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Wallington • Teterboro • Wood-Ridge • Carlstadt East Rutherford • Rutherford • Lyndhurst • North Arlington 2009 SPJ Society of Professional Journalists Award MULTI-AWARD WINNERS 2009 NJPA New Jersey Press Association The Leader­­­ Free 326 Garden St., Carlstadt, N J, 0707 201-964-0041 2 SAVE $5 on your next order Offer valid on select products combined with any other offer . Cannot be must be s. Offer code Offer expiresused when placing the orde 12/31/2010 r. Code: LEAD05 15 “Pulse of the Meadowlands®” Meadowlands Racetrack helps raise money for breast cancer Horses go pink for worthy cause ... Page B2 Established 1894 Planting the By Chris Neidenberg Reporter File photo Small birdseeds making giant strides in New Jersey’s environment conservation gram. Ettel went on to explain that though this initiative holds positive It may sound unbelievable that attributes for the environment, it by purchasing a specific type of also helps the farmers who grow birdseed New Jersey’s environment and harvest the sunflowers, which could grow greener, but that’s are then turned into the birdseed exactly what experts are saying is product. “The majority of the birdseeds true. Consumers can now purchase that is grown in the United States sunflower birdseeds, thanks to a come from North or South Dakota program run by the New Jersey and they would be shipped and Audubon Society. The bird food trucked all the way to New Jersey will not only serve as a scrumptious to be sold here,” Ettel said. “We meal, but also benefit the Garden wanted to work with local producState’s agricultural community and ers, pay them a premium to grow the seeds and then also give them environment. In an interview with The Leader, a connection to a local market New Jersey Audubon’s Director where they can sell their products. of Conservation and Stewardship So rather than trucking them in, Troy Ettel explained how the seed we are creating this network of prowas planted for this birdseed initia- ducers here in New Jersey. … So that is definitely one of the things tive. “It started three years ago when that makes it greener — that it we got together with a group of is locally produced so the carbon three New Jersey farmers,” Ettel footprint is much smaller.” He continued, “The other thing said. “We were interested in establishing more habitat … in an area that makes it really green is that revwhere they were farming, and they enue from the sale of the seed goes were interested in continuing to directly back into habitat managefarm. We started talking with one ment and creation. For every five another about ways we can col- acres we are planting in sunflowers laborate, and, I think, we all kind for this project, we are actually of mutually got the idea that we maintaining one acre of grassland might be more successful working habitat.” The birdseeds are not only cultogether than independently. One of them actually had a feed mill, so tivated in various places within the State of New Jersey, but they are the idea of birdseeds came up.” The U.S. Department of distributed to different locations, Agriculture even provided the as well. “You can find a list of all the group with a startup grant, according to Ettel. Now, there are nine locations on (the New Jersey farms in four different counties Audubon) Web site,” Ettel said. — Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and “We are also selling them at parLeader-Winterim&SprReg-102210 10/18/10 PM Page 1retailers, including one ticipating Somerset — involved in the pro- 12:47 Thursday, November 11, 2010 Becton BOE pushes for shared services SEED By Jennifer Vazquez Reporter in Paramus, which is Greenland Landscape Company.” Farmers start on the project in late April or early May when they plant the seeds. The sunflowers start blooming around mid-July. In mid-September they start to dry and harvesting occurs from September until mid-October. This calendar correlates to the demands of birdseeds. “Your peak demand for birdseeds, for people feeding birds, starts Oct. 1 because that is when the birds’ migration starts,” Ettel said. “We are really aiming to get that seed on the shelf by Oct. 1 every year, and then of course periodically through the winter season.” The birdseeds used for this project are black oiled sunflower seeds, which according to Ettel, are the most popular type of seeds that birds eat. “You’ll attract more species using black oiled sunflower seeds than any other seeds around,” he said. The New Jersey Audubon Society was founded in 1897 and is a privately supported, nonprofit, statewide membership organization. New Jersey Audubon’s primary missions involve fostering environmental awareness and a conservation by protecting “New Jersey’s birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey’s valuable natural habitats.” Visit EAST RUTHERFORD — Though it does share certain services with other school systems, the head of the committee overseeing the issue for the Carlstadt-East Rutherford Regional Board of Education insists even more can be done. At the board’s Wednesday, Nov. 3 work session, Trustee Richard Vartan called for resuming efforts to seek more costsharing with Becton’s K-8 sending districts: Carlstadt and East Rutherford. The only area all three currently pool resources is in curriculum coordination. Last year, the systems jointly hired Melissa Varley for the task. She routinely meets with educators in all three districts for a common goal: better preparing students for entering Becton. “I think the districts can do much more to help each other,” Vartan told The Leader. “But everyone has to be on the same page.” Vartan cited coordinating special education as his next priority, particularly designating one person who would play a role similar to Varley. Interim Superintendent of Schools Paul Saxton lauded the idea. “Your special education services — that’s so easy to put in place,” the superintendent said. He added the three systems must make a more determined effort to increase shared services. Doing that, Saxton said, entails greater exploration of what “each of your organizations has to offer.” “But I think everyone has to be in the same room,” he pointed out. Becton Board President Lawrence Bongiovanni encouraged Vartan to move swiftly by “preparing your agenda with your committee and formulating a plan of attack.” Though Becton currently provides some special education transportation services to Carlstadt, for students placed out of district, Vartan also cited a need for coordinating evaluation in both sending districts. “Their (special education) students will eventually be coming here and we want to make sure they’ll do well,” he explained. “I think it’s definitely in the interests of all three to share a director of special education.” Elaine Stevens, Carlstadt Board of Education president, and East Rutherford Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Rota, assured their boards are more than willing to resume discussions. As for his district’s own efforts beyond curriculum coordination, Rota said East Rutherford shares some pupil transportation services with Rutherford and Carlstadt, as well as an occupational therapist with Carlstadt. Stevens said that, in addition to transportation services, Carlstadt and Becton “share a technology coordinator.” The person splits his work week between both districts in servicing computers. “Certainly, I feel we can do more,” she said. “In terms of computers and software, the districts can explore areas like joint purchasing and possibly having all computers placed on one server. I would also support sharing more resources in tending to the needs of our special ed students.” “If Becton arranged a meeting, our board would be more than happy to send a delegate,” Rota said. “There’s certainly interest here in examining sharing more resources with Becton and Carlstadt.” Additionally, Saxton endorsed including elected officials from both municipalities in any continued dialogue. Stevens said her own board of education has been proactive working with Carlstadt. “We’ve received excellent cooperation from the governing body, particularly in helping us maintain school grounds,,” she explained. “The DPW performs many services. They include lawn mowing, gardening and snow plowing.” E-mail Your turn to sound off Write a letter to the editor of The Leader on this article or any other issue affecting South Bergen. E-mail by Friday at 5 p.m. for the next week’s publication. E-mail JVazquez@ Bergen Community College. Learning for all seasons. Visit to register or call (201) 447-7200 or (201) 460-0610 for more information. Bergen Community College 400 Paramus Road • Paramus Winterim: January 3-21, 2011 (Meadowlands) Registration is now open. With Winterim at Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands, students can finish three-credit courses in less than three weeks. 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