June 22, 2016 |
With the first day of summer came the dedication of Gloucester County's first state park. The Department of Environmental Protection on Monday formally opened the Tall Pines State Preserve, which used to be a golf course. The new park's 110 acres are in Deptford and Mantua Townships, with the Mantua Creek rolling through it. The preserve is New Jersey's 40th state park, said Bob Martin, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. "As a conservationist, it is my job to preserve the treasures of the state of New Jersey," Martin said.
September 30, 2014 |
A proposal for Camden County to acquire most of the Bancroft campus in Haddonfield and preserve it as open space appears to be losing ground. The county committee that advises the freeholders on what open-space projects to pursue voted last week to make a 425-acre tract of the Winslow Farms Conservancy its top priority out of three sites proposed for acquisition, according to committee interim chairman Jack Sworaski. An actual recommendation to the freeholders, if made, would come later.
July 21, 2014 |
FIVE YEARS AGO, Devon Bailey was in a dark place. The "ex-corner boy," who used to sell marijuana and cocaine on city streets, had lost his wife to breast cancer and didn't have a job or any money. "I was in a downhill spiral, waking up every day, not having anything to do, except looking up at the ceiling," said Bailey, 36. That was when he first saw strangers clearing a garbage-strewn lot across the street from his grandfather's North Philadelphia auto mechanic shop. One day, as he watched those young adults - some college students, most of them poets, musicians or artists - try to build steps up an incline to a farming area, Bailey said to himself: "They don't know what they're doing.
January 19, 2013 |
ESTELL MANOR, N.J. - Standing in a nearly 5,000-acre former game preserve owned for generations by 13 families, his own among them, Stewart Keener was finding it difficult to part Thursday with its nesting bald eagles, meandering streams, and a quiet so pronounced it's almost deafening. "It's hard for us to let go, Keener, 47, of Philadelphia, said. "This is so unique here. " Minutes earlier, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection had formally announced acquisition of the parcel and a smaller adjacent one through its Green Acres land-preservation program.
January 11, 2013
Living in a state that's so heavily developed, New Jerseyans time and again have shown themselves savvy enough to embrace the need to invest millions of dollars in preserving open space, farmland, and historic sites. Under the umbrella of the Garden State Preservation Trust, the state for more than a decade has earmarked an average of $200 million a year to help keep New Jersey greener. Statewide ballot measures to generate funding have an unbroken record of voter approval going back a number of years.
August 30, 2012
* LACROIX at the Rittenhouse (210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2530)is celebrating its 10th anniversary Sept. 24 with a collaborative 10-course tasting menu (with wine pairings) by local chefs Jason Cichonski, Michael Fiorello, Matthew Levin, Matt Ridgway, Peter Scarola, Brinn Sinnott, Lee Styer and Townsend Wentz. Namesake chef Jean-Marie Lacroix is guest host. The price is steep - $350 a person - but there's a noble cause involved: raising funds for the new Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Scholarship to be given to a local student by the James Beard Foundation.
August 29, 2012 |
Gov. Christie is not known as a connoisseur of fine art, but days before leaving for the GOP convention, his office quietly intervened to stop the state environmental agency from carrying out the controversial demolition of a groundbreaking work of public art. The action ensures that Athena Tacha's 1985 spiraling, place-specific sculpture, Green Acres, will remain a focal point of the plaza at the Department of Environmental Protection headquarters...
August 4, 2012 |
It's rare for anyone to say something nice about a government bureaucracy, never mind devote a work of art to its accomplishments. That alone makes Athena Tacha's Green Acres sculpture at the Trenton headquarters of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection something special. Tacha designed the piece for the DEP's outdoor courtyard after winning a state-run competition in 1985 and named it after the well-regarded Green Acres land conservation program. Part sculpture, part plaza, it provides a quiet spot where employees can sit and escape the daily grind of enforcing regulations that protect the state's air, water, and land.
November 3, 2009
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine ( D.) State Senate Sixth District James Beach (D.) Ballot Question "Green Acres" open-space bond issue: Yes. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Joan Orie Melvin (R.) Superior Court Robert J. Colville (D.) Anne E. Lazarus (D.) Judith F. Olson (R.) Teresa Sarmina (D.) Commonwealth Court Kevin Brobson (R.) Linda Judson (D.) Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams (D.)
June 8, 2001 |
Gloucester County's most populous town may soon purchase its first property with revenue from an open-space-preservation tax that voters overwhelmingly approved in November. Last night, the Township Council introduced an ordinance to buy 13 acres near Haines Drive and Duncan Road in the Heritage Valley development. The property surrounds a township-owned pond. Owner Charles Miller had offered to sell the ground for $310,500, but officials negotiated the price to $147,000, the value given by an independent appraiser.