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  • School board member resigns over anti-Muslim Facebook posts [Elmwood Park NJ]

    04/22/2016 3:07:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 22, 2016 5:30 PM EDT
    A New Jersey school board member resigned Friday after backlash over posts she made on Facebook disparaging Muslims. […] (Gladys) Gryskiewicz posted on Facebook earlier this year that Muslims should stay “in your desserts (sic) and follow your religion in your own countries.” In another post, she wrote: “Why now are we giving into (sic) the Muslims way of life? The French told them to get lost. This is what our President should be emulating.” Her comments drew outrage, including from some students, state lawmakers and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which called for her resignation. …
  • NJ School Board Votes to Adopt Transgender Bathroom Policy

    04/12/2016 2:49:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    A northern New Jersey school district has voted to adopt a policy allowing transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity. The Pascack Valley Regional High School District voted 6-1 to pass a policy they say is designed to protect transgender students' rights. The district said the policy is needed to comply with anti-discrimination laws.
  • Councilwoman who quit over 'Christmas' tree rescinds resignation

    12/06/2015 6:11:00 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 32 replies ^ | 12/4/15 | Tom Haydon
    The Roselle Park councilwoman who resigned Thursday after the council voted to change the name of the borough's "Tree Lighting" to a "Christmas Tree Lighting" is now rescinding her resignation. Minutes after the council voted 4-2 Thursday night to change the name, Councilwoman-at-Large Charlene Storey walked out of the meeting. She later submitted her letter of resignation to the municipal clerk's office. "I cannot in good conscience continue to be part of a council that is exclusionary or to work with a Mayor who is such," Storey said, adding that the change "cuts non-Christians out of the loop and favors...
  • Former DEA agent, employee charged with secretly running strip club

    05/20/2015 2:21:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/20/15 | Nate Raymond
    U.S. authorities announced charges on Wednesday against a former Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor and a technology specialist at the agency for failing to disclose their ownership stake in a New Jersey strip club. David Polos and Glen Glover, the DEA employees, made false statements to the government by not disclosing they were part owners of Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge in South Hackensack, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan. The club features scantily clad and sometimes topless women, many of whom were undocumented immigrants illegally in the United States, the complaint said. Prosecutors said the men did...
  • The Revolutionary War in Bergen County is talk topic

    12/04/2014 7:22:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies
    bergen record ^ | 11.18.14
    Park Ridge – The Pascack Historical Society will recognize the 238th anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution (1776-1783) on Sunday, Sept. 28 when historian Todd W. Braisted speaks about "Bergen's Wars," in the Ellen Berdais Hall at the Society, 19 Ridge Ave. Admission is free and children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The American Revolution was fought extensively in Bergen County. Throughout the war, conflicts raged from Ramapo to Paulus Hook (Jersey City) and all points in between. Major massacres of colonists happened in Old Tappan (Baylor Massacre) and Closter. British troops pillaged and plundered local...
  • (Ben) Franklin Turnpike? Not so fast; It's Named for his Illegitimate son, William

    11/27/2014 6:11:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Bergen Record ^ | November 27, 2014 | Jeffrey Page
    Who was Lee of Fort Lee, Votee of Votee Park and Merritt of Camp Merritt? The Name-Dropper gives you the lowdown on some of the people whose names you see on public statues, memorial plaques, park signs, highways and even some local streets around North Jersey. Have suggestions? Email them to and put Name-Dropper in the subject field.Everybody knows that Franklin Turnpike was named for the grand old man of the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, right?You remember Ben, the heavyset guy who flew that kite in the electrical storm, who invented bifocals and the concept of the lending library....
  • FREEP Hillary Rotten Clinton in Ridgewood, NJ, Friday, July 11 at 3 PM

    07/05/2003 8:45:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 133 replies · 8,086+ views
    Book Ends ^ | 07.05.03
    FREEP!! the Hildebeest in Ridgewood, NJ, on Friday, July 11th at 3 PM, I suggest you get there by 2 PM   Sponsored by the Tri-State Chapter of the  Free Republic   Hillary for President Coming Soon to Bookends BookEnds Hillary Rotten Clinton the Wicked Witch of the EastMeet Hillary Rodham Clinton as she signs; "Living History" on July 11th, at 3:00 PM. 232 E. Ridgewood Ave. Tel: 201 445-0726     Hillary Rodham ClintonThursday, July 11th – 3:00 PMHILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, U.S. Senator and Former First Lady, writes about her life from childhood through the White House Years...
  • Reopening Of Abortion Clinic Draws Protests (First "Save" by Mobile Ulrasound after Mill Reopens)

    03/23/2007 7:23:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 529+ views
    WCBS ^ | 03.23.07
    Activists on Friday protested the reopening of an abortion clinic here shut down in February after state health officials found "immediate and serious" health code violations. As part of their protest, the activists deployed a motor home equipped with ultrasound equipment across the street from Metropolitan Medical Associates and offered pregnant women who approached the clinic free images of their fetuses. The activists believe the images will persuade women to reconsider having an abortion. On Friday, 16-year-old Michelle Younger of Jersey City was one of them. The teen, who arrived with her mother, said she had an appointment at the...
  • Ramsey couple facing fine over bird feeder (New Jersey)

    06/26/2013 1:50:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 44 replies ^ | june 24, 2013 | ALLISON PRIES
    The bird feeder in Alfred and Annette Rockefeller's back yard attracts five different species of birds. A Ramsey couple are facing up to $500 in fines for their bird feeder, above, which has drawn complaints from neighbors. The borough has an ordinance against feeding wildlife, and an official said the feeder draws other animals. It has also drawn the attention of borough officials, who issued the couple a summons for feeding wildlife after receiving complaints from neighbors. Alfred Rockefeller, 77, who is disabled and homebound, said feeding the birds is one of his few joys since he became confined to...
  • History buffs gather in River Vale to mark 234 years since the Baylor Massacre

    11/26/2012 5:20:41 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies ^ | 09.24.12 | TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG
    RIVER VALE — At the 234th commemoration on Monday of the Baylor Massacre, it was easy to see how New Jersey earned the nickname Crossroads of the Revolution. River Vale Historian Ed Moderacki wears a British infantry uniform as he helps Lincoln Schefter of Hackensack hold a musket at the site of the Baylor Massacre. The site, along the banks of the Hackensack River near Red Oak Drive, played host to a skirmish that took place in the middle of the night on Sept. 28, 1778, in which 54 soldiers from the rag-tag Continental Army were killed, captured or wounded,...
  • Bystanders come to rescue after man tosses toddler into pool

    07/10/2012 7:08:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    The Record (NJ) ^ | July 9, 2012 | Denisa Superville and Marlene Naanes
    Quick action by horrified guests at a Park Ridge hotel saved a 20-month-old boy who had been thrown into a pool by a man police said was high on drugs. “These good Samaritans are heroes,” Capt. Joseph Rampolla of the Park Ridge Police Department said Monday. “They would be planning a toddler’s funeral if they did not step up.” The boy, who was unconscious and turning blue when he was pulled from the water, was recovering Monday at Hackensack University Medical Center, where he is in his mother’s custody, police said. “The child is doing well,” Rampolla said. Debbi Katcher,...
  • Second suspect arrested in synagogue attacks (Ron Paul Campaigner)

    03/10/2012 7:25:04 AM PST · by mnehring · 19 replies
    With the arrest of a second Lodi resident, the Bergen County Prosecutors Office (BCPO) says that it has resolved all the executed and planned attacks on area synagogues that took place in December and January.Nineteen-year-old Aakash Dalal was arraigned on Monday as co-conspirator in the most dangerous attacks, in which firebombs were thrown into the rabbi’s residence at Congregation Beth El in Rutherford. According to Prosecutor John Molinelli, who announced the arrest at an afternoon press conference on Friday, March 2, Dalal has been friends since middle school with Anthony M. Graziano, who was arrested in January and charged with...
  • Homeland Security Chief nominee has ties to terrorists as defense lawyer; may have enabled attacks

    01/23/2005 10:26:09 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 1,505+ views
    libertarian oday ^ | 1 22 05 | Melissa Johnson and Sander Hicks
    Federal Appeals Court Judge Michael Chertoff’s ties to the financiers of the Sept. 11 attacks may prevent his confirmation as Homeland Security Chief. According to a June 20, 2000 article in the The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, Chertoff defended accused terrorist financier Dr. Magdy Elamir. Elamir’s HMO was sued by the State of New Jersey to recoup $16.7 million in losses. At least $5.7 million went “to unknown parties... by means of wire transfers to bank accounts where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown,” according to the article. Foreign intelligence reports given to then chairman of...
  • Winter Dill-emma: Bergen County, N.J. Turns to Pickle Juice To Melt Snow

    01/31/2011 6:53:40 AM PST · by Daffynition · 47 replies
    If there ever was a sign that we've had more than enough snow this winter, here it is. Bergen County, New Jersey administrators found themselves in quite a pickle this winter. With their plowing budget quickly running dry, they've come up with a juicy solution. Bergen County is just across the Hudson from New York – and despite being among the wealthiest counties in the nation, this winter has busted their budget for snow removal. Road salt comes at a hefty premium, and being only halfway through winter, they've invested in a new, and much cheaper, snow melter: pickle juice
  • First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford to host a 'Read the Qur'an' program starting Feb. 6

    01/26/2011 2:09:52 AM PST · by Cronos · 24 replies · 1+ views
    North Jersey ^ | 25-Jan-2011 | South Bergenite
    The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford has partnered with the Interfaith Dialog Center (IDC) of New Jersey to present a unique educational opportunity for the community to read the Qur'an in an environment designed to promote respect and mutual understanding of all faiths and cultures. Participants will read the Qur'an from cover to cover over a period of 10 weeks and are invited and encouraged to attend weekly one-hour discussions led by IDC experts on the assigned surahs (or chapters). The sessions are designed to review the week's readings, explore similarities and differences with the Bible and foster meaningful discussion....
  • Glen Rock High School teacher marks 7,000 days with no absences

    12/20/2010 2:12:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 15, 2010 | jane m. dalton
    Glen Rock High School world language teacher Alphonse Dattolo has a soft spot for underdogs. Consider the evidence: he was a devoted Phillies fan long before they shed their ignoble title as the "losingest team"; his favorite novel is "Don Quixote" - a story teeming with characters challenging the odds; and his favorite movie is "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - a tale of a poor girl holding fast to her dream of getting a good education. It may be this soft spot that keeps him coming to school day after day ... after day ... for a total of...
  • Fairview NJ police chief blasted for letter supporting Cliffside Park man sentenced on gun charge

    12/30/2009 11:28:21 AM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 670+ views ^ | December 14, 2009 | PETER J. SAMPSON
    A federal prosecutor blasted Fairview’s police chief for going to bat for a Cliffside Park man who was sentenced Monday to 51 months in prison for keeping a small arsenal of illegal firearms, including a silencer-equipped 22-caliber pistol, in his home.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa M. Colone told U.S. District Judge Joseph A. Greenaway that he should not consider Chief John Pinzone’s letter in support of leniency for Giovanni DeMaio, because the chief neglected to mention he is dating the defendant’s daughter.While the judge received more than 90 letters similar to Pinzone’s, attesting to DeMaio’s kindness and charitable endeavors in...
  • Corzine aide being arrested in Rutherford for drugs in car

    10/31/2009 5:42:37 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 176 replies · 8,140+ views
    WABC news ^ | October 31, 2009 | vanity
    WABC TV in New York carried a story about one of Jon Corzine's close aides ( I missed the name) being arrested. He was stopped for talking on cell phone and the police found 15 viles of drugs. Anyone know anything more. Of course this is being smothered. This is not even on WABC TV's web site hmmmmmmmmmm
  • NJ Town Gives Gadhafi the Cold Shoulder

    08/25/2009 2:16:37 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 31 replies · 1,421+ views
    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (Aug. 24) — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will set foot on U.S. soil for the first time next month when he comes to address the U.N. General Assembly. Now he wants to put down stakes in the middle of American suburbia.
  • Family says prayer cured son's cancer (Catholic Caucus)

    07/08/2009 6:06:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 743+ views ^ | May 24, 2009 | ASHLEY KINDERGAN
    RIVER EDGE — A borough resident is on a mission to get saint status for a beloved Detroit priest, who he believes answered prayers to heal his son's cancer.           Ryan Blute holding photo of the Rev. Solanus Casey, whom he prayed to for a cancer cure. Kevin Blute hopes the Vatican will make the Rev. Solanus Casey the first male saint born in the U.S., and     suggested a friend's prayer group name itself after the friar. Blute's teenage son, Ryan, was diagnosed with melanoma in 2007 and has since recovered.  "I feel like I'm in gratitude to him big...
  • Bishop Upset Maher Filmed ‘Religulous’ In Parish (Maher Lied to Use Church)

    10/21/2008 3:43:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 769+ views
    WNBC ^ | October 16, 2008
    Newark's Roman Catholic archbishop is upset part of Bill Maher's movie was filmed at Bergen County parish. Maher set part of his documentary "Religulous," which mocks organized religion, in Our Lady of Mercy in Park Ridge. A spokesman for Archbishop John Myers said the parish priest was aware of a policy that prohibits any commercial filming in churches. But Jim Goodness said filmmakers told the Very Rev. Charles Grandstrand that Maher wanted to film his Jewish mother there because the church was such a big part of her life. Hi father was Catholic. Maher grew up in nearby River Vale....
  • History comes alive at old tavern

    01/12/2009 7:16:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 265+ views
    bergen record ^ | 11.30.08 | JOSEPH AX
    ALPINE — The tavern’s visitors nodded in rhythm as a musician sang 19th-century songs, drinking hot cider and savoring bread and cheese.   At the Kearney House in Palisades Interstate Park in Alpine, Michael Giorgio, 6, listens to a timeless song from historian Thaddeus MacGregor. With a roaring hearth, songs and stories were grand entertainment before radio, TV and the Internet. A fire crackled in a hearth near the table, heating a kettle of water for cleaning dishes after the meal. A young woman in a dress served drinks, while the host — the floppy brim of his traditional slouch...
  • Boy Sent Home From School For Dressing As Jesus (For Halloween)

    10/31/2008 9:52:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 2,194+ views
    WCBS-TV ^ | October 31, 2008 | Sean Hennessey
    A Paramus middle school student was sent home Friday after he came to school dressed up as Jesus for Halloween. For a few hours, Alex Woinski was the messiah of West Brook Middle School, but like the real Jesus, Woinski was condemned, so to speak. "Sort of like a new remake of what supposedly happened," Woinski told CBS 2. Decked out in sandals, a robe, fake beard and thorns, the 13-year-old joined 500 other students at his school's Halloween celebration, and on this day, he was the chosen one - to go home. "It was offensive to some students," Woinski...
  • Bear Stearns ex-managers arrested

    06/19/2008 9:04:06 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies · 119+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 19, 2008 | unattributed
    Two former managers at investment bank Bear Stearns have been arrested in New York over the collapse of the bank's hedge fund last year. Reports say Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin will face charges in connection with their management of hedge funds that collapsed in June 2007. The bank's hedge funds bet on the high-risk sub-prime mortgage market in the US before it collapsed. Authorities in Brooklyn are due to give details about the case later. FBI spokesman Jim Margolis told the BBC the men faced criminal charges of "securities fraud related to their management of two Bear Stearns hedge...
  • (NJ) Nude pics bring suspensions for Pascack Valley HS students (racy photos of middle-school girls)

    06/22/2008 8:23:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 28 replies · 1,055+ views ^ | 06.10.08 | LESLIE BRODY
    Seven ninth-graders at Pascack Valley High School have been suspended for the rest of the school year for distributing racy photos of middle school girls via cell phones and school-issued laptops. A student who saw the photos on a laptop tipped off a teacher, and the administration alerted Hillsdale police last week, district Superintendent Benedict Tantillo III said today. More than 20 girls who are now in ninth grade were in the photos, the superintendent said. Some pictures appeared to have been taken two or three years ago, and some of the subjects moved to private high school instead of...
  • Candid Camera: Clerk Whacks Robber With Mug

    12/12/2007 8:21:03 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 25 replies · 444+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | December 12, 2007 | AP
    Candid Camera: Clerk Whacks Robber With Mug Clerk Says He Was Worried About How He Might Look On VideoPOSTED: 10:17 am EST December 12, 2007 ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- When a thief started taking cash from his register over the weekend, Dunkin' Donuts employee Dustin Hoffmann fought back by clobbering the man with a ceramic mug. Caught On Tape: Clerk Fights Robber With Cup But Hoffmann admits he was less worried about the stolen cash than how he might look on the video-sharing site YouTube. "What was going through my mind at that point was that the security tape is...
  • Trump takes over controlling interest in EnCap

    11/22/2007 1:39:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 372+ views ^ | November 7, 2007 | JOHN BRENNAN
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump said Wednesday he has signed a deal to take over the Meadowlands EnCap golf and housing project, bailing out the struggling development. Trump promised a “spectacular” project that would be “the finest of its kind anywhere in the world.” “I’m a miracle worker,” Trump said. Trump's talks with a bank syndicate connected to the project were first reported in Wednesday’s editions of The Record. The deal, described as a “binding term sheet,” is subject to approval by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. It calls for a luxury golf course and a combination of housing, office,...
  • N.J. Students Forced To Eat On Floor

    10/11/2007 7:15:55 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 77 replies · 2,284+ views ^ | October 11, 2007 | WCBSTV
    MAHWAH, N.J. (CBS) ― Bergen County parents are floored by a new school lunch policy. Their children were forced to eat their lunch on the floor. Mahwah School Superintendent Charles Montesano won't let CBS 2 HD in his high school, specifically anywhere near the floors inside. Yet, that's exactly where students have been eating their lunch. That's right. Nearly 1,000 students attend classes at Mahwah High School daily, and at lunchtime, a good majority of them are on the floor, as seen in pictures obtained exclusively by CBS 2 HD. (snip) Renowned microbiologist Dr. Philip Tierno warns 80 percent of...
  • As the snitch ran his racket, a rat was watching Tipster helps put mob turncoat behind bars

    08/26/2007 1:40:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 480+ views
    star ledger ^ | July 29, 2007 | JOHN P. MARTIN
    Peter Caporino stood in a Jersey City courtroom last week in a green prison jumpsuit and blue slippers, with his hands cuffed behind his back. He held his head high but looked tired. "Mr. Caporino, are you thinking clearly today?" Superior Court Judge Peter Vazquez asked him. "Yes," Caporino replied, nodding. The exchange began the final ironic twist in the strange, sorry tale of "Petey Cap," one of the better-known and well-liked mobsters to grace or -- depending on your view -- plague North Jersey. Caporino was the Hasbrouck Heights wiseguy who traded four decades of service in the mob...
  • NJ teen unlocks iPhone from AT&T network

    08/24/2007 8:57:13 AM PDT · by Brujo · 177 replies · 3,550+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 2007 Aug 24 | Peter Svensson
    A teenager in New Jersey has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones. George Hotz, 17, confirmed Friday that he had unlocked an iPhone and was using it on T-Mobile's network, the only major U.S. carrier apart from AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone's cellular technology. While the possibility of switching from AT&T to T-Mobile may not be a major development for U.S. consumers, it opens up the iPhone for use on the networks of overseas carriers....
  • Bergen Jail first to provide online legal aid in cells (Inmates are Provided Laptops)

    08/22/2007 10:23:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 605+ views ^ | August 21, 2007 | JASON TSAI
    Bergen County Jail inmates who want to brush up on their legal defense can do so now from their cells, a move that officials say is a first nationwide.  Jail officials have begun rolling out the first batch of 80 laptops – each about the size and heft of a large hardcover novel – to some of the 1,000 inmates who occupy the near-capacity lockup. About $100,000 has been spent so far from an account funded by profits from items purchased from inmates, such as toothpaste and candy bars, to buy the $1,200 notebooks and install the necessary wireless...
  • Pupil with knife posed no threat

    04/21/2007 9:45:05 AM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 560+ views ^ | 04.21.07 | DENISA R. SUPERVILLE
    After interviewing pupils and staff members who were in a classroom on Wednesday at Union School where an 11-year-old was displaying a penknife, police investigators have concluded that the pupil did not threaten anyone or pose a safety threat to others, Chief Steven J. Nienstedt said Friday. "The investigation reveals that the pupil did not threaten anyone," Nienstedt said. "The pupil possessed the knife in school, which is not a violation of law under these circumstances. However, it is a violation of school policy, and the school authorities are addressing that accordingly." Because the pupil was a minor, authorities withheld...
  • Teen files suit to hold anti-gay event

    04/14/2007 9:46:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 30 replies · 1,133+ views
    The president of a public high school's Christian Club is suing for the right to hold an event at the school to air his anti-homosexuality views. Jason Aufiero, a senior at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, wants to hold a "Day of Truth" next week to present what he considers the biblical teaching against homosexuality. His lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Newark, is backed by the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian legal group. Evangelical Christians have begun staging Day of Truth events in response to the national "Day of Silence" that some districts hold...
  • Authorities Investigate Ex-Principal's Computer for Child Porn (NJ)

    01/23/2007 5:24:50 AM PST · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 228+ views
    NJ101.5 ^ | Tuesday, January 23, 2007
    The ex-principal of Teaneck High School, already facing charges that he engaged in sexual conduct and conversation with a student, may face more charges if questionable photos on his computer are child pornography, authorities said. Joseph White, 61, has been charged with official misconduct and endangering the welfare. The charges stem from accusations that he had sexually explicit conversations in May and June of 2006 with a 17-year-old boy in his office, including one incident where White is alleged to have asked the boy to expose himself and to take his pants off in return for a recommendation. In the...
  • 'Your life is ... over,' judge tells man who killed over $30

    09/25/2006 6:23:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 1,155+ views ^ | 09.09.06 | KIBRET MARKOS
    Calling him "a cold-blooded wiseass," a judge sentenced a 22-year-old man to life in prison Friday for murdering a Hackensack man over a $30 drug deal. "You shot him in front of his wife," Superior Court Judge Donald R. Venezia told Akeem Fleming. "And you walked away smugly. You didn't care." Fleming was 17 when Anthony Settipane, a house painter, went to Central Avenue in Hackensack with his wife to buy drugs on Dec. 10, 2001. A jury in Superior Court in Hackensack found that Fleming took $30 from Settipane and walked away without delivering the drugs. When the Settipanes...
  • Spanish McDonald's ad prompts talk of a boycott; Bergen town's mayor calls billboard 'divisive'

    07/08/2006 3:02:49 AM PDT · by Liz · 375 replies · 5,336+ views
    STAR LEDGER ^ | Saturday, July 08, 2006 | ANA M. ALAYA Star-Ledger Staff
    The mayor of a small Bergen County, New Jersey town is calling for a McDonald's boycott if the fast-food chain does not take down a Spanish-language billboard.... Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan said the advertisement is "offensive" and "divisive"......"The true things that bind us together as neighbors and community is our belief in the American flag and our common language," Lonegan said. "And when McDonald's sends a different message, that we're going to be different now, that causes resentment." Representatives for McDonald's and CBS Outdoor in New York, the company that owns the billboard on River Road in Bogota, defended the...
  • Jailed for a messy yard

    03/09/2006 1:27:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 238 replies · 3,452+ views ^ | 03.09.06 | ALLISON PRIES
    MAHWAH -- Two white watering cans and a yellow broom dangle above the porch of a stone and shingle house perched atop North Hillside Avenue. Just below, empty flower pots and plastic chairs and tables clutter the entryway. "No trespassing" and "Beware of dog" signs line the sloping property. The more-than-100-year-old house has been home to Samantha Moor for 10 years. Its sloppy condition is the reason she nearly spent the night in jail. Moor, in her late 40s, was arrested Tuesday morning and sent to the Bergen County Jail for failing to pay $4,921 in fines issued by Mahwah...
  • Rose from New Jersey on Rush 02/09/04

    02/09/2004 1:04:52 PM PST · by NordP · 121 replies · 178+ views
    Rush Radio Today 02 09 04 | 02/09/2004 | NordP
    Did anyone hear Rose from NJ on Rush today? She was incredible!!! Rush said that she could quite possibly be the caller of the year!
  • All-American fight [The REAL Battle of Fort Lee, 1781]

    02/19/2006 1:23:22 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 16 replies · 268+ views
    North Jersey Media Group ^ | February 19, 2006 | EVONNE COUTROS
    This spring, a forgotten battle will be remembered. It happened in Fort Lee 225 years ago, in the final years of the Revolutionary War. On one side: some 300 Bergen County militiamen, loyal to the rebel cause. On the other: 200 Americans still loyal to King George. Behind the clash was a desperate shortage of firewood in British-controlled New York City after the harsh winters of 1779 and 1780. What is today Bergen County offered a plentiful supply of wood, and Britain's Loyal Refugee Volunteers wanted it. The skirmishes between the two sides in May 1781 came to be known...
  • Midland Park raid nets slay suspect (member of MS-13, in one of America's most wealthy county)

    01/26/2006 8:21:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 61 replies · 1,086+ views ^ | 01.13.06 | AMY KLEIN
    A Salvadoran man wanted for a 2001 murder in his homeland was arrested in an upscale Midland Park neighborhood early Thursday where he was working as a landscaper, authorities said. Rene Hugo Mejia Juarez, 25, illegally crossed the Mexican border into the United States in 2001, shortly after he and an accomplice allegedly murdered a man on a riverbank in Canton El Sauce, El Salvador, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Mejia was living in a rental house in Midland Park with three other illegal immigrants when agents from ICE and the U.S. Marshals Service, along with local police, raided...
  • Scouts find mud's worse than snow

    01/22/2006 6:30:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 374+ views ^ | 01.22.06 | MONSY ALVARADO
    MAHWAH - The hill was steep, rocky and muddy. And members of Boy Scout Troop 334 of Montvale on Saturday had to figure out how they would guide their 100-pound-plus homemade sled down the slope to a paved road. They tied rope around their waists, they pulled hard, but a series of rocks and logs didn't make their challenge any easier. Instead, it caused one of the sled's skis to snap. "These old skis couldn't take the stress," said Anthony Dobbs, 14. After about 15 minutes of trudging through water, mud and fallen trees, the team emerged, wet and tired,...
  • Zen master (Catholic Priest) tells curious to embrace a new faith

    01/22/2006 6:26:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 179 replies · 3,394+ views ^ | 01.22.06 | EVONNE COUTROS
    Zen master tells curious to embrace a new faithRIDGEWOOD - The two-hour lecture at the Old Paramus Church Education Center began with several minutes of silent meditation.  And for many who attended, participating in meditation was a first step in understanding the basic teachings of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy.  "All attempts at mutual education are important to help us grow," said Robert Kennedy, the noted Jesuit priest and Zen master. "It widens our vision."Kennedy Roshi, as he is known to Buddhists, was the key speaker at Saturday's event, which was attended by more than 100 people of varied faiths. It...
  • Boy scouts cutting public ties, Fear lawsuits over 'God' in oath

    01/21/2006 1:03:05 PM PST · by Coleus · 80 replies · 1,728+ views ^ | 01.20.06 | DEENA YELLIN
    The fear of lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union has driven 216 Boy Scout, Cub Scout and related troops across the state - including 35 in North Jersey - to sever their charters with public institutions. Many of them, including Troop 124 in Northvale, have enjoyed a long friendship with municipalities that have sponsored the Scouts, provided them with funding and offered a comfortable meeting space. But an ACLU threat has sent troops scrambling for new sponsors. The Boy Scouts of America issued a directive last April for all troops to transfer their sponsorship by the end of the...
  • Tenafly to Tempel

    12/31/2005 6:39:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 287+ views ^ | 07.03.05 | SONI SANGHA
    It's a match made in heaven: Jessica Sunshine and comet Tempel 1. The geologist, a Tenafly native with an asteroid named after her, never expected to meet this kind of celestial body. But talent and dumb luck landed her on NASA's Deep Impact mission that might reveal the building blocks of the universe. The $333 million project involves an impactor, fired from a mother ship, hurtling at 23,000 mph and crashing smack dab into the comet a little before 2 a.m. on Monday, creating a massive crater up to 14 stories deep. Through a telescope, the cosmic union won't look...
  • NJ Catholic Priest will Bike to Raise Money for the NY Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Community Center

    09/05/2004 9:27:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 30 replies · 1,271+ views
    A Bergen County, NJ, priest will be delivering a sermon on compassion three days in a row next week, but he won't be speaking from a pulpit. Believing actions often speak louder than words, the Rev. Peter Wehrle will be cycling from Perryville, Md., to New York City from Friday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 12, to raise funds for people suffering from HIV/AIDS.Also taking part in the 265-mile fundraiser, Braking the Cycle will be a Montclair cyclist who manages a brewery in New York and a former Cliftonite who serves as a corporate tax accountant.Proceeds of the event will...
  • Lawyer's love of labor

    08/28/2005 4:44:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 402+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 06.05.05 | SCOTT FALLON
    Lawyer's love of labor Richard Loccke laughs sheepishly when he's told what other lawyers say about his demeanor at the bargaining table. "I've never intimidated anybody," he says in his standard baritone. "I've never exploited anyone." As a labor lawyer who has thrived in the rough-and-tumble backrooms of collective bargaining for more than 30 years, Loccke knows full well what he brings to negotiations. His tenacious bargaining skills, mastery of the state's arbitration laws and vast client list have had an enormous impact on police salaries and municipal budgets, his friends, clients and critics say. "Rich is the best police...
  • White picket warfare

    08/20/2005 7:49:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 228+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 08.19.05 | ALLISON PRIES
    White picket warfare Friday, August 19, 2005 TARIQ ZEHAWI / THE RECORDHayden Mobbs, 5, rounding the bases in his Ramsey yard. Officials say the family's fence is too high and too close to the street. Cars, cement mixers and landscaping trucks thunder by Hayden Mobbs as he whacks a baseball and scurries around the bases - kept safe from the traffic by a white picket fence that borders the front yard of his Ramsey home.The 5-year-old is oblivious to his parents' $6,000 headache - the very same fence that protects Hayden and his 3-year-old brother Ian from running absent-mindedly into...
  • Trying to close white-minority learning gap

    08/06/2005 5:11:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 31 replies · 1,089+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 08.01.05 | Brian Aberback
    The achievement gap between minority and white students has long been a stain on the bright mosaic of culturally and racially diverse school districts.From North Jersey to Cleveland to San Diego, whites as a group generally score considerably better on standardized tests than their minority peers. Whites also tend to enroll in more honors classes, while minorities are more prevalent in remedial courses.Now, one Bergen County district is introducing a sweeping concept that it hopes will bridge its gap by addressing a wide range of possible roadblocks to academic success.The initiative includes dozens of ideas. Some are in the talking...
  • Girl Allegedly Dismembered by Next-Door Neighbor

    08/02/2005 8:07:45 AM PDT · by Millee · 39 replies · 2,115+ views
    A 16-year-old girl who had been missing since Saturday was found stabbed to death and dismembered — and police say her killer lived right next door. Jonathan Zarate, 18, appeared Monday in Morris County Court to face charges of murder, weapons offenses, and hindering apprehension in the slaying of Jennifer Parks. Zarate lived next door to Parks in their Randolph, N.J., neighborhood, and prosecutors say the 16-year-old victim left her house early Saturday morning to watch TV with Zarate. But then, authorities said, the two became embroiled in an argument that led to Parks' gruesome killing.
  • NYP: TERROR AT INDIAN POINT? -- Nuclear power is the future.

    06/29/2005 5:38:31 AM PDT · by OESY · 14 replies · 831+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 29, 2005 | SCOTT JOHNSTON
    ...The reactor type used at Chernobyl was inherently unsafe — it has never been used in this country and never will. Above all else, it lacked a containment structure, designed to contain radiation should everything else fail. The only other meltdown in history came at Three Mile Island — whose containment dome completely contained all the radiation released by the meltdown. Radioactive gases were then control-released into the atmosphere over the course of a week. Sounds scary? Had you been standing at the perimeter fence at TMI during this period, you would have received about the same radiological dose as...