Whew!! Some may "like it hot" but we have yet to meet anyone that "likes it humid" - save certain insects who's names shall go unmentioned. Suffice to say we are "itching" for stronger measures! Meantime, for those who visit on hot, humid days, particularly in the afternoons/evenings, please visit the office for a drink of cool (drinking) water - and we recommend the use of a repellant such as "Deep Woods Off" to keep the pests at bay.
Sorry Clover Lovers You were outnumbered. In early August, in the wake of numerous complaints conerning clover and other "weeds", Judean was given a "post emergent broadleaf application" (aka anti-weed herbicide) treatment. The results of this treatment can be seen throughout the park, as swathes of brownish color, which, upon close inspection, become thousands of dying clover plants, and other "weeds". We estimate 70-80% of the affected weeds will perish, however, since they are generally intermixed with other grasses, their demise should not result in barren spots.
The next step, to commence early Autumn, will be the aeration (poking holes in the earth at close intervals), followed by "overseeding" (placing seeds in those holes), and covering them with fertile soil. These actions should give the legitimate grasses (fescues) a big boost in their struggle for domination over the weed species.
One species notably absent in our recent treatment was crabgrass, since to kill all of the crabgrasses at this point surely would have resulted in barren patches. That phase of the battle will commence in Spring, when we will perform a "pre-emergent" treatment, a far more effective approach that specifically targets the crabgrasses - before they have a chance to germinate - leaving room for additional overseeding to take root in their stead.
Clover lovers can take heart, however, because in spite of current efforts, in 2014 you will no doubt have another chance to speak up in defense of your favorite weeds. But be warned: if we don't hear from you, we may just finish the job!
A special Thanks to all who were able to join us for this Year's High Holidays Service, and we hope to see you again at the 5775 event. The service ("Kever Avot") is typically held on a Sunday morning that falls between Rosh Hashanna, and Yom Kippur. The service includes song and prayer, but is deliberately brief, to allow more time for graveside visitation.
The service is officiated by gracious volunteer clergy from our member congregations, including Congregation Har Shalom, B'nai Israel Congregation, Adas Israel Congregation, and B'nai Shalom of Olney.
Other 2013 Projects In addition to the special services described above, special attention will be given this fall to "culling" heavy and overgrown tree limbs that increase the risk of wind damage. Gardens, hedges, and mulched areas are also scheduled to receive special attention. Later this fall, or early 2014 we will begin resealing the roadways, and other paved areas.
Website enhancements are finally underway! One example is the recent addition of the "Locate Your Loved One" search tool that enables users to identify and locate individuals interred in Judean or the interfaith sections. (Tool can be accessed in the menu bar on each page). Additionally, we will be expanding existing, and adding new content regarding end-of-life, mourning, memorialization, and other topics, including certain Jewith holidays and traditions that touch the cemetery in some way.
Berm Completed! We are very pleased to announce that we have installed 16 more trees (trimmed, white pines) along the berm designed to insulate the park from the ICC passing to our south. The berm is a man-made ridge rising six to eight feet in height, and running the length of the planned Section 16; which lies at the South end of the cemetery just beyond sections 15, 14, and 12. With its 28+ trees, installed at 10-foot intervals, the berm will, in time, provide excellent visual, as well as increased auditory insullation against the road.
"Mount Judean?" When visiting our "upright marker" (Section 10) it's hard to miss the large upthrust of earth, that is covered in high grasses and weeds. While this spot is good for taking photos, it certainly doesn't belong in the viewfinder. However it has been there for good reason: the gradual buildup of the earth adjacent to Georgia Avenue - designed to help insulate the cemetery from the increasingly busy traffic corridor. The good news is that we are almost "there". In fact, we have started the process of landscaping the - a process that will continue through the cool months. The end result will be a smooth, continuous gentle slope running the length of the section, rising to a line of trees, bordering, and well above, rt. 97. The completion of this work will also enable the cemetery to add several new rows of upright markers.
We Appreciate You! A huge "thank you" goes to our Judean families, for their gracious patience and understanding in coping with these projects, as they have done in the past, when we were "plagued" by neighboring construction projects. While our internal projects are not producing so much noise, per se, we realize that they do disturb the visual beauty of the cemetery. We can only promise that we would would not embark on any such projects, were we not certain of a final result that will justify the sacrifices endured - with the larger benefit going to those whom are making the larger sacrifice (i.e. those owning sites nearest the work zones).
Chapel more beautful in bad weather... When the weather turns unexpectedly, the chapel has been there to help families stay warm (or cool) and dry during their services. Convenience is another good reason families are scheduling their services at Judean. Having the Memorial Service and Burial at the same location offers a host of practical benefits for families, including reduced driving time, easier parking and access for your guests, a comfortable, private, Family Room, and more.
Time-Savers No one at the time of need is required to come to the cemetery. Items that must be purchased before a burial takes place can be completed by phone. Charges that are due can be charged by phone. Interment authorizations can be faxed to the family or the funeral home for signature. If a death occurs on the Sabbath, the family or the Rabbi can call the Memorial Counselor or the Director after the Sabbath, for orthodox families in our upright monument monument section we will accommodate next day burial whenever possible if called immediately after the Sabbath ends.
If your Synagogue's sites are located at a cemetery that you find geographically inconvenient, ask about our Synagogue sections.. Many Synagogues own sites at Judean in premium locations, and specially priced for their members.
Our recently opened Family Estates section continues to grow. The Family Estates consist of 8 to 20 sites per family and a bench with the family name. We currently have beautiful sections available for synagogues as well as individuals.
Looking ahead: Judean has experienced steady growth since our inception in 1975, reaching a "half-way point" of development with the millinium. Today, our long range developement plan, with developed, as well as undeveloped lands, works to assure availability for decades to come.
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