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Re: Swiped by Car While Riding Bike on Pacific Avenue
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You sound like a person that hasn't lived in J.C. their whole life. A local would have singled this guy out as an idiot driver not lummped in with the rest of the J.C. driving population. At least he acknowledged what he did, and apologized for it. I'd rather that situation then a guy that cuts me off without realizing it.


Perhaps so, Heights. Indeed, I am NOT a native JC resident. So what? I think you would be hard pressed to find many people who live around here and don't think of JC drivers as nothing more than animals. My experience to date has been very bad. I am extremely careful when I ride my bike, or whenever I drive my car, but I am constantly in fear of an accident. Stop signs all over town are nothing more than Coke signs to most people, and the sheer volume of red-light running is breathtaking. I have seen it all here in good ole JC. I have seen people drive in reverse the entire length of streets (e.g., Gautier) because they are one-way streets and the driver can't be inconvenienced to do the full loop necessary to reach their destination. I have seen people turn left on reds, i have seen people double and triple park. I have seen cars bring down light poles, I have seen cars take the TURN ONLY lanes all the way to the front and then jump into the adjacent lanes while cars are flowing through. Quite honestly, driving in JC is quite an experience.

Posted on: 2009/6/16 14:38
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Swiped by Car While Riding Bike on Pacific Avenue
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So, today I had a close encounter with one of our adorable JC drivers. This morning, as I was riding my bike home from the gym, I was almost ran over by a black Honda. The dumbass driver was travelling South on Pacific Avenue (heading from Grand towards Communipaw) when he apparently made a last minute decision to make a right turn onto Johnston. The problem is that he never saw me, or perhaps didn't even bother to look, and basically swiped me aside. Truth be told, I am very lucky in that I am constantly watching out for traffic and trying to anticipate people's actions, so I was able to react in a timely manner and came away with nothing more than a bump on my thigh and a scary experience to relay here to all of you. As for the driver, I was half expecting him to just drive away, but the did the decent thing and stopped his car. He asked if I was OK (you could see it in his face that he was SCARED) and apologized several times. I told him I was OK, so he left and I just went home.

Hopefully, this was a lesson learned for this driver. I continue to ride, so all is good for now.

Posted on: 2009/6/16 12:31
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Re: Shoprite / Chili's towing by EZ Douchebags
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To the poster above:

I am not sure what's your beef... I can imagine that having your car towed ruined an otherwise pleasant evening, but you have to admit that your actions led to the way the evening turned out. Chili's provides on site parking inside the garage that is directly to its right, in addition to the off-street parking spots that are directly in front of the restaurant.

If you came to this site looking for sympathy, move on. No one here is going to take your side in this situation. You chose to park in the wrong parking lot and got caught. It sucks, but they did nothing wrong. They are doing their job, regardless of the merits of their job, or how they go about doing it.

As for Chili's being part of Metro Plaza, I am not buying that argument either. They are certainly *next* to it, but their properly lot is actually separated from the Plaza by the HBLR tracks and a fairly clear black metal fence.

Posted on: 2009/6/14 14:43
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Re: Bike shop on Grove!
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Count me in as another satisfied customer...

Stopped in yesterday (06/13/09) and bought some smaller items for my bike as well as my wife's bike. Good selection, very good prices and the staff was also nice. When I asked for an item they didn't have in stock, the guy that was helping me (Rodney) grabbed several catalogs, did the lookups and offered to have the item special ordered and delivered within days.

If you can, support this local business. We need more of these places in JC: good prices and a good attitude.

Posted on: 2009/6/14 7:50
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Re: New Jersey Discontinues Free Rabies Vaccine June 30, 2009
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Indeed, the state is withdrawing the money allocation that funded the free rabies vaccine program. While it is possible that JC was providing free rabies vaccines through a municipal budget allocation, it is much more likely that the funds for the city program were coming from the state budget allocation. As with most government programs, the money was probably distributed at the state level to local entities. The rationale being that local entities know best how to effectively implement programs and achieve the desired goals. Of course, that doesn't always work out, as some local entities find creative ways to re-route funds. In any case, if indeed the city program was being funded by state money, then it will most likely cease to exist once the state shutters the current program.

Anyway, the state had some legitimate concerns about the way the program's resources were being used and accounted for, so the plan is to change the way that the state provides free rabies vaccines. In other words, the state will continue to provide this service, but not in the same way as it is handled at this time.

For the record, I do not work for the government, nor do I own a pet at this time. Just passing along information on this topic, before the thread gets hijacked and turns into a diatribe about state government budget cuts.

Posted on: 2009/5/17 2:55
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Re: Pathmark @ Old Colony...Is it just me?
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Lafayette wrote:
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Ok I would like to hear from those in Lafayette


I have been busy at work and not keeping up with the thread... I was somewhat surprised (although not entirely) to see that this thread has grown the way that it has.

I understand you, Lafayette. I live in the Bergen-Lafayette area. In the interest of full disclosure, I will go as far as stating that I live at The Foundry. The Pathmark supermarket on Grand is the closest supermarket to where I live. I actually patronize the place, in spite of the many shortcomings of that place. Why do I do this? It is close to me, it is somewhat convenient and I actually like the Pathmark supermarket chain (price, selection, etc.) Still, I am hard pressed to complain about the bollards. Are they inconvenient? YES. Would I rather they be banished? ABSOLUTELY. There is NO question, whatsoever, that they are a pain in the ass, that they are inconvenient, and can make a big shopping trip become a hassle. Still, I can not fault the store. As many have already stated, the alternatives are much worse. You never see Pathmark carts littering our streets. The same can not be said of BJ carts, or even some older Shoprite carts. Driving through the parking lot doesn't involve navigating around carts laying about, or even the occasional cart that is moving on its own as if driven by a ghost (both are common occurences at Shoprite). My wife refuses to go to Pathmark.... so, I understand what you are saying. Still, I have learned that the bollards are there for a reason. If you are absolutely dismayed by their existence, do not shop there. Right or wrong, each company has a right to run their business as they see fit. We, as consumers, can choose to not patronize the establishments that do not fit into our world view.

Posted on: 2009/3/21 11:17
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Re: Pathmark @ Old Colony...Is it just me?
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I think the bollards are an insult to the community -- they're effectively telling the Pathmark customers that they and the neighborhood they live in are so bad that they can't be trusted to do something (take the carts into the lot) that is permitted in (I'm guessing) 99% of supermarkets nationwide. This kind of thing is extremely counterproductive to helping people keep a optimistic outlook about life, and I'm kinda surprised a bigger stink hasn't been made about it.


I get your point, and I may even understand your beef. Still, I am convinced that you are wrong. The bollards are not responsible for depriving people of an optimistic outlook about life, or anything else like that. It is quite the opposite, really. It is because people have proven (over and over again) that they can not be trusted to do the right thing that Pathmark has resorted to putting up those bollards. The basic act of retrieving and returning a shopping cart to its designated place seems to be beyond comprehension for most of the JC population. This is not even open for debate... Do a search for the BJ cart thread; go visit the Target parking lot; go look around the Shoprite parking lot. BJ carts, for the longest time, were as ubiquitous in JC as fire hydrants in Manhattan. If you ever pay attention while shopping at the local Target you will notice plenty of shopping carts stranded towards the far corners of their parking lot. It seems like their sensors are set to you can reach the corners of the parking lot and then the wheels lock. People are then forced to offload their purchases and continue walking with their bags on their hands. At Shoprite, the problem is even worse... over there, you can find entire sections of the parking lot taken over by errant carts that people just leave behind, PLUS they also suffer from the abandoned locked-wheel carts that people try to take out of the parking lot area.

In general, I hate (HATE) what passes for customer service in our city (specially those three wenches at the Shoprite Customer Service Desk) but I can also see how dealing with the JC animals can drive some of these customer service people to behave the way they do... People around here have ZERO regard for their fellow citizen.

Anyway, I have digressed... my point is that those Pathmark bollards, as annoying as they are, have been erected by necessity. As much as I despise the limitations they impose on my shopping runs, I have learned to accept them as a necessary evil.

Posted on: 2009/3/18 17:27
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Re: De La Hoya vs Pacquiao Fight - where to watch?
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I am wondering about the same thing. I am told that any of the many Filipino restaurants/businesses in the area will likely have their TVs tuned to the fight. I was hoping for a bar, but I havent seen, or heard, anything concrete, so I may be having a Filipino dinner tonight...!

Posted on: 2008/12/6 17:43
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McNair Academy Recognized by US News and World Report
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For those of you needing a little boost of local JC pride, you can rejoice in the recognition that McNair Academy just received from US News and World Report. They ranked McNair among the top 50 public high schools (in the US) and it was second in the state oj NJ. Pretty nice...

For those interested in a link to the article, here you go: US News and World Report Article

Enjoy!

Posted on: 2008/12/5 13:59
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Re: RUDE UPS deliveryman
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Has anyone ever had a problem with not getting the InfoNotice slips they leave on the doors? Pretty much every time I order something and it gets shipped UPS, the first delivery attempt will show up as "THE RECEIVER WAS UNAVAILABLE TO SIGN ON THE 1ST DELIVERY ATTEMPT," but there will be no slip on the door.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the UPS dude is simply not attempting to deliver the package on these occasions, as the last few times there has definitely been someone around to sign for me.


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They do this routinely. I have often waited all day for a package while tracking its delivery status online. Status will suddenly change to Receiver Unavailable, usually around 6-6:30, quitting time. Doorbell never rang, no delivery notice, sometimes I'm even hanging around outside in front of the house at the time delivery was allegedly attempted. I know their tricks.


+1... and fasteddie is 100% correct. I used to have this problem ALL the time. We live in a building with no doorman (JC Foundry) and the management office is only open until 1:00 or 1:30. The UPS douche would always show up shortly after the office was closed and claim that the addressee was not available and would promptly send the package back to Secaucus. Well, so one day I am sitting at home, waiting for a package that was showing up online as being out for delivery (gotta love the online status page!) and I am looking out the window waiting for the UPS guy to show up, or drive by. What do you know? The guy comes flying down Communipaw, makes an illegal u-turn at the very end and then speeds off the same way he came in. Didn't even bother to make an attempt at delivery. I checked the site and, yup, the package shows up as "Recipient Unavailable". I caught on to their game and started complaining, apparently to no avail. Like so many others in here, I too have made the trek of shame up to Secaucus (multiple times!) to retrieve my package from their undeserved purgatory.

Still, I must say that things have improved dramatically over the past several months. We actually get our packages delivered now, which is a welcome difference.

Posted on: 2008/10/24 2:18
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Re: Be Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem
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Or, better yet, don't waste time writing your own notes (on which you will undoubtedly leave behind some fingerprints and/or other self-incriminating evidence) and try this. In fact, seeing how drivers around here are such a menace to society, you would be well-advised to print a short stack of the notices in that site and keep them handy for all the idiots parking their cars without regard for the rest of us.

Posted on: 2008/9/22 22:06
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Re: The Onion
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The Onion is #109 in Stuff White People Like.
Stuff White People Like #109

Posted on: 2008/9/22 21:21
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Re: Car Break in's near St. Josephs
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You mean this?

Not exactly close, but similar in nature. There have been other posts about cars being broken into over by the Paulus Hook / Gull's Cove area.

Honestly, with all of this crap going on, I would rather spring for the extra moola and pay for pratolled, or secured, private parking. If you get your window(s) smashed in once per year you would be breaking even. Besides, you can't put a value on peace of mind.

Posted on: 2008/9/17 14:18
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Re: Police Car Smackup on SW corner of VVP
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I avoid Jersey Avenue like the plague when school lets out. That crossing guard really sucks at her job.


So true with regards to JC crossing guards. Over by Communipaw, I have seen a mother with two kids almost get ran over because some crossing guard gave them the go ahead wave without bothering to stop the traffic that had the green light... yup, a big, speeding SUV gave them a nice morning scare! Those kids probably had to run back home and change their drawers.

Posted on: 2008/9/15 22:42
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Re: Greenville: Suspect Killed By Police
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Alb, your reply was sensible and restrained. I appreciate that, as that is seldom the case in these boards...

In any case, in relation to the cops kicking a person laying on the ground, I can provide a possible theory for your consideration. It could be that the eyewitness may have mistaken the officer's action to be a kick, when in fact the officer may have been using his feet to force the perp into a "spread eagle" position. I have often seen that tactic used by law enforcement personnel, as it allows the officer to maintain a somewaht safe distance from the suspect, while retaining a tactical advantage over the subject, including the ability to keep a gun trained on the person.

Of course, I was not there and could be totally off base, but it sounds plausible.

Posted on: 2008/9/15 22:34
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Re: Direct 33rd-Journal Sq service on weekends (bypassing Hoboken)
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According to the published PATH schedules:
Pavonia to Christopher during weekdays is 9 minutes.
Pavonia to Christopher via Hoboken on weekends is 14 minutes.

What they don't mention, of course, is that sitting in a stationary train at Hoboken feels like an eternity.


Thank you, JCase. I was just about to point that out, but you beat me to it.

Furthermore, most of the ones that have responded so far are stating impressions, without facts and/or numbers to back up their assertions. I have actually timed the trains (both during weekends and weekdays) and have consistently found the difference to be in the four minutes neigborhood. People often get the impression that it is much longer because the train sits in Hoboken for three minutes (unless the conductor is talking up a babe, or a fellow co-worker, in which case it can take longer...) but it seems like most people fail to realize that the trip between Christopher and Hoboken is about 3 minutes shorter than the one between Christopher and Pavonia. Hence, the four minute difference.

Posted on: 2008/9/15 22:22
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Re: Direct 33rd-Journal Sq service on weekends (bypassing Hoboken)
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My travel time was cut down tremendously by not having to stop off in Hoboken.


I am often amused by the people who complain of the "tremendous" delays in weekend service because of the stop at Hoboken. I have heard many complain that the weekend trips are SO MUCH longer... Really? 4 minutes is a TREMENDOUS delay that makes your trip MUCH LONGER? Give me a break. Sit down, relax, enjoy the trip, and stop fretting about 4 minutes.

For the record, I also dislike the extra minutes, but I just don't think that four minutes are THAT big a deal.

Posted on: 2008/9/15 16:58
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Re: Police Car Smackup on SW corner of VVP
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That intersection is too chaotic with the Exchange place and school traffic.


You must be lost if you think that the SW corner of VVP is close to Exchange Place...

Regardless, I go past that corner every morning while riding my bike to work and have often had the pleasure of having to jam my brakes because some yahoo mistook the stop sign for a Coke sign. Seriously, what is it with JC drivers and stop signs?? That, and the utterly disregarded red lights!

With all this talk about city budget shortfalls, I would have expected by now some city pol to ask for increased police enforcement of the scofflaw drivers. The city would make a TON of money in very little time.

Posted on: 2008/9/15 16:18
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Re: Greenville: Suspect Killed By Police
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If the officers are so poorly trained and/or disciplined that they kick one suspect in broad daylight, in front of civilians, how can I trust them to give an honest explanation of why they used deadly force against another suspect?


Broad daylight? At 1:41 AM? I don't think so...

Besides, witness are often unreliable. And I am willing to bet that the suspect laying on the ground was most likely not laying there calmly, waiting for the cops to slap the cuffs on him. Most likely he was resisting arrest, or moving, or otherwise disregarding the officers' order to lay down and not move.

Posted on: 2008/9/15 16:06
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Re: In need of a dog walker
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I have a couple of friends that have tried Fetch Pet Care in the past and they were all happy and satisfied. They operate in JC and surrounding areas. Not sure about who to contact, but they have a site: Fetch Pet Care. The one friend had them stay over while on vacation, while the other hired them for daily walks.

Posted on: 2008/9/6 10:13
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