Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday News & Notes

Want to be a playwright? Perhaps you should attend the East Lynne Theatre Company's Playwriting Get Away Weekend on March 1st and 2nd.  Sounds pretty neat.

If you didn't think a story about roadwork could make you tear up, then you haven't read this story about the removal of the traffic lights on the GSP.  Tragic tragic tragic. Here's a snippet from the Cape May County Herald story:

"On the Garden State Parkway the only three traffic lights you will find are the ones outside here. We all agree they don’t belong and today we mark the start of a $110-million project,” said New Jersey Turnpike Authority Executive Director Veronique Hakim
Those infamous exits, 9, 10 and 11, at Crest Haven Road, Stone Harbor Boulevard and Shell Bay Avenue, have been the location of numerous accidents, some of them fatal.
Eric Meyer, of Mayville, knows too well the need to remove the hazardous signals from the highway. He lost his 17-year-old son, Christopher, in a two-car crash Nov. 4, 2004 at the intersection of the Garden State Parkway and Stone Harbor Boulevard.
“Eric is just a hardworking Cape May County man with a 17-year old boy who was just sitting at a traffic light,” said Sen. Jeff VanDrew (D-1). “He never harmed anyone and never, ever did anything wrong to anyone and he pretty much instantly died. That’s why we’re here today.”
After his son’s death, Eric Meyer became an advocate for removal of the traffic signals in hope of saving another family from the pain his family has felt since the death of Christopher. In a voice choking with tears, the elder Meyer said many people gave him their support to have the signals removed but warned him not to expect their removal to come to fruition.
“I hope this will never happen to anyone else,” said the father of his son’s death. “Let me be the last. We didn’t just lose a son; we lost a whole family because no one is the same. We’re not the same people we were after that night.”

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