Archive for December, 2011

December 31, 2011

Winter lights!

Downtown lights in Summit!

I feel like I ought to post something festive, as a sort of respectful sending-off to 2011. But I don’t really have any festive photos. ‘Cept this one. Woo! Lights!

2011, you managed to not be the year the world ended. Good job. I appreciate that.

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!


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December 30, 2011



What can you say about moss? It’s green, it’s small, it’s a bryophyte.

…Actually, there’s a rather extensive Wikipedia article about moss, so I guess you can say a lot about it, really.


December 29, 2011

Big church of the little flower

Big Auditorium of the Church of the Little Flower

Like all the towns around here, the population of Berkeley Heights more than doubled between 1950 and 1960. Consequently, the 1930 sanctuary of the Church of the Little Flower could no longer hold all the new churchgoers.

So in the early 1960s, they built this larger complex about half a mile from the original church, consisting of an auditorium church, convent, and school. (The photo above is the auditorium church.)

The school opened in 1963. Unfortunately for them, the public schools around here were pretty good, and proved to be stiff competition for a little private school. Because of declining enrollment, the parochial school closed in 1988. The school building was “converted into a Religious Education Center for the instruction of all [their] children, and in keeping with the modern trend, it also serves as a Parish Center for the many religious and social programs run by [their] very talented parishioners” (Bernauer 2004, para. 4).

And since the convent was no longer needed after the school closed, it was converted into the rectory (which had initially been located next door to the little church).

I stumbled upon the complex by accident, and I was confused because I knew that the Church of the Little Flower was half a mile down the road, not HERE. So. That’s the story, folks: there’s a little church, there’s an auditorium church, and there’s a school that’s not really a school anymore.



Bernauer, E. (2004; updated 2008). “A brief history of Little Flower Parish.” Little Flower Church, Berkeley Heights, NJ: Parish History.

Troeger, V.B. (2005). Images of America: Berkeley Heights Revisited. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. ISBN 0738537527.


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December 28, 2011

Box top

Fuse box top.

This is just an interesting fuse box top near Columbia School in Berkeley Heights. Actually, it might be some kind of fancy electrical controller box thingie… or something else entirely.

Regardless, I rarely see such practical things painted aqua and sporting a little hemisphere on top.

December 27, 2011

Church of the Little Flower

Church of the Little Flower, Berkeley Heights

This is the (little) Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights. It was established by local Italian-American farmers, and dedicated in October 1930. When it was severely damaged by a fire in 1970, they used the tragedy as an excuse to renovate the church according to new Vatican II principles.

If you hadn’t heard of “the little flower,” (which I hadn’t) apparently before Saint Thérèse of Lisieux joined a convent, she had a conversation with her aging father, during which he plucked a little white flower to make a point. From that moment on, Thérèse saw the “little flower” as a symbol of herself. (Meaning: “Little Flower” = St. Thérèse.)



Bernauer, Edmund. (2004; updated 2008). “A brief history of Little Flower Parish.” Little Flower Church, Berkeley Heights, NJ: Parish History.

Troeger, V.B. (2005). Images of America: Berkeley Heights Revisited. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. ISBN 0738537527.

December 26, 2011

Moldy stump

Mold on a tree stump!

Just some old cold mold on a sawed-off tree stump.

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! (2)

Merry Christmas from New Providence!

Merry Christmas from New Providence, New Jersey!

If Christmas isn’t your thing, here’s hoping today’s a lovely day for you anyway.

December 24, 2011

Fog, light, and branches

On a foggy night...

After our stupid October blizzard, I’ve become somewhat disgusted with snow, so here’s wishing ya’ll a foggy Christmas instead of a white one.

(Today’s creative title brought to you by Josy Needs Sleep™, an excellent resource for all your creative titling needs.)

December 23, 2011

Another super-duper post office!

Vauxhall Post Office

I have yet to read any Union Township historical references, and the internet kind of ignores Vauxhall, so I am afraid I can’t tell you anything about the Vauxhall post office. The architecture looks 1960s-1980s-ish (to my completely untrained eye), so it’s very likely not too historical anyway.

Here is what I can tell you: it’s a teeny smidgen east of a Whole Foods/ Best Buy/ Target shopping center, and its hours (as of December 2011) are:
M-F: 8:30am-5:00pm (lobby: 7:15-5:30)
Sat: 8:00am-12:00pm (lobby: 7:15-3:30)
Sun: Closed

Updates to hours can be found on the USPS website.

…Gosh I hope the post office doesn’t go completely out of business. 😦

December 22, 2011

St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima

The St. Rose of Lima Parish was established in Springfield, NJ in 1852. They all moved to Short Hills, a subset of Millburn, when this church was built in 1909-1912. But back in those days, it was a brick Romanesque church.

St. Rose of Lima, sometime between 1912 and 1955

Only in 1955 did they renovate it to its current colonial look.

And it’s been that way ever since, I guess.

Modern information about the church can be found on their website [link].

…and if you’re curious about the namesake, apparently St. Rose of Lima was the first Catholic saint of the Americas (as she was born in Lima, Peru). I had this vision of lima beans running through my head, but no, apparently not.



Lampe, O.W. (1999, 2000). Images of America: Millburn. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. ISBN 0738504130.

St. Rose of Lima, Short Hills. (2008-2011). “History.”

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