The following is a letter from Andrew A Hendricks, MD, President of the Hendricks and Hendrickson Family Association:
(1) Re-Dedication Service
On Sunday March 13th, 2011, a re-dedication ceremony was held at the Hendrickson Cemetery site inside Beau Ridge Condominiums. We appreciate the help of Paul Sniffen, Debra Slaugh and her family, Art and Marie Rittenhouse and their family, and my wife Mary, and son Jack, and others in installing white crosses to mark the original gravesites at the Hendrickson Cemetery. We are also grateful to those who attended the ceremony, including many families from Beau Ridge, as we all seek to heal from our feelings of loss.
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Photo: Hendrickson Cemetery courtesy of Tom Wysmuller.
Pastor Tamas Devecseri, the interim minister at Old Brick Reformed Church in Marlboro, NJ gave a solemn and spiritual re-dedication ceremony. Daniel and William Hendricks(on) who established the Hendrickson Cemetery were among the founders of Old Brick Reformed Church (formerly The Dutch Reformed Church of the Navesink in 1699). The ceremony was closed with “Taps” performed by JR Myatt, an Eagle scout from Sayreville, NJ.
(2) New Jersey Cemetery Protection Law
Our Hendricks and Hendrickson Family Association (HHFA) has worked with Sarah Brennan, Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications, at State Senator Joseph M Kyrillos, Jr’s office to modify his previous cemetery bill. This revised bill, drafted by Adaline B Kaser, Esq in the Office of Legislative Services, will protect New Jersey Cemeteries. It will be introduced to the New Jersey General Assembly by Senator Kyrillos from (13th Legislative District covering Monmouth County) and co-sponsor, Senator Joseph F Vitale, from the 19th District on April 28th. A draft of this bill is in the Attachment “HHFA Draft NJ Cemetery Law April 2011. See especially pages 8-10 for criminal offenses covered by this new law. Our Board of Directors strongly recommends that you support this bill so we can protect other New Jersey cemeteries from destruction.
(3) Monmouth County Prosecutors Office
The Prosecutor’s Office has still not issued a ruling on the destruction of the Hendrickson Cemetery. Our proposed New Jersey Cemetery Law would make our cemetery’s destruction a 4th degree New Jersey crime with a minimum of 1 (one) year in jail up to a maximum of 5 (five) years jail time per responsible individual. It would also require a minimum fine of $100,000 up to a maximum of $10,000,000 per responsible individual. A civil lawsuit would also be allowed and supported under this new cemetery law.
Our Hendricks and Hendrickson Family Association of Monmouth County, NJ hopes that he Monmouth County Prosecutors Office will apply the same standards of the proposed cemetery law to each responsible member of the Board of Directors at Beau Ridge, their management company, the New Jersey Monument Company, and any others vicariously involved with the desecration and destruction of the Hendrickson Cemetery.
(4) Photographs of the Hendrickson Cemetery
We are still seeking old photos of the Hendrickson Cemetery. Even distance photos can help establish tombstone shapes and positions. Please see the above Attachment Images1.tiff and Images2.tiff which show the original Hendrickson race track with the Hendrickson Cemetery in the background. The riders are playing a shoe/ boot contest in which they remove their shoes and/or boots, then ride to a goal, ride back, and put their shoes/ boots back on. The first one to get their shoes/ boots back on wins! Thanks to Susan Clausen on Califon, NJ for providing these touching, nostalgic photos! She and and her mother, Alice Wikoff lived at the Hendrickson horse facility near the race track from 1978-1989. We are glad that they could attend our re-dedication ceremony!
Andrew A Hendricks, MD
Hendricks and Hendrickson Family Association