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IMAGE Updated Version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth Comes to Stone Church Players’ Stage
Saturday, 13 September 2014
PHOTO: The famous witches in Macbeth (Stone Church Players October production-Left to Right: Annie Licata, Megan Regan Mascio, Jill Zaitchick,... Read More...
IMAGE Harvest Home Festival 2014 Set for Sept 28
Saturday, 13 September 2014
PHOTO:  Once again the corn-husking competition will be part of the Harvest Home Festival, held on Sunday, September 28 from 11 a.m.-5... Read More...
IMAGE American Repertory Ballet Announces October On Pointe: “Fall Repertory Preview”
Saturday, 13 September 2014
PRINCETON, NJ -  Through guest speakers, lecture demonstrations, performance previews, and panel discussions, American Repertory Ballet’s On... Read More...
Is Your Child Safe? Avoid Common Car Seat and Booster Seat Mistakes
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Get Seats Checked Free during National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 14-20 Hamilton, NJ, (Friday, September 12, 2014) – In today’s... Read More...
What’s in Your Lunchbox? Families Encouraged to Enjoy Healthy Lunches.
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Robbinsville, NJ — Are you among the millions of parents who rank childhood obesity as your No. 1 health concern for your children? ... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Hoy for the Hall of Fame
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 13 September 2014
I guess every year you'll just have to get used to reading about William Elsworth “Dummy” Hoy, a deaf professional baseball player from... Read More...
IMAGE 9/11 - An Historic Shift
by Jack Archibald
Friday, 12 September 2014
Wherever you walk in lower Manhattan on September 11, there is always some quiet reflection going on.  Most of the workers are quietly going... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - September 12, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 12 September 2014
Here's a handy info graph that shows what diseases kills most of us and how much we give to those diseases: http://bit.ly/1lLNoKL "12 Year-old... Read More...
IMAGE Could Someone Else Pray?
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 11 September 2014
E. M. Bounds starts his book on prayer by telling us that the world will never know the things that were altered through prayer - Elijah praying and... Read More...
IMAGE The Four Rs of Education
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Now that summer vacation has ended, I've seen lots of little children heading off to school, some with neat, new clothes and clean backpacks, others... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Mon Sep 15 @10:00AM -
Ocean Patterns Knitting Class - AH Library
Mon Sep 15 @ 7:00PM -
Musicians on a Mission Violin Concert
Mon Sep 15 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
PFLAG Meets
Mon Sep 15 @ 8:00PM -
Middletown Township Committee Meeting
Wed Sep 17 @ 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Gymboree Play and Music! - AH Library

Keyport, New Jersey -  NY/NJ Baykeeper has been awarded a contract in the amount of $155,676.60 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in support of the NY/NJ Baykeeper Oyster Restoration Program. This funding will allow Baykeeper to evaluate three oyster support structures to determine which will provide the highest over-winter survival and growth rates.  The research project will be hosted at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Sandy Hook Bay.  Baykeeper recently received a permit from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to utilize 10.7 acres of Navy property for to expand oyster restoration and research."

Baykeeper and the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability will construct a new experimental oyster reef using three types of oyster support structures, 1) Reefblk, 2) Reef Ball, and 3) a cargo pallet. The structure with the highest survival rate will then house oysters in order to study long term survival, reproduction, reef biodiversity, and water quality. Assuming that survival is high, in coming years, Baykeeper will continue adding to the restoration area in one-to-two acre increments. Monitoring will continue for a minimum of five years.

"We thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for recognizing the value of our oyster work and funding this important research," said Baykeeper Debbie Mans. "Between the Navy graciously hosting our scientists, receiving the permit from NJ DEP, and receiving this infusion of funding, this project has tremendous momentum," Mans added.  

In 2010, NJ DEP banned research, restoration, and education projects using oysters in waters classified as "Restricted" or "Prohibited" for shellfish harvesting. This essentially deems the vast majority of the waters from northern New Jersey to Monmouth County off-limits for oyster restoration.  As a result, NY/NJ Baykeeper approached the Navy about placing oyster nets at Naval Weapons Station Earle, which is under 24/7 security, and therefore eliminates any poaching risk and began oyster survival research at Earle in October, 2011. Baykeeper received over 3,000 signatures on a petition asking NJ DEP to lift the ban.   

Oysters are vital to the ecological integrity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary and Baykeeper has been working to restore oyster beds in NY and NJ waters since 1999.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan (CRP) calls for oyster restoration in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, primarily in the Raritan Bay.  The oyster nets at Naval Weapons Station Earle furthered Baykeeper and Rutgers' scientific work to test the viability of that restoration plan.