(From left) Alicia Woodrow of Yard Fx Landscaping, Peter Lomax of The Lomax Consulting Group, Deputy Mayor Tim Donohue and Township Recreation Leader Tammy Devitt plant three American elm trees on Arbor Day in honor of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
COURT HOUSE — It is a big week for trees in Middle Township. The Township Earth Day and Arbor Day commemorations serve to highlight the importance of planting trees for the future and honor the City of Boston. The recent bombing at the Boston Marathon was as a powerful reminder that close-knit communities become stronger when faced with such tragedies. Middle Township rose to the occasion to honor those whose lives were lost or forever changed with a celebration of life and hope for a more peace-filled world.
With short time to prepare, the Middle Township Recreation Department hosted approximately two hundred Township participants in a fundraising effort to support the victims of last Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon by way of a two-mile memorial walk/run. Participants of every age stood shoulder to shoulder at Memorial Field in Cape May Court House on Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, in an effort to remember those lost and severely injured just one week earlier. Local residents, students, sport’s teams, businesses, and first responders paid close attention to the welcome and opening remarks from Mayor Lockwood and Deputy Mayor Donahue, while a moment of silence and prayer was expressed for the victims of the bombings. The Middle Township Police Color Guard presented the American flag in the brisk, early evening breeze, while attendees bowed their heads and crossed their hearts in American pride.
In recognition of Earth Day and to honor those injured at the Boston Marathon bombings, The Lomax Consulting Group, a local environmental consulting firm, distributed evergreen seedlings – one for each bombing victim – to the participants who wanted to Plant a Tree for Boston. “With the planting of trees, we can offer a tangible symbol of hope for a better and safer world,” said Peter Lomax of the Lomax Consulting Group. “Especially here in our own community,” Peter continued, “where we live, work and play, trees have been cleared as part of the Parkway construction, and this helps to balance the loss locally and honor those affected by the bombing so many miles away.” Additional seedlings were donated to the Martin Luther King Center for distribution to the youth participants in the Homework Club program.
For Arbor Day, The Lomax Consulting Group, Yard Fx Landscaping and Tuckahoe Nurseries have partnered with Middle Township to donate and plant three American elm trees. The trees will be planted at 2pm on Friday, April 26th,at the Davies Sports Complex in Goshen in memory of the three victims who lost their lives in the bombing. American elms from Tuckahoe Nurseries were selected as a fitting tribute given that the elm is the state tree of Massachusetts and a native species to New Jersey.
The Township’s “Memory Lane” program at the Recreation Center offers residents the opportunity to dedicate a tree in honor of a loved one. Alicia Woodrow, co-owner of Yard Fx Landscaping, stated, “Remembering to plant a tree for Arbor Day this year takes on a special meaning when we can send a message to Boston – you are in our hearts and we stand with you.” Middle Township welcomes residents to attend the tree planting and there is still time to donate to The One Fund Boston. For more information, or to make a donation to The One Fund Boston, please visit www.onefundboston.org .