8/23/12 Volume XLV, No. 34
When the state Attorney General holds a news conference to announce an important court ruling, it generally means dirty business like murder, theft, arson or drugs.
Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa’s press conference on Aug. 15 was extraordinary in that it literally involved dirt – specifically, the soil on preserved farmland in Franklin Township, Hunterdon County.
Superior Court Judge Peter A. Buchsbaum found that the owner of Quaker Valley Farms, a commercial . . .
8/16/12 Volume XLV, No. 33
The Appalachian Trail, the grand-daddy of American hiking trails, turned 75 on Aug. 14. Unlike many people, you can honestly say this venerable footpath is not just getting older, it’s getting better!
Known by hikers as the “AT,” the trail runs for about 2,160 miles through 14 states: from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The elbow-shaped New Jersey section covers about 74 miles, from the Delaware Water Gap at the Pennsylvania border in . . .
8/10/12 Volume XLV, No. 32
It’s fitting that a sculpture of the horseshoe crab, which will become part of an artificial reef off the coast of Mantoloking in Ocean County, will be the world’s largest undersea artwork.
New Jersey artist, scuba diver and marine biologist Christopher Wojcik created the 47-foot-long, 25,000-pound concrete sculpture of this ancient animal to serve as a unique habitat for fish, crabs, lobsters, mussels and other marine life. Depending on weather and ocean . . .
8/3/12 Volume XLV, No. 31
Four summers ago, if you went outside at dusk, you were likely rewarded with the fascinating sight of bats diving and swooping for insects. Not only were their flight patterns fun to watch, but each bat was gobbling up thousands of mosquitoes every night.
But the summer of 2008 was the last good year for bats in this state we’re in. The following winter, a disease known as white nose syndrome spread to New Jersey and devastated its bat population, killing an estimated 90 . . .