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Hackensack Discussion / Path Mark Rt17
« Last post by johnny g on Yesterday at 06:25:26 PM »
Regrettably I never took any photos of the front before they took the sign down, so passing by there today on South Summit I happened to see (what I thought was) the name on the side of the building...
It appears that lot paving probably begins tomorrow.

I have to stop making predictions about things I know nothing about.

1. Not only was there no paving the next day, but those two remaining pieces of equipment were removed early in the morning.

2. This is what the lot looked like that entire day as nothing got done.

3. Here's all the activity that occurred on the 8th.

4. And then the rains came...............

5. This is everything I saw going on on the 9th.

6-12. Finally, work resumed on the 10th.

13-20. On the 11th, all work seemed to revolve around all the lot locations where I was told lights would be placed. Cylindrical molds were cut, put in place and filled with cement.

I've reached my 20-picture post limit and will resume the 11th in the next post.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack History / Re: George Scudder Materials
« Last post by Editor on June 14, 2021, 01:37:51 PM »
One more. Thanks to Tamara for sending.

The 20th Century As I Remember It
by George Scudder

(Note this was written decades ago and not "politically correct". It is offered here for reference.)
Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on June 14, 2021, 10:17:45 AM »
You may be familiar with The Record's two advice columnists: Amy Dickenson and Dear Abby. This is about Amy.

Both columnists usually answer two letters per column and today is no different. Amy's two begin with the usual "Dear Amy" and the column ends with Amy's email address.

The problem today is that it says that the column is called "Dear Annie", the writer's name is supposedly "Annie Lane" and the picture is of someone other than Amy Dickenson.

None of this is particularly earth-shaking, but it's another example of the paper's continued sloppiness.

Want another example?

I was trying to find out who the paper's photo editor is. I could not find that information in the paper, anywhere online or even on The Record's site. But I DID find a "Help" chat on their site, so I tried it out.

Here's how that went. Mind the times:

Live Chat
Chat Started
10:28 AM
Hello and thank you for waiting
10:28 AM
All agents are currently assisting other customers, please wait for the next available agent. As a reminder, for a fast and easy resolution, you can log into your account to report a missed delivery, enter a vacation hold, or make a payment.
Your estimated wait time is approximately 1 minute(s)
10:28 AM
Agent Connected
10:28 AM
Thank you for contacting Customer Service. My name is Nheonne. How may I help you today?
10:29 AM
Bob Leafe
Who accepts subscriber photos?
Better question: who is the photo editor?
10:30 AM
Thank you for letting us know your concern. Let me go ahead and check my resources here.
Please give me a minute or two.
10:31 AM
Bob Leafe
10:41 AM
Bob Leafe
Tough question?
10:51 AM
Bob Leafe
Still there?
11:01 AM
Bob Leafe
A half-hour (and counting) wait? How about you call me when you get the answer. You have my number. Thank you.
11:01 AM
Chat Ended
Agent Disconnected
11:03 AM

That was two days ago. I'm still waiting for that call.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on June 13, 2021, 07:02:52 PM »
Low-flying planes, but no photos of Hackensack

The Hackensack Chronicle's front page on June 11 carried a story on the FAA's second attempt to steer business and celebrity jets away from Hackensack University Medical Center and the high-rises along Prospect Avenue, where residents fear going out on their balconies in good weather lest they get an earful from a screaming jet headed for Teterboro Airport.

The story includes 2 photos of low-flying jets, but neither was taken in Hackensack. I guess The Record's file doesn't contain any, even though this controversy is many, many years old, and the newspaper was based in Hackensack for 110 years.

The story does include lots of belly aching from Mahwah about the new flight path, but no one from Hackensack besides Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino is quoted.

She decried the "noise pollution and danger from low-flying planes..."

This torch run benefited Special Olympics New Jersey.

I happened to see it going by on State St while I was shooting today's E Lot work. These were taken on both sides of Passaic St and the whole procession was a lot longer than I show here.

From what I could tell from their site's map, we're on the blue line and it headed south from here before crossing the river and ending in Ridgefield Park.

Click to enlarge.

These were taken over the last 4 days and bring things up to date.

June 3

1-3. Scrape, fill, move over one vehicle's width, rinse and repeat

4. A visit from the vehicle's dentist

5. Scrape and fill by State St

6,7. A new vehicle arrives. It's kinda like a street sweeper, but with a twist.

8. The sweeper brush directs the particles into an internal bin that rises into the air and tilts to the side to dump everything into a truck.

9. I think he's trying to scrape the top edge with the shovel.

10. Just before exiting the lot, the cover is brought up and over the contents.

11. As you can see it's been raining, so this looked slightly redundant.

12. After the dental appointment, the big red monster heads for its overnight parking spot.

13,14. I took a couple of PANO shots during the day (8:40am) and after everyone left (by 1pm).

15. A couple of hours later (3pm), the surface started to dry and it looked QUITE different.

June 4

16. The big red monster ships out just after 9am. No work on the lot today.

17. End of the day PANO shot taken just after 4pm when a nasty storm front moved in. You can tell that it's raining and that the front is moving from right to left (south to north).

June 5

18. Saturday - time to take the State St PANO shot

June 6

19. Sunday - I wanted a closer PANO shot. There appears to be only one vehicle on the lot.

20. Actually, there are two (one blocked the other from view). It appears that lot paving probably begins tomorrow.

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1,2. Is this the gardener? The car wash guy?

3. No, it's the guy who drives the RX-700e, which has a huge water tank that was leaking like crazy when I got my first up-close look. Why does it need a water tank? Apparently, it's so the driver can hose down the lot - I'm guessing to keep the dust down (and to keep his friend's truck nice and clean).

4,5. Not sure what this is called, but it pounds the surface to  get the air out and compact it (the compacter?). All I know it that it sounds like a helicopter and it got me away from the computer more than once when I thought a chopper was overhead. In 5's background, it looked like someone had a yard sale table set up in the parking lot behind the 50 Passaic St business, but it turned out to be an impressive array of tools for the man in the purple shirt to work on his car with.

6. The red truck dumps a hot load.

7. You think I was kidding about it being HOT?

8. Shovel and rake it.

9. Throwing a shovelful to a needy area

10. Lunch time

11. Back to work

12. Two monsters on the sidelines

13,14. The truck dumps asphalt into the third monster, which deposits it and the crew evens it out.

15. The driver takes a break.

16. At the end of the day, look at the formation they left for me to shoot!

17,18. Can't resist a closer look at all this power.

19. The formal, end of the day PANO shot

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They got real busy the day after Memorial Day. So did I. I was shooting and editing non-stop, all day long (and into the evening):

1. I took this at 6:36am - who can sleep when metal is LOUDLY scraping metal at that hour?

2. And look what came tumbling out of the bottom............standup mannequin legs!

3. Secret stash in a hidden compartment of the RX-700e

4. Suddenly-non-horizontal pieces of the E lot

5. The shovel brigade has its own water boy.

6. The giant toilet paper cardboard tube toss

7. This doesn't seem to be very productive: they took a securely-wrapped quantity of bricks and spent a lot of time moving them one by one onto a wooden pallet which was then transported to the sidewalk on State St, where they've been sitting unsecured all this week by the Porto-Potty which also is now on that sidewalk.

8. The monster RX-700e makes a break for it onto State St. Is it a British product? The driver IS on the right side.

9. The aforementioned Porto-Potty gets moved onto the new State St sidewalk, where its brickly new friend will later move next door (or "next sidewalk slab").

10. It's amazing the shots you can get from 7 floors up..........

11. No idea what's going on here, but it's not a shot you see every day.

12. The Unusual Shapes and Sizes Break Area

13.  The milling gets off to a good start between the cold planer and the receiving truck when all of a sudden..........WHOOPS! It looks like a big mistake, but I was thrilled to get that second shot. I don't think I've ever seen something like that happen before, but to be in position - from my bedroom, no less - to get this shot just amazes me. It might be my favorite shot of this far.

14. More fooling around with the chewed-up asphalt flow................the first one's going into a truck, but what's the purpose of spewing it all over the ground?

15. The cold planer and its receiving truck take a break after the center stripe initial milling of the lot's asphalt.

16. A different angle from above..........

17. I saw the RX-700e driver throw empty gallon plastic bottles from his machine - what the hell was he doing? House-cleaning, apparently. He climbed down and proceeded to pick them all up, walk over to the western perimeter and deposit them all in what appears to be a plastic bag.

18. I took some PANO (panoramic) shots with the iPhone and am including two of them here taken at different stages of this busy day. The cold planer is on the far left getting ready to start milling the asphalt at 10:10am. The large number of trucks lining up assure a steady flow of receptacles, so the milling process is uninterrupted. The truck at the bottom is receiving dirt from the piles behind it.

19. At 3:48pm, everyone's gone for the day, but there's LOTS more to do tomorrow.

Click to enlarge...............especially the PANOs.

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