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Sep 9 (Tue), 7:00 pm
Fossil Fuels and Their Impacts... And, What Else To Do
Sep 10 (Wed), 7:30 pm
West Jersey Group General Meeting
Sep 10 (Wed), 7:30 pm
The Dangers of the Pilgrim Pipleline
Sep 12 (Fri), 7:00 pm
Assateague Island Camp and Beach Weekend
Sep 13 (Sat), 10:00 am
Singles Hike - Hamburg Mountain WMA Hike, Hardyston Township
Sep 13 (Sat), 1:00 pm
Chapter Executive Committee meeting
Sep 14 (Sun), 10:00 am
CANCELLED Sierra Silver Singles Trip to Grounds for Sculpture
Sep 15 (Mon), 7:00 pm
PennEast Pipeline Education and Empowerment Forum
Sep 16 (Tue), 7:00 pm
Monthly Singles Dinner in Montclair
Sep 21 (Sun), 10:00 am
Silver Singles Walk at Palisades Interstate Park

Dates for your Diary - 2011

Jan. 24: Christine Guhl
Christine Guhl, field organizer for the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" campaign, will present the 40-minute documentary Coal Country spotlighting Appalachian coal mining through the eyes of miners and activists, public officials and coal company executives. The documentary visits people most directly affected by the pollution from mountaintop and strip mining, from miners concerned about jobs and coal company officials concerned the economy. The documentary also examines the real costs of "cheap energy" and "clean coal" and alternatives for future energy. Christine also will give a 30-minute presentation about coal's past and future in New Jersey, including the existing Hudson generating station and the proposed PurGen plant in Linden.

Feb. 28: Dennis Anderson
Dennis Anderson our Group's unofficial world traveler, will discuss the success and popularity of game parks in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and how commercial "safaris" help to protect threatened wildlife. Not exactly "roughing it," Dennis enjoyed daytime and nighttime drives in the parks with experienced game experts, and rafting down the Zambesi River, while learning about poaching problems and game enforcement laws, environmental and conservation efforts by both countries, threats by mining, and even the downside of being a criminal in Zimbabwe. MEETING LOCATION: 7:30 p.m., Unitarian-Universalist Church, Lincroft.

March 28: Jim Walsh
Jim Walsh of Food and Water Watch will discuss his organization's effort to make it more difficult for the state to privatize a number of traditionally state-run programs, including Gov. Christie's inclination to privatize our state parks. His presentation will include many of the state functions being targeted and why his organization opposes these proposals. Privatization is a favorite topic among the "less-is-best" deficit hawks, who maintain that many government programs could be more economically run by private enterprise, a claim that opponents such as Food and Water Watch say is simply false.

April 25: Photographer Albert D. Homer
Albert D. Homer is known for his remarkable photographs of the N.J. Pinelands National Reserve and the Pine Barrens in general, a name he dislikes since "there is nothing barren about the Pine Barrens." He recently presented his program, "Pinelands: A Visual Journey" to the NYC Sierra Club, among other environmental organizations. Although primarily a photographer, he interlaces his pictorial journey through the Pinelands with details about the area's unique ecology. Some of his photos are at www.pinelandsimagery.com. NEW MEETING LOCATION: 6:00 p.m. at Brookdale Community College. Take Parkway Exit 109 on to Newman Springs Road (west) to the Lincroft campus. Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center, where the meeting will be in the Twin Lights 1 Room (first floor). Use parking lot 7 and enter through rear door. "Munchies" at 6:00 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m.

May 23: Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson, a global information systems expert for Monmouth County, will discuss the impact major storms and rising sea levels will have on coastal Monmouth County and the state. His analysis of the county's Office of Emergency Management plan in the event of Class 5 hurricanes or extended northeasters found it didn't adequately deal with the impact of sustained coastal flooding. Based on his work, the county and municipalities are revising their evacuation and emergency housing plans. NEW MEETING LOCATION: 6:00 p.m. at Brookdale Community College. Take Parkway Exit 109 on to Newman Springs Road (west) to the Lincroft campus. Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center, where the meeting will be in the Twin Lights 1 Room (first floor). Use parking lot 7 and enter through rear door. "Munchies" at 6:00 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m.

June 27: Gaslands
Gaslands, a documentary by film producer and songwriter Josh Fox, describes problems created by a controversial "fracturing" technique that extracts natural gas from underground. Gas companies are exploiting loopholes in the Clean Water Act to use but not identify toxic chemicals that they inject into the ground. Environmentalists claim fracturing is polluting ground-water supplies and causing severe, unexplained illnesses among local residents. In addition, methane gasses seeping into underground water supplies are released into homes when residents open faucets, creating both fire and medical hazards. Underground water supplies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey's Highlands, and New York are threatened by such uncontrolled drilling. MEETING LOCATION: 7:30 p.m., Unitarian-Universalist Church, Lincroft.

July 17: Annual Summer Pot-Luck Picnic
Noon to 3 p.m. Our annual summer pot-luck picnic will be held on Sunday, July 17 at Turkey Swamp Park, 200 Georgia Tavern Road, Freehold. Meet in the picnic area behind the main building. No speakers, just a lot of good conversation. Check with Joellen Lundy on what to bring and to get other details. From Route 9, take Rt. 524 west to Georgia Road (Rt. 53), turn left (south) on Georgia and follow the signs to the park. From I-95, at Exit 22 take Jackson Mills Road north to Georgia Road, turn left (west) on Georgia and follow the signs.

Sept. 26: Dr. Mike Kennish,
Dr. Mike Kennish, research professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science at Rutgers University, will describe the impact that rising bay and ocean levels will have on the marine habitat. His wide-ranging research includes using the legendary deep-sea research vessel Alvin and the shallow-water research vessel Clelia. He also is associated with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, and the Barnegat Bay Partnership in Toms River. LOCATION to be announced.

Oct. 24: Sierra Club and NJF Clearwater Holding Joint Meeting on Advantages of Solar Heating at Brookdale Community College ,

Two Monmouth County conservationists will explain how they are saving money by investing in solar panels. Faith Tietlebaum, a driving force in Sierra's Cool Cities and Rain Garden programs, and the Whale Pond Watershed Association, will take us through her experience of buying solar panels, hiring a contractor, signing up for a solar panel website display, and applying for Solar Renewable Energy Credits through the GATs website. In addition Ingrid Heldt, director of the New Jersey Friends of Clearwater's "Circle of Song" monthly music festival, will discuss how she benefited from various government programs when she installed solar panels. Then Thomas Matulewicz of GeoGenix, a Rumson company that specializes in energy-saving design and construction, will explain the nuts and bolts of choosing and installing solar panel systems, and the economic payback. A representative of the National Park Service at Sandy Hook also has been invited.

The general meeting will be at a NEW TIME and LOCATION: 6:00 p.m. at Brookdale Community College. We are holding a joint meeting with the Brookdale Environmental Club and the NJF Clearwater as an experiment to allow our speakers to reach a greater audience. A buffet will be available for the college students and Sierra and NJF Clearwater members at 6:00 p.m. Contributions from Sierra and NJF Clearwater members accepted. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC), where the meeting will be in the Twin Lights 1 Room. Use parking lot 7. As you walk towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf .

Nov. 28: Dr. William B. Gallagher

Dr. William B. Gallagher, retired researcher and registrar of natural history at the N.J. State Museum and visiting lecturer at both Rutgers University and Rider University, will discuss dinosaurs and other creatures of the Cretaceous Period that lived and died in New Jersey. He also has authored a book, "When Dinosaurs Roamed New Jersey," which explains how the study of these remarkable creatures was spurred by early fossils found in New Jersey. His book will be available for purchase.

The general meeting will be at a NEW TIME and LOCATION: 6:00 p.m. at Brookdale Community College. We're meeting at Brookdale in hopes of sharing our speakers with environmentally concerned college students. A buffet will be available for the college students and Sierra Club members at 6:00 p.m. Contributions from Sierra members accepted. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC), where the meeting will be in the Twin Lights 1 Room. Use parking lot 7. As you walk towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf .

Dec. 4: Annual Pot Luck Holiday Party
3-6 PM - Our traditional holiday party will be held at Dennis Anderson's house at 6 Maple Avenue off of Middlesex Road, Matawan. Use MapQuest for a map, but if you get lost, call him at 732-970-4327. Everyone is asked to bring hor d'oeuvres, cakes or other hot and cold dishes, as well as soda, wine or beer, but please let Dennis know in advance at dennisaza@aol.com so we don't wind up with 12 stringbean casseroles. If members of other Sierra Groups are in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hello.

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