Hamilton residents tap their own rain barrels

They’re made of plastic and sealed with plumber’s tape and caulk, but they get the job done, and they promote conservation, township officials say. On Tuesday, the township hosted its fifth rain barrel workshop…The workshop, held in the Hamilton Township Library basement, was hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Water Resources Program, which has been working with the township since 2010 to help conserve water and mitigate flooding

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Kenilworth Library celebrates Arbor Day

An Arbor Day Celebration was recently presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H of Union County agent Jim Nichnadowicz at the Kenilworth Public Library. J. Sterling Morton organized the first Arbor Day in 1872 in Nebraska where more than one million trees were planted across the state.

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Salem County school gardens help students grow healthy eating habits

As the childhood obesity epidemic continues, teaching kids the benefits of healthy eating is becoming more and more important for parents and health officials…The foundation has partnered with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Food Corps this year to start the "Grow Healthy" campaign to reach kids by establishing garden projects at six schools in Salem County.

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Rowan student’s service project shows soil significance at Aura Elementary

Second-grade students at Aura Elementary School in Elk Township had to roll up their sleeves, as soil was the topic of discussion for student teacher and Rowan University senior Katelyn Micek’s student learning service project. During her March lesson, Micek, of Washington Township, covered a wide range of engaging information about soil for the students, including soil types, texture, the importance of soil to the environment, the ecology of soil, and why clean soil is important…Micek enlisted the help of Brian Quilty, a Rowan graduate and a member of FoodCorps who serves at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County, in Clayton. Quilty promotes gardening and nutrition education throughout Gloucester County. The students were familiar with Quilty because he contributes to the Grow Healthy after-school club, holds classroom lessons and helps tend to the school garden.

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As winter withdraws, brush fire season is NJ’s latest headache

A large brush fire ripped through the Meadowlands near Kearny and Newark this afternoon, prompting NJ Transit to briefly suspend rail service on the Northeast Corridor and Midtown Direct, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley lines. The blaze was one of many that firefighters have battled throughout the state, as high winds and dry ground combined for ripe fire conditions. "This is going to be a problem until we get a few soaking rains," David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University, said of brush fires. "This is really the beginning of the fire season."

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