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CILU MEETINGS

Monday, October 17, 7 PM: Panel Discussion Panel discussion on current pressing issues affecting Holmdel residents. Among the speakers on the panel will be: Scott Goldstein (CILU President) who will talk about the New Jersey Natural Gas application to install a Regulator Station on Holmdel Road right in front of the solar farm requiring multiple zoning variances.

Tony Cooper (CILU board member) will discuss the proposed JCP&L high-voltage power line through parts of Holmdel and surounding towns and RAGE's (Residents Against Giant Electric) campaign to prevent it. Both applications are based on an assumption of a need to accommodate future significant expansions of demand, which is unfounded.

Cathy Weber (Holmdel resident and member of Preserve Holmdel) will talk about the Township Committee's recent approval of a $3.3 million bond issuance for the expansion of Cross Farms Park as a sports complex, in the face of strong resident protest and with a petition of over 700 signatures against the project. This expansion could contaminate our ground water from the leaching of toxins from the synthetic turf into the nearby resevoir, will cause noise and light pollution and extra traffic.

Michael Keating from Holmdel Firehouse #1 has been invited to speak on the controversial closing of that firehouse on Main Steet in south Holmdel.

Monday, November 21, 7 PM: Tanzania: Kilimanjaro and Safari Steve Strickland, CILU board member, will give a slideshow presentation on his experiences in Tanzania where he ascended Mt. Kilimanjaro---at 19,341 feet the highest point in Africa and one of the Seven Summits. Afterwards, he spent several days on safari in the Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Parks.

Lake Manyara

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings take place at the Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner Rd, in Holmdel. All meetings are free and open to the public.For more information about CILU activities, please go to the CILU website, at http://www.Holmdel-CILU.org

OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST

Tuesday, Sept 6, 7:30 PM, Holmdel Township Committee Meeting. 4 Crawfords Corner Rd. The TC will be voting on the $3.3 M bond issue to begin construction of artifical turf fields at Cross Farms. (See previous item on this topic here for more details.)


NOTICES OF PAST EVENTS

2016

Saturday, September 10, 3 PM: CILU's Annual Picnic CILU will be hosting its 18th annual picnic at 3PM on Saturday, September 10th at Veterans Park (off Telegraph Hill Road) in Holmdel. All are welcome. Come and enjoy good food and conversation. This event will be held rain or shine. The fee is $5.00 per person/$10.00 per family to be paid at the door. CILU will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, condiments and cold beverages. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. RSVP by September 5th to Jenni Blumenthal at (732) 264-8482 or jblumenthal@comcast.net with the number of people attending and whether you will bring a side dish or dessert.

2016 CILU Picnic

Saturday, April 30, Noon-5 PM, Earth Day Festival at Bayonet Farm. Holmdel's 18th annual Earth Day Festival (co-sponsored by CILU) will take place at Holmdel's Bayonet Farm, 41 Middletown Road, Holmdel. The Festival will featured live animal shows, a petting zoo, live music (multiple bands), crafts for kids, a guided walk on The Greenway from Holmdel Park to Bayonet Farm (meet at the Holmdel Park lower parking lot at 10 AM), tours of the farmhouse and its grounds, and other attractions.

2013 Earth Day Festival at Bayonet Farm

Monday, March 21, 7:30 PM: Permaculture Design & Regenerative Land-Use Sean Walsh will discuss Permaculture and its relationship to land use.Drawing from direct connection with nature, Permaculture gives us a set of principles and patterns for designing homes, businesses, landscapes, farms, and gardens that increase the health of the local ecosystem and move us beyond sustainability toward regeneration. Humans can be key players in ecosystem dynamics. Our goal should not be to reduce our ecological footprint to zero, but to create a positive impact for all through good design and management.

Mr. Walsh is a permaculture designer, ecological landscaper, and teacher based in north-coastal New Jersey. He holds a M.A. in Sustainable Landscape Design & Planning from The Conway School, with additional training in ecology, community food systems, agroforestry, permaculture design, and carbon farming.

Sean Walsh

Tuesday, January 26, 8:00 PM: Holmdel Planning Board Meeting The Holmdel Planning Board will meet in the Holmdel Town Hall Meeting Room. The agenda includes continued discussion of the proposed affordable housing complex in a flood-prone (see photo) area off Palmer Ave. See previous postings here and here for more details and links.

Monday, January 18, 7:30 PM: Eric Hernando: Emergency Preparedness Detective Eric Hernando of Holmdel's Police Department will discuss emergency preparedness.

Detective Hernando is a lifelong resident of Holmdel who joined the Holmdel Police Force in 1993. He works in the Investigations Division where he serves as the Department's forensic specialist and is a certified voice stress analyzer examiner. Detective Hernando has been decorated numerous times, including as Officer of the Year in 2002 and 2012. He also received EMT certification and paramedic training and has achieved the rank of Rescue Captain where he serves on the Holmdel First Aid Squad. He is co-founder and Captain of the Holmdel Fire Rescue Company #2 . Hernando has served as the Holmdel Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator in the early 2000's and was appointed Emergency Management Coordinator in 2014. In December of 2015, he received certification as a State Certified Emergency Manager. He has also been recognized for his efforts in providing relief to disaster victims after Hurricane Katrina and the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.

2015

Tuesday, November 17, 8:00 PM: Holmdel Planning Board Meeting The Holmdel Planning Board will meet in the Holmdel Town Hall Meeting Room. It is expected that they will continue discussion of the proposed affordable housing complex on Palmer Ave. (See here and here for more details.)

Monday, November 16, 7:30 PM: Port Ambrose Cindy Zipf will discuss the proposed Port Ambrose project involving a liquified natural gas (LNG) loading/unloading facility off the New Jersey & Long Island coasts.

Thursday, October 29, 7:00 PM: Holmdel Planning Board Meeting The Holmdel Planning Board will meet in the Holmdel Town Hall Meeting Room. It is expected that they will continue discussion of the proposed affordable housing complex on Palmer Ave. (see here for more details.)

Tuesday, October 27, 8:00 PM: Holmdel Planning Board Meeting The Holmdel Planning Board met in the Holmdel Town Hall Meeting Room. The discussion included the proposed affordable housing complex on Palmer Ave. (see here for more details.)

Monday, October 19, 7:30 PM: The New Freneau Woods Park Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) hosted Greg Remaud, Deputy Director of NY/NJ Baykeeper, who discussed Baykeeper's recent efforts in creating the new Freneau Woods County Park in Aberdeen Township. He also talked about opposition to the upcoming plan for commercial development of Liberty State Park.

Mr. Remaud has worked with NY/NJ Baykeeper for twenty years where he has been involved with community groups and government agencies to create and preserve parks, natural areas and public accessways to the waters around the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. Some of Baykeeper's conservation projects include land acquisitions to enlarge the Waackaack Creek Greenway running from its headwaters in Holmdel, through Hazlet and into Raritan Bay; and the new Freneau Woods County Park.

Freneau Woods Park

Saturday, September 12, 1 PM: CILU's Annual Picnic CILU's Annual Picnic was held in the picnic shelter at Veterans Park, Holmdel.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 7:30 PM, Holmdel Township Committee Meeting. 4 Crawfords Corner Rd. The TC discussed (among other things) planned improvements to Cross Farms Park. The TC plans to seek funding from the Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Grant program.

Tuesday, August 18, 7:30 PM, Holmdel Township Committee Meeting. 4 Crawfords Corner Rd. The TC will be voting on a pair of ordinances supporting a proposed Afforable Housing rental complex off Palmer Ave. See http://www.Holmdel-CILU.org for details.

Monday, June 15, 7:30 PM: Nepal — Kathmandu, Trekking, Earthquake + Avalanche, and Evacuation CILU member (and treasurer) Steve Strickland recapped his recent adventure in Nepal using some of his 4000+ photos. He was just a couple of miles from Everest Basecamp when the earthquake occurred, followed by an avalanche at basecamp. He described the whole experience, including his Kathmandu bicycle cab ride, high-altitude hiking, sharing the trail with yaks (and other animal transport), Kumbu teahouses, swinging bridges, Buddhist monasteries (one with a Yeti skull), and his evacuation in a Russian-made (and piloted) MI-8 helicopter.

Everest Rising Behing the Nuptse Ridge

Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM: The Past and Future of Open Space and Farmland Preservation in Holmdel Former Holmdel mayor Larry Fink spoke on the evolution of Holmdel from a rural agricultural community to a largely developed residential community with commercial areas. The land preservation success we have had, as well as remaining opportunities, will be discussed, with a focus on what we can do as citizens working together together with our elected officials to preserve some of our remaining open space.

Sunday, May 3, Noon-4 PM, Earth Day Festival at Bayonet Farm. CILU was a sponsor of Holmdel's 17th annual Earth Day Festival, 12-4 at Bayonet Farm. The Festival featured tours of the farmhouse and its grounds, a petting zoo, and other attractions.

Friday, April 17, 6 PM: CILU's Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner This annual event took place at the Community Center on Crawford's Corner Road. Dinner was followed by a brief business meeting, including the election of officers. The organization provided beverages and dessert with attendees supplying entrees, side dishs, and salads.

Monday, February 16, 7:30 PM: Deer Control in the Suburban Environment Christopher Markham, wildlife biologist, spoke about deer control in our suburban environment.

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 PM: Holmdel Planning Board Meeting The Holmdel Planning Board will hold its annual reorganization meeting in the Holmdel Town Hall Meeting Room.

Monday, January 12, 7:30 PM: Holmdel Tax Assessments Holmdel's Tax Assessor, Erick Aguiar, explained the current and future re-assessments, and the methodology used. He spent almost 90 minutes answering a wide range of questions. (CILU Meeting)

Wednesday, January 7, 8:00 PM: Holmdel Zoning Board Meeting The Holmdel Planning Board held its annual reorganization meeting in the Holmdel Town Hall Meeting Room.

2014

Monday, December 15, 7:30 PM: JCP&L and Holmdel A JCP&L representative spoke about their service to the community. Details to follow. (CILU Meeting)

Monday, November 17, 7:30 PM: Preparing for the Next Sandy Gerald P. Robinson, VP of Hatch Mott MacDonald, spoke about how his company works with FEMA to deal with such emergencies as superstorm Sandy. (CILU Meeting)

Preparing for the Next Sandy   Preparing for the Next Sandy

Monday, October 20, 7:30 PM: Chasing Ice CILU presented a showing of the documentary film Chasing Ice (75 min). The film, with its magnificent images, was made by nature photographers Jeff Balog. and Jeff Orlowski. Starting in 2005, and using time lapse photography over a period of several years, they document the changing condition of Arctic ice as glaciers disappear. (CILU Meeting)

Saturday, September 6, 3:00-7 PM: CILU's annual picnic was held in the picnic shelter at Veterans Park, Holmdel. The cost was $5 per person, or $10 per family. Desserts and salads were contributed by the members with hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and beverages provided by CILU. (CILU Meeting)

CILU Picnic, photo 1
 
CILU Picnic, photo 2

Monday, June 16, 7:30 PM, Holmdel Township Administrator. Donna Vieiro, Holmdel Township Administrator, spoke about the role of the administrator in Holmdel, current activities, and her vision for the future . (CILU Meeting)

Monday, May 19, 7:30 PM, Invasive Species. Linda Rohleder, Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. Dr. Rohleder talked about Invasive Species - plants and deer. (CILU Meeting)

Sunday, May 4, Noon-5 PM, Earth Day Festival at Bayonet Farm. CILU helped sponsor the Earth Day Festival which offered a full afternoon of fun and educational entertainment, live animal shows, a petting zoo, guided tours, timely displays, live music and just-for-kids crafts, all with a "green" message. Admission and parking was free. Click here for more info. CILU had a table under the big tent with information posters and handouts. Hope you were able to stop by.

Photo Contest. CILU announced the winners of its 1st Annual Photo Contest. The winners were Alexa Semler (G10-12) and Caitlyn Manning (G7-9). Honorable mention went to Chloe Chang. See the photo contest page for details.

Friday, April 4, 6-9pm, CILU Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper. After a potluck supper with many delicious items, we had a brief business meeting, with the election of new officers, followed by an open discussion of developments with the former Alcatel-Lucent property and the new plan of the township committee to subdivide and sell the F&F Nursery property (at the intersection of Crawfords Corner Road and Roberts Road).

CILU Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper

Monday, January 20, 7:30 PM: Holmdel Community Center. Drew Madzin of From the Farm in Howell. Mr. Madzin, a beekeeper, will bring a dormant hive and some of his honey products, as well as a great deal of information that will help us understand the vital importance of bees to our food supply.(CILU Meeting)

CILU Picnic

2013

Monday, December 16, 7:30 PM, Holmdel Community Center: Gary Sondermeyer of the Montecalvo Material Recovery Facility. The facility recovers and recycles such materials as wood, glass, and fluorescent light bulbs, and works with Clean Ocean Action to recover materials from our beaches..

Monday, November 25, 7:30 PM, Holmdel Community Center: CILU screened the film John Muir in the New World. Muir, born in 1838, was the founder and first president of the Sierra Club, and an advocate for a National Park System. The film, 85 minutes long, is a fascinating account of the development of Muir's interest in protecting American wilderness. It includes some wonderful nature photography.

Saturday, September 7, 3:00-7 PM: CILU's annual picnic at Veterans Park, Holmdel. The cost was $5 per person, or $10 per family. Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and beverages were provided.

Monday, July 21, 3:30-7 PM, New York Harbor Lighthouse Tour Baykeeper's Lighthouse Tour left from the Captain John's Dock in Keyport at 3:30 p.m., and returned at 7 p.m. The boat visited West Bank, Romer Shoal, Coney Island, and Sandy Hook Lighthouses, most of which can only be seen by boat. Debby Mans narrated. Tickets were $50, or $25 for children and included refreshments. If you missed it, look for a similar trip next year.

NY Harbor Lighthouse
Great Beds Lighthouse

Monday, May 20, 7:30 PM, Holmdel Senior/Community Center. Kelly Mooij of New Jersey's Keep it Green spoke about the group's work. More than 175 organizations have come together to successfully preserve New Jersey's farmland, historic sites, and open space. Recent victories include Governor Christie's signature in January on bills that provide $123 million in preservation funds.

"We are pleased that the Governor signed these bills, which make significant investments in preserving open space throughout the state, said Tom Gilbert, NJ Keep It Green chairman. By investing in parks and open space, we can help mitigate damages from storms like Hurricane Sandy, protect our water supply and keep our communities and economy healthy."
Photo of Kelly Mooij Kelly Mooij


Sunday, April 28, Noon-5 PM, Earth Day at Bayonet Farm (partially supported by CILU). CILU had a table under the big tent with information posters and handouts (and free bag clips with the new CILU logo!). Hope you were able to stop by.

Saturday, April 20, 11-4 PM, Holmdel Community Day. CILU had a table with information posters and handouts.

Friday, April 5, 6-9pm, CILU Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper.

Monday, February 11, at 7:30 PM, Joe Reynolds, of the Bayshore Watershed Council, spoke about the new FEMA flood zone maps, NOAA sea level rise data, and what we can do to preserve and improve the watershed. The Bayshore Watershed Council is a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Bayshore watershed (Sandy has made us all more aware of what must be done).

Monday, January 14, 7:30 PM, William Kastning, Executive Director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, spoke on the current work of the MCF as well as Holmdel's role in development of the Alcatel-Lucent tract. (This talk was originally scheduled for Monday, November 12).

2012

Monday, December 10, 7:30 PM, Susan Puder, award-winning nature photographer and author of New Jersey Birds and Beyond spoke at the monthly CILU meeting.

Monday, October 8 at 7:30 PM, CILU monthly meeting, Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner Road: Tavia Danch, Education Coordinator of Clean Ocean Action (COA), spoke on building awareness to prevent pollution, particularly in the NY/NJ bight where off-shore drilling and Liquified Natural Gas export facilities are possibilities. Ms. Danch works with COA's Beach Sweeps as well as with such other programs as Student Ocean Advocates.

Sunday, September 9, 2-6 PM, CILU Annual Picnic, Veteran's Park, Holmdel: CILU Annual Picnic.

Sunday, August 19, 3:30 PM, Baykeeper Lighthouse Tour, Keyport Waterfront: Baykeeper Lighthouse Tour of New York Harbor. Debbie Mans was our guide as we visited Old Orchard, West Bank, Romer Shoal, Coney Island, and Sandy Hook Lighthouse, most of which can be seen only by boat.

Monday, June 11 at 7:30 PM, CILU monthly meeting, Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner Road: Sean Healy, an entomologist with the Monmouth County Mosquito Commission, was the featured speaker. He described the work of the Commission, and answered questions about mosquitos, ticks, and stink bugs. He also answered our questions about dealing with these pests.

Thursday, May 17, at 7 PM, Holmdel Township Committee Meeting, Holmdel Town Hall, Crawfords Corner Road: This meeting included a public hearing on the Ordinance adopting the Alcatel-Lucent Redevelopment Plan and also a public hearing on the 2012 Municipal Budget.

Monday, May 14, at 7:30 PM, Recycling Panel, Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner Road: Is recycling worthwhile? What can be recycled? What happens to the things we put out at the curb every two weeks? CILU hosted a panel discussion by those in the know: Barbara Kovelesky, Holmdel Recycling Coordinator, told us the latest about Holmdel's recycling program; Janet Jackel reported on the Holmdel Green Team's trip to JFD Recycling, where Holmdel's recycled materials go, and Scott Godstein told us about the "extreme recycling" that has made a difference for his family.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 Noon to 5PM, Holmdel's Bayonet Farm Earth Day Festival, 41 Middletown Road, Holmdel.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 11 AM to 4PM, Holmdel Community Day, Cross Farm Park, Holmdel.

Friday, March 16, 6-9 pm, CILU monthly meeting, Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner Road:? CILU's annual meeting and potluck supper.




Monday, February 13, 7:30 pm, CILU monthly meeting, Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner Road: David Wheeler, author of Wild New Jersey, spoke about New Jersey's wildlife and landscapes.

Monday, January 9, 7:30 pm, CILU monthly meeting, Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner Road: Andrew Katz, Holmdel Township Administrator, spoke about his role in Holmdel business and his goals for the town.

2011

Monday, December 12, 7:30 pm, Professor Clinton Andrews of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and noted municipal planner explained a redevelopment plan and then moderated a discussion of Holmdel’s recently introduced Alcatel-Lucent Redevelopment Plan ordinance.

Monday, November 14, Stephen Gale spoke about Philip Freneau, the poet, nature lover, and participant in the American Revolution for whom Freneau Woods in Aberdeen is named. Freneau grew up in Monmouth County, and was buried in Matawan.

Monday, October 10, at 7:30: panel discussion on the use and siting of windmills, followed by a question and answer session. John Curran of HAQLA (Hazlet Area Quality of Life Alliance), Bart Sutton of the Union Beach Environmental Trust, and Bill Heller, who hosts the website noturbine.com, shared their experience.

Saturday, September 10, 3:00-7 PM: CILU's annual picnic at Veterans Park, Holmdel. The price was $10 per family and $5 for individuals, hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks were included and participants brought salad or dessert to share.

Sunday, July 10, 3:30-7 PM: CILU’s Eco-Cruise through Raritan Bay and around Staten Island. With a Baykeeper guide, we left the Captain John dock in Keyport, traveled along Arthur Kill and the Kill van Kull and went under the Verrazano Bridge, learning about Raritan Bay and seeing the New Jersey shoreline from a new vantage point. Price, including refreshments of sandwiches, snacks, water, soft drinks, and wine, was $50 for adults and $25 for children.

Monday, June 6, 6:30-8:30 PM, Manalapan Library, 125 Symmes Dr., Manalapan: NJDEP Public Hearing on Wastewater Management Plan. Join us to express your opposition to the proposed changes to the Wastewater Management Plan.

Saturday, June 4, 10-12 AM, Cheesequake State Park, Matawan: Naturalist Jim Faczek led a walk exploring the plants, animals, and geology of the park.

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