Sherman Chester’s Letter to Obama

Sherman Chester’s Letter to Obama

I’m subscribed to the White House email list and this morning I decided to take a look at some of the emails I’ve gotten from it (which I do not often do). The subject line for one of these recent emails reads “This letter Sherman sent me” and for some reason that caught my interest. The email talked about a letter President Obama received from a formerly incarcerated man, Sherman D. Chester, who he’d pardoned. The man was sentenced to…

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Homeless Homes?

Homeless Homes?

Out in Oakland, California, a man is using repurposed garbage from illegal dumping sites to build small homes for the homeless. Gregory Kloehn is an artist and construction contractor who, for the past four years has dedicated much of his time to constructing these homes for people living on the streets. He also sources materials from commercial waste and excess household items. He uses his creative talent to make these homes that are practical and also works of art. According…

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Paterson First Ward Residents’ Streets, Homes, Lives Ruined by River Flooding

Paterson First Ward Residents’ Streets, Homes, Lives Ruined by River Flooding

Residents in some parts of Paterson are no strangers to flooding. The Passaic River (the largest river system in New Jersey) which used to be used for transportation, food, water and industrial power, runs through and around the town. According to the FEMA flood map, Paterson’s First and Second Wards sit in the areas most affected by flooding and the floods have turned parts of those neighborhoods into areas resembling war zones. As you travel through the First Ward with…

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Student Spotlight: Kyran Guerra

Student Spotlight: Kyran Guerra

By Luis Ari Lopez Wei Bergen Community College has some impressive individuals studying and working here, and Kyran Guerra, is one of them. Kyran or “Ky”, as everyone calls him, is an employee of the school working for both the bookstore and the custodial department. He travels back and forth between the Paramus and Hackensack campuses as a part time student. Collectively, between working for the bookstore and as a custodian, Guerra works around 13 hours a day; he still…

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Star Wars is Poetry

Star Wars is Poetry

Star Wars Poetry from whoispablo on Vimeo. About a week ago (shoutout to Bobby Shmurda) a user, whoispablo uploaded a video on Vimeo entitled Star Wars Poetry. The video runs at just over two minutes long and shows parallels between the Star Wars original trilogy and movies 1 to 3. I’m a big fan of Star Wars myself, and like many other people, I’ve watched every movie several times over; I’ve even watched some of the unofficial Star Wars movies…

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Midnight rant on wasteful spending

Midnight rant on wasteful spending

Honestly, today I looked at my wallet and I did not feel good about myself. Quite literally about two weeks ago when I looked in my wallet, I would have felt fine, but not on this day. My wallet seems to be getting skinnier and skinnier and my stomach seems to be increasing in size – or at least not getting any smaller. I realized I’ve developed a bad spending habit. I have been spending money that I shouldn’t be,…

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Nice, Green, Fair Lawn fair

Nice, Green, Fair Lawn fair

The town Fair Lawn’s Green Team hosted its third annual Green Fair last night. The fair consisted of a number of different exhibitors ranging from The Hackensack Riverkeeper, Food & Water Watch and Fair Lawn high school’s Environmental club to the Historic Commission, Safe Routes to School and even a hand’s-on composting demonstration. The Fair attracted over 150 attendees, including members of Bergen Community College’s NAACP and Fair Lawn’s mayor. The highlights of the event were the presentations done by…

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Militarized police are out of control.

Militarized police are out of control.

Another innocent young man has been killed by another out of control police officer. Michael Brown, an 18 year old youth was shot by a police officer for walking in the street. The officer told Michael to “Get the fuck onto the sidewalk,” and when Michael told him he was just going to his home not far away, the officer pulled out his gun and shot Michael, shooting him about 10 times as he ran away trying to get to…

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The Civil War… In Color?

The Civil War… In Color?

Artist John C. Gunztelman in his work, The Civil War in Color: A Photographic Reenactment of the War Between the States, has taken to colorizing black and white photos from the Civil War. He has brought the marvels of modern imagery to the pictures taken during the the Civil War, giving a uniqueness to them, doing something which could not have been achieved back then. Here is a link to the article and more pictures: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Civil-War-Now-in-Living-Color-192504401.html?c=y&page=1&navigation=thumb#IMAGES Share This:

Superhero in History short story

Superhero in History short story

Standing on the beaches that day reminded me of what had taken place so long ago. The day I started to believe in the existence of both G-d and Satan. A day filled with seemingly unprecedented fear, death and destruction. Looking down, I remembered vividly what had transpired decades ago to the day, as if it was yesterday. June 6, 1944 0600 Omaha Beach, Normandy “Three minutes to landing!” “Alright boys, get ready! Now, it’s a complete mess out there,…

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