All posts by Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.

Jersey City Cat Rescue Pet Bird Rescue

Jersey City Free Books Bird Rescue -- Zebra Finches

When a bird lover’s boiler failed last December, they realized that quick action was going to be needed to save the lives of their little pets. Even though located eighty miles away in Upstate New York, they drove to New Jersey to bring the birds here. Confidant that we would provide proper care for these Zebra Finches, distance was not a problem.

Jersey City Free Books serves the entire community — including those on four legs! We need your help so that we can help both cats and people. Click on this Link for the Amazon Wish List or use the DONATE button. hat’s on the left for a computer screen or click the three horizontal bars if using a smart phone or tablet. Even just dropping off a bag of kitty litter (non-clumping) when the shop is open will mean a lot. If everyone reading this clicked on the DONATE button and gave ONE DOLLAR monthly, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats left to fend for themselves.

Jersey City Free Books Cat Rescue

Donate at the Metro Cat Rescue GoFundMe Page.

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Jersey City Free Books serves the entire community — including those on four legs! We need your help so that we can help both cats and people. Click on this Link for the Amazon Wish List or donate at our GoFundMe Page. Even just dropping off a bag of kitty litter (non-clumping) when the shop is open will mean a lot. If everyone reading even gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats left to fend for themselves.

The picture above shows Little Blake the Ouija Cat, one of our success stories, on August 20, 2012. That’s the day she was rescued after being abandoned on Central Ave. near the post office.

Too weak to stand, the very young kitten was covered with fleas. She also had an eye infection, ear mites, ringworm and intestinal parasites.

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Luckily, the tyke was small enough and the day was warm enough so that her entire body could be dipped in the bathroom sink. The fleas still on the head were carefully removed with a fine comb. And that was the easy part! The other conditions required considerable care and the application of medication.

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The third picture is from a couple of weeks later. Strength and confidence growing, Blake here had commandeered the recycling bin as her abode.

Jersey City Free Books cat rescue

This picture is from only six months later. Now Blake is a regal lady, as she still is today.

Visit the Jersey City Cat Rescue Facebook Page!


Jersey City Cat Rescue

In April, we saved these kittens from a one-way trip to the junk yard. The little crew were in an old car that was about to be towed away. Jersey City Cat Rescue took them all in along with their mother.

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Say hello to the mom cat (newly named Jemma), now safe and sound with her whole family in the Jersey City Free Books storeroom.

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Little Mitzy caught a cold and so took a trip to the vet.

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Luckily her recovery was speedy, but the bill was $184.

These are just a few of the many cats that Jersey City Free Books has saved. More need help!

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Want to help Jersey City Free Books? Donate electronics, appliances and other household items!

Upgraded to cable Internet and now you've got a Fios router doing nothing but collecting dust?  Bring it to Jersey City Free Books this weekend!
Upgraded to cable Internet and now you’ve got a Fios router doing nothing but collecting dust? Bring it to Jersey City Free Books this weekend!
Do you have household items, small appliances or anything else still in the box that you’re never going to use? Please consider donating these items to Jersey City Free Books. We urgently need to raise funds. Anything that we can sell or use as a promotion for crowdfunding will be GREATLY appreciated!

Jersey City Free Books can also use these items:
* Picnic and card tables
* Clear plastic storage containers with lids
* Recent routers and gigabyte switches
* Computers, cell phones or tablets less than four years old
(Either working or non-working — Secure removal and erasure of data is performed on all devices.)

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Donate books and other ways to help Jersey City Free Books!


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Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination. Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Many books are available.

Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. A wide-distribution magazine recently listed us as a tourist destination! In addition to the local community, we’ve provided books for a school in the Philippines, a shelter in Camden, a mission in Africa and a student film in New York City. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books.

More information — including the current schedule — is available at the Web Site:
http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

The Facebook Page is
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

Anthony Olszewski -- Jersey City Free Books

Weather Alert from Jersey City Free Books!

Every media outlet now forecasts a weather front that’s out on the California coast to traipse across the continent to Florida and then veer north — as if running on rails — rendering everything from DC to Boston buried by snow.

During storms and the aftermath when travel is still difficult, the Griffith Street Council on Intellectual Fitness recommends the stockpiling of three books per family member “as a minimum.”

Preparation is key! Friday afternoon — well before the predicted blustery wallop — go to Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St. to make certain that you’ve got plenty to read. And do be considerate; pick up a couple of extra books for your neighbors — particularly the seniors.

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Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination. Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Many books are available

Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. A wide-distribution magazine recently listed us as a tourist destination! In addition to the local community, we’ve provided books for a school in the Philippines, a shelter in Camden, a mission in Africa and a student film in New York City. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books.

More information — including the current schedule — is available at the Web Site:
http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

The Facebook Page is
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

Jersey City Free Books plans to conquer Hudson County Politics!

Anthony Olszewski -- Jersey City Free Books

A Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise Youtube has only 3 views after over a year while one Instigatorzine did with me’s got over 1,200? I should run for office!

I’m already working on my victory speech:
“To everyone who voted for me, I want to say this: Whatever were you thinking? And — I promise — over the next four years you will ask yourself that very same question each and every day.”

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise campaign Youtube only has 3 views after over a year!

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Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination. Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Many books are available

Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. A wide-distribution magazine recently listed us as a tourist destination! In addition to the local community, we’ve provided books for a school in the Philippines, a shelter in Camden, a mission in Africa and a student film in New York City. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books.

More information — including the current schedule — is available at the Web Site:
http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

The Facebook Page is
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

Make EVERY day Buy Nothing Day. Do your holiday gift shopping at Jersey City Free Books!

Can’t figure out what to buy those guys and gals who already have everything? Well, don’t buy them anything; give them a free book! Then instead of paying for yet another unwanted sweater, you can use the money that you saved to make donations to charity in the names of your friends and relatives.

At Jersey City Free Books you won’t have to stand in line at the cash register. You can relax and take as much time as you like to choose titles that will give all the names on your list many hours of reading pleasure. You can still gift wrap the books so to be able to put something more than just an envelope under the tree. Plus, the note of thanks and explanation from the charity certainly will communicate the true meaning of the season better than any card.

Jersey City Free Books is located at 297 Griffith St. Hours are posted at http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

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Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St. is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination.

Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. Thousands of books are available. A wide-distribution magazine recently listed us as a tourist destination! In addition to the local community, we’ve provided books for a school in the Philippines, a shelter in Camden, a mission in Africa and a student film in New York City.

Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books. More information — including the current schedule — is available at the Web Site.
http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

The Facebook Page is
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks/

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“Since the early 1990s, Buy Nothing Day has inspired worldwide personal and collective action against consumerism. Buy Nothing Day isn’t just about changing your habits for one day it is about rediscovering what it means to live freely.” More information is available here:
https://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd

Only in Hudson County! Free books declared to be the same thing as a hole in the ground!

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A common query at Jersey City Free Books – generally posed in an accusatory tone – is “What does the City give you to do this?” As Municipal support has been noted only by its absence, this is always good for a laugh. But that’s a lot better than what the County is giving us now: a hard time.

Last Thursday, Jersey City Free Books received a visit from someone identifying himself as an employee of Hudson County Engineering. He informed us that Project Coordinator Jack Dempsey declared that giving away books on the corner of Kennedy and Griffith must stop. The explanation was that a drunk might walk into a table of books and so sustain injuries. Also, the civil rights of pedestrians were violated by forcing them to encounter books. He added that these grave problems might be made to go away by the purchase of a permit – the same one required for contractors excavating a sidewalk.

Is it right that free books should be treated like digging a hole?

Update!

With the help of Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, the issue appears to be resolved!. Weather permitting, the books again will be on the corner of Kennedy Blvd and Griffith during the times listed at the Main Page of the Web Site.

Reading frenzy at Jersey City Free Books!

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Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St. is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination.

Children at Pag-Asa Island (Hope) Elementary School in the Philippines reading books from Jersey City Free Books.

Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. Thousands of books are available. A wide-distribution magazine has recently listed us as a tourist destination! In addition to the local community, we’ve provided books for a school in the Philippines, a shelter in Camden, a mission in Africa and a student film in New York City.

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Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books. More information — including the current schedule — is available at the Web Site.
http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

The Facebook Page is
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

Meet Mattie, a great friend of Jersey City Free Books. He -- and all his male relatives -- served in the Armed Forces. Jersey City Free Books says "THANK YOU" to each and every veteran, but especially to our neighbors!

Want to say thank you to Jersey City Free Books? Here’s how!

Donate at the Jersey City Free Books GoFundMe Page.

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We just love every time Jersey City Free Books gets a new Like on our Facebook Page. Don’t forget to Share it with your friends, too! Facebook Reviews also are great. And when you’re in the shop, do check in at Facebook or post on Twitter to let everyone know how smart you are.

At the current time, we are NOT accepting books!

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Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St. is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination. Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. Thousands of books are available. Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books. More information — including the current schedule — is available at the Web Site.
JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

The Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

Jersey City Free Books to launch NQC Talks!

In a town like London there are always plenty of not quite certifiable lunatics walking the streets, and they tend to gravitate towards bookshops, because a bookshop is one of the few places where you can hang about for a long time without spending any money.
George Orwell

This morning my mind was wandering and wondering about the great mass of worthless TED talks out on Youtube: speculations baseless and wild, intellectual parlor tricks, minor factoids contrived so as to appear to have some deep significance, and many, many other equally meaningless categories of seminars as side show.

That’s when I thought of a recent visitor to Jersey City Free Books — who quite clearly never got any closer to Cairo than Hoboken. This Miss claimed in all seriousness to have learned to speak Arabic by reading that language at age 12. And she’s not alone! There’ve been many others here with equally agitated imaginations.

Jersey City Free Books plans to launch the NQC (Not Quite Certifiable) Talks. At the very least, the time that the participants spend preparing and delivering lectures will keep them off of the streets. And just maybe someone looking out from an unusual vantage point might be able to spot something that others don’t see. And anyhow, no matter how worthless or ridiculous anything that comes out of this project turns out to be, it can’t be any worse than most TED Talks.

A crowd-sourcing platform will be announced soon. YOU can help make the NQC Talks a reality!

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Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St. is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination. Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. Thousands of books are available. Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books. More information — including the current schedule — is available at the Web Site.
JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

The Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks