Feb 7, 2014
An intersection in downtown Plumptin remains fairly inactive as of Friday at 11:45 p.m., according to several eye witnesses. The intersection at Lavelle Avenue and 11th Street had a car stop in one of its turn lanes and eventually make a left turn onto 11th at approximately 10:25 p.m., but little else has happened in what has been dubbed Dormant Intersection Irene.
Charles Whitaker, who according to Crispo Convienience Store clerk Beverly Mertle has been “hanging around with that other guy" in front of the store on Lavelle Avenue since around 9:30 p.m., said he saw a wind gust pick up a piece of trash and carry it into the middle of the intersection.
“Probably about 10 o’clock or so, I saw a yellow piece of paper get picked up by the wind, and then it fell onto the grass. But I could be wrong. My mind is a little foggy, I've had a lot of candy corns,” said Whitaker.
The intersection is not known for its inactivity. Local resident Dorothy Pack said every weekday morning it is full of cars, including her own, and on several occasions sanitation workers have been called to the area to pick up roadkill. Another resident, Murray Quinn, once found an apple core.
“I kept yelling ‘Dwayne!’, ‘Dwayne!’, but it didn’t even respond. That must not have been its name,” said Quinn.