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Master Gardeners Executive Board 2019 Nominees

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in News and Events

Below are the offices and candidates for the Master Gardeners Executive BoardAlthough the candidates are unopposed, we encourage you to vote as a show of support for them.  Voting will take place at the meeting on December 9.  Or you can vote at the Extension Office. The deadline for voting is December 16, 2019.

-The Nominations Committee: Jayne Graepel, Robert Platt, Richard Leister

The term of office for the listed positions is January 1, 2020 –December 31, 2022.

 Second Vice President:       

  • Tom Beisler, class of 2018

Volunteer Hours to Date:  78.5

Committee Involvement:  Plant Sale, Emerald Ash Borer Survey, Master Garden mowing and maintenance, MG Docent Program.

Third Vice President:

  • Ann Burgmeyer, class of 2011

Volunteer Hours to Date:  1,236.5

Committee Involvement: Third Vice President, Herb Garden and Helpline, Spring Garden Fair, MG Docent Program

 Recording Secretary:

  • Andrea Hightower, class of 2013

Volunteer Hours to Date: 136

Committee Involvement:  Bed next to shed; general help in the Demo garden, including berry patch and greenhouse.

Treasurer:

  • Jennfier Costas, class of 2017

Volunteer Hours to Date101.75.

Committee Involvement:  Seeds for Hope, Herb Garden, Spring Garden Fair, audit for RMG account

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Reminder – Continuing Education Meeting this Wednesday, November 20th @ 7:30 pm

Posted by on Nov 17, 2019 in News and Events

Please join us this Wednesday November 20, 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 Attorney Rachel Roat. Topic – “Tree Law for Gardeners”-

Attorney Roat will discuss basic principles, and laws governing private trees, and discuss disputes between neighbors over trees and offer strategies for successful resolution.

If you haven’t already RSVP, please contact Tina Helmstetter at TinaMac208@gmail.com or text 908-763-6773 to let her know you plan on attending. Bring a friend, see you there.

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Master Gardeners Approved Volunteer opportunity: Daffodil planting in Rahway November 17

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in News and Events

Volunteers Requested for Daffodil Planting in Rahway

Date: Sunday, November 17 at 10:30AM.

Location: Saint George’s & Central Ave across from the Rutgers rain garden.
(The park with RSI bank sign.)

We will be naturalizing daffodils to give Rahway a blast of spring color every year.  This will be a beautiful display Union County citizens can all enjoy for years to come.
We also request helpers for task support such as sprinkling bone meal and handing out daffodils bulbs and water.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

For questions contact : James Keane

Jkeane54@aol.com

908-499-1082

Thank you. Hope to see you there.

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Save the Date! – Holiday Party Scheduled for Monday, December 9th

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019 in News and Events

Hi Master Gardeners,

Please Save the Date, for the Master Gardener’s Holiday Party, which is scheduled for Monday, December 9th, 2019, 7 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Details to follow.

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Multiflora Rose is Killing the Garden Roses. Learn How to Get Rid of It.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in News and Events

The cultivated roses in the Demo Garden are apparently being infected by a disease coming from the multiflora roses outside the fence.

On Wednesday, November 13, the Watchung Reservation Invasive Plants (WRIP) crew  will come to the MG Area around 10:15-10:30 a.m.  It would be great if some MGs could meet with the WRIP crew to learn about how to eradicate invasives and maybe save the roses inside the fence.

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Master Gardener “November” Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached ‘November’ newsletter.

November 2019 MG Newsletter

Best Regards,

Tamisha

 

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Our next Continuing Education Meeting – Wednesday, November 20th at 7:30 pm

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us on Wednesday, November 20th, 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 topic and guest speaker will be: “Tree Law for Gardeners”- with Attorney, Rachel Roat.

Attorney Roat will discuss basic principles, and laws governing private trees, and discuss disputes between neighbors over trees and offer strategies for successful resolution.

Rachel received her Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1980. As a volunteer on the Master Gardener helpline Middlesex County, she became aware of the need for a basic understanding of the law of trees and how tree law and arborculture intersect in a variety of areas.
You are welcome to bring a guest to this event. Please RSVP by emailing Tina Helmstetter at TinaMac208@gmail.com or text 908-763-6773. Hope to see you there.

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Help Wanted at Demo Garden on November 5

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in News and Events

Please come help to dig out soil from the beds in the demo garden so we can replace the rotten boards. We are starting at 9 am.

Richard Leister for Terry Moore and Karen Mulvihill.

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Master Gardener Syllabus for 2019-2020

Posted by on Oct 24, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Welcome to our MG Class of 2020!  You are invited to any of the class lectures you would like to attend.  Each class counts towards 2.5 Continuing Education hours.  Please contact Tamisha Hopkins, thopkins@ucnj.org to check on the lecture topic as sometimes the tentative syllabus may change due to weather or speaker’s schedules.

Below is the Tentative Syllabus for the 19-20 Year.

2019-20 Tentative MG Class Syllabus

Hope to see you in class!

Madeline

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Rutgers Environmental Stewards- Registration open for Union County program

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in News and Events

Anyone can become a Rutgers Environmental Steward! Register today for 2020 sessions in Union County.

The Rutgers Environmental Steward program is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science behind important environmental issues affecting NJ. Stewards give back to their own communities by helping tackle local environmental problems. If you have a passion for the environment, a desire to learn and a willingness to volunteer, then this program is for you!

 

Weekly classes meet from 4-7pm,Thursdays starting January 30 through early June. Classes are held at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County offices- 300 North Ave. East, Westfield, NJ 07090.

 

Fieldtrips to environmentally significant sites are included as part of the program.

 

Learn about:

  • Climate Change
  • Soil Health
  • Energy Conservation
  • Water Resource Protection
  • Invasive Species
  • Wildlife Management
  • Habitat Conservation
  • Protecting Pollinators
  • Environmental Policy

To become a certified Rutgers Environmental Steward, graduates of the class portion of the program complete a unique 60-hour volunteer internship of their choosing.

 

For more information, or to register visit https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/ or contact Michele Bakacs at (732) 398-5274 or bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

 

 

 

Michele Bakacs

County Agent II / Associate Professor

Union and Middlesex Counties

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County

300 North Ave E., Westfield, NJ 07090

  1. 732-398-5274
  2. 732-398-5276

bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu

 

Learn more about the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

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Reminder – Communications Meeting this Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00 pm at RCE

Posted by on Oct 19, 2019 in News and Events

The next Communications meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board is this Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM, to be held in the meeting room of the RCE, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ.
Please join us to discuss committee plans and concerns.

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Reminder – Continuing Education Meeting this Wednesday, October 16th, 7:30 pm @ RCE

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in News and Events

Please join us this 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”

If you haven’t already RSVP, please contact Tina Helmstetter at TinaMac208@gmail.com or text 908-763-6773 to let her know you plan on attending. Bring a friend, see you there.

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Master Gardener ‘October’ Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached ‘October’ newsletter.

October 2019 MG Newsletter

 

Best Regards,

Tamisha

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Communications Meeting on October 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in News and Events

Please join us for the next meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board, to be held at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 23rd, in the meeting room of the RCE, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ. Great opportunity to discuss committee plans and concerns.

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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:

https://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=salvatore-coppa&pid=194002814&fhid=17132

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:

https://www.dooleyfuneral.com/obituaries/Laura-E-Lukas?obId=7518925#/obituaryInfo

Our sympathies to Cindy and Laurie.

Madeline

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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: leisterr8@verizon.net
Jayne Graepel, Telephone 908-720-0007; email: jaynegraepel@gmail.com
Robert Platt, Telephone 908-400-7274; email: robplatt1126@yahoo.com

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 http://news.mastergardeners-uc.org

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.

Thanks,

Madeline

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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 Leisterr8@verizon.net

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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!

 

Thanks,

Tamisha

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