Home & Garden

Italian Honey Bees are Coming to Chatham in April; Bears Could Be in for a Shock

March 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

CHATHAM, NJ - It might be a shocking experience for the bears looking for honey, but the new Chatham Community Bee Club is ready to protect its bee hive.

Mayor Bruce Harris' idea to start a bee club and locate it on River Road is coming to fruition, according to the update presented at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night.

Beekeeper Albert Tomaro talks about the Chatham Community Bee Club in video below

Sign Up for E-News


Beekeeper Albert Tomaro, a resident of Chatham, will set up the club members with the first hive. Part of the plan is to construct a bear fence to protect the bees from the honey seekers.

"It's going to be a solar-powered electrical fence," Tomaro said. "A bear could easily break through this fence. You actually want them to bite onto the fence so they get shocked. The bears then decide not to come back here again because they know they'll get shocked."

Tomaro explained that bees are dying off and how important a role they play in our food supply.

"A lot of the bees are dying off because of diseases and loss of habitat," Tomaro said. "One third of the food that you eat is pollinated by European honey bees. Without these bees, the food supply would be that much less."

A package of 3,000 bees will be arriving from Georgia on April 11 and that will be enough to supply one hive.

"One hive can have up to 50,000 bees in it," Tomaro said. "The queen will start laying eggs and she'll get up to 2,000 eggs per day. We'll have one hive to start off and then eventually grow that to 10 hives or larger."

Bees from this hive will travel as far as five miles away, bringing back pollen and nectar to make honey.

"We chose the Italian bee because in the springtime they build up very quickly," Tomaro said. "Since we have a short winidow, the Italian breed will build quicker for us than the other European breeds."


TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sun, January 22, 1:30 PM

Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall, Morristown

"At Home in the President's Neighborhood" ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, January 24, 11:30 AM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Tai Chi

Health & Wellness

Fri, January 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conferece Room, Madison

Blood Drive at the Madison Area YMCA

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Closed Fund Open Mind

Closed-end funds (CEFs) can play an important role in a diversified investment portfolio. They offer benefits similar to those of an open-end mutual fund, but also sport unique advantages.  

Unlike a traditional open-end mutual fund, CEFs have a fixed number of shares available to trade. Their price is not tied to the value of the underlying portfolio. The only way the number of shares ...

Why the Y: A Mother and Daughter Find Community

“My mom works here at the Y,” says 9-year-old Leah Rajnarain, looking out from under her cat face-shaped sleeping mask that’s pushed up above her big brown eyes. It’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon and she’s in Kids Central, the Madison Area YMCA’s indoor playground, snuggled up in comfy pajamas because it had been pajama day at Torey J. Sabatini ...

Morristown's Peck School Announces Renovaton for Deetjen Kindergarten

January 19, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ. The Peck School is undergoing an innovative redesign to their dedicated kindergarten space over the summer of 2017.

According to Head of School Andy Delinsky, “The design takes its inspiration from a garden, and the colors and palette reflect that theme. This is very intentional, because Kindergarten at Peck is where the original seed is planted – a seed that ...