Songs and Pics By Kevin Lajiness


Monday, November 19, 2012

The cleaning up and building of SJI Park

 The Following Article was first put out as a Wikipedia Article,  It is a factual account of the history of what I know about the subject, obviously there is some history not known by me, never the less I put it out to promote the Nature my Art, and  Music that came into development as a result of the work. but they rejected it because in-part for a lack of reliable sources,
              Kevin Lajiness

The cleaning up and building of SJI Park
Influenced by ((CARRIERI, REV. LEONARD - M.SS.CC.(1914–2009)[1] a local catholic priest and sculpture,
who at the time was in his nineties, had not started doing sculptures untill he was fifty four years old. 
He taught it was never to late to get involved in art and culture)); As a friend and local park Naturalist/Naive Artist. 
I Started doing wood sculptures[2] in 2000 under the Fathers care. By 2007, and continuing into 2008 and beyond, 
extending a Naturalist [3]/Naive approach, keeping in mind the complexity of relationships between people and 
nature is emphasized, along with the importance of establishing more mutualistic social structures that take 
account of this,[4] in face lifting the Open Space property to blend the surroundings and habituates, by nature of

the architecture, even though the property was a old industrial sight the clean up and transformation was done without the use 

or damaging effects of heavy equipment, the natural islands were left, only invasive weeds and vines were taken away along with
the none organic debris and only grass and some hostas were planted. The property and walnut grove was left intact. Located 
At the corner of Wabash and Garfield ave, extending to Route 9 in Linwood, NJ. known as the South Jersey Industries [5]
(SJI Prop.),[6][7] because its prier owners were "South Jersey Industries". Before that the sight of the Hagerthy 
Fuel Oil Company.
From sometime between 1975-83 the property sat idle, until the city of Linwood [8] acquired part of it in 2003 [9]
through Green Acres [10]. It was overgrown, contaminated [11], full of trash and vines [12]. Part of it was a field 
with gravel and asphalt where the Fuel Docks,outbildings and trucks turned around showed in these oil fire pictures
from 1975,[13](disregard time stamps, they were pictures of photos from the Linwood fire dept albums), Now the 
sight of SJI Parks open field [14]
In time cleaning, clearing, grubbing vines and overgrowth,[15] poising ivy, raking stones filling holes, grading with a 
homemade grader,[16],trimming trees, pulling weeds and roots, everything by hand. Mulching everything with a 
customized riding lawnmower [17], and planting grass throughout. Watered with a homemade spreader made from 
a plastic barrel.[18]
The City of Linwood NJ at times working hand and hand to take away all the trash, asphalt, rotten wood, block, 
brick, grub, anything and everything that came off the sight. With there support especially of the counsel 
president [19][20], who would later walk her dog there as well as well as many locals. It was cleaned up.[21]
Intimate with the wild life there, there are many pictures of the foliage [22] and the wildlife, especially of a juvenile 
red tailed hawk that had no fear. pictured within five feet of it [23] while it was feeding. Pictures of box Turtles, once 
of one laying eggs.[24] Abandon baby duck had shown up and eventually bonded with people.[25] The duck is now 
a pet of one of the local police officers brother, that worked at a zoo and could give her a proper home. He had first 
took her to the zoo but she flew back to his house so they kept her as a pet. she had six chicks. Songs were 
written at and about the open space and nature there, sparking the making of ten's of videos of most of the opens 
spaces in Linwood that had a natural flavor to them [26]. Local residence referred to it now as a park.[27]
It was the sight of Hagerthy oil. They where very nice people and extended a helping hand to many especially 
during the great depression when people could not afford to pay there oil bills. Mrs. Hagerthy was in charge of a 
senior citizens group that maintained Hartshorne Senior citizen Park across the street and that it was quite the 
show case.
Eddie and the Cruisers [28] trivia [29] ... the station in the movie AMFMSW refers to was visited by Tom Berenger's 
character Frank Robbins, and the DJ was Joe Pantoliano's character, Doc Robbins. The OUTSIDE of the station ... 
seen here:[30] was an abandoned building on Route 9 in Linwood, formerly the office of Hagerthy Fuel Oil.
Tom McNally [31]: Here is a shot from Eddie and the Cruisers in the WMID studio[32]. The panel with the three meters 
in the rack is now a clock in my office.
Funny story about the outside of the radio station in the movie ... WRHE. One day when I was PD of Rock 104, 
we went out to lunch, and passed Hagerthy Fuel Oil's abandoned building on Route 9 in Linwood, and it had HUGE 
neon letters on the roof ... WRHE, and a little communications tower which was always there. This was just before 
WDVR/WKTU/WTKU came on the air, so we thought maybe it was going to be their studio. A couple of days later, 
not only were the call letters gone, the building was torn down. Mystery ! A few years later, my girlfriend and I were 
watching Eddie and The Cruisers for the first time (on HBO) and there it was ! I shrieked and laughed, and had to 
explain the story.


4. Bookchin, Murray. The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy. Oakland: AK Press, 2005, p. 85-7.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Some Before And After Shots of the Field (Field Of Dreams For Me)

 Peeling Up The asphalt/bitumen

 Me and My Son, He came over to skate board in the School Parking lot.
 The pictures with the Duck is the Duck that showed up at my house. at an adjacent property I think they had a nest. They frequented but disappeared, I think he was abandon, you can just make them out in the pic above playing in the puddle,
.but knew my sent so went to my house, Just saying ?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Cried and Cried My life Story

Thursday, March 15, 2012

SJI Park Linwood NJ Some of My Custom Tools and Equipment

For gathering stones and chunks of Asphalt

For loosening Up Top soil

Custom built Trailer I Made

To Ad Weight to my custom rake

Watering Apparatus 

Old Snapper High vac fitted with a HP Suzuki for mulching 

Monday, March 5, 2012



 Excerpt From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Etymology

"The origin of the designation Acadia is credited to the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who on his 16th century map applied the ancient Greek name "Arcadia" to the entire Atlantic coast north of Virginia (note the inclusion of the 'r' of the original Greek name). "Arcadia" derives from the Arcadia district in Greece which since Classical antiquity had the extended meanings of "refuge" or "idyllic place". The Dictionary of Canadian Biography says: "Arcadia, the name Verrazzano gave to Maryland or Virginia 'on account of the beauty of the trees,' made its first cartographical appearance in the 1548 Gastaldo map and is the only name on that map to survive in Canadian usage. . . . In the 17th centuryChamplain fixed its present orthography, with the 'r' omitted, and Ganong has shown its gradual progress northwards, in a succession of maps, to its resting place in the Atlantic Provinces.""

"Acadia (in the French language Acadie) was a colony of New France, in northeastern North America that included parts of easternQuebec, the Maritime provinces, and modern-day Maine to the Kennebec River.[1] During much of the 17th and early 18th centuries, Norridgewock on the Kennebec River and Castine at the end of the Penobscot River were the southern-most settlements of Acadia.[2] The actual specification by the French government for the territory refers to lands bordering the Atlantic coast, roughly between the 40th and 46th parallels. Later, the territory was divided into the British colonies which became Canadian provinces andAmerican states. The population of Acadia included descendants of emigrants from France (i.e., Acadians) along with those from the Wabanaki Confederacy. The two communities inter-married, which resulted in a significant portion of the population of Acadia being Métis".

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Research I Have uncovered Related to The History of Open Space

   In The North East Seaboard and as it relates to One of my Ancestors. like most
settlements in the West when Europeans families first settled in the East Seaboard.
 People impacted the land in different ways where William Powell Settled on the Schuylkill
as a ferryman across from what is today The large ("Fairmount Park" was created in 1855,
 but the genesis of the park system was embodied much earlier in
William Penn’s vision of Philadelphia as a “Greene Countrie Towne.”
The original purpose of Fairmount
Park was to protect Philadelphia’s water supply from
industrialization along the Schuylkill River. In
addition to serving as an environmental buffer, the
Park also became a public place for residents to enjoy.
Today, Fairmount Park is the city’s showcase of nature,
history, culture and recreation.)-Fairmount Park
Map & Visitor’s Guide

CBC - The Acadians - Acadian Origin
The origin of Acadie

Map: National Archives of Canada
The area that became known as Acadia was inhabited for thousands of years by Native American tribes, predominantly the Mi' kmaq. There were 3,000 here when the French first arrived. There is some ambiguity about where the name Acadie originated. The earliest known written form is credited to the Italian explorer Giavanni de Verazzano in 1524. While exploring the Atlantic coast of North America, he apparently was so impressed by the beauty of the trees of the Chesapeake Bay that he gave it the name Arcadia since it evoked images of ancient Greece. Acadia without the "r" - came to designate the present area of Canada's Maritime provinces. According to linguists, the word "Cadie" ("Lacadie" or "Acadie") may have derived from "Quoddy" - a word used by the natives to designate a fertile area like Passamaquoddy, Shubenacadie and Tracadie. It could also derive from the Mi' kmaq word "Algatig" meaning camp.
History holds a mirror up to the dusty documents of the past.
The Proclamation of 1763 was in many ways Canada's first constitution.
The Quebec Act of 1774 also dealt with the old French Canadian empire and its original owners the Aboriginals. Most of them lived in the huge pocket of land lying below the Great Lakes. All were members of proud tribes and were determined to resist further white encroachments on their traditional hunting grounds. The British were anxious to respect their strength and to prevent any reoccurence of the bloody wars on the American frontier that had been enflamed by the eloquence of Pontiac raging against white entrenchment. To head off continued Indian wars caused by American frontiersmen flooding into the wide open western spaces of the Ohio country, the British broadened the boundaries of Quebec as indicated by the shaded areas in the maps below by extending those set out in the Proclamation of 1763 to the line of the Ohio River with the Quebec Act of 1774.

Proclamation of 1763
Quebec Act, 1774

Old Philadelphia, Faire Mount Park,Powelton Village

Life and Ancestry of Warner Mifflin (Farmount Park Fame-Fountain Green)