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In Atlantic County, JFK's Nephew Introduces Newest Kennedy To The World

New baby arrives just before the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death

Former Rhode Island Congressman and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and his family introduce baby Nora Kara Kennedy to the world on Thursday at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Galloway.
Former Rhode Island Congressman and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and his family introduce baby Nora Kara Kennedy to the world on Thursday at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Galloway.
The newest member of the Kennedy family was introduced to the world Thursday, one day before the nation mourns the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

Nora Kara Kennedy was born to former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy and his wife, Amy, on Tuesday at 3:11 p.m. at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus. She was six pounds, 11 ounces and 18 and a quarter inches long.

On Thursday, the Kennedys answered questions about Nora’s well-being, the origin of her name, and, of course, the timing of her birth.

“The world’s attention is on the 50th anniversary of my uncle’s tragic death. What’s marked my family is our ability to keep moving forward,” Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, said as he choked back tears.

“We can think about what could’ve been, but we’re focusing on the good things we have and our fortunes, and that’s what they would’ve wanted us to do.”

John F. Kennedy would have been Patrick's uncle. The late president died four years before his birth.

It was also 50 years ago in August the Kennedy Family suffered through the loss of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, John and Jackie Kennedy’s son who died 39 hours after being born as the result of a lung ailment that claimed the lives of many babies who were born before they reached full term.

These tragedies were not at the forefront of Patrick and Amy’s minds on Thursday. They were concerned with feeding times and spending their first day in their Brigantine home as a family.

“I never imagined I would be so blessed,” Patrick Kennedy said. “My wife and children give me a sense of purpose beyond what I’ve known. I told my wife I’m very grateful to her because not only has she given life to Harper and Owen and Nora, but she gave life to me as well.

“I’ll be praying for all my cousins who grew up without a father. I have a special appreciation for what fatherhood is because parents have such a meaningful impact on their children’s lives.”

Amy Kennedy is a teacher at Northfield Community Middle School. Up until last year, she taught History with a focus on Ancient Civilizations. Although it wasn’t her focus, she said the subject of John F. Kennedy’s assassination was often breached by her students once they heard her last name.

This week holds significance for her as well. The Absecon native celebrated her 35th birthday on Nov. 20.

Patrick Kennedy said they named their daughter Nora because there are no Noras in their family already. There are also no Owens or Harpers.

“They are brand new names,” Patrick Kennedy said. “They are their own people.”

Kara was his late sister’s name.

Kennedy served as a Congressman in Rhode Island's First Legislative District for 16 years. While in Congress, Kennedy supported dozens of bills to increase understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. He worked his father, the late Ted Kennedy, to co-author the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act.

Patrick and Amy were married on July 15, 2011.

Amy’s five-year-old daughter, Harper, is from a previous marriage. Patrick and Amy's son, Owen, was born in April, 2012, and was delivered by Dr. Blair A. Bergen, who also delivered Nora.

Dave Sherman November 22, 2013 at 08:49 PM
You can pick your friends not your relatives
John M. November 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM
There are some real mean-spirited people out there. This is as newsworthy as the birth of any celebrity's child and it happened to a family living in our state. I am no fan of Kennedy politics but I congratulate the parents and baby Nora. May she have a long, happy and productive life.
Deannie November 23, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Best wishes for good health and happiness for this precious baby and her proud family. By the way, the article above does say 18, not 8.
Pat November 23, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Nice Ray. You sound like the eternal optimist! Every baby needs your outlook when it's a few days old!
Ihatestupidppl November 24, 2013 at 08:22 AM
Wow. So many nonsense comments about the baby's size, etc. Some of you are cruel. This is an innocent baby. It has nothing to do with the Kennedy's past. Every family has it's skeletons. There are more magnified when it is people who are constantly in the public eye. How would generations of your family hold up under scrutiny? Especially a family that large. Many of the Kennedy's have done tremendous good with their foundations and charities. I am not condoning their bad judgement or criminal offences. I'm just saying not to judge the current younger generation and future generations of Kennedy's until they have actually done something wrong. It is unfair to criticize these children based on their relatives. The Kennedy's are an integral part of American History. I guess some of you would have found a new baby interesting, exciting and newsworthy if it had been a Kardashian, Miley Cyrus or Justin Beiber baby. Congratulations Patrick & Amy!

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