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1-16. Last Thursday, I saw someone in the E lot behind my building surveying the entire lot and spray-marking everywhere, including Ward and State streets. It looked serious. "Oh no - they're gonna put up a twin 389 Main right behind the original in the E lot (and 20' from my living room window)!"

The next day, a couple of Bobcats were parked in the lot, ready to start digging it up.

Time to check in with The Editor: "What's going on?"

The reply: "Refresh: New curbs, paving, drainage, pay station. (No more meters)."


By the end of the day, 3 Bobcats and one police electronic sign were tucked into the SW corner of the lot.

17, 18. Yesterday, another piece of equipment was added.

19,20. I decided to go outside and see if the sign was functioning yet. It was, telling everyone that the lot will be closed on the 20th and that all cars must be removed. I think a lot of people will either not see that sign or read it incorrectly, so their defense might be, "But your Honor - the sign said 'TUSDAY'.........I thought it was missing two letters and meant to say 'THURSDAY'."

Click horizontals and 3-photo sign stitch to enlarge.

2's only taken 11 years, but I've finally found some more information AND a photo of a classmate of mine getting the shot. And once again, the provider of all this bonus material is none other than Detective Mom.

In a box that contains my Baby Book, I found a whole slew of newspaper articles, pictures, papers, notices, and polio vaccine information etc., under that book, including one that mentions - in the vaguest terms - how Holy Trinity managed to get its hands on a vaccine supply before anyone else. The ephemera also mentions an HTS bomb scare in 1954, a Cub Scout Blue and Gold dinner in 1957 and other Brownson HS/Holy Trinity School (all in one building where the parking lot is now) goings-on in 1954 and 1955 that I'll post later.

1,2. This is a 4-page brochure that was sent out a month before we were vaccinated:
    a). Back and front
    b). inside

3. The photo of classmate Elizabeth Cunningham being inoculated and the incomplete story of how the vaccination supply was obtained. This was in the same-day paper, "The Bergen EVENING Record" of 4-20-55.

4,5. Two notices for parents from June and July 1955

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Last week from my apartment, I could see Rt. 80 under the World Trade Center. Under Rt. 80, there was some construction going on. Is that the near-Bowler City project or the one that's replacing The Record? More importantly, is it going to go any higher and block my view of Rt. 80?. I DID see a tall crane in the vicinity on most days, so that would be the clue.

Time for a photowalk. There's lots of construction going on in that area, so this would be worthwhile.

Pic info:

1. The aforementioned view from home

2. From River St, here's what the across-the-street-from-Bowler-City project looks like.

3. This is a photo stitch looking down the Midtown Bridge Approach on the left and River St on the right, where you can see the project on the former property of The Record................and a tall crane.

4. This is the crane I had seen on many days from home.

5. From River and Mercer streets, here's the whole project and the crane - PLUS an artist's rendering of the finished project. This is the construction I saw from home, it will not have more floors added and - for whatever it's worth - Rt. 80 should appear to be carrying traffic on the roof of this new building for years to come.

6,7. Two more project images from south of the building ("A New Record in Hackensack Living"? Oy!)

8. Geez - you'd think they could come up with their own sign instead of glomming onto the old Heritage Diner sign. Consolation: they appear to be open 24 hours a day for cocktails. That should make the residents' kids happy.

9. Meanwhile, two blocks to the west, 150-170 Main seems to be nearing completion (and looming very large over the Print House).

10. At the bottom of the previous shot, you saw buses. Here's why. And you may want to make sure you wear a watch if you need to catch a bus there. I shot these two pix at 1:55pm and 2:07pm. Not only is the bus terminal's clock not working, but time went backwards by one minute during that 12-minute gap.

11. Just south of the bus terminal is new construction on the NW corner of River and Bridge streets.

12. This is an artist's rendering of what's being built there - a rock-climbing facility!

13,14,15. A couple hundred feet directly east of that place is our old friend - the USS Ling............still there, but who knows for how long.

16. That last shot was taken from the Court St bridge. Court St becomes W. Fort Lee Rd in Bogota. On the other side of the street and a few more hundred feet east is the project that replaced the famous Hess oil tanks - the River Club. This is a 6-photo stitch that looks south and came out surprisingly well............except for one minor detail. Somehow, I managed to cut off a bit of the very first building I shot (far left). The first shot - by definition - is supposed to be the easiest.

17. Here's some of the natural beauty awaiting those River Club tenants with a northerly view.

18,19. Swinging over to Costco on the Hackensack side of the river, I shot these two River Club images. Strangely enough, the second image shows the first building that I mysteriously cut off in the previous photo stitch. Too bad it's the wrong side.

20. What better way to end this photo journey than with a seagull happily walking in shallow mud. Wished I could have done the same.

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It was a little different setup when I returned to the Civic Center today for my second shot. The 15-minute waiting area had expanded and was right up front, facing me as I walked in. There were more people in the room because there was now an added line for the 1-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine and all vaccination stations were now against the back wall.

After dittoing the first visit's paperwork, I was told to go to the back right corner. Somebody else put me in the back left corner where I shot:

1. Stitch #1

2. I then noticed I was next on the J&J line, whose station was closest to me and that the Moderna-labled stations were furthest from me. I brought this to the attention of someone, who told me to go across the room to the Moderna line - in the same back right corner I was told to go to in the first place. This was the only - and very minor - misstep in my two visits there.

3, 4. I was greeted by a very nice healthcare worker and explained to her that I needed someone to photograph my vaccination. "No problem", as she went to get someone. While she was gone, I photographed some vaccine bottles and loaded syringes. I assume that the bottom (closest) syringe was for me.

5. The shot of the shot. The young lady who took the photo said she made sure to include the shirt. The woman administering the shot jokingly said she'd keep injecting me with vaccine until we got the right photo. Fortunately, it only took one shot by each of them.

6. On to the 15-minute waiting area. While I was waiting, one of the healthcare workers asked me where I got the shirt because she HAD to get one for her husband. Before I left, I took a 4-image photo stitch of the room. The people standing by the far left wall are on the Moderna line. The man on the far right is on the 1-shot J&J line.

7. Speaking of the 1-shot J&J vaccine, the Health Department has just posted a notice that they have appointments open for that vaccine next Tuesday, April 13. If you haven't gotten your shot(s) yet, jump on this one-and-done opportunity quickly!

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Events & Calendar / Re: Wave to the Easter Bunny this Sunday
« on: April 04, 2021, 05:30:03 PM »
So I went over to the Foschini Park exit this afternoon to see what was going on. It was kind of slow, but then picked up a bit.

I thought it was just a waving event. I didn't know they were giving out toys to the kids, so that was nice of the HFD and HPD (and the Bunny and Sparky) to do. In the first picture, you can see empty toy boxes. In addition to the kids in cars who waved and got gifts, there were some mothers with children who were utilizing the park who came by and were warmly-greeted, with the kids high-fiving Bunny and Sparky, getting gifts and having their moms take pictures with them.

On my way out of the park, I took the last two shots from my car.

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Funny you should mention shooting behind that Shop-Rite. That's what I was doing 2 hours before you posted, bothering the geese (I caught a drop of water falling off its beak), shooting the colorful cart shelves and the AOK truck by the Shop-Rite loading dock and admiring the stunningly-beautiful Ridgefield Park shoreline (yuck!).

No bald eagles, unfortunately.

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As you may know, Comfort Coal & Lumber Co occupied the block where Walgreen's is currently located on Anderson St and burned to the ground in a spectacular fire in 1958. Hiram Blauvelt - owner of the famous Blauvelt Mansion on Kinderkamack Rd in Oradell - was the president of Comfort Coal.

I recently found a letter in my parents' possessions that I never knew existed. It's from (and signed by) Hiram Blauvelt and expresses condolences to my father about the recent death of his father. My grandfather died on August 20, 1947, and the letter was written on the 24th.

I'm not aware that anyone in our family personally knew Mr Blauvelt, but we were Comfort Coal customers, getting regular coal deliveries to our basement to heat our house. How did someone of Mr Blauvelt's stature find out so quickly about and react to the death of a customer? Did secretaries scour death notices in newspapers and cross-reference them with customer lists?

Whatever the situation, I have new-found respect for Hiram Blauvelt, whose Coal kept me Comfort-able throughout my childhood.

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Hackensack Discussion / How does this work?
« on: March 31, 2021, 09:35:01 AM »

Events & Calendar / Wave to the Easter Bunny this Sunday
« on: March 29, 2021, 11:53:19 AM »
9-11am and 1-3pm:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 28, 2021, 11:55:50 PM »
Here's a typo

As unbelievably horrifying as this error may be, the real error is that it is not a typo - a typing term that includes errors due to mechanical failure or slips of the hand or finger, but excludes errors of ignorance.

Actually, I saw a bald eagle perched high above the river in nearby locations on two visits this week!

Here's the story and the images:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 21, 2021, 10:45:41 AM »
The Caption Monster took three big bites out of The Record today:

1. The very first word.........

2. At least the story got his name right.

3. This is utter stupidity. You can SEE the player's name on his uniform!

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This was an absolute breeze compared with the long lines of cars and people you see on TV waiting for hours to get their COVID shots. I walked into the Civic Center, minor paperwork at 3 stations took 5 minutes, got my shot and a card for my second Moderna shot at the same time on April 8, sat in the 15-minute waiting area to make sure there were no adverse reactions and left. The whole thing took less than 25 minutes and 15 of that was spent in the after-shot waiting area, where a couple of ladies saw me taking pictures and asked me to take pictures of them with their phones.

Everyone was very nice and it was almost fun. You'd be crazy to go anywhere else.


The pix:

1. The signs you see upon entry

2. The shot

3. The 15-minute waiting area (this is a photo may need to scroll to see it all)

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Me too................until I saw this on

Attention Hackensack Residents
Hackensack Health Department has requested Covid-19 Vaccine from the State DOH and is planning several small clinics for Hackensack eligible residents
If you have not been able to schedule a Covid-19 vaccine and are an eligible resident:
Email- with your name, address, phone number, and date of birth
If you do not have access to the internet Call- 201-646-3967

I emailed them last Thursday, March 4, and got a call today for an appointment to be vaccinated this Thursday morning with the Moderna vaccine at the Health Department office at City Hall.

I've been on the State list for almost 2 months and got nothing. Hackensack came through in 1 week.

If you're eligible, take advantage of this.

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