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Bergen County restaurateur Shalom Yehudiel has been arrested again on charges of sexually assaulting a minor.BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Teaneck-based chef Shalom Yehudiel, known for appearing on TV's "Chopped," has been arrested again on charges of sexually assaulting a minor, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday.The arrest of the restaurant owner on Monday was the result of a new indictment on Thursday, Aug. 31, according to the office of Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.The case again...
BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Teaneck-based chef Shalom Yehudiel, known for appearing on TV's "Chopped," has been arrested again on charges of sexually assaulting a minor, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday.
The arrest of the restaurant owner on Monday was the result of a new indictment on Thursday, Aug. 31, according to the office of Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.
The case against Yehudiel, 41, has wound through the courts since early 2022.
That year, the chef was arrested on charges of having assaulted a 16-year-old girl on multiple occasions.
Last month, the case was dismissed with prejudice due to a technicality, the Bergen Record reported.
But the next day, Aug. 8, 2023, Yehudiel was arrested again at Newark airport while trying to head to Thailand, reports said. Yehudiel was incarcerated on Riker's Island.
Days later, he was attacked in jail, said his lawyer in mid-August, in a plea to have him released.
A week after his arrest, he was released, pending a trial.
Then, on Aug. 31, according to the Prosecutor's Office, Yehudiel was indicted by a Bergen County Grand Jury on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Yehudiel was arrested Monday in Aventura, Fla., on those charges, the Prosecutor's Office said in a release Tuesday morning.
Prosecutors said that on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, the FBI contacted the the prosecutor's Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a child in Teaneck on more than one occasion. An investigation by prosecutors and the New York office of the FBI resulted in the charges.
Yehudiel now awaits his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Prosecutors did not release further information.
In a statement to the Bergen Record on Tuesday, Yehudiel's attorneys, Lee Vartan and Zach Intrater, said, "The state has just recycled the same flawed indictment with the same factual and legal holes."
However, a now-adult woman came forward last month to say that she was a victim of Yehudiel as a teenager.
She gave an interview to the Jewish Standard, saying she wants to give a face victims and prevent such a thing from happening again.
She said that she met Yehudiel in her congregation in Fair Lawn when she was 14.
She said, "I was very naive. I was sort of confident by default, because I didn’t know much about the world ... My mother told me that she was surprised this happened to me because when I was a kid I was extremely outgoing. I was the kid who tried to have a lot of friends.
"What my mom did not realize was that this confidence was effective only if people my own age were mean to me. But if someone 36 years old was crossing boundaries, I didn’t know what to do."
Yehudiel owns the Humble Toast and La Cucina Di Nava in Teaneck.
Victims have filed more than one civil suit against him for sexual abuse. The suits were made public starting in 2021 by Za’akah, an organization that fights sexual abuse in the Jewish community, according to a story in The Standard.
The National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2023-2024 have just been announced, including several in Bergen County.BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Today's teens have been tested in many ways, but there's only one test that can qualify them for a competitive National Merit Scholarship for all four years of college.The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced late last week its list of semifinalists for their annual awards, with finalists and winners to be announced in spring 2024.The process begins when students ...
BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Today's teens have been tested in many ways, but there's only one test that can qualify them for a competitive National Merit Scholarship for all four years of college.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced late last week its list of semifinalists for their annual awards, with finalists and winners to be announced in spring 2024.
The process begins when students take their PSAT as a sophomore or junior in high school. Tens of thousands of students are chosen as Commended scholars.
Not all towns have semiinalists, but a handful of Bergen County towns made the list.
There were also several semifinalists at countywide magnet schools.
Here are the lists:
From Bergen County Academies in Hackensack:
Bovell, NikhilBunal, Patrick D.Calaman, SkylerChang, ClaireJain, YessicaJhaveri, ShlokJoshi, RohanKalia, DishaKim, JoshuaKim, PeterLamba, RiddhiLee, LunaLee, ReiaLee, SashaLekan, AngelaLerman, MatthewLi, AngelaPark, Chloe J.Pitcock, JeremyPospichalova, AnezkaRen, Joy I.Rodriguez, ChristopherSallam, YusufSantoshi, AarushShah, ArhamShi, EmmaSingh, RishabhSpecht, Matthew D.Tkach, SofiyaVadakken, HannahWen, ZoeyZhou, Maggie
From Bergen County Technical High School:
Cho, KevinMathews, AnuragPark, JacquelineSong, MatthewSong, Natalie
Don Bosco Prep:
Finnegan, Harrison M.Gehrig, Thomas J.
Ma, AinsleyRajan, Uma V.
Fair Lawn H.S.
Fort Lee H.S.:
Cheon, Michelle S.Ouerfelli, Heba
Northern Highlands Regional H.S.:
Mahwah High School:
Merrick T. Sharp
From Leonia H.S.:
Cho, Julia E.
From Mountain Lakes H.S.:
Lee, Justin L.Li, Karri E.Wu, Elaine
From Old Tappan, Northern Valley Regional H.S.:
Lee, Hannah J.
Oradell/River Dell Regional H.S.
Choi, YejunChu, Adam Y.Lee, Chloe H.Yu, Nora J.
Heriveaux, ArlenePark, Ian
Pascack Hills H.S.:
Chun, AshleyGe, OliviaHeit, AdrianeLim, Hyunjun
Park Ridge H. S.
Ridgewood High School:
Jun, JaywuJung, Emily Y.Kotchkin, Nathan Y.Liu, Gia
Teaneck, Ma'ayanot Yeshiva H.S. For Girls:
Kurz, Aviva K.
Tenafly High School:
Cho, DerekCho, Won-HeeDreyer, BenjaminGoldberg, Nathan G.Hui, YuanningKim, JunhyoungSong, KaiSwaminathan, AdityanYan, Jacqueline L.Yoon, Elliott J.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, wasestablished in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 businessorganizations and higher education institutions.
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ALLENDALE − Northern Highlands enjoyed a big bounce-back thanks to “Little Schmo” and friends.Less than a week after falling to Old Tappan, the Highlanders rolled past Ridgewood, 35-7, in Thursday’s Super Football Conference cross-divisional game.Danny Smiechowski caught a 38-ya...
ALLENDALE − Northern Highlands enjoyed a big bounce-back thanks to “Little Schmo” and friends.
Less than a week after falling to Old Tappan, the Highlanders rolled past Ridgewood, 35-7, in Thursday’s Super Football Conference cross-divisional game.
Danny Smiechowski caught a 38-yard pass to get Northern Highlands into the red zone on the second play of the night, and he capped a 28-0 first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown reception from Nate Johnson.
Coach Dave Cord called out, “Hey, Schmo!” to get Smiechowski’s attention afterward – that’s actually a term of endearment to the senior from Upper Saddle River.
“It started with my grandpa,” said the tight end/linebacker, whose last name is pronounced, “schma-HOW-ski”.
“He was ‘Schmo’, my dad was ‘Schmo’, my brother was ‘Schmo’, and I was a ‘Little Schmo’ growing up. And now I’m just ‘Schmo’.”
The Highlanders (3-1) looked like anything but, once again showing the form that helped them reach last year’s Group 4 championship final.
The result was a far cry from last year’s meeting, a 7-6 Maroon victory in Ridgewood. Since then, Northern Highlands has won 11-of-14, and two of its three losses in that span have come against 2022 NJSIAA champions (Group 4 Millville and Group 3 Old Tappan).
“We’ve got to bounce back,” Smiechowski said. “We’re tired of losing. It’s been four years in a row, we’re tired of coming up short. And we just want to finish the job this year.”
Ridgewood (1-2) has dropped two straight and lost two players to injury in the second quarter, QB Hudson Feeney and left tackle Peter McHugh. Coach Torre Watson said that both sustained ankle injuries.
Northern Highlands had four touchdowns before the visitors recorded a first down, as a fumbled kick return and a bad punt snap were among the early miscues that doomed the visitors.
Factor in 75 yards in kick/punt returns by Matthew Boydell, and the Highlanders’ average starting field position for their first four drives was the Ridgewood 33.
Johnson cashed in with two touchdown passes and two scoring runs, and Cole Stecker made it 35-0 on a 13-yard touchdown run with 8:28 left in the second quarter.
? Smiechowski made 3 catches for 46 yards and a TD and added 5 tackles on defense.
? Johnson completed 7-of-8 passes for 106 yards and rushed 5 times for 38 yards.
? Charlie Merrick (6 catches, 68 yards) caught a 15-yard TD from backup Gavin McCrone in the fourth quarter to help Ridgewood avert the shutout. Merrick also made five tackles.
“We had a pretty hard loss last week, and we knew we had to change our mindset from the start. We all knew we had to put in some more work in the practice week, and even with a short week and all… we had lots of excuses we could have made, but we all put in the work, we all changed our mindset, and it showed.” − Smiechowski
“I thought we came out flat against a super talented, really good Old Tappan team. And in a short week, our plan was to keep the playbook thin on both sides and play fast and physical, and that’s exactly what they did.” − Cord
Patch has partnered with T-Mobile to celebrate community leaders in New Jersey, including Bergen County.BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Without community leaders, Bergen County wouldn’t hum along nearly as smoothly as it does. We’d miss their contributions in big and small ways.Patch has partnered with T-Mobile to recognize these often unsung community leaders and celebrate their contributions.This submission comes from Michelle DeLuca, a Bergen County reader who nominated Harry Menta.How do you kn...
BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — Without community leaders, Bergen County wouldn’t hum along nearly as smoothly as it does. We’d miss their contributions in big and small ways.
Patch has partnered with T-Mobile to recognize these often unsung community leaders and celebrate their contributions.
This submission comes from Michelle DeLuca, a Bergen County reader who nominated Harry Menta.
How do you know this community leader?
I have worked with him.
What does this community leader do?
Harry is a member of the Ridgefield Park Environmental Commission and Sustainable Ridgefield Park. As a member, he works behind the scenes in helping to garner publicity and press for events, as well as maintaining the commission sections on the village website.
Why do you believe the community leader should be recognized or honored?
Amidst the hustle and bustle of our community, there's a silent force driving change – and that's Harry. While he may operate under the radar, the impact of his dedication resonates far and wide, especially within the Ridgefield Park Environmental Commission and Sustainable Ridgefield Park.
Harry's mastery of press and media brings an invaluable touch to the community's initiatives. Behind the scenes, he weaves his magic, ensuring that our events and missions receive the spotlight they deserve. Harry's efforts may often go unnoticed, but the tireless spirit with which he operates is nothing short of remarkable.
From spreading the word about eco-friendly initiatives to spotlighting impactful events, Harry's work speaks volumes. His work helps to magnify our impact and propels us forward.
What's one thing you want everyone to know about the community hero?
Harry's countless hours crafting press releases, media advisories, and updating web content go unseen as he works independently behind the scenes, yet his impact is profound. Harry's dedication provides proper communication that fuels the awareness residents have regarding events and initiatives. Clear and accurate communication is truly important to communities, and Harry ensures we get clear information out.
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RIDGEWOOD − Clifton coach Ralph Cinque wore his “Rocky III” T-shirt for Friday night’s Super Football Conference game at Ridgewood.“It’s symbolic,” Cinque said. “Ridgewood is always on top. And through the years, we’ve played some stinkers against them, and we’ve played some real good ones. Tonight was a good one.”That was the consensus on the Clifton sideline after a 28-21 victory that featured a big play to punctuate each half.Mustangs quarterback Romelo...
RIDGEWOOD − Clifton coach Ralph Cinque wore his “Rocky III” T-shirt for Friday night’s Super Football Conference game at Ridgewood.
“It’s symbolic,” Cinque said. “Ridgewood is always on top. And through the years, we’ve played some stinkers against them, and we’ve played some real good ones. Tonight was a good one.”
That was the consensus on the Clifton sideline after a 28-21 victory that featured a big play to punctuate each half.
Mustangs quarterback Romelo Tables snapped a 14-all tie with a 37-yard, tackle-breaking touchdown as the second quarter expired. Senior cornerback Alexander Franco then intercepted the Maroons’ deep pass with 43.7 seconds remaining in the fourth.
“It came down to intestinal fortitude,” Cinque said. “That was the word of the day before the game – fortitude… we were in adverse situations, and we just kept swinging. We were never down, we were never out.”
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Each team has won a Group 5 sectional title within the past five seasons, and this win gives Clifton (2-1) a big boost going forward, both mentally and in power points. The Mustangs have won two straight since an opening loss to Montclair and host Eastside next Friday.
Ridgewood (1-1), meanwhile, has a short week to prepare for a Thursday game against 2022 Group 4 finalist Northern Highlands.
“We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Maroons coach Torre Watson said. “We’ve got no time to do anything but improve.”
The Mustangs had an answer for every Ridgewood touchdown. Trailing 7-0 after the opening drive, they got a 43-yard TD run from Devon Stroble late in the first quarter.
After Ridgewood scored with 48.2 seconds to go in the half, Nate Ceneri returned the ensuing kickoff 68 yards to help set up Tables’ tiebreaking run.
“I looked downfield and saw green grass, so I just took off,” the junior QB said. “My teammates pushed me in. If it weren’t for the team, I would’ve been stopped at the 5-yard line.”
Tables also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ceneri with 14.4 seconds left in the third quarter to provide the final margin.
? Stroble carried 20 times for 128 yards and a pair of scores, while Tables ran 11 times for 77 yards and completed 6-of-8 passes for 64 yards.
? Franco finished with five tackles and the sealing INT, while David Chavez led the Clifton defense with 10 tackles.
? Ridgewood’s Colin Lake was Mr. Versatile: 7 carries for 46 yards and a TD, 2 kick returns for 41 yards, plus a blocked punt that he recovered to set up the first of two TD runs by Bobby Kuenzler (12 carries, 80 yards).
“I saw the receiver run full speed [and] try to come over the top. I read him good, I read the ball, and it just came and fell in my hands – got the game-winning pick.” − Franco