The surprising sister cities of New Jersey cities
The concept of twin towns existed as early as the 9th century, but it really became more common during WWII. Some 830 women from Coventry, England, led by their mayor Emily, raised funds and embroidered a tablecloth for the women of Stalingrad, Russia, following the Battle of Stalingrad as a sign of support and solidarity. In the latter part of the 20th century until the 21st, the concept evolved more towards kinship of economic or ethnic origin.
About 20 towns and cities in New Jersey have sister towns. Most cities only have one, but a few of our cities have more than one. Take, for example, Newark, he has 13 sister cities. Five of them are in Brazil, which makes sense since there is a large Brazilian and Portuguese-speaking population in the city.
Jersey City has fifteen, from three in India to one each in places ranging from Italy to China, Nepal, Israel, the Philippines and many more. There is a Hackettstown in Ireland, an Evesham and a Tewksbury in England. Most do not share a common name, but often an ethnic connection.
Sometimes there is a delegation of politicians, businessmen and students from the “sister city” to visit, exchange gifts and perhaps do business. It is a beautiful tradition with a touching past. With the global pandemic over the past 20 months, much of this activity has fallen dormant. Just like many people who haven’t seen their loved ones for almost two years, let’s hope that sister cities can come together soon.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy. All opinions expressed are those of Dennis Malloy.
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