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Head 2 Head on 295

If you drive on 295, as you approach exit 65B you will see a large piece of public art called Head 2 Head, created by artist John Martini. The two giant heads weigh a combined 45 tons and are part of a project by the Grounds For Sculpture, a local park featuring large works of art. The Sculpture On The Way (SOTW) program is meant to be a visual path that leads visitors to the Grounds for Sculpture. By displaying art publicly it is hoped that it was will encourage local residents and business owners to display art publicly on their own, unaffiliated with the program itself.

You can read more about the SOTW program, featuring descriptions and locations of other pieces here. You can read more about Head 2 Head here

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Bergen Record article on a study of some really really old rocks in Passaic County

AMC is bringing it’s “dine-in theaters to NJ, but they’re only coming to central jersey for now. I wanna try this even if it means going down to Bridgewater just for a movie.

A stockpile of 2600 tons of mercury has finally been relocated out of Hillsborough, NJ. Only took 50 years….

A Hunterdon man grew (then carved) a 500 lb pumpkin

Scott Willman doesn’t just take care of Mount Pleasant cemetery. He lives there. Speaking of cemeteries, A pair of retirees have been working hard to research the locations of veterans buried in forgotten cemeteries in Morris County. In another cemetery story, a slave headstone is beyond repair, but a locals are pitching in to replace it with a new one

Speaking of odd jobs, apparently people go around the state gathering acorns (fighting off squirrels) so they can plant them and keep oak trees alive.

I once was young and stupid. (note: I’m now old and stupid). I stole road signs and dropped bowling balls from great heights. But I still can’t help but be amused when idiot teens get busted for… I dunno… stealing stuff for a scavenger hunt.

Finally, the state has decided that the best way to handle the over 20,000 toxic waste sites is to farm out the cleanup to private contractors and let the DEP handle only the worst of the worst. Yeah, I can’t see anything wrong with that.

Efforts continue to save historic bridge

Local residents try to save bridge built in 1882

The creekhouse

The pictures are rather dark but as you can see they built an extension to the home over a creek. Apparently the homeowner has a whole water garden in the back and building over the creek allowed him the ability to expand and not disturb the flow of the water.
That’s all fine and good, but what happens during a flood like we got in Hurricane Floyd? The owner promised to let me visit the garden at some point and I’ll update the site with more pictures and the full story when I do it.

Is there a panther prowling around Mercer county?

somebody said panther and the cops thought they meant the black panthers… ^@!&(@#_( retards….

Residents in the rural New Jersey community of Vineland are used to seeing wild turkey, the occasional deer and once in a great while, even a bear. But reports that a black panther has been roaming the woods have some people worried. Residents over the weekend reported seeing a large black animal with a long tail walking through the fields and woods. From the look of it, they don’t think the feline is a well-fed pet, but a panther.

“I knew by the size that it was not a house cat. It wasn’t a tiny dog. It looked like some kind of wild cat,” said Zoe Paraskevas, who lives on Old Farm Drive in the Cumberland County city where the cat was spotted. She said she saw the animal in the field behind her house on Saturday and quickly snapped a picture of it. “I just got chills. I said ‘Oh, my God!’ I just couldn’t believe what I saw,” said Paraskevas, who said the animal walked through the field for about 30 seconds before she lost sight of it in the woods.

Since then, Paraskevas, who said she first saw the animal in March, said she’s seen the black furry animal a few more times as have some of her neighbors. Felicia Fiocchi said she spotted something in the field behind their house on Sunday about 1/4 mile to a 1/2 mile away. “I can’t tell you if it was a panther, but I can tell you that it wasn’t a domesticated house cat,” said Fiocchi, who lives on the street with her husband and four children. She’s worried about the possibility of a dangerous cat roaming the woods and fields where her four children sometimes play.

Authorities, however, have not spotted the mysterious visitor. A conservation officer from the Division of Fish and Wildlife visited the area three times over the weekend and found nothing to indicate a panther was in the area, said Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. “There was absolutely no evidence to indicate that there was a panther out there,” Yuhas said. Paraskevas said she was told by the conservation officer that the ground was too dry for the animal to leave paw prints.

Lt. Steve Cleveland from the Vineland police department said the idea of a black panther in the area was so unheard of that when the department first received the report, they thought someone was talking about the Black Panther Party — a political organization. Despite that, he said the department is not taking the concerns lightly. An animal control officer has warned residents to keep a close eye on their children, and residents are advised to call authorities immediately if they see any large animal in the area.

The Futuro House of Tomorrow

Built in 1968 by architect Matti Suuronen, this concept house was designed to be used as either a vacation home or a mobile home. It is constructed of lightweight plastic so it can easily be transported. It supposedly can sleep 8, and has a kitchen and bathroom. Cooking was to be done using a portable ‘firebox’ which could go on the table, or be put away. Steel legs supported the cabin. A door dropped down, spaceship style, to let people in or out.

Built by a New Zealand company, Futuro Industries, they were built just as the oil crisis began. This raised the price of building materials and that was the end of the Futuro House. Somewhere between 20 & 60 of these concept homes were built, and most are still in existence. This one is now being used as a PAL HQ in a park in Willingboro.

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History of the Futuro House

The book is only available thru a handful of retaailers, none of them American. I got my copy thru Desura..

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