Green

April 27, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three Plainfield students are Arbor Day Poetry Contest winners, it was announced Tuesday. The contest, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board, was open to students in grade 4-8, and 130 entries were ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month. JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge ...

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BRIGANTINE, NJ — The gray seal pup found underweight and injured on the Belmar beach in February has been sprung from rehabilitation. After spending nearly two months at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center — where its feeding instincts kicked in, and it gained some 30 pounds — the four-month-old ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With seals venturing onto Jersey Shore beaches in recent weeks, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is cautioning people to stay a safe distance away — and that means keeping at least 150 feet back, which is about the length of three school buses. “Recently there have been several ...

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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS 7 AND 12:  Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) released a statement criticizing the Department of Justice for defending the construction of the PennEast Pipeline. The controversial project has sparked outrage among New Jersey Democrats and has inspired legislative ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With spring around the corner, it’s time to enjoy the county’s parks and tell officials what you think would make these open spaces better.  The Union County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking feedback by April 1 on the master plan that will guide the county’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Workers have started installing six electric-vehicle charging stations in three of the town’s municipal lots, the town administrator said this week.  The company Volta is installing the charging stations at no cost to the town, Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University will divest from fossil fuel investments following approval today by the university’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. The decision follows the recommendation of an ad hoc committee of faculty, students and staff formed to consider a fossil fuel ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, to review and take formal action on proposed revisions to the PMUA's sewer regulations. Evidence will be introduced to demonstrate the proposed revisions “are necessary and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers scientists for the first time have pinpointed the sizes of microplastics from a highly urbanized estuarine and coastal system with numerous sources of fresh water, including the Hudson River and Raritan River. Their study of tiny pieces of plastic in the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If county government accepts a local advocacy group's proposal, unused train lines could be transformed into two walkable, bikeable greenways: one connecting Elizabeth and Cranford and another running from Roselle Park to Summit. “Greenways and trails are a solution to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is - investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects. Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority reorganized at its Tuesday meeting, with a change in the leadership team of commissioners. Participants also learned that Executive Director Eric Jackson, who missed December’s meeting, is recovering from COVID-19. Henry Robinson ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Organized by the Animal Initiative Committee, a group of concerned residents gathered at the entrance to Cedar Brook Park Sunday to sign a petition and protest a deer hunt that is currently underway in Plainfield. In 2018, the last time a hunt was conducted at the Cushing Road ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority announced Tuesday that, due to COVID-19 concerns, temporary changes to residential waste collection will be implemented starting next week. Garbage will only be collected once a week instead of the usual two times. Additionally, the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Tuesday is National Take A Hike Day, so grab those hiking shoes and find a trail to get away from it all. The American Hiking Society established National Take A Hike Day, each year falling on November 17, as a way to encourage families and individuals to get outside, and to connect ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority did not pick up recycling on Wednesday due to it being Veterans Day. However, paper and cardboard recycling will be collected this Saturday, November 14. Residents should put out recycling Friday evening for collection on ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, in observance of Veterans Day, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11. Residents should not put out cardboard for collection. If you have any questions, call 908-226-2518 or email ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy today signed what is believed to be the nation's toughest law prohibiting the use of single-use plastic and paper bags in all stores and food service businesses statewide. Starting May 2022, both plastic and paper single-use bags, as well as disposable food containers ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful. Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Need a bulk pickup by PMUA? According to an October 9 notice on its website, the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority is at capacity for bulk pickups through the remainder of the year due to constraints of COVID-19. PMUA offers two alternatives to customers: Be placed ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful. We'll share the updated maps as they become available so you can head out into our favorite state and enjoy the great outdoors.

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TRENTON, NJ — This past week, New Jersey legislators passed a bill that would put in effect one of the strictest plastic bag and containers law in the country.  This would apply to food and convenience stores, restaurants, food trucks, as well as other businesses that are 2500 square feet or ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Maria Lopez-Nunez, director of environmental justice and community development for Ironbound Community Corporation, rattles off all the industrial entities impacting the quality of life for residents in her community, she needs both hands to count.  Among the culprits: a ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - A dispute between the owner of Liberty Golf Course and Friends of Liberty State Park may have motivated the state to finally address the cleanup of contamination of the park. Although off the table, Liberty Golf Course had offered to help cleanup a portion of 234-acre contaminated ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Members of Plainfield's Planning Board accepted the Master Plan, a document that is meant to be a blueprint for the city over the next decade, on Thursday. The meeting took less than fifteen minutes to approve the document prepared by the Nishuane Group. Board members had been ...

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NEW JERSEY — Please kill this bug. That’s the message from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), which on Wed., Aug. 12, sent out instructions for how members of the public can help slow the spread of the spotted lanternfly, an exotic invasive insect. While the spotted lanternfly ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — About 100 residents turned out for a Q&A session on a proposal that would have volunteers from the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association build a multi-use trail of one to two miles in a 44-acre municipal park in Westfield's First Ward. Jamie Meiselman, a town resident and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority released the following service advisory Tuesday. ALL ZONES: Due to Tropical Storm Isaias and the forecast of impending severe weather, PMUA closed today at 12:30 p.m. Business will resume Wednesday, August 5, weather and road ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung ...

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