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"Rescuing the River, the Raritan", movie screening

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 PM: Screening of the documentary "Rescuing the River, the Raritan" at The Unitarian Society (176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ). Please join us! Jeff Tittel, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, will be a part of our discussion/question and answer session. Refreshments and meet & greet.

 

 

This documentary tells the story of New Jersey's Raritan River, a water source profoundly contaminated for over 200 years, and the extraordinary efforts to clean it up. The film reveals how government agencies, corporations, environmentalists, developers, scientists, and lawyers have clashed for years in their attempts to deal with the aftermath of extensive pollution and environmental neglect.

 

 

The Raritan is still the 14th most polluted waterway in the nation, with 20 federal Superfund sites and 200 state-registered toxic sites along its banks and the banks of its tributaries.



Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County April 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by Friends EB EC on April 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

 

of Middlesex County

 

April 2015

 

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.

 

 

Intro to Backyard Composting

 

April 11, Sat. 10 AM - 12 PM

 

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

 

 

Intro to Vermi-Composting

 

April 15, Wed. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

 

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

 

 

Intro to Backyard Composting

 

April 19, Sun. 10 AM - 12 PM

 

A special Sunday morning edition.

 

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

 

 

The Benefits of Companion Planting

 

April 19, Sun. 1 PM - 2:30 PM

 

Discover how to discourage garden pests without relying on synthetic pesticides

 

or harming helpful insects such as ladybugs and bees.

 

Will planting carrots really improve your tomato crop?

 

Join us to learn more. Register for free by April 15 at 732-398-5262.

 

 

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30PM

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership Meeting

 

For location and details contact Alan Godber 732-249-5297

 

 

Visit Middlesex County’s great new website at www.co.middlesex.nj.us

 

 

 

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.

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 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rutgers-new-jersey-agricultural/id945484300?mt=8" target="_blank">Apple iTunes store and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.rumad.NJAESandroid&hl=en" 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.

Click for more information

http://nja.rutgers.edu/app/

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 birdcount.org. 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 northjersey.com

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. http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/

 

 

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. www.njaes.rutgers.edu/organiclandcare

 

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:

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Thanks to Kirsten who kept the list!

We'll do it again in the spring.

Good birding.

Steven Albert

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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 ebcgarden@gmail.com.

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).

 

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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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:

http://sebsnjaesnews.rutgers.edu/2014/11/rutgers-environmental-science-students-volunteer-at-local-freecycle-event/

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.

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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

10am-2pm

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 Therlam@yahoo.com.

 

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 mshakar@aol.com.


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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