The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Articles from January 10, 2014

13 Former Cops Cleared to Be Armed School Guards
PATERSON - Thirteen retired Paterson police officers have completed the training they need to resume carrying weapons while working as security guards in city schools.The school district's security director, James Smith, said he would meet with the officers...
A Contrite Christie
I'M SORRY is a start. On Thursday, Governor Christie apologized to the people of New Jersey for the actions of his staff in the ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal in a two-hour press conference. The words sounded sincere, but there is much damage...
A Seafood Smorgasbord
The story of Biggie's begins in 1940s blue-collar Hoboken, where Joseph Yaccarino, a Naples-born former comedian who had gone by the stage name "Biggie," went door to door with a pail, shucking raw clams. By 1946, he and his son had opened a clam bar...
A Trail of Apologies
He started with the most contrite apology of his political career. Next he said he had fired a trusted senior staff member, calling her a liar and saying her actions were stupid. Then he said he had dismissed his campaign manager and close political...
'Big Hurt' Pained by A-Rod's Saga
NEW YORK - Frank Thomas carefully selected his words about Alex Rodriguez, just the way "The Big Hurt'' picked out pitches to hammer during his Hall of Fame career.If Cooperstown never opens its doors to A-Rod, well, the Yankees' slugger has only himself...
Bob Secor, Curator of River Vale's Past
You can take the boy out of River Vale but you can't take River Vale out of the boy.Bob Secor, who died Tuesday at 84, entered the world in a birthing house in the Pascack Valley township. He had warm memories of frolicking in the local woods and on...
Camera Never Far from His Mind
Governor Christie does televised contrition well. Sadness, humiliation and absence of anger, not so much. But he was surprisingly good at the apology part on Thursday.From a performance standpoint, Christie did a good job of acquitting himself during...
Carmelo Might Have to Go to Be King
NEW YORK - The current face of the Knicks was banished to a Siberian corner of his team's bench, presumed punishment for the behavior that earned him a hefty NBA fine. J.R. Smith's shoelace- untying antics and general disruptive behavior has been the...
Christie's New Diet Includes a Lot of Crow
A FUNNY thing happened on Chris Christie's way to the White House; he got stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge. In less than 24 hours, the governor went from serious 2016 presidential contender to the captain of a badly damaged ship of state.Emails...
Civil Service, Sprinkler Bills Ok'd
Below is a look at some bills that advanced in Trenton on Thursday, one of the final voting days before a new legislative session begins next week:*Civil service: Lawmakers gave final approval to a measure they say will invalidate Governor Christie's...
Devs Win, Thanks to Schneider
NEWARK - This time, one goal was enough for Cory Schneider.The Devils haven't given Schneider a lot of goal support when he's been in net this season, so he made sure Thursday night not to give up any in a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center.Michael...
Drug-Testing Proposal Prompts Heated Debate
DEMAREST -- The raw emotions of a school community debating how to safeguard its children from drug abuse were on display Thursday night as the Northern Valley Regional High School District unveiled its proposed random drug-testing policy.The plan has...
Dual-Meet Season Just as Compelling
Wrestling has to have the best end-game in high school sports.What other sport can boast more than 300 athletes meeting head to head in front of 10,000 people per night in Atlantic City to decide who's the best?But there's a lot of time between now and...
Emerson Still Grappling with Last Year's Issues
EMERSON - After a year marked by controversy, the governing body has sworn in three council members, including the town's GOP leader, a council newcomer charged with fraudulently defacing a nominating petition.And it replaced the borough attorney, who...
Fireman Dies after Long Shift on Watch
CLIFFSIDE PARK -- A 59-year-old volunteer firefighter died in the line of duty this week after working a 16-hour shift on a fire watch to make sure there was no actual blaze at a building where an alarm had sounded, authorities said.Cosmo Paris, who...
Firing Echoes Previous Incident
Governor Christie's statement Thursday that he fired senior staffer Bridget Anne Kelly after being "misled" about the George Washington Bridge traffic jam has echoes of an episode when he fired his education commissioner more than three years ago.In...
Fraud Probe Grows
PATERSON - The state attorney general plans to convene a grand jury this month in its election-fraud case involving City Councilman and mayoral candidate Rigo Rodriguez and his wife.Rodriguez, who is among many candidates seeking the mayor's office in...
Garden Their Turf
Take two.The Rangers open yet another lengthy stay at Madison Square Garden, a four-game homestand, tonight against the Stars.It's part of a stretch of seven of their next eight at home and part of an even larger segment of playing 12 of 13 in the New...
Holiday Sales Fell by 4.7% at 'Toys'
Toys "R" Us had a grim Christmas for the second year in a row, as sales at U.S. stores fell by 4.7 percent in November and December, on top of a similar drop last year.The poor results follow reports that investors are increasingly skeptical that the...
Homeless Man Held in Crash
FAIR LAWN -- A homeless man with a record of arrests and convictions for burglary was arrested Tuesday after he was injured when he crashed an allegedly stolen car into a roadway barrier as he was being chased by police.Frank Pierro, 54, was allegedly...
How Hard Did Christie Push for the Truth?
It was a point that Governor Christie repeatedly stressed in his nearly two-hour damage-control news conference Thursday: A loyal aide lied to him when he was demanding the truth.Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly was among the group of top aides...
Identity-Theft Pair Must Repay $2M
Two North Jersey women were spared prison terms on Wednesday for their roles in boosting the credit scores of customers of a sophisticated identity-theft and fraud ring who went on to bilk banks and credit card companies out of more than $2 million.U.S....
Improving Iha Passes Test
WAYNE -- Early January is not the time to be drawing conclusions about the state of the Immaculate Heart basketball team.The Blue Eagles, still as talented as any girls basketball team in North Jersey, are trying to forge an identity for themselves in the...
Incentives War Widens
An aggressive new effort by New York State to lure companies and investment by improving its business climate with tax cuts, a start- up incubator program and ties to universities is raising little concern from New Jersey real estate and development...
In for Lunch
TODAY IS the last day students in the Ridgewood public schools can get lunch delivered directly from local restaurants.We know everyone wants the best for their children, but any anger at the idea that kids have to bring their lunch from home or eat what...
Job Fair Returns, with Big Difference
Unemployed North Jersey residents said they were more optimistic about landing a job this year as they spoke to potential employers at William Paterson University on Thursday, echoing a nationwide trend for job seekers.The college's biannual job fair,...
Lawmakers Charge Contempt as Wildstein Refuses to Testify
The man whose chatty, explosive messages unleashed a controversy over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge went to great lengths to remain silent on Thursday, asserting his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination while under oath...
Less J.R. Will Do More for Anthony
NEW YORK - When Carmelo Anthony let loose with one last jumper Thursday night, a nothing-but-net step-back 18-footer, he made sure to account for the final Knicks points in a spirited win over the Heat. With a fourth victory in five games, the Knicks...
Meeting with Ft. Lee Mayor 'Cordial'
Governor Christie came to Fort Lee on Thursday hoping to mend fences with the Democratic mayor who was the apparent target of political retribution at the hand of one of his closest aides and two top associates.Both Christie and Mayor Mark Sokolich said...
Neighbors Recall Woman Who Died Day of Traffic
Florence Genova moved into the modest red brick house on Harvard Place in Fort Lee 50 years ago with her husband. She raised two children in the quiet neighborhood of Italian and Croatian immigrants, enjoying long chats in her native Italian with a neighbor.She...
Nets like Look of Standings
EAST RUTHERFORD - As he settled into his routine at the team's practice facility Thursday morning, Andray Blatche took a moment to glance at the Eastern Conference standings.Sensing something amiss, he took a second look."I couldn't believe it," Blatche...
New on Dvd
In stores:RUNNER RUNNER (2013, Fox, R, $28) -- Ben Affleck probably wishes his follow-up to the Oscar-winning "Argo" was something a little more substantial than this trashy, occasionally involving thriller. Justin Timberlake stars as a Princeton grad...
Organizers Cancel Downtown Super Bowl Bash
HACKENSACK - A snow-themed Super Bowl party that was supposed to draw crowds of people to Hackensack's downtown and give a boost to local businesses has been canceled.City officials said they got word from organizers Wednesday that the event - dubbed...
Oscar Contenders, Fashionably Late
It's the oldest rule of Hollywood glamour: Always arrive late.A number of highly touted, Oscar-hyped films are doing just that. Or haven't you noticed that "August: Osage County" and "Her," among others, are only now, a month or more after getting Oscar...
Pascack V. Shuts Down Old Tappan
OLD TAPPAN - Colin Dedrick and Pascack Valley always seemed to arrive just in time to challenge every shot by All-Bergen guard Troy McLaughlin and Old Tappan.The Indians' "Help!" defense was the story during their 68-55 victory over their rival Thursday...
Quick Fix Set for Firehouses
CLIFTON - Officials introduced a $300,000 project Wednesday night to repair two aging firehouses on the city's east side.Fire Chief Vincent Colavitti said the funds would be used to fix buckling floors and electrical hazards at Stations 1 and 3, but...
Ramapo Proves a Point against Bosco
FRANKLIN LAKES - This time Ramapo pulled out all the stops. And the Green Raiders used past close-call matches as motivation and inspiration against their biggest North Jersey rival.In addition to usual strong performances from its saber line, Ramapo...
Recommendations
OAKLANDCENZINO *** 1/2Better than ever under new owners Regina and Vincent Vitti, who have brightened the dining room but left the excellent staff and regional Italian food intact.Prices: Appetizers $8 to $14, entrees $18 to $35. Hours: Lunch noon to...
Resurgence in Full Swing
WAYNE -- David Torres got down on himself after going 0-for-7 from the floor and not scoring in Wayne Hills' boys basketball upset of Passaic Valley on Tuesday night.You never would've known it if you watched the Patriots' junior guard play Thursday...
Ring Relevant Again at 36
Ossie Duran didn't win his televised fight against Caleb Truax a week ago in Minneapolis, but their 10-round unanimous draw rejuvenated Duran's 17-year pro career.Paterson's Duran, 36, was aggressive and effective enough in a difficult fight he took...
Runners Break Down Barriers
Ridgewood coach Josh Saladino stepped onto the team bus early on the morning of Dec. 30, and asked for volunteers to run a one-mile race at the Track Universe Invitational that morning at the Armory Track Center in New York."Just one other thing," he...
Spring Opening Planned for Route 80 Hotel
The former Holiday Inn off Route 80 in Saddle Brook is now slated to reopen in late spring, with its sky-top, 12th-story restaurant and lounge also ready for business then, according to the property's new owner.Alena Hospitality LLC, which is spending...
There's More to Christie's Ex-Aide Than Scandal
Governor Christie put on his rhetorical hair shirt Thursday and went on the political penance trail. But he couldn't keep his anger entirely in check.In the midst of a nearly two-hour apologia press conference, Christie repeatedly lashed out at a mother...
U.S. Attorney to Review Gwb Lane Closures
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman has been asked to review the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee last September to determine whether federal laws were violated.The review, prompted by a referral from the Port Authority Office of Inspector...
Veterans Share Struggles, Sacrifices of Bygone Era
ENGLEWOOD -- Robert Cory, who retired from the Air Force as a master sergeant in 1991, is thankful he never had to use his weapon while deployed in Vietnam.But Cory, an Englewood native who attended Dwight-Englewood School, struggled during his decades...
Vinny Ditrani's Picks
What for an encore?After a scintillating wild-card weekend, the NFL enters the divisional round with three of four games boasting lines of a touchdown or better. Yet the only large number last week, Cincinnati over San Diego by 7, wound up the most one-sided...
Wabc-Am Retools Weekday Programs
WABC-AM (770) has rolled out six new hours of local weekday programming.Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby have returned to the station with "Curtis & Kuby" airing noon to 3 p.m. The duo last hosted their show on the station from 2000 to 2007.NY1 cable news channel...
Watch This!
NEW YORK -- Mike Woodson has quietly stood beside J.R. Smith through all of his troubles, accepting the erratic shooting guard for who he is and serving as a public face to excuse all of his transgressions.But finally, one day after the NBA came down...
Westwood Girls Are Making Noise
MAHWAH - The Westwood girls basketball team has not cracked The Record Top 25 this season. However, after this week, the Cardinals might start getting some consideration.On Thursday, the Cardinals defeated No. 19 Mahwah, 45-38, for their second win over...
Wilson to Have Neck Surgery
As much as he would like to count on having David Wilson next season as the Giants' No. 1 option in the backfield, general manager Jerry Reese admitted Thursday he can't.And while both Reese and team president and co-owner John Mara are holding out hope...
Your Views
The governor and GWB lane closingsRegarding "Stuck in a jam" (Page A-1, Jan. 9):That Bridget Anne Kelly said what she said in her email to David Wildstein suggests that the subject had been already discussed, very likely between Kelly and who?Was it...
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