Metuchen Memorial Park

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Metuchen Memorial Park, built in 2005, is a public park which honors the brave veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and aims to celebrate all veterans who have fought for our country. It is located between Essex Avenue and Memorial Parkway and is near several other public parks. There is parking near by since it is close to the the main streets that run through the town and downtown shopping area which holds town events such as parades and fairs. While visiting I was the only one there. The parks main purpose is to serve as a memorial and it is on the smaller size. Visitors are typically there for a specific reason of viewing the memorial. Each year seen a large gathering of people in the park in order to celebrate the live of our veterans. The park has speakers come and a salute. I have only ever seen it from afar through passing by. The park holds a flower bed, memorial tree garden and is split into separate sections for each war as shown in the diagram below.

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Each war has a stone block which is engraved to be dedicated to the veterans which fought for our country. Below is an image of the stone dedicated to the veterans of the Korean War.

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WWI also has a metal plaque upon a carved stone which is engraved with names of tho

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The Memorial Tree Grove contains groups of trees that are dedicated to fallen soldiers. The image below depicts one of the stones dedicated to a fallen soldier of World War I.

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The memorial is complete with a flower bed and flag to commemorate the brave soldiers that risked and lost their lives defending our country.

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Metuchen Memorial Park

Urban Policy

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Atlantic City, New Jersey, was once a thriving board walk and inspiration for the original version of the famous board game Monopoly (Wikipedia). The casinos brought in tourists and business from all over. Today bankruptcy and closures have turned a once thriving city into a struggling one. Then in 2012 Hurricane Sandy struck Atlantic City causing flooding and power outages affecting the entire city. This urban area like many others is in need of policies to help its transition back into a healthy and successful community.

Policies need to be established in these regions to improve education, employment, and the environment and community. As a future educator I believe school systems are the key to improving any area. There need to be policies in place to help support Urban schools, teachers, and students. For example, professional development programs would help create more efficient and better quality educators. The more qualified the teacher the better the education provided. Further, schools need proper funding for supplies and after school programs. Keeping students off of the streets and in a productive environment is key yo improving the area as a whole.

Once the schools are improved there then needs to be changes made to the job market. Increases in minimum wage and programs to aid citizens in finding work will help to begin illuminating poverty in urban areas. With high unemployment rates urban areas will never be able to improve. Those living in poverty in urban areas deserve to be able to provide for themselves and their families.

Lastly, I believe the community and the environment should be protected by urban policy. Policies should help to fund community parks and recreation centers in order to from a closer and healthier community. Communities that are not built to benefit the society can harm it. According to change.gov, “nearly one-third of Americans live in neighborhoods without sidewalks and less than half of our country’s children have a playground within walking distance of their homes.” Simple things like sidewalks can change the structure of the community and better it for all.

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_City,_New_Jersey#Modern_day_challenges

http://change.gov/agenda/urbanpolicy_agenda/

Urban Policy

South Jersey Industries

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South Jersey is home to South Jersey Industries which is a publicly held energy services holding company for a natural gas utility and other, non-regulated companies. Under this industry runs: South Jersey Gas, South Jersey Energy Solutions, South Jersey Energy, Marina Energy, South Jersey Resource Group, and South Jersey Energy Service Plus. This industry helps provide gas to over 340,000 residential, commercial, and industrial residents all over South Jersey. This industry helps run South Jersey in that it provides the necessary energy to operate. South Jersey Energy Service Plus provides the services of heating, cooling, and plumbing to both residential and commercial clients. In 2010, the industry’s revenue is about $925 million (Wikipedia). This industry is not only crucial to the development of South Jersey, but also benefits the community in it’s endeavors.

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South Jersey Energy Service Plus recently donated the HVAC and hot water systems for a Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity home construction (sjindustries.com). South Jersey Industries is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity and has provided and donated supplies to help the community and families have a safe and comfortable home. Not only is the industry providing necessary service but they are giving back to their community in order to better it for all. The industry further gives back  through their Social Investment Program which provides funding to qualifying non-profit organization in order to positively impact the community. They support health and social services, economic development, cultural diversity, vocational and technical education, and environmental preservation.

South Jersey Industries is one of the must beneficial industries for South Jersey. It provides the community with balance and sustainability in order to help it thrive. The industry provides revenue and jobs for the community as well as great means of giving back.

Resource:

http://www.sjindustries.com/sjesp-donates-hvac-and-hot-water-system-cumberland-co-habitat-humanity-home

http://www.sjindustries.com/sjesp-donates-hvac-and-hot-water-system-cumberland-co-habitat-humanity-home

South Jersey Industries

The Geography of Food

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The food we eat daily and the food we experience while traveling around the world all depends upon our location. Location determines what foods are grow locally and readily available in a particular region of the world. For example, certain states are known specifically for certain foods such as , Jersey tomatoes or Florida oranges.

Further, food is also culturally based which ties different cuisines to different countries. In this case, foods that certain cultures might find to be a delicacy may repulse those who are not of this culture or area. For instance, Guinea pigs are considered pets here in the United States but, in the mountains of Ecuador it is considered a meal (“Small Country, Many Tastes”). Therefore, people in the U.S. would find it disgusting to find Guinea pig on a menu, but to those native to Ecuador it is completely normal.

Location also affects fast food chains in order to appeal to different areas of the world. The United States is used to the burger and fries fast-food chain McDonald’s and would find it hard to believe that it would have different menus throughout the world. McDonald’s is a vast chain with restaurants around the world. An American in Japan would be surprised to find a Cheese Tsukimi Burger on the menu containing an over easy egg and aurora sauce (ketchup and mayonnaise). So see a full list of odd items on McDonald’s Menu in Japan click the link below!

https://www.tsunagujapan.com/50-mcdonalds-menu-items-only-in-japan/

Culturally and specially we determine what foods we eat. Whether we are eating local food in our home town or branching out and tasting foods abroad. Food can be key in understanding the landscape and the people living there. It is an interesting way to get to know each country and area of the world.

Resources:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/magazine/small-country-many-tastes.html?_r=0

The Geography of Food

Trans Pacific Partnership

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The Trans Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement amongst 12 Pacific Rim countries including: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam. This partnership is believed to help benefit each of the nations involved. However, I believe that America will benefit, if not the most, greatly from the partnership for several reasons. The Trans Pacific Partnership claims they will support Made-in-America exports, enforce fundamental labor rights, promote strong environmental protection, and help American small businesses benefit from trade (RP Siegel). America’s economy will greatly benefit from exporting more goods and promoting small businesses. It will directly benefit national corporations and boost the American economy. The Trans Pacific Partnership aims to increase wages, cut costs, and improve the quality of goods. Most products today in America are imported. When looking at the products I buy online or in stores they are often made in other countries. I believe that increasing exports from the U.S. will help our economy.

Further it will also help countries like Japan and Vietnam who are large agricultural countries with protected economies. The influx of trade will increase the flow of their economy and boost production. The Trans Pacific Partnership is expected to lower trade and investment barriers. Free market economies are suspected to have the smallest benefits such as, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand (dw.com). Although these countries will not benefit as greatly as others they will see economic growth. I believe the Trans Pacific Partnership will overall benefit each of the nations involved in varying ways and in different parts of their economy.

References:

http://www.triplepundit.com/2015/03/will-benefit-trans-pacific-partnership/

http://m.dw.com/en/the-pros-and-cons-of-the-trans-pacific-partnership-pact/a-18597149

Trans Pacific Partnership

The Campaign Map

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Geography is a crucial element in any political campaign. Many states in the U.S. hold a large population of a specific political party. In the presidential election candidates depend on winning over certain states that have a larger electoral vote. According to The New York Times, “More than ever, the kind of place where Americans live — metropolitan or rural — dictates their political views.” The article continues to explain that the Republican Party tends to have more supporters in rural areas rather than urban. Geography is therefore the key to winning the presidential election.

In order to win an election a candidate must be able to recognize where they are most supported and expand from their to areas that may lean in the other direction. Candidates are well aware of the geographical influence necessary to win an election. They plan campaign route with crucial precision and focus on areas where the attention is needed most. The article mentioned above discusses that democratic candidates typically need to expand out of urban areas where they already have a lot of support and to focus on winning over the South and the more rural parts of the country.

The geographical location also determines the culture and values of the audience of a political candidate. They must recognize the social structure as well as the beliefs of the area in order to appeal to their audience and avoid conflicts. Certain areas take different issues more seriously and it is crucial to know your audience in order to speak to them and win their vote in any election. Geography is therefore a crucial component to any election especially the presidential election.

Resources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/upshot/why-democrats-cant-win.html?_r=0

 

 

 

The Campaign Map

Religion in Europe vs. The United States

Religions_by_StateThe United States is a very culturally diverse country. Their are many different religions within the U.S. do to the large percent of immigrants living in the country who have brought with them their religious beliefs. According to the Christian Post, “In the United States, 60 percent of people said they were religious, while 30 percent were non-religious, and 5 percent were atheist.” Atheism is at a very low percentage in the U.S. compared to other countries, especially European countries. According to the article, “Among the top 10 most atheistic countries were four Asian nations and six European.”

European country are not as diverse as the United States and carry fewer religion which I believe to be the reason behind the larger percentage of Atheism in European countries. The article does not speculate what the reasoning is behind these numbers however, it does hint at a reasoning for the increase of Atheism in the Irish communities. Irish are predominantly Roman Catholic. The article suggest that child abuse scandals within the Roman Catholic Church are responsible for the lack of following.

I believe that corruption and scandal could be the reasoning behind the increase in Atheism in European countries. Since the countries are dominated by one religion they are more likely to see an abuse of power within the religious community. In contrast, the United States holds so many religions including Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, and many more their is less room for scandal. The religious communities are smaller and therefore are often more community based. Immigrants tend to stand by their religious beliefs in order to hold on to their customs and find resources within  a community. This is not really the case within large countries in Europe.

I believe that the diversity in the United States is a big asset to preserving different types of religions and their beliefs. Further, their is less stigma on religion in the U.S. and individuals have more freedom to practice than in other parts of the world.

Resources:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheism-on-the-rise-in-asian-and-european-nations-poll-finds-79685/

 

Religion in Europe vs. The United States