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You won't like this:

Mini-headline on today's front page (this is acceptable English?):

You've probably seen lots of crows around town, but if you ever heard the call of some of them, you might wonder what happened to their loud "CAW! CAW! CAW!" call and why they sounded a little bit like a duck.

It's because there are two species of crows that look the same: the larger American Crow ("Caw!") and the smaller Fish Crow with the wimpy duckish call.

I heard one such wimp on my roof yesterday. Usually, they make a few of their sounds and fly away. This one didn't stop, so I grabbed the camera and went outside.

Usually, any member of the sissified crow family will fly away when I get within 100 feet of them, but this one sat on the very edge of the roof and didn't budge. I thought it might be suicidal ("Stay back or I'll jump!"). It did its imitation of a weak duck call fairly regularly as I photographed it from 3 sides (hey - I'm not suicidal). I even sat on the same roof edge about 20 feet away and continued shooting. I was ready when he bowed his head and raised his wings for a split-second. For what it's worth (not much), this is the best fish crow photo I've ever taken.

I decided to test the bird's proximity limits. Two steps was it and then it flew over to an odd-looking vent on the roof and continued whatever it was it was doing. Convinced that I didn't have a leaper on my hands, I went back inside.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Stupid driving/parking
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:30:01 PM »
She parked in the lot for the 40 Passaic St apartment building and poured quarters into a meter for an empty space in the E Municipal Parking Lot.


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: August 07, 2017, 10:10:40 PM »
No - that's why his previous "EYE on The Record" was "invented".

Mine would have of them winked in my previous post.

Hackensack Discussion / My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:52:17 AM »
Things appear to be a bit jumbled in Woodland Park today.

Speaking of's Jumble puzzle and today's Jumble answer are unrelated (the dates in the cartoon and the answer match).

Maybe I should start a thread called "Eyes on The Record".   ;)

Hackensack Discussion / My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:17:20 AM »
...........(according to today's Record):

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Union and Passaic Streets closed today
« on: August 05, 2017, 01:10:11 PM »
Thanks again, Mike.

So it turns out that the road patch on Union north of Passaic WAS temporary. They were back early yesterday, but faced an immediate rain delay.

Union St was closed from Passaic to Anderson. Ward St from State to Union was also closed (second pic). The third pic shows the view straight down on Union St in front of my building, where they're storing all their goodies. Union St and Conklin Place have underground utility markings on them and I think I saw a couple on Ward St, so it looks like the water pipe will reach Anderson and maybe go up the side streets.

Besides the pipes in front of my building, they're also in front of the Second Reformed Church and on Ward St close to Union.

Union St was bumpily re-patched and open by 3pm. This will probably be going on for a while and then yet another big repaving project will be needed.

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taking sample bores of the soil.

Thanks for the info, Mike.

1 - Last weekend, workers dragged all this cardboard out of the CBHC building. It sat there for a week.

2 - Yesterday, someone in a James E. Hanson truck came by and took it away.

3 - This is a wider shot showing the three main buildings: the CBHC, Don Alfonso restaurant and the James E. Hanson realty company that's not only carting away all the CBHC cardboard, but is also.............

4 - ............STILL OPEN! I saw at least a half-dozen people drop by to pay rent or whatever, while...............

5 - ............right outside their window, soil samples were being drilled out in their parking lot.

6 - A little later, a flatbed arrived to pick up the apparatus

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The only name I don't want to see on it is "RiverView".   >:(

Hackensack Discussion / Union and Passaic Streets closed today
« on: August 03, 2017, 09:33:06 PM »
Union St was closed from Anderson St to some point south of Passaic St. for almost the entire day today, as was Passaic St from (I'm guessing) Park St to State St.

The streets were reopened sometime between 6 and 7pm. It was a bumpy ride for cars driving over the road scar, so I don't know if it was a temporary fix or if the crews will be back tomorrow.

I wasn't sure what the problem was until I saw a Suez truck (water). If anyone knows any details, feel free to post them here.

BTW - check out the bottom right guy's steering mechanism in the first photo.

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So today was the first sign of activity on the site of the big State-Ward-Main project that I am not looking forward to. The site includes the big Comprehensive Behavior Health Care (CBHC) building, the Don Alfonso Restaurant, the Hanson Real Estate office and some Main St businesses

This morning, I heard some mini-piledriver sounds and saw the below image by the CBHC. You can see someone carrying a big borer bit. I later saw similar activity on the Ward St side near Main St. I have no idea what they were doing...........maybe planting charges for the explosive demolition of the building? What a shot that would be!

This is the separate thread where I'll post whatever I see every step of the way. Obviously, I won't be be able to see as much of whatever happens on the Main St side, but I have a very good view of the State St side from my living room and will document my vanishing river view as the new building goes up.

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I saw this little guy on my roof on Sunday. It's the only time I ever saw a kestrel on my building. I did see one once on the First Presbyterian Church's steeple (below link).

Found online: North America’s littlest falcon, the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It's one of the most colorful of all raptors.


Click it to make the little guy bigger:

I just launched - a photoblog I've been working on for the last year-and-a-half to compile, but was actually almost 60 years in the making.

The title pretty much says it all and the main page explains the rest. I could just as well have called it "The Kitchen Sink".

I've posted a couple of the shots on this site before. Some others weren't allowed, but (don't tell the boss)..........I allow them.

If you can make it through this blogstrosity, great, but it's a lot to ask because I've created it as sort of a book (it's sequential, going back as far as 1957).

The blog's comments sections are open (he says, hesitantly).

This was from Monday night, July 10.

It lasted about a minute - just long enough to do a 3-photo stitch.

A full rainbow from McDonald's to the Sears shoe department (is that where they get what they put in hamburger buns?).

For the last 3 years of the 70s, I lived DIRECTLY across the street from Luigi's (and right next to the firehouse).

I think it's been there since 1948. I don't think I ever took a picture of the neon at night, however.

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