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7 posts from July 2010

July 30, 2010

Companies, schools are seeing the light and going solar for energy

Solar energy From an article at NorthJersey.com.

Morris County is going green in a big way. Buildings that are powered by renewable energy are on the rise in the area, bolstered by both environmental concerns and financial incentives alike. 

Montville’s green team

Meanwhile, Montville Township has applied to the state to be recognized as a sustainable community. Township Committeewoman Deborah Nielson chairs the Sustainable Montville Committee which has been dubbed "The Green Team." She said that they are looking at a "broad spectrum" of ways that the township can do better, including improving its recycling efforts.

A recent energy audit, which was underwritten by a grant, looked at all municipal buildings, except schools. It revealed that much of Montville is up to par with the only deficiency in the library due to its wall of windows. Informal discussions on how to correct the situation have included talk of installing solar panels. Nielson said it is all still in the planning stage, but "on the front burner, so to speak."

Another way Montville Township is looking to be more green is by considering a change in the zoning ordinance that would encourage companies to include energy efficient designs, such as solar panels, into their site development.

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July 22, 2010

Land Conservancy of New Jersey's Montville HQ runs on geothermal energy

Environmental group based at WildAcres Preserve in Montville NJ undergoes green project.  Land conservancy

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey's headquarters is now geothermal, allowing the organization to almost eliminate its use of heating oil and reduce energy bills by 50 percent.

"We feel that this is consistent with our mission of being a green organization,'' said Barbara Davis, vice president of programs, "It greatly reduces the amount of energy we consume in the building and keeps operational costs as low as possible.''

The F.M. Kirby Foundation provided a $50,000 grant for the Land Conservancy, which covered most of the cost of the $63,000 project.

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July 14, 2010

Coast Guard Donates Flags for all of Montville to Enjoy!

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From left to right are: Flotilla Commander James Mancini, Staff Officer Ted Pierson, Vice-Flotilla Commander Michael Botwinick, Staff Officer Steven Schepis, and Montville Mayor James Sandham. 

July 09, 2010

Can Gardening Save the World?

Dennis Kornbluh, author of "Can Gardening Save the World?" is co-founder of OurMontville.com.Gardening

In March, my daughter and I started a vegetable garden in our backyard. I decided to undertake this project for a variety of reasons, but chief among them is that I like fresh veggies, and you can’t get them fresher than when they’re pulled from your own garden.  Also, I like to recall now and then what a real tomato tastes like (not available in stores); I want my children to understand where food comes from; and I want to be at least a little self-sufficient. Saving the world was not on my original list.

When I started this project I didn’t know much at all about gardening, and, while I’ve learned a bit, I’m still a newbie.  But even a newbie can have a successful garden, provided that it is located in a sunny spot with decent soil, protected by a fence, and watered regularly.  Despite my lack of proper credentials, almost everything that I planted has managed to survive, and I planted a lot of varieties.  I’m growing garlic, green onions, watermelon, carrots, sweet white corn, string beans, zucchini, Japanese cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, radishes and various kinds of tomatoes.

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Friday - In A Silent Way

Hear-see-speak-no-evil1 Readers who get their news from the the mainstream media are remarkably ill informed. Much of what they "know" isn't true and much of what they don't know is important. Take the case of what Byron York calls "the NASA (non) feeding frenzy."

You know the story. The guy whom President Obama has put in charge of NASA reports that he has been tasked by President Obama with missions having nothing to do with space exploration. Perhaps the foremost of these missions is to make the Muslim world feel good about itself.

Total words about the NASA outreach program in the New York Times: 0.

Total words about the NASA outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.

Total words about the NASA outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.

Total words about the NASA outreach program on ABC World News: 0.

Total words about the NASA outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0.

When the story doesn't suit the media's purposes, it gets the silent treatment. Most recently, the matter of the New Black Panther Party and J. Christian Adams is a story with a genuine racist component (or two) that has been accorded the silent treatment.  See PowerLine.

July 07, 2010

Under the lilac, a lasting lesson in patriotism

by Jared Silverman - Published in the New Jersey Jewish News on July 7, 2010Lilac

I like to distinguish the Fourth of July and Independence Day. The former is a holiday which generates a day off; the latter is a commemoration which has profound political overtones.

When Congress in its wisdom decided to change the federal holiday calendar to create three-day weekends, it did the nation a disservice by undermining the historical reasons for the holidays in the first place.

The one exception to the three-day weekends created by the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 was Independence Day, which kept its historical, and historic, day of July 4. However, this year, because Independence Day was on a Sunday, the employee holiday was given on Monday, July 5, making Independence Day a three-day weekend.

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July 06, 2010

Montville featured in New York Times

A Morris County community that cultivates an understated, low-key image has drawn its share of high-Conklin Conklin Conklin profile residents.

If you moved to Montville Township, it wouldn’t be out of the question to find yourself neighbor to a current or former New Jersey Devil (Bruce Driver is one example), or a member emeritus of the paparazzi (Ron Galella), or a Real Housewife of New Jersey (Teresa Giudice). Who knows? You could even decide to live in Ms. Giudice’s 16-room mansion — if you had $4 million you felt like spending.

Not that this Morris County community is overrun with celebrities, but for a place that cultivates an understated, low-key image it might come as a surprise that there are any at all.

Of the town’s nearly 21,000 residents, one celebrity who recently made the real estate radar is Ms. Giudice, who with her husband, Joe, is coping with a bankruptcy and is poised to sell the house that viewers of the Bravo “Real Housewives” series watched being built, gilded fixture by marble surface.

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