Trump at the Dump



Real estate mogul Donald Trump says he'll transform EnCap golf course boondoggle into a world class golf course, that he says will be open to the public.

Other than the smell from the landfill gases, the deafening air traffic, and drone of the New Jersey Turnpike, the setting will be incredible and has potential to be an incredible track.

Former educator guilty on 8 counts


A former Englewood assistant schools superintendent was convicted on Tuesday of using his position to sexually abuse two students. He could face up to 20 years in prison when sentenced. The courtroom scene was very dramatic as the jury foreman read the verdicts.


Jurors convicted a former Englewood assistant schools superintendent Tuesday of using his position to sexually abuse two students.

Although the Superior Court jury acquitted Roy Hermalyn of nearly two dozen sex charges, they found him guilty of inappropriately touching one student, endangering another and committing official misconduct in both instances.

The convictions are enough to put Hermalyn behind bars for up to 20 years when he is sentenced March 14. He is also subject to registration as a sex offender under Megan's Law. Story by Record reporter Kibret Markos.

The Mignone Turkey Trot!



My neighbors Vinny and Suzanne Mignone host a small neighborhood 5K run every year on Thanksgiving morning, and as part of the deal people bring food to be donated to military families out of the Teaneck Armory.

Last year I ran, this year I shot a video.

Coniglio is target of U.S. raids

Federal investigators are sorting through new boxes of evidence collected
Tuesday morning from state Sen. Joseph Coniglio's Paramus home and his
legislative office.

The federal raids are the latest development in an ongoing corruption
probe. The focus of probe is the Democratic senator's ties to more than $1
million in state grant money received by Hackensack University Medical Center
over a two-year period during which Coniglio also worked for the hospital as a
paid consultant.

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IHA Wins TOC



The Blue Eagles of Immaculate Heart Academy won the sixth annual girls volleyball Tournament of Champions with a 26-24, 25-22 victory over Hunterdon Central. Story.

This looks like it will be my final photo assignment for some time. Fittingly, I bumped into my old friend and former colleague Amanda Brown, of The Star-Ledger. Early in my career Amanda helped show me the ropes back at the old Herald & News -back when photographs had no color, and we worked endless hours chasing news. The H&N under the late great Walt Herring was a crazy fun place to be, an excellent training ground for a young journalist. I long for the simplicity of those days...

Giants & Cowboys



EAST RUTHERFORD,NJ 11/11/07 NFL FOOTBALL / NY GIANTS VS DALLAS COWBOYS: Dallas RB #21 Julius Jones is wrangled from behind by Giants DE #92 Michael Strahan. Dallas defeated the Giants 31-20. Giants were stomped, story here.

While shooting this game last weekend, I couldn't help but think that this may be the last game I shoot for the foreseeable future. I have always loved shooting football, and I always relished covering NFL games on chilly Autumn afternoons at the Meadowlands. Football has always been my most favorite assignment, I miss it already... Recently, I have taken on a new role at The Record as the Digital Video Producer/Editor. After nearly 20 years of making pictures, from the days of developing black & white film in the shadows of a darkroom; to the era of color negative film; through the difficult transition into the digital age -I have now moved onto video reporting. Moving images, wow what difference! I will be overseeing all video production and multimedia visuals for The Record's internet division -the Digital News Group. For those who have been following my work at The Record over the past two years may have noticed that this is an area I have been increasingly interested in. I am excited about this new phase in my career, I am excited and energized. I will continue to post my videos and "mincings" here -so stay-tuned.

CROSSES


Portraits of Clergy Sex Abuse
By Carmine Galasso

Powerful stories and photos of survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, by my friend Carmine Galasso. Chilling and haunting imagery. He has a new book out, Crosses -please pick up a copy.
Multimedia by Nina Berman.

ANTONIA'S FUTURE


VIDEO: Out-of-court settlement gives paralyzed girl money for 24-hour care.

On October 24, 1999, the Verni's were returning from a day trip to Pennsylvannia, where the Cliffside Park family spent the day pumpkin picking, when their car was struck by a drunk driver who was served excessive alcohol at a Giants football game. The accident left two-year old Antonia paralyzed from the neck down -confined to a wheelchair and a breathing machine for the rest of her life.

Last month, the Verni's settled with Aramark Corp. for an undisclosed amount, after a long seven-year court battle that received national attention. Antonia's mother is hopeful that the money will pay for her little girl's full-time nurse, education costs, and improve her quality of life. Story by Kibret Markos/The Record.

Next time you're think about drinking and driving, maybe you should take a look at this...