Archive for November, 2009

Verona-Cedar Grove Times: Letters, Nov. 12

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Nov 12, 2009

Editor, The Times:

Over the last two years, there has been tremendous progress in the demolition of the vacant, antiquated buildings on the grounds of the former Essex County Hospital Center on Fairview Avenue. Two buildings were razed in 2008 and a total of five have been dismantled so far this year, working toward transforming the site into a new 90-acre county park. When our project is complete, an eyesore will be removed and the park will be a beautiful resource for our residents and provide much-needed open space in our densely populated county….

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Hollywood Buys into Cedar Grove

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Nov 12, 2009

The entertainment industry pays up to $1,000 a day to record and broadcast images from inside the buildings at the Essex County Hospital Center on Fairview Avenue in Cedar Grove, according to documents released last week.

For an additional fee, off-duty officers with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office will provide security to production crews. On-site parking and access to restrooms at the New Essex County Hospital Center on Grove Avenue are also part of the deal.

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Essex County Now Raising Money through Raising the Dead

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Camera crews from the SyFy channel’s popular show Ghost Hunters paid Essex County up to $1,000 a day for the right to film inside the abandoned Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove, according to The show also paid additional fees to hire off-duty officers for security, and for permits allowing off-site parking and access to restrooms.

The filming was a part of a special live, streaming broadcast on the Internet this past Halloween, which was nationally promoted on the Internet and on the SyFy channel. The hospital center has been rumored to be haunted for years, and has attracted hordes of amateur ghost hunters and curiosity-seekers.

The sale of permits to the SyFy Channel arched some eyebrows, as Sheriff Armando Fontoura has attempted in the past to keep out trespassers on the hospital grounds seeking the same ghosts, blaming local publication Weird NJ for piquing curiosity.

I’ll admit I’ve scampered through the deserted grounds myself. It’s a thrill, trying to keep the car out of sight of the occasional sheriff’s patrol, startling packs of deer, poking around in junk whose significance is magnified by the mere fact that it was abandoned. What about you, gentle readers? Does the Essex County Hospital hold any appeal to you? What other haunts used to exist in innocent Baristaville?

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Signed, SealedĀ andĀ Delivered

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Nov 17, 2009

State Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-26th Dist.; state Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-19th Dist.; and East Vincent Township Supervisor Christine McNeil were on hand Saturday for a ceremony in which 96 acres of the former Pennhurst State Hospital was officially transferred from the state to the township for use as a new park. Gov. Rendell signed legislation in July, championed by Dinniman, for the property transfer.

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Plans for New Dog Park Shaping up Near Morris Plains

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Nov 10, 2009

Plans for an off-leash dog park on the former grounds of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital have taken a positive turn, with the Morris County Park Commission offering a 5.4-acre tract that should be quieter than another parcel under consideration, according to dog advocacy groups.

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Landmark to be Restored and Returned to its Prominent Spot

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Nov 24, 2009

Oregon State Hospital’s landmark 10-ton cupola was plucked off its perch atop the hospital’s oldest building Monday afternoon.

A crane lifted the tower into the sky above the hospital’s 126-year-old J Building and deftly lowered it to a temporary resting place next to the facility, drawing applause from spectators.

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For the First Time, Students Nominated for Emmys

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Nov 11, 2009

Emmy nomination in any genre, whether global or local, is a tremendous achievement and compliment for anybody.

Students Ethan Lighter, Dwight Morgan, Thomas Sernholz, James Magee, Daniel Turner, John Neighbors, Kyle Schwerr, who are producers, achieved this high esteem.

These nominees were recognized for their works and effort. Ethan Lightner won an Emmy for An Urban Exploration Documentary called, Running Free: An Urban Exploration Documentary.

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Categories: Urban Exploration
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