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1'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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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Masked citizens - the Coronavirus
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on April 12, 2021, 03:31:36 PM »
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
« Last post by BLeafe 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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I took these with my phone behind the Shop Rite on River St.
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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When I worked as a copy editor at The Record, we discussed the phrase "died suddenly." The style of The Record and many other newspapers is to write died "unexpectedly."

Everyone dies "suddenly." You are alive one moment, dead the next.
Well said.
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