Skip to comments.Jew Pond needs a name change
Posted on 03/08/2012 5:40:16 PM PST by SJackson
Who says nothing good ever came out of a summer outbreak of algae?
After all, if it wasnt for the discovery of those colorful organisms on a small pond two summers ago, Mont Vernon voters might not be going to Town Meeting next month with the opportunity to officially change the name of the tiny pond with the offensive name.
At that March 13 meeting, voters will consider a warrant article that asks: To see if the Town will vote to petition the United States Geological Survey to rename Jew Pond to Grand Hill Pond.
Despite the wording of the article, there also appears to be some sentiment in town to rename it Carleton Pond in memory of George C. Carleton, who donated the land that contains the pond to the town 40 years ago.
Well leave it up to town residents to decide whether it should be Grand Hill Pond, Carleton Pond or any of the names that have surfaced in recent months, such as Frog Pond, Spring Pond or even Lake Serene.
Anything but Jew Pond would be fine with us.
It was on July 14, 2010, that The Telegraph published a brief 138-word article reporting that Mont Vernon and state officials had closed the pond because of possible contamination by algae. As it turns out, the closing of the 6-foot-deep pond proved to be less newsworthy than the headline that accompanied it: Blue-green algae closes Jew Pond.
It was the first time the name hit print in a long time, Rich Masters, the towns public health officer, says in The Story Behind Jew Pond, a documentary produced by University of New Hampshire-Manchester graduate student Katelyn Ann Dobbs.
A lot of people cringed when it was publicized. I didnt think it was a very good name and figured maybe I should go about trying to change it.
After conducting some extensive research, Masters approached town selectmen the following year with a recommendation to rename it Frog Pond, but the board voted unanimously at that time against changing its name.
The half-acre pond appears to have gotten its derogatory name from town natives during the 1920s, after two young Jewish lawyers from Boston purchased the nearby Grand Hotel, an upscale resort that attracted many summer vacationers from the city. The new owners closed the hotel two years later, but the name Jew Pond eventually made its way onto a U.S. Geological Survey map of the area.
Today, the push to change the name of the pond is getting attention around the world, with stories appearing in Yahoo News, The Boston Globe, The Jewish Press, The Arizona Republic, The Guardian of London and The Straits Times of Singapore, to name a few. Videos are also available on YouTube and other sites.
It also caught the attention of Bishop Peter Libasci, the newly installed leader of the Diocese of Manchester, who didnt mince words in a letter to the editor published Monday in The Telegraph.
In that letter, in which he urged Mont Vernon residents to support the name change next month, the bishop noted the use of the word Jew in this instance was clearly pejorative.
It is different than the use of the word Jewish or Christian because it is added as a stinging barb, the way that a bigot in private company would mention a Jew lawyer or Jew doctor. You just absolutely know its meant to convey some measure of contempt, he wrote.
Its a small pond, but anti-Semitism is a big deal.
We couldnt have said it any better.
Would they call them the Cleveland Indians if they despised Indians? I dont think so.
I've been asking that question ever since Stanford University dropped the name "Indians" in 1972. I believe the real reason behind the objection to these names is that since real "white racism" has all but vanished, liberals are looking for something to complain about.
I wonder if meat from a jewfish is halal?
There is no greater gesture of respect than having a piece of our geography named after someone or a group. Your grandfather apparently understood the need for respect of those deserving respect and those who sacrificed. The name will be passed on in perpetuity. Obviously a thoughtful man.
It still irritates me that Giffords and this still living Congress woman from AZ who did nothing gets a USN shipped named after her. Tens of thousands of those serving deserved it why she got it only because she had cronies and clout pushing for her. These Congress loser critter pols will now all be maneuvering and dealing to get their own ship.
The fish converted?
I would, but I named my pond after one of my dogs. Who liked the pond.
I don’t think there’s any question that the original name of the pond was meant to be derogatory. Which is no reason to erase history.
Oh, I made a few posts at Facebook tonight, sure....
There are fish in that Lake? I have a nephew coming back from Afghanistan who wants to fish.
I read the URL as Islam-i-claws - presumably the Islamic version of Santa Claus. I can imagine what kind of gifts he’d bring.
Rename the pond oy vey!
“There are no more Jew fish. They are called Monk fish.
Still tasty after all these years.”
In FloriDUH, the Jewfish is now called the Goliath Grouper.
Critters are like a divorce lawyer, in that they move into an area and suck up all the smaller fish (lobster go first, though). Think of a fishy slurp gun that weight a half ton or more. Sometimes much more.
Oh,in FloriDUH, Jewfish are protected. We can’t hook and fillet lawyers, either.
Forget where I was, actually I had no clue where I was, but saw one once. Big fish.
How saintly can this culture get?
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