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From the archives: Bill Ervolino talks about the toys of Christmas past

Record columnist Bill Ervolino talks about Christmas toys through the decades in this episode of On the Record originally aired in December 2017. Record photo by Anne Marie Caruso.


On Phil Murphy, Mikie Sherrill, adenovirus, blue dogs and the invention of Colorforms

The Best of On the Record lets you catch up on the news of the week in just eight minutes. This week: Congresswoman-elect Mikie Sherrill talks about her new job, Gov. Phil Murphy discusses the adenovirus that has killed 11 children and we talk to the co-founder of the iconic toy Colorforms. Record photo by Chris Pedota.


Closter's Hess Lustron House opens door to 'retro' past

Closter's Hess Lustron House opened to the public on Saturday, giving neighbors their first up close look at the rare pre-fabricated steel two-bedroom home. In this episode of On the Record, Jennifer Rothschild, chairwoman of the Friends of the Hess Lustron House, talks about their efforts to preserve the structure. Record photo by Anne Marie Caruso.


Governor Phil Murphy talks about minimum wages and marijuana bills with Record editorial board

Gov. Phil Murphy discussed efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 and legalize marijuana in a meeting with The Record editorial board on Friday. He also discussed how a former campaign staffer's allegation of sexual assault was handled and commented on the adenovirus outbreak that proved fatal to 11 children at a Wanaque facility. Record photo by Chris Pedota.


Small independent toy stores try to fill the market left by Toys R Us

After the demise of Toys R Us, small independent toy stores are trying to fill the vacuum left behind by the iconic toy supermarket. Record retail reporter Joan Verdon said they appear to be doing fine this holiday shopping season in this episode of On the Record. Record photo by Danielle Parhizkaran.


Mikie Sherrill talks about the issues as she prepares to be sworn into Congress

Montclair Democrat Mikie Sherrill has been preparing for her new job as congresswoman from North Jersey's 11th Congressional District. She recently sat for an interview with The Record's Washington DC correspondent Herb Jackson. AP Photo by Susan Walsh.


How two art students invented Colorforms and grew the business from their River Edge home

Remember Colorforms? The creative toy that consisted of a box of sticky vinyl shapes. Here is the story of how two art students invented the toy in the 1950s and then built a business around it from their home in River Edge, N.J. In this episode of On the Record, we hear from Patricia Kislevitz, who started the business with her late husband Harry. We also hear from a toy historian. Photo courtesy of the Kislevitz family.


From the archives: Church organist also plays Radio City Music Hall

George Wesner may be the busiest musician in North Jersey during Christmas week. Besides his normal role as organist for St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Teaneck, Wesner has been the lead organist for the Radio City Music Hall Christmas show for the last 36 years. Record reporter Megan Burrow interviews Wesner in this episode of On the Record originally aired in December 2017. Record photo by Viorel Florescu.


Hawthorne Santa Parade spans generations

As a holiday tradition, the Hawthorne Santa Parade is a tradition that spans generations. Hear excerpts from the parade and reaction from residents in this episode of On the Record. Record photo by Erica Yoon.


On legal marijuana, Amazon Christmas trees, Eli Manning's future and a Mandarin duck

Give us 8 minutes and we'll give you the week. This week's Best of On the Record features excerpts from podcasts on: - a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey - what should the New York Giants do with quarterback Eli Manning? - Amazon's new Christmas tree delivery service - the story of an exotic Mandarin duck who became a social media star


How an exotic Mandarin duck became a social media sensation

A Mandarin duck has become a social media sensation in New York City, where fans flock to see him in Central Park. In this episode of On the Record, we talk to some of his fans and to Record birding columnist Jim Wright. (Photo courtesy Fred Virazzi)


Amazon delivered our Christmas Tree

We decorated a newsroom Christmas tree this week. But how the tree got here is an interesting story. Record retail reporter Joan Verdon has the details. Photo by Joan Verdon.


Giants face a quandary - what to do about Eli Manning?

The New York Giants are in a quandary. At 3-8, they are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. They are in line for a top draft pick. But what to do about their two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning? Art Stapleton, the Giants beat writer for the Record, offers his perspective in this episode of On the Record. Photo by Mitsu Yasukawa.


Legal marijuana bill moves forward toward uncertain future

A bill to legalize recreational marijuana advanced in the New Jersey Legislature Monday but it remains unclear whether it will have enough votes for final passage or meet with Gov. Phil Murphy's approval. Nicholas Pugliese, the Record's legislative reporter, discusses what's next for the measure in this episode of On the Record. Photo of bill sponsor Sen. Nicholas Scutari by Kevin Wexler.


From the archives: 3 comedians discuss the stand up life

We could all use a laugh this time of year. You'll find a few in this episode of On the Record, originally aired in June 2017. Record columnist Bill Ervolino discusses the stand up life with two of his fellow comedians, Vince August and Bob Gonzo.


Small Business Saturday comes to Rutherford

Small Business Saturday is an national attempt by local shop owners to share some of the holiday limelight normally held by the big box stores on Black Friday. In this episode of On the Record, store owners and their customers talk about their reaction to the day. Record photo by Jim Anness.


Big Santa returns to the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall

Big Santa made a big return to the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus Tuesday night. Several hundred people gathered in the parking lot to see the 45-foot-tall Santa lit up for the first time in over 30 years. In this episode of On the Record, we hear from Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera and other residents. Record photo by Kevin Wexler.


Anthony Cureton sworn in as new Bergen County Sheriff

Anthony Cureton was sworn in Tuesday as the first African-American to be elected as Bergen County Sheriff. In this episode of On the Record, we'll hear excerpts from the ceremony. Cureton also sat down for an interview a few hours later with Record reporters Steve Janoski and John Ensslin. Record photo by Tariq Zehawi.


From the archives: remembering Tom Fleming

On Thanksgiving Day, runners in Glen Ridge will take part in the annual Tom Fleming mile - a tribute to the late track coach and marathon runner. In his honor, we replay this podcast from June 2017 when Essex County dedicated the Tom Fleming Athletic Complex in Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. In this episode of On the Record, Fleming's daughter Margot remembers her dad and urges people to run, walk and exercise in his memory. Photo by Kevin Wexler.


Vanillamore marks first anniversary in Montclair

Vanillamore, a Montclair restaurant that offers desserts ranging from "Chocolate salamis" to homemade marshmallow, is marking its first anniversary. Record Food Editor Esther Davidowitz interviews Vanillamore owner Risa Boyer in this episode of On the Record.