On Tuesday Aug. 8, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher visited the Hoboken Farmers Market to celebrate Farmers Market Week in the Garden State.
The visit was to call attention to National and State Farmers Market Week and to encourage New Jersey residents to support these markets and the state’s farmers. Gov. Chris Christie has proclaimed Aug. 6 through 12 as Farmers Market Week in New Jersey. The USDA has also proclaimed the week National Farmers Market Week.
Although New Jersey has long been dubbed the Garden State, Christie made it official on Monday signing it into law.
“There are approximately 140 community farmers’ markets in the state,” said Fisher. “Each one is unique.”
The Hoboken Farmers Market is in its 20th season and is located at 4th and Garden Streets from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through Nov. 21.
“It’s important to note that the farmers market has been extended to almost Thanksgiving this year,” said the city’s environmental director Leo Pellegrini.
There are more than a dozen vendors at the weekly market, including three farmers and a variety of other food-related booths.
The Hoboken Farmers Market was relocated this year to the central Church Square Park location, combining the uptown and downtown markets into one.
“Eating locally also is a good choice for protecting our environment by reducing the miles a meal travels between farm and fork, lessening fuel consumption. In addition, choosing locally grown products helps keep New Jersey farmers on their land, preserving the Garden State’s quality of life,” states the press release.
Vanessa Falco joins DeFusco council ticket
Councilman and mayoral candidate Michael DeFusco announced Thursday night, Aug. 10, at an uptown fundraiser that Vanessa Falco will be the third and final member of Team DeFusco for Hoboken council slate for the Nov. 7 election.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa Falco as the final member of our team,” DeFusco said in a press release. “As a mother raising two school-age children, I know Vanessa will represent our young families and push for expanded municipal activities, like summer camp and a broader range of cultural, tech and athletic programs for our children to supplement our school system.”
According to the release Falco, a born and raised Hoboken resident, holds a Masters of Public Administration from St. Peter’s University and works in the minority student enrichment program at Stevens Institute of Technology.
She has previously worked at the Jubilee Center running an after-school program for teens, and founded non-profit Discovering Other Options to raise money for Hoboken High School students to attend summer programs at college campuses.
“Hoboken has always been a great place for families,” said Falco in the release. “I grew up here, and as I raise my own two sons, I want to see the best municipal and recreational programs for them and all of the kids in town. We need to do more to support our youth services and make Hoboken more affordable for families so our entire community can succeed.”
Falco joins Team DeFusco candidates Michael Flett, a local businessman and founder of the Flett Exchange, which helps fund solar energy projects, and Andrew Impastato, the developer of a mobile parking app and founder of a popular adult basketball league and children’s camp in Hoboken.
“Vanessa was born and raised here and has a professional background in working with children and families that can help bridge current divides so our entire city can prosper together,” said DeFusco. “The balance on this team is precisely what Hoboken needs right now to ensure that every voice in our city is heard. We need council members with the right backgrounds to understand the myriad of issues we are facing, the vision to come up with pragmatic solutions, and the skill sets to actually see them through.”
Save a life and donate blood!
The Hoboken Police and Fire Departments will host their annual blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The drive will take place at police headquarters, 106 Hudson St.
Blood donors will receive a $5 Dunking Donuts gift card as a thank you. Light food and beverages will be served. To schedule an appointment to donate, go to www.tinyurl.com/HobokenSafety.
24 students dove into STEM
Stevens Institute of Technology held their annual WaterBotics program last week to get teens more interested in the STEM field.
Waterbotics, the underwater robotics curriculum that was created with a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant (and executed with LEGOs) introduced 24 middle school students to the world of STEM during a weeklong camp. Thirteen of the students were from Hoboken, five were from Jersey City, and six are from other towns and New York.
During the program they used LEGO and Mindstorms equipment to work in teams to rapidly prototype, design, and program underwater robots to accomplish a series of “missions” in an 8-foot diameter pool. Building robots that can swim, grab objects, and navigate obstacles introduces concepts like buoyancy, stability, and gears, and engineering skills such as design, through the facilitation of trained educators. In addition to these science and engineering concepts, students learned 21st century skills, such as teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking, as they build and improve their underwater robot designs.
Coffee with a cop announced
Coffee With A Cop will be Friday, Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. at the Black Rail.
Coffee with a Cop aims to bring police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties.
The Black Rail is located at Ninth and Jackson Streets.
Coffee and pastries will be provided.
Those in attendance will include Chief Ken Ferrante, Capt. Lobue, Lt. Orrico, Sgt. Fulton, Officer D. Montanez.
NJ Poison Center reports a mid-summer spike in mushroom poisoning
Warning: Never eat wild mushrooms, whether growing in your garden, on your lawn or in the wild. The NJ Poison Center says 15 cases of mushroom poisoning have been reported in New Jersey since July 24, affecting patients as young as 15 months and as old as 75 years.
Several of these cases have resulted in hospitalizations with potentially life-threatening consequences. No matter the scenario, picking wild mushrooms is dangerous and risky.
Many edible mushrooms have toxic “look-a-likes.” Eating even a few bites of certain mushrooms can cause severe illness. Some symptoms of mushroom poisoning include intense vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, damage to vital organs like the liver, and even death.
“Picking and eating wild mushrooms can be a dangerous game”, says Dr. Diane Calello, medical director of the NJ Poison Center, Rutgers NJ Medical School. “Even those who think they can identify a toxic mushroom can be fooled”.
Experienced mushroom pickers are even wrong sometimes, so take this warning seriously. Online mushroom identification sites can also be falsely reassuring. Parents are advised, the center says, to teach their children to never put wild plants, berries, nuts, or mushrooms into their mouths. Remember, your family pets are highly susceptible to mushroom poisoning as well.
If an exposure should occur, do not take a chance by waiting until symptoms appear or wasting time looking up information on the Internet. Time is of the essence, especially when it comes to mushroom poisoning.
If someone is unconscious, not breathing, seizing, difficult to wake up, etc. call 9-1-1 immediately, otherwise call the NJ Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Calling the poison center is always the fastest way to get the medical help or information you need. The poison center will arrange for an expert to identify the mushroom and the center can then provide advice on management depending on the mushroom’s identification.
Remember to remove any remaining parts of the mushroom from the victim’s mouth and place those fragments and all mushrooms that are in the immediate vicinity of the incident into one or more paper bags (NOT plastic!). Also, take a digital photograph of the mushroom(s) in question. It helps to take a picture of the mushroom next to other objects such as a coin, ruler, etc. to provide a sense of scale.
More information is available from the poison center on Facebook (www.facebook.com/njpies) and Twitter (@NJPoisonCenter) for breaking news, safety tips, trivia questions, etc.