Lee and I on May 20, 2006

Lee and I on May 20, 2006

About Me

I’m Jessica Humphrey-Cintineo, a 2009 graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J where I received a degree in journalism. This blog started as an online journalism class assignment in September 2008; however, due to my interest and success I have continued to share my knowledge with NJ’s citizens.

I used to love watching thunderstorms from my living room window and falling asleep to them during those cool summer nights. In fact, I was watching the thunderstorm from my window when I got the phone call the night of July 22, 2006; the night that my life drastically changed.

My best friend, Lee Weisbrod, was struck by lightning and passed away the evening of July 22, 2006 while fleeing a soccer field in Montvale, N.J.

For months, I struggled through grief and the idea that in a flash of light your whole life can change.

After Lee’s passing, North Jersey (specifically Bergen County) has begun both lightning awareness projects and installing lightning detection systems in order to prevent another tragedy.

It is in this weblog that I plan to show North Jersey’s progression of installing the lightning detection as well as promoting awareness.


  • The Big Ten – a piece of each of you has grown in me. You are forever my brothers and sisters.
  • Lee Weisbrod – Saying “thank you” is a complete understatement. Rest in peace, LeeBee.

* The image header comes via Just-Us-3 at Flickr.


9 responses to “About

  1. ZC

    Jess, nice blog, I dig it. Your links on the last post were pretty cool, I’m actually learning something! PS – thanks for upping my hits/comments. I feel important now.

    – ZC

  2. Mom & Dad

    Wow, Jess. We are so proud of you. I know Lee cherished your friendship.

  3. Uncle Mike & Aunt Dolores

    Jess, we checked out your site and wanted to let you know how proud of you we are – it’s evident that you’ve put a lot of work into the site. Awareness is important in making others safe so that unfortunate accidents don’t happen to wonderful families and friends.

    Thanks for your insights; keep up the good work!

    Love always!

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  5. Heidi


    I don’t know you at all, but I happened to be on my sister Emily’s FB group page and noticed your post and link for the first time. Sorry it took so long! Many thanks for posting about her story, and joining the group supporting her….I’m so very, very sorry to hear about your friend…it is amazing how quickly things can change.You’re completely right about lightning being something few take seriously or even think about at all until after being affected in some way by it…I hope the project continues to go well!


  6. Nancy Weisbrod

    Jess, I love you for doing this and bringing awareness to this issue. Lee would have been so very proud of you.

  7. eugene weisbrod


    I want to join Nancy and the others in commending you for this blog. If it bring awareness to the public and saves one life, it will be worth it. Keep up the good work

    Gene Weisbrod

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