Saturday, 23 February 2013

Picture This 188 - Your Neighborhood

I live in a 44-square mile township which is comprised of seven small sections. Three of these sections are on the bayshore, including where I live. The township is semi-rural, with a busy highway running through the center. There are a lot of farms here, both produce and horse farms. There's a ton of parks, all of which I've visited and where I've taken a lot of photos. We've taken a few huge hits in the last few years. I think most of you know about Hurricane Sandy and the devastation it caused along the Jersey shore. This area was badly hit, and even now, 4 months later, there are people still not back in their homes, abandoned and destroyed houses still standing. As bad as that was, with the loss of personal property, what I think was worse was the loss of life from this relatively small township as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Thirty-nine people from this town died that day, and my first photo shows the Middletown Memorial Garden dedicated to each of them. Each person that died has a headstone engraved with their name, date of birth, and a photo etched into it and line a beautiful walkway through the gardens.
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One of the many beautiful parks here is Thompson Park. Its probably one of the biggest parks in the township, and offers a ton of activities, both in the summer and winter. This photo shows the walkway over the lake that's a favorite of the fishermen/women. The good thing about the using the lake is that no gasoline engines are allowed. Its either paddle your own boat or have an electric motor

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And for the section where I live, on the Bayshore, a photo I'm sure a lot of you have seen before of the marina down the street from my house. This marina was destroyed during the hurricane, the beach is a mess, houses right at the marina were washed away, but they've been working on getting it all back. It'll take a long time:

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13 comments:

  1. oh how very very interesting and sad but a lovely park to sit end contemplate
    very very nice my friend and thank you

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  2. You live in a very pretty place. Although we are all aware of 9/11 in Europe, it really brings it home when you see such memorial parks. Yes, your area had to take a lot with hurricaines and storms.The photos are very good.

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  3. Peaceful and beautiful memorial garden.

    Great shots of the bridge and the marina.

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  4. How utterly enchanting ... love the first two ... makes one want to wander through and see whats at the other side .... gorgeous shots!!

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  5. Wonderful shots Joanne you live in a very beautiful part of the world;)

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  6. Hi Honey!! Three great shots for Heidi's theme!! That's a beautiful memorial park the township have created to remember the local people who died on that terrible day. The wooden walkway across the lake at Thompson Park is wonderful. I hope I get a chance to walk across it one of these times :-)) Let's hope the marina will be restored to it's former glory in the not-too-distant future.

    What happened to the shot of Bonnie in the snow?

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  7. beautiful shots all, Joanne from your part of the world. Had no idea you lost so many people from your town on 9/11, then suppose a lot of your townsfolk might have worked in Trade Center, it being so close to commute from New Jersey. Such a lovely nostalgic shot. Brought a lump to my throat and tears to these ole eyes. Hugs you tight. Love love love that boardwalk.

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  8. I'm moved by your first shot, of the 9/11 memorial park. A beautiful place, nicely taken. I love the curving shadows of your middle picture and hope the marina does get restored in time. That was a horrible storm.

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  9. That first photo is very touching, Joanne.

    Thompson Park is lovely. Looks like a good place for bird shots.

    So glad to see the rebuilding in the last photo! I hope those people will soon be back in their homes or at least have adequate recompensation for their properties if they aren't allowed to rebuild.

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  10. Beautiful photos Joanne and sad too. I would love to take a walk through the parks.

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  11. Beautiful photos, Joanne, yet reading your words there is sadness behind them... Anyway, you live in a lovely place...

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