St. Ann's Re-opening, Booker on Meet the Press
I was driving home from Downtown on Friday, having done a lot of walking and taken a lot of pictures, when I was startled to see pennants flying from several lines at St. Ann's R.C. Church (103 16th Avenue, Newark 07103; (973) 642-4217). I was tired, but had to know why there were pennants at St. Ann's. I have shown pix of St. Ann's on a previous "Church Sunday" here at Newark USA, but they disappeared from this blog when AOL closed subscribers' FTP space. Here are new pix.
This first is an overview of the church and its rectory with a green banner on the church and pennants mainly on the rectory. The color is a bit off. The church is actually a lighter, briter shade of brick.
This next picture, of the rectory with pennants streaming, also shows the brick too dark.
But this closer view of the rectory shows the brick more like the right color.
This closer view of the rectory apex of the pennant lines is also closer to the actual color of the brick.
My camera perceived the brick in this close view of the statuary niche as darker than it should have.
The reason for the pennants is explained in a large banner. There are (at least) seven errors in this banner. Do you see them?
(1) "Re-Opening" should be "Reopening"; (2) "Grand Poder" should be "Gran Poder"; (3) "Transfiraguration" should be "Transfiguration"; (4) "Edgar E." s/b "Edgar M."; (5) "Da Cuhna" s/b "Da Cunha"; (6) "SVD" s/b "SDV"; and (7) "Auxliary" s/b "Auxiliary". There are also the issues of what may be an extra space between "Edgar" and "E.", and a missing accent over the U of "Jesus". English doesn't use accents, so maybe the banner-maker didn't have that character available.
So error-riddled a banner is truly disgraceful. I hope whoever created that banner was/were not products of Newark Catholic (or public) schools. There are a lot of people resident here who did not go to school here. (Bishop Da Cunha, for instance, was born in Brazil and educated there and only much later in Darlington (Bergen County), NJ.) The banner might have been created outside Newark. One hopes.
I hadn't known that St. Ann's had closed, as it presumably must have in order to have a "Re-Opening". The website I found is "under construction", so I could not see whether the church was actually closed for renovations, for lack of funding, or for some other reason; or if it was just rededicated in a new role.
There had been large sycamore trees outside the rectory, as this foto from 2007 shows. I don't know if they fell over and had to be removed, were rotted in the center as threatened collapse, or what.
The flower plantings in the emptied treepits are not, to my mind, adequate replacement. (If they'd like rose of sharon shrubs for those treepits, I have some I can give them, free.)
Across 16th Avenue from the church proper is a daycare center. I was by after 6pm, so the place was shut up tite as a drum. There is a sign on the fence, however, indicating that the center is now accepting applications for the new school year.
Booker on Meet the Press. Today's MTP on NBC national television covered several topics, with several guests. David Gregory's intro contained this passage:
"Joining us, two big-city mayors, Michael Bloomberg of New York, and Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, on jobs, housing, and fears of the swine flu hitting their cities this fall."You can download the full hour, which covers other topics before and after, at MSNBC Podcasts. Right-click on the format you prefer (MP4 or WMV), and select "Save Target As...". The website will suggest a filename; you just have to select the directory (folder) in which to store it. But you can edit the name if you like. Then you can locate that file in Windows Explorer and double-(left)click to call it up in Windows Media Player. If you want to see this episode, you have to download it before next Sunday's edition, which bumps the earlier edition from the podcast page.