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Bushes Planted At Butterfly Garden For Slain Hillsdale Girl

Seven bushes have been planted at the Joan White Butterfly Garden in Hillsdale.
Seven bushes have been planted at the Joan White Butterfly Garden in Hillsdale. Photo Credit: Facebook
Joan D'Alessandro.
Joan D'Alessandro. Photo Credit: Facebook

HILLSDALE, N.J. — Seven dwarf boxwood bushes have been planted at Hillsdale's Joan White Butterfly Garden in memory of a 7-year-old Brownie Scout killed by a neighbor more than four decades ago.

The family is seeking sponsors for $55 per bush. Two have already been claimed.

“No one can replace your hands in the circle of doing good,” said Rosemarie D'Alessandro, who made helping other parents and abused children her life’s mission after her daughter's April 1973 murder.

A 5,670-pound monument to Joan joins the flagpole and sign in front of the train station and has a carving of a white butterfly and a plaque with her photo. The white butterfly was chosen because it symbolizes Joan’s “joyful and free spirit, giving hope to many,” D’Alessandro said.

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