Help save Black Tom Island, a local historic treasure

first_imgTo the Editor:The historic Black Tom Island site is now the southern area of Liberty State Park, along Morris Pesin Drive. It includes the area from the boat launch down to the great lawn at the southeast corner of the park beyond the flag plaza, and the 3 jetties in between. Black Tom Island has a significant place in history. Early in World War 1, the site was a large munitions depot and played a major role in the war effort, well before the U.S. entered the war. Many tons of munitions were shipped from these jetties to France and Britain, providing vital support. On July 30, 1916, the Black Tom Island munitions depot was completely destroyed by a series of explosions and fire. Lives were lost, and property damage was immense. The destruction was the result of sabotage; bombs planted by German spies. Many consider the event to be the first terror attack committed by a foreign entity on U.S. soil. The buildings that stood on the site before the 1916 tragedy are long gone. But on the easternmost jetty there are still remnants of the original structure, which were left as a monument to the history of the site when Liberty State Park was created.These artifacts serve to educate and remind us of the vital role of Black Tom Island during WW1, and the tragic event in July of 1916. It’s important that these artifacts be preserved as a valuable historical resource. Black Tom Island is currently threatened by plans to develop a private marina along the entire southern shore of the site. The marina has the support of the outgoing governor and the commissioner of NJDEP. If constructed, public access to the 3 jetties of Black Tom Island would be permanently cut off and more importantly, the historical quality of Black Tom Island and the jetties would be erased. The artifacts that remain on the one jetty, the only remaining physical, historical reminders of the destruction that took place here in 1916, would be destroyed. We must not allow this to happen.A local group called Friends of Liberty State Park has a website, folsp.org. Here you can find information and links, where you can voice your opposition to the marina project. If you want to help protect Black Tom Island as a free, open space, and preserve its historic artifacts, please voice your opposition to the marina project. THOMAS ZALEWSKIlast_img read more

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Dominicans given kudos for their participation in disaster weekend

first_img Share Share 7 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Dominicans given kudos for their participation in disaster weekend by: – June 29, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Dominicans are being encouraged to continue to carry out activities, to prepare themselves for any natural disaster.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit declared the weekend of June 24th to 27th to deal with natural disasters.Chairman of the Cabinet Sub Committee responsible for the program Ambrose George says the weekend activities should go beyond that.There were heightened activities in some areas to a lesser extent in other areas. From all reports everything went well. Several persons turned out but it should not stop there…it must continue,” he said.George said he is hoping that the event becomes annual.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Kumasi to host 2013 Unity Games:Otumfour Elated

first_imgThe Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II has commended the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) for choosing Kumasi as the venue for the UNITY GAMES 2013.He expressed his gratitude to the organisers, NSA, and further appealed to the Government to increase its budget allocation for sports development in the country.Otumfour made the observations when the Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon Ankrah paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi, ahead of this year’s National Sports Festival, dubbed Unity Games 2013.He finally appealed to corporate organisations, especially those within the Ashanti Region to get on board to support this worthy course.The Minister was accompanied by the Kumasi Mayor, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Acting Director General of NSA, Madam Alice Attipoe, the Public Affairs Manager, Hamah Hamid Issakah, among others.At the launch of the Games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumais, Hon Afriyie Ankrah has reiterated the need to help build social, cultural and political bridges of unity and harmonious relationship in the country. Launching this year’s National Sports Festival dubbed ‘National Unity Games 2013’ at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, the Minister said the games will also serve as a platform for the identification and discovery of budding talents.This year’s Games will be under the theme, ‘Sports For Unity, Peace and Development’ would be held from August 11-18, 2013, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) will be the Games Village, while the KNUST Swimming Pool will host the swimming championships.The Minister announced that the region will play host to over 4,000 Athletes, Coaches, Technical and Sports Administrators from across the country.He said the talents identified will be nurtured and trained so as to get a formidable contingent capable of winning laurels for Ghana at the Commonwealth Games 2014 slated for Glasgow, Scotland. The Minister assured the Regional Sports Directors of the National Sports Authority of the Ministry’s unflinching commitment to providing equal opportunities to all the sporting disciplines whilst working to provide the requisite infrastructure and facilities to enable national athletes compete to the desired international levels.last_img read more

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