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Newark USA

A fotojournal about LIVING in Newark USA, New Jersey's largest and most cultured city, by the author of the foto-essay website RESURGENCE CITY: Newark USA.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Giant Ginger Jars and Free Museums

For many years, the formal, Washington Street entrance of the Newark Museum was flanked by two giant Chinese ginger jars. They are no longer there. They were moved to Horizon Plaza, an elegantly planted small park between the Museum and Central Avenue, formerly occupied in part by historic Polhemus House, which the Museum decided was too badly compromised structurally to be renovated, so had to be demolished. I'm not sure that that was the best choice, but it is the choice the Museum made.
I used the foto below without much textual description (that is, context) as the third picture in my post of July 14th, as a sort of promise to address that topic. I am now so addressing it.

I hadn't known about the move until I attended this year's Fire Muster on June 7th. (I still need to address that topic. In due course.) This is my first view of the jars in their new location, past a fire-and-rescue vehicle from Flanders (Morris County), NJ.

I think these painted-concrete jars look better in their new location. In addition, there is a sign by them there that describes them. There was no sign at the prior location. Unfortunately, my foto of that sign didn't turn out clear, because of glare from the sun. I'm not going to type the entire text that I was able to read, and intend at some point to take a good picture at readable size to show here. In brief, these are two examples of a series of such works by the artist Allan McCollum, called "Perfect Vehicles", in the centuries-old form of a Chinese ginger jar, except the tops do not come off.

Free Museums. It's that time again, the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month, when Bank of America / Merrill Lynch treats its credit and debit cardholders to one admission per person (or is it per card or account?) to any of over 150 museums across the country. The wording is a little unclear. The five participating institutions in North Jersey are the Newark Museum and Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, the Morris Museum in Morristown, and the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Aljira is open only Saturdays, but the other institutions are open both Saturday and Sunday. You can find links to their websites at the Museums on Us website for info about location, hours, special exhibitions, general collections, etc.

St. Patrick's Pro Cathedral seen past the ginger jars.

I haven't been to either the Montclair Art Museum or the Morris Museum in a long time, and have never been to the Liberty Science Center. The weather this weekend is dreary, but maybe a trip to a free museum would briten my mood. And yours?

Here's a wide view from the ginger jars in Horizon Plaza to the mirror-glass towers of PSE&G (left) and the Prudential Financial World Headquarters annex (right; yes, I know that is actually superfluous, but the reader might find it more comfortable than if I just left the issue hanging).

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Newark Mention in Barney Miller

Foto from blog "Faberge Google Doodle". This is the right cast, after the departure of "Fish" (Abe Vigoda). I don't know if the producers of that old sitcom (1975-82) will object to this foto's use here. If they do, I will of course remove it.

I was watching a rerun of the "Loan Shark" episode (Season 5, Episode 8) of the classic TV sitcom Barney Miller tonite (technically Friday nite, in that it started at 12:00 midnite) on Antenna TV (channel 11.2). "Detective Harris" (played by Ron Glass) is booking a teenage loan shark, "Leland Turner" (played by Larry B. Scott). Altho the series is set in Manhattan, when Harris asks the teen his place of birth, he says "Newark". I'd rather Newark be mentioned in a more favorable and prominent fashion, but it was nice to hear the city's name on a famed television series.
Toward the end of the same episode, "Barney" (Captain Miller, played by Hal Linden) admits that he had a tattoo done in Asbury Park 30 years earlier. Two mentions of New Jersey in one episode. We are blessed.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Newark ShopRite Opens Today

I have backfilled two posts you might want to check out. For last Friday, September 25th, I uploaded a discussion of a couple of "Surprising Mentions of NJ on TV". And for Sunday, August 23rd, I uploaded a post about a "Second Giant Stone Couch".

I have shown progress pix over many months of the construction of the Newark ShopRite and associated apartment houses. The store opens today, at 10:00am, and I'm trying to get there to take pictures, but they will have to be indoor pix for now, in that it is raining off and on and I dare not expose my camera to rain. I supply only one foto, above, of a portion of the store from August 30th, and will provide more recent fotos when the weather is not only clear but also brite. I want to show blue skies, not gray.
I got a circular about the new store in the mail a couple of days ago and was disappointed to see that the hours, at least at first, are only 7:00am to 10:00pm, every day, not 24/7. I find it odd that the East Orange ShopRite can stay open 24/7, but the Newark ShopRite cannot.

Monday, September 28, 2015

'Printers in Residence' Show at NPS

I attended the latest art-show opening reception at the Newark Print Shop ("NPS") on Saturday evening. My friend Jerry came in from Manhattan to accompany me. It's good to have a friend with whom to compare reactions.

NPS principal Samer (pronounced sáam.er) Fouad (f'úe.wod, or is it fúe.waad?) straightened the bottom leftmost of the smaller prints when he saw I was about to take a picture, then said, "NOW you can take the picture!" He's a good kid, and a (fotograffic) artist in his own right. I am NOT a fotograffic artist, only a fotograffic documentarian who works to show what is happening in Newark today.

This is the description of that art show from the emailed invite. (I indicate some minor corrections to the English, in brackets. Graffic artists are éxperts in the arts. Their texts, however, sometimes require correction by éxperts in English.
Join us!
For an opening reception:
Saturday[,] Sept[.] 26th 6-10pm
Newark Print Shop
304 University Ave[.], Newark, NJ[] 07102

The artwork of Sharon Lindenfeld, Angela Pilgrim, and Luke Walter.

This exhibition showcases the artwork created by our 2015 resident artists[,] Sharon Lindenfeld, Angela Pilgrim, and Luke Walter. For six months, these artists have had unlimited access to facilities at the shop to explore and engage with fine[-]art printmaking processes in order to expand their artistic practice. This exhibition highlights the importance of accessibility to workspace and resources as it showcases work created in an active, cooperative print shop right here in Newark. The exhibition is on view from September 26 through November 13, 2015.

These large prints were, according to Pete Tuomey, created on copper plates cut from roofing copper. I thought the large figure on the left in the bottom two panels looked like a cat. Pete thought it more like a potato! That's the kind of variation you can get with abstract art.

Here's more info about the artists, from the NPS website.
SHARON LINDENFELD is a Weehawken, NJ[-] based printmaker whose work depicts ambiguous, dreamlike landscapes. She begins with small observational drawings, then blows them up into large-scale prints. The images are then transformed through the use of experimental printmaking processes. Sharon completed her undergraduate degrees in printmaking at Dartmouth College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned her MFA at Indiana University—Bloomington. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Krakow Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland; the Lu Haisu museum in Shanghai, China; International Print Center in New York; and El Minia University in El Minia, Egypt. She has worked the last two years as an editions printer at various printmaking studios across New York City.

ANGELA PILGRIM is a self[-]taught artist born in Paterson, NJ in 1991. Pilgrim works predominantly in the medium of painting and Illustration, but has recently expanded her work to large[-]scale screen prints on fabric. Influenced by her African American background, the subject matter of her work is primarily people of color. Her work can be described as pop-infused contemporary art inspired by the styles of artists such as Henry Matisse, Kara Walker and Mickalene Thomas. She has shown work and is included in private collections along the East and West Coast. She is currently completing her 2015 Artist in Residence Program in Newark, NJ.

LUKE WALTER chose to pursue still photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City following a year of film study at Ithaca College. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, acquiring a wealth of knowledge he would later implement in both personal and commercial endeavors. Luke has since done just that, continuously producing photo and video work for clients, and exhibiting his art in various venues. While he travels as much as possible, he resides in New Jersey, working throughout the NYC metropolitan area.
Armed with that additional information, perhaps you can identify the artist who created each of the pieces I show today without my supplying ID's. I do, however, identify the works of two of the artists, so supplying the third should be no problem. Permit me to suggest to NPS that if you mention the year of birth of one of three artists you feature, readers would appreciate knowing the year of birth of the other two artists as well.
I found very interesting the different things that the prints in this show were printed ON. I spotted Pete Tuomey, a former principal of Red Saw Gallery and perhaps also its successor, Index Art Center, and he told me about some of the items in this show, which info I share with you now.

The prints below by Luke Walter were laid down upon castoff plywood from an Ikea crate, cut to appropriate sizes.

According to Pete, these next small works, each no more than at most 3" on the long side, are also by Luke Walter, and are printed on handmade paper. Pete participated in the papermaking workshop held outside NPS a couple of months ago, and regaled me with how some of these papers were made. I had wanted to get to that event to take pix, but it was too early in the day for me, in that I am still, years after retiring, on an evening- or graveyard-shift sleep cycle. Gallery Aferro also had a session on papermaking the day before NPS's workshop, but I'm not clear whether Pete attended both or just the one outside NPS.

In any case, the faint-blue rectangles above were made from worn-out denim (jeans, I assume). Pete told me how the cloth was smashed down into pulp to make the paper. Others of the rectangles in this picture were made from other sources of pulp. Once that freshly, hand-made paper had dried, perhaps in a locker outside the 2d-floor entrance to NPS, it was printed upon by, I think, silkscreen, all within this art-making complex at the corner of University Avenue and Campbell Street in Downtown Newark. The whole process, from beginning to end, from MAKING paper to printing on it to displaying it in a small gallery, was done right here in New Jersey's most cultured city. I don't know if you are impressed by that, but I am.
I just love Newark.

I saw at this show some people I hadn't seen out and about for a long time, such as Newark fotografers Sandro Gomes and his long-time (domestic) partner Luisa Pinzón. Sandro wondered if I remembered him, and I only vaguely did. I said, "You're from Portugal." Quite so. Once he told me his first name, I then came up with "Gomes" (pronounced, in Portuguese, góe.mesh), and he congratulated me on having a good memory. Unfortunately, that was largely wrong, and I couldn't remember the name of his partner, who I think is from Colombia — but don't quote me. I looked online to see if that was correct, but did not find instant confirmation. She told me her first name, because I couldn't remember it after perhaps as long as three or even more years of not seeing her out and about at Newark art events. And why would that be? It puzzles me that I often do NOT see major Newark arts stalwarts at various art events outside their own venue.

I still could not remember Luisa's last name! She then supplied it: Pinzón. I mentioned that I'm having some memory problems due to age, and have to take gingko (biloba, or just "gingko" — or "ginkgo", the stupid 'preferred' spelling — to help with memory). Pete Tuomey told me that Luisa had recently launched her own foto studio, which I found as being located on the fifth floor of 972 Broad Street, one of the two buildings in which Rebecca Jampol has created an art-studio empire, the other being Gateway Center 2. We are very lucky to have a young woman of Rebecca's drive. Unfortunately, I did not hear about that August event until this past Saturday, so did not attend.

Crowd in little gallery tries to listen to a brief presentation in the next room. I couldn't hear a thing.

I asked Sandro about his not carrying his big camera with telefoto lens, that I had become accustomed to seeing. He said he doesn't carry it in general, but pulled out a little, waterproof Samsung 'fun' kind of camera, largely yellow and black(?), that he does carry. I mentioned that I always carry my little GE, and have as well a camera in my cellfone, which I have used basically only when I TWICE exhausted my regular camera's batteries at the Turtle Back Zoo. He said he has been to that Zoo, in West Orange, only once, perhaps nine years ago. I think it's worth more frequent visits, but that's me. We discussed that the TBZ has hills, whereas many zoos would not impose hills upon patrons, esp. parents who have to push strollers.

The reception was well-attended. Here you can see, left to right, Newark artists Lisa Conrad (a principal of NPS), Gianluca Bianchino, and Stephen McKenzie (another principal of NPS).

I need now to 'fess up to an embarrassing memory lapse. I knew full well WHO Peter Tuomey was but could not for the life of me remember, at NPS, what his name is. And I'm very fond of him! I remembered him as being Irish(?), but could not think of any Irish name he might have (e.g., Sean, Kevin, Patrick, Hugh). I knew how to search for his name online, because of mentions I had made of him here, but did not need to do so because within a couple of hours after getting home, I remembered his name. Better late than never? I was intrigued to know that he has recently been interested in paper-making and printing, because I identified him with the casting of three-dimensional objects in molten metal, I think in some nearby burg, such as Montclair. I have not yet attended any such molten-metal casting. You'd think that Newark, with its industrial past, would be THE place in this county to cast metal sculptures. But it's apparently not, at least not yet.
In any case, after we checked out the NPS show, Jerry and I ventured to the Ferry Street Pathmark, soon to change to, I thought, a Stop & Shop due to the A&P bankruptcy. The slender, polite, white cashier I asked about when the changeover to Stop & Shop would occur, said that it is actually to become an Acme. Hm. Did I read the website wrong? He thought maybe the Bergen Street Pathmark was to become a Stop & Shop, but when I had, before then, investigated, I saw no reference to that store. We will in time see.
I thereafter drove Jerry to Newark Penn Station for his trip back to Manhattan, and headed home myself. This was a short nite out, and both pleasant and interesting. I like the fact that NPS held its opening reception on a Saturday rather than what is more common in Newark, Thursday. Newark arts are helping to revive nitelife in Downtown Newark, and Saturday is much more appropriate a time for people to stay up late Downtown than is Thursday.
Let me now put up a few fotos from the last NPS show I attended, May 17th, "Not Your Type". I had intended to do a short post on that show long before now, but I'm backed up badly. I keep taking pictures — HUNDREDS of pictures — but cannot generate the texts to show them. This is what might be called "an embarrassment of riches". But it has become just an embarrassment, that I have been unable to use these many fotos in this blog because I am too pressed by the many other things I need to do online. I don't know for sure whether I am actually busier than ever before, or whether I am just no longer efficient. In any case, I find myself unable to put up all the posts I want to.

I have been seriously remiss in NOT putting up in timely fashion posts about the various art events I have attended, even tho I have taken hundreds of fotos at them. I get overwhelmed by how many fotos I have taken, and the next event or fotograffic expedition diverts me. I probably have fotos enuf for TWO POSTS A DAY, but nothing like the energy and time to CREATE such posts. I will try to catch up, albeit with many fewer fotos than I could have put up had I uploaded timely posts, so don't be surprised if, going forward, I put up posts about events MONTHS AGO, instead of just moving forward. I just have to find time, which is for me in short supply. And I am FULLY RETIRED!
The foto above shows a wide view of the "Not Your Type" show, inasmuch as one can get a wide view of a small exhibition space. NPS should do more joint shows with Index Art Center, which has lots of space, and which has presented one joint show already. NPS is producing many artworks, in multiple copies by printing press, but doesn't have the space to exhibit most of them.
Now, below, appears a close view, readable or not, of a transcript of an interview of a sex offender, very unusual stuff for an art show, no?

Below appear a group of printed signs that state, in case you can't read them in the foto, "THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE OF US STILL WILLING TO GET OUR HANDS DIRTY." That's an interesting thought.

Finally, here is a close view of a small artwork comprising multiple pages of, what?, 5" x 4" size? You weren't supposed to pick it up to flip thru to read every word. So what's the point?

I really like the Newark Print Shop, even if I can't show everything in my fotos. It is a highly laudable addition to Newark arts. Here is info about its location and hours of operation for visitors.
304 University Avenue FL 2 [2d floor]
Newark, NJ 07102


HOURS: Wednesdays 6-10 (open studio)
Saturdays 12-5
and by appointment

Friday, September 25, 2015

Surprising Mentions of NJ on TV

I was startled, and pleasantly surprised, to see a commercial that calls Vineland the "Home of Progresso" soups. I had no idea that Progresso had any connection with New Jersey. All New Jerseyans should know that the Campbell Soup Company is headquartered in Camden, some 40 miles from Vineland and even deeper into South Jersey.

I made this screenprint from an online version of the commercial I've seen.

I observed here on June 6, 2012:
I feel better about South Jersey from our unintended wanderings. North Jersey and South Jersey are almost like separate states, as regards local identity and sympathies. But they are both part of the same small state. South Jersey, at least in the agricultural and exurban parts of Burlington County that we traveled thru, is far more lush and lovely than I imagined. Moorestown in particular is a fine, historic-looking town, "ranked number one in Money magazine's list of the best places to live in America in 2005." It is just west of Mount Laurel, another lovely little town.

This trimmed view of the opening of that commercial was offered as a screenprint by The Daily Journal. That story also includes a video of the full commercial, which is being shown in 21 regional markets, not just in NJ and its adjoining NY and Philly metro areas. (It appears that The Daily Journal, a Gannett company, is based somewhere in the Vineland area, but I could not find confirmation of that because the web designers apparently did not wish to share that info with visitors. Perhaps it is part of the website, just very well hidden. Why would any web designer hide such basic information? And why, esp., would a NEWS organization hide that info? What ever happened to the list of questions that every news story should answer, the Four W's and One H (Who? What? WHERE? When? and How?)?

I have not yet made it to Vineland, but have always been intrigued by its big yellow rectangle in Burlington County that stands out on the map.
In that my teeth or in very bad condition, I eat a lot of soup, including a lot of Progresso soups because they are not condensed, so I can just pour the contents into a bowl and zap the bowl in the microwave or heat it in the toaster-oven without having to mash up thick concentrate and then stir in water to try to get a smooth result. Sometimes I even puree soups in the blender so I don't have to deal with solids of size.
Never had I noticed a New Jersey location on any Progresso label. When I looked for a locality, I saw only the General Foods HQ city, Minneapolis.

Once I saw the Vineland commercial, I checked out the Progresso website and saw that altho the company was established in New Orleans in 1907, the website is very forthrite about its NJ operations, which started in 1942. It has recently been working on ecological responsibility. Good to know.
Pennies from Heaven. I was also surprised to see in TV listings for the 1936 movie Pennies from Heaven, which introduced the song of the same name, that the male lead, played by Bing Crosby, was to deliver a letter from an executed prisoner to "a family called Smith near Middletown, New Jersey". I lived in Middletown from fifth grade thru high school and a couple of years beyond, so was pleased at the mention. Unfortunately, the film was not shot on location in Middletown. But it was nice to see Middletown, more than just New Jersey, mentioned in a famous Hollywood movie. I started to watch but lost interest after perhaps 40 minutes.
Now and then we see other mentions of NJ in films, such as Jersey Girl — which of course should read NEW Jersey Girl — (which was filmed in part in NJ, including Highlands, which adjoins Middletown; Kevin Smith's Clerks, which was filmed in part in Middletown, including the first part of Middletown I lived in, Leonardo; Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, parts of which were filmed in NJ; and of course the wonderful 'little' film, The Station Agent, which was also filmed in part in NJ. Wikipedia has an article about films set wholly or partially in New Jersey. I don't know how many New Jerseyans have seen more than a small fraction of those movies. I don't see a comparable article about films set in Newark in particular, but do see mention of the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, which I mentioned here on November 3, 2011, When Newark's reputation improves more, perhaps filmmakers will set sophisticated movies here. There is a delay between actual improvements in Newark and improvements in the city's reputation. Let's hope that filmmakers can help people adjust their perceptions to the actual nature of today's Newark, and leave the past where it belongs, in the past.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

S.O. Pathmark, Soon to Be Stop & Shop

You may have heard that The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (the A&P), founded in 1859, has gone bankrupt and is selling off or closing most or all of its stores, including the Ferry Street (Newark) and South Orange Pathmarks. I don't know what is to happen to the Bergen Street Pathmark in Newark nor the Lyons Plaza Pathmark in Irvington. Neither of them is listed among those to be closed nor among those to be sold.
There are four major supermarkets rufly equidistant (about 2½ miles) from me: the East Orange ShopRite (open 24 hours a day), Bergen Street Pathmark (also 24 hours), Pathmark of Lyons Plaza (open from 6:00am to 1am), and the South Orange Pathmark (7am to 11pm, 10pm on Sunday). There's also a Food Depot, 3.3 miles from me, but which is open from only 7am-10pm. Given my schedule, I usually go only to a 24-hour store, and most commonly the East Orange ShopRite. Once the Newark ShopRite opens, which will be about 2.85 miles away, I may switch to that when I go to a ShopRite, but since it hasn't opened yet, I don't know if it will be open 24/7.

I generally go to the Ferry Street Pathmark, also open 24 hours but almost five miles away, only when I meet my friend Jerry, who comes in from Manhattan for Newark art-show opening receptions, so he can check a few items before I drive him to Newark Penn Station to head back to the West Side. All these supermarkets are very nice stores, much larger than the supermarkets that were available near me when I lived in Manhattan (Midtown West, formerly known as "Hell's Kitchen"; oddly, Jerry is now living on the same block, 46th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, as I did for 25 years). I think the Ferry Street Pathmark is substantially larger than the Bergen Street store.
I have heard that all Costco stores are organized on the same plan, tho I'm not sure that's true. My sister Trina, who lives in Long Beach, CA, loved Costco last we spoke of it. I don't belong to Costco and will not join, given that the Clifton Costco (nearest to me, which is not near) shows NO INFO about what is in an aisle, and there are no computer kiosks to provide that info. I will not hunt thru the entire store at random. Nor did Costco even offer a one-day guest pass when I inquired. So the heck with Costco. I will have to deal with the fact that each of the supermarkets I go to is organized differently, which is a little annoying.

Management has stopped liting the Pathmark sign on Valley Street. Why? I have twice now driven past it because it is no longer a visible landmark, and had to go thru the CVS parking lot to get to the Pathmark parking lot. The refusal to lite the sign may be costing Pathmark tons of money, as people who drive by assume the store is already closed. That is VERY stupid of management.

The Bergen Street Pathmark underwent a reorganization a couple of years ago, which led to my having some problems finding things. It didn't much matter, tho, because more than once, in more than one Pathmark, when I have asked an employee where an item is located, they have actually WALKED ME OVER to it! The most helpful anyone has been in the East Orange ShopRite was a gent who was stocking a dairy case a day or so ago who told me with specificity where to find a couple of items, but did not personally walk me to them. I hope the new owners of the two local Pathmarks to be transferred to Stop & Shop will continue the extraordinarily good customer service that Pathmark provides.

Altho you should be able to read easily the large notice "CLOSING", there is a smaller banner to the left that announces that Stop & Shop is "COMING SOON". The "COMING SOON" is easy to read at this resolution and liting. The "Stop & Shop", not so much.

In any case, here's the official statement about changes from A&P, which is based in Montvale (Bergen County), NJ.
On July 20, 2015, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company’s (A&P) announced that it executed asset purchase agreements covering approximately 120 stores at a purchase price of approximately $600 million. In addition, A&P secured financing of $100 million and voluntarily filed for chapter 11. For the majority of our customers, we do not expect this to have any impact on your shopping experience.

The vast majority of our stores are operating normally and will be fully stocked during this process. While some stores will close in the near-term, the vast majority will continue providing customers with the same high-quality products and exceptional customer service. We will also continue to honor all existing customer promotional and loyalty programs. Serving our customers has been and will continue to be our #1 priority.

We appreciate your support, and thank you for your continued business."

On September 18th, The Wall Street Journal reported this contemptible and dishonorable behavior.
... A&P[] paid out $9.4 million in bonuses and other extra payments to insiders in the 12 months before its July bankruptcy but hasn't publicly named the recipients in court filings.

According to court documents, eight A&P officers and directors received the money, which included $1.3 million in the form of bonuses. Another $6 million, doled out in April, is labeled as trust contributions, while $2.1 million in payments was reported as board/consulting fees. The extra pay was part of $13 million collected by a dozen unnamed officers and directors, a total that also included salary, benefits and expense reimbursements. * * *

Shortly after filing its payment information, A&P moved on Sept. 9 to cut off the union contracts for 90% of the company’s 28,500 employees.

Bankruptcy rules require companies that seek protection from creditors to disclose payments to insiders during the 12-month period leading up to a bankruptcy filing. The requirement includes naming the recipients, which typically happens without prompting from authorities. [My commentary: But here, the company is trying to hide its misdeeds.]
Both the South Orange and Ferry Street stores will be converted to Stop & Shops. Stop & Shop is a subsidiary of a DUTCH company, Ahold. Tho I am largely Dutch in ancestry, as attested by my last name, Schoonmaker, I disapprove of American companies selling out to foreigners — ANY foreigners.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, known as Stop & Shop , is a chain of supermarkets located in the northeastern United States. From its beginnings in 1892 as a small grocery store, it has grown to become the largest supermarket operator in southern New England, with nearly 400 stores chain-wide.

Stop & Shop has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch supermarket operator Ahold since 1995 and has been part of the Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover division since a 2004 merger with sister chain Giant. Stop and Shop's parent company, Royal Ahold, announced on June 24th, 2015 that it will be merging with Delhaize Group, primarily a grocery store conglomerate including U.S. grocery chains Hannaford and Food Lion.
Wikipedia says of Delhaize:
Delhaize Group ... is a food retailer headquartered in Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium which operates in seven countries and on three continents. The principal activity of Delhaize Group is the operation of food supermarkets.

This is not A&P's first foray into selling out to foreigners. According to Wikipedia, in the late 1970s "the heirs of the original owners, and the foundation that owned a majority of the stock, sold to the German Tengelmann Group. A&P then launched a store-closing program financed by the surplus assets of its pension plan." Note that: they raided the employees' pension plan to shut down stores, and thus, presumably, to throw people out of work! Monsters and thieves! That German company sold it in 2012. But now different foreigners are buying up a major American company. Why is this permitted?
I thought Stop & Shop was just a chain of small convenience stores, with the higher prices one expects of convenience stores, but it apparently is a major operator of regular supermarkets. I don't know how its prices compare to those of the present Pathmarks, and unless S&S is open 24/7, I'm unlikely to go there often, unless I can't find something at a ShopRite. I recently discovered, to my dismay, that the E.O. SR has apparently stopped stocking its store-brand powdered milk, and the replacement it now offers, Village Farm brand, does not come in the 20-quart size I have customarily bought but only in an 8-quart size, is more expensive, and tastes funny to me. Pathmark's America's Choice (A&P house brand) 20-quart box was a couple of dollars more expensive than SR's own brand, but I found it on sale at the South Orange Pathmark, close to the former SR store-brand price. It tastes much better than Village Farm. I use a lot of powdered milk, mainly for instant mashed potatoes but also for coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and such, and keep waiting for ShopRite to offer its store brand again. I must wonder, now, what brand Stop & Shop will offer, at what price. I am not particularly sanguine. I am 70 (and ¾) years old, so have seen a LOT of change. Nowadays it seems that the only change is for the worse.

Did no one proofread this sign before it was printed? If not, why not? Proofreaders are not dispensable, because many people see what they intended to write, not what they actually wrote.

For now, prices are better!, because the South Orange Pathmark is discounting a great many items by 10%-30%! I had to buy two flea collars for my cats, and saved $1.98 on each.

Nearly-empty parking lot around 10:15pm, 3/4 of an hour before closing tonite. Why?

Oddly, when I was in the store tonite before 10:30pm, there was almost no one there. Perhaps people thought it had closed already. Perhaps they didn't know that not only is the store open its regular hours but it is also offering massive discounts on current stock.

For my part, I shall have to think about things I might profitably buy in this (unpredictably) short window (weeks or months rather than years) before Stop & Shop takes over, because I seriously doubt that the prices Stop & Shop will charge will be lower than the prices now on offer at 10-30% discount. If you live within easy driving distance of either the South Orange or the Ferry Street Pathmark, you might want to do the same.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wilson ("Scorebrx") Art Exhibit in 27 Mix

I have added many fotos to my discussion of Friday's Halsey Street Pop-Up Festival / Block Party. If you haven't seen them, you can scroll down one blogpost to read that post, or click here to go to it directly.

While walking thru last nite's Halsey Street Pop-Up Festival, I spotted a familiar face, the Newark artist James Wilson (center, below), who is also known as Scorebrx and #scorebrx, where "brx" stands for "Bricks" = Brick City = Newark USA.

As we shook hands, he told me he has an art exhibit at the restaurant 27 Mix up the street, which also serves as an art gallery for rotating exhibits. So as I got to that point in the street fair, I went in to fotograf his works. This next foto shows part of the CROWD at 27 Mix, which restaurant has wide doors to open the place to fresh air during beautiful weather, such as we had last nite.

James is one of my favorite artists, and not just because he is proud to be a Newarker, as shown by his various "I Heart Nwk" pieces.
The first artwork you encounter on entering is "Dock Bridge I" ($400), which appears to be based on the railroad lift-bridge (tho I have never seen it in raised position) across the Passaic River to Harrison from Newark Penn Station.

Here, out of spacial (or "spatial") sequence, is "Dock Bridge II" (already sold). I'm not clear as to what the differences are. Perhaps they are just different colors.

Next comes the first of his "I Heart Nwk" pieces, which appears to be a print ($100).

This next "I Heart Nwk" is one of three artworks on what appear to be wheel-less skateboard boards (this one $100).

This one is of different coloration but the same price.

I checked "Scorebrx.com" online. It did not work. Hm. James?

This next piece is part of "Venus" Series I ($60).

In this next foto you can see the Venus and Dock Bridge II pieces.

And here you see one of a "G.C.M." Series ($300).

The restaurant was PACKED during the Pop-Up Festival, inside and in the splendid open-air patio out back, shown below.

In addition to artworks in revolving exhibitions, 27 Mix permanently displays this large canvas by Alexandra Pacula, "Unstable Delight", 2006.

I don't know how good the food is, because I almost never eat out. I have very bad teeth, inherited from my father, and need to explore low-cost or free dental services. Naturally, our disgracefully inadequate and unfair attempt at universal healthcare for the elderly, Medicare, does not cover dentistry. Why would it? That would make sense, and this country can never do anything completely right. Medicare is about 45% right. Not good enuf. Maybe the states or even municipalities of the advanced (civilized) parts of this country can make up for what Medicare does not cover but should. The Federal Medicaid program covers some dental services, but only for children. It's up to states to decide whether to provide dental care to adults, and I do not yet know if NJ is one of the states in which any dentistry is paid for. Once I get my teeth fixed, I'll have to try the food at 27 Mix.