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Seeking Dirtiest Urban River Banks in New Jersey: NJ Sites and 3,000 Volunteers Needed for World’s Largest Waterway Cleanup, Sept. 21st

Population and industrial growth have taken their toll on urban waterways, contributing to pollution problems in many of New Jersey’s cities. This year, the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) is targeting waterways in urban centers as part of the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The NJCCC is currently compiling a list of the dirtiest river banks in New Jersey, and is asking for public input.


“We are targeting rivers because they are an important link in the chain of trash,” said Sandy Huber, executive director, NJCCC. “Much attention has deservedly gone to ocean beaches but we can’t forget the rivers, especially the ones with extensive debris.”

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Do You Know a Dirty River Bank?

NJCCC is asking for suggestions for urban cleanup sites for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup.  Rivers and other waterways may be submitted to or call 609-989-5900.

Goal is 3,000 volunteers

This year, NJCCC hopes to sign 3,000 volunteers for the International Coastal Cleanup. New Jersey area volunteers are asked to take part by joining a confirmed cleanup effort, or coordinating their own, and registering by the September 1 deadline. NJCCC will provide the official bags for trash and recyclables as well as gloves, data cards and other materials to registered volunteers.


Individuals and groups ― including township officials, residents, businesses and frequent visitors to the state ― can register at, or contact, 609-989-5900.


The Planet’s Largest Volunteer Cleanup

The International Coastal Cleanup is the planet’s largest volunteer cleanup for waterway and ocean health. Hosted locally by New Jersey Clean Community Council, the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup event has motivated 8.5 million people – including those from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut – in more than 100 countries to cross nearly 300,000 miles to collect more than 144 million pounds of trash from the world’s waterways since 1986. The focus of International Coastal Cleanup Day is as much on inland and urban waterways as it is on New Jersey’s shores, since a piece of trash dropped in Morristown, Trenton or elsewhere can end up in our ocean.


Urban Waterways Are in Distress

There are more than 200 rivers and streams in New Jersey1, many of which were aversely affected when Superstorm Sandy dumped raw and partially treated sewage throughout the state’s waterways.2  Waterways in urban areas face additional challenges, such as runoff of oil, rubber, heavy metals and other contaminants from automobiles. Urban waterways also may be affected by garbage dumps, toxic waste, chemical storage, and littering. This can leave them unfit to be used as drinking water or even recreationally for fishing, boating or swimming.


For example, the Delaware River that runs along New Jersey and New York is a drinking water source for approximately 15 million people,3 yet an environmental group claims it is the fifth most polluted river in the nation.4


The Industrial Revolution left its mark on the Hudson River with buildups of chemicals and other toxins. Since 1987, the Hudson River Estuary Program has been in place to renovate the estuary. The program helps to ensure clean water and protects and restores fish and wildlife habitats.5


The Passaic River is another casualty of the Industrial Revolution. A group of dedicated volunteers is successfully spearheading a cleanup and revitalization effort.6  Among their goals in the river cleanup are: (1) saving the food chain, (2) economic revitalization, (3) recreational opportunities, and (4) an ecosystem that will help control flooding.


Ocean Conservancy’s Snapshot of Ocean Trash

The annual International Coastal Cleanup is hosted nationally by Ocean Conservancy, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems. During each yearly event, volunteers record on standardized data cards the items they find. Ocean Conservancy compiles and analyzes the data and publishes the world’s only item-by-item, location-by-location snapshot of ocean trash. Readers can share their passion for cleaner waterways at and


About the New Jersey Clean Communities Council Inc.

NJCCC was established in 1986 to help change the attitudes that cause littering. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under contract to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to oversee grants disbursed to 559 towns and 21 counties for the implementation of litter abatement programs and to provide for a statewide program of public information and education. In 2011, it “adopted” the state’s Adopt-a-Beach program from the NJDEP. Its awards programs honor businesses, community organizations, schools and individuals for making New Jersey cleaner and greener. For more information, contact the NJCCC at 222 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, 609-989-5900, The NJCCC’s statewide anti-litter campaign is making a difference throughout New Jersey.




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TAPinto Spotlight on Business Features New Providence Dentistry

July 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Summer Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features New Providence Dentistry, operated by Dr. Beth Herko and her staff of ...

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...

Enjoy a Lifetime of Discovery in Union County Parks

July 18, 2018

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Union County residents are invited to celebrate this year by exploring “undiscovered” programs and activities found throughout the nearly 6,200 acres of the Union County parks system.

“Union County was one of the very first counties in the United States to establish its own county-based park system for nature conservation and ...

Union County Honored for History Projects

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two national achievement recognitions for history projects have been presented to the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Union County is rich in history, and this Freeholder Board is committed to engaging the public with ...

Union County College Foundation’s 3rd “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

CRANFORD, NJ – With over 150 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $55,000 at their 3rd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception. Held on July 11, in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support the ...

ReNew Salon and Spa Welcomes Senior Stylist Joan Mormilo

GILLETTE, NJ - ReNew Salon and Spa welcomes Senior Stylist Joan Mormilo to their staff. Mormilo brings with her over 20 years of excellent customer service in the salon and spa industry.

She has extensive product knowledge, focuses on keeping up-to-date on industry standards and practices, believes in mentoring young stylists, and is a team player who strives to ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

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Special June Episode of 'Berkeley Heights Here & Now' Features 6th Annual Street Fair

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) today announced a special edition of Berkeley Heights Here & Now is available on the Township website,


The special episode features the 6th Annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair held on June 24 and includes onsite interviews with attending residents/visitors, event ...

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Women Have Special Financial Needs That Advisors Overlook

Women have special financial needs that advisors overlook in two ways: 1) advisors don’t always acknowledge the different planning needs women have and 2) advisors don’t always communicate well with female clients – especially if the client comes to a meeting with her husband. It’s very common for a male advisor to spend much or most of the face time in meetings talking to ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...