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Our Sympathies

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in News and Events

Dear Master Gardeners,

Two of our Master Gardeners lost loved ones over the past week.  Laurie Westra’s mother Laura Lukas, passed away on Sept 21 and Cindy Coppa’s husband Sal passed away on Wednesday September 25.  I am sorry I was not able to post this information sooner as we had some trouble posting information on the website last week.

Sal Coppa:  Sal volunteered with the County Parks Adopt a Trail program and spent many hours working with Cindy in the demonstration garden and other Master Gardener events.  Sal Coppa’s obituary can be found at:

Services for Sal were held at Petrucelli funeral home in Elizabeth, on Friday September 27.

Laura Lukas, Laurie Westra’s Mother

A memorial service for Laura Lukas, Laurie Westra’s mother, will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Cranford Alliance Church, 7 Cherry Street, Cranford, NJ.  You may greet the family starting at 10:30 am, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 am followed by a light reception.  A tribute to Laurie’s mother can be found at:

Our sympathies to Cindy and Laurie.


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Nominating Committee Seek Candidates for Executive Board Positions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in News and Events

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the Master Gardeners Executive Board:

At the end of this year (2019), the terms of Dan Black, Second Vice President; Ann Burgmeyer, Third Vice President, Indira Govindan, Corresponding Secretary; and Teresa Gibbons, Treasurer end.

Therefore, candidates are being sought for:

Second Vice President (two-year term)
Third Vice President (two-year term)
Corresponding Secretary (two-year term)
Treasurer (two-year term)

It should be noted that Ann Burgmeyer has agreed to run again for her position. Nevertheless, if you are a Certified, Active Master Gardener, in good standing, who would like to submit your name or another CAMG’s name for consideration,
please contact a member of the Nominations Committee:

Richard Leister, Telephone 908-790-1552; email:
Jayne Graepel, Telephone 908-720-0007; email:
Robert Platt, Telephone 908-400-7274; email:

NOTE: Elections will be held at our December Annual Meeting/Holiday Party. There will be two (possibly three) opportunities for eligible master gardeners to cast a vote. One will be at the Annual Meeting/holiday party. Second, eligible members not attending the Annual Meeting/holiday party will have the opportunity to place their vote at the RCE Office. Third, by voting on our internal website. (No votes will be accepted by phone).

In addition, according to our bylaws, nominations will not be accepted from the floor.
Our bylaws can be found under the Forms and FAQS page at

Qualifications and responsibilities for these positions are in the Bylaws, which are also available on the above website. Criteria include:

Any candidate for office must be a Certified Active Master Gardener (CAMG) in good standing. She or He:
1. Supports the mission of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the RMGUC
2. Displays, supports and encourages positive attitudes in volunteering.
3. Attends required RMGUC meetings
4. Maintains annual certification requirements (required hours and CEU’s)

The deadline for submitting names (applying for consideration for these positions) is October 21st, 2019.

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Recruiting New Master Gardeners

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Our next Master Gardener class begins on October 15 and we have space available for new students.   This year we are using an on-line Application through a volunteer management program called Better Impact.  If you have any friends or family members who are interested in becoming a Master Gardener we would be glad to welcome them!

Below is information about the 19-20 class and a link to the better impact website.

Recruitment Flyer

Please share the flyer.  It  is a PDF document that can be downloaded / saved to you computer   and  emailed to friends and family.



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Tree Survey in Berkeley Heights Seeks Volunteers

Posted by on Sep 29, 2019 in News and Events

The tree survey in Berkeley Heights, a Master Gardener program,  is starting again with an orientation class.

Rich Wolowicz, NJ Licensed/Certified Tree Expert.  willgive a class in a couple of weeks (the week of Oct 6 or Oct 13).  This may pose a challenge with starting up this fall, but if people are trained, then we can start next spring.

The choices for a two-hour class on tree id and tree hazard id are:

  1. a weekday morning
  2. a weekday late afternoon (say 4 to 6)
  3. a weekday evening (7 to 9 pm)
  4. a Saturday morning (10 – noon).

He will only give one class, so please pick one and let Richard Leister know you are interested.  Call him at 9080790-1552 or email

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Pin Party- Volunteers Needed for Set-up/ Clean up

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

For those of you attending the Pin Party on September 22, we need volunteers to help Ann Burgmeyer with set-up/ clean up. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ann Burgmeyer or myself to volunteer.

Thank you kindly,

Tamisha Hopkins

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Friendly Reminder: RSVP for the Pin Party

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

This is a Friendly Reminder to RSVP for the Pin Party if you have not already done so. We are finalizing our catering order and need an aproximate headcount.

We look forward to seeing you!




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MG Annual Conference at Rutgers – Oct 5 information

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events, Programs

The Annual Master Gardener Conference is on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Cook Student Center in New Brunswick! This annual conference gives all Rutgers Master Gardener (RMG) volunteers from across the state the opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with each other while hearing and learning from noted experts in the wide field of horticulture.

Highlights of the 2019 Annual Conference – How did Climate Change my Garden?

  • Learn from noted experts in the field of horticulture and hear about educational opportunities in the RMGANJ Counties
  • Watch the video of the State Award winners for each county, includes two presentations by International Master Gardener Award Winning Counties
  • Enjoy continental breakfast/coffee and LUNCH IS INCLUDED!
  • Win door prizes
  • Earn 5 CE hours
  • Registration is $45.00 and includes breakfast and lunch
  • Registration closes October 1
  • Poster for the conference link is below
  • Go to this website to register:


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Continuing Education Meeting, October 16th, 2019, 7:30 pm @ RCE

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us Wednesday October 16th, 2019, 7:30-9 pm for our Continuing Education Meeting to be held at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ, 2nd floor.

Our guest speaker will be James Occi. Topic – “Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in New Jersey”

Researchers with the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology recently published the first scientific list of tick species confirmed in New Jersey, revealing that there are 11 known types, nine of them indigenous to North America and two invasive, including the recently identified Asian longhorned tick. Writing in the Journal of Medical Entomology, authors James L. Occi, Dina M. Fonseca, and Andrea M. Egizi (GSNB’14) also revealed that there are possibly seven other species present in the state—or will be…

Jim is a recovering microbiologist after 30 years in research at Merck Research labs and New Jersey Medical School. Jim is now working for the New Jersey Department of Health where he is involved in various state-wide surveillance programs. One such program is focused on mosquito surveillance – searching for mosquito-born viruses throughout the state’s mosquito populations. Jim is also assisting in implementing a state-wide tick surveillance program – the first of it’s kind in NJ.

Jim is also a PhD student in the department of Entomology at Rutgers University and wants to be a medical entomologist when he grows up.

You are welcome to bring a guest to this event. Please RSVP by emailing Tina Helmstetter at or text 908-763-6773. Hope to see you soon.

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Pin Party scheduled for Sunday, September 22nd at 3pm

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in News and Events

Please join us for the annual Pin Party which recognizes your amazing community volunteerism!

This year the Master Gardener Pin Recognition Party will be held on Sunday,September 22 at 3 pm.
We will be celebrating our 31st year anniversary at the Presbyterian Church, Assembly Hall, 140 Mountain Ave., Westfield.

RSVP by September 16 to Tamisha Hopkins: or

Any one wishing to help with set up or clean up can call or email Ann
Burgmeyer: or 908-273-2357. We will be
setting up @ 1 pm, and clean up should be less than an hour after
the conclusion of events.

Hope to see you there!!

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Master Gardener ‘September’ Newsletter

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached ‘September’ newsletter.

Final- September 2019 MG Newsletter


Best Regards,


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