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Abraham Feeds his Fuel-Hungry Flock of 'Israelites'

Fair Lawn Avenue Gulf Station, across from the Land and Sea Diner, has been fueling customers from all over the area since Wednesday evening

Frenzied fuel seekers have trekked from across the tri-state area for the past 24 hours area to fill up on the petrol manna being pumped around the clock at the Fair Lawn Avenue Gulf Station.

Owner  Bob Abraham, whose line of customers stretches more than a mile down Pollitt Drive to Route 208 North (where it’s backing up traffic), said he’s serviced gas guzzlers from Pennsylvania to upstate New York and everywhere in between.

Abraham owes his pumping prominence to Morlot Avenue resident and fuel savior  Israel Sabo, who offered the station – which had been without power since Monday morning -- use of his two generators. Sabo, who gets his car serviced by Abraham at the Fair Lawn Avenue Gulf station, stopped by around 6 p.m. Wednesday to fill up his car when he learned the station had been without power for two days.

“They had gas, but not power,” said Sabo, who generously offered to zip home and pick up his two spare generators to power the gas station’s pumps.

Abraham, who never lost faith he'd reopen and was at home pondering power alternatives, jumped at the opportunity offered by Sabo and came in to work.

By 6:30 p.m., the pumps at Fair Lawn Avenue Gulf were flowing.

Before long, word spread that the station was open for business and "Israelites" began calling Abraham to confirm the ‘good news,’ before making the pilgrimage. The station filled up customers with the petrol spirit late into the night, before closing briefly at 3 a.m. By 5 a.m. a long line began forming again and the station re-opened at 6:30 a.m. and has been going strong since.

Abraham, who’s capping his $3.55 per gallon gas at $40 per person, said he expected it would last until about noon Thursday. Even after he runs out of gas, however, his fuel disciples needn’t lose faith. The second coming is scheduled for Thursday evening when he’ll be receiving a partial load of petrol from New Haven, Conn.

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Chris Abrams November 01, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Great show of humanity at its best. But please when refueling ur cars with canisters on someone elses property please be careful, people have spilled gas all over our driveway. :(
Tom Tom, the piper's son November 01, 2012 at 06:07 PM
"petrol spirit"?! Number one, There is no such term. Number two, the most closely related term would be 'Petroleum Spirit.' And unless you are referring to benzine, VM&P naphtha, petroleum naphtha, naphtha ASTM, petroleum spirits, X4 or ligroin; it's not what he is selling. Not sure why you are layering some sort of European flavor or literary license when reporting news. Make the information accessible to the majority and use terms that are common, and accurate. Gas, or gasoline if you must; petrol?! C'mon Zak, that's a reach and not accurate. Petroleum Ether would be closer; but that opens a whole new area. English 101; don't use a ten dollar word when a ten cent word does just fine.
Zak Koeske November 01, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@Tom - It was intended as a fun, feature-y story, so i included religious imagery due to the names of the characters involved. I realize there is no such term as petrol spirit, it was a play on Holy Spirit. I understand if you would rather hard and fast news, and I typically provide that, but I don't think there's anything wrong with switching it up for a change. The word "petrol" is a synonym for gasoline, according to the dictionaries I've checked.
Life-Long FL Resident November 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Lighten up Francis!!
Tom Tom, the piper's son November 01, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Well, I suppose intent counts for something.
* November 01, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Mr Abraham has been more visible than the Mayor, then again its hard to see her in Hackensack from Fair Lawn
NR November 02, 2012 at 01:39 PM
We all got the joke
Zamir ZOhar November 02, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I service my car at Bob shop, he his a great guy always give honest service. I was very happy to read this article. How great it is, here in America we get along. Wish the same in the middle east
Max About_it November 03, 2012 at 04:12 AM
i am bob's customer. bob didn't borrow the generator. Bob BOUGHT it with his own money!

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