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EDITORIAL: Schools are a source of pride

(Sept. 30, 2010) — Last week, The Leader published a few stories and press releases highlighting the many different accomplishments at the school districts in the South Bergen area.

North Arlington’s Roosevelt School was recently awarded Blue Ribbon status, a national honor that is coveted by school districts throughout the United States. At the same time, East Rutherford’s McKenzie School is celebrating its 100-year anniversary, a rare milestone for any educational institution.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON (09/30/10) — All headlines are true

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THE VIEW FROM HERE: 44 millions reasons

(Sept. 30, 2010) — On Monday, Sept. 20, the headline garnering attention was an outlandish claim, which defied the comprehension of almost every American across this country. The National Bureau of Economic Research announced that the largest recession to ever plague our nation had ended as of June 2009.

Reaction was almost immediate on social networking sites, television news programs and everyday conversations at work or at home.

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THE LEADER OF THE WEEK: Edward Cortright

(Sept. 30, 2010) — Last week, The Leader reported on the pending retirement of Rutherford’s chief financial officer, Edward Cortright (read more Page A7 of last week’s edition). Cortright is a gracious public servant who has served the borough for many years. He has seen Rutherford through many ups and downs and has always been an asset for explaining complex budgets in digestible terms. It’s always a bittersweet moment when a longtime public employee decides to say goodbye. We imagine there will be many people ready to shake Cortright’s hand for his years of dedication.

Have someone you’d like to nominate? E-mail The Leader at JSoltes@LeaderNewspapers.net.


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EDITORIAL CARTOON (09/23/10) — The times they have a'changed

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GUEST COLUMN: You’re stupid ... and a racist, too

By Vincent La Iacona / Lyndhurst

(Sept. 23, 2010) — Have you become angry enough yet to resent this constant response by the Democrats and their media elite poodles to your objection to President Barack Obama administration’s big government agenda: high unemployment, stimulus spending and huge deficits and debt, big health-care program that increases health costs, big energy tax proposals, feeble foreign policy handling?

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EDITORIAL: EMT funds should be fully restored

(Sept. 16, 2010) — This week, The Leader continues its extensive report on the ongoing controversy over the state’s diminished funds to train and recertify EMTs in the state. Read Chris Neidenberg’s story on Page A3 in the print edition.

The news story is the rare case where just about every side in the political sphere is wrong, and the consequences of their decisions can have drastic repercussions.

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THE LEADER OF THE WEEK: Local environmentalists

(Sept. 16, 2010) — This week, The Leader reports on the inspired efforts of the Rutherford Green Team and the new community garden in the Borough of Trees (read more Page A1 in the print edition). The team of volunteers and public officials who have helped get this project off the ground should be commended for their determination. This most recent grant from the Sustainable Jersey organization hopefully will be the first of many. The global environment is a difficult issue to wrap one’s head around. These locals are finding a way to address these big issues on a small, albeit important, scale.

Have someone you’d like to nominate? E-mail The Leader at John@LeaderNewspapers.net.


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THE VIEW FROM HERE: Standing before the board

By Craig Ruvere /Columnist

(Sept. 16, 2010) — As former adolescents will undoubtedly tell you, teenagers rarely ponder anything profound. Seldom plagued by the daunting responsibilities of adulthood, they’re often afforded the luxury of living their lives in a false sense of reality.

But not all teenagers are satisfied simply being passive, as they strive to inspire change. Sadly, society feels they’re too inexperienced to formulate sound, logical opinions regarding the problems facing our world today, and few adults are willing to listen to what these courageous youngsters have to say.

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EDITORIAL: The media can be a scary hurricane

(Sept. 9, 2010) — In our media-saturated living rooms, every major storm that even eyeballs the coastline of the United States is given the full fear treatment by the national broadcast networks. Snazzy logos are designed. Doomsday theme music is played. Reporters head to the shores of North Carolina or the Gulf Coast, ditching their ties for much trendier windbreakers. And, oh boy, do we love satellite feeds where the voice comes in grainy because of wind gusts.

Granted, with the lackluster and ultimately deadly response to Hurricane Katrina, preparedness is key when these weather systems wreak their havoc. Having a responsive National Weather Service and (hopefully) adept Federal Emergency Management Agency can save lives and lessen property damage. If you live along the coasts of America, don’t stop looking toward the horizon to see what Mother Nature has in store.

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THE LEADER OF THE WEEK: (insert politician name)

(Sept. 9, 2010) — How great would it be for a local politician to stand up against the party line and actually form an individual thought? This is a challenge to every public official in the local area: show independence when it comes to voting on the ordinances and policies that will affect our local towns. Once in a while, stray from what you are expected to do and actually vote your conscience. Call up your opponents on the other side, sit down and work toward a better future. The results will be exemplary. You will not be disappointed, and who knows, maybe you’ll be Leader of the Week.

Have someone you’d like to nominate? E-mail The Leader at John@LeaderNewspapers.net.


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GUEST COLUMN: Commercial development is needed

By Councilman John Genovesi / Rutherford

(Sept. 9, 2010) — Recent headlines have addressed the issue of a resolution passed by the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders which denounced Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal for the future of the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The resolution’s sponsor, ex-Rutherford mayor and current freeholder, Bernadette McPherson, made her case that the privatization of public assets in the Meadowlands would both hurt local economies and provide “powerful development interests” a platform for developing. Both this resolution (1009-G Aug. 4, 2010) and its sponsor addressed the possibility of housing development as points against the governor’s plan. However, it was stated in local media sources that housing in fact was never discussed in the so-called Hanson report.

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EDITORIAL: Andrew was one of a kind

(Sept. 2, 2010) — You may not have known Rutherford’s Andrew Ortega personally, but chances are you probably saw some of his photographs. This ambitious 13-year-old who left us too early Saturday, Aug. 28, had a brief, but special relationship with The Leader.

I still remember the day when he walked in to our office with a camera in his hand, a friend by his side and enthusiasm in his eyes. He had just returned from the demolition of the old rectory at St. Mary’s Church. His mission was to convince this local news editor to publish his pictures.

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THE VIEW FROM HERE: A surprise you can’t buy in a store

(Sept. 2, 2010) — “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

— Ashley Montagu, British-American anthropologist and humanist


I’ve never been good at planning surprises. Somewhat of a blabbermouth, I inevitably blurt out small details of the impending festivities, which prevents it from being, well, a surprise.

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EDITORIAL: Locals stand up for their rights

(Aug. 26, 2010) — This week’s front page is dedicated to two individuals in the local area who have chosen not to sit back and let the harsh conditions of local and state government rule their lives.

Carmine Randazzo is fed up with the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s decision to reduce the size of the highway shoulder in front of his house. Randazzo lives right on the busy corridor of Route 17 in Rutherford. His efforts — although they may be too little too late — are appreciated. He serves as an inspiration to local residents.

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THE LEADER OF THE WEEK: Prospective college students

(Aug. 26, 2010) — This week, college students will start heading back to the dorms and lecture halls of their university or college. First-time college students deserve to be named “The Leader of the Week.” They are venturing into uncharted territory, unsure of expenses and work commitments. They are inspiring for their fortitude and willingness to take a jump into the future. After high school, they made the decision to continue their studies and work toward a more prestigious academic degree. That decision is a tough one, and they should be commended for their bravery.

Have someone you’d like to nominate? E-mail The Leader at John@LeaderNewspapers.net.


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EDITORIAL CARTOON (08/26/10) — Back to the old ball and chain

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GUEST COLUMN: A challenge to our civil rights

By Salvatore Pizzuro / East Rutherford

(Aug. 26, 2010) — The New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate was created in 1974 as part of the State of New Jersey’s executive branch of government. At the time, the state asserted a goal to become “more accountable and responsive to the needs of New Jersey residents.” The department’s mission was to provide opportunities for the vulnerable members of our state citizenry, including the elderly and those with disabilities, to assert their civil rights.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON (08/19/10) — Mixed message to Rutherford Police

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EDITORIAL: Taxpayers are already selfless

(Aug. 19, 2010) — Lyndhurst Mayor Richard DiLascio didn’t exactly direct hungry residents to eat cake instead of bread, but he did have a bit of a Marie Antoinette moment at the township’s Tuesday, Aug. 10 meeting.

Faced with a roomful of people, many of whom were undoubtedly concerned about their rising taxes, DiLascio offered a series of explanations and assurances. He should have stopped there.

Instead, he catapulted to the moral high ground.

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Entertaiment News
·   Chaste coed gets bad reputation in cautionary comedy

·   Documentary examines escalating AIDS epidemic in nation’s capital

·   Learn some 'Zombie Etiquette'

·   Groundbreaking documentary explores biraciality

·   Teen-eating fish ruin spring break at the lake

·   Atmospheric Academy Award-nominee arrives in theaters

·   Stallone assembles cast of fight icons for action flick

·   Fans enjoy Star Trek convention in Parsippany

·   Star Trek convention coming to New Jersey

·   The Flying Karamazov Brothers are back

Other News
·   Distinguished locals

·   Doggy Q & A — 09/23/10

·   Is it real or is it JM Synthetic Grass?

·   Help needed to find missing parakeet

·   Bergen Community College begins its fall semester

·   A message from Mazur's

·   Toddlers in Motion celebrates 20 years in Rutherford

·   THE BIZ BOX: Park Conservatory is the home of experience!

·   Bogle Agency Insurance receives Best Practices Award

·   The Urban Plum officially opens for business

Sports Headlines
·   WR volley-girls lead league at 6-0

·   Soph's score!

·   Former star now guiding soccer team at Lyndhurst High

·   South Bergen Sports Roundup

·   Becton blanks Bears, keeps coveted trophy

·   Gaels beat Hasbrouck Heights

·   Queen of Peace alum excels at Temple

·   Rutherford volley-girls reap huge early season victory

·   Vikings beat Lyndhurst 32-15

·   High hopes for Becton football squad

Things to do
·   THE WEEK AHEAD: 09/30/10 issue

·   Eleanor Clift to speak at Bergen Community College

·   News from the AMVETS

·   THE WEEK AHEAD: 09/23/10 issue

·   Community briefs: 09/16/10 issue

·   Special Needs presents sports programs

·   THE WEEK AHEAD: 09/16/10 issue

·   Felician to host annual Golf Classic

·   Upcoming events in the local area

·   Community briefs: 9/9/10 issue

Opinion
·   EDITORIAL: Schools are a source of pride

·   EDITORIAL CARTOON (09/30/10) — All headlines are true

·   THE VIEW FROM HERE: 44 millions reasons

·   THE LEADER OF THE WEEK: Edward Cortright

·   EDITORIAL CARTOON (09/23/10) — The times they have a'changed

·   GUEST COLUMN: You’re stupid ... and a racist, too

·   EDITORIAL: EMT funds should be fully restored

·   THE LEADER OF THE WEEK: Local environmentalists

·   THE VIEW FROM HERE: Standing before the board

·   EDITORIAL: The media can be a scary hurricane

Real Estate
·   Century 21 Gold Advantage names its top agents

·   How to remove all those moving headaches

·   In current market, sellers reset their expectations

·   Higgins, a real estate leader

·   Vanessa Liggeri joins Prudential

·   ERA Justin Realtors send youngsters to MDA summer camp

·   You can count on Realtor Alvaro Morgado of RE/MAX

·   Goldberg of Coccia Realty receives top designation

·   Century 21 Gold Advantage welcomes Michael Gonnelli

·   ERA Justin recommends: Get ready, get set, toss!


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