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.


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