around the game.Don Bosco and Delbarton were tied, 1-1, late in the second period of Monday's Non-Public state hockey final at Mennen Arena. The Ironmen gained possession following a faceoff in the offensive zone,...
Devils Look to Get Untracked on Road
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Playing well enough to lose close games grates on a team's morale just as much as getting blown out on a consistent basis.So as the Devils, all but mathematically eliminated from the postseason for the fifth straight year, begin their...
Englewood Students Get Plans to Correct Credit Discrepancies
ENGLEWOOD -- Around 100 seniors are starting corrective action plans to make up missing credits after the district assessed discrepancies in its grade and credit recording.Superintendent Robert Kravitz said the bulk of the 267 seniors affected at Dwight...
Ex-Port Chief Gets Bribery Sentence
David Samson, the former Port Authority chairman and longtime confidant of Gov. Chris Christie, was sentenced to four years' probation, including a year of home confinement, on Monday after his conviction on federal bribery charges for abusing his position...
Express Scripts Laying off 66 in Franklin Lakes
Express Scripts said Monday that it is laying off 66 employees, including 52 pharmacists, based in Franklin Lakes.The St. Louis-based company, which manages pharmacy benefits, said it is consolidating the work done in Franklin Lakes at its other sites.The...
Famous Cellist Hits High Note with Fans
E. Zoe Hassman arrived in Hackensack with her cello on her back. She came to the front door of Johnson Public Library at 9 a.m., just as the building opened, and carried her instrument and 50 pounds of gear down to the basement.Hassman could be sitting...
Five Players Jets Might Go After
After a barrage of cuts in the last few weeks, the previously cash-strapped Jets now have more than $33 million to spend in free agency when it begins Thursday. But with the purge comes the reality that the Jets have a ton of needs now. Here are some...
Five Players the Giants May Target in Free Agency
The Giants were aggressive and splurged in free agency last season, spending nearly $200 million to rebuild their defense on what resulted as one of the league's best classes in quite some time.Circumstances are different a year later as Big Blue is...
Free Baby Boxes Arriving at Homes
Cardboard boxes, already among man's most versatile creations, are taking on a new role in New Jersey: keeping babies safe while they sleep.Since January, about 7,000 bassinet-sized boxes featuring snug-fitting mattresses and, in some cases, cartoon...
Goals Come Fast, Furious for Panthers
MORRIS TWP. - Peter Cassidy absorbed the check and fell to the ice - you might say he hit a Wall.But what he did next was extraordinary.The Glen Rock forward rose, pivoted towards the Wall net, collected a pass and beat the Knights goalie stick side...
Gop Chief's Law Firm Work Is Subpoenaed
PATERSON - Federal investigators have issued a subpoena for Paterson's records involving a $100,000 annual contract with an Ocean County law firm headed by one of New Jersey's most powerful Republican Party leaders, according to city officials.The firm,...
Head of Paterson Teachers Union Faces Tenure Charges
PATERSON - The city school district has filed disciplinary charges against the president of the teachers union, accusing him of verbally attacking and intimidating a vice principal last year.The district is seeking to revoke the tenure of John McEntee...
Heavy Metal Rockers Amorphis Inspired by Finnish Mythology
If you've heard an Amorphis song, chances are you've also experienced a slice of Finnish culture. The majority of the veteran melodic heavy metal band's lyrics are based on the Kalevala, a 19th-century collection of epic Finnish poetry, folklore and...
It's a Tale of Two Seasons for Nv/old Tappan Girls
The upset victory was the turning point.The Golden Knights had shown through the first month of the season that they talent and capable scorers. They lost nine of their first 14 games, but they still posted some of their best performances against their...
Late 3-Pointer Proves Costly for Westwood in Title Game
WANTAGE - That it took a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to beat Westwood in a sectional final was fitting.The Cardinals wouldn't lose easily. They never did in their four defeats this season.So on this particular night, everything had to go...
Leonia Adopts 'Welcoming Communities' Resolution
LEONIA -- The council adopted a resolution Monday night declaring the borough a "welcoming community," pledging to encourage police not to question a resident's immigrant status except if they are charged in a criminal offense.The move comes after executive...
Mitchell Stumbles in Rotation Race
Bryan Mitchell's third exhibition outing was a rough one, just as the competition for the Yankees' vacant rotation spots intensifies."I'm not thinking about that really," Mitchell told reporters, including MLB.com, at Bradenton after yielding four runs...
More Than 'Memory'
You're starring in a long-running Broadway blockbuster like "Cats" or "Sunset Boulevard." It's, say, a Wednesday night performance. You've been in the show for months now. You're belting out the big show-stopping number - again. Is it possible that instead...
Oakland Bridge Needs $1.8 Million in Repairs
OAKLAND -- The Borough Council is expected to vote Wednesday to authorize an inspection of the Patriots Way Bridge, after the borough's engineering firm warned that the span is deteriorating and needs $1.8 million in repairs.John Valentin of Boswell...
On Agenda: Pet Mills, Muslim Registry
Several Senate and Assembly committees met Monday to take action on legislation that would combat puppy mills, resist the formation of a federal Muslim registry and provide security grants for nonprofit organizations, among other topics.Highlights of...
Paterson Man Arrested in String of Eight Burglaries
PATERSON - A 23-year-old city man accused of burglarizing eight apartments in his neighborhood -- allegedly breaking into homes while the occupants slept -- was arrested Sunday night, police said.Authorities said they have connected the suspect, Daniel...
Paterson's Payments to Politically Connected Hardware Store Plunge
PATERSON - The city's payments to a politically connected hardware store have plummeted, dropping by about $270,000 per year, after Paterson Press exposed excessive purchases.From 2012 through 2014, the city had spent $1,084,732 -- or an average of about...
Power Broker Gets a Pass
David Samson is not going to prison for the crime of shaking down one of the world's largest airlines.Instead, Samson, the disgraced former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is being confined to "Rest Period," the name of his...
Ridgefield Sues State to Recoup Tax Funds
RIDGEFIELD - The Borough Council will file a lawsuit against the state in an attempt to recoup funds owed to it through a state tax-sharing program.The council directed Borough Attorney Steven Pellino to file the lawsuit last week. On Friday, Pellino...
River Vale Wants to Combine Planning, Zoning Boards
RIVER VALE - The Township Council is trying to kill two boards with one ordinance.A proposal to eliminate the township's planning and zoning boards, replacing them with a Joint Planning Board that would perform the functions of both, will be up for adoption...
Rock Solid and Steady
MORRIS TOWNSHIP - Colin Morrow and Leo Pawlika held the jersey proclaiming their team as Public B champions.Jake Kinney and Peter Cassidy held the first state hockey championship trophy in Glen Rock history.None of the Panthers, in particular their four...
Saddle Brook Doctor Convicted of Bribery
A doctor from Saddle Brook was convicted in Newark federal court on Monday of accepting bribes in exchange for peddling $3 million in test referrals to a now-defunct diagnostic laboratory that was implicated in a kickback scheme, prosecutors said.Bernard...
Scaled-Back Travel Ban Still Debated
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a scaled-back version of his executive order temporarily banning refugees and people from certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. -- but the changes did little to quell the raging debate over the...
Sidewalk Swastika Removed
RIDGEWOOD - An engraving of a swastika on a sidewalk, apparently many years old, was quickly removed by village workers Monday after a resident took to social media over the weekend.Even before workers could get to it, however, an unknown hero sprang...
Striking Back against Bias in the Jury Room
One of the oldest principles of law has been that what happens in the jury room stays in the jury room.No longer. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday carved out an important exemption when it ruled in a 5-3 opinion that jury verdicts can be "impeached"...
Suez Tract in New Milford Rezoned
NEW MILFORD - The New Milford Borough Council has rezoned the Suez tract to make way for a bank, a playing field and a new ShopRite, a move one official equated to a coup de grace for opponents of the plan.A December settlement between the borough and...
Teaneck Repeats in North 1, Group 3
ORADELL - Teaneck scored the first 10 points - in little more than a minute - and denied River Dell any chance at another miraculous comeback.The Highwaymen are two wins away from repeating as state Group 3 boys basketball champion after securing the...
Tebow Will Be DH Tomorrow
JUPITER, Fla. - The Mets are ready to unveil Tim Tebow in Grapefruit League play.The prospect and ex-NFL quarterback will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday against Boston. His first at-bat of camp will likely come against reigning AL Cy Young...
Under Fire, Paterson School Board Sets Budget Meeting
PATERSON - Facing criticism over its handling of the budget, the Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday night to get community input on school spending.Critics say the special meeting is vindication of their objections to the...
Used-Car Firm Eyes Paramus
A Paramus retail landmark that used to draw shoppers hunting for bargain suits, dresses and shoes will become a place to look for deals on used Subarus, Saabs, and all kinds of vehicles, if a proposed redevelopment plan is approved.The former Syms off-price...
Wayne Robotics Teams Bound for Super-Regional Tourney
Two Wayne robotics teams are headed to the FIRST Tech Challenge Super-Regional tournament, where they will battle it out for a spot in the World Championship.The Patriots (9921) and the JDroids (7026) will be competing against other state champions in...
Who's Hot and Who's Not for Mets So Far in Camp
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Sunday's 14-11 loss to the Cardinals at First Data Field marked the Mets' 10th game of camp, and, for the most part, the team has played well early on although spring training results are secondary to the players getting prepared...
Yanks' Torres Doesn't Shy Away from Expectations
TAMPA, Fla. - On an early February day in Miami, Omar Vizquel was conducting a Venezuelan national team workout when one of his players called over."Gleyber Torres is here and wants to say hello," the player said. "He wants to talk to you a little bit...
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TRUMP'S MISSTATEMENTS DEFY ALL LOGICAlthough all presidents occasionally have lied when presented with a difficult or embarrassing situation, no president, or any other public official, has ever lied as easily as, and to the extent that, Donald Trump...
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