Venting 2020

So many birds of prey - especially eagles - are being brought to rehabbers because of high levels of lead in their blood. Many are dying from it. They eat remains of hunted animals and ingest the lead. If you hunt and you are still using lead bullets, please watch this video- It is just a preview of the full movie: https://vimeo.com/317878878

4catmom 4catmom
Feb '20

Excuse my ignorance, but as a person who does not hunt, why are there remains of animals lying in the woods that have been shot by hunters? Isn’t the idea to take what you have killed out of the woods with you in order to process them?

Eperot Eperot
Feb '20

What about the varmints that get poisoned by bait stations? That could also be a cause for the increase, no?

Englishe30 Englishe30
Feb '20

...in most situations, most hunters will “field dress” the animal. This usually involves cutting open the animal and removing the entrails to prepare the meat for butchering.

The entrails are left behind and eaten by the critters living in the area.

4catmom 4catmom
Feb '20

Eperot there are a lot of idiots who don't wait for a clean shot and hit the animal where they linger for awhile then die.

Metsman Metsman
Feb '20

Wow, didn’t know that. Apparently has finished off 76 Condors in recent years so CA passed a law.

You would think given the large decline in hunting that the remainders would be the smart ones. You know, guys who realize eating lead is very, very bad. Guess not given the wide distribution of info on lead’s lethality and the readily available bullet material alternatives. 30 states have lead restrictions on hunting.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Feb '20

Hunting season with rifles is only 2 weeks or so. Must be another answer

Bug3
Feb '20

When someone advertises Nike soccer cleats...and they’re not Nike.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Feb '20

&^%$#@ life......when a 43 year old woman dies after a 2 year fight breast cancer, leaving behind a 4 year old daughter.

Calico696 Calico696
Feb '20

That moment of pure rage when small town politics and backroom handjobs screw you out of money. Play by the rules, no kickbacks, no favors, do a good job and not cut corners, NOPE, contract awarded to the guy who does 1/2 what the contract states and does a horrible job. But it looks good on paper to everyone because they were low bid by........$300 & parades his daughter on the company webpage to support them. If I bid the quality of work he does I'd be 4-5K under his bid. However, I'd be held to the gold standard and then would be in breach on contract.

I'm doing this all wrong.

younggen younggen
Feb '20

Younggen- you keep doing it the way you do whatever it is that you are doing it.

Just let everyone know how you do it from the start- whether in person, cover letter, etc.

If everyone held themselves and everyone else around them to a higher standard the world would be a much better place!!


I started my office life responding to RFPs for state and federal bids. Generally, unless you were unique in some way low cost that best fulfilled the bid wins. Best fulfilled was key in that often all items might not be met. While your personal standards should be met, often the wording of the bid provides you alternatives. In my case they was also a protest process where my particular expertise came in. I could tie them up in knots if needed. Sometimes I was only hired to do the protest.

If low cost is still the rule, unlike Josh, I would say if you’re not willing to change or it’s impossible to change, unless this other guy goes broke or fails miserably, why bid again. You are proven to lose.

Or change. The game is to fulfill the RFP. Better than your competition and at a slightly lower price. My mentor used to say, “who cares why you win, focus on why you lose, learn from it and make adjustments.”

Perhaps go East where your cost structure my give you advantage against higher cost local operations.

You may still lose but you probably won’t lose to the same guy for the same reason. We still lost some, probably most. But hardly ever for the same thing to the same guy....twice. Good luck; I know it sucks after all that hard work. Lots of paper usually. But if the game is really rigged as you might be feeling; that too should be part of your change if you want to win.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Feb '20

Without getting into too much, it was made evident to me they didn't want to change contractors from the previous year (yearly awarded contract). Last year the proposals were due in October and awarded in late Dec./Jan. I believe. This year due in Oct. but were awarded yesterday after a re-bid. I too deal with RFP's all the time from Port Authority, States, County agencies and private companies. I was low bid prior to the re-bid. The re-bid extended the number of visits to the site as well as added 3 additional sites. Everyone's numbers should have increased ~%20. Two other vendors came in about that number, I only added %8 in attempt to stay under previous years winner. His number didn't move. No increase for inflation, nothing for additional properties, nothing for additional visits. Now everyone will say great no increase but his work sucks and because these old timey council members don't care about how the quality of his work because they are friends with the owners somesuch parents/aunts/uncles or watched him grow up BS; sometimes gets the blood boiling. Then everyone wonders why the town looks like crap and taxes are so high.

Stranger, your advice only reaffirms my previous thinking (which all the voices in my head agreed with from the start). First try was to do it the right way and I took it in the shorts. Next year will be to "fulfill" the bid. I guarantee it will end poorly. And to those wondering why bother, if someone doesn't do something about it we all just keep getting walked on. Questioning or testing the status quo in an attempt to improve the
community shouldn't be frowned upon.

younggen younggen
Feb '20

Maybe I'm just being protective, but seems suspicious to have an ad from a guy in Famingdale NY looking for high school or college girls that know fashion in the classifieds. Sketchy to me.

DogDayAfternoon
Mar '20

Especially a "guy" named Arianna...

ianimal ianimal
Mar '20

DDA - I'm fairly certain Arianna is a woman's name and the phone number is probably a cell phone, meaning she doesn't necessarily live in Farmingdale, NY. My cell phone has a Morristown number and I live in Oxford. Most people don't change their cell numbers when they move.

Calico696 Calico696
Mar '20

That girl posted in the Hackettstown facebook page as well looking for someone to help her sell some clothes, she is a real girl from Hackettstown. Not sure where it was gathered that it was a man posting the ad lol if you search the number on google another htown life forum comes up with Arianna posting her cell to assist with finding a lost pet

http://www.hackettstownlife.com/forum/779764

Chill
Mar '20

OK just looking to vent here.
I just ordered some masks so that I can comply with the State Mandate to wear a mask while at the store or when near others. What really burns me is that I was charged SALES TAX. Here is something being mandated and we still get TAXED on it. They should be considered clothing and not taxed because they are essential.

Well, now I feel a little better.

Mr 4paws Mr 4paws
May '20

What kind? Where' you get them, can you post on OPEN thread.

I want the disposable surgical ones and last I ordered, they accepted, waited five days to say: "ooops, all out....."

Everywhere I look online says reserved for medical staff.

And yes, that's my vent :>)

strangerdanger strangerdanger
May '20

4paws - you think for a minute that the State was going to miss an opportunity to collect sales tax income? I completely agree with your thought, but there was no way this administration (or any other for that matter) would turn down the opportunity to tax something. Remember, these are the same people that allowed marijuana to be the only taxed prescription in the State, and deemed liquor stores to be essential services.

jnnjr jnnjr
May '20

During last 2 month all my 4 orders from Joann Fabric got cancelled, each after being "processed" for 11-14 days: 2 orders with shipping to my home, 2 orders - store pickups. If warehouse and store have nothing in stock, why I am getting promotional and discounts emails every day? I even received a few "please review the item you have purchased" requests, the items they never shipped.


SD, I ordered washable cloth masks, nothing fancy, to replace my dwindling disposable "paper" masks. I am getting them, I hope, from NorthernTool.com They say they should ship in about 8 days.

Mr 4paws Mr 4paws
May '20

Re: Venting 2020

At Alumni this afternoon on the hatchery part: Some people seem to think they are entitled to pick plants on State land and just bring it home. This woman actually was pulling plants out from the ponds root and all. I hope someone knows who they are and explain to them that this is not their private garden center.

Walking Girl Walking Girl
May '20

Yes, some people are going loco...


Just one thought Walking Girl - were they possibly harvesting an invasive plant like Garlic Mustard, Purple Loosestrife, or Ailanthus? Its usually best to dispose of those root systems intact in garbage bags so they don't proliferate elsewhere, so that could look like someone taking plants home for their yard for sure.
But I wouldn't doubt people just taking stuff, this situation has seemed to bring out some very poor behavior and vandalism on public lands.

kepa
May '20

kepa ~ that would be nice if that's what they were doing but A. They don't work for the State and B. I pretty sure they just wanted to take it home.

Walking Girl Walking Girl
May '20

Ah true- the state doesnt have any money to harvest invasives though, much of that is done by infomed volunteers, landowners, and local groups such as Restorenativeplants.org or groups like Riverkeepers etc.
Probably wishful thinking though, cant quite see in the pic what they're removing. I'd be happy to engage with anyone I saw doing that if it wasnt clearly Garlic Mustard or something they were taking.

kepa
May '20

So sick of the Karens in this world. Sigh...

Calico696 Calico696
May '20

Strangerdanger...The home shopping networks are selling disposable masks. QVC and ShopTV are two that I saw just today. ShopTV also has all types of hand sanitizers, face shields and UV sanitizing items. I think they are expensive, but people are buying.

USAfirst USAfirst
May '20

Strangerdanger...Just saw disposable masks on sale on HSN. Options of 50 or 100 count.

USAfirst USAfirst
May '20

I agree. Either you have to deal with those Karen's, or those Lisa's that have 10 guns and want to shoot you and your dog if it pees on their lawn. The same type that would shoot you for taking a flower from their yard, but have no problem with someone stealing them from a state park.

dodgebaal dodgebaal
May '20

Thanks folks, I guess I will be trying to order from a company I have never heard from per your inputs. Never thought I would be buying my surgical mask from NorthernTool; aint' Amerika grand. Can't even get masks from our medical supply chains. Plain ole paper masks.... Yet Ford thinks I want to buy a truck.....

strangerdanger strangerdanger
May '20

Panther Pharmacy had boxes of 50 masks for $40.............just a little more than the 50 I finally got - ordered thru Amazon - that took a month to get here.........

4catmom 4catmom
May '20

Shop Rite in Mansfield has disposable surgical face masks. Had a large bin near the resgisters.

outsider outsider
May '20

I've seen the masks in many stores in town including Quick Check, Shoprite, and Wawa.

Rob Durana Rob Durana
May '20

Quick Chek on Mountain have had a whole display case of masks last week. Had adult sizes and kids sizes. Not sure how long their supply lasted or it they kept getting them in stock. But they had a display case right when you walked in.

Jim L Jim L
May '20

SD~ I’ve been making fabric masks to donate to the local health care facilities. If you need any, I can drop some off.

Baci’s mom Baci’s mom
May '20

Thank you Baci, but please use your worthy efforts to give them to those more in need. I am OK, thinking ahead, and, if needed, can "roll my own." Us ex-hippies have buckets of bandannas :>) Just waiting to see those American factories to come back in a big way. Maybe you ARE the plan on how we are bringing factories back :>) Thanks again, appreciated.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
May '20

The masks at Shop Rite in Mansfield that are in a large bin near the self checkout are a pack of 10nfor $14.99. There were plenty of them around 11am today.

Make_it_stop Make_it_stop
May '20

Although the picture is blurry, the person at the top looks like they're carrying wild mustard. It's invasive, but not nearly as dangerous to local soil as garlic mustard or Japanese knotweed.

If I'm walking in a park and see an invasive like garlic mustard sometimes I pull it by the root, considering parks staff will probably never do this.

honestyseasy honestyseasy
May '20

Think it tis the season for many a outdoor delicacy from ramps to fiddleheads to dandelion greens. You never know.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
May '20

Let me start off my vent by saying since I have been working at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic that I love listening to WRNJ as I work (Dave Kelber in the morning and Greta Latonia in the afternoon are great and seem to genuinely like what they do).

My vent is towards the end of every hour a song just started playing and is interrupted in mid-song for the ABC News update. Shouldn't the station just play an extra commercial before the news starts or have the DJ do some small talk leading up to the news? Several times this week a good song was playing and interrupted in the middle by news.

Mr. Worth get it together and fix that problem that occurs over and over each hour, leading up to the news!

reisident08
May '20

On 3 occasions I have had a person disrespect the 6-foot distance requirements that have been indicated on the floor of check-out lines. These arrogant people need to stop standing right behind the person in front of them. It happened to me again today.

happiest girl
Jun '20

Happiest ~ I have to admit I was in my own little world the other day at the grocery store, thinking about things going on in my life and completely spaced on the 6 foot requirements. I caught myself, backed up, apologized to the person in front of me, she laughed and said I've done it myself. Sometimes it isn't people being arrogant, we have just been so accustomed to doing things a certain way for so long that this new way of life slips our minds.

Perhaps a gentle reminder to the person behind is all it would take to correct the situation.

JrzyGirl88 JrzyGirl88
Jun '20

When I go shopping to the grocery store I know that 6-foot distance requirements will not be followed - it's physically impossible to keep such distance when walking the isles (nobody follows "this way" arrows even if they are clearly marked) or pass thru the door. I do my best to keep the distance but how I can keep 6-foot from someone who is walking toward me in the isle that is 4-foot wide?


Re: Venting 2020

I was thinking the same thing while shopping yesterday. If one actually wanted to observe the 6 foot suggestion, and the aisle directional nonsense it would really be impossible to accomplish in a standard supermarket setting.

I simply imagine that I'm staging a protest, with the voices in my head, as it appears all of the social distancing recommendations do not apply at protests. LOL


100% correct Greg.

Calico696 Calico696
Jun '20

Yes, I can see where it is impossible for you to maintain six feet and the other incredibly onerous demands placed on you to save your fellow citizens and reduce the burden of our essential medical workers who have been working 24x7 for months.

As we remember the sacrifices of my fathers generation on the anniversary of D day, as Arizona and other states begin to run out of hospital beds, we look to you for inspiration of what it means to be an American.

Go with God. Bless you.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Jun '20

A+ strangerdanger

The floors in those stores have prominent markers spaced 6 feet apart at the check out line.
Jrzy Girl - thank you for realizing your mistake and complying.

happiest girl
Jun '20

Not really a vent, but don't understand why the police and businesses would let someone who lives in another town have a protest in Hackettstown next weekend. Doesn't that leave us open to more cases of Covid and so on? Says she lives in Blairstown -- why have it here, then? Yes, I'm well aware of the nay sayers that will jump on every post ever and say it is no big deal and don't believe in masks. Just wondering since the woman's post said it was approved by police, Lowe's, and Wendy's.

DogDayAfternoon
Jun '20

It's no big deal.

dodgebaal dodgebaal
Jun '20

When your own 83 year old mother doesn’t feel she will get covid and is not taking this seriously.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Jun '20

She lived in Blairstown. Resides in Hackettstown now. What difference does that make? It's Warren County. SMH. Do better research, on all levels.


I support this march and if I can, will be there wearing my mask to protect myself and others.

The Hipster The Hipster
Jun '20

DogDayAfternoon

A march next weekend? Apparently they missed the one here on Saturday, as well as the one in Mt Olive in Turkey Brook Park today. If they want to have another one here, I don't see any problem as long as they do the proper social distancing, etc Or is it a "open NJ now", etc. protest which would be on a different subject from the other two? I don't want to assume what it's about and I don't see where anybody actually posted about the exact subject of the protest. I guess Hipster knows all about it, since they stated they support it and want to be there.

In any case, I don't know if a parade permit or something similar is necessary for a peaceful protest/march and/or gathering.

Phil D. Phil D.
Jun '20

Social distancing is an ugly word, probably meant to be. It should be physical distancing. It leads to pogroms. Who's PC now!

Guilt-free American Family since 1742

One-Eyed Poacher One-Eyed Poacher
Jun '20

Doesn't take him long. LOL

auntiel auntiel
Jun '20

I would like to vent about a thread about a local council decision getting locked because citizens of Hackettstown were asking a simple question and getting berated for not sitting in on a Zoom meeting to find out the answer.

Some of us are still working. Some of us work *gasp* in the evenings. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have a right to know what is going on in our town and it absolutely does not mean that we should be treated like deadbeats who can’t be bothered to keep up on local news.

I am used to people attacking each other on this forum but the tantrum in that thread was mind blowing.

Sorry in advance if this innocuous comment gets this one shut down too.


Kat, I saw the beginning of that thread yesterday, and I thought the responses were terrible also. A simple question with a simple answer didn't need to be such a big deal. And for what it's worth, just because a person doesn't live in Hackettstown, doesn't mean they have no right to know or ask.

Tracy Tracy
Jun '20

Agreed Tracy. Not a good look for our town, sadly.


I agree Kat and Tracy. I also believe the newest Town Council member is Janis Meichsher. I looked on the town website (Hackettstown.net) and in the list of Council members, she's the only one that doesn't have an automated link to her email, nor do I recognize her name.

I agree the town could do a better job of getting this type of information out, people do care!

TownFriend
Jun '20

I just read that thread. And that was so immature of a certain person to have responded in such a way to a simple question. That particular demeanor won’t get somebody elected. At least they certainly will never get my vote. Very unfriendly.

Walking Girl Walking Girl
Jun '20

well, I guess you guys are talking about me. don't worry I'm not looking for votes from anyone on this site. But I will apologize I took offense to the OP of that thread dig at the Mayor and I reacted.

and don't worry Walking Girl, when I decide to run again I'll get elected just fine....as long as I turn my paperwork in correctly :)

Jim L Jim L
Jun '20

You literally stated you don’t want our votes because you’re mad that we wanted to know who the new council person is?? What the heck, Jim L? You used to be a voice of reason on this page and now you’re coming off as nasty as the rest of them. I’m sorry that you feel that way but I’m glad you expressed it because we do not need elected officials who think they’re better than the rest of us.


I'm sorry Kat, i'm tired of a few trolls on this website and it has made me bitter. If you see the posts that the Mods have to remove that just flat out attack me maybe you'd get it.

I didn't see your post on the other thread until it got shut down.

To answer your question because i didn't get a chance to:
the 3 names were Brian Willis, Janis Meischner and Kelly Shea. Janis was voted in.

Jim L Jim L
Jun '20

“whisper words of wisdom, let it be.” :-)

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Jun '20

Appreciate the response Jim - take care


Here is my vent. Can’t people follow the arrows at field of dreams track. How hard is it.

PaulyWalnutz PaulyWalnutz
Jun '20

Did you notice the signs at field of dreams?... no need to follow arrows anymore...its blacked out now

Bug3
Jun '20

Sorry did not notice. I take back my rant.

PaulyWalnutz PaulyWalnutz
Jun '20

Cover your nose! Don't wear a mask and then have your nose uncovered!


Think my head is exploding. We received an econ stim card several weeks ago. Got it registered - read instructions - found atms locally to get cash without a fee....
and --- tah tah none of the 5 I visited today accepted the card. Could I call someone and speak to a person about it - uh no.
I finally was able to transfer the amount to my bank account - something I hadn't tried initially because the card -tho in both of our names - had the wrong last name - I never changed mine when we married - so I was afraid I'd bleep things up - The apparent good news is that the full transfer went through.
You might think the list of eligible atms for the card would be accurate, wouldn't you?

4catmom 4catmom
Jun '20

US is over 4% of world’s population, over 25% of C19 cases.

EU has 30% higher population than US, US has 4 times the number of new daily C19 vases.

Only tools are distancing, masks, hand washing, test, trace, and track. Masks pulled down under nose are not masking.

Why are we doing so poorly? Warren County doing well, but we had 5 cases today, it’s not over until a vaccine. Herd immunity levels are well over ten times today’s pain — not worth it.

Vent out, peace out.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Jun '20

Interesting. I've seen two Facebook posts with friends this week saying no temperatures were taken at the hospital when they entered. I thought they were so safety minded and have signs plastered all over. Guess not. For a hospital, that's pretty bad. I'm glad my friends are okay - neither went in for covid related issues, but still - That's not good.

DogDayAfternoon
Jun '20

Just be careful, follow the protocols. Call em out when they don’t. If hospitals be misbehaving, turn them in to DOH.

I think we can see the results of not wearing masks, not social distancing, not following protocols, and the death count from these boneheaded moves is yet to come. Same with stupid super spreader events. Herd immunity requires a saturation rate that our health systems can not withstand. It’s a stupid concept for this virus.

In the beginning, i noted that our national plan was prayer. We have more than that now and NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA and others have provided the path. Prayer is still good but there is more we can do and must continue to do......until a vaccine. Keep the faith, Warren County below 5 per day for a week or so b

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
June 27th

I had my temp taken as soon as I walked through the doors of the hospital out-patient area. I was on my way to a Dr. appointment in the west wing offices. There was a nurse at a table, and the person before me, me, the person after me, and then the people I saw coming in as I was leaving were all temp. checked. I don't know where your friends were, but that wasn't my experience at all.

summerrain1 summerrain1
June 27th

Temp at check in at Kessler Rehab.
Masks by all .

Stymie Stymie
June 27th

They went to outpatient, as well. No temp check. Maybe they only do in mornings or peak hours. Who knows. I just know both had the same issue.

DogDayAfternoon
June 27th

I don't want to see your ugly nose, cover that nose!


DogDayAfternoon, the hospital uses remote temperature scans when you walk in. If someone has a temperature above the threshold, it comes up on their screen, from what I saw when I was there.


Really? The one friend said the girl didn't have a mask on and had to throw it on quick, and the other said a girl down the end didn't have one on. Also, both said the signs said to stop - at the red signs - But, okay. I can see people might side with the hospital. Myself, I'd rather go the distance to Morrisotown or Newton or anywhere else. Haven't been there myself during the pandemic, but I take my two friends' words for what they went through or saw.

DogDayAfternoon
June 28th

I'm not "siding" with the hospital. I'm just relating the experience that I personally had-not what I heard from others. FWIW: I have never been an employee of the hospital, and have no vested interest in it one way or the other.

summerrain1 summerrain1
June 28th

DDA, the NJ DOH is there for you to report this gross negligence to. Do the right thing. For yourself and your fellow citizens. This is a matter of "taking sides," this is a matter of public health.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
June 29th

I was at HMC outpatient on Friday. Didn't know they took my temperature. She gave me a sticker to wear on my shirt that said I was checked. There is a temperature sensor above the check-in desk she pointed to. If I hadn't asked, I'd have never known.

Mr. Resident Mr. Resident
June 29th

I have an out-patient procedure today. I spoke to the Hospital. When a person enters they are definitely checked via a sensor when you walk through the doors. I was told that there is a message that speaks to your temp being checked. The person I spoke to said people probably miss seeing this comment re temp checks. And, like many things, you can wait in your car and they will call you when ready for you and your procedure/test.

Mrs. Pipes Mrs. Pipes
June 29th

Can the elderly and autoimmune, please leave some sale items for us that actually abide by and let you have that early hour to shop? Two weeks running sale items bought out by the time I get into the store @ 9:10.

Can you all stay in your lane while driving? Work demands I drive almost everyday and it appears drivers have gotten worse since Covid. I have a head on collision almost once an hour because someone is on the phone or not paying attention.

Can landscapers/construction companies stop parking truck/trailers on blind corners with no warning other than the orange cone at the corner of the trailer?

Can Smith Ford, Johnson Dodge and Liccardi Dodge all go under and a reputable dealership come to our area?

Can the majority of Belvidere Town Council just retire and move to Florida so we can get some younger people of board instead of funding things like trailers for the dirt mound we call a police shooting range? Or nepotism in awarding contracts?

younggen younggen
June 29th

I don't believe flags of ANY political party belong on the same halyard as the American flag.

htownguy htownguy
June 29th

I am so sick & tired of all these spam phone calls. I seem to be getting a lot more of them lately. I don't answer, my caller I.D. is very helpful with that, but it's just so annoying to have the phone ringing all day long (especially nap time, lol).

Lonesome Dove Lonesome Dove
July 2nd

This cuts down on a lot of it, but not all of it. It does make my phone ring one time though when it's a spam call. We just wait until a second ring before we get up to look at the caller ID.

https://nomorobo.com/

Calico696 Calico696
July 2nd

If you have Verizon, they have a call filter app that works great

Iamrite Iamrite
July 2nd

Can the Hackettstown Police keep an eye on Valentine St to slow down those noisy Motorcycles and Cars that need their exhaust fixed that think the 25 MPH Limit does not apply to them. Also the Stop sign at Jefferson St does apply as well, too many times I have come up Valentine St to have a vehicle blow the stop sign and pull out in front of me!

Mr 4paws Mr 4paws
July 2nd

THIS SUCKS!!! My dogs....


My dog to. What we did, we put her in a portable coop, placed it in bathtub, closed the curtain, turned off lights and closed door. She did very well. No barking or shaking . Poor little thing. She’s out now.

auntiel auntiel
July 4th

How much longer will they be working on Route 46?? All last week, starting at 7pm and all through the night, and now they're working during the day too. The trucks might as well be in my backyard.


To the person in the Pathfinder who passed me on Arthur Terrace as I was on my motorcycle doing exactly 25 mph- you almost pushed me into the parked car! How you thought you could blow by me on my motorcycle with cars parked on the side is beyond me. I'll bet you didn't think I would follow you huh? You traveled onto Mitchell, right onto Lawrence then ultimately right onto 57 into Mansfield. You exceeded 40MPH on those residential streets!! When you finally stopped and dropped off the person who got out of your vehicle obviously he was late as he never even asked who I was as I approached in a rather animated manner. He beat it inside. I was shocked to see you were a woman and obviously had your daughter in the car. I didn't know that when you blasted by me. I know I really gave it to you while your minor child sat in the front seat. I hope you understood exactly the danger you put me and everyone in the neighborhood in today. While I was a bit loud I introduced myself, and I was polite in my explanation. You apologized sincerely- Please realize getting that person to work on time is not a reason to drive the way you did. You stated you wouldn't drive like that in your neighborhood please be respectful of all neighborhoods.


Glad you are ok, Greg. She sounds like a total self-centered moron.

Calico696 Calico696
3 weeks ago

Thank you. Unfortunately there was a definite language barrier so I'm a little unsure if she understood everything I articulated. However at first I was so pissed my delivery certainly left little doubt in my displeasure! LOL.


Greg that’s awful. Wow

Masks Fortheugly Masks Fortheugly
3 weeks ago

Greg,
If it makes you feel better, she doesn't care.

dodgebaaall dodgebaaall
3 weeks ago

Hey, 8:10am, neighbors kids are up, guess we all should get up now.

Roywhite Roywhite
1 week ago

It’s also great when the neighbor’s adult kids are up at 5:00am.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
1 week ago

How do I get my kids up at 8:10. They all sleep until noon.

CraftBeerBob CraftBeerBob
1 week ago

Bob,
Just drink more craft beer so you won't wake up until noon. Then it won't bother you.

dodgebaal dodgebaal
1 week ago

Wish my kids slept until 8:10am. But it's nice when my neighbors' landscaper starts mowing at 6:45am too.


Before you purchase from any ad banner here, do your research. I have never seem such a list of bad reviews and outright scammers in my internet history. Many bad actors. Please find reviews first.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
1 week ago

What can be done about all the vultures hanging around the homes around Kenwood. Anyone know how to get them to go away

annoyed
1 week ago

Annoyed:

A short blast of a car alarm worked for me.

Courtney1 Courtney1
1 week ago

I use two one-foot or so boards, like 2x4s. Just smack em together (without your fingers) and the birds should fly.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
1 week ago

Sure am glad I’m not a “virtual nobody”.

Roywhite Roywhite
2 days ago

Delivery trucks parking where ever TF they want to drop off packages with ever increasing regularity.
Blind spots, narrow streets, wherever they feel like.
Between them and the landscapers-bad things gonna happen with increasing regularity.


Stymie

You beat me to it! I was in another town last week to buy something from a resident. An Amazon van in front of me pulls over to the left and parks partway into traffic to make his delivery. Because of that I missed the address, went down, turned around and came back. as I parked on the shoulder the same driver starts traveling towards me, then goes into the opposite lane of travel around me and parks on the other side of the driveway from me. He was going to the same house and apparently until I parked there had been planning on driving down the wrong side of the road to get there.

A UPS driver in the same town today stopped on the shoulder in the proper direction and walked across the street to make his delivery. The correct way. Do they vet the Amazon drivers or give them safety training, or are they like FedEx Ground, contracted drivers? A cop following that Amazon driver could have had a freaking field day.

I agree with you on the landscapers too. Many of them will obstruct part of an intersection or corners. Yes, I know they want to be close to the client(s) house, but the streets are public and you can park one house down to prevent causing a road hazard. When you're a contributing cause of an accident or one of your people get creamed because they just walk out in front of cars without looking to see if anyone's coming you'll find out how quickly insurance says it's your problem and not theirs.

Phil D. Phil D.
2 days ago

So many streets have bushes blocking views while turning. I don't like having to inch out and inch out and then see someone is coming. Trim bushes and trees that are close to the roads. ;)

DogDayAfternoon
2 days ago

DogDayAfternoon:

“ So many streets have bushes blocking views while turning”

Yes very annoying and not safe. There are sight distance requirements but the towns/townships do not enforce them

Lamppost Lamppost
2 days ago

Interesting topic to me because I was just trying to make a turn out of W. Valley View onto Main Street. There are several very overgrown tall weeds growing right there, preventing an unobstructed view up the hill coming down from Independence. I am not sure who would be responsible to just cut down those weeds, since that is a state highway. I'm half tempted to do it myself.

Lonesome Dove Lonesome Dove
2 days ago

Lonesome Dove, Lamppost - I know what you mean. I don't know who to call or if it's personal property in some places or if a person who owns a corner house and so on. Bushes hang down too far or trees are overgrown and I hate inching out bit by bit. Who the heck do you report streets or intersections to in each town? No idea.

DogDayAfternoon
1 day ago

The Town Code is your best friend. Page 1225 of Hackettstown's:

"12-80. Maintenance and Trimming of Brush, etc.
The owner or owners, tenant or tenants, of land lying within the limits of the Town of
Hackettstown, shall keep all brush, hedges and other plant life growing within ten (10') feet of any
roadway within the Town of Hackettstown, and within twenty-five (25') feet of the intersection of any
two (2) roadways, cut to a height of not more than two and one-half (2½') feet above the adjacent
ground elevation where it shall be necessary and expedient for the preservation of public safety.
12-81. Construction and Maintenance of Fences.
The owner or owners, tenant or tenants, of land lying within the limits of the Town of
Hackettstown and forming a corner property, shall not construct or maintain any fences or other
structures within a distance of twenty-five (25') feet of the point of intersection of the sidelines of each
of the two (2) intersecting streets or roadways, which is more than two and one-half (2½') feet above
the adjacent ground elevation where it shall be necessary and expedient for the preservation of public
safety."

To summarize the rest...
If the items aren't removed or shortened within 10 days of a written notice from the Police Department, the fine is $25/days. After 10 days, it's handed to the Town Engineer to have corrected and a lien placed on the house or an addition put onto their property tax for the amount it costs to correct the issue.

If the Town Council decides that strict application of the law will result in a severe hardship, a hardship waiver may be granted. I'm guessing that there would be some kind of compromise reached on height and distance in that case.

As far as setbacks for complete clearance and trees dangling in the way, I'll have to check further. If it's a Town-owned tree however, you can't cut or disturb it in any way without permission. That's in the next Article in the Code! I think the place to call would be the DPW should any of the trees next to the roadways be dangling and overgrown so as to obstruct signs, sight views at intersections, etc. Since the trees between the sidewalk and curbing are normally Town-owned trees, I think that would be your best bet.

I would imagine you'd either report the issue at the Police Dept. or call on the non-emergency line, since they deliver the written notice. Reporting it at a Town Meeting so there's a record of it/them would probably work too. Maybe Jim L. will chime in on this, since he has the experience behind him.

Phil D. Phil D.
1 day ago

Thank you, Phil.

DogDayAfternoon
1 day ago

DogDayAfternoon

My pleasure, happy to help!

Phil D. Phil D.
1 day ago

You can either call the non emergency police or the DPW and they will come out to check on the issue and send a letter to the owner of the property to address it. After 10days the town will hire a contractor to do the work and put a lien on the property until the invoice is paid.


Jim L

Thanks for confirming what I wrote. I wanted to make sure I didn't get anything wrong.


On a marginally similar topic:
A couple months ago we watched from our porch as someone drove up in a pickup truck and off-loaded a large sofa and a couple chairs on the berm up the street, at the corner of Washington and Church. That property is a multi-unit rental and we initially assumed someone was moving in, or at least had gotten new furniture. But no. Apparently it was just some random stranger looking for a place to dump his furniture. The following day someone drove by and took the chairs, but the sofa has just been sitting there ever since. Who do I call to get it taken away?


The property owner?

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
1 hour ago

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