Daily Archives: February 22, 2016



Thanks to Mickey and Elaine Raine for passing along these great shots from Saturday at Mill Creek Marsh of the moon during daylight and a spectacular sunset!

NJSEA Celebrates Black History Month: Ruby Dee, Kearny


Photo credit: AT&T Archives.

Today is the final installment of our weekly posts honoring Black History Month. The posts are taken from our archives and were originally done by former staffer Jim Wright.

Today we honor Ruby Dee, an actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist, who worked in Kearny during World War II. She died in 2014.

    Actress and civil rights champion Ruby Dee, who was born in Cleveland in 1924 and raised in Harlem, worked at the Western Electric Company’s Kearny Works during World War II, soldering wires on an assembly line.

   She graduated from Hunter College and got her first Broadway role in a play called “Jeb,” about a black GI war hero. The star was Ossie Davis, whom she married two years later.

   Both Davis and Dee were active in the Civil Rights Movement throughout their careers. Dee has been involved with the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

   Dee starred in “American Gangster,” set in part in Bergen County, in 2007.

   For more information on Ruby Dee, click here.

   For more information on Kearny’s Western Electric plant, click “Continue reading…” 

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Tonight: Evening Yoga in the Meadowlands!



The Meadowlands has always been a place for peaceful relaxation, and now for the first time we’re giving you the chance to further balance tranquility of the mind, body and soul with an “Evening Yoga Class,” on Monday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center.

We will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. The program is open to all levels of students-beginner to advanced, ages 14 and up. Poses can be modified to accommodate all levels.

Cost is $10. Sign-up at njsea.eventbrite.com.

Hope to see you tomorrow evening!





Watch for Ticks



Jim Wright sent along this message from Mike Britt yesterday. Be careful out there!

Picked up my first ever DEER TICK at Liberty State Park this AM. One used
to have peace of mind bushwhacking in Hudson but with the return of large
mammals to the county, I knew it was only a matter of time!