Sunday, September 18, 2011

Remembering Mark Singley and 9/11?

The Hillsborough e-news September 9th issue suggested a number of ways that residents might remember the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks including a visit to the 9/11 Memorial at Singley Park - shown in a beautiful photograph.

The HNJJ crew thought that this was a good suggestion for those who would prefer a quiet place to meditate or pray instead of an organized ceremony or event, but after a visit to the memorial, we held off on our recommendation.

The "Singley Park" directional sign on Amwell Road was mostly obscured by vegetation, but we knew the park was somewhere on Woodfern Road. After a few minutes of wandering around the area we came upon a worn broken sign next to Woodfern School identifying Mark E. Singley Park...

A ride up the rutted driveway brought us within sight of an American flag at half-staff and a bench that resembled the one pictured in the e-news...

Maybe refreshing the Memorial would have been a good project for the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, but that has passed. October 22nd is USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, but we shouldn't have to wait for a declaration.

Take gardening gloves, pruners,and something to hold the weeds that you pull. There should be some type of working spotlight for the American flag. As for refurbishing the park sign, at least some paint would help, even if you can't repair the whole thing; there is probably some kind of township regulation about this, including approved park sign colors.
Here are some September 5, 2009, photographs of the memorial that were posted on flickr.
For those of you who don't remember Mark Singley, the September 13, 2000 resolution and the proclamation naming the new Woodfern Road Recreational Complex “Mark E. Singley Park” is here.

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