Pond bench to be dedicated to local man

June 19, 2015
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A bench at Jamaica Pond will be dedicated to the memory of a local man, Noah Katz, in a June 20 ceremony.

Katz, who died unexpectedly last summer, was a marathoner who ran around the pond and frequented a bench on its eastern side, which became known to friends as his “office.”

JP resident Kevin Handly, a longtime park advocate, hosted an online fundraiser that garnered over $3,200 for a memorial plaque. Due to park rules, the plaque will be installed on a different bench on the pond’s western side.

Katz’s sister and brother-in-law, Cima Katz and Gary Tebor of Lawrence, Kan., will attend the memorial ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. at the pond’s bandstand.

Noah Katz sitting on his customary bench at Jamaica Pond Park. (Courtesy Photo)

Noah Katz sitting on his customary bench at Jamaica Pond Park. (Courtesy Photo)

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