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« Last post by BLeafe on January 10, 2019, 12:38:25 AM »
Hard to believe, but that fire was 10 years ago today.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Avoid "ROAD"!
« Last post by Top of the Hill on January 09, 2019, 06:05:37 PM »
Please use alternate routes, either "street" or "avenue" are OK, but "lane" may be iffy until after 5PM.
Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Homer Jones"
« Last post by Top of the Hill on January 09, 2019, 06:01:10 PM »
Very sad. I did not know Homer but always enjoyed his contributions to this board. Very knowledgeable of the local history, and now I know why.  He will  be missed, from 3000 miles away.
That is really quite astounding.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Sears Future
« Last post by Editor on January 08, 2019, 08:22:30 PM »
Down but not out.... North Jersey Sears stores get brief reprieve
This was pure luck. Last Thursday, I saw this kestrel right outside my window sitting in a tree 6 floors up. I've featured kestrels before on this site, but never this close. Kestrels - members of the falcon family - are raptors, just like hawks and eagles..............they tear their prey apart with their hooked beaks.

The difference is that the kestrel is about the size of a robin. It's the tiniest raptor - and maybe the cutest.

His (I'm pretty sure it's a male) back faced me throughout, but he managed to keep a constant eye or two on me, thanks to his ability to rotate his head 180 degrees.

I'd be surprised if I ever get better kestrel shots from my living room again.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Avoid "ROAD"!
« Last post by BLeafe on January 08, 2019, 02:31:46 PM »
Another detailed notice from the Hackensack OEM - avoid this area at all costs!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Homer Jones"
« Last post by BLeafe on January 07, 2019, 09:41:09 PM »
I'm really gonna miss Ol' Homer too.

I never met the man, but we've had a long relationship on this site, both historical and comedic in nature. We've helped solve a couple of puzzles, but have also driven the Editor crazy with relentless punning games (see some of the below links). We were each other's comedic foil and probably could have taken our act out on the road.,959.msg2983.html#msg2983,1001.msg3210.html#msg3210 (nunsense),1387.msg4387.html#msg4387,1455.msg4555.html#msg4555,1505,1507

(this is an incomplete list)

He was also the only one in my age bracket (I'm two years younger) who understood my ancient rock references and came back with a few of his own, which I appreciated.

We also had an email relationship and, as recently as two months ago, he wrote to tell me about a music photographer in Ireland who has photographed Metallica, among others, and thought I should contact her.

"How the hell do you know about Irish music photographers?"

"I have dual citizenship: American and Irish and read some Irish papers on the web out of curiosity."

Ol' Homer: smart as hell, clever, kind and curious - great traits in my book.

Speaking of books, if any of you editor-types out there are thinking of writing one, you can start here -;u=1606;area=showposts;start=615 - all of his posts. Start at the bottom and work your way backward to the most-recent one.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Homer Jones"
« Last post by ericmartindale on January 07, 2019, 06:11:54 PM »
Homer Jones was a tremendous source of information, and he has contributed greatly to the body of knowledge on the history of Hackensack. There's not even a handful of people alive with his level of knowledge on Hackensack. His passing is a huge loss for the rather small historian community.

My first meeting with him was in 1986, and it went very different than the Editors, but the irony is that my meeting was also my firm and instant resolve to get involved with public affairs. Some day I'll tell that story. I will respect the Editor's desire to keep his identity secret. 

Editor, if you are in contact with any surviving family members, perhaps there are documents and maps that could be donated to the City of Hackensack.  I have tons of documents to give when my time comes.  I bet ol Homer has his own stash.
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