Rutgers student who died was animal lover, ‘creative, bubbly, positive’

Caitlyn Kovacs, a 19-year-old Rutgers University sophomore who died Sunday morning, was a great employee who loved animals, her former boss said…Kovacs, an animal sciences major, was at a small gathering off campus in New Brunswick when she appeared to be in distress, the Middlesex County prosecutor said. Her friends took her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

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Rutgers program helps vets learn green skills

The little purple ball of explosive flavor is called the Paul Robeson and it is not a grape tomato, but the result of a hybrid between grapes and tomatoes. "That little purple tomato they grew, man, that was delicious," said Otis Knight, who lives near a lot Newark where a group of veterans are being trained in the art of gardening…Feeding the neighborhood isn’t the goal of the Rutgers’ training project known as VETS (Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions Program). It’s just a happy byproduct. The real mission is to give unemployed vets "green, sustainable job skills," said Amy Rowe, one of the program leaders.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County names Deerfield resident Master Gardener of 2014

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County recently named Doris Koering Morgan Master Gardener of 2014. Having grown up in Vineland before moving to Pittsgrove Township, Koering Morgan is a native of South Jersey. She eventually settled in Deerfield Township, where the family has resided for 24 years…Her interest in gardening began when the family moved to Deerfield and she filled her garden with various plants which attract butterflies and birds. She now nurtures plants which attract bees as she has been a beekeeper for two and a half years. She thus joins her husband who has been beekeeping for eight years.

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New Jersey 4-H youth to compete in State 4-H Small Animal Show

4-H members from throughout the state will be participating in the New Jersey State 4-H Rabbit, Cavy, Small Animal, Herpetology & Poultry Show on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairground in Mullica Hill. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m…"The 4-H members attending this event are the best from each county because they have earned the right to participate by receiving excellent ratings for their animals at county level shows," says Jeannette Rea Keywood, Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Agent and State 4-H Small Animal Program Liaison.

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Volunteers needed for Master Tree Steward program in Union County

One tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Trees also trap dust particles and other pollutants, and they help keep neighborhoods cool in the summer. These are just some of the many environmental benefits of planting and caring for trees in our community. For those interested in learning more about trees and teaching children, the Union County Master Tree Stewards program is seeking volunteers now…This program is one of the many adult volunteer opportunities offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. Volunteers are essential to the successful implementation of the Master Tree Steward program.

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