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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Michael P Duffy was Commissioner of Public safety of Newark up to Jan 1940 when he died, He was a close ally with Zwillman and Mayor Meyer Ellenstein

                           Michael P Duffy was Commissioner of Public safety of Newark up to Jan 1940 when he died, He was a close ally with Zwillman and Mayor Meyer Ellenstein, this picture of a police boat named after him was taken when they retired the boat.

Excerpts From                                                      

Nazis in Newark

 By Warren Grover

…  1929, THE TOP Bootleggers in the country met at an Atlantic City gathering-allegedly suggested by Zwillman-to determine regions and validate territories. The “Big Six” were in charge of the largest region, New York and New Jersey. Only twenty-for, Longie Zwillman was one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country. The New Minutemen Page 45
   …Throughout the rest of the 1930s Arno directed the Minutemen, comprised of a small cadre of regulars and a large bloc of volunteers who were “ready when needed”. Always in the background was longie Zwillman, watching over both his criminal empire and his anti-Nazi force. The Arno-Zwillman team shouldered an important responsibility for Newark’s Jewish community. Page 69

   Chapter 2 The New Minutemen
   Throughout the 1930s the “Minutemen” consistently  and effectively opposed Nazi activities in Newark and northern New Jersey. This fighting force included criminals and boxers who used fists, club, and baseball bates to counter the Nazi threat. Often just a rumor that the Minuteman had been sighted was enough to deter Newark’s Nazis from holding events. The Minutemen were from Newark’s Third Ward and possessed the means to stand up to the Nazis-a Group of boxers and a tightly controlled criminal enterprise that relied on violence. Abner “Longie” Zwillman, Newark’s criminal czar, used his Third Ward Gang to oppose the friends of the new Germany and its successor, the German-American Bund. Zwillman backed the struggle with men, money and political influence from 1933 until the Bund’s demise in 1940

    …Zwillman rose to power at an early age because of intelligence,business acumen, and physical courage. Years later Zwillman explained why he went into crime:
   Sure I was a Bootlegger, and I’d be one again given the same setup-kid brother and sister hungry,no food,bills. I was the oldest boy. There were four boys and three girls. The youngest was six months old when my father died. We didn’t have enough money to bury him. I was just a kid-twelve. I had to get money somehow, I got it bootlegging

   There were many such stories of poverty in the Third Ward. Zwillman never had trouble filling the ranks of his gambling and bootlegging operations with friends from his childhood. His group became the Third Ward Gang, and some of the original members remained with Zwillman until his death forty years later
   Throughout his career Zwillman was generous to the poor. When the Depression started in 1929, Zwillman was already a wealthy and influential man. Primarily because of his sympathy for the underdog-but partly out of self interest-he began subsidizing soup 
kitchens run by the Mount Carmel Guild of the Catholic Charities in Newark’s Military Park in 1932. One source claims that Zwillman provided the kitchen with $1,000 a week until it closed in 1939. Prior to the Depression, Zwillman provided a yearly Christmas carnival at Laurel Gardens for orphans of all colors and creeds through the Third Ward Political Club. For the youngsters at the Daughters of Israel Hebrew Orphanage, Zwillman supplied clothing and gifts each year. These and many other charitable contributions brought Zwillman respect and admiration. Pg 45
End. (You got to Love this Guy “Longie”Zwillman- Kevin Lajiness)

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my latest album "In The Minds Of Prophets"In The Minds Of Prophets 3/17/2015 and Hopefully "Dark Cloud" 4/1/2015. "Once Upon a Perfect Storm" 2014 . Out 3/10/14 "The King of the Fire" 

"I'm going to rewrite this soon to include some life events" Here's the dealeo, I started doing Wood Sculptures about 15 years ago to try and keep myself busy after I stopped drinking and smoking. About 5 years into it I got throat and neck Cancer. I say this because before I had the Cancer I had not written or sung Music. Looking to clean up an open space in late 2007 and 2008 ( http://openspacedocumentary.blogspot.com/) i became closer to some of the local wild life, I bonded with a Hawk and a Baby duck and started to write songs, I forced myself to sing when I could, I have over three hundred songs now, some good, some not so good, but I am getting better at writing, singing, mixing and arranging.    

New:"Charleena"2013 "The River" 2013 and "Cried and Cried My life Story"2012 others "Reflections Destiny"2012 "Kevin'ns Epic Music"2012 "Fire Storm Of Emotion" 2012"Angel Secrets"2012 All 18 Available at my Store http://www.reverbnation.com/Kevin Lajiness

Song Writer/Naive Artist/story-teller

          Nature inspires Linwood man to sing, record despite bout with throat cancer (PressOfAtlanticCity.Com)

 Album "Epic Shine"  "Walk Away" before that was"Angel Woman" along with some old remakes"Sing Back In time2011" and "Its The Spirit In The Dance" along with over one hundred of my songs and other Albums available for Sale all streaming at http://www.reverbnation.com/kevinlajiness 
  I write from a position of emotion and honesty, usually tell a story about love, life, relationships, nature, adventure, history, spirituality,philosophy etc. My Art and Music style is Naive, I beat mix looped instruments as accompaniments but the melodies don't necessarily match, but I put a great deal of thought into them and try and bring something epic to bear in mind, yet some of my songs are ballads and relaxing songs of love . 
   I have 5 song books/ songbooks online 4 of them avalable as google e-books my "The 2009" http://kevinlajiness2009song.blogspot.com/  and 2010 Song Book https://books.google.com/books?id=SWsPBAAAQBAJThe 2011 Song Book https://books.google.com/books?id=8xkOBAAAQBAJ  and 
Kevin Lajiness 2012 Song Book https://books.google.com/books?id=MpsNBAAAQBAJKevin Lajiness 2013-2014 Song Book (Google eBook)http://books.google.com/books/about/Kevin_Lajiness_2013_2014_Song_Book.html?id=wHEMBAAAQBAJ
 These books represent a ton of work , good bad or indifferent. I apologize ahead of time for typo's English and spelling, i suck at all of that, but it's about the music and lyrics and that's what really matter but I gave it my best.
 with some links to the songs , some I have taken down, (I am going to try and put them all back up for nostalgia and to show my progress from Throat and neck Cancer), but the lyrics are all there
  I have many slideshows/Videos of nature and Open Space pic's over the years that I put to my music on YouTube-kevinlajiness  and saved in Google + or Picasa.

  I grew up on Lake Erie Lagoons, my grandfather had a bate shop. Fishing and hunting was big on my fathers side no doubted stemmed from the fact that his ancestors were “Woods Runners” or “coureurs des bois”. As long as I can remember I’ve had a love for trees, nature and the environment, I attribute that, and the spiritual connection I have with mother earth, to the connection my ancestors had with the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Most if not all of them are child friendly. I started writing my early songs while working on a open space for a year, where I bonded with a hawk and a duck.

        Allot of what I draw from comes from life’s experience and what’s in my heart, what I believe is a responsibility to carry the messages of or ancestors on what is right, to come to a conclusion we are all part of something bigger than ourselves and that we pass that on to our children in story and song,but remember i am an artist I write story and rhyme, lesson and fable, I do not try to be politically correct.even though i don't use cuss words other that Hell and dam, I don't have a problem with artist that do,to each there own, I believe things evolve for a reason, hey it got someone out of the slums, by the way the baby duck that followed me home got to big and i gave her to a zoo keeper, she flew back to his house from the zoo and they raised her, she has since had her own baby's 

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