Daily Archives: March 4, 2009

East Rutherford: Upcoming Meadowlands Talk

Boating old canoe pic sepia
   "The Meadowlands: Past, Present and Future,” a free slide show celebrating the Meadowlands Commission's 40th anniversary, will be presented at the East Rutherford Civic Center, Vreeland, Street, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.

   The show, presented by Jim Wright of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, features great archival photographs as well as amazing nature photography – including images taken in East Rutherford.

    The show will run approximately one hour, including a question-and-answer session.

Questions?  E-mail us here.


GUNNELL OVAL    We at the Meadowlands Commission are always scratching our heads on how to spell "Gunnell Oval" in Kearny.
   The sign says "Gunnell Oval," but everywhere we look, we see it spelled "Gunnel."
   The NJMC's Angelo Urato did some investigating:
   "Kearny's Gunnell Oval Park was named after Benjamin E. Gunnell.  He was a popular youth in town, attended the Roosevelt School,  and was a very good baseball player.  
    He died in 1918 fighting the Germans in WWI.
    The sign at the entrance of the park spells his name GUNNELL. 
The  Web site for the Kearny Monument for soldiers who died in for WWI has his name listed as "Gunnel.
    Can anybody shed more light? (We are betting that "Gunnell" is the correct spelling.)