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April 03, 2006


Tim Abbott

Nice to hear from you, Shep. I'd forgotten your Pennsylvania roots. I do not know what has become of the extraordinary efforts you describe, but I bet my friend Janet does. I'll ask her.

Shep Evans

In the 1950's and 60's, a lady named Louise Bush Brown and a garden club group called the Weeders established the Neighborhood Gardens Association, which included a full blown 4H program, a community garden and blocks and blocks of prideful neighborhoods with block captains and beautiful window boxes in North Philadelphia. Do you know whether that decades long work of the heart has survived?

Tim Abbott

Indeed, not. Both the Northwest highlands around the Watergap and the Pine Barrens are placed I've enjoyed geting to know. My grandmother's family actually were founding settler's of Elizabeth and lived there for nine generations. My great-aunt had a place at Point Pleasant (a hurricane swamped her 1960's vintage Dodge Dart in her garage). Compared to Delaware, New Jersey is leaps and bounds ahead when it comes to preserving open space. $150 million each year in state conservation funds blows most of the northeast out of the water.


Hope the view from the turnpike isn't all that you know of NJ.

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