Beautification Projects at the NAS Fort Lauderdale Museum
North Side and Front Garden Beautification Project
Suggested Improvements to be completed by Memorial Day, May 2018.
NORTH SIDE OF BUILDING Project #1
Museum volunteers will be removing a metal link fence on the north side of the building, which is about 59 feet long, to be replaced with wooden posts linked together with a nautical looking rope. This project would also include purchasing the items and then installing them.
In addition to the installation of a new fence, pruning is needed for the existing shrubs all along the north side of the building as can be seen on 1st photo. These plants need to be pruned back at least a foot from the building and all dead fronds/leaves need to be removed. There is a plant that is growing out from the fronds on one of the palm trees that needs to be removed. There are also other weeds along the ground that need to be pulled out.
FRONT OF BUILDING BEAUTIFICATION Project #2
To the left of the museum’s front door entrance, there are several electrical boxes/meters on the building (as seen on 2nd photo), and it is suggested to use two White Vinyl Traditional Lattice pieces that are being stored under the building to attach it vertically to 4’x4’ lumber. These lattice pieces are 4’x8’. Installed this way, the lattice would be used as a trellis for butterfly host plants that are vines. This would be erected about 6 feet from the building and adjacent to the porch’s railing allowing easy access to the electrical boxes/meters from the left side of the trellis.
ADDITIONAL WORK Project #3
There are numerous Wandering-Jew plants (as seen on 3rd photo), which are invasive, and other weeds that need to be removed from the front and also under the building. All of the plants along the front of the building need to be pruned to remove dead matter and to be cut back so they do not touch the building.
After all of the above work has been completed, butterfly garden plants will be added to beautify the area and labor assistance will be needed for that installation in addition to funding to procure the materials. This area is approximately 70’ x 20 feet and includes a flag pole and its surrounding concrete base and military equipment. Also, in the future, four dedication monuments for the museum’s founders: Allan McElhiney USN WWII, Chief Stephen Sedilo Coast Guard, Ben Langley USN Seabees, and Col. Rawls, US Army, will be installed in the front of the building (as seen on photos with orange cones).
After two years of planning,
Project Mariner Expedition finally takes Off on Monday July 24, 2017!
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
Project Director: Andrew Marocco
Thank you to Peter Larson for donating a framed 1927 Fort Lauderdale Daily News
Front Page "Lindbergh Hops Off On Paris Trip"
On exhibit now, along with John Sullivan's WWI uniform,
and a 1898 Spanish-American War Medal of Honor
This is the first phase for the Ray Rivera's Zen Garden & "The USS Bunker Hill"
We will be adding more updates, and participants in a few days.
If you would like to help with this project please Contact the Museum
RAY RIVERA, USNR WWII Bio
Phase 2 - Work in progress: The USS Bunker Hill will be featured in the far horizon, on a coastal scene of the Pacific Ocean. This is artist John Bowen's sketch painting. The scene will eventually be painted in an upside down canoe.
The Wrecking Crew organized adding new gutters on the East side of the Museum's building.
The gutters were installed by Christian Stutz and Darren Dunaway from Budget Seamless Gutters.
Notice the fresh coat of paint and new tiling that the Wrecking Crew volunteers completed as well!
Our awesome "Wrecking Crew" volunteers: Veterans Rolf, Nunzio, Brendan, & Phil
They are all around wizards in gardening, carpentry, preservation, construction, and much more!
We are so very lucky to have their support and dedication. They have painted all the building's steps, railings, fixed leaks, rotten wood, replaced broken panels and tiles, created all the garden areas, tend to the gardens,
and currently they are creating a new garden in honor of WWII veteran Ray Rivera.
The Memorial Butterfly Gardens are doing wonderful, growing and hosting lots of butterflies.
Thank you to the Wrecking Crew Volunteers for the tireless work you do everyday at the Museum.
You know who you are :)
NAS Fort Lauderdale Museum LUNCHEON
Saturday, June 24 - 11:30 am
Joan Mickelson, Ph.D.
Writer, editor, blogger, Florida historian, mystery book author
"History of flying in and around Hollywood, Florida 1920 to 1940"
- A PowerPoint presentation -
Donation: $25 (at door)
Joan Mickelson Website
Tuskegee Garden Celebration
Thank you to all the visitors that attended the Tuskegee Garden Celebration! And most of all thank you to the Master Gardeners and Veterans that made this project possible!
Thank you to the following individuals for their gracious help, and generous donations:
ALYSSA LAVORA, Alexander Landscaping & Plant Farm
JANICE MALKOFF, Master Gardener
JOHN BOWEN, Veteran
NUNZIO GALLI, Veteran
ROLF EKELUND, Veteran
PHIL JORDAN, Veteran
MICHAEL THOMAS, Master Gardener & Veteran
ERROL SIMMONS, Master Gardener & Veteran
BRENDAN DOYLE, Master Gardener & Veteran
SONNY MANGUAL, Tree Trimming & Gardening
HAPPY PAPPY'S Restaurant
JEFF MAGALINE, Heavy Equipment
RAY RIVERA, WWII Veteran
Daughters of Veterans:
Renee Doyle WWII
Shea Ciriago WWII
Janet Colbert WII
Ladies of Plantation Gardening Club
Tuskegee Exhibit by:
Minerva Bloom & Renee Doyle
The Pompano Beach Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and publicize the history of the Greater Pompano Beach area. This mission is accomplished through the Society’s:
Lt. Col Leo R. Gray
Tuskegee Memorial Butterfly Garden
Memorial Day, Monday May 29
10:30am to 12:30 pm
Refreshments will be served outdoors in garden areas.
Photographs, and Tuskegee Airmen related artifacts
will be displayed inside the Museum.
Free Admission. Free parking.
Reproduced for the Tuskegee Memorial Garden by Illustrator John Bowen
We also got to meet US Navy Rear Admiral Babette “Bette” Bolivar, who is first female commander of the Navy Region Northwest, and the first woman Commander of Joint Region Marianas. It was inspirational to see them helping our community! We are very thankful for their service!
A special thank you to SCPO(SW/AW/FMF) Rafael Barney, for including the Museum, when organizing events for Fleet Week Port Everglades.
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners officially designated the Goodman Archaeological site in Sunrise and the Link Trainer Building (Museum), in Fort Lauderdale as historic resources. Both properties have significant historical and cultural value, which prompted the County's Historic Preservation Board to make the recommendation for designation in early January.
In the early 1990s, the Goodman Archaeological site was set aside for preservation when developers started to build single-family homes in west Sunrise. It was added to the list of the County's Local Areas of Particular Concern, due to the site's good state of preservation and unique potential for future research.
The Link Trainer Building stands as the only remnant of a once substantial World War II era naval air station. Today, it is a museum located at 4000 W. Perimeter Road in Fort Lauderdale. In 1998, the building was nominated and accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. A year later, it was relocated to its current site and converted into a museum. The museum houses a large collection of military and naval air station artifacts, including one of the few remaining "Link Trainers" (also known as flight simulators) in existence. The Link Trainer Building is one of only 37 Broward landmarks listed in the National Register.
"I am very proud of our Broward County Historical Commission in working on this important symbol of our participation in World War II. I have been a longtime supporter of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Musem, since meeting a great man: Allan McElhiney, the Museum's founder, and saw his passion. We have come a long way and this building is now under the responsibility of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport thanks to Director Mark Gale. Thank you to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, William J. Gallo (Chair of the HPB) and Minerva and John D Bloom Jr., for their years of dedication."
-- Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner
Arts Park at Young Circle Gallery
PRESENTS WATER COLOR ARTIST & AUTHOR
SOLO ART EXHIBITION
MAY 2 - JUNE 16
RECEPTION SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
6:00 - 10:00 PM
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Arts Park at Young Circle Gallery
Hollywood Blvd & US 1
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A 20" x 30" original Giclee will be
auctioned off during the reception
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Monument to crew lost during Flight 19 search will be dedicated April 11 at Patrick Air Force Base:
BY MIKE GAFFEY
Viera Voice - News of Viera and Suntree
Published: April 4, 2017
A granite-and-bronze memorial bearing the names of 13 crew members aboard a Martin PBM-5 Mariner flying boat that disappeared during the search for Flight 19 on Dec. 5, 1945 will be dedicated during a private ceremony at 10 a.m. April 11 at Patrick Air Force Base.
More than 70 years after a Martin PBM-5 Mariner flying boat carrying 13 crewmen vanished while searching for five Navy torpedo bombers whose disappearance launched the legend of the “Bermuda Triangle,” their sacrifice will be remembered with the dedication of a monument on April 11 at Patrick Air Force Base.
The granite-and-bronze memorial bearing the names of the men lost on Dec. 5, 1945 will be dedicated during a private ceremony at 10 a.m. April 11 at Patrick Air Force Base. U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) is among the officials scheduled to attend, his spokesman Rob Medina confirmed. “I’m pleased to see our community come together to dedicate this memorial which honors the service and courage of the brave Naval officers and crew members who were lost in the line of duty,” Posey said in a statement.
At around that same time, a tanker crew reported seeing flames from an explosion about 30 miles east of Cape Canaveral. The crew searched for survivors and wreckage, but found nothing. The disappearances of the five TBM Avengers, the seaplane and their combined 27 crew members triggered one of the largest peacetime air, sea and land searches in U.S. history. Some 300 boats and aircraft scoured 300,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, but no trace of the planes or the crew was ever found. The tragedy spawned the myth of the “Bermuda Triangle” or “Devil’s Triangle,” a 500,000-square-mile region of the Atlantic bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, where dozens of ships and airplanes are said to have disappeared under unusual circumstances. Believers in the paranormal claimed Flight 19 fell victim to magnetic abnormalities, parallel dimensions or even extraterrestrial visitors.
In Steven Spielberg’s 1977 science-fiction blockbuster “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” aliens in a giant UFO swallowed Flight 19, deposited the planes in Mexico decades later and released the crew, unharmed and still youthful, at Devils Tower, Wyoming.
A 500-page report by a Navy board of investigation, published a few months after the planes were lost, concluded the Flight 19 airmen apparently became disoriented and ditched in rough seas after running out of fuel. The report also attributed the loss of the Mariner to a midair explosion.
The monument is “dedicated to all U.S. Naval Personnel who served at Naval Air Station Banana River (Patrick Air Force Base) October 1940 to August 1947 in particular to the Officers and crew of ‘Training 49’.” The bronze memorial plaque is inscribed with the names of Mariner crewmen:
• Walter G. Jeffery, LTJG, USN
• Harry G. Cone, LTJG, USN
• Roger M. Allen, Ensign, USN
• Lloyd A. Eliason, Ensign, USN
• Charles D. Arceneaux, Ensign, USN
• Robert C. Cameron, RM3, USN
• Wiley D. Cargill, Sr., Seaman 1st, USN
• James F. Jordan, ARM3, USN
• John T. Menendez, AOM3, USN
• Philip B. Neeman, Seaman 1st, USN
• James F. Osterheld, AOM3, USN
• Donald E. Peterson, AMM1, USN
• Alfred J. Zywicki, Seaman 1st, USN
The Mariner monument is about 50 feet from the base’s old seaplane ramps, where Training 49 started its fateful flight. The memorial is presented by the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association and Naval Air Museum Fort Lauderdale members. The museum’s main focus is on the Navy and specifically Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, a torpedo bomber training base during World War II and the home of Flight 19. The museum also has a Flight 19 display.
Sebastian resident Jon Myhre, a researcher of the famed “Lost Patrol” and a lifetime member of the historical association, helped lead the effort to build the monument. He paid for its granite base and split the cost of the plaque with the association. “I’m very proud to have played a small part in the construction of the monument honoring the men who served at the Naval Air Station Banana River during WW II, and the 13 crewmen of TRAINING 49 lost during the search for Flight 19,” Myhre said in an email. “The monument’s new home, next to one of the old seaplane ramps at Patrick Air Force base, is in a beautiful location. I think it’s a fitting tribute to the Navy personnel who served at the old Naval Air Station.” Another museum member, Edgar “Buddy” Galvin, a 94-year-old World War II veteran who participated in the search for Flight 19, also will attend the ceremony, Myhre said.
The push for a monument came after the Viera Voice ran an article in November 2015, noting that Patrick had no memorial or historical marker dedicated to the lost Mariner crew. Posey then contacted the Air Force about the possibility of erecting a memorial. “I commend and thank Mike Gaffey and Jon Myhre, along with all those who helped raise the funds for this tribute, for their diligence in assuring that the lives of these heroes who were dispatched from the Naval Air Station Banana River so many years ago are memorialized,” Posey said.
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