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That's not much of a suicide attempt unless he was counting on a mercury-laden fish to swim down his throat and kill him.

I don't want to wish ill on anyone, but I could probably think of a few hundred musicians I would miss a whole lot less than Tom Petty.

He was just a nice guy who could really rock out and wrote tremendous songs for a long period of time.

Here are some of my favorite shots that I took of Tom:

1. 1979 - at the No Nukes concert at Madison Square Garden with Clarence Clemons, Roy Bittan, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and Rosemary Butler

2. 1981 - at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford

3&4.  1985 - at the first Farm Aid Benefit Concert in Champaign, IL

5. 1987 - at Madison Square Garden

Hackensack Discussion / New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:33:40 PM »
The New Bridge Medical Center!

Just take the train to the New Bridge Landing station and walk a few miles.


Seen on a neighbor's property (any ideas what could have happened here?):

Hackensack Discussion / Anderson St RR track crossing repair
« on: October 02, 2017, 03:18:34 PM »
Anderson St has been closed at the tracks for the last few days. The repairs will make the ride over the tracks very smooth as they've already done with the same tracks where they cross Main St. I drove over those this morning and the difference is amazing - no more trying to find the sweet spot.

I took these yesterday.

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Hackensack Discussion / Former City Manager James S. Lacava, 78
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:44:01 AM »
This is in today's Record:

This Sunday, October 1, there will be  "Hawks Over The Hudson" event from noon to 4pm at the Stateline Lookout in Alpine, just off the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Besides the hawk migration watch that goes on every year in September and October, the event will include a live raptor program that features many kinds of hawks and other raptors. These live birds of prey will be presented by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center at 1:00 and 2:30pm. You don't usually get a chance to see these magnificent birds up close, but you will here.

This is a really interesting event that appeals to both adults and children. You may recall that I shot that event 6 years ago (,2113 - photos 3,4 and 5) and I would highly recommend it. It's time I went back.

The lot fills up quickly, so it's a good idea to get there early. If you want to see the wild birds' either flying locally or as part of the annual migration, bring binoculars. This event is a two-for-one free show.


I got a call from our illustrious Editor, Perry White, telling me about an interesting cloud formation he had noticed. I went out on the roof and it was pretty unusual-looking. It looked like it was stretched across the sky - almost linearly - from southwest to northeast by all the wind we got today.

I tried to do a photostitch, but it was impossible. The sun was way too bright to shoot the front end of it - which happened to look like a bunny - but when it slipped behind one of the clouds, I got the below shot.

Thanks for the heads-up, Al.

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Just after 6:30pm, I saw this out my window - huge orange-ish clouds with unusual shapes and one of them had part of a rainbow in it. The same cloud also reflected off the Kipp's Bend section of the Hackensack River.

I associate rainbows with earlier rain, but we had none of that. There had to have been some moisture somewhere between the setting sun and the cloud for me to see the rainbow, so my guess is that these clouds were well off the coast where there may still be some tropical moisture just to the west of the cloud. Otherwise, how else could light refraction take place?

In any event, I don't think I've ever seen this before, so it was a 4-photo stitch well-worth taking.

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Hackensack Discussion / Quadriplegic steer rustled into Hackensack SUV
« on: September 24, 2017, 08:10:02 PM »
Hey - we can write National Enquirer-type headlines too. BTW - the clever rustlers pixelated their own faces.

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Hackensack Discussion / Interesting headline
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:20:00 PM »
This came from a local online "Daily".

My question is, if you missed the week's top stories, how can reading this article now be "reading it again"?

Just an observation.............

This was taken around 6:30pm.

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1. Useless fence

2. Rear view of 210 Main rehab project

3. "O say can you see
     by the Foschini lights"

4, 5. A boy and his kite

6, 7. On a sad note..........

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Photography...........the way I see it (Moderated by BLeafe) / The Visitor
« on: September 10, 2017, 03:35:38 PM »
I saw this gentleman walking up State St and then making a right onto Ward, where he decided to visit Raffsonni (!) for some reason, but it was closed. I wonder where he went next.

If you're not familiar with Raffsonni's wares, click on the pics in this link:

If anyone's interested, they're currently only selling field-level seats - nothing upstairs - for all 3 games (M and T are night games and W is a day game) and every seat they sell is only $25 with no added fees. I guess they're only expecting tiny crowds for this last minute switcheroo.

I smelled a big Yankee photo op for $25, so when tickets went on sale this morning, I got a front row ticket for W right behind the 3rd base dugout (the Rays are the home team). There appear to be thousands of tickets still available - all at field level.

This is a great bargain for a very rare game..............jump on it if you can. And they're REALLY stressing mass transit because of some music festival setup taking up parking spaces.

Looks like a 165 bus and a #7 subway adventure coming up on Wednesday.

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