Green

South Orange River Day to promote environmental awareness Sunday May 4th.

4e658b7187f2fff3369d_McGowan-2013-riverday-sm.jpg
Jim McGowan with some of the 2000lbs garbage pulled from the Rahway River last year.
18240b8d230298138ac0_Volunteers-2013-riverday-sm.jpg
Volunteers help clean the South Orange section of the Rahway River.
4e658b7187f2fff3369d_McGowan-2013-riverday-sm.jpg

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Break out your old shoes, jeans, long-sleeved shirts, and gloves, and get ready to get wet. For the third year, South Orange is getting the community together to help clean the town's section of the Rahway River. Last year, an estimated 2,000 pounds of unsightly refuse was pulled from the water. That's a ton of garbage, and it took a ton of volunteers.

"We expect around 500 people," said Jim McGowan, Chairman of the South Orange Environmental Commission. "In past years, we got about 300 who signed the waiver and headed down to clean the river, but lots more people flow through and just enjoy the event. This year we’re featuring some great music, and the Rejuvenary River Circus at 2 p.m., which should be really fun for families with kids."

McGowan became involved with the project about five years ago, when the South Orange Environmental Commission was asked to take over the town’s river clean-up effort. "I saw this as an opportunity to help people know more about their ecological address—the place where they actually live, as opposed to just their street address," said McGowan. "If more people appreciated how special this place really is, with an enormous volcanic ridge line flowing down to a rich estuary, and the ocean beyond, they’d be more inclined to protect the way it works for so many species."

Sign Up for E-News

Nearly 700 species of plants and animals make their home in and around the Rahway River, which provides drinking water for more 27,000 people in the city of Rahway. Each Spring, the river is stocked with trout. McGowan believes the river's vibrant wildlife flowing through the town also improves the quality of life for all residents.

"People need to remember that anything they throw onto the streets, sidewalks, or parking lots anywhere in town will end up in the river via the storm drains, which function as man-made tributaries," he said, adding that from there, trash flows into New York Harbor and continues into the ocean. "If you want clean beaches, you need to have clean streets."

Residents have shown their devotion to the town by turning out to do just that. "Over the past two years, our volunteers have removed two tons of garbage from the river and its banks," McGowan said, pointing to the South Orange section of the Rahway River. "We've also begun coordinating with Maplewood and Millburn."

River Day volunteers in each of those towns have also hauled out many bags of trash. Thanks to such efforts, the East Branch of the Rahway River is already bouncing back in surprising ways, with turtles nesting on the banks, rare birds returning, and larger fish appearing, he added. "River Day should embrace towns along the entire length of the Rahway."

South Orange River Day takes place Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Skate House, on the duck pond off of Mead Street in South Orange. There will be a "wild edibles" walk and a cook off, an ecology walk, a bike rally, live music and much more.  Families looking for a mix of environmental education and adventure are welcome.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

Maplewood Police Blotter - Man Arrested for Package Thefts

April 20, 2018

April 5 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Extra Supermarket on Irvington Ave on a reported shoplifter. Jean Legerme, age 21 of Newark was detained by security for attempting to leave the store without paying for several items. He was arrested, taken into custody and later released after being charged on a summons.

April 5 - Shoplifting; At ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Theft and Burglary Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 19

Theft - An East Orange resident reported that on Tuesday, April 17, at approximately 9:20 a.m., actor(s) unknown stole some tools from a construction site on Valley Street. The stolen tools, valued at over $500.00 were a Makita brand drill set and electrical saw.

Burglary to Auto - An Irvington resident reported that on Thursday, April ...

41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance Held on Sunday

April 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar.

Local elected officials who attended included Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and ...

Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, April 24, 6:00 PM

The Venetian , Garfield

Prepared For Life Dinner with Captain Mark Kelly

Other

Tue, April 24, 7:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Lenore Raphael Presents Ellington and More at ...

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_0e6824bc1f15389361ec_medicaid_ramsey

Tue, April 24, 7:00 PM

South Mountain YMCA-Civic House, Maplewood

Medicaid Q & A - Hosted by Adamson Ramsey Homes

Health & Wellness Real Estate

Wed, April 25, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

Education Religions And Spirituality

Academy Heights Residents: No More Valley Street Development Until Master Plan Approved

April 22, 2018

This past Thursday, April 19th, the South Orange Development Committee considered a presentation from developers regarding the All Star Motors site on Valley Street between 3rd and 4th. The proposal is for a 61 unit dormitory/boarding house for college students, with 175 beds and limited parking on a lot that is partially zoned for two-family residential. About 20 Academy Heights neighbors ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Celebrates Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day

April 23, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently hosted a sold-out Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day educational program, featuring Arash Fazl, M.D., Ph.D., a movement disorder specialist board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Dr. Fazl, a Barnabas Health Medical Group provider, spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 200 people about the latest ...

Essex County Announces Partnership with Nine Local Charitable Organizations

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County will participating in nine special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, the Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and ...

Amazon Works to End Stigma of “Free and Reduced” Meals at School

April 21, 2018

FLORENCE, NJ – There is a widely unknown problem in schools all over America: a stigma among many children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Rather than face the peer pressure of receiving breakfast or lunch through this federal program, many choose to remain hungry.

To help eliminate the practice, Amazon has partnered with Share our Strength’s “No Kid ...

Endangered Bog Turtle Plods Through Senate Towards Official Designation as State Reptile

TRENTON, NJ - The endangered bog turtle is one step closer to being designated New Jersey's official state reptile, following State Senate approval of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) and inspired by students from Princeton.

Riverside Elementary School Students Kyle Grzmala and Hayah Mian, and their teacher Mark Eastburn, joined ...

Class Act Performing Arts Studio Presents "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at SOPAC

April 23, 2018

Class Act Performing Arts Studio’s senior Musical Theatre Company members will perform “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Thursday, May 10th , 2018 through Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Set in 19th-century London, this thrilling musical tells the story of barber Benjamin Barker, now known by his alias, Sweeney Todd, and his ...

Doing Business with the Township of Maplewood: April 24

Doing Business with the Township of Maplewood

8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at Maplewood Town Hall (574 Valley Street)

The Township of Maplewood has been spending more of its dollars with locally-owned businesses. We “look local first” when buying goods and services. We patronize Maplewood’s bakeries, delis and caterers; contract with ...

Medicaid Q & A - Hosted by Adamson Ramsey Homes

Hosted by Susie Adamson and Bonnie Ramsey, Hearth Realty Group & Bethany Joseph, LSW, MPH, Elder Care Consultant

Please join us for the next installment in the SOMA Series on Tuesday, April 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South Mountain YMCA Civic House at 124 Dunnell Road in Maplewood.

Confused about Medicaid? You're not alone!

Allison Busch Vogel has been practicing Elder ...