It felt like 100 degrees and I have a new appreciation for firemen tattoos. Here is a fun animation from the 2010 Soap Box Derby that took place on Sunday, June 6th on Quaker Ridge Road.
Here is a photo slideshow from the day -
Here are some fun facts:
* The big winner of the day was a 6th grade GIRL from Isaac Young. Girl Power! She gets to compete in Akron, Ohio in July. The event covers part of the travel expenses.
* The brakes of the cars are "Flintstone technology". If you look at the photos you will see that it is a 5" square that gets dragged along the ground to stop the car. At the bottom of the hill, if the brakes don't work, the firemen throw a traffic cone under the car.
* The race is very official, complete with an expert from Akron, Ohio to do the timings. She was a volunteer, too.
* All the cars are weighed in. It has to be 200 lbs for the "Stock" and 230 for the "super stock". This includes the weight of the child. Gym weights are put into the vehicles to make up the difference. They are on metal rods with butterfly nuts. Check out the photo of the old scale, plus the digital scale on top of it in the slide show.Read more
Yahoo has a fun and current AP story about the Silly Bandz craze that is sweeping our schools. New Rochelle gets a mention towards the bottom of the article:
[Silly Bandz] receives about 500 fan letters a week. One, signed by a 10-year-old named Logan Librett and a few of his friends in New Rochelle, N.Y., suggested a way to circumvent all the bothersome Silly Bandz restrictions: "Some schools in New York have banned them, but we have ideas that might change that ... clear silly bands that teachers can't see and only glow in the dark."
Just in case the company bites, Librett offered his address. He's still waiting.
Have a great day!Read more
With Thanksgiving a safe six months away and Easter ham on many locals grocery lists, this magnificent fowl visited southern New Rochelle. He (or she) strutted through our neighborhood and crossed North Avenue on the morning of Saturday, March 27th.
Happy holidays to all -Read more
Here are some photos from Davenport Park today (Friday Feb. 26). Quite a crowd!
This one is from Echo Bay