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PART 2:

Tribute was paid to this benevolent group in the below YouTube documentary that was named for a beloved and kind cartoon character.

The youth of this country would do well to emulate these fine young men and women.

Unfortunately, they usually DO.








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OK - we have a two-part conclusion to the shopping cart story. It occurred on Saturday, January 13.

PART 1:

Even after the rain freed it from the snow (1), it continued to be ignored (2). Finally, a group of Good Samaritans came along at about a quarter to five and quietly (and lovingly) nursed it back to health (3, 4, 5.).







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I'm sure you've all been worried about that abandoned shopping cart, so here's an update:

The plows came back two days ago to remove the big snow piles and manicure the spaces, but they did not liberate the cart from the spot it's been in with no food (what's a shopping cart without food?) ) since at least New Year's Eve.

And it's still there.

I'd help, but my landlord has a strict "No Pets or Shopping Carts" policy.




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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:10:03 PM »
The original word I got on this was that the buildings were coming down in September. I was sure I'd miss it in November when I was unavailable and was positive that I had made it back just in the nick of time in December....................nothing.

This month, there's been occasional utility roadwork right in front on the State St side, but today brought:

1. Various fire vehicles

2,3. Fire officials going in and out of the restaurant and the real estate office.................and the water company showed up


After a couple of hours, everyone left, but I could see from home that each building had a new sign/sticker attached to it. Thinking that it might be a notice that demolition was imminent, I went out to see what they said.

4,5,6. The buildings are unsafe to live in.




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Hackensack Discussion / Projects update
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:33:09 PM »
Even with 14-degree temperatures and single-digit wind chill, I got a little cabin fever last Sunday and decided to go out and catch up on the progress of a couple projects.

I figured that since it's been months since I shot whatever was going on at the Midtown Bridge, its replacement must be up by now, but as I approached on the Approach, it was obvious that there was nothing to see, so I made the mandatory U-turn at the Ice House and headed up to Moore Street.

Lots of stuff going on in that neighborhood. But first..............

1,2. I walked over to the old Oritani FC site and took a shot through the fence at the corner of E. Camden and River and did a 3-pic stitch closer to Moore St (and over the fence).

3. Back up on Moore, I shot this 2-pic stitch from the parking lot behind Main St businesses and just south of the library.

4. Since this project wraps around to Main St, I walked toward E. Salem and took this shot on Moore to include the Wells Fargo Bank.

5. I took this crappy 2-pic stitch at Main and Salem. My shooting hand was frozen and it came out a bit lopsided (the stitch - not my hand). Straightening it out in post production chopped off the very top and most of the street. Better that than my finger.

6,7. Continuing with the wrap-around shoot, I made a 2-pic stitch from Moore and E. Salem and a 3-pic stitch from Moore, between E. Salem and E. Camden.

Enough! The cabin fever has been chilled from my body. I need to go home, warm up and take.........

8. ..........a crappy shot of what the Main and E. Salem part looks like from my living room WITHOUT cutting part of the top off.




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Not exactly Hackensack-related, but you'll wanna see this one full-screen on YouTube:




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Hackensack Discussion / Brendan Byrne
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:40:30 AM »
From my site:

Roseland, NJ 1986

I was hired by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to go to the former New Jersey governor's office and photograph the Honorary Chairman, for whom the Meadowlands Arena was originally named, with the CFF Poster Representative.

I arrived at his law offices and found him there with a sweet, beautiful little girl who was afflicted with this disease, though you couldn't tell.

The photo was used in a CFF benefit auction program.



Rest in peace, Governor.


Brendan Byrne and Eliza Joy Phillips:


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No way I was going outside to shoot this, but I like what I was able to get from home:

1,2. The first thing I saw when I looked out the window on Thursday morning: a car with its trunk open and no one around. These were taken at 8:41am and 9:30am. You can see that the storm has intensified during that period and that the interior trunk snowfall accumulation has increased. An hour later, the car was gone................too bad.

3. Artistic arrangement courtesy of the Sanitation Department

4. Unused potential traction helper (is that a front-wheel drive car?)

5. Frozen river

6. Frozen person

7. Frozen engine

8. Some serious wind managed to push snow between my inside and outside roof doors.

9,10. Two days after #8, this is what was on the outside door. The last time I saw that was during the polar vortex in January, 2014.

11. Awwwwwww...............

12,13. Favorite mini-sequence: Someone parked a shopping cart in the municipal lot. Two days later, it was still there and the snowplows went around it, just like they did for every other 4-wheeled parked vehicle. Two days after THAT (today), it hasn't moved an inch.

14. Late addition (misplaced it): I saw this super-cool fashionista when it was super-cold outside and sandwiched him around what wunderground.com was posting at that moment (ZERO wind-chill).


As usual, click to enlarge.





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(if you're looking for 2017, it's in the "Hackensack Videos" forum)



There was no way I was gonna be walking around the neighborhood for an hour or more in this super-cold, windy weather, so I decided to take what I could get from my roof.

1. I actually got a shot from home of marchers in the Rite Aid parking lot preparing to step off - at least 4 blocks away.

2. Marchers on Passic St approaching Park St.

3. As the procession was turning onto Union St from Passaic St, I was just a tiny bit astounded to see two guys in a convertible with the top down! I think the wind-chill temp was around 5 degrees. Meanwhile, 7 floors up, the wind was absolutely BRUTAL on the roof - MUCH worse than at ground level.

4, 5, 6. Some of the characters were new and others were variations of ones from previous years. They DO seem to change things up a bit every year. The song remained the same, but it was amplified much louder and clearer.

7. Essentially, the star of the show.

8, 9, 10. So now the convertible is directly below me and the banner on the hood appears to say "Radar 74 TV", which I've never heard of. The only thing I can find online is an app with a similar name. The "TV" part explains the two other guys running alongside the car with the vidcam and mic, but I'm slightly baffled by the stylish look of the one passenger-side rear window being up. That's PERFECT for the video guy to capture blinding sun reflections and gives the other guy more opportunities to bump his mic into something. If anyone knows if Radar 74 TV is an actual TV station, please post.

11. This is the sound truck at the tail end of the procession. Last year, five people - including a singing guitar player - and a lot of equipment were jammed into the back of the truck, This year, there's just one guy running what appears to be (and sounds like) new and much better gear................a good upgrade.


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https://iaintjustmusic.bobleafe.com/?p=5645

There'll be a better one next month..............honest!

And a Happy New Year to you all! I'm just glad to be here to see it.






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The first 5:23 - the normal southbound way - is a bit of a snooze, except for the car at 1:40............which way will he turn? (dueling directionals)

Look how many cars are parked the wrong way at 6:28.

If you're familiar with driving on this street, heading northbound is a bit weird at first, but should feel normal pretty soon. Therefore, I predict that this video will have a shelf life of about a day.







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That's what I thought I saw last Thursday morning, but I'm guessing that compost heated up and began to spontaneously combust.


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As soon as I got on the walkway, I noticed almost 100 geese emerging from the river, crossing (and leaving a deposit on) the boardwalk, strolling out onto the field and heading back to the river after going around a bench. They must have freaked out after hearing someone's footsteps and they all took off, settling into the river and its views of the Anderson St Bridge and the city's rehab projects.

Where the mallard (and the slight shake) came from, I have no idea.


Click to enlarge.




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Were it not for the cloudiness, the river reflection would have been blindingly bright.

Merry Christmas.


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And here's what it looks like before it becomes active on Tuesday:


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