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Under The Rainbow

Hiking with a friend in the Rez Sunday night, we sat down for a rest at the overlook just as big storm system passed to the south of us. As it moved across Essex County towards New York Harbor and Brooklyn we got to see an unusual sight: a horizon-to-horizon perfect rainbow, and underneath it all of New York from past the Empire State Building down over the Verrazano Bridge.

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Sarah McGee

Sad news, my aunt Sarah died this afternoon after a long illness. Sarah was the mother of our regular contributor Shari, and as warm and generous a person as you’d ever want to meet. Please take a moment to post a condolence, thanks.

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Ice Storm

Our first big winter storm hit today. Up at the work site in extreme northern New Jersey there was a couple of inches of thick, greasy slush. Down here in Maplewood, lots of ice on all the branches (pretty!) and the power lines (dangerous!). One of the latter was down in the street across from […]

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Cruising Family History

Travelling out to Ohio yesterday, I decided to do a little family history detective work. I took the kids on a side trip to Butler, PA, which is where my dad’s side of the family hails from. Using some info that my cousin Shari found, as well as some I tracked down on my own, I found this building, where my grandfather was born.

124 Elm St, Butler