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Log for NB2MP10 - 4/16/11 - The beTween Walk

on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:12

This “Tween Walk” (because it’s be-“tween” our 2 very different long-distance walks) was advertised as a “different” kind of walk. For one thing, the distance of 12+ miles would be pretty reasonable and most felt comfortable that they would be making the entire distance. What also made this walk unique was that this urban walk would be mostly along busy streets with an objective to catch some interesting sights along the way. Sights that you would not expect and most Jerseyans don’t even know about.

The area the walk covered is a hidden part of an important busy corridor in the Northeast, connecting major rail lines and highways, and as we learned last week during the Great Canal Walk, waterways too. The East Coast Greenway trail follows the direction of the Raritan River here, but is about 1 to 2 miles north of its shore so it’s not visible for most of the walk. Once crossing it from New Brunswick it heads out to the Raritan Bay, which connects with New York’s harbors and the ocean.

Driving through this area, there is little sign of history or significance in these largely blue collar towns. But our walk proved that this area and its inhabitants had an old historical connection and contributed greatly to New Jersey and our country over the years.

The Fountain Sculpture - Light Dispelling Darkness

on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 16:51

"Light Dispelling Darkness" is a unique sculpture and fountain in Roosevelt Park, Edison NJ. The sculpture depicts a unified world where Science, Industry and Education dispel War, Famine, Pestilence, Death, Greed and Materialism.

Originally created as a WPA project in 1937, the art Deco terra cotta is by sculptor Waylande Gregory. As director of the New Jersey WPA. The Work Progress Administration (WPA) was one of the controversial ideas of FDR used to creat jobs during the Great Depression.