Al Paglione RIP

photo by THOMAS E. FRANKLIN /2003

My friend and former colleague Al Paglione at The Record passed away this week, he lived a full life. Al was true New Jersey character and a great great photographer. Al was self-taught, "a longshoreman-turned-photojournalist who chronicled 35 years in the life of North Jersey."

He was a true original. A legend, and a throwback to the days of Tri-X and Nikormat's. I will miss you Al. Peace.

Here is an interview I did on FiOS1 News, talking about Al's work.

photos by THOMAS E. FRANKLIN /2004


Hackensack's Tim Swatek is one of North Jersey's top baseball players, and he is off to a fast start this season for the Comets -on the mound and at the plate. The 6'4" Maywood resident is garnering much attention and he plans to pitch at Fordham next year. Right now the future looks bright, but three years ago Swatek was struck with Type 1 Diabetes. It was a real scare for him and his parents, but Swatek has persevered. Read full story by Art Stapleton.


Eastern Christian's Gene Hill is one of North Jersey's top high school tennis players. Born with a congenital condition that left him with a short right arm, he plays with one-arm. Read more by Art Stapleton.


Temperatures reached a hundred once again, as the hottest summer on record continues...We caught up with some folks in North Jersey dealing with warm temps and trying to stay cool.

North Jersey Shot Putters

North Jersey has 8 of the top female high school shot putters in the entire state, and they have shown dominance in this track event in recent years, with many titles among them. Recently, they gathered at Paramus Catholic HS for a photo shoot, and they had this to say about their sport.

Read Art Stapleton's column.