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Sandy Hook memorial playground opens in central NJ

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) Organizers in New Jersey have opened the first of several memorial playgrounds that are being built across the region in honor the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. Schoolhouse massacre.

The playground that opened Saturday in Sea Bright honors special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.

The playgrounds one for each child and teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School are being built in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

The project, named ``The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play,'' is being spearheaded by New Jersey's Firefighter's Mutual Benevolent Association. It connects the two tragedies that share the name ``Sandy.''

Sea Bright was chosen for the first playground because of the level of devastation brought by Sandy.



(Photo Courtesy The Sandy Ground Project)


Ground was broken this weekend for another playground.  That one dedicated to a 6-year old boy.


Jack Pinto's playground in Union Beach is just about finished.  The ribbon cutting will be May 4th at Firemen's Park.  Jack's 8th birthday would have been May 6th.  His older brother was named foreman of the project.



Ben drills the first hole in the cement to start the build (Photo Courtesy The Sandy Ground Project)

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