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Readers shocked by all the unexpected damage from Saturday's nor'easter had another shock in store when they finally picked up the Sunday edition of The Record.
The main news section, Local, Sports and Business were noticeably narrower than Saturday's paper -- about 1 inch narrower -- in a move to save newsprint and money. However, pre-printed sections, such as Better Living, came in their usual width.
All the sections of today's paper were in the narrower format.
Notes to readers appeared on the front page Sunday and today, but they discussed weather-related production issues that delayed delivery of the paper, not the new, money-saving format.
The narrower format means six, narrower columns and less space for news.
That shouldn't be a problem for Editor Francis Scandale and head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes and their minions, who have been desperately trying -- and usually failing -- to fill the paper with New Jersey, North Jersey and municipal news for several years now.
But that is a big problem for readers, who know less and less about what officials who run their towns are doing, and less and less about their neighbors, prominent and otherwise.
The money-saving move by Publisher Stephen A. Borg will probably help keep the Woodland Park daily afloat at the expense of readers, as have most of the editorial changes he imposed after he took over in mid-2006.