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Elizabeth Public Schools Dig In to Create a Community Garden

May 17, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—PreK students to seniors in high school in 11 city schools are getting their hands dirty as recipients “Union County Kids Dig In!” grants, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The 11 schools were among the 32 in 12 county municipalities to be awarded the grants. The eleven schools:

Mabel G. Holmes Annex No. 5

Jerome Dunn Academy ...

Union County Freeholder Board Awards “UC Means Green” Community Garden Grants

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Seven Elizabeth locations were chosen to receive a 2017 Union County Means Green Community Garden Grant, awarded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The gardens will provide donations of fresh produce to those in need as well as education, recreation, civic service and social opportunities for gardeners and their communities.

The new round of funding follows ...

Shop for a Cause at the 28th Annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale, May 21

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Calling all Union County gardeners to grab their wagons and head out to the 28th Annual Union County Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale Sunday, May 21, rain or shine, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Demonstration Garden complex at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. 

The Spring Garden Fair, which is a project of the Rutgers ...

Battin School 4 Makes An Environmental Commitment

ELIZABETH, NJ – Joseph Battin School 4 made a commitment May 2 to a greener tomorrow when students and teachers turned an outdoor space into a sustainable place to reduce their environmental footprint.

Together, they personalized a rain barrel and a food compost with environmentally friendly decorations for We Take Charge, an initiative of Unilever.    

WE is a movement ...

Volunteers Slam Dunk The Junk Making For A Cleaner City

ELIZABETH, NJ – The city is a lot cleaner today, thanks to 400 volunteers who participating in Slam Dunk The Junk Earth Day, May 2.

The volunteers fanned out from City Hall for the citywide clean-up of parks, streets, and sidewalks from the Port to North Elizabeth. Pat Vella, the city’s recycle coordinator and event organizer, registered 25 groups from businesses, colleges, senior ...

City Engineer Explains Ambitious Flooding Resolution Project At Environmental Day

ELIZABETH, NJ – Flooding may be a thing of the past for residents in the Sixth and Trumbull Street neighborhood when the city installs a huge underground tank to catch rain water overflow, said city engineer Dan Loomis in a presentation during the Annual Environmental Day at the Peterstown Community Center, April 28.

The tank will be 100 feet wide and 200 feet long with a capacity ...

Elizabeth Students Learn About Environmental Issues at Annual Future Cities Event

ELIZABETH, NJ – Surrounded by a crowd of eagerly listening students, Jonny Rosser of the Fish Advisory told them what he tells them every year: Don’t eat the fish you catch in the Elizabeth waterway.

Rosser brings his message of Catch and Release every year to Environmental Day, hosted by Future Cities. This year, nearly 200 students from 13 schools crowded into the Peterstown ...

Elizabeth Just Got Greener with Two, New Community Gardens

ELIZABETH, NJ – Elizabeth is becoming greener this spring, thanks to the efforts of dozens of volunteers who descended, April17, on two, empty plots to create community gardens at the Elmora branch of the Elizabeth Public Library and at the Elizabeth Housing Authority’s Mravlag Manor   

The projects were spearheaded by Groundwork Elizabeth, and  Executive Director ...

BREAKING: Union County Freeholders Chairman Offers Amended Watchung Reservation Resolution

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, April 13th, and a resolution on mountain biking in Watchung Reservation is on the agenda.  Currently, bikes are not permitted.

A draft copy of the agenda has been uploaded to the Union County Freeholders website, stating:

2017-329:  CHAIRMAN BRUCE H. BERGEN: Amending Resolution 2016-166, which ...

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See for Yourself: New Tour Demonstrates Money Saving “Green” Landscaping in Union County

May 11, 2017

Union County residents can get a first-hand look at local examples of rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and porous pavement by joining a half-day bus tour organized by experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and the Rahway River Watershed Association.

“Union County is now home to some good examples of strategies that save money while helping to conserve water and ...