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August 7, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Given the drier than usual conditions this summer in New Jersey, the NJDEP is encouraging New Jersey residents and businesses to conserve water. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for monitoring and protecting the state’s water supply to ensure ...

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was recently named associate executive director at Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living community in New Providence, N.J., has been with Erickson for 12 years. As he has held many roles in his Erickson career, he always remembers where he started - as an intern. He ...

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Poor flowering and misshapen or a lack of fruit on tomatoes, peppers and squash may be due to the weather, not your gardening skills. Temperature extremes can interfere with flowering and fruit set on these and other vegetables in your garden. We watch for and can’t wait to taste that first red ...

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MADISON, NJ - To keep the Madison sewer lines clean, the Department of Public Works Sewer Division routinely conducts Sewer Jetting on all lines throughout Madison, said officials. With high pressure water being forced through a series of sewer lines, some smaller than others, back pressure ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –Japanese knotweed and Chinese silver grass may look lovely as accents to your well-coifed yard, but these invasive plants are at the root of a growing problem. These and other types of foreign plants spread from your garden and end up anywhere and seemingly everywhere - along ...

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NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market. But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our ...

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MADISON, NJ - Officials in Madison are asking residents to reduce electricity use during the summer months. According to officials, Madison pays $16 million a year for wholesale electricity and of that, over $3 million a year is in peak demand charges. These charges keep the extra power plants open ...

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MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - When summer temps rise, so does electricity use as air conditioners, refrigerators and other equipment work harder to keep us comfortable, said officials at Jersey Central Power & Light.  JCP&L is offering some tips to stretch your comfort and your electric ...

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MORRIS COUNTY- Residents are reminded that the state Department of Community Affairs will be accepting pre-applications online for the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) Waiting List starting Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 25 at 5pm. Pre-applications will be accepted to enter a lottery ...

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Imagine winning $25,000 worth of new roofing, siding, windows or entry doors installed by RJW Exteriors. Then imagine where you’d go for a 7-day cruise or an 8-day/7-night vacation in a 2-bedroom condo with over 4,500 resorts in 106 countries. Both can come true, but only if you enter the ...

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Every garden season is filled with beautiful and tasty surprises along with a few challenges. One challenge gardeners face each year is managing insect pests while keeping the pollinators safe. Fortunately, only a very small percent of insects in our landscapes are harmful. The rest help pollinate ...

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NEW JERSEY- Fourteen community projects will be funded by the House Appropriations Committee for the 2023, announced Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11). “I am proud to announce that 14 Community Projects I submitted on behalf of NJ-11 are moving forward in this year’s budget process", said ...

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Create long-lasting beauty and pollinator appeal in your landscape with the help of perennials. With a little bit of planning, you can have flowers, foliage and seed heads that add interest to your garden year-round. Select perennials including native plants that thrive in the sunlight, soil, ...

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TRENTON – The ANCHOR Tax Relief Program has been expanded and reduce property taxes for over 1.16 million homeowners and 900 renters beginning in the fiscal year 2023, announced Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Scutari, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.  ANCHOR stands for Affordable New ...

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TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is encouraging residents and business owners to go to www.badbug.nj.gov to find information that can assist them in learning how to fight the spotted lanternfly. The webpage includes a timeline for the stages of growth for the insect as well as ...

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Is Solar Right For Your Home?  The sun is shining and free energy is all around. To help residents take advantage of summer’s abundant solar power, the Environmental Commissions of 12 neighboring towns, including Madison and the two Chathams are hosting a free virtual talk with Frank Curran of ...

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MADISON, NJ - Community members are invited to an Architectural Walking Tour today, Saturday June 4 beginning at 11am. The walking tour begins at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.  "Come join our Architectural Tour and learn about some of Madison’s most iconic buildings", said ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – After 15 years of work, a couple of Rutgers researchers are enjoying the fruits of their labor: a new strawberry. Bred for its flavorful fruit, Rutgers D’Light has a unique shape – a Christmas light - that makes it the ideal strawberry for dipping in chocolate, according to ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - 'No Mow May' is a grassroots environmental effort that has taken the world by storm. In a nutshell, homeowners are encouraged to not mow their lawn for the entire month of may in order to protect habitat for emerging pollinators.  All those butterflies and bees grow up somewhere, ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Letting rainwater leave your property can interfere with groundwater recharge and possibly cause flooding, ice slicks in the winter, and pollution of downstream lakes and streams.  Rain gardens are one possible solution available to homeowners. Commercial properties can use ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Macculloch Hall Historical House Tour attracted over 600 visitors this year. The name of this year’s tour was “Meet Me on the Corner of Macculloch and Miller,” because all the homes on the tour were within the neighborhood. “Welcoming so many people to Macculloch Hall ...

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In 2018, when Alan Haveson and his wife Betsy moved to Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living community in New Providence, N.J., they didn't have to travel very far. "We only moved a couple of miles from our former home. All we had to do was change our mailing address and phone number," Alan ...

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Boost this year’s harvest and reduce pest problems with less effort, while being kind to the environment.  Employ row covers, chicken wire cloches and crop cages to prevent damage without the aid of chemicals. Floating row covers of spun-bonded or woven materials let air, light, and water ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Macculloch Hall Historical Museum has announced that the 2022 Historic House Tour will take place on Sunday May 1.  Explore select interiors of some of Morristown’s most beautiful private homes including the Thomas Nast House, a National Historic Landmark. The tour also includes ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta has been named the Safest City in New Jersey for 2022 by Safewise. Sparta moved into the top spot after being ranked the second safest New Jersey town in 2021. Sparta was also given the seventh place ranking for the Top 100 safest towns in America for 2022.   However, ...

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MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Morris County Mosquito Commission wants you to know that they have been closely monitoring mosquito populations in Morris County. Inspectors have been checking routine (approximately 2,000) mosquito sites, treating for mosquito larvae, responding to service requests, and ...

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Setting a monthly budget and sticking to it is important, but often that's difficult to do. Unplanned expenses arise, and suddenly your carefully crafted budget plan is out the window. Fortunately, for those who live at Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living community in New Providence, N.J., ...

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NEW JERSEY, NJ -- New Jersey was ranked No. 1 in the country in WalletHub's Best States for Working from Home study. Nearby Delaware (3), Connecticut (4), Maryland (9), and New York (10) also ranked in the top 10.  While more and more businesses are embracing work-from-home positions, people who ...

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Spring flowering bulbs and perennials are filling our landscapes with color. As your gardens come alive this spring, start making notes on needed improvements and provide some early season color and nectar for the pollinators. This will keep your landscape looking its best all season long and for ...

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Growing a beautiful landscape starts with the soil under your feet. The best place to start building a healthy soil foundation is with a soil test. The results will tell you what type and how much, if any, fertilizer is needed for the plants you are growing. Using the right type and amount of ...

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