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August 30, 2017
For Immediate Release
Pompton Lakes, NJ
The Borough of Pompton Lakes has a rich and varied history. You may know that Pompton Lakes was home to a popular boxing camp where legendary fighters like Joe Louis trained but did you also know that that Pompton Lakes houses one of the largest relics from the wreckage of the U.S.S. Maine? A monument containing the copper ventilator from the ship stands in town next to our very own Pompton Lakes Liberty Bell.
“It’s one of those things you see every day but I never knew what it was,” says Commission Member Laura Jennings who worked alongside Al Evangelista to sift through the town's history and synthesize it all into a 12 page brochure. “It was so exciting to dive into the history of this town. I learned so much from Al and the other members of the Pompton Lakes Historic Commission.
The Historic Commission is comprised entirely of volunteers who are committed to preserving Pompton’s history. There’s a lot to share and this latest edition of the brochure does an excellent job of presenting it.
The new brochure is entirely online and can be viewed from your computer or mobile device. The 12 page PDF is printer friendly for those who prefer the paper feel. It was laid out beautifully by local artist and graphic designer Dawn Lipman of Sunny Side Up Design, Inc.
Councilman Ekamon Venin, who serves as the Historic Commission Council Liaison, contributed critical guidance to the project. "The new Pompton Lakes Historic Guide provides important information to our residents and visitors of the significant history Pompton Lakes played in the 19th and 20th Centuries, the extraordinary men and women who have called our town home, and a listing of the important homes and buildings that have been designated as historic properties. This document creates a memorial of Pompton Lakes history for the people who have long lived in Pompton Lakes, but educates newer residents and future generations about our great community," said Councilman Venin.
The brochure will be displayed at the Pompton Lakes Historic Commission booth on Pompton Day. Stop by the booth to learn more about our town’s history and to meet your local Commission Members! The new guide is now on the Borough's website, and can be found here: Pompton Lakes Historic Guide
The Pompton Lakes Historic Commission meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the Pompton Lakes Civic Center at 25 Lenox Avenue. More information about the Commission and Pompton Lakes' History can be found on their webpage.