From The AP Wire:
Enclosure Sought by Jews Approved in N.J.
Interesting religious practice/rule creating a defined area for their expressed purpose.TENAFLY, N.J. -- After a six-year legal battle, a group of Orthodox Jews won the right to create a symbolic enclosure around the community by attaching plastic strips to utility poles.
An eruv is created by connecting objects both natural and manmade to form an unbroken boundary line. Inside that district, Orthodox Jews can perform tasks that are otherwise forbidden outside the home on the Sabbath, such as carrying objects or pushing baby strollers. The eruv symbolically extends the boundaries of home.
The borough argued that allowing the markings could be construed as preferential government treatment toward certain religious groups, since it is illegal in Tenafly to put posters or other objects on utility poles.
The Tenafly Eruv Association, which had obtained permission for the markings from two utility companies and the county, sued.
A federal judge ruled in 2001 that the borough had the right to ban the lechis, but an appeals court disagreed, saying the borough had selectively enforced the ban on utility pole attachments. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case.
for more info check out Eruv on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eruv
Cultural/social geography nerd.