JETS LOSE TO STEELERS

Went out to frigid Pittsburgh for AFC Championship game between the Jets and Steelers. Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh's offense dominated the first half, while the Jets rallied in the second but fell short, 24-19.

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Here's post-game video with Record reporters Tara Sullivan and Art Stapleton at Heinz Field.


JETS BEAT PATRIOTS

Rex Ryan's Same old Jets advance to AFC Championship game vs. the Steelers next week, after stunning win over Tom Brady and the Patriots up in New England. The Jets defense was the difference, in a stirring 28-21 upset victory over the Patriots in the AFC divisional playoff round Sunday at Gillette Stadium.




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Here's post-game video with Record reporters Tara Sullivan and Art Stapleton, from Foxboro.










Touring the WTC site

Went on a guided tour of the World Trade Center construction site which included the 9/11 Memorial. Work is now being completed at a seemingly breakneck pace, and the site is taking shape. Port Authority big-wig Bill Baroni narrated the tour, and vows to have the 9/11 Memorial opened for the 10th anniversary. Video includes a breathtaking view of NY Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, viewed from the 39th floor of the WTC tower, take a look.

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TOXIC LEGACY DOCUMENTARY

Years after Ford Motor Co. was forced to return to Ringwood to dig up thousands of tons of toxic paint sludge it had dumped on the mountain, that job is still not finished — and may never be.

Ford has removed nearly five times the amount of pollution it hauled out in previous cleanups of its old dumpsite. But despite government assurances that the work will finally be done right, Ford may once again be allowed to leave contamination in an area that serves as the watershed for 2.5 million North Jersey residents.

Further complicating cleanup efforts, Ford said it has no records to indicate how much waste was dumped in Upper Ringwood — so it’s unclear what contamination remains hidden in this rugged terrain.

A generation after the 500-acre tract was first declared a Superfund site, residents and environmentalists remain skeptical that the community will ever be made whole. Read more.

In 2005, The Record launched an award-winning series, outlining the saga, including a flash presentation, which at the time was cutting-edge.


This is a 3 part series - a documentary 5-years in the making, that began with the original series in 2005, and culminates in December 2010, when the residents finally received their settlement money. But the ending for many was far from victorious.


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SOUNDCHECK WITH RED MOLLY

Record music reporter Alfa Garcia and I featured the female trio, Red Molly, in the latest Soundcheck segment. They have a great folksy-blue grass sound, and were a fun group to spend some time with. We shot this video backstage at the City Winery in NYC.

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FIRST THANKSGIVING

Record features writer Jim Beckerman came up with a great idea for a story and participatory video, where he would take part in preparing a Thanksgiving meal with food served at the First Thanksgiving. Jim assisted some colonial re-en-actors at New Bridge Landing in River edge, NJ, who are specially trained in 17th Century culinary practices, a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Surprisingly to many, the food we now celebrate on Thanksgiving are far different than what was actually prepared and served.
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Race for Bergen County Executive

The race between incumbent Dennis McNerney - Democrat, and Bergen County Clerk Kathe Donovan -the Republican challenger was contentious and empassioned. I spent time over the course of two weeks with both candidates, and did this documentary piece that focuses not only on the campaign, but also what each candidates hopes to accomplish.

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Then the results on Election Night. The people have spoken...


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ALCS 2010 -Game 4 Yankees vs. Rangers

Recap of ALCS Game 4
Rangers shutdown the Yankees again, take 3-1 series lead. Texeiera lost for remainder of the playoffs


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ALCS 2010 -Yankees vs. Rangers

Recap of ALCS Game 3
Rangers and Cliff Lee shutout the Yankees 8-0 to take 2-1 series lead.



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REMEMBERING FREDDY SEZ

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THE RABBI & THE MINISTER

Rabbi Israel "Sy" Dresner forged a Civil-Rights era alliance with Martin Luther King, Jr. Retired now and in his 80's, Dresner has an interesting story to tell about his relationship with King. He was an insider in the movement, and has a unique perspective that's pretty remarkable. Recently, he sat down with reporter Jen Cunningham and myself and recanted the time in his life when he would rally local clergy and make trips from Jersey down south, with the intention of getting arrested in acts of civil disobedience. He remembered with fine detail and excitement his role in the movement, reading a letter he received from King that he wrote from the St. Augustine, FL jail. He kept the letter, keeps a copy framed on his wall, along with some photos of him with King. he says Kind was the greatest person he ever met -and he's met some important world figures. His pride is apparent. Take a look. Read more.


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The NICO BLUES


Here's the latest Soundcheck with Alfa Garcia video. This one focuses on the quintet The Nico Blues. They are a a young independent band from Wayne, some are still in college. There are two sets of brothers, and one more guy. They are handling all aspects; including recording in their own basement studio. Take a listen or read the full story by Alfa on NorthJersey.com.

I love the instrumental at the front of this first song.

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NEW LONDON FIRE

We've begun producing these music videos featuring local bands and musicians. Music reporter Alfa Garcia is the on-camera reporter. It's a work in progress. This is the 2nd one we've produced. This one was shot at the Music Merchant music shop in Westwood, featuring Dave Debiak -the lead singer of the local band New London Fire. Take a listen. Here's the story.

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BOOKER ON EDUCATION

Like manna from heaven...
Newark's superstar mayor Cory Booker had what he called his "Mark Zuckerberg Moment" last week on Oprah, as he and NJ Governor Chris Christie went on TV to receive a $100-million "Challenge Grant" from the Facebook founder M full story by The Record's Pat Alex.


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FRAUD BUST

53 people were arrested and charged, in a huge widespread ID theft and fraud ring, that was was busted by the Feds today. The Palisades Park fraud ring catered to Korean clients, and made millions of dollars using a variety of sophisticated and time-consuming methods. Read full story by The Record's Peter Sampson.

This video was a team effort, I did the editing and most of the shooting, and I was assisted by colleagues Chris Pedota and Tariq Zehawi, who shooting in a variety locations.


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REVIS RETURNS

The Jets star corner back Darelle Revis ended his holdout and inked a 4-year, $46-million deal, and thus returned to the practice field for the first time today. The two-time Pro Bowler is considered by some to be among the best cornerbacks in the NFL -a shut-down type of DB. Revis was welcomed back by coaches a teammates, as he tried to catchup after missing all of training camp.

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JETS-GIANTS OPEN NEW STADIUM

The Jets hosted the Giants in the very first game inside the new Meadowlands Stadium, in a pre-preseason match up that was historical, yet meant very little.

Its big. Its slick. It's got lots of places to eat... but I was confused.
Having worked games, concerts, events in Giants Stadium for over two decades, it was very very strange to be covering a game in this building. I got lost a few times, it felt foreign, and its gonna take some time... video

TEETERING ON THE EXTINCTION

There is a bill proposed by Senator Robert Gordon could mean the dissolution of the municipality of Teterboro, New Jersey - a town with roughly 60 residents. Consolidation is a popular concept in these tough economic times, and Gordon makes a strong case for the elimination of tiny Teterboro. While others claim its a needed tax haven for small businesses.

Read story by Jean Rimbach in The Record.

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RUTGERS GLIDERS

Mini subs from Rutgers University are helping to predict spread of oil in the Gulf, and are playing a vital role in gathering date for the oil polluted waters.

After the oil spill, the Rutgers' Coastal Ocean Observation Lab sent down two research gliders, or mini-subs with sensors, to collect ocean data near Tampa. Read more . video

NJ BOARDWALKS

Boardwalks are the iconic symbol of the Jersey Shore, now made more famous by a reality TV show on MTV -"Jersey Shore."

This is a staff produced video I edited and produced that takes a look at the three emblematic boardwalks na dthe influence the MTV show has had at the shore scene.

This is one that I had a lot of technical difficulties with, seems that I was dealing with some corrupt movie clips which I could not identify, and just wouldn't behave -PC kept crashing about every 5 minutes. Its a shame because I thought it had all the makings of a strong piece.

Colleague Karen Sudol did the reporting. Read more. video

The GHOST busted

A fugitive accused of attempted murder who was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” was returned Thursday to the Florida jail from which he escaped, not before he was paraded past reporters as he was escorted from the Passaic County jail.

Michael Jamal Rigby, 21, aka "The Ghost," is believed to be a gang leader in Poinciana, Fla., was accused of attempted murder and multiple other charges following a shooting during a July 2009 birthday party in which one woman was seriously injured. He also is alleged to have threatened a witness to the shooting.

Rigby, who dubbed himself “Ghost,” was tracked down and arrested by Paterson police on April 28. Read rest of the story.

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Passaic County police release
America's Most Wanted featured Rigby ealier thsi year

Steinbrenner Remembered

photo by THOMAS E. FRANKLIN 1995

Yankees iconic owner George Steinbrenner died this week at the age of 80, leaving behind an unrivaled legacy. here is a staff produced video I edited on "Remembering King George."


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photo by THOMAS E. FRANKLIN 2000

I was never a Steinbrenner fan (except on Seinfeld) and he drove me away from being a Yankee fan was I was young. He ruined as many Yankee teams as he helped and he drove me nuts with the endless pursuit of big name guys either past their prime, unable to perform in NY, or simply overrated. Not to mention the firing of solid managers, like
Dick Howser, Lou Pinella, Buck Showalter.

He created an atmosphere of paranoia at Yankee Stadium too, that reined fear and meanness upon those who had to work there. And although I have heard countless stories of his kindness and hidden generosity, in my eyes he was a bully SOB.

Here are two of my favorite photos of him, one during the Spring Training scab-era down in Ft. Lauderdale in 1995 -surrounded by reporters. This photo was taken shortly before a NY Post reporter and someone else in the media got into a testy shoving match on the field, to George's delight.

The other was of him sitting alone in the seats behind home plate at Shea Stadium before game 5 of the 2000 Subway Series -trying to look cool and tough.


JEFF JONES BECOMES NEW PATERSON MAYOR

Jeffery Jones was sworn in as the new mayor of Paterson, NJ, today, vowing change and a more open government.

Jones was a long-shot in a three-candidate race, and defeated entrenched incumbent Joey Torres, shocking everyone with the huge upset on Election Day.

Jones, 52, became the city’s 45th mayor. He spoke to the hundreds of people who poured onto Market Street to watch the inaugural festivities beneath the midday summer sun.
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NJ STATE BUDGET VOTE

NJ Legislature to vote on Governor Chris Christie's budget. New Jersey's Democratic-controlled Legislature later this evening approved the $29.4 billion budget, sending back to the Republican governor a spending plan that cuts hundreds of millions of dollars. The budget, had been approved by the Assembly early Tuesday morning and by the Senate hours earlier, is close to the one Gov. Chris Christie introduced in March. Read more. video

DON'T DRINK & DRIVE

Dumont HS students put on a demonstration about the dangers of DWI. video