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I heard a familiar sound overheard on Monday, but saw nothing in the sky because it was foggy. It happened more than once - almost consecutively.

The third time was the charm. I could barely make out something in the sky and took a picture in that direction. If you squint at the first image below, you might be able to make out that it's an Osprey and there are usually a few in the sky around Memorial Day, using Teterboro as a base. So I'm guessing what I heard were 3 of them arriving.

I heard the sound again yesterday coming from east of me and took the picture of one somewhere over Teaneck (I think).

I suspect you'll be hearing them more often between now and Monday.

The Holy Trinity Church annual carnival is next week and this online reminder shows a picture of an exciting new ride that adults are quite familiar with.

Despite the long lines it always generates, I don't think they'll make much - if any - money on this one.

Click to enlarge.

3 taken from its roof.

1. The front entrance from behind

2. The ladder caught my eye on this one.

3. A two-photo stitch

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Lot of pink
« on: May 11, 2017, 11:40:43 AM »
Seen in the City Hall parking lot on Tuesday (Paint the Town Pink is a community-wide effort presented by Hackensack Meridian Health to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography and women’s wellness.):

Not sure how that works, but I found this in today's Record. The article mentioned Main and Demarest, but not Essex.

I might be a bit biased, but I agree.  ;)

The article also contains a link to the original 2012 story in The Record.

Hackensack Discussion / The Black Crows eat at McDonalds
« on: April 17, 2017, 01:02:33 PM »
And each one has picked out its favorite.


Hackensack Discussion / And finally.............
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:55:45 PM »
And finally.............this was right in front of me as I parked my car today, so I shot it through the windshield.


Hackensack Discussion / Then there's this guy.............
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:50:59 PM »
.............(intentionally blurred) who did a series of gyrations with his hat as he crossed the street.


Dunno how he got up there and couldn't see him after the last shot.

Searching for Easter eggs, no doubt.


Hackensack Discussion / Two Sundays - Palm and Easter
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:35:53 PM »
(at the Second Reformed Church)


Hackensack Discussion / April the Giraffe is giving birth RIGHT NOW
« on: April 15, 2017, 09:27:43 AM »
I just found this. Apparently, millions have been following this and almost a million people are watching this live right now.

Two legs are already sticking out as she's walking around.

It looks like this could go on for a while.

I know - it's not the kind of post you usually see on this site, so maybe I'll delete it after it's over. But, on the off-chance that this is of interest to anyone, enjoy(?).

Hackensack Discussion / Partial collapse of local church's catacombs
« on: April 01, 2017, 09:15:01 AM »
Holy Trinity's catacombs and reliquary, which extend for about a block underground, suffered a partial collapse early this morning that affected the church and some of the neighboring buildings.

Since this is so close to me, I was able to get a shot of some of the damage from my roof.

Here's the story:


Late Friday afternoon, I saw that there were EMERGENCY NO PARKING  SAT. 7AM-3PM signs posted on every meter for all 28 spaces along the southern border of the E municipal parking lot. What could possibly be going on to occupy all those spaces on a Saturday? In my nearly 3 decades here, I've never seen anything that did that.

As of 9 or 10am Saturday, I still didn't.

A little after 10:30, a green school bus..............sorry, "fun bus"...........pulls up and horizontally occupies 4 spaces behind the First Presbyterian Church. Five or six more of these buses could have occupied the rest of the allotted space, but that was it - the one, fun bus.

The driver got out and unloaded a landing mat and a plastic slide that stretched from the bus' bumper alllllll the way down to the ground. What thrills! Around the slide were traffic cones and what appeared to be a folding plastic fence, in case one of the children overslid the runway. He later added a small basketball net that I never saw get used and a trampoline that remained on its side throughout.

Every time I walked by my window, I looked out to see what was going on and saw nothing except for two occasions when a boy had just safely landed from the slide to the delight of his mother and two little girls who also used the slide. At that point, the man packed everything up and left. It was 1pm.

I'm hoping that a lot more went on that I didn't see and that whoever paid for everything got their money's worth, but you have to wonder when one bus occupies 28 spaces that were reserved for eight hours and leaves after two-and-a-half.

Oh well. I'm sure a fun time was had by all - however many that was.

Wanna get in on the fun? The last picture hooks you up if you're looking for a fun job.


Hackensack Discussion / About "Stella", et al.
« on: March 15, 2017, 09:59:59 AM »
Colbert gets it (go to 4:11 on this video from last night):

Only the National Weather Service is authorized to name storms - not some self-serving TV channel named Weather.

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