Nutley, New Jersey, author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards. He published several collections of essays, photography, military history, and verse. The Pushcart Prize-nominated writer is currently juggling several book projects.
Here are our early observations on switching from Fios to Optimum/Altice One.
Verizon Fios will send you a bill for the partial month, due immediately, then turn you over to a collection agency within 10 days. First Optimum bill, with free installation, will be much higher than you expect because of partial month billing, yada, yada, yada have you signed up for paperless billing? With triple play, we noticed in our browser window Optimum pop up ads. Coincidence? Maybe. Our first impression is that the TV picture is much improved with Optimum. It seems clearer. For some reason (VOIP?), when we change channels up or down, there's a three-second black screen that takes over, just enough time to be noticed and be annoying. You can't hold the Channel-up or Channel-down button to scroll quickly... because of that black screen. We do like the multi-room DVR and recording takes more than one step to actually record (press red button to record, then on show, press record button again.) If you’re watching a show and you press record, it only records from that time forward, not what you’ve already watched [Point to Fios.]
We had some issues with DVR playback. Pictures freeze. Drop-outs. Closed-caption (though available on live recording) not available on playback. [Called chat and a boost fixed it. Until next time when we decided it’s not worth the bother to chat to fix it. Optimum Chat is semi-useless and very difficult to get through. Equal to FiOS chat.]
The Optimum remote is much, much smaller than the Fios remote. Not only is it smaller but it’s much easier to hit the wrong buttons with big, clumsy, arthritic hands, and then try to figure out what happened. Punch in a three digit channel and do it too slow, you get a surprise channel. Someone suggested we keep a stylus handy to change the channels. The new remote lights up. That’s a big plus when the room is lit only by the TV. If you like Netflix, there’s a big white button in the center you can use. I don’t have Netflix, so this button is a mistake each time we hit it. The online tutorials were less than helpful. The manual with our password was less helpful. The onscreen channel display is too small. You can see a number but there’s no way ANYONE can read which network is on because the type is so tiny.
Nutley Notables - The men and women who made a memorable impact on our home town, Nutley, New Jersey, Vol. 2. March is Women's History Month, so be aware that the first 50 or so pages of Vol. 2 are about Nutley women in history! 1 - Nutley Free Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley, N.J. Book Talk, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019 2 - Kingsland Manor, 3 Kingsland Street, Nutley, N.J. Book Talk, 2 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2019 3 – Nutley Historical Society, 65 Church Street, Nutley, N.J., 7 p.m.,
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Anthony Buccino’s third photography collection focuses on the 15 year period from about 1999 to 2014, and includes more than 150 color snapshots of the Big Apple. "Snapshot photography, to me, is basically walking around with a camera and shooting whatever looks interesting. I like odd and cute things, but also the ordinary. For the most part the photos are happenstance. "When I worked for a newspaper in 1990, I was reporter and cameraman. That's when I got used to having a camera with me all the time. Now, I hardly leave the house without one of my Canon cameras. "The photos in this collection were shot with various cameras including my Olympus OM-1 film camera, two Fujifilm cameras - consecutively, my later Canon digital, and possibly a smart-phone along the way." Here’s to the nonstop energy generated by this big old city and the people who buzz busily on its wild and crazy streets day and night. Here’s to the bright lights and the pot holes. Here’s to the hapless commuters and the more hapless residents who manage to thrive in this city’s intensity. Here’s to you who stood in plain view making these snapshots memorable. Here’s to you for taking the time to make your own stories to go along with these snapshots of an open city with hidden views in plain sight. Here’s to less-than-perfect photos that tell a story. More info
Sunday, 8:30 a.m., Aug. 20, 2017 – Anthony will lead the
Walk & Talk through Nutley parks.
Enjoy a refreshing walk from the pre-opening Nutley Farmers
Market through Nutley parks along the Third River to Kingsland Park and back
while Anthony discusses Nutley history, the Nutley Sons Honor Roll, and growing
up near these parks in the 1960s and the good old days he’s written about in
Greetings From Belleville, and his other books. Bring along your copies for him
to sign. Some books will be available for purchase on site.
1. Belleville Sons Honor Roll
July wraps up our individual sign dedications to the Belleville servicemen who died while in service.
Please join us at one or both of these scheduled events in Belleville, N.J:
JULY 8, 2017;
Edward J. Zuczek, 11 a.m., Gless Ave. at Meacham St., Killed in Peacetime;
Raymond DeLuca, 11:30 a.m., Meacham St. at Memphis Ave., KIA Vietnam.
JULY 15, 2017;
Giavanni Bocchino, 10 a.m., Lake St., KIA WWII;
Nicholas Del Grosso, 10:30 a.m., Mt. Prospect Ave. at Belleville Ave., KIA WWII;
Frank H. Metzler, 11 a.m., Joralemon St. at Reservoir Place, KIA WWII
The project that began more than 15 years ago, to identify and remember the fallen soldiers from Belleville, N.J., is having long-term effects. In nearly two years, Belleville has dedicated more than two dozen street signs to fallen soldiers from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War and the Cold War.
Our research continues as we learn more about these Belleville Sons from their families at street sign dedications. Order your updated Belleville Sons Honor Roll.
2. Walk and Talk with the Author
Sunday, 8:30 a.m., Aug. 20, 2017 – Anthony will lead the Walk & Talk through Nutley parks.
Enjoy a refreshing walk from the pre-opening Nutley Farmers Market through Nutley parks along the Third River to Kingsland Park and back while Anthony discusses Nutley history, the Nutley Sons Honor Roll, and growing up near these parks in the 1960s and the good old days he’s written about in Greetings From Belleville, and his other books. Bring along your copies for him to sign. Some books will be available for purchase on site.
3. Nutley Sons Honor Roll
Our research continues on 140 fallen Nutley Sons. Check out the latest in edition of Nutley Sons Honor Roll.
4. Book Projects
Anthony is juggling book projects. One project is Nutley Notables Volume 2, the follow up to Nutley Notables. Another project involves research into murder, mayhem and major crime in a safe Jersey town.
5. Other Stuff
Anthony continues to shoot photographs around town during his walks. There’s a Facebook page for that. He also created a Facebook group for Nutley photos, old and new. He also moderates Belleville and Nutley groups.
Well, that’s it for this issue of Anthony’s World Update. Follow Anthony’s World on Facebook and Twitter. For anyone who’s read this far, check out this page of links where you can read many of Anthony’s online pieces.
Don’t forget, Anthony’s books are all available on Amazon.
More than 200 color snapshots of Jersey City, New Jersey, from Pavonia/Newport to Paulus Hook, from Grundy Park to Grove Street, along the Hudson River from the Colgate clock to Exchange Place, Harborside and through neighborhoods that have no names.