Outdoors

July 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Two days in to the July 4th Holiday weekend, all is quiet along the Raritan River, according to Somerville Police who report they've turned away several car loads of out-of-town motorists looking to park and carry their coolers, chairs and grills to picnic along the mud flats known ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerville and Somerset County officials have shut down the South Bridge Street access to the Raritan River and Somerville Beach after a crowd of 250-300 people last weekend left behind 980 pounds of trash scattered along the riverbank, raising fears that it could happen again ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Felix Ciattarelli was sickened by the sight that greeted him when he walked down the path to the banks of the Raritan River off South Bridge Street Monday morning. Trash was scattered over hundreds of yards beneath the Route 206 highway bridge that crosses over the river between ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Farmers' Market at Duke Farms is paying tribute to women-owned farms and entrepreneurs who come out every Sunday during the summer to promote their businesses and sell their fresh products. Now in its fourth week, the farmers' market will be open every Sunday through Sept.

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Duke Farms, the privately-owned environmental preserve and education center for local visitors and international tourists, has re-opened, but there won't be as much to do or as much time to visit as there was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 1,000 acres dedicated ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Following the direction of Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Orders, the Somerset County Park Commission  has updated its guidelines affecting golfers.during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Park Commission’s Golf Management Division has introduced the “Golf Call Center” to facilitate ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Technical difficulties with the Duke Farms Eagle cam will prevent millions of fans from watching the two Bald Eagle hatchlings continue to grow and spread their wings. A notice was posted on the Duke Farms website explaining the problem: "After several days of ...

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  Dorsal view of a pinned Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. This species commonly reaches close to 2 inches in length. Photo: Quinlyn Baine, Washington State Department of Agriculture. Although media reports have triggered panic over the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), ...

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GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has closed Washington Rock State Park, after it re-opened briefly last weekend over concerns with social distancing and potential for spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19). Perched on the edge of the Watchung Mountains, the facility is a ...

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NEW YORK - Visitors to New Jersey' state and county parks were on their best behavior this weekend, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who rescinded an executive order issued three weeks ago that had shut down the parks to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through social ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - New Jersey's state parks and county parks re-opened at sunrise Saturday, but privately-owned Duke Farms will remain closed to the public. Gov. Phil Murphy last week rescinded an executive order issued three weeks ago shutting all state and country parks and golf courses in an ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy's welcome announcement Wednesday that state and county parks would re-open May 2 negated two resolutions from Somerset County that urged the governor to revisit the April 7 executive order issued to minimize social contact and inhibit the spread of the coronavirus ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - How are you celebrating Earth Day? Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, recycling liaison, urges residents to register for a free informative webinar titled “New Jersey’s Changing Climate,” presented by Dr. David A. Robinson from Rutgers University to be live- streamed on ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There are not many upsides to being stuck at home during a pandemic. But since our shelter-in-place orders overlap with the start of spring and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), it does present a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the plant and animal life ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Senator Kip Bateman is calling for New Jersey to reopen State and county parks during the COVID-19 outbreak. Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order shutting down the parks effective 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 to help ensure social distancing and to maximize the effort to ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – In compliance with Executive Order No. 118 issued Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy, the Somerset County Park Commission will close all county parks to the public, including all trail systems as part of the effort to minimize social contact and the potential spread of the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The well-being and safety of the Somerset County Park Commission’s staff, volunteers, and park patrons are top priorities, and the Commission has decided to take certain action in an effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Heeding the recommendation of New Jersey ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission dedicated a new playground at Duke Island Park to Raymond Willis Brown, late son of recently retired Park Commission Director Ray Brown and Roseann Brown. Duke Island Park is located off Old York Road in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Raymond ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Residents are invited to pitch in and participate in the township's annual town wide clean-up on Saturday, Nov. 16th. Volunteers should report to the township Municipal building, 379 South Branch Road. Work begins at 9 a.m. on projects throughout the township and will conclude ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission is seeking volunteers to assist with “Sourlands Stewardship Day,” a climbing-focused clean-up day on Saturday, Nov. 2, rom 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event will stage at the Sourlands Mountain Preserve, 421 East Mountain Road. The clean-up ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission is seeking volunteers to assist with “Sourlands Stewardship Day,” a climbing-focused clean-up day on Saturday, Nov. 2, rom 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event will stage at the Sourlands Mountain Preserve, 421 East Mountain Road. The clean-up ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Raritan River Greenway Bikeway Duke Farms Connector Trail is now open. This half-mile section of paved, 10-foot-wide multi-use trail connects to the Nevius Street pedestrian bridge in Raritan to the North Gate entrance to Duke Farms in Hillsborough, and provides access to ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A hiker who briefly became lost after dark in the Sourland Mountain Preserve Thursday night called police for help on his cell phone. The lost hiker, David Villapando, called Township Police at 6:25 p.m. Police responded along with members of Hillsborough Fire Department ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Frank DelCore will host the first-ever "Mayor’s Walk and Talk at Duke Farms on Sunday, Oct. beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be at the Visitor's Center at Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway West, with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is required and the ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Naturalists at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, are presenting  "Landscapes of New Jersey", a photo exhibit by David Blinder, New Jersey native and professional photographer. The exhibit is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sunday, Oct.

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering a basic Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on practice. Horse Care Workshop 101 will be ...

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MONTGOMERY, NJ - The Sourland Conservancy will host the 8th Annual Sourland Spectacular on Saturday Sept. 7th, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. with proceeds helping to preserve and protect the ecological and historic resources of the Sourland Mountain. The “Five Mile Almost Flat Family Fun Ride” has been a ...

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  BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Children under 13 and their parents are invited to enjoy a morning at Lord Stirling Stable when staff, horses, and ponies celebrate the Pony Tea Party on Sunday, Aug.18, from 10 a.m.-noon. at the stable located at 256 South Maple Ave.. The Pony Tea Party will include ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -The township's annual Fishing Derby and Family Camp Out will be held at Van Middlesworth Park on Friday, Aug. 2 with families invited to pitch a tent and spend the night.   This year’s Family Camp out will include fishing, fun and games, a barrel fire and a movie under the ...

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