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The Record, Bergen County, NJ, July 29, 2005


Designing a Career ; College Seminars Offer Glimpses Into Industry

For 15-year-old Pequannock student Joel Lupkim, a summer off from school seemed like a good time to think about a career. His first few days at a summer camp were a whirlwind of color, furniture, fabrics and finishes, followed up with a crash course on how to run a business.

Prospect Park's Mayor to Resign ; Family Plans Move to Bloomingdale

PROSPECT PARK - Mayor Will Kubofcik said this week that he likely will move to Bloomingdale and resign his post, with more than a year left in his term. As a real estate agent, his face is a familiar one on "For Sale" signs across Passaic County. Now, the mayor's face also is coming to television.

Car Thieves Working Overtime in Totowa ; They're Adept at Taking Expensive Xenon Lights

TOTOWA - It takes a crowbar and less than a minute to pop off a set of high-priced headlights, and last year thieves in Totowa shined. Totowa, with four car dealerships, saw a 34 percent increase in stolen cars in 2004, and police and dealerships also grappled with an expensive and lucrative trend among thieves, who strip new cars of blue-tinted, high-intensity xenon headlights.

Parents Go After Super's Scalp ; They Tell Pequannock School Board to Dump Cusack

PEQUANNOCK - The message was clear: "Get out." Hundreds of parents packed a Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, pelting Superintendent Jacqueline Cusack with questions about Pequannock High School and telling board members they've lost confidence in the veteran educator's leadership.

Artful Proposal for Apartment Tower ; Edgewater Project Would Include Peter Max Gallery

EDGEWATER - The quirky little neighborhood of Shadyside, long known for its artists, bohemians and other free spirits, could soon be home to an eight-story apartment complex and a gallery featuring the works of pop artist Peter Max. Expert testimony before the zoning board concluded Wednesday, and the panel is tentatively scheduled to vote on the project in August.

Police Chiefs Assail Proposal ; Say River Vale Plan Empowers Mayor

RIVER VALE - A proposed ordinance restructuring the township's Police Department has raised concerns from state and county police organizations. "Everything that we're addressing has to do with diminishing the power of the chief and putting it into the mayor's hands," declared Sandy Danco, chairman of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police's Legal Aid and Arbitration Committee.

Man Faces Sex Charges in Online Police Sting

Authorities Thursday arrested an unemployed Hasbrouck Heights man who allegedly arranged online to meet and have sex with a 12-year- old girl at a Hackensack motel. Edward Francke, 25, was charged with attempted sexual contact, attempted sexual penetration, enticing a minor and child welfare endangerment and was being held in the Passaic County Jail on $100,000 bail, said Bill Maer, a sheriff's department spokesman.

Rosado May Manage to Avoid Time in Jail ; Likely to Enter Sheriff's Labor Program

PATERSON - City Councilman Jerry Luis Rosado hopes to spend his jail sentence working on the outside, rather than living in a cell. Earlier this week, Rosado was sentenced to 20 days in the Passaic County Jail after pleading guilty to multiple charges including driving with a suspended license and failing to report an accident. Thursday afternoon, his lawyer said he was still waiting to learn whether he would be accepted into a program that would allow him to perform community service instead...

N.Y. Man Killed As Car Strikes Truck On Rte. 287

FRANKLIN LAKES - A Westchester County man died Thursday afternoon in a crash on Route 287. Joseph Gianelli, 58 of Irvington, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene after his Chevrolet Corvette struck the rear of a tractor- trailer at about 1 p.m., near milepost 65, state police said.

Builder Offers Closter a Deal ; New Town Hall for Current One

CLOSTER - The borough is in talks with a North Jersey developer who has proposed building a new borough hall and revamping downtown at no cost to the taxpayers. Developer Ari Amirniroumand, who owns Cyrus Realty and was the former chief of Group USA, presented his plan to the council Wednesday.

Passaic Town Houses Ok'd ; Planners Approve Project Despite Neighbors' Opposition

PASSAIC - The city's continuing residential growth is posing growing pains for the neighbors. On Wednesday, more than a dozen residents assembled at a Planning Board meeting to oppose the building of 12 town houses on Lafayette Avenue on less than an acre, sandwiched between a synagogue and a church.

Edgewater has Questions About Housing Plan ; Affordable Units Require Variance

EDGEWATER - If a zoning board hearing Wednesday night is any indication, developer Fred Daibes may face an uphill battle in his quest to build affordable housing in the abandoned Vreeland building. Daibes wants to build 39 apartments for low- and moderate-income residents in the former industrial building on the west side of River Road, between the Hess oil tanks and the Avalon apartment complex. He also plans a banquet hall and restaurant, an ice- skating rink, an indoor pool, and possibly a...

Teachers, District Agree On New Pact in Ridgewood ; Deal Calls for Pay Hikes, More Classroom Time, Shorter Lunches

RIDGEWOOD - The school district and the teachers union have reached a new contract, concluding negotiations that were a far cry from the labor strife of three years ago, when the district was on the brink of Bergen County's first teachers strike in 15 years. Teachers will get salary increases of 4.6 percent in 2005-06, and 4.5 percent in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Man Gets Life in Prison in 1995 Slaying ; Dna Put Defendant at Paramus Ambush Scene

A former New York City man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for his role in the slaying of a Paramus grocer's wife during a failed robbery a decade ago. Jin Sig Choi, 43, was convicted of murder and felony murder in May. Prosecutors said he was one of three men who waited for Michael Suh to return home on the night of Jan. 4, 1995, and ambushed him in his garage. Suh escaped, but his wife, Usung Suh, died from multiple stab wounds.

N.J. Has $8m for Oakland School Plan

OAKLAND - The state will contribute almost $8 million toward the school district's $33.8 million school construction plan, school officials said. The plan, which will be presented to voters on Sept. 27, calls for building a new intermediate school for Grades 4 and 5 near Valley Middle School, additions and renovations to Valley Middle School, bringing all four elementary schools into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and renovations to Dogwood Hill, Manito and Heights schools.


PHYLLIS ELVIN ACKERMAN, 82, of Paterson died Wednesday. Before retiring, She was a secretary for Curtiss-Wright Corp., Wood-Ridge. She was a member of St. Clement Episcopal Church, Hawthorne. Arrangements: Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, Hawthorne. ANNA A. THIESSEN AMOS, 85, of Wayne died Wednesday. Before retiring in 1996, she worked in the bakery at A&P supermarket, and as an order picker for Western Publishing, both in Wayne. She was a member of Preakness Bible Church, Wayne. Arrangements: ...

Danny Simon, 86; Wrote Comedy for Sid Caesar ; Provided Inspiration for His Brother's 'Odd Couple'

Danny Simon, a veteran comedy writer who was a member of the fabled writing staff of Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and the inspiration for many of the characters in his younger brother Neil's famous plays, has died. He was 86. Mr. Simon died Tuesday of complications after a stroke at the Robison Jewish Health Center in Portland, Ore., his family said.

Joe O'brien, N.Y. Radio Fixture for Half-Century

LENOX, Mass. - Joe O'Brien, a disc jockey who spent more than 50 years in New York radio, was killed in a weekend car crash in this town in the Berkshire Hills. He was 90. Mr. O'Brien, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., was pronounced dead on Sunday at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Police said his car collided with another at an intersection in Lenox.

3,000 Still in Dark Day After Storm [Corrected 08/01/05] ; Mahwah, Wyckoff, Old Tappan Affected

The storms had passed, but nearly 3,000 Bergen County residents were still dining by candlelight or flashlight Thursday. Dozens of power lines were knocked down by strong winds and falling trees Wednesday evening, and many remained out of commission in Mahwah, Wyckoff and Old Tappan as 130 work crews from Rockland Electric Co. scrambled to restore power, said Cecille Drier, a spokeswoman for the utility.

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