4-H Community Members Spend MLK Day Baking and Making for Others

To honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Middlesex County 4-H Junior Youth Council came together to help others as part of their annual service project on Monday. Approximately 20 students in sixth through eighth grades, plus five team leaders from the high school level, spent their day off from school Jan. 19 baking breads for Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen and making Valentine’s Day cards for children who are patients at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick at the Middlesex County 4-H Center in East Brunswick.

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Restoring the Manalapan Brook Watershed: An Introduction

This video is the first in a series describing the restoration efforts within the Manalapan Brook watershed. The Manalapan Brook is part of the Raritan River Basin in central New Jersey. This introduction begins with a description of urban watershed problems throughout New Jersey such as polluted stormwater runoff, urbanization, and flooding. It provides examples of how local partners are trying to overcome these problems within Manalapan Brook watershed. Solutions such as naturalizing detention basins, shoreline restoration and floating wetland islands are presented.

Developed for New Jersey municipalities, residents and schools, the video was funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and project partners are Freehold Soil Conservation District, Monroe Township, Township of Manalapan, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, Princeton Hydro, Middlesex County Parks and Recreation and Middlesex County Office of Planning.

Middlesex County 4-H Celebrates 2 014 Accomplishments

In this modern world of digital living, a youth organization that prides itself on accomplishments such as leadership, crafts, agriculture and animal raising is refreshing. Since 1902, 4-H has steadfastly invited each generation’s youth to come and take part in whatever club interests them most. And the Middlesex County 4-H membership is thriving… "It truly sank in- I was a leader- and this would continue to help me throughout my life with leadership skills and confidence under my belt," said Wolverton, who is a member of the Teen Council, Food Doods and Renegade Racers. "I gained this found talent of leadership that no one could have given me, but 4-H."

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Edison Volunteer Receives Award for Excellence as a Master Gardner

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension is recognizing two Master Gardeners as recipients of this year’s Awards for Excellence at the 2014 Middlesex County Master Gardener Fall Conference. Master Gardener Linda Larson of Edison was recognized for her efforts in the Evergreen Garden of Memories and Susan Herzig of Old Bridge was recognized for her efforts in the Breast Cancer Awareness Garden. "The Masters Gardeners work hard to make Middlesex County a more green and beautiful place," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.

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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. Photo by Liti Haramaty

Rutgers student volunteers from Craig Phelps’ “Intro to Environmental Science” class. Phelps is in the back row, center. Photo by Liti Haramaty

Freecycling is a grassroots effort by people who are giving and getting used items for free and keeping usable stuff out of local landfills. The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends EBEC), a nonprofit citizens group dedicated to local environmental education and conservation, has sponsored several Freecycling events for the past few years, with the most recent event on October 26 in the parking lot of Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center in East Brunswick, NJ.

An essential element to a successful Freecycling event is having a number of volunteers on hand to keep the flow of traffic and contributed items organized, from drop off to take away. At each Friends EBEC event, a group of volunteers, often well represented by East Brunswick High School students, has effectively maintained the distribution of goods from removing from car trunks to dispersal in the display/pick up area. Rutgers students have joined the ranks of volunteers that enable this flow so that local residents can easily partake in the event. [Read more…]