Sunday, February 6, 2011

Stories don't go far enough

Dessert BowlImage by Xin Li 88 via Flickr

The lead story in The Record of Woodland Park today reports that significant population gains by Asians and Hispanics in North Jersey are, for the most part, not reflected among elected officials, but there's no discussion of minority representation on state and municipal court benches.

However, on the jump page (A-8), the editors re-run a map that was color coded incorrectly on Friday. The error was never acknowledged on A-2, where corrections run.

There's a lot to read on Page 1 today and, thankfully, no sports or sports-related coverage in anticipation of today's Super Bowl. Editor Francis Scandale must have been out sick.

Local yokels

On the Local front, Road Warrior John Cichowski is going on again about the new Motor Vehicle Commission office in Lodi -- at least the third column he's written about construction there. 

Chick loves to monitor the long lines of "road warriors" at the MVC office, but routinely ignores all the commuters standing on packed trains and buses going into the city. 

He's a friend of drivers, not mass-transit commuters, and one of the pets of head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes, who apparently is another mass transit hater.

There's no Hackensack, Teaneck or Englewood news in the Local section today and most other major towns are ignored as well.

Don't forget to brush

In Better Living, Elisa Ung's "The Corner Table" column further explores her obsession with dessert, claiming Asian treats "are generally lighter and less sugary than American desserts and offer an accessible gateway to ethic cuisine."

If she really wants to write about lighter, less sugary desserts -- rather than just stuff her already pudgy face -- her column would report on all the Middle Eastern pastry shops in North Jersey. And the paper's restaurant reviewer is just plain wrong when she suggests ethnic food is accessible only through fattening desserts.

An article on restaurant inspections appears on F-4 today, but doesn't explain why the paper no longer reports fines levied against restaurants and other food establishments with major sanitary violations, such as thawing meat on the floor.

Hackensack High SchoolImage via Wikipedia

Read it in a weekly

The County Seat, the weekly paper published by the Zisa family, reports Hackensack High School plans to open four Academies, similar to those at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack. 

The Record reported recently that New Milford High School plans to add Academies, but Hackensack reporter Monsy Alvarado apparently missed the story about Hackensack High.

Head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes has been coddling Alvarado, along with her other favorites on the staff.

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  1. Elisa Ung is really dessert obsessed, on Friday in a restaurant review she mentioned that she "aggressively flagged someone down" to order dessert.

    I am really not sure what else can be said about Ung other than "experiment failed".

  2. When she needs a sugar fix, she needs a sugar fix. It seems no meal is complete for her without an artery-clogging dessert.

  3. My first thought when I saw the Asian/Hispanic headline was a)US Senator Robert Menendez..hello?? and b)50% of the state is female and there isn't even representation there.

    Time and elections will catch up with the NJ electorate. Common sense at the Record...notsomuch.


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