Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Page 1 goes tabloid on robbery of builder tied to Borgs

Hackensack will lose Costco Wholesale on South River Street after a bigger warehouse store opens next month in the Teterboro Landing Shopping Center. This is how the Teterboro Costco looked last Friday.


Would you look at the hysterical woman in the photo centerpiece on Page 1 of The Record today.

That's not all, as readers find out if they turn to the full story and more photos of the suspects and their lawyers (L-1 and L-6).

The woman and two men, including the father of her son, are being held in the 2013 home invasion and robbery of Fred Daibes in his luxury Edgewater penthouse.

"Tuesday was the plea cutoff date for the four defendants in the case," which is alleged to have been an inside job, Staff Writer Peter J. Sampson reports.

Why is this procedural court hearing on A-1 today?

That may have something to do with Daibes, a developer who once proposed to build apartments on 19.7 acres North Jersey Media Group owns in Hackensack, site of The Record's old headquarters.

Of course, the story is silent on Daibes' relationship to the Borg family, which controls NJMG.

Woman hit by car

Another front-page story today seems to gloss over the actions of the driver who struck Jo-Ann Hans, 60, a Bergenfield crossing guard who was helping worshipers around 8 a.m. on the second day of the Jewish new year (A-1).

"On Tuesday night, she was unconscious and on life support in a hospital bed," The Record reports.

But the identity of driver and the charges against him don't appear until deep on the continuation page (A-8).

That's also where readers find complaints about speeders, the reason a crossing guard was needed in the first place on New Bridge Road and Westminster Avenue.

"Pedestrians mean nothing," Shimmy Stein is quoted as saying.

Stein, chairman of Bergenfield's zoning board, was referring to drivers, but his observation also can be applied to local Assignment Editors Deirdre Sykes and Dan Sforza.

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