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Leslie
13 December 2012 @ 07:03 am
Originally posted by magsmom at Boosting
Hi all - I heard from an old LJ friend today (mpacket ) that there is a kid out there who really really wants something for Christmas, It's an old toy called a  Mini Baby Orbiter by Einstein. This boy is autistic and it's the first thing he ever specifically requested. Can anyone find one or want to sell an old one?

Get more info here:
http://www.wishuponahero.com/wishes/?id=1359549
 
 
Leslie
04 December 2012 @ 06:51 pm
The 98 year old school Alan was in for K-1 (Washington School) this year set up a computer lab permanently for the K-1 kids in basement, and it was flooded out. The teacher, Mr. Sollers, is great and Alan knows word and powerpoint in 4th grade.

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is accepting cash donations towards the purchase of new laptops! Use the link below and write "Washington School Computer Lab" in the "in honor of" line.

https://bergenvolunteers.ejoinme.org/MyPages/LongTermRecoverySuperstormSandy/tabid/425916/Default.aspx

Meanwhile, I heard that Scholastic has donated 10,000 books for all grades to our schools. They will be much appreciated!
 
 
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Leslie
16 November 2012 @ 10:43 am
As some of you may know, my town Little Ferry was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy due to a storm surge on the Hackensack River. 80% of the town was affected. People are slowly recovering, but help is needed to get everyone back on their feet

This is the latest way for people to help. Please note that Amazon, Lakeshore, Kmart and Walmart will ship gift cards by mail for free. Makes it very easy to help. (I didn't see free shipping for Target :( ).

Little Ferry Donation Update

Thank you to everyone who has donated school supplies to the Little Ferry Public Schools. At this point, we are only accepting donations in the form of a gift card. We are asking that the gift cards come in the form of $10 and $25 denominations to the following stores:

Kmart
Walmart
Target
Shoprite
Amazon
Lakeshore Learning
Visa/American Express

If you would like to send a check, please make it out to Memorial Middle School Student Activity Fund (MMSSAF). In the memo line, please write “Hurricane Sandy Relief”.

Please send all donations to the following address:

Mr. Frank Scarafile
Superintendent of Schools
130 Liberty Street
Little Ferry, NJ 07643
 
 
Leslie
01 November 2012 @ 12:00 am
I'm working in a local mall today. Thanks to them and Penny's for power/wifi/food.

We are ok, no flood by us. worried about local friends. family is ok.
 
 
Leslie
24 August 2012 @ 11:31 am


But even if I were not, my office is North of the Empire State Building where todays shooting happened. Sadly yet another disgruntled ex-employee with a gun.

 
 
 
 
Leslie
01 August 2012 @ 08:55 am
Time for a little redecorating!
 
 
Leslie
04 June 2012 @ 10:19 pm
5k!  
Alan and I after the 5k yesterday in Little Ferry. I walked, he ran. He did it in about 38 minutes, not bad. I took about 48 minutes.

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Leslie
10 April 2012 @ 08:18 am

You suddenly have power to remove one regional/local elected official from office (state/province level or below, not national) -- who would you give the pink slip to and why?

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Governor Christie of NJ. I personally blame him for the budget cuts that eliminated art from my son's school. 3 years later, still not back :(
 
 
Leslie
22 March 2012 @ 09:26 pm
Originally posted by kyburg at Sign this petition
Originally posted by mountain_hiker at Sign this petition
Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin
Why This Is Important

On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old.

Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn't been charged for murdering our son.

Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.

When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.

It's been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer - saying he's "a college grad" who took a class in criminal justice.

Please join us in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida's 18th District State's Attorney, to investigate my son's murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.


 
 
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Leslie
10 February 2012 @ 06:33 pm
Originally posted by mountain_hiker at How cool is this?


The prototype of the propeller clock made of 33 rotating LEDs and the HDD motor

 
 
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Leslie
06 February 2012 @ 10:30 am

In the market for a new camera, my 7 MP Olympus is acting up and I lost my camera case Friday night at Izod Center (left it behind I think).  I wonder if there are new cameras with the features I like (uses regular batteries, has a REAL viewfinder and optical zoom) still out there. Looking for a point and shoot plus camera not a DSLR. Suggestions welcomed.

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Leslie
08 December 2011 @ 09:05 pm
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Clark feels better.

He had surgery and they removed two pieces of corroded metal from his stomach which he likely ingested while trying to eat food attached to it. He can stand on his own now and enjoys people and mealtimes.

The best way you can help Clark or cats like him is by fostering or adopting. City Kitties is currently filled to capacity and in desperate need of foster homes -- people who can care for a cat for a minimum of three months (six months preferred) City Kitties pays all the vet bills. Their foster link is here. There are many cats with stories just as sad as Clark's who are looking for a person who will be kind to them.




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Leslie
10 November 2011 @ 08:24 am


The Wii is 99.00 on Black Friday at Walmart. I wonder if this the year we finally get a gaming console. Or should we look at the 199 xbox?

 

We had a scare where we thought Alans DSi was lost with all the games, but it turned out I'd taken it all away and forgot I did. Oddly enough he forgot also and was either playing my phones games or free online games on the PC. Since we thought it was lost, we ended up acquiring a 2nd DSi (used) and one of those 200 games in one cartridges that people concoct overseas. So now I'll have a DSi. Alan and I have joked for years I should get one. It will be black and not pink though!

 

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Leslie
03 November 2011 @ 08:41 am


My alma matter WPI sent out mail looking for contributions from alumni.

 

This mailing talked about accomplishments of various alumni. One was involved in air plane design in the 1940s. Another came up with an early idea for airbags. A third was involved with the Hubble Space Telescope. The fourth alumn from the early 2000s was a founder of Foursquare.

 

The last one was on the R&D team at Proctor and Gamble that developed the Swiffer!

 

I'm still amused by the last one!

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Leslie
02 November 2011 @ 11:00 am


skipping the blog thing this year. not enough time or energy lately.

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Leslie
31 October 2011 @ 11:32 am


Branch removed this am. Left a dent, ugly but drivable.

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Leslie
29 October 2011 @ 08:57 pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lesliepear/sets/72157627881830081/

No one was hurt. Looks like minimal damage to the car. Police and insurance company notified. Awaiting instructions on removing the branch - tree belongs to house behind condo.
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Leslie
30 September 2011 @ 08:46 pm


Trying a new theme here, a little fall redecorating!


 
 
Leslie
25 September 2011 @ 08:20 pm

We had back to school night on Tuesday. Third grade is a big change from second. They start reading to learn (not learning to read) and dealing with teaching to the the test (NJ Ask here). Alan seems to be doing well, but he does seem to have more work to do in class and for homework.

 

Did anyone else find such a change?

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Leslie
10 September 2011 @ 11:28 pm

First Day of 3rd Grade, originally uploaded by lesliepear.

 
 
Leslie
29 August 2011 @ 04:24 am


The hurricane came.
I prepared with water, filling the bath tub, gathering all the batteries, stocking up on food, even a hidden toy for Alan in case of no power driven amusements (cell phone, DS, tv, internet etc). Even got sandbags from the town and bagged my sunken patio door.

We were so lucky! We did not lose power! (I think we did in 1999 for Floyd) FIOS also held up just fine. Our condo complex is in one of the higher points in town fortunately and our patio didnt seem to get anything other than tree debris.

My MIL wasnt so lucky. She lives 15 minutes away.
She has water in her basement (known issues, worse this time). She has no power due to a substation flood and isnt expected to be back for 5 to 7 days.  Other friends in the area have lost power. We have offered to help out if needed with food, showers etc.

We drove to see her yesterday. Had to go a roundabout way due to a flooded area, but no major problems to get to her. We were surprised to see a supermarket open. They said they had a generator. Glad people came to work it also. We rented  a movie "How to train a dragon" and saw it last night.

I am working from home Monday since NJ transit buses may be messed up.  Glad my current place is cool on this.

I also have to pack for our cabin camping trip coming soon.  Seems weird to camping after all this!

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Leslie
23 August 2011 @ 02:48 pm


didnt feel it (2 others here also didnt feel it).
co worker did and was upset so went home. all is well here.

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Leslie
22 August 2011 @ 08:04 am


Is the $99 fire sale HP tablet worth buying?

Also, if HP sells their PC division, will they still make printers?

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Leslie
17 August 2011 @ 06:52 am
I'm reading The Hunger Games trilogy now. I've read the first book, am 1/2 way through the 2nd book and have the third waiting. (I was derailed for a little while since our library system sent the 3rd book before the 2nd one, I had to wait for the 2nd one to come in).

I really like Katniss. As a character she's much better than Twilight's Bella Swan <g>. I like her male colleagues too (except for Peetas name).
 
 
Leslie
08 August 2011 @ 08:24 pm
Originally posted by yeoww  at My son has been missing since Thursday, Aug 4.


We'll be distributing this flyer around Fremont once we get it printed

 
 
Leslie
31 July 2011 @ 08:52 am
I pulled out the leather belt I made in sleepaway camp on 8-2-77 (I dated it!) and am wearing it with my shorts today.

(I should snap a photo)
 
 
 
Leslie
10 July 2011 @ 08:58 pm
Add me or let me know if you need an invite. I do seem to need an e-mail for one (and it doesn't have to be a gmail mail).
 
 
Leslie
14 June 2011 @ 01:30 pm
Originally posted by kythryne

Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.

We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child. She's presently being represented by a court-assigned lawyer who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.

If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.

I can be reached at kythryne@gmail.com if you have any leads or want to help.

The internet can work miracles. Let's go.
 
 
Leslie
05 June 2011 @ 08:27 am
This happened in my hometown yesterday.



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Leslie
15 May 2011 @ 08:19 pm
Wow  
Saw this guy's work at the Verona (NJ) Craft fair - his photographs look amazing when you see them on tiles!

http://www.davidsternphotography.com/

http://www.davidsternphotography.com/tilephoto.htm

http://www.davidsternphotography.com/photomonth.htm
 
 
Leslie
12 May 2011 @ 08:43 am

If anyone plays words with friends (like scrabble) on the iphone/ipad, android or whatever else it runs on, my username there is lesliepear like my lj. Happy to play with all!

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Leslie
07 April 2011 @ 09:00 pm
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I’ve been wondering what’s up with all the DDoS attacks LJ has been receiving lately. Signal boosting [info]ingridmatthews:



Just in case anyone thinks LJ's downtime is just TPTB being incompetant, read this:


LiveJournal, Russia's blogging platform of choice, is sustaining biggest cyberattack attack in its history. Bloggers say the Kremlin wants to crack down on political discussion.


"LiveJournal, Russia’s most popular blogging platform, has been under a massive DDoS attack for the past few days. The attack has effectively wiped out Russia’s main refuge for unbridled political discussion, a hugely lively and extensive domain frequented by politicians, opposition activists and social commentators alike...


“The reason for attack is more than clear in this case — someone wants LiveJournal to disappear as a platform,” Ilya Dronov, development director at SUP, wrote in a post on his LiveJournal blog earlier this week. He said the hackers were hoping to push bloggers from LJ to social networks where “it's easier to fight individual users.”"


http://globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/bric-yard/russian-blog-site-under-attack


http://putinwatcher.blogspot.com/2011/04/cyber-war-on-russian-activist-bloggers.html


 
 
Leslie
28 March 2011 @ 10:39 am
Has anyone seen/used one yet?

I saw one yesterday and was not impressed - it look like one of those holographic paper cards - I was expecting something like the Star Trek holodeck from the way people were talking about it :(
 
 
Leslie
26 March 2011 @ 11:17 am
"Firework"

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag,
drifting through the wind
wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
like a house of cards,
one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep?
6 feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you

You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it's time, you'll know

You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It's always been inside of you, you, you
And now it's time to let it through-ough-ough

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
 
 
 
 
Leslie
08 February 2011 @ 10:49 pm
Reposted from jodawi   (entry is friends locked)

"Auntie Franci has a Seal Point Himalayan spayed female who needs a loving home. She must be an indoor kitty as she is allergic to most outdoor grasses, plants, fleas, etc. Franci has tried for six years to keep her well but with 3 kids who are in and out the cat gets out and gets sick all over again. Franci can't do anymore. If you know of someone let me know otherwise we are taking her to a shelter unfortunately.

the vet has tested her for allergies and it is sage, grasses, fleas, certain foods, and dust mites. Vet said that when she is boarded and given meds for 2.5 weeks she heals so she believes she can be a healthy cat for someone but not at Franci's due to the kids, outside plants, and that franci and kids and Christy are gone at least 60 hours a week and kitty is home alone too much with no attention"

If you can help, message him via LJ.
 
 
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Leslie
03 February 2011 @ 07:11 am
Anyone hear from girlpirate  (Kristi) lately?
 
 
Leslie
19 January 2011 @ 10:49 pm
Someone from the class behind me posted some photos on facebook - and I was just tagged in one. This must have been my senior year after I got contacts. Since I have so few childhood photos for whatever reason, it was nice to find it. I'm in the blue in the center. I think this was a club, but forgot which one.

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Leslie
05 January 2011 @ 10:26 pm
Kim  
A very talented person was lost this week.

She died of pancreatic cancer. I knew her through a mailing list, never met her in person, but she was very inspiring to many.

http://doyle-scienceteach.blogspot.com/2011/01/kim-foglia.html

http://www.nabt.org/blog/2009/05/19/when-biology-becomes-personal/

http://www.mibba.com/journals/read/222416/
 
 
Leslie
27 December 2010 @ 08:19 am
Front door of our condo building. Notice the snow blown against the doorway!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10150129207687652&set=a.10150111736532652.306082.783937651
 
 
Leslie
27 November 2010 @ 12:26 pm
At Alan's basketball class with.my new phone .
I have a blinged out cover!

Alan wants to play a game so badly - he wore his jersey even.



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Leslie
25 November 2010 @ 02:40 pm
Testing my new g2 phone. Can anyone recommend a good Android client for LJ?