Blooming now in Harrington Park

These wildflowers were photographed on 5/11/18 at the edges of the woods in and around Pondside Park. The garlic mustard (white) and yellow rocket are very abundant and can be easily seen when driving (i.e. on Lafayette). Hope you get to enjoy the beauty of these spring wildflowers in person this weekend!

From Left to Right:

  1. barren strawberry, dandelion,
  2. garlic mustard, yellow rocket, wild geranium
  3. spring beauty, common meadow violet

To learn more about our local wildflowers, please search on this wordpress site for previous postings. For more information or to help you identify wildflowers you see, try : 

and this is a NJ link:


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The Common Meadow Violet (Viola sororia) became the official state flower of New Jersey in 1971! This beautiful perennial grows in preserves, roadsides, damp woods – and sometimes in suburban lawns throughout the state. It blooms from March to June, the flowers range in color from white to blue to purple, and the petals are edible (and a rich source of vitamin C). After the first flowers have bloomed, the Common Meadow Violet will then produce a second set of small closed flowers. These “buds” contain the seeds – look for them in the early summer months.

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HP 8th graders clean up the school grounds and George St Park – 5/3/18

On May 3rd, 2018, The Harrington Park Environmental Commission (EC) with the help of Bergen County Clean Communities, hosted a cleanup at the Harrington Park School from 12:30-3:30 pm.

Each year the graduating 8th grade of Harrington Park School does various volunteer actions in connection with a program at the school known as Project Pride. As part of this year’s Project Pride, the class of 74 students conducted a cleanup up of the School property and surrounding wooded area known as George Street Park, which consists of both town and School property.

The afternoon began with the students eating lunch in the school courtyard while EC Vice Chair Theresa Napoletano Hazelton spoke about the importance of proper waste disposal, recycling and its effects on the environment. She went on to explain the roles of the HP Green Team and EC and how they work to develop strategies to reduce our impact, as a community, on the environment. The students were encouraged to join the Green Team as there is no minimum age. Also in attendance were EC members Peter Ardito and Anne Lander.

After lunch the students were grouped off and assigned areas of the property to canvas for trash pick up. The students collected and separated waste from recyclables. A significant amount of waste was collected.

The afternoon culminated with an ice cream truck for the kids to celebrate their hard work on this 90 degree day!

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Green Team meeting – Wednesday 5/2/18 at 7:30 pm — all are welcome!

The Harrington Park Green Team was formed in October 2009 by a small group of community members who wished to promote a “more sustainable future for themselves and their community”. The Green Team is committed to developing strategies that will reduce our impact on the environment both collectively and individually, so that we might preserve our town’s natural resources for the citizens of Harrington Park now and in the future. The Green Team is an advisory body to the HP Environmental Commission and is composed of borough officials and residents. Since 2015 the Green Team has met on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in Borough Hall. Our primary focus is on pursuing mandatory and elective actions toward Sustainable Jersey certification, but we also are passionate about being relevant and important to our town, and through the monthly HP paper newsletter, our Facebook site and WordPress blog, emails, and with direct outreach at community events, Green Team members solicit resident input on areas of their concern to research and act on.

PLEASE come to the 5/2/18 meeting. We want to hear your concerns and thoughts and ideas for solutions. How can we, together with Mayor and Council, make Harrington Park the best “clean and green” town it can be?

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32 volunteers made a difference in HP on 4/28/18! Successful cleanup – thank you all!

The 2018 Bi-State Watershed Cleanup took place on the morning of April 28th, 2018 and hundreds of volunteers cleaned up wooded areas and the waters edge through the Hackensack River watershed. In Harrington Park 32 volunteers (adults and children) went to several locations around town and, in less than three hours, our group picked up and bagged (best estimate): 320 pounds of garbage, 150 pounds of recyclables (any dirty recyclables went into trash), and a baby chair, fencing, a shovel, roll of Styrofoam, ladder from a swing set, siding, part of a car fender, rusted screens, concrete base with post, deck wood, and a basketball hoop, among other items pulled out from the woods.

For this cleanup, the EC/Green Team chose to send people to “hot spots” instead of concentrating on a town park or Suez property, as we usually do. The north side of Old Hook Road, including the jug handle, the wooded end of 1st street, the Brook St cul-de-sac, West Shore Drive, and the woods at the end of Highland Field/Highland Ave all got our attention on 4/28.

Eight other towns participated in this 6th annual Bi-State Watershed Cleanup, which was started by the Park Ridge Green Team in 2012.  Hundreds of volunteers in Park Ridge, WoodCliff Lake, Hillsdale, Westwood, Emerson, River Edge, Leonia and New City, NY (Lake DeForest – with the Hackersack Riverkeeper) worked to keep their local towns and watershed Clean & Green.

To everyone who came on on 4/28 and everyone who is cleaning up their neighborhood/woods/roads edge – on an ongoing basis. Your town and earth thank you!

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Harrington Park – clean up! Saturday April 28th, 9am- noon

Please join us this Saturday, April 28th, from 9 am to noon to clean up HP!

It has been a long and often windy winter, recyclables and trash have blown around the streets… and there are people who toss their trash out their car and truck windows as they drive trough or around town. There is a LOT of trash on the ground and we are hoping that you can find some time on Saturday morning to help pick it up (and to recycle the items that can be recycled). This is a photo of Old Hook Rd with the Burying Ground to the right and it is one of the areas we will be cleaning on 4/28. PLEASE STOP BY BOROUGH HALL between 9 and 11:30am (cleanup ends at noon) to sign in, pick up gloves/bags/reachers and get an assignment. We are focusing this cleanup on the really visible trash– on the more major roadways (Old Hook, Lafayette, Schraalenberg, end of Harriot, and others), for adults and teens. For safety, families – will be invited to cleanup the woods/field edges at Highland Field.  Please email if you have questions – or PM on FaceBook.

Sponsored by the HP EC and Greenteam with the support of Bergen County Clean Communities

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Paper shredding and Humus sale 4/14/18 – and your concerns

Paper Shredding and Humus sale 4/14/18. What a gorgeous day! There was a steady stream of cars bringing papers for shredding. IF YOU MISSED THIS  – please look below for the link > the next BCUA sponsored free paper shredding is on 4/29/18 in Paramaus. HP Environmental Commission Chair Peter Ardito and I enjoyed meeting and talking with residents who came to the table to sign up for Humus ($20/2 cubic yards – DPW to deliver – call Borough Hall at 201-768-1700 or stop by to place an order this week).

The topics of resident concern that were brought up to us fall into four (broad) areas; 1) litter – management, responsibility, 2) trees – management, replacement, 3) curbside recycling, and 4) vegetative waste (and branches) – management, communication w DPW. Please know that these concerns have been and will be discussed at the monthly EC and Green Team meetings — and that they have been conveyed to Mayor and Council. We too want a clean, green and sustainable town and are working toward this. Our Mayor and Council want this too and we need to work together to make it happen. Council meetings are on the second and third Mondays of each month at Borough Hall at 7pm and are open to the public. Please consider attending a meeting to give voice to YOUR local environmental concerns; and consider joining the Green Team to help make constructive change in our community. Email the Green Team directly at, PM or reply on Facebook >> our next meeting is Wed, May 2nd at 7:30pm.

This is the promised BCUA information

BCUA 2018 Tires/Electronics/Mobile Paper Shredding Collection Schedule

The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) will once again conduct Tire Recycling, Mobile Paper Shredding, and Electronics/Computer collections at two convenient locations: Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus on Sunday, April 29th and Saturday, August 18th and Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, October 21st between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine

Respectfully yours, Mary Ann Schran – EC member and Green Team chair

  • check out the V of geese – flying overhead. Peter and I enjoyed watching and hearing the birds — so much activity here!
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