State-of-the-Art Radon Training Facility Built at Rutgers

State-of-the-art radon training slab at Rutgers.

State-of-the-art radon training lab at Rutgers.

Rutgers recently redesigned and constructed a cutting-edge radon training lab for hands-on learning.

For over 25 years, the Eastern Regional Radon Training Center (ERRTC) at Rutgers University has been providing professionals throughout the country with training in radon measurement and mitigation. To offer students an even better learning experience, the ERRTC opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art training facility on Cook Campus in July 2015.

“Watching the new radon training facility being built from the ground up has been really interesting,” said Program Coordinator Pamela Springard-Mayer. The new facility was used for the first time by students attending a Radon Mitigation class this summer.

In the past, the hands-on portions of the Rutgers three-day Radon Mitigation Proficiency Course were taught at Rutgers’ Environmental Health and Safety Building in Piscataway, affectionately known as the “slab.” For many years, the mock crawl space and attic at the slab did a great job of mimicking the conditions of real-world vapor intrusion situations; however, the building was getting dingy and dusty with age. Regardless of its interesting military history, the slab needed a face-lift. [Read more…]

Extension Agent Jenny Carleo Wins Distinguished Service Award

Jenny Carleo, agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized recently with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents… The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to the cooperative extension program, who have been active in professional development, have an effective extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and state extension director… Through Annie’s Project New Jersey, Carleo’s leadership enabled the project team to offer farm business management programming to more than 278 women farmers and business owners in the state as well as reaching another 470 participants through nationally broadcast webinars.

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Boonton Resident is Among Winners at County Fair

Local residents received high honors at the Morris County 4-H Fair, held on July 15-19 at Chubb Park in Chester. Youth and 4-Hers from Morris County were welcome to compete in divisions such as photography, woodworking, fine art and crafts with projects completed prior to the fair. Projects were judge based on the Danish system; awarded excellent, very good, good or fair ribbons. These judged projects were on display during the fair… Also winning big in the foods division was Boonton native Arianne Grevesen, a member of the Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club. She received a best in show for her cannoli cupcakes in the Backed Goods Unit Grades four-eight… The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a "learn by doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring and contributing citizens of the world."

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Cumberland County Rutgers Master Gardener for 2015 Announced

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County have honored Sam Pace of Millville with the Rutgers Master Gardener of the Year Award for 2015 in Cumberland County. Pace will be recognized for the outstanding work he has done in Cumberland County on Oct. 3 at the Master Gardeners’ Conference in New Brunswick… In 1985, Pace attended the Rutgers Greenhouse Growing Conference. This led to his building a small greenhouse on his property where he grew a variety of bedding plants, hanging baskets and flower bags. Today, he is in the process of completing another greenhouse. Due to an accident that has left him handicapped, Sam now specializes in container gardening and table gardening, the two types of plantings which make gardening for the handicapped accessible and rewarding… Pace graduated in the 2014 Rutgers Master Gardeners Program. He has been an instructor in the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at the Veteran’s Home in Vineland and the Master Gardeners’ native plant and vegetable propagation program.

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Volunteers Committed to Giving Back to the Community

Forty-two Cushman & Wakefield volunteers, including members of the commercial real estate services firm’s New Jersey Future Leaders Group and other employees from its three Garden State offices, teamed up this summer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County to help create affordable housing in partnership with New Jersey low-income families… Additionally, Cushman & Wakefield is working internally to raise money to support a $100,000 pledge made by the Rutgers University Habitat for Humanity chapter to fund one of the West Seventh Street homes, which, in 2013, Cushman & Wakefield helped frame… "Cushman & Wakefield’s New Jersey Future Leaders and other team members are committed to giving back to the larger community, and the real estate connection with Habitat for Humanity makes this worthy organization a natural fit for us," noted Christa DiLalo Petti, a Cushman & Wakefield senior research analyst based in the firm’s East Rutherford office, who organized the effort. "We also are pleased to assist the next generation of young leaders at Rutgers achieve their financial goal. Everyone involved appreciates the concept that we have come full-circle with our support – in both time and funding – for the West Seventh Street project."

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