National Moth Week Celebrated in New Jersey

PrintSixteen public events scheduled across the state; hundreds more worldwide

The third annual National Moth Week, a worldwide citizen science project started in New Jersey in 2012, will be celebrated across the state, beginning with an early kickoff “Moth Ball” slated for Friday, July 11, in Bergen County.

Started by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, the creators of National Moth Week are connected to Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Liti Haramaty is a marine sciences researcher at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, David Moskowitz is completing a Ph.D. in Entomology. National Moth Week officially takes place the last full week and two weekends of July. This year’s dates are July 19-27. After its launch in 2012, National Moth Week quickly went global. As of July 2, hundreds of public and private events are registered on the National Moth Week site in all 50 states and 41 countries. [Read more...]

Union County students excel at 4-H Public Presentation Contest

Four students shared the energetic diversity of Union County with their peers from across New Jersey last month, as they participated in the annual 4-H Public Presentation Contest at Rutgers University in New Brunswick…"Union County 4-H encourages young people to explore their interests while building communication and leadership skills," said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners garden fair a great success

Hundreds of Union County residents and visitors turned out for the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County Garden Fair. Proceeds from the annual event help fund Master Gardeners’ horticulture education and service programs, including a veggie "Sharing" garden for local food banks, and gardening programs for youths and adult with disabilities.

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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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Rutgers Cooperative Extension community gardens conference

Cold weather or not, spring is officially here and the planting season is not far behind. Experts and volunteer Master Gardeners from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Union County are ready to help with questions about growing successful home, community, and school gardens…Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski sampled some of the free materials available to teachers with Dr. Karen Ensle, RCE Department Head and Corey Wu-Jung, Northern NJ Coordinator of the Grow Healthy Project, during last month’s Community Gardening Conference in Mountainside.

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