A fan’s eye view: USA Basketball vs. Puerto Rico

Celebrities at the game ranked by crowd reaction, smallest to largest: Andy Murray, Carmelo Anthony, Rory McIlroy, J.R. Smith. Chris Smith is to the left. I like the Jets hat, but you still can't be on the Knicks.

Celebrities at the game ranked by crowd reaction, smallest to largest: Andy Murray, Carmelo Anthony, Rory McIlroy, J.R. Smith. Chris Smith is to the left. I like the Jets hat, but you still can’t be on the Knicks.

I went to Madison Square Garden (for the first time!) and saw USA Basketball crush Puerto Rico. I also took some pictures and wrote some words for Hardwood Paroxysm. The pictures are OK. The game was fun. Here’s more: http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2014/08/23/usa-vs-puerto-rico-fans-eye-view/

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Thousands pay tribute to ‘fireman’s fireman,’ Capt. Gregory Barnas in Wallington

Thousands pay tribute to 'fireman's fireman,' Capt. Gregory Barnas in Wallington

I covered the funeral procession of Wallington Fire Capt. Gregory Barnas last week. I’ve never seen so many firefighters in one place.

They came from Ridgefield and Westwood, from New York City and Browndale, Pa., a blue and black sea pouring out of buses normally for tourists and prisoners and senior citizens.