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Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood. Publisher Stephen A. Borg attended a private high school in Englewood, presumably to avoid minority students.
Today's front-page photo says it all -- 2011 was the Year of Selfishness.
And who better to epitomize that than Governor Christie, shown in a Page 1 photo helping GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hustle for votes in Iowa -- two millionaires out to preserve the wealth of their conservative supporters.
Not very bipartisan of interim Editor Douglas Clancy, who is capping off a year when Editorial Page Editor Alfred P. Doblin climbed into bed with Christie's mean-spirited, budget-cutting assault against the middle class, seniors, women and low-income children.
Bully for the bully
In fact, today's "Looking back" editorial on A-13 is relentlessly upbeat, focusing on bipartisan support for Christie's changes in pension and health-insurance for state employees -- not on how the GOP bully is shifting tax dollars from public schools to elite charter schools.
Nor is there mention of how radical Tea Party Republicans paralyzed Congress in 2011 in an unyielding bid to prevent higher taxes on the rich, including multimillionaire Publisher Stephen A. Borg.
The big news on the front of head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes' Local section is vandalism at Englewood's once-segregated Lincoln School, which was more than 100 years old when the last classes were held there in 2008.
But the story fails to tell readers a previous City Council decided turning the school into a community center was "too expensive," likely because it is on the wrong side of the tracks in a predominately black neighborhood.
At the bottom of L-1, there's news of two muggings in Englewood and on L-3, a colorful photo shows the celebration of Kwanzaa at the Bergen Family Center in that city.
Readers will find Teaneck stories on L-1, L-2 and L-3, including a proposed municipal budget that raises taxes slightly but contains no layoffs.
Dissing River City
Hackensack news? Well, Hackensack reporter Stephanie Akin also covers neighboring Maywood, so she wrote a 9-inch story with a photo on the delivery of a single solar panel to town officials.
Take that, global warming.
I guess nothing happened in Hackensack on Friday. Happy new year to the county seat, where The Record was founded in 1895 and prospered for more than 110 years before the younger Borg got his greedy hands on it.
Retirees hit again
North Jersey Media Group has unilaterally changed health insurance carriers for the dependents of retirees and raised the monthly deduction from pension checks.
I paid $784.41 a month for my wife's and son's medical insurance last year; in 2012, I will pay $873.28.
My pension check for January 2012 arrived Friday, reflecting the change and leaving me with $74.51.