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Nutley’s Steve Rogers to Join Trump 2016 Campaign

In a facebook post dated August 27, Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers announced that he will be joining the presidential campaign of reality tv star Donald Trump.

” I will be very active with the Trump Organization as the presidential campaign progresses.” he posted and added “It’s time to put country before party and help Make America Great Again.”

The post suggests that Nutley NJ may very well play a pivotal role in the Trump Campaign as the contact information for those wishing to get involved reads: “Email stevenrogersnutleynj@gmail.com or call 973 562 6508 to help NJ elect Donald Trump President of the United States.”

The full post can be found on the

Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/22367…

Nutley’s Steve Rogers Supports Military Equipment For The Police

Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers appeared on Fox & Friends Monday August 18th with a convicted felon and novelist to support military equipment for the local police. The segment was typical Fox hyperbole playing on the fears of older white Americans by pointing out the other.

Bernard Kerik, thrice married, employer of illegal immigrants, and regular on FoxNews spent four years (correction: 36 months served – Rosi) in federal prison.

FoxNews contributor Bo Dietl used the time on camera to fan the flames of racism and intolerance. At one point he claimed that the terrorists are coming back.

Rogers went on about a failure of leadership in goverrnernt and added “Ron Johnson should be relieved of command for this. What he did was embolden the wrong people.” (the wrong people being ‘not the police’)

While Bo Dietl’s comments are the most outrageous, one seriously has to ask why someone rumored to have their eyes on a Congressional seat would appear on a program with people of so little character.

Of course everyone should ask why Rogers didn’t speak out about some of the outrageous assertions made by the other two.

Both Salon and Addicting Info have done great jobs on the main story (Dietl); Rogers support for military vehicles should be of concern of Garden State residents as he has already launched a “Re-elect Steve Rogers Commission” Facebook page in Nutley.

Nothing quite like a bloke receiving two government pensions supporting even more government interference in our lives.  

‘Cause we’re stronger than the storm ….

Pokes right through Christie’s storm agitprop. Love it. Promoted by Rosi

Talking to a bunch of seniors who made it through the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. They said it would have been much better for everyone had the government spent money earmarked for recovery to write a song “Stronger Than The Bug” ‪#‎strongerthanthestorm.  

Paterson’s Negro League Hincliffe Stadium Now A National Historic Landmark

It was the New Deal that financed some of the construction of Hinchliffe Stadium and put local people to work. And now, it’s been made a National Historic Landmark. Cheers to the sons of Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed it, to the “Iron Mayor of Paterson,” John Hinchliffe, for whom it’s named, and to the New York Black Yankees and other teams in baseball’s Negro League who played there. Congratulations to Paterson. Promoted by Rosi

Near Paterson’s Great Falls stands a large battleship grey concrete wall that, at first glance appears to be the remains of some industrial building that has fallen into a state of decay.

Steel Grey Majesty in Paterson NJ

Step a little closer, peer through the iron gates and it comes clear that this structure was at one time a stadium.

More pictures and story, below.

Paterson’s Negro League Hincliffe Stadium Now A National Historic Landmark

Near Paterson’s Great Falls stands a large battleship grey concrete wall that, at first glance appears to be the remains of some industrial building that has fallen into a state of decay.

Steel Grey Majesty in Paterson NJ

Step a little closer, peer through the iron gates and it comes clear that this structure was at one time a stadium.

It’s huge, and despite the school busses parked on the infield, and rubble strewn about, the imagination cannot help but wonder how many people used to fill this place for sport and recreation.

Past and Future Converge at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson NJ

Hincliffe Stadium in Paterson is one of the many forgotten gems of the Silk City that has been waiting to be rediscovered and repurposed. Today, US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar named Hinchliffe Stadium a National Historic Landmark. Woo hoo! National Trust For Historic Preservation Most Endangered Places

Built in the depths of the Great Depression with Government Funds, construction of the stadium gave hundreds of laid off mill workers a job at a time when there were none to be had in the private sector. Like the stimulus of the past few years, the government funds spent on Hinchliffe Stadium benefitted the region during the immediate period of construction, and continued to do so for decades to come as it became a great community resource.

During World War II, Hincliffe hosted war bond rallies featuring popular celebrities of the time including Bud Abbott and Paterson Native Lou Costello. Imagine the experience, at a time when our nation was in such turmoil to come together with friends, neighbors, and strangers in support of something so worthy in an environment of light heartedness. It must have been magical.

During the Jim Crow Era, Hinchliffe was a major stadium for Negro League Baseball. The Negro League team affiliated with the Yankees played here. Sadly most of the old Negro League stadiums in the US have been torn down. Hinchiffe is special because much of the Art Deco structure is solid so any restoration and renovation would not diminish those parts of the original structure.

This Black History Matters, Paterson NJ

I’m a strong believer in the idea of buildings having souls, think of it as a variation of “if these walls could talk.” With so much of that period architecture intact any future use of the stadium will not only echo with the cheers of those fans, but I am 100% confident that if one listens closely enough they’ll hear ever so quietly the last echoes of the last cheers of the last Negro League Baseball game played at Hinchliffe.

In 1971 the stadium hosted one of Duke Ellington’s last major concerts. In the years that followed high school teams from both Paterson and Clifton used the field. With today’s announcement there’s no telling what new history will be made in the Silk City.

Former Home of the Jim Crow Era New York Black Yankees

Citizens Petition Whole Foods To Open A New Location in Bloomfield NJ

Bloomfield NJ is a suburban community with a storied past. With homes and commercial buildings dating back to the 18th Century, the township has seen its share of highlights and opportunities for a do-over.

Bloomfield's Renaissance On A Winter Day

Located along New Jersey Transit’s rail line into New York City, Bloomfield is at the beginning of a revival. Several redundant buildings located near the train station were recently bulldozed to make way for new commercial development. Bloomfield has even become a new force in the suburban food scene with Anthony’s Cheesecake and the Orange Squirrel proving that one need not travel to Manhattan for a top drawer culinary experience.

As a part of the Bloomfield Renaissance, a group of citizens has launched a Change.org  petition to bring Austin Texas based Whole Foods to the new development.

The petition reads :

“The completion of a crucial redevelopment project in the area adjacent to the Bloomfield Train Station situated on Lackawanna Place (servicing NJ Transit’s Midtown Direct service to Penn Station, NYC), in addition to numerous mixed-used developments surrounding the prestigious Broad St. and Bloomfield Ave. intersection, will inject new, vibrant energy as well as thousands of discerning customers in need of Whole Foods’ unique brand of high quality natural foods into Bloomfield Center.

A complete overhaul of the commercial district is currently taking place, with exciting new projects underway such as a state of the art LEED-certified residence hall by Bloomfield College (featuring a Barnes & Noble and Starbucks), in addition to the restoration of the Bloomfield Train Station (on the New Jersey Historic Register), and an influx of alluring new high quality establishments, such as Garden State Yoga, Anthony’s Cheesecake, JukGaJee New Thai Jersey Cuisine and Senorita’s Mexican Grill, set the stage as complementary attractions for customers typically wanting a Whole Foods Market experience.

New Year ~ New Construction in Bloomfield Center

Furthermore, a dense population of customers who prefer to shop at Whole Foods Market, and none other, exist in the surrounding residential areas of Bloomfield’s Watsessing Heights, Montclair’s South End, Nutley, Clifton, Belleville and the entirety of Glen Ridge. While these customers may periodically visit existing Whole Foods establishments many miles away, a new, much more convenient location in Bloomfield Center would firmly cement Whole Foods Market as their exclusive grocer of choice, with many intending to make it a mainstay of their daily activities.

As informed, active and unserved potential customers, the signers of this petition request that Whole Foods Market establish a location in Bloomfield, New Jersey’s Bloomfield Center.”

To sign the Change.org  petition click here : Bring Whole Foods To The New Bloomfield Center http://www.change.org/petition…

Citizens Petition Whole Foods To Open A New Location in Bloomfield NJ

Bloomfield NJ is a suburban community with a storied past. With homes and commercial buildings dating back to the 18th Century, the township has seen its share of highlights and opportunities for a do-over.

Bloomfield's Renaissance On A Winter Day

Located along New Jersey Transit’s rail line into New York City, Bloomfield is at the beginning of a revival. Several redundant buildings located near the train station were recently bulldozed to make way for new commercial development. Bloomfield has even become a new force in the suburban food scene with Anthony’s Cheesecake and the Orange Squirrel proving that one need not travel to Manhattan for a top drawer culinary experience.

As a part of the Bloomfield Renaissance, a group of citizens has launched a Change.org  petition to bring Austin Texas based Whole Foods to the new development.

The petition reads :

“The completion of a crucial redevelopment project in the area adjacent to the Bloomfield Train Station situated on Lackawanna Place (servicing NJ Transit’s Midtown Direct service to Penn Station, NYC), in addition to numerous mixed-used developments surrounding the prestigious Broad St. and Bloomfield Ave. intersection, will inject new, vibrant energy as well as thousands of discerning customers in need of Whole Foods’ unique brand of high quality natural foods into Bloomfield Center.

A complete overhaul of the commercial district is currently taking place, with exciting new projects underway such as a state of the art LEED-certified residence hall by Bloomfield College (featuring a Barnes & Noble and Starbucks), in addition to the restoration of the Bloomfield Train Station (on the New Jersey Historic Register), and an influx of alluring new high quality establishments, such as Garden State Yoga, Anthony’s Cheesecake, JukGaJee New Thai Jersey Cuisine and Senorita’s Mexican Grill, set the stage as complementary attractions for customers typically wanting a Whole Foods Market experience.

New Year ~ New Construction in Bloomfield Center

Furthermore, a dense population of customers who prefer to shop at Whole Foods Market, and none other, exist in the surrounding residential areas of Bloomfield’s Watsessing Heights, Montclair’s South End, Nutley, Clifton, Belleville and the entirety of Glen Ridge. While these customers may periodically visit existing Whole Foods establishments many miles away, a new, much more convenient location in Bloomfield Center would firmly cement Whole Foods Market as their exclusive grocer of choice, with many intending to make it a mainstay of their daily activities.

As informed, active and unserved potential customers, the signers of this petition request that Whole Foods Market establish a location in Bloomfield, New Jersey’s Bloomfield Center.”

To sign the Change.org  petition click here : Bring Whole Foods To The New Bloomfield Center http://www.change.org/petition…

Happy Holidays ~ Another Volley In The “War On Christmas”

Happy Holidays! Today Is The Feast Of The Immaculate Conception!

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is marked on 8 December which always seems to be a point of confusion for some Roman Catholics and non-Catholics alike as it falls just 17 days before Christmas. (how can there be a conception and then birth a little more than a fortnight later?). Immacualate Conception refers to the conception of Mary, the Blessed Virgin, who is often called the Immaculata, especially in art.

The Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) marks when Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. 25 March falls exactly nine months prior to Christmas.

So the next time someone wishes you “Happy Holidays” keep in mind that holidays like the Feast of the Immaculate Conception are one of the many celebrations of the season. And if one of those #waronchristmas gets in your face for proclaiming “Happy Holidays” remind them that even the church celebrates many more days this season than Macy*s does.

Church of the Immaculate Conception Montclair NJ

The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair NJ is named in honor of Blessed Virgin.  

Nutley’s Old Canal Collects For #Shore Relief This Weekend

Nutley’s Old Canal Inn Is Supporting Two Local Groups’ Efforts To Bring Relief To The Residents Of The Jersey Shore Affected By Hurrican Sandy

Night Falls At The Old Canal Inn

Rebuild The Jersey Shore and The Food Bank Of Ocean and Monmouth County Will Be Helped By The Donations Of Residents of the Nutley – Bloomfield Area

Items Most In Need Are :

 Medical Supplies

Non Perishable Foods

School Supplies

Toiletries (everything)

Blankets

Underwear

Sweats

Drop off items at the Old Canal Inn this weekend. ( Nove 10, 11, 2012) These items will be delivered Monday and Tuesday of next week by John Evangelista of Bloomfield and Girl Scout Brownie Troop 20174 of Caldwell. (Girl Scouts Rock!)

The Conca Brother’s restored and opened Nutley’s Old Canal Inn in 2011 after it was closed for several years by the previous owners. In that short time not only have they introduced a true Jersey Classic (the Death Seat Burger Platter) but they have stepped up on several occassions to help those in need in the New York Metropolitan area including fundraisers for the families of fallen New York City Police Officers. The current Sandy Relief Project is just one more reason why the Old Canal Inn is a special place.

The Old Canal Inn is located at 2 East Passaic Ave in Nutley NJ 07110, the Bloomfield border actually runs across their shuffleboard room! Visit the Old Canal Inn at The Old Canal Inn http://theoldcanalinn.com/

It's Monday ~ Time For A Death Seat Burger