September 30, 2010
The Aquinas Honor Society of Immaculate Conception School in
Jamaica Estates, NY, and St. John’s are partnering to unveil a
commemorative plaque on University’s Queens campus to honor the
Glacier Period on Friday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m., at the
intersection of Utopia Parkway and the Grand Central Parkway
Honor students from Immaculate Conception School, went on a
quest earlier this year for Redder's Pond, the glacial lake that
once filled about three acres in the surrounding neighborhood of
their school. The pond (as reported in a January 25, 2010 Queens NY
Guide story written by John Roleke) was drained to make room for
the Grand Central Parkway in the early 1930s. The students learned
that the pond was located on St. John’s Queens campus.
The bronze commemorative plaque will sit on a rock currently on
the site which technically is known as the Terminal Moraine.
Terminal Moraine is a ridge of rock, gravel, and soil across a
valley at the end of a glacier or ice.
The students' teacher and project coordinator, Queens historian
Carl Ballenas, has spearheaded the effort along with Immaculate
Conception School Principal Dori Breen, and Joseph Sciame, Vice
President for Community Relations at St. John’s University.
“This is a wonderful effort that St. John’s University gladly
endorses with Immaculate Conception and their students,” said
Sciame. “It is a great tribute that these honor students, Mr.
Ballenas and Principal Breen (a St. John’s graduate) brought to our
attention so that we can properly honor and commemorate this
historical landmark in our community.”
This historical research also has been chronicled in a book on
the subject written by Ballenas and students titled, Images of
America: Jamaica Estates (Arcadia Publishing) which was released on
March 8, 2010.
An agenda for the event is as follows:
10:00 a.m. General Welcome, Joseph Sciame, St. John’s
10:05 a.m. Song performed by students of Immaculate Conception
10:10 a.m. Prayer by Pastor of the Church of the Immaculate
10:15 a.m. Introduction of Principal Dori Breen who introduces
10:20 a.m. Introduction of students by Mr. Ballenas, Project
10:30 a.m. Unveiling of the Bronze Plaque to commemorate the
10:35 a.m. Moment of Silence for Redder’s Pond Boys who
perished on the site
10:40 a.m. Songs by students to close ceremony
For more information on the event contact Dominic Scianna,
Assistant Vice President for Media Relations by calling (718)
990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.