Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Troop from Seth Boyden School tackles trash in the reservation.
Junior GS Troop 20648 from Seth Boyden Demonstration School, led by Tracey Woods - Trash Tackler Coordinator for the South Mountain Conservancy- spent Saturday morning spring cleaning at the South Mountain reservation. They worked for an hour and a half clearing garbage and debris from the entry drive off of South Orange Avenue. In that time the girls collected about four cubic yards of trash. The troop was amazed at the amount of garbage they were able to collect in such a short period of time. Bottles, cans, plastic bags, wheels, boots and even a stereo system were removed from the side of the road. Maura Donnelly remarked, "I can't believe people just throw this stuff out of their car windows". "Why don't people just throw their …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Eliot Bank, 36, West Orange placed 6th overall and second in his age group.
One hundred and twenty-five runners were undeterred by freezing temperatures and finished the annual Sneaker Factory 10K Run in the South Mountain Reservation on Sunday, March 17. Five members of the South Mountain Running Collective, the local distance runners club, enjoyed the home field advantage to the fullest and gave strong performances. In third place, and first in the men’s 40-49 age group, was John Parry, 49, of South Orange, setting a personal record time of 36:18 -- a 5:50/mile average pace; Eliot Bank (36, West Orange) was 6th overall and second in his age group, with a time of 39:15 (6:16/mile); Hamish Wright (40, Maplewood) ran the course in 39:32 (6:21/mile), coming in 8th overall and third in his age group; Paul Sinclair…
Friday, March 22, 2013
The South Mountain Reservation group schedules hikes and work days to kick off the new season for West Orange residents.
- GOING GREEN
Friday, March 22
It may not look like spring— yet, but a certain sign of the season is the South Mountain Conservancy's Spring schedule. The events include free family hikes, an open meeting, and work days for Millburn-Short Hills residents. See the full schedule below: Annual Meeting, Thursday, April 4, 7 - 9:15 p.m. Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood. Come and meet other community members concerned with the environment and restoring the Reservation at the Conservancy's Annual Public Meeting. Hear about – and join – Conservancy programs for forest regeneration planting, building new trails, Trash Tacklers, Trailkeepers, new trails and free hikes. Featured speaker: Michael Van Clef, Ph.D., Ecological Solutions, Wide experience …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Author of book on Olmsted Parks will discuss Essex County Parks at West Caldwell Public Library Sunday.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Thursday, February 28
Jeanne Kolva, author of Olmsted Parks in New Jersey, will speak at the West Caldwell Public Library on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. Kolva will discuss South Mountain Reservation along with other Essex County Parks, which were designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers landscape design firm founded by the son and stepson of the creator of New York's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted. The Essex County Parks System became the first county park system in the country with the creation of Branch Brook Park in Newark in 1895, according to Essex County Parks. The county now owns more than 20 parks, multiple reservations and three golf courses. Kolva has a master’s in art history and is a graduate of Drew University’s Historic Preservation Certificate…
Monday, November 26, 2012
Here's a look at what's ahead this week in town.
Monday, Nov. 26 at 9:30 a.m., the South Mountain Conservancy and Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. will introduce the first Wildflower Sculpture Project (created by Maplewood artist Larry Dell) in the South Mountain Reservation. The West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting has been changed from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3. The public portion of the meeting will take place at 8pm at the Thomas A. Edison Central Six Middle School, located at 75 William St. Pleasant Valley Productions will hold auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat today and Tuesday at Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church. On both days, 8-14 year olds will be seen from 6-8 p.m., and teens over 14 plus adults will be seen from 8-10 p.m. For …
Friday, September 7, 2012
This free concert series will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at South Mountain Reservation.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Get your fill of the blues Sunday at the South Orange International Blues Festival. The blues festival is part of the Essex County's SummerMusic Concert, and features innumerable local musicians. The concert will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at South Mountain Reservation, on Cheery Lane. This free, day-long festival will be emceed by Johnny Ciao. The day's lineup will be: • 11 to 11:45 a.m. - Dave Keyes and Bob Devos • noon to 12:45 p.m. - Rosalyn McClore • 1 to 1:45 p.m. - Michael Packer • 2 to 2:45 p.m. - Dean Shot • 3 to 3:45 p.m. - Al Gold and SRK • 4 to 5 p.m. - Eliza Neals…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
South Mountain Reservation gets five miles of upgrades and new trails.
Seventy percent of a $985,000 project has been completed, after over 300 hours of labor on the South Mountain Reservation, which has repaired two and a half miles of trails and added another two and a half, county officials said June 18. The first part of the project was to repair two and a half miles of trails in an attempt to deal with the ongoing issue of erosion on the reservation. "This stuff [the trails] hasn't been touched in over 110 years," a representative of the conservancy, Dennis Percher, said about the 2,000-acre reservation in West Orange, Millburn and Maplewood bordering South Orange. Percher explained further, before the the trails were redone runners would come back from a run covered in mud because of the water …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
As the annual deer management program reaches the midway point, we'd like to know your thoughts.
Essex County is midway through its annual winter deer hunt that started on Jan. 17 in the hopes of curbing the whitetail deer population. Since 2008, volunteer sharpshooters have stationed themselves at platforms in county reservations to cull deer. Last year, the county reported that the efforts had curbed 1,089 deer since the program's beginning. In 2010, the deer hunt spread to three reservations - South Mountain, Eagle Rock and Hilltop. In addition, the county has installed traffic deflectors and started replanting the undergrowth in some of the reservations as additional methods to curb deer. This year's hunt will finish on Feb. 23. Even after four years, some people object to the hunt and say it's inhumane and ineffective. We'd like …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Jointly owned venture between Tim McLoone and Essex County is warm, welcoming and inviting place for a meal.
At first glance, the interior of McLoone’s Boathouse Restaurant, the newest component in the South Mountain Reservation complex, is reminiscent of an enormous country inn. The 12,000-square-foot restaurant, a joint venture between Essex County and restaurateur Tim McLoone, features multiple gas-fueled fireplaces in each room. During our visit, the fireplaces were set at a high setting for both effect and warmth. The restaurant seats 250 guest in rooms decorated with dark wooden walls and model ships. The outdoor area seats an additional 85-100 people and overlooks the Orange Reservoir, owned by the township of Orange. The restaurant is just the latest installment in a series of improvements in the South Mountain Reservation complex -- …
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Time to get out and get going
I've noticed two sure signs that Spring is here: the unmistakable leaves of tulips and daffodils shooting up out of the ground; and everywhere I look, I see people getting on their gear and running. It's further evidenced by my friends' Facebook postings: "Ran 2k today without stopping;" "Night 1 of Couch to 5k training;" "Just ran 9 miles in the rain…" One friend who is a die-hard Zumba fan, decided to try running because, she says, "my body (has) gotten too used to Zumba, and I need something to kickstart my weight loss. Everyone I know who runs seems to love it, so I'm hoping the obsession will develop." Another friend likes to get herself out and running by taking running classes. She takes classes a few times a year, and likes that …