Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hurricane Sandy Was Two Years Ago

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Upper Montclair, NJ train tracks

Two years ago today, Hurricane Sandy struck the New York-New Jersey area. 

There was a great deal of damage. We’ve all seen the photos of the terrible destruction. 

I thought I’d share some different types of photos. I took these photos from October 31st to November 2nd, 2012. 

In Upper Montclair, New Jersey, workers at the Bellevue Theatre always remove the letters from the marquee before a big storm. 

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Bellevue Theatre, Upper Montclair, NJ

The usually very busy train station in Upper Montclair was practically deserted. Most workers were not commuting to New York due to the tremendous power outages throughout the area. Lower Manhattan even flooded during the storm.

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Upper Montclair, NJ train station

Lines were long at area gas stations to obtain gasoline to power cars and generators. 

Residents waited in long lines in their cars or stood in line with their gas cans ready to fill up. 

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A line of cars waiting to get gasoline in West Caldwell, NJ

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Waiting in line for gasoline in West Caldwell, NJ

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Music Mondays: New Jersey's Got Talent!

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Doo Wop Diner in Wildwood

New Jersey has always been loaded with great talent in many different musical genres. 

New Jersey has so many different kinds of music because it is a very diverse state. You can listen to all kinds of music here, particularly with the influence of the New Jersey shore!

There is The Boss (from Freehold), Bruce Springsteen! 

There is The Chairman of the Board (from Hoboken), Frank Sinatra! 

There is the band Bon Jovi, formed in Sayreville! 

There are the “Jersey Boys” originating in Newark - The Four Seasons! 

Don't forget Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Pride of the Jersey Shore


You have probably heard of all those talented performers.

But ladies and gentlemen, I now introduce to you: The Whiptones

The Whiptones are a teenage Doo Wop acappella quartet from Whippany, New Jersey!

Whippany is a section of Hanover Township, New Jersey. I grew up in the next town.

This type of singing demands that the singers possess good voices, as there is no musical accompaniment.

The Whiptones are starting to get a lot of attention from the New Jersey/New York media. 

Here they are at the recent Whippany Park High School graduation - three of them graduated, one is still a high school student.

Here they are on local television discussing singing the National Anthem at the Mets 2014 season home opener: 

They auditioned several times against stiff competition for the honor of singing at the Mets home opener, and they won! They were thrilled! 

Here they are:

Here are a couple more videos for you to enjoy! 

To read more about The Whiptones, check out their website

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

James Garner R.I.P. 1928-2014

I grew up watching James Garner on The Rockford Files. The part was tailor made for his personality, and still enjoyable to watch to this day.

I also have fond memories of the Polaroid commercials James Garner made , some with Mariette Hartley, as in this 1978 commercial. 

I had that camera. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Howell Living History Farm

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Howell Living History Farm is a working farm museum located in Mercer County, New Jersey, near the Delaware River. 

The farm shows visitors what farm life was like over 100 years ago. It is a simply wonderful place to take the whole family, and basic admission and parking are free! Some special programs may have a small fee.

There are evening hayrides, "bringing in the sheaves", corn mazes in the fall, wheat threshing, cricket walks, honey harvests and farm animals. Children may also work as farmhands!

The farm is open year-round, but please check the calendar because the farm is closed on certain days, especially on the days of evening hayrides.

If you plan to visit, the farm is technically located on Hunter Lane, Titusville, New Jersey.

The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, New Jersey.

Their website is found at Howell Living History Farm.

The is an excellent write-up of this farm on one of my favorite blogs, The History Girl.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Buzz Aldrin Rock

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two men to walk on the moon. Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of that historic feat.

Buzz was from Montclair, New Jersey, and he had attended the township schools and is probably the most famous graduate of Montclair High School (which has many distinguished graduates).

His mother's maiden name was Marion Moon. Yes, Moon. If you don't believe me, you can read this article about Buzz where he swears it's the truth.

The town was wildly proud of him, and in September of that year they threw a "Buzz Aldrin Day" celebration, complete with parade, and dedicated a rock in front of his lovely childhood home.

Apparently, it's not a moon rock.

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