Town Day 2017

A huge thank you to the HP Recreation Commission for organizing and running another successful and fun Town Day! The weather cooperated and there was a really good turnout of HP and neighboring residents of all ages. 

The HP Environmental Commission and Green Team table had plenty of visitors– we enjoyed meeting everyone! – and thank you to the people who supported us by buying lemonade and cookies.

The Green Team is a volunteer group of citizens whose goal is to preserve our town’s natural resources and the quality of life for the citizens of Harrington Park now, and in the future. We are an advisory group to the Environmental Commission  and we meet monthly to discuss and act on local environmental issues. Interested?- Please email us at hpgreenteam@gmail.com Our next meeting is on Wed Oct 4th at 7:30pm.

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We want WHOOO?

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Harrington Park Green Team

We want WHOOO?

We want YOU! — to Join the Green Team.

Come to Town Day tomorrow September 9th, enjoy “Rappin with the Raptors” presented by the Tenafly Nature Center at 12:30 and 2 pm, and stop by the HP Environmental Commission and Green Team tables to talk with us about how we are working to keep HP Clean and Green. Recycling, “smoke free” parks, outdoor clean-ups, energy efficient heating and cooling upgrades of municipal buildings, home composting, Buy Local Buy Fresh, Sustainable Jersey certification…we have done a lot in the last few years. Please let us know your thoughts and ideas to improve our beautiful little town and its environment – and hopefully together we can make them happen!

**Fresh lemonade, homemade cookies, and local apples will be sold to raise funds for the Green Team activities.**

This is a Great Horned Owl, photographed in a yard…

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We want WHOOO?

We want WHOOO?

We want YOU! — to Join the Green Team.

Come to Town Day tomorrow September 9th, enjoy “Rappin with the Raptors” presented by the Tenafly Nature Center at 12:30 and 2 pm, and stop by the HP Environmental Commission and Green Team tables to talk with us about how we are working to keep HP Clean and Green. Recycling, “smoke free” parks, outdoor clean-ups, energy efficient heating and cooling upgrades of municipal buildings, home composting, Buy Local Buy Fresh, Sustainable Jersey certification…we have done a lot in the last few years. Please let us know your thoughts and ideas to improve our beautiful little town and its environment – and hopefully together we can make them happen!

**Fresh lemonade, homemade cookies, and local apples will be sold to raise funds for the Green Team activities.**

This is a Great Horned Owl, photographed in a yard in HP in May 2017

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“Rappin with Raptors” at Town Day – September 9th, 2017

Tenafly Nature Center will present their very popular “Rappin with Raptors” program at Harrington Park Town Day.

Stop by Highland Field this Saturday, September 9th, from noon to 4 pm and meet Mitzi & Meme, two barred owls, and Ruby, a red tailed hawk, during fun educational programs at 12:30 and 2 pm.

A hands-on (please) Touch Table will be located next to the Environmental Commission and Green Team tables – come touch and learn about wild NJ from noon to 4pm!

** These two birds are bald eagles that were photographed at the edge of the reservoir looking west from Parkside Road in July 2016**

 

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Forest bathing – give it a try at Beechwood Park!

Per Wikipedia: Forest bathing is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. The practice originated in Japan where it is called shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese (it is also called sēnlínyù (森林浴) in Mandarin and sanlimyok (산림욕) in Korean).

The article goes on to state that – studies in Japan have measured changes in immune markers and stress hormones in people who regularly walked in specific forests in Japan.  
These photos were taken on August 9th at Beechwood Park, a serene, beautiful, wooded sanctuary. The park entrance is located on Beechwood Place, off Lynn St in Harrington Park (enter at the end of the paved small road next to 50 Beechwood Place).
I am not able to upload movies to this site — please visit the HP Greenteam Facebook page to experience the sight and sounds of middday mid-August in Beechwood Park.
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“How does your garden grow?” HP School garden July 6, 2017

The Harrington Park School courtyard gardens are thriving! This courtyard garden is enjoyed by students and teachers and staff throughout the school year and it is a wonderful resource and educational opportunity for our K-8 students. There is even an outdoor classroom! Just before the July 6 School Board meeting I had to chance to take a peek at the courtyard with Councilwoman Joon Chung and EC chair Peter Ardito and here are a few photos.  Spanish teacher Sally Denbeaux and a small group of Garden Club students tend to the garden over the summer– and were picking raspberries and lettuce the week that we visited — for school staff and visitors and summer program students to enjoy. 

The pear and apple trees are now full grown and are producing delicious fruit (I was told that the plastic bags are an experiment in pest control). The apple trees have been harvested since 2011!

 

 

 

The perennial pollinator flower plot – planted by Girl Scout Troop 675 in 2013 – continues to bloom and attract bees, butterflies, and other insects.

 

 

For views and information about the garden in past years – click these links (or search school garden, garden club, scouts, etc for other posts).

 

Mary Ann Schran – HP Greenteam chair

Please email us at hpgreenteam@gmail.com with any questions or concerns

Links:

https://hpgreenteam.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/hp-school-garden-club-update-thank-you-kourtney-mendello/        Ms. Mendello built the current raised garden beds

https://hpgreenteam.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/2014-15-hp-school-garden-club-update-spring-planting-is-underway-in-the-courtyard-garden/

https://hpgreenteam.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/hp-school-update-on-the-gardens-new-rain-barrels/    The rain barrels are still in use — see the back of the garden photo

https://hpgreenteam.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/how-does-your-garden-grow/

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A small snake in HP

 

 

 

Harrington Park herpetologists  — please help me on the identity of this little snake (look at the size of the leaf), photographed on Sunday just off the edge of a road in HP after the morning rains. I am quite sure that he/she is a garter snake.

Here are a few links to learn more about the snakes of New Jersey:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/snake_broch07.pdf

https://www.google.com/amp/www.nj.com/articles/16618972/slithering_in_nj_meet_the_22_snakes_species_of_the.amp

And here is a link to read more about garter snakes:  http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Thamnophis_sirtalis/

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