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Bergen Freeholder GOP candidates share views with The Record’s editorial board

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Bergen Freeholder GOP candidates share views with The Record’s editorial board
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:55 PM
BY  JOHN C. ENSSLIN
STAFF WRITER
The Record

Bergen County’s three Republican freeholders disagree on some major issues confronting county government, including police consolidation and pay-to-play reform.

Those differences emerged repeatedly during a wide-ranging 90-minute interview Wednesday with The Record’s editorial board.

 

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Bergen_Freeholder_GOP_candidates_share_views_with_The_Records_editorial_board.html#sthash.ZpW03iGm.dpuf

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Bergen Freeholder GOP candidates share views with The Record’s editorial board

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Bergen Freeholder GOP candidates share views with The Record’s editorial board
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:55 PM
BY  JOHN C. ENSSLIN
STAFF WRITER
The Record

Bergen County’s three Republican freeholders disagree on some major issues confronting county government, including police consolidation and pay-to-play reform.

Those differences emerged repeatedly during a wide-ranging 90-minute interview Wednesday with The Record’s editorial board. Maura DeNicola favors tighter restrictions on what contractors can contribute to county candidates while John Felice and John Mitchell say the county’s current pay-to-play law is adequate and a good compromise.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Bergen_Freeholder_GOP_candidates_share_views_with_The_Records_editorial_board.html#sthash.iB1Tg3Ua.dpuf

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RHS Ranks 8th in Bergen Record Football Poll

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RHS Ranks 8th in Bergen Record Football Poll
September 27,2013
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Ridgewood NJ, The Bergen Record ranked Ridgewood High School  (2-0) number 8 in its top 25 poll this week .The Maroons come off  back to back blow out wins and are set to play Hackensack  in Ridgewood game time 7pm

RHS Beat Kennedy 53-7 and Eastside, 55-14

sourced : http://www.northjersey.com/sports/224819832_H_S_football__The_Record_Top_25_rankings_for_Sept__23.html#sthash.CF8J1p6h.dpuf

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Here We Go Again : Modernize Bergen County New Jersey is looking to Repeal the Blue Laws

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Here We Go Again : Modernize Bergen County New Jersey is looking to Repeal the Blue Laws

Will “Open on Sunday ” help Ridgewood Merchants

August 25,2013
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, A group called Modernize Bergen County New Jersey looking to “Repeal the Blue Laws” and has according to sources gathered enough signatures to put the Blue Law Repeal on the ballot

The Modernize Bergen County Campaign is a group dedicated to the Repeal of the Bergen County Blue Laws.

According to their Facebook page Bergen County is one of the last remaining Sunday closing laws in the United States that covers selling electronics, clothing and furniture is found in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Bergen County, part of the New York metropolitan area, has one of the largest concentrations of enclosed retail shopping malls of any county in the nation; four major malls lie within the county.

A supporter on their Facebook page claimed , ” Well another Ridgewood women’s clothing store has bitten the dust. Yes Yansi Fugel. Well this is the second women’s clothing store in the past month that has closed in Ridgewood. We all know it is still bad economically, yet another reason for these nasty Blue Laws to finally disappear!!!!”

This debate has raged for years , and despite there inconvenience the Blue Laws have remained resoundingly popular in the County  and lets face it  food stores , liquor and drug store are all open on Sunday .

While extra hours may help some retailers in an out of down town Ridgewood  , perhaps staying open later then 5pm so the few remaining people with jobs could actually shop , maybe a far simpler idea .

The economy in North jersey is very weak  and lack of Sunday hours may or may not be contributing to weakness in the retail sector . Lack of Jobs, raising prices, increased taxes  , and bad customer service also all contribute to that weakness.

In the past these open on Sunday pushes have been lead by mega retailers , unions , and politician looking to save ill conceived projects in the Meadowlands .

The opposition to Sunday openings have been  called  ‘racists , bigots, homophobes , flat earth people, rich snobs and worse religious zealots .

While so far this group seems to have shied away from name calling ,it has gotten support from all the NJ main stream media , which implies there is more politics behind this than one is lead to believe.

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Readers Not Buying North Jersey Media Group denial that letter to editor pulled

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Readers Not Buying North Jersey Media Group denial that letter to editor pulled

Letters to the editor are signed and by their nature (like editorials and op-ed pieces) represent opinion. Any reader who identifies a factual error or wants to argue a point can write a follow-up letter; this happens routinely in every publication. Dialog and debate are good.

It is not the editor’s role to make sure that all statements in a letter to the editor are accurate as it is in an article or editorial. In most newspapers the top editor would never see letters to the editor before publication at all.

More fact checking in Ridgewood News articles, which are frequently full of errors that could easily have been checked, would be most welcome. But letters to the editor? No.

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Stuck with McGreevey’s White Elephant Christie: ‘Disappointed’ in Giants, Jets over suit vs. American Dream “Xanadu” expansion

Stuck with McGreevey’s White Elephant Christie: ‘Disappointed’ in Giants, Jets over suit vs. American Dream “Xanadu” expansion

Governor Christie on Tuesday expressed his displeasure with the recent filing of a lawsuit by the Giants and Jets to try to stop a planned expansion of the American Dream Meadowlands project.

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/Christie_says_hes_disappointed_in_Giants_Jets_for_filing_suit_to_stop_American_Dream_expansion.html

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>Susan Sherrill former editor of the Ridgewood News to become the Records food and entertainment editor

>Susan Sherrill former editor of the Ridgewood News to become the Records food and entertainment editor

New food editor is from (201) magazine

A North Jersey Media Group veteran says she has been hired as The Record’s new food editor, replacing Bill Pitcher.

http://eyeontherecord.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-food-editor-is-from-201-magazine.html

 

Her work and her photo appear online in an NJMG blog called Table Talk:

http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/tabletalk/

http://eyeontherecord.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-food-editor-is-from-201-magazine.html

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Defending Myself Against “Anonymous” Posters

Though I am quite amused at the person screaming at me anonymously through an online message board, I do feel the need to defend my comments which have been taken out of context – shocking!

Here is exactly what I posted:Just a heads up I have spoken to Oradell, as well as two AnimalHospitals in NYC near my office, and neither is recommending this shot.Additionally, the fee is $20, plus a $40 visit fee, both x 2, so the total cost is $120 for the vaccine. Not telling anyone which decision tomake, just helping provide some additional facts.

Nowhere am I “knocking” Ridgewood Animal Hospital or Dr. Cerf, who has seen our dog since we moved here and from what I can tell, does an excellent job. I am also quite happy for you that Dr. Cerf was able tosave your dog, as we had a difficult and expensive experience with our pup at 6 months old having developed a liver shunt and needing surgery,luckily for us he was saved by the great team at the NYC Animal Medical Center.

I did call Oradell after receiving the letter from RVH because I wanted to see if they charged less than Ridgewood for the shot, as my initial inclination was to absolutely vaccinate our dog. Oradell did inform mewhen I called that they were not recommending the shot across the board,and I will concede that perhaps in my above post, I could have been abit more specific. Additionally, I also contacted two vets near my office in NYC, who also stated they were not recommending the vaccine.My post was providing as accurate information as I had at the time. The mere suggestion that I would have some sort of agenda and thus put the beloved pets of my neighbors at risk is insulting.

If you were so curious as to where I work (as if I am some rogue internet poster who owns stock in Oradell Animal Hospital) you should note that unlike you, I do not post anonymous comments, though, for your piece of mind, I can assure you, that the utility company I work for has no vested interest in hurting RVH.

Sincerely,
John B.

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Pascack Valley Hospital:Stakes are high as hospital hearing starts

>Stakes are high as hospital hearing starts

Monday, June 8, 2009
Last updated: Monday June 8, 2009, 6:30 AM
BY LINDY WASHBURN
NorthJersey.com
STAFF WRITER

http://www.northjersey.com/news/health/47172637.html

The people who live near the former Pascack Valley Hospital say their health will be jeopardized if it doesn’t reopen.

But some North Jersey hospitals say it is the region’s health care system that will be thrown into disarray if Pascack is revived.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/health/47172637.html

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‘The Record’ of Hackensack to Vacate Main Offices, Head ‘West’

>By Joe Strupp

Published: June 30, 2008 10:50 AM ET

NEW YORK The Record of Hackensack, N.J. is planning to vacate its main headquarters and move staff to the site of its sister daily, The Herald News of West Paterson, according to a staff memo from Publisher Stephen A. Borg. The memo declared: “We must re-invent ourselves.”

The memo stated that the move could save about $2.4 million per year. Borg confirmed the memo and said that most of the news staff would actually become mobile journalists, working from the field, while others would also relocate to one of the paper’s eight weekly newspaper sites.

“The number one objective is more mobile journalism,” Borg, who said the paper has about 30 such “mojos,” who report from laptops and cell phones, told E&P. “And to take advantage of our other offices.”

Borg said the move has not been scheduled, but added, “I wouldn’t want it to occur any later than January ’09. Advertising has already moved. In the last six weeks.”

The memo refers to Record relocating to Garret Mountain Plaza, an office building in West Paterson that houses several operations for parent company North Jersey Media Group, including the Herald News. Borg said The Record would occupy some of that leased space. “We are working on the logistics,” he said. “But reporters I want out in the field, the vast majority of them.”

The memo, distributed last week, states: “We are in the midst of great change. Classified advertising revenues are falling fast. Some of it is due to the economy. But much of it is secular. Ads won’t return to the print newspapers even when the economy gets better.”

Later, the memo reveals, “Vacating Hackensack will save the company $2.4 million a year. This number is for electricity, cleaning crews, and other items that will go away upon vacancy. When we actually sell the land, additional money will be saved like, but not limited to, property taxes.

“So, we will be vacating Hackensack as soon as logistically possible. Some of Record editorial will be moving to Garret Mountain, but I really view this change as ‘moving out to the field.’ The move is not from one big office to another. The move is from one big office to the field. It is not that The Record has left Hackensack; we are now all over the market. (I am planning a marketing campaign to promote this. I envision the “MOJOS” like a swarm of bees landing in different towns.)”

Borg’s memo then goes on to describe the ongoing shift to mobile journalists, who can work full-time out of the office: “We have and will continue to have more mobile journalists. They will share desks as they are rarely in the office. The office/work concept is called ‘hoteling’. Employees actually reserve desk time to cut down on the number of desks and square footage needed.”

The full memo is posted below:

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We are in the midst of great change. Classified advertising revenues are falling fast. Some of it is due to the economy. But much of it is
secular. Ads won’t return to the print newspapers even when the economy gets better.

Getting this revenue back on the web dollar for dollar won’t happen. We are competing against non-news site for eyeballs, hence, ad dollars. Our competition is not merely other newspaper sites. Even for the ads we get, the web rates are much lower than those of print ads.

We must reinvent ourselves.

One such way is to lower our overhead costs. These are expenses that don’t directly affect our products. Reporters directly affect the product; our building does not.

Vacating Hackensack will save the company $2.4 million a year. This number is for electricity, cleaning crews, and other items that will go away upon
vacancy. When we actually sell the land, additional money will be saved like, but not limited to, property taxes.

So, we will be vacating Hackensack as soon as logistically possible. Some of Record editorial will be moving to Garret Mountain, but I really view this change as “moving out to the field”. The move is not from one big office to another. The move is from one big office to the field. It is not that The Record has left Hackensack; we are now all over the market. (I am planning a marketing campaign to promote this. I envision the “MOJOS” like a swarm of bees landing in different towns.)

We have and will continue to have more mobile journalists. They will share desks as they are rarely in the office. The office/work concept is called “hoteling”. Employees actually reserve desk time to cut down on the number of desks and square footage needed.

Bob Klapisch and Ian O’Connor Æ and there may be others Æ don’t even have desks here so this effort need not be limited to “MOJOS”. We seek more and more of this. If you are interested in this idea even if you are not a “MOJO”, please let Doug Clancy know.

Second, we are going to look at shift work closely. If two people do not overlap, they might be able to share a desk. We have executives who share offices in Garret Mountain.

Third, we plan on using our community newspaper remote offices for any NJMG purpose. We have started this, but we will do more. We have offices in the following locations:

Ridgewood, Westwood, Cresskill, Rutherford, Clifton, Rockaway, Kinnelon, and Fair Lawn.

Also, we have offices out of The Record’s circulation area Æ Millburn, Montclair and Nutley but they may be near your home.

We are analyzing the capacity of these locations right now.

If you are interested in working in one of these offices (including the Essex locations), please let Doug Clancy know.

Finally, see [Assistant Managing Editor] Doug Clancy if you are interested in working from home, even just for some of the days of your schedule (he will need the specifics).

As for the timing, there are too many open items for me to give you a precise date. There are too many items still outstanding. I don’t want it
to be past January, 09.

I encourage you to talk to people in Advertising. Overall, they have seen the move to GMP as a positive change. The builder is newer. There is more natural light. Views are nice. The furniture is newer.

While we face many challenges, innovative ideas will lead us through it. Let’s abandon the traditional work/office environment model and innovate.

Thx.

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Joe Strupp (jstrupp@editorandpublisher.com) is a senior editor at E&P.