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    < January 2017 >

    Sunday, January 1st, 2017

    Two "First Day Hikes" at Bass River State Forest

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am
    See text above for location of each hike.

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    The “CCC Trail” is a shorter hike, about 3.5 miles, through pine plantations with stops at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) memorial, the former CCC Camp and the historic Contact Station now used as the Interpretive Center.

    Meet at the Forest Office parking lot at 762 Stage Road. Children over 10 with a responsible adult are welcome but service animals only. We suggest bringing water and snacks but hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the Forest Office at the end of the hike around 12:30 p.m. Please dress for the weather. Registration is not required, but we recommend it so we have contact information in case of cancellation. Please call 609.296.1114 to register.

    The “West Pine Plains Ramble” is a 7.4 mile hike in Bass River “North” which encompasses the West Pine Plains Natural Area and the “Pygmy Pines” – the world’s largest acreage of this globally rare forest community. Long sections of the hike will be through places where the mature trees are scarcely taller than the hikers themselves and in some places are not. The hike will traverse several ridges that will provide fantastic views of the surrounding area which is a rarity for this part of the state. The hike will pass Coyle Field – the New Jersey Forest Fire Service air attack base and possibly include a brief view of the facility.

    Meet along Rt. 72 (Barnegat Twp.) at the eastern boundary of Coyle Field. The location is approximately 10.4 miles east of the intersection of NJ 72 and NJ 70 and approximately 3.5 miles west of the intersection of NJ 72 and Ocean County Route 539. N 39 49.238 W 74 25.819. Children over 10 with a responsible adult are welcome but service animals only. Bring water and snacks. There are no restrooms available. The hike will end around 1:30 p.m. Registration is required and capped at 35 participants. For more information or to register, call 609.296.1114. Hike is cancelled if there is snow on the ground and/or it is raining or snowing.

    The forest office will be open on New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for more information or to confirm in case of bad weather. Forest information and additional event information can be found at www.njparksandforests.org.

    More Information

    609-296-1114 | Web

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    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

    Quandrantids Meteor Shower Peak Viewing Party

     

    Time & Place

    Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 West Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

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    Join us for a walk out to the bogs to look at the meteor shower at its peak! Whitesbog's dark skies make them ideal for night viewing.

    Advance reservations not required, but are requested by calling 609-893-4646.

    More Information

    609-893-4646 | Email | Web

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    Saturday, January 7th, 2017

    Albert Music Hall's 20th Anniversary Show

     

    Time & Place

    7:00pm to 11:00pm
    Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mill Road (Route 532), 1/4 mile west of Route 9, Waretown, NJ

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    After many years of planning, the Pinelands Cultural Society opened the doors of the new Albert Music Hall building in January 1997. Every Saturday night since, bands from the tri-state area have been presenting concerts of old time songs and recent hits played on a wide variety of musical instruments. On Jan. 7 th 2017, Albert Music Hall will be celebrating its 20th. anniversary with a special program to honor the many volunteers who enabled the new Albert Music Hall building to come into being.

    The show will begin at 7 PM with a showing of a historic video "Building the New Albert Music Hall", which was taken during construction of the new Hall. At 7:30 PM, the show will continue with live stage presentations of bluegrass, country, and old time music by Albert Hall musicians. Many original musicians who helped us so much during this special time will be part the show.

    Doors open at 6:00 PM.
    Video: 7:00 PM, Music: 7:30 - 11:00 PM.

    Light refreshments and gift items may be purchased.
    No alcoholic beverages or smoking allowed.

    Appearing: Saturday Night Express, J & E Co., Last Whippoorwill Bluegrass Band,
    and Dune Grass Bluegrass Band (Events subject to change)

    All proceeds to benefit the Pinelands Cultural Society and the Albert Music Hall Scholarship Fund.
    For information regarding the show: www.alberthall.org

    More Information

    609-971-1593 | Web

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    Friday, January 13th, 2017

    New Jersey Pinelands Commission---Monthly Meeting

     

    Time & Place

    9:30am
    15 Springfield Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068

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    The Pinelands Commission is the state agency that oversees conservation and development within the Pinelands boundaries. They hold a regular monthly meeting that is open to the public. They need to hear from you! The public is allowed to comment during the General Public Comment portion of the agenda.

    You can find the agenda for each meeting on their website - www.state.nj.us/pinelands

    Provide the Commission with your comments about the South Jersey Gas pipeline project (No. 2012.0056.001). Learn more on our webpage here.

    If you have questions about attending a meeting and would like to speak with a member of the staff at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance call us at 609-859-8860.

    More Information

    609-894-7300 | Web

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    Family Hike

     

    Time & Place

    10:00am
    Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 West Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

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    Meet at the General Store at 10:00am to explore the sights and sounds of our trails with an experienced leader. Reservations are encouraged, but not required, by calling 609-893-4646.

    There is a $5/family donation request.

    More Information

    609-893-4646 | Email | Web

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    Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

    Public Hearing South Jersey Gas Pipeline

     

    Time & Place

    9:30 am to 5:00 p.m.
    Parish Centre, St. Ann's Catholic Church, 22 Trenton Road, Browns Mill, NJ 08015

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    The Pinelands Commission will hold a public hearing on whether the South Jersey Gas pipeline project complies with the rules that protect the Pinelands. We argue that it does not and in fact the Commission already voted on this project in 2014 and failed to approve it. Further the courts ruled in 2016 that the Executive Director of the Pinelands Commission did not have the authority to rule that the project was compliant with Pinelands rules and sent it back the full 15-member governing board for a vote. Learn more on our webpage here.

    What you see below is the language from the Commission's webpage:

    Pursuant to Pinelands Commission Resolution PC-4-16-42, the Pinelands Commission is providing notice of the public’s opportunity to provide comment concerning the Commission staff’s determination (i.e. the August 14, 2015 Certificate of Filing; the August 21, 2015 letter to Paul Flanagan, Executive Director, Board of Public Utilities enclosing the Certificate of Filing and the December 14, 2015 letter to Paul Flanagan, Executive Director, Board of Public Utilities) to that the portion of the 22-mile, 24-inch, natural gas pipeline proposed by the South Jersey Gas Company (SJG) to be constructed within the State designated Pinelands Area (Pinelands Application No. 2012-0056.001) is consistent with the standards of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan. The application, as well as the record developed before the Board of Public Utilities during its consideration of SJG’s petition in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-19, is on file and available for inspection by appointment at the Pinelands Commission’s offices. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the Commission’s offices at (609) 894-7300.

    Comments may be sent via the following:

    Mail: New Jersey Pinelands Commission
    P.O. Box 359
    New Lisbon, New Jersey 08064

    Email: info@njpines.state.nj.us

    Additionally, the public may appear at a special meeting of the Commission that will be conducted on January 24, 2017 at the Parish Centre, St. Ann's Catholic Church, 22 Trenton Road, Browns Mill, NJ 08015. The meeting will commence at 9:30 a.m. (new location as of January 3, 2017)

    The comment period will close on January 24, 2017 and written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on that date. Following the close of the public comment period, the Commission staff will prepare a subsequent recommendation as to the continued validity of its prior consistency determination. A copy of this recommendation will be posted on the Commission’s website prior to the date of the Commission meeting at which the Commission will consider same.

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    (609) 894-7300 | Email | Web

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    Friday, January 27th, 2017

    Family Game Night

     

    Time & Place

    6:00pm
    Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 West Whites Bog Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

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    Come into Whitesbog for some family time in the General Store at 6:00pm. Old time games will be available and light refreshments provided.

    This event is FREE. Registration is requested by calling 609-893-4646 or email WhitesbogPreservationTrust@gmail.com.

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    609-893-4646 | Email | Web

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    Be sure to check back frequently for updates and new events!