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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:45:26 PM »
1. We all know what photo captions are, right? And most of us are aware that they belong as close as possible to the photo they're describing. For many photo captions lately, someone at The Record disagrees.

On the front page of today's sports section, the lead photo is a large shot taken at last night's Yankees/Astros ALCS Game 1. Its caption is placed below a lot of writing from two stories, the ACLS schedule and some large, bold-faced statistics. It's over 3 inches from the photo that it's desperately trying to describe, but less than 1.5 inches from a hockey game photo.

2. Speaking of captions,

The dullest generic caption occurs when more than one person is shown. The first person is mentioned and it always says that the second person "looks on" - a meaningless/useless phrase that shows not a drop of thought or imagination. They've used it quite a bit lately.............let's see how long it takes before that little gem pops up again (remember a Beatles' song called, "It Won't Be Long"?).

It took 8 days.............longer than I thought.

Nine days later, they doubled up on the vapid vacuity (redundancy intentional) in two articles ON THE SAME PAGE, with one story on top of the other:

a. Without mentioning any other people in the picture (it could have simply stated that the two managers were meeting with the umpiring crew, it just says that the managers "looked on". That's it? Looked on what? Usually, that idiotic phrase is used after some other person or action is mentioned.

b. This time, it's only one manager who.......... all together now............"looks on".  The caption claims that this occurred during batting practice - and maybe it did - but it's just a shot of the manager. There's not a speck of batting practice imagery to be seen in it.

These are both empty-headed, say-nothing captions.

So, until next time............

3. Can we all agree that relief pitchers follow starters in a baseball game? That's super-basic stuff, but this caption says that manager Joe Girardi is doing the relieving.

Strange thing for a former catcher to do.

For the record (and for The Record)..........Chad Green relieved Severino.

4. Somebody needs a reminder to not leave out any words.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:29:14 PM »
"NEW Bergen Pines"! It keeps the "New", loses the "Bridge", sounds fresh and spiffy (and slightly crazy).

1. What a big chunk out of two streets looks like from above

2. I have no idea why the police car's hood has wood.

3. "Hello, AAA? My car's hood has wood."

4,5. Drain & flush

6. The Second Reformed Church now has double fire protection. BTW - there's only one new hydrant left in front of my building to adopt. Don't get shut out - get yours today!

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Look it up.

Click it.

I've never seen a punk cloud before.

Click it.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:14:57 PM »
1. Egad! Even the editorial page isn't immune.

2. New word: "hoered"

3. Missing word" "one"

4,5. It's bad enough when an entire quote is essentially repeated immediately following the same quote, but the repeat quotes are slightly re-written. Is this to fill space and maybe no one will notice?
By the way -  these same, nearly-identical double errors came from two different articles on the same page...........and both were written by the same, highly-respected writer (who I doubt made the errors).

On March 9, 1971, Black Sabbath played at the Century Theater at the Garden State Plaza.

No one could believe:

1. that they were playing in Paramus, of all places, and

2. that it was for a church

I HAD to go. As I recall, it was pretty much of a disaster. The band had sound problems, left the stage, came back and then walked off for good (though you can't tell any of that from the below video.........IF that video truly IS from the Paramus show).

The crowd was pissed.

Someone with the church came out on stage and tried to calm the crowd down and get them to leave, saying that refunds could be gotten at the box office. People rushed out to avoid a long line, only to find that the box office was closed and a sign was there saying that if you wanted a refund, you'd have to go to the church during weekdays. I decided that rather than get back my $5 for each ticket, my stubs would be more historically valuable to keep (see attached).

I don't imagine that the church made very much money from that benefit.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:42:37 PM »
1. "...AS it was."

2. Double error in the same place: in the print edition, "the" is missing before the word "notion". In the online edition, both "the" AND "notion" are missing.

3. " moving"? Moved. "Starting this week..."? It started last week. Should we take bets on whether or not they'll print the same thing next week?

Hackensack History / From the Second Reformed Church photo archives......
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:31:18 PM »
I'm working with the Second Reformed Church - my next-door neighbor - on a project to digitize their photo archive.

These two 1907 images show the two houses that were on Union St between Anderson and Ward - where the front of the church is now.

I asked if I could post them here for the city's database and they were kind enough to agree.

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On Saturday, September 30 - and just a couple of hours after the water main road excavations in front of my building were filled - I heard a familiar sound.

It was another Ecuadorian parade/procession coming down Passaic St and turning onto Union - ŕ la the Our Lady of the Cloud one that occurs every January 1. The composition of the participants and their dancing/marching/costumes were almost the same.

I had no idea what this one was about until I took the fifth picture and I can't find anything that explains its significance ("Coro de San Miguel Arcangel"  translates to "Chorus of St Michael the Archangel").

They continued on to Anderson St, made a left and I presume they went on to Holy Trinity Church.

The next morning, I heard loud music coming from the direction of Anderson Park, but I couldn't see anyone there. Later that afternoon, while I was on Anderson St, I heard that it was coming from the Holy Trinity Church parking lot, so I walked over there, stood in front of lots of seated people and took a single shot.

I think the small statue behind the singer is the same one that was carried in the Saturday procession - St Michael the Archangel.

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I found this photo online. It was taken at the 10-1-17 raptor show at Stateline Lookout.

Not only does it show a peregrine falcon and a happy audience, it also shows someone I know. If you look by the falcon's chest, there's a guy with a black cap taking a picture.

It's the same guy who took all the pictures in the previous post.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:47:57 PM »
MAJOR mess today, plus one small one left over from yesterday.


1. The front page of the sports section had two articles trumpeting the fact that the Yankees won Game 3 and avoided being swept. On to Game 4...............

2. ...........well, hold up on that. Page 2S didn't get the news and still says "if necessary" regarding last night's Game 4. I wonder if they'll do the same stupid thing regarding Game 5.


3. Same as #1, except change 3 to 4 and 4 to 5.

4. Same as #2 (You had to ask?). Page 1S lets you know that there's a  DEFINITE Game 5, while 2S doubts its necessity.

(5,6,7 - more contradicting uncertainty):

5. Page 3S claims that there's no indication about the severity of Brandon Marshall's injury or his possible return.

6. Maybe Page 3S should read Page 4S' headline..........

7. ........but wait - in the article with that headline, uncertainly rears its ugly (and not too bright) head yet again! And Sterling Shepard has the least severe what? Yeah - I know the answer, but you're supposed to actually write it in the paper. Sheesh!

8. Compared to everything else, this is relatively minor, but there are two unnecessary commas preceding an "and" in one paragraph (Pssst! "And" negates the need for a comma in these's redundant).

9. Problem with, it's followed by another unnecessary comma ("or" negates the need for the comma).

10. When writers want to make quotes clearer, they insert the correct (or missing) word where it belongs in parentheses. It's hard to decipher what Luis Severino actually said, but it's made worse when a writer puts in the wrong word. You don't "give the extra mile" (no effort implied there) "go the extra mile" (THAT'S extra effort). And "mile" is in parentheses - what could it possibly be replacing?

Maybe the Sports Section should be renamed the Puzzle Section. What a mess!

As you saw above, this event took place on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Stateline Lookout in Alpine.

I got there early, but still had to park on the road leading into the lookout area because the lots were already full.

It was a beautiful day for the event, but my only problem was that it was held in an open-sides tent, which limited the natural sunlight on the birds that I had shot with the last time I was there in 2011. This meant I had to use the flash.

I grabbed a seat in the fifth row on the center aisle because I knew that the presenter - Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center - would be walking up and down the aisle while he held the birds and talked about them.

1. Before the show, I saw the Tappan Zee Bridge up the Hudson. I probably shot this the last time I was there, but this time it had a friend standing beside it - the new Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge  - which just opened and replaces the aging Zee. This was a shot to get now because it won't be available in the near future when the Zee is dismantled.

2. This is the smallest raptor - the kestrel - which I took as Bill walked down the center aisle and stopped by me.

3. Bill gets an earful from a peregrine falcon.

4. When Bill walked down the center aisle with the falcon, I could see all the people - many of them children - turning around to look at the bird. This was a shot worth getting.

5. This is what an adult red-tailed hawk looks like - unlike my old yellow-eyed friend, Hammy.

6&7. A Great Horned Owl

8. This is a Saw-whet owl - the smallest owl.

9.&10. A Golden eagle - the show's closing headliner

11. After the show, I saw a couple of turkey vultures cruising the skies.

12. A Hudson River Line train across the river reflects a bit of sunlight as it heads south to Manhattan.

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Hackensack Discussion / Water pipe work right in front of my building
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:00:34 PM »
These photos were taken on September 30 (10) and October 4 (3).

1. I could look straight down and shoot for a change.

2. It looks like he's using a giant nail (it's got a tiny shovel on the end).

3. This was actually another hole across the street and a little south of me. It looks like an old Channel 9 logo.

4. Another piece of the road bites the dust.

5. Dunno where the water came from, but they drained it quickly.

6. This thing was pretty heavy and I took the shot just as it hit the sidewalk.

7. Here's what the finished product looked like seconds before it was filled in.

8. I don't know who uses the handicapped space, but they were outta luck today.

9. Filled in - done.

10. The handicapped space is back in business.

11. Another day, another hole in Union St.

12. A couple of today's casualties...

13. Coming attractions: the thoughtful workers appear to have left me a note on the street about the next-day activities.

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Hackensack Discussion / For unhappy New York Giants fans
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:00:00 PM »
Smart kid:

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