Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ


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Trust Fund for Beechwood Trails Established

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The Environmental Commission would like to thank our lead partners MEVO, Gary Kuhl, John Stepe, Ed Sneickus, United Methodist Church and the Hillsdale residents who came out on our June workdays to help rebuild the Beechwood Trails. Thank you as well to the Mayor and Council for their support, as well as to our DPW supervisor. The supplies for the project were funded by a generous grant from ANJEC (Association of NJ Environmental Commissions).

The borough has established a trust fund for donations to fund future repair work. To donate please drop off or mail checks made out to the Borough of Hillsdale – Beechwood Trails.

To stay informed of future repair efforts, or other Environmental Commission initiatives, please join our email list at http://www.hillsdaleec.org. We meet at Borough Hall on the 2nd Thursday of the month, and welcome resident collaboration and partnership with local organizations.

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Concerns raised about tennis courts project in Hillsdale

James Leggate, Pascack Valley Community Life

A project to build five tennis courts to be shared by Pascack Valley High School and the county has drawn concern from some Hillsdale residents about the impact on the nearby Sapienza Gardens.

Representatives from the county and school made an informal presentation to the Hillsdale Planning Board Oct. 8 after board members said they hadn’t been properly notified about the project. The work took down about 100 trees in the county-owned woods between the school’s sports fields and the borough-owned gardens, which are named in honor of former Pascack Valley principal Barbara Sapienza and are maintained by volunteers.

“Once it started, most people had no idea that the project was going on, and that prompted a lot of safety concern” Meredith Kates, the environmental commissioner and a member of the planning board, said.

Read the full article:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/residents-raise-concerns-about-tennis-courts-project-1.1110053


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Waste Management closes Hillsdale transfer station

James Leggate, Pascack Valley Community Life

Trash-disposing company Waste Management has closed its Hillsdale facility and borough officials need to find funds to cover the cost of sending garbage out of town.

The company stopped using the Brookside Place transfer station in February after heavy snow caused part of its roof to collapse, according to Waste Management spokesman John Hambrose. Mayor Max Arnowitz said they informed the borough last week that they would be formally closing the facility Aug. 1, though Hambrose wrote in an email that the company is continuing to evaluate whether they will reopen the Hillsdale station.

The closing comes just as the 10-year “host community” agreement between the company and the borough ended Thursday.

In exchange for hosting the transfer station, trash collectors were able to drop off Hillsdale’s garbage for free, under that agreement. Arnowitz estimated it saved the borough between $250,000 and $300,000 per year.

Waste Management began billing Hillsdale for taking their trash after the February roof collapse, but the borough hasn’t been paying because the agreement was still in effect, according to Arnowitz. Hambrose, however, wrote in an email that the agreement to provide the borough with free waste disposal was contingent on the transfer station being open there. Hillsdale’s trash has been going to Waste Managements transfer station in Fairview since the collapse.

Borough officials may need to make emergency appropriations to cover the cost for this year and were planning to meet to address the issue, Arnowitz said.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/waste-management-closes-hillsdale-transfer-station-1.1061963


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Valley Hospital’s beehives produce honey

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Jodi Weinberger/The Ridgewood News

Pools of golden honey formed in a tray, flowing down in a thin, glistening stream from a whirring centrifugal extractor, where inside the intricate work of thousands of bees was being harvested from their combs.

Roll your eyes at the wordplay if you want, but the employees at Valley Hospital were buzzing with excitement watching the demonstration on Sept. 18 of how honey is collected from the hospital’s rooftop hives.

Reporter Jodi Weinberger examines the hive under the watchful eyes of experts Joseph Lelinho and Eric Hanan. Joseph Lelinho and Eric Hanan, co-founders of Bee Bold Apiaries, scrape the wax off a honey comb to prepare it for the centrifugal extractor. Steven Bressler, manager of retail services for Valley dining, ‘bee-eams’ in a bee suit to promote the honey sales.

Or maybe they were just feeling the sugar rush of having too many syrupy samples of the honey-laden foods made from the hospital’s sweet bounty: the deep purple hibiscus honey mint water, the creamy goat cheese balsamic honey dip, and the smooth yogurt honey cinnamon spread.

The employees gasped when beekeepers Joseph Lelinho and Eric Hanan, co-founders of Bee Bold Apiaries, unveiled an observation hive – a see-through colony of 30,000 wriggling insects contained by a wood frame – and inched closer slowly, nervous the bees might suddenly escape.

Reporter Jodi Weinberger examines the hive under the watchful eyes of experts Joseph Lelinho and Eric Hanan. Joseph Lelinho and Eric Hanan, co-founders of Bee Bold Apiaries, scrape the wax off a honey comb to prepare it for the centrifugal extractor. Steven Bressler, manager of retail services for Valley dining, ‘bee-eams’ in a bee suit to promote the honey sales.

The bee scene looked chaotic to an untrained eye, but the experts could easily identify the queen and the drones around her.

Valley Hospital’s rooftop hive project took flight last year with two hives installed on the hospital’s Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion in Paramus and expanded this year with two more hives on the roof of the Ridgewood facility.

Read full article:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/health-news/honey-has-employees-buzzing-1.1096740#sthash.sNmOKysM.dpuf