June 29, 2014

Swedish House Mafia (Save the World)

Swedish House Mafia
Being of half-Swedish ancestry I couldn't help but be intrigued by a group called Swedish House Mafia. : )


This is such a striking video. 
 
The song is catchy but the story and visuals are what really make the video interesting. I love the heroes that save the day!



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June 27, 2014

Cherry Blossom Pink

Cherry Blossoms


Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey  boasts over 4,000 cherry trees – more than Washington, D.C.! 

June 26, 2014

Look For the Union Label TV Commercial

This commercial for IlGWU (The International Ladies Garment Workers Union) ran in various forms throughout my childhood.

June 22, 2014

The Brainy Borough: Metuchen

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Metuchen, NJ Post Office, Brainy Boro Station

 

As I wrote in my post about the Lake Hiawatha Firehouse, many New Jersey town names are derived from Native American words. 

For example, the very nice borough (sometimes spelled "boro") of Metuchen is named for the Indian chief Metuching.

Metuchen is located in Middlesex County, completely surrounded by the much larger Edison Township, like a hole in a doughnut.

Just about 100 years ago, Metuchen had many intellectuals living and working in the town. The prosperous community of Glen Ridge had many intellectuals of their own and they decided that they were obviously a smarter town and they would claim bragging rights to the title. 

Metuchen responded to the challenge, and had a contest with Glen Ridge to decide which was the “brainy boro.” Metuchen won, and the name has stuck. Metuchen has never forgotten this, and has been bragging about this for the last century. 

To prove this, here are some links: 

 

Metuchen: The Brainy Borough's 'Overnight' Success 


Metuchen Living: People Events and Places in the Brainy Boro: Co-Working in the Brainy Boro 


Recently, there was a vaguely worried article on NJ.com about Metuchen’s downtown area, although the author assured readers that “plenty of people have moved to the Brainy Borough because they liked its vibrant, walkable downtown." 

Not to worry. Not only is the official motto of the town “The Official Brainy Borough” but one of the two post office branches is still called the “Brainy Boro Station.”

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Brainy Boro Station, Metuchen, NJ Post Office
 

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June 21, 2014

Lake Hiawatha Firehouse

Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey

 

Lake Hiawatha is one of several communities within the large township of Parsippany. Towns and areas with names of Native American origin are common in New Jersey. 

 

The name “Parsippany” is derived from a Lenape word which means “where the river winds through the valley.” 

 

Lake Hiawatha has many streets named after Native American words: Iroquois, Mohegan, Oswego, Seminole, Navajo, and my favorite, Minnehaha Boulevard. 

 

On the front of the building are the following words: The Desire to Serve. The Courage to Act. The Ability to Perform.

Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire House in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire House in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey