Winter Storm Niko "Bombards" East
Editorial by Jim Gerrish - Photos by Samuel
Myrtil Except Where Noted
This winter storm had been
predicted for a week in advance. As it turned out, it was the
most polite and good natured winter snow storm we have had in
many a year. First of all,it was right on time. It started in
East Orange, as predicted, at 6:00 AM. Our photographer, Samuel
Myrtil, noticed that it was beginning to cover up the streets by
9:00 AM and took this photo shortly afterward from his front
window on Arsdale Terrace. Since the storm was well
"advertised", most East Orange residents followed the
rules and kept their cars off the sides of the streets so the
plows could get through.
By the time Samuel got bundled up
and began his walking photo tour of the city, the snow had really
begun to come down in huge flakes. This is Oak Street, heading
towards Elmwood Park.
The back entrance to Elmwood
Park, from Oak Street. Where are all the kids?
Elmwood Park. Baseball has been
cancelled for today!
Ecole T Louverture Elementary
School, Central Avenue and South Arlington Avenue. No school
East Orange Public Library at
South Arlington Avenue and Freeway Drive East. Samuel was getting
cold and hoped to warm up in the Library, which is supposed to be
one of those Code Blue warming stations... but not today!
Photo by Jim Gerrish
Home of the East Orange Unified
Marching Band on Sanford Street. I made a first attempt to clear
the steps and walkway, but the snow just kept covering it back
up, so I waited until the storm had passed by shortly after 3 PM
to really clear the sidewalk.
City Hall at North Arlington
Avenue and City Hall Plaza. At the second flag on the right is
the East Orange Post Office. City Hall supposedly was open for
business by 10:00 AM, but it sure looks deserted to me!
Rowley park on North Arlington
Avenue. No kids playing in the snow!
Cicely Tyson Community School
for the Performing and Fine Arts, on North Walnut Street. East
Orange schools were closed today.
Photo by Jim Gerrish
By this time, the snow was
tapering off and the birds were gathered at the Bird Sanctuary
(aka my front yard) where they can always find things to eat. My
grapes have dried up like raisins and these are a special treat
if you're a bird. I always measure the depth of the snow on top
of my mailbox. It matches what the forecasters were saying we got
in our area. Time to go and shovel off the front walk!
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