The Meadowland Park Conservancy was proud to host and help produce last night's SOMA memorial for those we've lost to COVID. After a moving ceremony at The Pond, attendees walked to see the heart installation on Flood's Hill, made up of 41 glowing lights, each one representing a life lost to the pandemic.
It was a glorious day to be in the park today at our National Puppy Day celebration. Over 50 pups showed up to get their photos taken with their human companions in one of our park hearts.
The park was cheerfully populated, respecting social distancing of course, by kids and seniors alike, neighbors, friends, and a large handful of public officials - all gathered to celebrate our local canines.
Jack from Pet Wants SOMA left the shop and his cats to divvy out treats for the pups and St. Hubert's Animal Shelter was on hand to provide take away information on keeping our pets safe and healthy. Jennifer Gregory from the shelter remarked on how nice it was to see a number of St. Hubert's orphans frolicking happily with their new families.
This event's success was the result of hard work by our Steering Committee Members, especially the Leads on this particular event, Jen Steig and Debi Rednik. We are also always grateful for our partnership with the village in coordinating this event and others.
We look forward to reprising our puppy park day next March. In the meantime, stay tuned for news on our April Event!
by Linda Beck, MPC Co-Founder
That lady was Lee Boswell May, who kept us engaged for forty-five minutes with stories: how she and her classmates would finish up their studies while eagerly listening for the fire house alarm signaling that the ice was thick enough and they could head over to ice skate. Lee said that the pond had always been there - she wasn't sure about the origin - but it was a major social spot; a spot where everyone came to connect and just be outside in the sunshine together.
This road will get much use as we transport new trees and plants and improvements across the park in our refurbishment efforts. Boz Way will remind us through those efforts that we are all connected and that good things are ahead.
Here's a great interview with her talking about South Orange and her fascinating life. Treat yourself and get to know her a little.