2/27/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 9
The transformation of the Hackensack Meadowlands over the past 45 years – from a polluted dumping ground and butt of countless jokes to a birdwatcher’s paradise, eco-tourism destination and top-flight sports complex – is a Jersey miracle.
It didn’t happen by chance. It was planned. A regional planning commission was established in 1969 to oversee land use in the 30-square-mile Meadowlands area of Hudson and Bergen counties.
The New Jersey Meadowlands . . .
2/20/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 8
In downtown Trenton, it’s possible to stand on top of the Assunpink Creek without getting your feet wet. That’s because decades ago this tributary of the Delaware River was channeled into an underground culvert, disappearing from view between South Broad and South Warren streets.
This was never a good idea. The concrete channel prevented fish from migrating into the Delaware, and the natural beauty of the stream was lost to the public. Then, in 2006, part of the culvert . . .
2/13/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 8
There’s a special magic that happens in late winter, when nights fall below freezing but sunny days warm up into the 40s. The temperature fluctuation causes sap to rise in maple trees, making possible the sweet treat that’s the best part of a pancake breakfast: maple syrup.
The northern part of North America is the only place in the world where maple syrup can be produced, and the technique of tapping maple trees was developed centuries ago by Native Americans and passed . . .
2/6/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 6
New Jersey is currently awash in proposals for the construction of new pipelines. They will transport gas and oil from supply sources, crossing this state we’re in to deliver fuel to distribution and export points. These plans are not good news for preserved open space and farmland.
There’s the proposed PennEast pipeline, which would carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale “fracking” region of Pennsylvania to a location north of Trenton, crossing . . .