Our Blue Ocean Drinks this week will be meeting up with Hammonton Green Committee and Sustainable Galloway at The Avenue in Egg Harbor City! Please join us and other green-minded folks from the local community for, as Hammonton Green Committee says “some conversation about the environment, gardening for food and for wildlife, agriculture in cities and the countryside, natural and organic food, buying local, open space and getting outdoors in nature, green architecture, jobs, social justice-and MORE!”
Please note the change of location!
Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter’s monthly meeting will be TOMORROW (Sat.2/1/14) at Goochie Brothers at 4208 Harbour Beach Blvd, Brigantine, at 1:30pm (Goochie brothers is in the big shopping center on Brig-make a right at the first light you come to after coming over the bridge from AC, shopping center and Goochie Brothers on your left). Yay! See you there!
Thank you so much, Brittany Czekai of Anchor Arts, and Mike at Ventnor Coffee! What a wonderful evening we had at our South Jersey Chapter of Surfrider Foundation’s “Paint a Wave” night out! We thoroughly enjoyed the painting, the conversation, and the fabulous coffee. Brittany was extremely engaging and gave us the know-how and confidence we needed to paint our very own wave while Mike was extremely accommodating and generous with the coffee. Definitely a “must do again” event! Please stay tuned for future Chapter meetings at this perfect location.
Please join us this Tuesday, January 28, 2014 for our Paint a Wave evening hosted by Anchor Arts at Ventnor Coffee! $45 includes your painting, a limited edition reusable Chico bag and your yearly membership to Surfrider Foundation! $35 if your membership is current, proceeds to benefit our Chapter! We will be providing snacks and Ventnor Coffee will provide non alcholic beverages so bring your refillables!
Remember, no experience necessary!!!
Today’s Pinelands Commission meeting was a real nail biter, starting with just getting out the door. Over the night temps had dropped to below freezing and there had been a sprinkling of rain, or slush, wet snow, whatever you want to call it, but the end result was black ice on the roads, walk ways, and gravel parking lot at the Commission offices. Accidents all over the place made it slow going. Even John Weber, our East Coast manager at Surfrider Foundation, fell victim to the invisible black ice on the backroads of South Jersey, as did a busload of Pinelands supporters. The brightly colored bus ended experienced a minor crunching by a jack-knifing semi. The meeting started about a half an hour late or so, and two Commissioners called in.
For some interesting reading on the subject of the proposed Pinelands pipe, one might want to check out these suggested articles:
Press of Atlantic City: Pinelands Fight Over Pipeline to BL England Plant
Of course, one must also read what four ex-NJ governors wrote!
And there’s a lot on this NJ PEER blog regarding the pipeline and more!
SJCSF’s letter to the Pinelands Commission regarding the proposed Memorandum of Agreement with South Jersey Gas:
Here’s another petition to sign asking the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, Governor Christie and the Pinelands Commission to reject the proposed Pipeline through our Pinelands!
Please get your emails and petitions signed before the vote this Friday, January 10, 2014. If you can get to the meeting, even if you can’t speak, you can raise your voice by making a sign to hold up! Meeting starts at 9:30am at the Pinelands Commission Office in Pemberton/New Lisbon. Directions to the Office can be found here!
We need your help to put an end to the proposed Pinelands Pipeline!
The South Jersey Gas Company wants to install a large, high pressure gas pipeline through the heart of NJ’s world famous pristine Pinelands. The pipeline would carry gas from Pennsylvania to resurrect the BL England Power Plant at the mouth of the Great Egg Wild and Scenic River. The project will degrade our natural resources, harm water and wildlife, enable fracking, and increase greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change. Please read more about the proposed pipeline here.