Learn how rain gardens cut costs and reduce runoff on tour of sites in Summit, Springfield, Clark, Rahway and Mountainside

Members of the public have a unique opportunity to see the benefits of rain gardens, porous pavements and other examples of green infrastructure, by joining a half-day bus tour of sustainable landscaping at five sites in Summit, Springfield, Clark, Rahway and Mountainside… The green infrastructure tour will take place on Tuesday July 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., conducted by experts from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and the Rahway River Watershed Association.

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Perth Amboy partners with Rutgers in hopes to enhance park

Richard Alomar has a vision for Rudyk Park: Flee markets, barbecues, exercise stations… The 54-year-old Rutgers assistant professor in landscape architecture has been working on-and-off for three months with two others in the hopes of not only making the municipality’s northeast side park bigger, but also making it more accessible. “This would be a great way to expand the park,” Alomar said, pointing to diagrams of the proposed expansion of the area, which currently consists of a playground, a baseball and soccer field and basketball courts.

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4-H Youth Leadership Institute to be held at Rutgers University, June 29-30

Twenty-four (24) 4-H members representing 10 counties will be participating in the New Jersey 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute on June 29-30, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick… "Citizenship is one of the 4-H Mission Mandates so community service is an integral part of every 4-H member’s experience. The goLEAD curriculum will enhance 4-H members knowledge about how to go about planning and conducting service projects in their own communities, as well as reflect on the impact they are having on their community." says Jeannette Rea Keywood, 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development.

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N.J. therapy program leaves ‘Hoof Prints on the Heart’

Those who have been around horses for years know that they leave hoof prints on the heart, but now individuals working through personal and emotional challenges will learn what horses can do for people therapeutically through the Hoof Prints on the Heart program… Hoof Prints on the Heart’s program is designed for veterans, and adults and children experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation, according to executive director Jenni Tevlin. Tevlin also developed and teaches a ‘Animal-Assisted Therapy’ class as a part-time lecturer in the Rutgers University undergraduate animal sciences department.

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7 shout-outs to Jersey in Obama’s Rutgers speech

President Barack Obama has never lived in New Jersey, but his speech to Rutgers University’s graduating class Sunday showed someone clued him in on some of the state’s quirks and cultural touchstones… Obama gave shout-outs to several Rutgers graduates, including Yasmin Ramadan, a School of Arts and Sciences graduate, who is an anti-bullying advocate and heads the Muslim Public Relations Council, and Madison Little, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences graduate who has done work to confront the AIDS epidemic.

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N.J. faces a pollen explosion in the coming weeks

Might be time to grab some tissues. And some eye drops. And some over-the-counter allergy pills. If you’re allergic to pollen and you haven’t felt any symptoms yet, you will be feeling them soon, according to Leonard Bielory, an allergist who teaches at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and also at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

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Cold temperatures are hurting N.J. fruit crop, experts say

Temperatures dipped to 23 degrees Monday night at the Snyder Research Farm, said Rutgers Professor Emeritus Win Cowgill, leading to fears that the cold will damage this year’s fruit tree crops around the state.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County celebrates new graduating class

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County added 19 new members in a graduation ceremony at the NJAES Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office on Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Rutgers Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information to Somerset County residents.

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Union County experts offer programs for healthy living, gardening, community volunteering and more

Schools, businesses and nonprofit agencies are invited to contact the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County to book informational programs on nutrition and other health topics for students and adults. The programs are offered as part of the Extension’s spring programming schedule, County Visions Spring 2016. "The Extension offers a full slate of programming and expert guidance for household and community health, whether you are interested in growing a successful garden, improving your family’s nutrition, volunteering in the community or helping to create a healthier environment in our neighborhoods," said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

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Union County Extension honored with community health awards

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County has a mission of fostering community health and nutrition by sharing science-based information with the public, and its efforts have been recognized with two recent awards. The Union County Extension is headed by Karen M. Ensle, EdD, RDN, FAND, CFCS, a nutrition expert and member of the Family and Community Health Sciences faculty at Rutgers University.

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