A Harrington Park tradition continues! For almost 30 years HP residents have enjoyed ice skating at George Street Park. Every year in mid December the fire department floods the large field. The rest is up to Mother Nature. Thanks to the low temperatures in the last weeks, the ice has been a big hit with adults and children over the winter holiday school break! These photographs were taken on 1/1/18 in the late afternoon, when it was 19’F out (without the wind chill). Several ice skaters and hockey players were out on the ice enjoying themselves and other people were looking on and cheering them on from the sides! The cold weather will continue, with no significant snow in the immediate future, so, if you plan to stop by, please remember there are no facilities or concessions at the park. Bundle up, perhaps pack a thermos of hot chocolate, and enjoy being outdoors on the ice in HP!
A flock of Eastern wild turkeys wanders in the woods in Harrington Park.
Wild turkeys are native to North America. The eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) is the turkey species that was encountered in the wild by the Puritans. The birds inhabit hardwood, mixed, and pine forests; in 1817 L.J.P. Vieillot first described and named the eastern subspecies using the word silvestris, meaning “forest” turkey.
Forty years ago there were no wild turkeys in New Jersey. Due to habitat changes and hunting, the eastern wild turkey population had disappeared in the mid 1800’s. In 1977 the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife reintroduced 22 wild turkeys and started relocating them two years later…the population quickly grew 1,000 fold and there are over 25,000 wild turkeys in New Jersey and over 5 million eastern wild turkeys living in an area that covers the entire eastern half of the US down to northern Florida and extends west through Illinois and north into Canada.
Benjamin Franklin commented on the wild turkey in a letter to his daughter in 1784: “…For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”
For more information on turkeys, please look at a previous post:
Photo taken by Pamela Phinney in HP
On Saturday November 11, 2017, members of The Harrington Park Green Team, The Harrington Park Environmental Commission, and the Northern Valley Old Tappan High School SOPE (Save Our Planet Environmental) Club coordinated and conducted a cleanup at Pond Side Park located off Blanch Ave in Harrington Park.
The park and surrounding area is utilized for recreation and includes a baseball/lacrosse/soccer field, a paved path with exercise stations around the pond, and a fenced children’s playground. Over 30 volunteers cleaned up the surrounding woods from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
In addition to traditional garbage (much of which was recyclables), a few small kitchen appliances were found – including a can opener and a mixer (!), along with an old school desk and old car parts. It was estimated that over 50 pounds of garbage was collected and will be properly disposed. The groups plan to coordinate another cleanup in the spring.
Theresa Hazelton – EC vice chair
Save the date! Join us on Saturday, November 11th at Pondside Park to clean up the woods surrounding the pond, fields and road. The cleanup runs from 9am – noon. Gloves and bags and grabbers will be provided. Come when you can (but we would love to know who will be coming and for how long). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org