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February 18, 2019

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.    - Luther Burbank We were looking forward to growing some brightly colored flowers when we moved to our new house, however, we did not anticipate such an overwhelming presence ...

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The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.   Kids and adults love to watch ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Consider giving your valentine something different this year. Select an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers. Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow, low maintenance, long-blooming indoor plant. The red, pink or white heart shaped flowers rise above glossy green ...

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Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are sure to elicit smiles and months of enjoyment. Just provide the right growing conditions and sufficient light and you ...

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Impress your guests with a garden, container and dinner table filled with tasty and colorful winning tomato varieties. Small-fruited varieties are perfect for salads and snacking and those with larger fruit ideal for slicing, canning and sauces. These winning tomatoes were tested nationally ...

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CALDWELL, NJ — In response to the news that the owner of the residence located at 30 Smull Avenue in Caldwell has applied to have the structure torn down, many area residents as well as Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) have expressed disapproval, claiming it to be an important part of the borough’s ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, succulent and flowering plants can provide beauty, extend your garden season, improve air quality and create a peaceful ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Love weather? The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is looking for volunteer weather observers in Nutley and nearby areas to report rain and snowfall in their backyards.   Volunteers take a few minutes each day to report the amount of rain or ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Members of the Nutley Rotary club spent a part of New Year's Day working on the butterfly garden at the Nutley Public Library to protect it from weather extremes ahead of the Spring growing season.  Armed with garden gloves and pruning shears, the butterfly team cut branches from ...

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Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites.  Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into their blooming beauty. Purchase firm healthy bulbs from your local garden center or an online bulb nursery. Ziva ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The DeFabbi family of Prospect St in Nutley are making the season merry and bright in 2018. Their home, at 151 Prospect (near Harrison St.) is often one of the brightest in town. Santa, town soldiers, snowmen, and penguins all gather at this corner home to wish everyone the best ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Gru and Scarlet Overkill may be disappointed to discover that the Minons have gone all Holly-Jolly this season.  Bob, Kevin, Stuart and the gang were spotted on Bloomfield Ave. near Centre St. in Nutley making the season merry and bright. 

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NUTLEY, NJ - Celebrating another Christmas classic golden milestone, Gordon and Darlene Smith of Nutley, decorate their Shepard Place home with vinyl graphics. A mural of the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" celebrating 50 years ornaments the house, with who else, but the Grinch perched on top the ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - A little bit of Disney magic found its way to this Shepard Place home for the 2018 Holiday Season.  Lady and Tramp enjoy a traditional dinner from Tony's, Olaf greets passers-by, and Mickey, Pluto, Woody and others make ready for the celebration.  In the past the home celebrated ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley residents are making ready for Christmas with lawn and home displays all over the township. The family in this home on Howard Pl. chose a more traditional approach to the season with spotlights illuminating a Nativity scene.  Related story: Luminaries Light The Way in ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Children on Edgar Place weren’t the only ones to experience the magic of Christmas Eve last year. Residents young and old witnessed the surprise of luminaries placed on their sidewalk, stretching end-to-end on both sides of the street. The lights burned safely for hours in their white ...

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The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant.  Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care. And that starts the minute you leave the florist or ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - For decades, families in Nutley and Belleville have known Franklin Farms as their destination for Christmas Trees, wreaths, and grave blankets. That tradition continues today as Mike Tauriello and his team serve their customers from the south Franklin Ave. location.  Originally ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Under cover of night, a group of immigrants from the far reaches of Canada above the Arctic Circle made their way across borders to loiter on a lawn on De Vausney Pl. According to sources the big guy in red will probably travel back and forth across the border to check on toy ...

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Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good – added beauty or tasty nutritional food.  But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, have a lack of space to garden outdoors or just can’t ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Part of the spirit of community in Nultey can be seen in the seasonal holiday displays across the township. It doesn't matter the reason, Independence Day, Graduation Week, Halloween and more; Nutley residents share the spirit of the season on their lawns to celebrate with their ...

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