Experts Says Man-o-War Mean Business — But Don’t Be Afraid to Go Swimming

North Jersey oceanographers say swimmers should not be overly alarmist about the recent influx of the potentially dangerous man-of-war jellyfish-like creatures on the Jersey Shore, as they have so far been few and far between and may soon be gone with a shift in wind patterns… But if you see one, remember- it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature. "When I hear ‘man-of-war,’ I pay attention. I feel the pain," said New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson. "I know what it feels like to be stung by a man-of-war. Ever have a hot iron put to your foot? It wasn’t in New Jersey. It was in the Florida Keys, while I was doing marine science field work."… Recently, there have been strong and prevalent northeasterly wind patterns along the Jersey coast, according to Josh Kohut, associate professor of oceanography at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

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6 Facts on Soggy, Stormy June in NJ

It’s a prime example of fickle New Jersey weather: First it was quite dry, then Mother Nature turned on her spigots… Indeed, last month was the fourth wettest June on record here (preliminarily), following the third driest May since 1895, according to David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist who is based at Rutgers University… "If we had gotten to the middle of June with continually dry (conditions), it would have been failure for some of the crops and it would have (put the) reservoirs in a hole that only above-average (precipitation) would have remedied," Robinson said. "But there was still that sliver of hope at the end of May that with sufficient rainfall, we’d dodge a significant drought."

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Haddonfield Student Participating in 4-H Youth Conference at Rutgers

A student from Haddonfield is among the 29 4-H members representing 13 counties will be participating in the first New Jersey 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute on July 1-2 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick… The goal of goLEAD (generationOn Leadership, Education, and Development) is to equip middle and high school aged youth with invaluable 21st century skills that will allow them to change themselves and the world through service… "Citizenship is one of the 4-H Mission Mandates so community service is an integral part of every 4-H member’s experience," 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development Jeannette Rea Keywood said. "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."

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Rutgers award-winning film, Antarctic Edge: 70° South, Heads to iTunes, Netflix and DVD

Antarctic Edge 70 South imageHave you ever wondered what it would be like to be a researcher in the Antarctic? Would it be easy or hard for the scientists and the crew? Would you see penguins and icebergs?

Now is your chance to answer these questions and more from the comfort of your home as Antarctic Edge: 70° South, the award winning Rutgers documentary film that captures a thrilling journey to one of the world’s most perilous environment, debuts June 30 on iTunes. It’s also a story of climate change from one of the most remote parts of the world, according to Oscar Schofield, the lead scientist in the film and Rutgers professor of marine and coastal sciences. “It’s a race against time,” he says in the film.

The documentary, which follows a team of world-class scientists as they explore the fastest warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula, debuts later summer on Netflix starting August 1. DVDs will be available from First Run Features. Pre-orders are currently being taken and some of the proceeds will return to Rutgers.

Antarctic Edge: 70° South won Best Documentary at the Princeton Film Festival, best documentary feature at the International Lighthouse Film Festival and won the Science and Technology Film Prize of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic at the International Film Festival EKOTOPFILM – ENVIROFILM 2015.

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Open House Attracts 350 Guests

After a day of unrelenting rain, skies cleared on Sunday afternoon (June 28) for the second annual open house at Fair Winds Farm, celebrating the month of the horse in New Jersey. About 350 guests, most of them with no connection or experience with horses, walked up the tree-lined lane, past fields of mares and foals, to the Cream Ridge farm for an afternoon of everything equine… Fair Wind’s Mark Mullen invited several partners and exhibitors to open the doors to the farm and the horse world to the general public, with FFA members parking cars and exhibiting alongside Rutgers University Equine Science program, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization, NJ Quarter Horse Association, NJ Farm Bureau and Monmouth County 4H, complete with real bunnies in baskets… "It was a beautiful day and we had enthusiastic participation from many groups and a lot of non-horse people here, visiting Dr. Hogan’s clinic, seeing all the demos," said Fair Winds’ owner Mark Mullen. "People were very complimentary about the farm and all the horses and activities. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time."

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