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Bill Introduced to Name the Io as Official State Moth of New Jersey

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Working with New Jersey Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, (D-18th District), The

Friends of the East Brunswick (NJ) Environmental Commission, which started

and coordinates National Moth Week, has launched an effort to name the Io

moth as the official New Jersey State Moth.


On March 26, Pinkin introduced the bill calling for the Io (*Automeris io*)

to be named New Jersey’s state moth. If approved, it would make New Jersey

the first state in the U.S. to name a state moth.


The effort also has the support of third graders from Lawrence Brook School

in East Brunswick, who are learning about moths as part of their science

curriculum and writing about them in their writing program.


The Io is a member of the Saturniidae family of silk moths. Its wingspan

can be up to 3.5 inches. Males are yellow with distinctive eyespots on the

wings; females are rusty brown. They are found throughout North America

and are very plentiful in New Jersey.


Dave Moskowitz and Liti Haramaty, who co-founded National Moth Week in

2012, said that having a state moth will call attention to the importance

and beauty of moths.


“The Io moth is one of the most beautiful moths in New Jersey and an

excellent spotlight on our incredibly rich, but very much under-appreciated

moth biodiversity. It also is the symbol of National Moth Week, a global

citizen science project that originated in New Jersey and is focused on the

appreciation and study of moths,” said Moskowitz, who is president of the

nonprofit Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.


“By naming a state moth, New Jersey would show the rest of the country that

it values the role moths play in the ecosystem and recognizes their beauty,

biodiversity and importance to the environment,” said Haramaty, secretary

of the Friends of EBEC.


National Moth Week is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick

Environmental Commission, an all-volunteer organization. It grew out of

local “moth nights” in the township, and quickly went global. Events now

take place in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.


This year, National Moth Week will be observed July 18-26. Registration on

the National Moth Week website is free for individuals and organizations

who want to register their moth-watching or educational events.

NJ Agricultural Experiment Station Mobile App

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 6, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Stay connected with the mobile application for the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, home of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Access our publications, news, events, county office locations, and more.

How to Get the App


Follow the links below to access our app on the" target="_blank">Apple iTunes store and" target="_blank">Google Play (for Android devices). You can also search for the app on both the App Store and Google Play by using the keyword: NJAES. Just follow the prompts to download, activate and enjoy the app.

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The Great Backyard Bird Count - February 13-16, 2015

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project (which means everyone can participate) that is easy and fun.You don't have to be a bird expert - use the Friends' online East Brunswick bird guide to help you identify the birds in your backyard. In past years East Brunswick came in first in the number of birds counted in New Jersey! Contribute your ovservations in 2015!

Click on these links for more:

Local backyard bird guide

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Backyard Bird Count for kids

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.   Read more

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Verona Township Council passes anti-idling ordinance

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 2, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Verona officials are cracking down on idling vehicles. Recently, the Township Council passed a resolution banning drivers from leaving their cars running while parked for an extended period of time.

The resolution approved at a Jan. 20 meeting reinforces existing state law, which prohibits idling in a car or truck beyond three minutes while parked, according to Verona Environmental Commission Chairwoman Gloria Machnowski.   Read the article on

To learn more about idiling, watch an EB girl scouts video and sign an anti-idiling pledge click here.

Rutgers Geology Museum open house - Saturday, January 31

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Since 1968, the Rutgers Geology Museum has hosted an annual Open House and Mineral sale every January. The mineral sale is one of the largest in New Jersey, and has continued to draw hundreds of visitors every year.

Held every year on the last Saturday in January. Events take place between 9 am and 4 pm in the Geology Museum and Scott Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Check out the following links for the address and directions.

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The Friends' Freecyling in Japanese

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Can you read Japanese? Do you know of The Big Issue? The Big Issue is a not-for-profit social enterprise that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives. The Big Issue Japan is part of this global enterprise that offers a business response to a social problems. Established in 2003, The Big Issue Japan publishes a high-quality magazine that is sold by homeless people on the streets of major cities.

A few months ago Taro Iwata, a reporter for the Big Issue Japan, set out to write a story about Freecycling and how free exachnage of goods can help homeless people. When reserching material for the story Taro found a story on the SEBS Rutgers newsroom about Freecycling in East Brunswick, and contacted the Friends for more information.

A story about Freecycling was published in the December 15 issue of The Big Issue Japan. You can see the story below, including a photo from one of our Freecycling events. I can't read Japanese, but if you can - please translate for us!

For PDF click here: Page 1  Page 2

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County - Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on January 18, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension


of Middlesex County


January 2015 Happy New Year!


Calendar of Events



The following programs are available this month.


For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.


We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.



This month’s offerings are as follows:



Rutgers Environmental Steward Program


Are you concerned about the environment? Become familiar with the sciences involved.


Classes take place on Wed. evenings, 6:30- 9:30pm January to May, 2015.


Call 732-398-5275732-398-5275 for details and registration.



Attention Landscapers & Land Managers: January 12, 13, 14, 20, & 21


Rutgers Organic Land Care Certificate Course


Learn how to build healthy soil, reduce dependence on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers,


and protect the environment. Get the edge on your competition.


Call for details on credit categories.


Register today at 732-398-5275732-398-5275.



Tuesday, January 20, 7:30PM

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Meeting


For location and details contact Alan Godber 732-846-4476732-846-4476



If you would like to be removed from our list, simply reply with


“remove from IPCT” in the subject. Thank you.



Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.



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Winter Birtding Day - Bald Easgles and Much More

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission led a group of hardy souls around town yesterday, taking stock of the town's winter bird life. It was dark and cold with occasional flurries - the very definition of raw. We visited Dallenback Park, Edgeboro Landfill, Duhernal and Farrington Lakes and tallied 32 species. Highlights were a brown creeper, eastern bluebirds (always nice on such an almost winter day), a possible cackling goose, hooded mergansers, ruddy, black and ring-necked ducks and most especially a pair of adult bald eagles who put on quite a show for the group at the pond on the south side of the Edgeboro Landfill:" target="_blank">

Thanks to Kirsten who kept the list!

We'll do it again in the spring.

Good birding.

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Photo credit: Steve Albert


Garden Plots Available for 2015 - returning gardeners

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Garden Plots Available for 2015

The calendar may say winter, but it’s not too early to reserve your plot in the East Brunswick Community Garden for 2015. Garden plots go quickly every year, and just a limited number remain for next spring.

This year, for the first time, returning gardeners may renew for one or two years at $10 a year.

If you register for 2015, you may continue to garden throughout the year.

For online renewals only, click here.

For more information for new or returning gardeners, send email to

Located adjacent to the municipal complex on Rues Lane, The East Brunswick Community Garden is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. The garden’s website offers timely articles, tips and tricks for gardeners, a calendar of events and information on donating surplus produce. Gardeners have donated more than a ton of surplus produce in the last few years.


Support the Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Support the Friends with an end of the year donation !
The Friends of the East Brunswick (NJ, USA) Environmental Commission is a nonprofit (501 3C) organization dedicated to local conservation and environmental education.

Membership and all of the Friends events and projects are free and open to all.


Please support the Friends so we can continue bringing events and environmental project to East Brunswick. You can donate any amount by clicking on the PayPal Donate button below (You do not need a PayPal account).


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East Brunswick Birding Day, December 20, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Come and join us on December 20 when the Environmental Commission will lead a day of birding around the town.

We’ll hit Dahlenbach, Edgeboro Landfill, Farrington Lake, and other locations. In previous years we’ve seen Common and Hooded Mergansers, Canada Geese, Mute Swans and other wintering ducks. Raptors have included Bald Eagles, Red-tailed hawks, Black and Turkey Vultures, and Kestrels. Perching birds might include Pipits, Kinglets, and White-throated, White-crowned and Tree Sparrows, and of course the feeder contingent: Nuthatches,

chickadees, titmice, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers. We’ll meet at Crystal Springs parking lot at 8 AM and finish up in the early afternoon. Rain date , Sunday December 21st.

Shop and support the Friends

Posted by Friends EB EC on December 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Shopping for holiday gifts?  Please use AMAZON SMILE (click on the logo below).
Amazon will donate a precentage of your purchase to The Friends.  All donation support Friends' events and projects, that are always free and open to all.   Thank you!

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Freecycling, Rutgers studens & the Friends on the SEBS Newsroom

Posted by Friends EB EC on November 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Students taking an Environmental Science class at Rutgers helped during our recent Freecycling event.  Read more on the SEBS (School of Environmental and Biloloical Sciences) Newsroom website:

Rutgers student volunteers from Craig Phelps’ Intro to Environmental Science class. Phelps is in the back row, center.

Freecyling, October 26, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hundreds of people stopped by our Freecycling event to drop off things they no longer need and to find treasures to take home.

Chairs and tables, sewing machines, bread makers, pots and pans, printers, video games, clothes and shoes and many other items found new homes today. 

We thank the East Brunswick Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Services for their support.

It wouldn't be a succsful event without the help of East Brunswick Youth Council members, Rutgers Environmental Science students and other volunteers who helped during the day with unloaidng cars, distributing items and directing traffic.

Special thanks to Raviv Mor, East Brunswick resident and owner of R. Mor Enterprises, for volunteering his time and equipment to make Freecyling possible." target="_blank">Click here to see more Freecyling photos

Finding treasures at the tosy section

All volunteers were wearing orange shirts

Youth Council members - late shift

Rutgers students with Dr. Craig Phelps

Raviv Mor separting what's left at the end of the day for recycling or trash

Betterly Park work day - Ocbober 18, 9am

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Butterfly Park work day, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00am-11:00am


Join the Friends and help with weeding of the flower beds and planting daffodil and tulip bulbs.


Butterfly Park is at the at the corner of Winton Road and Rues Lane.

Community Garden Harves Fest postponed - new date October 12, 2-4pm

Posted by Friends EB EC on October 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The East Brunswick Community Garden Harvest Fest is postpone until tomorrow.


The EB Community Garden Harves Fest will be held on October 12, 2-4pm.


Farmers Market - October 5, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 9, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Sunday, October 5, 2014


East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center

721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816

Click here for more information



Food vendors that offer locally produced foods who are interested in attending, please send an email to


Local non-for-profit organization are invited to have a table at the market for no cost. Contact the Friends for more information.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County September 2014 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on September 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)



The following programs will take place at the EARTH Center, in

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

Unless otherwise noted.

For more info on any program contact 732-398-5260732-398-5260.

We are on Facebook. Search “Earth Center of Middlesex County”, then “Like Us”.



This month’s offerings are as follows.



4-H Scrapbooking Weekend Crop ‘til You Drop


Friday, September 5, 7 pm - 11 pm


Saturday, September 6, 9 am - 10 pm


at the 4-H Log Cabin/Youth Center


645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick.


Come work on your projects alongside scrapbook veterans.


Call 732-398-5261732-398-5261 for info.


Master Gardener Program Orientation


Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30 pm or


Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30 am


Interested in the program? We are the only County that has an evening class…


Open to all throughout the state. Come to these sessions to learn what it takes.


Orientation isn’t mandatory but the class begins the following week.


Call this number for details 732-398-5278732-398-5278.



Tamarack Hollow Nature Walk with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership


Sunday, September 14th, 1PM


Hike through woodlands and wetlands to see the natural & human history of this


Middlesex County Open Space area.

Meeting Location: East end of Albrecht Avenue, East Brunswick, off Riva Avenue,

North of Church Lane. Park in Trail Head parking area East of Hillcrest Avenue.



Waterwheels Watershed Bike Tour with Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership


Sunday, September 21 Registration at 8:30 am and ride starts at 9:00 am


at the LBWP Headquarters at 85 Washington Avenue, Milltown, NJ 08850


Fun, informative 26-mile ride from Milltown to the Plainsboro Preserve through rural areas.


For more information or to pre-register contact Michael at 732-828-3275732-828-3275 or

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.


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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Garden Field Day/Open House

Posted by Friends EB EC on August 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday, August 16, The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, will host their Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 AM to 3 PM. The event will take place in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick, NJ and is great day of fun for the family in a beautiful park setting (raindate for the event will be August 17). Join us for 2014’s event as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System.



The Extension Agriculture Department as well as Rutgers Master Gardeners will be on hand, offering sound advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through their various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden, environmentally conscious rain garden and the popular Butterfly House. Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout out the year will also be present to display their programs and accomplishments. Davidson’s Mill Pond park is a 380 acre park with fields, trails, ponds and a lake. It is truly one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful and undiscovered parks.



Also part of the event will be, the “Greatest of the Garden” competition, so gardeners should bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win prizes and recognition. Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for categories not limited to:


Biggest Tomato


Biggest Cucumber


Biggest Squash


Biggest Water Melon


Longest Gourd


All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.



Garden Field Day attendees can also enjoy samples of locally grown produce courtesy of Middlesex County farmers, while enjoying the sounds of local musicians. There will be “green” living displays including talks on Compost Tea and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.


For more information call 732-398-5268732-398-5268 or e-mail



In New Jersey, Cooperative Extension is part of the Rutgers University - New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station located at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and is supported by funds from county, state and federal governments as well as contracts and grants, private donations and service fees.



Rutgers Cooperative Extension focuses on extending knowledge and changing lives in New Jersey by bringing the research of Rutgers University and the land-grant university system to the people in New Jersey. Rutgers Cooperative Extension supports our state’s agriculture and provides vital services to our state’s farmers. In addition, Cooperative Extension provides educational programs, urban and community outreach, 4-H youth development, food, nutrition and health and economic and workforce development.


Rutgers Cooperative Extension celebrates its centennial in 2014 by commemorating the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service and by celebrating the impact the Extension system has made on people nationwide through life-changing education.


Specifically, the Act stated its purpose as aiding, “in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and to encourage the application of the same. . .”


For more information on Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit" target="_blank"> and for more information on the 100th Anniversary of Rutgers Cooperative Extension visit" target="_blank">


For information on Middlesex County’s Extension office visit" target="_blank">

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