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Spring work day at Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to all Friends and Youth council volunteers who helped weed and mulch at the park.


Salamander update #13

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Sally the salamander visited Warnsdorfer and Lawrence Brook elementaty shcools, where the students gathered information on the annual amphibian migration as part of the “Why does the salamander cross the road?” unit of study. (http://www.ebnet.org/files/filesystem/Enews4-10.pdf)


On Satureday, April 12, Sally returned to his home at the Beekman Road vernal pool.

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While at the pool we searched for and found salamander egg masses attahced to submerged branches. Finding egg masses tells us that the salamander made it to the pool successfuly, laid eggs and are probably ready to return to the woods where they will stay until next spring.






Native Plant Sale

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Musconetcong Watershed Association will hold its annual

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, April 26, 9AM - 2PM

Location: 10 Maple Ave. Asbury, NJ

• Promote use of Native Plants

• High quality Perennials / Trees & Shrubs

• North American Butterfly Association (NABA) representatives will be on hand to provide information

• Collaborate with Garden Club of New Jersey (GCNJ) "pollinator projects"

• Support MWA efforts to protect and improve the natural and cultural resources of the Musconetcong Watershed

 

For more information call: (908) 537-7060 or contact val@musconetcong.org

 

 

Rutgers Energy Institute - Ninth Annual Energy Symposium on May 6, 2014

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Energy Institute - Ninth Annual Energy Symposium on May 6, 2014

 

The annual energy symposia by the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) provide faculty, students, staff, government officials, and community members with the opportunity to learn about the new methods, processes, and initiatives being developed by energy thinkers at Rutgers, in New Jersey, and across the country. The symposium will also include awards to the winners of this year's student Energy Innovation Contest, sponsored by the REI, to develop the best plans to reduce student energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the Rutgers, New Brunswick Campus.

 Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 8:30 am (registration and refreshments) - 2:00 pm
Location: Fiber Optics Auditorium, Busch Campus, Rutgers University.

 REGISTRATION: Admission is free, but registration is required due to space limitations.
Register by  May 1: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ql7mxoiab&oeidk=a07e9370989cc7d96eb

OR Go to web site at http://rei.rutgers.edu/

         SPEAKERS:

 

Heather Zichal (former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Barack Obama administration and Rutgers Alumna ‘99)

 Frank Felder (Director of Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University)

Title:

Will the Potential for a Death Spiral in Electricity Rates Hinder Transformation of the Electric Power System?

  

Frank Napolitano (Managing Director and Group Head, U.S. Power & Utilities, RBC Capital Markets)

Title:  Favorable Capital Markets Support for Renewable Power Assets?

 Robert H. Socolow (Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Director, Climate and Energy Challenge, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University)

Title:  Technology, Policy, and Values for Living in a Greenhouse.

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION: Admission is free, but registration is required due to space limitations.
Register by  May 1: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ql7mxoiab&oeidk=a07e9370989cc7d96eb

OR Go to web site at http://rei.rutgers.edu/


Butterfly Park - Work Day Back to calendar

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Butterfly Park - Work Day


Saturday April 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
260 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (map)

If you love the Butterfly Park, come help mulch the Butterfly Park. We need lots of hands! Bring gloves and a shovel if you have them. Help us make the Butterfly Park beautiful!

Groups are welcome!

Facebook event -https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/?context=create&source=49

Help Mulch and Groom Flower Beds in Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission invites volunteers to help mulch and groom the flower beds in Butterfly Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19. The park is located adjacent to Great Oak Park at Winton Road and Ryders Lane. Parking lot entrance is on Rues Lane.

 

Volunteers should bring gloves and may also bring shovels. Groups are also welcome to help.  Mulch is supplied by the township. 

Butterfly Park is a natural area that is part of the township’s 11-acre Great Oak Park complex. Its plantings include monarch-friendly milkweed and butterfly bushes as well as colorful irises, daffodils, daisies and tiger lilies. The Friends of EBEC helps to maintain the park and also holds moth nights there during the summer.

For more information, visit friendsebec.com, or send email to friends.ebec@gmail.com.

Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/624701684281723/


 

Farmers Market - Sunday, April 6, 10am-2pm at the EB CAC

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

East Brunswick Spring Farmers Market

Sunday, April 6, 10am-2pm, at the EB Community Arts Center

 721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816   map

Bring your own shopping bags

Who's going to be at the market?

(click here for links to vendor's websites)

 

 

·         Artisan Tree Natural plant-based handmade soaps

·         Baker Bounty - Breads & pastries made fresh daily

·         Balic winery

·         Beechtree Farms Grass fed beef, eggs

·         Fantastic Thai Cuisine 

·         Fontanarosa's - Gourmet Specialty Foods - fresh pastas and ravioli

·         Franks pickled peppers

·         Giamarese Farms

·         Griggstown Farm Market

·         Jams by Kim

·         Judith's Dessert Botique

·         Lawernce Brook Watershed Partnership 

·         Mary Fairy Angels - Truly Natural Skin, Bath and Body Products

·         Nosh-a-bar

·         Pickle Licious - old tyme New York style pickles

·         Pitspone Farm Alpine strawberry plants, chives, zaatar, sage, fig trees, currant and gooseberry plants, elderberry, and aronia

·         Q's cookies 

·         Sharon Trinker

·         Stefan's Pure Blends - Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogi, Kielbasy, Bacon, Snack Stix, Jerky Stix, Landjager

·         Tassot Apiaries

·         East Brunswick Environmental Commission & Friends of the EBEC

·         Unionville Vineyards Local wines

·         Valley Shepard Creamery

·         Von Thuns


 

 

 


Community Garden plots update

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

All plots have been assigned for 2014. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for any plot that opens up, please submit the registration form (click link below) but do not yet send payment. You will be notified if a plot becomes available and can submit payment at that time.

http://www.friendsebec.com/gardenregistraion.htm


Spring cleaning - donate gardening tools

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you have garden tools you no longer use? Wheelbarrow that is taking space in your garage? An old lawnmower that was replaced by a new one?

Donate any garden tools, wheelbarrows and lawnmowers to The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. The tools will be used at the East Brunswick Community Garden and at Butterfly Park.

Only items in working condition, please.

Please contact us for pickup – ebcgarden@gmail.com.

The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends of EBEC), a 501c-3 nonprofit organization. All donations to the Friends are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Spring Farmers Market - April 6, 10am-2pm

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Join us for the spring Farmers Market.

Join Farmers and vendors for all types of farm raised products and assorted other goodies.

10am-2pm at the East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center.

 For a vendor list, please visit www.friendsebec.com


Today is the last day to support Butterfly Park when you shop at Macy's

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Support Butterfly Park when you shop at Macy's

Butterfly Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s East Brunswick can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Butterfly Park.

To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.


Rutgers Cooperative Extension April 2014 Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

April 2014

Calendar of Events

 

Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at the

EARTH Center, located in

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

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

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760,   W 74° 29.848.

 

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

 

 

Saturday April 5, 8:30 AM - 10 AM or 10:30 AM - 12 Noon

“Breakfast with the Bunnies”

4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick.

Parents and children (ages 2-8) can enjoy a pancake breakfast,

meet the “4-H Bunnies” and participate in fun children’s activities!

$8 Tickets for all ages includes breakfast, egg hunt, pictures with the bunnies, petting zoo, face painting, and more!  Please bring your own basket.

Tickets available by calling 732-398-5261.  Proceeds will support 4-H Junior Council community service activities.

 

Saturday, April 5, 10AM - Noon

Backyard Compost Workshop

Composting kitchen and backyard waste keeps organics out of our landfills.

Attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops.

Free, with registration at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

Saturday, April 5, 1 PM - 3 PM

Mastering Organic Gardening and Landscaping

Looking to avoid harsh fertilizers and pesticides? Consider this workshop.

Discover the concept of Integrated Pest Management, learn to interpret soil sample results.
Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 2.

 

Monday, April 7 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Vermi –Composting Workshop

Using worms to turn kitchen waste into garden gold.

Great for residents of condos or apartments.

Attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshop.

Free, with pre-registration at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

Saturday, April 12, 10 AM to Noon

Herb Gardens for Your Yard or Patio

The basics of designing and planting an herb garden and basic care and pruning of herbs.

Container gardening will also be discussed for those who may not have the option of an in-ground garden. 

Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 7.

 

Saturday, April 12, 12:30 to 2 PM

Eating Wise While on the Go: Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks

Join us to discuss strategies for families looking to improve their weekly menus.  Techniques for smart shopping, easy recipes and preparing in advance will be presented. Content will be based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Free, with pre-registration at 732-398-5262 by April 7.

 

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.

Butterfly Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you know that Butterfly Park was given an environmental quality award by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2004?  Read about the award here

In 2014 Butterfly Parks has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

From March 7 to March 31, 2014, customers at Macy’s East Brunswick can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Butterfly Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.


Birding day

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Join the East Brunwick Environmental Commission for a day of birding around town.  We will bisit a few location and count the number of birds and species we can see.

Meet at the Crystal Springs parking lot at 8am.

Bring Binocular and wear walking shoes.

 

 

Butterfly Park has been selected for Heart Your Park

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 7, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Butterfly Parks at Great Oak Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s East Brunswick can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Butterfly Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

click here to read more.

 




 

 

Community Garden plots availble

Posted by Friends EB EC on March 3, 2014 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Only 15 plors are still availble at the East Brunswick Community Garden!

Register today for the 2014 growing season. Only $10 for a 10'x10' plot.

Online registration at http://www.friendsebec.com/gardenregistraion.htm

Open to all East Brunswick residents.

For more information about the community garden please visit the garden's webstie.


Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County March 2014 - events

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

of Middlesex County

March 2014

Calendar of Events

The EARTH Center, is located in

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

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

GPS Coordinates to our facility are N 40° 24.760, W 74° 29.848.

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

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is busy preparing for its spring

activities. Please consider attending these other educational events.

March 6, Thursday, 7PM

Keep the Rain from the Drain: With a Rain Barrel or a Rain Garden

by Dr. Christopher Obropta, Rutgers University.

as part of the Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Meeting –

Milltown Park View School. Media Center, 80 Violet Terrace, Milltown, NJ 08850

March 22, Saturday, 9AM- 4PM

The Home Gardeners School by Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education

offers expert instruction in the most innovative gardening and landscaping subjects available. Hickman Hall, 89 George Street New Brunswick, NJ US

contact: Dalynn Knigge (732) 932-9271 ext. 622 or knigge@njaes.rutgers.edu

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ah0201ca.html

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.

Backyard Bird Count, Community Garden and other news

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 


• Tomorrow is the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The GBBC is an annual citizen science event that started in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Everyone, everywhere can participate and help collect. Since 1998, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. We invite you to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 14-17, 2014. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world! It is also a sort of competition between towns – East Brunswick is almost every year in the top five towns in NJ, can be number one? Yes, if more people participate! Links to the project, registration and how to count and submit are on the home page at www.friendsebec.com. You don’t need to be an experienced birder - use the online East Brunswick backyard bird guide to help identify the birds you see.


 

 

 

• A limited number of Community Garden plots are available for new gardeners. Each plot is 10’x10’ and the cost is $10 for the year. One plot per household. You have to live or work in East Brunswick to rent a plot. Information and link to online registration at www.ebcommunitygarden.webs.com.

 

• A few plots are open for charitlble organization. There is no cost for renting these plots, after the organization is approved by the garden board. Contact ebcgarden@gmail[dot]com for more information.

 

Please check the website frequently, ‘like’ the Friends on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates regarding projects and events.

 

Winter is almost over and Salamander migration is coming soon!

 

Enjoy the snow,

 

Liti

Our website is back!

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Friends website is back online!

www.friendsebec.com

Check it out for information on the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count, Community Garden plots availability and other Friends projects.


         

Community Garden plots availble

Posted by Friends EB EC on February 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A limited number of plots are availble at the East Brunswick Community Garden for the 2014 growing season.

  • Each plot is 10' x 10'. 
  • One plot per household.
  • $10 for the year.

More information at www.ebcommunitygarden.webs.com






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