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May 2007

10 Commandments for Pet Owners

  1. My lif is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Do not break my spirit with your temper, thowufh I will always forgive you. Your patience will teach me more effectively
  3. PLEASE have me spayed or neutered!
  4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is grateful for you kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.After all you have your job, your friends, your entertianment. I have ONLY YOU.
  5. Speak to me often. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me. Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiasm whenever I hear your foosteps.
  6. Take me in when its cold and wet. I'm a domestic animal and am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I as for little more thatn your gentle hands petting me. Keep my bowl filled with water. Feed me good food so I can stay well, to romp and aply and do your bidding. By your side I stand ready, willing and able to share my life with you, for that is what I live for. I'll never forget how well you've treated me.
  7. Don't hit me. Remember I have teeth that could easily crush the bones of your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
  8. Before you scold me for being lazy and uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food,I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart mey be getting weak.
  9. Take care of me when I get old. For you will gorw old too.
  10. When I am old, or when I no longer enjopy good health, pleas do not make heroice efforts to keep me going, I am not having fun. Just see to it that my trusitng life is taken gently. Be with me on that difficult journey when it's time to say goodbye. Never say "I just can't bear to watch". Everythig is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands. I LOVE YOU!

NJ Supreme Court Grants Stay in Harrison Condemnation Case

AFP-NJ newsletter for May 17, 2007

NJ Supreme Court Grants Stay in Harrison Condemnation Case

Breaking News: A stay has been granted to Manny's neighbor, Harrison Eagle LLP. This does not directly help Manny Amaral, but it is a good sign. Perhaps the NJ Supreme Court will revisit their decision on Manny's property. At least Manny was not evicted on May 15th, as planned. The AFP video and press releases have been increasing public awareness of this terrible example of eminent domain abuse. With your help we have made an impact on public opinion.

Click here to watch the AFP YouTube video and continue to keep the pressure on by calling Governor Corzine's office and letting him know Manny is still in need of help to save his family business. Thank you all for your hard work.

The New Jersey Supreme Court has granted a Stay of the Warrant of Removal issued by Superior Court Judge Maurice J. Gallipoli in the matter of Harrison Redevelopment Agency v. Harrison Eagle LLP. Harrison Eagle LLP is the company owned in part by Steven Adler. Mr. Adler has been fighting condemnation proceedings brought by the Harrison Redevelopment Agency (HRA) for several years. This most recent court order is the first victory in many years of contesting the condemnation powers of the HRA.

The New Jersey Supreme Court had previously denied a request for a stay made by Amaral Auto Group whose property is adjacent to the property owned by Harrison Eagle LLP. It is not clear whether the court will revisit the issue of a Stay for the Amaral Auto Group. Both matters contested the validity of the HRA's attempt to condemn their respective properties on similar grounds.

Amaral Auto Group was to be evicted May 15, but was granted an extension by the HRA. A rally scheduled for today was cancelled. Manny Amaral may have exchanged foregoing the rally in order to continue to operate his business.

The Supreme Court order in the case of Harrison Redevelopment Agency v. Harrison Eagle LLP states, "a stay of the warrant of removal is granted until further order of the Court."


new website integrates craigslist onto a map

I just discovered a great website called www.housingmaps.com. What it does is intefrates craigs list for sale, for rent listings onto the map and you can even search it by price range. Check it out very interesting.

Thestory I heard was that a programmer that worked for PIXAR studios (the anamaters for Toy Story and such) had taken the Google Earth platform and crossed it with Craigslist and he called it www.housingmaps.com. It was the first  "smash up" that google saw. Google was so impressed that they hired the programmer away from Pixar and now apply this "smash up" programming to everything from census data to chat sites.

For me, the housing maps becomes especially useful when I am seeking rental ads for specific neighborhoods and saves me the time of going through them all.  You just have to know where a "no specific address" ad is mapped to. And one other tip, if you can't figure it out.. the colors indicate if the ad has pictures embedded in the Craigslist ad or not. Double clicking on a bubble will bring up the actual Craigs List ad.  Have fun...


Just a line....

Just a line to say I’m living

That I’m not among the dead

Though I’m getting more forgetful

And mixed up inside my head.

For sometimes I can not remember

When I stand at the foot of the stairs

If I must go up for something

Or I’ve just come down from there.

And before the fridge so often

My poor mind filled with doubt

Have I just put food away, or

Have I come to take some out?

And there’s times when it’s dark outside

And with my nightcap on my head

I don’t know if I’m retiring

Or just getting out of bed.

So it’s m y turn to write you

There’s no need in getting sore

I may think that I have written

And I don’t want to be a bore.

So, remember I do love you

And wish that you were here

But now it’s nearly mailing time

So I must say goodbye my dear.

There I stood beside the mailbox

With a face so very red

Instead of mailing you my letter

I have opened it instead.

Written to my mom12/8/88 for her birthday card


Get Happy!

I was intrigued when I ran across an article about "7 Ways to Make Yourself Happier in the Next Hour."  The author spent a year testing out the various theories of current scientific studies on happiness, and came up with seven points.  Each of them can help lift your mood and give you a sense of accomplishment.  I wanted to share them with you, so you can try them out for yourself.

    The idea is to try to do as many of them as you can in an hour.

    Boost your energy by getting up and moving around.  Taking a brisk ten-minute walk is best, because when you are moving faster, your metabolism speeds up and the activity is good for your focus and mood and helps you retain information.

    Reach out to friends.  Arrange a lunch date or send an email to someone you haven't seen for a while.  Socializing boosts moods and having close bonds with others is one of the keys to happiness.

    Get an old task out of the way.  If you've been procrastinating about a chore, tackle it now.  Like making that doctor or dental appointment, or arranging to get broken equipment fixed.  You'll feel a sense of relief and a burst of energy.

    Create a calmer environment.  Just clearing some space around you, or getting things in order will give you a sense of serenity.

    Plan some future fun.  Decide to get to that new movie, or order a book you've been wanting to read, or plan an activity with friends or family.  Having fun on a regular basis is necessary to happiness, and anticipation is a part of that.

    Do a good deed.  Something as simple as holding a door for someone or offering praise can help, because the adage "do good, feel good" really works.

    Act happy.  Smile! Just going through the motion of happiness lifts your spirits and makes you more approachable.

Why not give it a try! Get Happy!


Clean Ocean Action... Still Making Waves

MARK your Calendars Sunday May 20 2007 3pm to 7pm Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Sea Bright, NJ

BEACHSIDE FAMILY FUN FOR THE OCEAN
CELEBRATE SUMMER’S ARRIVAL WITH GIDGET & MOONDOGGIE

Sandy Hook, NJ – Clean Ocean Action's (COA) annual seaside fundraiser, Beach Party for the Ocean, will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2007, from 3-7 p.m. at the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Sea Bright, NJ. Over 300 families from across the region will gather to celebrate COA’s ocean protection efforts.

“The Beach Party is waves of fun and kicks-off the summer season on the Jersey Shore. It is also a special time for families to reflect on the work that Clean Ocean Action has done to ensure that our ocean is safe for swimming, surfing, and fishing throughout the year,” said Louise Hall, Beach Party Event Chair.

Guests will dance to the classic surf rock music and enjoy fresh fare of treats and beverages. Other fun includes a Gidget and Moondoggie Look-a-Like Contest for all ages, 50/50 raffle, and chance and silent auctions with many unique prizes.

“During COA’s Beach Party we gather to celebrate the ocean’s beauty and to launch
a new beachy season of fun-filled memories spent with family and friends. As the trusted
voice for the ocean, we work, side by side, to protect our waters for today and tomorrow,”
said Cindy Zipf, COA’s Executive Director.

Event proceeds benefit Clean Ocean Action’s efforts to improve and protect the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York coast through research, education, and citizen action. COA was founded in 1984 in direct response to the devastating ocean pollution events of the 1980s.
Today, COA is a coalition of thousands of citizens dedicated to safeguarding the ocean.

The Beach Party is rain or shine—under the big top. Admission is $50 per adult and $25 per child under 12. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cleanoceanaction.org using MasterCard/Visa. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information, contact Jennifer Smiga, COA’s Events and Development Director, at (732) 872-0111 or events@cleanoceanaction.org.